What does Clay Conley do when one of his restaurants turns 5 years old? He throws a birthday party, that's what.
On Friday, January 22, Conley and business partners Piper Quinn and Sam Slattery will celebrate the five-year anniversary of their flagship establishment, Buccan. The modern American grill will be going back in time, showcasing some of its James Beard Award-nominated chef's most popular dishes all cooked on his signature wood-fired grill.
To celebrate its half-decade milestone, the Buccan team will offer a curated selection from Buccan's daily-changing menus over the past five years, a sort of "specials" special menu that includes many of Conley's most popular creations. Basically, if you haven't dined at Buccan yet, maybe now's the time.
You can order Conley's Florida corn with aioli, cotija cheese, Mexican chilies, and lime; a Colorado lamb “Scottadito” with harissa and raita; and his BBQ quail with cheddar biscuits, creamed corn, and bacon. Longtime Buccan fans, listen up: The restaurant's famous warm Brussels sprouts caesar salad with croutons, white anchovy, and Parmesan will also be making an appearance.
"A lot of our favorites we served on the opening week's menus have now become classics and have been offered over and over ever since that first night," says Conley. "Some of my personal favorites are the
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If you need help washing down all that food, Buccan's signature cocktail — the Buccan T — will be sold for $5 all night long. The drink is named for its ingredients: basil, unsweetened iced tea, cranberry, citrus, and agave. In keeping with Buccan tradition, the Friday-night party will also feature local DJ Rey, who'll be spinning live late into the night, adds Conley.
In the past several years, Buccan has become a dining destination in Palm Beach and has been featured in national and international publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Boston Globe, and USA Today. Buccan has also been listed as Forbes Travel Guide's "hottest spot" in Palm Beach and in Esquire’s "Where to Eat in South Florida Now."
Buccan is located at 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach. Call 561-833-3450, or visit buccanpalmbeach.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.