Location is everything here. Grab an outdoor table at this Mizner Park eatery on a night when there’s a concert at the amphitheater across the street and enjoy the music while you nosh on crisp tortilla chips and smoky salsa.
Order the chicken tamales appetizer for the table (eight to an order, also available individually) and enjoy the contrast of the creamy masa and the tangy tomatillo dipping sauce.
Or visit for weekend brunch (served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and feast on hearty chilaquiles or Julio’s migas. For the pairing, skip the Bloody Mary and have a tequila-loaded Salty Juana (Herradura, Bloody Mary mix, salt rim) instead.
Uncle Julio’s: 449 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton; 561-300-3530; UncleJulios.com
At Francesca’s Pizza & Restaurant, husband and wife team Danielle Vallone and Tasos Kentimenos bake their bread fresh daily, handcraft the marinara and all the classic dishes. Kentimenos is a master of the pizza crust — he turns out a nicely crisp, but substantial crust.
The eatery offers a nice wine and craft beer menu, ample, fresh salads and tasty appetizers.
Dining deal: Spend $15 (before tax and tip) at Francesca’s and get a free appetizer plate of mozzarella sticks, fried ravioli, zucchini sticks or garlic bread with cheese. The offer is good until Nov. 30 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
Well, TripAdvisorhas spoken. They combed through their user reviews and came up with the ten best pizzas in the country. The list was based on the quantity and quality of restaurant reviews. The top places had a minimum of 500 reviews.
In our Old Florida-loving hearts, we pray there will always be places like this: a rustic, open-sided structure that serves some delicious hot dogs.
Not all of Dune Dog’s hot dogs are franks, mind you. The Sea Dogs, for instance, are fish fillets fried crispy and tucked into toasted New England-style rolls.
Of course, if you’ve come to this 21-year-old establishment for a meaty dog, belly up to the counter and go for a Chicago Dog, flanked by long slices of pickle, then topped with tomatoes, raw onions and a sprinkling of celery salt.
Grab a spot where you can find it and settle into let the shack’s cross-ventilation chase away the humidity as you focus on the finer things in life, like Dune Dog’s five-napkin Junkyard Dog (chili, cheese, diced onions, sauce).
Dune Dog Café: 775 Alternate A1A, Jupiter, 561-744-6667; DuneDog.com
If your idea of celebrating World Vegetarian Day is to dine on salad, you may be missing the day’s more sinful temptations. Like cashew cream.
Chef Chris Slawson, who owns the plant-based Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens, is a master of this delicacy. It’s the substance that adds dreamy richness to his eatery’s ice “cream.” And wait till you try the macadamia “ricotta” that melts atop Christopher’s Kitchen’s pizzas. Like the ice cream, it’s among the stylish cafe’s more naughty options — and there are many of those.
Here’s the reality check: You don’t have to brave a mound of cold iceberg to stand in solidarity today (Thursday) with World Vegetarian Day. You can indulge. Here is a trio of good spots to do so in Palm Beach County:
Big news for the local dining scene: Star chef Lindsay Autry will take her culinary talents to CityPlace.
The Bravo TV “Top Chef” finalist has partnered with restaurateur Thierry Beaud (Pistache, PB Catch, Paneterie) to bring a refreshed “American kitchen table” concept to the massive space most recently occupied by Pampas Grille.
The upcoming eatery, The Regional Kitchen & Public House, is expected to open in early 2016.
“We want to focus on real, conscious and approachable food, showcasing the beautiful product that we have locally and regionally – which is how we came up with the name, really,” says Autry.
Palm Beach County’s newest craft beer brand, the five-month-old Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach, will be available on draft outside the brewery for the first time this month. A dozen local bars and restaurants, to begin with, will carry beer by the brewer who won one of Florida’s first gold medals from the highly regarded Great American Beer Festival.
The daily fish special that’s featured on Chef James Mills’ menu at this neighborhood gem of a bistro is fresh caught and expertly prepared. Ditto for just about everything that steams out of his kitchen.
In addition to his stellar fish dishes, Mills turns out one comfort dish after another, from schnitzel to ravioli to étouffé to chicken fried chicken.
For the pairing, he offers a well-curated selection of excellent wines.
The place is worth the detour from the Atlantic Avenue bustle. Slip into this bistro, and expect good grub and good service.