WEST PALM BEACH — I figure the term Old Florida has to include the 1950s: We have few enough historic spots left here in Florida, we have to cherish what’s left!
One such place is Howley’s, a diner founded in April 1950 that has changed hands only three times and was restored in 2004 to its original look and feel.
Howley’s, 4700 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, keeps many of the diner traditions alive. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. (4 a.m. weekends), it serves breakfast all day, and you can find meatloaf, brisket and macaroni and cheese on the menu.
The decor is kitschy cute and the food is pretty good. Our turkey wrap, Veggie Burger and fish and chips came with yummy sweet potato fries.
Howley’s departs from the diner menu to serve beer, wine and cocktails.
There’s no menu posted, but here’s Howley’s website.
We paired a visit to Howley’s with a bike outing on the Town of Palm Beach Lake Trail recently and we’ve stopped there after snorkeling at Peanut Island, too.
4700 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, FL 33405
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The author, Bonnie Gross, travels with her husband David Blasco, discovering off-the-beaten path places to hike, kayak, bike, swim and explore. Florida Rambler was founded in 2010 by Bonnie and fellow journalist Bob Rountree, two long-time Florida residents who have spent decades exploring the Florida outdoors. Their articles have been published in the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, The Guardian and Visit Florida.