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Sep 26, 2009 05:42 AM

West Palm Beach for a week

Philadelphia Hounds headed your way. We haven't been down in two years and would love to hear what hear what's new in town. We will be there mid October. No diet restrictions. Tell us your favorites. Thanks!

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    1. get to Delray Beach for a nice stroll (stores open late) and lots of restaurant choices on Atlantic Ave. Mizner Park in Boca is also nice for a walk and plenty of restaurants and bars (Zed451 is one I like).

      1. Palm Beach County Dining Out

        Da Francesco 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561-207-8347,

        Organic foods are part of many restaurants these days, but here, it's the primary focus. Chef Seth Kirschbaum, most recently of Fort Lauderdale's Sublime, latched onto the directive set out by owner Frank Cilione, of the former Tsunami fame.

        "Everything is made in-house every day," Kirschbaum says. Finding a local source for foods is key, too. "It's important to me ecologically and as a chef," he says.

        A specialty is the house-made colazione pizza—a sunny-side-up egg is placed on the pancetta, spinach, tomato and plum tomato pie. But dishes such as swordfish over fennel salad and a three-meat, all natural meatball with spaghettini win diners as well.

        His food is paired with an Italian-forward wine list featuring some organic wines and beers; all is served up in a warm-wood decorated room, which turns into a more clubby scene, with dancing, late night.

        Dolce de Palma (1000 Okeechobee Road, West Palm Beach; 561-833-6460,

        The rustic and virtually on-the-tracks eatery near the Kravis Center is a find for those who do stumble on it. It opened quietly before season last year to a slow start, but word of mouth put it on the radar for a full-blown opening in the fall.

        Chef Rene Michelena, a Charlie Trotter and Sign of the Dove alumnus, turns out "world cuisine" from the tiny kitchen for a menu that changes daily (phone in to get the day's specials). French twists such as modern rabbit, cassoulet or sweetbreads pose next to Asian green curry, duck, venison or porcini pasta with housemade sausage and mozzarella on the same menu—it's often "chef's whim" as to what might appear.

        "We do cook with organics, but more than that, we're farm-to-table, so everything's as fresh as possible and seasonal," says Jessica Bailey, managing partner with Anthony de Palma.

        The atmosphere is chic and casual, yet sophisticated, with floor-to-ceiling drapes and banquettes and a few—very few—tables. An outdoor patio eases some crowding, but this is a reservations-required restaurant for size alone.

        Eggsotic Bistro (2400 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-478-3117)Breakfast is always a great place to start—and this little charmer is waking up the area with not-so-typical morning meals and lunches. Leonardo and Luis Espin, partners and owners, turn out crêpes, omelets and panini as well as unique lunch specials such as a grilled salmon croque monsieur in the tucked-away spot.

        It occupies a former drive-through cleaners building—expect a small dining area with counter seating and tables. But diners are instantly removed from the bustling boulevard outside once indoors—the sleek warm modern décor with contemporary art on the walls has a somewhat calming effect.

        A variety of eggs benedict, omelets and French toast are offered, along with the signature crêpes turned out by chef Leonard—former executive chef of Breakers West Country Club. In season, the daily special reflects what's fresh in the markets, the chef says. A coffee bar satisfies those who are just in for a cup of joe—it's also top quality - and the entire menu is available for take-out.
        (Note: A second location that will offer dinner was still in the planning stages at press time.


        Pizzeria Oceano 201 East Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 561-429-5550 – gourmet pizza

        101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach - French bistro

        Food Shack
        103 S. U.S 1, Jupiter - Caribbean style seafood. Pricey and there is usually a wait.

        I agree with Tacos Al Carbon - best tacos in town.

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        1. re: DiFlorida

          That is terrific information! Thank you so much!!

          1. re: DiFlorida

            Dang! Wish I had these recs last week when I was in town!

          2. If you are in the Palm Beach Gardens area, There are a lot of new places!

            Zuccarelli's Pizza Bar, ( When the Moon hits you Eye) nice outdoor bar..delicious food!
            Ouzo Blue ( greek restaurant & late night weekends)
            III Forks( awesome steak amazing wine list)
            Cafe Chardonnay- not new but our fav!! sit @ the bar if ya go!!
            Vic & Angelos-usually packed outside

            Capital Grill - Legacy Place
            Cool A' Fish Bar

            Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza

            ........just drive down PGA west of 95 there must be 50 places & they are all good! Spoto's for fresh seafood- ask for Charlie!

            If you head to Jupiter you should check out Guanabana's right by Square Grouper- They reopened last year & it is a tropical paradise!! Late night Happy Hour on weekends! also....usually a wait but worth it!!

            D.D's Cupcakes- AMAZING!!
            Little Moir's Left Over Cafe- Jupiter is supposed to be awesome!

            Jade KItchen -off Dixie is VERY good!! a little hidden gem

            If you make it down to Delray Beach - Havana Hideaway was featured on Food Network Diners Drive ins & Dives!!

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            1. re: charliejen3

              Leftover's in Jupiter is much better than Cool A'

              Havana Hideaway featured on D3 is actually in Lake Worth. Both HH and Guanabanas are outdoor dining only.

              1. re: freakerdude

                @freakerdude~ I was hoping you would chime in. What are your faves for fabulous seafood?

                1. re: crazyspice

                  It really depends on the level you are looking for. Even if in you are staying in WPB, I highly rec Leftover's, Reef Grill, or Food Shack ( in that order) for the best seafood around in a casual environnment. Each will cost you around $30 per and well worth it.. These are by far my favorite restos in the area and well worth a 20 mile drive.

                  The Ke'e Grill in Juno is an excellent upscale seafood resto with great service.

                  Guanabanas has a typical 60 to 90 minute wait on weekend nights and I don't think any place is worth that.

                  For Italian, La Trattoria next to Carmine's Gournet Market or Vic & Angelos are good slightly upscale places.

                  For lunch, Pita Grille is a nice, small, cozy place where the caring owner is always in. Also, Vietnamese Express Cafe is another small cozy lunch spot.

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

                  Little Moir's Leftovers
                  University Blvd, Jupiter, FL 33458

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

                  La Trattoria Restaurant
                  2401 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

                  Pita Grille
                  12100 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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

                  Ke'e Grill
                  14020 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

                  1. re: freakerdude

                    Thanks freakerdude. We have no boundaries and we are looking forward to checking these recs out.

              2. re: charliejen3

                Thanks charliejen! I will post after our trip.

                1. re: charliejen3

                  Havana Hideout is in Lake Worth, not Delray. (On Lake Ave) Yes, great little place. Mostly outdoors with nice tropical area. Great fish tacos and what they call "street food" Hookahs inside!

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