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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 11 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=
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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 Thanksgiving Day 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=
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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. Beer and wine, only. 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 Coming Soon Belle Glade Country Club, at the east end of Hillsborough Trail, off Morse Blvd., south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44, The Villages, FL. This Country Club restaurant is expected to open in mid-2014.



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) 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 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. You can also use "Call Ahead" seating for same day reservations. 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=
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Avatar 10 Stars Video 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 Thanksgiving and Xmas. Occasional entertainment and Sunday Brunch is planned. Neil Hartsel chef; Jim Haghayegh, general 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=
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Review: (from Larry 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=
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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=
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Avatar 13½ 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 Thanksgiving 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.



Avatar 12½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Carrabba's Italian Grill (The Villages), 650 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-1304. (Italian) L/D. 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. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Authentic Italian food provided by a popular large chain of almost 250 locations owned by Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Calamari Ricardo and Mozzarella Marinara are popular appetizers with Pollo Rosa Maria, Chicken Bryan, Pasta Weesie, Tilapia Nocciola and Filet Fiorentina, some of the popular entrées. Entrées range from $10 for Tagliarini Pasta to $22 for the 8 oz. Beef Tenderloin. Dishes such as Spiedino di Mare, Lobster Ravioli, Mezzaluna and Lasagna are popular too. PEI Steamed Mussels are a meal in themselves. Sogno di Cioccolata 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, Thanksgiving and New Years Day. 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.



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Avatar 11½ Stars Cattle Baron Club, 996 Delmar Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-5981. (American) (Steakhouse) D. Fine dining 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=
Yes.

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=
Yes.



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 Thanksgiving. 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.



Closed Chi's Grill and Ice Cream,, 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. Closed before Thanksgiving, 2013. Now called Jan & Terry's Diner (see that listing).

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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 Thanksgiving and Xmas Day. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Scott Vasatka, general 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 now open 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=
Yes.



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 Thanksgiving 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 Buffalo Discount Card 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=
Yes.



Avatar Buffalo Discount Card Video Coming Soon Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. (American) (Barbecue) L/D. Opening 2014. This is the second location in The Villages and 15th location 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. Allen Musikantow and John Demetriadis operating partners.



Avatar 8 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.



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Avatar 10½ Stars AARP Card Buffalo Discount 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.



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 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 Thanksgiving Day 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. Jason Sofka, chef; Jon McNeely, assistant manager; Lorel Rowe, general 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=
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Avatar 12½ Stars Now Open Evergreen Buffet and Grill, 2466 Burnsed Ave., The Villages, FL. 399-5590. (Asian) (Buffet) L/D. Opened just before Xmas, 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=
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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.



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.



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 Thanksgiving 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=
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Avatar 12 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. Dave Debreuil, 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=
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Avatar Video Coming Soon Gator's Dockside (Brownwood) 3698 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. (Sports Bar) L/D. The second location in The Villages for this popular sports bar. Same menu as the first restaurant. Full bar. Expected to open in late 2013. Paul Cipparone, owner.



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=
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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=
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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.



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.



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 11½ 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 ($16), Rainbow Trout ($16) and Mahi with Mango Salsa ($16). Blackened Catfish, Cobia or Grilled Swordfish might also be featured. 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. Their Oyster Bar offers Fresh Oysters ($9) or Oyster Imperial ($10). Dessert items include locally made Layer Cake and Key Lime Pie. Full bar and wine list. Outdoor seating.

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.



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Avatar 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.



Avatar Now Open Jan & Terry's Diner 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-0010. (American) (Diner) B/L/D. Located where Chi's Grill and Ice Cream did business. Opened in early December, 2013. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served here with "Home Style Cooking" emphasized. Open from 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays, to 7 PM on Friday and Saturday and only to 2 PM on Sunday. Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Meat Loaf, Pot Roast and Roast Turkey are some of the diner type meals offered. No bar. Terri Sapp, partner; Jan DeHart, owner.


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=
Yes.

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=
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=
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Avatar 12½ 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.



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.



Avatar 10½ 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 new 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. Karlos Ayala, chef; Scott Rollin, 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.



Avatar 12½ 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=
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Avatar 3½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video Margarita Republic, 1102 Main St., The Villages, FL. 753-4660. (Caribbean) (Sports Bar) L/D. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later. This was Café Olé formerly. 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 and karaoke too. Texas Hold-em Poker played from 6 PM on Tuesday nights. Interesting backbar. Patio seating available. Full bar featuring a large selection of custom Margaritas. Open Christmas Day after 5 PM. Offers a New Years Eve Dinner and Party for $69 pp+t&t by reservation. Rich Oaks, chef; Justin Boileau, manager; 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 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=
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Avatar 11½ Stars Free WiFi Now Open 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. Paul Imperiale, manager; German Buitrago and chef, Salvatore Imperiale (from Manalapan, NJ), 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=
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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=
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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=
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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.



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=
Yes.

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=
Yes.



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 Lane, 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.



Closed Orange Blossom Hills Country Club, 1542 Watertower Cir., The Villages, FL. After almost 10 years of operation, Chip Rice has closed the doors on this 39 year old first country club restaurant in The Villages. After renovations expanding the seating to 170, a new operator will take over in October, 2014.

Avatar 13½ Stars AARP Card Video Video Gluten Free Menu Outback Steakhouse (The Villages), 710 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-2590. (Steakhouse) 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 4 PM. 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=
Yes.



Avatar 11 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=
Yes.

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=
Yes.

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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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 in The Villages is now open (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.



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 Lane, 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 a new 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, Chicken, Eggplant dishes are on the menu like the traditional Parmesan styles at $18, $16 and $13 respectfully. Other Veal dishes include Marsala and Picatta styles for $18 each and Chicken Francaise and Canal Street Chicken for $16-17 each. Shrimp Genovese and Grilled Mahi Mahi at $17-18 offer a seafood alternative. The pasta dishes include Gnocchi, Fettuccinie Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Ziti with Vodka Sauce, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna, Lobster Ravioli, Garganelli with Sausage and Tortellini Alfredo all ranging $13-16 each. Basic Spaghetti and Meat Balls is $11. Sandwiches include Paninis and Focaccias. Pizzas also available. Italian Wedding Soup is a favorite at $4. Side salads are $3 extra. Large Garden Salad ($5), Caesar Salad ($5), 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 $8-80 per bottle and $4.50 to $9 per glass. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. 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=
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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.
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Avatar 12 Stars Now Open 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 4-6 PM; $4 Bloody Marys or Mimosas on weekends before 6 PM too. Reservations accepted for 7 or more. 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=
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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=
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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=
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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=
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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!
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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=
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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=
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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=
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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.
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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=
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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=
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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.
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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 12 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=
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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=
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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 Thanksgiving 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=
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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 Thanksgiving 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=
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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=
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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=
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Avatar 5½ Stars Now Open 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=
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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=
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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=
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Avatar 13½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Video SonRise Café, 3469 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 750-1719. (American) (Cafe) B/L. In the Southern Trace Plaza. Open daily. 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 11½ Stars 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. 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. 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=
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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=
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Avatar 12 Stars Video 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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Avatar Gluten Free Menu Coming Soon Tapas y Seviche's 3673 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. (Brew Pub) (Spanish) L/D. New European style restaurant and brewery coming in March-April, 2014. Located at the corner of Meggison and Brownwood opposite the Paddock Square's bar hut. The name translates to "Spanish (or Latin) Snacks and Seafood in Citrus", using an alternate new world spelling of Ceviche. The 200 seat restaurant is expected to offer dozens of warm and cold appetizers and small dishes like Aceitunas (Olives), Churizo (Sausage), Gambas (Prawns), Ceviche (Marinated Seafood in Lime Juice), Banderillas (Skewered Pickled Vegetables), Churrasco (Grilled Spiced Beef), Jamón Serrano (Cured Ham), Boquerones (Marinated Anchovies), Gazpacho (Cold Tomato Soup), Queso con Carne (Cheese with Beef), Gachas Malagueñas (Sweetened Fried Bread) and others from Andalusia, other parts of the Iberian Peninsula and South America as well. Gluten-free items will be highlighted. In addition, it will house a brewery for craft European style beers, notably Austrian. The beers will be similar to Gösser, Edelweiß and Stiegl. Many southern Spanish dishes use vinegar and olive oil, so beer pairs better with them than wine. Entertainment and late weekend hours expected. Outdoor seating available. Spanish Chef, Antonio Escobar (former executive chef for Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant chain) and Brewmeister, Richard Heston, owners.


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. Bismarck, N.D., Houston, TX. and Knoxville, TN. locations also closed by corporate recently.

Avatar 13 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. 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.
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Avatar 11 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. 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.



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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), West Torch Lake Dr., The Villages, FL. (American) (Deli) B/L/D. Their third location in The Villages will be located at Paddock Square in Brownwood. The Deli will be part of Phase 3 and open in 2014. 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).

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=
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Avatar 12 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Spanish Springs), 990 Delmar Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-3510. (American) (Deli) B/L/D. 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).

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=
Yes.



Avatar Buffalo Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Toscani's Deli & Pizzeria, 8760 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 693-2237. (Deli) (Pizza) L/D. Open daily except Sunday. Located where Pauly's Pizza once occupied, between Beall's Outlet and Publix in Mulberry Grove Plaza. Opened for business March 31, 2011. Deli Sandwiches like the Parma, Grandpa Aiello, Godfather, Goodfella, and others are available on a Roll ($5-8) or a Hero ($7-10). Pasta Dishes like Penne, Ziti, Rigatoni, Fusilli and Linguine, as well as Cheese Ravioli are available with one of 7 different sauces for $8. Hot Hero Sandwiches like Eggplant Parm., Chicken Cutlet Parm., Meatball Parm., Toscani Sausage or Sausage, Peppers and Onions run $7-9 generally. Calzones and Strombolis can also be found on the menu at $8. Thin Crust or Sicilian Pizzas can be created with a dozen different toppings plus a few gourmet items like Salami, Sun Dried Tomatoes or even Shrimp. They run $12-20 plus toppings depending on size. Pizza-By-The-Slice is also available ($2.50-4.50). Desserts include Cannolis, Tiramisu and Cheese Cake at $4-6 each. Gluten free and whole wheat items available by request. Limited beer and wine are offered. Offers a traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Xmas Eve, at $45pp, with 3 seating times, by reservation only. Counter service only. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Claire Marie Toscani, owner.

Older Review: (from Wayne M. 6/11) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



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Closed Urban Grill, 1004 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. Closed in June, 2013 after two years of operation.

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=
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Avatar 9 Stars Video Free WiFi The Waterfront Inn, 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=
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