Two New Sunday Brunches, Garlic Fest Begins This Weekend

Avant starts prix-fixe Sunday brunch

The newest addition to Pineapple Grove, Avant, has started serving a prix-fixe Sunday brunch. Service starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes to 3 p.m. Cost is $29.50 per person, $15.50 for kids 7 to 11.

Bottomless mimosas, beermosas (??) and Bloody Mary’s are $14.50 per person. There’s also an a la carte full bar. Dishes include eggs Benedict, the “Elvis French toast” with peanut butter and banana, meatballs (pictured above), sliders, tacos and other small plates. There’s an omelet station, a salad station, fruits, breads and muffins, as well as dessert.

Avant, 25 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561/921-8687

Racks unusual Sunday brunch lineup starts Feb. 11

Rack's Chinatown Market

Starting Feb. 11, you can take a mini world tour on Sundays for brunch from your table in downtown Boca. That’s Gary Rack’s vision with his new prix-fixe Sunday Edition: A Lunch Hall Experience, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Racks in Mizner.

The tour includes more than 60 food choices, from the Chinatown Market (pictured), High Tide Seafood, Calle Ocho, Grand Ole Nashville, Little Italy, Farmhouse Kitchen and Sweet Street Desserts. Cost is $49 per person for the unlimited menu. Oh, and happy hour begins right after brunch ends at 3 p.m. Convenient!

Rack’s Mizner, 402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561/395-1662

19th annual Garlic Fest starts Feb. 9 at John Prince Park


When the famous South Florida Garlic Fest moved to John Prince Park in 2017, there was a bit of worry about whether fans would follow. Good news: They did.

Start your weekend—it’s on rain or shine!—with “The best stinkin’ party in South Florida” at the park again this year, Feb. 9 through Feb. 11 as it’s spiced up for the 19th year. This festival supports local non-profit groups focusing on arts and/or education for youth.

It’s a large, attractive venue (4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth), with plenty of space for garlic-laden food, and a lot of good clean air in case you want to sit on the grass and stare at the water in between bites.

You can try garlic curry chicken shish kabobs, flaming garlic shrimp, garlic London broil, garlic Italian sausage, garlic fries, garlic wings, garlic ice cream… you get the point. There are more than 80 garlic-laced foods available. As long as everyone is eating it, you’ll have a great time! You can purchase food and drink tickets in advance on the website, and check out concert times. For entertainment, this year’s musicians will include Collective Soul, Sister Hazel, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy and Dispatch, among others.

Advance tickets are $10 per day, and then $20 at the gate after 6 p.m.; $10 all day on Feb. 11; and a three-day ticket for $27. Check for more info.

John Prince Park, 4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth; 561/279-0907 

Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.

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