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editor’s letter [16] After one year of publishing, we take a closer look at our city’s complex history. By Marie Speed

on the avenue [19]

Pickle juice, a VIP card for oceanside dining, and a cupcake queen comes to our rescue. By ChelSea Greenwood, Marie Speed, john thoMaSon and CaSSie Morien

style [40]

Home for the holidays is a subtle spin on festive. photoGraphy By aaron BriStol

dine [46]

David Manero expands his empire—with BurgerFi. By Bill Citara

play [48]

Christmas gets a workout at a Delray fitness hub. By kevin kaMinSki

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Pho togr aPhy: Aaron Bristol Cupcakes courtesy of Shea’s Bakery, 255 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/375-9591. For more information on cover products and styling, please see page 40.

up close [50]

Meet an inventive pair of entrepreneurs and Delray’s garlic guru. By john thoMaSon

crossing swinton [54]

Yvonne Odom made history—and helped change Delray—when she integrated Seacrest High. By riCh pollaCk

out & about [62]

Check out the faces and places of fall—on and off the Avenue.

dining guide [69] Your best resource for great local dining


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Where to go, what to do and see in Delray Beach. Please submit information regarding fundraisers, art openings, plays, readings, concerts, dance or other performances to editor Marie Speed ( Deadline for entries in an upcoming calendar section is three months before publication (e.g., to list an event in July/ August, submit info by April 20).

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Our independent reviews of restaurants in Delray Beach. A fine, reliable resource for residents and tourists. For more information, contact Marie Speed.

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A photo collage of social gatherings and events in Delray Beach. All photos submitted should be clearly identified and accompanied by a brief description of the event (who, what, where, when); photos will not be returned. E-mail images to Or mail photos to:

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WHAT: A mall walk WHEN & WHERE: Nov. 6, north entrance, Town Center at Boca Raton, 9 a.m. BENEFITS: Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University TICKETS/CONTACT: Morgan Green at

WOmEN OF GRACE WHAT: A luncheon honoring five inspirational women from southern Palm Beach County WHEN & WHERE: Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach BENEFITS: Bethesda Hospital Foundation TICKETS/CONTACT: Tickets are $85; call 561/737-7733, ext. 84429

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henever I think of the holidays I think of standing by the windows in the second-floor dining room at 32 East years ago with my mother and some of our friends. It might have been the night Robert fell off the bar stool, but it was certainly the night Mom was transfixed by the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree across the street. The years kind of run together these days, the winter seasons a blur of chilly nights and Jazz on the Avenues, stopping for a beer at the Colony Liquor Store when the Colony still had a liquor store. Remembering all those great times endows my life here with a history I would not trade for anything, and that’s something we are trying to do with this magazine as well: building memories, making a history of our own. In this issue, we take a look at a period in Delray’s history some people would like to gloss over: the turbulent days of integration in the 1960s and ’70s. It was a time of great change throughout the nation and an era that would transform Delray Beach from a small Southern town to the inclusive and diverse city it is today. Up until this issue, we have spent our first year publishing Delray Beach in celebration of the lighter side of life here; it’s time to look a little closer now, with a story that offers a deeper perspective of Delray. We’ll be doing stories like this from time to time; we hope you appreciate them. Finally, we’d like to share an honor we received recently: Delray Beach magazine was named Florida’s “Best New Magazine” for 2011 at the annual statewide Florida Magazine Association (FMA) awards. We could not be prouder, and we look forward to bringing you another year of your (best new) magazine, Delray Beach.

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5 More Things i Love AbouT DeLrAy: 1. Mercer-Wenzel’s windows 2. The deviled eggs at Max’s Harvest 3. Running into people I know at The Spot 4. The Arts Garage 5. How your clothes smell when you leave Shining Through


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Here’s a hit for the holidays: Prime‘s $75 Dinner for Two, through February, is one heck of a deal. Offered Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 5 p.m., the promotion includes a salad, entrée and dessert for each diner—as well as a bottle of wine. Mix and match among entrées by executive chef Peter Masiello like braised short ribs and Chilean sea bass and desserts like Prime’s famous chocolate bread pudding, or customize your ideal dinner. (110 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/865-5845,   chilean sea bass at Prime


There’s no better time than the holidays to show off Delray to visiting friends and family, which is why we love the new idea by Narrated Bus Tours of Historic Delray Beach. Now, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is putting a spin on its popular offering with the new Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach. The three-hour tour, which comprises walking and a bus ride, will visit 10 or more restaurants, and guests will get to sample cuisine and learn about area history at each stop. Taking place every third Saturday at 11 a.m., the tour costs $20 per person, and reservations are recommended. Parking and boarding at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History inside the Boynton Beach mall. (801 N. Congress Ave., Suite 483, 561/243-2662,


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Next time you’re looking to make a fierce fashion statement—or to add some dazzle to that party dress—pick up a necklace by Marzia G. Designs. Available in select South Florida stores (including Delray late this month; stay tuned for more details), the latest line by Miami-based jewelry designer Marzia G.—never before available in the United States—features self-described “wearable works of art” inspired by the likes of Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano and Coco Chanel. Each piece is handcrafted and unique, comprising eclectic elements like textiles, beads, gems and ethnic ornaments. (


If you’ve been to the Big Apple lately, you likely know that the coolest new shot on the New York bar scene is the Pickleback: a shot of Irish whiskey followed by a shot of pickle brine. You read that right: The sweet-andsour pickle juice stops the whiskey burn while adding its own splash of flavor. Once a behind-the-scenes libation favored by bartenders and hospitality staff, the Pickleback has been a favorite at Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach since it opened earlier this year. Owner Clint Reed pairs his own housemade pickle juice with Jameson Irish whiskey. If you’re not into that kinda thing, we bet you’ll be into the bar’s short-but-ever-changing menu of nouveau pub grub and incredible selection of craft beers and cocktails. (1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/509-9277)


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BRIGHT IDEA The season is here and everyone’s on the go—night after night, party after party. Form meets function in Illuminating Lip Gloss by South Florida cosmetics company Beauty for Real. The tube boasts a built-in LED and a mirror for perfect on-the-go application of the plant-derived formula. With 11 shades, as well as antiaging and plumping capabilities, this is a true night-on-the-town staple. Find this and other Beauty for Real gems locally at L Boutique. (16950 Jog Road, Suite 108, 561/638-6737)

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We may not have piles of leaves or bonfires, but we think you might feel a little autumn nip in the air after indulging in one of these special seasonal treatments at The Seagate Hotel and Spa. The 25-minute pumpkin spice body polish ($60) uses pumpkin enzymes to purify skin while the warm scents of brown sugar, clove and nutmeg stimulate the senses. Or try the pumpkin spice manicure and pedicure ($100) to experience the scrub as well as a moisture mask on the lower legs and feet, followed by a warm stone and oil massage. No matter which treatment you choose, each comes with a complimentary pumpkin martini—which just might be our favorite new fall sipper. (1000 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/6654800, theseagatehotel. com)

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You already know that Caffé Luna Rosa has one of the best brunches—and Bloody Marys—in town, but here’s even more incentive to dine at this waterfront favorite (and a great stocking stuffer!): The restaurant offers a VIP House Charge Account that works just like a credit card. Guests charge every meal to the account, receive monthly statements and can even set up an automatic payment plan. Beyond the convenience, regular guests will reap a lot of benefits, including discounted valet parking, the ability to make reservations during high season, a birthday gift certificate, invitations to special events and more. Visit the website to download an application. (34 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/274-9404, Shea Gouldd

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PUmPKIN mAr TINI 1/2 ounce Sylk Cream liqueur 2 ounces vanilla vodka 1/2 ounce pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup 1 teaspoon whipped cream Cinnamon stick for garnish


We learned a long time ago that no, you can’t do it all—especially when the busy holiday season kicks in. That’s why we’re glad we know Shea Gouldd, a junior at Spanish River High and founder and chef at Shea’s Bakery. Too busy to whip up dessert? Call Gouldd, who likes 24-48 hours notice, but usually has cupcakes in stock during season. Gouldd, who has had a knack for baking since childhood, operates out of a commercial kitchen at 255 N.E. Sixth Ave. She is known for her genuine butter cream icing, her cheesecakes and her chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. Make it easy on yourself and call the cupcake queen at 561/375-9591 next time you need a little dessert help.

hot list Pour Sylk liqueur and vodka into shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Add pumpkin liqueur or syrup. Shake again. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon stick.


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The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated business excellence and leadership at this year’s Luminary Gala Sept. 17 at the Delray Beach Marriott with an evening of fine dining, dancing and entertainment. For information on chamber events, call the director of special events at 561/279-0907.

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Young Professionals of Delray held a recent event at Falcon House, and more than 100 local professionals attended. They raised $700 for the Ted Learning Center in Delray Beach. For more information about YPOD’s upcoming events, contact Kurt Lehmann, the group’s chairman, at kurt@kurtlehmann. com or visit

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The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) will return February 24–March 4 for its 20th annual event. Andy Roddick will headline the ITC’s ATP World Tour event while Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl leads the eight-player ATP Champions Tour field at the world’s only combined ATP tournament. Visit

This networking event for women, sponsored by Dr. Tom Balshi of Balshi Dermaceuticals, took place Aug. 31 at the beautiful Hamlet Country Club in Delray Beach. Twenty-five vendors shared their products and services geared toward women, while the ladies enjoyed special pink drinks and appetizers. Due to the event’s success, plans are already in the works for Pinkalicious 3 in 2012!

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In the late 1960s, tom Blum was a tollbridge operator and co-owner of PJ’s Barefoot Bar on Charlotte Street in Nassau, Bahamas. But that was another lifetime; in Delray Beach, Blum has made a name for himself with a decidedly more upscale venue called Fifth Avenue Grill (as well as his Intracoastal landmark, Old Calypso.) Fifth Avenue Grill opened in 1988 and is one of the trusted local standbys in Delray’s dining scene, with a comfort level reminiscent of all really great bars and steak houses. There is the requisite long, polished bar, the piano, the booths, and a menu with things like steak Diane and clams casino. Steaks are from Allen Brothers, bartenders really do remember your name, and there is old wood, old brick and deliciously dim lighting. “The bar was very well thought out,” Blum says. “I traveled to Boston and New York and took pictures of back bars—older places. The guy who did the brickwork for us did the original Down Under in Fort Lauderdale— telephone poles made into columns, wood floors. A lot of this stuff reflects the feel of the Down Under, which was my favorite restaurant for many years.” november/december

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Over the years, Fifth Avenue Grill has become the favorite restaurant and bar of a generation of east Delray clientele and, now, of their sons and daughters. It’s an especially popular spot during the holidays, when the restaurant is decorated to the nines annually by Glenn Fiedler, longtime wine buyer and waiter. Blum says it takes about three weeks to get the decorations up, and they like to have everything ready by Thanksgiving. “We take them down the second week in January,” Blum says. “We actually have people who call us from all over the country and say, ‘Are your decorations up?’” It is this extra touch that has helped Fifth Avenue Grill achieve its status as a Delray tradition. Unlike many steak houses, a steak at Fifth Avenue is not à la carte; it comes with salad, vegetables and potato. The restaurant also is known for its wine cellar and has earned the coveted Wine Spectator double wine glass award several years in a row. As for the bar, there is the piano music, the great single-malt scotches, and more than a little seasonal cheer. In fact, Fifth Avenue Grill may be your new holiday headquarters. november/december

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ἀe A merican Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition

Through Jan. 8

Delray Beach will be the first of eight stops, nationwide, for this multimedia juried exhibition.

Cornell Museum at Old School Square


Spady Living Heritage Day festival

Nov. 5, noon to 10 p.m.

A cultural heritage celebration featuring live music, food, children’s activities and prizes.

Spady Cultural Heritage Complex


Young Artists Concert

Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

College and post-grad scholarship winners from the Delray Beach Chorale will perform a variety of Broadway and Pops music.

Delray Beach Public Library


Sandoway House Nature Nov. 12, 7 a.m. start Center Blue Water 5K Run/Walk

This pet-friendly 5,000-meter run also includes a 1K “Doggie Dash.”

Sandoway House


Ride & Remember Trolley Tour

Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum presents a two-hour bus tour that focuses on five historic districts.

Departs from Cason Cottage House Museum on Northeast First Street


Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Class

Nov. 12−13

Christian Slater is among the celebrities expected to play in this charity tennis tournament, with proceeds helping abused and neglected children in South Florida.

Delray Beach Tennis Center


Artists in the Park

Nov. 12−13, Nov. 26−27 and Dec. 10−11

Fine art will be exhibited and sold at this seasonal weekend series.

Veterans Park


American Spirit

Nov. 18−20

The creators of “The American Songbook” return with this song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls.

Crest Theatre at Old School Square


Turkey Trot

Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. start

This 5K run across picturesque A1A celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Departs from Anchor Park


ἀa nksgiving Weekend Art Festival

Nov. 26−27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now in its 12th year, this annual art festival features sculptures, paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery and more from artists around the country.

Northeast Second Avenue in the Pineapple Grove Arts District


Spady Living Heritage Day Festival; the Old School Square Christmas Tree; the South Florida Symphony Orchestra


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Dec. 1, 5 p.m.

Santa will make a guest appearance at the official lighting of downtown Delray Beach’s 100-foot Christmas tree.

Old School Square

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Dec. 2−18

The off-Broadway dark comedy/musical celebrates its 25th anniversary, featuring songs such as “Just a Couple of Sisters” and “Holier Than Thou.”

Delray Beach Playhouse

561/272-1281 ext. 4

Celebration of Singing concert

Dec. 3, 3 p.m.

This 30th anniversary concert from the Delray Beach Chorale will feature selections from Rutter, Handel and Bass, plus compositions by Palm Beach County resident Dr. Robert Hebble.

First Presbyterian Church


South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

Powerful symphonic performances of Haydn, Falla and Mendelssohn highlight the first Palm Beach County performance from this 60-piece symphony.

Crest Theatre at Old School Square


Holiday Boat Parade

Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Decorated boats will travel down the Departs from the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Boynton Beach Delray Beach. Inlet


Holiday Parade

Dec. 10, 6 p.m.

The parade heads west on Atlantic Avenue toward the courthouse. Presented by Delray Beach Parks and Recreation.

Departs from Venetian Drive


Kids Day at the Tree

Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a visit from Santa, an artificial snowfall and a few surprises at the 100-foot Christmas tree.

Old School Square

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Musical Moments on Ice

Dec. 16−18

Music from the 1940s through the ’70s combines with world-class ice skating, elaborate costumes and artistic athleticism in this holiday spectacular.

Crest Theatre at Old School Square


Breakfast With Santa

Dec. 17, with seatings at 8, 9 and 10 a.m.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required for this special holiday event.

Delray Beach Marriott

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My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays

Dec. 22−24

Comedian Steve Solomon returns for his latest one-man show, a holiday portrait of his dysfunctional ethnic family.

Crest Theatre at Old School Square


First Night New Year’s Eve celebration

Dec. 31

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration Downtown will feature visual and performing arts in Delray Beach non-alcoholic venues at various locations.


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Girls Just Want to Have Wine Spa Day The Seagate Spa at The Seagate Hotel Don’t miss the “Girls Just Want to Have Wine” package: a wine-inspired pedicure, facial, massage and body polish. Enjoy specially paired wine and cheese and a special gift for $462 (regularly a $572 value). For details, visit

Crest Theatre at Old School Square

South Florida Symphony Orchestra The 60-piece orchestra, now celebrating 14 years in South Florida, will partner with the Crest Theatre for three powerful performances on Dec. 4, Jan. 29 and March 11 at 2 p.m., featuring conductor Sebrina Maria Alfonso. Visit For tickets, call 561/243-7922, ext. 1 or visit

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Dr. Thomas Balshi

Dr. Craig Spodak

Dr. Lawrence Weinstein

Steven M. Hacker, MD PA

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Delray Beach is celebrating beauty and wellness throughout November, but the city’s emphasis on health, fitness and pampering is hardly limited a single month. More than 80 wellness and beauty-related businesses call Delray home, making it one of South Florida’s premier destinations for practices that rejuvenate and transform the body—and reinvigorate the spirit. Meet some of the Delray professionals responsible for bringing out the best in people.

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It doesn’t take long for Dr. Thomas Balshi to see the changes in those patients who come to him hoping to improve their appearance and look more youthful. “A lot of our patients want to feel better about themselves by looking rejuvenated,” Dr. Balshi says. “After they’ve come to us, we see more smiles, more energy and patients have a better perception of themselves.” Board certified in dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Balshi is a leader in using the latest technologies to help patients look younger and feel better. He is pioneering a procedure which uses stem cells found in our own body fat in order to restore cosmetic beauty to the face. “We’ve learned that stem cells help rejuvenate skin,” he says. “We’re using adult stem cells found in body fat to help restore fullness, some call it the ‘Stem Cell Face-Lift.’” Patients who choose to use their own stem cells to restore fullness quickly discover that the process can be done in just a few hours in Dr. Balshi’s office. “This process is designed for anyone seeking a totally natural rejuvenation in a noninvasive environment,” he says. Doctors using the procedure have discovered that it has longer-lasting effects than most dermal fillers, with patients able to go as long as five years without needing another treatment.

“The stem cells actually enrich the fat graft and that keeps it lasting longer,” Dr. Balshi says. Dr. Balshi also conducts procedures using stem cells found in body fat to help patients with a range of serious medical issues, including Parkinson’s disease and arthritis. In addition to offering stem-cell treatments for the face and the hands, the staff at the Dermatology and Liposculture Center provides a wide range of services from Botox treatments to Smart Lipo. “We offer the most up-to-date technology and the safest and finest FDA- approved products in a compassionate and warm environment,” Dr. Balshi says.

Dermatology anD liposculpture center 2605 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite C-10, Delray Beach, 561/272-6000,

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At the Spodak Dental Group, a unique approach to dentistry is being combined with the use of cutting-edge technology to grow and strengthen a family practice started more than 35 years ago. Under the leadership of Dr. Craig Spodak, who in 2006 took over the leadership role of the practice his father started more than three decades earlier, the Spodak Dental group now offers a full range of dental services under one roof. Offering services from general and cosmetic dentistry to oral surgery and periodontal dentistry, the Spodak Dental Group’s approach adds a level of convenience for patients as well as improved communication between dentists. “From a continuity and quality of care standpoint, we now are able to control a complicated procedure that might require multiple dentists from start to finish,” Dr. Spodak says. One of the first dental offices in the area to use computerized records and digital X-rays, the Spodak Dental Group is recently became one of the first use a 3D dental X-ray machine that Dr. Spodak says is helping to improve the level of care patients receive. “It’s an amazing piece of technology,” he says. “It provides a margin of safety that’s unprecedented.”

The practice is also a leader in offering patients Invisalign tooth movement process, which Dr. Spodak predicts will replace metal braces within seven to 10 years. The Spodak Dental Group was recently honored as a 2011 Elite Premier Provider by Invisalign based on its number of successful cases. The group is now able to offer the procedure at a reduced cost. Other new techniques being used by the dental group include using a laser scanning device, which is used for dental impressions and “All on Four,” a process for doing full-mouth implants all on one day. “Our goal is to provide patients with a new dental experience,” Dr. Spodak says.

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A 34-year-old man wakes up from a coma, caused by a cardiac arrest, as if nothing ever happened. An 80-year-old man, crippled by daily bouts of chest pain, is now pain-free and can tend to his beloved garden. A 59-year-old woman, incapacitated by severe fatigue, is now an active member of her family again. The common denominator: Dr. Lawrence Weinstein. Dr. Lawrence weinstein Cardiology Associates of South Florida, P.A., Bethesda Health City, 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite B-550, Boynton Beach, 561/200-3583

A second generation, New York-trained cardiologist—with more than 25 years of experience—Dr. Weinstein delivers the kind of expert, truly personalized medical care that endears him to his patients. As a clinical cardiologist, Dr. Weinstein functions like the primary care physician of the heart. He is a superb diagnostician and is devoted to the prevention and treatment of all aspects of heart disease. “Spending time examining and talking to each patient is the key to understanding each individual’s problems,” he says. “The heart functions in a predictable fashion, but every patient expresses his/her symptoms in a unique way. Listening to my patients, and knowing how to treat them, ensures a productive doctor/patient relationship.” Empowering his patients to play an active role in their health is another important aspect of Dr. Weinstein’s approach. “There are so many simple things that patients can do to prevent major

problems in the future. Educating my patients and their families about their conditions can truly improve their quality of life and prevent hospitalizations.” Dr. Weinstein’s dedication to education is already paying dividends in the Delray Beach/Boynton Beach community. As Director of the Heart Failure Program at Delray Medical Center, he has reduced hospital readmissions by 66 percent. “I am gratified by helping every patient that I treat,” he says. “It is a responsibility that I take very seriously.” It is the combination of his compassion for his patients and his passion for cardiology that sets Dr. Weinstein apart. He even provides each of his patients with his cell phone number. “My patients can phone me any time with questions and concerns,” he says. “I believe in total access. My patients feel cared for and safe—this is true concierge medicine without any extra fees. I am proud to be practicing medicine this way.”

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During his 18 years in practice in Delray Beach, Dr. Steven Hacker has seen dramatic changes in noninvasive technologies available to help patients look and feel better without surgery.

Steven M. Hacker, MD Pa 230 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/276-3111,

A leader in introducing many of these technologies to South Florida, Dr. Hacker is now one of the few dermatologists in the area offering patients the CoolSculpting by Zeltiq fat-reduction technique. “People come to us for CoolSculpting because they want to reduce their fat in a safe, noninvasive way,” he says. “They want to be able to go back to work or to the gym the next day.” CoolSculpting is not a replacement for liposuction or a weight loss program. Instead, it’s designed for patients who want to reduce fat from targeted areas such as love handles or abdominal fat. “Most of our CoolSculpting patients are people who don’t have a lot of fat but can’t seem to get rid of problem areas,” he says. Developed at Harvard, the CoolSculpting technique uses

a cooling process that stimulates the body to destroy fat molecules in a targeted area. “It works because the body essentially takes over,” Dr. Hacker says. “On average, there’s a 20 to 25 percent reduction in the targeted area.” In addition to CoolSculpting, Dr. Hacker’s office offers full surgical and aesthetic dermatology including safe artistic full facial restoration with Sculptra®, Botox® and fillers. One of four doctors in the growing Delray Beach practice, Dr. Hacker has published numerous books and articles and has been recognized as a top doctor in his field by physician peers numerous times. “We now have a lot of new noninvasive techniques for making people look and feel better that have little or no risk and offer superior results,” he says.

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The welcome mat is always rolled out at The Gym 111. Walk in the door, climb up the flight of stairs to get to the second floor fitness club overlooking Atlantic Avenue, and right away you’re greeted warmly by a member of the staff—or even another club member. If “Cheers” were a fitness club, it would be The Gym 111. “This is a gym for everyone,” says owner Phyllis Sica. “It’s for people of all ages, all sizes and all shapes. You don’t have to get in shape first before you come here.” Now celebrating its third anniversary, The Gym 111 is unique in that it is small enough to provide a welcoming environment, yet at the same time large enough to meet just about any fitness need. “With a focus on customer service and cleanliness, The Gym 111 has a staff of career professionals serving as trainers and instructors who are available to provide personalized service. The gym also has a large selection of classes and now offers a TRX Suspension Training class. “We are the club that offers the best in cutting edge equipment, classes and training styles,” Sica says. “Our customers tell us so all the time.”

The Gym 111

111 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, 561/274-7477,

At Naked Hair Salon & More you’ll find Janine and Adam Shuman doing what they do best—using their vast experience and knowledge to provide clients with the very best hair beauty services in an environmentally conscious setting. “We are an eco-chic salon that provides the very best in the art of beauty,” Janine says. “When you come to our salon, you’re not only getting the best and safest beauty treatments, you’re also helping to do great things for the planet.” Recognized around the globe for their expertise as stylists, Janine and Adam are often called upon by manufacturers to train other stylists in their techniques; they’ve also won dozens of awards for those techniques and skills. “When you come here, you’ll get the best shampoo, the best hair cut and the best hair coloring you’ll find anywhere in America,” Adam says. Because the salon—which also offers nail and skin care services as well as body treatments—is free of peroxide, ammonia, camphor, formaldehyde and other chemicals, local allergists and other physicians often refer patients. For Janine and Adam, who make it a point to take time to listen to their clients, running the salon is more than just a job. “It’s completely a way of life for us,” Janine says. “We do this because we want to help our clients feel better by looking better.”

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Green chintz bamboo pillow, $50, cocktail clutch, $50, both from Varietai; silver tray, $190, martini shaker, $32.50, red leather ice bucket, $98, all from Village Square Home Interiors; antique necklace, $24, from Quigley Maguire Interiors


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Shell lamp, $145, glass fish terrarium, $65, seed ball, $8, white flower bowl, $8, all from Varietai; lotus bronze flatwear fork $62.50 (for set of five full place settings,) oval green glass plate, $16.50, all from Village Square Home Interiors; pillow, $200, from Quigley Maguire Interiors

StoreS featured: Quigley Maguire Interiors, 301 Pineapple Grove Way, 561/450-7471; Varietai, 812 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/455-2767; Village Square Home Interiors, 200 N.E. Second Ave. , Suite 101, 561/272-8270. Cupcakes courtesy of Shea’s Bakery, 255 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/375-9591.


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Silver painted vase, $300, stems, $20 each, silver leaf tray, $235, square silver bowls, $45 each, all from Quigley Maguire Interiors; artichoke, $8, candlestick holder, $98 (set of 2), both from Varietai; colored bowls, $8.50 each, from Village Square Home Interiors

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avid Manero was never one to think small. “I’m a growth person,” he says. And grow he has—from a Connecticut pizza joint called Crusty’s to a trio of seminal South Florida restaurants to three distinctly different and wildly successful restaurant brands. The latest of which, a purveyor of “gourmet” burgers he dubbed BurgerFi (short for “burgerfication of the nation”), is expanding at an almost exponential rate, set to jump from local outlets in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach to 100 BurgerFi’s nationwide. Every step of the way, Manero (his business partners are yachting entrepreneur John Rosatti and attorney Lee Goldberg) has caught a culinary wave as it formed. After bringing a hip, big-city vibe to the suburbs with Sopra, Gotham Bar & Grill and Shore, he sensed a hunger for more authentic, higher-quality Italian fare with Vic & Angelo’s. Manero then moved to the reinvention of the American bar-café as a “gastropub” with The Office, and now he’s upscaling the humble hamburger with BurgerFi. In a way, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Manero grew up in a restaurant family in Bridgeport, Conn., that ate homegrown, local and organic—“farm to table,” in the current parlance—when most families were sitting down to meals of Hamburger Helper and casseroles made with cream of mushroom soup. After moving to South Florida in the late 1990s Manero opened, in succession, Sopra, Gotham and Shore, three restaurants that raised the local dining bar. But it was the much-

anticipated 2006 debut of Vic & Angelo’s in Palm Beach Gardens that really put rockets to his reputation. It was so popular that it spawned a sibling in Delray Beach and the conversion of DeVito South Beach, Manero’s foray into celebrity restauranting with actor Danny DeVito, into a third Vic & Angelo’s just this year. “I’d always looked at Palm Beach Gardens and found it to be very underserved,” he

t he manero empire BurgerFi Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale the office Delray Beach Vic & angelo’s Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, South Beach says. “So I did this restaurant that was very aggressive in design but very solid in its food. It wasn’t fusion food, it was very Italian. Food people wanted to eat.” That “very aggressive” design, with its exposed brick walls, vivid red drum-shaped light fixtures, fat tiled columns and tall tufted-leather booths, came courtesy of Manero’s wife, Lynn, a designer in her own right with her own company. (Manero, however, is intimately involved in the design process of his restaurants.) Like all of Manero’s restaurants, it was inspired by his travels. november/december

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“I’ve spent my entire life traveling, looking at restaurants all over the world and how they interact with customers. I look at bus stops, train stations. I look at a lot of different things. “The design for Vic & Angelo’s came from the Venice train station. I was originally going to have a train board, the kind that flips the letters. We weren’t going to take reservations; everyone was going to get a train ticket, and they’d have to look at the board for their name to come up. Then the companies that made them all went digital, and I didn’t think it would have the same effect.” That kind of attention to detail is a hallmark of Manero’s restaurants and an integral part of his business philosophy. “I’m a big stickler for little things,” he says. “That’s my biggest thing in the restaurants. It’s not the broad strokes, it’s the little things combined with the broad strokes.” Ask for examples, and he can rattle off a dozen. “At Vic & Angelo’s it’s real Venetian plaster. [It’s also] the glassware, the embossing on the forks,” he says. “Making sure the coal oven is designed with the coal fire on the correct side so when guests walk through the dining room they see the pile of coal. The lighting is very important, that it lights up the plate on your table but doesn’t light up the bald spot on your head. The constant adjustment of music, the style of music. “I’m also a clean freak. I want my bathrooms to be immaculate. I don’t want to see dirty corners. I want all the chair legs wiped down. I sit where the customer sits and look at the cleanliness of the chairs. When I sit at the bar I look where the customers look. Are they november/december

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looking at the stainless steel? Is it wiped down or is it polished? I think all the little things are what make the business.” Though cooking is an art, running a restaurant is a business. What gives Manero his edge is his ability to balance the art of food with the cold, hard business of turning a profit—and not to cheat either one, or the customer, in the process. “You have to be great with food, but you also have to be a businessman,” he says. “And you have to know where to draw the line. I look at the business from the emotional side with the food and also as if I’m peering at a financial statement. When I see any stone unturned in the business, I immediately translate that into its effect on the financial statement.” That approach doesn’t mean compromising on food quality, however. At Vic & Angelo’s, Manero says, “the San Marzano tomatoes, the doublezero flour we use in our pizzas, everything down the line—these are all very important to me. I do not deviate from them due to cost. If prices become obscene, I deal with it; I’ll make it up somewhere else.” With the kind of success he’s had and expects to have in the future, it’s no wonder that he’s the constant object of the sincerest form of flattery: imitation. “I see so many of my ideas being regurgitated in other properties,” he says. “I’m getting knocked off at the speed of sound. Pretty soon it’s going to be top secret for me to put a lamp in the place.”

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partridge in a pear tree may work as a musical refrain, but it doesn’t fly around the holidays at CrossFit Delray Beach. Instead, co-owner Sarah Bowling plans on putting her annual fitness spin on a little number she likes to call the “12 WODS of Christmas.” “Instead of going out to the bars, we celebrate [the holidays] in a more healthy way,” says Bowling, who, along with Dave Hochberg, opened the garage doors to the Delray affiliate of this international strength and conditioning concept in 2008. In CrossFit terms, that means setting


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aside one day the week before Christmas for members to participate in a program that plays off the acronym meaning “workout of the day.” In Bowling’s version of the holiday classic, on the first WOD of Christmas, CrossFit coaches ask the upward of 40 people expected to sign up to perform a 200-meter run. On the second WOD, members do two thrusters and a 200-meter run. On the third, three push-presses, two thrusters and a 200-meter run—and so on, all the way to the 12th WOD of Christmas, which includes 12 squat jumps. The holiday workout, which is followed by a “Paleo” picnic (a pot-luck meal that adheres to

a caveman-inspired diet of lean meats, fish and vegetables), speaks to the sense of community that Bowling feels is at the core of CrossFit’s growing popularity. “Part of what is so attractive here is how supportive everyone is of one another,” says Bowling of the gym’s more than 250 full-time members. “It seems to bring out the best in people.” The same can be said of the CrossFit team, which is giving more to the community than a high-intensity program for local fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes—one that incorporates everything from flipping tires to swinging kettle bells to climbing ropes in its group and individual classes.

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CrossFit also works with Delray’s alcohol and drug treatment/recovery centers, providing strength training and basic mobility classes for patients fresh out of detox programs. “We get them moving again, get their central nervous systems reactivated, and get them feeling good about themselves physically,” Bowling says. “It gives the patients time outside of the walls of the treatment center, yet still in a safe environment. We have recovery mentors, people who’ve graduated from 30-day programs, who volunteer for us as sponsors and support staff. “We’re seeing enormous success. This is the part of CrossFit that I’m most proud of and excited about.” november/december

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kathleen sellers Despite medical hardships, this Delray inventor has built an empire out of plant stands and cutting boards.


athleen Sellers had a problem. Living in Boca Raton in the late 1980s, she was about to lose the security deposit on her apartment because her houseplants had left some nasty stains on the white carpet. Determined not to tarnish the flooring in her next home, Sellers looked everywhere for indoor plant stands designed to protect carpets. She found only flimsy products that wouldn’t bear the weight of her plants. So she decided to invent her own product. It was called the Plant Pallet—a sturdy, lightweight plastic stand that resembles a lazy Susan when flipped over. Deceptive in its effectiveness, the stand could hold up to 500 pounds, and it was built for life. The Plant Pallet wasn’t Sellers’ first invention; after working as a showroom designer for Carl’s Furniture, she invented Boot Snuggies, elastic clips that helped keep pants tucked into boots, back when that was the style. That little brainstorm sold more than a million units. But it was her innovations in home and garden equipment that took off. The Plant Pallet is still being produced today, along with countless other items for the home and garden, through the two design divisions: Plastec, formed in 1989, and Architec, launched in 2000, both owned by Sellers, who has dozens of patents to her credit. Sellers works out of a former Goodyear Tire shop around the corner from downtown Atlantic Avenue. She is blessed with a small but dedicated staff of 13, which includes a wiz designer based in Holland and her daughter, Jenna Miller, who is vice president of the corporation. Plastec and Architec have ballooned in the 22 years since Sellers invented the Plant Pallet, with manufacturing november/december

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centers in Pennsylvania and Nevada and factories in China, Poland and India. But Sellers and Miller love calling Delray Beach home for their corporate office. “It feels like a small town, which is what we love about it,” Miller says. “We walk everywhere, and there’s still a cobbler at the end of our street. How many towns can say that?” Sellers has managed to forge a lucrative career as an inventor, succeeding where many have failed. Her inventions are sold in Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart Canada. Her company has been featured in magazines from O to Good Housekeeping, and it routinely makes Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the country. “A lot of people have an idea for a product, and they think that with this one product, they can live off it the rest of their lives,” Miller says. “But we’re constantly inventing products. As a whole, it’s still difficult, with the amount of investment you have to put in to get a small return.” Sellers’ story is all the more remarkable considering what she has been through personally. In 2003, she visited a neurologist after detecting some numbness in her thumb. Coincidentally, the doctor spotted a more troubling problem: a small aneurism in her brain. Not wanting to take any chances, she found the best surgeon she could, who happened to be in Gainesville, and underwent a successful operation. A year later, however, during a follow-up examination, the surgeons found that the aneurism had returned and required a second metal coil to stop it. This caused a hemorrhage and a monthlong, medically induced coma for Sellers. Her family was with her the entire time, renting an apartment in Gainesville and

moving the entire business with them. “It’s nice in this situation to have had the family business,” Miller says. “A lot of people complain about family businesses, but in this situation, who could she have trusted? The business kept running, and we all cared about it so much because of her.” Sellers showed, according to Miller, “severe impairment” upon waking from the coma. She had to relearn how to walk and talk. Her tastes changed. She still can’t feel on half of her body or see out of one of her eyes. And she developed aphasia, which has limited her ability to communicate verbally. But considering she survived a cerebral hemorrhage and remains a vibrant, creative, good-humored person, Sellers’ recovery is inspirational. These days, it’s business as usual, which is to say always expanding. Plastec is adding composters and innovative wall art as part of its 2012 product catalog, and the Architec division continues to build an imposing brand out of an unlikely kitchen utility: the cutting board. It has patented the multicolored Gripper cutting boards, polypropylene boards thermally bonded with more than 300 soft gripping “feet” which hold the item in place. The company’s cutting boards range from $4.99 for basic boards to $59.99 for a snazzy walnut affair. “At the time [my mother] came out with [The Gripper], buyers were saying, ‘cutting boards? They aren’t a big thing. I hardly sell any cutting boards,’” Miller recalls. “They were all white, plastic cutting boards. There wasn’t a lot of color. There wasn’t a lot of wood. There wasn’t any innovation at all. This started a whole revolution. If you go into any retailer now, they have 4 to 8 feet dedicated to cutting boards, which blows my mind.” delray beach magazine


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gate for free to anyone who would brave the storm. Much of Stewart’s career has been defined by adapting to changes like these, or worse. In the early 1980s, she relocated to Palm Beach County from her native Pennsylvania after falling in love with Florida’s climate. But after six years working for IBM in Boca Raton, she was one of the programmers to accept a buyout, the first in the company’s history. Undaunted, she immediately started Avenue Creative, a nonprofit graphic-design agency that found itself in high demand during the revitalization of downtown Delray Beach. As Atlantic Avenue was changing, so was Stewart’s career. By the mid-2000s, she was a volunteer board member for just about every important group in the city, from the Delray Merchant and Business Association to the city’s Site Plan Review and Appearance to the Downtown Development Authority. To meet the demands of the event-hungry city, Stewart in 2007 launched the for-profit Festival Management Group, which produces the Delray Affair and the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, among many high-profile gatherings. It’s no surprise that Stewart always has a full plate, but the satisfaction of each opening night makes the challenges worth it. “It takes us three days to build our little city and about three hours to take it all away,” she says. “Everything’s torn down and everyone’s gone. The most exciting part is opening the gate and starting the event, because you see all your efforts come to fruition.”

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t was October of 1999, and local marketing coordinator Nancy Stewart was about to unveil her first major project, one that would become an area institution: the very first Delray Beach Garlic Festival. As in many years since, it had its share of problems, bringing to mind that old joke, “How do you make God laugh? Make a plan.” “The first year, three days before the event, hurricane Irene hit,” recalls Stewart, 53, who founded the aromatic festival while at Avenue Creative Group, the marketing and graphic design agency she launched in 1988. “We didn’t know if we would have power or what would happen. We went to our sponsors and partners to reschedule for two weeks later. Everybody thought we were crazy; they said that nobody’s done that, and that we’ll lose our momentum. But the city and our partners reran all of our spots, the signage was changed and everybody came back on board.” A few years later, turbulence once again struck the Garlic Festival in the form of Hurricane Wilma. After 11 days of blackouts, festival organizers regained power three days before the event. “We said if we have power and people can get gas, we’re moving forward,” Stewart says. “We pooled all of our staff and cleared parking spaces and put up temporary stop signs to make sure people would know how to get here and where to park. I think people had been so frustrated with being tied up in their houses, they just wanted to have a hot meal and a cold beer.” The drama continued. In 2010, the festival bucked with tradition and invested $40,000 to book a major headlining act—rock band Everclear—as part of its opening-night entertainment. Buckets of rain pummeled the venue at Old School Square, to the point where the only people watching the concert were the staff members. They salvaged the night, if not their finances, by opening the


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■ Explore Delray’s best neighborhoods, from urban living to classic suburban Americana—and meet some of your neighbors! ■ Discover the hottest new events and restaurants—on and off the Avenue ■ Step into South Florida’s wilder side— with a lazy river trip ■ This and much much more in Delray Beach magazine’s January-February issue—Don’t miss it!

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Yvonne Odom integrated Seacrest High School in 1961— but that was just the beginning of change in Delray Beach. By Rich Poll ack


here wasn’t a lot of conversation in the light blue Buick LaSalle that Monday morning in late September 50 years ago when Rev. Ralph Lee drove his oldest daughter, Yvonne, from their Boynton Beach home to her new high school in Delray Beach. “It was a 10-minute ride,” Yvonne Lee Odom, then a sophomore, recalls. “We weren’t talking very much.” For Odom, that Monday had started off much like any other school day—waking up at 7:30 a.m., having oatmeal and toast for breakfast and getting ready to go to class. Always one to dress in style, she decided to wear a white blouse and a poodle skirt—sans poodle—over a crinoline petticoat. And socks; she remembers wearing socks. She then climbed into the family’s car with her father—and prepared to make history. If the reverend was apprehensive he didn’t show it. In fact, it would november/december

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The car pulled up the long driveway and just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, 1961, Odom, accompanied by her father, walked up the front steps of the school—the first AfricanAmerican student to attend the segregated Seacrest High.

be years before Odom learned that her father had “extra protection” in the car just in case things got out of hand. Officials at Seacrest High School, fearing the same, told Odom to arrive a couple of hours after the other students. She would later discover that police had blocked off the roads leading up to the school. The car pulled up the long driveway, and just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, 1961, Odom, accompanied by her father, walked up the front steps of the school—the first African-American student to attend the segregated Seacrest High. Four days later the local weekly paper summed up her arrival in six words: “Negro Student Integrated Quietly at Seacrest.” While trouble—and National Guardsmen—had accompanied black students to purely white classrooms in cities throughout the South in some highly contentious integration efforts just a few years earlier, Odom’s entry to Seacrest was by all accounts uneventful. “It just wasn’t that big of an event,” says Woodie McDuffie, mayor of Delray Beach, who was in the same class as Odom. “I don’t remember any blatant racism of any kind.” Nor does Yvonne Odom. What she remembers is curiosity. Walking down the long outdoor corridors of Seacrest, escorted by Paula White Adams, a blond, blue-eyed senior who had volunteered to help her get acclimated, Odom could see the white faces glued to the windows as she passed by.

“You could see them looking away when I looked at them,” she says. “They didn’t want to make eye contact.” If Odom’s arrival was to be a pivotal moment in the history of Delray Beach, it was a lesson that went right by most students—and even many parents. “Back then we weren’t socially conscious,” says Adams, who also had volunteered to share her locker with Odom. “I didn’t realize it was that big of a deal.” Odom says that throughout that first day—and throughout her entire three years at Seacrest—she never once felt uncomfortable. During her first year at the school, she remembers hearing the “n” word used only three times. If it bothered her, she never let it show. “What I needed I had when I walked onto that campus,” Odom says. “I had self-confidence.”

Breaking with History

At the time, Odom’s stepping onto the Seacrest High campus might not have been seen as a historic moment. But in retrospect, it may have been an early indicator of a turning point in Delray Beach’s racial history. “That was a stake in the ground,” says Daisy Fulton, former executive director of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Odom’s sister-in-law and her teammate on the all-black Carver High School girls’ basketball team during Odom’s freshman year.

Local newspapers noted the integration of Seacrest High (courtesy of Delray Beach Historical Society)

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Delray Beach had long been, like many other rural Southern towns, a case study in segregation. There were separate water fountains and rest rooms for white and black, separate beaches, restaurants that served whites only. In that era, ambulances were reserved for white residents, while black residents had to go to a hospital by way of a hearse from a black funeral home. Swinton Avenue was indeed a dividing line, with African-Americans taught that they were not welcome on the east side of town unless they were working for a white family or a white business. Back then, AfricanAmerican residents walking east of Swinton Avenue after dark could count on being stopped by police unless they were recognized. “It was ingrained in people that they were not to be in that area,” says Vera Farrington, a longtime Delray Beach resident who co-founded the organization that operates the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the African-American history of Palm Beach County. In the late 1950s and early ’60s, the city’s population was around 9,000, with blacks making up about 40 percent. The black community, which covered four square miles in neighborhoods with names like Frog Alley, New Town and The Sands, was noticeably different from the white areas of town, which had better roads and better services. Northwest and Southwest Fifth avenues were important retail corridors, with grocery stores, beauty salons and a pharmacy run by Dr. Simon Barnes. The community also Paula White Adams

Top photo: A televised 1956 Delray Beach City Commission meeting on beach integration with (from left) then-mayor Michael Yargates, well-known Miami TV newsman Ralph Renick, George MacKay and Delray activist Spencer Pompey. Above: At the same meeting, Yargates (back to camera), with Pompey (in tie by mike).

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Seacrest High yearbook, with Yvonne Odom’s senior class picture

had its own restaurants and clubs—including the Para Paradise Club and the infamous Georgia Town Tavern—and was home to the LaFrance Hotel, one of the few places between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach where visiting African-Americans could stay. Fulton says that African-Americans in Delray Beach knew they were being treated differently but didn’t let that stand in their way. “I had such a fun-filled experience in my childhood,” she says. During this time, before construction of I-95, Delray’s black community stretched from Swinton Avenue on the east to the Seaboard Coastline railroad tracks on the west. Early on, the southern boundary of the community was Southwest Fourth Street, but that expanded over time. On the north side, the community was bordered by Lake Ida Road, a boundary clearly marked by a wall that still stands today. The wall, according to longtime residents, was erected by a developer who wanted to clearly separate the houses for whites that he was building on an old farm from the African-American community. But wall or no wall, in the early 1960s, things were starting to change. “The civil rights movement was just getting started,” Fulton says. “It was all across the country; you could see the movement.”

“We knew we couldn’t try on clothes in certain stores, and we just accepted it.”

Making a Statement

By early 1961, students across the South had begun staging sit-ins at lunch counters, and the Freedom Rides were getting started. In many cases, reports of Freedom Riders being attacked and beaten had been seen on television and news of efforts toward racial equality was spreading throughout the country. In Delray Beach, a struggle for integration of the city’s public beach—and a public swimming pool on 58

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Atlantic Avenue and A1A—drew national attention, and according to some, hurt the town’s reputation as a popular tourist destination. During the late 1950s, the city council had actually passed a resolution preventing African-Americans from using the public beach. In what might have been one of the biggest affronts to Delray’s African-American residents, the city council even considered excluding the small black community from the city limits. That effort never gained enough support to become a reality, however. The beach, though, continued to be a major flash point with African-Americans, who protested conditions at the small beach the city had set aside for them at what is now the border between the towns of Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes. Rocky and unprotected, the 1,100-foot strip of beach was considered dangerous by many in the black community. At least one drowning occurred, and there were several injuries. In the early 1960s, the fight for integration of the city’s public beach continued, with students staging several “wade-ins,” including one held the weekend before Odom transferred to Seacrest. By late 1961, however, city leaders relented and acknowledged that African-Americans had a right to use the municipal beach. In 1963, the beach set aside for blacks was sold and turned into homes. Despite its wade-ins and headlines, for the most part Delray Beach managed to maintain racial calm during changing times. “We knew we couldn’t try on clothes in certain stores, and we just accepted it,” Farrington says. Though it was separate, the Delray Beach AfricanAmerican community remained strong and tightly knit. “It was a community unto itself,” Fulton says. “Everyone pretty much knew everyone else.” In the fall of 1961, Carver High School—a source of pride to Delray’s African-American community and a significant gathering place—had an enrollment of 697 students, while Seacrest had 904 white students. Spady Elementary School, which served African-American children through eighth grade, had an enrollment of just over 1,000 students. While students at Carver had used textbooks

stamped with the words Seacrest High School—and no air conditioning—there was a tremendous sense of allegiance to the school. There was no doubt among the students and their parents that the quality of teachers was equal to that at any other school in the city. “I never felt that I was getting a second-rate education,” says Jimmy Weatherspoon, a Delray Beach native and former city commissioner.

Clash of Cultures

It was this long-held school pride that may have led to the dark period of the early 1970s. It was then that violence erupted, sparked by the full integration of the city schools—a decade after Yvonne Odom walked the halls of Seacrest High. The full integration of the city’s schools meant that Seacrest and Carver hsigh schools were merged into the newly created Atlantic High School, turning the once-mighty Carver High School into a middle school. “All of the African-American high schools were turned into middle schools or closed altogether,” says Weatherspoon, who by that time had graduated from Carver. “That was a difficult pill to swallow.” Some black students were bused to Boca, where racial animosity exploded. The fight made its way to Atlantic High School, which the Palm Beach Post termed a “powder keg.” By finals week, gangs of angry black teenagers roamed the halls, and there was fighting at football games. It was an ugly time in Delray. “During one of those really bad days we had deputies stay on campus for most of the day,” recalls former mayor David Schmidt, who was a sophomore back then. It’s an era that seems distant now. Today, Delray has a population of about 65,000, not including an unincorporated area that stretches far past the Florida Turnpike. Of those residents, about 26 percent are African-Americans.

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Revisiting the Past

As she looks back, Yvonne Odom believes it was all about school. Carver had been an athletic powerhouse under the leadership of revered coach and teacher C. Spencer Pompey. It was a high school loved and cherished by its students and one that most didn’t want to leave. Yvonne Odom was one of them. “I loved Carver,” Odom says. “I really had mixed feelings about going to Seacrest because I loved my school,” she said. “On the other hand, I felt that people would be depending on me. Either I would validate some misconceptions about my race, or I would change some minds.” After graduating from Seacrest, Odom went on to Palm Beach Community College and later to Florida Atlantic University. She has been teaching since 1968, the past 25 years as a math instructor at Carver Middle School. It was during her first year of teaching, at Delray Beach Elementary School, when she got a glimpse of the racial divide that lingered in the classrooms. racial During parent-teacher night, one of her fourthDuring grade students was eager for her mother to meet grade “Mrs. Odom. ” The next day, the student was trans“Mrs. ferred to another class. Even today, Odom has conferred cerns about the direction she sees schools moving in cerns when it comes to racial equality. when “It seems that the more black kids there are in a “It school, the less white kids there are, ” she says. school,

Left: Delray’s early African-American community thrived. Below: The La France Hotel was the only hotel between Miami and West Palm that allowed African-American guests.

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Swinton Avenue no longer serves as the dividing line between Delray Beach’s black community and its white community, but the past is not easily forgotten.

This year, Atlantic High School—the successor to Seacrest when it was merged with Carver—welcomes Anthony Lockhart as its first African-American principal. Race relations, which had been stormy in the 1970s and ’80s amid tensions between black residents and many in the police department, seem to have calmed considerably. Swinton Avenue no longer serves as the dividing line between Delray Beach’s black community and its white community, but the past is not easily forgotten. “In spite of the fact that there’s no separation between east and west, the imaginary boundary line is still there,” Weatherspoon says. “You’re allowed to go anywhere you want, but you don’t always feel welcome.” And there are many who still believe Delray Beach has some work to do before there is racial equality encompassing equal opportunities not just for blacks but for the city’s growing minority populations, including Haitians and Hispanics.


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Active in the Classroom Teachers Association and in the community, Odom and her husband, Eddie, are well known as founders of the Delray Beach American Little League. That league, which serves primarily AfricanAmerican kids, has occasionally come under scrutiny, but Yvonne Odom defends the league saying that some of the African-American players might not be able to play elsewhere. “It’s not about segregation,” she says. “It’s about opportunity.” Although opportunities for African-Americans in Delray Beach are far greater than they’ve been in the past, many believe there is still work to be done. “There’s still inequality,” says Alberta McCarthy, a former city commissioner and a consultant hired by the City of Delray Beach to update its report on Relationships Between Authorities, Citizens and Experts (R.A.C.E.). “What I heard from others was that there was a feeling that there are more tools in place in the schools for those who have, as opposed to those who have not.” During her research, McCarthy said she heard from several people that integration was not always the primary goal. “People back then didn’t necessarily want integra-tion,” she says. “What they wanted was equal access to opportunity. There are more opportunities now, but they’re still not equal.” McCarthy believes that traditional residential patterns—with black sections of town and white sections—tend to foster segregation in schools. But she sees that as gradually changing. “The reason some of our schools are segregated is because the city was built on segregation and we still live in segregated neighborhoods to a large degree,” she says. From his seat on the city commission from 1984 to 1990, Weatherspoon says he saw the need for more money to be spent on what remains the African-American section of the city. “Money spent in our community has been less than what’s spent in other parts of the city,” he says. “But it is getting better. It seems that more money and attention are being focused in this area.” McCarthy, who worked with study circles while doing her research for the city, says that in the group discussions of race she noticed distinct generational differences. “The older generation couldn’t stop talking about the past, and the younger generation couldn’t stop talking about the future,” she says. In the struggle for equality, Mayor McDuffie believes Delray Beach has evolved over the years. “I don’t think we’re there yet, but we’re closer,” he says. “We’ve come light years from 1961.” For many longtime residents in the AfricanAmerican community, who remember restrictions november/december

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and lack of opportunities, there is a satisfaction in being able to go anywhere at any time and being able to consider the entire city their home. “I know that if I want to drive down Atlantic Avenue I can do it, because this is my Delray Beach,” Fulton says. “I love Delray Beach. It’s my Delray.” Today, Yvonne Odom is welcome throughout the city. Sitting at a restaurant near her home, she talks with pride about that September day in 1961, when, as a 14-year-old, she opened the heavy doors of Seacrest High—doors that had never before been open to black students. “I knew there were some people who were looking at me and would judge everyone in my race by what they saw,” she says now. “I had some regrets about leaving Carver, but I wouldn’t trade it now because of the lifelong lessons I learned.”

Although opportunities for AfricanAmericans in Delray are far greater than they’ve been in the past, many believe there is still work to be done.

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Atlantic Avenue came alive for the third annual Tastemakers of Delray Beach. The two-day food and wine event, presented by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines, in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority, sold out for a third year. Attendees were able to visit 24 of Delray’s finest restaurants to sample culinary delights and refreshing drinks. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefited the Delray Beach Centennial Celebration Festivities. Marjorie Ferrer and Adam Frankel Ranniery Oliveira Nicole Zuralow, Deborah Hopkins, Frank Reider and Erica Thompson Guests sample yogurt treats at Orange Leaf. Mark and Laurie Hajduch

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The Nat King Cole Generation Hope (NKCGH) foundation staged “Shake It Up”, a fundraising event at LOLA Ultra Lounge in Delray Beach. Casey and Timolin Cole, daughters of Nat King Cole, hosted the event and debuted their signature cocktail, “The COLEtini.” More than 80 guests drank and danced, and many attendees also purchased NKCGH’s new signature pendant, signifying a commitment to keep music alive. [ 11 ] Joe Gray and Mayco Bratzoon [ 12 ] Timolin and Casey Cole [ 13 ] Kyle Silverman and Barbara Michaels [ 14 ] Farah Zabhaby, Nirav Desal, Tessa Monfort and Erika Lasker [ 15 ] Wendy Rosano and Sara Greenstone




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paws for the cause

One of Delray’s most prominent pet-friendly restaurants, Deck 84, hosted “Paws for the Cause”, a networking event to raise money for the Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton. The restaurant treated members and guests to a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Members had a chance to win a variety of gifts, including a doggie basket, Yves Saint Laurent cosmetic basket and wine. [ 16 ] Joy Thomas and Charlene Reiff [ 17 ] Marty and Jill Weisblut

Dec.1 – Lighting of the 100-Foot Christmas Tree in Old School Square begins at 5 pm. Santa arrives via Sky 12 Helicopter! Dec.10 – Kids Day at the 100-Foot Christmas Tree with Santa Claus, snow and special surprises 10 am to 4 pm – Holiday Parade begins at 6 pm. Dec.17 – Breakfast with Santa at the Delray Beach Marriott. Advanced reservations required for seatings at 8,9,10 or 11 am 561-279-1380, ext. 17. Dec.20 – Lighting of the first Menorah candle at Old School Square at sundown. Dec.31 – First Night 2012® New Year’s Eve Celebration, tickets $10 in advance and $15 on Dec. 31. Win a Fiat! Purchase your raffle tickets at • 561-279-1380, ext 17

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Smokehouse Grille & Wingery debuted in Boca Raton with an all-day, grand opening celebration. Smokehouse distributed almost 2,000 free barbeque samplers with smoked chicken wings and tender ribs. Proceeds from the day’s sales benefited the Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation, helping support children and adults facing life-changing illnesses in South Florida. [ 21 ] Richard and Samantha Lawson [ 22 ] Judy and Marvin Taub


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Pangea Bistro owner Grethel Boscam (left) and daughter Natasha Dominguez Above: blackened mahi

angea Bistro is all about addition. Take three chefs who used to work at the uber-luxe Four Seasons Palm Beach, add one general manager, also a Four Seasons veteran, a Venezuelan designer-turnedrestaurateur adept at creating strikingly contemporary spaces, and the desire to bring modestly adventurous yet accessible tropical-themed New American cuisine to the equestrian-driven world of Wellington. The result is an utterly charming restaurant that’s as pleasing to the eyes as its food is to the palate. Proprietor Grethel Boscan has done wonders with what could have been just another generic suburban restaurant space, giving it a contemporary tropical look that’s at once both sophisticated and inviting. The menu channels “flavors from the continents with a Hawaiian influence.” On your plate, that can mean something like a variation on the islands’ iconic poke (raw fish salad), in this case cubes of impeccably fresh ahi tricked out with wasabi aioli, sweet soy sauce and Asianstyle slaw, all plopped on squares of flatbread. A salad of Florida heirloom tomatoes— some plump and sweet, others tasteless and mealy—with chunks of blue cheese and pickled cippolini onions was fine if nothing special. It may have missed its promised chimichurri vinaigrette, arriving instead with standard balsamic dressing. House-made beef and manchego empanadas were terrific, though, served with chipotle aioli and a classic Venezuelan guasacaca sauce, typically a blend of avocado and fresh herbs. Entrées kept to the same high standard, with side dishes vying for stardom with the main protein. Tender, meaty grilled lamb chops get a sweetish soy glaze; red, yellow and green bell peppers pickled en escabache; and a lovely gratin of wafer-thin slices of plantain and sweet potato. A square of mahi coated with mild blackening spices was good too, if a bit overcooked. But the watermelonpineapple-lychee-cucumbers salad was positively inspired. Pangea’s churros are the dictionary definition of “irresistible,” the donut a crisp, cinnamon-dusted stick that becomes even more irresistible when dredged through a lush bittersweet chocolate fondue. All of which add up to a damn good restaurant. —Bill Citara

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$ Inexpensive: under $17 $$ Moderate: $18 to $35 $$$ Expensive: $36 to $50 $$$$ Very expensive: $50+ 32 east—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary

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American. The chef plans a new menu nightly— creative food, prepared with passion, based on the ingredients available during each particular season. The oak-roasted black mission figs wrapped in prosciutto with sweet Gorgonzola and frisée is just one example of the exquisite offerings at this award-winning restaurant. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. Outdoor dining. 561/2767868. $$$

brulé bistro—200 N.E.2nd Ave., Suite 109. American. This cozy Pineapple Grove restaurant has small tables as well as less formal seating, a market counter and a wall of very good wines. It has the ambience of an intimate neighborhood bistro (you can take out gourmet meals as well) with the culinary IQ of a very fine restaurant. It is local Delray at its best, with entrées like Snake River Kobe flank au poivre to Maine lobster bisque with fennel pollen to veal scalloppini. This may be your catcher’s mitt for great downtown dining when you can’t decide where to go. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/274-2046. $$

cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray Beach. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue. Mariquitas (fried banana chips) are a tasty way to start your meal. For dinner, seafood paella is a winner, with mussels, shrimp, conch, octopus, scallops and clams. And the churrasco is terrific. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$

caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 16-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9404. $$


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caliente kitchen—8 E. Atlantic Ave. Mexican. Mix a dollop of Mexican authenticity with a soupçon of gringo accessibility and wrap it in a stylishly rustic package, and you’ve got this comfortable downtown Delray restaurant. The food is not really different than at any other modestly upscale Mexican joint, but it’s pretty well done. Both pork and chicken tacos feature moist and savory meat that takes well to their garnishes of lettuce, onion, cheese and good salsa. Try the rich tres leches cake for dessert. • Dinner Mon.– Sat. 561/450-6940. $ city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never seems to disappoint, such as Chilean sea bass in a saffron bouillabaisse sauce and crab-stuffed shrimp in white-wine butter sauce. The menu also includes some turf. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ cucina mio—16950 Jog Road. Italian. There are many Italian restaurants in our culinary universe, most mining familiar culinary territory. This popular restaurant does so, too, offering sturdy renditions of Italian favorites in enormous portions at correspondingly modest prices. The menu highlight is perhaps tiramisu, rarely made as well as it is here. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner

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cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner daily. 561/272-9898. $$$ deck 84 —840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the remarkably light yet beefy meatball topped with ricotta and tomato sauce, thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey apple cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $ fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite, a place where locals know they’ll get consistently good steaks and seafood. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous cuts and preparations—and add november/december

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gol! the taste of brazil—411 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. The classic churrascaria formula—grilled meats, served until you can’t eat another bite—is done efficiently and quite satisfyingly. Start off at the well-provisioned salad bar, which offers more than three dozen preludes to meat eating, among them well-made calamari and ham salads, rounds of smoky eggplant, and rich and delightfully old-fashioned four-cheese chicken. Meats with a bit of fat are the best choices, especially the garlicky sirloin, slices of medium-rare flank steak and hugely flavorful beef ribs. • Dinner daily. 561/272-6565. $$

greek bistro —1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. If you care more about well-prepared, generously portioned and fairly priced food than Opa!-shouting waiters and belly dancers shaking their falafel in your tzatziki, you’ll love this modest little restaurant off the beaten Delray path. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and miraculously

light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrees don’t always reach those heights, both a longbraised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $

henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

house of siam—25 N.E. Second Ave., #116. Thai. Smack in the center of the busy Pineapple Grove district is some of the city’s best Thai cuisine. The crispy spring roll appetizer is one of the best. The curry entrées are knockouts, particularly the fiery red curry with shrimp. Thai coffee is a seriously sweet drink that you can order in lieu of a dessert. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/330-9191. $

il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. Il Girasole is one of those oldies but goodies, which is no small thing when it comes to South Florida. It’s not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for 30 years. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the frogs legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$ j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue— owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to entrées like fruits of the sea, pistachio-crusted snapper and jerked pork—a diversity that is unusual in a place this size. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/272-3390. $$

jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Look up “cozy” and “charming” in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Jimmy Mills’ tiny

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restaurant. Jimmy’s cheerily unpretentious atmosphere applies to the eclectic menu, which flits from China to Italy to New Orleans at will. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/865-5774. $$

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la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. There is great satisfaction in watching professionals at work, and the staff at La Cigale is indeed a pleasure to watch. That professionalism extends to the kitchen, which turns out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are simply glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. And watching your server skillfully debone a whole (and impeccably fresh) Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

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House of Siam Thai cuisine, made from recipes handed down through generations. “Everything here is homemade, and everything is authentic.”

lola—16950 Jog Road. Contemporary American. Part bar, part lounge, part upscale comfort food restaurant, Lola is a good-humored reflection of owner Wendy Rosano’s motto “Love often, laugh a lot.” There’s a lot to like about the stylish, bustling space, including lobster and shrimp-topped flatbread baked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. The young staff handles peak hour crowds with aplomb too. • Lunch and dinner Sun.–Fri. Dinner only Sat. 561/496-5652. $$

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the office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. It’s a safe bet that your office is nothing like David Manero’s eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports red leather and cowhide chairs, more than two dozen craft beers on tap, and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to Maine sea scallops wrapped in Serrano ham. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and

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Pan-Asian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this original Lemongrass and its three younger siblings some of the most popular eateries around. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge, as evidenced by impeccably fresh salmon, tuna and yellowtail sushi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. $

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two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

old calypso—900 E. Atlantic Ave. Island. The restaurant is airy and wide-open, but the draw is the Intracoastal view. A popular happy hour takes place at the center bar, and during Sunday brunch, music is added. The food is reliable and consistent, from a rich roasted-corn and crabmeat chowder to real fried green tomatoes to crispy fried lobster tails. • Brunch Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/279-2300. $$

prime—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is a strong suit too, so with a bit of work this good-looking restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/8655845. $$$

scuola vecchia—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Neopolitan pizza. They like to say they make the “best pizza under the sun” and, well, we just have to agree. This bright new pizza and wine place makes a certified and serious Neopolitan pizza— according to standards set forth by The Associazone Pizzaliola Napolentani (APN). That means light flavorful dough, spanking fresh imported ingredients—and about as far away as you can get from the American smeary cheesy greasy version. Try the Keste pizza: imported fresh bufula mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, proscuitto di Parma, rucala, shaved gran cru, extra virgin olive oil and basil. Pair that with a nice vino and you are transported to a pizzeria in Naples. In short: This is a don’t-miss Delray dining experence. Go now. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/865-5923. $

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sundy house—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The first thing everyone mentions about this Delray Beach fixture is its spectacular garden, home to hundreds of species of exotic plants, waterfalls, gazebos and more. But the comforting-contemporary food deserves notice too, realized in such dishes as expertly fried calamari with zesty Moroccan-style aioli, savory rack of lamb crusted with herbs, mustard and horseradish, and seared salmon with rich coarse-grain mustard sauce. Portions are enormous, so bring your appetite. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$ november/december

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roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet Marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Entrées Outdoor dining. 561/272-1944. $$

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beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and notthe-usual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. As a dining experience, though, it’s not always as successful. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with Thai-style dipping sauce and the fat wedge of iceberg lettuce with bacon bits and tomatoes in a tangy ranch dressing. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. 561/921-0201. $$

vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. God is in the details at the second outpost of this hugely popular upscale trattoria, and He doesn’t miss much. Wine service, table service—even the design of the restaurant—leave nothing to chance and no loose ends hanging. As for the food, ingredients like Buffalo mozzarella, house-made pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate; execution is typically spot on. Try the signature “Old School” meatball to start, the whole-wheat tagliatelle with garlic and chili-infused olive oil and the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2789570. $$$

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bar louie—1500 Gateway Blvd. Eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering a variety of old and new favorites, from burgers and pizzas to fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. Don’t miss the carrot cake bites dessertini. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $ china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave. Chinese. This is a nice neighborhood restaurant where the food is the star. The dim sum basket is an absolute must-try. A choice of signature steamed dumplings are likewise spot on. The steak kew is delicious, and the clay pot casseroles are mighty enticing. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $ november/december

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prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Fresh seafood, prepared simply and with care, is at the heart of this popular restaurant with a pleasant view of the Intracoastal. There are contemporary dishes as well, but it’s tough to get past the simple pleasures of full-belly clams, fried sweet and crispy, or a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or first-rate bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish and shellfish. Don’t miss the Key lime pie; it’s one of the best around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$ sushi simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese/sushi. Simon says this small, modest sushi bar in a nothing-much strip mall serves some of freshest and finest raw fish around. It’s already been discovered by local sushi-philes, who gladly jam the long, narrow dining room for a taste of such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi, tilefish and uni (only available in season), as well as more elaborate dishes like the sublime snowy grouper Morimoto and opulent tuna tartare. Creative and even more elaborate rolls are a specialty, and

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while some can be an overwhelming mélange of tastes and textures, others—like the elegant South Beach Roll—are more balanced. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

Lake worth couco pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey restaurant. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic; house-smoked mozzarella—breaded, fried and presented with a tangy tomato-basil fondue—is equally tasty. • Dinner nightly. (Mon.–Sat. May to Oct.). 561/585-0320. $$ fiorentina—707 Lake Ave. Italian. Though it may seem like the last thing we need is one more Italian restaurant, this cozy, casual eatery fills a niche that will make you glad it’s around. It’s a niche marked by modest prices, a menu with

more than just the most familiar Italian culinary suspects, and an easy-going ambience that’s more like that of a familiar neighborhood bar. Burrata imported from Puglia is a luscious part of caprese salad. Giant shrimp with white beans is a fine rendition of a Tuscan classic. Chicken cooked under a brick and the signature rigatoni alla Bucaiola are worthy contenders , as is the airy ricotta cheesecake. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/588-9707. $$

paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The wild striped sea bass is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. PanAsian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of

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[ dining guide ] more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

LANTANA bar italia—210 E. Ocean Ave. Italian. Formerly known as Apicius (the pre-eminent gourmand of ancient Rome), this robust Italian restaurant is a good deal more contemporary, but it would undoubtedly make old Apicius proud. The two open-air dining rooms are delightful, as is the extraordinary wine list and menu of Italian classics and modern interpretations. Vitello tonnato is superb beyond its generic description as “cold poached veal with tuna sauce.” Roasted duck breast and leg cooked en confit with Grand Marnier sauce is fine too; even better is the stellar cacuicco alla Livornese. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/533-5998. $$$$

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the station house—233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in almost every size imaginable (up to 8 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. (Other location: 1544 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954/420-9314) $$$ pALm beAch

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bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, sautéed chicken breast and stuffed rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$ buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. The elegance of Palm Beach meets the modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley (formerly of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental). The restaurant has something for just about everybody, from a design that offers both intimate and energetic dining areas to a menu that is by turn familiar (Caesar salad, fried calamari, burger) and more adventurous (sweetbread and mushroom spring roll, truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner november/december

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café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard, the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-6060. $$$


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café l’europe—331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop with a scallion potato cake, and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$ chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests homemade dessert—profiterolles au chocolat, hazelnut soufflé and tropical sorbets, among others—the correct response is, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$

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cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu includes a sausage and fennel pizzette for one and Barolo-braised short ribs with white polenta. The great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine of this highly respected Palm Beach Asian restaurant reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam and is spec-ta-cular. Crispy jumbo shrimp with soybean plum sauce is delectable, the Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the Mongolian beef tenderloin is perfection. Sake list is also tops, if you want to sample a slightly different cocktail. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$


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[ dining guide ] nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, wellprepared, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers who make everyone feel like a local. Check out the ahi tuna tacos or short-rib sliders for appetizers, and try the fourcheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-3319. $$

renato’s—87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is comfortably buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

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South Ocean Blvd. Contemporary American. With a casual, yet refined ambience, The Restaurant is the premier dining venue at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Savor fresh Atlantic seafood in a contemporary setting complemented by innovative cocktails. Don’t miss the mouthwatering dessert selections. Live entertainment is featured on Saturday night. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/5333750. $$$$

ta-boó—2221 Worth Ave. American. This self-described “American bistro” is less typical “American” restaurant or classical French “bistro” than it is posh-casual refuge for the seeand-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from spicy shrimp-crab cakes and roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$ west palm beach b.b. king’s blues club—550 S. Rosemary Ave. American. The restaurant at this club-dining spot won’t leave you singing the blues, but it will leave you wishing for more than a spoonful of the lusty f lavors of its Southern/New Orleans cuisine. Punch up the f lavors of pan-fried catfish and shrimp with jambalaya sauce and chicken-fried chicken on a bed of mac ’n’ cheese, and you could let the good times roll. Buffalo wings, fried pickle chips and luscious banana bread pudding are good bets. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/420-8600. $

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cabana las palmas —533 Clematis St. Nuevo Latino. With its bold, vibrant decor and f lavors, this colorful restaurant is a treat for the palette and palate. Must-orders include mariquitas, thin, crispy plantain slices that are the irresistible Cuban answer to potato chips; cookbook-perfect ceviche of shrimp, octopus and calamari that shows how chili heat can be both fiery and subtle; and the signature “Coco Cabana,” a habanero and coconut milk-infused curry with a wealth of veggies, tubers and fat, succulent shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-4773. $$

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There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambience, piano nightly after 7 p.m., the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. The kitchen breathes new life into hoary old fried calamari, gives fettucine con pollo a surprisingly delicate herbed cream sauce, gilds snowy fillets of bass with a soulful Livornese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/514-4070. $$

china beach bistro—407 Northwood Road. Chinese. South Florida may not be a hotbed of fine Chinese cuisine but anyone who loves the incredibly diverse, sophisticated food of the Middle Kingdom should be fired up about this chic restaurant. From exquisite dim sum (like steamed chicken and mushroom dumplings perfumed with kaffir lime leaf) to a superb version of Peking duck with impossibly crisp skin, tender meat and house-made pancakes, the food here is a revelation. Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-4242. $

gratify—125 Datura St. American. This youthful American gastropub gratifies more often than not with friendly and efficient servers, a surprisingly sophisticated wine list and food that—when it clicks—is quite good. Try not to gorge on the addictive house-made potato chips so you have appetite to gorge on the pulled pork sliders and the blue cheese-dressed iceberg lettuce salad. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5300. $

leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Leila’s sensational hummus is a must-try. Fresh ground lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. Take your Turkish coffee to the patio for an arguileh (water pipe) experience. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$ november/december

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