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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. Hotdog-Opolis – 6020 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-988-5959. All manner of creatively-topped tubular meat treats, including Chicago Vienna Beef hot dogs and a dozen exotic game sausages, await at this unassuming strip mall eatery run by ex-New Yorkers and ex-Chicagoans Harvey and Judy Loewenstein. French fries and knishes are good too. Inexpensive. Lunch, supper. Reviewed 6-28-17. Jimmy’s Fries to Caviar — 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-617-5965. Chef Jimmy Mills’ eclectic menu indeed offers fries and caviar, but also cheeseburgers and duck. Its something-for-everyone approach is a success. Closed Mondays. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-29-16. 32 East – 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-276-7868. John Thomas replaced beloved longtime chef Nick Morfogen last year, and has added delicious new dishes and a lighter touch to the menu. Food, cocktails, wine and service all shine. After two decades, this stalwart of Atlantic Avenue remains one of the best restaurants in South Florida. Dinner. Expensive. Reviewed 4-28-17.
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. Sushigo — 477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561347-7888. You’ll find near perfection on a plate at this Japanese restaurant run by a chef who spent five years at Nobu in Miami Beach. Moderate-very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-15-16.
Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro —2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-465-3167. Small, comfortable and cozy, Rocksteady serves flavorful, sophisticated Caribbean food. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 9-7-16.
Gretl’s Bistro – 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-409-2787. German and Austrian comfort food including schnitzels, bratwurst and pork, with tasty sauerkraut, spätzle and red cabbage on the side. Don’t miss chef-owner Sherry Michel’s signature strudels for dessert. Reviewed10-5-16.
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.
Patio Tapas and Beer — 205 SE First Ave., Boca Raton, 561-419-7239. Chef Bryant Fajardo and wife Nathalia bring a bit of authentic Spain to their tiny restaurant, where the best seats are indeed on the patio. Recommended dishes include chicken croquetas and pork belly montadito. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-16-15.
Gyromania Grill — 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road, Garden Shops, Boca Raton, 561-2888737; 5760 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, 954-345-4511. This locally owned, fast-casual eatery has all the dishes you’d expect to find in a Greek restaurant, from gyros and souvlaki to falafel and moussaka. Order from a counter and wait for your number to be called. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-04-15. 404-1334. This Italian trattoria offers a casual environment where family and friends can enjoy great food and service. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-3-16.