Celebs Crave SoSo

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Sorry Carolina. Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor was going to the Southend in his mind this past Valentine’s Day weekend.

In town for a concert to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Mar-a-Lago Club, Taylor ordered a Cuban Steak Platter from SoSo’s own Havana on the night before Valentine’s Day using food delivery service Cravy.

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Apparently, the meal was not enough to satisfy his Cuban fix. Taylor called back the next night for seconds. This time he sampled the restaurant’s Roast Pork with Yellow Rice and Black Beans and V-Day sweet treats of Tres Leches and Flan.

flanImage courtesy of Yelp.com

Taylor is far from the first celebrity to feast on some Havana fare. Past patrons have included Sofia Vergara and now husband Joe Manganiello, Martha Stewart and the Food Network’s Alton Brown among others.

Want to find out what’s luring them in? Stop by Havana and find out.

6801 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL  33405



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

1763_Chef-Mike-HackmanPhoto courtesy of Kali’s View Photography

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