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Any recommendatinos for Boca Raton?? Have been going there for years but haven't been in about 3 and wondered if there were any new additions that would be worth checking out.
Many thanks.

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    Michael Villar

    I've been to Boca once in a while (I live in Miramar). I've been to Mon Ami Brasserie and I can say that they are pretty good. Sometimes the wait staff seems to be aloof, but the food is very good.

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    1. re: Michael Villar

      Good news....Mon Ami is GONE!!!!! No great loss.

    2. Coppola's on Glades, just west of FL turnpike

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      1. There are lots of places to eat in Boca. Where there's money, there are operators willing to open good restaurants.

        Check out the New Times, a free weekly publication's, "Best of" Edition. Their restaurant reviewer is pretty good...Jean or Jan Kirkpatrick (?) Also, check out citysearch.com, and lots of posts on chowhound for Boca.

        One very over-rated Chinese place...One I would strongly tell you to forget is Uncle Thai's in Boca. Gary Woo's is far, far better and that is not great either..

        But, if you are looking for really good Chinese, drive down to Lauderhill on SR 7 (Hong Kong City or Silver Pond) or take a ride up to Boynton Beach and go to The China Dumpling.

        1. I was in Boca last summer. One place we went back to is Finnigan's Guppy. Not sure what the address is, but locals know it. Kind of a sports bar atmosphere, but a very interesting place great for kids, families, older couples, etc. The food was great and the prices were very appealing

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          1. re: Barb

            Guppy is on Federal Highway (US 1) just south of Palmetto.

          2. reposting andy's nice reply to the correct link:

            For terrific AMERICAN food-
            J.Alexanders on Glades Rd across from FAU univ..
            They have Call Ahead- and the food is GREAT- the BEST burger and maytag blue cheese cole claw=plus terrific salads...and wonderful friendly service..
            The restaurant is beautiful and looks super fancy for the food that is being served,but it is casual and terrific!!

            ALSO for GOOD Vietnamese food, in Delary on Federal Hwy, go to Cay Da--( it is related to La Tre in Boca) and the food is great and waYYYYYYYYYYYYYY cheaper....

            For AWESOME Italian, try Sapporisomo on Palmetto Park Rd east of Federal...it is gourmet Italian- very unusual dishes- lots of game foods plus terrific pastas..Take a lot of people and order a lot of dishes and share all...Ecerything is homemade and it is a small restaurant....

            If you want to drive down to Lauderdale and eat on the Intracoastasl, the BEST place for seafood and most unusual is Blue Moon Fish Company....eat outside and watch the boats go by...Food is VERY expensive but comes out of the kitchen like a work of art...and TASTES even better..

            Up in Boca, on the Ocean, is JB's on The Beach- eat outside..under the umbrellas....salads , burger and sandwiches are good...has good bar scene at nite and entertainment on the weekend...it's about 2 1/2 years old....it's on Ocean Blvd ( A1A) heading S towards Hillsborough ....

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            1. re: zenana

              Great ideas on here! Lived here for 35 years, seen them come and go. Quickly, JBs is a mystery to me, but some people like it. My take: WAY overpriced, WAY too much attitude, very average food. (Sorry if I offended some...). Chinese: Uncle Tai's is a marketing joke. The food is not just bad, its really bad, and the attitude and prices are another joke. Orient Palace, NE Boca. Period. Beach--Sorry, you really have to go to the Sea Watch in Ft. Lauderdale to get the real deal. Close by, but way more expensive and eclectic, is the Sunfish Grill on Atlantic in Pompano. Reservations a must. (These places are 15 minutes south of Boca.) Blue Moon--its OK, you will probably like it. La Tre cousin Cay Da is a great suggestion! Italian--gosh, how to choose? There's a place on Federal called Arturo's that has been there for many, many years that charges a ton of money ($17-for pasta; $30 for entree)--everything al a carte. I guess it must be good, but way over my budget. I really can't say one Italian place is better than the other as they are pretty much the same. For pizza, most of us go to Augy's on 2nd Ave. I know of one new Italian place that is very expensive but good; very ITALIAN, if you get my drift. I will post the name as soon as I eat there again. J Alexanders is a big chain with really good food at a slightly elevated price, but good none-the-less. Flannigan's (Guppy's or Big Daddy's) is a bar chain that serves food. Burgers, fish sandwiches (not bad if you 'catch' them on a good day) and so forth. Good, fun, and very reasonable. Good for watching the game. They are all over SOFLA with slightly different names. Like one poster said, plenty of $$ down here, so plenty of good places. Many locals don't really go out much during the season due to long wait times, but visitors don't mind it much. I don't when I visit other places.

              "Secret" local place for Sunday AM breakfast (or lunch if you partied to hard and got up late):
              Long drive, long wait, fun experience: John Gs on the ocean at Lake Worth. About the only place here I will wait in line for food.

              1. re: richopp

                hey richopp, I like your food observations. And, I get the J.B. mystery and I'll clue you in. It boils down to the theory that if you have beach-front views than your food can absolutely suck and the people won't notice. I'm glad that someone else noticed!!! I have been here for almost 2 yrs. now and have been dying to try John G's but can not seem to make it in time for breakfast. My substitute spot is the Boca breakfast and Lunch Club. I know the atmosphere is nowhere the same, but there's good eats here.

                1. re: munchabunch

                  J.B.'s is good for drinks and the scene. By the time the food arrives, you are too drunk to realize how bad it is. Stick with appetizers only.

                2. re: richopp

                  Really- the Sea Watch? It the same decor, people and food when I went there as a kid 30+ years ago. It was quite the disappointment from service to food. And the drinks didn't help you forget!

                  1. re: lawgical

                    was at the Sea Watch a couple months ago and we liked it.

                    1. re: lawgical

                      lawgical, Sorry you had a bad experience at the Sea Watch. They recently changed the menu, I am sorry to say, but they have been serving pretty much the same thing since 1974, so I guess change is due. I have not been since the change, so I can't really make new comments. Try it again; you might like it. Conch chowder with sherry on the side, conch fritters, the salad, the rolls, all great. I used to love the various fish dishes, so you might have been there on a bad night. Ask to sit on the porch if you can, and go upstairs and order from the raw bar and go outside and have a drink and some fresh seafood while staring at the water and the palm trees. You might like it after all...!

                3. Tony Dell's Italian Restaurant
                  9846 Sandalfoot Blvd (just off 441)
                  Boca Raton, FL 33428

                  Although I didn't dine in, I was visiting folks in Boca this past weekend and they ordered for take out a wonderful thin crust pizza that we all enjoyed at their house. I was informed that everything on their menu is very good, but it is a very small place and cash only.

                    1. Another TERRIFID Italian restaurant is right across from Mizner- called Julio's==the chef is from Chicago- owns and cooks at this restaurant. Call Information for the phone number- or call the pet store next door and tell them to get it for you IF information does not have it.

                      Chef will make you a special if you do NOT like anything on the menu...Homemade foccacia bread that is to DIE for-
                      all meals come with salad..Food is plentiful---restaurant is SMALL- but very dark , so can also be romantic..

                      Mon Ami is NOW CLOSED and the owner has reopened in the MUVICO premier restaurant- now called Bogarts- I have not been so I cannot comment on the food.

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                      1. re: Andy

                        It's TULIOS...T not J... and it's in the phone book..when we were there last week Tulio said they'd be moving soon to larger space a bit south. Tulios is a wonderful small restaurant...thak heavens it's in Boca but not of Boca

                        1. re: dickinboca

                          Been to Tulios - they moved to Royal Palm Place. Food is good. It is pricey.

                      2. Andy--That's a great recommendation. Thanks! By the way, I had heard that Max R. had taken over the MUVICO, but have not been there yet. Has anyone been yet? The last people runnig that place had food that was, well, average, I guess.

                        1. I was there the other day and used to work there as well. Basically it's the old Mon Ami menu. Just ok.

                          1. We only go to JB's to sit at the outside bar. They do have a really good shrimp appetizer that is spicy! That's it though!

                            1. Renzo's in NE Boca (off Federal Highway) is a good, family-run Italian restaurant. They have amazing fish (look at the specials for the really fresh catches), and very large portions.

                              Also, Talia's Tuscan Table is a little place (on Spanish River Blvd. just west of Federal Highway) that makes incredible, hearty sandwiches. The owner is really friendly and adds a fun atmosphere (the TV on the wall shows the Sopranos on repeat) to the place. They use plenty of oil and cheese, but it is a great non-Florida type place.

                              Finally, Kyoto in Delray Beach (the next town north) offers some pretty good sushi in a NYC style setting. Gets crowded late night with tons of 30-somethings.

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                              1. re: BabkaGal

                                tuscan table is aweful, dont waste your time.

                                1. re: BabkaGal

                                  Kyoto has great sushi (this is coming from a fomer NYC-er). Atmosphere is very hip. Order the lobster roll - you will not be sorry!

                                2. Hi, all. Hey, great Italian choices you guys put up. I have to try some of them. A place that some guys from work tried with customers the other day--BOHEME in Delray on Atlantic. Yes, I know, Atlantic is a bit for tourists these days, but the group of 10 all tried different things and said the place was great. Things tried included duck, ribs (!), pasta, and various appetizers. They really liked everything, so you may want to give it a try and let us "less fortunates" know how it is. The prices are basic for the area, but a bit high for me right now. I printed out the menu and the shrimp dish in wine, EVOO, feta, mushrooms, etc. sounded pretty good to me! I had lunch (business) at Cabana El Ray on Atlantic and it was good if a bit pricy. Somewhat different than others. I kind of like Miami for Cuban, but there are places here and there that are good for specific dishes. I hear Cabana has a REAL Cuban sandwich, so I will give it a try and let you all know. By the way, for Mexican/Latin, I love Las Fajitas on Dixie in Boca. I think you either love it or not; I love it and am not shy about saying so...I have tried pretty much everything but the fajitas (I know, I will next time...the carne asada is just one of my favorites so I usually get that these days) and I like it all from the chips and salsa to the flan. They have a green (hot) salsa that you have to ask for, but it is good. Sister places include Senor Burrito around the corner--mostly the same but green sauces vs mostly red for Las Fajitas. The one in Delray is not, in my opinion, as good as the one in Boca, but maybe I got it on a bad night. That's all for now--thanks for the appetizer tip for JB's, Linda VH. Next time I am forced to go I will give it a try. Also, munchabunch, you are right on...I promise you the Sea Watch is not like that at all! Ah, for the old days at Harris' Imperial House and the original Pal's...oh, by the way, Augy's got bought out and I don't know the result. New (old) pizza place for take out is Jerry's right up the street. Renzo's is also good and whatever happened to Villa Venizia?? Joe and his son really had the best food around, IMHO. Time passes...

                                  1. Abe & Louie's on Glades Road is an EXCELLENT steak house...the best in the area, IMHO

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                                    1. re: gblcsw

                                      qblcsw--You got that right! While I can not go there myself, I have been entertained there and at NY Prime across the street and like Abe better. Funny part is that it used to be a bar called the Elephant Walk, which was a fun place, too. Then a Hooters moved in, I THINK--so many changes here that sometimes I get confused! Anyway, I think I insulted them last time I was there by saying to the waiter, after I tasted my excellent dish, that it sure wasn't the Elephant Walk anymore...just joking, you know, but I think he was not happy with my comment...Oh, someone above mentioned good sandwiches. The V&S Special at the V&S Deli on Federal just north of 20th Street is pretty good if you like the Italian Sub in large portions. Very busy at lunch--best to go in a bit early or late for the best service as it is very small. Another new find is Bluefin, up on Congress and Yamato. Excellent Thai food and friends say the sushi is also good. Until next time...

                                    2. I too love Cabana on Atlantic. Dada's also good but also in Delray.

                                      1. I've lived in Boca for 13 years now and have seen a lot of places come and go. One of my all time favorites is Baja Cafe in East Boca on NW 1st Ave. They have the best salsa and their California Veggie burrito is one of my favorites. Another place to try is Ichiban, a great Japanese restaurant and they put on a show at the hibachi tables. I don't like it as much as Benihana's but I haven't been to Benihana's in years so I guess I'm not qualified to compare anymore. If you like Greek food, or if you've never had it, there's a place on N. Federal Hwy in East Boca (forgot the name of it but I believe it has Taverna in the name) - they have the best homemade hummus. For pizza I don't go anywhere except Dominic's II in W. Boca on Glades and 441. They make the closest thing to NY pizza I've had since I've been down here. I also agree that Renzo's is a great place. Another of my favorite places is Doc's All American although it's in Delray. The food is good; hot dogs, burgers, but it's the atmosphere and old-fashioned outdoor seating that's the best. I love going there after hanging out on the beach all day and just grabbing a burger and watching the people go by. Another good place in Delray is Boston's on the Beach. It's pretty casual, the food is good and they have live music. There is also Boston's Upper Deck if you want something a little more fancy and better outdoor seating but it's more expensive.Getting back to Boca, Brewzzi's is also great. They have the best meatloaf sandwich but the portions are insane. The Tin Muffin in E. Boca on Palmetto is also great. Apparently it has been here awhile and I had never heard of it before. Went there for lunch the other day and it was fantastic. Everything on the menu looked delicious and it was hard to decide what to get. The waitress suggested one of the specials, crab cake salad with mixed greens and red pepper dressing. It was delicious! And if you go there, try the lemonade! -- but they're only open for lunch and they're closed on Sundays.

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                                        1. re: gooshead

                                          I don't thik that I saw Houston's mentioned. I'm a rabid anti-chain foodie, but I make an exception for Houston's in Boca (and Nobu and Ruth's Chris almost anywhere.) Everything I have had at Houston's has exceeded my expectations in flavor, ingredients and presentation. The Mexican soup, complete with chucks of avocado, was a great surprise as was the grilled artichoke (best I ever had!) It is definitely worth a visit if you haven't tried it.

                                          On the other hand, I have not had one really good Japanese or Thai meal in Boca. All of these non-Japanese-owned Japanese restaurants fail to make sushi rice properly (most often the wrong rice, vinegar and preparation) and generally sell large portions of poorer quality tasteless fish. "Yes, we have toro, middle toro" is one of the great admissions of inept management that I experience over and over. It almost always guarantees refrozen magoro that has NO relation to toro.

                                          Nor have I been to a single Thai restaurant here that can make classic Thai dishes properly. Tom Yum soups using sugar or sweetened chili sauces are a pet peeve, and none of them use fresh lime juice (or enough to taste.) I never find pieces of galanga, lemongrass, Thai chilis or Thai mint leaves in these preparations. I've been to Thailand, and this isn't Thailand.

                                          1. re: Buzzy2

                                            "I'm a rabid anti-chain foodie" - I am with you on that.

                                            I have eaten at Houston's only once when my company was buying and it was better than what I thought. I have a friend who has worked for them in ATL for over 10 years now. They go the extra mile by grinding their own hambuger and cutting their own potatoes for fries. Their standards are what make them so solid.

                                            Tom Yum or Tom Kha soup - I haven't found any place worthy in SoFla from my experience.

                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                              Try Lotus Garden in downtown Coral Gables. Always fresh ingredients, she has about 12 fresh chopped vegetables in the spring/egg rolls. Tell Kathy, the owner/chef what you are looking for, she will make it. She also has some great Vietnamese dishes.

                                        2. Inca Grill on Palmetto just east of Federal serves wonderful Peruvian food. And it's very reasonable! The service is warm and cheerful, and they will make any kind of alteration or substitution you want.

                                          1. hi check paris gourmet they have good food and very good prices 40% of the check every monday

                                            1. I can NOT believe you all didnt mention Trattoria Romano on Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton. Oh yes its a scene and pricey but the food from this NYC foodie is amazing. Flawless and excellent .

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                                              1. re: RCCCA

                                                Completely agree. Repost from another thread
                                                Trattoria Romana is one of the most happening places in south Fla. Always packed with well dressed and attractive customers, it serves memorable Italian food in an energetic and warm setting.

                                                The food here is traditional Big Italian, with some updates. The menu is extensive, ranging from pastas, risottos, fish, chicken, veal, with updates like pizzas and a low cal menu that looks pretty tasty. We have gone several times with large parties, and everyone always seems very satisfied. The service is fast and friendly,the ambiance terrific, and the food is excellent. I can especially recommend the calamari, frito misto, Caesar salad, Papparedelle Con Funghi Shiitake, and Veal Scaloppine Marsala. I have never heard anyone complain about the preparation, taste, or portion size of their meals.

                                                Some will however complain about the cost. The good stuff always costs a little more.

                                                Reservsations mandatory. Regulars get preferred seating and preferential treatment. Deal with it, it's worth it.


                                              2. In town for one night. Any updated recommendations as far as sushi places and/or decent chinese restaurants (authentic)? Also, are there any decent brew pubs/bars or beer geek places in this area?

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                                                1. re: Insidious Rex

                                                  The Funky Buddha is a cool beer place with micro beers. Federal Highway south of Spanish River Blvd on the W side.

                                                  1. re: smartie

                                                    Hi, Rex. Well, for Chinese I would suggest the Orient Diner, which is actually just north of Boca in Delray. It is in a strip mall on the NE corner of Linton Blvd and US 1 (Federal Hwy). The shrimp appetizer and the salad appetizer are great, as well as the rest of the menu. Small, decent prices, good. For sushi, I really don't know but one lady owns 3 places now--Sushi Thai in Boca across from Mizner Park, Lemongrass, I am not sure where, and the one I like, which is FAH. It is in another strip mall in NE Boca on Federal (US 1) in a Publix center just south of Hidden Valley Blvd, which is an E-W street. It is back in the corner of the "L" (as is the Orient Diner in Delray) and does a lobster dish (lobster monster) for 20.00 that is awesome. 1/2 tail and 1/2 sushi, and it is so big I split it since I don't eat sushi. Daughter and ex do and love it. I also like their namsod and other appetizers, so you should be good there. Reasonable but trendy! I wish I could help with more sushi, but not my thing. Oh, best burger around no matter what: Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Blvd just east of US 1: Charm City. Amazingly good, but small place. You could have to wait. We do have a Houston's, but very hard to get into, as well as Seasons 52 around the corner, also hard to get into especially during the season. Beer geek--you will have to try someone else. I have been out of college for a long time...try Atlantic Avenue in Delray. They have a bit of everything. Enjoy Boca!

                                                    Seasons 52
                                                    2300 NW Executive Center Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33431

                                                    1. re: richopp

                                                      Will any of these Chinese or Thai joints do it really (and I mean *really*) spicy? It's like spicy food has been verboten in Florida.

                                                      1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                        Super-hot is often a challenege. I suspect some places get burned (pun intended) from folks asking for hot - and then sending it back as too hot.

                                                        You can always ask for hot oil, sauce, powder, etc on the side. I've never had a problem doing this.

                                                        Yes yes yes, it may not be quite the same as if it was all cooked in harmony.

                                                        But if you really want to hurt yourself, this is one way to guarantee it.

                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                          "I suspect some places get burned (pun intended) from folks asking for hot - and then sending it back as too hot."

                                                          I've heard that, but I've never seen it. I wonder who these people are that ask for it really hot but aren't ardent chiliheads like me. My low-capsaicin friends certainly don't make that mistake. If you know you can't handle the heat, why did you order it that way?

                                                          I know you can ask for stuff on the side, but aside from the lack of harmony which you note, it's as toned down as the dish itself. If the joint isn't going to make it hot because they don't trust you, they'll be just as cautious giving you something on the side. Must be something in Florida's air.

                                                    2. re: smartie

                                                      Second the Funky Buddha for beer - they have plenty and the now make their own. Tonight they also have a rare keg of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum - it won't last long.

                                                      Another option with just a few beers but they brew their own (and good) is Brewzzi - on Glades near Town Center Mall just West of I-95. It's primarily a restaurant - think Cheesecake Factory - and pretty good IMHO.

                                                      2222 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                        The Lodge (rustic, semi-sports bar type) is supposed to have a fine selection of micros. Funky Buddha (brewery/lounge) is now brewing their own as mentioned, along with a fine selection of micros from what I have read.