In this month’s edition of our Blogger Bite series, we’re heading out on the town with Modern Boca Mom writer and Boca contributor Michelle Olson-Rogers. Hailed as the pioneer mom blogger of our community, Michelle is a native Boca Ratonian who started her site as a way to rediscover her hometown after she had her daughter Avery and moved back from a 10-year stint in New York City. She was a new mom who wanted to be a resource for other moms, and she’s grown that vision in about eight years into a tribe of nearly 20k Instagram followers.
“The website has evolved into the go-to hyper local website for the stylish and modern South Florida mommy,” she says.
Aside from blogging about the best kid-friendly events in town, mom hacks or local staycations, Michelle is also the director of communications and community outreach at Grandview Preparatory School.
Her favorite part of being a local mom blogger? “I have the privilege of meeting my readers in person.”
Michelle confesses it’s hard as a parent to go out to eat in between car pools and drop offs, so when she does have a chance to actually go out, it has to be worth it and special. So today she’s spotlighting the best spots around town for parent dining but also family dining. What are Michelle’s favorite restaurants? Let’s find out.
“I am obsessed. It’s the most Instagrammable restaurant in Boca Raton,” she says.
For brunch, she loves a good mimosa and always asks for hers in a teacup. They have several versions of avocado toasts, which she recommends, and she says this is a great potential baby shower venue.
171 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 561/990-7118; kixicafe.com
SeaSpray Inlet Grill
For happy hour, she recommends the Waterstone Resort & Marina’s redesigned waterfront restaurant SeaSpray. The happy hour standout dishes she craves are the sticky cauliflower and pear tortellini in a truffle cream sauce. She loves the cauliflower’s sesame soy glaze and says you feel healthier eating it. “Chances are if you brought your kids you could probably trick them into eating their vegetables.”
999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 561/368-9500; seasprayboca.com
Michelle touts the daily promotions like Monday’s $1 oysters and Tuesday’s 20% off the seafood tower. Her favorite is Wednesday’s lobster night. Though she’s married to a Mainer, she and her husband don’t get up to Maine as much as they’d like to–but for $29 they can enjoy a whole Maine lobster with clams, mussels, corn and potato. She pairs her dinner with a glass of extra cold Sauvignon Blanc or a glass of bubbly, because why not?
“It’s a go-to place to see and be seen. There are not a ton of dedicated seafood spots in Boca so I really like this one.”
5250 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton; 561/391-3474; copperfishkitchen.com
Delray Beach Market
Michelle likes the new market because no matter what someone is craving, they’ll find something there. For dessert she heads to Bona Bona for the flambéed ice cream. “(The Market) has been such a huge addition to our area,” she says. “It’s fun and it’s young.”
33 SE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach; 561/562-7000; delraybeachmarket.com