For a direct hit of summer, settle into an oceanfront seat at Breeze Ocean Kitchen, the alfresco eatery and bar at the Eau Palm Beach resort. Summertime lunch is on sale – a three-course meal costs $28 per person – though a la carte options also are offered. Lunch is served from noon to 2:30 p.m. daily. The prix fixe is offered through October.
Breeze Ocean Kitchen at Eau Palm Beach: 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan
A good view is lemonade for the eyes. Even if it’s brutally hot outside, a good view will lift you from the swelter.
Whether you’re seated before a dramatic seascape, atop a sweeping veranda or in an intimate courtyard, a view adds a sense of place to your dining experience. Your view drops you in the middle of a certain paradise. That’s the essence of al fresco dining, the sense of place.
Maybe it’s the general ease in restaurant traffic that’s to blame for the displays of creativity by local chefs during summer. It’s the season when chefs tend to indulge their artistic whims more freely, when multicourse dinners can extend into double digits.
The chefs-having-fun motif can be detected on Wednesday late-nights at Grato in West Palm Beach, where chef/co-owner Clay Conley fires up a selection of rock-themed pizzas. At 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, he cranks up the classic rock and serves up pies with titles like Wavy Gravy (Sunday gravy meat sauce, creamy buffalo cheese, basil), Rocket Man (fontina, Parmesan, tomato, caramelized onion, rocket greens), and L-O-L-A Lola (an oddly shaped, pepperoni-topped pizza). The special pizzas are served only Wednesday nights during Grato Rocks. (Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334; GratoWPB.com)
Elsewhere, there are some notable multicourse feasts. At Jardin, the new-ish, chef-driven eatery on Clematis Street, chef duo Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen (husband/wife) have kicked off Monday night “Chefs’ Grand Tasting” dinners.
And by “grand” they mean 15 courses. The dinners, which run through Aug. 29, are intimate affairs, limited to the first eight guests who reserve each week. The special dinners showcase an imaginative tasting menu (it changes week to week) that’s inspired by local ingredients. Monday grand tastings start at 7 p.m. and cost $100 per person. Add $40 for wine or cocktail pairings. (Jardin: 330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-440-5273; JardinRestaurant.com)
Meanwhile at Twenty Twenty Grille in Boca Raton, Chef Ron Weisheit’s 15-course summer dinners – offered for 20 guests – are so popular, they’re selling out. Grand tasting dinners at the small eatery are scheduled for June 30, July 1 and July 2. The feast costs $150 per person. (TwentyTwenty Grille: 141 Via Naranja #45, Boca Raton; 561-990-7969; TwentyTwentyGrille.com)
There’s no such thing as boring lemonade at Aioli, the creative little sandwich shop on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. Summer’s favorite sip is particularly flavorful here because it’s infused with a variety of flavors.
There’s watermelon lemonade, cucumber-mint lemonade, lemongrass-ginger lemonade, key lime-jalapeño lemonade, pineapple-basil lemonade, honeydew lemonade, and pear-cranberry lemonade. They’re made of fresh fruit infusions, lemon juice and simple sugar.
The daylight sandwich shop is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aioli: 7434 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-366-7741; AioliWPB.com
PB Catch in Palm Beach has brought back its beachy, Northeast shore theme this summer by transforming its sleek bar and lounge space into “The Shack.” Expect summer drinks and seaside-inspired bites.
The space will be put to tasty use tonight when it hosts a Spanish-style paella night, complete with sangria and flamenco guitarist Bob Folse. The paella party starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are suggested.
The newest hotel on Okeechobee Boulevard is hosting Friday night summer parties at Galley, the hotel’s bar and lounge. Expect a selection of tapas, retro cocktails, live music and, yes, fire pit action at the “Summer Fridays at Galley” bash.
And those tapas? They’ll be hot off the custom-built grill otherwise known as Christine.
A Samuel Adams cicerone will pour a range of exclusive releases and favorite brews with each of the four courses.
Tonight’s beer dinner costs $45 per person (plus tax and tip). Prices for the remainder of the dinners have not been announced. For reservations, call Brittany Kilian at 561-826-1791, or email her at email@example.com.