Soothe your nerves and open your mind over a hot—or chilled—cup of fine tea with today's Groupon: $15 buys you $35 worth of loose-leaf tea at Kaleisia Tea Lounge, a favorite spot for young and old to chat, study, knit adorable baby Cthulhus, or relax amid the aroma of oolong and souchong.
Formerly known as Morae’s Cafe, Persia House of Kebabs treats patrons to grilled kebabs and fresh sandwiches with Middle-Eastern panache. Cooks prepare sandwiches with gyro meat and falafel, and skewer lamb, vegetables, and catch-of-the-day fish. In the dining room, guests eat amid colorful wall murals that depict verdant plant life, sandy hills, and lords and ladies who jealously ogle the food. In the adjoining marketplace, visitors can prepare to make their own Middle-Eastern dishes by taking home pita breads and feta cheese, or peruse imported spices, and artwork.
Three seconds on the clock. The quarterback’s covered so he leaps over a gridlock of players and does a full-on flip. It’s too close to call. But for better or worse, Bobalouie’s wipes the tears away with a cocktail napkin and its time-tested motto: where food, fun, and friends are every day. Fifteen wide-screen, high-definition TVs hoot and holler with patrons’ flavor of sport, whether it's USF football, NBA basketball, or Olympic synchronized doggy paddling. Vibrant florescent lights from beer insignias advertise the bar’s 18 draft brews across weathered wood paneling and gold-hued walls. After two-handing a half-pound burger or cutting gooey cheese strings from a large pizza, diners can clink billiards on one of three pool tables or fine-tune the meaningful head bob during weekly installments of karaoke.
With the nostalgic duo of Gumby and Pokey serving as mascots, Gumby’s Pizza paints the town marinara red with hearty calzones, pastas, and made-from-scratch dough used to create gooey pizzas. Fresh tomato or alfredo sauce populate pies with toppings of bacon, pineapple, and even french fries. If time is short for dining in, patrons can order a sub sandwich for carryout, have it delivered by car to their home, or have it shot by cannon through the window of their tree house.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy pitas.