Epicurean Excursion: The North County Tour

These seven North County stops make perfect additions to your culinary itinerary

Illustration by Ashley Meyer

1000 North, Jupiter

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway with an exquisite view of the Jupiter Lighthouse, 1000 North is an excellent choice for those ready to relax and partake in the finer things in life. Culinary director Lee Morris’ menu emphasizes elevated steak house fare with what he calls a “Southern, down-to-earth twist.” Take a seat, sip a barrel-aged cocktail or a sommelier-recommended glass of wine, and prepare for a world-class meal.

Begin your seaside supper with the bigeye tuna poke with chopped macadamia nuts and a hint of chili vinaigrette, along with the savory bourbon and hay-roasted oysters for a smoky start. Then, order a large plate of your choice: the Maine diver scallops with maque choux (a Louisiana-inspired smothered corn) delivers on that Southern flair Morris promised, while the grilled rack of lamb served with a perfect romesco sauce will delight any meat-eater. Finish it all off with a slice of tropical key lime pie or splurge on some super-addictive french fries tossed in truffle salt.

Superior Farms Grilled Rack of Lamb at 1000 North.
Photo by Libby Volgyes

Little Moir’s Leftovers Café, Jupiter

Little Moir’s Leftovers Café is a no-frills eatery that specializes in fresh seafood with go-tos such as a famous sweet potato–crusted catch of the day and the best smoked fish dip in the county. No matter the season, Leftovers is a favorite place for both locals and tourists to sip a craft beer, enjoy live music, and unwind. If you can’t score a table at Leftovers, head to Food Shack, Little Moir’s original location on U.S. Highway 1

Dune Dog, Jupiter

Dune Dog is a charmingly low-key hangout dedicated to the classic hot dog, with 10 variations available across the guilty-pleasure menu. Situated as a quick stop before heading to the lighthouse or the quaint village of Tequesta, Dune Dog’s casual atmosphere and long-standing quality make it a must for those wanting an easy meal out. 

Civil Society, Abacoa

Pining for the best IPAs in Palm Beach County? Civil Society serves a staggering amount of bitter-forward, unfiltered brews in Abacoa (and a new West Palm locale) that’ll make your hops-happy head spin. Taste your first sip of the famously hazy Fresh IPA and see what all the hype is about. 

Hog Snappers, Tequesta

A welcome sight after one or two Der Chancellor Kölsch beers at nearby Tequesta Brewing Company, Hog Snappers is a sanctuary for sushi lovers and other seafood savants. select the loaded tostones appetizer and Tequesta sushi roll for an evening of no regrets. 

Photo by South of Southern

Coolinary Café, Palm Beach Gardens

Nestled within a shopping plaza, Coolinary Café brings creative cuisine to modest surrounds. Chef Tim Lipman and his team turn ingredients sourced from local butchers and farms into dishes that are equal parts inventive and intoxicating. One of its mainstays is the decadent Southern fried chicken and jalapeño cheddar waffle, which is surprisingly complex and worth every bite. Here’s an insider tip if you have to wait for a table: Walk over to The Parched Pig, chef Lipman’s watering hole, to have a drink and pass the time.

Photo by Libby Volgyes/libbyvision.com

The Cooper, Palm Beach Gardens

Expertly crafted food and an effervescent atmosphere attract legions of devoted diners to The Cooper. Stop here for brunch, lunch, or dinner, but always order the General Tso’s cauliflower, one of the restaurant’s signature appetizers sure to turn you off of the lesser chicken version forever. The Cooper’s entrees strike a brilliant balance between high-end proteins and farm-to-table simplicity, as seen in dishes like braised short ribs with chickpea fries and a carrot puree.

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