By: Shaina Wizov Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
What used to be most well known for its long list of burgers and fries is now branching out to new territory with a more varied menu of foodie-approved fare.
One of Downtown Delray’s most beloved gastropubs, The Office, revamped its menu this past summer, but it kept true to its whimsical style — calling appetizers “Office Supplies” and entrees “Board Room.” Each of the salads can be topped with a variety of “Assistants” a.k.a shrimp, chicken, salmon or skirt steak; and the “Weekly Agenda” includes $10 Burger & Beer Night every Monday, $5 Tito’s drinks every Tuesday, daily Happy Hour from 3-7pm and 10pm to close, and Bottomless Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
Once you’ve settled into your desk, you’ll want to some of your co-workers who will quickly become your favorites.
Fresh, local burrata topped with a dollop of pesto and served with heirloom tomatoes, pickled onions, baby arugula, and a generous drizzling of aged balsamic. Simple ingredients, big flavor, perfect for sharing.
Perfectly chargrilled Spanish octopus with two unique and delicious spreads — truffled English pea puree and black garlic créme. Rounding out the dish are tender baby carrots and roasted fingerling potatoes. Be warned: it’s a generous portion, so again, perfect for sharing.
Brussels sprouts. This employee may be seated with the side dishes, but it’s just as hardworking as everyone else! These crispy little sprouts are drenched in a sweet and spicy chili sauce, and — of course — bacon. Don’t overlook it!
The Colossal Pretzel… This one wins Employee of the Year for its genius accompaniments: honey bacon butter and beer mustard. Need I say more?
Now it’s time to meet the Big Shots. The list of entrees at The Office has really evolved. There is a lot of variety, including both meat and seafood dishes that will appeal to many. While there are still plenty of burgers and sandwiches to enjoy, you’ll also see things like roasted half chicken with baby vegetables, fingerling potatoes, prosciutto, smoked tomatoes and fennel brodo; or cider and thyme salmon with sweet potato and apple hash, baby kale, pepitas and an apple cider gastrique. This salmon dish is the epitome of fall. Everything about it will remind you of leaves changing color and sweater weather, and the crispy skin on that fish will make you swoon.
Every working day must end with a drink, right? At The Office, you’ll never get bored with your options. With creative craft cocktails and plenty of beer and wine to choose from, there’s something for everyone. The Office pays homage to the section of Downtown Delray in which it resides with a cocktail dubbed “Pineapple Grove.” The drink is made with rum, muddled berries, pineapple juice, pomegranate liqueur and sweet gomme and is served in a big bronze pineapple that is so cool you’ll want to steal it, until you realize how heavy it is… That would not go well being carried around for the rest of your night out. For those who enjoy a good glass of bubbly, try the Champagne Mojito Martini made with Cruzan aged rum, elderflower liqueur, sweet gomme, lime, mint and Veuve brut. It’s extremely light and refreshing, with the perfect amount of sweetness. The dry champagne and sweet elderflower balance each other out, making for a great flavor combination.
It’s safe to say this is one office you’ll definitely want to go into every day. Grab a seat at the bar and you’ve got one of the best seats in town for people watching!
The Office is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30am-midnight. Friday from 11:30am-2am, Saturday from 11am-2am and Sunday from 11am-midnight. The Office is located at 201 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.