Dave Magrogan isn’t going to change my diet into one that is plant-based, but he does provide some food (pardon the pun) for thought. The founder and CEO of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in Delray Beach has unveiled the eatery’s Spring menu, which features some lighter dishes, along with new herbs and spices.
“I eat a plant-based life at home, but eat some seafood,’’ said Magrogan, a chiropractor by training who opened his first restaurant – an Irish pub – in 2003 in West Chester, Pa. “When I’m tasting for the restaurants I stray from that to make sure the quality is good, but we try to encourage our guests to maybe eat meat a little less.’’
From its opening in December 2016, Harvest Seasonal Grill has been one of the top restaurants in the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area, offering a terrific variety of vegan dishes as well as more traditional proteins such as filet mignon and a bone-in duroc pork chop with grilled pineapple mango sauce that almost melts in your mouth.
“We have great quality meats,’’ said Magrogan, whose Magrogan Group restaurants opened its first Harvest Seasonal Grill in 2010 in Glen Mills, Pa. “But we feel good as a restaurant if we can get people to stray from meat a few times per month.’’
Harvest Seasonal Grill is a great place to stray, particularly with its Spring menu that includes a delicious Seasonal Organic Hummus, Sweet Pea and Avocado Toast (the first toast item on the menu); Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos; and a Chilled Soba Noodle Bowl with ginger soy dressing, pickled carrots, radish, baby arugula, seaweed ash, sriracha peanuts, sea beans, sweet & sour cucumber gel, and bean sprouts.
Then there is “Impossible Burger,’’ named as such because it’s created from plants, Magrogan said, and has the texture, look and taste as beef. The “meat’’ in the burger contain a protein called “heme,’’ which proponents says makes the burger as red and juicy as any regular beef burger.
“You can cook it at temperature and it actually looks like it is bleeding,’’ Magrogan said. “We also been able to source a vegan roll and vegan cheese without sacrificing taste. So, you are really having an amazing meal.’’