Apollo's Bistro warmly embraces clans in a casual, chic eatery tantalizing taste buds with an eclectic medley of fresh, upscale cuisine doled out by amiable servers. Surf Mediterranean swells of flavor flooding the spinach and artichoke pizza, a 7-inch pie peppered with recently reaped veggies and mozzarella swirling in a tempest of white sauce ($7.99, add crab for $2), or opt to savor an 8-ounce prime burger ($7.99), which serenades lonely diners recently abandoned by balloon animal pets. Steeped in a fruity marinade, the spicy mango shrimp cooks over an open flame before bestowing bellies with seasonal veggies, a side item, and a side salad ($14.99). Diners dive into these eats amidst taupe walls and ebony booths awash in streams of natural sunlight and stream-of-consciousness short stories.
Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger shack that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 Burgers to reflect this full-circle journey. Unlike that original restaurant, though, Square 1 Burgers grew over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.
Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Patties of Meyer's all-natural red Angus beef, Kobe, lamb, ground buffalo, and portobello mushroom caps all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from sun-dried tomato and artichoke hummus to homemade double-dipped onion rings. Even the milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua or brandy, cr?me de cacao continue to demonstrate Square 1 Burgers' playful spirit.
Matt McClellan calls himself "the fittest man in pizza," and when you see him, you know why. The athlete and author of The 30 Day Pizza Diet is currently training for a body-building competition by eating nothing but pizza, and looking totally ripped in the process. McClellan is living proof that, through smart preparation and careful intake, people can enjoy their favorite foods while getting fit at the same time. He's also proof that pizza isn't the diet boogeyman that it was once made out to be.
McClellan's mission has taken him to media outlets ranging from NBC and the Huffington Post to the Food Network and the Travel Channel, but it's also taken him into the kitchen. In 2008, he founded Tour de Pizza, where patrons still gather over crisp, savory pies cooked to McClellan's own specifications. Favorites here include the Pearscuitto, which mingles pears and proscuitto ham with crumbles of gorgonzola and drizzles of garlic oil. Patrons can also take a bite of the McClellan, Matt's eponymous pie that includes fresh tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and spicy sausage.
String lights glimmer on the hunter-green walls like stars through evening foliage. A large mural depicts a distant city against a burgundy-and-gray dusk. Some of these accents date back to Cafe Vienna’s inception 40 years ago, but the torch has since been passed to Tony Klobuchar, whose son Steve mans the kitchen. From those clattering confines spill the aromas of time-tested Austro-Hungarian cuisine, including steaming bratwurst platters and marinated herring. Though the servers move quickly, there's much that goes into the preparation of these dishes; tender beef-loin sauerbraten, for example, marinates in traditional spices and red-wine vinegar for a minimum of five days. Above plates of grilled pork schnitzel, imported German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner crash together, sending flecks of foam to tablecloths in the deep red hues of a fire truck that has been driving around with hair curlers on.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
There are few online reviews for the Earth Origins Market (formerly Mother Earth Market) East Silver Springs Boulevard and 76th Boulevard locations, but there are some for the 13th Street location. Nine Google Mappers give it a three-star average, and five Yelpers give it a four-star average: