Readers Choice winner: Who has the best coffee in Palm Beach County?

We admit the question may have teetered upon the unfocused: Who has the best coffee in Palm Beach County?

But you knew what we meant, dear readers, and there was nothing unfocused about your answers. Who has the best coffee, in brew and concept?

Patrons enjoy the cramped confines of Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach. A lease will give the shop additional space. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Subculture prepares for larger Clematis Street digs next month. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

You voted resoundingly for Subculture Coffee, the small-batch roaster and hipster concept with locations in downtown West Palm Beach and Delray Beach.

“It’s really encouraging. As a business owner, you want your product to stand on its own,” says Sean Scott, Subculture co-owner and coffee roaster. He describes the response to his coffee and concept as a kind of “gravitational, community pull.”

Which is to say: a hit. (Also a hit were Oceana Coffee in Tequesta and the Common Grounds coffee shop in Lake Worth, which tied for second place.)

Co-owned by nightlife/restaurant czar Rodney Mayo, Subculture is both a local coffee brand and coffee shop. As a coffee brand, it uses beans harvested in far-flung places (as in Chiriquí, Panama, and Oromia, Ethiopia). Those beans are roasted in Subculture’s industrial Diedrich roaster and produce a wide range of fresh brewed coffee, diverse in flavor depth and weight.

A cappuccino by coffee master Sean Scott, founder Subculture Coffee. (Palm Beach Post file)
A cappuccino by coffee master Sean Scott, founder Subculture Coffee. (Palm Beach Post file)

This is not coffee that can be described as strictly bold or strictly high-octane. “Our coffee changes quarterly, due to seasonality,” says Scott. “I really focus on offering four or five different origins at a time, with each having unique characteristics. I try to roast to enhance those unique qualities in varieties.”

As a shop, its original location on Clematis Street has proven to be a game changer for that main drag’s 500 Block. Living up to its name, the shop has added a chill, creative subculture to the block.

There’s more than just coffee going on at Subculture – the place has nurtured a consistently caffeinated community and brought events like Tacos and Hip Hop to the block. All this in two and a half years.

And there’s more: Within weeks, the Clematis shop will double in size as Subculture expands into the locale next door.

The new space allows Scott the room to host weekly coffee appreciation classes, exploring everything from bean origin to processing technique to brewing.

“It brings coffee to the level of wine. We know that wine is complex. That’s what I want people to know about coffee,” says Scott, who plans to open the space sometime in October. “We want to move beyond the caramel macchiato and further educate our community.”

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A pair of macchiatos at Subculture Coffee shop in West Palm Beach. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

SUBCULTURE COFFEE

In West Palm Beach

  • 509 Clematis St.; 561-318-5182; open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday to 2 a.m.

In Delray Beach

  • 123 E. Atlantic Ave.; 561-808-8482; open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight

Online: SubcultureCoffee.com

Readers’ Choice: Who has the best ice cream in Palm Beach County? Vote now!

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Looking to beat the summer heat? How about some yummy ice cream? We all love ice cream! And we all have our favorite place to grab the cool treat. Based on your feedback on our social posts asking for your favorites, we compiled the following list of ice cream spots. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.

Here are some of our previous Readers’ Choice winners:

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best BBQ in PB County’

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best hot dogs in PB County’

Readers’ Choice: Where are the best French fries in Palm Beach County?

Cuban Sandwich at Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Cuban Sandwich at Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Last week we ranked the top 10 French fries from local fast-food restaurants in Palm Beach County. With that, we asked our Post readers their favorites. You picked your top one!

The winner is…

Jon Smith Subs in West Palm Beach! (we ranked them #3 on our list).

Jon Smith Subs has nine locations throughout Palm Beach County. Here’s a look at the winning combination that makes Jon Smith Subs such a success: “Jon Smith Subs – Daughter joins the business, franchise expansions planned.”

And how did the others rank? Here are the poll results:

Which local fast-food restaurant has the best fries?

Jon Smith Subs = 139 votes

Five Guy Burgers and Fries = 71 votes

McDonald’s = 63

Chick-Fil-A = 40

Checkers = 26

BurgerFi = 25

Burger King = 9

Wendy’s = 9

PDQ = 4

KFC = 1

Thanks for voting!

 

 

Readers’ Choice: Top 5 barbecue places in Palm Beach County

A full rack of baby back ribs with corn bread, corn, and greens prepared at PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
A full rack of baby back ribs with cornbread, corn, and greens prepared at PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Last month we announced the winner of our latest Readers’ Choice Award. For ‘Best BBQ in Palm Beach County, our readers chose Park Ave BBQ’.

The winner was selected from our online poll which was created based on your social comments. Want to know the runners-up? Here are the top five places for barbecue, based on your votes:

Park Ave BBQ, various locations (won with 352 votes)

An excerpt from our original story ‘Best BBQ’ story:

“The centerpiece reason most people flock to PA BBQ is meat – smoky, succulent meats. Whether your plate is piled high with ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket or chicken, one thing is certain: Your choice of meat was made fresh on premises.”

Park Avenue (PA) BBQ has nine locations across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. To find one near you, visit check Park Avenue’s website.

Derrick McCray's barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)
Derrick McCray’s barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)

McCray’s Backyard BBQ (235 votes)

This local pit master, Derrick McCray, has been asked to cook his barbecue at the Super Bowl seven times. The family has been in the barbecue business for 80 years.

McCray’s has two locations: 1098 Military Trail, West Palm Beach; 1521 45th Street, Mangonia Park. Information: 561-684-1113 or visit McCrays BBQ website.

Mississippi Sweets, Wellington/Lake Worth; Boca Raton (146 votes)

This eatery has many barbecue offerings, including ‘spit-roasted chicken,’ pulled pork and other favorites.

Mississippi Sweets has two locations, for more information visit Mississippi Sweets’ website.

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Elisa Caplan, the owner of Mrs. Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Q in Lake Park, holds up a tray of barbecue dishes prepared at her restaurant, including smoked spare ribs, fried biscuits, cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, taters, collards, and succotash. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Mrs. Smokeys, Jupiter (199 votes)

An excerpt from our previous story on Mrs. Smokey’s:

“Elisa Caplan, who has spent more than 30 years in the ‘cue business, long ago earned her nickname, “Mrs. Smokeys.” It’s the name that graces her family-owned, Lake Park eatery, where Caplan is known for her hot-smoked meats, and spicy blends of fresh-made sauces.”

Mrs. Smokey’s has two locations, for more information visit Mrs. Smokey’s website.

Carnivore city: Chef's Kitchen and Smokehouse. (Contributed by Ian Jacob)
Carnivore city: Chef’s Kitchen and Smokehouse. (Contributed by Ian Jacob)

Chef’s Kitchen and Smokehouse, West Palm Beach (133 votes)

An excerpt from our previous story on Chef’s Kitchen:

“On the menu: unique items such as a burnt ends sandwich made of pork butt and brisket and crispy fried onions, a Cubano sandwich that layers house-smoked Black Forest ham and shredded pork with pickled fennel, and fried honey cornbread croutons.”

Chef’s Kitchen: 2911 N. Military Tr., West Palm Beach; 561-530-4822 or visit Chef’s Kitchen website.

 

 

 

Readers’ Choice: Which restaurant has the best BBQ in Palm Beach County? Vote now!

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Do you love good BBQ? Whether it’s smoked ribs, glazed chicken or braised brisket, you must have a favorite!

Based on your feedback on our social posts asking for your favorites, we compiled the following list of restaurants with yummy barbecue. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.

Here are some of our previous Readers’ Choice winners:

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best Tacos in PB County”

Readers’ Choice: ‘Best Pizza in PB County”

Who won our Readers’ Choice poll for best tacos?

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What restaurant serves the best tacos in Palm Beach County? We posed this question to our readers some weeks ago and the response was a resounding one.

The winner was not your average tiny taquería, but a local chain of small, rather quirky taco joints.

Check out the full story here!

Readers’ Choice: Which restaurant has the best tacos in Palm Beach County? Vote now!

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Are you a fan of tacos? Whether it’s filled with fish, carne asada or delicious veggies, you must have a favorite!

Based on your feedback on our social posts asking for your favorites, we compiled the following list of restaurants with tasty tacos. Now it’s time to vote! We’ll announce the winner in the coming weeks.

Which Palm Beach County city is one of ’15 Best’ food cities in the country?

Buzzy Buccan: Palm Beach's hottest bistro, shown here in full effect, is where Chef Clay Conley creates inspired small plates and raw seafood specialties, while elevating dinner classics. (LILA PHOTO) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Buccan: Chef Clay Conley's festival dinner at Buccan bistro, shown here during the 2013 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, is always a hot ticket. (Contributed by LILA Photo)
Buccan in full effect: inspired small plates, crudos and plenty of buzz factor. (LILA PHOTO)

Conde Nast Traveler just unveiled its readers’ choice list of the “15 Best Food Cities in the U.S.,” and guess what?

Palm Beach skates in as No. 15.

To which Buccan bistro fans everywhere say with an eye roll: “Obviously.”

Panache on PGA: The Cooper's dining room. (LibbyVision.com)
Panache on PGA: The Cooper’s dining room. (LibbyVision.com)

By “Palm Beach,” the magazine means the county at large. One of the three restaurants named in the “15 Best” blurb is The Cooper, which is located at the PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens.

Also mentioned was Bistro Chez Jean Pierre (Palm Beach), hailed by Traveler for its “impeccable classics” and extensive wine collection.

Warm baguettes at Chez Jean-Pierre, Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/ Palm Beach Daily News)
Warm baguettes at Chez Jean-Pierre, Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/ Palm Beach Daily News)

And, yes, there’s Buccan, the buzzy bistro where Chef Clay Conley and his partners transformed the dining scene in Palm Beach five years ago.

One other Florida city makes the Traveler list: Sarasota, where the farm-inspired eatery Indigenous and the sidewalk café C’est La Vie are mentioned.

Those dining aficionados stung by the recent James Beard Awards snub of Florida chefs on its list of finalists might find a measure of solace in Traveler’s tidy readers’ choice lineup. It excludes Miami, Tampa, Winter Park and other culinary hot spots.

But it loves Palm Beach.

Obviously!

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Who has Palm Beach County’s best fried chicken?

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We asked. You answered.

Readers of The Palm Beach Post were asked which restaurant had the best fried chicken and, by a narrow margin, the favorite was Bay Bay’s Chicken & Waffles in West Palm Beach.

The red-and-yellow shack on Okeechobee Road may look like there’s an old, Southern grandma hard at work in the kitchen. But there’s actually a well-thought-out secret to the restaurant’s success.

READ WHAT MAKES BAY BAY’S SPECIAL 

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National Pizza Day: Readers pick best pizzeria in Palm Beach County

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Joseph Alfeo, (L), brother Cesare Alfeo,(C), and his son Paul Alfeo, the present owner of Four Brothers Pizza in Lake Worth. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

It’s National Pizza Day today! And in case you missed it, we polled our Palm Beach Post readers on the best pizza in Palm Beach County. Who won? Lake Worth’s Four Brothers.

It’s no wonder readers voted the Lake Worth restaurant as having the county’s best pizza. Mention it, and founder Cesare Alfeo, his brother, Joe, and Cesare’s son Paul all smile in unison.

“When I hear people mention Four Brothers, I feel pride — that’s our family, that’s our name,” said Paul Alfeo, who recently purchased the business from his family.

Reader the full story on Four Brothers.

If you go: Four Brothers Pizza

2495 10th Ave. North, Lake Worth

561-969-6046.