In anticipation of traveling every other weekend for the next month, I've taken the opportunity to explore new and new-to-me places at home lately. Growing up in the Palm Beaches, there are many restaurants I've either driven by countless times or went to once about ten years ago (and hardly remember). While my list is always never-ending, I'm happy to have crossed off those mentioned below and found some I'll definitely be returning to!
Cafes & Coffee Shops
- Subculture Coffee in Jupiter
Newly opened in Harbourside Place, this Subculture Coffee location had plenty of seating inside and outside, a large menu of offerings for any time of day, and strong Wi-Fi – yay! It was the perfect spot to work from. That said, they are still working out some quirks because the service was slow.
- The Chickpea in West Palm Beach
A work errand nearby prompted me to pick up lunch at a new Mediterranean hot spot, The Chickpea. The service behind the counter was great, and the food was delicious! If I'm in the area, I would definitely return for a healthy, flavorful bowls.
- Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach
Reviewed on the blog here as one of the Top 3 New Openings of the season! I look forward to the continued growth of the Warehouse District, as well as the market's expansion.
- Schooner's in Jupiter
My friends and I intended to go to lunch at Guanabanas, where I've been and love, but the wait was over an hour! Since my car was already in the hands of valet, we walked over to Schooner's for lunch instead. They have been around since 1984, so we figured they had to be doing something right! The atmosphere was pleasant, but not as much of a tropical paradise like it's neighboring restaurants on the water. The seafood was fresh and the menu had plenty of options. I was blown away by the number of lunch specials, too. I got the mixed nut and coconut crusted yellowtail snapper BLT wrap, which hit the spot!
- The Cooper, Vic & Angelos, and Kabuki in Palm Beach Gardens
My boyfriend and I wandered PGA Commons one afternoon initially just for a drink at The Cooper. I ordered their Negroni Mule on happy hour (from 3-6pm, 9pm-close daily) and it was a refreshing, interesting take on a classic Moscow Mule. Due to some obnoxious bar mates, we relocated to Vic & Angelos for another drink. They do not offer happy hour on the weekends, but their weekday HH menu looked awesome! A woman at the bar ordered the Sicilian wings and WOW they looked amazing. Huge portion! For dinner, we went to Kabuki. Their happy hour menu was huge and so incredibly cheap. The service was fast and there was plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the breeze.
- Hutton in West Palm Beach
This new seafood restaurant in the Northwood neighborhood attracts locals and networking events on their large back patio. We enjoyed the Chargrilled Oysters, Hutton Baked Oysters Rockefeller (not traditional like you'd expect, but better!), Foie Gras & Angus Beef Sliders and the Ahi Tuna. It wasn't quite as exciting as some of the other new places I dined at this season, but all of the food was well done.
- Buccan in Palm Beach
I've had this hot spot on my list for too long, and I finally went after seeing Chef Clay Conley nominated for a James Beard Award. I am going to review it in more detail very soon, along with another one of his restaurants located right next door – Imoto, which I dined at soon after my great experience at Buccan (spoiler alert).
- O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach
Exploring places we hadn't been to on Clematis after another Mussels dinner at Pistache, we wandered into O'Shea's for a nightcap. At first glance, it is your classic Irish pub that you either love or hate. I ordered a Magner's Cider at the bar, and noticed a sign pointing to their courtyard. Upon checking it out, I was shocked how large and how nice it was! There were high hedges all around, strung lights, plenty of seating and a large bar. It was a Monday night, which we soon learned was "Yappy Hour" out on the courtyard, where customers bring their dogs! Within an hour, there were at least 10-15 dogs there running around. So random, but entertaining. Following O'Sheas, we went to Hullabaloo a few doors down for their live music – it's my favorite spot on Clematis!
- HMF in Palm Beach
I went after dinner with a couple friends for a drink. As much as I love The Breakers and was so excited to try out this trendy hot spot, I was disappointed by the service. I hope to believe that it was my specific experience, and not that it reflects accurately upon the luxury bar/lounge itself. I plan to return to give it another chance, but I will be sure to pass on the Sherry (which was terrible).
What new places have you discovered lately?