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South Palm Beach-great casual seafood recs?

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Hello fellow hounds! Philly hound trying to help my parents who are vacationing in South Palm Beach, near Palm Beach & Lake Worth.

They are seeking a casual seafood restaurant with great, fresh food (not necessarily upscale), low prices and preferably on/near the water (atmosphere is a definite plus). They do have a car, so in the vicinity would be great as well.

Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. They hardly ever get away and this is a long awaited trip after my dad's successful battle with cancer. Thanks!

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  1. Also, buffet style or generous portions are appreciated. (they are super skinny but can eat tons!)

    1. I found Riggins Crabhouse. Anyone have experience with it?

      1. Ok. My parents went to Riggins Crabhouse based on Zagat, AAA and some reviews on the net. They said that it was horrible. The catfish came out and was all bones. It had to be sent back. The crabcakes were seeped in oil. The lobster soup was ok.

        PLEASE. Any recommendations in the area?

        1. I just had lunch with my mom last week at McCormick and Schmick's in Boca Raton. It's on Glades Rd, just east of I95. They fly fresh fish in from all over the place. I had a flounder dish and my mom had tilapia, I think. Either way, both dishes were delicious. They also have oysters, which I will try the next time I go. They have an outside seating area with a bar next to it. I really enjoyed it.

          In Palm Beach Gardens and also in downtown West Palm there is a Spoto's Grill. They have great oysters there too. I've never ordered anything else except raw bar oysters and clams, but I've enjoyed it every time. I've never been in the downtown restaurant, just the Palm Beach Gardens (on PGA Blvd west of I95).

          As far as restaurants with views, my mother said that Shore Restaurant in Delray Beach had a fantastic lobster salad and it's right on the beach at Atlantic & A1A.

          Old Calypso in Delray on the water is nice for brunch and drinks. The food is good and the view is very nice. they have awesome bloody mary's too.

          It's all I've got. :)

          1. Thank you OYSTERHO for your wonderful reply. I appreciate it.

            AMYVC- looks like you were wrong and other people CERTAINLY DID reply IMO. There was no reason for you to be so rude. I only expressed frustration that noone had replied with any helpful advice in almost 2 days. Grow up and read the opening post. I asked this for my father who just had a battle with cancer and, after what I've been through, I really don't need or deserve the frustration of a juvenile response like yours.

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            1. re: Main Line Tracey

              My parents were the only people I know that ever recommended Riggins Crab House, but they both passed on and are therefore unavailable for further comment. I would recommend the Crazy Buffet on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. or Shell's on Okeechobee. Those places both have a seafood by the yard thing they might find appealing.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                Thanks so much for the advice. My parents were told that a place near their hotel, Bennys on the Beach, was good so they went there yesterday for lunch. They liked it, and the view, and also went back today for lunch. Tomorrow they are coming home but I will pass along the other recs. Thanks again!

                1. re: Main Line Tracey

                  Just across from Benny's is John G's, probably the best breakfast and lunch spot in Palm Beach County. All their food is fresh and very well-prepared. Don't be discouraged by the line out front-it moves fairly quickly. Their fried fish platter is excellent.