Broward restaurants haven't embraced the farm-to-table movement in a big way, but Market 17 has set about to change that. Executive chef Dan Ramos can tell you that the rare hua moa plantain-banana hybrid he uses for tostones was grown in Davie, the pork came from Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon Park, and the black grouper was caught off Fort Pierce. Dedication to fresh, quality, organic ingredients on a menu that changes daily is the idea behind Market 17, which opened Oct. 21 in a lovely 215-seat indoor-outdoor space (formerly Fish and Jackson's Bar and Grill) on 17th Street Causeway.
But even diners who couldn't care less where their food comes from can enjoy a sensational meal here. Brother and sister Aaron Grauberger and Kirsta Grauberger are behind the contemporary restaurant, which features dining in the dark and wine-paired tasting menus that can stretch to more than a dozen courses. The 350-label international wine list (30 by the glass, in 4- or 8-ounce pours) emphasizes small, family-owned vineyards. The menu can be pricey, but petite portions, mostly under $20, are generous.
Ambience: Market 17 is the whole package. Servers are attentive and knowledgeable. The setting is sophisticated, with sheer curtains, comfy banquettes and eclectic paintings by Delray Beach artist Joshua Von Nonn.
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