After properly cooking a lobster, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon to Longboards Restaurant and Bar in West Palm Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of fresh seafood, American fare, and drinks for two or more people.
- For $38, you get $80 worth of fresh seafood, American fare, and drinks for four or more people.
Chef Victor Malaric of Longboards Restaurant and Bar crafts flavorful New England–style seafood, served alongside specialty cocktails and craft beer. Begin a seafaring feast with one of several sharable dishes, such as cornmeal-encrusted carpetbagger oysters, plated in schools of four and accompanied by helpings of duck prosciutto and truffle-whipped potatoes ($14). Lotus root and avocado highlight the delicate flavor of the Hawaiian tuna tartare's ahi tuna without covering the fish in fluorescent-yellow marker ($14). Market-price morsels also make menu appearances, with Alaskan king-crab legs bringing a wintery touch to the summery south, while the local, fresh catch of the day basks in a pan sauce of lemon and wine. Three taco offerings enclose fillings of fish, beef brisket, or lobster ($11–$16), while aged-cheddar grits and asparagus snuggle in the mighty shadow of 16 oz. braised short ribs ($23). Duos can triumph over the traditional clambake for two, a smorgasbord of lobster, clams, Key West shrimp, corn on the cob, and emotional bonds formed by sharing potatoes ($38).
At the longboard-shaped bar or beneath the patio's twinkling lights, delighted diners sip on one of the bar's specialty cocktails, infused with house-made juice and alcohol-infused alcohol. An extensive beer list, whose recent offerings have included Terrapin Rye pale ale ($4.50) and Breckenridge vanilla porter ($4.50), stands ready to help quench throats parched from doing whippoorwill impressions.
New England–style fresh seafood items, such as smoked fish dip and lobster rolls, accompany blackened ribeye and gorgonzola chicken pasta to tables at Longboards. Inside, hanging longboards and flat-screen televisions unite in their skinniness to forge a laid-back yet entertaining setting, similar to a monk's cabin placed in the middle of a red-light district. Behind the longboard-shaped bar, a libation wizard concocts house-made juice-infused cocktails and doles out craft brews to supplement a list of 16 bottled beers such as Avery White Rascal and Stone IPA. Porters, pilsners, IPAs, and ciders further solidify the eatery's credibility as a haven for hops.
Since no surfing-styled venue would be complete without an alfresco component, Longboards also maintains an outdoor patio replete with a mini wooden walkway and a decorated Airstream. Trees, lights strung overhead, and colorful longboard murals ensconce patio denizens in an atmosphere utterly bereft of dullness.
West Palm Beach
519 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401