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.
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.
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 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.
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