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Category Archives: Casual dining

Kapow Noodle Bar’s tasty culinary tour of Asia

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28-foot mural of a geisha dominated Kapow’s dining room. This trendy pan-Asian gastropub brings together addictive cuisine from all over Asia, good drinks, friendly service and an outside dining alternative for diners in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. By ALAN J. WAX We’d been long intending to visit Kapow Noodle Bar, the trendy pan-Asian […]

Top 10 picks of 2021 offering outdoor dining

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With Covid-19 cases again on the rise, many diners are opting to patronize restaurants with outdoor seating. We review some of our picks from last year that offer both good food along with outside seating. By ALAN J. WAX As we begin another orbit about the Sun, Covid-19 is ramping up anew and paranoia about […]

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 […]

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? […]