Haute Secrets Boston: Karen Mitchell, Executive Chef at The Palm Boston

This year, The Palm brand celebrated its 90th year in operation. The first restaurant opened in 1926 in New York City and since then, they have opened more than 25 locations in cities throughout the country gaining popularity for its enormous cuts of steaks and chops along with a selection of Italian fare that initially made the restaurant famous. The Palm Boston, located at One International Place, is one of the largest in the nation (with more than 8,300 sf of space) in the Financial District.

The Palm Boston_Karen Mitchell_Executive ChefPhoto Credit: The Palm Boston

We caught up recently with Executive Chef Karen Mitchell to find out what she loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Summit, NJ

How long in Boston: 7 years

Neighborhood: I currently live in Beverly (North Shore)

Favorite Restaurant: Townsman

Best Sushi: I love some good sushi – Yoki in Somerville is my favorite spot.

Best Italian: Jeveli’s in East Boston is my favorite Italian spot. I always go out of my way to pick up some consistently great authentic Italian dishes. Working at The Palm, we take pride in being a family run business for 90 years, and I love supporting Jeveli’s for that reason.

Best dessert: Chocolate Chip Cannoli from Mike’s Pastry. The line is always worth it.

Best place for a romantic date: Gaslight, the vibe is romantic but not too stuffy.

Best Sunday brunch: Masa (Tremont Street), great bloody Marys and a really unique menu with some kid-friendly options too.

Best place for a power business meeting: The Palm Boston (Sorry, we are the best!)

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Intercontinental Boston

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Market Street in Lynnfield, great shops and restaurants and you get to enjoy the fresh air too.

Best Spa: Rowes Wharf Spa

Favorite Charity Event: Flavors of Boston, which supports the American Liver Foundation. This year’s event is on November 15, 2016. There are so many great culinary events in the city that we’re thrilled to be a part of, this is my personal favorite.

Favorite Cultural Institution: Citi Performing Arts Center

Best Steakhouse: The Palm Boston, of course!

Best Pizza: Regina’s (North End), it’s just so good.

Best Lunch: Soma Restaurant in Beverly, their menu features seafood straight for day boats at Gloucester and there’s options for every one to enjoy. The patio at The Palm Boston is also a great spot for lunch.

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Republic Boston

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: New England Aquarium, my daughter Haley is a big fan!

Describe Boston in three words: Wicked Awesome City

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Faneuil Hall in Boston and Salem Witch Museum.

All-around favorite spot in Boston: There are so many spots in this city, and I love exploring new places. Right now, relaxing on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the nice weather.

Best Aspect of Boston: We’re a small city, but we’ve got a big attitude.