Palm Beach Grill is in fact a Houston's in disguise, one of the large chain of restaurants owned by Hillstone. The Town of Palm Beach made Hillstone change the name when it opened in 1999 because this diamond-studded beach resort won't give permits to chain restaurants, but Hillstone has some policies of its own: Bartenders are forbidden to serve shots. The great joke, of course, is that PB Grill is arguably the most popular restaurant in a town famous for the profligacy of its lushes. During season, incorrigible dipsomaniacs reserve weeks in advance for a Saturday night table here -- and with good reason. From the cheeseburger to the Silver Service hot dog to the buttery red snapper to the fabulous key lime and banana cream pie, the food here is absolutely perfect. If only this touchstone grill would start a chain reaction.
It's my best friend Phil's 40th birthday, and Sunday is going something like this: Rounds of $4 wine at Harry's Banana Farm under the stuffed alligator. Back to our place for a bottle of champagne. Over to Cucina Dell'Arte in Palm B...
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