Sa­vor Belle & Maxwell’s of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing de­lec­ta­ble desserts

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Southern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Adri­ana Del­gado Palm Beach Post Staffff Writer adel­gado@pb­dai­lynews.com

MENU

Flat­breads, sand­wiches and sal­ads are the eye-catch­ing items on the menu, but there are cert ainly other note­wor­thy se­lec­tions, such as the co­conut shrimp and the grilled gaz­pa­cho len­til soup. The menu also in­cludes an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of mouth­wa­ter­ing desserts, like peanut but­ter pie, lemon curd tart and choco­late crois­sant with but­ter­scotch caramel and choco­late sauce.

AT­MOS­PHERE

The restau­rant has a cer­tain French “café so­ci­ety” feel, with an eclec­tic dé­cor that goes from plush vel­vet arm­chairs, em­broi­dered table­cloths and stained glass win­dows. Din­ers can choose from sit­ting at ta­bles, booths, the bar and out­side seat­ing. The art on the walls, Tifffffffffff­fanystyle chan­de­liers and book­shelves dis­creetly tucked into cor­ners around the main din­ing area, con­trib­ute to project a so­phis­ti­cated but cozy am­biance.

OUR FA­VORITE

3700 S. Dixie High­way, West Palm Beach, 561-832-4449 Hours: Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Sun­days. Note: Post writ­ers will anony­mously visit a restau­rant in your neigh­bor­hood each week in search of the best menu item. They’ll tell you about that item and why they liked it in this spot each week.

FOOD/PRICE

We or­dered parme­san fries ($6) to share, and we’d go back again just for those tasty wedges of hand-cut pota­toes with a gar­licky kick. The spinach, goat cheese and onion flflat­bread ($12), which also in­cluded roasted gar­lic and herbs atop the crisp crust, was a tasty com­bi­na­tion of flfla­vors. Af­ter see­ing the dessert menu, we couldn’t re­sist. The choco­late espresso flflour­less cake ($8) was dense, rich and worth ev­ery c alo­rie. The slice of peanut but­ter pie ($ 8) — driz­zled in choco­late — was heav­enly, and so large we had to take half of it home.

REA­SON TO GO

In­ter­est­ing menu, won­der­ful food, lovely set­ting — the per­fect place to re­lax while shop­ping on An­tique Row.

SER­VICE

Our server was friendly and gave us time to pe­ruse the menu.

NOISE LEVEL

We a r r ive d a s t he re s - tau­rant opened, so it was qui e t . As the noon hour ap­proached, the t able s fi­filled up and the noise level in­creased. Still, it was chatty without be­ing both­er­some.

KID FRIENDLY

There is a menu for the lit­tle ones, although we saw no chil­dren din­ing dur­ing our visit. The restau­rant has a de­fifi­nite adult vibe.

PHOTO BY ADRI­ANA DEL­GADO

Belle & Maxwell’s has a cer­tain French café so­ci­ety feel, with eclec­tic dé­cor fea­tur­ing plush vel­vet arm­chairs, em­broi­dered table­cloths and stained glass win­dows.

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