Food News

Where Were We Eating: Bamboo Fire Cafe

Our reader Meg correctly answered this week's "Where Are We Eating?" challenge. The pic on the right was snapped at Delray Beach's Bamboo Fire Cafe, a homey restaurant run by husband-and-wife Donald and Beverly Jacobs.

The meal in question is actually curried golden crab, one of the specials that chef/hostess Beverly cooks up whenever she has fresh crabs on hand. Golden crabs are

native to the Southeastern seaboard and are often overlooked in favor

of typical blue crabs or stone crab (in season now). If you ask me,

goldens are second only to stone crabs in flavor and texture. But

they're also much larger (you get legs and a cluster as opposed to just

one claw) and cheaper. And they taste absolutely brilliant bathed in

rich sauces like this sweet and spicy curry Beverly Jacobs makes, which

finds its way into every crack and crevice and into the flaky meat.

We've written a bit about Bamboo Fire Cafe in the past, so check out links to our previous coverage:

Beverly Jacobs Dishes on the Six Best Things She Ever Ate.

Best Caribbean Restaurant, 2010.

100 Favorite Dishes: Golden Crab Curry.

Bamboo Fire Is Worth the Wait.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
John Linn