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Palm Beach County openings 2014

Don't waste your time. I've been to a Red Robin and their hamburgers are roughly the same as a Denny's. Plenty of great burger joints in SoFla already....

Aug 24, 2013
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need Palm Beach Brunch Ideas

Best brunch in Palm Beach is the Sundy House but that's a 15-20 minute hike from the Norton. Nick and Johnnie's is over the bridge from the Norton and I've heard they have breakfast there but haven't been personally. I also don't know if they do brunch. Also, a short drive south from the Norton is John G's. It's not a traditional brunch but their breakfast is top-notch.

Feb 16, 2013
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pompano Beach- Need help!

CFByrne has it covered. I've been to all those places. I have to apologize in advance because it's a chain, but my favorite place in Pompano is Houston's. Great menu and service and the location is right on the water at Atlantic and the Intracoastal.

Feb 09, 2013
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Barracuda Bar and Seafood, Deerfield Beach

Yesterday morning I was reading the Sun Sentinel and saw their review for this place. The wife and I decided we would try it out for a late lunch/early dinner. It's a couple spots down from the Whale's Rib, the address is 1965 NE 2nd St.

We really liked our meal here. Service was great; the waitress explained that the chef goes out to get the groceries everyday so some things--like the vegetable choices--change daily.

Our experience with Brazilian food has been of the steakhouse variety, like Chima. This is a seafood place although the menu is pretty extensive with. My wife had the pumpkin stuffed with shrimp and I had the baked salmon. Both entrees came with a really nice vegetable medley of squash, zucchini and bok choy, and also a side of white rice. Both meals were excellent; I have to admit I like hers better than mine.

Go check it out Chowhounders and let us know what you think!

Dec 29, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Breakfast Near FLL?

Without a doubt Grampa's blows away anything mentioned here already. Trust me on this.

Nov 29, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Papa's Tapas, Delray Beach - Casual Spanish-Caribbean Cuisine in Pineapple Grove

Restrooms were clean. Like you I scope them out to get a feel for the place. Annie is on top of everything, no worries.

Oct 17, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Papa's Tapas, Delray Beach - Casual Spanish-Caribbean Cuisine in Pineapple Grove

Glad you liked it CFB. I'll probably be there next Tuesday for lunch.

Oct 17, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Papa's Tapas, Delray Beach - Casual Spanish-Caribbean Cuisine in Pineapple Grove

Thanks CFB.

I went back today for lunch. Annie, the owner, strolled right over to say hello. She even remembered my name. I was really pleased with that because it is those kinds of touches that make a difference for a family-run restaurant. I saw they had posted here but it looks like the post got deleted, maybe a Mod clipped it. I am pleased to say my second experience was as good as the first; food and service was superb.

Today I had the grilled Basi with rice, beans and plantains. Another great meal. No eye candy today but the food was awesome. I was texting a few of my foodie friends to tell them we would be dining here soon.

I could see a few paella pans on the side wall, I would love to try some paella from this place.

Good job Annie--I'll be back soon.

Oct 16, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Papa's Tapas, Delray Beach - Casual Spanish-Caribbean Cuisine in Pineapple Grove

I had lunch here today. Got in right around 1:00, was greeted at the door and I sat at the bar. Drink order took about 5 minutes but the place was slammed, so that was acceptable. While the service was a bit slow, I got in and out in about 45 minutes which is reasonable to me.

I couldn't decide between the Basa or the pork sandwich but my server recommended the sandwich which I got. Great recommendation. While I waited I tried a red sangria which was very good. It was basic sangria, nothing fancy, but I liked it. Very generous portion as well. While I was eating the owner came and checked on me, we spoke for a bit. Always a nice touch when the owner asks how your meal is. After my sandwich I got a cortadito which was phenomenal. Based on the service, food and decor, I will be back.

Decor--I really like the styling, minimalist with good colors. I like the sangria pitchers all over the place, their earthenware color is a nice contrast to the colors in the restaurant.

I was seated at the bar next to an attractive blonde. She had been waiting quite some time for her food. Turns out she sold them the order entry system and the system did not print her ticket in the kitchen. They had her food out within about 3 minutes after she said something. She told the owner to report the issue so it could be looked at. That is the kind of thing that happens with a startup so they get a pass from me.

As I said I will be back. Hope I run into the blonde again, she was nice eye candy!

Oct 11, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Papa's Tapas, Delray Beach - Casual Spanish-Caribbean Cuisine in Pineapple Grove

Interesting reviews; I'll try and grab lunch there this week.

Oct 08, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Dinner In The Sky - dining pod hoisted 180 feet in the air!

I'd be interested but I'll be in Gainesville that day.

Oct 08, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray - 50 Ocean - any opinions?

Met a friend from out of town a few weeks back and we had lunch here. It was really good. I had a salad with chicken and I loved it. Beautiful inside and the ocean view is fantastic. I would recommend it.

Sep 23, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Little House - Boynton Beach

Ate here a final time last week. I don't think I will go back. I finally got that BBQ pork sandwich and while it was good, I had a couple of thoughts while eating and on my way home.

First, they don't really "cook" anything here. They nuke the stuff they prepare in their commercial kitchen. I don't know why but I have a problem with this. The food is good but not as good as freshly-prepared stuff. IMO the microwave minimizes the cooking.

Second, I am not happy with the menu. The only real standout is the chicken and dumplings. After owning a place like Havana Hideout, I am surprised the owner settled on such a crappy menu. There is variety and it all seems centered around comfort food, but there is just not a lot of creativity with the menu. The food they are offering right now is simply just OK and given her past success and creativity, I have a higher expectation from her. What she has now seems like a cop out to me.

I actually like the Little House as a bar. Let me restate that. The environment just screams "BAR" to me. The setting--where it is at, the interior and exterior decor--would be perfect for a bar. They have great sangria and a bunch of great beers on tap, along with a huge big screen. They already promote the bar aspect so maybe they are shifting in that direction. I think a bar with a small contingent of bar food will fare better than what they have now.

Sep 23, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Little House - Boynton Beach

Ate there again recently. Unfortunately they were ouf of the BBQ pork sandwich which I wanted to try. I get the impression they run out of stuff frequently. They probably bring most food in prepared already from her production kitchen. My daughters split the mac and cheese (they loved it) and my wife had the chicken and dumplings. She loved hers as well. I tried the smoked chicken and grape salad sliders and while the chicken salad itself was great, the slider buns were not. They seemed stale and one of them appeared to have some mold on it. So, a mixed review. I'll give it one more shot but probably won't return if my experience is the same.

Sep 18, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

If not Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, where?

I ate there with my family in mid-July and it was fabulous. I recommend trying it. Make sure you make a reservation as we had to wait 2 days. I want to further add that we were in Italy for 3 weeks and got our best meal here.

Aug 25, 2012
GatorFL in Italy

The Little House - Boynton Beach

I ate there Friday with my daughters. I had the chicken and dumplings and my girls shared the BBQ pork sandwich. We split the cookie plate for dessert. All of our food was fabulous and they had a great selection of soft drinks for the girls as well as a nice selection of beers for adults. The service was great, the Little House is quaint and tastefully decorated inside. I will be back soon to try more.

Aug 19, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

soft shell crabs

Riggins in Lantana has live ones.

Jun 10, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

I NEED to eat REAL BBQ in South Florida. Where do I go?

Damn Freaker I am going to the same concert,,,,,got room for me at your table?

Jun 09, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Agliolio's in Wellington

Hi Freaker,

We have not been to Pangea. It is close though.

Yesterday we went to Agliolio again. It was awesome as usual. Both of our meals were top notch, service was excellent and a great value. The owner stopped by a couple times to say hello and to make sure our food was good. Great service means so much!

They had a 2-4-1 on drinks so I got a couple of sangrias. My wife had angel hair whole wheat pasta with pesto and I tried the chicken picatta. My wife's entree was perfect. My chicken was cooked perfectly and the sauce was dead on--creamy, not too sour and not too salty. I got the vegetable medley which is my favorite thing there.

Go check it out and let me know what you think!

May 21, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter

I concur with every thing you have written. As an additional comment--the staff helps each other out. We had our main server, and an expeditor that brought our meals. A different server topped our water off and another one took our plates when we were done.

If they figure out how to improve the look of the desserts, I might like it better than Leftovers. they are very close, for sure.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter

Will try the crabcake appetizer for sure.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Soft Shell Crabs

Riggins in Lantana has them sometimes.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Burger Bar by Chef Allen in Palm Beach Gardens

Interesting. It was busy Saturday night--we dined a couple doors down at Coolinary Cafe. I agree with you that some famous chefs need to train their staff. I'll never dine at another Michelle Bernstein restaurant.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County closings 2012

I've been seeing this on the news. This morning it was revealed they owe the city of Riviera Beach $400,000 in fines. The fines were assessed on the new building, not sure what the problem is. Not a good way to begin with a new location. I have eaten at McCray's several times and like it so I hope they get the new building up and running soon.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Agliolio's in Wellington

I wanted to post a review about this restaurant we've enjoyed several times.

http://agliolio.com/index.html

Out here in Wellington and the surrounding area, we are mostly relegated to chain restaurants. Nothing wrong with that but often we prefer a locally-owned establishment over a chain. We heard about this place from a friend and decided to try it. It is on the corner of Forest Hill and Wellington Trace, close to Blockbuster. They specialize in house made pasta. You pick your pasta and choose your sauce and add-ins. it reminds me of Pasta And in Margate. As I said, we've eaten here a few times, maybe a half-dozen. The restaurant is clean and basically stylish and smells wonderful. The staff is attentive and every time we've dined there, one of the owners has stopped by our table to ask about our meal. A nice touch.

Pricing is affordable , maybe the average meal is about $15 (this is for a pasta with a protein) and kids portions are like $5. With your meal you get a family-style house salad and some excellent bread.

I've tried a few of the fresh pastas. The scampi, pesto and vodka were all top-notch. My wife likes the chicken cutlet with vegetables. The kids always get some kind of pasta and eat a lot of it but always come home with leftovers. They don't skimp on portions here. Many times we will start with the fried mozzerella or calamari--can't go wrong with either. More on the veggies my wife enjoys--they saute the vegetables with roasted garlic and capers. If I were a dieter, I could eat the veggies as a meal--they are that good.

Wine selection is great and the prices are fair.

I do have one observation. Last time I was there I ordered the lasagna and was served baked ziti. My server keyed it in wrong. It was still very good but when you want lasagna, you want lasagna.

We will be back since it is a great family restaurant near our home. I would encourge Chowhounders to try it out.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter

We ate there again Saturday night. We were whisked right in and chose to sit at the counter.

To begin we ordered stuffed squash blossoms, which were fabulous. The stuffing was a mixture of barley, crab and cream cheese (I think) and then they were battered and tempura fried. My wife ordered the burger which she loved. I got one of the specials, flank steak with sauteed kale. I would have to say my wife's order was better than mine. I loved the kale, it was sauteed with some olives and was excellent. However, the flank steak was kind of average. I ate plenty of it, but it was a little underseasoned. I am of the opinion that flank steak needs a healthy spice rub or marinade and my steak did not have this. That being said, I did eat most of it. Maybe I have high expectations for Tim Lippman.

For dessert we tried a piece of cheesecake which was phenominal. I have to say, after being a regular at Leftovers, the desserts at Coolinary need to have the same visual appeal they do at Leftovers. Our cheescake was wonderful, but the presentation was a bit bland.

We had a couple glasses each of the sangria which was very good.

We will be back.

Apr 30, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Que in Palm Beach County

Too bad about Sheilas. I think the outdoor/no AC had more to do than the quality of the food which was always good when I ate there.

Apr 15, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter

Freakerdude,

We ate there last night. Like you, Leftovers is a top pick for me and I had very high hopes for this restaurant. We arrived about 6:45 and put our name in with the hostess. We went inside and ordered a couple of beers. In the tradition of Leftovers, they have some unique but good brews on tap. I started with a Chancellor and my wife tried a Narragansett. We noticed a few tables drinking sangria so we asked the bartender what the flavor was. Watermelon basil, which sounded wonderful, so we knew what our next round would be.

Although were were told 30 minutes, we were seated with 10. I should comment on the decor. I really liked the decor, it is a nice change from Leftovers and Food Shack. A bit more trendy and upscale. Being a Floridian I enjoy Leftovers but sometimes a bit more contemporary is nice.

We were promptly attended to upon being seated. After scanning the menu I decided to start with the pork belly and my wife tried the soup. It was sweet potato with crab I think. Within a short time we had our appetizers and the server took our order. I got a special--sort of a Florida clam stew, which was wonderful. My wife had the chicken and waffles. Hers was spectacular. for dessert we finished with the carrot cake waffle which was excellent.

The portions were a good size to me. I tend not to be able to finish my plate at Leftovers and I was able to at Coolinary, so I have to disagree with you on the portion size.

I'll be back again and am glad to see a new restaurant doing well.

Apr 14, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County Openings 2012

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

Mar 11, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County closings 2012

Michelle Bernstein’s at The Omphoy

http://www.pbpulse.com/dining/2012/01...

Jan 23, 2012
GatorFL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale