Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mussel Beach, much more than mussels!

Hello Foodie Friends,

Earlier this week I was invited to dine at Mussel Beach right in the heart of Downtown Delray, on the corner of 5th & Atlantic Avenue. Now, I've passed by there a gazillion times, but hadn't been in there until now.

Mussel Beach is home to 12 different flavors of mussels,  imported daily from Prince Edward Island. They offer a variety of flavors such as-- creamy lobster bisque, spicy Fra Diavolo, Thai curry, and many more. Mussel Beach also serves a variety of non seafood dishes, so there is something to satisfy every palette.

Baked Kale
 While we waited for everyone to arrive, we were brought out this plate of baked kale. Tossed in olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper, it was quite addicting.  I don't see this item listed on their main menu, but it is on their Happy Hour menu.

Truffle Fries

Instead of bread baskets, guests at Mussel Beach receive a basket of Truffle Fries - now that's an unexpected and tasty way to start, wouldn't you agree?!?

Roasted Beet Salad

The Roasted Beet dish was delicious. It came with red and golden beets, a fried goat cheese fritter sitting atop a bed of arugula,mandarin oranges, pistachio crumbles and a drizzle of balsamic reduction . Very well thought out and composed dish. This item can be found under the appetizer section.

Lump Crab Cake

The crab cakes are divine at Mussel Beach and appear under several categories. We had the Crab Cake appetizer which was made using jumbo lump crab and horseradish mustard, served with a side of ginger soy slaw. You can also opt to have it on a salad or between two pieces of bread in a sandwich.
Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps - photo credit: Take A Bite Out of Boca

Another item found under the appetizer section is the Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps. Crispy pork, pickled cucumber, carrots, scallions and ponzu sauce placed delicately on top Boston Bibb lettuce cups. This dish contained the perfect balance of fat from the pork and acidity from the pickled cucumber and ponzu sauce.  

Tuna Tacos: Photo credit by Take a Bite Out of Boca

Another tasty appetizer we tasted was the Ahi Tuna Crudo topped with radish, jalapeno, cabbage and chipotle aioli and served with a side of beer battered avocado. This dish was exploding with flavor. Yummo!

Nut Crusted Grouper

Under the Fresh Fish Frenzy category, one could select from Grouper, Salmon, Cod, Mahi Mahi or Swordfish and then choose how its prepared. I chose the Nut Crusted Grouper which was served with wild rice pilaf, seasonal veggies in a vanilla rum butter. The fish was cooked to perfection and the sauce was a perfect compliment.
The next several photos are just a few of the dozen different varieties of  specialty Mussels they serve here at Mussel Beach. Did you know that one pound of mussels has only 10g of Fat, 2g of Saturated Fat, Only 300 Calories, 54g of Protein and Only 17g of Carbs? So feel free to indulge guilt-free!
Chowder Mussels: Photo credit by Take A Bite Out of Boca

Chowder: Cream, smoked bacon, potatoes and middle necks

Lobster Bisque: Photo credit by Take A Bite Out of Boca
 Lobster Bisque: Rich tomato cream, Maine lobster and parsley

Danish Blue Point: Photo credit by Take A Bite Out of Boca

Danish Blue Point: Roasted garlic cream, smoked bacon, blue cheese and scallions

Florentine: Photo credit by Take A Bite Out of Boca

Florentine: Spinach, shallots, roasted garlic, cream, Parmesan and fennel

French Onion: Photo credit by Take a Bite Out of Boca

French Onion: Baked, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and croutons

And for dessert...
Samoa Cheesecake

Salted caramel, chocolate ganache & coconut

Crack Pie

Vanilla bean, oat crust and ice cream

Ice cream sandwich: Photo courtesy of Take a Bite Out of Boca

Chocolate, peanut butter, whipped cream and tempura bananas.

Every dessert we tried was fantastic, but my personal favorite was the Ice cream sandwich!

Mussel Beach offers a Gluten Free menu and also is available to Cater!

Mussel Beach is located at 501 E. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. (561) 921-6464.

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes,xo

Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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  1. Sounds amazing and your descriptions are so helpful. I can't wait to go there.

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    2. Thanks Nanette. They are on our "Taste Atlantic Avenue" tour now. You'll have to check it out.