Food for Every Mood: A Taste of South Florida’s Local Dining Scene

South Florida has a wide assortment of unique eateries, offering culinary selections that are considered tops in the country and just as varied. Whether it’s Mexican cuisine, Gilded Age-inspired “High Tea,” Caribbean seafood or authentic Italian, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in these extraordinary restaurants. We welcome you to savor some of South Florida’s delicious offerings.

Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., PBG
(561) 624-0024
| www.caboflats.com

With three locations currently open and more on the horizon, Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar is putting itself on the map with a focus on fresh, local produce, craft cocktails and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Cabo Flats opened in Downtown at the Gardens in 2010; this was followed by Delray Beach and Stuart, and a Miami restaurant is in the works for 2015.

What makes Cabo Flats so popular is its fresh, never-frozen mantra, says Managing Partner Adam Robin. “The focus is on farm-to-table – not only for the health benefits, but for a better quality product using fresh, local ingredients,” Robin said.

Recent additions to the menu include the grilled Mexican street corn with cotija cheese, fresh crushed chili, butter and lime zest, along with the avocado fries.

“Everyone kept clamoring for more of the fries, so we made them a permanent fixture on the menu,” Robin said.

Café des Beaux-Arts
One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
(561) 655-2833
| www.flaglermuseum.us

On select afternoons at the Flagler Museum, the Café des Beaux-Arts takes a step back in time.

Beautiful Whitehall Collection china is laid out, the museum’s special Whitehall Special Blend tea is brewed, and a Gilded Age-style lunch is served

“We’re continuing the Gilded Age tradition of afternoon tea,” said David Carson, the museum’s public affairs director.

Afternoon tea, in particular “High Tea,” was a formal, heavily ritualized affair during the Gilded Age. Today’s participants of the museum’s tea will enjoy an array of scones, gourmet tea sandwiches and desserts.

“We’re trying to keep the accuracy with menu items served,” Carson said.

The pavilion, which is designed in the style of a 19th century Beaux Arts railway palace, also offers diners a historic venue with beautiful views of Lake Worth.

Reservations are recommended for this special event. The café is only open seasonally and will close April 4, 2015.

Noted Carson, “It becomes part of the visitor experience of the museum.”

Guanabanas
960 N Hwy. A1A, Jupiter
(561) 747-8878
| www.guanabanas.com

A magical, tropical, riverside restaurant, Guanabanas was founded as a sandwich shop in 2004 by Jupiter surfers, and reopened in 2008 after a $2.5 million renovation that added a full-service kitchen on the premises.

Today it has become one of the most popular restaurants in South Florida, famous for its great cuisine, delicious cocktails and outstanding local, regional and national musical artists presented on its tiki stage.

All open-air, guests can gather bar-side, in the cocktail area overlooking the waterfalls, or under woven tiki huts and lighted umbrellas where they are served amid an island-inspired décor complete with charming stone pathways.

“Our commitment to Florida seafood has been a big part of our success and is our main focus for our staff,” said General Manager Jon Sullivan. “Lots of restaurants say they have the freshest fish in town yet they’re serving fish like salmon and Chilean Seabass, which are not from Florida waters.”

And in January, when the temperature can occasionally drop a few degrees, the staff presents complimentary s’mores and hot chocolate for everyone around the bar at happy hour.

Ristorante Santucci
610 Clematis St., WPB
(561) 337-2532
| www.facebook.com/ristorantesantucci

Ristorante Santucci is owned and operated by the Santucci family, who immigrated first to Belgium from Italy, then to the U.S. after 27 years successfully owning and still running Ristorante San Tucci in Brussels.

The family includes the exceptional chefs – Emilio Santucci, head chef and the father, and Eugenio Santucci, executive chef and son – with daughter Selena Santucci managing the dining areas and hosting the busy flow of customers that flock to their door.

They are the perfect blend of expertise to present classic, family-tested, truly authentic Italian cuisine that comes from every region of Italy and contains fresh, creative combinations of dishes. They also provide a delectable collection of the best in Italian wines and beers.

“We decided to create a contemporary décor here, with a majority of white, gray and blue colors and lots of shining chrome fixtures,” said Selena. “The look is sleek and modern. Customers seem to really like that it is clean, pure and romantic, perfect for a cozy date, family gathering or a big celebration.”

Ristorante Santucci is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and offers a brunch and dinner service on Sundays.

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