Beneath vibrantly colored Mexican lanterns, hipster servers mash guacamole tableside, crispy empanadas are stuffed with delicious duck confit, and dessert means hot, fresh churros served with caramel (cajeta) dipping sauce. Both the empanadas and churros are must-haves at Calaveras Cantina, which offers an extensive range of cocktails and terrific happy hour deals (Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m., or nightly from 10 p.m. to close). Other deals: On Mondays, margaritas are $4; on Tuesdays, a la carte tacos are $2.
Calaveras Cantina: 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter; 561-320-9661; CalaverasCantinas.com
Chef Matthew Byrne and his wife/partner Aliza Byrne recently expanded their Kitchen eatery to fill a growing demand. He creates refined takes on comfort classics while she keeps a gracious pace in the front of the house. The menu is seasonally inspired and beautifully executed. In addition to the small main dining room, there’s a new lounge area as well as a private dining room to accommodate larger parties. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Road, #2, West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281; KitchenPB.com
There’s nothing like a sparkling water view to remind us we live where many others vacation. Add a menu of expertly prepared seafood dishes and you’ve got a destination spot. Hudson Delray presents a solidly American menu with notable flair, thanks to executive chef Paul Niedermann, a past winner of “Hell’s Kitchen.” His lemony, olive oil-poached shrimp hum with hints of jalapeño and his crab cake rendition is chock-full of crab meat. Those delicacies come at a price – this is not an inexpensive eatery. But with a newly debuted outdoor bar, Hudson has rolled out drink specials to greet football season. They’ve got game day covered on their many TV screens and promise to pour you a free draft beer if you wear your team’s football jersey. Happy hour is also a good time to check out the outdoor and indoor bars – it runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, serving half-price drinks.
Hudson, at Waterway East: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach; 561-303-1343; HudsonDelray.com