Serving up secret-sauce-slathered eats since 1980, Woody's has garnered praise from publications that include the Ledger and continues to woo taste buds with succulent ribs, chicken, pork, and sides. Patrons can perform cheek-stretching calisthenics with the Super sampler starter, a piled-high platter of popable bites, including fried garlic mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, corn nuggets, and onion rings ($9.99), before moving on to a main event such as a full rack of Woody's signature baby-back ribs, featuring pork that slips off the bone as sure as a cat slips off an ice sculpture of a larger cat ($14.99). Meat disciplinarians might consider the Sloppy Woody—pulled pork and Woody's secret sauce caught in a prison of formalist bread loaves ($7.99). Vegetarians are invited to pig out on a pint of coleslaw ($3.99) or a flurry of country vegetables ($1.99).
Prudence Manolov is an artist. But you don't have to stand at a distance when viewing her work. Not even for the pieces that take her up to 20 hours to create.
She wants you to eat them.
Manolov's most-prized works of art are her specialty cakes, whose sculptural, airbrushed designs and unusual flavors have earned her feature spots on Fox-35 News and at events celebrating everything from marriage to a baby's first insulin spike. She initially honed her sugar-sculpting skills at a cake-decorating class at Michaels, where she discovered fondant and an outlet for her artistic talents. Along with elaborate cake creations, which have taken shapes ranging from footballs to seated mermaids, she and her bakery staff create gourmet cupcakes, cream puffs, cannolis, brownies, and other pastries.
Cavallari Gourmet stocks kitchens with high-quality ingredients and beverages while smoothing over the travails of shopping with exemplary customer service. The store carries a wide selection of foodstuffs including an in-house line of sauces and toppings made with carefully vetted ingredients that—like releasing a wolverine in the dining room—add extra zest and excitement to every meal. Those whose hunger cannot be contained can fill their bellies as they shop, munching on a variety of gourmet sandwiches made fresh in-store, including the Cavallari Italian plied with Boar's Head ham, genoa salami, and hot cappy ($8.49), or the crab salad sub, chock full of toothsome, crustacean-flavored surimi ($7.99). Cavallari's large wine selection pairs vinous accompaniment with gourmet victuals. A spread of party platters provides preparation-free group nutrition, offering up a delectable variety of lunchmeats, veggies, and fruit. Most party platters are priced between $20 and $50 and feed 8 to 20 people, depending on size, appetite, and predilection for competitive eating.
Each day, Marco's churns out freshly concocted sauces and house-made dough to construct a delicious assortment of palate-pleasing pies. The menu of specialty pizzas includes a strategic conglomeration of carnivorous delicacies, whimsical veggies, and a gooey triumvirate of cheese. With four types of classic pizza meats, the Meat Supremo packs enough protein to conquer a hoard of bloodthirsty Visigoths intent on sacking the Imperial LEGO forum. Gentle omnivores, however, represent additional food groups with the White Cheezy, which features butter-garlic sauce and a smattering of bacon over feta, onions, and tomatoes. Lettuce and Lotus-eaters can enjoy the vegetarian bliss of a specialty Garden pie or fashion their own flesh-free pizza from the ample selection of toppings.
One of the largest privately-owned specialty coffee and tea shops in the United States, Barnie's offers dozens of different gourmet coffees, each quality-controlled tested to ensure a premium cup of joe. Your caffeinated combo comes with a pound each of three palate-pleasing varieties sure to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. The first bag contains Barnie's Jamaican Me Crazy blend, a sweet, vanilla-infused flavor that carries hints of caramel and tropical liquor ($14). Next is Kenya AA, a bold choice throughout the workday crunch, culled from mountain-top soil in east Africa ($17). You'll also get the 100% pure Hawaiian Kona, a rare and superior-quality coffee grown in rich, volcanic soil ($45). Packaged in a reusable wooden magazine crate ($7), each coffee pack comes with a stainless-steel scoop that's ideal for precise coffee measurements and also handy for impromptu chiclet fights ($7).
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
The view of Florida wildlife from the lakeview terrace at The Lazy Gator Bar needs no food or drinks to make it worthwhile. Over buckets of beers and colorful mixed drinks resting on tables, the setting sun casts an orange-pink glow that adds a charming touch to the airboats coming in from a tour. This glow even makes Hammy look friendly––the 11-foot-long alligator who soaks in a pool at the live gator and bird exhibit adjoining Black Hammock Gift Shop. Waiters bring out bar snacks from the restaurant, while guests to linger over drinks as bands play live music on weekends.