By CALVIN JORDAN
Enjoying time out with family or rebeling in a night out with friends are both easy to do in sunny South Florida and there are two particular locations that the Boca native should consider when making a choice of destination: Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
Deciding between these two hotspots ultimately comes down to personal preference, but there are two main factors to look at for guidance: variety in dining and ability to entertain.
Mention the words “Atlantic Avenue” around a local and more often than not they will elaborate on how their favorite restaurant is the best thing since air conditioning or mosquito repellent. Valeria Figueroa, senior, is not an exception to that peculiarity. Her recommendation for food would send diners to El Camino, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar.
“I think the Taco Tuesday deal is the best—each taco is $2 and you have your choice of wheat and protein,” said Figueroa. Other notable mentions for restaurant suggestions include Caffe Martier (Mediterranean cuisine), Taverna Opa (Greek selections) and Lemongrass (an Asian bistro).
For those looking for activity in lieu of food, the Community Redevelopment Agency hosts a green market every Saturday on the Avenue that generates a welcoming environment for farmers, vendors and buyers alike.
In addition, once a year a fashion week is held by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority that has helped to further the awareness of the shopping boutiques and unknown talent that lies within the community.
Closer to campus lies Mizner Park, an upscale outdoor plaza that will not disappoint those looking for a lavish atmosphere. While the restaurants in Mizner are more chainfocused, like Ruby Tuesday’s and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, several students commented on their affinity for Yardhouse, an eatery known for generating good times with rock music and inexpensive drinks.
“Yardhouse has got to be one of my favorites,” said Lauren Hellstern, sophomore. “The food there is just too good and it’s like I can never get enough.”
As for events taking place in Mizner Park, concerts are hosted irregularly. Big names such as Darius Rucker, Idina Menzel and Disney-sponsored boy band, R5 have all held performances in recent years.
Anyone looking for a guaranteed way to spend their time in style can take their money over to the iPic Theater, where moviegoers can be spoiled with reclining seats, blankets and gourmet food.
“iPic is an amazing movie experience, but can be very expensive,” said Kevin Studer, graduate student. “I tend to only go if I have a gift card or if there is a movie that I really want to see.”
No matter which location one chooses, it is hard to go wrong in the South Florida area. Both Atlantic Avenue and Mizner Park are places to be. Just make sure one’s wallet is in good condition.