5 breakfast places you must try in Palm Beach County

Almond Joy pancakes at Pete's Place (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Almond Joy pancakes at Pete’s Place (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Hankering for a hearty breakfast? We have found five-must try breakfast places in Palm Beach County:

Surfside Diner

This diner offers extensive breakfast options and delicious comfort lunch fare in ample portions. If you love eggs Benedict, this sunlit spot has you covered – the diner serves four variations.

Surfside Diner: 314 S. County Road (at Royal Palm Way), Palm Beach; 561-659-7495

The Palm Beacher, layered with smoked salmon and poached eggs, is one of the four variations of Eggs Benedict served at Surfside Diner in Palm Beach. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)
The Palm Beacher, layered with smoked salmon and poached eggs, is one of the four variations of Eggs Benedict served at Surfside Diner in Palm Beach. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

 Related: Best places to eat breakfast on the beach

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Salmon cakes with home fries and two eggs at This Is It Cafe in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

This Is It Cafe

Familiarity is a point of pride at this neighborhood oasis of hospitality and home-cooking. Here at the corner of 24th Street and Spruce Avenue, there’s no standing on ceremony, no matter your station in life. We like the salmon cakes. And the pecan waffle. And the friendly service.
This is it Cafe: 444 24th St. West Palm Beach, 561-655-3301
Almond Joy pancakes at Pete's Place (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Almond Joy pancakes at Pete’s Place (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
 
Pete’s Place
A real treat at this Greenacres landmark is their Almond Joy Pancakes. They
load the batter with chocolate chips, then top the finished ‘cakes with more choco chips, chocolate syrup, slivered almonds and coconuts. It’s like starting your day with a triple-layer cake.
Pete’s Place: 6774 Forest Hill Blvd. Greenacres, 561-641-6543
 
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Berry Fresh’s Fried Green Tomato and Pimiento Cheese Hash.

Berry Fresh Cafe

There are so many breakfast choices at Berry Fresh, and they’re not your standard diner fare. The Bananas & Blueberries Foster French Toast, for example, is a caloric house of cards built upon challah bread stuffed with cream cheese, then decorated with bananas and blueberries sautéed in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and dark rum. Yum. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are mixed with fresh lemon and ricotta cheese, then dusted with powdered sugar and topped with whipped cream. The O.M.G. Shrimp-N-Grits are made with heavy cream and finished with cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, tomato and three kinds of peppers.
Berry Fresh Cafe: 3755 Military Trail, Jupiter, 561-401-5693. Its other location is in Port St. Lucie at 1718 SW St. Lucie West Blvd.

 

Caffe Luna Rosa, the oceanfront eatery in Delray Beach, serves Eggs Benedict with a crispy potato pancake and house-made hollandaise sauce. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)
Caffe Luna Rosa, the oceanfront eatery in Delray Beach, serves Eggs Benedict with a crispy potato pancake and house-made hollandaise sauce. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

Caffe Luna Rosa

This oceanfront café has a dual personality: It’s a relaxed spot for hearty breakfast and brunch. But it’s also an upscale Italian café, serving robust classics. Whether you come for brunch or dinner, the food is memorable – and the view exquisite.

Caffe Luna Rosa: 34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-274-9404

 

It’s National Wine Day! Celebrate with a free tasting tonight

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Wines for Wine Dinner at Serenity Garden Tea House & Restaurant. (Bruce R. Bennett / Daily News)

Need an excuse to drink more wine? You’re in luck! Today is National Wine Day. Pour your favorite and make a toast!

Can’t figure out the best wine for the occasion? Whole Foods is hosting a free wine tasting today from 5 to 7 p.m. at their West Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens locations.

Here are some interesting wine facts, according to Wine Folly:

How many glasses should you get from a bottle of wine? About 5 glasses.

A bottle of wine has about 750 calories.

An average bottle of wine contains about 520 grapes. (varies from 300-900)

An average full bottle of wine weighs 2.65 lbs.

What’s your favorite? Vote now:

Memorial Day 2016: Where to find the best burgers in Palm Beach County

The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)
The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)

Perhaps you’ll want a good burger as you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are some of our top badass burgers:

Grease Burger Bar

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Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach.

You’ve got 19 drool-worthy burgers to choose from at Clematis Street’s favorite burger joint. We are partial to the Black and Blue, a burger that’s boldly seasoned with blackening spiced and topped with crumbled blue cheese and apple wood-smoked bacon.

Grease Burger Bar: 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-651-1075

The Grille Fashion Cuisine

For "The Burger," chef Clayton Carnes of The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington uses a special blend of Bush Brothers' beef and serves the patty on a brioche roll with proprietary sauce. (Contributed by Clayton Carnes)
For “The Burger,” chef Clayton Carnes of The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington uses a special blend of Bush Brothers’ beef and serves the patty on a brioche roll with proprietary sauce. (Contributed by Clayton Carnes)

Chef Clayton Carnes is a meat guy. Slab of beef searing on a grill? That’s his jam. The Wellington chef who won an episode of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” one burger – The Burger – at his eatery. He uses a special blend of Bush Brothers’ beef and serves the burger on a brioche bun with his own special sauce. It’s pretty spectacular.

The Grille: 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110

The Cooper

The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)
The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)

This Gardens hot spot serves a burger with considerable drama. You get this delicious burger with hand-cut fries or slaw. You can top it with a fried egg or avocado for a $2 upcharge, but it’s yummy on its own.

The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561- 622-0032

Duffy’s

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Duffy’s Angus Cheeseburger with cheddar cheese, pepper crusted bacon and sauteed mushrooms. (Palm Beach Post staff photo)

Duffy’s: For locations, visit DuffysMVP.com; 561-683-5151.

MEAT Eatery & Tap Room

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An Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger prepared at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room restaurant located in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Chef George Patti’s “Inside-Out Juicy Lucy” is a burger with a pimento cheese soul. The burger’s smoky char encloses a melty center of rich, peppery cheese. It’s messy as all heck, but unforgettable. Add a side of the burger joint’s duck fat fries if you dare indulge in more decadence.

MEAT980 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600

Here is our full list of the best 15 burgers in Palm Beach County

 

 

 

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

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Do you love good BBQ? Whether it’s smoked ribs, glazed chicken or braised brisket, 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 yummy barbecue. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.

Here are some of our previous Readers’ Choice winners:

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best Tacos in PB County”

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best Pizza in PB County”

Our favorite hot dogs in Palm Beach County

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Memorial Day is just around the corner! What foods are associated with the holiday? Well hot dogs, of course! We have found some of the best meaty, crazy-topped dogs around. Here are some of our favorites:

 

 

Dune Dog Cafe

A footlong at Dune Dog, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)
A footlong at Dune Dog, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

This open-sided, beach-style shack serves some of my favorite hot dogs in the county. Grab a spot at the counter and go for a footlong dog. (I love mine topped with chopped raw onions.)

Our full dining review: Jupiter cafe a doggone delight

Dune Dog: 775 Alternate A1A, Jupiter; 561-744-6667.

La Perrada del Gordo

El Perro Huevon at La Perrada del Gordo. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
El Perro Huevon at La Perrada del Gordo. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

This Colombian hot dog joint piles on the toppings like you’ve never seen – unless you’ve already indulged in Colombian street food. El Perro Huevon is crowned with no fewer than five hardboiled quail eggs and at least four special sauces, plus crushed chips and other goodies.

La Perrada del Gordo: 2650 S. Military Tr., West Palm Beach; 561-968-6978.

Diner Dogs

A saucy frank by Diner Dogs Inc. (Contributed)
A saucy frank by Diner Dogs Inc. (Contributed)

According to their Facebook page, Diner Dogs is now located at Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park Wednesday through Sunday.

Diner Dogs: 561-707-4471.

Palm Beach Grill

Palm Beach Grill's signature dog. (Chris Salata/ Palm Beach Daily News)
Palm Beach Grill’s signature dog. (Palm Beach Daily News)

Palm Beach’s popular bar and grill serves its mighty Silver-Service Kosher Hot Dog with a deviled egg.

Palm Beach Grill: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; 561-835-1077.

What do you think?

Best food festival in town returns to The Gardens Mall!

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A braised lamb neck with rosti potato, mango raita and Swank greens served at The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Southern Comfort lunch at Swank Farms. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

As the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival celebrates its 10th year, the festival’s popular grand tasting event will return to The Gardens Mall in December, organizer David Sabin told The Palm Beach Post.

Last year, the four-day festival relocated its grand tasting event to The Gardens Mall from the smaller, more narrow 150 Worth

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Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Robert Irvine share a laugh during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

shopping plaza in Palm Beach. It was a nod to a growing market of younger, suburban foodies from a festival that last year drew a decidedly younger crowd. The event sold out, as did the rest of the festival’s events last year.

“In addition to our returning star chefs, we are in the process of talking to others. We’re still working on those details,” Sabin said.

Read more about returning star chefs and other details: Food festival returns to Gardens Mall, plans event for West Palm

 

Best pizza in Palm Beach County for National Pizza Party Day!

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Who doesn’t love a good pizza? And today is the day to throw a party to celebrate pie because it’s National Pizza Party Day! Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers unite!

For the best pizza in town to help celebrate, try the winner of our Reader’s Choice for ‘Best Pizzeria in PB County.’

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Joseph Alfeo, (L), brother Cesare Alfeo,(C), and his son Paul Alfeo, present owner of Four Brothers Pizza in Lake Worth. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

A few months ago, through social posts, we asked our readers to comment on their favorite pizzeria. And from our poll, our readers voted, the winner was Four Brothers in Lake Worth.

It’s no wonder Palm Beach Post readers voted the Lake Worth restaurant as having the county’s best pizza. Mention it, and founder Cesare Alfeo, his brother, Joe, and Cesare’s son Paul all smile in unison.

Read the full story here on why our readers love Four Brothers.

8 restaurants you must try in Delray Beach

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Pancetta Brussels Sprouts prepared at Cut 432 in Delray Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Looking for great dining in Delray Beach? Here are some of our favorites:

Cut 432

Delray’s Atlantic Avenue is famous for having a little something for every culinary and nightlife craving. Cut 432 provides an upscale, cozy place to peruse the Avenue’s goings-on toward the eastern end of the block. Sweetly classic touches like shiny crystal chandeliers contrast with the crisp, modern marble bar top and the white leather bar chairs.

Cut 432: 432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-9898.

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Seared Diver Scallops and butternut squash risotto served with braised asparagus and watercress and natural pan jus, available at Brulé Bistro in Pineapple Grove. (Jennifer Cecil/The Palm Beach Post)

Brule Bistro

Brule Bistro is lively in both atmosphere and food. Where some pub chefs might include the obligatory flatbread on the menu, this menu offers a crispy pork cheek “pizza,” a crispy, tostada-sized round crowned with slow-braised pork cheek, Asiago cheese, arugula, pickled red onions and oven-dried tomato, served upon a board with droplets of fried rosemary aioli.

Related: Full review – Brule Bistro is lively in both atmosphere, food

Brule Bistro: 200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-274-2046.

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“Grilled Jamaican Jerk Octopus, ” at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Max’s Harvest

In every dish, in every bite, at Max’s Harvest you can taste the commitment to using the freshest ingredients available. In keeping with the eatery’s season-driven concept, executive chef Eric Baker uses as his main ingredient one of the fresh ingredients available. The menu changes regularly to keep presenting diners with a dish that is both new and familiar.

Max’s Harvest: 169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561-381-9970.

Related: Must try restaurants in Lake Worth

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Chicharrones with cactus slaw and pickled jalapeno at El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

El Camino

Mexican soul food reigns at this hipster Tequila bar in Delray’s hot dining district. Try the smoked brisket enchiladas, lavished with a slow-cooked molé negro sauce. Wash it down with your choice of mescal or reposado — or any of the 200-plus varieties of tequila poured at the bar. Take in a setting that’s all funk and fun, but not in the wild, Cancun-on-Memorial-Day way.

El Camino: 15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-865-5350.

Chicken wings with sweet chili sauce are served at Park Tavern, Delray Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Chicken wings with sweet chili sauce are served at Park Tavern, Delray Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Park Tavern

This is gastro pub made easy, a spacious neighborhood spot that offers respectable, shareable bites. With its huge, varied menu and excellent drink options, this tavern is a must-stop for Atlantic Ave pub crawlers as well as for families seeking plenty of grub options.

Park Tavern: 32 SE Second Ave. (at Worthing Place on Atlantic Avenue), Delray Beach; 561-265-5093.

Related: 8 restaurants you must try in West Palm’s Northwood District

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Tryst’s Annie’s Fish & Chips is served with aged sherry vinegar and smoked English sea salt. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

Tryst

Tryst epitomizes the gastro pub concept with inspired plates, a free-wheeling selection of craft beers, boutique wines and cocktails and an eclectic setting for nightly dinner and drinks. A homey brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring some country-style breakfast items as well as burgers and sandwiches.

A waterfront view from Deck 84 in Delray Beach. (Contributed by Jerry Rabinowitz)
A waterfront view from Deck 84 in Delray Beach. (Contributed by Jerry Rabinowitz)

Deck 84

Restaurateur Burt Rapoport has created more than a simple waterfront eatery at Deck 84 – he has created a kind of waterway hub, where boaters can dock and drink or bring their fresh catches to be cooked. Boat or no boat, you’ll find a taste of the ocean at this 5-year-old restaurant in the bar bites (the popcorn shrimp are delicious!), soups, large plates, sandwiches and tacos. The seafood dishes share the menu with American pub classics in a setting that embraces the water view. Open every day, Deck 84 serves lunch and dinner daily; a weekend brunch is served as well.

Deck 84: 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-665-8484.

A popular appetizer at Papa's Tapas in Delray Beach are the Montaditos de Chorizo, crusty bread topped with grilled Spanish chorizo sausage and served with a side of roasted peppers, olive oil and garlic. (Contributed by Lauren Alatriste)
A popular appetizer at Papa’s Tapas in Delray Beach are the Montaditos de Chorizo, crusty bread topped with grilled Spanish chorizo sausage and served with a side of roasted peppers, olive oil and garlic. (Contributed by Lauren Alatriste)

Papa’s Tapas

If you feel like you’ve just been adopted by a big, Spanish-Dominican family – on your birthday – then you must have found your way to the door of Papa’s Tapas in the Pineapple Grove dining district. This is home-cooking at its best, dish after dish cooked with gusto and delivered with pride. Go the tapas route here, or settle in for a full, hearty meal.

Papa’s Tapas: 259 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-266-0599.

Discount seekers, are you leaving a lousy tip?

How much to tip on that discounted dish? Either way, your server must bring it to your table. (Cox Newspapers)
Is that a discounted dish? Either way, your server must bring it to your table. (Cox Newspapers)

There’s a reason why restaurant servers dislike discount coupons, gift cards and freebie deals: They get shortchanged when the final bill is tallied.

Are you one of those discount-seeking diners who leaves a lousy tip?

Here are a few signs that you just may be one:

1. You use a coupon that considerably lowers the cost of your meal — but you tip on the discounted amount.

2. Your party splits the bill four ways. You pay your fair share of the gratuity, but say nothing when your table mates leave woefully low tips. Did you not all enjoy the same meal and level of service?

3. You pay your bill with a gift card and think it magically covers the tip.

What’s the proper way to tip on a discounted meal or gift card-purchased meal?

Here’s our full story!

 

American Craft Beer Week: 8 best craft beers in Palm Beach County

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Two of the many craft beers available at Barrel of Monks brewery in Boca Raton. (Joe Forzano / The Palm Beach Post)

Time to celebrate craft beer! According to the Brewers Association, this week is American Craft Beer Week. And we are lucky that in Palm Beach County, we have an abundance of craft beer and breweries to choose from.

It’s almost impossible to have tasted every variety of every beer brewed at each of the county’s nine breweries — and that’s a good problem to have. But we did our best! And if you need help deciding, we have picked the best for you:

The best locally brewed craft beers in Palm Beach County

Related: Our full craft beer scene