featuring light and healthy dishes with herbs she grows in her home garden. Papaya salad, soups and spicy pork salad are winners. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 3-10-17. Ramen Lab Eatery — 100 NE Second St., Boca Raton, 561-750-4448. The family run fast-casual gastropub near Mizner Park has a hip, comfortable vibe. Housemade ramen noodles swim in bowls of rich broths with a variety of add-ons and spice levels. Or choose donburi or poke bowls. True to its name, Ramen Lab Eatery likes to experiment with Japanese flavors. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-10-17. Sushigo — 477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-347-7888. You’ll find near perfection on a plate at this Japanese restaurant run by a chef who spent five years at Nobu in Miami Beach. Moderate-very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-15-16.
Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro —2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-465-3167. Small, comfortable and cozy, Rocksteady serves flavorful, sophisticated Caribbean food. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 9-7-16.
Gretl’s Bistro – 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-409-2787. German and Austrian comfort food including schnitzels, bratwurst and pork, with tasty sauerkraut, spätzle and red cabbage on the side. Don’t miss chef-owner Sherry Michel’s signature strudels for dessert. Reviewed10-5-16.
Ouzo Bay Greek Kouzina — 201Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-757-0082. Sophisticated Greek restaurant entices diners with its display of international seafood, from Norwegian langoustines to Chilean sea bass and Japanese Hokkaido scallops. Or make a meal of Greek appetizers like dolmades, shrimp saganaki, tuna tartare and char-grilled octopus. Finish with baklava made in-house. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-14-17.
Le Sorelle Restaurant — 6020 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-235-5301. Three sisters — and various other family members — run this intimate Italian restaurant and wine bar. The menu features classic “sea” and “land” dishes, as well as pizzas, all in homey setting. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 2-27-17. Prezzo – 5560 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561-314-6840. This revival of a popular 1990s Italian restaurant from veteran restaura- teur Burt Rapoport is spiffy, safe and comfortable, with crowdpleasing pastas, pizzas, seafood and meats along with throwbacks such as roasted garlic with freshbaked focaccia breadsticks and apple tart from a wood-burning oven. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-4-18. V&S Italian Deli – 2621N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-395-5206. Prepare to wait in line at this cramped sandwich shop run by brothers Vinny and Sal Falcone, New York transplants who opened in 1985. The counter crew is friendly and the craftsmanship of the subs are impressive. Inexpensive. Lunch. Reviewed10-11-17.
Oceano Kitchen — 201E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, 561-562-5055. Every bite is delicious and every plate is a polished gem at this cozy patio restaurant with a menu that changes daily from the husbandand-wife team of Jeremy and Cindy Bearman. He earned a Michelin star in New York and she makes exquisite desserts. This dream come true is one of South Florida’s best restaurants. Cash only and no reservations for parties fewer than six. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 12-8-17.
Grato —1901S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-404-1334. This Italian trattoria offers a casual environment where family and friends can enjoy great food and service. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-3-16. 305-699-2637. Two childhood friends from Miami have opened a bar and global small plates eatery in Wynwood that manages to be trendy and warm at the same time. The food is ambitious and sometimes misses the mark, but you can’t go wrong with cocktails and bar bites. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 2-3-17. Glass and Vine – 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, 305-200-5268. A lovely spot for an outdoor meal overlooking Peacock Park in rejuvenated Coconut Grove. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli offers fresh seasonal dishes, including stracciatella cheese on Zak the Baker bread and sea scallops with cauliflower. Lunch-dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 3-31-17. King Palace Chinese BBQ — 330 Northeast167th Street, North Miami Beach, 305-949-2339. Barbecued ducks hang in a glass case, live fish and lobsters await their fate in aquariums and happy diners lick their fingers in delight after eating crispy lamb chops with minced garlic and chilies and crab bathed in black bean sauce. The Wu family came from Venezuela after Hugo Chavez took power, giving South Floridians an authentic Chinese restaurant on par with those found in New York. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-15-17. KYU — 251NW 25th St., Miami, 786-577-0150. A nearperfect restaurant in vibrant, artsy Wynwood, with pristine food and polished service without fuss or formality in a relaxed, oakscented setting. Chef Michael Lewis, a well-traveled disciple of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, calls the cuisine “wood-fired and Asian-inspired,” but you can simply call it delicious. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed10-14-16. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – 3201Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600. A stunningly gorgeous restaurant at the Faena Hotel from acclaimed Argentine grill master Mallmann. Indulge on flame-charred and smoke-kissed meats and sea creatures, and don’t miss the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-28-17. Mignonette Uptown – 13951 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-705-2159. A seafood festival from chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar, Mignonette) in a converted 1950s-style diner. Simple yet elegant dishes abound, including oysters, caviar and crudos. Don’t miss the buffalo scallops or the crispy-skin fish. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-23-17.