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Recommendations near Jackie Gleason Theater?

I recommend Oolite.

It's literally across the street from the Fillmore.

And it's also literally across another street from great (cheap) public parking.

And, it's "Florida" oriented, something nice for a newcomer.

Win Win Win.

New England Style Hot Dog Roll

After the terrific Lobster Roll at Mignotette last Sunday (photo 1), I started dreaming about lobster rolls...

And how I could get one without another 60-mile one-way drive.

Step one complete! I found the split-top buns right in my local Publix (photo 2).

Step two, I may have to commit HERESY and use Florida Lobster - I have a couple tails in the freezer that need to be used. Probably won't be nearly as good, but, we'll see!

Blue Willie's BBQ

Following up on the "How can they possibly cure 200 lbs for 3 weeks"...

CPC reports, "Banks begins with a 1,100-pound lot, portioned out and prepared 200-pounds at a time after a rigorous 5-week curing and smoking process."

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Pit boss is supposedly a guy named Bryan Tyrell.

From what I can tell, in the past he has been associated with (although not clear exactly how)...

The Kansas City "Slaughterhouse Five" BBQ team...

Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que in Kansas City...

And a BBQ place in London(!) called Bodean's.

I guess best thing is I'll just drop on in and meet him myself ASAP.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

I want to know who this Smoke BBQ pitmaster will be.

From the bottom of that ad:

"Home of two-time American Royal World Series of BBQ Grand Champion".

Now that does sound interesting.

Palm Beach County openings 2014

Smoke BBQ on the Ave in Delray, at previous site of Union and CandyFish Sushi.

I mentioned to the owner... they should hang out at Blue Willy's for a while.

And when their Q is on par... let me know.

NYC Foodie moving to Jupiter, Fl - quiet, good food recs please!

My first thought would be Café Boulud in Palm Beach proper.

However, since you're coming from NY, that might not be particularly exciting. And it's certainly not Italian, steak, sushi, or Chinese!

However, as to your other preferences, it is on the reserved and quiet side (unlike Buccan, for example), and certainly offers good food (IMO Of course).

Cheap Lobster

Generally speaking, when you pop open a soft shell lobster, a ton of water is going to come pouring out. That's what fills the "oversized" shell - since the meat has not expanded into it yet.

So these may SEEM like a bargain, but by weight you are paying for a lot of water.

In coastal Maine, in summer, this is by far the majority of what they catch. And they do not ship well or hold up well in tanks...

So there's a more limited area they can transport them to, and there's more urgency to get them sold.

All these factors combine to make them lower-priced.

I've done side-by-side taste tests, right from just-landed lobsters in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. And I preferred the hard-shell by far. Soft shell was more mushy and of course more watery.

I believe some or a lot of the "sweeter meat" story is promulgated by the lobsterman who naturally want to present the softies as desirable. I have no problem with that. I just don't agree with it.


Sep 02, 2014
CFByrne in Manhattan

Hot and Soul-Fort Lauderdale

Hot & Soul is not really a "New Orleans" place and never has been.

They've worked there, and there's often a good amount of Nawlins influence.

But the food is all over the map.

Christy is Filipino, so there's a lot of that influence. There's also good deal of Indian type stuff on a regular basis.

If you look at their website, which is a pleasure to read (all four sections) you'll see they bill themselves as "International Cuisine".

They do Sunday brunch, so you can also check that out.

Hot and Soul-Fort Lauderdale

Was lucky enough to go to a private tasting dinner here Thursday night - wow. Good news though is that many or all of these will stay on the menu, I am told.

If you have not been, you can look forward to, for example...

*Tropical fruit salad with Sai Oua (thai sausage), and sweet and spicy chile sauce.

*Wahoo tiradito with lime, cucumber, cilantro, passionfruit infused olive oil, and pink salt.

*Roast pork ti malice (onion, sweet & hot peppers, citrus & vinegar) with sweet potato-plantain puree.

*Curry beef with dum aloo, sweet and sour cabbage.

*Waffle cone with banana custard, crushed peanuts, coconut, and "magic shell".


Best Burger Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

I would love to love Five guys but I just can't. I thought it was cool when I used to go to their first or second store in Alexandria just off King St.

But now, IMO, S/S and B/F blow them away.

Also I've not been that impressed with Smashburger. Again, S/S and B/F just seem a lot better tasting, plain and simple.

Charm City and MEAT I would tend to put in another category... as these are going a step upscale from these others.

But, everyone has their opinions.

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.