The Current Restaurant Scene

What’s New. What’s Hot.

Going downtown has always been the thing to do when you want to meet friends, enjoy the night life or try something delicious and new to eat or drink. In the West Palm Beach area, the heart of downtown is historic Clematis Street. But Clematis has had its ups and downs, reinventing itself many times over the years. Now, however, Clematis and the surrounding area are thriving, with an exploding real estate market and a creative restaurant scene that rivals that of much bigger cities. And so, if you haven’t been downtown recently, you are seriously missing out!

If you are looking to enjoy one of South Florida’s best entertainment hubs, I’ll let you in on some of my favorite downtown dining locations:

When craving old-school Italian food, head to Lynora’s. They’ve been serving those soul-satisfying, red sauce dishes in South Florida forever. Their newer location on Clematis is stylish and modern. But the recipes haven’t changed since they were located in Lake Worth many years ago.

Hullabaloo is a terrific spot to meet friends for a variety of tasty bites and creative cocktails. Here, the drinks are named after rock stars, and they live up to the coolness of their namesakes.

And then there’s Grato, Chef Clay Conley’s take on modern Italian food. This place buzzes with excitement, and the beautiful crowd appreciates the uber delish food. Many of the picture perfect dishes come right out of the wood oven—with creative combinations and the freshest ingredients. Grato is a great place to take the family or meet up with new and old friends.

Other faves include the lively Avocado Grill, Pistache —an incredible French bistro, and Kabuki, the perfect spot for the freshest sushi and Thai dishes.

When your sweet tooth beckons, satisfy your cravings with some of the area’s delicious dessert spots, including Paneterie, Ganache Bakery—and for rich, homemade ice cream, the quirky Sloan’s, of course.

Watch out this summer on the 500 block of Clematis Street for Dr. Limon, Miami’s latest sensation, serves up Northern Peruvian food with a funky twist every night of the week.

So next time you’re ready to head to NYC or San Fran, save the ticket money and invest in these local watering holes. They are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of foodies!

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