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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:03 AM

The Palm Beach Post has issued its annual "best of" lists.  In addition to the usual best new restaurant, etc, they have best sail-up restaurant, best waterfront view, etc.  Many choices, the better to include many more places as best of something.

 

Food editor Liz Balmaseda offers a good range of places, at a mostly higher end price point.  Here are a few that interested me. By chance, I drove past several of them today, just before reading this piece.

 

The Regional Kitchen & Public House (651 Okechobee Road in CityPlace). With a woman chef-partner, and a woman pastry chef, the restaurant starts on a high note, and continues.  Buttermilk fried chicken thighs, rocky road with home made marshmallows and almonds, etc.

 

Grato (1901 S Dixie Highway in WPB) part of the Buccan group. Blue crab, smoked pork and other charcuterie, fresh local ingredients. The chef is an alumnus of the Palm Beach Cafe Boulud.  A crespelle / crepe with fontina, ham, charred garlic for a starter.

 

Cholo Soy Cocina (3715 S Dixie Highway in WPB) A tiny tacqueria which is getting good notices.  Purely by chance, I drove past it today and noticed a line of people outside at 2pm.  In the 80 degree, bright sunshine, that's unusual.   This is in the Antiques and Design District, roughly the stretch of South Dixie from 20th south to about 40th streets. Older two story retail with apartments above, small houses on the side streets, etc.

 

Avocado Grill (125 Datura in WPB, near Flagler Center).  This won for best flavors.  Vibrant flavors without being overly rich.

 

Dixie Bar & Grill (5101 S Dixie in WPB)  30 craft beers on tap.  I drove past that one today, as well.   Made a mental note to check it out in the future.

 

El Unico  (6108 S Dixie Highway) On any given day, you might find freshly roasted pork, ropa vieja (shredded flank steak in creole sauce) and stewed chicken, plus your choice of beans, rice and plantains, all starting at $4.99

 

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

The Poke Company is opening a store in the Boca Raton area.  I was planning to go down there anyway to check out the new BrightLine trains, so that could be a good opportunity.

 

Do it yourself, it seems.  In Boca, that's a recipe for trouble.  I'm sure you direct the counter person and they add the allowed amount of this or that.

 

 

The dish is a salad-style one with raw fish as a main ingredient and toppings that range from vegetables to seaweeds to sauce. Patrons will be able to build a poke bowl with a base of white rice, brown rices. or cauliflower rice, then add raw fish, sauces and toppings, such as jalapeno, cucumber, seaweed salad and wasabi peas, among other toppings.

 

555 Federal Highway at 4th street

 

http://spbc.blog.pal...-in-boca-raton/


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 09:13 PM

The Palm Beach Post has an article about a new Dale Talde restaurant in the Warehouse District of West Palm Beach. That's an emerging area southwest of the convention center, and east of I-95. Several lofts, galleries, and low rise buildings. It's across a canal from the antiques and design area. And about a mile from the distinctly upscale CityPlace and Kravis Center complex north of the convention center.

 

Grange Hall Market will include a chicken every way restaurant, named Clare's Kitchen. Many different treatments under one roof.  A Massoni-like square pies restaurant. And a creative cocktails location curated by John Bush. All under the Talde umbrella, and all resembling other Talde enterprises.

 

Operations may be open for business in June. 

 

http://www.mypalmbea...aEvAL7nCrki8wL/


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 08:36 PM

The Farm to Table column includes a nice mention of SwankFarm. This Loxahatchee farm is a provider of specialized greens to celebrity chefs and high end restaurants.  They also run a well regarded Community Sponsored Agriculture program and a West Palm farmers' market stand.

 

 

But most of the state’s mega-farms transport their produce out of the area. What is different about the county’s boutique farms such as Swank and Indiantown’s Kai-Kai Farm (established a year after Swank opened) is that they can achieve the farm-to-table practice more directly to their local customers. Green market customers can consume a salad of local greens just hours after they were picked at the farms.

That’s true “farm-to-table,” says Darrin, who believes the label should be used with restraint. If the farm in question is within a five-hour drive to said “table,” then the label is appropriate. If it’s much farther, it no longer qualifies as local.

 

http://projects.mypa....com/swankfarm/

 

Swank Farm's own site:

 

http://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com/


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:04 PM

Nice review article in the Palm Beach Post about places to dine in Delray Beach as the snowbirds head north.  It's that time of year, and the traffic levels are already diminishing.  In Port Salerno, I've noticed several places are now closed on Sunday and Monday, going over to off season hours.

 

Boston's on the Beach is one suggestion

 

Caffee Luna Rossa on the beach at Atlantic Avenue

 

Ocean One, which isn't on the ocean, it's on the Intracoastal Waterway.  Three drinks for $10 during happy hour makes me very happy.

 

El Camino, City Oyster, and others are mentioned

 

 

http://spbc.blog.myp...ave-fled-north/


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 08:58 PM

The town of North Palm Beach has been expecting a "Carl von Luger" steakhouse restaurant. Carl von Luger is the name of a restaurant in Scranton PA which wants to open a Florida location.  The Peter Luger steakhouse restaurant in Brooklyn NY objected to the use of the name, throwing the CvL plan into disarray.

 

While there's no mention that Peter Luger intends to open a steakhouse in Florida, it wouldn't be unlikely.  They didn't object when the owner of Carl von Luger received trade mark status for the Scranton place.  Von Luger's own website, which uses the capital V, notes that Mr Dickert, the owner, is the son of the man who ran the Long Island location. The father was a nephew of Peter Luger.

 

Stay tuned

 

Palm Beach Post:  http://malled.blog.m...each-leaders-2/

 

CvL's own website: http://carlvonluger.com/about/


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:22 AM

Had a late lunch today in the Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant at the Palm Beach Gardens Mall.  CHW&R is a chain of about 30 mid-upscale restaurants, mostly located in malls or free standing space near malls. The layout is intriguing. There's a staffed "tasting bar" with flights of wines, tutored tastings, samplings, etc.  Today, there were 8-10 people at the bar sampling Viognier. Sounded like they were having fun. A few other people were drinking, chatting, etc. 

 

Opposite them was a small bakery display of wonderfully crafted cupcakes, small sheet cakes, cookies, etc.  And a large selection of wines available for sale by the bottle. It's also the location for pickups of meals ordered on the app. "Marcy" came in to get her order, the clerk told her it was waiting on fresh hot bread, said something into the headset mic, and a runner came out with a bag of hot bread!

 

If you pass through this gauntlet, the bar is to the left. Lots of activity during happy hour (3-7pm), with $3 off mixed drinks and half priced tap beer and wines. As one would expect in PBG, very upscale looking crowd. Straight ahead is the restaurant, with tables, booths, two private rooms, etc. Open kitchen format.  Prob seats 200 or so.

 

Liked it a lot, not least that they carry their happy hour pricing into the restaurant. With the bar menu, plus the table menu, and the $3 off, etc. Had a seared ahi tuna on tortilla triangles with wasabi cream and chopped greens. Liked this a lot. Eight small pieces of good fish. Had their house sparkling wine ($9.50 reduced to $5, go figure).  Dee had their 10 oz burger on a brioche bun with onion straws, tomato, lettuce and wonderful fries. A blue cheese dressing was served on the side.This was a steal for $11. An absolute steal.  Had their house pinot noir (from Oregon grapes) for $5.50. Big pour, probably seven oz. CHW&R  focuses on its wines. Private label, made in Illinois (where they began) of Oregon, Washington, California grapes.  They also run a wine club with $20 for a bottle each month, $35 for two bottles, one free bottle on your birthday month.

 

The dining room had a number of moms finishing their shopping with an afternoon dine and drink. Shopping evidence and baby booster chairs in evidence. House provided coloring books, crayons, fries, chicken fingers, etc. With 6-8 toddlers in the room, not one was loud or distracted.

 

The bill conveniently provides the "pre-discount" basis for the tip which I thought was a great idea. Each item has the price, less a discount, But the suggested tip amounts are based on the full price at 15%, 17.5%, 20%, and 25%.  I asked our server how the tips run, and she said most people tip around the suggested 20% number during happy hour, and other times.

 

It's a nice concept, and the food seemed fine. Steaks, fish, lighter foods, modest privacy in booths. I'd say it fits beneath a Capital Grille and Ruth's Chris, but well above Applebee's, Cheesecake Factory, Outback, etc. Definitely suitable for business.  Several locations in Illinois and Florida, as well as IN, MO, MD, OH, VA.

 

https://www.coopershawkwinery.com/


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:37 PM

A fine lunch today at Grato, 1901 S Dixie Highway in the WPB antiques and design district. The area is composed of mostly one to three story 1930s buildings. Retail down below, apartments above.

 

Grato is in the one story group, an old warehouse with 20 foot ceilings, industrial lighting, mix of high top tables and low rises,. Concrete floor, huge open pizza and cooking oven. Half price tap beer and wine ($3 and $4, respectively) until 7pm.  Would fit right in to many Brooklyn neighborhoods.

 

I opted for a sausage and peppers sandwich, which was superb. This was Jersey good, and would have people in Bloomfield lined up around the block. Fine grain, peppery sausage, Wonderful roasted red bells, jalapeno, onions. Served on some of the best bread in Florida, so far.  Dee had the meat ball sandwich which used the same baguette, with a fine grain beef, pork and veal meat ball, topped with provolone, and tossed in the gas-wood oven for a minute.  Impressive job.

 

$30 with tax, plus tip.  Good deal.

 

Grato is very convenient to the airport. Head east on Belvedere from the airport until you reach US 1.  Turn left, it's about ten short blocks, just past the Palm Beach Post property and the Norton Museum.


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 10:28 PM

Stopped by Havana, a restaurant on the corner of US1 south and Forest Hill Blvd. WPB Takeout.

Eh. Cuban sandwich was inferior to the average NJ Cuban example. Roast pork was good, taste of oranges, lemons, garlic, etc Beans were OK. People were fine.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:18 PM

Had a late dinner the other night at Dixie Grill & Cafe (5101 S Dixie, about 10 blocks south of Southern Blvd and about the same north of Forest Hill Boulevard) in the southern fringes of the Arts & Design district.  The A&D bumps up against a Lake Worth neighborhood of junkyards, 1930s motor courts, music clubs, etc south of here.

 

Dixie Cafe is a wonderful place. Typical bar stuff like Trivia (prizes included free drinks, food, etc). Covered outdoor space, and pleasantly air conditioned interior. Every square inch of wall space is covered with old fishing gear, old neon beer signs (Duquesne Pils, Schmidt's, Rheingold, etc), etc. The ceiling is completely covered with 1950s and 1960s lunch boxes, more fishing gear, boogie boards, etc. Annette and Cubbie keeping an eye on you.

 

One big attraction is the beer list.  28 beers on tap, several of which are hand pumped, cask conditioned. These are serious beer people.  Bear Republic, Stone, Barrel of Monks, etc.  I had a fine house session pale ale. Fine brew.  I asked Kenny, the manager about turnover. He said they will probably go through 20 kegs a day in the current slow season. We left around 10 pm and the place was still rocking.

 

Beer menu:  http://dixiegrilland...live-beer-menu/

 

Wonderful burgers, perhaps the best I've had in Florida. Perfect sear, red  centers, pretzel roll, deep fried jalapeno chips, onions, etc. OK slaw. The fire sauce, served on the side, was mashed jalapeno, scotch bonnet, etc peppers aged in vinegar, drained and served as a wet paste. This will bring almost anyone to tears. But it was good.

 

Good, attentive service, happy hour all weekend, and 3-7, 9+ on weekdays.  Diverse, representative crowd, which isn't a given in much of Florida.

 

Very convenient to the airport.  I usually like to top at Charlie's Roadhouse in Stuart, or Little Moir's or Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter on the way back from the airport, but I may add this to the rotation.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:46 PM

The town of North Palm Beach has been expecting a "Carl von Luger" steakhouse restaurant. Carl von Luger is the name of a restaurant in Scranton PA which wants to open a Florida location.  The Peter Luger steakhouse restaurant in Brooklyn NY objected to the use of the name, throwing the CvL plan into disarray.
 
While there's no mention that Peter Luger intends to open a steakhouse in Florida, it wouldn't be unlikely.  They didn't object when the owner of Carl von Luger received trade mark status for the Scranton place.  Von Luger's own website, which uses the capital V, notes that Mr Dickert, the owner, is the son of the man who ran the Long Island location. The father was a nephew of Peter Luger.
 
Stay tuned
 
Palm Beach Post:  http://malled.blog.m...each-leaders-2/
 
CvL's own website: http://carlvonluger.com/about/




Carl Von Luger is dropping plans for a steak house in North Palm Beach, and has agreed to remove "Luger" from the Pennsy steak house.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 12:29 AM

The Palm Beach Post has an article about a new Dale Talde restaurant in the Warehouse District of West Palm Beach. That's an emerging area southwest of the convention center, and east of I-95. Several lofts, galleries, and low rise buildings. It's across a canal from the antiques and design area. And about a mile from the distinctly upscale CityPlace and Kravis Center complex north of the convention center.

 

Grange Hall Market will include a chicken every way restaurant, named Clare's Kitchen. Many different treatments under one roof.  A Massoni-like square pies restaurant. And a creative cocktails location curated by John Bush. All under the Talde umbrella, and all resembling other Talde enterprises.

 

Operations may be open for business in June. 

 

http://www.mypalmbea...aEvAL7nCrki8wL/

 

The project is coming along, and did its press preview.  Looks like the giant warehouse property will be several restaurants, common dining areas indoor and out, some grocery type providers, etc

 

I was in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. There are distinct signs of gentrification, with music clubs, recording studios,extensive murals,  a number of "sold" signs on vintage buildings, etc.

 

http://www.mypalmbea...pumpayh9tyGUDO/


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:35 PM

Nice review of the Cooper's Hawk restaurant in the PBG Gardens' Mall.  I'd agree with it, based on two visits, one mentioned a few posts up.    B to B+ on food (the reviewer found a lot of glazed meat / fish, I tend toward the unadorned stuff), A on service (agree), and she liked the wines / wine store (also agree).

 

 

http://www.palmbeach...K2ome4WVvU49JL/


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 12:12 AM

Pleasant Saturday lunch at the Regional, Lindsay Autry's restaurant in the CityPlace development of West Palm Beach.CityPlace bumps up against the Kravis Center to the west, and the new BrightLine train station / financial district to the east.

 

Lovely place, with filtered light streaming in through 20 foot high windows. Various tones of gray on wood, darker floors with occasional accent rugs. Indoor and outdoor dining.  Their lunch deal is $20 for an appetizer, main, two small sides, dessert.  Dee had that, and received a wonderful gazpacho (chopped fresh cukes, celery, a little cabbage, onions, carrots, with tomato soup poured from a pitcher), three crisp crusted moist chicken thighs, pickled beans and relish. A moist coconut cake ended the meal.

 

I had a grilled, sliced, skirt steak cooked to medium rare, served with a chile mix. Over a avocado smeared warm slice of thick rye toast. Good cole slaw, tabbouleh, nice healthy meal.  Delightful meal, with delightful company.

 

CityPlace, on the other hand, is a mess. This is a six block urban mall. With residential four to six story buildings and two story retail space, a large movie theater, the Ballet Village / theater, and the Himmel arts theater included.  The huge Marriott is two long blocks away, on the other side of the Kravis center.

 

The retail is probably 20% empty, some of the new store coming soon banners are already coming loose from the windows. Even the CityTap bar closed.  Macy's closed, leaving a big hole in the middle of the complex, and cutting off access to one parking garage. Several escalators were out of service.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:13 PM

Palm Beach Post food editor Liz Balmasada mentions a take out, informal place from chef Michael Byrne. At 319 Belvedere Road, just east of US 1 and the Florida East Coast tracks, I believe.  This is super convenient for people returning rental cars or otherwise flying out of PBIA.

 

From her comments:

 

 

  1. On the menu: There are $10 salads such as The Veg (quinoa, corn, chickpea, butternut, avocado, beets, greens) and Kitchen Salad (chopped greens, palm hearts, radish, tomato, toasted amaranth) with a choice of protein ($4 upcharge) and dressing. There’s a range of $12 sandwiches such as The Bubby (corned beef, Swiss, slaw, Russian dressing) and the Aubergine (fried eggplant, roasted peppers, rocket and burrata). Plus, a daily soup ($6) and a trio of desserts, including Byrne’s insane coconut cake ($5).

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