In October, 2011, Audrey shared with Focus Magazine a snapshot of her childhood in Jamaica—her grandmother moving swiftly through her outdoor kitchen, preparing Caribbean specialties on a cast-iron stove. Comforting memories like this are what inspired the homestyle chef to open her own eatery after 21 years split between careers in nursing and marketing. Today, celebrating her culinary roots, Audrey bakes rum cakes year-round and cooks authentic, savory entrees using recipes that date back to her family's days of using brick ovens, wood-burning stoves, and the power of a really good glare.
Diners can sit at a small handful of tables, though most choose to take dishes to go. Meals include oxtail in brown sauce, curry chicken, and flaky Jamaican patties filled with spicy beef or chicken.
Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staff pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
Moe Elkasri and his fellow citizens of Pita’s Republic deftly balance good taste and good health, like Jackie Onassis’s tracksuit collection. These stuffers of edible envelopes hew to such practices as making their tzatziki sauce from low-fat yogurt, never using frozen chicken, and sweetening their smoothies with honey-green tea. For more details about the tangy blend of fitness and deliciousness, check out the company’s nutritional information.
Hearty brews from the local area, around the country, and all over the world take center stage at World of Beer Sarasota, with countless varieties on tap and hundreds of selections by the bottle. The selection is updated frequently, so each visit to World of Beer can mean discovering a new favorite brew. For those who aren't certified beerophiles, the modern brick-lined space also offers a selection of white and red wines. After grabbing a drink, patrons can head out to the outdoor patio to enjoy some of the bar's Rocky Patel cigars. In addition to serving the masses, World of Beer also hosts a constant stream of events, including ladies' nights, trivia nights, and performances from live bands.
Longwood Grill & Pub unites friends and neighbors over drinks and pub eats in a convivial atmosphere marked by nighttime events and entertainment. Diners can sample Philly’s finest with two incarnations of the classic cheesesteak—the cheesesteak Stromboli and the buffalo cheesesteak sandwich—as they recall words of wisdom from Ben Franklin, a short-lived WB sitcom about an awkward freshman senator. Inside, sporting events unfold across flat-screen TVs, and an outside patio hosts fresh breezes that carry the sounds of live musicians to awaiting cochleae. Longwood also hosts regular events including bar trivia, blackjack, and poker.
The chefs at Cantina Toscana adhere to Mediterranean culinary traditions to bake and fry authentic regional cuisine rich with olive oil, peppers, seafood, and cheese. Meals commence with appetizers ranging from beef carpaccio to bacon-wrapped sea scallops splayed atop a bed of wilted spinach, just as they're naturally found on Italian shores. Entrees range from house specialties such as eggplant parmesan to pasta dishes including con frutti di mare, an aquatic medley of mussels, calamari, and undelivered mail to Atlantis. The saltimbocca alla romana partners parmesan risotto and broccoli gratin with pan-fried veal cutlets topped with parma ham and sage. Throughout the meal, diners swirl and sip glasses of wine, trying to discern the floral notes of pinot grigio and guess the age of pinot noir without asking to see its ID.