I had dined on the Mellow Mushroom on Federal a few instances, so I had that stark, company aesthetic floating in my thoughts after I approached Bar 25, the gastropub which took over the previous pizza parlor’s house. I entered and was surprised by the design. The inside is smooth and polished with out being pretentious or chilly. Proprietor Anthony Giovanniello labored with Manhattan-based Celano Design Studio to create this welcoming brasserie-meets-chic-watering-hole. The house has a classy uncovered brick bar stocked with loads of spirits and a spacious out of doors patio with plush seating.
Giovanniello additionally employed chef Walter Pytel, a Culinary Institute of America grad, to helm the kitchen. As Northeasterners, they’re each taking inspiration from the area and translating it onto the menu, which boasts staples like Philly cheesesteak, Rhode Island clams, pierogis, Outdated Bay fries, white American cheese and loads of mootz (aka mozzarella). Loyal to its gastropub DNA, dishes right here aren’t sophisticated or advanced however satisfying, attention-grabbing takes on the acquainted with out being boring.
Since dishes are supposed to be shared right here, we ordered a number of alternatives whereas sipping on our specialty cocktails. The Florida Smash ($16) transported me to a sunny tropical trip—an ideal stability of freshness and sweetness coming from the eagerness fruit and mint blended with the bourbon and aperol.
The primary dish to hit the desk was The Philly ($26). A perk to taking on a former pizza joint is the oven. Giovanniello properly saved the fiery fixture, giving Pytel a possibility to shine together with his flatbreads. The skinny dough is piled with shaved rib-eye, caramelized onions and peppers, which give it a slight spice, and it oozed nostalgic white American cheese. It was not overly filling—and a good way to begin the night.
The Honey Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos ($16) and Common Tso Fried Hen ($18) arrived subsequent. The tacos had a balanced candy and tangy spice to them, and the buttermilk ranch slaw topping wasn’t dripping in mayo, which I appreciated. The rooster, a advice from our waitress, was simple skinny bites of candy and crunchy. As an overindulgence, we ordered the Outdated Bay Fries ($11) with our Wagyu Sliders ($28) as a result of the menu’s description of Outdated Bay seasoning with white American cheese sauce was too intriguing to move up. Nevertheless, for the value level I believed the dish can be extra like tacky nachos, when in actuality it was a tin of fries with a dipping cheese sauce that, whereas heat and gooey when it arrived, rapidly turned too laborious to even dip. The sliders have been a spotlight, a beneficiant portion that included three juicy patties piled excessive with blue cheese and a chunky bacon onion jam.
Bar 25 is the place you go while you desire a enjoyable but swanky vibe to take pleasure in sincere dishes that fulfill a wide range of palates and cravings.
IF YOU GO
25 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Seashore; 561/359-2643; bar25.com
PARKING: Close by lot parking
HOURS: Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Solar., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
PRICES: $11- $36
This text is from the January 2023 problem of Boca journal. For extra like this, click on right here to subscribe to the journal.