Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger shack that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 Burgers to reflect this full-circle journey. Unlike that original restaurant, though, Square 1 Burgers grew over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.
Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Patties of Meyer's all-natural red Angus beef, Kobe, lamb, ground buffalo, and portobello mushroom caps all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from sun-dried tomato and artichoke hummus to homemade double-dipped onion rings. Even the milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua or brandy, cr?me de cacao continue to demonstrate Square 1 Burgers' playful spirit.
The French Connection Café quiets the growls of stomach sirens with a multifarious menu studded with French dishes such as quiche and crêpes alongside the American staples of sandwiches, seafood, and steak. An order of the Black and Bleu salad ($11.50) stars a 6-ounce grilled sirloin steak surrounded by decadent baubles of blue-cheese crumbles, sweet walnuts, and the echoes of eternity. Toothsome Gallic wrapping swaddles savory nuts and poultry in the chicken-and-almond crêpe ($6.50), whereas the seafood quiche ($7.50) whisks taste buds away on a Cousteau-themed lucid dream. Eaters celebrate cultural crossover with a club croissant ($8.50), where New World noshes including ham, turkey, and bacon mingle with continental swiss cheese in a crescent-shaped U.N. Twitterpate tongues with mouthfuls of sautéed grouper Diablo ($18), which arrives at tables atop a verdant bed of spinach, debonairly dressed with crawfish, shallots, and fiddle-playing Cajun cream.
Chef Dan Virola of Twisted Vine Bistro combines proteins from the air, earth, and water with fire to create delectable dishes that are complemented by an extensive list of domestic and international wines. The spiced rack of lamb with herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and a wild mushroom ragout over cranberry chutney tempts forks to twirl with delight ($35), as lost wild salmon find themselves in a hoisin brown-sugar glaze with wasabi-whipped potatoes and a pineapple-lemongrass butter froth ($25). Stuffed breasts of chicken distract diners with dollops of sage and chicken mousseline, glazed carrots, garlic whipped potatoes, mushroom jus, and repartee ($18). An asparagus-cream soup with crispy, ground chorizo floods palates by the spoonful ($5) and a watermelon salad featuring mixed greens with strawberry-maple vinaigrette, local watermelon, and goat cheese perks up taste buds and bored salad forks alike ($8). An extensive list of domestic and international wines ($6+/glass, $18+/bottle) offers more enjoyable sips than a candle full of melted wax.
Potts Sports Café caters to sports fanatics with more than 20 big-screen TVs, ensuring match-watching bliss. Nineteen flavors of wings lead off an all-star menu lineup, allowing patrons to sample sauces such as lemon pepper, hot garlic, and naked in baskets of 10 ($8), 20 ($15), 30 ($21), or 50 ($34) wings.
Edison Lunch Box has spent 35 years dishing out quick and affordable breakfast and lunch fare to the city workers in its neighborhood luncheonette. Jumpstart the day with one of Edison's tasty breakfast options, including staples like eggs, bacon, omelets, and breakfast quesadillas with your choice of meat ($6.25). For the mid-day meal, diners can scarf down sides like fries ($1.50) and onion rings ($3.50), as well as chili ($2.75+), nachos with cheese ($4.95), or rice and beans ($2.50). Those with miniature hunger can peruse the value menu's mini wraps ($2.00), which can be stuffed with gyro meat, buffalo chicken, while those that are so hungry they could eat the Trojan horse can tackle one of Edison Lunch Box's juicy burgers.
For more than 30 years, the sandwich smithies at Wise Guys have forged savory sandwiches, wraps, and salads from behind the counter of their no-nonsense downtown shop. Breakfast-bagels arrive loaded with hearty portions of meat and veggies or smothered in spreads such as butter, cream cheese, or low-calorie air. At lunch, antipasto salads free ham, salami, and cheese from their confining walls of gluten. While gangster-themed subs such as the Sammy The Bull and The Godfather initiate taste buds into their bread-based club, an assortment of wraps enfold Boar’s Head meats and cheeses in sarongs of wheat, spinach, tomato basil, or garlic habanero. In addition to supplying the dining room with delectable dishes, Wise Guys’ cooks also craft catering packages, which perk up parties with deli meats accompanied by retinues of pickles, vegetables, chips, and bodyguards. Please place all catering orders at least 24 hours in advance.