There's something about fried fish — the star of the iconic dish otherwise known as fish and chips — that just hits right.
No one can resist the allure of flaky, tender chunks of fresh fish beneath a light and crispy fried-batter shell.
Getting hungry? Well, crave no more. Starting next month, Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach is pulling out all of the stops for the upcoming weeks to highlight their newest weekday special.
Here, former Café Boulud executive chef Rick Mace is channeling his own inner buccaneer with a variety of menu items that showcase Florida fare and barbecue. As one of the latest additions to the Dixie Highway Corridor restaurant row, the restaurant is a joint venture between Mazie’s co-founder Jason Lakow and the long-time Daniel Boulud alumni, who together pay homage to the culture and foods of the Sunshine State via smoked fare.
At Tropical Smokehouse, diners will find dishes they’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else — or executed by a chef with the resume Mace offers — with regionality that comes into focus with meats like heritage pork, gator, and fish.
While the nation’s recent craft barbecue revival has served to highlight many of the most iconic meats and techniques, it hasn’t done justice to the subtle nuances of regional variation, says Mace, who takes inspiration from Florida’s indigenous population.
Among the first to develop their own style of barbecue, the early Florida natives were said to have smoked meats and fish on thatched palm fronds balanced over smoldering embers. In Florida, that means looking to the coastal waters rife with local catches and heritage breed of pork thought to come from early Spanish settlers in St. Augustine.
For those enjoying the upcoming college basketball games — or foodies who need another reason to celebrate the end of the work week — Tropical Smokehouse is offering a number of delicious eats to savor the day, from their smoked drumsticks and a fun and festive DIY nacho kit to its all-new Fish FRYday.
A new offering, however, is the Smokehouse take on Fish & Chips. It offers up a special meal deal, too, consisting of battered cod and the house crinkle-cut fries served with a home-made tartar sauce and coleslaw for $18. The special will run every Friday starting at 5 p.m. from March 4 through April 15, 2022.
Tropical Smokehouse. 3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-323-2573; eattropical.com.