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I am relatively new to the West Palm Beach area and I have been trying to find good eats. Coming from NYC, my palate is somewhat spoiled and I am having trouble finding more spots that 'wow' me. I have sampled over 50+ restaurants and this is what I like so far:

Mexican- Anita's Mexican Grill; next best is Chipotle
Cuban- Don Ramon or Cabana's
Greek- Leilas
Italian- Cafe Toscano (good prices/authentic italian, hidden gem)
Burgers- Relish burger (amazing burger but pricey); next best is Grease burger bar or 5guys
American- CR Chicks, Duffy's, Ale House
Middle Eastern- Ya Hala (ok) but no others to compare
Asian- Kabuki / Palm Sugar

Can anyone recommend any others in the area? Still looking for Jamaican, Greek, Mexican and Middle Eastern spot.

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  1. I was at Relish Sunday for the 3rd time but Grease Bar still beats them all around. Relish has many variations but the basic burger is bigger and better at Grease. 5 Guys doesn't come close to comparing to either one.

    You should try Cafe Centro just across the street from Relish for really good Italian or Malakor Thai 2 streets north for good Thai food.

    Street food Mexican would be Tacos Al Carbon or Montezuma (the best al pastor taco I have had in WPB) and Zapata in Lake Worth. Chipotle is not Mexican but rather a fast food burrito joint.

    I think the Ale House has below average food and Duffy's to be average bar food but nothing more. Don't expect any wow factor at sports bars. CR Chick's is nothing more than a home cooked meal take out kind of place.

    Try Leftover's Cafe or Coolinary Cafe both in Abacoa for wow factor. Both are well worth the drive.

    1. Everything is better in New York, right? LOL

      There are a ton of places in South Florida that are as good as anywhere.....Gotta get out and find them....and seems that you are! Great job.....

      Pardon us if we're a little sensitive to New York comments / sentiments.....Tons of folks move to South Florida from New York every year......even though they can't get a good bagel or good pizza.........Still trying to figure that out.....Although I did beg a lady from New York to let me take her to the bus station while she was complaining in a line we were waiting in at a local eatery.....lol

      Happy Hunting.....

      Ft. Pierce, FL

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      1. re: LargeLife

        Yes, you do have to seek out the best places here. I moved from Hotlanta where I had a lot of options for great places. You have to take time to seek them out or get some good advice. This is the place for that.

        The OP should consider Delray, which I know will satisfy them if they want to pay for more upscale places than what they have listed.

        1. Curbside Gourmet, Food Shack, Tulipan, Guanabanas.. Can anyone recommend those?

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          1. re: ryant2131

            Ryant2131, first off, welcome to the board and I think you did a very nice job with the Dolphins last year. And best regards to your lovely wife.

            I assume you are looking more at places "on a budget"?

            I notice you haven't tried what are generally considered the top tier in PB - Buccan and Café Boulud,

            Or is that just because you haven't made it to these (yet)?

            1. re: ryant2131

              I do not recommend Guanabana's for anything but a drink and listen to the band. Yes, go to the Food Shack but expect $27 entrees and a long wait. Then hop over to Guanabana's for a great tropical outdoor atmosphere on the water (not ocean) for a drink. And also hit up Square Grouper within walking distance for a drink on the Intracoastal. Tulipan is more of a bakery than anything.

              1. re: ryant2131

                Food Shack should not be missed - and i live in NYC, so i'm a real snob!

                1. re: Ryan Goldschlager

                  Ryan if you like Food Shack, you should try Coolinary Café (if you haven't already).


              2. Indus has a good lunch buffet (indian)

                Irie cuisine downtown is good but the food takes a while to make.

                1. Ok Lielas in Middle eatern food not Greek but i agree they are very good. For Greek try Chris's in lake worth.

                  1. If you hail from NYC and are steeped in the ethic scene there, I think you might end up disappointed by the offerings on tap in this area. Not to say that you cannot have some very good fare, but if you attempt to compare to NYC, or the home of those ethnic eats (Mexico, Greece,Italy, etc), you may need to tone down your expectations just a notch.

                    Happily, you have not placed Chinese on your list; take it from me, seeking NY-area Chinese fare will lead to sadness.

                    I've been here but a few months, and am eager to learn more, so hope we get some further responses, and tracks to good eating!!

                    1. In Delray and Lantana try Lindburgers.

                      For brunch try Benny's on the Beach at the end of Lake Worth Rd

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                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          Oh, yes, right, John G's is much better.

                      1. thai= lanna thai jupiter
                        cuban= havana forest hill and dixie hwy
                        mexican= labamba
                        tacos= tacos al carbon 24hr lake wrth rd and military
                        deli= strathmoores lake wrth rd and 441
                        sushi=oriental garden, 123 s. sr7 wellington
                        gyros= mr. gyro pga and military
                        pizza=camillies lake park

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                        1. re: seminole phil

                          I was at tacos al carbon this weekend after a long hiatus. The green sauce is good on anything. Try Carmella's Italian in the Bluffs (same center as Lanna Thai) and Chris' Taverna in Boynton Beach. I think it's much better than Mr Gyro with bigger portions and better ingredients.

                          1. re: freakerdude

                            Wattana Thai at Dixie and FH, Thai Thani at Summit and Military, and Thai Lotus in Tequesta are my favorites, in that order. Love Tacos al Carbone and Camilli's original location in Lake Park, also the Brass Ring in Lake Park.