It’s Monday—get ready to set up your week and head out for a good meal and a good drink.
(Remember Flavor Palm Beach is in effect. Go to flavorpb.com to find a restaurant, see the prix-fixe menu and make reservations.)
Meanwhile, here are a couple of new venues to try:
Oceanic opens at Pompano Beach Pier
Right as Hurricane Dorian was hovering over the Bahamas for days and deciding which way to turn, the new Oceanic at Pompano Beach Pier opened on Aug. 30, right on the beachfront.
It’s a restaurant from LM Restaurants, a family-owned business with ties to local restaurants dating more than 40 years back (remember the Seafood Shanty in Deerfield?). Serving lunch, weekend brunch and dinners, Oceanic is open daily.
The menu emphasizes seafood, of course, with dishes such as seared diver scallops, walnut rosemary crusted salmon, sea salt brined roasted chicken, grilled cauliflower steak, conch chowder, tuna tataki and more. A full, outdoor bar is shaded and looks over the waves. It has a wine dispensing system, craft beers and lots of chilled choices, too.
There are patio decks and plenty of seating inside and out that keeps you close to water views.
Oceanic at Pompano Beach Pier, 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954/366-3768; oceanicpompano.com.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wine Room Kitchen & Bar opens on Atlantic
The Wine Room Kitchen & Bar opened in Delray Beach on Aug. 22. It’s the former Caffe Martier space in the Arcade, but renovated to house a rare wine room (with about 2,400 bottles), a wine store (about 400 bottles), a restaurant (lunch, weekend brunch, dinner), a 10-keg brew system, full bars, a cheese and charcuterie standalone shop inside, and 230 wines inside wine machines, so you can try the vino. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, which strikes me as a perfect time to try a few varietals you’ve never tried before.
The menu is nicely varied and includes vegan and vegetarian dishes, too. You could share a smoked salmon flatbread, or a croque madame, double cheeseburger, shaved ribeye baguette, roasted cauliflower and more. The Fromage Cave has cheeses from all over the world (Australia, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, et al), as well as tasting flights for $22 or $29.
The speakeasy bar still exists, which is great. No passwords required.
The Wine Room Kitchen & Bar, 411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/243-9463; thewineroomonline.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight.