Sorry chowhounds, I broke a cardinal rule. I asked for help and did not report back, so here goes with some random thoughts, and thanks to the Florida hounds for all the help. I will be back in Feb and again in April so I have alot of eating to do.
I decided to try to eat what NY does not do well, so I ate alot of BBQ, the new and the old.
Tom Jenkins was great as always,spare ribs were better then babybacks,sides of greens were good, most other sides only o.k.
Thanks to the great hound SMK I discovered the Georgia Pig. I loved the place, real retro with some great food. Chopped pork was great as were all the pies. My only issue was that they chop the pork, put it on a bun and let it sit. When you order it they nuke it and serve it, so after my first visit I told the to hold the microwave. Brunswick Stew was really good and really spicy. I even tried the biscut and sausage gravy for breakfast,lets just say it's allure is lost on this yankee. It was however the first time in a long time I had pie for breakfast. One day I had ribs and sides at T.J then drove the 5 minutes to Georgia Pig for a sandwich and pie, it was a great pig-out
Next stop on the BBQ tour was Troy's in Boynton. I posted about this place yesterday, so lets just say it was good ribs in a classic setting and worth a visit if you are in Boynton.
Last stop of the tour was Jerk Machine in Sunrise. In NY I do not know of anyplace to get real smoked jerk so I was very excited to try the place. Not much ambience, it was like eating in a cave, but the jerk chicken was terrific. Real smoke flavor and a half chicken with greens and dumplings was $8. Greens were bad, but the dumpling, sort of like a fried bread was pretty tasty. When I got there I found out it is part of a mini chain, about seven places, I wonder if they are independently owned or not.
Mrs. Chris in Delray Beach had some really good soul food. Fried chicken was huge, tasty and not greasy. Mac and cheese was really good, greens were fair, skip the "perlo rice". Tiny place with just a few tables, the people could not have been nicer and more accomodating.
Dandee Donut Factory (1900 east Atlantic Blvd, Pompano)was awesome. Had a great apple pastry and cream filled donut. So much better then any of the chains. It was a weekday morning and they were packed, they also serve all the regular breakfast items and many people seemed to be ordering that stuff. I love a place like this where a new mercedes is parked next to mud covered pickups.
Fran's Chicken Haven, great chicken terrible sides, tiny place worth a visit.
Bagel tree (Kings Point Sopping Center, Delray) Good cheap breakfasts, eggs, grits, with a very good bagel, and I am very picky, I like them small and chewy.
Paris Bread (Jog road,Delray Beach) nice little spot, recently expanded. French Bistro style food, better at dinner then lunch. Good steak frites and liver, very good pastries and very reasonable prices.
Once again, thanks for all the tips, and that mexican place Eduardo San Angel(sp) that all you hounds seem to rave about is on the top of my list for next time. Hopefully one last trip to Normans is also in the cards.