Mussel mania: where to find all-you-can-eat specials

All-you-can-eat mussels and fries at Chez l'’Epicier. (Contributed)
All-you-can-eat mussels and fries at Chez l’’Epicier. (Contributed)

Two local eateries are offering all-you-can-eat mussel nights this summer.

At Chez l’Epicier in Palm Beach, the Thursday night mussel special includes endless servings of Prince Edward Island mussels and french fries. Those mussels are prepared any of four ways: with spicy tomato sauce (arrabbiata), with white wine, shallot and garlic sauce, with Dijon mustard sauce or with blue cheese sauce. The mussel special costs $22 per person (no sharing).

Related: Unique summer dining experiences in Palm Beach County

  • Other summertime specials at the stylish spot include a three-course prix fixe ($30 per person), and half-price rosé and other wine (up to $200 per bottle) on Sundays.
Pistache's popular mussels and frites. (Contributed)
Pistache’s popular mussels and frites. (Contributed)

Across the bridge in downtown West Palm Beach, Pistache celebrates Moules Mondays – that’s all-you-can-slurp mussels (with the purchase of one entrée), prepared in a variety of ways.

  • The popular bistro also runs a “Wine Down Wednesdays” special, offering half-off bottles of wine (with entrée purchase), 20 percent off reserve wine and Champagne.

Chez l’Epicier: 288 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561- 508-7030; palmbeach.chezlepicier.com

Pistache: 101 North Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090; PistacheWPB.com

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Glorious gazpacho: coolest cure for sweltering days

You know it’s gazpacho season when a walk around the block feels like a month in the steam room.

Gazpacho not only has magical, swelter-zapping properties, it’s a diverse dish. Sip it smooth or chunky, from a bowl or glass.

GAZPACHO WITH GUSTO — SEE MORE RECIPES HERE!

You won’t need a blender for this chunky rendition. It’s a gazpacho that takes tangy notes from grapefruit. The recipe comes courtesy of our test kitchen consultant, Lenore Pinello, a catering chef and cooking instructor who owns Tequesta’s In the Kitchen cook shop.

When she suggested we make a grapefruit gazpacho for a story several years ago, I puckered at the thought. But her blend of ingredients, gently combined by hand, set the grapefruit in the sweet and spicy company of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and Tabasco.

Chef Lenore 'supremes' grapefruit. (Palm Beach Post file)
Chef Lenore ‘supremes’ grapefruit segments for her gazpacho. (Palm Beach Post file)

The result was not only delicious, but it looked gorgeous in the bowl, all the colors of summer brightly garnished with cilantro.
  

Tequesta test kitchen: Chef Lenore Pinello gathers ingredients for a killer gazpacho. (Palm Beach Post file)
Tequesta test kitchen: Chef Pinello gathers ingredients for a killer gazpacho. (Palm Beach Post file) 

Chunky Grapefruit Gazpacho

Recipe by Chef Lenore Pinello, In The Kitchen, 389 Tequesta Dr., Tequesta; 561-747-7117.

Serves: 4

1 grapefruit, sectioned
2 oranges, sectioned
1 cup tomato, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons purple onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Coarsely chop grapefruit and orange sections and place in a large bowl.

2. Gently fold in remaining ingredients and chill for 4 hours. Serve chilled.

Big bowl of sunshine: Chunky Grapefruit Gazpacho. (Palm Beach post file)
Big bowl of sunshine: Chunky Grapefruit Gazpacho. (Palm Beach post file)

   

Father’s Day: The ‘papa’ behind the tapas in Delray Beach

Cristobal Parra is the "papa" at Delray Beach's popular Papa's Tapas restaurant. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)
Papa’s place: Cristobal Parra at Papa’s Tapas, Delray Beach. (Melanie Bell/ The Palm Beach Post)

Cristobal “Papa” Parra rises before dawn each day with a set of purposes: to cook, to work and to love his family. He’s the “Papa” behind Delray Beach’s popular Papa’s Tapas restaurant and the patriarch of a spirited blended brood. 

At 71, he still does the shopping, the prep work, and much of the cooking at the Pineapple Grove eatery. His work ethic has roots in a Spanish port town — and it has spawned roots in his expanded family. Those who call him “Papa” are as grateful as they are devoted to him.

Cristobal Parra is the "papa" at Delray Beach's popular Papa's Tapas restaurant. His crew always claps for him at the end of his shift. Pictured are (left to right) Annie Kolensky, manager and daughter, Michael Darcy, server, Raymond Diverniero, floor manager, Susie Parra, wife and dessets, Cristobal Parra, chef and owner, Yvette Meneses, daughter, chef and kitchen manager and Aldo Mercado, sous chef. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)
Bravo: Applause for Cristobal Parra and “Mama” Susie Parra. (Melanie Bell/ The Palm Beach Post)

They show this with a weekly round of applause as he leaves the kitchen.

READ ALL ABOUT PAPA AND HIS TAPAS HERE.

Papa's Tapas' pitchers of homemade sangria pair well with Papa's montaditos (sandwich bites), topped with assorted meats, sausages, anchovies and Manchego cheese, as well as with (in back) Dominican-style chicharrones de pollo con tostones (fried chicken bits with crispy fried green plantains). (Melanie Bell/ The Palm Beach Post)
Homemade sangria pairs well with Papa’s Tapas’ montaditos. (Melanie Bell/ The Palm Beach Post)

Father’s Day 2016: Five restaurants to dine with Dad

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Okeechobee Steakhouse’s 26 oz Porterhouse steak.

Need ideas on where to dine with Dad for Father’s Day this weekend? We have some suggestions for you:

OKEECHOBEE STEAKHOUSE

The Okeechobee Steakhouse will feature a special hand-cut 26 oz Porterhouse steak, in-house dry aged for 60 days accompanied by a butter and sour cream baked potato and house salad. ($65.99)

Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151.

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The Counter offers a daunting range of burger options, including this bacon barbecue burger, shown here with crispy shoestring fries. (Contributed)

THE COUNTER

Treat Dad to a free burger at The Counter in Palm Beach Gardens. Any guest who announces to their server, “My Dad is a BFD,” will receive a free 1/3-pound burger.

The Counter: 3101 PGA Blvd., Suite C129, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-557-8515.

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Breeze Ocean Kitchen Cookout. (Contributed)

EAU PALM BEACH 

Eau Palm Beach hosts several events for Father’s Day: Saturday evening is a ‘Small Batch Bourbon Dinner’, which features a five-course meal paired with fine bourbons. Sunday’s events include ‘Drunch,’ a king-sized brunch buffet at Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro and a pig roast at Breeze’s Ocean Kitchen Cookout, which also features live music and $5 craft beer specials.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa: 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561-533-6000.

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Tryst’s ‘SPD’ wings. (Contributed)

TRYST

On Sunday, Delray’s Tryst will throw Dad an old-fashioned backyard barbeque with pulled pork, baked beans, corn on the cob, collard greens, potato salad and more ($19). Additionally, Tryst will feature live music with beer and whisky specials.

Tryst: 4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-921-0201.

At Avocado Grill: Chef Julien Gremaud's grilled swordfish with carrot and sumac puree, fresh garbanzo beans, cauliflower, baby kale and salsa verde. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
At Avocado Grill: Chef Julien Gremaud’s grilled swordfish with carrot and sumac puree, fresh garbanzo beans, cauliflower, baby kale and salsa verde. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

AVOCADO GRILL

Avocado Grill is celebrating fathers with a complimentary cocktail (house cocktail, beer or wine) on Father’s Day. For brunch, guests can enjoy several updated brunch menu additions that include: Smoked Salmon Quinoa Salad with avocado, tomatoes, orange segment, and tarragon vinaigrette; Lamb Sliders and more.

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822

 

 

Sample great food, beer this weekend at Palm Beach Zoo’s Food Truck Safari

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Food Truck Safari is at the Palm Beach Zoo July 16.

Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo Saturday, July 16. The trucks scheduled to appear include CheeseZilla, CrayZlicious, Karate’s Kitchen, Tacos Veracruz, PS561 and The Waffle Wagon.

Beer and wine will be available, featuring a Copperpoint Brewing Company tap takeover.

Related: Food Truck Guide of Palm Beach County

The gates open at 4:30 p.m., truck windows open at 5 p.m. Admission starts at $10 for adult non-members, $9 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members, under 3 free. Carousel rides are free for members.

5 best restaurants for lobster in Palm Beach County

Florida's spiny lobster season doesn't start till August, with its mini-season landing on July 29-30, but there's plenty of Maine lobster to be had around the county. (Madeline Gray/ The Palm Beach Post)
Florida’s spiny lobster season doesn’t start until August, with its mini-season landing on July 27-28, but there’s plenty of Maine lobster to be had around the county. (Palm Beach Post file)

There’s plenty of lobster to be found in this sea-loving county. Here are five spots to find a good bite of lobster:

Maison Carlos 

Maison Carlos' Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)
Maison Carlos’ Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/ The Palm Beach Post)

Try: the truffled lobster mac-and cheese, topped with shaved black truffles.

Maison Carlos: 3010 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-659-6524; MaisonCarlos.com

The Sandwich Shop at Buccan

Maine Lobster Roll, served at The Sandwich Shop at Buccan. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Maine Lobster Roll, served at The Sandwich Shop at Buccan. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Try: the Maine lobster roll served on a toasted, buttery brioche roll.

The Sandwich Shop at Buccan: 350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450; BuccanPalmBeach.com

 

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

The lobster risotto at Spoto's Oyster Bar. (Madeline Gray/ The Palm Beach Post)
The lobster risotto at Spoto’s Oyster Bar. (Madeline Gray/ The Palm Beach Post)

Try: the lobster risotto appetizer, sprinkled with asiago cheese.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar: 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-776-9448; Spotos.com

 

Juno Beach Fish House

The 2-pound lobster at Juno Beach Fish House. (Jennifer Podis/ Palm Beach Post) Photo/Jennifer Podis
The 2-pound lobster at Juno Beach Fish House. (Jennifer Podis/ Palm Beach Post)

Try: the 1 1/2 or 2-pound Maine lobster baked and stuffed with crabmeat.

Juno Beach Fish House: 13980 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach; 561-626-2636; JunoBeachFishHouse.com

 

The Woods

The Woods' lobster-crab cake. (Contributed)
The Woods’ lobster-crab cake. (Contributed)

Try: the lobster and jumbo crab cake with warm mustard sauce and roasted corn relish.

The Woods: 129 Soundings Ave. (at Harbourside Place), Jupiter; 561-320-9627; WoodsJupiter.com

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Sundy House sizzles on hot Havana Nights

Havana comes to downtown Delray Beach on Thursday nights. The conga line happens at Sundy House, the historic inn best known for weddings and lovely Sunday brunch.

Cuban mojito. (LibbyVision.com)
Cuban mojito.

Now the lush grounds are put to rhythmic use during Havana Nights, a themed weekly event which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Not only is it lively — there’s a Latin band playing dance tunes and Cuban cigar rollers crafting stogies — it’s a terrific summer deal. For $30 per person, you get Cuban food, a Cuban-style mojito and Cuban rhythms.

Can’t beat that with a timbale stick.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5678 

Havana Nights: hot moves in Delray Beach. (LibbyVision.com)
Havana Nights: hot moves in Delray Beach. (Photos: LibbyVision.com)

What’s to eat at Palm Beach International Airport?

Passengers walk by Rooney’s Public House at Palm Beach International Airport. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post file)
Passengers walk by Rooney’s Public House at PBIA. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post file)

Hungry, dear traveler? Believe it or not, it is possible to find a lunch so yummy at Palm Beach International Airport.

Rooney's fried cod sandwich. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Rooney’s fried cod sandwich. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

I had a delicious fried cod sandwich several days ago. It was served on toasted ciabatta-style bread with a pickle-intense tartar sauce.

It landed on my rustic, dark-wood table with a side of hot, homemade potato chips, which proved to be the fried tuber equivalent of cute puppy videos. I gobbled them all up.

I gobbled them up as I watched the shuffle of suitcase-toting passengers heading to their gates.

Rooney’s Public House and its specialty ale-battered cod ($11.99) and “double-pickle” tartar sauce did not disappoint.

READ ABOUT PBIA DINING OPTIONS HERE.

Related: Hot new restaurants in downtown West Palm Beach

 

Which Delray restaurant was voted one of the best outdoor spots in America?

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Sundy House boutique hotel is a lushly landscaped urban retreat set in downtown Delray Beach. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/ Special to The Palm Beach Post)

OpenTable recently released their list of ‘100 Best Al Fresco Dining restaurants in America for 2016’ and the Delray Beach eatery that made the list was the ever popular Sundy House. It’s no wonder this historic inn made the list with its backdrop of lush landscape gardens and unique outdoor gazebo table settings.

Related: Best waterfront dining in Palm Beach County

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Brunch offerings at Sundy House in Delray Beach include chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

The Sundy House also offers one of the best brunch spots in Palm Beach County. The eatery serves a traditional Sunday brunch in a lovely setting which includes views of the property’s lush gardens.

Stand-out brunch offerings are the chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup, blue crab Eggs Benedict served on a Southern biscuit, blueberry pancakes and a well-stocked seafood bar.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5678

 

 

Rockin’ Ramen: Shout Karaoke in West Palm Beach debuts food menu

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Ramen noodle bowl topped with scallions toasted nori and bamboo shoots.

Shout Karaoke in West Palm Beach is now offering ‘Rockin Ramen.’ The karaoke club’s new food menu features ramen noodle bowls in three different signature flavors: Tonkotsu (traditional pork broth with pork belly); Miso (Miso flavored broth with chicken) and Shoyu (Light soy broth with mushrooms). Other offerings include Gangnam Style Chicken wings; flatbread pizzas, pork belly steamed buns and

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Shout’s Chicken Wings.

BBQ sliders.

The menu was created by Jimmy Everett, who is currently the chef at Valentino Cucina Italiana in Fort Lauderdale. Everett has worked at several popular restaurants in the country such as Eleven Madison Park and Michael White’s Marea.

From now until June 14, during lunch hours, the ramen dishes are only $4. The full menu officially launches Tuesday, June 7.

If you go: Shout Karaoke: 109 North Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-833-2290.

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