Driftwood – 2005 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561-733-4782. Chef Jimmy Everett has taken his impressive resume (Valentino Cucina in Fort Lauderdale, Culinary Institute of America) and opened an ambitious yet unpretentious eatery in the former Scully’s. The food and drinks are inventive. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-20-18. 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. Latitudes — Delray Sands Resort, 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, 561-2782008. From décor to menus, the oceanfront Latitudes is inspired by the sea. Boasting a spectacular view of the Atlantic, the restaurant offers an extensive selection of main courses that speaks to every taste, and includes six varieties of fish along with beef tenderloin, pappardelle Bolognese and seafood tacos. Moderate-expensive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; Sunday 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.
Ditmas Kitchen Boca — 21077 Powerline Road, unincorporated Boca Raton, 561-8268875. 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 family-style, bone-in rib steak was outstanding. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 1-12-18.
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.
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.
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.