Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Broward

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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New Times Best of 2014: Best Places to Eat in the Morning

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Have you checked out our New Times Best of Broward/Palm Beach picks, yet? This year, we've come up with over 200 of the best places to shop, listen to music, and eat.
Of course, if you're going to name the best in South Florida, you've absolutely got to work in some boozy magic. So, from best brewery to best bloody mary, we've got you covered.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, except, of course, for al the others. We're pro breakfast here at Clean Plate. We'e also pro brunch, lunch, dinner, late night snacks, cocktails - well, you get the idea. But breakfast, well that is just the cat's pajamas.

Whether you're looking to go healthy, go unhealthy, or just want a decent cup of coffee, this year's Best of has you covered.

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Ten Best Chicken Wings in Broward County

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Nothings screams sports like chicken wings.

Whether it's breaded and fried, tossed in fat-laden sauce, or fired in a coal oven, chicken wings are the perfect accoutrement to watching the game.

It actually makes perfect sense. The handheld athletic favorite is so greasy, there's no need to worry about wiping in between bites, giving viewers the perfect option for maximum flavor and minimum eye contact -- no need to lift your eyes from the screen while munching on these little pups.

Just as the style of wing can differ, so can the actual sport. Wings don't discern against football, baseball, basketball, or, heck, even the World Cup.

No matter which sport your currently paying attention to, a chicken wing is most appropriate. Head to one of these places for the next athletic-viewing endeavor.

Here are the ten best wings in Broward County.

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New Times Best Of Broward/Palm Beach: Take a Look at the Best Drinks

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Have you checked out our New Times Best of Broward/Palm Beach picks, yet? This year, we've come up with over 200 of the best places to shop, listen to music, and eat.

Of course, if you're going to name the best in South Florida, you've absolutely got to work in some boozy magic. So, from best brewery to best bloody mary, we've got you covered.

Here are our picks for the best wine, beer, and boozy drinks and places. Cheers!

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New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach Out Now!

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It's here! The moment you've been waiting for.

The 2014 New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach is out now, featuring more than 200 of the best places to eat, drink, shop, and party.

We've worked hard to compile our absolute favorite places to hang with your dog, buy a comic book, or dance the night away.

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