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The Girls - Delray Beach

smartie Feb 7, 2008 08:02 AM

Whatever you do, either tourist, snowbird or resident, do not miss this absolutely gorgeous place. Went for the first time today, it is on Military north of Atlantic on the East side about half a block before the Boys.

They grow strawberries, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, jalopenos, berries, and so on. You can pick your own or buy in the produce hut at the back. The front store is like an old fashioned food store with organic and country type products like jams, sauces, mustards, marinades etc and an ice cream parlour. The outdoors area is a little haven with swans, parrots and other birds, gazebos and picnic tables. It is just fantastic there. Great for kids, stroller and walker friendly as it is all flat.

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    Fibber McGee Feb 7, 2008 08:28 AM

    That sounds interesting, I'll be making my annual visit to Delray in a month and will have to check it out. I'm still reeling from Blood's moving, and while this isn't the same thing, it sounds like a good place to kill time that's so close to where I'll be staying. (Atlantic and Linton.)

    What exactly is Boys? More of the same?

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    1. re: Fibber McGee
      smartie Feb 7, 2008 08:59 AM

      fibber, The Girls makes Bloods look like a fruit stall. I am telling you it is just amazing there. Beautiful to walk around, local produce and their own produce and you can pick your own fruit and veg.

      The Boys which is half a block north of The Girls is just amazing too. A crazy food store, great meat and fish, cheese, breads, wonderful produce and ready made meals that they make. Don't miss either. (no I don't work for them!!) Go to The Boys wearing shin and ankle pads and watch out for seniors hitting your legs with their carts!.

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        Fibber McGee Feb 7, 2008 11:29 AM

        Heck, isn't the need for shin and ankle pads due to seniors driving and steering habiits just part of the Delray experience?

        While I live in Southwestern Ohio, home to an absolutely incredible all purpose store called Jungle Jim's that might have spoiled me, I'm definitely looking forward to checking this out next month.

        I can deal with zoos. One of my skills is the ability to maneuver through crowds pretty well. My motto is "Throw an elbow".

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          smartie Feb 7, 2008 01:37 PM

          the hilarious thing about The Boys is that they hand out free samples of cheese, breads, cakes/cookies and fruit pieces. I think some people go there for breakfast and or lunch!! There are some great bargains to be had there, I recently got fresh mozzarella for 99c a tub. Pinneapples for $1, - they have a stall outside and do dollar bags of tomatoes, onions, squash, eggplant and other overstocks. I made a huge fresh eggplant parm for about $5.

      2. re: Fibber McGee
        nickdanger Feb 7, 2008 09:02 AM

        The Boys is a fruit market/prepared food/bakery/wine shop/ etc. a block further north on Military Tr. It can be a zoo, but quite an experience. The equicvalent of a gastronomic flea market. Fruit slices offered to you, baskets prepared before your very eyes, terrific whitefish. The Girls, however, could be a tourist trap anywhere, with "old fashioned" candies, and preserves. You don't need to go to Florida to find this kind of store. I grant you that the pick-your-own rows might be interesting to litttle ones, but when I was there in January, there were no strawberries on the bushes. I could "pick my own" from a cardboard tray, just like at Publix. Kill time, if you will at the Boys, sampling fresh pineapple, smoked fish, and wine (maybe only on Fridays). Be careful in the parking lot!

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          smartie Feb 7, 2008 09:21 AM

          nick right now the strawberry bushes are full to bursting, tons of cherry tomatoes, peppers. I guess things are seasonal to a point and they have only been open for 9 weeks. For those of us in Delray it is something new.

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            Jennifer in Delray Feb 13, 2008 10:18 AM

            The trick to parking at the Boys is to park in the section off to the left hand side- facing the building. I don't know what it is about that front section. Actually I find it rather amusing, the honking and the yelling.

            Last time I went into the Boys I was looking for a cake. They had a double torte that hadn't been sliced and I was giving the girl at the bakery fits because I wanted both cakes and didn't want her to slice it. They did not have a box big enough for it so she had to improvise. The price was very reasonable, even for two - I think it may have come to $11.

            Jennifer in Delray

          2. re: Fibber McGee
            MichelleSorensen Feb 19, 2008 10:41 PM

            Definately visit the boys if you have the opportunity. Charming little market.

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            Fibber McGee Feb 13, 2008 12:02 PM

            Did I read correctly that The Boys is the place next to the post office? If so, I know exactly where that is and know how crazy that parking lot is. It's not a horrible deterrent, quite a show, actually.

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            1. re: Fibber McGee
              nickdanger Feb 14, 2008 01:10 PM

              Exactly where it is. Don't know what is more dangerous, driving or walking in that lot.Even with the guy who directs traffic, half the people are not looking at him. Same inside, particularly near the hot food.

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              Missyme Feb 14, 2008 05:12 PM

              The Boys is an absolute zoo. But I figure any place where they hand me whitefish on a cracker when I walk in can't be all bad.

              I'll have to check out the Girls when I visit my parents next time.

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                pringle347 Feb 19, 2008 05:54 PM

                Thank you so much for this recommendation! I took my kids there on Sunday and we LOVED it! They were so excited about picking their own strawberries, and we each got a treat at the bakery...these were excellent too. It was a great store,beautiful produce, and so much fun.

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