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With so many culinary heavyweights in Palm Beach, it can be tricky to find picnic-perfect fare for a quick, alfresco lunch on the beach. From designer dagwoods to signature French pastries, we’ve rounded up five to-go spots that will have you craving seconds.
Chef Clay Conley’s unassuming eatery pays homage to the seminal lunch staple with fresh ingredients like New York strip steak, pork loin, and Maine lobster. Our Pick: Barbecue-spiced turkey club with house-cured bacon, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, cornichon, and a creamy horseradish dressing. (561-833-6295)
BIslanders call this tiny café in Via Demario a hidden gem. Salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups are standouts but arrive early as daily specials sell out quickly. Our Pick: Call ahead and have celery soup and a shrimp salad with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano, and lemon-Dijon dressing pedaled to your door. (561-659-3174)
Complement a cerulean ocean view with C’est Si Bon’s daily delicacies that rival Palm Beach’s five-star dining rooms. Weekly specials include roasted duck, lobster tails, and stuffed acorn squash gratin. Our Pick: Turkey tetrazzini with sweet potato boulangère and a side of corn pudding. (561-659-6503)
Pastry legend Patrick Lézé makes more than insanely addictive macarons at his patisserie. Francophile dishes punctuate the menu, including Quiche Lorraine, Salad Niçoise, and smoked salmon and duck pâté sandwiches. Our Pick: Smoked salmon served on a crunchy baguette with lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese, mayo, and a hard-boiled egg. Macarons, naturally, are a must for dessert. (561-366-1313)
Restaurateur Maurizio Ciminella’s bustling market-deli-pizzeria-juice bar serves up unpretentious Italian cuisine (handmade pastas, pizzas, and calzones) and healthy options like acai and pitaya bowls. Our Pick: The two-napkin Godfather panini, made with beef meatballs, melted mozzarella cheese, and Amici’s secret marina sauce. (561-832-0201)