Salad Days of Summer in the SouthEnd

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While Summer is getting ready to come to a close, living in South Florida means that bathing suit days are far from over. As such, our comfort foods need to be both delicious and ultimately respectful to our waistlines (sorry mac & cheese).

Thankfully, farm-to-table fave Aioli steps up to the plate (literally) with their selections of salads- perfect for Summer, but delightful year round.

The Roasted Golden Beet salad features greens with generous cuts of beets, hardboiled eggs, goat cheese and red onion tossed in a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Where was this dish when your mother was begging you to eat your vegetables?


Meanwhile, their Artichoke Arugula Salad is guilty of getting fresh with its long stem artichokes, shaved parmesan, tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Thanks to a menu filled with sumptuous selections, Aioli is a welcomed enabler to your endless summer addiction.

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7434 S. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405



Darbster Reimagines Vegetarian Cuisine


Darbster’s Parmigiana

Want to take a culinary dip in the world of vegetarianism, but don’t want to be stuck with salads? The Southend’s Darbster Restaurant has reinvented meatless cuisine with innovative takes on some of your culinary favorites.

Take their Parmigiana. Forget chicken- this version features panko-crusted gardein (a meatless protein) topped with daiya mozzarella and a rich san marzano tomato sauce, all layered atop semolina linguini with garlic bread and a drizzle of basil oil.


Darbster’s Sliders

Their sliders are meatless deliciousness on a bun. With char-grilled gardein, daiya cheddar, romaine, tomato, red onion, special sauce and a house pickle, they are giving burger joints a run for the money.


Darbster’s BLT

And lest we overlook Darbster’s signature BLT with smoky marinated tempeh, avocado, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, onion and vegenaise piled high on toasted rye bread. It’s the perfect crunch for lunch.

It’s time you took a bite out of this new, exciting world of vegetarianism. Stop by for a meal at Darbster and reward yourself for your healthy eating choices with one of the restaurant’s infamous brownies. (Psst…they are available to take home if you want to satisfy your chocolate craving in private.)


Don’t forget that Darbster Happy Hour is every night from 5-7 PM and you can receive 20% off your entrée at Sunday’s Happy Hour if you bring your four legged friend as your date.


Darbster West Palm
8020 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
PHONE: 561-586-2622


Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day at Marcello’s La Sirena

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If you’re looking for a delicious way to observe National Shrimp Scampi Day this Friday, April 29th (and who isn’t), reserve a table at the Southend’s standout Italian restaurant La Sirena.

The eatery’s signature Scampi Marcello, named after chef/owner Marcello Fiorentino, features four jumbo shrimp broiled in the shell and served with a sauce of garlic, mustard, sherry and butter. The dish, one of a menu-full of culinary delights, is the apropos way to celebrate this once-a-year buttery holiday.

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6316 S. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 585-3128


Pop Culture Meets Cool Eats At Howley’s Art Show This Tuesday

Take a trip back in time with this art show dedicated to Pin-ups, Diners, Hot Rods and Soldiers of the USA.


In April of 1950, Patrick J. Howleys opened the doors to a West Palm Beach institution; Howley’s Restaurant. Since that time the landmark has changed hands only three times, always maintaining the name and traditions of Howley’s.


4700 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405


Sun – Thurs: 7am to 2am
Fri – Sun: 7am to 5am

Darbster Restaurant’s Pet Project

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Many Southenders know Darbster for its delicious vegetarian offerings. What they may not know is that this bistro’s business is dedicated to a caring cause.

When Darbster owners, Ellen and Alan, opened their first restaurant in 2009 (named after their 17-year-old poodle who came to them from a puppy mill in the mid-west), they also formed the Darbster Foundation.  The goal was to assist in animal welfare and animal rights efforts through education, charitable contributions and direct sponsoring of animal care such spaying and neutering. 100% of all profits from Darbster Food go to their Darbster Foundation, which has no paid employees and operates entirely through volunteers.


The impact the Foundation has made is huge. In 2014, the Foundation provided funds for 1,135 spay neuter surgeries- 644 of these were performed at Peggy Adams and 491 at Palm Beach Animal Care and Control. Sadly, Palm Beach County still had to put down 8,522 cats and dogs last year. The good news is that this number is down approximately 15% from 2013.

The Foundation also participated in and funded the rescue of 24 labradors (14 adults, 8 puppies and 2 pregnant females) in Palm Beach County that were being bred and in poor health, and funded and transported over a dozen kittens and a dozen dogs to new homes in New Hampshire.

The Foundation hopes to do even more in 2015.

Want to help? Here are two easy ways…

1)  Dine at Darbster. Enjoy a delightful repast on the Bistro’s waterfront deck and know that your dining will help dogs and cats in need.

2) Consider making a donation. Every dollar helps.

  • $25 funds a cat spay/neuter (receive a $5 gift card & a Darbster glass)
  • $100 funds a dog spay/neuter ($20 gift card & a Darbster glass)
  • $85 funds a trip to New Hampshire, where adoption is basically assured ($15 gift card and a Darbster glass).


Location & Contact
Darbster West Palm
8020 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
(561) 586-2622

Tuesday – Friday 5pm – 10 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 3 pm – 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 10:30 am-3 pm – 5 pm – 9 pm

Serious Brownie Craving That Needs Immediate Attention? Darbster To The Rescue.


Sometimes a need for chocolate just must be satisfied. SoSo vegetarian bistro, Darbster, offers South Enders an immediate fix without the guilt. Any time during the restaurant’s regular operating hours (see below), walk-in customers can secure a stash of Darbster’s famed vegan brownies. The freshly-baked, pre-packed treats ($5 per brownie) lie in wait to satisfy your sweet tooth. Purchase as few as one or as many as the restaurant has prepared- anywhere from 12-40 on a given day.

Want to stock up for future cravings or send a gift to deserving friends? The vegan brownies can also be ordered by the full ($35) or half dozen ($22) on the restaurant’s website. The brownie gift boxes ship for FREE every Wednesday and are made fresh that day.



About Darbster

Darbster is a unique vegetarian bistro with a creative menu that will appeal to both the vegetarian and mainstream diner. Our goal is to provide delicious, natural, organic and vegetarian friendly cuisine that will satisfy all tastes. Our menu includes our version of some old time classics as well as some new innovative dishes.

With our waterside deck Darbster provides a welcome respite from the fast-paced world outside. We strive to offer superior and knowledgeable service in a casual atmosphere for our locals as well as those visiting our tropical location.

As vegetarians ourselves, we established Darbster to offer a first-rate vegetarian meal combined with excellent service and an ample selection of beers and wines. Darbster is named in honor of Darby, our 17 year old poodle who came to us about ten years ago from a puppy mill in the mid-west.

Location & Contact
Darbster West Palm
8020 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
(561) 586-2622

Tuesday – Friday 5pm – 10 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 3 pm – 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 10:30 am-3 pm – 5 pm – 9 pm

Too Hot to Handle? Step up to the “Dixie Devil Wing Challenge” and Test Your Spice Threshold


Are you feeling hot, hot, hot? If so, put your money where your mouth is with Dixie Grill And Bar’s “Dixie Devil Wing Challenge”.

The rules are simple:

  • Six wings tossed in the Restaurant’s own “Dixie Devil” sauce.
  • Must be eaten within four minutes.
  • No drinks or breaks from the table for a total of seven minutes.
  • One napkin provided.

Winners get: A free t-shirt and bragging rights

Losers get: A stack of napkins to wipe away tears and saucey contest remnants.

For those brave enough to undertake this challenge: we wish you luck and great intestinal fortitude.

About Dixie Grill & Bar:

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5101 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach FL
(at Pilgrim Rd & US1)
(561) 586-3189

Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 12am
Sundays: 11:30am – 11pm
*Kitchen closes one hour earlier than bar.

Southend Spotlight: Aioli’s Michael Hackman

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Fresh from the swankiest kitchens in Palm Beach (The Breakers, Café L’Europe and the Four Seasons to name a few), Chef Michael Hackman brings his culinary prowess to West Palm Beach’s Southend.

Hackman, a Lake Worth native and dedicated family man, opted to leave the crazy restaurant work hours behind and spend more time with his children. He transitioned into a successful role as private “chef-trepreneur” and restaurant consultant, amassing an impressive client roster.

Then, in September of last year, Hackman fulfilled another dream when he opened Aioli, an “industrial-chic eatery” and juice bar in the Southend. SoSo foodies have delighted in the restaurant’s casual, locavore offerings and flavorful gourmet to-go options. The innovative menu has an ever-changing daily specials addendum with varying soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and even a lemonade of the day. Patrons can experience a new culinary experience each visit or remain true to their established favorites.

To get the inside scoop on his new venture, we asked Chef Hackman some tough questions.

SosSoNews: Describe Aioli in 50 words or less.

Chef Hackman: “Aioli is a neighborhood restaurant.  We try to provide good, simple food with a twist.  We pay attention to quality and detail and listen to our clientele. Food is personal and we hope to give everyone who walks in the best possible experience.”

SSN: What’s one thing you brought from your culinary “upbringing” in Palm Beach’s poshest eateries when creating Aioli?

CH: “I brought the knowledge of making things from scratch and the drive to always push yourself and try new things.  I feel like I have been able to take something as simple as a sandwich to the next level and make it a little bit more.”

SSN: What menu item has created the most addicted patrons?

CH: “The Turkey & Brie Sandwich, the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies & the Lemonades that we make in house daily.  Some flavors, like the watermelon lemonade, the pineapple basil or the cucumber mint keep people coming back day after day.”

SSN: If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one of your sandwiches, which sandwich would it be?

CH: “The Bacon Egg and Cheese on a Buttermilk Biscuit or the Long Stem Artichoke & Pesto.”

SSN: What’s a quote you live by?  

CH: “You can’t find the right roads when all of the streets are paved.”  -Robert Neston Marley

SSN: What was a “must have” in your new restaurant?  

CH: “An open kitchen.  I like being able to see what is going on in the restaurant  and it enables me to build relationships with my clientele.”

SSN: Why the name “Aioli”?

CH: “We wanted a one word name.  The first thing that you do when planning a restaurant is to write the menu.  We had aiolis on most of our sandwiches, so it seemed fitting.”

Make a New Year’s resolution to toss those tired take-out menus. Stop in this SoSo hot spot to sample Chef Hackman’s amazing creations and become one of his growing legion of fans.



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Aioli is located at 7434 S. Dixie Highway on the south east corner of S. Dixie Highway and Summa Street, 1 block south of Forest Hill Blvd. Keep an eye out for the black & white aioli sign above all the rest.


Kitchen Open Monday – Saturday … 7am – 4pm
After 4pm, stop in and pick up Dinner To-Go until 5:30pm

(561) 366-7741