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Inventive pizzas and more at Sicilian Oven’s new West Delray Beach location

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Wood-fired pizzas with creative toppings, charred chicken wings and a host of Italian dishes on the menu of this full-service regional restaurant chain. By ALAN J. WAX I had read many good things about Sicilian Oven on social media, but had never visited one until the recent opening of the regional chain’s newest outpost in […]

A tasting tour of Vietnam at Yến’s Kitchen

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A small, family-run eatery in a sprawling Lake Worth strip center transports diners halfway around the globe with a menu of flavorful Vietnamese street foods and beverages. By ALAN J. WAX Yen’s Kitchen in Lake Worth is worth seeking out for a discovery tour of Vietnamese street cuisine. Even if it means driving roughly 10 […]

A fellow foodie’s Chinese restaurant recommendation proves disappointing

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By ALAN J. WAX It’s been challenging to find authentic Chinese food in the Boca, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach area, so at a recent South Florida foodie event, my ears perked up when the discussion turned to Chinese food. One of the participants, someone I’d never previously met, chimed in with a recommendation for Shanghai City […]

Rotelli Pizza and Pasta in West Delray Beach offers satisfying Italian-American options

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Tucked into a Jog Road shopping center near Home Depot, a one-time corporate eatery has the aura of a mom-and-pop Italian/American restaurant, but an inconsistent kitchen. By ALAN J. WAX As we sat dining outside Rotelli Pizza and Pasta in Delray Beach, a woman at the next table gushed enthusiastically about the red-sauce Italian eatery […]

Jacob’s Deli in Boynton Beach offers specials that appeal to value-conscious fressers

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This no-frills strip center Jewish-style deli, oft derided in the past on social media, is being revived by a new owner, its chef of 25 years, Jose Mendez, who is dishing out traditional Eastern European Jewish fare. Some of it is pretty good. A three-course dinner for $16. By ALAN J. WAX The first time […]

Sabai Thai, a small, new Delray Beach eatery, pleases varying palates in a big way

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Located just off Jog and Lake Ida Roads in the Shops at San Marco shopping center in western Delray Beach, Sabai Thai is a spinoff of the like-named restaurant in Boynton Beach.  The atmosphere is casual, the service friendly and the food has wide appeal.  By ALAN J. WAX I half laughed when I saw […]

Red sauce is the theme at Nino’s of Delray Beach, a shopping center icon since 2004

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A shopping center pizzeria-Italian restaurant popular with local condo residents serves up familiar fare with friendly service. By ALAN J. WAX There’s no doubt that Nino’s of Delray Beach is a red-sauce joint. Proof: gallon cans of Italian tomatoes decorate the dining room’s shelves. Nino’s is the prototypical, casual suburban Italian eatery, in this case […]

Publix subs offer speed, convenience and good value. They’re tasty too.

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The deli counters at the supermarket chain’s ubiquitous stores sell sandwiches that have developed a cult following. By ALAN J. WAX The first time I ever bought a hero – sub, hoagie, or whatever you care to call it – at a grocery store I was a youth in Brooklyn.  It was at Pat’s Superette, […]

Meaty spareribs, crispy noodles and a side order of culinary education are found at a popular Chinese-American eatery

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Bird Nest Tree, a 40-year veteran of the dining scene serving residents of western Delray Beach’s condo communities, seems an anachronism. A friendly server made dining enjoyable. By ALAN J. WAX The first time we went to Bird Nest Tree, a neighborhood Chinese restaurant in western Delray Beach, eight years ago, I swore it would be […]

J. Alexander’s, the chain that doesn’t want to be seen as a chain, offers prime dining options

  The main attraction, a 16-oz, bone-n prime rib. Perfect prime rib and other tasty menu items are offered in the Boca Raton location of this national restaurant group. By ALAN J. WAX Recent news that J. Alexander’s has been sold sparked a visit to the restaurant group’s Boca Raton location. In case you missed […]