A full report will be in a coming issue of Delray magazine, but for now, here’s the deal. The good news is the recently completed outdoor deck-slash-bar is terrific. Comfortable, shielded from the elements, a killer spot on the Intracoastal; it’s a great place to hang out. The staff is super-nice and there’s tons of free(!) parking.

The other bit of good news is that new chef Paul Niedermann has some real kitchen chops, and not just because he won a reality cooking show. Our entrees were first-rate—well-conceived, carefully executed and damn tasty. The bad news is that Niedermann hasn’t yet overhauled the appetizer and dessert section of the menu. The apps come off like mediocre upscale sports bar grub, the desserts. . . well, the less said about those, the better.

Still, there’s reason to hope here. The views are great, the staff is friendly and willing, there’s abundant free parking, and the dishes that have been revamped are excellent. So keep your fingers crossed the rest of the menu follows.