In South Florida restaurants come and go with disturbing frequency. One day a spot pops up and another day it's gone; it all happens in what seems like a matter of an instant.
But, every now and then, a new place opens up and you know it's going to stick around. On Saturday, the boutique chain Del Frisco's Grille is launching its first Florida location on the island of Palm Beach on Saturday.
We snuck in for a private preview to give you the scoop on the soon-to-open concept.
Designed by award-winning architectural firm Glidden Spina + Partners, the restaurant is intended to showcase the color palette of a South Florida sunset with vibrant orange, red, amber, and plum colors juxtaposed with rich woods and faux finishes that have been hand-painted by local artists.
As is the case with most newly constructed interiors, the spot is more laid-back than former restaurant concepts with a large bar area complete with communal tables to encourage socializing and an open kitchen to make diners feel like they are a part of the culinary process.
The food and beverage program incorporates New American fare, a plethora of wine, and interesting cocktails hand-shaken and on draft.
Created by executive chef Anthony Fusco, the specially tailored menu includes a number of items intended to represent South Florida. Dishes like the pulled pork empanadas, kale and brussels sprouts salad, plantain crusted grouper, and Southern fried chicken sandwich are some of the featured dishes. Entrees cost between $30 and $50.
In terms of alcoholic beverages, the bar offers a wide range of wine and cocktails, four of which are offered on ice cold draft lines, the honey badger, a combination of Tuaca and house-made lemon sour mix; the pomegranate margarita; the skinny margarita; and the skinny cosmo. The Tennessee Peach, with bourbon and peach nectar; the Morning After, coconut vodka, coconut water, lemon sour mix, and fresh lime; and the Kill Lifter with Hendricks, St. Germaine, Tabasco, and fresh lemon are also on the list.
Handpicked by sommelier Elissa Pablo, wines are range between $39 and $1,500 per bottle, 27 of which are available by the glass. While the list encompasses wines from all across the world, there is a strong California component to the collection.
While the restaurant eventually hopes to open for brunch and lunch, it's starting off with just dinner service. Outdoor seating should be offered sometime in the next year. The doors are opening to the public on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Del Frisco's Grille is located at 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 300 in Palm Beach. Call 561-557-2552, or visit delfriscosgrille/location/palm-beach.
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