Food Network star Guy Fieri visits MEAT Eatery’s sister location

Chef George Patti sears MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Chef George Patti sears the MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: MEAT Eatery co-owner George Patti has clarified that Fieri visited the burger joint’s Islamorada location, not Boca Raton, as he suggested in an interview. The updated version is below:

Food Network’s Guy Fieri drove his red 1968 Camaro convertible to Islamorada to visit MEAT Eatery & Taproom, which has a sister eatery in Boca Raton.

Fieri’s December visit to MEAT airs at 10 p.m. tonight on his Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” A viewing party is planned at MEAT’s Boca Raton location.

MEAT Eatery is hosting a "Triple D" viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)
MEAT Eatery is hosting a “Triple D” viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)

MEAT’s chef and co-owner George Patti tells us he griddled up one of his famous Juicy Lucy burgers for Fieri, plus a heap of other bites.

“We did smoked wings, chipotle-honey barbecue sauce, house-made pork rinds — we went through the whole pork rind process for him. We did house-made Worcestershire and chimichurri aioli,” says Patti.

The jovial, camera-ready chef took his share of ribbing from Fieri.

“He was funny. He kept breaking my chops about my hair. He kept calling me ‘Ironman.’ I said, ‘You’re making fun of my hair?'” says the chef.

Fieri’s Camaro did its best to further the eatery’s dive vibe on Overseas Highway and Mile Marker 88.

“It leaked oil all over my parking lot,” says Patti. “Some of his guys were underneath it, trying to stick towels to stop the leak.”

Two Palm Beach County establishments have been featured on Fieri’s show: Flakowitz of Boynton Bakery and Deli in Boynton Beach, and Havana Hideout in Lake Worth.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton; 561-419-2600




These three Palm Beach County restaurants will be featured on TV

Chef Adam Brown of The Cooper Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens will be featured on Monday's episode of PBS's "Check Please." (Photo: Libby Volgyes)
Chef Adam Brown and The Cooper Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens is one of three restaurants featured on Monday’s episode of PBS’s “Check Please.” (Photo: Libby Volgyes)

Attention, Palm Beach County restaurants: It’s time for your close up.

Three local restaurants will be featured on celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein‘s PBS television show, “Check Please! South Florida” Monday night. The episode airs at 7:30 p.m. on WPBT2-Channel 2. The Cooper Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens, Table 26 in West Palm Beach and the Pelican Restaurant in Lake Worth will be the focus of the episode.

The show, now in its 13th season, will highlight other county restaurants throughout the year, including Gluttonous Goat in Boca Raton in on March 21 and West Palm Beach’s Hullabaloo and Jupiter’s The Bistro on April 4.

The “Check Please!” crew spent on full day in early November filming at Table 26, and co-owner Eddie Schmidt said this kind of publicity shines a light on the county’s bursting food scene.

“We had a chance to show off a little of what we do,” Schmidt said. “Our community is changing. It’s more year-round than it’s ever been.”


What: The second episode of WPBT’s “Check Please!” now in its 13th season, focuses on three Palm Beach County restaurants.

When: Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Station: WPBT-Channel 2