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Feb 10, 2007 01:00 PM

best of Boca Raton dining

looking for casual atmosphere and excellent food for next weekend. Appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. A favorite of mine is Ben's Deli. I've never been to the Boca Raton location, though I have sent my mother multiple times and she loved it. It is one of my favorite places to eat at in NYC, when I'm in the area. Excellent deli sandwiches and great hot food as well. If only there was one of these near me in the suburbs of Chicago, I'd be a much happier person!

    If you like great deli and other items such as hot brisket and the like, you can't go wrong with Ben's! It's not fine dinning, but it is excellent food.

    1. Ben's New York Deli in Boca is terrific. They are in an open mall on the corner of Rt. 441 and Clint Moore Road. The decor is nice. The service all depends on who you get. Most of the young girls are wonderful. I have had one young man a couple of times who seems to forget we exist as well as not necessarily bringing what we have ordered and i try to avoid him. The food however is WONDERFUL. I have had their deli sandwiches only one time and they are quite good. I tend to love the hot brisket dinner. One can substitute any side dish combination so i usually opt for their egg barley with mushrooms and their HUGE CRISPY potato latkes with apple sauce. Oh yes, and extra brown gravy on the side. I have never had any of their desserts as i tend to find that kosher delis and great desserts are not necessarily found on the same piece of real estate. Their portions of everything are quite large and usually one ends up with leftovers for a light lunch the next day. They do have their own web site and you can check out their menu.

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      1. re: faleentoby

        I love Ben's...I used to live in NY and it is every bit as good in Boca! That said, I wouldn't call it a great "excellent food/casual atmosphere" destination. I recommend Max's Grille in Mizner Park...Lovely food and atmosphere, both in and outdoors.

        1. re: gblcsw

          I was just at Max's Grille on thursday night, and while the food was great, and the service was firendly and attentive, it was very very loud, loud enough that we could not head eachother across a large table that sat 6 people, and this was not ideal, as its nice to be able to talk to your family and friends at dinner. But the food was superb, and the service was great, and good value. Good selection of wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle. But loud enough that i would not go back.

        2. re: faleentoby

          Friends of our recommended Ben's as a New York deli experience in Florida, but they just order sandwiches. It appears that is all Ben's can handle.

          We were a party of four -- my elderly parents, my wife and me. While my folks went inside to get a table, my wife and I parked the car. The host wouldn't even consider seating my parents until my wife and I came in. Two other tables for four were seated before we joined them. Then, we had to wait about 15 minutes for the next table; although we'd already told the host the whole party was there, he came back after 10 minutes and asked us if our whole party had arrived.

          The restaurant is very loud, annoyingly so.

          Our drink order was taken right away and we were promptly served 4 iced teas. There were sugar packets on the table; no artificial sweeteners. My mother asked for Sweet 'n' Low, but was informed they carry only Splenda and she was given a few packets.

          The server gave us a bowl of pickles and some coleslaw. They were very good. He also took our meal order promptly. My wife ordered flanken in the pot. My mother ordered broiled chicken. My father and I decided to split a roumanian steak, with sides of stuffed derma, kasha varnishkes, and an israeli salad. We reminded him we'd need a second plate.

          The salad never arrived. My dad's and my entree arrived at the same time as my mother's, within a reasonable time. My wife's entree wasn't there and we had to ask three times to two different servers to get a second plate. At that point, I told the server to cancel my salad.

          My wife's entree arrived about 20-30 minutes after everyone else was served and almost done with their meals. The server's excuse was that another server had picked it up and given it to another table, so it had to be prepared a second time. Incredible!

          We were not given any bread. When I inquired, the server said bread is not offered unless diners request it. The bread came soon after.

          We asked to speak to the manager, and we told the facts to him. The server had not told him anything, so it came as a surprise to the manager. He gave us a $10 credit and (of course) we didn't pay for the phantom salad.

          The quality of the steak was good, but my father found it too salty. My mother's chicken was too well-done and dried out. The stuffed derma was quite tasty, but the kasha varnishkes were just so-so. My wife's flanken in the pot -- once it finally arrived -- was quite good, but by that time, the frustration had taken the edge off her appetite. We took more than half of it home.

          1. re: Egregious

            I've been to Ben's loads of times and can recommend it very highly. It does sometimes get too busy for its own good but does the best corned beef sandwiches!

        3. I like Legal Seafoods. It's a chain - but a small one - and the seafood is excellent. Robyn

          1. For casual, delicious food we like Lilly's, a little Italian Trattoria on Palmetto Park Rd east of US-1. It's a great local place.

            We're also enjoying Taverna Kyma, opened about a month ago on US-1 north of Yamato, by the same owners of Taverna Opa. No dancing on the tables or uber loud music, but lots of the same favorite dishes. And they offer fresh fish (all kinds of types) that you choose from, and choose your preparation.

            1. Some of my favorites after living in Boca for a while:


     A little pricey, but very good, and the owner/staff are great fun. All pastas are homemade, lots of interesting dishes with wild game, exotic meats, etc.


     A chain from Texas that has recently branched out with it's first restaurant in Florida in Mizner Park. Excellent seafood and very good service

              Taverna Kyma is very good. If you want downscale, more casual dining, say for a quick greek lunch, I have found Jimmy The Greek Tavern on Glades Road to be just the thing

              A Saquella Caffe

     is a great spot for Saturday or Sunday breakfast or brunch. Very European with great coffee.

              Cay Da

     is an absolute gem. If you've never had Vietnamese food, you really should try it. They place is nothing to write home bout decor-wise, but the food is 100% top notch.

              If you have any other specific styles/nationalities you would like to try, post it here and I'm sure we can come up with many others. If you don't mind taking a short trip up to Atlantic Avenue in Delray, the possibilities open up five-fold.

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              1. re: Neek

                Sequella is great any day of the week, but the service is horrendous on weekends. Wait is 75 min. AFTER you order. BOCA BREALFAST CLUB is great and just around the corner as in Le COTE FRANCE for french breakfast or lunch. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR is hands down the finest restaurant in a town full of fine restaurants. Maxes is over-rated....sorry Patty Max, lol
                Sushi Thai is the same food and owners as Lemongrass....only alot cheaper....and they deliver!
                Try the lemon artichoke chicken sandwich at Beanies....yummy!
                Kobe burger with fois gras at CHARM CITY down the road in Deerfield Beach....awesome shakes too!

                1. re: YALEDOC

                  I am often at Royal Palm Place and know of all the restaurants you mentioned. Saquella is great and it definitely is a busy place. Never been to the Boca Breakfast (& Lunch) Club. Been wanting to try that one out. Love Chops Lobster Bar. I've stared at the caricature above the bar until I've about figured out who everyone in the picture is).
                  I adore the award-winning lemon artichoke sandwich at Beanies too! Yummo! Never been to Charm City in Deerfield. Sounds interesting. Several new restaurants on the Boca scene: Caruso Ristorante in the old Cafe Joley spot (just down from Breakfast Club). Also Capri Ristorante on 1st. They're out of Chicago and they make a pretty mean "Forget About It" dish.