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...
200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach
Mediterranean-American. Joseph’s is an elegant, comfortable, intimate nook in Delray’s Pineapple Grove, and an ideal place for a lazy evening. This family affair have all tastes covered. Try the special cheese platter, the duck à l’orange or the rack of lamb.
626 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach
French. This is a petite place with a large following, for good reason. Meals start with an amuse-bouche and a menu that spans the length of France. Order a creamy Caesar salad with a light anchovy-based dressing. Try the coq au vin (sauce cooked for two days), and if you...
7901 W. Atlantic Ave. #101, Delray Beach
Floridian cuisine. Try the great, giant harissa lamb/sheep’s feta meatballs, and the Maestro Del Mar, a Florida seafood stew that can include gator, mofongo de yuca and a “fin to tail broth.” Good for what ails you. Worth the trip out to west Atlantic Avenue.
2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach
Modern American. You should come for both the sunset and the food. This oceanfront restaurant is a gem tucked inside the Delray Sands resort. From the airy, bubbly interior to the raw bar, the décor is soothing and fun. Try the lobster and crab-stuffed shrimp, the miso-glazed Skuna Bay...
147 S.E. First Ave. Boca Raton
American. True is the only place in South Florida to eat authentic Baltimore crab cakes. This small, unpretentious venue reminds us of a Key West food shack. The food is fabulous. Try anything with crab (crab dip, crab soup, crab sliders), but don’t miss the bacon-wrapped dates, beef brisket...
100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
Italian. This jumping joint serves terrific Neapolitan pizza (thin crust), but don’t miss the other entrées. Start with a charcuterie/cheese plate and grab the amazing breadsticks. All breads and pastas are made on the premises. Other faves include the carbonara and the calamari, and save room for house-made gelato. Unusual...
416 Via De Palmas, Suite 81, Boca Raton
French. Take a trip overseas without leaving the city and enjoy excellently prepared traditional French dishes, such as duck l’orange or beef bourguignon, or go with Cajun chicken and veal Milanese. The comfortable dining room is a Parisian experience, as is the apple tarte tatin.
14813 Lyons Road, Delray Beach
Gastropub. Definitely try the homemade batches of cocktails on tap, which give this west Delray gastropub its name. The artisanal mixes boast ingredients such as H.M. Tonic No. 22—the crisp, tangy part of a very good gin and tonic. The heirloom tomato and feta salad is a highlight with...
45 NE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach
Contemporary American/French. A little bit of Palm Beach, a little bit of France come to Deerfield Beach in the form of this elegant, sophisticated restaurant in the oceanfront Royal Blues Hotel. Service is as stellar as the views from the cozy, modestly opulent dining room, notable for the 1,500-gallon aquarium...