Saturday, December 9, 2023

Small Bites: Catching Up on WPB

Delray and Boca have been making lots of restaurant news lately, with the debuts of several high-profile eateries. But there’s plenty happening in West Palm too, so let’s get caught up. . .

Coming later this year to the new Palm Beach Outlet Mall are BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Expect BJ’s to offer its dozen or so house-brewed beers, from a light lager to a double IPA to several seasonal brewskis, plus an extensive menu of burgers, wings and pizzas, along with low-cal entrees, steaks, ribs and pastas.

Red Robin will open its 17th Florida location, dishing up its brand of “fire-grilled” burgers customized with everything from teriyaki marinade and grilled pineapple to bourbon-infused barbecue sauce, onion straws and cheddar. Wraps, sammies, salads and fried foods too.

Coming to the corner of Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard is Buffalo Wild Wings, the behemoth chain of casual eateries (1,000+ locations) specializing in the deep-fried appendages of flightless fowl. Almost two dozen varieties of wings are on the menu, along with burgers, chicken salads and assorted munchies, not to mention all manner of sporting events blared on all manner of TVs.

CityPlace has added several new restaurants of late. Slated to debut next isCopper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, where lots of craft beers and all-American grub meet live music. Also coming is 100 Montaditos, the Spanish purveyor of tapas-sized sandwiches in, yes, 100 different guises.

And we can’t say goodbye without saying goodbye to a pair of restaurants now departed despite some pretty good word of mouth. Barrel & Grain, the modern American gastropub in downtown WPB, has kicked the bucket. And Top of the Point, the classy, view-rich restaurant atop the Phillips Point Club on Flagler Drive is no more, shuttered to make way for. . . yawn, offices. RIP, guys.

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