A place to sip Pappy: Okeechobee Steakhouse unveils Bourbon Room

Twice the bourbon: Okeechobee Steakhouse owner Ralph Lewis says bourbon demand has increased. (Contributed by Okeechobee Steakhouse)
Owner Ralph Lewis has doubled the bourbon list. (Contributed by Okeechobee Steakhouse)

West Palm Beach’s most iconic steakhouse has unveiled a Bourbon Room for private dining and special functions.

The Okeechobee Steakhouse will break in its new bourbon-themed space at a special six-course, bourbon-pairing dinner next month that includes rare pours of Pappy Van Winkle.

The room, constructed on one side of the restaurant, can seat 28 people by day or night. It will accommodate parties of 10 to 28, says owner Ralph Lewis, whose family has owned and operated the steakhouse for nearly 69 years.

Palm Beach Post file.
Palm Beach Post file.

The designated bourbon space is a direct response to growing customer demand, says Lewis, who calls the space “a beautiful room.”

“Bourbon sales went back up again and we have a large, large variety of bourbon. We’ve always had a relatively good variety, but now we’ve doubled it,” he says, noting an increased demand on vintage drinks, such as the Old Fashioned.

Okeechobee’s expanded bourbon list includes intriguing and in-demand selections such as Angel’s Envy, Buffalo Trace, Hirsch Reserve, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea and Willett Pot Still Reserve.

As for the bourbon pairing dinner, here are the details:

Six-Course Bourbon Dinner

When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. to close

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

Cost: $150 per person

Menu: Six courses paired with various bourbons and bourbon cocktails. Dishes include poached pear salad, carrot ginger soup, smoked salmon crostini, prosciutto-wrapped lobster tail, all matched with drinks. The feast continues with a prime ribeye spinalis-wrapped tenderloin paired with an Eagle Rare Manhattan, and bacon-wrapped Bananas Foster matched with Prichard’s Double Chocolate and root beer float. As grand finale, attendees will toast with Pappy Van Winkle.

Okeechobee Steakhouse’s mighty fine steak

Okeechobee Steakhouse's Filet Black & White is crowned with jumbo shrimp. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)
Okeechobee Steakhouse’s Filet Black & White. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)

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.

 

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Okeechobee Steakhouse marks 68th year with new addition

Okeechobee Steakhouse, West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)
Okeechobee Steakhouse, West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)

West Palm’s iconic Okeechobee Steakhouse celebrates its 68th year this month. And for the first time in 41 years, the restaurant has expanded. A new patio was debuted this week at the steakhouse’s western edge.

The addition comes after some summertime sprucing up of the longstanding restaurant.

(Madeline Gray/ The Palm Beach Post)
(Madeline Gray/ The Palm Beach Post)

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

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