Ten Best Cuban Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

Nicole Danna
Trying to find the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida is like trying to find a stretch of pavement uncluttered with out-of-state plates come high season. Near impossible, and almost as frustrating. With so many options to choose from, what it really comes down to is quality.

The best Cubans have a special touch -- some are grilled and pressed with a traditional plancha, yielding that golden-brown, crusty finish. Others go overboard on the meat, either an abundance of roasted pork or stacked slabs of salty, thick-cut Serrano ham. Still others get fancy with house-cured pickles or homemade mustard.

Though the culinary landscape of Broward and Palm Beach may be dominated by Cuban concepts, we've singled out the best of the cuisine's eponymous sandwich. From the street counters to the longtime, family-owned establishments, here's our list for the best Cuban sandwiches in South Florida.

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Ten Best Eggs Benedict in Broward and Palm Beach

Nicole Danna
The Breakfast Shack's crab-cake eggs Benedict.
Eggs Benedict -- that stellar combination of perfectly poached egg, Canadian bacon, English muffin, and hollandaise sauce -- is one of those dishes that's next to impossible to master at home. Especially when you're just barely awake. Or slightly hungover. Perfectly poached eggs? That creamy Hollandaise? Toasting the bread is perhaps the only task that doesn't require a full-time babysitter.

Which is why they often taste so much better when someone else makes them. Today, there are as many variations of eggs Benedict as there are creative pairings you can think to slap on top. There's lobster and crab-cake eggs Benedict or salmon and corned beef hash or simply sliced avocado and tomato.

In South Florida, we've found places that do them all -- and then some. Here's our list of the ten best eggs Benedict in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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- Ten Best Brunches in Broward County
- Ten Best Brunches in Palm Beach County

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Ten Best Lunch Spots in Broward County

Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day.

Dinner -- and the accompanying wine -- is for relieving workplace agitation.

Lunch, on the other hand, is pretty much forgotten.

With most of us inhaling who-knows-what garbage without even leaving our desks, it's like the redheaded stepchild of most Americans' meal plan.

In much of the world, our habits are considered a tragedy. Lunch is not just a form of cheap fuel; it's an experience, something to be savored and enjoyed while taking a break from the craziness.

As appealing as a long, drawn-out siesta may sound, for most of us, that's not an option. But that's still no excuse for not taking an opportunity to relax and eat something other than instant ramen. Even a quick trip to a takeout joint can help to ease the workday stress.

Whether you're into meat-filled indulgences, exotic dishes, or something just light and fresh, we've compiled a list of the ten best workday-appropriate lunches in Broward County.

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Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Palm Beach County

Take a trip to West Palm Beach's kitchen and meet husband-and-wife team Matthew and Aliza Byrne.
The restaurants that get the most hype always seem to be those fancy, just-opened joints. You know, the ones stuck right smack in the middle of downtown or maybe that cute little historic district where the hipsters flock. Basically, wherever the nightlife crowd is rowdiest.

But sometimes it's the establishments that force you to venture out into the suburbs -- those hidden gems that require a little extra fuel to get there -- where you find the most fabulous meals that make it worth a trip. Or two.

In Palm Beach County, pretty much everything we know is east of I-95; the downtown strips have it all, from Clematis Street in West Palm Beach to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. But there is plenty of good eating to be done west of the highway. Sure, these places might be a little harder to get to, but they're worth the drive, every time.

Here are the ten best destination restaurants in suburban Palm Beach County.

See also: Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Broward

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Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Broward

Chelsea Scholler
Cities tend to get all the cred when it comes to dining.

It's usually the downtown areas and restaurant strips that host all the trendy bars and eateries -- hey, that's just the way it is. For the most part, if you're looking for chef-driven fare, emerging concepts, great cocktails, or craft beer, you have to drive (or walk) to where all the action is.

And in South Florida, those city-like locales are unsurprisingly located closer to the beach, usually east of I-95. As a result, those eastern eateries tend to get most of the media attention as well. We've decided to spread the love.

With 1.8 million residents in Broward County, only 170,000 or so of whom reside in Fort Lauderdale, plenty of great dining options are spread throughout the area.

Here are the ten best suburban restaurants, west of I-95, in Broward County.

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Ten Best Iced Coffees in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Keith Palagye via CandaceWest.com
It's hotter than a billy goat's ass in a pepper patch right now.

With almost every move causing you to break out in a sweat, the thought of imbibing anything warmer than room temperature sounds just about as appealing as a root canal.

Even so, we still need our caffeine.

Sure, it's easy enough to gulp down that morning coffee before stepping out into the wet oven outside our front doors, but that puts a damper on the relaxing morning routine.

Iced coffee is a better option.

Of course, not all cold java is created the same.

Rather than subject you to a watered-down, subpar drink or a withdrawal from caffeine -- that's only going to ruin your day -- we rounded up a list of the ten best iced coffees in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ten Best Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The word 'gastropub' is one of those trendy big city restaurant ideas of the early oughts, where the reinvention of the usual pub fare (burgers, fish & chips, mac & cheese) melded with the growing popularity of high end beer.

Once relegated to metropolitan high streets, over the years it has transformed into an approachable dining experience based upon familiar-with-a-twist menu items. In addition, the growing breadth of craft beer has changed many drinkers tastes and has shown that good food works very well with good beer.

With that, here's our pick of the Top 10 Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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Ten Best Ribs in Broward and Palm Beach

As each wave of immigrants from different regions of the world landed on these shores, they brought with them their culture and cuisine.

Many of the foods we consider to be American did not, in fact, originate in the Western Hemisphere.

You've heard the saying "as American as apple pie." About that. Variations dated back as far as Chaucer. He was born in England in 1343.

Pizza, beer, burgers, hot dogs: We may eat a boatload, but those junk-food items hail from distant lands.

When it comes down to it, there's really no such thing as American cuisine -- even New American, with its upscale interpretations of classic comfort food, is based on something else from somewhere far away. When you're one of the youngest countries on the block, it's hard to find anything that is culturally 100 percent ours.

But some things we made more our own than others. Barbecue is one.

Though there are so many regional variations -- beef brisket in Texas, pulled pork in North Carolina, whole hog in South Carolina -- in the U.S. of A., one dish reigns supreme: ribs.

Maybe it's a carnal instinct, but we dare you to try to find a barbecue lover anywhere from sea to shining sea who doesn't love ripping the meat off the bone with his teeth.

To celebrate America's birthday, we decided to compile a list of the ten best ribs (traditional and internationally inspired) in Broward and Palm Beach counties. And the winners are...

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Ten Best Lobster Rolls in Palm Beach County

When soft-shell lobster season rolls around -- late June through October -- true New Englanders don't even bother with the roll part of lobster rolls. They eat the fresh-molted lobsters straight from the sea, tossed into a pot of boiling water, sucking them down with a side of drawn, unsalted butter.

Still, the New England lobster roll remains the ultimate seafood sandwich, as much a summer staple as corn on the cob, watermelon, and backyard BBQs. And all Northeastern natives hold this truth to be self-evident: There is no ingredient more important in a lobster roll aside from the lobster itself. Call it what you like, be it New England-style, Maine-style -- even Connecticut-style. It still comes down to just one ingredient.

Sure, some argue it should be served on a classic split-top hot dog bun toasted and buttered, while others go all avant-garde with rich brioche buns. Then there's the question of whether it should be served cold or hot. While the Connecticut style calls for butter-sautéed lobster and nothing else, the better part of New England defines a lobster roll as a chilled seafood salad -- just a touch of mayonnaise.

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New Times Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2014: Best of The Weekend

Our annual "Best of" guide is out. In it, you'll find over 200 of the best places to go and things to do in South Florida.

"Best of" comes in handy, especially during the weekend, when you've got two days to yourself and not a clue how to fill the time. We've curated a few of our favorite places to take the family or friends. So, whether you want to wind down with brunch or grab an after-beach milk shake, here are our choice picks for a fantastic weekend.

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