Chef Sergio Perez left his native Havana with his mother's recipes in tow more than 20 years ago, and he still uses them to whip together Cuban fare at The Florida Café. For the past 15 years, he's been crafting cuban sandwiches, paella, slow-roasted pork, fried cow, and shrimp enchiladas from this eatery, which calls the Howard Johnson Hotel home. He and his kitchen staff also prepare breakfast dishes such as eggs with plantains and cuban toast. Sergio augments his list of eats with live Cuban music and an array of wines and specialty cocktails, including the original mojito made with Cruzan light rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and rock-candy syrup from Mount Rushmore's four giant lollipops—gifts from Cuba.
For 51 years, the pizza aficionados at Round Table Pizza have been mixing, kneading, and rolling out their pizza dough from scratch every morning. Cooks sling pies throughout the day, an aromatic process that begins when they slather disks in zesty tomato sauce, followed quickly by the application of premium aged cheeses, and finally a trip into the super-hot ovens that shimmer with heat and pride as they create a browned, bubbling masterpiece. The menu includes signature specialty pizzas such as the King Arthur's Supreme, a Mediterranean-inspired assemblage of pepperoni, green peppers, and italian dry salami unimpressed by its neighbors' slapstick antics. The Wombo Combo quickly earns a pass for its bizarre name with a mouthwatering combo of bacon, roma tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.