New restaurants are popping up throughout Palm Beach County so quickly it’s sometimes hard to keep track. We can help with that. Here’s a handy list of recent debuts. We’ll update it regularly.
Eat District, Boca Raton
From the family-run restaurant group behind Ramen Lab, Lemongrass and other popular Asian-inspired eateries comes this new fast-casual spot serving healthy bowls. The build-your-bowl concept, which opened July 8, focuses on healthy ingredients and a range of familiar flavors from Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese cuisines.
“When we think of Asian food, we think of comfort food. We wanted to take that and offer somewhat healthier options,” says Louis Grayson, the 30-year-old chef and restaurateur who dreamed up the concept for his family-run hospitality group, Urban Belly. (The group owns Ramen Lab, Lemongrass and other popular local concepts as well.)
What might a bowl look like? Maybe a base of Korean garlic potato noodles or coconut jasmine rice, toppings like roasted ginger broccoli or garlic cauliflower, Thai coconut chicken or Korean steak bulgogi, garnishes like crispy shallots or mango salad, sauces like Thai green curry or peanut sauce and spicy extras like Sriracha or Korean gochujang. There are also salads, soups, dumplings, noodles, rolls and specialty teas.
Eat District: 1914 NE 5th Ave., in the Fifth Avenue Shops, Boca Raton, 561-576-2046, EatDistricts.com. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Warren, Delray Beach
An upscale, west-of-the-turnpike new-American chophouse, which opened June 15, Warren loves its fine whiskey as much as it loves its hearty fare. In fact, its private dining options include a special, four-seat bar for whiskey tasting. And there’s plenty to taste from the 900-bottle collection that includes premium and rare sips (think multiple vintages of Pappy Van Winkle).
The food menu combines shareable pub-grub bites like jumbo lump crab cakes, Korean fried chicken and St. Louis ribs with peach-bourbon barbecue sauce. House-specialty entrees include Australian wagyu filets and rib eye steaks ($56, $68), smoked prime short rib ($48), seared diver scallops ($38) and vegan farro risotto ($24). And there’s a sweet, whimsical bonus at the end of your meal: fresh cotton candy.
Brought to suburban Delray by Broward’s Damn Good Hospitality Group, Warren pays tribute to the adventurous spirit of group CEO Jeff John’s late uncle Warren John. In honor of his love of fine wine and spirits, the restaurant boasts a full, Old World whiskey wall.
Warren: 15084 Lyons Rd., just south of Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 561-455-4177, WarrenDelray.com. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.
SeaSpray, Boca Raton
This dock-and-dine restaurant, which opened in mid-June, maximizes its Intracoastal location with plenty of outdoor (covered) dining space, waterfront views and a menu focused on seafood. (Dock-and-diners, they’ll cook your fresh catch.)
Located at the Waterstone Resort and Marina, the upscale-tropical eatery offers breakfast and an all-day menu with beachy options like a local-fish sandwich, a mahi Reuben, shrimp tacos, “simply grilled” salmon, frutti di mare, plus burgers, steak frites, salads and desserts. The menu offers some vegan and gluten-free options and a full cocktail bar as well.
For those who want to extend their waterfront experience, the resort offers watersports and boat rentals guests can reserve from their tables.
Executive chef Kelley Randall describes the ambiance as “a breezy vibe.”
“There’s both glitz and familiarity,” Randall said in a news release.
SeaSpray Inlet Grill: 999 E. Camino Real, at the Waterstone Resort, Boca Raton, 561-368-9500, SeaSprayBoca.com. Open for breakfast Thursday through Sunday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Serves all-day dining Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday to 10 p.m. Happy hour deals are offered weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.