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Amer­i­can

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, 561-4056152. Chef Kevin McCarthy’s South­west­ern gem first opened in Davie in 1988. This is its fourth it­er­a­tion, where time-tested dishes such as tequila-grilled 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, 561-8262625. “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. Re­viewed10-3114. Grand Tav­ern — 710 Lin­ton Blvd., Del­ray Beach, 561-2792779. 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. In­ex­pen­sive-mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 12-17-14. The Grove — 187 NE Se­cond Ave., Del­ray Beach, 561-2663750. 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, 561-3304236. Pit­mas­ter Bryan Tyrell brings his Kansas City bar­be­cue pedi­gree to Del­ray, where the ribs and chicken are in­cred­i­ble. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 10-10-14. 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.

In­dian

Sap­phire In­dian Cui­sine — 500 Via de Pal­mas, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton, 561-6322299. 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.

Asian

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.

French

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.

Ital­ian

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 has brought Cal­abrian-style hos­pi­tal­ity and mod­ern Ital­ian to South Florida. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner Re­viewed11-21-14. Mastino Wood Fired Kitchen Craft Bar — 25 NE Se­cond Ave., Del­ray Beach, 561-9218687. Neapoli­tan-style pizza from a wood-burn­ing oven is the star here. But don’t for­get Ital­ian small plates, which run from the req­ui­site meat­ball and ri­cotta to shaved Brus­sels sprouts salad and bi­son slid­ers. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 6-26-15. Mer­lino’s — 39 SE1st Ave., Boca Raton, 561-756-8437. Old World meets mod­ern Ital­ianAmer­i­can Philly-style fla­vors at this bar and restau­rant. High­lights in­clude Clams Pavarotti, clams baked with shrimp, crab­meat and béchamel. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed1-2-15. Scuola Vec­chia Pizza e Vino — 522 E. At­lantic Ave., Del­ray Beach, 561-865-5923. A cer­ti­fied mem­ber of the As­so­ci­azione Piz­za­iuoli Napo­le­tani, this restau­rant spe­cial­izes in – you guessed it – Neapoli­tan pizza. Home­made fet­tuc­cini is the noo­dle of choice. Mod­er­ate. Din­ner. Re­viewed 3-11-16. Tra­monti — 119 E. At­lantic Ave., Del­ray Beach, 561-2721944. Clas­sic New York-style Ital­ian with a menu and staff heavy on tra­di­tion. Seafood and veal are par­tic­u­larly well done. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-17-14.

Latin/Mex­i­can/Span­ish

El Camino — 15 NE Se­cond Ave., Del­ray Beach, 561-8655350. Mex­i­can that’s au­then­tic and chef-driven is served in this cool 110-seater that in­vites din­ers with an out­door mu­ral fea­tur­ing Frida Kahlo, skeleton mari­achis and, of course, a vin­tage El Camino. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 5-9-14. Pa­tio Tapas and Beer — 205 SE First Ave., Boca Raton, 561-419-7239. Chef Bryant

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