Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Panama Hattie's, a dash of Caribbean, a bottle of rum - North Palm Beach


11511 Ellison Wilson Rd.
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
Lunch: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 4:30-10 p.m., Fri and Sat, 4:30-11 p.m.

Water Taxi – free 30-minute rides from the dock Thurs.-Sat,
call 561-775-BOAT (2628 

Most come to Panama Hattie’s for the atmosphere, not the food. Seafood is touted as their specialty but there's an ample selection of other dishes.

Interior bar of Panama Hattie's
A large covered wooden deck along the Intracoastal (docks available) provides the main dining area, though there’s plenty of seating inside if the weather isn’t friendly. The d├ęcor is colorful and not as shanty-like as I had envisioned before visiting. It has that worn, seafaring look from the outside.

For lunch they offered lobster and stone crabs as specials for the day but we opted for lighter fare: a spinach salad topped with mahi mahi and a crab cake with rice, beans, fried plantains and an excellent mango and pineapple salsa. Bread and water was served as soon as we took our seats, a nice touch at lunch. The crab cake turned out better than the mahi, which was neither a good cut nor cooked long enough.

Outdoors  in the sand at Rum Bar
Panama Hattie’s also serves Cuban sandwiches, and Cuban and Jamaican dishes that feature pork and chicken. Speaking of pork, their outdoor area, the Rum Bar, holds a pig roast on Sundays that draws the drinking crowd. 
Rum Bar along the Intracoastal
For $10, a diner can feast (with toes in sand) on a plate of pork, rice and beans, plantains and a choice of cold salads. Not bad. Patrons at the Rum Bar must be 21.  The menu is short here.      

A seafood lover would be cautioned to dine at Panama Hattie's with qualified expectations for great seafood. The water is the attraction ... and the view beats Red Lobster's. Service: very good.

Tags: water front dining in Palm Beach Gardens, pig roast, Rum Bar, seafood restaurant, dock and dine

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