• Lisa Marie

Latitudes: A Restaurant That Gives You The Freedom to Enjoy the Florida Lifestyle

Latitudes is an oceanfront restaurant hidden on the southeast coast of Florida, in the Delray Sands Resort. In the midst of beautiful homes and high rise condominiums, someone was gracious enough to place Latitudes on Highland Beach for South Floridians to enjoy true Florida life. The bright sunshine, sparkling blue beach, and serene atmosphere of Latitudes is the perfect cocktail for enjoying the Florida lifestyle.

I have lived in Florida for over twenty-five years, and I have never heard of Highland Beach or Latitudes. This is actually a reminder to myself how blessed I am to live in Florida. Around every corner, there is another body of water, restaurant, or hotel to discover.

When I approached the Delray Sands resort, I was greeted by an extremely friendly group of valets. They gave me a ticket to pick up my car at the end of my meal, and pointed in the direction of the Latitudes restaurant. Upon entering the restaurant, I quickly noticed that the different hues of blue that complimented the restaurant. My eyes leaped from the table cloth, to the chairs, and then to the biggest inspiration of blue in the room; the ocean. The ocean looked so beautiful through the glass of the restaurant. It almost appeared to be painted to match the color palate of the restaurant.

Eating inside or outside can be a tough choice. As much as we all love Florida, inside the Latitude restaurant has air-conditioning, a nicer decor, and did I mention that it has air-conditioning?! LOL! However, outside has nature at its best, the sounds of the ocean, and an even closer view of the ocean. My friend and I chose to eat outside. It was a hot Florida day, but we were able to get some breeze from the ocean. It did start to rain, but the outside has a lot of covering so we were able to stay outside during the rain shower.

The Latitudes menu has a great selection of craft drinks. I couldn't decide because there were so many tropical drinks (my favorite!) and tasty standard drinks. I decided on the "Hand Shaken Coconut Daquiri " and boy did I make a good choice. My mouth is salivating from thinking about it. It's Bacardi Coconut Rum with cold pressed lime juices, and a small amount of Agave nectar. The best part was that they placed coconut shavings on the rim of the glass! The drink screamed, "summer fun in a glass." I'm almost certain that the drink said that, but I could be mistaken because the waves of the ocean were rolling, the chatter of conversation grew, and the restaurant definitely didn't skimp on the Bacardi Coconut Rum.

For lunch, I ordered the "Skuna Bay Salmon Salad." It came with farmed greens, citrus, roasted beets, toasted pistachios, tomatoes, cheese, and a creamy balsamic dressing. This meal was light, fresh, and exactly what I needed on a sunny Florida day. The fruit made the salad so refreshing and the salmon was done to perfection.

The prices for the drinks were standard. However, the prices for the entrees were on the higher end of moderate. I thought the items were priced well due to the quality, amount served, and the environment.

Extra information: The beach is quiet. It would be great for a relaxing day.

The valet is $5 per car, which is a really good price at an oceanfront hotel.

The crowd is mixed but because the Highland Beach area has a large numberof senior citizens, you may see an older demographic at the pool or in the restaurant.

The executive chef, Chef James King, used to work at the Four Seasons!

Would I recommend it: Of course! Latitudes is a great oceanfront restaurant to have lunch with your friends, family, or an intimate date. I really can't wait to go back because there were a few more drinks and entrees on the menu that I definitely want to taste soon.

Website: LatitudesDelray.com

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