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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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#2 Rail Paul

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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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Niccolò Machiavelli