The official start of summer, the three-day Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family for the ultimate picnic. And the best part? We’ve already created your shopping list.
Can you have a party without cheese and wine? It’s the perfect snack before digging into the big dishes. Head to our favorite French deli and pick up a spread of cheeses, fresh-baked bread and your favorite wine. Need help? The owners Nicolas and Catherine are always behind the counter ready to make recommendations. 2800 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/609-2686; gourmetmarketboca.com
Joseph’s Classic Market
One of our go-to lunch spots, customers huddle around the prepared food sections for their choice of more than 6o entrees and side dishes. For a picnic, pick up selections of green beans, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, Brussels sprouts, and other side dishes that’ll have your guests drooling. 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561/347-2314; josephsclassicmarket.com
V&S Italian Deli
Sandwiches are about as easy as it gets when it comes to serving food. Put in an order for cold or hot subs with salami, sausages, chicken breast, bologna, roast pork, maple turkey, and more meats, cheese and toppings than we have room to list. 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/395-5206; vandsdeli.com
Fran’s Chicken Haven
If you’re looking for crispy chicken, look no further than this Boca Raton mainstay. Not only does Fran serve up buckets of fried chicken, there’s also chicken and waffles, a loaded mash potato bowl, combo meals and Fran-wiches. Be sure to throw in a few fried Oreos for good measure. 1925 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/395-0781; franschickenhaven.net
We can’t resist the sweet tangy nectar of barbeque sauce. Pick from bbq beef, chicken baby-back ribs, and pork, or Yazoo chicken, Tupelo chicken, Talladega red, catfish, charbroiled burgers and more. Personally, we would go for the platter. 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/394-6779; mississippisweetsbbq.com
Sometimes, simple is best. Order a farm-to-table rotisserie chicken seasoned with decadent herbs, or opt for your favorite pieces in a dinner combo served up with sides like mashed potatoes, ratatouille, Vichy carrots and fries. 215 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 561/908-2396; lapoulettefl.com
Touted as “always fresh, never frozen,” the wings here are great for football season and your Memorial Day get together: wings, boneless wings, and char-grilled smoked wings. With 11 sauces to choose from, everyone will find something that hits the spot. 35 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561/276-3663; brusroom.com/locations/delray-beach
While they’re known for their sausages and deli meats, a must-try at Emil’s is the German potato salad. Made with vinegar rather than mayonnaise like we’re used to, they also add chunks of ham for a salty twist on the picnic side favorite. 124 N. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach; 954/422-5565; european-sausage.com
Pop’s Fish Market
Is it a Florida food gathering if you don’t have fish dip? Open during the summer, they have all kinds of salads and dips, including smoked salmon dip, Mom’s Famous Smoked Fish Dip and clam dip. 131 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954/427-1331; popsfishandships.com
The final touch to your Memorial Day picnic, the dessert. Usher in summer with a strawberry or lemon tart, put out a dish of cookies, or get fancy with gluten-free macarons. With croissants and muffins on the menu, your day can also have a sweet start. 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561/403-5192; paneterie.com
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