I had a few meaty experiences in Florida this fall. Best of the bunch: My burger dinner at Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach. This isn’t simply because I know chef/owner Brian Cartenuto from his days at Cantinetta here in Seattle. He was actually at a different mini-chain location that evening, so I didn’t get to see him, but I sure did enjoy that namesake Tucker Duke burger, a towering behemoth which comes with no modifications allowed. It’s a delicious mess!
GoBistro in Hollywood gets nods for offering late-night bites not far from the Fort Lauderdale airport. I skipped the crazy sushi rolls and safe (i.e., no organ meats) yakitori menu, happy to have ramen right after landing from cross-country flights. My expectations were low, given that there are three types of ramen in a restaurant that offers lots of other items, so it’s not an area of specialization. Quality turned out to be “okay,” with biggest concern being lack of depth of flavor in both bowls I tried.
PRIME in Delray Beach was the place for a family get-together. A good point of comparison would be with my fairly recent experience at Abe & Louie’s in Boca Raton. PRIME was accommodating for an early arrival, with service friendly (surprisingly casual for a steakhouse, actually) in contrast to the formality I felt at Abe & Louie’s. Some in my group got a stuffed seafood special, massive in size impressive in presentation. I stayed consistent in ordering a ribeye steak, which while similar in price to Abe & Louie’s, was less flavorful, as were the accompanying sides.
On the other coast of Florida, I stopped at the St. Petersburg location of The Taco Bus. This fun little spot satisfied my cravings quickly with some tasty treats served up with a sense of humor.