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TGIF The Palm Beach Post DECEMBER 5, 1997 Page 33 Dis, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "The entrees offer a bounty of fresh catches and signature entrees like the salmon Florentine strudel or the fine Swordfish toume-dos, each perfectly prepared." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food and Service July 7, 1995 O'brian's, 12860 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Phone: 626-5880. Steak and seafood. Credit cards: AC Price r."": Moderate, only three items slightly over $20. "Since this was a steakhouse, we had to try a steak. The center-cut, U.S. Prime tenderloin (8 ounces) from com-fed Midwestern beef proved a winner. Tender, moist and delicious as a steak should be! . . . With the increasing popularity of pork, many restaurants are serving the old-time favorite. The colossal pork chops featured two, very large, perfectly grilled rib chops that were also moist and tender." Herbert Perez- Vidal. Food; "Vi Service March 15, 1996 Panama Hattie's, PGA Blvd. at Intracoastal, North Palm Beach. Phone 627-1545. Seafood. Credit cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "The best reason to go to Panama Hattie's is the ambience. A brick and natural wood interior, casual dining a water view and friendly atmosphere make it a good place to dine. And, with a few exceptions, the food is very good to excellent." Herbert Perez-Vidal. "Va Food"; Service, Nov. 24, 1995 Price range: Moderate. Sprazzo, NE comer Indiantown Road at U.S. 1, Jupiter. Phone 575-9509. Italian cuisine. Credit cards: AE, DIS, MC, V, DC. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "What's hot? Creative cuisine and Sprazzo is in the avant garde. A little bit of this and a little bit of that" from ethnic cuisines and different combinations of ingredients and Voila! new tastes, new flavors and new dining pleasures." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, Service June 23, 1995 Sugar Cane Island Bistro, 353 U.S. 1, Jupiter. Phone: 743-4177. Floribbean cuisine. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Chef Ted Workman concocts some excellent, tropical-inspired cuisine where the buzz word is 'Floribbean' a blend of South Florida cuisine with that of the Caribbean islands. Workman tosses in some Latin American flavors for a little Latin beat in this tropical paradise, complete with poolside bar and open-air dining deck." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food; Service July 26, 1996 Herbert The Crab House, 1065 N. A1A, Jupiter. Phoney (561) '744-1300. Seafood. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "Diners who can arrive by land or by sea will find excellent seafood at this entrees and desserts. He called Testa's a "a tried and true" winner. Vt Food; Service. Oct 11, 1996 Thai Than), Polo Grounds Mall, 830 Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Phone 683-1744. Thai cuisine. Credit cards: AE, DC, DIS, MC, V. - Price range: Inexpensive to moderate. "Excellent cuisine and good service show promise for owners Al and Thida Tongdee's first restaurant venture . , . Though I had been extremely pleased with Thai Thani's food and service on several occasions, the evening of an "official" and anonymous review proved less than excellent." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food and Va Service, July 21, 1995 The Palm Beach Tavern 251 Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach. Phone: (561) 832-0385. American cuisine. Credit cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Only in Palm Beach would there be a tavern where men wear jackets and ties and there are roses or other flowers on the tables along with candlelight. But the real surprise comes with divine food and flawless service that rival some of the finest and most expensive restaurants." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food and Service Nov. 22, 1996 Zazu City Grille 313 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Phone: (561) 832-1919. American cuisine. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, TM, V. "Extraordinary, contemporary American cuisine offers melting-pot cooking with Southwestern, Mediterranean and Far Eastern influences, beautifully prepared and presented by chef Francis Casciato." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food; V4 Service July 11,1997 NORTH PALM BEACH Arezzo, PGA National Resort and Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, (1 W. of Turnpike), Palm Beach Gardens. Italian cuisine. Phone: 627-2000. Credit cards: AE, DIS. DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Arezzo is an above-par hotel restaurant, with a menu full of creative choices and a kitchen that delivers on such promises." Hap Erstein. " Food, Service Nov. 21, 1997. Carmine's La Trattoria Bar and Grill, Harbour Financial Center, 2401 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Phone: 775-0186. Italian cuisine. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "From appetizers like the polenta with mozzarella, shiitake mushrooms and tomatoes to the fresh and crisp salads and entrees like the polio alia Cuomo, the chef's signature dish, the dining experience is magnificent." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Va Food; Vi Service Dec. 27, 1996 Crabcatcher, PGA National Resort and Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, (W. of Turnpike), Palm Beach Gardens. Phone 627-2000. Seafood. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, Price range: Moderate to expensive. "The eighth of a string of seafood houses owned and operated by Brice and Shirley Phillips, the local establishment can ride on the reputation that they have enjoyed since 1959 in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Especially outstanding are the crab dishes like the Maryland crab cakes, made from Shirley's original recipe and chock-full of tender and succulent morsels of lump crab meat." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Va Food; Service, April 14, 1995 The Restaurant Four Seasons Resort, 2800 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Phone; (561) 582-2800. Southeastern American regional cuisine. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Expensive. "The Restaurant offers the unparalleled southeast-em regional cuisine that has made chef Hubert DesMarais the focus of deserved national attention. . . . Expensive? Yes. Memorable? Absolutely! The Restaurant has to be experienced to be believed." Food and Service Sept. 26, 1977. Riggins Crabhouse, 607 Ridge Road, Lantana. Phone 5880849 or 586-3000. Seafood. Credit cards: AE, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Inexpensive to moderate. "The Old Bay seasoning is the key ingredient in the Maryland-style steamed crabs and provides special spiciness that makes you want to keep cracking more crabs." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, Va Service Oct. 13, 1995 Rockwell's Restaurant and Bar, Northbridge Centre, 515 N. Flagler Drive, 20th Floor, West Palm Beach. Phone 835-8061. Continental cuisine. Credit cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Rockwell's named for the famed American artist Norman Rockwell offers an unparalleled panorama of the Palm Beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. . . . Rockwell's offers 20 entrees. We were thrilled there were only four specials and our server even quoted prices for them. Kudos! No secrets or surprises here." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Vt Food; V Service June 28, 1996 Sforza Ristorante 223 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Italian cuisine. Phone: (561) 832-8819. Credit cards: AE, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Some dishes, like the calamari alia griglia, were as exciting as a close race in the Olympics and prove what chef Chartes Maida can do in the kitchen. Others, like the tiramisu, were as uninteresting as watching a pot of boiling pasta." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Va Food, Service Aug. 9, 1996 Testa's 221 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach. Phone: (561) 832-0992. American cuisine. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. Herbert Perez-Vidal says the coffee, a good test for any restaurant, is great and the Italian gazpacho and minestrone are excellent, along with board and just as pasty. But the chef at La Fragola knows that balance and understatement in food is critical to dining pleasure. Why assault the palate when a seduction will suffice?" Paul Reid. Aug. 15, 1997 L'AnJou The French Restaurant 717 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Phone 582-7666. French cuisine. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Price' range: Moderate. "The cuisine is straightforward French and without fanfare, but quality and taste prove to be the bottom line at L'Anjou. If you love split-pea soup, for example, this is the place to enjoy it. Oh, don't forget to order the chocolate or Grand Marnier souffle when you order your meal." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, Service Feb. 24, 1995 Marcello's La Sirena, 6316 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Italian cuisine. Phone 585-3128. Credit cards: DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive." The entrees ranged from very good to extraordinary." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, Service May 17, 1996 My Martini 225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Phone: (561) 832-8333. American cuisine. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "Chef Joseph Hahn, formerly of Bistro Zenith, commands the kitchen, where he turns out his excellent, eclectic American cuisine with its many ethnic influences." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food; vi Service March 14, 1997 Okeechobee Steak House 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Phone: (561) 683-5 151. Steakhouse. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Eight beef entrees attest to Okeechobee Steak House's name. The superb quality of the steaks and one seafood dish we sampled attest to the chef's expertise especially his sauces." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food; Service Aug. 13, 1996 Orchids of Slam, 3027 Forest Hill Blvd., Forest Hill Plaza, Vest Palm Beach. Phone 969-2444. Thai cuisine. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Price range: Inexpensive to moderate. "Some of the delicious and impressive appetizers are served on beautiful, blue-and-white, hand-painted dishes shaped like fish. Crispy, golden-fried spring rolls are sensational, especially with a sweet Thai sauce." Herbert Perez-Vidal ""vi Food and Service Dec. 8, 1995 Pescatore, 200 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Phone 837-6633. Italian cuisine. Credit cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "A list of 13 pasta dishes could whet any appetite." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food and Service Jan. 26, 1996 Phillips Seafood Restaurant, 1225 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Phone 837-6500. Seafood. Credit Cards: AE, DC, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. Food, Service. RESTAURANTS 32 sine. Credit cards: AE, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Cucina DeH'Arte's moderate prices coupled with excellent service and excellent rustic Italian make It a welcome addition to Palm Beach." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food; Service Nov. 10, 1995 Florentine Dining Room at The Breaker One South County Road, Palm Beach. Phone: 655-6611. "The service is flawless. Friendly without familiarity. Our server changed utensils tour times with a minimum of intrusion. The room is beautiful. The grand piano soothes. And, the food is . . . good." Paul Reid. Food, Service. Nov. 7, 1997. Great Texas Land and Cattle Co. 6000 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Phone 840-1511. Steakhouse. Credit cards: AE, DIS, MC, V. Price range: Moderate. "Service can be a 'come-and-get-it' affairand coffee comes in mugs. But at least it's Texas friendly, and the food is well worth the visit." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, Service Sept 1, 1995 l&J's Station House, 233 Lantana Road, Lantana. Phone: 547-9487. Seafood. Credit cards: AE, CB, DC, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensive. "Co-owner Tommy Isola performs wonders with the lobsters: steamed, broiled, stuffed, scampi, marinara. But there's a lot more, all superb. Just try some of the huge pasta dishes or even the exceptional, finger-licking barbecued baby back ribs. The restaurant also provides a bit of nostalgia since it's housed in a 15-year-old replica of the 1900 Lantana train station." Herbert Perez-Vidal. mV Food and Service, June 9, 1995 I Trullo, 210 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. Phone: (561) 586-2912. Italian cuisine. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Price range: Moderate to expensi-ve."Named for the cone-roofed houses in the town of Alberobello in the Apulia region in the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot,' II Trullo succeeds with fine cuisine and fine Italian wines." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Vi Food; Vi Service, May 9, 1997 Janeiro, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach. Phone 659-5223. French cuisine. Credit Cards: AE, CB, DC, MC, V. Price range: Expensive. "The French-Mediterranean cuisine is so exceptional that you'H marvel at his presentations and the flavors and textures of his dishes." Herbert Perez-Vidal. Food, y2 Service Feb. 23, 1996 La Fragola, 116 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Phone: 832-4300. Italian. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. " None of the dishes at La Fragola is overly complex. Too often an Italian restaurant will serve up linguine buried under every vegetable known to man or entombed in an alfredo sauce thick enough to hang wall- PHILLIPS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT ... WOW! Advertisement By Dorothy Cabanus Let me preface this review by .saying that when a co taster (CT) and myself go to a restaurant it is to look around, chat and leave! Not so at Phillips SeatixxJ Restaurant. The food is terrific, the service is great, everyone, (not just your wait stall) are so genuinely friendly, that we ended up staying two and a half hours. Had we been able to cram another bite in us. we'd probably still be there. What a delightful evening! We were politely met and promptly sealed. It's very clean and there are unusual decorative touches everywhere - lovely plants, wooden carousel horses. Very eclectica. They seat 300, but the dining rooms are broken into small areas that give an ambiance of intimacy. And the chairs are comfortable. The fxxl? You could spend hours salivating over the menu! They're open for lunch & dinner fnn 1 1 :30 Mon.-Fri. and dinner only Sat. & Sun. from 4:30pm. The tarty Bird specials, offered 4:30-6pm (7 Days) are special values CX.95-M2.95 inclusive of salad, entree, dessert, and beverage. Their best selling appetizer is their famous Crab Claw Advertisement Please see RESTAURANTS Advertisement me, I looked under the table and zap it was down to the last bite before I sat back up. Phillips has a full bar with reduced prices for their 4 to 7 pm Hanny Hour. II you clnxise not to have alcohol, there is a truly impressive list of frozen drinks they will make for you without spirits. Do yourself a favor. Go to Phillips Sea-fixxi Restaurant. Don't deprive yourself of dinner there. PHILLIPS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT ADDRESS: 1225 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL (Just west ot 1-95) Next to Holiday Inn) PHONE: (561)837-6500 ATMOSPHERE: Casual PRICES: '8 95-'19 95 CREDIT: MC.V, AE NON-SMOKING: yes CHILDREN'S MENU: yes WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: yes Menu & Prices subject to change Advertisement - - - t there was such a glut of crabs that they opened a little takeout "joint" for steamed crabs in Ocean City. Well, pretty soon they had to add picnic tables outside, and finally they opened a restaurant. They now have eight restaurants in Maryland, D.C, and Virginia, two of which seat 1400 people, and the one here in West Palm Bench. All their children and grandchildren are involved, and they have crab packing plants all over the world. Most of the recipes are Mrs. Phillip's originals, and boy! Can she cook. Nothing, by the way, (and mercifully, to those of us who do not appreciate "hot" Hxxls) is overly spiced, though you can get your tlsh blackened if you wish. Desserts, yes, we made the sacrifice, only for you. our readers. CT ordered the Key Lime pie 03.25) which is pretty gixxf. Not like mother used to make, but good for a restaurant. I had the original peanut butter pie, '3.25, outrageously fattening and sinfully gixxl. I got the first bite. CT reached for a taste, put the plate in front of her and guarded it to keep me away! I finally got it hack only to hear "Did you drop your napkin'?" Silly Cocktail f.95. which CT ordered. It was wonderf ul. I had mushroom caps stuffed with Crab Imperial. "6.95. Very good, but I envied every bit of her half pound (yep. they weighed 'em) of crab claws and mustard sauce. Because we really wanted to taste it, they brought us a half a cup of Cream of Crab soup, to share '3.25 a cup, v4.25 a bowl. It's exactly that, a thin cream, lots of crab, and a little seasoning. Very delicate. They also had a vegetable crab, tomato base, and a New England chowder which on its way past our table kx)ked and smclled gorgeous. For your salad try their homemade, bleu cheese dressing. Entrees -. what a decision. Everything sounded good. Their very personal manager. Keith McConnell. suggested Maryland Crab Cakes, "16.95, which CT ordered. She gave me two bites (I had to beg for the second one), and almost inhaled tlie rest. They were outstanding. Fresh crabmeat and no fillers. Out of this world, and I'll go there again just for the crabcakes. Her side dish of asparagus was perfectly cooked, al dente, and the coleslaw slaw light, and good, not sugary. The broiled seafood platter was suggested to me ( a bargain for M9.95) with crabcake, a small crab imperial, fresh filet of fish, clams casino and shrimp, but 1 had gone weak in the knees when I saw a pound of stone crab claws with mustard sauce, because I know the season for them is almost over. They were perfectly cooked, and i made such a mess of myself that I used CT's glass water (to the horror of the waiter) as a linger bowl, though they thoughtfully pmvide wipes for you. I ate no side dishes... no mom for them. For you non-seafixxl kivers, they offer steaks f 15.95 to M7.95), and chicken alfredo on the Early Bird was M0.95. However, unless you have a seafood allergy, don't deny yourself their specialty. Their fresh fish, M3.95 to M5.95, can be stuffed with crabmeat for an additional s4.5() and you can enjoy the best of everything. The Phillips family started out with a crab packing plant in Maryland and in the 1950s KH'KIN 1 Kl) FROM CONDO NKWS 424 OTQIifflllMSl

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