A third-generation Chinese restaurateur, Dragon Star owner Francisco Cho takes taste buds on a journey through Cantonese- and Szechuan-style cuisine, which his chefs make entirely from scratch and to order. Under the soft flicker of paper lanterns, amid four flat-screen TVs, guests lounge atop plush seats and nibble favorites such as kung pao chicken, sweet 'n' sour tofu, sesame beef, and barbecue spare ribs while imbibing BYOB drinks. Most of Dragon Star's cuisine is also available for takeout, provided customers have secured reservations at their dining room table.
Mamma Mia's brick pizza oven and oak-wood grill burn all day long to create fresh Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Midday munchers can refuel with subs such as the hot shrimp parmagiana ($12) or the cold Genoa salami and provolone ($7.50). Come dinner, tongues of fire gently lick pies like the trattoria special ($14.50), a 10-inch New York–style pizza loaded with five of your favorite toppings. Elegant pasta selections are also customizable; pasta alla vodka ($17) tosses onions, garlic, romano, and prosciutto with creamy vodka sauce and your choice of angel hair, penne, linguini, eggnest fettuccini, rigatoni, or spaghetti. Kid-sized dishes ($7–$8) occupy unruly spawn, letting parents savor bubbly bottles of prosecco ($10) and rest the eyes on the back of their heads. Relax amid exposed brick, Italian marble, and rich mahogany as a friendly server brings tastes of travel to you.
Ocean breezes playfully dart among yoga practitioners in an outdoor pavilion. Robed spa-goers meditate on the grass in a tranquil garden. Therapeutic hands gently knead away tension, gliding over backs with essential oils. Healing and relaxation are a form of high art at Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa, formerly The Omphoy Babor Beauty Spa, and it's not hard to see why the spa won first place with a perfect score of 100 in Cond? Nast Traveler's 2012 Readers' Poll of top resort spas in the country. Director Kimberly DeOrsey spins two decades of spa experience into creating a magical, personalized experience for each guest who walks in the door of the beachside space.
Though the spa puts its own luxurious spin on standards such as Swedish massages and mani-pedis, it also keeps things current with state-of-the-art treatments such as the HydraFacial system. This press-lauded treatment uses a water wand to help resurface and nourish skin, gently sweeping away dead cells while supercharging their replacements with hydrating serums and motivational half-time speeches. They also tackle tension and other ailments with a holistic approach that includes reiki and acupuncture.
Eat Fresh’s menu of nutritious breakfasts and smoothies, crisp salads, and satisfying wraps and sandwiches combine delicious taste and healthy ingredients into satisfying deli-fare packages. Guests munch on mouthwatering paninis, hummus, or turkey burgers within the tidy café’s goldenrod-hued walls or lounge on the sun-filled patio to take in the open air and graciously allow their salads to photosynthesize. Complimentary WiFi signals supplement coffee-sipping sessions or lunch breaks, and a rotating cast of three different soups each day sends up savory wafts such as butternut squash, lobster bisque, and roasted tomato. Eat Fresh exemplifies its commitment to healthy eating with calorie counts on many of its menu items, as well as crafting many dishes from wholesome ingredients such as multigrain bread, quinoa, fresh fruit, and low-fat yogurt.
Inside Couco Pazzo, murals of Italian streetscapes provide a fitting backdrop to the aromatic pizzas and pastas that waiters whisk from the kitchen to candlelit tables. Some dishes, from the hand-tossed pizzas, housemade veal, pork, and meatballs to cioppino—a seafood stew of clams, mussels, lobster, scallops, and shrimp served over ink linguine—are a fusion of Italian, Mediterranean, and American cuisine, while others are classically Italian. The latter category includes the restaurant’s fresh baked bread and veal saltimbocca, which is served in a marsala wine sauce with prosciutto, mozzarella, and spinach. The menu also features nightly specials that feature two fresh fish, the risotto of the day, and a full bar with an extensive wine list. Customers can also enjoy Pazzo's al fresco dining in their covered patio adjacent to the bar.
Chef Victor crates flavorful Italian dishes using a variety of herbs, spices, and sauces. He submerges veal in a brown marsala wine sauce and ladles lemon-and-wine sauce over lightly battered chicken. In other dishes, he saut?s shrimp in a garlic cream sauce sprinkled with basil, and tucks cheese into ravioli pockets so it doesn't get lost, and he uses as many fresh and locally sourced ingredients as possible.?Italian favorites are also found at dessert, which includes tiramisu and cannolis. And while Chef Victor handles the cooking, the rest of his family bustles around the restaurant greeting patrons and delivering meals to tables.