Summer menus lure the locals out with inventive dishes and cool cocktails to beat the rising temperatures. As crowds thin, dress codes relax and no reservations are required—it’s really the “in” season. Here are some of our go-to summer stops.
1000 North’s tropical Key lime pie among a sea of toasted coconut meringue
TODD’S BY TODD ENGLISH This summer, Todd’s by Todd English in West Palm Beach will offer an enhanced prix fixe dinner menu boasting a variety of new offerings. The three-course dinner includes an appetizer and entree, followed by a personal dessert platter. As for the chef’s recommendation: “On a hot summer day, I recommend trying the Blutyme cocktails. It’s a mixture of vodka, thyme, blueberry and ginger beer.” 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561.227.3511
1000 NORTH Find a sunny state of mind weekdays at 1000 NORTH in Jupiter for The Summer Social Hour. This menu offers special pricing on draft beer, wine, cocktails and select liquor. Additionally, “there are low-pressure entrees and snackable bites on the menu,” says chef Lee Morris. “And, of course, our Key lime nestled in a buttery graham cracker cocoon and accented with toasted coconut meringue, graham cracker gelato and passion fruit is the perfect ending to summer!” 1000 US-1, Jupiter, 561.570.1000, 1000north.com
CUCINA “Our summer menu ushers in the use of a ingredients we typically don’t use as much during the winter: basil, more tomatoes, citrus and seafood,” says chef and co-owner John Kent. “Summery dishes like our Spanish octopus appetizer and grilled prime skirt steak with salsa verde are big hits. We also sell a lot of poke from the raw bar at Cucina, especially on the hot summer nights. This summer we will be hosting our monthly Kiss Me Party, which has special menu items like fresh crab-stuffed grilled lobster and veal cheek risotto with summer truffles.” 257 Royal Poinciana Way, 561.855.7799, cucinapalmbeach.com
BICE “We are doing a big happy hour menu, bigger than in years past. Some of our most popular dishes like the carbonara pasta, spinach ravioli, veal mushroom ravioli and truffle summer pasta make the cut,” says Jose Gonzalez, general manager. “For lighter fare, turn to our organic summer salads and martinis with seasonal fruits, such as watermelon.” 313 Worth Ave., 561.835.1600, bice-palmbeach.com
HULLABALOO “In July, we will be doing a Stone-Bells cookout party on our back patio, next to where our vintage Airstream camper is located. We will be cooking a whole hog with all the trimmings,” says chef Fritz Cassel. “Summer is all about grilling; there is nothing better than a summer cookout.” 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561.833.1033, sub-culture.org/hullabaloo
Photography by: libby vision