By Jan Norris
In our quest to help coastal residents replace businesses that will be cut off once the Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana closes next month, here are those that can fill in for customers using the Lake Worth bridge.
These are just a few of the restaurants on this strip, so venture across and explore all the businesses just across the lake.
For a bakery replacement, there are several options in and around downtown Lake Worth.
The J Street Bakery (9 N. J St.) offers breads, quick-breads, scones, cakes, cookies and other mainstream treats as well as those suitable for those on restricted diets.
La Bonne Bouche (516 Lucerne Ave.) is the French bakery/café for croissants and pastries, as well as lunch and dinner.
TooJay’s (419 Lake Ave.) also has a take-out bakery and a deli, as well as an eat-in café serving three meals daily.
For your morning macchiato or espresso, there’s the indie coffeehouse, Mother Earth Coffee and Gifts (410 Second Ave. N.), or Starbucks (514 Lake Ave.).
Another breakfast-lunch casual is the diner-like Pelican Restaurant (610 Lake Ave.), with an almost-secret Indian dinner offered by reservation on Friday nights only. Bring money; it’s cash-only here.
For casual fare, albeit not waterside, there are a number of possibilities, including Dave’s Last Resort (632 Lake Ave.), a community watering hole/sports bar with its sibling open-air bar, Igots Martiki Bar (702 Lake Ave.) across the street.
Tacos and a few other Latin-inspired foods are on the limited menu at Havana Hideout (509 Lake Ave.). Patio seating is the draw here for enjoying a drink outside behind a green screen of tropical plants.
For a true Caribbean/Jamaican menu, try Jerome’s Caribbean Restaurant (1412 Lucerne Ave.).
Steak and seafood is at the newly opened Callaro’s (717 Lake Ave.). The menu is familiar with some changes. It took over the old L’Anjou spot after moving from Manalapan.
Want a water view? You’ll need to stay on the ocean side and choose the Bistro at the Four Seasons (2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach) out by the pool, or Michelle Bernstein’s MB at the Omphoy (2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach).
Next to City Hall find Bizarre Ave Café (921 Lake Ave.), a tapas and wine bar where the interior furnishings are for sale. Upstairs, they hold wine dinners and offer live entertainment occasionally.
There’s pizza and upscale-casual Italian at Couco Pazzo (915 N. Lake Ave.), with two sides of the restaurant — a dining room and the more casual bar room with TVs — serving nightly.
Upscale Italian is found at Paradiso (625 Lucerne Ave.) with chef Angelo Romano; a separate wine room is available.
Traditional Italian meals are at Rustico Italiano (701 Lucerne Ave.), with “Chef Nino” dishing up familiar family favorites.
A new Publix serves this area (214 N. Dixie Highway), with food, wines and pharmacy.
The weekly Lake Worth Farmers Market is Saturdays (through April) 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the park along the water on the northeast side of the Lake Worth bridge, where fresh produce, meats, seafood, pickles, baked goods and more are sold.
Sports and fishing
The Lake Worth Pier (10 Ocean Blvd.) and Lake Worth Bridge side areas are places to throw in a line, and there’s surf casting from the beach.
Bait’s available on the pier at Lake Worth Pier Bait and Tackle.
Another option is Perk’s Bait and Tackle shop (307 N. Fourth St. in Lantana).
For personalized diving trips, or diving courses, contact Dive In Adventures (290-0303); they recommend several reefs nearby.
Need flowers? Try the Lake Worth Villager (1616 S. Dixie Highway).
To send packages, the U.S. Post Office at 720 Lucerne Ave. is your best bet.
The Chevron at 602 S. Dixie Highway or Hammer Petroleum at 102 N. Federal Highway provide fill-ups. For oil changes and such, try the Lake Worth Auto House at 1106 Fourth Ave. S., or General Auto Repair at 514 S. H St.
Get the car washed at the colorful Tropical Car Wash, 828 N. Dixie Highway.
The Lake Worth Library is at 15 N. M St., across from a nice park for reading in the sunshine.
As for drug stores, there’s the CVS at 101 N. Dixie Highway, or Tru-Valu Drugs at 101 N. Federal Highway (or the aforementioned Publix). Walgreens is at 531 S. Dixie Highway.
Professional photography services are found at Tazzy Vue Photography, 829 N. Federal Highway.