|RA Sushi's fruit-filled offering for the month of June. |
Today is the first official day of summer. Never mind the fact it's felt that way for a few months: With the summer solstice upon us, things just got real. With the changing of the seasons -- and a pretty strong need to put warm bodies in the seats -- many restaurants will offer up season-appropriate menus and dining specials. After the jump, find a few restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties that have debuted new menus -- or at least, summer pairings -- this month.
-- RA Sushi Bar
Both South Florida locations (Palm Beach Gardens
and Pembroke Pines
) are offering a special $18 cocktail/entree pairing for the month of June. For the fruity special, a watermelon kiwi shrimp is matched with a "melon-kiwi-tini" (made with watermelon, kiwi, Shochu, Svedka Citron vodka, Monin watermelon syrup, lime wedges, and a splash of lemon-lime soda). The pairing is available until June 30.
-- North Ocean Grille at Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The Pelican Grand Beach Resort
resort recently welcomed a new chef (Todd Lough; read more about him here
) to its ranks and has announced a new menu, which debuted this month. It's not strictly a summer menu, but does include lighter, season-appropriate options like a cucumber and avocado gazpacho, pan-seared Pompano, eggplant Napoleon, and shrimp and jumbo scallop pappardelle.
-- Seasons 52
This restaurant chain debuted a new summer menu on Tuesday, with dishes like an 11-ounce Piedmontese bone-in strip steak, organic tomatoes with warm-crusted mozzarella, chilled lobster and shrimp spring rolls, grilled jumbo shrimp cavatappi pasta, a summer vegetarian tasting platter (including bites like cedar-roasted tofu, chili relleno, and a soft taco), and a mini berry cheesecake. The menu will be available at the restaurant's three South Florida locations; Boca Raton
, Fort Lauderdale
, and Palm Beach Gardens
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2300 NW Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton, FL
2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
201 SW 145 Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL