Beautiful waitresses clad in plaid mini kilts crisscross Tilted Kilt, hoisting trays of Celtic-themed pub fare as sports fans catch games on high-definition TVs. Almost a decade old, the Tilted Kilt franchise originated in Las Vegas, where restaurateur Mark DiMartino first conceived of a sports bar with Irish touches—an idea that has since spread across the country. Patrons can stay out late at the pub, spending the night sipping on beers while sampling burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, or shepherd’s pie filled with beef and veggies. On a weekly basis, musicians enliven the already party-like atmosphere, strumming tunes or throwing up fistfuls of counterfeit money on the eatery’s patio.
Wielding knives and sword-like skewers, the servers at Texas de Brazil seem prepared for impromptu duels. However, they only brandish the blades to replenish dinner plates, slicing meat from their spears at the behest of each table. The cuts of steak, lamb, and brazilian sausage are all slow roasted over an open flame in traditional churrascaria fashion—a technique that stems from the campfire meals of Brazilian gauchos, and one that fed the family behind Texas de Brazil during their life in Porto Alegre. In an effort to bring the South American style to the States, they established their first restaurant in Texas, thereby merging down-home charm with Brazilian spice.
Today, Texas de Brazil has expanded to several award-winning locations across the country. Despite the lofty ceilings and chandeliers that characterize their venues, the staff remains rooted in ranchers' habits. They conscientiously grill and season their meat, bake brazilian cheese bread in-house, and pass classic cocktails and loaner saddles over the bar for cowboys who consider chairs unnatural. To complement savory bites, guests can browse more than 50 gourmet sides at the salad bar—a compendium of soups, vegetables, and appetizers such as imported cheeses. They can also ask the resident wine specialist for recommendations on suitable pairings from the cellar.
Caffe Martier's menu yokes together gourmet salads, sandwiches, and Mediterranean fare served in a café with the élan of European-bistro sophistication. Salmon, cream cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes adorn the cod salmon pizza starter's whole-wheat flat bread base before being drizzled with pesto, and the greek bruschetta's feta, kalamata olives, and diced tomatoes play Twister atop foccacio bread. Graze the greenery of the roasted pepper-topped arugula-endive salad or opt for a spinach salad with figs and feta, sprinkled with toasted pecans and roasted peppers before being doused in a spicy lime dressing. Chefs assemble sandwiches and wraps using only kosher meats, and each arrives with an edible sidekick of organic mesclun and chickpea salad.
Home of the $1,000,000 Florida Derby and the six-race Sunshine Millions series, the Gulfstream Park's track has hosted live thoroughbred races since 1939. Steeds charge around corners on the main track or the turf course as onlookers track the race from the comfort of the stands, a luxury suite, or a cloud rented from overlooking deities. Beyond concession-stand offerings, the facility invites visitors to grab more substantial fare from one of its onsite restaurants. In addition to the Asian-inspired menu at Christine Lee's, diners can visit Ten Palms at Gulfstream Park and sample the contemporary American fare of celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, a former competitor on Iron Chef America and host of Pressure Cook on the National Geographic Channel.
Outside of the racing facility, Gulfstream Park includes a casino with more than 850 slot machines, electric table games, and high-stakes poker tables spread across two floors. At the nearby The Village at Gulfstream Park, visitors can wander through boutique fashion and home-decor stores, including Next and Williams-Sonoma, while searching for the park's fabled hide-and-seek world champion.
The Cheese Course pampers dairy devotees with a thoughtfully constructed catering menu of delectable comestibles. Please party-goers with a small platter of sandwiches for six to eight, garnished with imported olives and served on a reusable tray ($54.95). Start some heart-healthy hullabaloo with a fresh fruit bowl and a crunchy crudité tray (both cost $49.95 and serve 10–12), or satisfy fortunate mouths with the company's titular cheese course—a cultured collection of three cheeses, a freshly baked baguette, and fresh fruit ($39.95). Regardless of which grainy goods and pasteurized pleasures you desire, The Cheese Course will have them prepped, arranged, and ready for noshing within 24 hours' time.
Walls painted in sumptuous shades of crimson and mocha and dark wood flooring create a warm space at Oceans 11 Sports Lounge and Grill for diners to enjoy laidback pub dishes. Locals flock in for their wings served 10 flavorful ways, which include three levels of spiciness, a spicy garlic version, and grilled wings. Diners can also draft their own half- or full-pound burger, customized with bacon, mushrooms, or amendments written in jalapeños. The menu also includes fresh bites plucked from the sea, such as crispy buffalo shrimp and battered cod.
Rifle through the pages of Carini's menu and you'll probably recognize many of the dishes as time-honored Italian classics—such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and cheese pizzas. But the restaurant's chefs, who have been at work for more than a decade, take an unexpected turn when it comes to some of their specialty pizzas. They scatter crisp, thin crusts with innovative combinations of taco meat and jalapeños, lobster sauce and shrimp, or pepperonis arranged to spell out the first five stanzas of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The kitchen team whips up all of their dishes—traditional or inventive—from scratch, sizzling saucepans of meats and seafood in housemade sauces as their freshly made calzones, rolls, and pasta dishes bake in the oven.