Vol 6 No. 25 - March 15, 2006

Taste of success ever so sweet for Joe�s
ByPat Copeland
sun staff writer

BRADENTON BEACH � Victory is sweet for Joe and JoAnne Spallino, of Joe�s Eats and Sweets, which was named the best dessert place in Tampa Bay in a recent contest sponsored by AOL�s City Guide.

"I�m really excited," JoAnne said after learning about the honor. "I�m really happy." The City Guide called Joe�s �a genuine beach treasure in this tiny town on the southwest coast." The City Guide is a network of local entertainment information on the Web that includes 300 cities throughout the country. It lists the best options each city has to offer including restaurants, bars and date spots.

The City Guide editorial team selects nominees and criteria include commitment to quality and service, reputation for value, character and uniqueness. Winners are selected by a vote of City Guide users. One reviewer wrote, "The �Sweets� part of this pink restaurant�s name is the real beach treasure. Stand on the wrap-around deck and watch the Gulf kiss the shore as you lick up chocolate sauce, bite into fudge cake or scoop into sundaes that will make you forget all about fruits and vegetables."

Above:Joe and JoAnne Spallino

"There were a lot of heavy hitters in the contest," JoAnne pointed out. Joe�s was the only nominee in Manatee County, and it beat out the renowned Bern�s Steakhouse in addition to Sideberns, Wright�s Gourmet House, Antojito�s, Bo�s Ice Cream, Marc and Didi Deli and Cafe, all in or near Tampa. Joe and JoAnne have owned the business at 219 Gulf Drive S. since 1990 and have employed many of the Island�s teens through the years. "I like to watch the kids as they grow up and come back," JoAnne said. "It gives you a comfortable feeling." JoAnne said the couple has hired their first manager, Tracy Jenkins, and noted, "Now we can take some time off." Joe�s specialties include brownie and turtle sundaes and a pineapple sundae served in a pineapple half, chocolate dipped cakes, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and nuts or sprinkles, chocolate dipped marshmallows and homemade fudge. Homemade ice cream comes in 44 flavors, fat-free yogurt comes in 60 flavors and sugar-free ice cream comes in eight flavors. There is also lactose-free and low carb ice cream. Homemade waffle cones can be dipped in chocolate and nuts or sprinkles, and sugar and cake cones are available. Other offerings include expresso, cappuccino, smoothies, hot dogs and a variety of sandwiches. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. daily.

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