The Village Pump
4404 El Mar Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
The Village Pump is the local hangout of New England Patriots fans and transplanted Bostonians, but any night of the week you can get a taste of California. The California BLT takes a mexicali twist on the traditional BLT by adding jalapeño bacon. Then, it adds the traditional avocado and tops it off with alfalfa on whole wheat bread. The result is a spicy cool ocean wave of flavor that is good to the last bite.
2003 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
Most people know Kush Wynwood as a local hangout for hipsters and a great place eat in during an artwalk. It’s also a great place to get an extensive selection of craft beers, but it’s BLT takes the cake. Kush sources the bacon from bacon connoisseurs Miami Smokers, which smokes and cuts its own bacon locally. Then, Kush tops it with avocado and melted gruyere cheese. A toothpick is inserted as the final touch to hold the ooey-gooey mess together before it’s served to the eager patrons. It’s the Miami Smokers BLT and it’s one BLT only made in Dade.
The Royal Pig
350 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When your pub is located in Las Olas and includes cathedral-like ceilings and gourmet food, you can’t just do a BLT the old fashioned way. At The Royal Pig Pub, its cooks create the Chef’s BLT by starting out with a mammoth portion of pork belly, otherwise known as bacon, and then layer the sandwich with grilled endives and pork cracklings. Two fried green tomatoes are used as the bun and mustardo is colorfully drizzled on the bottom of the plate to complete the setting. It’s not healthy and you’ll need a fork and knife to eat it, but for the guests, it’s totally worth the experience.
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Green Bar Kitchen
1075 S.E. 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Green Bar Kitchen serves up an unconventional BLT that technically has no bacon. Since this is a vegan establishment, GBK uses Tempeh bacon, which is a fermented soybean meat substitute that is flavored to taste like bacon for those hunkering for the taste of pork without the actual pig. The rest of the sandwich is standard with lettuce and tomato served on a flax and millet bread slices. It’s the healthy way to get your BLT without feeling guilty later.
Big Foot Gyros & Subs
2970 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33312
After hearing about the twists on the BLT, it’s time to find who makes the best traditional BLT. Big Foot Gyros & Subs is a sub shop in Dania Beach with an unassuming address that is about as big as a 1-bedroom apartment. It’s BLT can be ordered as a sub or a sandwich and the thing that makes it special is the bacon-to-lettuce ratio. Imagine munching on a sub sandwich and instead of getting a mouth full of bread, mayo or lettuce, you get a mountain full of thick-cut bacon. There’s about a 3-to-1 bacon to lettuce ratio that puts all the other sandwich shops that give you two or three slices of bacon to shame, making this the place to come when you just want an old fashioned.
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