Abe and Louie’s — 2200 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-0024. A decade after opening, this Boston import has become a favorite for prime steaks and Maine lobster served in a woody, saloon-like setting. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 4-15-15. Armadillo Café — 8221Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-405-6152. Chef Kevin McCarthy’s Southwestern gem first opened in Davie in 1988. This is its fourth iteration, where timetested dishes such as tequilagrilled shrimp, black and white soup and Texas tenderloin tacos are still being served. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-29-15. Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen — 399 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-826-2625. “Just good food” is the motto, and everything on the menu is marked vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed12-19-14. Gluttonous Goat — 99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-923-9457. Inventive gastropub fare gets an elegant Caribbean-accented makeover from chef and co-owner Brian Marcotte. Goat and gator have never tasted so good. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, brunch. Reviewed 10-31-14. Grand Tavern — 710 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-279-2779. While primarily a sports bar, Grand Tavern serves the Detroit specialty known as the Coney Island: a hot dog on a steamed bun with beanless chili, onions and mustard. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-17-14. The Grove — 187 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-266-3750. At this intimate, 22-seater in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood, fresh ingredients are exquisitely prepared by chef Michael Haycock. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-14-15. The Habit Burger Grill — 1801 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561-265-0934. What began in California in 1969 has grown to five other states, including this first Florida location. Chargrilled burgers and tempura green beans are exceptional, along with several grilled sandwiches. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-30-15. Max’s Social House — 116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561-501-4332. Longtime South Florida restaurateur Dennis Max has created a refined gastropub in a cottage built in 1925. The menu runs from ramen to mushroom flan and an incredible rib-eye burger. Cocktails and craft beer are served inside or on one of three patios. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 2-27-15. M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom — 980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-419-2600. Forget its office-building location. This 26-seat charmer smokes its own bacon and makes its own chorizo. Burgers are outstanding, especially topped with housemade ketchup and mustard. Inexpensive-moderate. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-19-14. Smoke BBQ — 8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-4236. Pitmaster Bryan Tyrell brings his Kansas City barbecue pedigree to Delray, where the ribs and chicken are incredible. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-10-14. Sweet Dewey’s BBQ — 9181 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-488-9688. After a quarter century in restaurants and private clubs, Chicago-born chef Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper returns to the food of his childhood with Mississippi-style barbecue. The place serves very good ribs: St. Louisstyle, baby back and beef. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 2-4-15. True — 147 SE First Ave., Boca Raton, 561-417-5100. If you’re from Baltimore and homesick for real crab cakes, this is the place to be. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-19-14.
Sapphire Indian Cuisine — 500 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton, 561-632-2299. Boca now has an upscale Indian restaurant complete with white tablecloths, top shelf spirits, a decent wine a list and a menu that takes diners a tour of India. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-16-15.
The Sea South East Asian Kitchen — 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 561-270-3569. The same folks who built the mini-chain that is Lemongrass Asian Bistro are back with a more elegant restaurant, serving solid Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian and Vietnamese dishes. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-11-14.
Chez Jean-Pierre — 132 N. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-1171. Since 1991, JeanPierre and Nicole Leverrier and now their sons have been feeding Palm Beach from their classic French menu. The jacketed patrons and the kooky surrealstyle dining room add up to a unique South Florida dining experience. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-4-15. La Nouvelle Maison — 455 E. Palmetto Park Road, 5 Boca Raton, 561-338-3003. Modern French food and incredible service in a gorgeous setting. Locals finally have a successor to La Vielle Maison, which closed in 2006 after a 30-year run. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-22-14.
Casa D’Angelo — 171E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-996-1234. Chef Angelo Elia’s namesake ristorante delivers top-notch Old World-style Italian in a modern setting. Meat and fish are excellent here. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-25-15. DaVinci’s of Boca — 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-362-8466. After 18 years in Marco Island, the Carvelli family