Which Florida beach bars are among the best in the U.S.?

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The Lorelei. Photo by Lannis Waters.

Nothing sounds as peaceful as sitting on the beach and sipping on a tasty drink, and according to a new list, some of the best places to do that are in Florida.

Thrillist listed the best beach bars in America with The Lorelei in Islamorada, Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, and Flora-Bama Lounge & Package in Pensacola making the cut. Other beach bars were from Hawaii, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Alabama.

According to the ranking, The Lorelei is quintessential Florida Keys thanks to its atmosphere of “listening to acoustic guitar under a Tiki hut as the sun sets over the marsh islands.” The site also says that this bar, which sits halfway between the Keys and Miami, features one of the best breakfasts in the area and allows you to “lose track of time” easily.

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Coconuts on the Beach was lauded for its college party atmosphere that is “more reminiscent of a stadium parking lot than a stretch of sand, rows of tents, house grills, (and) beer pong/flip-cup tables.” The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package is the winner of “Best Beach Bar to Drink in Two States at Once” and is a favorite due to its novelty and being “one of the coolest beach bar experiences in America.”

For nice waterfront dining options in Palm Beach County, check out the Post’s guide here.

Read more at Thrillist.

Bruce Springsteen announces autobiography: The Boss’ connections to Palm Beach County

Bruce Springsteen announced today that he’s writing his autobiography titled — what else — Born to Run. It will be released in September. It’s a big year for Boss fans — his “The River” tour comes to BB+ T Center in Sunrise on Tuesday.

Springsteen has a lot of connections to Palm Beach County — will they end up in his memoir?

 

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Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons play Miami’s Orange Bowl in 1985 (Miami News)

No one would have believed that Jersey boy Springsteen would one day own a horse farm in Wellington, or tool around Lake O on his chopper. Or that his iconic Big Man, Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011, would have a luxury condo on Singer Island or that drummer Max Weinberg would buy a house on Palm Beach’s north end.

Through the years, The Post has written a number of stories about Springsteen’s and Clemons’ presence in Palm Beach County.

Here are some:

A “Thunder Road” trip – Bruce Springsteen, a bar and the big lake.”

Clarence Clemons:  Remembering the “Big Man” at home on Singer Island.

Clarence Clemons in a 2009 Palm Beach Post photo.
Clarence Clemons in a 2009 Palm Beach Post photo.

In 2005, Clemons talked to former Post reporter Anne Rodgers about his memories of “Born to Run.”

Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

Question: Why has Born to Run held up so well?

Clarence Clemons: Because of the purity and the energy and the life that went into it. You can’t destroy energy. You can’t take it away. When you do something earnestly and truthfully, it lasts.

Q: What do you remember about that cover pose?
CC: I set the pose up. I stood up and struck a pose and Bruce leaned in on me. And it was perfect. When we’re together it just happens that way. We don’t hang out all the time, but when we get together, we see something in each other and it’s magic. The spontaneity jumps all over the place. From the first time I met him, I had that feeling.

Q: When did you know the album was huge?CC: When Time and Newsweek put Bruce on the cover the same week.

Q: How did you feel about the fame?
CC: We hated it! It was too much exposure too soon. We wondered how we were supposed to act. Were we supposed to be different? What should I wear? We were just a bunch of guys from Jersey.

Q: How do you feel about the cover shot today? (It splits the image, with Springsteen on the front and Clemons on the back.)
CC: It’s kind of been a nemesis. My face was on the back. Why not on the front? What’s up with that? My mom was apprehensive about me going into rock and roll. I had a strict religious background and here I was leaving my job and family to follow this dream. She always said, ‘Keep your day job.’ So finally Born to Run comes out and it’s huge and I showed it to my mom and she said, ‘Your behind’s on the cover!’
The promotions all had the whole picture, it was a big thing showing brotherhood between black and white . . . a big statement in rock and roll. But on the album, my face is on the back. I think Bruce really envisioned it would be the whole cover, but somewhere along the line it got changed. I was disappointed, but it was OK. What was inside was better than what was on the outside. We moved on. It didn’t faze me and didn’t affect my contribution to Bruce and the music.

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Wahlburgers (with special guest Mark Wahlberg) to open in Orlando

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Get ready for the Wahlberg brothers to take over Orlando.

The three brothers will be bringing their burger joint, Wahlburgers, to Orlando with a new location opening on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Orange Ave, according to Orlando Weekly. The grand opening will also include an appearance by all three brothers — including “Ted 2” and “Daddy’s Home” star Mark Wahlberg.

“We’re excited about the opening, we’ve got Mark and Paul confirmed to come into town, but we have a few more last details to lock up before we announce an opening date,” Kimberly Simeone Tessitore, spokeswoman for Wahlburgers, told the Orlando Business Journal.

The Orlando Business Journal reported that this store is the first of 20 planned Wahlburgers locations in Florida with the expansion expected to include between 100 and 150 new stores in the next five years across the country.

The restaurant is also the subject of an A&E TV series, which will premiere its fourth season on July 15. It is unclear at this time whether the new Orlando location will be featured in any episodes.

Local Curbside Gourmet food truck featured in USA Today

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Curbside Gourmet food truck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Food trucks can be found all over Palm Beach County, but USA Today says one may be better than the rest.

In a list of the “15 food trucks spinning comfort classics” over at USA Today, Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet was one of the featured eateries. Other ones around the nation are Ms. Cheezious in Miami, Empanadas Aqui in Cincinnati, Taco Mondo in Philadelphia, The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rolling J’s in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The site didn’t say too much about the Palm Beach food truck other than that it “bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food” with the crab cake slider with lemon tarragon aioli as one of the featured meals.

The Curbside Gourmet rolled into Palm Beach County in 2011 and became the first gastro mobile in the county that same year. The food truck’s chefs received awards for their Skirt Steak Two Ways from “Top Chef’s” Fabio Viviani in 2012 at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on the Curbside Gourmet, and other food trucks, check out the Post’s handy food truck guide.