Sunday, December 3, 2023

Small Bites: Tidbits of Restaurant News to Whet Your Appetite

There’s a new top toque at the tony PGA National Resort & Spa (400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, 800-863-2819), replacing former Top Chef contestant Kenny Gilbert.

He’s Gordon Maybury, a 24-year veteran of the restaurant game whose resume may not include 15 minutes of TV cooking show fame but does include time in the kitchens of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.

He’ll be working to raise the profile of the resort’s eateries, especially its flagship Ironwood Grille, adding more Florida and Caribbean-influenced dishes and possibly a roster of designer steaks. The Bear Trap sports bar could become a contemporary Irish gastropub featuring a selection of artisan beers, which seems right up the Ireland native’s alley.

In Boynton Beach’s Sunshine Square Plaza, the Boynton Diner (500 E. Woolbright Rd., 561/364-1819) has grabbed a chef from the rather more upscale Ta-boo on Palm Beach’s rather more upscale Worth Avenue. The arrival of chef Jim Grisbeck has also brought about a Tuesday through Saturday dinner menu, with dishes like mango-glazed pork chops with coconut-scented Peruvian mashed potatoes and sesame-crusted seared-rare tuna with shrimp fried rice.

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