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.
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s menu jump-starts salivary glands with plentiful portions of fresh fish tucked into tasty rolls, curry dishes, and more. Tempura-fried shrimp, vegetables, or chicken ($8.25–$10.25) kick off meals before sushi and sashimi extinguish blazing sea-creature cravings. Those who prefer fare without fins can opt for chicken ($9.50), pork ($9.50), or steak teriyaki ($12.75), and noodle lovers can seek satisfying spoonfuls in the nabeyaki udon ($10.95). Green-tea, ginger, or red-bean ice cream ($2.95) finish the feast, and a bevy of beverages, such as sake ($3–$8.75) and plum wine ($3.75), lets diners toast anniversaries or successful chopsticks-pinned updos. The eatery’s wooden walls, hanging glow lamps, and wide windows create a warm ambience, perfect for impressing first dates with artful eyebrow wiggles. A seat at the sushi bar grants a front-row seat for culinary magic.
Steeping each of its locations in colonial Boston-style interior design, Boston Coffeehouse serves a modern slew of specialty drinks, deli-fresh fare, and all-day breakfast items. For starters, munch on mango salsa salad, a leafy medley of mango salsa, dried cranberries, almonds, onions, and cucumbers slathered with mandarin ginger dressing ($5.89). Tender rotisserie chicken—served with baby arugula greens, red onions, and sun-dried tomato mayo on a pretzel bun—mollycoddles midday masticators ($6.50), and a french toast breakfast panini eases groggy taste buds awake after a long night or an afternoon nap with fresh egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between slices of french toast ($3.50). Pair your choice of various Danish pastries, muffins, or croissants ($1.75) with a 12-ounce espresso ($1) or a specialty drink such as the Yankeedoodle, a mocha-based coffee concoction that features caramel, hazelnut, and macaroni feathers ($2.75/12-ounce), or the Nutty Irish Lady, which starts with espresso and expands into a whipped cream-topped comfort drink with flavors of cherry, Irish crème, and hazelnut ($2.75/12-ounce).
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.