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Publisher's Letter

Let Them Eat Cake

New Restaurants Tend To Get The Most Press, Sometimes At The Expense Of Establishments That Have Stood The Test Of Time.

This is our Foodie Issue – at least that’s the way it’s known around the office. Much of it deals with that which we can eat or drink, or eat when drunk, or whatever. It involves a fair amount of labor, ably conducted and edited by Jennifer Tormo, newly promoted to managing editor, and our new associate editor, Heather Carney.

The latter continues our unwritten tradition of hiring graduates of Florida universities, except this one is not the University of Florida, which provided four editors over the last decade. Heather is a University of Miami product and unlike some of her predecessors, who had to be given directions to the ocean, she knows the territory. She was with the Sun-Sentinel for two years, covering communities in western Broward County, and before that worked for the Naples Daily News.

The ladies edited the ambitious list of “The Best New Restaurants,” featuring spots from Delray Beach to Fort Lauderdale and beyond. The piece was written by Jennifer Tormo and Sara Ventiera, with accompanying lead photographs by our staff photographer, Jason Nuttle (a photojournalism grad of Western Kentucky).

In “Street Eats,” a story on the best streets in the area for food, photos were taken by the versatile Jennifer Tormo, who has a good eye for a tasty table.

As we noted last year, new restaurants tend to get the most press, sometimes at the expense of establishments that have stood the test of time. And there aren’t that many that have. You just don’t find many restaurants such as Palm Beach’s Ta-boo (1941) or Broward’s Mai-Kai (1956), Tropical Acres (1949) or Cap’s Place in Lighthouse Point, which traces to a 1920s bootlegger’s island paradise. Few can claim such longevity.

But if they make it another year they will likely be part of our 50th anniversary issue. The first issue of our flagship magazine, Gold Coast, appeared as Fort Lauderdale Pictorial Life in the late winter of 1965. We took the name Gold Coast in the early 1970s, because the magazine had expanded to cover the area from Hollywood to Palm Beach, with a lot of emphasis on Boca Raton. But as towns grew and developed their own identities, it made sense to regionalize our names. So now we have Boca Life and The Palm Beacher in the same 60-mile market.

Back on topic. Not listed among our 29 best new restaurants is one not yet opened, but we expect it will make our list next year, for the operators and the location have proven success. The construction partner of Tim Petrillo’s team, Alan Hooper (the builder), is profiled on page 42. The men have an impressive track record of local restaurants dating to the mid 1990s, and the new venture has a record of its own. Its East Las Olas Boulevard location was a popular restaurant going back four decades. It was best known as Bar Amici when the cocktail hour attracted a power crowd. It later became the Boulevard Café.

What’s a food issue without a bit of libation? We satisfy that thirst with an elaborate guide to wine. It’s the work of writer Sandra Benavides Weichel, and if you want to have the most sensual experience that can be uncorked, see page 74.