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Save me From Red Lobster in West Palm Beach

pgreen Jan 10, 2012 03:10 PM

I'm headed to West Palm Beach to visit with the elderly relatives this weekend. I'm thinking Havana for the first night, but need something for Saturday. We could probably go as far South as Pompano Beach (mind you, my knowledge of the geography is severly limited). My aunt has suggested Red Lobster. Please help! Good seafood would be nice. I saw a rec for Cafe Maxx, but that may be a little pricey for this group. Thanks!

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  1. freakerdude RE: pgreen Jan 10, 2012 03:55 PM

    Here are some options about 15 miles north of WPB.

    Leftover's Cafe in Jupiter - creative fresh seafood in a causal atmosphere with entrees $26 range for fresh fish and some others less. See this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825669

    Reef Grill in Juno Beach and basically the same as Leftovers but in an older building and no website

    Coola Fish Bar in Palm Beach Gardens with consistently good seafood and entrees around $22 and no website.

    You can Google their names with the word menu and they will all come up to see what they have. All are casual but really good food.

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      Blind Mind RE: freakerdude Jan 11, 2012 06:49 AM

      Agree 100% with Leftover's Cafe and Reef Grill. Great spots with great seafood dishes. Palm Beach Grill also does some decent fish dishes and isnt too bad price-wise.

      Take the old folks to Howleys for breakfast one day. I love that place.

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        pgreen RE: Blind Mind Jan 12, 2012 03:20 AM

        Thanks for the tips. Not sure these are under my control at this point, however.

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        pgreen RE: freakerdude Jan 12, 2012 03:18 AM

        These sound like great suggestions. Unfortunately, the choice may be wrested from my hands. I'll let you know--thanks.

      3. CFByrne RE: pgreen Jan 11, 2012 03:41 AM

        If you don't like Freaker's ideas, you can always take your aunt here...

        Long John Silver's Restaurant
        2419 SE Federal Highway
        Stuart, FL 34994

        Featuring the Super Sampler - (1 Whitefish Fillet, 1 Chicken Tender, 3 Butterfly Shrimp, 12 Popcorn Shrimp)!!!

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          pgreen RE: CFByrne Jan 12, 2012 03:23 AM

          Always appreciate a sense of humor. Reminds me of the day Arthur Treacher died. I went into an A.T.'s Fish and Chips to see how they would mark the day. Arthur Treacher? Who's that?

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            CJT RE: pgreen Jan 12, 2012 06:35 PM

            We just tried Howley's on S Dixie (about 4700 S) on Tuesday night. Had their crab cakes dinner - 2 big cakes full of good crabmeat. Lots of other good stuff on the menu. Just a bit north of Havana on east side of Dixie. It's like a retro diner but food is good. My 2 sides were Lima beans and spinach - spinach was in leaf form, not mushy, beans were tasty.

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              Asumnuthin RE: CJT Jan 13, 2012 09:38 AM

              I would never recomend someone take their elderly relatives to Howleys. Tattooed hipsters galoore, ok place for breakfast, thats about it.

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                CJT RE: Asumnuthin Jan 14, 2012 11:07 AM

                I guess we just didn't recognize any hipsters there, but some of the waitresses have tattoos. You "assum" the place is always the way your picture it. We're pretty staid folks and had no problem with the many families that were dining that night. We did like the food, especially the crab cakes.

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                  Blind Mind RE: Asumnuthin Jan 14, 2012 12:03 PM

                  That's a really silly comment. It really shouldn't matter who is there or how the servers are "decorated" if respect for customers is given and the food is good. Howley's may have tattooed employees but they are nice and attentive and the food is great. I've seen a ton of families and elders eating there. And yes, my recommendation was for breakfast.

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            HotMelly RE: pgreen Jan 14, 2012 01:17 PM

            asumnuthin....... I totally agree with Blind Mind...Trust me.Those tattoos won't fall off into your eggs and contaminate you forever... Lovely ladies at Howley's... You are showing your bias asumnuthin...Don't get too close to me...The butterfly tat on my ankle might attack.

            1. CFByrne RE: pgreen Jan 25, 2012 04:37 AM

              So how did it go, pgreen?

              PS: Do you get a lot of wisecracks about eating asparagus?

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                pgreen RE: CFByrne Jan 27, 2012 02:03 PM

                First night, without my aunt, we ate at Havana. A very pleasant experience, in large part because we were treated so graciously by the management and staff. The second night, we went to a Chinese Restaurant--The Singing Bamboo, if I remember correctly. Turns out it is one of my aunt's favorites. It was perfectly fine chinese, if a little timid on the spice. Maybe not the culinary experience of a lifetime, but a memorable family experience. Among other things, I learned for the first time that my grandparents (who died more than 30 years ago) had run a restaurant on Madison Avenue in Manhattan for over 20 years! You'd think someone would have mentioned it to me before!

                As for the asparagus, never twice.

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                  OysterHo RE: pgreen Feb 2, 2012 09:44 AM

                  I've only been to Havana for some takeout cortaditos from their outside coffee bar. The pastries in the window look amazing though. I would love to eat there one day because I thought that their menu looked WAY more interesting than other Cuban places I've seen.

                  What did you eat?

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                    pgreen RE: OysterHo Feb 19, 2012 07:02 AM

                    I had a braised pork dish, the name of which I cannot quite remember. I asked for something very traditionally Cuban. While it didn't blow me away, it was pretty good.

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