For a classic slice of Americana, customers need only to cross the threshold of Mel's Diner. Hungry diners can pull up to the counter or at a table to order from a menu of classic diner food. And this kitchen takes care in crafting every meal. The crew roast turkeys and smokes ribs in house and uses their very own hands to bread fish and patty burgers. A locally sourced menu of fresh grouper, salmon, New York strip steak, and natural chicken breast offers a variety of flavorful protein options. The eatery sates morning appetites as well, with fluffy just-baked biscuits covered in housemade gravy instead of yesterday's coffee.
Gallagher's gives Irish and American bar sensibilities a single pillow on which to rest their heads. As steam from a Guinness-infused shepherd's pie rises above the wood-paneled walls, it disappears against smoky gray paint, resurfacing for a moment against the colorful movement of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The pet-friendly pub inspires human tail wagging with American-style burgers and sandwiches layered with steak, corned beef, and whitefish. After chewing through flatbread pizza, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for brews under the shadow of an umbrella or whiskey cocktails under the soft curls of clown wigs.
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.
At Plaka II Restaurant, white pillars and ocean-blue arches signal the cuisine's styling: Greek. Between about a dozen murals depicting the parthenon and other iconic landmarks of Homeric territory, guests dine on food such as roast lamb and pastitsio—pasta, ground beef, and parmesan cheese topped with béchamel sauce. The menu features and abundant array of seafood, in addition to such landed fare as lamb gyros.
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.