Picture This: A Few from Florida

I had a few meaty experiences in Florida this fall. Best of the bunch: My burger dinner at Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach. This isn’t simply because I know chef/owner Brian Cartenuto from his days at Cantinetta here in Seattle. He was actually at a different mini-chain location that evening, so I didn’t get to see him, but I sure did enjoy that namesake Tucker Duke burger, a towering behemoth which comes with no modifications allowed. It’s a delicious mess!

The Tucker Duke, topped with fried onions rings, American cheese, tucker sauce, lettuce, and tomato.

The Tucker Duke, topped with fried onions rings, American cheese, tucker sauce, lettuce, and tomato.

This shrimp po' boy at Tucker Duke's is also something serious...a legit challenger to Paseo's shrimp sandwich

This shrimp po’ boy at Tucker Duke’s is also something serious…a legit challenger to Paseo’s shrimp sandwich

The menu at Tucker Duke's

The menu at Tucker Duke’s

GoBistro in Hollywood gets nods for offering late-night bites not far from the Fort Lauderdale airport. I skipped the crazy sushi rolls and safe (i.e., no organ meats) yakitori menu, happy to have ramen right after landing from cross-country flights. My expectations were low, given that there are three types of ramen in a restaurant that offers lots of other items, so it’s not an area of specialization. Quality turned out to be “okay,” with biggest concern being lack of depth of flavor in both bowls I tried.

Tonkotsu ramen ($11) at GoBistro

Tonkotsu ramen ($11) at GoBistro

Shoyu ramen ($11) at GoBistro

Shoyu ramen ($11) at GoBistro

GoBistro gives a glimpse of Tokyo while in Hollywood (FL)

GoBistro gives a glimpse of Tokyo while in Hollywood (FL)

PRIME in Delray Beach was the place for a family get-together. A good point of comparison would be with my fairly recent experience at Abe & Louie’s in Boca Raton. PRIME was accommodating for an early arrival, with service friendly (surprisingly casual for a steakhouse, actually) in contrast to the formality I felt at Abe & Louie’s. Some in my group got a stuffed seafood special, massive in size impressive in presentation. I stayed consistent in ordering a ribeye steak, which while similar in price to Abe & Louie’s, was less flavorful, as were the accompanying sides.

Dry-aged, wood-grilled, 22-ounce ribeye "delmonico," the signature steak at Prime

Dry-aged, wood-grilled, 22-ounce ribeye “delmonico,” the signature steak at Prime

On the other coast of Florida, I stopped at the St. Petersburg location of The Taco Bus. This fun little spot satisfied my cravings quickly with some tasty treats served up with a sense of humor.

Chips with butternut squash salsa

Chips with butternut squash salsa

Taco Bus torta

Taco Bus torta

Here's the Taco "Bus"

Here’s the Taco “Bus”

Well-spoken

Well-spoken

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