Celebrating Black-Owned Restaurants in The Palm Beaches

January 17, 2021

Here's a sampling of local, Black-owned restaurants to enjoy this February and throughout the year.

As Black History Month approaches, we are diving into some of the delicious dishes being served up at Black-owned restaurants and establishments in The Palm Beaches.

Ganache Bakery
Jamal Lake of Ganache celebrates birthdays with a West Palm Beach Food Tours group; photo by Cristyle Egitto

Ganache Bakery

Ganache Bakery brings Caribbean flair to the West Palm Beach scene with key lime tarts, 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 charismatic smile at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. A Virgin Islands native, Lake opened Ganache with his partner Joan Lewis. Between their tasty treats and engaging personalities, Ganache is a highlight of West Palm Beach Food Tours. Fun fact: The bakery’s rum cakes are available for shipping.    
 
306 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL  33401
561.507.5082
www.ganachebakerycafe.com

Shrimp po' boy from The Purple Shrimp
Shrimp po' boy with Cajun remoulade; photo courtesy The Purple Shrimp

The Purple Shrimp

Cajun lovers, rejoice! The Purple Shrimp in West Palm Beach has been serving up Cajun cuisine with fan-favorite po’ boys, gumbo and shrimp and grits for years. Often seen with pop-ups at green markets and other local events, the restaurant also offers delivery during the week. Due to COVID-19, the eatery is currently only open on Thursdays and Fridays and is offering a limited menu. Try the shrimp po’ boy topped with fried shrimp, vinegar-based coleslaw and Cajun remoulade on a fresh-baked sub roll. 
 
313 Datura Street #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561.386.2303
www.thepurpleshrimp.net

Exterior of Silver Spoon
Outside Silver Spoon Jamaican Restaurant; photo by Cristyle Egitto

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a Jamaican gem in Lake Park that’s earned acclaim for its traditional jerk meats, oxtail, curry seafood, rice and peas, and fried plantains. The atmosphere is relaxed, the portions large and the recipes authentic. Pop open your meal box and you’ll find an overflowing pile of island goodness. Insider tip: Don’t miss the lunch specials and make sure to grab a Ting (a popular Jamaican grapefruit sparkling beverage) on your way in.
 
940 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL 33403
561.882.2400
instagram.com/silverspoonja

Troy's BBQ ribs
Ribs on the smoker; photo courtesy Troy's Barbeque

Troy's Barbeque

Troy’s Barbeque has locations in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, with one on the way in West Palm Beach. Started by pit-boss Troy Davis, this award-winning barbecue staple has been serving the county for more than 20 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. Known for spareribs among other menu favorites, the restaurants’ popularity stems from a commitment to preparing “barbecue the hard way.” The meats are cooked low and slow with the pitmasters’ full attention. Troy’s best kept secret? The 25-cent smoked wings every Wednesday.  
 
Boynton Beach
1920 Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
561.740.1125
 
Boca Raton
1198 N Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432
561.609.2469
 
West Palm Beach (coming soon)
3950 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561.788.5561
www.bbqtroys.com

Smoothie Me Please exteriors
The colorful exterior of Smoothie Me Please; photo courtesy Smoothie Me Please

Smoothie Me Please

Offering a range of smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, açaí bowls and fresh-squeezed lemonade, Smoothie Me Please is located less than a mile from the beach, in a historic landmark building in Riviera Beach. Also known for lemonade bars, fresh fruit bowls and gourmet popsicles, its menu pays homage to the neighborhoods, places and people that are iconic to Riviera Beach, with items such as the Monroe Açaí Bowl, named affectionately after the Monroe Heights neighborhood where owner Ashley Walker grew up; and the S Ave Bowl, a creamy mango avocado bowl named after a street she frequented on bikes.
 
2635 Broadway Ave, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
561.429.8002
smoothiemeplease.com

The New Vegan

Run by husband-and-wife team Rahein and Patricia Jones, The New Vegan in Delray Beach isn’t just for vegans. Everyone is welcome to dine because, as the owners say, “you don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan.” Using a meat alternative created from porcini mushrooms and chickpeas, The New Vegan won the alternative category of the Boca Burger Battle two years in a row. The vegan fried chicken is another must-try dish. The New Vegan is devoted to nutritional, flavorful food and offers menu items that are free of GMOs, dairy, wheat, soy and gluten. You can also find The New Vegan food truck making its way around the southern portion of The Palm Beaches and beyond.
 
528 NE 2nd Street, Delray Beach, FL 33483
561.404.5301
www.thenewvegan.com

Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler  

Sugar Plum & Grumbling Growler (S.P.&G.G.) Art Gallery, Wine and Beer Bar operates from three separate locations along Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth, bringing together locals and artists in a spot meant to “chill out.” Owners Nick and Tanya created the boutique spaces to highlight local talents and emerging artists, host events, and serve craft beers and international wines. A bookshop and gaming lounge round out the selection of unique finds at SP&GG. Guests are invited to shop and stay, grab and go, or become a club member with subscription options to experience new books or bottles monthly.
 
711 (bar & lounge) & 709 (bookshop) Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL, 33460
1120 (gallery) Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460 – coming soon
561.355.0615
www.spandgg.com

Blue Mountain Coffee House

This popular coffeehouse in downtown West Palm Beach opened its doors in 2020 and exclusively serves internationally renowned Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica. Breakfast and lunch items are available daily alongside some sweet treats and fresh juices. Owner Allison Boettcher is originally from St. Andrew Parish, a Jamaican town that’s home to a stretch of the Blue Mountain range. Boettcher brings a passion for her homeland’s food to this unique cafe. 
 
540 Clematis Street #3, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561.318.7296  
bluemountaincoffeehouses.com

FIWE Caribbean Cuisine  

FIWE, also in downtown West Palm Beach, is fairly new to the scene, but the restaurant’s chef has more than 10 years of experience cooking Caribbean cuisine. The restaurant, whose tagline is “A Taste of the Islands,” sources fresh ingredients from local farmers markets. FIWE offers catering services, as well as online ordering and curbside pickup. Menu highlights include Jamaican Jerk chicken and browned snapper. 
 
410 Evernia Street, #108, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 
561.248.2065 
fiweja.com

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Cristyle Egitto
Cristyle Egitto is a South Florida native, born in Miami, raised in Palm Beach and educated at the University of Florida. She founded the food blog EatPalmBeach in 2013 as a way to discover restaurants and culinary talents in the area while supporting local businesses. Her writing has appeared in various publications, and she has been featured on local TV and in multiple magazines.