Palm Beach Gardens, a locale not typically synonymous with culinary innovation, has found itself on the map thanks to Stage Kitchen. This modern Indian-inspired eatery has not just survived the pandemic but thrived, earning a coveted spot on the 2024 USA TODAY Restaurants of the Year list. Let's delve into what makes Stage Kitchen a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.

Transforming Local Culinary Landscape

Opened just days before the COVID-19 shutdown in early 2020 by chef Pushkar Marathe and business partner Andy Dugard, Stage Kitchen quickly adapted to unprecedented challenges. Despite the dining room's closure, Marathe's India-meets-world dishes garnered a loyal following. The duo's combined expertise in spicing, meat-grilling techniques, ambiance setting, and service excellence propelled Stage into a dining sensation.

The Stage Kitchen and Bar

A Vibrant Setting for Every Occasion

Stage Kitchen offers a dynamic environment featuring a cocktail bar, an open kitchen with a view of the chefs in action, a spacious dining room, and an intimate outdoor patio. It's a testament to Marathe's culinary prowess that he received a James Beard Award semifinal nod in 2023 for the "Best Chef" in the South award.

Culinary Highlights at Stage Kitchen

The menu at Stage showcases innovation and quality. Here are some must-try dishes:

  • Marathe’s Brûléed Chicken Liver Pâté: A unique blend of cardamom, green ginger, and fenugreek, served with grilled sourdough bread.
  • Smoked Local Fish Dip: A nod to South Florida's proximity to the ocean, perfectly complemented by warm, house-made naan.
  • Bengali-Style Daily Catch: Featuring shishito peppers and potato foam for a local twist.
  • Spiced Fried Chicken: Served with a Malvani-style coconut curry and lime, alongside the popular Indian butter chicken.
  • Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Options: From grilled delicata squash with herbed tahini to baked saag with queso fresco, corn, and fried shallots.

Stage kitchen and bar in Palm Beach Gardens

Beyond Stage: Ela Curry & Cocktails

Stage's sister restaurant, Ela Curry & Cocktails, offers a traditional take on Indian classics in a more spacious location at 4650 Donald Ross Rd., complete with an outdoor bar and dining patio.

Visit Stage Kitchen

Stage Kitchen is more than just a restaurant; it's a culinary journey that showcases the best of modern Indian-inspired cuisine. With its innovative menu, vibrant atmosphere, and recognition on the national stage, it's a testament to the resilience and creativity of its founders. Whether you're a local or just passing through Palm Beach Gardens, Stage Kitchen is a destination worth exploring.

For a unique dining experience that combines the best of Indian flavors with global culinary techniques, visit Stage Kitchen at 2000 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, or call 561-408-3685. Check out for the full menu and more details.

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