A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw eggs and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of surf and turf fare at St. Johns Seafood & Steaks on Beach Boulevard, South Lane Avenue, or Dunn Avenue.
Originally opened as a small seafood shop in historic St. Johns, St. Johns Seafood & Steak fortifies its menu with an appetizing stockpile of meats from both land and water. Seafood trio combination platters ($16.99) unify your choice of three ocean dwellers—including shrimp, scallops, oysters, clam strips, fish, or devil crab—and bites of the Florida gator-tail specialty ($14.99) whip taste buds with the delicious flavor of our country's last surviving reptile. Landed palates can opt for the certified Angus beef rib eye ($17.99), accompanied by a side of coleslaw, baked potato, french fries, or grits. For dessert, sic your incisors on homemade peanut-butter pie ($2.99) or New York–style cheesecake ($3.99).
Lila's Seafood & Steaks
For the cooks at Lila's Seafood & Steaks, no imitation seafood can ever compare to the real thing. That's why they never rely on imitation crabmeat; instead, they sell real snow crab legs by the pound and stuff mushrooms with actual blue crab and crab stuffing. Crab only skims the surface of Lila's selection, which ranges from conch fried into fritters to mussels coated in housemade seasoned butter.
Equally choosy about beef as they are about seafood, the cooks shape certified Angus cuts into half-pound burgers and 16-ounce T-bone steaks. To end feasts on a sweet note, the culinary team creates several housemade desserts, including peanut-butter pie, a more satisfying dish than peanut-butter cups that you pretend are tiny pies.