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.
13 American Table is a fusion style restaurant at the heart of Boca Raton, specialising in an eclectic mix of Asian and American dishes. The glitzy interior, decorated with glass ornaments, polished tables and plush sofas gives a real Miami Vice feel to the restaurant. Popular dishes include a selection of cheeses and charcuterie, pan fried pork schnitzel, and Florida grouper ceviche. All of these dishes are prepared with an Asian interpretation, with fresh herbs and zingy spices such as ginger and red chillies used in abundance. Not forgetting its amazing seaward view, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat.
The team at Farmer’s Table is committed to providing the best and freshest dining in the whole of Boca Raton. Lead by a team of three – co-owners Mitchell Robbins and Joseph Giannuzzi, and executive chef Wilson Wieggel – Farmer’s Table ensures its ingredients are sourced from as many local producers as possible. The restaurant offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, and only serves sustainable meat and fish. Farmer’s Table sticks to an ethos of ‘feel good food’, making sure that all their dishes are both ethically and nutritionally sound. Options have previously included vegan shepherd’s pie, and fig roasted young chicken with kale and winter squash.
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.
A modern style fusion of American and French bistro techniques, La Ferme is operated by the Shapiro family. Using only the best local ingredients, the Shapiros produce top notch Mediterranean inspired food, especially modern interpretations of classic comfort food. A relatively small venue, La Ferme also pays close attention to its wine and beer lists, focusing on boutique vineyards and craft beer producers. Starters include foie gras terrine with a black and blueberry compote, and steak tartare with quail egg. Main dishes of short rib bourguignon with pomme puree and lardons, or braised lamb shoulder tagine, make for incredibly satisfying meals.
The Sybarite Pig, focusing on artisanal beer and food, is celebrated for its original take on hospitality. The owner and team believe firmly in sticking to what they do best, and keep an open mind when it comes to sampling new and innovative beers. The bottled beer selection includes home grown brews and imports from all over the world, including specialist Sam Smith beers. Main dishes range from wagyu beef burgers cooked in duck fat to a bourbon BBQ pulled pork sandwich, or a variety of house made sausages (like hotdogs, but better). Desserts include the must try bacon chocolate cookie with stout caramel.
Morimoto is an exclusive style Japanese restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort and Club, serving the very best in sushi and other Asian style dishes. Run by world renowned sushi master Masaharu Morimoto, this sushi bar specialises in a range of seafood delights, including sushi, sashimi and maki, all of which are different ways of preparing beautiful raw fish. Guests can sit at the elegant bar area as supremely talented sushi chefs prepare small jewels of rice and fish right in front of their eyes. For guests that want to branch out slightly and try different interpretations of Japanese food, there is the option of a delicious calamari tempura salad.
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.
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.
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.
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.