After the event’s successful debut last year, more than three dozen restaurants on or near Atlantic Avenue are scheduled to take part. Eateries will offer three-course lunches for $20 and under, and three-course dinners for $40 and under, excluding tax and tip.
Among the participating restaurants: 32 East, 3rd and 3rd, 50 Ocean, Banyan Restaurant and Bar, Big Al’s Steaks, Boston’s on the Beach, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!, City Oyster and Sushi Bar, Corner Porch, Cream, Dada, Death or Glory, Deck 84, Delray Hideaway, Eat Market, Farmhouse Kitchen, Honey, JuiceBuzz, Juice Papi, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max’s Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Papa’s Tapas, Prime, Purgreens, Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar, Rok:Brgr, Salt 7, Sandwiches by the Sea, Sazio, Scuola Vecchia, Smoke BBQ, the Office, Vic & Angelo’s, and Windy City Pizza.
Other special events include an Aug. 1 wine dinner at Prime ($180 per person), an Aug. 2 wine dinner at Racks Fish House ($65 per person), pizzamaking classes at Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza and the Mellow Mushroom, a whiskey course at 32 East and cocktail classes at Death or Glory and Honey. Those who want to stay nearby can book rooms for a discounted $99 rate at the downtown Delray Beach Hyatt Place using the code “G-FOOD.”
The Delray event is part of South Florida's growing summer promotional season, meant to boost restaurant sales during the slower offseason months. Dine Out Delray is the city’s response to the bigger and longer-lasting Miami Spice, which also starts Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30.
Miami Spice features hundreds of restaurants throughout Miami-Dade that will offer three-course lunches for $23 and multicourse dinners for $39, excluding tax and tip. Later this week, I’ll offer 10 Miami Spice picks among the dizzying 246 options.
Dozens of top Broward restaurants will take part in Crave GFL (formerly Dine Out Lauderdale) Sept. 1-30. Multicourse dinners will cost $37. Forty restaurants are currently listed on the event’s website, including Burlock Coast, Capital Grille, Cafe Maxx, Chima, Eduardo de San Angel, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, Kuro, Morton’s, Naked Crab, Rusty Hook Tavern, Ruth’s Chris, Steak 954 and Truluck’s.
Flavor Palm Beach will also run Sept. 1-30, with more than 50 restaurants in Palm Beach County expected to participate. Lunch will be offered in the $20 range, and dinners will cost $30 to $40 per person. A preliminary lineup on the event website includes Cafe Boulud, Cafe Chardonnay, Costa Palm Beach, 50 Ocean, Meat Market, Pistache French Bistro, the Regional, Renato’s, and Sant Ambroeus.
Another dining promotion will launch in September, the inaugural Boca Restaurant Month. Organized by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the event’s theme will be “Boca loves New York,” a nod to the area’s sixth-borough status. Participating restaurants will offer at least one New York-inspired dish on their multicourse menus. Lunch will cost $21 to $25, and dinners will cost $36 to $40. According to the Boca Chamber’s website, participants are scheduled to include Brio Tuscan Grille, City Fish Market, Oceans 234, Rocco’s Tacos, Roots Italian Kitchen and Uncle Tai’s.