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Rick's Reviews: A Toast to Love and Other News You Can Use

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think of making a reservation for that romantic dinner. Quite a few places will be offering “special” Valentine’s Day dinners for two, which usually means jacked-up prices and a limited selection.  However, two spots are offering special cocktails and that’s always reason to celebrate. For those of you not observing the holiday, there are plenty of other specials and a few new restaurants to pique your interest.

Louie Bossi’s has a secret cocktail for Valentine's--Romeo's Kiss. The new cocktail won’t be on the menu, but will be available to people who know to ask for it. The drink is made with fresh raspberries muddled with fresh local lime juice, Brazilian sugar cane Cachaça and is topped with Sicilian sparkling rose. It will be available as a secret menu item at both the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations. 

The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will offer you a chance to pamper your paramour with the Kappa Kiss, a delicious blend of Kappa pisco, Grand Marnier, fresh raspberries and strawberries, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, and a pop of fresh basil. The Kappa Kiss will be available on Valentine’s Day at both Seminole’s Nectar and level2.  In addition, Seminole will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu $85 per person. 

TooJay’s celebrates Hot Pastrami Month at all 27 Florida locations with a chance to win a year of free pastrami and 175 other weekly prizes. From now through Feb. 11, TooJay’s pastrami on rye is front-and-center on the menu along with pastrami egg rolls, pastrami burger and the new pastrami dogs and pastrami eggs Benedict.

Avant in Delray Beach, has just launched Sunday brunch. The buffet is $29.50 per person and is available from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Brunch includes four stations with an omelet bar, chafing station, salads and fresh fruits and breads. Waiters visit each table with a variety of flowing small plates and dessert is included. Bottomless mimosas, beermosas and bloody Marys are available for $14.50 per person. Indoor and patio seating is available and large groups are welcome. Reservations are recommended.

Tim and Cinzia Gaglio, well known, veteran restaurateurs in South Florida and New York, recently opened Osteria Salina, featuring the cuisine of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and clean eating in Delray Beach. Osteria Salina’s sister location is in the Hamptons. 

Oliv Pit Athenian Grille, a premium casual authentic Greek restaurant, which opened in Boca Raton in December, grills with a unique fuel; briquettes made from olive pits.  The restaurant is the first in the United States to use barbeque briquettes made of olive pits for grilling its meats. Olive briquettes are popular in Greece and in Europe because they are smoke free, chemical free and burn hotter than traditional charcoal. They also burn a lot longer than traditional briquettes, but without the ash. In addition, the briquettes do not contain the carcinogens found in charcoal and don’t flare up during cooking.

A new restaurant will open on restaurant row in West Palm Beach next month. Mazie’s, featuring “New World Comfort Food,” is owned and operated by chef Eric Baker, formerly of Delray Beach’s Max’s Harvest and Jason Lakow, the former GM of Café Boulud, and will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  The dinner menu features a variety of entrees and platters that can be shared between two to four guests.  The menu will also feature daily specials as well as weekly favorites, including “Chinese Take Out” on Sundays. Mazie’s will serve brunch every day and will set aside 40% of seating to accommodate walk-in diners. The new spot, at 3815 S. Dixie, will be open seven days a week. 

Serafina will open for lunch and dinner service this February in Aventura Mall’s new wing. Originally launched in New York City, with over 30 locations worldwide, Serafina Miami will be the only location in Florida. Serafina features Italian cuisine in a relaxed environment with home-style shared meals.


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