Local treat: Juno Beach’s guitar-fueled Sunday brunch

When it comes to brunch spots, this is not the most pizzazzy. There’s no Bloody Mary or Mimosa bar. There’s no ocean view or lush garden.

A tot pours maple syrup on his Sunday pancakes. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
A tot pours syrup on his pancakes. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

Still, there’s a line that stretches into the parking lot as the sun glints on passing traffic along U.S. 1. And there’s a sweet guitar weaving Sunday morning tunes, some standards, some bluesy, some folksy.

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It wouldn’t be Sunday brunch at the Juno Beach Café without guitarist and singer Jordan Lee, who says he hasn’t missed a Sunday morning gig at this daylight café for the better part of two decades. He’s not a “look at me” type of entertainer, but one who gently enhances the ambiance.

Jordan Lee, a singer and songwriter, entertains brunchers. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Jordan Lee, singer and songwriter. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

The attention-grabbing stars here are the “UEPs,” the stacks of “Uncle Eddie’s Pancakes,” which are some of the most popular items on the extensive breakfast menu. Last Sunday, I pondered the eight pancake options offered here (from $5.99 to $8.99), from Nutella-slathered UEPs to Banana Nut Loads of Walnuts UEPs, and settled on a stack of plain originals, which fixed my pancake craving just fine.

Uncle Eddie's Pancakes, the original UEPs. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Uncle Eddie’s Pancakes, or UEPs. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

The pancakes join the heaps of French toast, eggs, meats, breakfast skillets and other morning dishes spirited from the café’s kitchen.

Within that extensive menu are some true gems. The potato pancakes, for instance, are killer. Patted of shredded potatoes and onions, these thick and toasty latkes are offered in a combo ($10.29) with two eggs, bacon or sausage and a choice of applesauce or sour cream.

The toasty finish that elevates these potato pancakes also can be found in any side of hash browns here. Not too long ago, I enjoyed those with a spinach-tomato-cheese omelet, rye toast and bacon. And on another occasion, I had them with Eggs Benedict. (Breakfast joy: crispy potatoes that don’t ooze fat onto your omelet.)

Toasty hash browns are on point here. In background: potato pancakes. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Toasty hash browns are on point here. In background: potato pancakes. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

Beyond potatoes and pancakes, menu highlights include migas ($11.19), a Mexican-style scramble with eggs, beans, peppers, avocado, corn chips and several other whims. There’s also chicken and waffles that are served with poached eggs and hollandaise ($11.29), cheese blintzes and apple crepes ($9.99), pecan praline French toast ($6.79, $8.79) and six types of Eggs Benedict ($9.99 to $12.49).

Service is harried and as friendly as one can expect during a Sunday morning bustle. But servers do their best to keep your mug hot and filled with fresh-brewed coffee.

And then there’s Jordan Lee, the gentle guitarist. He fills in the gaps of ambiance and service at brunch time. He provides that thread of a melody you may catch while waiting for a table, the raspy rendition of Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You,” perhaps.

The regulars here have come to learn Lee’s own songs, like the one he titled “Cruise for Two.” It floats on a light reggae beat and can transport a breakfast patron eastward, across U.S. 1 and toward the sea:

“Hey, there’s a place where I’d like to be/ Sailing the ocean, from sea to sea,

“Jamaica island, Bahamas too/ No crowd of people, just me and you,

“Spending time together, just me and you/ On a cruise for two.”

Juno Beach Café: 13967 U.S. Highway 1 (at Donald Ross Road), Juno Beach; 561-622-1533; JunoBeachCafe.com

Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Restaurant roundup: Most delicious menu items of the week!

Through social media this week we asked chefs and restaurants to send us their favorite or best menu items of the week. Oh yes! And they did! Here’s a roundup of the best:

Jardin, West Palm Beach

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Jardin’s new menu item is the Jardin Lunchbox, which features quick lunch options like warm Caprese with Mozzarella with warm chocolate chips cookies and housemade Salt & Vinegar Yucca Chips! Our full dining review of Jardin – “Clematis Street restaurant that adventurous diners must try!

Jardin: 330 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Henry’s, Delray Beach

Henry's Frozen Turtle Cake is a dessert highlight. (Contributed by Henry's)
Henry’s Frozen Turtle Cake is a dessert highlight. (Contributed by Henry’s)

Dessert is always drool-worthy! And Henry’s Frozen Turtle Cake will make you do just that!

Henry’s: 16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach

Rocco’s Tacos, various locations

Mini tacos from Rocco's Tacos. (Contributed by Rocco's Tacos)
Mini tacos from Rocco’s Tacos. (Contributed by Rocco’s Tacos)

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday! The tacos featured here are made with housemade corn tortillas, pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled red onions and cotija cheese. Yum!!

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar: various locations

Angle, Manalapan

Local seafood stew from Eau Palm Beach. (Contributed by Eau Palm Beach)
Local seafood stew from Eau Palm Beach. (Contributed by Eau Palm Beach)

Now through Saturday,  Angle offers the “Local Seafood Stew” which includes shrimp, Snapper, conch, scallops and yuca in a tomato-coconut broth and braised fennel. OMG!

Angle: Inside the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan

Burt & Max’s, Delray Beach

Onion Soup Dumplings. (Contributed by Burt & Max's)
Onion Soup Dumplings. (Contributed by Burt & Max’s)

According to Burt & Max’s, this is the most popular appetizer on the menu: Onion Soup Dumplings! And our food editor says their one of her favorites too!

Burt & Max’s: 9089 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

Deck 84, Delray Beach

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake from Deck 84. (Contributed)
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake from Deck 84. (Contributed by Deck 84)

One of the best crowd-pleasing menu items at Deck 84? The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake served with Chipotle Remoulade and Avocado-Corn Salsa.

Deck 84: 840 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

Bogarts’ Bar & Grille, Boca Raton

Bogart's BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Contributed by Bogart's)
Bogart’s BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Contributed by Bogart’s)

Bogart’s stand-out pizza is the BBQ Chicken Pizza with onions, peppers, cheddar jack cheese and scallions.

Bogart’s Bar & Grille: (Cinemark Palace’s Premier Level) 3200 Airport Rd., Boca Raton

Less is more in fashion, beauty and… cake?

Less is more when keeping up with the latest social, fashion and food trends these days.

Take ripped jeans, for example. Instead of a subtle rip across one knee on a good pair, everyone from fashionable men to busy, I-just-need-something-to-throw-on moms are exposing an entire knee — and even a little thigh.

Then there are celebrities and beauty influencers posting selfies that embrace their natural skin with hashtags like #nomakeup and #naturalbeauty.

And while women are enjoying the skin they’re in, they also embracing the hair they’re under.

Over the past few years, a vast amount of women have publicly committed to big chops and no-heat hairstyles, encouraging other women to do the same. In most cases, these women have found that their natural hair texture — before chemicals, dye and styling products — is much more satisfying to their taste, looks better and feels better, #NaturalHair.

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So, yes, it was only a matter of time before the “less is more” craze would venture into fine dining, and fine desserting.

We’re in a season of natural beauty exposed, where people are not only appreciating a more unfinished look but paying for it as well. Now, you’ve got the naked and semi-naked cakes. A two, three, four or more tier cake with buttercream filling, some fresh fruit or flower garnishment — and that’s it.

But make no mistake: Just because minimal vibes are trending doesn’t mean people are paying less. Not for jeans, not for hair or skin products, and surely not for the naked cake.

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Vanilla naked cake with fresh strawberry filling, strawberries and flowers for a Bed and Breakfast in Loxahatchee made by Diva-Licious Cake House in Palm Beach County. Photo provided by The Diva-Licious Cake House.

Pricing may start at about $7.50 per serving but it all depends on what you’re looking for. Will you be including fresh flowers or sugar flowers? What flavor do you want? Will the cake have three layers or five?

“Naked wedding cakes, to the average eye, seem to be something that requires less work, but that’s not it,” Janderyn Makris of Earth and Sugar tells us.

Her naked cakes start at the same price point as any other cake from her bakery because the amount of time spent on it is the same.

You’re probably wondering, “how can that be true if a naked cake has very little or no icing on its exterior?” Well, there are careful skills and techniques to consider, like layering the cakes with particular amounts of buttercream filling so that the final product is not lopsided.

For frosting lovers, this is a good thing. They shouldn’t turn away from a slice of naked cake because there may be even more filling in a naked cake than a normal one.

“The naked wedding cake must be clean,” Marian Meyers of  Diva-Licious Cake House emphasized. But clean doesn’t necessary mean flawless.

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A naked cake from The Sugar Monkey before it was ‘dressed.’ Photo provided by The Sugar Monkey.

 

It seems the idea of being ‘natural’, or ‘naked’ for the cake’s sake, is more about exposing and embracing flaws rather than covering them up. Are freckles on a nose just as beautiful as a contoured face? Are naked cakes as beautiful as desserts fully decorated in fondant and props? I’d say so.

Tiger Woods’ top-rated restaurant keeps name and delicious menu!

Relax! Even though Tiger Woods just announced the rebranding of his Harbourside Place restaurant, The Woods Jupiter will keep the same name and delicious menu!

A game-changer for Harbourside Place, The Woods, opened in August of 2015. The eatery boasts fine food and faultless service: Read our full dining review – The Woods at Harbourside Place.

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The Woods’ lobster and jumbo crab cake: fresh lobster and jumbo lump crab cake, served with a warm mustard sauce and roasted corn relish. (Contributed by The Woods Jupiter)

Another stand-out about the restaurant is the service. The Woods Jupiter was voted our Critic’s Choice pick for ‘Best Service’ in 2015!

Video: Ralph’s Place closes in Palm Beach Gardens

This is not where one expects to find a killer egg salad sandwich or belly-warming fish and grits. It’s a diner where you least expect to find one: in an industrial/professional block on a restaurant-free road.

But here it is, Ralph’s Place, humming more than eight years strong on this quiet corner of Palm Beach Gardens – until it closes for good on Sunday.

Ralph's Place prepares to close. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Ralph’s Place in Palm Beach Gardens prepares to close. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

And Ralph Percy, the diner’s 85-year-old owner, greeter and part-time cook, will be here till the last customer has left, the last dish is washed and the last light is turned off.

The new owners of the plaza that houses Ralph’s Place did not renew its lease, says Percy. So he will close the diner he’s operated for 26 years in three different locations.

Ralph Percy opened Ralph's Place 26 years ago. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Ralph Percy opened Ralph’s Place 26 years ago. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

“It’s the local gathering place for all the neighborhood and business people. We have regular customers every day. I know them by sight more than by name,” says Percy, who operated Ralph’s Place in one Northwood location, then another, from 1990. He reopened in Palm Beach Gardens in 2008, after his last Northwood lease was not renewed.

On Friday, as Ralph’s Place buzzes with lunchtime customers, Percy is deep into his head count for the day. “We do 200 customers a day. So far today, we’re at 103,” he says.

One of those 103 is Mabel Brinkley, a tap dance aficionado enjoying a plate of fried fish for lunch. She’s a regular here. She comes every Tuesday for lunch with her senior dance group. There’s much to love about Ralph’s Place, she says.

“I like his personality. The service is excellent. I’m going to miss it,” she says.

Her server, Bonnie Sue Fickett, is going to miss the place as well.

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” says Fickett, a Maine native who has been a restaurant server for 40 years. She’s worked at Ralph’s for just eight months, but has already collected various customer appreciation letters as well as some job leads. “(Ralph) is just such a nice person. I love it here. I’m gonna cry.”

For most of the past 8 ½ years, Percy has been here at 5:30 a.m. seven days a week, opening the diner at 7 a.m. each morning and closing at 2:30 p.m. He’s done all the food shopping for the diner, and prepared “90 percent” of the lunches, too. On the plus side, it doesn’t take him too long to walk home from work – he lives one block away.

Simple diner omelet with home fries. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)
Simple diner omelet with home fries. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

What will he do once Ralph’s Place is gone?

“I’m up there in years and retirement is inevitable,” says Percy.

Retirement is also a fuzzy term. Percy retired nearly 40 years ago from a national shoe company. He had moved to Florida from Syracuse, NY, in 1965 and “retired” 11 years later. He opened a couple of shoe stores and operated them for nearly a decade.

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A bygone menu of daily specials at Ralph’s. (Liz Balmaseda/ The Palm Beach Post)

It was after his brother took over the old Albritton’s Drug Store in 1990 (and closed it a few months later) that Percy opened a diner in that 40th Street location. He ran Ralph’s Place there until he moved it to 24th Street, and finally to its final Burns Road home.

“I started out as a novice,” says Percy. “I was new and had no idea. My sister had a restaurant in upstate New York and I would pop in and out and so on.”

But he gravitated toward the kitchen at his first Ralph’s Place, where he had hired an “excellent” local cook. Percy says he would hover over the stove as she cooked, exasperating her.

“She said to me, ‘Excuse me. You can’t stand there and watch me – you’ll drive me crazy,’” he recalls. But he continued to hover until he took over the stove one day. “I’m pretty agile. I play a lot of tennis. I thought, ‘I can flip eggs.’ So I said to her one day, ‘Move over.’”

Many over-easy eggs later, Percy ponders whether the closing means he’ll hang up his spatula for good. Probably not, he says.

“I’ll get bored. I’ll look for something,” he says, referring to another location. “It would have to be around here. I wouldn’t go somewhere else where I’m not known.”

So this may not be a final good-bye to his customers, he says.

“The customers ask me, ‘How are we going to find you?’ I tell them, ‘You’ll have to take a break for a few months at least.’”

Ralph’s Place: Closes Sunday at 3902 Burns Rd., #20, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-625-6687

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Hurricane Matthew: Still boarded up and nowhere to go? Which restaurants are open/closed

Hurricane Matthew gave us a scare, but in the end spared us. In the boarded-up confines of home, that makes us grateful — and a little hungry for some good, hot grub.

So what’s open and what’s closed today, restaurant-wise? Here’s what we’ve got so far:

E.R. Bradley's Saloon bartender Sam Paolillo serves drinks to patrons in West Palm Beach Thursday October 6, 2016. The restaurant will serve food until 3 p.m. and remain open serving only drinks throughout the evening. (Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)
Service with a smile: E.R. Bradley’s bartender Sam Paolillo. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)

SOUTH

Rapoport Restaurants, south county

All Burt Rapoport-owned restaurants will reopen at 4:30 p.m. for dinner Friday night. This goes for Deck 84, Henry’s and Burt & Max’s in Delray Beach as well as for Bogart’s in Boca Raton.

Max’s Grille, Boca Raton

The popular Mizner Park restaurant reopens at lunchtime Friday.

Beer Trade Co. cafe and beer lounge, Delray Beach and Boca Raton

Are open for business.

The Frog Lounge, Delray Beach

Is open for business.

Josie’s Ristorante, Boynton Beach

Is reopening for lunch and dinner Friday.

Max’s Harvest, Delray Beach

Is reopening for dinner Friday.

Rocco’s Tacos, all locations

They’re reopening at lunchtime.

City Oyster, Delray Beach

Is reopening Friday for regular hours.

Louie Bossi’s, Boca Raton

Is reopening Friday for regular hours.

Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach

Is open for business.

Agliolio Italian Bistro & Bar, Wellington and Boynton Beach

Is open for business at both locations.

Habit Burger, Royal Palm Beach and Delray Beach

Is open for business.

Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, all locations

They are all open for business.

The Living Room, Boynton Beach

Is open for business with live music Friday night.

La Cigale A Taste of the Mediterranean, Delray Beach

Is open for business at 5 p.m. Friday

 

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Things start to return to normal at E.R . Bradley’s in downtown West Palm Beach on Friday, October 7, 2016, the day after Hurricane Matthew brushed the Palm Beach County coast line. (Joseph Forzano / The Palm Beach Post)

CENTRAL/WEST

Maison Carlos, West Palm Beach

Opens for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday.  For reservations, call 561-659-6524.

Havana, West Palm Beach

The iconic Cuban restaurant has reopened for business.

Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach

Will reopen at 4:30 p.m. Friday for dinner.

City Cellar at CityPlace, West Palm Beach

Is reopening Friday for regular hours.

ER Bradley’s Saloon, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Bistro Ten Zero One at Marriott, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Table 26, West Palm Beach

Will reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Cholo Soy Cocina, West Palm Beach

Will reopen Saturday at 5 p.m.

Rocco’s Tacos, all locations

They’re reopening at lunchtime.

Grease Burger, West Palm Beach.

Is reopening Friday for regular hours.

Marcello’s La Sirena, West Palm Beach

Will reopen Friday for dinner. Reservations at 561-585-3128.

Cafe Centro in Northwood, West Palm Beach

Cafe Centro is open for lunch, dinner and deliveries. They will have music tonight, featuring Ray Chang.

Eau Palm Beach Resort restaurants, Manalapan

All resort restaurants reopen at noon Saturday, except for Angle, which reopens at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

Appicella Pizza, Palm Springs

It’s open and making deliveries.

Lupita’s Tex-Mex, Lake Worth

Is open for business.

Cucina Dell’Arte, Palm Beach

Is open for business.

The Regional Kitchen & Public House, West Palm Beach

Will be open for dinner tonight.

Aioli, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

PB Catch, Palm Beach

Is open for dinner tonight.

Paneterie, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Pistache, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Nick & Johnnie’s, Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Habit Burger, Royal Palm Beach and Delray Beach

Is open for business.

Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens

Reopens for dinner at 4 p.m. Friday

Buccan, Palm Beach

Reopens for dinner Friday night.

Imoto, Palm Beach

Buccan’s “little sister” next door reopens for dinner Friday night.

Grato, West Palm Beach

Reopens for dinner Friday night.

Dorrian’s Red Hand Pub, West Palm Beach

Is open for business.

Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, all locations

They are all open for business.

Kitchen, West Palm Beach

Reopens for dinner Friday night.

100616 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Royal Palm Way is nearly deserted as Hurricane Matthew approaches Thursday October 6, 2016.
Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach, as seen before Hurricane Matthew’s expected approach. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)

NORTH

Calaveras Cantina, Jupiter

The waterfront Mexican restaurant at Harbourside Place reopens for dinner and drinks at 5 p.m. Friday.

McCarthy’s Pub, Tequesta

Will reopen Friday for dinner.

Rocco’s Tacos, all locations

They’re reopening at lunchtime.

Cod & Capers Seafood Market and Cafe, North Palm Beach

Will reopen Saturday for its regular hours.

Ocean Bleu, Tequesta

Will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday for dinner.

Carmine’s Crab Shack, Palm Beach Gardens

Reopens at 4 p.m. Friday for dinner.

Evo Italian in Tequesta

Reopens Friday for dinner at 4:30 p.m., with Happy Hour served until 7 p.m.

The Cooper, Palm Beach Gardens

Reopens Friday for dinner at 5 p.m.

Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens

Reopens for dinner at 4 p.m. Friday.

Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, all locations

They are all open for business.

Salute Market, Palm Beach Gardens

Is open for business with a special “Hurricane Matthew” after party Friday

Guanabanas, Jupiter

Reopens for dinner Friday.

NOTE:

Restaurant owners and representatives: Is your restaurant operating on special hours due to Matthew? Let me know at lbalmaseda@pbpost.com.

Hurricane Matthew: Which restaurants are open, closed?

If you think every local restaurant will close during looming Hurricane Matthew, we’ve got news for you. Which restaurants are open and which are closed due to the storm? Here’s what we know so far:

Gotta eat: Not even storms keep some away from their favorite spot. (Cox Newspapers photo)
Gotta eat: Not even storms keep some away from their favorite spot. (Cox Newspapers photo)

Flanigan’s, West Palm Beach

Is open and busy Thursday, as storm approaches.

ER Bradley’s, West Palm Beach

Will be open during its usual hours, even throughout the storm.

Cucina Dell’Arte, Palm Beach

Will open during regular hours, even throughout the storm

Havana Hideout, Lake Worth

Will stay open during the storm and operate on regular hours. The kitchen works on propane. “Bring your perishables — it will be a hurricane pot luck,” says Shelly Earhart.

Havana, West Palm Beach

The iconic Cuban restaurant plans to be open as long as it can during the storm. If it has to close, management says it will reopen earliest Friday.

Table 26, West Palm Beach

Open for business Wednesday night, closed Thursday and Friday. Will reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach

Open Wednesday night, closed Thursday and also at lunch Friday. May reopen for dinner Friday night, but that’s TBD.

Cholo Soy Cocina, West Palm Beach

Open Wednesday night, closed Thursday and also at lunch Friday. May reopen for dinner Friday night, but that’s TBD.

Bistro Ten Zero One at Marriott, West Palm Beach

Open during regular hours, serving a limited menu.

The Cooper, Palm Beach Gardens

Will be open Wednesday, closed all day Thursday and through lunchtime Friday. May reopen for dinner Friday.

Burger Bar, Palm Beach Gardens

Closed Thursday. May open Friday, but that’s TBD.

Evo, Tequesta

Will be open till 11 p.m. Wednesday night. To be decided after that.

McCarthy’s Pub, Tequesta

Open till 10 p.m. Wednesday, likely not open Thursday. Will reopen Friday if there’s power.

Calaveras Cantina, Jupiter

Closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Plans to reopen Saturday, if able.

Agliolio, Wellington and Boynton Beach

Open Wednesday for regular hours, closed Thursday. Will post reopening info on its Facebook page.

Marcello’s La Sirena, West Palm Beach

Will be open Wednesday, closed Thursday. Plans to reopen Friday, if there’s no power outage.

Buccan, Palm Beach

Will be open Wednesday, closed Thursday (and The Sandwich Shop at Buccan is closed Friday as well). Friday and Saturday dinner at Buccan is to be decided.

Imoto, Palm Beach

Buccan’s “little sister” next door is closed Wednesday and Thursday. May reopen Friday for dinner, but that’s to be decided.

Grato, West Palm Beach

Open Wednesday, closed Thursday and during lunch Friday. May reopen for dinner Friday night, but that’s to be decided.

Biergarten, Boca Raton

Will open at 11 a.m. Thursday and remain open as long as possible.

Rapoport Restaurants, south county

All Burt Rapoport-owned restaurants are open all day Wednesday, closed Thursday. Friday is to be decided. This goes for Deck 84, Henry’s and Burt & Max’s in Delray Beach as well as for Bogart’s in Boca Raton.

NOTE:

Restaurant owners and representatives: Is your restaurant operating on special hours due to Matthew? Let me know at lbalmaseda@pbpost.com.

 

Jupiter cantina offers free meals to uniformed police and firefighters

There is such a thing as a free lunch – and free dinner – in Jupiter. If you’re a uniformed firefighter or police officer, that is.

That’s the forever deal at Burro Loco Cantina on Indiantown Road, says co-owner Shad DiMaria.

“This is not a short-term promotion, but a permanent policy,” he said. The offer extends to all police and fire departments. “If they’re in uniform, they eat free.”

It’s a policy rooted in gratitude, he says.

A view of the bar at Burro Loco. (Contributed image)
A view of the bar at Burro Loco. (Contributed image)

“I have a lot of friends who are police and fire. There has been a lot of publicity about the few bad apples, but nobody mentions all the good things (police officers) do,” says DiMaria. “So we decided to say ‘thank you’ with actions, instead of words.”

The restaurant serves a variety of Mexican and Central American street foods, including breakfast chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, tortas, tacos, menudo stew, enchiladas, fajitas and enchiladas.

Burro Loco is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It’s located at 711 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter; 561-320-0040; BurroLocoPBC.com

 

 

 

Openings: Newk’s Eatery soon debuts in Palm Beach Gardens

UPDATE: The planned Monday opening of Newk’s Eatery at Legacy Place has been postponed, a restaurant publicist told The Post, citing “inclement weather.” A new opening date has not been announced.

ORIGINAL POST: If Hurricane Matthew treats us kindly, we can expect a brand new restaurant to open Monday in Palm Beach Gardens: At long last, Newk’s Eatery is set to open at the Legacy Place shopping plaza.

Newk's is located at the Legacy Place shopping plaza. (Contributed by Newk's)
Newk’s Eatery is located at the Legacy Place shopping plaza. (Contributed by Newk’s)

The new restaurant debuts in the prime, long-vacant, fountain-side space once occupied by the Java Moon café. And the casual spot’s first order of business is to offer this hot deal:

The first 50 people in line at 11 a.m. will get a free $100 gift card, plus various other prizes, to use on their next visit. The next 50 people will get a variety of Newk’s branded items.

Plus, leading up to the grand opening, Newk’s is offering special preview tastings to anyone who signs up via this link.

Newk's ahi tuna salad, and its shrimp/avocado salad. (Contributed by Newk's)
Fresh offerings: Newk’s ahi tuna salad, and its shrimp/avocado salad. (Contributed by Newk’s)

Newk’s, which gets its name from its founding family (the Newcombs of Jackson, Miss.), is a fast-casual spot serving salads, toasted sandwiches, soups, pizzas and desserts. The upcoming restaurant’s 4600-square-foot space allows for indoor and outdoor seating for 140 diners.

On the menu at Newk's: stacked club sandwich. (Contributed by Newk's)
On the menu at Newk’s: this stacked club sandwich. (Contributed by Newk’s)

The Gardens location will be the first of 10 planned for southeast Florida by the Tracy family of franchisees (led by Pat Tracy, his father Tom and brothers Matt and Ryan). Before venturing into Newk’s, the family opened eight Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties as well as an independent restaurant in Virginia.

The Newk’s national chain has 103 locations in 13 states and expects to open more than 200 others by 2019.

NEWK’S EATERY: 11345 Legacy Place Ave. (at Legacy Place plaza, off PGA Boulevard), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-626-3957; Newks.com.

Open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5 best places for tacos in Palm Beach County, readers say

Happy Taco Tuesday! Here is a list of the top five places, according to Post readers, for tacos in Palm Beach County.

Recently we announced the winner of our Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Tacos in Palm Beach County“.

The winner was selected from our online poll which was created based on your social comments. Along with the winner, here are the five best sports for tacos, based on your votes:

The winner: Tacos al Carbon, Lake Worth

View of a trio of tacos, Al Pastor, Grill stake, chicken, at Tacos Al Carbon. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
View of a trio of tacos, Al Pastor, Grill stake, chicken, at Tacos Al Carbon. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

An excerpt from the original story ‘Best Tacos’ story:

“Tacos al Carbon’s main location brings a rural feel to the well-trafficked corner of Military Trail and Lake Worth Road. Families flock to the place, their young kids scampering between picnic tables. The Tacos truck is parked near a shaded patio, adjacently to a table selling fresh roasted street corn. This location has a 24-hour window to serve the area’s taco munchies.”

Tacos al Carbon’s main location: 4420 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth; 561-432-8474

Calaveras Cantina, Jupiter

Calaveras Cantina faces the waterfront at Harbourside Place, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Calaveras Cantina faces the waterfront at Harbourside Place, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Beneath vibrantly colored Mexican lanterns, hipster servers mash guacamole tableside, crispy empanadas are stuffed with delicious duck confit, and dessert means hot, fresh churros served with caramel (cajeta) dipping sauce. As side from tacos, empanadas and churros are must-haves at Calaveras Cantina, which offers an extensive range of cocktails and terrific happy hour deals.

Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter; 561-320-9661

Rocco’s Tacos, various locations

Tacos at Rocco's Tacos.
Tacos at Rocco’s Tacos.

Rocco’s Tacos is not your average cantina. The guacamole made table side is a must-order, and you can customize it. The signature Rocco’s Tacos are also very popular. The Camarones and carne asada tacos were quite flavorful. Choose from flour, corn or gluten-free tortillas.

Related: How to get a free drink today to go with your tacos at Rocco’s Tacos

Rocco’s Tacos, various locations

El Camino, Delray Beach 

The interior of El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)
The interior of El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

Mexican soul food reigns at this hipster Tequila bar in Delray’s hot dining district, as Post reviewer Carlos Frías found. Try the smoked brisket enchiladas, lavished with a slow-cooked molé negro sauce. Wash it down with your choice of mescal or reposado — or any of the 200-plus varieties of tequila poured at the bar. Take in a setting that’s all funk and fun, but not in the wild, Cancun-on-Memorial-Day way.

El Camino: 15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-865-5350

JimmyChangas, West Palm Beach

From a Yelp review: “I discovered JimmyChangas two weeks ago…. Since then, I’ve visited a total of five times! … It is a cozy little joint with limited bar-style seating, and two tables for two out front. Perfect little tacos because the flavor quality is definitely there.”

JimmyChangas: 332n Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-345-3737