Last night we went to Lake Avenue in Lake Worth to eat downstairs at the Bizaare Avenue Cafe....It was our first visit to Lake Avenue, and there are a few restaurants there we've wanted to try, one down, at least 2 more to go. What a neat little place! We were so surprised at this piece of old Florida that seemed to be untouched by the 21st century.
Bizaare Ave has 2 areas: a bistro upstairs, and tapas downstairs, but not tapas in the traditional Spanish sense: just a lot of appetizers and other small plates would be a better description. We shared 2, plus the Lobster and Crab Bisque and it was plenty. First the bisque: If I had been told that everything else on the menu was unavailabe, and all I could have was the bisque, I would have happily ordered a gallon. It was outstanding.
But we did get to try our other selections: a caramelized onion fondue made with havarti, gouda and topped with blue cheese. (I let my husband have the top part) and served with crackers, flatbread, grapes, apples, strawberries and greens. Everything went with the fondue, even the things you wouldn't expect, and it was delicious.... Our other choice was the Spanakopitas...easily the best I've ever had, even comparing it with the Greek places we've been to. Fresh spinach, no frozen chopped stuff here....feta cheese, baked to perfection in phyllo and served with a chunks-of-cucumber tzatziki sauce, and dolmas...grape leaves stuffed with nuts, spices and other things that I thought I wouldn't like but found I loved!
The place was an old Florida house, restored and renovated, but retaining its warm cozy feel....no chairs match each other, there are all kinds of tables, and all kinds of things decorate the shelves and walls. Also, the martini menu was awesome! I admittedly will not touch a real martini, but love the fru-fru concoctions, the creamier the better....they had chocolate mint, Banana, and Creme Brulee martinis...wish I could have tried them all.
The rest of Lake Avenue made us feel like we wandered back into the 70s....the street is very much like Atlantic Ave in Delray, only less upscale, and just "neater".
We had homemade ice cream at one place, while a guitarist outside played Cat Stevens, and CSNY....down the block a theater was playing Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I swear). There were tiki bars and yoga studio/cafes, an Irish pub, a German restaurant, a Guatemalan place and a City Hall building that reminded us of Back to the Future. It wasn't until we passed Starbucks that I remembered it was 2008.
We will go back....the other two places we want to try are Paradiso, a block over from Lake, and New Seoul korean, both of which we've heard good things about.
All in all, it was a lot of fun....the area is still a little rough around the edges, and there was definitely a younger crowd, but some really cool finds will have us returning.