The Regional Kitchen & Public House Set To Open, With Chef Lindsay Autry Blending Southern Staples With South Florida Tradition
A new eatery blending Southern staples with locally sourced cuisine showcasing the best of South Florida is about to open in downtown West Palm Beach.
The Regional Kitchen & Public House, a soulful but refined American restaurant serving dishes like tomato pie and fried chicken thighs, will open at CityPlace on Saturday, Sept. 10. The concept comes from "Top Chef" season nine finalist Lindsay Autry, who has partnered with Thierry Baud of Pistache French Bistro and PB Catch.
“The Regional will introduce a blend of traditional and new dishes featuring some of the best ingredients in our region,” Autry said in a statement. “It’s been an amazing opportunity creating a menu that combines the influences of Florida living with recipes inspired by my Southern roots.”
Whereas dishes like Florida seafood stew ($29) and grilled snapper in banana leaf ($26) honor the region's culinary staples, traditional Southern-style menu items include those "from the pantry" ($6-$12), like pickled shrimp and Parker House rolls with "everything" butter; and "green things" ($7) such as crispy brussels sprouts and hot sauce.
Ingredients are sourced from local producers like Kai Kai Farm in Indiantown as well as other farmers growing quality products outside of the region. For Autry, developing this restaurant concept has been all about seeing the process through from farm to plate.
"We toured the farm, ate warm strawberries right off the vine, and got our hands dirty," she said.
While Autry serves as executive chef, Sam Horrocks will be the chef de cuisine in the kitchen, and pastry chef Sarah Sipe will be responsible for such sweets as rocky road bars and lemon meringue tarts.
The restaurant will offer invitng spaces, from the main dining room with an open pantry kitchen to the outdoor patio, private dining space, and lively bar and lounge area.
The Regional will be open for dinner daily at 5 p.m. For more information, visit eatregional.com.
The Regional Kitchen & Public House; 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
(Photos courtesy South Moon Photography)