Sand Bash showcases the shaggy sculptures of eighteen master sand sculptors from across the globe competing for sun-drenched glory. Enjoy good eats and drinks while surveying towering sand sculptures ranging from traditional castles to entire fiefdoms erupting from the flat surrounding beach. Sculptors, working in teams of two, will dig, dust, pat, and smooth sandy creations throughout the festival, with a final judging on Sunday afternoon by a celebrity panel. While not making scale replicas of the entire Andromeda galaxy, sculptors can participate in Friday and Saturday night "Quick Sand" competitions, in which beach covering works of art are whipped up in a mere 10 minutes.
Tipsy Tarpon Seafood Shack celebrates some of the ocean’s finest catches, not only in their hearty surf ‘n’ turf menu but also in a 16-foot saltwater aquarium that wide-eyed guests are free to investigate upon arrival. A culinary siren song of snow crab legs, oysters, and flaky whitefish rolled in macadamia nuts and panko breadcrumbs lure seafood lovers to the surf section of the menu, and the turf section vies for palate popularity with its Angus burger and pork loin slathered in island-style barbecue sauce. All dishes inspired by both land and sea assemble an artful arrangement of fresh ingredients—all of which were handpicked by the kitchen staff and have earned the squeal of approval from the kitchen dolphin.
The 35 flavors of wing sauces at Hurricane Grill & Wings don't just show up on the house's lauded boneless and jumbo buffalo wings. They also add a splash of flavor to a diverse range of dishes on their menu, from the grilled mahi-mahi made with an ancho-chile-lime sauce to the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger made with mango-barbecue sauce. This adds a touch of uniqueness to every dish, with most dishes coming in a choice of a complementary sauces. Chefs pair their dishes with a full list of domestic and craft beers, which cool the fire of the spicy sauces.
Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
Upscale American cuisine unites with an extensive wine list at Wylds Cafe, and it's all administered by a talented kitchen staff. Their menu catalogs elegant entrees such as peppered Hawaiian tuna with sweet potato chips and soy butter sauce garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi. They also prepare braised cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs. Both the wine menu and the 30-strong beer list showcase imported and domestic libations, from The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc originating in New Zealand to Flying Dog's Doggy-Style pale ale. When it comes to aesthetics, the restaurant matches the cuisine in its panache. Rich but dark reds and browns cover the walls and allow blue sconces and colorful paintings—both abstract and grounded in everyday scenery—to pop with vivacity. White linens drape the tables, and track lighting precludes interruption by an obstreperous genie.