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The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a passion for food.  Although not a professional by any means, I love to cook.  In fact, I like everything about food.  I enjoy cooking classes and love to experiment in the kitchen (thankfully, my husband and children are quite forgiving!).  My bookshelves are filled with cooking magazines, books and recipes.  With that said, it is safe to say that dining out is undoubtedly something I thoroughly enjoy.

So, when a sister agent told me about the Marble Slab Creamery, I had no problem making the drive to the Shoppes at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens for an ice cream treat.  Midtown is such a great place to be.  We have done quite a bit of business there and continue to see it as a great place to live and/or invest.  The local retail shops, eateries and restaurants attract the business professionals during the day and the trendy, hip crowd in the evening.

You’ll find the Marble Slab Creamery next to Pizza Fusion.  I have to admit, I had never heard of it before.  I’ve been to Coldstone Creamery and without a doubt, I was hooked at first bite.  But, I have to say that after my visit, The Marble Slab has become my number one choice.  I met the owner, Harsha and she definitely made the experience a great one.  In talking, we found our favorite ice cream to be the strawberry shortcake sundae.  I told her I was turned onto it at Coldstone Creamery.  She diplomatically shook her head in agreement, smiled and explained that she can make it even better and asked if she could make the sundae the way she likes it.  Not a problem, run with it!

And that she did.  She added her special touch, packaged it a little differently, and added the best tasting ice cream (it tasted just like birthday cake…yummmeee!).  It was a home run.  Mostly, I appreciated Harsha’s sincere customer service and making the trip enjoyable.  When you get a chance, stop in, say hello to Harsha and ask her to whip up a Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.  We like hearing about everyone’s experience.  Feel free to rate your experience by commenting below.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website to learn more.

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Restaurant Reviews for North Palm Beach

We love to eat out with friends and family.  We dine out often and have visited many restaurants in the area.  (See our previous postings.)  Although, when I was reading the Restaurant Reviews in the Palm Beach Post, I realized there are many places I haven’t tried.  So, I’m now on a mission to try some of them.  

Since there are so many to choose from, I decided to share with you the highest rated reviews (restaurants listed are all rated A for Food and A for Service) in the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and Juno Beach areas.   (Some I have already visited and shared my thoughts in blue.)  Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think.  I’ll be sure to share my reviews in later postings.  

Cafe Monet
9776 Gardens East Drive
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 799-9292
California Cuisine
Lighter fare with fresh ingredients
Reviewed 11/9/07 by Charles Passy
Never been, I’ll have to try this one!
Capt. Charlie’s Reef Grill
12846 U.S. 1, Juno Beach
(561) 624-9924
Fresh Seafood – casual
Reviewed 8/4/06 by Charles Passy
Good casual place – we like it!
Cheesecake Factory
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave.
Downtown at the Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 776-3711
Reviewed 11/3/06 by Charles Passy
Love it!! The best chicken salad sandwich ever!
Cool’a Fishbar
11340 Legacy Ave
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 622-2227
Reviewed 4/11/08 by Charles Passy
Ummm…seafood not my thing.  Maybe I’ll try it.
Entre Nous
940 Park Avenue, Suite 104
Lake Park
(561) 863-5883
Contemporary American Bistro
Reviewed 6/29/07 by Charles Passy
626 N. US 1
County Line Plaza
(561) 745-2444
Contemporary Italian
Reviewed 7/20/07 by Larry Aydlette
1075 A1A N.
(561) 743-8166
Reviewed by Larry Aydlette
Great place on the water.
Marc’s Chophouse
337 E. Indiantown Road
(561) 747-2522
Reviewed 9/8/06 by Charles Passy
Great place!  The Bananas Foster is awesome!  Flambe’d at your table.
Pizza Fusion
4783 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 721-0123
Reviewed 4/18/08 by Charles Passy
Carry out is good.
Sala Thai
103 S. US1
Jupiter Square
(561) 747-6944
Reviewed 6/8/07 by Larry Aydlette
Seasons 52
11611 Ellison Wilson Road
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 625-5852
Contemporary American – no more than 475 calories a plate
Reviewed 4/7/06 by Scott Simmons
The desserts are small and makes them guilt-free!
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Palm Beach Gardens Restaurants Win Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award

gold-crown.jpgTwo of our local restaurants were crowned winners of Florida Trend’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants. Both located in Palm Beach Gardens, III Forks at Midtown PGA and Amazonia Brazillian Grill in Legacy Place were both listed as restaurants worth checking out. See our review of III Forks. We haven’t returned there, but we have heard nothing but great reviews from friends and acquaintances. Check out Palm Beach Post critic, Charles Passey’s review of Amazonia.

We haven’t visited Amazonia yet, but feel free to leave your own review in our comments section. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Dining Out in Jupiter at Samantha’s

By Susanne Quirk

We dined at Samantha’s in the Jupiter Shoppes this weekend.  It was our first visit there although Samantha’s has been around for a couple of years.  I was eager to go because close friends of ours had recently dined there and raved about the place.  I don’t mind saying that they are quite the critics when dining out.  Their reviews carry weight with us because they dine out almost nightly and have acquired a long list of restaurant recommendations in the process.    They won’t hesitate to give you a detailed critique along with their recommendation! 

Samantha’s is quietly tucked away in the Jupiter Shoppes located next to the now defunct billiards place.  Inside and outside dining is available.  The restaurant is very cozy and intimate.  There are not many tables and that is a nice change from the mega chain restaurants that are flooding the area and can be so difficult to get into.  The seating is limited and I would advise making reservations.  We did not have reservations, however the hostess was very pleasant and fortunately was able to squeeze us in.   

The menu is extensive and I wanted to provide it here for you.  So, I searched online and in my search I also found some great reviews consistently making claims that the calamari is to die for.   We didn’t have an appetizer to give you our thoughts on that, but we did have dessert.  But before I get into that I’ll go over our entrees first.  I had the usual Filet Mignon and I was quite impressed.  It wasn’t my preferred Oscar style but I was pleased with all 11 ounces encrusted with Gorgonzola, Roasted Garlic Cream & Red Wine Reduction – all for $38.   Great price since we’ve paid more than that for smaller portions.  My steak was so big I didn’t pay too much attention to the mashed potatoes and seasoned vegetables.  

Dessert was the best part of the dinner.  I perused the dessert menu and found a delicious bread pudding loaded with vanilla bean ice cream, bananas and drizzled with caramel.  Pure heaven!

We enjoyed everything about Samantha’s.  The food was great, the service was top notch and I can’t wait to go back for the dessert. 

There’s a great website for those who dine out frequently  This website is packed with restaurant reviews, menus and more.  They also offer gift certificates at discounted rates.

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Dining Out In Jupiter, Florida

By Susanne Quirk

steak.jpgWe hit another steakhouse Saturday night. It was a long day, I wasn’t feeling well and I was ready to refuel my body with a big, fat, juicy Filet Mignon. So, we headed out to our favorite place in the area. I’m hesitant to say exactly where because Joe doesn’t want anyone to know about our favorite place. It is our little secret and he would rather keep it that way to avoid a long wait. So, I won’t say just yet.

We have been going there for a few years now. Tony, our favorite waiter, is always there to serve us and knows we like booth seating! The cost is on the high end, but it is worth every penny. You are guaranteed to get a great steak every time. In fact, in season many call in advance to reserve a prime rib (barrel cuts only). Joe loves the end cut and if we are not there early enough we miss out. That’s not a problem since there are so many other entrees that are just as tasty.

The menu is a la carte. For appetizers, I’ve had the Colossal Shrimp Cocktail, Lump Crab Cocktail and the Stuffed Shrimp. All were very good. Other appetizers include Soup du Jour, Oysters Rockefeller and more. They offer a wide variety of salads – the Beefsteak Tomatoes, Sweet Onions and Buffalo Mozzarella is delish! Entrees include your typical steakhouse fare with an assorted selection of meats and seafood. I’m a creature of habit and a Filet Mignon – Oscar’d works for me. For those who have not experienced a Filet Oscar, it is jumbo lump crabmeat piled high, topped with bérnaise sauce and then topped with a few crisp asparagus. Just a quick mention about sides – the Lyonnaise Potatoes are the best. It’s a great experience.

Any guesses yet? No, it’s not Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. They do have a similar menu but we prefer our restaurant. The steak has been more consistent in quality and taste and the restaurant is easy to get in and get out. If you haven’t guessed yet, our favorite steakhouse in Jupiter is Barrymore’s Restaurant.

Give their menu a try and let us know what you think.

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Hidden Gem In Jupiter

Dune DogBy Susanne Quirk

Today, I was out running errands and was reminded of one of Jupiter’s hidden gems, Dune Dog Cafe. A casual cafe that reminds me of Jimmy Buffet, Key West and Margaritas. Don’t get me wrong – it is definitely a great family place. It is a place where every local has dined (embarrassed to mention if you haven’t) and a must visit for every tourist, family or friends visiting the area. If you’ve been to Jupiter, then you’ve been to the Dune Dog.

The Dune Dog Cafe is tucked away off of Alt A1A in Jupiter. An open, outdoor cafe where the relaxed atmosphere makes me feel as though I should be kicked back on a boat listening to Jimmy Buffet. A nice little reminder you are in paradise! And the icing on the cake? Thursday night is lobster night for $15! Can’t beat that. They also have your usual fare – hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, etc. Let us know about your hidden gem.


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A Taste of Italy in Abacoa



The Feast of Little Italy begins today at 3:00 p.m. in the Abacoa Town Center. Hard to believe it is the 5th annual festival here in Jupiter. The admission is free and you can enjoy great entertainment, good food and plenty of culture. Activities include a children’s area, cooking demonstration, wine tasting and much more (maybe even a cheese building contest?!). The festival is also open Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Bon Appétit!

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