Waterfront Dining, Deerfield Beach FL

OCEANS 234

Those who know this beautiful “beachy” town on the water, will know it as a laid back piece of paradise. Overlooking the ocean, one can find a number of waterfront restaurants. However, while they all serve up an array of tropical beverages, one spot stands out when it comes to dining on the fruits of the ocean.

Oceans 234, offers al fresco dining on a sensual and swanky waterfront porch, with a menu that boasts some of the best fish, sushi and cocktails around. Kick off your evening with the restaurant’s famous (and totally unique) Moet Mojito with muddled strawberries and mint. If you’re more of a martini person, the Peach Lychee Martini of Stoli Peachik Vodka, Fresh Lemon and Fresh Lychee Puree goes down very smoothly.

Appetizer wise, you can’t go wrong the Jumbo-Lump Crabcake, served over Baby Arugula & a Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad, with a Grainy Mustard Creole Sauce. Get stuck into the restaurant’s explosive Volcano Roll, made with Conch, Masago, Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Baked Seafood Dynamite and Eel Sauce. On the lighter side, the delectable Kampachi Sashimi is also worth a try, made with fresh Hawaiian Yellowtail, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado & Lime Juice. However, the most memorable on this menu is also the simplest; the Ocean’s Rapture Roll (Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Avocado, Scallion, Asparagus, Shiso, Masago, Rolled in Soy Paper) combines fresh, healthy AND delicious all in one mouthful. Still hungry? Oceans234 boasts a Pistachio Mahi Mahi with Sweet Potato Mash, Seasonal Vegetables & Vanilla Rum Butter, that melts in your mouth.

An evening at this restaurant, turned interior disco/bar (on the weekends) would not be complete without desert. However, for a unique spin, try sipping your chocolate in an Almond Delight (Stoli Vanil Vodka, Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum, Trader Vic’s
Chocolate Liqueur served in a Martini Glass with a Chocolate Rim) or a Mint Chocolate Martini (360 Double Chocolate Vodka, Green Crème de Menthe
and Cream) served up with a Chocolate Swirl.

One thing is for sure…You don’t need to be a mermaid to dive into Oceans 234 and enjoy the flavors of the sea!

CAFE MED

If you have ever had real real italian food (i.e. from Italy) than you will know it tastes completely different to American-Italian cuisine. While good old NYC cheesy pizza has its day in all our lives, authentic Italian lives on an entirely different plane.

Chef Tulio of Cafe Med, Deerfield Beach, combines the flavors of Sicily, Rome and other Italian regions, with the abundance of local seafood, to create menu that transports the tastebuds to the Mediterranean.

Start your evening with a glass of vino, chosen from the restaurant’s eclectic wine list, whilst savoring the flavor of the fresh warm bread and tapenade selection (including an olive and artichoke selection) offered uniquely at Cafe Med.

Appetizers range from traditional dishes like Pasta Fagioli to Calamari and Clams Vongole; all created using local fish and authentic ingredients. Dine al fresco under heaters, overlooking the ocean, or inside the warm atmospheric interior of Cafe Med. Amidst the smell of fresh cooking and natural ambience, get lost in the music of soothing live guitar and vocals that the restaurant also offers guests.

When it comes time to choose a main dish, the pasta and pizza are not worth passing up; from melt in your mouth Veal Ravioli Massaia (homemade ravioli filled with veal, in a marsala demi-glaze sauce) to the Orricchetti Pugliese (sautéed with flavorful italian sausage and broccoli rabe) as well as more traditional dishes such as Spagetti Vongole, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

Seal the deal with a fresh expresso or a limoncello, and you have taken a trip to the Mediterranean for more than reasonable price. Cafe Med stays true to it’s Italian roots and provides a sensational dining experience.

Farmer’s Table, Boca Raton

Farmer’s Table; Healthy Delicious Food

Feel good both mentally, physically while delighting in the flavors of this nutritious and delicious restaurant, Farmer’s Table. Winner of the 2014 Open Table “Diner’s Choice” this new spot on the scene brings healthy, pure food to the ranks of gourmet.

Founded by local real estate developer Mitchell Robbins and chef/restaurateur Joey Giannuzzi, Farmer’s Table offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a to-go concept, Farmer’s Table Café. The interior boasts a modern but warm environment, whilst the outside patio is romantically situated in the tropical gardens of the Wyndham Hotel, Boca Raton Florida.

The philosophy of Farmer’s Table is “truth in food.” Their commitment to fresh, honest food begins with sourcing exceptionally clean ingredients from the best local farms around. Dishes are all prepared to be fresh, healthy, delicious and satisfying dishes – without excess fat, sodium or preservatives.

We call our cuisine “feel good food” for several reasons. First, it’s good for you: nutritious and nourishing to the body without depriving you of flavor or satisfaction. Furthermore, it’s good for the community, as we support local farmers and artisans. Finally, it’s good for the planet, because we use eco-conscious purveyors and also implement environmentally friendly practices in our kitchen. Our food energizes the spirit and satisfies the senses, supporting the wellness of people and the planet.

The best part is no matter what allergy, intolerance or dietary need you have, this menu allows for it. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian variations are not only offered, but also recommended as part of the menu.

Dishes to note include the unbeatable Kale and Carrot Salad, made with red bell peppers, soy vinaigrette and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The Vegetable Lasagna is also exceptionally tasty, made with fresh vegetables, spinach, plum tomatoes and herbs plucked straight from the restaurants own herb garden. For meat and fish lovers I would recommend the Bisen and Cranberry Meatloaf, served with with edamame succotash and a port-mushroom sauce. Unique and delightful cocktails include the Marber Martini (grey goose with elderflower, rose and lavender hints) and the Farmers Sage (double rye whiskey muddled with hits of rose, black tea, lavender, bitters and sage.)

Farmers Table is defiantly trend-setter for cuisine to come, and a popular destination for women, both local and passing through the South Florida area.

Seasalt and Pepper, North Miami

Docked alongside the Miami River, Seasalt and Pepper provides elegant waterfront dining that attracts Miami residents and out of town visors alike. Yet unlike its South Beach neighbors, erases the “tourist” aspect of a leisurely lunch in South Florida.

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As far as this restaurant’s decor is concerned, think St Tropez and Monaco brasserie meets gastro pub. Take a seat indoors for a elegant evening of surf and turf, or out by water for a relaxing lunch. The cuisine itself is contrived by chef Alfredo Alvarez, who has spun a menu that incorporates fresh meats, fish and flavor. Top starter choices include the “meli melo of tartar:” a mountain of tuna, scallops, crab, watercress, pesto and avocado, or the exquisite “la plancha” jumbo prawns, seasoned to perfection. As far as mains go, the menu boasts a variety of daily wood fired casseroles, pizzas, risottos and more. However for those hotter days, one can also choose to graze on a variety of delectable salads such as the “crab lump salad” or “fresh albacore white tuna salad,” served on a bed of watercress with a lychee finish and lavender dressing. Pair the latter with a refreshing wine spritzer and you could be sitting on the Amalfi Coast!

With 250 feet of docking facility, two dining rooms, an event space, and an outdoor lounge located on the bank of the Miami River, this new sleek restaurant that “focuses restyled gastro classics and modern cocktailing,” is definatly worth a visit.

El Camino, Delray Beach FL

Mexican food is a food trend on fire right now! Then again, it’s always been a trend.

El Camino has taken the modern day Mexican restaurant and turned it into a chic, urban bar that serves up authentic, flavorful Mexican dishes, using clean ingredients, spices and sass!

Many women may be daunted by the idea of chomping down on traditionally high calorie Mexican dishes, but El Camino has created a simple menu, that appeals to both conscious ladies and hungry lads alike, without compromising flavor or authenticity.

Entering the dimly lit restaurant, boasting a busy bar and intimate dining booths, your senses will be awoken at El Camino. Start at the bar with a ‘classic’ Margarita, made with pure lime, agave, bitters and blanco, before delving into appetizers such as the Mexican Seafood Cocktail (a ceviche style dish made with Tomato, Jalapeno, Avocado, Shrimp, and Mussels.)

As a main course, the Bell and Evans Chicken Fajitas are not to be missed, especially when accompanied by an Avacado Salad, garnished with fresh lime, cilantro and queso fresco. If you wake from this Mexican mirage, take note of the exterior of restaurant, which has been hand painted with a collage of urban graphics that will grab your attention if the food fails to!

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All in all, El Camino is a must for Mexican food lovers (yes, that includes us women.) Visit www.elcaminodelray.com for more information or to make your reservation.