This Gardens restaurant is one of Venus Williams’ favorites

Christopher Slawson, owner of Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

When Venus Williams isn’t competing at Wimbledon or trotting the globe, she’s relishing the hot dining scene in her adopted hometown of Palm Beach Gardens.

Read the full interview here. 

The tennis star and BallenIsles resident gave a shout out to the popular vegan restaurant Christopher’s Kitchen in a Q&A with the New York Times this week. The eatery in the Midtown plaza on PGA Boulevard has a plant-based menu that’s friendly to Williams’ vegan diet.

RELATED: Christopher’s Kitchen owners open second Meraki Juice in Gardens

She told the Times her favorite dishes at Christopher’s are the raw vegetable lasagna and the smoothies.

Venus Williams and Dick Stockton atthe grand opening of the Wellington Tennis Center. Williams firm, V*Starr, designed the interior of the pro shop featuring her exclusive clothes line, Eleven. (Photo by Lois Spatz)

Christopher Slawson and his uncle Richard Slawson opened the restaurant in Midtown six and a half years ago. They branched out to include Meraki Juice Kitchens, first in West Palm Beach and then in Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens this June.

READ: Christopher’s Kitchen debuts new West Palm Beach juice bar

When the interviewer asked about her favorite vacation destination, she revealed she prefers more of a stay-cation.

“My favorite vacation destination is Palm Beach Gardens, where I live. People actually come to vacation here, and why wouldn’t they?” she told the Times.

The Q&A made no mention of a June 9 car crash involving Williams’ SUV and a couple’s Hyundai Accent on Northlake Boulevard between BallenIsles and Steeplechase.

Jerome Barson, 78, died two weeks after the crash. His widow, Linda, who was driving the Accent, is suing Williams.

At first, Palm Beach Gardens police declared Williams at fault for the accident. They later said she won’t be cited.

Surveillance video released July 7 showed a third car, a Nissan Altima, cutting left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police have not publicly identified the driver.

What’s nitrogen-frozen ice cream? Get a free taste in Gardens

Deb Terzi watches as Soldiah Jean mixes made-to-order yogurt frozen with liquid nitrogen at Dr. Freeze, a new dessert shop at 4773 PGA Blvd. in the Mainstreet at Midtown complex in Palm Beach Gardens. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

A Palm Beach Gardens treat shop specializing in liquid-frozen ice cream and fancy desserts will celebrate National Ice Cream Day Sunday with free samples and an eating contest.

RELATED: Dr. Freeze nitrogen-frozen ice cream shop in Gardens is first in U.S.

Dr. Freeze had a soft opening at 4773 PGA Blvd. in the Midtown Plaza in April. In addition to the free samples and eating contest, the celebration 12 to 4 p.m. will feature a dessert decorating contest and giveaways every hour, according to a news release. One of prize is an ice cream party for 10 people.

RELATED: This popular Davie-based nitrogen ice cream shop just opened in Boca

The ice cream frozen on the spot with liquid nitrogen contains less air than traditional ice cream, which means it has better flavor and melts faster, owner Jorge Belem said in April.

Jorge and Helena Belem pose for a photo at their Dr. Freeze dessert shop, 4773 PGA Blvd., in Main Street at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The first shop is in Brazil, and the Belem’s franchise is the first in the United States. Dr. Freeze sells ice cream frozen with nitrogen, artisanal desserts and milk shakes. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

Jorge and Helena Belem, Dr. Freeze franchise co-owner and Jorge’s wife, are originally from Curitiba in the state of Paraná in the mountains of Brazil, south of São Paulo. They moved to the United States in 2014.

“We are pleased to offer something fun and unique for the residents and contribute to the community as small business owners,” Jorge Belem said in a news release.

Dr. Freeze operates seven stores in Brazil. This store is the first Dr. Freeze franchise in the United States. Another store is being built in San Diego, according to the news release.

Pizza joint with Lebron James connection opens tomorrow

A Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza is expected to open at Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens in March. Courtesy photo
A Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is expected to open at Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens this Thursday. Courtesy photo

LeBron James can own the basketball court, but does he know good pizza?

We’ll find out. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will open tomorrow at Mainstreet at Midtown, 4665 PGA Blvd. It pays to wait a day to check it out, though. The restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 11, to anyone who follows its Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, according to a news release.

The Palm Beach Gardens location will have wine and craft beer, plus gluten-free dough and vegan cheese for people with dietary restrictions. There will be seating for 60 at the restaurant, where diners can customize 11-inch pizzas from a menu or create their own for about $8.

The pizzas take about three minutes to cook in an open-flame oven. Other Blaze specialties include fresh salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies, according to the release.

James, the NBA All Star, is part of the Levy Family Partners investment group behind the California pizza chain’s expansion into South Florida. Another location will open soon at 250 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. There’s already one in Boca Raton.