A new restaurant recently opened on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, so of course we checked it out. Mussel Beach serves, what else: mussels! But there’s more to choose from than just mussels: all kinds of seafood is on the menu, including:
- ahi tuna
- sea scallops
And if you’ve had your fill of seafood, salads, burgers, steaks and chicken in several varieties provide options for everyone. With an extensive cocktail and dessert menu, we were happy before we even sat down on the terrace.
As we reviewed the menu a basket of Beach Fries arrived: instead of serving bread, Mussel Beach delivers hot garlicy fries! Perfect with our drinks.
To start, we tried the Tuna Tacos. I’m addicted to seafood tacos, and while all the ingredients were there, these deconstructed tacos with deep-fried avocado and jalapeno just didn’t cut it. Separately the ingredients were perfect: but something was missing.
We don’t typically order dessert, but when we saw the menu we had to order two: Crack Pie and Doughnuts. OMG: the Crack Pie is oatmeal pie topped with vanilla bean ice cream; the Doughnuts are filled with amaretto creme anglaise. They should be called Crack Doughnuts: both these desserts are seriously addictive!
This was waaaaaay too much food for 2 people. But we managed to eat it all. Next time we wouldn’t order fries with the meal, and we’d certainly limit it to one desert. (Or: just come for cocktails and dessert!)
Mussel Beach had been open less than two weeks when we ate there, the hostesses seemed a bit confused, but our waitress was excellentand the owner stopped by to chat: a fellow New Yorkers, she and her partners recently closed their resto up north and followed the sunshine (and tourists!) to Delray.
Having lived in Paris for many years and frequent travelers to Brussels, we’re picky mussel eaters: we’re used to the best! And Mussel Beach didn’t disappoint: the Prince Edward Island mussels were flavorful, the serving size bountiful, and the broth hot and delicious. I would make a suggestion, but this is our preference from eating traditional moules frites for so many years:
- the fries were yummy and I loved them with my cocktail: but I’d really like fries served with my mussels, not bread
- Mussel Beach Restaurant
- 501 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL