At Super Scoops, Ghirardelli hot fudge drizzles down the sides of premium Working Cow ice cream stacked on fresh waffle cones. Seasonal flavors such as pumpkin swirl abound, and some flavors are fortified with vitamins and nutrients such as protein, vitamin C, and iron. Super Scoops also dishes out sundaes, milkshakes, and low-fat, sugar-free ice cream, as well as nonfrozen treats such as the occasional apple-crisp special and a wide assortment of candy. Studious kids can bring in their report cards and take advantage of Super Scoops’ Good Grades Incentive Program, which offers the ultimate reward for good grades—free ice cream.
Chillounge Night moves the atmosphere of a nightclub outdoors, freeing warm pulses of bass to tremble under the stars and roll beneath the chatter of guests perched on plush sofas. Toasts are made, adding treble notes to the organic symphony as the sun sinks below the horizon and the atmosphere takes on the festive feeling. Samba dancers parade past tables laden with signature dishes from local restaurants, and fashion shows parade intriguing threads. As fireworks crackle against the darkening sky at some events, live music begins to fuel dancing or make metronomes feel more comfortable.
A family owned and operated Italian restaurant, Wheelhouse Pizza & Deli capsizes hunger with gourmet pies, hot and cold sandwiches, and wings and wraps. The restaurant employs an authentic stone oven to cook its pizzas, enabling it to produce New York- or Chicago-style crusts that get adorned with 20 different toppings. Pizza alternatives include deli-fresh wraps and sandwiches, as well as perfectly baked wings served with a side of bleu cheese.
Gigi's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned eatery that has been injecting diners with the recommended dose of pizza, pasta, and parmigiana since 1967. Initiate meal time with appetizers such as the calamari, lightly fried to crispy resistance ($8), or Gigi's bruschetta, a toasty platform topped with fresh tomatoes, zesty snips of red onion, and dewed by balsamic vinegar and olive oil ($7). The specialty brick oven pizzas tempt taste seekers with the minimalist pizza margherita ($14.17 for a medum) and Gigi's special, an ensemble of pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, sausage, and green pepper peacefully playing culinary bocce ball within the boundaries of a thin-crusted circumference ($21.94 for a medium). Gigi's dinner menu represents the full gamut of authentic Italian favorites, including creamy pasta carbonara ($12), chicken piccata sautéed in a lemony garlic sauce ($15), and eggplant a la parmigiana, where slices of thick, breaded and fried eggplant are crowned with Gigi's sauce and accompanied by a hearty portion of pasta ($14). Pair plates with beer and wine, or a libation from the full liquor bar at the South Pasadena and St. Petersburg locations.
At O'Maddy's Bar & Grille, chef Wade Parrish takes ownership for more than the menu; as the man who built O'Maddy's, Wade takes credit for the waterfront view. When construction wrapped up more than 20 years ago, Wade tossed his tools into the Boca Ciega Bay and became a full-time executive chef, cooking starters such as gator bites with Guinness breading ($7.95) and clams with cilantro pesto and toast ($8.95) for soaking up juices or dabbing away drool slicks. From the entrees, Gulf of Mexico red grouper ($15.95) arrives grilled, blackened, or fried, and a 6-ounce grilled Maddy's filet partners with fontina cheese, fresh basil, and a Marsala demi-glace ($17.95). The drink menu promises refreshment with a multitude of wines, beers, and cocktails. An aromatic and fruity glass of Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc ($6) plays well with ocean fruits, and a Gulfport Guava Breeze tropical cocktail gently whistles down gullets. Decorating the restaurant's walls, a beach mural serves as the backdrop for nightly karaoke. When the microphone comes out at 9:30 p.m., guests can belt out a classic or croon "Just the Two of Us" to the last remaining clam.
The epicurean experts at the Oyster Shucker unfurl a savory tasting menu of seafood and beef burgers, fish sandwiches, and 1-pound burritos. Dining duos settle amid bright-red walls as they gaze out the window at the ocean waves, or enjoy the fresh air of a patio with even better views of the sunset and leaping mermen. Guests ease appetites into the water with options such as fried clam strips. Lettuce crunches under the pitter-patter of tongs as they dance across the salad bar, which paves the way for entrees such as a sandwichful of blackened mahi-mahi with tomato. White fish makes cameo appearances in a 1-pound burrito or alongside tartar-sauce-limned sliders. Guests can venture into landlocked fare with triple buns tucked with two 10-ounce burgers lathered in the Oyster Shucker’s special sauce, or philly steak draped, like a slumbering man in the moon, in a sheet of melting provolone.