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