Regular Palm Beach Food & Wine participant makes Best Seafood in U.S. list

daniel-serfer

 

A Palm Beach connection’s establishment is among the listed restaurants in TimeOut New York‘s best seafood places in the country.

Daniel Serfer, a constant staple of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, and his Miami restaurant, Mignonette was listed as the 11th best seafood restaurant in the United States. The list was led by Fiola Mare in Washington, D.C., Le Bernardin in New York City, Providence in Los Angeles, Russ & Daughters in New York City, and Neptune Oyster in Boston.

According to the site, Mignonette has a host of “throwback pleasures” such as popcorn shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, crag Louis, and pie à la mode, but also features some “modern indulgences” like “thick croissants slathered in lobster butter and mango jam; fluke crudo with pickled banana peppers and mustard oil; conch-fritter Benedict drizzled in sherry-cayenne aioli; or swordfish set atop duck confit and wild-mushroom fricassee in Marsala pan sauce.”

Serfer has been apart of panels the last two years at the Wine & Food Festival — judging fried chicken, hot dogs, meatballs, tacos, and “wild card on a stick” with a group of Miami chefs in 2014 and talking about cuisine in Miami with chefs such as Brad Kilgore (Alter), Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine) last year.

Which Florida hotel is among the “most stylish new hotels in the South?”

In addition to service and luxury, a great hotel offers an immediate sense of place.  Could The Breakers be anywhere other than in Palm Beach?

Garden & Gun magazine, that beautiful monthly chronicle of what’s new and cool in the The South has come out with a list of new Southern (and OK, Caribbean) hotels that are as stylish as they are dazzling reflections of their locations.

thompson

Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite.  Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.

DR

Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south.  The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.

The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.

 

 

 

 

 

Which Florida beach bars are among the best in the U.S.?

Photo by Lannis Waters
The Lorelei. Photo by Lannis Waters.

Nothing sounds as peaceful as sitting on the beach and sipping on a tasty drink, and according to a new list, some of the best places to do that are in Florida.

Thrillist listed the best beach bars in America with The Lorelei in Islamorada, Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, and Flora-Bama Lounge & Package in Pensacola making the cut. Other beach bars were from Hawaii, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Alabama.

According to the ranking, The Lorelei is quintessential Florida Keys thanks to its atmosphere of “listening to acoustic guitar under a Tiki hut as the sun sets over the marsh islands.” The site also says that this bar, which sits halfway between the Keys and Miami, features one of the best breakfasts in the area and allows you to “lose track of time” easily.

RELATED: 7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Coconuts on the Beach was lauded for its college party atmosphere that is “more reminiscent of a stadium parking lot than a stretch of sand, rows of tents, house grills, (and) beer pong/flip-cup tables.” The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package is the winner of “Best Beach Bar to Drink in Two States at Once” and is a favorite due to its novelty and being “one of the coolest beach bar experiences in America.”

For nice waterfront dining options in Palm Beach County, check out the Post’s guide here.

Read more at Thrillist.

Wahlburgers (with special guest Mark Wahlberg) to open in Orlando

mark-wahlberg

 

Get ready for the Wahlberg brothers to take over Orlando.

The three brothers will be bringing their burger joint, Wahlburgers, to Orlando with a new location opening on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Orange Ave, according to Orlando Weekly. The grand opening will also include an appearance by all three brothers — including “Ted 2” and “Daddy’s Home” star Mark Wahlberg.

“We’re excited about the opening, we’ve got Mark and Paul confirmed to come into town, but we have a few more last details to lock up before we announce an opening date,” Kimberly Simeone Tessitore, spokeswoman for Wahlburgers, told the Orlando Business Journal.

The Orlando Business Journal reported that this store is the first of 20 planned Wahlburgers locations in Florida with the expansion expected to include between 100 and 150 new stores in the next five years across the country.

The restaurant is also the subject of an A&E TV series, which will premiere its fourth season on July 15. It is unclear at this time whether the new Orlando location will be featured in any episodes.

National Meat Month: steak and wine deals at Morton’s The Steakhouse

morton's

By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Celebrate the meatiest holiday of the year with a special offer from Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Throughout the month of January, the best way to celebrate National Meat Month is to enjoy a Morton’s Prime Burger or 9 oz. Prime Ribeye Steak Sandwich, paired with a glass of Raymond Vineyards “Primal Cut” Cabernet Sauvignon, for only $25.

Related: Love red meat? Check out our 15 favorite burgers in Palm Beach County

“We look forward to commemorating national meat month each year,” said Tim Whitlock, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Morton’s The Steakhouse. “We hope our customers will enjoy this special discount and share the experience with family and friends.”

Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its first location in Chicago in 1978 and has since widened to 73 worldwide locations including nearby ones in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, and Miami.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.

New restaurant in West Palm Beach opens today

Your next favorite Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach is opening today, Jan. 8.

Grato, from renowned James Beard award-nominated Chef Clay Conley,  is opening on South Dixie Highway and is the first restaurant from the Palm Beach-based Buccan Group in West Palm Beach. The restaurant features in-house crafted pasta, antipasti, and crostini with other entries including a 16-ounce bone-in New York strip, brick oven roasted fish, and herb marinated half chicken. The bar features a variety of local and Italian craft beers as well as wine-on-tap and hand-crafted cocktails.

Paccheri with herb ricotta, Parmesan and "Sunday gravy" with braised pork shoulder, short rib and Italian sausage. Photo: LibbyVision.com
Paccheri with herb ricotta, Parmesan and
“Sunday gravy” with braised pork shoulder, short rib and Italian sausage. Photo: LibbyVision.com

“I live in this community, and for a while, I’ve dreamed of opening a place that I could bring my family and friends to on a regular basis.  Grato has a warm, gracious vibe. It’s casual and comfortable for everyone who comes in; laidback, but with great food and service,” Conley said about the establishment of Grato.

Conley, who is also the chef and co-owner of Buccan in Palm Beach, told the Post in November that he was aiming to create a relaxed family atmosphere with his new restaurant. “I just want it to be very casual and family-friendly, a chill place where you would want to go hang out,” he said.

Grato: 1901 South Dixie Highway along the up-and-coming Dixie Corridor in West Palm Beach.

Related: Read more about Clay Conley’s new restaurant project 

Frank Sinatra 100th birthday: celebrate with free meatballs!

sinatra

Nothing like listening to “The Way You Look Tonight” while chowing down on meatballs to celebrate the centennial birthday of Frank Sinatra.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is offering free meatballs on Dec. 12 to any guest who wears Sinatra’s signature Fedora in honor of the singer’s 100th birthday. All 51 locations of Anthony’s will offer the meatball special. Check Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza website for your nearest location.

Related: Our Post readers share their favorite memories of Frank Sinatra

On top of the free meatballs, Anthony’s will be paying tribute to the singer by playing Sinatra songs in the restaurant all day and will being offering an entry to win an iPod pre-loaded with 100 Sinatra tunes.

For more information, you can visit the restaurant’s website.

Rocco’s Tacos celebrating eight years with Clematis block party

Customers enjoy the outdoor street seating at Rocco's Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.
Customers enjoy the outdoor street seating at Rocco’s Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.

Grab a taco and a margarita, it is time to celebrate eight years of Rocco’s Tacos.

The Clematis staple is set to celebrate its eighth anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 19 with a party along the 200 block of Clematis Street. The restaurant, which recently opened new locations in Brooklyn and Delray Beach, will have the party will start at 5 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. with live music and drink specials.

Related: Our interactive Clematis Street Dining Guide with dining reviews

“We want to thank West Palm for eight amazing years. We couldn’t have picked a better place to start our successful chain of restaurants,” owner Rocco Mangel said.

Rocco’s Tacos features a signature menu that includes: Jalapeno Rellenos, stuffed fried jalapenos poppers, with cotija, lime crema, avocado ranch; Molcajete Seafood, wild Gulf of Mexico shrimp, scallops, mahi & poblano chiles baked in a molcajete with calabaza squash, charred tomatoes, onions, cilantro; Enchiladas Mole Poblando, pulled chicken breast, mole poblano sauce; and Bistec con Chiles Rajas, grilled adobo skirt steak, grilled green onions, three pepper rajas, red rice, black beans.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.