Thanksgiving dining picks for northern Palm Beach County

Thanksgiving may be America’s most anticipated holiday for home cooks, but if you prefer to make a reservation rather than roast a turkey, you’ve got plenty of options. Listed prices do not include tax and tip.

North county picks:

3800 Ocean, Singer Island. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)
3800 Ocean, Singer Island. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

3800 Ocean

The oceanfront eatery has a full day of food offerings on Thanksgiving, including a breakfast buffet (8 to 10:30 a.m., $28 adults, $14 kids under 12), a grand holiday brunch (noon to 3 p.m., $65 adults, $18 kids under 12), and a prix fixe dinner menu (5 to 10 p.m., $65 adults, $18 kids under 12).

3800 Ocean: 3800 N. Ocean Drive, inside the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort, 561-340-1795; Marriott.com

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

The seafood-centric eatery serves its Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 7 p.m., offering a traditional holiday menu with some seasonal and surf-turf options. The full, traditional turkey dinner costs $24.75. Other meal options: New Orleans crab cakes, filet mignon, grilled black grouper, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Reservations are recommended.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar: 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-776-9448; Spotos.com

Vic & Angelo's, Palm Beach Gardens. (LibbyVision.com)
Vic & Angelo’s, Palm Beach Gardens. (LibbyVision.com)

Vic & Angelo’s PGA

The eatery is serving a traditional “Be Grateful” Thanksgiving feast that includes a glass of red or white wine. The meal costs $27.95 per person and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The regular menu is available as well. Reservations are recommended.

Vic & Angelo’s at PGA Commons: 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-630-9899; VicandAngelos.com

III Forks

The steakhouse is serving a four-course Thanksgiving Day dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Entrée choices include a spice-rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwest beef tenderloin, or a Vermont maple-glazed salmon. Dinner costs $47 per adult and includes options from a dessert table. For $17, kids 12 and younger may choose soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. A la carte dishes are available as well.

III Forks: 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-630-3660; 3Forks.com

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Critic’s pick: Day of the Dead brunching at Rocco’s Tacos

This large Mexican skull mask, evoking Day of the Dead imagery, hangs on the wall at Rocco's Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)
Evoking the Day of the Dead at Rocco’s Tacos. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)

Central county pick: ROCCO’S TACOS

You can join the costumed masses in their takeover of Clematis Street at Moonfest Saturday night, or you can opt for a different type of other-worldly experience on Sunday. That’s when Rocco’s Tacos celebrates the Day of the Dead, the Mexican-inspired celebration of the dearly departed and their favorite dishes.

Fortunately for the living and the celebrated dead, this Dia de los Muertos falls on a Sunday, when Rocco’s serves one of the best brunches anywhere in Palm Beach County. Brunch kicks off at 11 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. My favorite bite on the menu: The Benedict Azteca, Rocco’s Mexican take on traditional Eggs Benedict. Earthy masa sopes cradle poached eggs, pork chunks and spinach, are ladled with chipotle cream and served with griddled potatoes.

At Rocco's, Mexican corn and a fancy margarita. (Contributed)
At Rocco’s, Mexican corn and a fancy margarita. (Contributed)

For the pairing at brunch, there are $12 endless Bloody Marys and mimosas, plus there are $3 Corona bottles and $3 Modelos at the bar all day.

Later, from 4 to 8 p.m., the party transitions to night with sugar skull-inspired makeup sessions and DJ-spun music. The full day’s celebration is not limited to Clematis Street – it happens at all six Rocco’s locations in Florida, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Rocco’s Tacos: 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-650-1001; RoccosTacos.com

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Three places for a sinful bite on World Vegetarian Day

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If your idea of celebrating World Vegetarian Day is to dine on salad, you may be missing the day’s more sinful temptations. Like cashew cream.

Chef Chris Slawson, who owns the plant-based Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens, is a master of this delicacy. It’s the substance that adds dreamy richness to his eatery’s ice “cream.” And wait till you try the macadamia “ricotta” that melts atop Christopher’s Kitchen’s pizzas. Like the ice cream, it’s among the stylish cafe’s more naughty options — and there are many of those.

Here’s the reality check: You don’t have to brave a mound of cold iceberg to stand in solidarity today (Thursday) with World Vegetarian Day. You can indulge. Here is a trio of good spots to do so in Palm Beach County:

Christopher's Kitchen: chocolate tart with vanilla ice "cream" made with cashew-coconut cream. (Palm Beach Post file)
Christopher’s Kitchen: chocolate tart with vanilla ice “cream” made with cashew cream. (Post file)

Christopher’s Kitchen

For all the above reasons and more.

4783 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-318-6191

Darbster's Palm Cake is a crispy favorite. (Post file)
Darbster’s Palm Cake is a crispy favorite. (Post file)

Darbster

Few places are more pooch-friendly than this waterside eatery. In fact, the restaurant’s proceeds benefit the Darbster Foundation, which helps local animal rescue and welfare efforts.

Decadent pick: the crispy hearts of palm cakes with caper remoulade and baby greens.

8020 S. Dixie Hway, West Palm Beach; 561-586-2622 

Getting crunchy at The Bee, West Palm. (LibbyVision.com)
Getting crunchy at The Bee, West Palm. (LibbyVision.com)

The Bee

This sunny spot is a good place for a fragrant cup of tea or vegan snack.

Decadent pick: the avocado toast with watermelon radish, lemon, tomato, cayenne, sea salt and sesame seeds.

123 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-651-9796

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Local Beer of the Week: Belgian blonde aged in massive oak cask

Best Local Beer of the Week: Summer Wind Belgian ale

What it is

Summer Wind blonde ale was aged 3 1/2 months in foudre, a massive oak container used to age wine or beer. (Contributed photo)
Summer Wind blonde ale was aged 3 1/2 months in foudre, a massive oak container used to age wine or beer. (Contributed photo)

Take note when lifelong brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich, co-founder of Twisted Trunk Brewing and Tequesta Brewing Co., says he has finally created a beer he has spent his entire career trying to brew. Twisted Trunk aged a Belgian blonde ale in a foudre, a large wooden cask that holds up to 600 gallons of beer. After brewing the beer with Belgian malted barley and German yeasts, the beer spent 3 ½ months in the foudre with Belgian sour yeasts to give Summer Wind a singular, distinctive flavor. Expect notes of apples, pears and spice from the Minnesota white oak. Several kegs of this beer will be treated with other flavors (such as an upcoming peach-lemongrass concoction) to add even more depth. And expect a unique batch of beer every time it comes out of Twisted’s foudre. “The barrel has a mind of its own, and that’s the beauty of it,” Andrewlevich said.

Where to get it

The foudre will be tapped for the first time Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Twisted Trunk’s brewery in Palm Beach Gardens. Cost: $5 pints at the brewery taproom, $4 during happy hour, Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Twisted Trunk Brewing Co., 2000 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-671-2337

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Venus Williams: Her company designed this cool bar

Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)The bar

The bar

Salute Market

The vibe

Salute Market is a place without secrets. It is simply a place to enjoy fresh food and hand-crafted drinks in sleek, open, unpretentious setting designed by tennis star Venus Williams’ firm, V Starr Interiors. It’s part deli and market, where you can buy fresh sandwiches with pastrami and corned beef flow in fresh from the owners’ home in Chicago. It’s part wine cellar, and full beer and liquor store where you can sample all of the items before you buy them. And it’s an indoor and outdoor bar, where cocktails are made with top shelf liquors — and the recipes to all the drinks are printed on cards so you can buy the alcohol and make the drinks at home.

Signature cocktail

The Funky Shandy is among the drinks Salute Market makes and prints the recipe to for patrons to take home. A typical shandy is mix of hefeweizen wheat beer and lemonade. This one does it one better by using Funky Buddha’s Floridian wheat ale, Kettle One Citron citrus vodka and ginger liqueur. It at once is refreshing and packs punch.

Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)

Other notable drinks

The drinks are seasonal to take advantage of local, fresh ingredients. Among the drinks Salute prints recipes to are its strawberry rhubarb old fashioned, made with bourbon, fresh muddled strawberries and aged-rhubarb liqueur. The watermelon mojito uses freshly muddled watermelon. There are also a selection of craft beers in cans or bottles, including local offerings from Tequesta Brewing Co. and Due South Brewing.

Bar bites

A full deli means you can have anything from a salumi/charcuterie board or a hot sandwich from kitchen. The Sleghtsteak sandwich uses house-roasted eye of round. The Barry uses specially cured corned beef. And all naan bread is fresh baked.

Deals

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., food menu ranges from $2 to $8. Wine starts at $6, champagne at $11.

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More info.

5530 PGA Blvd., Suite #101, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-425-5651. www.salute2u.com

 

The Funky Shandy

1 1/2 ounces Kettle One Citron vodka

1 1/4 ounces Stirrings Ginger Liqueur

4 ounces Funky Buddha Floridian beer

2 lemon wedges

Build in a glass. Add ice, vodka, ginger liquer and squeeze lemons. Finishe with beer. Garnish with lemon.