One key takeaway from my Feb. in Florida? Never mind the scary ride share experience from the other night (When your driver veers over into the opposite two lanes...), the fact that I'm currently sporting a Texas tuxedo (denim on denim), and some old dude telling me I need a tan, the crucial thing you need to know this minute is food and restaurant related.
Farmer's Table in Boca may not have been a fav of another of my Uber drivers (not the almost fiery crash one!), but who cares what she thinks? (Note: she couldn't even name any of her top restaurant picks in the area.) So, if you're going to bookmark a restaurant in the Boca Raton area, it's Farmer's. For me, back to the Sunny State means at least a handful of trips there. (Maybe more.)
Something that impressed me originally, besides their kick-ass coffee, inspired drink menu, rustic charming decor, and delightful back patio seating? They grow a big chunk of their veggies and herbs right on the premises. (How's that for farm to table or farm to fork?) You actually see part of their garden when you pull up to the entrance, where they also have a valet. (To quote Nicole Richie, I can't drive because I can't park, it's too stressful...Now, to clarify, I do drive, but hate, loathe, and detest parking, especially parallel.)
Also, unlike so many of my perennials back home in the Ocean State, FT serves chicken and red meat which I don't eat but most of my friends and fam do. Which means no more grunts, groans or sour faces when taking them to your (or my) current obsession for brunch, lunch or dinner. Happy faces all around! Clean, in-season, deliciousness for everyone! (For the record tho, I have won over many non-vegetarians with the Garden Grille's Squash Quesadilla.)
More to cheer about: This year, they've added a space, around the corner from the main entrance, called Farmer's Table Express, so you can bop in and grab healthy, yummy food to take home. If you aren't into cooking anything for din din (Pizza's vegetarian, right?) on a particular night, drop into the new mini storefront and choose from dozens of options, meat free or otherwise.
Even if you're on vacay and doing the FLA condo thing...
Speaking of which, another Uber drive taught me a brand-y new term, Condo Commandos, which refers to your neighbors in your development. Those who may or may not know all your biz. Or are upset because you tracked beach sand thru the main lobby. Or because you took their astronaut pen that writes upside down - Those Seinfeld episode arcs at Jerry's parents' condos were spot on dammit! I've flippin lived it!
Find Farmer's Table at 1901 Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Ciao for Now,
Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of PattyJ.com