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Delray, Boca, Boynton not the usual, inexpensive to moderate gems.

Hey All,

I'm here visiting my mom from SF. I've been here a lot and have ate many great meals in downtown Delray. I love that street but with the economy and budget tightening I'd love for Florida chowhounds to dig a little deeper and come up with some other great finds beside the usual on Atlantic. I do love Anchor for fish and chips and the atmosphere of DaDa.

My mom and I like fish, Italian, Chinese and local favors. I'll eat anything but my mom's palette is a little more traditional, not spicey.

Thanks! I know you can help me out.

KC

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  1. We just spent a week in Delray in January; full report and photos here: http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.co...

    The best inexpensive gems we experienced were Boston's right over the beach (I know, it should be touristy and expensive - but it isn't!) and Roberto's Taco Shop, 1530 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach Fl (no website, 561-243-3938). This was exactly the kind of place we love to find - Mom & Pop type operation (though their take out menu lists another location in Hialeah); food cooked from scratch to order with large portions and small prices.

    18 Replies
    1. re: NancyH

      Thanks for the info Nancy. I have been to Boston's. I've had hit or miss there but you can't beat the view on a nice night or day. We just went to 2 Georges in Boynton Beach on the Inter-coastal. The owners are from Maryland so crabcakes are the big thing here. Not as good as mine, I went to school in Maryland. But again you can beat the view and atmosphere. I'll have to check out Roberto's Thanks for the suggestions.

      KC

      1. re: love food

        There's an excellent new place on the Ave.

        I've been here for years and usually reco Dada or Lemongrass for reasonable but good food.

        But as I said there's a new place in town and they are filling a niche: Good food; on the ave; reasonable prices. Oh and a ridiculously good craft (microbrew) beer list if you are into that.

        But I don't want it to get too crowded, so that's all I can say for now.

        1. re: CFByrne

          CFB give me ( a local ) a clue please??

          1. re: smartie

            > CFB give me ( a local ) a clue please??

            No Bull
            Still has some Soul
            Butch and Nick again

            1. re: CFByrne

              ok got it thanks xx

              1. re: CFByrne

                Wow! Just checked out this menu and it is next on my list. Looks great. Any must haves on the menu?

                1. re: ash0529

                  I've had almost only apps and small plates. All were good.

                  Fish Dip ($7)
                  Italian Cured Meats ($11)
                  Crispy Rock Shrimp on Chili Sauce ($11)
                  Prime Beef Burger with aged cheddar and fries ($14)
                  Fish Tacos with napa cabbage, avocado and lime mojo ($12)

                  If you dine at the counter between 4 and 7 weekdays there are some ridiculous bargains on some of these; as well as many 2 for 1 drinks.

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    I finally got down to Delray to try it. Had the fish tacos and prime burger. Fish Tacos were great - perfectly cooked and flakey fresh fish with nice light breading. They had a nice mildly spicy kick to them as well. The burger was cooked med-rare and perfectly done. Good burger but I'll stick to Brass Ring for those. I think what I was most impressed with was that I ordered a Hefeweisen (2 for 1 btw), and the bartender served it correctly, pouring most of it into the glass then swishing around the last two ozs or so before pouring the rest. I've never seen a bartender actually serve it this way, and although it's a small thing, I was impressed. He knew his stuff! Great list of craft beers too. I'll be back.

                    1. re: ash0529

                      OK so for those wondering, we've been talking about Tryst - the new place in Delray, co-venture of 32 East and DaDa.

                      There's a very good video "review" and tour of the place from the Palm Beach Post on their site. You can see the inside, outside, menu, etc

                      http://www.trystdelray.com/

                      It's one of my new favorites in town; I don't have to just go to DaDa now for moderate prices. They have a GREAT craft beer menu also. The staff is very friendly - bar manager Jason, bartenders Matt and of course Collin.

                      Co-owner Butch can often be found mingling around - be sure to say hi as he's interested in feedback. They really tried to fill a void on the Ave and I think they have with everything from Fish Tacos for about 10 bucks to gourmet plates in the mid-20's.

                      1. re: CFByrne

                        I went there last month and really enjoyed it too. We had oysters and the fish tacos. Both appetizers were good and the beers were really good too.

                2. re: CFByrne

                  is this in code. Please let me know. I'm a San Franciscan dying for a good meal.

                  KC

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    OK I'm only down twice a year and don't get the clue. My son's on his way and asked for dinner recs.
                    Help, please.
                    Did something new go into Sole Kitchen?

                    1. re: lukshen

                      CF - Ignore me, I got it, thanks

            2. re: NancyH

              Read your blog. The Cuban Cafe in Delray is not nearly as good as the original in Boca Raton. Next time try the Cuban Cafe in Boca . . . you will not be disappointed.

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

              1. re: Alfred G

                Sadly, the Cuban Cafe really slipped from 2008 to 2009 (we only had one meal each visit, of course). It was so good the first time! But so underpatronized the second - Alfred - do you know which went first, the quality or the customers?

                1. re: NancyH

                  From what they told me at the Boca location it was the quality. Chef in Delray not as good as the one in Boca.

              2. re: NancyH

                Real taquerias i.e. Roberto's Tacos - when you see a predominant Latino clientel, you know you are in the right place. I was wondering if they had al pastor and apparently they did from your blog. Those tacos look really good and I wonder what kind of salsas they offered other than a hot sauce.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  They had a variety of salsas; all looked homemade.