Which two local eateries are among ‘100 Hottest’ in America?

Buzzy Buccan in full effect.  (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)
Buzzy Buccan in full effect. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

Good grub-loving locals shouldn’t be too surprised to learn two Palm Beach County restaurants made OpenTable’s list for “100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016.”

In fact, a few who appreciate the hotness of our local restaurant scene might ask: just two?

The online dining reservations service selected its top 100 from five million-plus reviews posted by verified diners across the country. Those reviews focused on some 20,000 restaurants, including those that are “hip, new,” that are “hot spots,” or boast celebrity chefs and “avant-garde restaurateurs.” The 100 restaurants are not ranked.

So which local favorites made the “hottest” list?

Buccan in Palm Beach and El Camino in Delray Beach.

El Camino strikes a pose in Delray Beach's Pineapple Grove. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
El Camino strikes a pose in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Buccan is the domain of nationally acclaimed executive chef Clay Conley, who co-owns the modern American bistro with partners Sam Slattery and Piper Quinn. (It’s also the big-sister eatery to Imoto, the Japanese-style izakaya next door, and Grato, the buzzy new trattoria in West Palm Beach.)

El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar is a hip, popular spot packing in late-night crowds in Delray’s Pineapple Grove dining district. The eatery, which offers a solid menu of street foods, makes everything from sauces to tortillas on premises.

The Palm Beach County duo joins five other Florida restaurants on this hot list. (See full list here.) They are: Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Palace Bar in Miami Beach, Prato in Winter Park, BB King’s Blues Club in Orlando and, also in Orlando (but with a West Palm Beach soul), Rocco’s Tacos.

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Okeechobee Steakhouse’s mighty fine steak

Okeechobee Steakhouse's Filet Black & White is crowned with jumbo shrimp. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)
Okeechobee Steakhouse’s Filet Black & White. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)

Expect no foodie lingo here, no “artisan” this or “hand-crafted” that, no menus tripped up in adjectives. Expect no calculated stabs at branding or ambiance. You won’t find proclamations of culinary hipdom here. But you will find a mighty fine steak.

And you will find stellar service, the kind of service that brings you back to the warm, welcoming time capsule that is Okeechobee Steakhouse.



Readers’ Choice: What’s your favorite weekend brunch spot? Vote now!

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Hello, friends! Question for you Bloody Mary-sipping, Eggs Benny-loving brunchers: What is your favorite weekend brunch spot in Palm Beach County?

Based on your feedback on our social posts, we compiled the following list of choices. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.


Restaurant news: Park Avenue BBQ in Jupiter to open within week

The chalkboard sign outside Park Avenue BBQ's Tequesta branch says farewell to customers. (Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
The chalkboard sign outside Park Avenue BBQ’s Tequesta branch says farewell to customers. (Photos: Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

Saturday was the last call for barbecue, wings and burgers at Park Avenue BBQ in Tequesta.

The long-time branch of the local restaurant chain has closed as it gets ready to open a new location on Indiantown Drive in Jupiter, in the old Applebee’s near the I-95 interchange.

Wait staff said the new Jupiter location should be open in about a week.

There are a couple of questions for long-time customers of the old location:


What happens to the Pabst Blue Ribbon ceiling mural? It apparently won’t fit in the industrial-style ceiling of the new location, but wait staff said Saturday that it might end up in another Park Avenue location.

And here’s hoping they don’t forget the Elvis sign:






National Chocolate Cake Day: James Patterson’s ‘killer’ chocolate cake

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James Patterson’s Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake. (Photo by Steve Legato)

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. We thought the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce James Patterson’s recipe for his Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake.


James Patterson reveals recipe for ‘killer ‘ chocolate cake.

National Cheese Lover’s Day: best grilled cheese sandwiches in the county

The Brooklyn Porkster Grilled Cheese Sandwich at New York Grilled Cheese Co. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

For those who love cheese, today is your day! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a yummy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich! Here is our list of the best sandwiches in Palm Beach County:

Best grilled cheese sandwiches in the county

Also, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill at CityPlace is offering their ‘Cheesy Thursdays’ today, which features 5 kinds of cheese paired with 5 beer or wine tastings for $30.



Which of our favorite restaurants closed this year in Palm Beach County?

Del Frisco's Grille in Palm Beach closed the doors in November 2015.
Del Frisco’s Grille in Palm Beach closed the doors in November 2015.

2015 said farewell to some of the restaurants we came to love. Was yours on the list?

Photos: Goodbye Grub, Closed Restaurants in Palm Beach County