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. The dinner menu also features locally-caught fresh black grouper daily. 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.
Since before the advent of windshield wipers, the Meyer family has been whipping up fresh treats, hand-poured creams, and homemade jellies and caramels. Those with glucophobia can opt for sugar-free vanilla-walnut fudge ($7.99 for half pound) or a tub of sugarless taffy ($5.25 for half pound, $9.95 for a pound). For everyone else, Meyer's House of Sweets rivals Candy Land in terms of delicious décor and a sequence of play that forms a mathematically perfect Markov chain. Feast on at least 24 rotating flavors of fudge (including caramel pecan, Bailey's Irish Cream, and rocky road), 16 flavors of natural ice cream, or an impressive collection of chocolate-based confections. Chomp on European-style truffles that are almost too pretty to eat, or bite into cashew-rich bark. All chocolates are $17.95 per pound and are available in half-pound, pound, 1.5-pound, and two-pound boxes.
Winner of two gold metals and five silver medals at the Indy International Wine Competition, the Florida Winery prepares its Vino Florida wine on-location and often infuses it with tropical fruits, including raspberries, strawberries, kiwis, and melons. Vino Florida's blends and traditional wines are sure to please both vino novices and difficult-to-impress wine connoisseurs alike. A bottle of the Vino Florida ORWI, a species of flavorful fermented Florida orange juice, arrives stuffed with enough fruit to stave off scurvy in malnourished sailors' monkeys ($14.99). Free wine tastings are offered at The Florida Winery store, so you can meet the winemakers and hone in a bottle that best complements your taste buds. The shop also concocts ice cream made from its own wine and stocks a diverse supply of gourmet foods sourced from the Sunshine State, including coconut candies, spices, salsas, and more.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.
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.
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.