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The Best Fort Lauderdale Restaurants

The LocalEats onslaught of the state of Florida continues (previously we covered Tampa-St Petersburg), as we've revised and expanded our list of the best locally-owned Fort Lauderdale-area restaurants. In other news, the James Beard Foundation announced its  chef and restaurant semifinalists for 2012. Among Fort Lauderdale-area restaurants and chefs receiving nominations were Clay Conley from Buccan in Palm Beach (Best Chef: South) and Café Boulud (Best Service: National). Fantastic local restaurant we've added to our Top 100 list include ...

15th Street Fisheries


Café Boulud

D'Angelo Pizza Wine Bar and Tapas


Egg & You Diner


The Grateful Palate

Le Patio

Market 17

Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House

Rok Brgr


Sunrise Pita & Grill



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The Best Local Tampa-St. Petersburg Restaurants

We've revised, updated and expanded our list of the best restaurants in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Award-winning restaurants new to our Top 100 list include Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club (Best Gastropub), The Lobster Pot (Best Lobster), The Independent Bar and Grill (Best Burgers), The Refinery (Best Farm to Table) Taco Bus (Best Late-night), TC Choy's Asian Bistro (Best Dim Sum) and Cafe Largo (Best French).

Other great locally owned restaurants added to the list include 220 East, Alesia, Bernini, Columbia Cafe, Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Habana Cafe, La Tropicana Cafe, The Laughing Cat Bistro, Queenshead Eurobar, Maritana Grill, Parkshore Grill, The Pearl, Red Mesa Cantina, Restaurant BT, Sunday's Fine Dining, Walt'z Fish Shak. and Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar

In addition to hand-selecting the country's best independently owned restaurants, we also like to highlight the best food and dining restaurant blogs. The new additions to our blog family from the Tampa-St. Petersburg area are Lekas Eats, Carlos Eats, Dena Loves Food, Scallywag Journeys Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Food Monster, and Taylor Eason

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Pee-Wee Herman on Bravo's Top Chef + 5 Great Moments in the Kitchen with Pee-Wee

Last night, Pee-Wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, left the confines of the Playhouse and Puppetland to be a celebrity judge on Bravo's Top Chef - when your furniture won't stop talking and Laurence Fishburne keeps showing up at your door unannounced, you need a break once in awhile. Apparently, it's the first time Reubens has returned to San Antonio since filming the cult classic Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. He even pays another visit to the Alamo, which everybody knows, has no basement. Padma Lakshi interviews Pee-Wee and asks if he has any advice for the contestants. His Paula Deenesque response: "More butter." Pee-Wee samples an assortment of pancakes and judges chicken dishes from the contestants, proving to be a surprisingly tough critic. The secret word(s) is chicken skin (aaaah!). It's hardly shocking that Pee-Wee is a man of refined tastes. Anyone who's kept up with his show is familiar with his snack time segments and kitchen-related hijinks. In honor of his Top Chef appearance, I give you 5 of Pee-Wee's most memorable moments in the kitchen. First up, Pee-Wee declares his love for fruit salad. The Playhouse gang expectedly responds "so why don't you marry it?" And then we have our astonishing plot twist, as Pee-Wee agrees to marry the fruit salad.

And here we have Pee-Wee making ice cream soup for snack time. Randy does his usual jerkface routine of trying to ruin everything, but in the end it all works out. Plus, we learn a valuable cooking lesson about balancing ingredient ratios.

In Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, our protagonist starts his day with pancakes, bacon and eggs in the form of a face (so that he can make it talk with bacon lips, naturally). But the culinary delight is not complete until a large serving of Mr. T Cereal is poured on top. (Start at 3:30)

The best meals start with the best ingredients. Here we have Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne) opening the fridge to a variety of foods doing Pee-Wee's signature "Tequila" dance. Vegetarians might struggle in Puppetland, where every food has a face.

And finally, from The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, we have Pee-Wee deep-fat frying some onion rings. We all learn how dangerous deep-fat frying can be, thanks to a horrifying accident involving a new character. Alas, Shamwow, we hardly knew ye. 

The Best Indianapolis Restaurants: Super Bowl Edition

With Super Bowl XLVI just around the corner, we've revised and expanded our list of the best locally-owned Indianapolis restaurants. While it remains unclear whether the New Jersey Giants or the Patriots of the greater Boston area will prevail on the gridiron, Super Bowl attendees will no doubt require sustenance before the big game. And they need not settle for fast food chicken wings or mediocre burgers at a chain restaurant thats walls are covered with sunglasses-wearing jackalopes and other kitschy crap. There are plenty of great locally-owned restaurants near Lucas Oil Stadium from which to choose. 

New additions to our Top 100 Indianapolis restaurants include The Ball & Biscuit, Black Market, Bynam's Steakhouse, Charlie Brown's Pancake and Steak House, Edwards Drive-In, The Friendly Tavern, Historic Steer-In, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Murphy's Steakhouse, Mesh, The Northside Social, Oriental Inn, Ralph's Great Divide, The Ripple Inn, Sensu, Tavern on South

In addition to listing the best local restaurants, we also collect the country's best food and dining blogs. New Indianapolis additions to our blog family include City Nom Noms, FloEats Indy and the Indianapolis Restaurant Scene blog, which compiled an excellent Super Bowl restaurant guide

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Updated: The Best Raleigh-Durham Restaurants

When we envision the Raleigh-Durham area, we think of lush rolling hills, tobacco fields, rampant college basketball fanaticism, Cheerwine out of the bottle, and of course, fantastic Carolina cuisine. Some of the country's best barbecue and Southern cooking can be found at the likes of iconic restaurants such as Clyde Cooper's and Mama Dip's. The region is also producing some of America's most dynamic and well-regarded chefs, including Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill's Lantern (winner of the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Southeast in 2011), and Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner in Raleigh, who recently threw down with Bobbly Flay on Iron Chef. Christensen just recently opened two adjoining casual Raleigh restaurants,  Beasley's Chicken and Honey and Chuck's. We've revised and updated our list of the Top 100 Raleigh-Durham restaurants.

Among the new additions to our list are Acme Food & Beverage Co., An, Bella Mia, Blu Seafood and Bar, Coquette, Federal, Kitchen, Glasshalffull, Mez, Mint, Neal's Deli, Queen of Sheba and Revolution


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