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Need Palm Beach advice

nyperr Jun 11, 2012 03:30 PM

We will be in Palm Beach for 3 days and are looking for a good food experience. We like restaurants that use fresh local ingredients used creatively. And, we don't want something we can get in New York, so I've crossed Cafe Boulud off my list. I'm not a meat eater so great fresh fish and anything that would give a flavor of Florida would be good.

Thanks for any advice you can give me!

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    photolee RE: nyperr Jun 12, 2012 11:38 AM

    There's a great farm-to-table restaurant off of Donald Ross Road a little east of I-95 called Coolinary Cafe...not large, casual and modern, and not overly expensive. Had a dish with grouper cheeks a few weeks ago and it was fabulous! Not sure how far you're willing to venture, but I recommend it highly.

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      freakerdude RE: photolee Jun 12, 2012 06:17 PM

      Coolinary is a good call as is Leftover's Cafe just up the road on Military from Coolinary. Both are worth the drives from the island but are also much more casual than Boulud would be.

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        surgeon RE: photolee Jun 20, 2012 11:10 AM

        I too ordered the "cheeks" big deal...it was so deep fried that the only thing I tasted was the grease.

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          photolee RE: surgeon Jun 20, 2012 12:31 PM

          Our grouper cheeks weren't fried...they were grilled or maybe sauteed, and served in a generous portion of quinoa. I had a problem with a fried entree there myself (the chicken) and had to send it back, but this was heavenly. Guess frying might not be their strong suit. :(

      2. The Chowfather RE: nyperr Jun 20, 2012 01:24 PM

        I had a fantastic dinner at Buccan. I would also highly recommend driving a little south to Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana near the Ritz

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          freakerdude RE: The Chowfather Jun 20, 2012 05:44 PM

          Does Pizzeria Oceano have indoor seating? I have heard it is very small and maybe only outdoor tables?

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            The Chowfather RE: freakerdude Jun 21, 2012 05:27 AM

            Yes, they have a long bar/counter area with about 6 seats or so. I arrived around 5:15 on a week night and was the only person there. Must do

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              CFByrne RE: freakerdude Jun 21, 2012 06:27 AM

              Also take note (from what I've read): they are Cash Only.

              Sounds like a soup-nazi type place. "You'll take what we offer and you will like it!"

              Althought this is purely anecdotal retelling - albiet from quite a few commenters on other sites.

              I am looking fwd to going. I don't mind soup nazi places one bit if the food is worth it.

          2. CFByrne RE: nyperr Jun 2, 2014 03:24 PM

            NYperr... Did you check out any of these places when you were here 2 and 3 years ago?

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              nyperr RE: CFByrne Jun 8, 2014 05:08 PM

              yes - loved Buccan

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