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When Henry Flagler and his friends came south to Palm Beach, they brought along their high standards and demands for the best of everything, including fine dining. That legacy can still still be found for anyone who takes eating seriously. Palm Beach County has many excellent restaurants to choose from. You can eat at the affordable to the very, very expensive. The range of tastes is considerable, from good old Southern style American to European, Mexican, Asian, and more.

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For old world atmosphere and noted for its caviar bar and high ranking with the locals, be sure to patronize Cafe L'Europe . Another continental dining on Worth Avenue is Taboo . Great Italian fare can be enjoyed at Renato's . Noted for fresh seafood entrees is Charley's Crab . Looking for a more casual atmosphere? For terrific hamburgers since 1945, Hamburger Heaven is the place to go. For the most expensive restaurant in town, but definitely a four-star meal, it's the Florentine Dining Room at The Breakers Hotel.

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Here's a community that can boast the same excellent quality dining establishments as it's sister city east of the Intracoastal, offering a variety of ethnic and American restaurants. An Old World style Italian restaurant in this historic part of Palm Beach is the Stresa . For French Mediterranean fare, a great Palm Beach restaurant is the Bellagio, which offers excellent dining in a romantic atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, you can enjoy an outdoor street breakfast while buying fresh pastries and vegetables at the GreenMarket in West Palm Beach , a popular weekend pastime. If you're at the Palm Beach Kennel Club , be sure to dine at the well-regarded Paddock Reataurant .

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A short drive south into this celebrated community also offers delicious fare. Inside the historic Glulfstream Hotel on the Intracoastal Waterway, try Daniel's Lake Avenue Grille , or if you're on the beach and are ready for breakfast or lunch, the John G's is known for friendly service and good food. Southern Towns In Delray Beach, Ellie's 50's Diner has every dish on its menu named after a 1950s song. Also on the beach, you'll find Boston's on the Beach which serves good food all day long. The Two Georges Waterfront Grille in Boynton Beach has been around for a while. With a delightful tropical setting and great food, it's popular with the locals. Boca Raton, one of the fastest growing communities that offers excellent dining and attractions, not to mention beautiful retirement developments, Carmen's Restaurant and Lounge features great steaks and fresh seafood, all with a great ocean view. In Lantana, home of the National Observer tabloid on celebrity news, the Ginger Wok offers an intimate atmosphere and delicious Chinese cuisine Northern Towns Communities just north of Palm Beach include Jupiter, made famous by actor Burt Reynolds, as well as Palm Beach Gardens and Riviera Beach, noted for its marinas, sport fishing charters and dive shops. Wellington is home to the Palm Beach Polo Club. Many excellent restaurants in these towns offer dining establishments that equal those in the county's southern towns. In Palm Beach Gardens, the Abbey Road Grill and Sports Emporium , featuring TV screens everywhere for sports programs, offers great steaks and seafood. Palm Beach and its neighboring cities offer a myriad of great places to eat for any time of the day. Depending on what activity you may be pursuing, whether it's a day of shopping on Worth Avenue, playing gold at one of the 147 courses in the county, or dressed to kill for a memorable night on the town, you'll find just the perfect restaurant, cafe, bistro, or diner to make your day complete. The choices are many and the decision may be a tough one, but no matter which you decide, the atmosphere of Palm Beach and its impeccable taste sets the standard.
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You'll need to know these terms and phrases to negotiate Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast without embarrassment. Lake O, The Lake. Lake Okeechobee, on the western side of Palm Beach and Martin counties. It's the second-largest freshwater lake totally within the boundary of the continental United States, second only to Lake Michigan. The name Okeechobee is from the Hitchiti Indian words oki for water and chubi for big -- in other words, "big water."
Boca. That's BOE-cahh. Boca,' or mouth, often was used by Spaniards to describe an inlet. There is money and culture here, but it also was famously and somewhat unfairly lampooned as a retirement condo mecca and the home of Jerry Seinfeld's parents in the hit TV show. By the way, Raton rhymes with tone, not with baton.
East, west, north and south. Much of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast is laid out in grid fashion, given that it's wedged between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and swamps, farms and Lake Okeechobee to the west. So get your bearings and be prepared for locals to tell you to turn "north'' instead of "left.''
The island, the mainland. Local shorthand for communities on the barrier island that runs along most of the area and those across the water to the west.
The Intracoastal. Short for the Intracoastal Waterway, the body of water dredged for navigation that separates the barrier island from the rest of the area and that also, somewhat confusingly, goes by several other names.
The Indian River. Known as North America's most biodiverse estuary, it is the portion of the Intracoastal that runs along most of the Treasure Coast.
Lake Worth Lagoon. Part of the Intracoastal in Palm Beach County that used to be a freshwater swamp before inlets were cut to the ocean.
City of Lake Worth. Finnish and Mayan languages spoken here. After World War II, many modest pensioners -- especially from Quebec, Finland and Germany -- moved to the city and built cottages. These new immigrants brought their culture and customs with them. Incongruous in semitropical South Florida, you still see Finland's flag flying and signs in Finnish. In the past several decades, immigrants from Guatemala moved into some of these cottages and brought such Mayan languages as Kanjobal with them.
Singer Island. Most of this island falls within the municipalities of Riviera Beach or Palm Beach Shores, but residents of this higher-income island often prefer to set themselves apart with this name. Singer Island was named for Paris Eugene Singer, a famous developer of Palm Beach and the 23rd child of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine magnate. Singer had a plan to develop what became his namesake island for tourism, but it went belly up when the Florida boom turned to bust in the late 1920s. A premier Palm Beach attraction.
Jupiter, not a planet. People in this city in northern Palm Beach County get very tired of planet jokes. The town originally was named for the Hobe Indian tribe. Mapmakers misinterpreted the spelling used by Spaniards, Jobe, and recorded it as Jove. This was further misinterpreted to mean the Roman god Jupiter, and the name stuck. Jupiter beaches are one of the best in the region.
Indiantown. This rural community a half-hour west of Stuart hasn't been what its name implies for a long, long time. But it does have an indirect link to British royalty. Seminole Indians who settled in the area in the early 1800s were pushed out during conflicts with the U.S. military in the mid-1830s. In the early 1920s, S. Davies Warfield, a Baltimore financier who was building a railroad to West Palm Beach, saw the community as the southern headquarters of his rail line. As part of his dream, he built the Seminole Inn, which opened in 1927 and remains a historic site. Among those attending the opening was Warfield's niece, Wallis Simpson. Check out the current listing of the Palm Beach events.
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