Chef Pri’s gustatory adventures meet at the intersection of Thai specialty dishes, American comfort food, and international influence. Tables play host to artfully wrapped Japanese sushi and curries accented by pineapple and butternut squash. Chicken or shrimp cozy up to stir-fried noodles, and for heartier food, Chef Pri piles pot-roasted duck infused with cinnamon atop a sautéed spinach and garlic chili sauce.
The restaurant’s dining room exemplifies the same modernity found in the menu, with coal-black ceilings and geometric artwork against mustard-hued walls. Burnt yellow lights hang like glowing champagne glasses above Jasmine’s fully stocked bar, where diners can retreat for a cocktail or wine by the glass.
Award-winning executive chef Jay Ammons serves up authentic Creole cuisine in an approachable, yet upscale style, similar to a Rolls Royce with a hood ornament in the shape of Morgan Freeman. Send taste buds into a tizzy with menu items including the crab cakes, with jumbo lump crabmeat blended with Cajun spices and served with peach salsa ($11). J's shrimp and grits, meanwhile, feature blackened Gulf shrimp doggy-paddling in creamy Cajun-infused grits ($16). Sandwiches, such as the french dip served with turkey gravy jus ($9), and salads, such as the classic bistro cobb ($12), make for lighter lunchtime fare, ideal for pound-conscious boxers preparing for weigh-ins.
The site of the 1969 USGA Women's U.S. Open, Scenic Hills Country Club remains Florida's only course to host a USGA U.S. Open. But that's not the only thing that separates the 6,730-yard track from many of its Sunshine State counterparts. Unlike many courses that run through flat wetlands, Scenic Hills ripples over significant elevation changes—a characteristic that emerges at the first hole, a challenging, 443-yard par-four that plays downhill. The hills feed into a river and pond that, together, come into play on six holes, some of which force golfers to fly the ball directly over the hazard or bribe a frog with a backpack to swim it safely to the other side.
Alongside the course, separate greens for chipping and putting help golfers hone their scoring touch, and a driving range fosters full-swing practice. After a day at the links, golfers can enjoy a salad, sandwich, or other American-style dining at Caponi's Grille, named for 1969 U.S. Women's Open winner Donna Caponi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,730 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
Entertaining the public for almost 30 years, the Silver Screen Theatre projects first-run movies in DTS digital sound on four expansive screens. In addition to a daily schedule showcasing four or five current features and the occasional employee home movie, the theater also shows a number of second-run children's films, and offers free admission for ages 3 and younger. The nontraditional interior accommodates guests with moveable chairs and tables, ideal for sidestepping obstructive hats or compiling a seating chart in the shape of Steve Buscemi’s face. Guests can supplement their intake of conventional movie fare with spirits and baked, fried, and grilled full entrees (not included).
Scotti’s Pizza Palooza emits golden brown pizzas and hearty Italian fare from its dining area and at its speedy carryout window. Pizzas bear an array of meats to waiting mouths, such as the That's a Meaty Pie with sausage, pepperoni, meatball, ham, and bacon, or carry cargo that is closer to the earth with vegetarian options including the pizza Florentine with spinach, tomato, mushroom, and feta.
Near the bustling intersection of North Davis Highway and Olive Road lies a tranquil temple. It's not an Egyptian ruin or a place of worship but a shrine to eastern Asian cookery. Inside, brothers Irwan and Christopher Wong whorl squid, smelt roe, and escolar into made-to-order sushi rolls and craft Chinese classics such as orange chicken and kung pao pork without MSG. Diners can gather at tables trimmed with fresh flowers or pull up to a plant-lined sushi bar, which doubles as a stage for sparring samurai and geisha dolls. Here, the Wongs embellish Amazon rolls with fresh avocadoes and dot grilled chicken rolls with eel sauce and sesame seeds. On-the-go diners can retrieve takeout at the handy drive-thru window rather than having servers shot-put it through the front door.