Belwood’s Irish Pub has a way of making guests feel lucky. Lucky enough, in some cases, to attempt the pub’s notorious Atomic Wing Challenge, which requires one to polish off a plate of blazingly hot Atomic wings in 10 minutes or less. Such a feat earns its conqueror a $25 paid tab and a photo on the Atomic wall of fame. If the wings prove too daunting, there’s always a menu of burgers, sandwiches, fried appetizers, and salads to appease all types of cravings.
If you’re hunting for gold at Belwood’s, it’s best not to look for the familiar shapes of coins. Check the bar, however, and you’ll find 16 draft beers pouring into frosty pint glasses. These glasses clink together in celebration of a well-thrown dart, a pocketed eight ball, or a touchdown displayed on one of the pub’s television.
Known to friends as Rhedonda, The GingerBread Girl began baking when other bakeries simply weren’t meeting her dessert needs. Deciding she could do it better herself, The GingerBread Girl began whipping up delicious sweet treats that include cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops. Her cupcake menu spans more than 35 flavors, ranging from favorites such as red velvet and Oreo cookie to more adventurous nibbles such as the Elvis—a banana-and-peanut-butter cupcake—and the Snow White—a white champagne cupcake with raspberry-preserves filling and white-chocolate mascarpone frosting.
Stelios Migdakis had long dreamt of moving his family from New York to Florida’s sun-drenched shores, jumping at the chance to open an eatery in Tarpon Springs’ Greek Town. He draws from the Old World recipes of his kin in Crete and his wife's relatives in Lesvos to compose a menu consisting of delicately battered seafood and slow-roasted lamb and beef. Within the elegant eatery, murals of serene Greek isles and grazing herds of Trojan horses punctuate the pale-marble walls as Greek music spills out onto the adjoining patio.
Start with a clam basket ($5.95) and savor the hand-dipped mollusks served with fries, or opt for an order of Caribbean stuffed shrimp with crab ($9.95). The Florida-style grill's eclectic menu boasts seafood specialties sure to make any aquaphile's mouth water. Nibble discreetly on the house-made blue crab cakes, drizzled with Caribbean chili aioli ($12.95), or the Key West stuffed grouper, packed full of spinach, scallops, crab meat, and shrimp, served under a creamy white-wine and feta sauce ($13.95). For the seafoodphobic, Snookers offers an array of landlubbing options, such as the build-your-own pizza ($7.95), a pulled-pork sandwich ($6.95), 10-ounce New York strip steak over Jamaican rum sauce ($12.95), and six different choices of grilled beef patties (starting at $5.95). The eatery's lighter salad, wrap, and pasta selections are a satisfying choice for those intent on saving room for an order of banana foster bites with ice cream ($3.95) or bread pudding ($3.25).
At @Café, cappuccinos, café cubanos, and other classic, steamy sips made with Italian-imported Lavazza beans accompany European-style sandwiches and decadently topped dessert vaffles. Nosh tosts or croissants loaded with sweet or salty stuffing—Nutella or peanut butter fill sweet sandwiches, and ham, cheese, and salami can be mixed, matched, or monster mashed inside salty bites. A euro-style dessert vaffle, which differs from a regular waffle only by a single chromosome, comes crowned with a single topping. Pairs linger to surf freely flowing WiFi in @Café's spacious interior, lit by bright orange accent walls in the daytime and a blue neon glow during after-dark hours.
Zante Cafe crafts a culinary collage of Cajun, Creole, Italian, Greek, and French flavors, fresh to order, in its inviting familial atmosphere. Reward your mouth for years of service by decorating it with medallions of louisiana crab cakes ($7.99 at lunch; $9 at dinner), which are sidekicked by creole rémoulade. The frog legs sauce piquant find their princely place on plates after smothered in fresh herbs, deglazed with wine, kissed with lemon juice, and kickboxed by an archduke ($10.99 lunch; $19 dinner). Or uncover the gastronomic character of the Mediterranean shores by sampling tangles of pasta primavera ($7.99 lunch; $15 dinner), or, if dining for lunch, commemorate baby Hercules's first medicine ball exercise with a bulbous gyro pita ($8.99). Guests can then feel free to cap off an evening meal—such as the French-faring rib eye with sauce au poivre ($23)—with a sweet serving of bananas foster ($8).
Currents sweeps taste buds out to sea on a wave of tasty seafood and carefully crafted gourmet fare. Diners can search the menu to locate flavorful starters such as a plate of prosciutto-wrapped shrimp ($9.80), brie with pesto and almonds ($9.30), or the snails leslie served in brandy with toast points ($7.90). A bowl of lobster-and-crab bisque ($6) could inspire your mouth to throw itself hungrily at New York strip steak ($22.50) or meatloaf in hoisin barbecue sauce ($10.90), although it might prefer to stick with water-related edibles such as the seared salmon ($17.50). Currents boasts an array of red, white, and sparkling wines for cuisine coupling, and also treats diners to a full bar featuring fine brews, dessert drinks, cocktails, and specialty martinis such as the double bubble tini ($8), a mix of Three-O Bubble vodka and pink lemonade.