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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

It’s not Paris, but a Boca Raton bistro has a French accent and comfy outdoor setting

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Chez Marie French Bistro, tucked into a sprawling strip center close to the Delray Beach-Boca Raton border, is worth seeking out for an evening of satisfying Gallic-inspired dining with friendly service By ALAN J. WAX The Polo Club Shoppes strip mall in Boca Raton isn’t exactly the Champs-Élysées. But in this sprawling suburban-style, supermarket-anchored shopping strip […]