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EatBeat: Culinary Cafe a Chef’s Dream in Delray

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

For years, Dominick Laudia has worked at county clubs around the area, most recently at Boca Rio in Boca Raton. He finally decided to go out on his own this fall with the Culinary Cafe.

The chef has strong ties to the American Culinary Federation, a professional organization with an award-winning chapter in our county. He also is instrumental in setting up the students at Boca High School’s culinary program, and is heavily involved in teaching kids to cook.

Finally, he decided to work for himself, he said, and brought his family into it as well.

Sucessful people do what they know. So Laudia’s created a menu at the Culinary Cafe set for country club palates — fillet, melt-in-your-mouth seafood, shortribs, tuna tartare, chicken dishes and a small but solid wine list.

We’re keen on the Happy Hour he offers on Fridays and Saturdays — a tasting trio (example: seared tuna and seaweed salad, bay scallop Provencal, chicken sate) with a glass of wine (that week, choice of Castle Rock Pinot Noir or Caposaldo Pinot Grigio) for $15.

Lunch sees a good crowd, many liking the six salads, including the Mediterranean turkey (imagine Greek salad with turkey) and a shrimp margarita, with grilled shrimp, greens, artichokes, olives and fresh mozzarella cheese with a creamy basil garlic dressing.  Sandwiches, a fish du jour and burgers round out the daytime menu. The daily lunch special is a deal too: soup and salad and half a sandwich, with a glass of wine, for $11.99.

  • Culinary Cafe
  • 1832 S. Federal Highwy, Delray Beach
  • (Southwest corner of Federal and Linton, next to the Original Pancake House)
  • 561-266-8976 or toll-free, 877-566-2233

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Bro // Jun 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    How is the rice pudding??

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