Delray Beach welcomed the newest Atlantic Avenue eatery, 75 Main (270 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/243-7975), last night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was attended by the always supportive Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and local media organizations.

75 Main owner Zach Erdem, borrowing from his Southampton cottage establishment, urbanized this restaurant a bit. The vibe at 75 Main has a very elegant beach theme—bead board paired with leather, all done in shades of cream and white, with open windows that bring the outdoors in.

The passed bites of food were slow in coming, but when they arrived the tastes were delicious. The flavors were fresh and very appetizing—like appetizers should be but sometimes aren't. The restaurant offers grilled fresh sea bass wrapped in prosciutto, crispy baby calamari dipped in a delicious orange-colored batter and lightly fried, an endive leaf topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon, and rice balls laced with fresh mushrooms. 

If you think that sounds like the same old-same old, I can assure you it’s not. The twist on all these appetizers was modern and kept the flavors interesting.

Try it! You may like the clean contemporary edge to the ambience and the menu items as well. Based on last night’s gustatory experience, I will certainly go back for more.