4 best restaurants right now in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach

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“Grilled Jamaican Jerk Octopus, ” at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Here’s a current snapshot of the restaurants we’re loving best at the moment in Delray and Boynton Beach. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This unranked list includes only restaurants we have visited.

Cut 432

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Pancetta Brussels Sprouts prepared at Cut 432 in Delray Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Delray’s Atlantic Avenue is famous for having a little something for every culinary and nightlife craving. Cut 432 provides an upscale, cozy place to peruse the Avenue’s goings-on toward the eastern end of the block. Sweetly classic touches like shiny crystal chandeliers contrast with the crisp, modern marble bar top and the white leather bar chairs.

Cut 432: 432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-9898.

Brule Bistro

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View of Crispy Duroc Pork Belly, rustic sweet potato, fried organic quail egg, lemongrass game reduction and pistachio crumb at Brule Bistro in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Brule Bistro in Delray is lively in both atmosphere and food. Where some pub chefs might include the obligatory flatbread on the menu, Chef Jason Binder offers a crispy pork cheek “pizza,” a crispy, tostada-sized round crowned with slow-braised pork cheek, Asiago cheese, arugula, pickled red onions and oven-dried tomato, served on a board with droplets of fried rosemary aioli.

Brule Bistro: 200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-274-2046.

Max’s Harvest

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Rock Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche Wraps at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

In every dish, in every bite, at Max’s Harvest you can taste the commitment to using the freshest ingredients available. In keeping with the eatery’s season-driven concept, executive chef Eric Baker uses as his main ingredient one of the fresh ingredients available. The menu changes regularly to keep presenting diners with a dish that is both new and familiar.

Max’s Harvest: 169 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-381-9970.

Josie’s Ristorante

Josie's heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)

Josie’s heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)

At first glance, you’ve entered a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Boynton Beach. And the menu – at first glance, it also appears to hit all the expected traditional notes. But then your dishes start to arrive and you get the sense there’s something special happening in the kitchen. Indeed, there is: There’s a master in the kitchen at Josie’s Ristorante. He’s Mark Militello, James Beard Award-winning chef and one of the original Mango Gang-sters, a landmark chef who helped redefine, and refine, South Florida’s tropical-meets-world cuisine.

Your plate here is a work of art for more organic reasons: quality ingredients, a chef’s soul in the cooking, and a high bar in the kitchen. It shines in simplicity and finesse.

Josie’s Ristorante: 1602 S. Federal Highway (at Woolbright), Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601.

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