By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
City & Shore Magazine
Burgers on house-baked sub rolls, boozy milkshakes with homemade ice cream and a wine and beer garden serving light Italian fare have refreshed the bill of fare at Diplomat Landing, across A-1-A from the Diplomat Resort & Spa. The newly opened Bristol’s Burgers and Portico on the Intracoastal Waterway are the creations of Howard Wein Hospitality, which intends to be influential in Hollywood’s dining and drinking “evolution.”
Oval-shaped burgers on house-made rolls, wedge salads, wings and mini “Chicago-style” hot dogs accompany retro-style cocktails and milkshakes with and without alcohol at Bristol’s, which occupies the renovated waterfront space formerly housing Rival’s Sports Grille. Bristol’s features seating indoors and on the waterfront patio, with front-row views of the yacht marina and waterway. The menu includes vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly options.
Designed as a waterfront wine and beer garden, Portico brings back lounge seating scattered around the Landing’s terrace and fountain, with outdoor games like ping pong and ring toss adding to the relaxing ambience. Signature pizzas, charcuterie, cheese boards and small plates – such as fried green beans, kale-avocado salad and roasted cauliflower – complement the exclusive on-tap wine and beer offerings. Veteran mixologist and cocktail consultant Willy Shine oversees the beverage programs for the Diplomat, which include old and new world wines, local craft beers, imports and the house signature Americano cocktail.
The hotel’s namesake restaurant, the luxury boutique steakhouse Diplomat Prime, has also unveiled a dining and design revamp inspired by the hotel’s origins through the 1950s. The menu features new takes on mainstay filet mignon, crab cake and Maine scallops; and some new items, including steak tartare, roasted beets and a dark chocolate mousse bar with peanut butter and praline.
Diplomat Landing and Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3460-3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602-8760 (Bristol’s), 954-601-8761 (Portico), 954-602-6000 (Diplomat Resort & Spa), bristolsburgers.com, porticohollywood.com, diplomatresort.com