Sun filters through bay windows at The Blue Goose, a coffee and wine shop nestled within the painted blue walls of a repurposed home. Upon entering the friendly environs, visitors are greeted with a barrage of smiling faces and the scent of freshly ground Jittery Joe’s and Perc coffee beans. Servers ferry small plates of goat cheese and hummus to tables, pairing the snacks with imported and domestic wine and bottled brews. These gourmet refreshments also feed private parties in The Blue Goose’s backroom and on its outdoor patio, which can accommodate up to 60 guests or one Mothra.
The chefs at Ship 2 Shore Seafood & Steaks fry, grill, broil, or blacken fine meals using highest quality ingredients from land and sea. Aquatic hankerings can be sated quickly without eating a child's sandcastle by ordering the mussels appetizer, which chefs free from rocks before sautéing ($8.99). The seafood trio lets diners collate a three-piece dream-squad from options such as shrimp, scallops, oysters, clam strips, and fish ($15.99; $12.99 for seniors), while the 16-ounce T-bone steak delights carnivores with a slab of high-quality certified Angus beef ($19.99). Kids' meals proffer a smattering of shrimp, clam strips, corn dogs, or mac 'n' cheese ($4.99 each) that tots can nosh from the safety of their under-the-table forts, while homemade peanut-butter pies end dinners on a sweet note ($2.99/slice).
Exposed-brick walls bearing dartboards, colorful paintings, and flat-screen televisions anchor Dog Star Tavern's rustic, playful character. Bartenders stand behind a glossy bar top, filling shakers with selections from 50 rums and 25 vodkas and washing aged scotch over ice cubes. Frosty mugs fill with 16 draft beers, ideal for sipping on hot nights in the beer garden or after dancing up a sweat to live music Thursday–Saturday.
The chocolatesmiths at Fantastic Fudge meld together slabs of rich fudge in an old-fashioned copper kettle using a recipe that's more than a century old. Sink sweet teeth into chocolate and nuts with a half-pound slice ($6.50) of maple-walnut fudge. Rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate pecan also populate the roster of delectable convections. Delicious saltwater taffy ($4.91 for 3/4 lb. box), unlike a shoe full of baby flip-flops, pleasantly commemorates time spent on the beach. Fantastic Fudge also whips up tasty assortments, such as a half-pound bag of peanut brittle ($4.91) and a one-third pound bag of chocolate popcorn ($5).
Island Time's dessert devotees craft 14 all-natural, kosher flavors of frozen yogurt, which boast live, active cultures and swirl into cups from customer-operated machines. Frozen-yogurt masterpieces begin once customers select a palette of flavors, combining cookies and cream with sensational strawberries or cake batter with a liquefied spatula. Guests festoon their frosty bounties with 55 different toppings, layering on freshly sliced bananas, nuts, and candy before Island Time's dairy gurus weigh each customized sundae ($0.49/oz.). The yogurt emporium encourages island-style relaxation with an outdoor patio gussied up with umbrella-shaded picnic tables and palm trees trained in shiatsu massage.
Former New York bakery owners Tom and Patty Verri and their staff at Patty Cakes Bakery craft savory desserts and pastries using centuries-old Italian family recipes, including an array of cupcake flavors baked fresh daily. Set chompers loose on the M&M cupcakes crowned with candy-coated chocolate gems, or bite into a peanut-butter-cup confection as decadent as a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of cannoli cream filling. The Chocolate Craze cupcakes satisfy cocoa cravings with sweet decadence, and the Florida Snowball cupcakes satisfy sweet teeth and combat the inevitable brain freeze from consuming an entire snowman. After making 12 cupcakes disappear, diners can cleanse frosting-infused palates with sips of hot coffee ($1.79–$1.99), milk ($1.79), or seasonal hot cider ($1.79; beverages not included in this Groupon).
FernanDeli's chefs pack sandwiches with as much house-made meat as possible, fastening each creation with one extra-long toothpick. Fresh corned beef, pastrami, and turkey tuck into multilayered clubs and subs as well as sandwiches’ second cousins and uncles by marriage—toasted flatbreads, hot dogs, and quarter-pound burgers. A rotating variety of soups pairs well with salads, and catering platters with sub slices, pinwheels, or meats and cheeses complement any occasion, from open houses to preschool class reunions. The deli's foodsmiths take the quality of their sandwiches as seriously as the quality of their customer service, ensuring that a friendly atmosphere prevails in every interaction. Inside the eatery, chalkboards display daily specials while outside, patio chairs and tables furnish excellent perches for bird watchers and traffic-pattern enthusiasts.