Dine Local at Hidden Gems in The Palm Beaches
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Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavors of The Palm Beaches’ Black-owned dining scene. Whether you’re seeking savory or sweet, this guide presents a year-round selection of black-owned restaurants, eateries, bakeries, and cafes to satisfy your cravings.
Situated in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, this beloved coffee establishment commenced its operations in 2020, and is dedicated to serving the internationally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee hailing from Jamaica. Here, you can relish a variety of breakfast and lunch options, complemented by delectable confections and freshly squeezed juices. Owner Allison Boettcher, originally hailing from St. Andrew Parish, a Jamaican town nestled along the expanse of the Blue Mountain range, brings an authentic touch of the Caribbean to The Palm Beaches, allowing you to savor a unique coffee experience.
Address: 540 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
The Palm Beaches can never get enough Barbeque! Ceasar’s World-Famous Ribs & More earn their title with rampant demand and success. Established in 2010 in the humble beginnings of Restoration House Empowerment Ministries International Church (RHEMI), two small grills, six slabs of ribs, and a famous homemade bottle of BBQ sauce were the start of something promising. Since then, Ceasar’s has cooked for City & Government officials, NFL Teams, NFL Players, College Bowl Games, Festivals, Celebrities, and more. Caesars was also one of the official Vendors for Super Bowl 2020. The menu boasts a variety of delicious ribs and sides. Not sure what to order? If it’s your first time visiting, go for the original famous ribs!
Address: 1880 Dr Andres Way, Delray Beach, FL 33445.
In 2019, Sharon Bedasee brought to life FiWE Caribbean Cuisine, a homage to the rich flavors from the Caribbean. With a decade of honed expertise in Caribbean cooking, indulge in an experience that promises “A Taste of the Islands.” The menu boasts legendary dishes catering to both carnivores and vegetarians, featuring delectable offerings like Jamaican Jerk chicken, assorted curries, West Indian roti, Puerto Rican mofongo, and exquisitely prepared browned snapper, all showcasing the quintessential vibrancy of Caribbean gastronomy. As weekends approach, a Caribbean-style brunch takes center stage.
Address: 410 Evernia St Ste 108, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
This lime-green-colored bakery is hard to miss! Ganache Bakery brings Caribbean flair to the West Palm Beach scene with authentic key lime tarts, delectable rum cakes, eye-catching custom cakes, and more. Pair your dessert with fresh coconut water straight from the source. Jamal Lake captured the area’s attention with his appearance on Food Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship” and his charismatic smile at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. A Virgin Islands native, Lake opened Ganache in 2011 with his partner Joan Lewis. Between their tasty treats and engaging personalities, Ganache is a highlight of West Palm Beach Food Tours. Fun fact: Ganache Bakery offers hands-on baking classes at any level, featuring tools and techniques used by Jamal himself.
Address: 306 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Step into a sophisticated and comforting restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a side of traditional charm. Business partners Michael Johnson and Jerome Byrd bring a Southern-inspired ambiance to Majestic Ash Lounge & Southern Spice. This spacious open-air cigar lounge and diner boasts a large menu of comforting favorites reminiscent of homestyle Sunday Brunch. Fried chicken and Red Velvet Waffles, Crusted Pecan Salmon, Oxtail, and Grits amongst many more are available to satisfy the cravings of all. Alongside an extensive offering of food and drinks is a hookah and cigar menu with occasional limited options. Guests are allowed to enjoy their cigars from the outdoor patio bar or sip tasteful cocktails indoors. Whether you’re looking for a late-night bite or the perfect start to an early morning, Majestic 7 Ash lounge has you covered with flavorful dishes, lively music, special event nights, and a friendly, dynamic crowd.
Address: 407 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
McCray’s defines ‘Floribbean’ (Florida & Caribbean) cuisine with an 86-year tradition of Rib cooking, perfected through generations. This restaurant is built on passion and legacy since 1934. Leading the way as CEO, Senior Owner, and Pitmaster, Derrick McCray promises his family’s legacy will continue to feed South Florida with tasty meats smoked on the best wood, the finest ingredients available, and exceptional service. McCray’s has made numerous appearances at NFL-sanctioned events, catering for the Super Bowl since 2007. A Daily Specials menu boasting hearty meals at great prices keeps customers coming back for expertly marinated ribs, pork sliders, crispy coleslaw, refreshing drinks, and their famous baked beans. With drive-through, take-out windows, catering, and ordering-ahead options, McCray’s offers delicious meals and accessible ways to secure them.
Address: 1521 45th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
Owned and operated by Mark, Natuurlik serves vegan cuisine with an island flair. Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, Mark migrated to New York City in the early 1980’s and later relocated to Florida in 1999. In 2017, he built his first food truck and created Natuurlik Vegan Food Truck. In August 2021, right after the pandemic, he opened a Natuurlik brick-and-mortar restaurant in Boynton Beach. His restaurant offers the best vegan recipes, including chickpeas/quinoa burgers, burritos, curry jackfruit meals, falafel, fritters, tacos, and more—All vegan!
Address: 4956 Le Chalet Blvd. #5&6, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.
Located less than a mile from the beach, Smoothie Me Please offers a range of refreshing smoothies, acai bowls, and fresh-squeezed lemonade alongside hearty soups, salads, and sandwiches guaranteed to quench all cravings. The menu offers locals and visitors tasty treats, perfect for the tropical weather of The Palm Beaches. Gourmet popsicles, lemonade bars, and fresh fruit bowls are a temptation after a long day of play in Riviera Beach. Hailing from Monroe Heights neighborhood, owner Ashley Walker affectionately names items on the menu based on her local upbringing, paying homage to the location with items such as The Monroe Acai Bowl and S Ave creamy mango avocado bowl. Smoothie Me Please goes above and beyond to offer weekly meal plans and prep packages, available for those who aim to eat clean throughout the week.
Address: 2635 Broadway, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.
Troy’s Barbeque is so in-demand, they have locations in two cities and a dynamic traveling food truck! Started by pit-boss Troy Davis, this award-winning barbecue staple has been serving the county for more than 25 years. Troy’s son Anthony Barber now runs the day-to-day operations with the same passion for oak wood and open fire as his father. Serving the community and providing the best barbeque in town is Troy’s key to maintaining a thriving business, donating 500,000 meals during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for award-winning spareribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken among other menu favorites, the restaurant’s popularity stems from a commitment to preparing “barbecue the hard way.” The meats are cooked low and slow with the pitmasters’ full attention, winning customers over with just the scent of the BBQ from the parking lot!
Inspired by American and Caribbean cuisines and owned by the couple John and Sasha LeJeune, Big John’s Eatery is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast and brunch with friends and family. The menu includes classic favorites such as omelets, pancakes, French toasts, avocado toasts, salads, sandwiches and wings, as well as specialties such as oxtail & grits and shrimps & grits. And if you’re in the mood for delicious plant-based food, check out their fully vegan sister restaurant Dope Vegan.
Address: 100 Sansbury Way Suite 108, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.
Founded by Chef Trinnette Morris, Trindy Gourmet is a specialty catering service and cozy café located on Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach. It is perfect for any type of event, from weddings, corporate luncheons and non-profit galas to class reunions and seminars. Step in the lovely decorated restaurant and and check out Trindy’s delicious grazing boards . Trindy Gourmet also offers certified culinary and catering classes to aspiring industry professionals, organizing workshops, catering coaching services, mentorship, and apprenticeship programs. Among her many accolades and achievements, Trinnette has been honored with the 2016 Black Chamber Small Business of the Year. She received Legacy South Florida’s “50 Most Powerful Black Leaders in Business & Industry,” award in early 2019.
Address: 407 N Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Operated by Wendy and Evita, this women-owned restaurant serves authentic, modern Trinidadian cuisine, including curries and rotis, fresh soups and salads, rice and noodle bowls and “Trini” street foods. The menu is crafted by Chef Wendy, who uses traditional scratch cooking techniques and skills. Vegan options are also available. Wendy and Evita’s mission is to unite foodies and introduce our Trinidadian Cuisine to The Palm Beaches. Their cuisine represents Trinidad’s multicultural society inclusive of Indian, African, Amerindian, South Asian, Chinese, Arab, Spanish, British, French and Dutch cuisines.
Address: 8344 Garden Rd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.
Drawing its name from the legendary Ethiopian queen of Sheeba, this eatery has been presenting an extensive assortment of Ethiopian delicacies since 2006. With a focus on home-style cuisine infused with innovative contemporary twists, the restaurant’s offerings are a fusion of beloved traditional favorites and inventive modern creations, expertly crafted using a blend of local and imported ingredients and aromatic spices. Prior to establishing Queen of Sheeba, the owner and chef, Lojo Washington, once operated a soul food takeout window at the very location where the restaurant now thrives. The culinary excellence of Queen of Sheeba was officially recognized with an award of distinction in 2014, and Chef Lojo Washington’s outstanding talents have recently garnered a semifinalist nomination for “Best Chefs: South” by The James Beard Foundation.
Address: 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Located in Wellington, this exquisite Jamaican restaurant is a family-owned business with years of experience. Jamaica House Grill proudly serves authentic Jamaican cuisine handcrafted by their amazing chefs with the best ingredients. The menu includes options for omnivores and vegetarians alike. Signature dishes include the Jamaica House Signature Burger, the Kingston Chicken Sandwich, the Mandeville Salmon Burger, and the Ital Bean Stew. Step in and you will really feel like you’re in Jamaica!
Address: 2557 S State Rd 7, Wellington, FL 33414.
Nestled within Boynton, East Ocean Café is a family-owned business, conveniently positioned not far from the shoreline. Upon entering, their welcoming and warm-hearted staff ensures an immediate sense of comfort. Whether you opt for indoor seating or bask in the sunlight outside, treat yourself to the delectable eggs benedict paired with home fries, all while embracing the laid-back and easygoing ambiance. An added perk: furry companions are more than welcome to join, making this café an inviting destination for both two-legged and four-legged guests alike.
Address: 412 East Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435.
Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the U.S., Muck Tavern emerged onto the dining scene in 2022 as a new black-owned culinary heaven with a panoramic water view deck and an inviting open space. The establishment offers signature craft cocktails, dinners, and an atmosphere of comfort and conviviality that’s second to none.
At the heart of Muck Tavern’s culinary marvels stands Chef Robert Ferguson, a Belle Glade native who grew up surrounded by the aromas of his grandmother’s seafood creations and his Jamaican grandfather’s meat expertise. Chef Robert Ferguson combines his traditional Jamaican roots with innovative southern flavors to craft a menu that’s both soulful and sumptuous.
Address: 190 N Lake Ave Pahokee, FL 33476.
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