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The Rebel House

Last Friday night Jeremy and I checked out Rebel House, a gastropub-style restaurant in Boca Raton, and really enjoyed it.  The menu is creative and exciting and the environment is upbeat and fun. Located on the north side of Palmetto Park Road just south of Mizner Park, it’s definitely not your grandma’s Boca restaurant.  Instead, I felt like I was at a very cool party with delicious food and drinks.  The staff of tattooed hipsters played their alternative-rock music loudly, but it was still possible to have a conversation and hear each other.  It’s a good spot to bring a date or get together with a group of friends.

When we arrived around 9:15 p.m., the place was packed.  Luckily we made a reservation for 9:30, so we didn’t have to wait too long.  I strongly recommend making a reservation if you wish to go and actually get a table on a weekend night.

Before I get to the food, I must first rave about the cocktails.  Before being seated at our table, we went to the bar for a drink.  The bartenders were slammed when we got there, but that was fine because it gave us a few minutes to go over the drink menu.  I guess the bartender felt bad about keeping us waiting, because when he did greet us he poured us a sample of the Gonzo Berry, a vodka drink with muddled strawberries, lemon and simple syrup.  It was tasty, but a little too sweet for me.  I ordered the Sweet Revenge, a mix of vodka, fresh watermelon juice, simple syrup and some jalapeno that made it really spicy.  It was so delicious that I ended up ordering another one with dinner.   Jeremy tried the Rebel House’s take on the Old Fashioned- the Bee Sting, which mixes bourbon with honey, a sprig of rosemary and a hint of jalapeno.

The food is just as creative and great as the drinks with the way the ingredients are cleverly mixed.  Something as simple as guacamole had chunks of lump crab added to it and was served with three types of chips.  The beet salad, mixed with arugula, candied pecans and grapes, came with these fried little nuggets of hot brie that oozed out of them.  Drizzled over the salad, it was delicious.

My personal favorite menu item was the Spinach & 4 Onion Dip.  If spinach dip and French onion soup got together and had a baby, this would be it.  Mixed with gruyere and parmesan cheeses, topped with a pipperade and served with garlic toast, it was absolutely delicious.

The service was a bit slow, but our server was very friendly and helpful with food recommendations.  As I mentioned before, the place was packed so I understand that she was busy. Before leaving, I knew that I’d want to come back for more someday, so I asked her about happy hour.  The good news is that they have one on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and it cuts the price of well drinks to $4.  The bad news is that there’s no food included during happy hour.

All in all, I really liked the Rebel House.  Happy hour or not, I will definitely be back for more Sweet Revenges and to try more items off the menu.

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Boca Raton is Least-Tweeted U.S. Presidential Debate of This Election

The presidential debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney was right here in Boca Raton, Florida last night.  It was the third and final face-off, but instead of getting into the spirit just two weeks before the election, social media numbers suggest that people have lost interest.

Perhaps it’s because the debate, which focused on foreign policy, was competing with Monday Night Football and Major League Baseball’s NCLS Game 7.  Either way, last night was the least-tweeted debate of this election, generating 6.5 million tweets- less than New York’s 7.2 million tweets and Denver’s 10.3 million.

According to Twitter, the debate’s hottest topics were foreign policy with 54% of the night’s tweets sent, the economy with 20%, terrorism with 9%, taxes with 7% and energy and the environment with 4%.  Tweets-per-minute peaked at 105,767 when Obama hit Romney with the remark, “We also have fewer horses and bayonets,” when referring to the size of the U.S. military force.  What’s interesting is that Google’s search engine also shifted into high gear after Obama’s remark, with a “sharp spike” in Google Searches for “bayonets.”

What did you think of last night’s debate?  Let us know in a comment!

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Eat like Its $19.99!

IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH

I am all for trying to save a few bucks here and there.  Downtown Delray Beach offers some really good restaurants, but in order to eat at a majority of them it will cost you.  While I consider myself a true foodie who does not mind spending a pretty penny on a delicious meal, I also realize that it’s still possible to eat well for a better price.  I’ve already shared my favorite happy hour spots in downtown Delray Beach.  Now here are a few of my favorite places where it is possible for two people to fill up for $20 or less during the other hours of the day (this does not include drinks, tax and gratuity).

Mellow Mushroom- A medium pizza, which ranges from $17.79 to $21.49 is more than enough for two people.  We always end up boxing up what we can’t finish and eating it for lunch the next day.  In addition to ridiculously good pizza, Mellow Mushroom also has a great selection of hoagies and salads.  Both come in half or whole size portions for about $6 or $9, which make it easy to mix and match if you choose.

Mellow Mushroom is located at 25 SE 6th Ave.; (561) 330-3040

Senor Burrito- Everything comes in huge, sharing-sized portions here.  My boyfriend and I used to order our own entrees, but there was always so much to box up.  I love the salad but the leftovers turn into a soggy mess before I can finish it.  Now when we go we usually order a side of guacamole ($4.50) to go with the warm tortilla chips and salsa and we split the salad with steak ($8.75) or mahi-mahi ($9.25).  Jeremy is a huge fan of Senor Burrito’s homemade flan ($4.50) so we usually end with that.  It’s the perfect amount of food.

Senor Burrito is located at 142 SE 6th Ave.;(561) 278-5757

Granger’s Bar & Grill- This is my favorite little hole-in-the-wall spot to go for good comfort food.  Granger’s has been around for a long time and has that charming old-diner feel to it.  A majority of the food is homemade and it’s always served fresh and in large portions, making it another great spot to share.  We usually start off with an order of the buffalo-style shrimp (they’re $9 and absolutely addicting) or some chili ($3.75 for a good-sized cup or $7.25 for a huge bowl).  The entrees range from $7 to $14.  My personal favorites are the grilled chicken and shrimp caesar salad and the Cajun chicken Philly.  I have also heard rave reviews about the mile-high meatloaf that is served on Saturdays and the smoked BBQ ribs that are served on Wednesdays.

Granger’s is located at 215 NE 6th Ave.; (561) 276-7881

Green Owl- The patio at The Green Owl is a great place to sit outside on the Ave. for an affordable breakfast, lunch or even dinner when it’s open late during season.  Breakfast can be as cheap as $2.50 for an egg and toast or $6.25 for the “Big Breakfast,” which includes three eggs, two strips of bacon, one sausage link and a choice of home fries or grits and a hotcake or toast.  The lunch plates and sandwiches cost from $4.95 to $6.95 and from the months of December- April the restaurant extends their hours to serve dinner.  They have nightly specials and encourage guests to “BYOB.”  The best part of that is that there’s no cork fee!

The Green Owl is located at 330 E Atlantic Ave.; (561) 272-7766

Vic & Angelo’s- A dinner date here is not going to be cheap if you order from a majority of the menu, but the specialty pizzas are huge, affordable and delicious.  The prices range from $14.95 to $20.95, and for about $2 each you can add on toppings including caramelized onions, meatballs, artichokes and prosciutto di parma.  My personal favorites are the Mulberry Street, Grand Street and Truffle & Wild Mushrooms pizzas.

Vic & Angelo’s is located at 290 East Atlantic Avenue; (561) 278-9570

BurgerFi- All natural burgers range from $6 to $10 and a hotdog will cost you around $4.  My recommendation for two people is to get two burgers or hotdogs (or one of each) and to split a large order of fries with chili and cheese ($6) or parmesan cheese and herbs ($5).  Also worth mentioning is the frozen custard shakes and malts, and sundaes.  They’re about $5 to $7 and are absolutely delicious.

BurgerFi is located at 6 South Ocean Blvd.; (561) 278-9590

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The Best Happy Hours in Delray Beach

Buddha Sky Bar is my ultimate favorite.  I try to take it in as much as possible during the summer, because in season it’s nearly impossible to get a spot to sit.  Unlike most other spots on the Ave, during the busy winter months happy hour really is only an hour, from 5 to 6 p.m.  It is extended until 7 p.m. during the summer.  Keep in mind though that it’s only open Wednesday-Sunday in the summer.

All of the food is fresh and delicious at Buddha Sky Bar.  I’ve been many times and tried a majority of the menu, and I have yet to have something that wasn’t incredible.  Some of the portions are on the small side and at regular price the food is expensive, but it’s completely reasonable at happy hour.  Half off sushi, appetizers, dim sum and select drinks.  My personal favorites are the Handsome Rob roll (pictured below), miso cod skewers, Wagyu-beef skewers, Peruvian-style ceviche and the Shiso Zen Passion cocktail.  The service is friendly and efficient and the ambiance is great.  I love this place because it never fails to make me happy.

Buddha Sky Bar is located at 217 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-450-7557

Vic & Angelo’s is a great place to see and be seen while enjoying half-priced drinks and appetizers.  The bar is huge, and you have the option of being inside or outside, which is beautiful when the weather is nice.  The only downside to the outside bar is that it’s about 20 feet away from the railroad tracks.  When a train goes by, which they often do, it gets LOUD.

The food is good and the portions are large.  My favorite happy hour appetizers are the grilled octopus, stuffed squash blossoms and the oregenatta trio (lobster, shrimp and calamari sprinkled with Italian breadcrumbs and lemon).  Not listed on the happy hour menu, but still worth mentioning is their pizza.  The Mulberry Street is my favorite pizza on the Ave.

Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close every day.

Vic & Angelos is located at 290 East Atlantic Ave; 561- 278-9570

Cut432’s “social hour” offers $3 wines, $4 well drink and yummy appetizers including truffled mac ($5), mini burgers ($4), pancetta Brussel sprouts ($5) and oysters Rockefeller ($4).  For $4 you can also try their homemade fruit-infused vodka, which is great on the rocks or served up.  This is the best deal in the house- Cut’s bartenders pour quite heavily and I felt fantastic after just one.

Cut432 is located at 432 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-272-9898

 

Union offers some of the best deals around, but they recently made their happy hour even happier.  They were already known for their 3-for-1 drinks and 50% off the entire food menu and you don’t even have to sit at the bar- it’s happy hour throughout the whole restaurant.  They have now extended their normal happy hours (5-7 p.m.) until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  In order to take advantage of this special pricing you will need to get a Union card. You can get yours by visiting the restaurant in person, visiting Uniondelray.com or facebook.com/uniondelraybeach.

My favorite items on Union’s menu are the Gochujang lollipop chicken wings, shrimp dumplings, Union tuna stack, and make sure not to skip the wok-seared Brussels sprouts (pictured below).  For cocktails, I recommend The Kiwi and Union’s variety of fruity margaritas and mojitos (strawberry, blackberry, mango).

Union Delray is located at 8 East Atlantic Ave; 561-330-4236

The Office has recently expanded their happy hour menu to include more half-priced appetizers and it also now includes 50% off on all drinks (excluding bottles).  Like Vic & Angelo’s, The Office offers both indoor and outdoor bar seating, making it a place for not only people, but also dogs, to socialize.  The bartenders are friendly and will gladly give you water for your pooch.

The Office is one of the few places on the Ave. to actually eat healthy during happy hour, as the half-price menu features five salads.  My personal favorite is the horiatiki, their take on the classic Greek salad.  My other recommendations are the buffalo wings, the tomato and burrata mozzarella salad and the Shu-Mai dumplings.  For cocktails I recommend the Creamsicle and Office Elixir martinis and the Bloody Elixir, which is basically a Bloody Mary with bacon, olive juice and horseradish.

Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close every day.  However, the appetizers are not offered at half price late-night.

The Office is located at 201 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-276-3600

Breathe is a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth checking out.  It offers happy hour Monday- Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring half-priced drinks and $6 appetizers at its beautiful bar.  Some of my favorites were the stuffed portabella, mussels Harissa style (very spicy) and the Mediterranean place.  The bar and lounge area is quite spacious, making it a good place to host a party or event.

Breathe is located at 401 West Atlantic Avenue; 561-330-4526

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