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Royal Red's

Shame shame shame! There's no excuse for overcooking RRs.

Heck when I am prepping them I end up eating a good bit right in my mouth raw.

They are that good. They taste like the ocean, the fresh ocean.

Aug 28, 2015
CFByrne in Florida

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

While 3030 is getting a makeover, turns out Adrienne Grenier will be heading up a 2-month pop-up, Tupelo.

"Featuring small plates designed with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal, high quality and locally sourced product in addition to hand crafted cocktails, Tupelo offers an ultra-friendly environment where guests can share great food and great experiences with others."

Open for dinner daily August 25th through October 23rd,

"The 13-item savory side of the menu includes warm cheddar biscuits with honey butter; roasted beets with parsley-walnut pesto, arugula and goat cheese; and sautéed snapper with kimchi-fried black rice and Thai chili sauce."

MIA (Miama International Airport) American Airlines - Anything good to eat to take on plane?

>MIA has the worst choice of food at any airport I've ever flown from. Period.

Whaaa? Now, surely a few in this list may be outdated...

But that list seems not half-bad to me.

By comparison, I'm guessing you fly FLL and PBI.

Name one place at PBI that's even half decent. (I've never dined at the Rooney's? Irish Pub because that's outside security and I prefer to dine and relax once I am inside)>

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

BTW this is old news now, but 3030 is closed for renovations until November.

Paula DaSilva is out. And I think, but am not certain, her sous, Adrienne Grenier, too.

Best Pizza in South Florida

News from Spadini's in Boca - known for excellent NY Style pies and Grandma/Upside Down Sicilian...

The store has apparently been closed for about two months now. (I am glad I didn't drive down for lunch Friday as I was thinking at one point).

Their Facebook page seems to indicate they ran into some sort of lease or related issues and are planning on opening at a new location. But that was two months ago... and we know how that stuff goes sometimes.

I'll see if I can round up any updates. I had quite a few great slices there over the past year, with a few rare exceptions.

Must-try foods in South Florida?

Jamaican Jerk. Popular in Brooklyn and South Florida but probably somewhat unknown to many other large areas of the country.

Easiest introduction probably via Jerk Chicken Wings or just jerk wings.

The styles and preparation and cooking are all over the map, from just sauce, to rub, to dry seasoned, to smoked, grilled, fried etc etc.

But the essential jerk flavors are the common theme - and I something I'd recommend to every new visitor to South Florida if they've not had before.

Note, I'm not saying these are FROM South Florida or "authentic" or any such thing. Just that I'd say this is eligible for the one of "50 foods you have to try in South Florida".

Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach- 1 week vacation

Thanks for the report!

r.e. Heat at El Camino, (and Salmon at DaDa)...

I am suprised, I work literally 250 feet from there (across street from Tramonti), and have three or four tacos for lunch pretty much every week. I especially enjoy the pork belly, carnitas, and al pastor.

I've always found them very mild, and if I need any heat, there's always sauce offered *on the side*.

I wonder if this was some sort of one-time fluke. It's odd because your excellent pix do seem to show an added brown sauce of some type on top of two on the left. Did you possibly add that without tasting it first?

In any event, agreed that the sauces they provide - two or three of them - are all pretty hot. They might want to look into that. I'll double check next visit.

For Dada, great atmosphere - almost always a hit with visitors - and that Salmon dish as been a favorite there for a good 10+ years.

Come back soon.

2015 Miami Spice

Heading to Miami this Saturday.

Dinner at Alter, (possibly immediately preceded by Bullfrog/Taquiza "snacks") but lunch is up in the air for now.

Never been to The Federal. Would I get a good representation from their Spice lunch menu?

Ditto with Toscana Divino: ?

Really though I am up for anything, Spice or not. Too bad Centro not open Saturday for lunch.

Hmmm haven't been to Lucali in a year.

Next Miami/SoBe Visit in 2 Weeks

I know you are a big taco fan... and spend a lot of time (live?) in San Diego.

You might be interested in checking out Centro Taco, Richard Hales' (Blackbrick, Sakaya Kitchen) brand-new "unconventional" taco joint.

I am hoping to stop in Wednesday, the early buzz I've heard has been pretty good.

The MIA folks may have first-hand deets...

Hours are limited so check the website.

125 SE 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL — 33131

Cafe Boulud

More good stuff happening at Boulud in the coming weeks...

A while back, someone asked if we would ever hear from multiple-JBF nominee Chef Zach Bell again, after he left Boulud for the private Addison Reserve CC.

Well he's returning for a one night affair this Friday with Exec Chef Rick Mace.

A week later, there's a "visiting chef" dinner with Tim Lipman from Coolinary Cafe, one of my top favs in PBC.

And then on August 28, sous chef James Strine - well known to pork lovers throughout SoFla - takes the reins for an evening, with a special "Whole Hog" dinner.

Boynton Beach?

I'm no sushi expert, but I've had several excellent meals lately at both Sushi Simon (on Woolbright near ICW) and Bang Bang Sushi (on Gateway just W of 95). Friends who are more into the sushi scene indicate these two joints are legit. (Not cheap but do you really want cheap raw fish?). Even the most basic rolls just taste better here.

If your friend just moved to town, especially from up north, the food is nothing special but Two Georges is a taste of laid-back Florida waterfront atmosphere. At certain times there's live music to complete the vibe. (On a similar vein, you could hit Old Key Lime House in Lantana).

A lot of folks talk about The Living Room (very "eclectic" though so I might not start with that one). Another name that comes up often is Sweetwater. I've only been once and it was a few years ago.

Back to the Florida atmosphere, I and many others like Hurricane Alley (Ocean Bvld and US1). Lots of local seafood, super casual, very popular so be prepared to wait at peak periods. You could try it out for lunch in advance if you wanted.

Further west (and north), I've heard good things lately about Guacamole Mexican in Lake Worth/Atlantis. And you could also always swing by Tacos Al Carbon basically on Military and Lake Worth Rd, or the other store on Congress and S 6th St.

So there are a few options to mull over. Nothing groundbreaking but maybe a good start to some of the more interesting local joints.

Brooklyn Coming to Palm Beach (Sort of. A little bit)...

Could be interesting...

"A new, Brooklyn-ized restaurant concept is headed to Palm Beach’s soon-to-be-renamed 150 Worth shopping and dining plaza later this year.

"Cooklyn, a restaurant that opened last year in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, brings its talents to the plaza on Palm Beach’s main drag this fall. Those talents come in the form of Chef Anthony “Theo” Theocaropoulos, a native New Yorker and graduate of West Palm’s Lincoln Culinary Institute whose career includes cooking stints with star chefs Michael White (at Ai Fiori), Mario Batali (Eataly New York’s La Pizza & La Pasta) and, in his early chef days, with Daniel Boulud (Cafe Boulud Palm Beach).

"A Nov. 1 opening is planned, with a soft debut in October."

So we'll be on the lookout for appx President's Day debut. It's on PB Island itself near Boulud, Buccan, PB Catch etc.

Oolite Restaurant - New from Kris Wessel - SoBe near Lincoln Road

"The year-old restaurant... owes the city more than $446,000 on its $61,000 per month rent, according to a letter to the Miami Beach City Commission from its lawyer, Raul Aguila"

$2,000 a DAY rent. Sheesh!

I know little or nothing about the topic really...

But that seems like an almost impossible nut to crack unless you're turning a ton of tables hour after hour, day after day.

Oolite Restaurant - New from Kris Wessel - SoBe near Lincoln Road

Call before you go...

Miami Herald reporting "landlord troubles"...

Best Chicken Sandwich

The SS Chix is only available in Brooklyn at this point, is that true - or has it been released elsewhere now?

It looks like more spread (mayo+) than I would enjoy (childhood mayo trauma I've not gotten over yet ;-) ) but otherwise looks mighty good.

Shake Shack opening

FWIW - and it's not an excuse but a possible explanation - regarding the "operation".

The GM who opened that store and has been in charge for the last 1 year and 51 weeks... just (literally today) moved to NY. (to run the UWS SS). I think he stopped working there a week ago.

So... they may be in a transition period. I've been there probably 15 times since they opened and never had any service issues.

2015 Miami Spice

They should add a category...




Best Pizza in South Florida

I'm not *crazy* about Anthony's but I think it's pretty good. (I like the wings even more)>

Just curious - what specifically about it do you not like?

And, which local pizza do you enjoy?

Habit Burger coming to Florida

1) I was happy - not disappointed - when I saw a long line. If a new burger place opens in town and it's not busy at peak lunch hour, that's a bad sign. Of course, with more training this should get better.

2) That white stuff on the burgers? From my photo (below) of the menu, I have a guess! And it is optional, as is everything else on the burger. I always get mine without that white stuff.

3) Agree the fries were so-so. I like em crispy - is that too much to ask??? - but they were on the mushy side = death.

Habit Burger coming to Florida

I had a double hamburger (Charburger) during the soft opening and it was so-so. But, there were new staff, new everything, so, I throw that sample out.

But I returned a few days ago, had the Double Charburger with Cheese, add bacon.

I really enjoyed that one. For some reason the taste reminded me of the famous Bacon Cheeseburgers I enjoyed at PJ Clarke's in NYC years ago. That was just a nice little unexpected "flavor flashback".

For the Delray/Boca "fast casual" burger market right now, I'd rank those I have tried in that category like so:

5) Five Guys
4) HiWay
3) Habit
2) Burger Fi
1) SS

It was nice to see the grill cooks actually seasoning the burger on the grill.

I find at Five Guys, for example, I need a shovel full of S&P before my burgers have any taste at all.

Not so here at Habit. And I liked their toasted buns and the standard grilled onions. They probably put on just a touch too much lettuce, it just dilutes all the other flavors. Other than that though, pretty good.

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

A lot of folks have been wondering what is going on at PO.

In short: PO is not serving pizza any more.

Dak is focusing his pizza efforts at his takeout/delivery store idea, Swell Pizza, the first of which is in Delray.

Dak wrote his own update today on FB:

"a lot of people won’t understand it but after 6 years I needed a change. our new sister restaurant, swell pizza in delray, takes the p.o. ideals of pizza and runs with them. jerk oceano goes full caribe with real foods...local seafood, vegetables, and meats. our flat and coco breads are made with the same organic flour used by p.o. and we will also be using the same purveyors as we always have. join us this friday for an old fashioned deck party to sample our new fare starting around 5:30. — dak"

I have been to the new, "non-Pizzeria Oceano" (aka Jerk Oceano) and I love the non-pizza dishes, as I have always loved them before.

(It appears long-time "sous" chef Sean is handling the cooking at PO, at least for now as Dak trains folks at Swell).

Royal Red Shrimp and Rice, Okra, Chili, Egg

Pineapple, Jicama, Chili, Mint, Lime.

Roasted Cabbage, Salame Calabrese, Onion, Mustard Seeds, Apricot

Palm Beach Occasion

Absolutely - reservations possible and suggested for Boulud.

And if anything, August thru October are even "slower" season, so you should be looking at excellent deals for the hotel if you decide to book there.

Palm Beach Occasion

Cafe Boulud or Buccan would be my top two recos...

Foodies? Check.

High quality? Check.

$$$? Check.

Dress up? Optional at either. Buccan is more casual and louder than Boulud.

So for "Special Occasion" I might lean more towards Boulud. I have had a few spectacular meals there recently.
If you wanted to make a night of it, you could book a room at the Brazilian Court, the boutique hotel that Boulud sits in. Here in the off-season, rates are quite reasonable (I just took a quick peek).

It's in the heart of elegant Palm Beach - you could go for walks on Worth Ave, over to the ocean, in the charming little neighborhood corner parks...

Or hit Boulud for dinner (and breakfast) - and then grab a great sandwich at lunchtime at Buccan's little take-out shop.

Palm Beach county closings 2015

The store was way too big IMO. It struck me the minute I walked in a couple of months ago.

Always better to have a small crowded place than a big half-empty one. Scarcity increases demand, abundance lowers perceived value.

Alinea to "pop up" in Miami early 2016

Look who was in the 305 yesterday.

You'd have to guess, absent other info, it's a scouting trip, I would imagine...

Habit Burger coming to Florida

Yes... and don't tell anyone... but I think there may be an even "softer" opening this Thursday. Unless I got the date wrong when it was whispered... but I believe the voice said "free burgers Thursday" over two time periods.

"The fast-casual spot opens June 24 at the new Delray Place on Federal Highway and Linton Blvd. Doors officially open at 10:30 a.m. that day, but there’s a couple of preview events this week that will offer the public a taste of The Habit. On Friday, the eatery hosts fundraisers for the Delray Beach Athletic Club (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and Habitat for Humanity (5 to 7 p.m.). On Saturday, there’s a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). During these events, the restaurant will donate 100 percent of the proceeds."

ALTER (new Brad Kilgore place in Wynwood)

I've heard plenty of buzz about Alter.

Well-known/veteran Miami dining enthusiasts, bloggers, etc, praising the food. And I'm not talking about thinly-veiled PR machines.

But I've not seen any "hype" (although I certainly could have missed it).

Definition of HYPE - transitive verb
1 : put on, deceive
2 : to promote or publicize extravagantly <hyping this fall's TV lineup>

To me there's an important difference, hype has the connotation of contrived BS. Buzz is more of a genuine enthusiasm.

When enough people start seeing through the hype, it all starts falling apart.

AFAIK, what I am seeing is buzz. I could be wrong.

In any event, I'll find out for myself at 7PM tonight.

ALTER (new Brad Kilgore place in Wynwood)

Heading down Saturday night with Mrs CFB.

Some of the "must tries" I am hearing include:
Soft Egg
Bread and Beurre
Grouper Cheeks

Not far behind:
Short Rib
Blue Crab
Leek "Chorizo"

And maybe:
Cape Canaveral Prawns


Comments / thoughts / etc?

Cafe Boulud

Great news for PBC folks. Nice to see some Miami-Palm Beach collaborations *in Palm Beach*! I've been hoping to see this trend develop.


Chef Rick Mace looks forward to welcoming a former colleague and longtime friend back to the kitchen at Cafe Boulud, where they will prepare an epic meal focused on Independence Day. Join us for a 4-course experience with wine paired by our sommeleiere Mariya Kovacheva on Friday July 3rd at 7pm.

good crawfish in south fl??

There's a similar sounding place up in Orlando, I've always wanted to try:

Problem is, it's pretty close to Winter Park, and TRP, C&L, Luma etc etc.

So whenever I am up there, I always seem to have other fish to fry (or try) so to speak...