Lucky Sailor's Lakeside Grill blends jaw-dropping views of the water and jaw-shutting meat and seafood dishes to scenically savory effect. While you wait for your life's first mate to park the boat on top of the parking lot's dirtiest car, nibble on Nearly Famous Diamondbacks, bacon-wrapped jalapeños stuffed with shrimp and jack cheese ($8), before deep-sea dining on a plate of fiesta-fried gulf-shrimp, crispy morsels fried and served in a spicy cocktail sauce ($17). People born with the heads—and bodies—of parrots, meanwhile, will relish every bite of the Cheeseburger in Paradise, a half-pound of Angus beef lounging on a jalapeno-bun cushion with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles that's best when paired with Lucky Sailor's locally made beers and wines ($8). When the summer weather returns from its vacation in a warmer climate, dine in open-air style on Canyon Lake or dollop a dessert of fried cheesecake and raspberry sauce ($7) with a spot of live music on Sundays and Thursdays.
Head chef David Garcia and his team of spatula wielders flip, season, and sear a multitude of grilled dishes alongside carefully prepped pastas and enticing desserts. Showcasing a trove of seasonally fresh, natural ingredients, Tabica Grill's diverse menu allows diners to feast on a bevy of gastronomic classics, such as vegetable pasta ($13.99) or a slow-braised pork shank that's prepared bone-in and served next to a heap of garlic mashed potatoes ($19.99). Cajun seafood étouffée ($16.99) festoons dinnerware with jumbo tempura shrimp and a rich seafood stew, and grilled meatloaf, in the fashion of many Roman emperors ($15.99), rules its estate royally robed in applewood-smoked bacon. Sweet teeth are sated on post-meal treats like the Keylime Dagwood, composed of keylime custard lovingly layered between graham-cracker cookies ($5.99). Draft beers and wines by the glass ($6–$10) are also available to sip on, including Fox merlot ($6) and Toasted Head chardonnay, which is fermented in French oak and is always a hit among sophisticated squirrels ($7).
Tiffini Theisen of PB Pulse describes Jumby Bay Island Grill as "a big, loud, colorful party place with bar specials, live music many nights, and a good-sized patio to do some Abacoa people-watching." Outside on the dog-friendly covered patio, wooden tables and wicker-inspired chairs sit beneath a flat-screen TV and swirling fans. Fishing nets, corrugated-tin accents, and painted oars that serve as room dividers give the interior a relaxed, tropical atmosphere reminiscent of a Caribbean island or the screen saver of most Alaskan office workers.
The seafood-filled menu is also tropically inspired and features starters such as sesame-seared tuna with wasabi aioli and entrees including the Calypso pasta: spicy shrimp, andouille sausage, and Cajun cream sauce over linguine. Diners chill fired-up taste buds with a variety of fruity frozen drinks and cold beer.
"It took them five years before they would let me handle the fish," says sushi chef Jo Clark about his extensive training. He began his culinary journey at 13 years old and spent a decade in an apprenticeship at the Japanese restaurant Yama. There, he honed an ability to prep rice and sauces, wield a knife, and select sushi-grade fish while shadowing chefs from different regions of Japan. In his spare time, Jo enjoys paddle-surfing and once skillfully maneuvered alongside a lively school of sharks.
At the restaurant, however, he deftly manages cuts of salmon, flounder, hamachi yellowtail, and shellfish to craft more than 40 inventive sushi rolls. He toys with the traditions of sushi, wrapping some rolls with thin slices of European cucumber and creating a sashimi pizza on a tortilla crust. The aromas of ginger, eggplant, and garlic wander from pots of Thai-style dishes in the kitchen and out into dining rooms. Though each location has distinct decor, diners mingle among elements such as exposed-brick bars, hardwood floors, and hanging Japanese paper lanterns in the exciting bright colors of a furious traffic cop viewed through a kaleidoscope.
Every day, Cynthia, manager of Jupiter Pointe Paddling, opens her hibiscus-adorned rental hut to let adventure seekers set sail from the sandy banks of a crescent-shaped private beach. A complimentary lesson accompanies every kayak or paddleboard rental, letting beginners get their bearings before they glide toward a nearby sandbar to spot sea turtles, manatees, and majestic stingrays. More experienced water skimmers can paddle up to the Jupiter Lighthouse, which grants a glimpse of 120 palm-studded acres punctuated by 25 special-status species of wildlife and one boring labrador. The staff of water warriors also mixes up the aqueous activities with Mommy and Me sessions, standup-paddleboard-yoga classes, and kids' lessons, along with exalting the outdoors with full-moon celebrations and sealife-spotting tours.