An unusual name and an eclectic menu are bringing a dose of excitement and adventure to the Boca Raton dining scene.
That would be the Gluttonous Goat (99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/923-9457), the collaboration between chef-restaurateur Brian Marcotte and entrepreneur Michael Amato that takes modern American comfort food and gives it a wicked Caribbean-Creole-Asian twist.
What all that means in your mouth are dishes like pan-sauteed mussels with a Creole-inflected white wine sauce, wasabi and avocado deviled eggs with pork belly and toasted edamame, jerked goat with coconut milk mashed potatoes and tempura octopus chopped salad. There are plenty of more familiar dishes too, from braised beef brisket tacos, truffled lasagna and linguini with shrimp, cherry peppers and oven-dried tomatoes to burgers, “poor man’s lobster roll” (hint: monkfish instead of lobster) and a hefty bone-in cowboy ribeye.
Wash them all down with a roster of inventive cocktails, like the Bloody Green Fairy (Pearl vodka, extracted tomatillo water, horseradish, lime, Tabasco, togarashi and spicy green bean) or the fetchingly named Numbnuts (roasted pecan and almond-scented Benchmark bourbon, cracked black pepper and maple leaf honey). Also look for a well-chosen selection of small-batch bourbons and craft beers.
As for the restaurant itself (in the old Moquila/The Spaniard location), it’s got a hip, funky, urban-industrial vibe that says New York’s SoHo or San Francisco’s SoMa more than Boca, which sounds pretty good to me. Definitely a spot worth checking out.