Local Curbside Gourmet food truck featured in USA Today

Picture by Bruce Bennett
Curbside Gourmet food truck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Food trucks can be found all over Palm Beach County, but USA Today says one may be better than the rest.

In a list of the “15 food trucks spinning comfort classics” over at USA Today, Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet was one of the featured eateries. Other ones around the nation are Ms. Cheezious in Miami, Empanadas Aqui in Cincinnati, Taco Mondo in Philadelphia, The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rolling J’s in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The site didn’t say too much about the Palm Beach food truck other than that it “bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food” with the crab cake slider with lemon tarragon aioli as one of the featured meals.

The Curbside Gourmet rolled into Palm Beach County in 2011 and became the first gastro mobile in the county that same year. The food truck’s chefs received awards for their Skirt Steak Two Ways from “Top Chef’s” Fabio Viviani in 2012 at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on the Curbside Gourmet, and other food trucks, check out the Post’s handy food truck guide.

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

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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 

South Florida Fair: how to get cheap tickets

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By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The South Florida Fair runs from Jan. 15 through 31 with a host of games, funnel cakes, and amusement park rides to fit your fancy. But, how do you save a few dimes while still having a night of fun? Use these seven tips.

  1. Buy your tickets now! Discount tickets are on-sale at all Palm Beach County area Publix Supermarkets and on-line at the fair website. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children.
  2. Support your local schools Purchasing early tickets can help with local education since those buying tickets through Partners in Education can give 10 percent credit to a child’s school when purchasing online. The Fair will also reimburse the selected school 10 percent for all purchases made using the school code.
  3. Go an extra ticket for free on Publix Buying your ticket early to go on the first day? Net one of the festival’s best deals by earning a free ticket for another day’s admission courtesy of Publix. This deal only works for people buying tickets early and attending the festival on Jan. 15.
  4. Save $5 on Ride-A-Thon Want to get a jump start on the South Florida Fair action? An online coupon allows people interested in attending Ride-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 14 to get $5 off the $15 admission price. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  5. Ride a Bike! Desiring to attend the fair, but also a motorcycle enthusiast? Thursday Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 are the Bike Nite Parades. Running from 6 p.m. until 6:30, more than 300 motorcycles will ride though the grounds with admission only $5 per person for those on the bikes.
  6. Free concerts! For those attending Bike Nite, general seating is free for the Jan. 21 concert with The Guess Who and the Jan. 28 concert with Starship with Mickey Thomas. Reserved seating at both events costs $10 and does not include Fair admission.
  7. Go mega! If you feel like the South Florida Fair will be a multiple day event, the “Mega Saver” package is available for $89 and includes four any-day admissions, two ride/wristband vouchers, and four $5 food tickets. Each wristband can be upgraded on Saturday or Sunday for an additioal $10.

For more information on the South Florida Fair, visit the website.

Palm Beach hotel among best in the world for Christmas

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Get in the Christmas spirit by heading to one of the world’s best spots for going “all-out” on holiday cheer — and it is close to home.

CNN compiled a list of the “9 hotels that go all-out for Christmas” with Palm Beach’s own, The Breakers, being listed among them.

According to the site, The Breakers “carries its lavish traditions right through the holiday season” with more than 160,000 lights all across the resort. The Breakers also contains a Christmas Day brunch, which is served in The Circle, for $140 for adults and $50 for children. The Christmas dinner takes place in the Ponce de Leon ballroom and is a buffet for $140 for adults and $60 for children 11 and under.

Want to book a room? It’s around $1,100 for each night. For a more in depth look at the resort, go to the Post’s comprehensive guide to the grounds. There are also several more Palm Beach County restaurants putting together exceptional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day menus.

The other top hotels that made CNN’s list for Christmas included: Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Ritz in London; Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.; the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris; The Plaza in New York City; the Waldorf Astoria in New York City; and The Roosevelt in New Orleans.

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.