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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.

about 16 hours ago
freakerdude in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Zaxby's first Florida franchise is opening in WPB on Okeechobee in October. I like this place as a quick standby but it is fast food chicken and made to order.

Palm Beach County closings 2014

BB King's in City Place has quietly closed it's doors and will re-open as something new in October, according to BB King's website.

Palm Beach County closings 2014

Rocco's Taco's has made it in the wake of City Place. CP itself is a revolving door for most restaurants.

Recommendations near Jackie Gleason Theater?

I hit up the Burger & Beer Joint and really liked it as a pre concert stop. I know Pubbelly is near by and maybe I will try it out when I am there for Govt Mule or Primus.

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Here's a few updates on some new places I have tried:

Crave Real Burgers - mega-unhealthy burger combinations but the standard cheeseburger or the Krusty burger is pretty good. Shakes are worthy.

Burt's Smokehouse - I thought this was a chain but it's a new locally owned BBQ place. Excellent smoked pork sandwiches and ribs are good too. None of the BBQ comes pre-sauced, just as it should be served. The pink smoke rings on the meat show they know what they are doing and that nice smoke flavor which really sets them apart from the Rib City chain.

Stresa....West Palm Beach

I have "heard" it is very good and one person prefers it over my Zuccarelli's, just west on Okeechobee Blvd.

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

Just lower your expectations to that of a third world country and you will be just fine.

Coolinary Jupiter
Leftover's Cafe Jupiter
Spoto's Oyster Bar PBG
Talay Thai PBG
Carmine's La Trattoria PBG
Vic & Angelo's PBG
Zuccarelli's Italian WPB
Mr. Zhang's chinese Jupiter (not up to any NYC standard)

Here is a West Palm Beach best 10 resto list (excluding Palm Beach) that just came out

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Sad news....Bonanno Bros is closing after this Saturday. I just don't understand why this place has not drawn in the crowds. It's certainly not because of the food, atmosphere, location, or service. They own 11 restos in Denver I found out, so they are not hurting by this closing. I guess people in this area would rather have their Cheesecake Factories and Applebees and such.

Since you are in Highlands Ranch, please try Old Blinking Light. I really like this place!

Aug 28, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Best Burger Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

I liked Smashburger In San Jose. Ca and have been a few times. There's a chain in Denver called Crave Real Burgers and mostly all of them are super unhealthy but their cheeseburger is really good. I have been to 5 Guys maybe 3 times and don't care for them. Shake Shack, Charm City, Burger Fi, and MEAT yet to be sampled but on the list.

Grease Bar beats any I have tried though with Relish in a different category second.

Palm Beach County closings 2014

Panama Hattie's and the Rum Bar have closed, possibly to begin clearing for the new megaplex to be built like Harborside in Jupiter. Hopefully nobody will support these City Place like mega structures that are not wanted by most residents in PBG or Jupiter

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Bonnano Brothers was a hit! The best pizza I have had here by far. I went on a Friday night and only about 6 to 8 tables were occupied. This place has excellent pizza and quality ingredients. It's a shame that Brio next door packs them in by the droves but this place is 3/4 empty. I think this area love chains!

Another hit was Old Blinking Light in Highlands Ranch. I had a very good scallop with mango salsa and lime cilantro rice. This was my best dinner here and I will be back to try more of the southwestern menu.

I did see the Biker Jim's in the same plaza. Thanks for the recs.

Aug 20, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Is the Bonanno Brothers Pizza in Park Meadows new? I walked by after eating at La Sandia and there was only 1 couple eating. La Sandia wasn't happening either as far as crowds go but White Chocolate was packed with ladies, young girls, and couples.

Thanks I will give it a try since The Rock had a very cool R&R decor but pizza was just average

Aug 15, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Anyone Been to Meat Eatery in Boca?

A co-worker went and really liked it. I plan on checking it out in the next few weeks. It's a very small place with tables shared with the plaza.

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Littleton is full of chains and very few privately owned places it seems. I did not get any Littleton / Highlands Ranch recs (hint hint) from anyone prior to my visit. I am 3 weeks in here and I don't think you can eat here for very long without relying on chains. I did visit J. Alexander's because I knew it was highly consistent. I tried Ted's 15 years ago when they opened in Hotlanta. Heck, I was willing to try Season's 52 but they don't open until the day before I leave.

Besso Tapas and Wine - excellent tapas with roasted artichoke and osso bucco being standouts. Ceviche was a bit too sweet with citrus for me. The owners check on everyone and are very friendly and helpful.

Nono's Cafe - good gumbo and very close to where I am staying.

Crave Real Burger - majorly unhealthy burger variations but I just had to try it since I have never heard of it before. Good burger but not the best.

Now break out some of those recs!

Aug 14, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Here's a few places I have visited in Littleton / Highlands Ranch area:

Pho 79 - excellent Vietnamese lunch with very good food and friendly service
Earl's - good place for a steak or similar fare
La Sandia - upscale Mexican with the ceviche being a standout and good mole'.
Ted's Montana Grille - bison short ribs or filets. Good food all around
The Rock Wood Fired - cool rock n roll decor with decent pizzas
Old Chicago Pizza - decent lunch pizzas
Wahoos - good fish tacos for lunch and inexpensive
Brickyard BBQ - decent pork BBQ in a privately owned small divey place. The bbq sauce is pretty good too!
Rib City - decent chain BBQ with 4 sauces

Aug 13, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Duck King in Boca Raton

V2.0? Is that decor, food, mgmt, personnel?

Littleton, Co recommendations please

Hi, I am a southeast Florida chowhounder and am looking for good places in Littleton. Price does not matter but I don't care for dressy attire. I like all American and any ethnic cuisine. Dives are fine as long as the food is worthy and I do not care for any major chains. I am willing to drive to Denver. Is there any great bbq around? Thanks in advance!

Jul 26, 2014
freakerdude in Mountain States

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Mrs. Smokey's BBQ will be opening their 2nd location in south Jupiter at Donald Ross and Military Trail where Red Mango was in the Publix plaza. Opening date is not planned yet as they are waiting on the building permit.

Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca's Mizner Park

I really don't know of any dumpling places except Grand Lakes, which I cannot recommend. Service can be below average and the interior adds nothing. Maybe someone else can suggest a place for you,

Palm Beach County closings 2014

Bizaare Avenue Café in Lake Worth closed some time ago.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

MEAT Eatery and Taproom (of Islamorada) has opened in Boca just north of Mizner Park on US-1. Burgers, BBQ, sausages and duck fat fries appear to be the main items.

980 N. Federal Highway Suite 115
Boca Raton, Fl

Palm Beach County closings 2014

Goodbye Bubba Gumps in Jupiter on the inlet.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

No I haven't. How is it?

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Carmine's Crab Shack is open and has been for some time now. It is very noisy inside and they severely need some noise dampening. This is a NE seafood style resto and there are a few large communal tables mixed in with the private tables. Crab stuffed shrimp were good and the shrimp scallop scampi was really good. There's a lot of fried seafood on the menu that I don't care for but the cornbread is excellent. It wasn't a big hit for me to warrant a return visit.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Checked out Hog Snappers new NPB digs. There's a lot of room for improvement here. The AC situation needs to be fixed as it was way too warm for indoor dining. We couldn't wait to get out of there. My snapper with krab (imitation) was an itty bitty snapper fillet that was overcooked topped with a lot of krab sitting on a huge amount of mashed potatoes with 4 asparagus spears. I felt ripped off. Their version of gumbo is different but good. The menu is all over the place aside from seafood. Tostones nachos app, a slab of bacon appetizer (?), churrasco, seafood, steak, and ribs (an odd standout). Why would they top snapper with krab then top a cheap tilapia filet with real lump crabmeat? Is it a costing decision? I doubt we will be going back, as it was underwhelming.

Fresh Market

We visited the new Fresh Market in Jupiter and was not impressed. Most items are over a $1 or more than Publix. I don't buy into the organic products either. $5 for a small box of grape tomatoes? $2 for cilantro? The seafood selection was so small and everything appeared dried out.

I don't know who laid out the products, but the bread is side by side with the house chemicals, mainly deodorizers that you can smell from the aisle. The store is small and only has a few things that most need from a grocery store visit. I don't want to visit two different places for what I need on a weekly basis. We won't be going back.

Trader Joes needed in Coconut Creek!!

I visited the new Fresh Market in Jupiter and was not impressed. I am still waiting for the PBG Trader Joe's to open. It's been at least 10 months now.

Desperately Seeking Indian Food In PBC

I heard that area has a huge lunch crowd. Five Spice near Millers Ale House often has a 45 minute wait just to place an order at the counter