Devon Seafood + Steak, an upscale but moderately priced contemporary American restaurant, opened its first South Florida location in Kendall on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Here, diners will find a deliciously affordable menu of prime steaks and fresh ocean fare, served in a chic yet unpretentious setting. At the helm of Devon’s kitchen is executive chef Scott Barrow, who has been tantalizing diners’ palates at Devon Seafood + Steak in Chicago for the past 12 years.
With its mouthwatering menu, impressive wine list, great cocktails and modern new location, Devon Seafood + Steak is perfectly positioned to become the area’s hot new dining and lounge destination.
The ambiance at Devon is the epitome of casual elegance. Walls lined with reclaimed wood and accentuated by soft hues of gray and blue make guests feel as though they are dining on a luxurious yacht. Cozy brown leather booths and chairs, and wooden tabletops give off a warm and inviting energy while the steel, glass-encased wine cellar and black granite bar extend the nautical theme.
Devon seats 150 in the spacious dining room, 66 on the outdoor patio, which boasts beautiful waterfront views, and 28 in the private dining room. The lounge offers seating for 48 guests and the intimate wine cellar room seats 12.
Executed by Chef Barrow, the flavor-forward, value-oriented menu at Devon has plenty of delicious and diverse seafood and steak options. Standout appetizers include mini New England lobster rolls served on a butter toasted sweet roll with chilled lobster salad, watercress and Old Bay spiced fries ($11.50); crispy tempura shrimp sushi rolls with cucumber, soy, wasabi and pickled ginger ($8.50), and jumbo lump crab cakes with Creole remoulade and mango tartar sauce ($18). Devon will offer a succulent array of fresh, raw East Coast oysters, Beau Soleil from New Brunswick ($2.50 each); Salt Ponds from Point Judith ($2.50 each); Quivett Creek from Rhode Island ($2.75 each), and Rhode Island Wilds ($3.50 each).
Devon boasts an impressive array of entrees including black grouper with sweet potato maque choux, crawfish, Andouille and espelette pepper sauce ($33); pretzel crusted trout with herb roasted potatoes, haricot vert, endive and bacon mustard vinaigrette ($28), and Nantucket bay scallops with butternut squash puree, roasted cauliflower and a sweet and sour bacon gastrique ($31). The carefully selected prime steaks include a six-ounce center cut filet mignon ($31); a 12-ounce USDA Prime New York strip ($41), and an 18-ounce USDA Prime bone-in ribeye ($45). All steaks are served with a choice of two seasonal sides.
In addition to the diverse menu, Devon Seafood + Steak launches Happy Hour on the patio and indoor bar, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Overseen by bar manager Jeff Merritt, Devon’s handcrafted cocktails such as Pink Pops – XRated Fusion Liqueur (premium French vodka, rich blood oranges, Brazilian passion fruit) and Domaine St. Michelle Brut, and the signature Devon Margarita – Sauza Hornitos tequila, Agave nectar, Courvoisier VS, triple sec and margarita foam – as well as house wine and champagne by the glass will be offered at an unbeatable $6. Well drinks and beer are discounted during Happy Hour. Raw bar selections, such as $1 oysters and $3 lobster claws will be available — the perfect complement to a glass of champagne or specialty cocktail.
Devon Seafood + Steak works with quality fishmongers and artisan producers to ensure only the highest-quality ingredients are used in the restaurant. Devon will purchase select prime steaks from Jackman Wagyu Beef Ranch as well as work with the dayboat program at Lynn Brother’s Seafood to source sustainable seafood, both of which are located in Florida. These high standards are implemented in the concept’s multiple locations which include Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Philadelphia and Hershey, PA.
Devon Seafood + Steak is located at 11715 Sherri Lane, inside The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. Hours of operation are 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations can be made online and via phone. Call 305- 275-0226 or visit the website at <www.devonseafood.com>.