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Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

Looks like a lot will be happening this fall in downtown Delray...

* Linda Bean's Maine Lobster Roll construction looks to be nearly done and they look like they could open in a month or so...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599931

* Work is progressing furiously days, nights and weekends on the "new Elwoods" (Opening this fall as Johnny Browns)...

* Ditto for the "new Louie Louie" (opening this fall as "The Office" run by the VIc and Angelo's folks)...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618632

* A new place is being built out on 2nd in Pineapple Grove - sign says it will be a bar/bistro called "Taste". Near or on the site of the old Jamaican takeout place Nate's.

* Finally news that the old Shore (and many others) on A1A and Atlantic is finally going to be replaced with a more casual "surfy beachy atmosphere place.

"Taube's new oceanview restaurant will be dubbed Surf Sliders. Think beachy and relaxed atmosphere with a surfer theme."

PB Post article:
http://tinyurl.com/nt9wa4

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    1. re: OysterHo

      Greetings:

      Hope I am not too late or redundant, but I will start visiting Office Depot HQ in FL 5-6x/year.....can you give me your top 3-4 pics Cut 32 good for steak?...good Italian?...good Latin??...good wine bar/cigar bar for socializing in between Boca and Palm Beach....many thanks

      1. re: El Chevere

        If you don't get many replies here, you may want to start a new post. For top notch Italian pizza, I can suggest Nick's New Haven and Tucci's Pizza in Boca, along with Scuola Vecchia Pizza E Vino in Delray. Vic & Angelo's in Delray serves up quality Italian but there may be other ideas from other people. Even though I have never been, I hear Abe & Louie's in Boca on Glades Rd. serves up some of the best steaks around. Also in Boca is Red, the Steakhouse but haven't heard any reports. For Latin, are you looking for Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian or anything other?

    2. Latest news...

      1) Maine Lobster Roll is looking really good. The building exterior is going to be a gorgeous faux-New England lobster "shack". A great visual addition to the ave, hopefully culinary also.

      2) Word has it Pineapple Grill (on George Bush Blvd and the Intracoastal) is reopening. I've seen workers outside lately, and a former staffer tells me it's definitely coming back

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      1. re: CFByrne

        I hope there is a change in ownership, chef and waitstaff. I vowed never to return the last time I was there. I used to like this place alot.

        1. re: CFByrne

          Has the lobster place opened yet? My mom wants to go on Thursday lol. She told me to ask you. ;)

          1. re: OysterHo

            it wasn't as of Monday when I walked by it. No sign in the window then, either, as to when it would open. They were working on installing and setting up the tables at the time.

            1. re: zook

              Where on the Avenue is it located?

              1. re: Alfred G

                I wasn't paying particular attention as I was walking up the street, but it's on the south side of Atlantic, somewhere between Tryst and Vic and Angelos.

                1. re: Alfred G

                  It's located on the SE corner of Atlantic and 2nd Ave (Pineapple Grove). Directly across from what used to be Louie Louie. I am out of town so can't speak about progress, but last I saw they had nice awnings up and it was looking very "handsome".

              2. re: CFByrne

                They're open but you’ve got to be kidding? $15.00 for a quarter pound of lobster (claw) meat on a roll. The stuff is not even fresh! It’s packed in Maine and shipped in. If you don't know anything about the lobster market right now USA today recently had a story about wholesale Maine lobster being $2.25 per pound!!! And Linda Bean recently bought 3 wharves and buying stations in Maine! If I want a lobster roll I’ll go down to Joseph’s Market in Boca, get 2 POUNDS steamed while I shop for $18.00, pick up some fresh baked hot dog rolls at a bakery and have enough for a family of four!! The economy sucks!! Where does somebody get off charging $15.00 for a sandwich? I’ll give them a year!! Get through a summer on Atlantic Avenue with minimal foot traffic and no big businesses around to generate a lunch crowd. I’m sure all of the unemployed and underemployed will be lining up to spend 1 night’s dinner for a family of four on one sandwich! Maybe the local recovering addicts will put down their meth pipes for a lobsta roll!!!

                1. re: mnjdelray

                  The article in USA Today probably didn't make it clear, but the $2.25/lb wholesale price is for soft-shell lobsters. They don't ship well (die in transit, making them a total loss), which is why the price declines don't translate once you get very far from Maine. I assume she's buying them, cooking and shipping the cooked meat for this reason. A pound of cooked lobster meat in a Portland fish market is currently around $30-40 per pound, so $15 for a quarter pound in a lobster roll is probably market. Whether anyone can or should pay that is another story...

                  1. re: GWRyan

                    Terrible Lobster Roll. 1/4 pound and not even fresh. No tail meat. Mayo spread on the roll instead of making a simple lobster salad and putting it in the roll. Anyone from New England will shudder. The (seasonal) ones in Boston from McDonald's or D'Angelo's Sub Shops are 10 times better than Linda Beans. Oh...and lose the salt & vinegar chips.

                2. re: CFByrne

                  Marley's Island Time Bar and Grille is now open. This is at the site of the old Pineapple Grill (on George Bush Blvd and the Intracoastal). I've not dined there yet, just went by and saw it had opened. When someone goes, we should start a review thread in a new thread.

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Is that on the S.W. side of the bridge? I think we rode by it on the boat and I wondered what it was. They had no signs out back.

                3. I don't see work progressing furiously on the old Elwoods site (Johnny Browns) at all. Last week there was still no roof and the back area was open. Bet it doesn't open till after Xmas.

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                  1. re: smartie

                    You still offering that bet on Johnny Browns, Smartie?

                    "Bet it doesn't open till after Xmas."

                    I have a feeling they'll be open in the next week. :-)

                    Same thing for Surf Sliders next to Bostons. I went by today and they are VERY close, bar stools are in place, looks like just some final fine-tuning.

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      CFB if you are right I will stand you a drink there!

                      1. re: smartie

                        I'm getting thirsty Smartie. I little birdie told me Johnny Brown's will have an insider-only soft opening Monday and open to the public Tuesday. :-)

                        1. re: CFByrne

                          I walked past it Weds night and it sure looked like it will open soon.

                          this week is bad for me, but the following week I will gladly buy you a beer.

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                    1. My husband and I just ate at Cafe de France. It opened up in the Old Stone Creamery space across from Cabana El Ray. It opened just after Thanksgiving. The food is wonderful. We started with an appetizer of Croque Monsieur which could have easily been a main dish. I had a salmon and brie salad which was very tasty. My husband had the coq o vin which he enjoyed. The wine list is not extensive but we enjoyed the glasses we had. They have a pastry window and the pastries looked scrumtious. The waitstaff were accomodating and friendly. We'll definitely be back again. If you like French food, you should give this place a whirl!

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                      1. re: phonecutest

                        Terrific pastry in the morning. I was there last Tuesday and had a wonderful chocolate croissant and a long chocolate and almond pastry with a nice big strong cup of cappuccino. I spread out the newspaper on the four top they gave me at an outside table and spent a relaxing hour reading and eating. I went back the next day at lunch and had the delicious croque monsieur and another cap. I sat outside again and despite the busy and narrow Atlantic avenue only a few feet away, it was a pleasant time. They claim to be owned by a family that owns one of the oldest bakeries in France, interesting, but all that matters is the food and at least for pastry, they look like a big winner.

                        1. re: stuartlafonda

                          yum I have been looking for good croissant and pain au chocolat in So Fl

                          1. re: Alfred G

                            There's another Cafe de France (unrelated) in Winter Park, FL. This Cafe de France is located at 110 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach.

                            1. re: phonecutest

                              Check out Croissant time on Federal Hwy, North of Sunrise, Best Baguetes and Croissant you will find down south, Great Pastry Shop as well. Their Chocolate Truffel is just too good for words....

                            2. re: Alfred G

                              CH comes up with incorrect locations sometimes and if you are not aware and don't delete it, the wrong one shows up in your post,