As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the nation, the Palm Beaches offers a wealth of fine dining establishments that run the gamut from casual bohemian to sophisticated elegance. Palm Beach County – stretching down Florida's Atlantic coast from Tequesta in the north right through to Boca Raton on the southern border – includes Jupiter, Juno Beach, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm and Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton: a list that covers some of Florida's most elite areas.
The region's epicurean scene features bayside hangouts, neighborhood family favorites, trendy hot-spots, exclusive restaurants and exotic ethnic eateries. Although the range of traditional ethnic cuisines is limited in comparison to that available in the larger cosmopolitan urban centers, a number of ‘undiscovered gems' spice up the local fare with a touch of the unusual, including authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Indian regional food and Thai delights.
Cay Da Vietnamese Restaurant, although little more than a corridor in a small Boca Raton strip-mall, offers exceptional Vietnamese taste sensations and unerringly gracious service. Artfully prepared dishes steal the show at this unassuming dining spot, with succulent filet creations, shrimp dishes and vegetable delights, each flavored with aromatic herbs, ginger and piquant curries.
Street-side cafes and beachfront bistros are prominent features throughout the Palm Beaches, where all-season open-air dining and casual patio rooms along avenues lined with soaring palm trees make the most of Florida's perpetual sunshine and balmy evening breezes.
Latin cuisine has had a profound influence on Florida's dining scene, with numerous Cuban, Brazilian and Argentine restaurants dotted throughout the region. New World cuisine – a delightful blend of contemporary American, Caribbean and Latin cuisines that was pioneered by a group of renowned South Florida chefs – helped put South Florida on the culinary map and is a principal player in the region's restaurant scene.
Delray Beach is renowned for its culinary scene, with a plethora of fine upscale restaurants spread throughout the city. Many of the area's renowned dining destinations can be found on trendy Atlantic Avenue.
Sol Kitchen – a vibrant, colorful downtown establishment on Atlantic Avenue created by the team behind the critically acclaimed restaurant 32 East – celebrates Florida's cultural diversity with an inspired blend of Floridian, Latino and American Tex-Mex cuisines. Chefs Nick Morfogen and Ryan Brown present a menu of inventive dishes that offer a fresh perspective on old classics and an array of original creations using time-honored techniques and flavorful ingredients.
European and Middle Eastern cuisine appears in abundance throughout the Palm Beaches, with a vast number of Italian, French, Moroccan, Israeli and Spanish restaurants, ranging from casual pizzerias serving delectable wood oven pizza to upscale dining spots offering traditional regional fare.
Meson Madrid, situated along Federal Highway in Boca Raton, is a unique family-owned establishment offering a range of exquisite classic Spanish dishes in a cozy, welcoming setting reminiscent of a Spanish countryside villa. Unerringly friendly and attentive, the knowledgeable staff and owners – who are always on hand to personally greet the guests - ensure an unforgettable dining experience.
Further north, in Jupiter, Tabica Grill's New American cuisine is a local institution. The restaurant offers an extensive array of tempting gourmet masterpieces and an equally varied selection of specialty coffees and libations.
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