Poorhouse Goes Upscale With Five-Star Chef and Gourmet Sliders

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Chef Agtey with Poorhouse's new gourmet sliders!

Beer and Ping-Pong. Bacon and vodka. David Hasselhoff and a hand-held camera. Once in a blue moon, an unusual pairing of our favorite things comes together, bringing a smile to our face and joy to our little jaded hearts. Fort Lauderdale's Poorhouse offers a new and unusual pairing: cool dive bar and gourmet sliders. 

Poorhouse is the home to a motley crew of patrons from laid-back locals to devastatingly cool, anti-hipster hipsters. Regardless of the circle that you run in, Poorhouse is a bar where everyone is welcome. Since it opened in 1995, the bar has built a reputation for booking some of the best live music acts in South Florida. Now it is using its creative energy to build a reputation for serving some of the best food in South Florida. Don't let the dark inner sanctum of the bar fool you; Poorhouse is now home to the darkest and best-kept secret in town... until now!
In the past year, sliders have become a fixture on many bar and restaurant menus, yet many of the sliders taste like they are being phoned in -- a pedestrian cheeseburger slider here, a lackluster meatball slider there. Notoriously overpriced, some restaurants' slider trios start at  $14.

Poorhouse is shaking things up a bit by bringing something different to the table. The bar's co-owner, Bob Pignone, and award-winning, five-star executive chef, Shashank Agtey, also known as "The Sidewalk Chef," recently joined forces to dream up a creative new slider menu featured at the bar in addition to its regular menu. The bar's new slider menu features distinctive gourmet sliders without the gourmet price tag. When designing the menu, Agtey and Pignone had a goal of making "top-of-the-line food at Poorhouse prices."   

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Poorhouse co-owner Bob Pignone and Chef Agtey

"We wanted to create something that was upscale with a twist," Agtey said when asked about the slider menu's inspiration. Agtey recently worked as a caterer for America's Backyard and was later asked by Pignone to revamp the Poorhouse's menu. Agtey's résumé is nothing short of impressive. He has cooked for former Vice President Dan Quayle and former First Lady Barbara Bush. In addition, Agtey has worked as executive chef at several fine-dining restaurants, including the legendary Cafe Septembers and the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas. He has his own cookbook and company, Sidewalk Chef Enterprises, and will be teaching a course this fall at Miami-Dade College's new culinary institute. Needless to say, he can handle making a kick-ass slider!

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Crab Cake Slider

Pignone and Agtey's new menu showcases nine distinctive sliders -- crab cake, seared scallop, smoked salmon, tenderloin, French dip, pulled BBQ chicken, chicken tender with a sweet Thai chili sauce, jalapeño bacon BLT, and a tasty lamb slider. Choose any three sliders for under $9, a price that is perfect for ballers on a budget.

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Tenderloin Slider with blue cheese and au poivre sauce.

The popular tenderloin slider is topped with crumbled blue cheese and a savory au poivre sauce. Some of the sandwiches, such as the lamb slider and scallop slider, reflect Agtey's Indian background. The lamb slider is topped with veggies, feta, and mirchi sauce (a slightly spicy Indian chili sauce). The scallop slider is dry-rubbed and topped with alfalfa sprouts, then drizzled with a piquant tandoori aioli.

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Lamb Slider with sweet potato fries and marshmallow gravy!
 
Other noteworthy specialty items that haven't made the permanent menu yet include the sweet potato fries with (are you sitting?) marshmallow gravy! Also be on the lookout for mac 'n' cheese made with crab meat and four cheeses and dessert sliders to satisfy your sweet tooth.

In June, the bar is hosting a special sliders, suds, and spirits event that will feature artists and, of course, live music. Check back with Clean Plate Charlie for more details on this event in the weeks to come.

Stop by the Poorhouse this week to try these tasty little sliders for yourself!

Food service:
Wednesday, Thursday 5:30 to midnight
Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 2 p.m.

Bonus: These sliders are also available at America's Backyard.

Enjoy!

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110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Not sure if they invented it, but sweet potato fries with marshmallow sauce have long been served at Saddle Ranch in L.A. -- yes, the cheesy place in the VH1 reality show. I had no idea Poorhouse had ever served food, though, does it stop at a certain time? I've never seen anyone eating there, but I tend to arrive after an event. 

VR Pimp
VR Pimp

 These are awesome sliders... I was in town for one night... and was pleasantly surprised my these delicious morsels..... YUM ..... good job Poorhouse keep it up...

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

So Tommy is no longer grilling hot dogs at night?

Kelly Shea Jabara
Kelly Shea Jabara

I went in for a bite to eat & a few drinks before a show at The Broward Center! I brought my mom, mother inlaw & a good family friend! We were greeted by a smiling bar tender named Denise and asked what she can get for us! Once we had our drafts in front of us..we ordered a spinach dip that was nice & creamy! Followed by a platter filled with different sliders and sweet potato fires that came with an amazing marshmellow dip! (have never seen that before, loved it) We stuffed our face and we left 4 very happy women and bellies full of great food! Bob the co-owner can over to chat & made us feel very welcome! Denise kept us laughing and our beers full! I have been to the Poorhouse many of times before but my first time back with new menu and we all loved it! Place looks great Jay & Bob keep up the great work! WE WILL BE BACK!   Thank you 

Max
Max

Great, so the 5-star chef is designing the menus at a couple of the finest venues in Fort Lauderdale: America's Backyard and the Poorhouse. What hard times are these.

Fries and sliders. I guess that's upscale for the Poorhouse crowd.

Go Poorhouse!
Go Poorhouse!

 That lamb slider they had at the Slider Battle was easily one of the best sliders there, a shame they didn't win anything because it deserved it.

Misha G
Misha G

 Oops, sorry  it's Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. not p.m.! Check itout! The sliders are a tasty alternative to a slice of pizza!

Misha G
Misha G

Food service: Wednesday, Thursday 5:30 to midnightFriday and Saturday 5:30 to 2 p.m.

Hey Dennis
Hey Dennis

 "Max" aka Dennis, have you actually tried the sliders at Poorhouse? They are actually really good! Try them BEFORE making your nasty and  judgmental comments for once! I think you'd really like them.

Have a Coke
Have a Coke

 All Max does is leave nasty comments on every blog entry. Why do you even read NT if all you do is bitch about every article? Where do you eat Max? You hate everything. You will live longer than all of us! That is usually what happens with miserable people who go out of their way to be so negative. Smile!  Have a Coke. Maybe spike it so you can loosen up and get that splintery stick out of your...have a better day!

Max
Max

The same reason I occasionally read wikipedia. I know that the information is wrong and written by people who have no clue, but sometimes there's some useful tidbits of info.

Max
Max

I don't see Zagat calling fast food "upscale" as this article did. Context is everything.

Hey Dennis
Hey Dennis

Wasn't "upscale" a quote from the chef ? C'mon Dennis, you're really reachin' here. You should get a life. Incidentally I probably should too since I just wasted 5 minutes replying to two of your posts.

Have a Coke
Have a Coke

Don't think they were talking "upscale" as in Eric Ripert here.  The article is about SLIDERS!  I think everyone knows that sliders aren't exactly a high-end dish...everyone knows that except for you apparently!  Put it into context genius. Here is a gift since you like Wikipedia so much! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... Get off of your high-horse! Eat an upscale slider...and have a Coke!

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