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...
32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach
Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: talented chef, great food, excellent service. From the pea risotto to the crab cake to the signature steaks and a lot more, this is a venue worth the money. Thanks goes to Executive Chef Paul Niedermann, who...
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)...
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...
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....
651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Southern with Mediterranean twist. Across from the PBC Convention Center and next to Kravis Center for the Performing Arts means it’s a shoe-in for an excellent pre-theater meal. Or a post-theater drink and nosh. Executive Chef/Co-Owner Lindsay Autry’s version of pimento cheese (prepared tableside), fried chicken, pickled shrimp and...
234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach
Contemporary American. One of the only oceanfront (as in, on the beach) options in South Florida, this familiar-with-a-twist venue is fun to both visit and eat. Try the Infamous Lollipop Chicken Wings, a starter that could be an entrée. Seafood is definitely top-shelf, as are the desserts. A true...
14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach
West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhoods with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro's menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a...
141 Via Naranjas, Boca Raton
You've probably licked postage stamps that are larger than this tiny jewel box of a restaurant, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm, sophistication and imaginative, expertly crafted food. Virtually everything is made in-house, from the trio of breads that first grace...