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Shop-Side Dining in The Palm Beaches

Shop-Side Dining in The Palm Beaches

Fine dining in shopping centers? Not possible, right? Wrong! Some of The Palm Beaches’ best restaurants are not just found in the resorts, but in these car-friendly shopping plazas too. From the inventive seafood offerings available at Little Moir’s Food Shack in Jupiter to the farm-to-table sophistication of La Ferme in Boca Raton, send your taste buds on vacation at these delicious dining experiences:

Café Chardonnay, Palm Beach Gardens, FL— Now in its 30th year, this restaurant founded in 1986 by Frank and Gigi Eucalitto, offers Continental fare with a twist. Menu highlights include herb and Dijon crusted rack of lamb with goat cheese mashed potatoes, tandoori-spiced boneless free-range chicken and classic bouillabaisse with fresh fish and shellfish. As the name suggests, Café Chardonnay also is known for its carefully chosen wine list.  

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Coolinary Café, Palm Beach Gardens, FL — Founded in 2012 by Tim Lipman, a protégée of Mike Moir, discover an inventive menu of Florida fare. Order exotic dishes such as rabbit tacos, the comfort food staple of fried chicken and waffles or complex cuisine like menu favorite Lipman’s Seafood Fosole Verde – a dish filled with shrimp, fish, crab and hominy in a lemon garlic fumet.  

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Henry’s, Delray Beach, FL — Restaurateur Burt Rapoport’s elegant restaurant in western Delray Beach has a comfort-food menu that includes horseradish-crusted salmon, turkey and mushroom meatloaf and coriander-seared “rare” yellowfin tuna.  


Kathy’s Gazebo Café, Boca Raton — For more than three decades, the Gazebo Café has been Boca Raton’s go-to place for beautifully presented French/Continental fare.

Kitchen, West Palm Beach, FL — Chef Matthew Byrne, Tiger Woods’ former personal chef, treats this restaurant’s kitchen as an extension of his home cooking space. This intimate spot serves a modern twist on comfort fare. Try his favorite dish – chicken schnitzel with radish, sweet onion, mushroom and arugula topped with a fried egg.

La Ferme, Boca Raton, FL — Modern renditions of French-Mediterranean bistro fare are served in an elegant space at this farm-to-table restaurant owned by the family behind New York City’s Flex Mussels.  

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La Villetta Ristorante, Boca Raton, FL — Since 1992, this Boca Raton institution has served traditional Italian fare with flair, from fresh carpaccio and fried calamari to a variety of veal and pasta dishes, all accompanied by an extensive wine list.

Little Moir’s Food Shack, Jupiter, FL — Chef-owner Mike Moir received national attention for his fusion of fresh seafood with Asian and Caribbean influences when he opened in 2002. Feast on his renowned Shack Bowl, with fish or shrimp, mixed vegetables, basil, cilantro, toasted garlic and noodles in a broth of coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime.  

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Maison Carlos, West Palm Beach, FL — This restaurant owned by Carlos and Lanie Farias offers a mix of Mediterranean fare that is influenced by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. A must try is Robert Dedrick’s Petit Croque Monsieur and Tomato Bisque — a mini grilled Prosciutto di Parma and Gruyere sandwich with a shot of tomato bisque.  

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Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, Wellington, FL — Oli’s defines fashion cuisine as “a manner of preparing food that is stylish, seasonal and pleasing to the eye.” The menu, inspired by food from the northern shores of the Mediterranean, features pasta and seafood stews.


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