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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Pitch a Tent in South Florida


2. Where to Eat

Little Moir's Food Shack  

Trade the fire pit for an alfresco table at Spoto’s Oyster Bar, a block from the lake in West Palm Beach. The sports-bar vibe means campers don’t need to get dressed up (though they might want to shower) before tossing back oyster shooters, a Tabasco-enhanced bivalve served in a shot glass. For dessert, walk around the corner to the dizzily colorful Sloan’s ice-cream shop.

You may have to drive circles around strip-mall sprawl to find it, but Little Moir’s Food Shack, a short hop from Jonathan Dickinson State Park, is worth getting lost for. The interior’s covered in surfboards, bamboo, and life preservers, and reggae’s nearly always on the stereo. Pair the fried fish of the day with a local beer off the shack’s rotating list.

In downtown Lake Worth, the two-story Bizaare Avenue Café, a former thrift shop, is part stylish bistro and part garage sale. Bring extra cash: Nearly everything in the twenties-era house, from new lighting fixtures to used loveseats to freshly baked “pizaares” (pizzalike focaccia bread), is for sale.

Published on Jan 12, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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