Sunset view from Sunset Catch....
This is the view that people will come back for - over and over again. For me, it's after a long day of work. Come season - this is what people come to South Florida for. Great view, good service and good food. I have a feeling this will be a popular spot in Pompano Beach to take it all in.
I had the chance to revisit Sunset Catch this past week with another good experience. Robyn and Max along with Timmy were in control of the bar. Tried a few new items from the menu - and had the chance to meet Mario, partner and chef. Mario's had other successful restaurants in Broward County but now his efforts are focused here.
The restaurant has a Grand Opening Celebration event planned for September 11th with a ribbon cutting, 3 course Prix Fixe dinner with live music until 9pm. For more information - click here.
Sunset Catch – New Restaurant
As a member of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, I heard about a new restaurant this week and decided to give it a try Friday night after work for happy hour. It’s called Sunset Catch and opened just 4 or 5 weeks ago. Perched on the 2nd floor overlooking the Sands Harbor Marina and the Intracoastal Waterway, the views are some of the best in Pompano Beach. There is a nice sized outdoor patio for alfresco dining and great views of the water and surrounding yachts. (yes – a great spot to enjoy sunset).
Inside is a freeform shaped bar, two dining areas and a room for private dining. Décor is mostly white with turquoise accents and reflects the South Florida lifestyle (think diving and fishing) – while unobtrusive flat screens play scuba diving footage and fishing shows. The restaurant features floor to ceiling glass on the western side so you can even have a nice sunset view from the comfort of the air conditioned dining room and bar.
We arrived before the end of happy hour and enjoyed $5 glasses of wine – along with $7 appetizers at the bar. Friendly and attentive bartenders, Robin & Max recommended their favorites to try – fried calamari with a very light breading served hot and tender with a tasty marinara. Max recommended the pesto gnocchi – YUM. The gnocchi were light and fluffy with a cheesy pesto sauce. We also tried the lobster ravioli that was very good.
We had the opportunity to meet one of the partners in the restaurant. Walter, also known as “the “wine doctor”, a friendly unassuming guy with a keen wine interest that’s reflected everywhere, from the house wines to wine list.
It’s a nice new addition to the wining and dining scene in Pompano Beach.
I’m a little behind in my blogging. But from here on in, back to my original plan. I will happily post something once a month – with more in between if there is something new and different in Pompano Beach – from a visitor perspective to write about.
Over the past several months, I know the city and local tourism industry have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Marriott on Pompano Beach. The big day finally happened on July 31, 2013. A bit later than expected – but honestly, no hotel ever opens the day originally planned. For me, it’s been fun to watch since I make my living in the hospitality sector.
Through a friend, I accepted an invitation to a charity tasting dinner at the Pompano Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday evening - complimentary dining with the proceeds (donations) going to the Broward Children’s Center*. Since the resort had only been open for 48 hours, it seemed like a creative way to give restaurant operations a full house and a chance to showcase the new restaurant. So off I went to dinner.
The first thing to see as I drove into the entrance is that the sign does indeed say Pompano Beach Oceanfront Marriott Resort & Spa. I’m confused why the Marriott website calls the hotel the Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Marriott. (How long will it take guests to figure out this hotel is not in Fort Lauderdale?)
Back to arrival, dropping my car under the porte-cochere, I was quickly greeted by 3 or 4 valet staff, all friendly with a bit of confusion as to where the bar was. But that’s ok – simply enter the hotel and walk east towards the ocean and you enter McCoy’s Restaurant & Bar. We decided to have a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our 8pm reservation.
The only negative for the evening was the condition and service at the bar. The bar was dirty and sticky with empty glasses, old checks and napkins strewn about. Behind the bar was a mess of bottles, papers and general disorganization. It took about 10 minutes for someone to say anything to us and it was in response to “hey, can someone take our order?” After that, things got better. I’m sure the initial kinks of opening will work themselves out shortly.
We were seated in the dining room of beiges, browns with accents of turquoise, floor to ceiling windows and tile floors pretty but quite loud. We were lucky to have been seated in an area served by Richard. Richard poured our wine, always kept us apprised of timing for the next course and in general just had a great personality – making it an enjoyable evening. Be sure to sit in his area if you visit – he works most evenings.
Appetizers we enjoyed were the salad and the fried calamari served over frieze, pine nuts with a sweet and sour glaze. For a main course, we couldn’t resist the Florida Pompano, which has a very short season and rarely featured on menus. It was delicious! Accompaniments were mashed boniato (a white Caribbean sweet potato) and garlic broccoli rabe. Dessert was cheesecake with fresh berries and a molten chocolate lava cake with chocolate shavings.
All in all a really nice evening. I look forward to visiting again soon.
*Broward Children’s Center is committed to providing the very best quality of care to the infants, children, and young adults with special healthcare needs. They provide an array of medical, educational, and daily living services designed to ensure that these individuals thrive and reach their greatest potential, both physically and mentally.
I was a really big fan of the Julie & Julia movie - you know the one where this New York writer, Julie Powell decided to cook her way through all of the recipes (536) in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" written by Julia Child, in just 365 days. And to blog about it on a daily basis. While it made for an entertaining movie - blogging came to light and seemed like fun.
While I love to eat. And cook. This project, VisitPompano.com is not so daunting - but could be fun.
I'm a Pompano Beach resident with a background in tourism and hospitality. I've actually lived here since I was 8 years old. Grew up here, went to school here, worked here. I've traveled a lot - both personally and professionally, but I always come home, to Pompano Beach. And while most of Broward County, aka Greater Fort Lauderdale, has grown over the years, Pompano Beach has remained pretty much the same. Honestly, as great a place as it is to live (comfortable and friendly), we've been a bit stuck in the past. A nice past - but stuck. But over the past few years I've started to see some change.
And change is good. Just a few quick things: the Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) update of our east-west major thoroughfare, the redevelopment of the main beach area with sidewalks, ample parking, vibrant landscaping and new facilities. And just a few short months away is the opening of the Pompano Beach Marriott being built on the beach. The tourism community is "buzzing" with anticipation! More on the PB Marriott in a later posting!
So this is just a brief introduction to this blog. It will cover a variety of topics - mostly about what to see and do and eat and drink in Pompano Beach. Some favorite things, not so favorite things. With some deviation here and there. Whatever strikes my fancy - that's the beauty of blogging! Stay tuned.