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After 5: Brio Tuscan Grille, Palm Beach Gardens – Come for the Noshes

October 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Happy hours: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, Monday – Friday

The crowd: Shoppers, office workers, ladies in high heels and guys in suits. An eclectic mix can be found here on bar stools and at the patio tables.

Surrounds: Brio is a nicely appointed restaurant with a large bar area with high-topped tables as well as bar stools. The entrance is outside the Mall so you never feel as if you’re part of the shopping bag set.

Barback: Although the place was slammed, we were greeted quickly by several servers who gave us bar menus and answered questions.

The sips: Drinks are only reduced on Wednesdays, when you can find a menu of martinis at $2 off. Otherwise, drinks are full price.  A favorite of the house is the sweet peach bellini for $6.95 but the Grayson Cellars cabernet at $7.95 was a favorite of our group.

The noshes: Get ready for a fun time! Nine “Tuscan Tasters” will satisfy your taste buds for a scant $2.95 each. We ordered the Brio burger with housemade chips, the spicy shrimp and eggplant, the margherita flatbread and the beef carpaccio. They were more than enough for tastings around the table.

Tunes or noise: Come early. This place was so crowded at 6 that we could barely hear each other talk.

Rating: 4 out of 5 olives for tasty food at a great price.

Brio Tuscan Grille

  • 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
  • 561-622-0491; www.brioitalian.com
  • Open daily, lunch and dinner

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Carolyn Susman, a West Palm Beach reporter, covers happy hours in the area, giving the readers at JanNorris.com a look at where to go for great little plates, super sips and mellow music….after 5. Contact her at AfterFive@JanNorris.com

Tags: After 5: Happy Hours · Sips: Drinkables

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