After moving from Greece in 1950, the six Fotopoulos brothers turned their hard-won earnings into the first of 12 ABC Pizza locations in 1966. From its humble beginnings in Connecticut, the chain grew to serve central Floridians and vacationing time travelers a menu of build-your-own pizzas topped with gourmet ingredients such as crab, feta, and shrimp, as well as preconceptualized specialty pies festooned with meats, seafood, and Mediterranean morsels. Hearty grinders and Italian pasta dishes share menu real estate with Greek delicacies including gyros, spinach pies, and grape leaves stuffed with shredded pages of Plato's Republic.
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.
Cool Mo's Coffee dishes out piping-hot java creations and nourishing café nibbles to in-store customers and to homes and offices via a speedy delivery service. Café patrons peruse an in-store menu of smoothies, shakes, and caffeinated concoctions, and late risers call in and place orders from the room-service menu before racing to the office. Titillating aromas of fresh-roasted beans rise from cups that hold double-shot espressos ($1.75), breakfast-blend drip coffee ($1.50), and butter-pecan lattes laced with butterscotch, hazelnut, and amaretto ($2.50). Plates of 10 delectable beignets ($2.50) surf down to bellies on steamy waves of coffee, and a deli menu quells wanderlusting palates with hot dogs ($2–$2.50) served in the style of Chicago, Coney Island, New York, and Ybor City. Layering salami, pork, ham, and swiss cheese, the Real Cuban Sandwich ($3.50-$6) rounds out the menu and pairs with a signature cafe con leche ($1.85-$1.95). Office workers without the time or energy to head down to the store can have breakfast sandwiches ($2.25) delivered to keep from drowsily collating embarrassing diary pages to outgoing affidavits. Ordering is available through Cool Mo's own iPhone and Android apps, or via traditional methods such as telephone or carrier pigeon.
Cameron Parker founded Orlando Pub Crawl, LLC in 2005 to organize the bar-going experience into a convivial group event. The company's primary mission is organizing trips for up to 1,000 revelers at a time, styled after themes and occasions including the Kentucky Derby, '80s Nights, and Cinco de Mayo. Partiers hop from bar to bar, enjoying complimentary drinks, admission, and other specials as they mingle and socialize amid festivities, games, and libations. The pub-crawl team can also tailor private crawls for groups of 100 or more, allowing companies, organizations, and poker-playing dogs to journey to bars in organized packs. But not all the company's events are drinking-themed: there are also madcap challenges such as The Amazing Mind Race, which sends teams scattering across cities to solve clues and discover checkpoints.
Exposed brick walls, hanging chandeliers, and black-and-white curlicue wall art create an intimate atmosphere at The Ybor City Wine Bar, where staff members pop the stoppers off more than 120 wines and 50 types of craft beers and ciders from around the globe. In addition to pairing their libations with artisan cheese, small plates, and desserts, they host weekly educational wine tastings and private events, from bridal showers to fundraisers.