Free Block Party and Grand Opening Celebration at Longboards in West Palm Beach

Nicole Danna
Longboards will be celebrating its grand opening July 1
​Clematis St. in West Palm Beach has a new addition: Welcome 
Longboards Restaurant and Bar, which will be celebrating its grand opening with complimentary food and drink Saturday, July 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight. 

Join them for a free block party featuring live music by the original Surfaris from California, who will be playing their 1962 hits "Wipe Out" and "Surfer Joe" alongside special guest act, the Jacuzzi Boys

Starting at 5 p.m., a professional skateboarding exhibition featuring a 40-foot half-pipe will also be on site, hosted by the Grind for Life Organization. During the event, Longboards will be raffling off two longboard surfboards, signed by the Surfaris, with the proceeds benefiting Surfers for Autism and Grind for Life. 

The latest venture for South Florida restauranteur Rodney Mayo -- of nearby establishments including Feelgood's Rock Bar, Respectables and Monarchy Night Club to name a few -- Longboards brings New England-style, fresh seafood with a casual, laid-back ambiance to West Palm Beach's downtown scene. 

​It's so laid-back that, according to Assistant Manager Drew Brown, a trip to Longboards is like a walk on the beach. Servers will be outfitted in board shorts (baggies to us local surfers) and Vans -- service with a sun-kissed smile. 

The menu specializes in organic and local produce, with seafood delicacies such as live Maine lobster and a decked-out raw bar. The restaurant will, of course, be offering a veritable plethora of local-caught fresh fish entrees, as well. 

Don't be surprised to find your typical seafood favorites done up top-notch. Appetizers like "Trio of Cakes," a pairing of lobster tarragon, shrimp and chorizo, and jumbo lump crab cakes served alongside pepper butter, key lime aioli and lemon caper aioli ($14). Or the sumac-dusted fried calamari with cornmeal-encrusted vinegar peppers and chipotle aioli ($10).

Entrees offer everything from your classic catch of the day, chicken, pork and steak, to more off-beat items like the beef brisket tacos and a Wagyu beef hot dog. 

But a new twist on oysters makes for an intriguing dish with Longboard's specialty carpetbagger oysters, served cornmeal-crusted with truffle whipped potatoes, duck proscuitto and a truffle ailoli ($12).

A must try on our minds: anything lobster! Especially the "authentic" New England-style lobster roll ($15), or lobster tacos topped off with avocado mousse and served with corn and radish salsa.

At the bar you'll find equally enticing creativity with a menu of house made mixes and fresh juice-infused cocktails. There will also be an extensive craft and specialty beer selection. 

Sounds far out, dude. We're stoked to give it a try!

Longboards Grand Opening Celebration
When: 5 p.m. to midnight
Where: The 500 block of Clematis St.
What: Grand opening and charity event benefiting Grind for Life and Surfers for Autism

519 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 833-4660

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Phoenix Edler
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A party at the beach is so awesome! You could just immerse yourself in the water and watch those who are surfing, while listening to the bands that are playing. I got hungry after reading the descriptions of the food, from the seafood to the hotdogs. :-)



Island Wings are delicious and staff is very friendly/sweet, but very "green." Not a big deal, but just know that if your server/bartender makes an honest mistake on your order, the assistant manager will make you pay for it! Last week, (first visit..about 9:30pm) I asked for a beer menu, then asked the bartender what the blueberry bottle was on the top shelf inside the cooler. She told me it was Shipyard's blueberry beer. I ordered it. She served it to me in a frosted beer glass. It wasn't until I was ready for a second that she tells me, "You know that's non-alcoholic." I didn't. I asked her if she knew it was non-alcoholic soda (in a beer bottle) when she told me it was a blueberry beer. She confessed she didn't. No biggie. Honest mistake. I asked her to take it off my check. The assistant manager comes over and says he can't because I drank it all. I explained that I thought it was beer because that's what I asked for and that's what your bartender told me it was. She didn't tell me it was sugared-down soda until I finished it. He gave us a 20% off coupon and finally took it off the check. For me, it wasn't about the $3 soda, it was the fact that his staff made an honest mistake and yet he wouldn't fix it. We gave it another shot last night, and again, our server brought out two swordfish sandwiches when we ordered two Island Chicken Sandwiches. She even came back to show us that she wrote chicken sandwiches on her pad. We asked her to make sure she only charged us for two chicken sandwiches. She said no problem. She comes back with the check and surprise, surprise, the two swordfish sandwiches are still on the check, but she says "Oh, I took 20% off." We explained that hey, the only reason we came back was because we had a 20% coupon from last week. Thank you for the 20% off, but we shouldn't be charged for something we clearly didn't order. We watch as she talks to the SAME assistant manager from last week, he reaches into his pocket, hands her two $1 bills. She brings us the $2 and says "He can't change the check, but said to give you this." NICE!! As long as that guy is the assistant manager, this place will not last and I sure as hell will not be back. I've never had the slightest bit of a bad experience at a restaurant or bar (I've lived here my whole life and I work in the hospitality industry), but unfortunately, Longboards has changed that.



Wow!  Sounds wonderful, something for everyone.  I will definitely be there. 

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