This was so great it deserves a post by itself. After the movie, Mr. R. and I made our way south from Jupiter to the West Palm Beach neighborhood of Northwood Village where we decided to go to a restaurant where I’ve never been and he hadn’t been there in a long time.
Our apres movie dinner was at the Sunset Bar & Grill at 2500 Broadway. I knew as soon as we walked in that I was going to love the place. It’s an ancient 1920s art deco building that has been lovingly maintained and restored into a funky, quirky joint that’s exactly the reason I avoid big-box chain restaurants.
We were greeted by super friendly staff who immediately made us feel welcome, telling us to pick a table. Although a few tables were occupied and there were a handful of guests at the bars (inside and out on the patio), the place wasn’t crowded and we easily found a booth to our liking.
The decor is funky, artsy, shabby chic and according to their website the painted canvases I saw all around the place are by local artist Deborah Kerly from her “Broadway Series” and are permanently on display. Also catching my eye was a vast and eclectic collection of beautiful red glass vases arranged throughout the dining room. I loved the various funky light fixtures as well.
The menu offered so many things that sounded amazing that it was hard to decide, but eventually I opted for the Sunset Crab Cakes while Mr. R. chose a Ribeye cooked medium rare. The problem there was that he couldn’t decide whether he wanted it grilled or blackened so he actually asked the server to choose for him.
When our dinner came out, his steak was blackened and he was very happy with it. My crab cakes were without exaggeration the best crab cakes I have ever had, ever. Our entrees were accompanied by homemade mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, fresh green beans, a tiny dollop of sweet potatoes, and a drop of some kind of stuffing. Everything was delicious. Having had our share of snacks at the movie, we each ended up taking home about half of our meals, which were heartily enjoyed the following day. Before we left the Sunset, we were treated to a slice of their homemade coconut creme pie which was out of this world, and I don’t even like coconut.
Oh, and the music. Throughout our time at the Sunset, we were serenaded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Nina Simone. I overheard one of the servers telling someone that it was the Frank Sinatra station on Pandora. You couldn’t have chosen a more perfect soundtrack for an evening at the Sunset Bar & Grill. It was my first time there. It won’t be my last.