West palm Beach
- Aaron Cohen Feb 19, 2006 12:06 AM
What are the closest kosher restaurants to Palm Beach? Is Eilat Cafe in Boca worth the drive? Are there any upscale kosher restaurants in the area?
Definately go to Eilat. The food is great, the service is great, and sitting outside on the water in the evening couldn't be nicer. I highly recommend it. The drive is 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. It takes that long just to get accross town in Manhattan.
The Boca Raton Synagogue website is great as a kosher info resource for South Florida.
There is a new place on Powerline in Boca called Boca Tov Cafe. Food is delicious, as is the sushi. Definitely a place worth going, and more upscale than Eilat.
There is a new kosher rest. in west palm beach named Best Of Israel (greenacres). I was there recently with my family and it was great. It is located on Jog Road - 561-963-0042.
Here's my review of Eilat Cafe, posted 8-19-05:
The lasagna here was excellent as well as the mahi mahi. service was quite good, and the view of the water was nice. This restaurant is good value for the money spent-all entrees are under $20, even for dinner. While not the best kosher restaurant I've ever been to (as suggested here by one person), it was quite nice and worth the drive. Nice view of the water, though it was sweltering as usual and we were unable to eat outside.
To add to the review: I drove north half an hour or 45 minutes with a brother who doesn't keep kashrut, and we both enjoyed the place. Of course, he is used to going to all sorts of levels of places by now, from pizza joints to fine dining.
As for another good place to go while in the area, another place which I think is half an hour or forty five minutes from where you'll be is Thai Taste is Sunrise. Since there aren't an abundance of good Thai kosher restaurants in my area, this was a special treat.
Have been to Best of Israel in Greenacres a few times. I was thrilled to see a kosher place so close to where i live and wouldnt go back if you paid me. I have already walked in the door at about 1145am...which should be ready for lunch time. Two young Israeli waitresses at the back table, one folding something and the other chatting with her. Neither looked up. After standing for a few moments i asked if i was to simply select a table or wait to be seated. I was told to just sit. Since there was just one other couple(customers) in the place i selected a booth next to theirs thinking i would save the girl some walking time. Eventually, after finishing her conversation, she made her way to me with a menu. 2 things i selected were not available that day and i eventually settled for something. The couple in the booth next to me were waiting for falafel and had been for quite a while evidently because they were speculating as to whether it was being flown in from Israel directly. While waiting i watched a young man behind the refrigerator/preparation counter stocking his shelves. He was annoyed about something and kept saying something about being overworked. Someone brought him a tray of uncooked shishkabob to go into the refrigerator presentation counter. He bent down with it and when finding that there was not quite enough space and another tray had to be moved to make room for it, instead of standing up and placing the tray with the kabobs on top, he set the tray on the floor while he maneuvered things. Eventually the other customers falafels came, as did my lunch. I really dont recall what it was but it sort of resembeled 2 small hockey pucks and had the texture of them also. With only 3 cutomers there, not once did either of those two waitresses walk over and even inquire if all was ok, if we needed anything, etc. The two of them as well as another female from the kitchen area and the young man who had placed the food on the floor seemed to be enjoying each others company rather than even being bothered with customers. When i finished my lunch and had waited(i timed it at this point) 8 minutes, i eventually walked to the register to request a bill and to pay. I did go next door to their deli/market to purchase a few things and ran into 2 other ladies who asked if i had eaten at the restaurant, when my response was yes they asked if i was pleased. I was honest and they both replied that they had also eaten there over the past few weeks and would never go back either......the best place I CAN SUGGEST and it is NOT in west palm beach but in Boca is BENS NEW YORK DELI...they have everything from deli sandwiches to hot brisket dinners and the food is always excellent.
Boca Tov in Boca Raton closed down in April or May. Jerusalem on 441 also closed down.
Don't know the one in West Palm so can't comment.
Ben's Deli is not strictly kosher as they are not shomer shabbes. It depends on your level of kosher. The meat is kosher I understand and it is under some rabbi or other but to what level of kashrut I do not know.
Eilat Cafe is supervised by the ORB which is the Orthodox Rabbinical Board of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. It is kosher dairy and is under new ownership. Food still very good and is much cleaner and friendlier than the old management had.
There is also a kosher meat Chinese in Boca but I don't know the name.
As someone else suggested the Boca Raton Synagogue has alist of kosher places in the area. Next stop south is Hollywood and Aventura for kosher places and then Miami.
Best Kosher Restaurant in Southern Florida! Morel's Bistro and Pub in West Palm Beach
I can assure you that I have no vested interest in promoting this Restaurant (No ownership, friends do not own it). I can only say that after going to all Kosher Restaurants in Boca Raton, Hollywood and Miami, this is by far the best one in terms of Ambiance,food and presentation. Beautiful and large with great acoustics, you can actually hear people talking to you. Chef Tony from the former Pomegranate Resteraunt in Boca, which used to be my favorite place, heads up a skilled team. For sports lovers , there is a a separate fully stocked sports bar as well, with all the games available. The prices are reasonable and lower then all comparable places. Check out there press statement for all the info, and let me know if you have any questions. It's a sure thing!!!!Enjoy!!!
MOREL'S BISTRO AND PUB ANNOUNCES NEW MENU BY EXECUTIVE CHEF TONY KASIK, FORMERLY OF POMEGRANATE
A recent diner dubbed Morel's Bistro and Pub “the best kosher restaurant in south Florida.” West Palm Beach's only kosher meat /sushi restaurant, and south Florida's only kosher sports bar, is now under the culinary guidance of former Pomegranate (Boca Raton) Executive Chef and Citronelle (D.C.) Sous Chef, Tony Kasik. Chef Michael Rosen assists in the kitchen, and sushi chef Guy mans the sushi station. All operate under the watchful eye of owner, Morel (Moty) Albini.
The Pub side of Morel's boasts a big, beautiful bar, state of the art television screens, and pub and dining tables. The bar menu is complete with Buffalo wings, burgers, pulled beef sandwiches, and tapas. Sushi selections include the ever popular California roll, wow roll, and the scrumptious salmon and faux crab tempura; sashimi or nigiri blue fin tuna, wild salmon, white fish and smoked salmon are also offered.
The ample Bistro side has an elegantly comfortable ambiance. A full dinner menu features moderately priced appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, skewers, grill items, fish and chicken, all exhibiting Chef Kasik's gourmet touch. To get an idea, the fig and walnut crusted rack of lamb is served with Israeli couscous, sautéed spinach, and red zinfandel reduction. The braised short ribs, hickory-smoked and basted in black currant barbecue sauce, are already a favorite. The grill sampler of steak, chicken, lamb, and vegetable skewers, available for one, two or four people, are served over saffron risotto. And the queen or king cut rib eye is herb infused. Burgers and sandwiches are included on the lunch menu, and children will love their own menu choices. The Board Room, available for private dining, seats approximately 20.
So check out Morel's where, in the words of another Morel's patron, the food is "affordable and delicious, and the service is friendly."
Morel's Bistro and Pub, under the supervision of the ORB, is located at 1649 Forum Place (formerly McPhail's Pub), _ block east of Congress Avenue and just minutes from the Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. exit of I-95. Take out and lunch delivery are available. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations and further information call (561) 684-0800.
I tried Morels for the first and last time a few months ago. Was in the area on business and happy to find a kosher place to grab a quick lunch. I ordered one of their burgers and fries. I dont have a clue what they made that burger out of but it had to be part gristle and part rubber bands. It was mystery meat without the meat i think. The worst and i dont plan on going back to chance it again.
Ben's Deli on 441 & Clint Moore Road is still excellent. They make great deli sandwiches but my favorite is still the brisket dinner with HUGE potato latkes and egg barley on the side. Its nice to actually have a real New York deli here to bring us some of the civilized world instead of poor imitations for a change.