The confectionists at Oly's Ice Cream and Coffee scoop chilly servings of more than 30 flavors of Ice Cream Club treats and a host of Stefano's Gelato creations. Hot coffee and cappuccinos brewed with Kaña Cuban Coffee beans play the role of the delicious sidekick to the eatery's frozen fare, creating the best mixture of hot and cold since Mount Vesuvius spewed hot lava onto bobsledding courses during the last ice age. Ice-cream flavors such as birthday cake, chocolate peanut butter, and cookie dough quell cravings for saccharine goodness, whereas creamy banana-caramel-praline gelato can satisfy sugary hankerings in a low-fat form.
Though thousands of miles apart, the Mediterranean Sea and the sun-soaked coast of Florida share more than a few things in common. Thanks to Pita Palace, one of those things is a place where one can find deliciously seasoned, thinly sliced gyro and shawarma meat. Beneath colorful photographs of the Mediterranean landscape, guests feast on char-grilled and seasoned lamb wrapped in warm pitas and thin slices of beef piled atop creamy hummus. The chefs leave some space on their menu for classic American dishes such as a hot reuben sandwich on rye bread. The BLT wrap marries American and Mediterranean flavors by wrapping bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce in a red, white, and blue flag.
North Indian culinary traditions add intriguing accents to the traditional caf? fare at Happiness Healthy Cafe. Cooks craft sandwiches, using naan instead of bread, mint chutney in place of mayonnaise, and tandoori chicken rather than the Earl of Sandwich?s glossy headshots. In addition to more conventional paninis and wraps, the kitchen turns out curries, including vegetarian varieties. Simmering pots pour forth steam, giving away the golden lentils, spinach, and coconut cream within, and blenders thrum, laden with mango lassis and smoothies. The drinks combine pineapple juice, strawberries, bananas, and a colorful spread of other fruits.
Gallagher's gives Irish and American bar sensibilities a single pillow on which to rest their heads. As steam from a Guinness-infused shepherd's pie rises above the wood-paneled walls, it disappears against smoky gray paint, resurfacing for a moment against the colorful movement of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The pet-friendly pub inspires human tail wagging with American-style burgers and sandwiches layered with steak, corned beef, and whitefish. After chewing through flatbread pizza, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for brews under the shadow of an umbrella or whiskey cocktails under the soft curls of clown wigs.
When the founders of The Pita Pit opened the doors to their first restaurant, they had high hopes of offering a lighter, healthier alternative to fast food. They traded in heavy sandwich bread and hamburger buns for lebanese pita and swapped out greasy burgers for fresh-grilled meats and crispy falafel. Flash-forward several years, and The Pita Pit has evolved into many, many locations across the continent, each of which offers that same fresh, healthful fare.
Patrons can completely customize their handhelds, starting with the pita itself—the light and fluffy dough comes in both white and wheat varieties. Next come the fillings such as chicken souvlaki, a simple schmear of hummus, or even ham and eggs, served all day long. After crowning the creation with fresh vegetables, premium cheeses, and homemade sauces, the pita stuffers transform the flatbread into a tight, mess-free roll. Though guests can customize sandwiches to meet their dietary needs, The Pita Pit offers a concise list of "resolution solution pitas". Made up of six pre-designed creations, the list denotes the healthful pitas' caloric value right on the menu.
At Yanos Restaurant, chefs glean inspiration from global pantries to plate dishes that have been lauded by Florida Weekly as “artful presentations comprised of first-rate ingredients.” Chefs augment the flavor of grilled duck breast with jicama slaw and black-bean puree and coat soft-shell crab in a crispy tempura batter. The wine list is equally broad in scope, with bottles hailing from Spain, South Africa, Germany, and Andromeda.
Yanos Restaurant’s sleek, wood-floor interior complements its contemporary fare: track lighting illuminates a Warhol-esque pop-art print of Marilyn Monroe and powder-blue and yellow walls. Outside, next to a palm-tree-lined cobblestone street, sturdy canvas umbrellas provide shelter from the elements.