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Best conch ceviche (salad) I have ever tasted without a doubt!

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freakerdude in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Is there really no Cajun food in Palm Beach County?

Emeril's was awesome on our only visit a year and a half ago. Andouille crusted Redfish was really good and the butterscotch cheesecake equally good.

I am looking for a good Cajun joint if one is nearby. I make my own gumbo now thanks to America's Test Kitchen 2001 - 2011 monster cookbook.

Palm Beach county closings 2015

Garage VV in Northwood has closed

Delray Beach and area restaurants

Scuola Vecchia is well worth the extra cost.

Palm Beach county closings 2015

Ra Sushi has closed at Downtown at the Gardens after a pretty good run from 2007


Smoke is the one you want but report back on TP or BF please. The BF sauce is very plain jane tomato sauce and mustard blend. Smoke is pretty good and I doubt you will find anything comparable on that level except for Porky and Beth's BBQ trailer at Bedner's.

If you are up in Jupiter/Abacoa, try Mrs. Smokey's 2nd location across Donald Ross from Coolinary. For some reason, the BBQ pork sandwich there is way better than their Northlake location. It has a nice smokey flavor and bark.

Habit Burger coming to Florida

Is that burger place still surviving off Atlantic on the side street from Starbuck's in central downtown Delray? Just curious.

Punjab Boca

I refuse to go here again even, without the mildew smell inside of the old place. Taste of India is very good.

Hard Rock Casino Dining

A new $12M Japanese restaurant called Kuro serving sushi and new style Japanese will open in January at the Hard Rock. It has some heavy hitter names in the mix and average per person checks will be around $90.

Smoke BBQ in Delray

It's basically a vinegar with a light red hue. I'm used to a heavily spiced vinegar based sauce which has always been my favorite on a pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Since that sauce can't be found anywhere, I make my own.

Smoke BBQ in Delray

It's just a plain white vinegar with hardly any spice at all.

Boynton Beach Thai

Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens is really good but is more of a white table cloth place. Entrees are in the $13 to $25 range. Reservations are hard to get so call days in advance. You will not be disappointed. Aside from the chef's selection menu, they have all of the Thai curries more reasonably priced.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

We have one here for PB county

Smoke BBQ in Delray

We had lunch today at Smoke. For the sandwiches, they won't accommodate you on side swaps, even with my offered upcharge. Sandwiches come with fries, slaw, or tater tots. If you want baked beans or mac n cheese, it's a no can do. I find this to be not so customer friendly.

BBQ pork sandwich ($12) is pretty good and a healthy serving. It's not overly smokey but on par with any other real deal bbq joint. Sauces come on the sandwiches but I always prefer it on the side. There's an NC vinegar, NC mustard, and the house sauce. The vinegar combined with either of the 2 go fine together. Cole slaw is good but the baked beans are really good. At $6 and for the size, I felt the baked beans were steep.

Next time I will try the ribs. Most of the menu is higher priced than other Q joints, but this is Delray after all. It's kind of an odd fit in to the Delray scene, so I'm not sure how it will do. Lunch hours are weekends only and they don't open until noon.

New barbecue spot.

Smoke in Delray and here is info about who the pitmaster is

Recommendations please for Comcast Center area

Jane G's was a hit. It was hot in there so I decided to go level 1 of 5 on the hot & numbing scale. The waiter suggested cumin spice rub over the garlic sauce and it was excellent. The cumin beef was very tasty and not overpowering with cumin but the heat made a wimp of me. Flourless chocolate cake and ice cream to cool me down was a good finish. Finally, a real deal sichuan resto.

Service was very good and very friendly as well. It seemed the owners were on hand watching over the dining room and checking on everyone. That kind of attention is a good sight to see.

Recommendations please for Comcast Center area

Thanks for all of the replies. I should have explained that I was looking for places where I could dress casual in jeans, dress shirt, and dress shoes and feel comfortable. I am going to dig through them all and check a few out very soon!

Nov 10, 2014
freakerdude in Philadelphia

Recommendations please for Comcast Center area

Hi Philly chowhounders, I have been staying at the Embassy Suites at Logan Square and am looking for some good food recs within walking distance or a short cab ride. I've eaten at the newly opened City Tap House for 3 nights and while the food is very good, I need a few more. I am looking for all kinds of restos, as long as it is not a formal atmosphere. Casual is mainly what I am looking for. Someone mentioned the Rittenhouse area as a short walk from here.

All food types, any price range, and all I care about is good food as long as it is clean inside. I am from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla and it is my first time in Philly. If there is a place worthy of a quick train ride, that would work too. I am here until Nov 21. Thanks!

Nov 08, 2014
freakerdude in Philadelphia

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Yes they have a new smoker at that location. They posted the first smoked product on Facebook

Palm Beach County openings 2015

Miami's Burger & Beer Joint will be opening up in City Place sometime in early 2015. I really like this Miami joint for pre Fillmore concerts.

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

I was hoping that they were moving into new digs with more indoor seating. I would definitely visit more if that were the case. But I get the feeling they don't want a bigger operation. Now that the weather has cooled, I can head back once again

Palm Beach County openings 2015

Tiger Wood's restaurant called The Woods Jupiter will be opening around April or May at Harbourside in Jupiter.

Mellow Mushroom will be opening up their 3rd PBC location in Wellington sometime after the new year.

Trader Joe's?!?

Checked out my first TJ's in Palm Beach Gardens. I had no idea what to expect. It's small and it is not a one stop shop for groceries. However, they do have some really good prices on most items in comparison to Publix. One item I found to be awesome is the Coffee Bean Blast ice cream. It beats any coffee ice cream I have had. It has a strong coffee flavor and dense and creamy. Salted carmel gelato is good too.

They have produce specials that draw you in like .19/lb bananas and such. The salad bags are much cheaper at 1.99 and overall, the produce seems more reasonable. I bought an whole stalk of brussels for 2.99 that was easily over half the cost at other places.

Their 'less is more' belief seems to work. The Fortune mag link from CFByrne is a good read

Swapping selection for value turns out not to be much of a tradeoff. Customers may think they want variety, but in reality too many options can lead to shopping paralysis. "People are worried they'll regret the choice they made," says Barry Schwartz, a Swarthmore professor and author of The Paradox of Choice. "People don't want to feel they made a mistake." Studies have found that buyers enjoy purchases more if they know the pool of options isn't quite so large. Trader Joe's organic creamy unsalted peanut butter will be more satisfying if there are only nine other peanut butters a shopper might have purchased instead of 39.

Anyone Been to Meat Eatery in Boca?

I had a really good BBQ pork sandwich, although not what I would consider smoked pork as I know it. It has a light vinegar sauce on it but you need to get some additional on the side. Cole slaw as the side was good and I am usually picky about slaw. I don't mind the setup. Casual order at the counter is fine by me. Counter service was helpful for sure. I forgot about their micro brew sodas. I will return for sure!

Palm Beach County closings 2014

Grimaldi's in West Palm on Clematis closed last January. The Downtown @ the Gardens location remains open and I think their pizza is really good.

Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter

FYI - Coolinary will be closed Oct 6th through the 13th for a much needed owner vacation.

NYC Foodie moving to Jupiter, Fl - quiet, good food recs please!

His restaurant is only in the planning stages right now. It may open in the first quarter of 2015

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Harbourside's first restaurant is opening Oct 11. It is Bravo Cucina from the Brio chain. Also opening will be Too Bizarre at a date unknown. I find it odd that they TB is jumping on the bandwagon, but I guess they will be closing their current location just across the Intracoastal?

Just announced today is Tiger Woods first restaurant called The Woods Jupiter. It is still in the planning stage but will open around the first quarter of 2015 at Harbourside.

It's kind of sad to see Jupiter jump in on the City Place like monstrosity. Small privately owned restaurants and businesses will be hurt temporarily by this place. I don't think there are enough high end people to patronize it, as Jupiter is mostly blue collar.

Palm Beach Shores - New Seafood? Cuban? BBQ?

Oh man do we have good news! Smoke BBQ just opened up in Delray and is from the pitmaster of Oklahoma Joe's. Anthony Bourdain claimed Oklahoma Joe's as one of the 13 places to eat before you die. I have yet to try it but will soon, I guarantee.

Coolinary continues to be a prime restaurant, as does Leftover's. The Garage VV is in Northwood and is Food Shack/Leftover's 3rd restaurant from the owner's wife.

Grimaldi's pizza and Anthony's Coal Fired are good choices. Carmela's Italian Pizza opened their 2nd location in Jupiter about a year ago. Carmine's La Trattoria is always good.

Carmine's Crab Shack is OK if you like the NE seafood option.

Hog Snapper's opened up a 2nd location in NPB on US-1 but I don't really care for it. The menu is all over the place.

Trader Joe's just opened on PGA if you like them.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Oh no dont pass up Bay Bays for it. Zaxby's is only an alternative to KFC when nothing else is around. PDQ is on Okee but I have no desire to ever try it