Dining Finds

Pyrogrill, Wellington

Address: 10590 Forest Hill Blvd.

Phone/Web: 561-798-4099


Also at: 5440 Military Trail, Jupiter, 561-630-8990

Type of food: Burrito-style wraps and salads

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Dining facility: Clean and well-lit; order at the counter

Service: We placed our order at the counter and it was ready within 10 minutes.

Delivery: Only for orders over $50

The DishUsually I do not like places where I need an instruction manual to order my meal. But the Original Pyro I constructed is worth the time spent reading the menu offered by this new chain restaurant. Pyrogrill offers a build-your-own Popular Pyro, Pyro Salads or Pyro Selects that are tacos, a fajita platter or chicken plate.

With the Original Pyro wrap ($5.60), start by choosing a whole-wheat flour wrap. I ordered chicken as the protein (or select steak, pork or vegetarian). Then I decided to add brown rice (or have either yellow or vegetarian brown or chopped romaine). Then add a sauce and toppings.

My chicken is chargrilled and chopped. The pieces are seasoned with a lemon pepper dressing and mixed into the rice with my choice of toppings: tomatoes, lettuce, scallions and cilantro. The mild curry mustard sauce nicely complements the citrus zing of the chicken and combines flavorfully in the wrap. Other sauces include spicy creamy chipotle, honey barbecue, pineapple teriyaki and red hot buffalo.

The pyro is stuffed full, so the contents spill out.

We also choose the Pyro Select tacos ($6.50), which are three soft flour tortillas filled with chicken, then prepared with choice of sauce, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped lettuce.

All food travels well tightly wrapped in foil; the salsa is in a plastic container.

— Nancy Stein-McCarthy

Bangkok Café, Davie

Address: 4801 S. University Drive, Atrium Center

Phone: 954-434-4222 >

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday,

5 to 9 p.m. Sunday

Type of food: Thai >

Dining facilities: Order at the counter to eat in or takeout >

Service: Friendly and accommodating >

Delivery: None

The DishWe have eaten dinner at Bangkok Café for years and never been disappointed. The food is consistently good, fresh and a good value. This time we decided to visit at lunch to take out the chicken sauteed with garlic and black pepper sauce ($6.95 lunch; $10.95 dinner). The generous slivers of chicken are accompanied with slices of cabbage, bean sprouts and pea-studded rice. Lightly coated with garlic and pepper sauce, the chicken is tender, and the vegetables pleasantly crisp.

Another favorite choice is the sauteed mixed vegetables with shrimp ($7.95 lunch; $12.95 dinner). It includes an abundance of carrots, cabbage, baby corn on the cob and water chestnuts. It comes with white or fried rice.

The pad Thai ($6.95 lunch; $10.95 dinner) is a generous serving studded with egg, shrimp, chicken, ground peanuts and bean sprouts.

The lunch entrees include a spring roll, which is lightly fried and crisp. Entrees are packaged in aluminum containers, which travel very well.

All entrees can be spiced according to a five-star rating, with one star billed as rather mild and five stars as native Thai.

— Tracey Broussard

Stresa Italian Restaurant, West Palm Beach

Address: 2710

Okeechobee Blvd.

Phone: 561-615-0200

Dining deal: Early dinner specials served 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday to Friday for $15.95; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday for $17.95 include soup, salad, entree, dessert, coffee or tea. Reservations suggested.>

Service/atmosphere: Intimate Italian restaurant with Mediterranean ambience. Team service is very personable and attentive. We would have preferred to park our own car but there is valet service. The valet told us we needed to tip him $5 to get our car that was 20 feet away. When we wanted to tip him less, he told us to get our own car and kept the $1 we'd given him.

The Dish The meal began with minestrone, the tomato broth heavy on thin-sliced onions, mushrooms, celery and string beans. Then came a very fresh salad of romaine and iceberg lettuces with tomatoes. Caesar and a house vinaigrette rich with Italian spices are on the table to add yourself.

A nicely cooked snapper fillet is served in a lemon butter caper sauce. The sauce is not too buttery and has the pleasant hint of lemon and wine.

The breaded chicken parmigiana is a large split breast of chicken, only lightly breaded and baked with mozzarella over the top. Other entree options include: sausages and peppers, salmon livornese, and mussels marinara.

For dessert, we have spumoni and a cannoli, a thick pastry shell with a light and fluffy filling with chocolate chips. Both come with strawberries.

— Nancy Stein-McCarthy

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