Ten Best Restaurants in Delray Beach
2. Max's Harvest
High-end and earthy are two words that sound like they should be complete opposites. Eating ethically and dining out aren't any closer together. Somehow Max's Harvest manages to turn all of those conventional notions straight on their head. The spot focuses on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients and letting them speak for themselves with dishes like the heritage meatballs covered in San Marzano gravy, basil ricotta, and pecorino and local ricotta gnocchi pan roasted with mushroom ragout, pearl onions, sweet peas, thyme, and truffle tremor cheese. You might be concerned with your waistline, but conscientiously, you won't have to worry.
1. The Grove
The 2013 winner of our "Best New Restaurant -- Palm Beach County," Pineapple Grove's new kid on the block has come in to shake things up. Chef/partner Michael Haycook and partner Paul Strike teamed up with Grant Achatz alumnus Meghan O'Neal to take South Florida by surprise. With the entire kitchen run by Haycook, O'Neal, and just a dishwasher, the spot completely renovates its entire menu every two weeks. Dishes range from modern American items like Florida Pompano with heirloom carrots, beets, and parsley to slightly molecular, such as the hot chocolate/ cold chocolate, hot spiced chocolate with homemade marshmallows and house-made chocolate ice cream. The food is simple yet cutting edge all at the same time. Sometimes you're looking for something new and different: the Grove is it.
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187 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL