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Ten Best Restaurants in Boca Raton

UPDATE: Interested in the best of Boca's culinary scene? Then after you're done with this list, head over to our most recent list of the ten best new restaurants in Boca Raton.

When it comes to restaurants, everyone has a different perspective. Some fancy traditional, Old World cuisine. Others like new and innovative dishes. There are those who prefer simple, straightforward fare, while their friends opt for complex and full of flavor.

When it comes to the choosing best restaurants in a given area, not only will you hear dozens of opinions but everyone's criteria are different. One person won't like a certain spot because she claims her soup wasn't hot enough the one time she went in, or maybe the service was too laid-back for her standards, or maybe she just didn't like the background music. And maybe she just likes to bitch and moan.

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When choosing the best restaurants in a town like Boca Raton, it would be easy to go for the most expensive place with white napkins and tableside cheese cart. But there's more to a good dining experience than that and, frankly, more to Boca.

Sometimes the best food is eaten standing at a counter and washed down with a beer. Yes, even in the town that Mizner designed.

So here they are, the ten best restaurants in Boca Raton.

10. Max's Grille

Long hailed as one of the pioneers of the South Florida restaurant scene, Dennis Max's namesake Max's Grille is known for its fresh, California-style and modern American cuisine. Max is a native of the progressive state himself. At this Mizner Park spot, you'll find simple but creative dishes like wood-fired maple-bourbon glazed baby back ribs accompanied by sweet potato fries and summer watermelon salad or crab-crusted local snapper and Lyonnaise potatoes with leeks, braised greens, red pepper, and vinegar sauce. In an area as fickle as Boca, you have to prove yourself to remain in it for the long haul. Max's has been around for decades. 'Nuff said.

See also: Ten Best New Restaurants in Boca Raton

9. 13 American Table

New to the whole Boca scene, this place has brought a piece of South Florida's burgeoning foodie ethos to town. Owners Albert and Melanie Aletto opened the spot earlier this summer, and they brought in some heavy hitters from Delray Beach. Both chef Anthony Fiorini and general manager Oliver Tito have worked at highly respected Atlantic Boulevard hot-spot 32 East. Here you'll find a somewhat similar approach to cuisine with simple food prepared with the finest-quality ingredients that can be found. The new American-style fare incorporates international influence with dishes ranging from Josper-grilled octopus and family eggplant with burrata, crostini, and basil to Florida grouper ceviche and BBQ pork belly. When you look at it, what could be more American than that?

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