Enjoying Derby Day in the Palm Beaches

Can’t make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby? No problem. Enjoy the most exciting two minutes in equestrian sports on Saturday, May 5 at MIA Kitchen & Bar ​ in Delray Beach​.


Executive chef Blake Malatesta will be serving up a smorgasbord of mouthwatering munchies, including the Kentucky Hot Brown ($6), an open-faced masterpiece of fresh focaccia, bacon, chicken, and smothered with homemade roasted garlic cream sauce. 


Double down with grand bites from the restaurant’s farm-to-table designed happy hour menus (early or late, your call!) like juicy meatballs, smoked fish dip, and rustic, signature pies like the Standard Issue Pizza layered with crushed roasted tomatoes, 7901 mozzarella, basil, and EVOO.


Kentucky Derby hours are 4 p.m. to midnight. Regular dinner menu, happy hour and late night happy hour menus will be available. Reservations are recommended.


Unfortunately, the status of the “sport of kings” is not great.


“With the exception of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown, the Breeders Cup and some of the major Harness Racing stakes including the Breeders Crown, the state of racing is not doing well. During these major events in horse racing, all is well within the sport as millions of people are annually attracted to the big stakes races,” stated Steven Wolf, Director of Operations for Harnesslink.com.

“Overall, the racing industry continues to decline with the exception of those states that have decent agreements for sharing revenue with their casino owners/partners. The expansion of lotteries, casinos and now online gaming, horse racing has lost its exclusivity as the top gaming sport in the nation that it held for many years.
Racinos, tracks that are now owned by casino companies, are more concerned with gaming dollars than racing dollars and thus are trying to backdoor legislators in their respective states, to allow “decoupling” which means they no longer are required to have live horse racing in order to have slots and table games.
Thus, the outlook is not great for horse racing as declining attendance and handle are dropping every year.”
All the more reason to toast the winner with lots of bourbon, including the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep ($10) and Brown Derby ($10).
Guests can watch the event on MIA’s large screen TVs as well as enjoy complimentary Woodford Reserve swag, a “Best Hat” contest, and a chance to win exciting prizes if they guess the Kentucky Derby winner.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit mia.kitchen or call (561) 499-2200. MIA Kitchen & Bar is located at 7901 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33446. Follow MIA on Instagram at @ MIA_Kitchen_Bar.