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#1 E.L.A.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:59 PM

Just got back from Jupiter/PB/etc. Of course I made my way over to Little Moir's . . . and no matter what you expect, you can have the highest expectations, standards, etc. -- they will be surpassed!

I sat at the bar/counter which looks directly into the kitchen. It is there you get to watch the masters . . . and the chief master is none other than Moe. After looking over the specials, I was only three items in and all three looked good, so I knew I was trouble, LOL. I wasn't going to be able to decide and I didn't have a big group with me so it's not like we could order a bunch of dishes and all share. So, that said, I ordered a beer, and looked at a few dishes as Moe finished cooking and plating them. That didn't help either -- they all looked great!

What's a fanatic to do? So I just decide to ask Moe what he likes that night -- what's excellent on the menu. With no hesitation Moe suggested a tuna egg-roll on the specials menu and was definitive when he said order the risotto for my entrée. He said the waitress would tell me they ran out -- but he didn't -- and he said he had enough for one last monster dish! LOL. He told the waitress and done done! Ready to rock and roll, LOL. With that done, I started to talk with Moe and his right-hand man Mike. I watched these guys do their thing. As they were preparing other dishes, Moe kept making a little bit extra of several dishes. He told Mike "make a small plate extra of the indorini" and so on. Before even my appetizer came out, Moe had given me three small plates of different items on the menu -- indorini, a macaroni and cheese creation with chicken, bits of onion, small pieces of sausage, red-chili sauce and parmesan, garlic and I can't tell you what else . . . but it was awesome! This is a signature dish on the menu. I also got a plate of a shredded sweet-potato (like shredded home fries) crusted golden tile fish. Wow! I am not a huge regular, piece of fish lover. I like sushi, a few different fish dishes, etc., but I would rarely order "a piece of fish" other than a grilled tuna or something of the like. This was also awesome. The flavors -- whatever he did -- just came together. The fish was meaty, substance and flavors of garlic, spiciness and I couldn't tell you what else. Whatever it was, it worked big time!

Then came my appetizer -- a tuna egg-roll creation with citrus, a little fruit, and again -- can't tell you what else, but it was perfect. Just the right size, flavor, and it was nice and light, but with robust flavors. It came with a small melon and fruit salad and an incredible dipping sauce (hints of teriyaki, wasabi, citrus, etc.).

I then got a sample plate of something that wasn't even on the menu. A closely-guarded commodity -- conch! A special, passionate effort, apparently, it's a very special dish. It was great. As Moe is cooking, he always prepares a bit extra -- in this case for me, but in every case, an extra mouthful or two, for himself. He's trying everything.

On to my entrée . . . and that was the pièce de résistance. Risotto can be a make or break dish. This was "make it" big time. Small pieces of fish, shrimp, calamari and more whatever it was . . . it worked and was incredible.

I was stuffed. I didn't want to stop eating. I wasn't able to finish my appetizer. Moe simple got a charge out of someone who was passionate and enthusiastic about food, preparation, and so on. He loved it and so did I. What an experience. These guys are the real deal and have a passion for food and cooking. When he was done with the customers he stuck around and made some dishes for various members of the kitchen staff.

This is one of those rare gem "joints" that you very rarely find. It's casual, relaxed, dining. Just go. Stop next door for some live music, a drink, whatever . . . but just go. See Moe, talk to him, listen to him. Just go and you will enjoy!!!

Thanks Moe (and Mike) and see you soon.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:46 PM

By far one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County for the value. Rachel and I always go when we're in Florida.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:13 PM

By far one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County for the value. Rachel and I always go when we're in Florida.

http://offthebroiler...irs-food-shack/


They do a wonderful job of handling tables of 5 and 6, as well. Just about anything can be plated "family style" and delivered that way. Very flexible.

I recall they have an excellent beer list, too.

Quite reasonable prices, too.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:57 PM

Sent two friends, both visiting from NJ, over there in the past week. My one friend made it for dinner, sat at the counter (like I told her to, LOL) and just loved it. She was texting me the entire meal and was just raving about the place. She's going back in a few weeks again and said it's the only "MUST" on her list.

My other friend, a couple, went over there for lunch. They said the place was packed, they also sat at the counter, but they called me after and couldn't stop telling me how much they enjoyed it.

This is one of those rare places . . . and I am looking forward to going a couple of times over the next month or so.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:57 PM

Nice dinner last night at Food Shack.  The Little Mohr part seems to have disappeared.

 

Good beer list, with 16/22 oz drafts at $6.50 for a big one.

 

Had a tandoori style yellowfin tuna with rice and sliced pickled Persian cukes. Good flavor combination, smelled wonderful. A tad drier than I'd like, but it was fine. $26

 

Dee had a sweet potato encrusted wahoo, which was also very good.  These folks handle fish extremely well. My sister had the same as Dee, my brother in law had the dolphin, which he liked.  Several beef alternatives on the menu.

 

The new room is open for business. Another 40-45 seats and bar, but no view of the cooking area. I've enjoyed the counter seats on several occasions.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:41 PM

Great to hear...

 

New room? Are you talking about next door? Their original space? Thanks in advance.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 05:04 PM

Great to hear...

 

New room? Are you talking about next door? Their original space? Thanks in advance.

 

shares the wall behind the counter / cooking space

 

don't recall seeing it on previous visits


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 05:26 PM

Got it...they had the space next door...and I had heard they were making some changes...but wasn't sure what.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

Nice lunch today at Food Shack.

 

Dee had the Doctor's salad of grilled dolphin, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, lettuce, strawberries, cukes, etc.  Great flavors, and looked wonderful.  I had the tuna taco (a rectangle of tuna in a fash fried taco) on a bed of greens, rice, peppers, etc Good idea, flawed execution, the shell was leaden.  The tuna  was fine.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:41 AM

Nice lunch today at Food Shack.

 

Dee had the Doctor's salad of grilled dolphin, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, lettuce, strawberries, cukes, etc.  Great flavors, and looked wonderful.  I had the tuna taco (a rectangle of tuna in a fash fried taco) on a bed of greens, rice, peppers, etc Good idea, flawed execution, the shell was leaden.  The tuna  was fine.

 

Thanks...The shell? So what was it -- heavy? Bland? Just curious. I've had the tuna there, in other dishes -- and enjoyed it.

 

Was it crowded? I'll be down there in a week or so and definitely want to stop in there...maybe more than once! LOL.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:10 PM

 

Nice lunch today at Food Shack.

 

Dee had the Doctor's salad of grilled dolphin, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, lettuce, strawberries, cukes, etc.  Great flavors, and looked wonderful.  I had the tuna taco (a rectangle of tuna in a fash fried taco) on a bed of greens, rice, peppers, etc Good idea, flawed execution, the shell was leaden.  The tuna  was fine.

 

Thanks...The shell? So what was it -- heavy? Bland? Just curious. I've had the tuna there, in other dishes -- and enjoyed it.

 

Was it crowded? I'll be down there in a week or so and definitely want to stop in there...maybe more than once! LOL.

 

 

oil may have been a little too hot. The outside was puffed properly, the interior of the shell wasn't cooked at all.  It's a tough trick to master since you don't want to cook the tuna inside the shell. They wouldn;t know until they begin slicing and by then it's too late.

 

I'll cut them slack, as they've been so good so many times.

 

The place was half full at 12.30, probably 3/4 by 1.15pm


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:08 PM

 

 

Nice lunch today at Food Shack.

 

Dee had the Doctor's salad of grilled dolphin, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, lettuce, strawberries, cukes, etc.  Great flavors, and looked wonderful.  I had the tuna taco (a rectangle of tuna in a fash fried taco) on a bed of greens, rice, peppers, etc Good idea, flawed execution, the shell was leaden.  The tuna  was fine.

 

Thanks...The shell? So what was it -- heavy? Bland? Just curious. I've had the tuna there, in other dishes -- and enjoyed it.

 

Was it crowded? I'll be down there in a week or so and definitely want to stop in there...maybe more than once! LOL.

 

 

oil may have been a little too hot. The outside was puffed properly, the interior of the shell wasn't cooked at all.  It's a tough trick to master since you don't want to cook the tuna inside the shell. They wouldn;t know until they begin slicing and by then it's too late.

 

I'll cut them slack, as they've been so good so many times.

 

The place was half full at 12.30, probably 3/4 by 1.15pm

 

 

Got it...yes, tricky. I had another dish there with a taco shell type -- but it wasn't tuna. I think the shell was properly prepared, sat for a few minutes and then plated with the fish and so on. I think it was golden tile fish, but I don't remember. It was my first or second visit there -- so long ago, LOL. 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:16 PM

Surprised it was 1/2 and 3/4 full. Whenever I go there for lumch, it was always closer to full. Maybe time of year, day, whatever. Still an excellent place! One of my all time favorites. Thanks.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:51 AM

Dinner tonight in the annex.  I looked more carefully this time.  The space has its own name (Maxi's Lineup) and music after 7pm.

 

Same beer and wine list as the main and adjacent room, with a small cooking station at the rear of the room.  The menu situation seems to be a work in progress. Although they offer "most of the menu" from the main room's kitchen, a few items aren't listed. But if you ask, they'll accept orders for things on the main room's menu.

 

The door staff referred folks to the second room, suggesting they have a drink or order their appetizers in that room while they wait for space to open up. Many people did just that. Dee and I dined at the sine wave shaped bar, there are also eight to ten high tops. Two guys next to us ordered a bottle of wine and the pastry wrapped tuna appetizer. Keenan 2009 Cab Sauv. By the time they finished the wine, their table in the main room was ready. They settled up with the staff, and went into the other room for the rest of dinner.

 

Ordered a cashew / apple / parsnip crusted wahoo over an abundant green salad. Dee had the dolphin over a heavy on the frisee green salad. Both were excellent.  Tequesta Brewing's Gnarly Barley finished the mix.


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:43 AM

Dinner tonight in the annex.  I looked more carefully this time.  The space has its own name (Maxi's Lineup) and music after 7pm.

 

Same beer and wine list as the main and adjacent room, with a small cooking station at the rear of the room.  The menu situation seems to be a work in progress. Although they offer "most of the menu" from the main room's kitchen, a few items aren't listed. But if you ask, they'll accept orders for things on the main room's menu.

 

The door staff referred folks to the second room, suggesting they have a drink or order their appetizers in that room while they wait for space to open up. Many people did just that. Dee and I dined at the sine wave shaped bar, there are also eight to ten high tops. Two guys next to us ordered a bottle of wine and the pastry wrapped tuna appetizer. Keenan 2009 Cab Sauv. By the time they finished the wine, their table in the main room was ready. They settled up with the staff, and went into the other room for the rest of dinner.

 

Ordered a cashew / apple / parsnip crusted wahoo over an abundant green salad. Dee had the dolphin over a heavy on the frisee green salad. Both were excellent.  Tequesta Brewing's Gnarly Barley finished the mix.

 

Sounds very nice...and sounds like the new place is going to handle the overflow and also serve as a precursor to the original/main space. One time I was there, I went next door to the bar and had a drink or two, and then went back into the main room (LM's) when our table was ready. As I've said many times before, I love this place. It's one of my top favorites.