Who doesn't like eating out? You don't have to cook, you don't have to clean up, and, chances are, a restaurant chef can throw together a much better meal than you'll ever be able to conceive.
The only downside: the money.
For the next month, the cost to dine in many Palm Beach County restaurants is going down exponentially. Flavor Palm Beach is offering three-course meals at select restaurants for one set fee.
Since there are only so many days in the month, you can't sample them all; however, we've rounded up the five best places to try, so you can take save yourself the headache -- or the stomach-ache, at least.
If it's at the top of it's class, you should be excited to get a deal. New Times' pick for Best Steakhouse - 2014 is offering guests several ethical options for just 30 bucks per person. Sample dishes, like BLT bib salad with house cured bacon, lobster bisque with basil oil, lamb sliders, hangar steak, and grilled Atlantic salmon with oven dried tomato and olive oil. And finish it off with choice of homemade chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich, apple strudel, and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream. While all the local, sustainable options are as hearty as can be, for an additional five bucks extra-hungry -- or gluttonous -- guests can add a contra man, which includes decadent sides, like loaded baked potato, creamed spinach, and truffle fries.
4. Cafe Boulud
Daniel Boulud is one of the world's most highly respected chefs. So, you know if his name is attached to an eatery, it's going to be pricey. Not this month. Cafe Boulud is offering Flavor Palm Beach specials for lunch and dinner. Mid-day meals are $20 per person, which features choice of chilled cauliflower velouté, baby iceberg salad, or beet tartare to start; lasagnette "Provençale" (tomato, summer squash, ricotta salata, and pesto), moules frites "Basquaise" with linguiça and smoked paprika broth, or lamb burger; and key lime pie, peach sundae, or chocolate bread pudding to finish. Dinner is $35 a piece, with selections ranging from Arabic flatbread and Mediterranean mezze to vegetable tagine and mussels à la plancha to chocolate sacher torte and mango mousse. Dining here is always a special occasion -- right now, you don't even need a reason.
Most of us eat sushi regularly. What we don't enjoy, however, is Japanese-inspired fare from a two-times James Beard-nominated semifinalist -- hey, it even just sounds expensive. For $35 per person choose from Clay Conley's selection of creative dishes, like peking duck tacos -- our #1 dish for 2012 -- seared salmon sashimi, fresh-as-can-be nigiri or sashimi, or a prime beef burger topped with pickled cucumber, spicy aioli, and pork belly.
2. PB Catch
Seafood restaurants in South Florida are a dime a dozen. But this place is miles away from the pack. Executive chef Aaron Black is known for his innovative twists on sustainable creatures from the sea. This month, you can sample three-courses of his imaginative fare for just 30 bucks. Start with Manhattan clam chowder or Florida rock shrimp and zucchini fritters. Move onto PB Catch cioppino, chock full of clams, mussels, rock shrimp, and fresh fish in a tomato fennel broth with esplette pepper or char-grilled hanger steak with corn salsa, avocado crema, and red mole sauce. And finish it all off with warm banana bread pudding or passion fruit cheesecake. No matter what you order, you're definitely getting your moneys worth.
Here's a chance to sample simple yet beautiful Italian fare at this year's "Best Restaurant - Palm Beach County" while the deals are in place. For $35, pick from three options for appetizer, entree, and dessert. Options vary from arugula salad with meyer lemon and truffle vinaigrette with shaved parmesan to margherita stone fired pizza to prime teres major steak coated in a porcini dry rub with roasted root vegetables and a Barolo wine sauce to brodetto di pesce a tomato-fennel broth with clams, shrimp, scallops, branzino, and calamari. Top it off with affogato, vanilla gelato with espresso and amaretti biscuits, and call it an evening.
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