Critic’s Choice: The best dine-in lunch spot in Palm Beach County

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Thai salad at The Chesterfield’s Leopard Lounge features shrimp, avocado and mango. (Palm Beach Daily News)

An excerpt from our Food Editor’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards:

Best dine-in lunch spot: Leopard Lounge 

Tucked into the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach is the refurbished, still glitzy Leopard Lounge, punctuated by glossy black shutters, leopard-pattern carpet, black granite tables and punkah fans.

Here, well before happy hour kicks off or weekend celebrations begin, lunch is served with exquisite style. The setting is sedate and sophisticated. Service is excellent. And the well-edited menu boasts one of the best dishes I had this year: the chicken schnitzel with haricot vert, lemon béchamel and French fries. For dessert, indulge in a chocolate molten cake. Why not? Lunch here is always a special occasion.

Leopard Lounge: at The Chesterfield, 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach; 561-659-5800;

Related: The full list of our Critic’s Choice picks for 2015