Lake Worth’s Farmers Market wraps this weekend

Tomatoes in the sun: The waterside location at the Lake Worth Farmers Market enhances the experience. (Palm Beach Post file)
Tomatoes in the sun at the Lake Worth Farmers Market. (Palm Beach Post file)

The waterside Lake Worth Farmers Market wraps its green market season this Saturday.

Located at Old Bridge Park, on the northwest corner of A1A and Lake Avenue, the market lives up to its name, as visitors can guy produce directly from area farmers.

Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market reopens in the fall.

 

 

Gardens green market regular season closes Sunday

Gardens GreenMarket offers an assortment of fresh goods. (Palm Beach Post file)
Gardens GreenMarket offers an assortment of fresh goods. (Palm Beach Post file)

Sunday is the final day of the regular season for Palm Beach Gardens‘ popular green market.

This is the market that sprawls throughout the City Hall municipal complex every Sunday morning,  offering organic veggies and fruits, hot and cold prepared foods and artisan-made items.

A version of the market morphs into the Summer GreenMarket at the nearby STORE facility, just north on Military Trail, the following Sunday.

Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket

Until Sunday: from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10500 N. Military Trail.

Starting Sunday, May 8: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STORE Self Storage and Wine Storage, 11010 N. Military Trail.

Green market season coming to end in Wellington

Fresh produce is a draw at local green markets. (Palm Beach Post file)
Fresh produce is a draw at local green markets. (Palm Beach Post file)

Season comes to a close Saturday for the Green Market at Wellington, the weekly market that operates next to the Wellington Amphitheater.

The market offers a range of organic produce, prepared foods and other culinary goods as well as artisan handicrafts.

As it did all harvest season, the market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Already closed for season: the Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar, which was held at Veterans Park until last Sunday.

Green Market at Wellington: 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington

 

 

 

Sunfest 2016: Best food near the Tire Kingdom Stage

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Nashville-style hot chicken is one of several new menu items added to the food selection at SunFest. (Contributed by South Moon Photography)

Where does one find good grub at Sunfest 2016? This year’s music and art festival, which takes over the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront for five days this week, boasts a respectable range of food offerings.

Here’s where you’ll find the best food offerings near the Tire Kingdom Stage:

Some of this year’s new dishes are designed by local star chef Lindsay Autry on behalf of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. You’ll find those dishes at some of the nearly 20 kiosks of “The Eatery” food court, located on South Flagler Drive between Evernia and Fern streets.

Complete coverage of Sunfest 2016

Food highlights: The chef’s Waffle Fried Chicken ($10) is a waffle studded with bits of crispy-fried chicken and served with spiced honey. She’s also designed a boneless version of Nashville fried chicken ($10) and a gluten-free pizza ($15). “The Eatery” is also where you’ll find one of the fest’s popular “Award Winning Island Noodles” kiosks (where noodles are $8 and $9), and SunFest’s most showy dish, Tropical Pineapple Chicken ($10). This is where you’ll also find the Chick-Fil-A stand, which is not open Sunday. Instead on Sunday, that kiosk will turn into the “Sunday Funday Station,” serving Chef Autry’s hash-brown waffle ($10). Have that waffle loaded with bacon, sour cream and scallions or “on the sweet side” with maple syrup and bacon.

This food court’s good eats also include flatbreads ($11 to $15), Greek gyros ($9), Greek salad ($13), curry chicken shish kebabs ($9), Nathan’s chili dogs ($5), a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches ($10 each), Argentine-style skirt steaks ($14), skinny burgers ($10), tater tots with Sriracha-ranch dipping sauce ($6), Caribbean-style jerk chicken in a cup ($8), tacos ($6) and conch fritters ($12).

Tire Kingdom Stage music highlights: Meghan Trainor (Wed., 8 p.m.), Jason Derulo (Thurs., 8 p.m.), Death Cab for Cutie (Fri., 9 p.m.), Rick Springfield (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), Evanescence (Sun., 7:30 p.m.)

Related: Opening acts you can’t miss at Sunfest 2016

 

Food Network star Guy Fieri visits MEAT Eatery’s sister location

Chef George Patti sears MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Chef George Patti sears the MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: MEAT Eatery co-owner George Patti has clarified that Fieri visited the burger joint’s Islamorada location, not Boca Raton, as he suggested in an interview. The updated version is below:

Food Network’s Guy Fieri drove his red 1968 Camaro convertible to Islamorada to visit MEAT Eatery & Taproom, which has a sister eatery in Boca Raton.

Fieri’s December visit to MEAT airs at 10 p.m. tonight on his Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” A viewing party is planned at MEAT’s Boca Raton location.

MEAT Eatery is hosting a "Triple D" viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)
MEAT Eatery is hosting a “Triple D” viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)

MEAT’s chef and co-owner George Patti tells us he griddled up one of his famous Juicy Lucy burgers for Fieri, plus a heap of other bites.

“We did smoked wings, chipotle-honey barbecue sauce, house-made pork rinds — we went through the whole pork rind process for him. We did house-made Worcestershire and chimichurri aioli,” says Patti.

The jovial, camera-ready chef took his share of ribbing from Fieri.

“He was funny. He kept breaking my chops about my hair. He kept calling me ‘Ironman.’ I said, ‘You’re making fun of my hair?'” says the chef.

Fieri’s Camaro did its best to further the eatery’s dive vibe on Overseas Highway and Mile Marker 88.

“It leaked oil all over my parking lot,” says Patti. “Some of his guys were underneath it, trying to stick towels to stop the leak.”

Two Palm Beach County establishments have been featured on Fieri’s show: Flakowitz of Boynton Bakery and Deli in Boynton Beach, and Havana Hideout in Lake Worth.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton; 561-419-2600

 

 

 

Which restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach got an A rating for food?

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Hullabaloo’s grouper cheeks are cooked with lemon, capers, white wine and artichokes and served with crispy hearts of palm. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Here’s our weekly look back at some of our recommended dining experiences:

Hullabaloo:

Seduction is instant at Hullabaloo, restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s hip spot on Clematis Street’s eclectic 500 block.

If the well-curated beer and wine lists don’t entice you, the gastro pub’s menu will. As one bold dish after another steams out of the kitchen, they carry a sense of familiar comfort that mirrors the shabby-fresh setting.

Clematis dining district regulars flock to this eatery, where executive chef Fritz Cassel has been creating excellent, soulful pub dishes — from bar bites to brunch to large plates — for more than three years. As a result, the place is bustling, so be prepared to wait for a table.

At Hullabaloo, with its speakeasy feel, its indoor and outdoor dining options, its spare walls hung with moody black-and-white photographs (rock on, Sid Vicious), the wait seems almost effortless.

If you go:

Hullabaloo: 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-1033

2013 review rating: FOOD: A-; SERVICE: B

Related: Read the full review – Hullabaloo in West Palm Beach offers bold, flavorful dishes

 

4 restaurants you must try in downtown Lake Worth

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La Bonne Bouche in downtown Lake Worth, makes a variety of desserts including a fruit tart. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

La Bonne Bouche

This charming café is a popular spot for a leisurely, light brunch, a pastry and café au lait or an afternoon snack. The French chef puts his own refined spin on French classics, making good use of local and regional ingredients. Dinner offerings change nightly, but there’s always something delicious cooking in the kitchen.

La Bonne Bouche: 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-533-0840.

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The Beggars Purse at Suri Tapas Bar in Lake Worth. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant

This small-plates eatery offers a lively atmosphere. A small-plate hit off the ‘Just Me’ menu: The Crispy Duck Confit Cigars with caramelized onions in phyllo, with tarragon and horseradish cream foam. Also, Suri has one of the best happy hours around, which offers half off on the entire bar except bottles of wine, with some select discount tapas and specialty drinks.

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant: 707 Lake Ave., LakeWorth; 561-249-7436.

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Chestnut and Fig Risotto is served at Paradiso restaurant in Lake Worth. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Paradiso Restaurant

This high-end Italian restaurant offers tasty, high-quality food, including homemade pasta. The entrees are quite good, but the appetizers are off the chart! The Insalata de Bietola, with golden beets, strips of apple, blue cheese and macadamia nuts, is amazing.

Paradiso Restaurant: 625 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-547-2500.

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The Gator Salad. (Kristina Webb/The Palm Beach Post)

Dave’s Last Resort

This landmark restaurant, with a sports bar feel, serves an array of seafood, steak, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and wraps. A stand-out menu item: The gator salad is excellent, with perfectly seasoned fried gator bites, served with a homemade parmesan peppercorn dressing.

Dave’s Last Resort: 632 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 561-588-5208.

Related: 8 must-try restaurants in West Palm Beach’s Northwood district 

Related: 3 new restaurants you must try in Royal Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

These Palm Beach County restaurants have closed in 2016

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The River House in Palm Beach Gardens has been sold to an investor. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

River House – Palm Beach Gardens 

The 11,000-square-foot, Key West-style restaurant which was a longtime favorite with diners who enjoyed its water views closed its doors April 27. Last fall, Frank Callander struck a deal to sell the River House, after operating the upscale steak and seafood restaurant since 1984.

The eatery will continue to live on as a dining destination: BrickTop’s, an upscale, casual chain, will lease the property, BrickTop’s founder Joe Ledbetter confirmed last month.

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Hudson at East Waterway in Delray Beach closed its doors April 10.

Hudson at Waterway East – Delray Beach

The waterfront restaurant, Hudson, which opened in December 2014, was in business for less than two years. Hudson dubbed itself as a “speakeasy,” a gastropub-type lounge with high-top seating, a restaurant and outside bar. The limited menu featured seafood, meats and “comfort food,” such as crab mac ‘n cheese.

Broward County-based Blue Moon Fish Co. thought it had hooked a deal to take over the shuttered Hudson, but the deal fell through this week.

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Taco Vida closed its doors in April 2016.

Taco Vida – West Palm Beach

Taco Vida, located off Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach, closed its doors this month. The restaurant opened in CityPlace in 2010, but moved the Village Commons shopping center West Palm Beach two years later. In their Facebook post, restaurant officials said recent construction at the shopping center hurt business.

Francesca's Pizza.
Francesca’s Pizza.

Francesca’s Pizza – Royal Palm Beach

According to Yelp, the neighborhood pizzeria, Francesca’s in Royal Palm Beach has closed. A 2014 Palm Beach Post dining review had this to say ‘pizza with a perfect crust.  It’s lighter and more crispy, topped with a trio of cheeses and your choice of veggies and meats.

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The Dispensary was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

The Dispensary – West Palm Beach

The daylight eatery and soda fountain, The Dispensary, which opened in 2015 on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach has closed its doors, according to Yelp. The retro-hip spot was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

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The Stir Crazy restaurant in the Town Center mall closed. (Photo by Samantha Frank)

Stir Crazy – Boca Raton

The popular Stir Crazy restaurant at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton abruptly shut down last month, three days after the mall was granted the right to seize the restaurant space following a nasty lease dispute. For 15 years, the Asian-style eatery drew customers ranging from couples to families who enjoyed selecting vegetables and meats, and then watching chefs stir fry their meal in front of them.

Related: Goodbye grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Which restaurant in Harbourside Place got an A rating for food, service?

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The Woods’ rib-eye steak sandwich is topped with balsamic onions and Drunken Goat cheese and served on a toasted french baguette. (Contributed by The Woods Jupiter)

Here’s our weekly look back at some of our recommended dining experiences:

The Woods is a restaurant that only seems to be steeped in contrasts: Servers in Nike kicks and sportswear hand out luxuriously hot towels after each round of finger food. The spinach-artichoke dip shares the menu with a grand 32-ounce porterhouse steak for two. It’s a steakhouse; it’s a sports bar.

But there’s an X factor that brings together all the disparate qualities: the restaurant’s celebrity owner. Tiger Woods, local resident, superstar golfer, hands-on restaurateur, has brought a stroke of genius to Harbourside Place: a restaurant that feels local and worldly, accessible and sophisticated all at once.

It is evident this is a place that prizes more important details. The food is delicious. The service is extraordinary.

The menu’s strong point: meat. This strength shines even in the restaurant’s sandwich menu. The Woods’ rib-eye steak sandwich is excellent, a grilled rib-eye is topped with Drunken Goat cheese, balsamic onions and heirloom tomato, all on a toasted French baguette. The steak is tender and sizable, not sliced as one might expect.

For the cocktail and small bites crowd, there’s a selection of flatbreads, a respectable charcuterie board that’s laden with cured meats and cheeses, and various other bar options.

Whether the meal happens at the brightly lit bar or in the more intimately sectioned dining room areas, it is equally elevated by The Woods’ meticulous service. Maybe it’s the Nike sneakers?

If you go:

The Woods: 129 Soundings Ave., at Harbourside Place, Jupiter; 561-320-9627

2015 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: A

Related: Read the full review – The Woods is game-changer for Harbourside Place

Readers’ Choice: Which restaurant has the best tacos in Palm Beach County? Vote now!

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Are you a fan of tacos? Whether it’s filled with fish, carne asada or delicious veggies, you must have a favorite!

Based on your feedback on our social posts asking for your favorites, we compiled the following list of restaurants with tasty tacos. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.