With swinging wood saloon doors, hanging lamps made from cowboy hats, and local ranchers' brands seared into each tabletop, Cowboys' Bar-B-Q & Steak Co.'s three locations make visitors feel as though they've just stumbled in from the Texas lowlands. Many of founder Jim McCoin's self-devised recipes come from years of careful cooking while on the professional barbecue-competition circuit, which regularly led his team "Big Daddy Q" to victory. Wings strut across plates dressed in up to 20 sauce flavors, compelling tongues to quench thirst with 10 draft beers or Western-themed margaritas. Beverages are served in mason jars, carried past decorations such as photographs representing local ranching families. For outside eaters, Cowboys' supplies its hearty grilled fare through take-out and catering each day of the week.
The crackerjack breadsmiths at Importico's bake up artisan breads and delectable pastries daily, lacing their creative comestibles with locally grown fruits and fresh ingredients. Assuage hunger pangs or trick hands into thinking they're novelty sized with one-dozen mini cupcakes, an apple-cheeked panoply of decadent chocolate, vanilla, and red-velvet creations. Palates looking to pick on something their own size can opt for twelve regular-size handheld treats, which slide onto serving trays and across shuffleboard courts in the same rich flavors as their diminutive companions.
Cubes of marbled bleu cheese tucked beside half-moons of Spanish chorizo decorate the wooden platters that rotate around Tapas Latin Fusion's tables—as do razor-thin slices of bright red carpaccio topped with curls of arugula and roasted peppers. Heralded by TCPalm as “wonderfully focused,” the restaurant's tapas reflect artistry and adherence to traditional Spanish cuisine. The attention to detail extends to its cocktails and sangrias, which are enhanced by muddled mint leaves, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and local honey. Additionally, dining companions can enjoy occasional live music against Tapas Latin Fusion's Mediterranean backdrop, accentuated with tiled art, wrought-iron chandeliers, and shipwrecked yacht captains.
Cooks stoke brick ovens to bake specialty pizzas crowned with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, and gorgonzola cheese in the kitchen at Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar. Their darting hands scatter cheese, ladle on sauce, and gently rest sheets of pasta as they craft lasagna. The murmur of conversation drifts from the high-topped tables in the dining room, where glasses clink together making the sound of a knight trying to get out of a Volkswagen. Behind a bar hewn from gleaming wood, bartenders reach up to shelves stacked high with bottles of wine, pairing vinos from the extensive list with lobster ravioli or signature white pizzas topped with mozzarella, ricotta, and garlic.
Patrons take a seat at The Chef’s Table, where husband-and-wife culinary team Adam Fatigate and Katie Groffman Fatigate appease appetites with gourmet American cuisine prepared with local ingredients. Though the menu may change based on seasonal ingredients, its offerings—such as a rack of lamb with tangerine-glazed carrots and the fish of the day—always tempt taste buds. Diners can savor midday meals Monday–Wednesday or a prix fixe dinner Thursday–Saturday, depending on the time of year or whether it's Martha Washington's birthday. Along with its indoor and outdoor dine-in options, The Chef’s Table offers prepared gourmet foods for takeout until 6:30 p.m., and stocks home fridges full of wines and artisanal cheeses, including Beecher's handmade cheese from Pike Market.