Cultivating familial vibes is easy for chef Luis, as his clan joins him in the kitchen daily. Blanca, Tracie, Arleen, and the rest of the Las Palmas entourage invite patrons to taste the tropics through a diverse menu of authentic Cuban dishes. Sautéed chicken, pork, and ham insulate an array of pressed cuban sandwiches served with fries that are the perfect size for mending holes in bowling balls. Entrees flaunt piles of slow-cooked shredded steak as well as fresh, pan-seared fish flanked by sides such as sweet plantains, black beans, and yucca.
At the end of a pier in Sebastian and along the waterfront in Melbourne, Squid Lips sates appetites for seafood and views of the ocean or Indian River Lagoon. At the Sebastian eatery, the kitchen team at each location grills everything over a taste-infusing oak-wood fire, including Cajun bacon-wrapped sea scallops and flounder stuffed with lobster and crab meat. As boats and buoys bob in the nearby water, guests can enjoy seafood enchiladas and a bar replete with a variety of fancy drinks.
At the Melbourne eatery, the staff also welcomes guests to enjoy delectable sea fare while wriggling toes in the sand or dining on the patio beachside. There's even a raw bar, where guests sample oysters, clams, and peel-and-eat shrimp. With nearly all senses attended to, they complete the experience with live-music sound waves that pierce the air nightly in Melbourne and on weekends in Sebastian.
Rita?s Italian Ice specializes in turning the concept of frozen desserts on its head. The shop is always inventing new frozen treats to tempt tastebuds with during the sticky summer months. It?s signature dessert, the italian ice, comes in a variety of rotating flavors including wild black cherry, mango, and Starburst orange. For a creamier treat, cool your mouth with one of Rita?s cream ices or custards, or, if you?re feeling experimental, blend the two into one with a gelati, a layered italian ice and frozen custard dessert that can only be replicated during the full moon.
Every day, Vittorio's Pizzeria & Restaurant's proficient pie twirlers construct pizzas, hot sandwiches, and Italian specialties from scratch. The restaurant's modern, mostly horse-and-buggy-free interior harbors a kitchen from which emerge calzones and strombolis overflowing with molten cheese. The culinary team hand tosses the fresh dough that forms the foundation of each pizza, including nine specialty pies, in addition to preparing spaghetti and chicken parmigiana swimming in pools of marinara. The staff also delivers bottled beer and pours glasses of imported wine, cooling tongues better than the unity of a flagpole, a midwestern December, and a school principal's mandate to discipline his hecklers.