Updated: Mar 9
Between President’s Day and and Easter/Passover is the high season for South Florida. As visitors escape winter and enjoy our beautiful beaches, golf courses, and Baseball’s Spring Training, the prices of hotel rooms and greens fees rise. To help you stay within your budget, I have compiled a list of restaurants that will allow you experience our delicious local restaurants and go easy on your wallet. All these restaurants are in Northern Palm Beach
County. All are locally owned, some have multiple locations, many source their ingredients locally.
Savoring a great cup of coffee can be essential to starting your day off right. I have listed my three favorites coffee shops. Perk Cafe in Tequesta is a quiet little coffee shop on Tequesta Drive between US 1 and Riverside Drive. It has a wide porch that calls you to sit a moment and enjoy your morning java. They offer everything from the traditional Cappuccino to the creative Wild Child Latte. They offer a varied selection of healthy breakfast and lunch choices including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. All are prepared fresh daily, healthy, and most importantly delicious. I am a huge fan of their Quiche and Watermelon & Feta Salad. www.perkcoffeetequesta.com
If you are looking for a some serious beach vibe with your coffee head to Carve Surf and Coffee, an eco-friendly surf and coffee shop, on US 1 in Tequesta. Their coffee is the first thing you smell when you walk in the door as your eye wanders to the selection of surf boards on the far wall. Their coffee selection leans towards the traditional side. Who doesn't appreciate a tradition machiatto or cappuccino?? A mouth watering array of pastries are offered in gluten-free and vegan options and prepared fresh daily. As you sip your coffee, you can shop their eco-friendly surf accessories. If the waves inspire you that morning, join their board club for the day or the even the month. You will have unlimited access to their Ecoboards that are certified by Sustainable Surf and custom made for Carve by local shapers. www.carvesurfandcoffee.com
Further down US 1 in Juno Beach is Papa Kwan. Papa Kwan is walking distance to the beach and brings an international beach flavor into their shop. Open for breakfast and lunch, their menu embraces beach food from around the world. From Tacos to Kombucha, Korean Iced Lattes to Matcha Tea their diverse menu offers you a taste of beach life around the world. Their coffee is especially delicious because they roast their own beans. You can take home your favorite, whether it's the Juno Beach Blend, or Jupiter Java or Bahamian Rum. www.papakwans.com
Looking for a full meal to power your morning, head up US 1 to Hurricane Cafe. This is my first choice for breakfast in Jupiter. Their breakfast menu is varied, offering traditional eggs and bacon, french toast and waffles as well as omelets, benedicts, and quiches. Some of my favorites are the Lobster and Corn Quiche, Smoked Turkey, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Omelet and the best Huevos Rancheros I have ever eaten. Their beverages are equally as varied with breakfast cocktails, espresso and french press coffee as well as locally sourced cold pressed juices. There can be a wait, especially for outdoor table on the weekends, but your patience will be rewarded with one of the best breakfasts in Jupiter that will not blow your budget. www.hurricanecafe.com
If you are looking to park once, enjoy breakfast and spend the day on the beach, Lazy Loggerhead Cafe in Carlin Park is your place. Just over the sand dune from the Atlantic Ocean, Lazy Loggerhead Cafe is a favorite of morning beach walkers and cyclists. After a long beach walk, I love their Veggie Omelet. If I am feeling less virtuous, the Benedict Arnold and a Bloody Mary hit the spot. They have a nice selection of egg, omelet and pancake options as well as breakfast cocktails, beer and wine. If you are a late sleeper, they do serve lunch as well. www.lazyloggerheadcafe.com
On the corner of US 1 and PGA Blvd is a tangle of buildings. Near the back is Sara’s Kitchen. A gem of a breakfast (and lunch) place, it is not fancy but it is delicious. It has an extensive menu that offers the trifecta of breakfast sweets - pancakes, waffles and french toast. My taste leans more towards the savory, which makes it hard to pass up their hash browns. Pair that with their Irish Benedict, english muffin, corned beef hash, grilled tomato, poached eggs all topped with hollandaise sauce and my day is off to a good start. If I am feeling the need for a healthier option, their avocado toast with fresh fruit is a winner. If you are really hungry, go for their skillets, the Gyro Skillet with homemade tzatziki sauce is a great option. www.saraskitchenpga.com
On Center Street in Jupiter there is an unassuming little place with great big flavors called The Center Street Nook. Whether you are in the mood for savory or sweet, their menu has something for everyone. This bustling little place has surprisingly varied menu. Capt K is a fan of their Chili Cheese Omelet. The Reuben Benedict served on rye bread with thousand island dressing, pastrami, swiss cheese and hollandaise, often calls my name. Come for breakfast or lunch but come hungry because the portions are large. 223 Center St, Jupiter, FL 33458.