Save Your Pennies By Eating At These Great Spots

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

When traveling to Palm Beach/West Palm Beach, you can often find yourself blowing through your vacation reserve fund earlier than expected. This can mainly be attributed to the fact that a lot of the area's eateries are expensive. Palm Beach County is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world, so restaurants feel like they can "get them" - don't let them "get" you. 

We have compiled a list, fully vetted, of places you can bring your family or group to and not have a pass-out moment when the check comes. Many of these places have a schedule of specials - different food deals for each day of the week - where you can really find great value. Renegades for example, has a prime rib night that will challenge any restaurant around for quality and price. 

Many travelers like to let loose when on vacation, perhaps engaging in a drink or two when they go out to eat. Duffy's, one of the top chain restaurants/sports bars in the area, has 2-for-1 drinks all day every day. 

Palm Beach County is not the type of locale to overtly advertise "great value" restaurants because of the culture. Stick to this list to help you navigate the best of the best. 

9. Renegades
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If you're looking for a full service lunch and dinner menu with a side of country line dancing then Renegade's off of Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach if your place. The country western bar has great prices on burgers, steaks, and wraps as well as a 3-for-1 happy hour special. If you're sticking around for more than the food, enjoy country line dancing 7 nights a week, take a ride on the mechanical bull, watch the big game on one of the 75 TVs or enjoy the ever-changing live music. If you're a little shy on the dance floor, check out 1 of the 4 nights a week that the lessons are given before the party gets started at 9 PM. Still need convincing this is the spot for you? Ladies drink free every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 PM- 12 AM and ride the bull for free Tuesday and Friday nights.

8. BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located in the new Palm Beach Outlets development off of I-95 at Palm Beach Lakes Avenue. Known for its beer, the brewery has 10 original beers on tap daily and as well as brews to complement the seasons. Come for the handcrafted beer and stay for the well-orchestrated menu ranging from pizzas to steaks and ribs. If you're watching your calories, try some of the wraps and salads off of the enlightened menu. BJ's has plenty of televisions playing the big game and ample seating for large groups. If you're in a hurry, call ahead or order online and it'll be ready when you arrive.

7. Mellow Mushroom
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The West Palm Beach Mellow Mushroom is located at the corner of Rosemary and Okeechobee in City Place and is the perfect stop for delicious pizza. The menu is stacked with over 15 specialty pizzas with favorites like the Kosmic Karma (mozzarella, spinach, feta and pesto) and the Holy Shiitake Pie (mushroom blend with garlic aioli). If those are a little too extreme, you can always create your own pizza with vegetarian and meat toppings. Mello Mushroom also has salads, calzones and hoagies as well as a large selection of craft beer. The patio seating at this location is a prime place to toss back a pie.

6. Island Jack's
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Whatever you are craving, you are sure to find it and much more at Island Jack's Patio Bar & Grill off of Okeechobee Boulevard. The jam-packed menu offers salads, fish baskets, ribs, burgers, wings, steak dinners, seafood options and a raw bar. I recommend starting off your meal with the shrimp and crab fritters served with homemade pineapple dipping sauce. No island meal is complete without a great mixed drink- come during the week from 11:30 to 7 PM for Happy Hour specials and an even better deal. If you have quick lunch break and are okay with eating the daily special, you can get a great deal on food M-F from 11:30 AM- 4 PM and the patio is sure to take your mind off of work for a bit.

5. Nick's 50'S Diner
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Step back in into a different era with breakfast or lunch at Nick's 50's Diner and. Located on Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach for over 25 year, Nick's has stood the test of time by offering diner favorites such as patty melts and wraps as well as tried and true breakfast favorites like stacks of pancakes and bananas foster French toast. Breakfast is served all day on Saturday and Sunday and with a menu item like the "Hangover Deluxe"- a homemade biscuit topped with bacon, fried chicken, scrambled eggs and cheese all covered in gravy and served with potatoes- getting out of bed has never been easier. Make sure to add in time to enjoy a milkshake, root beer float or Italian soda all while listening to the oldies from the Jukebox.

4. Brass Ring Pub Sports Bar
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Brass Ring Pub is such a hit in Palm Beach County there are two locations, one in North Palm Beach and another in Royal Palm Beach. Drive by either location and you'll notice a full parking lot because the word is out about the amazing food and beer prices as well as happy hour specials all day on Sunday. Both sites have plenty of TVs to catch the big game and fast, friendly service to make the most of your meal. The beer is served in frosted mugs and the price of getting it by the pitcher can't be beat. The menus offer the best burger in Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Post, along with many seafood options and award winning wings- try the Maple Bourbon glaze. Check out the Royal Palm Beach location on Monday night for all-you-can-eat catfish or fried fish.

3. Torero's Mexican Restaurant
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In West Palm Beach, the locals agree that Torero's is THE place to go to for authentic Mexican food. With an extensive menu and free meals for children on Saturday and Sunday, it's not hard to see why this place has made its mark on the area. Stop in and enjoy 2-for-1 beer from 4-7 PM daily and then order a local favorite - the Nachos Torero's - you won't be disappointed. The atmosphere is great and the servings are huge so come hungry or plan on taking some home for lunch the next day. Have an event you need catered? Torero's will provide the food as well as live music at your request.

2. Pizza Girls
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Pizza Girls is a great place to go to for a slice on Clematis Street. There are tons of meat and vegetarian choices made with fresh ingredients and the service is fast and friendly. The place may look small but the Pizza Girls have a great system for getting you in and out with pizza in hand in no time so don't be discouraged if there is a line out of the door. Once you have your delicious slice, grab a craft beer and try to score one of the tables outside for the best experience. The park across the way is great if you need a little more space- and if you really don't want to be crowded, call ahead and see if you are in the delivery area. This place is sure to be on your regular list, especially once you've had the delicious pizza beer.

1. Duffy's Sports Grill
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If 2-for-1 drinks all day is your thing, then Duffy's Sports Grill is your new favorite place. The restaurant definitely has the sports bar feel as your guaranteed to be surrounded by multiple TVs and sports memorabilia for at least one team you root for. The menu is fairly priced for all of the staples: wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and grilled specials. Be sure to join the MVP club to receive extra perks and build up points to get free food on future visits. There is always something going on at Duffy's from lunch specials, free food for kids on Wednesdays, and trivia nights. The restaurant can get busy but the open floor-plan makes it great for the whole family.