Lately, we’ve been expanding our horizons beyond the “old favorites” we’ve frequented for years. Here are some of the new places we have sampled:
- East Ocean Cafe is the place for breakfast. It is in Boynton, and go early because it is small but worth the trip. Good Bloody Mary’s and you sit outside in the shade.
- Jimmy’s is our favorite restaurant in Delray. The food is always amazing. It is a small place, where you get treated like a family friend. NOT good for eating with kids.
- Harvest is a new restaurant which focuses on farm to table, local produce and foods. It is in the shopping center south of Linton, by Trader Joe’s. Very nice wine there.
- Caffe Martier is on the Avenue, and housed the old speakeasy. We like to go there for Happy Hour, and enjoy the excellent cocktails, and the bar food menu. You can make an nice dinner of it, and be home in time for an evening swim.
- Blue Collar is our go-to place in Miami. It is just a few minutes drive from the Arsht Center in Miami, and has great food and a good vibe.
- Cap’s Place – a trip to old Florida. You drive, park, and then take a boat to Cap’s. It used to be a speakeasy. Be sure to get the directions to Cap’s as it is off the beaten path.
- Rustic Inn is on the intercoastal SOUTH of Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale airport. It is huge, and features buttery crabs of all kinds. You eat and get messy — bibs are provided. It was fun, good, a bit expensive (crabs always are…) but on the water. It is about a 40 min. drive.
- Le Tub, Ft. Lauderdale, about 45 min. drive is like something out of a Travis Mcgee story. It is in a pleasantly seedy stretch of A-1-A, squeezed between the road and the intercoastal. Look for the parking lot which is just north of the place. “Seat yourself” is the rule, and there is seating in a jungly area, or all along the waterfront. This is not a vegetarian friendly restaurant, as hamburgers are their specialty, but it is a cool place to relax, have a drink, and watch the boats and birds.
- Two Georges is a venerable “old favorite” for our family members. However, they build some giant condos all around it, and it just doesn’t seem as “real Florida” as it used to.