As local food bloggers, we’re constantly looking for great bites throughout the tri-county area. But one of the biggest obstacles we face living in South Florida is distance — everything is so far apart that you pretty much need a car to get anywhere.
Fortunately, The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood has made our life easier with a mini food mecca. On the property, there are three restaurants — and many more to come — that run the gamut from casual cuisine to fine dining … and they’re all within walking distance.
We had the chance to stuff our faces at each one and explore the hotel with some fellow foodies, all thanks to The Blogger Union. If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth your while to check out this mini food city.
Our first stop was the low-key burger joint known as Bristol’s Burgers. Here, you’ll find two tried-and-true American staples — burgers and beer — alongside snacks, salads, sides and slaws. Some of the items we tried: the Beer-Battered Onion Brick and Double Bacon Burger, which are both pretty self-explanatory and delicious.
The milkshakes are not to be missed, especially the Brass Monkey (peanut butter ice cream, banana, candied bacon caramel). Want something sweet with a kick? Look no further than the Boozy Milkshakes section.
There’s more to the place than just the food. The restaurant has a gorgeous view of the Intracoastal Waterway; if it’s a nice day, do yourself a favor and sit outside. Diners can also enjoy the arcade by the entrance. Two words: free play.
Portico Beer & Wine Garden
Unlike Bristol’s Burgers, Portico Beer & Wine Garden features a menu of Italian bites and a wide selection of beers and wines — all on tap. Another fun fact: This eatery is entirely outdoors. Because it was raining during our visit, we couldn’t sit outside. However, we still managed to try their menu inside Bristol’s Burgers (they share a kitchen).
When it’s not raining, guests can take advantage of fun outdoor games like corn hole and ping pong while enjoying light fare that’s perfect for lounging. The Philly Roast Pork Bruschetta and Eggplant Milanese Bruschetta were highlights as were all of the pizzas — smoked prosciutto ftw. The Truffle Popcorn (!) was a tasty surprise, too.
The most upscale of the three restaurants, Diplomat Prime is a steakhouse that boasts an impressive selection of meats and seafood for the discerning diner. Start with the Shellfish Tower for a little bit of errrrthing: stone crab claws, shrimps and oysters. The Tomahawk Steak makes for a great photo, and it’s as appetizing as it looks.
The sides are equally satisfying. We didn’t want to share the Lobster Mac & Cheese and could have easily eaten the whole plate ourselves. Similarly, the Duck Fat Steak Fries and Tater Tots kicked our diets to the curb; they were impossible to put down. Shout out to the bar program for a stellar Old Fashioned.
Down the road, hotel guests can expect even more eateries on the property — some with serious star power behind them. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be opening a coastal American restaurant in the coming months (Point Royal), and Chef Michael Schulson will take a stab at Modern Japanese with his new concept Monkitail.
When it comes to good food, The Diplomat Beach Resort is just getting started, and it’s off to a solid start. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017.