Wood-grilled squid and octopus at Buccan
Clay Conley forever changed the Palm Beach dining scene in 2011 when he opened Buccan, his take on a modern American bistro. The Todd English protégé, who has notched six James Beard nominations, renders topnotch ingredients into approachable, balanced, and robustly flavored dishes. The menu changes seasonally; perennial favorites include the flawless USDA prime burger and sweet corn and ricotta agnolotti, the latter bathed in a rich, mildly piquant espelette butter sauce dotted with nibs of bacon. Pro tip: Stop by for happy hour, when you can pair margaritas or dirty martinis with the chef's short rib empanadas, a simple ceviche, or the hot dog panini — a grilled and sliced Hebrew National dog paired with housemade panini slathered in garlic aioli, a trio of mustards, grilled onions, sauerkraut, and melty Gruyère. The chef's ventanita-like sandwich shop around the corner draws a daytime crowd.
350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 33480