Good grub-loving locals shouldn’t be too surprised to learn two Palm Beach County restaurants made OpenTable’s list for “100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016.”
In fact, a few who appreciate the hotness of our local restaurant scene might ask: just two?
The online dining reservations service selected its top 100 from five million-plus reviews posted by verified diners across the country. Those reviews focused on some 20,000 restaurants, including those that are “hip, new,” that are “hot spots,” or boast celebrity chefs and “avant-garde restaurateurs.” The 100 restaurants are not ranked.
Buccan is the domain of nationally acclaimed executive chef Clay Conley, who co-owns the modern American bistro with partners Sam Slattery and Piper Quinn. (It’s also the big-sister eatery to Imoto, the Japanese-style izakaya next door, and Grato, the buzzy new trattoria in West Palm Beach.)
El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar is a hip, popular spot packing in late-night crowds in Delray’s Pineapple Grove dining district. The eatery, which offers a solid menu of street foods, makes everything from sauces to tortillas on premises.
The Palm Beach County duo joins five other Florida restaurants on this hot list. (See full list here.) They are: Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Palace Bar in Miami Beach, Prato in Winter Park, BB King’s Blues Club in Orlando and, also in Orlando (but with a West Palm Beach soul), Rocco’s Tacos.
Expect no foodie lingo here, no “artisan” this or “hand-crafted” that, no menus tripped up in adjectives. Expect no calculated stabs at branding or ambiance. You won’t find proclamations of culinary hipdom here. But you will find a mighty fine steak.
And you will find stellar service, the kind of service that brings you back to the warm, welcoming time capsule that is Okeechobee Steakhouse.
Wait staff said the new Jupiter location should be open in about a week.
There are a couple of questions for long-time customers of the old location:
What happens to the Pabst Blue Ribbon ceiling mural? It apparently won’t fit in the industrial-style ceiling of the new location, but wait staff said Saturday that it might end up in another Park Avenue location.
And here’s hoping they don’t forget the Elvis sign:
For those who love cheese, today is your day! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a yummy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich! Here is our list of the best sandwiches in Palm Beach County: