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.
Couched within Pirate's Cove Resort & Marina, Pirate's Loft Restaurant garners fresh seafood daily to shore up its menu of sea-gotten fare. Covered outdoor seating gives diners views of the waterfront and secret seagull choir rehearsals as they dig into plates of crisp-fried fish and shrimp, bowls of shellfish-laden pasta, or specialty seafood fare. Land-faring selections include Angus beef handpicked by the chef for quality, and occasional live music invites guests onto the dance floor while also testing the acoustics of the high wooden rafters and tabletops.
With swinging wood saloon doors, hanging lamps made from cowboy hats, and local ranchers' brands seared into each tabletop, Cowboys' Bar-B-Q & Steak Co.'s three locations make visitors feel as though they've just stumbled in from the Texas lowlands. Many of founder Jim McCoin's self-devised recipes come from years of careful cooking while on the professional barbecue-competition circuit, which regularly led his team "Big Daddy Q" to victory. Wings strut across plates dressed in up to 20 sauce flavors, compelling tongues to quench thirst with 10 draft beers or Western-themed margaritas. Beverages are served in mason jars, carried past decorations such as photographs representing local ranching families. For outside eaters, Cowboys' supplies its hearty grilled fare through take-out and catering each day of the week.
When Dean Lavallee opened the first Park Avenue BBQ in 1988, he had one lofty mission in mind: to serve the best barbecue ever made. Despite the seemingly impossible nature of his goal, he and his team continue to rise to the challenge, dry-rubbing their meats to smoke and char-grill on-site. They use all-natural, grain-fed, domestic pork for their traditional and Carolina-style barbecue pork—pulled by hand—and only use fresh, never-frozen ribs that are smoked daily over hickory. As diners chow down on hearty homestyle sides, seafood platters, or buffalo wings tossed in one of six sauces, they can admire the dining room's pictures of their city's most prominent people, places, and robot mayors.
Park Avenue BBQ arranges their meats into fun, hearty dishes such as the Dempublican sandwich, which combines smoked pork and beef brisket separated only by cheese and bacon to create a sizeable sandwich that the team has dubbed "porkalicious". They whip up Funnybonz, which look and taste like miniature ribs, using tender, lean pork that's prepared by cooking up regular ribs beneath a shrink ray. In 2008, their dedication to each dish caused Cityvoter's users to name Park Avenue BBQ the best barbecue in town.
Scott Angelo can tell you the exact sip of coffee that changed his life. He didn’t think he would become a coffee roaster until he had a cup of Sumatra coffee from Indonesia and became obsessed with recreating its richness and complexity on his own. Working first with a popcorn popper and graduating to a grill that he converted into a roaster, Scott started roasting green beans in small batches, teaching himself how to achieve those complicated flavors. Now, Scott and his wife Amy run Oceana Coffee, serving up the caffeinated fruit of their labor right inside the café. They roast each batch to order, including medium Ethiopian batches with notes of blueberry, light roasts from Costa Rica, and rich sultry batches from the dark side of the moon.
The Connection’s walls feature numerous frames, which each contain pieces of history, ranging from newspaper clippings to autographed photos. Encased in one of the frames is the sub shop’s original menu from 1974, which included $0.95 genoa salami sandwiches and $1.35 meatball subs. Aside from inflation-adjusted prices, much of The Connection remains the same. It still specializes in subs and sandwiches, makes its salads fresh daily, offers kosher pickles, and prepares party platters that can feed groups of people or one competitive eater.