Boca Raton in Florida – derived from the Spanish for ‘mouse mouth’, on account of the shape of the neighbouring bay – is known throughout the USA for its affluent inhabitants and tourists. While the city is not known for it’s lively nightlife, it more than makes up for it with its selection of top restaurants. Read on to discover Boca Raton’s must try venues.
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Tin Muffin Café
Cafe, American, $$
A small, inconspicuous venue, the Tin Muffin Café is known for its high quality lunch time dishes and fantastic array of muffins. As well as a selection of muffin varieties, including the all-American classic ‘blueberry,’ the café also features a number of great savoury options, including sandwiches, soups and stews. With a strong leaning towards comfort food, specials have also been known to include a delicious chicken pot pie.
Abe & Louie’s
Brasserie, Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
After the first Abe & Louie’s opened in Boston, Massachusetts, this sister restaurant opened to critical acclaim in Boca Raton. The dark and moody interior, with its low level lighting, helps to create an atmospheric and romantic dining experience. The restaurant is decorated with straight backed dark leather chairs, while tables are adorned with crisp white table cloths. Despite being an American style brasserie, Abe & Louie’s offers an old-world charm that is hard to find in other parts of the country. While there is a whole selection of steak choices to choose from, the restaurant also offers whole baked sea bass or lobster, and herb marinated chicken breast with whipped potatoes.
Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, $$
Despite it’s gimmicky name, Chops Lobster Bar is one of the places to eat in Boca Raton, specialising in prime steak cuts and high quality seafood. With arched, vault ceilings – decked in beautiful ceramic tiles – the restaurant is as beautiful to sit in as its food is to eat. Chop’s also boasts a specialist seafood bar, where diners can relax in a more casual atmosphere and enjoy fresh fish and live music. Head chef Jennifer Loubriel has more than 13 years of experience in the catering industry, and her wealth of knowledge ensures that only the best food is served at Chop’s.
Restaurant, American, $$
Houston’s is a unique entity of the critically acclaimed Hillstone Restaurant Group, where the individuality of each restaurant and venue is not just celebrated, but mandatory. Houston’s in Boca Raton features an array of typical American classics, given a modern twist by the talented team working hard behind the pass. Guests are seated in the light and airy dining room, an ideal setting to enjoy their top quality cuisine. In particular, Houston’s makes sure to work with local producers at all times, with a menu catering to local seasons and ingredients.
Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $
While J. Alexander’s is a small chain, operating across the southern states, each restaurant is given high levels of autonomy when designing its menu, meaning that no two restaurants – or dining experiences – are the same. J. Alexander’s in Boca Raton is an elegant, up market establishment making the most of that which Florida does best – seafood. Swordfish, lobster or shrimp are just some of the delicious options available, although steak, meat and vegetarian dishes are also widely available. The one thing uniting J. Alexander’s restaurants across the US is the core belief that, where possible, food should be prepared in a wood fired oven, which lends a smoky quality to the cooking process.
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