By: Shaina Wizov
Outdoor dining has always been a part of the Florida restaurant scene, but right now, it’s more popular than ever. Due to COVID-19 and socially distancing preferences, many people are choosing to dine al fresco more frequently than they may have in the past.
Restaurants are going above and beyond to make sure their customers feel safe in their dining environment, and one of the ways they are doing this is by providing plenty of spacious outside seating.
Last month, we shared over twenty places in Boca Raton and Delray Beach that offer outdoor seating. Here are ten more for you to check out!
Burton’s Grill & Bar
There are over 15 locations of Burton’s Grill & Bar, most of which are in the Northeast, but the one in Boca, located in Park Place, is the first and only of its kind in Florida. Known for its extensive gluten-free menu and a scratch kitchen that allows for customization of any menu item, Burton’s was voted the number one allergy-friendly restaurant in 2019 by Allergy Eats.
Even if you don’t follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll still fall in love with many of the gluten-free menu offerings. The General Tso’s cauliflower, Judith Point calamari and salmon romesco are all must-try dishes. Check out the happy hour drink specials too, available at all seating Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
Kapow! Noodle Bar
Mizner Park is home to the flagship location of Kapow! Noodle Bar, with its sister restaurant just a bit further north in the downtown area of West Palm Beach. Kapow’s industrial decor and eclectic artwork gives it a unique charm. Couple that charm with its Asian-inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails, and you’re in for quite the treat.
The menu is comfort food meets street food, and the drink menu features a variety of cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices, house made sour mix, and syrups, tonics and bitters from locally owned company Dugan and Dame. There is even a selection of alcohol-free mocktails. Start off with the wok-charred edamame and any of the dim sum selections, move on to the BBQ duck and ginger fried rice or da poke bowl for your main plate — but make sure to save room for dessert. The Thai donuts are a favorite for a reason.
The Rebel House
Well known South Florida chef, Eric Baker, recently took ownership of The Rebel House, and has since transformed the menu to reflect his unique and innovative cooking style. Anyone who has ever dined at The Rebel House can attest to its distinctive decor. Chef Baker hasn’t changed anything about the atmosphere, keeping that Rebel vibe just as it’s always been.
The craft cocktails are always a must, as is kicking off your meal with the legendary popcorn of the day. The menu is constantly evolving — although, the OG Brussels sprouts with Chinese sausage and sweet soy always makes an appearance. New menu items are announced regularly. Expect out-of-the-box creations like stuffed chicken wings with tamarind-caramel sauce, pickled honeydew and cashews, and lobster meatballs with ricotta gnocchi, vodka sauce and pancetta.
Tucker Duke’s might be known for its over-the-top, award-winning, juicy, meaty burgers, but as of late, the Boca location has become much more vegan-friendly. You can find vegan burgers and tacos on the menu as well as a gluten-free bun option. They’ve also expanded the menu to now include their new Brass Rooster Wing Factory pop-up shop, so you can feast on boneless or bone-in wings smothered in one of ten delicious sauces. On Wednesdays, they’re only 65 cents each!
Tucker Duke’s releases their featured burger on the first of every month, and it’s always something really quirky and creative. Wash down your burger, vegan or not, and wings with a pint from their extensive menu of craft brews, many of which are made in Florida. You’re going to need some side dishes, so check out the PB&J bon bons, house made onion rings with Tucker sauce, and tater tots with white truffle and parmesan.
Twenty Twenty Grille
This husband-and-wife-owned restaurant is the ultimate date night spot. Tucked away in Royal Palm Place, Twenty Twenty Grille is the definition of hidden gem. The restaurant is small, but it has a quaint outdoor area perfect for socially distanced dinners. Twenty Twenty Grille has been awarded numerous accolades for its very modern, contemporary American menu. Internationally acclaimed Chef Ron Weisheit has over 25 years of experience in the culinary field and three gold medals from the Culinary Olympics in Germany under his belt.
Dining at Twenty Twenty Grille is always a unique and intimate experience. Dine there enough, and Chef Ron and his wife Rhonda will start to feel like family. The menu changes frequently, but you can’t go wrong with any of the choices. You’ll find locally sourced, seasonal produce, sustainable grass-fed meats, line caught seafood, and an impressive wine list filled with many organically grown varieties.
Cabana El Rey
Cabana is one of Downtown Delray Beach’s oldest and most beloved restaurants. This family owned establishment has been around for over 20 years, serving the most delicious Latin fusion cuisine and cocktails you’ll find in the area. The menu is a mix of South American, Central American, Caribbean and Spanish inspiration, featuring traditional dishes like paella, churrasco, empanadas, ceviche and more. Their signature dish is the Coco Cabana, a coconut milk and habanero curry with yuca, calabaza, yauita, broccoli, carrots, spinach, and Peruvian purple potatoes that can be served vegetarian, or with chicken or jumbo shrimp.
There is nowhere else to go for a true Brazilian caipirinha, a cocktail featuring Leblon cachaca. There is also an extensive list of flavored mojitos, pisco sours, sangrias and more. When the craving for Latin food and drink hits, Cabana has you covered.
Elisabetta’s is one of six concepts under South Florida’s well known Big Time Restaurant Group, with Chef/Partner Lisabet Summa at the helm of the kitchen, one of the only a handful of women in our country’s restaurant industry who is a senior culinary operations executive and owner. This atmosphere is open and inviting, with beautiful, old-world decor and both patio and balcony seating that look out onto the bustling Atlantic Avenue.
The menu features an array of classic Italian dishes, including a large selection of aperitivi and antipasto selections, cheese and charcuterie, and traditional weeknight specials. There are red pizzas, white pizzas, short pasta, long pasta, wood-grilled fish and meat, as well as steak that have been dry-aged in house. All of the pasta, bread, gelati, pastry, and cookies are made in-house fresh daily. The prosciutto e melone is a great place to start, but you really can’t go wrong no matter what you order.
Hawkers is the newest restaurant to open its doors in Downtown Delray within the last couple months, bringing with it an array of Asian street food inspired by the owners’ childhood memories and travels to Asia. Although it may seem counterintuitive to open a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic, its timing wasn’t too bad — restaurants were just starting to open back up for dining at limited capacity, and the space Hawkers is in is large, with a lot of comfortable and colorfully decorated outside patio space.
Must-orders include the roti canai, Malaysian flatbread that comes with Hawkers signature curry sauce for dipping, bao buns, the Hawkers wings smothered in sweet Thai chili sauce, and the pad Thai — a Hawkers menu staple. Wash it all down with one of their speciality cocktails or a sake flight, and end on a sweet note with a dessert version of the roti, a la mode-style.
MIA Kitchen & Bar
MIA Kitchen & Bar is perhaps one of West Delray’s most talked about restaurants. Its menu is inspired by French and Italian cuisine, but talented Executive Chef Jason Binder certainly adds his own unique touch, not to mention beautiful presentation, to each and every dish. Chef Jason’s career started in South Jersey and Philadelphia, and flourished once he relocated to South Florida — he’s been named one of Palm Beach County’s top ten chefs.
Dishes to note include the pork belly fried rice, lobster bisque pizza, and the cereal killer for dessert. Chef Jason uses the highest quality ingredients and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen, so it’s always worth asking your server about any off-menu specials on the night you’re there.
The sister restaurant to one of Delray’s most noted restaurants, Brulé Bistro, Rose’s Daughter is inspired by Chef/Owner Suzzanne Perrato’s childhood spent cooking in the kitchen with her mother and her family’s New York restaurant. This American Trattoria opened last summer and has been a hit with locals and visitors alike ever since.
Rose’s Daughter’s menu features made-from-scratch cheeses, sauces, pasta and handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizzas, of which there is also a gluten-free version available. Vegan cheese is available as well. The menu also includes original recipes from her mother’s menu. Favorites include the mushroom and Galloni prosciutto pizza with mascarpone, arugula, truffle, and balsamic and seared ribeye with lobster risotto. Don’t forget the house-made desserts, and make sure to treat yourself to one (or more) drinks from the inventive cocktail list.