By Jan Norris
The summer doldrums are about to hit, with no holidays or formal excuses to party.
Since people lucky enough to have Northern retreats have fled the heat, it’s left to the locals to get in on the dining deals available during the summer.
Here are a few we know of, along with happy hour specials for people who like to dine early.
Corvina Seafood Grill in Boca Raton has a number of drink specials, as well as a longish happy hour even on weekends — a rarity.
The weekly specials are:
Sunday Sipping: half-price bottles of wine (for wines under $100) with an entree, along with happy hour 4-7 p.m.
Martini Monday: Half-price martinis when you dine at the restaurant, and happy hour 4-7 p.m.
Taco Tuesday: $9 fish tacos and $5 margaritas all night and happy hour 4-7 p.m.
Hump-day Wednesday: Extended happy hour, 4-9 p.m., $6 cocktails and $6 wines.
Half-price Oyster Night Thursday: Half-price oysters by the half dozen, along with happy hour 4-7 p.m.
Corvina’s happy hour is also served Fridays and Saturdays, 4-6:30 p.m., at the indoor/outdoor bar, and a “9 for $9” menu has nine items to choose from for $9 each.
The Casimir French Bistro in Boca has summer discounts daily.
Monday: all-you-can-eat mussels; Tuesday: discounts on all duck dishes; Wednesday: two-course night, meaning with every entree, diners get a free soup, salad or dessert. On
Thursday diners get a discount on lobster dinners.
Happy hour, 3-6 p.m. nightly, offers discounts on beer, wines and appetizers, including a new menu item, flatbreads.
At Latitudes in Highland Beach, enjoy the ocean view during happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drinks and menu items are $8 to $12 during these sunset hours.
Vic & Angelo’s happy hour menu is most generous: half-price off the entire menu, along with discounted drinks. You need to get there early, however — happy hour is weekdays only, 3-5 p.m. Vic & Angelo’s is on Atlantic Avenue in Delray.
The steakhouse Cut 432, also on the Avenue, offers $6 snacks and half-price house wines, beers and spirits at the weekday happy hour, 5-7 p.m.
Villagio in Boca Raton offers a good deal on some classics such as chicken Parmesan, chicken Milanese and portobello mushroom flatbreads for $10 during happy hour, to be extended on weekends through the summer. It’s from 5-7 p.m., and there are several drink specials to pair with them.
At the Wine Room Kitchen and Bar in Delray, diners can get a $12 charcuterie board as well as $9 small plates and $4 bites during happy hour, 3-7 p.m. The Wine Room serves $8 cocktails, $5 beers and $7 wines. On Wednesdays, it’s Match Day, and money put on the Wine Room card over $20 is matched.
At Prime Catch in Boynton Beach, sit at the dockside tiki bar to get $5 drinks and order from the bar bites menu. Happy hour is 3-6 p.m. weekdays.
At the Rebel House in Boca Raton, happy hour is 4-7 p.m. every day and features $6 cocktails and $6 plates, such as pork cheek empanada or wedge salad. A meat and cheese board is $10.
Catch brunch at Rose’s Daughter and Brule, sister restaurants in Delray. There’s an $8 Saturday brunch cocktail menu, plus 20% off all menus during happy hour, 4-6 p.m. all summer long at both eateries.
Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray Beach will offer a four-course wine pairing dinner for $69 on July 26, Aug. 16, Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct. 18 and Nov. 8.
Going just for drinks? The Old Key Lime House in Lantana offers 40% off mixed drinks — draft beer and premium wines excluded — 4-7 p.m. weekdays.
In brief: After 16 years, Dubliner Irish Pub closed its doors in Boca Raton. Partner Vaughan Dugan said, “Over time, everything evolves, and that’s certainly true in Boca and the hospitality industry as a whole. People want fresh ingredients, craft cocktails and comfortable seating to relax while catching up with friends." The Subculture Group will open Shaker & Pie, a modern pizzeria, in its place.
Jan Norris is a food writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org