The word is apparently out that informal dining with a waterfront view is back in Boca. Waterstone Resort & Marina at the foot of Camino Real formally introduced SeaSpray Inlet Grill outdoor dining and bar.
Seating ranges from hi-tops in the covered bar area, to regular tables and even upholstered chairs under umbrellas with a water view under the Boca Inlet bridge.
Longtime Boca Ratonians will remember when that was ‘the place’ for burgers. Two burgers remain on the all-day menu for lunch or dinner, [$16 or $17 served with rosemary Parmesan fries or $2 more for sweet potato].
But now gluten free, vegetarian and vegan symbols let diners know there’s something for them, too.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with a happy hour menu 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Breakfast with a separate menu Wednesday through Sunday 8 to 10:30 a.m. A brunch menu will be introduced in the fall, the hotel’s general manager Matthew Lane said.
Reservations are accepted for six or under or for larger parties call to arrange. A table for 15 is the largest the space can accommodate, he added. https://www.seasprayboca.com/
SeaSpray’s menu is current with food trends and includes six shares, or appetizers. Media foodies got to taste sticky cauliflower with sesame soy glaze [$12]; grilled octopus with chorizo and fingerling potato [$18]; smoked fish dip with slices of jalapeño on the side [$14] and pear tortellini in truffle cream sauce. [$14]. Hummus [$12] and wings with a honey bourbon glaze [$15] are also on the menu.
WPTV early morning broadcaster Kamrel Eppinger gave the apps a thumbs up, agreed by the rest of the tasters.
The menu also offers five salads with a choice of five proteins ranging from chicken, salmon, shrimp, skirt steak and chef’s catch [$6 to $12]. Salad prices range from $14 to $17.
Handhelds include the aforementioned burgers, a mahi Reuben [$19]; shrimp tacos $19]; chicken club wrap [$16] and chef’s catch on a brioche bun [$19]. Tasters were given a choice of five entrees ranging in price from $25 to $32 with a $48 seafood dish. Most chose salmon or skirt steak.
Desserts include shareable ‘smores that actually come with a tiny campfire [$26]; key lime pie [$9], flourless chocolate cake [$9] or apple cobbler with salted caramel gelato[$9]. That got the highest praise.
The drink menu with traditional beverages and even frozen virgin options are on the back of the menu. Their mango mojito is worth the $13, and there are four fruity margaritas, even a pineapple jalapeño. A Casamigos tequila drink is $2 more.
Lane is especially proud of the mural with the neon sign that lights up at night by artist Gabriela Benatar.
By Marci Shatzman