5 must-try restaurants in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

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Pulled pork steamed buns at Kapow! Noodle Bar. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

If you find yourself hungry and in Boca Raton, hit Mizner Park. There are plenty of dining options. Here are some of our favorites:

Kapow! Noodle Bar

Yes, this Asian gastro-pub offers yummy noodles. Their beef ramen is delicious, offering salty little noodles with still-crisp bok choy, scallions and skirt steak in a broth you’ll consider tipping the bowl and drinking up! Other stand-out nibbles, the Bahn Mi Sliders, served on a baguette filled with slow-cooked pulled pork with a smear of pate, chili-cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon!

 Kapow!: 431 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-347-7322

The Quinoa and Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad from Tanzy. (Contributed)
The Quinoa and Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad from Tanzy. (Contributed)

Tanzy

Tanzy is a great date night location since it’s technically connected to the iPic Theater. One can have a nice dinner and then catch a movie! Bites that stood out: The Tuscan Kale salad has crunchy pine nuts and black currants (fancy!); the Quinoa and Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad is both crunchy and cheesy, and the orecchiette with spiced turkey sausage and Swiss chard is huge.

Tanzy: 301 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-922-6699

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Crispy Duck Spring Rolls prepared at Max’s Grille in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Max’s Grille

Max’s has long been popular with locals who enjoy casual yet elevated American fare. Some of our favorite bites: The Duck Spring Rolls – the gentle flavor of duck is only heightened on the first bite through the crisp exterior. And the Jumbo Lump CrabCake preserves a tender inside despite a perfect crisp on the outside. It’s served with whole grain mustard sauce, wilted spinach with braised leeks, & roasted tomato.

Max’s Grille: 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-368-0080

Rack's Downtown Eatery, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, (Contributed by Shayne Hensley)
Rack’s Downtown Eatery, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, (Contributed by Shayne Hensley)

Racks Downtown Eatery & Tavern

This modern eatery oozes contemporary cool with an open kitchen and separate bar area. The menu offers classic American cuisine with a few unique twists. Hits include the Spicy Buffalo Calamari served with celery, peanuts and blue cheese. The rings were lightly breaded and tossed in a very spicy Buffalo sauce, but there was plenty of crumbled cheese topping the dish to cool the palate. The peanuts added an extra flavor element and a nice textural crunch to the dish.

Racks Downtown Eatery: 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-395-1662

Truluck's, seafood restaurant, Mizner Park, Boca Raton.
Truluck’s in Mizner Park, Boca Raton.

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House

For contemporary seafood dishes, try Truluck’sStand-out plates include the Soft Shell Crab Lettuce Cups with cherry gastrique and spicy slaw.

Truluck’s: 351 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-391-0755

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A dreamy recipe to celebrate National Mousse Day

Daisy Martinez's “Sweet Earth” chocolate mousse cups with chocolate cookie crumbles are topped with edible flowers. (Photo: Joseph De Leo)
Tierrita Dulce: Daisy Martinez’s “Sweet Earth” chocolate mousse cups. (Photo: Joseph De Leo)

Got chocolate mousse on the brain? No wonder: Today is National Mousse Day. Here’s a yummy rendition, created by Daisy Martinez, the talented chef, cookbook author and culinary TV star.

‘TIERRITA DULCE’

(Sweet Earth)

Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumbles

(Serves 6 to 8, depending on size of pots)

INGREDIENTS:

One 12-ounce bag bittersweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons dark rum

1¼ tablespoons instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

3 extra-large eggs, separated

3⁄4 cup sugar

1 cup heavy cream, well chilled

2 packages Oreo Thin Crisps chocolate cookies or 1¼ cups crushed Famous Chocolate Wafers

6 to 8 edible flowers, with stems if possible, or candy flowers (from a bakery supply shop)

TO MAKE:

 

1. Mix the chocolate chips, rum, espresso powder, vanilla, salt, and ¼ cup water in a large heatproof bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Set aside.

2. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg yolks with ¼ cup of the sugar in a medium bowl until they are pale yellow and fluffy and you can see the bottom of the bowl as you beat, about 2 minutes. Fold about one-third of the chocolate mixture into the yolks with a rubber spatula, then fold the yolk mixture into the chocolate remaining in the bowl. Set aside.

3. Wash the beaters and bowl thoroughly and dry them. Beat the egg whites with the remaining ½ cup sugar in a medium bowl until they hold soft peaks when the beaters are lifted. Fold one-third of the whites into the chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Once they are incorporated, fold in the remaining whites.

4. Beat the cream in a clean bowl until it holds firm peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cream into the chocolate mixture one-third at a time. Divide the mousse among 6 to 8 food-safe flowerpots (see Note) or dessert cups. Chill for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

5. Put the cookies in a heavy resealable plastic bag. Whack them with a rolling pin into coarse pieces, then roll until fine crumbs. Top each dish of mousse with crumbled chocolate cookies to resemble soil. Finish with the edible flowers, standing them straight up by inserting the stems into the mousse.

NOTE: Food-safe flowerpots are available in specialty bakeware shops, or feel free to use ramekins.

(Prep time: 45 minutes, plus 2 to 24 hours chilling time)

Recipe from “Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night — Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes” (Atria Books). 

 

Lake Worth’s Farmers Market wraps this weekend

Tomatoes in the sun: The waterside location at the Lake Worth Farmers Market enhances the experience. (Palm Beach Post file)
Tomatoes in the sun at the Lake Worth Farmers Market. (Palm Beach Post file)

The waterside Lake Worth Farmers Market wraps its green market season this Saturday.

Located at Old Bridge Park, on the northwest corner of A1A and Lake Avenue, the market lives up to its name, as visitors can guy produce directly from area farmers.

Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market reopens in the fall.

 

 

Gardens green market regular season closes Sunday

Gardens GreenMarket offers an assortment of fresh goods. (Palm Beach Post file)
Gardens GreenMarket offers an assortment of fresh goods. (Palm Beach Post file)

Sunday is the final day of the regular season for Palm Beach Gardens‘ popular green market.

This is the market that sprawls throughout the City Hall municipal complex every Sunday morning,  offering organic veggies and fruits, hot and cold prepared foods and artisan-made items.

A version of the market morphs into the Summer GreenMarket at the nearby STORE facility, just north on Military Trail, the following Sunday.

Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket

Until Sunday: from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10500 N. Military Trail.

Starting Sunday, May 8: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STORE Self Storage and Wine Storage, 11010 N. Military Trail.

Green market season coming to end in Wellington

Fresh produce is a draw at local green markets. (Palm Beach Post file)
Fresh produce is a draw at local green markets. (Palm Beach Post file)

Season comes to a close Saturday for the Green Market at Wellington, the weekly market that operates next to the Wellington Amphitheater.

The market offers a range of organic produce, prepared foods and other culinary goods as well as artisan handicrafts.

As it did all harvest season, the market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Already closed for season: the Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar, which was held at Veterans Park until last Sunday.

Green Market at Wellington: 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington

 

 

 

Food Network star Guy Fieri visits MEAT Eatery’s sister location

Chef George Patti sears MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Chef George Patti sears the MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: MEAT Eatery co-owner George Patti has clarified that Fieri visited the burger joint’s Islamorada location, not Boca Raton, as he suggested in an interview. The updated version is below:

Food Network’s Guy Fieri drove his red 1968 Camaro convertible to Islamorada to visit MEAT Eatery & Taproom, which has a sister eatery in Boca Raton.

Fieri’s December visit to MEAT airs at 10 p.m. tonight on his Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” A viewing party is planned at MEAT’s Boca Raton location.

MEAT Eatery is hosting a "Triple D" viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)
MEAT Eatery is hosting a “Triple D” viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)

MEAT’s chef and co-owner George Patti tells us he griddled up one of his famous Juicy Lucy burgers for Fieri, plus a heap of other bites.

“We did smoked wings, chipotle-honey barbecue sauce, house-made pork rinds — we went through the whole pork rind process for him. We did house-made Worcestershire and chimichurri aioli,” says Patti.

The jovial, camera-ready chef took his share of ribbing from Fieri.

“He was funny. He kept breaking my chops about my hair. He kept calling me ‘Ironman.’ I said, ‘You’re making fun of my hair?'” says the chef.

Fieri’s Camaro did its best to further the eatery’s dive vibe on Overseas Highway and Mile Marker 88.

“It leaked oil all over my parking lot,” says Patti. “Some of his guys were underneath it, trying to stick towels to stop the leak.”

Two Palm Beach County establishments have been featured on Fieri’s show: Flakowitz of Boynton Bakery and Deli in Boynton Beach, and Havana Hideout in Lake Worth.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton; 561-419-2600

 

 

 

Which restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach got an A rating for food?

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Hullabaloo’s grouper cheeks are cooked with lemon, capers, white wine and artichokes and served with crispy hearts of palm. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Here’s our weekly look back at some of our recommended dining experiences:

Hullabaloo:

Seduction is instant at Hullabaloo, restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s hip spot on Clematis Street’s eclectic 500 block.

If the well-curated beer and wine lists don’t entice you, the gastro pub’s menu will. As one bold dish after another steams out of the kitchen, they carry a sense of familiar comfort that mirrors the shabby-fresh setting.

Clematis dining district regulars flock to this eatery, where executive chef Fritz Cassel has been creating excellent, soulful pub dishes — from bar bites to brunch to large plates — for more than three years. As a result, the place is bustling, so be prepared to wait for a table.

At Hullabaloo, with its speakeasy feel, its indoor and outdoor dining options, its spare walls hung with moody black-and-white photographs (rock on, Sid Vicious), the wait seems almost effortless.

If you go:

Hullabaloo: 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-1033

2013 review rating: FOOD: A-; SERVICE: B

Related: Read the full review – Hullabaloo in West Palm Beach offers bold, flavorful dishes

 

4 restaurants you must try in downtown Lake Worth

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La Bonne Bouche in downtown Lake Worth, makes a variety of desserts including a fruit tart. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

La Bonne Bouche

This charming café is a popular spot for a leisurely, light brunch, a pastry and café au lait or an afternoon snack. The French chef puts his own refined spin on French classics, making good use of local and regional ingredients. Dinner offerings change nightly, but there’s always something delicious cooking in the kitchen.

La Bonne Bouche: 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-533-0840.

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The Beggars Purse at Suri Tapas Bar in Lake Worth. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant

This small-plates eatery offers a lively atmosphere. A small-plate hit off the ‘Just Me’ menu: The Crispy Duck Confit Cigars with caramelized onions in phyllo, with tarragon and horseradish cream foam. Also, Suri has one of the best happy hours around, which offers half off on the entire bar except bottles of wine, with some select discount tapas and specialty drinks.

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant: 707 Lake Ave., LakeWorth; 561-249-7436.

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Chestnut and Fig Risotto is served at Paradiso restaurant in Lake Worth. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Paradiso Restaurant

This high-end Italian restaurant offers tasty, high-quality food, including homemade pasta. The entrees are quite good, but the appetizers are off the chart! The Insalata de Bietola, with golden beets, strips of apple, blue cheese and macadamia nuts, is amazing.

Paradiso Restaurant: 625 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-547-2500.

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The Gator Salad. (Kristina Webb/The Palm Beach Post)

Dave’s Last Resort

This landmark restaurant, with a sports bar feel, serves an array of seafood, steak, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and wraps. A stand-out menu item: The gator salad is excellent, with perfectly seasoned fried gator bites, served with a homemade parmesan peppercorn dressing.

Dave’s Last Resort: 632 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 561-588-5208.

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These Palm Beach County restaurants have closed in 2016

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The River House in Palm Beach Gardens has been sold to an investor. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

River House – Palm Beach Gardens 

The 11,000-square-foot, Key West-style restaurant which was a longtime favorite with diners who enjoyed its water views closed its doors April 27. Last fall, Frank Callander struck a deal to sell the River House, after operating the upscale steak and seafood restaurant since 1984.

The eatery will continue to live on as a dining destination: BrickTop’s, an upscale, casual chain, will lease the property, BrickTop’s founder Joe Ledbetter confirmed last month.

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Hudson at East Waterway in Delray Beach closed its doors April 10.

Hudson at Waterway East – Delray Beach

The waterfront restaurant, Hudson, which opened in December 2014, was in business for less than two years. Hudson dubbed itself as a “speakeasy,” a gastropub-type lounge with high-top seating, a restaurant and outside bar. The limited menu featured seafood, meats and “comfort food,” such as crab mac ‘n cheese.

Broward County-based Blue Moon Fish Co. thought it had hooked a deal to take over the shuttered Hudson, but the deal fell through this week.

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Taco Vida closed its doors in April 2016.

Taco Vida – West Palm Beach

Taco Vida, located off Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach, closed its doors this month. The restaurant opened in CityPlace in 2010, but moved the Village Commons shopping center West Palm Beach two years later. In their Facebook post, restaurant officials said recent construction at the shopping center hurt business.

Francesca's Pizza.
Francesca’s Pizza.

Francesca’s Pizza – Royal Palm Beach

According to Yelp, the neighborhood pizzeria, Francesca’s in Royal Palm Beach has closed. A 2014 Palm Beach Post dining review had this to say ‘pizza with a perfect crust.  It’s lighter and more crispy, topped with a trio of cheeses and your choice of veggies and meats.

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The Dispensary was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

The Dispensary – West Palm Beach

The daylight eatery and soda fountain, The Dispensary, which opened in 2015 on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach has closed its doors, according to Yelp. The retro-hip spot was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

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The Stir Crazy restaurant in the Town Center mall closed. (Photo by Samantha Frank)

Stir Crazy – Boca Raton

The popular Stir Crazy restaurant at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton abruptly shut down last month, three days after the mall was granted the right to seize the restaurant space following a nasty lease dispute. For 15 years, the Asian-style eatery drew customers ranging from couples to families who enjoyed selecting vegetables and meats, and then watching chefs stir fry their meal in front of them.

Related: Goodbye grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

 

 

 

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.

 

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