With it's staple pizza named Grandma, it's pretty clear that Carmela's Pizza & Wine Bar is steeped in familial tradition. Executive Chef Adam Fatigate expanded on the idea of his late father's Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar, located in Stuart, and opened his own high-end pizzeria. Here, along with several varieties of New York?style pizzas baked on a subway rail line, Fatigate and his team create the signature Grandma's pizza, a 16-inch square, thin-crust pizza with a slightly tangy sauce and light cheese. Grandma's pizza can stay as simple as a plain cheese pie or go puttanesca-style (with olives, anchovies, and chili oil) or basil-pesto (with sun-dried tomatoes and chicken). Classic Italian dishes also populate the menu, including lasagna bolognese, veal parmesan, and seafood risotto.
While diners can carry-out food, those who stay can imbibe at Carmela's full bar, which pours 80 wines and 25 craft, imported, and domestic beers, and also whips up cocktails with its selection of 100 spirits, such as bellinis and martinis. And the restaurant also offers entertainment: guitar-violin duo Nouveaux Honkies on Tuesday, two pianists on Friday, and jazz on Saturday.
The music-themed Hullabaloo offers an upscale menu to complement its cool, romantically-lit interior. Antipasto dishes such as fried green heirloom tomatoes and flame roasted marrow bones can be shared amongst friends and enjoyed before entrees such as seared sea scallops or roasted pork and porcini risotto.
Though the staff at The Brass Tap take beer very seriously, they've nevertheless turned drinking it into a game. Customers get a single point for each of the pub's 300 craft beers that they try. At certain milestones, they'll receive gift cards or a t-shirt with a new title, all the way from rookie to beer guru?and, if they conquer the challenge three times, they can win the coveted Repeat Offender 900 shirt.
Thankfully, the bar makes it easy to sort through its 300 beers. The menu is divided up into different beer types, which go deeper than the basic delineation of ale vs. lager vs. water that's been dyed amber. Guests can peruse listings of bottled barleywines and porters, or have a resident beer aficionado fill their mug with an imported brew on draft. Beer even permeates the food: the chipotle mustard on the house-baked pretzels is made with pale ale, just as the cheese dip is made with Samuel Adams. All of the burgers, sandwiches, and pretzel pizzas also have recommended drink pairings.
As for entertainment, each Brass Tap books a variety of local bands throughout the week. Trivia and happy hours find regular spots on the schedule, and some locations have outdoor patios and cigars for purchase.
It's easy to both start and end a night at Blue Martini. During the early hours of the evening, guests can catch the last rays of sun on the patio as they dine on light fare such as fruit-and-cheese plates and flatbread pizzas. This lightness is necessary, because once the sun goes down, guests have to be light on their feet as the lounge turns into a full-on dance party. From then until closing time, guests can keep their energy up with glasses of wine or one of the house's 42 signature cocktails. The bartenders shake, stir, and blend together ingredients to make these drinks, which range from skinny-raspberry mojitos that contain less than 250 calories to the lightly flavored key-lime-pie martini or cucumber lemonade.
Insider tips on tidal patterns and secret surf spots, borne of a lifetime in local waters, are part of the intangible edge offered by Singer Island Surf Camp Inc., in operation for the past 15 years and run by a born-and-raised native of Palm Beach. As a Palm Beach County native, camp founder and owner Paige Parker doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t closely tied to the water. When she and her neighborhood pals were kids, she recalls, “The ocean was our playground and our babysitter.” And though it's probably true that anyone with a lifeguard certification could lead snorkeling tours and sportfishing charters, Parker knows that her inborn understanding of the local tidal patterns makes a difference.
A staff of surf-seasoned EMTs and firefighters who are also certified in ocean rescue, lifeguard, CPR, and first aid help Parker lead private and group surfing lessons for all ages and experience levels as well as provide paddleboarding and kayaking instruction. And when school’s out, kids aged 6–16 years old can dive into summer camps and surf along Singer Island's reef-and-sandbar system or paddleboard to Peanut Island. A full rental shop, meanwhile, fills out its stock of standard surf gear with standup paddleboards, kayaks, water trampolines, and inflatable water wheels.