The Phantom Loves Summertime Dining

Summertime… summertime… summertime, I love summertime dining: no crowds, no waiting, greatly reduced summer prices. Three- and four-course prix fixe meals, reduced wine and beer, creative summer cocktails and nightly specials make dining out very affordable during the off-season.

The very enticing deals on meals that are offered this summer at all of my favorite restaurants also represent the restaurant owners’ way of thanking the year-round residents, and these are not to be missed!

The month of September is once again “Flavor of Palm Beach,” with more than 50 popular restaurants offering three-course meals for only $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner. Visit for more info.

But why wait? Many terrific restaurants are offering incredible deals throughout South Florida, so all you need to do is check with your favorite restaurants. For example:

Vic & Angelo’s, both in Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, two of my favorite Italian restaurants, are offering two different and unique approaches to summertime dining.

Vic & Angelo’s in Delray will be offering its summer menu extravaganza through Aug. 31.

Mondays spotlight Wine Down Vino & Cannolis, and you can enjoy half off of all bottles of wine and champagne, along with half off of all cannolis, throughout the day and evening.

Tuesdays (the night I visited recently), you can buy one coal oven pizza or one hand-made artisan pasta, and get the second one for free.

Wednesday is prime rib Wednesdays, and you can enjoy a juicy prime rib steak, which is served with a side salad and a “loaded” mashed potato, along with either tiramisu or a cannoli, for $24.95 per person.

Thursdays is for true seafood lovers — like me — so I’ll see you at Lobster Notte. We can enjoy a mouth-watering, 1-pound Maine lobster (steamed, baked or broiled), which is served with corn on the cob, Red Bliss potatoes, drawn butter and either tiramisu or a cannoli, for $24.95 per person.

Vic & Angelo’s is located at 290 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call (561) 278-9570 or visit for more information.

Vic & Angelo’s in Palm Beach Gardens is offering its popular Sunset Menu through Aug. 28. For $24.95, for two people, diners can choose one salad, two entrees and one dessert (cannoli or tiramisu), from this special prix fixe menu. This Sunset Menu is offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Vic & Angelo’s is also offering daily drink specials, for $5 per drink, throughout the day and evening through Aug. 31. Along with Wine Down Mondays, you can enjoy half-price bottles of wine from the wine list — with a full price of $80 per bottle or less — throughout the day and evening all year.

Additionally, you can enjoy entertainment from a variety of talented singers from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Aug. 30. Dancing on the expansive patio is encouraged.

Vic & Angelo’s is located at 4520 PGA Blvd. in PGA Commons. Call (561) 630-9899 or visit for more information.

The Office, a popular, modern American gastro pub in Delray Beach, serves delicious, gourmet comfort food. It is offering a wonderful array of summer menu specials.

During lunch — which is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday — you can opt for a soup and sandwich, or a soup and salad, for $12.95 per person.

Monday is BBQ Night. You can order from a terrific menu of barbecue dishes, including baby back ribs, half of a mango-barbecue chicken, a kosher hot dog, Southern Comfort pulled pork sliders, catch of the day sandwich and barbecue burger sliders. Additionally, on Monday afternoons and evenings, house drinks and craft beers are half price.

Tuesday evenings are seafood fiestas. Memorable menu items include daily seafood soup, seafood paella, cioppino, seafood salad roll, catch of the day and fancy mac ‘n’ cheese. Additionally, you can enjoy half-price bottles of wine that are priced at $49 or less.

Wednesday is burger and craft beer madness. The Office burger challenge will truly appeal to hearty eaters. The Office is serving a 4-pound dish, comprised of a variety of yummy menu items, and if a diner can finish this dish, it’s on the house. Additionally, you can also enjoy a fabulous array of inventive burgers, including the salmon burger, the turkey burger, the lamb burger, and the Juicy Lucy burger, which is topped with lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and blue cheese. You can also enjoy half off of all draft beers.

Thursday evenings feature my favorite — surf ‘n’ turf. This divine dish features grilled ribeye steak, half of a Maine lobster tail and grilled vegetables. You also enjoy a delectable dessert for $5, and you can also enjoy half off any bottle of wine priced at $49 or less.

The Office’s twist on Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 26. In addition to many yummy dishes, including Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets, for an additional $15 per person, you can also enjoy “bottomless” Bellinis, Bloody Marys, mimosas and Champagne. During Sunday brunch, and Monday through Thursday evenings, children ages 5 and younger can eat for free if penne pasta or mac ‘n’ cheese is ordered for them.

The Office is located at 201 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call (561) 276-3600 for more information or visit

P.S.: Ask about happy hour at the Office and Vic & Angelo’s, when you can enjoy 50 percent off a select array of libations and appetizers, at both of the indoor and outdoor bars, from a summer happy hour menu.