All Spiced Up augments patrons' culinary efforts with a taste-bud-tickling assortment of gourmet spices and other cuisine enhancers purveyed and explained by a knowledgeable staff of seasoned spice peddlers. Shoppers can peruse shelves lined with jellies, jams, and sauces ($5.95–$14.99), including Fat Toad Farm caramel sauce, or snatch up tins filled with Republic of Tea artisan leaves ($11–$15) for their brewing or soothsaying needs. Home chefs battling bland recipes can spruce them up with spices and rubs from Rub with Love and All Spiced Up's house brand, or measure out custom-size pinchings and purchase their seasonings by the ounce. On-site libations available include espresso, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and hot teas ($1.50–$3.50), while chef sightings occur all month long at scheduled events, evening cooking classes, and hairnet fittings.
The open-air Key Lime Café offers a southwestern-style smorgasbord of sandwiches, wraps, and entrees collected on a maw-awakening mosaic of multiple menus. Dinner items such as the lobster quesadilla ($21) and the pineapple-grilled-chicken sandy ($12) keep tongues awake long enough for them to watch the sun melt into a puddle, which is then ladled into an assortment of fresh-squeezed juices. Gourmet sandwiches—such as the Key Largo with italian deli meats and swirls of oil and balsamic vinegar ($8.95)—are served on the choice of bread or wrap, and salads offer leaf lovers a multitude of greens to smooch before an audience of sunny skies, flocks of birds, and wandering bands of paparazzi.
Cubes of marbled bleu cheese tucked beside half-moons of Spanish chorizo decorate the wooden platters that rotate around Tapas Latin Fusion's tables—as do razor-thin slices of bright red carpaccio topped with curls of arugula and roasted peppers. Heralded by TCPalm as “wonderfully focused,” the restaurant's tapas reflect artistry and adherence to traditional Spanish cuisine. The attention to detail extends to its cocktails and sangrias, which are enhanced by muddled mint leaves, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and local honey. Additionally, dining companions can enjoy occasional live music against Tapas Latin Fusion's Mediterranean backdrop, accentuated with tiled art, wrought-iron chandeliers, and shipwrecked yacht captains.
When Dean Lavallee opened the first Park Avenue BBQ in 1988, he had one lofty mission in mind: to serve the best barbecue ever made. Despite the seemingly impossible nature of his goal, he and his team continue to rise to the challenge, dry-rubbing their meats to smoke and char-grill on-site. They use all-natural, grain-fed, domestic pork for their traditional and Carolina-style barbecue pork—pulled by hand—and only use fresh, never-frozen ribs that are smoked daily over hickory. As diners chow down on hearty homestyle sides, seafood platters, or buffalo wings tossed in one of six sauces, they can admire the dining room's pictures of their city's most prominent people, places, and robot mayors.
Park Avenue BBQ arranges their meats into fun, hearty dishes such as the Dempublican sandwich, which combines smoked pork and beef brisket separated only by cheese and bacon to create a sizeable sandwich that the team has dubbed "porkalicious". They whip up Funnybonz, which look and taste like miniature ribs, using tender, lean pork that's prepared by cooking up regular ribs beneath a shrink ray. In 2008, their dedication to each dish caused Cityvoter's users to name Park Avenue BBQ the best barbecue in town.