You can’t tell there’s a recession by the restaurants opening in and around Palm Beach County – there have been several new restaurants and more on the way.
Check out these you may have missed or not known about.
Moquila is reopening with a new owner and new chef – look for this Mexican behind Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton next week or so. 99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton.
Ovenella Pizza, Pasta e Vino is a new Italian spot I’ve tried and liked. It’s on Federal Highway and SE 5th Street – it’s been a number of restaurants, and I hope this one sticks. Great atmosphere, good staff. Don’t miss their fabulous cocktails – or the delish dish of escarole and beans. 499 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; (561) 395-1455.
DIG is a restaurant I’ve written a lot about – and also love for its green-clean approach to dining. You’ve got to love a restaurant that has an organic vegetable garden right outside the windows – in a very urban setting. The double-cut pork chop is amazing, but they have a soup and salad bar with great deals early evening. Their cocktails are swell, too – made with organic liquor. 5199 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Max’s Harvest is the newest from Dennis Max in Delray’s Pineapple Grove, serving “farm to fork” cuisine. What we tasted was quite good – and diners have agreed, filling the patio and sidewalk dining rooms, too. So much NOT to miss – hard to choose. I loved their chicken, and salads were terrific. Good wine list. 169 NE SEcond Ave., Delray Beach; 561-381-9770; maxsharvest.com
The Pop-Up restaurant, on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue, is a hoot. Chef Glen Manfra does Italian as he did once at Amici, when that landmark restaurant opened in Palm Beach. Some powerful pasta dishes here; look for a closing in late summer, though – so go now if you’re interested. 217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-450-7557; closed Sundays.
Longboards just opened in downtown West Palm Beach – with a fun, tiki-surf culture themed menu and bar. It joins a growing list of eateries on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm. Bring your best surf tales. 519 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-4660.
China Beach Bistro in Northwood Village serves up sushi, dim sum and other favs in this quaint neighborhood setting. Fun gathering spot for happy houring. 2505 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-0633-0038.
3800 Ocean is chef Dean Max’s ode to seafood – directly on the ocean in the old Solu spot in the Marriott on Singer Island. Don’t miss the ceviche! 3800 N. Ocean Blvd., Singer Island. 561-340-1795
Russell’s Blue Water Grill is a seafooder in Palm Beach Gardens – in the old Texarado steakhouse spot on PGA and Prosperity Farms Road. Great wine list, fresh fish, happening scene. Terrific happy hour; fun chef. 2450 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-381-6344.
Grimaldi’s Pizza – a New York transplant, just opened at Downtown at the Gardens. Diners next to us loved their white pizza – their signature. Downtown at the Gardens on 11701 Lake Victoria Ave., Palm Beach Gardens.
Paris in Town is the bigger bistro sibling to Paris in Town, the Frenchie on PGA and US 1. Going back to get a croque monsieur next time. Enjoyed this meal that overlooks carousel if you sit outside. In Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Ave., Palm Beach Gardens.