Hungry Goddess: Flanigan’s is an institution in South Florida and they now have locations spanning from Port St. Lucie area down into Miami. My favorite is Guppy’s located on Federal Highway in Boca Raton. This location is just a few minutes from my house and is the go-to for a quick lunch or dinner, take-out, and a great place to take visitors! For sports fans, you will not miss a minute of any game with all the big screen DVD’s lining the walls.
The servers and managers are friendly and attentive. The crowd is mostly local and the food is tried and true. They have great lunch and happy hour deals, and nightly specials as well. Seating is indoor or outdoor, but be warned that the outdoor porch is right on Federal Highway.
Sara’s take: As a visitor to South Florida wanting to take in all of the sights, we definitely were happy to take Kimberly’s suggestions and grab a bite at her favorite go-to local watering hole/eatery. Of course we wanted to sit outside on the patio with views of palm trees! First impressions on entering were that Flanigan’s is a casual place. Even in off-season, it was bustling and busy at happy hour on a Friday in Boca Raton. If the locals are in and the parking lot is full…. that’s usually my sign for a nice surprise.
Hungry Goddess: We started with the fried dolphin fingers – dolphin FISH for those who are picturing Flipper. You get fish fingers with a tasty breading and a large enough basket to share with 3 or 4 people. The wings are absolutely worth it as well, but we were Florida food-focused and the dolphin fingers seemed to pair better with the yummy mojito as well.
Sara’s take: Upon sitting down we wanted to sample the cocktails and our server suggested that Flanigan’s Mojitos are excellent. Delivered to me in a tall glass full of ice and fresh muddled mint, lime, and a hint of sweetness, it was refreshing and well prepared. Once we settled in with our drinks Kimberly suggested a basket of Dolphin Fingers for the table. Just to clear things up… dolphin, isn’t the cute, playful, and chatty dolphin that comes to mind, but rather a dolphin fish – also called Mahi Mahi in Hawaii, and Dorado on the West Coast. I had noticed it the night before on the JB’s menu and Kimberly had alerted me that I would be seeing a lot of it on Florida menus. I chalk it up to Floridians wanting to grab your attention and intrigue you with an unusual offering. These Dolphin Fingers were simply delicious. The breading was perfectly seasoned and the dipping sauce was a great accompaniment. I appreciated the fresh lemon garnish, because I love the punch of lemon accentuating flavors. There were definitely enough to share, and no doubt if I was a local, this would be something I would order for the table as I sat down.
Hungry Goddess: I have had just about everything on the Flanigan’s menu in the almost 20 years that I have lived here, but my go-to is the burgers. Not just go-to …. my craving. They are monster burgers ten ounce burgers and come a bunch of different ways. Looking for more than a mouthful? Then, go with the Texas Burger which is topped with crumbled bleu cheese, two strips of bacon, a stack of tumbleweed onions, and drizzled with their homemade wing sauce. I usually end up taking half of it home for a late night nosh. Burger (and sandwich) orders include a huge amount of curly fries and I recommend going for the gusto and getting the yummy ranch dressing on the side.
Sara’s take: Kimberly said we had to get the Texas Burger as it was one of her favorites and in her opinion one of the best burgers in Southern Florida. What arrived at our table was an impressive beast of a burger! Cutting it in half, I revealed all of the layers of deliciousness. I was skeptical at wing sauce on a burger, but the combination of zesty wing sauce, bacon, bleu cheese, and fried onion strings atop proved to be a delicious combination. The fries were good, crisp and well seasoned.
Hungry Goddess: While the burgers are my hands-down favorites at Flanigan’s, I also highly recommend the grilled or blackened fish sandwich. Cooked to perfection, it is enough for two meals and also came with loads of sweet potato fries and tangy tartar sauce.
Sara’s take: I had to order the dolphin fish sandwich and compare it to my sampling the night before. All I can say is that Florida eateries know how to make a mean Mojito, and they know how to grill a piece of fish to perfection. This fish was cooked well. The bright flavors shined through without much seasoning. A simple tartar sauce accompanies the dish with an anemic looking piece of tomato and piece of iceberg lettuce that were unnecessary garnishes in my honest opinion. We need to ship our Jersey tomatoes to Florida for some bright red color and flavor! Garnishes aside, the sandwich was a behemoth and I couldn’t finish the whole thing. The sweet potato fries appeared to be freshly made and were crisp and delicious. I am now a fan of dolphin fish as it has a nice texture. It is not heavy or oily and it has a bright, clean flavor.
Hungry Goddess: The Chicken Philly sandwich is good too and that is what Ann-Marie decided on. It was a bit salty, but not so overpowering that it could not be devoured.
Sara’s take: It’s hard to travel anywhere outside of the Philly area and sample another region’s version of the Philly Cheese-steak Sandwich. Ann-Marie has simple tastes so she tried Flanigan’s version of a Philly Chicken Cheese-steak. It certainly looked the part and came with loads of curly fries and a side of coleslaw that was very good. The sandwich however was a bit salty. We could not discern whether it was the cheese, or if the meat was over-seasoned. The bread was good, which is always one important and often forgotten piece of the equation of success in replicating this Philadelphia tradition. If they lightened up on the salt, they would have a winner in my book.
Hungry Goddess: Are you ready for dessert? Flanigan’s has a delightful and decadent selection! Sara and Ann-Marie indulged in the Key Lime Pie, but I was full of Texas Burger. For future reference, I unequivocally recommend the Banzai Brownie (pictured below from a previous visit) – a super-sized, warm, triple chocolate brownie, piled high with Edy’s vanilla ice cream, covered with huge chunks of Oreo cookies, surrounded by Kit Kat bars, and topped off with whipped cream and Hershey’s chocolate syrup! Only chocolate lovers need apply.
Sara’s take: You can’t visit Florida without eating Key Lime Pie! When our server offered their version that is a light and fluffy take on this tart-sweet favorite, Ann-Marie and I nodded our heads in unison. I prefer this approach to Key Lime Pie as opposed to the custard style that tend to be too sweet for my liking. The crust was crumbly perfection, and the filling puckeringly good. Yes, I think I made up a word for this pie! One note: I’m not a fan of the bright green candy flavored sauce that accompanied the pie to decorate the plate. Call me old fashioned, but it just didn’t add anything to a really good slice of pie. I would definitely order this dessert again. Of note, there was not one bite left between the two of us!
Summary from Hungry Goddess – Kimberly (@BlissfullyKimberly on Instagram): Flanigan’s makes me happy and I love taking people from out of town, as well as locals there. The quality of the food is consistent and a great deal for the money. PLUS, best burgers in South Florida.
Summary from Sara (@SaraTeixido on Instagram): Overall my introduction to Flanigan’s was good. Our server was excellent and helpful when we asked questions. You could tell that this is a local favorite and when we left there were groups of people waiting outside for seats. They make great drinks and the food is good. I will definitely visit again when I visit South Florida.
Summary from Ann-Marie (@AmplCreations on Instagram): Great laid-back atmosphere and I really liked sitting outside. Our waitress was bubbly and helpful and really added to the experience. Absolut and tonics were really good too!
Thanks, Flanigan’s for another great experience!