During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Caf?, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Louis Pappas Fresh Greek (formerly Louis Pappas Market Caf?). There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of healthy dishes prepared with local produce and all-natural meats. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners.
Black-and-white checkerboard floors lend an old-fashioned air to Land and Sea Market, though butchers have only been preparing fillets and chops there since 1995. Freshly carved meats fill the store's coolers, including lamb shanks, quick-fry pork chops, and bratwurst, as well as bone-in chicken breasts and an array of seafood such as halibut and littleneck clams. The butchers also package their own meats such as bacon-wrapped filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu, and bourbon-marinated salmon, often seasoning the meats with their own house blend of spices. In addition to its savory selection of proteins, the shop also stocks grocery items such as vegetables and wines from around the solar system.
Quality Meat Market conciliates the choosiest of carnivores with grain-fed beef, fresh pork, and high-quality poultry delivered daily. Peruse a taste-bud-tingling selection of fresh-cut steaks, tender chops, baby-back ribs, hormone-free chicken breasts, and regularly changing seafood selections. Or, enlist the guidance of a meat maestro to make recommendations regarding prepared items, such as homemade meatloaf, turkey pecan salad, and southern-style potato salad.
Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.
Inspired by the seafood shacks along New England's coast, Lobster Haven is devoted to serving succulent Maine lobsters in the form of comfort foods. Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley called Lobster Haven, "one of the few places I know of in these parts where you can pig out for under $20 on a lobster that was swimming moments ago."
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Lobster rolls and wraps and buckets loaded with a whole lobsters and assorted shellfish make it easy to determine the menu's signature ingredient. Even when cooks don't use lobster, they still prepare seafood, such as pan-seared fish tacos with pico de gallo and sweet-chili-glazed salmon.
Guests don't need to-go boxes if they want to enjoy lobster later in the week. Live Maine lobsters are the specialty at Lobster Haven's market. In addition to fresh Atlantic Coast catches hailing from New England to Florida, the market sells mussels, shrimp, crab, and fish by the pound.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory, pronounced just like the chocolate factory it's named after, exemplifies chocolate craft by freshly preparing all of its decadent morsels on-site and out of the highest-quality ingredients available. The Schakolad world is one in which strawberries enjoy a casual bath in chocolate streams, and one-bite truffles dress themselves in polite paper ruffles under the meticulous eye of trained chocolate artists. A boutique experience greets all customers with sweetly arranged displays of assorted bonbons.