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Good Eats in South Florida

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My Chief Culinary Consultant and I took a little drive and had a wonderfully relaxing and fun vacation. I’m back and trying to get settled back in to “real life” (begrudgingly!); I hope you all enjoyed the posts that I had lined up for last week while I was away. In case you missed them, be sure to check out the Coffeecake Muffins, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Pittsburgh Steelers Cookies, and Polenta Pizza. You may also want to read about how you can enter this month’s Does My Blog Look Good In This? food photography competition.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the great eats that I enjoyed while vacationing in southern Florida. If you ever find yourself in Palm Beach County, be sure to check out these fabulous spots!

Flakowitz of Boynton Restaurant, Delicatessen & Caterers
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Website: http://www.flakowitzofboynton.com/
Review: We didn’t eat-in here, but rather purchased food from the deli, prepared food section and bakery to eat at home. Everything was fresh and fabulous – we made sandwiches with traditional Jewish rye bread, corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, kosher pickles and coleslaw with potato salad on the side and a strawberry shortcake cake for dessert. It’s no surprise that Flakowitz was recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I could have easily devoured the entire dessert case; I’m looking forward to going back and sampling more of the food and sweets!

Boston’s on the Beach
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Website: http://www.bostonsonthebeach.com/default.asp
Review: My Chief Culinary Consultant had been here before so I was naturally excited to try somewhere that I already knew had great reviews. Boston’s sits in a fabulous location across the street from the sand and surf in Delray Beach. If you sit outside on the covered patio you’ll catch a great breeze, wafts of the salty ocean air, and have a view of the water while you eat. Inside of Boston’s you will find walls covered with Boston-area sports memorabilia, which, even if you’re not a Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics fan, is pretty cool to check out. The menu consists primarily of New England-inspired and seafood dishes, including the ever-famous lobster roll. We started lunch with an order of Conch Fritters, which were awesome. I had the “Big Papi” Cheese Steak Sandwich which was piled high with shaved beef, mushrooms, onions and cheese; my Chief Culinary Consultant had the Muffuletta sandwich – both got big thumbs up. Would love to go back and try a lobster roll!

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Website: http://www.bigtimerestaurants.com/
Review: This was the last meal we had on vacation and it was the perfect way to cap off a great week. City Cellar is located in City Place of West Palm Beach, which is an open area full of shops, restaurants and live music. With a great atmosphere, fantastic food, and out-of-this-world desserts, this will definitely be on my list of places to eat at again. I enjoyed the Gnocchi al Forno, which was the second-best gnocchi I have had in a restaurant (the first nod going to the gnocchi at Dish Osteria in Pittsburgh); the dish included chicken, spinach and asiago cheese in a vodka cream sauce. My Chief Culinary Consultant had the Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp and raved about them as well. We ended dinner with Creme Brulee (excellent!) and quite possibly the best Banana Cream Pie ever: a pecan-graham crust piled high with layers of bananas and sweet cream, topped with dark and white chocolate shavings.

I also picked up a regional cookbook, Worth Tasting, as a souvenir, which is something I plan on doing each time I visit somewhere new – a great way to recreate a bit of vacation after you get back home! This book was created by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and includes a ton of fabulous recipes, ranging from drinks and appetizers to entrees and desserts as well as a number of sample menus. You’ll definitely be seeing some of these recipes featured here on Brown Eyed Baker in the near future.

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13 Responses to “Good Eats in South Florida”

  1. stephchows on September 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    WOW you traveled some serious miles!! Thanks for all the great eat ideas :)

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  2. Michelle on September 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Haha yes we did – it was a great time! That read out was the “to” leg of our trip – we logged the same heading back a week later.

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  3. Maria on September 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Glad you had a fun trip and enjoyed some good eats:)

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  4. Eliana on September 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Sounds like a yummy vacation!

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  5. Shauna on September 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Aww, you were down in my area of the country! We LOVE Boston’s; they have an awesome breakfast/brunch too. I haven’t been to the Flakowitz in Boynton yet, but I have eaten a bagel or two at the one in Boca. The Boynton location is suppose to be the best though, so we have been planning on trying it sometime soon. We want to go on a Friday, when they have their knishes. Glad you enjoyed yourself while you were here!

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  6. Shauna on September 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Aww, you were down in my area of the country! We LOVE Boston’s; they have an awesome breakfast/brunch too. I haven’t been to the Flakowitz in Boynton yet, but I have eaten a bagel or two at the one in Boca. The Boynton location is suppose to be the best though, so we have been planning on trying it sometime soon. We want to go on a Friday, when they have their knishes. Glad you enjoyed yourself while you were here!
    Oops, should have said great post! Waiting for your next post!

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  7. Barbara on September 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

    You visited my stomping grounds- glad you liked Boston’s- it’s a fun place. Lots of other fun places too- did you try Cut 432 in Delray for dinner? City Place is super too- you covered a lot of ground.

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  8. Live.Love.Eat on September 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful site! I came by way of Meghan’s. I live near Orlando but have visited a couple of those places you mentioned. My sister lives near there as well as a BF.

    That pizza down there looks to die for as well!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Nicole on September 19, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I love Boston’s! Used to live in Boynton and I am so disappointed I never went to Flakowitz. It’s been lame when you hear about an amazing restaurant in your town on Triple D that you didn’t even know existed. City Place is such a fun place to hang out on the weekends. I do miss South Florida.

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  10. Lauryn on September 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    My boyfriend hosts a sports radio talk show in West Palm and he does his show from Bostons on the Beach sometimes!! I’ve actually never eaten there, but I know exactly where it is! Too funny!!

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  11. Rick on January 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Went to Chicago for a trip and saw some of the locations from the show. The Frosted Mug was

    closed, the rest were open. We only went to five of them and I think there were a couple

    more that we didn’t hit but well worth the trip.

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  12. pita bread on March 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I used to live in Delray, not too far from the beach, and we would walk to Boston’s quite regularly – good food and good people there. Glad you liked it too.

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