Authenticity is the secret ingredient in Tortilleria La Mexicana #5's mouthwatering Mexican fare. The family-owned restaurant takes pride in crafting many of its items entirely from scratch, starting with the house-made tortillas, all the way down to the homemade ice creams, available in a dozen flavors including coconut, pistachio, and cheesecake. The menu covers all the favorites from cheese-covered enchiladas suizas, to sizzling platters of steak and seafood fajitas, but also includes unique items not typically seen on more Americanized menus, such as burritos stuffed with fried pork skin or cactus. The outdoor enclosure invites visitors to sample the cuisine and sip margaritas amid picturesque gardens, while a jukebox in the main dining area tempts patrons to serenade the restaurant with their favorite pop songs or tuba solos.
Harry's Old Place specializes in poaching, broiling, frying, and baking fresh seafood plucked from the Gulf and Atlantic. Each day's dinner draft depends on what the boats bring in and the sailors don't hire as deckhands, but typical seafood starting lineups include tilapia, monkfish, flounder, and Chilean sea bass. Do-it-yourself diners keep hands busy with the peel 'n' eat shrimp ($7.95/half pound, $12.95/pound), while the homemade seafood chowder tests soup's stretchiness by wrapping its creamy base around generous helpings of fish, clams, shrimp, and scallops ($3.25). Sophisticated grouper fingers tempt even the most urbane adults to revert to their fish stick days (with hush puppies and two sides, $14.95), while the wildly popular house specialty, Harry in the Bag, gifts gourmands with a bag full of fresh grouper, crushed pecans, ritz crackers, and special spices (market price). Pair Harry's eclectic fish dishes with a draft beer or a selection from the well-traveled wine menu, boasting bottles from New Zealand, Chile, Spain, and Oregon.
Inside this cozy coffee and wine bar, mellow jazz, blues, and rock music assuage the ears while the palate is pleased by offerings from the iPad menu of assorted organic cheeses, meats, flatbreads, and a sweet-tooth-teasing chocolate mousse (prices range from $4 to $10). Sip specialty coffee drinks ($1–$4), imported beers ($3.50–$4.25), or one of more than 300 internationally sourced wines, including Dr. Loosen riesling, Ghost Pines merlot, and Yalumba shiraz ($5–$17 per glass).
This hammery slices up a classic recipe. Inside the savory-scented digs of HoneyBaked Ham – Winter Haven, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.