December 15, 2020

The Purist – Palm Beach Insiders Guide

By Palm Beach Insiders Guide


LIONFISH — Selected by the James Beard Foundation as a “Smart Catch Leader,” Lionfish, which originated in San Diego, opened in Delray Beach featuring a menu focusing on sustainable seafood along with ingredients from regional purveyors and grassfed beef for carnivores. Not only has the meticulously designed room, an elegant study in coastal-tranquil chic, elevated dining in town, it’s made a mark on the environmental front by minimizing the amount of lionfish, which are known to destroy Florida’s coral reef. Take-home cutlery is made from avocado pits, rather than paper or plastic.


Apart from a new outdoor cocktail lounge at the packed flagship in Boca Raton, this health-focused dining sanctuary has unveiled an outpost at the North Palm Beach Country Club, which is open to the public. Dine poolside on such dishes as cucumber avocado tartare with ginger lime dressing; roasted eggplant zucchini lasagna with cashew ricotta; maple pepper-glazed baby back ribs; and mushroom and artichoke paella.


This chain, on a mission to turn fast food wholesome, has opened its first two locations in Florida—one in Royal Palm Beach, the other in Boca. Hearty bowls include Sriracha ginger tofu and ancient grains, and even the bone broth is sourced from organic farms. Power plates are also available for kids.


The majority of seats will be outdoors at this offshoot of the Delray Beach gathering place that has now opened in West Palm Beach overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The alfresco area will have an outside bar and live DJ on weekends. In addition to favorites like a 14-ounce center-cut veal chop and whole grilled fish, the chef has introduced vegetarian specials such as mushroom Bolognese featuring trumpets from local farms, and whole roasted cauliflower from the wood-burning oven.


PAUL LABRECQUE — “A scalp is like soil; when fertilized well, it will produce something that is lush and thick,” says Labrecque, who has brought trichologist Bridgette Hill into his salon at the Royal Poinciana Plaza on Palm Beach Island. Apart from hair services, the chic spot offers a range of treatments from ice facials to magnesium massages.


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