The Missoni Family: Fashionable Foodies

Perhaps the only thing that Italians know better than fashion is food, and since 1953, the Missoni family have been perfecting both. Spanning four generations of fashionable foodies, the Missoni family has cornered more than just the colorful, casual-yet-chic market. Their dinner parties have become one of the most coveted invitations of Milan fashion week, and now they are sharing their intimate family recipes with the world for the first time.

The combination of fashion and food have a long heritage with the Missoni family, something Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of Missoni’s creative director and author of the book, credits to the Missoni's success and why they're still a family-owned business after 65 years. Missoni creators Rosita and Ottavio "Tai" who launched the fashion house in Italy’s Lombardy province would invite both factory workers and family in to break for lunch each day and dine together.

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{Photo: Missoni Family ©}

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{Photo: Missoni Family ©}

Like their fashion brand, The Missoni Family Cookbook (Assouline, $50) is colorful, stylish, and eclectic. Part scrapbook and part memoir, the book offers a glimpse into the Missoni family life, one recipe at a time. Offered to the public for the first time, each recipe is attached to different family members, like Rosita Missoni’s mini pizza recipe or the calf liver that Ottavio Missoni used to cook for the family. Comprising of 240 pages and 130 recipes passed down from generation to generation, it took Francesco seven years to put several decades of memories into a succinct, family food album.

The recipes are offered with intimate images from the family’s personal archive; an iPhone photo of Missoni cooking at home and family portraits from group get-togethers complete the book's character. There is even a section dedicated to party food, which highlights all the desserts the Missonis bake for family celebrations.

 {Photo: The One and Only Budino: The Missoni’s One and Only Chocolate Pudding. Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: The One and Only Budino: The Missoni’s One and Only Chocolate Pudding. Missoni Family ©}

 {Photo: Francesco Maccapani Missoni, Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: Francesco Maccapani Missoni, Missoni Family ©}

 {Photo: Groppetti con Gremolata: Veal Twists with Gremolata. Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: Groppetti con Gremolata: Veal Twists with Gremolata. Missoni Family ©}

As for the recipes, The Missoni Family Cookbook is comprised of gutsy and delicious concepts that are easy (according to Fancesco) to try at home. Some favorites include riso in cagnone con persico, a veal liver pâté, “Risi a Bisi” and scrambled eggs with olive oil and wild asparagus. Most of the recipes call for seasonal produce. “We are really seasonal, we eat what comes out of our garden,” said Maccapani Missoni. The family also tends to some 80 chickens.

With soulful Italian and fusion recipes spanning four generations, The Missoni Family Cookbook is an uncomplicated exploration of la cucina famiglia as experienced by Francesco. Featuring a foreword by Quincy Jones, the music producer, family friend, and Missoni devotee, this book is definitely a keeper. While many of us may never have the opportunity to dine at the Missoni family dinner table during fashion week, one of our own beloved Italian eateries will be offering the next best thing. Next Friday at at Sant Ambroeus you can enjoy a Missoni family inspired menu while previewing the brand’s 2018 High Summer Ready-to-Wear Collection. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at 340 Royal Poinciana Way. For event tickets and information, contact 285-7990. See you there!

 {Photo: Zucchine alla Parmigiana: Zucchine Parmesan. Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: Zucchine alla Parmigiana: Zucchine Parmesan. Missoni Family ©}

 {Photo: The grandparents preparing lunch in the ‘80s. Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: The grandparents preparing lunch in the ‘80s. Missoni Family ©}

 {Photo: Spicchi de Arance e Pompelmo: Sweet Orange and Grapefruit Salad. Missoni Family ©}

{Photo: Spicchi de Arance e Pompelmo: Sweet Orange and Grapefruit Salad. Missoni Family ©}

Sizzling Hot Summer Dining Specials

Now that the snowbirds have migrated northward, year-round South Florida residents are enjoying the luxury of much shorter wait times and dining specials at their some of the top local restaurants. With this welcome breath of air comes the announcement of fresh summer offers at some of our favorite spots. So get ready to hit the town, we've rounded up a list of sizzling hot summer specials that won't disappoint.

Renato's
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{Photo: Renato's}

4610, 87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-9752

Throughout summer, Renato’s is offering a three-course lunch menu for $29, including such selections as crabmeat salad and grilled swordfish. Their dinner specials for summer change weekly and includes three courses for $45 with items such as Oven Roasted Duck Breast and Grilled Calamari Salad to start, entree choices of Sesame Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Veal Scallopini and Homemade Fettuccini with Grilled Chicken, and dessert options including classic Gelato, Sorbet, or Homemade Flourless Chocolate Cake or Carrot Cake.

Avocado Grill
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125 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-623-0822

The Downtown West Palm and Downtown Gardens locations are ready to pamper guests with specials stretching beyond the bar. In addition to weekday happy hour at the bar from 3 to 6pm, patrons can enjoy half-priced priced oysters all day Mondays and half priced wine on Tuesdays throughout the restaurant. Monday to Thursday guests can enjoy p $5 light bites at the bar, which includes selections like a chiquito version of AG’s famous guacamole, single craft taco selections, Grilled Steak, Tacos al Pastor, a Spiced Lamb Slider, Crabcake slider, Shishito Peppers, Roasted Mushroom Empanadas, and the petite Kale & Quinoa salad. As if that isn't enough, Saturdays and Sundays take on a decidely festive vibe with weekend brunch. Live music at the West Palm Beach location spices up Sundays, with a full brunch menu that includes salads and egg dishes of all varieties.

Reservations are recommended. Call to inquire.

Café Boulud
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301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-6060

Just in time for Summer’s arrival, Café Boulud Palm Beach has debuted two exciting developments. First up, their new French Riviera Evenings will feature a prix fixe menu that is available Sunday through Thursday until Labor Day. In the tradition of Chef Daniel Boulud’s Le Voyage menus and featuring a seasonal selection of French cuisine, including Chilled Melon Soup, Braised Flat Iron Steak, Pink Sea Bream, and Baked Alaska for $49pp. The second exciting summer special is their interactive bar cart experience a la Don Draper in MadMen. The table side preparation is an experience in itself. The concept, which was Chef Daniel’s idea, as inspired by the Martini Trolley at the Connaught Hotel in London. It will be part of service every night, as well as Saturday and Sunday during brunch. The theme for brunch will be "Sparkling Libations,” which will include Bellinis, Mimosas, French 75, Champagne Cocktails, L'amour, and Kir Royales. Read all about our experience with the CB bar cart here! 

Chez l'Epicier
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{Photo: Chez L'Epicier}

288 South County Road, Palm Beach | (561) 508-7030

This summer from May 15 - October 31 guests can enjoy myriad of summer specials at the gourmet French-Canadian Palm Beach hot spot. Offering 50% off all main courses from 5:00 - 6:00pm, all you can eat Moules Frites on Thursday nights, a Friday night rotating selection called 'Taste of Tartar, weekday happy hour from 4:30 - 6:30pm complete with half-priced bar snacks, wine and beer what more could you ask for? Just to be sure though, they also crafted a delicious and affordable summer prix fix menu complete with enviable selections such as a Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg, Seared Cod, Duck Confit "Shepherd's Pie", and Mango & Vanilla Panacotta.

Pistache
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{Photo: Pistache}

Every summer Pistache puts on a series of delectable food and live entertainment known as 'Le Tour du Monde'.  Stopping in several countries, Pistache welcomes guests with a special menu, good for one day only, cocktails inspired by the country's origin, and fun libations to celebrate the best of summer. Upcoming events include a stop in Russia complete with Stoli vodka specialty cocktails, a July 4th American BBQ, a celebration of Bastille Day on July 14th complete with live music with Les Nuages, a Mexican evening of tacos, margaritas, pinatas and a live mariachi band in August all before nights in Morocco, Spain and Brazil.

Reservations are recommended. For more information on Tour de Monde, click here.

Sant Ambroeus
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340 Royal Poinciana Way #304, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 285-7990

One of our favorite Italian restaurant is offering up not-to-be-missed summer specials for lunch and dinner. Three course prix fix menus have been thoughtfully put together for just $29 at lunch and $39 at dinner with plenty of options to whet your appetite. There’s also a daily “Summer Aperitivo” special bar menu (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) that features half-price signature cocktails and nicely priced bites such as cheeses, cured meats, fried calamari and wagyu short rib sliders. Stop by on Saturdays for after your work out at Haute Yoga from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a $15 spa breakfast of egg white omelet with fruit or avocado toast, green juice and coffee. 

Reservations are recommended. The specials run through Labor Day. 

Table 26
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1700 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-855-2660

A long-time Dixie Corridor favorite of PBSD, Table 26, is offering an early bird special through the end of October that you won't want to miss: half=priced  entrées from 4:30 to 6 p.m. nightly. The special is offered for dine-in customers only, who can also take advantage of a free signature martini in exchange for checking in online.

MidiCi - Bringing People Together One Neapolitan Pizza at a Time

 
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{Photo: MidiCi}

 

Meet MidiCi, a fast, fine Italian dining restaurant located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. MidiCi serves up authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, appetizers, salads, and desserts made with fresh, natural and mostly non-GMO ingredients in their open kitchen concept. The inviting indoor/outdoor space, friendly team, and fantastic food make MidiCi a go-to for fast, upscale Italian fare at a great price.

 Pizzaiolos in "The Heart"

Pizzaiolos in "The Heart"

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 Strawberry Peach & Blood Orange Lemonades

Strawberry Peach & Blood Orange Lemonades

MidiCi, which opened earlier this year, just launched full table service. The authentic experience starts with the artisan ovens imported from Naples, resulting in true, authentic, fast food. The menu includes a variety of appetizers (antipasto), signature salads, and desserts, and a full bar, with vegan and gluten free options. Their selection of drinks include wood-fire roasted coffee, gourmet tea collection, certified cicerone craft beer, and a collection of wines hand selected by their sommelier to reflect a mix of American classics, Italian flavors, global highlights, and local staples, all with pairing in mind.

 PURPLE KALE & RICOTTA (CAVOLO VIOLA E RICOTTA) purple kale, baby spinach, ricotta, dates, parmigiano-reggiano, mustard vinaigrette dressing

PURPLE KALE & RICOTTA (CAVOLO VIOLA E RICOTTA) purple kale, baby spinach, ricotta, dates, parmigiano-reggiano, mustard vinaigrette dressing

 BURRATA WITH MELON & PROSCIUTTO burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil

BURRATA WITH MELON & PROSCIUTTO burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil

Their certified pizzaiolos (pizza makers) invite you to select fresh, natural, high quality ingredients to create your ideal Neapolitan Pizza in the open, center-staged bustling kitchen, also known as “the heart”. They meet rigorous gastronomic rules to serve authentic Neapolitan Pizza, famous for its chewy and crisp dough topped with all-natural ingredients, all baked to perfection in only 90 seconds! Staying true to Neapolitan heritage, their dough is made with only four fine ingredients; non-GMO double zero flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast. The authentic and pure garnishes include crushed non-GMO Italian peeled tomatoes, fresh whole mozzarella and non-GMO, Italian extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil. 

 TRUFFLE AND MUSHROOM truffle cream, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms.

TRUFFLE AND MUSHROOM truffle cream, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms.

 THE FORREST Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, rosemary ham (cotto), mushrooms, black olives

THE FORREST Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, rosemary ham (cotto), mushrooms, black olives

The Clematis Street location also offers bottomless brunch, with $18 unlimited mimosas and Bellinis, with creative menu items like the breakfast pizza. Their happy hour is one of the best in downtown, featuring $3 beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails and a free Neapolitan pizza with two or more drinks.

 SIGNATURE NUTELLA® CALZONE Nutella®, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, balsamic reduction

SIGNATURE NUTELLA® CALZONE Nutella®, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, balsamic reduction

MidiCi strives to bring friends together in a warm, upbeat atmosphere, creating a unique dining experience for their guests. See the full interactive menu here. For more information, call (561) 619-5299 or visit their website.

218 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The Art of the Bar Cart Perfected at Café Boulud

 
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Café Boulud has debuted their new bar cart concept reminiscent of the 1940's and 50's. The Don Draper trend is bringing back the art of the cart, creating masterful tableside libations wheeled between the indoors and terrace.

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The concept was Chef Daniel’s idea – inspired by the Martini Trolley at the Connaught Hotel in London. It will be part of service every night, as well as Saturday and Sunday during brunch. The theme for brunch will be "Sparkling Libations,” which will include Bellinis, Mimosas, French 75, Champagne Cocktails, L'amour, and Kir Royales. 

For dinner, Café Boulud will be offering Madeira and Cognac flights and The Remy-Louis XIII. The sparkling drinks pair well with any of our brunch dishes, while the evening flights go well with the new Japanese bar menu. Each month will highlight innovative and thoughtfully prepared cocktails. The month of May will feature "Variations on Bloody Mary's,”  and "Martini's" for dinner.

The table side preparation is an experience in itself. Our trolley tender elegantly explained the liquors and cart contents with superior white glove service. The presentation was exquisite and insightful, producing the most carefully crafted and delicious variety of martini's. We sampled both gin and vodka martini's, varieties included hints of citrus, and dirty with blue cheese olives, alongside always delicious nibbles from their happy hour menu.

We highly recommend this fabulous interactive table side experience at Café Boulud. For reservations or more information, visit their website or call (561) 655-6060.

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 DIRTY MARTINI bleu cheese olives

DIRTY MARTINI
bleu cheese olives

 BASIL HEAVEN gin, cucumber, lime

BASIL HEAVEN
gin, cucumber, lime

 CHILLED SOBA SALAD tobiko-chili dressing

CHILLED SOBA SALAD
tobiko-chili dressing

 HAMACHI SASHIMI avocado, jalapeno

HAMACHI SASHIMI
avocado, jalapeno

 CRISPY KARAAGE CHICKEN datil-honey glaze

CRISPY KARAAGE CHICKEN
datil-honey glaze

 BBQ SHORT RIB DUMPLING sweet soy

BBQ SHORT RIB DUMPLING
sweet soy

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12 Delicious Mother's Day Dining Destinations

We can hardly believe that Mother's Day is right around the corner! Don't fret if you haven't made plans yet - here in Palm Beach we're fortunate to be surrounded by many thriving businesses that have plenty to offer for special occasions such as this. We've rounded up 12 delicious ways to treat the moms in your life this Mother's Day below. Simply pick your favorite, call for a reservation, and enjoy! Don't miss our Mother's Day gift guide, coming soon! We'll also be rounding up some terrific ways to spend the day post brunch. Have a fabulous time everyone!

Happy Mother's Day!

Café Boulud
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{Photo: Palm Beach Social Diary}

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-6060

Café Boulud’s annual Mother’s Day Buffet offers stations of delicious meats, seasonal sides and traditional brunch favorites, all with the classic French Boulud twist. The festive and seasonally-inspired buffet created by Chef Rick Mace includes a plethora of selections, from classics like Smoked Salmon Benedict and Brioche French Toast with Berry Jam, to festive dishes such as Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken and Spice Rubbed Mahi. Sides such as Andalusian Gazpacho and Swordfish Nicoişe, along with a collection of cheese & charcuterie complement the main dishes.  For lighter fare, head to the Breakfast Bar for offerings such as a Super Green Juice, Tropical Mango Smoothie and Avocado Toast.  Finish off your meal at Pastry Chef Julie Franceschini’s dessert station, which includes Peach Apricot Bavaroise, Chocolate Raspberry Mousse and additional delicacies.

$105 for adults | $45 for children 12 and under

Sant Ambroeus
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{Photo: Palm Beach Social Diary}

340 Royal Poinciana Way #304, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 285-7990

Sant Ambroeus is offering a three-course prix-fixe, and the Milanese hospitality and ambiance of this popular eatery sets the perfect tone for celebratory brunch with family.  Begin with an appetizer buffet of endless options that include Waldorf Salad, Smoked Salmon, Caponata, and Octopus Salad, before selecting one of six main course options, including Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi with Bisque Sauce and Argentinian prawn, Cartoccio di Pesce, and Tortelli with Buffalo Cheese and Tomato Confit. The dessert buffet cart will offer an assortment of Fruit Tarts, Gelato, Saint Honore and their signature Chocolate Cake.

$85 per person

Mazie's
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{Photo: Mazie's}

3815 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach | (561) 323-2573

Mazie’s, featuring “New World Comfort Food,” will be offering Mother's Day brunch, in addition to their new daily brunch service. Served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, brunch specialties include sour cream pancakes with blueberries, jarlsburg and maple syrup ($12) and carrot French toast sticks with carrot cake, coconut and pineapple ($13). The brunch menu features all day breakfast items, soups, salads, open faced sandwiches and plates. 

For more information, visit mazieswpb.com or call 561-323-2573 for reservations.

Temple Orange at Eau Palm Beach
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{Photo: Libby Volgyes}

100 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL 33462 | (561) 540-4960

Indulge in a lavish Mother’s Day celebration at Eau Palm Beach's Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro. As per their usual gorgeous brunch events you can expect a full omelet bar, carving and action stations, an indulgent dessert display, and live entertainment. A Veuve Clicquot Rich Champagne garden, gourmet Bloody Mary bar, and craft beer is included in the price. 12-3 pm. 

$105 for adults | $45 children (ages 5-12)

Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers
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{Photo: The Breakers}

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 724-3118

Enjoy a decadent Mother’s Day Brunch at the Flagler Steakhouse complete with a beautiful three-course prix-fixe menu with a stunning view in Palm Beach. Brunch will be served from 11am to 4pm on Mother's Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve your table for Flagler Steakhouse, simply book online or call (877) 724-3188.

$75 for adults | $35 for children ages 12 and younger

Pistache
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{Photo: Pistache}

101 N Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Join the team at Pistache for a special Mother's Day Brunch. From 11am to 3 pm, Chef Issac has prepared a special 3-course prix fixe menu, including an indulgent short rib hash, jumbo lump crab quiche and a butter poached main lobster cobb salad. All mom's will receive a free mimosa or Bellini. Reservations strongly recommended.

$70 for adults | $25 for children

Chez l'Epicier
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{Photo: Chez L'Edpicier}

288 South County Road, Palm Beach | (561) 508-7030

The French Canadian bistro has a delectable three course prix-fix brunch planned from 11am to 2pm this Mother's Day. Choices include a range of intricate options such as smoke salmon rose, local shrimp Orecchiette, and veal carpaccio. See the full menu here. Call for reservations.

$65 per person

City Cellar

City Place, 700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-366-0071

Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day at City Cellar, and enjoy a premier dining experience for brunch or dinner at this CityPlace landmark restaurant. Toast mom with unlimited chilled mimosas or endless Bloody Mary’s ($13). Enjoy the expansive brunch menu that features an array of fresh palate pleasing dishes, creatively prepared under the watchful eye of Chef Andris Salmanis and his culinary team. 

Basque
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{Photo: Think.Shop}

320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach's hot new tapas spot, Basque, will celebrate Mother's Day with a family friendly brunch, live music, specials and complimentary sangria para mama. An a la carte menu will be available available from 11am to 5pm on the day. Reserve your spot online for parties of six or more at eatdrinkbasque.com/mytable.

The Breakers Palm Beach
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1 South County Road, Palm Beach | 877-724-3188

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Circle
Treat mom to an elaborate brunch at The Circle, one of the resort’s most stunning spaces dotted with arched windows and glimpses of the ocean. Indulge in an exquisite, one-of-a-kind buffet and an array of festive desserts as you sip unlimited champagne cocktails and The Breakers’ custom-blended wine—all while a harpist passes from table to table. Plus, create your own masterpiece at our Bloody Mary bar.

To reserve your table, simply book online or call (877) 724-3188.

$150 for adults | $60 for children, ages 12 and younger.

Mother’s Day Brunch in the Venetian Ballroom
Leave the cooking to us this Mother’s Day and celebrate mom with a lavish brunch in the stunning Venetian. Our elaborate, artful buffet offers everyone’s favorites, as well as unexpected items, unlimited champagne cocktails, The Breakers’ custom-blended wine, a decadent array of sweet treats and more—all while a pianist serenades you.

To reserve your table for this special, reservation-only event, simply call (877) 724-3188.

$150 for adults | $60 for children ages 12 and younger

The Regional
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{Photo: The REGIONAL}

651 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | (561) 557-6460

On Sunday, May 13th, Chef Lindsay Autry will be serving her acclaimed brunch buffet from 11am to 3pm. Indulge in some of our favorites like tomato pie, fried chicken, FL Honey Glazed Ham, and much more! Reservations recommended!

$70 for adults | $25 children (ages 5-12).

7 indulgent ways to enjoy easter in palm beach

With Easter just a "hop", skip and a jump away, local restaurants are going all out with fabulous brunches and bottomless beverages for Easter Sunday. Don't miss an opportunity to reserve your seat at the table, because spaces are filling up fast. Here are some of the best places to spend Easter (and Passover) in and around Palm Beach. 

Costa Palm Beach
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{Photo: Costa}

150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach | (561) 429-8456

Costa Palm Beach has two elegant New Years Eve dinner seatings available. The first seating will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a three-course prix fix menu with wine at $95 per person; the second seating will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and offers a five-course prix fixe menu with wine for $225 per person. But the fun doesn't stop there! Stay for a special rooftop champagne toast at midnight where you can overlook the fireworks on Worth Avenue before dancing the night away with their live DJ.

Cafe Boulud

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{Photo: Cafe Boulud}

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach | (561) 655-6060

Café Boulud’s special Easter Brunch  offered on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for $105 per person and $45 per child. The buffet style brunch features breakfast dishes such as avocado toast, eggs forrestiere, smoked salmon benedict with dill hollandaise, in addition to homestyle favorites including sweet tea brined fried chicken, herb roasted leg of lamb, and hickory honey turkey breast, in addition to a salad and dessert station to delight. See the full menu here.

Chez l'Epicier
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{Photo: Chez l'Epicier}

288 South County Road, Palm Beach | (561) 508-7030

Join Chez l'Epicier for their last Sugar Shack of spring on Easter from 11am to 1pm! Every spring as soon as the sap starts flowing, sugar shacks and maple syrup madness opens up throughout Quebec. From March and April, Chez L'Epicier flaunts their Canadian heritage and shares their sugar shack traditions with Palm Beach and Sunday brunch will be the "sweet spot" for this maple-infused dining experience. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased here.

The family style maple brunch features traditional french breakfast fare in addition to maple ham and foie gras terrine, pea soup with maple whipped cream, maple pudding cake, maple sugar pie, "Tire d’érable" (maple taffy on snow), house-made maple marshmallows, maple-apple cider doughnut, maple caramel bread pudding, and maple crème brûlée. So sweet!

Basque

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{Photo: Basque}

320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

Join Basque for Easter Brunch with bottomless Sangria, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary's for $18 and buckets of Estrella Damm for $28. Indulge in Chef Miguel's Spanish twists on brunch classics, like Pan con Banana with brioche french toast, dark chocolate, banana, berries and Chantilly; Huevos Basque with potato chips, potato foam, Iberico ham, fried free-range eggs and truffle; and Paella de Vegetables with bomba rice, heirloom vegetables and duck eggs. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. 

Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro
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{Photo: Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro}

100 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan | (561) 540-4923

Eau Palm Beach's Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro is celebrating Easter with a lavish brunch complete with omelet, carving and action stations, and an indulgent dessert display. Buffet stations include a wide variety of fresh pastries, assorted fruits, soups, market salads, cheese and charcuterie, smoked fish, raw bar, wood burning oven, pancakes and desserts. Verve Rich champagne garden and gourmet Bloody Mary included. Adults are $105 per person, and $45 for children, which includes an Easter egg hunt on the resort lawn.

The Breakers Palm Beach
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{Photo: The Breakers}

1 South County Road, Palm Beach | (877) 724-3188

Begin the holiday with an elaborate brunch at The Circle, one of The Breakers most stunning spaces dotted with arched windows and glimpses of the ocean. Indulge in an exquisite, one-of-a-kind buffet and an array of festive desserts as you sip unlimited champagne cocktails and The Breakers’ custom-blended wine—all while a harpist passes from table to table. Plus, create your own masterpiece at our Bloody Mary bar. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Brunch buffet is served from 11am to 3pm,  $150 per person $60 for children, ages 12 and younger. To reserve your table, book online or call (877) 724-3188.

Celebrate Easter with a beautiful three-course meal at The Breakers’ quintessential American restaurant, Flagler Steakhouse. Gather at a table inside or on their outdoor Terrace overlooking the iconic Ocean Course, and enjoy a special plated prix-fixe menu for brunch or dinner. Brunch is served from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 4pm to 9pm. $95 per person $40 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve your table for Flagler Steakhouse, book online or call (877) 724-3188.

TooJay's
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{Photo: TooJay's}

The spring celebration of Passover starts at sundown on Friday, March 30 and TooJay’s, the restaurant known for its generous servings of homemade New York deli favorites, is offering a traditional holiday menu. All in-restaurant entrees come with a glass of kosher wine, savory matzo ball soup, gefilte fish or chopped liver, carrot tzimmes, a potato pancake, macaroons and coffee or tea. 

A lean and tender brisket platter, lightly seasoned and freshly roasted chicken, salmon fillet baked to perfection, and baked stuffed atlantic cod are available on the menu for in-restaurant or at-home dining, along with roasted cornish game hen with matzo, fruit stuffing and an apricot glaze. Classic matzo brei is also available on the menu as a breakfast option. Made-from-scratch desserts showcased in TooJay’s famously tempting bakery include almond cake, sponge cake, honey cake, and coconut and chocolate macaroons. 

Reservations are required for in-restaurant dining at TooJay’s during Passover. Guests can call in advance or make a reservation in person for two seatings at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31. 

Power Lunch at The Office

 
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Located on the bustling see-and-be-seen avenue of Delray Beach, The Office merges whimsy and culinary artistry to create a modern American gastropub. Established in 2009, the indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar concept was derived from California, Chicago, and New York dining influences. The diverse menu elevates traditional American classics, and offers a variety of dishes to appeal to every diner. Immersing you in the intimate feeling and superior service of a mom-and-pop restaurant, The Office is a modern, trendy and spacious setting for an unexpected dining experience.

Be prepared to dive into a variety of unique food and drink options that will tantalize your tastebuds. The beverage menu, as extensive as its food counterpart, offers the same creativity and culinary technique as each dish, handcrafted to cocktail perfection. Providing a "comfortable limbo between restaurant and bar, The Office is focused on one thing - providing the best restaurant experience possible." And that they did!

From service to presentation, The Office delivered a gastronomic experience to impress. We began our power lunch al Fresco style with the freshly brewed Ginger Peach Iced Tea, refreshing and flavorful, our afternoon on the Ave was off to a splendid start. For bites, we wanted to try a variety of small plates, although "small" they were not. We were in awe as the colossal pretzel arrived to the table and became the new centerpiece - and center of conversation. Spectacular in sight and smell, the buttery hot pretzel was served with bacon honey butter and cheese sauce, a definite must try. We also couldn't pass up the macaroni and cheese bites served with extra cheese sauce and marinara. Fried to crispy perfection and extra cheesy, it's no wonder these tasty morsels are a favorite here.

 Frozé, rosé wine, vodka, ice

Frozé, rosé wine, vodka, ice

 Colossal Pretzel, bacon honey butter, cheese sauce

Colossal Pretzel, bacon honey butter, cheese sauce

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On a healthier note, we tried the beautifully prepared tuna tartare, stacked on fresh avocado and crispy wonton, served in a kimchee sauce and topped with cilantro. This was absolutely a crowd pleaser, and devoured almost instantaneously. The tuna was super fresh and served chilled, a perfect addition to lunch al Fresco. 

The "angry cauliflower" was sensational, and so unexpected. The sweet and spicy chili sauce resembled the flavor of orange chicken, without the breading and MSG. The cauliflower was crispy on the outside and incredibly flavorful. Definitely order one for the table (you'll thank us later!).

 Tuna Tartare, avocado, kimchee glaze, crispy wonton

Tuna Tartare, avocado, kimchee glaze, crispy wonton

 Angry Cauliflower, sweet & spicy chili sauce

Angry Cauliflower, sweet & spicy chili sauce

A seasonal menu item, that could constitute an entire meal in itself, was the sweet and satisfying grilled pear salad. Served with marinated grilled pears, butter leaf lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, herbed goat cheese, and pecan brittle, this salad was absolutely divine, and a flavor punch in every bite. Bonus, the pecan brittle doubles as a dessert...although we couldn't say no to frozé and a warm chocolate fudge brownie with ice-cream and mixed berries! 

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Since everything we ordered was so divine, we decided to indulge in an "afternoon cap". The Office frozé is rosé wine, vodka and ice, basically heaven in a glass. Refreshing and not too sweet, it was unanimously the best frozé we've had the pleasure of drinking. Served chilled with a side of warm gooey brownie was definitely the sweetest ending. The brownie was melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness, served a la mode with fresh berries, that perfectly complimented the froze. A truly unique and exceptional dining experience.

 Brownie Sundae, ice-cream, mixed berries 

Brownie Sundae, ice-cream, mixed berries 

Thank you to our fabulous server, Renato, and inviting manager, Marcello, for elevating our afternoon. We look forward to our next dining experience at The Office, and tasting all of their culinary masterpieces.

For more information about The Office, to view their menu, or to make reservations, visit their website or call (561) 276-3600. The Office is located at 201 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Eat Your Heart Out At One OF THESE TOP SPOTS This Valentine'S DAY

February 14 is coming up fast, and as Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, it's a great idea to make your plans now if they include dining out. Whether you want to spoil your sweetie or feast with a friend, here’s a list of indulge-worthy options we know you'll absolutely love.

Café Boulud
 {Photo: Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court}

{Photo: Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court}

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-6060

Café Boulud is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day at $125 per person. Nothing is more romantic than an evening in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of the Brazilian Court Hotel with food meticulously prepared by Executive Chef Rick Mace. Start the evening with the specialty cocktail for the evening, before moving into a first course of foie gras terrine, citrus salad with hearts of palm or a red salad of radicchio, treviso and pomegranate. Options for the main course include roasted turbot with fingerling potatoes and caviar, taleggio agnolotti with sunchoke and chive blossoms, and Daniel Boulud’s famous duo of beef. Finish the evening with a choice of desserts including white chocolate moelleux and petits fours to share.

Sant Ambroeus
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{Photo: Sant Ambroeus}

340 Royal Poinciana Way #304, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 285-7990

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Milanese hospitality and cuisine in the romantic atmosphere of Sant Ambroeus at the Royal Poinciana Plaza. Offering an extensive prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Marco Barbisotti for $120, the menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and a featured dessert. Select your appetizer option from a lengthy list of Sant Ambroeus classics such as the Polpo Croccante, grilled Portuguese octopus with radicchio chutney, or choose to try a new dish like the Uova e Ostriche, a deep-fried ostrich egg with a crispy oyster and light beer sauce. For the main course, options include handmade papparedelle with fresh porcini mushrooms, traditional Milanese breaded veal, and grilled rib eye steak for two.

The Chesterfield Hotel
 {Photo: Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield Hotel}

{Photo: Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield Hotel}

363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 659-5800

Rendezvous with your special valentine at the most romantic spot in Palm Beach, The Leopard Lounge at the iconic Chesterfield Hotel. Savour a beautiful four-course dining experience and then dance the night away to exciting live entertainment, where every lady will receive a red rose for Valentine's Day. The romance-themed menu features your choice of appetizer, salad, entree and dessert for $300 for two (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.

Chez L’ Epicier
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{Photo: Chez L'épicier}

288 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | 561-508-7030

Valentine’s Day at Chez L'epicier's is sure to wow you and your special someone. The menu will feature an enticing selection of gourmet aphrodisiacs, including poached oysters, tapioca custard, lobster bisque, foie gras crème brûlée. The main attraction, however, is their impressive 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiani with flambéed lobster and Cognac spaghetti ($120 per couple). Regular menu is available, too. 

Eau Palm Beach
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{Photo: Eau Palm Beach}

100 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL 33462 | (561) 540-4960

Eau Palm Beach resort is the ideal location for a couples’ escape with its unparalleled private beach and pool access, a Forbes Five-Star spa for playful relaxation, four in-house culinary experiences, guest rooms designed by Jonathan Adler, and highly Instagrammable experiences throughout. Valentine's Day options include:

Valentine’s Escape: Sip, spa, and swoon with your special someone February 11- 15, 2018. The Valentine’s Escape includes overnight accommodations in a luxury room or suite, a welcome spa amenity, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a couples’ massage at Eau Spa. Priced from $859.

Valentine's Oceanfront Cabana Dining: What's more romantic than an oceanfront dinner under the stars? Your private dining experience includes a Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast, personal butler and selection of a three to five-course dinner. From $195/person+. Menu offerings can be found here.

Dinner in Angle – Five course dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine Manlee Siu at $95/person (each course will include a hidden heart (i.e. the salad may have heart shaped carrots); add a Champagne flight featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label; Veuve Rose and Veuve La Grande Dame for an additional $120/couple.

Caviar at Stir Bar – for $35/person guests will enjoy (3) caviar bites paired with (1) shot of specialty vodka:

  • Whole Wheat Blini with Orange Crème Fraiche and Caviar
  • Oyster on the Half Shell with Chives, Crispy Potatoes, and Caviar
  • Toast point with Shallot Jam, Smoked Salmon, Dill and Caviar

* Price is $35 a flight including vodka shot

Four Seasons Palm Beach
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{Photo: Four Seasons Palm Beach}

150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach | (561) 429-8456

The Four Seasons Palm Beach is serving up a seriously romantic Valentine's Day in the privacy of your own hotel room. The evening will include a dozen roses in addition to rose petals sprinkled on the bed, and the in-room iPod dock will allow you to listen to your favorite romantic playlist. Enjoy a three-course dinner on your private balcony, including a bottle of Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Champagne for $200 per person. 

Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers
 {Photo: Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers}

{Photo: Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers}

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 724-3118

Treat your special someone to a memorable evening at your favorite chophouse. Tuck into a table and enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring Flagler Steakhouse’s USDA prime cuts, fresh fish and savory sides ($165 per person, and $50 for children ages 12 and younger until 6:30 PM). Sip the featured Polynesian Kiss cocktail, or a glass of wine from our award-winning selection as you enjoy quality time together. To reserve your table for this romantic evening, simply book online or call.

Healthy Eating While Dining Out

It's officially the new year, and for many of us, that means resolutions, healthier life choices, and a new diet. It can be tough to find diet-friendly menu options while eating out, and for us, there's nothing worse than being cooped up at home. With that in mind, we've listed some healthier menu options at a few of our favorite restaurants around town. Here's to a healthy, happy 2018!

Café Boulud

Though many of us might associate French fare with butter in every dish and garlic galore, there are plenty of healthier options, too. Café Boulud has a number of menu choices that are on the lighter side. Here are a just a few to get you started.

Lunch: (asterisk* denotes a Prix Fixe menu option):

  • Gazpacho*: A cold soup with six main ingredients (tomatoes, olive oil, cucumbers, red bell peppers, onions and garlic), gazpacho has tons of health benefits. It is delicious and refreshing, and packed with vitamins and nutrients. In a recent study published in the professional journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, some the health benefits of eating gazpacho include improved blood pressure levels, a carotene boost, and plenty of antioxidants to help you stay fit and healthy.

  • Beets & Endive Salad*: Even if you don't like beets, you likely know that they are good for you. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium, which is essential for healthy nerve and muscle function. They are also loaded with manganese, which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Endives are rich in B vitamins, and grapefruit has plenty of vitamin C to boost your immune system.

Dinner:

  • Wood Roasted Chicken*: Chicken is a lean protein that helps to build muscle, which is important if you're not only dieting, but working out too. Roasting a chicken is one of the healthiest, and most delicious, ways to enjoy chicken. At Café Boulud this dish comes with frisee (finely chopped endive salad) and roasted fingerling potatoes. If you're being hyper conscious of carbohydrates or saturated fats, perhaps consider asking the server to substitute sliced tomatoes for the potatoes instead. 

  • Pan Seared Scallops: A member of the shellfish family, scallops are more than 80 percent protein! If you're on a high protein, low fat and no carb diet, this is the menu option for you. Served with brussels sprouts and a miso jus, this dish is likely to be approved by most dietitians - especially if you ask for the jus on the side.

  • Organic King Salmon: Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, a great lean source of protein, high in vitamin B, antioxidants, potassium and selenium, salmon is often considered one of the most diet friendly foods available.

Buccan

Buccan is a Palm Beach Social Diary favorite. This Palm Beach fusion restaurant is only open for dinner, and has plenty of diet-friendly menu options to choose from! Bonus, as they share a wall with their sister restaurant, Imoto, staff usually allow you to order off the sushi menu, meaning there is an array of healthy raw fish options to choose from if you don't spot something you fancy on the Buccan menu.

Appetizers:

  • Baby Kale Salad: Loaded with fiber and sulfur, baby kale aids with digestion and liver health. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, contains hydrates that your body need, increases your metabolism (hello!), and contributes to healthy blood sugar levels. At Buccan, this salad is served with parmesan cheese, pine nuts (which can reduce heart disease while boosting energy levels), vitamin C and antioxidant rich black currants, and a lemon vinaigrette. Yum!

  • Hamachi Tiradito: This Latin inspired raw fish dish boasts plenty of health benefits. Yellowtail (Hamachi), like most fish, is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as many additional nutrients, including vitamins A and D, calcium and protein. This dish is served with Peruvian chilies are high in antioxidants and flavonoids including beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin. are amazingly high in vitamin C. Also on the plate you will find lotus root (which has unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients), mojo onions (a great source of vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, and potassium), and a yuzu vinaigrette.

  • Oysters: Oysters are one of our all time top choices for a low calorie diet. Though high in cholesterol, oysters deliver 16 grams of protein in every 6-ounce serving, are rich in vitamins C and B-12; and are loaded with zinc, selenium, and iron. If you're a horseradish fan, double up on an extra scoop or two in your cocktail sauce! Loaded with health benefits, horseradish can help prevent cancer, is an antioxidant as well as an antimicrobial and antibacterial, it reduces symptoms of respiratory illness, is a known digestive aid, anti-inflamitant, and pain reliever.

Entreés: 

  • Octopus Tabbouleh: A play on the Mediterranean herbed dish, Buccan's light Octobus Tabbouleh is loaded with chickpeas, fresno chili, parley and fresh mint. Some fun facts about why this dish is on our list: A 3-ounce serving of octopus has less than 150 calories and more than 25 grams of protein! Chickpeas are a major source of protein that also helps to control blood sugar levels, help with weight loss, protects against heart disease, and improves digestive health. Chilis are packed with vitamins A & B, and are also a good source of vitamin C. Parsley is a great source for flavonoid antioxidants, acts as a natural diuretic, has plenty of beneficial essential oils, and can help fight against kidney stones. Fresh mint doesn't only add a ton of flavor but is a calming herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion, can prevent rhesperatory infections, treat asthma, prevent fatigue and memory loss and aids in weight loss. 

  • Wild Striped Bass Veracruz: Low in calories but loaded with flavor, striped sea bass is an excellent source of protein, selenium and essential omega-3 fatty acids. This dish is served with rice, beans (high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc), tomato & olive stew, radish salad.

Honor Bar
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The newest restaurant to take up a residence at the Royal Poinciana Plaza is the Palm Beach Grill sister restaurant, the Honor Bar. Though widely known for their crispy chicken sandwich, this American fare grill and bar also has plenty of healthier options to choose from. Here are a few we love.

Appetizers:

  • Tuna Tartare: A lean Protein, tuna is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Honor Bar serves this dish with sliced avocado, a healthy source of fat, and toasted ciabata, though we recommend leaving out.

  • House-Mase Hummus with Crudités: This is easily our favorite appetizer menu option. Honor Bar serves their hummus up thick and lean with a variety of healthy, crisp vegetables to snack on. The crudités includes celery (which is an excellent source of antioxidants and is loaded beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals), carrots (a high source of beta carotene), and squash (vitamins A, B6 C, and E).

Entreés: 

  • Omlette with Spinache & Cheese: Who doesn't love breakfast for lunch or dinner? Fluffy scrambles eggs are a great source for high quality protein. Egg whites are also rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. This delicious omelette is also loaded with spinach, which is a natural diuretic that is also a great source of fiber, zinc, and vitamins.

  • The Macho Salad: Despite it's name, this salad will leave you feeling light and healthy afterwards! Our top choice on the Honor Bar menu, the Macho Salad is loaded with healthy foods. The roasted chicken is an excellent source of protein, cooked perfectly and mixed in. It also has avocado, which contains more potassium than bananas, toasted almonds (which are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E), corn (a complex carbohydrate loaded with dietary fiber) and goats cheese.

Avocado Grill
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{Photo: Avocado Grill}

The reason we go here is in the title: avocados are a superfood packed with tons nutritious benefits. They are loaded with vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K, potassium, folate, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that are linked to the reduction of inflammation. With an array of healthy, yet delicious menu items, you will have no trouble sticking to your new years resolutions at this downtown West Palm Beach restaurant.

Small Plates:

  • Whole Avocado Vinaigrette: As we said above, avocados are a superfood. Health benefits include reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels, cancer prevention, increased cardiovascular health, and weight loss, among others. At Avocado Grill, this dish is served with a sherry vinaigrette and Malden sea salt.
  • Ceviche: A top choice for any dieter, ceviche is a lean source of protein loaded with health benefits. Also low in calories, and light in fare, you can't go wrong with this dish. Avocado Gril's ceviche includes snapper (rich in selenium, vitamin A, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids), mahi (a lean source of vitamin B and iron), calamari (full of vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron), bay scallops, red onion and ahi amarillo.
  • Grilled Zucchini: Possibly one of our top vegetable choices period, zucchini is an amazing source of antioxidants and vitamin C. It is also a known anti-inflammatory, great source of potassium, and is low in calories and carbohydrates. Served with pickled red onions, hazelnuts, crumbled goats cheese, remosco sauce, we absolutely adore this dish at Avocado Grill.

Large Plates:

  • Chicken Paillard: What says diet friendly more than a flattened, light chicken breast in an olive oil lemon sauce? Avocado Grill's Chicken Paillard is served over a base of locally sourced arugula (a cancer preventing green that is loaded vitamins B, C and K, folate, potassium and minerals). It also has baby heirloom tomatoes (rich in vitamin A, B6, C, and K, and folate, and thiamin). artichokes (boast high levels of folate, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K), red onion, and parmesan.
  • Zaatar Grill Chicken Breast and Baby Kale: Loaded with cancer preventing blackberries, this dish is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Another superfood found in this dish are beets, which are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium. Cucumber is another major component, which helps to keep  you hydrated and flushes out toxins. 
Lynora's
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{Photo: Lynora's}

Though Lynora's is a local favorite for pizza and pasta, their expansive menu also contains plenty of healthier options. From Octopus to fresh fish dishes, leafy greens and house-made cheeses, we're happy to say that it is possible to dine out Italiano and stay on diet too.

Lunch:

  • Mista di Mare: A Mediterranean seafood lovers dream, this dish is loaded with lean seafood includin, calamari, scungilli, shrimp, scallops, celery, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil. Not only a ood source of protein this dish has a wealth of key vitamins and minerals.
  • Insalata Rucola E Pera: Another healthy arugula-based salad dish we love, this salad option from Lynoras is loaded with healthy foods. Vitamin B rich endives provide a crunch alongside omega-3 essential fatty acids rich walnuts. The poached pears are full of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Even the pomegranate vinaigrette on top boasts plenty of health benefits, including cancer preventing antioxidants, plenty of vitamins and helps with digestion and heart disease.

Dinner:

  • Polpette De La Casa: If you're trying the Atkins diet, these meatballs probably made the list. Lynora's delicious house made meatballs are made with veal, beef, and pork, and are served with their classic marinara and house made ricotta. While this dish is not low calorie or on the lighter side, it is carbohydrate free and packs a ton of flavor!
  • Red Snapper: Snapper is a delicious source of selenium, vitamin A, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Served with shrimp and rosemary, this dish boasts plenty of protein, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, essential oils and vitamins.

Ring in the New Year with One of These Amazing Palm Beach Locations

Just a few days to New Years' Eve and 2018! Do you have your plans set for ringing in the new year? If you're still on the fence, or simply need some inspiration, we've rounded up some of our favorite New Years Eve dinner options to help you ring in the New Year in style in Palm Beach.

Costa Palm Beach
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{Photo: Costa Palm Beach}

150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach | (561) 429-8456

Costa Palm Beach has two elegant New Years Eve dinner seatings available. The first seating will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a three-course prix fix menu with wine at $95 per person; the second seating will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and offers a five-course prix fixe menu with wine for $225 per person. But the fun doesn't stop there! Stay for a special rooftop champagne toast at midnight where you can overlook the fireworks on Worth Avenue before dancing the night away with their live DJ.

Café Boulud
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{Photo: Café Boulud}

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-6060

Offering another stunning special feast at the Brazilian Court, for New Year’s Eve Café Boulud is offering a five-course prix fixe meal featuring starters of foie gras and Peekytoe crab followed by courses of taleggio fonduta ravioli and hazelnut crusted St. Pierre. Select a main course dish of Milbrook Farm Venison or the Café Boulud classic duo of beef before finishing with exotic pavlova with passion fruit sorbet or a chocolate cremeux with caramel. For $375 per person, you can enjoy a truly elegant dinner al fresco style or in the beautiful restaurant space inside.

Sant Ambroeus
 {Photo: Richard Graulich, The Palm Beach Post}

{Photo: Richard Graulich, The Palm Beach Post}

340 Royal Poinciana Way #304, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 285-7990

Ring in the New Year at Sant Amroeus with live music from the Juju Quartet, a theatrical blend of ragtime and jazz standards featuring Shira Lee on vocals and Rainer Davis on guitar. A prix-fix menu will be offered for $125 featuring a selection of appetizers, main courses and dessert!

Chez L’ Epicier
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{Photo: Chez L'épicier}

288 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | 561-508-7030

The always stylish Palm Beach spot, Chez L'Epicier, is serving two different prix fixe dinner options for New Year’s Eve. The first requires guests to be seated prior to 7:00 p.m. for $75 per person while the second will begin at 9:00 p.m. for $95 per person. Both dinners offer a stunning a five-course dinner, highlights include appetizer options such as their Smoked Trout Mousse and the Foie Gras Royale, entrée selections including Roasted Duck Breast and Stuffed Dover Sole, and a choice of Caramel and Grand-Marnier Candy Apple with Spiced Crumble or Chocolate Soufflé for dessert.

Meat Market
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{Photo: Meat Market}

191 Bradley Pl, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 | (561) 354-9800

Meat Market will be serving their regular menu options in the dining room, however you can ring in the new year with a Great Gatsby-themed celebration in the lounge! Guest will enjoy a live DJ while dining on a la carte specials. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Dom Pérignon is being offered at $250 per bottle. Reservations are strongly suggested.

The Breakers
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{Photo: The Breakers}

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 724-3118

New Year’s Eve Celebration at HMF - December 31

Staggered Seating at 8:30 PM, 9 PM, 9:30 PM & 10 PM
$400 per person for Main Room, Loggia Tables & Bar
$5,600 for Communal Table (dinner for 14 guests)
$7,500 for VIP Wine Room (dinner for 20 guests)

It’s the last (and most glamorous) night of the year. Celebrate it in proper Palm Beach style at the island’s hottest spot: HMF. Enjoy a special multi-course dinner and a midnight champagne toast—all as you enjoy live entertainment, dancing and watch the ball drop live from Times Square. For a new level of luxe, consider the social club’s Communal Table or ultra-exclusive VIP Wine Room, replete with extra offerings, dedicated servers and much more. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year.

To reserve your seat for this special, reservation-only evening, simply call (561) 659-8466, extension 7262.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Flagler Steakhouse - December 31

5:30 PM – 11 PM
$275 per person
$50 for children ages 11 and younger until 6:30 PM

Make your last meal of the year your most memorable one. In honor of New Year’s Eve, Flagler Steakhouse—The Breakers’ modern take on the classic American steakhouse—will be serving a special prix-fixe menu of three courses.

To reserve your table, simply book online or call (877) 724-3188.

New Year’s Eve Fantasy Ball in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom - December 31 | Sold out, waitlist available

7:30 PM – 1 AM
$525 per person for Hotel Guests & Club Members
$625 per person for Outside Guests

If ever there was a night for glamour, this is it. Dress to the nines and join us in the spectacular Ponce de Leon Ballroom, bedecked with dramatic ceilings and glittering chandeliers. Gather with family and friends at this black tie event and enjoy an evening of entertainment and culinary delights. Sip cocktails as you enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a premium raw bar and specialty stations, followed soon after by an artful four-course dinner, complete with wine pairings and an open bar. Sit back and enjoy live performances, then dance the night away to the Powerhouse Band. As midnight nears, opt for a glass of champagne and get ready to count down in style. Best of all? A half-hour into the new year, you’ll be treated to an extensive buffet of breakfast favorites—the perfect fix after a night of celebration.

To be added to the waitlist for this reservation-only evening, simply call (877) 724-3188. Please note, children under 12 are not permitted.

New Year's Day Brunch - January 1

11 AM – 3 PM
$150 per person
$60 for children ages 11 and younger

Celebrate 2017 and begin 2018 in style with an elaborate, spirited brunch at The Circle, arguably the resort’s most stunning space, dotted with arched windows and glimpses of the ocean waves. Indulge in creative cocktails, an exquisite, one-of-a-kind buffet, festive desserts and more—all while a harpist passes from table to table. 

To reserve your table, simply book online or call (877) 724-3188.

Happy Hour Perfected at Café Boulud

Michelin Chef and James Beard Award winner, Daniel Boulud, has perfected upscale French dining as chef and owner of fifteen world renowned restaurants, and author of eight books. Palm Beach is home to one of just four of Chef Daniel Boulud's four US-locations (outside of New York), and we couldn't be more thrilled about it!

 {Pictured: Palm Beach Social Diary Editors Jessica Fontaine Swift and Leah Logue with Chef Daniel Boulud}

{Pictured: Palm Beach Social Diary Editors Jessica Fontaine Swift and Leah Logue with Chef Daniel Boulud}

Café Boulud showcases signature Boulud dishes at Palm Beach's premier resort and dining destination, The Brazilian Court Hotel. The elegant hotel has a lovely setting complete with an outdoor terrace that is the perfect location to enjoy Chef Daniel Boulud's fabulous French cuisine and cocktails, particularly during the winter months when al fresco dining is always at or around 72 degrees F.

We spent the most lovely afternoon experiencing Café Boulud's fabulous happy hour in the elegant ambience of The Brazilian Court, surrounded by Palm Beach's classiest crowd. Offered daily from 4pm to 6pm, happy hour features $8 select wines and signature cocktails, and a light fare menu. We indulged in a wonderful assortment of bites and beverages, starting in the courtyard before making our way to the bustling lounge complete with live piano entertainment. Here's how we spent our afternoon at one of our new favorite go-to happy hour destinations on the Island!

 
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Seated in the picturesque lush courtyard of The Brazilian Court, we sipped cocktails and chatted to the sound of water fountains bubbling away in the background. Our favorite cocktail (possibly of anywhere we've ever been) is the White Cosmopolitan, a beautiful drink served in a martini glass and a carafe with vodka, elderflower liqueur, white cranberry, and of course, an orchid ice sphere! Though for us, this stunning and refreshing cocktail stole the show, all of the cocktails were truly delicious, including a lovely Manhattan Winter Tale with rye whiskey, apple cider and sweet vermouth, topped with a sugar soaked cherry, and a perfectly poured classic Old Fashioned on cubed ice.

 CLASSIC OLD FASHIONED rye whiskey, bitters, soda water, sugar cubes

CLASSIC OLD FASHIONED
rye whiskey, bitters, soda water, sugar cubes

 WHITE COSMOPOLITAN vodka, elderflower liqueur, white cranberry, orchid ice sphere

WHITE COSMOPOLITAN
vodka, elderflower liqueur,
white cranberry, orchid ice sphere

 MANHATTAN WINTER TALE rye whiskey, apple cider sweet vermouth

MANHATTAN WINTER TALE
rye whiskey, apple cider
sweet vermouth

We were presented with a selection of vibrant and savory dishes, introduced by the Café Boulud Executive Chef Rick Mace, all of which were exquisite. A beautiful charcuterie board offering a selection of exotic and delicious meats and cheeses to chose from, including chicken liver mousse, mortadella, serrano ham, saucisson sec, pâté de campaign, cana de cobra, toma, brie, and fourme d’ambers. Pan roasted mussels were served in a smoked sweet tomato curry with greens and a foam mousse that were divine. Next we indulged in smoked lamb ribs that were cooked to perfection and flavored with a chimichurri sauce, a crowd favorite. Last but certainly not least was a BBQ short rib dumpling that the chef created after an inspirational working trip to Japan. The dumplings were finished with a lovely Shoyu dipping sauce. Heavenly.

 CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE country bread | pickles | chutney

CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE country bread | pickles | chutney

 PAN ROASTED MUSSELS smoked tomato curry | crispy rice

PAN ROASTED MUSSELS smoked tomato curry | crispy rice

 SMOKED LAMB RIBS chimichurri sauce 

SMOKED LAMB RIBS chimichurri sauce 

 BBQ SHORT RIB DUMPLINGS shoyu dipping sauce

BBQ SHORT RIB DUMPLINGS shoyu dipping sauce

Around sunset we moved into the dimly lit lounge adjacent to the backlit bar. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Kawai piano comes to life with live music from a collection of musicians playing Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and other classic, jazz and contemporary tunes. 

We continued to sip and nibble while enjoying the sounds of Sasha, who was taking requests and delivering outstanding performances. The evening winded down with an order of Confit Duck Cigars with foie gras and cherry, and the Boulud Sud Mezzo featuring hummus, baba ganoush and herb falafel, both pairing well of course with our White Cosmopolitans.

From the quite courtyard cocktails, to the vibrant and lively lounge, there was one constant throughout our time at Café Boulud, which was the impeccable service. Beginning the moment we arrived and spanning several hours, everyone we encountered was an absolute joy, genuinely kind, professional, and attentive to detail, and we want to thank the staff for a truly wonderful experience. While we were reluctant to leave, we look forward to our next adventure at Café Boulud.

 CONFIT DUCK CIGARS foie gras | cherry

CONFIT DUCK CIGARS foie gras | cherry

 BOULUD SUD MEZZE hummus | baba ganoush | herb falafel

BOULUD SUD MEZZE hummus | baba ganoush | herb falafel

Café Boulud | The Brazilian Court Hotel | 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach | Website

For reservations and more information, please call (561) 655-6060

Get Healthy in 2018 with DeliverLean

New Years' Eve is just around the corner, which means resolutions! Of all the many ways we want to better ourselves, year after year most of us choose the resolution of leading healthier lives. We're definitely getting on that trend this year with some help from our friends at DeliverLean. With health and wellness delivered to your doorstep, we can't think of an easier way to achieve our 2018 New Year's Resolution.

 {Photo: DeliverLean}

{Photo: DeliverLean}

DeliverLean is South Florida's fastest growing, healthy meal delivery company. That's right! They're locals, like us. They offer over 100 menu items, including organic cold pressed juices, snacks, and desserts. DeliverLean is unique in that it caters to vegans, vegetarians, and paleotarians, among other fitness forward and health conscious consumers.

For the past week we've been trying out this amazing cooked for delivery meal plan and here's what we loved about it:

  • The food options were vast and can be broken down by dietary requirements on their website in one easy click. Plans include vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free, classic, and detox. 
  • The meal plans are highly customizable, and include three, four, or five meals per day for five, six, or seven days a week.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and juices are all included as options.
  • Everything we had was delicious and simple to heat up and enjoy.
  • No cooking - hello! More time to do everything else in our busy lives.
  • They're a local company, which means we get to support our fellow Floridians!
  • DeliverLean delivers over 150,000 meals a month from Miami to Orlando - and all overages going to Miami’s Lotus House, a homeless shelter for women and children.

As health conscious women on the go, we jumped at the opportunity to have fresh, nutritious, already prepared and perfectly packaged meals delivered right to our homes. Like Christmas morning, receiving a cooler of food every other day is very exciting. The options are vast, and allow you to try things you may not have otherwise thought to, without the guilt, or gluten. Here's a sample of what we enjoyed:

Breakfast
 {Photo: DeliverLean Sweet Potato Pancakes}

{Photo: DeliverLean Sweet Potato Pancakes}

 {Photo: DeliverLean Egg White Strata}

{Photo: DeliverLean Egg White Strata}

 {Photo: DeliverLean Banana Almond Nut Pancakes}

{Photo: DeliverLean Banana Almond Nut Pancakes}

DeliverLean offers a variety of breakfast items packed with protein and nutrients to leave you satisfied and energized all morning. The options are diverse and creative, reinventing your favorite restaurant dishes, but with a healthy, or veggie twist. Selections include an assortment of egg dishes, french toast, pancakes, oatmeal, waffles, and much more. Some of our favorites included the zucchini pancakes, banana almond nut pancakes, and the egg ratatoullie.

The zucchini pancakes were a play on potato latkes, savory and nutritious. They come with a piece of lean round ham for your morning protein fill, and a zesty salsa. Super easy to heat up, and loaded with greens! We recommend adding a dollop of plain greek yogurt for a creamy tang. We also really enjoyed the banana nut pancakes. Made with almond flour and walnuts, it's a Paleo lover's dream! Like real banana pancakes minus the carbs, but still super filling and satisfying. Three pancakes come with a cinnamon maple applesauce for dipping. Easy to reheat (toaster, microwave, or cooktop), and delicious to eat. 

Lunch
 {Photo: DeliverLean California Cobb Salad}

{Photo: DeliverLean California Cobb Salad}

 {Photo: DeliverLeanAdobo Marinated Grilled Chicken Sandwich}

{Photo: DeliverLeanAdobo Marinated Grilled Chicken Sandwich}

 {Photo: DeliverLean Brown Rice Kale Salad}

{Photo: DeliverLean Brown Rice Kale Salad}

The salad options are great for grab-and-go to work or post workout. Nutritious and filling, these easily portable meals are packed with flavor and protein. DeliverLean recently started selling their prepackaged salads at Whole Foods as well, making it even easier to enjoy these delicious ready made salads.

On the paleo menu, we recommend the California Cobb salad, which includes raw mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, crumbled cheese and a generous portion of chicken with a light creamy ranch dressing. For a super lean and nutrient packed lunch, opt for the brown rice and kale salad, or the salmon "poke" bowl. The salmon was super fresh and lightly cooked to a medium rare temperature served atop a bed of spinach, crushed wasabi peas (which we love!), diced cucumbers, shredded carrots, grapefruit ponzu, pickled ginger, toasted nori and black and white sesame seeds. Try a splash of sesame oil, balsamic and a squeeze of lemon for a punch of flavor, or a handful of wasabi almonds for an extra crunch. 

Other lunch options include sandwiches, stirfry, burgers, pastas and more, featuring a variety of proteins such as chicken, fish, shrimp, steak, pork, tofu, and beans. As with the breakfast items, each meal is surprisingly filling, and some were even a struggle to finish!

Dinner
 {Photo: DeliverLean Wild Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Penne}

{Photo: DeliverLean Wild Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Penne}

 {Photo: DeliverLean Macademian Crusted Chicken}

{Photo: DeliverLean Macademian Crusted Chicken}

 {Photo: DeliverLean Shrimp Arrabbiata}

{Photo: DeliverLean Shrimp Arrabbiata}

The dinner options offer a lot of food per portion. Though it’s condensed in a small container, once plated it's just as big, if not bigger, than restaurant portions. We really enjoyed the Caribbean rum glazed chicken with jicama “rice”, peppers, carrots and snow pea stir fry. The jicama ‘rice’ gave a really nice crunch to the chicken, while the raisins add a hint of sweetness. Lots of flavor packed into a low calorie count, just how we like! Another favorite was the steak with sweet potato mash and asparagus. The steak was nicely cooked (not dry!) and delicious. As in all the meals, the protein portions are large and well balanced with veggies. 

So far, we're really loving this easy - and affordable - way to lose weight in 2018. DeliverLean's online portal is very user friendly and easy to follow a specific diet; simply select the plan you prefer and those meal options are immediately sorted for you. For example, we chose the paleo diet, which automatically eliminated meals with carbohydrates and other non-paleo friendly food items. The meal plan allows you to liberate yourself from managing every detail of your diet with healthy, portion controlled, chef prepared gourmet meals delivered directly to your door. No shopping, no cooking, no cleaning, no calorie counting. So go on, get healthy with us in 2018!

To explore the menu items and pricing, visit their website or call (954) 459-3633.

For 10% off DeliverLean Packages, use code PBSOCIAL10!

DELICIOUS DINE-OUT OPTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

If you're still exhausted from cooking Thanksgiving dinner, consider eating out this holiday season! Here are a few of the best dining offerings for Christmas dinner around Palm Beach County. Bon Appetite!

The Breakers
 {Photo: The Breakers}

{Photo: The Breakers}

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 724-3118

The Breakers has organized several delicious ways to celebrate the holidays with them this year. From tea time to brunch, elegant dinners and more, dining at the Breakers this season is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

HMF Holiday Tea, December 23 & 26 – 30 from 3 PM – 5 PM
$55 per person

Pinkies up! To celebrate the most festive season of all, we’re serving afternoon tea with a twist in HMF. Arrive in your favorite tea-time attire and enjoy the delicacies of Holiday Tea, such as handcrafted tea sandwiches, warm buttermilk scones with Devonshire cream, rose petal jam, preserves and delicate pastries, as well as a curated selection of teas. To dial up the fun, we’re serving a menu of bespoke cocktails, too.


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at Flagler Steakhouse, December 24 & 25
Brunch: 11 AM – 2 PM
$95 per person, $40 for children ages 11 and younger
Dinner: 4 PM – 9 PM
$125 per person, $50 for children ages 11 and younger

Celebrate the holidays in style as you enjoy a special meal at Flagler Steakhouse, a fresh take on the classic American chophouse. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day, treat your family to an incredible plated brunch on the outdoor terrace. In the evening, sit inside at a cozy table and enjoy a prix-fixe dinner menu of three courses, featuring all of your holiday favorites.


Holiday Brunch at The Circle, December 24 & 25
11 AM – 3 PM
$150 per person
$60 for children ages 11 and younger

Begin the holiday with an elaborate, spirited brunch at The Circle, arguably the resort’s most stunning space, dotted with arched windows and glimpses of the ocean waves. Indulge in creative cocktails, an exquisite, one-of-a-kind buffet, festive desserts and more—all while a harpist passes from table to table playing holiday carols. It’s a true feast for the senses, sure to become your newest Christmas tradition.


Christmas Dinner in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom, December 25 3 PM – 7 PM
$150 per person
$60 for children ages 11 and younger

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—celebrate this special day with us in our stunning, Ponce de Leon Ballroom. Dotted with glittering chandeliers and trimmed in twinkling lights and festive décor, it’s a space that captures the splendor of the season like nothing else. Leave the cooking to us and let your focus be on making memories with loved ones. Our elaborate buffet dinner offers the very best of the holidays, from classics like hand-carved tenderloin of beef and rack of lamb to the day’s luxurious bounty of fresh catches: spiced jumbo shrimp cocktail, Alaskan King crab legs, oysters, clams, caviar, sushi rolls and more. An array of indulgent desserts—from festive peppermint bark and glamorous crème brûlée to ornately decorated cakes and pies—is a sweet ending to our most luxurious holiday feast.

Café Boulud
 {Photo: Café Boulud}

{Photo: Café Boulud}

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | (561) 655-6060

Dine in the tropics at the gorgeous and always delicious Cafe Boulud this Christmas. Their special menu will be offered on Christmas Eve for $135 per person and on Christmas Day for $125 per person, $45 per child. The menu, created by Executive Chef Rick Mace, features appetizers such as vichyssoise, pheasant and foie gras pâté en croute, followed by main course options of seared duck breast, venison, and foraged mushroom tagliatelle. Bravo!

Lynnora's
 {Photo: Lynora's}

{Photo: Lynora's}

207 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | (561) 899-3117

Celebrate Christmas Eve Italian style with the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Lynora's. For $65 Chef Maria Abbenante will prepare a special Traditional Italian Christmas Eve Dinner of the Seven Fishes, served family style. An experience to be had! Must call in advance and reserve your table. Buon Natale!

Avocado Grill
 {Photo: Avocado Grill}

{Photo: Avocado Grill}

125 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | (561) 623-0822

Join Avocado Grill for a fun 'Naughty or Nice' brunch on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Santa-themed attire! They also have Christmas dinner planned, and will be open from 1:00 - 9:00 pm on Christmas Day.

Guests are invited to order á la carte from the regular or vegan menus with the tempting promise of several festive surprises to be announced. Some of the specials will include: Black Grouper with a clam chorizo broth; Braised Lamb Shank with rosemary and ricotta gnocchi; Lobster Tagliatelli with asparagus, mushrooms, and leeks; or Beef Filet Au Poivre with braised kale and fingerling mashed potatoes.

Leila Restaurant
 {Photo: Leila Restaurant}

{Photo: Leila Restaurant}

120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-659-7373

Lamd for Christmas? Count us in! The downtown WPB Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, Leila, will be serving up a splendid Christmas dinner option. The menu includes an Australian leg of lamb infused with garlic and olive oil, seared on a hot grill and finished in the oven. Served with plenty of succulent rice and a medley of roasted vegetables, everyone around the holiday table will be more than satisfied. Accompanied by generous portions of muhammara, a Middle Eastern red pepper and walnut spread and hummus, a velvety blend of chickpea pate, garlic, lemon and sesame tahini, you won't be going hungry this Christmas! A large fresh Greek salad with crisp romaine lettuce, cucumber squares, green pepper, onion and red tomato topped with crumbled feta, and kalmata olives along with sides of traditional pita bread and a dessert of the restaurant’s wildly popular baklawa, will all accompany the meal. Cost is $220. Guests looking to dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can visit the restaurant from 4:30–9:30 p.m. Leila will offer this Christmas dinner special, along with their daily dinner menu.

Chez L’ Epicier
 {Photo: Chez L'épicier}

{Photo: Chez L'épicier}

288 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | 561-508-7030

The always chic Chez L'épicier will be serving a prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu costs $95 per person and includes a mushroom cappuccino with cave-aged cheddar cracker and black pepper foam followed by a choice of two starters, a second course (smoked trout, fois gras), a choice of three entrées (land, sea and veggie options), and a choice of two desserts (Grand-Marnier candy apple, spiced crumble). Reservations are strongly suggested. See you there!

Sant Ambroeus Debuts New Lunch Menu Items with Palm Beach Social Diary

 
 {Photo: Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach Dining Room}

{Photo: Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach Dining Room}

 

Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach opened its doors in the fall of 2016, bringing old-world European Charm to the Royal Poinciana Plaza. Inspired by the Italian Gran Caffé’s of the 1950’s, Sant Ambroeus exudes elegance and class amidst its mid-century modern lines and rich traditional Italian finishes. 

As firm believers in the 'Ladies Who Lunch' philosophy, Palm Beach Social Diary couldn't resist an opportunity to experience Sant Ambroeus' new fall menu options, and an experience it was! From impeccable service to indulgent dishes, we loved everything about our afternoon at Sant Ambroeus. The chef and staff were kind enough to prepare a few new dishes from their main and prix fixe menus, the latter of which includes and appetizer, main course and dessert for $35 and is available for lunch Monday through Friday.

Our antipasti included a selection of fresh and seasonal dishes that are as much a treat for the eyes as they are the stomach. 

 Burrata

Burrata

 Bresaola Carpaccio

Bresaola Carpaccio

 Eggplant Pizze

Eggplant Pizze

We were immediately impressed by the beautiful and bright burrata, featuring a yellow beet salad and crispy salted kale. The crunch of the kale combined with the creamy burrata and sweet beets made a winning combination that paired perfectly with the Bresaola Carpaccio. Served with arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano and aged balsamic vinegar, the tender carpaccio was simply delicious, and focused on the superior quality of the ingredients. Our third appetizer was a light and crispy pizza with eggplant ribbons and sun dried tomato sauce. A beautiful beginning to a lovely lunch.

 
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Our secondi, or main dish, included Wagyu Short Rib Sliders served with fries and homemade harissa ketchup. This flavorful wagyu beef was topped with pickled red onions and finished with a spicy jalapeño mayo creating a refined twist on the slider. We also tried the linguine vongole with one pound of Manila clams and fresh parsley. Our favorite dish of the day was the melt-in-your-mouth Costoletta di Angelo, a beautiful wild Icelandic rack of lamb with eggplant sauce, lemon and fresh mint. 

 Vongole Linguine with Clams

Vongole Linguine with Clams

 Wagyu Short Rib Sliders

Wagyu Short Rib Sliders

 Costoletta di Agnello Rack of Lamb

Costoletta di Agnello Rack of Lamb

All three dishes were presented beautifully. We were taken to each dish, even something as simple as sliders, having a pop of color that made each stand out on the table. 

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After the meal we decided to muse the delicately crafted pastries and decided on a simple but decadent cappuccino in the café area. Topped with an oh-so-cute heart design in the foam, the cappuccino and Sant Ambroeus' café harken to traditional Italian coffee service where the morning ritual is not merely grab and go but a social experience.

Whether you stop in for your morning coffee and croissant in the buzzy café, network over lunch in the formal dining room, or meet friends and family to enjoy their spectacular dinner menu options, Sant Ambroeus is sure to impress. From its sleek, mid-century décor to its fine dining experience, the team at Sant Ambroeus have left nothing to be desired.

 
 {Photo: Sant Ambroeus}

{Photo: Sant Ambroeus}

 

Sant Ambroeus Prix Fixe Lunch Menu
Hours of Operation

Sun – Mon 8:00am to 10:00pm
Tue – Sat 8:00am to 11:00pm

Location

Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach FL 33480
Tel. (561) 285-7990
palmbeach@santambroeus.com

West Palm Beach Food Tour

Whether you're a local or a tourist - everyone should go on the West Palm Beach Food Tour at least once. Several days a week, Kristl Story takes groups on a culinary tour where you will feast on more than just delicious appetizer-sized portions from a variety of local hot spots. The tour serves up 13 tastings from some of the best locally owned restaurants, and is full of interesting facts about our beloved city. If you've ever wanted to try something different - or plan to visit West Palm Beach and are looking for the perfect blend of culture, food, and fun, the West Palm Beach Food Tour is a must do!

Johan's Joe
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{Photo: EatPalmBeach}

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401 S Dixie Highway Ste 3, West Palm Beach; (561) 808-5090; www.johansjoe.com

Our first stop, and also our meeting point, was the delectable Johan's Joe. The chic Swedish Coffee House & Café serves up authentic Scandinavian baked goods, FIKA - an unforgettable custom blend of Sweden’s most ethical and environmentally friendly coffee and tea from Löfbergs Lila, and nordic sandwiches that will wow your tastebuds. It was the perfect first stop on the WPB Food Tour to discover just how special our city is.

The Blind Monk
 Blind Monk Bar

Blind Monk Bar

 Tuna Tostadas & Prosecco Mojitos

Tuna Tostadas & Prosecco Mojitos

 Bruschetta with Crostinnis

Bruschetta with Crostinnis

401 Evernia Street #107, West Palm Beach; (561) 833-3605; www.theblindmonk.com

Next up Kristl took us to a local favorite that's off the beaten path. Blind Monk is an adorable little spot on Evernia, just two blocks south of Clematis. With an intriguing wine and beer list, delicious dishes being served up in style, and plenty of fun and unique nights (black and white movies on a big screen anyone?!), Blond Monk is a terrific jewel in the heart of our bustling cityscape. This second stop on our tour was complete with a savory Ahi Tuna Tostada piled high with fresh, local mango and avocado salsa. Yum!

Hullabaloo
 {Photo: Hullabaloo; Dining Al Fresco}

{Photo: Hullabaloo; Dining Al Fresco}

 Food Network Famous Brussel Sprouts, Chicken Meatball, & Pesto Toast

Food Network Famous Brussel Sprouts, Chicken Meatball, & Pesto Toast

517 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; (561) 833-1033http://sub-culture.org/hullabaloo/

If you're looking for internationally recognized food with a quaint local feel, Hullaballoo is the place for you. The menu was designed by their amazing chef (who has been featured on The Food Network and the PBS show "Check Please" by the way), eclectic environment, and some of the best cocktails in town, Hullaballoo is a local cult favorite for many reasons. On the tour, we sat around a large family-style table out back and enjoyed their famous brussel sprout appetizer, delicious chicken meatballs, and of course, the pesto toast!

Pizza Girls
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 {Photo: Pizza Girls}

{Photo: Pizza Girls}

114 S Clematis St, West Palm Beach; (561) 833-4004; www.pizzagirls.com

If you live here, or have visited WPB and didn't stop by Pizza Girls, put that on your to-do list right now. This quaint walk up counter spot just off the famous Clematis Fountains is as quintessential West Palm Beach as you can get. Owned and operated by the same founders since 1999, Pizza Girls was a part of the downtown WPB scene long before it became the trendy hot spot we know it to be today. Kristl made sure we stopped here for a slice of award-winning pizza at this well respected local spot.

Pistache
 Ham and Cheese Croquette

Ham and Cheese Croquette

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101 N Clematis St, West Palm Beach; (561) 833-5090; https://www.pistachewpb.com

Our second to last stop took us to France as we crossed the Clematis Fountain courtyard to Pistahe French Bistro. Here we were able to sample the classic French sandwich, the Croque Monsieur, which was smothered in melted gruyere cheese. This terrific and authentic restaurant is a local favorite for savory, classic dishes like Moules Frites "Mariniere", Duck Fois Gras, Escargot and many others. Très délicieux!

Ganache Bakery Cafe
 Individual Key Lime Pies

Individual Key Lime Pies

 Fresh Coconut Water and Tamarind Juice

Fresh Coconut Water and Tamarind Juice

120 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; (561)507-5082; www.ganachebakerycafe.com

Our last stop took us to the Granache Bakery where you can truly taste the tropics! We learned the correct way to open a coconut and were enlightened during tropical fruit show & tell. You'll learn all about coconuts, tamarinds and key limes, while sampling Key Lime Tarts, refreshing Coconut Water and Tamarind Juice. The perfect way to end our tour!

For more information on the West Palm Beach Food Tour, or to reserve your tickets, visit www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com.

Where We Happy Hour

Being the social ladies that we are, we frequently find ourselves in search of the perfect post work entertainment. Across Palm Beach County we certainly have amazing happy hour options. In light of this - and our weekly need to enjoy some well earned fun - we've rounded up our favorite happy hour spots for you to try out this week.

Imoto

350 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | 561-833-5522

 {Photo:  Imoto }

{Photo: Imoto}

Craft sake is a major trend across the US right now. This delicious Japanese rice wine comes in many varieties from clear to cloudy, sweet to dry, fragrant or earthy tones and is always delicious! Lucky for us, Imoto, a long time Palm Beach Social Diary favorite, offers half off bottles of wine and sake every Monday. Pop in and try some of delicious sake varieties, like the Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki, which has a beautiful and enticing pink hue, elegant aromas of cherry and plum blossoms with notes of apples and berries. Another favorite that we highly suggest is Hiko's Milky Junmai, which has beautiful notes of cantaloupe and coconut. Which ever you choose, we're sure you'll be delighted.

Tip: Try to make it in from 5:30 - 6:30 to take advantage of their food happy hour, which features half-off prices for selected rolls, nigiri and sashimi!

Grato

1901 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach | 561-404-1334

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{Photo: Grato}

Grato is an all time favorite rainy day spot. Warm temperatures and delicious aromas from the open-air kitchen are comforting, and you can't complain about yummy hot food and flowing drinks. The rustic Italian eatery offers a happy hour from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on weekdays. Sadly, none of their delicious food is offered as part of the deal, but you can sit and sip in style with fresh cocktails and all beer and wine on tap. Wouldn't a pizza and merlot pairing be perfect for a rainy day?

Tip: Happy hour is only offered at the bar, at any of the high top tables and pizza bar.

Hullabaloo

517 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-833-1033

 {Photo:  Libby Vision }

{Photo: Libby Vision}

Hullabaloo is a great downtown West Palm Beach restaurant that's hip and fun with a speakeasy vibe. The knowledgeable bar staff mix up classic favorites and bold new recipes every night. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily you can enjoy half-off anything from the bar. We love the Cuban Pizza and P.B.L.T. (Pork Belly & Herloom Tomatos) with a well made 'old fashioned'.

Tip: While the happy hour at Hullabaloo is generous, some restrictions do apply. Check with the staff before you order to be sure!

Table 26

1700 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-855-2660

We love when a restaurant throws food into their happy hour routine. Table 26 offers happy hour in a variety different ways, from food to wine and even cocktails for free. From 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on weekdays you can check in on their Facebook page for a free "T26 Signature" Martini (pictured above), and enjoy half off select food and all wines by the glass, as well as handcrafted cocktails. For the Table 26 Happy Hour menu click here.

Tip: We LOVE the Lobster Mac & Cheese. Grab the miniature version for a delectable nibble during the happiest hour in all of Palm Beach County.

Lynora's

207 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561-899-3117

 {Photo:  Libby Vision }

{Photo: Libby Vision}

Meatballs Mondays are a hallmark of this delicious and authentic Italian restaurant on Clematis Street. Stop by Lynora's from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and sit at the bar or a high top table to enjoy 50% off drinks, $2 meatballs (Mondays only) and $8-12 happy hour food menu.

Tip: Best bang for your buck on the Lynora's Happy Hour menu: the Margherita pizza and the Lynora's burger. Yum!! 

Stone Crab Season in Palm Beach

 
 {Photo: The Dish}

{Photo: The Dish}

 

Stone Crab season is in full swing, opening October 15 each year through May 15. With the majority of Florida Stone Crab claws commercially harvested off the southern tip of Florida's peninsula, Palm Beach County restaurants serve up the freshest claws, ocean to table. We've compiled our favorite local places to enjoy this tasty delicatessen. 

Charley's Crab
 
 {Photo: Charley's Crab, Wedding Wire}

{Photo: Charley's Crab, Wedding Wire}

 

456 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; (561) 659-1500; Charley's Crab

This popular choice among fine-dining aficionados, Charley's Crab offers the freshest seafood culinary creations, with an emphasis on crab. This Palm Beach staple is situated across the beach with spectacular waterfront views. The award-winning menu coupled with excellent service and stylish decor make this the ultimate stone crab dinner destination in Palm Beach.

Cod & Capers
 Photo: Cod & Capers, TripAdvisor}

Photo: Cod & Capers, TripAdvisor}

1201 US-1, North Palm Beach; (561) 622-0963; Cod & Capers

Cod & Capers is a full-service market offering a large selection of locally caught seafood and prepared foods open daily at 10 a.m., plus an indoor/outdoor sit-down cafe. Opening in 1984 as a modest retail market, Cod & Capers offers the finest high-quality seafood in Palm Beach County.  They receive daily deliveries of fresh seafood from local fisherman, domestic fish houses, and fisheries all over the world, supporting the local fishing industry as well as the overall longevity of fishing worldwide. They also offer stone crab specials every Wednesday evening with live steel drum music.

PB Catch
 
 {Photo: PB Catch, Feast Palm Beach}

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251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; (561) 655-5558; PB Catch

PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar in Palm Beach offers guests the county’s freshest claws in all sizes: large, extra-large, jumbo, and colossal, along with the chef's housemade mustard sauce and lemon or Bearnaise aioli. Indulge in their elevated seafood selections in the sleek and sophisticated nautical themed lounge, which opens daily at 4:30 p.m. for happy hour.

The Breakers Seafood Bar
 
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1 S County Rd, Palm Beach; (877) 724-3188; The Breakers Seafood Bar

Overlooking the ocean, this refined eatery offers fresher-than-fresh seafood for lunch or dinner, inspired cocktails, and an extensive wine-by-the-glass selection. Stone crabs range from large to colossal, and a glamorous new exhibition kitchen puts you at the center of it all. Bespoke nautical details, beautiful new bar top aquarium, and a front-row seat to the ocean views no matter where you sit. Nothing short of spectacular, this is Palm Beach life at its best. 

Joe's Stone Crab
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11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 673-0365; Joe's Stone Crab

If you're looking for the ultimate stone crab dining destination, head south to Miami to experience the mecca of stone crabs, Joe's Stone Crab. The bustling restaurant has been operated by the same family since 1913, when founder Joe Weiss opened a little seafood shack on Collins Avenue. Since then, Joe's has grown into the place to go for stone crabs. This fine dining restaurant offers the best in food, service, see-and-be-seen scene, and ambience. Joe's also offers a popular Take Away market, a casual 80-seat space that serves all the restaurants signature items, including stone crabs, minus the formal seating. 

Dine-Out Options This Thanksgiving

 
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If you're looking to opt out of the cooking and clean up for Thanksgiving this year, you're on luck. Several of our favorite restaurants are serving up festive turkey day feasts for the whole family. Indulge in these thanksgiving tailored meals without the mess. Reservations are strongly recommended, tax and gratuity are not included.

Table 26
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1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; (561) 855-2660

2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$58 per person

Table 26 will offer a fall inspired three course dinner for Thanksgiving. The menu includes your choice of butternut squash bisque or fall salad, roasted turkey with a large selection of sides, and your choice of pecan or pumpkin pie tart. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your table, book online.

Avocado Grill
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125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach; (561) 623-0822

Avocado Grill will be serving up healthy alternatives this Thanksgiving day, with a menu options like Jumbo Lump Crab & Avocado with orange/scallions/and tarragon vinaigrette and Whole Avocado Vinaigrette with sherry vinaigrette/maldon salt for starters, and mains such as AG Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey/quinoa/braised kale/roasted tomatoes/green beans/sweet potatoes/and cranberry. Their full menu can be found online here. Price is $29 per person.

Avocado Grill will serve their regular dinner and vegan menus from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 23rd.  Reservations are recommended. Please email their team at avocadogrillwpb.com or call (561) 623-0822.

Sant Ambroeus
 
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340 Roayl Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; (561) 285-7990

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$85 per person

Indulge this season with Sant Ambeous' Thanksgiving buffet. The three course menu will feature an appetizer buffet, choice of main course, and desert buffet. Reservations are strongly recommended. View the menu, and make reservations.

The Regional
 
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651 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach; (561) 557-6460

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$65 per person

This Thanksgiving, enjoy Chef Lindsay's acclaimed buffet spread, with all of your Regional favorites and Thanksgiving classics. Reservations recommended. Reserve your table here.

The Breakers
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3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
$150 per person
$60 for children ages 11 and younger

Spend Thanksgiving in The Breakers’ exquisite Ponce de Leon Ballroom, adorned from top to bottom in festive harvest décor. Enjoy classics like chef-carved turkey breast with Breakers stuffing and cranberry sauce, plus delicacies fresh from the ocean: hand-rolled sushi, caviar, smoked oysters, Alaskan King crab legs, luscious fruit pies, decadent tortes, delectable pumpkin pie and layered cakes. To reserve your seat for this special, reservation-only event, simply call (877) 724-3188.

Flagler Steakhouse
 
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11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$125 per person
$50 for children ages 11 and younger

Give thanks with a truly decadent meal at Flagler Steakhouse, The Breakers’ modern take on the classic American steakhouse. In addition to their acclaimed menu, in honor of Thanksgiving, their chef has developed a special holiday prix-fixe menu of three courses. To reserve your table, simply book online or call (877) 724-3188.

Pistache
 
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101 N Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090

3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$65 per person
$25 children's traditional turkey dinner and dessert

This popular French bistro will offer a three-course Thanksgiving menu including French soups and salads, roast turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing, bacon Brussels sprouts and sweet potato puree, beef Bourguignon, Florida pompano, steak frites, plus various holiday-worthy pies and desserts.. Reservations are recommended. See the menu. Click here to place your reservations.

111 Forks
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4645 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens; (561) 630-3660

3:00 p.m. – 7 :00 p.m.
$48 per person
$18 for children ages 12 and younger

Enjoy III Forks acclaimed four course Thanksgiving feast with your choice of spice rubbed turkey, roasted beef tenderloin, or Vermont maple glazed Atlantic salmon. Dinner also includes their signature III Forks salad, tenderloin tomato soup, and a "smorgasbord spectacular" dessert table.

PGA National Resort
 
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400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-2000

1:00 .m. – 7:30 p.m.
$85 per person
$30 for children ages 6 to 12

The resort’s Ironwood Steak & Seafood will serve a holiday buffet from 1 to 7 p.m. On the spread: butter-basted tom turkey, hickory smoked honey ham, stuffing, maple roasted yams, parsnip blue crab soup, arugula and roasted beet salad, Old Bay poached shrimp, Sriracha-dusted yellow fin tuna and pancetta Brussels sprouts. Also offered: a kids’ buffet and a full dessert spread. For more information or to book your reservation call, (561) 627-4852. Groups of 10 or more should call our Private Dining Events Manager at (561) 227-2563.