What To Eat at Luxbar From New Chef Michael McDonald

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Truffle mac and cheese at Luxbar. Photo: courtesy Luxbar via Facebook

As we reported last week, the Gold Coast's Luxbar named Michael McDonald its executive chef some months back, but only yesterday sent out an official announcement. The chic restaurant from the Gibson's group, done in Frank Lloyd Wrightish Prairie-style design (actually Adolph Loos, the website says), has a fairly standard menu if you just look at the names of the offerings. But as McDonald showed at business dinner spot One Sixty Blue, luxe is in the details, and his farm-to-table sourcing and impeccable, Trotter-trained technique should take them to new levels. Check out his new lunch and dinner menu below.

LUNCH & DINNER MENU

APPETIZERS

CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE BOARD house salamette, slagel farms chicken liver mousse, country pate, peach mustard, pickled vegetable, artisanal cheeses - $14.00

P.E.I. MUSSELS fennel puree, saffron cream, toasted baguette - $11.00

SHRIMP COCKTAIL wild sea of cortez shrimp by the 1/4 lb, 1/2 lb, or 1 lb - $6.00

SWEET CHILI FRIED CALAMARI NICHOLS FARM bell peppers, hoisin-chili sauce - $11.75

CHICKEN TENDERS BASKET honey-mustard & bbq sauce; or buffalo sauce & blue cheese dressing - $8.50

SEARED AHI TUNA SOBA NOODLE SALAD, Pickled daikon, shiitake, napa cabbage, bourbon barrel soy sauce - $13.50

BLACK TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE shaved fresh perigord truffles - 14.00

TRADITIONAL HUMMUS fresh assorted vegetables & pita bread - $9.50

GUACAMOLE house-made tortilla chips - $9.00

JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE hot pink mayo - $14.00

TRUFFLE FRIES fresh grated parmesan, garlic aioli - $8.25

PRETZEL STICKS & PUB CHEESE 5 jumbo soft pretzels, house made pub cheese -$7.50

QUESADILLAS choice of marinated prime skirt steak, garlic shrimp or red chili chicken - $9.50 choice of veggie or chihuahua cheese - $7.50

SOUPS & SALADS

CHICKEN NOODLE OR BROWN RICE - $5.00/$6.00

STEAK & BLACK BEAN CHILI 5 way garnish $2.00; macaroni, cheddar, onions, jalapenos, sour cream - $6.00/$8.00

TOMATO SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE - $9.50

LUX CLUB COMBO 1/2 sandwich; choice of soup or house salad - $10.75

FALL BURRATA SALAD werp farm greens. roasted pear, pickled pumpkin, toasted sourdough & sunflower vinaigrette - $13.00

CAESAR - $9.00 add chicken $4.00, add shrimp $6.00, add salmon $6.00

CHOPPED CALIFORNIA asparagus, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, avocado, hearts of palm & sprouts - $10.00

NICHOLS FARM ROASTED BEET LA CLARE FARM goat cheese, fennel, hazelnuts, mache, lemon vinaigrette - $10.50

SESAME CRUSTED TUNA asian vegetables & wasabi-sesame dressing - $13.00

FILET MIGNON & ICEBERG WEDGE tomatoes, house smoked whiskey bacon & blue cheese dressing - $14.75

COBB avocado, tomato, chicken, blue cheese, egg, & house smoked whiskey bacon - $12.50

BUFFALO CHICKEN blue cheese, spicy pecans, roasted corn, red onions, & ranch dressing - $12.00

GIBSONS PRIME BURGERS
SERVED WITH HAND-CUT FRIES

CLASSIC lettuce, tomato, onion, sesame seed bun - $12.50

LUX ROYALE stacked & layered with american cheese, sautéed onions, ketchup, mustard, pretzel bun - $12.50

SUNRISE fried egg, house smoked whiskey bacon & american cheese, sesame seed bun - $13.75

TURKEY WHITE CHEDDAR, AVOCADO, tomato, onion, whole wheat bun - $12.75

VEGGIE made with basmati brown rice, veggies & cashews, sesame seed bun - $11.00

BACON & CHEDDAR house smoked whiskey bacon, 4 year aged cheddar, sesame bun - $14.25

PATTY MELT caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, toasted rye - $12.50

SLIDERS

FILET MIGNON maitre d' butter - $4.75

FILET MIGNON & LOBSTER drawn butter - $7.00

TURKEY BURGER tomato & lux pickles - $3.75

SLIDER COMBO any two gold coast sliders (excluding filet & lobster); choice of soup or house salad - $11.75

FILET & LOBSTER SLIDER COMBO two sliders; choice of soup or house salad - $16.25

SANDWICHES

LUX CLUB roasted turkey, avocado, jack cheese, cucumber & chipotle mayo. chips - $12.00

MONACO CLUB roasted chicken, fried egg, house smoked bacon & mayo. chips - $12.50

APPLE BBQ FRIED CHICKEN house smoked whiskey bacon , cheddar cheese, apple cole slaw, seedling farms apple cider bbq sauce. fries - $11.00

FRIED EGG SANDWICH house smoked whiskey bacon, tomato, onion & cheddar. side hash browns - $9.50

ROASTED PORTOBELLO fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula & garlic aioli. chips - $10.25

AHI TUNA SALAD SANDWICH poached ahi tuna, lemon-cucumber mayo, lettuce, cucumber, tomato. chips - $12.75

AHI TUNA MELT white cheddar, tomato, avocado on wheat bread - $13.75

SMOKED ROASTED WHOLE HOG PULLED PORK slagel family farm pork, bbq spice, lux pickle, pretzel bun. fries - $11.75

SIDES

MAC & CHEESE - $7.00

BAKED POTATO - $4.00

MASHED POTATOES - $4.00

BROWN RICE - $4.00

PARMESAN GRITS - $5.00

BROCCOLI - $4.00

BUTTERNUT SQUASH - $5.00

ROASTED VEGGIES - $7.00