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Favorite eats in Boca Raton area.

pierrem Feb 10, 2008 03:42 PM

I will be spending 3-4 nights per week for the next 3 months in Boca. Are there any restaurants that are worth trying? I would like to avoid chain restaurants. I love ethnic places & hole in the wall joints, but am also up for places like Mark's...

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    pierrem Feb 13, 2008 04:34 AM

    Thanks for all the recommendations, now I am ready to try some good eats. I will update you as I try these places out. First stop is Bluefin or Daimatsu

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    1. re: pierrem
      pierrem Feb 18, 2008 05:35 PM

      I tried Madras Cafe for Indian on powerline/Mcnab in Pompano Beach, had really tender & well spiced butter chicken, surprisingly service was very good. However the naan bread was dissappointing so if that is a sticking point then get the naan somewhere else.

      I also tried Lilly's on east palmetto & it seemed everything my party ordered was not available that day & the waitress was not too kind either, cute location though, but probably won't return. Look forward to trying more over the next couple of weeks.

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        RickL Feb 18, 2008 07:06 PM

        Funny, we've only been to Lily's once and had a similar experience. I ordered squid in a pasta dish and was told that the squid hadn't been any good that day.

    2. chefschickie Feb 11, 2008 08:00 PM

      Personally I don't like Bombay Cafe, I prefer the food at Punjab, that's just me though...
      For tasty Thai, Chaiyo in Delray (atlantic & Military) is very tasty Thai (good curries & great service)
      Blue fin is good for Sushi, 32 east in Delray is always nice, Cabana del Rey on atlantic is nice for Cuban.
      Breakfast or a good club sandwich go to the Green Owl also on atlantic.....

      1. RickL Feb 11, 2008 05:39 PM

        Okay, okay. Just two more in the hole-in-the-wall in Boca category (OysterHo inspired me with Bombay Cafe.)

        Caribbean Grill (1332 NW 2nd Avenue, 561-362-0161) Caribbean and Cuban food. Very good and very inexpensive.

        Boca Skewers (130 NE 2nd Street (Mizner Plaza) 561-347-9961.) Good Middle Eastern food at good prices.

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        1. re: RickL
          freakerdude Feb 12, 2008 09:27 AM

          I've had both the Caribbean Grill and Cuban Cafe in my sights for weeks now. Good to see them mentioned as favorites. I usually don't care about atmosphere, I just want good food. I'll go to any dive if the food is worthy.

        2. RickL Feb 11, 2008 05:28 PM

          First, a general suggestion - try searching the Florida board using "Boca", or "Delray", or "Pompano". That should give you a lot of good suggestions.

          As for me, my favorite place close to home when money is no object is Saporissimo on Palmetto east of Federal. Exceptional Tuscan-style food with a great selection of game dishes. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.floridamenuguide.com/sapor...

          Another favorite in the non-touristy local joint category is Catfish Dewey's in Oakland Park (4003 N. Andrews Ave, 954-566-5333. Southern-style cooking (a rarity in So Fla) and of course great fried catfish (http://www.catfishdeweys.com


          For Cuban in Boca try The Cuban Cafe ( 3350 NW Boca Raton Blvd. 750-8860.) Really good Cuban food at reasonable prices. They're located in a small strip plaza (so what else is new) and are open for lunch M-F.

          If you like sushi, Bluefin Sushi on Yamato is very good and I would also recommend Daimatsu Sushi in the Royal Palm Plaza both in Boca.

          Go west to Rt 441 and south to find some of the best Thai food in the area at Bangkok Palace (4345 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, 954-733-0069.) If you want authentic Mexican, try Taqueria Dona Raquel (793 S. Dixie Highway West Pompano Beach 954-946-4490.) Search the board there's a lot written about this place.

          For Vietnamese in Boca go to Cay Da (7400 N. Federal Highway, 561-998-0278.) If you like Pho head south again to Saigon Cuisine (1392 N. State Road 7, Margate 954-975-2426.)

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

          Okay, this list is getting too long. Here are some other good choices in the area:
          Sunfish Grill - Pompano (http://www.sunfishgrill.com/
          )Calypso Restaurant - Pompano (http://www.calypsorestaurant.com
          )32 East - Delray Beach (http://www.32east.com


          Good luck.

          Cuban Cafe
          3350 NW Boca Raton Blvd Ste B32, Boca Raton, FL 33431

          Catfish Deweys
          4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

          Saigon Cuisine
          1392 N State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063

          366 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

          Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry
          1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

          Bluefin Sushi & Thai Grill
          861 Yamato Rd # 1, Boca Raton, FL

          Diamatsu Sushi
          200 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL

          Cay Da
          7400 N Federal Hwy Ste C5, Boca Raton, FL 33487

          Taqueria Dona Raquel
          793 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL

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            stuartlafonda Feb 12, 2008 10:58 AM

            When in Boca and craving Cuban cuisine I do the Padrino's lunch buffet or Cuban Cafe for dinner. I know that there is now a Cuban Cafe in Delray on Military north of Atlantic, do you know how they compare?.

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              mik May 23, 2008 09:40 AM

              AHH! Great place. It's doesn't have much of an atmosphere but the staff is rather pleasant and the food is amazing! And priced even better!! I go there at least 2 times a month.

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              elgringoviejo Feb 13, 2008 12:18 PM

              Just got back from the area and I agree wholeheartedly that Dona Raquel is the bomb. Had tacos al pastor and sopes with horchata and everything was muy tipico. Another great place to chow down in the area is Kosta's on Federal highway in Deerfield Beach. Ate there twice and tremendously enjoyed the grilled skirt steak with portobello mushrooms and onions, dolmades, moussaka and spinach pie. All were of the very best quality. So enjoy Kosta's delicious food and remember to shout Opa! if he breaks a plate.

            3. OysterHo Feb 11, 2008 04:44 PM

              If you want to take a short drive to Parkland (just north of Hillsboro on 441) Japango for sushi is good and so is The Whale for seafood and raw bar. They have wonderful lobster bisque. they are extremely reasonable!

              1. OysterHo Feb 11, 2008 04:42 PM

                For Indian food there's a place on Glades Rd, across from FAU called Bombay Cafe, It's tiny and has like 8 tables and looks like a snack bar, but the food is really good.
                628 Glades Road
                Boca Raton, FL 33486

                Avoid Punjab for Indian.

                I'd avoid Las Fajitas on Dixie too. It's a shame, the food was really good, but it's not clean there and that's all I'll say. *gag*

                I was a Flakowitz fan (only the takeout window) but I think the chicken soup is sour. this is a problem I had once when I cooked my own and I posted about it here in the cooking section. Everyone told me it was because the soup wasn't cooled down quickly enough and therefore it went bad. It's a shame because I love their matzoh balls. :( Their chopped liver is really good though.

                Lily's on e. palmetto is good Italian, reasonably priced. Saporissimo's on e. palmetto is wonderful Tuscan style. Very expensive, but worth it. The owners are so nice. Do a search on these boards for it.

                Vertical 114 is a nice wine bar. They have good snacks there too.

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                  smartie Feb 11, 2008 06:44 AM

                  don't forget Delray Beach - the next town over and plenty of great places on Atlantic Ave.

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                    finefoodfinder Feb 10, 2008 04:29 PM

                    if you like authentic new york style deli piled high try nestors on palmetto park and powerline rd behind mcdonalds

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                      Linda VH Feb 11, 2008 03:49 AM

                      Renzo's Italian Restaurant and Federal Highway as well as Renzo's Cafe on Federal. Renzo's is upscale Italian (my favorite place) and the cafe is a pizzeria and cafe.

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                        furmerkin May 23, 2008 09:34 AM

                        This place is a dump and managed very pooryl. Tried it about a month ago and waiter "forgot" to place one of our two orders. We were in a hurry - had to be @ the airport. Me and my wife split the order that came out after we explained that we had to go and coudn't wait for them to make a new meal. I laughed sooo hard when the bill came and a "sharing" charge appeared. Food was lousy and service was even worse. What a joke!!

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