When shaping the menu of Rodeo Restaurant and Bar, owners Trent Baker and Chris Robbins pulled inspiration from snapshots of their lives as Southern-raised children. The Cajun, Southwestern, Tex-Mex, and barbecue recipes inspire feelings ranging from sipping fresh lemonade on a sun-bleached cedar porch to watching young boys pelt each other with fallen pecans from the tree in the backyard. Each dish is assembled with authentic ingredients including roasted corn, thick molasses, ripe chilies, cumin-scented black beans, and pickled Stetsons. In addition to lunch and dinner specialties, Rodeo Restaurant and Bar features a list of specialty cocktails and martinis, as well as beers and wines from Southern vineyards and microbreweries.
Named after the owner's sassy feline CEO, Lola's Healthy Pet Cafe helps pets look and feel their best with cat and dog grooming services and a storefront packed with holistic food, treats, and supplements. Bringing more than a decade of grooming experience to Lola's, owner Kelly strives to give each pet personalized attention by scheduling a limited number of appointments each day. Though she specializes in doggy facials and massage, Kelly is armed with the skills and tools to spruce up both kitties and all breeds of canines, readying them for shows, everyday living, or immediate romps in backyard mud puddles. To keep families' furry companions as healthy on the inside as they are adorable on the outside, Lola's Healthy Pet Cafe purveys brands of food and treats comprising natural and holistic ingredients.
Since 1979, the chefs at Bona Italian Restaurant have been baking pans of lasagna, tossing caesar salads, and piling sub sandwiches with Boar's Head deli meats. They craft Italian comfort food, topping linguine with mussels and clams and crowning pizzas with inventive blends of ingredients such as eggplant, bacon, and gorgonzola cheese. Beyond the plates of veal saltimbocca—cooked with white wine, prosciutto, and mozzarella—in the main dining area, a carefully selected vino menu can be found in the newly added wine bar. In addition to sips of grape-based libations, it offers high-top wooden tables and a flat-screen TV perfect for rolling-pin practice.
Fresh seafood parades on either side of the glass of Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar's expansive aquarium. As decorative foliage casts dappled shadows atop the bustling bar, sushi chefs keep one eye on the tank and one eye on their 23 inventive sushi rolls. In the kitchen, the chefs also flip flame-kissed steaks and whip together Thai specialties that include drunk noodles and panang curry. Sips of wine, sake, or imported beer augment each bite, and decadent desserts provide mealtime sendoffs in the form of deep-fried cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and green-tea ice cream steeped by an abominable snowman.
Bailey's Bistro specializes in omnivore- and vegetarian-friendly comfort fare prepared with organic ingredients. Atop tables clad in dark-magenta cloths, beer and wine flank plates of organic sirloin burgers, pastas slathered in homemade sauce, and house-made vegetarian chili. Occasional strains of live music pipe through the restaurant's sound system, soothing visitors with acoustic guitar or challenging them with acoustic synthesizer. Bailey's Bistro also entertains patrons with karaoke, DJs, and theme nights.
When discussing the inspiration behind his love of cooking and hospitality with reporters from the Sun Sentinel, Michael Tatton credited his father, saying, “I was fascinated by all the people my father knew and the different foods he introduced us to.” Following in his dad’s footsteps, Michael opened Thai Spice more than two decades ago at the young age of 19. Today, Michael continues to captain the restaurant, which The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences honored with the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award for excellence in cuisine and impeccable service.
Deep in the kitchen, Michael and his chefs place innovative spins on traditional Thai dishes using flavorful spices and premium seafood, meats, and vegetables delivered fresh daily. Pots of curries and tom yum soup simmer on the stoves, as lobster, duck, and Chilean sea bass sizzle in pans. Meanwhile, grills crackle with fine cuts of steak, and plump chickens roast over open fires.
Out in the dining room, tropical fish glide through the salt waters of towering tanks among swaying plants and colorful rocks. Blue lanterns dangle from the ceiling, casting a warm glow over white-clothed tables and intimate booths. The walls feature exotic artwork depicting traditional Thailand scenes, from elephants raising their trunks to a businessman who went on a soul-searching trip to find his inner sassiness.