There's a reason that everyone refers to Tara Sell as Sweets. A true southern belle, Tara is not only sweet and friendly in demeanor, she spends most of her time in the Sweets' Bakehouse kitchen, whipping up a delightful array of sugary treats. Within her colorful turquoise shop—firmly rooted in Bradenton's Village of the Arts—Tara and her kitchen crew fold local Florida and Georgia produce and premium ingredients into creative cakes and inventive baked goods. This also extends to lunchtime, where customers have choices such as gourmet sandwiches and wraps. Throughout the year, Tara spreads her culinary expertise amongst aspiring cooks during her fun and informative cooking classes.
When it comes to waterfront dining at Riverhouse Reef & Grill, the views aren't limited to just stunning sunsets over the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. The eatery's dockside seats overlook the scenic mile-wide Manatee River and is surrounding by the Regatta Pointe Marina. Diners can view dolphins playing, manatees napping, and breathtaking sunsets from Tampa Bay. Amid that natural tableau, Riverhouse's cooks bring the freshest catches to their tables, from their signature lobster pot pie, fresh Gulf oysters, local caught grouper and Mahi, and Gulf seafood pasta.
But seafood isn't the only edible draw here. The culinary team also specializes in preparing certified Angus beef, including burgers crowned with cajun crawfish sauce, seasoned sirloins, and house-cut ribeye steaks. Cooks cater to vegetarians too, with dishes such as grilled portabella sandwiches with roasted red peppers and parsley pesto. Meanwhile, their waterfront bar serves up a variety of draft beers including Key West Ale house margaritas, and signature martinis, and features an extensive wine list. Riverhouse also features a daily happy hour and a Sunday brunch menu.
For nearly two decades, 1st Street Cafe & Catering has served up buffet and sit-down style meals for parties around Manatee and Sarasota County. Its physical location has a café that dishes out classic American breakfasts and lunches.
During the morning hours, diners dig into a Lucky Seven breakfast sandwich stuffed with fried eggs and sausage or a country-fried steak smothered in gravy. During lunch, they tear into grilled-steak and pork-tenderloin sandwiches and juicy burgers. One such option, the Challenger double burger, allows patrons to stuff their mouths with 12 ounces of burger meat, crispy bacon, and slices of cheese, and to get at least 1.5 high-fives from nearby diners when it’s all gone.
Since the Maganias family opened the first Astro Skate Family Fun Center in Tarpon Springs more than 32 years ago, customers have flocked to the skate rinks for birthday parties, summer camps, and family-friendly fun. At each location, a live DJ cranks out danceable tunes as skaters wheel and glide across a huge lacquered wood floor. Off-rink, kids compete for redemption prizes at a host of arcade games, or take flight in the safe confines of a cushy inflatable bounce house. Astro Skate Family Fun Center keeps things fresh with a schedule of special events, including jump-rope contests, foam parties, and roller-derby matches.
While it is a fine purveyor of Hispanic foodstuffs, Acapulco Tropical also dishes out flavorful Mexican fare in the kitchen of its in-store café. Relying on natural, native ingredients, chefs create traditional dishes for carnivorous and seafood-centric palates. Early risers can catch a breakfast of huevos con nopales, in which eggs team with zesty seasonings and cacti culinary wits ($5.49). To launch lunchtime appetites, try a griddled quesadilla filled with asada, carnitas, pollo, pastor, or queso ($1.99). Or fill up mouth caverns with anytime entrees of burritos with a choice of any meat with rice and beans ($3.75), nachos ($6.49), or tortas ($4.25).
The executive chef at Spanky's Grill 41 answers to only one person: you, the customer. Steaks, chops, and seafood emerge from the kitchen just the way you like them. Atlantic sterling salmon and fresh Gulf grouper can be blackened, saut?ed, or grilled, and steaks are cooked to order. Shrimp lovers also have multiple choices, from shrimp scampi and coconut-crusted shrimp to the seafood being fried and served in restaurant's Dragon sauce. Many of Spanky's signature dishes also come in sandwich form, such as the crab cake BLT and Atlantic cod sandwich in a kaiser roll.