Dining — 05 September 2014
Critic’s picks: 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

 

From luau-style pig feasts (and gluttonous goats), to farmers watching out for your waistline to personal chefs crafting dishes just for you, the best new restaurants of the past 12 months have embraced eclectic ways of dining, without forgetting their local roots.

By Rebecca Cahilly

BEAUTY &
THE FEAST BAR | KITCHEN

Brunch on the beach has never been better, thanks to the new Beauty & The Feast restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s complement hearty chicken and waffles, scrumptious bananas Foster or tasty bison sliders. This casual yet sophisticated eatery offers terrific views of the ocean from the comfort of the interior or on the breezy terrace. Trend-setting pork dishes, including special-order luau-style roast pig, are among favorites here. Don’t miss Pig & Pints Thursdays.

Oceanfront at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale

954-567-8070

society8.com

BUTCHER
BLOCK GRILL

Nestled in Boca Raton’s recently upgraded Fountains Center, the Butcher Block Grill is a steak and seafood concept with a passion for meat that is humanely raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free and fed a vegetarian diet. The seafood is wild-caught and locally sourced and the produce comes from pesticide-free local farms. It’s kind of like having dinner at your local butcher or seafood provisioner’s house, if either served fine wine and lived in a rather tastefully decorated home.

Butcher Block Grill

7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton

561-409-3035

butcherblockgrill.com 

 

 

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE

Chef Michael McLaurin wants you to clean your plate when you dine at the new Del Frisco’s Grille, and that’s easy to do here. Del Frisco’s offers fun American grill classics with a sophisticated twist, alongside local offerings and seasonal flavors. Located in the historic Royal Poinciana Plaza, Del Frisco’s serves up a unique culinary experience amidst inspired décor.

Del Frisco’s Grille

340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 300
Palm Beach

561-557-2552

delfriscosgrille.com

 

FARMER’S TABLE

Anyone who follows a healthy eating regime knows that a few days on the road can unravel a diet quicker than a chef can add charcuterie to a menu. Farmer’s Table aims to correct this – and has been doing so quite well. Located next to the Wyndham Boca Raton, Farmer’s Table caters to weary, over-portioned travelers – and health-conscious locals – offering fresh and high quality ingredients without the excess salt, fat, butter, cream, hormones or processing. You will not find a microwave or deep-fat fryer here.

Farmer’s Table

1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

561-417-5836

farmerstableboca.com

 

 

FLAGLER STEAKHOUSE

Romantic sunset dinners on the terrace or family celebrations in the grand dining room are even more special at the re-opened Flagler Steakhouse in Palm Beach. With a fresh décor and a broad menu of upscale steak and seafood favorites served with five-star service in an elegant social club setting, Flagler is a haven for foodies and the next generation of power players alike.

Flagler Steakhouse

The Breakers 

2 S. County Road, Palm Beach

855-435-2035

thebreakers.com/restaurants_lounges/the_flagler_steakhouse

 

GLUTTONOUS GOAT

You may have never pondered the eating habits of goats, but you may find yourself waxing philosophical over a craft brew or tasty cocktail at this Mizner Park hot spot. The unique gastropub-style menu will make even the stuffiest patron feel like a hipster. (Beards welcome).

Gluttonous Goat

99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

561-923-9457

facebook.com/gluttonousgoat

HARDY PARK BISTRO

What do you get when you take a well-traveled former superyacht chef and set him free to craft culinary creations until his heart is content? Chef/owner Phil Darmon and his wife, Jessica, have quickly made a name for themselves at this Fort Lauderdale bistro, a lunch and dinner spot worthy of discerning palettes.

Hardy Park Bistro

21 SW Seventh St., Fort Lauderdale

954-652-1475

hardyparkbistro.com

 

JOVE KITCHEN & BAR

As if you need another reason to visit the beautiful Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, the newly opened Jove Kitchen & Bar now offers delightfully fresh and exquisitely crafted dishes in a contemporary ambience that complements the sweeping ocean views.

Jove Kitchen & Bar

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach

561-533-3750

joverestaurant.com

 

 

THE KITCHEN

Imagine heading out to a dinner party at that cool couple’s house where the guest list is perfectly curated, the food is a step above the best restaurant in town and the laughter continues long after you’ve returned home. That’s the experience you’re likely to have at The Kitchen, the vision of Tiger Woods’ former personal chef, Matthew Byrne; and his wife, Aliza.

The Kitchen

319 Belvedere Road, #2, West Palm Beach

561-249-2281

kitchenpb.com

 

TSUKURO

Tsukuro is challenging Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront dining district to up its game. Serving a variety of fine sushi and Asian-inspired dishes, and signature cocktails, Tsukuro bustles daily with off-the-beach visitors and returning locals alike. The beachfront ambience here is divine, particularly when enjoyed with the sea-inspired menu.

Tsukuro

225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale

954-523-1407

tsukurofl.com

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS 2014

BAO BAR + ASIAN KITCHEN

Asian-fusion and fun cocktails overlooking the water on Las Olas Boulevard.

1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-4176, baolasolas.com

CHATHAM HOUSE

Reminiscent of the old seafood houses of days gone by, with an Italian twist.

4331 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-351-0310, facebook.com/chathamhouserestaurant

FORK & BALLS

A new concept inspired by a visit to the Midwest; rustic, comfort food, wine on tap, bowls of meatballs.

1301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-2257, forkandballs.com

SUSHIGO

Each dish hand-prepared by Nobu-trained Chef Joe. Go to Sushigo.

477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-347-7888, sushigojoe.com

 

 

 

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