Like Delray Beach, a bar and restaurant hop in Boca Raton is best done by car service. A memorable chauffeured night in Boca follows.
Stop 1. Gluttonous Goat
Start out west at a strip mall spot often listed among the best local gastropubs. The drink list here comes in binder form, with barley wines to hard-to-find farmhouse ales. The menu changes seasonally, but the barbecue sandwich makes a fine accompaniment to a good pint.
99 SE Mizner Blvd., No. 114, Plaza Real South, Boca Raton, 561-923-9457
Stop 2. La Ferme
This traditional French bistro via New York City is a place to share mussels and steak tartare and escargots. On the side, a good, earthy French pinot. Cuddle up on the plush banquet that runs along the wall and try to remember this comfortable neighborhood hangout isn’t your last stop.
9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-654-6600
Stop 3. Butcher Block Grill
Usually words like sustainable, locally sourced, hormone-free, and all-natural come with checks in three digits. Here, lamb chops and steaks carry terms like prime-aged and angus, without weighty prices. For the Boca restaurant-hopper, go for the “bar bites” menu, which includes $7 items like lamb sliders and truffle mac and cheese.
7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-409-3035, butcherblockgrill.com
Stop 4. Farmer’s Table
Chef Joey Giannuzzi is something of a local superstar in the healthy food movement, and he made lots of friends when he opened this high-end, health-focused eatery. If sustainable and organic mean something to you, then you’ll like the fact that there’s a Paleo diet-friendly chicken cobb and a burger of beef from grass-fed cows. The drinks follow the same path, from organic green tea to the Spa Day, made with cucumbers, vodka and coconut water.
1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561-417-5836, farmerstableboca.com
Stop 5. Rebel House
After all that healthy eating, it’s time to reward yourself with one of the locals’ favorite indulgences, a restaurant that feels more Brooklyn or downtown L.A. than Boca. A dining room made up of found furniture and a staff just as eclectic turns out some of South Florida’s most creative plates, like the killer Wagyu ribeye cap and the insane chicken and waffles. For dessert, it’s The Rebel: fried bananas, chocolate ice cream, marshmallow and peanut butter sauce. No guilt: you’ve burned off lots of calories walking to and from your car service.
297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-353-5888, lifetastesbetter.com