Rick's Reviews: Summer Specials

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When the temperatures go up, the prices go down. Now that the snow birds have flown the coop, many area restaurants are offering dining deals to those of us who stay year-round, including several places along Las Olas and on AIA. Check out these venues and listen to the ka-ching! sound while you save big bucks. As a caveat, most of these places require that you show local I.D. for the off-season discounts.

The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach offers “Clicquot on the Clock”. Bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne will be discounted to $50 at 5 p.m. and increase $10 every hour until 8 p.m. The hotel’s restaurant, Terra Mare, wants locals to enjoy its market-fresh and locally sourced appetizers on a gorgeous oceanside terrace. Bottles of wine are 50 percent off all day on Tuesdays and, from 4-7 p.m. daily, select appetizers are available for less than $10 and accompanying drink specials at the bar include $5 beers and $8 wines by the glass, including Prosecco Loredan Gasparini and Ronco Blanchis Rosé.

Popular AIA beachfront spot, Casablanca Café doesn’t advertise it, but you can get two meals for the price of one at lunch time.

The following Las Olas spots all offer a discount if you mention “Las Olas Locals” (which means a Broward I.D.):

American Social gives locals at 15% discount through September Tues-Fri before 4p.m. and after 7p.m. (in other words, not valid for happy hour) or with any other specials.

Boathouse at Riverside offers 20% off food entrees, tax, gratuity, and beverages are NOT included. Minimum $25 purchase required. Not valid with any other offers.

At Caffe Europa get a complimentary bottle of Peroni with any pizza purchase.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse knocks ten bucks off the regular dinner price and you can get a complimentary drink or appetizer at the bar.

Louie Bossi’s serves up one complimentary glass of house wine with purchase of entrée (limit one per customer).

Luigi’s Tuscan Grill offers 20% off all food Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m. (not including alcohol) and you must dine-in.

Royal Pig Pub presents $10 beer, burger and fries all day on Monday.

At SuViche get a free appetizer, pisco sour, or other specialty cocktail of your choice with the purchase $20 or more.

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille gives a 20% discount on food entrees, a minimum $25 purchase is required. Not valid with any other offers.

Subs and Suds retro sandwich shop in Riverside Park/Sailboat Bend offers a summer special on Monday evenings that it calls Memphis Monday. It’s a BBQ pig roast with Memphis-style pulled pork sandwiches with all the fixings for $8; paired beers are $3. Serving starts at 6 p.m. and stops when the food runs out.

All local Dairy Queens are featuring “Two for $4 Treat Nights”. For a limited time, after 8 p.m., mix-and-match any two medium sundaes or dipped cones for just $4 at participating locations. I’ll see you at the DQ on Wilton Drive.

Restaurants aren’t just luring us in with special discounts and prices, many are offering special dinner parties. Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray is bringing back its popular four-course wine dinners now until the end of November for just $49, plus tax and gratuity.

The wine dinners are held every third Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. and feature four course (appetizer, salad, a choice of one of two main courses followed by dessert. Each course is accompanied by a glass of wine. Upcoming dinners will be held on June 26, July 24, August 14, September 4 & 25, October 26, and November 6 & 27. Dinner menus are available at caffelunarosa.com or call 561-274-9404.

You’ve heard of “farm to table”. On Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m., MIA Kitchen & Bar in Delray will host a five-course feast featuring fresh catch from Florida’s top fishing towns. Each course will be paired with creative tipples made with Afrohead Rum and Misunderstood Whiskey. Executive chef Blake Malatesta’s kitchen practices a zero-waste policy and his “dock-to-door” program partners with Florida fishermen to source sustainable seafood caught within the last 24 hours. The dinner is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information go to mia.kitchen or call 561.499.2200.

Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach has just launched a new 8 for $8 lunch deal, available Monday through Friday. The 8 for $8 lunch deal at Josie’s Ristorante is available for dine in or take out. Call (561) 364-9601 or visit josiesristorante.com.

Finally, Wawa stores have a special Pride month offering, a rainbow bagel with cream cheese. It’s on a secret menu. Here's how to access the secret menu: Visit touch screens at kiosks and press the goose at the bottom left of the screen to reveal the new menu items. Don’t know why it’s gotta be a secret, but there are other non-Pride related items there as well.

 


 

A Woman’s Place Is in the Kitchen, Dining Room and Executive Office!

With females representing only 7% of executive chefs and restaurant owners in the U.S., Big Time Restaurant Group Executive Chef/Partner Lisabet Summa is teaming up with filmmaker Joanna James, to promote women in Florida’s hospitality industry. The two are hosting a screening of “A Fine Line,” which chronicles the experiences of James’ mother, Valerie James, as a chef/owner for the past 30 years. The film is also supported by the stories of other contemporary female chefs, including: Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, Lidia Bastianich, Cat Cora, and more.

A panel discussion, screening, and cocktail party, “SOFLO Femmes in Food & Film,” will take place on Monday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Tower Club in the Region’s Bank Building at 100 SE Third Avenue, 28th Floor, Fort Lauderdale. The event proceeds will provide needed funding for the development and mentoring of organizations that support women in the hospitality industry. The event is sponsored by Big Time Restaurant Group.

The evening will include a VIP reception with food and drink from Big Time Restaurant Group, a meet and greet with filmmaker Joanna James, the film screening and a lively Q&A session. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on eventbrite.com. Proceeds will support the impact campaign to increase women in leadership through mentorship programs, education, inspiring screenings and lobbying for equal rights in the workplace.


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