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Five Best New Restaurants in West Palm Beach

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4. J. Flynn's Gastropub

This new Irish gastropub-themed establishment known as J. Flynn's recently opened its doors in the space located between the newly opened Oli's Fashion Cuisine and the soon-to-close Dr. Feelgoods club off Clematis Street. Designed to evoke the dining experience of the famed pubs of Dublin, this new 4,500-square-foot restaurant endeavors to bring a taste of Ireland to South Florida. Co-owners and brother-sister team Elaine and John Flynn, both Ireland natives, enlisted the help of Cleve Mash and consulting chef Frank Eucalitto -- chef-owner of the Palm Beach Gardens restaurant Café Chardonnay -- to create what they term a "modern, gourmet-inspired take" on the Irish pub experience. The menu is what you would expect from an Ireland native, with a good selection of traditional Irish dishes, each given a mini-makeover. Dishes range from starters and salads and sandwiches to a number of small and large plates and desserts. A few examples: sweet corn and crab fritters with honey mustard dipping sauce, a puff pastry wrapped Reuben sandwich, and a nontraditional bangers and mash with chicken sausage roasted with garlic, onions, and Tuscan olive oil over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Looking for something a bit more authentic? Staples like fish and chips and shepherd's pie can also be found.

3. Deck's Fish Market

A new seafood restaurant has made its way to West Palm Beach -- to CityPlace, to be exact, an area that hasn't had a good seafood restaurant since McCormick & Schmick's (left last year) and Legal Sea Foods (in 2009) closed down. From the KIS Restaurant Group, which includes some of the partners behind fellow CityPlace Pampas Churrascaria, the menu is rife with seafood favorites and includes raw bar items -- even sushi. Deck's signature seafood favorites include New England-style lobster rolls and from-scratch clam chowder and a special lobster "popcorn" appetizer. And because Deck's occupies the former Taverna Opa space on the second level, with its roaming outdoor bars and spacious indoor dining overlooking the lower courtyard and fountains, it's one of the best spots in CityPlace.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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