At Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar, the piquant seafood staples of Louisianan Cajun cuisine quell robust belly rumblings. Diners silence stomachs by sinking spoons into New Orleans jambalaya or cracking into snow crab legs and shrimp smothered in butter sauce. A side of Cajun fries complements the flavors of Cajun fried shrimp, and french bread po' boys contain gravy-slathered roast beef as opposed to rich boys, which are stuffed with $100 bills.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
It's not much of a leap to guess that chef Eddie James is the head cook and owner of Chef Eddie's. Along with his wife, Bess, he cooks up tangy barbecue and traditional soul food with all the southern-style fixings. Whether cooking for diners in the laid-back eatery or catering for a private party, chef Eddie aims to please with his red-wine-marinated beef ribs and seasoned barbecue chicken, slow-cooked and smothered in sweet, mildly spicy barbecue sauce. His restaurant's walls sparkle with history, adorned with memorabilia from the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Motown nights and Sunday gospel brunches keep the eatery echoing with song, and poetry nights fill in the gaps when instruments take a break to fill up on waffles and fried chicken.
Funky Monkey Wine Company knows how to fill a glass, but it's the way they fill plates that has earned them a dedicated following and multiple best-of awards from OpenTable diners. Chef de Cuisine Ashley Nickell creates seasonally-inspired Italian entrees such as bruschetta del giorno and pork saltimbocca, prepared with the skills she showcased on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. Entrees pair with an extensive wine list, and a special wine dinner series presents special menus with accompanying varietals to highlight complementary flavors.
The chefs at each Copper Canyon Grill, a mid-Atlantic favorite, craft their regional American dishes from scratch every day. Their kitchens fill with flames and savory aromas as they roast meats and vegetables over hardwood fires, making customers happy, but leaving behind bare earth at local basketball arenas.
The kitchen yields hearty servings of grilled prime rib and filet mignon, ahi tuna and Atlantic salmon, and Delmarva-style crab dip and Eastern Shore jumbo lump crab cakes. It also tempts with a signature rotisserie chicken and jalapeño- and serrano-pepper cornbread baked in an iron skillet.
To eat fresher shrimp than the ones served at Stonington's Seafood Restaurant, diners would have to steal an inobservant shrimp fisherman's lunch. The eatery's cooks hand peel and fry each shellfish with all the care of a skilled chef carving shellfish into watermelons, and also crack open lobsters for fresh sandwiches and sizzle Maryland-style crab cakes in their kitchen. These plates pair perfectly with chunks of their signature corn bread, some six-cheese macaroni, or piles of homemade onion rings.