New Restaurants Keep Coming in South Florida

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NYC, Bridgehampton Almond now on Palm Beach

For those who already recognize the Scalamandre jumping zebra wallpaper (it’s orange here!), you now have a Palm Beach Almond to call your own. For the rest who have not visited the other two locations in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, you might want to put this restaurant on your to-do list. It’s owned by co-founders restaurateur Eric Lemonides and Executive Chef Jason Weiner and promises to stick around for a while.

It just opened – so be gentle with your online reviews, folks – but should overcome the revolving-door-corner where Chuck & Harold’s (way back when) and Maven (only last year) were propped and then closed. It’s the corner spot on Royal Poinciana Way and South County Road on The Island. 

The menu has the usual: steak frites, spaghetti with lobster, mac & cheese, but also throws in some unexpected dishes (thank goodness), such as Halal Cart Roast Lamb and duck confit Adobo taquitos – those last two under the “street food” idea. 

Open for dinner: Sunday-Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Chez Andrea brings Provence to Boynton 

The first of two locations, Chez Andrea Gourmet Provence opened recently in Boynton Beach. This Canadian celeb chef (exec chef/restaurateur, author of 100-plus cookbooks, TV food series host) revamped an historic house and is now serving dinner. Brunch will start soon. Her menu contains traditional French dishes as well as those showcasing her individual style. A Lake Worth venue is planned for this summer. 

Chez Andrea Gourmet Provence; 480 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561/248-0612;

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