The chefs at Tapas Lantana source produce from an Indiantown farm and also dry-age their own beef in-house. These local ingredients help lend homey flavors to the menu of Spanish-influenced small plates such as sliders with ground beef, chorizo, and shoestring plantains. The chefs can also customize paella for a whole table of guests by infusing the rice dish with paprika, garlic, and the diners' choice of four ingredients, such as chorizo, scallops or wild mushrooms.
Dark wooden tones, candelabras with drips of dried wax, and an immense marble-topped bar help to create a rustic ambiance inside what Boca Raton magazine described as "one of the prettiest dining rooms this side of the Mississippi." Along the sunset-orange walls, an extensive selection of Spanish, Italian, and South American wines rest in cubbies, like pet dragons during first-grade naptime.
The Jamaican-born family members who own and operate Big Taste Caribbean Restaurant have created a visual and culinary oasis reminiscent of their native island and its neighbors. Basking in the vivid rays of a wall-length mural of a smiling red-and-orange sun, chefs craft small batches of traditional oxtail with plantains along with their own recipes for signature jerk sauce and curried shrimp. The aromas of chicken grilled over an open flame and Fridays' yard-style fish fries invite passersby to experience the cooking of the tropics. As day sets into night, cues clink on the golden pool table and a ceiling fan lazily goads the air into circles simulating a Caribbean breeze or a coconut's whispered plea to be turned into a piña colada. Live DJs and dance performances occasionally sway the straws sticking out of a Jamaican Red Stripe lager to the beat of reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall music.
The chefs at Moran’s Italian Burger Bistro build each burger from the ground up by hand according to blueprints laid out by each customer. Diners decorate a range of patties, from fresh ground beef to portobello mushroom to alligator, with their choice of cheese and rich sauces, including bacon béarnaise and lemon-caper aioli. More convenient than keeping a dragon on retainer, Moran's brick oven crisps the dough on specialty pizzas, such as the margherita with fresh basil and mozzarella, and personalized pies made with a choice of crust, sauce, and toppings that include spicy salami, roasted fennel, and pork belly.
Two walls of windows fill the dining room with bright rays of natural light. The Tuscan ambience is highlighted by a stone-framed counter and distressed-wood tables reminiscent of an Old World tavern or the apartment Romulus and Remus shared before building Rome.
Housed in a two-story structure erected in 1926, Bizaare Ave Cafe pairs an eclectic menu of tapas and bistro meals with still more eclectic decor, earning the eatery Best Romantic Restaurant accolades from CityVoters in 2010. In the quirky downstairs dining area, coffee tables crowded with knickknacks host plates of tapas and glasses of wine. Diners in overstuffed armchairs tuck into dishes such as homemade pumpkin-stuffed ravioli or baked brie with raspberry sauce, a gift of rich, melty cheese that—like all good presents—is wrapped in puff pastry. Upstairs, things get more formal with a menu of bistro fare such as filet mignon, pork chops, and seared salmon. Aside from the fare, diners may purchase literally anything in the restaurant, including potted palms, decorative wall-mounted plates, and attractive fire extinguishers.
Eat Fresh’s menu of nutritious breakfasts and smoothies, crisp salads, and satisfying wraps and sandwiches combine delicious taste and healthy ingredients into satisfying deli-fare packages. Guests munch on mouthwatering paninis, hummus, or turkey burgers within the tidy café’s goldenrod-hued walls or lounge on the sun-filled patio to take in the open air and graciously allow their salads to photosynthesize. Complimentary WiFi signals supplement coffee-sipping sessions or lunch breaks, and a rotating cast of three different soups each day sends up savory wafts such as butternut squash, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. Eat Fresh exemplifies its commitment to healthy eating with calorie counts on many of its menu items, as well as crafting many dishes from wholesome ingredients such as multigrain bread, quinoa, fresh fruit, and low-fat yogurt.
Inside Couco Pazzo, murals of Italian streetscapes provide a fitting backdrop to the aromatic pizzas and pastas that waiters whisk from the kitchen to candlelit tables. Some dishes, from the hand-tossed pizzas, housemade veal, pork, and meatballs to cioppino—a seafood stew of clams, mussels, lobster, scallops, and shrimp served over ink linguine—are a fusion of Italian, Mediterranean, and American cuisine, while others are classically Italian. The latter category includes the restaurant’s fresh baked bread and veal saltimbocca, which is served in a marsala wine sauce with prosciutto, mozzarella, and spinach. The menu also features nightly specials that feature two fresh fish, the risotto of the day, and a full bar with an extensive wine list. Customers can also enjoy Pazzo's al fresco dining in their covered patio adjacent to the bar.