The aroma of frying fish beckons diners toward Sam’s Crystal River Seafood's front door, behind which seafood, pasta, and steak are prepared amid family-friendly environs. The menu unfolds with appetizers such as double-breaded fried green tomatoes, served with house-made ranch dressing, based on the recipe famously eaten by all Wild West cowpokes ($4.49/half, $6.99/full). Shrimp can be ordered fried, broiled, blackened, or boiled, and chefs fill stuffed flounder with crab meat before broiling the fish and sprinkling monterey cheese on top ($13.99). Lobster bites are fried golden brown, providing a simpler way to explore the sea creature’s interior than administering a Myers-Briggs test ($7.49). Betray surf for turf with a clandestine rendezvous with a 12-ounce new york strip steak ($15.99), or opt to lunch on noontime burgers and sandwich fare. Ocean appreciation flourishes within the nautically themed interior, which includes a 50-gallon fish tank and walls festooned with fish replicas and oars.
With 140 acres of grazing goats and masticating Jersey cows, Sweet Grass Dairy crafts artisan dairy delectables in a variety of styles. Curd-cravers can choose from a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates, such as Finn's Finest Fodder, stacked with finocchiona, creminelli barolo, speck, chorizo, Vilux dijon mustard, cornichons, and crackers ($20). Meanwhile, wine lovers can test their matchmaking skills by pairing up lonely cheeses with a bottle of one of Sweet Grass's type A grape bloods ($22–$30). The wine menu changes weekly, but always offers myriad choices in different categories, including smooth white wines, big and bold reds, and attention-seeking sparkling varieties that perpetually fizz at top volume, even on subjects they know little about.
Complete Nutrition recognizes that dietary supplements fill only one realm of a healthy lifestyle, so the team also emphasizes hydration, exercise, and a balanced diet. To help clients achieve such well-rounded wellness, the stores employ certified personal trainers and strength coaches, who educate customers while simultaneously showing them how to flex the bridge of their nose.
The brains behind Complete Nutrition collaborate with nutritionists and healthcare providers to formulate new proprietary supplements for their shelves. In addition to designing products that can help patrons lose weight, build muscle, or increase their energy, the teams also figure out how to combine complementary supplements into specialized kits, which compound the effects of individual products.
The cooks at Connie?s Ham have been treating the Tallahassee area to hickory-smoked, spiral-sliced, and honey-glazed hams since 1986. These kitchen wizards whip up a slew of ham-centric salads, sandwiches, and plated specials that can be enjoyed in their casual eatery or packed up for carry-out for family dinners, holiday celebrations, or neighborhood ham-throwing competitions.
Tomato Land opens up a world of fresh produce from local farmers and vendors eager to uproot plants and vegetables and replant them into the mouths of hungry consumers. The market deals exclusively with retail and wholesale produce roused from its slumber and purchased on a daily basis. In addition to a plethora of eponymous, Florida-grown tomatoes ($2.49/lb.), Tomato Land proffers red-skin potatoes for mashing, baking, or stuffing into a spud gun and firing at unassuming crash test dummies ($1.10/lb.). Local squash and zucchini stack up next to green beans and pole beans, along with eggplant, cucumbers, and collards. Fresh local okra is ideal for frying, while fruit lovers can crack open ripe Florida watermelon and cantaloupe ($0.99/cantelope). A range of organically grown produce is also available, raised without the use of pesticides or bulked up with controversial backside injections of human growth hormone.
The blue-aproned confectioners of Peterbrooke Chocolatier dip, layer, and glaze every possible goodie. Milk chocolate poured over golden popcorn creates a movie-worthy brittle (12 oz. for $14), and pretzel twists ($10), pretzel rods ($15), and Oreos (two for $3) enveloped in white, milk, and dark chocolate transform snack jars from decorative tchotchkes into functional givers of sweets.