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Feb 22, 2011 01:05 PM

Unique family dining in Broward or Palm Beach

My wife's Birthday is coming up. I am looking for something out of the ordinary, yet family friendly. We have already been to Chima and Bucca. Anything else out there? Any price range will work. I just want something different.

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  1. Family as in young kids or older kids?

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    1. The place gets mixed reviews, some dishes are stellar while others fall short, but my daughters always loved taking the boat ride to Caps Island.

      Although it borders on touristy...from a unique standpoint it's hard to beat Maikai.

      Casa Bella is out of the ordinary in that it's like dining in someone's home and afterwards, Jaxon's Ice Cream Parlor is right down the street.

      Speaking of dining in someone's home, the Sundy House in Delray is a step above Casa Bella and even offers outside private dining. While the above suggestions aren't exactly "foodie" in quality, this is the classiest of the bunch and definitely serves the best food.

      Hope this helps!


      1. Our go-to birthday place for the kids (11 and 14) for the last several years has been Izumo in Coral Springs, for excellent Hibachi. Maybe not "different" but definitely a bit special for a birthday, the chefs are very good (better than Benihana) and the food is excellent and you get a LOT of it.

        If you want really special birthday treatment and don't mind spending a lot, you can't go wrong with Capital Grille (Boca Town Centre). We went there for my birthday a few months ago and they said Happy Birthday at the door, had a card and rose petals at the table, gave me a dessert, and a rose before I left...and excellent food and service.

        If any of you are Food Network fans, Chef Morimoto has a restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort. He's not always there, but sometimes he is.

        If you want something funkier, with great food, check out Dada on Swinton AVe in Delray Beach...after dinner walk along Atlantic Ave and get ice cream sundaes at Kilwins.

        A GREAT restaurant in northwest Coral Springs is Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar. On the weekends they also have live music. Wonderful, fresh, delicious food, the owners are great and it has a great atmosphere.

        Falafel Bistro
        5677 Coral Ridge dr., Coral Springs, FL 33076

        Capital Grille - Boca Raton
        6000 West Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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        1. re: pringle347

          Can you eat at Morimoto's without being a guest of the hotel? I always thought it was restricted to guests or beach club members only. Have you eaten there?

          1. re: zook

            I have not...but a friend of mine has and was not a hotel guest. Not 100% sure....

        2. Depending on the weather, eating outside at DaDa's in Delray is family friendly. Good food and the servers are certainly "something different."

          1. maggianos family style meal all u can eat and desert salads etc we love it, boca raton fl.