Ten Best New Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties in 2013
6. The Kitchen
Founded by chef/owner Matthew Byrne and his wife, Aliza, Kitchen opened in October in West Palm Beach. The concept is quite simple: Buy only the highest-quality, freshest ingredients and do as little to them as possible, just as the Byrnes do in their kitchen at home. With a constantly rotating menu and private chef table that hosts up to ten, the kitchen experience offers a new way to dine for foodies in Palm Beach County. With his restaurant labeled a contemporary American brasserie, Byrne channels his passion and discipline to create refined yet approachable dishes. For November, highlights included a duck ragout over fettuccine and seared salmon with corn and leek risotto in a lobster and tomato broth. It may be bit off the beaten path in terms of the scene, but the best things usually are.
5. Hot & Soul
This is South Florida: Most of us don't feel the need to don more than shorts, a T-shirt, and a pair of flip-flops. Here you can come as you are and eat some damned good fine cuisine. Husband-and-wife team Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy, both of whom attended culinary school in New Orleans, churn out a wide array of global soul food in dishes like chicken adobo, a classic Filipino dish from Samoy's family background; Aunt Dewey's Gumbo Yumbo, with duck and andouille sausage; and Gnaughty Gnocchi, with oxtail, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and pecorino cheese. A constantly rotating selection of craft beers and boutique wines follows the artisanal bent. It's this level of authenticity that has us going back again and again.
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517 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL