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Palm Beach County Openings 2012

New in Palm Beach Gardens at PGA Commons East is the Water Bar formerly known as the Oakwood Grill. Same owners. http://www.waterbargrill.com/

Still in the 'opening soon' phase in PBG is Rocco's Tacos, also at PGA Commons East.

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  1. Coming to Delray at previous site of "Pineapple Groove" (behind Johnny Brown's, across RR tracks from Bru's).

    “HANGAR 88”. Get ready to experience what is to be the most unique venue in Delray Beach. After several years at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 88’s Dueling Pianos has relocated to it’s new location in Delray Beach, bringing it’s all request Dueling Piano Show, as well as, Dance Bands, Karaoke, DJ and National Concerts.

    HANGAR 88 is proud to welcome, Manager, Philip Simonetta to the Team. Phil has recently sold his bar and restaurant in Philadelphia Pa and moved here to bring his “Best of Philly” award winning Menu and concepts to beautiful Delray Beach, Florida.

    Please come in to see our state of the art club, we will be serving a unique Lebanese and Italian tapas menu in the near future...

    More:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hang...

    1. Now open in NPB's Crystal Tree Plaza in former Kubo Asiatic location, which is extremely hidden in the back behind Cod & Capers.

      La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria
      1201 US Highway 1
      North Palm Beach 33408
      http://www.lascalettagardens.com/

      1. Not opening but expanding... House of Siam in Delray (just N of The Office).

        They're knocking down the wall to adjacent empty space. Looks like they'll have a long sushi bar in there.

        Should be a good idea, as this new space is much more open to the street and a bit closer to The Ave.

        I could see this becoming a hot spot and drawing people in on busy evenings.

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        1. re: CFByrne

          That's interesting about House of Siam. I haven't been in a while. I always liked it but my wife hates it so I never get to go.

          On the opening front, I noticed a sign in a window for Papa's Cafe. This was in the small shopping center on 2nd Ave in Pineapple Grove Delray. The shopping center with the small post office, Christines, Mystery Book Store, and Mings Chinese Take out (which is great by the way).

          The restaurant will be next door to Christines and serve spanish food and tapas. In fact, they already have a location in Delray which I tried earlier this week. Their current location is on the south east corner of lake ida and congress. In the center where Galarzas used to be. Which is a terrible shopping center for restaurants since it's primarily offices and hard to see from the street.

          Anyway, I tried their shredded pork lunch special which was outstanding. Nice texture and flavor to the pork also served with sweet plantains and rice and beans. It was a great lunch with large portions. In fact, this lunch could probably easily be split between two people and at $7.95 it was a great deal.

          They also offer paella specials for dinner which looked good but seemed more expensive at a per person price of about $17.

          You can check out their webiste for all the details and menu: www.papascafedelray.com

          Also I didn't ask if the lake ida location will be closing when they open up the pineapple grove location. Though that would be my guess.

        2. > Still in the 'opening soon' phase in PBG is Rocco's Tacos, also at PGA Commons East.

          Grand Opening Wed Feb 1, 7PM

          Not sure if this is to general public or just folks on their various lists (which I am).

          1. Gary Rack (Coal Mine Pizza, Table 42, etc) is coming to Delray. At the site of the old VFW hall, between Linda Bean's and Il Bachio (still open? Not sure). This will also be directly across from the new Park Tavern opening this week. Jan Norris reported this way back in October, but "coming soon" signage is now up on the site.

            I don't have any details on the concept yet but he recently mentioned getting into food tavern/gastropubs, without necesarilly naming them that.

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            1. re: CFByrne

              Il Bachio apparently is indeed open, based on an email from a PR firm. They might want to update their website (last "event" I see is some photos from Oct 30), ahd their Facebook pages have been dead for months.

              Meanwhile, a drive-by tonight showed plenty of action at Park Tavern across this street, looked like soft opening or mock service is underway.

            2. The Greek Corner is now open.

              At previous location of Smokehouse BBQ and Wings on Federal Hwy in Boca.

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              1. re: CFByrne

                Wow...it's been a Greek explosion in PBC for the last 2 years but a few have closed here in PBG already. Let us know how it is if you go.

              2. It's finally here after many months of delays....Rocco's Tacos in PBG at PGA Commons East is opening Wednesday night. They had some sort of private opening party last night.

                1. "Coming Soon" to Delray...

                  Salt - the restaurant - Prime Steaks | Sushi | Raw Bar

                  In Worthing Park, next door to the new Park Tavern (from the owners of Cut432 prime steakhouse down the street).

                  And just two doors from the existing Prime Delray ("a modern supper club serving only prime steak, sushi and seafood").

                  www.SaltTheRestaurant.Com - but for now it's just a parked domain.

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                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Saw this sign when driving by today. But really a parked domain...

                    Why even bother putting a sign up with your website.

                    I'm surprised more restaurant openings don't try to capture email addresses on their sites. I know a lot seem to focus on twitter and Facebook to build launch buzz.

                    1. re: coffeyucf

                      Probably because they're hiring 18 year old "social media" experts who tweet and send FB updates.... but couldn't build a simple squeeze page if their life depended on it.

                      They need you,coffey!

                  2. Three New Asian place in Downtown Clematis. Kabuki had opened for about a month ago. It has sushi and Thai. It's doing great for a new restaurant and seems to already have their regular patrons. Their sushi rolls are out of this world.
                    http://www.pbpulse.com/dining/2012/02...
                    www.kabukiwpb.com
                    http://miami.eater.com/tags/west-palm...

                    Fuku (Chinese and Japanese) has some delays, but it probably is about to open in a month or two. The Owner used to work at PF Chang, so I think the food will be somewhat similar plus sushi. I could be wrong though.

                    www.fukurestaurant.com

                    Also Palm Sugar is scheduled to open in March. According to the press, it will be a pan-Asian restaurant/ dessert bar.

                    The wine dive just opened weeks ago. I love their decor, their wine selections and desserts.
                    www.mywinedive.com

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                    1. re: Evangelion

                      Do you know anything about the Backyard Bar near City Place that opened in December?

                      Palm Beach Hibiscus’ outdoor bar and dining space, appropriately named The Backyard, offers intimate seating perfect for both sophisticated special events as well as a casual drink with friends. Menu items include everything from tropical cocktails to delicious tapas and signature small plates.

                      213 South Rosemary Ave.
                      West Palm Beach, FL 33401
                      561.339.2444

                      http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-bac...

                    2. Looks like the Cod & Capers Seafood Market thread was deleted. Their new cafe kitchen is currently accepting orders between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm. The hours will be extended in the near future.

                      Cafe menu from Facebook
                      http://tinyurl.com/6u8qcb5

                      http://www.codandcapers.com
                      1201 U.S. Highway One
                      North Palm Beach, FL 33408
                      561-622-0994

                      1. Das Dog in Abacoa has opened up a new location in Jupiter.

                        Das Dog
                        Bluffs Plaza
                        4050 US Highway 1, Ste 316
                        (561) 529-2901
                        http://www.das-dog.com

                        1. Tim Lipman, the former head chef of Leftover's Cafe, has opened up his new place called Coolinary Cafe at the southwest intersection of Military and Donald Ross Rd next to Mr. Zhang's. It is a farm to table concept.

                          http://www.coolinarycafe.com

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                          1. re: freakerdude

                            Kind of a run of the mill menu but I'll give it a shot.

                            1. re: GatorFL

                              Well, I think the specials certainly look light years from "run of the mill"!!!

                              E.g., today's lunch:

                              Tandoori Flounder ... quinoa, pineapple...
                              Paella with Rock Shrimp, grouper cheeks...
                              Chili Relleno stuffed with rabbit, cous cous...
                              Creamy tomato soup with pistachio...

                              Can't wait to check this place out.

                              See pic attached.

                               
                              1. re: CFByrne

                                Been back several times - love it. Creative, and though not all hits, at least it's not same-old same old. And best part: chef-owned restaurant, so his butt's on the line - not a deep-pocket backer.

                          2. It's here people! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, is now open on Jupiter Inlet in the old Crab House location next to Jetty's.

                            1. Opening any day now... "Hi Way Burger" on southbound Federal Hwy, just S of Atlantic (was Foxy's Ice Cream) in Delray.

                              They are hiring and interior looks about ready to open.

                              However, would be nice if they spelled tomato correctly on menu (see photo).

                              Also, one of options for your burger is "spread". Not mayo, not Hiway Sauce, not HiWay to Heaven Sauce... not Heavenly HiWay Sauce... but spread.

                              Does anyone else find that... ummm... not quite the best choice of words?

                              In any event, good luck to this new store. I'll check it out when they open. But no spread, thank you.

                               
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                              1. re: CFByrne

                                they could have spelt it tomato's lol

                                1. re: CFByrne

                                  This place appears to be a direct 'In N Out' knock off. The menu is almost identical in style and choices. Plus the 'spread' you refer to. That's the same thing 'In N Out' calls their thousand island dressing sauce, 'spread'.

                                  I'm looking forward to this opening. 'In N Out' has been extremely slow on their eastward expansion. So with their cultish following I'm surprised no one has tried to knock them off sooner.

                                  1. re: coffeyucf

                                    I actually just walked by and had to backtrack to see if I had seen correctly. It's a BLATANT rip-off of In-N-Out. They didn't even bother to change the font. Personally, I find that terrible to do and, as much I love and miss In-N-Out, I just couldn't patronize a place so brazen in stealing someone's idea. I heard someone outside saying that they were already having problems with In-N-Out... rumor or real? I guess we'll find out.

                                    1. re: coffeyucf

                                      In-n-Out won't franchise and they're private, so they're severely capital constrained in opening new restaurants. They also won't open a restaurant more than a day from one of their beef processing facilities (Los Angeles, Dallas). Also, historically the controlling members of the family had little interest in expansion.

                                    2. re: CFByrne

                                      "Hi Way Burger" on southbound Federal Hwy, just S of Atlantic (was Foxy's Ice Cream) in Delray is now open...

                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        Has anyone been? Anyone know if they have a "secret" menu since they're trying for the In N Out crowd?

                                        1. re: Jan Norris

                                          Went to HiWay. It was ok but certainly nothing special.

                                          The layout is awful... it's a long narrow store, so up front you basically have the ordering counter and 2 booths. Then there's a huge wall where the kitchen is hidden, and perhaps 3 more booths in the remaining narrow "hallway".

                                          They seem to have nothing distunguishing about this brand. No "unique selling proposition".

                                          No sign of any secret menu - although I did not look very hard.

                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                            Is this just across the street from Starbuck's/indoor mall on the corner and just down from Big Al's? When I was there 2 weeks ago, the employees were outside waving at people trying to get some attention and maybe some business.

                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                              yes - that is the place. Between Big Al's Philly Cheesesteak, and Rocky's Italian Bisto.

                                              Right now it looks like they're doing a major signage renovation on the two stores (HiWay and Rocky's) facing east...

                                    3. Mamma's Pizza Co at 401 West Atlantic Ave Delray.

                                      This is a tough location (over by the tennis center) so I'll have to try it quickly. Their ad promises "Grande Cheese" so I guess that makes it worth a shot.

                                      They claim "Established 1969" but no indication by who or where. Note 2 "M"'s in "Mamma's Pizza" so I assume this is NOT related to "Mama's Pizza" stores elsewhere in S Fla.

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                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        Stopped here for lunch last week and had 2 slices and soda $5 lunch special. I thought the slices were pretty darn good NY style pizza.

                                        Service was excellent. Among other nice touches, counterman remembered my name 20 minutes after I told him when I ordered.

                                        Looks to be a family operation, they've also improved the signage a great deal which is critical for this spot to make it.

                                        Good to see a good slice joint near downtown Delray. Look fwd to see what others have to say about this place.

                                        FWIW, WorstPizza also posted a generally favorable review today.

                                      2. 75 Main open on Delray's now crowded Atlantic Ave. in old Mancuso's spot. They're from Hamptons, NY. Part NYee club (they hope).
                                        Chef Clay Conley opened Imoto next door to Buccan in Palm Beach. Sushi, small plates.
                                        New Thai in old Northwood Village: Malakor - not bad at all.
                                        Frigates set to open any day in North Palm Beach on US 1 just north of Northlake. Tiki-hut and interior - looks OK; curious to see menu.

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                                        1. re: flaborn

                                          Frigates probably opening this week or next.

                                        2. Next door to The Office -- where the meatball shop was going to open-- is going to be something related to Luigi's Coal Oven on Las Olas. Bob the partner at Luigi's who owns that space said the meatball thing fell through.

                                          1. WPB Clematis, make way for a new seafood chain. The menu has a lot of fried seafood on it.

                                            The Tin Fish
                                            118 S. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
                                            (561) 223-2497
                                            www.tinfishclematis.com

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                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                              Isn't this the one going in on S. Dixie Highway near the Norton Museum - not Clematis?

                                              1. re: Jan Norris

                                                Answering my own post: I was thinking Table 26 (degrees). The degree sign gets lost. Table 26 is open; as is Tin Fish.

                                            2. Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro - Now open in Boca, two doors down from Missisippi Sweets and Bistro Provence. Lunch and Dinner.

                                              This is in addition to their existing DFB store. So I guess they are doing pretty well...

                                              https://www.facebook.com/#!/Rockstead...

                                              2399 N Federal Hwy. Boca Raton
                                              (561) 465-3167

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                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                That's some good info...I have yet to find good Jamaican nearby.

                                                1. re: freakerdude

                                                  Have you tried the one in Northwood Village? Seafood Soul Cafe, I think - ?

                                              2. This sign spotted on Atlantic Ave yesterday... in the window of what is now a Beauty Parlor... over by the Tennis Center:

                                                "Coming Soon - Exotic Food on the Ave
                                                Unique vendors call (954) 731 1260"

                                                I would not hold my breath based on these circumstances, but hey you never know.

                                                 
                                                1. Several months old news...

                                                  But Tacos Al Carbon has a new, additional store. More convenient for those who live S of Lake Worth and near or East of I-95.

                                                  It's in the plaza in NW corner of Congress and Lake Worth Road. There's a Denny's right ON the corner. This is across from Palm Beach State (nee Community) College.

                                                  Pix attached...

                                                   
                                                   
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                                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                                    Thank you for this information. I have been meaning to try Tacos Al Carbon for years but my husband(who actually speaks Spanish) won't try it in it's original location. I have been trying to teach him that "hole in the wall" restaurants can be good!

                                                    Jennifer in Delray

                                                  2. Now open...

                                                    Salt 7 - 32 SE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

                                                    "SALT is the evolution of dining. Our concept presents Prime Steaks, Award-Winning Sushi and Premium Cocktails in a trendy upscale atmosphere. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your experience is remarkable from the moment you step into the restaurant.

                                                    The ownership group has over 15 years of experience in upscale dining and nightlife. They have traveled the world, having visited the hottest spots in the top destinations across the country and overseas. SALT is the ultimate experience."

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                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                        Another "clubaurant." What is that with Delray? A requirement that bars must have full menus so as not to follow Clematis Street's example? Be a club - or a restaurant. Haven't found one that mixes both with resounding success yet.

                                                        1. re: Jan Norris

                                                          Yeah this SALT looks like it's going for the hipster crowd. No thanks, If I'm on that block, I'll have some apps and great craft beer with Matt & crew at the Park Tavern bar next door.

                                                      2. CoffeyUCF wrote in January: "On the opening front, I noticed a sign in a window for Papa's Cafe. This was in the small shopping center on 2nd Ave in Pineapple Grove Delray. The shopping center with the small post office, Christines, Mystery Book Store, and Mings Chinese Take out "

                                                        Looks like they are finally almost set to open. Sign outside says it will now be called "Papa's Tapas".

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                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                          Just 9 months later, Papa's Tapas look like they'll soon be open (sure... he said...). The space looks to be about 500 sq ft so honestly, I am not sure what they've been doing for almost a year. But a real exterior sign is now in place and I see furniture and fixtures inside.

                                                          And guess what? Just as they open, they'll be getting some competition, reports Boca Mag:

                                                          "One of Delray’s most historic buildings, the 1920s-era pharmacy that later morphed into Falcon House restaurant, will become a tapas bar later this year with the closing of 888 Lounge at Falcon House....

                                                          Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, a Tampa-based chain of Spanish eateries run by part-time Tampa and Toronto resident Phillip Orsino, will renovate the Federal Highway space and reopen in November as the sixth Ceviche eatery, known for its selection of more than 100 Spanish small plates.

                                                          http://www.bocamag.com/blog/2012/09/f...

                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                            Good to see Papas finally wrapping up. I've always wondered if these places are making lease payments while they're renovating and waiting. I would guess no based on how long they've dragged this out.

                                                            Interesting to hear about Ceviche. I've been to the one in downtown Orlando and downtown St. Pete and they were both very good. Though Falcon House will be much much smaller than both those locations. I wonder if they'll take over that other house next door as well.

                                                            1. re: CFByrne

                                                              Yay, tapas and ceviches! I can't wait for these places to open!

                                                          2. Big news for Mellow Mushroom fans north of Delray - MM will be opening tin the former Kona Grille location in City Place. It's a whopping 7,000 sq feet area so I hope they got a real deal on the lease. MM was started in Hotlanta by a few Georgia Tech college students in the mid 70's and I spent 23 years eating their pizza...good stuff! They plan to open before the end of the year.

                                                            1. Coming to the site of "Union" (nee Caliente) in Delray Beach: Candyfish Gourmet Sushi.

                                                              "Led by Master Sushi Chef Zhang, who trained under the guidance of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa of the Award winning Nobu Restaurants, Candyfish will offer Atlantic Avenue's only eclectic gourmet sushi dishes. The official opening will be in early August 2012."

                                                              It is not clear if this is going to be an entire replacement for Union, or a "side" effort with the existing menu/staff staying in place.

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                                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                                There was a small mention of this in a new times article:

                                                                http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

                                                                Seems like this will be a part of Union not a completely new restaurant.

                                                                Also heard about something going into the place that used to be occupied by the old new elwoods. Apparently called 3rd &3rd by chef John Paul Klein. Don't know too much about it in terms of food, opening, etc... But small a small blog reference to it here:

                                                                http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/07...

                                                                If anyone has any details I'd be curious to hear them.

                                                                Also looks like they started working on this project just north of Max's Harvest on 2nd:

                                                                http://mydelraybeach.com/sites/defaul...

                                                                1. re: coffeyucf

                                                                  Looks like this is finally happening - recent activity in the long-vacant building:

                                                                  "Also heard about something going into the place that used to be occupied by the old new elwoods. Apparently called 3rd &3rd by chef John Paul Klein. Don't know too much about it in terms of food, opening, etc... But small a small blog reference to it here:

                                                                  http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/07...
                                                                  "

                                                                2. Hot off the press - a new jazz restaurant and club is opening in Mizner Park at the old ZED 451's location. JAZZIZ Magazine is opening up a snazzy joint called JAZZIZ Nightlife, a restaurant and jazz club with an opening around the end of the year. Honestly, I don't know of any jazz clubs in PB county. This should be awesome!

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                                                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                                                    Check out the Arts Garage in Delray.

                                                                    It's not a restaurant (nor a bar). But it's one block off the Ave so nearby food is def not a problem!

                                                                    They have some great stuff featuring all kinds of music and theatre coming up. And you are encouraged to bring a bag or cooler with your own beer, wine, etc.

                                                                    "Our BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever) policy makes the cultural experience affordable to all. Bring a bottle of wine, some munchies, a picnic basket or a full-course meal,and enjoy an evening of art and conviviality with friends, Arts Garage style. Bring all you need with you; we do not supply cups, cutlery or paper goods."

                                                                    I'm going this Saturday night.

                                                                    http://www.artsgarage.org/programs.php

                                                                  2. Sometime next year, Shake Shack will be opening a new location in Boca Raton on Glades Road across from FAU in the University Commons. Then I will see just how good it really is.

                                                                    1. We have a 2fer with both restos being related to each other in some form or fashion.

                                                                      October 2012 - Red Tapas Bar & Grille in Downtown at The Gardens PBG. Combo of cultural cuisines served in tapas form. Asian to Greek, Italian to Spanish, dining at Red is like traveling the world, for your taste buds. Variety of Sangrias. Casual.”

                                                                      Winter 2013 - the 2nd location for Cabo Flats in Delray Beach.

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                                                                      1. re: freakerdude

                                                                        Red Tapas - I can't see how this concept will work. The menu is nothing but tapas except for 2 paella dishes served half order $17 and full for ~ $26. Most tapas are in the $10 to $12 range and very small in comparison to an appetizer portion. 2 is not enough and 3 will get your bill over $30 for just food. You will feel like you didn't eat anything substantial enough to equate to a meal.

                                                                        Bacon wrapped dates were good $10. Mini crabcakes were served 3 about the diameter of a quarter for $12. Tuna ceviche was good but oddly sweet. Sliders were actually quite good but only had cheese on them. I've never understood the slider concept anyway. Give me a whole burger please and not 3 minis, but this is a tapas place. Flatbread pizza $10 took 30 minutes to come out and was reportedly terrible. There's mega confusion in the food delivery system here.

                                                                        To add to the tapas only menu, you have a nightclub scene that screams South Beach wannabe. It's dark and the lighting is all red inside with a large central bar. House techno music plays in the background and you wonder why the same song has gone on for over an hour. It's a big place with many booths and huge bar but the menu is very limited. This place will not have any longevity, as there is nothing to keep people coming back and it sure won't be for the food. Is it a resto or is it a nightclub? You can't do both.

                                                                      2. Coming to Delray's Pineapple Grove... in a storefront between Max's Harvest and "Casa di Pepe"...

                                                                        Construction well underway... getting conflicting info on whether this will be called "The Grove Restaurant" or "The Souffle Bistro".

                                                                        But whatever it is, they are moving fast and look like its coming soon.

                                                                        1. Frigates Waterfront Bar & Grill
                                                                          North Palm Beach on the lot of the old Denny's US-1 on the canal
                                                                          400 U.S. Highway 1
                                                                          North Palm Beach

                                                                          1. Now open in Jupiter on US-1 across from the Dive bar.

                                                                            Red Corner Asian Bistro - pan asian and sushi
                                                                            251 S. U.S. Highway 1
                                                                            Jupiter, Fl
                                                                            561-747-2988
                                                                            www.redcornerfl.com

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                                                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                                                              Red Corner was good on my first visit. It's definitely a much needed place of this kind for Jupiter. It's a combination Thai/Chinese/sushi with other offerings like Vietnamese basil rolls, which are very good. The presentation of everything here was excellent as was the food. Big portions and reasonably priced. They don't have espresso though.

                                                                              Sake, basil rolls, sashimi plate, mango shrimp, and 2 coffees $52. Most entrees are $14 to $16.

                                                                            2. Bobbie Sue BBQ on Clematis opens Nov. 7th. Pictures of brisket and ribs look promising.

                                                                              223 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL.
                                                                              (561) 838-9099

                                                                              http://www.facebook.com/BobbiSueBbq

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                                                                              1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                Went there yesterday during a soft opening. I had the 3-slider combo: 1 slider each of pulled pork, brisket and smoked sausage. The pulled pork and brisket were actually quite passable. Nice smoke ring and flavor with a decent amount of bark on the pork pieces I got. I didn't get a chance to speak to anyone about their setup or whether they smoke on premises, but I'll try to find out next time. The sausage was not smoked sausage, but rather looked like shredded pork tenderloin. Not bad, but I'll go back for the pulled pork and brisket. The slider buns were burnt from toasting too long on the cooktop --no biggy, really, and that's an honest mistake that can be fixed. Sauces were good but tend toward the sweet side. The South Carolina mustard sauce was a bit thin and watery for my taste, kind of like a mix between an Eastern NC vinegar-based sauce and a true SC mustard sauce. The Alabama white sauce (ask for it from the back as it was not out with the rest of the sauces) was very good, with a nice hit of horseradish. Nice to see this rather obscure sauce offered here in FL. Bottom line, I'll be back. Hopefully this place won't focus too heavily on trying to become the next hip place on Clematis to the detriment of the food, because it looks like they've got a solid start with the basics.

                                                                                1. re: GoombayMickey

                                                                                  Thanks for the review. The more I read, the more promising it really sounds. This place sounds like they are emphasizing real smoked meat. It took over the Reef Road Rum Bar. I don't know if a Clematis bbq location will work though but they sound serious about their Q.

                                                                                  http://tinyurl.com/abjkwnq

                                                                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                    I ate there Friday night and was not impressed with the bbq. Sampled both style ribs, the brisket and pulled pork. The brisket was tough and lacked flavor. I did not care for the rub on the ribs nor did they have a smokey flavor. I am no expert on bbq but have had my fair share in the Carolina's and Memphis area. I too had my expectations high for this place as we are desperately in need for a go to bbq joint in PBC. I would like to hear others peoples opinions that have been there.

                                                                                    1. re: clauzon1325

                                                                                      They're still tweaking. Just opened to public. Went for a pass-around meal. I liked the rib rub - has a kick to it. These are competition-style ribs, meaning they're entirely smoked - not steamed or baked first. They do have a smoker onsite that cooks with hickory (I talked to owner). The spare ribs are chewy - not mushy, or falling off bone - as they should be, with a good smoke ring. Real test: no sauce needed; they're flavorful without. I liked the mustard sauce - it's what I know from SE NC, and for what it is, Bobbi Sue's house sauce. The sweet sauce is too sweet. Spares were nicely smoked - but without the aftertaste of a small smoker or liquid smoke added to drip pan. I think they overemphasize sugar in sauces and maybe on the rib rub; it leaves lips tingling with a bit of heat. The brisket I had was ultra tender - and also smoky. My vegetarian friend loved it. The pulled pork was a letdown. . Sides are great - the mac n cheese, fried green tomatoes and sweet potato tots very good. (Ambrosia just like mom's - with the tiny bits of coconut.). No to the fried pickles; yes to the corn dog wrapped in bacon (great bar bite, though intended for kids). Wings are OK. Sausage: eh. Potent drinks. Friendly servers still getting their footing, too, but thankfully non-snobs. More to try next time with friends.

                                                                              2. Coming soon, Mexican on the Ave in East Delray... in the "courtyard" next to Boheme Bistro

                                                                                El Patron

                                                                                http://elpatrondelray.com/

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                                                                                1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                  Who is behind it - anyone know?

                                                                                2. Dickey's BBQ Pit on Powerline just south of Glades opened Nov. 1. Good bbq for a chain actually and reasonably priced. They have different specials everyday.

                                                                                  Large bbq pork sandwich was good and had the nice smoke ring with your average level of smoked flavor for a chain. The hot bbq sauce is very good and mixed with the sweet goes well. Mac n cheese is better than most chains and bbq beans just average. You can top off your sandwiches with cole slaw, jalapenos, or fried onions. $9.27 for large bbq pork sandwich, 2 sides, and water.

                                                                                  This place might be a good choice for catering possibilities as well.

                                                                                  Dickey's Barbecue Pit
                                                                                  21073 Powerline Rd, Boca Raton, 33433, FL
                                                                                  561.288.3490

                                                                                  http://www.dickeys.com/

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                                                                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                    I like this place for what it is - fast casual BBQ. I wish they would serve chicken on the bone, but that missing item won't prevent me from coming back.

                                                                                  2. Texas de Brazil opening sometime in the next 4 to 6 weeks possibly in Downtown at the Gardens PBG in the old City Kitchen location across from Red Tapas.

                                                                                    1. Texas de Brazil is now open in PBG Downtown @ the Gardens.

                                                                                      Also open is Dennis Max's The Mexican in Boca Mizner Park. This place looks really cool and has a street scene decor and a VW bus inside. Check out the write up on The Mexican.

                                                                                      http://tinyurl.com/a3h8sq7