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...
1901 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Italian. "Grato" is Italian for "grateful," and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley's sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato's, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini....
191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach
Steakhouse. "Meat Market" may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steakhouse, but there's no dissonance in its food, service or ambiance. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and upscale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is...
16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach
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
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...
2006 NW Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton
American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four restaurants preceding this local outpost of a Canadian chain that styles itself a "New York grill and bar." What Madison's has going for it is an exceedingly handsome and capacious space, and service that is...
21077 Powerline Road, Boca Raton
Contemporary Kosher. This west Boca restaurant is named after a Brooklyn avenue in a district known for its food. Here you’ll find very good food, and no dairy products are used. Try the Hibachi salmon, all-kale Caesar salad, the schnitzel sandwich.
9 S Swinton Ave., Delray Beach;
American Contemporary. This small gem off noisy Atlantic Avenue is big on taste and ambience, and has been busy since 2009. You can travel the world with dumplings, conch fritters, pork schnitzel, rigatoni Bolognese, étouffée and more. Reservations recommended for this laidback, comfortable venue.
200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach
Contemporary bistro. The menu changes daily but some faves here include filet mignon carpaccio, seared tuna poke, seared diver scallops, slow-cooked lamb pappardelle, and more. Oh, and the Meyer lemon tart? 'Nuff said. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation.