Rick's Reviews: Summer Specials

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With the temperature on the rise, prices on menus across town lower as folks try to lure us year-rounders out of our air-conditioned homes and into area restaurants. Between reduced prices, special events and other enticements it makes dining out more and more tempting.

Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach, has unveiled a new summer menu featuring special dishes as well as a 15 percent discount on the entire check during the summer.

Among the special offerings are; “Meatball Mondays” featuring house-made meatballs with fresh ricotta for $2 each, or as a slider, topped with provolone for $2.50.

Monday also features half-priced martinis. On “Burger Bash Wednesday,” brisket burgers, served with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise are $7. Add-ons, available for $1 each, include: smoked bacon, gorgonzola, cheddar, mozzarella, gruyere, sweet onion confit, house pickled jalapeños, tomato bacon jam, arugula or New York pickles. The “TGIF Summer Lobster Riot” showcases a one-pound Maine lobster simmered in spicy fra diavolo or garlicky scampi sauce with clams, shrimps and mussels, served over bucatini for $20. Large (16 inch) one-topping pizzas are available for $8.99 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Josie’s Ristorante is located at 1602 S. Federal, Boynton Beach, on the southeast corner of Woolbright and Federal. Reservations are encouraged, 561-364-9601 or JosiesRistorante.com.

Max’s Harvest, 169 NE 2nd Ave., in Delray Beach, has appointed Blair Wilson as its new Executive Chef. He was previously at The Social Club on Miami Beach, where he received numerous accolades, including “Best Breakfast in Miami” from New Times, “Top Ten Best Ribs in South Florida” by Eater, “Top Ten Restaurants in South Beach” by Thrillist and the coveted “People’s Choice Award.” Wilson is planning his first wine dinner at the restaurant to celebrate the Tour de France. It will be held on July 13 at 6:30 p.m., and will include creative, modern French dishes, paired with French wines from each region of the country and will feature four courses and six wines. The cost to attend is $65 per person. To reserve a place, call 561-381-9970.

Mama Mia Italian Ristorante, 1818 S. Young Circle in Hollywood, is offering all you can eat lobster for $44.95 per person every Wednesday night. That same evening you can also take advantage of bottomless glasses of wine. On Fridays, they offer the same deal with snow crab or for $34.95 all you can eat filet mignon chateaubriand. Friday also brings out the restaurant’s extended happy hour from 5-10 p.m. with 3-for-1 drinks. For more information call 954-923-0555 or check out. MIAgrill.com

Xtreme Action Park, Florida’s largest indoor entertainment venue, 5300 N. Powerline is celebrating its second anniversary on Monday, July 17 by offering visitors a chance to experience the venue’s many action entertainment features for free. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can take part in roller skating, the trampoline park, the ropes course adventure, video arcade and use of the indoor basketball court as well as the Evolution escape room, XD Dark Ride and entrance to the Dezer Auto Museum free of charge. There will also be special food offers including $1 pizza slices and sodas and $1.50 hot dogs. For more information, please visit XtremeActionPark.com.

Juniors, 409 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton, has added a breakfast menu, served from 7-11 a.m. In addition to standard breakfast offerings, Junior’s has some house specialties including; lox Benedict, NEO (scrambled eggs with nova lox and onions), cheese blintzes and a pastrami omelet. All breakfast items come with complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has added a new restaurant, The Bol, which features authentic Asian cuisine inspired by Chinese and Vietnamese recipes. The Bol joins the casino’s other restaurants, including; NYY Steak, Sorrisi, Fresh Harvest, 1st Street Deli, Sunset Grill, Nectar and the level2 bar... Habit Burger, with locations in Plantation, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton has brought back a summer favorite, its strawberry balsamic chicken salad. The salad features char-grilled chicken breast atop a bed of greens with fresh sliced strawberries, dried blueberries and feta cheese, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette and is priced at $7.99… Shooters, 3033 NE 32nd Ave is celebrating summer with monthly “Rock the Dock” parties on its expansive waterfront. Bands will be featured on July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 30. For more information, call 954-566-2855 or go to ShootersWaterfront.com.

And now for something completely different. Dames at Sea! Or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, as Al and Chuck Travel present “Drag Stars at Sea” Sailing from New Orleans to Key West, the cruise will feature 20 of the biggest drag stars from RuPaul's Drag Race. Prices start at $359 for the eight-day cruise and include a party at the new luxury Baha Mar Resort, a private pool party in Key West, special on-board entertainment, meals and all shore excursions. It’s not happening until January 26 of 2019, but if you start saving your pennies now, it will be here before you know it. Go to AlAndChuck.travel.com for more information.


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