Seaweed is as decorative as it is delicious at Blue Bamboo Sushi. Blue and green artworks covering the walls represent the flowing saltwater plant, thematically tying the decor to the wide selection sashimi and signature sushi rolls. At the sushi bar, chefs make good on the visual promise, rolling up classic sushi delights, such as the California roll, or getting creative with unorthodox cuts such as the Surf 'n' Turf—a roll filled with tempura-fried lobster, seared steak, and lemon-butter mayo.
The rest of the menu takes off from Japan, and is all over the map in the best way possible. The crab rangoon nods to American-inflected Chinese food, and the Pho—a long-simmered beef broth served with plates of sprouts, full basil leaves, lime, and jalapeño—takes taste buds on a quick trip to Vietnam. The culinary whims of the menu even skip over to Indonesia for the classic chicken satay served with thai peanut sauce. The point of origin for some of the dishes, however, is as local as the chef's imagination. The spicy tuna stuffed mushrooms, for example, come filled with pineapple-chili marinated tuna and soy for dipping, blending a slew of culinary traditions.
Chefs at Dachshund's Bar & Grill actually cook for not one, but two core demographics: hungry people and those people's dogs. On any regular day, you might see canines big and small on the outdoor patio enjoying the restaurant's housemade dog treats. Inside, sunlight bounces off brick, wood, and corrugated metal walls, illuminating a menu for people that includes sandwiches and bratwursts as well as small meals for kids and their imaginary dogs.
Along with black and blue burgers, chorizo-stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon, and shrimp po' boys, the menu lists a huge number of creative breed-themed franks. Among the stand-outs are the Sheep Dog (Guinness dijon-heaped kielbasa with sauerkraut), the Chow Chow (house-made chili and cheddar on a Black Angus dog), and the Shih-tzu (Black Angus dog with pulled pork, fried wontons, ginger, and spicy chili sauce). The Tampa Bay Times even called it "a bright, upbeat establishment that caters equally well to families, sports fans, and the happy-hour crowd," and gave their hot dogs high marks.
La'Berry Frozen Yogurt Cafe has a sleek, self-service design to create a space all its own. Inside its green and purple confines, it houses 18 do-it-yourself dispensers that churn out swirls of frozen yogurt. Starting with recipes based on Dannon nonfat yogurt, La'Berry makes most of its froyo fresh in-house daily. Flavors such as milk chocolate, peanut butter, cake batter, cookies & cream, mango, and taro mix lay the groundwork for more than 80 toppings that include waffle cone pieces, blueberries, and tapioca pearls poached from free-range Candy Land oysters. Patrons can drizzle hot fudge or strawberry syrup over their desserts and still rest easy knowing that the treats contain fewer calories and more active cultures than ice cream. Alternatively, Chloe's Fruit Soft Serve?a dairy-, fat-, and gluten-free treat?tempts sweet tooths with but three ingredients: fresh fruit, filtered water, and a touch of organic cane sugar. Under the same roof, La'Berry Bistro caters to savory tastes with paninis, salads, sandwiches, and wraps.
Deciding to call a restaurant and bar “Cheap” seems like a bold move, but it might not mean what you think it means. The owners, who had gained insight into guests’ needs through their other spots—Hyde Park Café, Whiskey Park, and the Kennedy—wanted to name this new eatery something that would serve as a daily reminder of their mission: to always exceed customers’ expectations. And, aside from the prices, cheap is one thing they plan to never be called. Housed inside a brick building, Cheap blends fun, eclectic decor throughout, including low-hanging birdcage lamps over tabletops surrounded by hot-pink chairs. Likewise, the menus—four of them, specifically, along with drink and dessert lists—create unexpected culinary fusions by combining a range of international flavors. The signature Cheap menu mingles classic sushi rolls with tuna tacos and fresh ceviche, a tapas-inspired menu fuses empanadas and meat skewers with hearty rib-eye steaks, and menus of sliders and pizzas bring the flavor smorgasbord home again.
Husband and wife Shanell and Cameron Robinson started Seasoned Clouds with the same shared goal in mind: bringing their community all-natural, freshly prepared lunches in a convenient, affordable way. So they hired and trained a team of professional chefs to create classic meals, ranging from mouth-watering herb-roasted chicken plated with tender vegetables to vegan lunches such as black bean and avocado sandwiches paired with sweet-potato chips. Their chefs also craft their own healthy homemade sauces and dressings, which appear exclusively in the dishes served through Seasoned Clouds.
At Seasoned Clouds, quality, personalization, and convenience are given equal measure. As a client, all of your meals are prepared by your personal chef and delivered directly to your workplace or home. With the highest quality ingredients and a diverse, ever-changing menu of meals at your disposal, chefs also help you avoid bland, reheated leftovers, lengthy lines at restaurants, and greasy food from fast-food places.
For the cooks at The Roman Forum, taste always trumps tradition. So while the menu sports plenty of Italian classics?including housemade manicotti and margarita pizza with fresh mozzarella- it also saves room for creative twists. To wit: beef carpaccio topped with capers and cured cheeses and onion strings served with seasoned toasts or macaroni and cheese brimming with shrimp, fish, and crabmeat.
The eclectic menu reflects the 7,000-square-foot restaurant itself, which comprises four distinct dining areas. A kids' playroom adjoins the casual Piazza Grande, while fine dining abounds in the swanky La Veranda Ristorante section. Over in the sports bar, meanwhile, bartenders supply cold brews and top-shelf liquors while the day's biggest games unfold on myriad big-screen TVs, including an 80-inch one that hangs directly over the bar. Lastly, The Roman Forum's caf? and espresso bar specializes in caffeinated jolts thanks to lattes and cappuccinos, as well as sweeter options such as house made cannoli's.