Best of Deerfield

Liz Dzuro

The best beach, eats, and drinks of Deerfield


BEACH

The pier in Deerfield Beach:

Exit Boca campus at Glades Road or at 20th Street and head east. Turn right at U.S. 1 and head south. Turn left at Hillsboro Boulevard and head east. Turn left at A1A and find parking.

Top reasons it’s the best:

1.This beach is a huge social spot for lots of high school and college kids who like to hang out on the north side of the pier. They have volleyball courts and there are always people playing with Frisbees or a football, so it’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends if you’re brave enough to invite yourself into a game.

2.There are a bunch of metered parking spots and there’s a four-story parking garage within walking distance from the shore.

3.You can fish off the pier and get a “large catch” like King Mackerel or Snapper. It’s only $1 to sight-see and $4 to fish, but remember to bring your own gear because rentals aren’t available. It’s open 24 hours, so you can go at any time.

4.A bit south of the pier there are good rocks to climb on and a mile marked out on the sidewalk if you want to exercise.


DRINK

Kahuna Bar and Grill

249 N. Ocean Blvd.Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(954) 725-0244

Kahuna’s tiki-hut-inspired style is the perfect fit for its beachfront spot.

This place has more of a local, laid-back crowd than any of the other restaurants or bars in the immediate area — which makes it perfect for sitting back and chilling with drinks after a long day in the sun.

They offer frozen drinks from giant Slurpee-looking machines they have behind the bar that are all premixed with alcohol.

Since they’re premixed with who knows how much booze, these delicious frozen drinks can sneak up on you real quick. So limit yourself to two … at first.

Kahuna is also a great daytime and nighttime spot because of the local reggae and jam bands they bring in, like the Stampede Movement, the Resolvers, and Spred the Dub.


EAT

Charm City Burgers

1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(954) 531-0300

The fact that you can add a fried egg and a hash brown on top of a 1/3-pound steak cheeseburger is amazing. Then to learn that I can get a side of homemade sweet potato fries and a milkshake to go with it makes me want to get my car keys out.

Located west of The Cove plaza on Hillsboro Boulevard, Charm City Burgers’ tiny building can be easily missed, but you won’t ever forget it after you’ve been there.

Among the meaty options to stuff your face with, they also have “other burgers.” The Gobbler is a turkey burger, the Mobster is an Italian sausage burger, and the Banh Mi is an Asian pork and shrimp burger.

Make sure you plan out the timing of your meal because the fried Twinkies and Oreos for dessert will give you just enough time to make it back to campus before the food coma hits.