After 15 years as the best-kept steakhouse secret in Palm Beach County, Flagler Steakhouse (1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 561/659-8488) in the posh Breakers Hotel has reopened with a bang after a major renovation directed by famed New York designer Adam Tihany.
Tihany’s design softens the typical manly-man steakhouse look with a preppy red, white and blue color scheme, earth-toned striped wallpaper and colorful artworks depicting life on the ranch. There are traditional touches too, like extensive walnut and cherrywood trim and brass and frosted glass chandeliers.
The menu has been revamped too. Hotel exec chef Anthony Sicignano fortifies the meat-centric menu with everything from blue crab dumplings and grilled artichoke hearts to veal Oscar and pan-roasted branzino. Of course, it really is all about the beef, in this case Linz Heritage Angus Prime, an exclusive Midwest purveyor of designer beef that’s hand-cut to the restaurant’s specifications.
Bring your black Amex card, though, as steaks with this pedigree don’t come cheap, with prices starting at $46 for a petite filet mignon and rising to $62 for a bone-in dry-aged New York strip and $120 for a porterhouse that serves two. If you want to go slumming just to take it all in, you can get a kosher Chicago-style hot dog for a mere $19, which is one very haute hot dog indeed.