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Lunch in Delray

Alcachofa Feb 19, 2013 10:42 AM

Hi, y'all. Hope to be having two lunches in Delray next month.

Had dinner at Dada a couple years ago and enjoyed it. I don't think they're open for lunch, tho. I also had lunch at Tramonti...OK but nothing special.

I think I'd like to try the Scuola Vecchio pizza place. Saw a mention for 50 Ocean as well. Doesn't have to be a super-fancy place like that, but would like seats and waiter-service (and beer and wine) for these specific lunches. Actually, I partially take that back: for top-of-the-line, superb Mexican, I would do a truck or take-out/stand-up joint. Mex is not necessarily what So Fla's known for, but I'm gonna have plenty of Cuban food elsewhere, so that's unnecessary for now as well.

Any thoughts? This board is pretty thin on Delray lunch suggestions, so maybe this can become the "go to" thread. Thanks.

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    BSDGuru May 9, 2013 08:36 AM

    Rack's is the new "thing" in Delray. Nice place. Expensive but so is everything else.

    Boston's is "eh" since the Marriott took it over and remodeled it and build a disco tiki hut next door. Its physically nicer but not nearly as much fun.

    One place that I kind of like is Old Calypso. Fair prices, a free parking lot and a more interesting menu than Deck 84 across the waterway.

    I wouldnt waste a day on Scuola.

    1. Alcachofa Mar 11, 2013 07:08 AM

      I did end up at Scuola Vecchia one day. Great true Neapolitan-style pizzas. Would definitely go back.

      Wanted something a little simpler on day two, and ended up at Caffe Martier, which was good. I had the chicken and brie panino and DC had an Asian salad, or something like that. Both were solid café-type food items.

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      1. re: Alcachofa
        smartie Mar 13, 2013 01:46 PM

        Cafe Martier is excellent, great omelets, sandwiches, wraps, and their croissants are deliciously flakey and buttery. Good Illy coffee too. I go there at least once a week.

        1. re: smartie
          stuartlafonda May 8, 2013 06:31 AM

          Could not agree more. I was there early Saturday morning and sat outside with my son and enjoyed a fantastic chocolate croissant and almond cream pastry with juice and coffee. Quiet street, perect weather, delicious food, worth at least one breakfast/brunch for a visitor to Delray.

      2. The Chowfather Feb 26, 2013 09:35 AM

        Not my home turf but Lindsay Autry from Top Chef and Michelle Bernstein is the new chef at Sunday House


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        1. re: The Chowfather
          CFByrne Feb 26, 2013 05:29 PM

          Yes Lindsay Autry is now at Sundy House - and my bad for not realizing this sooner.

          And when she's not cooking there, she's "guest" resident chef for the Swank Farms special events. (There's one coming up in April that I suspect will draw a lot of folks from here).

          I definitely plan a visit to Sundy House soon.

          I was lucky enought to enjoy a special backstage dinner Saturday night with the Zak Brown Band in West Palm, and most of the food came from Swank. I got to chat with Darrel and Jodi (not to mention Zac, but that's another story).

        2. CFByrne Feb 25, 2013 05:28 PM

          OK Al…

          I’ve put it in the ole percolator, and, I think there’s a reason you haven’t seen a lot of discussion about lunch in Delray.

          There’s not much that is really remarkable.

          I would say the lone meal you’re likely to get that you might not be able to get anywhere else, would be the Scuola Vecchio pizza.

          After that, there’s some decent meals but nothing mind-boggling or especially different. Bamboo Fire is not open for lunch. Sundy House certainly has a gorgeous “tropical jungle/paradise” garden setting. But I haven’t dined there recently, the chefs and staff have changed, and so I can’t comment beyond that.

          I’d say my next choice would be either Park Tavern or Brule.

          I’ve had some nice dinners at PT lately, and the lunch menu is the same or similar. Especially if you’re down from up north, the dining area in front on the park is very nice and ideal for prime people watching on The Ave. A nice Florida winter day and it’s hard to beat that. I’ve enjoyed the Scallops over Risotto, Miso Glazed Salmon, and the Mussels app with Pernod and Fennel in Butter Cream can be fantastic. Get plenty of bread and you may wind up happy with that alone. And if you’re interested in craft beer, they have a very very good selection.


          Brule is a few blocks north of the Ave in Pineapple Grove. They’ve really stepped up lately and I’ve had several excellent lunches over the past few months. Highlights have included the Angus Beef Burger on House Baked Brioche – a very very good burger - and the Grilled Avocado app is also a hit. Mrs CFB has had a few really excellent Panini as well.

          Unfortunately their website doesn’t seem to like Internet Explorer so I have trouble finding the menu. Or for that matter, any other useful information. It seems to only work with a maximized window.


          Ahhh here it is…


          Other options could include burgers at Burger-Fi on A1A and Atlantic (next to Bostons). It’s more-or-less the “Shake Shack” of Delray.

          If you want some decent Thai, there’s no shortage of places where you can get a fine lunch for under $15, including Lemongrass, Ziree, and House of Siam.

          You could also dine outdoors at Tryst, it’s usually pretty quiet there at lunch and the menu is limited, but it’s run by the folks from 32 East and DaDa so the quality is there.

          And then there is also the aforementioned Papas Tapas.

          Finally, if you wanted to go for a 15 minute drive for the “Mexican truck or take-out stand up joint” you mentioned, you could hit Tacos Al Carbon in Lake Worth.

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          1. re: CFByrne
            Alcachofa Feb 26, 2013 07:30 AM

            Ha, Lake Worth! I'll be spending most of my time in WPB, so maybe I'll hit that place up another day.

            "Not that remarkable"... fair enough! Thanks for the info.

            1. re: Alcachofa
              CFByrne Feb 26, 2013 07:34 AM

              In that case, you should also go to Coolinary Cafe for lunch in North Palm Beach, on Donald Ross just E of 95.

              Menu here:


              And you can see their Specials menu 2x a day here


            2. re: CFByrne
              OysterHo Mar 27, 2013 06:05 PM

              Just a heads up... Park Tavern is still open for lunch, but did away with their brunch menu. I was soooo bummed. I loved their eggs benedict and many other items on the menu looked good, including their sparkling wine drinks. All gone.

              I don't understand why they did that, but I did notice this past Sunday it wasn't too crowded there. Still a shame.

            3. Alcachofa Feb 21, 2013 06:19 AM

              Thanks. I'll be there on a Wednesday and a Thursday.

              Is Bamboo Fire open for lunch? I also was considering Sundy House.

              1. CFByrne Feb 20, 2013 05:10 PM

                These lunches, will they be weekday, or Sat or Sun? That could change some things.

                It looks like you're from the Boston area, Al.

                50 Ocean is part of Boston's Restaurant in Delray. I have not been to 50 yet, but I've been to Boston's plenty. And the 50 Ocean LUNCH menu looks highly related to the Boston's menu.


                I am not sure if someone coming from Boston would want or need to try Florida's renderings of Whole Belly Clams, Lobster Salad, or Crab Cakes! I would not go to Boston and order Key Lime Pie.


                I'm a huge Scuola Vecchio fan so I think that's a winner. The eggplant app is great, as are the salads and of course the pizza is ridiculous.

                I also agree with CJT, Papas Tapas is excellent. However, it may be too close to the Cuban you say you're going to have elsewhere.

                Let us know about your schedule and we can give you some more options. (And yes, DaDa is NOT open for lunch at all).

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                1. re: CFByrne
                  Alcachofa Feb 25, 2013 11:46 AM

                  You're right that there would be no point in us going to a "Boston" restaurant.

                  If I were in Delray longer, though, I would consider trying the lobster rolls from the Bean place, since they're actually from Maine. But I get enough lobster rolls, so for just a couple lunches, I don't think I'll go there.

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                  CJT Feb 20, 2013 02:17 PM

                  Last week we tried Papas Tapas in Delray and liked it. Lunch for wife was skirt steak, for me Basa fish. Both came with rice (choice of yellow or white - we chose yellow), bowl of black beans, and chunks of plantain. Ate outside on a sunny day. Good service, tasty food.

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                    Linda VH Feb 19, 2013 11:37 AM

                    I enjoyed 50 Ocean for lunch as the food was good and it had a great ocean view.

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