Six best restaurants in Palm Beach County for Hawaiian poke

Poke in paradise, at Latitudes, Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)
Poke in paradise, at Latitudes, Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)

Virtually or in reality, America loves its poke. The Hawaiian-style marinated raw fish dish is having a moment across the land.

Here are six places to savor the trend:

Latitudes Ocean Grill at the Delray Sands

Chef James King is the poke man at the Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)
Chef James King is the poke man at the Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ Palm Beach Post)

Consider this south county’s poke palace. Latitudes restaurant is where Executive Chef James King creates a flavorful rendition of the Hawaiian classic, adding macadamia nuts for crunch, mango for sweetness and fish sauce for deeper hits. The grayish swoosh? That’s sesame seed butter. Delicious.

Latitudes: 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach; 561-278-2008; LatitudesDelray.com

Buccan, Palm Beach

Buccan gives its poke a Thai twist. (Contributed by Steven Barracos)
Buccan executive chef Clay Conley gives its poke a Thai twist. (Contributed by Steven Barracos)

Flavor man Clay Conley gives his tuna poke a dip in coconut Thai chili sauce. The chef completes the dish with orange segments, hearts of palm, avocado and crispy yuca shoestrings.

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

Bolay, Royal Palm Beach

Protein option at Bolay: marinated ahi cubes. (Contributed)
Protein option at Bolay in Royal Palm Beach: marinated ahi cubes. (Contributed)

This fast-casual eatery offers marinated ahi tuna chunks as part of its protein selection. You can order a mound of the good stuff atop your choice of veggies or grains.

Bolay: 250 South State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach; 561-899-0111; Bolay-Restaurant-Wellington.com

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Light and bright: Duffy's Ahi Poke Bowl. (Contributed)
Light and bright: Duffy’s Ahi Poke Bowl. (Contributed)

The popular local chain offers an ahi tuna poke bowl as part of its “Surf or Turf” specials. It features sushi-grade yellowfin tuna that’s hand-cut and tossed in a signature sauce. It’s served over cilantro-lime rice and topped with avocado, scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

Duffy’s Sports Grill: For locations, visit DuffysMVP.com

Bistro Ten Zero One, West Palm Beach

Bistro Ten Zero One's Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad makes a sumptuous lunch. (Contributed by Katy Lynch)
Bistro Ten Zero One’s Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad. (Contributed by Katy Lynch)

Tucked into the downtown Marriott hotel, this eatery offers an ample, refreshing poke bowl. Chef Christian Quiñones’s Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad is made complete with the addition of avocado, pickled ginger, scallions and cucumbers.

Bistro Ten Zero One: 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. (Marriott), West Palm Beach; 561-833-1234 x 1908; Bistro1001.com

Kabuki, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens

Kabuki's Tuna Yukke. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)
Kabuki’s Tuna Yukke. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

The poke here goes by the name of “tuna yukke,” diced ahi with avocado, cucumber, orange, smelt roe, all in a spicy kimchee sauce.

Kabuki: In West Palm Beach at 308 Clematis St., 561-833-6349; in Palm Beach Gardens at 5080 PGA Blvd., 561-776-8778; KabukiWPB.com

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.

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What cholesterol? The formerly feared egg now okay to enjoy

Photo: Cox Newspapers
Photo: Cox Newspapers

Want to embrace an eating plan that complies with the new federal dietary guidelines? Crack a few eggs this week. Really.

Yes, this is the same federal government that has cautioned the nation about egg consumption for four decades, citing raised cholesterol risks. The newest guidelines, released last week, removed those decades-long restrictions on dietary cholesterol.

Turns out those hipster gastro pubs that crown every dish with an egg were onto something.

The report’s most strident message addressed the nation’s love affair with sugar, advising Americans to keep added sugars to less than 10 percent of their daily calories. Also key were warnings about sodium, saturated fats and sodium risks.

But eggs – and, gasp, meat – they’re alright.

Read all about it – and about ways to celebrate the formerly feared egg – here.