In 1954, Shakey's Pizza Parlor was created out of founder Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson's love of ragtime music, pizza, and fun. The eatery often incorporated live music and family-friendly arcade games into the mix, a tradition its descendants still hold today. At locations all across the United States and Mexico, beer flows from taps and pizzas emerge piping hot from the oven, the same way they did in 1954, a time when pizza and beer had just been invented by NASA scientists. Each location also cooks up crispy fried chicken and baskets of Mojos—lightly battered, sliced potatoes—to complement the pizzeria fare.
Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
A large percentage of the diverse flavors of Mexico can be found in the dishes at Las Cazuelas. Beyond staples such as tacos and burritos, the eatery prepares specialties such as chile rellenos, Mexican beef tripe soup, and poblano peppers drizzled in a complex mole. Chefs use many different varieties of meat and seafood throughout the day, from the lamb in the birria stew to the black mussels, shrimp, calamari, and scallops in the sopa de mariscos—Spanish for "Jules Verne's favorite snack". To complement these wide-ranging flavors, the eatery also presents a full menu of Mexican beers and wines.
Protective covers, automobile chargers, and audio aides adorn the walls inside South Florida Communications stores. iPhone surfaces luxuriously resist scratches with a signature leather case ($29.99) and deflect over-the-shoulder-reading suns with an antiglare screen protector ($19.99). A Samsung WEP460 Bluetooth headset ($34.99) frees hands for more important tasks, such as plugging a Motorola phone into a sleek car charger ($19.99). South Florida Communications' staff of more than 65 employees stays abreast of current technologies and trends to ensure customers find the ideal items to fit their handset and intended task, such as traveling or digitally peeling potatoes.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Cork and Bottle is a husband-and-wife beer, wine and spirits retailer in Miami, known for its offering of boutique items – including wines from smaller vineyards that don’t mass produce their vintages. The store’s often hard-to-find wines are arranged by regions rather than grape varietals, making the jammed space a near-international tour of possible bottle options. Thankfully, knowledgeable and pleasant staff members are on hand to guide customers through the regional differences, and can work to personalize shopping experiences based on an individual’s preferences. With wide aisles and plenty of wall shelving amidst the whitewashed interior, customers can also peruse a long list of beers and spirits, though – judging by the amount of wine-related paraphernalia that abounds in the sunny shop – this is truly a vino-lover’s destination.