OUT TO LUNCH: Deerfield Beach & Pompano Beach Restaurants to Try for Lunch
By Danielle Charbonneau
At our office, we take lunch seriously. Second only to scouring our community for breaking news stories, determining where to go for lunch is probably our most essential question of the day. Through an abundance of exploration, we have discovered dozens of Pompano Beach restaurants, Deerfield Beach restaurants and Lighthouse Point restaurants worth trying. Take an hour break, get adventurous and consult this new series of articles for ideas. The OUT TO LUNCH series will regularly bring you lists of delicious restaurants to try for lunch. This is the first article in the series; but no fear, more is coming.
This week, we suggest ….
BLUE OCEAN POKE
As one diner put it, this Deerfield Beach restaurant is “like the Chipotle of Poke.” Poke (pronounced ‘poh-keh’) is a Hawaiian cuisine traditionally known as a raw fish salad — essentially a sushi bowl. Blue Ocean Poke allows you to create your own. First you choose your base: white rice, brown rice, quinoa, spinach, mixed greens or a combination. Next, choose your protein: tuna, salmon, spicy tuna, shrimp, tofu or marinated tofu. Then choose from a variety of sauces, veggies and crunchy toppings. We recommend the spicy mayo and eel sauce, or the citrus ponzu and ginger turmeric sauce. WARNING: These bowls are addictive. There are so many combinations and options to try that will keep you coming back for more.
- This lunch spot is perfect for a quick lunch. Because of the setup — order at the counter — you’ll be in and out in about 30 minutes.
- This lunch spot is primarily healthy and won’t leave you feeling heavy or weighted down for your afternoon engagements
- The vibe at Blue Ocean Poke is chill, almost zen — with picturesque surfing videos playing on multiple screens, ocean-themed artwork, natural materials like reclaimed wood, and some plush seating in the back, the environment will calm you from your frantic day.
Blue Ocean Poke is located at 250 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach. The Deerfield Beach restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm; and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. For more information, visit blueoceanpokefl.com or call 954-708-2060.
THE HEN & THE HOG
The Hen & The Hog is a brand new breakfast and lunch spot with Southern charm. The environment is like a modern barn, with natural woods, cute chalkboard signs, vintage Edison bulbs and cozy booths. The lunch menu is southern-inspired comfort food, including more than a dozen sandwiches, eight burgers, four flatbreads, seven salads, a variety of BBQ platters, chicken wings and homemade soups. They serve complimentary corn bread before the meal…and after, killer milkshakes in mason jars.
- This is a unique experience — the Southern charm feels like a mini vacay from South Florida
- Comfort food is…well, comforting. It will leave you full and satisfied.
- The gargantuan milkshakes are a decadent treat to reward yourself over lunch
The Hen & The Hog is located at 3003 N. Federal Highway. The from the Pompano Beach restaurant is just down the block from Deerfield Beach and just across the street from Lighthouse Point. Currently it is open from 6am to 3pm daily, but those hours may expand later this year.
Pho Lavie is a fantastic change-of-pace from your typical sandwich/salad/burger lunch Pompano Beach restaurant. This Vietnamese restaurant has giant bowls of pho with fragrant, flavorful broth, served with fresh herbs, bean sprouts and jalapeños on the side. The rice noodle bowls come topped with fresh herbs, crushed peanuts and seasoned, grilled meats. The zesty fish sauce and a dash of hoisin makes these bowls pop. Bahn Mi sandwiches pack a ton of flavor between buns. And might we suggest the spring rolls with peanut sauce or the Vietnamese crepes. Really you can’t go wrong here. The food is prepared with care, made by family recipes and packed with flavor.
- A wonderful departure from more standard lunch fare
- Fresh, fragrant flavors are invigorating to your senses
- Made with care from family recipes
- Depending on what you order, you can eat pretty healthy here.
Pho Lavie is located at 3321 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. Call 954-941-4155 for more information from the Pompano Beach restaurant.
LIVING GREEN FRESH MARKET
This Pompano Beach restaurant is a quick spot for a fresh, healthy lunch. This boutique, organic grocery store has a deli counter with enormous wraps, pressed paninis, housemade pasta salads and side dishes. There’s also a hot bar, buffet style, with a variety of homemade soups, grilled or roasted meats, fresh veggies and rice dishes. The bakery features decadent desserts. And to drink, there’s cold-pressed juices, smoothies, kombucha on tap and a coffee bar. Living Green prides itself on making everything 100 percent by hand, in house, daily using organic, free-range (and all that hippy dippy stuff). This is a quick stop where everyone in your group (from your meat-and-potato eater, to your vegan and gluten free health nut) will find something to their liking. There are several tables inside and a few patio tables outside. Or, take your lunch on-the-go for a picnic in the park or a working lunch at the office.
- Has a wide variety — something for everyone
- A great take-out option
- Fresh, vibrant and healthy
Living Green is located at 413 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.
EL JEFE LUCHADOR
El Jefe genuinely is “the boss” when it comes to Deerfield Beach restaurants serving Mexican street food. From braised beef brisket, to slow roasted pork with pineapple, to grilled shrimp, fresh catch of the day or fire-roasted vegetables (including Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and plantains),there’s plenty of fillings to fill out your taco, burrito or bowl. With homemade special sauces, picos, salsas and slaws, El Jefe’s dishes are exploding with flavor. The restaurant is bursting with color, plastered in artwork paying honor to Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling). With an order-up counter, this lunch spot is good for a quick bite.
- Bursting with flavor
- Quick fare
- Vibrant and lively to pull you out of your mid-day slump
- Serves beer too if it’s that kind of day
El Jefe Luchador is located at 27 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach.
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