Monday, May 19, 2014

Shula Burger - Delray Marketplace

Everybody knows who Don Shula is. The former Coach and owner of renowned Shula Steakhouse of course. The winning est coach in the NFL. And I am sure you have heard of the upscale hamburger chain that now wears his moniker also.

It was a balmy mid May evening when Michelle and I were trying to think of a place to pickup a quick hamburger when we decided to go to the almost newly opened Shula Burger in the almost newly opened Delray Marketplace on West Atlantic Ave and Lyons Road in Delray Beach. Live music softly filled the air and a slight breeze made the night super comfortable. Comfortable enough that we decided to order a couple of burgers and drinks; and eat at one of several vacant tables which adorned the sidewalk in front of Shula's.

Since it was 9 pm, we didn't have to wait. Michelle grabbed a flavored water from the cooler on the counter and proceeded to order her "make your own" cheeseburger as she took a sip of her drink. I was still pondering my selection.

"My drink is warm" she stated to the young man taking our order, "could I have a cup with some ice, please?"
"I'm sorry," he replied, "we are out of ice."
"Then I don't want the drink," said Michelle
"But you already opened it!" Marcus replied.

We had a little argument and as I was ready to walk, when an older, wiser, and more business like, 18 year old jumped in and appeared with a cup of the "very last bit of ice" in the building. I ended up ordering the "French Onion" double burger and we selected a table outside where we waited for our burgers on this magnificent evening.

French Onion Double Burger
Our burgers were delivered in a short time and tasted just as good as they looked! Michelle said this was the best burger she ever had. I enjoyed mine just as much. We were both very happy with our selections and we will be sure to return. The prices were moderately high, a bit more than the average burger joint, but should be expected for the quality and taste of the burger.

Make Your Own Burger with Multi Grain Bun

Turn offs: When a place is out of something, like ice, they should bend over backwards to accommodate a customer request, rather than argue with them. Because it was within an hour of closing time the staff were scattering about doing their side work so they can hit the highway as soon as possible after closing time. The bathroom looked like it hadn't been attended to all day.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Diner 1060 Gateway Blvd Boynton Beach, Fl 33426

I heard about the diner through another restaurant in the neighborhood but hadn't had a chance to drop in. Last Saturday I made my first visit to The Diner and I returned on Sunday for an encore brunch.

One of my out-of-town real estate clients suggested that we meet for brunch at this "fabulous diner" that he found on Gateway near I-95. I pulled in the parking lot exactly on time to be greeted by an almost full lot and my friend motioning to me.

There was a small, full, waiting area and we were advised that there would be a short wait and after about ten minutes we were seated. During that time, I learned that my friend had eaten there the day before and was amazed at the quality of the food, the size of the portions, and the reasonable prices.

I opted for the "Meat Lovers" frittata with cheese and  home fries. Free coffee (for seniors} and marble rye toast completed my order. My guest ordered a gyro pita with soup. Lentil. (He must have loved the soup, because he ordered another - to go!)
The frittata was delicious, evenly cooked, packed with flavor, and enormous! The prices were reasonable, the food well cooked, and the service was delightful, baby!

Grilled Chicken Platter
I packed half of my meal to take home and thought to myself, "I'll be baaack!"The next day was not soon enough. I returned with Michelle and tried the Omelette Ole' with home fries, marble rye, and coffee. Michelle had the grilled chicken platter and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the left overs we took home. The service was great, thanks to our server JJ, and we had an opportunity to meet Mike, the "hands-on" owner.

Omelete Ole
This is another place that I highly recommend and I think you will have a wonderful dining experience here!
The Diner
1060 Gateway Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Phone : 561-509-0163

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