Clay Conley Opens Wood-Fired Buccan in Palm Beach
"I like it here," said Conley, most recently of Miami's Azul. He spent a decade before that opening Olive restaurants for Todd English around the U.S. and abroad. "It's got a small-town feel."
His menu of rustic foods, served as small plates with moderate prices, should appeal in this economy, he said. "It's approachable. This has always been the way I like to eat - to try different things."
a hot dog panini is one of the most popular items on the menu. He describes it as a Niman Ranch beef hot dog, swathed in pizza dough, cooked on the wood-fire grill, served with a three-mustard aioli, Gruyere, sauerkraut braised with bacon and carraway and served with a side of chili. It's $12.
Other items on the still fluid menu include ramen noodles with pork broth, gnocchi Bolognese, crisp whole baby kale salad, ratatouille with brandade, shellfish paella - roasted, barbecued quail, Korean-style shortribs and a sirloin steak frites.
The chef's connection to the tony town is through a partner, Piper Quinn, a Palm Beacher who liked his food at Azul. Former English co-worker, Sam Slattery, is another partner.
The restaurant features 150 seats, with a full bar - Conley's choice of dining seat. A moderate-sized wine list is offered, but Conley likes pairing a lot of his foods with craft beer. That list will change often, he said.
Buccan is open for dinner, currently; lunch and Sunday brunch are planned in the coming month.
Buccan, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561-833-3450; buccanpalmbeach.com
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