5. Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
110 E. Atlantic Blvd., Delray Beach. Call 561-808-1100, or visit roccostacos.com.
for the weekend. Weekday dining just got a lot more interesting — and affordable — thanks to the new "Siete por
Siete" happy-hour menu at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar. This is big news: It's the first time the Mexican tequila bar and restaurant has offered food as part of its daily happy-hour specials since the first location opened in 2007 in downtown West Palm Beach. Now, all five Rocco’s Tacos Florida locations — including Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Fort Lauderdale — will debut a special bar bites menu offering seven small plates for $7 each, available every day of the week (valid at the bar only). New "Siete por
Siete" happy-hour options include camarones
Patrón, tequila- and rojo
chipotle-butter-sautéed shrimp served with flour tortillas; crispy fried flautas
filled with a choice of chicken and chile de arbol
salsa or beef with an avocado ranch dipping sauce; and jalapeño rellenos
poppers stuffed with cotija cheese and crema. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
4. El Camino
15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-865-5350, or visit elcaminodelray.com.
Die-hard taco fans know about the awesome late-night eats at Delray Beach's El Camino. All day — and far into the evening — the restaurant offers a taco Tuesday deal that trumps just about all others. While most TT deals limit the type of taco you can order, El Camino does no such thing. From open to midnight on Tuesday, you can order any of its gourmet tacos — each served on homemade corn tortillas — for just $2 each. That includes the crispy fish tacos with chipotle crema, cucumber pico, and arugula; chili-rubbed carne asada skirt steak with ranchera salsa and queso fresco; chorizo with Oaxaca cheese and salsa verde; or achiote-spiced chicken with cotija cheese. Even pork belly and Gulf shrimp. Once the clock strikes midnight, you're forced to choose, however: It's either barbacoa or the gringo (ground beef served on a soft flour tortilla) until close at 2 a.m. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from midnight to 2 a.m.
3. Vic & Angelo's
290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-278-9570, or visit vicandangelos.com.
This longtime Delray Beach establishment is best-known for its homemade pastas
and other hearty Italian dishes served indoors or out at one of the busiest intersections off the avenue. The sidewalk tables are perfect for people-watching as you enjoy one of ten happy-hour offerings priced, from $5.98 to $8.48, from the grilled calamari and meatballs to P.E.I. mussels and ahi tuna crudo
. Then wash it down with handcrafted cocktails like the mango lemonade ($4.50), a glass of wine for $4.50, or bottled and draft beer for $3.50. Happy hour is seven days a week from 3 to 7 p.m.
14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-501-4443, or visit apeirorestaurants.com.
Delray Marketplace restaurant Apeiro Kitchen & Bar offers the palates of Palm Beach its contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and refreshing craft cocktails from South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport. The happy-hour menu features an all-star lineup of libations and bites, and drink specials include half-priced house spirits, bottled beer, red and white wines by the glass, and specialty cocktails priced at $6 each. For $12 per glass, try the house-made sangria; variations include Spanish Torres Sangre de Toro, with Torres orange liqueur, Torres ten-year brandy, and fresh-squeezed orange juice or the French, a rosé with Pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur and cucumber. To accompany the drink, Apeiro
offers a number of small plates with spreads like hummus, eggplant caponata, and pistachio yogurt with wood-oven baked pita; nibbles like bacon-wrapped dates with sofrito sauce, manchego cheese, and chorizo; or a Margherita flatbread with oven-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, and torn basil. Happy hour is available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Apeiro
"after dark" features the same specials on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., plus an additional selection of drinks perfect for a weekend nightcap.
1. Smoke BBQ
8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-4236, or visit eatbbqnow.com.
We've all grown accustomed to those two-for-one happy-hour
deals. But how many places do you know that offer a three-for-one happy hour? With such a sweet deal, there's no taking the top spot on this list away from Delray Beach's Smoke BBQ. Its
happy hour goes down seven days a week and boasts a crazy three-for-one wine and well-drink
deal that includes Pinnacle and Deep Eddy vodka, Sauza tequila, Jim Beam and Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cruzan and Captain Morgan rum, Johnnie Walker Red, and more. If you're looking for brew
, the happy hour includes two-for-one canned beers — more than 20 craft selections — so it still works whether you're drinking Bud Light or Cigar City Jai-Lai. The best part: The deal never ends. When you purchase your first drink, you'll get two drink tickets to redeem your next three-for-one drink, good for 21 days from the date on the receipt. And what about food? All appetizers (excluding Cajun shrimp) are half-price, with choices like applewood-smoked chicken wings, nacho platters topped with pulled chicken or pork, homemade potato chips, pulled chicken lettuce wraps, Texas caviar bean dip, steamed or fried Parmesan Brussels sprouts, or mix-and-match sliders with a choice of turkey, pulled pork, or beef brisket. Happy hour is from noon to 7 p.m. daily.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.