Friday night. Palm Beach Gardens. Do you know where your children are?
If you are from Palm Beach Gardens, they are probably hanging out with their middle school friends at the local Downtown development near the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. I recently went there to catch a movie at the Downtown Cobb Theatre and was surprised to see that the whole place was inundated with teens and preteens all walking around in packs, chatting away and otherwise enjoying themselves in a sort of huge weekend socialization / coming of age ritual where they meet up with friends at the movies, catch some froyo, and goof off around Downtown Palm Beach Gardens.
Located next to the Downtown Cobb Theatre in downtown Palm Beach Gardens, MJ Fresh is housed in a former Johnny Rocket’s building. The furniture and even the old juke boxes were still in place. They did try to fix it up a little with some modern blue light fixtures but that is about it. It was quite a strange set up but I didn’t think too much of it.
The place is owned by a small family with roots in California naming the restaurant MJ after the matriarch of the family. (Not as a nod to Michael Jordan/Michael Jackson as my sister and I had previously conjectured)
Their menu is mostly American fare such as California Chicken wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and pastas. They even have a small selection of chicken curries that you can try (owing from their Pakistani roots)
My sister had the fettucine alfredo pasta with chicken which was decent enough. I ordered the The Phoos burger topped with Gorgonzola, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onion (7.99), which was delicious: succulent and juicy, filling and topped with a fresh ciabatta bun. I will definitely have to come back to try the chicken curry.
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