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Jan 14, 2009 10:53 AM

Dive bar loving foodies in West Palm Beach for a week. Where to eat?

I confess, I know nothing about West Palm Beach. With visions of old fashioned high balls clinking and shuffleboard games in progress, the thought of going there doesn't excite me all that much. Locals, please don't take offense, but it doesn't seem like a vacation spot for late 20-something adventurers. That being said, my husband and I are taking our in-laws up on their time share offer for a cheap(er) getaway in March. I'm afraid that we may get awfully bored with an entire week to lounge around the Marriot. We love good, simple, casual food and hidden gems, as well as an occasional fancy night out. Since we'll be there for 7 days, we would prefer to find some great places on the cheaper side. Any suggestions?

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  1. There's a ton of places for you. For the best burgers and always cold beer try the Brass Ring. For great fish try Charlie's Reef Grill, Little Moir's and Leftovers.

    Food Shack
    103 S US Highway 1 # D3, Jupiter, FL

    Moirs Leftovers
    451 University Blvd, Jupiter, FL

    Brass Ring Pub Sports Bar
    10998 Okeechobee Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

    Brass Ring Pub
    200 US Highway 1 North, Palm Beach, FL

    Reef Grill Juno
    12846 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

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    1. re: Alfred G

      Good picks! That was exactly what I was going to recommend. Brass Ring has great burgers and wings. One of my faves is Captain Charlie's Reef Grill...when you go there, make sure to just get a bunch of appetizers to share. They also have the best creme brulee!

      1. re: Alfred G

        I'll second the Brass Ring Pub on US1. It's an easy drive from Ocean Pointe!

        1. re: Alfred G

          Another thought - if you want to eat in one night, CR Chicks in PBG is really good take-out rotisserie chicken with some good sides like smashed red taters, carrots, etc. It always seems to be our choice for the "I don't feel like going anywhere" nights at OP.

          1. re: Alfred G

            I highly rec all of these that AlfredG listed. Food Shack, Reef Grill, and Leftovers entrees are 20 to 25'ish but well worth the price.

            If you like Vietnamese, there's a really good, casual, and cheap place in N. Palm Beach on US-1 that is tested and true. Vietnamese food is not a stretch from any other Asian cuisine.

            Vietnamese Express Cafe - see info link below.

            1. re: freakerdude

              It would be nice to be able to add a link on an editing of a post........

              Vietnamese Express Cafe
              531 Us Highway 1 North, Palm Beach, FL

            2. re: Alfred G

              I went to Reef Grill for lunch today for the first time. Awesome! I'm pretty sure everything on the menu was under $10. We had a blackened grouper wrap ($8.99) that was great and a crunchy dolphin sandwich ($8.99) coated in corn flakes and almonds that was equally great. Their lunch menu is a great deal. Still a TON of variety and interesting selections, but at a much discounted price (from the dinner menu). If you're looking to get fresh fish but don't want to spend the $25 or so on dinner, check it out for lunch.

              1. re: ash0529

                Reef Grill - check. So now you should try Leftover's or Food Shack (both same owner) for lunch. Most all fresh fish main entrees are $12 to $14 lunch prices. I can't say enough good things about all three places. It doesn't get any better than this.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  checking email from a starbucks, in FL now - ate the crunchy dolphin at reef grill. It wsa GREAT! thanks to all. We met a couple who came in and ordered it, the man, from Canada, had this dish 3 years ago and kept thinking about it the whole time until he could have it again. I want another one too!

            3. Bradley's by the marina has something for everyone, and a very hip young staff in your age bracket.
              Oh, and good and reasonably priced food.

              1. One other suggestion I have for you search the Florida board for Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores and Singer Island. You might also look north to Jupiter. We found a good breakfast and dinner place (2 different restaurants) in the same strip mall on this board.

                1. Alfred G nailed it, but I'd like to add two others that many people don't know about. Rhythm Cafe in West Palm is a great restaurant serving dishes that you won't find many other places in the area - ie: sweetbreads, elk, etc... They have different nightly specials everyday and you can go online and see their menu for the night before you go to make sure they have something that night that fits your mood (although everything is great there). Meals are in the $25 range, but well worth it for what they're serving. Upscale food but casual atmosphere. The second is truely a dive - Benny's on the Beach. The place is right on the ocean in Lake Worth. It's a breakfast spot, very good prices, great food (get the crab cakes benedict). Even if the food weren't good, the view and atmosphere alone would be worth it. It's cash only though so make sure you stop at the ATM first.

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                  1. re: ash0529

                    Homemade....For one of your fun nights , Please go to the Waterfront Tiki Grill for a great night of good food and entertainment.Please try the Tuna Ponzi.. It is not a dress up place. Where shorts, T-shirts and flash your tattoos, I might see you there.
                    It is located at the Riviera Beach marina.

                    1. re: ash0529

                      Do your drinking at Benny's, but do your eating at John G's across the parking lot. The food at John G's is awesome, fairly inexpensive and worth the wait. The best time to go is between 10:30-11 a.m. during the week.

                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                        At that time of day are you eating a late breakfast or an earlier lunch?

                        1. re: cavandre

                          Take your pick. That's when the line outside John G's is the shortest.

                    2. In Jupiter: The Square Grouper, doesn't get more casual than this.


                      I love Benny's as well.

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                      1. re: LilMsFoodie

                        I second Square Grouper: It's only open until midnight though.

                        Guanabana just re-opened across the street and is an amazing little place -- I highly recommend you check it out. Open until 2.

                        Other than that, it's hard to be a 20-something in the palm beaches. If you're in the PBG area, Yard House and Ra attract a younger (though at times obnoxious) crowd. Open until 4. The Snuggery is a true local, quiet dive and is open until 3am.

                        Otherwise, I second everything already mentioned on this board (except CR Chicks, never been a fan).