Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Johnny Longboats: Eat, drink, be merry beach side on Singer Island (Palm Beach County)










Johnny Longboats
2401 Ocean Avenue
Singer Island, Florida
561-249-2795
Open daily 7 a.m -2 a.m.

By Jane Feehan

Johnny Longboats beckons the let’s-go-to-the-beach-without-sitting-on-it-crowd.  Opened December 2009 after the public beach center on Singer Island was completed, this watering hole and eatery attracts those more into drink than food.  

Specials for the day are displayed on a blackboard wheeled tableside.  The day we stopped in, beef and chicken entrees were featured. The menu provides a variety with Bahamian and even Creole meat and seafood dishes.

We ordered Fish Bites with black beans and rice and a Dolphin Reuben with fries (about $10 each). The fries, and beans and rice were both nearly cold. The same sides were hot on a slower week day we dined there. Sundays tend to be busy at Johnny’s, which may explain the difference. That said, the rest of it was good. Cole slaw – made of paper thin sliced cabbage and carrots – proved excellent. Both plates were more than we could eat. We had planned to order one of the scrumptious-looking cakes shown off in a cold case in the lobby but couldn’t eat another morsel.

With nearly as many places at the bar (the biggest draw) as there are at tables, Johnny Longboats' air-conditioned indoor seating opens – transitions actually - into a fresh air patio, where live steel drum music plays on certain days.  For those who really want to go to the beach,  fuel up beforehand at Johnny's with breakfast, served daily. Available parking spaces will increase as the center, located at the beach near Blue Heron Blvd., enters final stages of completion. Service: good. © 2010. Jane Feehan.
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Tags: Palm Beach County, Florida, Singer Island restaurants, beach, live music, breakfast

   

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are You Serious - this place is terrible - poor food - awful service - confrontational managers who care nothing for customer service - you have to be a beach bum, a drunbk, a bar girl, or stupid rto eat or drink here - nicely redone - poorly run! Dont encourage bad food and service - let the place close down so a good customer centered establishment can come in and turn the place around!

Jane Feehan said...

Definitely NOT for the foodie; the review did not rave about the dishes (cold sides). JLB is for those who like to hang at a beach joint, which is what it is. Can't imagine confrontational managers unless there's a confrontational customer.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Jane.. JLB is a GREAT place to sit enjoy the beach and atmosphere.. The food Ive had has always been plentiful reasonable and very good. We go about ten time a year and love it!!! I also agree the managers are no where near confrontational and are always very nice. To add I have two young children and they always love going with us... JLB is a welcome additon to Singer Island and the area as the other fare on the island is very pricey..

Anonymous said...

FRIENDS OF MINE HAD EATEN THERE AND SAID IT WAS GREAT AND THE ATMOSPHERE WAS AWESOME. I PLAN ON GOING THIS WEEKEND TO ENJOY A NIGHT OUT WITH FLORIDA'S BEACH AND GOOD FOOD. I CANT WAIT.
I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A PLACE THAT IS RELAXING AND TASTY FOOD AND THAT'S THE REVIEW I RECEIVED FROM PEOPLE. IT'S WORTH A TRY!

Anonymous said...

Awesome casual restaurant with good seafood. We've been there several times and never had bad service. Note: We are not beach bum, drunks, bar girls, or stupid. We are upstanding Palm Beach County business owners that love to support our local businesses and relax near the beach.