When they moved from Michigan to Florida, the owners of Jim's Coney Island left behind the cold weather, but didn't forget a recipe for the Great Lake State's much-loved Coney Island hot dog. At their Cape Coral eatery, they recreate the tasty dog seven days a week using Michigan-made hot dogs—which are specially seasoned and made with their natural skin casing—piled high with mounds of chili, mustard, and onions. Chefs also pay tribute to other cities' signature dishes, such as a philly cheesesteak and a classic new york reuben, while also preparing gooey calzones, hot wings slathered in four types of sauces, and hand-tossed pizzas made with butter, butter cheese, garlic butter, or garlic-salt flavored crusts. The menu's all-day breakfast invites diners to enjoy fluffy three-egg omelets and sweet french toast platters at any hour of the day.
No ice cream man has popsicles like this in his truck. The treats at Pop Art Gourmet Ice Pops come in more inventive flavors than standard cherry?think blackberries and coconut, roasted peach, or fresh plums with honey and basil. And the ingredients are also anything but standard. Each of the gluten-free pops is made with local and organic ingredients, and sweetened with organic sugar or local honey instead of corn syrup. Some other things you'll never find in Pop Art's ice pops? Artificial flavors and preservatives. And, because they want everyone to be able to enjoy a frosty treat, the staff members gladly make concessions for those with dietary restrictions, crafting creamy pops with almond or coconut milk instead of dairy, and whipping up a few varieties with no added sweeteners.
For a classic slice of Americana, customers need only to cross the threshold of Mel's Diner. Hungry diners can pull up to the counter or at a table to order from a menu of classic diner food. And this kitchen takes care in crafting every meal. The crew roast turkeys and smokes ribs in house and uses their very own hands to bread fish and patty burgers. A locally sourced menu of fresh grouper, salmon, New York strip steak, and natural chicken breast offers a variety of flavorful protein options. The eatery sates morning appetites as well, with fluffy just-baked biscuits covered in housemade gravy instead of yesterday's coffee.
Putting a more inviting twist on The Godfather's famous quote, Donanthony's offers diners a "meal they can't refuse" with their menu of Italian classics and artisan delights. Traditional pizzas layered in thick pepperoni, fried ravioli, and oven-roasted subs share the menu with white and gourmet pies, such as the cheesesteak and bacon double cheeseburger pizza, and cheesecakes, fried zeppoles, and tiramisu line the dessert menu. Now with two locations in Cape Coral, Donanthony's offers carryout and delivery on all of their items, or invites guests to dine in and savor their sauce amidst three TVs and walls lined with posters of Italian icons.
If a slew of blue-ribbon awards from the National Ice Cream Retailers Association Inc. isn't enough to prove the worthiness of Ice Cream Club's cold treats, perhaps its huge menu of more than 100 ice creams and 25 hard-packed yogurts is. Cones brim with premium flavors such as bear claw, caramel caribou, and garbage can, as well as 20 ice creams with no sugar added. The key to the ice-cream-making process is twofold: all of the ice cream is made in Florida using primarily locally sourced ingredients, and the pasteurization process is performed at a colder temperature and slower pace, lending a slightly caramelized taste to each batch.
Inside La Terraza 47’s dining room, walls with faux windows, shutters, and flowerboxes recreate the feeling of sitting in a Spanish courtyard. Underneath strings of twinkling lights, servers deliver homemade chicken croquettes and sesame-crusted ahi tuna in tapas-sized dishes. Heartier appetites can attack beef enchiladas or a new york strip flavored with garlic or spanish herb butter. At night, La Terraza 47 evokes Madrid nightlife with DJs spinning tunes or musicians strumming classical guitars.