Hide in the Dunes
The atmosphere at Dune Dog Cafe is wonderful and unique. It has a beach shack/tiki hut sort of design that is great for a place at the beach - it would be absolutely perfect if the restaurant was actually located on the beach but the cost of the property would be ridiculous. There are no doors or windows and trees surround the exterior, providing good shade and decent protection from bad weather. Seating is available on both sides of the shack and the kitchen is located in the center, but it's not a particularly big restaurant. There's nothing fancy about this place and the typical attire is t-shirts, swimsuits, and flip flops. This is where you find the true locals of south Florida - not the streets of South Beach or Palm Beach. It's not uncommon to drive by and see people waiting all around the parking lot to get a table, and they are especially busy on nights when certain specials are available. Since it's only about five minutes from my family's condo, we have adopted the strategy of sending someone ahead to put our name on the waiting list.
There are certain restaurants that are special to people. For me, Dune Dog Cafe is one of those special restaurants. For years, I have enjoyed excellent meals there with friends and family and it has created many memories for me. It's the first restaurant that comes to mind when I think about food in south Florida and it's one of the first places I want to visit every time I return. And it's one of those places I hope will always stay the same.
Dune Dog Cafe
775 Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL 33477