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, the new West Palm Beach seafood restaurant with a beach-easy theme, opened its doors on the west end of Clematis St. with a bombin' block party Saturday, July 2.
Hundreds turned out for free food, drink and entertainment in support of local charities Grind for Life
and Surfers for Autism
For a photo tour of the festivities, read on...
Located on the 500-block of Clematis St., Longboards
will officially open for business starting Thursday, July 7. Until then, feast on this...
Here, Longboards' traditional jumbo lump crab cakes with a lemon aioli, one part of the "Trio of Cakes" appetizer that includes lobster tarragon and shrimp chorizo cakes, each paired with a pepper butter and key lime aioli ($14).
Polynesian Beef Short Ribs (1/2 rack at $7 or full for $12) doused in a rich scallion and macadamia-scented bar-b-que sauce were a hit during complimentary happy hour at the grand opening celebration.
The menu, an homage to "authentic" New England-style seafood, highlights several Maine lobster dishes, including the lobster sliders, pictured here sandwiched between rich, fluffy chunks of fresh-baked brioche bread.
The Hawaiian Tuna Tartare -- seasoned with the chef's own lime oil, jicama, avocado and louts root concoction -- is a tropical infusion to a classic favorite ($14).
A bartender pours the Chiki Ti Ta, one of many specialty cocktails served at the Longboards bar. Garnished with an orchid flower, the Chiki is 2 1/2 ounces of Hendricks gin with a hint of St. Germaine liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and a splash of simple syrup. Its topped-off with a floater of champagne for a truly decadent martini.
Drinks served in ceramic bowls, Longboards equivalent to the "fishbowl," are a classy way to down old world-style drinks, like the Laval Flow, a combination of light and dark rums on ice, blended with an infusion of coconut cream, pineapple juice, fresh bananas and strawberries.
Longboards serves up its own house-made sangria, a blend of fresh wine-marinated fruit, watermelon and apple liqueurs, peach schnapps, and sweetened with simple syrup. Like all Longboards' drinks, it's garnished with fresh seasonal fruit (kiwi for now).
Surf's up! The entry: rustic-chic and surfer-friendly. A drink or dinner will feel like a trip to the beach.
Over every booth, and above each table, look for unique artwork in the shape of surf boards painted or varnished to create a colorful centerpiece against white-washed or muted-panel planks of wood.
Tables and booths line the walls on either side of the double-breasted bar, with the addition of a long, wooden banquet-style table for larger parties. Outdoor seating in the sand can be found out back, where picnic tables offer an even more casual dining experience.
A full bar in every sense of the word, happy hour enthusiasts crammed in July 2 to exchange tokens for complimentary drinks during the block party grand opening.
A 40-foot ramp was set center-stage on the 500-block of Clematis St. during the grand opening. Skateboarders young and old rolled out to support local charities Grind for Life and Surfers for Autism.
The road, closed off for the block part extravaganza, also featured several antique cars, including this Cadillac and a few other colorful rides.
519 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL