Monday, August 18, 2008

The Palm- An Institution?

The Palm is a taste of history, as it started in 1926 in New York City by two Parma, Italian immigrants. This makes the restaurants history all that much more interesting, since it's humble beginnings are that of a Northern Italian Trattoria. In their earliest years, they were not known for their steak or their seafood. Lets move to 2008, The Palm has 25 locations and is considered to be an institution by most. Still family run by descendants of the original families.

We opened with a bottle of Red Zinfandel and took in some appetizers. The Colossal Lump Crab Meat Cocktail was okay, but not good. It was served in a plate with a side of cocktail sauce and horseradish. It was fairly bland and a bit small for $17. I added quite a bit of horseradish to the cocktail sauce to make it palatable. Next time I will go for the Shrimp Cocktail. We also got an East Coast Gigi Salad, and a West Coast Gigi Salad. The Gigi Salads are always a big hit and it is recommended. Also recommended is the Hearts of Palm Salad.

Lets get to the meat. The Filet was ordered medium and served perfectly pink. Their selection of meats rivals most Also ordered was an off the menu item, a veal chop. It was ordered medium and came out just right. It is recommended if you can get it. The sides were Lyonaise Potatoes (off the menu), and Creamed Spinach. The Lyonaise was more of a hash brown patty dish, not what I expected. It was very greasy and heavy a 'la Joe's Hash Browns, not for everyone; however, was good for me. The Spinach was very good. No desert tonight.

I enjoyed my meal except for the Crab Meat Cocktail. The service was wonderful. The waiter suggested two things for us off the regular menu and gave us some excellent recommendations. The steaks were great and cooked perfectly. Their dry aged beef is right up there with some of the best I have had. Although I never had the pleasure, of eating there, my father always raves about The Palm in the Hampton's. Others have had similar comments about Las Vegas, New York City, and Los Angeles.

The Palm is a bit stuffy, the caricatures humorous, and the service is good. I like the Palm, and I think they have a fine institution. Thumbs up for the Palm. Reservations are recommended, they are located at 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154. Telephone: (305) 868-7256.

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