From early lunches to late-night eats, the staff at each of Yo! Taco's three locations pairs fresh guacamole with housemade chips and 1-pound burritos for its crowds. Colorful awnings and umbrellas lure patrons lounging on the beach or hiding in English Tudor sand castles to outdoor dining areas where they sample from the menu of made-to-order tacos piled with sirloin steak, chicken, and pico de gallo. In addition to soda and iced tea, the servers also pour beer, wine, and sangria to accompany homemade queso and chicken quesadillas.
Cell phones, iPhones, and computers wiggle gleefully into Wireless Paradise's array of protective gear and functionality-enhancing accessories. Extended batteries keep devices from losing their juice, and a rainbow of protective cases allows phones to survive their spiritual journeys down flights of concrete stairs. Shoppers browse cable-festooned bouquets of electronics, which outfit iPads and other tablets with docks, screen protectors, and cases in an online shop and a brick-and-mortar location.
Have A Cupcake? celebrates special occasions and sweet-tooth cravings by crafting gourmet cupcakes in more than 15 flavors. Chocolate syrup drizzles over the banana split cupcake, which dons a jaunty maraschino chapeau, and the amaretto apple streusel cupcake fuses a medley of familiar dessert flavors. Bakers draft a Guinness beer chocolate cupcake from decadent cocoa, frothy stout, and the sage advice of an affable bartender and draw on elements of cookie creation to devise the white-chocolate macadamia cupcake.
The World Famous Dirty Gator Sports Pub pours foamy drafts alongside morsels of fried alligator tails and tender chicken wings slathered with more than a dozen mild-to-spicy sauces and dips. Petite sliders let guests dine like a giant without having to put up with the golden goose, and hand-tossed pizzas dish out red or white-sauced slices. Sports flicker on television as weekly Texas Hold 'Em poker nights, weekend live music, and ladies' nights fill the air with laughter and lively beats.
Owner Nomiki Neskes—affectionately known as Yiayia or grandma—cooks the culinary traditions of her Greek homeland into her menu's authentic dishes. As the smells of freshly cooked food waft through the air, tzatziki and hummus with warm pita festoon tables, or forks spool steaming seafood pasta. Authentic Mediterranean recipes mingle lamb, fish, and beef with flavor-imparting wine and garlic sauces, and popular flaming-cheese appetizer saganaki reminds diners and hungry ice sculptures of the pyrotechnic potential of freshly prepared meals.
At Yanos Restaurant, chefs glean inspiration from global pantries to plate dishes that have been lauded by Florida Weekly as “artful presentations comprised of first-rate ingredients.” Chefs augment the flavor of grilled duck breast with jicama slaw and black-bean puree and coat soft-shell crab in a crispy tempura batter. The wine list is equally broad in scope, with bottles hailing from Spain, South Africa, Germany, and Andromeda.
Yanos Restaurant’s sleek, wood-floor interior complements its contemporary fare: track lighting illuminates a Warhol-esque pop-art print of Marilyn Monroe and powder-blue and yellow walls. Outside, next to a palm-tree-lined cobblestone street, sturdy canvas umbrellas provide shelter from the elements.