Country club life in Boca Raton, Florida, is rough. Sometimes there’s a line for valet parking. Sometimes you have to choose between using the spa or tennis facilities. And sometimes you pack one hour before your 4am flight and realize that you brought almost no practical items of clothing (this point is actually very serious). Yes, country club life is extremely hard, but the absolute most difficult part, by far, is trying to decide where to go for dinner and what to order. Lucky for you, I’ve taken on this burden and created a list of top places to fine dine when visiting Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
This was the first place that we went to for dinner and I really liked the stylish but casual interior of the restaurant. I ordered a modification of the Pecan Crusted Trout, minus the pecan crust because of the glutenous batter (so really it was a completely different dish). The restaurant was very accommodating to my gluten allergy and the dish was delish.
On our second night we went to Truluck’s, an upscale seafood restaurant, which ended up being my favourite restaurant on the trip. Our server was a pro and provided us with service that was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. She recommended a white wine that blew us all away (although my tastes in wine can’t really be trusted because I like Moscato, but even the wine connoisseurs at the table loved it). I began my meal with the Sonoma Greens Salad, which was so fresh and exquisite. However, nothing compared to my main; Grouper Pontchartrain topped with crawfish tails, shrimp, and blue crab in a spicy piquant creole sauce and served with rice pilaf. This is easily the best fish dish that I’ve ever tasted and will ever taste. Oh my god, I still think about it every day! The only downside to this restaurant is that it takes months to get a reservation, so you have to plan your visit ahead of time. #bocaproblems
The next night we visited Trattoria Romana, which has established itself as the best Italian restaurant in the area, and is another restaurant that requires a reservation months in advance. This restaurant had a very rustic Italian feel and was upscale but cozy. I made the huge mistake of sharing an appetizer, muscles in a pesto broth, which I still hugely regret because it was way too scrumptious to share. For my main I had four butterflied shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and topped with mozzarella on a bed of spinach, which was nice but very rich.
On our final night in Boca we went to Abe & Louie’s, a classic American steak house. I had the wedge salad with blue cheese dressing to start. This was one appetizer that I didn’t mind sharing because it probably could have been comfortably shared with four people. I then had a small savoury filet minion and the table shared some sautéed brussels sprouts, onion strings and spinach. For dessert we shared a slice of fresh key lime pie because you can’t really go to Florida and not have that.
Yes, country club life is hard, especially when you have to eat so much delicious food. But seriously, now that I’ve had a taste of country club life it’s going to be hard to go back to reality. If I’m ever invited back to Boca Raton, I’m going to have to handcuff myself to a palm tree and refuse to leave, which should go over really well with the homeowners association.
Note: I wasn’t able to take my own pictures because it’s not really appropriate to pull out your phone to take food selfies when you’re at a fancy restaurant with your boyfriend’s family. They probably would have thought I was insane. Each image is the property of another website which is sourced in the caption.