Glorious view: lunching at Eau Palm Beach’s Breeze

Seaside lunching is a Breeze at Eau Palm Beach. (Capehart Photography)
Seaside lunching is a Breeze at Eau Palm Beach. (Capehart Photography)

Here’s a staycation lunch with a view.

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



Salads and sangria: Salute Market toasts to summer

Cool summer soup: gazpacho at Salute. (Contributed)
Cool summer soup: gazpacho at Salute. (Contributed)

Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens has kicked off a seasonal menu that promises to cool the swelter.

Cool eats include gazpacho, lime-spritzed watermelon-feta salad, and berry salad. Cool sips include a trio of sangrias – traditional, peach-pineapple and strawberry-basil.

Salute Market: 5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-425-5651;


Cue the mariachis: It’s the newest Taco Tuesday in West Palm Beach

Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. (Contributed)

It’s Taco Tuesday tonight at the new Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. That means all you can eat tacos for $16 ($30 for seafood tacos). And next Tuesday, it also means live mariachi music.

Mariachi de Mi Tierra de Juan  García plays on Banko’s rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 5th, and the first Tuesday of every month.

The main dining room at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
The main dining room at Banko Cantina operates on the first floor. (Contributed)

The tri-level restaurant and bar opened last month in the landmark building that once housed the American National Bank. That building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach;



Al fresco dining spots offer view of paradise

Diners enjoy the waterway views at Guanabanas restaurant in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Diners enjoy waterway views at Guanabanas in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

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.



Rockin’ pizza, feasts and throwdowns: why chefs love summer

Winning chef Jimmy Strine (Cafe Boulud) at 2015 Chef vs Chef series at Max's Harvest. (Contributed)
Winning chef Jimmy Strine (Cafe Boulud) at 2015 Chef vs Chef series at Max’s Harvest. (Contributed)

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.

This creative spark is evidenced by local throw-downs, such as the late-night Chef vs. Chef battles that recur weekly (Wednesday nights) during summer months at Max’s Harvest. (Max’s Harvest: 169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561-381-9970;

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;

Rocker in chief: Grato's chef/co-owner Clay Conley. (
Rocker in chief: Grato’s chef/co-owner Clay Conley. (

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;

Alfresco dining at TwentyTwenty Grille, Boca Raton. (Contributed)

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;


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Lemonade mixology: Aioli gives summer sip a fruity boost

Lemonade gets a boost from fresh fruit infusions at Aioli. (Contributed)
Lemonade gets a boost from fresh fruit infusions at Aioli. (Contributed)

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;


Beach shack vibes hit PB Catch: paella party tonight

A glimpse inside the Summer Shack at PB Catch. (Contributed)
A glimpse inside the Summer Shack at PB Catch. (Contributed)

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.

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


New WPB Hilton hosts ‘Summer Fridays’ on deck lounge

Executive Chef Miguel Santiago coaxing grilled chicken magic on 'Christine The Grill.' (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)
Exec Chef Miguel Santiago grills chicken on ‘Christine The Grill.’ (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

There’s a hot (as in fire-pit hot) party on deck tonight at the new Hilton in downtown West Palm Beach.

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.

Octopus on fire: The Galley's "Summer Fridays" feature a custom-built grill. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)
The Galley’s “Summer Fridays” feature a custom-built grill. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

Hilton West Palm Beach: 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-231-6000


‘Must Love Beer’ summer beer dinner series starts in Delray

Rapoport's beer dinner series kicks off tonight in Delray Beach. (Cox Newspapers photo)
Rapoport’s beer dinner series kicks off tonight in Delray Beach. (Cox Newspapers photo)


The south county eateries of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group kick off a summer beer dinner series featuring Sam Adams brews tonight.

The “Must Love Beer” monthly dinners start at Deck 84 in Delray Beach tonight, then bounce to Burt & Max’s in suburban Delray on July 20, to Henry’s (Delray) on Aug. 24, to Bogart’s (Boca Raton) on Sept. 14, and back to Deck 84 for an Oktoberfest finale event in October.

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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