Burger King’s new hot dog: We try it in the name of journalism

Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Grilled Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

I’m eyeing the new Burger King grilled hot dogs on the ad behind her when the girl at the register gives me a little push.

“They’re good. Go ahead and try one. You’ll be back,” she told me.

It was inevitable.

As the newsroom Mikey, they ask me to eat every crazy thing around here in the name of food journalism: Burger King’s doomed bacon sundae, Taco Bell’s waffle taco, and, unblinkingly, BK’s grilled hot dogs, which debuted on its menu today.

Why a Burger King hot dog?

I was wondering just that as I waited for my takeout order when another man ordered one. Check that: He ordered a second one and took it back to his seat inside a surprisingly chic Burger King (brownstone brick, stainless steel, modern booths). So I asked him: Why come to Burger King for a hot dog?

“Well… I’ve never had one before,” he said.

Seemed like a good enough reason to me.

Back at the office, I unleashed it for our photographer Greg Lovett who did not immediately recoil.

Because this does, actually, look like a hot dog you would find at a backyard barbecue: squiggles of Heinz ketchup and mustard, relish and slivered onions atop an Oscar Mayer-made wiener. It’s even split down the middle and has the requisite chargrill marks.

And it tastes just like a homemade dog. A nice snap to the ol’ tube steak and a meaty flavor from the all-beef dog. And since you have a name-brand hot dog and condiments (Burger King’s parent company owns Heinz and Oscar Mayer), you get the flavor your expect from a hot dog.

There’s even a chili-cheese version, if that’s your thing, that tastes no worse than what you’d find at Dairy Queen or Sonic.

The classic hot dog will run you $1.99, and $2.29 gets you the bells-and-whistles chili cheese version. They’ll also set you back 310 and 330 calories, but you’re at Burger King, so who’s counting?

I’m not sure the problem Burger King was trying to solve by adding a hot dog to its menu. But if you have a hankering, here’s echoing a little push: Go ahead and try one. They’re good.

 

 

Honda Classic: Ordering this burger can land you free golf tickets

The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will make a Honda Classic Burger for the week of the eponymous tournament. (Contributed photo)
The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will make a Honda Classic Burger for the week of the eponymous tournament. (Contributed photo)

Any burger can give you love handles, but how many can get you tickets to the links?

Ordering a Honda Classic Burger from The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will do just that. Every order of the Burger Bar’s “burger of the week” earns a raffle ticket for a daily drawing for tickets to this week’s Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the Honda Classic golf tournament

Ordering a Honda Classic Burger or a Tee Time cocktail at The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will earn a raffle tickets to win free passes to the Honda Classic. (Contributed photo)
Ordering a Honda Classic Burger or a Tee Time cocktail at The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will earn a raffle tickets to win free passes to the Honda Classic. (Contributed photo)

The Honda Classic Burger ($15.50) has a patty made from barbecued meatloaf, plied high with onion rings, applewood-smoked bacon and barbecue “jus,” all between garlic Texas toast.

Maybe a cocktail is more to your liking? The same contest rules apply to ordering the Burger Bar’s Kettle One Tee Time cocktail. It’s basically a spiked Arnold Palmer, with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, ice tea and lemonade.

The burger and cocktail will be available through Saturday.

The Burger Bar
4650 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens
561-630-4545

Palm Beach’s Buccan celebrates 5 years today with greatest-hits menu

Chef Clay Conley opened The Sandwich Shop at Buccan in Palm Beach in December. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Chef Clay Conley opened The Sandwich Shop at Buccan in Palm Beach in December. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Time flies when you’re winning awards.

The restaurant Buccan, which shot to national prominence thanks to two-time James Beard Award semifinalist chef Clay Conley, is celebrating its five-year anniversary today. The restaurant will offer some of its most memorable dishes since its debut, focusing on the small plates and world-inspired ingredients that have been its hallmark on Palm Beach.

CRITICS CHOICE: See food editor Liz Balmaseda’s best of 2015

Among the many dishes today: Colorado lamb with harissa chili paste; grilled Florida corn with Mexican cotija cheese; short rib empanadas; and squid ink orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage and conch.

Their signature cocktail, the Buccan T (an acronym for its ingredients: basil, unsweetened iced tea, cranberry, citrus, agave nectar) will be served all night for $5.

 

This Palm Beach chef is getting into a knife fight — on television

KNIFE FIGHT sEAN BRASELOne of Palm Beach’s biggest names in food is getting into a knife fight — and you can watch.

Sean Brasel, chef-owner of the Meat Market restaurants in Palm Beach and South Beach, is competing on the Esquire Network television cooking show, “Knife Fight.” The episode will air Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., and the Palm Beach restaurant will host a watch party, with free bar bites and happy hour specials.

Brasel’s Meat Market immediately became one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County when it opened earlier this year, earning food editor Liz Balmaseda’s top marks for food and service.

“The steaks are stellar, the service sensational, the ambiance downright sexy,” she wrote.

This is the second cooking show Brasel has been involved in. He is a past contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” Season 12.

IF YOU GO

What: Meat Market Palm Beach will host a watch party with free bar bites and happy hour specials as chef-owner Sean Brasel competes in the Esquire Network television show “Knife Fight.”

When: The one-hour show airs Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach

More info: MeatMarketPalmBeach.com, 561-354-9800

This Florida bar is among the world’s 50 best bars

Broken Shaker co-owner Elad Zvi mixes a cocktail in Miami Beach. The Broken Shaker was named the best hotel bar (Patrick Farrell/ The Miami Herald)
Broken Shaker co-owner Elad Zvi mixes a cocktail in Miami Beach. The Broken Shaker was named among the 50 best bars in the world. (Patrick Farrell/ The Miami Herald)

It’s not everywhere you can get a drink at one of the best bars in the world — while sitting in your bathing suit at the hotel pool.

But that’s exactly the case at the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach, which was recently named among the World’s 50 Best Bars, in a “Drinks International” poll of more than 400 voters worldwide. The Broken Shaker was ranked No. 14 on a list that includes bar from London to Singapore.

It’s yet another honor for a tiny bar wedged inside the Freehand Miami hostel, which opens up to a pool courtyard filled nightly with revelers, no matter the weather. In the heat, it’s bathing suits optional.

Earlier this summer, the Broken Shaker — which has been nominated for a James Beard Award, the highest honor in dining and spirits — won the title of Best American Hotel Bar at the international Spirited Awards in New Orleans.

 

Critic’s pick: nice-price wines at Lake Park’s Pelican Café

A selection of wines inside The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park on May 16, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The Pelican Cafe, Lake Park. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

North county pick: PELICAN CAFÉ

The owners of Lake Park’s charming Pelican Café have returned from vacation in a generous mode. After a short break, they reopened the eatery last week with a terrific “fall back” deal:

All wines by the glass or bottle are half-price through the end of October. The café’s wine selection offers spot-on pairings for the Pelican’s Italian-centric menu.

Bonus: Dine between 5 and 6 p.m. and get 20 percent off your entire check. Reservations are strongly suggested for dinner. Closed Mondays. See full hours on the café’s website.

Pelican Café: 612 US Highway 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272; ThePelicanCafe.com

TWITTER: @LizBalmaseda

 

Are these the best barbecue spots in Florida?

Derrick McCray's barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)
Derrick McCray’s barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)

Round up the best barbecue spots in the South? Impossible!

Still, “Garden & Gun” magazine gave it a shot and named these two Florida sites, Pearl Country Store & Barbecue in Micanopy and Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish in St. Petersburg.

Our own food editor Liz Balmaseda offers one great spot locally, McCray’s Backyard Bar-B-Q, which could easily make any list, especially since they were asked to cook for the last Super Bowl.

 

Beer from this local brewery will soon be available throughout South Florida

The Copperpoint Brewing Company logo is prominently displayed on the brick wall in the Copperpoint craft beer brewery in Boynton Beach. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach’s Copperpoint Brewing will begin distributing its beers locally, beginning in Palm Beach County. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Make some room on the local tap list.

Palm Beach County’s newest craft beer brand, the five-month-old Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach, will be available on draft outside the brewery for the first time this month. A dozen local bars and restaurants, to begin with, will carry beer by the brewer who won one of Florida’s first gold medals from the highly regarded Great American Beer Festival.

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Get Tapped In! Visit The Palm Beach Post's page, TAPPED, for exclusive coverage of Palm Beach County's craft beer scene
Get Tapped In! Visit The Palm Beach Post’s page, TAPPED, for exclusive coverage of Palm Beach County’s craft beer scene

“Brew 2 At The Zoo” welcomes beer drinkers and designated drivers alike

One of the breweries involved is Due South.
One of the breweries involved is Due South.

“Brew 2 At The Zoo,” the Palm Beach Zoo’s gift to fans of local craft beers, takes place on Saturday from 5:30-9 and offers more than 25 brews from Florida, about half of them from within a 50-mile radius. Not only does the event offer a $35 barrell-full of goodies for the drinking, including a collectible sampling mug and lanyard, but for $15, the responsible non-drinkers in your party can come in for free water and soft drinks while they enjoy live music and the knowledge that their drinking friends totally owe them.

Featured breweries includ Due South, Saltwater, Twisted Trunk, Accomplice, Barrel of Monks, Native, Inlet, Tequesta Brewing, Funky Buddha, Wynwood, Cigar City and more.

Get Tapped In! Visit The Palm Beach Post's page, TAPPED, for exclusive coverage of Palm Beach County's craft beer scene
Get Tapped In! Visit The Palm Beach Post’s page, TAPPED, for exclusive coverage of Palm Beach County’s craft beer scene

 

Venus Williams: Her company designed this cool bar

Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)The bar

The bar

Salute Market

The vibe

Salute Market is a place without secrets. It is simply a place to enjoy fresh food and hand-crafted drinks in sleek, open, unpretentious setting designed by tennis star Venus Williams’ firm, V Starr Interiors. It’s part deli and market, where you can buy fresh sandwiches with pastrami and corned beef flow in fresh from the owners’ home in Chicago. It’s part wine cellar, and full beer and liquor store where you can sample all of the items before you buy them. And it’s an indoor and outdoor bar, where cocktails are made with top shelf liquors — and the recipes to all the drinks are printed on cards so you can buy the alcohol and make the drinks at home.

Signature cocktail

The Funky Shandy is among the drinks Salute Market makes and prints the recipe to for patrons to take home. A typical shandy is mix of hefeweizen wheat beer and lemonade. This one does it one better by using Funky Buddha’s Floridian wheat ale, Kettle One Citron citrus vodka and ginger liqueur. It at once is refreshing and packs punch.

Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)

Other notable drinks

The drinks are seasonal to take advantage of local, fresh ingredients. Among the drinks Salute prints recipes to are its strawberry rhubarb old fashioned, made with bourbon, fresh muddled strawberries and aged-rhubarb liqueur. The watermelon mojito uses freshly muddled watermelon. There are also a selection of craft beers in cans or bottles, including local offerings from Tequesta Brewing Co. and Due South Brewing.

Bar bites

A full deli means you can have anything from a salumi/charcuterie board or a hot sandwich from kitchen. The Sleghtsteak sandwich uses house-roasted eye of round. The Barry uses specially cured corned beef. And all naan bread is fresh baked.

Deals

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., food menu ranges from $2 to $8. Wine starts at $6, champagne at $11.

salutebarcontributed

More info.

5530 PGA Blvd., Suite #101, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-425-5651. www.salute2u.com

 

The Funky Shandy

1 1/2 ounces Kettle One Citron vodka

1 1/4 ounces Stirrings Ginger Liqueur

4 ounces Funky Buddha Floridian beer

2 lemon wedges

Build in a glass. Add ice, vodka, ginger liquer and squeeze lemons. Finishe with beer. Garnish with lemon.