New York transplant Gerry and his son Shaun, owners of East Side Pizza at Boca Park, understand just how high their home state sets the bar for great family pizzerias. So several times a week, they send out orders for shipments of fresh pizza dough from their supplier back on the East Coast. It's just one of the little things that ends up having a big impact on the taste and texture of their hand-tossed, New York–style, thin-crust pizzas. The fresh dough is covered with housemade marinara sauce and topped with both traditional and surprising ingredients, creating specialty pies such as the barbecue chicken, chicken marsala, and eggplant rollatini, each sold whole or by the slice.
Their full menu features calzones, pastas and hot sandwiches, including their signature meatball sub topped with mozzarella. Choose to dine in, and you'll find yourself in a comfortable dining room surrounded by flat-screen TVs and sports memorabilia.
The way the interior of Our Families Country Café is decorated gives off a keenly familiar feeling—like home, if home had the cozy welcome-home ambience of a TV-family dining room. A florist shop’s worth of plants, flowers, and knickknacks peppers the wooden walls, tables, and beams, and a decorative sign invites diners openly to “Seat Yourself.” Once you take in the restaurant’s good humor, a home-style feast of American favorites awaits touchdown between your fork and knife. Throughout the day, the kitchen staff flips hot cakes, scrambles omelets, grills burgers, and pours creamy gravy on crispy country fried steaks, all made in the name of down-home country cooking. Heartier eats include USDA Choice rib-eye steaks that start at 6 ounces like grandma used to make, or go up to 30 ounces, like Mr. T’s grandma used to make.
Grape leaves, chickpeas, and pine nuts flavor Garden Cafe’s classic dishes, honoring the rich array of ingredients yielded by the fertile soil and salty waters of the Mediterranean. The eatery’s marinated fava beans and hummus pave the way for main acts, such as sizzling beef and chicken kebabs or chicken shawarma. The cooks also combine fresh ingredients for a handful of sandwiches, loading bread with falafels, beef gyros, and even philly steaks, which justify their presence by telling everyone they studied abroad in Greece.
With more than 25 years of experience as a chef in Las Vegas and Louisiana, Hott Cakez owner and sweets queen Lacia McKee fuses Southern comfort with Las Vegas glamour to craft seductive gourmet sweets. Though this artistically inclined confectionary specializes in crafting unique and personalized wedding cakes with a flair for drama, today’s deal lets Groupon holders nab a taste of affordable luxury by sinking their teeth into a dozen strawberries that have been dipped in delicious molten cocoa, rendering them virtually indistinguishable to the vegetables they once were. Though equally Valentine-appropriate as flowers or teddy bears, these chocolate-dipped morsels hold the advantage of being infinitely more edible and are only slightly less fun to snuggle with, making them a perfect gift for a sweet loved one this February 14, or a perfect “surprise” for an angry loved one this February 15.