Leila: Belly dancers-swanky atmosphere-middle east tapas
Atmosphere is second to food for me when it comes to enjoying a restaurant. While I love Middle Eastern food, most Middle Eastern restaurants here lack atmosphere. Not Leila. It sits on the corner of Dixie HWY and Datura, a bit off the beaten path, since it's not on Clematis and not located within CityPlace. The interior is cast in soothing blue is dimly lit and swanky...
Wander out to the back patio area for a table surrounded by palm trees. Expect great music and a periodic visit from a belly dancer. Smoke the hookah pipe (if that's you're thing) after a delicious meal. And when it comes to your meal, I suggest you take advantage of their excellent tapas-like mezze menu...
Favorite Dish: What we had...
Feta puffs- delectable! seriously, puff pastry bites filled with feta and mint
Falafel- made well here, crispy, delicious (ground chick peas, onion, spices)
Grilled Halloumi Cheese- oh my gosh, heaven. unique texture, tangy taste
Baba Ghanouj- a classic, great with their warm pita bread
Ratatouille- Eggplant, tomato, and onion lightly stewed with olive oil
Red Pepper-Walnut Tapenade- blended with garlic, lemon and pomegranate, so excellent
and of course
Hommous- theirs is creamy and divine
Do make reservations when coming for dinner, this place is extremely popular, deservedly.
La Bonne Bouche: Buttery delicious pastries etc. w/ french attitude
La Bonne Bouche has been around for a while... but fairly recently its experienced a beautiful makeover. Outside: a tricking fountain amidst blooming bougainvillea. Inside, you'll find black and white check floors and large beautiful mirrors and petite oil paintings lining a long wall set up with booth and chair type seating, so so French. ;-) I'm impressed by the nice wood bar as well.
BUT the best thing about La Bonne Bouche are its baked delights. mmm mmm mmm. They've gotten it right.
The proprietor is French, his wife is American. He's a bit aloof but he doesn't mean any harm. La Bonne Bouche has been featured on the Food Network.
Favorite Dish: Try a raisin pastry, ooh and the almond paste pastry and the quiches, so spinachy good!
I think they'll be serving up dinner soon... they had a wine list written up on a back chalk board. I'll keep you posted.
NIRVANA: Indo-Caribbean fusion...
Owner chef hails from Trinidad, but traces his roots to India, thus an eclectic menu full of intense flavors and spice.
One must take into account the fact that Nirvana is located in a strip mall... this made me skeptical. BUT... for what it is, the decor and ambience are quite nice, the bar is chic, there is nice live music on the weekends. (An acoustic guitar player with a soothing voice who starts out playing some smooooth bossa nova but eventually takes requests.)
Tables feature crisp white table cloths, chairs have a trumped up Caribbean flair, lighting is subdued.
Guests at Nirvana sit down to a plate of roti, the flour wraps made with split peas, and focaccia bread accompanied by two dipping sauces: sweet tamarind chutney and spicy green mango chow.
Reservations are recommended.
Favorite Dish: Tim started with grilled prawns served in a flaky parmesan basket, beautiful presentation...delicious.
I had a tiger shrimp appetizer with petite fried and spiced spheres and a spicy mango chutney. Quite tasty.
Tim had their seared tuna special. Excellent quality. Beautiful presentation...
I had a scrumptuous chicken curry with Island-inpsired accents. Overflowing with tasty veggies and such, mmmmmm....
Price per person is without wine, assuming each person has a starter and entree.
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Bizaare Avenue Cafe: just south of WPB in Lake Worth... totally unique!
Because downtown Lake Worth is chock full of antique shops you might mistake Bizaare for but another- a peek in the window and you'll spy a melange of overstuffed couches, armchairs, coffee tables and kitchen tables- plus funky & unique art and trinkets... go on, step inside, you've encountered a lovely little eatery! Open for lunch and dinner (closed on Sundays) with a great menu of scrumptuous soups, crepes, salads, tapas, gourmet pizza, sandwiches and "Gourmet Sharables" as they call them. Settle in to a cozy chair of your choice (except on weekends when this place is PACKED) and order yourself a nice bottle of wine (their selection is quite nice) or an ice cold beer. I can almost guarantee you'll find your mouth begin to water as you read the menu....
Should you arrive when the restaurant is totally busy, give the hostess your name and make your way to the cozy little bar area, the bar tenders ( usually named Jennifer & Valee) are super nice-
If you happen to like ANYthing you see in the restaurant enough to want to take it home, most likely you can! Much of the wares (including the tables, chairs etc.) are for sale!
Open until midnight on the weekends
And until 11:30 on weekdays
Favorite Dish: Pleeeease, try the Caramelized Onion & Bleu Cheese Fun-Do & the Baked brie appetizers/tapas if you like cheese as much as I... you will not regreat it. Both are oh so delicious!
I love the Portabello Salad Pizaare (pizza)- a portabello mushroom, baby greens and red onion salad atop a crispy mozzarella and parmesan cheese pizza crust -
I always ask for a side of their garlic dressing for this...
They have GREAT carrot cake....
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Serenity Garden Teahouse: Take tea or do lunch @ this charming little place
Serenity Garden Teahouse exists in an old little house, each room is decorated delightfully with whimsical & chi chi tea party-like touches. Doilies, lace and toile galore! It's very much geared for the "ladies that lunch" set. Getting together with your gal pals, etc. Little girls will love it!
They offer a complete lunch menu with soups, salads, sandwiches etc. And a very nice "high tea" package with champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, salad or quiche, tea sandwiches, scones, petit fours, etc. Good selection of tea varietals.
The service is very kind and attentive.
The clientele is mostly women, of all ages from 4 to 84. But men are welcome of course!
Something fun and unique: They have a "dress up" trunk full of frilly old hads and boas that you must partake of!!!! It totally takes you back to being 8 years old.
Make sure you make a reservation! Price per person is based upon ordering lunch and tea, not the tea package which runs around $20 per person.
Favorite Dish: We always have their "high tea" package.... it is SO much food though, ALL delicious of course, but you won't need to eat for the rest of the day....
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Suite 225: Swanky sushi & Asian fusion great outdoor seating
Serving up sushi and Asian-fusion selections in a chic and somewhat swanky atmosphere, sit at the bar lit by big candles, at the outside tables, romantic and off to the side, or inside, dimly lit and sophisticated.
The service is fine, they let you be/don't rush you.
This restaurant is located in the tiny downtown-type area of Lantana (just south of West Palm) and is seconds away from the Intracoastal and the ocean. So take a stroll heading east after dinner for a nice view....
Favorite Dish: I like their arugula salad and crispy shrimp appetizer as I'm not a big fan of sushi.... Husband and friends say their sushi is deeeelish!
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The Brass Ring Pub: The Brass Ring - Good Bar Food
The Brass Ring is a little Pub that serves some great food.
In the front of the bar they've got a Brass Ring tied to a string. The object is to stand behind a line and release the ring just right. If successful it will catch on a hook on the wall. It's amazing how hard it is. It's even more amazing when a local comes up and rings 10 in a row!
Favorite Dish: I opted for Fried Shrimp and a cold beer. Both were excellent!
The Mushroom Cheeseburger is supposed to be excellent!
The Reef Grill: The Reef Grill - Excellent Variety and Quality
The Reef is an outstanding casual restaurant located just north of West Palm. There are two locations: Juno Beach and Jupiter. I visited the Jupiter Location.
What sets this restaurant apart is the selection of fresh fish that they have to offer. They have a separate menu of "Daily Catches" that is as long as the regular menu.
The Reef also has an excellent wine selection as well as a great beer offering.
We had to wait about 45 minutes for a seat but it was well worth it.
Favorite Dish: The Best dish is the one you bring for them to cook! We brought in three lobsters that we had caught earlier in the day. For $10.00 they grilled them and served them on two plates full of fruit and vegetables along with a couple of bowls of drawn butter.
I also had the blackened Wahoo which was outstanding as well.
BREWZZI: Italian American Bistro and Microbrewery
We went there for lunch and while waiting for our drinks we got a looks at the size and amounts of food being served. Thats when we decided that appetizers would be enough. That was a correct decision. We ordered the brewery sampler. That consisted of six five ounce glasses of the beers that they brew. Cost was only $5.95 .
Boca Blonde Lager----blend of Saaz and Hallertau hops that make a bright golden color lager.
Black Duke Dark----a deep amber brown lager with a slight taste of chocolate and roasted coffee.
Tropical Madness----A Boca Blonde but with hints of apricot, buleberry, peach, or raspberry for an excellent sipping beer.
City Fest----mellow tasting with orange-copper hues and a sweet nutty flavor. Made with Munich and Crystal malts.
Brewmaster's Special----This is a changing monthly brew. Never the same.
Red Reef Amber----Balanced to perfection, amber in complexion. and very hoppy.
BREWZZI: Appetizers only for Lunch
The food and the service were both great. This is an open kitchen and you can watch your food prepared.
Favorite Dish: We only ordered from the Appetizer Menu as we saw some of the Entrees being served and they were way to large for a snack. The main entrees ran from $14.00 to $20.00.
We ordered Calamari Friti (to me it looked like plain deep fried calamari). The vegetarian pizza was medium size and nicely covered with vegetables. The Brewhouse dip(pictured) was a cooked roast beef with melted Swiss cheese and carmelized onions. It also included a large cup of New England clam chowder. The steamed mussels can in a copper pot with garlic, carrots, and celery with a small loaf of Italian bread to soak up the broth.
Bradley's: Don't Miss The Cocktails!
We did not eat here but started out having cocktails before our evening out. It is a great atmosphere, sit on the deck and enjoy the sound of the water. The beach is directly across the street, take a walk down to the marina and check out the multi-million dollar yachts...they are amazing.
In City Place, there are a lot...
In City Place, there are a lot of places to eat. One of them is Legal Seafood. Now if you're willing to wait an hour and a half to be seated, be my guest. Right across from it is Wet Willie's, which has lots of good food. I had some chicken sandwich and my aunt had conch fritters. Not bad!!!
Lion Country Safari has a hugh...
Lion Country Safari has a hugh cafeteria.
You get to see so many different varieties of animals from all over the world.
Favorite Dish: None of the food was really my favorite but was eatable.
Bring a cooler full of your favorite foods and picnic in between the Safari and park.
Howley's - 'Cooked in sight,...
Howley's - 'Cooked in sight, must be right'. The people who own this place are really nice. It's cheap eatin' so don't expect anything fancy. Just the feel of the place, makes you think you're at home.
50's diner style, lots of shiny chrome and all the locals hang out in the front. Get a table by the window.
Favorite Dish: The famous Howley Burger or the Greek Salad. It's great!! The BEST has to be the mashed potatoes with gravy, I get light headed just thinking about it.
Great Texas Land and Cattle...
Great Texas Land and Cattle Co.
I noticed while at the restaurant, that the entire staff was very friendly... from the Hostess Sarah to the Bartender Joe to any of the waitstaff. The people that frequented the place were very friendly as well... seems like a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike!
Favorite Dish: There are so many!! The Prime Rib is tender and perfect! The Filet Mignon is probably the best for me! But I also think they have the best King Crab Legs I have ever had!!!!
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