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We're currently in the Palm Beach area and will be heading south for 10 days in Delray Beach, starting next weekend. We just discovered, thanks to flavrmeister, a terrific local breakfast place in Jupiter (Jim's Place). Now we'd like to do the same in the Delray Beach area. We're looking for where the locals go. You know, when you wake up Sat/Sun morning and say "I could really go for some (eggs, pancakes, waffles, french toast, whatever) at __________ today"! That's the place we want to know about. If you came to our area in Bucks County, PA, we'd tell you to go to the Roy Ann Diner in Sellersville. We're not interested in the "tourist" places. We want what the folks who live in the area go to for a great, reasonably-priced, breakfast. OK, let's hear from you locals!!!!

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  1. Will you have a car and where are you staying?

    a ton of delis in Delray - Bagel Twins (Military and Linton SW corner), Poppies (Military and Linton SE corner). 3Gs Atlantic around Military. All do great and cheap brekkies for around $3 per person, eggs, bagels, home fries and beverage. Other delis include Flakowitz (bleh), Toojays (ok depends on which location).

    On A1A Luna Rosa - it's touristy but us locals use it too, across from the beach excellent omelettes and eggs benedict, waffles, french toast, next door is Bostons and Shore.

    Way Beyond Bagels, on Jog between Linton and Clintmore - a deli and appetizing, they make all kinds of fillings for bagels, you purchase your food then wait for it to be brought to you then either sit outside or eat in cafeteria style. Excellent food but not cheap.

    Highland Beach - The Holiday Inn, ocean view restaurant with breakfast, open to non residents, lovely setting.

    I cannot think of anything along Atlantic that is open for breakfast - most places are dinner only.

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    1. re: smartie

      I am a big fan of Luna Rosa, good food, big portions, endless coffee refills and if you get a seat by the window early on a weekday you can see the water not the traffic. I call the place on Jog Way Beyond Bad Bagels for its appalling, terrible bagels. They are soft rolls with a hole/indentation in the middle. They are however useful as a roll for a bacon egg and cheese sandwich.The coffee they serve is swill so I grab a cup from the nextdoor Starbucks. As for sitting outside, it is nice if you want to sit a couple of feet from the grill of a parked Bentley or Ferrari partially obscuring the view of the traffic on Jog Road. I get my bagels from Bagel Tree in the Kings Point Shopping Center and they are pretty close to New York quality. On Atlantic, Green Owl is fine. You could check out The Original Pancake House, one on S Federal in Delray or the other in Boca. The food is good and kids love the place, its cheap and serves large portions.

      1. re: stuartlafonda

        Thanks for the response - we're boomers, no kids! Sounds like Luna Rosa is gonna get at least one breakfast, maybe more!

        1. re: bucksguy14

          As PA hounds you may be happy to learn that someone in the kitchen at Luna Rosa has a Philly connection because thay do scrapple and pork roll. On the other hand, as boomers you may have given those things up years ago.

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            That's great! Not big fans of scrapple, but will definitely be looking for to 2 over easy with pork roll !!!!

            1. re: bucksguy14

              The pork roll comes on as incongrous a sandwich as one could imagine, with eggs on a challah roll. It was a better quality pork roll then the stuff I had on a breakfast sandwich from Wawa yesterday in Conshohocken. Enjoy and report back.

              1. re: stuartlafonda

                Stuart, as you probably know, there's only one Pork Roll - Taylor's! As the saying goes, "often imitated, never duplicated". I checked Luna Rosa's website and they claim the pork roll is from NJ. We'll see! By the way, what're you doing in Conshie, on a Saturday, eating breakfast at Wawa?

                1. re: bucksguy14

                  In town for a Bar Mitzvah, stuck at the Marriott and unwilling to spend $15 on bacon, eggs and coffee. We had about two minutes to devote to breakfast on the road. Enjoy and report back about your meals, the florida board is a little week on people telling about their experience.

                  1. re: stuartlafonda

                    Stuart, I guess in this part of South Fl (Palm Beach County) there are only so many restaurants/bars to choose from. You will notice the same old places get suggested any time anyone asks us where to eat. We are very limited to about a dozen places in Delray on Atlantic, maybe 20 or so restaurants in Boca that are not chains or delis or diners, and not a massive selection in Boynton.

                    1. re: smartie

                      Smartie, how about a couple of lunch/dinner recommendations? Again, we're looking for what you locals like. Have car, willing to drive a bit for something good with reasonable prices.

                      1. re: bucksguy14

                        ouch! I am not the chowmouth of PBC!! Lunch does not really exist in Delray on Atlantic so forget it unless you do Luna Rosa or Shore.

                        There are a ton of delis around, Bagel Twins, Poppys, 3Gs, Toojays. Mizner Park is dead too at lunchtime though you can eat at Marksinthepark and Maxwells.
                        South Fl has all the chains.
                        Deerfield Beach is quite nice, there is a Luna rosa there and also JBs and Oceans - salads and burgers n stuff. Go to Boynton - the Banana Boat or 2 Georges - neither has great food but the views of the intracoastal are hard to beat - just the regular kind of menus, spin/art dips, burgers, salads.

                        If you want a great burger and don't mind a drive go to Le Tub in Hollywood. Fab place to hang out for the afternoon, very rustic.

                        Steaks - New York Prime, Abies and Louis, Mortons and Ruths Chris in Boca.

                        Bova in Boca, Mississippi Sweets, Henry's, Gotham City(though I heard Gotham is now under new management and is called Addisons), oh , The Addison is a gorgeous place.

                        hope this helps

                        1. re: smartie

                          I'm not sure why you say "lunch does not really exist in Delray on Atlantic" as there are several places to go. There's a great Japanese/Thai restaurant (name escapes me right now) across the street from and just west of the Delray Beach Police Dept., and then heading east, the classic Doc's, Cabana (mentioned by an OP) Sazio's for great salads, sandwiches, and pizza, City Oyster, Louie Louies, and for the best cherry chicken salad sandwich (with brie) either at the Delray Beach Public Library or from the original location, the Old School Square Bakery at the base of the Intracoastal bridge on the south side of Atlantic (altho they only have one tiny table inside and two outside if you don't want take-away)). There are several other lunch places on Atlantic that I can't personally vouch for such as Lemongrass and Rotellis, and don't forget just off Atlantic, for a lovely setting is Sundy House.

                          1. re: smartie

                            smartie:
                            is Bostons still around in Delray..It had a good location and lunch on the roof was fun..food was just ok ..

                            1. re: big1515

                              Having eaten next door, at Luna Rosa, I can tell you that Bostons was still there last week!

                              1. re: big1515

                                yes Bostons is still there. I have eaten there at least half a dozen times and I find the food standard varies from fantastic to very average (even for the same item).

                            2. re: bucksguy14

                              We always like 32 East on Atlantic for dinner.
                              Chaiyo is good and affordable Thai food on SE corner of Military & Atlantic. Pretty good Pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, just off Atlantic on 6th Ave. uhmmm..... Cabana del Rey is ok Cuban food for Lunch or dinner.
                              The only place I know for breakfast is The Green Owl, good breakfast and very tasty Turkey Club sandwich, Cash only though! Haven't been there for a while, might have changed...

                          2. re: stuartlafonda

                            OK, after a few days in Delray, here's some of our experiences. We ate lunch at the Marriott pool on the first day simply because we didn't want to go anywhere. Pretty good turkey wraps! We've had lunch a Ciao Sidewalk Cafe across Atlantic Ave from the Marriott. Pretty good - freshly made chicken salad (the chicken was still warm!), nice Greek Salad. We've had dinner at Boheme Bistro on Atlantic and liked that. Also had a very nice dinner at La Cigale on SE 5th. And, we've had breakfast a Luna Rosa and will definitely be back there for breakfast. Good food at reasonable prices. Anyone have a tip on a good pizza place?

                            1. re: bucksguy14

                              Just a few steps from your hotel is Pizza Rustica (on Atlantic Ave.) which has pretty good pizza.

                              1. re: zook

                                Zook, Been there, done that, won't go back! That's not pizza as I know it! That's why I asked for a tip on a "good" pizza place.

                              2. re: bucksguy14

                                South Florida has a mini chain of coal oven thin crust pizzarias called Anthony's Coal Fired Pizzas. There is one in Delray but it is on the other side of town from you. It would be a short drive or cab ride. Although I have never been there it is well regarded by many hounds. I plan on checking it out when I'm down there in a couple of weeks
                                http://www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com...

                                1. re: stuartlafonda

                                  went there last week for lunch. service was a little slow but the pizza was tasty (little greasy but DH says, it should be like that, haha) they're not that far away. they're right off the ave on, i believe, 6th ave/street?!

                                  1. re: chefschickie

                                    Update - we had dinner at Tramonti. Calamari was perfectly crispy with a great sauce, tuna tartare was really good. Entrees were linguini w/clams which my wife really liked and I had grouper, with mussels and clams. The grouper was cooked perfectly, something I don't find that often. It's usually overdone. And a confession - I did something the other night that I've never done before. We had dinner at the Marriott and after suffering through about the worst service I've ever encountered, I wrote "Poor Service - NO TIP" on the check! The waiter would come to the table and, as an example, pour water and literally run to the next table without speaking to us. I had to ask for a glass of wine 4 times. When the waiter did reappear in the room, he serviced one table and left. When we declined coffee and dessert, he disappeared. When he re-surfaced with our check, Because I chose to pay with a credit card rather than charge it to our room, I had to give it to another waiter to relay to him. When he returned with the check & my credit card, I had to ask him to remove my plate so I could sign the check. I had had enough! As I said I never did that before and I hope I never have to do it again. I was not a pleasant experience for me and I'm sure he was not happy when he opened that folder.

                                    1. re: bucksguy14

                                      It is too bad you did not bill it to your room because then maybe someone in management would have seen your comment.

                                      1. re: bucksguy14

                                        f you feel so inclined, whether a room charge or a credit card, you may want to consider contacting the management of the hotel. Not sure the feedback from the server to his mgt would describe the events in a similar manner. Always two sides to every story and yours has not been told other than the statement in the tip line.

                                    2. re: stuartlafonda

                                      Wife and I have been waiting for good pizza (I come from Long Island, went to school in Brooklyn, worked in NYC) for 8 years now. It has arrived. Anthony's!

                                      I don't mind Pizza Rustica once in a while but I doubt I'll be going there now.

                                      Also, another new place has opened called Carolina's. It is over by the Blue Anchor in an old house which was a Latin place for a while.

                                      Also a Peace Mushroom (something like that?) pizza place is opening soon on Federal northbound (NE 6th Ave). I hear they are a chain that has stores in Orlando.

                      2. re: stuartlafonda

                        you could of course, take your food from Way Beyond or coffee from Sbux and go sit at Morikami across the street, either sit on the grass or at a picnic table.

                        1. re: smartie

                          I never thought of that, I will have to give that a try, thanks for the suggestion.

                      3. re: smartie

                        Yes, we have a car & we'll be at the Marriott on Atlantic Ave.

                        1. re: bucksguy14

                          in that case you can fall out of bed and wander across to Luna Rosa - it's a 30 second walk across the road. Don't bother walking down Atlantic looking for breakfast - nothing is open except for Sbux.

                          Before I moved to Fl 3 years ago we stayed at the Marriott and went to Luna Rosa daily.

                      4. oh and don't bother going to Mizner Park in Boca for brekkie either, again nothing open except Sbux. Boca is short of breakfast places

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                        1. re: smartie

                          Looking for the best.It's in Boynton on US#!. , Almost to Delray "Ellie's Diner" it is set up like 50 restaurant......Remember though.....cash only

                        2. Just off Atlantic - Christina's, 65 NE Second Avenue (one half block north of Atlantic Avenue in Pinapple Grove http://www.christinasdelray.com) very good for breakfast.

                          If you're interested in Sunday brunch try the Sundy House Restaurant, 106 S. Swinton Ave., 272-5678 but be sure to make a reservation. It's very popular http://sundyhouse.com/default.asp

                          Unfortunately, the best thing about Ellie's Diner is the 50's decor. The food is average diner fare at best and I usually enjoy eating at diners.

                          For a good country-style breakfast in Boca go to Tom Sawyer's 1759 NW 2nd Ave

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                          1. re: RickL

                            Thanks to everyone for the responses. Looks like we've got a couple of places to go and we're happy about that!! Now, what would you suggest for lunch/dinner? And for both, we're still looking for those places that the locals look to as "go to" spots. We don't mind spending the money when the food/ambiance is right.

                            1. re: bucksguy14

                              dinner? most places on Atlantic, if you check out previous posts on Delray you will find all the suggestions.

                              Lunch on Atlantic is more limited, not everything opens till about 4or 5pm. Both locals and tourists go to Atlantic.

                            2. re: RickL

                              I'll also echo the accolades for Breakfast at Luna Rosa, esp if you are from out of town and want to sit and look at the beach in the middle of January. If it is crowded you may be tempted to go to the empty Bostons or Shore on either side. Do not. There is a reason Luna is crowded and they are not!

                              Side note - I think Christina's may be no longer with us.

                            3. If you want REAL low budget and REAL local you can always go to the VFW hall on Sunday morning. It's just a few doors off Atlantic, south on 2nd Ave, which is about 3/4 a mile W of your hotel. (Over towards Swinton).This is a blast from the past...

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                              1. re: CFByrne

                                For lunch we like Old Calypso for a great burger.

                              2. The Green Owl on Atlantic Ave. is the local spot. You can sit inside or outside on the sidewalk. We go for breakfast every year on Christmas Eve morning. Everybody is there from the police chief to the local insurance guy. It's good and fun to be part of the local scene. I love Delray Beach. Have a great time.

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                                1. re: rosieg

                                  Since Christmas Eve just happens to be the day we both were born, we'll have to try The Green Owl!! Funny side story - when we were dating, my wife asked me, as happens in the course of dating, when my birthday was. When I responded that it was Christmas Eve, she demanded to see my driver's license. I couldn't figure out what was going on until she handed it back to me and then gave me hers and said "check the birthdate"!

                                  1. re: bucksguy14

                                    You can walk to the Green Owl from the Marriott! A little hike, but it's fun to cross the drawbridge and look at the boats, and there are all sorts of places to sit and see the sights on the way to get your grits. That's a nice birthday story.

                                2. I would add 'Bagels With' (Linton and Federal Hwy in the shopping center on the right if headed south. A little further south on Federal Hwy is 'Flakowitz' - we've found it to be not only good but verrrry interesting.

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                                  1. re: feelinpeckish

                                    BTW, "Bagels With" has absolutely the best Everything Bagel I have found south of the Statue of Liberty. Just perfect. Moist and chewy inside, a crunchy "shell" and just the right "seasonings" (with NO rye/carraway seeds which i hate).

                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                      Do all the bagels come " moist and chewy inside" with a crunchy shell? That is how I like my bagels and I'm tired of buying bagels and then throwing them uncut in a toaster oven to finish to get that nice well done exterior.

                                  2. Here's a couple of places we eat on a regular basis where you don't have to get dressed up.

                                    Breakfast:

                                    #1 - Tom Sawyer's in Boca Raton - Good home cooked meals. Good menu but also interesting Daily specials. Breakfast in a pot, .. in a skillet, home fries are great. Grits cooked right. Bakery on premise. Biscuits are fresh. Also Lunch with specials. Busiest before rush hour and all morning on weekends. 1759 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. North of Glades Rd, about a mile.

                                    * Cheap, old fashioned diner with good food - Sande’s Restaurant, on Federal Hwy. Nothing special, just good food. Shell shop to the south is fun to browse, but shell shop is closed on Sundays. 1717 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL 33483.

                                    * Toojays delis are consistently good. Here's the Boca Raton locations, a cut and paste from their website. I've eaten in the past 30 days at the Glades Plaza one, the Polo Shops one was their first one.:

                                    Polo Shops
                                    5030 Champion Boulevard
                                    (561) 241-5903
                                    Directions: Northwest corner of Military Trail and Clint Moore Road (map)

                                    Regency Court
                                    3013 Yamato Road
                                    (561) 997-9911
                                    Directions: Northwest corner of Yamato Road and Jog Road (map)

                                    Glades Plaza
                                    2200 West Glades Road
                                    (561) 392-4181
                                    Directions: South of Glades Road on the east side of Butts Road (map)

                                    * I second the Holiday Inn on Highland Beach. Always had good chow there.

                                    Lunch:

                                    * Carol's Kitchen in Boca Raton. Rotating list of 8 soups on the menu, plus French Onion and Chili every day. Lots of good comfort food. SW out parcel of Town Center Mall, St. Andrews south of Glades Rd. 21202 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33433

                                    * Sandwich Man at Atlantic Ave and Congress Ave, NW corner. Good subs, lots of meat, with some interesting custom sandwiches:
                                    Michaelangelo - an italian work of art.
                                    The Boss - born in the USA.
                                    Christopher Columbus - discover something new
                                    Sicilian Special - hot tempered!
                                    Uncle Nino
                                    etc. Their menus are online in a few places

                                    1. Another update now that we're back in the freezing NE. We tried the Green Owl for breakfast and were disappointed with the food. Luna Rosa definitely is the best breakfast place! We went back to Tramonti and have made it our favorite Italian place in FL. One thing we really didn't like was the Garlic Fest. We went Friday night and, between the blaring bands on stage and the vendors who were selling everything imaginable and the food that was not that good, we lasted about 45 minutes and then just left. I tried the garlic pizza after one woman said to me "I've waited a whole year to come back and get another garlic pizza". It tasted like frozen crust with cheese and just a hint of garlic. I'm trying to figure out what the woman eats the rest of the year that makes that pizza so memorable? Anyhow, we'll be back there in June for a few days rest after we take our four grandchildren to Disney World.

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                                      1. re: bucksguy14

                                        glad you had fun in our neck of the woods - there was a garlic fest thread last week and a few said it wasn't worth it.

                                        1. re: bucksguy14

                                          We had the same experience at the Garlic Fest. My wife and I have lived in Boca for 12 years and went to the Garlic Festival for the first time this year. What a disappointment. The food was no better than a county fair and there was NO GARLIC.

                                          If you enjoy really fine Italian food, when you come back try Saporissimo In Boca. Just be sure to call ahead as the owners go back to Italy for a few weeks each summer and close the restaurant.

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                                          Saporissimo
                                          366 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

                                          1. re: RickL

                                            I will second this. Excellent place is Saporissimo.

                                            Also, I live 10 blocks from Garlic Fest and I've not gone in about 5 years. It's no better than Delray Affair which has more food, more interesting stuff, and is totally free.

                                            1. re: CFByrne

                                              New to Chowhound. Cool place for food info. Wife and I have been in Delray for 13 years and have seen places come and go! We tried the Garlic Fest the second year they had it and couldn't get over paying to get in and then paying for everything else! On top of that . . . nothing was very impressive. Needless to say, we have not been back!