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
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
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
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.
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
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.
The Grille: 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110
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
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.
MEAT: 980 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600
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:
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Looking for great dining in Delray Beach? Here are some of our favorites:
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.
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.
Brule Bistro: 200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-274-2046.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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: