Where to dine on Mother’s Day? Six last-minute options

Josie's heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)
Josie’s heirloom tomato salad with burrata and basil oil. (LibbyVision.com)

Haven’t made Mother’s Day dining plans yet? Here are some last-minute options:

Brunch at Josie’s Ristorante

The Boynton Beach Italian restaurant, which recently rolled out a new menu, is offering an a la carte brunch and lunch specials on Mother’s Day, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are encouraged.


On the menu: Eggs Benedict, Italian frittata with artichokes, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella, challah French toast brulee, roasted beef tenderloin hash with sweet potatoes and farm egg, chile-glazed, bacon-wrapped meat loaf, and more.

Josie’s Ristorante: 1602 South Federal Highway (at Woolbright), Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601

Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)
Fit for a queen: PGA National Resort and Spa. (Contributed)

PGA National’s Brunch Divine

The Palm Beach Gardens resort is serving a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch costs $75 for adults, $25 for kids ages 5 to 12. (Plus tax and tip.) Reservations strongly recommended.

On the menu: honey roasted ham, tom turkey with fixings, whole roasted chicken, salads, smoked salmon, raw bar items, custom-made omelets, short rib Eggs Benny, Belgian waffles, Viennese dessert display,

To sip: Bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas cost $19 per person.

PGA National Resort: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852

Paris in Town Le Bistro, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Paris in Town Le Bistro, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Paris in Town Le Bistro

Mothers get free roses during brunch at this Palm Beach Gardens bistro, located in the Downtown at the Gardens complex.

On the menu: options such as skirt steak and eggs, and crepe Florentine with salad.

Brunch bonus: Frank Cerabino plays French favorites on the accordion.

Paris in Town Le Bistro: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. (by carrousel at Downtown at the Gardens), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-1616


Sunday Funday, it's all about wine at 32 East. (Contributed)
Sunday Funday, it’s all about wine at 32 East. (Contributed)

Sunday Funday at 32 East 

This high-end Delray Beach institution chose Mother’s Day to kick off a new “Sunday Funday” special: Get 50 percent of any bottle of wine under $100 from its extensive selection, or get $50 off any wine bottle over $100.

The special will run until Thanksgiving. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Reservations, strongly recommended, can be made on OpenTable.com. Parties of eight or larger are asked to reserve by phone.

32 East: 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-7868

Meat Market's Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs. (Contributed)
Meat Market’s Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs. (Contributed)

Prix fixe at Meat Market

Palm Beach’s most intimate steak house is serving a special Mother’s Day menu Sunday. The menu, served from 5 p.m., costs $45 (plus tax and tip) per person.

On the menu: starter options include Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs, tuna tartare, Swank Farms tomato salad, daily soup; entrées include Prime New York steak, half roasted chicken, filet mignon, Meat Market prime picanha steak, and daily fish; dessert will be included as well.

To sip: Half-priced bottles of wine are offered for Mother’s Day.

Meat Market: 191 Bradley Pl., Palm Beach; 561-354-9800

Cheeseburger is king at Duffy's. (Contributed)
Cheeseburger is queen at Duffy’s. (Contributed)

Dine at Duffy’s

The local sports grill chain will honor moms with a free glass of wine (with meal purchase) and a $10 gift card to use on a future visit.

Duffy’s Sports Grill: Find a location at DuffysMVP.com


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day: Best sandwiches in Palm Beach County

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In Delray Beach, Dada restaurant’s 7-cheese Grilled Cheese. (LibbyVision.com)

For those who love cheese, today is your day! It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

At Dada, in Delray Beach, executive chef, Bruce Feingold wins the heart of comfort food lovers with a grilled cheese sandwich to outshine most grilled cheese sandwiches: It oozes with not one, not two, but seven cheeses.

There are plenty of respectable renditions to be had on the local dining scene – here are some that rise above the ordinary:

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Palm Beach County

Tot-ally different St. Patrick’s Day shepherd’s pie

Farmette's Tater Tot Shepherd's Pie. (Photo credit: Imen McDonnell)
Behold Farmette’s Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie! (Photo credit: Imen McDonnell)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a tale from the Irish countryside:

Before she was a farmer’s wife, Imen McDonnell lived the fast-paced life of an American broadcast producer in major U.S. cities.

The forces of love and Ireland changed all that. Nearly six years ago, those forces transformed McDonnell into the voice of “Farmette,” the popular lifestyle blog inspired by her daily life at an ancient, family-owned farm in County Limerick.

FarmetteCoverFood lovers and vicarious travelers everywhere have reaped the benefits of McDonnell’s lushly photographed culinary inspirations as she put her American city spin on Irish country fare.

Today, as evidenced in her newly released book, “The Farmette Cookbook,” she has stacks of stellar recipes to show for her kitchen experiments that include boldly hybrid dishes such as Tater Tot Shepherd’s Pie. (For which she makes her own tots.)

Related: Best Irish pubs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Palm Beach County

Dear St. Patrick’s Day revelers, what goes better with a pint of Guinness than shepherd’s pie? Perhaps a better rhetorical question is: What goes better with a big, frosty mug of green beer than shepherd’s pie topped with crispy tots?

Here’s McDonnell’s recipe. You’re welcome!

Read the full story on Farmette’s new book in The Post’s Food & Dining.


“Shepherd’s pie was one of my first forays into the basics of Irish country cooking… More recently, I began experimenting with ways to reinvent this classic pie. Inspired by craving a tater-tot hotdish (a Midwestern American casserole), I lined the top of my shepherd’s pie with homemade tots, and it was much more fun than standard mash.”

Serves 4

1 tablespoon sunflower or canola oil, plus more for frying

1 large onion, chopped

2 to 3 medium carrots, chopped

1 pound ground lamb

2 tablespoons tomato purée

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

2 cups lamb or beef stock

For the tots:

4 large russet potatoes, baked and cooled

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons fine salt

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then cook the onion and carrots for about 10 minutes, until softened. Turn up the heat, crumble in the lamb, and brown, pouring off any excess fat. Add the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce; fry for a few more minutes until browned. Pour in the stock, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and cook for another 20 minutes to reduce the liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and shred them on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer to a large bowl, sprinkle in the flour and salt, and gently mix until combined.
  3. Scoop 1½ tablespoons of the potato mixture into a short cylinder, about 1½ inches long and ¾ inch wide. Press the mixture in tightly and then press the tots onto a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
  4. Line a second baking sheet with paper towels; set aside. Pour ¼ inch of oil into a large frying pan and set over medium-high heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Fry the tots in batches of 8 to 10 pieces (do not overcrowd the pan), turning once, until light golden brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tots to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet, and season with salt. Repeat for all the tots.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Put the meat mixture into an ovenproof dish. Top with the tots to completely cover the meat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tots are starting to turn golden brown and the mince is bubbling through at the edges. Serve with a salad of crisp garden greens.

Scullery Notes: You can freeze tater tots for future use: Let the fried tots cool, then transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag. Arrange them in a single layer in the container or bag and place them in the freezer. You can also just pile the shredded potato on top of the filling and bake as directed.

This recipe and the author intro are reprinted from “The Farmette Cookbook,” by Imen McDonnell, with the permission of Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Read the full story on Farmette’s new book in The Post’s Food & Dining.

New Year’s Eve recipes: Ring in the old with these retro cocktails


As you prepare to ring in the New Year, do it with a touch of retro. Holiday cocktails are embracing the old-fashioned for Auld Lang Syne.

Read Liz Balmaseda’s report on New Year’s Eve cocktails.

Thanksgiving dining: southern Palm Beach County picks

Thanksgiving may be America’s most anticipated holiday for home cooks, but if you prefer to make a reservation rather than roast a turkey, you’ve got plenty of options. Listed prices do not include tax and tip.

South county picks:

Farmer's Table, Boca Raton. (Photo by Gyorgy Papp)
Farmer’s Table, Boca Raton. (Photo by Gyorgy Papp)

Farmer’s Table

The healthy foods eatery is offering a prix fixe menu (with vegan option) from noon to 8 p.m. The special menu costs $45 per adult, $22.50 per child.

Farmer’s Table: 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-417-5836; FarmersTableBoca.com

Vic & Angelo’s Delray

The eatery’s south county location is offering a three-course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu that features carrot-ginger soup, roast turkey or honey-bourbon glazed ham, sweet mashed potatoes, Italian sausage-mushroom stuffing and cranberry sauce with pear and cardamom. Dinner costs $22.95 per person; add $5 for a glass of red or white house wine. The special holiday menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the regular menu is available as well. Reservations are recommended.

Vic & Angelo’s: 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-278-9570; VicandAngelos.com

The Office

The popular Delray Beach eatery kicks off Thanksgiving Day with a la carte brunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include turkey sandwich with cranberry-fennel jam and brie, eggs Benedict, a sausage-stuffing frittata, bagels-and-lox, and pancakes with raspberry compote.

A full Thanksgiving buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. Offerings include such carving-station as lemon-thyme turkey, garlic-rosemary duck and honey-glazed ham. The buffet costs $37 per person. Reservations are suggested.

The Office: 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-3600; TheOfficeDelray.com

Hudson Delray

The waterside, seafood-centric restaurant and bar will serve a three-course Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 8 p.m. On the menu: roasted butternut squash bisque, wild mushroom risotto, roast turkey with sage-sausage stuffing, honey-cured ham, pan-roasted salmon, and various seasonal, classic desserts.

The special menu costs $40 per person. A children’s menu is available as well.

Hudson Delray: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach; 561-303-1343; HudsonDelray.com

50 Ocean, Delray Beach. (Contributed)
50 Ocean, Delray Beach. (Contributed)

50 Ocean

Arrive during daylight and you’ll get a Thanksgiving Day feast served with a side of ocean views. On the menu: turkey with whipped sweet potatoes, pretzel-Gouda stuffing, green beans gratin and Hawaiian rolls. For dessert, there’s spiced pumpkin tart made with local ricotta, vanilla-egg cream and almond brittle.

The three-course menu, which costs $45 per person, is offered from noon to 8 p.m.

50 Ocean: 50 S. Ocean Blvd. (second floor), Delray Beach; 561-274-2339; 50Ocean.com

Tanzy Restaurant

The Boca Raton eatery serves a three-course Thanksgiving Day feast with herb-roasted turkey and a large selection of sides and dessert. The special menu costs $45 per adult, $20 per child age 12 and younger.

Tanzy Restaurant Boca Raton: 301 Plaza Real, at Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561-922-6699; TanzyRestaurant.com/boca