Goodbye, chicken fried steak. Hello, organic kale and apple slaw.
Restaurateur Gary Rack is revamping the Delray Beach space now occupied by his Fat Rooster eatery. Sometime in May, Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen moves into that Atlantic Avenue spot, bringing with it a “farm-fresh” eating concept with more healthy options.
That means a fade-out of sinful Southern food and fade-in of veggie-laden dishes, salads with names like “Kale Yeah” and flatbreads (“farm flats”) baked with whole grain flour and sprinkled with “power seeds.” That said, Farmhouse seeks to serve meat lovers as well with dishes such as bison meatloaf, grass-fed skirt steak and heritage pork medallions. Fish and chicken offerings will be available as well.
It will be the second location for the Boca Raton-based Farmhouse Kitchen, which opened at Royal Palm Place in November 2014. This is not the first time Rack switches out one concept for another. Farmhouse replaced Table 42 in Boca.
In addition to serving lunch and dinner, the upcoming Delray spot will serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
“Gary Rack carefully considered this transition from Gary Rack’s Fat Rooster to Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen,” Rack’s GR Restaurant Group said in a news release. “There is an overwhelming positive response from likeminded locals who claim Farmhouse Kitchen is a brand champion.”
Fat Rooster, which serves its final meal on Mother’s Day, had the crow-worthy distinction of serving what one industry magazine called the best chicken sandwich in America.
That winning sandwich is a stack of sweet potato waffles, Southern-style fried chicken thighs, sorghum, peanut and benne seed slaw and pickled watermelon that’s macerated in jalapeño-infused whiskey.
The “Hen-Loving Waffle” sandwich may soon be gone, but her creator will remain: Chef Matthew Danaher, Rack’s restaurant group’s culinary director, oversees Farmhouse Kitchen.
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN: 399 SE Mizner Blvd. (Royal Palm Place), Boca Raton; 561-826-2625; FarmhouseKitchenBoca.com