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Sep 26, 2010 11:49 AM

Baba's Shrimp Shack

Opening next weekend! Andrew Bennardo, owner of the famed "old school" Italian deli and restaurant "Talias Tuscan Table" has built "Baba's Shrimp Shack".

If you know Andrew, you know he is a no nonsense "food first" kind of guy. Talia's is known for unbelievable sandwiches and prepared food with "regular guy" prices complimented by his "boy from the Bronx" attitude.

I had a chance to look at the menu and check the place out. It should fill a void that South Palm Beach County is missing. Baba's looks to be a casual "joint" to get some fresh fish, fish sandwiches, pasta, and a cold beer similar to the Whale's Rib in Deerfield. There are even rumors of Ipswich steamers.

I have no affiliation with either place but when I see a guy like Andrew swim upstream against the chain restaurant mentality plaguing South Florida, I cross my fingers.

The restaurant is located in Boca Raton on the corner of Dixie Highway and Spanish River Blvd, right next to Talia's. Skip the flippin Cheesecake Factory and give it a try.

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  1. I second everything said above - I'll be going this week to check it out. Andy creates some fabulous dishes at Talia's and I'm looking fwd to see what new culinary tricks he has up his sleeve.

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    1. re: CFByrne

      When I was at Talia's, he was showing the space next door to some customers and I assumed he was expanding. Little did I know it would be a seafood place. I will definitely give this place a try and will let my co-workers know as well.

      Website still under construction:

      1. re: freakerdude

        It looks awesome, I am SO going there for lunch today!

        1. re: SaminSFL

          Chef Andy, for what it's worth, it a CIA chef. So he knows not only "comfort" food but is also classically trained and most definitely knows what he is doing.

          1. re: CFByrne

            Had the Crawfish Sandwich wrap yesterday, was absolutely delicious, I was expecting fried crawfish in the wrap, but they were sauted in a spicy, slight sweet sauce that was delicious.

            Now my problem iswhen Im there is the temptation to get a Talia's Sandwich or Shrimp Shack sandwich...

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      1. Went last night for dinner with my family. As expected, Andy did not dissapoint. DELICIOUS rock shrimp and calamari in a kind of sweet/spicy chili Thai broth. The snapper and mahi wraps were delicious and huge! Delicious clam chowder and steamers in a garlic broth over linguine.
        VERY reasonably priced, especially when quality is considered.

        1. We checked it out today. It is the same atmosphere as Talia's and your order and pickup at the counter.

          Rock shrimp in sweet/spicy thai sauce were good and served with sweet potato waffle chips. I wished they could also serve them like I saw on D,D,&D at the Whale's Rib. Lobster bisque was good but definitely a thinner version of what I am used to. All prices are very reasonable. Shrimp linguine looked good as well. I'll be back to try some other seafood options he has to offer.

          Chef Andrew is a no nonsense kind of guy and asked us how it was. My co-worker asked if he used to own a resto off of Atlantic and Lyons. He said he was the owner there until the city bought out his land for a road expansion. He then opened up Talia's after that.

          1. I have been to Baba's twice now...Both times on Friday night. The food is excellent..Tried the Dolphin wrap and the rock shrimp dip......They seem to be kind of unorganized right now, but they haven't been open too long...The help is super friendly.

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            1. re: HotMelly

              We had the same unorganized situation as well. We were told to order our food over at Talia's, as nobody was at the counter for Baba's. People also came in and sat down expecting table service until I let them know.