- Liz Balmaseda Palm Beach Post Food Editor
The dining deals of summer are fading as fast as languid vacation days. But that doesn’t mean the deals are gone. There’s still the entire month of September, otherwise known as Flavor Palm Beach month.
With multicourse lunches starting at $20 and dinners starting at $30, consider this a 30-day window to sample dishes at top, otherwise pricey eateries, enjoy the food, the vibe and, in some cases, the glorious views.
September is the month when one members-only north county marina restaurant opens its doors to the public, specifically to those who order from the Flavor Palm Beach menu. This eatery, Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar, offers a sweeping view of the marina.
“Waterfront dining is always a treat,” says Flavor founder Briana Beaty, “I like to go before sunset.”
She offers this advice to Flavor first-timers: “Venture out and try new places!”
Beaty, who has made reserving a prime table to participating restaurants quite easy on her FlavorPB.com site, suggests making reservations early, “especially if you’re looking at Thursday through Saturday nights.”
We studied this year’s Flavor menus. Here are a dozen that made us drool. (Prices do not include tax and tip.)
This sleek Palm Beach steak house is serving a three-course dinner menu for Flavor month.
First course highlights include Wagyu carpaccio with chipotle aioli and baby arugula, country pate with roasted apple mustard, and oysters on the half shell. Entrée options include filet mignon with brown butter, prime churrasco steak with wood-grilled pepper salad, and blackened Scottish salmon. (Sides are an additional $5.) For dessert, there’s Valrhona chocolate crème, and other delights.
Price: $39 dinner
Meat Market: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561-354-9800; MeatMarket.net
The PGA Commons’ new favorite gathering spot, is serving Flavor menus at lunch and dinner.
At lunch, highlights include 24-hour marinated Korean lamb ribs with kimchee dipping sauce for appetizer, Za’atar-rubbed salmon and grilled Flat Iron steak salad for second course, and carrot cake in a jar and mango key lime pie for dessert.
At dinner, first course highlights include grilled Spanish-style octopus and a BLT wedge salad. For the main course, choices include double-cut Duroc pork chop, a 14-ounce New York strip and herb seared rainbow trout. Dessert choices echo the lunch menu.
Price: $20 lunch, $35 dinner
The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-0032; TheCooperRestaurant.com
Sustainable seafood is the star attraction at this Palm Beach eatery, and it’s well represented on the Flavor dinner menu.
Appetizer choices include grilled Blue Point oysters with dulse butter and white tuna tartare with crispy shiitakes. For main course, options include cioppino stew, beer-battered fresh-catch fish fingers and char-grilled hanger steak. For dessert, there’s a choice of key lime pie, passion fruit cheesecake or warm banana bread pudding.
Price: $35 dinner (a 20 percent tip will be added)
PB Catch: 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-5558; PBCatch.com
This stylish restaurant, located inside Manalapan’s Eau resort, is serving a three-course dinner inspired by local and regional ingredients.
For starter, there’s a choice of Loxahatchee-grown greens, a seasonal soup or Berkshire pork belly. Entrée options include pan-seared Florida snapper and Lake Meadow Farm chicken roulade with homemade truffled tagliolini pasta. For the sweet finale, there’s Angle’s “Frozen Summer” dessert (grapefruit and honeydew sorbet, compressed watermelon, green grapes, raspberry crumble, avocado key lime “pie” and mint pesto), and the “Choc Eau Late” plate (cocoa nib-crusted brownie cake, fudge ice cream, and caramel-infused milk chocolate mousse).
Price: $55 dinner
Angle at the Eau resort: 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561-533-6000; EauPalmBeach.com
The popular downtown West Palm eatery is serving a “choose three” menu during Flavor month.
Diners can pick any three of 14 listed menu items, plus a dessert of their choice. Expect a simple, but varied menu that includes light bites like ceviche and chopped kale and quinoa salad, mezze-type dishes such as roasted butternut squash hummus and heartier options like tomatillo braised pork sliders and lamb sliders.
Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822; AvocadoGrillWPB.com
The consistently terrific Palm Beach café is offering fine grub at a great value on its Flavor lunchtime menu.
For starters, there’s a choice of chilled Virginia peanut soup and an iceberg-and-blue salad. Main courses include Boulud’s “Frenchie Burger” (with pork belly, arugula and tomato-onion compote), the “Piggy Burger” (with barbecue pulled pork and mustard slaw) and mussels in Belgian ale and preserved lemon, with crispy frites. For dessert, there’s a sundae trio.
Price: $20 lunch
Café Boulud: 301 Australian Ave. (at the Brazilian Court Hotel), Palm Beach; 561-655-6060; CafeBoulud.com/palmbeach
HUDSON AT WATERWAY EAST
With a sparkling view of the waterway, this Delray restaurant is serving a varied three-course lunch menu for the Flavor Palm Beach promotion.
Starters include a fork-and-knife Caesar salad, and a sweet potato and chorizo bisque. For main course, there’s a choice of short rib and crimini mushroom pappardelle pasta, roasted mahi mahi with fennel confit, fennel pollen and a Meyer lemon beurre blanc sauce, and a grilled chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers. For dessert, there’s a choice of key lime bars, seasonal berries and Chantilly cream and Indian River orange crème brulee.
Price: $20 lunch
Hudson at Waterway East: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-303-1343; HudsonDelray.com
IRONWOOD STEAK & SEAFOOD
PGA National Resort’s signature steak house is serving quite a nice Flavor menu at dinnertime.
Appetizers include Vidalia onion soup with aged Gruyere, hand-pulled mozzarella Caprese salad, and a wedge salad topped with bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing. For main course, there’s a choice of Wagyu bistro steak with mashed potatoes, hickory smoked Atlantic salmon, and barbecue chicken with warm fingerling potato salad and grilled corn on the cob.
For dessert, there’s a choice of “Mile High” key lime pie or vanilla bean crème brulee.
Price: $35 dinner
Ironwood: 400 Avenue of the Champions (at PGA National Resort), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852; PGAResort.com
The view at this canopied terrace café is worth the price of lunch during any month of the year. The panorama: the Four Seasons’ pool and oceanfront scene. In September, you can have that view and a three-course lunch for 20 bucks.
Graze’s Flavor Palm Beach menu highlights include lobster bisque and sweet pea soup for starters, and a Cuban sandwich and all-natural beef burger. For dessert: choose pistachio crème brulee or a sorbet duo.
Price: $20 lunch
Graze at the Four Seasons resort: 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561-582-2800; FourSeasons.com
Downtown West Palm’s favorite bistro is serving a three-course Flavor menu at dinner. Appetizer choices include summer corn risotto, the daily soup and a summer salad. For main course, options include fennel-spiced mahi mahi, steak frites and a pan-roasted, bone-in chicken breast with grilled local corn. And for dessert: a choice of chocolate mousse, Crepes Suzette or crème brulee.
Price: $35 (a 20 percent tip will be added)
Pistache: 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090; PistacheWPB.com
Located at Old Port Cove marina in North Palm Beach, this is a members-only restaurant. But Flavor fans at large are in luck: Flavor Palm Beach month grants the public access for the special three-course dinner menu.
Starter options include shrimp fritters, endive and crab salad, and chilled tomato basil and avocado soup. Second course choices include pan-roasted grouper, shrimp and grits, bouillabaisse and coconut braised short ribs. And for dessert, there’s a peach and walnut tart or a Floating Island dish.
Price: $35 dinner; reservations required
A lovely ocean view awaits at this Delray Beach eatery, where Flavor menus are offered at lunch and dinner.
Lunch starter highlights include a romaine salad with a six-minute egg dressing, a roasted garlic and white bean jar, and a veggie soup of the day. Second course choices include a chicken BLT, surf-and-turf tacos and a burger. For dessert, there are beignets with dulce de leche crème.
At dinner, highlights include a Napoleon of roasted beets, goat cheese mousse and fried green tomato as a starter, and entrées such as blackened cobia, wahoo grilled and steamed in a banana leaf, and fresh linguine topped with grilled chicken breast or Royal Red shrimp with San Marzano tomatoes.
The sweet finale at dinner includes that decadent beignet option. There’s also berries and cream for those who can resist the dulce de leche crème on the beignet.
Price: $20 lunch, dinner $30
50 Ocean: 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364; 50Ocean.com