The best part of the Palm Beach Boat Show is the yachts, of course. The second best thing is all of the fantastic food Palm Beach has to offer.
While many of the top hotels and restaurants shuttered last year due to the pandemic, and most new openings were delayed, the famed Florida enclave is beginning to reawaken. Vibrant new spots are joining refreshed favorites just in time to welcome guests for the Palm Beach Boat Show.
With hundreds of boats to see, marine seminars to attend, and boating professionals to meet, it’s important to keep yourself fueled with good food and drinks. Don’t miss some of our favorite new offerings to explore, outlined below.
Where: 185 Banyan Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Why It’s Great: The sprawling, 10,000-square-foot restaurant perched on a prime corner of the downtown waterfront sports a multi-level patio, retro gazebos, a soaring fireplace, a full-size bocce court and other luxe amenities. (Think outdoor pizza oven and vintage gelato cart.)
What To Order: The wood-fired margherita pizza, house-cured salumi and cheese bar, or the cacio e pepe, and for a drink, any of their 400+ wines by the bottle.
Where: 229 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Why It’s Great: Building on the historical legacy of Henry Flagler, the culinary concept reflects the same timeless American spirit, where people gather as a community to enjoy a great meal. Both the atmosphere and menu items are designed to be approachable, where guests can sip and socialize among neighbors, friends and family in a casual, yet elegant environment.
What To Order: Henry’s is a celebration of comfort food, ranging from classics like beef Wellington and chicken potpie, to originals such as pigs-in-a-pretzel-dough-blanket.
Where: 125 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Why It’s Great: Just steps from the main entrance of the Palm Beach Boat Show, Avocado Grill is a great choice for lunch when the food vendors inside the show just won’t cut it. Much like the hand-selected decor that inhabits the restaurant, the food is modern in style and interpretation, and there is always something exciting happening.
What To Order: Since the restaurant concept revolves around the versatility of the avocado, its safe to say start with either the guac or grilled avocado. Overall, the menu offers wide appeal. We recommend the Middle Eastern spiced lamb sliders ($6 each), dressed with cucumber and feta yogurt and harissa aioli.
Where: 223 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Why It’s Great: The liveliest area of West Palm Beach is Clematis St., where you’ll find the fun bar and delicious restaurant Batch. While they offer mouth-watering classic Southern dishes with a modern twist, we especially like Batch for their garden-to-glass cocktails that are hand- crafted to inventive perfection.
What To Order: Come here for the drinks! Our personal favorite was the Bootlegger, a refreshing jalapeno and pineapple-infused moonshine drink, with fruity guava and citrus elements that balance the spice aspect perfectly. Among other delicious choices is one of the best house-made Gin & Tonic’s we’ve had in South Florida, complete with grapefruit- hibiscus bitters.
Where: 207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Why It’s Great: This bistro, which first won fans in Bridgehampton in 2001 before unveiling a second location in New York’s Flatiron District in 2008, unveiled its Palm Beach spinoff last February. With an interior featuring whimsical orange-hued Scalamandre wallpaper and a front covered dining patio featuring the original Spanish terra-cotta tile and plus lush greenery installed by Palm Beach landscape architect Mario Nievera of Nievera Williams, Almond provides a beautiful venue for date night.
What To Order: Almond serves updated takes on classic French cuisine, ethnic street food, and lots of stuff in between while using local farm-sourced ingredients. Dishes like the classic steak frites or the house-made ricotta cavatelli are to-die-for.