With 40 different ales and lagers on tap, Willard's is a craft-beer haven for brewthusiasts and amateur appreciators alike. A giant chalkboard that spans the length of the bar displays the expansive menu of pourable pleasures and includes information about each beer's alcohol content. Kick off the summer with a smooth glass of Bell's Oberon—wheat ale with a spicy hop character and a mild fruity aroma ($4.50), or savor the flavor of organically grown hops with a classic pale ale such as Peak Organic's Simcoe Spring ale ($6.00). Major labels, including Lagunitas and Cigar City provide patrons with reliable standbys, and a diverse selection of beers, ciders, and stouts take adventurous taste buds on a flavor rollercoaster. The average price per pour runs between $4 and $7, and on certain nights brews can be downed to the beat of live music.
Largo Cultural Center, which has presented the community with year-round entertainment and more than 40 artists this season, will host the cheerful event that will have the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads in glee. Tried and true sing-alongs and holiday hits will provide the soundtrack for this interactive auditory experience. The woodwinds and strings behind the operation will be manned and womanned by the highly talented string quartet Arioso, which is composed of members of the Florida Orchestra. Both Santa fans and scrooge groupies, or scroogies, will get in the yuletide spirit during an upbeat performance that’s capable of melting hearts and passing snowmen.
During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Green Organix Restaurant, an extension of Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center, culls from organic ingredients to make up dishes that reflect many cultures and styles, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant stocks house-baked breads along with 100% organic, free-range, and grass-fed burgers. A recent addition to the menu, the organic salad bar shows off 20 different fixings and local ingredients, along with made-from-scratch salad dressings and freshly plucked salad bowls.
Housed in an entertainment hotspot, Viaggio bursts with distinct flavors and ingredients inspired by various European cuisines within its romantically lit upscale confines. Accidentally brush fingers with your date or the amiable stranger at your table over a plate of splitable tapas such as the garlic feta shrimp ($12) or the potato- and spinach-flanked filet and chorizo ($11). Especially hungry diners or those who failed Sharing 101 can lasso the gargantuan succulence of the 24-ounce sterling-prime-porterhouse steak swaggering in house-crafted steak sauce ($38). The lobster- and crab-crusted Atlantic swordfish spears oceanic appetites ($29) and the stuffed-chicken breast delights feathered fowl fans ($17).