Which restaurant in Lake Park got an A rating for food, service?

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Mom Howe’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake from The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Every detail carries a message at the Pelican Café in Lake Park: Yes, somebody’s home.

It’s as subtle as the string of tiny lights that illuminate the historic house where the cafe has operated since 2008. It reinforces the feeling that this is a “special occasion” spot, one that’s not necessarily fancy but one that is fine, with fine service, excellent food and a vintage setting that wraps you in its arms.

Chef Mark Frangione, who co-owns the cafe with wife, Karen Howe, takes inspiration from his Italian root, in delectable dishes from Mom Frangione’s Sunday Pasta to Shrimp Scampi.

If you go: Pelican Café: 612 U.S. 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272

2014 review rating: FOOD: A, SERVICE: A

Related: Our full dining review – Pelican Café- A dining experience for special occasions

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Owners Karen Howe and Mark Frangione stand inside The Pelican Cafe. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Critic’s pick: nice-price wines at Lake Park’s Pelican Café

A selection of wines inside The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park on May 16, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The Pelican Cafe, Lake Park. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

North county pick: PELICAN CAFÉ

The owners of Lake Park’s charming Pelican Café have returned from vacation in a generous mode. After a short break, they reopened the eatery last week with a terrific “fall back” deal:

All wines by the glass or bottle are half-price through the end of October. The café’s wine selection offers spot-on pairings for the Pelican’s Italian-centric menu.

Bonus: Dine between 5 and 6 p.m. and get 20 percent off your entire check. Reservations are strongly suggested for dinner. Closed Mondays. See full hours on the café’s website.

Pelican Café: 612 US Highway 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272; ThePelicanCafe.com

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