Since 1995, the cooks at Kebab Tandoor Grill have crafted bold, zesty Indian flavors from their cozy spot in the Saint Augustine Outlets's food court. For the most part, the culinary team sticks to traditional Indian cuisine, from lamb shish kebabs and chicken curry to fire-roasted eggplant cooked with onions and peas. That doesn?t mean the grill's cooks don't think outside the box, though?they also whip up roast-beef subs and breakfast specials, including a veggie-and-egg wrap served on pita bread.
Most Philly-cheesesteak connoisseurs know that it’s next to impossible to find an authentic version of the magically mammoth sandwich below the Mason-Dixon line. That said, South-A-Philly Steaks & Hoagies works pretty darn hard to be the exception to the rule. Discerning in its curation, the eatery imports par-baked bread directly from South Jersey. Once the rolls rise to perfection, the crew piles on hearty amounts of meat coupled with a generous coating of Cheez Whiz—the only condiment known to have been used in both sandwich creation and the signings of numerous constitutional amendments.
Balancing out the meaty menu, South-A-Philly Steaks & Hoagies not so surprisingly serves another Pennsylvanian staple—the hoagie. Each heroically sized creation is adorned with both italian Dietz and Watson meats and cheeses including genoa salami, coteghino, capocolla, and provolone. Truly adventurous offerings also fly out of the kitchen with toppings that range from onions, peppers, pickle slices, and the hands of friends who fight over said pickle slices.
Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.
Maui Grill began the way that many great adventures begin: with a hot dog cart. After working as Wolfgang Puck's kitchen manager at Spago in Maui, Chef Don went rogue, and on Independence Day 2009, amid raging bursts of firework light, he opened his cart for business. One cart became two, and in 2012, became Maui Grill, an indoor Hawaiian eatery ripe for luau-style grub. Shrimp and seafood get gussied up with sweet Asian sauce and coconut, leaving plenty of room for garnishes of house-made mango and papaya salsa. After two-handing a burger or sandwich with pineapple slaw, patrons can question Chef Don about his time cooking in the Navy or ask a Hawaiian shaved ice if it's ever considered other depilatory methods.
Caribbean Sol Cafe captures the spirit of the Sun Belt with a menu of comfort foods that borrows recipes from traditional Southern cooking as well as Central and South American culinary traditions. In addition to staples such as chicken and waffles, buttermilk biscuits with homemade sausage gravy, and local flounder with grits, this BYOB eatery also offers a handful of items with international roots. These dishes include breakfast burritos and flaky empanadas stuffed with egg, cheese, and bacon or sausage. With its red-and-taupe walls, simple wooden tables, and smattering of framed photographs, the dining room embraces the same casual spirit as its menu of homestyle cooking.
Cruisers Grill's cooks flip mouthwatering burgers on plates and mix their own dressings, marinades, and sauces, all of which helped the eatery earn the title of Best Every Day Burger from TravelHost magazine. Founded in 1996 and purchased in 2007 by proprietor Bobby Handmaker, the restaurant now boasts four locations, with plans to begin franchising and open a fifth on Mars in 2014. Trivia and live music entertain patrons throughout the week at select locations, and a fleet of wooden booths proffers perfect views of onsite TVs.