Armadillo Café now open in Piccadilly Square

Update: Armadillo Café closed and was replaced (in May of 2016) by Boca Italiana.
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Armadillo Café is now open for business, in the Piccadilly Square plaza on the north side of Glades Road near Boca Rio and the Turnpike. It’s on the right in the photo above. We went there Saturday night and enjoyed a wonderful meal.
The interior is pleasant with good spacing between the tables and nice artwork on the walls. As usual you can click on any photo for a larger image.
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Chef Kevin McCarthy has a long history with his Armadillo line of restaurants dating back over 15 years to the original location in Davie. When we first wrote that it was coming we heard from quite a few of his old fans.

Chef Kevin McCarthy
Chef Kevin McCarthy

We started with a Tequila Shrimp appetizer. It comes with three shrimp served on corncakes with pico de gallo. There was only one left for the photo by the time the camera was ready.
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Next up we had the outstanding Gorgonzola Salad. We liked everything but this was great, with fresh greens, a perfect dressing, and crunchy onion straws.
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For entrees this author had the Pan Seared Yellowtail Snapper. The fish was mild and served as a great base for the flavorful accompaniments including mushrooms, roasted peppers and more.
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My companion had the Skirt Steak which was served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. This was a great piece of meat, and it was also a lot of food. We had to take some home and the leftovers were great the next day as well.
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The owner sent us a better picture of the steak with different accompaniments, as my shot didn’t come out that well. [Note: On reading the review my companion made a point of saying how delicious the steak was.]
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We went crazy with dessert and had Crème brûlée (not pictured), Pecan Pie, and Mango Sorbet. Crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and this was really well done, both in taste and texture. The Pecan Pie was good, though we’d like to see them try it served warm with ice cream (or vanilla bean sorbet).
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The Mango Sorbet was also delicious, allowing the flavor of the fruit to come through.
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The owner sent us pictures of a few other dishes we hope to try next time, including Smoked Duck Quesadillas and the Black and White Soup (black bean and jalapeno cheese).
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We’re happy to have this new addition to the West Boca restaurant scene. Considering the quality, the pricing is quite reasonable with entrees mostly in the mid-$20 range.

Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.