Vienna all-beef hot dogs, stacked sandwiches, and ice-cream desserts form the menu at Cape Dog & Deli. The Detroit Coney Island hot dog harnesses a collaboration of chili, mustard, and onions to foster mouth mirth ($3), while a tight-knit group of Vienna beef, tomato, dill pickle, green relish, sport peppers, and onions comes together to form the Chicago hot dog ($3.50). The Italian Beef floods the senses with flavor and the hands with incorporating thinly sliced Vienna beef, soaked in au jus and delivered to the palate on a vehicle of dry, wet, or dipped gonnella bun ($5.95). Cape Dog & Deli also assuages sweet teeth, stirring up a cache of milk shakes ($4.49+) and ice cream ($1.99+) that, like the human calendar, come in 12 delicious flavors, such as butter pecan, Naples vanilla, and mango sorbet. Daily lunch specials are always available as well.
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.
Chicago Pizza imports the spirit and flavors of the Windy City with a menu overflowing with authentic Chicago classics. Travel to the Second City with one bite of the savory hot italian-beef sandwich served with au jus ($6.99), or imagine the friendly confines of a Chicago hot dog, an all Vienna-beef dog hugging a dill-pickle spear and sport peppers in a poppy-seed bun, blanketed in mustard, relish, onion, and tomato ($3.50). Spicy-food addicts enjoy the reassuring feeling of fire mouth with jalapeño-pepper poppers filled with cool cream cheese ($5.25) or buffalo wings that come smothered in mild, medium, hot, barbecue, or Chicago Pizza's signature garlicky buffalo sauce (20 for $13.50). Empty tummies regretting their divorce with dinner can win back affection with a velvet-covered pizza box brimming with a 14-inch Chicago-style deep-dish pizza ($11.95), decorated in your favorite meat and vegetable toppings ($1.59¬–$1.99 per topping).
Calm gulf breezes caress diners as they feast upon time-tested grill fare from Paradise Tiki Hut Bar & Grill's menu. Dig into oceanic treasures without being subjected to slideshow of Poseidon's vacation by ordering south Florida shrimp ($7.95 for half a pound) flanked by homemade cocktail sauce or Bahamian conch fritters fried to a golden brown ($6.95). While the apple-wood-smoked bacon saunters atop veggies and sourdough toast in the BLT ($5.75), tender chicken breast splashes gleefully through authentic jerk seasoning in the Jamaican-style grilled chicken sandwich ($8.45).
The authentic tastes of Key West pounce across palates at Leapin’ Lizard, where an extensive menu of steak and seafood dishes tempers belly squalls amid the sprightly sounds of live entertainment. Patrons vanquish appetites with the slow-roasted queen- and king-cut prime rib (market price) and swathe landlocked taste buds in a deep-sea deluge of oysters on the half shell (market price). Teeth excavate through the jalapeño and cheddar layers of the Smokin' Southwest burger ($7.99) in search of the juicy beef patty at its center, and spoons sink into the spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, and chicken of the Cajun gumbo stew ($10.99). Leapin’ Lizard's full bar balances out the bayou heat with more than 35 varieties of beer—a regional beverage that explorer Juan Ponce de León first sipped at the fizzy golden spring of the Fountain of Youth. The invigorating drinks menu featuring specialty rum runners, such as the Hot Damn Taz, pairs well with weekly events and the plethora of live rock and roll music Tuesday through Sunday.
Owners Ines Josupeit and chef James King join culinary forces at Table 209, a bistro tucked into the historical buildings and sunny harbor walk of Punta Gorda. James brings his 20 years of experience working in kitchens throughout San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland to the restaurant, cobbling fresh seafood, prime meats, and seasonal ingredients into innovative gourmet dishes. Every Monday night, Ines grabs the culinary baton, pulling from her own German heritage to simmer up an authentic menu of traditional German sausages and potato pancakes. Out in the dining room, local artwork festoons the walls, as guests sit around white tablecloths, illuminated by flickering candles that stop passing cavemen dead in their tracks. Outside in the patio, glimmering strands of hanging lights cascade above rows of tabletops and lush plants.