It’s been a while. For some reason my real job keeps getting in the way. Rest assured however, we have not stopped eating. In fact my iPhone is jammed packed with photos and notes of great dishes from some great restaurants (I just need to find the time to write them up). In the mean time, we thought we would put together a list of “Must Try” restaurants for 2013. This is by no means a list of the our top 10 restaurants, but merely restaurants we have sampled though out our SoFla journey and highly recommend you try. Bon Appétit!
buccan – Palm Beach, FL
Don’t let the posh Palm Beach zip code fool you. Vibrant weekend scene and unbelievable imaginative menu. One of our top restaurants in Palm Beach County, if not the top (I know it’s a bold statement). Must eats: Steak Tartare, Warm Brussels Sprout Ceasar, Short Rib Empanada and Squid Ink Orecchiette.
Cut 432– Delray Beach, FL
Hands down the best steak I have ever had! Fantastic food and great wines at this trendy spot right on the strip in downtown Delray Beach. Must eats: You choose the cut, but get a Steak! (Unless of course you eat your steak well-done. In that case, please don’t order a steak and opt for a piece of fish instead, I’m begging you) Also try: Oysters, Pancetta Brussels Sprouts and Shrimp Scampi.
Jimmy’s Bistro– Delray Beach, FL
A hidden gem off the main strip of Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach. Chef Jimmy writes up his Italian/American menu daily on a large chalkboard behind the bar. Must eats: The menu changes often based on local ingredients, but if available the Mussels, Empanadas and any of their homemade Ravioli’s are great. Also, a great place to bring your own great bottle of wine.
Little Moir’s Food Shack – Jupiter, FL
Don’t let the strip mall facade fool you, this laid back funky dive, cooks up great fresh locally caught fish and creative dishes. Must eats: Sweet Potato crusted anything (although the Grouper and Hog Snapper are very good), Indoroni (their version of grown up mac and cheese).
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Miami, FL
Chef Michael Schwartz has reinvented comfort food with locally sourced ingredients at this farm to form concept, Miami hotspot. Must eats: Greek Farro Salad, Linguine with Chorizo and Octopus,Thick cut potato chips and Pan Roasted Chicken.
Pubbelly – Miami Beach, FL
This Asian Fusion inspired Gastropub off the beat path in South Beach, serves up deliciously creative menu with an emphasis on pork. A daily changing menu, with fantastic craft beers and boutique wines. Must eats: Shortrib Tartare, any of their Dumplings and Octopus a la Plancha.
The Rebel House – Boca Raton, FL
Chef Michael Saperstein and partner Evan David from Charmcity Burger, are serving up house created drinks and craft beers, combined with small and large plate deliciously unique eats at this punkadelick hipster “renegade style” joint in Boca. Must eats: Rebel Fried Rice, Sweet Potato Skins, Foie Gras and any of their deserts.
ROK:BRGR – Fort Lauderdale, FL
What looks like a shack wedged in between 2 buildings, this burger gastropub joint delivers on their promise, a burger that ROKs! Whether you build your own or you select from the many signature burgers, you can’t go wrong. Must eats: A Burger of any kind! (add a fried egg) Oh,and you can’t go wrong with truffle fries.
Sweetwater – Boynton Beach, FL
Boynton Beach, Really? Yes, really! This 1930’s speakeasy throwback, not only serves up fantastic creative drinks, but chef Bryan creates magic in this 8’x8′ open kitchen (It might be a little bit bigger than that, but not much). Must eats: Bacon Raison Brussels Sprouts, Pulled Pork Tacos, Baked Brie and Lobster Mac & Cheese.
Sushi Simon – Boynton Beach, FL
Boynton Beach, Again!! I will start by saying that this is not the cheapest of sushi restaurants, but both the quality of the fish and the unique special rolls, makes this a must try. Must eats: Crazy Lucy Soup and almost all of their off menu special rolls.