2018 Honda Classic: Best food and drinks in Palm Beach Gardens

A west-to-east guide of PGA Boulevard area hot spots.


As the eyes of golf fans at PGA National will be fixed on the players competing for millions in prize money at this year’s Honda Classic. But a fan can’t live on golf alone, especially when there are decent culinary reasons to stray from the PGA greens during the week-long tournament. 

And while the PGA National Resort offers excellent dining and drinking options there are many other local venues to explore.

Here’s a west-to-east guide of PGA Boulevard area restaurants, from The Honda Classic greens to U.S. Highway 1.

PGA NATIONAL RESORT

The resort offers good options: the fancy Ironwood Steak & Seafood steakhouse, the casual iBar for drinks and smaller bites, and Bar 91 which offers sandwiches, soups and salads.

PGA National Resort & Spa: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852


TALAY THAI

This family-owned Thai spot is a favorite of local and visiting golfers and other star athletes. And the fact that it’s the closest eatery to the PGA resort is not the only reason. The flavors and freshness of the dishes are spot on, thanks to chef/owner Charlie Soo. Add to that efficient, warm service and you’ve got an ace.

Talay Thai: 7100 Fairway Dr., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-5662

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SALUTE MARKET

Good stop for a cocktail or wines by the bottle or glass. Nicely curated menu of well-presented dishes.

Salute Market: 5530 PGA Blvd.; 561-425-5651

LA MASSERIA

A fancy, regional Italian restaurant, La Masseria is an outpost of a popular New York theater-district spot and its Midtown sibling. Expect homemade pastas and a fine wine selection.

La Masseira: 5520 PGA Blvd.; 561-660-8272

MENCHIE’S YOGURT

Self-serve fro-yo sold by weight.

Menchie’s Yogurt: 5100 PGA Blvd.; 561-627-9800

ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR

Always a fiesta in this lively Mexican eatery, where the décor seems plucked from Merida and the tableside guac is addictive.

Rocco’s: 5090 PGA Blvd.; 561-623-0127

THE COOPER

Welcome to the buzziest restaurant on the PGA corridor, an American brasserie that draws lively cocktail, dinner and Sunday brunch crowds. From charcuterie and cheese boards to yummy bar snacks, the menu is designed to have you at hello. 

Try any of Chef Adam Brown’s fresh salads or veggie dishes, laden with locally grown ingredients, or meatier selections. His Sunday brunch dishes (hello, Cooper Eggs Benedict!) are delicious, and the Bloody Mary bar is impressive.

The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd.; 561-622-0032

PROSECCO CAFÉ 

This café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus coffee, delicious homemade pastries and gelato. If you’re a breakfast sandwich fan, try the Egg, Meat and Cheese Croissant – a layering of Asiago-sprinkled omelet and prosciutto di Parma on a freshly baked croissant. (Swap out the prosciutto for crispy bacon for the win.) 

Prosecco Café: 4580 PGA Blvd.; 561-622-3222

SPOTO’S OYSTER BAR 

Consider this place one-stop shopping for the seafood fan. Sit at the bar for a dozen oysters and couple of drinks, then segue to dinner for seafood classics. The New England clam chowder is delectable, as is the lobster risotto or any of the pasta dishes. And the key lime pie? Dreamy.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar: 4560 PGA Blvd.; 561-776-9448

SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 

Family-friendly spot for sushi and hibachi.

Saito’s: 4675 PGA Blvd.; 561-202-6888 

PANERA BREAD 

Café chain serving salads, soups and sandwiches.

Panera Bread: 4540 PGA Blvd.; 561-775-3705

CHIPOTLE 

National chain serving tacos, burritos and bowls.

Chipotle: 4655 PGA Blvd.; 561-246-3874

BLAZE PIZZA

Part of a national chain of pizzerias partly owned by LeBron James, Blaze shines amid the DIY-meal trend in fast-casual dining. Build your own personal pizza with abandon here. 

 

Blaze Pizza: 4665 PGA Blvd.; 561-246-6692

CHRISTOPHER’S KITCHEN

Palm Beach County premier plant-based eatery, upscale Christopher’s Kitchen dazzles its diners with creative dishes that will make even carnivores fall in love with cashew cream and macadamia ricotta, fresh juices and nut “mylks,” abundant salads, soups, pizza, bowls and decadent desserts. A small, but nicely curated selection of wines is served. Craft beer is served as well.

Christopher’s Kitchen: 4783 PGA Blvd.; 561-318-6191

VIC & ANGELO’S 

Buzzy trattoria where the meatballs are enormous (and delicious) and the pasta and pizzas are shareable.Stylish yet accessible, the restaurant is loved by families and couples on date night. The happy hour (3 to 7 p.m. daily) is one of the best on the boulevard.Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Vic & Angelo’s: 4520 PGA Blvd.; 844-842-2632

J. ALEXANDER’S 

Popular American eatery serving a variety of classics. The 25-buck, garlicky Steak N’ Fries platter is hard to beat. 

J. Alexander’s: 4625 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-2711

BONEFISH GRILL

A national chain serving seafood-centric menu in an upscale setting.

Bonefish Grill: 4635 PGA Blvd.; 561-799-2965

 

III FORKS

A traditional steakhouse with bar options. Ideal for larger groups. 

III Forks: 4645 PGA Blvd.; 561-630-3660

CAFÉ CHARDONNAY 

This Gardens classic is a favorite spot for a romantic dinner. Nice menu of American-meets-global classics, presented with a twist. Wine bar. Serves lunch and dinner.

Café Chardonnay: 4533 PGA Blvd.; 561-627-2662

PADDY MAC’S 

Welcoming Irish spot with live music and tasty comfort dishes. 

Paddy Mac’s: 10971 N. Military Tr. (plaza located on PGA Blvd.); 561-691-4366

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Beef and Bloomin’ Onions are served at this national chain. 

Outback: 10933 N. Military Tr. (plaza on PGA Blvd.); 561-625-0793

PIZZA GIRLS

The family-owned, downtown West Palm Beach mainstay opened this sunny Gardens location in the spring of 2016, expanding its original menu to include pastas and other Italian classics, plus a wine and beer bar. 

 Pizza Girls: 10965 N. Military Tr. (in Publix plaza at PGA Boulevard), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-812-2400


DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS

The shopping and entertainment complex houses movie theaters, a Whole Foods Market, interesting boutiques and a range of dining and drinking options that include the newly opened Avocado Grill, Texas de Brazil, CheesecakeFactory, TooJay’s deli, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Paris in Town Le Bistro, the health-minded Blend Bistro, MJ’s Bistro Bar (upstairs) and Dirty Martini nightclub.

Downtown at the Gardens: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens (just off PGA Blvd., east of I-95)

Our picks: Avocado Grill for Chef Julien Gremaud’s fresh, creative cooking, lively bar and excellent Sunday brunch, and Texas de Brazil for a gaucho-inspired steakhouse experience and sweet-tart caipirina has (the monumental salad bar alone is worth the visit).


THE GARDENS MALL

Yes, there’s a food court and a couple of Starbucks at this upmarket mall, but the dining options don't end there. Eateries include the newish Cooper’s Hawk wine-centric restaurant, the new Park Avenue BBQ & Grille, plus The Bistro at Nordstrom and PF Chang’s China Bistro.

Our picks: Try the buzzy Brio Tuscan Grille for Italian bites, Cooper’s Hawk for a wine bar experience and PA BBQ for pulled pork sandwiches and those signature sweet-spicy pickles.

The Gardens Mall: 3101 PGA Blvd.


LEGACY PLACE

Amid the big-box offerings (Best Buy, Total Wine), you’ll find a handful of dining options, including Chili’s, Sal’s Italian Ristorante, Cool’a Fishbar, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Newk’s Eatery, Gelato Grotto and Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches.

Our picks: The Capital Grille for a civilized drink and steak, and Five Guys for burgers.

Legacy Place: 11290 Legacy Ave., (on PGA Blvd., east of I-95)


ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA

Excellent pizza and some of the house salad on the boulevard. 

Anthony’s: 2680 PGA Blvd.; 561-804-7777

FLAMINGO CAFÉ

Daylight eatery serving dinner classics.

Flamingo Café: 2588 PGA Blvd.; 561-622-9781

OLIVE U MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 

This indie, fast-casual spot serves an array of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes in a build-your-own fashion. Try the chicken shawarma over cinnamon-spiced rice with your choice of veggies and sauce.

Olive U: 2632 PGA Blvd.; 561-500-0103

 C.R. CHICKS 

Local chain serving deliciously marinated and roasted chicken. 

C.R. Chicks: 2582 PGA Blvd.; 561-626-9868

KAO GANG

Delicious Thai dishes, noodles and sushi are served in a relaxed setting.

Kao Gang: 2626 PGA Blvd.; 561-660-6994

HIROKI JAPANESE BUFFET

Large, popular Asian buffet-style eatery.

Hiroki Japanese Buffet: 2460 PGA Blvd.; 561-328-6807

CARMINE’S OCEAN GRILL AND SUSHI BAR 

Wide-ranging and diverse selection of fish and seafood, both cooked and raw, are served in a stylish setting.

Carmine’s Ocean Grill: 2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-472-7900

CARMINE’S LA TRATTORIA 

Deliciously prepared Italian favorites served in a waterfront setting.

Carmine’s La Trattoria: 2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-775-0186

ANGRY MOON CAFÉ 

A wine bar and café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. (Open to 4 p.m.Sunday).

Angry Moon: 2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-7945

BRICKTOPS

This upscale national chain offers fine waterfront dining and a breezy tiki bar. Reservations are a must. 

BrickTops: 2373 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-720-2595

WATERWAY CAFÉ 

Take the always-packed parking lot as a sign that this spot has one of the best views in Palm Beach Gardens. Waterfront cocktails; large indoor dining room serving large, approachable menu.

Waterway: 2300 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-1700

SEASONS 52 

Upmarket national chain serving judiciously portioned, nicely prepared dishes in a swanky setting. Outdoor terrace overlooks waterway.

Seasons 52: 11611 Ellison Wilson Rd. (at PGA Blvd.); 561-625-5852

TWISTED TRUNK BREWING

First, the bad news: They don’t make food here. The good news: They make beer. How often do you find yourself on a boulevard with a brewery? Named for the stately banyan trees that appoint the city’s original entrance, the brewery offers a good range of craft beers on tap, from saisons to double IPAs and stouts. As for the food, the brewery offers a batch of local menus of restaurants that will deliver.

Twisted Trunk: 2000 PGA Blvd.; 561-671-2337

SARA’S KITCHEN 

One of the best diners in Palm Beach County, no-frills Sara’s serves abundantly portioned, fresh and hearty breakfast and lunch dishes.

Sara’s Kitchen: 2000 PGA Blvd. (CityCenter); 561-540-2822

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