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Palm Beach County openings 2014

Old Calypso on Intracoastal in Delray finally transitioning to something new...

About time someone did something with this good site that's been underutilized forever...

"Hudson at Waterway East, a new restaurant and upscale tavern owned by Sam Bonasso, will open mid October at 900 East Atlantic Avenue #22, in Delray Beach — the site of Old Calypso. The style and concept of Hudson will be classy casual contemporary American with a menu that features seafood, steak, and pasta. A bar will serve craft beer, craft spirits and offer a wine list. Bonasso formerly was the proprietor of Outback Steakhouse, in Mason Ohio."

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Is Chowhound now permitting blatant advertising posts from restaurants and PR agencies?

There are two blatant examples on the Miami board, under the guise of "Photo Story". Hah!

They are nothing more than press releases. Take a look:

Long-time board regulars have flagged these for several days, but no action.

So, either ads are now allowed, or someone seems to be asleep at the wheel.

Aug 20, 2014
CFByrne in Site Talk

Anyone Been to Meat Eatery in Boca?

Anyone in the area even vaguely into interesting food should check out this place.

Chef George Patti has developed an ambitious and interesting menu. Lots of in-house curing / smoking / pickling etc. Plenty of duck, pork, sausage and unusual veg dishes too.

It's kind of like an East Boca version of Sybarite Pig, but with more focus on food and less on beer (although there's a Superb craft beer list)... and a far more extensive menu.

I'm not so worried about the business aspect, having learned that it is half-owned by the Marketing Company that owns the building. (Apparently, one of the officers became so enamored of Patti's Islamorada spot, they decided to open up this one).

Yes, the setting is odd. Basically, it's the converted "coffee shop / luncheonette" you see in the lobby of certain office buildings sometimes in office parks. But it is easy to get over that... especially if you sit in the counter/bar area versus the actual office building lobby.

I'm told they are doing a booming business already to the local office workers for breakfast and lunch...

There's also a huge "ORDER HERE" sign now... LindaVH - maybe they added that to make it clear how that process works...

Any Ethopian food south of Orlando?

Maybe not what you want to hear but... Now open in Hollywood:

"Owner Derek Ford invited us to try their savory spread. Ford and his wife, Lewam, disappointed in the area's lack of Ethiopian options, decided to fill the need. Lewam hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and used to work at Sheba (Miami's only Ethiopian eatery that closed several years back)."

Found long lost Sheila's BBQ, Wings and Conch!!

Yes this was discussed in February at the end of this earlier thread.

But thanks for the reminder anyway... have been meaning to check it out...

Anyone Been to Meat Eatery in Boca?

Thanks for the comments.

I have also heard: "Food, quite good. Atmosphere, very strange." from more than one person.

I can deal with that. But can enough other folks in Boca to support it... that is the million dollar question.

Guess I better head down and do my share soon!

Miami Spice 2014 Edition

Heading to J&G Grill this weekend.

Any recos on which two of the three apps and entrees wife and I should order?

Menu in photo below (assuming it has not changed).


Need Expert/Local Help for Miami Beach Wedding Dinners

Please be aware MGFD may not be considered "in the South Beach area", as you requested in your original post. It's in mainland Miami. Not far... but definitely not SoBe.

Duck King in Boca Raton

Hopefully they get their act together! So much potential.

Mistakes need to be cleaned up.


I know you asked for Dade / Broward...

But in Palm Beach, it's available on request from Farriss Farm

It is NOT mentioned on their website, but if you signup for the weekly newsletter, you'll see it there often.

"To produce quality meats that are healthier for you, our ranchers use:
•Humane, Sustainable & Earth-Friendly Farming Practices
•No Added Hormones, Growth Promotants or Antibiotics
•No Harsh Chemical Fertilizers, Pesticides or Herbicides on Pastures
•USDA-Inspected Processing Facilities"

Manhattan Hound Visiting: Sat rec PB - Delray corridor

Spoke to a chef working in the area... His thoughts on options other than B & B... I would trust this person's opinions... Unfortunately, most are not first-hand either.

"Cafe Sapori on Southern Blvd is a good place for a large party. Old school Italian, very "Palm Beachy" and the food is consistent. It's not trendy or creative, but the pasta is made in house and they have a great wine list.
"I haven't been to Table 26, but I hear good things. PB Catch is definitely classy, but I haven't eaten there so I can't really say if it's good or not. Jove at The Four Seasons PB is supposed to be good too."

Manhattan Hound Visiting: Sat rec PB - Delray corridor

Looks like you're from NYC so you probably don't want to do Café Boulud Palm Beach... but if you do, that's an option.

The other obvious go-to spot in downtown Palm Beach itself is Buccan with JB nominee Chef Clay Conley. This is quite a bit more of a high-energy scene than Bouldud, but the dining is terrific.

Maybe the bigger problem as I see it: Even though it is off-season, you may have a tough time getting a Saturday night rez for 8 to 10 at any place good on four days notice... unless you go for maybe 6PM or 10PM. But you can also try calling.

Miami Spice 2014 Edition

I thought the same thing when I saw "Seasons 52" listed...

But still, there are some useful tips here. And the article promises more detailed "Best of" lists in the coming days.

Miami Spice 2014 Edition

Even Benn with some helpful filtering ...

La Caja China Pig Roast - First Timer Advice Needed

La Caja fans may want to show up at this event... (see you there)...


Guest Chefs: Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar
joined by Jeremiah Bullfrog of gastroPod

Chefs Hanlon, Brooks & Bullfrog will prepare a surprise feast in their Caja Chinas

December Holiday Party in Palm Beach County: need suggestions for locale

An "outside the box" suggestion...

Call Guanabanas!

I have no idea if they would do this... And I am sure they would prefer Sunday (as would most)...

But it could be a cool idea. Of course, you do have the weather risk. But that's a lot lower in December. And maybe they have a tent or something for private parties.

Hmmm actually I see they do have a Special Events contact...

Crayfish anyone?

You probably already know this, but be prepared for a certain level of disappointment if these whole crawfish are for eating (and not just garnish, for example, on top of a bowl of gumbo).

Crawfish do not freeze particularly well. The tails, not so bad, but the body... if you are into "sucking the head"... will be "not very good" at all.

Generally you can get live 'dads from LA from appx mid-Jan to around July 4th, with May typically being peak season.

How Are the Restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America?

I have a res for Bocuse... Will let the board know how it works out later this week.

red light-Kris Wessel's Highly Anticipated New Spot on Biscayne

Heading there tonight! Shrimp and ribs definitely on the to-do list... the corn chowder and oxtail sound likely as well.

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

Thanks TP. I also hear the Oxtail is good.

Anything else CHers???

the Texas ranger in Freeport

Well the "big news" coming is...

A guy who claims to have the original Ranger recipe is opening a place in Freeport. On the SE corner of Atlantic and Bayview. Said to be opening this month (July 2014).

I'm going to be visiting my old hometown next week so I'll have a first-hand report.

Meanwhile, this may help - scroll to bottom

How Are the Restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America?

Yes, they are open on July 17, and many other summer days.

"All restaurants of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY will be closed for a short summer break, July 26–August 19. We reopen August 20th."

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

Hoping to make it down to Oolite this Saturday before the Ray Lamontagne show at the Fillmore.

Any early word on best bites etc?

I hear the famous BBQ shrimp will be available.

Laine says: "First and foremost, the restaurant will feature healthful dining. Wessel will show his love for regional, local cuisine by concentrating on "simplified eating with plant, land, and sea-based protein-driven offerings... the kitchen will adhere to the limited use of processed ingredients, gluten, and saturated fats. In other words, the restaurant will offer true locavore cuisine that uses natural flavors instead of chemical enhancements."

Website has no info really

But you can find more on FB

1661 Pennsylvania Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(Former site of Cooper Avenue)

one week in Freeport/Long Island

+1 for RS Jones (even though it is in Merrick!). The chef-owners were affiliated with The Bayou way back when it was great when it first opened in the mid 80's with JP and Lo in N Bellmore. Later, J&L opened Big Daddy's and Margaret and Carole opened RS Jones.

Anyway... good people... good fun... and excellent food. Ribs are always dynamite.

the Texas ranger in Freeport

There are a number of Facebook pages for folks that grew up in Freeport... and it's funny but this is one of the most common discussions.

The original in Freeport was up by the LIRR tracks in the 1960's... I had hundreds of chili specials there. Leroy was the guy who helped out John and later Perry.

For a brief while, they moved down to Woodcleft and had a place there. Perry ran that and it was good.

Erhardt's Clam Bar on Woodcleft also came up with a chili special that was quite good... Jimmy Chimeri was the guy there later on... But they are closed now (Jeremy's). In recent years, a few places on the canal have produced knockoffs but usually not that good.

- Charlie (South Freeport born and raised... 1955-1990).

And now... there is big news coming soon...

How Are the Restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America?

Reviving this older thread as it seems most apropos...

I'll be driving through the area on Thursday July 17, and for a number of reasons, specifically want to dine at CIA for lunch. Solo foodie based in South Florida enjoys any kind of excellent food.

Any comments on which of the 3 to choose? American, French or Italian? I know it's a tough question... I am leaning towards the French however.

American Bounty? "With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life in an honest and flavorful way."

Bocuse: "The Bocuse Restaurant provides a culinary journey through France. Reflecting today’s contemporary sensibilities, the menu focuses on deep flavor, unique preparation, and enticing presentation. Service is casual yet elegant."

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici: "Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine at a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden, and the Hudson River. Or enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley."

Thanks in advance!

Miami Spice

Miami Spice is scheduled particularly because it's the dead season (I believe Sept and maybe Oct are the two slowest months of the year). Fort Laud has a similar event in October. Palm Beach in September...

Unlike South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it's spread out all over town. So I would imagine Miami Spice is barely a blip on hotel's radar. Plus I imagine it also attracts 99% locals rather than being a national draw.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this special event for your special event, you might want to take a look at the past two year's threads here to get some dining ideas...

Of course, this year's participants may vary. Personally, I had a fantastic meal for two at Pubbelly Steak:

2012 Thread:

2013 Thread:

Amazing Summer Peaches at Michael's Genuine

The nectarines aren't too shabby either...

Must Eats in Miami

Probably the first question the Miami experts here will need to know to help you more is: Was there anything in particular that made you pick Yakko San? Are you looking specifically for Japanese or Asian?

Because Yakko San is over 11 miles from your hotel, practically halfway to Fort Lauderdale!

On the way there, you could instead have stopped at (for example), Blue Collar - just 3 miles due N from your hotel on Biscayne.

Or any number of other closer places in Wynwood, Design District, Midtown, NeMesis... or even SoBe for that matter.

But from my meager knowledge, on a budget and not too fancy and no tourist trap, near you, I would say a couple of good starters would be BC and also Blackbrick Chinese.

EDIT: I see your convention is at the Miami Beach Convention Center. So that opens up the Beach area too. It would help if you can specify if you would prefer to dine near your hotel, or near your convention center. Because now you are talking about a much wider area... What type food are you looking for?

Bacon Bacon BACON!!!

Here's a NEW one... a long time away though!

"Welcome to the Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest!"

"Come join us March 28 & 29, 2015 for a culinary journey with a pig and a barrel in beautiful downtown Delray Beach."

However, while I would like to love this event... I am frankly not crazy about other events from this organizing group... so... we shall see.