Ok my apologies for my delay thank you everyone for your suggestions. Obviously business and personal obligations during the trip took up some of my leisure time, but I did get in a lot of good meals.
First up: Carmines W. Palm Beach
Carmines Italian Restaurant | Carmines La Trattoria | Carmines
An Italian market and restaurant this was an old favorite of my parents so we had to go here. I had the veal parm chop, delicious as was their red sauce though I would have preferred it pounded a little thinner.
Next Up: Farmers Table (compliments of @CurlzN)
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This was probably the biggest surprise dinner of the trip. (sorry culz I should never have doubted you) This was a great meal. From the “signature” pea soup to the short rib it was delicious. Some other pics: Son taco’s app (they were huge, and he only ate one) Daughter’s avocado and cucumber salad - poke bowl - Mahi Mahi fantastic (is it still farmers table if they have fish? Shouldn’t it be farmer & fisherman’s-table?) Anyhow my daughter ordered a mushroom pizza, this was friggin fantastic!!!
Gianni’s of Pompano
Contact & Reservations | Gianni’s Italian Restaurant | Pompano Beach, FL (giannisitalianrestaurant.com)
This might become my Carmine’s. I LOVED this place, reminded me of Jimmy’s in Asbury Park, NJ. Old pic’s on the walls of the owner with celebrities of the 60s - 70’s - 80’s…just an old school red sauce Italian restaurant.
I ordered the veal chop pizziola. I was hoping for it to be loaded with peppers and onions, but they were scant on the dish, it still didn’t take away from the flavor or quality of the chop. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with my meal, it didn’t make it bad by any means. From their house salad to the HUGE garlic knots and fresh homemade bread they serve, this place is old school Italian and we loved it.
Lastly: Okeechobee Steakhouse - Okeechobee Fla. (this won over Flagler Steakhouse, which was my pick, but the limited menu was shot down by the wife and daughter)
Okeechobee Steakhouse (okeesteakhouse.com)
Bread pudding for dessert
This is as it should be, pricy and excellent. Son and I split a porterhouse for 2 (prime) and the wife and daughter split a stuffed shrimp and we ordered a bunch of sides. (Dinner came with a wedge salad which I neglected to take a pic) The service was excellent and the pride in their workmanship was excellent. Truly a splendid experience, which is what you expect at this price point.
Johnny Longboats - Singer Island Fla
OUR STORY | Johnny Longboats
This is literally closer to my resort than the men’s room to my office. The next building over is the strip mall that contains Johnny Longboats, and this too was a favorite for my parents. I didn’t get pics but everything was fine. It’s a family friendly restaurant serving good food at good prices. They were unfortunately out of their signature dish, grouper in a bag.
That’s the highlights of my post holiday’s covid and after 15 inches of snow get away work-cation for the family. (both my adult children remote work still so they didn’t take any time off working either from the resort or poolside as the opportunity presented itself. My wife and I both being self-employed told our staff, but no clients we were leaving. Essential calls forwarded to cell; emails returned. any appointments rescheduled for this week!!! Nothing to see here!!
Funny side note: I guess I’m getting to the age I’m now “old-school” and I’m “ok” with that. I never in a million years thought we were going on lockdown due to covid, and as self employed I made -0- preparation for it. Just never thought it could happen, but when it did, I gave my office manager a limited amount of time (1 week?) to come up with a remote work infrastructure and guess what?
2 years limited investment and we haven’t looked back. The lights in half the office remain off, desks still sit empty and my staff I haven’t seen face to face since. It’s worked fine!!!
By old school I meant I still believe(d) in personal meetings - face to face - shaking hands - explanations etc. etc. Never did I think it was right, or possible, that people would sign financial disclosures via email (secure obviously) and just send them back!!! lol
I use to drive all over the state 2- 3 nights a week to meet with clients - hand deliver certain documents and spend endless hours providing what I thought was “superior client service”. Now I personally meet with a 2-3 people per month and everything else is done vial email and clients can care less!!! LMAO
Life is good my friends…best wishes all.