When the Clock Strikes Noon, These Establishments shine

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

Grabbing lunch is often a rushed event in the middle of the workday or perhaps a nice break in a day of errand running. It’s important to find a restaurant with great quality food and it’s even better when that restaurant has specials during the day. There are several dining options in the West Palm Beach area that definitely know how to do lunch.

If you want to have lunch on Palm Beach but don’t want to pay dinner prices, check out Café Boulud and Ta-boo for great specials midday. The valet parking at Café Boulud is helpful or you can head over to Testa’s on Palm Beach where there is always plenty of free parking. Taking a break from shopping on Worth Avenue? You should head over to Pizza al Fresco and spend some time savoring some Italian food and wines.

Over on West Palm Beach, Paris Bakery and Café is perfect for when you've had enough of the typical American deli wraps and sandwiches. The crepes are sure to be a nice treat on your lunch break. For a quick dining experience, stop in at The Chickpea or Relish. Both places have a great menu that make dining in or getting lunch to go a breeze. 

8. TooJay's Deli
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A few short steps off Royal Poinciana Way, this great deli plies diners plates' with great foods like mom served back at home. Freshly made sandwiches are filled with good things and make for quick eats or perfect take-out. Try one stuffed with pastrami or corned beef, or consider chopped liver for something a bit different. If you're in the mood for hearty eating, keep an eye out for chicken pot pie, meatloaf, brisket, or any of the other substantial offerings. You'll also find blintzes, bagels and lox, and an array of dessert options. Terrific casual dining that's also kid-friendly.

7. Pizza Al Fresco
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If you find yourself craving pizza on Palm Beach or need a place to relax after shopping on Worth Avenue, Pizza Al Fresco is the place to go. A sprawling courtyard with light-wrapped trees and an expansive menu with a twist on traditional Italian thin crust pizzas are sure to please everyone in your group. The menu also boasts great pasta and salad selections, with the lobster salad being a crowd-pleaser. Of course no Italian meal is complete without an accompanying wine or a gelato to finish the meal. Another perk of this affordable casual dining experience, well-behaved dogs are also welcome to enjoy the courtyard.

6. Relish
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Located in West Palm Beach's historic Northwood Village, Relish is sure to offer a dining experience unlike anything else in the area. This hip diner offers 20 custom relishes to top 11 different types of burgers, so there is sure to be a combination for everyone in your group. Some of the favorites off of the burger menu include: wild boar, lamb, turkey, tilapia, and wild mushroom. Pair a burger with a side of string fries or fried mac and cheese for a truly satisfying meal. Relish is THE spot for lunch with its $10 menu Monday to Friday from 11-2 where you can take your pick of a burger, relish and side. Whatever you do, please be sure to save room for any one of the 16 hand-crafted milkshakes or hot fresh doughnuts. Go ahead and add this restaurant to your weekly rotation because there are too many things to try to go just once.

5. Ta-boó
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For generations, this Worth Avenue hotspot has been a destination of choice, attended by both celebrities and political figures. Marked by a tower of bougainvillea climbing its fa�ade, Ta-bo� has an intimate island elegance, thanks to paddle fans, brown treillage, dark wicker furniture, and abstract floral fabrics. Fresh seafood and steaks are perennially popular, but you'll also find pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and such main course salads as grilled chicken and pear, cold poached salmon, and Maine lobster and chicken. The bar scene is also prominent at the restaurant, especially as you wait for a table.

4. The Chickpea Grill & Hummus Bar
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Located in the middle of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, The Chickpea Grill & Hummus Bar is a great place to go for Mediterranean cuisine, especially if you strive to eat local and organic. The whole menu is prepared fresh, with even the pitas brought in daily from a local bakery. One glance at the menu and you'll see that they take the guess work out of knowing which selections are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, organic and lactose free. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30PM, Chickpea lets you build your own pita, bowl, or platter for dine in or take out. The prices can't be beat when you know the quality of food that you are receiving and once you see how big the servings sizes are- you'll agree even more.

3. Capt. Charlie's Reef Grill

The location isn't prime, lines can be long, and the decor isn't jaw-dropping, but the food, by all accounts, is amazing. If you don't have the fortitude to wait for a table, it's only your loss. Seafood of all sorts monopolizes the menu, and it's prepared in both traditional and unconventional ways, inspired by recipes from the world over. Appetizers and entrees are both sizeable, so if you're a big eater, you'll probably be challenged; if you're a light eater, prepare for a doggy bag. Grilled fish, tasty shrimp, luscious pastas, and terrific crab cakes provide indication of the fare, but the temptations on the menu will have you agonizing over what's best to order. Don't worry – everything's good.

2. Buccan (Bistro)
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Buccan operates The Sandwich Shop, just around the corner from the restaurant. Both hot and cold sandwiches are on the menu, in addition to salads. The bread is made in-house, and other pastries are available. Orders can be made in advance for both pickup and delivery. It's a sweet preview for what you'll enjoy at the main restaurant.

1. Cafe Boulud
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Housed in the Brazilian Court Hotel, Cafe Boulud is exquisite, contemporary-designed French-American restaurant with an irresistible dining terrace. Before dinner, enjoy a cocktail in the comfortably revamped bar overlooking the patio. An interesting variety of starters includes smoked salmon with herbed salad and Scandinavian brown bread, a Spanish tapas platter, and veal ravioli. Diners feast on artfully prepared mains such as the squab tartine with mushroom duxelle. Exquisite desserts draw the meal to a close; try the pear struesel with cinnamon ice cream.