Hot restaurant news: Find out which restaurants, breweries and markets are opening soon

In case you missed this week’s news about upcoming restaurants, breweries and food villages, here’s a round-up:

A new food and drink-centric district coming to West Palm Beach

The Warehouse District, a sprawling complex of vintage buildings near downtown West Palm Beach, is shaping up to be an eclectic urban village of food and beverage creators and vendors, artists, fitness buffs and other indie entrepreneurs. Developers say they hope to open sometime in December or January.

Celis Produce is among the vendors at the upcoming Grange Hall. (Credit: Oak Media)
Celis Produce is among the vendors at the upcoming Grange Hall. (Credit: Oak Media)

The food hall portion of this village is the brainchild of real estate developer Chris Vila, a transplanted New Yorker who envisions a Chelsea Market-type of place that provides locals with one-stop-food-shopping options. Vila says he’s secured 12 vendors, including Rabbit Coffee roasters and Celis Produce.

A new craft beer brewery is headed to industrial West Palm Beach

The craft beer minds behind Tequesta Brewing Company and Twisted Trunk Brewing will join West Palm Beach’s rising food and drink scene next year. They will open Steam Horse Brewing near downtown West Palm Beach, says co-owner Fran Andrewlevich. The new brewery is headed to The Warehouse District, a sprawling urban complex that’s now under construction in West Palm Beach’s industrial district.

A new brewery will join the emerging craft beer scene next year. (Cox Newspapers)
A new brewery will join the emerging craft beer scene next year. (Cox Newspapers)

 

Several new restaurants are coming to Delray Beach Marketplace

Marketplace, on Atlantic Avenue at Lyons Road, will get four new spots, all aiming for a winter opening:

Hoffman’s Chocolates; Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ; Batch Gastropub and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Read more about the openings here.

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Qwzine will offer healthy food like salads and bento boxes. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Promenade Plaza in Gardens gets a rebirth with new restaurants, shops

New restaurants slated to move into the redeveloped plaza are Qwzine, which offers healthy foods and Five and Ten Spot. Read more about the openings here.

New deli-themed spot on deck in Boca Raton

Rappy’s Deli, which will open in November, is the newest member of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group and will debut in Boca’s new Park Place, a soon-to-open plaza on Military Trail, between Yamato and Clint Moore roads. Read more about Rappy’s Deli here.

An artist's view of Rappy's dining room. (Courtesy: Rappy's)
An artist’s view of Rappy’s dining room. (Courtesy: Rappy’s)

Popular Midwest chain restaurant set to open in Jupiter

Butter burger fans get ready in Jupiter — Nov. 7 is the planned opening of Culver’s Butter Burgers & Frozen Custard, a popular restaurant chain in the upper Midwest. The Jupiter location will be the first in Palm Beach County. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, Wis., by dairy farmers George and Ruth Culver, the chain also serves custard, chicken, desserts and sandwiches.

The Culver’s restaurant is part of a medical building complex under construction in front of the Barcelona Apartments on the west side of Military Trail, across from the U.S. Post Office, south of Toney Penna Drive. Read more about Culver’s Butter Burgers here.

 

A Brooklyn-based eatery, famous for its old-fashioned cheesecake is opening in Boca Raton

Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake is set to open soon at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

Alan Rosen, a third-generation owner, said he was looking to open a restaurant in Boca Raton, which he called “another borough of New York.” When the space formerly home to Ruby Tuesday’s became available, Rosen grabbed it on sight.

As displayed in the 2013 book "Junior's Home Cooking" by Alan Rosen and Beth Allen, a photo by Mark Ferri captures the fluffy nature of Junior's famous cheesecake filling nestled upon a sponge-cake crust.
As displayed in the 2013 book “Junior’s Home Cooking” by Alan Rosen and Beth Allen, a photo by Mark Ferri captures the fluffy nature of Junior’s famous cheesecake filling nestled upon a sponge-cake crust.

The restaurant will open first for lunch and dinner, then weekend breakfast, and then finally daytime breakfast. A full bar, plus takeout will be offered, as well as a section devoted to selling cheesecakes to go. Read more about what makes Junior’s cheesecake so memorable!

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

10 best dishes in Palm Beach County

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Avocado Grill’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cake. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

With its sunny, coastal lifestyle and sunny mix of flavors, Palm Beach County has no shortage of good bites.

It’s no secret that the county’s diverse dining districts are rising to destination levels. In south county, the Atlantic Ave. and Pineapple Grove dining districts have transformed downtown Delray Beach into an utterly crawl-worthy destination. In central county, downtown West Palm Beach is abuzz in new restaurants and bars. In north county, diners flock to the PGA Boulevard corridor for good eats and a lively scene.

Of course, too many options can boggle the senses, especially when there’s always a risk any one dish may not survive a picky chef’s menu.

With that in mind, we share some favorite local bites that are worth seeking out:

10 best bites in Palm Beach County

Jewish deli dreams: Rappy’s restaurant draws from Manhattan memories

An artist's view of Rappy's dining room. (Courtesy: Rappy's)
An artist’s view of the dining room at the upcoming Rappy’s deli in Boca Raton. (Courtesy: Rappy’s)

It’s an inspiration he relegated to back-burner status for decades: the familiar embrace of a Jewish deli.

Restaurateur Burt Rapoport knows that embrace better than most. His grandfather owned a deli for 50 years. His father managed it for many of those years. The lower east Manhattan establishment was home to Rapoport and his family – literally so. They ate most of their meals there, and they lived upstairs.

The vintage Rapoport’s deli was a traditional dairy restaurant, meaning it served no meat but plenty of blintzes, breads, fish dishes and potato soup. This is where a young Burt would grow up (on bowl after bowl of that hearty soup) to be a third-generation restaurateur and an influential figure in Palm Beach County’s hospitality world.

Now the restaurateur behind some top south county concepts (Deck 84, Henry’s, Burt & Max’s and Bogart’s Bar & Grille) has a deli-themed spot on deck in Boca Raton, inspired by those old Manhattan memories.

Rappy’s Deli will open in November, says Rapoport. The newest member of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group will debut in Boca’s new Park Place, a soon-to-open plaza on Military Trail, between Yamato and Clint Moore roads.

“I felt it would be great to go back to my roots,” Rapoport said in an interview this week.

Man behind the deli: Burt Rapoport, photographed at his Deck 84 restaurant in Delray Beach. (Palm Beach Post file)
Man behind the deli: Burt Rapoport, shown here at Deck 84 in Delray Beach. (Palm Beach Post file)

Named after his late father, Ray “Rappy” Rapoport, the new restaurant is more “deli-themed restaurant than classic deli,” he says. He describes the concept as “soulful Jewish food with a modern interpretation.”

The casual spot will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will boast a 30-foot deli takeout counter as well as a full, indoor-outdoor bar, says Rapoport, who laments that true Jewish delis are few and far between in the country.

But there’s good news to be found amid the “glorified diners with zero atmosphere,” he notes.

“Now you see this resurgence with younger people who are reinventing delis all around the country,” says Rapoport. “So maybe the time is right to do this thing.”

Rappy's rendering: This deli counter will offer daylong takeout. (Courtesy: Rappy's)
Rappy’s rendering: This deli counter will offer daylong takeout. (Courtesy: Rappy’s)

The menu will mesh old school Jewish food with “a lot of fun items,” he says.

Expect franks in a blanket wrapped in puff pastry that’s sprinkled with “everything bagel” seasoning, deli-style sushi in the form of nova-wrapped tuna salad, pastrami spring rolls and house-smoked pastrami dishes. Also on the menu: classic chicken in a pot, corned beef and stuffed cabbage, plus homemade mustard, malts, boozy shakes and sweets.

“We’re taking it up a couple of notches and also hoping to appeal to a broader base,” says Rapoport, whose company was listed this year among Restaurant Hospitality magazine’s annual RH 25 list for “Coolest Multi-Concept Companies.”  

With touches of vintage subway tile, stained concrete floors and chalkboard menus, Rappy’s 4300-square-foot space will offer indoor dining as well as alfresco seating in the covered patio.

Rappy’s: Coming in November to Park Place plaza, 5560 N. Military Tr., Boca Raton; RappysDeli.com

 

 

 

High marks for Highland Beach seafood restaurant: Latitudes gets an A

James King is executive chef at Latitudes in the Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
James King is executive chef at Latitudes in Highland Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

It’s a good sign when a hotel restaurant is bustling, so much so that reservations are strongly suggested, if not required. And it’s an even better sign when that restaurant is busy despite heavy competition from neighboring hot spots and some of the county’s most popular dining districts.

Sandwiched between the hum of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach and the stir of eastern Boca Raton’s dining hub, Latitudes is a local sensation. Yes, it doesn’t hurt that the seafood-centric restaurant is perched by the ocean and that daytime views are sparkling.

But I’ve seen my share of empty or half-empty oceanfront resort restaurants. Located in the Delray Sands resort in Highland Beach, Latitudes is decidedly different. And there is one culinary reason for this: Executive Chef James King.

The former Four Seasons Resort chef is well known for creating dishes that are both stunning and delicious. His attention to detail and refined hand is evident in even the simplest dishes.

King arrived at the Delray Sands shortly after the resort (a former Holiday Inn) underwent an extensive remodeling in 2014. He has given the place cuisine to match its sleek, new look. Now it not only reflects the colors of the sea but the flavors as well.

It is here that his team serves some of the best coastal cuisine in the county. It begins with a selection of chilled seafood starters that carry global flavors.

Seared scallop carpaccio is served at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
Seared scallop carpaccio is served at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Find interesting local-meets-global touches in the Scallop Tiradito, a sashimi-like dish that’s scented with saffron, key lime honey, citrus, fried olives and micro cilantro. The Corvina Ceviche brims with kicky Peruvian yellow pepper. The Mini Ahi Tuna Tacos ($15) pack a punch of Asian flavors, thanks to wasabi aioli, citrus-soy vinaigrette and a tangy ginger-scallion salad.

A local favorite is King’s Tuna Poke, a raw yellowfin tuna dish he calls “a hot, hot seller.” His rendition of the Hawaiian classic takes its sweetness from mango, its crunch from macadamia nuts, its deeper hits from fish sauce and rounder flavors from sesame seed butter. (That’s the gray swoosh on the plate.) He adds crispy wonton chips to help scoop up all the goodness.

Tempting tuna: Ahi poke is popular at Latitudes in Highland Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
Tempting tuna: Ahi poke is a popular starter at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Those craving a warm starter will find yummy comfort in Latitudes’ Lobster Bisque ($10), a version that’s not overly rich. Deepened by a touch of smoked paprika oil, the bisque is swimming with lobster chunks.

Not all good bites here are seafood-centric, as evidenced by the Braised Short Rib Empanadas (two for $15), fried hand-pies overstuffed with ancho chile-spiced beef and served with pickled red onions, a swirl of chipotle aioli and a thimble of herb-y, garlicky chimichurri dipping sauce. One empanada – or even half of one – is large enough for an appetizer.

An appetizer that’s large enough to be an entrée is the Scampi Style Maine Lobster and Shrimp ($16), a large soup bowl filled with shrimp, lobster chunks, peas and slivered garlic in rich, saucy scampi goodness. The dish is served with toasted ciabatta slices and a large wedge of lemon for brightening the bite (not that it needs any adjustments). This might have been my favorite bite of the night.

Entrée options are well varied, ranging from “simply prepared” fresh fish served with a choice of flavorful butter, sauce or relishes. For those who want something more than simple fish, there’s a simply Grilled Seafood Trio ($32) that combines a fillet of local fish with tiger prawns and jumbo scallops. A light citrus beurre blanc is offered for dipping along with fresh veggies and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. The entire combo, a popular dish on the menu, is pristine and perfectly cooked.

Not so simply prepared but just as delicious: the Crab Crusted Florida Grouper ($35), a moist fillet made even more flavorful by a layer of toasty-golden crab. It’s served atop a creamy white polenta with a toss of sweet corn and smoked bacon, braised baby spinach and whole carrots. A pool of Florida citrus butter deepens and pulls together the flavors.

Branzino in parchment is a specialty dish at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
Branzino in parchment is a specialty dish at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

And there’s a Branzino in Paper ($30) that takes the moist, flaky factor to another level. Because it’s roasted in parchment, the fillet’s delicate flavors are amped. It’s given a Mediterranean treatment with Israeli couscous, Kalamata olives, roasted fennel, confit tomatoes and Meyer lemon tanginess.

It was this dish that became our vehicle to learning about the quality of service at Latitudes. When it was first presented to our table, the paper seemed slightly burned. When the server opened the package, parts of the fillet appeared to be overcooked. A taste of the edges proved our hunch. But before we could say much, our server spirited the fish away.

“I can’t leave it here,” he told us. “This is not an example of who we are or what we do.”

Moments later, he returned with a perfect dish.

Amid the weekend night bustle, this server made sure our glasses were filled, our table was cleared of empty dishes and our whims were met.

All this in a setting of soothing lines and leisurely chatter. The dining room was filled with a mix of diners, a crowd that skewed more Boomer than young hipster. It’s a sexy spot, nice for date night or special occasions, particularly when it’s early enough to catch the last of the day’s sunlight.

It’s a good place for lingering over dessert. At our table that dessert was a batch of hot, puffy beignets ($7) with a blueberry compote and a bourbon creme anglaise, and a dense, sinful praline tart ($9) that made the feast complete.

Ocean view all day: patio seating at Latitudes in Highland Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
Ocean view all day: patio seating at Latitudes. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

REVIEW

Latitudes

FOOD: A

SERVICE: A

ADDRESS: At the Delray Sands Resort, 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach

TELEPHONE: 561-278-2008

WEBSITE: LatitudesDelray.com

PRICE RANGE: Moderate to expensive

NOISE LEVEL: Lively, but conversation is possible.

FULL BAR: Yes, a full liquor bar; separate bar area. Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with drink and small plate specials.

HOURS: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CREDIT CARDS: Major cards accepted

RESERVATIONS: Dinner reservations are strongly suggested.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

WHAT THE GRADES MEAN:

A — Excellent

B — Good

C — Average

D — Poor

F — Don’t bother

 

Which local spot made OpenTable’s ‘100 Best Restaurants for Foodies’ list?

The dining room at Boca's La Nouvelle Maison is adorned by a Mark Kostabi mural. (Contributed by La Nouvelle Maison)
A Mark Kostabi mural adorns the dining room at La Nouvelle Maison. (Courtesy: La Nouvelle Maison)

Here’s an unexpected nod of “foodie” approval: Verified subscribers of the OpenTable.com reservation site have selected just one Palm Beach County establishment in a newly released, top-restaurant list.

The list of “100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2016” names Boca Raton’s La Nouvelle Maison, passing over better known “foodie” spots across the county.

The restaurant, which opened two years ago, was inspired by the locally beloved La Vieille Maison, which closed in 2006. And like La Vieille Maison, La Nouvelle Maison aims to be a temple of fine French cuisine.

“We work hard on the food, the service. Nothing goes by us. We put our hearts and soul here every day,” said a surprised Guido Barisone, La Nouvelle Maison’s general manager/partner when we told him about the honor.

The restaurant’s menu reflects the classic inspiration in the form of Burgundy-style escargots, foie gras on brioche, a trio of caviars, steak frites, rack of lamb in thyme-scented jus, dessert crepes and many other dishes.

Apart from La Nouvelle Maison, two other Florida restaurants made the list: Naples’ bha! bha! Persian Bistro and Maison Blanche in Longboat Key. They share the larger list with highly acclaimed restaurants such as New Orleans’ Shaya and Chicago’s Michelin-starred Boka.

New Orleans' acclaimed Shaya restaurant also earned a spot on the list. (Credit: Stephen Young)
New Orleans’ acclaimed Shaya restaurant also earned a spot on the list. (Credit: Stephen Young)

OpenTable arrived at its “Best Restaurants for Foodies” list after “analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country,” all submitted by verified member diners, according to the website.

“These standout restaurants are delicious destinations for the most passionate eaters — those for whom dining out is practically sport,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer, said via news release.  “Using ingredients both humble and exotic and drawing culinary inspiration from around the globe, this year’s honorees consistently offer thrilling experiences sure to please even the most discerning diners.”

The site introduced its newest list by defining the judges like this: “Foodies. Gourmands. Epicureans. These are the people seeking adventure on a plate.”

The honored restaurants, says OpenTable, serve “delicious dishes from rustic to refined, meant to be shared with both forks and phones.”

For the full list, visit OpenTable.com.

Boca Raton makeover: Max’s Grille shuts for renovations on its 25th year

Grilled jumbo artichokes at Max's Grille, Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Grilled jumbo artichokes at Max’s Grille, Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: Due to looming Hurricane Matthew, Max’s Grille’s official birthday party has been postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m.

 

ORIGINAL POST: Call it a millennial makeover. Just in time for its big 25th birthday, Boca Raton’s iconic Max’s Grille has closed for renovations.

The Dennis Max-owned restaurant, which closed after dinner Sunday, will debut its refreshed look on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m.

Workers will replace the kitchen floor, replace ceiling soffits, reupholster banquettes in deep-red tufted leather, and add a white granite top to the outside bar and new wicker seating to the patio. Updates will continue later (while the restaurant is fully functioning) and, in a stroke of nostalgia, the bar overhang will be restored to its original state.

Patio will be further pretty-fied at Max's Grille. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Patio will be further pretty-fied at Max’s Grille. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

The updates, which come nearly six months after area flooding damaged the restaurant, have forced the delay of the second annual “Bar Brawls,” a local bartender competition.

However, the restaurant is on track to celebrate its 25th birthday on Oct. 6 Oct.18, when it hosts a bash for its designated VIPs and its former and current staff.

Said Max via new release: “We are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year by revitalizing the restaurant, inside and out.”

Serving modernized American classics to packed houses daily, Max’s Grille is the only of the original Mizner Park restaurants that remains.

Max’s Grille: 404 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton; 561-368-0080; MaxsGrille.com

 

Best sports bars to watch NFL, college football in Palm Beach County

(Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Are you ready for some football? Want to get out of the house and celebrate your favorite team? Here are a few sports bars and restaurants that stand out for watching NFL and college football this season:

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Duffy's Sports Grill wings. (Contributed)
Duffy’s Sports Grill wings. (Contributed)

With more than 75 TVs at all Duffy’s locations, they are the ultimate sports bar. The restaurant will offer special promotions on their MVP card during football season, including the ‘MVP Big Game Giveaway’, which starts the first Sunday of NFL season and offers a chance to win tickets for two to the Super Bowl including airfare, hotel and transportation to and from the game. They also offer special ‘Football Starters’ appetizers and drinks specials.

Duffy’s Sports Grill: There are numerous locations throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Check their website for more information.

Related: Football Food – Make tachos, the lovechild of tater tots and nachos!

Renegades Country Bar

Renegades Country Bar &; Grill in West Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Renegades Country Bar &; Grill in West Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

During Sunday Fun-Day, Renegades offers happy hour all day, a 17-foot drop down screen, and comfy couches for watching your favorite team! There’s also cornhole tournaments and lots of activities and specials throughout the day.

Renegades Bar & Grill: 600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-9555

Grease Burger Bar

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Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach.

The popular eatery in downtown West Palm Beach will offer up NFL game day specials on sliders, wings and beer. Fans can enjoy 14 flat-screen TVs and over 120 craft beer selections.

Grease Burger Bar:  213 Clematis St. West Palm Beach. (561) 651-1075

Johnny Mangos Tiki Bar & Grill

Johnny Mango's Tiki Bar & Grill in Jupiter is a great spot for kicking back and enjoying food, drink and sports events on TV.
Johnny Mango’s Tiki Bar & Grill in Jupiter is a great spot for kicking back and enjoying food, drink and sports events on TV.

Johnny Mangos is a tiki /sports bar, with lots of screens for watching the game. There are booths, tables, high tops and bar seating, along with an outdoors tiki bar. They offer beer buckets and wing specials during NFL and college games.

Johnny Mangos Tiki Bar & Grill: 71 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; (561) 747-1161

Kirby’s Sports Grille

Kirby's, a tropical sports bar in Juno Beach, serves delicious jumbo lump crab cakes. (Photo by Libby Volgyes)
Kirby’s, a tropical sports bar in Juno Beach, serves delicious jumbo lump crab cakes. (Photo by Libby Volgyes)

Kirby’s puts as much emphasis on fun as food. There are TVs, pool tables, video games and more. Sunday football specials include discounts on wings and beer buckets.

Kirby’s Sports Grille841 Donald Ross Road (in Plaza La Mer), Juno Beach, 561-627-8000

Bru’s Room

The interior of Bru's Room Sports Grill in Delray Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
The interior of Bru’s Room Sports Grill in Delray Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Bru’s Room offers everything that a sports bar is known for including sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, burgers and more. The spacious restaurant has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with lots of TVs throughout for watching the games. Bru’s also offers a ‘Fantasy Draft’ team package for groups of 10 or more, which includes pizzas, beers, free wifi and reserved space.

Bru’s Room: There are several locations throughout Palm Beach County. Check their website for more information.

Old Key Lime House

Old Key Lime House in Lantana. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Old Key Lime House in Lantana. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Built in an 1889 pioneer house, this locals’ favorite calls itself “a proud Florida Gator Bar.” These days, tiki bars and a palm-thatched porch front the Intracoastal where boats tie up to the long dock. During college football games, a big projection screen is set up outside by the dock for game-day watching.

Old Key Lime House: 300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana: 561-582-1889

The Old Arcade:

This hidden spot on Atlantic Avenue is accessible by walking through the Caffe Martier. During football season, special TV projectors

The Old Arcade.
Some of the ingredients used in The Old Arcade’s blackberry, mint and bourbon cocktail. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)

will be set up for watching the games.

The Old Arcade: 411 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach: 561-450-6169

Miller’s Gardens Ale House

Miller’s offers over 75 brews, including local favorites. During games, they offer pitchers of beer and beer buckets specials.

Gardens Ale House: 9800 Highway A1A Alt, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-1915

Did we get it right? Vote now, or tell us your favorite: (we just may update our list with your favorites!)

 

Two weeks left to snap up Flavor Palm Beach dining deals

Cafe Boulud offers a terrific Flavor Palm Beach menu. (Contributed by Noah Fecks)
Cafe Boulud offers a terrific Flavor Palm Beach lunch menu. (Contributed by Noah Fecks)

Because we are midway through Flavor Palm Beach month, otherwise known as September, it’s a good time to update our dining whim list.

We have just two weeks to take advantage of the month’s discount dining deals, the multi-course lunches and dinners offered at top local restaurants for nice prices.

Cashing in on the promotion is easy. The Flavor website (FlavorPB.com) offers one-stop-shopping in the form of links to the prix fixe menus as well as links for online reservations.

The site also shows which restaurants impose restrictions on the days Flavor menus are offered. Only four restaurants cite exceptions this year. But here’s a tip to avoid a disappointment: Before you reserve, call the restaurant to make sure the special menu is offered at the time/day of your desired visit.

The 52 participating Flavor restaurants are scattered throughout the county and include seven in Boca Raton, one in Delray Beach, 14 in Palm Beach, eight in West Palm Beach, 11 in Palm Beach Gardens, four in North Palm Beach, one in Singer Island, five in Jupiter and one in Tequesta.

Among those restaurants are some fancy chain steakhouses — you know, those special-occasion spots that may be too pricey for a routine weeknight dinner. If you’re a steakhouse fan, Flavor offers an affordable way to dine well at some upscale chain spots.

The Capital Grille, whose Flavor menu extends to both its Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens outposts, is featuring both surf – with the above Seared Citrus-Glazed Salmon – and turf, with the Dry Aged Sirloin with Roasted Pepper, Fresh Mozzarella and Arugula Salad. (Courtesy:
On The Capital Grille’s Flavor menu: Seared Citrus-Glazed Salmon.  (Courtesy: The Capital Grille)

The Capital Grille menu, for instance, is too good to pass up. For $20, you get a three-course lunch that includes a choice of wedge salad or bacon clam chowder, four tempting entrée choices and two dessert options. For $35, dinner is a deal – appetizer, entrée (options like filet mignon and bone-in NY strip), a side dish and a dessert.

Other participating chain steakhouses include Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s and III Forks.

Flavor Palm Beach menus to love

  • Considering the price, some of the special prix fixe menus are particularly inviting. Take Seasons 52, for instance. The Flavor lunch there is $20, dinner $35 – and at dinner, you get four courses, including a starter flatbread, a salad, a choice of five entrée options and dessert. Plus, there’s a wine upgrade option that offers wines normally priced from $10 to $12 for $7 a glass.
  • At $25, a three-course lunch at Café Boulud Palm Beach is a steal. One possible combo: golden tomato gazpacho with chive oil, Boulud’s Piggie Burger (prime beef patty and barbecue pulled pork), and chocolate bread pudding. The café’s lunch deal is offered Monday through Friday.
  • Lunch at the Leopard Lounge in Palm Beach is a hearty affair – for 20 bucks. One possible combo (my favorite) begins with a baby green salad with poached pears, goat cheese, candied pistachios and golden raisins in a lemon vinaigrette. It segues to an outstanding chicken schnitzel in lemon béchamel, haricot vert and French fries. The sweet finale: a knockout double-chocolate Belgian cake. The lounge serves a different prix fixe menu at dinner for $45.

 

 

 

New restaurants joined this year

Flavor founder Briana Beaty counts nine “freshman” restaurants in this year’s promotion. They include Jupiter restaurants Craft Bar Kitchen, Rustic Inn and Nitrogen, Palm Beach Gardens-based Salute Market, West Palm Beach restaurants Burger and Beer Joint and Jardin, Palm Beach-based Al Fresco and Boca Raton restaurants Tanzy and The Little Chalet.

 

FLAVOR PALM BEACH

For info, menus and reservations, visit FlavorPB.com.

New waterfront restaurant opens in Delray Beach

Che has taken over the former Hudson at Waterway East in Delray Beach. (Contributed)
Che has taken over the former Hudson at Waterway East in Delray Beach. (Contributed)

A rare Argentinian-owned restaurant has landed on the banks of the Intracoastal in Delray Beach. Che Restaurant opened Monday in the sprawling space formerly occupied by Hudson at Waterway East.

Dreamed up in Buenos Aires, the restaurant concept was brought to life in Spain by brother-sister restaurateurs Daniela and Martin Sujoy. On Spanish soil, they built a Che empire of 15 related restaurants in 15 years. (They include Che Pizza & Pasta, Che Asador Argentino and Che American Style).

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Now comes their first U.S. location in Delray Beach’s buzzy dining district: a restaurant that’s described as part modern steakhouse, part casual international eatery. “Che” is a multipurpose expression common in the Rio de la Plata region. It can mean “hey!” or “bro,” among other things.

“For Delray Beach, we wanted to pay homage to our Argentinian roots while highlighting European inspiration,” said Martin Sujoy via news release.

Che offers various types of paellas similar to this one. (Mia Yakel/ Cox Newspapers)
Che offers various types of paellas similar to this one. (Mia Yakel/ Cox Newspapers)

The Sujoy family got its start in the food industry in Argentina, where they managed country club concessions before opening a financial district restaurant that grew into a catering operation.

At Che Delray, expect dishes with Argentine and Spanish accents on the menu. There are Argentinian classics like choripan (chorizo sandwich), Buenos Aires-style pastas and grass-fed South American steaks with chimichurri sauce. Inspired by Spain, there’s Galician-style octopus and paellas. On the side: sparkling waterfront views.

The Sujoys hired Spanish interior design company Paco Pleguezuelos to breathe new life into the 8000-square-foot space. The result is a sprawling restaurant with inside/outside dining areas and two bars, with plenty of room for large parties in between.

Hours: open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Che Delray Beach: 900 E. Atlantic Ave.; 561-562-5200; CheRestaurant.com