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Category Archives: Casual dining

Mamma Mia Trattoria on Hypoluxo Road in Lake Worth offers lusty Italian-American cuisine

One of several related restaurants operated under similar names in Palm Beach County by members of the Lograsso clan, Mamma Mia’s Trattoria and Brick Oven Pizza in western Lake Worth stands out for its food and plentiful outdoor seating. By ALAN J. WAX Mamma Mia’s Italian restaurant often is the subject of pool talk in […]

Windy City Pizza in Delray Beach offers authentic tastes of Chicago

You don’t have to be from America’s Second City to enjoy the culinary specialties offered at this small eatery on Atlantic Avenue, a few blocks west of Downtown. Here, pizzas with cracker-thin crusts; hot dogs with neon relish and yellow mustard, among other toppings; and savory Italian beef sandwiches, delight diners’ palates. By Alan J. […]

Memories, traditions are piled high with pastrami on rye at Ben’s Kosher Deli in W. Boca Raton

The only truly kosher Jewish deli in South Florida can be hit or miss, but the menu of Eastern European specialties stirs up memories for ex-New Yorkers with traditional deli meats and kitchen offerings. Gratis crunchy pickles and crispy cole slaw are always a promising start at this fresser’s temple. By Alan J. Wax Why […]

At Sal’s Italian Ristorante in Delray Beach, expectations are met

One of a chain of eateries throughout South Florida operating under the Sal’s name, the menu is familiar at this Linton Boulevard location. By ALAN J. WAX I’ve never been big on chains. But when it’s Monday in western Delray Beach, a day when many eateries are closed, the clock is approaching 8 p.m. and […]

Boca Raton’s M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom is worth seeking out for unusual burgers, wings and more

This small, modern gastropub offers big flavors with such specialties as pimento-cheese-bacon stuffed burgers, smoked wings, barbecue, house made chorizo, pork rinds and beer-based milkshakes. By ALAN J. WAX M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom in Boca Raton is easy to miss. You shouldn’t! Located in a small strip center just south of the Quality Inn Hotel […]

Delray Beach’s perennially popular Enigma Bistro perplexes with a Cuban-Italian menu

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Located along a desolate strip of N. Federal Highway (US 1), Enigma Bistro offers something for everyone at wallet friendly prices. Covered outdoor seating is plentiful. By ALAN J. WAX Were it not for the chartreuse paint on its exterior walls and the curbside sign in front, it would be easy to miss Enigma Bistro […]

Dune Deck’s Mimosa Café: a trendy brunch spot in an unexpected location

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Upscale presentations of tasty brunch and lunch fare and plentiful outdoor seating make Dune Deck’s Mimosa Café in a western Boynton Beach strip center a destination. By ALAN J. WAX I’ve long wanted to visit the Dune Deck Café in Lantana, best known for its brunch with breathtaking views of the Ocean, but I haven’t […]

Dos Amigos Tacos offers ‘craft’ Mexican fare in a colorful casual setting in western Delray Beach

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Located in the Delray Market Place in western Delray Beach, Dos Amigos’ menu lists 18 taco variations, bowls, burritos and frozen margaritas.  How about a Philly cheesesteak taco? By ALAN J. WAX You can’t beat the plentiful outdoor seating and the vibrant eye-popping interior at Dos Amigos Tacos in the Delray Marketplace at Lyons Road […]

Eagle Grill in Greenacres isn’t fancy, but the food is satisfying, especially the crab cakes

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Unless you live or work near Greenacres, you’ve probably never heard of Eagle Grill. Despite its seemingly down-market appearance, the food is of high quality – and often a deal. By ALAN J. WAX My friend Neal urged me many times to give Eagle Grill in Greenacres a try. Nevermind that it was more than […]

Boca Raton’s Ichiyami Buffet, a wildly popular all-you-can-eat restaurant, offers a diverse selection of Asian dishes in a sleek setting

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Difficult parking and first-come-first-serve seating are not deterrents to patrons seeking to dine on dozens of sushi varieties, cooked Asian dishes and more, all at a fixed price. By ALAN J. WAX Arriving at Ichiyami Buffet and Sushi at Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton on a recent Sunday evening, I was taken slightly aback […]