Anna Feinberg, who recently was named executive chef at Kapow! Noodle Bar, has spent nearly a dozen years working in the restaurant industry and nearly every angle of the biz (dishes, front-of-the-house management, line work, etc.).
More "school of hard knocks" than formal culinary school, this marks the first time the steely-eyed chef has worn the lead title, and she's eager for the challenge.
She's also seriously into food and shared a few of her favorite restaurants both near and far. Read on after the jump to learn about four spots on Feinberg's list.
1. Fusionarie Japanese Signature, 500 Via De Palma, Ste. 79, Boca Raton.
Feinberg said this new restaurant is "the best sushi around that I've had in a while. It's really good, and the presentation is really cool." Feinberg especially likes the Green Apple ($12) a sushi bar "teaser" made with snow crab, eel, and sushi rice and topped with thinly sliced avocado arranged to look like -- you got it -- a green apple.
2. Comerc 24 in Barcelona.
This Michelin Star-rated tapas restaurant in Barcelona -- a city that Feinberg said is home to "the best food, the best restaurants" -- is her favorite overseas restaurant and ranks among her all-time favorites.
3. El Jefe Luchador, 27 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach.
"This is my favorite place to go for tacos," Feinberg said of this Broward taco hub. She recommends anything made with pork belly and also likes the El Ray ($4), a taco with crispy shrimp, picante mayo, guacamole, and cabbage slaw. Feinberg also gives props to El Jefe Luchador's sister restaurant, Charm City Burgers, and said she looks forward to seeing what restaurateurs Mike Saperstein and Evan David do with Rebel House, their soon-to-open casual/upscale restaurant in Boca Raton.
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4. The Dubliner, 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.
Kapow! shares an outdoor dining/drinking area with this rowdy, Irish-inspired pub, so it makes sense that Feinberg and her cohorts would spill over into this bar once they're done with their duties for the evening. "It's easy access," she said.