I’m gonna guess that just like me, you’ve never won the lottery – otherwise you would probably be on a fabulous yacht somewhere instead of sitting here reading this blog. But I have GREAT news, and that is that you can FEEL like a millionaire simply just by eating Adena Wine Bar & Grill’s Million Dollar Burger. And before you start applying for new credit cards just to afford it, I can assure you that you won’t need to mortgage your house for this. But we’ll get to that later. You’re gonna need a drink first.
Settled in the heart of Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach’s center for great restaurants, indulgent shopping, and fast-paced horse racing and gambling, Adena is a destination for great eats and truly craft cocktails. Adena’s expert craft cocktailers keep a rotating menu of seasonal drinks, so every experience is different. Don’t see something on the menu you like? Let them know some of your flavor preferences and they’ll whip you up something innovative on the spot. Million dollar service – but remember to drink responsibly, no one likes a million dollar hangover.
While you’re sitting back, feeling like the millionaire that you are
pretending to be, you’ll notice that the ambiance is truly brilliant. Luxuriate in its beauty, and please, don’t make a fool of yourself by trying to scale the wall of wine. I didn’t. Maybe.
Typically tomatoes don’t really excite me, unless they are in a form of Bloody Mary mixer and I’m still trying to recall details of the night before whilst at the same time trying to drink away said details. However, the Tomato & Avocado Salad proves that tomatoes can be extremely freaking delicious in their natural form, when prepared with the right ingredients. Made with Tasti-Lee Tomatoes, Hass Avocado, 25 Year Balsamic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Basil Leaves, this salad is so simple, yet so perfect. Do not overlook this dish – it’s a fantastic start to the night!
Bone Marrow is definitely an acquired taste – in the sense that if you don’t like it, you need to acquire some taste. Seriously, I know it’s not always easy to try new foods, but as long as you are a meat eater, I’m certain this will change your world. Adena’s version is made with Split Shank Beef Bones and Himalayan Salt, and served with Crostini, Parsley Lemon Zest Salad, and Caramelized Onion Jam. So many bone jokes, so little time – comment below and I promise to make a great sarcastic bone joke for you, but in the moment when you’re there, the only thing you should do is give in to the indulgence of the flavor. And that’s me throwing you a bone of great advice.
Like any good Pavlov’s Dog (see what I did there?) gnawing on a bone makes me thirsty, so it was time to consult their master mixologist for another drink. Based on my palette, he brought me this concoction of gin, fresh cucumber, mint Aperal, grapefruit liquor and ginger beer. Their bartenders are modern day versions of Casanova – they know how to give a lil’ lady everything she wants. Money CAN buy happiness, you just have to know the right things to order. Which brings me to the main event….
That Million Dollar Burger. Adena’s team may have spent 3 years and $1M in development, but this drop dead gorgeous beauty will only set you back $18 (and it includes truffle fries, but we’ll get there in a minute). When God commanded “let there be light,” I’m pretty sure he was talking about this burger, because Lord did it make me see the light. A perfectly cooked grade-A piece of meat, and you can choose how much of the condiment you want to douse it in – which for me, was all of it, because I swear I would chug the truffle mustard straight. Don’t believe me? Just watch:
Yes, that Truffle Mustard (made with a killer combination of Black Truffles, White Truffle Oil, and Dijon Mustard) had me going back for more and more and more even when I was full. I would surely eat pretty much anything covered in this mustard – you surely won’t be able to go back to Grey Poupon after this. The burger and I shared an extremely intimate moment, which is more than some people can say for their marriages, and at $18, it’s far less expensive than a wedding. Or a divorce.
This proposal-worthy burger also includes an order of Truffle Fries. That’s like marrying the perfect man AND finding out he also has lifetime passes to Disney World! (I think he’s out there 😉 )
I was stuffed, but I can’t ignore a Brussels Sprout dish. These Baked Brussels were cooked with Olive Oil, Garlic, Bacon, and Smoked Gouda Cream Reduction. It was a little rich for my taste which is something I’ll never say about purses, shoes, yachts, or men.
I left Adena feeling like a million bucks, not just because the food was so good, but because the service was so on point as well. Burger Month may be over but luckily they offer this phenomenon year round!
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.