800 Palm Trail, Delray Beach, 561-279-0880, PatioDelray.com
The quiet hideaway is featuring a collection of new dishes, including several labeled gluten-free and vegan.
"More and more people are asking for gluten-free dishes, so I looked upon my background for inspiration," says owner Lily Buchheit. "Growing up in Hong Kong and mainly on Cantonese cuisine, my childhood diet was mostly gluten free. I found it easy to create gluten free and vegan dishes for my customers to enjoy that are both interesting and healthy, yet still delicious."
Seasonal gluten-free specialties are medjool dates stuffed with bacon and blue cheese ($8), roasted Scottish salmon with summer quinoa salad, sweet peas, tomatoes, figs, almonds and citrus-shallot vinaigrette ($16 lunch; $24 dinner) along with a vegan option of organic tofu cutlet ($19) and pan-seared, bone-in, double-cut pork chop with tropical fruit salsa and rice wine orange mango and pineapple mojo ($26). Garam masala-rubbed ahi tuna sandwich is served at lunch ($16).
New brunch items are croque-madame with Canadian bacon topped with fried eggs and garlic chive Dijon hollandaise ($14), curried eggs with fried serrano peppers, potatoes, poached eggs and Japanese curry sauce ($12) and barbecue pulled pork sandwich with Asian pear slaw ($12; also available for lunch). Bottomless mimosas are $12 with purchase of a brunch entree.
401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-4526, BreatheDelray.com
This Middle Eastern-fashioned restaurant and hookah lounge on the up-and-coming west side of Swinton Avenue has made sweeping changes, driven by new management and a new executive chef.
"After spending more than 10 years learning the Italian and French cuisine in all aspects, chef Vincent Mansour created a new menu that represented his Lebanese background and his knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine in general," general manager Weam Aly says.
Bestsellers of the traditional and contemporary dishes are aubergine salad ($5.99), kibbeh ($6.99), calamari stuffed with seafood ($8.99), poached sea bass with beurre blanc ($20.99), braised lamb shank in wine, rosemary and sage reduction ($24.99) and roasted New Zealand rack of lamb ($24.99).
Weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. has been extended to half off any drink along with $6 bar bites, such as stuffed portobello and chicken kebabs.
Breathe is open until 2 a.m. nightly and now features karaoke on Tuesday nights and belly dancers on Thursday nights. A DJ spins Top 40 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Darrel and Oliver's Café Maxx
2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-782-0606, CafeMaxx.com
After three decades, this cozy legend with devoted fans has kicked off Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The new brunch menu was timed to the recent completion of the restaurant's plaza, including a new entrance.
"Plus, we have always had customers who used to go to our Sunday brunch at East City Grill when we had it on Fort Lauderdale beach, asking when we might start Sunday brunch at Café Maxx," says co-owner Darrel Broek.
The remodeling also expanded sidewalk seating.
Signatures items — tuna sashimi pizza with wasabi cream cheese and caviar ($15.95) and caviar pie ($10.95) — are mixed in with new creations, such as omelets and eggs Benedicts ($13-$18.95). Standouts are cashew-and-macadamia crusted Texas-style French toast with Jamaican rum bananas ($11), Southern-style whole-wheat biscuits with chicken-sausage gravy and sunny-side duck egg ($13.50) and filet mignon and eggs with cheesy grits, grilled zucchini and andouille sausage ($28.95).