October 30, 2015 | By | Reply More

Food, Glorious Food

I can’t really step foot out of bed until I decide what I’m having for breakfast. I think about food all day and, as a travel writer, have had the privilege of being wined and dined at outstanding restaurants in major cities in the U.S. and in Italy, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, and places high and low. But even though I’ve been in Florida for 6 years I have yet to make a dent in dining out. Why? There’s so much to choose from – and I can’t eat out every day. 

This is the place I will share my food thoughts and dining details with you and hope for feedback.

One incontrovertible fact: it’s hard to find good Chinese food in our South Florida area. So if I have a good lead, I will pursue it.

Pollo Tropical: My Florida Fast Food Love

My first Pollo Tropical at 950 Linton Blvd in Delray Beach was home base for a quick and healthy meal. Yes, it’s a drive through (although you can sit inside); but their specialties are so good that my guests from the Midwest used to demand that we pick up Pollo’s tropical wings before they went back to Burger King and McDonald’s land in Wisconsin.

Known for fresh, never frozen, flame grilled citrus-marinated chicken, plus made from scratch side dishes, Pollo Tropical can be found not only in Florida, Georgia, Tennesse, and Texas, but in Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and Guatemala. The chicken is free of hormones and trans fat.

For years I had TropiChops variations – chicken, mojo roast pork, vegetarian, or calypso beef with yellow rice with veggies, white rice, brown rice, or half lettuce and half rice, and black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers and onions topped with guava sauce, fresh salsa, curry mustard, cilantro garlic, salsa fuego, hot sauce, spicy povo povo or bbq sauce.  Finally I ventured into the more economical whole chicken with sides. When I was vegan for 3 weeks, I came several times a week for the black beans and brown rice.

 OK, it’s not dining at the ritz; more like starting to eat while still in the car on the way home. But it’s solid healthy fare so don’t discount Florida’s fast food paradise.

What do you think?

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