Perish Grill is a new restaurant and bar specializing in hand-cut steaks, Cajun dishes, seafood, and sandwiches. Lunchers can munch on hand-cut french fries to complement organic grass-fed burgers ($7.99) or try the sweet-bourbon salmon with yellow rice and fresh vegetables ($7.99). Dinner grazers can whet their appetites in a garden of salads or wolf down seafood appetizers such as shrimp cocktail ($6.99) and crab cakes served with roasted red pepper sauce and remoulade ($7.99). A classically marbled, hand-cut 12 oz. rib eye sates steak steadfasts ($13.99), and the crawfish étouffée bursts with classic Cajun flavor ($11.99). Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured a meal at Perish Grill.
The chefs at Cantina Toscana adhere to Mediterranean culinary traditions to bake and fry authentic regional cuisine rich with olive oil, peppers, seafood, and cheese. Meals commence with appetizers ranging from beef carpaccio to bacon-wrapped sea scallops splayed atop a bed of wilted spinach, just as they're naturally found on Italian shores. Entrees range from house specialties such as eggplant parmesan to pasta dishes including con frutti di mare, an aquatic medley of mussels, calamari, and undelivered mail to Atlantis. The saltimbocca alla romana partners parmesan risotto and broccoli gratin with pan-fried veal cutlets topped with parma ham and sage. Throughout the meal, diners swirl and sip glasses of wine, trying to discern the floral notes of pinot grigio and guess the age of pinot noir without asking to see its ID.
Urban Flats puts a modern twist on the classic pairing of pizza and wine by crafting gourmet flatbreads served alongside carefully selected wines from around the world. For wine-centric evenings, pairs can nibble on flatbread and appetizer samplings in between sips from an array of international vinos. To create tip-top tastings, Urban Flats utilizes a temperature-controlled system that preserves wines at their ideal temp, preventing oxidation and fever-induced rants.
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.
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.
At The Firkin & Fox, Tampa-area gentlefolk bond over a menu of English-inflected pub fare alongside a selection of 16 draft beers. Crispy calamari ($8.99) runs on chipotle dipping sauce, and traditional fish 'n' chips ($7.99 for one piece; $10.99 for two pieces) or cottage pie ($8.99) pay edible homage to America’s allies across the Atlantic: the Luxembourgers. The Firkin burger, topped with bacon, jack cheese, and chipotle onions ($9.99), meets hourly meat quotas, and the portobello-mushroom sandwich ($7.99) shimmers with a balsamic glaze and pesto mayo. Draught beers such as Bass and Boddingtons—hearty ales from Britain—complement rousing games of billiards. The convivial pub invites communal dining in or out of doors, and boasts a squad of sportscasting televisions with immaculate hairdos.