To help ensure freshness and flavor, the chicken at Chick n Chop is never frozen. Each carefully selected cut is coated with the kitchen's signature blend of seasonings and sauces before making its way into Mediterranean-style dishes such as stuffed pitas, grilled chicken salads, and chicken piccata.
The restaurant is known for its grill-n-chops, succulent chunks of white-meat chicken tossed with accompaniments such as Greek olives, peperoncini, and feta. Top them off with a variety of inventive sauces, ranging from spicy curry mustard to robust Mediterranean garlic. Non-poultry offerings include eggplant parmigiana, creole-style beef picadillo, and tilapia with artichoke hearts. Catering services are also available.
Even when a pizza is covered in vegetables, it's difficult to create a healthy dish, but EJ Martinez is out to change that. Working with a nutritionist, he designed Power Pizzeria's menu to put a healthy twist on an old favorite. As each pizza is carefully crafted, the process begins by infusing the dough with whey protein. The mozzarella used is part-skim, and healthy toppings such as crisp veggies and turkey meatballs offer healthy alternatives to this year's trend of sausage crusts. In addition to a menu of health-conscious pizzas, Power Pizzeria also dishes out fresh salads, wraps, and multi-grain pasta dishes.
Though Indonesian food is known for being far spicier than Thai, both cuisines share many ingredients in common, including coconut milk and galangal root. At Indo Quest Restaurant, these culinary traditions are paired on a menu that The Miami Herald hails as "diverse" and "complex." Specialties include fried sweet plantains and zesty coconut curries chockfull of proteins such as chicken or beef. Thai-wise, they toss fixings such as shrimp or tofu with pad see-ew noodles and spicy versions of Thai-style fried rice. These dishes are enjoyed in Indo Quest's cozy dining room, where feasts unfold amidst verdant plants and a mix of Indonesian and Thai art.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
Cold or hot, it's guaranteed to delight if it comes from Palato. Gelato and coffee are the specialties, with hand-written chalkboard menus shouting toothsome options from the cafe's sherbet-colored walls. Their sweet, almond-based cookie sandwiches have a cream filling with specific flavors such as Nutella, Pistachio, White Chocolate Coconut, and Red Velvet. Smoothies and milk shakes blend the sweetness of dessert with the drinking straws, while a range of coffees includes espresso, frappes, and the house signature Palaccino.
The rhythmic whirring of fruit-annihilating blades, punctuated by the crunching of ice and glugging of poured juices, courses through Smoothie King’s health emporium. Guests select from a bountiful selection of made-to-order beverages in seven categories—including Stay Healthy, Trim Down, and Get Energy—each formulated with specific fruit combos to help bulk up muscle or trim down waistlines. The Raspberry Sunrise balances out its tartness with honey, while the exotic Mangosteen Madness showcases the Southeast Asian fruit along with strawberries and papaya. Guests can augment their fruit flavors with one of 11 enhancers, such as a vitamin and calcium blend to strengthen joints, or a 125 mg Caffeine Charge enhancer to temporarily make mowing the lawn less sleep-inducing.