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Crab Shack Recommendation

Your reco's are usually spot on, LiveRock.

But anyone looking for a "Rustic Crab Shack" who then walked into J&J, would surely think they'd been given the wrong address!

It's good, fresh seafood indeed.

But I think you will agree, it is most definitely neither rustic nor a crab shack.

Apr 16, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What Would You Miss if You Moved?

Great idea for a new thread.

I'm from NY (shocking!) so it definitely wouldn't be pizza, burgers, bagels, buttered rolls, coffee regular, most ethnic food, hot dogs, steamers, clam chowder, or pizza.

I'd say for me it would have to be the "Floribean" type foods, especially seafood.

Conch, yellowtail snapper, jerk, mango... those are some of the tastes I'd never had when I came down from Long Island in 1990.

And that's why I still often go on and on about casual, chef-operated joints like Calypso in Pompano and Coolinary in Jupiter.

If I went back to Long Island - even to my fishing village hometown of Freeport - I wouldn't be able to find anything quite like what they serve up.

(Sure, maybe now in the city or Brooklyn there might be some spots doing something along those lines, but it wouldn't be the same).

Apr 14, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food-Focused New Yorker Seeks Great Food in PBCounty

Oh yes, I forgot... no sense going to DB here if you're based in NY - duh.

Don't go to PO tonight tho - closed special event.

If I make it to NY this summer I'll probably hit Roberta's (as I do every trip now) - which I like up there, the way you like PO down here!

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Great mozzarella needed.

Glad you liked Mozzarita, RS.

I must say, I don't think his mozz "oozes" cream, but I love it anyway.

(And that's why earlier I suggested his burrata which certainly does, as you likely now know)!

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Dining Options?

You might check out Hot and Soul.

It's something of a quirky but excellent "mom n pop" spot, on Federal Hwy in FtL (Oakland Park Blvd).

There's a New-Orleans/Filipino influence (sometimes even Indian cuisine shows up) but you really can't pigeonhole them.

Owners Mike and Christy are super folks and, especially if you go at a non-peak time, I bet they would be happy to accommodate special requests. There's almost always a few vegs dishes on the menu anyway.

Follow them on social media for a few days and you'll get to know them better. And poke around their website and you can see where they're coming from.

Prev thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904147

Great outside write-up:
http://www.thechowfather.com/2014/03/...

Virtually every adventurous "foodie" I know of who's tried this place has nothing but good things to say.

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Wow I had never heard of Charlie's (somewhat ironically, he says).

Prime boneless dry-aged NY Strips? Wow...

Let me guess... hmmm... $35/lb maybe.

Whole Foods has choice and they are about $25 IIRC.

Maybe that's my birthday treat next week.

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Flavor of India Lake Worth

I seem to remember there was an Indian rest on Federal or Dixie in LW (or Lantana?) or just over the PB line, perhaps 7 or 8 years ago.

This is NOT that place, you say?

http://www.flavorofindiafl.com

In any event, thanks, I will try it out.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for Sapphire to open near Mizner (Royal Palm Plaza) in Boca.

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food-Focused New Yorker Seeks Great Food in PBCounty

E have you been to Boulud at all?

I love Buccan too, but feel like I definitely need to give Boulud a shot soon.

Hmm - maybe for my BDay dinner next week!

Apr 11, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Interesting data here for numbers geeks...

Look at Prev Year Price .vs. Cur Week Price.

Yikes!

http://www.beefretail.org/wholesalepr...

These are wholesale numbers.

There are two sections, Choice and Select.

You can click the little "MAP" of the parts of the cow... and a graph of historical prices will pop up.

Apr 09, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

this is now confirmed...

Apr 08, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Yeah he's likely talking about Mi Casita.

More info from a few yrs ago here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7801...

Apr 06, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Shake Shack opening

The fresh fries rumors were true...

http://www.shakeshack.com/2014/04/02/...

Apr 03, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

La Caja China Pig Roast - First Timer Advice Needed

Thanks to all for the feedback. Sadly, this event has been cancelled... instead I'm going to Savannah.

(Side note: How can Sav be soooo close to Charleston and yet have such a massive difference in number of great restaurants?)

In any event, all this info will be useful for the next time, and I am sure there will be one...

Apr 03, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coral Springs Lunch

My wife is not into spicy food either. And she LOVES Gabose.

Yes, they have the Kim Chi, but that's just one out of about ten bonchon (free apps) they will bring out. And the vast majority are not HOT at all.

For example, here's a random list of typical bonchon with pix and description. As you will see, HEAT is minimal part of this:

http://www.maangchi.com/recipes/appetizers

And when you get to the larger plates, it is all in your hands.

For example, bibimbap is great but you can get with no spice really at all if you like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap

The service at Gabose is beyond good, it is truly memorable. They go way out of their way to accommodate newcomers. Just ask... and they will lead the way.

Apr 02, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dinner on the way from Jupiter to BB&T Center

Another, new option:

Tucker Duke's in Deerfield.

It's just a few hundred feet south of the SE 10th St 95-to-Sawgrass connector, on Powerline.

Excellent, innovative burgers, interesting apps and sides, good craft beer:

http://www.tuckerdukeslunchbox.com/#about

Local burger aficionados and experts are giving it the stamp of approval as well...

http://www.thechowfather.com/2014/03/best-burgers-miamisouth-florida-2014.html

http://burgerbeast.com/2014/02/12/tuc...

Apr 02, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coral Springs Lunch

> Can anyone recommend a restaurant
> that may be fun and a little out of the ordinary
> in coral springs or the surrounding area?

Yes, we can!

Get on University Drive...

Proceed south a few miles until you get to Gabose Korean...

4991 N University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351

Turn right into the strip...

Enjoy.

Apr 02, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

Technically, Prime in Delray has not closed...

They are in a new building, they've "merged" with the club that they own, Il Bachio... about 250 feet to the east.

But 110 Atlantic, the previous spot, is indeed now vacant (soon to be Rocco's Tacos Delray according to word on the street).

Apr 01, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Great mozzarella needed.

Have you had Mozzarita's mozzarella and burrata?

http://www.mozzarita.com/

Made fresh in Pompano Beach every morning.

You can visit them in Pompano. It's also sold by family members and relatives at the Delray and WPB green markets (and possibly others but those 2 for sure) on Saturday mornings.

You can also buy in Whole Foods in Boca and maybe others... but it's about $2 more.

If you want cheese that oozes milk, I suggest you try the burrata. Better yet, it oozes cream!

The main man grew up in Italy and then NY...

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2009...

Mar 31, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

La Caja China Pig Roast - First Timer Advice Needed

So I've been enlisted to roast a pig for Easter! We'll be doing it down in Key Largo / Tavernier at my sister's house.

Maybe about 15 - 20 people, so we don't need anything giant.

I have no equipment whatsoever. The La Caja China process sounds great, but as I said, I don't have one.

Any ideas for alternate plans (Having someone ELSE make it is NOT the option I want, as the whole idea is to do this ourselves).

I am pretty sure I can get the pig from the Sunshine Cuban Market right around MM 90, I will be verifying that today.

We can't dig a hole in the ground as it is p-rock which would require dynamite or stronger.

I wonder if someone down there rents La Caja boxes.

There's no shortage of advice on the web of course... this is a detailed step by step for example...

http://www.steamykitchen.com/17350-pi...

Mar 30, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

You may want to also look into Red the Steakhouse in Boca.

I have no experience myself, but some folks whose opinions I respect do like it.

http://www.redthesteakhouse.com/BocaR...

Mar 30, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

I prefer Capt Frank's and Boynton Fish Depot by far over the place on Dixie.

If you go to either, while in the area you can check out one of the brand new, "full size" Publix stores.

In south Boynton Beach, basically on SW corner of Federal Hwy and Woolbright. If you don't like this Publix... you're never gonna like one.

Mar 30, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Beach Breakfast / Brunch on Weekday?

Looking for decent South Beach Breakfast / Brunch on weekday (today actually, Friday).

(The only posts here on SoBe weekday breakfast are very old).

This is for two young ladies visiting town. So something with a decent view/atmosphere and/or on the "hip" side would not hurt.

I'm trying to nail down their hotel - but for now any idea will do - thanks!

Mar 28, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

If the Whole Foods parking lot freaks you out, you better pop a Xanax or two before you visit The Boys.

For maximum excitement, go on Saturday morning when crowds are at the worst. :-)

Mar 25, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

For seafood, my favorites are:

*** Pop's Fish Market on Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield (East of 95). While you are in the area, go to El Jefe Luchador for tacos or Charm City Burgers for guess what.

http://popsfishandships.com/

http://www.jefetaco.com/

http://www.charmcityburgers.com/index...

***Captain Franks on Boynton Beach Blvd (just E of 95).

Neither are cheap but fresh fish is not cheap anywhere...

*** The Boys sometimes has some decent looking fish, if you happen to be there for produce, check out the fish counter.

*** And then there's a new place, on Federal Hwy in Boynton, I don't recall the name, it's an old fish market that recently changed hands.

EDIT: Boynton Fish Depot, 1022 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL

I saw some very nice product in there recently and it seemed to be a tad less expensive than Capt Franks.

It's on the corner where Martin Luther King Blvd "T-bones" into Federal.

(While you are there, note the BBQ shack across the street, Troy's. Visit it sometime on rare occasion when it is open (usually Thu-Sat late afternoon-night)).

Mar 25, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

You may have seen a TJ's also coming to Delray, on Linton and Federal.

Mar 24, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Duck King in Boca Raton

Dolce - I thought on Feb 17 you said 3 strikes and they are out! Couldn't stay away?

:-)

I am perhaps in the same boat... it's maddeningly inconsistent.

But when it is good, it can be really good...

And far far better than the usual Americanized egg roll, wonton soup and chow mein crap you're liable/likely to get elsewhere.

Mar 24, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

I have gone to that market on Linton and Congress. Yes... it seems to cater to low-income shoppers. And it does indeed have a questionable odor. I personally would not buy meat or fish there. But they do have certain ridiculously cheap produce... perhaps because some is about to turn... but, say, you want to make stuffed yellow peppers or fajitas today... and they don't have to be world-class... They might be $1/lb instead of $4 elsewhere. So on occasion it might serve a purpose.

BTW in that same strip is an authentic Mexican joint, Taqueria Huetamo. You may want to check it out, you can get 3 tacos, rice and beans for lunch or dinner for about $8...

Of course this place is not exactly spotless either but I try to ignore that and just sip on my Jarritos.

There is no sign so you have to look carefully. Nice business model. I keep on meaning to tell them, a sign would probably help.

Mar 24, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

> Souvlaki Fresh: fast, cheap and good

If you like that, check out Gyroville. There's one right by Town Center.

In that same strip, you'll find Nick's Pizza. They do a great New Haven White Clam / Garlic / Bacon pizza.

And amazingly, in Town Center itself, check out:

Maoz Falafel - Falafel on pita with all the sides you care to add is terrific.

and

PUMMAROLA Pizza - The prosciutto and arugula pizza for $9 is a great great deal.

Mar 24, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

For fresh Florida produce... the season can be surprisingly short for much... but in this area, right now, your two best bets are probably:

Bedner's "Farm Fresh Market" out on 441 in west Boynton (just over the N Delray line)

http://www.bedners.com/

And then, on Saturday morning, take a trip up to the West Palm Beach Green Market.

http://wpb.org/greenmarket/vendors/

It's right on the Intracoastal at the east end of Clematis. Among much more you'll find Swank Produce, Farmhouse Tomatoes, and lots more.

And then, if you are focused on low prices, check out The Boys, a local institution of sorts. It's a crazed madhouse but you can pick up some very good deals.

http://boysfarmersmarket.com/

(You can go there when you check out Brooklyn Bagels).

http://brooklynwaterbagels.com/

Right across the street

Mar 24, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Just curious...

Which great grocery stores do you have up in Great Barrington, Mass? Want to get a baseline, so our low standards won't offend you any further.

Good way to introduce yourself to a new board!

As for restaurants...

Bagels, try Bagels With on Linton and Dixie in Delray. Others like Brooklyn Bagels on Military just above Atlantic.

Spadini's (correct spelling) is indeed good pizza. Check out also Café La Buca in Pompano and Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana. Both are "quirky" so read up here before you go.

(Erica from NYC has been through your situation and her posts are esp valuable).

13 American Table is also indeed good. Check out Rebel House right down the street.

If you like Burt and Max's, visit in Delray 32 East, Dada, and Max's Harvest for starters.

For Italian "deli" try Talia's Tuscan on Dixie and Spanish River. Get a Michelangelo sub.

For more ideas, search this board for Delray or Boca and you'll see plenty of recurring themes.

Mar 23, 2014
CFByrne in Miami - Fort Lauderdale