Where: 4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/921-0201
The lowdown: Your quest for a good gastropub in Delray Beach should go no further than the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton. This Irish-English gastropub is known for its low-key casual and inviting atmosphere. Locals feel comfortable walking into Tryst any time of night just to hang at the bar for a drink or sitting down for a bite to eat.
The décor has a trendy yet rustic feel, complete with chalkboard menus up on the wall to display the nightly specials. The bar spans the entire length of the restaurant, allowing for plenty of room for you to enjoy awesome happy hour specials daily from 5-7 p.m. — 50 percent select draft beers and wines, select $5 well cocktails, plus appetizer specials too. But happy hour isn’t the only appealing part about Tryst — its prime location next to the techno music-blaring club, Union, gives people a place to chill out after their feet have had enough of the dance floor. Head over to Tryst around 10:30 p.m. and you’ll see a packed house with a diverse crowd of people anywhere between 25-40 years old.
The unique selection of food and drinks keep customers happy and always itching for more. With specials like “Today’s Soup” and the “Daily Woodfired Flatbread” changing almost every day, regulars are kept on their toes. Of course, there are certain things you can’t shy away from — like the SPD Hot Wings made with Tryst’s famous house made habanero hot sauce, avocado ranch, crispy lettuce and lime, or the Tryst Burger made with prime beef, beemster gouda cheese, butter lettuce, tomato and onion and, obviously, served with fries.
A carefully crafted selection of draft beers and wines and classic cocktails are another reason this place is such a hit.
The intangibles: One of Tryst’s most popular weeknight themes is Taco Tuesdays — every Tuesday you can get $4 drafts, $5 margaritas and the daily special taco platter for $11. If you like live music, Tryst is the place to be on Wednesday nights. There's also a new late night menu, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-close, aptly named “Bites, Bourbon and Beer.” It features specials on apps ranging from $3-9, half off all draft selections, $3 bottled beer and half off select bourbons (a pretty expansive list that changes regularly, by the way).
There’s plenty of late night fun to be had at Tryst, but did you know you can also get your fix on the weekend mornings too? Brunch is now being served every Saturday and Sunday with hearty dishes like Chicken Fried Chicken and Crispy Rice Crusted Challah French Toast, lighter fare such as their Pontano Arugula Salad and Veggie Omelet, and the best part — $13 unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Hours: Tryst is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Brunch is served
Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.