Liz recommends: Best restaurants in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach


These are the restaurants Palm Beach Post Food Editor Liz Balmaseda recommends in western Palm Beach County. 

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Cha-Cha Japanese Café

If you blink, you'll miss this place as you drive past the strip plazas of State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. But sooner or later -- especially if you crave some lovingly cooked, steaming bowls of Japanese noodles -- you'll find it. 

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You may have to wait for one of the few tables in this tiny, authentic Japanese café, but the wait is worth it. From pan-seared gyoza to soul-soothing ramen to nabeyaki udon served in a cast iron hot pot, there's plenty to explore on this menu. 

 Cha-Cha Japanese Café155 S. State Road 7, Suite 108, Royal Palm Beach; 561-557-2107.


Devine Bistro

Chef David Palmateer has turned a suburban plaza storefront space into a popular neighborhood eatery, serving delicious American bistro fare. 

From soups and appetizers to salads and sandwiches to hearty entrées that include “3-Hour Guinness Dijon Braised Boneless Short Ribs,” DeVine’s menu is ample and varied. Early birds might want to check out the nightly happy hour (two-for-one drinks served from 5 to 7 p.m.) or the Delight Menu, which offers three courses for less than $19 (nightly from 5 to 6 p.m., dine-in only). 

 DeVine Bistro2465 US 441, Suite 300, Wellington; 561-204-5432.


Hippocrates Health Institute

My favorite local all-you-can-eat buffet offers no mac and cheese, no carved meats and no decadent desserts. Still, I can’t get enough of the spread at the Hippocrates Institute in suburban West Palm Beach. It’s surprisingly varied in options and flavors. 

There, in a health-focused retreat that sprawls across 50 acres of tropical foliage with an often crunchy, new-age vibe, is a vegetable feast created by the talented executive chef Ken Blue. His house dressing alone – a blend of liquid aminos, lemon juice, garlic, ground mustard seeds and cayenne, emulsified with a veggie oil blend – is addictive. 

The lunch buffet, which is open daily from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $25 per person, is open to the public. 

Hippocrates Institute: 1466 Hippocrates Way, West Palm Beach; 561-471-8876.


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