Five growing boys equals five hungry mouths to feed. This is how Moe Elkasri got his start: cooking healthy food for himself and his brothers. Later, in 1990, this experience served him well when he opened the original Pita's Republic, which has since bloomed into 16 locations. His eateries focus on crafting food on-site that is flavorful and nutritious, unlike mints made from seaweed. To this end, most dishes start with whole grain pita bread, made from Moe's secret recipe, which wrap around protein such as fresh, marinated chicken. Low-fat yogurt forms the base of the tzaziki sauce, and gyro meat is broiled to rid it of excess fat. Vegetarians also find satisfaction here with pitas brimming with hummus, veggies, and tabouli.
Every night is different at Zapps Live Entertainment. Local acts set the tune of the night with rock and roll jams, creating a lively atmosphere for guests sipping drinks and chatting with friends. To take an edge off the drinks, guests can order up kitchen specialties such as the clam basket with fries and slaw or eight-ounce angus beef burgers topped with cheddar and slices of bacon. Chefs also makesweets for those looking for dessert or something to make their dentist angry, baking up both blonde and chocolate brownies served with a dollop of ice cream.
Cork & Olive Wine Bar & Café's chief oenophiles, Hank and Doug, celebrate the store's expansive collection of wines and microbrews by adding a social tasting and snacking experience to the joy of shopping for fine imbibables. During these tastings, guests may have the opportunity to observe actual gold flakes tumble and turn amid the racing bubbles of the Peter Brum Gold Sparkler or note how the creamily textured tannins in the Cinnabar merlot transform when paired with artisanal cheeses and gourmet meats. Oak barrels await the touch of a tap to allow customers to fill their own bottles or purses with ripe, fermented delights. Every Friday and Saturday, live jazz imbues the air with as many varied and unpredictable notes as are found in the store's collection of wines.
Little Ochi Island Grille is cooking up authentic Jamaican food and we mean authentic. There is no competition when it comes to the bold flavors and great taste cooked up here at Little Ochi. If you enjoy flavorful and spicy Jamaican cuisine, reminiscent to your last vacation to Jamaica then you'll love it here.
Chef Rafael Rosario grew up in Puerto Rico, where he developed a taste for fresh seafood and Caribbean flavors. A brief stint in New Orleans added Cajun spices to his culinary repertoire, ultimately inspiring him to create Shrimp & Co. Restaurant’s eclectic mix of island- and creole-inspired cuisine.
Opened in July 2009, Shrimp & Co. offers an extensive menu of crispy fried fish, bayou oysters, and steam pots brimming with whole crawfish, blue crabs, or toy steam engines trying to refuel. Chef Rosario and his wife share a keen dislike for frozen, run-of-the-mill foods—they continually seek out unusual recipes and visit local markets each day to purchase fresh grouper, mahi-mahi, oysters, and gulf shrimp as well as Plant City produce. Their attention to fresh and creative flavor pairings hasn’t gone unnoticed: a Creative Loafing review touts the eatery for its “incredible blackened seafood” and “imaginative spiced ceviche.”