Forget the sleeve of Titleist Pro VI golf balls. Forget the throwback shaving brush kit. And, please, lose the tie.
If you have to go all cliché this Father’s Day (June 16), ditch the wrapping paper and give Dad something he can sink his teeth into—like a little USDA Prime. Fortunately, for those of us in South Florida, the steakhouse scene includes some of the region’s finest upscale restaurants.
Better still, beef isn’t the only top-shelf option on the menu. To that end, here are six high-end steakhouse suggestions between Delray Beach and Hollywood—and cocktails, both classic and unique, worth considering at each establishment.
• Cut 432 (432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach): Something classic—Negroni with Ford’s gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Campari and orange oil. Something different—Smoked Old Fashioned with Buffalo Trace bourbon, black walnut bitters, Demerara light brown sugar and white oak.
• Steak 954 (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale): Something classic—The Executive with Knob Creek bourbon, Aperol, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, IPA syrup and grapefruit bitters. Something different—Seeing Stars with Brugal 1888 rum, Smith & Cross rum, Trois Rivières white rum, Plantation OFTD rum, pineapple-ginger shrub, pomegranate grenadine and fresh lime (limit two per patron).
• NYY Steak (Seminole Casino Coconut Creek; 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek): Something classic—Wall Street Sidecar with Remy Martin VSOP, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge and fresh lemon. Something different—Bone In NY with Hudson Baby bourbon infused with bone marrow, fresh lemon, white pepper syrup, Angostura bitters and nutmeg (pictured above).
• Runyon’s (9810 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs): Something classic—Runyon’s Old Fashioned with Michter’s Straight Rye, Bitter Truth aromatic and orange bitters, simple syrup, orange twist and a filthy black cherry garnish. Something different—Runyon’s Sazerac with Flor de Caña 12-year rum, simple syrup, Bitter Truth Creole bitters, absinthe mist and a lemon twist.
• Diplomat Prime (The Diplomat Beach Resort; 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood): Something classic—Manhattan with Colonel E.H. Taylor small-batch bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Something different—Tommy’s Margarita, with blue agave tequila, agave nectar and fresh-pressed lime juice.
• JWB Prime Steak and Seafood (Margaritaville Beach Resort; 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood): Something classic—JWB Martini with Belvedere vodka, Dolin blanc vermouth, Angostura orange bitters and pickled pineapple olives. Something different—Bourbon Berry Smash with Maker’s Mark, lemon juice, simple syrup and muddled raspberries and blackberries.