Food and art have come alive in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove with the opening of Avant Restaurant. This new hotspot – brought to you by Society 8 Hospitality Group and the NXT BIG THING – opened up just two weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by Solita & Mastino.
AVANT — taking its name from the experimental 1980’s art movement — is adorned with modern pieces from the outside in. Outside, you’ll be greeted by a 12-foot sculpture (or what we think will soon become its mascot) that, while currently dressed in Hello Kitty fashion, will change its style according to the season. Inside, you’ll find be drawn to the artistically placed mirrors, wood attachments, the brass adornments — and the work from local artists, all of which will be for sale.
With the art, comes the food and it is equally impressive — and it combines small, large and share plates. While some dishes are new (you can’t visit without trying the Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich with truffle oil), others might look familiar to you. Steven Dapuzzo, of Society 8, describes the menu as the “best of the best” bringing in some of his guests’ favorite dishes from his previous restaurants — and that includes the meatballs shown above.
Other highlights on the menu include: Drunken Mussels with pink vodka sauce; a trio of grilled cheese sandwiches; Bison Sliders with Gouda and bacon jam; Chicken Paillard; Coffee Rubbed Hanger Steak — and Croissant Bread Pudding with Nutella, sweet coconut and whipped cream.
Avant Restaurant is located at 25 N.E. Second Avenue in Delray Beach; (561) 921-8687. The restaurant will serve dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays, the kitchen will remain open until 1 a.m. Plans for a weekend brunch are in the works. For more information visit society8.com.