Sunday, July 14, 2024

Renovations, anniversaries and holiday celebrations

Redesigned beachfront Oceans 234 opens in Deerfield Beach

How many places in South Florida can you actually eat at with a view of the ocean and the sand a few feet away? Not many! Not enough!

Well, after three months of renovations, the beachfront Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) has re-opened, with 75 percent of the menu items all brand-new. Chef Victor Franco has spent a year creating new dishes, including a separate gluten-free menu. Add new signature cocktails and a new wine program, and that means some promising pairings to be tried in a true sea environment.

The $1.8 million remodeling included the inside and outside of the restaurant, under the direction of owner/operator Danielle Rosse. The restaurant seats 220 and focuses on featuring the oceanfront view, along with a private dining area available for parties up to 50 people. Check out the remodeling timelapse videohere. The result is a beautiful, sea-inspired colorful space with new food and drinks to match.

Ahoy! Deck 84 in Delray Beach celebrates 5th anniversary

Five years ago, Deck 84 (840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-8484)opened on the waterfront in Delray Beach, and it’s a city staple now—which calls for a celebration, of course. So walk, drive or sail to the restaurant on Nov. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for food and drink specials, live entertainment and a look at the historical charter boat, Mizner’s Dream. If you’re one of the first 50 to check in at Deck 84 on Facebook and bring a proof with you, you’ll get a commemorative T-shirt. All that, plus a Jack Daniels Fire ice luge and adult snow cones (that means much alcohol added!).

Chocolates and bright lights: Hoffman’s 25th Annual Winter Wonderland

The big kids as well as the little kids get excited about the annual Hoffman’s Chocolates display at the Gardens in Greenacres (5190 Lake Worth Road, 561/967-2213), starting this year on Nov. 22. It’s the 25th Annual Winter Wonderland, and the lights, displays, live entertainment and yummy treats and drinks promise to be bigger and better than ever. It will certainly kick off your holiday season in a positive way. Don’t miss the photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.

About the Author

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.

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