Published On: Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017

The Boca Raton Tribune Dining Guide

By: Aeryn Beining

Boca Raton is a city for all ages. Nothing shows this more than our plethora of choices when it comes to restaurants. Sure, you can go to a big chain restaurant and get the same food as everyone else at the place. Or, you can go to one of these amazing locally owned and operated restaurants and pizza places to have the authentic Boca Raton feel. Boca Raton is growing, let’s not forget the best local restaurants that have been part of the fabric of our city for decades. Below you will find a list of restaurants that The Boca Raton Tribune staff compiled as their favorites of the city. The Best Boca Raton is below, enjoy and patronize these hidden gems in Boca Raton.

Hotdog Opolis:

hotdogopolisAddress: 6020 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-988-5959
Price: $

Hotdog Opolis, located at 6020 N Federal Hwy in Boca, is a small joint close to the Gulf Stream. Known for their Chicago dogs they are open daily Monday through Tuesday eleven to four, Wednesday through Saturday eleven to seven and Sunday from noon to four. They’re not your average run-of-the-mill hotdog place though. They serve hot dogs and bratwursts of different meat varieties. If you’re from up north and craving a little bit of home come to Hotdog Opolis. Not only will you get a taste of Chicago, but you’ll feel like you’re really in Chicago when you step through the door.

Las Fajitas:

las-fajitas-boca-1Address: 2298 N Dixie Hwy Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-620-1981
Price: $

Las Fajitas, located at 2298 N Dixie Hwy, is a small Mexican restaurant not far from the University Park Apartments. Known for their Mexican flavor they are open daily Monday through Thursday from eleven thirty to ten and Friday through Saturday from eleven thirty until eleven. Las Fajitas serves up all kinds of different Mexican heat ranging from mild to too-hot-to-handle. The atmosphere is very family oriented and friendly with a little bit of fun. If you’re looking for a great Mexican place to take a large group and come in under budget then Las Fajitas is your place.

Boca’s Best Pizza Bar:

boca-s-best-pizza-bar-1Address: 119 W Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-367-7227
Price: $

Boca’s Best Pizza Bar, located at 119 W Palmetto Park Rd in Boca, is just down the street from the Boca Raton Police Department. Known for their pizza they are open daily Monday through Saturday from eleven until two in the morning and Sunday from noon until midnight. Perfect for college students looking for some late night munchies while studying Boca’s Best is located in the heart of downtown Boca Raton. Although mainly known for their pizza Boca’s Best serves up some delicious Italian dishes for less than what you could get anywhere else.  


Tomasso’s Pizza and Subs:

unnamedAddress: 1229 W Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-392-8985
Price: $$

Tomasso’s Pizza and Subs, located at 1229 W Palmetto Park Rd in Boca, right around the corner from Kmart. Known for their pizza and subs they are open daily Saturday through Thursday from ten thirty until ten and Friday from ten thirty until eleven. Around for thirty-five years it has been family owned and operated by Mike and Peggy Tomasso since the very beginning. If you’re ever in the mood for a melt-in-your-mouth meatball sub just go on into Tomasso’s. Don’t forget to bring your wallet and an empty stomach.

Fran’s Chicken Haven:

5848351-0-1Address: 1925 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-395-0781
Price: $

Fran’s Chicken Haven, located at 1925 N Federal Hwy in Boca, just across the road from Cannoli Kitchen. Known for their fried chicken they are open daily Sunday through Thursday from eleven until eight and Friday through Saturday from eleven until nine. Fran’s has been around since the 1960’s and has one of the rarely seen neon signs in the city. Fran’s inexpensive chicken is almost like living in the true South. If you’re from Georgia and feeling a little homesick go on in to Fran’s Chicken Haven. You’ll immediately feel right at home as soon as you put your foot through the door.

Cannoli Kitchen:

Acannoli_kitchen-1ddress: 2001 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-338-2929
Price: $$

Cannoli Kitchen, located at 2001 N Federal Hwy in Boca, right across from the Fifth Avenue Shops. Known for their famous cannoli’s they are open daily Monday through Saturday from ten until ten and Sunday from noon until ten. Cannoli Kitchen has been around since the late 1970’s and happens to be a great place for couples to have a true Italian date night. Although a little pricey it won’t break the budget and it’s quite cozy. So if you’re in the mood for some good Italian cooking go on in to Cannoli Kitchen and make sure not to leave without having a cannoli.

Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry:

tom-sawyer-25-1Address: 1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-368-4634
Price: $$

Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry, located at 1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd in Boca, just down the street from Pizzeria 5000. Known for their generous country breakfasts they are open daily Sunday through Saturday from seven until two. Open for close to thirty years Tom Sawyer is one of the many best-kept secrets in Boca Raton. The moment you step foot through the door you feel the country love. The atmosphere is so friendly that by the end of your visit you’ll want to come again and again. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for breakfast after church then Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry is the place to go.

Pita Principle:

imag1909-1-1Address: 109 W Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-367-7644
Price: $

Pita Principle, located at 109 W Palmetto Park Rd in Boca, just a few doors down from Boca’s Best Pizza Bar. Known for their delicious pitas they are open six days a week Monday through Friday from ten until eight and Saturday from eleven until four. Pita Principle has been open for a little more than twenty years. Although super small the atmosphere has a relaxed, friendly vibe to it. If you are of Greek descent and have a love of pitas, then Pita Principle is the place to be for you.

Augy’s Restaurant and Pizza:

augys-1Address: 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-368-1330
Price: $$

Augy’s Restaurant and Pizza, located at 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd in Boca, just down the street from Tom Sawyer. Known for their Sicilian pizza they are open daily Monday through Saturday from eleven until ten and Sunday from four to ten. The authentic Italian atmosphere is so cozy you’ll feel like you’re in Italy. Augy’s has been around since the late 1970s. It’s been family and owned operated with made to order food since the very beginning. If you’re ever in the mood for a nice, fresh Italian meal go on in to Augy’s.

Caribbean Grill:

caribbeangrill-1Address: 1332 NW Boca Raton Blvd in Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-362-0161
Price: $$$

Caribbean Grill, located at 1332 NW Boca Raton Blvd in Boca, just down the street from Augy’s Restaurant and Pizza. Known for their jurassic steak they are open daily Monday through Saturday from seven until ten and Sunday from eight until ten. Caribbean Grill has been family owned and operated since opening in the early 1990’s. Caribbean Grill is a cozy little Cuban restaurant with such a friendly atmosphere you’ll really feel like you’re on the island. If you’re ever looking for a family oriented Spanish restaurant, then Caribbean Grill is the place to be.

Cosa Duci Italian Bakery:

img_7308-1Address: 141 NW 20th, Suite B-21, Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-393-1201
Price: $$$

Cosa Duci Italian Bakery, located at B-21 141 NW 20th in Boca, just across the street from Booksmart. Known for their meatballs Cosa Duci is open daily Tuesday through Saturday from nine until four, Sunday from eleven until two, and Monday from ten until three. Cosa Duci Italian Bakery has been family owned and operated since opening eight years ago. The moment you walk through the door it is like you have been transported to Italy. If you’re ever in the mood for a nice Italian breakfast or lunch, then stroll on into Cosa Duci Italian Bakery.

Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza:

tuccis-3Address: 50 NE 1st Ave Boca Raton, Florida
Phone: 561-620-2930
Price: $$$

Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza, located 50 NE 1st Ave in Boca, right next door to Sanborn Cafe. Known for their coal fired pizza Tucci’s is open daily Tuesday through Friday from eleven to three, Tuesday through Thursday five until ten, Saturday from twelve until three, Friday through Saturday from five until eleven, and Sunday through Monday from five until nine. The atmosphere at Tucci’s is relaxed and cozy. If you’re ever in the mood for some gourmet pizza, then Tucci’s is the place you’re looking for. If you dine inside, then you’ll even be able to watch your pizza get made.

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  1. I have eaten at all of these great places except the Pita Principal. I agree with your recommendations. They are all good spots. (a quick shout out to Judy and Harvey at Hotdogopolis – one of my favorites.)

    I would like to add a great hidden gem to the list, however. TESSER’S DELICATESSEN in Hidden Valley Plaza in NORTH BOCA. John and Val have been in the Deli business forever in Broward County. They moved to Boca a little more than a year ago and opened their restaurant in Hidden Valley Plaza, known for Capitol Lighting, Fah Sushi and a large Publix. Unfortunately, the rest of the businesses are barely visible from the road. They live up to the name of the Plaza, being “hidden”. But, if you take the time to find Tessers, you will NOT be disappointed.

    John bakes the bagels, challah and rye bread fresh each morning. They have all the deli favorites from the Jewish delis up North. Val makes sure that everyone has what they need and supervises the sassy and efficient waitresses.

    Check out their Yelp (81 reviews/4.5 stars); Google (7 reviews/4.7 stars); and Trip Advisor (17 Reviews/4.5 stars) reviews, after over a year, they are still much higher than any other deli in town. No other deli in town can touch these reviews.

    Better still, go in an order anything. I guaranty that it will be outstanding. The quality of the food is consistently good. The quantity of food is more than adequate. And the pricing is very fair.

    John and Val Tesser work their butts off to make sure that the place runs right and that the customers are happy. Give them a shot.

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