In the kitchen of Aroy Thai Fusion, chefs prepare basil stir-fry, pad kee mao, and a wide range of Thai-influenced dishes. The Bangkok fusion menu joins flavors from disparate regions to create entrees such as baked lemongrass-lime tilapia or thai barbecue roast pork. In the dining room, guests can settle into booths below hanging lights or slide onto dark wooden chairs at a full bar before sipping beer or house wine.
North Beach Bistro is more than a restaurant—it's a legacy. The upscale eatery was the vision of renowned chef Tony Pels, who trained with culinary giants such as Wolfgang Puck and Michel Richard, and chef David Seavey, whom Pels mentored for 15 years at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. Pels passed away only two months before the restaurant's opening in June of 2008, leaving executive chef Seavey to carry on his tradition of culinary creativity and generosity.
Spurred on by this responsibility, Seavey combines the freshest ingredients with a genuine love for his fellow Floridians. The Jacksonville native crafts hearty and flavorful surf 'n' turf entrees such as the bistro bouillabaisse with Mayport shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, calamari, and fresh fish or chargrilled Black Angus ribeye with sauteed mushrooms and port wine sauce. Reddish-gold fixtures in the bar emanate light that's as warm and welcoming as the chef himself. DJs and live music keep the space vibrant, and the dining room's wood floors and spot-lit art give it an air of sophistication. Weekly trivia nights arm guests with knowledge that makes an ideal conversation starter or helps pass the time while stuck in an elevator with Ken Jennings.
Taste! at 645 Atlantic's confectionary crafters whip up a sweet cornucopia of distinctive cupcakes in an array of gourmet flavors. Bipartisan sweet and savory enthusiasts can delight in the established and widely accepted union of the Chocolate Bacon Kupcake ($1.95), great for early desserts or late breakfasts. Shoo away summer heat with the tongue-cooling delight of the Strawberry Lemonade Kupcake ($1.95), or complete any meal with the Carrot Kupcake ($1.95), which endorses its eponymous veggie with a stylish wrapper and a frosting homage. Taste! at 645 Atlantic's enthusiastic bakers also welcome special orders, including gluten-free, sugar-free, or mummy-curse-free requests.
Cyclones Tex Mex Cantina entwines Mexican cuisine with flavors of the Lone Star state with a menu of traditional burritos, fajitas, and tacos, spiced up with spreads of charbroiled chicken and bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp. Food ferriers walk through brick archways balancing platters of handmade chicken or pork tamales ($9), presenting them to diners lounging in comfy green booths. The Camarones Mazatlan sees six jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic and butter, then skewered on a lance by a miniature knight and brought to the table with tomato slices and avocado ($13). The Tacos Gringos enfold a vegetarian mix of beans, cheese, tomatoes, and guac ($8), while a sweet duet of flan ($4) and Texas Oil mud pie ($5) fill out the menu’s desserts section. Barflies can perch or headstand on stools at a corrugated-tin counter and lick the salt from Cyclones Tex Mex Cantina’s specialty margaritas.
The Tent Hookah Lounge transports guests to the palm-lined shores of the Mediterranean with a smorgasbord of Middle Eastern cuisine and wisps of fragrant flavored hookah smoke. Belly dancers twirl on Friday and Saturday nights and live singers croon in Arabic as guests lounge amid plush crimson sofas and floor seating, and nibble on kibbeh, hummus, and gyros.
The chefs at Mixx craft an internationally inspired menu of modern classics such as house-made pastas, sushi, and wood-fired pizzas. Start off with the calamari fritti tossed with sundried tomato vinaigrette, basil, and lemon-caper remoulade ($9) before surprising your palate with the stuffed cannelloni fiorentina bursting with ground chicken, veal, besciamella cream, three cheeses, and spring-loaded rubber snakes ($10). House-cured salmon snuggles into a sushi roll with mascarpone cheese and a spicy lemon-caper tartar sauce ($10); the Alexa wood-fired pizza hoists a hefty serving of pesto and goat cheese, bacon, rosemary roasted apples, and caramelized onions ($13).