Harbourside Place: Calaveras Cantina hosts ‘Fiesta de los Muertos’

Day of the Dead doesn’t arrive until Tuesday, but Calaveras Cantina is celebrating early. As in Friday night.

The Harbourside Place restaurant is hosting a “Fiesta de los Muertos” bash, offering drink specials, music, dancing and prizes.

Calaveras' watermelon-jalapeno margarita. (Contributed by Calaveras Cantina)
Calaveras’ watermelon-jalapeno margarita. (Contributed by Calaveras)

The party, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., has a cause beyond margaritas. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s fight against breast cancer.

MAKE THIS: Day of the Dead bread

But, yes, there will be margaritas. Calaveras will pour is own rendition cocktail (and other cocktails) for $6. Craft beers on draft are $4.

Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Dr. (at Harbourside Place), Jupiter; 561-320-9661; CalaverasCantinas.com

 

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.)

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National Empanada Day: Our favorite empanadas in Palm Beach County

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The recipe for these Argentine-style empanadas appears in the cookbook “Empanadas, ” by Sandra Gutierrez. (Photo by Tina Rupp)

A good empanada holds the flavor secrets of Latin America in its soul. Its core reveals an aromatic story that’s unique to a nation, a kitchen, a street kiosk.

So there is no such thing as your basic empanada, as each region has its own definition of basic.

Here’s a range of local hand pies to try on National Empanada Day, which is today:

Calaveras Cantina

Calaveras Cantina at Jupiter's Harbourside Place serves delicious, crispy-fried empanadas filled with duck confit and mushrooms. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

Calaveras Cantina at Jupiter’s Harbourside Place serves crispy-fried empanadas. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

The flaky duck empanadas at this Harbourside Place eatery are addictively good. They’re fried crispy with a juicy center of duck confit and mushrooms. A batch of four, served with a side of avocado ranch dipping sauce, make a great, shareable starter.

Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter; 561-723-0059; CalaverasCantinas.com

Mojito

A pulled pork empanada at Mojito restaurant in CityPlace is flavored stuffed with roasted poblano chiles and topped with diced tomatoes and goat cheese. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

An empanada at Mojito restaurant in CityPlace. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

This lively spot atop CityPlace makes empanadas with your choice of three fillings: roasted chicken, picadillo or ham and cheese.

Mojito Latin Cuisine: 700 S. Rosemary Ave. (CityPlace, second floor), West Palm Beach; 561-832-6688;MojitoCP.com

El Sabor Latino

Empanada con carne served with a mildly spicy aji at El Sabor Latino, Palm Beach Gardens. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)

Empanada con carne at El Sabor Latino, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post)

This small, pan-Latino eatery, with locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Greenacres, serves 2-buck, homemade empanadas filled with either chicken or beef. The crust on these babies: corn masa.

El Sabor Latino: In Palm Beach Gardens at 4391 Northlake Blvd. (inside Joseph’s/ HomeGoods plaza); in Greenacres at 2202 Jog Rd.; ElSaborLatinoRestaurant.com

Buccan

Buccan's famous braised short rib empanadas are topped with aji amarillo cream and fresh salsa criolla. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)

Buccan’s famous braised short rib empanadas are topped with aji amarillo cream and fresh salsa criolla. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)

Chef Clay Conley makes the best empanada in town. You’ll need a reservation, valet tip cash and proper attire to savor it, but, oh, is it ever so worth it to dig into Buccan Palm Beach’s short rib empanada. Conley dresses it up with a touch of salsa criolla and Peruvian-style ají amarillo (yellow pepper sauce).

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

Related: Empanadas – The soul of Latin America wrapped in a hand-held pie

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Happy Birthday Tiger Woods! We love your new restaurant at Harbourside

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As Tiger Woods turns 40 today, we take a look back at Liz Balmaseda’s review of his new restaurant The Woods, which opened in the fall at Harbourside Place in Jupiter:

Review: The Woods is a game-changer for Harbourside Place!

Critic’s pick in Jupiter: Venture into The Woods Halloween weekend

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North county pick: THE WOODS

This 2-month-old restaurant and bar, owned by golf superstar Tiger Woods, has been a hit at the Harbourside Place dining and shopping complex in Jupiter. And for good reason: The food is delicious, the service superb.

It’s a steakhouse with the approachability of a sports bar, and the dish that best bridges the two concepts is the rib-eye sandwich. (That melted goodness atop the tender steak is Drunken Goat cheese.)

Halloween revelers, if you hit Harbourside Place Friday night, you may want to pack a picnic blanket or chair – there’s a free viewing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 6:30 p.m. at the waterfront amphitheater, which sits across from The Woods.

If you visit the complex on Halloween night, you may want to see the canine costume contest (6 p.m.) before dinner. That event is hosted by the pooch shop Pucci & Catana.

The Woods: 129 Soundings Ave., at Harbourside Place, Jupiter; 561-320-9627; WoodsJupiter.com

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Find the best restaurants at Harbourside Place in Jupiter

Deep Blu Seafood Grille.
Deep Blu Seafood Grille.

Dining options at Harbourside Place range from the quick and casual (Coffee Culture) to the clubby and pricey (Deep Blu). Here’s our Food Editor’s guide to the plaza’s eateries, the hits and the misses:

Dining Guide to Harbourside Place