We dropped the kids off at friends' houses (thank you!) and took a break from the Mom/Dad routine for some "grown folks" time exploring! We joined up with Taste History Culinary Tours for their 3-4 hour long food tour of Lantana/Lake Worth. The air-conditioned mini-bus loads up right in front of the east Macy's entrance at the Boynton Beach Mall. Taste History allows parents to bring along children under 14 for FREE on their tours but we decided we could better pay attention and enjoy it with the kids occupied elsewhere. If you have a mature, older child who is excited about history and local food it may be a great fit. Our 2 boys under 10 may have begun to whine after the 1st hour. We enjoyed learning things we native Floridians didn't already know about this area of Palm Beach county and were pleased with the choices of establishments we visited. Even though we frequent Lake Worth, we'd never been to ANY of the places Taste History introduced us to!
From the Mall to our first stop, Lori Durante gave us an excellent background to local history for the settlement of this area. Whether you consider yourself a history buff or not, the stories are intriguing. Our first stop was at an intimate Lantana eatery named Judy's Wine & Cheese Cafe. Located right on Dixie highway in a new business development it had a very imaginative menu with warm, friendly staff. This family run cafe just launched a new brunch menu for the weekends (8am to 3 pm) and has delicious cheese boards & wine for a fun night out with friends or your spouse. We enjoyed a flavorful Greek Rice Bowl that was a combination of Greek salad with basmati rice.
We next headed up to Lake Worth and off the beaten path to the Mother Earth Sanctuary Cafe where we met Patti, owner & chef. She features 25 different vegetarian burgers (chickpea or black bean or sweet potato bases) each with different flavors and condiments. For a family with dietary restrictions (our youngest can't have egg or dairy) she had several options to choose from. Gnocchi soup and chocolate mousse, sampled on this tour with a turkey slider, were delicious and both things my youngest could eat! The place is tiny but the loyal, friendly patrons and staff really make you feel welcome. You can visit this place weekly and not get bored. Really. Whenever we hit the Lake Worth beach & pier we will have to add this place to our family routine.