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Boca and Lantana reviews

CJ | Dec 10, 200509:43 PM

Just spent time in WPB/Lake Worth/Lantana area and appreciate comments from other Chowhound posters. Following their suggestions, we tried a few places and wish to report:

1. Boca Raton - Kyogin Sushi Buffet: not to be missed! We went weekday night for dinner ($16.95 p/p Monday to Thursday). 4 soups: miso, wonderful hot and sour, wonton, udon (bowls of noodles, shrimp, etc into which you pour the clear broth). Several salads: seaweed, cold rice noodle, etc. All the sashimi you want: salmon, dolphin, tuna, etc. Followed by an enormous selection of sushi. Then tempura: huge shrimp and vegetables, plus tempura mussels in lemon-scallion cream sauce. Lots of Chinese-style dishes, but with a Japanese flavor: sesame chicken, soba noodles in a lo-mein style, seafood combination (scallops, squid, shrimp in a great sauce), mushrooms in garlic sauce, etc. etc. Also a hibachi grill for steak, shrimp, chicken, and huge ribs. There is also a section with boiled cold shrimp, crawfish, and green-shell mussels (but we skipped this). Multiple desserts with petit-four cakes and fruit. But best of all: 6 different ice creams - green tea, pistachio, vanilla, tri-flavor sherbet, chocolate, fudge. Pot of green tea is 75 cents.

On weekends, price goes up $2 because they have snow crab.

Returned for lunch a few days later: $8.95 p/p. All the same soups, lots of sushi, no sashimi unless you remove the rice from under the fish. Similar hot dishes, but tempura included calamari, chicken, and vegetables. Hibachi grill included but no spareribs on weekday lunch. Ice cream included a different flavor: taste of cinnamon but unidentifiable other notes, but very good!

Recommend weekday lunch or dinner. Located on Powerline Road about 3/4 mile south of Glades Rd. Best food/quality/price value we have found in a long time.

2. Lantana: followed chowhound post to try Grumpy Grouper (Lantana Rd. just west of railroad tracks/Dixie Highway, opposite Station House Restaurant). Best deal: weekdays 4-6PM $10.95 for full dinner: soup or salad (Caesar salad choice is huge and delicious), plus choice of entree (select the crab-stuffed grouper), dessert and beverage. Fish is a large portion and very fresh. Ambiance not greatest (bar style), but food worth the visit.

3. Boca Raton: Sweet Tomatoes (short distance from Kyogin reviewed above). This is a chain worth visiting if you are not familiar with it. At dinner (less than $9 p/p), you get various salads as you approach the register, then after you take your seat, you can have all you want of 5 soups: regulars include house chili, black bean chili, then others according to season - we had split pea with ham, chicken pot pie stew, and chicken noodle (huge chunks of good chicken and fresh noodles). There are also a selection of focaccia - we loved the roasted potato with rosemary on the night we were there. Also a pasta station, but very pedestrian fare (fettucine alfredo, mac and cheese, spaghetti with sausage/tomato sauce - not bad but nothing extraordinary). Desserts include soft-serve frozen yougurt which you can mix with bakery brownies or other hot bakery treats. Salads are quite good as well. You can't go wrong here for price, variety, and quality of food.

Thanks to chowhound posters who led us to Kyogin and Grumpy Grouper!

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