Who she is: Since 1999, Lori J. Durante has been the executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History of Delray Beach. The non-profit organization offers retrospective exhibits showcasing history, culture, fashion, lifestyle, people, places and architecture.
As the director of the MLFH, Durante has created the popular monthly Narrated Bus Tours of Historic Delray Beach and, most recently, the Taste of History Tours. The tours continue at 11 a.m. Saturdays, boarding at the Macy’s at Boynton Beach Mall. For information, call 561-243-2662.
Favorite breakfast place? Donnie’s Southern restaurant in Delray Beach.
There are so many! All the Taste History restaurant partners have distinctive lunches which is why they are on this food tour. One of my favorites is South Shores Tavern in downtown Lake Worth because they have a great new chef, Curtis Hillard, who has modernized their menu with a nice kick and twist. I’m also a huge fan of Scuola Vecchia Pizza e Vino on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. And I’ve fallen in love with The Little House restaurant in downtown Boynton Beach.
South Shore Tavern, 502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. Info: 561-547-7656; southshoretavern.com
Scuola Vecchia Pizza e Vino, 522 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Info: 561-865-5923; scuolavecchiapizzeria.com
The Little House, 480 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Info: 561-420-0573
Favorite way/place to relax and recharge?
At Mother Earth Cafe in Lake Worth or the Organic Tea Bar at Du20 in Delray Beach
Mother Earth Coffee and Gifts, 410 Second Ave. N., Lake Worth. Info: 561-460-8647; motherearthcoffeeandgifts.com
The Tea-Bar at DU20 Holistic Oasis, 103 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach. Info: 561-455-2147; du20.com
Favorite place for a quiet dinner?
“Quiet” makes this question challenging because my favorites may not necessarily be “quiet.” Brogues Down Under in downtown Lake Worth is one of my favorite choices. And Sefa Mediterranean Grill in Delray Beach is really lovely. And the Cabana El Rey restaurant in Delray Beach is one of my newest favorite places.
Brogues Down Under, 621 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Info: 561- 585-1885; broguesdownunder.com
Papa’s Tapas in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in Delray Beach. In Boynton Beach, I like taking guests to the Hurricane Alley restaurant which is in the historic Harvey Oyer Jr. building on Ocean Avenue in Boynton Beach. And, there is also the Bun Bun Authentic Jamaican American Cafe in Boynton Beach.
Bun Bun Authentic Jamaican American Café, 412 E. Ocean Ave;. Boynton Beach. Info: (561) 734-3000
Favorite tourist-y place to take out of towners?
It may not be tourist-y but tourists and out of town guests like it when I take them to the farm-to-table eatery Secret Garden Cafe in Boynton Beach and the old-fashioned George’s Meat Market in Lantana.
The Secret Garden Café, 410 E. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach. Info: 561-752-8598
George’s Market, 125 S. Third St., Lantana. Info: 561-585-2990
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