For those of you who don’t reside in the 305 or just don’t want to deal with Miami’s infamous traffic and parking, there are many restaurants north of County Line Road where one can have a delicious and memorable Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to dine on bustling Las Olas Boulevard or in quirky Delray Beach, Joonbug’s Broward/Palm Beach dining guide for V-day will help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of our picks:
Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Outside of Mexico, there are probably fewer people in the world who are as in love with Mexican cuisine (or an interpretation of it) as Americans. One never quite realizes just how good we have it in the States when it comes to finding tasty Mexican or Tex-Mex food until one travels to Europe where the difference between a wrap and a burrito isn’t quite as understood as it is here. Our approach to Mexican cuisine has also changed considerably as our culture has begun to embrace bolder flavors, and today’s foodies demand authenticity. While we still love our cheesy, sour cream-laden, Tex-Mex #3 combo specials, a lot of restaurants - even those owned and operated by gringos - are incorporating more and more authentic Mexican flavors and techniques into their menus, and even more restaurants are elevating Mexican cuisine to a level of sophistication previously unseen. Dennis Max’s new Boca Raton restaurant, The Mexican Cocina & Tequila Bar, has managed to bring diners a unique combination of bold, authentic flavors paired with creative innovation and the familiar flavors that we, as Americans, know and love from Mexican cuisine. The result is a restaurant that offers a fun, uninhibited ambiance with great food that teases and plays with your palate in very exciting ways.
Insatiable restaurateur Dennis Max is at it again with his newest Restaurant, Max’s Harvest, in Delray Beach. This cozy “farm-to-fork” restaurant promises in-season food, grown locally and brought right to your table. Dennis Max, along with Executive Chef Chris Miracolo and General Manager Pete Stampone, use their ties with local farmers and growers to put only the freshest, most high quality ingredients on your plate. Max’s Harvest offers an outdoor seating area to enjoy those beautiful South Florida days while you dine, as well as a cozy indoor seating area complete with full bar and an open kitchen. It also offers another outdoor seating area with its own bar, lush greens, and a zen-like waterfall to ensure the most pleasant dining experience you can imagine. Combine that with an incredibly friendly staff, and you will leave Max’s Harvest satisfied.
The fabulous Max’s Grille in Boca Raton is celebrating it’s 20thAnniversary. Though this stellar restaurant is a mainstay in the community, it’s still got quite a spring in it’s step. Having never been to Max’s before, I was anxious to see what proprietor Dennis Max had to offer (other than superb choice of first name, of course). I made sure to ask around beforehand and heard not a single bad review, which of course made me just a teensy bit skeptical. Can a restaurant really be as good as advertised? Well, two hours and a stomach full later, the answer was clear… No. It can actually be far better.