Florida Cookery (closed)

Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel
Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel
Update: It was announced this week that Chef Kris Wessel will no longer be associated with Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel. He will pursue his own project in Greater Miami soon. Details to follow.

Following a multi-million dollar renovation of the James Royal Palm Hotel, management tapped local Chef Kris Wessel to oversee food & beverage operations for the busy seaside resort. Describing his farm-to-table restaurant as “my love letter to the state of Florida,” Florida Cookery brings the authentic flavors of Wessel’s childhood to the sleek new dining room including slow roast Everglades wild boar, summer sweet mango pie and briny local lobsters. While many South Beach eateries dazzle local diners by cultivating a party atmosphere, this chef evokes memories of a bygone era and serves them lovingly on every plate.

Using treasured recipes his grandmother penned on file cards, Wessel crafts his own interpretation of her favorite dishes using locally-sourced ingredients and a great deal of family pride. Dine indoors or find a spot out by the pool to enjoy spicy conch chowder, sticky guanabana glazed ribs or seared Florida frog legs finished in tangy citrus. Savor pecan dusted local grouper with cheese grits and red snapper fresh from the day boats served over coconut rice. Wessel’s flavors are unique and tropical but at the same time deeply satisfying. No one else in town is showcasing Florida produce with such reverence which makes Florida Cookery a destination restaurant worthy of any foodie’s to-do list.

Restaurant Information:
Name: Florida Cookery
Rating: 3.5 / 3.5 stars based on 102 reviews across the Web
Address: 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (786) 276-0333
Cuisine: American
Price: $$$
Attire: Casual
Payment: Cash, All Major Credit Cards
Reservations: Yes
Parking: Parking Garage across the street
Chef: Kris Wessel
Website: www.florida-cookery.com
Hours: Mo-Th 8:00am-11pm, Fr-Su 8:00am-12am