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dimples Mar 30, 2007 07:41 AM

We'll be going there on our annual trek to visit the parents. Anyone have any chowish suggestions for a good meal?

  1. panthur Apr 10, 2007 06:23 PM

    If you're not familiar with cuban food (or if you are and like it), definitely go to Cuban Cafe. 3350 NW Boca Raton Blvd. Great cuban, reasonable prices.

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      amyvc Apr 1, 2007 08:32 AM

      We second the recs for Cucina D'Angelo. Sooooo good - very pricey but worth it. Try to eat in the wine room. That's fun! We also second the rec for Flakowitz on 20th (or Flaky as we have come to call it). It's better than the one by the turnpike.
      - Boca Wings (Federal N of 20th)- great wings
      - Baja Cafe (Glades and Dixie)- good tex mex
      - Stir Crazy - choose your own stir fry...fun with kids/family
      - Bru's room - either in Delray or Pompano Beach - excellent grilled wings. good bar food.

      1. gblcsw Mar 30, 2007 08:12 PM

        For steaks, it doesn't get better than Abe & Louie's.

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          smartie Mar 30, 2007 09:08 PM

          New York Prime off Glades.
          Henry's in Delray (Jog) and Gotham City walking distance from each other (1 minute walk).
          The Addison ( amazing)
          Bova - haven't been but heard good reports

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            meb903 Apr 2, 2007 11:52 AM

            did bova used to be mario's tuscan and is it owned by the mario's people?

        2. Bob W Mar 30, 2007 10:44 AM

          Is your family big on breakfast? If so, a visit to Flakowitz's (N. Federal at 20th St) should be in order. You'll be able to skip lunch.

          Speaking of Flakowitz, the Flakowitz bakery (which is owned by some mysterious combination of the owners of the Boca Flakowitz's and the Flakowitz's up in Boynton (or is it Delray?) out on Glades Rd. near the Turnpike is really good. Authentic old-world baked goods -- such as babka and onion boards -- at absurdly low prices and probably the most generous samples on the face of the earth.

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            delraydining Mar 30, 2007 10:38 AM

            There are a couple new restaurants that are good - Moquila which has a mexican twist, but lots of great fish and more gourmet options on the menu. Nick's Fishmarket is also new and has a good selection of seafood, and supposedly excellent filet mignon, but it is very pricey. An old standby is Max's Grille which has continental food, great salads, etc. Depending on your taste in food and atmosphere, you might also be interested in McCormick & Schmick's. It's also new and I haven't been there yet, but despite it being part of a chain I have heard only great reviews from those who have tried it here in Boca.

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              jokeiii Mar 30, 2007 07:54 AM

              Cucina d'Angelo. It's in a shopping complex just off The Boca Town Center. The address is 5050 Town Center Circle # 247 and the # is 561-750-2344. For lunch, walking-in is OK, but at night you may need to make a reservation, especially on weekends.

              -J.

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                dimples Mar 30, 2007 08:43 AM

                Can you give me some idea of the food?

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                  Elis33442 Mar 31, 2007 01:44 PM

                  I second the recommendation. Food is delicious and wonderful wine list, too. Speed of service can sometimes be a bit off when it's extremely busy. Risottos are always good; delicious lasagna (truly Italian--nice ragu and besciamella sauce), wonderful grilled veggie app., always very good fish specials, exellent filet mignon, and the list goes on. (A bit pricey.)

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                    dimples Apr 4, 2007 11:07 AM

                    How does it compare to "Mario's?" That's where the folks insist on going.

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                      amyvc Apr 9, 2007 06:01 PM

                      Cucina is much better than Mario's, though Mario's is good. For some reason, the East Coasters love Mario's in Boca and I'm not sure why. It's good, but not amazing, IMHO. Cucina is more authentic-feeling to me. The risottos are divine as are the fish specials and the non-red sauces. If I went to Mario's, I'd do more of a Italian-American standby like chicken parm (not that there's anything wrong with chicken parm!). Cucina is a different experience.

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                      panthur Apr 10, 2007 06:21 PM

                      I third this recommendation! Cucina is probably my favorite restaurant down here. Highly recommend the lobster ravioli!

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