Andy Reiss, the fellow behind Andrew's Downtown, is a longtime restaurateur and ardent advocate of businesses in the city center. The Italian fusion sister of Andrew's Capital Grill & Bar, Andrew's 228 offers small plates and entrees in a classy bistro setting. Chefs here prepare Mediterranean-inspired nibbles, such as calamari and chorizo in red wine, along with decidedly American snacks that include black-eyed pea hummus with potato chips and rock shrimp popcorn with saffron-Old Bay aioli. The meats showcased in the main courses come from sustainable farms and local waters, while much of the produce hails from area fields or Mother Earth's crisper drawer.
Capturing the feel of the Big Easy throughout Florida, Po’ Boys surrounds diners with photos of New Orleans and Mardi Gras memorabilia, as well as the rich fragrances of gumbo and jambalaya. The menu presents fried pickles, gator baskets, po’boys, andouille sausage platters, and firecracker shrimp, which are proof one can never know what Mother Nature will do next. The downtown location remains festive with live music on the deck, while other locations, including the Killearn restaurant, host karaoke nights. Catering options are also available to bring bayou flavors to special events.
Up in Smoke Pit BBQ's kitchen floods with the aroma of slow-smoking meat, as Head Chef Roger Sellers and his staff whip up homemade dishes inspired by barbecue regions across the country. Texas-style Angus beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and dry-rubbed Memphis-style ribs pair with homey sides of creamy cole slaw, fried okra, and cornbread muffins. The menu even pays homage to two of the owners' vegetarian wives with meat-free options such as vegan riblets and banana pudding made from sentience-free fruit. Glasses of beer and wine perch upon dining room tabletops, which spread out beneath dark-wood walls and the piercing gaze of a mounted longhorn skull.
High Tide Seafood's menu abounds with fresh fruits of the sea including fish, shrimp, and shellfish, accompanied by land fare such as juicy steaks. Four flavors of taco include grilled mahi and spicy shrimp, culled from the Gulf's buffalo-sauce-rich depths. Crispy clam strips crunch with each bite ($8.99–$11.99), and shrimp and scallops weave between noodles and alfredo sauce ($14.99). High Tide's seafood savants stuff flounder with crab meat, broil the fish, and top it with monterey jack cheese ($13.99), as grill masters cook 12-ounce premium rib-eye steaks to tender perfection ($15.99). Diners can slip into a comfy booth to sip beer and tell stories about the minivan-sized fish that got away.
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Inside a polished, modern eating space, LeRoc Bistro serves up refined noshing options fashioned largely from locally sourced and organic ingredients. The breakfast menu hosts a slew of lighter bites such as yogurt parfait ($8) and rolled oats ($6), as well as more substantial morning fare such as a duval omelette made with spinach, chevre, and applewood-smoked bacon ($10). Lunching customers can browse the midday meal card and try a signature sandwich such as the pressed Tuscan: ciabatta bread full of pesto chicken, fresh mozzarella and sliced roma tomato ($10), or the slow roasted beef brisket served with chedder cheese and crispy onions on garlic toast ($8). Drop a Starbucks charge into your cup or consult the libations list and let wine or beer loosen up your day before stress forces the sun to set early.