When sisters Carrol Ann and Tammy took over Roosters Daytime Cafe in spring of 2011, their aim wasn't a total overhaul of the eatery, but rather a subtle touchup. That's why the menu still offers homestyle breakfast and lunch favorites, such as chocolate chip pancakes and burgers. But that's in addition to healthier options, such as the greek omelet with spinach, tomatoes, and feta, or grilled veggie paninis. Carrol Ann and Tammy have also opened a new business under the umbrella of Roosters: Classy Cakes. Here, they craft customized cakes, pies, and other desserts.
Only a short burger's toss from the Atlantic Ocean, Locals Restaurant & Bar puts a contemporary spin on pub staples amid the glow of 15 plasma TVs. Corrugated dividers are strewn with twinkling string lights, which illuminate clam-studded pastas, fish 'n' chips, and artisanal flatbreads topped with gourmet ingredients such as truffle sauce, goat cheese, and honeydew melon. A full bar brims with fresh oysters and clams to awaken the palate for succulent morsels of filet mignon and lobster tail on the outdoor patio. Beneath a thatched roof in the tiki bar, 30 beers flow from the tap, filling steins with a wealth of suds rivaled only by a soap baron's bank vault.
The family that owns and operates Treasure Coast Paddle shepherds explorers around Florida's southeast coastline and historic Indian River Lagoon. From their downtown Jensen Beach location, expert outdoorsmen spread their passion for the outdoors, while encouraging the appreciation and preservation of natural resources. They outfit renters with standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats for exploring aquatic waterways that teem with beautiful wildlife and retired sports mascots. During lessons and lead tours, they pass along their paddling tutelage and acquaint tourists with must-see landmarks and little-known treasures.:m]]
Veterinarian Patricia S. Ries at Savanna Animal Hospital brings together the traditions of Western and Eastern medicine in her treatment of dogs, cats, and other pets. The recipient of a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois as well as certifications in veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture, she treats pets with everything from tui na massage and Chinese herbs to Western medicine and surgery. In addition to veterinary services, the hospital's 5,000-square-foot facility also caters to furry visitors with boarding, bathing, and training.
Made-from-scratch recipes and fresh ingredients have been setting The Original Pancake House apart from its breakfast-spot competition since 1953. That's when its owners established an all-day empire committed to ingredients such as pure hard-wheat unbleached flour and butter made from fresh sweet cream.
Today, The Original Pancake House cooks across the country still construct scrambles and omelets from fresh Grade AA eggs. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes (two of more than a dozen styles of pancake on the menu). Even the toppings are made in-house, including whipped cream, specialty syrups, and sauces. To complement these flavors, staff fill cups with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices and coffee blended specially to match the Original Pancake House's menu and upholstery. Although each location takes on the local charm of its surrounding city, all of them share in common a homey atmosphere that welcomes families with perks such as color-in place mats and kids' menus.
Name aside, The Original Pancake House isn't just a breakfast spot?in fact, it stays open for at least two meals a day, or six if you follow most doctors' advice to take a small pancake break every few hours. The savory side of the menu holds sandwiches piled with thick-cut meats, caesar salads, and savory crepes stuffed with cheese and veggies.
Families explore the world at Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast through interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to teach them about everything from early Floridian architecture to how the body works. The museum also features numerous play areas where kids can use their imagination and pretend to be a grocery store clerk, a veterinarian, and the ultimate fantasy, a doctor who tells you your wings are finally starting to grow. The museum even has a children's theater, where kids can dress up in costumes and put on plays.
Part of the museum's mission is to educate visitors about the environment. As families explore, they can look for green clues that point out which features of the building are eco-friendly. A recycling center in the market exhibit also teaches kids firsthand what happens to things when they are recycled.