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EatBeat: CityPlace Expands Eateries, Adds Taco Vida, BB King’s Blues Bar, Wild Olives, McCormick and Schmick and Carousel Can Can

October 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

CityPlace West Palm Beach

CityPlace West Palm Beach

Names big and bigger are being added to the restaurant line-up at CityPlace as it goes through a rebirth of sorts.

Lirim Jacobi, Taverna Opa’s creator, has announced he’ll open Taco Vida in November, across from Publix on the north end of the outdoor mall at Rosemary and Fern Street. He’s sewing up a monopoly of eateries in CityPlace: Jacobi also owns City Pizza, Wild Ginger Asian Bistro and is partnering with celeb chef Todd English in Wild Olives – which also will open on the north end of the mall in November with Mediterranean fare. (It was originally set to open as a Figs, but English has changed the name.)

Taco Vida will have a taco and burrito bar, offering healthful Mexican combos such as whole-wheat tortillas, or a low-carb “burrito in the buff” — a burrito served in lettuce leaves with no rice. Roast chicken, carne asada, chile adobo pork and chile-lime shrimp also are on the menu.

Todd English, Lirim Jacobi

Todd English, Lirim Jacobi

For hearty appetites, there’s the “big ass burrito” – a gigantic 14-inch tortilla stuffed with the traditional insides. A variety of house-made salsas will be part of the bars. Most ala carte items will be a palatable $3 to $7.

Blues King, BBQ, and Tunes

BB King

BB King

A host of blues lovers longing for an outlet for live blues and jazz are anxiously awaiting B.B. King’s Blues Bar, where it’s assumed barbecue may play a role. Major acts are expected to play the club-like room that will serve food. It’s slated to open Nov. 19 in the old Legal Seafood space on the upper floor of CityPlace.

King and Lucille should be here for the ribbon cutting and to christen the stage.

McCormick and Schmick’s to follow

With the closing of Legal Seafood – Roger Berkowitz is a part-time resident of the area and hopes to open in another location – McCormick and Schmick’s will bring fish back to CityPlace with their chain link. The Portland, Ore., based fishery is already making Boca surf and turfers happy in its spot on Glades Road.

Carousel Can Can Cafe


Carousel Can-Can dancer

A late-comer to the season’s lineup this year is Carousel Can Can Cafe — it opened a little quietly in August at CityPlace, serving up fanciful dancing can-can girls and Parisian cafe fare. The business name behind it is Karim El Sherif, from the now-closed Parisian-cafe Metronome on PGA Blvd.

Fare is the “best of” Paris for American palates — escargot, duck pate, onion soup and steamed mussels, for instance, mixed with Mediterranean dishes from all over– hummus, baba ganouj, penne, wood-fired pizzas – then touching down in Florida with grilled mahi-mahi with a tropical fruit salad,  and burgers galore.

It’s a bar crowd we’ve seen populate the place, despite the fun live dancing on the long pole-studded bar-stage. The pounding techno-dance music gives way to the rolicking can-can on the half-hour or so, and patrons, too, are invited onto the bar to to kick up their heels with the bustier-bedecked and fan-waving dancers. It has great drinks, but we haven’t had a chance to try the food.

If you like it less noisy, go for lunch.

Veterans at nine years old

Only three of the nine main restaurants that were original to CityPlace when it opened in fall 2000 remain: Il Bellagio, Brewzzi and City Cellar.

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Charles Keefer // Nov 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Don’t forget Kona Grill with possibly the best meatloaf in the whole world.

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