Ocean Views and Southern-Inspired Concoctions Draw at the Beach
By Katie Dressler • Photography by Jason Leidy
In April, the Atlantic Hotel and Society 8 Hospitality Group introduced a hot new addition to the A1A strip: Beauty and The Feast Bar|Kitchen.
“The restaurant’s name was inspired by the beauty of the amazing view and décor and feast, because it is fun to sit down to eat plentiful and delicious food with friends, enjoy a great experience and build memories,” said Steven Dapuzzo of Society 8 Hospitality Group, a full service restaurant company that oversees all food and beverage operations for the hotel.
Located on the lobby level of the Atlantic Hotel and Spa, Beauty and The Feast boasts breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from every seat. But what’s particularly exciting about this new restaurant concept is that one space houses two very distinct areas with two unique vibes.
Beauty, the bar and lounge area, is filled with enchanting décor such as modern black couches accented with red throw pillows, chandeliers decorating the ceiling and walls lined with brick of varying reddish hues. A grass wall acts as the divider between the two areas and transports guests from Beauty to the Feast. Feast, comprised of brown and beige décor with barn wood from the Carolinas adorning the walls and a Ferris Buehler quote proudly displayed above the kitchen, emits a warm, comfortable and welcoming vibe. Feast also houses a semi-private dining area, which can fit approximately 18 guests.
The drink menu is expansive and offers a selection of wine, beer, bubbles and creative craft cocktails. Sangria is also available by the glass or carafe and is prepared tableside with a selection of fresh fruits. The dining menu is comprised of eclectic American items inspired by Executive Chef Jeff Vincent. Guests may choose from a wide array of snacks, small plates, large plates, “feast” plates and accessories.
For a snack, we tried the edamame, which was so aromatic that we could smell the combination of soy, ginger and garlic wafting through the air long before it reached our table. Tender and full of flavor, this was the perfect starter to enjoy while perusing the rest of the menu.
We split several of the small plates including the Crispy Chicken Sliders, Short Rib Quesadilla and the Skirt Steak. As Dapuzzo noted, the Crispy Chicken Sliders are “everything great in one bite.” All of the components of this dish blended seamlessly together to achieve the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. Served with a side of house-made zucchini pickles, this delectable comfort dish is a must-try.
The best way to describe the Short Rib Quesadilla is that it was “knee-weakening good.” The braised short rib mixed with crème fresh was so tender and savory that each bite melted in my mouth. The Skirt Steak arrived atop a bed of rainbow chard, accented with a tropical chimichurri sauce. Dipped in balsamic just before it hit the grill, the steak had the perfect char and oozed with flavor.
To accessorize our small plates, we also tried the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Grilled Cream of Corn. The Brussels sprouts were perfectly charred, crispy on the outside and erupting with flavor. The taste of the lemon zest burst from the dish without being overwhelming, and the saltiness of the bacon bits provided a wonderful counterbalance. We deciphered that the true main ingredient in the Grilled Cream of Corn was love as we quickly devoured the creamy bowl of fresh sweet yellow corn topped with a few jalapeño slivers.
Make sure you save room for dessert because you won’t want to miss the house-made Carrot Cake. Served with a side of coconut gelato, this dessert was flavorful, colorful and delicious in every way. For the chocolate lovers, allow me to suggest the Mississippi Mud Pie, which comes served with a side of hazelnut gelato. This dish was delectably naughty and is sure to satisfy any chocoholic’s lust.
A dish that we did not get to try, but one that certainly piqued my interest, was the Roasted Pig (whole or half suckling). Slow roasted for five hours and served with a side of black beans and rice, the pig roast is currently offered to parties of four or more and should be ordered 48 hours in advance. I was also quickly won over by the creative brunch menu coupled with $15 bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas. If you’re a brunch fan, be sure to check out the menu and prepare to drool.
Insider’s Tip: Beauty and The Feast offers complimentary valet parking for all guests, whether you’re staying to dine or simply enjoying a drink.
Beauty and the Feast Bar | Kitchen
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304