Summer dining deals, new restaurants, and breakfast on Love Street
Summer restaurant specials have started to trickle in. Pretty soon, they’ll become a downpour of deals, and in this sticker-shock era, that’s a welcome thing.
A first-few summer specials to know about:
The Summer Seafood Party at Cod and Capers in North Palm Beach. The family-owned seafood market/café popular for its seasonal stone crab selection and other fresh-catch options has new summer deals on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the café from 4 to 8 p.m. They include half-price bottles of wine, $2 oysters or clams and other specials.
Cod and Capers: at the Crystal Cove Commons, 1201 U.S. Hwy 1, North Palm Beach, 561-622-0963
Sushi Sundays at LoLa 41. The Palm Beach bistro just kicked off a summer special offering BOGO-free sushi rolls on Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. The deal includes classic rolls like the Honshu (tuna, cucumber, avocado, topped with hamachi and poke sauce) and specialty rolls like the Yutaka (barbecue eel, king crab, avocado, crispy tempura bits). The rolls usually are priced from $12 to $31.
There’s also a brand-new happy hour at LoLa, offered at the bar daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Half-price drinks and $10 small plates and sushi rolls are served. The $10 bites include Cantonese pork potstickers, skirt steak tacos and duck buns.
Burt and Max’s kids-eat-free deal. Part of Burt Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, the suburban Delray restaurant offers a free meal to kids 12 and younger with the purchase of a grown-up’s entrée. The special runs Mondays through Wednesdays. For the grown-ups, Burt and Max offers “Wines-Days” from Sundays through Thursdays, when you get bottles of wine (except for Champagne) at half price with the purchase of an entrée.
Pagoda Kitchen’s new early dining deal. A sister restaurant and plaza neighbor of Burt and Max’s, this three-month-old, Chinese-inspired restaurant just rolled out an $18.95 early-bird special that includes an entrée, soup or salad, an egg roll and a soft drink, tea or coffee. The deal is offered Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Pagoda also has a bar special Sundays through Thursday – get happy-hour prices all night at the inside bar when you make a food purchase of $20 or more, per customer.
Both Burt and Max’s and Pagoda Kitchen are at the Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road (at West Atlantic Avenue), in suburban Delray Beach. The deals are good through Sept. 30.
Breakfast on Love Street
The Tacklebox, a sandwich and provisions shop at the Charlie and Joe’s at Love Street dining complex, now serves breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. daily. On the menu: various breakfast sandwiches that include a breakfast BLT with spicy mayo ($11), an egg-and-cheese ($7) and a veggie sandwich ($10), plus muffins, pastries and a yogurt-granola-fruit combo ($5). Bonus: You get a free cup of coffee and 50-cent refills when you buy a breakfast sandwich.
Grab a bench outside or find a peaceful “picnic” spot. (There’s no seating inside The Tacklebox.) Enjoy your breakfast with a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse Love Street complex
A few openings to mention
Legends Tavern and Grille opens today at the Donald Ross Village plaza in northern Palm Beach Gardens. The restaurant, which is part of a South Florida pub chain, shares the plaza with the new Cactus Grille, the revamped and expanded Coolinary and the upcoming Indian restaurant Ela by Stage Kitchen chef Pushkar Marathe.
Mystic Lobster Roll Company opened in Juno Beach April 13. On the menu: a good variety of Maine lobster rolls, sliders, tacos and specialty mac and cheese. 14151 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach
Lewis Steakhouse, a sister restaurant to Okeechobee Steakhouse, made its debut last week in suburban Jupiter. It serves dinner and happy hour nightly and its menu offers classic steakhouse fare with a few creative and elevated touches (like the Japanese A5 Wagyu striploin appetizer that’s seasoned with togarashi spice and served with pickled mustard “caviar,” black garlic and baby greens, $59.99).
Zona Blu, a new Italian restaurant that pays homage to Sardinia’s eclectic cuisine, opened in suburban West Palm Beach in early April. Zona Blu takes inspiration from the Italian island that’s one of five places in the world designated as “blue zone” places, areas where residents are known to live long, healthy lives.
Food meets film
I chatted with local filmmaker Matthew Baquero recently about a movie dream that’s come true for him. The 27-year-old West Palm Beach resident wrote and directed his first feature film, “San Pablo,” during the pandemic and will screen it this Saturday in Boynton Beach at the Cinemark 14 theaters. The movie is about a young café worker from a poor neighborhood who dreams of opening a restaurant in France. But leaving his stifling life won’t be as easy as he may think.
“If you’re passionate about something, like food, it becomes a driving force that pushes you out of your comfort zone,” Baquero told me.
The story of how this film came to be is in itself a fascinating tale. You can read about it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed hearing all about Baquero’s creative process and adventures in Cartago, Colombia, where he shot the film.
Have a delicious weekend!
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