For two weekends every October, the sounds of laughter and German folk music echo across a field in Lake Worth. The American German Club's traditional Oktoberfest celebration, which sprawls across 10 acres under an open-air pavilion and a tent, has been going on for over 40 years now and doesn't show any signs of stopping. Each day kicks off with the parade of flags and, sometimes, a ceremonial keg-tapping. Afterward, indoor and outdoor kitchens perpetually sizzle up authentic German bratwurst, leberk?se, and pastries. Meanwhile, bartenders pour four styles of Hofbr?u Bier, as well as imported liquors and domestic brews. While vendors display traditional German crafts, the festival's stages erupt with folk-dancing, choral singing, and Bavarian tunes from German groups, including Heldensteiner Band.
With its colorful, mosaic-style Turkish plates suspended on the wall, gilded evil-eye talismans, and ornate iron chandeliers with golden leaves hanging from wooden rafters, Agora Mediterranean Kitchen makes diners feel as if they’re sitting in a Turkish eatery on the shores of the Mediterranean. It further impresses with brightly colored murals and bold patterned rugs spread under certain tables.
The food also captures the spirit of Turkey with its selection of cold and hot mezes, such as falafel and hummus, and its grilled entrees, such as doner kebab—a dish made of roasted meat that is commonly found at fast-food stands in Europe. Those who want to take a bit of Turkey home with them no longer have to go to the library to tear it out of the atlas; instead, they can choose from an assortment of to-go teas, coffees, and snacks.
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Aladdin Mediterranean Grill lubricates belly bearings with scrumptious Mediterranean tastes, all within a casual atmosphere. Anchor incisors to the menu's palate-pleasing offerings, including salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Meal preambles start off light with orders of stuffed kibbe balls ($2.50) and grape leaves ($4.50 for five), and dinner dissertations cover meaty topics such as kafta kebab, with ground sirloin, hummus, Middle Eastern salad, and rice ($13.99), and the Chef's Special, which rests gyro meat on a bed of yellow rice and tucks it in tight with ratatouille and cucumber salad ($13.99). Aladdin also offers desserts, such as baklava and Mamoul dates, to distract sweet teeth from digging elaborate escape routes out of mandible confinement.
At Carmine's Original Ocean Grill & Sushi Bar, executive chef Alexander Sutherland's team whips up contemporary seafood and sushi dishes. In its waterfront-dining setting, patrons nibble on selections from the raw shellfish bar menu, choose from entrees such as miso-glazed sea bass and oven-roasted crispy duck, or savor robata grill dishes cooked in an authentic, ancient-style irori—a traditional Japanese charcoal-fired hearth. They also sip wine, sake, and creative cocktails such as the Asian pear martini.
A chalkboard behind the dining room’s bar lists La Stella’s refined Italian dishes, creating a dining experience the Sun Sentinel called "sophisticated, but not pretentious." After honing her culinary talents in Providence, Rhode Island, owner and head chef Jamie Barlow relocated to Boca Raton, bringing along her passion for Italian cuisine. To secure traditional Mediterranean flavors, she relies on imported mozzarella and Italian tuna as well as house-made sausages. The freshness of her cuisine stems from the quality produce and marbled proteins she covertly hauls off the podium at the county fair's blue-ribbon ceremonies.
Clean, black lines on the walls contrast with the white dining room, which uses floor-to-ceiling windows to keep the space welcoming and airy throughout the day. At night, track lighting helps to keep the room as well-lit as a tanning bed full of hand mirrors, and swooping strings of bulbs illuminate the covered seating outside.