I was recently invited back to BRIO for a tasting of some new menu items and to share with you a new promotion that they have going on in all their Palm Beach County locations now through April 15th. I’ll get to the promotion in a minute. On this particular dine, my companion and I who have eaten at BRIO on several occasions decided to start out with a “Flirty Cosmo” which is made with absolute Mandarin, pama, pomegranate liquor, fresh lime and fizz 56. It was a delicious cocktail and one we both would recommend.
We decided to try the Burrata & Ciabatta appetizer which was beautifully plated and was a wonderful combination of creamy burrata, roasted tomatoes, EVOO and grilled ciabatta for $10.95. I enjoyed building my own bruschetta by layering the tomatoes onto the ciabatta and topping with the creamy burrata. I was in heaven!
Our server Jake was a huge fan of their Brussels sprouts, claiming these are the very ones that got him to eat brussels sprouts. With a recommendation like that, how could we not try them as well? We asked him to bring us a side of these which he graciously offered to do, although now that I’m writing this, I only see it listed as a side option to their entrees. The Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts were very tasty and I would highly recommend you try them.
For entrees, my companion had the Center-Cut Filet Mignon (Comes in 6 oz. $24.75 & 8 oz. $29.50) and comes with one side. He chose the Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes. My companion ordered his steak medium rare but it came out pretty rare, so we did ask for a bump up. I would recommend ordering this steak medium. We ordered the mushroom marsala sauce to top the steak and it was a nice compliment.
For my entree, I selected the Pasta Alla Vodka. The pasta that was used for this dish, explained to me by Elvin, the GM at the Boca BRIO location, was a sacchetti, (a little purse in Italian) filled with ricotta, spicy tomato Parmesan cream sauce (not too spicy, trust me), crispy pancetta and basil for $18.95. You can opt to add a protein to this entree and the chicken I ordered really was a wonderful compliment to this very tasty dish. I would highly recommend it!
And now on to the current promotion they are running here at the Palm Beach County locations:
Present Special “A Variety of Flavors” Lunch and Dinner Menu, Available Feb. 28–April 15
BRIO Tuscan Grille is offering an array of new dishes for the “A Variety of Flavors” promotion, taking place Tuesday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, April 15. The lunch and dinner menus present two exciting new appetizers, three entrées (including two mouthwatering seafood dishes), and a divine dessert.
“With our ‘A Variety of Flavors’ lunch and dinner menus, our guests can enjoy unique flavors with a Tuscan twist, including mouthwatering seafood dishes, for a limited time,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters.
The menus include:
Calamari Fritto Misto: Peperoncini, aioli, Pomodoro; $10.75 at lunch, $11.75 at dinner
Spicy Shrimp & Eggplant: Pan seared shrimp, Romano crusted eggplant, black pepper cream; $11.50 at lunch, $12.50 at dinner
Peroni Beer-Battered Fish & Chips: North Atlantic cod, fries, Brussels sprout slaw; $17.95 (pictured below)
Lobster & Black Pepper Shrimp Ravioli: Spicy black pepper cream, spinach, grape tomatoes; $19.95 (pictured above)
Butterscotch Budino: Italian for “pudding,” Marcona almonds, caramel, vanilla whipped cream; $3.95
Serving as perfect complements to these special dishes are BRIO’s exquisite wine selections. Suggested wines are the light, fruity and elegant Sketchbook Pinot Noir (Mendocino, California); and the lush and silky Benziger Family Winery Chardonnay (Sonoma, California).
When’s the last time you took a trip to Lithuania? Well if you’re like me, never. Fortunately, I have discovered a cute little Cafe that just opened up in East Boca, just steps away from the beach and now you can taste a little of Lithuania (and European fare) without having to take a transatlantic flight.
Beach Park Cafe is owned by Lithuanian husband and wife, Vaidas and Luiza who had previously been in the wholesale distribution business overseas for 20 years. With the help of their daughter Egle who handles the company’s social media marketing as well working there at the Cafe a couple days a week to relieve her parents, along with Chef Anthony who was brought in to help out in the small open kitchen, the team work together efficiently to bring the customers in and convert them into loyal repeat customers, one bite at a time, and it’s working!
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to bring a friend with me to try the place out for lunch. It was just before noon when we arrived and the place was quiet, a couple other tables inside and one or two more outside. We immediately met the owners, Vaidas and Luiza and they showed us to a table. We discussed some tasting options and off went Vaidas to the kitchen while Luiza stayed behind and talked with us openly about their journey that brought them to owning this cute little Cafe in Boca Raton, FL.
We started off with teas (iced for my companion) and hot for myself, although they are known for their great coffees…
While we were waiting for our first tasting course to come out, we were delivered samples of their Lazy Cake: this refrigerated cake-like sweet is very famous in Lithuania and other countries in that part of the world . It is not actually a real cake, as it contains no flour or eggs, and no baking is required, so it’s so easy that anyone can make, that’s why it’s called “Lazy Cake”. Apparently, in those countries, it is common to keep some in the freezer to take it out in any emergency in the case of unexpected visits. Even though I never heard of this scrumptious treat before, several recipes came up on my Google search. For those of you familiar with the Boca restaurant Flakowitz, it kind of reminds me of the little cake they put out at the tables when you sit down for a meal there.
The Beach Park Cafe has several panini on the menu and the one we decided to try was chicken saltimbocca. I liked the idea of having this classic Italian entree served between two pieces of bread and pressed. The panini are served on sour dough bread which is imported frozen from Europe and baked fresh there. The description sounded appealing and the sandwich worked! Two thumbs up on this one. The pickle by the way is not your typical pickle either, made with very little vinegar in the pickling process. (for what it’s worth).
The Park Cafe is very proud of their crepes and so it was decided that we should try one of their savory and one of their dessert crepes.
Forget the traditional bagel, cream cheese and lox…time for a European twist on this American classic. The bagel replaced by a light and airy crepe, the cream cheese replaced with a ricotta and sour cheese mixture with spring onions and topped with a mornay sauce (sort of like a béchamel sauce with cheese) and capers. It was very large and very filling. We both enjoyed this dish, two thumbs up!
Now in all fairness, we did not have the time to stay and eat our dessert crepe there and this pic was taken after it had been put in the refrigerator to be eaten at a later time. I don’t recommend doing that, as it didn’t look as pretty as when it was initially presented and there’s nothing like having a fresh warm crepe right off the crepe maker. They have some really interesting dessert crepes on the menu, so I will definitely go back and try either the Nutella Banana, Honey Lemonello or the Dolce de Leche next.
The Park Cafe serves breakfast & lunch all day, so you can basically have brunch here anytime you come in! Here’s a sample of one of their breakfast specials:
I’m definitely coming back to try this French Eggs Benedict. It sounds right up my alley! Ooh la la!
The Beach Cafe is located at 896 E. Palmetto Park Rd, just west of the beach pavilion. Call ahead for take out, eat there or they will deliver to the beach pavilion. Other deliveries may be made through Delivery Wow through their website. Catering is also available. 561-430-3899.
They are open Monday – Thursday 9AM – 4PM; Friday – Sunday 9AM – 6PM