Thirty years ago, a mother, a son, and his wife joined forces to create their own barbecue restaurant, starting with family-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes. They formula proved to be a success, and Woody’s Bar-B-Q now dishes the same quality eats from locations in six states. The restaurant’s defining secret sauce decorates baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and roasted half-chickens at each location.
As a winner of the 2010 Golden Spoon Award, 95 Cordova is known for their upscale, seasonal dishes and luxurious ambience. Start off with a butcher's plate of prosciutto, black forest ham, and aged salami, with soft and aged cheeses, grain mustard, olives, cornichons, and rustic bread ($10, $16 to share). Daintily sip a bowl of creamy, roasted artichoke bisque ($5 for cup, $7 for bowl) before diving face-first into the crab and shrimp ravioli's vodka-tomato cream sauce ($26). Subdue your steaktooth with naturally aged hand-cut angus beef from the chop house, in its divine form of blue cheese fillet mignon ($32). Pair entrees with sides such as mushrooms ragout and truffle oil mac and cheese ($4), or sophisticated sips from the extensive wine list.
U.S. veterans and grill owners Nick and Brad populate their eatery's all-American menu with behemoth burgers, scrumptious wraps, and savory seafood dishes. Troll a spoon around a bowl of Guinness chili, concocted from fresh ground beef, spices, and Guinness ($5.95), or dunk an appetite in the golden-brown deliciousness of the fish 'n' chips ($10.95). The Five-Alarm burger, a third-pound ground-beef patty, ignites mouths with flames of spicy chipotle mayo and hot peppers and melted american-cheese kindling ($7.95). Wraps such as the veggie ($6.95) or shrimp ($7.95) bind ingredients with a flour tortilla and the power vested in Nick and Brad by the state of Florida.
Cafe Eleven's cooks craft a dinner menu of salads, sandwiches, meaty entrees, and vegetarian spreads within a sleek noshery near the beach that also boasts an outside dining area. Muffle the atonal grumbles of stomach crooners with a tamarind salad, a lush bed of mixed greens, pulled turkey, peanuts, oranges, carrots, and rice noodles soused in a tamarind plum vinaigrette ($8.25) or an herbivore-friendly hummus platter ($7.95). Sandwiches such as the brie, ham, or apple-laden Vermont melt (each $7.95) make delicious accouterments to empty hands, and the meatloaf ($9.95), pesto-spinach lasagna ($10.95), and cucumber-dill salmon ($12.95) require a fork to enjoy and romantically catapult into the agape mouths of epicurean dinner dates. After quelling appetites with a leisurely meal, reboot boogie batteries with a shot of espresso ($2) or a chalice of french-vanilla latte ($4–$4.50) before moon walking to the tunes of a local or nationally touring band during one of Cafe Eleven's frequent live merriments.
Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.