The restaurant-eating spot at the corner of Northeast Third Street and Northeast Third Avenue in Delray has a new tenant, and this one may have a better chance of sticking around for awhile, even if it is flying pretty far under the local foodie radar.
Appropriately enough, the place is called 3rd & 3rd (301 NE Third Ave., 561/303-1939), the brainchild of chef and New Jersey native John Paul Kline, who also runs a catering company called John Paul Custom Cuisine. It would be a good thing to memorize the address, because it’s in a somewhat obscure location with no sign, though if you remember predecessors like Blacktip Reef, Ay Caramba, Monterey Grill, the Annex and Elwood’s Dixie Barbecue you should find it with no problem.
Anyway, 3rd & 3rd’s under-the-radarness—and its cozy, artzy décor—is part of the restaurant’s low-key, off the eatin’ path charm. Like most casual restaurants nowadays, it’s got a roster of craft beers, both on tap and in the bottle, as well as a short list of mixological cocktails, and a handful of New and Old World wines.
On the food end of the equation are dishes like duck confit with blood orange gastrique, sea scallops with thyme butter and corn succotash, shrimp and chorizo skewers with sweet chili glaze, and smoked pork sandwich so if you’re having trouble finding the place, just follow your nose.