Best Short Ribs

Cafe Ponte

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Sean Deren
Best Short Ribs

Don’t let the strip mall exterior of this perennial Zagat fave fool you. Chef Chris Ponte and his team of wizards consistently turn out some of the Bay area’s most sophisticated and delicious food. When I celebrated a special birthday here this year, a friend from NYC went crazy for the 24-hour braised short ribs. So I recently returned to check them out. WOW! The fork-tender beef with a creamy parsnip puree, tiny sweet carrots, sautéed baby spinach, and caramelized shallot red wine sauce will bring you to your knees. 13505 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, 727-538-5768, cafeponte.com.

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Jon Palmer Claridge

Jon Palmer Claridge—Tampa Bay's longest running, and perhaps last anonymous, food critic—has spent his life following two enduring passions, theatre and fine dining. He trained as a theatre professional (BFA/Acting; MFA/Directing) while Mastering the Art of French Cooking from Julia Child as an avocation. He acted...
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