Beneath a banyan, eclectic scene unfolds at Dada in Delray Beach


The only people in a hurry at Dada are the poor souls waiting anxiously for a table.

The rest of us are settled in comfortably around the glorious banyan tree that makes up the centerpiece of the front yard which stretches outside the rambling old house built in 1924 on Swinton Avenue, just north of busy Atlantic Avenue.

And, well, we’re not going anywhere in a hurry.

We are fully aware that we’ve now blended into the eclectic setting at Dada, an eatery that’s quaint, sophisticated, relaxing and picturesque. Each table is filled with happy diners as servers fan out across the yard, checking in. Colorful little lanterns are strung through the trees, bathing the yard in a soft glow.

Welcome to this beloved eatery owned by the Sub-Culture group of restaurateurs (Rodney Mayo, Scott Frielich, Bruce Feingold), which owns more than a dozen similarly eclectic joints across South Florida.

“It’s like being in Sonoma, or Aspen,” I overhear the lady at the next table say as she peers around the yard.

Here, you ease into night, allowing it to unfold at its pace. And to assist you in this task, there are plenty of bites and beverages. There’s an extensive mojito list, as well as an affordable wine list.

As for the food, my favorite dish remains the seven-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, which is served with creamy tomato bisque ($10.50) – I’ll order that yesterday, today and tomorrow. But you’ll also hear me say flattering things about Dada’s grilled brie ($12.50) and Butternut Squash Ravioli with thyme cream ($18.50).

During this recent visit, we finally get up from our dinner almost 2 ½ hours after arriving at Dada. But, had we not checked the time, we’d have no idea how many hours have passed. Dada can have that affect on you.



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