Chef Eric Baker takes over kitchen, ownership of Boca’s The Rebel House

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By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer

The Rebel House has been exciting guests with its progressive menu of food and drinks since it opened in East Boca Raton in 2012. Then, it was one the only restaurants in the area serving out-of-the-ordinary cuisine, and it certainly was the only place in town with such a unique atmosphere and vibe.

But it’s no longer alone, and that means it’s time for a little change to spruce things up and breathe new life into The Rebel House.

That’s exactly what Chef Eric Baker has done since taking over ownership of this popular “renegade” restaurant and bar a few months back.

Baker is most well known as most recently opening Mazie’s in West Palm Beach, and before that, serving as executive chef at Max’s Harvest in Downtown Delray for four years. His cooking is inspired by sheer passion for his craft.

“[I’m driven by] my desire to create a truly unique experience for my guests every day,” Baker said.

So what brought Baker to The Rebel House? Turns out, back when the former owners were in the planning stages, they had approached him about partnering and being the executive chef. Although this did not happen, The Rebel House still became a special place for Baker. About a year later, on a random night when he came in, he met his future wife at the bar. The Rebel House became their go-to spot, and is a huge part of their history together.

Baker continued his relationship with the owners, so when they decided they wanted to devote their time to other endeavors, it was obvious Baker was the right person to continue The Rebel House’s legacy. As fate would have it, Baker was also in the process of moving on from Mazie’s, and wanted to pursue something in his own community of Boca Raton. He wanted to work in the city he calls home — where he and his family live, where his children go to school, and where his friends and family reside as well.

“We were seeking a restaurant of our own, one where we could make an impact in our community,” Baker said. “We could not possibly have found a better fit.”

Although Baker has almost completely revamped the menu, those familiar with The Rebel House will be happy to know that yes, you can still get the flavored popcorn-of-the-day upon arrival, and no, the decor has not been changed in the least. A few dishes have been kept on the menu due to popular demand, but otherwise, Baker has put his heart into creating new dishes that will impress and keep guests coming back for more.

His favorite new entree is the horseradish crusted salmon, served with red wine-braised cabbage and root vegetable puree.

“Salmon is a fish with broad appeal, but could be monotonous on many local menus,” Baker said. “I feel that this dish takes salmon to new levels, while still reaching those looking for a safe option.”

Other new additions to the menu include Thai crispy duck with red curry, butternut squash and farro, lobster meatballs in a vodka sauce with house-made naan bread, and the cauliflower Caesar with crispy quinoa, anchovy and peppadews. There is also now a daily late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until midnight, in addition to the regular happy hour, daily from 4-7 p.m, and live music every Thursday night starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Rebel House is located at 297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. The restaurant is open for dinner daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.