A popular place that really dishes it out well is the Palm Beach Grill. It’s related to the Houston’s chain of restaurants but with just a tad more sophistication. Remember, this is Palm Beach where chain restaurants aren’t permitted. Thank goodness they worked this one in, because this place serves some seriously good food with some of the best people-watching around.
The biggest challenge at the Grill is just getting in! It’s only open for dinner and it’s always crowded. Without a reservation, you can expect to wait 30 minutes to an hour and a half, even during the week and off season. But once you’re in, expect top-notch service from the valet to the wait staff.
The crowd tends to be older (35 plus), especially early in the evening, with a younger crowd mixing in as the night progresses. Dress ranges from casual to dressy – no jacket required. Of course, it’s not the type of place you want to wear your schmatas.
The décor is understated and comfortable. The full-liquor bar, which overlooks an intimate dining room, is a popular hangout for dinner and drinks. Beware – it fills up fast and stays packed most of the night. The seating is tight which will provide you with an opportunity talk to your neighbor; so don’t be shy.
To score a revered bar seat when the bar is crowded, you need to get your name on the wait list with the bartenders. If a stool becomes available don’t even think about sitting in it until they call your name.
There are a few things about the Grill that you may not know. You can BYOB of wine with no corkage fee, or choose from their solid wine selection. They also serve a fabulous “complimentary” plate of homemade focaccia bread with olives, almonds and perfectly seasoned olive oil for dipping – but you won’t get it unless you ask for it!
Popular menu items include one of best Caesar salads around, featuring a tasty authentic dressing with just a hint of anchovy. A real favorite is a mouth-watering French dip sandwich served with side of au jus and French fries. The roast beef is so tasty it just melts in your mouth. Or try the really yummy hot dog served on the most delicious bun that comes with every topping known to mankind.
Other featured dishes include an array of fresh fish selections including a cedar plank roasted salmon and seasonal catches such as stone crab claws; a high quality NY strip steak; and a simple but incredibly delicious roasted chicken.
All of the entrees are served with two side dishes that include deviled eggs, sautéed spinach, French fries and a few other choices. Don’t be afraid to mix it up; they are very accommodating.
By far, the best dessert is their hot fudge sundae served with a home-made chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s amazing and big enough to share.
Remember, if you don’t want to wait, get there early (between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm) to eat at the bar or a high top. Otherwise, for prime time seating in the dining room, you will need to make a reservation well in advance.