I figure a restaurant has to be good when a reader takes the time to write me a note of recommendation. That's just what Irwin Auster, a retiree from Boca Raton, did a few weeks ago. "We tried this restaurant this past Saturday night," Auster wrote. "The food I thought was superb. The best I've eaten in a while. The cost was unbelievably low."
2717 N. Federal Highway (one mile south of Woolbright Road), Delray Beach
Credit cards: MC, V
Hours: dinner only, Monday-Saturday
Reservations: for parties of six or more during season
Sound level: moderate
Bar: beer, wine
Smoking: outdoors only
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Children's facilities: booster seats, high chairs
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He included the menu from Phyllis G's Enigma in Delray Beach. The menu is an unpretentious mix that starts with chicken wings and fried calamari and moves on to burgers, salads and 14 entrees: everything from fried shrimp and Cuban skirt steak to chicken marsala and arroz con pollo. The highest-priced entree is $14.95.
The restaurant itself is a blip on the east side of Federal Highway. "It looks like they're ready to demolish the building," Auster told me on the phone. And that's just one of the restaurant's enigmatic qualities.