Spirals of perfume-scented smoke drift around the lounge area at Ali Baba Cafe as groups sit at tables or around couches with hookahs in hand. Big groups are especially welcome here, with plenty of seating for everyone and enough hookahs to make sure everyone gets to try a flavor they like. On any given night, you might see bottles of Corona and Stella Artois dotting the tables or even visiting belly dancers stopping by as the evening's entertainment.
With its homey atmosphere and penchant for pub-style comfort food, The Living Room was already a destination for nights of relaxed revelry. With the opening of The Pub at The Living Room, that vibe just took on a decidedly English accent. Within this comfortable, no-frills pub, guests kick back the way they do in Merry England, munching on casual comfort food and knocking back pints of strong ales. If the rotating beer list is any indication, the owners here know a thing or two about brews; seasonal selection and year-round favorites from Founders, Blue Point, and Cigar City Brewing currently fill the tape lines.
Though encompassing a range of flavors, every meal at Guarapo's Cuban Cuisine shares one thing in common: its cooks' meat-searing talents. When it comes to crafting pork, for instance, the culinary team roasts every marinated cut for hours before grilling it with saut?ed onions. The eatery's other protein-packed dishes don't take as long to make, though they sport just as much flavor. Green plantains arrive stuffed with ground beef, creole sauce spices up fried chicken filets, and chimichurri sauce accompanies skirt steaks marinated in blends of traditional Cuban spices. Each hearty feast unfolds within one of Guarapo's comfy booths, which are surrounded by murals of verdant fields and mountain vistas.
Unwind Cocktail Lounge & Chocolate Bar's libation pourers sling chocolate confections and mixed drinks inside a modern lounge. Unite with one, three, or five partners-in-leisure to pick a thirst quencher from the chocolatier's extensive martini list ($10 each), including the Milky Way martini, the Belinitini, and the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry martini. Merriment cravers can also sate appetites for entertainment by singing about cocoa precipitation at Thursday night karaoke or by dancing to DJ-spun music on weekend nights. On top of and melted all over its adult beverage selection, the lounge also applies chocolate expertise to other methods of consumption, including a fondue setup, chocolate-covered Twinkies, and melted M&M’s finger painting.
Palm Beach Smoothies’ baristas are known for shaking things up—both literally and figuratively. The colorful shop flouts tradition by blending fresh oranges and pineapples with such unconventional smoothie add-ons as Red Bull, green tea, applesauce, and cinnamon. Aside from fruit-based concoctions, the baristas whip up five varieties of smoothies with creamy almond milk and low-fat yogurt. When ordering an indulgent blend of graham crackers and marshmallows, guests can ask their barista to top off the s’more-style shake with whey protein, wheatgrass, or the fiber-packed pages of a campfire songbook. Each of the more than 25 smoothie varieties pairs nicely with the café’s grilled paninis, turkey wraps, and organic steel-cut oatmeal.
Caliente Kitchen blends a lively menu of zesty south-of-the-border bites with an alluring part-restaurant, part-nightclub atmosphere. For starters, guests can occupy a gabby tongue with a gift of made-to-order guacamole ($12) before crunching into a piquant plate of veggie tacos, loaded down with peppers, onion, mushrooms, and fresco cheese, and accompanied by rice and beans ($10). The enchiladas de mole verde invigorates lethargic appetites, making relishable ripples on a sea of taste buds with tangy green mole sauce soaked into tortillas rolled around pulled pork or chicken-breast stuffing ($14). Prepared with chicken ($15), pork ($16), or steak ($17), a traditional mexicano burrito brings meat, beans, and pico de gallo to meet cheese and sour cream, a mouthwatering mashup that ends in tragedy shortly after the five ingredients start getting along.