I was recently invited to dine at Deck 84 with my fellow bloggers, but this is by far the most memorable media/blogger dinner I have attended. We were all told that we had to be there right at 5:45 for a surprise. To my delight, the surprise was a cocktail cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the beautiful Mizner’s Dream.
Side Note: If you are looking to charter a fun filled day or night out, consider chartering this boat. Friendly Captain and staff made the start of our night flawless.
Once aboard the boat we were greeted with the light and refreshing signature drink, Off the Dock. Pairing Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka with freshly muddled strawberries and mint, the cocktail went beautifully with our first dish of the night; Smoked Fish Dip. House smoked, and served with pickled vegetables. Beautiful in color, and delicious in taste! Definitely a favorite for this seafood fanatic!
Fun Fact: I used to hate smoked meats and fish, now, with my slightly more educated palate, I love the depth of flavor it brings to a dish.
Okay, if you have been following my blog, you know by now that I absolutely LOVE crab cakes! This jumbo lump crab cake has made it to the top of my list. This crab cake was humongous and the char on the corn stood out immediately. Micro greens, chipotle remoulade, and an avocado salsa accompanied the crab cake.
Chef Jon Greening (follow him on Instagram: @Chef_JonnyG) definitely knows what he is doing. My first impression upon meeting the Executive Chef was that he was so personable! Great smile, happy to answer questions, and very social! I love Chefs that want to meet the people who enjoy their dishes. He obviously thought we looked hungry because by the end of the night I could hardly walk out of there!
Following crab cakes, another one of my go-to items on a menu. Mussels!! What is better than eating Mussels with a waterfront view? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I probably could have just had a bowl of the white wine, San Marzano tomato broth to dip the crusty baguette into, but I did eat a few of the mussels as well. Very nice size and cooked perfectly.
Comfort Food Alert!! The next two dishes are perfect for this cooler Florida nights that we have been experiencing.
First we had the Citrus-Glazed seasonal fish in a Thai-coconut curry broth with shrimp, vegetables, sticky rice, and micro greens. This is another dish where the broth was the star! It made me happy to eat it and I wish I could have finished it all, but I had to leave room for more.(I know, poor me!)
Next comfort dish- Slow-Braised Beef Short Rib. Roasted mirepoix, braised beet, Maytag blue mashed potatoes, and a cabernet demi-glace. Since this was around Christmas time, (yes, I know its a late post-Holiday craziness and all) I dubbed this the “Christmas Dish” The pops of reds and greens really photographed beautifully.
When I think about burgers I do not normally think of veggies, but this one may make me a believer. The texture was “meaty” and the taste was fantastic. The burger sat atop a whole wheat bun, (a little too much bread for me) with avocado, alfalfa sprouts, and a pesto mayo. All of the sandwiches are served with hand cut french fries or sweet potato fries. I am a sucker for sweet potato, and they compliment the veggie burger well. Unfortunately after looking through my pictures I realized that they didn’t do it justice so you will have to go and try one to see it.
We ended the night with their seasonal cobbler, which happened to be apple, topped with vanilla ice cream, as well as their decadent chocolate cake.
Deck 84 creates a wonderful dining experience from well executed food to servers who anticipate guests needs and are very friendly.
Deck 84 is located at 840 E. Atlantic Avenue. Delray Beach, Florida 33483
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