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EatBeat: Relish, A New Gourmet Burger Spot in Northwood Offers 1200-Plus Combinations

April 29th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Owners Dave and Desiree Tobin, Relish

An enthusiastic young couple from Boca Raton is bringing the handcrafted burger craze to the Northwood neighborhood, with the opening of Relish.

Months in the making, Relish is named for the 20 house-made condiments available for topping one of the 12 different burgers available.

“We live in Boca and looked around for a place there, and in Delray, but we like this neighborhood feel here. The city is going out of its way to help businesses up here, and it’s really growing,” Dan said.

The 2000 square-foot space is earth-toned and color-blocked, with open spaces, travertine floors, and big windows to let in light. “We wanted a fast-casual concept,” Dave said. Diners order at the counter – no tips are accepted.

 “We wanted a positive, open environment. It’s designed to make  you feel like you’re in an upscale outdoor barbecue.” Desiree said. “It’s all about the char-grill.”

Have it your way

Turkey burger with Scotch bonnet mango relish

Burgers, set on house-made buns (ask, and they’ll toast them for you), are cooked to order, temp-wise. (You’ll wait for them during peak hours.) They won’t disclose the actual brand of beef used, but it’s great quality, Dan says – and it’s the reason they don’t offer a Kobe patty.

 “We don’t want our customers to have to pay extra to get a better beef because we think everyone should get the best you have to offer for the same price.”

Choice of meats or seafood, and vegetarian patties mean there’s something for every mouth. Choose a burger made from beef, white-meat turkey, buffalo, tuna, mahi, veal, crab, shrimp, black bean, lamb, while mushroom or lobster.

Prices range from $5.29 for the beef, to $15.99 for the lobster; mini trios (sliders) are $6.49 and are available in beef, turkey or black bean.

Extras ala carte

Choices are dizzying for all the extras. You can get a specialty salt on your hand-cut fries ($2.49 an order), or shoestring onion loaf or grilled polenta fingers ($2.99):  rosemary garlic, chipotle, Parmesan Romano, truffle, malt vinegar or sea salt.

Relishes, from recipes created by the chef, Cathy Hietapelto (formerly of Bink’s Forest Golf and Country Club), are .99 each and the descriptions are mouthwatering. Tangy tzatziki, drunken onion, piquant avocado, chipotle pineapple, citrus remoulade, olive tapenade, Mediterranean artichoke and orange fennel are some of them.

Sinful shakes

Order at the counter

The shakes ($4.69) are just as exotic: chocolate truffle, salted caramel, cool mint, campfire s’mores and chocolate-covered cherry, to name a few.

A list of craft beers, at a reasonable $3.99 also are on the board – they include Magic Hat, Shiner Bock, 60 Minute IPA, Shock Top and more. Mini bottles of wine are $4.99. A kids’ menu offers up one mini burger (beef, turkey or bean), fries, and a soft drink for $3.49.

Right now, it’s open from 11 to 10 p.m. — or later — until they judge the hours the crowd wants.

“We’re listening to the customers – that’s why we’re behind the counter all day,” Desiree said.


  • 401 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  • (561) 629-5377; www.relishburger.com
  • Open 11 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. (subject to change)

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott Simmons // Apr 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

    So glad to see something in that space. It’ll complement Cafe Centro and World Famous. Love the idea of the Scotch bonnet and mango relish.

  • 2 Jan Norris // Apr 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

    There are several on the list I think would be tasty with the buffalo, lamb and with the turkey. I also think the tzatziki would be tasty on the black bean, or maybe the drunken onion.

  • 3 Juan // Apr 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    There is not like a good hamburger some some tasty relish topping. I look forward to checking Relish out soon.

    Boca Raton, Fl.

  • 4 SS // Jun 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    We split a turkey burg with Scotch bonnet/mango relish, and a wild mushroom burg with Mediterranean artichoke relish, and fries with chipotle salt. Everything was delicious. On a previous visit, we shared a s’mores shake — so good it was worth the $5 price tag! I’m becoming quite a fan of Relish, and that neighborhood.

  • 5 Gary Smith // Oct 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I ate at this restaurant with my family recently I we had a very bad experience. What started out as a minor complaint was made very ugly due to the owners response. First let me say that the food here is very expnsive. The burgers start around $7.00 and fries are an additional $3.00. When we recieved our food my sons bun was as hard as a rock, literally. When I told the owner he responded that his was sorry, we should have asked for another bun and when I turned my back he said under his breath that crusty bread taste better. To boot, the hamburger was not good and the meat tasted rubbery. Neeedless to say we will not be returning primarily becuase of the owners rudeness.

  • 6 Moni H // Mar 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Food here is soo good, so many different things to try and they are all great. The milkshakes are AWESOME!!!! You have to go.

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