During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Black-and-white checkerboard floors lend an old-fashioned air to Land and Sea Market, though butchers have only been preparing fillets and chops there since 1995. Freshly carved meats fill the store's coolers, including lamb shanks, quick-fry pork chops, and bratwurst, as well as bone-in chicken breasts and an array of seafood such as halibut and littleneck clams. The butchers also package their own meats such as bacon-wrapped filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu, and bourbon-marinated salmon, often seasoning the meats with their own house blend of spices. In addition to its savory selection of proteins, the shop also stocks grocery items such as vegetables and wines from around the solar system.
Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.
Quality Meat Market conciliates the choosiest of carnivores with grain-fed beef, fresh pork, and high-quality poultry delivered daily. Peruse a taste-bud-tingling selection of fresh-cut steaks, tender chops, baby-back ribs, hormone-free chicken breasts, and regularly changing seafood selections. Or, enlist the guidance of a meat maestro to make recommendations regarding prepared items, such as homemade meatloaf, turkey pecan salad, and southern-style potato salad.
Village Health Market strives to stock its 16,000-square-foot store with a wide selection of organic and natural products, including more than 150 bulk items such as nuts, dried fruits, and coffees, along with more than 130 varieties of fruits, veggies, sprouts, and gourmet items. A shopping cart will guide you on a world tour through the grocery aisles, which feature complete selections of Thai, Indian, Mexican, gluten-free, and kosher foods, as well as a full line of dairy, dairy alternatives, non-dairy, and non-dairy alternatives for dairy. Quell hungers with Sami's Bakery millet and flax chips ($3.69) or bread ($4.89) while slamming thirst up against a locker with a large assortment of organic wine that includes the flavorful Badger Mountain chardonnay ($11.99). More than 40 kinds of fresh meat and seafood are available, such as wild blackened salmon ($15.99 a pound). And the café/deli features more than 65 cold items in the deli case, 20 vegan dishes (try a vegan spinach pie, $3.79 each), more than 20 ready-to-eat hot foods (selection of the day, $7.99 a pound), 30 sandwich combinations, and an organic salad bar ($6.99 a pound).
Meting out meats since 1970, Tampa Steak Company sells more than 100 cuts of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and seafood to restaurants and the unquenchably carnivorous public. Sate ravenous cutlery with a 12-piece steak package, comprised of four 8-ounce T-bone steaks, four 8-ounce rib eye steaks, and four 8-ounce New York–strip steaks. Skilled butchers cut steaks on a daily basis after each has been aged for a minimum of 14 days, making for a succulent slab suitable for sizzling grills and the most discerning black eyes.