I was having lunch with some longtime Delray people the other day and a newcomer to town and we got to talking about where the locals go. Don’t get me wrong, we are all thrilled that the town has taken off the way it has, and we try all the new places without fail, but old habits can die hard and many of us still like to patronize the restaurants that have been here awhile, are more modest than glitzy, and have price points we can still afford. 

There aren’t too many of these places around anymore, but here’s a start. Add your ideas and let’s see what kind of insider’s list we can make…

The Green Owl, 330 E. Atlantic; where else can you get the Big Breakfast of three eggs, two bacon, strips, one sausage, home fries or grits, hotcake or toast for $6.25?

The tuna salad sandwich at Ciao’s Sidewalk Café, 1208 E. Atlantic Ave.

Granger’s, 215 N.E. 6th, where the Black & Moo meatloaf is famous. And if you go alone, you can always browse thorough the books lined up on the windowsill.

Zyree Thai, 401 W. Atlantic. You can get a sushi boat or any number of flavorful Thai dishes. We love the people here.

The Boynton Diner at Sunshine Square shopping Center at Federal and Woolbright continues to outdo itself. There’s even a tiki vibe going on there now. Try the shrimp and grits, or one of the dazzling breakfast specials.

Sande’s at 1717 N. Federal Highway for breakfast is legendary. No wi-fi or credit cards or Bloody Marys but who cares? We like the French toast or blueberry pancakes. 

So what are we missing? Add your own suggestions for local faves….