Enjoying the cuisine of different nations is easy in West Palm Beach, home to a wide variety of ethnic foods in a variety of prices. Whether one likes Cuban, Mediterranean, Japanese or Thai, the choices are all within a few minutes of downtown.
Here are three of the best dining spots with an international flair in West Palm Beach for this month:
Agora Mediterranean Kitchen
One of the best tasting and best looking restaurants in Northwood, Agora serves up a blend of Mediterranean, Turkish and Greek food that will knock your Gyro socks off. The look of the restaurant was important so the owners took a good 6 months of major remodeling to replicate a seaside Mediterranean eatery with vintage and original art, hand painted tiles, wood carved furniture and specialty foods like imported flavored olive oils and Greek wines.
Diners enjoy the leisurely atmosphere and delicious food, sharing large plates of hummus, olives and various tapas. The open kitchen lets you watch the chef-owners unique creations come to life, lilting, relaxing music adds to the vacation vibe.
There are daily fresh cooked cold and hot appetizers; entrees and desserts. Some of the house favorites are Red lentil & mint soup, Shepherd Salad with cucumbers, plum tomatoes, parsley, onion with red wine vinaigrette. Piyaz Cannellini beans, arugula, onion, cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs with red wine vinaigrette.
An extravagant Greek Salad with lettuce, tomato, onions, cucumber, parsley, feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, olives, and elephant beans with extra-virgin olive oil.
The shared plates of Chef’s Cold Meze Sampler is the most popular tasting plate that includes various cold mezes to share.
Everyone loves Hummus – Chickpea puree, garlic, sesame paste, cumin and lemon juice; as well as the Roasted Whipped Eggplant – Grilled eggplant mashed with peppers, garlic & lemon juice. Dinner entrees include Turkish Meatballs and a Mix Grill Platter with lamb and chicken.
Agora is a tasty, classy, exotic way to dine on the Mediterranean without leaving home. Find it at 2505 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.
Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro
After every Kravis Center performance, the musicians, dancers and good chunk of the audience can usually be found eating sushi and Thai specialties at the Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro. The location, atmosphere and dependable, affordable food are the main reasons why.
Spacious and comfortable, the dark red walls and wood tables make for a spicy, cozy experience. The eatery aims to use the freshest ingredients, authentic flavors and to cook it all up with passion. The food is inherently healthy, with satisfying dishes that are vegetarian, vegan, carnivore, and anything in between.
The menu lists dozens of sushi rolls with every combo of fish, rice and vegetable imaginable. Dragon Rolls, Shrimp Rolls, Palm Beach Rolls (avocado, Yellow Tail, mango and spicy mayo) are crowd pleasers. There are sushi and sashimi dinners, soups like wonton and Tom Kha, plus a good selection of appetizers like Spicy Conch Salad.
A full Chinese menu has poultry, pork, seafood and beef entrees in levels of hotness for those who like a little fire with their food. Then there is the ever popular Thai menu with mouthwatering curries, noodle bowls and stir fry. They even have desserts like That Donuts, Fried Bananas and indulgent Cheesecakes. There’s a bar with Japanese beers, plum wine and Sakes best served warm.
Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro restaurant is healthy, tasty and moderately priced. No wonder it’s one of the most popular dining places in CityPlace West Palm Beach.
Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro is open 7 days a week, they offer free delivery for orders over $15. The restaurant is located at 632 Hibiscus Street.
Cuban food lovers are a fierce bunch. They know and love their Ropa Vieja, Tostadas, Cuban sandwiches and especially café con leche – the rocket fuel of South Florida. Since 1993, Havana Restaurant on S. Dixie Highway has been providing what is probably the “Best Cuban Food In Town.” They are a family business, founded by Roberto Reyes, his daughter Martha, and her husband Rafael Perez. They are originally from Cuba, Roberto served in the Navy until the rise of Fidel Castro in the late 1950s. To avoid the oppression of the Castro regime, in 1960 Mr. and Mrs. Reyes packed up and migrated to South Florida.
After Hurricane Andrew, the Reyes and Perez families decided it was time to open their restaurant using hard work, dedication and a lifetime of Roberto’s traditional Cuban recipes. Havana has now grown to become a landmark in West Palm Beach, with huge billboards on the highway pointing the way.
The most unusual aspect is their dedication to the working community by staying open 24 hours a day. Along with Cafe con Leche, Cuban sandwiches and pastries, diners can always order straight from the Havana main dining room menu, any time of the day or night. For those who work the night shift and eat a main meal at 6 am, their favorite foods are always available. Night crawlers can dance the night away downtown and then stop by for a pick me up coffee at Havana’s 24 hour take out window.
Other Cuban specialties include Arroz con Pollo, Havana style chicken with yellow rice, garnished with green peas and red pimentos accompanied by sweet plantains or beans. Bistec de Palomilla is a thin cutlet of choice top round steak, seasoned and grilled, finished with fresh grilled onions. Lechon Asado con Cebolla is roast pork, pulled and grilled with fresh sautéed onions and a touch of Havana’s signature mojo sauce. If this food doesn’t get your mojo going, better check your pulse.
Havana Restaurant is located on 6801 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Dining with International Flair in West Palm Beach, Featuring Cuban, Mediterranean, Italian & Asian Cuisines among Top Best Places to Eat in West Palm Beach