A vivacious facade of lime green, sherbet orange, and blue-Kool-Aid blue brings Art & Design Café to the dining-destination foreground, but the diverse flavors that dance within the digs are what keep customers lingering. Collaboratively devour an appetizer of shrimp scampi ($10) or mango-chutney baked brie ($10) with your tablemates as you set your eyes loose on the rest of Art & Design's creative menu. If your body craves something healthy to balance a belly full of summertime indulgences and hastily devoured Blake manuscripts, find fulfillment in Monet's vegetarian fruit salad ($15), field greens tossed with celery, cranberries, peaches, mandarin oranges, and walnuts. Alternately, make like Venus on a half shell and feast decadently on a full rack of New Zealand lamb chops with homemade mint jelly ($29) or farm-raised veal piccata ($26) in a white wine, caper, lemon, and butter sauce. As its name coyly suggests, Art & Design Café is a gallery as well as a restaurant, housing a carousel of work from local artists and designers. Once you've finished your entree, take your time transitioning back into the real world by ogling the work on display as you slowly sip a signature cocktail ($8) or a frothy cappuccino ($6), or even more slowly try to slurp the luscious lava of a chocolate volcano cake ($9) through the hollowed out center of a sketching pencil. Though this Groupon cannot be used in combination with other offers or specials, take a peek at the café's fun-saturated schedule if your own calendar is in need of a cultural drench.
Inside curved glass cases at Alice’s Ice Cream Emporium, the colorful crests and waves of gelato tempt the eye with their garnishes of fruit and cookies. The creamy confections, which are made fresh daily, are scooped into either the familiar cups and cones or more elaborate creations, such as brownie sundaes, cookie sandwiches, and scale-model Ferraris made out of cups and cones. The staff serves their treats amid the emporium’s playful décor, characterized by colorful pieces including a long row of purple booths and small chandeliers against one wall. Magenta and green chairs cluster around circular tables, where staffers drop off steamy espresso drinks, hot paninis, and caprese salads.
At the end of a long, stressful workday, it's easy to feel indifferent about the foods you eat—just as long as you get something in your stomach. So resorting to a candy bar or a trip to the drive-thru becomes as much of a habit as showering in the morning and howling at the moon at night. But swing by Green Spot Kitchen in the early evening, and servers are dishing out healthy rush-hour snacks: cucumber chips, artichoke fries, and vegan sliders. It's all part of the restaurant's effort to energize visitors with natural, healthy food, which also includes full meals in the forms of salads, sandwiches, and wraps. To complement these good eats, Green Spot concocts wholesome drinks such as fruit smoothies and wheatgrass shots.
For nearly 30 years, guests have filled The SeaWatch's dining room for the fresh seafood and serene views from a bluff just 50 yards away from the ocean. Massive windows tilt open to let in the sound of waves crashing on the beach and gentle breezes that blow through the palm trees and shake coconuts loose to knock out loud passersby. A recently renovated interior enhances the timeless setting with bright red booths around wooden tables and oak beams overhead in the dining areas, special-event spaces, and on the patio.
The menus reflect the seaside location and modern aesthetic, with dry ice billowing out of the king crab, shrimp, oysters, and clams that make up the chilled seafood tower. Chefs sculpt crab cakes with jumbo lump crabmeat and bake yorkshire puddings to absorb the juices of slow-roasted prime rib. The SeaWatch's wine list collects bottles from France, Argentina, California, and Italy.
Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, eventually expanding to nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Winner of Pizza Today magazine’s Chain of the Year award in 2004, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.
In the skilled hands of Pronto Cafe by-the-sea's bakers, flour, water, leavening, and salt become artisanal breads, pastries, and desserts. But the bakery section isn't the only thing this cafe is known for. A Roman trattoria-style restaurant as well, Pronto's menu invites diners to sip on a cappuccino on the al-fresco patio with a plate of salumi and cheeses or linger over entrees such as wood-fired eggplant pizza. Selections from the international wine list give diners another reason to linger, outside of attempting to eat through every style of bread in the place.