Restaurants to visit in Boca now that the snowbirds have fled north

BOCA RATON — Alas, the northerners have left the southernmost point of Palm Beach County, lightening our traffic (ever-so-slightly) and, more importantly, clearing the lines at our favorite Boca Raton eateries.

“Season” has ended, and many have flocked from their second homes in South Florida. That means a few favorite restaurants, frequented by our friends from the north for their classic northeast dishes, are far less busy.

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Here are few of the best and busiest restaurants to visit now that season has ended, because we South Floridians too enjoy a taste of the northeast:

Rappy’s Deli (Contributed)

Rappy’s Deli

Modeled after a Manhattan deli, Rappy’s, at 5560 N. Military Trail, the menu items are old-school Jewish foods with a twist. Try a classic pastrami, or a Reuben springroll appetizer. Oh, and they have New York cheesecake here as well.

Cheesecake close-up: Junior’s rendition uses four packages of Philadelphia cream cheese per cake. Liz Balmasda/ The Palm Beach Post

Junior’s

A fairly new addition to Mizner Park, taking a bite out of a classic New York cheesecake from Junior’s Restaurant, at 409 Plaza Real, will immediately transport you to Brooklyn. It’s busy during lunch hours, but maybe off-season will lighten the demand. And if you’re not into cheesecake, try the Reuben, or some potato pancakes and matzo ball soup.

 

Farmer’s Table restaurant in Boca Raton (Contributed by Gyorgy Papp)

Farmer’s Table

Fresh and seasonal. That’s the theme at the healthy eatery Farmer’s Table, at 1901 N. Military Trail. The menu changes with the season, and the veggies and fruits that grow in it. So pay a visit during the summer. Take a seat in the outdoor patio, which faces the pool and deck at Boca’s Wyndham Hotel.

Louie Bossi restaurant handout photo.

Louie Bossi

This popular Italian eatery and pizzeria opened just in time for off-season. The Boca Raton location, at 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, is the second for the Fort Lauderdale-based restaurant, brain-child of Chef Louie Bossi. It’s located at the downtown Hyatt Hotel in Boca, in case you’re up for stay-cation.