Of the many revelations the local dining scene has experienced over the past two seasons, the number of high-profile openings in North County is worth noting. No longer do Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter residents have to schlep down to West Palm Beach or the island to dine in a trendy atmosphere. Case in point: Crosby Kitchen & Bar, a new American bistro located at the former site of Pasquale’s in Jupiter. Owners Peter Pace and Rob Gillen orchestrated a complete transformation resulting in a Manhattan–meets–Palm Beach vibe with white subway tiles, moody pendant lights, and lots of palm fronds. It’s a breath of fresh air for the Jupiter Inlet.
The large bar at the entrance grows lively in the evenings as a stylish, young crowd congregates to sip wines by the glass and classic cocktails with a twist, like the Negroni Limon made with lemon-distilled Malfy gin.
Small bites courtesy of chef Christopher Semetti, such as the smoky roasted oysters, pork belly bao buns, and “bottom of the pot” rice, serve as ideal complements. A play on coffee and donuts for dessert—warm apple cider donut holes paired with a coffee anglaise—finishes off the menu strong, or rather hot, hot, hot. North County is heating up, and Crosby Kitchen & Bar is tending to the flame.