I’m typically not a “chain” guy, when it
comes to restaurants. Indeed in most instances I avoid them by personal writ.
But of course some chains are better than others. And some are cut from
different cloth entirely. So it was when I entered for the first a couple
summers ago The Palm Restaurant in Miami.
I knew the Palm was one of the most
feverishly followed steak houses in the U.S., and I was eager to discover what
all the fuss was about. Besides, with only 25 Palms in existence, this
particular chain was decidedly “short” which made it easier to bend
my own rule.
I was more than pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was relaxed
and sophisticated, the prime-aged beef tender and prepared to perfection. Even
my wife, a non-carnivore, found much to like and appreciate. It was good enough
to bring us back to about a handful of Palms locations since, each time finding
the experience to be reliably memorable.
This summer, as it happens, there is a
new, arguably more compelling, reason to visit the Palm again. The restaurant
group has partnered with Benziger Family Winery to offer a series of
“Green” wine dinners at which representatives of the winery will
introduce guests to Benziger’s sustainable and organic winegrowing
practices with wines paired alongside a special four-course dinner. The dinners
are offered on select evenings at various locations around the country (for the
complete schedule, check out the website: www.thepalm.com).
Might just be time for me to sway on in again as well.