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1 Cuban Lunch: Versaille vs El Palacio de los Jugos

I may be nearby El Palacio de Los Jugos mid-day today.

Must-gets? I hear the chicharones are pretty good...

I'm not interested in going anywhere else for today's particular adventure.


Shishito peppers

Spotted at TJ's in Delray yesterday

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

Agree on Nick's Pizza.

Lettuce, that was my initial thought too. It's loud and they are used to big groups, and with kids too. (I know, I've sat next to them). A few blocks from the big Boca Raton Town Center Mall, just off 95 and Glades.

And Monica, I don't know if the family eats such things, but the White Clam Pizza is excellent (when available)... I get it with garlic and bacon, but other varieties avail too. If not, traditional is pretty good too.

They do a nice Panzanella salad as well.

Lunch on the water between West Palm and Boca

I don't know of any "dives" on the water in Palm Beach county. If so, maybe we can buy them for a steal - and make a fortune ourselves!

Sure, Two Georges and Banana Boat are nothing special in the food department. Like oh so many waterfront restaurants.

But you can take a group there and have a decent lunch, with a nice, direct waterfront (ICW) experience, for a middle-of-the-road price.

A burger, maybe $12 or something, dolphin sandwich, what, $15. Whatever. I don't think that's "overpriced". Do we really need a "price point" to see if they will spend $15 but not $20 for lunch with friends on the water?

It's not going to be a gourmet experience. But probably 95% of the people who dine there are going to be perfectly happy. (The huge crowds still after some 20 years in business probably attest to that).

And I got the feeling (I could be wrong) that would be just fine with the OP.

Hottest Taco Joint in Miami

Olee Fowler over at Eater has a nice updated list of 16 Miami/Dade-area joints...

I'm annoyed I walked right past Coyo this Saturday and didn't realize what it was.

Lunch on the water between West Palm and Boca

Boston's on the Beach is in East Delray, however, it's not really "on the beach". It's on the other (west) side of busy A1A, as well as large stands of Sea Grapes. So you're not going to see any water sitting at Boston's. Although you could certainly visit the less-casual 50 Ocean upstairs - some seats have spectacular ocean views.

From WPB to Boca there are surprisingly few places actually "ON" the water.

For the ocean, you're looking at Benny's on the Beach in Lake Worth and Dune Deck in Lantana for casual.

Then, a few hotels also have restaurants including Eau Palm Beach (nee Ritz Carlton) in Manalapan and Tideline Resort (nee Omphoy), but I've not been to either in quite a while.

You could also take a look at Boca Beach Club but I believe you have to be a member or staying at the hotel...

For the Intracoastal, you've got Two George's and Banana Boat in Boynton Beach (both just off the Ocean Avenue bridge). And in Delray, Deck 84 and the new Hudson at Waterway East, both at Atlantic Ave and the ICW.

EDIT: Add Key Lime House on the ICW in Lantana

Any food blogs covering Ft. Lauderdale to Boynton Beach?

There are a few. But these days, if you want to stay up-to-date, you're probably better off following folks on Twitter and Instagram.

On Instagram, for example, you can follow SoFlaFoodie who gets around PBC quite a bit. YoungGoHard dines out in Delray often.

A good trick for getting started is to find a few of your favorite restaurants and/or chefs on IG. Then, follow them, and see who makes good comments on their posts, or follows them, or that they follow.

Soon, you'll have a decent "data feed" of food, dining and restaurant news tailored to your own likes, locations, etc.

I've eaten here and it was good! (I'll go first) Sweetwater (Boynton)

Speaking of Sweetwater...

I hear that Lauren DeShields, Exec Chef at Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale, is now Exec Chef here.

According to her public LinkedIn bio, looks like she still may be "consulting" at M17...

If anyone has the scoop, please update.

Best Pizza in South Florida

Pauli Gee's of Brooklyn had been reported to be spreading its wings:

Well, a move into Miami now appears to be official:

I am hoping they offer the Hellboy, among others, as it sounds similar to Roberta's BeeSting, which is one of my all-time favs.

Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Tomatoes, Berkshire Sopressata Piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano and Mike’s HOT Honey

Check Please South Florida

And if you do not get "Check, Please!" on your TV provider (for example, like me with DirecTV in Palm Beach), you can view segments here:

Rebel House:

Papa's Tapas:

Coolinary Cafe:

Le Tub - Does it live up to the hype?

I finally show up at LeTub, and now rumors start that it is closing! Hah. :-)

Luckily they are FALSE. Good report from Nicole at Clean Plate:

And some good dope on the burgers:

"Sidle has explained the secret to this burger is simple, the right balance of chuck with top-quality ground sirloin, combined with simple seasonings. The preground blend is delivered each morning, and the burger is seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder before it's densely packed into a mammoth patty with a thick mound in the middle. From there, it remains on the char-grill for a minimum of 20 minutes, under a thick cloud of smoke until it's cooked to the requested doneness."

What I found most ironic on my visit: They're building the mammoth zillion dollar Margaritaville across the street. Yet this little dump will have much more of that kind of "spirit" than any new hotel complex ever will.

Ft Pierce, Port St Lucie area local restaurants?

Anyone been to Crawdaddy's in Jensen Beach lately? Reports?

I'm headed to PSL next Saturday from Delray, andI'm willing to make a diversion to check out a Cajun joint.

"Crawdaddy’s was established in 1998 by brothers Mark and John Kren."

Mar 01, 2015
CFByrne in Florida

Bamboo Fire Discount

As it turns out, I was there just this Wed night for the first time in a while.

Among other dishes, I had the Conch Ceviche. Similar to what most would call Conch Salad.

It was perhaps the best I've ever had. It was NOT loaded with conch but I really didn't care. Fantastic fresh tasting vegs and the "broth" was mind-blowing.

I hear the Oxtail is really great these days too - so I am going back for that soon.

ALSO - right now during "season" they are also open Sunday, starting around 2PM. That could be a great time to go when this little hideaway is not slammed - we all know service can get very very slow when they are busy due to tiny kitchen and staff.

Is there really no Cajun food in Palm Beach County?

Just happened to come across this place online:

It's up in Jensen Beach - east of Port St Lucie.

May have to check it out when I go up for a spring training game for NY's best baseball team.

I saw in some ancient comments on the FL board, LargeLife has been there. What's the scoop, LL?

Sapphire Indian Cuisine, Boca Raton

You can get the whole "Indian Restaurants in Palm Beach County" scoop in this thread:

Much of it is old, but there's recent stuff too, including some on Sapphire.

Le Tub - Does it live up to the hype?

Posting in this old thread because virtually all the comments in here still hold true. Long wait, just chill out, service can be sketchy etc etc.

But no doubt one of the coolest old-Florida waterfront dive restaurants around.

Come and plan to take a lot of time, probably helps if you can drink a lot to kill the time.

Visited here for first time Saturday afternoon around 1:30 PM. Crowded but not packed.

I was solo so sat at the bar/counter, where I was able to watch the cook and all the servers placing/picking up orders.

A few notes:

*My burger was very very good. They are really thick and cooked on a flaming grill. So they get a great char/crust on the outside, but so thick they can turn out medium inside. I cut off a piece of meat before diving into the burger and it was nicely seasoned.

*Maybe they used to cook only 2 or 4 at a time, but now it is more like 16 or 20, as the photo shows. But still, they must have been on that grill for 15 minutes. So I don't know how long the wait might get when they are slammed... but it could be a looooong time.

*They now take credit cards. Not sure about Amex, I used Visa.

*The burger is now $11, add 50 cents for cheese.

I want to go back and try again, and also check out the chili and the gumbo.


Looking for a reasonably up-to-date list of food trucks (ideally good ones!) that serve the Delray Beach area.

A friend is planning a big event...

Hot and Soul-Fort Lauderdale

Nice article on Hot & Soul from Laine Doss today...

"Hot & Soul Is a Labor of Love for Husband and Wife Chef-Owners"

"The food's good, and the vibe's good. We're not getting rich, but we have sort of a cult following. We don't really know anything about marketing. We just do what we do and hope people will connect with it. On most levels, we're not doing it for the money; we're dead passionate about what we do."

Long weekend in Miami Beach coming up

I'm not a Miami guy, but I have had a few great veg-friendly dishes recently...

So I can attest to all the recos on 27 Restaurant. You can read more comments here, and see the fabulous Shakshuka dish and some other veg friendly:

Another option is to head about 1 mile west around 20th St, and hit up Lucali for some world-class pizza. And as many say, the calzone is even better.

I know pizza is often a favorite dish for vegetarians, and you will not often find better than Lucali's, anywhere.

Shishito peppers

They used to be hard to find - not any more

You might call Alderman to see if they will tell you where to get retail:

Sales Office: 561-369-2801

I will also ask Jody at Swank if she is selling anywhere other than at Palm Beach Green Mkt Saturday mornings.

(Which is worth going to even if she doesn't have these)

West Palm Beach (2015)?

The Avocado Grill is new and excellent:
At the east end of Datura just steps from Meyer Amphitheatre

I've had a couple of good meals at Hullabaloo, Italian Gastropub, on Clematis near CityPlace:

I haven't been but The Alchemist is getting a lot of good buzz, also on Clematis near CityPlace:

If you want some awesome Fried Chicken, head over to Bay Bay's, on Okeechobee Blvd, just west of 95 and then Congress on the S side.

"Good French restaurant that closed"? If you are referring to Pistache, AFAIK they are alive and well - also at the E end of Clematis:

For my money though, the best three restaurants are not in the heart of WPB, but rather elsewhere nearby:

Cafe Boulud, over the Intracoastal on Palm Beach (fairly formal).

Buccan, ditto and just around the block (more casual).

Coolinary Cafe, on Donald Ross in NPB (totally casual).

And yes, WPB is technically covered under the Miami/ Fort Laud board (long story).

Feb 18, 2015
CFByrne in Florida

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

I too was at PO last night (and got to meet International Food Sage, Erica). (I think you meant "local food SLOB, CB...")

So, Mrs CFB and I ordered this Tilefish Chowder with Horseradish, Potato, Smoked Jowl...

Because who wouldn't want super-fresh tilefish with bacon???

We took a few tastes and looked at each other and both of our jaws were fully dropped. Mrs says "This is the best soup I've ever had," and I am thinking the same thing.

I get up between courses and as I am walking through I stop to say hi to a few people, and no less than 3 other parties remark, unsolicited, that "This soup may be the best I've ever had".

Lots of folks can make a bisque or chowder taste pretty good with a bunch of cream and butter and whatever. But this was not a hot thick mess, and just overall at a whole higher level. Wow.

So, moral of the story: It's golden tilefish season, and if this is on the menu again...

Run, don't walk to PO, for Tilefish Chowder with Horseradish, Potato, and Smoked Jowl.

Is there really no Cajun food in Palm Beach County?

I'm afraid once you cross Oakland Park Boulevard, your next stop would likely be Emeril's in Universal Studios Orlando.

If there were such a place in Palm Beach County, I'd be first in the door. Huge fan of gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, bbq shrimp etc etc.

Funny, just yesterday I suggested to a local restaurant that they AT LEAST have a special Fat Tuesday Nawlins-inspired menu. There are lots of people that would show up just for that, in my opinion. No word back.

BTW, I was very pleased with Emeril's. I feared it might have turned into a theme park mess.

But the food was dynamite. PLUS I was alone so I sat at the nice bar, it happened to be HH, and they had a ton of regular apps at half off. So I stuffed myself on those, and then ordered a main off the full menu.

Seeking restaurant near the Adrienne Arsht Center

Thanks for all the ideas - this is a great "Late Night Miami Dining" list.

Proof will be my top destination, but if the line is down the street even at 11PM, I now have some excellent backup plans.

I could definitely be temped to cross the bay to hit Lucali or PB...

Or stay closer to home for many of the other options, even the $35 DB Burger...

And I'm angry I missed gastropod / Husk event, so due for a stop there...

Then there's... etc etc etc

PS: TP - Mach website and answering machine mention lots of meal hours but nothing about late night.

Seeking restaurant near the Adrienne Arsht Center

I'll be getting out of an Arsht show at appx 10:30PM this Saturday (ughh Valentine's Day) evening.

Looking for casual eats that will still be open, in the general area more or less (Wynwood, DD fine). We are staying overnight at airport area hotel so that would work too. Have car.

These are open until 11, so probably cutting too close:

Mignonette – Fri/Sat until 11PM

Blackbrick – Fri/Sat until 11PM

Little Bread Cuban Sandwich - Fri/Sat until 11PM

Viva Mexico – Fri/Sat until 11PM

These are open until 12, so probably best options. BUT would like a few more optios (just in case these are all still packed at 11PM due to V Day):

Proof Pasta and Pizza – Fri/Sat until 12AM (Midnight

Harry’s Pizzeria – Fri/Sat until 12AM (Midnight

(Neither takes reservations for 2


Thanks in advance.

Good Polish deli in Palm Beach or Broward County

Polish food fans may be interested in a special pop-up this Sunday evening, Feb 15.

Dak, from Pizzeria Oceano, will be firing up all Polish dishes at his pop-up at Ciao Sidewalk Cafe on East Atlantic Ave in Delray.

Menu for his special events usually show up on the PO website a day or two before.

Dumpling King in North Miami Beach (near King's Palace)

So this place would come highly recommended?

I'll be in Miami next Sunday morning - but need to get back to Palm Beach County ASAP.

Blackbrick doesn't open until 11:30 and Hakkasan until noon, so I'm thinking of coming here (they open at 11:00, they're up north somewhat, and every minute I can save will help).

Delray Beach and area restaurants

I have no problem with FT, I've had good meals there and I think the atmosphere is quite nice. I think some of the "raves" may come from folks who are more used to nearby Seasons 52, for example, and FT is more adventurous (and much better IMO) than that.

But I'd say you'll do just as well in downtown Delray, with similar choices, and outdoor seating conducive to "kid-friendliness" at either Dada or Park Tavern.

Boynton beach west anything good

> we had a pretty good meal at Casa de Pepe last week.....

Good to know, I have never been, despite living 6 blocks away. It's pretty much always empty.

(So, you can blame me for starters).

Feb 06, 2015
CFByrne in Florida

Aventura, higher end.

I had a fantastic burger at ROK BRGR in Fort Lauderdale last year.

In fact, I was going to suggest that Chowfather check it out for possibly updating his Burger list.

In particular, I had the Bacon Jam Burger: Creamy brie with maple bourbon bacon jam.