The chefs at Bella Luna Pizzeria like to get creative in the kitchen, dreaming up unusual names for their pies—such as Mona Lisa and The Vatican—and tossing their thin New York–style crusts with unique toppings such as barbecue pork and andouille sausage. They even extend their culinary expertise toward vegan pizzas, topping them with dairy-free cheese and fresh vegetables. When they’re not perfecting their pies, the chefs keep busy slicing up meats for crunchy hero sandwiches and whipping up meatballs for spaghetti dinners. As the chefs bustle around the kitchen, customers await their meals in the bright dining room over pitchers of draft beers and bottles of sparkling champagne.
Voted a Best of Coast frame shop by Independent News, Framery & Gallery houses an expert staff that's capable of embellishing clients' most paper-thin memories with a slew of matting and framing services. Patrons can mount a school diploma ($35–$100) behind a custom beveled mat, or utilize the store’s poster-framing ($75–$200) expertise to capture a favorite action star behind glass without fear of violent reprisal. A large stock of customizable decorative moulding designs ensures that there's a frame to match any item, be it a delicate watercolor painting or a bold pet chameleon.
Basking in the light of 13 flat-screen TVs, The Sports Bar of Perdido Key's menu of classic bar fare pairs with 13 tap beers to fuel social outings. Cooks char-broil 1/3-pound patties and bookend the meaty disks between two buns for the hamburger ($7.99), bacon cheeseburger ($8.49), or Wayne's Special burger ($8.99), featuring pepper jack cheese and sautéed onions. Created using cereal box technologies, jumbo chicken wings ($13.49 for 20) emerge from the kitchen enlarged to show texture and with a choice of six dipping sauces, including spicy honey mustard. In addition, servers carry out dishes with 1/4-pound Hebrew National hot dogs, appetizers, sandwiches, and a house salad.
The surfing and skating savants at Innerlight spread outdoor sporting enthusiasm through a wide selection of lessons and beachside merchandise. Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) synthesizes the buoyant balance of surfing and self-propulsion of canoeing to form a single aquatic super-sport. Led by an American Red Cross–certified instructor, the one-hour private lesson hones pupils with boardborne basics. Students learn stable-paddling techniques, ocean-safety skills, and how to read the tides for good conditions without reading goggles. SUP riders receive a paddle and a height- and weight-appropriate board for use during the lesson, with training wheels available upon request.
The spirit stockpilers of Paradise Liquor amass a dizzying collection of hard-to-find craft beers, fine and novelty wines, and liquors. The helpful, friendly staff will pluck the ideal bottle of wine from the extensive vino collection to best complement light summer pastas and hors d'oeuvre trays. Seagram's Gin ($19.99/1.75 liter) injects juniper tones into any gimlet, whereas Canadian Mist whiskey warms up to small glasses of ice. Christen newborn ocean liners with a bottle of Evan Williams Black bourbon ($19.99/1.75 liter) or enliven sleepy knitting circles with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka ($19.99/1.75 liter). If a favorite libation cannot be located on the ample shelves of Paradise Liquor, sauce suppliers are happy to place a special order or guide discerning palettes toward an alternative intoxicant.