Which of our favorite restaurants closed this year in Palm Beach County?

Del Frisco's Grille in Palm Beach closed the doors in November 2015.
Del Frisco’s Grille in Palm Beach closed the doors in November 2015.

2015 said farewell to some of the restaurants we came to love. Was yours on the list?

Photos: Goodbye Grub, Closed Restaurants in Palm Beach County

Celebrate Bacon Day by indulging with Chocolate Covered Bacon!

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Today is Bacon Day! And what’s better than just bacon? How about chocolate covered bacon on a stick! Our writer, Carlos Frías braved the funky foods at the South Florida Fair last year and had this to say about the yummy treat:

Chocolate-covered bacon on a stick

The sign outside Bubba’s Bacon reads, “Bacon makes everything better.”

You could say the same about chocolate.

The bacon is oven-baked, chilled, then chocolate-coated and kept refrigerated until some lucky fairgoer stumbles upon it.

The result is something like a meaty Heath bar or a bacon brittle, the sweet and savory hitting all the parts of your palate (except the umami part, I reckon, but this is America so let’s move on).

By the time you’re done grappling with the swirl of flavors, you’re down to the bottom of the stick.

Jeff Dunham would be proud.

Related: Try these chocolate-dipped bacon strips for your New Year’s Eve party (recipe courtesy of Pop Sugar)

Watch Carlos Frías try chocolate-covered bacon on a stick:

Happy Birthday Tiger Woods! We love your new restaurant at Harbourside

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As Tiger Woods turns 40 today, we take a look back at Liz Balmaseda’s review of his new restaurant The Woods, which opened in the fall at Harbourside Place in Jupiter:

Review: The Woods is a game-changer for Harbourside Place!

Best local craft beers of 2015: did your favorite make the list?

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Palm Beach County is brewing too much good beer.

By that I mean it’s almost impossible to have tasted every variety of every beer brewed at each of the county’s nine breweries — and that’s a good problem to have.

These Beers of the Year — and my choice for Brewery of the Year, which is Copperpoint Brewery in Boynton Beach — are a nod to the best locally brewed craft beer I sipped this year. Cheers!

The best brewed craft beers of Palm Beach County: 2015 Beers of the Year

15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

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Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach.

There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are Food & Dining Editor Liz Balmaseda’s 15 favorite burgers in the county:

15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

New Year’s Eve recipes: Ring in the old with these retro cocktails

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As you prepare to ring in the New Year, do it with a touch of retro. Holiday cocktails are embracing the old-fashioned for Auld Lang Syne.

Read Liz Balmaseda’s report on New Year’s Eve cocktails.

Top waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Waterway Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens.

Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.
Here are some favorite spots to tie up for a sunset sip or an afternoon burger:

Best eateries to dock and dine

Top restaurants at your favorite mall, shopping area

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Vito’s Burrata at Max’s Grille at Mizner Park.

Nothing works up an appetite like a few hours of holiday shopping!

And nothing is more of a shopping buzzkill than bad mall food. A holiday dining guide might help in avoiding the dismal bites. Here’s one to clip and consult:

Best mall and shopping area eateries

Who won the chef battle at Palm Beach Food & Wine fest finale?

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Some of South Florida’s best restaurants put forth stellar dishes at the Grand Tasting of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Coolinary Cafe’s bacon rillete and Meat Market’s prime rib bite were among the favorites at the Biergarten section of the festival, held at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.

The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing  the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.

Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.

In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.

WIN ALL-ACCESS PASSES FOR NEXT YEAR! Follow our coverage of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. 

Who’s the local street food king? Gardens chef crowned at Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest

Street Food winners, from left: chef Tim Lipman, chef Elizabeth Falkner, and festival director David Sabin. (Photos by Liz Balmaseda)
Street Food winners, from left: chefs Tim Lipman and Elizabeth Falkner, and festival director David Sabin. (Photos by Liz Balmaseda)

Chef Tim Lipman’s hot, crispy croquetas — or as he calls them, “Mista Tim’s Krusty Ballz” — took People’s Choice Award Saturday night at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival‘s Street Food battle.

The battle, which took over a side lot of the Four Seasons Resort on the festival’s third day, pitted chefs representing New York City against those cooking for Palm Beach.

Lipman, chef/owner of the popular Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens, created a trio of croquetas (Miami-inspired street fare), a shrimp and andouille sausage, an edamame falafel ball, and a lamb-accented ball.

Some may call them croquetas, but chef Tim Lipman's got another name for his winning creations.
Some may call them croquetas, but Lipman’s got another name for his winning creations.

The evening’s celebrity chef judges — food TV’s Robert Irvine, Christina Tosi, Hugh Acheson, Jeff Mauro, among others — chose New York chef Elizabeth Falkner as their winner. The pastry-chef-turned-savory-master created a delicately grilled striped bass with a creamy Meyer lemon yogurt sauce, topped with micro greens.

Celebrity chef judges hard at work, among them Hugh Acheson, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro and Christina Tosi.
Celebrity chef judges, among them Hugh Acheson, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro and Christina Tosi.

Tied for runner-up were West Palm Beach chef Lindsay Autry, who served a flavorful Brunswick stew over rice grits, and New York-Boston chef Ken Oringer, who gave the foodie crowd a giant paella pan filled with Spanish-inspired fideos (noodles), tossed with seafood.

The four-day festival continues today (Sunday) with a Daniel Boulud-hosted brunch at Cafe Boulud, and wraps up tonight with the 9th Annual Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall. Tickets are still available for tonight’s event ($75) at the festival’s website, PBFoodWineFest.com.

To view a gallery of festival events, visit PalmBeachPost.com.