JB’s on the beach – food floridaPosted: May 4, 2014
We had to run down to Florida for a merger meeting. It was nice to be the junior guy, no decisions about price or place, and with six of us there was plenty of opportunity for appetizers and sharing.
We ended up at JB’s on the beach in Deerfield Beach – it sits right on the water and is bright and festive like so many sea shore restaurants.
The place is gorgeous and a wait for your table inevitable…
At the bar we started with Hendricks gin and tonic. This is a smooth delightful gin, with a zesty citrus hint it makes a good starter.
Once the table was ready, I started with a nice glass of Chianti. I have found when in doubt, Chianti rarely disappoints. The Sangiovese grape which isn’t as famous as some others, has always been a favorite of mine for a wine that complements and doesn’t overpower the food.
Next we ordered appetizers, some to be shared by each. Everything looked great, but I was surprised that most of the seafood was not locally sourced. They were from places like Maine, South Africa and each was called out. I took it as a commitment to quality.
Oysters on the half shell, well I’ll try anything once or these more than once!
My choice was the mussels, and they were rich and flavorful – and sopping up the sauce in the bread is a fine treat.
Then flat bread, which is really a tasty pizza which was loaded with toppings
About this time, I switched to a nice Californian Pinot Grigo to enjoy with my main course. The wine was light, refreshing and crisp and very nice. While I normally go with a big red with a steak, this worked well too. The main course was a filet mignon with roasted garlic chive mashed potatoes and asparagus. It came perfectly cooked, delicious. A bite of potato, a bite of asparagus, a bite of steak and a sip of wine – excellent!
After talking business and finishing our main course, someone suggested and aperitif of Liquor 43. This velvety smooth drink taste like vanilla. It is a perfect after dinner drink.
And what is quintesentially Florida? Of course a piece of key-lime pie. This is one of those things in Florida that if you have the chance, try it. A fresh one is a citrus delight – with subtle flavor and a creamy smooth texture. Just the right ending to an exceptional meal.