To call Harr's Surf & Turf Market a family business is a bit of an understatement. Stephen Innocenzi, the manager and head chef, has been joined by his mother, two aunts, a grandmother, a sister, a brother, and his two grandkids—38 employees in all. The meat industry comes naturally to the clan; Stephen’s stepfather, Ervin Harr, first picked up a filleting knife in 1961, and the pristine white aprons and cases full of crystalline ice eventually called to Stephen as well.
"Back in ’87,” he says, “I was working at a restaurant and studying to be an architect. I found passion for food, so I came to the family business."
In the shop, deep glass display cases teem with more than 20 varieties of fish each day, including Florida black grouper and wild-caught salmon. Staff members carefully wrap shellfish, shrimp, and crab legs, and can fly in live Maine lobster with one day's notice. Stephen walks among the aisles, going out of his way to dispense pairing advice and cooking suggestions.
"We have a customer that comes in, she'll have us write the cookbook's name and page number on the wrapper so she can remember what goes where. I think someone somewhere else would look at the woman, and say 'Huh?' But those of us that have been here, we're fine doing it. We don't mind."
While planning dinners, patrons draw from a stock that includes dry-aged prime beef, pork, lamb, hormone-free poultry, and Boar's Head deli products, all custom-cut in house. Bottles and jars stand on the shelves in sleek ranks, the colorful labels of 350 beers and wines displaying countries of origin that include Spain, Germany, and France. Stephen also takes particular interest in crafting complete meals for patrons to take home.
"We have 22 different types of kebabs made every day. We also have giant, stuffed twice-baked potatoes, we sell about 4,000 of those a week," he says, adding that much of what he prepares is dependent on trends. "My wife and I like to go to eat once or twice a week, and after, we'll brainstorm with the family, see what's popular."
The Pint and Brew corrals pale ales, stouts, pilsners, and wheat beers from area breweries, providing visitors with a one-stop shop for Tampa Bay's brews. Here, customers can belly up to the 42-foot wooden bar inside the 1,400-square-foot facility, sipping on beers from local craft breweries, including Barley Mow Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewery, and Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. No matter the brew, The Pint and Brew's staff members love talking beer and are happy to strike up a conversation. However, they also encourage patrons to participate in games of shuffleboard, ring toss, or Duck, Duck, Gose.
Rinnova Med-Surgical and Laser Institute enlists highly trained medical aestheticians to perform a wide range of anti-aging, wrinkle-diminishing skin services. All treatments begin with a VISIA in-depth consultation, which harnesses electronic discernment like a supercomputer's search for Waldo. Technicians then analyze skin's every crevice in order to identify needy areas and personalize treatment. Following analysis, aestheticians utilize their newfound knowledge, along with pelt-pampering enzyme technology, to diminish wrinkles and pores, and leave a rejuvenated, glowing complexion. During the one-hour treatment, an aesthetician kneads stress caused by mediating barbershop-quartet feuds out through patrons' hands and feet.
Every Sunday, patrons of the Palm Harbor House of Beer can go head to frothy head with Randall the Enamel Animal, a singular beer-infusing machine developed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The specially created tap can cram pints of beer with extra flavor from added hops, coffee beans, fruit, or even singles' phone numbers. This quirky contraption caught the attentions of a reviewer from the Tampa Bay Times, who hailed the bar as a "haven for beer nerds" during American Craft Beer Week in 2011. Patrons can also pick their poison from a lineup of 50 craft-beer taps from breweries such as Brooklyn and Flying Dog, along with local hopmasters Cigar City and Swamp Head. The bar's website takes care to keep the tap list updated frequently?allegedly to the minute?because, as co-owner A. J. Bubolz told the Palm Harbor Beacon, "three days from now, 25 percent of those will be different."
Shlomo Gourmet Subs & Deli lovingly crafts hearty fare by crossing Mediterranean and American influence harmoniously with natural ingredients sourced as close to the restaurant as possible. Open until the wee hours on most nights, Shlomo Gourmet Subs & Deli acts as a multiservice destination for guests seeking a swarm of hot, cold, and hearty ingredients. The prepping chefs stuff crispy chickpea balls, pickles, parsley, and tahini into hot-pressed pitas to form falafel sandwiches ($5.79), and sling a full pound of Boar’s Head meat onto moon-pie bread to deliver their one-pounder sandwich ($13.99). Gourmet vegetarian salads toss a cadre of ingredients directly onto the spears of waiting forks or fingers, with green options including the cayenne-accented Armenian ($6.99) and minty tabouleh ($8.99). Scooping spoons also shovel out delectable edibles by the pound or half-pound, from garlicky hummus ($3.99/$5.99) to beef- and spice-stuffed grape leaves ($5.50/$10.50) to hearty helpings of hellos and here's that hummus you ordered.