What is Palm Beach’s restaurant scene like?

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Susan Barnes

From casual beachfront joints to exquisite fine dining, mainstream restaurants to intimate, candlelit cafés, you’ll find something to please your palate in Palm Beach. No matter where you go, seafood reigns as the food of choice here. Whether it be yellowtail snapper from the Keys or local conch, fresh-from-the-ocean goodies will be listed on almost every menu in town.

The hottest spot right now is Buccan, a contemporary American restaurant. For brunch, you’ll find twists on the usual suspects: ham and egg pizza, butternut squash beignets, eggs Benedict with roasted heirloom tomatoes and bacon, and buttermilk fried chicken. When dinner rolls around, the tapas menu at Buccan won’t disappoint, with dishes such as steak tartare with grilled bread, black truffle and crispy egg yolk; fried Ipswich clams with pork belly, cherry pepper aioli and lemon and parsley salad; squid ink orrechiette with sausage, conch, basil and chilies; or bacon-wrapped Florida peaches with an orange ginger glaze, blue cheese and greens.

Another fine option is Jové Kitchen & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Every table in the restaurant affords a view of the ocean and candlelight sets the mood. The restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine with a sizable seafood influence — think brodetto di pesce stew with clams, shrimp, scallops, branzino and calamari in a tomato-fennel broth.

For dessert try a regional specialty: Key lime pie. Old Key Lime House, the oldest waterfront restaurant in the state, serves a mean version of the tart custard pie. It’s a must if you want to taste a slice of Florida.

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