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Palm Beach Restaurants

Amici Ristorante & Bar
375 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 832 0201

Regulars of this convivial establishment are delighted now that it has relocated up the avenue to a larger space. It still serves northern Italian specialties, and the herb garden behind the new kitchen is probably one of the reasons the pasta dishes taste so good. Antipasti, risotto, or any of the dozen pastas, such as clams sautéed with garlic over spaghetti are standouts, as is the grilled swordfish. The tiramisù deserves special mention, and so does the wonderful service. All in all, a better bet than overrated Bice.

Bleu Provence
300 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 651 1491

With fresco wall paintings by local artist Alice Ludwig and authentic Provençal furnishings, this bakery cum grocery feels a bit like France. Breakfast goodies include brioche and croissant and café au lait; the apple tart is the best-selling pastry for good reason. Don't leave without checking out the imported gift items that range from tabletop pieces to caviar to specialty honeys and jams.

Closed Sundays.

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Café Boulud
The Brazilian Court
301 Australian Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 6060

This is one of the few spots on the Island where the food justifies the sky-high prices. Daniel Boulud opened this branch of his Manhattan restaurant in the Brazilian Court hotel in 2003. The rich menu here follows the four-category setup at Boulud's original: There are classic French dishes like coq au vin or chocolate gâteau under the "La Tradition" banner; "La Saison" features seasonal dishes like chestnut-crusted winter venison. "Le Potager" lists vegetarian options, while "Le Voyage" showcases Boulud's Frenchified take on global dishes (think caramelized salmon, Vietnamese-style; or a brisket-and-beet borscht). The warm gold and terra-cotta dining room has a 60-seat terrace amid the fronded plants of the hotel's front courtyard—book a table there for maximum romance and privacy.

Cucina dell Arte
257 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 0770

This Italian restaurant opens at 7 am, so it's the perfect place to get some fuel for Worth Avenue shopping. The signature egg dishes are the best bet: eggs Imperial (a spin on eggs Benedict with jumbo crabmeat), or eggs with black truffle hollandaise sauce and asparagus. Wash them down with the breakfast Bloody Mary, lavishly garnished with chilled shrimp and Gorgonzola-stuffed olives. The two other meals of the day are solid as well: At lunch, try the chunky chicken-and-Gorgonzola salad. The dinner menu focuses on pastas (homemade ravioli) and pizzas, including a killer spicy tomato and smoked-bacon Romana. After hours, the tables are cleared away and the restaurant becomes a popular all-night bar.

Hamburger Heaven
314 S. County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 5277

This local staple has been dishing up diner favorites like burgers, shakes, fries, and wedges of home-baked cakes for more than 60 years. The classic green awnings and tin-sign-cluttered interior are charmingly retro, and it's one of the places you're likely to rub elbows with year-round residents. Be aware that early afternoon brings a swarm of tony teens dressed in navy blazers and pastel uniforms from nearby Palm Beach Day School.

Palm Beach Grill
340 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 835 1077

You'd never guess that this is part of the Houston's chain since there's no visible signage. The owners localized the name to honor the unwritten rule against chains on the Island (tell that to the Starbucks on Worth Avenue). The food is a few steps above casual-restaurant fare as well. Start with the house-smoked salmon or grilled artichoke hearts (soak up every drop of the remoulade it's served with) and don't miss the pan-seared tuna burger. The bar's sceney on weekends, so linger there after dinner for a martini and some people-watching.

Pizza al Fresco
14 Via Mizner
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 832 0032

A bargain rarity on Worth Avenue, this restaurant tucked into a hidden courtyard serves amazing thin-crust pizzas (try the mozzarella-smothered, anchovy-laden Margherita). The decor—bare wood tables shaded by white umbrellas and towering palm trees—is simple enough, and afternoons are crowded with shoppers refueling with a pie and a glass of red wine. If you can't break from the shopping marathon, you can grab some pizza by the slice at the attached deli.

112 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 833 3335

This small chain of old-fashioned parlors serves the best ice cream in town. Even if you don't have kids in tow it's worth a stop into the bright-pink shops for handchurned flavors like cherries jubilee and gooey treats like caramel marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate. They've also become famous locally for their Alice-in-Wonderland bathrooms, whose clear doors fog up at the turn of a door handle.

Sprinkles of Palm Beach
279 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 659 1140

Sprinkles is the perfect pit stop for delectable, dreamy homemade ice cream concoctions and other sweet treats. The triple-chocolate supreme was voted best ice cream in the country by People magazine, but save room for a taste of one of the dozens of other ice cream, fat-free yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, and soft-serve flavors. The Palm Beach Special is a jumbo cookie served with two scoops of your favorite ice cream and drizzled with hot fudge sauce. A bakery counter tempts with four varieties of cookies, from chewy oatmeal raisin to peanut butter, and brownies—and if you're in the mood for something savory, there is a full lunch menu with delicious sandwiches on bread from local bakeries.

Ta-Boo Restaurant and Bar
221 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 835 3500

It's an institution—and feels like it—but don't be put off: Ta-boo is a locals' favorite. For six decades, this lively café-style restaurant has been holding court smack in the middle of Worth Avenue, and is bustling at both lunch and dinner. Expect American bistro food at lunch (pizzas, huge salads, sandwiches); come dinnertime, the menu morphs into fancier fare such as prime rib and osetra caviar. If the gazpacho is on the menu, order it. When it comes to dessert, try the witlessly named but delicious Ta-boo Lust—coconut cream custard served in a walnut graham-cracker crust. There's live piano music Sunday through Thursday, and a DJ spins on Friday and Saturday.

221 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 832 0092

This casual café has been a lunchtime fixture since 1921. It's open for breakfast and dinner, but lunch is when it sees a cross section of Palm Beach—office workers, society ladies, and students—hole up at the white-clothed tables for unfussy food. The Maryland jumbo lump crab cake sandwich is outstanding and you can't go wrong with solid pasta staples like penne à la vodka. Though the wood-paneled interior is comfortable and cozy, the sidewalk patio tables under an awning and dangling ferns are best.

West Palm Beach Green Market
2nd and Narcissus
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 822 1515

More than 60 local vendors set up on this downtown West Palm Beach side street during the fair weather from October to April. The makeshift stalls sell fresh produce, cheese, and flowers and draw even the toniest part-timers who populate the Island. No wonder, with all the goodies on offer. Standouts include homemade guacamole at Anita's, raw milk cheese at Siggi's, and fresh ravioli at Pasta Amore. The Green Market Café serves made-to-order breakfast and lunch so you can grab something before heading over to the Island. Free parking is available at the adjacent Banyan Street Garage during market hours.

Open Saturdays only, 8 am to 1 pm, mid-October through late April.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.