Top 10 restaurants of 2014

It's the first question every restaurant critics get asked: What are your favorite restaurants? It happened twice over the holidays and, as usual, I found myself stumbling to come up with some names. The year now over, I decided to create just such a list. Or at least the top 10 restaurants I reviewed in the past year. I've tried to stick with places that opened in the past 18 months. Of the nearly 100 restaurants I reviewed this year, only four received four star reviews and just two were new -- La Nouvelle Maison in Boca Raton and Meat Market in Delray Beach. Although each restaurant on this list received at least three and half stars, the rating alone didn't elevate them to the Top 10. What they have in common is that they left a lasting impression, each for a different reason. Excellent food is on the menu, of course, and they all practice generous hospitality. In a year when some of the biggest owners of multiple restaurants opened new concepts, most in my Top 10 list are independently owned. Here they are in alphabetical order. - John Tanasychuk, SouthFlorida.com
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