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Jun 27, 2012 12:11 PM

The Rebel House - Boca Raton

Looks like the long awaited Rebel House in Boca is about to open.

This will be the third restaurant for the team behind the much acclaimed Charm City Burger Company and, more recently, El Jefe Luchador in Deerfield Beach.

So we'll very shortly (possibly tonight or tomorrow?) find out what new treats Evan David and Michael Saperstein have up their toques.

A hard-to-see preliminary menu is posted on their FB page...

297 East Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL

(561) 353-5888

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  1. I've been watching this for months. The menu looks like goods news to me. Fired chicken with okra, waffle and bacon syrup!

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    1. re: Mat Josher

      Sounds like we're looking at next week for formal opening.

      I think for an anticipated place like this, it's smart to make sure everything is "just so" with plenty of mock service etc.

      You're probably less likely to get "Well, they just opened so I'll give them a break" concessions from any potential dissatisfied customers. "These guys have been around the block. They should know what they are doing. If they are charging full price, they should be providing full value."

      1. re: CFByrne

        Any new restaurant should be given a break. It is virtually impossible to get into rhythm within a month for a new concept, no matter how many times you have been around the block. Restaurants are all about rhythm. When I go to any new restaurant, I try to judge potential and ignore service issues or if a particular dish was not prepared correctly.

        PS I understand that you did not say that you would judge them but that others would and you are probably right. I just wanted to point out that it is unfortunate to do so.

          1. re: tpigeon

            If you acknowledge that the first month or two of a new restaurant's opening is going to be rough, or sketchy, why would you go to a place as soon as it opens?

            It's not like there aren't other places -- good, reliable, been-open-for-a-while places -- to eat a fine meal, and give the new place time to work out the kinks. How incredibly good could a place's food be that it would demand you eat there as soon as they open, regardless of the hiccups and vagaries of service or preparation problems?

            In other words, will you wait two months to try Rebel House? If not, why not?

            1. re: southocean

              Just as technology has it's share of "early adopters", I think many foodies are restaurant "early adopters".

              Willing to try new things out first... it's fun being a pioneer... even though with it can come some challenges.

              But if you're willing to overlook mostly trivial problems that you're reasonably confident will get fixed in the near future, the excitement of a culinary adventure into the unknown makes it well worth it.

              My two cents...

              PS: Side benefit: If you're someone on a budget, you're also able to often take advantage of pricing anomalies that show up on an opening menu.

              1. re: southocean

                because I just can't wait to try their sticky icky....

                Seriously though, I try newly opened places and just take that into account before I go. Coolinary Cafe was one of them.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  Funny freaker - because an in the biz friend who dined there last night said something to the effect "Boca Delray folks will no longer need to trek up to Jupiter, this is in the same class as CC". And I've now posted about 8 different stories but his post indicated open to public is tonight (Friday).

                2. re: southocean

                  Because it is fun to try new things.

                  1. re: tpigeon

                    Several years ago, NBC ran a promotion during the summer rerun season that said something like "If you haven't seen it yet, it's new to you."

                    If I'm paying full fare, I want the full experience. I don't want to take anything into 'consideration."

                    A classic example? Tap 42 was soundly decried for many months after they opened for poor service, a vegetarian owner cooking burgers, poor food -- and only relatively recently revamped their management and staff. Reviews are now getting very positive. Now, I'll go there, and expect to be amazed by their excellence.

                    And, it'll be 'new' to me.

                    1. re: southocean

                      Somebody has to take one, two, or even three for the team. That's how we get these reviews.....people on here have sacrificed for the betterment of the rest. But that is stating the obvious. I am an adventurer but sometimes I let others report back before I check out a totally new place without reviews.

                      1. re: southocean

                        Understood. There are some places I am willing to try day one and others I am still waiting to try (Milos in south beach, for example). Different strokes for different folks.

                        My point is only if you go to a brand new place, you should expect some things not to go right and not be overcritical. I hate seeing online reviews of a place that has been open a single day and people are just shooting it down because of service issues and/or a particular dish that might not have gone right.

                        1. re: southocean

                          yep. two visits to Tap 42 the first month it opened has gotten me to swear that place off for good. Please do post if you actually manage to have a good experience there.

                3. re: Mat Josher

                  A lot of nice preview food porn photos here:


                  "The rebel rousing shake up has begun. For all those restaurants playing it safe by serving pasta and meatloaf watch out, the Rebel House is going to sway diners with dishes that are bursting with flavors and combinations you haven’t even thought of; such as the Citrus Watermelon Salad with feta cheese, soft baby spinach and crispy shallots along with the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with lemon confit, cubanelle peppers, rosemary and balsamic saba.

                  Rock Shrimp Tacos have been adapted from the sister location El Jefe Luchador and the Mussel Pot is brimming with the elongated shellfish bathing in a broth of old bay, bacon, corn, tomato and lemon.

                  If vegetables are the way to go for you, the Grilled Baby Bok Choy with miso caramel, garlic krispys and blue cheese crumble is a texture/flavor kaleidoscopic sure to thrill your veggie palate"

                  1. Is now open... effective 5:30PM today.

                    Reservations available here...


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                    1. re: CFByrne

                      Has anyone had a chance to try this place yet. I'd love to hear about your experience as this place looks like it could be a real winner.

                      It was interesting to see the grilled corn on the menu. I remember reading an article, probably on this thread, about the chef really liking and drawing inspiration from Tacos Al Carbon.

                      When I've seen them making this at the table next to the Tacos Al Carbon truck. I had a couple of WTF moments. It starts with grilled corn with a scoop of butter to slather on, OK I'm following you so far. Then they proceed to scoop out a giant spoonful of mayonnaise to slather on. This is followed by a heavy shaking of Kraft grated parmesean cheese. Finished off with what I think is some type of chili powder and lime juice. I've thought about trying it before but something about the mayonnaise on corn thing always weirded me out.

                      So it was interesting to see Rebel House had a take on this.

                      Has anyone tried this before... Tacos al Carbon? Rebel House? Elsewhere? Is it gross or weird? Or am I missing out on the most amazing corn on the cob ever?

                      1. re: coffeyucf

                        Been here 2x now and tried appx 8 or 9 dishes. Overall I'd rate it very good. Definitely gets major kudos for creative and inventive dishes and its way "outside the box" menu especially for Boca.

                        It's still early and there were a couple of misses on a few of the items. I'll have all the details in a coming post, with the few misses and the many hits. (Brussels Sprouts come to mind as one of the big hits).

                        Fun, casual atmosphere and I've had excellent service. Great craft beer list.

                        I'll be back, probably many times.

                        1. re: CFByrne

                          Are the burgers as good as Charm City?

                          1. re: Linda VH

                            > Are the burgers as good as Charm City?

                            I would imagine yes, they are about the same. And I imagine the tacos are as good as at El Jefe.

                            But I'm not sure why one would go to Rebel and order a burger or taco!

                            You can get them any time at Charm or Jefe - meanwhile, at Rebel there are about 75 other interesting new things to try out!

                            1. re: CFByrne

                              I live in Boca and, when I want a great burger I'd like to go somewhere where I can have a glass of wine and the other people with me can have good food - not especially a burger. I love Charm City but rarely get there as my crew cannot decide on wanting a burger at the same time.

                              1. re: Linda VH

                                That makes sense Linda. And while I have not tried the burger at RH, I'd be shocked if it wasn't as good or better than at CC... given that Michael himself is working the line at RH quite a bit now during their opening weeks.

                          2. re: CFByrne

                            Finally made our way to Rebel to try it last night. Got there early (6:00) so no problem with either crowds or noise. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. As other posters mentioned, the items we tried ranged from quite good to okay. I loved the Brussels sprouts, not only for the heavy roast, crunchiness, but also for the Balsamic Parmesan yummy sauce. The shroom Gouda Spring rolls were also enjoyable. DH had the Mac n cheese, pork belly tater tots, and the peaches and ham, none of which were on the highly recommended list suggested by our waiter. He enjoyed the three items but would be in no hurry to order them again. The menu has so many wonderful sounding choices that several return visits are in our future to try them out. We also had a couple of their specialty cocktails, both of which were quite good and reasonably priced at $11 each. As an aside, the popcorn flavor last night was Thai chili and it was addictictive.

                          3. re: coffeyucf

                            Yes, I am also a big fan of E&M Munchies! Just reviewed my first visit for my Fort Lauderdale friends.


                            1. re: coffeyucf

                              What you've described with the corn is a very typical Mexican street food that's usually called "elote" - only they'll usually use a crumbly white cheese like cotija rather than Kraft parmesan, but the mayo, chile & lime are all part of the usual routine.

                              Try it, it's usually great.

                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                Everything sounds good but the mayo part.

                                1. re: freakerdude

                                  Basically helps everything stick. Don't be afraid of a little mayo.

                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                    I felt similarly, but it is really good with the Mayo.

                            2. I recently reviewed my first visit. Bites & Brews at Rebel House:

                              I highly recommend Rebel House the next time you are in East Boca Raton. Make a reservation (on their website) or try an off night for a relaxing evening. We plan to head back for brews and desserts!

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                              1. re: RKQuinn

                                Congratulations to The Rebel House on a big win in the Boca Burger Battle!


                                My wife and I had the pleasure of trying a few of their appetizers along with a stellar Brussels Sprout dish (thanks for the recommendation CFByrne!) this past weekend. While we might not be back on a weekend night anytime soon...I can most definitely say we will be back!

                              2. I checked RH last night before a concert at Mizner. Cool place inside and no problems getting seated at 530. After all, this is Boca we are talking about. Popcorn flavor of the day comes to the table in place of bread....better for my carb intake.

                                We ordered shroom-asparagus-gouda spring rolls, citrus watermelon salad, brussels, lamb meatballs, and OG fried chicken. Spring rolls were really good and had kale in them. It was a nice presentation as well. Citrus watermelon salad was really good with goat cheese and sesame oil vinaigrette. Brussels were just a bit under cooked in the center for my liking but excellent in everything else.

                                Lamb meatballs are served with a cheesy polenta (both very good) in a small cast iron skillet. OG chicken was really good but I am not a chicken and waffles person. The chive waffle was good and the maple syrup added a different touch to the perfectly seasoned crusted chicken. I could just eat the chicken alone as a dinner entree.

                                They have modified the menu and have a ceviche tostada along with some new variations. Disco fries and Korean chicken wings are new. But get this one, grilled Georgia peaches/ Serrano ham/ pedro Ximenez syrup/ arugula-walnut pesto. I want to try this next time if the peaches are still in season. Also I want to try the meatloaf.

                                It seems some of the older Boca-nites are trying this place out and I think the menu might freak them out a bit. An older couple sat next to us and had fried chicken and meatloaf. The lady kind of shrugged 'meh' when her hubby asked how it was. She seemed like the never satisfied type.

                                5 plates and just under $44 after tax not including tip. Complimentary sparkling or filtered water is served. I plan on going back for sure!

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                                1. re: freakerdude

                                  Had dinner at the Rebel House last night. Food was good and quite creative. Problem was that this was the noisiest restaurant I have ever dined in. You could not hear anyone at the table. People at the bar were celebrating and the yelling and screaming made it impossible to enjoy our meal. Will have to way the noise against the food next time we consider having dinner there.

                                  1. re: rsanders99

                                    I'm a big Rebel fan, but I had one other couple remark to me - unsolicited - about the extreme loudness. And I'm not talking about some 70 year old fuddy-duddies here.

                                    They might want to look into some unobtrusive sound-dampening materials.

                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                      I agree, we found the noise level disagreeable on our first visit, a crowded night. As an alternate plan we opted for the outdoor seating this past Wednesday and had quite an enjoyable dinner for 5 with conversation being much, much easier.

                                    2. re: rsanders99

                                      Never go to cafe matarano then. You are in serious danger of hearing loss there.

                                    3. re: freakerdude

                                      Freakerdude: The peaches were delicious, try them. It is a more petite and light appetizer, unlike most of their larger and heavier ones.

                                      The ceviche tostadas were good, but I wouldn't get them again. I loved the ceviche part, but found the homemade tostada shells to be overpowering (but very good if you like that kind of thing). I'd rather have a big bowl of ceviche, but it was still good.

                                      I recently tried the new lamb belly dish and it was fantastic. I also loved the OG fried chicken and waffles. I don't like waffles and rarely eat fried chicken, but found this dish to be really good in spite of my usual tastes.

                                      I'm still not a pork belly tater tot fan and I told them why. I'm hoping they will change that. It is a really cool presentation, the fried exterior tater "totness" was great, and the sauces are delicious. i just didn't like the pork belly part and I LOVE pork belly, I really do! Always love the brussel sprouts though.

                                      The sticky icky dessert was pecan pie with praline ice cream and bacon syrup. I am not a pecan pie fan at all, but it was fantastic if you like all that. I want to try more desserts, but I'm usually too full. :)

                                      1. re: OysterHo

                                        My goodness....they'd have to roll me out if I ate all of that! You know I am just kidding O-Ho. Anything on a tostada rarely works for me. It either falls apart or you can't even bite into it. Isn't there a middle level between the two?

                                        1. re: freakerdude

                                          I didn't eat all that in one visit!! That was 3 visits! (plus spring rolls and calamari) LOL

                                          Yeah, not a tostada fan either. They were little tostadas and super crunchy, so easier to manage, but meh, not my thing.