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Avatar 9½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (The Villages), 1009 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0000. (American) (Sports Bar) L/D. Open 11 AM 'til 2 AM every day. Popular American fare with a new menu created by Tyler Florence. Killer Apps (appetizers) range from $4 to $8. Apple Walnut or Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin and Southwest Steak Skillet as well as Fiesta Lime Chicken and Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs are featured on the menu. Rollups, sandwiches and burgers also available. Usual prices are $8 to $16 for entrées. Weight Watcher® items for those followers; if not, save room for the Blue Ribbon Brownie. Small Dessert Shooters at $2 are also available. Full bar and specialty drinks on the mini table menu. 2 for 1 on house drinks all day. Seniors (60+) get 15% off with their Golden Apple Card. This location now designated Club Applebee's, with half priced appetizers, 2 for 1 drink specials and other activities like Karaoke, Monday Madness, Girls Night Out and Full Moon Parties held after 10 PM nightly. Gluten free information available on their website. One of a large nationwide chain based in Overland Park, KS., but now owned by IHOP Corp. Rich Lucy, manager.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



Avatar 10½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Athens - New York Restaurant, 994 Del Mar Drive, The Villages, FL. 633-3455. (Greek) (Italian) B/L/D. Hours are 8 AM to 9 PM daily. Opened November 3, 2010. Located where Big City Grill once occupied next to Katie Belle's Dining & Music Hall, in Spanish Springs. It boasts a very large menu of 100+ items. Greek specialties like Gyros, Plaki and Moussaka, Italian food like Chicken or Eggplant Parm. and American favorites like Meatloaf, Hot Roast Beef or Hot Turkey Sandwiches, will be popular items. Prime Rib, Fried Shrimp, Scallops, Soups, Burgers, Sandwiches and a range of desserts also available. Zweigles® (Red or White) Hot Dogs and a Friday Haddock Fish Fry are upstate New York treats from their hometown of Rochester, NY. Full bar available. Open Thanksgiving Day with Lamb, Pork, Ham, Prime Rib, Chicken and Turkey dinners on the menu. $1 Split Plate charge. Christopher Kitrinos, owner.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 11/10) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Bev R. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 5/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/14) Sat with the AACA Car Club. We had about 12 people and 3 servers. I had the Athenian White Fish Specialty ($16). Delicious and couldn't finish it all. He had his usual Gyro Sandwich and Fries ($9.50). We also had 2 cheap Cabs. Ordinary wine. Total was $32 before t&t. Melissa did a good job, as always. Food and service is better than it used to be. Employees seem happy here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 9/14) Although we were seated quickly, it took some time for our waitress, Amanda, to arrive. I ordered a Cabernet and my partner had a Beer. They finally arrived and I asked for a glass of water also. She took our order and everyone else had Coleslaw but I ordered a House Salad. The Coleslaw arrived but my Salad did not, nor did my water. After several attempts, she brought my Salad, but it took another reminder for the water. My meal arrived just as I started my Salad and that annoys me because I don't have a chance to enjoy the Salad if I want my food to be hot. I ordered the Athenian White Fish which is very good. My partner had Fish and Chips and enjoyed them. The bill was $35 before t&t.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Avatar 13 Stars Video Ay! Jalisco (The Villages), 1152 Main St., The Villages, FL. 259-6582. (Mexican) L/D. Pronounced "Hi-lees-ko". Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened for business November 7, 2009. Formerly occupied by Nature's Table and The Main Street Bistro, this new Mexican cantina offers south of the border fare in cutely painted wood booths as well as outside seating. Menu items will include Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken. Also Fajitas, Burritos, Carne Adoba, Tacos, Enchiladas, Burritos, Chile Verde, Chile Rellenos and Chimichangas are some of the other offerings. Early Bird Specials $6-7 each. Named after one of the 31 Mexican states on the Pacific central coast near Guadalajara which is the center of the Mexican Tequila industry and also a 1941 movie, "¡Ay Jalisco, no te rajes!". Full bar featuring Margaritas. Seven other locations include Clermont, Sabastian, Vero Beach. Gloria Huitron and Pedro Nevarez, owners.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 11/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) To begin with I am a Southern California Mexiholic and I love this restaurant. I have never been disappointed. Chips and Salsa are outstanding and they keep it coming. We eat outside on the patio and watch the world go by. She had the Steak Fajitas, which were tender, generous and well prepared. I had my usual Super Nachos with Shredded Beef. Carmen always has a smile and is wonderful. Our total was $20 with no alcohol. The selection here is awesome and Southern California authentic. We both brought some home for lunch the next day.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Bamboo Bistro, 700 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 750-9998. (Asian) L/D. Opening date was October 10, 2010. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, or later, daily. From 12 noon on Sunday. This restaurant is located where The Villages SKY and Dee Dee's Doghouse once operated, opposite the Century Link Telephone Office in Rolling Acres Plaza. It offers similar food to SKY, with many Asian styles represented plus popular noodle dishes and a sushi bar. The varied menu boasts Appetizers like Crab Rangoon, Crispy Spring Rolls, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, Fried Calamari, Pan Fried Gyoza, Steamed Clam Bucket, Honey Sesame Drumsticks and Hoisin BBQ Ribs, all ranging $4-9 each. Others include Summer Rolls, Salmon Tartar, Seaweed Salad, Tuna Avocado Salad and Spinach Garden Salad for $5-10 each. A variety of Tempura items like Katsu Mahi Mahi, Chicken or Pork or Seafood Platter are also offered at $4-16. From the wok, they offer six sauces of Garlic, Kung Pao or Curry Basil spicy ones; to Szechwan Black Bean, Candied Orange or Moo Goo Gai Pan milder sauces. The main wok ingredient is your choice of either Tofu, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp at $8-14 per dish. Familiar items like spicy General Tao's Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Egg Foo Young, Peking Duck, Roast Duck, Sake Glazed Salmon, Coconut Shrimp or even Chilean Sea Bass with Black Bean Sauce are also featured for $12-26 each. Various Noodle Soups like Pho or Udon and a few Noodle Dishes ($7-10) like Pad Thai can also be found on the large menu. Large Rice Dishes are also available under $10, as are Sushi selections. Now offering Dim Sum for lunch. Plum and house wines ($4.50) plus a few other select choices, ranging $5-8 per glass and domestic and imported beers are also offered. Coupons appear in Thursday's Daily Sun. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Closed on Thanksgivings but open on Christmas and New Years Day. Liang Wu is chef; Jen is manager; Xin Ming of Orlando, owner.

Older Review: (from Roberta M. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 10/10) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/10) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 3/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 12/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 6/13) Very enjoyable dinner experience. We had reservations for 5:30 and were seated promply in a nice comfortable booth. The aromas coming from the kitchen made me hungrier than I thought I was. I had the Pork Egg Foo Young and he had the Orange Chicken. Both dishes were excellent. We also ordered a side dish of their Sautéed Bok Choy. Delicious. We shared the free chef appetizer, using the coupon from the newspaper. Our service from Amber was excellent. The entire bill, with 2 soft drinks came to $39 including tax. We will return soon.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ann S. 2/14) We had a 5:30 reservation for a group of 9 and were seated promptly. Our server, Kenny F, took drink orders and answered all questions pertaining to the menu and specials. Several couples in our group had coupons for a free appetizer and there was a question whether they could be used with the "$30 dinner for 2". Not only were we able to use the coupons, but the manager provided the same complimentary appetizer sampler for those without a coupon. The food came out promptly and all enjoyed their entrées. Desserts were priced at $4-$6 but were included with the dinner for 2. The Chocolate Bread Pudding and the Mango and Raspberry Sorbet were excellent. Dinner for 2 with a glass of wine for each was $44 before t&t. Gratuity was not automatically added.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) This restaurant was represented at the Rotary's All White Dinner Restaurant. Of the restaurants represented, I thought they did a great job with the variety of food. So we returned to get some Dim Sum. Pork Shumai was soft and delicious and so was Shrimp Chive Dumplings. Although the Sesame Sweet Rice Dumpling was not on the lunch, they were able to make it for us. It was delicious. Also Hosin BBQ Ribs was not part of Dim Sum, we ordered from the appetizer section. They were as good as any from BBQ places around here. Haven't been here for some time but definitely will return again soon. Claudia was a great server and total bill came to $22 for two.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 7½ Stars Video Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Mulberry Grove Plaza), 8720 SE 165th Mulberry Ln., The Villages, FL. 259-1536. (Sports Bar) L/D. Open until 10 PM. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Chicken Fingers Basket, Black & Bleu Burger and Chicken Caesar Salad are typical of the menu. Sells their own Wings Sauce too. TVs for coverage of sporting events. Open on Thanksgiving Day 12-4 PM only. Beer and wine only. One of a large nationwide franchise chain concentrated in the southeast, based in Tampa. Bob & Debbie Farrell, owners.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 12/08) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 9 Stars Video Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Southern Trace Plaza), 3539 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-7169. (Sports Bar) L/D. Open until 10 PM. Half-pound burgers, baskets, soups, wraps and salads are just some of the wide selections from the menu. Buffalo style Chicken Wings with Honey BBQ, Garlic or Teriyaki sauce for dipping. Made from mild to "nuclear". Fish 'N Chips and Shrimp Baskets also popular. Beer and wine, only. One of over 250 franchise locations concentrated in the southeast based in Tampa. Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway & Richard Parrish, owners.

Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/09) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



Avatar Video Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Colony Plaza), 321 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-5975. (Sports Bar) L/D. Open until 10 PM. Newest location in The Villages located off CR 466A. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Full bar now. One of a chain of over 250 locations in the southeast and midwest. Aimee Holaway, manager; Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway, Richard Parrish & Ben Pickens, owners.

Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) This was our first visit to Beef O'Brady's in The Villages. We had been to others in our hometown, but had never been particularly impressed. However, they have a new menu that is much more extensive. The Colony Plaza location is very nice, clean, and fun with all the TVs turned to sporting events. The menu includes everything from Ribs and Sandwiches to Soup and Salads. I had the Wings for lunch and my wife had a delicious Grilled Chicken Wrap with a Salad. Each of us were very happy with our meals and for a very reasonable cost. This is a place we will enjoy returning to again with friends.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 9½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Now Open Belle Glade Country Club, 446 Moyer Loop, The Villages, FL. 205-8208. (American) L/D. Named after the "Sugar Cane City", just south of Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Located at the east end of Hillsborough Trail, on Moyer Loop, off Morse Blvd., south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44. This Country Club restaurant opened October 20, 2014. Same layout as Evans Prairie Country Club but a different menu. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 9 PM, or 10 PM on weekends. An "Old Florida" experience. The offerings start with Lobster Bisque Soup, New England Style Clam Chowder or Vegetable Soup ($4/$7 each) and Salads like Garden, Caesar or House ($4/$7 each). Various large Salads like Iceberg Wedge, Chicken Caesar, Walnut Creek, Strawberry & Avocado, Cobb, Sesame Chicken, Fajita Chicken Salad, Crispy Checken, Ahi Tuna and Steak House Salad (all ranging ($9-15 each) are available for lunch or dinner. Appetizers (or lite meals) include Fried Pickles ($8), Honey-Lime Shrimp ($9), Chicken Strips ($9), Steak Nachos ($10), Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps ($10), Chicken Wings ($10), Little Necks Clams ($10), Loaded Potato Wedges ($10), Margherita Flatbread ($10), Bruschetta with Crab ($11) and Tuna Wontons ($11). They also offer four Wraps like Thai Steak, Chicken Caesar, Chicken BLT or Santa Fe Turkey (all $9 each). In the Pasta department you can find dishes like Tuscan Chicken, Shrimp & Scallop Arrabbiata, Linguine Beef Stir Fry, Rigatoni Salsicce, Pescatore, Steak Rigatoni and Lobster Ravioli (all ranging $15-18 each). For dinner entrées they offer Southwest Chicken ($12), Chicken Pot Pie ($13), Chicken Royale ($14), Lobster Pie ($14), Portabella Steak Bercy ($16), Beef Filet Mozzarella ($16), Grilled Salmon Steak ($16), Chicken or Mushroom Enchilada ($16 each), Lamb Shank ($17), Pan Seared Cobia ($17), Mustard Crusted Salmon ($18) and a NY Strip Steak ($21). For lighter appetites, hand-helds fill the bill, like Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Ham & Swiss, Honey Pecan Chicken Salad, Ranch Style Chicken, Turkey Bacon Melt, Rueben Cuban, Custom or Bistro Burger, California Club, Cobia Sandwich, and Ahi Tuna Tacos (all ranging $9-12 each). For dessert you can find Chocolate Decadent Cake, Caramel or White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Peach Cobbler (all $7 each). Kids menu offered too. Full bar. Happy Hour prices in effect 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Wine list includes Round Hill Chardonnay, Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Houge Riesling, Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Merlot, Mark West Pinot Noir, LaJoya Syrah and others (all $5.50-8.50/glass or $18-30/bottle). House wines run about $4/glass. Specialty drinks, like a Dirty Shamrock, run $6-7 each. Frequent diner club available on their website. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Occasional entertainment in season. Earl Weiss, general manager; José Rodriguez and Jim Haghayegh operations directors; James Pyles and Frank Webber, managers; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie and Bonifay Country Clubs.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) First week of operation, so 6 of us arrived early at 4:30 PM on their first Saturday. The restaurant was about 1/3 full at that time. Nice day, so we sat outside on the patio at table 305. James was our young server. Pleasant but a little inexperienced. When asked if the Cobia was frozen, he replied: "It's frozen but it's fresh". Service seemed slow because his station was not contiguous. He had tables scattered all over the patio, it seemed. We ordered a bottle of Edna Valley Cab ($30). He fumbled with the foil, cork and bottle when he finally returned. For a "taste" he poured a whole glass. The wine was fine and typical of a $30 price range, pleasant but not memorable. My better half ordered Lobster Pie ($14) and I opted for the Filet Mozzarella ($14). Each dish comes with two sides, mine were Mashed Potatoes and Beets. I also wanted to try their Lobster Bisque ($4). It was creamy and pretty tasty. We had to wait a while between courses. My napkin wrapped silverware was dirty and never replaced, even though I asked three times. The Lobster Pie was a hit; my Beef Filet was tender, though only 4 oz. in size. The Beets were good; my Garlic Mashed Potatoes were COLD. James did not check back with us. Our friend's Chicken Enchiladas ($16) were deemed very good. The Cobia dinner ($17) was not appealing; it was previously frozen, and not fresh fish. By the end of the meal, Joey took over. He was energetic. James was assigned elsewhere evidently. Then Joey had to ask all of us what we had since the computer lost our orders or some other problem. Our 2 dinners, 1 soup and 1 bottle of wine came to $62 before t&t. It was 6:10 PM by the time we left and the restaurant was full with a waiting list. Go early or for lunch but don't expect anything much different than Bonifay or Evans Prairie.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) I wasn't too hungry but since we had the evening open, we decided to try this place. Can understand they want to open as soon as possible because customers will come but if so, they have an obligation to train the staff a little better. The front desk was able to seat us earlier than the 25 minute wait. We didn't ask for outside and outside is definitely very nice if we don't have to wait too long. Our waitress, Aimee, was pleasant but pleasantness carries only so far. She brought Cabernet instead of Chardonnay, as she thought she heard it as such. Drinks took forever to begin with, because my wife ordered a cocktail. By the time drinks came I was having New England Clam Chowder which I must say was pretty good; perhaps a little less salt would have made it perfect. The taste of little neck clams was very good also but they were really, really little necks, all right. For Vongole maybe OK but not as a dish. My wife said her Sesame Chicken Salad was pretty good; chicken was soft and tender. Total bill came to $25 without drinks and it was also slow in coming too. Will check again in a few months time.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11 Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Bob Evans Restaurant (The Villages), 2199 Parr Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-1224. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. Faces CR466. Breakfast served all day. Large selection of omelets like Farmer's Market Omelet. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Country Fried Steak, Pot Roast Sandwiches to Meat Loaf make for a wide selection of dining styles. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. One of a large regional chain of almost 600 locations in 18 states based in Columbus, Ohio. Buck Smith, manager here.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/08) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 13½ Stars AARP Card Video Gluten Free Menu Bonefish Grill (The Villages), 3580 Wedgewood Ln. The Villages, FL. 674-9292. (Seafood) L/D. In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Center next to CVS Pharmacy. The only location in this large chain that opens at 3 PM, daily. Plus Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11 AM to 2 PM weekly. Closes at 10 PM or 11 PM weekends. Opens 11:30 AM on Valentine's Day and 12 noon on Easter with limited reservations. Now accepting reservations daily, up to 1 month in advance, for seating from 3:00 PM daily, right on their website. "Call Ahead" no longer offered here. Closed Xmas and New Years Day. Extensive fresh seafood offerings with daily specials. Some popular starter items are: Bang Bang Shrimp ($8), Crispy Calamari ($7), Corn Chowder with Lump Crab ($3-6) and Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops ($10). Popular entrées are Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($18), Grouper Piccata ($19), Maryland Crab Cakes ($16), Ahi Tuna ($20), Atlantic Salmon ($14), Longfin Tilapia ($14) and Chilean Sea Bass with Warm Mango Salsa or other sauces ($19-22). Also available is a Filet Mignon ($19-21), 10 oz. Sirloin Steak ($14), Pork Tenderloin Portobello ($14) and a few Chicken dishes ($13). Try Crème Brûlée ($5) for dessert. Entrées range from $13 for Diablo Shrimp Fettucine to $29 for the Twin Lobster Tails. Casual dress at linen/paper covered tables. Low price menu at the bar after 8 PM. Full bar with signature martinis ($7-8) and a good wine list ranging mostly from $21 to $47 per bottle, many of which are available by the glass also. Happy Hour is half price for usual requests from 3 to 6:30 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. 10% off food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. Another location is open in Ocala (see that listing). 2010 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Number One rated for "Top Food", "Best Seafood", "Top Service" and "Top Healthy Options" for full service chain restaurants by Zagat. Gluten free information available on their website. One of a growing popular chain of 140 locations owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Founded by Tim Curci and Chris Parker in January, 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL. This one run by Reece Patterson, partner; assisted by Eileen Silverstrone, manager and Ben Guyton, head toque.

Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) S=1 Return=No.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 4/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gloria K. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Wendell S. 6/08) Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 8/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 11/08) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Phil S. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) We had reservations at 4:45 PM and they gave us booth #412. Shawn was our server. It was Bang Bang Wednesday and the restaurant was crowded. My "date" ordered a Bourbon Manhattan and so did I ($4 each). We wanted to relax before ordering dinner. We both had a side Caesar Salad and it's the best around, with fresh green romaine, ice cold, very light dressing with a hint of anchovy flavor. She had Bang Bang Shrimp and Shawn came back and suggested making it a meal with Rice and Veggie ($11). I had the Salmon with Veggie and Asparagus ($21). The food was excellent, as always, but although Shawn is very efficient, he's not the friendliest server in the place. We also had Hank fetch a bottle of Coppola Claret ($38) for the table too. Two meals, two cocktails and a bottle of wine came to $79 before t&t. Good Happy Hour prices.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/13) Another great meal. We had a reservation on a Monday and chose to sit in the bar area, which was quiet. We had Keith C. for a server and he was accurate, helpful, efficient and friendly. With our "birthday friends", we shared the Coconut Shrimp and Chincoteague Oyster ($9) appetizers. They were wonderful. We had Bonefish Salads to start and both of us had the Special Sirloin topped with "Lobster Thermidor". It was excellent. I had a Oceantrust Martini ($8) and he had a Coppola Claret ($10) and a Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Zin ($9) - both premium wines. Our friends enjoyed their dinners too. Great meal and service. Wish all restaurants in The Villages could be this good. The AARP Card got us a $5 discount. Our total was $68 with the discount before t&t. After all, we had appetizers, salads, cocktail and 2 fine wines for that price.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Bonefish is one of those places where the food is consistently good. No unpleasant surprises. A group of neighborhood ladies went there for Saturday lunch, which they just started about a month ago. We had 12:30 reservations and were seated on time. Unfortunately, it was that pouring down rain Saturday and they were overwhelmed and short staffed. The hostess and our server told us they had been fairly empty on previous Saturdays and hadn't expected this. But, I guess a number of people decided this was the day to do something indoors. I am glad we were forewarned. Summer was our server and she was very good, but service from the kitchen was quite slow. It took over an hour for our orders to come out. We saw many tables turn over several times, but I know it is difficult to manage a larger group when you are short staffed. I had a Pomegranate Martini ($8), they make the best ones, which softened the wait. Many of the ladies followed suit. Lily's Chicken Wrap with Parmesan Fries was excellent. All of us had a "buy one, get one free entrée" coupon. So one Martini and lunch came to about $12 before t&t. Although the kitchen service was slow, they were very gracious about having 13 people with coupons and paying separately. Summer did a fantastic job of keeping it all straight. I am giving the Service Rating a 4, based on Summer, not the promptness of the kitchen, which wasn't enjoyable.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) We had reservations and were seated in a booth in the bar area. Our server, Johnny from Guatamala, took our drink order along with an appetizer of Coconut Shrimp for the table to share. I had a fresh Raspberry Martini that was excellent and my partner had a glass of Red Wine. I had a House Salad with Blue Cheese which is always delicious and he had the soup which was also very good. I ordered the Imperial Fish that was stuffed with a tasty combination of shrimp and other seafood with very little filler. The sauce was mild but full of flavor. He had the Salmon Filet and was very pleased. The price before t&t was $77 with a second wine but no dessert. Another memorable meal with excellent service.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Charles K. 8/14) Our waitress, Corrine, was professional and efficient We each started with a Martini straight-up, also ordered Ceviche which was mild but delicious. I would warn about the bread which is so good along with olive oil that I find it difficult to resist. My wife ordered Crab Cakes I had a nice Sirloin with one Crab Cake and au Gratin Potatoes. They had great cheddar taste. Two good sized glasses of wine were $3.50 each. After devouring the bread and olive oil I should have just ordered two Crab Cakes. Corrine gave us plenty of time for the Martinis.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/14) A 7 PM reservation for 5 people and we were promptly seated. Server, Heather S., was accommodating and flexible on customizing our orders. All enjoyed a sip of one's Apple Martini. I had the Trout with au Gratin Potatoes. She had Bang-Bang Shrimp and a Caesar Salad. With one beer and a glass of wine, two dinners, our bill was $44. All meals arrived together, correct and hot. As usual, good food, good service and consistency, make this an excellent choice for dining. Shall return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Avatar 10½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Bonifay Country Club, 1033 Pinellas Place, The Villages, FL. 205-7455. (American) (Southern) B/L/D. Open daily 8 AM to 9 PM, to 10 PM weekends. Now serving breakfast daily. Located on Pinellas Place, less than a mile west, off Morse Blvd. (south of CR 466A), in the new zip code. Named after a small panhandle town in Florida. With sky blue walls, white puffy clouds, bright cushions and red accented beach canvas coverings, this Country Club restaurant, opened November 11th, 2011. Large indoor and outdoor bars fill the building's width. Large outside area overlooks the new Ft. Walton Golf Course. Much more quiet outside than inside. The menu offers a variety of items with a casual southern flair. Appetizers include Bruschetta, Spinach Dip, P.E.I. Mussels, Coconut-Cilantro Shrimp, and others like Calamari, all $7.00-9.50 each. Soups offered could include Potato-Leek, Crab & Corn Chowder and a Pan Handle Gumbo, all $4/$6 each depending on size. Lighter fare include sandwiches and wraps such as King Caesar or Thai Chili Wrap as well as a Clubhouse, Burgers, French Dip and Rueben Sandwiches, and others, at $8.50-10 each. Large salads, popular in the warmer months, include a Spinach Salad, Chicken or Shrimp Caesar, Florida Palm, Lime Chicken, Bourbon BBQ Salmon and a Signature Steak & Wedge Salad, all ranging $8-12 each. For heartier appetites you can order pasta dishes including Baked Penne, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Pesto, Chicken Parmesan, Beef Stroganoff and a Florida Seafood Scampi Pasta, all ranging $10-15 each. Specialties of the house include Southern Style Pot Roast, Rum Raisin Meatloaf or Chicken Cordon Bleu, all $13; plus Beer Batter Fish and Chips ($11), Asian Chicken Stir-Fry ($12), Twin Crab Cakes ($13), Coconut Crusted Butterfish ($14), Cajun-Style Jambalaya ($15), Atlantic Salmon ($16), a 10 oz. Rib Eye ($17) and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($21), at the top end. Entrées include a side dish. A side salad or cup of soup can be added at $2.50. For dessert, they offer Sorbet, Key Lime Pie, Cheese Cake, Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding and an interesting Grilled Pineapple, all ranging $4-6 each. Full bar with specialty drinks like Key Lime Martini, Mango Mai Tai, Pink Grapefruit Margarita and a Blackberry Julip ($6-7), all made to order. Half Price Happy Hour 2-5 PM daily. Wine list with selections by the glass or bottle even include Champagne and run to $30/bottle. Children's menu on request. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Occasional entertainment and Sunday Brunch is planned. Lorel Rowe, manager. Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie Country Club (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Barbara B. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bill M. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nadine F. 11/11) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/12) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Joanne C. 1/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 7/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Bonifay's food was good, though not impressive. The Seafood Pasta had 3 clams, 3 scallops and 4 shrimp. The portion was fair sized. Shrimp Scampi had adequate shrimp and was not overly garlicy. Both were good, but not impressive efforts. The Crab and Corn Chowder was the most impressive dish of the evening. The service was professional. Our server was Gail. I thought the non-pasta dishes may have been a better value based on my observation of other table's entrées. Our check was $59 with 2 cocktails.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sherry W. 3/13) We found the new seafood-focused menu a very nice selection. The Coconut Butterfish on a Potato Croquet was excellent. The Filet Mignon was also extremely tasty, though small at 4 oz. In both cases, the chef veggie, broccoli and carrots were under done. The Shrimp Scampi was very spicy and somewhat bitter. It was very buttery/oily in a bad way. The Old Fashioned was excellently mixed. The service was on the ball. Our server was Dan. The tab for 3 with 2 drinks was $67. All in all - much more good than bad.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) I must applaud the well paced service for a large group of 20. Bonifay really staffed and managed it well. My wife and I had the Caribbean Tilapia which was very good. Every entrée in my visual range was consumed. The Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries was excellent. The tab was $42 for 2 entrées and 3 drinks. It's been a while since I was at Bonifay and I really like the menu changes.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 11/14) I booked a dinner for a group of 25. It was a beautiful evening and I had requested outside seating. I love the view over the golf course. We were in an area to ourselves could be seated upon arrival, but most got there early and preferred to socialize at the outside bar. They did not rush us. Gail and Dallas were our servers and both were great. I have had Gail several times before and I'm always glad to see when she will be my server. I had Bruschetta Chicken, which was very good. Lorel, the manager, checked by often. One person's dinner was very late, so Lorel came out to explain that a tray had been dropped in the kitchen, and so they remade the dinner. It was nice to know they didn't just pick it up and re-plate it! All diners seemed happy with their meals. And we all loved the outside dining. One entrée and one Iced Tea was $15 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 9 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Bravo Pizza, 1080 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 612-6961. (Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Table waited service with a large selection of New York style and Neopolitan Pizzas plus Italian dishes like Fettuccine Carbonara, Chicken Salerritancio and Grouper Zetina. Bread Knots with dipping sauce provided for every table. Beer & wine. Jorge & Gaston, managers. Dominic Sullivan, owner.

Older Review: (from Steve L. 4/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 3/08) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Robert S. 10/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Ralph C. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Have not been here for many years. They had a few nice wines at $6 each. We had 3 between us. She had the Fettuccine Carbonara ($13) and I had the Bravo Combo ($11) with Chicken, Stuffed Shell and Lasagna. Mine was pretty good but she said hers was bland. Both came with small Caesar Salads. Sharon was our server. She was pretty busy as the only one on the floor with a half full restaurant. Bread Knots are a nice touch. The food came out without much wait. Not a bad spot but not memorable either. Total without t&t and 10% Buffalo Card 10% discount was $37.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Cane Garden (Country Club) Restaurant, 1726 Bailey Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-0627. (American) L/D. Open 11 AM to 9 PM (to 8 PM on Sunday). Relaxing and inviting atmosphere with warm, tropical décor. Mostly lighter fare plus a few major entrées like Chicken Laredo ($11), Meatloaf Sicilian ($12), Pork Madagascar ($12), Pot Roast Étouffée ($13), Herbed Whitefish ($13), Chicken Marsala Sorrentino ($13), Steak Milanese ($13), Pecan Tilapia ($13), Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops ($13), Citrus Bourbon Salmon ($15), Scallops, Shrimp and Lobster Meat with Mushrooms ($15) and 12 oz. Delmonico Steak ($19). A variety of Appetizers ($5-10), Salads ($8-11), Sandwiches ($7-10) and other items are offered too. Their "Soon To Be Famous" Tuna Salad ($11) has been on the menu since Day One. Wood Fired Pizza ($7-8) is a favorite also. Special menu on special days, like St. Patrick's Day. Full bar. Tropical drinks offered. Breezeway dining available. Golf course views. Single person seating at the bar only. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Louis Santiago, executive chef; Laurie Lape, general manager. Now owned by George (Mackie) McCabe (Director of Hospitality for The Villages), wife Sharon, daughter Haley & son Ryan, since mid-December, 2012.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/07) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Pat M. 2/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from James D. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Joanne S. 4/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Joanne S. 5/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 2/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 10/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nadine F. 1/11) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Cane Garden's food was very good. Our Lobster Pizza was excellent for an appetizer. My wife's Whitefish was perfectly prepared, ample in portion, and very tasty. It came with 2 sides and a bread stick. The Rustic Baked Pasta was very tasty too, though a minimal portion, and it came with a bread stick. The Chocolate Thunder dessert was very good and the Warm Apple Tostada was good and very impressive. It can be shared by 2 people. Our server was "Smith" and her service wasn't impressive. One could die from thirst... I had to go to the bar for a water refill. She tended to disappear for long periods of time (like to take the bill) and water refills were not on her radar... more than just once. She was friendly when she thought of you. Other servers seemed more attentive. Our total tab was $52. The bar staff was very attentive.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/13) The restaurant was not busy for lunch and we were seated right away. The waitress took our drink order and we had them in a short time. We took some time to order and the waitress waited very patiently for us to decide. I had the Pineapple Delight and my friend had the Lobster and Scallop Salad. Both were very good. The Chicken Salad was tasty and well seasoned. The bill was $13 after tax.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Perhaps the best Wrap of my life! A Surf and Turf with beef and shrimp was terrific! Very good Fries came with it. My wife's Pineapple Paradise Salad was huge and delicious. On my last visit I had a concern with drink refills. All fixed, I could not have asked for better service from "LJ". This was a great experience, I'll soon be repeating! Our bill was $26 with 2 non-alcoholic beverages.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Cane Garden consistently delivers good food. We had the Fish Special which came with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables. The fish had excellent flavor and was garnished with shrimp newburg or crab/asparagus/hollandaise. Our server, Christy, provided competent service, but they really need to send someone around with drink refills. It's hard to even get a water refill. Tab was $38 with a bowl of soup as an appetizer.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Love dining on the patio. Have eaten here for 8 years, never a bad experience. Still one of my favorite restaurants. Service, food and presentation can be depended upon every time. I still love the Italian Loafer Sandwich, which I get with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy on the side, instead of French Fries. The value is outstanding and quite a bit less expensive than the Meat Loaf dinner. She had the Fried Whitefish Sandwich. A generous portion, well presented. Christy was our server and did a great job. We were not hurried and were able to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Our total for two was $19, no alcohol. Our friend also enjoyed the Whitefish. I continue to give this a top rating, because it is outstanding for a Country Club.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/14) After the snowbirds are gone, a 6 PM walk-in is no problem. I counted 4 hostesses. We sat in the first booth, which was nice and quiet. Tina was our server. My better half had a cup of Chicken Vegetable Soup and the Lobster and Scallop Bravado Salad. I had a Caesar Salad with the Panko Crusted Herbed Whitefish. All in all pretty good. Our friends bought a bottle of wine ($17) which is reasonable. Service was good, food was good, atmosphere was good. At $33 before t&t, with no beverage on us, it was a pretty good value.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) All 4 of us were seated promptly around 5 PM. All had the Corned Beef & Cabbage Special. All were disappointed in the Corned Beef. Very tasty, but sliced incorrectly. Meat was cut WITH the grain rather than AGAINST the grain, making it tough and stringy. Very disappointed. We have raved about the food here in the past; just hope this is not a trend. Rest of the meal was excellent, even bringing us requested drawn butter for the veggies. Service was very good.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Had a hankering for Fish and Chips, so we decided to try the Irish Night. Haddock was pretty good, though I would have preferred fried like a fillet rather than a few rolls. Thought Chips (French Fries) were exactly as I would have had it in England. Delicious. The Peas were excellent. If the fish were done the English way, I would have thought I was in a London pub. My wife had Corn Beef and Cabbage. She enjoyed it but she thought it was a bit salty. The little taste I had, I didn't think so. Wish they had Shepherd's Pie, but for that, I have to go to Evans Prairie. June, our server, was very nice and the bill without drinks came to $27. Food wise, Cane Garden is a good place to go.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Another wonderful experience on the patio. On a Tuesday night we went for the Prime Rib Special. You can order rare to well done all evening. Flavor and portions were generous. We split a 12 oz. medium rare Rib and each had a side Caesar Salad. Our son had a smaller Prime and a side salad, which he said was quite tasty. No alcohol. Our total for 3 meals was $43. Always good service and nice view. Again a top rating because it is a Country Club and everything is consistently above most others.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Not as fancy as Palmer, Lopez or Hemingway restaurants, this is still consistently a good place with nice ambience and service. When we don't know where to go, we just hop on to our golf cart and come here. Today I had a glass of Chianti which was OK and a Sausage and Mushroom Pizza. I love their thin crust. A bit salty but still enjoyed it. My wife had a cup of Chili and Cane Garden Shrimp which she always enjoys. Kelly, our waitress, was very pleasant and our bill without drinks came to $18. Outside of those 3 high end country club restaurants, we enjoy Cane Garden very much. Service people are always pleasant and food is mostly consistent.
Q=45 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Carrabba's Italian Grill (The Villages), 650 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-1304. (Italian) L/D. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Opens 11 AM daily. Closes at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM five other days. Dinner menu starts at 3 PM and all day Sunday. Authentic Italian food provided by a popular large chain of almost 250 locations owned by Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Calamari Ricardo ($10) and Mozzarella Marinara ($9) are popular appetizers with Pollo Rosa Maria ($17.50), Chicken Bryan ($17.50), Pasta Weesie ($16), Tilapia Nocciola ($16.50) and Filet Fiorentina ($24.50), some of the popular entrées. Entrées range from $11.50 for Tagliarini Pasta to $28 for the 9 oz. Beef Filet Marsala. Dishes such as Spiedino di Mare ($19), Lobster Ravioli ($18), Mezzaluna ($14) and Lasagna ($14.50) are popular too. PEI Steamed Mussels ($11) are a meal in themselves. Sogno di Cioccolata ($8) ends the meal. 3 course dinners at $12 offered Mondays only. Full bar. Half Off Happy Hour runs 3-7 PM. $10 off a bottle of wine or pitcher of Sangria offered on Wednesdays. Gluten free information available on their website and alternate menu. Call ahead seating. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. John Siple, proprietor; James Gilliam, manager.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Martin G. 6/07) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David L. 11/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 5/14) Haven't been to this restaurant in a while. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Our server, Diane, did a wonderful job. We each had a happy hour glass of wine ($6.50). I thought it was expensive for a happy hour. My husband had the Pollo Sorrento, a new menu item. He said it had a wonderful flavor. I thought it was a very small portion for $17. The Chicken was sliced very thin (maybe 1/4 inch thick). It was grilled, topped with Sauteed Eggplant, Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese and had a Port Wine Fig Sauce on top. The whole Chicken Breast with all the ingredients on it, (if they were all there) was maybe 1/3 inch thick. Small, small, small. I had the large size (8 oz) Grilled Salmon for $19. It tasted fine, but looked small to me. Both meals came with Soup or Salad. We each had Coffee for $2.75 each. Our bill came to $58. (not including tip). Again, for what we had, I thought the portions were small and it was very expensive. We will return, but not on a regular basis, and perhaps only when they have some kind of special.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 6/14) Well, here we are at Carrabba's so soon after our last visit. We were celebrating a friend's birthday. We had 5 PM reservations, and were seated promptly. It is Monday night, so they have a promotion called "Amore Monday". What a fabulous deal it is. Guests have a choice of about 15 entrées, ranging $12, $15, or $18. Each meal includes either one of three appetizers, OR one of three desserts. It also includes a soup or salad. We took advantage of this promotion, having the Tuscan Skewers and the Shrimp and Scallops in Vodka Sauce. We had Calamari appetizer and the Meatball/Ricotta Flatbread appetizer. Of course, we each had a salad too. All of the above were wonderful. Everyone else at the table had the "Amore Monday" promos too. All meals were enjoyed. Our waitress, Heather D., served us well. Our meals, $15 each, plus a happy hour glass of wine came to $39 including tax. We think, but not sure, that "Amore Monday" may only be a summertime promotion. Great deal.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Had a $10 coupon off two entrées so we went here with friends on a Saturday about 5:30 PM. Crowded already, we found 4 seats at the high tops. Half price drinks (at least for Sangria, house wine and beer), so we ordered a Raspberry Limoncello Martini ($7) and a Blackberry Sangria ($8). They also had double entrées at $14.90 with one side. She had the Sirloin with Mahi Wolfie ($17) and I had the Chicken Bryan with Pork Tenderloin and Fettucini Alfredo ($17). Hard to see the fine print about $2 up-charges on some items like Fettucini. We each had a second cocktail because the kitchen was backed up. Sean came by and apologized for the wait. That's a good business practice. Others around us were more annoyed. The food was excellent except her steak, instead of being rare, came out well done. (A far cry!) We didn't want to wait longer for a new one to be cooked. The Sangrias were both charged at HH prices but at $8 that seems very high. A glass would normally be $16? Our total was $63 before tax, tip and coupon. Victoria was our server. Slow service by the kitchen and over-cooked steak knocks down this rating somewhat by 2 points total.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) The last time I was in Carraba's was a few years back. Wasn't impressed then and wasn't impressed this time either. First the good part. Their Minestrone was hot and quite good, so I was hoping. Caramari was just OK. The biggest disappointment was Pasta Tag Pic Pac. I specifically asked for al dente but came out limp. Told our waitress to try it and she immediately took it back. The next one came back better but flours they use for home made pasta, Italians wouldn't use it. When I left most of it on the plate, our Jennifer said she'll take the dish off the check. I said no need but she did it anyway. Gave her extra tip as it was a great gesture. Total bill came to $24 without drinks. Half carafe of Cabernet was OK. Jennifer, our waitress made my day. She was a pro.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) I think that Carrabba's restaurant is one of the finest of the chains, and I have never had occasion to complain about my meal. But this time I found an entrée I did not enjoy. It is on their new menu and was Pollo Al Prosecco. The chicken was breaded and overdone and the sauce was bland. I will not order that again. My Limoncello Martini however, was delicious. My partner had a nice Red Wine also. Considering our large party of 12, our waitress, Danielle, did a wonderful job. My partner had a favorite Chicken Trio dish and was pleased. The price was $61 before t&t.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 10½ Stars Cattle Baron Club, 996 Delmar Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-5981. (American) (Steakhouse) D. Fine dining, with full linen service, in inviting oak Victorian atmosphere. Early bird specials are popular. Fresh fish and beef such as Grilled Salmon, Tilapia, Stuffed Flounder and Prime Rib, Sirloin Steak and others, generally $11-15 each. Soup and Salad Bar. Large Sunday Breakfast Buffet (8 AM to 2 PM) featuring Omelettes. Entertainment on the stage below. Balcony seating outdoors. Full bar. Happy Hour 4-7 PM daily. Chicago Lounge featuring martinis. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas with last seating at 6:30 PM, by reservation. Also offers a New Years Eve Celebration Dinner Buffet at $90 pp from 6 PM, by reservation. Residents and their guests only. Be aware that certain tables now have a surcharge added to the bill. Ask before being seated so there is no surprise after your meal. David Rees, general manager. Developer owned.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 11/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Larry W. 2/13) Haven't eaten here in a few years. The food was better than I remembered. The Coconut Shrimp was solid, the Stuffed Portobello was quite good. We all had Shrimp & Scallop Pasta, Salmon Roll and Shrimp Oscar. All were very good. The Salad Bar was uninspired, but had all the basics. The bread was good; the Chili was very salty. Service by Frank was competent and friendly, but streched very thin with lots of tables, to the extent this keeps prices down, I guess this is an acceptable trade-off. Overall, a very satisfactory experience and very good value. Our bill for 3 was $60, no alcoholic drinks.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Sherry W. 3/13) We had a solid dinner. Everyone had Steak with either Shrimp added or Oscar-ized. All the Steaks were somewhat above average and the sides were good. We had Shrimp appetizers - Coconut Shrimp and Shrimp Cocktail - both were good. The service was slow with water and check backs, but helpful when they dropped by. I consider Cattle Baron a reasonable value, and fairly good place to eat. Our server was Jacqueline and our tab with one beer was $81 for 3 Surf and Turf meals - not bad with a live band in the background - we did sit well away from that.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) We came here with our car club for about 14 of us to have a nice dinner with special guests up stairs. We sat with 4 other friends. Jolene was our server. She wanted to take our drink order as soon as we sat down. We asked for a wine list and she rattled off the house wines on Happy Hour. We explained we'd rather drink premium wines. It took a while for her to find a Wine List. I chose a glass of Stonehedge Cab ($5), which wasn't very good and my better half had the House Cab ($3), which was no better. I ordered the (Rare!) Prime Rib dinner ($22) and he ordered the (Medium Rare) 8 oz. Filet Mignon dinner ($19). Both came with Soup and Salad Bar, but he also spotted Lobster Bisque ($4) on the menu and ordered that too. So did one of our friends. The Salad Bar was just chopped white lettuce with a few toppings like cheese, tomatoes, cottage cheese, etc. None of the dressings were labeled. The bread selection was good. The soup was an Egg Roll Soup. That was OK, the salad was not. The Lobster Bisques arrived by a runner. Our friend got no spoon; my better half got a PLASTIC TEASPOON for his bisque. We all laughed at the plastic utensil on the linen table cloth. Our server did not show up for a while, so I shared my soup spoon (from the Salad Bar) with him. The food arrived in acceptable time on hot plates. That alone is worth 1 point. He got the Stir Fry item plopped in front of him that belonged to our friend. My Prime Rib showed up BROWN (well done)! I asked Jolene about my order for RARE and she said, "that's as rare as they come - they're all the same." That was very disappointing. Why ask, "how'd you like it done", then? His Filet was a disappointment too. Perfectly round cut of beef that looked like it was made with a cookie cutter. The Mashed Potatoes were round too, flat on the top, looked like they came out of a cupcake tray. Looking at his meal, no garnish at all, it reminded me of two hockey pucks on a plate, one brown, one white. Our server did not check back with us. No dessert or coffee ordered. The total with two wines, one soup and two meals was $54 before t&t. Then the loud music started. Worst part of all was that even though bus boys tried to clear the table of dirty dishes, the dirty soup bowls were still on the table even after the bill was paid. Very poor attention here. We will not be back.
Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 13 Stars Cheng's Chinese and Sushi Restaurant, 4050 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 391-9678. (Asian) L/D. Opens daily at 11 AM. Small Asian restaurant with table service and a take-out menu serving a wide variety of Chinese cuisine such as Orange Chicken ($10), Imperial Beef ($12), General Tao's Chicken ($10), White Snow Prawns ($15) and Lotus Fish ($15). Peking Duck (Half $13 - Whole $24) is a specialty. A wide variety of Chicken, Pork, Beef and Seafood Cantonese dishes ranging from $6 to $15 are also available. Nigiri and Sashimi such as Sea Urchin, Snapper, Eel and Octopus ($3 each) are offered. The Chef's Sashimi Boat is featured at $19. Luncheon Combo Platters are about $6 each. Licensed for beer and wine. Open Christmas Day. Kwok Man, owner.

Older Review: (from Jane R. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gloria K. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 3/10) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 13 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Chili's Grill & Bar (Spanish Springs), 1206 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 751-6555. (American) (Mexican) L/D. Tex-Mex influence with Margaritas a mainstay. Lots of spicy food items. Cajun Ribeye, Chicken Crispers, Citrus Fire Chicken & Shrimp, Quesadilla Explosion and Classic Nachos are this company's favorite menu items. Steaks run $13-17 each. Fajitas and Quesadillas run $9-14 while Burgers are $6-8 each. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. Seniors (55+) get 10% off. One of a very large nationwide popular chain of over 1200 locations owned by Brinker International of Dallas, TX. Patreeka Carter, manager; Troy McClellan, managing partner.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David L. 8/11) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar Buffalo Discount Card China Buffet, 3435 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6866. (Asian) (Buffet) L/D. Located in Southern Trace Plaza. Formerly called Shanghai China Buffet. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Large Chinese/Japanese buffet as well as menu items such as General Tso's Chicken and Happy Family. Large selection of meat, poultry and seafood. Both Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan items included. Soups, desserts and a variety of Ice Cream round out the selections. Beer & wine. Open Christmas Day. Coupons in the Thursday Daily Sun. Hui Zheng Wang and Xiu Hua Zheng, owners.



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Avatar 14½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi City Fire American Oven & Bar (Lake Sumter Landing), 1012 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 205-7169. (American) L/D. An upscale remake of Urban Flats at Lake Sumter Landing. Same owners, updated décor of city life and an expanded menu. The transformation took place in mid-August, 2011. Open daily from 11 AM until Midnight or later on weekends. Stoneflats are carried over on the menu including such flats as the Margherita ($8), Pepperoni ($8), Turkey, Pear & Brie ($9), Mediterranean ($9), Picadillo ($9), Corned Beef Reuben ($10), Italian Sausage ($10), Southwest ($11), Black & Blue ($12), Steak & Portobello ($12), and the Meatlover's ($13). The menu includes such main dishes as Poblano Pepper stuffed with Shrimp, Chorizo and Pepper Jack Cheese ($13), Oven Roasted Turkey ($14), Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ($14), City Fire Chicken Vesuvio ($15), Chicken Parmesan ($15), Roasted Pork Shank over Mashed Potatoes with Pineapple Salsa ($16), Pan Crusted Chicken ($15), Mediterranean Baked Salmon ($18), and their signature City Fire Center Cut Tenderloin Beef Filet ($26). Sandwiches like the Turkey BLT Wrap ($8), Chicken Salad Wrap ($8), Black Angus Sliders ($9), French Dip ($9), and the City Fire Sloppy Joe ($9) are also offered for lunch or dinner. French Onion and City Fire Tomato Basil Soups ($3-5) are usually available. Salads like House Field Greens ($8), Caesar Wedge ($8), Arugula & Goat Cheese ($9), Park Salad ($9) and their new signature City Fire Nutty Cheesy Salad ($10) are featured. Chicken, Shrimp, Tuna and Salmon can be added at $6-8 each. Some "Lite Bites" like Sizzle Kettle Chips ($6), Oven Roasted Wings ($8), City Fire Hummus Dip ($8), Baked Chevre ($8), Escargot ($9), Oven Roasted Mussels ($11), Tuna Poke ($12), City Fire Oven Fired Manchego Cheese with Florida Tupelo Honey ($12), and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($13) are also offered. Desserts might include Xango Cheesecake, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, Roasted Banana Split or Smores ($6-8 each). A vast array of fine wines are offered by the glass and the bottle. Over 15 whites and 15 reds are offered by the glass ($6-12). Wines running $18-195 per bottle, like Opus 1, fill their wine list as well as 11 draft beers ($3-6 each). Summer specials, like half price bottled wine on Wednesdays, run for a few weeks off season. Signature martinis, like Finnish Fire, are also available at $7 each. A Millionaire's Coffee ($6) can top the meal. Popular outside bar and seating areas. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Scott Vasatka, operations manager; Mike & Gina Buell, partners; owned by Manny Garcia III (Pebbles, Manuel's on 28th and Harvey's Bistro) of Winter Park. A second location is at Paddock Square in Brownwood (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) Although the menu is getting "tired" here, we still enjoy the food and service. Kelly was pleasant, friendly and checked on us often. I had the City Sliders ($10) and she had the Duck Fontina ($14). I had a house Cab, then switched to a better Norton Malbec for my second. Much better. She had the house Cab. We moved inside because it was cool out, staying in Kelly's station. Total was $38 before t&t and a 10% discount for the Buffalo Card. House wine was better last year. Never very crowded here before 6 PM, a blessing.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 10 ½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi City Fire American Oven & Bar (Brownwood), 2716 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 561-2078. (American) L/D. Officially opened December 26, 2012. Hours are daily from 11 AM until Midnight or later on weekends. The main entrance is close to the Branstorm Theater. This second location in Brownwood is twice the size of the first City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing. The interior is marked by an eclectic array of large antique chandeliers, maroon and brick walls, dark wood tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. A big indoor-outdoor bar and a large outside dining area complete the street scene. The menu is similar in both locations. Flat Breads are popular here too, like the Pear and Brie, as are the Burger or Meatloaf Sliders. A French Dip, Turkey BLT Wrap, Chicken Salad Wrap and a Chicken Thumbit Sandwich can be found on the card also. Their Crab Cakes double as an appetizer or entrée. Most offerings are about $9-13 each. Their Tomato Basil Soup, Sizzle Chips and Nutty Cheesy Salad are now well known in The Villages. A wide variety of wines by the glass or bottle are offered here. The full bar makes any martini in the book. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. John Waterloo, chef; Jeff Yates, bar manager; Dave Edelstein, general manager; Mike and Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, managing partners; Manny A. Garcia, III, owner.

Review: (from Dennis C. 1/13) Four of us stopped for lunch on New Years Day about 12:30 PM. The restaurant was only half full. There were 3 young hostesses at the door. We ended up against the far brick wall. Nakisha was our server. We ordered drinks and they came promptly. We all ordered various Sliders with soups for lunch. A half hour went by and no food. Nakisha refilled our iced teas. 45 minutes and still no food. Our conversation distracted us from the clock. Another couple that came in after us, was served and finished already. By one hour we had to flag down Nakisha and asked what is taking so long. She went to check. By now the restaurant was 3/4 full. We looked for Mike or Scott or Dave, but there was no manager around to complain too. When Nakisha finally brought our food, I asked her to send Jen out to speak to us. Waiting an hour is certainly unacceptable. She never came out! Jeff, the bartender, finally came over when we were almost done. He apologized for the delay and was surprised to hear we had waited over an hour for our food. He took care of the bill for us. We were very surprised to see that no manager was in charge here today on their 7th day of operation. It wasn't Nakisha's fault, but she seemed to avoid us all the time we were waiting instead of keeping us informed and checking with the kitchen. We never found out what was going on in the kitchen, but during this time we watched, not one, but two other couples that had less patience than us, leave the restaurant while still others were also complaining to their servers about very slow service. This is not like the City Fire we love in LSL. They really need help here, and Dave or Mike or Gina should have been on duty, checking with every customer. The food was OK, but we'll stick to Scott's operation at LSL.
Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) This is the first time we have eaten at either City Fires and we were very impressed by the food and service. Our server was Holly and the tab before tip was $58 with 4 drinks. My wife had City Fire Chicken Vesuvio but substituted Shrimp for Chicken. She loved it. I had the Mediterranean Salmon which was perfectly done. The salsa was very flavorful. The portions were not huge but very adequate. We had the Chocolate Bread Pudding with Ice Cream for dessert, which was also excellent. The service was very attentive.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 1/13) After reading the first review we were reluctant to dine here, so I kept a close eye on my watch. We arrived at 5:10 PM on a Saturday. The restaurant was busy but not packed. There were empty tables available. The 3 hostesses had a tough time figuring out where to put us. We ended up at #203. Terri was our server and arrived pretty promptly. We made it easy and ordered two house Cabs. They arrived at 5:15 and she took our order for two Turkey dinners at that time. The hostess kept trying to seat people at the high-tops, only to be rebuffed by every senior couple. That kept us amused for a while, since the patrons were all lead all the way back to the hostess stand for reassignment each time. It was a constant parade. We watched while one table kept getting the wrong orders. Back they went to the kitchen while someone figured out where they belonged. One second Cab was ordered, while we waited. Our food was slow in coming and it finally arrived at 5:48 (that's 33 minutes). Luckily it was warm. We had to ask Terri for salt and pepper. Seems there must be only one salt and pepper set in the whole restaurant because it was 6 PM by the time she found it (12 minutes more). We were almost finished by that time. No dessert was ordered and our bill showed up promptly at 6:04. We were paid up and exiting at 6:15. There were still empty tables available. Seems Terri's station included tables far away too, which doesn't make it easy to catch her. Our total with 3 wines and 2 meals was $38. Still a bumpy ride here. We noticed that house wines are higher here than at LSL. Why is that?
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Larry W. 12/13) We had a great Spinach and Arugula Salad with strawberries and feta and 2 excellent Pizzas - Duck and Fontina Pizza...the truffle oil really set this off, and a Black and Blue Pizza. The server, Michael, was right on every step. We had previously noticed some rough edges in the Brownwood's City Fire, in comparison to LSL, but everything was right on for this meal. Tab was $45 with one Alcoholic Drink, 2 Salads and 2 Pizzas.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) I didn't care for the Reuben Flatbread today. I usually like their Flatbreads here and at Lake Sumter Landing but today the bread didn't come out right. My spouse had Mussels and she seem to have enjoyed it so that was good. Our friends seemed to enjoy the Mussels, Flatbread and Slider, so perhaps I am more critical. We came close to 9 PM so maybe chef was on off period. Usually I enjoy Flatbreads here so will try again. Adam, the server, was good and the total bill for two of us came to $27. One thing I would like to recommend is to tone the music down. Even at farthest of corner, the live music was too loud and we couldn't have decent conversation.
Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 12 Stars Video Cody's Original Roadhouse (Lake Sumter Landing), 1041 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-8500. (American) (Barbecue) L/D. Opens at 11 AM. This restaurant replaced Up The Creek Fish Camp & Grill. Opened October 26, 2009. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Decorated in gas pumps, hubcaps, an old orange truck and galvanized steel guard rails plus big murals and other "road trip" memorabilia. Peanut shells on the floor, change daily! A wide variety of steaks from Chopped Steak, NY Strip, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye, T-Bone Porterhouse, even Filet Mignon run $10 to $22 per portion. 12-24 oz Prime Ribs are offered at $15 to $20. Baby Back Ribs are popular at $13-18 for half or full racks. Grilled Salmon, Bacon Wrapped or Coconut Shrimp and Fresh Grouper are also on the menu at $13-19. Chicken, Beef or Combo Fajitas are $11 each. Chicken dishes like Half Rotisserie, Southwest or Fried Chicken and Chicken Tenders range $11-13. Burgers and Chicken or Grouper Sandwiches range from $7 to $13. A Florida Key Lime Pie is popular for dessert at $4. Early Bird Menu (except Sundays/Holidays) runs 3:30 to 6 PM for this location. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. Pet and smoker friendly patio seating. Full bar inside and out. 2 for 1 Happy Hour runs 3:30 to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. One of 15 locations, mostly in Florida, based in Clearwater, FL. Another location is already open in Ocala (see that listing) and one is planned for Brownwood (see that listing). Allen Musikantow and John Demetriadis and family, operating partners here. James Kanelopoulos, general manager.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 10/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Daniel G. 10/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/09) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bill S. 1/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 2/10) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 4/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) There were 6 of us here to see the old cars in the parking lot. Mike was our server and did more talking than listening. He started to leave after only 5 of the 6 of us ordered drinks. We both had the 6 oz. Bacon Wrapped Filet ($17). Very nice piece of meat. Food came out pretty fast. We also had two for one drinks. At the end of the meal, we thought Mike was keeping track of the three checks. We also had discount coupons. When the bills arrived, they were all mixed up. So he tried again after we helped him. They still came back wrong. Took a half hour to get them near correct and we had to rebalance them ourselves to get out of there. We won't sit at Mike's station next time.
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 5½ Stars Video Now Open Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), 3731 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 430-2997. (American) (Barbecue) L/D. Opened September 22, 2014. This is the second location in The Villages with another dozen locations in Florida. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Old gas pumps and a vintage pick-up truck are their recognizable icons. Onions on a Stick ($7), Cody's Buffalo Shrimp ($7) and Buffalo Wings ($7) in either BBQ, Garlic or Cody flavors are popular starters. Coconut Shrimp or Char-Grilled on a Skewer (both $14) are offered for seafood entrées, as is Grilled Salmon ($14-16) or Florida Snapper ($15). Burgers start at $8 and a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Jack Cheese is available at $8 also. Fajitas ($11-12) are favorite menu items. Sirloin, NY Strip, Rib Eye, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Filet Mignon Steaks are listed at $15-23 each. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. An Early Bird Menu runs 3:30 to 6:00 PM daily except Sunday that starts at $9. Outdoor seating is available. Full bar with large covered bar area. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. Allen Musikantow and John and Eugenia (Jeanne) Demetriadis operating partners.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) A friend and I sat at the bar for a beer at lunchtime on opening day. It was not crowded at all. I had a Shock Top because they don't carry Blue Moon. They were 2 for 1. Nice frosted glasses. We also ordered off the bar menu. He had a Chicken Slider and I had the Burger Slider ($2.50). We also ordered an order of Fries. The sandwiches were pretty small but made well. We never did get the Fries. The bill was about $9 each with tax. Not a great start. Will order off the regular menu next time.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Raymond A. 9/14) We had reservations for 6 at 7:15 PM, but was seated at 8:00. Seems like walk-ins were seated before us. I had Surf and Turf. Sirloin Steak had grizzle and chewed like bubble gum. The Lobster Tail was undercooked. Baked Potato was good, as was the Salad. Has been open a short time. Service was not too good. Gerard was our server. Came to $46 with drink/cocktail. Would not go there again for 3 months or more.
Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 9½ Stars Free WiFi Crispers, 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6502. (Cafe) L/D. "Fresh salads and such". Toasted sandwiches, stuffed crispy flatbreads, soup, chowder and gumbo. Citrus Chicken Wrap, Downtown Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich, Hot Russian Toasted Sandwich and French Dip are typical offerings. All vegetarian choices can be found. Most items range from $6 to $8 each. No bar. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Small Florida chain of 36 locations, formerly owned by Publix, now run by Healthy Food Concepts LLC., a private investment group. Mills Kilbourne, general manager.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from David L. 5/14) Wife saw a coupon in the newspaper, this being Mother's Day, we decided to try it. We arrived around 9 AM to a nearly deserted facility and immediately placed our orders for an Omelet with Mushrooms, Ham and Swiss Cheese which came with Home Fries and Toast. I had an Omelet with Gruyere Cheese, Crumbled Bacon, Sautéed Onions and Home Fries and Toast. Each of us also had unlimited Coffee. The Omelettes were $5 ea. and coffees were $2 ea. with the coupon, the total was $17.52 with a tip. The food was good and plentiful and we would come again.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11½ Stars AARP Card Video Free WiFi Denny's Restaurant (The Villages), 1571 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-2556. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. Open 24 hours including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On 27/441 in front of Spanish Plaines Shopping Center. Casual dining. Noted for their "Grand Slam Breakfasts". Signature favorites like the Lumberjack Slam, Grand Slam Slugger, French Toast Slam, All-American Slam and many Omelettes are featured. Pancakes, sausage and bacon are always on their menu. T-Bone Steaks, Fried Shrimp and Country Fried Steak are available for dinner. Typical American fare. Free Wi-Fi. Beer and wine available. Seniors get 10% off but AARP members (55+) get 20% discount off their check (4-10 PM) plus Coffee is only $1. The country's largest chain of 1600 locations, started in the 50's, based in Spartanburg, SC. Sven Posey, manager here.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/12) Q=3 S=1 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Colene M. 7/14) We went after golf this morning and it was full. We did get seated right away in a booth in the back left. Our waitress was Lillian and she did an excellent job. I had the Senior Omelet ($7) with Fruit and an English Muffin along with Hot Tea ($2). My husband had the Hearty Breakfast Skillet ($8) with Coffee ($2). Total before t&t was $19. This restaurant has cleaned up their act from years ago and is a very nice place to eat now. They offer an AARP discount as well, so our bill was $16.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 9½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant (The Villages), 1 LaGrande Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-3335. (Mexican) L/D. Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM (10 PM on Friday & Saturday). By The Villages Post Office. Formerly called Teo's Café and Saloon. Full Mexican menu. Enchiladas, Super Burritos, Beef Tacos and Chicken Fajitas offered. Fried Ice Cream, Apple Burrito and Mexican Flan offered for dessert. Occasional live entertainment. Full bar with foreign and domestic beers, wine, daiquiris and margaritas. Another El Ranchito is in Leesburg (see that listing). Martin and Antonio (also owner of Copacabana Cuban Café in Mt. Dora) Reyes, owners.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 7/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/13) I had heard good and bad about this place and wanted to see for myself. I got there about 4 PM. John was already there and had a glass of water. There was one other table occupied with 6 people. It took at least 10 minutes before a non-English speaking person came over to ask me about a drink. I asked if it was happy hour. He said "a Sprite?". My perplexed look had him say something in Spanish to another person there. I believe it was our waiter, Victor. Anyway, Victor came over and was pleasant. I ordered a Dos Equis. Another 10 minutes later it was delivered. Halfway through the beer, John went to get Victor so we could finally order. Someone brought out the dinners. After we finished eating and sitting, John went to get Victor for the check. This was now about 5:30 - 1½ hours after I arrived. Victor had never come by to see if I would like another drink, did we need everything, did we want dessert, water, coffee nor to inquire how the dinners were. I had the Carnitas (shredded pork), he had the Mexican Dinner which was a Taco and an Enchilada. The meals were decent, nothing remarkable. Two dinners, one happy hour beer, one water came to $21 before tax. I will not go back. The service was terrible. I don't think they really care if we return or not. They hardly noticed we were there.
Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.



Avatar 12½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Evans Prairie Country Club, 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-2225. (American) (Southern) L/D. Adjacent to Buena Vista Blvd., 0.8 miles south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44A. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. This Country Club restaurant opened October 24, 2012. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. The main room is sectioned off with window and door assembled walls. Incredible view from the bar and very large patio. The menu is quite extensive with appetizers like Potato Croquettes, Jumbo Stuffed Mushrooms, Potato Cakes, Orange Glazed Ribs, Wings, Buffalo Shrimp, Bruschetta and Avocado Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Hot Crab and Cheese Dip, among others, ranging $8-10 each. Soups include a Tomato Basil and Chicken Tortilla ($4/$6). Pasta dishes include Cheesey Seafood Penne, Chicken Florentine, Bruschetta Steak Pasta, Southwest Chicken Pasta, Key Lime Scampi, Chicken Alfredo and Pasta Primavera, all ranging $12-15 each. Full sized entrées include Country Fried Steak ($13), Rosemary Chicken ($13), Shepard's Pie ($13), Country Fried Chicken ($13), Sliced Meatloaf ($14), Grilled or Blackened Mahi-Mahi ($15), Pork Osso Bucco Shank ($15), 7 oz. Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin ($15), Pomegranate Glazed Salmon ($16), Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon ($16), 7 oz. Top Sirloin ($17) and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($22). They also feature their sandwiches, especially their burgers. Build-It Burger or Onion Ring Burger ($9-10) are "mouth openers". There are also Wraps, a Club Sandwich, Patty Melt, Shaved Pork, Mahi-Mahi, Crispy Chicken and a Salmon BLT, all ranging $8-11 each. Desserts run $5-6 each and include Sorbet, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake or Bourbon Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce. Children's menu available with Kraft Mac 'N Cheese among the offerings. 16 wines available by the glass or bottle ranging up to $30. Specialty cocktail list on the table. Half Priced Happy Hour runs 2-5 PM, then again 8-10 PM. Large outdoor seating area with overhead heaters and fans. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Jason Sofka, chef; Jon McNeely, assistant manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Bonifay Country Club (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Paul C. 1/13) We were lucky to get a table with NO wait! Erika was our server. My wife had the Pork Shank and it was very good but could have used a bit more gravy. I had a Club Sandwich, which was also good. Our total cost with tip and 1 beer was $35 for 2.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) We were a party of 15, all with separate checks! The server, Tracy, was excellent. I had the Salmon BLT and it was delicious. We all enjoyed our meals. I ordered an extra side of Sweet Potato Fries and they were cold. Tracy took them back and promptly brought out another plate, also cold. I did not send them back again, nor did I mention it. My bill was $25 including tax, tip and one glass of house wine.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) There were 16 of us and Mandi, our server, did an excellent job taking care of a large group. The restaurant moved our group inside due to the temperature. My Steak Pesto Pasta was very good and my wife's Mahi Mahi was also excellent. I was impressed with the quality and timeliness of the food. Our bill was $49 (before tip) with 2 entrées, 2 mixed drinks and a small salad.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sharon S. 1/14) We arrived at 6 PM on Sunday and found the restaurant bustling. We were lucky to get seated immediately at the last vacant table because a line soon formed. This is a beautiful, airy setting with high ceilings, lots of bleached oak woodwork and a sophisticated beachy feel. The crowd was lively, loud and feeling right at home. The staff was working like a well-oiled machine. Everyone was busy, efficient, professional yet friendly. The menu variety is outstanding. I ordered the Steak Balsamic Pasta and it was a visual and taste sensation. Every bite was a pleasure. He ordered the Osso Bucco Shank which looked similar to one of Fred Flintstone's dinners. This meat lover gave the Shank a 2 thumbs-up and said it is his favorite meal in The Villages. We took advantage of the $3 Margaritas and $4.25 House Cab. Our total for 2 entrées and 3 drinks was $47 before t&t. We love Evans Prairie!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) About 30 of us went here after our monthly couples golf. Our coordinator did a great job in securing two long tables for us. They did a great job with Gin & Tonic with Beefeater which became a recent favorite over Tanquery, though we thought the glasses were little small. Because of the big crowd, we had to start eating around 5 PM so my wife just had Shrimp Cocktail which was good but not great. Could have been bit larger and bit more juicier. The reason I wanted to write about this review is that I found a good place for Shepherd's Pie. When I was based in London my staple food at the pub was this dish. This place is doing a good job. At $35 for drinks and meal, I thought it was reasonable and Britt, the server, did an excellent job despite the big crowd. It was wise for the management that they had one server per table.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 9/14) We love a restaurant where there is one specialty which they do a great job at. Though it's not Mutton, the Shepherds Pie here is really good. In fact I like the fact that it's not Mutton. The mashed potato covering, the meat, lots of peas inside is as good as the one's of London pubs. We also had the usual Chili Nachos which we like. We will keep on coming back for the Shepherd's Pie. The server, Nathan was very pleasant and the bill came to $24 without drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11 Stars Evergreen Buffet and Grill, 2466 Burnsed Ave., The Villages, FL. 399-5590. (Asian) (Buffet) L/D. Opened December, 2013. Located in Pinellas Shopping Plaza off CR 466A. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 9:30 PM on weekends. Offers a wide variety of Asian dishes, buffet style plus grilled items. Lunch buffet (served 11 AM - 3:30 PM) runs $8.95, while the dinner buffet (served 4 - 9 PM) runs $13.25. A luncheon special, from a selection of 20 meals with rice, is also available at $6.95. Lo Mein meals run $7-9 each; Chow Mein and Chop Suey meals run $9-10 each; Egg Foo Young dishes are $8-9; Moo Shu dishes are $9-10 each. There are Pork, Beef, Chicken and Seafood meals all ranging $10-12 each. Gourmet Specialties like Mei Fun Noodles ($9), Mongolian Beef ($9.50), Sesame Chicken ($11), General Tso's Chicken ($11), Orange Chicken ($12), Triple Crown ($12), Hunan Delicacy ($12), Szechuan Shrimp & Chicken ($12), Happy Family ($12.50) and Seafood Delight ($13) are also featured. Some dishes can be created as spicy dishes. Children's buffet pricing available. Beer and wine served. Mei Chen, Min Zheng and Chan Huang, owners.

Review: (from Sheldon F. 12/13) Buffet: What a surprise! Mongolian BBQ, appetizers galore, sushi, desserts, all for $25 for 2 including tip and tea. Regular menu and take out also available. Same folks that run the Colony China Gourmet III Take Out. They are pleasant and helpful. The fried foods are not greasy; the bowls are plentiful. They should do well if the quality remains the same, they keep it clean, and the food is consistent. Plenty of tables and seating including a private room, cheerful and well decorated. Professional atmosphere.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Our party of 4 arrived about 5:30 and it was getting busy. We were greeted and serviced by a very friendly Meiling (Linda). We all found the food on the buffet bar to be fresh and appealing. Three of us had the hibachi and we were all impressed with the wonderful taste. We have been to other Chinese buffets in the area and this one is already far and away our favorite. Cost for dinner was $13.25, which is pricey, but they have had coupons in the paper for 20% off which makes it much more reasonable at $10.55, including drink. We will be back!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Had heard favorable comments from friends so decided to try it. Wasn't expecting much and it was indeed disappointing. Can't compare anything close to Ocean Buffet in Ocala. It is no different than any of the Chinese buffets around The Villages. There are certain items such as Greens, Broccoli and Sweet & Sour Chicken which were good. Egg Drop Soup was pretty good too. The rest, especially Sushi and other dishes, were mediocre. Can't imagine why many of our friends recommended this place. Wish there was an authentic non-buffet type Chinese restaurant here.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.



Avatar 12½ Stars Video Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (The Villages), 297 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 751-0400. (Mexican) L/D. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. This new 2,700 sq. ft. Mexican restaurant is located at the east end of Colony Plaza, once occupied by M.J.'s Bagel Buzz and Juan's Mexicali. Opened Sept. 17, 2010. Traditional Mexican cuisine offering a wide selection of dishes. Specials include Fajitas Texanas ($14), Carne Asada ($11), Molcajete Caliente ($11-12) and steamy Steak or Chicken Fajitas ($11.50). Also offered is Shrimp Al Mojo de Ajo ($12), Fish Tacos ($8), Shrimp Veracruz ($12.50) or Shrimp a la Diablo ($12). More traditional items include Chimi Changas, Quesadillas, Tacos, Flautas and Enchiladas all ranging $7-11 each. Chiles Rellenos, Bistec a la Tampiquena, Enchiladas al Carbon, Carnitas, Churrasco Steak and Green Enchiladas, all running $9-13, are some of the many specialties they prepare. Various Nachos and Taquitos are also on the appetizer list at $4-7 each. Lunch items (served until 3 PM) range $6-7 each. Deep Fried Ice Cream ($4) alone, is worth the visit. Their menu includes complete descriptions. Full bar with specialty Margaritas served. Live music on Mondays. Jesse Reyes of Summerfield, owner here and the original location in Mt. Dora (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/10) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Judy H. 10/13) Five of us had a very enjoyable dinner. Three people ordered Fajitas $12-17. One person had a Combo Dinner and one person had a couple of Tacos. Two of us shared a Frozen Margarita, which was excellent! We had heard that the Margaritas were wonderful and it was! One person had a couple of Mexican beers and enjoyed them. Prior to dinner, Chips and Salsa are brought to the table. You can ask for a spicier version; however, for most, the Salsa given has a kick to it already. As with most Mexican restaurants, the food is plentiful and boxes at the end of dinner were needed. It's somewhat noisy when full, TVs on the wall contribute to some of the noise. The waiter we had was a bit brusque; however the food was brought out timely and hot. The food was good; however we have had better, but haven't yet found a better Mexican restaurant in The Villages. Prices on menu are reasonable. Not sure what the total bill was as we were treated.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Our server was Mario, and I was impressed by his attentiveness, even though we were the only table seated outside until near the end of our meal. Lunch Fajitas were solid, and my wife is a big fan of the Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce. You have to ask for the Green Sauce, not on the menu. This is the best Mexican food accessible by golf cart and stands up very well within 30 miles as well. Tab was $21 with a Coke and a Beer.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 13½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi First Watch The Daytime Café (The Villages), 1568 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 633-1520. (Breakfast) (Cafe) B/L. Located in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza where Blockbuster Video once occupied. Opened for business August 29, 2011. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch only. No items over $8. Featuring such breakfast goodies as Floridian French Toast®, Belgium Waffles and specialty Pancakes like Cranberry Nut, Banana Crunch with Granola and Carrot Cake. Crepeggs® is also a novelty. Famous for their various Muffins too. Omelets include Bacado®, Killer Cajun®, Greek Fetish®, Far West and The Works among others. Brunch items include Chickichanga®, Burrito Vera Cruz®, as well as Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit Crêpes, Ham & Mushroom Skillet and others. Lunch salads might be Santa Fe, Pecan Dijon® or Cobb, to name a few. Monterey Club, Chicken Salad Melt, Turkey Burger, Beefeater and a Half Pound Angus Burger are just some of the mid-day sandwiches offered. Tomato-Basil Soup is also on the menu. Low carb and gluten free items are indicated. Gluten free information also available on their website. Voted 2010, 2012 & 2013 "Best Breakfast and Brunch" by Orlando Magazine. 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Breakfast" and 2011 & 2012 "Best Brunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. No bar. Free newspapers and wifi. Call ahead seating for 7 or more. No automatic gratuity, even for large parties. Sign up for their Sun eClub® here, for coupons and announcements. Started in Pacific Grove, California in 1983, the fast growing chain of 100+ restaurants in 12 states (30+ in Florida) is headquartered in Bradenton, FL. This operation will be part of a 5 store multi-location franchise operated by Joe Cody of TGI Fridays franchise fame. Other new sites under his direction will be in Gainesville and Ocala (see that listing). A second location in The Villages is also being considered. Cherie Moore, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Barbara B. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Charles H. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Video Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (The Villages), 986 Alverez. Ave., The Villages, FL. 750-1919.(Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Grand opening was June 15th, 2012. Located where Pauly's Pizzeria did business for many years. Hours are 11 AM to Midnight daily and to 1 AM on Friday and Saturday night. "Pizza. Passion. Perfection." Start with appetizers like Garlic Bread, Cheese Bread, Meatball Ricotta or Breadsticks at $4-7 each. They concentrate on pizzas in three sizes. Traditional Pizza comes in 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes, starting at $10, $12 and $14 each. Thin Neapolitan Pizzas are priced the same as Traditional. Thick Chicago Style are $2 extra for the same sizes. Almost 4 dozen toppings can be added at $1.50-$2.29 each generally. They include such items as Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Chicken Breast, Caramelized Onions and even Sirloin Steak. Brick Oven "MyPies" start at $6 each. "Pizza Flips" also start at $6 each. Named, pre-designed, specialty pizzas like "Bianca", "Sonoma", "Windy City", "Vesuvio", "California Classic" plus a dozen others, run $11-16 for small, $14-19 for medium, and $17-22 for large sizes. Besides Pizza, the menu also offers Salads ($3-9), Flat Breads ($7-9), Sandwiches like Meatball or Honey Chicken Dijon ($6-7) and Pasta dishes like Penne Rustica or Penne Prima Vera ($7-10). Buffalo Wings in five heats are available too at $9. Lunch Specials offer MyPie or Pizza Flipp with a fountain drink starting at $6 from 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Kids menu and lunch combos include a fountain drink. Cherry Cheesecake and "Fudgie Dark Chocolate Cake" are signature desserts. Beer and wine are offered. Online ordering and delivery is also available. In business since 1987; founded by Scott Kousaie and Todd Dennis; 12 other locations in the Orlando area. Brian Trychta, general manager here. This one franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (Shelly F. 6/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 11/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 4/14) We arrived at Flippers at 6:45 PM on a Thursday evening. We were seated immediately and there was plenty of seating. Sharla, our server, was very attentive and helpful. My husband ordered a Tossed Salad for $3.49 and our friends also ordered the Salads. Once he was served the salad we found that it was a very good size so my husband and I decided to share it but I didn't care for his choice of salad dressing (which is served on the side). Sharla brought me an additional salad plate and an alternative dressing for 59 cents extra. We ordered the 12" Marghertia Thin Pizza (we both found to be very tasty and especially liked the fresh basil), along with an Iced Tea and a house Chardonnay and our total bill came to $24 before tip. Our friends ordered the Salerno Flatbread and a Roasted Chicken Caprese Flatbread which they both enjoyed. Overall a very nice dining experience.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Gator's Dockside (Spanish Springs) 1004 Main St., The Villages, FL. 430-1377. (Sports Bar) L/D. Not to be confused with Gator Joe's Beach Bar & Grill, Gator Tales, Gator Bay Bar & Grill, The Crazy Gator or R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, this Florida chain opened here on September 16th, 2009 at the location that was once occupied by Emmett's Steakhouse, The Copper Pot and Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant and Cantina. Open daily 11 AM to midnight, they offer more unusual pub food than the other chains. Smothered Pulled Pork, Turkey Muffalatta and Gyros can be found on the Sandwich Menu. Cajun Chicken Alfredo, Baby Back Ribs, Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Wings and Cobb Salad are just some of the main dishes that will be offered for dinner. Noted for their Chili, as well as their Boneless Wings. Kid's menu available. Patio seating offered. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of large screen TVs. Texas Hold-em Poker played from 5 PM on Thursday nights. Full bar. 2-for-1 Happy Hour 3-7 PM. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. And 1% surcharge added on every check for employee healthcare. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Wings" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. 2009 winner for "Best Sports Bar in Lake County" by Lake Magazine. One of 21 locations headquartered in Heathrow, FL. Another new, Gator's Dockside is planned for Brownwood. Chayse Neal, general manager here; Paul Cipparone, owner.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 9/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) We had a 20 minute wait on a busy Saturday, but when seated our waiter, David, took our drink orders promptly. I had the house Cabernet that is barely drinkable. I ordered the Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich that was quite good. My partner had the Beef Brisket Dinner which he enjoyed. Everyone else liked their meal well enough. I am disappointed in this popular restaurant because they insist on adding a 1% surcharge to their bills for medical insurance for their employees blaming Obamacare for their lack of fair payment to their employees. I will think carefully before I return to this restaurant. The bill before tax and tip was $31.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 6/14) Although we were seated quickly our waiter, Andy, did not appear for a few minutes and then he was not very welcoming. He took a drink order and again was gone for quite some time. He finally took our order and the food took a very long time to arrive. He never stopped to reassure us that he was checking our order then and only a quick check after the food finally arrived. His attitude was not at all pleasant. My Cobb Salad was good and everyone else in the party enjoyed their food. It wasn't a great meal, but it was fine. The cost was $22 before t&t. Although I will say I would visit this restaurant again, I would not go out of my way to go there and only if someone else wanted to eat there.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar Video Now Open Gator's Dockside (Brownwood) 3698 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 775-4071. (Sports Bar) B/L/D. This is the second location in The Villages for this popular sports bar; it opened mid-June, 2014. Same menu as the first restaurant. Full bar. Happy Hour 3-7 PM and after 10 PM. Also open weekends for breakfast 8-11 AM. Lots of flat screen TVs. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. And 1% surcharge added on every check for employee healthcare. David Dubreuil, manager; Paul Cipparone, owner.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Didn't know it opened for breakfast on weekends from 8 to 11 AM. We stopped by after the Saturday Farmer's Market and took a table outside. Had a delightful time sitting outside in the shade. Had Scrambled Eggs with Link Sausages and English Muffins with Hash Browns for $5. Don't know whether this will continue but I got a big plate full of Scrambled Eggs which was juicy made with real eggs and 4 instead of 3 Link Sausages. For the price, can't beat it My only complaint was that the Hash Browns tasted a little bitter and greasy. My wife said it was the use of the wrong oil. She had Breakfast Quesadilla which she liked for $8. Total bill was $14 and Elizabeth, the server, was nice.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Giovanni's Ristorante & Pizzeria, 3439 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6674. (Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Open 11 AM to 3 PM for lunch and 3 PM to 9 PM for dinner (4-8 PM on Sundays). Authentic Southern Italian cuisine direct from Naples. Pizza and pasta are favorites. Create your own Pizza range $12-16 depending on size. Pasta dinners like Fettuccine Bolognese or Homemade Gnocchi range from $7-14. Seafood dinners like Shrimp Scampi range from $12-14. Chicken and Veal dishes like Veal Romano range from $14-15. Salads like Caprese Salad and sandwiches like Eggplant Parm. Hero range from $5-8. Lunch entrées range from $5-7. Popular during winter, arrive early for shorter waiting. Beer & wine. Family operated. Roberto Manco, chef; Giovanni Manco, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/09) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/13) My wife and I went here to try the Pizza, as a friend had mentioned how good the Pizza was. We arrived about 5 PM on a Thursday night. We had a about a 20 minute wait. We ordered soft drinks and a Hawaiian Pizza which had pineapple, ham and sun dried tomatoes on tomato sauce. The server was prompt with the beverages and the Pizza took about 20 minutes to prepare. The thin crust Pizza was crispy around the outer edge of the crust, but the center 10 inches was wimpy and under-cooked. The dough appeared to be raw. We were in a hurry so we ate a few pieces and had the rest boxed up to take home. I cooked these slices on the stove which greatly improved the crispness of the pizza and the raw dough appearance disappeared. While waiting to be seated, I observed the hostess drop a knife on the floor. She picked it up and continued to roll it and a fork up in a napkin to be set at a table. Needless to say, we disinfected our utensils prior to eating.
Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) As my wife and I spent four years in Italy, we consider ourselves experts on Italian food. We had heard good things about Giovannis, so wanted to give it try. We were met promptly at the door and seated. Jandi was our waitress and was very attentive. I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara and my wife had the Manicotti. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Giovanni's was that they had Spaghetti Carbonara listed on their menu. That is unusual in itself. I was served a House Salad that was good, but the salad highlight was the Antipasto Salad my wife ordered. Although it was a small ordered, it was huge! And very, very good. In fact, my wife wants to go there just for the salad now! My Carbonara was the best I have tasted in years. Manicotti was outstanding too. Giovanni is a native of Naples and he knows how to really make good REAL Italian. Our bill ran $31. We're taking our dining-out group there this month!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) If you want to reminisce about an Italian-American family of 50 years ago, perhaps this is the place to be. I am surprised that a place like this place still exists. The ambience is nice and we can tell it's family run. Unfortunately we didn't care for the food. I had Baked Zitti and my wife had Eggplant Parmesan. I think in order to reduce the price they are using the least expensive pasta. Had they used a better pasta, perhaps it would have been OK. I wish I could be kind but I have to write it as is. The best was the House Salad since they put dressing on the side. Bread was as if not well cooked.
Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) My wife and I visited for lunch. I had Cheese Ravioli with side salad and garlic bread, while my wife had Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Sausage with salad and garlic bread. Both meals were very good and my wife especially likes the Sausage they put on their pasta dishes. Price is right at $18.50 for the total meal and two Iced Teas. Service as usual was excellent.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 10/14) I know many neighbors and friends who love this place. I have been there 3 times and have yet to understand why. The first two times were mediocre and this time was no better. We got there about 5 PM and were promptly seated. I had Lasagna and a House Salad. Both were decent, but unremarkable. He upgraded his Salad to an Antipasto, which meant he got a few slices of cheese and ham on top, and maybe a couple of small olives. He ordered something that had eggplant, sausage and a meatball. I can't recall the name of the dish, and since the bill was not itemized, just the total on a little slip, it doesn't refresh my memory. He said it was hot and very good. I had a Cappuccino that probably was very good, but it was lukewarm to cool. Our server got the orders correct. She was not rude, but not friendly nor helpful. She never told us her name, nor was it on the aforementioned little receipt. Two dinners with one Iced Tea and one Cappuccino was $32. I wouldn't refuse to go back again, but I would never suggest this place. There are better Italian restaurants in this vicinity.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Avatar 12 Stars Video Glenview Champions Country Club, 3194 Glenview Rd., The Villages, FL. 753-0077. (American) B/L/D. Open daily 11 AM to 8:30 PM. Dining with a view of the golf course. Sunday Brunch offered 9 AM to 2 PM. Dinner menu after 4 PM. Specializing in seafood and hand cut Angus Steaks ($15-20). Specials might include Twin Lobster Tails ($25), Filet Mignon with Lobster Tail ($24), Rack of Lamb ($22) and Prime Rib. Other dishes such as Stuffed Meatloaf, Seven Layer Lasagna and Chicken Cacciatore are also offered. Shrimp Scampi, Cedar Plank Salmon, Broiled Tilapia or Grouper, 12 oz. Pork Chop, Lamb Shank and London Broil are also popular ranging $13-17 each. Open for Thanksgiving dinner by reservation. Sister establishment to Mallory Hill Country Club (see that listing). Full bar with happy hour 2-6 PM. Limited Wine List. 20% service charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations for large parties only. Mark Hosling, chef; Richard & Karen Perkins, owners (also owns 110th Street Grille (see that listing) in Belleview).

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 3/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 7/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 5/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 2/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/13) There were 6 of us and it took a few minutes to set up a table. Becky was our server. We ordered drinks and looked at the insert for the Wednesday Special. It looked appealing. Problem was, it was only Tuesday. Another insert showed 3 course meals for $14 today. We all ordered from that card. She had the Fried Bean appetizer, Caesar Salad and the Chicken dish. I had the Spinach Artichoke Dip, Caesar and Lamb Shank with Mashed and Veggies. The appetizers and salads were good. She said the Chicken as well as the Rice, had little flavor. Becky got the two fish entrées mixed and corrected it before the ladies started. When my entrée arrived, the plate was warm but my first taste of the Lamb was room temperature. I cut in further hoping the inside was hotter but it was ice cold, like it just came out of the refrigerator. I notified Becky and my friend checked his Lamb and it was the same. Becky made no comment and returned both meals to the kitchen immediately. Within minutes, two new meals arrived that were warmer. It seemed to me, these were pre-cooked and only microwaved before serving, since they came out so quickly. The Lamb was acceptable. One in the party enjoyed his NY Strip. We were treated, so I don't know the total bill. Although not a terrible meal, there are other places in The Villages for better food.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) Our party of 4 arrived about 5:45 PM. We were seated right away on the sun porch, but did get the last available table out there, which is the nicer room to dine in. I have always liked the setting at Glenview, but usually find the food average and the staff indifferent to neglectful. We had a great server this time, Tracy. She was knowledgeable about the food and wine, offered suggestions, told us about the specials too. She was very pleasant, efficient and checked back several times. She really made the evening enjoyable. Two of us had the Catch of the Day, which was Trout. I thought the sauce was a little overpowering and scraped it off. The Rice and Vegetables were prepared fine, not overcooked. This was one of the specials and came with a gratis bottle of wine. We chose the Chardonnay and it was pretty decent. One diner had the New York Strip Steak and he said it was tender and cooked well. The fourth diner had Fried Shrimp. He felt there was too much breading, but it was okay. We were treating the other couple, so 2 glasses of happy hour pre-dinner wine, a bottle of free wine with dinner, 4 dinners and no dessert came to $71 before t&t.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) My wife and I went to Glenview for their Thursday night dinner special of Prime Rib. We got to the club around 5 PM and it just started to get crowded. Did not have to wait however. The view from their side porch looking out onto the golf course is very nice. Tracy was our waitress and was very attentive to our needs. The Prime Rib was cooked just right and very tender and delicious. It was a very healthy portion (12 oz.) for $15 with Salad and Vegetable. Neither of us could eat all of the meat and took leftovers home which made for a great sandwich the next day. Total dinner bill without drinks, tax or tip was $32.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) There are now 12 country club restaurants in The Villages. Am I the only one who feels many of the restaurants are "same old - same old", in terms of the dishes available? With the exception of Lopez, Palmer and perhaps Hemingway, all seem to be made from the same mold. Thought Glenview was different but felt the same this time. Each club I think should have several specialities different from others. Tonight, our server, Jill, was very efficient and nice. Twin Lobster Tails and a 7 oz. Filet without drinks came to $39.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11½ Stars Video Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 3950 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 391-1905. (American) (Buffet) L/D. In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Plaza at CR 103. Popular steak buffet chain. Items on the buffet include Asian Pork Roast, Bourbon Street Chicken, Cajun Whitefish, Clam Chowder, Country Fried Steak, Smoked Ham, Grilled Pork Chops, Salmon Steaks, Beef Tamales and Turkey Breast. Sirloin Steak is a favorite. Large selection of vegetables too. Seniors (60+) get 10% off. Open on Thanksgiving Day. One of a growing franchise chain of about 500 locations based in Raleigh, NC. No bar. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice for "Best Buffet" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Bruce Garner, general manager; Bob Prickett and David & Cathy Jedziniak of Tiger Foods in Eustis, franchisees.

Older Review: (from Dan G. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant, 1200 Morse Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0100. (American) B/L/D. Formerly The Royal Palm Restaurant, then Coconutz, then Hacienda Hills Bar & Grill, the new name reflects it's at the Hacienda Hills Country Club. Open 8 AM to 8 PM daily. Dinner served 4-8 PM. Daily Specials are printed on a supplement sheet and changes every day from the vast array of culinary creations. The booklet menu includes appetizers of Onion Straws ($6), Sweet Potato Fries ($6), Chicken Fingers or Wings ($8), Clam Strips ($8), Chicken Quesadillas ($9) and Shrimp Scampi ($10). Salads include Caesar ($8-9), Club ($10), Strawberry Fields ($10) and an Antiposto ($11). Entrées include Stuffed Pepper or Tomato ($10), Meatloaf ($10), Veal Liver and Onions ($10), Pork Chop ($10), Shepherd's Pie ($10), Beef Short Ribs ($13), Pork Osso Buco ($15), Chicken Chesapeake ($18), Crab Imperial ($22) and 1 or 2 Maryland Crab Cakes ($12/$22). Most entrées include your choice of 2 sides. A side salad adds $3. Old favorites like Fettucini Alfredo, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Stuffed Shells, Chicken Alfredo or Parmesan are still available at $9-11 each. On the lighter side, Cheeseburgers, French Dip, Catfish Sandwich and the Reuben are available at $8-10 each. Lunch Specials run weekdays with 2 choices at $9. Monday night specials might include Garlic Lemon Chicken ($13) or Pesto Haddock ($15). Tuesday night brings German and Hungarian features such as Pork Jaegersnitzel ($15) or Chicken Paprikash ($14). Seafood night has Lobster Bisque ($5/$8), Smoked Fish Dip ($8), Boom Boom Shrimp ($9), Dozen Fresh Oysters On The Half Shell ($11), Drunken Steamed Mussels ($13), Stuffed Dover Sole ($15/$17), Bourbon Maple Pecan Salmon ($16), Chesapeake Soft Shell Crabs ($16), Shrimp Scampi Linguini ($16), Salmon Oscar ($19), Seafood Zuppa ($17), Crab Stuffed Shrimp ($17) and Lobster Encrusted Haddock ($18) on the daily menu. Salads might be Apple Walnut Chicken ($11), Zinfandel Spinach ($12) or Toasted Sesame Salmon Salad ($15). They also offer All You Can Eat Fish & Chips at $13; on Friday it's only $10 plus a beverage. Brian's award winning Island Infused Haddock Salad ($16) competes with his famous Santiago Grouper Fingers ($13) for the best dish on Friday's menu. Paradise Coconut Shrimp ($16), Scallops and Lobster Thermidor ($17), Imperial Crab Stuffed Flounder ($17), Whole Belly Clams ($19), even Lobster Tails (1/$17 & 2/$25) satisfy the former New England residents. A Shrimp Cocktail ($9) and Fried Calamari ($11) can also be found in the appetizer section. Sandwiches are also available, like Pot Roast ($10), Grilled White Fish ($11) and a Scallops Po-Boy ($13). Friday brings out New England Clam Chowder ($5/$7) but a Beef Barley Soup ($3/$5) is also popular. A Char-Grilled Sirloin Steak ($15) can usually be found on the menu too. Open Thanksgiving Day with reservations to 6:30 PM, as well as a New Years Eve Dinner Party Show 7 PM to 1 AM on December 31st. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. Full bar and an expanded wine list by the bottle. Entertainment most nights. Small dance floor. Brian Webster, formerly of Club El Santiago, chef; Al Rice, manager; April Ferrer, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Jane H. 8/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) We went for Cuban Night on a Thursday. The Pork was excellent and reasonably priced at $14. We also had the Crab Dip, which was also very good and came with excellent Tortilla Chips. The service was OK. There was a mix up regarding our selected sides that was remedied slowly. However, the manager brought us a new plate since ours got cold while waiting for the additional items. I will return because the food quality was so good.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sue B. 1/13) Worse experience ever. Our waiter, David R. took 30 minutes to come to our table. We got the hostess after 20 minutes who took our drink order. Our food took over an hour to come out and then my dinner was missing. No one came over for at least 10 minutes and then I guess it was the owner or manager (I think the chef came out to tell them as he knew what was missing), it was another 20 minutes before my dinner came out. I can't tell you if it was good, as I just could not eat after this mess. The only offer to compensate was from someone who offered me another drink or dessert. Offer not accepted. The bill was $42 before tip. My husband had the Stuffed Pepper which was good. His sides never showed up, nor did mine and mention of this received no response.
Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Sherry W. 1/13) Thursday is Cuban Night. Great food! Paillia was great - mildly spicy, and a good amount of seafood. Cuban Pork had rave reviews from 3 diners! Let's fix the service! First drink and food order fine. Second drink and water...asked promptly...delivery took a half hour...entrées were finished.The bill took forever. I hate to see good food hurt by poor service. This is the second time we've experienced marginal service with great food at Hacienda. This can be fixed and Hacienda can be the best restaurant in The Villages.
Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Amazing! On a Friday night at 7 PM, 6 of us were able to get a table without a wait. Tricia was our server and she always does a great job with a smile on her face, which most employees here don't have. We had a Bourbon and Ginger ($5) and a Pomegranate Martini ($7.50). We don't drink the house wine here because it is very low quality (both the reds and whites). They need to upgrade their wine selection. We shared an Escargot and Mushroom appetizer ($9). She had the Seafood Paella ($19) which is always good and I had the Grouper Fingers ($13) with no sides. Our friends enjoyed their Tilapia meals too. The music was loud and we couldn't talk. They need to have a quiet night or later entertainment for the drinkers. Our bill was $53 and Brian always has a lot to offer on the daily menu sheet.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) Friends from out of town were here and didn't want to drive very far, so Hacienda filled the bill. Tricia was our server again. We're beginning to ask for her station when possible. She does a good job and is the friendliest worker in the place. We all shared an order of Brian's Grouper Fingers ($13) and both of us had the Coconut Chicken Tango ($16). That dish was excellent. Our friends had all you can eat Fish Fry and they managed to get through a second helping. Always good food here with a large selection and Trish does a nice job for us. We had cocktails at the bar while we waited 10 minutes for a table. We just wish they would change their brand of house wine. It's awful! So water was our beverage of choice. Loud music as is usual here. Dinner for two with the appetizer and waters was $45 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 4/13) Another wonderful meal at Hacienda. What a pleasure to have this restaurant restored to a pleasurable dining experience. Jon was our waiter and he is certainly one of the best. I had a Pomegranate Martini and then the 4 of us shared a bottle of a very nice J. Lohr wine. I had the Liver Eminence and it was delicious. The meat was tender, the vegetables done perfectly and the gravy flavorful without being overbearing. My sides were Cinnamon Apples and Noodles both of which were fine. My partner had Wienershnitzel and his was delicious also. Our friends also had outstanding meals. My compliments to the chief, Brian Webster, for his excellent daily menus and wonderful creations. The food took a little while to arrive, however. The bill with a bottle of wine was $68 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/13) Noisy as ever. I had water and she had a Sprite. We had Grouper Fingers for the table of 4. She had Lamb Stew ($12) which she really enjoyed. I had a CocoNut Fish Sandwich ($13). I thought mine was over-priced but good. Total before t&t came to $40. Theresa was our server and did OK.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (Rich C. 1/14) Was only half full on a rainy night which was a blessing. We had Cynthia L. (Cindy) for our server. I ordered Blue Moon ($4.25) because their house wines are not good here. She had a Pomegranate Martini ($6.50). She also ordered the small portion of the Dover Sole dinner with Beans and Potatoes ($15). The change to Caesar side salad was $2 extra. I had a cup of Lobster Bisque ($5) and the Apple Walnut Chicken Salad ($11). The food was excellent, even the soup. The service was friendly and we made it out in an hour roughly. Brian always does a great job. But it's always noisy with loud music and the prices are creeping up since last year. Our total before t&t was $44.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 4/14) Another great meal on German Night. Tuesday at 4 PM and it wasn't crowded yet. Still noisy here, but we left before the music started. I had 2 Blue Moons (their house wines leave a lot to be desired) and the new Wisconsin Pork Schnitzel with a Potato Pancake and Red Cabbage. My friends had Veal Schnitzel and the Octoberfest Sausage Plate. They enjoyed theirs a lot. Brian H. was our server and did a good job, checking on us often. Brian W. stopped by to say hi too. Wonderful food at $24 for one before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 4/14) We went for the German Night. We went a little after 5 PM for sure to get a seat but it was not to be. They said a 30 min wait, so we went to the bar and had our Gin & Tonic. We switched from Tanquery to Beefeater these days and they did a good job. We were warned that service was slow when we sat at the table. That was OK as long as the food was good. I did belong to slow food society of Italy with its snail signs so I can wait. Pretzel type bread came which we thought was good. I ordered Vienersnitzel which was quite good and my wife ordered Octoberfest Keb-Brat with German Potato Pancakes. Pancakes and Bratwurst were good but Polish sausage was too salty. Michele did a good job for a busy night and at $38, we enjoyed our dinner. But best part was the entertainment by Steve Robinson. Just like Sammy Davis Jr., he was able to play many instruments and had huge repertoire with a good voice.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 4/14) We sat on the patio for Sunday Brunch, not as noisy as a typical inside seating in a Country Club. Nathan was our server. The Prime Rib is so tender and the Omelet Bar is well run with quality choices. I get the blue cheese in the Omelet, which gives it a gourmet taste. The value here is almost unbelievable. So many choices. I am not a big sweet eater so the dessert table and fruit selection is not what I come for. The total for 2 of us was $27 with one coffee and no alcohol.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) We went with our neighborhood golf group and service was pretty good with Brian H, our server. Perhaps I should go more on a theme night as most dishes seem to be same around most of the country club restaurants. Shepherd's Pie was good but I like the one at Evans Prairie better. House Cab was quite good. My wife ordered Pot Roast which was OK. Total bill without drinks came to $24.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Havana Country Club, 2484 O'Dell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200. (American) B/L/D. Closed on 3/10/14 while new owner, John McDonough of Legacy Restaurant at Lopez Country Club makes some renovations and changes the menu and staff. The "Singing Waiters" will not return. The restaurant will be called Hemingway's at Havana (see that listing). Reopened in April, 2014.

Avatar 13 Stars Now Open Hemingway's at Havana (Country Club), 2484 O'Dell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200. (Caribbean) (Continental) L/D. A remake of the Havana Country Club under the ownership of John McDonough. Featuring the food loved by the great American author, Ernest Hemingway. Opened early April, 2014. The etched glass window looking into the kitchen is gone but the dining room is mostly unchanged. Linen service of brown and tan gives a more formal feel. The menu is presented in an impressive hardboard book. Start with Smoked Fish Paté ($8), Manchego Cheese Bites ($8), Caribbean Chicken Wings ($9), Panko Breaded Avocado Fries ($9), Duck Empanada ($9), Calamari ($10), Grouper Bites ($10), Cedar Key Clams ($10) or Lobster Roll ($11). Featured are two Broiled Crab Cakes ($11). Pasta dishes include Apricot Chicken Chorizo ($14), Cioppino ($16) and Lobster Mac & Cheese ($19). Popular items include Grilled Pork Tenderloin ($17), Half Roast Duck ($17), Shrimp & Grits ($18), Citrus Marinated Quail ($19), Seafood Paella ($22) and Coffee Rubbed Strip Steak ($25). You can also find 6 oz. Filet Mignon in two styles ($25-26) and a Grilled Pork Porterhouse ($25). Seafood items include Rum Marinated Salmon ($18), Rainbow Trout ($18), Mahi with Mango Salsa ($18) and Grilled Grouper ($22). Blackened Catfish, Cobia, Barramundi, Hawaiian Pomfret Fish or Grilled Swordfish might also be featured at about $27. On the lighter side, Fish Tacos ($10), Palomilla Steak Sandwich ($11), Half Pound Burgers ($10-11), Bayou Chicken ($16), Stuffed Chicken ($17) and Chicken Breast with Shrimp Queso ($17) are also available. Most entrées include a starch and a vegetable of the day. Salads are extra. Off-season weekly specials might include a 3 course shared dinner for two with a bottle of red or white wine included for $48. Their Oyster Bar offers Fresh Oysters ($10) or Oyster Imperial ($11). Dessert items include locally made Layer Cake and Key Lime Pie. Full bar and wine list. Outdoor seating. Frequent Diner Program available.

Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) This was the first night Hemingway's was open. The staff was very enthusiastic, service oriented and well trained. Oscar Imperial was very good though the crab meet and sauce overpowered the oyster. Avocado and Tomato Salad was very unique and excellent. The Seafood Madrid was a worthy Paella with lots of seafood and the Papa's Filet was extremely tasty. The Hemingway Cake was enormous, very rich and very good. All portions except the Layer Cake and Seafood Madrid were on the small side. The Mojito was made with lemons rather than lime - I'm not a fan of this rendition. The bar didn't have Makers Mark, odd. The Specialty Drink menu hasn't been printed yet. Price was $100 with food listed, 2 drinks and a wine. Andrea, our server, was hustled down from Legacy for the evening, but did a very good job and checked on what she did not know. I'm a fan already!
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nanci C. 4/14) We arrived at 4:55 with a party of 10 and were told the wait would be 1 hour. We sat outside and within 10 minutes ordered drinks. The place was packed. We were seated at 6:15 and during that time we never got our drinks. We had to split into 2 tables, a 6 & 4. Our waiter, Cavin, was excellent and brought over the manager, Lora, regarding the drinks. She was very apologetic and offered to comp. the cocktails which were delivered while she was at our table. We had 2 Chicken Caesars, Chicken Plantain Salad, Salmon, 3 Steak Sandwiches, a Flatbread and a Burger. We all agreed the meals were delicious. The Cole Slaw was really different and also very good. The dinner rolls looked all squishy but I guess they were meant to be that way and we loved them. The staff was really hustling the entire time we were there. They have a few kinks to work out but that's to be expected. Other than the long wait with no drinks we all agreed Hemingway's is great and we'll be back. I can only comment on my bill which was $15 including tax & tip.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Our large group of 12 came on their 8th day after opening. Had an hour wait but were served drinks fairly quickly on the patio. Menu is primarily Cuban, but didn't have the selection of items we liked. Many of us had Salads because the other selections were not appealing. I had the $26 Filet Mignon that was outstanding. My wife had the Chicken Apricot Chorizo Pasta and she loved it, but it was too much money ($15) for what she got. Service was good, Brian was our server, but the cooks were slow. Our group decided we probably wouldn't be back until the menu has changed.
Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/14) Our party of 8 arrived shortly before 5 PM. The table was set up and ready in minutes. Bryan served. Good explanation of dishes, but many apologies for "opening anomalies", like lack of many fish items on menu. Bar service extremely slow. 2 for 1 happy hour 'til 6 though. All were pleased with the meals which came hot and simultaneously. My Rainbow Trout dish was one of best I ever had. My wife's Shrimp 'n Grits (at $18 - pricey) was "OK" but the Grits were watery and the Shrimp still had tail shell attached (submerged in Grits). Mushroom Brie Soup and Caesar Salad were very good. Snap Peas were fresh and cooked right. Rolls were very good, but need to come earlier. With 4 glasses of wine and tax, our tab was $59. Once the rough start-up edges are smoothed, this will be a great place.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) We went about 5 PM on a Sunday to avoid the lines and waiting that we have heard about. We were seated immediately inside, but also offered outside. I had a glass of happy hour Pinot Grigio, which was good. I had one of the specials, which was Gulf Grouper. It was wonderful. Fresh and cooked perfectly. The Rice and Vegetables were also prepared well. He had Raw Oysters for an appetizer and said they were shucked and cleaned properly, and were very good. He also had the Seafood Paella, and said it had a good amount of Shrimp, Clams, and Scallops. Brian was an excellent server. He knew the menu well and answered all questions. He checked back often to see how the food was or if we needed anything. I never had the problems with Havana's food and service that others did, but this meal and service were definitely a big step up. However, the acoustics are still the same. The manager also stopped by to see how we enjoyed the meal. One glass of happy hour wine, one appetizer and two dinners came to $60 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Second visit and getting even better. The Trout was fabulous and the Fish Special of the evening was thick and perfectly cooked. 2 people had the Paella and ate all the seafood. Happy to report the bar now has Makers Mark, which wasn't available opening night. The Hummingbird Cake was fabulous for a second time. Only the Lobster Cigar didn't really live up to expectations, but was fairly good. Service from Susan was very attentive, and the pre-dinner cocktail waitress, Symantha, provided great info on the menu. Tab was $84 with 3 drinks, 1 dessert, 1 appetizer and 2 entrées.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 6/14) We have enjoyed Legacy Restaurant before, so when we heard that new management is from there, decided to try it. Always loved the ambience of the restaurant but not the food and service here. Had to wait about 20 min. so decided to go to the bar. Service at the bar was pleasant and efficient. After 20 minutes or so we sat down and was greeted by Kimberly. She was very pleasant and they even had two specials. I had Cedar Clams appetizer which I shared with my friends and wife. We loved it. Rainbow Trout was good but wished they didn't flatten the fish. Wish they kept the fish whole. Know it's easier to cook but real fish lovers like it whole with, of course, inside gutted out. So common in Europe and Asia that way. Service was very good and over all experience was very good. Legacy, Palmer and now Havana are good. Liked the touch of keeping Hemingway's legacy with special fish and meat. Still needs a little improvement on food choice but a good start. Total bill came to $48.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 6/14) I had a wonderful experience this day at lunchtime. Our server, Symonta, was the best server I've had in a long time. I had the Chicken Caesar Salad and Soup Combo at $10. The soup was Mushroom Brie, which is fantastic. However, it should have been a larger portion. It couldn't have been more than 4 oz. The Salad came with a Caesar/Key Lime dressing that was very tasty. The grilled Chicken on the salad was delicious. More greens were needed with the salad though. The lunch menu is very diversified, which is definitely a plus. Hemingways is definitely a restaurant that I will return to again for lunch. With my Iced Tea, $2.50 (expensive for tea) and the Combo, my bill came to $12 and change without t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/14) The restaurant was not busy so I was seated immediately. I was waiting for my friend, so the waitress brought me Iced Tea and asked if I wanted their complementary Chips. I decided no for right now. Since my friend was late, the waitress brought me another Tea and checked several times to make sure I was comfortable. I ordered the Roasted Beet Salad which is a new menu item and it was wonderful. The Beets had a great flavor, the greens were crisp and fresh and the Chicken well seasoned. There were large chunks of blue cheese and the dressing was delicious. Often restaurants add to much dressing which destroys the taste of the salad but this was not the case. My friend had the Chicken Flatbread and enjoyed it very much but she would have liked it a little spicier. My meal was $16.48 before tip.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 8/14) There were 6 of us. We were seated immediately as the restaurant was not crowded. Several of us had already purchased our drinks already, but Kimmi, our waitress, took the drink order for the rest of us. She explained the menu in some detail with information about how many of the menu items were prepared. It was informative and helped with our decision about what to eat. This is a great idea. I had the Baked Oysters which were wonderful. The oysters were large and very fresh with a spinach and bacon topping. It was delicious. I also had the Montego Bay Salad which had fresh greens and lobster with a light dressing which enhanced the flavors and didn't overwhelm the salad. It was also very good. The others in the party also enjoyed their meal, although several people commented on the fact that the dinners were quite salty. The chef, Paulie, was called about this and he asked questions and listened very carefully to our suggestions. I was impressed by this. He also had a dessert sent to our table for all of us. I thought that this was a nice gesture too. My dinner before t&t was $25.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) We took advantage of their "Wine and Dine Wednesday" about 5:30 PM. Lots of tables available. Kimmi was our capable server and we've had her before. The $48 special starts with a bottle of red or white wine. We opted for the Cab. It was a "Leaping Horse" (an unknown California vineyard) and for a house wine, was not too bad. The offer starts with an appetizer to split. We chose the Flash-Fried Escargot. It was very good and very different with crispy Spinach and about 6 Fried Snails. Next she had the Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad and me the Caesar Salad. Both were excellent, especially her unusual one. For entrées she chose the Bronzed Sea Scallops. They were excellent and sweet, not at all sharp in flavor. I had the NY Strip Steak, medium rare. I was surprised it was so large. You would expect at this price it would be about 5 oz. but was more like 8. It was topped with Gorgonzola Cheese and Onion Straws. The beef had two tendons that were hard to cut through, but when cut thin, the steak was relatively tender and flavorful. I managed to cut around the tough strands and had very little left on my plate when I was done. Both meals also came with a starch and Brussel Sprouts. Then we shared the large signature cake. So much, we could not finish it between us. Service is fast, friendly and professional. Just like Legacy, the servers wear ties and vests and are well trained. Total with two 4-course dinners and a bottle of wine was only $48 before t&t. Kimmi deserved a big tip. We'll be back if they offer it again next week. It was a perfect and affordable meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/14) We again took advantage of the $48 per couple dinner and this time invited our friends to join us. This is a wonderful special and we again enjoyed our meals as did our friends. The bottle of wine that is included is quite good and that is an added bonus. Our server, Kimmi is terrific. She is friendly and helpful. We had the Escargot which is very different but tasty. I again had the Roasted Beet Salad which is delicious. All four of us chose the two types of Fish and they were Tuna and Salmon. Both were fresh and wonderfully prepared. We had to bring home the Hemingway Cake as we were too full to enjoy it. The total was $48 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Loved the Shrimp and Pineapple Flatbread as a shared appetizer. My wife had the Shrimp Jardinera and loved it. It had large shrimp and plenty of veggies. I had the Scallops Saffron. It was excellent, but the saffron flavor was not prominent. Our server, Perry, was good. Water wasn't refilled though. Tab with one call drink, appetizer and 2 entrées was $53.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) We came to discuss Gourmet Club business with friends on a Sunday. We asked for Kimberly's station again. My better half had the Salmon Caesar ($14) with an Iced Tea and I had the Hemingway Cuban ($11) with a Diet Coke. We enjoyed our meals and the friendly service we get with Kim. The chips for the table are too tempting. Nice lunch menu to choose from, great service and fair prices. We like it here, especially for their off-season specials. Our total for lunch was $30 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/14) Another good $48/couple Wednesday night dinner. We shared the Flash Fried Escargot, both had Caesar Salads and the Fish Duet plus Sweet Potato Cheesecake to fight over. The fish tonight was Halibut and Grouper. Very nice but part of one Grouper portion was way under done. The house bottle tonight was Chianti, so we opted for a $27 bottle of Cigar Box Chilean Cab that was nice in body and light on tannins. Very drinkable with a smooth finish. The total was $65 before t&t after the $10 credit for upgrading to a better wine. We asked for Kimberly again and she did a great job as always. Our friends enjoyed theirs too. Hate to see this off-season special disappear.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Another pleasant experience. Kimberly is very attentive and knows the menu. I opted for the Shrimp and Grits. A wonderful recipe, I could taste all of the individual ingredients. It was served hot and the spice was just the way I like. I have had this at many other restaurants and the choice of ingredients and flavors are better here than the other restaurants I have tried. She had the Chicken Caesar and Roasted Red Pepper Soup combination, which she enjoyed. With 2 Iced Teas the total came to $30 and was worth every penny. John has made this a wonderful destination for great service, ambiance and food. The homemade Potato Chips instead of bread, while waiting for the meal, is also a nice touch. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) Went for lunch for the first time. Darren was our waiter and was very helpful and friendly. He explained how their $48 dinner specials operate. I had Grilled Chicken Sandwich for lunch with a side of Fries and my wife had a Plantain Chicken Salad. Each had an Iced Tea. The Chicken Sandwich was very flavorful and I would have it again. My wife's Salad was excellent. Total bill with tip was $31. Would come back and will try the $48 special if they continue to have it. A little pricey for lunch.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar Coming Soon Honest John's Whiskey & Provisions, 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Brew Pub) L/D. Formerly occupied by the ill-fated T.G.I. Friday's, this large restaurant off Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing will soon become a neighborhood style tavern serving comfort food and drinks from a well-stocked bar. It will be operated by Mike and Gina Buell, partners in the two City Fire American Oven & Bars already in The Villages. Similar to the pub in the TV series Cheers ("where everybody knows your name"), you can expect a friendly, homey atmosphere where people gather after work, or in this case, after golf. Expect to see an eclectic mix of food, such as Chicken and Waffles and whiskey sampling in what's known as "flights". Live professional entertainment and "open mike" nights are planned. A March, 2015 opening is targeted.


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Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video IHOP Restaurant (The Villages), 3480 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 674-9064. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. Open 6 AM to 11 PM daily. This well known pancake chain, once known as The International House of Pancakes, opened Nov. 24, 2008 in the building formerly occupied by Bono's Pit Bar-B-Que facing CR 466. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Such items as Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes are favorites here. Colorado and 3 Cheese Omelettes are also featured. French Toast, Waffles and Crêpes as well as Burgers and Sandwiches can also be found here. Senior Specials are also offered. Free pancakes are offered for a charitable donation on Pancake Day (a.k.a. Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras) every year (March 8, 2011 and Feb. 21, 2012 etc.). Seniors (55+) get 10% off. Another location is already open on SR 44 near I-75 in Wildwood, as well as on US 441 in Leesburg. The 50 year old company, headquartered in Glendale, CA., operates 1,350 IHOP Restaurants, as well as almost 2,000 Applebee's locations. Sunshine Restaurant Partners of Miami is the franchisee. Rich Jerzak, general manager.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) My wife is getting tired of this place but I still like coming back here every two to three weeks. I always order the same thing, which is one Senior Sampler with Coffee or with Orange Juice. Senior Sampler comes with one pancake, hash, one egg, one bacon, one link sausage and one ham. I usually get two links instead of ham. I complained about hash before being too burnt but today was very good. Bacon was just crisp. Egg over medium is always bland but can't expect good eggs in a chain. Server is mostly always pleasant. We got a hot one today who calls all the guys "love" or "honey". Our tab came to $16 without drinks. Still enjoy coming back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Jan & Terry's Diner, 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. Closed in July, 2014. Now called the Sidewalk Café with new owners (see that listing).


Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Video Johnny Rockets (The Villages), 976 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL. 259-0051. (American) (Diner) B/L/D. Hamburger heaven. There's a dozen different varieties here. Noted for fountain service items like Old Fashioned Milk Shakes and Malts. Besides the popular Hamburgers like the "#12", "Route 66" and the "St. Louis", Egg Salad Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak, BLT, Tuna Melt, Hot Dog, Chili Dog and Apple Pie A-La-Mode, The Perfect Brownie, Ice Cream Sundaes are also featured. Root Beer Floats and Cherry-Cokes are also popular. 50's diner atmosphere for families with waitstaff doing song and dance routines occasionally. Beer and wine license here. Now open for breakfast too. One of a nationwide chain of 170 locations, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA. Changed back to a franchise in August, 2011, this location now owned by David Suleiman.

Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 10 Stars Video Katie Belle's Dining & Music Hall, 996 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-9411. (American) B/L/D. Downstairs. Open daily from 8 AM to 11 PM. Sunday Brunch served 8 AM to 1 PM. Weekend Breakfast Buffets are popular. Lunches generally $5-8. Finger Foods generally $7-9. Pizza generally $7-9. Salads offered range from $6 to $10. Soup du Jour runs $3-4. Appetizers now include Bruschetta ($5), Egg Rolls ($5), Buffalo Wings ($6), Coconut Shrimp ($7), Seared Tuna ($8), Chicken Tenders ($9), Bacon Wrapped Scallops ($10), Chicken Nachos ($11) and Lobster Quesadilla ($11) to name a few. The Sandwich Board features a Veggie Melt ($7), Burger ($7), Colossal Fried Fish Sandwich ($8), Turkey Croissant ($8), Milano Chicken ($8), Turkey, Corned Beef or Pastrami Reuben ($8), Italian Cold Cuts ($9), French Dip ($10), Philly Cheese Steak ($10) and even a Blackened Prime Rib Sandwich ($10). All come with Slaw and a Pickle. For dinner entrées, Vegetable Stir Fry over Rice ($10), Pasta Prima Vera ($10) (with Chicken or Shrimp $14), Stuffed Turkey Roulades ($11), Pork Marsala ($11), Blackened Tilapia ($12), Stuffed Mahi Mahi ($13), Marinated Grilled Shrimp on Skewers ($13), Fresh Atlantic Salmon ($15), 8 Fried Shrimp ($15), Broiled or Fried Seafood Platter ($16), Seafood Louie ($16), 5 oz. Filet Mignon ($17), New York Strip Steak ($17) and their popular 6/8/12 oz. Prime Rib ($13/$17/$22) are now offered. A potato, vegetable and garlic roll accompany full dinners. Lobster Tails at market price can usually be found too. Desserts are all $6 each and include Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake, Pecan Roll and Apple Pie. Daily specials on the board or ask your server. Full bar. Happy Hour before 4 PM. They now offer premium wines of Root-1 Cabernet, Toasted Head Chardonnay, Beringer White Zin., Bolla Pinot Grigio and Fat Cat Pinot Noir, all at $7.50/glass and $20/bottle. Large dance floor with music for lunch (2:30 to 5 PM) and dinner every night (6:30 to 9:30 PM). Outdoor seating available. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day with a special limited menu, from 11 AM to 6 PM seating by reservation. Note that a minimum charge per person ($5 to $20) is required. Some nights are by reservation only. A 20% gratuity now placed on the bill for show nights. Call ahead for more information. Residents and their guests only (except for shows - then open to the public). Lunch and dinner reservations accepted at 750-9444 June through September only. Wendy Ziegler, manager. Developer owned.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/07) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/10) Q=4 S=1 V=5 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/10) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from William M. 1/11) Q=1 S=3 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/11) Q=4 S=1 V=5 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/11) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/12) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/12) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Jane H. 11/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Mary H. 12/13) Our neighborhood group elected to have Christmas Day Dinner this year at Katie Belles. We were seated in the middle of the dance floor, with small tables pushed together and green plastic chairs. The service was weak but the food was very good. Everyone in our party did enjoy the food. It was a little uncomfortable to see the tables and chairs around our table moved to clear the floor before we even had our main course. We thought we might be the center table in the dance floor but it turned out that they closed early for Christmas. Service was very week probably because of a shortage of staff, BUT the food was delicious. My husband and I ordered the Prime Rib but at the 6 PM seating they were out of that, so we had the Salmon which was delicious. We decided to split a meal for and additional $8. We both had a Salad with our selection of dressing, we split the Salmon meal with 1 wine and 1 ice tea. Our meal without tax and tip came to $34. All 14 people enjoyed their meals but it would have been nice to have more comfortable seating and more attentive staff.
Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 13 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Koyame Asian Express, 1558 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-9983. (Asian) L/D. Opened June 17, 2012. Located where Fratelli Pizzuti Pizza did business in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza. Hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, to 10 PM on weekends and 11:30 AM to 9 PM on Sunday. Offers a very wide variety of Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean and Thai dishes. For soups they have Hot & Sour, Miso, Wonton and Lemongrass ranging $2-3 each. There's also a Seafood Soup For Two at $7. Appetizers include the usual Spring Rolls ($3) but also include Chicken Teriyaki ($5), Cheese Wontons ($5), Pan Fried Dumplings ($5), Fried Calamari ($7), Tempura Crabstick or Shrimp ($10-11 each) and a full Pu Pu Platter ($14), among others. Spicy Braised dishes with Chili Sauce include Vegetables, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp ranging $7-12 each. At least a dozen Noodle dishes range from Chicken, Beef or Shrimp Lo Main ($8-10 each), to Chicken, Beef or Shrimp Yaki Udon ($10 each), to Singapore Mei Fun ($10), among others. Traditional Chinese dishes like Kung Pao Chicken ($11), Sweet and Sour Chicken ($11), Moo Shu ($11), Moo Goo Gai Pan ($11) and General Tso's Chicken ($12) are on the menu but others like Szechuan Beef ($12), Sizzling Wok Beef ($12) and Shrimp with Lobster Sauce ($13) can also be ordered. Sizzling dishes include Chicken, Beef, Shrimp or combinations of them ($10-12 each). Thai specialties offered are Red Curry Chicken, Beef or Shrimp ($11-13 each), Mango Chicken or Shrimp ($12-14 each) and Pineapple Duck ($14), as well as three Pad Thai meals ($8-10 each). Their specialty dishes include Fried Fish ($11), Mongolian Beef ($13), Walnut or Snow Shrimp ($15 each). Also offered are Roast Duck ($13), Happy Family ($15), Seafood Delight ($15) and Pan Fried Salmon ($16) at the top end. Luncheon Specials until 3 PM run $5-7 and include Rice and choice of Soup or Egg Roll. Table service. Take out available. No MSG used. Now serving beer and wine. Salmon Creek wines are $5-6 and 2 for 1 during Happy Hour. Sake is $5 and beer ranges $3.50-4.50. Look for money saving ads in The Daily Sun and on their website. Combo dinners offered 3-7 PM at $9.50-10.50 including Spring Roll, Soup and Rice. Janey Zheng, manager; Guo Chun Zheng, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ira F. 2/13) One of the ways I judge a restaurant, is how many varied items they have on their menu. I consider shrimp cooked ten different ways with fifteen different sauces is still one item. When I looked a Koyame's menu, I wanted to try the place to see if the food was as good as the menu. We arrived about 5 PM on Sunday. The place was about 2/3 full. We were seated about the third table up front immediately. The front door opened and we were treated to a BLAST of air. We were easily moved to about the third table from the rear. No blast. However,we now had noise. The kitchen occupies one side of a long narrow hall. The table area is the opposite side. There is a tremendous exhaust system over the stoves. It is noisy, and is the source of the air blast when the front door opens. If you can tolerate the noise, the food is very good. My wife had Beef with Broccoli ($9.50) which she said was excellent. My Roast Duck ($12.95) was also very good. The pricing seemed to represent a very good value. The noise makes conversation very difficult. When we want very good Asian food, we will go back in spite of the noise. This makes the selection of a Value rating difficult, because price and experience are involved in one rating. The pricing was very good, the noise experience, was not good.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Late night but they are still open. I had a Chardonnay ($5) and a Combination Dinner: Spring Roll, Wonton Soup and Shrimp in Lobster Sauce ($10.50). Tiffany was my server. Good food, prepared fresh. Good service, she kept an eye on me. The Shrimp were large, the dish was a little soupy but tasty. I enjoy the food here. The price is right.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Dennis C. 3/14) At 5 PM all the large tables were taken. I sat at the last deuce, by myself and had a glass of Cab Wine, Sweet and Sour Pork, a Spring Roll, Wonton Soup, Brown Rice and, of course, a Fortune Cookie. The Spring Roll came out last. Had to ask twice for sticks. Both the young Asian boy and girl waited on me. Their food is pretty good here. Total for one was $14.50 before t&t. Guess Happy Hour didn't count. The Fortune Cookie, un-fortun-atly, was stale.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from David L. 5/14) We had a discount coupon and it was time for lunch, so we decided to try it. We arrived around 12:30 PM and were immediately seated by Lee who was our server also. Lee placed a bowl of fresh Noodles (which didn't have too much taste) on our table. My wife had the Moo Goo Gai Pan and Fried Rice ($1 extra) and Wonton Soup for $7. I ordered the Sizzling Chicken dish which came with Zucchini, Broccoli and Onions ($6). Aside from the noodles, all food was very tasty.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Now Open Las Tapas (Spanish Tapas Bar, Restaurant & Brewery) 2738 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 399-5516. (Brew Pub) (Spanish) L/D. Opened July 24, 2014. Hours from 11 AM to 11 PM daily, from 10 AM on Sunday. Located at the corner of Meggison and Brownwood near the theater. The 200 seat restaurant offers 80+ warm and cold appetizers and small dishes called tapas. Tables and booths, both inside and outside, plus an in/out bar on the corner. The interior décor is bright red or yellow with a few Spanish paintings for minimal adornment but definitely not old-world. The vast menu starts with a dozen cold appetizers (mostly served on toast) like Huevos Rellenos (Boiled Eggs with Tuna & Olives), Sardinas (Sardines with Diced Tomatoes), Boquerones a la Malagueña (Marinated White Fish with Tomatoes), Timbal de Higardo de Pollo Corta (Chicken Liver Mousse), Escalivada de la Casa (Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant with Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar), Pa Amb Oli (Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese) and others (all $6-11 each). Next you can find Seviche Mixto (Seafood in Lemon Lime Juices), Serviche de Salmon (Lime Marinated Salmon with Cilantro & Jalapeños), Atun Estilo Tartaro con Huevas de Salamon (Tuna, Capers, Salmon Caviar & Wasabi) and others (all $11 each). Then there's Mejillones Catalana (Sautéed Mussels with Anise & Cream), Mejillones Marinera (Mussels with Tomatoes & Peppers in White Wine), Mejillones con Caracoles (Mussels with Snails in Sherry & Brandy), Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic & Chili del Arbol), Salmon con Salsa de Azafran (Grilled Salmon with Leeks & Saffron Sauce), Pescado al Papel (Fish in Parchment), Jibia a la Parrilla con Aceutinas (Grilled Calamari Steak), Bacalao a la Riojana (Codfish Sautéed in Garlic & Baked in Riojana Sauce), Pulpo a la Gallega (Boiled Octopus with Potatoes), and others ($11-12 each). Croquetas de Pollo (Chicken Croquettes in Sherry Wine), Beren-Jenas Fritas con Miel de Casa (Fried Eggplant with Honey), Calamares y Gambas con Gabardina (Beer Battered Fried Calamari and Shrimp), Empanadillas Rellena de Pescado y Cangrejo (Fish and Crabmeat filled Empanadillas), and others are there ($7-10 each). Meat Tapas include Albondigas (Meatballs in a Piquant Sauce), Chorizos y Pimientos en Cacerola (Chorizo Sausage Baked with Tomato Sauce & Peppers), Pollo al Ajillo (Sautéed Chicken with Chili del Arbol), Lomo de Cerdo a la Parrilla (Grilled Pork with Mushrooms & Potatoes), Codorniz a la Parrilla con Papas (Grilled Quail with Potatoes), Codillo de Cordero Braseado (Braised Lamb Shank with Potatoes), Pato a la Parrilla con Mole de Chocolate (Marinated Andelucia Style Duck Breast served in a Chocolate Mole Sauce) (all $10-12 each) are offered. Vegetable dishes run about $8 each. Soups ($4-5) includes Gazpacho Andaluz; plus a half dozen Salads ($11-12 each). Hidden on the back menu page are their features (30 minute prep.) of Arroz Mediterraneo (Greens and Mushrooms with Rice) ($11), Rossejat Negro (Black Noodles with Calamari) ($11), Paella de Pollo y Puerco (Chicken & Pork in Saffron Rice) ($11), well known Paella Valenciana (Scallops, Calamari, Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken, Clams & Mussels in Rice) ($12), plus their signature Zarzuela a la Catalana (similar to the above but sautéed and flambéd in a terracotta casserole) ($23 for two). For dessert a Spanish Flan, Tres Leches con Merengue, Helados y Sorvettes (Coconut Ice Cream ) and Peras al Vino de la Rioja (Poached Pear in Wine) (all $6-7 each). Spanish Coffees, Espressos, Hot Chocolate and Sherries from the bar finish the meal. Wines are $5-9 per glass; $18-74 per bottle plus one at $164. In addition, it will house a brewery for craft European style beers, notably Austrian. The beers will be similar to Gösser and Edelweiß. Many Spanish dishes use vinegar and olive oil, so beer pairs better with them than wine. Full bar with Happy Hour prices. Ocasional Sunday Champagne Brunch for Four about $64. Monday specials like buy two tapas, get the third free, available seasonally. Entertainment scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays. Osorio Aldrin, sous chef; Spanish chef, Antonio Escobar (former executive chef for Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant chain) and Brewmeister, Richard Heston, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) We picked their second night of business to try this new concept - at least for The Villages. 4:30 PM was a good time to arrive. We sat in the yellow section in a booth with friends, with bright flourescent lights adding to our menu readability but subtracting greatly from the ambiance. The décor is somewhat disappointing. We are familiar with tapas, having enjoyed them in Valencia, Spain where they like to price things by toothpick color. Here, the menu is almost overwhelming. More than 80 items to choose from and by the time you found two you'd like to try, their feature dishes (Paella) are hidden on the back page with the desserts. We went with their "House Wine" which was only the Cab (at 2 for 1). It was acceptable. My better half chose the Malbec ($7), and we all agreed it came from a different planet (continent) and was not the typical Argentine Mendoza "rojo" we were used to. Yet, it WAS interesting and not offensive. She ordered the Chicken Liver Pate ($8) plus the Mussels and Snails in Spiced Broth ($11). I had the Fried Calamari and Shrimp ($9) plus the Duck Breast in Chocolate Sauce ($11). Now THAT WAS DIFFERENT! After dinner she had a Flan ($6) and I had a Cream Sherry ($6) from the bar. Not like any Cream Sherry I ever had before. It did not have that nutty flavor expected. Wilmer was our pleasant server. Second day on the job. Second day as a waiter too. He tried. His Spanish, much better than ours. We were charged for full bottles of wine instead of a glass of Sherry. He apologized and corrected both our bill and our friend's too. Our total was $64 before t&t. Limit your choices to two tapas each, the portions are more American than European. We enjoyed the food, Wilmer did his best, but it's not like eating in southern Europe. Yet The Villages needs a place like this, even though some will find it unfamiliar and intimidating. We'll be back to sample so many more interesting items on the list, perhaps a Rioja Wine with the Paella Valenciana.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 7/14) Sunday lunchtime was not very busy, so we stopped in. We found our server, Greg, very friendly and helpful. The Beef Empanadas were a generous portion and delicious; the Bread with Tomato was excellent, as was the Gazpacho, and the Fried Calamari and Shrimp. These 4 items would have made a meal, but we tried the Tres Leches Cake...and wow! It was as good as any I've had; the Merengue was a creative and delicious addition. Our tab was $45 with a happy hour wine (2 for 1).
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Before this place becomes well known, we thought we'd give it a try. We give kudos to the owner for trying a new type of restaurant, as I am getting tired of same old, same old. Since I've been to tapas bars in Madrid, Barcelona, etc., I won't be expecting much. Though there were no Octopus and the like and no thirty varieties of tapas, I enjoyed what I had. It was more of an appetizer size than tapas size so can't order too many dishes. Some were too high priced for tapas. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Avocado Relleno and my wife liked Babaghanush. I had better Sangria, before. Will definitely try other dishes. Wish they had it such that we can pick and choose at a counter. I know I'm asking much. Our server, Vilma, who hails from South America was very nice. She did look a little like a Flamenco dancer. Without drinks came to $14. Will try more expensive tapas next time.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 9/14) A ladies group of 8 went there for lunch. I had previously tried before at dinner time, but the wait was always too long. Melanie was our server and she did a great job. Some of the women had been there before and didn't care for the tapas idea. They thought it was overpriced - so they chose to order from the lunch menu individually. Three of us shared tapas. Everything was quite good, although there were some things I wouldn't order again - my personal taste, like Seviche Mixtos. Smoked Salmon and Capers, Seafood Empanada, Beer Battered Shrimp and Portobello stuffed with Shrimp and Cheese were all quite good and the three of us thought very filling. I also ordered the (hot) Chocolate Caliente, which was delicious. The other women said their salads and hamburgers were good. It was a nice experience. I would go again, but not rush back. Two tapas selections, one Iced Tea, and one Chocolate Caliente came to $25 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Stopped in for a light dinner. Had the Spanish Tomato Bread - good, but not what we expected. The Ensalada Barcelona - terrific grilled veggies, a little light on the goat cheese and it wasn't hot as promised by the menu. Plus the Beef Filet with peppers and blue cheese - was excellent, though the blue cheese was just sprinkled on, not heated. We also had Tres Leches Cake - theirs is the best. Total was $41 with a happy hour Beer. Server was Stephanie, friendly but not as attentive as previous servers at Las Tapas.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sharon S. 10/14) We ate here on Halloween at 4:15 PM. We never had tapas before and were hesitant to try it. We LOVED it! It was quiet due to town festivities and we were seated immediately at a table with a great view of the "trunk or treat". The interior was large, beautiful and open. I had a Margarita and he had the house Cab. The Cab was great for a house wine and I enjoyed the subtly different pear flavor of the Margarita. We ordered the Tenderloin with mushroom sauce, Papas Bravas and Zarzuela de la Catalana. All were outstanding! The Tenderloin was so tender and the mushroom sauce flavorful. The Potatoes were tasty and I recommend Zarzuela to seafood lovers! I had Tres Leches Cake for dessert and I give it 2 thumbs up! My wine-drinking hubby ordered a Margarita for dessert because he loved mine. Our server, Ryan, was friendly and helpful. Price before t&t was $65.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.


Avatar 13½ Stars Video Legacy Restaurant (at the Nancy Lopez Country Club), 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-1475. (American) (Continental) L/D. At the Nancy Lopez Country Club. Lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM; dinner from 4 to 9 PM daily, except to 8 PM on Sunday. Also serving an attractive brunch, 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday. Linen service with chargers and fresh flowers. Stone Crab Chowder ($7) and Lobster Bisque ($7) are popular starters here. Savor steaks from their oakwood grill. Specialty salads and deli items are served for lunch. Salmon ($12) and Warm Lobster Salad ($14) are favorites. Specializing in "Harris Ranch" beef from California. Main dinner dishes might include Herb Crusted Chicken Breast ($17), Grilled Veal & Wild Mushroom Meatloaf ($17), 12 oz. Pork Chop ($18), Roast Duck ($20), Baby Back Ribs ($19), Filet Marchand de Vin ($21/$28), Filet Blanco y Negro ($21/28), New York Strip ($21/$28), Veal Piccata ($22), Rack of Lamb ($30), Cowboy Ribeye ($32), also Grilled Salmon ($18), Stuffed Sole ($18), Lobster Pillows ($18), Tilapia ($18) and Hawaiian Swordfish ($19). A variety of Pasta dishes range from $10 to $18. Lighter meals run $10-12 each. End the meal with Profiterole au Chocolat ($6), Bananas Foster ($7) or Chocolate Layer Cake ($7). Frequent Diner Program available. Very popular in winter and on weekends. The south dining area is less noisy. Weekly specials, such as Monday Lobster Night, offered year round. Small private room for parties, as well as large areas for groups as well. Full bar and drink list. Varied wine list runs $19-42/bottle for cellar wines and to $127 for premiums and reserves, plus the Dom at $195. Entertainment in the lounge on Fridays. Open until 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Augustin Siladi, chef; Breanna Dees, director; John McDonough, owner here, as well as the Oasis Bar & Grill (see that listing) and the Hemingway's at Havana Restaurant (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Martin G. 4/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Steve L. 4/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 5/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/09) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 10/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ray O. 1/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 3/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Eric O. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) We had an excellent dinner. The Surf and Turf, Steak and Lobster, was a great value for $22. However, my wife had the Trout which was the best Trout either of has had ever had - I mean ever! The accompanying Vegetables (Green Beans and Carrots) were severely oversalted. The Bruchetta appetizer was very good. The service was extremely good and very helpful. The overall menu had many good choices at reasonable prices and I look forward to many more visits to select more favorites.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) We were a party of 6 for lunch. The service and atmosphere were excellent and the food was very good except for the Fish & Chips. That dish was quite greasy and not crispy. We all got dessert and again we all enjoyed it, except for the Crème Brûlée which had granulated sugar on the top, there was almost no melted sugar. I was being treated to lunch and did not see the bill.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Fred H. 6/13) For several years, Legacy Restaurant has been our favorite place in The Villages, with the best food and service. However, the last two times we have eaten there the service has been, at best, subpar. The waitresses we had were inefficient and often surly. We have always felt we could take guests to Legacy to impress them about The Villages, but the past two times we have taken guests there, we have been disappointed and embarrassed. Perhaps the restaurant has a lot of new staff but our service recently was inexcusable. As far as we're concerned, Legacy has lost its edge as the finest restaurant in the area.
Q=5 S=1 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Her big birthday, so we chose Legacy for her birthday dinner tonight. She ordered a Flirtini ($8) and I had a Guenoc Chardonay ($8) followed by a second. We shared an Escargot appetizer ($9) which was good but typical. We both had Caesar Salads ($4 each) which were good with a hint of anchovy flavor. She had Roasted Duck ($18) which she enjoyed and I had the Lobster Filled Pillows ($18) which were good and filling too. The plates come out very hot. Charlie was a good server. The menu is practically the same as when they opened years ago. True, many dishes are favorites but we don't come here ofter because it's the same menu month after month. We wish they had seasonal offerings. Charlie brought her a complimentary Birthday Cake with candle. Probably be a year before we come back here, however. Total was $78 before t&t. It adds up fast.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Legacy continues to earn its excellent reputation. My wife and I had their very credible Bruschetta and their Friday Special Mixed Grill. The Mixed Grill was very well prepared, and extremely flavorful. Our server, Steven, was highly professional and never missed a detail. The bill was $65 with one appetizer, 2 dinners and 2 drinks (Happy Hour prices) before tip.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Five of us had lunch here about 2 PM. We had Toasted Turkey with a cup of Mushroom Brie Soup or Spinach Soup, Grilled Cheese with a cup of Mushroom Brie, Soup and Salad and a Turkey and Swiss, plus 5 beverages. Most items are now $10. Lisa was our server. Nice quiet atmosphere, good food and attentive service, as usual. The tab was $59.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 3/14) Excellent Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomato appetizers. Mushroom Ravioli with Shrimp was excellent and the Tilapia with Risotto was very good though the promise that it was on a bed of Shrimp and Scallops was weak - they were fairly sparse and incorporated into the Risotto. Service by Pamela was quite good and prompt in all regards except it was very difficult to get water refilled (my other drink was alcoholic). The guy doing water seemed to overlook my glass though it was pushed to the edge of the table. Team work seemed lacking, several managers also failed to notice. Bill was $68 with 2 appetizers, 2 entrées, and 1 dessert.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) The unusual review for Legacy would be a bad one. This place is just consistently outstanding - with both food and service. I booked a group of 26 for dinner. That was an easy, pleasant experience with help from Dorothy. They were packed that night, with several different large groups. Jan handled the bustling lobby area with calm and humor. An additional diner showed up and a place was set with no fuss. We had a room to ourselves. Heather was the server for my table and she was professional, courteous and efficient. Water glasses refilled, plates removed and additional Iced Tea brought regularly. I had the Mushroom Brie Soup, which I always get. Delicious. I had the Meatloaf, which is another favorite. It is made with mushrooms and veal and wonderful seasonings; very tender, served over Shoestring Onion Rings, with Mashed Potatoes and right now, Asparagus. I brought home half, so I could enjoy the meal again another day. I tasted the Mushroom Ravioli of another diner and no surprise, it was delicious. They handled 26 separate checks with amazing ease. One Iced Tea, a cup of soup and one dinner was $26 before t&t. I love this place. For food and service, I think it is the best Country Club restaurant in The Villages.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) There were 28 in our group. I consider this restaurant to be one of the best in The Villages, if not the best. Not that I am completely satisfied, it tops all I've visited here. The ambience is always great and the service impeccable. Since I am trying to lose weight a little, I decided to have two appetizers. My Shrimp Cocktail was large and quite good, though it could have been a little fresher. The seasoning for Escargot was excellent. I guess I couldn't ask for a plumper and more juicy ones since this is not France. My wife enjoyed her Salmon Salad. So, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Gin and Tonic was great too. Stephanie, our server was professional and the bill without drinks came to $34.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Avatar 12 Stars Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille, 925 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-7800. (American) L/D. Formerly called the Lewis Lighthouse, it's a few steps northeast of Market Square. Open from 11 AM daily. Happy Hour 2-5 PM. Salads are popular here with the Beaver Island, Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard Caesar, Buzzard's Bay Tuna, Cape Codder Cobb and Mackinac Island Salad, all ranging $5-9 each. Seafood baskets range from Fried Shrimp ($8), Catfish ($9), Haddock ($9), Scallops ($9), Fried Clam Strips ($9), Blackened Tilapia ($10) and King Crab or Snow Crab Legs, to an Admiral Sampler Platter For Two at $23. Burgers and sandwiches are also on the menu like the 8 oz. Burger on a Pretzel Roll ($7), BBQ Pork ($7), Grilled Sausage ($7), Blackened Chicken ($8), Beef or Chicken Philly ($8), Gyro ($8), Beef Dip ($8), Tuna on a Grilled Roll ($8), Haddock on a Hoagie ($9),Turkey-Swiss-&-Avocado ($9), Pressed Cuban ($9), Reuben on Rye ($9) and even an old fashioned Hot Dog ($5). All come with Fries, Slaw or Chips. You can also find Fried Mushrooms ($5), Conch Fritters ($6), Quesadillas ($6), Haddock Fingers ($7), Fried Calamari ($7), the ever-popular Buffalo Wings ($7), Nachos ($8), Peel-'n-Eat Shrimp ($8) or a pound of Steamed Mussels or Clams. The Clam Chowder is enjoyed here at $3-5 in a cup or bowl. So is Chili at the same price. For dessert they offer Sherbet, Key Lime Pie or Smothered Brownie ranging from $3 to $5. Lake views. Outside seating available. Occasional entertainment on the deck. Full bar. Attractive drink specials like Margaritas and Martinis. Closed Sundays in summer. Formerly developer owned, now former manager, Maureen and husband, John McIntyre of CPM, owners.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Marlene C. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Pat M. 1/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Phil S. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) We were hesitant to enter because the parking lot was only half full and we thought it might be a bad sign. The hostess greeted us promptly and seated us at a table of our choice (after offering 2 lonely looking tables next to high traffic areas). Our drinks came quickly once Kristi promptly took our orders. She then explained the specials and we both had the Whole Belly Clams entrées and split the Tomato, Mozzarella, Avocado Salad and Brian's Fries. Everything was fresh, delicious, and served at the proper temperature. I liked the balsamic vinegar on the salad, but my husband did not care for it - that's OK because I ate most of it! Whoever Brian is, he's to be congratulated - his Fries were outstanding and we both enjoyed them. We were not offered sides to the Clams, which at $20 each, were pretty high priced. Total cost of the meal with 2 Martinis and 2 Chardonnays was $65.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) My wife had the Scallop Platter for $11 and I had the Sherri's Stuffed Fish. Two Iced Teas and no liquor. We waited almost an hour to get a seat, the place was packed. Both meals were very good, hot and had a nice taste. My Fish seemed a little on the sparse side. It was a stuffed fish but the fish itself was VERY thin, and a big pile of stuffing. They used to give bigger portions. I was very disappointed. The service was very good even though they were packed. Our bill before t&t was $32.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 10½ Stars Li'l Bits Café, Suite 403, 11962 CR 101, The Villages, FL. 391-9149. (Cafe) (Breakfast) B/L. Open daily 6 AM to 2 PM. A breakfast & lunch café located in the Palm Ridge Plaza across from Crispers. Breakfast served all day. Such items as Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Wrap and various Omelets ranging from $5 to $7 each are available any hour. Fried Chicken, Taco, Greek and Chef's Salads range from $7 to $8 each. Various Burgers and Wraps are $7 to $9. Sandwiches include Philly Cheese Steak, Tuna Melt, Reuben, Turkey Melt, BLT and good-old Fried Bologna to name a few, range $5 to $8. No bar. Winona Beattie owner.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/07) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 9/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) This place has a very family atmosphere. We visit here once in a while when we want to visit a good gift shop next door. They serve breakfast all day long until close, which is 2 PM. Their food is diner fare. I had the Western Omelette. My friend liked the Grits here. Service is very friendly; this time it was Jill and the total tab came to $34 without drinks. When I get tired of IHOP, I come here. Dishes are nothing special but they do their best.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Luigino's Restaurant (The Villages), 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 633-5250. (Italian) B/L/D. Open daily at 11 AM or from 8 AM in season for a Breakfast Buffet. Formerly Augustine's, Tosca Ristorante Italiano and then Bourbon Street Restaurant and Music Hall, this Italian restaurant opened October 24, 2011. Modified décor with carpet, tile or hard wood floors in different areas of the restaurant. Mini-chandeliers light the tables. Large format, easy to read menu. Appetizers include Fried Zucchini, Classic Bruschetta, Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail, Stuffed Mushrooms, Fried Calamari, and a Lump Crab Cocktail all ranging $6-10 each. At the top end there's Filet Tips Marsala and Crab Cakes appetizer at $10.50 each. Pasta dishes include Spaghetti with either Marinara or Bolognese Sauce ($11-15) and you can add Sausage or Meatballs ($3-4 extra). There's also Four Cheese Ravioli, Three Meat Lasagna, Penne Vodka, Penne with Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Fettucine Alfredo and Primavera Risotto, ranging $13-15, plus a Lobster and Crab Ravioli at $17. Seafood items include Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Bucatini, Shrimp Francese and Grilled Salmon all priced at $18. At the top end is Sautéed Chilean Sea Bass at $26, and a Lobster and Steak Special at Market Price. For chicken, they offer Chicken Parmesan, Marasala or Francese style at $16-17. Veal is also offered Piccata or Parmesan style at $18 each. At the top end is a Veal Chop Forestiere at $26. Steaks and Chops include Angus Prime Filet Mignon in your choice of 6 or 9 oz. size at $21-24, a 12 oz. Ribeye at $24 and a Rack of Lamb at $33. All entrées are served with a Caesar or House Salad or a Cup of Soup, such as Minestrone. For lighter choices there are large Caesar, Caprese, Romano with Chicken and Veneziano Salads at $7-10. A Steakhouse Salad is also available at $12. Desserts include Tiramisu, Lava Cake, Bread Pudding, Key Lime Pie, Gelato or Sorbet all ranging $5-7 each. For lunch, they specialize in Flatbreads like Chicken Alfredo, Steak, Cheeseburger and Tomato styles ranging about $8-9. Pizza is offered for $8-10 plus extra toppings. Ask for the lunch menu to find these offerings. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving (11 AM to 8 PM) and Christmas Day (11 AM - 6 PM) for the Holiday Buffet by reservation only at prix fixe $27 pp. Also New Year's Eve Party with open bar and hors d'œuvres with music and dancing from 8 PM at $50 pp, paid in advance. Full bar. Half Priced Happy Hour noon to 8 PM. Wine list with Coastal Ridge for their house brand plus well chosen premiums by the glass or bottle. Soft entertainment weekends in the winter. Another restaurant called Luigino's Pasta and Steak House is in Heathrow, Florida. John D'Agosto, chef; Kevin Hodne, manager; Kyle D'Souza, general manager; Sybil and Desmond D'Souza, owners here and at the Heathrow location.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 10/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from James D. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Daniel G. 12/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 1/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 7/12) Q=4 S=1 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Bill S. 12/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 12/12) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Larry W. 2/13) The Bruschetta was very cheesy, fairly few tomatoes, but pretty good. Salads were fine. Eggplant Rollatini was exceptional, but the Sausage with Peppers was fairly tasteless. Bread with dinner was very good. Our server was Kevin. Service was abysmal, both by the waiter and the manager. Water was not refilled 'til I complained. Dinner was very late. The waiter said a runner took the meal to the wrong person who ate it, but would be out in 5 minutes; 15 minutes later, still no meal. The manager told me nothing was amiss, but did improve the water situation. Tab was $48, with one drink (a call brand Manhattan for $10.25).
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Mary H. 5/14) We dined with friends on a Saturday evening, arriving at 6:45 PM. We did have a reservation and were seated immediately. Our server was Kevin and he did an outstanding job. He was very knowledgeable about the menu options and checked back to our table several times during the evening. I ordered the Grilled Salmon which was very good and my husband ordered the Sausage and Peppers with Pasta, which was outstanding. Our friends ordered the Calamari for an appetizer, his wife ordered the Sausage and Peppers and he ordered a Veal dish but had dietary restrictions which were met with no problem and they both really enjoyed their meals. Two of us split a Crème Brûlée which was absolutely delicious. Our check for the 2 dinners with 2 coffees came to $38 before tip. I did not have a great experience with this restaurant when it first opened and had not returned until now. I found the service to be outstanding and the food delicious. We will be back soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/14) This was a Second Honeymoon Club function that's why there are so many in our party (176). It was a great buy. They gave us the $30 buffet for $10. It had a variety of dishes that were fine. The one complaint I had was the salad was set up wrong. They had the plates, then the dressings, then the toppings, then the lettuce. They finally moved one of the lettuces down by the plates but it still was wrong (dressings before the toppings). This was our first time here. Our server was Rene and she was very nice.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Mallory Hill Country Club, 1675 O'Dell Cir., The Villages, FL. 430-2359. (American) L/D. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Hearth Baked Pizza a specialty. Angus steaks and fresh seafood also on the menu. Friday Specials include Perch, Fried Shrimp, Broiled or Fried Haddock at $12-15 each. Fajitas are popular too. Same basic layout as Cane Garden but it's the sister establishment to Glenview Champions Country Club (see that listing). Breezeway dining available. Frequent entertainment or karaoke. Open Thanksgiving Day with reservations, Noon to 7 PM. Full bar. Happy hour 3-5 PM. Crystal Cummings, chef; Joseph Gaunt, general manager; Raymond Frederick, Richard & Karen Perkins, owners (also owns 110th Street Grille (see that listing) in Belleview).

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 10/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 4/13) We arrived around 1:30 pm on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. There was a minimal wait of approximately 5 minutes. Our waitress was Alexis and she was very attentative and helpful. I took advantage of the $7.99 lunch special which included a beverage (I chose Diet Coke), Salad and the Chicken Breast Dieter's Special; my husband ordered the French Onion Soup, Black and Blue Salad with Steak. Both were very tasty and the soup was delicious. Our cost with Iced Tea came to $22. Our friends took advantage of the luncheon specials, they were very satisfied and their total bill with t&t came to $20. Great value.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nanci C. 1/14) We went for German Night. I got the Sauerbraten and my husband got the Wiener Schnitzel. Both entrées came with Braised Red Cabbage, which was delicious and Spaetzle, which was dry. The Sauerbraten was good but it tasted like plain old Pot Roast, no tang like Sauerbraten should have and the Schnitzel was good but a bit dry. The meals were only $10 each. All in all, the meal was decent - not great. Our server, Lynn, was excellent especially considering how very busy the place was.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) 50 minute wait at Cane Garden so we drove over here and only waited 10 minutes. We haven't been here in ages. Still noisy as ever. Connie was our server. I had the Grouper Fingers Salad ($12) and she had the Grilled Salmon ($13) with a Caesar Salad side ($2.50). We bought a bottle of acceptable wine at the bar. The Salmon was ordinary, probably frozen and my Grouper was too fluffy to be Grouper. Not as good as Hacienda's either. The salad greens were mostly white lettuce. Just mediocre food. Total without wine, and without t&t was $27. Low prices to match the low quality.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Avatar 3½ Stars Video Margarita Republic, 1102 Main St., The Villages, FL. 753-4660. (Caribbean) (Sports Bar) L/D. Open 11 AM to 1 AM except to 10 PM on Sunday. This was Café Olé formerly until September, 2004. Popular with Villagers and area residents into the wee hours. A Caribbean Grill. Cuban influenced meals specializing in Fried Shrimp, Clams, Scollops and Burgers. Key West Conch Fritters, Barbados Fish Dip, Blackened Grouper, Taco Salad, Margarita Chicken Sandi, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Scallops, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Kitchen Sink Salad and Islamorada Mahi Mahi are just some of the items offered. Most items $7 to $17 each. Weekly entertainment, trivia and karaoke too. Interesting backbar. Sidewalk seating available. Full bar featuring a large selection of custom Margaritas. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day after 5 PM. Offers a New Years Eve Dinner and Party for $69 pp+t&t by reservation. Ron and Sandy Averbeck, owners.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/06) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Wendell S. 10/07) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



Avatar Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Coming Soon McAlister's Deli (The Villages), 3630 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. . (Deli) L/D. Expected to open in November, 2014. Located on the west side of Kiessel, a few doors up from Paddock Square in Brownwood. This chain is famous for their Giant Spuds and Southern Sweet Tea, with generous portions and free refills. Offers a wide variety of Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups and Fresh Salads. The Salads are large, like Chef Salad, Southwest Salad, Cobb Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad and a Taco Salad, all running $5-8 each. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smoky Pepper Jack Turkey, Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Ham & Cheese Toastie, all about $7 each, are toasted on sourdough bread. Club Sandwiches like the Veggie Club, Grilled Chicken Club, Cobb Club, Orange Cranberry Turkey Club, King Club and Black Angus Club, run $6-9 each. They also make an Italian Sub, Chicken Salad on Croissant, BLT on Sourdough and others for $6-7 each. A few Wraps are offered too. Such concoctions as New Orleans Muffuletta ($8-13 depending on size) and others, like a Rueben ($7), French Dip ($7), Pot Roast ($8), plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts that run about $7 each are featured. The Big Nasty® ($9) is popular with strong men and mean women. Sandwiches and Paninis come with a side dish like Mac 'n Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fruit or Applesauce. Stuffed Potatoes are also popular, like the Bacon Spud, Black Angus Spud, Grilled Chicken Spud, Pot Roast Spud, Cheese Spud and a Spud Max™ or Spud Olé™ run $6-8 each. Daily Soup or Chili also available. For dessert look for Chocolate Spooncake, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Brownies and their popular Cookies, all under $5 each. Famous Sweet Tea or fountain drinks are served with free refills. Kids menu under $4. Some gluten free items available (see their list). Does a large take-out business at lunch. Order at the counter, food is delivered to the table. No bar. They started in 1989. This is one of a chain of about 320 franchises, in 23 states, based in Ridgeland, MS. This one run by Bryce and Stacy Kelly of Newberry, FL. Another McA's Deli is in nearby Ocala (see that listing). More are planned for the Orlando area.


Avatar 9 Stars Video McCall's Tavern, 999 Alverez Ave., The Villages, FL. 750-9441. (American) (Barbecue) L/D. This restaurant, originally developer owned, is modeled after the Western-themed restaurant complex of Brownwood on Torch Lake in Michigan. Ribs and Texas style food are the mainstay. Meatloaf Platter, Angus Burger, Beef on Wick and Fried Chicken are specialties. Noted for Wings and Beer too. Full bar. Small cover charge on some music nights. Darrell & Larry Ducat, owners.

Older Review: (from Dolores M. 8/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/12) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/13) Came here with friends to hear the "Smokin' Torpedos". Six of us sat near the nice stage. They're noted for their Fried Chicken ($12) so that's what my better half ordered. I had a Caesar Salad first, then Hot Turkey Dinner ($11). It did not look appetizing. It was sliced turkey loaf. Tasted just OK. Not what you would expect. His Chicken was pretty good, he said. His Mashed Potatoes and Peas and Carrots were just acceptable. No wine by the bottle, so we each had two Lindeman's Cabs ($6 each). Roxanne was our waitress. She did OK but forgot my water and spilled wine on my white jacket. The music was good. Total was $47 before t&t. Won't hurry back.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 11 Stars Free WiFi Mezza Luna Restaurant, 243 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-5418. (Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Located where CiCi's Pizza, and later Village Pizza, occupied at the east end of Colony Plaza, off CR 466A. Opened October 30, 2013. A full menu, full service restaurant, in a casual 4,000 s.f. atmosphere, offering soups, salads, pizzas, calzones, subs, wings, wraps, paninis, pastas, plus appetizers and entrées such as Chicken and Veal dishes, as well as seafood items like Tilapia, Mussels, Scallops and Shrimp. Whole wheat and reduced fat items are expected also. Full bar available. German Buitrago and Dina Camargo, new owners. The management failed to provide further details of hours or menu.

Review: (from Bill S. 11/13) My wife had Spaghetti and Meatballs ($12) and I had Meat Lasagna ($14). She had Salad and I had Soup. Also we had two Iced Teas, but no liquor. The sauce was not too spicy, it was excellent. The Meatballs tasted home made. Good service, but our waiter Michael was training someone new. I'm glad they kept the TV screens near the bar instead of all over, the bar was packed. The only complaint I had is the décor. The walls were dark purple and black; table and chairs and blinds were black. We felt like being in a dungeon. They need a good decorator. Tab was $31 before t&t. Good dining experience, we'll be back.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Mary Lou G. 11/13) We were glad to hear that this new restaurant opened in Colony Plaza. We arrived about 5 PM and there was no wait. Our server was Melissa and she did an excellent job. I had the Chicken Marsala and he had the Chicken Parmigiana. Both were priced at $16 and were accompanied by a Soup or Salad - I had the Caesar with the traditional Caesar dressing and he had the Garden Salad with the Avocado Ranch dressing. They have "Happy Hour" from 11 AM - 6 PM and we both enjoyed a glass of house wine (Merlot and White Zin) for $3 each. They also have $2 draft beers. The Chicken Marsala was a little bland and tasted salty, probably due to the prosciutto that was added to the sauce. Next time I'll try something else. My husband's Chicken Parmigiana was very tasty - great sauce. Both dishes were served with a delicious tender Angel Hair Pasta. Although the decor is dark, we felt it had a modern look. We will definitely be back again to perhaps try the Pizza or another pasta dish.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Before noon, the restaurant had only one customer this day when I arrived. I was seated by the front window at a "deuce". Even near the window, the restaurant is very dark. Tables, walls and the entire ceiling is black and makes for reading the fine print on the shiny menu very difficult. It took a while for a server to arrive. Another server noticed I was there for a while and asked if she could put a drink order in for me. That was nice of her. My regular server, Frank, finally arrived with my beer ($2). I chose the Penne Vodka ($8) and a side Caesar Salad ($1). The food arrived promptly. The Caesar had the dressing on the side which is very helpful since I like my dressing on the light side. Frank brought my pasta and it was nice and hot. The Penne was good and the sauce, homemade with chopped tomatoes and peas added. The food was very good. Frank never brought any Grated Cheese, nor did he check back to ask if everything was OK, or if I needed anything more. At the end of the meal, a patrolling buss person cleared my table promptly, but it took a while for Frank to come check on me again. Don't know if his "station" included tables on the other side of the wall, or he spent too much time in the kitchen. By 12:30, the restaurant was half full. The manager and other family members spent a lot of time at the hostess podium but never checked on any customers. My bill came to $11.50 with tax. I paid with a $20 bill, but Frank only came back with $8 in change - no coins. That disturbs me. As he passed by again, I stopped him and said with a smile, "You short changed me a little." He didn't apologize, just pealed off another dollar from his apron pocket and said "There you go". Not sure if that's his usual practice or if the restaurant trains that way, but it's certainly not customer friendly. If you dine here and pay cash, COUNT YOUR CHANGE!
Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 12/13) I met a friend there and she was seated with a glass of wine when I arrived. The waiter arrived a few minutes later to take my drink order. The drink took a few minutes to be delivered and then the waiter did not return for at least 10 minutes to take our food order. I had a wonderful Cinnamon Crunch Martini. For dinner, I had a Caesar Salad (which is included with the meal) that was crisp and all romaine lettuce with the dressing on the side. I had a Veal Campana which was veal with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms in a light garlic sauce on angel hair pasta. That was excellent. Three of the slices of veal were tender but the fourth was less so. My friend had a Spicy Tomato Sauce dish which she liked very much also. Although our dirty dishes were picked up quickly, our waiter actually never checked on us until we were all finished. He was pleasant but not very attentive. We had to ask a passing server for a second glass of wine and some water. My check was $26 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 12/13) When we walked in to the restaurant for lunch, we were more than pleasantly surprised at the décor. The warm, darker colors combined with the eclectic lighting make for a wonderful cosmopolitan and contemporary atmosphere. The bar looks pretty cool as well and we want to check that out in the future. We were seated immediately and Alix took our drink orders (one water, one diet soda). I had the Penne Rosina and he had the Sausage/Peppers/Onions Sandwich, which came with Fries. The Pasta was plentiful and very tasty. The Sandwich was good size and had the right flavors. The Fries were nice and crisp on the outside. Alix did everything right. We definitely want to go back for dinner. Total was $17 plus t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Hurray - a quiet restaurant without loud music. Arrived before the crowds around 4:30 PM. Was seated immediately since there were only 5 tables occupied. Tracy came by quickly and took my drink order for a K-J Cab ($7). The specials sheet had Fettucini Barone on it ($14). It has noodles, peas, meat, tomato vodka sauce and mozzarella on the top. It comes with a salad and I had Caesar. WA means "Without Asking"! I was served bread and butter, WA; grated cheese, WA; a glass of water, WA; the blinds adjusted so I could see the menu better, WA; salad dressing on the side, WA; twirling spoon for my pasta, WA; and my dirty dishes picked up by the roving buss boy, WA. The meal was very good. The Caesar was both green and white lettuce, but at least it was all romaine. My pasta dish came out hot, cooked perfectly, generous portion, fairly priced and very flavorful. I enjoyed it. Tracy checked back on me twice, WA. By 5:30 PM a steady stream of customers were entering. The only criticism I have is that all the servers, two hostesses and the manager, all hung out at the hostess stand and chatted amongst themselves, like there were no customers. Very unprofessional. It appeared the only one that kept busy was the buss boy checking on every table. Good job. My total for one was $21 before t&t. Paid with a credit card. Much better experience than my first visit.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan G. 1/14) Four of us arrived at 6:30 PM, table ready, I ordered the Chicken Marsala and the Minestrone Soup. Was told they ran out of Minestrone; ordered Pasta Fagiole instead. Came out hot, a little watery. My wife had the Eggplant Rollatini. Lots of pasta (too much). The Eggplant was good. My order came but it was wrong (Veal Marsala). Requested the one oredered it if wasn't going to take long. Took another 10-15 minutes. Waitress said she was sorry. Chicken arrived, it was OK (lots of pasta also). Waitress came, said she talked to manager, got 10% off. We also ordered wine and coffee for both of us. The bill came with the other couple's tea on it. Their bill had our coffee on it. They also put the higher priced Veal on our bill. We requested to see the manager. He came and apologized as Heather was having a bad night. We were comped for $16.15 plus $4.05 (?). The waitress must have said she was sorry at least 5 times. Other person had Penne Arbatta, said it was very spicy. Not a good dinner.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Haven't heard too good of a thing about this restaurant, so we finally had to try it. Unfortunately, we weren't too hungry so can't fully critique it based on what we had. I had Fagiole Soup and Italian Sausage Sandwich. The soup was not bad but the sausage was too salty. If they make it there, they need to reduce the salt. My wife had Chicken Noodle Soup and she said it is better than Campbell's, which isn't saying much. What she liked was it came with Caesar Salad and without asking, the dressing came on the side. Many restaurants put too much dressing, so that fresh lettuce is swimming in it. The ambience of the restaurant is nice including the bar area but nothing special about the food to compliment.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Nancy C. 2/14) I ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad. There was 1½ oz. of chicken at best. The dressing was right out of a "Wishbone" bottle! There wasn't the slightest hint of egg, lemon or anchovies, all very necessary for a Cesar Salad. Another person in our party got the Caesar with Grilled Shrimp. Again, very few, small, shrimp that were cold and boiled, not grilled. We asked for anchovies and were told there was an extra charge. Another person got a Veggie and Chicken Wrap, there was not one bit of Chicken in it. When she spoke to the waitress, she was told they would take it off her bill. General feeling amongst the group of 8 was "Won't go back". Don't remember the waitress name; my meal was about $13.
Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Robert F. 3/14) We started with a White Wine and a Chianti. For an Italian restaurant there were no choices for Chianti by the glass. Our appetizer was a shared Calamari done to perfection. The Caesar Salad had a prepared dressing, tasty, but not Caesar. My wife chose Cheese Ravioli which was excellent. The sauce over the Ravioli was also perfect but there was too much. I had Grouper Francese which was wonderful, accompanied with Pasta in a butter and olive oil sauce. Our waiter, Jay, had a handle on everything and added to a very pleasant evening. It shows that you do not have to leave The Villages in order to enjoy good food. Our bill totaled $46 before gratuity.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Stephen, our waitress, was wonderful. She knew the menu and made recommendations. Six of us had the table from 6-9 PM on a Friday night and were not hurried. We were given separate checks. We started with Calamari, which was tasty and prepared well. She had Veal Marsala and I had the Meat Lasagna. Nice presentation and flavor. Total was 41, no alcohol. Everyone in the group of 6 enjoyed the experience.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) I had been here in December and it was not a good experience. Service and food were lackluster to terrible. It is always good to give a place another try, so we did. It was 6 PM on a weekday, the restaurant was fairly full, but there was no wait for a table for 2. Michael was our server and he was excellent. He was helpful, knowledgeable about the food, attentive and very pleasant. I had the 2 for 1 Margaritas and they were very good, not watered down. The only thing I enjoyed on the first visit was the Antipasto Napolitano and so we tried it again. Once again, a good selection, fresh and tasty with the meats and cheeses sliced well. The pesto topping really complemented it without overpowering. The bread was hot, the salad mediocre. I had the Shrimp Parmigiana, which was okay, but the Shrimp was a little too breaded. The Angel Hair Pasta was very good and they did not overload the plate as some restaurants do. He had the Grouper, which he said was cooked perfectly. Two for one drink, Antipasto, 2 meals and the bill was $57 before t&t. So glad I gave this place another chance. My December rating would have been a 3. This one is much higher.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 6/14) We did a call ahead at 5 PM for a 5:30 seating. It worked very well. Very nice and comfortable decor. I had the Salmon Piccata ($18), and it was delicious. My husband had the Linguini with White Clam Sauce ($15), and he had some issues with it. Half of the clams shells served on the dish, had NO clams in them. Also, the entire dish was very gritty, like sand grit. He would have mentioned it to the server, but she never stopped back during the meal to see if everything was OK. I definitely thought that this should have been brought to a manager's attention, but I was told to be silent. We also ordered a Stuffed Mushroom appetizer to share with the table. The mushrooms with crabmeat stuffing, tasted OK, but was a very small portion for $8. The best part of that dish was the sauce they put on the mushrooms. Great for dunking the fantastic bread that they served. Our meal came to $41 without t&t. No alcohol was consumed. We will return, but certainly not for the Clam dish or the mushrooms.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) First experience here and its a real mixed bag. The food was very good, drinks reasonably price, the room was nice - though a little cold. Our server, James, was polite, but inefficient - long time to take drink orders, multiple requests to get water and parmesean cheese and long waits between visits. The kitchen botched our order, taking about 1 hr, our server explained when we noticed many seated after us had been served. I didn't ask but no manager was apparent in the restaurant. Our bill was $49 for 4 alcoholic drinks and 2 entrées.
Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.



Avatar Video Moe's Southwest Grill (The Villages), 670 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-3610. (Mexican) L/D. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Mexican fare made to order. Noted for their Burritos. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Tex-Mex Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. One of a growing nationwide chain of 800 locations based in Atlanta, GA. Kerensa Dio, manager.



Avatar 9½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Video Video NYPD Pizzeria (The Villages), 4046 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 750-1994.(Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Opened in early October, 2012 where Big City Grill once occupied, next to the Allstate Insurance office, facing CR 466, near Walmart. Not affiliated with the New York Police Department; the letters presumably stand for "New York Pizza Delicatessen" and not to be confused with the New York Pizza Dept. chain in other parts of the US. This one is locally based in Orlando. At least 15 kinds of thin crust New York Style Pizzas are offered (10", 15" or 19") with names like "The Queens Deluxe", "The Manhattan Meat Lovers", "The Tri-Borough BLT", "The Staten Island Stuffed", "The Brooklyn Bleu Cheese" and of course "Da Bronx BBQ". Other meals include Calzones, Sausage Rolls, Pepperoni Rolls and Strombolis. There's also five kinds of Heros ($8-9), including a New York take off on the Philly Cheese Steak. Pasta dishes ($8-12) like Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta Bolognese, Ravioli, Lasagna and both Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana ($12-14) are on the menu too. Chicken Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Garlic Knots and Chicken Tenders are also offered. Antipasta Salad, Greek Salad and Caesar Salad, as well as a daily soup is available too. For dessert, Cannolis, Zeppoles, Friazos, and, of course, New York Style Cheesecake make good meal endings. Outdoor seating available. Family friendly atmosphere with a police department theme and décor. Brooklyn subway signs dot the interior. Noted for their $1.99 Pizza By The Slice special (but $.99 in other Orlando locations). 5 beers on tap. Started in 1996, this is a small chain of 5 locations in the Orlando area and one in Little Rock, AR. Founded by former New Yorker, Paul Russo; "Fuget-about-it"! This franchise run by Paul's friend, Gary Knight and managed by Cara Fitzgerald and sons, Todd and Troy, of Ocala.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/12) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Felt like Pizza tonight so we went here on a Tuesday evening. Not crowded. Melani waited on us. We had one Iced Tea ($1.50) and one Blue Moon Beer ($3.50). We ordered the 14" Meat Lovers Pizza. It came out in good time and we took home about half of it. We enjoyed it both days. Total bill was $22 before the Buffalo Card discount and tax.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) I ordered my favorite beer, but they were out. I had a ShockTop ($3.50) instead. I also ordered the Chicken Parmesan ($14) that came with a side Caesar Salad and Pasta. The salad was excellent, the Pasta was overcooked. The Chicken was deep fried and overdone too. I think it was Erin that was my server. Just an ordinary meal. They would not honor my Buffalo Card.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar Oasis Bar & Grill, 8419 SE 172 Legacy Ln., The Villages, FL. 753-1475. (Cafe) (Grill) B/L/D. At the Nancy Lopez Country Club Pool. You'll find a limited menu with items like Chicken Fingers ($8), Wings ($9), Hot Dog ($6), Tuna Wrap ($8), Cheeseburger ($8.50) and a Lobster Wrap ($9). You'll also find a Lobster Salad dish ($9). Serves breakfast and lunch too. On Friday they pack 'em in with two-for-one Cheeseburgers plus a Happy Hour. Full bar. Poolside seating. Occasional entertainment like Norman Lee. John McDonough of Legacy Country Club Restaurant (see that listing), owner.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Was driving by when I remembered they had 2-for-1 Cheeseburgers on a Friday night. Pretty crowded at 6 PM, so I sat at the bar. Dawn was busy filling drink orders for the other servers. I had a red wine (plastic cup) and two Cheeseburgers (plastic backet). The place was very smokey from the grill. Burgers were fine, served with a slice of tomato, lettuce and a bag of chips. Dawn did a good job and was friendly. $13 total.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (The Villages), 3680 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 259-0304. (Italian) L/D. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Opened April 6th, 2009. Muted blonde wood and beige painted décor here. This popular chain serves up "Cucina Classica" recipes such as Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Lasagna, Linguine alla Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Capellini Pomadora, as well as the popular Spaghetti 'n Meatballs starting at $11. Tortelloni, Manicotti and Ravioli filled-pasta styles are also on the menu with the Tour of Italy too at $16. Also offered are Pork Filettino, Chianti Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp Primavera, Salmon, Steak Toscano, Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo, Parmesan Crusted Bistecca and a Mixed Grill, as well as Venitian Apricot Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Entrées range to $20 each. Their Bread Sticks are very popular. Italian and traditional desserts are on the menu also. Nice selection of 33 wines ($5.50 to 10.25 per glass), plus beer and cocktails are available. Gluten free information available on their website. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Italian Restaurant" and runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Another Olive Garden location is in Leesburg (see that listing). Originally developed by General Mills in 1982, over 600 locations operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Chris-Ann Rose, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bob E. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Paul C. 10/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar Gluten Free Menu Now Open Orange Blossom Hills Country Club, 1542 Watertower Cir., The Villages, FL. 751-4501. (American) (Southern) L/D. Located under the water tower in The Village of Country Club Hills, on the historic side of US 27/441. This was The Villages first country club, opening in 1985. Re-opened November 10, 2014, after extensive renovations to expand the seating to 170 patrons. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily; one hour later on weekends. Offers a truly American menu with many affordable and varied chicken dishes. There are hillside and pool views from the patio. Many items can be served pool-side also and are denoted here with a • symbol. Appetizers include their signature Fried Pickles ($7), plus Potato Croquettes ($8), Bruschetta•, Chicken & Bacon Quesadilla•, Chicken Tenders• and Spinach Dip• (all at $9 each), plus Veggie or Margherita Flatbreads•, Chili Nachos, Steak & Cheese Quesadilla• and Crispy Chicken Wings (all at $10 each). Soups offered are New England Clam Chowder, Chicken Tortilla and Chili (all at $4/$6 each depending on portion). Salads can make a meal, like the Greek• ($9), Peach Walnut•, Chicken Caesar• or Spinach (all at $10 each), plus Sesame Chicken or Cobb• ($11 each), South Beach or Citrus Chicken• ($12 each), and tops out with a Black & Bleu Filet Mignon Steak Salad ($15). For entrées they have Southern favorites like Chicken & Biscuits ($11), Shrimp & Cheesy Grits ($11), Country Fried Chicken ($13), Country Fried Steak ($13), Fish & Chips ($13), Chicken Enchiladas ($16), Braised Mango-Lime Chicken Breast ($16), Grilled Salmon ($16), Orange Mahi-Mahi ($17), 7 oz. Grilled Top Sirloin ($18) and the top shelf item of Twin 4 oz. Filets ($19). All entrées come with a starch and vegetable. A cup of soup or side salad is $3 extra. There is Pasta too, like good ol' Spaghetti & Meatballs ($11), Chicken Alfredo ($11), Chicken Parm. ($13), Shrimp Scampi ($14), Steak Rigatoni ($16) and Linguine Beef Stir Fry Bowl ($16). For lighter appetites and lunch-friendly meals, they offer 4 different Wraps, on 3 different flavored tortillas, like Chicken Caesar•, Buffalo Chicken•, Santa-Fe Turkey• and Apple Bacon Turkey• (all at $9 each). The sandwich board is populated with such plates as a Veggie Burger ($9 each), Grilled Chicken• ($9), Meatball Sub ($9), Reuben• ($9), Build-A-Burger• ($10), Gluten-Free Burger ($10), Fried Chicken ($10), Philly Cheese Steak ($11), California Club ($11), Honey-Lime Shrimp Tacos ($11) and Grilled Mahi-Mahi• ($13). These lighter meals are all served with your choice of a side dish that could be Fries, Yukon Mashed, Baked Potato, Rice, Roasted Beets, Grits, Slaw or Fruit, among others. The meal isn't over until you enjoy Apple Pie•, Caramel or Chocolate Cheesecake• or Key Lime Pie• (all $7 each). The menu does a good job of denoting vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Wine List sports 5 house wines at $4/glass and premiums with familiar labels like Alamos, Clifford Bay, Columbia Valley, Edna Valley, Round Hill and Mark West. Those run $5.50-8.50/glass or $18-30/bottle. Full bar with concoctions like the Country Club Cooler, Flaming Coconut, Salted Carmel Apple Martini, Run Runner and a Classic Mojito (all $6-7 each) makes a trip to the inside/outside bar a destination in itself. Happy Hour runs all day to 5 PM that averages $2 off each drink. "Loyal Tee" Club. Occasional entertainment. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Neil Hartsel, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Gail Hallmark, manager here; James Graham Pyles, general manager here; Jim Haghayegh, group operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner, along with Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners, here and at Evans Prairie, Bonifay and Belle Glade Country Clubs.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) We all had nice meals. Our cocktails were on Happy Hour and were good but not very strong. We started with the Margherita Flatbread ($10) which was nicely done with lots of basil. Some of us had the Steak Rigatoni ($16), Black and Bleu Steak Salad ($15), Chicken Enchiladas ($16), Shrimp and Grits ($11) and Simple Salmon Filet ($16). The pasta dish, beef salad and salmon were hits. The Enchiladas were deemed skimpy on the chicken and the Shrimp and Grits, although good, were rather bland. Both would not be ordered again by those diners. We did not try their soup or small salads. A slice of Key Lime Pie ($7) and Caramel Cheesecake ($7) were sweet and enjoyable. The consensus was that the prices are in line with the other Fresh Made Kitchen country clubs but may be deemed too high for the frequent diner residents on the "historic side". We had Leslie for our server. She was very friendly, professional, polite and was very well trained. She seemed very experienced and confident at this job and knew the new menu well. She had lots of extra dishes for our Bread Sticks, Flatbread and desserts too. She looked to see if everyone had the correct utensils, filled water glasses and took and served the orders from the ladies first. Great job! Not many restaurants do this dining etiquette properly. We'd ask for her station next time we come back. In all, an enjoyable meal in a much different place than OBHCC used to be.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 13½ Stars AARP Card Video Video Gluten Free Menu Outback Steakhouse (The Villages), 710 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-2590. (Steakhouse) L/D. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Aussie style steakhouse provided by a large international franchise chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. and based in Tampa, FL. Victoria's Crowned Filet topped with Bleu Cheese ($20-25) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($19) are favorites. Strips Steaks ($21), Prime Minister's Prime Rib ($16-21) and a 20 oz. Porterhouse ($25) are also available. Shrimp Pasta ($14) and Alice Springs Chicken ($14) are offered for non-beef eaters. Finish the meal with Sydney's Sinful Sundae. The Bloomin' Onion made them famous. "No Rules - Just Right". Most entrées range from $11 to $25 each. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Attractive Happy Hour until 7 PM. Call ahead take-out available. Opens at 11 AM now. Call ahead seating. 15% off food portion of the bill, Monday through Thursday dinner or any lunch hour, by showing your current AARP membership card. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Pam Murphy, proprietor; Philip Leboeuf, manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/10) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from William M. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from James D. 6/13) Had cocktails, salad, Ribeye Steak and veggies. Except for the cocktails (which tasted like water), our service and food was outstanding. Cost for us was $54.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11½ Stars Palmer Legends Country Club, 1635 Palmer Way, The Villages, FL. 750-4499. (American) (Steakhouse) L/D. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, except opens at noon on Sunday. To start the meal, Legends Creamy Crab Bisque ($5/$8) is popular here, as are Artichokes French ($7) and Baked Brie Encroute ($10). Specializes in hand cut steaks, prime rib and fresh seafood. Mahi Mahi ($16), Seared Ahi Tuna ($20), Poached Salmon ($18), Mustard Glazed Pork Chop ($18), 12 oz. New York Strip ($24), 14 oz. Delmonico Ribeye ($26), 12 oz. New Zealand Lamb Rack ($24), 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($29), 22 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Steak ($39) and a Chateaubriand For Two ($69) can usually be found on the menu, as well as Surf and Turf combinations. Other dishes like Chicken or Veal Marsala ($18), Sautéed Mussels ($16) and Palmer Stuffed Chicken ($18) can also be found. Arnie's Classic Burger ($8) is a popular light meal. Desserts offered include Apple Cobbler ($8), Chocolate Trilogy ($7) and a Mile High Key Lime Pie ($6). A Summer Special might be offered including a bottle of wine, shared appetizer, two salads, two entrées from a limited selection and a shared dessert for a bargain price around $50 between 3 and 9 PM. Twin Lobster Tail dinner offered during lobster season for $23. Fine dining atmosphere, plus the bar lounge. Breezeway dining available also. Full bar with Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Wine list features many California wines. Champagne available. Open Thanksgiving Day, 11 AM to 9 PM, by reservation only. Gary Felder, chef; Chad Strausbaugh, general manager. Developer owned.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 1/07) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Arline B. 1/07) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 7/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/09) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bill M. 7/11) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) We enjoyed the service Caitlin and the staff provided. It was very prompt, almost too prompt as the entrée arrived at the last bite of my wife's salad. My Salmon was excellently cooked, as were the sides. My wife had the Lobster Pasta which had a much creamier sauce than advertised. I believe they used the sundried tomato sauce from the shrimp dish, but we didn't make the connection until we looked at the take away menu at home. Our tab with 2 drinks was $66.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Robert F. 12/13) Christmas Eve and the place was at capacity. Our server was Brittany, she was attentive, gracious, professional and did not make us feel anything but welcome. Because we waited until the last minute to make our reservation, we were advised on the telephone that we would be seated on the patio which was tented, with heaters. It was comfortable and pleasant. We started with Artichoke Francaise and my spouse followed that with the Duck, which was finished to perfection. I had a 14 oz. Delmonico Ribeye that was the best steak I have had in my seven years as a Villager. Our meals were accompanied with a fully loaded Baked Potato, Asparagus, Béarnaise Sauce and two glasses of wine each. It was a perfect meal. The cost amounted to $95. Our server Brittany, made it feel like a family get together.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) From an ambience standpoint, probably Palmer dining room will be next in line to Legacy restaurant. We didn't care for the table they initially provided by the pathway to the kitchen. With a little wait to clear the next table, they gave us the booth we desired. At $102, the tab was a bit steep for three but my wife enjoyed her Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon special. Our guest had a Pasta and I had Muscles and Clams Pasta. It wasn't quite al dente and the pasta was not imported from Italy but it was OK. Thought a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from Rodney Strong was a bit high at $35. Wonder if they can't find one from New Zealand Marborough area at around $30.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Janice T. 4/14) We had reservations for 8 and were seated promptly when we arrived. The round table for us was great, except that it was in the bar, which is noisy. Our server, Lexi served us well. I had the Cedar Planked Salmon, which was cooked perfectly ($20) and he had the Tuscan Pork Chop ($19), also cooked perfectly. We both enjoyed our meals. Others had Duck, Veal Marsala, Pasta with Chicken, a Salmon special, a grilled Chicken Sandwich and another Cedar Salmon like mine. Everyone also enjoyed their meals. Our meals and 2 Teas came to $44 not including t&t. In my opinion, even though everything was great, their prices are way to high. We will return, probably for a special occasion.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) We were with the Overseas Living Group of 62 in a private room. Unfortunately the acoustics were so bad, we couldn't have a decent conversation. This is still one of the best restaurants here. I had Duck l'Orange, which was quite good but their Baked Potato was bland and watery. What happened to the potatoes of Omaha? My wife had Cod Piccata which she said was very tasty. Our server, Nellie, was very nice and efficient. Although it was a few minutes past the Happy Hour, she was able to slip us in. Both our house Pinot Grigio and Merlot were quite drinkable. Total bill without the drinks came to $52.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 11½ Stars Video Free WiFi Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Spanish Springs), 1181 Main St., The Villages, FL. 750-3909. (Cafe) (Deli) B/L/D. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. Serving sandwiches, salads and soups as well as bakery items. Salads include Grilled Chicken Caesar, Fuji Apple Chicken, Asian Sesame Chicken and others. Hot Paninis like Turkey-Artichoke and Frontaga Chicken are also offered. Crispanis are a new pizza-like item. Soups include Broccoli Cheddar, French Onion and Baked Potato. Counter service only; no bar. Free Wi-Fi. A second location is in Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets in 37 states based in Richmond Heights, MO. Tamra Fink, shift manager; David Gager, general manager; Mark Mulbarger, director; Covelli Family, franchisees based in Tampa, FL.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 3/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Wendell S. 11/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar Video Free WiFi Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Lake Sumter Landing), 1000 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 750-1545. (Cafe) (Deli) B/L/D. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. This new Panera Bread is located at the former Veranda on the first floor of the Sales Center at Market Square. Officially opened April 27, 2011. This is the second Covelli Family franchise location in The Villages (see that listing). Serving sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as bakery items, seven days a week. Counter service only, free WiFi, no bar but additional booths and more comfortable seating here. One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets based near St. Louis, MO. Mark Mulbarger, director; Kevin Ricci, managing partner here.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) I had ½ Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich and a bowl of Chicken and Rice Soup. It's nice that they gave me belated birthday pastry for free. I also liked their sandwich. My pet peeve is with many restaurants including this place, where their Soup is too salty. Are the cooks getting tongue deaf? Couldn't believe how salty the soup was. Sodium is not good, so I'd prefer adding on my own. Especially at fast food places, many sometimes dump salt on whatever they are preparing. I didn't return the Soup but left it there; but I should have.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar Free WiFi Coming Soon Peach Valley Café (The Villages), Brownwood Paddock Square (exact address TBD), The Villages, FL. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. This, primarily, breakfast café noted for Buttermilk Biscuits, Omelets, Benedicts, Waffles, Stuffed French Toast, Pancakes, Wraps, Soups, Chili, Burgers, Patty Melts, and other breakfast and lunch style items, will add dinner entrées to its large menu like Stuffed Pork Chops, Chicken Pot Pie, Shrimp & Grits, Fish Tacos, Country Fried Steak, Fried Chicken and even Meatloaf when it opens in mid-2015. Kids menu available. Also, it will be the first location in the small 6-location chain, based in Ormond Beach, FL. to have a full bar. Other locations include Gainesville, Orlando and Ormond Beach (see that listing). Stonewood Holdings, the parent company, also operates the Stonewood Grill & Tavern chain of restaurants.


Avatar Video Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (La Plaza Grande), 905 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 751-0197. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. Opens at 6 AM daily; closes at 11 PM or later. Open Christmas Day. Breakfast served all day. Noted for pancakes and egg dishes. Bakery items also available. Large American menu. Beer and wine available. One of a well known nationwide chain of 500 locations based in Memphis, TN. Bruce Petlock, manager. This one, corporate owned.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/07) Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar Video Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (Buffalo Ridge), 4110 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-0492. (American) (Breakfast) B/L/D. Located in the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Center. Hours are 6 AM to 11 PM daily. This second location in front of WalMart on CR 466 opened in 2007. Large American menu. Breakfast and bakery items available all day. Beer and wine available. One of a well known chain based in Memphis, TN. Corporate owned location. Bruce Petlock, manager.



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Avatar The Pub, 890 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 753-0043. (Sports Bar) L/D. Formerly called Crazy Gringos, then Tony Packo's, it changed it's name again in June 2011 to The Pub. Behind and part of the Fiesta Bowl. Popular bar serving Burgers, Wings, Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers and other pub favorites. Noted for their Toledo style Hot Dogs, Stuffed Cabbage and Fried Pickles. Crowded on weekends 'til late. Karaoke almost every night. Full bar. Darrell & Larry Ducat, owners.



Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Red Lobster (The Villages), 3830 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-1482. (Seafood) L/D. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened January 26, 2009. The popular chain offers fresh seafood such as Salmon, Haddock, Mahi, Trout and Grouper, to name a few "fresh catches". Snow Crab Legs, Lobster & Seafood Mixed Grill, Crab Linguini Alfredo and of course, Live Maine Lobster too, usually about $25 for a "chicken" (1¼ pounders). Many fried meals are available like Shrimp and Clam Strips. Broiled fish such as Farm-Raised Catfish, Seafood-Stuffed Flounder and a Platter of Bay Scallops, Garlic Shrimp and Fish Filet are also on the menu. Steak and Chicken main dishes available for land lovers. New items like Caribbean Rock Lobster and Shrimp at $23, Hawaiian Isles Shrimp and Salmon at $17.50 and Island Citrus Rum Shrimp and Scallops also at $17.50 have been added to the menu. Many meals are combination plates and the menu is vast. Wood fired grills are new here. "Light House Selections" focus on low fat, low calorie and low carb offerings. Clam Chowder, Seafood Gumbo and Potato Bacon are the usual soups available. Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Wave and New York Style Cheesecake are popular for dessert. Entrées range from $11 to $29 or more. Full bar. Ask about drink special pricing. Bar Harbor fishing village theme. Another Red Lobster location is in Leesburg (see that listing). 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Originally developed by Bill Darden in Lakeland in 1968, over 650 locations nationwide, still operate as a division of Darden Restaurants of Sentinel. Jason Adams, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Roberta M. 1/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bill S. 5/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from James D. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Max B. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Eric O. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Janice T. 4/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 11½ Stars Video redsauce, 1000 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 750-2930. (Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Open 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and 4 to 9 PM for dinner. Formerly Dominic's Ristorante, this location reopened as another Italian restaurant. Basic New York style Italian dishes from tried and true recipes are offered for lunch and dinner. Outside seating and popular bar. Veal dishes are no longer on their menu. Eggplant Parmesan is popular at $14. You'll find various Chicken preparations like Parmesan, Brick, Piccata, Marsala and Francaise, all ranging $17-18 each. They offer Pork Osso Bucco at $17 and Chianti Braised Beef at $19. Shrimp Scampi runs $17, while Pan Seared Grouper is $24. At the premium end they serve Grilled Chicken ($18), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($18), Glazed Salmon ($19), Broiled Cod ($19), Grilled Pork Chop ($21), 10 oz. NY Sirloin Strip ($22), 12 oz. Black Angus Ribeye ($23) and a 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($24), all with a vegetable and starch. The Pasta dishes include Campanelle Primavera, Orcchiette with Prosciutto, Fettuccinie Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Penne with Vodka Sauce, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna, Seafood Spaghetti, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce, Garganelli with Sausage and Cavatappi with Chicken all ranging $13-18 each for the full portion and some $7-9 each for the small portion. Basic Spaghetti and Meat Balls is $7 or $13 for half or full portion. Pizzas also available at $11-15 each. A popular side dish, Lobster Mac & Cheese, adds $9. You can also find Arancini ($8), Chicken Livers ($9), Little Neck Clams ($9), Calamari ($9), Mussels ($11), Beef Carpaccio ($12) and Shrimp Cocktail ($12) for appetizers, among others. Side salads are $4 extra. Large Garden Salad ($6), Caesar Salad ($6), Arugala Salad ($8), Iceberg Wedge ($8) and Chopped Antipasto Salad ($8) make a meal by itself. Pleasant semi-casual atmosphere; full bar with Happy Hour. Wine list ranges from $10-80 per bottle and $4.50 to $9 per glass. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Kasey Nesselrotte, Manager; Albany transplants, Rick Dadeo and Dannny Petrosino, owners.

Older Review: (from Andrea G. 1/09) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 1/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Robert F. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Daniel G. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gloria K. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/09) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Kenneth M. 12/10) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Janice T. 6/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/12) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) We were seated outside quickly at 5 PM and our waiter, James, took our drink order right a way. I had a Tuscan Sun Martini and my partner had a White Wine. Since we were not very hungry I ordered an Iceberg Wedge and an appetizer of Fried Chicken Livers. The salad was wonderful and much larger than I anticipated. It had very fresh greens and the dressing was not overwhelming, which is often the case. The Chicken Livers were delicious and were very plentiful for an appetizer. He had a side Garden Salad and half an order of Vodka Penne. They were both very good. I appreciate a restaurant that offers a half portion for those times I am less hungry. The total was $43 before tip and tax. James did a fine job.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) We were there for a party for 20 in their private room. The restaurant was less than half full on a Sunday evening at 6 PM before Christmas. Remy was our only server. He did a pretty good job alone. I ordered the Ziti with Prosciutto in a Vodka Cream Sauce. No salad was served. The bread was good but not fully cooked and doughy. Our meals came out surprisingly fast. Mine was over cooked and there was no Prosciutto in it that I could see. She had Chicken Primavera. She found 3 small pieces of chicken. Not a memorable meal at all. We were treated but I could see there's little value. We've had better here.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) For our large group of 28, we were able to get their private room where four round tables were set up. For our table of 8, we had a very efficient server, Nyoka. We liked her very much. I ordered Caramari. It wasn't bad but I've had better in The Villages. For my entrée, I had half order of Tortellini a la Crema. It was quite good but the Tortellini had meat inside. My wife enjoyed her Scampi. Tab came to $42.57 without drinks. These days we like Gin & Tonic using Beafeater rather than Tanquery. Over all we had a good time.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Ricciardi's Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 391-9939. (Italian) (Pizza) L/D. Opened January 22, 2014, it's located opposite the west side of Paddock Square in Brownwood. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM or later, daily. The interior is 5,000 s.f., including a semi-private dining room, with another 2,000 s.f. of patio space outside. Total seating is about 250 patrons. An outdoor bar is included. Large waiting foyer with an open pizza kitchen greets patrons. A hidden wine rack flanks the entrance to the dining area. Booths, high tops and table seating are surrounded by modern walnut and tan Italian décor, topped by a dark barreled ceiling and wrought iron fixtures. Large tables can accomodate 10-12. Most dishes are made from "scratch" with fresh ingredients. They offer 30 Gourmet Pizzas ranging from $8.50 for the 10" Cheese, to $14 for the Pizza Sofia. A wide range of pastas are offered, like Pasta Marinara ($12), Pasta Bolognese ($14), Linguini with Red or White Clam Sauce ($16), Rigatoni alla Vodka ($16) and Fettuccine al Salmone ($17). Baked Rigatoni ($14), Manicotti ($14) and Lasagna ($15) are also on the menu, as is Eggplant Parm. ($16), Veal Parm. ($17) and Eggplant Strati ($20). A dozen Chicken dishes run $16-19 each, like Chicken Sorrentino. The chef's specials are Baked Rigatoni Rustica ($16), Shrimp and Scallops Juliana ($20) and Grilled Salmon Piccata ($21). A Zuppa di Pesce ($21) is also featured. Most entrées come with soup or salad. Strombolis and Calzones run $8.50 to $12. Eight different salads, like Nocciola and Gorgonzola ($10), are featured, as is Greens 'n Beans ($6), Fried Calamari ($10), Bruscetta ($11) and Antipastos ($11) as appetizers. Desserts include Cannolis, New York Style Cheesecake and Mille-Foglie (Napoleon). Children's menu runs $6-8. Cappuccino and Espresso, of course. Full bar with an extensive wine list. Eleven white wines by the glass from a $5 Sauvignon Blanc to a $10 Blackburn Chardonnay and fourteen red wines by the glass from a $6 Chianti Rigoletto to a $12 Chianti Classico give a very wide choice for all œnophiles. Over 30 are offered by the bottle too, ranging from $21 to $90 for the Brunello di Montalcino (Sangiovese). 5 Beers are on tap including Italian Peroni. Happy Hour daily 11 AM - 6 PM; $4 Bloody Marys or Mimosas on weekends before 6 PM too. Corkage fee $8. Reservations accepted. Scott Fender, chef; Lee Maddy, manager; Doug Maniscalco, business partner; Michael and Joe Liguori, father and son owners, here and at Pizzeria Valdiano in Winter Park.

Review: (from Sheldon F. 1/14) There is no question that The Villages has taken a step up the "Gourmet Ladder" with the opening of Ricciardi's Italian Table. The ambience, the décor, the service and especially the taste are all top notch. The two owners, both known in the Maitland and the Winter Park area, came to the table twice to check on things and to chat a while. We had reservations for 7 people at 5:30 PM, arrived shortly before hand and were seated in the rear of the restaurant almost immediately. Most of the large tables are located in an area which can be sealed off for private parties. Fellow diners were already waiting, the inside lounge was full from the time we arrived until approximately 7 PM. It was too cold for the outside lounge, tables, and sofa area. All of the meals were plentiful and absolutely great, from the Veal Parmigiano to the Chicken Masala, to the Chicken Francaise. The menu was varied and contained an entire page of specialty pizzas. Our dessert was a wonderful Cheesecake, easily shared by two or three, plus Cappuccino, which was rated average. Everything else was outstanding, well served at the same time and complimented by all. Two meals, 2 drafts, 1 dessert and 1 cappuccino was $51 before t&t and worth every penny.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Barry F. 1/14) Our dinner last evening included a Chicken Pasta dish and Pizza. It was excellent. We were told the wait would be one hour, but were seated early. The manager gave us a special booth and he seated us followed by a young, very courteous hostess with menus. The owner and his son came by to say hello - a very nice touch. My wife spoke Italian to both of the owners! The service was impeccable, always asking if we needed something. This will attract folks interested in a fine evening including superb food. An exquisite wine list! Congrats to a superb establishment in just a few days that they have been open!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan G.. 1/14) A delight here. This restaurant will definitely be in the running for best one in The Villages. We had no reservations, told it would be 40 minute wait. We opted to have a drink at the bar stools. Two of the three Merlots, they were out of. The waitress said they were so busy since opening Wednesday, many items were sold out. We had our drinks that were promptly served. We waited about 30 minutes and got our table. While waiting we talked with the manager, an impressive background. I had the Veal Parmigiano, my wife had the grilled Salmon Piccata, both came with Pasta. A Salad came with the meal. Both entrées were served hot and well apportioned. Our friends also had the Veal Parm. and Pasta with Red Clam Sauce. My dinner was $17; the Salmon was $21. The owner and his father came over to our table several times. My wife made a suggestion to also have Grilled Vegetables as a choice. Our bill came to $41. All diners were exceedingly happy with food and service.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/14) Our third time here and they are running smoothly. Got here early, about 4:15 PM and we still had a short wait. Outside bar was busy, so we sat at the bar inside. Ashley took care of us and we ordered two Blackburn Cabs ($10 each). They have no Happy Hour here! Within 15 minutes, our table was ready. Tanya was our waitress. She was polite and business-like. Michael made the rounds as usual. My better half had Ravioli Ashley ($16) and I stuck with Lasagna ($15). We both had small Caesar Salads with dressing on the side. She raved about her cheesy Raviolis, which looked home-made. My Lasagna was good and I was surprised to find a bed of Spinach on the bottom. Both meals were hot and fully cooked. We each took home part of our meal. Total with the wines was $51 before t&t. The servers need name tags so we can have a better rapport with our favorites. They are well trained and all chip in to buss dirty plates quickly. High marks for that.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 2/14) We made reservations for 18 two weeks ago for a 6 PM dinner. We were met at the door by the manager, Lee, and seated promptly. We had two waitresses, Jenni and Candi, who were assigned to our group and kept everything hopping. They were quick, responsive, and courteous. I had Tortellini Carbonara and my wife had Chicken Marsala. Both entrées were perfectly cooked and delicious. The other members in our party couldn't say enough good things about the taste of the food and service. Bills ran about $40-$60 for each couple including drinks and tax. The only concern we had was the small room in the back for private parties had poor acoustics for conversation. All in all though, an excellent experience for everyone and we will all be back soon!
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/14) We arrived at 4 PM and had a few minutes wait for a booth for 6 (#43). Noelle was our server. Our friends ordered Iced Tea but we ordered a bottle of Blackburn Cab/Sauv ($32). They had two high-priced specials at $25, Rib Eye and Blackened Grouper. We all shared a Calamari appetizer ($10) that was very good. I had the Tortelloni Carbonara ($16) and my better half had the Ravioli Ashley ($16). Both were very good but mine was only luke warm. The others had Pasta Fagioli ($5) to start, Chicken Francese ($18), Fettuccine al Salmone ($17), Chicken Cacciatore ($18) and Chicken Saltimbocca ($18). Only the Francese and Fettuccine with Salmon was deemed worthy. The other dishes just acceptable. Noelle did an excellent job, professional, friendly, polite and efficient. She checked back on us a number of times. Was busy by 5:30 when we left. Our total would have been $64 before t&t for wine and 2 entrées. Adds up fast and no Happy Hour here. Based on a luke warm meal and a few reporting mediocre dishes, we have to rate the Quality only 4 tonight.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/14) Lunch for four around 1:15 PM. Immediate seating. Friendly, attentive waiter; he actually waited for a break in our conversation to intercede. Meals are good and plenty. Main courses come with soup or ample salad, and no extra charge for blue cheese, plus warm rolls and pasta. Their homemade sauce is clingy and delicious. Two had Veal Scallopini; two had special Chicken dishes. All marveled at quality, taste, quantity and service. 4 shared a remarkable Tiramisu. Other's commented about being too expensive are way off base to us. This is quality stuff and quality service. You get what you pay for and this is a good deal by any measure. Our guests treated.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 2/14) I was with a neighborhood group of 13 for lunch. We were seated in the back room with two additional groups. I don't know why this was done as the rest of the restaurant was not crowded. The noise level was unbearable. Conversation was not possible. I could barely hear the person on either side of me. My service rating below does not reflect on the level of service from our server, Allison. She was very good and did a remarkable job based on the fact that she was our only server and received no help from the several servers that seemed to be milling about near the kitchen and elsewhere. And she had no control over the food preparation. An hour after we had been there and ordered, we had water, iced tea and bread. The bread was unremarkable. When one of the diners inquired if the food would soon be ready, she was told "not yet". About 1½ hours after arrival, we were served. I had the Portobello Panini. It was decent. That seemed to be the general feeling. I asked one diner how her Pizza was and she said "edible". Before tax and tip, my bill was $12. I dine out often with groups, often larger than this one. I know the difficulty of serving larger groups and the kitchens getting slammed with so many orders at once. But, I have never had this kind of waiting. I will never suggest this restaurant. Really disappointed since I had heard such rave reviews. One diner was going to ask the manager what happened, but he was talking to other patrons, so we just left.
Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Janice T. 2/14) We had reservations for 7 PM and were seated promptly when we arrived. Our table for 8 was in the back room. The entire time we were there, we couldn't hear anything anyone said at our table. It was horrible. I had the Eggplant Parm. because they ran out of the other eggplant dish that I really had a desire for. My dinner was cold when it arrived at the table. I sent it back and it came back hot. However, everyone else was more than half way through their meals at that time. The meal tasted OK. Portion size was very small for $16. My husband had the Tortellini Carbonara and said it was delicious (and hot). Meals came with a salad or soup. Another couple at our table had a Pizza that also came out cold. Our bill with two soft drinks came to $39. A lot of money in my opinion for a noisy place with OK food. We will try coming again, perhaps it was a bad night for them, but will not sit in that room. The noise level was extremely distressing.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Our friends wanted to go to this new restaurant. Was a bit apprehensive about new restaurants until they settle down but was pleasantly surprised tonight. Had to wait 20 minutes but since we went there around 8 PM, like European eating hours, the wait was not long. I gave the waiter a little hard time but they handled it with flying colors. First was the house red wine. Was surprised that they were offering Pinot Noir as one of their two house reds. I was going for the safer Cabernet but waiter recommended Pinot at $6. She even said if it is not to my liking I can change. I tasted it and it was value for money. She knew what she was talking about. I chose their Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta but asked whether they could not add aioli sauce. After checking with the kitchen, our waiter said they could. Another win for them. Pasta was pretty good but though it should be al dente, it was not. The ladies had Mussels and though they said Bonefish Grill's were better, they still liked it. My friend had Fettuchini Alfredo and he thought it was great. Was eggy. Look forward to trying it as I love Alfredo. Kevin was a great server and at $31, I thought the check was quite reasonable. Also, had a taste of their Bruschetta our friends ordered. Although it was not like the ones I had in Tuscany, it wasn't bad at all.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) Our server, Tracy, was friendly and attentive, but her training on the menu was weak. My Pizza, Clams Casino was fine, crust very good, clam taste was lacking. Other entrée was Eggplant Strati with Pasta. The dish wasn't as tasty as its description and could have used more Marinara Sauce. Price with 3 Happy Hour drinks and 2 entrées was $42. I'll probably return because it is convenient, but not that excited about my first experience. Hopefully better next time.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sherry W. 4/14) The Pizza was standout for the second time. Excellent crust and very reasonable toppings. We had the Pasta Luca. It was a large portion with a good helping of Sausage and Peppers. It was very sweet, and it was tasty. We took half of each meal home. The service was good. The bill for 2 lunch entrees with 2 sodas was $33.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Riccardi's food is quite good, maybe a little salty. I particularly like their Pizzas. The service was quite good from Mallory, though water refills simply weren't offered. The issue here, particularly for groups in the back room, is NOISE, repeat NOISE. Please put up some curtains or something to absorb the sound. I won't take a group back there, my ears hurt, communicating was IMPOSSIBLE. Tab for 2 was $46 for 2 entrées, 4 Happy Hour drinks, and an Iced Tea.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) This was our fifth visit here and one more memorable dinner. We love the minimalist décor and the emphasis on fresh ingredients. We walked in at 5:45 and were told it would be 25 to 30 minutes. We sat in the bar and ordered drinks (Happy Hour prices) and were seated within 15 minutes. We had some catching up to do with the other couple and didn't look at the menu. Our server, Gregory, approached us several times to ask if we were ready to order, and after 3 or 4 times, took our orders. He explained the specials and the preparation of each dish thoroughly. I had a Tuna Special of the night which I requested to be done medium, rather than medium rare. It was served on Paparadelle Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Fresh Cherry Tomatoes in a light cream sauce with Crab and it was delicious. My husband had a wonderful Rigatoni Pasta Bolognese which smelled (and tasted) wonderful. We spoke with Scott (Chef) afterwards and he told us that he uses a recipe that he's used for 14 years - it is a keeper! Our Caesar Salads were crisp with light dressing which left the vegetables crisp. We took home about half of each entrée. Total cost for 2 entrées, 2 Martinis and 2 glasses of Chardonnay was $55. The only negative was that it took nearly an hour for our food to be served.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) I went there with my wife and another couple. My wife had Baked Rigatoni ($14), and I had Chicken Sorrentino ($19). She had two glasses of Wine and I had Iced Tea. Everything was excellent! Our waiter, John, was very good and attentive. We even had a visit from the owner, Joe, we told him the food was very good. Our bill before t&t was $43 which I thought was very reasonable for what we had.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 10 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, 1015 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 751-6935. (American) L/D. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM and midnight on Wednesday and Saturday. Breakfast offered off-season. Log cabin atmosphere but Florida style cuisine with tropical drinks. Noted for Coconut Shrimp, Gator Tail and Gator Tail Ice Cream Pie. Flatiron steaks, Tequila Chicken, Bar-b-cue Rum Shrimp, Sesame Orange Shrimp and Sliders are some of their newer items. Family friendly. Lakeside dining available. Karaoke Party 9 PM Wednesday and Saturday in the winter months. Full bar with tropical cocktails. Frequent diner club. Once part of a small Florida chain, now individually owned. Matt Strate, general manager. The local Graham family, owners.

Older Review: (from Jim C. 9/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mike M. 4/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/08) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gloria K. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Avatar 12½ Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Ruby Tuesday Restaurant (The Villages), 1168 Main St., The Villages, FL. 751-1801. (American) L/D. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily and to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday night. Noted for their gourmet Prime Burgers, Lump Crab Cakes, Baby Back Ribs and popular and extensive fresh Salad Bar. Some entrées include Steak & Lobster Tail, Asian Glazed Salmon, Herb Crusted Tilapia, Chicken Piccata, Louisiana Fried Shrimp, Cowboy Sirloin, Rib Eye as well as Chicken BLT, Avocado Turkey Burger and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Gluten free information available on their website. Patio is now Non-Smoking. Full bar with happy hour all day. One of a large international chain of 900 locations based in Maryville, TN., formerly known as Morrison Restaurants. Online and phone reservations now available. Ray Manning, proprietor here; Anthony Guillory and Lindsay Sutton, managers.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 4/13) It wasn't busy. There were 8 of us and we asked for the large table outside. Although there were 3 or 4 host/hostess at the podium, it took more than 10 minutes to set up that table for us. The host was not able to turn on the ceiling fans for us. Joshua was our server. He took our drink orders promptly. There was much discussion about what coupons could be used. One of our friends asked him to have the manager put the coupon code in the computer and when he returned, he informed us that the coupon WAS valid on our friend's Sliders. I had a Red Sangrai ($5) and she had a Strawberry Bellini ($8). Happy Hour was not good on those drinks. The menu is very large. I had the Petite Sirloin and 3 Coconut Shrimp with Mashed and the Salad Bar ($15) and she had the Chicken Bella ($13) with Salad Bar and Veggies. Hers was fine and my meat was overcooked slightly and not very tender. The Shrimp was great. Josh was polite and tended to all our needs. With one drink each, two entrées and a $10 off coupon (and the tax on $10 too), our total was $33 before tip. Overall an OK meal.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/14) We were seated very promptly but in the corner booth in front, next to three tables of very loud ladies. Next time I'll ask for a different table. The waiter, John M., came immediately to our table to ask if we wanted something to drink. He was very polite. We ordered two Flatbreads, Iced Tea and I had Hot Tea. The Flatbreads were very good but it took a long time to get them. They were $9 each. Drinks were $2.49 each. We had a coupon for Buy One - Get One At 50% Off, but they said (after we had eaten) that Flatbreads weren't considered a "meal", so we couldn't use that coupon but they did take the $3.00 off coupon. So our total before t&t was $20.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) I had Jamie for my server and she did a very good job, checking back on me often. I had the large pour Penfolds Shiraz ($8.50); it's not often you see this wine on a menu. I also had the Bacon Cheeseburger on a Pretzel Bun ($10.50) and a trip to the Salad Bar ($3). The salads were ice cold and a wide variety. I love the Spinach and the Macaroni and Potato Salads as well as Beets and Cottage Cheese. I could hardly finish my meal. Nice here when it's not too crowded. My total for one person was $22 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 14 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Sakura Sushi and Grill (Colony Plaza), 265 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-7393. (Asian) L/D. Located behind McDonald's off CR 466A. Changing its name from Sakura Japanese Restaurant. Open daily; Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 3-10 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available all day from 11:30 AM on. Officially opened February 4, 2010. Inviting, pleasant, warm décor. This is not a Teppan-yaki style restaurant, rather a Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. A very wide variety of unusual items are offered. One dozen appetizers, like Mango Shrimp or Crispy Calamari run $3-8 each. Three dozen Rolls like California, Salmon, or Tuna &Avocado Rolls are $3-6 each. Bento Box Dinners ($19) include soup, salad, fried rice, Gyoza, Shumai and a selection of 15 main dishes, are featured here. Tempura items like Shrimp or Chicken run $11-16 each. Many Japanese Noodle Dishes ($11-15) are also available. So is Donburi ($13). Hibachi dishes, served with soup and salad and fried rice, are popular, like Chicken, Red Snapper, Shrimp & Scallops or even Twin Lobster Tails, and run $12-28 each. Many Teriyaki dishes from Tofu to Flounder are also offered at $12-20 including soup, salad and rice. Complete Sushi and Sashimi offerings include traditional Tuna, Striped Bass, Mackerel, Sea Urchin a nd Tobiko listed at $4-7 each. Sakura makes two dozen Specialty Rolls ($9-13) like Gazala, Dream, White Dragon, Ocean and Volcano. Luncheon offerings are less expensive, typically $6-9 each. Even Tempura Ice Cream or Tempura Banana occupy the dessert section on the menu. Imported and domestic beer and wine are available. Happy Hour until 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas Day, regular hours. Closed Thanksgivings and Labor Day. Watch for coupons in Thursday's Daily Sun. A second location is in La Plaza Grande (see that listing). Jing Guo, sushi chef; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ray O. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Sheila R. 6/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Queenie was our server. Between us we had 3 Beringer Cabs ($6 each). He had the Shrimp Katsu Dinner ($16) and I had the Shrimp and Avocado Roll ($5) plus my favorite, the Duck Rolls ($10). Everything is very good and nicely presented. Queenie did a good job. Our total was $50 before the Buffalo Discount.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 1/14) We had the Pork Katsu dinner and the Tempura dinner. Outside of Bento Box, this is our safest routine at this restaurant. For someone who lived and travelled in Japan extensively, finding good Japanese restaurant in The Villages is hard. These plates are not authentic but come close and given no alternative, we are beginning to enjoy these dishes on occasions. They do a pretty good job with White Rice that goes with these dishes. The Japanese restaurants now here reminds me of Chop Suey period of Chinese restaurants or Meatball and Spaghetti of Italian restaurants of the 50s. One does get used to what's available and begins to enjoy.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) For a little exotic food and quiet, I visit this place. While most Village restaurants are noisy, this place is quiet. It doesn't have the Teppanyaki Grills of the other Sakura, so it almost has the Zen like atmosphere. You can have conversation here though the place is small. The $10 Bento Box is very reasonable for lunch which includes Soup and Salad. I had a favorite Katsu Box of Fried Pork. I also like Shrimp Tempura Box lunch. There are six compartments to the box. Six slices of lightly battered Pork, 4 California Rolls with Ginger, 2 Dumplings, Fried Rice, a small place to put Soy Sauce and a few slices of Orange. You'll get a different sauce for the Pork. Aline was my server and did a good job. At $9, can't beat it.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 5/14) When we were in the DC area last month, and we visited so many good authentic Japanese restaurants. Having said that, we are getting used to this place especially Pork Katsu and Vegetable Tempura. In fact many restaurants that offer Onion Rings around here can learn from them. As part of the Vegetable Tempura there was one Fried Onion Ring. It was relatively lightly fried and the Onions were very juicy. We are beginning to like their soup, though it's not Japanese. We are still waiting for an Authentic Japanese Sushi restaurant though and also a Korean one.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 12½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (La Plaza Grande), 1104 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-8864. (Asian) (Grill) L/D. Located where the Beijing Garden Restaurant, New China Buffet and Empress Pavilion were once located near Publix. Opened November 19, 2012. The hours are: Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 4-9 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available from Noon to 9 PM. They offer the same items as the Colony Plaza location plus teppanyaki meals on the grill. Bento Boxes are popular at $19 each and are served with soup, salad, two pieces of Gyoza and two pieces of Shumai, plus Rice and two choices of items like Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon or Snapper Teriyaki; Shrimp or Chicken Tempura; Pork or Chicken Katsu and others. Hibachi dinners from the kitchen run $12 for Vegetables to $27 for Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. Katsu dinners are also popular and run $15 for Chicken to $18 for Scallops. Tempura dinners run $12 to $18. Beef Negimaki is also offered at $16. Plus there's a whole host of Sushi and Sashimi under $8 and Rolls under $6.50 . Deep Fried Sushi like the Tuna Crunch Roll, for example, is $9. Japanese Soba or Udon Noodle dishes run $12-16 each. Lunch items run $6-12 each. Full bar at this location with 2 for 1 Happy Hour, all day before 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas Day, regular hours. Closed Thanksgivings and Labor Day. Full bar here. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. J. R. Castaneda, manager; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David L. 1/13) Had a wonderful dining experience at the new Sakura with family members who picked up the check. We were immediately seated at a horseshoe table with 2 cooktops and 2 chefs. We had Michael who put on quite a show for all. The restaurant is beautiful with delecious and plentiful food from start to filling finish. The only item lacking was the servers not coming around to ask anybody if they would care to order more drinks of any kind. However, we would recommend Sakura to anybody and we're sure that this place will last a long time.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) It was about 5:30 PM and Spanish Springs was packed with the Cruise-In, so we drove over here and got in without a wait. Between us we had Unsweet Tea, House Pinot Noir (2 for 1), and two Bento Boxes of Shrimp Teriyaki and Chicken Katsu or Salmon Teriyaki and Chicken Katsu with soup and salad. All was very good and "Joy" did a good job of waiting on us. The total before t&t was $45. We left at 6:25 PM when the restaurant was now crowded.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/13) Our daughter loves Sushi so we went to Sakura at La Plaza Grande about 6:30 PM. They were not crowded and we took a booth. Joy was our friendly server. I had a Caramel Apple Tini ($5.50), he had a Beringer Cab ($6) and my daughter had a Ginger Ale ($2). I ordered the Chicken and Salmon Teriyaki ($15), he had a Shrimp Tempura appetizer ($7), with the Duck Roll appetizer ($10). He enjoyed them both; I couldn't finish mine after salad and soup. My daughter had the Sakura Roll with Shrimp but no Masago ($14). She enjoyed it tremendously. The food took a while to come out and Kevin was around to check on us and refill her soft drink. All the meals are very nicely presented, as usual. We forgot to use our Buffalo Card. Total before t&t was $60 for 3. Great meal, just not very fast.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) This was our Gourmet Club outing. Teppanyaki made famous in the U.S. by Benihana chain. The guy came to the U.S. as wrestling member, stayed and opened the chain which became so successful. This is a copy but as far as entertainment aspect, one should try it. Food is OK. The meat is not wagyu. Shrimp is on the harder side. Best bet is Scallops. Lots of veggies, fried rice and noodles, so there is plenty to eat. Service is good. Come to have fun. You will sit around the Teppanyaki grill and the chef will cook in front of you with entertainment. Food is secondary. It's a group thing. We wouldn't sit around Teppanyaki on our own.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) We were seated immediately and had to wait a few minutes for our waitress, Summer, to take our drink order. She had the wines quickly but I had to wait quite a long time for my Martini. Although the restaurant was not full, it took some time for her to take our order. I had the Duck Roll appetizer which was delicious and one of my favorites and a Philadelphia Roll which was also very good. My dinner partner had a Pork Katsu and Shrimp Tempura Bento Box and was very pleased with the food. He had house wine. The other couple with us were also pleased with their meals. However, since the restaurant was not busy I was surprised that our meals took so long to be delivered. We were talking so it was not a problem, but the service was fairly slow tonight. Total was $46 before t&t.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Avatar 7 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Scooples Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, 2718 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-6263. (American) (Cafe) B/L/D. Opened mid-December, 2013. Located on the Paddock Square between City Fire and the Barnstorm Theater. Hours 9 AM to 9 PM daily. This luncheonette with counters, tables, booths, black and white checkered floors and postered walls, offers homemade Ice Cream concoctions, like Sundaes ($5), Shakes ($5) and Banana Splits ($6), as well as light meals. Hot Dogs are featured, starting at $6 each, plus ones topped with Cheese, Coleslaw or Chili at $7.00-7.50. You can also "Build Your Own" at $.50 per topping. Wraps are available at $9 each like Pesto Turkey, Ham & Turkey, Chicken or Steak & Cheese. Soups for those winter days are Beef & Barley, Broccoli Cheddar or Chili, all at $4/cup. A variety of Salads, like Chicken Caesar, Florence (Ham), Paradise (Fruit), Chicken Walnut and Steakhouse (Diced Beef), all run $8-9 each. Hot Pressed Paninis are available too, as Turkey Pesto, Turkey Melt, Turkey & Brie, Ham & Cheese, Grilled Chicken and Balsamic Steak, all $9 each. There's also a Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta at $8. Brownies, Cheesecake or Apple Pie are the $5 desserts, plus Ice Cream that runs $3-7 per serving, all the way up to the "Shuggie" at $19. A limited selection of light breakfast items are also on the menu, like Bagels, Croissants, Muffins, Yogurt Parfaits, Fruit Cups and Cinnamon Rolls, all ranging $2-5 each. No bar. John Guardino, John McKinley and Jose Rodriguez, managers; Fred Karimipour, partner; Joe Nisbett, owner here and Bonifay Country Club (see that listing) and Evans Praire Country Club (see that listing).

Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Opened just a few days, so I sat at the far counter. Taylor took care of me. I was surprised at the prices on the menu. Almost everything is $9. I had a Diet Coke and a "Grown-Up" Grilled Cheese with Carrot Salad side. The food is served in a plastic basket on paper. The Panini was pretty good with tomato and two cheeses on a toasted ciabatta bread. Seems the managers were doing more work bussing tables than the waitresses did taking orders. Not a place for an affordable casual meal. My total before tip was $11.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) I agree with the last reviewer. We had a Shake, a Diet Coke, Turkey & Brie and a Craisin Chicken. The sandwiches were mostly bread. They came with Carrots or Potato Salad. The doors were wide open and the flies were bothersome. Total was $26 with tax. Better meals elsewhere. Brittany was our server.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/14) I had a quick Hot Dog with Bacon & Swiss and a Diet Coke. The Dog was just boiled, not grilled. It was mostly bun. My side was Potato Salad. Loretta was my server but she spent a lot of time at the other counter. My total before tip was $10, that's too much for this low quality food.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Always loved their Ice Cream ever since it opened. More generous than Haagen Dazs and better tasting too. Although I like Kilwin's too where they also give you generous single scoops. Anyway, we went for lunch and enjoyed my Breakfast Sausage Sandwich with Cheese and Eggs. My wife had Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a cup of Chili which she said was quite good. Cody, the waitress, was cute and good. Bill came to $20.66 with a scoop of mint chocolate chip added.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar Now Open Sidewalk Café, 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-0010. (American) (Diner) B/L/D. Located where Chi's Grill and Ice Cream, then Jan & Terry's Diner did business. Changed hands in July, 2014. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served here with "Home Style Cooking" emphasized. Open from 8 AM to 7 PM. Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Meat Loaf, Pot Roast and Roast Turkey are some of the diner type meals offered. No bar. Clyde and Darlene Wright, owners.


Avatar 10½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q (The Villages), 1128 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 430-1461. (Barbecue) L/D. Sonny's took over this location vacated by Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill in Lake Sumter Landing and opened it on May 29, 2009. Fitted with large and small booths on a carpeted floor, lighted by lots of neon beer signs, this location has a less rustic feel than other Sonny's locations. Ribs, ribs and more ribs. Rib Sampler, Pork 3 Ways, Baby Back Ribs, Sweet & Smokey Ribs, Pulled or Sliced Pork, Bar-B-Que Chicken are just some of the varieties and combinations. Other favorites include Pulled Beef Brisket, Sliced Beef, Charbroiled Steak, T-Bone Steak, 1/2 Bar-B-Que Chicken, Chicken Breasts, Chicken Tenders, Sliced Pork and Sliced Turkey. Dinners usually run $11-19. A variety of sandwiches for lunch before 4 PM include a 1/2 Pound Cheeseburger. Side dishes include various Fried and Baked Potatoes, Corn On The Cob, Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Bar-B-Cue Beans and Homemade Cornbread. Sandwiches and Lunch Plates usually run $6-8. Four sauces ranging from hot to sweet are on every table. Fruit Cobbler for dessert finishes off your waistline. Gluten free information available on their website. Take-out and catering available. There is now a Salad Bar at this location. Full bar with $3 draft mugs, $7 pitchers and $4 wine plus numerous margaritas and other cocktails. Sonny's new Red Ale compliments the flavors of their food. The outside bar is now open. One of 127 locations in the southeast US, headquartered in Maitland, FL. but originated in Gainesville. In business 40+ years. $5 coupon available on their website for joining their VIP Club. Other Sonny's locations are nearby in Belleview, Ocala and Leesburg (see that listing). 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Bar-B-Q Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Jim Faircloth, manager; Ken Kirkpatrick and Wes Dixon Jr., franchisees here and at the Leesburg location.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bob E. 6/09) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from James D. 12/09) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/10) Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Bruce W. 2/14) My group of 4 arrived at 1 PM for lunch and were fortunate in that the senior discount meals began at the same time. We were seated promptly and Alan, our waiter, was courteous and helpful. We each ordered from the senior meals; I had St. Louis Ribs for $8, including Baked Potato, Cole Slaw and a drink. My wife had Beef Brisket ($7) that she said was good, although a little dry. My meal was excellent. Our friends had Sliced Pork, but sent it back because it had too much fat. Their replacements were much better and very tasty. We thought this was a typical chain restaurant that served pretty good food.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Though living in The Villages for few years, haven't tried this restaurant until now. Enjoyed their Baby Back Ribs. Of course, had better Ribs but these Ribs were pretty good. Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob which came with dinner were pretty good, but too though; I had better side dishes before. My wife's Shrimp Plate was a bit tough, so I gave half of my Ribs to her and brought Shrimp to mix with noodles at home. House Merlot at $3 was drinkable. Ashley, the server was good and our tab at $33 was reasonable for two. Will have Ribs again there as well as their House Merlot.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Avatar 13½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video SonRise Café, 3469 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 750-1719. (American) (Cafe) B/L/D. In the Southern Trace Plaza. In business since 2005 here. Open daily from 6:30 AM to 2 PM, and except Sunday is 8 AM to 1 PM. Dinner served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only, 4-7 PM. They offer items like Liver and Onions around $10. American homestyle cooking. Typical breakfast fare with eggs and omeletes headlining. Specials every day. An array of sandwiches offered at lunch. Now beer and wine licensed. Carol Laufersky, owner here and at Sammy Joe's in Lady Lake (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Martin G. 3/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/09) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 5/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Avatar 12 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Now Open Square 1 Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 689-2191. (American) L/D. Opened April 8, 2014. Located in the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A and is open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. New venue that mixes Meyer Angus Burgers, Martinis, Milk Shakes, Craft Beers and pictures of cows in hats. The décor is certainly eclectic, from ruby chandeliers to red velvet or cow hide covered banquettes. If you think "spice is nice", this might be your "Jalapeño Heaven". Their menu leader is the "All-American" Cheeseburger at $10 single and $14 double. The others include the "Old Fashioned" with Pickles and Mustard ($10), Peppers & Onions Burger ($11), Bleu Bacon Burger ($11.50), 3-Mushroom Burger ($11.50), Bar-B-Que Bacon Burger ($11), Feta Cheese Burger ($11), Poblano Peño Cheeseburger ($12), Half-Pound Cheddar ($12) Bacon & Egg Burger ($12) and their Drunken Pig and Bull® ($13). You can change the meat patty to Chicken or Turkey (+$1), Lamb (+$3) or Buffalo or Kobe Beef (+$5). They also offer Slider Trios ($9-11 each). Besides Beef Burgers they offer Chicken or Turkey on a Bun at $11-12 each. Sesame, whole wheat or skip-the-bun add to the choices. Sandwiches include Hot Dogs ($9-10), Bourbon Pulled Pork ($11), Cajun Salmon Burger ($12), Lamb ($13), Buffalo ($14) plus non-meat choices like Grilled Cheese ($9.50), Vegan ($12) and Portobello ($12). For lighter appetites, they have Spicy Beer Cheese Soup ($4/$8.50), French Onion ($4/$7), Angus Chili ($4.50/$8), Chopped Salad ($6/$9), Strawberry Salad ($9), Cobb Salad ($10) and Beef or Chicken Salad ($10.50/$11). Side dishes double as appetizers like Fried Jalapeños ($4.50), Crispy Fries ($6), Chili Queso ($6), Edamame ($6), Chili Pie ($7), Tomato & Artichoke Hummus ($7.50), Fried Pickle Chips ($8), Eggrolls ($8), Fried Mac 'n Cheese ($8), Onion Rings ($9) and 6 or 10 Chicken Wings ($6.50/$10) rounding out the choices. Desserts like Chocolate Sundae, Cheesecake, Shakes and Italian "Zepps" run $5-6 each. Full inside-outside bar with Cosmos ($7-9), Martinis ($8-10), Mudslide Shakes ($9) and Margaritas ($10) concocted. Plus Draft and Bottle Beers and Wines are offered. Specials offered during the week. Children's menu available. Outside dining available. Dog friendly patio. Happy Hour runs 3-6 PM, then again 9 PM to closing with $3 Drafts, $4 Wine and $5 Manhattans, Margaritas and Sangrias among others, plus $3/$4/$5 appetizers. Started in 2008, 7 other locations are in western Florida with additional ones coming to Lakeland, Gainesville and Carrollwood, Florida. Bill Milner, Director of Operations; Crystal Moel, manager here; C.J.(Joanie) Corneil, Otho (Bill) Shumate and Ray Leich of Tampa, owners.

Review: (from Raymond A. 4/14) My wife had a Veggie Burger, and loved it. I had a Decadent Burger, very good. Manhattan although pricy ($8) was good sized. Did not need to order another. One side with Burger. Fries were also very good. No complaint about food or service. Few Burgers less then $12 however.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Promptly seated by hostess, and waiter was right on our table. Menu items are primarily Hamburgers that seem pricey, but they are very filling with excellent taste. Our table had the Juicy Lucy, the Veggie Burger, and two Angus Burgers. All four of us were very pleased, even with the $75 bill for our table, including 3 Teas and a Manhattan. A cowboy type themed room with cloth napkins. We went to a country club the following night where items were 75% the Square 1 cost, but we decided we liked Square 1 better, even with the additional cost. We will definitely be back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from James S. 4/14) Visited here on a very busy Tuesday night. Had a short wait. Our server was Jason, who was pleasant, and well informed of the menu. He was required to taste the menu items during training. My wife had a soft drink, I had a Craft Beer, $6 for small glass, so two beers would cost more than the meal! She had Onion Soup and didn't care for it at all. Thick slices of onion with some skins. Very little broth, cheese or bread. Her Strawberry Salad was outstanding, one of best salads in recent memory. I had the Greek Lamb Burger, medium rare. Moist and delicious. Still talking about it at bedtime. The bill was $37 before tip.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) We wanted to wait until the opening frenzy of this new place had died down a bit. We went about 4:30 PM on a Friday evening and were seated immediately. They were busy, but not packed. By the time we left, they were getting crowded with people waiting outside. I am glad to see so many places now offering craft style beers. I had a Fat Tire Draft and the Juicy Lucy Burger. It was prepared as ordered and very flavorful. It was a good sized burger, but not oversized. I was able to eat the whole thing there. The French Fries looked hand cut and very good. He had the Angus Bleu Bacon Burger and also thought it was prepared well. The Cole Slaw was very tasty. Krystyna was our server and very good. When we stated we wanted just a little pink in the burger, she suggested medium well based on that day's chef and how he prepared things. I thought it was great that she paid attention to that type of detail. Something I really liked was that we could hear one another and carry on a conversation. The sound absorbing materials must be much better than in almost every other restaurant in The Villages. One Beer ($6), two Burgers and the bill was $30 before t&t. This would not be my "go to" place for a Burger and Beer, but it is a good place to bring company for something different.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) We had made reservations for 8 and were seated at a table right on time. Our waitress, Jenny, took our drink order immediately, explaining about their Happy Hour policy. On Thursdays they have $4 Martinis, so I ordered a Lemon Drop Martini as that was on special. Others in the party had Wine, Iced Tea or Soda. They were delivered quickly and our food order was taken. Jenny explained that we could have our Burgers either with a bun or on a bed of greens. I opted for that and had the Mary's Little Lamb Bun-less Burger. It also included a side and I chose Cole Slaw. I ordered it medium and next time I would have it medium rare as I like it a little pink. Everyone enjoyed their choices and we especially liked the idea of the greens rather than buns. Hurrah to Square 1 Burgers for making this a healthier option. My bill before tip and tax was $18.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rochelle B. 5/14) After hearing a variety of comments, we had to try and make our own evaluation. We arrived at 6:15, were seated at a hightop in the bar immediately. Wait staff were prompt, polite and informative. We shared an order of Onion Rings - hot, crisp and served with a spicy sauce - excellent. He ordered the Aloha Chicken Burger with Coleslaw and I ordered the Turkey Cobb Burger with Coleslaw. We each enjoyed our Burgers, they were hot, juicy and very tasty. Our companions ordered the All American Burger and the Turkey Cobb Burger and enjoyed both, theirs were served with Fries, which were hot and crisp. The evening manager came around to check on service, food, etc. and was very friendly. We will definitely return.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 6/14) Our server, Connie B., was well trained and attentive given a large crowd. My Happy Hour Manhattan was very generous. The Onion Rings are divine and just $3 on Wednesdays. Our Toga Burger and Pablano Peno Burger were both excellent, as were the Cole Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries. Our tab for 2 Burgers, $3 Onion Ring appetizer and 3 HH drinks, was $42. Not a bargain, but a good bar, much better than average Burger and well trained servers.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) My wife and I had lunch, ordered the Lamb Burger and the Traditional Burger with one extra side each and each had a glass of wine ($8 Happy Hour). Total bill was $41. Traditional Burger was very good but my Lamb Burger had goat cheese on it which made eating it a little sloppy. Service was very good. When we visited on a Sunday afternoon around 2 PM, restaurant was maybe 1/3 full. Would go back since it is a nice atmosphere, food was good but pricey.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 12 Stars Video Steak 'n Shake (The Villages), 3980 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 205-4950. (American) (Diner) B/L/D. At CR 103 and CR 466. Noted for their SteakBurgers, Shakes and Malts. The most popular is the $4 Double 'n Cheese SteakBurger and the $5 Western BBQ 'n Bacon SteakBurger. Other items include Chili, Frisco Melt, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Fingers. You can also find Club Sandwiches, BLTs and Grilled Cheese too. For breakfast they offer a Country Skillet and a Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet, each $6. All You Can Eat Pancakes are just $4. Open 24 hours including Christmas from 11 AM. Seniors (50+) get 10% off on Monday & Tuesday. One of a large chain of 430 locations mostly in the southeast, started in 1934, based in Normal, IL. Beth Camron, manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Tapas y Seviche's 3673 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. (Brew Pub) (Spanish) L/D. Name changed to Las Tapas before it opened (see that listing).


Closed T.G.I. Friday's (The Villages), 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. This location unexpectedly closed on Nov. 2, 2013, after 3½ years of operation. It will soon reopen as Honest John's Whiskey & Provisions in early 2015 (see that listing).

Avatar 12½ Stars Thai Ruby, 1064 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 205-8288. (Asian) L/D. Open daily at 12 noon. Mixing Thai and Chinese cuisine. Many Cantonese dishes prepared with a Thai touch. Beef, Chicken and Seafood dishes are the mainstay. Familiar Pad Thai offerings plus specialties like Steamed Basa Filet are featured. From spicy to tranquil overtones prepared to your taste. Comfortable exquisite Asian atmosphere. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Off-season Early Bird Specials 3 to 6 PM. Beer & wine. Ekalak is the master chef. Keith and Somphot (May) McDaniel, owners.

Older Review: (from Steve L. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from James D. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard D. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Michael S. 8/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Dottie K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Phil S. 5/13) Four of us went to Thai Ruby prior to the movies. My wife and I had the Sweet and Sour Shrimp. Didn't much care for it, it was too sweet and not enough sour. The serving portion was scant. Service was average. Another person in the party had a Curry Chicken dish - wish I'd had it too. It was much better. Total dinner without coffee or dessert and no beer or wine was about $25.50 for 2. All in all - mediocre to fair.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Our Dine-Around Group of six arrived at 5:30 and were promptly seated. We found the food delicious and reasonably priced. But, we were annoyed by our waiter who reached across the table in front of the party several times to serve dishes and actually tapped several of us on the arm to get out of his way. Our drinks were served and refilled quickly. 20% tip was included for our party. We will return and hope for a more professional wait person.
Q=4 S=1 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from from Yori O. 7/14) Took our friend from northern Virginia who likes Thai food. I had Duck with Green Curry and my wife had Sweet and Sour Pork. I recommended her to try the Glass Noodles which is like vermicelli. She liked it very much. My Duck was very good. My wife's Pork which is Chinese in base, was just OK. Since other ethnic restaurants like Indian disappeared, I am glad this restaurant is doing quite well with Villagers. It's just enough to be crowded during dinner but always able to get seating. Service is always good and at $35 for 3, can't be beat. Now, if we can only get Korean and Vietnamese restaurants here. Don't want to go all the way to Orlando.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from from Teruko O. 9/14) We are so glad we have this place in The Villages. The restaurant was fairly crowded and I like to make sure this place is successful. They have good Thai food here and without good Vietnamese or Korean restaurants here, this is the only place to have a change of venue once in a while. We both had Chicken Green Curry. With the closing of the Indian restaurant near Spanish Springs, this is the only place to have curry. Ethnic food is getting more popular in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Hope it will here too.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) My wife and I visited for lunch around 2 PM on a Thursday. The restaurant appeared updated since our last visit in March 2014. I had lunch special of Crispy Duck and my wife had Sweet and Sour Chicken. Both meals were very good. Service, as always, is very good as well. Price for lunch is very reasonable $18.50 without drinks. Have gone here numerous times for lunch and are never disappointed.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from from Dan K. 10/14) We like what they have done with the window treatments here. The colors brighten up the restaurant and fit quite well with the rest of the décor. We have been coming here since they opened and always have a pleasant dining experience. No exception this time, except the service was a little slower than normal. She had the Crispy Duck with Red (mild) Sauce and I had the Crispy Duck with Green Sauce (spicier, but not overpowering). Love the hot soup and appetizer that is included with the lunch. She had an order of Egg Rolls. Total for two was $30. Met another couple who had just finished and thoroughly enjoyed their meals too. Said they eat here at least once a week. Never a disappointment.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 10 Stars Video Tierra Del Sol Club, 806 San Marino Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-8005. (American) B/L/D. Open 6:30 AM to 8 PM daily. Open for Sunday Brunch from 9 AM to 2 PM ($11). Indoor and patio seating available. Entertainment area and dance floor. Noted for their Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cakes (2 for $18; 1 for $10) and Crab Imperial. Entrées range from $11 to $19 each. Pot Roast, Oven Fried Chicken, Roast Turkey or Ham, Baked Haddock, Liver & Onions, Club Sandwiches and Salads are also available. Italian Night on Mondays. Friday is Fish Night. Also Prime Rib is served on Friday and Saturday nights. Whole Lobster ($23) may also be available. Noted for their New York Style Cheesecake and homemade pastries like Crème Puffs and Chocolate Éclairs. Reservations accepted daily. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, 1 to 6:30 PM, with a limited menu ranging $17-28 for 3 course dinner, as well as 6:30 to 10:30 AM for breakfast on Christmas Day. Also offers a New Years Eve Party with live music, dinner and champagne toast starting at 7 PM, by reservation at about $90pp +t&t. Full bar. Happy hour 2-6 PM. Occasional entertainment including the well known Singing Waiters, Sunday through Wednesday evening by reservation at 5 or 7 PM. Andrew Berg and Jonathan DeRue, chefs; Jacquie and Peter Tokas, long time baker, owners.

Older Review: (from Bob M. 4/09) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 5/14) Our dining-out group of 18, all of us arriving in The Villages in the past year, decided we would go to Tierra Del Sol to see what the "Singing Waiters" were all about. There are two settings: one at 5 PM and the second at 7 PM. We chose the 5 o'clock setting and were seated promptly. We talked for about 20 minutes before our waitress, Dawn, began taking our orders. Unfortunately, at the same time, the singing waiters began. Not only did we have to yell our orders, but the sound was ear-splittingly loud! We spoke to the manager and he turned the sound down slightly, but it was still very loud. The waiters sang for about 30 minutes, at which time there was absolutely no conversing at any tables. Our food came after the singing and we found it good, but expensive. The dinner menu listed about 8 items, including Lamb, Duck, Pork, and Beef ranging $20-$26. Our bill came to $65 for two meals, one Tea, and a Loaded Baked Potato. Then the waiters came out again, and the female waitress, who had a beautiful voice, jacked up the sound again. Several in our party tried to get our checks quickly so we could leave. In fairness, I noted other patrons and they seemed to be OK with the very loud music. A couple of people in our group said they had headaches afterward. Will we go back? No. The menu is overly priced and the singing is way too loud.
Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Tony Packo's has changed its name to The Pub (see that listing).


Avatar Video Gluten Free Menu Coming Soon Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Brownwood), 2835 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. (American) (Deli) B/L/D. Their third location in The Villages will be located at Paddock Square in Brownwood at the corner of Brownwood Blvd. and Sandy Nook Run, in a building dubbed "Lester's Bait & Tackle". October, 2015 is the approximate target date. Other locations are at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing) and Spanish Springs (see that listing). Currently there are two dozen locations scattered across Florida.



Avatar 10½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Lake Sumter Landing), 1129 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 430-0410. (American) (Deli) B/L/D. New York style deli with a vast menu of sandwiches and full dinners. Tongue Sandwich as well as Pastrami on Rye are favorites of New Yorkers. Shepherd's Pie and Chicken Marsala as well as Mom's Meatloaf are specialties. Beer & wine. Cakes and cold cuts for home consumption available from the counter. Open Christmas Day from 10 AM. One of a growing popular chain of 24 Florida locations headquartered in Palm Beach, FL. 2008 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Sandwiches" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2012 "Best Deli" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Founded by Jay Brown and (Mark) Jay Katzenberg in 1981. Kathi Casamasima, general manager here. The original location is in Spanish Springs (see that listing). A third location is planned for Brownwood (see that listing). Now owned by private equity firm, Branford Castle of New York.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Betty P. 11/13) A Tuna Salad, what would you expect? Certainly more than lettuce, cucumbers, a handful of black olives and a can of tuna dumped on top? My husband's medium Burger may have seen the grill for only 45 seconds. Moo?
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Our ROMEO group had a change of venue and we tried this place. It will get crowded when snowbirds return so we decided to try now. Even during the summer this popular place was crowded. I had an Orange Juice, Hash and Eggs. The Hash was pretty good and Potatoes which also came were tasty too. My friend says Rae Rae's on 441 has good Hash too. Would like to compare one of these days.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 12 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Spanish Springs), 990 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-3510. (American) (Deli) B/L/D. Opened October, 2004. New York style deli with a vast menu of sandwiches and full dinners. Blintzes and Knishes are straight from New York City. Matzo Ball Soup, Nova Salmon and Egg Creams make New Yorkers feel right at home again. Beer & wine. Cakes and cold cuts for home meal time available from the counter. Open Christmas Day from 10 AM. One of a popular growing Florida chain. 2008 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Sandwiches" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Holly Hegg, general manager here. Another location is at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). A third location is planned for Brownwood (see that listing). Now owned by private equity firm, Branford Castle of New York.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Our tab came to $34 with one glass of wine. Our server was not identified on the check. Stuffed Cabbage dinner was an excellent rendition - lean, tomato-ey, very satisfyiing. The Shrimp Pasta was very good, but was missing the advertised fresh basil. Too Jay's normally has excellent service, but we had no check back to see if our food was good, no drink refills, and no inquiry if we wanted dessert. My worst Too Jay's experience. But good food, as always.
Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Toscani's Deli & Pizzeria, 8760 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 693-2237. (Deli) (Pizza) L/D. Suddenly and unexpectedly they closed in September, 2014 after over 3 years in business.



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Avatar 11½ Stars VKI Japanese Steakhouse, 1004 Old Mill Run., The Villages, FL. 259-9887. (Asian) (Grill) L/D. Sashimi and Sushi Bar with a master chef. Hibachi tables for 6 or more. Table side chef prepares meals juggling utensils amid fire filled explosions. Kitchen menu of tempura and other traditional Japanese fare also available. Full bar. Large facility suitable for private parties. Reservations accepted. Open Christmas Day. Zeng Yi Liu, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bob M. 1/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Martin G. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 1/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Laurie Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Our club had our monthly luncheon here for 30. I had Tempura and California Roll Combination Bento Box and my wife had Tempura lunch. What surprises me is that VKI and Sakura are two different eatery but they seem to have the same taste. Wish VKI came closer to Japanese dishes but they are practically identical to what I might have at Sakura. Some say VKI Bento Box is better. Others say Sakura is. One dish VKI does better is Chirashi which comes somewhat closer to a Japanese dish. Current Japanese restaurants in The Villages is what Chop Suey Chinese restaurants and Meatball and Spaghetti Italian restaurants of yesteryears were.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Teruko O. 3/14) It was the night of St. Patrick's at Lake Sumter Market Square. Most restaurants were packed so we decided to try VKI again, where no Irish would go this particular day. Have never sat at the sushi counter so we decided to try it, knowing full well that ordering from the sushi chef would be more expensive. Had a large 16 oz. Sapporo which we shared. Senior sushi chef recommended Uni (Sea Urchin). He said it arrived the night before. At $5 a piece, it needed to be good. It was. Would go back just for this. We were told that a customer came in and ordered 10 Uni only. I can see this. Yellow Tail was the next best. We asked for fatty Tuna but because of lack of demand, they don't carry them. Too bad. Regular Tuna was too average. Ikura was just OK. They recommended Conch but it lacked the crunchiness. Octopus was not juicy. At $68 for two, it would have been worth it, if they were all good but... Perhaps next time we will stick to Uni only.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) We asked the restaurant to call us when they get fresh Sea Urchin (Uni) and they did, so we went for lunch. We can tell by the color of Sea Urchin whether it is fresh or not. It looked good but just to be safe we had two pieces each to start. They were great so we ordered six more pieces and love them all. They are twice as expensive as other Sushi but for Sea Urchin lovers, price can't be compared. Tried Salmon Roe but again it was just OK. If you are adventurous, try it. If you like Foie Gras, not Pâte, you might like it. If you like juicy Escargot, you might like Uni. Still reminds me of the Sea Urchin Pasta we had in the island of Elbe, in Italy. Italians love Sea Urchin so it is not just an Asian thing. I am rating strictly on the basis of the Sea Urchin Sushi. Between the two of us we had 10 pieces and loved every morsel of it.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 11/14) We went with a group at lunch and 2 of us went back for dinner when we heard they just got Uni (Sea Urchin). Lunch was uneventful with Yaki Soba (fried noodles) for me which is pretty good, sort of. Chirashi was pretty good as usual, as long as they don't give you White Tuna which is not Tuna at all. As far as I know Italians, Greeks, Koreans and Japanese eat Sea Urchin. It's an expensive delicacy. They had enough Sea Urchin to make 12 Sushi for dinner, so we had it all and it was so, so delicious. Just as good as in Japan. Lunch bill came to $21. For dinner bill was $60 for 12 Sushi for two, but well worth it.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar 9 Stars Video Free WiFi The Waterfront Inn (Amelia's), 1105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 753-7535. (American) B/L/D. Breakfast 6:30 to 10 AM; Lunch 11 AM to 3 PM; Dinner 4 PM to 9 PM; Sunday Brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. The restaurant is called Amelia's and the deck affords a nice view of Lake Sumter. Small, simple dining area off the lobby seating just 60 people indoors and another 20 outdoors. Start with their popular She-Crab Soup. Entrées such as Pan Fried Pork Medallions, Pepper Dusted Tenderloin, Mojo Chicken, Cajun Shrimp Fajita Skillet, Southern Crab Cakes, BBQ Glazed Shrimp, Baked or Fried Haddock (Friday) and 14 oz. Ribeye are offered at prices between $12-19. Less formal dishes such as Grilled Cheese, Carved Turkey Sandwich, Pimento Cheeseburger and various salads will range from $4-10. Desserts include Bread Pudding, Apple Dumpling and Key Lime Cheese Cake. The focus is on Southern cooking. Daily Breakfast Buffet is just $10 per person. Luncheon Soup & Salad Bar is just $7 per person. Sunday Brunch at $14 per person offered weekly including Omelet and Carving Stations. $9 Early Bird Specials starting at 4 PM recently added to the menu. Full bar and wine list. Occasional entertainment starting at 5:30 PM in the lobby area. Happy hour from 3 to 7:30 PM. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more or on coupons. Reservations are accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas too for Holiday Buffets by reservation at 2 hour intervals 12-6 PM. New Years Eve Dinner by reservation at 4, 6 and 8 PM at $28 pp, then music in the lobby until midnight only. Tom Seigler, chef; Don Slage, restaurant director; Pam Miller, hotel general manager; developer owned along with Joe Nisbett.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/07) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/09) Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/09) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Bob M. 4/09) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/09) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Linda P. 12/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/10) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Older Review: (from Arlene P. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Judy H. 4/13) Reservations were made and honored for 7:30 PM without waiting. Our server was Jimi H. Drinks ordered in timely fashion and separate checks were no problem. We had Escargot appetizer ($9), Ribeye ($20) and Filet Mignon ($25). Meals came with Vegetable Medley and one side. Of note, Baked Potato was $1 extra and if you wanted it loaded an additional $1 extra. We had Iced Tea and water to drink. Other appetizers and entrées ordered in the party of 8 included Crab Bisque Soup and Shrimp Penne. Over all, the food was good; however, we felt the prices were a little steep, especially when a Baked Potato was $2 extra. Our total bill was $72 including the 20% gratuity that was added to each check. The service was very good, with water and iced tea refilled quickly. There is entertainment with a very loud singer and a dance floor. Had we been seated in this area, we would not have stayed. This restaurant was picked by the host of our group, it would not have been my first choice. We would choose a different restaurant in the future.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Avatar Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi World of Beer (The Villages), 2751 West Torch Lake Dr., The Villages, FL. 633-9519. (American) (Brew Pub) L/D. Located in Brownwood directly behind Paddock Square. September 2, 2013 was the Grand Opening. Open 11:30 AM to Midnight daily, but from 9 AM on Saturday. Boasting over 3 dozen beers on tap and another 500 more brands and styles, both imported and domestic, in the large coolers. Their current draft selection is online. Some of the brews offered are Brown Ale, Stout, IPAs, Belgium Ales and Irish Ciders. White Wheat Ales are becoming more popular now and they are carried too. Many beers are craft style and may rotate during the season. Brews approaching 11% alcohol, like Belgium's Piraat Pale Ale and St. Bernardus Abt 12 will be featured. For the ladies, Maine's Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale and Timmermans Strawberry Lambic may be on draft, especially summer months. A half dozen Polish brands will be dwarfed by German beers which will number in the 50s. Even a Ukrainian, Slovak, Bulgarian and Russian brew is expected. For the undecided, "flights" will be available too. A few table wines, ports and sangria will be the gluten free beverage choices. A limited food menu, called Tavern Fare, is offered and meals delivered are permitted here. Items like Tavern Chips & Salsa ($4), German Pretzels ($8), Southern Fried Pickles ($6), Black & Tan Onion Rings ($6), Mediterranean Hummus ($7), Brat Sliders ($7), All-American Hot Dog ($7), Margherita or BBQ Chicken Flatbreads ($7 each), Texas Grilled Cheese ($7), Island Fish Spread with Pita Chips ($8), Crispy Chicken & Belgium Waffles ($8), Southwest Egg Sandwich ($8), Beer Battered Shrimp ($9), Blue Cheese Topped Potato Chips ($9), Smoked Chipotle Chicken Sandwich ($9), Glazed Pork Shanks ($10), Classic Reuben ($10) and a Pressed Cuban ($10) may be offered. Salads for lunch may include Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad ($8) and Chopped Chicken Salad ($9). Other items might seasonally include Beer Cheese Soup, Chili, Smoked Polish Sausage, Hot Turkey & Swiss, Tomato & Mozzarella or Ham & Gouda Melt. Televised sporting event parties and occasional live music on weekends are planned. WOB Loyalty Card ($15), Service Industry, College Student & Faculty, Military and Ladies discounts offered on different days of the week. Beer School will also be held occasionally. A WOB mini-gift shop is also be part of the venue. Full bar and they are licensed for package sales too. Outdoor seating available. No minors under 21 admitted after 7 PM. Adam Fisher, manager; Maheshwar Nomula, Smita Karkal and Revati Pothamsetty, owners. World of Beer is a fast growing francise operation since 2007 out of Tampa, FL., with three dozen locations in ten states, but primarily in central and southern Florida. Another location is in Clermont.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) About 10 guys had beers and snacks here one Thursday afternoon. We sat out on the front porch at three assembled tables. Hey, they took the comfortable lounge chairs away! I had two Blue Moons ($4 each) and a Pressed Cuban ($10). Catera was our server and she did a pretty good job. She had help from other servers when the food came out. Don't think there were any problems. One had the Big Pretzel. It looked nice but was chewy. Glad I got a taste it. I would not order it. The Flatbreads are small. My total before t&t was $18. Overall, a nice time.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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