Friday, June 7, 2024

Tropical Smokehouse Opens in West Palm Beach

Yet another high-profile chef has opened a restaurant in these trying times, and that just gives us more hope for our restaurant future.

Chef Rick Mace, formerly of Café Boulud for years, is now working the smoker as well as being part owner at Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach. His goal is to spotlight Florida’s barbecue heritage of smoked fish, pork and poultry. 

The restaurant opened this week and has a menu that includes smoked fish dip (pictured above), burgers, sandwiches (the hot dog medianoche sounds fun!) and desserts. His partner is Jason Lakow, former co-owner of Mazie’s, which was in the same space now occupied by Tropical Smokehouse. No reservations are taken, and there’s no valet parking, but there is a parking lot.

Tropical Smokehouse, 3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/323-2573; https://www.eattropical.com/

Super Bowl ad, canned cocktails and ‘Schitt’s Creek’

It’s not really surprising that Cutwater Spirits, known for its line of 20-plus canned cocktails, will have a Super Bowl ad this year. 

Along with the ad (you can see it above) will be a social media campaign starting Emily Hampshire, also known as Stevie Budd on “Schitt’s Creek.” She will be giving her own at-home interpretations to go along with the “Cut Out” ad theme. 

As she puts it, “Listen, most of the time, I don’t even know what day it is. But I’m okay with that, because cutting out doesn’t judge you for mixing weekends with weekdays.” She will also be the voice for Cutwater’s Ultimate Backyard Sweepstakes.  


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Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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