Saturday, January 8, 2011

Testa's: a long Palm Beach tradition with a short future?

221 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
Winter hours: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days

By Jane Feehan

In an interesting old building with a pine-paneled interior and potted tropical plants, Testa’s exudes a pre-1960s Florida look and feel. Locals like this restaurant for that, their 90-year-history, and for their good food at reasonable prices.

Dinner choices ($18-37) include seafood, beef (they claim to be Palm Beach’s first steakhouse), chicken, veal, pork and pasta. Testa's Caesar salad dressing reminds one of the way these salads used to taste – before raw eggs earned verboten status.  Seafood is fresh.  Lunch offerings include burgers, wraps, vegetarian sandwiches and more. A deli sandwich comes with a huge side of potato salad or fries for $7.95. I enjoyed their fresh catch of the day – grouper - for $12.95 with a Caesar salad and mashed potatoes.  They can also put together some good lump meat crab cakes. Testa’s rolls come steaming hot with a tongue-tingling tapenade.                          

With banquet rooms, covered outdoor patio, a full bar and late night appetizers, there’s something for nearly any occasion or appetite.

Having said this, I’m sorry to report some news just published today about a possible foreclosure on Testa’s property in the Palm Beach Daily News. Say it ain't so … a lot of us like the place.

March 11 update from the Palm Beach Daily News

Tags: Palm Beach dining, Italian restaurants in Palm Beach, Palm Beach seafood, Palm Beach steak houses, South Florida dining, film research

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