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Jul 30

The Cooper Craft Kitchen and Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Run by exectutive chef Adam Brown, The Cooper is a farm to table concept restaurant with seasonally inspired dishes that highlight Brown’s French and Mediterranean influences.  Trained at The Culinary Institute of New York, Chef Brown has worked in numerous restaurants in both New York and Florida before starting up The Cooper with general manager William Penenori.

The space which was originally Oakwood Grill and then Water Bar and Grill is one of 10 restaraunts owned by the Connecticut- based Max Restaurant Group. With a modern/contempory and rustic decore the place is both casual and elegant. Our party of four made a reservation and we were seated almost immediately even though the place was quite busy. My only complaint about the space is its a bit too noisy for my taste, which made conversation difficult. Our waiter Sam was terrific. She highlighted the regular menu, which has everything from vegan to meat, plus the daily specials.

I opted for some of their healthier dishes, first with their Tuscan Salad(split with my lovely wife). Mixed greens, fresh mozzarella, polenta croutons, roasted garlic, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. Served with a balsamic vinaigrette. I asked for no croutons but they forgot(I tried one which was quite good). A nice lite salad with refreshing ingredients.

Tuscan Salad (Half Order)

Tuscan Salad (Half Order)

Entree number one was a fabulous Farmers Market Vegetable Plate.  It’s a huge, satisfying entree so come hungry. Consisting of a hearty portobello grilled vegetable stack, yummy braised artichoke hearts, Fava beans, heirloom mushroom emulsion, braised kale, spring peas and roasted garlic, quinoa pilaf, and a profoundly delicious pistachio-basil pesto. It was so full of different textures and unique flavors that I could enjoy this healthy dish every day.

Farmers Market Vegetable Plate

Farmers Market Vegetable Plate

Next I had their house made Ancient Grains Veggie Burger(farro, quinoa, portobello, red peppers, and onions). A huge burger served with Little Gem lettuce, tomato, and an arugula pesto on a multigrain kaiser roll. Comes with your choice of handcut fries or coleslaw, but I opted for grilled asparagus($4 up charge). They forgot the pesto and I only ate 1/2 of the bun but it was still very flavorful and delicious.

Ancient Grains Veggie Burger

Ancient Grains Veggie Burger

My wife had the swordfish special which she really enjoyed (I know, mercury I told her, but she really wanted it and usually tries to limit the amount of “higher food chain fish” that she does have). Our friends Jon and Rebecca had the scallops and short ribs which they both loved(the short ribs were huge!).

Swordfish

Swordfish

Scallops

Scallops

Short Ribs

Short Ribs

For dessert Sam recommended the Peach Cobbler which comes with a streusel topping and vanilla ice cream. The cobbler is house made as are all the desserts. Served piping hot in its own casserole dish, it was a bit dissapointing considering how spectacular the entrees were. Kind of ordinary, a bit too sweet, and a somewhat mushy texture. It receives 2.5(out of 5) for “Is It Good”.

My wife ordered the Cooper Sundae. A large portion containing vanilla ice cream, bananas, chocolate fudge, salted caramel, spiced pecans, whipped cream, and macerated Bing cherries. I had a taste, and for a sundae it was quite good, with a nice mixture of quality ingredients, with many textures and tastes that complimented each other. She and our friends all seemed to enjoy it. 3.5 stars here.

Cooper Sundae

Cooper Sundae

Our waiter Sam said that none of the dessert ingredients were organic with just plain sugar used to sweeten. I know they try to source local, but with these desserts I don’t think it is applicable here, except for the peaches which I doubt are local. Therefore, The Cooper receives 1 heart(out of 5) for “Is It Good For You”. With an average of 3 for “Is It Good”, that gives The Cooper a total score of 4 out of 10. Mind you, this is for the desserts only as the salad and entrees were about as healthy as you will see at a “Non-Organic” restaurant plus they were all scrumptious and very large portions. We all enjoyed our trip to The Cooper and will definitely be back, if not for dessert, then for the food. Remember to enjoy with moderation! TheDessertDoctor.comOne Heart3 stars

 

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2 comments

  1. Carol

    Looking good, Doc! Love the Farmers Market Veggie Platter, looks really yummy!

    1. The Dessert Doctor

      Yes, it was really good! Thanks for the comment Carol!

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