Out with the old and in with the new — that seems to be the trend in South Florida when it comes to the restaurant world. Recently, Gary Racks Restaurant Management Group swapped its Southern-style downtown Delray Beach spot, Fat Rooster, for its fresh farm-to-table concept that has done quite well in Boca, Farmhouse Kitchen. The philosophy behind this restaurant is respecting the guests, honoring the environment and supporting local purveyors. Farmhouse Kitchen is here to serve its guests “just good food.”

The trend for healthy, local, sustainable food at restaurants is growing. It makes you feel good about what you’re eating when you’re dining out, and it really gives chefs a chance to bust out of the conventional box and try something fun, unique, and definitely tasty.

Not only does Farmhouse Kitchen have an extremely appealing menu to vegetarians and vegans — and really anyone looking for a delicious meal without loosening their belt buckle — but they also have an impressive cocktail list. The temperatures have been soaring here lately, making a light, refreshing cocktail almost mandatory. I tried the Effen 50 cucumber martini — a combination of Effen cucumber vodka, St. Germain (my favorite!), cucumber and citrus. Shaken and poured tableside, this is the perfect drink to start the evening. Especially when the hot South Florida sun is beaming down on you while you drink it.

If you’re the kind of person who likes something to nibble on with your cocktail while you catch up with your dinner guests, the raw & roasted crudité platter is your best bite. It’s a gorgeous presentation of raw and roasted vegetables paired alongside three kinds of hummus — a standard garlic hummus, sweet potato, and avocado. All three are smooth and creamy and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth flavorful. My favorite, though, was the sweet potato. It tasted like a Thanksgiving sweet potato pie! This platter is vegan and gluten-free, making it a great choice for those with food allergies or restrictions. To make things helpful for their guests, Farmhouse Kitchen makes note on the menu which dishes are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Farmhouse Kitchen has a really interesting list of salads with lots of great ingredients. My eye was immediately drawn to the Roots & Fruits salad with beets, parsnips, cippolini onions, oranges, grapes, crispy Brussels sprouts, pistachios, and goat cheese. Seriously, how amazing do all of those components sound together?! It honestly is one of the best salads I’ve had downtown. I love a salad that’s full of “stuff,” and this definitely fit that bill. It was a great balance of flavors and textures, and you got a little bit of everything in each bite.

One of my favorite parts of Farmhouse Kitchen is their veggie menu — an entire menu dedicated to vegetable sides! The “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” menu features organic and in-season vegetables, grains, and potatoes from local farmers and purveyors. Expect things like golden beets with pecans, kale pesto and vinaigrette, honey roasted carrots with cumin coriander yogurt, and fingerling potatoes with zucchini, garlic and rosemary. You can easily make a meal out of a variety of these small plates. Read the full post on Take A Bite Out of Boca.