Calaveras Cantina, located at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida, is one of Liz Balmaseda's, Food Editor of the Palm Beach Post, Best Restaurant picks for North Palm Beach County. Balmaseda gives more detail as to why she chose Calaveras Cantina for the top of her list.
[caption id="attachment_24885" align="aligncenter" width="697"] credit: Palm Beach Post[/caption] By Liz Balmaseda | January 15, 2018

Calaveras Cantina
Beneath vibrantly colored Mexican lanterns, hipster servers mash guacamole tableside, crispy empanadas are stuffed with delicious duck confit, and dessert means hot, fresh churros served with caramel (cajeta) dipping sauce. Both the empanadas and churros are must-haves at this waterfront cantina, which offers an extensive range of cocktails and terrific happy hour deals.

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Christopher’s Kitchen
I'm wild about macadamia nut "ricotta," particularly when it dresses one of the addictive pizzas at this popular Midtown eatery. Proprietor and chef Christopher Slawson has established a niche here for inspired, plant-based cuisine. His fresh-pressed juices, salads, hot soups and pizza draw a fit, stylish crowd.

They're on to something: Healthy tastes delicious here. And if you don't believe me, try CK's salted caramel "ice cream," an insanely good, creamy treat made of coconut milk, cashew cream and a few other nutritious yet sinfully good ingredients.

Cod & Capers Café
The launch of stone crab season (which runs from Oct. 15 to May 15) is always a good reason to visit this café, which is located inside the family-owned Cod & Capers seafood market. But it’s not the only reason to visit. Just peruse the display case at the market and you’ll find plenty of reasons in the form of fresh fish and seafood.

Start your meal with a steaming bowl of lobster bisque – it’s outstanding. (As are the crab cakes and lobster rolls.)

Food Shack
Chef/restaurateur Mike Moir takes the ocean-to-table concept seriously at his wildly popular, strip-mall eatery. The fish is some of the freshest in town, and it's deliciously prepared. No wonder there's usually a wait outside the door. Don't let that stop you -- the eclectic menu and ambiance here are worth the wait.

Fresh Nation
Wander into Fresh Nation, the new health-conscious café tucked next to a gym in Juno Beach, and expect to be pleasantly surprised.

This is not your standard smoothie-and-salad spot. It does not inflict acai on your breakfast or pre-workout meal. Sure, there are smoothies, salads and acai bowls, but these items share the menu with other, more complex and tempting dishes. This spot also makes its own sparkling sodas from cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, as well as fresh almond milk.

Fresh Nation’s logline is “Delicious with a Purpose,” but don’t let the “purpose” part of the phrase throw you. The focus here is on the delicious.

Juno Beach Café
When it comes to brunch spots, this is not the most pizzazzy. There’s no Bloody Mary or Mimosa bar. There’s no ocean view or lush garden. Still, there’s a line that stretches into the parking lot as the sun glints on passing traffic along U.S. 1.

The attention-grabbing stars here are the “UEPs,” the stacks of “Uncle Eddie’s Pancakes,” which are some of the most popular items on the extensive breakfast menu. The pancakes join the heaps of French toast, eggs, meats, breakfast skillets and other morning dishes spirited from the café’s kitchen.

Leftovers Café
It's hard to resist the signature dishes that make Little Moir's restaurants (Food Shack, Leftovers) so popular. Always a great choice: the crusted fish served over greens that are tossed in spicy, fruity, chunky salsa. Leftovers in Jupiter not only serves some of the best fish dishes in town, it offers an eclectic craft-beer menu with terrific pairing choices.

Portobello
North county diners flock to this family-owned Italian restaurant in Jupiter for delicious pasta dishes, fresh seafood and expertly prepared classics. If you want to join them, make sure you have a reservation. The place offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as spots along the cozy bar for cocktails and dinner.

Sara’s Kitchen
Whenever I'm nostalgic for a real-deal diner, one where the food is fresh, excellent and generously portioned, I drive over to Sara's. Located in a professional plaza at U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard, it's easy to miss as you blur by. But if you do make it here for breakfast or lunch (the place opens from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), you'll be rewarded with delicious, home-cooked comfort dishes. I'm partial to the Benedict dishes for brunch and any one of the "Sensational Salads" for lunch.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar
This welcoming eatery is a mainstay on the PGA Boulevard dining corridor. Come for the oysters -- the Bluepoints from Long Island Sound, the Duxbury and Wellfleet oysters from Cape Cod, and the sinful, umami-rich oyster shooters -- but stay for a menu that's well varied and well executed. Seafood lovers will find ample options here, from the delicious lobster risotto to the shrimp jambalaya to the lobster fettuccine, to the grilled or roasted fresh black grouper, salmon and mahi mahi. (Yes, there are chicken, pork and beef dishes, if meat is your preference.)

The service is solid, and the seating options are plenty in the dining room, on the patio or at the busy bar.

Talay Thai
Beware of the Panang curry curse -- once you've tasted this sauce on the fork-tender short ribs or plump scallops, you'll become a regular at chef Charlie Soo's family-owned Thai eatery. The place is popular with golfers and the PGA National set, so reservations are encouraged.

The Parched Pig
Coolinary Café’s logo piglet didn’t have to waddle far to quench his thirst. His new namesake bar was just down the plaza. Nearly five years after the café took north county by storm, owners Tim and Jenny Lipman gave their mascot its own watering hole: a bar they called The Parched Pig.

The bar was an instant hit in an area thirsty for an inspired gastro pub. What began as a small menu of oysters and other easy bites – the place has no real kitchen – has evolved into a menu that offers house-made charcuterie and entrée-worthy dishes. To drink, the Lipmans keep an adventurous rotation of craft beers and select, interesting wines.

U-Tiki Beach
Behold the best view in Jupiter: the iconic lighthouse and shimmering inlet waters. It's all yours at U-Tiki, sister eatery to Jetty's (next door). Grab a cocktail and find a seat on the deck below, and enjoy your well-deserved moment of north county Zen. The food is decent, but that's not the main attraction here: Come for the view.

BY: Bill DiPaolo | Nov. 21

Nick Mastroianni II, the developer of Harbourside Place, and the Mastroianni Foundation donated $3 million to the Jupiter Medical Center to establish a pediatric emergency department.

“As a father of three young girls, the well-being of my children is always on my mind. If your child is sick or injured and needs emergency services, I want them to get the best treatment possible. With this donation, we hope we can make the emergency room experience less intimidating for parents and their young children by separating them from the adult emergency room, and having dedicated, pediatric physicians available 24/7,” said Nicholas Mastroianni III, Nick Mastroianni’s son.

Nicholas Mastroianni III and his brother Anthony work with their father at Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, a Jupiter-based real estate development and capital-raising firm.

The 6,300-square-foot Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department will be located next to the hospital’s current emergency room. Plans call for eight pediatric treatment rooms, a dedicated family waiting area, pediatric triage rooms and indoor play areas.

The unit is expected to open in late 2018.

“I’m humbled to be a part of this new era at Jupiter Medical Center. My family wants to make sure other families feel more comfortable and at ease when making a visit to the ER with young children,” said Nick Mastroianni II.

Founded in 1979, JMC is a not-for-profit, 327-bed, regional medical center, consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds, and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice beds. The town’s largest employer, JMC has about 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers.

 

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