At Lisa's Caf?, there's always time for crab cakes. At dinner, Angus-choice center-cut filet mignon topped with Oscar-style signature crab cakes and hollandaise sauce, or an espresso-crusted filet mignon, are served on top of roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a chef vegetable medley. At lunch, the Signature Crab Cake sandwich with remoulade on a kaiser bun is only the preamble of a tantalizing menu. Other mid-day options include the half-pound Western Angus burger?with applewood bacon, melted cheddar, barbecue sauce, and fried onion rings?as well as the Philly cheese steak?made with the chain from filet mignon and melted provolone on a hoagie bun. Morning people see their breakfast pair crab cakes with a sliced English muffin to make a marine take on a benedict.
Along with the lump crab, Lisa's also has fresh salmon flown in from Seattle and delivered by seal. Guests can devour their delectable entrees indoors or on the breezy patio.
Behind Indian Shores Massage's seafoam green exterior is an arched entryway evoking the symmetrical domes of ancient Mughal architecture. The lobby’s decorative Buddha statues, elephant sculptures, and wall decor further heighten the Eastern aesthetic. Patty Iorio is well versed in bodywork techniques as varied as head, hand, and foot reflexology, hot stones, and Thai yoga massage. Soft music mingles with the sound of the Gulf of Mexico's nearby shoreline during services that take place in spacious private rooms, where aromatic ocean zephyrs and the occasional trident soar through billowy white curtains.
Situated a few chopsticks’ length away from a nearby beach, Sushi Shoya serves Japanese fare and sushi amid ocean breezes. Inside, foliage spills from wicker baskets lining the doorway, echoing the pale green walls that envelop the eating environment in a natural tone. Guests can settle into black leather chairs at a table or sidle up to the sushi bar, where chefs slip fresh fish such as salmon, tuna, and spicy yellowtail into a variety of specialty rolls. Unlike their more secretive maki counterparts, nigiri sushi pieces covered with eel, surf clam, and smelt roe let it all hang out, much like clotheslines on vacation.
Like many of the best ideas, The Brown Boxer Pub & Grille was conceived after a few beers. On a frigid night in Philadelphia, a group of friends and a brown boxer, Hoot, were looking for a place to kick back, watch a game, have a couple more beers, and most of all, stay warm without having to pile into a microwave. So they did what anyone would do in their situation: first, moved to Clearwater Beach, then opened a place of their own.
They named the place after the beloved dog, and soon Hoot and his namesake were a hit. That original location has spawned two additional pubs, including one in Countryside and another in Madeira Beach. At all three, visitors sip suds and munch on finger-friendly eats, such as buffalo wings and fish tacos, or dive into full entrees, such as blackened prime rib and Cajun chicken pasta. At each Brown Boxer, live music bounces off the walls inside almost nightly, while spacious patios invite guests to bring their own pups in tribute to the place's canine co-owner.