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Going to Palm Beach soon - recommendations?

Lucymax Dec 21, 2009 02:33 PM

I'll be in Palm Beach soon and would love to get recommendations, particularly for the more affordable to moderate places. Are there some beloved restaurants that include a bar, that I should be sure to try? I'm not as interested in Asian food as other things, but if it's really special, go ahead and recommend it. Are there any bars/restaurants that have nice views (and that offer decent food)?

  1. Gullwing Dec 21, 2009 04:42 PM

    Hi Luci! I live in Deerfield Beach but the only places I go in Palm or West Palm is your hotel's L'Escalier at the Florentine Room. You can't go wrong- if I were staying there, I'd love to eat there at least every other night. Also try L'Europe- though it sort of runs hot and cold- ask the hotel desk how it has been lately. Of course you can not go wrong with Cafe Boulud (as in Chef Daniel)- I love the bar- or you can sit outside on the terrace. Three perfect courses for $35 is a great value for this level of French cuisine. Check out all 3 on line and book now because the snowbirds are in town.

    I'm a Maryland girl and love the Blue Crab Cakes at Bistro Ten Zero One, the West Palm's Marriot.

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    1. re: Gullwing
      zook Dec 22, 2009 12:20 AM

      While L'Escalier (my favorite) and Cafe Boulud are great restaurants, the poster asked for more affordable to moderate places, neither of which your selections are. While I'm drawing a blank on anyplace in Palm Beach that meets the poster's criteria, if you'll have a car, you might want to drive down A1A to South Palm Beach/Boynton. The drive is very pretty and will take you to a few places such as John G's for a solid breakfast or lunch (weird in that it's directly on the beach, but no view once you're inside), or a little westward to the Intracoastal to either Two Georges or the Banana Boat in Boynton for decent (but not great) food (think burgers/conch fritters/salad kind of place), but good drinks and very pretty view. Further south on A1A, in Delray Beach, there's Luna Rosa for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I recently had dinner in South Palm Beach at Michelle Bernstein's new restaurant in the Omphoy which was very good, but that too, is on the high side pricewise, however, the view is spectacular during the day, so lunch might be a very good choice.

    2. Gullwing Dec 21, 2009 04:45 PM

      If you want good deli take out for a day trip, come south on 95 to the Hillborough and order a corned beef from the Pickle Barrel- you can't go wrong with any of their New York style sandwiches and of course they have the Black and White cookies.

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        mikegre Dec 22, 2009 04:54 AM

        "Inexpensive Palm Beach restaurant" is an oxymoron. Having said that, if you want to go to the hottest restaurant in town, I suggest the Palm Beach Grill. The prices are not too bad, the bar is jam packed and the food is excellent. Make sure you call well ahead for reservations.

        1. Blind Mind Dec 22, 2009 05:18 AM

          I just had the best eggs benedict I've ever had at Pistache in downtown West Palm. Absolutely delicious for $13. The homefries that came with it were incredibly good as well, cut into tiny bits like a hash and then fried until slightly crisp and tossed with red/green pepper and onion bits. I also like Cafe Centro a little further north off of A1A right before you get into the more residential area. Food is very good and prices are affordable. They also have a piano player that jams away. Nice joint.

          1. Mauslein Dec 22, 2009 10:07 AM

            I think Ta'Boo could fit the criteria. They have moderately priced items like burgers, pizzas, soups and salads, and it is considered a kind of historical Palm Beach institution. Not really any views per se, except the people watching, which is about as "Palm Beach" as you can get. Worth a try for sure.


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            1. re: Mauslein
              Lucymax Dec 22, 2009 01:11 PM

              Thanks everyone. I didn't mean that prices have to be rock bottom. Probably I'll have one or two meals at one of the nicer places, but I just wanted to keep a lid on prices aside from that. I will have a car, and don't mind going to the nearby towns.

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