Order The Angry Lobster At Delray Beach's New Restaurant Avalon
There's a reason the Angry Lobster at Avalon Steak & Seafood is a must-try dish.
Since opening in downtown Delray Beach in April, the appetizer has quickly become the most popular on the menu. A bold take on this popular crustacean, the dish features a pound-and-a-quarter Maine lobster, served with a piquant broth redolent of sriracha and ginger, along with a hearty portion of Pullman toast to soak up those spicy juices.
It's just one of the many specialities you can order at the recently launched Avalon, the striking new restaurant from New York hospitality operators Host Restaurants. The group' coastal-inspired take on the traditional steakhouse, it follows in the footsteps of sister establishments that include lauded eateries like Scarpetta, Campagnola, American Cut, and Bill’s Townhouse.
Affectionately named Avalon, after the legendary island in the Arthurian legend, a place fabled for its restorative healing powers, Avalon is meant to deliver respite from your average traditional steakhouse experience.
According to Host Restaurants President and Founder Curt Huegel, Avalon has been designed to be a step above the average steakhouse, with its location in mind.
"We wanted to create a real steak and seafood restaurant with a resort-like feel," says Huegel. "We really do put as much emphasis on the seafood side of our menu as we do the steaks. It wouldn’t be beachy and approachable if we did a heavy steakhouse and therefore, the menu had to follow suit."
Finding the perfect brick and mortar location in South Florida for Avalon was years in the making, says Huegel, who combined Montauk flair and Nantucket panache for beachy ambiance.
"Over the past five years we were waiting for the perfect spot to present itself in South Florida," said Huegel. "Many of our top patrons have second homes and extended family members in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and around South Florida. Whenever they would return to New York, they would express their wishes and wants, sharing what was missing for them with existing concepts in town. We finally found the right space, and the timing to make the move was right. It's a steakhouse expressly designed with these guests in mind."
In that sense, Avalon offers a solid selection of prime, organic, grass-fed, hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free proteins that include beef, poultry, and seafood — all of it anchored by an impressive 250-bottle wine list showcasing sought after labels from unique wineries around the world. Guests who prefer spirit-centric pairings to their meal will also delight in Avalon’s creatively conceived cocktails presenting inventive twists on classic libations.
Here, the dry-aging process is labor intensive, says Avalon Director of Operations Antonello Paganuzzi. The meat is hung in a climate-controlled room surrounded by salt blocks. The salt pulls moisture from the meat, allowing the fat to render into a bold umami flavor.
The biggest prize on the menu, he adds: A 28-Day Dry-Aged, Bone-In New York Strip.
"It's one of our best-selling steaks. People really gravitate towards it because they really like New York strips but have never had a bone-in which gives a texture of umami in your mouth," adds Paganuzzi. "It’s the perfect example of a good dry-aged. On the bone, it’s less fatty than a rib-eye, giving an incredible flavor."
The restaurant also offers wet-aged prime cuts like its 14-ounce New York sirloin. Aged in its own juices, the process results in an extremely tender piece of meat. From there, it's seared over a hot griddle with thyme, butter, and a touch of garlic.
Signature dishes at Avalon highlight traditional steakhouse classics, along with some not so average dishes, each cooked to the diner's preferred temperature. Menu highlights include that 28-Day, Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye, as well as a 36-Ounce Tomahawk For Two. Sustainably-sourced seafood specialties include the Scallop Carpaccio, the Whole-Roasted Fish of the Day, Miso Black Cod, a 32-Ounce Bone-In Tuna "Ribeye," and that signature Angry Lobster.
Enjoy it all in a relaxing, nautically-inspired environment designed to evoke the feeling of a tranquil day at sea, adds Huegel. The restaurant's expansive indoor/outdoor bar was designed for laid-back eating. Or go al-fresco with the first-floor outdoor patio, or covered second floor dining area. Either way, you're sure to have the best of land and sea.
Avalon. 110 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-593-2500; Open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday/Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., avalondelray.com.