Restaurants in Lake Worth

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The hookah's natural habitat is not a nightclub with crashing music and empty drinks slamming against tables. The hookah experience, according to Kimm Smith of Hookah House, should be unrushed and mellow. "It's very meditative," she says, "and should be shared with people you care about." This was the atmosphere in which co-owner Zo spent his childhood in Algeria, where people would spend long hours gathering with friends and families in hookah lounges. He and his Bostonian wife, Michelle, wanted to bring that aspect of Algerian culture to the United States, both to spread a feeling of community and as an homage to the marriage of their distinct backgrounds.

As the fruit-tinged smoke of shisha rises from between murmuring visitors, it passes rich fabrics, which drape the exposed-brick walls, and bright lanterns dangling from a marigold ceiling. Stories seem to overflow from the furniture and textiles, gathered during the couple’s travels in Algeria or preserved from Zo's former life as a sommelier in Paris. This is where patrons linger, resting shoeless feet on bright cushions and pillows as they converse or check email on the free wireless internet. Atop inlaid tables, servers place Turkish coffee, house blends of Moroccan tea, and small plates of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

On some weekend evenings, live jazz stirs guests to twist among tendrils of smoke before a DJ steps up to spin a range of music, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Jimi Hendrix. Belly dancers, with bells and scarves for all to borrow, demonstrate to patrons how to pass lie-detector tests with just their hips. A psychic-in-residence reads coffee grounds most nights, translating the earthy onyx shapes into predictions about the drinker's future.

802 Lake Ave
Lake Worth,
FL
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The Jamaican-born family members who own and operate Big Taste Caribbean Restaurant have created a visual and culinary oasis reminiscent of their native island and its neighbors. Basking in the vivid rays of a wall-length mural of a smiling red-and-orange sun, chefs craft small batches of traditional oxtail with plantains along with their own recipes for signature jerk sauce and curried shrimp. The aromas of chicken grilled over an open flame and Fridays' yard-style fish fries invite passersby to experience the cooking of the tropics. As day sets into night, cues clink on the golden pool table and a ceiling fan lazily goads the air into circles simulating a Caribbean breeze or a coconut's whispered plea to be turned into a piña colada. Live DJs and dance performances occasionally sway the straws sticking out of a Jamaican Red Stripe lager to the beat of reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall music.

2127 10th Avenue North
Lake Worth,
FL
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The chefs at Moran’s Italian Burger Bistro build each burger from the ground up by hand according to blueprints laid out by each customer. Diners decorate a range of patties, from fresh ground beef to portobello mushroom to alligator, with their choice of cheese and rich sauces, including bacon béarnaise and lemon-caper aioli. More convenient than keeping a dragon on retainer, Moran's brick oven crisps the dough on specialty pizzas, such as the margherita with fresh basil and mozzarella, and personalized pies made with a choice of crust, sauce, and toppings that include spicy salami, roasted fennel, and pork belly.

Two walls of windows fill the dining room with bright rays of natural light. The Tuscan ambience is highlighted by a stone-framed counter and distressed-wood tables reminiscent of an Old World tavern or the apartment Romulus and Remus shared before building Rome.

2107 10th Ave N
Lake Worth,
FL
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Housed in a two-story structure erected in 1926, Bizaare Ave Cafe pairs an eclectic menu of tapas and bistro meals with still more eclectic decor, earning the eatery Best Romantic Restaurant accolades from CityVoters in 2010. In the quirky downstairs dining area, coffee tables crowded with knickknacks host plates of tapas and glasses of wine. Diners in overstuffed armchairs tuck into dishes such as homemade pumpkin-stuffed ravioli or baked brie with raspberry sauce, a gift of rich, melty cheese that—like all good presents—is wrapped in puff pastry. Upstairs, things get more formal with a menu of bistro fare such as filet mignon, pork chops, and seared salmon. Aside from the fare, diners may purchase literally anything in the restaurant, including potted palms, decorative wall-mounted plates, and attractive fire extinguishers.

921 Lake Ave
Lake Worth,
FL
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Mamma Mia's brick pizza oven and oak-wood grill burn all day long to create fresh Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Midday munchers can refuel with subs such as the hot shrimp parmagiana ($12) or the cold Genoa salami and provolone ($7.50). Come dinner, tongues of fire gently lick pies like the trattoria special ($14.50), a 10-inch New York–style pizza loaded with five of your favorite toppings. Elegant pasta selections are also customizable; pasta alla vodka ($17) tosses onions, garlic, romano, and prosciutto with creamy vodka sauce and your choice of angel hair, penne, linguini, eggnest fettuccini, rigatoni, or spaghetti. Kid-sized dishes ($7–$8) occupy unruly spawn, letting parents savor bubbly bottles of prosecco ($10) and rest the eyes on the back of their heads. Relax amid exposed brick, Italian marble, and rich mahogany as a friendly server brings tastes of travel to you.

8855 Hypoluxo Road
Lake Worth,
FL
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Roma evokes the Old Country with a menu of pizzas, hot subs, and classic Italian entrees. Mobilize appetites with the mozzarella caprese, simple stacks of freshly sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves ($9.95). The ristorante earns its pizzeria title with a variety of crusty concoctions including thin and crispy Neapolitan and square-shaped Sicilian options. Pop culture-inspired specialty pies include the Sinatra, which serenades taste receptors with melodic meatballs and an ensemble of sausage, ham, pepperoni, bacon, and mozzarella ($15.95–$17.95). Doughy foundations double as edible gift wrap for stromboli ($9.95+) and calzones ($7.95+). For those in search of surf, the house specialty Gamberoni Salvatore combines jumbo shrimp with crabmeat in a light lemon wine sauce ($22.95). During lunch, join ham, salami, pepperoni, and provolone cheese for a warm and cozy sojourn inside a crusty foot-long loaf with the hot italian combo sub ($7.95), one of many sandwich options.

6661 Lake Worth Rd
Lake Worth,
FL
US