Forget Your Political Tastes, Dine and Drink on These Delicious Choices

Rocco's Tacos
image courtesy Palm Beach Post

Republicans, Democrats and Independents – everyone has to eat and drink. And it doesn't matter if your political food tastes go liberal or conservative, in The Palm Beaches you have plenty of delicious options – no primary, convention or one of those attack ads needed. So in honor of President Obama and Republican nominee, Mitt Romney going head-to-head in Boca Raton, on October 22, for the final debate of the 2012 Presidential Campaign, why not go out and stump for your palette, eat and drink what makes you happy.

According to his wife Michelle, President Obama enjoys snacking on guacamole, nachos and other Mexican favorites. In that case, he may want to steer the motorcade by Rocco's Tacos in West Palm Beach's Downtown Clematis District, one of the area's hot spots for great Mexican food. With outstanding food and great ambiance, the restaurant is known for its guacamole, which is freshly prepared tableside and considered one of the house specialties. With a new planting garden at the White House, it is safe to assume fresh fruits and vegetables are important to the First Family.

GazpachoCupcakesAt Max's Harvest in Downtown Delray Beach, menu items are prepared daily with local ingredients from area vegetable and fruit growers, cattle farmers and more. A perfect example is their Golden Gazpacho, made with yellow tomato, watermelon, Delray mango and Florida Rock Shimp-crema. President Obama's appreciation for microbreweries and craft beer is well-suited for The Palm Beaches. In West Palm Beach, Brewzzi Restaurant and Microbrewery at CityPlace serves up celebrated local brews; Grease Burger in the Clematis District rotates out their tap list regularly; and The Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens offers a semi-posh vibe with a huge tap list. And at the end of the night, what president doesn't deserve some great dessert? According to his children, one of Obama's favorites is pumpkin pie. While that may not be in season just yet, Chaos Bakery in Boca Raton has a wide selection of delectable treats, including gourmet cupcakes and cake pops.

According to Romney, his wife's meatloaf cakes top his list of favorite foods. If you can't score an invitation to their house for dinner, you can try the bacon-wrapped meatloaf at the Top of the Point, known for West Palm Beach's most phenomenal view of Lake Worth Lagoon/Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. For the down-home version with a side of mashed potatoes and veggies, visit Nick's 50's Diner in West Palm Beach, family-owned and operated for more than 25 years. Romney is known to enjoy some finger-lickin' barbecue. Park Avenue BBQ Grille serves daily hickory-smoked meats at its six locations, while Lucille's Bad to the Bone BBQ in Boynton Beach or Delray Beach offers huge portions of baby back ribs. BB King's Blues Club at CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach has Southern comfort food with an extra helping of authentic bluesy club atmosphere.

Presidential Candidate or not, The Palm Beaches win in a landslide when it comes to delivering exceptional culinary experiences. Its vast array of independent, provincial restaurants, five-star resort dining and eclectic, avant-garde eateries has given the destination its global reputation as a true melting pot for culinary exploration. Cuisine from every corner of the world in every imaginable gastronomical style can be found throughout the 15 dining and entertainment districts within The Palm Beaches. World-renowned chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Masaharu Morimoto and Clay Conley have added The Palm Beaches to the list of select destinations to carry one of their signature restaurants. In addition, numerous local chefs have earned prestigious accolades, including mentions on the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chefs of the South" list.

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