Merritt's Table welcomes diners into a converted historic home, built in 1926 and offering ideal acoustics for clinking glasses brimming with boutique wine. Seated around white-linen-capped tables set across multiple small dining rooms, patrons savor selections from the day's small plates, which in the past have included hon-shimeji mushrooms—sautéed in butter, shallots, and porcini-mushroom stock—and roasted chicken and black-eyed-pea stew imbued with toscano kale. Among previous farm-fresh entrees, highlights include a braised osso buco ragout with buttermilk turnip puree, grilled flat iron steak with smoky paprika pasta and cheese, and Canaveral white shrimp drizzled with a Monterey mushroom and heirloom-tomato pan sauce and paired with Anson Mills cheese grits, one of chef Bolton's signature sides. To accompany entrees, owner Laura Farrelly scours the globe to stock Merritt's sprawling wine list with such selections as a flowery Alois Lageder pinot grigio and rich Cartlidge & Browne cabernet sauvignon.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
At Philly Station cooks build their eponymous sandwich by piling an Amoroso's roll with rib-eye steak and housemade cheese sauce. They create variations of this specialty sandwich by swapping the steak for chicken or a vegan meat substitute or topping it with bacon, teriyaki, or feta. Their sandwiches pair nicely with housemade soups, such as from-scratch dumplings and chicken off the bone ensconced in a sourdough-bread bowl. Tastykakes and Utz potato chips round out the East Coast experience, as does the graffiti-style mural on one wall that pays homage to Philadelphia better than a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Rocky.
The Loughman Lake Beer and Food Fest, formerly known as the Titusville Craft Beer Festival, sets a spread of up to 70 domestic and craft beers for festival-goers to sample amidst the scenic vista at Loughman Lake. Since 2012, the festival has been a destination for fun lovers of all stripes: guests can chew the fat about their favorite baseball teams or play full-contact chess in the sports lounge, toast digital gladiators in the video-game area, or rock out to live music played throughout the day. Thanks to the new venue, the festival also offers a chance to jet across the wetlands on an airboat with reservations through the lakeside lodge.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of steakhouse fare for lunch. • For $15, you get $30 worth of steakhouse fare for dinner. The chefs at Durango Steakhouse man an oak fire grill to seal the aromatic flavors of the Old West into their collection of meats, which include USDA Choice grain-fed beef. With menus for both lunch and dinner, diners can snag the delectable Southwestern pork chops for midday meat munching ($7.50–$12.95), or schedule a blind dinner-date with the 8-ounce sirloin steak seasoned with a blend of secret spices ($10.95–$13.95). Durango's sandwiches such as the margarita mahi-mahi with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle ranch ($8.50–$13.50) quell aggressive belly bellows; a selection of fajitas, quesadillas, and burritos encourage taste buds to straddle borderlines. Children ages 12 and under can delve into the kids' menu to polish off a plate of sirloin steak ($6.49), wreck a rack of ribs ($6.95), or name each noodle of the mac n' cheese after their favorite Supreme Court justices ($3.95).
Loyd Have Mercy has earned praise from Metromix and FloridaToday.com for its original southern cuisine. That's because the family-owned eatery's cooks whip up their dishes from old family recipes. The menu teems with southern favorites, such as barbecue ribs, creamy grits, and chitterlings, plus seafood baskets, oxtails, and smothered chicken. The end result is satiated customers who gain all the benefits of home cooking without such tiresome tasks as prepping and cooking the meal and throwing the dirty dishes out of the window when it's over.