Last Friday night Jeremy and I checked out Rebel House, a gastropub-style restaurant in Boca Raton, and really enjoyed it. The menu is creative and exciting and the environment is upbeat and fun. Located on the north side of Palmetto Park Road just south of Mizner Park, it’s definitely not your grandma’s Boca restaurant. Instead, I felt like I was at a very cool party with delicious food and drinks. The staff of tattooed hipsters played their alternative-rock music loudly, but it was still possible to have a conversation and hear each other. It’s a good spot to bring a date or get together with a group of friends.
When we arrived around 9:15 p.m., the place was packed. Luckily we made a reservation for 9:30, so we didn’t have to wait too long. I strongly recommend making a reservation if you wish to go and actually get a table on a weekend night.
Before I get to the food, I must first rave about the cocktails. Before being seated at our table, we went to the bar for a drink. The bartenders were slammed when we got there, but that was fine because it gave us a few minutes to go over the drink menu. I guess the bartender felt bad about keeping us waiting, because when he did greet us he poured us a sample of the Gonzo Berry, a vodka drink with muddled strawberries, lemon and simple syrup. It was tasty, but a little too sweet for me. I ordered the Sweet Revenge, a mix of vodka, fresh watermelon juice, simple syrup and some jalapeno that made it really spicy. It was so delicious that I ended up ordering another one with dinner. Jeremy tried the Rebel House’s take on the Old Fashioned- the Bee Sting, which mixes bourbon with honey, a sprig of rosemary and a hint of jalapeno.
The food is just as creative and great as the drinks with the way the ingredients are cleverly mixed. Something as simple as guacamole had chunks of lump crab added to it and was served with three types of chips. The beet salad, mixed with arugula, candied pecans and grapes, came with these fried little nuggets of hot brie that oozed out of them. Drizzled over the salad, it was delicious.
My personal favorite menu item was the Spinach & 4 Onion Dip. If spinach dip and French onion soup got together and had a baby, this would be it. Mixed with gruyere and parmesan cheeses, topped with a pipperade and served with garlic toast, it was absolutely delicious.
The service was a bit slow, but our server was very friendly and helpful with food recommendations. As I mentioned before, the place was packed so I understand that she was busy. Before leaving, I knew that I’d want to come back for more someday, so I asked her about happy hour. The good news is that they have one on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and it cuts the price of well drinks to $4. The bad news is that there’s no food included during happy hour.
All in all, I really liked the Rebel House. Happy hour or not, I will definitely be back for more Sweet Revenges and to try more items off the menu.