Missing Links Driving Range beckons to serious athletes and fun-seeking families alike with three batting cages, a 37-hitting-stall driving range, an 18-hole miniature-golf course, and a golf school helmed by two PGA-certified pros. Pin-hunters can assume their stance in virtually any conditions at the driving range, as 20 of the hitting stalls are covered and the entire complex is lighted to cater to late-night practitioners or 9 irons with a knack for astronomy. Putt-putt posses can tap like trumpet players at dawn through a mini-golf course that features a lagoon, lighthouse, waterfalls, and other tropical-themed obstacles, or hone their game more meticulously with lessons from the expert instructors at Smith 'n Barber Golf School. Line drives, grounders, and fly balls carom off of whirring bats or oversize hot dogs inside Missing Links' three batting cages, where automated pitchers serve up both fast-flung baseballs and high-arching, slow-pitch softballs. After a long day of swatting spheres, guests can cool off with 24 flavors of soft serve and other subzero savories served at the onsite ice-cream parlor.
Since 1987, St. Pete Bagel Co.'s bakers have crafted New York–style bagels and both old-fashioned and yeast-raised donuts every morning. Rabbi Uriel Rivkin presides over each day's batch of certified-kosher dough rings bedecked with salt, onions, and poppy seeds, which share space with sandwiches and assorted spreads on the café menu. Fluffy and sweet specialty donuts such as PB&J, red velvet, and strawberry-glazed bike tire join coffee and espresso drinks for maximum donut slam-dunks. Around the shop, wood and leather stools seat diners, who can pass the time by admiring colorful flora and photos of bagels snapped at the food pyramid’s class reunion.
Bill Brown never imagined a future in which he made chocolates for a living?let alone chocolates that appear in movies. But in 2008, he left his corporate job to open William Dean Chocolates, which he named in honor of his father and grandfather. Often airbrushed with bright jewel tones, his chocolates got their big break when they made a guest appearance in two of the Hunger Games movies, but they're just as delicious off-screen. The only possible downside is that they're almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost, but not quite.
To find a sweet, chilly treat throughout Florida, all you have to do is keep an eye out for a giant ice-cream cone. Topper's Creamery's many locations quite literally represent what's inside of them: heaps of ice cream. With such décor, customers know exactly what to expect from the creameries' menus: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream drizzled in syrup and dusted with crunchy toppings. Their selection of cool treats doesn't end with cones, however, as the menu includes classic shakes, sundaes, and banana splits. The staff also whips up brownie boats, which, unlike gingerbread houses, allow owners to eat their belongings without having to file an insurance claim.
Il Ponte Cafe’s chefs bake a bridge between Italian classics and the flavors of the greater Mediterranean. Herb-crusted salmon basks in rich lobster sauce, seared atop a grill until patterned with perfect lines or a cross-hatched portrait of the chef. The spears of kebabs thrust through both land and sea meats, accompanied to the table by freshly made hummus, and a lively fattoush salad casts off parsley, tomatoes, onions, pickles, olives, pita crisps, and feta cheese into a leafy lagoon of romaine and iceberg lettuce.