Which two local eateries are among ‘100 Hottest’ in America?

Buzzy Buccan in full effect.  (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)
Buzzy Buccan in full effect. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

Good grub-loving locals shouldn’t be too surprised to learn two Palm Beach County restaurants made OpenTable’s list for “100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016.”

In fact, a few who appreciate the hotness of our local restaurant scene might ask: just two?

The online dining reservations service selected its top 100 from five million-plus reviews posted by verified diners across the country. Those reviews focused on some 20,000 restaurants, including those that are “hip, new,” that are “hot spots,” or boast celebrity chefs and “avant-garde restaurateurs.” The 100 restaurants are not ranked.

So which local favorites made the “hottest” list?

Buccan in Palm Beach and El Camino in Delray Beach.

El Camino strikes a pose in Delray Beach's Pineapple Grove. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
El Camino strikes a pose in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Buccan is the domain of nationally acclaimed executive chef Clay Conley, who co-owns the modern American bistro with partners Sam Slattery and Piper Quinn. (It’s also the big-sister eatery to Imoto, the Japanese-style izakaya next door, and Grato, the buzzy new trattoria in West Palm Beach.)

El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar is a hip, popular spot packing in late-night crowds in Delray’s Pineapple Grove dining district. The eatery, which offers a solid menu of street foods, makes everything from sauces to tortillas on premises.

The Palm Beach County duo joins five other Florida restaurants on this hot list. (See full list here.) They are: Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Palace Bar in Miami Beach, Prato in Winter Park, BB King’s Blues Club in Orlando and, also in Orlando (but with a West Palm Beach soul), Rocco’s Tacos.

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