Which restaurant in Harbourside Place got an A rating for food, service?

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The Woods’ rib-eye steak sandwich is topped with balsamic onions and Drunken Goat cheese and served on a toasted french baguette. (Contributed by The Woods Jupiter)

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

The Woods is a restaurant that only seems to be steeped in contrasts: Servers in Nike kicks and sportswear hand out luxuriously hot towels after each round of finger food. The spinach-artichoke dip shares the menu with a grand 32-ounce porterhouse steak for two. It’s a steakhouse; it’s a sports bar.

But there’s an X factor that brings together all the disparate qualities: the restaurant’s celebrity owner. Tiger Woods, local resident, superstar golfer, hands-on restaurateur, has brought a stroke of genius to Harbourside Place: a restaurant that feels local and worldly, accessible and sophisticated all at once.

It is evident this is a place that prizes more important details. The food is delicious. The service is extraordinary.

The menu’s strong point: meat. This strength shines even in the restaurant’s sandwich menu. The Woods’ rib-eye steak sandwich is excellent, a grilled rib-eye is topped with Drunken Goat cheese, balsamic onions and heirloom tomato, all on a toasted French baguette. The steak is tender and sizable, not sliced as one might expect.

For the cocktail and small bites crowd, there’s a selection of flatbreads, a respectable charcuterie board that’s laden with cured meats and cheeses, and various other bar options.

Whether the meal happens at the brightly lit bar or in the more intimately sectioned dining room areas, it is equally elevated by The Woods’ meticulous service. Maybe it’s the Nike sneakers?

If you go:

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

2015 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: A

Related: Read the full review – The Woods is game-changer for Harbourside Place

South county dining: Messy, juicy burgers a must at Boca restaurant

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An Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger prepared at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room restaurant located in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

The Inside-Out Juicy Lucy, aside from being juicy (and a burger), is a messy girl. Her smoky char envelops a heap of pimento cheese, which melts and dribbles all over the place.

The mess is inevitable when you pick up this beast of a burger at MEAT Eatery & Taproom in Boca Raton and attempt a bite. A fork and knife won’t do much to contain the cheesy, saucy mess.

But she’s worth it. Just one in MEAT’s lineup of stellar burgers, the Juicy Lucy is made better by a side of the eatery’s decadent duck fat fries.

Open since July 2014, MEAT Eatery anchors a first-floor corner of the Cendyn Spaces (shared office space) building and warms up the corporate setting. One of my favorite reasons to dine here involves MEAT’s sweet side, namely its milkshakes crafted with homemade Nutella ice cream. MEAT spikes one Nutella shake with Guinness.

It’s the most heavenly sip – and, unlike the messy Lucy, it’s easily shareable.

If you go: MEAT Eatery & Taproom

ADDRESS: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton

TELEPHONE: 561-419-2600

2014 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: B+

Related: Full dining review – Juicy Lucy! Home Wrecker! Boca burger eatery is eclectic experience

Related: 15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

Which restaurant in Wellington got an A- rating for food, service?

 

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Roasted Swordfish with Florida Rock Shrimp at The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

A weekly look back at some of our recommended dining experiences:

Chef Clay Carnes, popular among Wellington’s equestrian set, is a passionate pragmatist when it comes to his cuisine: He believes in well-executed, no-nonsense food.

Armed with locally grown produce, first-rate meats and other quality ingredients, Carnes delivers a menu that’s diverse enough to keep a foodie interested (with pops of Asian, Latin and Mediterranean flavors) and classic enough to keep more mainstream diners coming back to The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington.

Carnes’ meat dishes are particularly strong. Among the entrée list we spotted a dish that promised to fix our craving for comfort food: the free-range roasted chicken with pesto. And it did. Dessert does not disappoint, either. Then again, how could homemade gelato that’s crafted of fresh, sometimes local ingredients disappoint?

Like the rest of The Grille’s offerings, it is fresh, earnestly prepared and delicious.

If you go: The Grille Fashion Cuisine: 12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110.

Related: Our full dining review – Wellington’s equestrian set has hot dining destination

Grilled chicken and zucchini stack with local heirloom tomatoes, red wine vinaigrette and micro greens at Oli's Fashion Cuisine restaurant in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)
Grilled chicken and zucchini stack with local heirloom tomatoes, red wine vinaigrette and micro greens at Oli’s Fashion Cuisine restaurant in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)