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Dec 3, 2006 11:23 PM

Delray Dining not so good

please....does anyone reccomend a restaurant in Delray Beach? There is no mexican or greek that is worth talking about. The hype is very overdone and I would love to know any secrets I may be missing.

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  1. I'm afraid if that is the cuisine you seek then Delray is not your cuppa. Somewhat upscale dining along Atlantic Ave is available in a wide variety of spots - some quite good by previous posters opinions and many places both casual and upbeat. Cafe Luna Rosa across from the beach had been a favorite of mine for years but has slipped a little. That doesn't mean I won't return this winter. I enjoy the ambiance and the location as well as the food - service can be variable when it gets busy.
    If you should crave a real burger joint, go to Atlantic Av and continue over the tracks. Look to the right at the intersection with Linton and place your order - dandy.

    1. The funny thing about authentic ethnic food finds is that you generally have to find them where the bulk of local first-generation people of that ethnicity live, work or play. There's a fair sight more Greek AFAIK just to the south in Boca, for instance, and though Delray has something of an immigrant Mexican presence, it's nothing like the areas north of Boynton, particularly Greenacres, Lake Worth and West Palm.

      I'd be suprised, though, to hear that there are no Greek restaurants in Delray at all; Greek's something of a fad food around here lately. Anyone capable of whipping up a bowl of tzatziki seems to be opening a noisy Greek place with belly dancing this year.

      On a similar-to-but-not-the-same-as-Greek note, there's a Turkish place in the plaza at the corner of US1 and Linton. Curiously, I saw it on a list of business on an Armenian-American website.

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      1. re: hatless

        Taverna Kyma is opening any day now on Federal south of Linton/north of Yamato. It's just south of Delray; we'll see how good it is. The restauraneurs behind Taverna Opa et al are responsible. It's supposed to have a seafood slant.

      2. Hello again Idineout, yes, I absolutely agree that Delray is very commercial and thus over-rated. It's more of a destination than a food focus. With that said, I like Tramonti for pulpa, Dada for sitting outside and eating their crabcakes and maple-glazed salmon (and I like their bread, it's infused with Rosemary or maybe it's Tyme), Lemon Grass for creative sushi rolls (but the seating sucks), City Oyster for HUGE salads filled with more than just greens. Hmmm....that's about it, but I have not tried a few others. And, tomorrow I have a date at 32 East which I love the menu, but need to see if the food translates from menu to palate!! Stay tuned.

        1. There's plenty of good food in Delray, esp on Atlantic. It is a tourist destination, so you have your share of not-so-good places trying to take some of the business. I agree there's no good Mexican or Greek, but that's pretty much a problem in S. Florida in general. By the way, Baja in Boca is the best Mexican I've had in S Florida (doesn't say much). There's great Asian and Italian in Delray. Kyoto for sushi was wonderful last time we went. J&J was great seafood and steaks and refreshingly low-key - noncommercial for sure. I would stay away from Napa which is next door unless you want a liquor drink. Truly the epitome of awful cheesy Florida (I am a native). 32 East is fantastic if sometimes lackluster on service. Dada is also very good with a fantastic atmosphere. Falcon House has pretty good food and becomes a late-night scene that can be fun. Rocky's Italian Bistro for great Italian and a great wine list. City Oyster was a pleasant surprise, because it exceeded my expectations. Got married at the Delray Beach Marriott and, when I was there, they had a ridiculous sunday brunch that was well worth the price tag. Luna Rosa is also fun for breakfast if a bit pretentious and with a long wait.

          1. Sazio, a casual intimate spot on the Avenue (131 E.). They have a nice wine list as well.