With divine views of blue Bell Lake, diners at Rapscallions dig into a selection of mainland dishes with Caribbean twists. Get friendly with an order of 10 jamaican jerk wings ($10.99) or caribbean nachos topped with pulled pork ($9.99). Ten tempting island-influenced sandwiches, such as the homemade crab-cake sandwich ($8.99), rub elbows with four pizzas, including the rare white-sauced Sea Floor pizza, which roams the abyss of the ocean, collecting seafood toppings and avoiding the conspicuously earless dumbo octopus ($9.99). Hearty fare such as the hawaiian spare ribs ($13.99) or the 8-ounce cayman salmon pack stomach suitcases for trips to satiation ($15.99), and a selection of pastas, soups, and salads tickles the fancy of adorable ticklish appetites.
Towering oak trees cast their shade across the 3,600 acres of plantation land that surround Florida Estates Winery, but the precious grapes can be found hanging from trellised vines that sprout in their own sunnier patches of soil. Refreshing and approachable, the wine selection includes the soft-bodied Plantation Red as well as the Plantation Blush, which balances its notes of ripe fruit with a gripping core of zesty acidity.
Ever since Chicago farmers first discovered that their cornfields only seemed to yield corn that tasted like yellow cheddar and caramel, adventurous agriculturists have cross-bred corn to create a rainbow of fanciful flavors. Taste the corny fruits of their labors with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet popcorn and treats at Poplicious Gourmet Popcorn. Your Groupon is good at its physical location in Lutz or at its online store.
Christopher Fuller found his calling at age 14. As a child, he split his time between the United States and the Dominican Republic, where he was drawn to Caribbean restaurants like a robot into a pit of hungry magnets. Calling upon these experiences, Fuller worked with chef Mike Webster to create a menu that fused elements of the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States, and The Gathering Place Wood-Fired Oven was born.
Three concepts sum up The Gathering Place's modus operandi: local ingredients, eco-friendly practices, and dishes prepared entirely in-house. Within the kitchen, chefs smoke pork, roast turkeys, and cure bacon with ingredients from businesses such as Providence Cattle Company. Their efforts gives rise to a mix of sandwiches and inventive appetizers, such as tender gator tails coated in house-made chipotle sauce. Locally sourced oak stokes the flames of a brick oven, which cooks pizzas and doubles as a sauna for retired spatulas.
Outside the kitchen, Fuller creates a dining atmosphere as eclectic as the menu. Live musicians perform on weekends, sending groovy sounds across a casual dining room and into more intimate alcoves. Seating options range from standard tables, to a patio, to dining surfaces made from barrels.
The folks at Tampa Bay Organics believe that the only things needed to grow great produce are good dirt, warm sun, and clean water. But they also believe that everyone should be able to access high-quality food in an affordable way. That's why they create and deliver hand-assembled boxes of fresh produce to locals, which are full of fresh, organic, in-season fruits and vegetables. Depending on the time of year, contents can range from apples and plums to hearty rutabagas and snowman noses.
Rand Packer grew up in Southern California, but his love of food and surfing frequently drew him to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he explored the region’s culinary landscape by stopping at street vendors and tucked-away restaurants. The uniqueness of Oaxacan ingredients, combined with a decade of experience cooking in Hawaii under famed chef Roy Yamaguchi, eventually inspired him to open Mekenita Mexican Grille. There, Rand surprises diners with unexpected creations that fuse Mexican and Hawaiian influences, such as pineapple-plantain nachos with passion-fruit sour cream or wood-smoked pork burritos with pineapple-papaya salsa. Patrons can also customize their meals by taking a lap around the fresh-salsa bar or monogramming their plates.