Downtown Delray has a wide variety of dining options, and I've been fortunate to be a repeat customer at several of them. There has been one place though catching my eye and we've been holding on to it for a special occasion- well the time came (a good week at work for the hubby) so at last, we got to Cut 432. Not only were we celebrating a small success, but we were also excited to get to have a long awaited double date with our pals, Heather and Steve. In one word, Cut 432 is INCREDIBLE.
Right in our own backyard, sits a quaint little wine bar and cafe that we've been meaning to get to for a couple of years. This week, we finally made it to DD Flats (Boca Raton, FL), whose shopping plaza location may go unnoticed due to the number of surrounding stores and eateries. While its space is somewhat small in area (seating for about 30 guests), the overall dining experience is quite big. First things first, is the menu. I love a lot of options and DD Flats has just that. There must be at least 60 different items ranging from appetizers to pastas, but the biggest section of the menu is the Flatbreads. There are about two dozen and each one sounds better than the next. The flatbreads, along with the rest of the dishes listed, are all gourmet and composed of lovely ingredients- fresh vegetables, fine cheeses, and a variety of proteins. It is quite evident in the cuisine that there is a high level of culinary expertise in the kitchen.
First it was hula hoops, then came bell bottoms, and now, the latest fad is self-serve yogurt. It seems like everywhere you look, a new fro-yo shop is opening up. As an avid fan of this healthier option to ice cream, I am ecstatic about the newest craze. I frequent these places and have found one that I can call my favorite- Eco Yogurt Lounge, or as we like to refer to it, "Club Eco." At first glance, you really wouldn't have a clue that this place is featuring frozen yogurt. It's got a chic décor to it, from oversized white furniture to a bright lit, wavy wall that changes color every few seconds. There is sure to be an upbeat song playing, adding to the excitement of the fact that you are about to indulge in a great tasting treat. As you make your way into Eco, you'll notice that there are a number of delicious flavors offered from fruity (raspberry tart) to decadent (red velvet), all of which are low in fat. And when you're done filling your cup with your own concoction of desired yogurts, you can add on one or all of the 20+ toppings that Eco has (the Captain Crunch cereal is my latest obsession).
I have been to many Mexican joints far from the border, close to the border, and actually across the border and can declare that my #1 choice for where to eat Comfort Mexican Food is La Bamba (South Florida). I added the word "Comfort" in there because there are some authentic Mexican meals that I have enjoyed unavailable at La Bamba (i.e. Fresh Ceviche served ocean side), but when it comes to the meat, cheese, beans, and some kind of tortilla combination, they are spot on. There are 5 different locations, all within an hour radius of my house, and I have been to all but one of them over the last 20 years. I don't actually have a favorite one because they all offer the same thing-consistency. It's always a casual, family friendly environment, with the Mexican and Spanish meals tasting the same each time and adequate service (nothing over the top, but they get the job done).
Here is Part 1 of, "My Double Dosed Day of Max's” For no other reason than pure coincidence, I ate lunch, then dinner at locations owned by long-time South Florida restaurateur, Dennis Max. Check out the Part 2 of my double dose here, and read on to find out what Max's Grille in Boca Raton, FL is all about.
While we rarely make it out for a “nice” dinner during the week, the husband and I opted to make an exception last night and visit Max’s Harvest (Delray Beach, FL). We have been intrigued by "Sustainable Dining," not that we are the super green/tree-hugger type, but it seems to be an upcoming trend among the South Florida dining scene and it feels right to be a part of it. Other areas of the US have been doing this for years and it’s nice to see that local restaurateurs are catching onto this concept of serving meals prepared with ingredients from neighboring farms, which not only supports local business and enables guests to enjoy the freshest foods, but it is also environmentally friendly.
Just a couple hundred miles north of Cuba, you will find one of the best places to get authentic dishes that the island is known for. Padrino's Cuban Cuisine (Boca Raton, FL), cooks up homestyle recipes that have been with the Padrino family for generations. Their flavors are spot on, the quality of the food is consistently good, and you will always leave feeling satisfied (and full, like a good Cuban meal should do to you).
Highly recommended it came, so we gave it a try and my "O-Piñon" on Piñon Grill is also a positive one. A beautiful façade matched with a luxurious interior, allow this classy, Southwest inspired restaurant to fit in with the neighboring, prestigious Boca Town Center Mall. The exterior of the building displays a naturally sophisticated look, which continues as you enter through the oversized double doors.
Rocco is gettin' around and rightfully so! Rocco Mangel has been working the South Florida restaurant scene for quite some time and has established himself through his own chain of restaurants- Rocco's Tacos, now with 3 locations. The original is in West Palm, the second is in Central Boca, and the newest is in downtown Fort Lauderdale. I have experienced all three and can tell you that the upbeat, trendy atmosphere, the fresh guac (made table side), and the Prickly Pear Margarita are what keep me coming back.
Trendy décor, upbeat music, and fusion fare is what the Downtown Delray eateries are known for- and is everything that Sundy House is not. Just a couple of blocks away from “the scene,” lies a completely different kind of scene- a large, Victorian style house surrounded by lush landscapes. The tropical gardens, the freshwater ponds, and the tranquil ambiance create a romantic setting that will make any heart melt. Quiet tables for two sprinkled along the outdoor pathway are perfect for wooing your first date or the one you are celebrating years of togetherness with. But don’t think it’s a place just for couples. For our last dining experience, we had the magic number, eight, scoring us the most magnificent outdoor table, underneath a private gazebo (which my friends thought I set up- so I may have taken a little credit for it). There is no limit to how many you can dine with at Sundy House. As a matter of fact, it is a popular place for people to host their special occasions, from milestone birthdays to full out weddings. The property is ideal no matter what time of year you are planning your event because the indoor dining areas are (almost) as nice as the outdoor grounds, including the Warhol room, which doubles as an art gallery.