The aroma of slow-simmering caramel and chocolate wafts through Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Greenacres headquarters. To demystify its origins, the shop’s chocolatiers have outfitted their kitchen with observation windows, granting customers the chance to admire their delicate handiwork and holiday helper subcontractors. They meticulously lace European truffles with chocolate drizzles, and dunk cherries and pretzels in milk and dark chocolate. This devotion to small batches of handmade treats extends back to the 1970s, when founder Paul Hoffman began peddling treats out of his small Lake Worth chocolate shop. Over the decades, chocolatiers have expanded the bakery’s repertoire to include whimsical confections such as enormous fortune cookies and seasonal treats.
The Jamaican-born family members who own and operate Big Taste Caribbean Restaurant have created a visual and culinary oasis reminiscent of their native island and its neighbors. Basking in the vivid rays of a wall-length mural of a smiling red-and-orange sun, chefs craft small batches of traditional oxtail with plantains along with their own recipes for signature jerk sauce and curried shrimp. The aromas of chicken grilled over an open flame and Fridays' yard-style fish fries invite passersby to experience the cooking of the tropics. As day sets into night, cues clink on the golden pool table and a ceiling fan lazily goads the air into circles simulating a Caribbean breeze or a coconut's whispered plea to be turned into a piña colada. Live DJs and dance performances occasionally sway the straws sticking out of a Jamaican Red Stripe lager to the beat of reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall music.
The expert chef at Crazy Mario's calls upon 25 years of foodsmithing experience to craft zesty Indian platters and 12 specialty pizzas from all-Halal ingredients—as well as an eclectic roundup of fried chicken, subs, and appetizers. An appetizer of sultani chili awakens palates more effectively than licking a light socket with two deep-fried peppers bearing hidden cargos of chopped chicken and tomato within their sweet shells ($5.99). The goat biryani anchors plates with a bed of rice and herbs garnished with fresh coriander leaves ($11.99), while the baingan bhartha mutes tumultuous bellies with flame-broiled eggplant and a sautéed entourage of green peas, herbs, and spices ($9.99). The tandoori-chicken delight pizza—which flaunts a medley of tandoori chicken, green peppers, onions, and oven-roasted tomato—infuses Eastern-inspired flavors in a special house sauce ($19.99 for 18"). Diners may also create their own customized pizza, piling on a choice of toppings that include meatballs, spinach, pepperoni, and pineapple ($11.99 for 18", additional $1.59/topping).
Although TalkisCheap’s tech-savvy repair-persons specialize in reanimating and refurbishing smartphones, the crew can tackle a wide array of services and repairs for electronic devices of all stripes. The phone aficionados also unlock iPhones, replace broken screens, or guide clients through the store's staggering stock of phone chargers and protective cases. Guests with waterlogged phones can trot into the shop for repairs or pick up a waterproof skin to keep phones safe from accidental spills or gangs of mugging mermaids.
Leah Gizzi builds fresh pastas and sauces using imported ingredients chosen for their quality, such as Fiorucci genoa salami and Strianese DOP tomatoes. A stash of local veggies and herbs grown in her personal garden help her form her selection of crowd favorites that include her roasted-red-pepper noodles, meatballs, red gravy, and shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta. Leah also mixes fine ingredients into her cannolis and in her cakes, including one that comes in the shape of a three-dimensional teddy bear. On Sunday, she heads over to The Buttonwood Plaza Artisan’s Market, where she sells her handcrafted foods and easy-to-assemble Italian-dinner kits.
Roma evokes the Old Country with a menu of pizzas, hot subs, and classic Italian entrees. Mobilize appetites with the mozzarella caprese, simple stacks of freshly sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves ($9.95). The ristorante earns its pizzeria title with a variety of crusty concoctions including thin and crispy Neapolitan and square-shaped Sicilian options. Pop culture-inspired specialty pies include the Sinatra, which serenades taste receptors with melodic meatballs and an ensemble of sausage, ham, pepperoni, bacon, and mozzarella ($15.95–$17.95). Doughy foundations double as edible gift wrap for stromboli ($9.95+) and calzones ($7.95+). For those in search of surf, the house specialty Gamberoni Salvatore combines jumbo shrimp with crabmeat in a light lemon wine sauce ($22.95). During lunch, join ham, salami, pepperoni, and provolone cheese for a warm and cozy sojourn inside a crusty foot-long loaf with the hot italian combo sub ($7.95), one of many sandwich options.
At Teddy's Wing Shack, diners can order jumbo chicken wings 80 different ways—grilled or fried, topped with one of 20 homemade dipping sauces, and served with house or blue cheese dressing on the side. There's also a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, and seafood specialties such as the jamaican jerk mahi-mahi sandwich. And to pair with their flavorful fare, the restaurant carries more than 40 beers—including local, Caribbean, and microbrewery favorites—served in a dining room with a large mural of palm trees.