Delray Beach, Florida has certainly come a loooooong way since I moved here 12 years ago. While some may say it's lost some of it's old school charm, I like to think we've made tremendous gains in the quality of our local cuisine! Unlike neighboring cities, Delray Beach has largely eschewed chain restaurants and given rise its own unique foodie culture instead. In order to spread the word about all this local deliciousness, I'll be happily highlighting my favorite Delray dishes here on the blog in our segment: Delray Foodie Faves. Our first installment brings us to Brulé Bistro and their positively mouthwatering and supremely comforting Potato Croquettes.Brulé Bistro is located in Delray's tony Pineapple Grove Arts District, and since it's incarnation in 2007, it has evolved from a gourmet market into a delightful American bistro and wine bar that is beloved by Delray locals. While I have enjoyed many delicious meals there over the years, there was just something about these potato croquettes! It was also by pure accident that I even tasted these delicious morsels and I hate to think how close I came to missing them - thanks, Matt!Hearty, flavorful and perfectly seasoned, the croquettes were served piping hot, topped with a dusting of bright green chives. The generous discs of mashed potatoes were lightly coated in bread crumbs, fried and then crowned with a delicious trinity of applewood smoked bacon, Cheddar cheese and a savory, smoky aïoli. I had already ordered a split of Heidsieck Monopole Brut Champagne and the two together were sheer perfection! Now this is definitely not a healthy dish, nor particularly flashy and definitely does not require any fancy foodie technology, but if you are in the mood for some edible comfort, I defy you to find a better dish! I'm no psychic, but with the Fall and Winter months upon us, I see many more potato croquettes in my immediate future.
If you live in Delray Beach, what are some of your favorite local dishes?
Where: Brulé Bistro, 200 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444 orWebsite: www.brulebistro.comWhat: Potato Croquettes - they usually have them in one form or another on their menu but if you don't see them, ask your waiter!How much: approximately $7 for an order of 2Bon appétit,