Friday, January 21, 2022

Where There’s Holy Smoke’s There’s Michael Blum

Sophisticated American bistro food prepared by local top toque Michael Blum in a hip yet casual setting with a touch of South Beach is the deal at the just-opened Holy Smoke’s American Bistro & Bar (2650 PGA Blvd., 561/624-7427) in Palm Beach Gardens.

Blum, who earned some serious culinary cred at his (now shuttered) Michael’s Kitchens in Hollywood and Sunny Isles, signed on to the PBG endeavor with two old friends, owner Solomon Kedmi and restaurant consultant and former Southern Wine & Spirits executive Nick King.

The huge (4,700 square foot) eatery takes over the old Shorty’s Bar-B-Q space and adds a covered outdoor patio and bar, as well as 13 flat-screen TVs with satellite feeds and subscription to the NFL Ticket, so you’ll never miss the joys (or sorrows) of this year’s Dolphins season.

As for the food, Blum’s menu wanders all over the culinary map, from pizza and barbecue to fish ‘n’ chips and blackened chicken quesadilla. There’s also a burger bar that offers 15 different burgers, each named after a different city. (Like the Santa Fe, with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and garlic-chipotle mayo or the Philly, served on a hoagie roll with Cheez Whiz, onions and peppers.) In a welcome concession to today’s, ah. . . trying economic times, entrée prices peak at $18.

Holy Smoke’s serves lunch and dinner daily, open until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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