Ten Best Meals Under $15 in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Nicole Danna
Where can you get a good meal at an affordable price? It seems like a relatively straightforward question, but with so much to choose from, the final decision is a slow process of elimination.

Sure, you can grab a slice and a soda for next to nothing. Or a burger at the Brass Ring Pub in North Palm Beach (or one with all the toppings at Deerfield Beach's Charm City) for fairly cheap. You can even get a pile of tacos at Jalisco in Fort Lauderdale (throw in a horchata and roasted corn at Lake Worth's Tacos Al Carbon) for the change at the bottom of your cup holder.

But inexpensive eats aren't just pizza, burgers, and tacos.

Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood by the water, have a craving for a hot dog with all the toppings, harbor a hankering for some ceviche, or want some spicy jerk chicken, we've got a few stops that will hit the spot.

Here is our list for the best meals for under $15 in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Have a different favorite? Leave a comment and tell us your top spots when dining for a deal.

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Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Nicole Danna
The Margherita at Mastino's Italian Kitchen in Delray Beach.
Looking for good pizza is never an easy task.

With so many styles to choose from and personal preferences to consider, it's hard to find a favorite that meets all the basic requirements: perfect crust, just the right amount of cheese, a tasty sauce, and all the right toppings.

More than any other food, pizza is perhaps the most subjective of fare. Some like it thin, others thick; then there's the crispy and burnt crowd; and still more prefer it thin and greasy, with long tethers of cheese running from mouth to slice.

In Palm Beach County, a handful of late-night spots off the downtown strips in cities like West Palm Beach and Lake Worth serve up standard slices; in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, specialty coal- and wood-fired restaurants dish out their version of the perfect pizza. A few follow the old-world techniques, delivering Neapolitan-style pies using imported flour and artisan ovens.

So what makes the Top Ten cut? No matter what style, shape, or size -- a good slice of pizza is still a good slice of pizza, no matter which way you, um, slice it. Here, our picks for the best pizzas in Palm Beach County.

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Ten Best New South Florida Restaurants in 2014, So Far

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Like your significant other, a bad cold, and that last five pounds you're always battling, restaurants come and go. In South Florida, where the summer slump after tourist season can often be a kiss of death for many establishments, this is especially true.

Each year, we wave goodbye to those that didn't make it for the long haul. And this year, there were a few concepts we'll really miss. Think Ceviche in Delray Beach, the Little House in Boynton Beach, and Canale in Fort Lauderdale.

But, lucky for us, a number of new restaurants have opened -- many within the past few months -- in anticipation of the return of season and all the tourists and snowbirds it brings with it.

From trendy barbecue eateries to Asian-inspired fare, even a hot new ramen spot, this year has already delivered a wide variety of new concepts. We're happy to welcome each and every one, but a list is a finite thing; we could pick only ten out of the dozens that sprouted up over the past 365 days.

So, here they are: the best new restaurants of 2014 -- so far.

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Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Broward County

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Coley's
Coley's in Pembroke Pines serves up Chi-Town, thick-crust pizza.
Pizza may be one of America's favorite foods.

It's also become more American than Italian, with slices in cities from east to west offering a different take on how to best combine a few basic ingredients. There's New York-style, Chi-Town-style, coal- or wood-fired, and Sicilian. Some bake up with a thick, doughy crust, while others are prized for being thin and still others for the characteristic char they get around the edges.

As for toppings: When it comes to pizza today, anything goes -- and personal taste means that every place has its legion of fans... and its haters. In South Florida, where people flock from all areas of the country, we each have our favorites.

But there's still good pizza and bad pizza, no matter how you slice it. To help navigate Broward County's selections, we've searched out some of the area's best pizza joints, from the old-school mom-and-pop spots to the rustic coal-fired ovens that produce some stellar gourmet slices.

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Ten Best Sandwiches in Palm Beach County

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The sandwich. It's a glorious thing. And it feels like South Florida just can't get enough of it.

In 2013, we offered our picks for the best sandwich shops in South Florida -- a near-futile endeavor that proved way too limited in scope. To make up for it, this year we've been on the hunt for the best sandwiches -- all those specialty takes from the neighborhood restaurants and local corner cafés where devoted fans can turn an everyday meal into a cult classic.

To start, we searched out the top sandwiches in Broward County. Now, we're looking at the sandwiches that put Palm Beach County on the map for good eats. Don't be surprised to find LaSpada's missing from this top ten, however (we're only counting the original Broward County location). Likewise, you won't find the surplus of chain sandwich spots delivering all types of fast and cheap deli delicacies.

Instead, these are the sandwiches that offer a little something more -- dare we say out of the ordinary? -- from a unique concept designed to squelch the late-night munchies to a creative riff on the Reuben and a Floribbean-style fish sandwich.

These are the ten best sandwiches in Palm Beach County.

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Ten Best Chicken and Waffles in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

When it comes to food that idea should remain the same -- unless, you're in danger of food poisoning obviously. Some of the best dishes are comprised of the weirdest mix of food items: croissant/doughnut hybrids, arepa-burgers, breakfast pizza, you get the gist.

And while we eagerly sink our teeth into a ramen-burger or maple bacon doughnut, when it comes to strange-sounding pairings, one item remains supreme: chicken and waffles.

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Ten Best Happy Hours in Fort Lauderdale

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There's a reason it's called happy hour.

Sure, you could hit the gym, run some errands, or hey, even make yourself a nice home-cooked meal, but let's be honest, you don't actually want to do any of that. Everyone knows, postwork drinks are the best way to wind down from the workday.

The only problem: Drinking is freaking expensive. And all those stress-relieving cocktails can put a serious strain on the budget.

That's where happy hour comes into play. Cheap drinks, inexpensive munchies, and a few hours of pure rest and relaxation are sure to solve even the most tension-filled day.

There is, however, one catch -- you don't want to get involved with drinking and driving. So, it's best to keep the festivities local.

So, for all you Fort Lauderdale workers and dwellers, here are the ten best happy hours in the city.

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Ten Best Sandwiches in Broward County

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Nicole Danna
The pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
For many, the sandwich is the go-to meal. It's simple, easy food, a meal you can hold in your hand. It's perfect for everyone, from kids at recess eating soggy peanut butter and jellies to college kids subsisting on meat-packed subs to late-night shift workers and fridge-foraging bachelors crafting homemade assemblies that would make Dagwood proud.

The best part about the sandwich is the freedom to make it any way you like, with almost any foodstuff shoveled in. Throw together whatever ingredients you can find, and pile it up as high as you can handle it. No rules, no tradition, and no one telling you that's not how it's done. Just eat.

This is a list of the best sandwiches in Broward County, the ones that have managed to perfectly marry bread, meat, cheese, veggie, and condiment into one easy-to-eat vessel. If you're looking for lunch, maybe one of these can help.

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Ten Best Restaurants in West Palm Beach

Let's face it: West Palm Beach has never been known for its dining scene. But that doesn't mean there aren't some truly stellar dining options -- you just have to know where to look.

These days, we have our eye on a few places -- both new and old. Whether you're headed for a night out on the town in CityPlace, looking to go out somewhere off Clematis Street, or are even willing to wander into local neighborhoods like Northwood, there's a little bit of something for everyone.

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Ten Best Lunch Spots in Palm Beach County

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M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom Boca
Lunch: the glorious second meal of the day and a chow-down most Americans are forced to fit into an hourlong (in all reality more like 30-minute) break from work. Which means if you're not brown-bagging it from home, there are a few necessities to keep in mind when eating out for lunch.

If you're a worker bee, it needs to be fast. If you're always on the go, it needs to be easy. And if you're a luncher on a budget, it doesn't hurt if the meal doesn't put a dent in your wallet either.

From West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, there are literally dozens of restaurants, delis, and fast-casual spots that make for a good lunch stop. The ones that make this list are the places that offer a little something out of the ordinary while managing to meet all of the luncher's basic needs.

Here are the best places to grab lunch in Palm Beach County.

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