Getting to know a city is a challenge for new residents and visitors alike, and the theme of this and other upcoming articles. Miami to West Palm Beach is an area with high-rise condo buildings, million-dollar homes and white sandy beaches; where rolling waves, sleek yachts, and the intercoastal waterways can be seen, as one drives north along the A1A. Further inland shopping plazas, stores, restaurants and a multitude of places necessary to fulfill the needs of the bustling communities, can be found. One of the first, and perhaps the most important, are the restaurants that cater to the taste buds of a varied culture, offer relaxation, and leave the cooking to others.
1. Peking Duck House, 1200 East Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
This Chinese restaurant is open every day, except Monday, for lunch, early dinner, and late dinner. The menus reflex prices and portions, based on time of day one is one eating. Service is excellent and there is lots of free parking. For those who prefer, the restaurant will deliver – eithin a few miles and at a small charge. Hours vary depending the day of week. Phone: 954 946 0436.
2. Jade Palace Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, 2465 E. Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Jade Palace was rated by the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel as the most elegant Chinese restaurant in Ft Lauderdale. The extensive menu includes all the Chinese favorites – chop suet, Lo Mein, Egg Foo Young, soup, vegetarian specials and twilight dinner specials all at very good prices. The parking is free but limited. Phone 954 561 1601.
3. Patio Bar & Grill, Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach
The patio Bar & Grill is part of the Wynfield Hotel and is open for lunch and dinner. Metered parking is available on the street in front, but it can be crowded as it is also used by those going to the beach or visiting the Deerfield pier. The reasonable priced lunch menu includes hamburgers, tacos, fries, salads, and sandwiches. There is a Raw Bar serving mainly seafood choices and a bar which is open for lunch and dinner. Phone 954 596 8618.
4. Houston Restaurant, 2821 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL
Houston Restaurant has a great location along the inter-coastal waterway, just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. They have both inside seating and Patio seating which affords views of the yachts and boats plying the waters via the drawbridge. The restaurant serves mainly wood grill cooked food, but the menu also includes salads, appetizers and sandwiches. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday and on Sunday, 11:30am to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday – 11:30am to 11pm.
5. City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, 700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL.
The restaurant is on an upper level in City Place, a large shopping plaza that encompases hundreds of shopping venues and a free trolley to get around. Parking is metered. There is an extensive award winning wine collection and diners can choose to sit inside or on the outside patio with a view of City Place. Open 11:30am to 10pm. Phone 561 366 0071