New restaurant, Anzo, opens in Palm Beach Gardens
Heads up, newbies: There may not be enough room in your bowl at Anzo Mediterranean Kitchen for all the toppings offered at Palm Beach Gardens’ newest build-your-meal restaurant.
The casual, Middle Eastern-leaning restaurant offers no fewer than 15 toppings (13 of them free) to heap on your already hefty bowl ($9.45) or wrap ($8.95). To build your meal, you choose two base items (rice or quinoa and a choice of salad greens), add one of six protein items, three sauces, a roasted veg and a dressing. The menu has plenty of vegan and gluten-free offerings.
The counter-service spot, an outpost of Anzo on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm, opened at the Gardens’ Midtown plaza Aug. 30. It took over the sunlit corner space that once housed an interior décor store.
At lunch Thursday, a stream of customers quickly filled the place. I found quite the spread of fresh-made dishes on Anzo’s steam tables. My customized bowl did not disappoint: warm turmeric basmati rice, organic arugula, deliciously tender turkey meatballs, shawarma cauliflower, harissa carrot salad, marinated tomatoes, and purple cabbage slaw, sprinkled with crispy onions and za’atar croutons. On the side: hummus for dipping and coconut curry and lemon tahini sauces for drizzling.
It was a lot, I know. But it all worked and, really, you can order as much or as little as you’d like.
Expect some items to carry upcharges. Add $2.50 for slow-braised lamb or salmon skewers, $1.50 for an organic hardboiled egg or a half avocado. To drink, there’s a range of all-natural soda, fresh teas, lemonade and almond milk drinks. Various desserts, including baklava ($1.85), are offered as well.
Anzo’s opening comes about a year after the opening of Olive U Mediterranean Grill, a casual, build-your-bowl restaurant that has built a steady local fan base two and a half miles east on PGA Boulevard. Both home-grown concepts reflect a national wave of DIY-meal restaurants that has sparked diverse spots across Palm Beach County, from healthy bowls to pizza. Call it the Chipotle effect. In fact, there’s a Chipotle near Anzo at the Midtown plaza. There’s also a Blaze Pizza, where diners customize their personal pies.
But do not assume such concepts equate lackluster settings. If you’re expecting your average fast-food joint, you may be pleasantly surprised by Anzo’s stylish digs.
Anzo Mediterranean Kitchen
- Located at: 4747 PGA Blvd. (at Midtown plaza), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-366-7753
- Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.