Veteran executive chef, Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro, devised lunch, brunch, and dinner menus brimming with haute cuisine and fresh-caught seafood. Gazes wander to the restaurant's massive bay window and the expansive beachfront and picturesque skyline vistas beyond before settling on flatbread pizzas bubbling with gourmet cheeses or house-made ricotta gnocchi. Delicate sauces simmered from lemon and thyme, maple bourbon, sweet onion, and other flavors season fillets of seafood and hearty chops of steak and filet mignon. Thursday through Sunday, Red Rock celebrates life with live music, which ricochets from glasses, breaks up Super Soaker fights on the patio, and bounces out across open waters as musicians cook up the sound of blues, rock, and jazz.
Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.
After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.
Aikia Steakhouse's staff goes beyond providing food: the chefs make elegant presentation a core part of the dining experience. From arranging sushi rolls artfully on plates to sizzling hibachi entrees on teppanyaki tables right in front of customers, the team takes the doldrums out of dining without the use of motorcycles. Their menu catalogs 20 hibachi dinners, including filet mignon, 28 maki and hand rolls, and several lunch specials. The decor is as upscale as the culinary presentation, with rows of plants set against wood accents and shoji screens marking private tatami rooms.
Alongside the sandy shores of Devereux Beach, Lime Rickey's grill masters pacify hunger pangs with a seafood-centric menu overflowing with sandwiches and entree plates. Shellfish fans savor the lobster roll's succulent chunks of fresh Atlantic lobster resting inside the crusty-bread chrysalis, accompanied by a bag of potato chips ($16.95). Buffet tongues with deep-fried dishes such as the fish 'n' chips ($12.95) and the fried clam-strip plate ($13.95), or appease circular cravings with nests of onion rings ($4.50). A variety of classic sandwiches, salads, and wraps comfort lonely taste buds or grant nostalgic last meals to wisdom teeth awaiting retirement.
One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.
Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.