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.
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.
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.
The sandwich smiths at Broadway Subs mold hot and cold mounds of meat, veggies, and cheese into an extensive menu of New York–style subs. Punch cards equip eaters with eight opportunities to turn any 6-inch sub into a hearty lunch or a meaty boomerang, with interior options that include cold cuts of salami, ham, and provolone on the house special italian sub. Cooks pack plate space with a side of pasta salad or coleslaw for the 6-inch sub meal, and can cosset any 6-inch sub fillings in a white-flour, spinach, or wheat wrap upon request. The 12-inch sub meal meets foot-long stomachs with Philly-style USDA Choice beef or a choice of chicken, including grilled, barbecue, cajun, and honey-mustard options.
Crêpe Maker’s vast menu of sweet and savory crêpes whisks palates away to the cobbled streets of Paris, where the tastes of sizzling fruits and cheese coalesce with the aromas of pan-fried butter. A Louvre-worthy assortment of veggie crêpes features sculpted wonders of tomato, cheese, and basil ($5.95–$6.95), while an El Rancho breakfast crêpe entices stick-wielding tongues with a plated piñata full of eggs, salsa, red peppers, onions, blended cheese, and vine-ripened tomatoes ($6.95). Taste buds may revolt against bland fare after beholding the marinated chicken breast and sweet baked ham of the cordon bleu crêpe ($6.95–$7.95), but a sugarcoated Nutella and raspberry duo ($5.95–$6.95) will effectively cool their tempers. Modeled after the street cart creations of Paris, Crêpe Maker’s hand-held fare can be enjoyed while strutting through promenades, sitting with friends, or sword fighting with baguettes.
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.