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LKozy42319 Feb 10, 2007 01:00 PM

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

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    MDhaliwal RE: LKozy42319 Feb 10, 2007 01:06 PM

    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.


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      faleentoby RE: LKozy42319 Feb 10, 2007 01:31 PM

      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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        gblcsw RE: faleentoby Feb 10, 2007 02:11 PM

        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.

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          Debibo RE: gblcsw Mar 22, 2008 03:23 PM

          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.

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          Egregious RE: faleentoby Feb 16, 2009 06:22 AM

          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.

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            Janette RE: Egregious Feb 17, 2009 10:16 AM

            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!

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          pvgirl RE: LKozy42319 Feb 10, 2007 03:16 PM

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

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            diablita FL RE: LKozy42319 Feb 11, 2007 06:13 AM

            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.

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              Neek RE: LKozy42319 Feb 16, 2009 11:32 AM

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


              http://palm.beaches.diningguide.com/d... 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.


              http://www.trulucks.com/home.php 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 http://www.bocaratoncuisine.com/jimmy...

              A Saquella Caffe

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/saquella-caff... is a great spot for Saturday or Sunday breakfast or brunch. Very European with great coffee.

              Cay Da

              http://palm.beaches.diningguide.com/d... 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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                YALEDOC RE: Neek Mar 11, 2010 12:04 AM

                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!

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                  drighetti RE: YALEDOC Mar 16, 2010 05:44 PM

                  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.

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                smartie RE: LKozy42319 Feb 16, 2009 02:02 PM

                Moquila is nice in Royal Palm Plaza - mexican with fab guacamole

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                  smfoodies RE: smartie Nov 9, 2009 04:01 PM

                  I would concur with the rave reviews for Sapporisimo. It is a tiny Italian restaurant on Palmetto Park Road just before the Intercoastal. It does not have a super fancy ambiance but is quaint/homey and perfect for a wonderful night out. The food is out of this world !What really makes it special are the Italian owners. He tells you the menu verbally each time you come and she is in the kitchen. They make you feel like family. Be sure and try the Burrata (mozzarella with cream center) and the carmel pannacotta for dessert. All the entrees are amazing from homemade pastas, risotto, veal and fish dishes. We just keep going back whenever we can!

                  Boca Raton, FL, Boca Raton, FL

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                    YALEDOC RE: smartie Mar 11, 2010 12:05 AM

                    great guac....made tableside....nothing else to offer

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                      smartie RE: YALEDOC Mar 11, 2010 03:45 AM

                      I now agree yaledoc - it was better when it first opened.

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                    Linda VH RE: LKozy42319 Nov 10, 2009 06:04 AM

                    Are you East or West? Big difference. East I'd go for Renzo's and Swanky's Vesuvio for Italian and Abe & Louie's for high end steak.

                    Vesuvio Restaurant
                    5595 Doug Taylor Cir, Saint James City, FL 33956

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                      YALEDOC RE: Linda VH Mar 11, 2010 12:15 AM

                      LOL, if you're east....are you north or south? La Trattoria is well known to be the best fine dining Italian in town. Best bang for the buck Italian is definately Villagio, in mizner park. Great service, great food, great price!!!

                    2. Asumnuthin RE: South Florida Food and Wine Mar 12, 2010 08:17 AM

                      usually Maxs Grill is my stand by, But I have to say I was majorly disappointed with my lunch/ brunch here last sunday. The wine glass came out with lipstick on it, my hubys order came out wrong. My moms benedicts was WAY over done. The waitress took my knives when she cleared after the app and never replaced, we had to flag down a bus boy who brought us all roll ups so now we had 16 forks on the table....
                      Not the standard Im use too

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                        zook RE: South Florida Food and Wine Mar 28, 2010 06:28 PM

                        Just returned from a wonderful dinner at Casa D'Angelo in Boca. From the apps we shared (little pasta beggars purses with figs and sage in a light cream sauce and a sweet sausage on greens with balsamic, to our four mains (black ink pasta with lobster and clams, an unbelievable veal chop marsala and even more delicious veal parmesan unlike any other in town, and the short ribs, to the perfect ending desserts (ricotta cheesecake, chocolate lava cake and frutti de bosco) and service that was the epitome of perfection. Yes, it does come with a bit of a hefty price tag ($360 for four, 2 pricey scotches, two cocktails and two glasses of wine), but it was worth it. After reading all the recommendations for the Ft. Lauderdale outpost all these years, I'm glad we finally got around to trying the one in Boca. It was divine.

                        Casa D'Angelo
                        1201 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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                          SaminSFL RE: LKozy42319 Mar 17, 2010 09:27 AM

                          Sushi Rock on 2nd Ave and yamato has great fresh Sushi, and GREAT thai food. I am always a fan of Renzo's on Federal, not the Pizza cafe but the restaurant. Key Grill by polo club on military north of Clint Moore is really good as well. Their Spinach Maria is like a creamed spinach scampi, and is an unreal side dish.

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