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Category Archives: Casual dining

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

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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 opened […]

Delray Beach’s 3G’s Gourmet Deli: Good deals are easy to find, good meals less so

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A long-time fixture in Delray Beach, crowds flock to this so-called bastion of New York-style deli for an attractively priced, wide selection of dining options. Are Sabrett hot dogs and Frierich brand cured meats truly Jewish food?  At almost any hour, any day of the week, they wait and wait and wait—for a table at […]

Comfort food is on the menu at long-time Delray Beach casual standby Granger’s Grille

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A favorite among long-time locals, Granger’s casual atmosphere is the antithesis to downtown Delray Beach’s haute dining scene and complements the menu filled with soups, burgers, sandwiches and more There’s nothing fancy about Granger’s Grille in Delray Beach. It’s more diner than anything else. Reservations are not taken to sit at any of the wood-topped tables […]

A slurp-worthy dish at Delray’s 369 Ramen

The trendy Japanese bowl of noodles, pork belly and more known as ramen is the main offering at this tiny, hole-in-the-wall eatery in Pineapple Grove Delray  Beach’s Pineapple Grove has never seen anything quite like 369 Ramen, an intimate, authentic noodle parlor run by chef-owner Hiro Yamamoto (whose family also owns Ebisu in Palm Beach […]

Finding a taste of Philadelphia in a West Boca Raton shopping mall

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Old School Philly in Shadowood Square offers authentic Philadelphia-style cheesesteak sandwiches — and more. The former owner of Direct from Philly, inside a Deerfield Beach gas station, is behind the new venture. You’ll need a big appetite, lots of napkins, plenty of cold beverages and a fork to savor the experience and the cheesesteaks at […]

After 36 years, Lindburgers in Delray Beach still slinging hamburgers without the glitz

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Char-grilled, handmade burgers in a variety of configurations and fairly priced dominate the menu at this Delray Beach institution, but keep the salt shaker handy and don’t mind the kitchy decor. Before there was BurgerFi, Shake Shack, Shula Burgers, Zin Burger and numerous other burger specialty restaurants, there was Lindburgers in Delray Beach. Tucked into a […]

Wood-fired pizza and more served in stylish surroundings with your choice of noise

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Casual dining, inside or out, at Wood & Fire on Atlantic Avenue in western Delray Beach There is a long page of menu choices for diners at the stylish, but casual Wood & Fire in Delray Beach.  And there are two choices of noise: earsplitting music combined with the din of the crowd inside, or […]

The menu’s familiar at Delray’s Hunan Gardens

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  Mao Zedong, the most famous person from China’s Hunan Province, probably would not have recognized the dishes at this busy Chinese eatery in Delray Beach “Awesome.” “Excellent.” “It will blow you away.” “The best Chinese food around.” These are just a few of the comments recently found on a search of social media about […]

Zinger’s Deli in Boca Raton: go for the pastrami

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The smoked meat sandwich at this Jewish-style deli with a New York pedigree is worth the wait The peak-season lines at dinner time at Zinger’s Deli in Boca Raton can be frustrating. The wait can be considerable and the eatery’s tiny vestibule has no where for waiting diners to sit, nor are there seats outside. […]

Shawarma, falafel and more make for a casual Middle Eastern feast at Hannah’s Kitchen

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Forget the ambiance, this friendly Boca Raton eatery is about fresh-cooked food. A tasty bit of the Middle East has been transplanted to a down-at-its-heels strip center in Boca Raton. Found at NW 2nd Ave. and Yamato Road, midway between I-95 and Federal Highway, Hannah’s Kitchen, has the ambiance of a pizzeria, which its space […]