The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and other flavor options including georgia mud fudge blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($2.29+). The peanut buster parfait slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight ($3.39+). This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies and fruit drinks to create a sweet treat superpower.
Even with the football game glowing on the 20-plus HD flat screens, you can't help but glance over when a dish emerges from the kitchen at Nicky's Restaurant Sports Bar. The sizzling seafood and juicy steaks give off an enticing aroma that can be a challenge to ignore. Chef Julio Renderos masterminds the full menu, folding fresh ingredients into the seafood specialties and favorites such as fiery wings, ribs, burgers, and tender lobster tails. Meanwhile, friendly bartenders take charge of the lengthy wooden bar, doling out frosty pints of draft beer and premium mixed drinks. Nicky's also offers free WiFi as well as buzztime trivia and Texas hold 'em nights.
To help ensure freshness and flavor, the chicken at Chick n Chop is never frozen. Each carefully selected cut is coated with the kitchen's signature blend of seasonings and sauces before making its way into Mediterranean-style dishes such as stuffed pitas, grilled chicken salads, and chicken piccata.
The restaurant is known for its grill-n-chops, succulent chunks of white-meat chicken tossed with accompaniments such as Greek olives, peperoncini, and feta. Top them off with a variety of inventive sauces, ranging from spicy curry mustard to robust Mediterranean garlic. Non-poultry offerings include eggplant parmigiana, creole-style beef picadillo, and tilapia with artichoke hearts. Catering services are also available.
Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
Though Indonesian food is known for being far spicier than Thai, both cuisines share many ingredients in common, including coconut milk and galangal root. At Indo Quest Restaurant, these culinary traditions are paired on a menu that The Miami Herald hails as "diverse" and "complex." Specialties include fried sweet plantains and zesty coconut curries chockfull of proteins such as chicken or beef. Thai-wise, they toss fixings such as shrimp or tofu with pad see-ew noodles and spicy versions of Thai-style fried rice. These dishes are enjoyed in Indo Quest's cozy dining room, where feasts unfold amidst verdant plants and a mix of Indonesian and Thai art.
Cake Creations owner and master pastry chef Yami Fernandez-Rubio whips up made-to-order cupcakes in a variety of gourmet flavors from the confines of her family-owned-and-operated bakery. Choose up to two of the different flavor combinations to make up your dozen, including best sellers such as red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, as rich and smooth as a pile of gold in a silk smoking jacket, or guava cake with guava cream-cheese frosting. Traditionalists will enjoy six vanilla-bean cakes with sweet vanilla buttercream paired with six chocolate cakes topped with bitter chocolate frosting, both of whose incompatible personalities make them no less delicious. Take advantage of the seasonally available pumpkin-spice cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, which will return to live in hibernation with the Great Pumpkin once the first frost settles on the land.