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