You’ve been to Joseph’s Classic Market in Palm Beach Gardens or Boca Raton, and fallen head over foodie heels in love with the selection of all things Italian, from the shelves of sauces and the variety of pastas to the freshly-prepared salads, aromatic cheeses, sodas, wines and of course, the bounty of baked goods: cakes, breads, biscotti, tarts and pies. But for residents of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and the western communities, either store is less of a destination than it is a schlep.
For you folks, there’s another Joseph’s, that’s literally and figuratively in between those two locations. The Royal Food Market, located in the space once occupied by a third Joseph’s Classic Market, is actually owned by Joseph’s (it’s a little confusing, but it works) and it’s a store with a slightly different concept. Think of the Royal as a leaner, lighter, fan favorites/greatest hits version of the Classic stores.
The Royal Market has much of what you know from the Classic Markets: the deli, bakery, seafood, prepared foods. You can get fresh produce, cheese, Italian sodas and sweets, and there is a small but solid selection of wines. What you don’t have here is the big variety. You can pick and choose, but the selections are not endless. You won’t be disappointed at the Royal; prime filet mignons, cannoli and aged Parmesan are just as readily available here. But instead of ten types of crackers or twenty different pomodoro sauces, you might find half those numbers. The Royal’s strength is in the fresh and freshly-prepared, with the pre-packaged grocery items taking less space.
The only possible weakness for the Royal could be the location: it’s at a very busy intersection (Southern and State Road 7/441) but the store isn’t easily seen from either roadway. The good news is that you can enter the plaza from either Southern or SR 7/441. The lack of visibility may hinder shoppers from seeing the Royal, but its emphasis on what Joseph’s does fresh and best makes it a deserving find.
Royal Food Market, 10479 Southern Blvd. (Village Shoppes), Wellington, FL. Phone (561) 204-4405. Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The first-ever food truck frenzy will hit the village of North Palm Beach this Friday. Expect about 10 food trucks at the village recreation department at Anchorage Park, 630 Anchorage Drive, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For information, go to www.village-npb.org or call 561-841-3386.