Belle & Maxwell's
Name: Addie Keeler Smith
Occupation: Interior Designer
Lives In: West Palm Beach
Restaurant Pick: Belle & Maxwell's
Reviewed Belle & Maxwell's: May 10th, 2008
This is my favorite spot along Antiques Row while shopping for clients or meeting a friend for lunch! …A fun, hip and social place to be. This particular visit, I met and ate with a new-found friend (both of us came in solo) Bunky from Atlanta. We discovered while enjoying our melted white cheddar cheese, fresh tomato and savory bacon sandwich on multi-grain toast of our design; we knew and shared a mutually dear friend up in Atlanta!
After Bunky left for an appointment, I lingered sipping a cold glass of milk and savored their signature carrot cake. This dessert is a thoughtful fusion of fresh carrot slivers and black walnuts in a perfectly spiced cake base with smooth cream cheese icing, not too sweet and just right. And of course, the cake accompanied by a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.
Fabulous and flavorful soups worth trying (not on today’s menu) are cream of mushroom and wedding soups. If one enjoys well executed soup with quality ingredients, this is your place! Other special menu features include stuffed green peppers and Hummingbird cake.
The owner Michele prepared and catered our 2007 Thanksgiving dinner for eight. It was simply sublime with traditionally prepared golden stuffed turkey with all the amazingly delicious fixings including freshly baked, generous array of rolls for our meal and turkey sandwiches later! Our holiday guests from Pennsylvania raved, and all I had to do was set the table. I highly recommend this boutique style restaurant and excellent catering services…. All appropriately priced.
Name: Derrick Dimone
Occupation: Product Designer
Lives In: Oakland Park
Restaurant Pick: Amante Italian Cuisine
Reviewed Belle & Maxwell's: May 14th, 2008
When I first pulled into the parking lot I was confused. I was expecting a bigger, more dining-feeling restaurant. Instead it was a small luncheonette. Due to this, I passed it three times. It’s located at the end of a strip mall nestled under some trees alongside a bench. The menu was the first thing on my mind. Because of the name, Belle and Maxwell’s, I was expecting fine dining or to have a full course meal. Instead, I had a tuna melt and a soda. Belle and Maxwell’s is a quick stop, a fast bite, or a friendly hangout.
The menu selection was limited. I almost felt forced to order a tuna melt. But let me tell you, that tuna melt was good. For just a sandwich, they definitely tried hard to satisfy their customer. The bread was nicely toasted just the way I like it, and it didn’t have that soggy inside like some other tuna melts I have endured. They top their tuna with white cheddar which was a first for me. It was excellent.
I have to admit the atmosphere was awesome. It has a homey feeling because of the décor and creativity. I wouldn’t mind spending time there with friends, even if they didn’t serve food. My only problem was that I was limited in time and traveling 40 miles to visit this restaurant was a long way. I’d love to revisit, but the location is a bit inconvenient for me. Will I ever stop in when in town? Definitely! With all the pictures hanging on the walls, the books stacked neatly, and the furniture, they fulfilled a nice ambiance. This place has personality! You get more than just a tuna melt and a soda when visiting Belle and Maxwell’s. Also it’s not big, which allows service to be fast and easy.
Overall, if you are on lunch and have 30 minutes to eat, Belle and Maxwell’s is right for you. They are inexpensive which made the trip feel better for me. Would I ever recommend them? Of course! Anybody who’s in town and gets hungry must stop in. One thing is for sure, they won over a new customer. Thank you, Belle and Maxwell’s.
Name: Robert Smith
Occupation: Structural Engineer
Lives In: West Palm Beach
Restaurant Pick: Riley McDermott's
Reviewed Belle & Maxwell's: May 10th, 2008
Belle and Maxwell’s is located on Antiques Row in West Palm Beach. This can make it a little difficult to locate on your first visit, because you tend to look around at all of the antique shops, but it is well worth the effort. The interior is small and cozy, with some bistro tables, as well a few sofas with coffee tables. This restaurant serves both the shoppers on antiques row and the local residents in the neighborhood immediately behind the restaurant.
This restaurant is a favorite of both my wife and I, and caters to the lunch crowd. They have many wonderful staples, as well as daily specials. They make a wonderful Italian wedding soup, and their stuffed peppers are great. On my latest visit I had the curried chicken salad, which is served on a bed of greens. Their house dressing is an earthy soy vinaigrette, which I love. I am also a bread guy, and they serve the salad with a very nice multi-grain roll. For dessert you can’t beat their cakes. The selection varies, but if they have hummingbird cake, don’t pass it up. The carrot cake is another winner. Portions and pricing are both reasonable, and the owner and wait staff are very friendly.
Location: 3700 South Dixie HighwaY, Suite A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
Parking: In rear
Restaurant Owner: Michelle D. Taylor
Executive Chef: Michael Hackman
Pastry Chef: Michael Hackman
Type of Cuisine: Housemade
Signature Dishes: Roast Beef on a toasted French Baguette w/ warm brie cheese & fresh sliced tomato; Chicken Curry Salad; Turkey Meatloaf; Sesame, Soy, Ginger Vinaigrette (House Dressing); Housemade Desserts.
Vegetarian Options: French Brie, Apple & Walnut on a Baguette; Tomato Basil & Mozzarella Sandwich; Apple, Goat Cheese Salad; Pear, Gorgonzola Salad; Create Your Own Sandwiches or Salads; Vegetarian Daily Soups & Gazpacho
Alcohol Served: Beers from Belgium / Red & White Wines / Champagne Splits, Mimosas Beer – $6.00 Bottle / Wine – $7.00 Glass or $22.00 Bottle / Champagne or Mimosa $13.00 Split.
Corkage Fee: None
Bottle Limit: 0
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday – Closed
Meals Served: Breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00am / Lunch all day
Prix Fix Menu: None
Take-Out: Yes, entire menu.
Average Breakfast Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):Between $8 and $10
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):Between $15 and $20
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? American Express, M/C, Visa, Cash, Checks
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: On parties of 5 or more.
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: The day of or ASAP.
Accommodations for Children: Children's menu
Dining Style: Upscale casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 37 seats. Very small and quaint.
Accommodate Groups: Up to 37. We also offer Off–Premise catering.
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes. Tables w/ Scenic Views: a beautiful outside garden can be seen from some of the tables.
Outdoor Dining: Yes. Full of trees, flowers and a water fountain.
Entertainment: No live entertainment. We play Putumayo World Music.