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Category Archives: Fast casual

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 […]

Spadella: A slice of Italy in West Delray Beach

Margharita pizza (small) from Spadella. A small, fast-casual pizzeria owned by expat Italians offers traditional Neapolitan pizzas cooked in just a minute, house-made pastas, panini and more in a former strip center Dunkin donut shop. By ALAN J. WAX There’s a new pizzeria in western Delray Beach. Just what we need, right? Absolutely! Spadella, on […]

Taqueria Huetamo, a hole-in-the-wall taco joint, dishes out authentic Mexican street food

Low prices and legit tacos are the attraction at this small eatery in a Delray Beach strip center. By ALAN J. WAX Talk about a hole-in-the-wall taco joint. That’s what Delray Beach’s Taqueria Huetamo really is. Tucked into a strip center anchored by a Latino-oriented Presidente supermarket on Congress Avenue, just north of Linton Boulevard, […]

Happy Lavash, Inspired Mediterranean, is a Turkish delight in Boynton Beach

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By ALAN J. WAX There’s more to Turkish food than kabobs. That’s obvious from the menu at Happy Lavash, Inspired Mediterranean, a modern, fast-casual eatery open since the latter part of 2020 on Gateway Boulevard, just west of I-95. The menu at Happy Lavash, to be sure, doesn’t cover the gamut of foods that might […]

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 […]

Holy Hog Barbecue offers old-fashioned smoked meats in a modern Delray Beach setting

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Texas and southern-style barbecue classics, served Chipotle fast-casual style, are on the menu at this franchised outlet of a popular Tampa Bay area restaurant group. By Alan J. Wax Holy Hog Barbecue, recently opened in Delray Beach, takes you on a cross-country tour of barbecue. Incorporating aspects of different regional styles, Holy Hog offers the […]

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 […]