brunch. Reviewed 8-7-17. Square One – 2222 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561-923-9176. Two alums of Rapoport Restaurant Group have opened a sophisticated and straightforward eatery in the former Brewzzi, with satisfying steaks, seafood, pastas, pizzas and charcuterie. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-31-18.
Ditmas Kitchen Boca — 21077 Powerline Road, unincorporated Boca Raton, 561-826-8875. To paraphrase an old rye bread commercial, you don’t have to be Jewish – or keep kosher – to enjoy this restaurant that strictly adheres to Jewish dietary law and is closed from sunset Friday through sunset Saturday for the Sabbath. Creative spins on sushi, meat and vegetable dishes are tasty and a familystyle, bone-in rib steak was outstanding. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-12-18.
Eathai — 1832 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561-270-3156. Chef-owner Sopanut Sopochana, who owned restaurants in New York before opening this strip mall eatery in 2016, puts a modern spin on traditional Thai cuisine in a fun and family-friendly setting. Try chicken French toast, spicy oxtail soup and grilled lamb with noodles, and finish with fresh-rolled ice cream. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-8-18. M&MThai Café — 891E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561-826-7749. Chefowner May Natural brings the bold flavors of her native Thailand to this cozy and sometimes cramped spot near the beach, 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.
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 restaurateur 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.
Amara at Paraiso – 3101NE Seventh Ave., Miami, 305-702-5528. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz has created a love letter to Miami with this gorgeous eatery overlooking Biscayne Bay featuring a Latin-inspired menu of grilled meats, seafood and veggies. Do not miss the yuca cheese puffs or decadent flan. Expensivevery expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-13-18. Ariete – 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. 305-640-5862. Chef Michael Beltran pulls off a culinary highwire act blending haute concepts with Cuban comfort food and the thrilling results lead to treats such as headcheese croquetas with kimchi, bone marrow with black beans and foie gras with smoked plantains. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-14-18. Awash Ethiopian — 19934 NW Second Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-770-5100. The scarcity of Ethiopian cuisine in South Florida is rectified at this friendly, familyrun eatery where the spongy injera flatbread is cool and the well-spiced flavors of lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes can run hot. Wash it down with sweet Ethiopian honey wine or smooth fresh-roasted coffee. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 3-23-18 Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres — 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859. A shimmering seafood dream, you just might eat an entire aquarium’s worth of fish and sea treats at this joyous Philippe Starck designed dining room in the SLS Brickell. The Spanish-born Andres has trained his crew well – nearly every plate is a delicious culinary adventure. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 3-3-17. Beaker & Gray -- 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami. 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. La Petite Maison – 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305-403-9133. This playground for the one percent was taken global from its Nice original from the same luxury outfit behind Zuma. The menu features simple yet exquisite French and Mediterranean fare, including impeccable seafood, but the prices could lead to bankruptcy. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-17-18.