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Good Eats in South Florida, Part II

So, I went on a little vacation to Florida. It was warm and sunny, I ate lots of good food, was utterly relaxed and had loads of fun. And I totally didn’t want to leave. My Chief Culinary Consultant’s parents live down in the southern part of Florida so we paid them a visit and spent a little over a week soaking up the blue skies. Usually any time I go gallivanting around in a different city, I like to bring back a recap of the restaurants I ate at and what I thought of them, and this time is no exception. We hit up some different places than the last time we went down to Florida, and enjoyed tons of great eats. That’s what vacation is all about, right?! Read on for my recap!

John G’s
Location: Lake Worth, FL
Website: http://www.johngs.com/
Review: John G’s is located right at the public beach and pier area of Lake Worth and looks out onto the water. I heard from numerous people that this was the place to eat breakfast, and judging by the line snaking outside the restaurant and around the block on a stormy morning, I’d say they were right. I ordered scrambled eggs with ham, hash brownies and a fruit cup. The eggs were good, average scrambled eggs, and the hash browns were phenomenal. I would have loved to make an entire meal out of a huge plate of them! The fruit cup was disappointing – I was expecting fresh cut fruit but instead it was a cup of canned fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. Blech. Next time I would opt for the juice in its place. My boyfriend’s parents both got the cinnamon-nut French toast; I got a taste and it was amazing! Sweet enough that you didn’t even need syrup and coated in sliced almonds. All in all a great, and very filling, breakfast!

Boston’s on the Beach
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Website: http://www.bostonsonthebeach.com/default.asp
Review: I actually included Boston’s in my previous Florida write-up, but the conch fritters there are so good that a trip back was a definite priority. After a couple of hours spent on a very, very windy beach and getting sunburned, we packed up and walked across the street to enjoy a view of the water from the shade while munching on the fritters. They look like hush puppies and are all kinds of delicious, served with cocktail sauce and a spicy mayonnaise-based sauce (the latter of which is definitely my favorite). Once again, if you’re ever in the Delray Beach area, you must eat here and try the conch fritters!

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Location: Multiple locations in southern Florida
Website: http://anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com/
Review: Now, we all know that I’m a big pizza girl, so I was totally excited about this particular meal, and the food was spectacular. We started dinner with an Italian salad, which was pretty much average, but then the good stuff started rolling in. We got an order of Pork Spare Ribs with Vinegar Peppers – oven-roasted ribs seasoned with garlic and rosemary and roasted with vinegar peppers (pickled cherry peppers) and white wine. They were outstanding and such a great change of pace from barbecue ribs. Then came the pizza… we ordered a pepperoni pizza (a classic and my favorite) and another called Paul & Young Ron, which was topped with miniature meatballs, sausage, peppers, ricotta cheese and of course mozzarella. They were both fabulous, I was bummed that I got so full because I wanted to keep eating!

Benny’s on the Beach
Location: Lake Worth, FL
Website: http://www.bennysonthebeach.com/
Review: Benny’s is located in the same beach-front area in Lake Worth as John G’s, but Benny’s is actually on the pier. Nothing like sitting down for breakfast at 9am under an umbrella while listening to the waves. This time around I got the scrambled eggs (okay, that’s pretty much my go-to when I go out to eat for breakfast), bacon and home fries. The dish also came with a slice of fresh cantaloupe and two slices of toast. The eggs were cooked to perfection and the potatoes were AMAZING. Huge chunks that were crisped up with onions, just amazing. The toast was massive pieces of really fresh bread and the bacon was great. A wonderful breakfast, and I would probably recommend over John G’s.

Hoffman’s Chocolate
Location: Greenacres, FL
Website: http://www.hoffmans.com/
Review: I of course can’t go anywhere without sniffing out the chocolate! Hoffman’s is located just down the street from my boyfriend’s parents’ place and once I found out it existed everyone knew a stop would be in order. When we walked in it smelled like I had just walked into Willy Wonka’s factory – intense chocolate, so delicious. Then I started browsing, and had some serious trouble deciding on what I wanted. My Chief Culinary Consultant got a box of chocolate-covered Oreos (which were every bit as delicious as you might imagine), I bought my mom a bag of Coconut Cashew Crunch (kind of like brittle) and she adores it, and then I put together a box of goodies from the front case since I couldn’t decide.

I picked out various truffles, chocolate-covered nuts, a couple variations on turtles, different types of chocolate bark, chocolate-covered graham crackers and some other random goodies. Everything was fabulous – if you’re in the area and have a sweet craving, definitely hit up Hoffman’s!

To read all about the non-food happenings on my Florida vacation, check out How I Spent My Spring Break Vacation on Unplugged.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the establishments listed above and this is not a sponsored post; it is merely a recap and review of the places I ate at while on vacation.

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16 Responses to “Good Eats in South Florida, Part II”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on April 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I’d really like some of those chocolates! Sounds like a wonderful vacation:-)

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  2. Nuts about Food on April 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Looks like you had a great time. Just wanted to let you know I posted about your Oreo cheesecake cookie recipe and linked to you. Hope you don’t mind!

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  3. Regina on April 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I grew up around this area and I’m glad you enjoyed it. If you’re ever down there around Christmas, Hoffman’s does an elaborate light set up in their gardens out back.

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  4. foodies on the fly on April 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    We love John G’s (We ALWAYS get the French toast! Sometimes regular, sometimes w/ the cinnamon almond). Glad to hear you ate well. Next time, you need to try Kilwins (chocolates & ice cream) in Delray if you haven’t visited yet!

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  5. Paul Eggermann on April 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t know if you have ever discovered Hiro’s in North Beach so here is a link http://hiro163.com/ This place is a late night haunt for all the chef’s in the area and really booms after midnight. This is one of the best places to eat (IMHO) in the Miami area. Check it out the next time you are down there. it still gets crowded in the early evening too.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    Paul

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  6. FoodiesontheFly on April 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Looks like you had a delicious time! If you are looking for more South Florida food ideas check out our reviews. http://foodiesonthefly.wordpress.com/restaurant-reviews/

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  7. Gabby@foodchowdown on April 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Hope you enjoyed Florida! I’m a little bit south of where you were visiting. Anthony’s is the best. I actually love their salad there and I’m pretty picky when it comes to salads, but I’m not one for extravagant salads. Did you get to try the wings? I’m not a big fan of the pizza there but go for the amazing wing. They serve with grilled onions and focaccia bread. Amazing! Next time, your in town and head to Bostons, check out Deck 84, I’ve head great things!

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    • Michelle on April 6th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      We were actually planning to go to Deck 84 the night we ended up at Anthony’s, but they were totally booked and only had one reservation available at 9:30pm (too late for us!). Will definitely put it on the list for next time!

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    • marianthe on April 13th, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Love Anthony’s! Love the wings!!!!

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  8. Sara on April 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Boston’s! Love that place! Did you hit Atlantic Ave at all?

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  9. BigFatBaker on April 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Looks like you had fun! I used to live down by Ft. Lauderdale and it was wonderful. And wow, those chocolates look amazing!

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  10. mindy@whiskibusiness.com on April 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I feel like I could step right into the first picture in this post, gorgeous! Next vacation….uh….um….ahhhhhhhh, can I GO????? Please! I do know how to behave in public—most of the time…**wink wink**

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  11. Elle (Bromography) on April 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    There is nothing like sun, sand and good food. Those conch fritters sound great!

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  12. Lori on April 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

    January

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  13. marianthe on April 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

    OMG! Anthony’s pizza is the bomb! I’m from Miami so Anthony’s was a frequent thing for me. looove the wings! And I have never had pizza like Anthony’s. I loven that place, so glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. Winelady Cooks on April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    OMG, I can’t believe you’ve been to all the places my sister and I go when we visit our dad. He lives right “there”. We love to go to Lake Worth beach for breakfast with our dad. It’s one of his favorites — it’s where he and my mom used to spend their evenings and weekends when they wanted to enjoy the breezes off the ocean.

    Thanks for the reviews, it’s always good to have someone else’s thoughts.

    Joanne

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