If you’ve been feeling left out of the recent food truck events because they’ve been too far away from the Jupiter area, or scheduled midweek, here’s your chance to see see what the latest food trend is all about, and get it at a two-for-one value.
This Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon to 7 p.m., the Gourmet Truck Expo is coming to Mounts Botanical Gardens, 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Many of the Miami-Dade and local trucks that attended the recent event at Village Commons will be there. While you feast, you can tour the gardens (they will be open until 4 p.m.), start your holiday shopping at the gift shop, and learn about how to grow food and foliage plants successfully in the South Florida climate and soil. Entry to this event is free, but a $5 donation to Mounts is suggested. Food purchase costs are additional. You can get more information about Mounts Botanical Gardens here; if you need food truck details, this link is the place for you.
Old Northwood can boast of yet another restaurant opening. Seafood Soul has been in soft opening this week, with the grand opening set for this Friday, Sept 30. The restaurant has been offering a limited menu this week: baked ribs, fried and strewed chicken, fish, sides and salads. After the grand opening, the menu will expand to include sandwiches and other menu items. Prices on the menu are at $10-$15 for most items, and that includes a choice of sides. The muted colors in the cool dining room, combined with the Caribbean-influenced seafood dishes, should make this yet one more good reason to come down to one of the best neighborhood success stories in Palm Beach County.
Seafood Soul, 511 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL. Phone (561) 837-9004. Hours: Monday though Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Speaking of Northwood, the Northwood Grocery is an interesting place to check out if you want to see what a “grocery” really means in terms of historic context. Before there were online and mega-supermarkets, small grocery stores filled a critical neighborhood need. They stocked a bit of everything, functioned as the local gathering place to exchange news and gossip and offered meals. The food was usually basic and reflected the owner’s personality. When you walked in, the smell of home cooking met you at the door and followed you around. And the food was inexpensive.
These things still apply at Northwood Grocery. There are all sorts of sundries available, from beans to scouring pads; from window cleaner to wine, beer and soft drinks (and a very decent selection of bottled and canned beverages at that). And the chalkboard menu is a delight to the pre-payday wallet. Choose from platters or sandwiches of chicken, shrimp, fish, burgers, hot dogs, wings and pork chops. There are fries and salads as well, and most anything here will cost you less than $6. The Northwood Grocery has been open since 1987, long before this area began its renaissance. It’s nice to come across a business with staying power, through a neighborhood’s dark times and now the better days.
Northwood Grocery, 429 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL. Phone (561) 659-8308. Hours: Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday.