Upscale Chinese Food Arrives in Palm Beach, Kenyan Drake Eats for a Cause

Hai House Sweet & Sour Chicken

Now, sweet and sour chicken, General Tso’s chicken, steamed pork buns, dumplings, black forbidden rice and more are available on chic Palm Beach.

The new Hai House opened on the second floor of The Esplanade (the Worth Avenue shopping mall) last week, in the space formerly occupied by Costa Mediterranean restaurant.

Executive Chef James Strine is well known to the area, most recently from his jobs as exec chef at both of Clay Conley’s Buccan and Grato. He also worked for Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud on the island. There’s a full bar, of course, and Chinese beer and teas. Open daily for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m.; happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and happy hour is served throughout the dining room (a smart move!). Both take-out service and some delivery service will start later this month.

Hai House, 150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561/766-1075;

Miami Dolphin takes eating challenge to help charity

Kenyan Drake

This is not something you’ll see often here, but well-done, well-organized eating challenges are fascinating to watch, and this one is for a good cause. It stars the Miami Miracle football player, too!

Miami Dolphin running back Kenyan Drake—yes, the same guy who made the winning touchdown on Sunday—will attempt to eat 5 pounds of Smokey Bones’ restaurant’s Bigger and Better signature dishes on Dec. 11. This will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant, 809 S. University Drive, Plantation. The dishes include a half-pound premium burger, a one-pound smoked pork chop, a full slab (2.5 pounds) of baby back ribs and a Hot Bag O’Donuts. Yikes.

It’s open to the public, and food and drinks will be provided for onlookers. The big prize is $5,000 donated to Drake’s charity of choice: The Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. Here’s wishing him good eating!

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