The typically sleepy Lake Worth restaurant scene is showing signs of waking up lately, with the debut of The Island in the former Bizaare Avenue Cafe space and now the morphing of the downtown spot once home to the Italian eatery Fiorentino into Suri Tapas Bar (707 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/249-7436).
The classy, rustic-chic look of Fiorentino is unchanged. The semi-open kitchen in the rear looks out to the long, narrow dining room with a bar that spans almost its entire length. A row of black-clad banquettes runs along a limestone-faced wall hung with colorful modern artworks; against another wall and narrow planters sprouting fresh herbs. A spacious covered outdoor patio fronts the street and a rooftop garden supplies some of the restaurant’s produce.
As for the food, it’s styled as “alternative American cuisine,” which in your mouth means everything from carpaccio and ceviche to a half-dozen flatbreads to small plates like crispy duck confit cigars and scallops with squash, prosciutto and truffle oil to larger plates like rosemary pappardelle with filet tips and porcini mushrooms and vegetarian burrata lasagna.
Suri Tapas Bar is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.