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Category Archives: Casual dining

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 […]

Nana Noodles Sushi & Thai offers tasty, affordable fare in a hidden neighborhood setting

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This neighborhood Japanese-Thai eatery in West Delray Beach has lots of fans for its well-priced, flavorful dishes, cozy inside, outside tables and delivery By ALAN J. WAX It’s easy to miss Nana Noodles Sushi & Thai in Delray Beach. This neighborhood eatery occupies a small storefront at the derrière end of the Marketplace of Delray shopping […]

Uncle Pinkie’s Delicatessen offers modern interpretations of Jewish-style deli classics

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Eric Baker, a South Florida top chef, has a new Boca Raton eatery that stands the traditional Jewish-style deli on its head with house-cured meats and more. Anyone for a black truffle laced potato knish or a Manischewitz margarita? By ALAN J. WAX If a Jew wandered into Uncle Pinkie’s Delicatessen in Boca Raton would he recognize the fare? […]

The World of Hummus offers a taste of Israel inside a Delray Beach flea market

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A family run casual eatery inside the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar is cooking up flavorful kosher versions of popular Israeli dishes.  By ALAN J. WAX Talk about a hidden gem. To get to The World of Hummus at Delray Café in Delray Beach you’ll have to drive around to the back of the Big Apple […]

Takeout chicken is an elevated culinary experience at Flybird in Delray Beach

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This gem of a takeout joint, the creation of a former New York City chef who’s made appearances on the Food Network, serves up satisfying, flavorful poultry and comforting homemade sides. By ALAN J. WAX Throw out the cardboard take-out clamshells!  The food from Flybird Chargrilled Chicken in Delray Beach belongs on fine china. Yes, it’s that good. The […]

A different kind of surf and turf at Gourmet Killer Dogs in Delray Beach

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A strip center hot-dog-stand-cum-seafood-shack excels with beefy hot dogs and sweet lobster rolls  By ALAN J. WAX Lowbrow cuisine to luxe is what you’ll find at Gourmet Killer Dogs in Delray Beach. This casual eatery in a strip mall anchored by Citibank on Atlantic Avenue, east of Barwick Road, specializes, not surprisingly, in hot dogs with a […]

BurgerIM rapidly expands across South Florida. Should you rush in?

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CLOSED This Israeli-founded, California-based, fast-casual hamburger and chicken chain offers a terrific lamb burger, but the rest of the menu – 11 varieties of patties are offered – is less impressive.  Is trouble ahead for this fast-growing chain? Seeing.BurgerM restaurants popping up all over South Florida — and elsewhere — aroused my curiosity.  When an outlet […]