**Rhythm Cafe
3800 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach -833-4406.  Converted drugstore with lots of kitsch and an eclectic menu.   Fabulous food including exceptional fish prepared your choice of six ways, homemade desserts and wine only. SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**Melting Pot
3044 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth -967-1009.  Modern style fondue restaurant where you cook steak, chicken, seafood or veggies in vegetable broth on skewers.  And of course there’s traditional cheese and chocolate (dark is the best) fondues too.  Large portions encourage sharing.

** Prosecco Cafe -
The Commons, 4580 PGA Blvd.,- 622-3222.  Cafe dining with the finest quality food, a creative menu and friendly service.  Great value too  Small plates, nightly specials, full bar and baking done on premises.    SEE REVIEW BELOW.



**Café Sapori
205 Southern Blvd., WPB – 805-7313.  Italian Japanese/Sushi?  A crazy idea that works!  Good fish knows no nationality.  Chef and owner are both from Bice, Palm Beach so you know the pasta is perfect!  A  favorite fresh pasta offering is a rich lobster ravioli in a bisque-like sauce.  SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**Casa Mia -
Fisherman's Wharf, 337 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter,- 972-6888.  Dine outdoors or inside in this highly rated Italian restaurant and pizzeria.  Friendly, knowledgeable staff and familiar Italian menu awaits.  SEE REVIEW BELOW.

4595 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach – 686-7739.  – . Great “old style” appetizers, soups, pizza, including gluten free, pastas, veal, chicken, fish and seafood, meat, the list goes on and on. Outside dining and music too.

**Nonna Maria’s
529 Northlake Blvd., Lake Park  – 863-6584.  “Italian with a French Twist” Owner/Chef Francois has a flair with the traditional and is inventive too. SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**Ristorante Santucci
610 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach – 337-2532
The artistry of the menu itself is as clean and contemporary as the décor and table settings; and the food is presented in that same fashion. Stunning would sum it up. SEE REVIEW BELOW. 

**Giavonni’s  -
Home Depot Shopping Center on Northlake – 799-7998.
Small, friendly neighborhood Italian eatery with huge portions and excellent food from thin crust pizza to lobster tails. Try the chicken cacciatore, eggplant parmesan or chicken picatta.  Good value.

**Mario’s –
225 E Ocean Avenue, Manalapan – 582-3013.. very good food, cooked to order, an extensive menu with very reasonable prices, offering live entertainment, full bar [outside] and catering, but a very long wait.. SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**Brio Tuscan Grill
Gardens Mall – 622-0491.  Very good menu and portion size in the medium price range.  Favorites for lunch are the bistecca salad or mushroom ravioli.  For dinner, try the lobster bisque to start and then the gorgonzola crusted steak or chicken under the brick.  Ambiance and service praised.

**Nick & Johnny's Osteria
14133 US Highway 1, Juno – 318-5466. Half pizzeria, half restaurant with warm casual atmosphere, friendly service and excellent, old-time Italian specialties. SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**Cucina Cabana
1201 US Highway 1, No. Palm Beach – 626-1212. Working with local producers and purveyors, extra effort is put forth to obtain only the freshest ingredients, including line caught fish, fresh from the Atlantic. Very fresh Italian in comfy setting. SEE REVIEW BELOW.



**Thai Grand Palace
5500 Military Trail, Jupiter – 493-8031.  Great service and presentation of good Thai food.

**Uncle Joe
4367 Northlake, PBG – 799-9883.  Excellent Chinese cooked to order.  The roasted chicken and Grand Marnier shrimp are highly recommended.  They also do take out.

**Pho 16
2905 N Military Trl, Ste E, West Palm Beach, FL 33417 – 471-0901.  Yummy, authentic and healthy Vietnamese food in a clean, no nonsense setting. SEE REVIEW BELOW.



**Palm Beach Grill  –
336 Royal Poinciana Way – 835-1077.  Great, friendly service, large drinks, noisy and crowded.  Specialties to try are the Tuna Burger, Kosher Hot Dog, Walt’s Salad and the Sundae for dessert.

**J Alexander
Midtown at the Gardens, 4625 PGA Blvd. – 694-2711.  This newcomer offers a nice variety of American favorites such as burgers and sandwiches, ribs, steak, seafood, and salads.  The prime rib is delicious, cooked to order and served au jus with a mound of smashed potatoes.  The greatest praise for dessert goes to The Very Best Chocolate Cake featuring a warm slab of moist chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

**Season’s 52
11611 Ellison Wilson Rd., PBG – 625-5852.  New on the scene and gorgeous!  Good blending of tastes, moderate to high price and stunning bar.  No dish has more than 450 calories.  Try cedar planked salmon.  A little noisy but fun!

375 S. County Road, Palm Beach – 855-2030. The place to be... contemporary and comfort food to suit every taste. Brilliant service and the baby back ribs rock!

14121 US Highway 1 - Juno Beach - 355-0438 The place for excellent, creative food and drink in a stunning contemporary atmosphere. REVIEW BELOW.



**Kee Grill -
14020 US Highway 1, Juno Beach – 776-1167.  Reservations are taken up to a week in advance and will keep your wait down to a minimum.  The accent is on seafood, but a New York strip steak as good as it gets. The creamed spinach "Maria" is habit forming, the crab cakes luscious and the desserts are homemade.

**The Bistro
US 1 in Driftwood Plaza, Jupiter – 694-0066.  Continental food in pleasant surroundings.  Dover sole is a house specialty.



**Leila’s -
120 South Dixie Highway, WPB – 659-7373.  Favorite dishes are babaganoush appetizer, chicken kabob and the dessert platter.  Belly Dancer on the weekends!



**Thirsty Turtle
13981US Highway 1, Juno Beach – 627-8991.  A huge favorite for traditional bar food like chicken wings, fried clams and fresh fish.  High quality food in a casual setting.  Come early or expect to wait almost every night of the week.

**BurgerBar by Chef Allen –
Donald Ross Village – 630-4545.  Burgers and more burgers with all the trimmings and then some.  Great scene, big bar, fun crowd and dine in or out.  SEE REVIEW BELOW.

**McCarthy’s Restaurant and Pub –
187 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta – 744-2383. Wonderful Irish pub with all the usual specialties.

**Waterway Cafe
2300 PGA Blvd. – 694-1700.  Dine on the deck overlooking the Intracoastal and the passing yachts.  Fabulous conch chowder and French onion soup.  Lunch and vacation in one.

**Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill
12846 US 1, Juno Beach – 624-9924.  Casual dining for the freshest seafood concoctions.  Long time favorite with locals, rustic atmosphere and great service too.

**Dune Dog Cafe
775 Alternate Highway A1A, Jupiter – 744-6667.  Local shack with screened porches serving hamburgers, ribs, hot dogs and fabulous Maine Lobster at very reasonable prices.

**Duffy’s Sports Bar
various locations, one at Oakbrook Square, US Highway1, NPB – 721-2650.
Great burgers and ribs. Noisy and friendly.

**Lola’s Seafood Eatery
4595 Northlake Blvd. (just west of Military) – 622-2259.  Cape Cod style seafood flown in fresh and fun, easy presentation.  The lobster roll is to die for!  SEE REVIEW BELOW.



**Juno Fish House
13980 US Highway 1 at Donald Ross Road – 626-2636.  Here the emphasis is on fish, from the New England clam chowder for an appetizer to trout or mahi mahi for the fresh catch of the day, or the Maryland-style crab cakes, grouper piccata and whole Maine lobster for the entrees.  Décor is nice and not too noisy.

**Bonefish Grill
11650 US Highway1, NPB – 799-9564.  Excellent, fresh fish, wood fire, well priced and great service.  You get to pick sauces and sides with salad included.  Try the Chilean sea bass or the trout. Even the pork chops get high marks.

**Food Shack
103 So. US Highway1, Jupiter – 741-3606.  Super casul, wear your flip flops.  Specialty fish dishes with Carribbean flavors.  Daily fish bowls are a must or try any fish on salad.

1075 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter - 743-8166.  Overlooking the Jupiter Lighthouse on the Jupiter Inlet.  Great fish and outdoor dining with a grand view.  Moderately priced.

PGA Blvd., - 776-9448.  Ambiance is pleasantly noisy.  Best oysters around and truly special entrées.  Try lobster roll, seared tuna or the tuna nicoise salad and the great desserts.  Efficient, friendly service.



**Café L’Europe
So. County Rd., Palm Beach -655-4020.  Ambiance and service are 4 star and stellar.  Elegant food and gorgeous desserts.  Try the Senegalese soup and their lobster dishes.

**Café Chardonnay
PGA Blvd. and Military Trail – 627-2662.  Continental and a little pricey but great for a special night out.  Highly recommended lamb with black peppercorn sauce.  Excellent wines and you can dine at the bar too.  Great for a moderate lunch.

**Entre Nous
123 US Highway 1, Lake Park – 863-5883.  Off the beaten track, intimate restaurant serving inventive and consistently good fare.  Excellent service.  Try the pork tenderloin.     SEE REVIEW (when in old Park Avenue location) BELOW.

**Chez Jean-Pierre
No. County Rod., Palm Beach – 833-1171.  Fine French, eclectic décor, superb menu, excellent service.  Try the Beef Bourguigno



Vicki Slotnick

Rhythm Cafe
Casa Mia
Nonna Maria
Lola’s Seafood Eatery
Café Sapori
Nick & Johnny's Osteria
Mario’ Ocean Avenue
Prosecco Cafe
Entre Nous
Ristorante Santucci

BurgerBar, by Chef Allen by Vicki Slotnick
Donald Ross Village
Palm Beach Gardens

OK, this review is going to be rather short and sweet, as reviews go...Burgerbar is super! Come and get it, or, as the menu front says: EAT!

On a recent Thursday evening, four of us hungry animals arrived expecting to grab a burger and sit outside in peace and quiet. Were we ever wrong! The joint was jumping, inside, outside and all around the town. But considering the crowds and amped up vibes of the venue, we were, in fact, seated within a few minutes, close to the fountain and as far as we could get from the maddening crowd. After waiting for a few more minutes, suddenly we had a great waiter named Joe, and a manager hot on his heels, just to make sure that we were happy.

Once we gave our orders to Joe, it was not long before we were satisfying our bellies with some great eats. You should go online and peruse the menu...your mouth will start watering soon enough. Here's what we had. Laura had two different kinds of sliders, you know, those cute little burgers on cute little buns. Well, she chose from a list of 5 different kinds: braised pork belly served with a mango jam, and shrimp with spicy corn relish and arugula.

In a word, "fabulous"! Rodney's cheeseburger with American cheese [not English cheddar?] arrived perfectly medium rare and, in a word, "mah-velous". Eddy's shrimp slider, excellent, and my burger came pink on the inside, crusty on the outside, well done sautéed mushrooms and fresh avocado slices, on a multigrain bun also just the way I ordered it. One bite and the juices came running down my arms! And forget about not eating the bun, all those delicious juices seep into the bun and you cannot not eat it!

The burgers come with wonderful fries, but we wanted to try the tarragon vinegar fries as well, gluttons that we are. They were a bit of a disappointment: the vinegar dominated the flavor; the fries tasted tart and soggy.

To sum it up, the selection of burgers is excellent, and not just beef...tuna, turkey, chicken, Portobello mushroom, lamb, and buffalo. There's a whole lot of other interesting stuff to try as well: unusual snacks and sides, awesome looking salads, 5 different treatments of wings [we'll have to come back soon and try some of those], soup, chili, beer battered pickles [wow!], the list goes on and on.  EAT!

Casa Mia reviewed by Vicki Slotnick
Fisherman's Wharf
337 East Indiantown Road    

Ok, this review is going to be briefer than most of my past reviews because I don’t, in all honesty, feel as enthusiastic as I have felt about many previously reviewed restaurants.  Some of you may have read a glowing review in The Palm Beach Post from January, 2011.  I too read it and, as a result, was very anxious to try Casa Mia.  I must say that, in general, I was somewhat disappointed.

The ambience was ok, nothing to write home about, the service was friendly and they all seemed to want to please.  They offered an outdoor dining option, but the weather was too warm to be comfortable outside that night, we went.

Now, on to the food...a caprese classic salad had good fresh Florida tomatoes and basil oil, but the mozzarella was not buffalo.  But if you have never experienced the difference between cow’s milk mozzarella and the soft and sweet “clouds” of buffalo mozzarella, you may not notice the lack of taste and texture in the cow’s version. Their Casa Mia salad, mixed greens with a few other uninspired vegetables and raspberry vinaigrette, was, however, declared fresh and generous in size.  Hubby and I shared penne alla mediterranea.  It was a blend of fresh tomatoes and basil, mozzarella and calamata olives.

The waitperson did not tell us when we ordered that it was an uncooked sauce.  Consequently, it came out room temp to cool.  To me, it did not present with much flavor and I asked them to heat up my portion.  Still not much excitement no matter what I sprinkled on it.  We also split a branzino al forno.  Now that was more like it!  Branzino is a Mediterranean sea bass, delicate and moist, which I absolutely adored here, and I order it whenever I see it on a menu.

L. ordered a veal chop with a wild mushroom sauce, not on the menu, but offered that night. I tasted a piece of her veal and found the one little taste a bit tough. The sauce, although it looked wonderful with a beautiful color, was rather tasteless.  That said, it was cooked just the way she liked it.  H.’s vitello al limone was very good according to him.  Again, my opinion of his veal was that it was just ok and the lemon sauce was bland.

R. had to send back his chicken Milanese because, even though ordered without any garlic, sure enough, the crumb coating was loaded with the dreaded flavor.  When are chefs going to “get it”?  There are other flavors in this world.  Anyway, it was replaced by vitello al limone which he declared “ok”. There were a number of wood fired oven pizzas which we did not try nor see so I cannot comment.  There is a lunch menu as well as a take-out menu, but, again, no comment.

We tried two desserts: a piece of ricotta cheesecake was flavorful, but too cold...oftentimes, when foods are served too cold, flavor and texture will be sacrificed. However, I will concede that ice cream can never be too cold!!!!  R.’s tartufo was very good: a dark and chewy chocolate shell enclosing a pistachio ice cream filling. (That should be cold!)

Prices are reasonable, with antipasti, salads, soups, individual sized pizzas in the $6.00 to $10.00 range.  Primi piatti, pastas, ranged from $10.00 through $17.00.  Secondi piatti, (entrees in this country) on the regular menu ranged from about $15.00 through $20.00. 
So, would I go back to Casa Mia?  Frankly, I’m not running...

Rhythm Cafe by Vicki Slotnick
3800 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 833-3406

Come on in, the casual dining at Rhythm Café is fine!   But, have an open mind about what the place looks like from the outside, as well as inside.  It was a drug store in the 50's and the chef/owner has very faithfully kept the retro, funky, and very kitschy (much of it for sale) atmosphere throughout the room, including the original counter.

The menu opens with a full page of do's and don'ts for their diners.  The menu is actually quite extensive, and quite eclectic. They offer a great selection of appetizers, correction, tapas-tizers.  Our table of six chose to share two for starters.  First was the cheese on fire, a.k.a. Saganaki, a dish of Greek origin with Kasseri cheese, set on fire with brandy, then extinguished with lemon, and served hot and bubbly with little warm, fresh pita bread wedges.  I almost died and went to heaven with that alone.  Good thing I didn't, because there was much more heaven-sent food to come. What was billed as "The Best Tuna Tartar Ever" really could have been.  Finely chopped meltingly smooth raw tuna was lovingly tossed with a ginger-y lime-y dressing, a perfect foil for the very fresh tuna, and was served with crispy little French bread crostinis.   There were other tapa-tizers that could have been ordered as tapas sized or entrée sized.  That night's fresh fish included hog snapper, swordfish, and steelhead salmon.  L. and I both ordered the hog snapper but with different preparations, six different treatments and all of them sounding very interesting.  I am one of those no-garlic-within-five-miles-please kinds of people, so my hog snapper was prepared with an herb bread crumb crust. It was baked just right for that kind of fish, moist and tender. Each mouthful was soft and sweet on the inside and slightly crispy-crunchy on the outside at the same time. It was accompanied by a lemon beurre blanc sauce, a perfect counterpoint to the fish, and a choice of wonderful vegetable sides, the lightly glazed carrots being my personal favorite. YUM!  H. had the hog snapper also, but treated in a Mediterranean way called "Arti Heart".  The fish of his choice was oven roasted and strewn with a sauté of artichoke hearts, scallions, and sun dried tomatoes. Then it was topped with a lemony butter sauce, and served with his choice of side dishes of the day.  Oh joy! D. and E. had blackened salmon with string beans and spinach, over which the two of them swooned.  R., the meat eater, had the filet mignon, a gorgeous center cut of tenderloin perfectly prepared medium rare with a silky sauce au poivre.  Despite the fact that I am not much of a carnivore, I could not resist his generous offer of a taste. It was amazing.

On to desserts.  We all shared: key lime pie that was a perfect balance of sweet and tart, so incredibly smooth in my mouth, and the crust was as flaky as it could be. There was a warm apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream.  Sorry, my words cannot describe it!  There was a peanut butter pie with chocolate sauce.  Not my thing so I will quote the menu on this one: "a light peanut butter mooseyish filling in a fan-freaking-tastic crust of chopped peanuts and chocolate chips".  The Rhythm Café also makes an interesting array of homemade ice creams and they even have real hot fudge!  Beverages include all manner of good things with the exception of hard liquor.  Soft drinks, several waters, beers, wines for the start, wines for the middle, and for the end, and wines such as ports and dessert wines are offered.  Bob, our waiter and a thirteen year veteran of the restaurant, was very helpful, very patient in response to all our requests, and pleasant throughout the entire meal.  Here is another restaurant to try!

Entre Nous by Vicki Slotnick
Located on the SW corner of US 1 and Northlake, 863-5883.

This is a wonderful little "hole in the wall" restaurant in a part of town one would never expect to find it.  There are only 6 tables in the place.  It's quiet, as in the opposite of frenetic, romantic with candles on the tables, and a great place to go with a few good friends and be able to have a conversation! The food is wonderful, a little bit of everything with a contemporary twist to every dish. Our waitperson was very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive.  I had the best tuna tartare appetizer I have ever had anywhere, raw yellowfin tuna on sushi rice with a sweet soy and wasabi aioli.  As I was not ravenous, I decided to have another appetizer rather than an entre, a contemporary version of stuffed potato skins.  The skins were topped with prosciutto and goat cheese and topped with a white truffle oil, at once crispy and soft, tangy and smooth, and wonderful, not to mention more than enough to be an entrée.  My husband had a marvelous center cut rib veal chop with a red wind reduction and served on a bed of truffled risotto.  That, too, was amazing! Another friend had the yellowfin tuna tataki, sesame crusted and very rare.  She proclaimed it wonderful as well. We did not have desserts as we were more than satiated.  But coffee was made at the table in those charming little French press coffee servers.  I can't wait to return and maybe try the crispy duck and the rest of the menu! 


I am very fickle…I have found my NEW favorite restaurant in this area! We used to take our family to Nonna Maria in the mid 90’s.  The food was okay and the portions were more than huge!  More restaurants came into the area and we tired of the old Nonna Maria.  We returned a couple of months ago, after hearing that the restaurant had changed hands in 2003. It was sold to Francois and Judy and was no longer just an Italian restaurant, but much more and much better. They bill themselves as “Italian with a French twist”. We have been there three times in the past couple of months, and each time, just when we think it can’t get any better, it does!

This most recent visit we are greeted very hospitably by Judy the chef/owner’s wife, and she seats us promptly. The dining room is a cute smallish room, not decorated in any particular fashion, just pleasant in a non obtrusive kind of way.  A waiter promptly and efficiently takes very good care of us.  There is a fairly nice wine list, and our drinks arrive quickly.  Good, crusty country Italian bread comes out quickly as well, and we devour it with butter or a very nice olive oil, as we peruse an extensive menu. We are hard-pressed to choose…everything looks and sounds so good!  R. began with a wonderful creamy wild mushroom soup, L., E., and I started with the arugula, watermelon, and feta salad with citrus vinaigrette.  The arugula was fresh and peppery, just the way arugula should be.  The watermelon cubes were sweet, and the feta was tangy.  The citrus dressing just pulled the different elements of the salad together so well.  Another time we visited, one of our friends had French onion soup which she loved.  The first two times I was at Nonna Maria I had the braised short ribs of beef over risotto with a Chianti reduction.  It was sublime, so tender and sauced perfectly, and I thought that I would have it once again, or someone else would have it and I could snag a bite. But I decided to try something different this time and so chose the yellowtail snapper francese.  E. had that also.  It was served over spinach and sauced with lemon, white wine and butter.  The fish was moist and the sauce was perfectly seasoned and balanced. L. had the veal saltimbocca. I had a taste, and I will probably have that the next visit…it was a perfect combination of the tender veal, prosciutto, in sage and wine reduction served with sautéed broccoli rabe.  R. Had linguini Bolognese.  The very meaty sauce was slightly spicy, in a good way, maybe from sausage. One taste of that and perhaps when I return, I’ll order that!  It seems to me that Chef/Owner Francois really knows his way around the kitchen, in particular, his sauces.

There are many appetizers, pastas, meat, fish, and seafood entrees that will surely fill the bill for even the pickiest eater. Desserts do not disappoint either. If they do everything on the menu as well as the items that I have already tasted, this place is a keeper.

Entree prices run in the $18 to $25 range, but in addition to the ala carte menu, Nonna Maria offers a prix fixe menu of three courses for $28.95: appetizer, entrée and dessert.  The portion sizes are not reduced, (in fact, they are sometimes even too large, no kidding!  Practically every selection that is on the ala carte is also offered on the prix fixe…you can trust me: it’s a great deal.

Hours are 4:30 to 9:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, private parties and catering are available, and reservations are taken.

Lola’s Seafood Eatery by Vicki Slotnick
4594 Northlake Blvd., just west of Military, 622-2259

Here’s to another winner recently opened right in our own backyard!  Down at the other end of the small strip (housing Joseph’s Classic market) is a really good place to grab lunch, fast if you want.  You can grab dinner too, but don’t expect fine dining. Just expect great seafood and stuff.  We “grabbed” lunch one Saturday afternoon, vowing that we’d eat lightly since we had reservations for some fine dining that evening.  You may be able to eat lightly, but not me...I had to taste and finish everything (on my plate as well as on my friends’ plates). walk in...the place is decorated in the “clean and functional” style.  You get on line.  You read the menu signs overhead just like in the fast food joints, you give someone your order, you sit down at a clean and comfortable table, and then that’s where the similarity to a fast food joint ends.   In no time at all, you’ve been served this really good food!

L. and her daughter shared a couple of plates:  fried belly clams which they declared were wonderful.  If you order the basket, you get wonderful cole slaw, bottleneck fries, or salad and a dipping sauce.  You can have your fish or seafood in a cone if you prefer, with only the dipping sauce.  They also shared a LOLA’S salad with sweet sea scallops, baby mixed greens, Italian tomatoes, corn salsa, dried cranberries, “crispi” noodles, and topped with an orange basil vinaigrette (more about that vinaigrette later).  C. said the scallops were as good as any she’s had anywhere: sautéed beautifully browned on the outside and soft, sweet, and moist on the inside.  J. had the lobster roll sandwich, one of four New England favorite roll sandwiches on the menu.  It was served on the traditional bun, grilled, with the bottleneck fries and coleslaw. It was loaded with large chunks of very fresh lobster meat and a delicately seasoned mayonnaise, so good in very traditional Cape Cod way...the best I’ve tasted in years.  I had the soft shell crab salad on arugula, with walnuts, feta, corn tomato salsa, “crispi” noodles.  Wherever the menu said “corn tomato salsa”, that meant fresh corn kernels and fresh ripe tomatoes.  I asked for my salad with the orange basil vinaigrette.  What a good idea!  After having this delicious slightly sweet, green, slightly viscous dressing on my salad, I then proceeded to dip everyone’s leftover bottleneck fries in said dressing/dipping sauce!  The fries were wonderfully crisp and well seasoned and they were absolutely divine dipped into the dressing.  

Needless to say, it’s hard to get the flavor of the place with one lunch, but there is a nice selection of other stuff to try at another visit...a large selection of fried seafood, several sandwiches including fish tacos, a raw bar selection, the aforementioned rolls, a very nice variety of salads, even a few hot entrée of the sort you might want at dinner time, sweets such as beignets, crème brulee, and brownies.  To top it all off, they have imported and domestic beers, and wines by the glass, the bottle, and even champagne splits.  They even have a few different brands of bottled water for those of you who don’t drink the 2010 Palm Beach brand of filtered tap water.  This one’s a “we’ll be back”!

Cafe Sapori  by Vicki Slotnick
205 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405   805-7310

Visiting Café Sapori is a must! It starts out great, especially on a rainy night, because you don’t have to get wet even for a moment. You drive into a port cochere and navigate a covered walkway into a room that is hospitable, but at the same time, not-at-all-stuffy. There is a large and inviting front room for private parties tucked behind a long bank of beautiful, faceted glass French doors.

A tasty assortment of interesting breads arrived with menus immediately, and our waiter took our drink orders right away as well. The menu is quite extensive for an Italian restaurant.  Even four anti-garlic foodies had a good selection, unusual in many Italian eateries in South Florida. For an appetizer, hubby and I shared a full size order of pappardelle in a light, but meaty, veal Bolognese sauce as an appetizer. Laura’s salad was beautifully presented, fresh, unusual, just wonderful!  It had shaved fennel, fava beans and orange segments and was lightly anointed by citrus vinaigrette. Rodney’s prosciutto di Parma over melon was just as good.  The melon was nice and sweet, counterpointed by the not- overly-salty imported prosciutto.

Entrees devoured by the 4 of us included snapper livornese which was fresh and well seasoned with the requisite tomatoes, olives, to name just a few ingredients. Eddy and I shared a Mediterranean sea bass which was very similar to branzino (our absolute fave).  It was grilled simply, accompanied only by juicy grilled lemon and olive oil and served over evenly and lovingly diced vegetables, a mélange of carrots, zucchini, and potatoes. In a word…sublime!

The menu lists separate sections of tapas, salads, antipasti, soups, focaccia and pizzas, and that’s before you even get to the fresh pastas, dried pasta, meats, fish, vegetables etc, etc, etc! Really, an excellent assortment…  Laura shared her dessert with us, an apple almond tart.  That was not my cup of tea, a bit too mushy for my taste, but there were several other great sounding desserts on the menu, albeit no room in our bellies.

To sum it up, Food was fresh, imaginative, well prepared, and delicious.  Prices were in the upper-moderate range. We’d go back in a heartbeat, BUT, not on a Saturday night.  You guessed it: a high noise level of people obviously enjoying the experience was the only downside to this otherwise perfect restaurant!

PROSECCO CAFÉ   By Vicki Slotnick
The Commons
4580 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens 

I gotta tell you, hubby and I had not been to Prosecco Café in quite a number of months.  We were getting a bit tired of the menu as it was not progressing to something beyond our expectations.  Anyway, after many moons, we returned a couple of weeks ago, and then again a few days after that.  And, we’ll go again very soon.  Something happened along the way, while we weren’t looking, and the menu and concept and the preparation and the service and the ambience, [you can eat outside as well as inside] and the I-don’t-know-what-all-else got so much better!

Since its name is Prosecco, they offer a selection of at least 4 Prosecco cocktails, 9 or 10 white wines, 9 or 10 red wines and more than a handful of craft beers. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 pm when selected wines are $5.00 per glass. There are specials every night such as Wednesday night tapas, burgers, and martinis for $5.00.  The daily list keeps going on and on with every day or night featuring some other well priced special.

Then you’ve got this wonderful selection of cold and hot tapas and small plates, all very interesting and all reasonably priced for the amount served,  and for the sheer deliciousness and inventiveness of them all.  We’ve tried the prosciutto di Parma and homemade fresh fig jam, yum, one element a great counterpoint for the other element. The bourbon braised short rib slider on the bar menu is amazing.  The goat cheese croquette served over a piece of grilled French bread spread with the aforementioned homemade fig jam is one of my personal faves [already!].  Prosecco has some great salads, even one featuring quinoa, can you imagine that?  There are a bunch of great sandwiches and burgers of different proteins, including a chicken waldorf salad on panini-pressed muesli bread, clearly the best bread around, [and I do love my bread].  This is a good time to tell you that Prosecco makes all their own breads and pastries, not to mention amazing gelatos, [try the dark, dark chocolate gelato…you’ll thank me!  While you’re at it try their buttery, multi-layered, not-overly-sweet rugulach!

They do have grilled entrees as well that sound good but we haven’t yet tried, and a daily selection of fresh fish, served with a choice of 4 different sauces and all served with crispy potato cake and roasted asparagus.  There are other sides that sound yummy as well. Give them a try!

BRICKTOPS - by Vicki Slotnick
375 South County Road,
Palm Beach 561-855-2030

This one's going to be a short, but sweet, review!
The atmosphere is welcoming, lively, contemporary, but not ridiculous. There is a wonderful inside/outside bar and plenty of dining tables around the bar on the outside. At the same time, the tables are separated from the street by a low wall and all is covered from the elements overhead. When it gets a bit cooler we will want to sit out there for sure!

The wait people could not be more hospitable or well trained! We asked for a table away from the maddening crowd and were taken to a perfect booth in a back corner where we could actually have conversation! Imagine that! was not yet in season. The service is prompt, quite attentive, and very accommodating to some of us folks with dietary restrictions.

The menu leans in favor of simple but very well prepared selections. Whether you are in the mood for comfort food that "takes you back", or healthful contemporary food, or almost anything in between, you will find something to your liking. Some of the menu items we tried and loved...The baby back ribs, small in rib size, but big on meatiness and flavor; simply grilled Scottish salmon...simply wonderful; Palm Beach salad with crab, avocado, shrimp, eggs...great; kale and quinoa salad...texture and taste excellent. We have been to restaurants that prided themselves on using garlic in every dish where certain folks could not find anything to eat that wouldn't wreak havoc with their tummies. Or there are those of us who may have to be gluten free...there's a menu/app for that! The kitchen staff and the servers handle those issues, and more, with ease.

Bottom line...BRICKTOP'S is one of our new and absolute favorites! Here's a little bonus, by the way, The Quadrille Bridge into Palm Beach is reopening very soon! Try BRICKTOP'S and let me know what you think!

MARIO’S OCEAN AVENUE - by Vicki Slotnick
225 East Ocean Avenue,
Lantana, FL – 561-582-3013

Mario’s occupies a place where a popular Asian restaurant “lived” for many years and attracted lots of locals. Now it’s Mario’s turn and they seem to be doing it well.

We arrived right on time for our reservation at 7pm, the sun was still shining during this very warm mid-summer’s eve, and were seated promptly at an outside table under a large awning and with a ceiling fan very nearly right over our heads.

Ahhhhh… Cute little crusty rolls [NO GARLIC PLEASE!], butter, and olive oil came promptly as well, and hubby and friends dug right in.

After drinks, we ordered, and proceeded to get good and hungry! The appetizers came out and I suddenly realized that I had not ordered any appetizer. Oh man, by that time I my stomach was growling so loud you could have heard it in the next zip code!

Laura had already warned me that everything is delicious, but made to order and that there would probably be a wait. There was nothing to do but grin and bear it and anticipate the expected really good food to come. Laura and Eddy’s shared appetizer, pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, came and it looked and tasted marvelous, rich and meaty with plenty of flavor. Translate, only Parmesan cheese required! The portion was more than enough for them to share as an appetizer. So they and their stomachs were already feeling happy.

We waited quite a bit more time and our entrees came out exactly an hour and a half after we sat down. Oh blessed food in front of me!!! I ordered my version of their pasta scampi…gluten free penne with shrimp; hold the garlic, onions, and gluten. By the way, for those gluten-intolerant diners with among us, they also offered gluten free pizza. There were plenty of yummy herbs and olive oil in the sauce to make me happy; the pasta was al dente with three very plump and perfectly cooked shrimp atop. Oh joy…they did not have to wash my plate afterwards!

Laura and Eddy shared veal Milanese that was, they declared, excellent bargain at $28. The veal was tender, the arugula and tomato salad topping was very good, and they were oh so happy. The portion, again, was generous even for sharing with neither able to finish! Rodney’s veal Milanese [without the salad garnish] came with raw spinach underneath, not exactly what Rodney expected. Seems like there was a bit of confusion with the ordering, but he, too, declared the veal very good, tender and tasty.

We were all finally more than satiated, so we didn’t try any desserts.

My bottom line is…very good food [cooked to order!], an extensive menu with very reasonable prices, offering live entertainment, full bar [outside] and catering, but a very long wait. We will return, and hope that the establishment can do better in the wait time department but still keep up the quality of the food and the reasonable prices. I would your feedback on your experience at Mario’s or ideas for future reviews. You can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Bon Appetite!

610 Clematis Street
Suite CU-1
West Palm Beach
(561) 337-2532

My first impression of Santucci, from the moment we walked into the restaurant, was one of clean, crisp, cool, efficient, and simple elegance….everything white, including the floor, the tables, the linens, the chairs, the glassware, the flatware, the dishware, all geometric but graceful.

The gentleman who greeted us was not rattled at all when I announced that we were six people, not four, as it was on the reservation book. [Ooops, I forgot to add the third couple that decided to join our party just a few days before.] He was very gracious and didn’t bat an eye when he led us to a table for six.

The artistry of the menu itself is as clean and contemporary as the table settings; and the food, [oh the food too [!] is presented in that same fashion. Stunning would sum it up. Right off the bat, wonderful, just out of the oven triangular chunks of ciabatta studded with fennel seed arrived, along with long rectangular plates of olive oil drizzled with balsamic reduction. Just for a visual…the oil and balsamic plates looked a lot like contemporary paintings that you might see at Art Basel in Miami priced at $300, 000.

Let’s see, I will have to choose just a few of the wonderful selections we sampled…the table shared crispy Calamari Fritti accompanied by two dipping sauces, marinara and creamy tartar sauce, garnished with a lovely insalata mista dressed lightly in fresh lemon juice and olive oil, so simple but so delicious. Since I don’t eat the calamari, I confiscated the salad garnish all for myself and I felt like the lucky one. Eddy and I shared a pasta of our choice [including gluten free if need be] with Ragu di Bologna as an appetizer, excellent…just the right amount of well executed sauce with just a hint of a sweet spice…maybe cinnamon? We then shared Branzino Acqua Pazza the filet steamed in a fresh-diced tomato sauce. This was accompanied, on a side plate, by a rectangle of fried polenta and sautéed spinach. The branzino was exceptionally fresh and just about melted in our mouths. We all shared a very warm and fresh-out-of-the-pot zabaglione, served in a tall stainless stemmed martini “glass”. It was divine…I could detect a subtle hint of the Marsala wine.

Our first visit was very quiet, a weeknight in late June, while this visit was quite noisy as it was a full house on a Saturday night even in late August. In spring, fall and winter it should be lovely to dine outside under their protected colonnade. All in all, I give Ristorante Santucci 3.9 stars out of 4! How’s that!

 Nick & Johnny's Osteria - by Vicki Slotnick
14133 US Highway 1
Juno Beach
Phone - 561-318-5466

Hold onto your hats folks, we've got a winner here! We were welcomed with open arms by Susan...don't ask me what her title is although I can tell you for sure that she does, indeed, care. She took the time on the phone to answer my questions about whether the restaurant could deal with my particular food allergies. Yes, they could and did very successfully. It was Friday night the end of March [still high season] but we were able to get a table on very short notice at 6:30 pm. The "pizza side of the restaurant" on the right was already buzzing, but we sat on the "dining" side, which at that hour was not yet full. Our server was very attentive [sorry, I don't remember her name]. She too, really seemed to care.

The menu... there was a nice variety of appetizers in addition to many we have not seen in Italian restaurants in a long time, such as spadini, sautéed chicken livers, [can you believe?], and clams casino. Soup or salad comes gratis with each entrée. We didn't love the soup, which was a bit thin and lacking in flavor and texture, but we had ordered a salad a la carte so we remained optimistic. Our arugula salad could have served 3 to 4 people easily, and was wonderful. It was chock full of very fresh crispy arugula, sweet and ripe sliced strawberries, sliced crunchy apples, walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese, all wrapped up in raspberry vinaigrette. I could have stopped right there even having shared it with hubby. Adding some suggested protein choices to the salads would easily have made entrees for 2 people! Of course there was a nice selection of pasta entrees, also served with soup or salad. FYI excellent gluten free pasta is available...I should know, I've tried them all! Then, chicken or veal entrees done several different ways are offered. Hubby and friend each had their own Veal Russilino. It was excellent with a well-executed Marsala sauce under veal and spinach topped with crispy prosciutto, sautéed mushrooms, melted mozzarella. Add half of that to our doggy bag that has only just begun! I had fork tender chicken with crispy prosciutto in a creamy, parmegiano-cheesy sauce. OMG, so rich and delicious, add more than half of that to complete our doggy bag. Other menu offerings include several seafood entrees, beef, pork, lamb and more. Desserts, if you can find space, are freshly baked and presented by your server.

Oh, mustn't forget...I've heard that their crab cakes are not to be missed. Oh again, there's a whole "other" side to Nick and Johnny's...its pizza restaurant, which has so much more than just pizza [gluten free also available]. They offer appetizers, sandwiches served with fries, and a handful of salads. There's no need to get all dressed up at Nick and Johnny's. The atmosphere is hospitable and comfortable. And, we were able to hear each other speak even when the room was about THAT for a reason, in itself, to pay a visit!!! By the way, the afore-mentioned Susan stopped at our table a few times to make sure we were happy. NICE... Nick & Johnny's is a "be-back" place for us.


Cafe Cabana - by Vicki Slotnick
1201 US Highway 1
North Palm Beach
(561) 626-1212

I know, I know, I can hear you saying, "Yet another Italian restaurant?????" And yes, you are right. But this one's not just another Italian restaurant... I've been there twice in the past couple of months and twice they didn't disappoint me, or my dining partners.

To start with, when you make a reservation, if you want to be able to have conversation and a dining experience, ask for the left side dining room and try to dine before the nightly entertainment begins. If you would prefer to hang by the very attractive bar and enjoy live nightly entertainment, and if you prefer a more "happening", noisier atmosphere, ask for seating on the right. There is outside dining as well, and the work being done to the entire center is creating a much-needed improvement to that outside dining. The inside was redecorated after the previous tenants left, looking chic with interesting indirect lighting, very comfortable too, with several oval banquette tables that easily accommodate six people. Needless to say, there are all sorts of other seating options as well, including for private parties.

We were promptly seated, our drink orders were taken just as promptly, and received good bread to dunk in garlic filled olive oil. A busboy followed in rapid succession with the cheese grater. Yay, love that sharp and salty imported and aged Parmegiano Reggiano! Read the menu carefully... there are plenty of selections from a variety of categories: Antipasto, Insalata, Salumi (not available the two times we were there, and I don't know why), Pasta, Carne, Vitello, Pollo, Pesce, and finally, Dolce. Without going into each dish which each of us had, I can tell you that we all were very happy with our food, although our selections tasted better than they looked. Not bad, but not stunning either.

The management stresses their use of local producers and purveyors. They take advantage of being so close to the Atlantic Ocean in their very fresh fish and seafood. They also offer gluten free and vegetarian options. Our server was efficient, cheerful, and really aimed to please. All in all, I could not find anything to lower my good "marks" for Cucina Cabana.


2905 North Military Trail, Suite E
West Palm Beach
(561) 471-0901

Please don’t let the ‘cuisine’ word in the name fool you. It does not connote fancy. What it will do is tell you that this is really good Vietnamese food, though far away from its geographical roots, and in an unfancy location. The atmosphere is really utilitarian, but clean, you can get away with wearing almost anything you want here, the service is fast, and most importantly, the food is great.

Vietnamese cuisine employs fresh whole herbs, noodles [both wheat and rice], at least five kinds of proteins, and generous portions; read, you’ll be full long before you will ever go broke. I have a lot of favorites here…the egg rolls [that may be called spring rolls elsewhere] are far superior, in my book, to typical Chinese egg rolls. These are delicate in taste and texture, with a thin, crispy wrapping, and it doesn’t need to be dunked in sauce to make them taste just perfect. The spring rolls, [often called summer rolls elsewhere], are chock full of shrimp, cucumber, mint, mung bean sprouts [much tastier and sweeter than soybean sprouts] and thin rice noodles in a soft rice paper wrapper. YUM! And oh, the Vietnamese pancake! It is a crispy very thin omelet/turnover, hard to describe but very easy and delicious to eat. Oh, I almost forgot, do leave room for the Korean BBQ short ribs, for sure!

The Pho in the restaurant’s name refers to a soup that has a beef base broth and then is filled up with goodies such as the aforementioned proteins, herbs, veggies and such. Everything but the kitchen sink can be had in there, so choose wisely… there may be a few things you would pass on. Personally, I prefer the chicken based broth with my choice of throw-ins. Move on to the rice vermicelli noodle bowl with such veggies as: mung bean sprouts, mint, pickled carrot, peanuts, and scallions. I love the pork or the shrimp in my vermicelli bowl as well. Then I dump the entire bowl of sweet “fish” sauce over the entire noodle mix, and toss well, and then… we all just dig in our chopsticks and knock ourselves out! I hope you like PHO 16 as much as I do. Your feedback is always welcome.


PHZuccarelli's - by Vicki Slotnick
4595 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach
(561) 686-7739

So, yes, we haven’t been there in sooo long. We’ve been busy ‘kissing a lot of other frogs’, Italian restaurants both new and new-ish and closer to home. But boy am I glad we listened to old friends from West Palm Beach and went back to our old favorite, Zuccarelli’s! We gave it a real tough litmus test by making reservations for a Saturday night in the heart of the busy winter season, and they did not disappoint us. Our table was ready in the quietest part of the inside space [just as requested] as soon as we notified them of our arrival. Outside is a very large awning-covered space, which was crazy busy with diners and servers everywhere, and with a live band and a crooner singing oldies from decades of yore. Although it was a beautiful evening for dining outside, we were happy to have that table inside and far from the maddening crowd. The décor is somewhat dated-Italian-family restaurant-style, who cares? The staff is efficient, knowledgeable and hospitable.

Oh yes, the menu...have you got time? You might have a difficult time getting through the entire menu, it is sooo comprehensive. Appetizers, soups, great pizza, including gluten free, pastas, veal, chicken, fish and seafood, meat, the list goes on and on. That means we have to get back there soon to enjoy their wonderful variety. Regular Italian bread, crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside, arrived right after we ordered, as well as garlic and herb [reeking!] rolls dripping in butter, [or was that olive oil?]. Next, fresh, crispy salad or soup is included with every entrée. Two of our friends had their favorite, the seafood cioppino, which I tasted...I snuck my soup-spoon in as soon as she wasn’t looking, and it was chock full of fresh clams, mussels, fish filet, and a whole lot of chopped aromatic vegetables, and seasoned just right for my taste. L. had the chicken Scarparello, a half chicken cut into many pieces still on the bone and fried crisp with lemon garlic sauce, mushrooms, homemade sweet sausage, peppercini, capers, rosemary, and herbs. Whew! Sounds a bit complex, I know, but the end result was over the top delicious! The size of the portion also over the top...3 people could have dined well on that dish alone. I had Saltimbocca with chicken instead of the traditional veal and it was perfect, sauced just right, tender, and enough for me to have it for dinner the next night.

I will not risk losing my audience, so I am not going to go into any more details of what we had. You will just have to see for yourself. If you haven’t been there in a long time, you might just be hankering for the good old days when the food was very good, the service was the same, and the prices were definitely more right than wrong.

Oh, and Kudos to Olympia at the helm in the front, and her mom and dad still at the helm in the kitchen after all these years.


Scusi Trattoria - by Vicki Slotnick
4520 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 429-6938

You’ll will need to hold onto your hats people, because I think dining at Scusi Trattoria might just blow your mind!

Eddy and I ate there a few times this past January and February not long after they opened, and then Covid-19 hit the proverbial fan. Fast forward eight months, we returned last evening and were blown away by our entire experience.

The evening’s weather was just about perfect for outdoor dining… not hot and not chilly with a light breeze and a cloudless sky. After being greeted by a cheerful employee who checked our forehead temperatures, we were directed to our choice of large umbrella covered 4-tops outside on the patio. The table was set with sanitized flatware nestled in large cloth napkins [the size of dish towels] and wrapped and sealed in cellophane[!]. Disposable, one use, menus arrived right away, and we were off and running.

There was a special 3 course dinner being offered for the month of October, titled Octoberfeast, and we chose to order that for Eddy, then I would choose something from the antipasti, salumi and formaggi, the insalata, primi pasta, or the pizza offerings. The 3-course special menu for $40.00 was replete with a few selections for each of the 3 courses. They were not any smaller than they would have been had they been ordered a la carte.

I requested a salad from the regular menu with which I had fallen in love last winter before Covid… green and yellow zucchini raw, julienne, tossed with toasted and sliced marcona almonds, pecorino romano cheese, fresh mint and basil, and a lovely light lemony vinaigrette. Put that all together and it spells ‘awesome’. It was heaven enough for me since I could easily live on vegetables.

Eddy’s first course was Scusi’s version of melon and prosciutto… the prosciutto was “di Parma” smooth and slightly salty, the melon was cantaloupe shaved thinly like the ham, and hazelnuts. Those 3 elements were dressed in a drizzle of the perfect balance of sweet and acidic: honey, orange marmalade, maybe lemon juice, maybe a bit of slightly sweet white balsamic vinegar. Whatever was there, it just tied each whole mouthful together so perfectly, just like the aforementioned zucchini salad.

That selection from the antipasti section was another winner and I just stole it from Eddy! His entrée which the restaurant calls Secondi, was another favorite from last winter: wood oven baked branzino al limone with spinach and mushrooms. It was pan roasted in the hot wood fired oven, and it was easily the best branzino we have had ANYWHERE… that is… EVER! A bit of skin was crisped on top and the flesh was perfectly moist and tender. Spinach and mushrooms spill out from between the top filet and the bottom filet. A lovely lemony brothy sauce covers the bottom of the pan, wonderful for dunking the fresh foccacio.

At this point, I mustn’t forget to say this: everything we ate seemed to possess a certain combination of quite simple elements, but resulting in tastes and textures, the sum of which you can’t really put into words, but that allow the finished product to reach the sublime level.

Oh, let’s discuss the 3rd course of the special offer for October, the dessert. Choices included Scusi’s own gelatos and Eddy selected the pistachio-orange marmalade version… so smooth and intense and generously dotted with chopped pistachios. I was near tears over the fact that he didn’t order the chocolate gianduja gelato, and the general manager, hearing of my sadness, surprised me with a dish of my own chocolate dish of ecstasy!

Speaking of the very attentive general manager, Mark, you might want to check out the restaurant’s website and explore their story and menus. Chef-owner Laurent Tourondel comes with very extensive background in Europe, Great Britain, the United States, and more. The wait staff all are attentive, enthusiastic, very helpful, and quite knowledgeable. I’ll bet my bottom dollar you will want to go offline and explore them ‘in the flesh’!


Elisabetta's Ristorante Bar Pizzeria - by Vicki Slotnick
185 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach
(561) 342-6699

This past Monday night in early April (2021), still ‘in season’ for South Florida, we had a reservation at Elisabetta’s, a three-month-old Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach overlooking the marina at the east end of Banyan.

Yikes, was that joint jumping!!!

Architecturally, the huge space was quite interesting… from the outside it looked a bit like a yacht, and inside it was a mishmash of old recycled brick on the floors, awesome ceilings and, in between, a huge variety of antiques and repurposed other ‘stuff’. There are three large wood burning fireplaces direct from Italy. Around the entire interior periphery are old photos of who-knows-who-and-what. You really have to see it to appreciate it. There is a fabulous large outdoor patio along the north-facing wall, and overlooking the waterfront, which even has a bocce court.

We were seated on the main floor level of the patio promptly, and immediately became quite overwhelmed by the number of guests and the noise level.

To its credit, Elisabetta’s has an extensive menu that could probably satisfy almost any appetite. The style of Italian is somewhere between classic and rustic. Several selections of Aperitivi, Antipasti, Bruschetta, Contorni, Salumi, Formaggio, Pesce, E Carne, Speciale del Giorno, Pizza al Forno, and Pasta e Risotto. They also offer a large menu of beer, wine, cocktails, and alcohol from the bar.

It was unfortunate that the four of us, along with the waiter, all seemed to have difficulty hearing as well as being heard. Also, it seemed probable that the waiter was not very knowledgeable about the menu.

I will cut to the chase with the food. We ordered one of two preparations of calamari… when it arrived, it was the wrong preparation from the two on the menu. The right one then came out almost too fast, and was tasty and very tender, but at best, barely warm. A tricolore and pear salad was very good. A boneless ribeye was underdone and quite thin and smothered in cloves of garlic…[BEWARE!] Grilled shrimp arrived on a very large plate looking lonely, nothing else was keeping the shrimp company, not even a piece of lemon. Eh! Monday night’s special was eggplant parmigiano that looked more like eggplant lasagne… [the communication problems]. But it was delicious in my opinion. Just, FYI on the restrooms: the management needs to do a better job of keeping them clean. Truth be told, we were very anxious to leave the tumult and noise. We’d probably give Elisabetta’s another try a few months from now on a summer weeknight, or maybe a late lunch one day.


AquaGrille - by Vicki Slotnick
14121 U.S. Highway 1
Juno Beach
(561) 355-0438

Hey neighbors, you've probably noticed that the last couple of covid years have been kind of lean in the new restaurant department, but it looks like we may be emerging, finally, from those couple of lean years. AquaGrille is showing some real promise!

Upon entrance, you will be struck by the décor...contemporary, beach-y, large, inviting, et cetera. If you arrive on a Friday or Saturday evening, you will be struck by the noise level. The restaurant has a very large bar with tables around the bar area and it is quite a happening place where a fair number of young people are going to imbibe, eat, drink, be merry, and see and be seen. But, never fear, there is much more than just a bar in this large restaurant, and the further you get from the bar, the quieter the noise level gets. Comfortable booths, tables, and outdoor dining abound as well. Outdoors faces east so no sunsets and extra heat in our faces. There are several tables outside, with ceiling fans, roll down protection from nasty weather, and plantings to block off the view of US 1.

Okay, "what about the food and drink?" you may ask...Well, I am here to tell you that the two times I have dined at AquaGrille, I was very impressed with both. They offer a very nice selection of house cocktails with extremely interesting ingredients, another lengthy list of "On Tap" offerings, and a very well-rounded wine list, several of which are by the glass and/or the bottle. Many wine-producing countries are represented here.

Okay...the food, what about the food? The menu features five small plates, although they are certainly sharable. There's a short list of raw and roasted oysters. L. raved about them, by the way. Then there are five large plates that are entrée-sized and decidedly sharable. A few catches of the day are featured at market price. There are four 'Vegetables for the table' that might make the non-protein eaters happy. Then there are 'sides' which are vegetables as well. Everything on the menu contains brief descriptions of the dish. I would describe the food style as being significantly influenced by Asian and Caribbean cuisines and ingredients. But then there are notes of other countries and cuisines as well...France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and I don't want to forget the USA, that's there too! I tasted lots of very interesting food and only one thing ordered disappointed a few of us...the Brazilian cheesy bread.

Okay, the service, 'what of the service?' you may ask. We had the same waiter both times we visited, Mark, from England. He was, in my humble opinion, the best waiter we have had anywhere in this country! He obviously loves what he does, he recites the details of the menu with incredible detail, and he is very diligent about caring for any of his customer's food allergies. If he doesn't know the answer to a question from a customer, he will be sure to find out the answer from the chef, no faking it. When he describes the food, his love and knowledge come through with every word he uses. Whoever worked our table in addition to Mark, were excellent as well. This restaurant appears to put a good deal of care into their environment, the food, and the exceptional service. Taste AquaGrille, please!




(561)758-8625 or (561)389-6838
Illustrated Properties
2725 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410