5 best places for tacos in Palm Beach County, readers say

Happy Taco Tuesday! Here is a list of the top five places, according to Post readers, for tacos in Palm Beach County.

Recently we announced the winner of our Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Tacos in Palm Beach County“.

The winner was selected from our online poll which was created based on your social comments. Along with the winner, here are the five best sports for tacos, based on your votes:

The winner: Tacos al Carbon, Lake Worth

View of a trio of tacos, Al Pastor, Grill stake, chicken, at Tacos Al Carbon. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
View of a trio of tacos, Al Pastor, Grill stake, chicken, at Tacos Al Carbon. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

An excerpt from the original story ‘Best Tacos’ story:

“Tacos al Carbon’s main location brings a rural feel to the well-trafficked corner of Military Trail and Lake Worth Road. Families flock to the place, their young kids scampering between picnic tables. The Tacos truck is parked near a shaded patio, adjacently to a table selling fresh roasted street corn. This location has a 24-hour window to serve the area’s taco munchies.”

Tacos al Carbon’s main location: 4420 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth; 561-432-8474

Calaveras Cantina, Jupiter

Calaveras Cantina faces the waterfront at Harbourside Place, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Calaveras Cantina faces the waterfront at Harbourside Place, Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Beneath vibrantly colored Mexican lanterns, hipster servers mash guacamole tableside, crispy empanadas are stuffed with delicious duck confit, and dessert means hot, fresh churros served with caramel (cajeta) dipping sauce. As side from tacos, empanadas and churros are must-haves at Calaveras Cantina, which offers an extensive range of cocktails and terrific happy hour deals.

Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter; 561-320-9661

Rocco’s Tacos, various locations

Tacos at Rocco's Tacos.
Tacos at Rocco’s Tacos.

Rocco’s Tacos is not your average cantina. The guacamole made table side is a must-order, and you can customize it. The signature Rocco’s Tacos are also very popular. The Camarones and carne asada tacos were quite flavorful. Choose from flour, corn or gluten-free tortillas.

Related: How to get a free drink today to go with your tacos at Rocco’s Tacos

Rocco’s Tacos, various locations

El Camino, Delray Beach 

The interior of El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)
The interior of El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

Mexican soul food reigns at this hipster Tequila bar in Delray’s hot dining district, as Post reviewer Carlos Frías found. Try the smoked brisket enchiladas, lavished with a slow-cooked molé negro sauce. Wash it down with your choice of mescal or reposado — or any of the 200-plus varieties of tequila poured at the bar. Take in a setting that’s all funk and fun, but not in the wild, Cancun-on-Memorial-Day way.

El Camino: 15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-865-5350

JimmyChangas, West Palm Beach

From a Yelp review: “I discovered JimmyChangas two weeks ago…. Since then, I’ve visited a total of five times! … It is a cozy little joint with limited bar-style seating, and two tables for two out front. Perfect little tacos because the flavor quality is definitely there.”

JimmyChangas: 332n Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-345-3737

 

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!

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

National Oyster Day: 5 restaurants for oyster deals in Palm Beach County

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Blue Point oysters are served at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

By Ashley McBride
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Happy National Oyster Day! There’s no shortage of fresh seafood in Palm Beach County, oysters included. And there are plenty of ways to eat and prepare oysters. Popular ways to eat molluscs are on the half shell, raw, baked, fried, steamed or boiled.

Here are five places to get your bivalve fix to celebrate the holiday.

Spoto’s Oyster BarDeal is $1.75 blue point oysters from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There are two locations, one in Stuart and one in Palm Beach Gardens. Check their website for more information.

Hurricane AlleyHappy hour deal on oysters, for $9 a dozen raw oysters from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hurricane Alley: 529 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561-364-4008

The oyster bar at Racks Delray. (Thomas Cordy/Palm Beach Post)
The oyster bar at Racks Delray. (Thomas Cordy/Palm Beach Post)

RACKS Fish House: From Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, shell out a dollar per oyster forNational Oyster Weekat Racks Fish House.

Racks: 5 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561-450-6718

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Oyster Po’ Boy at City Oyster in Delray Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

City OysterEnjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or champagne with an order of a dozen oysters during lunch or dinner.

City Oyster: 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-0220

Meat MarketExecutive Chef Sean Brasel is serving up Black Duck Salt Oysters, $10 for 6 and Oyster Po Boy sliders for $7. At the bar, you can down $10 champagne and half-off oysters.

Meat Market: 191 Bradley Pl., Palm Beach; 561-354-9800

 

 

 

 

Best restaurants right now in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta

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“Tuna Basil Roll” from Food Shack in Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Here’s a current snapshot of the restaurants in north Palm Beach County we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This unranked list omits eateries closed for summer break, includes only restaurants we have visited.

Coolinary Café

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A salad of micro greens, golden beets, apple and goat cheese, served at Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County is mad lucky to have Chef Tim Lipman cooking his heart out on the northern edge of the Gardens. His sliver of a restaurant has been a game-changer since opening in early 2012, serving honest, inspired dishes that are driven by the season and by Florida ingredients.

Related: Best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now

Lipman is not one to simply tread water, working some farm-to-table shtick. He continues to learn, to soak up inspiration and grow as a chef. We, the diners, reap the rewards.

Coolinary Café: 4650 Donald Ross Road, (Donald Ross Village), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-249-6760.

Little Moir’s Food Shack

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View of a sweet potato Corvina over green bean mango salad with garlic lime dressing at Little Moir’s Food Shack in Jupiter. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)

If any restaurant has defined Palm Beach County cuisine it is Mike Moir’s Food Shack. Thanks to Moir’s love of the ocean and fresh ingredients, north county went from a monotonous landscape of bland fillets and frozen veggies to a boldly adventurous one. The Ontario-born chef and his talented team gave his adopted hometown (Jupiter) a signature cuisine. And 14 years after opening Food Shack (and later Leftovers Café), Moir, his chef partner Drew Shimkus and their fellow cooks, continue to keep the concept fresh.
Food Shack: 103 South U.S. 1 (in the Publix plaza), Jupiter; 561- 741-3626.

Krave

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View of a soba noodle salad, with bok choy, daikon radish, snow peas, peppers, ginger, onions, thai peanut sauce that is served with a peanut encrusted Ahi Tuna, at Krave restaurant in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Within a cozy, comfortable space, Chef Michael Rolchigo creates some of the best fine-dining dishes in north county. He pays close attention to detail, from appetizers to desserts, each course exquisite. It’s no wonder the former Jupiter Island Grill chef has brought in quite a following to this Tequesta space. His food is inspired and creative, but it’s also accessible to the mainstream palate. Reservations are a must. (Closes for vacation on Sept. 4, reopening Sept. 29.)

Krave: 626 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-575-9222.

National Chicken Wing Day! Our favorite wings in Palm Beach County

The "Voodoo" wings at Lafayette's. (Contributed)
(Contributed)

Here’s to the chicken wing! Today is National Chicken Wing Day. Whether you like yours spicy, sweet, ‘naked’ or fried, today is your day! There are plenty of local restaurants offering deals Friday. And here is our list of some of our favorite places for wings:

Tree’s Wings & Ribs

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David and Wendy Nelson of Jupiter  at Tree Wings in Royal Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

There are ten choices of sauces: Mild, Hot, Extra hot, Cajun, Honey Dip, Garlic, BBQ, Teriyaki, Lemon pepper, Garlic parmesan. Prices range from $6.39 for 6 wings to $4,364.94 for five thousand wings!! Now that’s a menu! You can go boneless for no extra charge.

Tree’s Wings: 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-791-1535

Duffy’s Sports Grill

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Wings from Duffy’s Sports Grill. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

The ‘breaded original’ won praise from our taste-testers: “They were spicy with good flavor.” There are lots of wing flavors to choose from: BBQ, Honey garlic, Asian sesame, Sweet Buffalo, Original, Firecracker, Hot, Spicy Roasted Garlic, Mango Habanero and Atomic Ghost Chili. Prices start at $9.99 for ten boneless wings and $10.99 for ten hand-breaded or ‘naked’ wings.

Duffy’s: various locations. Check Duffy’s website for more information.

Park Avenue BBQ

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A server waits on customers inside PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter, June 7, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

These were among the highest rated wings: “They make my mouth water from far away, just the smell.” “Wet and spicy!” Wing flavors: Mild, Hot, Hot Honey Garlic, Mild BBQ, Hot BBQ, Heater and Stupid BBQ. Prices start at $10 for ten wings.

Park Avenue BBQ Grille: various locations. Check PA BBQ’s website for more information.

Bru’s Room

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The front exterior of Bru’s Room Sports Grill on NE 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

The hot, extra hot and grilled ones were the big hits all around. Our taste-testers had this to say: “Just right!” “The hot stays with you.” “Big wings, crunchy.” “Great flavor!” Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot, Brutonium, Teriyaki, BBQ, Sweet-n-Tangy, Parmesan Garlic, Triple Threat. Prices start at $11.99 for ten wings.

Bru’s Room: various locations; check Bru’s Room website for more information.

Blue Front Bar & Grill

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10 piece wings tossed in Blue Front sauce at Blue Front in Lake Worth. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Blue Front isn’t just a place for barbecue, they offer some tasty wings too!  Wings flavors: Mild, Hot, Hotter and Sweet Thai. Prices start at $7.49 for 6 wings.

Blue Front Bar & Grill: 1132 N. Dixie Highway; Lake Worth; 561-833-6651

 

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

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(Jason Getz)

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’

Best restaurants for outdoor dining in Jupiter

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Dining tables sit on the south bank of the Loxahatchee River at Guanabanas. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Rainforest al fresco: Guanabanas

Okay, so maybe it’s not technically a rain forest. It looks more like Gilligan’s Island, in fact. But Guanabanas has a tropical, gorgeously overgrown feeling that makes it unlike any other local al fresco restaurant or bar.

Related: Best al fresco spots in Palm Beach County

Palm trees sweep toward the waterway, a lagoon that sits off the south bank of the Loxahatchee River. Dining tables are tucked between the thickly set bursts of lush foliage, and offer a perch for watching kayakers and paddle-boarders glide by. For the less aquatic types, there’s plenty on the menu to keep you busy. Settle back and dig into the blackened fresh-catch sandwich between sips of a vodka-spiked A1A Lemonade, and go “ahhh.”

Guanabanas: 960 N. Hwy A1A, Jupiter; 561-747-8878

Deck al fresco: Jetty’s

Jetty's in Jupiter.
Jetty’s in Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

A mainstay at the Jupiter inlet, the sprawling wooden deck at Jetty’s delivers a stunning view of the Jupiter Lighthouse and the boats that glide in its periphery.

Thanks to the waterway, there’s usually some kind of breeze to cool off al fresco diners in summer.

Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant: 1075 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter; 561-743-8166

Related: Best waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach County

Harbourside al fresco: Tommy Bahama

A table facing the intracoastal at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar at Harbourside Place in Jupiter on February 20, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
A view of the Intracoastal at the Tommy Bahama restaurant. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

There’s a resort-y feel to this upscale chain restaurant. And, thanks to its location, that vibe comes with a view. Tommy Bahama is perched by the waterway at Jupiter’s Harbourside Place. The outdoor terrace is ideal for sipping a cocktail and watching the plaza’s action unfold.

Tommy Bahama: 126 Soundings Ave., Jupiter; 561-406-6631

Tiki hut al fresco: The Square Grouper

Sand and sun at The Square Grouper. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Sand and sun at The Square Grouper. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

This is a toes-in-the-sand kind of place that rewards its revelers with a stunning view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Sure, you’ll find some decent grub here. But the reasons to visit are all vibe and view, and the sips and sounds that link the two.

The Square Grouper: 1111 Love St., Jupiter; 561-575-0252

20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now

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A scallop dish created by chef Matthew Byrne at his Kitchen restaurant, a stylish and cozy eatery located on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

Here’s a current snapshot of the restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This unranked list, which is organized by city and omits eateries closed for summer break, includes only restaurants we have visited. — Liz Balmaseda, Palm Beach Post food editor

20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now

 

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.