Q: Last week some friends and I went to Burt & Max's and ordered an appetizer called Onion soup dumplings. They literally tasted just like French Onion Soup. I'd like to try and make them at home. Any chance you can convince the chef to share the recipe? — Caitlin Barrett, Boca Raton
A: Executive Chef Adam Brown, of Burt & Max's (Delray Marketplace, 9089 W. Atlantic Ave.; 561-638-6380, burtandmaxs.com), is a Rapoport's Restaurant Group veteran. And no one was more surprised about the immediate popularity of this new eatery's "Onion Soup" dumplings appetizer recipe, which Brown spent months developing and tweaking. "It has the best parts of onion soup all in one bite. I think people like that the dumplings are skewered and don't require silverware. They're easy to eat and great for sharing," Brown said. "We're averaging about 400 orders a week. That's a lot of dumplings." As a side note, Burt & Max's is open for dinner and weekend brunch, but lunch is forthcoming. Check the website for updates and special events.
Q: I'm enjoying your column and hoping you can get the recipe for Chipotle oyster chowder prepared at Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill. It's very tasty! — Glenda Lowell, Fort Lauderdale
A: Schiller Martin, owner of Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill (4711 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park; 954-938-4473, tequilasunrise.us) says, "It's the best thing you'll ever put in your mouth. Even if you don't like oysters, you'll like this chowder." Martin was a waiter when Tequila Sunrise started 18 years ago. Eventually, he moved into a management position and, five years ago, inked an ownership deal. The local landmark is also known for its award-winning margaritas, made fresh daily with a hand-squeezed mix of lime, lemon and orange juice. That definitely just made my "things to try" list.Copyright © 2015, CT Now