39 SE First Ave., Boca Raton
Italian. The Rat Pack is alive and well here in both décor and soundtrack. So, too, are traditional Italian dishes such as Dentice oreganata, capellini Pomodoro and tiramisu. But you may want to get there early for one of the longest happy hours around (11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays)...
1841 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
American. You don't have to worry about calories (most dishes are under 500), you don't have to worry about finding something you haven't tried before (new items are added every three months) and freshness is the silent ingredient throughout. Try the pesto Caprese flatbread, the supergrain salad and the...
112 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton
This restaurant has a unique, elegant, one-seating, prix-fixe dinner and only six tables. The decor reflects the food, which is innovative in unexpected but attractive ways. Open since 2004, its staying power proves the pull of a beautiful space, amazing food and a special attention from a talented staff....
201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Greek-American. This sleek Mizner Park destination combines Maryland and Greek dishes, reflecting the flagship Ouzo Bay in Baltimore. You'll find classic Greek dishes done right here: the spanakopita, dolmades and baklava are excellent. A large variety of fish are flown in daily and served whole or deboned, but always...
390 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
Seafood. A renovated 1920s bungalow houses this shipshape restaurant, in addition to two large, outdoor deck and patio areas. It's known for familiar dish names with new tweaks: smoked fish-hummus dip, falafel fish fritters, crab guacamole, mussels in coconut curry broth, plus the paella on Sundays only. Don't leave...
364 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
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...
201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana
New American cuisine. Check the website at noon each day, because the entire menu changes (except the Straight Shooter Pie and cookies). This passion project from owners/chefs Jeremy and Cindy Bearman uses local ingredients in mouthwatering combos: bright yellow/orange tomato soup with sesame crouton, charred fennel & fronds; wood-fired...
5560 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Italian. A reincarnation of a popular 1990s Boca venue, this version has updated the dining room, kept the yummy oven-baked focaccia bread slices, and added a 21st century taste to the menu. Don’t miss the tender bone-in pork chop, risotto croquettes, thin-crust pizza and seafood specials. Vegetarian and gluten-free...
5580 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
New American cuisine. Known for its reliable food as well as the non-gluten, Paleo and “B Choosy” kids menu, the first Florida location for this restaurant is deservedly crowded, so make reservations. Don’t miss the General Tso’s cauliflower, the pan-seared salmon (Paleo), the crab cakes or the Key lime...
19 SE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach
Japanese small plates. The large sake, whisky and beer menu here pairs beautifully with the small plates full of everything except sushi. No sushi. And that’s fine. Try the takoyaki (octopus balls), the crispy salmon tacos, and anything with the addictive kimchi, such as the kimchi fried rice. There...