Death or Glory Bar, Fresh Florida Fisheries and Taverna Opa | Check, Please! South Florida

Death or Glory Bar, Fresh Florida Fisheries and Taverna Opa | Check, Please! South Florida


This week, unexpected flavors and classic
cocktails with a speakeasy vibe in Delray Beach. It sounds, it is odd, and absolutely delicious. [Michelle] No need to charter a boat, get
your catch of the day at this fish market in Miami. I really love that they do simple recipes
that respects the seafood that you’re eating. Looking outside and people are eating whole fried fish. [Michelle] And a dining experience that will
have you dancing on the tables in Hollywood. The taramosalata is the egg fish dip, and
this was sensational. [Narrator] Cultural, culinary secrets, and
global flavors. We have a passion for blending ingredients
and seasonings from around the world. [Narrator] Additional funding for Check Please
South Florida is provided by George and Helen Weaver. And the Friends of South Florida PBS. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious. Crunchy and soft all at the same time. It was good. It wasn’t anything special. Can taste everything, the different flavors. Oh my gosh, this is like nothing. I was like, I’m eating a cloud. Hello, I’m Michelle Bernstein and welcome
to Check Please, South Florida, the show where regular people from all over South Florida recommend and review their favorite restaurants. So this is how the show works. Every week we have three guests. Each recommends his or her favorite spot, and then the other two
go to check them out and see what they think. This week, social media consultant Katherine
Fitzgerald wants to open your eyes to a spot that will satisfy your seafood craving. She says the fish market with a key style
porch creates a feeling of paradise in a Miami neighborhood. And food blogger Wendy Abdulmesih has conducted the research into
what she claims is the best Greek food in Broward County. Her pick serves up traditional Greek cuisine, it’s an unexpected adventure
where everyone celebrates just to celebrate. But first, administrative assistant Timothy Moffitt is here to assist all of us in finding
out new go to place for dinner and drinks. He says his pick is worth penciling into your schedule, and he describes the passion
for food, seasonal cocktails, and the community. This high end bar creates a gastronomical experience with a speakeasy
vibe. It’s in Delray Beach and it’s called Death
or Glory bar. It’s a restaurant and bar in an old house. Death or Glory’s a cocktail bar, and a locally
sources restaurant. We’ve got two bars in our kitchen. We’ve got a tiki bar in the back. Lots of rum focused, very inventive cocktails,
preprohibition style. We’re taking all the tradition from the past and everything
we can try and learn and remember from the past, but remake it into the modern times. We write our menus to reflect the seasons, bar
and kitchen both, whatever’s local, whatever’s gonna be fresh and delicious. I wanna try and focus on the food. I wanna make sure the food tastes as good
as it possibly can. We need something absolutely delicious, seasoned well, and cooked and hot food hot, cold food
cold, and a contrast between. We gotta Cheeto spiced chickpeas made with
nutritional yeast and fried chickpeas, and crispy shaved
brussels sprouts with bacon and whisky maple. Come as you are. It’s a very casual place. I’m always learning, everyone I work with
is always trying to learn, we’re always trying to better ourselves, so we’re always trying to make it the best we possibly can. Death or Glory’s a very strong name. So, it’s go big or go home. And we’re going big. You call this a speakeasy. The cocktails are sort of the speakeasy, gin
based vibe. So it looks like a house when you get there. And their seating, they’ve really used all of the space, so there’s seating
all the way around the restaurant, for the most part. And then you walk inside and it’s sort of got a dark tavern feel, lots
of dark woods, brick. I almost feel like if they really wanted to
go high end they could put super stuffed leather chairs in and then
it would be perfect for the smoking jacket, brandy snifter crew. However, I don’t think they wanna be that nose in the air. They’re kinda like a little hipper than that. So the staff is all young, hip, fun people
who know everything about the menu. You can ask them anything, they know exactly
what’s in this, what’s in that, what’s in the drinks. The chef is just on point. Everything there has always been really really
really good. So what do you have, cocktails and food wise? Well, they had traditional daiquiris. I was sort of impressed. I said, oh, I was kind of in the mood for
a Hemmingway daiquiri, they were like no problem at all. We can totally make that happen. So that’s what I had. It was spectacular. We had the butcher’s cut with the little truffle sauce on it. I sort of kicked myself for not getting the
bigger cut, but I had so many things coming, I just wanted to enjoy everything. We had a watermelon salad that had some bitter
greens, some really nice crumbled cheese on top. It was really floral. You had that as well, right? Yes, I did, yeah. It was delicious, and I’m usually a meat and
potatoes girl and I actually really enjoyed the salad. The arugula on it, everything was perfect. I found that, I ordered the roasted brussels
sprouts with the Neuske bacon, and I thought, oh that’ll be really interesting, too. Once that watermelon salad came out, I was
like, you can have this. This is what’s happening right now. This is what’s up. So watermelon salad beat over bacon? That’s a pretty big statement there. I like that statement. It was the Chanel number five of the entire
thing. This brought like a whole new kinda class
to the meal. It was really nice. Went really well with the daiquiri, pinkies up. So did you have anything else? We had the Cheeto chickpeas, which are roasted
chickpeas in Cheetos dust. They come out in sort of a long boat. It sounds odd, it is odd, and absolutely delicious. I would recommend it to anybody there. I had never had chickpeas cooked that way. It really like blew my mind. Usually chickpeas means hummus to me. And it was nice to have chickpeas in a different way. They were so crunchy and so smooth and creamy
inside. It was really surprising. My friend ordered that. But I don’t even know when the plate came
to the table and left, because it was so fast, they loved it. So Katherine, what else did you have? Well, first of all, the cocktails were amazing,
and I like that I went there with two other people. Everyone could find a cocktail seriously just meant for them. We all found something that we loved. I went with the Walking on Sunshine, which
was a tequila drink that incorporated pepper and kind of like
an acidic taste to it. It was amazing. Anything else? I had the seared tunas with the soba noodles. The soba noodles were my favorite part. The seared tuna was cooked perfectly. But the cold soba noodles was something that I felt
like I’d find at a very great Japanese restaurant. It was almost unexpected to eat something of an Asian cuisine there that was
so delicious. And well done. {Katherine] Yeah. You could tell that the chef really thought
out the ingredient and came up with something new for it. It was delicious. Great. So Wendy? I had for drink the old fashion. It was just perfect. It was the perfect amount of sweet, the perfect
amount of alcohol, they serve it so pretty. My friend had a Moscow Mule, and it was so
pretty. So I enjoyed it, and then I ordered the burgers,
but these are vegan burgers seasoned with barbecue. They were amazing. So juicy, you wouldn’t believe that there
were not meat inside. [Michelle] Do you know what they were made
of? I think it was like coleslaw. I believe it was jackfruit. It’s interesting that it’s jackfruit, because
jackfruit is something that is used a lot in savory dishes and has the most amazing texture and unctuous quality to it. It’s a great idea, but you had a regular burger,
right? [Katherine] My regular burger was absolutely
amazing. It was the epitome of your perfect burger
with the perfect ingredients, you know? It just had a little bit of pickles, cheese,
the hoagie that they use there was amazing. I believe they make it in house. What you wanna eat. And the rosemary fries along, it was perfect. I wanna go back for those. It was so good. So how was service? Everybody’s really laid back, but they all
know exactly what they’re talking about, which is really refreshing because you kinda walk in and sort of imagine that it’s gonna
be one thing, and it’s a completely different situation. Well, Timothy, Death or Glory Bar was your
pick, please sum it up for me. It’s everything you might want and not know
that you need. Katherine. Anybody can go there and eat a well thought
out meal by a chef that really incorporates different ingredients in ways that will surprise you. Wendy. I loved it. It was a nice experience, a nice bar, definitely
worth the drive from Miami, and with great food and wonderful service. For great food with a cool vibe, step into
Death or Glory bar, located at 116 Northeast Sixth Avenue in Delray Beach. Open daily for dinner, reservations are accepted and the
average price for dinner without drinks is about $50. One of my alltime favorite salads is the watermelon
Greek. I use watermelon to give you a little bit
of sweetness on the palate, also. So to make this, I want to make the vinegarette
first. A little bit of garlic powder. A little bit of onion powder. Some salt right in now. Red wine vinegar. Finally, some of your favorite olive oil. So go ahead and mix that up. I’m gonna add a little bit of fresh ground black pepper to finish. And there we go. Alright, so, let’s cut the cucumber into nice
little square pieces. Nice and straight. Like that. So I’m just gonna go right ahead and start
topping the watermelon. Alright, for tomatoes I love using different colored heirloom tomatoes and cut it into
diced pieces. It’s really up to you. I’m gonna hand this salad recipe over to you
and you can have a little fun with it. So there you have the tomato part of it, and
then for the delicious feta cheese. It’s really according to your palate what kind of feta you like,
so you choose whatever feta you like, but make sure you use a good feta on this. And then, some fresh mint, and then I love fresh dill
in this, as well. Alright, so there’s your salad, just like
so. Take your vinaigrette and spoon this. Make sure it really covers a lot of your veggies. And there ya go. Watermelon Greek salad. Just beautiful and so inviting. You gotta try it. For my recipe of watermelon Greek salad, go
to checkpleasefl.com. Now social media consultant Katherine Fitzgerald says she’s
analyzed the food scene and can confirm that this spot for fresh seafood is definitely worth following. The market is run by friendly fish mongers
who offer you the change to choose your fish, and they’ll prepare it on the spot. It’s in Miami and it’s called Fresh Florida
Fisheries. Freshwater Fisheries, what it is is a beautiful
fish market. We have all types of quality of fresh fish
we get daily, boats coming in. And the cool thing about this location is
that you can come in, buy your fresh fish, just like any other fish market, but also have it cooked here however you want. I started this business because of my dad. My dad is the owner of Casa Blanca. He’s down on the river. And this is always something I’ve wanted to
do. The idea was just to have a fish market, but
then I had another idea to reach out to those clients that don’t know how to
cook fish at home, and said why not have them buy the fish like a regular client, and also have the luxury of having it cooked for
them however they want. Take it home, eat it for dinner with their
family, or just eat it outside. Fish here clearly works by season since it’s
fresh, so everything is on and off. And us being located here in Florida, we get the famous stone crabs right off of our
boats here in Miami, we have the yellowtail from the Keys, and then we got all these beautiful Snapper. This fish market, I would personally say,
is very different from other markets, ’cause I keep a consistent flow of fresh product. That’s my biggest thing here. When we cook in the kitchen we don’t season
too much. We believe in little bit of salt, oil, and that’s it. Where you can actually taste the freshness
of the fish. Freshwater Fisheries is the best place to
get fresh fish and have it cooked for you or just take it
home raw. So, tell me a little bit about it, because
it is a market and it is a restaurant. Well I love to cook myself, and I’m always
looking for a wonderful fish market, and I stumbled across Fresh Florida Fisheries and
I remember being there looking for octopus,
actually, and looking outside and people were eating whole fried fish, and usually I only see that in the Keys, and it was amazing to
find a place that will cook their fresh ingredients and I really love that they do simple recipes that respect the seafood that you’re
eating. So what did you have when you went in? I had a whole hog fish with two friends of
mine that love hog fish as much as I do, and it is a rarity to find. We shared it with three people. It was such a big fish, and we devoured it. It was amazing just to be savage over some
bones of fish, it’s a fun time. It’s fun eating that way and having that experience
with friends. Did they serve anything with it? I had conk fritters and the lobster croquettes
which I had never had lobster croquettes before, and they were so good. They were delicious! I really did enjoy them. The conk fritters, I will say, are some of
my favorite that I’ve ever had in Miami. So filled with conk nut breading. Exactly. Usually when I get conk fritters here in Miami
it’s just breading, and this was so much conk. I remember seeing that day in the store that they had fresh conk for sale
and thinking, oh, no wonder there’s so much conk in this. It was amazing. Wendy. I loved my experience there. You know what caught my attention, I will
never forget it’s a fishery, it’s a market, and it was so clean. So clean. I love that. So I went and I was going straight to the
sandwich, and then when my order was ready, looking amazing, and I’m about to eat, I ask the lady, I am
so sorry but, was this fried with shellfish by any chance? And she said yes, we do that here in our kitchen. Which you can see right there, also impeccable. And I’m like, I am so sorry but I’m allergic
and I can not have that. So immediately the owner came to me and told
me come on, let’s go, and can you eat fish? And I say yes. I chose a red snapper. Right there, it can not get any fresher than
this, honestly. He took it and they cook it right there for
me, grilled, it was delicious. I ate with that white rice and black beans. So it was just right, perfect. The service. That was very nice of them to give you something
else. No attitude, they didn’t charge me extra. I love the way that they cook everything there
because it’s not over done, it’s the most simple recipes that respect the ingredient and I really appreciate that about their seafood. That’s what make it good. That’s what makes it my favorite seafood spot. Timothy. I had the shrimp ceviche, which, I have to
admit, was pretty amazing. It was really good. We did also shrimp tostones. Pretty amazing, too. And lobster croquettes. What I did read on your review was that it
was probably the best tostone you’ve ever had in your life. It’s true. It’s very true. Every single thing was amazing. I might’ve gone at the wrong time. I went on a Monday around seven o’clock, and I think they were trying to close
a little early. Kitchen closes at seven, yes I would definitely go back. It’s counter service, that’s totally fine,
it’s a little different. You know, you go in, you order, they give you a beeper, you come and you get your
stuff. Everything was on point delicious, it’s just
sort of a different thing. So they also have a porch right, that you
can sit outside? Yes, it really reminds me of being in the
Keys. It’s picnic style tables. You go there with a large group of people,
you wanna share some fish together and seafood, and it’s very
casual. The last times that I’ve been there I’ve seen
different types of families there, kids there, dogs there, everyone’s
out there eating at the tables and it’s fun. That’s awesome. It’s good an casual. How are prices? They were very reasonable. Everything about it was very reasonable, specifically
the fact that you can see the fish that you’re probably gonna get. That’s really nice and based on the prices,
I don’t really see that you could get something like that a lot of places down here. So a bang for your buck? Absolutely. Nice. Well Katherine, this was your pick. Sum it up for us, please. I absolutely love this place because it does
wild caught fish, I can choose my fish, and have it fried without driving all the way to the Keys, and it’s lovely. Wendy. Fresh fish at an impeccable place with wonderful
prices. Timothy. Great place to go for fresh fish, great prices,
maybe bring family, kinda hang out. It does have a Key West vibe. I recommend it. Well for the freshest catch of the day, you
can visit Fresh Florida Fisheries, located at 2238 Southwest 57th Avenue in Miami. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations are not accepted. And the average price for dinner without drinks
is about $40. And finally food blogger Wendy Abdulmesih is ready to
share her pick for Greek cuisine that’s worth celebrating. This upbeat dining experience offers authentic dishes with a side of belly
dancing. Hand grind the hummus, take in the view, transport
yourself to Greece, and dance the night away. It’s a happening you won’t wanna miss. It’s in Hollywood and it’s called Taverna
Opa. Taverna Opa is a Greek restaurant. This is the original location. This is where everything started. We will invite you to join our celebration. It really focuses on great cuisine. It’s all about simplicity, freshness, and
seasonality. As being part of the Mediterranean diet, we really want to focus
on having good ingredients. It’s all about olive oil, lemon, and herbs. We really, really do the rustic lamb dish, all the dips, which
are very typical in the Greek cuisine, the whole fish that we do serve grilled. We highly recommend our customers to dine family
style and really interact with each other. We really think we can showcase our customers what really Greece is and part of
that is not only our hospitality and our menus, but the way the restaurant looks. That island feeling. We still really dancing on the tables, it’s
part of the Greek tradition. Taverna Opa is a celebration of good food and good wine, and we really look forward
to seeing you. So you love this, right? It’s fabulous, it’s fresh. I love it. I haven’t been in Greece, unfortunately, but
it looks so much like Greece, at least the pictures that I’ve seen. And it’s so beautiful, it’s so white with even the
floors are like the tavernas that you see in the pictures. And the best part of it is the location because you have the view right there,
it’s just gorgeous. So what did you have this last time you went? I went with my daughter and we had the dip
platter. It had eggplant dip, which was on point with
all the seasoning. Was it baba ganoush? Yes. Then in the same dip platter they had a tzatziki,
which is the yogurt. They also had the taramosalata. The taramosalata is the egg fish dip, and this was sensational. But we started the night, the first thing
that they bring you is the hummus. They bring you in a wooden plate, chickpeas, you need to
smash it, it’s fun. So it’s a make your own hummus? Kind of, yes. You smash it and you eat it right there because
it’s really soft, so it’s easy to do. All of you had the hummus, correct? [All] Yes It’s complimentary, it was a wonderful story
to the meal, just to have, I’ve never had fresh hummus, that fresh. The hummus was a really interesting, very
nice surprise. I walked in, there was a lady belly dancing,
I’m like, this is very nice, this could be a lot of fun. We had Spanakopita, which was really flaky,
really delicious. It’s a spinach pie, for those who don’t know. It’s fantastic. Perfect for sharing. I ordered the grilled octopus. It was really delicious. Did it have a sauce or vinegarette on it? No, it was just straight grilled octopus. You had grilled calamari, too, right? Grilled calamari. I walked in knowing that I was craving grilled
calamari, and I was like, well they’re a Greek place, and if they’re a real Greek place they’re gonna have
this. They’re gonna respect seafood, they’re gonna
do it grilled, and they did it far better than I expected them to. It was really delicious. I will go back there just to have that grilled
calamari dish. The way that they crisp it on the outside with just a light
char was delicious. I like the tomato with it and the lemon. And everything I had tried there was delicious. Did you try any lamb? No, I didn’t try the lamb. Did you have lamb? Holy bananas in pajamas. Let’s talk about the roasted lamb. Let’s do that. It’s like a thyme lemon gravy sort of situation
with the, I’m assuming, seasonal vegetables and a roasted potato. Let’s just sit back and think about that for a second. I recommend everyone getting that because
it was buttery flakey, fell apart on your. I was like, oh, this is gonna be really good. We’re gonna have some of this and we’ll take
it home, and then I ate the whole thing. But it was delicious. It was fantastic. It really did bring that Greek flavor. The Spanakopita, I’m very picky about it,
was very good there. You had something else though, as well. The eggplant with tomato. I loved that it wasn’t like a traditional
baba ganoush. It was large pieces of eggplant grilled nicely
in a hot skillet with tomato and garlic and pine
nuts, and I absolutely loved it. The other thing I will say about my experience
there, it became a romantic night for me and my boyfriend. We did not know we were walking into that. You know you see the water, it was beautiful. We actually were there when it was pretty
empty. The sun was setting. We had this great meal together, and it really
was just a wonderful experience. I think it’s beautiful because it serves two,
a romantic date night out, or in my case very familiar, and very fun and familiar family night out. Yeah, it’s a very, very lively place. So how was the service? I mean I felt the service was great. It was a little relaxed, but I feel like if
you’re going to a place like that, are you in hurry, really? Come on, relax, you’re on the water. It does sort of very much feel like you’re
in Greece. Enjoy your experience. Have another glass of wine. It’s fine, man. Well, Wendy, Taverna Opa was your choice. Sum it up for us. The Greece that I have never been to here
with amazing food, wonderful vibe. Tim. I loved it. The prices were great. Food was awesome. I would definitely recommend it. Katherine. Taverna Opa was way more than I expected. It is real Greek with real Greek servers serving
me, and food that really respects seafood and what I think of Greek food in Miami. For an eventful night out indulge at Taverna
Opa, located at 410 North Ocean Drive in Hollywood, with an additional location in Delray. Open Sundays for lunch and daily for dinner. Reservations are accepted and the average
price for dinner without drinks is about $45. We’ve had such a wonderful time. I wanna thank my guests, Timothy Moffitt,
Katherine Fitzgerald, and Wendy Abdulmesih. For more about the restaurants and recipes featured
in this show, or if you’d like to apply to be a guest reviewer, visit us at checkpleasefl.com and remember, find us on
Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter please. Join us next time for three new guest recommending three of their favorite
restaurants right here on Check Please South Florida. I’m Michelle Bernstein, and I’ll see you there. Salud.

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