This has been a special week for me. My family is getting a chance to Take a Bite Out of Boca with me! My mom, dad, and younger sister Rebecca have been visiting all week, which of course means we have done some dining out. Family vacations to Florida have always been full of delicious dinners and this time wasn’t any different, despite the fact that I am now living here while they are simply livin’ it up on vacation. Normally it’s Bubby with all the restaurant suggestions, but this time around my dad was the one doing the deed. His job with The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ gets him VIP treatment at any of the restaurants owned by Landry’s Inc., which also owns The Nugget. One of these restaurants is Charley’s Crab in Palm Beach, so the whole crew took the half-hour trip up I-95 to check it out. Upon arrival, we were promptly greeted, seated, and presented with this:
How cool is that?! (Barry is my dad, in case you couldn’t guess). The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, and everything about the restaurant was really inviting. The decor was cozy and made you feel very at-home. Holiday lights and decorations adorned the fireplace and bar, as well as the banisters and hostess stand. It was really a beautiful place. I like that it could serve as a romantic spot for a date, but also works nicely as a night out with family like we were having. Not only was the restaurant itself appealing, but the food (taste and presentation) was
even more impressive.
We all started out with a soup, salad or appetizer. I chose mine off the seasonal menu: Roasted Acorn Squash Soup with toasted pepitas and a maple sour cream. One taste of this soup and I was sold. It was the exact taste you want during the fall. I don’t usually eat sour cream so I asked for it on the side and tried a little of it. The maple syrup flavoring gave it a sweet taste instead of the usual tartness I don’t particularly enjoy. Please excuse the mess on top of the cauldron in the first picture. That was my fault, not the waitress! 🙂
Another beautiful and delicious appetizer was ordered by my mom and Aunt Patty. The Roasted Beet Salad was full of red and golden beets, goat cheese and a pistachio vinaigrette. The presentation of this dish was so cool it was painful to watch someone dig in. But when it tastes that good, you just have to do it! I had been debating between this salad and soup as my first course. Although I was really happy with my decision, I tried some of this salad and it was delicious! Finely chopped beets tossed with creamy goat cheese (my favorite!) is a go-to combination that very seldom fails in my book. The dressing had just enough pistachio that it didn’t overpower the sweet taste of the beets and cheese. Other starters had by the rest of the table included New England clam chowder, caesar salad and oysters on the half-shell.