The batter jockeys at the Sweet Spot Cupcakery and Bake Shop bake up six classic and seven premium flavors of butter-cream-frosted Lilliputian cakes. The classic confections range from chocolate on chocolate to a 10 Carrot creation whose chopped pecans and vanilla butter cream rest atop fluffy cake. Classic vanilla bean, red velvet, and marble cake also preen beneath fascinators of vanilla butter cream. For more lavish licks, premium cupcakes tempt taste buds with chunky pistachio frosting slathered on pistachio cake or rich chocolate cake capped with crushed-Oreo butter cream. Premium rum-raisin cakelets slur songs through their rum-flavored frosting, and neapolitan marble cupcakes maintain dignified poise beneath strawberry butter cream.
Tomasita’s head chef, Mike Alvarez, concocts a menu by melding traditional Cuban flavors with influences of Spanish and Canary Islands cuisines, served up in a cozy, bistro setting. Couples may begin dining excursions or timed food fights by using forks to harpoon tender calamari dusted in breading and accompanied by lime and garlic aioli. Choose two entrees (up to $12.99 each), such as the signature slow-roasted pork, marinated for 24 hours and dressed in a suit of mojo with black-bean lapels. Pollo tropical dinners conga line sprite flavors across lips, while Tomasita’s surf menu splashes mouth shores with gambas al ajillos—a mix of large white shrimp, garlic, white wine, and tomato. Dining duos may cool throat canals with swigs of house red or white sangria procured from a family recipe of fresh fruit, cinnamon, and tattletales.
The DeLand Stockyard is renowned for its steaks, which earned the “Best Steakhouse” vote from Hometown News readers in 2012 and a Best of the West award from The Daytona Beach News-Journal in 2010, 2012, and 2013, as well as for its history. The restaurant’s structure was built in the 1920s, and its rich wood paneling and stately décor, replete with black and white photos and mounted portraits on the wall, reflects this storied history. Atop dark wood tables, the wait staff sets down steakhouse staples, from juicy burgers and grilled seafood to the hefty porterhouse, which weighs in at 24 ounces of char-grilled goodness.
A VIP stuffed pizza at Lil Anthony's Pizza is truly fit for a VIP. The house specialty stuffs a massive amount of meat (think ham, salami, pepperoni, meatballs, and bacon) plus provolone and mozzarella cheeses between a double crust, all bathed with marinara. But this is just one of many gourmet pie options at Lil Anthony's—barbecue chicken, shrimp and garlic oil, and pesto pizzas also showcase the cooks' creative flavor combinations. Along with gourmet pizzas, they whip up plenty of pastas, calzones, and grinders to satisfy the whole family or one very indecisive toddler.
BerryVille Frozen Yogurt welcomes customers to create their own custom desserts with rotating frozen-yogurt flavors and a large selection of toppings. Daily flavors include praline, dulce de leche, and birthday cake, whereas toppings include candies, cookies, nuts, cereal, and fruit.
American Pi's expert pizza maestros dress bready crust from edge to edge with crimson tomato sauce, generous handfuls of meltable mozzarella, and freshly sliced toppings. Satisfy stomach demands with 14 inches of steaming, tomato-slathered pie ornamented with topping couples, be it a meaty duo of pepperoni and sausage or an enmeshed pair of tangoing mushrooms and onions.