Restaurant pick of the week: Daylight eatery dazzles Dixie Highway

Aioli chef/ co-owner Mike Hackman. (Contributed by Kali De Vries)
Aioli chef/ co-owner Mike Hackman. (Contributed by Kali De Vries)

Central county: AIOLI

It’s easy to understand why this small daylight eatery does a brisk take-out business: The food is fresh and delicious.

Chef/co-owner Michael Hackman’s daily special are posted online every morning, and they tell the story of an inspired local cook devoted to local ingredients. Hackman, who operates Aioli with his wife, Melanie, gives a luxurious touch to a strip-plaza, Dixie Highway lunch. Sample the light-yet-creamy custard of his daily quiche and you’ll know this is true.

A lush blueberry-molasses muffin is baked on premises and served at Aioli, a cafe and juice bar in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by Christine DiRocco)
A lush blueberry-molasses muffin is baked on premises and served at Aioli, a cafe and juice bar in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by Christine DiRocco)

In addition to breakfast and lunch offerings (hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh juices), the chef also prepares a “dinner to go” option daily for those who crave Aioli at night. Recent dinner options include whole roasted free range chicken, roasted tomatoes stuffed with Moroccan couscous, beef lasagna, roasted veggie lasagna and house-made veal cheek ravioli.

Aioli: 7434 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-366-7741; AioliWPB.com

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Goodbye grub: Blondies diner closes in Tequesta

The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, shown here in September 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, in Sept. 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Blondies, the Tequesta diner that fixed many a breakfast-for-dinner craving, has closed.

Sisters Meghan and Courtney Conran, the blondes that inspired the diner’s name, opened the strip-plaza eatery in September 2011. They served a menu of dishes inspired by family recipes, such as the “Beezy Cakes” flapjacks named for their cousin Bridget and their Grandpa Bill’s Monte Cristo.

The sisters posted a note on the diner’s website, saying they were unable to agree to new lease terms on the space.

“We want to thank everyone for supporting us throughout the years and giving us the best customers we could ever ask for,” said their note. “We are actively seeking a new location, so be on the lookout for a new Blondies in the future.”

Related: Goodbye, grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

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