CEN­TRAL PALM

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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.

Caribbean

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.

Ger­man

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.

Greek

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.

Ital­ian

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.

Amer­i­can

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.

Ital­ian

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.

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