National Chicken Wing Day! Our favorite wings in Palm Beach County

The "Voodoo" wings at Lafayette's. (Contributed)
(Contributed)

Here’s to the chicken wing! Today is National Chicken Wing Day. Whether you like yours spicy, sweet, ‘naked’ or fried, today is your day! There are plenty of local restaurants offering deals Friday. And here is our list of some of our favorite places for wings:

Tree’s Wings & Ribs

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David and Wendy Nelson of Jupiter  at Tree Wings in Royal Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

There are ten choices of sauces: Mild, Hot, Extra hot, Cajun, Honey Dip, Garlic, BBQ, Teriyaki, Lemon pepper, Garlic parmesan. Prices range from $6.39 for 6 wings to $4,364.94 for five thousand wings!! Now that’s a menu! You can go boneless for no extra charge.

Tree’s Wings: 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-791-1535

Duffy’s Sports Grill

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Wings from Duffy’s Sports Grill. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

The ‘breaded original’ won praise from our taste-testers: “They were spicy with good flavor.” There are lots of wing flavors to choose from: BBQ, Honey garlic, Asian sesame, Sweet Buffalo, Original, Firecracker, Hot, Spicy Roasted Garlic, Mango Habanero and Atomic Ghost Chili. Prices start at $9.99 for ten boneless wings and $10.99 for ten hand-breaded or ‘naked’ wings.

Duffy’s: various locations. Check Duffy’s website for more information.

Park Avenue BBQ

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A server waits on customers inside PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter, June 7, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

These were among the highest rated wings: “They make my mouth water from far away, just the smell.” “Wet and spicy!” Wing flavors: Mild, Hot, Hot Honey Garlic, Mild BBQ, Hot BBQ, Heater and Stupid BBQ. Prices start at $10 for ten wings.

Park Avenue BBQ Grille: various locations. Check PA BBQ’s website for more information.

Bru’s Room

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The front exterior of Bru’s Room Sports Grill on NE 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

The hot, extra hot and grilled ones were the big hits all around. Our taste-testers had this to say: “Just right!” “The hot stays with you.” “Big wings, crunchy.” “Great flavor!” Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot, Brutonium, Teriyaki, BBQ, Sweet-n-Tangy, Parmesan Garlic, Triple Threat. Prices start at $11.99 for ten wings.

Bru’s Room: various locations; check Bru’s Room website for more information.

Blue Front Bar & Grill

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10 piece wings tossed in Blue Front sauce at Blue Front in Lake Worth. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Blue Front isn’t just a place for barbecue, they offer some tasty wings too!  Wings flavors: Mild, Hot, Hotter and Sweet Thai. Prices start at $7.49 for 6 wings.

Blue Front Bar & Grill: 1132 N. Dixie Highway; Lake Worth; 561-833-6651

 

Readers’ Choice: Who has the best ice cream in Palm Beach County? Vote now!

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(Jason Getz)

Looking to beat the summer heat? How about some yummy ice cream? We all love ice cream! And we all have our favorite place to grab the cool treat. Based on your feedback on our social posts asking for your favorites, we compiled the following list of ice cream spots. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.

Here are some of our previous Readers’ Choice winners:

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best BBQ in PB County’

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Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Jupiter

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Dining tables sit on the south bank of the Loxahatchee River at Guanabanas. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Rainforest al fresco: Guanabanas

Okay, so maybe it’s not technically a rain forest. It looks more like Gilligan’s Island, in fact. But Guanabanas has a tropical, gorgeously overgrown feeling that makes it unlike any other local al fresco restaurant or bar.

Related: Best al fresco spots in Palm Beach County

Palm trees sweep toward the waterway, a lagoon that sits off the south bank of the Loxahatchee River. Dining tables are tucked between the thickly set bursts of lush foliage, and offer a perch for watching kayakers and paddle-boarders glide by. For the less aquatic types, there’s plenty on the menu to keep you busy. Settle back and dig into the blackened fresh-catch sandwich between sips of a vodka-spiked A1A Lemonade, and go “ahhh.”

Guanabanas: 960 N. Hwy A1A, Jupiter; 561-747-8878

Deck al fresco: Jetty’s

Jetty's in Jupiter.
Jetty’s in Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

A mainstay at the Jupiter inlet, the sprawling wooden deck at Jetty’s delivers a stunning view of the Jupiter Lighthouse and the boats that glide in its periphery.

Thanks to the waterway, there’s usually some kind of breeze to cool off al fresco diners in summer.

Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant: 1075 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter; 561-743-8166

Related: Best waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach County

Harbourside al fresco: Tommy Bahama

A table facing the intracoastal at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar at Harbourside Place in Jupiter on February 20, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
A view of the Intracoastal at the Tommy Bahama restaurant. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

There’s a resort-y feel to this upscale chain restaurant. And, thanks to its location, that vibe comes with a view. Tommy Bahama is perched by the waterway at Jupiter’s Harbourside Place. The outdoor terrace is ideal for sipping a cocktail and watching the plaza’s action unfold.

Tommy Bahama: 126 Soundings Ave., Jupiter; 561-406-6631

Tiki hut al fresco: The Square Grouper

Sand and sun at The Square Grouper. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Sand and sun at The Square Grouper. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

This is a toes-in-the-sand kind of place that rewards its revelers with a stunning view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Sure, you’ll find some decent grub here. But the reasons to visit are all vibe and view, and the sips and sounds that link the two.

The Square Grouper: 1111 Love St., Jupiter; 561-575-0252

5 best restaurants for outdoor dining in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach

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Kira the Big Red Dog checks out her human parent’s lunch at Darbster in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Whether you’re seated before a dramatic seascape, atop a sweeping veranda or in an intimate courtyard, a great view adds a sense of place to your dining experience.

Your view drops you in the middle of a certain paradise. That’s the essence of al fresco dining, the sense of place. Here are five great al fresco spots in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach:

Best courtyard al fresco: Pizza Al Fresco

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Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach. 

One Palm Beach Post reviewer put it best when he said Pizza Al Fresco is where “pizza parlor meets Palm Beach panache.”

Related: Top outdoor spots in Palm Beach County

Shaded by Mediterranean blue umbrellas, tables are scattered across a stylish courtyard just off Worth Ave. Here, pizza is served amid vintage stone fountain structures and palm trees strung with twinkling lights.

Pizza Al Fresco: 14 Via Mizner, Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561-832-0032

Best rooftop al fresco: Banko Cantina

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The rooftop at Banko Cantina. (Photo contributed)

This brand-new, tri-level restaurant and bar boasts a sleek rooftop lounge that’s a splendid perfect urban perch. The view may not be crashing waves or bobbing boats, but it certainly establishes a sense of place: downtown West Palm Beach.

The 1921-era building itself, once the home of American National Bank, is a landmark. It’s listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1997.

Related: Best waterfront dining in Palm Beach County

The rooftop opens nightly at 7 p.m. Grab a Dragonfruit Mojito and watch dusk turn the city pink.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-355-1399

Best oceanfront al fresco: Al Fresco Restaurant

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Al Fresco Restaurant at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Located at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, this stately structure offers sweeping golf greens and ocean views from its wide veranda.

This Italian pizzeria and ristorante is sister to Pizza Al Fresco. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a heaping side of views.

Al Fresco Restaurant: 2345 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561-273-4130

Best sidewalk al fresco: Rocco’s Tacos Clematis

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Customers enjoy the outdoor street seating at Rocco’s Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Watching the parade of nighttime Clematis Street revelers is made far more pleasurable by a heaping bowl of fresh-made guacamole and a frosty margarita. You get this along the sidewalk tables at Rocco’s, epicenter of 200-block action in downtown West Palm Beach.

Plus, you get more than decent Mexican grub. (Come back for some of the best brunch in town on weekend mornings.)

Rocco’s Tacos: 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-650-1001

Best pooch-loving al fresco: Darbster

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Kira the Big Red Dog checks out her human parent’s lunch at Darbster in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

This vegan spot not only demonstrates its devotion to animals by donating profits to local animal rescue and spay/neutering efforts – it welcomes pets like royalty.

It’s a laid-back, pleasant spot to devour a summer salad, weekend brunch or heartier organic fare, including a variety of raw dishes.

You’ll enjoy the food, while your furry friend enjoys the sweet attention.

Darbster: 8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-586-2622

Buzzy Grato soon will open for lunch in West Palm Beach

On the menu: paccheri with herb ricotta and "Sunday gravy." (Photo: LibbyVision.com)
On the menu: paccheri with herb ricotta and “Sunday gravy.” Photo: LibbyVision.com

Lunch on South Dixie Highway is about to get serious. Serious as in reservations just may be recommended serious, as in major chef serious, as in Sunday gravy served on Tuesday serious.

Grato, the hottest spot on Palm Beach County’s restaurant heat map, will open for lunch starting Monday, Aug. 8. Lunch service at the 7-month-old West Palm Beach trattoria, which is co-owned by the team behind Palm Beach’s popular Buccan bistro, will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The flavor mind behind Grato, chef/partner Clay Conley, calls the move “a natural evolution.”

“As a neighborhood restaurant, it makes sense to expand our service to include lunch,” says Conley.

The Italian-inspired spot is located in his own neighborhood, Flamingo Park. It is where the nationally acclaimed chef presents brick oven-fired pizza and handmade pastas and a decadent Sunday a la carte brunch (starting at 11 a.m.).

Chef at work: Clay Conley plates pasta at Grato. (Photo: LibbyVision.com)
Clay Conley plates pasta at Grato. Photo: LibbyVision.com

“We will run some dinner items on the lunch menu, including all of the pizzas,” says Conley.

The lunch menu also will include “ample salads, sandwiches and additional variations of pasta,” he says. Soon, a catering menu will be added to offer off-site groups pan-sized renditions of pastas and salads.

On the lunch menu: entrée salads like Confit Tuna ($16) with shaved fennel and Romano beans, and Summer Panzanella ($14) with rotisserie chicken, porchetta sandwiches ($13) and meatball sandwiches ($12). Add to those some varying pasta options, such as gemelli with rock shrimp, prosciutto, artichoke and tomato ($15.50). Plus dinner menu items like Grato’s Paccheri ($13.50) with that Sunday-gravy meat sauce and Bucatini Carbonara ($14).

Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334; www.gratowpb.com.

Mango magic: an easy-to-make mango bread with island vibes

Still life with mango-peach tarts. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Still life: mango-peach tarts. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)

That lingering mango bounty of yours is not going to transform itself into a tart, muffins or jam. Home cooks of summer, your mango season is waning. So we’re here with fresh inspiration for your mango vision board.

Backyard mangoes and, for nuance, Georgia peaches. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Local mangoes and Georgia peaches. LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/Earth and Sugar

It comes courtesy of local pastry chef Sarah Sipe, who recently joined fellow baker/food stylist Janderyn Makris at food photographer Libby Volgyes’ studio. Their mission: to immortalize some peak-of-season, Palm Beach County mangoes (and maybe a few Georgia peaches, for subtle contrast).

The result of their collaboration just may nudge you into the kitchen to create something lovely and mango-licious.

Mango-peach tarts. (LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Mango-peach tarts. (LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)

Luckily for us, Sipe – who will serve as pastry chef at Chef Lindsay Autry’s upcoming restaurant, The Regional Kitchen & Public House – has agreed to share her recipe for mango bread (and muffins).

Mango on, people! 

Sipe's mango bread. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Sipe’s mango bread. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)

Sarah Sipe’s Fabulous Mango Bread

With Oat Crumble

For Oat Crumble

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup butter

¾ cup all purpose flour

¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats

¼ tsp kosher salt

Make oat crumble: Mix all ingredients until butter is incorporated and texture is crumbly. Set aside. 

Mango-coconut bread. (LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Sipe’s mango-coconut bread. (LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)

For Bread

Butter and flour for coating loaf pans; paper liners for muffin tins

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup canola oil

2 each whole eggs

¼ cup mango puree

1 ¾ cup peeled, diced mango

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour loaf pans. (For muffins, line tins with paper liners.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt and coconut (if using), and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs and mango puree until combined.
  4. Add flour mixture into mango puree mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated.
  5. Fold in the diced mango and pour batter into prepared pan. Generously sprinkle top with oat crumble. (If making muffins, fill ¾ full and sprinkle oat crumble on top.)
  6. Place loaf pan or muffin pan in oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. (For muffins, bake 18 to 20 minutes.)

Makes 1 loaf pan or 12 medium muffins.

Mango loaf and muffin-scape. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)
Mango loaf and muffins. (Photo by LibbyVision.com, styling by Janderyn Makris/ Earth and Sugar)

Six best restaurants in Palm Beach County for Hawaiian poke

Poke in paradise, at Latitudes, Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)
Poke in paradise, at Latitudes, Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)

Virtually or in reality, America loves its poke. The Hawaiian-style marinated raw fish dish is having a moment across the land.

Here are six places to savor the trend:

Latitudes Ocean Grill at the Delray Sands

Chef James King is the poke man at the Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)
Chef James King is the poke man at the Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)

Consider this south county’s poke palace. Latitudes restaurant is where Executive Chef James King creates a flavorful rendition of the Hawaiian classic, adding macadamia nuts for crunch, mango for sweetness and fish sauce for deeper hits. The grayish swoosh? That’s sesame seed butter. Delicious.

Latitudes: 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach; 561-278-2008; LatitudesDelray.com

Buccan, Palm Beach

Buccan gives its poke a Thai twist. (Contributed by Steven Barracos)
Buccan executive chef Clay Conley gives its poke a Thai twist. (Contributed by Steven Barracos)

Flavor man Clay Conley gives his tuna poke a dip in coconut Thai chili sauce. The chef completes the dish with orange segments, hearts of palm, avocado and crispy yuca shoestrings.

Buccan: 350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450; BuccanPalmBeach.com

Bolay, Royal Palm Beach

Protein option at Bolay: marinated ahi cubes. (Contributed)
Protein option at Bolay in Royal Palm Beach: marinated ahi cubes. (Contributed)

This fast-casual eatery offers marinated ahi tuna chunks as part of its protein selection. You can order a mound of the good stuff atop your choice of veggies or grains.

Bolay: 250 South State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach; 561-899-0111; Bolay-Restaurant-Wellington.com

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Light and bright: Duffy's Ahi Poke Bowl. (Contributed)
Light and bright: Duffy’s Ahi Poke Bowl. (Contributed)

The popular local chain offers an ahi tuna poke bowl as part of its “Surf or Turf” specials. It features sushi-grade yellowfin tuna that’s hand-cut and tossed in a signature sauce. It’s served over cilantro-lime rice and topped with avocado, scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

Duffy’s Sports Grill: For locations, visit DuffysMVP.com

Bistro Ten Zero One, West Palm Beach

Bistro Ten Zero One's Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad makes a sumptuous lunch. (Contributed by Katy Lynch)
Bistro Ten Zero One’s Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad. (Contributed by Katy Lynch)

Tucked into the downtown Marriott hotel, this eatery offers an ample, refreshing poke bowl. Chef Christian Quiñones’s Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad is made complete with the addition of avocado, pickled ginger, scallions and cucumbers.

Bistro Ten Zero One: 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. (Marriott), West Palm Beach; 561-833-1234 x 1908; Bistro1001.com

Kabuki, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens

Kabuki's Tuna Yukke. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)
Kabuki’s Tuna Yukke. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

The poke here goes by the name of “tuna yukke,” diced ahi with avocado, cucumber, orange, smelt roe, all in a spicy kimchee sauce.

Kabuki: In West Palm Beach at 308 Clematis St., 561-833-6349; in Palm Beach Gardens at 5080 PGA Blvd., 561-776-8778; KabukiWPB.com

3 best restaurants for outdoor dining in Delray Beach

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The Sandbar at Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach. (Contributed by Gyorgy Papp)

Even if it’s brutally hot outside, a restaurant with a good view will lift you from the swelter. Your view drops you in the middle of a certain paradise. That’s the essence of al fresco dining, the sense of place.

Here are some of the best al fresco dining spots in Delray Beach:

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Sundy House boutique hotel is a lushly landscaped urban retreat set in downtown Delray Beach. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/ Special to The Palm Beach Post)

Sundy House

When OpenTable.com issued its 2016 list for “Best Al fresco Dining Restaurants in America” in May, the online reservation service listed only one Palm Beach County eatery: Sundy House.

The downtown Delray Beach boutique inn and restaurant is in sparkling company. The list, culled from more than 5 million verified-diner reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country, featured spots as breathtaking as Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil and Kaupulehu’s (Hawaii) Ulu Ocean Grill.

Related: Best waterfront dining spots in Palm Beach County

At Sundy House, diners can enjoy their meal in a lush garden setting that’s punctuated by a wooden veranda, gazebo, statues, pathways and ponds. The place transports you to a gracefully overgrown Old Florida.

Thanks to all the above, Sundy House is popular for brunch, holiday feasts and special events.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton, Delray Beach; 561-272-5678

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Boston’s Sandbar across from the public beach in Delray Beach has everything a beach needs: sand, cool drinks, outdoor seating and games. (Contributed)

The Sandbar at Boston’s

Here’s a bar/eatery that brings the beach in from across the street. The Sandbar, which sits next older sister Boston’s on the Beach, delivers a pure island vibe. Tiki hut, palm trees, colorful beach chairs, dancing waters, frozen piña coladas – it’s all there at this four-year-old bar.

Related: Summer dining – unique food experiences in Palm Beach County

Plus, there’s a decent range of beach-shack bites, from smoked fish dip to conch fritters to grilled Mahi sandwiches.

For the third year in a row, the Sandbar made the list of “Top 10 Florida Beach Bars,” compiled by FloridaBeachBar.com, which raved about the bar’s “breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.”

The Sandbar: 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364

Dada, Delray Beach. (LibbyVision.com)
Dada in Delray Beach. (Photo contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Dada

Few places embody downtown Delray’s funk factor more colorfully than Dada, which operates in a 1924-era house. Anchored by a glorious banyan tree, the tropical front yard of the house offers open-air tables.

Sip on a Barbancourt rum and nibble on any of the globally inspired bites prepared by Chef Bruce Feingold and soak up the Swinton Ave ambiance.

Dada: 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-3232

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20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now

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A scallop dish created by chef Matthew Byrne at his Kitchen restaurant, a stylish and cozy eatery located on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

Here’s a current snapshot of the restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This unranked list, which is organized by city and omits eateries closed for summer break, includes only restaurants we have visited. — Liz Balmaseda, Palm Beach Post food editor

20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now

 

Readers’ Choice: Where are the best French fries in Palm Beach County?

Cuban Sandwich at Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Cuban Sandwich at Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Last week we ranked the top 10 French fries from local fast-food restaurants in Palm Beach County. With that, we asked our Post readers their favorites. You picked your top one!

The winner is…

Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach! (we ranked them #3 on our list).

Jon Smith Subs has nine locations throughout Palm Beach County. Here’s a look at the winning combination that makes Jon Smith Subs such a success: “Jon Smith Subs – Daughter joins the business, franchise expansions planned.”

And how did the others rank? Here are the poll results:

Which local fast-food restaurant has the best fries?

Jon Smith Subs = 139 votes

Five Guy Burgers and Fries = 71 votes

McDonald’s = 63

Chick-Fil-A = 40

Checkers = 26

BurgerFi = 25

Burger King = 9

Wendy’s = 9

PDQ = 4

KFC = 1

Thanks for voting!