Eddie Schmidt sat at a table inside his Table 26 restaurant in West Palm Beach and surveyed a full dining room and equally full bar area.
“We (with partner Ozzie Medeiros) got past the five-year hump this past May, which is a big deal,’ Schmidt said. “I look around at how many restaurants have come and gone in our community in the past five years.’’
It’s easy to see why Table 26 in not among them. Table 26 is a bright and friendly neighborhood restaurant that never disappoints. The restaurant, by the way, gets its names from West Palm Beach being at 26 Degrees North Latitude. You don’t have to check a compass – the mural on the ceiling details the coordinates. The mural is just one example of the attention to detail Schmidt and Medeiros give to their nautically themed eatery, which has blue and white as its main color themes.
“I really wanted it to look like home because we get so many people from the neighborhood,’’ said Schmidt, a former longtime Maitre d’ of the popular Palm Beach Grill.
Table 26’s menu feels like home, too, from the delicious Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Key Lime Chipotle Corn on the Cob, Buffalo Honey Sauce to the Horseradish Crusted Salmon to Chef Amit Jain’s Meatloaf with Herb Whipped Potatoes, Wild Mushroom Gravy.
The Ahi Tuna Poke is a great way to get dinner started, as are the Pulled Pork Tacos with off-the-charts good House Slaw and Jalapeño-corn salsa. Like steak? You gotta have the Cast Iron Seared Filet Mignon.
Table 26 also has a terrific lunch menu that features its Signature Burger with Jicama Slaw (my favorite) and a Sunday brunch menu that includes Chicken and Waffles (hard to resist) and Smoked Salmon Benedict.
“We like to take a particular culture food and do what’s ‘home style’ instead of what is fancy,’’ Schmidt said. “You can come here and have lamb chops and the next night sit at the bar and have a fried chicken or a burger. It makes me feel good to know that people are comfortable with each.’’