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Palm Beaches - Best fried chicken?

Michelle Bernsteins has the best fried chicken I've ever had. Super crispy, well seasoned, large portions,just heavenly. They serve it with sides of hot sauce and honey that take it to another level.

That said, this ain't fast food, in price, service or ambiance. Very high end. But the best fried chicken I've ever had.

Michelle Bernstein's @Omphoy Palm Beach

Short ribs, fried chicken, and whole fried branzino are all excellent. But the fried chicken with honey and hot sauce is special and comparatively cheap.

Go about 6:30 and get a table near the window to watch the kitesurfers during DST

Boynton sushi restaurants: Sushi Simon vs Sushi Jo

Finally tried Sushi Jo, eating once in the restaurant and once for takeout. Doesn't have the ambiance of Sushi Simon, or Try Thai. But the sushi is good and fresh, and prepared quickly.

So for me, Sushi Simon wins for ambiance/vibe and presentation and taste, with cost being its downfall. Second place is Try Thai whose strengths are local family owned/friendly service, large portion sizes, decent prices, a mix of sushi and Thai, and cute cafe-like atmosphere. Sushi Jo is also moderately priced, serves good food, but atmosphere and service are just ok.

All serve good sushi.

Need Delray Recommendation

All are open as of 2/13/11. Each has been in operation for multiple years, is a popular restaurant and successful.

Need Delray Recommendation

Agree the wine list is weak, but I think DaDa is a place with above average character and interesting food. Much more casual than 32E. The meatloaf is excellent, the turkey mignons are interesting (dressing is overly spiced for my tastes), the above-mentioned salmon is very good, and their fish specials are always fresh and tasty. A nice place without spending a ton of money, and valet parking.

Need Delray Recommendation

I had a bad experience at 32 East . They refused to honor a reservation for my party of 8 on Friday night, after it had been confirmed twice by phone earlier in the day. Unpardonable.

That said, it stands alone as the best fine dining in DRB. I had a bad experience, and I haven't been back since on principle. But before that, I ate there once a week. The food and service are excellent, great drinks and excellent wine list, and if you eat outdoors, there is a non-stop parade of comically bad behavior and ill-advised fashion choices strolling and rolling by for entertainment. It's quite floor show.

Sundy is nice if you are there during the day to enjoy the gardens. Just beware if they have a big wedding or other event - you will definitely pay the price in bad service.

Locals call Tramonti's Tramplemonti's. It's extremely crowded, uncomfortably so for my tastes. You have to yell to converse. The food's pretty good, and if you get a good waiter, so is the service. I'd go to Lake Worth (Il Paradiso or Rustico) or south to Boca's Trattoria Romano for high end Italian.

Brule serves good food in an informal atmosphere. Takeouts from there have been consistently above average, but I've never eaten inside. I like it, nice place with good food, but I wouldn't call it a "great place".

Tell us more what a "great place" is for you and maybe we can provide more leads

INEXPENSIVE BUT GOOD IN DELRAY, BOYNTON, BOCA AREA

Best cheap eats in Delray Boynton:
Hurricane Alley - try happy hours, beers are half off, oysters are $6/dozen. Try their fish dip it's awsome
Boynton Beach Diner - Outstanding breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, most for under $10
Granger's - Locals pub in Delray with gourmet chef specials every night
Richie's Seaside (Convenience store) in Briny Breezes makes great sandwiches, especially #32
Dune Deck Cafe in Lantana has great oceanfront bfasts and lunches. Specialize in Greek.
Kona Grill, Lantana - great grouper reuben
Sandwiches by the sea, Delray, great subs. Expect a line.
TryThai, Boynton Beach, family run Thai with great sushi - lunch bento is big for $10-12
Talia's in Boca, outstanding Italian, no ambiance except the owner
Best takeouts are in Delray - Brulees and Mariannes

Funky Good! Broward or Boca/Delray

Try DaDa in Delray. Old house, lots of outdoor seating, updated comfort food (all good), good drinks, the most tattooed/pierced wait staff on the planet, good music, super laid back, moderate prices. FUNKY GOOD.

Boynton sushi restaurants: Sushi Simon vs Sushi Jo

Try Thai is closed on Sunday, so I finally tried Sushi Simon. Long story short, it's really good! I don't rave about many places but this one is special.

It's not very attractive from the outside - along the side of a supermarket strip center. I mistakenly thought maybe it was a fast food place. Once inside, my opinion changed immediately. It's not very big, but surprisingly comfortable and cozy inside. Sort of a young hip vibe. There are few tables outside as well.

The menu is all sushi - no Asian fusion,Korean, Thai, or even traditional cooked Japanese dishes. Just great fresh raw fish that is exceptionally well presented, and some adventuresome combinations. They have an extensive menu, and had probably 10-15 specialty rolls as daily specials.

Sadly, all of this comes at a price. Lunch for two with a glass of wine apiece was $100 including tip. Specialty rolls are $15-20. I don't care, I really enjoyed my meal, and I felt the overall experience was worth it. They had some better deals for lunch but only Monday thru Friday.

So not a value meal, but exceptional sushi, "food porn" quality presentation, awesome sauces (never used soy sauce!), great service and a nice ambiance.

Also, they do takeout.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Patio Delray

I had a really good experience here too. Great patio and really good food and drinks. Not as manic as downtown DRB . Their short ribs are incredible and their blue cheese wedge salad is to die for.

Boynton sushi restaurants: Sushi Simon vs Sushi Jo

I haven't tried either because they both frequently get trashed on Yelp and Urbanspoon.

The best sushi I've had in Boynton is at Try Thai, a small family run Thai place on the west side of Federal just north of Woolbright. Their son has taken up sushi and he is excellent at it. they have great asst of bento's for lunch. You can mix and match sushi and Thai - the phad thai bento is my fav. Here's their sushi menu http://trythaiboynton.com/EX002.html. Also their Tom Yum soup is killer if ordered at spice level 5 (max). Their sushi specials are also wonderful, especially the tempura sweet potato with spicy tuna on top. I've eaten there 5-6 times; seafood is wonderfully fresh.

Local hole-in-the-wall restaurant

Maybe further than you'd want to drive, but three places spring to mind in Boynton area -

Boynton Diner (Federal Hwy at Woolbright): they have an awesome array of breakfast items - pancakes, French toast, fritattas, 3 egg omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, etc. I have a friend who eats here every day in the season, and he swears by it. They extend the menu with specials that look just out of this world good. Lunch is also killer - Man v. Food portions. Try the Lake Worth or Cuban Reuben.

- Hurricane Alley - Federal Hwy in "downtown" Boynton, wonderful oysters ($6 a doz during 4-6pm happy hour). Must try the smoked fish dip, but just about everything is excellent here.

- Dune Deck Cafe, located just north of Delray in Lantana/Hypoluxo on A1A, just a great place for lunch, right on the beach. We went for lunch but they also serve a great breakfast menu. We were strategically positioned near the kitchen and saw a lot of items go out. Everything looked wonderful, especially the salads, and BIG.

Great choice for casual cheap food with a view and decent people-watching. Not open for dinner.

All offer large portions, great tasting food, god service, and low/moderate prices.

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Any good Cuban sandwich places in South Beach?

ok I may catch some grief for this one but give Puerto Sagua Restaurant a try. It is not South Beach style at all - in fact, it is a diner. How they afford rent in South Beach is simple - the place is packed, because it is one of the few low priced options.

I remember that both their skirt steak (Churrasco bistec) and their real-deal Cubanos were special. Also the ropa de viejo. But again - not a fancy place, just great authentic Cuban food, rustic style. A block or two off the beach at 700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL‎ - (305) 673-1115‎

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Puerto Sagua Restaurant
700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Boca Raton?

Completely agree. Repost from another thread
Trattoria Romana is one of the most happening places in south Fla. Always packed with well dressed and attractive customers, it serves memorable Italian food in an energetic and warm setting.

The food here is traditional Big Italian, with some updates. The menu is extensive, ranging from pastas, risottos, fish, chicken, veal, with updates like pizzas and a low cal menu that looks pretty tasty. We have gone several times with large parties, and everyone always seems very satisfied. The service is fast and friendly,the ambiance terrific, and the food is excellent. I can especially recommend the calamari, frito misto, Caesar salad, Papparedelle Con Funghi Shiitake, and Veal Scaloppine Marsala. I have never heard anyone complain about the preparation, taste, or portion size of their meals.

Some will however complain about the cost. The good stuff always costs a little more.

Reservsations mandatory. Regulars get preferred seating and preferential treatment. Deal with it, it's worth it.

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Trader Joe's?!?

Aldi is known in the grocery industry as a limited assortment discounter. They carry maybe 2500 products, compared with say 60,000 in a Publix, and stores are accordingly small. Almost all of their products are private label, and the price of each item is generally the lowest in that market area. Interestingly, Aldi owns Trader Joe's in the US, and many of the same suppliers of private label to Aldi are suppliers to TJ. Some of their products are incredible bargains, others are just the cheapest possible product without much regard to quality. Whatever individual products they decide to sell, they will sell a ton of it, sometimes more than even Walmart (worldwide!). Aldi dominates the grocery scene in German and some other European markets, and has been rapidly growing their presence in the US. This is not a specialty food store - just commodities at ridiculously low prices. They also carry weekly general merchandise specials, usually seasonal stuff, that are pretty good bargains. I have had my best luck with their produce; some of their packaged foods - even grated cheeses, packaged meats, and the like - are not of very high quality compared with even store brands.

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Delray Beach Area Restaurants

I agree Tryst has an interesting South Beach vibe, we also had good service and the food was better than expected. My problem was the crowd - way too loud, people kept bumping into our table. This felt more like a bar than a restaurant.

Delray Beach Area Restaurants

I wouldn't waste a meal in Delray at Boheme, even though it is next to your hotel, and agree with other post that Olio isn't worth a trip either.

Seagate is a great hotel. Have lunch at their beach club. The problem is it is a healthy walk from the highest density of restaurants...they have valet parking, so if the heat is too bad, you can summon your car and drive to the covered municipal lot which is free except the weekends,and you will be in the thick of things.

Breakfast is hard in Delray - Green Owl doesn't have great food but it's the only show in downtown. Because you have a car, try the Boynton Diner which has awesome bfast food, and you can also eat outside. Luna Rosa is fine but a little touristy. Another decent choice is Dolce Amore Cafe, in the Pineapple Grove area. About 8-10 blocks from the Seagate.

For lunch, Lemongrass is still there and is fine - their whole fried fish is killer. The love-it-or-hate-it Office has good burgers, but the waits can be horrendous at night, and it's pretty pricey. If you just want sandwiches for the beach, we had great luck at Sandwiches by the Sea (great subs), right down the street from the Seagate. Or better still, go hit Seaside Deli up in Briney Breezes for their legendary Number 32 jawbreaker. Doc's All American is worth a visit. For a very nice lunch, try Sundy House which has great gardens and good food - just make sure there is not an event going on, as retail diners seem to take a back seat to groups. And I would try the new Cafe de France again.

For dinner, Bamboo Fire has great food. Service can be inconsistent, but they are great folks and it's a nice laid back vibe. We also liked Joseph's Wine Bar, and loved Brule (we got takeout) - both Pineapple Grove. If you want to spend some serious $$$, try the Atlantic Grille at your Seagate - actually nice for lunch also. Not cheap but great bar scene at night.

I don't go to 32 East anymore after they wouldn't honor a confirmed reservation, but I think it still has some of the best food in town. As for Tramplemonti's, the place is so crowded that it is uncomfortable, at least to me. Cabana's is a good choice and usually not as crowded. Dada's is always packed, and for good reason.

Please let us know if you fall in love with some other places.

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Columbus, OH - Best Pan Fried Crispy Noodles???

The best i've had in Cbus were at a little hole in the wall called Fortune Restaurant just north or Ackerman on Olentangy. I'm not saying they are the best ever, just the best in Cbus

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Jun 03, 2010
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Recommendations in Boca Raton?

Trattoria Romana is one of the most happening places in south Fla. Always packed with well dressed and attractive customers, it serves memorable Italian food in an energetic and warm setting.

The food here is traditional Big Italian, with some updates. The menu is extensive, ranging from pastas, risottos, fish, chicken, veal, with updates like pizzas and a low cal menu that looks pretty tasty. We have gone several times with large parties, and everyone always seems very satisfied. The service is fast and friendly,the ambiance terrific, and the food is excellent. I can especially recommend the calamari, frito misto, Caesar salad, Papparedelle Con Funghi Shiitake, and Veal Scaloppine Marsala. I have never heard anyone complain about the preparation, taste, or portion size of their meals.

Some will however complain about the cost. The good stuff always costs a little more.

Reservsations mandatory. Regulars get preferred seating and preferential treatment. Deal with it, it's worth it.

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The Office in Delray Beach Snags Mark Militello

Lunch is the way to do the Office - for food.

You will have a very different impression on Fri or Sat nights. Many of the negative reviews are associated with table time estimates that they can't deliver on. They don't accept reservations, so you just show up and hope for the best - that would be your first clue you are in for along night

It's not uncommon to wait an hour or more at peak times at night for a table. That's because people don't want to leave. It's a comfortably homey place, noisy and energetic, with incredible people watching - and they serve good drinks. And it's a pretty people place, just one notch below Atlantic Grill's bar scene.

The burgers and sandwiches are good, and the drinks are stellar. The rest of the menu is pretty pedestrian. The signature branding on the hamburger buns showed me this place was more about flash than cuisine. Prices are out of this world, unthinkable, really, except for all the eye candy.

Lunch for food, nighttime for drinks and pretty people.

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Delray Beach recommendations from Restaurant.com?

This may arrive too late but...

Of the choices provided by restaurant.com gift certificates, I can recommend 3, all in Palm Beach/South Palm Beach area. Each is expensive, none very ethnic, but all feature great tasting food and a wonderful dining experience, at least until the check comes.

Michele Bernsteins would top my list. Located in an upscale hotel (Omphoy) on a beach about 10 miles north of Delray, MB serves Mediterannean/American food in a swanky showy spot overlooking the beach. The food is spectacular on all levels - the presentation, taste, texture - really special. I had the fried chicken, which proved to be a huge portion, and it was wonderful. There was a cole slaw of jicama(?),and both tabasco and honey were offered as condiments (terrific). This is some of the crispiest, tastiest fried chicken I have ever eaten. I later tried the fried bronzini. I am making it sound like a fried food place - it's not. All of their fish dishes are excellent, and they are renowned for their short ribs.

Renato's sits back in a courtyard off Worth Ave. that drips with charm and oozes romance. They offer elegant outdoor dining in this quaint quiet refuge. I had the fresh pappardelle with a veal and wild mushroom ragu, truffle oil and shaved parmigiano, which was loaded with chunks of succulent veal, cooked in an earthy mushroom sauce, along with the best pappardelle I have ever tasted. It was wonderful, I mean REALLY good. Classic Italian, classy place.

Bice is also Italian, and a more traditional PB scene, with lots of graying fathers having dinner with their beautiful daughters (those are their daughters, right?). The bar scene can get raucous, and when full the place can be really loud but the food is excellent and it is a wonderful experience.

For the best non-restaurant.com ethnic food experience, try Bamboo Fire in downtown Delray.

Enjoy,

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