Lake Park’s Dunkin’ Donuts reopens Monday with free mugs, coffee deals

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The circles of life, some might argue. (File photo/The Palm Beach Post)

Munchkin on this, Palm Beach County: The recently closed Dunkin’ Donuts in Lake Park will reopen Monday.

That marks a quick turnaround for the Federal Highway donut shop, which closed Aug. 2 for renovations.

Franchisee Dan Bowers felt the 53-year-old eatery — which was the last full-service Dunkin’ restaurant in the world — was overdue for a makeover.

The Lake Park restaurant will now have equipment to make sandwiches like the new Tailgater.
The Lake Park restaurant will now have equipment to make breakfast sandwiches like the new Tailgater (egg, cheddar cheese, smoked sausage, fire-roasted peppers, grilled onion and Ancho Chipotle sauce on an oven-toasted French roll).

The grill, the short-order cooks and the veteran waitresses are gone, replaced with the full complement of equipment for making 2015’s specialty sandwiches and small army of hot, cold and slushy beverages (once upon a time, kids, beverages at donut shops were pretty much limited to hot coffee, cold OJ and tiny cartons of milk).

Starting Monday and continuing through Friday, the first 20 customers each morning will receive a free ceramic mug — the kind that was a staple at the original restaurant.

The restaurant also will offer this deal next week: a small hot coffee and donut for 99 cents.

Dunkin’ Donuts is at 301 Federal Highway in Lake Park and can be reached at 561-848-5031.

Goodbye grub: Blondies diner closes in Tequesta

The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, shown here in September 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, in Sept. 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Blondies, the Tequesta diner that fixed many a breakfast-for-dinner craving, has closed.

Sisters Meghan and Courtney Conran, the blondes that inspired the diner’s name, opened the strip-plaza eatery in September 2011. They served a menu of dishes inspired by family recipes, such as the “Beezy Cakes” flapjacks named for their cousin Bridget and their Grandpa Bill’s Monte Cristo.

The sisters posted a note on the diner’s website, saying they were unable to agree to new lease terms on the space.

“We want to thank everyone for supporting us throughout the years and giving us the best customers we could ever ask for,” said their note. “We are actively seeking a new location, so be on the lookout for a new Blondies in the future.”

Related: Goodbye, grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Rich, creamy and dreamy: ‘The Cuban Table’s’ flan de leche

"The trick to a great Flan de Leche begins and ends with the caramelo," the caramel syrup, writes author Ana Sofia Pelaez in her debut cookbook, "The Cuban Table." (Photo by Ellen Silverman reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press)
“The trick to a great Flan de Leche begins and ends with the caramelo,” the caramel syrup, writes author Ana Sofia Pelaez in her debut 2014 cookbook, “The Cuban Table.” (Photo by Ellen Silverman reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press)

This dessert is silky and velvety at once. It’s a caramelo dream, proof that not all “love” desserts have to be made of chocolate.

FLAN DE LECHE
Milk Flan

This recipe is reprinted from the 2014 cookbook “The Cuban Table” (St. Martin’s Press, $35), by writer Ana Sofia Pelaez and photographer Ellen Silverman.

“The trick to a great Flan de Leche begins and ends with the caramelo – the sugar heated slowly over a steady flame until it reaches just the right amber hue without becoming bitter.” – Ana Sofia Pelaez, author and creator of the Hungry Sofia blog.

Serves 8 to 10

3/4 cup sugar
For the custard
2 1/2 cups whole milk
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 whole cinnamon stick
1 whole vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 lemon peel, white pith removed
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
6 large eggs

Special equipment:

7- to 8-inch flanera or round metal cake pan (preferably 3 inches deep)

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Make the flan:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pour 3/4 cup of sugar into a flanera or metal mold. Place the mold over medium heat and move constantly, without stirring, until the sugar melts and takes on a deep amber hue, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the mold from the heat and swirl the caramel so that the bottom and sides are lightly covered. The caramel will be very hot and should be handled carefully. Set aside.

Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon peel and salt in a heavy 4-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the spices to steep until the milk is cooled to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Discard the cinnamon, vanilla bean, and lemon peel.

Combine the cooled milk mixture and eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. Carefully pour the custard into the prepared mold. Close the lid of the flanera, if using, or cover the mold with aluminum foil.

Prepare a baño de María: Place the filled mold in a larger roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan so that it comes about halfway up the sides of the mold.

Carefully place both pans in the oven and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the custard to cool completely then refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.

To unmold, run a thin knife along the side of the mold. Gently shake the mold to loosen the flan.

Place a large plate over the flan and quickly invert the mold in one motion.

The flan will gently drop onto the plate and the caramel will flow out.

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Relax at the best waterfront restaurants in south Florida

Today is National Relaxation Day. When we think of relaxing, we think of sitting back at a waterfront destination and enjoying the view. So, for your enjoyment, we are re-posting our list of the best waterfront places in south Florida:

Motoring your boat down the Intracoastal Waterway to get a beer or a meal is a Florida tradition.

A few weeks ago, we wrote about 10 north Palm Beach County bars and restaurants you can visit by boat.

And now, we’re showing southern Palm Beach County some aquatic love.

From north to south, here are eight waterfront spots to have a drink or a meal, no car required.

1. Old Key Lime House Restaurant

Old Key Lime House
Old Key Lime House in Lantana. (Photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post )

Missing the Keys? For some salty charm, head to what its owners claim is the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida, in an 1889 former pioneer home. Just west of the Lantana bridge, near headquarters for drift boats and charter fishermen, this Margaritaville melange of marine artifacts and University of Florida souvenirs (beware, anyone sporting garnet and gold,) has dock space, outdoor bars and indoor historic charm. 300 E Ocean Ave, Lantana; 561- 582-1889.

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Kona Bay Cafe in Lantana.

Lakeside Anchor Inn
Lakeside Anchor Inn.

4. Two Georges

Two Georges
Two Georgesin Boynton Beach.

Since 1957, this former fish shack, where patrons once sat outside on wooden cable spools, has been serving locally caught seafood. Expanded into a sprawling compound of restaurant, and tiki bars, it still has the salty tang of a fisherman’s hangout, with an air-conditioned dining room, if you must. 728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-736-2717.

5. Banana Boat

Banana Boat
Banana Boat in Boynton Beach.

12 million. That’s how many people the Banana Boat estimates it has served since opening in 1978 in then-sleepy Boynton Beach. Today, this bustling spot next to Two Georges is boat bar central, with weekends seeing a steady stream of mariners tying up for a frosty few, peel ‘n eats or conch fritters. 739 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561-732-9400.

6. Prime Catch

Prime Catch
Prime Catch in Boynton Beach.

Owned by the same family that owns the Banana Boat, this fine dining spot on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of the Woolbright Rd. bridge has dock space for plenty of boats, plus outdoor and indoor dining. 700 E. Woolbright Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-737-8822.

7. Deck 84

Deck 84
Deck 84 in Delray.

Cleat off on the 150-foot dock on the west side of the Intracoastal, just south of the Atlantic Avenue bridge, and you’ll usually find the party has already started on the big outside deck. Looking for quiet romance? Head inside to the dining room. And if you catch it, they’ll cook it. The Friday Night Fish Fry heats up to live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 840 E. Atlantic, Delray Beach; 561-665-8484.

8. Hudson at Waterway East

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Fish tacos are on the menu at the new Hudson eatery in Delray Beach. (Contributed by Gyorgy Papp)

Where to eat at this spot on the southeast side of the Atlantic Avenue bridge? The outdoor Pier? The Bar? Or the Parlor? Small-batch liquors, craft beer and menus featuring seasonal ingredients and Florida seafood elevates the usual boat-in restaurant to Delray-style sophistication. Half-off drinks every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-303-1343.

Related: Burt Reynolds visits Hudson after reading about it in The Palm Beach Post.

 

 

 

 

National Watermelon Day: Celebrate with a Watermelon Martini at Buccan

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The summery vodka Watermelon Martini, made with chunks of watermelon, at Buccan, a cocktail bar and restaurant in Palm Beach. (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

Today is National Watermelon Day. And what better way to celebrate this awesome summer holiday than with a Watermelon Martini from Buccan in Palm Beach.

One of Palm Beach’s (and our) favorite places to see, be seen and look fabulous over a cocktail, Buccan’s just a few blocks from Worth Avenue but the center of its own bustle.

The popular restaurant debuted their Watermelon Martini just in time for summer. It’s not the kind you had in the late ’90s made with sugary artificial flavored Pucker or some such ickery (I feel like the cocktail gods would have me spit and throw salt over my shoulder to ward off the bad Pucker vibes.) This is real, made of fresh watermelon, lime, simple syrup and vodka. Real delicious!

But, if you are going, go soon! Buccan will close Aug. 10 for a massive 11-day makeover. They are expected to reopen Aug. 22.

If you go: Buccan, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach. 561-833-3450.

National Oyster Day: Deals at Boca, Delray restaurants

The oyster bar at Racks Delray. (Thomas Cordy/ Palm Beach Post)
The oyster bar at Racks Delray. (Thomas Cordy/ Palm Beach Post)

National Oyster Day doesn’t arrive until Wednesday, but some south county eateries are kicking off their celebration today.

Restaurateur Gary Rack’s restaurants – Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern in Boca Raton and Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar in Delray Beach – are running buck-a-shuck deals through Thursday.

The deal: Blue Point oysters are $1 each from open to close. The oysters are sold by the half-dozen.

Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern: 402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561-395-1662

Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar: 5 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-450-6718

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Best restaurants of 2015 (so far): Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast

Jereve Culinary Studio, West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Jereve Culinary Studio, West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

I am not quite done devouring 2015, but I have feasted on my share of excellent dishes. Here’s my half-time report on my favorite reviewed restaurants so far this year.

JEREVE CULINARY STUDIO

Jereve's palm hearts with kohlrabi, mango, and bread crumbs. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Jereve’s palm hearts with kohlrabi, mango, and bread crumbs. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

They call this West Palm Beach eatery a studio for good reason: The food is a work of art. But beyond the stunning presentations on the plate, the food is delicious.

The restaurant is tucked into the multiuse EmKo art space on South Dixie Highway in the Flamingo Park neighborhood, and its positioning makes sense: beautiful, thoughtful dishes served in a setting where creativity is celebrated and encouraged.

Jereve: 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-227-3511; EmKoPB.com

MEAT MARKET

Meat Market's mammoth dry-aged Prime Certified Angus, 32-ounce porterhouse steak. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post)
Meat Market’s mammoth dry-aged Prime Certified Angus, 32-ounce porterhouse steak. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post)

Welcome to the sexiest steak house in Palm Beach County, where the cuts are stellar and the service is sensational.

Chef-restaurateur Sean Brasel’s hard work has paid off, as have the countless miles he’s logged between the 10-month-old restaurant and its original Meat Market location in Miami Beach. Start with a fresh tuna tartare and a glass of chilled wine at the bar, where happy hour is a refined affair. Then settle into a seat at the dining room for an extraordinary meal. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth the splurge.

Meat Market: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561-354-9800; MeatMarketPalmBeach.com

THE GRILLE FASHION CUISINE

Executive Chef Clay Carnes, The Grille, Wellington. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
Executive Chef Clay Carnes, The Grille, Wellington. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Rising star chef Clayton Carnes has no use for bells and whistles. He relies on premium ingredients and mad skills. The secret behind The Grille’s quality and success is as simple as that.

There’s little wonder why Carnes won an episode of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and, more recently, a semifinals round in the summer-long Feast of the Sea’s Chef’s Challenge Series.

At The Grille, his menu is simple and accessible, and it’s inspired by what’s fresh, local and prime.

The Grille: 12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110; TheGrilleFashionCuisine.com

DISTRICT TABLE & BAR

District Table's roasted grass-fed marrow bones are served with onion crust, IPA mustard, herbs and toast. (LibbyVision.com)
District Table’s roasted grass-fed marrow bones are served with onion crust, IPA mustard, herbs and toast. (LibbyVision.com)

This cozy and casual eatery, which sits in a quiet suburban plaza in Stuart, is where Chef Jason Stocks and his wife Mirka Stocks pay homage to local and regional ingredients.

The chef’s Southern roots – he’s a Palm City native – are evident throughout District Table’s eclectic menu. Whether it’s his Sweet Tea Fried Chicken and jalapeño-cheddar waffle, his deviled yard eggs or his insanely good beef tartare, the chef’s talent is revealed daily in dishes that are worth driving many miles to enjoy.

District Table: 900 SE Indian St. (heading north on U.S. 1, turn left on Indian Street), Stuart; 772-324-8357; DistrictTableAndBar.com

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