If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of seafood and fine dining at Carmen's at the Top of the Bridge in Boca Raton.
From its perch atop the Bridge Hotel, Carmen's pairs wide-open oceanfront views and city vistas with fresh seasonal cuisine conceived by chef Dudley Rich, who has cooked privately for U.S. presidents. Starters from the dinner menu make apt preludes or small plates, with options such as the eggplant-and-goat-cheese ravioli swirled in a thyme cream sauce ($12). Sizzling with meats sourced from Harris Ranch, veal chops arrive drizzled in truffle butter ($45), and charbroiled filet mignon ($40) fairly accuses its port-wine-and-shallot reduction of smothering it. The entree menu also sates seafood yens with selections such as the peppercorn-crusted swordfish, sauced in a morel-mushroom dressing ($28).
The restaurant's windows stretch from the parquet floor to the ceiling, letting in sweeping seaside views. A grand piano stands ready for live entertainers to tickle the ivories or tease the ivories until they weep Chopin; scroll to the bottom of the website for upcoming musical events.
999 E Camino Real
Boca Raton, Florida 33432-6311