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Palm Beach County openings 2014

Blaze is an economical pizza place that has a very slow moving line if it is crowded. You can only order at the counter and build your own pizzas are 7.95 including all the toppings you want. They make the pizza right in front of you and then pop it in the oven. There is nothing chow worthy here when there are so many really good pizzas in PB county.

Best authentic Italian gelato

I love gelato but really have no idea what makes it authentic. Any clues what to look for? I like it better than ice cream because it is denser and has less fat.

Palm Beach County openings 2015

We visited Grommets tonight. Firstly, Loggerhead Plaza is going to kill them. General Tso's cauliflower was really good. Two of us ordered the Porkchop a'Loli. The waiter failed to mention any special. We saw one at another table and had to go ask about it. It was a pork belly flauta that was average at best. The underseasoned porkchop was cooked well but the menu didn't mention of any kind of spicy blueberry sauce. The mac & cheese had no salt or pepper whatsoever and the collard also greens needed salt and pepper. To say the sides were bland is being nice.

There's only two or three items on the menu that I would order. The lack of basic seasoning on the food is a bad sign. A few easy "should have" misses aren't worth going back for. Even an exceptional restaurant in the defunct loggerhead Plaza would be a tough sell. Classico's Italian next door has closed until October, so says the sign on the door. The summer season will be hard on them

Palm Beach County openings 2015

Roy Villacrusis will be opening Nitrogen Bar, Grill, and Sushi on Indiantown in Jupiter soon. It's in the Jupiter West Plaza. His Kubo Asiatic location in N. Palm Beach was a tough sell, hidden way in the back of Crystal Tree Plaza. His sushi menu from there looked very interesting and had several ingredients I had never heard of.

It's being touted as an Asian style gastropub with an innovative sushi bar and speakeasy lounge. I hope Jupiter will support something like this http://www.nitrogen.com/

Palm Beach county closings 2015

Hamburger Heaven closed it's relocation on Clematis from the island.

Any casual restaurant in Boca Raton area for a largish group?

Nick's didn't have a clam pizza and a fight broke out in the restaurant? Very strange but may be related....

Best Burger Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

Finally tried Burger Fi in Jupiter at Harbourside. I wouldn't say it's the best burger by any means but I like it better than 5 Guys for sure. I didn't know the burgers are double patty. I guess I didn't read them menu very well. A larger fry is too much for even 2 people to eat. Sadly enough there aren't any healthy side options. Yeah, I know....

1. Grease Bar in West Palm is still my reigning champion
2. ROK Burger
3. Burger N Beer Joint
4. Brass Ring

At MEAT, I only had the pork BBQ to date. I have never been to Le Tub, Shake Shack, or Charm City but maybe one day.

Lunch on the water between West Palm and Boca

Two George's and Banana Boat - most posts here claim these are waterfront dives with overpriced average food that is best for drinking only. Key Lime is sort of in the same boat. A price point from the OP would be helpful and if all they want is to be on the water regardless of good food.

Pride & Joy - - PART II

First visit last night before a concert. The place was crowded from the outdoor seating but not so much inside. The ribs are definitely the best I have had since Austin's BBQ in Hobe Sound shut down many years ago. All pink meat, perfectly smoked, and couldn't be any better actually. The mac n cheese was good but the 3 BBQ sauces are very good. Vinegar was my favorite, hickory house was next, and mustard was last. It was a very mustardy sauce unlike most others that are usually sweet. The sloppy joe is just OK, as it is brisket finely chopped and sauced. The onion rings are actually quite good.

The whole rack baby backs are $25.95 and sides are $3.95 each. Ribs come with no sides, so add 2 sides and a drink and you are well over $35 without tax or tip. It seems people are willing to pay well for his Q but the parking problem is not a good one, even at 6pm. Service was very friendly and helpful indeed. I only got a half rack from the full rack that I ordered and when I pointed it out to him, he corrected it and apologized.

Any food blogs covering Ft. Lauderdale to Boynton Beach?

Jeff Eats just doesn't give enough details about the food for my liking and then there's the third person thing going on. Bill Citara has been here at Boca Mag for quite some time http://bocamag.com/restaurants/

Rok:Brgr Las Olas

I finally made it to Rok Burger after many years of wanting to go. I rarely make it down to FTL but the Rok burger (Vermont cheddar, bacon, bourbon BBQ sauce) was excellent. The fries and beer batter onion rings were good but the ketchup was not "house" unless that is what they call Heinz.

Check Please South Florida

This week's Check Please South Florida features Palm Beach county's Rebel House in Boca, Papa's Tapa's in Delray, and Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter. Catch it again on Thursday if you can.

Bamboo Fire Discount

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

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

BBQ PBC

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.

http://tinyurl.com/nuct52y

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.

http://thaipalmbeachgardens.com/

Palm Beach County openings 2014

We have one here for PB county http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9929...

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 http://tinyurl.com/o5uudxx

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