Reverberating with the clack of cue on ball and the clink of glass on glass, Slate Billiards hosts gaming get-togethers with finger foods and ample drinks. Parties of two or four gather around tables lined with blue Z9 billiard cloth for one-hour games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and 52-ball pickup. Between shots, sharks tear slices away from pepperoni pizzas and gnaw honey-barbecue wings. Glasses and bottles of pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon emerge from behind the polished stainless-steel bar, while trendy lights filter through pitchers of Stella Artois, Shipyard, and Shock Top. After the game, guests can retire to play rounds of darts, challenge each other to a video game, or fruitlessly punch the jukebox that knows neither pain nor the Fonz.
Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.
Old School Bakery’s Paris-trained owner and operator Billy Himmelrich helms a staff of bread artisans who rise before dawn to mix, shape, and bake fresh loaves and baguettes and rolls and breadsticks. The bakers patiently proof and ferment each loaf of bread, which are sold when they're as fresh as a member of the royal court at Bel Air ($6 for large/deluxe or $4 for small), at one day out from the oven's warm embrace ($3 large; $2 small), and for a steep discount when they're more than one day old ($1). The bread gallery showcases featured breads, such as the ciabatta or seed rye loaves, whose angular shape complements the rounded sides of the brioche and sundried rolls. Sweet teeth may sneak a peak at baskets of croissants and muffins that gleaned their crusty exterior and moist interior from secrets spilled by Winston Churchill’s acting coach.
At Kavasutra, guests chat with friends over cups of kava, a traditional root extract from the South Pacific celebrated for its soothing, sedative effects. Rather than impairing mental function like alcohol, kava merely relaxes the mind, allowing patrons to leave the worries of everyday life behind for a spell. Surrounded by cozy couches and Polynesian-inspired decor, visitors can lounge in an oasis of calm as they make new friends.
Husband-and-wife dessertier duo Mickey and Rosemary Tynski translate the language of love into moist morsels from the confection-covered confines of their bakery. With all pastries baked from scratch daily using gourmet ingredients, hunger-havers can rest assured that their palates are being punched with only the finest sweet treats. Placate protesting sweet teeth with one dozen cupcakes in sizes conducive to either polite nibbles or decorum-ignoring chomps. A palette-popping array of flavors twirls together sweet staples including chocolate, strawberry, and coconut, and the house favorite red velvet’s silky cream cheese frosting combines serious taste with sweet presentation better than a debate on yarn subsidies in Kitten Congress.
Go Yo!’s rotating lineup of more than 12 frozen-yogurt flavors gives sweet teeth a cool respite from the heat, earning the snack haven the distinction as Palm Beach’s favorite frozen yogurt spot by the Palm Beach Post ’s reader poll. After visitors walk, saunter, or teleport into the bright and airy eatery, they’re greeted with instructions on how to build their perfect palate pleaser. Kick things off by furnishing a cup with your choice of yogurt ($0.46 / oz.), which could include such flavors as cake batter, reese’s peanut butter, hershey's kisses chocolate, thin mint cookies, or french vanilla. Then adorn your frosty delectable with more than 40 toppings from a mélange of fresh fruits, candies, and tasty morsels—including mangos, nutella, cookie-dough chunks, and gummi worms—for an edible construction more lickable than a Winston Churchill sculpture made from lollipops. The dessert diner also proffers fat-free and no-sugar-added yogurts, as well as sorbets.