• Lisa Marie

Locale: Boca Raton's Newest Latin Restaurant

The Locale is a Latin inspired restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida that opened 3 months ago! The Locale, formerly known as "The Little Chalet" is owned by the former restaurant owners. However, they have re-branded the restaurant by changing its name, menu, and decorations. Voila! You have a new restaurant with a modern concept that is attracting people from all over South Florida. The restaurant is very focused on socializing, relaxing, and savoring traditional Latin dishes in a new way. The owners have found a way to recreate traditional Latin dishes to fit the palate of the modern day millennial and please the older crowd that enjoys the long-established and conventional Latin dishes. The Locale is already getting a huge following because South Floridians love Latin dishes, and The Locale is offering a unique presentation with rich, bold flavors that keep your taste buds coming back for more!

The Locale feels like a restaurant, lounge, and social gathering all in one. My husband and I decided to stop by The Locale on a Friday night at about 7:00 p.m. The restaurant was ready for its evening buzz of laughter, chatter, and music coming from the d.j. I loved the energy of the people, the lighting , and the beautiful decorations throughout the entire restaurant. My husband and I quickly took a booth and immersed ourselves in the Latin ambiance. The restaurant caters to all ages, family, and friends. However, I noticed that there were a lot of young professionals engaging in conversation and laughter. It made Boca Raton seem like we were in an metropolitan hub with upcoming professionals and socialites around every corner.

We started off with drinks, I ordered a "Hibiscus Moscow Mule" and my husband ordered a "Mexican Moscow Mule." The "Hibiscus Moscow Mule" is made with Ketel One Vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and rhubarb syrup. It comes with a deeply pigmented purple hibiscus on the corner of the cup. I don't know which one was more refreshing; the beautifully decorated drink or the fact that The Locale provides a large cup for their Moscow mules! The Locale is definitely not skimping on the alcohol! Trust me, I could feel my mule making its way through my body before the end of the meal. My husband really enjoyed his "Mexican Moscow Mule." It was made with Tequila, Cointreau, ginger beer, and lime juice. Even though we both ordered mules, his drink had a had a completely different taste than the "Hibiscus Moscow Mule," and it was still just as delicious!

For our appetizers, we ordered the "Shrimp Frito" and "Fire N' Wood Wings." The "Shrimp Frito" is ginger beer shrimp served with cilantro remoulade. As you know, I love ginger and shrimp, so pairing them together was a dream come true! It's fried and crunchy on the outside and has soft, succulent shrimp within. The cilantro remoulade is devine! This sauce was so good that I closed my eyes with each bite. The dish reminded me of the fresh, crisp taste that you get with a fish n'chips dish. The "Fire N' Wood Wings" were incredible! The wings have rosemary, roasted garlic, and parmesan in each bite! It's made in the wood oven grill, so it has such a juicy, smokey taste. There were so may other great appetizers on the list, and since these two tasted so good I will definitely have to go back to try a few more dishes. Our server told us that The Locale is known for its wood fire pizza and many large groups order a pie as an appetizer. So, you already know what I'll be ordering next time! :D

The Locale offers so many different types of entrees for the main course. They serve a selection of chicken, short ribs, octopus, shrimp, fish, and a couple of pasta dishes. There are so many options and each one has a different Latin twist. For our entrees, I ordered the "Chicken" and my husband ordered the "Pappardelle." The chicken was stuffed with catupiry and gouda cheese, onions and bacon. It comes with a side of sauteed mushrooms. The chicken is definitely one of their lighter and healthier choices. The "Pappardelle" is a pasta with braised short rib, spinach, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.

For dessert, I ordered the "Coconut Tres Leeches" and my husband ordered the "Bread Pudding." I absolutely loved my tres leeches! The sponge cake had the perfect combination of coconut milk, toasted coconut, and whipped cream, It comes with a decorative piece of an orange on the top, and the zest from the orange adds even more flavor to the cake. Tres leeches can easily be made too soft or too sweet, but The Locale knows how to make it just right! My husband ordered a warm cranberry and walnut bread pudding and its topped with a warm cream that adds a nice hint of sweetness.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely! The Locale offers a unique twist on Latin food by adding modern touches to dishes that South Floridians have grown to love. We really had a great time! My tastiest part of the night had to be the appetizers. I will be thinking of my "Shrimp Frio" and "Fire N' Wood Wings" for the next few months. They have a great staff, cool ambiance, and a concept that Boca Raton has been looking for. We will definitely stop by again!

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