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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...


I don't recall seeing Meatballs on the menu when I visited!

Did I miss them? Or is it relatively new?

Or is it in Brooklyn only, as David Chang seemed to enjoy (photo).

good crawfish in south fl??

Palm Beach County crawfish lovers: Those folks in Delray I wrote about ^^^ above are doing it again today and tomorrow.
30 Pound bags of live for $4/pound, avail Fri/Sat.

Then fresh, boiled #5 ($35) or #10 ($65) portions to stay or go tomorrow night.

Cafe Boulud

As a huge fan of Tim Lipman / Coolinary Cafe, and Jimmy Strine at Boulud, this is exciting news!

I have been hoping to see more chef/restaurant collabs and special events up here in PB.

Looks like a good August!

Cafe Boulud

"DBGB KITCHEN AND BAR - We find this casual cuisine well suited to the long summer days in South Florida. We’ll be serving the cuisine of DBGB seven nights a week in the main dining room and in our lounge through October 12th and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back often this summer."

Duck King in Boca Raton

To no one's surprise I am sure...

Looks like DK has shuttered their doors.

Real estate lock, FPL notice...

Habit Burger coming to Florida

Hiring interviews taking place this week.

I am guessing they'll be open towards the end of this month.

Surprised No Mention of Siena Tavern--SoFi SoBe

"Temporarily" closed for "renovations".

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Swell Pizza - opening, sort of, this Sunday.

Takeout only. Delivery coming soon, supposedly.

Menu I've seen has three pizzas and a handful of salads, keeping it very simple.

Cafe Boulud

I've had two great meals at Boulud in the past year. So I am a big fan.

In addition, they recently had a table at the Palm Beach "Taste of the Nation" event, along with some 40 other restaurants.

Which was best of the lot?

No disrespect to the other 39, but it wasn't even close, in my opinion.

Cafe Boulud

Significant changes may be coming to Cafe Boulud Palm Beach. Although "takeover" often implies a temporary change, this sounds somewhat permanent - or at least perhaps for the summer?:

Starting Sunday May 31st, our NYC based restaurant DBGB is officially taking over Cafe Boulud! Chef Rick will be introducing more casual flavors to the menu, such as the famous Piggy and Frenchie burgers, as well as house made sausages like the Thai and Boudin Noir. Our head sommelier Mariya Kovacheva will pair local craft beers to pair with the cuisine.

Might be a good move. The more casual (but superb) Buccan right down the street seems to draw a LOT bigger crowd consistently.

The Boulud elegance can be nice for special occasions, but these days I think some may find it a bit intimating and/or off-putting. Perhaps even more so the in summer.

In any event... here is the NYC DBGB menu which looks pretty good to me...

Hmmmm - house-made sausages. I wonder who's going to be making those? (JS)...

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

So Swell apparently ran into a few minor bumps on the way to opening day.

Imagine - a delayed restaurant opening!

But word is, staff is hired, permits secured, training underway. And opening will truly be Real Soon Now.

Reminds me of the old story...

How do you make $1 million in the restaurant business? Start with $2M.