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Dec 10, 2012 05:45 AM

Seeking recs for Boynton,Delray, and around...

Food obsessed New Yorkers are once again heading south, this time for a visit of several months. Will be based in Boynton, but willing to travel for food!

Prior to a brief visit last winter, we were delighted by the recommendation of Max's Harvest (thank you, CFByrne!) where we enjoyed a superb dinner. We plan to re-visit Max's in a couple of weeks and if our next meal there is as good as the first (see my report in link, below) will put the restaurant into regular rotation.

Now: I cook most meals at home, but I do need at least one other recommendation for top-quality food. Anything else in the "farm-to-table" genre of Max's? Open to any price range, and any location within a 40-minute or so drive. Not interested in a bar scene, do not care about decor..the food is the
only critical factor.

Will be happy to report back on our experiences...many thanks!

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  1. You may want to look into 32 East right in downtown Delray. Chef Nick Morfogen has actually been using a lot of locally-sourced ingredients for years now.

    Best place for updated info would be their Facebook page, there's a menu tab which will load after a delay...!/32east?fr...

    Of course you could always poke around some of the other foodie review sites to get a feel for what's going on....

    Another option is take a ride up to N Palm Beach and hit Coolinary Cafe. Chef Tim is quite obsessed with farm to fork. You could even sit at the counter and chat while your food is prepared if you have just one or two in your party.

    This is a somewhat more casual experience than Max's or 32 but the food may be just as good - and it's very Florida-oriented.

    Again, Facebook is best place for info, and they post their specials menu every day (they have a whole nother "regular" menu.!/Coolinary...

    Tho they also have a regular site

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    1. re: CFByrne

      I know that I could count on you! Will put both of those places on the short list. Early in our stay, I need to plan two dinners with friends from Boca. Have Max's Harvest booked for one dinner, and will likkely try 32 East for the second, unless you come up with something else...

      Anyplace come to mind in or near Boca?

      There seem to be a lot of places with much style but not much substance, if I am phrasing correctly...glitzy, big bar action, unadventurous food, etc etc. Would like to avoid those, if possible.

      Any thoughts on an Italian restaurant in Pompano Beach named La Buca (has been recommended by a friend who lives seem to be mixed.)

      Once again, please keep the ideas coming. I will report on my experiences!

      1. re: erica

        Agree about 32 East and Max's Harvest. Tramonte is very good for Southern Italian food. In Palm Beach which is about 30 minutes from Delray, Chez Jean Pierre is excellent for French and Buccan is very creative.

        1. re: erica

          For Boca you MIGHT want to take a look at The Rebel House.

          It is loud, noisy, young... and some would say hit and miss. The menu is all over the place, as is the decor.

          Yet it is named after what they did NOT want to do: Another boring Boca restaurant.

          But it is definitely adventerous. The chef behind it has received a ton of acclaim and awards for his other two ventures: Charm City Burgers and El Jefe Lucador Mexican Street Food.

          There's a thread on Rebel House here...

          FB Page again probably best spot for info:


          And of course plenty of lively discussions on the other foodie sites...

          1. re: CFByrne

            I did read that thread on Rebel House; will keep it on the long list. What are the local online food sites that you like?

          2. re: erica

            Cafe la Buca is great. Tiny place with daily changing verbal menu and byob. Great food and fun experience.

        2. Give Bamboo Fire a try. It is not farm to table but I don't know of anything like it in New York. Island cuisine, Donald and Beverly are from Guyanna, everything they cook is with love and delicous. It is so nice to sit outside on the quiet street, have a drink and eat such good food. They have beer but you can bring a bottle of wine. They should lose the guitar player though.

          1. I would suggest trying out Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton...

            1. Top Chef contestant Lindsay Autry just took over the kitchen at Sunday House in Delray. That would be high on my list.

              On the casual side I would highly recommend paying visits to Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana, Nick's New Haven Pizza in Boca and Scuola Vecchia in Delray. All three do fantastic pizzas.

              I would also check out Hiway Burger in Delray

              If driving to Palm Beach Buccan is a must do as is Cafe Boulud.

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              1. re: The Chowfather

                And next door to Buccan is another of their signature restaurants Imoto - exquisite Asian.

                If you are feeling adventurous and will drive to Ft. Lauderdale - a must is Market 17 - probably one of the best creative menus and execution in the area.

              2. You may also want to try The Grove in Delray. It's right next to Max's Harvest. Their chef Meghan O'Neal spent some time in Chicago working for Grant Achatz at Alinea and Next I'm also a big fan of Brule Bistro on that same street.

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                1. re: lync0091

                  Thanks...The Grove looks very interesting..will try it soon and report back.

                  1. re: erica

                    Thanks for the update on Pizzeria Oceano Erika. It is high on my ToDo list. A reminder for anyone else, it is CASH ONLY.

                    Meanwhile, also high on my ToDo list: The Grove Restaurant, as suggested by Lync91. I've been hearing a lot of good stuff from reliable sources.

                    I was walking by today at lunchtime, and had a nice chat with partner Paul Strike who was outside tidying up the entrance. There are enough CIA grads at this place to staff a Bourne film...