On the popular show, contestants are read a quote from the week’s headlines and are asked to identify what the quote is about. On last weekend’s show, broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, newsman Bill Curtis read this quote: “‘Oh my God. Everything is bad for us.'” Then host Peter Sagal asked a panelist, “That was a chef in Florida reacting to news that ‘what’ might cause cancer?”
The actual quote in food editor Liz Balmaseda’s story came from Boca Raton’s MEAT Eatery & Taproom chef/co-owner George Patti, who said, “Oh my God. Everything causes cancer.”
Hey, it’s OK, NPR. We’ll just call it paraphrasing.
The lively Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach is marking its first anniversary with a weekend-long celebration. Chef/owner Julien Gremaud is hosting a “Big ONE” party at 8 p.m. Friday, serving specialty drinks, a special menu, home-baked birthday cake and a helping of DJ-spun tunes on the side.
On Sunday, the chef hosts the “ONEderful Birthday Brunch,” starting at 11 a.m.
Reservations are strongly suggested for both days.
Sunday marks the sweet 16th birthday of La Bonne Bouche, the charming Lake Worth bakery and café, which opened with just five tables.
“It’s never easy for mom and pop businesses to survive in this busy corporate world today,” says Sara Regnier, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Chef Eric Regnier. “We really had to adjust and we’re still here.”
To celebrate this feat, the chef has been baking up a storm, making everything from brioche to pain au chocolat. (He’s even making his own raspberry jam.) To go with the confections, the Regniers are offering a free cup of coffee with the purchase of one croissant, Danish, almond croissant, brioche or pain au chocolat.
In its two short years on the scene, Kitchen has transformed a sleepy Dixie Avenue plaza into a buzzy meeting place for well-heeled locals, powerbrokers and celebrities. One should expect no less from chef/co-owner Matthew Byrne, who worked as private chef for Tiger Woods before opening the charming spot with his wife, Aliza Byrne.
This month, as Kitchen turns 2, chef Byrne has rolled out an updated menu of refined American comfort classics. (Like charred corn and crab cake with tomato-avocado relish, seared salmon with kale-corn-white bean succotash, and pan roasted double-cut pork chop with apple-ginger jam.)
A good way of savoring Kitchen’s highlights is to book the chef’s four-course tasting menu ($70 per person). The menu, which changes by season, is available to parties that book the eatery’s private chef’s table as well as larger parties in Kitchen’s more recently added Den space.
Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281; KitchenPB.com
The daily fish special that’s featured on Chef James Mills’ menu at this neighborhood gem of a bistro is fresh caught and expertly prepared. Ditto for just about everything that steams out of his kitchen.
In addition to his stellar fish dishes, Mills turns out one comfort dish after another, from schnitzel to ravioli to étouffé to chicken fried chicken.
For the pairing, he offers a well-curated selection of excellent wines.
The place is worth the detour from the Atlantic Avenue bustle. Slip into this bistro, and expect good grub and good service.
Within a cozy, comfortable space, Chef Michael Rolchigo creates some of the best fine-dining dishes in north county. He pays close attention to detail, from appetizers to desserts, each course exquisite. It’s no wonder the former Jupiter Island Grill chef has brought in quite a following to this Tequesta space. His food is inspired and creative, but it’s also accessible to the mainstream palate.
The eatery reopens with a new menu Thursday after a month of vacation. Among the highlights are a pistachio-crusted Colorado rack of lamb with goat cheese mashed potatoes, a king salmon with a kale-cashew crust and red quinoa and a bouillabaisse that’s swimming with fresh scallops, shrimp and lobster and served with an optional Pernod mister at the table.
Hours: Krave will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays (5 to 10 p.m.) until full season hours (Mondays through Saturdays) start in November. Reservations are a must.
Like Buccan, its wildly popular big sister next door, Imoto (which means “little sister” in Japanese) prizes quality ingredients, preparation and presentation above all else.
Nothing less is expected from chef/co-owner Clay Conley, who fashioned the bar and eatery from his experiences working and living in Japan. The local star chef, who just reopened Buccan after a massive, 11-day makeover, is set to open a third concept in mid-November, an Italian eatery in West Palm Beach named Grato.
At Imoto, the menu features crispy starters, crudo (raw) small plates, wood-fired items, rolls and raw fish in various forms. While you decide, try a uni and oyster shooter with a quail egg, sake and ponzu – it’s the umami-rich sip we call “the sea in a shot glass.”
There’s nothing like a sparkling water view to remind us we live where many others vacation. Add a menu of expertly prepared seafood dishes and you’ve got a destination spot.
Hudson Delray presents a solidly American menu with notable flair, thanks to executive chef Paul Niedermann, a past winner of “Hell’s Kitchen.” His lemony, olive oil-poached shrimp hum with hints of jalapeño and his crab cake rendition is chock-full of crab meat.
Those delicacies come at a price – this is not an inexpensive eatery. But with a newly debuted outdoor bar, Hudson has rolled out drink specials to greet football season. They’ve got game day covered on their many TV screens and promise to pour you a free draft beer if you wear your team’s football jersey.
Happy hour is also a good time to check out the outdoor and indoor bars – it runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, serving half-price drinks.
Hudson, at Waterway East: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach; 561-303-1343; HudsonDelray.com
Fans of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar can now indulge in some of their Mediterranean favorites at lunch time. The suburban Delray Beach eatery, co-owned by restaurateur Burt Rapoport, rolled out a new, nicely priced weekday lunch service on Thursday.
The lunch menu’s “10 for $10” focus features 10 of chef/co-owner David Blonsky’s most popular dishes, served in lunch portions. Among these favorites: curry chicken salad, crispy eggplant, veggie omelet, chicken pita with fries and salmon salad.
Also on the menu: small plates, salads, flatbreads and desserts.
Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday during those hours.
Apeiro plans a second location next month in Midtown Miami.
It’s easy to understand why this small daylight eatery does a brisk take-out business: The food is fresh and delicious.
Chef/co-owner Michael Hackman’s daily special are posted online every morning, and they tell the story of an inspired local cook devoted to local ingredients. Hackman, who operates Aioli with his wife, Melanie, gives a luxurious touch to a strip-plaza, Dixie Highway lunch. Sample the light-yet-creamy custard of his daily quiche and you’ll know this is true.
In addition to breakfast and lunch offerings (hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh juices), the chef also prepares a “dinner to go” option daily for those who crave Aioli at night. Recent dinner options include whole roasted free range chicken, roasted tomatoes stuffed with Moroccan couscous, beef lasagna, roasted veggie lasagna and house-made veal cheek ravioli.
Aioli: 7434 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-366-7741; AioliWPB.com