It took a decade of setbacks and toil, but "Farmer Bob" Petrucci and his family diligently transformed a mundane cornfield in the Redland growing region into a rich cornucopia of exotic tropical produce from equatorial lands ranging from Thailand to Brazil. The farm's bounty includes the arrestingly colorful yet surprisingly mild dragon fruit, sweet lychees, and tart kumquats, as well as rarer fruits such as canistel and tamarind, which launch culinary odysseys free of Poseidon–related detours. Fresh Gardens offers tours of its spacious grounds replete with fruit trees as well as seasonal U-pick opportunities throughout the year.
The staff at Le Monde des Crepes strives to make everything about the dining experience authentically French, from the delectable crepes to the countertop Eiffel Tower. Bedecked in red and black, the chefs roll chicken crepes such as the Opulence—marinated chicken breast mixed with artichoke, hearts of palm, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Their desserts include the nutty bananas-foster crepe, a sweet concoction of Häagen-Dazs ice cream with sliced bananas, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and a dash of Grand Marnier. Unlike most meals, which usually end in a solemn handshake, meals at Le Monde des Crepes end with a sweet milkshake or frappe.
In 1954, Shakey's Pizza Parlor was created out of founder Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson's love of ragtime music, pizza, and fun. The eatery often incorporated live music and family-friendly arcade games into the mix, a tradition its descendants still hold today. At locations all across the United States and Mexico, beer flows from taps and pizzas emerge piping hot from the oven, the same way they did in 1954, a time when pizza and beer had just been invented by NASA scientists. Each location also cooks up crispy fried chicken and baskets of Mojos—lightly battered, sliced potatoes—to complement the pizzeria fare.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
Royal Palm Grill, a Florida fixture since 1953, hosts a friendly comestible crew that fixes hot-off-the-grill homestyle meals ranging from bountiful burgers to all-day breakfast victuals. Guests can quiet belly bellows with a densely populated burger-and-sandwich menu that bursts with Black Angus beef, kaiser rolls, and a wealth of potato-centric sides. For a better combo to the face than a jab and right hook from Mike Tyson, grab a juicy burger with fresh grilled mushrooms and swiss cheese ($6.29), or the Texas burger, flaunting a tasty tower of bacon strips, american cheese, and beer-battered onion rings with barbecue sauce ($6.99). Bun-less bites include lunchtime plates of fried shrimp ($6.99) escorted by a choice of two sides, and caribbean chicken penne ($7.29).
Miyagi Sushi Bar & Grill's menu brims with Asian-inspired eats and fresh fish rolled into succulent sushi. The chopstick-ready morsels range from the salmon skin hand roll ($3.75) to the elaborate Miyagi roll, in which spicy tuna, black tobiko, shrimp tempura, cucumber, and cream cheese huddle together beneath a delectable drizzle of tempura flakes, eel, and avocado ($15.95). Visitors craving cooked comestibles can dive into stir-fries, salads, or prepped dishes such as the Tsunami teriyaki with flaky red snapper stuffed with shrimp, crab, fish eggs, and scallions ($16.95). Reward taste buds for not playing with their Nintendos during dinner with an ice-cream-covered gourmet cheesecake tempura ($6.45), or feast eyes on the restaurant’s modish décor, full of clean lines and crimson walls.