Owner and Chef Tony Newton keeps bellies filled sun-up to sundown with classic American fare, from omelets and waffles to sandwiches, steaks, and pasta. Located near Vanderbilt Beach, Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits fuels patrons for a day of sandcastle-stomping by cooking a bottomless breakfast buffet as fresh as the alphabet’s 27th letter. A dog-friendly outdoor patio, meanwhile, conveniently allows diners and their best four-legged friends to hang out while patrons nosh on one of the day’s three most important meals. The patio and two full bars also entertain patrons with nightly events, including musical acts, poker, comedy, and Fourier analysis competitions.
5 Brothers specializes in gourmet and specialty pizzas alongside Italian-style subs, wraps, salads, and more. Unfold a menu and an order of garlic knots ($3.50 for six; $5.50 for a dozen) with your tongue to start off a meal. Pizza options range from a single slice (cheese, $2.25 each; combo, $3 each) to 18" pies. Sink your teeth into the gooey goodness of a five-cheese white pizza ($14.95–$18.75), a specialty buffalo chicken ($16.75–$20.75), or the immensely popular Sicilian Supreme ($16.75–$20.75). The stuffed pizza ($16.75–$20.75) comes crammed with mozzarella, spinach, red peppers, meatballs, pepperoni, and roasted garlic and is sprinkled with 5 Brothers' specialty blend of herbs and spices. For the greener eaters, 5 Brothers dishes up seven specialty salads, such as the beach salad, romaine lettuce tossed with turkey, tomatoes, onions, cranberries, and feta (small, $7.25).
Mai Harkness admits that she loves to entertain guests and be the center of attention—she says on her website that it's just her Leo nature. But at Cgrape Chef, she steps back from a 20-year career in front-of-house work and thrusts her food into the spotlight.
Perhaps because of her passion for hospitality, Harkness's menu has something for just about everyone. Her fresh seafood, micro-greens, and organic produce span flavors from Thailand to Vietnam to Italy to meat-and-potatoes America. The Eastern influence is most prominent in entrees such as mongolian beef, pad thai, and pho. Other dishes have a classic supper-club feel, such as seafood risotto and pot roast. Although her menu is full of meats and gourmet glutens, Harkness also makes sure to offer several gluten-free and vegan choices. When the weather's nice, a couple of patio tables bloom behind the hedge that fronts Cgrape Chef's unassuming storefront.
Lined with more than 70 high-definition flat-screen televisions and two 110-inch projector screens, Boston Beer Garden immerses diners in 360 degrees of sports. Every seat is the best in the house, whether it’s a brown leather booth on the restaurant's perimeter, a high-top table in the center, or the bartender's lap. Behind the indoor and outdoor bars, the other barkeeps offer various microbrews and domestic drafts to complement the chefs' all-natural, home-style cooking—burgers stuffed with bacon and cheese, for instance, and short ribs braised in Sam Adams lager and Guinnes stout. To accompany nighttime happenings such as pub trivia and live music, the culinary team cooks until 2 a.m. from a late-night menu that includes deep-fried kosher pickles and sandwiches filled with ingredients such as scallions and harvati cheese.
Bowland Centers specialize in family entertainment, boasting multiple lanes and modern scoring systems that add a degree of leisure to any frame. Lanes are equipped with kid-friendly pop-up bumpers and spacious seating areas—the prime place to lace up a fresh pair of shoes ($3.25 per pair). Play game by game ($4.25 per game) or rent a lane by the hour ($16 before 6 p.m., $20 after 6 p.m.) while taking in the symphony of pin-knocks and hand-fives. En route to the semi-perfect game, guests can also stop by Nemo's Sports Cafe, which features ample amounts of eats and drinks, big screens televisions, and people who know your name, because you typed it up on the scoreboard.
The authentic tastes of Key West pounce across palates at Leapin’ Lizard, where an extensive menu of steak and seafood dishes tempers belly squalls amid the sprightly sounds of live entertainment. Patrons vanquish appetites with the slow-roasted queen- and king-cut prime rib (market price) and swathe landlocked taste buds in a deep-sea deluge of oysters on the half shell (market price). Teeth excavate through the jalapeño and cheddar layers of the Smokin' Southwest burger ($7.99) in search of the juicy beef patty at its center, and spoons sink into the spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, and chicken of the Cajun gumbo stew ($10.99). Leapin’ Lizard's full bar balances out the bayou heat with more than 35 varieties of beer—a regional beverage that explorer Juan Ponce de León first sipped at the fizzy golden spring of the Fountain of Youth. The invigorating drinks menu featuring specialty rum runners, such as the Hot Damn Taz, pairs well with weekly events and the plethora of live rock and roll music Tuesday through Sunday.