Sunday, December 16, 2018

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364 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
561/392-9446
Down home café. Bring cash to this delightful, tiny, lunch restaurant, because they don’t take credit cards. You won’t care about that after you sip the popular minted lemonade, or dig into a delectable ham salad or shrimp salad on fresh French bread. The salads are large, fresh and...
7050 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
561/368-1740
French. This gem is hidden in a strip mall but worth searching out for lunch. Lunch is all the restaurant serves, but it’s memorable. Top hits are the croque monsieur, crepes, homemade soups (the onion soup isn’t salty; it’s pretty perfect), the salads and the pear almond paste tart. It’s...
16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach
561/381-0037
Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia's modern, small-plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chicken-turkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella.
5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 247, Boca Raton
561/235-5819
Gastropub. This hugely popular nouveau-Industrial gastropub is not for the faint of eardrums when packed, but don't let that discourage you. The kitchen here executes the hell out of a short, simple all-day menu. Grilled salmon chopped salad with tomatillo ranch dressing is delightful, as is guacamole studded with fat...
3501 SW Eighth St.
Miami
305/441-2500
Versailles has been one of Calle Ocho’s most popular restaurants since 1971. This is good-to-the-last-black-bean Cuban with a menu the size of the Old Testament. It’s also one of the better people-watching spots in town.
224 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach
561/650-1001
Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and some 150 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole
1800 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale
954/524-1800
This modest, unpretentious Italian restaurant doesn’t attempt to reinvent the culinary wheel. Instead, it dishes up big portions of simple, hearty, flavorful food at extremely reasonable prices.
3558 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale
954/561-6411
Don’t let the New Age “spirituality” of this quaint restaurant throw you off. Instead, focus on the fresh, organic ingredients that are incorporated into inventive sushi, soups and salads and (mostly) Asian-influenced entrées.
3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd.
Boca Raton
561/750-8860
Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado.
1679 Market St.
Weston
954/384-8183
Locals flock here for the made-to-order bistro sandwiches on fresh baguettes, daily quiche selections and cheese plates. Favorites include the applewood-smoked bacon with goat cheese brie sandwich and the Spanish salad with manchego, orange slices and black olives.
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