New barbecue joint settles in at CityPlace

Brisket, ribs, cornbread, macaroni and greens prepared at Brother Jimmy's BBQ. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Brisket, ribs, macaroni and greens at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

Smoky scents now stir from the new barbecue spot on the second floor of CityPlace like a big welcome sign emblazoned on a corner that stood empty for well over a year.

Open since early April, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ has plenty of signs bearing its catchy slogan (“Put some South in yo mouth”), but none are more enticing than the promise of good barbecue.

But does it deliver on that promise? Read our review here!

 

Why America loves The Cheesecake Factory

A slice of Cheesecake Factory’s namesake specialty. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post file)
A slice of Cheesecake Factory’s namesake specialty. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post file)

When it comes to chain restaurants, if ever there was a great American moveable feast, unmarred from city to city, it’s Cheesecake Factory.

Maybe this is why the national chain was named the top casual dining restaurant in the country, according to a comprehensive consumer survey by the trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News.

It may be a corporate conjuring, an overly generic concept with a menu that’s noncommittal to any one cuisine or style, but it works despite all of that. Or maybe because of all of that.

Here’s what makes Cheesecake Factory an American classic and favorite.

World’s largest food film festival is coming to Swank Farm

Rural meets big city: Swank Farm hosts a series of feasts each harvest season. (Palm Beach Post file)
Rural meets big city: Swank Farm hosts a series of feasts each harvest season. (Palm Beach Post file)

Call it cinema vérité, farm style: a menu of movies and plates to match, all served and seen at Swank Farm.

The Loxahatchee Groves boutique farm will host Devour!, the world’s largest food film festival, on Sunday, May 22.

Farmers Darrin and Jodi Swank will transform their grand, open-sided barn into a rural screening room where one can enjoy film shorts and one 50-minute documentary between bites of pricey, big-city cooking.

For details see our full story at MyPalmBeachPost.com.

10 best restaurants in Palm Beach County according to Yelp

Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

Last week we introduced our readers to Althea Drummond and her restaurant Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant, which ranks the No. 1 restaurant in all of Palm Beach County, according to the online dining guide, Yelp.

So, this week, we thought we would round out the top 10 ‘best restaurants’ in Palm Beach County, according to Yelp. Here they are:

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View of jerk and curry chicken with oxtail, cabbage medley, rice at Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant

An excerpt from our full story: “To her regulars and fans, Althea Drummond is more than your average restaurant cook – she’s a legend. No exaggeration. Beyond the online world of restaurant ratings and recommendations, the Negril native has been immortalized in Palm Beacher James Patterson’s 2015 Alex Cross novel, “Cross Justice.”

Yelp quote: “We ordered the oxtail and brown stew chicken. It was amazing!!!!”

Related: Why this Greenacres restaurant is No. 1 spot on Yelp

Kersmon Caribbean: 4622 Jog Rd., Greenacres; 561-968-5656

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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)

Hullabaloo

Yelp quote: “One of the best restaurants in all of West Palm Beach. The food, the flavors, the service are all top notch.”

An excerpt from our full dining review of Hullabaloo: “As one bold dish after another steams out of the kitchen, they carry a sense of familiar comfort that mirrors the shabby-fresh setting.”

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

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Palm Beach Grill serves a beet salad with citrus and walnuts. (Meghan McCarthy/Palm Beach Daily News)

Palm Beach Grill

Yelp quote: “French Dip is amazing and I also recommend the Key Lime Pie.”

Palm Beach Grill: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste. 336, Palm Beach; 561-835-1077

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A salad of micro greens, golden beets, apple and goat cheese, served at Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Coolinary Cafe

One of Palm Beach County’s true farm-inspired gems is tucked into a suburban plaza on the northern edge of Palm Beach Gardens. This tiny spot is where Chef Tim Lipman works his magic with fresh, local ingredients.

Yelp quote: “Farm to table restaurant. Great chicken & waffles, burgers and polenta.”

Coolinary Café: 4650 Donald Ross Road, #110 (in Donald Ross Village plaza), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-249-6760

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Paccheri with herb ricotta, Parmesan and “Sunday gravy” with braised pork shoulder, short rib and Italian sausage. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Buccan

We ranked the new sandwich shop at Buccan the ‘Best Take-Out Sandwich Shop’ in Palm Beach County in 2015!

Yelp quote: “Nice menu and ambiance in a high energy environment. Interesting preparation and we liked the Sweet Corn Ravioli and Ink Squid Pasta.”

Buccan: 350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450

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Fresh-pulled “Super Mozz” from Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Sweetwater Bar & Grill

Yelp quote: “The fish dip is so fresh and delicious, baked brie divine, lobster mac to die for and the list goes on.”

Sweetwater: 1507 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach; 561-509-9277

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A gyro at Chris’ Taverna in Boynton Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Chris’ Taverna

Excerpt from our dining review: “Reason to go – Magnificent Greek food. You’ll want to go back again and again.”

Yelp quote: “We enjoyed Chris’ Taverna so much a few days ago that we returned a couple of days later. They serve up a wide selection of traditional Greek dishes that are fresh and very well prepared.”

Chris’ Taverna: 6338 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth; 561-964-4233

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“Tuna Basil Roll” from Food Shack in Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Food Shack

From our Food Editor: “The fish is some of the freshest in town, and it’s deliciously prepared. No wonder there’s usually a wait outside the door. Don’t let that stop you — the eclectic menu and ambiance here are worth the wait.”

Yelp quote: “One of Jupiter’s best fish restaurants for years.  If you can get a table, their fresh fish encrusted with sweet potatoes over a bed of a delicious tropical salad blend is a must!”

Little Moir’s Food Shack: 103 S. US Highway 1 (in the Publix plaza); Jupiter; 561-741-3626

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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

This Delray spot 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.

Yelp quote: “If you’re in Delray Beach and looking for a delicious meal with a little creativity…eat at Tryst.”

Tryst: 4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-921-0201

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The “Duck Duck Taco” stack is served at Twenty Twenty Grille in Boca Raton. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

TwentyTwenty Grille

Yelp quote: “For the record the swordfish … was the best I have ever eaten anywhere, at any price.”

TwentyTwenty Grille: 141 Via Naranjas, Ste. 45, Boca Raton; 561-990-7969

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The Parisian restaurant brings buzz to Jupiter dining scene

Sweet finale: The Parisian restaurant's oven-baked apple with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
The Parisian restaurant’s caramel-drizzled baked apple. (Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post)

The Parisian is a place that easily could hide in plain sight. The lovely, upmarket brasserie may be located in a busy shopping and entertainment plaza across the street from Harbourside Place, but it’s tucked behind a discreet hedge and a grove of white patio umbrellas, almost out of view.

Hedge or no hedge, locals have found the 5-month-old restaurant and wine bar and now keep it bustling. Good for them – it’s too terrific of a spot to go unseen.

Owner Tarzi Benazzouz (the “Parisian” native in question) has created an inviting space. With its separate, dark-woods bar and lounge-area sofas, The Parisian offers you instant options: Have a glass of French vino and a starter at the bar while you wait for your flick to start at the nearby Cinepolis luxury theater. Or settle in at a table in the intimate dining room for a full meal. (Or skip the movie and do both.)

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Where to take Mom to eat today

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Haven’t made Mother’s Day dining plans yet? Here are some last-minute options:

Brunch at Josie’s Ristorante

The Boynton Beach Italian restaurant, which recently rolled out a new menu, is offering an a la carte brunch and lunch specials on Mother’s Day, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are encouraged.

50 MUST-TRY BRUNCH SPOTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

On the menu: Eggs Benedict, Italian frittata with artichokes, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella, challah French toast brulee, roasted beef tenderloin hash with sweet potatoes and farm egg, chile-glazed, bacon-wrapped meat loaf, and more.

Josie’s Ristorante: 1602 South Federal Highway (at Woolbright), Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601

Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)
Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)

PGA National’s Brunch Divine

The Palm Beach Gardens resort is serving a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch costs $75 for adults, $25 for kids ages 5 to 12. (Plus tax and tip.) Reservations strongly recommended.

On the menu: honey roasted ham, tom turkey with fixings, whole roasted chicken, salads, smoked salmon, raw bar items, custom-made omelets, short rib Eggs Benny, Belgian waffles, Viennese dessert display,

To sip: Bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas cost $19 per person.

PGA National Resort: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852

For more ideas on where to dine: Six last-minute options

 

Meet Yelp’s goddess of Greenacres. Her Jamaican dishes lure the world.

Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

Once you’ve met Althea Drummond, you’ll understand why her tiny Jamaican restaurant, one of a handful of popular spots tucked into a busy Greenacres strip mall, consistently ranks as the No. 1 restaurant in all of Palm Beach County, according to Yelp, the online dining guide.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

And Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant was the only eatery in the county to earn a spot on Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” list last year.

To her regulars and fans, Drummond is more than your average restaurant cook – she’s a legend. No exaggeration. Beyond the online world of restaurant ratings and recommendations, the Negril native has been immortalized in Palm Beacher James Patterson’s 2015 Alex Cross novel, “Cross Justice.”

"I did not say that," says Althea as she pauses over this page in one of her many guest books. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
“I did not say that,” says Althea, pausing at this guest book page. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

Her customer testimonials fill more than 20 guest books.

The come from near and far, her Yelp-enticed customers.

Yelpers: A trio of newcomers to Kersmon enjoy Althea's island dishes. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Yelpers: A trio of newcomers to Kersmon enjoy Althea’s dishes. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

Where to dine on Mother’s Day? Six last-minute options

Josie's heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)
Josie’s heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)

Haven’t made Mother’s Day dining plans yet? Here are some last-minute options:

Brunch at Josie’s Ristorante

The Boynton Beach Italian restaurant, which recently rolled out a new menu, is offering an a la carte brunch and lunch specials on Mother’s Day, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are encouraged.

50 MUST-TRY BRUNCH SPOTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

On the menu: Eggs Benedict, Italian frittata with artichokes, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella, challah French toast brulee, roasted beef tenderloin hash with sweet potatoes and farm egg, chile-glazed, bacon-wrapped meat loaf, and more.

Josie’s Ristorante: 1602 South Federal Highway (at Woolbright), Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601

Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)
Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)

PGA National’s Brunch Divine

The Palm Beach Gardens resort is serving a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch costs $75 for adults, $25 for kids ages 5 to 12. (Plus tax and tip.) Reservations strongly recommended.

On the menu: honey roasted ham, tom turkey with fixings, whole roasted chicken, salads, smoked salmon, raw bar items, custom-made omelets, short rib Eggs Benny, Belgian waffles, Viennese dessert display,

To sip: Bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas cost $19 per person.

PGA National Resort: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852

Paris in Town Le Bistro, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Paris in Town Le Bistro, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Paris in Town Le Bistro

Mothers get free roses during brunch at this Palm Beach Gardens bistro, located in the Downtown at the Gardens complex.

On the menu: options such as skirt steak and eggs, and crepe Florentine with salad.

Brunch bonus: Frank Cerabino plays French favorites on the accordion.

Paris in Town Le Bistro: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. (by carrousel at Downtown at the Gardens), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-1616

 

Sunday Funday, it's all about wine at 32 East. (Contributed)
Sunday Funday, it’s all about wine at 32 East. (Contributed)

Sunday Funday at 32 East 

This high-end Delray Beach institution chose Mother’s Day to kick off a new “Sunday Funday” special: Get 50 percent of any bottle of wine under $100 from its extensive selection, or get $50 off any wine bottle over $100.

The special will run until Thanksgiving. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Reservations, strongly recommended, can be made on OpenTable.com. Parties of eight or larger are asked to reserve by phone.

32 East: 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-7868

Meat Market's Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs. (Contributed)
Meat Market’s Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs. (Contributed)

Prix fixe at Meat Market

Palm Beach’s most intimate steak house is serving a special Mother’s Day menu Sunday. The menu, served from 5 p.m., costs $45 (plus tax and tip) per person.

On the menu: starter options include Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs, tuna tartare, Swank Farms tomato salad, daily soup; entrées include Prime New York steak, half roasted chicken, filet mignon, Meat Market prime picanha steak, and daily fish; dessert will be included as well.

To sip: Half-priced bottles of wine are offered for Mother’s Day.

Meat Market: 191 Bradley Pl., Palm Beach; 561-354-9800

Cheeseburger is king at Duffy's. (Contributed)
Cheeseburger is queen at Duffy’s. (Contributed)

Dine at Duffy’s

The local sports grill chain will honor moms with a free glass of wine (with meal purchase) and a $10 gift card to use on a future visit.

Duffy’s Sports Grill: Find a location at DuffysMVP.com

 

Where to party on Cinco de Mayo in Palm Beach County

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Rocco’s Tacos’ Palm Beach County locations are Cinco de Mayo central. (Contributed by Rocco’s Tacos)

It doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo week to enjoy a heap of good tacos and a cold Mexican beer. There is no shortage of Mexican and Tex-Mex spots to feed your taco whims.

But because it is Cinco de Mayo week, finding a place to stuff your face with tortilla chips and guac takes on a sense of urgency, one that only happens in the country that holds the Mexican holiday most dear to its heart: the United States. (Not Mexico. The holiday is not a huge deal there, as it commemorates a rather obscure battle that took place in 1862.)

With that in mind, check out our list of five prime spots for Cinco de Mayo celebrating!

Cinco de Mayo: How to pick the best tequila for sipping or shooting

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Various tequila shots & bottles, (Cox Newspapers)

If there’s one thing that unifies American revelers during Cinco de Mayo, that gaudily appropriated holiday, it’s tequila.

The Mexican spirit, distilled from the fermented juice of the blue agave plant, pours like water, be it in lime-chased shots, fruity margaritas or straight out of the bottle, frat-style.

Related: 5 best party places for Cinco de Mayo

But popular as it may be, tequila often is as misunderstood as Cinco de Mayo itself. Contrary to what jello-shot carousers might believe, it’s not Mexican Independence Day, but rather a minor holiday that marks the Mexican army’s triumph in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, during the Franco-American War.

Despite tequila’s wild popularity in Cinco de Mayo bashes, it’s a spirit taken quite seriously in the handful of Mexican regions with Appellation of Origin designations by the closely regulated industry.

The upshot: more reason to sip, not shoot, that reposado. Just as lagers differ from porters and chardonnay differs from merlot, tequila has its delicious varieties:

This "High Roller's Refund" cocktail relies on anejo tequila and smoked grapefruit cordial for complex flavors. (Cox Newspapers)
This “High Roller’s Refund” cocktail relies on anejo tequila and smoked grapefruit cordial for complex flavors. (Cox Newspapers)

White tequila – Also known as blanco or silver tequila, it’s versatile. It’s great for mixing in cocktails or sipping. Straight up, it offers the purest expression of agave flavor.

Gold tequila – Also known as joven, it is the ubiquitous, additive-laced liquor that’s responsible for many a hangover. This is not a sipping tequila, but one to shake up in cocktails.

Related: 6 best bars for tequila in Palm Beach County

Reposado – These are aged (reposado means “rested” or “reposed”) for anywhere from two to 12 months, so the flavor is more balanced. These are quite sippable and also nicely dress up cocktails.

Añejo – These tequilas (añejo means “old”) linger in oak for at least a year and up to four years. These are your velvety sipping tequilas.

Extra-Añejo – Aged for more than four years, these are nice to swirl in a snifter.

Related: 5 facts you may not know about Cinco de Mayo