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This Palm Beach stalwart is verging on a century old, and it's still the only restaurant we know of that starts serving cocktails at 7 a.m. seven days a week. Park yourself at a patio table for breakfast and order a bloody mary or a rum and Coke to wash down plates of ham, steak, and eggs; smoked salmon; bowls of incredible, stomach-coating, cream of crab soup spiked with sherry; sirloin steak; or plain old pancakes and bacon. The food at Testa's can be hit or miss, ranging from delicious to ho-hum (it takes repeat visits to figure out exactly what your game plan is here), but the breeze is almost always balmy, and there's no better place to nurse a hangover than bellied up to the bar.
We've seen plenty of restaurants close for summer vacation, but when a place shuts down for the entire summer, it's usually bad news. That's what's happening at the 90-year-old Palm Beach institution ... More »
Mike (born Michele) Testa III, 60, died July 9 at his home in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was a member of the Testa family whose namesake restaurants have served the Palm Beach and Bar Harbor crowds since 1... More »
You've got to love Testa's (221 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561-832-0992) the way you love some doddering aunt: The lady was born in 1921 and deserves a break. You've grown fond of her foibles. And like many old-school Palm Beach ladies,... More »
2010-Aug-11: Testa's management just called all of its employess to say "We just closed our doors permanently. Don't bother coming in tomorrow. We *may* open something new in November." Wow - I am completely shocked that a family-owned-and-operated business like Testa's .. with a staff that's more likely family than employees .. would terminate so many people without advanced notice or a severance, especially in these economic times. I don't think I'll give Testa's my business, in the future, regardless of where they go next.
Any restaurant worthy of your hangover must meet strict standards. (1) No dress code. A pair of jeans, landscaped with spilled beer and cigarette burn holes, will work just fine. Sunglasses are de rigueur. And obviously, you're not getting anywhere near a razor. (2) No crowds. Humans are exceptionally ugly, noisy, and smelly when you're nursing the brown bottle flu. (3) Immediate service. Your table is ready, and somebody's standing by with buckets of Coca-Cola. (4) Inexpensive. You blew... More »
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