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Best North Broward restaurant 2017: The Whale's Rib Raw Bar

BEST NORTH BROWARD RESTAURANT

The Whale’s Rib Raw Bar

2031 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach; 954-421-8880; WhalesRib.com

A short walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Deerfield Beach pier, the Whale’s Rib has been serving fresh seafood and deep-fried delights for more than three decades. Often busy, it has the atmosphere of a neighborhood restaurant and none of the touristy tackiness found at many oceanside businesses. Still, you should bring out-of-towners here, particularly so they can gorge on conch chowder and one of the menu’s many sandwiches or bury their faces in baskets of whale fries, which aren’t traditional french fries but housemade chips that will leave you floating should you brave a postprandial swim in the sharky waters off the pier.

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