Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
If the dining scene on Palm Beach Island had a love child with Nantucket, it would be Table 26 in West Palm Beach.
Owners and partners Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros opened Table 26 in May, offering locals what they describe as an upscale -- yet casual -- neighborhood eatery. Indeed, it's a place where Palm Beach's seasonal residents can indulge in the high-end service they value while rubbing elbows with some of the more colorful characters that make up nearby West Palm locals.
Named after the latitude of Palm Beach, the restaurant isn't actually on the Island, however. But it's close -- just over the Okeechobee Blvd. bridge a few blocks South of the Norton Museum of Art off Dixie Highway. A few minutes from downtown's Clematis Street, and around the corner from City Place, it's close enough to draw all types of crowds, said Schmidt.
The name is also tribute to New Yorker Medeiros' former restaurants on Nantucket Island, Lola 41 (also that Island's latitude degree), and its hipster offshoot, Lola Burger. Also from New York, Schmidt took his 13 years experience as the former maitre 'd for the Palm Beach Grill and translated into his own "sophisticated yet affordable" eatery where you can order everything from a New England-style lobster roll to a hot dog.
Table 26 is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Table 26 website and Facebook page, or call (561) 855-2660.