Miami, let your palate lead you north.
Chef Lindsay Autry, a Michelle Bernstein disciple at the Mandarin Oriental’s Azul and a “Top Chef” finalist, has followed a culinary pipeline from Miami to Palm Beach County, where Saturday she will debut her anticipated restaurant The Regional Kitchen and Public House.
Autry, who opened half a dozen restaurants as Bernstein’s sous chef in Mexico and the Caribbean, became a star on the 2012 Bravo TV show while she was working under Bernstein at Azul.
The Regional at the CityPlace outdoor in West Palm Beach mall intends to be a synthesis of Autry’s cooking experiences in Latin America, applying classic French styles alongside Bernstein, and blended with her North Carolina roots. (Autry’s fried chicken is the stuff of legend.)
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“It really feels like an expression of all my experiences,” Autry said. “It’s been really incredible to build something from the ground up.”
A look at The Regional’s menu reveals those experiences, with everything from a sausage recipe inspired by her grandfather J.D. who was a Southern butcher to her grandmother Betty’s coconut cake recipe. Everything from the pimento cheese with Florida blue crab, deviled crab and tomato pie to the locally sourced Red Wattle pork shank speak to to her roots.
“I love making things inspired by my childhood,” she said, which includes Mediterranean dishes derived from a Greek grandmother.
Autry’s restaurant gives Miami diners another reason to brave I-95.
Miami chefs make an annual appearance at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, which has become a boutique favorite among chefs and a hidden gem for true foodies. Tickets are available at http://www.pbfoodwinefest.com/.
This year, chefs Timon Balloo (whose Sugarcane recently received a 3-star review in the Miami Herald), Sean Brasel (Meat Market), Jeremy Ford (The Matador Room), Richard Hales (Blackbrick Chinese, Sakaya Kitchen) and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly restaurants) lead the “Miami Takeover.”
Autry is the second Azul alum to plant a flag in Palm Beach. Former Azul chef Clay Conley has become a star at the town of Palm Beach’s Buccan, where he was twice honored as a James Beard Award semifinalist, and his newest restaurant Grato has led a restaurant revival in West Palm Beach.
The Regional Kitchen and Public House
Address: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Contact: 561-557-6460; http://eatregional.com/