Welcome back to the article, here is the second part to the West Palm Beach / Palm Beach Review. To read Part One, Click Here….Otherwise, let’s keep it going. The next section is going through the best food spots of the island of Palm Beach followed by hotel recommendations.
Flagler Steakhouse – Steaks are fantastic! I would recommend the age dried steaks (especially the T-Bone, NY Strip, or my favorite, the Bone-in Ribeye). As you may have guessed, I went with the Bone-in Ribeye to match with a la carte sides. We ordered for the table of 4 a few choices. We had to get the Macaroni & Cheese Gratin (because of my fiancé and her love for it), Grilled Asparagus, and started with a few Iceberg Wheel, Chopped Egg, Bacon, Tomatoes, Sweet Onions, and Croutons, served with Bleu Cheese Dressing. This salad is AWESOME as it has all the different flavors needed to pack a huge taste burst.
Charley’s Crab – Great view of the water to accompany great grub. Let me first start by saying Charley’s has a great selection and primo seating on the beach; however, most times when we stop by, we either visit during happy hour or at lunch time. For lunch, I’ve had quite a few sandwiches – the ½ Bacon Cheddar burger (so big and juicy), Lobster Grilled Cheese (which has big chunks of lobster), or I go all in for the Fried Seafood Platteĵr (scallops, shrimp, and cod). If you want to stick around or arrive at happy hour (4-7 p.m. M-F), they have appetizers from $4-6$ (like firecracker shrimp & fish tacos) and for drinks - $3 drafts, $5 glasses of wine, and $7 martinis. It’s a great deal, check it out!
Palm Beach Grill – There’s a whole lot of things to like about Palm Beach Grill, so I’ll get right to the point. I would go straight after the entrees and grab either the Aged Prime Rib (medium rare of course), the double cut pork chop, or the Bell & Evans rotisserie chicken (so absolutely moist). The entrees are large enough in size for someone with a huge appetite or for a couple to split (save $$) and grab a cocktail, be out the door for $50 with a fabulous atmosphere. The Hillstone Brand is one of quality, Palm Beach Grill is a solid dinner.
Testa’s Restaurant – This is a great outdoor dining experience combined with good food. I stopped here with my fiancé and grabbed a seat at the bar, ordered a few beers, and sat down for lunch. The beers were reasonable priced (about $4-$5), and we decided to order the Royal Poinciana (it’s like a Bacon Turkey Rueben) with a side salad and crock of French Onion Soup. The soup was bubbly, cheesy, and hot (had to cool for a few minutes), but the oniony broth flavor was just salty enough (and quite tasty). The Turkey Reuben was highly recommended and it didn’t disappoint. We would definitely go back.
The Seafood Bar – This spot is located in the Breakers Hotel right on the beach. One thing you must try is the crab nachos…OMG so tasty, I never thought crab belonged on nachos. Now I am convinced of it. Love the aquarium filled with all different types of fish. Very cool and calming effect to the restaurant itself. Grilled snapper and Mahi Mahi tasted like they picked it up today. Would definitely recommend the fried zucchini
In Palm Beach, I am a little biased about where to stay because of my experiences. Like most, I tend to be on a budget of some sort and look for hotel rooms around$100-$200 per night. I do this almost unconsciously because of the distinct combination of quality, cost, and experience. I check hotwire.com and look for at least four star hotels because on average, that’s where the sweet spot is on that combination. I’ve been to Palm Beach a few times and it’s always great. I love to save that extra cash to visit the elite hotels and bars right on the beach to have that memorable experience at dinner and not feel guilty about it.
The Bradley Park Hotel – This hotel looks a bit older when you first get there, but it’s so much better when seeing all the renovations completed inside the hotel. We had a Junior Suite that includes a spacious living room (filled with couches, coffee table), full kitchen (all stainless appliances and granite countertops), and a full bedroom to add-in. It’s similar to your own little apartment. The location is literally right next to a Publix (which is great for getting groceries, snacks, and bottle water) and about 3-5 minutes to the beach itself. The only drawbacks are the bar downstairs is a bit outdated and the ice machine didn’t exist (meaning we kept bringing bags from Publix). Parking is about $10-15 per day tacked on your room. Overall, it’s a solid 4 out of 5 stars because it’s more unique than your typical Marriott with some ambiance.
Hyatt Place – This is my favorite based on the location, comfort, and an overall great value for your money. I mentioned before they have a shuttle running between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. that will drop you off (and all your stuff) to the beach and the downtown bar scene at Clematis Street. This is an absolute huge bonus to keep you off the roads and most importantly, enjoy the vacation. The staff has been top notch each time we have been, and don’t forget, they serve free breakfast daily (a huge perk!). Overall, based on the value, I give Hyatt Place a 5 out of 5 because of everything I discussed. Oh, one last tip – call ahead and ask for free parking (they may just give it to you when mentioned comparing to other hotels).
The Breakers – The Breakers is definitely among the luxury hotels in the area around Palm Beach. The hotel itself will cost at least $300-$400 per night and is right on the beach. It’s quite a beautiful hotel as it boasts a full 18-hole golf course, several restaurants (including The Seafood Bar and Flagler Steakhouse), tennis courts, shopping, plenty of space for a wedding, and of course, the Beachfront experience. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the four oceanfront pools and five whirlpool spas on the ½ mile stretch of ocean it represents. Let’s just say, it’s pretty damn fantastic and one of the top notch hotels. Good luck getting out of your comfortable bed! When you do, explore the whole campus, it’s quite breathtaking.
Let’s take a look at all the other spots in West Palm / Palm Beach.
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Regardless of what you decide to do while at West Palm Beach or Palm Beach, it’s definitely got something for couples, families, or a group of friends. During the daytime, the beautiful beaches of Palm Beach are too good and clean to pass up. During the nightlight, Clematis Street is the happening spot to go out after a long day at the beach. Don’t forget to soak up some much needed rest and relaxation and take a stroll down the beach. If you would like to add to the article or feel like I missed your favorite spot, please feel free to leave it in the comments section so others can see too. I’m always willing to learn a new spot or ideas when it comes to Fort Myers Beach, FL.