During his more than 25 years as a culinary wizard, Andreas Kotsifos has prepared dishes in Paris, Florence, and Manhattan. But as executive chef of The Palm Beach Steak House, he draws from the cuisine of another country altogether: Greece. Though his menu isn't lacking in steak-house staples—filet mignon cooked at 1,600 degrees, Black Angus prime rib slow-roasted in a blend of special spices—there's also no shortage of classic Greek entrees. Moussaka saturates ground lamb and beef with béchamel sauce, and the dolmades entree wraps rice, beef, and herbs in grape leaves. Diners can even indulge in baklava for dessert or giant Greek lima beans for tricking uncles into thinking they're shrinking.
With its white linens and mood lighting, The Palm Beach Steak House blends elements of a trendy lounge with an upscale neighborhood bistro. Patrons typically arrive dressed in attire ranging from resort-casual slacks and shirts to highly formal penguin costumes.
Hurricane Grill & Wings showcases its library of more than 30 sauces in dishes that blend American, Mexican, and tropical influences. Their sauces' level of spiciness mimics hurricane intensity ratings, from the honey or mango barbecue options occupying Category 1 to the Ridiculously Hot Hurricane sauce in Category 5. Nestled in between flavors of ancho chili and lime, are jamaican jerk, chipotle raspberry, and spicy sweet chili. Baskets of jumbo or boneless wings come tossed in guests’ sauces of choice, as do grilled chicken or mahi-mahi sandwiches.
Elsewhere on the menu are tropically themed selections such as firecracker shrimp tacos, Southwest-style churrasco steak, and Monterey jack-filled quesadillas, while the to-go menu can accommodate large gatherings, such as sports-watching parties or jury-duty reunions. Meanwhile, bottle and tap beers from Monk in the Trunk, Stella, Dogfish Head 60min IPA, Dos Equis Amber, and many other breweries help subdue roaring mouth fires. The restaurant features various daily specials including, 'kids under 10 eat free' on Tuesdays, trivia on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m., and karaoke on Saturdays from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.
"It took them five years before they would let me handle the fish," says sushi chef Jo Clark about his extensive training. He began his culinary journey at 13 years old and spent a decade in an apprenticeship at the Japanese restaurant Yama. There, he honed an ability to prep rice and sauces, wield a knife, and select sushi-grade fish while shadowing chefs from different regions of Japan. In his spare time, Jo enjoys paddle-surfing and once skillfully maneuvered alongside a lively school of sharks.
At the restaurant, however, he deftly manages cuts of salmon, flounder, hamachi yellowtail, and shellfish to craft more than 40 inventive sushi rolls. He toys with the traditions of sushi, wrapping some rolls with thin slices of European cucumber and creating a sashimi pizza on a tortilla crust. The aromas of ginger, eggplant, and garlic wander from pots of Thai-style dishes in the kitchen and out into dining rooms. Though each location has distinct decor, diners mingle among elements such as exposed-brick bars, hardwood floors, and hanging Japanese paper lanterns in the exciting bright colors of a furious traffic cop viewed through a kaleidoscope.
Oceana Coffee’s artisan roasters spare no effort in creating their batches of high-quality coffees. Only carefully selected beans make it through their grading trials, with each judged by its quality, health, and ability to beat a jumping bean in a fight. Coffee orders are roasted per request—customers never receive a leftover bag, or beans that have been sitting in a vat—to ensure each brew has bold flavor and tantalizing aromas. This same attention to quality goes into every pot of coffee brewed at Roasting House & Café, as well as the drinks simmered up at Palm Beach Gardens Cafe at the Borland Center.
When owner Avi Sekerel envisioned Prosecco Cafe, its aesthetic evoked an Old World bistro as its menu reflected a progressive commitment to healthy, unprocessed foods. With granite-topped tables, leather chairs, and vibrant artwork, the café achieves its aesthetic aim and, thanks to a menu of healthy café salads and sandwiches, its desire for whole, wholesome food. Patrons enjoy entrees that have never been processed or fried, such as pistachio-crusted grouper embellished with mango salsa, tuscan omelets topped with pesto and brie, and bruschetta sandwiches on toasted garlic bread with Angus sirloin beef roasted in-house. Diners can take their meals at sleek indoor tables or sit outside on a sunny day to enjoy a crisp salad or toasted panini. A pastry chef constructs sweet endings to meals or food fights each day, such as red-velvet cake and summer fruit tarts.
The airiness of pale exposed brick and blond wood contrast with the heartiness of the traditional Italian fare at Vic & Angelo’s, helping explain why Zagat rated the Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations highly for both food and décor. In the kitchen, chefs douse pastas with rich toppings such as crab meat and white-wine sauce or slow-cooked beef ragu. The coal oven blasts pizzas with 900 degrees of heat, and all-natural steaks arrive from Chicago after being dry-aged for 21 days. To accompany meals, diners can choose from a long list of mostly Italian wines, or venture onto an outdoor patio to fill glasses with complimentary moonbeams.