Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dinner and a Movie: Bogart's Bar & Grille Touts A Tasty Double Feature a review by Kenny Spahn

BEING THAT THIS IS AN ENTERTAINMENT themed issue, it seems only fitting that we feature Bogart's Bar & Grille. Located on the premier level of Muvico Palace 20, Bogart;s not only offers a unique venue in which to catch dinner and a movie but fantastic dining experience in its own right. Then again, we would expect no less from successful restaurateur Burt Rapoport.
Bogart's ambiance is as entertaining ad any movie: Choose the casual bistro area, where tables offer front-row seats to the lively bar action, or retreat to the back dining room for a more intimate setting. No matter where you dine, service remains prompt, professional and friendly under the smooth direction of General Manager John Maddalena.
The menu includes select favorites from Rapoport restaurants ( call it "The Best of Burt). Where else can you savor mahogany chicken wings from Max's grille and wasabi seared tuna from Opus 5 at the same table? Executive Chef Chuck Gittleman offers some new classic as well, such as Bogart's meatballs, pulled-pork taquitos and black-angus sliders. Our favorite 'appetizer' however, is the grilled portobello sandwich, served with homemade mozzarella cheese and grilled tomato on a whole-wheat ciabatta.
Deciding on an entree is no easy task, with the likes of blue cheese-crusted filet mignon, herb seared ruby red trout, grilled pork chop with sweet potato mash, lemon-roasted chicken and Henry's old fashioned pot roast. But you'll never go wrong with the signature onion-crusted snapper with its subtly sweet onion crust and bold Madeira finish, all set atop a puff of mashed potatoes and presented with gently sauteed, very fresh spinach. Lighter options include a Mediterranean chicken pita and a balsamic-grilled chicken salad.
The wine list features Burt's own Cuvee, a Meritage-like blend with well-structured layers of dark cherry and spice and evolving tannins leading to a long, soft finish, For the finale, the old-fashioned, deep-dish blueberry pie topped with homemade vanilla ice cream is as good as it gets!

By Kenny Spahn

Bogart's is located on the premiere level of Muvico Palace 20 at 3200 Airport Rd., Boca Raton. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner (with or without a movie.) Contact them at 561-544-3044 or visit http://www.bogartsofboca.com/