2275 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
Italian. If you want Northern Italian in a low-key atmosphere, and nobody rushing you out the door, this is your spot. Start with something from the very good wine list. Try the yellowtail snapper, the penne Caprese, the capellini Gamberi and leave room for the desserts. Reservations recommended.
131 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Italian. This long-lived venue on crowded Atlantic Avenue is a reason to sit down and take a breath. Then take up a fork and try the linguine with white clam sauce or the ravioli Sazio or grilled skirt steak or pretty much anything on the menu. Prices are reasonable;...
4595 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Classic French. It’s France in a tiny venue, with big-taste dishes that include all the faves: beef bourguignon, rack of lamb, duck crispy orange, frog legs Provencale, veal kidneys, tender branzino and simple desserts to end the meal. Serves lunch and dinner; reservations are mandatory for dinner.
2409 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Modern American. A cornerstone in the Northwood neighborhood, this venue draws because of a complete package: food, drinks and great nightlife music. Take some char-grilled oysters, add shrimp pesto capellini or a marinated pork chop with polenta, plus local singing fave Tessie Porter and you have a fun and delicious...
8794 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach
Modern European/American. A comfortable supper club vibe with better-than-normal food. Live entertainment supplements large portions with dishes such as braised wild boar pappardelle, grilled salmon, arancini. Happy Hour portions are large, too; desserts are decadent. Worth a trip to West Boynton Beach.
253 SE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach
Mediterranean. Popular venue since 2001, with Greek, Italian dishes and more. Highlights are seafood paella, roasted half duck and grilled jumbo artichoke appetizer. Lots of favorites on the menu: calf’s liver, veal osso buco, branzino, seafood crepes. Nice outdoor seating if weather permits.
500 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton
Indian. Six different kinds of naan bread let you know this isn’t your usual Indian menu, and the naan itself is a light bite of heaven. House-roasted and ground spices help make the seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes memorable. Try the Angarey tandoori chicken and the side dish...
32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach
American bistro. Check out the high-top seating or bar stools during an excellent happy hour menu that includes deviled eggs, pork sliders, chicken wings and a happy crowd. Entrees are generous and well executed. Try the fish and chips, one of six burgers, fish tacos and more.
6000 Glades Road, Boca Town Center Mall
Eco-chic health food. This chain was co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the health food guru, so dishes here reflect the “anti-inflammatory” diet he prescribes. You’ll find some delicious here. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly, so if the terrific edamame dumplings, grab them. Same for the burger, herb hummus...