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West Palm / Jupiter - Best restaurants in area?

Over a week ago asked for what's good in both WPB and Jupiter areas... no replies.

There's gotta be somethin good around. Any suggestions appreciated.

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  1. WPB has got several but I'll leave those to some others (who are better qualified). Now in Jupiter -- I'll suggest a few. First is a place called "Too Bizare". This is a very unique place. Incredible wine list/menu, by the bottle and by the glass. A variety of beers as well. Nice bar area, small. Great menu, from appetizers/tapas to full-blown entrees. I've never ordered a steak there but I will say that everything I've had has been great. Great atmosphere -- artwork all over the walls and in addition to some of the traditional tables and chairs, there are also seating areas, corners, etc. with couches cocktail/living room tables, and the like. There is an area right when you walk in that is designed to be an idoor patio/deck area. Very nice decorations and design.

    Some of the areas look like a very nice, ecclectic living room. Great place! Interesting side note -- everything -- artwork, tables, chairs, couches, etc. -- everything is for sale!

    There is also a steakhouse, toward the south end of Jupiter on US 1, called BarryMore's. Very nice place, nice environment, very good food. Not just steaks either.

    Eric

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    1. re: ELA

      Thanks Eric. Too Bizarre sounds very interesting. Odd that I can't find any info on this place when I google it, that's bizarre.

      Hope to check it out though.

    2. Strongly recommend City Cellar in City Place in West Palm Beach for great food, drinks and atmosphere.

      1. cpalaw -- City Place has got some great restaurants, don't they? I haven't been there in quite some time so I am not current/up to date.

        Eric

        1. Try a google search with "Too Bizarre" or "Too Bizare" as the exact phrase, and "Jupiter" in "any words". Also, check out variations such as "Bizarre Too" or something else. It's hit and miss. I don't think a lot will turn up but go there.

          Enjoy!

          Eric

          1. Too Bizaare is the sister restaurant to the original restaurant, the Bizaare Avenue cafe. The cafe is located in downtown Lake Worth (and personally, I think it has more charm). The Jupiter location is in a strip mall, while the Lake Worth one is built in a renovated older building right near the downtown area.

            Here are websites for both:

            http://www.bizaareavecafe.com/ave/def...

            http://www.toobizaare.com/

            Both places serve excellent, reasonably-priced food, but do not take reservations.

            Another great place to go (I'm assuming you're doing dinner) would be 32 East on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Menu changes daily, but food is stellar. More expensive than any of the Bizaare restaurants, but well worth it (plus, you can walk around downtown Delray when you're done).

            http://www.32east.com/

            Also, if you're in the mood for really upscale dining, Paradiso in downtown Lake Worth is arguably the finest dining Palm Beach County offers (and was recently mentioned in a New York Times article about $40 appetizers!) I've never been there but I hear it's well worth the cost.

            www.paradisolakeworth.com

            Good luck, and happy eating!

            p.s. None of these are too far from the beach, which means you can swing a trip to the ocean while you're at it!

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            1. re: yummyindatummy

              Finally tried Pardisio this weekend. A very large restaurant and not crowded on a Friday night. The service was excellent, personable, knowledgeable but informal. They have a tasting menu that is exceptionally priced ($48 for four courses and I think it was something like $78 for seven) especially compared to the ala carte pricing; but the oddest thing about their tasting menu was that not only did everyone at the table have to order the tasting menu; but weirdly and inexplicably, everyone had to order the same exact choices within the tasting menu. We were a party of five and this made it virtually impossible to do. The maitre d' was very accomodating to some degree and made a modest accomodation since the five of us couldn't agree on each course, so long as at least four of us agreed on the same thing. Putting that oddity aside, the four courses we had ranged from fair to excellent...the scallop course (one large sea scallop) was very tasty, the ravioli course (2) average, the monkfish slightly overcooked, and the duck breast (3 small pieces) delicious. Overall, the food presentation was lovely to look at; but certainly not the "finest dining" experience referred to yummy in the above post. One nice touch was a complimentary glass of champagne upon seating. The wine list rivals that of Berns in size and scope although very few wines are moderately priced. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and made some nice recommendations; although one gal in our party felt she was unjustifiably upcharged/upsold for a glass of pinot grigio. Would I return? Most likely with a smaller group of people to again try the tasting menu with less hassle. The comfort level of the restaurant and service made for an enjoyable evening out.

              1. re: zook

                Any place that serves a tasting menu almost always requires that the entire party order it. This isn't "odd" at all and is in fact standard.

                1. re: zook

                  The restaurants at City Place mostly suck. I'm really surprised nobody mentioned Forte di Asprinio. Or Maison Carlos, both in west palm on Clematis.

                2. re: yummyindatummy

                  Paradiso has a "sister" restaurant in Jupiter called Buenasera . If they are similar in food quality I would stay away. Buenasera is very expensive and the quality of the food stinks.

                3. Almost forgot... I also love the Old Key Lime House in Lantana. Right on the water, and it harkens back to the days of old Florida. Really laid back... and you can wear flip-flops and shorts to dinner and feel right at home.

                  http://www.oldkeylimehouse.com/

                  1. If you like seafood, try Spoto's. There is one on PGA in Palm Beach Gardens and another near Clematis St. That is by far my favorite.

                    1. Ok, first off, Bizaare is awfull. Its way overpriced and the food is mediocre at best. It bills itself as a wine bar but the wine list is also nothing special. If you want real bang for your buck try the Rythem Cafe on Dixie Hwy. in West Palm for some very good comfort food. Best Sushi is easily Sushi Jo's on Belvedere and Olive. If your looking to drop some money try Chez Jeane Pierre (sp?), classic French and great atmosphere. I almost wet my pants when I had the Terrine de Fois Gras. Personaly I have never tried Paradisio but I have heard nothing but good things about it.

                      Also, as a side note: Please don't eat at City Place. There are a countless small independently owned restaurants that could realy use your business. City Place is nothing more than a tourist trap built over the remains of a former ghetto. Sorry, I just realy hate that place and its chain restaurants. I'll shut up now.

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                      1. re: Helge

                        I second Chez Jean Pierre, I ate there last year and had a very nice, tres french meal. Expensive but good. I also agree with the suggestion to stay a way from City Place, I had a truly awful meal at the Italian place next to the fountain. A wood burning oven that produced amazingly bad pizza.

                        1. re: Helge

                          I agree. Bizaare is terrible.

                          1. re: Helge

                            City Place is the best place to go in Palm Beach county. It is absolutely gorgeous and you can find plenty of great food and drink there. If you've never been there, go!
                            (don't forget your camera!)

                          2. I know that you already have come and gone from Jupiter 3 years ago, but just in case someone searches for Jupiter and thinks we have no good restaurants I had to post.
                            Food Shack. Period. Best seafood in Palm Beach County. Tuna Basil Rolls for appetizer followed by SweetPotatoe encrusted Hog fish and then Strawberry Key Lime pie.

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                            1. re: crackerchick

                              I tout Food Shack and Leftovers every chance I get. Tripletail made any way there is the best.

                              1. re: freakerdude

                                Tripletail is fantastic but Hogfish is hard to get and Food Shack is one of the only places you can get it. We spearfish and that is the only way to get it so you rarely see it on a menu. If it is available, try it. It even beats Tripletail!

                            2. The Reef Grill (Might have a new name now...) is one of my favorites when I go to Jupiter. Also, Cafe Boulud in WPB is fantastic.

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                              1. re: Blind Mind

                                Captain Charlies Reef Grill is still there in Juno. It's the place where Mike Moir was a chef and then moved on to open up Food Shack and now his 2nd resto called Leftovers.

                                1. re: freakerdude

                                  Yes, now I remember. I also like the Food Shack but Reef Grill is by far my favorite in the area.

                              2. You have to try the Equestrian Park Grill, atmosphere like the old south with class, and a menu of Southern cuisine and European. Seriously good Tapas too!

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                                1. re: ELV1963

                                  Food Shak and Leftovers is horrible, there is nothing better in Jupiter so that is why I think people think its "good." Coolinary Cafe is trying and yes I know he used to be a Chef at Food Shak, Reef Grill was disapointing and every place in that area just copies each other. ELV the Equestrian Park Grill i sin Jupiter Farms? I was actually looking at that property a while back but I was intimidated by the out west location...is this correct....how is bussiness out there?

                                  1. re: Lucas19

                                    So horrible in fact that people wait 30 minutes to over an hour just to eat there on weekdays in the off season. Yes, they are horribly successful!

                                    1. re: Lucas19

                                      Hi Lucas, yes the Equestrian Park Grill is in Jupiter Farms I live in Paseos and still go there when I get the chance it's not that far for a decent night of great food and service. I don't know what freakerdude is talking about I've never waited over 15 minutes for anything. Their food is from scratch and not pre-made from some restaurant warehouse like most places around, so yes if they are busy it may take 15 - 20 minutes. Those discerning diners understand, that is what one is prepared for, if you go some where to wine and dine. As obviously opposed to eating fast food from some chain store that has the food ready to be zapped in a microwave.

                                      1. re: ELV1963

                                        I was responding to the Leftovers and Food Shack comments only

                                      2. re: Lucas19

                                        PS Lucas, you may want to check out this new food critic report
                                        http://www.pbpulse.com/news/entertain...

                                    2. CF & freaker... Yep, quite the critic for only posting for one day. I agree Food Shak & Leftovers are two of the best in northern PBC

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