Besides being a sports-bar and grill, Peabody’s Billiard and Games racks up good times in the triangle of pool tables, dartboards, and foosball. Of course, the 70 TVs and on-premises liquor store don’t hurt either. Periodic all-you-can-drink happy hours and other special events take place every week, offering table athletes of all stripes an arena for friendly competition. Patrons might square off in the weekly beer-pong rally, or pit their psychic skills against each other in the weekly poker tournaments. All the while, the kitchen bustles into the night, preparing late night items using only the freshest ingredients such as the Southern-style fried calamari and Peabody’s signature wings in one of nine sauces.
The arts-and-crafts experts at You Do the Dishes, who have captivated the cameras of Fox 13 News, encourage visitors to channel their inner Van Gogh's while brushstroking pre-made ceramics. The studio equips guests with all necessary painting materials needed to enliven one piece of pottery (up to a $15 value) that can include a coffee mug, a jewelry box, or a dog bowl for using as a helmet during ping-pong practice. After painters embellish their masterworks with thoughtful words and colorful patterns, the shop's staff carefully glazes and fires each piece, which will be ready for pickup three to five days later. The studio's full-service coffee bar fills empty bellies with light snacks, hot coffee, and tea that fuel creativity more effectively than eating an original Andy Warhol painting.
A.J. Jewell, born in Japan to an American father and a Japanese mother who was a chef, inherited a love of cooking that transcended the Pacific. When he moved to Tampa in the 1980s, it was only logical that he follow his mother into the restaurant business. At age 18, he trained as a teppanyaki chef, learning to commune with the open flame, and soon after apprenticed under master chefs to perfect his technique. After years at Sushi Tsu, sharpening his culinary acumen, and studying world cuisine, Jewell became its owner. Each of Sushi Tsu's chefs apprentices under Jewell's sage gaze for two years before stepping into their role as teppanyaki specialists. Diners can request their favorite chef for their meal to build a rapport or establish an ongoing rock-paper-scissors game. In addition to serving fresh sushi and hot hibachi-style steakhouse food, the eatery showcases local artists with occasional live jazz music on weekends and artists painting inside the restaurant.
Carne asada, hot off the grill, occupies one quarter of the plate; another quarter is loaded with zesty mojo shrimp sauteed in chile and garlic, and the remainder is piled high with rice and beans. This is just one of the hefty and tasty combination plates on the menu at Casa Ramos Tampa, part of a chain of family owned restaurants that stretch from the west coast to Florida. The restaurant creates an authentic Mexican ambience thanks to real Saltillo clay tiles that adorn the walls and bar, where staff members mix fresh watermelon with Patron tequila for tasty margaritas that pair well with spicy dishes.