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Savor the Sun: Where to Eat in Palm Beach

Palm Beach is known as the winter playground for the rich and famous. The tony island and its surrounding towns offer top-notch and, in many cases, unpretentious restaurants helmed by a slew of coveted chefs from around the globe. From upscale vegan and Southern fare to local beer and burgers, here are the best restaurants in Palm Beach County.

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Seafood: PB Catch

Surrounded on three sides by water, Florida is known for superb seafood. However, when it comes to upscale, sustainable fish, PB Catch tops the food chain. Set on the island of Palm Beach, this pearl offers pristine food in a posh setting. The seasonally rotating selection of oysters is the most extensive in town, from Prince Edward Island Malpeques to Oregon Kumamotos, with pretty much everything in between. And the globally inspired dishes are just as impressive. Look for options like pan-seared Chilean sea bass certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The fare and atmosphere alone are exceptional, but throw in imaginative cocktails like a Blackberry Mint Gin & Tonic and numerous by-the-glass wines, and you have the ultimate seafood joint for the new Florida.

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Burger: BurgerFi

California has In-N-Out. New York has Shake Shack. The Midwest has Steak & Shake. South Florida has BurgerFi. The local fast-casual burger chain is revered among locals for its high-quality humanely raised beef, devoid of hormones, antibiotics and all animal byproducts. Born in South Florida in 2011, the eco-conscious chain has become such a hit that it now has nearly 100 locations. The North Palm Beach-based company smashes and sears Angus patties on a griddle, and cradles them in signature stamped buns with a classic array of toppings, like bacon, American cheese, fried egg and pink BurgerFi sauce. And the vegan-friendly place serves some excellent veggie fare, too.

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Comfort Food: Coolinary Cafe

Set in an average strip mall in Palm Beach Garden’s Donald Ross Village, Coolinary Cafe may not look like anything special from the outside. But the 47-seat restaurant is, in fact, one of the coolest neighborhood restaurants in all of South Florida. Chef-Owner Tim Lipman serves super-hyped comfort food, including unique riffs on international home-style classics. Here, chicken and waffles gets an invigorating makeover with grilled lemon, coleslaw and boneless Southern-style fried chicken atop a jalapeno-cheddar waffle. Spaghetti and Florida clams gets jazzed up with housemade parsley pork sausage, kale, Glades corn and jalapeno queso. This is an all-new take on comfort.

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Southern: The Regional Kitchen & Public House

Lindsay Autry dug deep before opening her highly lauded, seasonally-driven hub, the Regional Kitchen & Public House. The concept is like her own delicious memoir, with a menu that highlights her North Carolina upbringing, Greek grandmother’s cooking, days working in top Miami restaurants for super-chef Michelle Bernstein and, as the title suggests, regional culinary history. With it, she’s breathing life back into all of West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. The cavernous space — once home to several failed restaurant concepts — now buzzes with a bespoke playlist and diners crowding in to try Autry’s creative fare. Dishes include a Low Country Boil chock full of Florida seafood; Bucatini a la Americana peppered with country ham; andvibrant tomato pie and pimento cheese prepared tableside.

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