CEN­TRAL PALM

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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.

Amer­i­can/Kosher

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.

Asian

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.

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 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.

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.

Mi­ami-Dade County

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.

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