Openings: Hot new restaurants in West Palm Beach

Avocado Grill's crispy green tomato salad with avocado, corn, watermelon, pickled red onion, Fourme d'Ambert cheese and cardamom-honey yogurt. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Avocado Grill’s crispy green tomato salad with avocado, corn, watermelon, pickled red onion, Fourme d’Ambert cheese and cardamom-honey yogurt.  The eatery has proven to be pivotal in the downtown dining scene. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Welcome to one of South Florida’s hot new dining destinations: downtown West Palm Beach and its environs. With a large crop of newly opened restaurants and more on deck, the district is rising to regional relevance.

READ  ALL ABOUT WEST PALM’S BUZZY NEW DINING SCENE.  

Here are some recent restaurant openings in West Palm Beach:

Grato – A neighborhood trattoria by the Buccan group. Opened in January at 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; GratoWPB.com

Grato: Chef Clay Conley dishes out homemade pasta. (LibbyVision.com)
Grato: Chef Clay Conley dishes out homemade pasta. (LibbyVision.com)

Banko CantinaTri-level restaurant and bar serving Northern Mexican-inspired food. Opened in May at 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; BankoCantina.com

A mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
A mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)

JardinModern cuisine by husband-wife chef team Jordan Lerman (executive chef and bar manager) and Stephanie Cohen (pastry chef and general manager). Opened in April at 330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-440-5273; JardinRestaurant.com

At Jardin: crispy hummus with lemon aioli. (South Moon Photography)
At Jardin: crispy hummus with lemon aioli. (South Moon Photography)

Dorrian’s Red Hand – Southern outpost of New York’s Upper East Side pub. Opened in April at 215 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; Dorrians-WPB.com

Caramel apple bread pudding at Dorrian's Red Hand. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)
Caramel apple bread pudding at Dorrian’s Red Hand. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)

Johan’s JoeA stylish, Swedish-style coffee shop. Opened in October 2015 at 401 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; JohansJoe.com

Johan's Joe: coffee break, Swedish style. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Johan’s Joe: coffee break, Swedish style. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Queen of Sheeba – South Florida’s only Ethiopian restaurant. Opened in September at 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; QueenOfSheebaWPB.com

Queen of Sheeba's celebration dish: Ethiopian "doro wot," chicken stewed in African chili spices. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Queen of Sheeba’s celebration dish: Ethiopian chicken stewed in African chili spices. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

Southern Railway Taphouse – A bar and late-night eatery. Opened in November at 314 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Upcoming restaurant openings in West Palm Beach:

Restaurateur Thierry Beaud (l) and chef/partner Lindsay Autry discuss their upcoming Regional Kitchen. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Restaurateur Thierry Beaud (l) and chef/partner Lindsay Autry discuss their upcoming Regional Kitchen. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

The Regional Kitchen & Public House – Locally inspired restaurant and bar headed by restaurateur Thierry Beaud and executive chef Lindsay Autry. Opens this summer at 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; EatRegional.com

Cholo Soy Cocina's Chef Clay Carnes. (LibbyVision.com)
Cholo Soy Cocina’s Chef Clay Carnes. (LibbyVision.com)

Cholo Soy CocinaAndean-inspired eatery by Wellington chef Clay Carnes. Opens this summer at 3715 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; cholosoycocina.com

Christopher’s Kitchen – Vegan outpost of popular PGA Boulevard eatery. Opens soon at 326 Fern St., West Palm Beach

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill – Outpost of Wynwood (Miami) meat shop and eatery. Opens in September at 209 Sixth St., West Palm Beach

Lost Weekend/ The Lounge – A reinvented pool hall and bar coming to 526 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.

Take our poll. Which is your favorite new restaurant?

National Doughnut Day! Where to find the best doughnuts

Contributed by Rhino Doughnuts
(Contributed by Rhino Doughnuts)

If Friday couldn’t get any better, it’s National Doughnut Day today! Time to find the sweetest ones. Some of our favorites in Palm Beach County:

A s'mores shake and doughnuts at Relish in the Northwood district of West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)
A s’mores shake and doughnuts at Relish in the Northwood district of West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Relish & More

The Northwood burger joint serves hot, fresh doughnuts (Peanut Butter Cup, salted caramel, cinnamon sugar or Cookies N’Cream – 5 for $5.99, 10 for $9.99, or 15 for $14.99) to dunk into the decadent Relish shakes.

401 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach; 561-629-5377.

The Office in Delray Beach.
The Office in Delray Beach.

The Office

The Delray Beach gastro pub still serves one of the most sinful varieties in town… a bacon-studded, glazed doughnut.

201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-3600.

Rhino Doughnut's Key Lime Pie is filled with lime custard and topped with graham cracker crumbs. (Photo from Rhino's Facebook page)
Rhino Doughnut’s Key Lime Pie is filled with lime custard and topped with graham cracker crumbs. (Photo from Rhino’s Facebook page)

RHINO Doughnuts & Coffee

Unlike most donut shops, Rhino displays samples of their treats in the dining area, where you can study them up close before placing your order. Our favorite: The Key Lime Pie!

126 NE 2nd Street, Boca Raton (Mizner Plaza), 855RHINO-74 ext. 1

A daily special at Jupiter Donut Factory. (Contributed)
A daily special at Jupiter Donut Factory. (Contributed)

Jupiter Donut Factory

This family-owned bakery and café makes sinful maple-bacon bars that are gobbled up quickly. Adding a layer of temptation, the bakery has been offering a peanut butter-bacon bar on its daily specials menu.

Jupiter Donut Factory: 141 Center St., Jupiter (various locations), 561-741-5290

DOugh DOugh’s Donuts

This West Palm-based food truck serves hot mini doughnuts with a variety of toppings, along with hot coffee. Find the truck by visiting their website.

Related: Deals and freebies for National Doughnut Day

6 must-try Thai restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Kabuki’s restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach features a dish named Kabuki’s Lobster Roll. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Lanna Thai, Jupiter

Since 1992, Lanna Thai has served traditional Thai dishes and a selection of hard-to-choose-just-one chef’s specials, including Volcano Chicken, coconut shrimp and Snapper Wonder. You cannot beat the chef’s special chicken spinach, and it comes with a small salad to start): marinated chicken and sauteed onions, dressed with a peanut sauce, sitting atop a bed of fresh spinach and topped with red peppers, cucumbers and cashews.

Lanna Thai: 4300 S. U.S. 1, The Bluffs Square, Jupiter; 561-694-1443

Related: 8 restaurants you must try in Delray Beach

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Zirree’s Mee Krob appetizer. (Staci Sturrock/The Palm Beach Post)

Ziree Thai Cuisine, Delray Beach

When you and your party just can’t settle on one Asian cuisine, Ziree offers you transcontinental choices, including curries, noodles and classic rolls. We started with the addictive Mee Krob – the Thai appetizer of crispy noodles tossed in a sweet tamarind sauce — and it disappeared way too fast!

Ziree Thai Cuisine: 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-6549

Pho VN's papaya salad
Pho VN’s papaya salad

Pho VN

This eatery specializes in Vietnamese and Thai style food. After trying a combination of dishes such as the pad Thai, house special fried rice and the stir-fried beer noodle, we were not disappointed!

Pho VN: 344 Old Congress Ave., Boynton Beach: 561-509-0831

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Thai crispy duck with wild berry and honey sauce with steamed vegetables at Malakor Thai Cafe. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Malakor Thai

Once you have the green papaya salad at Malakor, a quaint spot in the Northwood district, you’ll be back. It’s a fresh, crisp, nutty, spicy, citrusy and, thanks to a little palm sugar, sweet. Its crowning touch: tempura shrimp. Healthy, yet sinful.

Malakor Thai Café: 425 25th St. (in Northwood Village, just west of North Dixie Highway), West Palm Beach; 561-762-9070

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The Mango Tango roll at Kabuki in West Palm Beach. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

Kabuki Sushi and Thai Tapas

There’s a good reason why this eatery is busy – it offers a wide-ranging and diverse menu of Japanese and Thai specialties, from sushi rolls to pad Thai to curry dishes. For a show-stopping addition to your table, try the curry-infused pineapple fried rice that’s studded with chicken, shrimp, pineapple, raisins and cashews and served inside the half shell of a scooped-out pineapple.

Kabuki: 308 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-6349

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Grilled lamb prepared at Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Talay Thai

Beware of the Panang curry curse – once you’ve tasted this sauce on the fork-tender short ribs or plump scallops, you’ll become a regular at this family-owned Thai eatery. The place is popular with golfers and the PGA National set, so reservations are encouraged.

Talay Thai: 7100 Fairway Drive (in the LA Fitness Plaza), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-5662