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These early South Florida residents were some of those who paved the way for the rest of us in Delray and on the Gold Coast. BY JANET DEVRIES AND SUSAN GILLIS



Meet five Delray athletes who are about to rock the world. BY RICH POLLACK

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This season has it all, from a five block-long dining table to an affair to remember—and much, much more. BY RICH POLLACK



This year’s Pantone colors of the year find their way into our springtime home furnishings.



Oceans 234 has a new lease on life—and a menu we love. BY LYNN KALBER





up close

Meet our own Africa’s child and the woman who is turning around the Arts Garage. BY RICH POLLACK



Springtime is busting out all over with these floral arrangements. BY BRAD MEE



out & about

Between parties and benefits, The Avenue never sleeps these days. BY SHAYNA TANEN



dining guide

Check out the only review-driven dining guide in town.

editor’s letter

This is the last hurrah of our spectacular winter season—a springtime bash—and some thoughts about the future.



The author recalls his father, the constant gardener, whose best work was his three sons.



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Delray’s great meditation station, vinyl makes a comeback, Dizzy rocks your rooms and many more spring discoveries.

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Peggy Kelleher is one of Delray’s prolific volunteers—with a special interest in reading.




We’re always on the lookout for readers out on the town.


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A NEW CAMPUS. A RICH TRADITION. Opening Fall 2017 Divine Savior Academy’s mission is to give children college-prep academics in a Christian environment. “Our children need rigorous academics, but they also need to know that they are safe, special, and loved by God. We help parents give their children a complete education: academically, emotionally, and spiritually,” says Tim Biesterfeld, Head of Schools. Divine Savior is part of one of the largest private school systems in the United States. With over 165 years of experience, the Academy is excited to begin serving the families of Delray Beach. Opening for the 2017-2018 school year, Divine Savior’s new campus will include an early childhood center and an elementary school at 15935 Lyons Road in Delray Beach. Schedule an admissions interview with Julia Boggs, Admissions Coordinator | (561) 414-6594

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Where to go, what to do and see in Delray Beach. Please submit information regarding fundraisers, art openings, plays, readings, concerts, dance or other performances to editor Marie Speed ( Deadline for entries in an upcoming calendar section is three months before publication (e.g., to list an event in July/August, submit info by April 20).

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A photo collage of social gatherings and events in Delray Beach. All photos submitted should be clearly identified and accompanied by a brief description of the event (who, what, where, when); photos will not be returned. Email images to Or mail photos to: “Out & About” Delray Beach magazine 1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 103 Boca Raton, FL 33487

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This is how far we’ll go to get Afib patients off blood thinners.

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It’s called the left atrial appendage. For patients with atrial fibrillation, it can become a reservoir where blood clots form, migrate and cause stroke or other serious problems. That’s why afib patients require blood thinners that, while effective, can impact quality of life. What if you could eliminate that appendage and thus eliminate the need for blood thinners? At Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute we can. Boca Regional’s Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Richard Cartledge, MD, FACS, is one of a select group of surgeons nationally to be performing ultra-minimally invasive ligation of the left atrial appendage. Using two microscopic incisions, he seals off the appendage and closes it from circulation so clots no longer can be formed in the structure. It is then reabsorbed by the body. No left atrial appendage. No risk of forming clots. No need for blood thinners. And Dr. Cartledge does the procedure using incisions that are 1/5 of an inch compared to traditional minimally invasive openings of 2.5 inches. That means most patients require only over-the-counter pain medication, require no post-operative chest tube and can go home the next day. Ultra-Minimally Invasive Left Atrial Ligation at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. For Afib patients, it’s where 1/5 of an inch can change their lives.

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FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA WHERE: Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center WHEN: March 2-12 ABOUT: Festival of the Arts BOCA has earned a reputation for bringing world-class musicians, authors and historians to South Florida. Entertainers this year include: Branford Marsalis, Sarah Chang, Daniel Hsu, Joey Alexander, cartoonist Bob Mankoff, and author Jon Meacham. COST: From $9.99 to $125 CONTACT: 866/571-2787, BOCA BACCHANAL WHERE: Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday and private residences on Friday WHEN: March 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. ABOUT: Now entering its 15th year, Boca Bacchanal celebrates the grape. The festival’s signature event, Bacchanalia showcases offerings from 40 local restaurants, and Boca Bacchanal features exclusive vintner dinners on Friday night in private homes. Proceeds support education and historic preservation programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. COST: Bacchanalia is $125 per person. Vintner dinners are $325 per person. CONTACT: 561/395-6766 ext. 301, NINTH ANNUAL SAVOR THE AVENUE WHERE: Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to Southeast Fifth Avenue WHEN: March 27, 5:30 p.m. ABOUT: For its ninth consecutive year, Delray and Boca magazines are working with Delray’s Downtown Development Authority to create a table stretching five blocks with room for more than 1,000 dinner guests. Savor the Avenue will feature 16 restaurants, each offering a four-course menu paired with special libations. Reservations march/april 2017

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are made directly with the participating restaurants. Find menus at SavortheAvenue or COST: Varies by restaurant CONTACT: 561/243.1077, PALM BEACH FILM FEST WHERE: Various screening venues throughout Palm Beach County WHEN: March 29 to April 2 ABOUT: For more than a decade the festival has screened award-winning films and documentaries. Filmmakers, directors, producers and talent converge on the red carpet opening night for a VIP party and a weekend of screening this year’s hottest indie films. Rub shoulders with directors and talent at industry panels and conversations on Thursday and Friday. COST: Tickets range from $15 for screenings; closing night galas and opening parties from $25. CONTACT:


55TH ANNUAL DELRAY AFFAIR WHERE: Atlantic Avenue from two blocks west of Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway WHEN: April 7-9 ABOUT: Imagine sweet potato pie, 550 arts and crafts exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors strolling 12 blocks of Atlantic Avenue. Prepare to stroll, snack and enjoy one of the town’s last big street festivals of the season. COST: Delray Affair is free. Tickets to Artrageous are $25 for adults, $15 for students. CONTACT: 561/279-0907,

SUNDAY POLO WHERE: International Polo Club Palm Beach WHEN: Through April 23 ABOUT: The International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington is the premier polo destination in the world. The 2017 Palm Beach Polo Season opened on Sunday, Jan. 1, and will conclude April 23 with the USPA 113th U.S. Open Polo Championship® final. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating. COST: General admission $10 to $40 CONTACT: march/april 2017

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Spring Flings

It’s the season for kicking it up in Delray— and taking on the future


pring is Delray at its most rambunctious, in my opinion. It’s when we pull out all the stops. I mean, who does a dining room table that is five blocks long? With 1,000 guests? Our Savor the Avenue is a signature event for the city, and it shows Delray’s we-can-do-it attitude as well as anything else. And what about the Delray Affair? This little gladiolus festival (with, sadly, no more gladioli) started 55 years ago and now stretches 12 blocks down Atlantic Avenue with everything from yard sculptures to conch fritters and everything in between. Springtime is when everyone blows it out, kind of the last hurrah before our long humid summer, and it may be the best place to be in America for Spring Break. It’s a far cry from the beginning, which we look at in our “Pioneers” feature by Janet DeVries and Susan Gillis (page 53). It’s hard to believe we’re bar–hopping and sidewalk dining and tooling around in cute little golf carts 100 some years after a few brave souls were hacking through the palmetto scrub to carve out a few vegetable farms. That’s part of the charm of Delray, as opposed to cities in the American Northeast. We’re still fairly young, and we’re finding our way into a new era of population growth and development. It’s not easy to shift from a sleepy resort town to a hot spot and then on to a town that is more economically grounded. But that’s where we are, and in a way, we are pioneers all over again. We’ve got businesses to attract and Congress Avenue to brand and build. We have to come up with a new plan for West Atlantic Avenue, and we have to manage our own downtown growing pains. We have to compete with other cities here and around the country for intelligent growth options, and we have to balance those with our nostalgia for the small town memories we all cherish. There’s a lot of work to be done, and a lot of dissension to address along the way. Still, that doesn’t mean a little spring fever isn’t warranted, and now is the time to indulge it. So take a break, lighten up and enjoy the season. We’ll see you next time.

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Imagine a profound state of rest that is deeper and more restorative than sleep. Ondine and Kent Constable swear you can experience this through transcendental meditation in just 20 minutes a day. Studies from Stanford University show this ancient Vedic method of meditation is more effective than drugs at relieving stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and unclogging arteries. It’s even recommended by the American Heart Association. Meditating twice a day is thought to slow aging and enhance brain development, and the Constables’ one-on-one training takes as little as four days—not to mention lifetime follow-up and support at no additional cost. Transcendental Meditation Program, 660 Linton Blvd., #201 A, Delray Beach, 561/994-6990,

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FRENCH ACCENTS Full of Crepe is a petite cafe where east Atlantic Avenue meets Rue Bonaparte in Paris. Sweet and savory creations blend traditional ingredients like cheeses and fruits with beloved American fare: buffalo chicken, bacon and peanut butter. Provocative names like Chupacabra and the crowd favorite, The Beast, delight

palates as an entrée. Sweet treats Cinn City, Bond Girl and Magic Mike make for a tasty snack or end of evening dessert. All crepes are packed with flavor and are trés affordable. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. 632 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/562-8090


MTV meets “Alice in Wonderland” in the best kind of way at Delray’s whimsical Dizzy Rock Furniture. The massive gorilla stationed outside the door might be a clue Dizzy Rock is not your grandma’s furniture store, with bold colors, exaggerated lines, faux fur and velvet sprouting from furniture, mirrors, lamps and throw pillows. It’s a mix of new and refurbished pieces, with a little outlandish attitude thrown in for good measure. Boring bombe chests are cleverly painted. Armchairs become thrones. Bookcases undulate. A giant cherry sits on a shelf, and a life-size shark charges out of a wall. But not everything in the store requires a delivery truck to get home. There is a whole section of “Inexpensive Cool S@#t” like a pizza cutter that looks like a circular saw, funky book ends and edgy bar accessories. Go on, take a walk on the wild side. You need that cherry. 3860 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561/8106988,


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PurGreens at PurLife is more than just a juice bar at a downtown gym—in fact, you don’t even have to set foot in the gym to partake. Walk up to the open-air bar just steps from Atlantic Avenue and order from a selection of protein-packed smoothies, cold pressed juices, raw, vegan snacks and healthy meals. It’s the perfect post-workout refuel stop. Or fight midday malaise with a healthy bite and a side of fresh air. Save time and calories with this easy spot. 45 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/852-9200,

After Dark: Vintage Tap

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Vintage Tap is host to a thriving music scene tapping national and local acts. This straight up watering hole is in a 1930s historic building— it’s a good thing because the sound that comes out of these musicians could blow the doors off of a lesser building. Owner Ryan O’Riordan and his small staff serve up classic cocktails and lots of beer while three to four acts rotate through the stage. It’s a mellow scene, with fast-paced fun and huge talent. Listen to old favorites and hear up-and-coming bands. Vintage Tap is small enough that you’re completely immersed in the music but loud enough that you are spared small talk. Its location west of the tennis center means plenty of parking and even a large outdoor area to take five with the band you just heard. With a $10 cover charge, it’s a rock n’ roll lifestyle you can totally afford. 524 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/808-7702,


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David Bick and Teal Pfeifer are the brains behind the Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth. Through five years of trial and error, Pfeifer and Teal transformed the former commercial nursery into an organic farm. Along the way they came upon the sublime Hibiscus sabdariffa, which ultimately became the farm’s most beloved source of wine as well as its non-alcoholic alternative, kombucha. A visit to Sons & Daughters’ tasting room is a great adult field trip. Nestled in an unassuming building, the warm and cozy tasting room is filled with its signature small batch drinks like lavender champagne, pumpkin wine and hibiscus wine, the one that started it all. New flavors are frequently blended so the menu is always fresh and different—and fans claim the pure fermented fruit content wards off the side effects of wine drinking. Beverages are also offered outside of the tasting room, and events are held by the fire pit with live music and food. Thurs. 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 2 p.m.-10 p.m., 5926 Fearnley Road, Lake Worth, 305/613-8039,


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r. John Conde is a native Floridian, born in Miami and reared in Delray Beach. A board certified chiropractic neurologist and a diplomat of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, he established the Conde Center for Chiropractic Neurology in Delray Beach to provide curative, evidence-based treatments for orthopedic conditions: herniated discs, stenosis, arthritis and shoulder-knee-hip injuries. Dr. Conde is a member of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce chairmen’s club and an active board member of CROS Ministries. He enjoys attending city commission meetings. He is also an ambassador of Help Our Wounded (HOW), a nonprofit organization utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat brain injuries and other illnesses in wounded veterans and others suffering from concussions, PTSD, strokes and burns.


Delray is a unique town due to its great blend of small town charm with the numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops combined with beach living. It exemplifies the live, work and play dynamics that many cities strive to attain.


My wife and I both were raised in the Delray Beach area and we always said that we wanted to return home after we completed our doctoral training programs. In fact, we met while attending Atlantic High School in Delray Beach and began dating there. In addition, when I opened my practice in 2006 something special had already begun happening in Delray Beach as the city was undergoing revitalization. Many young professionals were moving to the city and businesses were opening everywhere. There was a true transformation under way and suddenly Delray Beach was the place to be.


My family and I enjoy going to the Christmas tree lighting, trick-or-treating at Halloween time, the Delray Affair, the Fourth of July celebration, and First Night New Year’s activities just to name a few. The city does an amazing job with the festivities.


My dream project is underway and that is the expansion of this wonderful blend of small town charm and beach living out west to I-95. I would love to see the town become more pedestrian friendly, connecting the areas east and west of Swinton Avenue.




Brown Acid Records has brought vinyl to Boynton Beach. Owner and former musician Michael Squitiro is a 20-year veteran of the audio business who, after suffering a heart attack, decided his own happiness was more important than the day-to-day corporate grind. He promptly opened Brown Acid Records (a nod to 1969 Woodstock’s tainted LSD announcement) with partner, William Wright, a retired Navy veteran and former musician. There are plans to expand the business online and beyond by helping local musicians create exclusive record presses. The space is already great for people with a burning nostalgia for records: liner notes, cover art and the good old days. Take a trip back. 640 East Ocean Ave., #15, Boynton Beach, 561/358-8815


Clifton Sepulveda and Mar Martinez, successful ballroom dance competitors and teachers, have brought Fred Astaire to Delray. Sepulveda brings years of athletic training to the ballroom and Martinez, originally from Cuba, blends ballet with contemporary dance. Private one-on-one lessons or group classes with these two pros can help you be more comfortable on the dance floor, choreograph a wedding dance, or get you competition-ready. Fred Astaire Studios has a rigorous competition program for students that is fun and physically challenging. Friday night dance parties are a great way to meet new people and brush up your dance moves. No matter what your dance goals are, Sepulveda and Martinez can help you get your groove on. 247 S.E. 6th Ave. Suite 4, Delray Beach, 561/707-5085,


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Matthew Farmer rocks out in a bra at the Bras for a Cause event hosted by the Women Council of Realtors.

Chris Roberts and Katie Capparos at the grand opening of Vatican Tattoo Studios Delray.

Kelli Freeman and Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman at the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative luncheon.

Dr. Robert Findlay and Dr. Brent Grover of Fusion Chiropractic Spa at its “Meet, Greet and Eat” event with the City of Delray Beach Community Improvement Department.


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Karen Granger and Pastor Casey Cleveland at the Avenue Church’s 2017 Delray Beach Prayer Breakfast.

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Our must-do events this spring include an affair with Delray and the longest dining table in Florida.




55th Annual Delray Affair

Ninth Annual Savor the Avenue

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Where: Atlantic Avenue from two blocks west of Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway When: April 7-9 About: Imagine sweet potato pie, 550 arts and crafts exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors strolling 12 blocks of Atlantic Avenue. It’s time for the Delray Affair, Delray Beach’s signature outdoor event that began in 1962 and has become an annual tradition for residents and out-of-town visitors alike. With vendors offering everything from fine art to handcrafted jewelry, the 2017 Delray Affair is again expected to set attendance records. It doesn’t hurt that the event, produced by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, remains free and open to the public. New for 2017 will be “Upcycle Delray” a student art show featuring plastic bags transformed into works of art or something fun and useful. Although the Delray Affair is a daytime event—10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closing at 5 p.m. on Sunday—there will be plenty to do on the Avenue when the sun goes down. The Downtown Development Authority’s Delray After Dark program is full of special merchant and restaurant promotions. Also new is Artrageous, a show at the Old School Square Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, featuring artists painting with amazing speed along with music and choreography. Cost: Delray Affair is free. Tickets to Artrageous are $25 for adults, $15 for students. Contact: 561/279-0907, 30

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Where: Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to Southeast Fifth Avenue When: March 27, 5:30 p.m. About: For the ninth year in a row, Delray and Boca magazines are teaming up with Delray’s Downtown Development Authority to create a table stretching for five blocks with room for more than 1,000 dinner guests. Savor the Avenue will feature as many as 16 restaurants, each offering a four-course menu paired with special libations. A must on the social calendar, Savor the Avenue is a chance for friends to dine under the stars on cuisine specially prepared for the evening by some of Delray Beach’s top chefs. Bragging rights will be up for grabs as each restaurant tries to outdo the others with table décor. As in years past, the winner of the best table décor competition will be determined by a panel of judges. This year, for the first time, there will also be a People’s Choice Award; guests may post photos of their nominations on Facebook or Instagram. Savor the Avenue will include a charity component, with $3 for each reservation donated to the Delray Beach Public Library. Reservations are made directly with the participating restaurants and menus for the evening can be found at downtowndelraybeach. com/SavortheAvenue or Cost: Varies by restaurant Contact: 561/243.1077, downtowndelraybeach. com/SavortheAvenue

Where: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts When: March 3, 8 p.m. About: Here’s a little perspective: when Tony Bennett recorded his first hit, “Because of You,” Harry Truman was still in the White House. Most of the performers he has recently sung with—Lady Gaga, k.d. Lang, Andrea Bocelli— hadn’t even been born yet. His best known hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” was recorded more than a half century ago, and he won his first of 19 Grammy Awards when he was 37. Now 90, Bennett is still enjoying a comeback that began in the early 1990s including Grammywinning albums such as “Duets” in 2000, which brought him to the attention of a younger crowd. Although audiences have changed over the years, Bennett’s musical style has endured for decades. With worldwide record sales in the millions and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett is a musician who still touches listeners with his charming stage presence and a voice that conjures up memories. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and in 2014 teamed up with Lady Gaga to record a Grammy Award-winning album of jazz standards, “Cheek to Cheek.” He won his most recent Grammy last year with “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.” Cost: Starting at $36 Contact: 561/832-7469 or 800/572-8471,

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Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center When: March 2-12 About: Since it began more than a decade ago, Festival of the Arts BOCA has earned a reputation for bringing world-class musicians to South Florida, along with well-known authors and historians. This year, the festival continues on the same track, with an eclectic mix of outstanding musicians from both the classical and the pop music worlds plus writers and editors with unique perspectives. Featured performers include saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who will join The Symphonia Boca Raton in a program with music from John Williams and violinist Sarah Chang, who will perform the Violin Concerto in G Minor by Bruch. Opening the program with The Symphonia Boca Raton will be the young American pianist Daniel Hsu, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Thirteenyear-old jazz piano prodigy, Joey Alexander, who wowed festival-goers last season, will also be returning. The final performance of the festival will be by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017 in an exclusive South Florida appearance. Among those in the festival’s Authors & Ideas program will be Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor for The New Yorker and authors Jennifer Egan, Brian Green and Jon Meacham. Cost: From $9.99 to $125 Contact: 866/571-2787, march/april 2017

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Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday and private residences on Friday When: March 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. About: The Boca Bacchanal, now entering its 15th year, is a two-day celebration of the grape, which includes Bacchanalia, a Saturday night event held this year at the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the popular vintner dinners taking place in private residences. More than 2,000 bottles of wine from some of the best wineries in the country will be uncorked and about 250 Champagne bottles will be popped. The festival’s signature event, Bacchanalia, is a must for wine aficionados and showcases offerings from 40 local restaurants. The event will also feature DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock along with a fashion presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue and a high-tech auction. For wine and food connoisseurs interested in a more intimate experience, Boca Bacchanal features exclusive vintner dinners on Friday night in private homes. Participating chefs include Brian and Shanna O’Hea from The Kennebunk Inn in Maine and Phillipe Reynaud from the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal support education and historic preservation programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. Cost: Bacchanalia is $125 per person. Vintner dinners are $325 per person. Contact: 561/395-6766 ext. 301,

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Spring Music and Mayhem OUR SPRING CALENDAR HAS EVERYTHING FROM JETHRO TULL TO A SHOTGUN WEDDING MARCH 3: RYTHMETRIC CIRCUS at the Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $25 for adults, $15 for students; 561/243-7922; oldschool. org. Home-grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage with “Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now.” In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hardhitting percussive dance, you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat. MARCH 3 AND APRIL 7: FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS, Delray Beach Arts District, including Artists Alley, Pineapple Grove Arts District and Atlantic Avenue; 6 p.m.; free; 561/243-1077; A self-guided tour, the First Friday Art Walks in downtown Delray Beach feature an evening of art, education and relaxation through 29 participating galleries showcasing special exhibits, artists and promotions. MARCH 3-4: JETHRO TULL’S MARTIN BARRE BAND at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $45$75; 561/450-6357; Martin Barre has been Jethro Tull’s guitarist for 43 years and a sound that’s been key to its success. Album sales have exceeded $60 million and represent an enduring part of classic rock history.

MARCH 11: CATHERINE RUSSELL at Arts Garage 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/4506357; GrammyAward-winning jazz and blues singer and one-of-a-kind vocalist Catherine Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with top artists like David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon and many others. Russell’s albums and tracks have topped jazz charts and earned an array of awards.

MARCH 4: CELTIC WOMAN at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; $29 and up; 561/832-7469, Captivating Irish vocal ensemble Celtic Woman returns to the Kravis Center for an evening of traditional Irish fare along with contemporary hits from artists such as Enya and Josh Groban. MARCH 9: O SOLE TRIO FROM PAVAROTTI TO POP at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $35/$45; 561/243-7922; O Sole Trio is a new, vibrant musical ensemble with an exhilarating show that captures the essence of the Italian-American songbook. Having toured the U.S. and beyond, the trio has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. MARCH 5: SHOTGUN WEDDING at the Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 7 p.m.; $30; 561/2437922; A New York City country band, Shotgun Wedding is two parts twang, an ounce of rock-n-roll and a dash of swing, all shook up. Perhaps the world’s first city-country band, Shotgun Wedding pays homage to classic country music, without cowboy hats or western wear.


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MARCH 12: SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL 2017 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; from $15-$100; 866/571-2787; festivalboca. org. One of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many gold or platinum, and won three Grammy Awards. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 achieved global stardom performing “The Look of Love” at the 1968 Oscars. MARCH 13 & 14: LESLIE ODOM JR. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $57/$72; 561/243-7922; Tony Award winner, Leslie Odom Jr. is perhaps best known for his starring role as Aaron Burr in the mega-hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” He made his Broadway debut in the cast of “Rent” when he was 17 years old and is well-known for his portrayal of Sam Strickland on NBC’s “SMASH.” MARCH 15: KARLA BONOFF at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $57/$77; 561/2437922; Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/ songwriters of her generation. With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to charting with her own recordings, she has seen her songs become hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynona Judd and Linda Rondstadt.

MARCH 16: THE KLEZMATICS at the Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; $25; 561/243-7922; Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, The Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music and helped change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” The Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. MARCH 18: VICTOR GOULD TRIO at the Arts Garage 180 N.E. First St.; 9 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357; artsgarage. org. As a member of the Donald Harrison Quartet, Victor Gould recorded three CDs and a DVD, and toured the United States and Europe. He has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, Wallace Roney and many others.

MARCH 24: FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO at the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 9 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357; Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are the amazing guitar duo with extraordinary technical skills. They play the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a non-stop romp, and they cover the classics from “Rocky III, Eye of the Tiger,” along with works by Bach, Bizet, Grieg, and Sting.

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MARCH 25 – APRIL 9: “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS” at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St.; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; $30; 561/272-1281, ext. 4; This is the deliciously lighthearted musical comedy that catapulted Carol Burnett to stardom as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. The merry musical is a retelling of the story of “The Princess and the Pea.”

Sunday; $31 and up; 561/832-7469; Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” comes to West Palm Beach as part of a brand-new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”

APRIL 14: KEN PEPLOWSKI QUARTET at Arts Garage 180 N.E. First St.; 9 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357; Not only is Peplowski considered the greatest living jazz clarinetist; he is a renowned tenor saxophone player and a charismatic entertainer. He has been delighting audiences for more than 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.

Grammy Award in 2013, adding to a stack of accolades.

APRIL 15: CHRIS BOTTI at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $25 and up; 561/832-7469; kravis. org. A mesmerizing trumpet player with a passion for evocative melodies, Chris Botti reigns as the world’s largest-selling jazz instrumentalist. His “Impressions” album, which features artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill and David Foster, won a

former Moscow Circus veteran, Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.

APRIL 18: POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 7 p.m.; $15 for students, $25 for adults; 561/243-7922; The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of

APRIL 1: BRAVO AMICI at the Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $30; 561/243-7922; Bravo Amici’s mix of handsome tenors and stunning divas perform an uplifting collection of well-known classical and contemporary arias. Combining the essential elements of pop, Broadway and opera with classical overtones, its powerful performance is a tribute to the emerging musical genre of contemporary classical crossover.

MARCH 27-28: LINDA LAVIN: “MY FIRST FAREWELL CONCERT” at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $57/$72; 561/2437922; Linda Lavin’s new show, “My First Farewell Concert” is built on the idea that each time you get a new role or a new beginning, you’re starting over or saying farewell. It features some of Linda’s best-known songs and stories about her past, current and next new roles. MARCH 23 - APRIL 1: “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m., evening performances at 8 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on

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APRIL 11: THE FOUR TOPS AND THE TEMPTATIONS at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $29 and up; 561/832-7469; Get ready for a magnificent Motown revival that will have you on cloud nine. These two soul super groups first soared in the 1960s with hits such as The Four Tops’ “Baby I Need Your Loving,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and The Temptations’ “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “My Girl.” The smooth-stepping show includes founding Four Tops tenor Abdul “Duke” Fakir and original Temptations baritone Otis Williams.

APRIL 18-23: “KINKY BOOTS” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; $27 and up; 561/832-7469; “Kinky Boots” is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit. With songs by Grammy and TonyAward-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

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Oceans 234

234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach 954/428-2539 PARKING: Valet. Self-parking available, but scarce. HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday (there is a Sunday brunch) ENTREES: Tacos from $12.95; sushi from $12.99; entrees $15.99-$38.99 WEBSITE:

This oceanfront gem finally has it all, from food to ambiance


ocation, location, location. If that’s the formula for success, then Oceans 234 hit the jackpot. Right on Deerfield Beach sand, next to a boardwalk and a pier, this is South Florida at its finest. Except we were there on a very South Florida rainy night, when plastic walls dropped to obscure the scenic view. The place was pulling a large crowd despite the weather. Although the setting was standout, the colorful, contemporary restaurant clearly had attributes other than the locale. For instance, the food. When the restaurant was radically renovated in 2015, more than the walls and aesthetics were changed. The food was kicked up a notch, and the result is familiar dishes served with a twist. Take the infamous lollipop chicken wings, once a menu revision’s casualty, but brought back when a hue and cry went up from the regulars. This was a goodsized order for starters, and the sweet Thai sauce with Sriracha was slightly zesty but not overwhelming. It added a nice kick to the chicken wings, which were tender and good enough to nibble on until only the lollipop stick remained. march/april 2017

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The poached pear salad was a test. A sensitive dish that can head south quickly, this one, happily, won raves. On mesclun and endive, pears poached in chardonnay were soft and sweet, and the red onion, candied walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette melded in a dish good enough to be an entrée. The day boat diver scallops were tender, seared and browned delectably. It was a great combo with wild mushroom truffle risotto that was soft but with a slight bite, as it should be. The Reuben sounded familiar, but it wasn’t, made with blackened snapper instead of corned beef, with purple slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. This variation was a little bland compared to corned beef and the excellent, crunchy slaw, cheese and dressing helped, but didn’t push it over the top. On the other hand, the bronzino special was one of the best of its kind, not salty, but flaky, fresh and lightly seasoned. Another twist on a favorite was the German chocolate cheesecake. This combo of two familiar tastes resulted in a very rich dessert, with fresh cream and strawberries on the side. I’d say Oceans 234 is a beachside hit—sun, sand and sea, and innovative dishes that work well. delray beach magazine


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that the nuns taught us.” She hasn’t stopped dancing yet. In fact, Nhambu created a 16-level fitness program based on African dance. It’s called Aerobics of the Soul, and she recently made her annual trip to a spa in Tecate, Mexico, to teach a twoweek session despite wearing a boot for a broken foot and ankle. “I did the best I could do with the boot,” she said with a laugh. “I wasn’t going to let it stop me.” Nhambu preaches that we should all strive to live our dreams. She’s proof it can happen, and she’s anxious to spread the word through Africa’s Child and the rest of the trilogy. “It’s a human story, and the human race doesn’t change,” said the mom of two, who’s now expecting her third grandchild. “We all deal with the same issues. The problems I faced as a child—sexual abuse, bullying, the inadequacies of education, racial issues, parenthood, adoption—are all relevant today.” Meanwhile, she’s hard at work promoting her memoir at book clubs, on radio shows, through a website and wherever else she can. “At my age, I’m starting a whole new career as an author,” she said. “It’s the last thing I ever dreamt, but here I am, learning the ropes as I go. “Africa’s Child is a book of hope. I feel as though I was spared to serve as an inspiration to people who suffer as I have suffered, and to let them know that, somehow, there is a way out.”

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aria Nhambu’s improbable journey through life began at an African orphanage where the other kids ruthlessly called her “Fat Mary.” It was hurtful, but she found an unlikely way to cope. “I had no one to talk to about my personal issues, so I took that detested name and made Fat Mary my friend and consoler,” said Nhambu. “Her job was to listen to me and take all of my childhood emotions and keep them for me until I could understand them.” That was just one of the indignities Nhambu endured growing up in the mixed-race Tanzanian orphanage. But, somehow, all of the abuse and hardships made her even more dignified, a trait the 73-year-old Delray Beach resident carries to this day. “I never let the bullying define me,” she said. “I knew that it would end. I don’t regret it. All of my experiences are a part of me. My spirit is my pain, my suffering, my joy…they are the threads of the tapestry that is my life.” She’s woven those threads into a memoir called the Dancing Soul Trilogy. The first book, Africa’s Child, was published in May and recounts her heartbreaking youth at the orphanage run by strict German nuns, but Nhambu found a way to unbridle her spirit. “Dancing helped me to survive,” she says. “I’d go into the bathroom to dance because I wanted to dance the African way, not the German waltz

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Marjorie Waldo Her vision for the Arts Garage includes outreach and education


arjorie Waldo’s career has come full circle. A theater major in college who spent much of her professional life as a teacher and principal, Waldo became the new president and chief operating officer of Delray Beach’s Arts Garage in November. “This is my dream job,” said Waldo, 53, who earned her bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Virginia. “It goes all the way back to my childhood when I felt like I was the only one who didn’t belong. That led me to theater because it’s okay to be different in theater.” Born in Key West and raised in Clarksville, Virginia, Waldo held a variety of jobs early on in her career. She worked in the retail and banking industries before moving onto organizations that promote social causes. She fell into teaching while living in Princeton, New Jersey, first as a substitute, then as a full-time teacher. After moving to Florida in 1995, Waldo held several teaching jobs working with troubled kids. She eventually arrived at Tomorrow’s Promise Community School in Delray Beach, a charter school that focused on at-risk high school students. As principal of the charter school for eight years until it closed in 2014, Waldo earned a reputation in Delray Beach as a passionate educator who fought for her students. She helped them earn high school diplomas and become productive community members. She later served as the principal of another charter school, Franklin Academy, before becoming an educational consultant. Her past, Waldo said, has been perfect preparation for her present job, running the Arts Garage. Just as many of her students at Tomorrow’s Promise struggled, the venue that features live music and theater productions has struggled—with financial shortfalls and the concerns of city leaders about its overall management. “This job ties together all the things I love and all the things I’m good at,” she said. A priority for Waldo, chosen for the position by the Arts Garage’s board of directors, will be to get the nonprofit organization back on sound finan-

cial footing. An important step in that effort was negotiating a five-year lease renewal with the city of Delray Beach, which owns that garage. Waldo has made some tough decisions, cutting back staff positions, canceling the Arts Garage’s 2017 theater season and shutting down two scheduled productions. Despite financial challenges, Waldo remains focused on the Arts Garage’s four founding pillars: music, theater, education and outreach. “This mission is just as important as financial stability,” she said. “It’s important that we do these things for Delray.” Waldo sees her professional background and experience as valuable as she sets out to revitalize the organization and increase its value to the overall community. “If you know how to build programming, it doesn’t matter if you’re programming underwater basket weaving,” she said. “You have to know how to surround yourself with people who know how to do what you don’t.” Waldo’s focus is to keep the successful programming that has attracted a loyal following but she also wants to build on it. Jazz and blues will always be a part of the Arts Garage, she said, but if she is successful, Waldo will be expanding the offerings to reach new audiences as well. “We’ll continue to reach the patrons who love what we’re doing but we’ll also expand to a different demographic,” she said. “I want to engage every part of the community.” Outreach and education are a big part of Waldo’s vision for the Arts Garage, with the goals of bringing programming to the community and working closely with local schools to engage more students in the arts. Waldo hopes to transform the Arts Garage into a showcase for local performers. “We have some incredible local talent who can sell out the place,” she said. To do that, Waldo wants to bring people to the Arts Garage during the week and on weekends. “My vision is that we look like a popcorn machine in a movie theater where the popcorn is always popping,” she said. “It should be alive all the time and you should feel the energy in the room. It should be multifaceted and multicultural and affordable to everyone who lives here.”


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P IO N E E RS Their names may be all but forgotten, but their legacies still thrive in South Florida. By Janet DeVries and Susan Gillis

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Taming the Wilderness

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Henry, Mary Elizabeth and Ethel Sterling When Mary Elizabeth Tucker Sterling stepped off the train with her 5-year-old daughter, she burst into tears as she looked at what was called the Linton settlement, according to early accounts. The tropical wilderness her husband had chosen as their new home was teeming with alligators, snakes and mosquitoes. What passed for civilization was little more than a few tents and palmetto shacks. But Mary Elizabeth would wipe the tears and get busy alongside her enterprising husband, Henry Sterling. Together, they would foster commerce, quality of life and even culture in the strange new land that ultimately became Delray Beach. Henry, 29, had given up his textile plant job and left Chester, Pennsylvania, for the Linton settlement after reading about the newly opened Florida frontier in 1896. He built a two-story frame house and sent for Mary Elizabeth and their daughter, Ethel. Sterling actively promoted and advertised the area to would-be settlers. Gradually, small tomato and pineapple farms sprang up. On the south side of today’s Atlantic Avenue and First Street Sterling established a hotel, commissary, post office and barber’s chair. Sterling envisioned—and helped create—a viable farming and commerce hub centered around growing and shipping precious winter vegetables north on the Florida East Coast Railway. He also created a tomato canning and ketchup factory to make use of any excess harvest. Meanwhile, Mary Elizabeth established the Ladies Improvement Association, which raised money to improve roads, sidewalks and schools and build the first library in Delray. Daughter Ethel Sterling, who married Dr. William C. Williams, was active in the Delray community her entire life. She taught school, founded the Delray Beach Historical Society and managed the three-story Mediterranean Revival-style Casa Del Ray Hotel built by her father. Dr. Williams helped found Bethesda Memorial Hospital. Their son, William C. Williams III, became one of Florida’s youngest circuit court judges. And today their descendants still live in Palm Beach and Broward counties. By the early 1960s, passenger service had ceased at the small train depot at 200 Northeast First Street that provided Mary Elizabeth with her first look at her new hometown. But the structure remains a landmark thanks to the Delray Beach Historical Society and preservationists who raised money to restore it and place it in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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A Home and Landmark John and Elizabeth Shaw Sundy

The Dawn of Delray Adolf Hofman In 1895, Adolf Hofman, an immigrant from a prosperous German farming family, arrived in the United States and made his way to Florida on the same barge as Delray founder William Linton and his group. Like Linton, Hofman bought farmland in 1896 from Henry Flagler’s Model Land Company, part of which is now Del Ida Park. He lived in a tent while he built a small cabin. He then sent for his wife Anna and baby daughter Annie back in Germany. The Hofman family homestead—including a fine two-story house—was east of N.E. Seventh Avenue near N.E. 6th Street. During this time, Hofman also bought land from Congressman Linton and William Gleason (who later served a two-year term as Lieutenant Governor of Florida) and continued to amass additional property from other sellers. It was then that development of the town of Linton (later Delray Beach) began. Soon, Hofman owned 60 acres between the Intracoastal and Swinton Avenue. On the western part of the property he grew pineapples and on the eastern part he grew fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, beans and potatoes. He continued to buy land east of the canal on the barrier island to grow more vegetables. In the meantime, two more children had joined the family: a daughter Clara and a son William. Adolf and Anna’s letters home to relatives in Germany described the difficulties of living in South Florida in the 1910s: mosquitoes so thick you had to brush them off before entering someone’s home, rattlesnakes in the scrub palmetto, and diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and typhoid. Adolf Hofman was founding officer of Delray’s first bank, instrumental in the organization of Trinity Lutheran Church and he developed seven of Delray’s neighborhoods during the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the royal palm trees he planted are still on Seabreeze Avenue east of the Intracoastal Waterway.


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In the 1990s, visitors to the Sundy House tea room and antique shop might’ve been surprised to meet a woman who knew an awful lot about the place. This unofficial greeter was none other than Daisy Sundy Meehan, whose father had built the house in 1902. Daisy remained a regular guest after the family sold the house in the 1990s. The house today is a Delray Beach landmark known as the Sundy House Restaurant, Inn and Botanical Gardens. Daisy’s father, John Shaw Sundy, settled in Linton circa 1899. A construction superintendent for Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway, he had traveled there with crews expanding the railroad southward. Sundy found the tiny, peaceful settlement populated with about 150 people including hardworking farmers from Michigan who principally grew pineapples, Bahamian net fishermen and African-American farmers. Sundy constructed his white, two-story home in the Queen Anne style on what is now the corner of Swinton Avenue and Southwest First Street. He and wife Elizabeth raised their children in the house. Sundy grew pineapples and opened Sundy’s Feed and Fertilizer business along the tracks at 36 N. Railroad Way. He helped found the Bank of Delray on the southwest corner of Southeast Fifth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and was elected as the first mayor of Delray after its incorporation. Elizabeth taught the pioneer children in a wood-frame schoolhouse, chaired the inaugural board of education and co-founded the Ladies Improvement Society. Most of the Sundy children became active Delray Beach citizens. Addie Sundy managed the Sundy Feed and Fertilizer until it closed in 1975, served on the Chamber of Commerce board and was president of the local chapter of the Zonta Club service organization. Ben Sundy was a Delray Beach councilman, director of the Chamber of Commerce and a Palm Beach County commissioner. Sadie Sundy worked at City Hall for 15 years during the 1950s and 1960s and Glenn Sundy was mayor of Delray Beach in 1960. Daisy married Joe Meehan and lived in North Carolina for many decades. After her husband died in the 1970s, she returned to live in her childhood home with her siblings. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

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From Slavery to Community Leadership Millie and Jake Gildersleeve

The Physician and the Artist George and Richard Potter When brothers George and Richard Potter left Cincinnati for Florida in 1874, they chose one of the southernmost settlements, hoping the warm climate would be an antidote for George’s asthma. Although his condition improved at Biscayne near Miami, there weren’t enough patients for Richard’s medical practice so the brothers headed for Lake Worth county where others had settled after the relighting of the Jupiter lighthouse at the end of the Civil War. The brothers homesteaded 160 acres on Palm Beach just south of Southern Boulevard. They named the estate Figulus, Latin for Potter. The site, near Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, is now the Bingham Blossom Estate. Richard, who was West Palm Beach’s first medical doctor, found plenty of patients, as the nearest hospital was in Jacksonville and there were no roads—only waterways for transportation. He saw people in their homes and even treated Seminole Indians who left their Everglades encampments to seek him out when their healing methods failed. George, who had been a cartoonist with The Cincinnati Enquirer, found plenty of work and inspiration for his art using backs of envelopes and pages from his diaries to sketch and paint a natural paradise long since lost. George created the masthead for the area’s first newspaper, The Tropical Sun, and illustrated several books. He also became a mapmaker and was the first surveyor for what became Palm Beach County, drawing the plat for West Palm Beach in 1874. As the town emerged after Henry Flagler brought the railroad and hotels, George partnered with George Lainhart to found Lainhart & Potter lumber and hardware company, which originally was on Gardenia Street. He also built the first real estate company in 1883, served as one of the first city aldermen and was president of Pioneer Bank. The hardware stores continued in various formats until 2012 when they were sold. And upon his death, George left a treasure trove of paintings, drawings, maps and surveys to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. He also passed along something else—his artistic talent, to great-grandson David Willson who entertains and enlightens readers as cartoonist for the Palm Beach Daily News.


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Potter family picnic; sketch by George Potter

Millie W. Milburn Gildersleeve, a former slave from Georgia, arrived on the shores of Lake Worth in 1876 as one of the area’s first African-American pioneers. She served as midwife for Dr. Richard Potter, the first medical doctor in the area, who would pick her up from her Riviera Beach wharf to help him with home births. Millie later lived in West Palm Beach’s Pleasant City and continued her private nursing practice. In the 1880s, she married Florida native M.J. “Jake” Gildersleeve, who was a farm hand, laborer and community leader. Jake was a founding member of the 1893 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and organized Evergreen Cemetery in 1913 with Reverend R.W. Washington, Fred Austin, Robert Holland, Henry Meador, Sam Sharp and Henry Rhodes. Jake Gildersleeve also served as president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association.

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Settlers, Merchants and Builders

Louis and Henry Burkhardt Brothers Louis and Henry Burkhardt might’ve been among the area’s first commuters. Originally from Philadelphia, they homesteaded land in the area that today is Lantana, taking advantage of a government offer of 160 acres to anyone who filed a claim, lived on the land for five years and made improvements. The Burkhardts traveled by boat to their store at Brelsford Point in Palm Beach. After Henry Flagler began construction of his fancy hotels on the island, the Burkhardts moved the store to Clematis Street in West Palm Beach where it became Pioneer Grocery. Louis Burkhardt served as West Palm Beach alderman and mayor. The family also was known for the lively entertainment and activity at their large custom home at the foot of Fern Street on the lake in West Palm Beach. Guests remembered the music provided by the talented family, as well as the piano, which had been shipped by barge down the canal (now called the Intracoastal Waterway) from Lantana. The family is still active in the community, with Burkhardt Construction a leader in urban revitalization.

From Florida, With Love George Graham Currie Lawyer by profession and poet at heart, George Graham Currie stopped briefly in South Florida on his way to Cuba and ended up a permanent resident. The world traveler who had previously taken a 500-mile canoe trip from Juneau, Alaska, to the Skeen River in British Columbia, was enchanted by the flora and fauna of the tropics, as well as opportunities for investors and prospectors provided by the newly opened frontier. Currie even claimed that WPB stood not only for West Palm Beach, but for “Where Prosperity Beckons.” In 1902, the Canadian born Currie married Irene Rickards, daughter of Boca Raton founder Thomas Rickards. Tragedy ended the marriage; Irene contracted cholera two months after their wedding and died suddenly. In 1907 Currie remarried. He and Lulu Angevine of Hypoluxo had two children, Frances “Banzai” and Imogene. Currie served as mayor of West Palm Beach and civic leader during the first two decades of the 20th century. In 1912, he was instrumental in founding the Palm Beach County Fair, which remains the county’s largest event. Currie donated land along Lake Worth for the park that still bears his name. He also gave many residents their first glimpse of a flying machine when he hired test pilot J.A. McCurdy to fly his Curtiss biplane over the area in 1911 as part of a real estate gimmick. Currie platted a great deal of real estate in the area including Jefferson Park and Pleasant City in West Palm Beach and Osceola Park in Delray Beach. In addition to volumes of poetry with titles including "Epitaphs, Epigrams and other Ephemera," Currie’s most notable work as a poet was “Songs of Florida,” published by James T. White & Company of New York, which was inspired by the natural beauty of the region.

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Standard Oil multimillionaire and railroad tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler set his sights upon South Florida in the 1890s as one of the last undeveloped continental frontiers. Flagler’s grand hotel system, Florida East Coast Railway and his subsidiaries including the Model Land Company forever changed the landscape of South Florida, setting the stage for a century of land development. Construction in 1894 of Flagler’s Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach spawned West Palm Beach as a service town and home to the many construction workers, railroad employees, servants and seasonal workers who performed essential background roles in America’s playground for the rich and famous. When Henry Flagler had West Palm Beach platted in 1894, he donated a large park east of Clematis Street that still bears his name and remains a focal point for recreation, festivals and strolling. The state of Florida granted thousands of acres to Flagler’s companies along the route of his southern railroad extension, and these companies advertised the fertile fields, robust climate and amenities to homesteaders, which perpetuated the area’s unprecedented growth well after Flagler’s death in 1913.

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Super Stars You may not know their names yet—but you will in a few years when these young athletes take on the world beyond South Florida BY RICH POLLACK

Name: CORI “COCO” GAUFF Sport: Tennis School: Florida Virtual School Claim to Fame: At 12, Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff is considered one of the best rising stars in tennis. She is ranked as one of the top 12-year-olds in the world, having won in her age group in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Miami in December. Although she has been playing competitively for only about four years, she has won more than 100 matches in about 50 tournaments, often playing against girls who are four or five years older. The daughter of two former college athletes, Gauff is already almost 5-foot-8 and is fast and strong. She’s also tenacious. “I never give up,” she said. “I never think it’s good enough. If it’s not better than good, then I’m not happy.” In addition to tennis, Gauff is a standout in track and competes in distance races. Challenges: An outstanding athlete, Gauff didn’t decide tennis would be her sport until she was almost 8 years old. Other competitors of her caliber start when they are even younger. Future hopes and dreams: Gauff has her sights set on becoming a household name just like another Palm Beach County tennis pro, Serena Williams.


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✩ Name: IAN MACDIARMID Sport: Sailing School: U.S. Performance Academy Claim to Fame: At 17, Ian MacDiarmid is on the fast track to becoming an Olympic athlete. Recognized by the U.S. Sailing Association as one of sailing’s brightest rising stars, MacDiarmid was chosen to be part of the U.S. Olympic development team, a group of young sailors who are the best hope for medals in 2020. His selection to the team came as no surprise—he’s been winning races since he was 9 years old. “I won the second regatta that I sailed in,” he said. Over the years, MacDiarmid has sailed in a variety of classes and is now focused on the 49er class, an 18-foot, two-person high-performance boat that can top out at 29 knots (or about 33 miles per hour.) Last year, he won the U.S. Sailing Youth Championships in the 49er class and in 2015 he won the National Youth Championship and the North American Youth Championship in the 49er FX, a boat designed for physically smaller crew members. Challenges: Not initially as strong as some of his competitors, MacDiarmid had to bulk up in the gym to add weight and muscle to his 6-foot-2-inch frame. Future hopes and dreams: College sailing and the Olympics are all part of MacDiarmid’s plan but his larger goal is to make the U.S. America’s Cup team. “The America’s Cup is the holy grail of sailing,” he said.


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“I want to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal because I want to be the best. The Olympics are the biggest proof that everything put into your sport is coming back full circle.�

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✩ Name: KAI CHESLACK Sport: Lacrosse School: Atlantic High School Claim to Fame: Kai Cheslack was just three when his father bought him his first lacrosse stick, and he’s been playing ever since. Now a 16-year-old junior at Atlantic High School, Cheslack is the leading scorer on his fledgling high school team and a top scorer on his Florida Elites club team. In November, he was named the team’s most valuable player as he led the Elites to a division win in the prestigious Derek Pieper Memorial Cup competition in Tampa. He has been invited to play in several showcase tournaments. Known for his quickness and stick handling skills, Cheslack is an intuitive player, anticipating where the ball is going to be rather than chasing it. He is recognized as a team player, willing to pass the ball to a teammate rather than take a shot himself. “I want to give others a chance to be in the spotlight,” he said. Challenges: In a game with a lot of physical contact, Cheslack is only 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. “I have to be smarter than the defenders because they’re usually three inches taller than me,” he said. Future hopes and dreams: College lacrosse is certainly in the plans for Cheslack, who has been contacted by about a dozen schools, but it will take second seat to education. Cheslack envisions playing in recreational leagues and even coaching after college.

“Lacrosse is helping me become a better person. On the lacrosse field, everyone needs to help one another and that’s true in almost everything in life.”


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✩ Name: PHOENIX MORONE Sports: Soccer, volleyball and track School: Atlantic High School Claim to Fame: A triple threat in middle school, competing in soccer, volleyball and track, 15-year-old Phoenix Morone is now a standout freshman at Atlantic High School and on her club team, Palm Beach Soccer Academy. Morone was the leading scorer on the varsity soccer team—with six goals in five games—before being sidelined with an ankle sprain. Prior to moving to Atlantic, Morone became the first girl in A.D. Henderson University School history to win three conference titles in three different sports. A leading scorer during her last year with 13 goals, Morone led the team to a conference championship. That same year, she competed in seven track and field events and made it to the state finals in the 200-meter hurdles, the four-by-100 relay and the triple jump. She finished sixth in the state in what was only her third competitive jump. Challenges: Among homework, three high school sports and being on a travel soccer team, Morone is working hard to successfully manage a hectic schedule during her freshman year in Atlantic’s International Baccalaureate program. Future hopes and dreams: Morone sees a future in soccer, playing at the college level, and said she would love an opportunity to represent USA one day on the woman’s national soccer team.

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✩ “Sports makes you a leader. It gives you an open mind and it makes you test your limits to see what you’re capable of. You always have to be positive and motivated, and never doubt yourself.”

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“Water polo is a combination of many sports; it challenges your mind, body and heart. You are part of a team that you don’t want to let down so you do everything you can to help that team.”


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✩ Name: KATE CASSIDY Sport: Water Polo School: Saint Andrews School Claim to Fame: At 18, Kate Cassidy is considered one of the nation’s top young female water polo players and is already being groomed for a chance to be part of USA Water Polo’s national team. Cassidy led her high school team in scoring with 93 goals, helping Saint Andrews make it to the 2016 state championships quarter-finals. She has been named by the Sun Sentinel as Palm Beach County’s best high school girls water polo player for three consecutive years and her physical strength and speed helped earn her an invitation to the USA Women’s Junior National Team selection camp. She is one of only 40 girls in the country to participate in that organization’s Olympic development program and recently agreed to play for Arizona State University, home of the fourth-ranked college women’s water polo team in the nation. She’s also a standout on the Saint Andrew’s swim team. Challenges: Cassidy comes from a family of competitive swimmers and had to find her way out of the shadow of an older brother Quinn who was also a star at Saint Andrews. Future hopes and dreams: Cassidy will be playing for Arizona State and is looking forward to possibly competing internationally. “I would love to play on the Olympic team or any chance to represent my country,” she said.

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Spring to Life Celebrate spring’s arrival with stunning arrangements of fresh blooms, vibrant colors and lively design.


Simply Stunning ANGELA HOWARD

Four colorful anemones rise from a surprising container—a stemless champagne flute. A mass of flowers would detract from the beauty of the separate flowers, so only four flowers were chosen to highlight the individuality of the blossoms.

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hen floral designers create arrangements, they focus on the beauty of each bloom—its shape, color and texture. And when it comes to working with springtime blossoms, they are in design heaven. The deep tone of a merlothued Japanese sweet pea or the dramatic arch of a heavy-headed parrot tulip, for example, can put them on cloud nine. Spring flowers feel so fresh and new. Many, in fact, are grown in natural conditions rather than greenhouses, so they are more vibrant. Their dazzling colors suit today’s hottest trends: monochromatic palettes, jewel tones and bloom-heavy designs. On the following pages, spectacular purple and fuchsia-toned arrangements created by floral designer Kellie Jackstien offer ideas and inspiration for creating similarly striking springtime displays for your home.

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A group of bronze containers shapes a high-and-low composition of flowers and candles staged on a low-sitting cocktail table. The arrangement offers the wow-factor of a large arrangement and the texture and depth of lower ones. An abundance of eggplant-hued tulips, fuchsia anemones, hydrangeas, artichokes, sweet peas, budded lilacs and tight clusters of gray-green brunia berries flourish on a backdrop of chocolate geranium leaves.


Black calla lilies and fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids drape from a centerpiece of fragrant lilacs, dark purple hydrangeas and merlot dahlias that form the arrangement’s compelling composition. The arched stems keep the centerpiece’s height below eye level, preventing the riot of flowers from obstructing views and conversation over the table.


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Asymmetric arrangements are harder to create than it appears. The balance has to be right and the colors have to be in the correct spot. This voluptuous arrangement of Darcey garden roses, lisianthus, black calla lilies, fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids, artichokes, dark purple hydrangeas and merlot dahlias has blooms extending from one side, making the design off-balanced yet compelling.


Imaginative floral designers use everything from branches of crab apples and kumquats to persimmons and pears in their designs throughout the seasons. For these centerpieces, stemmed artichokes add texture and surprise to the floral-heavy arrangement.

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Explore new interiors for your home! With distinct originality in furniture, accessories and all aspects of home decor, Rustic Rooster, Inc. will add a feeling of “rustic luxe� to any room.

Come visit our showroom in East Delray Beach! 605 SE 1st Ave, Unit B Delray Beach, FL 33444 (561) 243-1303 Follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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Designer Kellie Jackstien on floral trends, hot colors, mistakes to avoid and must-have vases. WHAT’S TODAY’S HOT LOOK FOR ARRANGEMENTS? Although the bohemian, deconstructed look has been popular, today more and more clients favor classic, bloom-heavy arrangements with cleaner lines and more neutral colors. WHAT’S A COMMON FLORALARRANGING FAUX PAS? People lose the impact and interest of individual blooms by using too many of the same flower in an arrangement. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR KEEPING CUT FLOWERS FRESH LONGER? Clean water is imperative. If an arrangement’s water is cloudy, I run water over the flowers until the water clears. I also mist flowers daily because they drink from their petals, too.


Large orbs of floral foam covered in mauve, merlot and bi-toned carnations appear to float atop tall glass cylinder vases. Sure, carnations may not be everybody’s favorites, but they come in spectacular colors, they’re hardy and inexpensive. And with a fresh way of arranging them, they can become a new fave.

WHAT’S NEW WITH COLOR IN 2017? We are seeing more color and brighter greens. Foliage will be vibrant with fewer dusty greens and more vivid grassy tones. We’ll even see more green roses. WHAT VASES SHOULD EVERYBODY OWN? Two clear-glass cylinder vases: one eight- to ten-inches tall and the other wider and shorter, around 4 inches tall. These are classic, clean, modern and make floral design so easy. Flowers almost arrange themselves in these vases.


Kellie Jackstien, Artisan Bloom,


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What is Barre Fit Beauty? It’s time to Sculpt.Tone.Shape with Delray Beach School of Dance’s new Barre Fit Beauty fitness and classical ballet program for adults and teens!


sensual and satisfying fitness system that firms, lengthens, and shapes muscles to their most optimal form: high rounded seats, flat outer thighs, lean long torsos and defined waistlines. Barre Fit Beauty is a full body workout. It’s a melange of strength-training, dance, orthopedic back exercises, and Hatha yoga all rolled into an intense, hour-long mind-body workout to driving rhythms followed by an inspirational cool down. 561-573-2775 Congress Square 2164 West Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach FL 33445

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[ out & about ] BRAS FOR A CAUSE WHAT: The Women Council of Realtors joined the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life to support the fight against breast cancer and work toward a cure. The men at the event also showed their support by modeling feathery, jewel-studded bras. WHERE: The Field House at Old School Square

Matthew Farmer, Mackenzie Stump Rob Steele, Rosa Torres-Tumazos

Jessica Rosato, Eric Roby, Karen Granger Reed


Steve Shelby, Carol Eaton, Mitch Katz, Allison Turner

Carlos Melendez, Todd L’Herrou, Lee Cohen, Chuck Halberg, Dan Paulus, Ryan Boylston, Eric Roby, Emiliano Brooks, Randy Coleman, Mitch Katz, Kim McEvers, Rob Steele, Matthew Farmer


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Christian Bizzotto, Jeff Kozan, Susy Castillo

Cassie and Donny Ottofaro

Ricky Munnings, Daphne Sullivan

Pam and Chuck Halberg

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WHAT: The eclectic, tiki-ish themed tattoo shop and fine art gallery celebrated its grand opening in December with, of course, tattoos. Plus, it raised more than $1,200 for the Future 6 Foundation. WHERE: Vatican Tattoo Studios Delray, 325 N.E. 2nd Ave., #103, Delray Beach

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LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON WHAT: The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Luncheon included a panel discussion and Q&A with Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation members. WHERE: Bethesda Memorial Hospital

Christie Geltz, Thomas Koenig, Troy Gras

Kim Bentkover, Patty Reed, Michael Weiner, Karen Granger (President & CEO, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Patty Reed, Noreen Payne


Cathy Balestriere, Jeff Dash Meister

Karen Granger, Rep. Bill Hager (Florida House District 89), and Sophie Eccleston (FLP Area Manager for External Affairs)


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MEET, GREET & EAT WHAT: The City of Delray Beach Community Improvement Department spotlighted Dr. Grasso and Fusion Chiropractic Spa for their November “Meet, Greet & Eat” event. WHERE: Off the AVE Food & Spirits Papa Dude, Dr. Michael Grasso, Scotch Tompkins, Oliver Tito, Ryan Sturgis, Dr. Robert Findlay, Kent Bernarduci

Stephanie Guth, Jazmine Brown, Katie Munoz

Carol Antoine, Julie Antoine, Dennis Antoine

Kent Bernarduci, Dr. Robert Findlay



Julie Antoine, Dr. Michael Grasso

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[ out & about ] PRAYER FOR DELRAY WHAT: The Avenue Church of Delray Beach hosted its 2017 Delray Beach Prayer Breakfast January 11. The event featured keynote speaker Captain Kevin Saxton of Delray Beach Fire Rescue and entertainment by Austin French, worship pastor at the Avenue Church. All proceeds benefited City House Delray Beach, a not-for-profit whose aim is to provide two-year transitional housing for single mothers and their children. WHERE: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square

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Lisa Wanamaker and Joscelyn French

Daniel Williams


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THE MENUS ARE IN! Monday, March 27, 2017 Rain Date: March 28, 2017

Make your reservations for a memorable evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Join hundreds of guests—and 16 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants—at Florida’s longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks. Savor the Avenue reservations are made with the restaurants directly beginning February 1, 2017. This is the event you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit or or call 561/243-1077.

Reservations open Feb. 1, 2017 at all participating restaurants. We ask that you please Savor responsibly. Produced by Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach, FL. Thank you to our event sponsors:

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Event Details Where & When:

Location: Downtown Delray Beach on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1) Date: Monday, March 27 Rain Date: Tuesday, March 28 Time: 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.


Delray Beach Public Library

The Ladies Improvement Association founded the Delray Beach Public Library in 1913, with 40 books. One hundred and three years later, we have more than 36,000 items in just our Children’s Department alone. The Delray Beach Public Library exists to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities by creating and sustaining superior public library services. We provide patrons with extensive book and media collections, access to wireless internet, art exhibits, concerts, volunteer opportunities and extensive programming for adults, young adults and children. Our library is a place for community, learning, and interaction.

Reserve Your Seat:

Reservations are to be made directly with the restaurant of your choice. Review the restaurant listings within this section. Each restaurant will be serving a specially designed four-course dinner with beverage pairings. The menus are available only online at or SavorTheAvenue or at the restaurant. Contact the restaurant of your choice to make a reservation. Seating is limited. Guests must be 21 or older.

How to Check in:

Arrive the evening of March 27 and make your way to the restaurant location on East Atlantic Avenue. Each restaurant’s tables will be near its physical location. Check in with the host/ hostess to receive your Savor the Avenue bracelet. Show the bracelet to receive complimentary cocktails at the beverage stations located within the event. Visit for a Savor restaurant map.

Savor the Avenue Table Décor Contest:

For the fifth year, Savor the Avenue restaurants will be competing for the “Best in Show” table. From elegant to eclectic, each restaurant stages a unique theme through its table settings to showcase its special style or cuisine. We encourage you to arrive early and walk the Avenue to view the beautifully decorated tables. This year, in addition to the judging panel, there will also be a People’s Choice Award granted to the restaurant with the best table décor. Be sure to vote for your favorite Savor the Avenue tablescape by uploading a picture of it to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.

6:30–9 p.m.: Four-course dinner to

be served with custom adult-beverage pairings. 7:30 p.m.: Table Decor Contest winner announced.


Downtown Delray Beach evening casual


Public parking lots and garage parking are available, as well as some valet locations. Atlantic Avenue will be closed during the event. Side streets will remain open for vehicle access. Visit parking for more parking information. Old School Square Parking Garage: Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue Robert Federspiel Garage: Southeast First Avenue After the event, take a moment to complete a quick survey about your experience and enter to win a Dinner for Two at your choice of any Downtown Delray Beach restaurant. To take the short survey, visit

Greet, Toast & Dine:

5:30–6:15 p.m.: After checking in,

enjoy a complimentary drink during the welcome reception provided by each participating restaurant. Locate your seats at Florida’s longest dining table, and prepare to enjoy a beautiful night. 6 p.m.: Seating begins. 6:15 p.m.: Welcome comments, grand toast provided by Steve Weagle, Chief Meteorologist, WPTV

Share your photos from the evening! #BocaMag #SavorTheAvenue

To learn more about Savor the Avenue, visit

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hef John Thomas changes his menu daily to accommodate only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. 32 East has a neighborhood bistro ambience, offering a fine dining experience in a comfortable setting. A streetside terrace provides an outdoor dining option, along with our lively, full-service bar and lower and upper level dining rooms.

50 Ocean Presents


A “GATSBY” Evening

Hors d’oeuvres

bove the iconic sports bar, Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean features a sophisticated, Old Florida atmosphere, panoramic ocean views, and exquisite cuisine with exciting local influences presented by a knowledgeable and seasoned staff. 50 Ocean’s award-winning chef Joe Bonavita is a master talent at creating unique dishes, offsetting different textures and custom sauces in his signature dishes of seafood and meats.

Prince Edward Island, Asian pear mignonette

50 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A), 561-278-3364 /

with citrus aioli and chive Paired with Swanson Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Sonoma County 2015

Seafood on Ice

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Raspberry Point Oysters + Crispy Crab Croquette


Yellowfin Tuna Poke

honeydew, citrus, charred poblano crema, candied cashews Paired with Swanson Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014


Braised Short Rib and Root Vegetable Ragù

rigatoncini, fontina and wilted greens Paired with Swanson Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012


Charcoal Grilled Lamb Chop

on caramelized fennel puree with roasted heirloom carrots plum salad and cabernet reduction Paired with Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013


Grapefruit Panna Cotta

with pineapple-mango sauce and coconut toasted almonds Paired with Swanson Vineyards “Crepuscule” Semillion, Napa Valley, 2007* *America’s top-rated late harvest Semillon


Paired with Woodford Reserve Mint Julep



deviled eggs, finger sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed mushrooms Paired with Roederer Estate

Second Fetching

Waldorf salad Paired with Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc


Spiced Kurobuta Ham Steak

charred pineapple relish, salacious Swank toybox vegetables, indecent mash Paired with Paraduxx by Duckhorn 2012 or

Lobster Thermidor

sultry Swank pole beans, tantalizing matchsticks Paired with Conundrum, White Proprietary Blend



Extra Pour: Add an extra glass pour of Swanson Alexis to your meal at $16 per glass

Lemon Cake Paired with Robert Mondavi Moscato D’Oro

$150 per guest plus tax and gratuity

$145 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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agat: “Delicious” Nuevo Latin food is the draw at this “colorful, vibrant” Delray Beach cantina well served by a “good” staff; festive drinks, including “authentic” mojitos and “thirst-quenching” sangria. “Set the scene for a fun evening” including “peoplewatching” from the sidewalk seats. 105 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-274-9090/

Grand Toast Spanish Cava

Welcome Drink Coconut Pisco Sour



fresh shrimp, octopus, scallops and calamari marinated in aji amarillo, hot rocoto peppers, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, viandas and maiz tostado Paired with Sauvignon Blanc


Ensalada Cabana

field greens, hearts of palm, queso blanco, tomatoes, red onions, olives, black bean vinaigrette Paired with Pinot Grigio

Third Pernil

Latin-American-style braised pork shank, rioja garlic demi-glace, maduros and arroz con gandules Paired with Malbec


Tres Leches with Guava


affé Luna Rosa is the Italian restaurant on the beach and the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Awarded the Delray Beach Restaurant of the Year for both 2014 and 2015, Caffé Luna Rosa offers an oceanview dining experience where great food and a great environment come together. 34 S. Ocean Blvd., 561-274-8898 ext.1/


Jumbo Lump Crab Cocktail

jumbo blue crabmeat, Florida organic corn, fire-roasted peppers and micro herbs Paired with Prosecco “De Stafani”


Cavatelli Con Tartufo

white truffle, roasted exotic mushrooms and brodetto with handmade cavatelli pasta Paired with Gewurztraminer “Fuchslahn”


Forever Braised Wagyu Short Rib

slow-roasted Jackman Ranch organic short rib with creamy soft polenta and barolo demi-glace Paired with Barolo Stradanova “Antonio Sasa”


Cappucino Icebox Cake

homemade sponge cake with espresso, Italian liquors and imported mascarpone mousse Paired with Birbet Brachetto “Giacomo Vico”

$125 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Paired with Riesling

$99 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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he!!! is a new concept that brings authentic Argentinian specialties to Delray Beach. This family company has more than 30 years experience originating in Argentina and then in Spain. At Che!!! guests can enjoy the best Intracoastal views in Delray while having a cocktail in its patio bar and finishing with its delicious steaks. Everything is served in an inviting and friendly atmosphere. See you soon! 900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-562-5200/

Welcome Drink The Basil Baby


Argentinian Sampler

pickled eggplant, mini sausage, empanada, cheeses, olives Pairing Wine


Farmhouse Salad with Prawns Pairing Wine




eaturing fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from both coasts. House-made desserts, pies, breads, crackers and pastas are fresh from its bakery above the restaurant. The large selection of wines is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine collections in the country. 213 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-272-0220/

Grand Toast Zardetto Prosecco

Hors d’oeuvres

Selected Signature Rolls

from the Sushi Bar Paired with Mastro Campania Greco


Korean-style Braised Duck and Kimchi Egg Roll Paired with Altesino Toscana Rosso


skirt steak, flank steak, short ribs, lamb chops, chicken, sweetbread, chimichurri, salsa criolla, baked potato Pairing Wine

Local Snapper Pan Roasted Shrimp and Crawfish Étouffée, Jasmine Rice


English Trifle with Fresh Berries

Apple Pancakes with Ice Cream Pairing Wine

$115 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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Paired with Ceretto Moscato d’Asti

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UT 432 continues to please. It’s been almost 10 years since CUT 432 opened its glass doors and began to challenge the idea of what a steak house could and should be. It offers succulent cuts of beef, inventive dishes and a great wine list. 432 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-272-9898 /

Welcome Drink

Piccini Prosecco, Veneto, N.V.


Alaskan King Crab Cocktail Haas avocado, citrus vinaigrette, Asiago croustade, wasabi caviar Paired with Copain Rosé of Pinot Noir, Mendocino County 2015


Confit of Duck and Farro Salad


emongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese, sushi and Vietnamese since opening. With all rolls and dishes made to order, the chefs can create just about anything to your liking. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée. Zagat 2004–2008: “Excellent”; SunSentinel: Top 10 Asian Restaurants in Florida; Florida Trend: Best New 20 Restaurants in South Florida. 420 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-278-5050/


Pan-seared Vegetable Dumplings


Seared Sea Scallop

with a tamarind glazed topped with Thai mango salsa


pickled candy stripe beets, toasted pine nuts, cranberries, arugula and micro carrot Paired with Belle Glos “Clark & Telephone” Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2014

served with a side of Japanese sesame rice and char-gilled bok choy



Seared Prime Filet Mignon

wild mushroom and truffle Carolina Gold rice, bordelaise sauce Paired with Von Strasser, Diamond Mountain Cabernet 2013


House-made Chocolate Peanut Butter S’More Paired with EOS “Tears of Dew” Moscato, Paso Robles

Grilled Miso Black Cod

Premium Nigiri platter with spicy tuna roll


Green Tea Crème Brûlée

$95 per guest plus tax and gratuity

$135 per guest plus tax and 20% gratuity

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This year for Savor the Avenue, Gary Rack combined his two Delray Beach locations to offer a one-of-a-kind duo menu to experience both concepts.


ary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen is the second location to its flagship store in Boca Raton. This restaurant model is crafted on a philosophy in which the management team takes pride: respecting the guests, honoring the environment and supporting local purveyors. Farmhouse Kitchen serves ‘just-good-food.’ Situated on the Avenue, Farmhouse Kitchen is known for its popular Saturday and Sunday Brunch (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and happy hour every day at 3 p.m. 204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-266-3642/

Welcome Drink Salted Cucumber

Hors d’oeuvres

Kohlrabi Pancakes

tomato sugo, olive currant vinaigrette Paired with Au Contraire Chardonnay


ACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar is a New England seafood house featuring fresh, high-quality seafood paired with Prohibition-style cocktails. It features a unique, nouveau-nautical décor to match the responsibly sourced oceanto-table menu. Racks Fish House is known for its buzz-worthy daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., which includes 50 percent off select drinks and $1 oysters (RACKS DOUBLE D proprietary oyster; some exclusions may apply). 5 S.E. 2nd Ave., 561-450-6718/

Grand Toast Lunetta Sparkling


Jerk Style Shrimp and Grilled Street Corn opal basil, peanut relish, blue cheese Sriracha fondue Paired with Au Contraire Pinot Gris


Buffalo Prime Rib

spaghetti squash, blueberry, almond granola Paired with Au Contraire Pinot Noir


Dessert Duo

banana thyme bread pudding and magic compost cookies Paired with Noval 10-year Port

$95 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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ince its debut in 2011, Max’s Harvest has been a favorite destination for dinner and weekend brunch in Pineapple Grove. Its heritage of fresh, local, natural ingredients and simple preparations has earned Max’s Harvest distinction among its guests and peers as a premier farm-to-table restaurant. Food tastes naturally delicious when grown with care, harvested at precisely the right moment and delivered to its kitchen directly from the source. Fresh ingredients are a delight to the senses and the essence of great cooking. We hope you enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself. 169 N.E. 2nd Ave., 561-381-9970 /


Smoked Trout Toast

charred cabbage, pistachio, blood orange

Second Burrata

chilled pea soup, country ham, morels



grapefruit, ramp butter, asparagus, saffron vinaigrette


Lamb Chop

buckwheat polenta, radicchio and balsamic



occo’s Tacos & Tequila Bar offers an authentic taste of Mexico in a fun, casual environment where guests can sample more than 400 varieties of tequila and enjoy guacamole made tableside. 110 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-808-1100 /


Local Red Snapper Ceviche

leche de tigres marinade, jicama, cilantro, topped with Bull’s Blood chilies Paired with Strawberry Basil Margarita


Posole con Polpo Barbacoa

guajillo broth, charred octopus, radish, white onions, cilantro Paired with Casamigos Silver Sangrita


Whole Smoked Pig Tacos

house-made corn tortillas with salsa brava Paired with Peach Pinapple Whiskey Sangria


White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Churros

with tequila-spiked chocolates Paired with Milagro Barrel Select Anejo

$90 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Flourless Chocolate Cake

kumquats, sesame brittle and whipped crème fraiche

$125 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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OK:BRGR is new to Delray, but it’s popularity in South Florida has already won them numerous awards—including “Best Burger in Florida.” Serving up American comfort food and specializing in overflowing gourmet burgers, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers, ROK:BRGR’s menu has something for everyone. With locations all over South Florida, it’s no wonder they’ve created a cult-like following. Check out their legendary Sunday Social Brunch which offers bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, live music and guaranteed great vibes. We’ll understand if you feel the need to photograph your meal before the first bite…#rokbrgr @rokbrgr 4 E. Atlantic Ave., 954-646-0675/



ndulge your palate with modern American sharable plates, gourmet entrees and premium cocktails in a trendy, upscale atmosphere. Our unique name is derived from a blend of seven exotic sea salts used to season our prime steaks and enticing dishes, making them truly unforgettable. We pay attention to every detail ensuring your dining experience is remarkable from the moment you step into SALT 7, on Atlantic Avenue in beautiful Delray Beach. 32 S.E. 2nd Ave., 561-274-7258 /


Beet Salad

goat cheese, pistachio, citrus glaze

The Threesome



bigeye, sesame, citrus ponzu


Filet Mignon and Sea Scallops

tuna poke wonton, mini lobster corn dog, rok:prawn

Smoked Brisket Bourbon BBQ Mac & Cheese

Tuna Poke


“Double Trouble” Burger Fest: Double Truffle Brgr

10 oz. prime filet with purple mash cocoa nib seared sea scallops over butternut squash puree


Dark Rum Chocolate Ginger Spice Cake

wagyu blend patty, stone crab tempura, gruyere cheese, pepper-mustard sauce

$150 per guest plus tax and gratuity

wagyu blend patty, stuffed with foie gras & black truffle, grilled pears, brie cheese, black truffle marmalade

The Stoner Brgr


Dessert Duo

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding +

Bourbon Strawberry Shortcake

$90 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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east on delicious, gourmet comfort food at this outstanding American gastropub, where the food is as important as the creative cocktails, the selection of craft beer, and the noteworthy wine list. This wonderful, fourcourse meal will showcase gifted executive sous chef Brian Cantrell’s innovative cuisine, including refreshing salads, sublime small plates, award-winning burgers, enticing chicken, steak, and fish dishes, and delectable desserts.


ine on mouthwatering, rustic Italian cuisine created by talented executive chef Erick Miranda. The expansive menu truly pays homage to the fine culinary traditions of Italy. This enticing four-course meal will showcase the restaurant’s superb salads, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, scrumptious veal and chicken entrées, and decadent desserts. The full bar features inventive cocktails, as well as an impressive selection of wine and beer.

201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-276-3600 /

290 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-278-9570 /


Hors d’oeuvre

house-smoked pepper bacon, heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled red onion, gorgonzola dolce dressing Paired with Nautiqa Cote de Provance Rosé

prosciutto di Parma, arugula, fig balsamic Paired with Vic & Angelo’s Signature Toscana Rosso

Baby Iceberg Wedge




Colossal Shrimp Scampi

Diver Scallops and Pork Belly fontina grits, truffled corn puree Paired with Meiomi Pinot Noir

butter poached, grilled ciabatta, broccoli rabe, lemon, garlic, white wine Paired with Cuterfranca Rosso, Lo Sparviere



Soft Shell Crab and Petite Filet Mignon

black garlic, potato and celery roasty, local honey glazed carrots Paired with Ferrari Carano Sonoma • Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon


Assorted Artisan Bonbons

Paired with “April in Paris”: Sparkling Brut, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh raspberry

14 oz. Center Cut Veal Chop

seared in a cast iron skillet, roasted garlic, Parmesan smashed potatoes, wild mushroom, onion or

Oven Roasted Branzino

butter red skin potatoes, Tuscan cucumber salad Paired with Vini Artico Pinot Grigio


Venetian Cake

$110 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Paired with Treviso Prosecco

Reception: 5 p.m. glass of champagne and crudité buffet

$110 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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Voted one of America’s

“Happiest Seaside Towns”

Over 100 one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty shops & art galleries More than 110 cafes, restaurants & nightclubs Two miles of award-winning beaches, and fun for everyone ...all within one Downtown.

Be happy here. | #DowntownDelray Produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

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dining guide

Your resource for Greater Delray Beach’s finest restaurants

staff pick Eat Market

32 S.E. 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561/278-2328


rom outside seating to the enormous round, wooden table inside the front door, Eat Market is our new favorite place to grab a sandwich, meet up with friends or snag something indulgent to heat up at home. Popping in for fresh seafood, produce or meats could easily be part of a weekly “errands I love” list, while sitting down with a Mama Luke sub and a Fentiman’s Victorian Lemonade is a “this is why I live here” moment. The Mama Luke (grilled garlic bread, blackened toscano salami, sopressata, mortadella, goat cheese, arugula and sweet chili mustard in a pressed sub) is a salty, sweet, crunchy, garlicky, zingy meal on a bun. The menu sandwich combos are clearly the work of a fevered, creative foodie mind, and the fans come in for those or the prepared salads (orzo, couscous, BBQ chicken, pesto pasta, Greek, quinoa) or the desserts (purple and blue-dusted chocolate covered strawberries, maybe?) Other faves: The Sinner sandwich (pulled pork, bacon, black forest ham, pepper jack, smoked tomatoes, Dijon remoulade slaw, chipotle chili mayo), the Californication (balsamic-infused portabellas, buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil), and the Elvis (grilled wheat bread, peanut butter, bananas, homemade fluff vanilla, bacon and Tupelo honey). All pull together unusual elements and prove chemistry is in this kitchen. Try the daily specials or come in early for breakfast. The deli has everything from applewood smoked ham to truffled cacciatore, cheeses from Wisconsin cheddar to gruyere. Stop in and meet a new friend … or maybe a new flavor. —Lynn Kalber

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DELRAY BEACH 3rd and 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. This quirky, individualistic, obscurely located little place is one of the most important restaurants in Delray. The menu changes frequently, but hope the evening’s fare includes plump scallops with caramelized mango sauce, stunning delicious roasted cauliflower with Parmesan mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/303-1939. $$

32 east—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. There are trendier, flashier, more celebrated restaurants than this beacon of vibrant modern American cuisine in downtown Delray, but there are no better restaurants anywhere in South Florida. The menu changes weekly, but still look for items like the sublime black truffle-Gruyère pizza and the venison-wild boar sausage duo, which is the stuff of carnivorous fantasies. For dessert, the chocolate-peanut butter semifreddo is truly wicked in its unabashed lusciousness. • Dinner nightly. 561/276-7868. $$$

50 ocean—50 S. Ocean Blvd. Seafood. The former Upper Deck at Boston’s on the Beach is now the more upscale, seafood-oriented spot. The menu ranges from familiar to slightly more inventive, from a classic lobster bisque and crisp-tender fried clam bellies to rock shrimp pot pie and baked grouper topped with blue crab. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

angelo elia pizza • bar • tapas—16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chickenturkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $


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apeiro kitchen & bar—14917 Lyons Road. Mediterranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccanspiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a wood-burning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$

atlantic grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/ Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

brulé bistro—200 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 109. American. This chic and casual bistro tucked away in the Pineapple Grove district of Delray Beach serves modern American cuisine, artisan wines, craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. This intimate neighborhood bistro has the culinary IQ of a very fine restaurant. It is local Delray at its best, with entrées like Snake River Kobe flank au poivre to Maine lobster bisque with fennel pollen. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/274-2046. $$

buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-ina-

fluenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner nightly. 561/450-7557. $$

burt & max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max have struck gold with their first collaboration in years, bringing an accessible and affordable brand of contemporary comfort food to west Delray. A few dishes from Max’s other eatery, Max’s Grille, have made the trek, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, including a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$$ cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue, including starters like mariquitas (fried banana chips) and main courses such as seafood paella (think mussels, shrimp, clams, conch, scallops and octopus). • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$

cabo flats—Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road. Mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another— that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the crispy tuna tacos. Try the restaurant’s famous avocado fries with garlic and cilantro, and finish off with Captain Crunch deep-fried ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/499-0378. $ march/april 2017

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[ dining guide ] caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the housemade pasta with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served with San Marzano tomato sauce. For breakfast, indulge in a crab meat benedict, and for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-9404. $$ cena—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Like death and taxes, heat and humidity, Italian restaurants are a certainty in these parts. Most prize comfort and satisfaction over ambitious feats of culinary derring-do, as does this small but stylish restaurant in a space once occupied by one of Angelo Elia’s stable of eateries. Tender artichoke bottoms bathed in garlicky olive oil are a worthy starter, as is a salad of peppery arugula with figs and mild, creamy goat cheese. Sun-dried tomato-crusted halibut with Chianti sauce is a break from the familiar. Tiramisu, though as familiar as apple pie, is exceptionally well done. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/330-1237. $$ city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as shrimp and grits with jumbo crab cake and jalapeño cheddar grits. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms too, like shaken-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232 $$

location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/665-8484. $

fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées like lamb osso buco and tenderloin brochette teriyaki. Add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$

the grove—187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$ henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything— from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

house of siam—25 N.E. Second Ave., #116. Thai. The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crisp-fried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/330-9191. $$

il girasole—2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been

bringing people back for more than three decades. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the calves brains. • Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef) and wife Tina— serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. True culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

latitudes ocean grill—2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Contemporary American/Coastal. This seaside restaurant at the Delray Sands has been given a new lease on life by Chef James King, who is delivering arguably the best coastal cuisine around. The “simply prepared fresh fish” choices alone are a breath of fresh (seaside) air. Combine near-flawless food with the jawdropping view, and we have a winner. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Brunch Sun. 561/278-6241. $$

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[ dining guide ] lemongrass bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. PanAsian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2785050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

max’s harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the chef and ingredient-driven ethos of California cuisine to South Florida in the 1980s, is again at the forefront of the fresh, local, seasonal culinary movement. Max’s Harvest soars with dishes like savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$

the office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$ out of denmark—2275 S. Federal Highway. Danish/ Continental. Reprising the restaurant he closed in 2006 to care for his ill wife, chef-owner Jorgen Moller is back with his signature brand of Danish-inflected and continental dishes. The look, feel and menu remain very old school, the way his loyal patrons like it. The restaurant is perhaps best known for its Danish koldt bord, an array of small bites served on a three-tiered

stand. Entrées are more familiar; both rack of lamb and Wiener Schnitzel are well-prepared and flavorful. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/276-2242. $$$

park tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cakes featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/265-5093. $$

prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is a strong suit too, so with a bit of work this good-looking restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5845. $$$

racks fish house + oyster bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ scuola vecchia—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Neapolitan pizza. This bright pizza and wine place makes a certified and serious Neapolitan pizza—according to standards set forth by The Associazone Pizzaliola Napolentani (APN). That means light flavorful dough, spanking fresh imported ingredients—and about as far away as you can get from the American smeary cheesy greasy version. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/865-5923. $

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pit master Bryan Tyrell manning the smoker, this joint smokes every other barbecue spot in South Florida. Pretty much everything that comes out of Tyrell’s three-wood smoker is good, but his competition-style ribs are porky-smoky-spicy heaven, the Sistine Chapel of rib-dom. Crisp-greaseless house-made potato chips, meaty baked beans and plush-textured banana-coconut pudding are also excellent. The ambience is an inviting blend of Southern hospitality, urban chic and sports bar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/330-4236. $$


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terra fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, hearty, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center at Wendy Rosano’s latest venture. Among the pleasures you should enjoy are delicate, pillow-y veal meatballs in Marsala sauce; lusty chicken Allessandro with mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts; and a finely crafted tiramisu that’s as satisfying as it is familiar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/495-5570. $$

tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. In a world where restaurants chase trends with the relentlessness of Casanova in full Viagra heat, Tramonti stands out as a classy, classic outpost of authentic Italian cookery. Not trendy hardly means stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Romana, spaghetti al cartoccio and braciole Napoletana. Torta della nonna is a triumph of the highly refined simplicity that lies at the heart of true Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.– Sat. Dinner daily. 561/272-1944. $$$

vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. Giving oldschool Italian eateries a modest jolt of more contemporary cuisine and more youthful ambience has proved a winning formula for V&A. Best bets include succulent little baked clams, lusty and hugely portioned rigatoni with “Sunday gravy,” and lemon and caper-scented chicken cooked under a brick. Tiramisu is delicious, as is the Italian version of doughnut holes, zeppole. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.– Sun. Dinner nightly. 844/842-2632. $$

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Josies’s—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Famed

the station house—233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to 6 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. $$$

chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello has been working his mouthwatering magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant. His influence is mostly felt in the lengthy roster of daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmarket version of the classic San Francisco cioppino, and Josie’s signature veal Bersaglieri (veal medallions with artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in lemonwhite wine sauce) don’t fail to satisfy either. • Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 561/364-9601. $$


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sushi simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. It’s been called “Nobu North” by some aficionados, and for good reason. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like snapper Morimoto and tuna tartare. Creative, elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

LAKE WORTH couco pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$

paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean salt-crusted branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. Pan-Asian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Among the newer items are panang curry and duck noodle soup. Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

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bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$

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[ dining guide ] burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/833-3450. $

café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Dinner nightly. 561/655-6060. $$$

café l’europe—331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$

chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$

cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. The Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the sake list is tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/8024222. $$$ 561.571.BURN (2876) • 95 SE 4th Ave • Delray Beach, FL 33483 PerformanceFitness_dbm0117.indd 1


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hmf—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. • Dinner nightly. 561/290-0104. $$ imoto—350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. • Dinner nightly. 561/833-5522. $$ jové kitchen & bar—2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Contemporary Italian. Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky, and when the folks at the tony Four Seasons de-

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cided to remake their premier restaurant, they reached high to offer the kind of food, service and ambience that would appeal to both their affluent older clientele and a younger, hipper, foodie-oriented crowd. Mission accomplished with dishes like the inventive take on octopus marinated and grilled with baby fennel, red pepper sauce, artichoke and olives. Desserts sparkle too. • Dinner nightly. 561/533-3750. $$

leopard lounge and restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$

meat market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steak house but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of

sauces, butters and upscale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-n-turf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/354-9800. $$$$

nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. Keep your wallet happy with five-dollar dessert specials. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/6553319. $$ renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

ta-boo—2221 Worth Ave. American. This selfdescribed “American bistro” is less typical “American” restaurant or classical French “bistro” than it is posh-casual refuge for the see-and-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$

trevini ristorante—290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Expect a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. • Lunch Mon.– Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

PALM BEACH GARDENS café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard




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rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/627-2662. $$

WEST PALM BEACH café centro—2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambiance, piano Thursday through Saturday during season, the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. The kitchen breathes new life into hoary old fried calamari, gives fettucine con pollo a surprisingly delicate herbed cream sauce and gilds snowy fillets of grouper with a soulful Livornese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/5144070. $$


grato—1901 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. “Grato” is Italian for “grateful,” and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley’s sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato’s, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini. Spinach gnocchi in porcini mushroom sauce are a revelation, so light and airy they make other versions taste like green library paste. Don’t miss the porchetta either, or the silken panna cotta with coffee ice cream and crunchy hazelnut tuille. • Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. 561/404-1334. $$


leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$

marcello’s la sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway.


Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$

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doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as coq au vin and steak tartare. All that, plus guests dining al fresco have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$

rhythm café—3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

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