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Mar 15, 2010 11:15 PM


Hey All,

I'll be headed to Florida from SF visiting my mom. Times are hard and my budget is tight so I'd like to get some great recommendations for some inexpensive restaurants in Delray, Boynton, and Boca. It could be your favorite little neighborhood Italian place, your favorite Chinese place, or favorite place to get a quick bite. Any cuisine is fine. Your favorite dive, take out, etc...

Thanks Chowhounds I know you're all up to the task.

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  1. Best cheap eats in Delray Boynton:
    Hurricane Alley - try happy hours, beers are half off, oysters are $6/dozen. Try their fish dip it's awsome
    Boynton Beach Diner - Outstanding breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, most for under $10
    Granger's - Locals pub in Delray with gourmet chef specials every night
    Richie's Seaside (Convenience store) in Briny Breezes makes great sandwiches, especially #32
    Dune Deck Cafe in Lantana has great oceanfront bfasts and lunches. Specialize in Greek.
    Kona Grill, Lantana - great grouper reuben
    Sandwiches by the sea, Delray, great subs. Expect a line.
    TryThai, Boynton Beach, family run Thai with great sushi - lunch bento is big for $10-12
    Talia's in Boca, outstanding Italian, no ambiance except the owner
    Best takeouts are in Delray - Brulees and Mariannes

    1. My first choice would be Hurricane Alley on Ocean Ave. in Boynton....Best fish dip ever. All homemade.

      1. Good comments so far. I second Talia's and Hurricane Alley. Dune Deck is *great* location and good food, cash only. I'd call Granger's more of a diner than a pub but good old food.

        Spend $30 and get takeout BBQ from Smokehouse in Boca or Troy's in Boynton. You can have a meal for 2 fit for a king. You won't find more of a dive than Troy's. It's a decrepit shack alongside the RR tracks.

        Two other good options although a few miles north: Sheila's BBQ and Conch Shack on US1 in Lantana. Search this board for Sheilas and you'll find lots of info. Ditto for Tacos Al Carbon in Lake Worth. Bring your own drinks and you can have dinner for 2 for about 12 bucks. It's a truck but there are a few tables scattered around.

        For Indian takeout, check out Bombay Cafe on Glades Road in Boca. You get a ton of nice basmati rice with each takeout entree, and the naan is excellent. You'll probably either be lost or think you are, if you try to find this place, so get good clear directions if you're going here.

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        1. re: CFByrne

          Hey CF, I remember my parents mentioning Bombay Cafe to me a few months back. How does it compare to punjab? Better? Worse? Or about the same?

          1. re: coffeyucf

            Punjab is a restaurant but Bombay Cafe is a hole in the wall mostly take out joint with a few tables and plastic silverware but you still eat your food from the takeout box.

            I only went to Punjab once about 6 years ago and didn't like it, Bombay Cafe is better food but Curries and More on Palmetto is the best so far in the region though not up to British Indian food standards IMO.

            1. re: smartie

              Well said Smartie, agreed. One other note on Bombay though... when you get takeout the portion is huge plus tons of good basmati. We sometimes get 2 takeout dishes on Saturday afternoon, plus some naan. For about $30 it's enough for a giant dinner for two and tons of leftovers for 2 Sunday lunches or during the week.

              1. re: CFByrne

                try Curries and More's lunch special - it's huge for about $10 per person (might even be less) and I once called the day before and asked him to make us lamb passanda which he did, and it was excellent.

              2. re: smartie

                Yes, avoid Punjab unless food becomes scarce. It is an older hotel restaurant and had a moldy smell inside.

                Curries N More is good but as smartie said it's not great.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  we had take out from Curries and More at work yesterday and it was again very good. You just have to choose carefully, but the lamb passanda was fab and I have chicken Korma to try tonight (left overs).

            2. re: CFByrne

              Something's up with Bombay Cafe in Boca. We've been getting takeout for years, at least once per month. This past weekend we found different people working there and much different food prep and taste. Not well seasoned at all. Shame - this was one of our favorites.

            3. For great subs in Boca, try D'Best -- about 150 yards north of Yamato on Dixie, a block west of US 1.

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              1. re: gimmeseconds

                agree with gimmeseconds D'best is great also lets not forget Boynton diner open for dinner now as well great food good value


                1. re: pikiliz

                  Tell me more about Talia's in Boca

                  1. re: love food

                    Talia's - see here:

                    Even though it's in Boca, comments are here:


                    in the thread "Best Meatballs /meatball hero in Ft Lauderdale"

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      How are other things there? Pizza, eggplant parm etc...

                      1. re: love food

                        love food:

                        Stop asking so many questions...

                        Just go to Talias, ask for Andy, and tell him you've come from far away and that you want to order their best recommendation for a ______.

                        [Insert specifically what you are looking for.]

                        That's it. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy.

                    2. re: love food

                      Love Talia - dont forget to try the fresh home made mozzarella, and home made sausage.

                      1. re: SaminSFL

                        I'll definitely try the homemade mozzarella. I'm not a meat eater so the sausage is out. My mom lives in Delray and we usually drive to Pizza Time in Coral Springs because we love the food there, but I'm looking for a closer option. Sounds like Talia is it.

                        1. re: love food

                          Try to avoid the 11:45AM to 1:30PM lunch rush. Talia's is small and they have a small staff, so it can get hectic, even with Andy and Chelio working their butts off.

                          1. re: love food

                            They have a no meat hero and I bet he will make you anything you want on it. The homemade ciabatta bread is really good and one sandwich is all you need here. I was in there today for lunch today and the 10" pizza that came out was looking mighty good. There are 3 no meat pizzas on the menu and meatless pasta options. This is probably the best Italian NY dive you will find.

                            Fermi Hero: Portabella, Roasted peppers, Tuscan beans & organic Lettuce (195 Cal)

                            10" low carb pizzas:
                            Margherita- Plum Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil & Olive Oil
                            Primavera- Broccoli, Mushrooms, Eggplant, Peppers & Onions
                            Bianca- Ricotta, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Garlic & Olive Oil


                            1. re: freakerdude

                              My three fav heros at Talia's are Michelangelo, Pavaroitti and Verdi.

                              Michelanglo: Herb Chicken Cutlet, Eggplant, Mozzarella & Raosted Peppers

                              Pavarotti: Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Arugula, Sun Dried Tomato & Basil Pesto

                              Verde: Chicken Cutlet, Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Lettuce & Tomato

                              The desciptions don't do them justice as they put all sort of other seasonings and flavors in there. And the warm chiabatta rocks big time.

                              I'd say the Mich is probably the best and the best hero or sandwich I've ever had anywhere - hard to stop ordering this even after 5 years.

                              1. re: CFByrne

                                i can't wait to eat there is sound soooo good. Thanks chowhounds, YOU ROCK

                    3. re: gimmeseconds

                      D'Best has one of *d' best* philly cheesesteaks around, cutting their ribeye meat daily. They roast their own turkey as well. It's not the cheapest sandwich you can find but one of the best.