The Global Palate: 5 Local Eateries with International Tastes

Palm Beach County may not have its own Chinatown or Little Italy, but there are plenty of places to get your fill of global-inspired cuisine—from spongy Ethiopian injera to steaming bowls of Vietnamese beef pho. We found five spots that will transport your taste buds to destinations far, far away.


Johan’s Jöe | West Palm Beach

Johan's Joe - West Palm Beach eatery serving Scandavian fare

Nicklas and Bernt Thuden came out of retirement to open this sun-soaked coffee house and café last October. Crystal chandeliers, faux fur–laden sofas, and a crisp Bauhaus aesthetic lend a striking backdrop for—what else?—Johan’s Jöe‘s traditional Scandinavian staples like toast skagen, Swedish meatballs, and melt-in-your-mouth pancakes topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh raspberry jam. (561-808-5090)


Queen of Sheeba | West Palm Beach

Queen of Sheeba - Ethiopian eatery in West Palm Beach

When Bill Washington wanted to open a restaurant, his wife, Lojo, a registered nurse, jumped at the chance to serve her native cuisine. Opened in September, Queen of Sheeba presents Ethiopian dishes like doro wot (a chicken stew) and shiro wot, a chickpea-powder sauce served with injera, a sourdough pancake. First-timer? Self-taught chef Lojo will teach you how to dine the traditional way: without utensils. (561-514-0615)


Ceviche Arigato | Lake Park

Ceviche Arigato - Lake Park restaurant - Peruvian and Japanese fusion eatery

It’s been a little more than a year since Rosemary and Franco Batzel opened the Palm Beach County outpost of their Weston restaurant, Ceviche Arigato (561-863-8877), which honors the cuisine of Rosemary’s heritage: Peruvian and Japanese. The couple presents an intriguing mix of both cultures through dishes like sushi rolls and ceviche varieties; a must-try is the arrizotado de lomo saltado, a traditional Peruvian dish modernized with a creamy risotto.


Pho VN | Boynton Beach

Pho VN - Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine in Boynton Beach

Of course, pho varieties reign at this unassuming eatery (pho with meatballs, anyone?), but don’t overlook Pho VN‘s other Vietnamese and Thai specialties, such as pan-seared tenderloin steak with fried rice and vermicelli rice noodle with chargrilled pork, shrimp, and an egg roll. If you’re not afraid of a little heat, let the chef know—just have a big glass of water ready. (561-509-0831)


Pelican Restaurant | Lake Worth

Pelican Restaurant - Pakistani and Indian Cuisine in Lake Worth - Global Cuisine in Palm Beach County

At their charming breakfast and lunch joint on Lake Avenue, Pelican Restaurant (561-582-4992), Pakistani-born Tahira and Mohammad Sami draw a daily crowd with Indian dishes like beef shank nihari, chicken korma, and curry omelets. The couple serves an American menu as well, but the local favorite is an Indian breakfast item called Eggs Nissa—a scrambled egg and curry dish named in honor of Mohammad’s mother, who taught Tahira how to cook.

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