Earlier this year, I had my house tented for termites—and that’s a whole lot of fun, especially with multiple pets. We checked into a local hotel room that was more like a one-bedroom apartment, complete with kitchen. I noticed a stack of boxes at the check-in counter that had been delivered by a prepared meal company. Read more
Great pairing: Bloody Marys and Brunch on a Stick
Put a mini meal on a single spoon (those one-bite appetizers) or on a skewer, and you’ve got a great outdoor party nosh. It’s portable, easy to eat, and you still have one hand free for your drink. Here’s the chance to fill that extra hand with a bottomless Bloody Mary while you eat brunch on a stick. What a great concept!
Brunch meets bloody at the last of Delray Beach’s Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series coming up on Aug. 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in The Fieldhouse at Old School Square. Restaurants will each provide patrons with food on a skewer, and participating restaurants are Dada, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Death or Glory, Lilo’s, Pizza Rustica and ROK:BRGR. Tickets are $45; buy them at http://oldschoolsquare.org/.
The Fieldhouse, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7922, ext. 1.
Tickets on sale for John Offerdahl’s 7th Gridiron Grill-Off
It’s a November event, but a popular one, so mark your calendars and take advantage of the early pricing for John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival on Nov. 11 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The early tickets are $75 per person, $115 for VIP, and include sampling of food and drinks at each tent. Both Miami Dolphins players and local top chefs will team up to tackle the grill and pair food with cocktails during this fest for charity. Live music is always a part of this event, which is in its seventh year. Find tickets at http://gridirongrilloff.com/.
Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach
Che!!! has a birthday, and you get the gifts
The Argentinian restaurant Che!!! has been in its waterfront Intracoastal spot for a year now, where it was formerly Hudson’s and before the Old Calypso. So a year anniversary here is a big thing, and Che!!! is making sure customers receive their birthday gift—a four-day celebration, from Aug. 24 – Aug. 27.
On Aug. 24, folks are encouraged to bring a friend, and will receive a free meal with the purchase of one entrée for lunch or dinner. On Aug. 25, Argentinian guitarist Alex Fox will perform. Then on Aug. 26, the Ibiza White Party will have a DJ and a special Blue Ibiza cocktail for $10. A three-course prix-fixe menu will be featured for $60. On Aug. 27, there’s all-day unlimited bubbles and an empanada fiesta for $20.
900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/562-5200
New faces in the Delray Beach restaurant scene
It’s a new weekend, so here’s a chance to try new spots:
- Drink and eat spot Batch Gastropub opened in June at Delray Marketplace, at 14813 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. It’s the second location for owner Kevin Danilo, who opened the first Batch Gastropub in 2014 in Brickell, Miami. It’s known for high-quality cocktails that have some of the ingredients pre-mixed ahead of time in large batches. Hence the name.
- After leaving 50 Ocean a year ago, a popular local chef has finally opened his own place. Chef Blake Malatesta can be found at MIA Kitchen & Bar, a “local bar with global fare,” that opened a couple of weeks ago at 7901 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Malatesta has teamed with local restaurateur and CEO Joey LoGrasso to start MIA. LoGrasso also owns MIA Brands that include Mamma Mia’s Trattoria (Lake Worth) and Mamma Mia’s Trattoria Express (Boynton Beach). Modern, Inventive, Authentic is the mindset there, according to Malatesta, who is an award-winning chef with a large local following for a good reason: He does amazing things with food.
Pistache, PB Catch, The Regional now have reward program
Earning loyalty points has never been so easy, because TITOU Hospitality just launched a rewards program. Doesn’t sound familiar? How about Pistache French Bistro, PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar and The Regional Kitchen & Public House? All popular Palm Beach and West Palm Beach restaurants. When you sign up for this program, you’ll earn double points through Oct. 15, and for every 150 points earned, you’ll get a $10 reward. Did I mention you’ll have to eat and drink to earn points? How hard can that be?
Loch Bar restaurant to join Mizner Park lineup
The “largest whiskey list in the state of Florida” is coming to Mizner Park! The new Loch Bar restaurant is slated to open later this year, and its bar boasts an impressive alcoholic superlative. The “seafood tavern” will go into the space at 346 Plaza Real that previously housed Karma Sushi and Gigi’s.
This is from the Atlas Restaurant Group, which also owns the recent Mizner Park addition Ouzo Bay. Loch Bay also has a flagship location in Baltimore. Plans include hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and a large raw bar. In addition to the extensive whiskey list, there will be local craft beer, cocktails and wine.
Baltimore interior designer Patrick Sutton is honing the space and is known for designing everything from private homes to hotels and restaurants. He was just profiled by Architectural Digest in May.
Craft beer bash at PGA National Resort
If you want to save $10 on your ticket to the PGA National Resort & Spa Craft Beer Bash on Aug. 19, then buy online by Aug. 18. The event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a home brew competition (you need to buy a ticket to enter this, too), unlimited sampling of 150 craft brews and ciders, timed release tastings, food for purchase, live music and shopping. Your ticket with discount is $39, $40 on the day of the event. Buy tickets here.
Children and pets are not allowed at the event. Uber, Lyft and taxis are encouraged, and there will be valet parking for a fee.
PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens
Rosé pairing dinner at Harvest Seasonal
Try five different rosés with a five-course meal at Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar on Aug. 22. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $59. Courses and wine include a Rhode Island black bass paired with Acrobat Rosé, oven-roasted hen of the woods with Crops rosé, a lamb loin chop paired with Fleur de Mer rosé and more, all curated by Corporate Executive Chef Josh Short. Reservations are required; call 561/266-3239 and ask for Reba Larney.
1841 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
National Rum Day is Wednesday, so we’ve donned our tropical hats and stirred up rumrunner starters. Here’s some local spots that will keep the party going.
Dine and daiquiri dinner at Death Or Glory
Some dinner with our rum would start things off right, and Delray’s new Death Or Glory bar has the answer: a dine and daiquiri dinner, featuring AFROHEAD Rum (pictured above in an Afrodite cocktail). How perfect is that?! The menu on Aug. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. will pair grilled paneer cheese with a Garden Party cocktail, ceviche with a Sweet Potato Old-Fashioned, jerk Korean short ribs with a jerked banana daiquiri and finally vanilla ice cream with rum caramel, chocolate, etc., paired with a Pecan Flip cocktail. The cost is $60 per person and you can buy tickets here.
116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach; 561/808-8814
Rum from bar to bar at PGA Commons
Rocco’s Tacos, Spoto’s Oyster Bar and The Cooper are all offering tropical rum cocktails, and they’re all in the same plaza! Can you handle three drinks from three restaurants on a Wednesday?
The Mexican Mai-Tai (above) from Rocco’s Tacos is made with Island Company Rum, lime juice, Cointreau and almond syrup, and is garnished with a grilled pineapple wedge, mint sprig and Rocco’s spice rim.
5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/623.0127
Spoto’s Oyster Bar will be serving the Coco Palm Martini, made with fresh pineapple juice, Sobieski Vodka, and Cruzan Coconut Rum for $11.50.
4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776.9448
Just read the ingredients and you’ll understand why The Cooper named this $13 drink The Walking Dead—it combines a house rum blend, Velvet Falernum, Don’s Mix, grenadine, angostura and absinthe.
4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/622.0032
$6 rum cocktails at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa
Celebrate with the classics here. Enjoy $6 rum cocktails (like a mojito or Piña Colada) made with Bacardi or Cruzan rum all day at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant, Atlantic Grill, and the Pool Bar.
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/567-8020
Wynwood’s Beaker & Gray offers Velvet Slipper for one night
We love it when restaurants make inventive drinks for a limited time only, and this one sounds perfect. Beaker & Gray will serve the Velvet Slipper for one day on Aug. 16. For $7, this has Plantation 3 Star rum, Velvet Falernum, banana, coconut cream and pineapple. Velvet Falernum is usually a Barbadian alcoholic, spiced, citrus-flavored sweet syrup used to enhance drinks, and typically used with rum. Try something different!
2637 N Miami Ave., Wynwood; 305/699-2637
DOA celebrates with Bright Lights, Big City drink
In honor of National Rum Day, Miami Beach’s DOA created the Bright Lights, Big City drink that will take you on a Caribbean trip. It’s made with lime juice, pineapple, simple syrup, passion fruit puree and Ron Barcelo Platinum rum.
2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/587-2000
Mama Mia cocktail ready with white rum, limoncello
Anything with limoncello is fine with me, and this drink is going on my list. The 3030 Ocean restaurant inside the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has concocted the new Mama Mia—with white rum, mint, basil, limoncello, lime juice and prosecco.
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3030
Zombies ready at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
Try a Zombie cocktail (pictured) at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina in the surrounds of the fab Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. This drink has Bacardi, Plantation Proof rum, Gosling’s 151, cinnamon and lime—you’ll be ready for a zombie apocalypse.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877/326-7412
The Butcher Shop: A B&B pairing dinner
Three parts bourbon and two parts beer, this $60 three-course dinner at The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill pairs dishes with spirits and suds on Aug. 24.
Try a Pearse Lyons Reserve single malt whiskey with beer bratwurst, or Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Town Branch bourbon with a 28-day dry-aged ribeye, and a Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale & Town Branch Rye Whiskey with apple strudel and vanilla gelato. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.; call for reservations.
209 6th St., West Palm Beach; 561/812-2336
Rhythm Café: Pair Spanish wines with five courses
Popular Rhythm Café is hosting a five-course Spanish wine dinner Aug. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. Try a Martinsancho Verdejo with crab cake, or Vina Magna Tempranillo with barbecued chicken, to name a couple of the courses. Reservations are required, and the dinner is $75, which includes tax and gratuity.
3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/833-3406
Josie’s lights up menu with new dishes, cocktails
No official wine or bourbon dinner here, but combine some new menu items from Josie’s Ristorante chefs, Mark Militello and Sebastiano Setticasi, and you’ve got a nice night out. Among the new dishes are a veal tenderloin wrapped in pancetta with wild mushroom polenta (pictured), a black truffle burger, chicken cacciatore, crispy Key West pink shrimp and little gem salad. For new drinks, the Josie’s Kiss is a basil and blood orange martini, while Dante’s Passion is vodka, citrus juice, passion fruit, Prosecco and berries. Have one for me!
1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561/364-9601
There are Taco Tuesdays all over the place. Today we’re bringing you other Tuesday specials, happening today and down the road. Hang in there—Friday is just a few days away!
Make it a great wine night
Temper Grille in Boca, Ristorante Santucci in West Palm Beach and Meat Market Palm Beach on the island, among others, are jumping on the “if it’s summer, we need to give you deals” idea by offering specials that include wine.
Temper Grille’s offer of half-off bottles of wine is good all night long every Tuesday as part of the summer specials. This tapas restaurant has an unusually extensive wine selection, so this is a great idea for those who love their vino. (9858 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton; 561/717-8081)
Ristorante Santucci has a Tuesday three-course prix-fixe meal that includes a glass of wine for $29.99. Since the food is terrific, as well as the wine list, that’s a great summer deal. (610 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/337-2532)
Meat Market Palm Beach’s Tuesday offer calls for half-off bottles of select wines during dinner service only. The special will last through the summer. (191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561/354-9800)
A wine dinner? A wine competition? Yes to both at Louie Bossi’s
Louie Bossi’s new Boca Raton restaurant will host a Festa Della Vendemmia (Feast of the Vineyard) on Aug. 22 that’s part dinner, part wine competition. There will be four courses, along with two wine pairings for each course from Sommelier Ervin Machado (Italian pairings) and Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara (international pairings). You will eat and drink and then vote on which wine pairing nailed it. Tough job. The price is $120 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. Buy your tickets here. (100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561/336-6699)
Smoke BBQ Delray Beach closes
Co-owner of Smoke BBQ Delray Beach, Scott Kennedy, announced Monday that the restaurant has closed. He posted the information on Facebook’s Delray Raw page, and sympathy and laments poured in from hundreds of users.
The restaurant at 8 E. Atlantic Ave. opened in late 2014, and went into the space where Union had been and gone. Union was the first restaurant for co-owners Scott Kennedy and Steve Chin, who also own both Smoke venues.
While Union was still open, they hired famed Kansas City pitmaster Bryan Tyrell to switch the menu from sushi to barbecue. Union didn’t survive, but Tyrell stayed and brought Smoke Delray into being with his Kansas City ribs and brisket. Tyrell left Smoke and moved to open Boynton’s Pig-Sty earlier this year. Smoke Fort Lauderdale opened in late 2015 and is reportedly doing well.
Boston’s Lobster Lunacy could drive you… hungry
It’s officially lobster season (Aug. 6-March 30), and Boston’s on the Beach’s lobster special will make sure you start the season off with a ton of these tender beauties. Read more
“I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
— Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and Fort Pierce resident
If I call them oysters and you call them ersters (apologies to Gershwin), they’re still amazing creatures that have been slurped for centuries. Once they gained a reputation as aphrodisiacs, all bets were off, of course.
But I don’t care what their supposed magic qualities are. I’m a fan of raw oysters by themselves, or with various toppings like horseradish or a vinaigrette and accompanied by a nice, crisp white wine. I will be celebrating National Oyster Day on Aug. 5 along with these many restaurants. Pick a place, settle in and enjoy your briny mollusks.
Palm Beach County
- The Parched Pig – Have a half-dozen of these gems with a choice of rosé, sparkling wine or beer, for $20. The oysters are Chefs Creek, Little Island and Pink Moon. The special runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 4580 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 561/360-3063
- Spoto’s Oyster Bar – From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., all oysters are $1.75 each, and you get a complimentary glass of vino when you order six of the slurpy little prizes, or more from the lunch or dinner menus. 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776-9448
- PB Catch – On Aug. 5, all oysters are 2-for-1 all evening with no limit on oyster selections. There will also be a special dish on the menu by Executive Chef Aaron Black using one of that day’s oyster selections. 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-5558
- Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille – On Aug. 5, buy a $45 ticket and you’ll receive all the oysters you can eat, two drinks and live DJ music. Or try oyster po’boy sliders from the regular menu. You can partake in an oyster eating contest, too. Buy tickets here. 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/467-2555
- Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits – A $1 East or West Coast Oyster special is on for Aug. 5, with citrus champagne mignonette sauce, paired with a glass of bubbly. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/302-6460
- The Dutch – Oysters & Bubbles is the special on Aug. 5, which means anytime that day you can slurp and sip with a variety of East and West coast oysters at half-price. And half-price Champagne by the glass. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/938-3111
- La Cote, Fontainebleau Miami Beach – This oceanside venue will be wheeling around a table-side oyster cart on Aug. 5, with oysters for $3 each. Rosé and Champagne will be on specials and a resident DJ provides a musical background. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/674-4710
- Lightkeepers – Another $1 per oyster special here, on the half-shell, or share a Lighthouse Tower (pictured) with friends. 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne; 305/365-4156
- Lure Fishbar – Unlimited oysters here for $25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is in the historic St. Moritz building at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/695-4550
- Mignonette – Try an oyster flight for $25 that includes three each of East Coast, West Coast, Uptown and Rockefeller oysters at Mignonette Uptown, then East, West, Rockefeller and Frank oysters at Mignonette Downtown. You could hit both restaurants in one day! 13951 Biscayne Blvd. (Uptown), 305/705-2159; 210 NE 18th St. (Downtown), Miami; 305/374-4635
- Rusty Pelican – Sit dockside and partake of the specials on Aug. 5 that include half-off oysters, oyster shooters and a special dish on the menu, the King Caesar Oyster Duo (pictured) with passionfruit, Fresno peppers, crispy buttermilk batter and coriander. 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; 305/361-3818
Here’s another great deal that lets you save money and explore new restaurants. The popular Miami Spice program runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 throughout Miami-Dade County, and offers three-course prix-fixe meals for lunch at $23 and dinner at $39 at participating venues. Read more