Ocean Health & Weight Loss’s resident physician harnesses the pound-shedding power of HCG, a natural hormone found in both men and women but best known for boosting the metabolism of expectant mothers. When injected in potent doses, it has the same effect on dieters. As the cornerstone of a four-stage weight-loss plan, the hormone helps participants slash calorie intakes to as little as 1,200 calories per day depending on lifestyle—the same amount a bear consumes when getting back in shape for the summer. Even without exercise, HCG safely shaves off extra inches by evacuating bulk from adipose tissue instead of muscle or structural fat, which bodies need to function. Shots of B12 and other vitamin-rich injections can augment the program with boosts of much-needed energy.
Cherry's Ice Cream combines the old-fashioned idea of an ice-cream parlor with the modern technology of high-definition television and wireless Internet. Visitors can recline on couches and chairs around a TV, enjoying scoops of housemade ice cream in the company of friends or in the cold glow of their computer screens. Ice-cream flavors range from traditional vanilla to clever in-house creations, such as Rolos caramel delight and Circus Fun: vanilla ice cream blended with animal crackers and circus peanuts. In addition to hard and soft-serve ice cream, Cherry's confectionists serve up two-scoop belgian-waffle sundaes, water ice, and milkshakes.
El Chico's culinary artists paint their tortilla canvases with melted cheese and spiced meats to curate a menu of fiesta-worthy Mexican feasts. Sizzling fajitas surf in to tables on hot skillets, announcing their arrival with aromatic waves of seared beef, chicken, shrimp, or baby back ribs ($15.99) before lying out to sunbathe on soft flour tortillas. Forks and knives slam against chili relleno enchiladas ($9.99), which burst like savory piñatas with cheese and mushrooms or beef. Chipotle-wine sauce imbues the chicken burrito ($10.49) with an air of sophistication as it commingles with tender spiced chicken, rice, and frijoles rancheros. Boulders of fajita steak and avocado speckle the corn-tortilla landscapes of three tacos ($9.49), and pork-tamale trios ($9.99) unwrap their husks to reveal elaborate cave art scrawled in a thick sauce of chili con carne.
Tiffany's founder and head chef Michael Romanelli Jr. begins every day by examining all the ingredients in his kitchen, checking seafood for freshness, squeezing tomatoes to test juiciness, and tasting his barbecue sauce to ensure it is just right. The chefs at all five of his restaurant locations follow Michael's example, folding fresh ingredients and housemade sauces into a sweeping variety of crunchy sandwiches, juicy wings, and American pub classics. They take great pride in their barbecue baby back ribs, which they baste in Michael's signature barbecue sauce and serve with sides of sweet potato and coleslaw. Diners await meals out in the lively bar and dining areas, clinking frosty pints of draft beers while watching sports games on more than 20 TVs.
A set of French glass doors marks the entrance to Cross Mill Diner, though, when it comes to European culinary traditions, the diner’s cooks bypass France for Italy and Greece. The diner’s extensive eight-page menu includes housemade Greek-style spinach pies and shrimp parmesan, as well as an Eastern-influenced Thai cashew wrap with grilled chicken and ginger sesame dressing. American staples round out the menu, from char-grilled burgers topped with pork rolls to from-scratch buttermilk pancakes served as part of an all-day breakfast. Feasts unfold inside the BYOB eatery’s cozy dining area, where guests are surrounded by posters of waterwheels from around the world.