I really appreciate the folks who, several weeks ago, guided me to JB's on the Beach near Boca Raton. I was travelling with my daughter and niece (24 and 22) and we all LOVED the place. The setting is fabulous, especially the tables on the terrace right by the sand. The food was quite good for a place like that, especially my lunch entree of seared sesame tuna and mango salad on mesclun with citrus vinaigrette and sliced avacadoes. The tuna was absolutely gorgeous, with a 1/4-inch smoky sesame-crusted char outside and translucently raw cool interior. The light dressing and tropical fruits made it the perfect Florida beachside lunch. I don't recommend the lobster and shrimp salad served in lobster shell unless you're a mayonnaise fan, though. It had LOTS of mayo. But it was highly popular... everyone around us was chowing down on it with big goofy grins. A special of salmon topped with crab and asparagus (a la Oscar) was very good as well. We split a HUGE pice of triple chocolate cake three ways for dessert and still took some home. I don't think it was made in-house but it was still yummy. I can't quite remember the drink I had that was SOOOOO good.. darn it... it was pink and served in a martini glass and quite citrusy... I has two, so I guess that's why I can't remember what it was!!!
I'd also like to recommend Gianni's Italian restaurant, 1601 East Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. After a few days of high-priced eating in Boca and Miami, it was a wonderful change to spend less than $40 for a lunch for 3 that included appetizers and desserts for all. The chicken francese (white wine/lemon sauce) was tender and piquant, the lasange cheesy and meaty, and the calamoari marinara FANTASTIC. The squid were very tender and there was a ton of it. The highlight of the table was the never-ending basket of garlic knots... hot pizza dough rolls slathered with melted butter and lightly sauteed minced fresh garlic. We ate 2 baskets, if you can beleive it (fortunately had unopened pack of RolAids in purse). Additionally, the cannoli (made in-house) had absolutely the creamiest filling I've ever had the pleasure of eating... not a hint of graininess.