At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, the chefs set out to create a fully engaging dining experience for guests, relying on showmanship and knife skills in addition to interesting flavor combinations. Surrounded by rich earth tones and in front of patrons' very eyes, they man gas-heated hibachi grills and juggle platefuls of steak, seafood, and vegetables into flashes of fire. Across the room, the sushi chefs avoid open flames and high-wattage light bulbs entirely as they roll a number of traditional and contemporary maki, filling each one with delicate cuts of fish and piquant dabs of sauce. Amid the bustle of flashing knives, sputtering grill tops, and standing ovations, flat-screen TVs also keep guests entertained at the restaurant's fully stocked bar.
Boston transplants Andy and Kristy Bryan founded Bryan's Pub Works as a family-friendly sports bar, curating a menu of classic American pub fare served in an environment that "has the genuine feel of an up-North tavern," according to the Bradenton Times. Cooks beer-batter fillets of flaky fish before frying them in molten lava to create the kitchen's signature fish 'n' chips. The Londoner contains a heaping portion of thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese pressed between slices of griddle-fresh bread. Bartenders pair the pub fare with an assortment of drinks, including drafts from Yuengling and Sam Adams, glasses of house wine, and fermented juice boxes.
On Fun ‘N’ Sun Boat Tours’ catamaran boats, the front deck is open to sunlight while the back is shaded by an awning. Thanks to this layout, sun-lovers and butter sculptures alike can enjoy narrated boat tours of the intracoastal waterways. Daytime tours run for 90 minutes, three times a day. Sunset tours, meanwhile, include spreads of champagne and snacks.
Although aesthetician Julie MacMillan graduated among the top five students in her aesthetics program, she keeps her homey beauty outfit, Skin Care By Jewls, free of pretensions. Jewls is MacMillan's nickname and preferred moniker, and the tag reflects her friendly, easygoing attitude. During spa services she plays dreamy, tranquil music to compliment the low, cozy lighting.
Jewls became a board-certified permanent-makeup artist in 2008, building on the training she received in Arizona, where she exceeded 800 hours of education?well beyond Florida's requirements of 260 hours and a papier-m?ch? mockup of a pore. She reaches for products from Rhonda Allison and lavender wax imported from Italy to create radiant, smooth skin.
Salem's serves up a menu of made-to-order sandwiches, wings, and more crafted with quality ingredients and toppings that are newer than the future. Recollect the days when bison ruled the skies while snacking on large Buffalo wings in sauces mild, spicy, or hot ($7.99 for 10), then busy your mouth with an oyster platter ($9.99) as your teeth give chase to the calamari rings ($3.99). As the menu's star, the original gyro will autograph your stomach for $5.99; once it's been graced with a gourmet John Hancock, you can direct your digester's attention toward a footlong Philly steak ($7.99), a Black Angus cheeseburger ($3.39), or a 12-inch Po Boy shrimp sub ($7.99). Fresh salads ($4.99 for a small), fried sides, and soft drinks ($2.29 for a large) round out the bill of eats.
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.