ARTS & LEISURE — April 18, 2018 at 5:27 am

Review: American Craft Kitchen offers usual dishes

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The plating of the American craft sliders. Photo courtesy: American Craft Kitchen facebook

With a menu packed full of unique dishes, American Craft Kitchen and Taproom opened in Coral Springs about two months ago. The restaurant has two locations, one in Coral Springs and one in Boca Raton.

The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere that is dimly lit. The one room restaurant has fairly plain decor, with floor to ceiling windows taking up much of the wall space. The outdoor seating is lit by fairy lights that simply decorate the space. It has lots of seating options with bar, indoor and outdoor seating.

Upon entering, customers are welcome to choose where they would prefer to sit. Inside, the walls are covered by two large boards with the specials of the week, as well as upcoming dates for trivia nights and live music performances.

The menu contains many unusual, yet intriguing dishes like “passion fruit shrimp shooters,” “duck poutine,” “duck and apple pizza” and “pig wings,” which make ordering a little intimidating. However, there are a few more traditional diner dishes like the “American craft sliders,” “fried ravioli” and “mahi-mahi entree,” which are more appetizing to the average customer. The prices were reasonable with the highest price being $17 for the filet mignon and mahi-mahi entree and the lowest, besides the $7 kids menu, being $8 for the deep fried pickles.

The “American craft sliders” are served beautifully on a marble platter with a bowl of nicely seasoned french fries for $10. The meal comes with three sliders, each with a different meat— beef, lamb or short rib—make the dish more unique and enjoyable. The sliders—which were served with cheese and caramelized onions—were cooked to perfection.

The “fried ravioli” is served with two side sauces, black garlic marinara and alfredo for $14. The dish comes with four raviolis, each made with different stuffings—burrata mozzarella, spinach/buffalo ricotta, lobster or short rib. The flavors of the raviolis were not very strong, making them not worth purchasing.

The “mahi-mahi entree” is served in a stainless steel bowl with wild rice and roasted vegetables. The mahi-mahi was blackened, giving it a spricier and stronger flavor. The enjoyable flavors made the $17 dish worth the cost.

The service at American Craft Kitchen was worthy of five stars. Both the waiters and the manager were very nice, introducing themselves and shaking hands with customers. When presented with a question about the food that he was unsure of the answer to, the waiter was quick to ask the chef for clarification.

The food was delivered in only 10 or 15 minutes. The waiter also made sure to refill drinks and check on us frequently. Payment was also made quicker by using an iPad and chip reader for credit and debit cards.

The restaurant opens from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

It has live music every Friday and Saturday and every other Sunday. Performances have included The ShinDig, String Theory, Grind Stone and Spank.

Additionally, American Craft Kitchen holds trivia nights every Tuesday and Wednesday. Each night has a category based on what is trending in pop culture. Topics covered include “Friends,” “Shameless,” “This Is Us,” “Chick Flicks” and “90s Pop Culture.”

The location is ideal for teenagers that are looking for a place to eat after going to the movies at the Regal Magnolia next door or Monster Mini Golf located in the same plaza. The welcoming atmosphere and diverse menu make American Craft Kitchen a unique and interesting restaurant to try out.

Taylor Morrison

Taylor Morrison is a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She plays flute in the Eagle Regiment Marching Band. She also enjoys participating in track and field.

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