The summer heat and humidity slow everything down in South Florida, but there are still a few hardy restaurateurs looking to debut their latest creation.
New to Boynton Beach is Don Che Bistro (324 N. Federal Hwy., 561/572-9639), an Argentine-slash-Italian eatery from one-time Orlando restaurateurs Ramiro and Joanne Calomarde. The couple has joined up with Argentine chef Omar Galvan, a 30-year kitchen vet, to serve up everything from empanadas, blood sausage and the classic Argentine rolled veal dish called matambre to beef carpaccio, fettucine alfredo and chicken marsala.
Of course, no Argentine restaurant would be complete without a roster of grilled steaks and other meats, and Don Che is no exception, offering steaks from skirt to strip and Argentine grills with abundant meaty options that should bring a smile to any carnivore’s face.
Coming later this year to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is a restaurant channeling one of New York’s most furiously trendy neighborhoods. DubbedCooklyn, the eatery will be the sister of the original Cooklyn in. . . well, you know. Chef and owner is Anthony “Theo” Theocaropoulos, who got his start at Cafe Boulud in the Brazilian Court Hotel and since went on to work with such culinary megastars as Mario Batali, Todd English and Masaharu Morimoto.
If the New York menu is any indication, look for dishes like fried artichoke salad with pickled shallots, duck spaghetti with pancetta and filet of beef with oyster mushrooms and bone marrow.