What draws humanity so consistently to eat food—besides the adrenaline rush of competitive-eating contests—is the pleasant sensation of taste. Today’s Groupon tastefully honors your taste buds: $5 gets you $10 worth of food and drink at Taste Cafe, a Safety Harbor institution serving up customizable dishes that can easily meet any dietary requirement or overwhelming fruit phobia. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Occupying 22 sprawling acres of Tampa Bay coastline, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa combines the leisure of a luxury resort with the peaceful release of a day spa. A pack of 10 resort day passes provides unlimited access to the 50,000 square feet of recently renovated resort, spa, and fitness facilities for a full face-wallop's worth of relaxation. Three pools offer aquatic opportunities for every temperament. A fitness center is stocked to the muscle-bound rafters with cardio and weight equipment, and group classes take place daily, with 78 classes available each week. Clean and spacious men's and women's locker rooms give guests a chance to wind down in privacy after schvitzing within the confines of a sauna or steam room. The 10 passes can be used by one person over the course of 10 separate days, or shared with nine companions chanting "number nine" in a vaguely British monotone.
Central Park's ingredient-stacking chefs craft a menu of amply portioned bread cocoons that span international borders. The Midtown meatball sandwich's house-made meatballs orbit a fresh-baked hoagie roll amid a nebula of marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese ($6.99), and the Pittsburgh pastrami glazes the namesake protein with spicy mustard, adding heaping strata of grilled onions and swiss cheese to its grilled rye bread ($7.29). The deli's continental comestibles include an array of wraps ($6.29–$6.99) hermetically sealed to preserve flavor, as well as a gyro whose beef and lamb blossom within its pita casing, unfurling a kaleidoscopic mixture of onion, tomato, and tzatziki sauce ($5.99). Central Park accessorizes its crusty creations with a slew of sides, such as its house-made coleslaw and potato salad ($1.79 each), evoking childhood memories of picnics and capture-the-mountain-lion tournaments.
The chefs at Skara Mediterranean Grill never stray far from garlic, tahini, olive oil, and other quintessential Greek seasonings. Chilled dips and spreads, such as hummus and tzatziki, and warm appetizers, such as zucchini fritters, kick off meals before waiters bring out rich entrees that include grilled whole red snapper and lobster pasta. As diners sip Greek and Napa wines, they settle into the welcoming dining room, which exudes the essence of the Cyclades Greek Islands and is warmly decorated with some of Zeus's old paintings. Accents of traditional blue and white ignite the room while diners savor imported beers to complement the authentic Mediterranean dining experience.
Aromas of European grain-filtered coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice mingle with the hearty scent of buckwheat pancakes cooking on Eggstyle’s griddles. Behind a full juice bar, fruit tenders blend yogurt-infused smoothies with fresh peaches, oranges, and pineapples and pour a warm selection of coffee and tea drinks. Chefs stuff thin crepes, prepared fresh daily, with cream cheese and raspberry coulis or brie and pears while crowning nine different types of benedict with housemade hollandaise sauce. Every Monday–Friday, a lunch menu helps field orders for busy office workers and diners who took too long to decide what to order for breakfast.
In its simplest form, the art of cooking can be traced back to fire and stone. FlameStone Grill relies on these elements—specifically lava stones and open-fire pits—to invest their cuisine with authentic, rustic flavor. Chefs tailor the char on each Stock Yards of Chicago Angus beef steak, aged a minimum of 28 days, to every order or slow-roast braised short ribs after massaging them with an herbal dry rub ($25.90). Specialty plates such as the mile-high meatloaf ($14.50) and pasta rustica with sautéed shrimp ($16) round out the menu, and a wine list, 150 bottles strong, contains the ideal complement to entrees, first dates, or nearly finished wine-bingo sheets.