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This is a service of The Villages Gourmet Club containing unbiased ratings by club members without any advertisements since 2006. Our purpose is to promote and celebrate good food and exceptional service at reasonable and fair prices. To read 2006-2014 reviews, position your cursor over "Older Review". Reload/Refresh the page or relaunch your browser if the older review box misbehaves. Now you can search our entire database, just click the Search button at the bottom of this window. Those restaurants participating in the The Villages Charter School $10 Buffalo Discount Card, which runs August to July each year and available at the The Villages Charter School, are shown with a Buffalo Discount Card symbol. Discounts vary; restrictions apply. Those offering discounts to AARP members are shown with an AARP Card symbol. Videos giving more particulars about the establishment are linked with a Video symbol. Just click on the symbol. Establishments with free WiFi are indicated with a Free WiFi sign. And restaurants that offer a Gluten Free Menu are indicated with a Gluten Free Menu sign. We also keep a list of restaurants in The Villages that have closed, disappeared or changed names: HERE. Only Club Members may submit a review. Where restaurants have been reviewed at least twice, their average rating is now indicated by our STAR SYSTEM (for Quality, Service and Value), ranging from:

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Amelia's Restaurant. See The Waterfront Inn (that listing).


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Not Rated Coming Soon Amerikanos Grille, 998 Del Mar Drive, The Villages, FL. . (Greek) [L/D] Located where Athens - New York Restaurant and the original Katie Belles did business opposite Spanish Springs Town Square. To be renovated and enlarged to 150 seats. Expected to offer a full menu of Greek dishes including Gyros. The name "Αμερικανός" means "American" in Greek, chosen over others that were considered. New owners are David and Jack Suleiman and family of Johnny Rockets and redsauce in Lake Sumter Landing. Opening date in the summer of 2016.


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10½ 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. Ziosk® Tabletop Tablets for ordering meals being introduced in 2015. 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.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/16) We were greeted and sat at our table very quickly today. Our server (Alicia H.) couldn't have been nicer or more efficient. She took our drink order right away: Hot Tea - $2.29 for me and Iced Tea -$2.59 for my husband. She gave us some time to look over the menu and we ordered. Beef Brisket Enchaltatas ($12) and Thai Shrimp Salad ($11) for me. Both were delicious but the best part was Alicia. She brought me more hot water for my tea without being asked and she offered more Iced Tea for my husband again without being asked. She was bubbly and professional. She had about five tables and it seemed like everyone got great service.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/16) My first time here, my wife's second. I had an excellent, huge, 3-Cheese Chicken Penne with Alfredo Sauce; my wife, the Brisket Enchiladas with Rice. Both were excellent. Service by Cassandra was outstanding. We had 2-4-1 wines at $6.49 each. Cost without Wine, t&t was only $18.50. They have an intriguing "Pick Your Appetizers" option where you can pick 2, 3 or more from about a dozen at very reasonable prices, to make up a nice dinner. Many of the appetizers looked very appealing and I'll try this the next time, which will be soon, for sure.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Athens - New York Restaurant, 994 Del Mar Drive, The Villages, FL. 633-3455. (Greek) (Italian) [B/L/D] After 5 years of operation, the owners and developer could not agree to terms in a new lease. It closed November 8, 2015. It will become Amrerikanos Grille restaurant in 2016 (see that listing). Athens will reopen in Lady Lake in July, 2016 as Athena NY Diner (see that listing).


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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.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 12/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) We liked the cute ambience of the place. Though passed by many times, this was the first time we tried this restaurant before attending the theater. It's just average Mexican food, nothing new, but fulfilled what we came here for, to have some Salsa, Tacos and Avocado Salad. The place wasn't crowded but perhaps because it was before 6 PM. There were families with children. Bill came to $16 as we just ordered appetizer and tacos.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 6/16) Just like being back in Southern California. Ate outside on the patio and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Carmen is wonderful and knows what we want when she comes to the table. We eat here often. Love the Nachos Supreme with Shredded Beef and the Side Chicken Chimichanga is generous. Came to enjoy some good Southern California style Mexican Food. This is not Tex-Mex style. The Chips and Salsa are great. Total for the above was $12 and I brought half of the Nachos home with me.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card 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 small glass and domestic and imported beers are also offered. Coupons appear in Thursday's Daily Sun. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Closed on Thanksgivings but open on Christmas and New Years Day. Liang Wu is chef; Jian Daniels, 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.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann S. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 7/15) Very disappointed this time. Steamed Shrimp Dumpling should be more like Gyoza but steamed. What we got was Dim Sum Dumpling which was probably left over from lunch time dim sum. Also, my Sweet and Sour Pork was using sweet and sour sauce on what is basically Japanese Pork Katsu. Chinese Sweet and Sour is different. This is a cop out. What is becoming of this restaurant. Diana, our server, was very nice and efficient. Bill without drinks came to $19. Am disappointed, as we used to like this place.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ann H. 11/15) We had a very enjoyable evening here. We had reservations and were seated at a large oval table that was great for conversation for our Gourmet Club Dine-Out group of 8. Our server, Robert, was very helpful and answered all our questions. We had not been to this place before. The atmosphere was cozy and you did not hear noise from other tables. The food was very good. We had the two for $25 that is offered Sunday through Thursday. The 18% gratuity was not added so we could tip as we wished.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) Our Gourmet Group of 8 had reservations and we're seated promptly when we arrived. The oval table that was requested, was a lovely change from the typical rectangular shape. Conversations with everyone at the table was so much easier. I had the Orange Chicken ($12). My husband had the General Tao's Chicken ($13). Both dishes were served with White Rice. The dishes were delicious and plentiful. A water and a soft drink, were our beverage choices. Our bill came to $30. Robert, our server, did an adequate job. The kitchen was pretty slow getting our food to us, considering the restaurant was not busy at all.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Richard D. 12/15) Was a pleasant meal until we got the bill. We ordered two glasses of Malbec wine. The menu has very tiny print but you could see the price was "7.5" per glass. I had a second glass of wine with my entrée. She ordered the Velvet Chicken Corn Soup and Crab Rangoon appetizer. I had Miso Soup and Coconut Shrimp with Fried Rice. Our meals were good, especially the Shrimp. Our friends had Fried Rice with Chicken or Shrimp and Tea. Craig was our server. When the bills came, they were all mixed up. We checked off our items to help him get the bill straight. But to our surprise, the 3 wines came to $33! He explained that we got the 8 oz. pour, not the 4 oz. pour. Guess he presumed we wanted doubles. I protested that he never asked and we saw "$7.5" on the menu. He was not going to budge because we drank the wine. $11 each for a glass is high and I bet it was not 8 ounces, more like 6 ounces. Our total came to $72 with tax ($35 of it for the wine). We were happy with our meal until then. He never asked which glass, large or tiny. This is a bad and deceptive practice. I adjusted my tip accordingly. We will not return. So beware!
Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Now Open Bavarian Brew Haus, 2738 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 399-5516. (Brew Pub) (German) [L/D] Originally opened July 24, 2014 as Las Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant and Brewery, it changed menu and name to a German-European restaurant in June, 2016, keeping the brewery portion. It now includes German food, as well as a few Spanish tapas from the old menu. Bill Doherty's "Singing Servers" will perform on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Jorg Troger, chef; Itso Belichovski and Brewmeister, Richard Heston, owners.



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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. This one now corporate owned.

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.



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8½ 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 200 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.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) I've been seeing so many chain locations of this place, I decided to make a visit knowing I shouldn't expect much. I was right. I had much better Fish n' Chips in other Villages joints. At least they did have Malt Vinegar. I think the Irish would cry comparing Fish n' Chips and the Irish name of the joint. It's a sports joint so I guess as long as drinks are available, food can basically be anything. Didn't expect much so am not disappointed. Bill came to $10 without drinks. For the place I think there were only two servers and the third behind the counter. For that, Addie, did a good job.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Colony Plaza), 321 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-5975. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open until 10 PM. Newest location in The Villages located off CR 466A. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Full bar now. One of a chain of over 200 locations in the southeast and midwest. Aimee Holaway, manager; Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway, Richard Parrish & Ben Pickens, owners.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Seated upon arrival at a booth. All other seating was full. Very good attention and service by Cassandra. Drinks came quickly, order taken and reasonable time later all food arrived at once and was hot. My wife had a "De-constructed" Burger (no bun) which was done medium as requested. I tried the Shrimp Lettuce Wrap. It was excellent with twenty Shrimp on 3 leaves spread with Cole Slaw and Chinese like Crispy Noodles. It was good and filling. Ours with 2 for 1 beer and a Pepsi was $22 including -$3. coupon. Others enjoyed their Chicken Soup, Philly Cheese-Steak ("one of the best ever") and Funnel Fries. Will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Buffalo Discount Card Belle Glade Country Club, 446 Moyer Loop, The Villages, FL. 205-8208. (American) [L/D] Named after the "Sugar Cane City", just south of Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Located at the east end of Hillsborough Trail, on Moyer Loop, off Morse Blvd., south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44. This Country Club restaurant opened October 20, 2014. Same layout as Evans Prairie Country Club but a different menu. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 9 PM, or 10 PM on weekends. An "Old Florida" experience. The offerings start with Lobster Bisque Soup, New England Style Clam Chowder or Vegetable Soup ($4/$7 each) and Salads like Garden, Caesar or House ($4/$7 each). Various large Salads like Iceberg Wedge, Chicken Caesar, Walnut Creek, Strawberry & Avocado, Cobb, Sesame Chicken, Fajita Chicken Salad, Crispy Checken, Ahi Tuna and Steak House Salad (all ranging ($9-15 each) are available for lunch or dinner. Appetizers (or lite meals) include Fried Pickles ($8), Honey-Lime Shrimp ($9), Chicken Strips ($9), Steak Nachos ($10), Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps ($10), Chicken Wings ($10), Little Necks Clams ($10), Loaded Potato Wedges ($10), Margherita Flatbread ($10), Bruschetta with Crab ($11) and Tuna Wontons ($11). They also offer four Wraps like Thai Steak, Chicken Caesar, Chicken BLT or Santa Fe Turkey (all $9 each). In the Pasta department you can find dishes like Tuscan Chicken, Shrimp & Scallop Arrabbiata, Linguine Beef Stir Fry, Rigatoni Salsicce, Pescatore, Steak Rigatoni and Lobster Ravioli (all ranging $15-18 each). For dinner entrées they offer Southwest Chicken ($12), Chicken Pot Pie ($13), Chicken Royale ($14), Lobster Pie ($14), Portabella Steak Bercy ($16), Beef Filet Mozzarella ($16), Grilled Salmon Steak ($16), Chicken or Mushroom Enchilada ($16 each), Lamb Shank ($17), Pan Seared Cobia ($17), Mustard Crusted Salmon ($18) and a NY Strip Steak ($21). For lighter appetites, hand-helds fill the bill, like Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Ham & Swiss, Honey Pecan Chicken Salad, Ranch Style Chicken, Turkey Bacon Melt, Rueben Cuban, Custom or Bistro Burger, California Club, Cobia Sandwich, and Ahi Tuna Tacos (all ranging $9-12 each). For dessert you can find Chocolate Decadent Cake, Caramel or White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Peach Cobbler (all $7 each). Kids menu offered too. Full bar. Happy Hour prices in effect 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Wine list includes Round Hill Chardonnay, Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Houge Riesling, Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Merlot, Mark West Pinot Noir, LaJoya Syrah and others (all $5.50-8.50/glass or $18-30/bottle). House wines run about $4/glass. Specialty drinks, like a Dirty Shamrock, run $6-7 each. Frequent diner club available on their website. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Occasional entertainment in season. Jim Schumann, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Earl Weiss, general manager; Jim Haghayegh operations director; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie and Bonifay Country Clubs.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/15) We arrived shortly before 5 PM and took advantage of the happy hour till 5. Well drinks were 1/2 price. Our wine was only $2.50 each, but our friends Jack Daniels was at full price. Our server was Chase. He was very pleasant and eager to please as one of our friends has many food allergies. I had the Lobster Bisque Soup as an appetizer and had the Bistro Burger as the entrée. Both were very good. My wife had a small Tossed Salad and Southwest Chicken with Asparagus. Her meal was very good as well. We were not served any bread. When we mentioned the lack of bread to Chase, he said that we should have asked for it as it is not normally put on the table, but many other tables had it on their tables. Two of us had meals served on rectangular plates. The plates were not flat on the bottom, so that when you went to cut the meat, the plate swiveled around and made it difficult to cut the meat. Our drinks and meal was $35 plus t&t. The view out the back is spectacular. We will go back again, but ask for the bread this time.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nanci C. 1/15) We went for dinner and decided to sit at the bar. The bartender, Nicki, was very attentive. I ordered Lobster Bisque and my husband got the Reuben/Cuban. Both the Bisque and the Sandwich were very good. The bill was $25 which included a couple of Beers, before t&t. The décor is very nice and we look forward to going back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) About 7 PM on a weekday and very few customers left. We started with a Belletini ($7) for her and a Syrah ($8.50) for me. She had the Pecan Chicken Salad ($9) and I had my favorite, Lobster Pie ($14). Both were very enjoyable. We had Patricia for a server and she too good care of us. Total was $41 before t&t. A nice quite meal.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Took family who moved here recently to show them around and was very disappointed with dishes on the menu not available twice. Was told a few dishes are unavailable but thought others were OK. So when the waiter asked for drinks, we ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and after a while we ordered several Cobia Fish. No, we found out it was also not available. So, we decided to order Clam Steamers. After a while a supervisor came and apologized that Clams were also not available. At this point we decided to have drinks only and cancelled all food orders. This is unacceptable. Had we been told all the unavailable dishes before, we probably would have left without ordering drinks. We'll come back because the sunset is beautiful here but will not return to this place for a while. We went to Havana CC instead.
Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) We arrived a little after 4 PM on a weekday and were seated promptly. The restaurant was very quiet. Our server, Amanda, took great care of us. I had the Bistro Burger ($12). My husband had the Chicken Royale ($13). My Burger was cooked perfectly and it had some wonderful toppings that took the Burger "over the top". Besides Cheddar Cheese and Bacon, it had a Fried Egg and a Sun Dried Tomato Aioli. My husband's meal was delicious too. It included Basil Mashed Potatoes. Who would have thought to put Basil in Mashed Potatoes? What a great taste. We both enjoyed our meals immensely. Our meals with 2 soft drinks came to $30. I think we will return more often.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466), 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. Usually open Thanksgiving Day. One of a large regional chain of 550 locations in 18 states based in Columbus, Ohio. A second location is planned for Colony Plaza. 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.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Coming Soon Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466A), 420 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Faces CR466A, next to Walgreens Pharmacy. Expected completion, early 2017. This is the second location in The Villages. Breakfast served all day. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Usually open Thanksgiving Day. One of a large regional chain of 550 locations in 18 states, about 50 in Florida, based in Columbus, Ohio.



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13 Stars Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Bonefish Grill (The Villages), 3580 Wedgewood Ln. The Villages, FL. 674-9292. (Seafood) [L/D] In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Center next to CVS Pharmacy. Now open daily 11 AM to 10 PM and to 11 PM on weekends. Plus Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM weekly. Open on Valentine's Day and Easter with limited reservations. Now accepting reservations daily, up to 1 month in advance, for seating from 11 AM daily, right on their website. "Call Ahead" no longer offered here. Closed Xmas and New Years Day. Extensive fresh seafood offerings with daily specials. Florida Stone Crab Claws available in season (November). 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 ($7), Coconut Pie ($7) or the 3 Doughnuts ($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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 2/15) As much as I like this restaurant, this particular visit was horrible. We had reservations and we're seated a few minutes late. We ordered drinks which took forever to get. We had to ask for bread. We had to ask for the water we originally asked for. We ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp and it was great. Everything went downhill after that. I ordered the special Lobster Tail dinner ($14.50). It came with a Salad which took a long time to get. Others ordered Salad or Soup too. Theirs came to the table 10-15 minutes after mine. My meal included a side dish. (I chose Broccoli) and their seasonal side for the evening (Couscous). When I received my meal, the 1 Lobster Tail was the size of a large shrimp (2 bites worth). The Broccoli was barely cooked and there was no Couscous. I asked for the Couscous and it came out in a soup bowl, and amounted to maybe 2 tablespoons worth. The Mussels my husband ordered ($10.50) came out, were under cooked and over 1/3 of them were not open. Therefore, he didn't eat the unopened ones. Another gentleman in our group also ordered the Mussels. He had twice the portion as my husband and not as many were unopened. One of our group ordered the Tilapia. It was so overcooked that it was inedible and returned to the kitchen to be thrown out. Another ordered the Trout, which was burned. We were in this establishment for OVER 2 hours. The only thing good about this visit was the Bang Bang Shrimp. Service was slow and inconsistent. The food was terrible and overpriced for what we got. Please make note that since the last time we came, the prices are higher. I chalk this up as being just a bad night. We will return, but if the next time is like this time, Bonefish will be OFF my list of places to dine. What a huge disappointment. Our bill came to $38 before tip.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) I never am disappointed with the food, service or atmosphere at this restaurant and this evening was no exception. We had reservations and were seated immediately and our server, Angel, arrived to take our drink and appetizer order promptly. I had a fresh Raspberry Martini and he had a Claret. Mine was delicious. We ordered Mussels to share which had a wonderful sauce of garlic, white wine, tomatoes and cream. They have a new twist to their menu in which they have a regular price on some items and a prix fixe on these same items. We chose the prix fixe on the Turbo Oscar so that included a Bonefish House Salad and a dessert. The dessert was their Donuts with whipped cream and chocolate and carmel syrup. They were amazing. The price was $75 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 6/16) After our horrible experience 16 months ago, (see past review), we decided to give Bonefish another try. Service was better, but on the slow side. Katie took good care of us. I had the Salmon and my husband had the Shrimp and Scallops. Both dishes were $19 each. We shared a Bang Bang Shrimp ($11). Just had water to drink. Food was good. It's still very expensive here for what you get.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Bonifay Country Club, 1033 Pinellas Place, The Villages, FL. 205-7455. (American) (Southern) [B/L/D] Open daily 8 AM to 9 PM, to 10 PM weekends. Now serving breakfast daily. Located on Pinellas Place, less than a mile west, off Morse Blvd. (south of CR 466A), in the new zip code. Named after a small panhandle town in Florida. With sky blue walls, white puffy clouds, bright cushions and red accented beach canvas coverings, this Country Club restaurant, opened November 11th, 2011. Large indoor and outdoor bars fill the building's width. Large outside area overlooks the new Ft. Walton Golf Course. Much more quiet outside than inside. The menu offers a variety of items with a casual southern flair. Appetizers include Bruschetta, Spinach Dip, P.E.I. Mussels, Coconut-Cilantro Shrimp, and others like Calamari, all $7.00-9.50 each. Soups offered could include Potato-Leek, Crab & Corn Chowder and a Pan Handle Gumbo, all $4/$6 each depending on size. Lighter fare include sandwiches and wraps such as King Caesar or Thai Chili Wrap as well as a Clubhouse, Burgers, French Dip and Rueben Sandwiches, and others, at $8.50-10 each. Large salads, popular in the warmer months, include a Spinach Salad, Chicken or Shrimp Caesar, Florida Palm, Lime Chicken, Bourbon BBQ Salmon and a Signature Steak & Wedge Salad, all ranging $8-12 each. For heartier appetites you can order pasta dishes including Baked Penne, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Pesto, Chicken Parmesan, Beef Stroganoff and a Florida Seafood Scampi Pasta, all ranging $10-15 each. Specialties of the house include Southern Style Pot Roast, Rum Raisin Meatloaf or Chicken Cordon Bleu, all $13; plus Beer Batter Fish and Chips ($11), Asian Chicken Stir-Fry ($12), Twin Crab Cakes ($13), Coconut Crusted Butterfish ($14), Cajun-Style Jambalaya ($15), Atlantic Salmon ($16), a 10 oz. Rib Eye ($17) and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($21), at the top end. Entrées include a side dish. A side salad or cup of soup can be added at $2.50. For dessert, they offer Sorbet, Key Lime Pie, Cheese Cake, Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding and an interesting Grilled Pineapple, all ranging $4-6 each. Full bar with specialty drinks like Key Lime Martini, Mango Mai Tai, Pink Grapefruit Margarita and a Blackberry Julip ($6-7), all made to order. Half Price Happy Hour 2-5 PM daily. Wine list with selections by the glass or bottle even include Champagne and run to $30/bottle. Children's menu on request. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Occasional entertainment and Sunday Brunch is planned. Neil Hartsel, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Lorel Rowe, manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie Country Club (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 11/11) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/12) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Joanne C. 1/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 7/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) We came with a large golfing group but were seated at a table of 8. Our server was Danielle. She had a busy afternoon but we had a minimal wait, she was very helpful and accommodating. I had a house Chardonnay, my husband had a Diet Pepsi, he ordered the Steak Quesadillas and I had the South Beach Salad. Both were delicious, our drinks were refilled frequently and the service was great. Our bill before t&t was $28. The others are our table were also very pleased with their meals.
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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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Cane Garden (Country Club) Restaurant, 1726 Bailey Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-0627. (American) [B/L/D] Open 8 AM to 9 PM. Relaxing and inviting atmosphere with warm, tropical décor. Mostly lighter fare plus a few major entrées like a Chicken Stir-Fry ($10), Liver and Onions ($10), Pork Ribeye ($13), Whitefish ($13), Chicken Bella ($13), Stuffed Flounder ($13), Black Angus Steak Bordelaise ($14), Twin Petite Filets ($18), all served after 4 PM. You can also find a lunch or dinner entrée like Rustic Baked Pasta ($11), Chicken Marsala Sorrentino ($13), Pecan Tilapia ($13), Baked Meatloaf Sicilian ($13) and Pot Roast Étouffée ($14). Burgers are popular that range from an Angus Burger ($8) to the "Monster" ($10). They come with a side of Fries. Eight Wood Fired Pizzas ($8-9) are a favorite also. They are also noted for Wraps that range from Chicken Caesar to Chicken Avocado ($8-10). Lunch and dinner Sandwiches range from Philly Cheese Steak ($9), to Fish Taco ($10), to Lobster BLT Croissant ($11). They are noted for their Tuna Melt ($9). A wide variety of Salads, like Caesar ($8), Spinach ($8), a Wedge ($9), Tropical Paradise ($10), Chop Chop ($10), Chicken Lettuce Wrap ($10) and Goat Cheese on Greens ($10) are on the menu. Their "Soon To Be Famous" Tuna Salad ($11) has been on the menu since Day One. Appetizers can make a light meal or good bar food, like Fried Cheese ($6), Fried Shrimp ($7), Fried Calamari ($8), Crab Cakes ($8), Coconut Shrimp ($10), Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas ($8), and more. Weekly Specials might be Prime Rib ($15/$18), Pork Steamship ($13) or Roast Turkey ($13). Popular theme nights like Irish Pub Night offers Fish & Chips ($12), Corned Beef and Cabbage ($13) or Lamb Shank ($16). Now open for breakfast (served to 11 AM generally) with Omelets ($7-8), Pancakes and French Toast ($5-6) and Egg Combos ($6-8). Special menu on holidays. Full bar. Tropical drinks offered. Happy Hour 3-5 PM. Breezeway dining available. Golf course views. Single person seating at the bar only. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Louis Santiago, executive chef since opening; 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.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 6/15) Having been out of the country for over a month, we wanted to have a good American Hamburger. We like Cane Garden's Angus Burger with all the trimmings, especially their sliced raw onions. We missed Cane Cane Shrimp too. As usual, both were very good. We were seated immediately. We liked the Burger but wished they didn't fry their French Fries so crisp. I prefer McD's, Nathan's or Five Guys' Fries better. Also, they could do better with their Wine selection. Had a glass of Pinot Grigio but it was so so. Total bill without drinks came to $21 and our server, Becky, was efficient. Love the layout of Cane Garde and it is my home country club.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) This is one of the most enjoyable restaurants in the Villages. Our server, Stephanie, was attentive and friendly. I had a Lobster Pizza ($9) which was flavorful and topped with lots of chunks of lobster. The sauce was delicious and the crust nice and crispy. My lunch partner had a Tuna Salad Sandwich ($9) which was also very good. We both had soft drinks today. The total before t&t was $23.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ray B. 10/15) Decided to have some Pizza for supper at Cane Garden. Each of us had a different pizza, mine a Pepperoni, and my wife's the Pizza of the day. Both were excellent thin crust Pizza. We did not have any cocktails or dessert. Server was June and she was excellent and very attentive. Total bill before t&t was $20.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) This is why I like this place. We weren't too hungry so we decided to order a few appetizers and one entrée. Lobster Bisque was very good and house soup was very good also. Onion Rings were sweet and juicy but wished they would lightly fry them and not deep fry them. I know it is difficult. We also ordered a new dish called Clams Bianca. The Clams were good sized and good but six Clams didn't open. I can understand 1 or 2 closed but not six. I mentioned this to our server, Courtney, who was very pleasant and efficient. I told her the above for future reference but she brought a new batch. I didn't expect this as we were already filled up. We took the new batch home and had a great Linguine with White Clam Sauce the next day. It was delicious. Cane Garden knows how to please customers. This is my home Country Club. Loved their Pinot Grigio too. Without drinks, tab came to $25.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 5/16) We had a hankering for Fish n' Chips and knowing Thursday was the Irish Night, decided to try it. Fish was juicy and fried right and Peas mashed on the side was very good. Tartar Sauce was great and glad they had Malt Vinegar. So, what's missing? The Chips. Since it is called Fish 'n Chips, the Chips had to be great too. I ate lots of it when I lived in London and I was disappointed in the Chips served here. They cut the potato correctly and the size were just right but it was bland and watery. A bad mix. I think whoever bought the potato need to taste the French Fries offered at Oakwood Express in Wildwood. You don't need to visit Dublin or London. It was too bad as otherwise the evening was perfect. Christy, our server, was excellent as usual and the bill came to $25. Sincerely hope they do something about the Chips.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/16) We were seated immediately which was a pleasant surprise. Our serve, Melanie. took our drink orders. We both had the Prime zib dinner which is a Tuesday special. It was very good. I like my beef very rare and this was a little more well done, but had a very nice flavor. The price before t&t was $30 with a Martini and a glass of wine.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Carrabba's Italian Grill (The Villages), 650 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-1304. (Italian) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Opens 11 AM daily. Closes at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM five other days. Dinner menu starts at 3 PM and all day Sunday. Authentic Italian food provided by a popular large chain of almost 250 locations owned by Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Calamari Ricardo ($10) and Mozzarella Marinara ($9) are popular appetizers with Pollo Rosa Maria ($17.50), Chicken Bryan ($17.50), Pasta Weesie ($16), Tilapia Nocciola ($16.50) and Filet Fiorentina ($24.50), some of the popular entrées. Entrées range from $11.50 for Tagliarini Pasta to $28 for the 9 oz. Beef Filet Marsala. Dishes such as Spiedino di Mare ($19), Lobster Ravioli ($18), Mezzaluna ($14) and Lasagna ($14.50) are popular too. PEI Steamed Mussels ($11) are a meal in themselves. Sogno di Cioccolata ($8) ends the meal. 3 course dinners at $12 offered Mondays only. Full bar. Half Off Happy Hour runs 3-7 PM. $10 off a bottle of wine or pitcher of Sangria offered on Wednesdays. Small private room off the bar. Gluten free information available on their website and alternate menu. Call ahead seating. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. John Siple, proprietor; James Gilliam, manager.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 6/07) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 11/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) We sat at the hightops because the dining room had a wait. Got a coupon for their Pork Tenderloin ($10.90) special this month, so all 3 of us ordered it. It came with a Salad and a Side Dish. I ordered a Diet Coke too. Very good meal and we didn't overeat. Aaron did a great job serving. My tab was just $14 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) We were invited to their Special Summer Wine Dinner. 28 patrons attended. It was held in the bar at high tops. They had to accommodate a few handicapped people at booths and Amanda arranged it well for them. To start, they poured a Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay to go with the Tuscan Strawberry Salad. Luckily the dressing was light and very little vinegar if any. Great pair. Then we had a Coppola Votre Santé California Pinot Noir to go with Tagliarini with Asparagus, Tomato and Basil. The Pinot was more full bodied than Oregon State Pinots. They didn't emphasize it was a family style shared dish for four people. A little confusion resulted when only 2 shared it. Next we had a very nice Coppola California Blended Cab-Sauv for the main course of 3 piece Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloins. Very nice dish but hard to find the thin Prosciutto. Flavorful fig sauce and broccoli sprouts. Lastly the Banfi importer gave a talk about Rosa Regale Brachetto Pink Sparkly paired with a delicious Panna Cotta dessert. We were familier with all 4 wines and the pairings were excellent choices. The kitchen did a great job of bringing out 28 dishes at once while maintaining the regular dining room service. The meal was slow paced and we chatted with nice table mates. Excellent friendly and polite service by 4 waitresses. Total cost was only $40pp before t&t, plus they gave us a coupon for $10 off our next bottle of wine. Hardly a fault here. Hope they do this again soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) This chain never disappoints. She started with the Tomato Caprese ($8) with delicious toasted bread. This is presented with a jar of pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, garlic and basil which makes it very unusual. She also had the Mussels ($11) which are always perfect. I had the 9 oz. Tuscan Filet ($25) which was excellent. Our server was Diego and he did a very good job. We had the $36 bottle of Coppola Cab. She had a Limoncello ($6) for dessert. The total before tip and tax was $69 with $10 off the Coppola wine and a 15% off food coupon.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Although we called ahead and were told it would be only 30 minutes, we still waited another 20 minutes after we arrived. Our waitress, Tina, arrived to take our order. I ordered a Martini ($8.50) I love, and the others ordered their wine (House Cab $7 on Happy Hour) as well. They have a new small plates menu which is wonderful. On Tuesdays they serve 3 small plates for $12 which is a bargain. I had Stuffed Mushrooms, Mozzarella Bites, and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus. They were all excellent although a bit spicy which was not mentioned in the description. Others in our party also had various small plates and enjoyed them as well, except the Lettuce Wraps were spicy as well, even without the sauce. The service was OK. The price was $39 before tip and tax.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank K. 6/16) This Carrabba's has at least two great dishes you won't find at other restaurants in the area. We started with an appetizer of cherry tomatoes and burrata cheese with a light balsamic glaze. Burrata is one of the world's most exquisite cheeses. At $7.50, the portion's big enough for two. Then a Veal Chop, grilled a perfect medium, at $25. No waiting for a table this time of year, and the service was above average. A nice wine selection, if a bit on the expensive side.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Cattle Baron Club, 996 Delmar Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-5981. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] After almost 18 years as a "Place for Beef", and originally opened as a "private, member's only club", it went out of business on May 1, 2015, as renovations moved Katie Belle's Dining & Music Hall to the second floor.



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13 Stars Buffalo Discount Card 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.



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Not Rated Video Video Now Open Chicken Salad Chick (The Villages), 996 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 775-9379. (Deli) [L/D] New concept in fast casual dining opened February 2, 2016. This location open 10:30 AM to 7 PM daily, except closed all day Sunday. Located in La Plaza Grande, next to Bella's Hair Studio. Their motto is "A Simple Concept, A Superb Experience." Homey, vinyl covered tables. Items ordered at the counter are brought to your table. It's based around one product, Southern Style Chicken Salad, prepared 15 different ways. They have Chick Salad with Onion, Jalapeño, BBQ flavored, Buffalo Spice, Pickles & Eggs, Pineapple & Nuts, Apples & Cashews, Apples & Grapes, Cranberry & Almonds, Pimento Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and others. Side items include Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Pasta Salad or Fresh Fruit. They also serve a Daily Soup ($3/$5). Most meals are ordered as a Combo with a Sandwich, 1 Side Item, Pickle Spear and Cookie ($8). $1 more with 2 sides. ½ Sandwich and Soup ($7) also available. The sandwich bread can be eliminated, replaced by a bed of lettuce. If you aren't "chicken" you can also order a Turkey Hogie, Cajun Roast Beef, Virgina Ham or Pimento Cheese Deli Sandwich instead (all $6 each). Take-home Chicken Salad is also sold ($11/lb.). No bar. A franchise operation of about 50 locations in the southeast US, based in Auburn, AL. and started by Kevin and Stacy Brown in 2008. This franchise run by Mark Clausen, Tim O'Neill, Jr. and Bill Battillo.

Review: (from Robert F. 4/16) Clean, pleasant atmosphere. Food was well prepared, tasty and fresh. My spouse had the Chick Trio which consisted of three different Chicken Salads and I had the Luau Lydia which was Chicken Salad with pineapple and nuts in it. That came with Fresh Fruit and the Cookie of the day. We both had Diet Cokes. The toll bill amounted to $22 before tip. We enjoyed each mouthful.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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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. Ziosk® Tabletop Tablets for ordering meals being introduced in 2015. Full bar. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. Seniors (55+) get 10% off. One of a very large nationwide popular chain of over 1200 locations owned by Brinker International of Dallas, TX. Patreeka Carter, manager; Troy McClellan, managing partner.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 8/11) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 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. Remodeled in December, 2014. Large Chinese/Japanese buffet as well as menu items such as General Tso's Chicken and Happy Family. Large selection of meat, poultry and seafood. Both Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan items included. Soups, desserts and a variety of Ice Cream round out the selections. Beer & wine. Open Christmas Day. Coupons in the Thursday Daily Sun. Hui Zheng Wang and Xiu Hua Zheng, owners.



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

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Another pleasant experience. Dining on the patio with our service dog. We shared a small Nachos, well prepared and generous. We shared the French Dip Sandwich with the Salad. This is plenty for both of us. She enjoyed the Mascarpone Pear for dessert. Edward was very attentive, as were all of the servers on the patio. Total was $25 before t&t.
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11 ½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Fire American Oven & Bar (Brownwood), 2716 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 561-2078. (American) [L/D] Officially opened December 26, 2012. Hours are daily from 11 AM until Midnight or later on weekends. The main entrance is close to the Branstorm Theater. This second location in Brownwood is twice the size of the first City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing. The interior is marked by an eclectic array of large antique chandeliers, maroon and brick walls, dark wood tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. A big indoor-outdoor bar and a large outside dining area complete the street scene. The menu is similar in both locations. Flat Breads are popular here too, like the Pear and Brie, as are the Burger or Meatloaf Sliders. A French Dip, Turkey BLT Wrap, Chicken Salad Wrap and a Chicken Thumbit Sandwich can be found on the card also. Their Crab Cakes double as an appetizer or entrée. Most offerings are about $9-13 each. Their Tomato Basil Soup, Sizzle Chips and Nutty Cheesy Salad are now well known in The Villages. A wide variety of wines by the glass or bottle are offered here. The full bar makes any martini in the book. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. John Waterloo, chef; Jeff Yates, bar manager; Dave Edelstein, general manager; Mike and Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, managing partners; Manny A. Garcia, III, owner.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) I took a client here and we were greeted by Scott, the general manager, as he was leaving for another location. We received wonderful service from Adrian, who was very attentive. My client had the Chicken Salad, which he enjoyed. I asked for something special, that used to be on the menu. They were happy to prepare it for me. It was a Spicy Shrimp Chorizo Flatbread. It was quiet enough inside for us to talk and enjoy our meal. Total was $20 before t&t. Service appears to be much better now than in previous visits.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David L. 1/16) I went there with my wife and son and just walked in and were seated immediately. Our server was Alexandra who got us drinks right away and then took our orders, we ordered a small Nachos for appatizer ($6.50) and I ordered a French Onion Soup ($6.50). Both my wife and son ordered the Chicken Parmesan ($16) and I ordered the Norwegian Salmon ($19). Everything was very tasty and enjoyable especially since the restaurant wasn't overly busy around 2:45 PM.
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12 Stars Video Cody's Original Roadhouse (Lake Sumter Landing), 1041 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-8500. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opens at 11 AM; closes at 10 PM (or 11 PM on weekends). 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 and started in 1994. Another location is already open in Ocala (see that listing) and one in Brownwood (see that listing). Allen Musikantow and John Demetriadis and family, operating partners here. Carrie Jackson, 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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6½ Stars Video Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), 3731 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 430-2997. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened September 22, 2014. This is the second location in The Villages with another dozen locations in Florida. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Old gas pumps and a vintage pick-up truck are their recognizable icons. Onions on a Stick ($7), Cody's Buffalo Shrimp ($7) and Buffalo Wings ($7) in either BBQ, Garlic or Cody flavors are popular starters. Coconut Shrimp or Char-Grilled on a Skewer (both $14) are offered for seafood entrées, as is Grilled Salmon ($14-16) or Florida Snapper ($15). Burgers start at $8 and a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Jack Cheese is available at $8 also. Fajitas ($11-12) are favorite menu items. Sirloin, NY Strip, Rib Eye, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Filet Mignon Steaks are listed at $15-23 each. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. An Early Bird Menu runs 3:30 to 6:00 PM daily except Sunday that starts at $9. Outdoor seating is available. Full bar with large covered bar area. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. The small chain, based in Clearwater, FL. is in business since 1994. Allen Musikantow and John and Eugenia (Jeanne) Demetriadis operating partners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Raymond A. 9/14) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) We went here with our neighborhood group because the person suggested 2 for 1 Fajitas and 2 for 1 drinks. It rained quite a bit that evening but the place was relatively crowded. My wife had Shrimp Fajitas and I had Beef. Ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio. I wouldn't come to this place normally as it's a place for quantity of food at cheap price. Many of the restaurants in The Villages go for price and quantity rather than creativity and quality. This place is no different than the original Cody's in Sumter Landing. Went there for friendship with the neighbors.
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9½ Stars Free WiFi Crispers, 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6502. (Cafe) [L/D] "Fresh salads and such". Toasted sandwiches, stuffed crispy flatbreads, soup, chowder and gumbo. Citrus Chicken Wrap, Downtown Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich, Hot Russian Toasted Sandwich and French Dip are typical offerings. All vegetarian choices can be found. Most items range from $6 to $8 each. No bar. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Small Florida chain of 36 locations, formerly owned by Publix, now run by Healthy Food Concepts LLC., a private investment group. Mills Kilbourne, general manager.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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9½ Stars Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (The Villages), 2536 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 259-6675. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] This is their 8th location, opened in early May, 2015. Located a few doors from Square 1 Burgers & Bar at the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A. Breakfast and lunch items daily, 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Biscuits 'n Gravy, Scramble Cheese Eggs and Country Fried Steak are some of the morning specialties. For lunch, Tuna Melt, BLT and Turkey, Ham 'n Cheese Sandwiches are typical menu items. Grilled Chicken Salad and Santa Fe Chicken Wrap are also favorites. Beer and wine licensed at this location. Other locations are in Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Decided to go for late breakfast about 10:30 AM. "Sit wherever you like", one waitress announced. So we pick a comfortable table of the half that were still empty. This is much larger than other locations. Kirsten (ticket had her as "Kristen") was very pleasant. We had an Iced Tea and an Iced Coffee to start. My better half ordered the "2+2+2" (2 Bacon, 2 Pancakes & 2 Eggs), over medium. I made it easy for her and said "Put a 2 in front of that, I'll have the same." Kirsten smiled, "OK, 2+2+2 times 2". We waited quite a while for the order. We started to get worried. All the help here are pleasant. We finally got our food. Nice Cakes, not too crispy Bacon and two small Eggs, over medium. It was very good. The kitchen seemed a little slow today but they've only been open a few day, so we might come back for lunch some day. I was surprised that the total was $16 before t&t, when the 2+2+2 was on the early-bird (before 11 AM).
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Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Went for late breakfast. Was surprised how crowded the place was around 10 AM. Delighted that there was a seat at the counter for singles. Place was buzzing and servers seemed very nice. Food was nothing special but well done. Thought they did a good job on Hash Browns and Omelette was on a well done side; the Ham and Onions inside were quite good. Liked their Rye Toast also. Bit slow on service but not annoying. Server, Kelly, was pleasant and my bill came to $8.50 plus $2 for Coffee.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Janice T. 6/16) This was a good experience for our 1st visit. Service from Brandy was very accommodating and the food was done correctly and enjoyable. When I say done correctly, I mean the Eggs were cooked to my liking. Some restaurants don't know how to cook Over Medium Eggs. We both had the Early Bird Special #2. It is 2 Eggs, a Meat, a Potato, a Bread, AND a Beverage ($7.25 each). After looking at the menu, this was a fantastic deal. Other than the specials, prices were a little on the high side. Our bill came to $14.50 before t&t. We will return when we're in the vicinity and it is within the Early Bird time, 6 am - 11 am daily.
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11½ Stars Video AARP Card 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.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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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.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Cylvia Y. 7/15) My Mom and I ate at this older Mexican restaurant several times in 2009. None of the visits that year were good. But I decided to try this restaurant again, six years later and was most pleased. The woman server was attentive and kind. The Chicken Fajitas were very good as were the Corn Tortillas, Hot Sauce, Chips, and Cheese Dip. The Tea glass was kept full. I left a good tip due to the great service. For sure I will go again and if everything is like it was yesterday, I will keep going back. Yesterday's visit was very very good.
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12½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Evans Prairie Country Club, 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-2225. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Adjacent to Buena Vista Blvd., 0.8 miles south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44A. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. This Country Club restaurant opened October 24, 2012. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. The main room is sectioned off with window and door assembled walls. Part can be made into a private room. Incredible view from the bar and very large patio. The menu is quite extensive with appetizers like Potato Croquettes, Jumbo Stuffed Mushrooms, Potato Cakes, Orange Glazed Ribs, Wings, Buffalo Shrimp, Bruschetta and Avocado Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Hot Crab and Cheese Dip, among others, ranging $8-10 each. Soups include a Tomato Basil and Chicken Tortilla ($4/$6). Pasta dishes include Cheesey Seafood Penne, Chicken Florentine, Bruschetta Steak Pasta, Southwest Chicken Pasta, Key Lime Scampi, Chicken Alfredo and Pasta Primavera, all ranging $12-15 each. Full sized entrées include Country Fried Steak ($13), Rosemary Chicken ($13), Shepard's Pie ($13), Country Fried Chicken ($13), Sliced Meatloaf ($14), Grilled or Blackened Mahi-Mahi ($15), Pork Osso Bucco Shank ($15), 7 oz. Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin ($15), Pomegranate Glazed Salmon ($16), Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon ($16), 7 oz. Top Sirloin ($17) and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($22). They also feature their sandwiches, especially their burgers. Build-It Burger or Onion Ring Burger ($9-10) are "mouth openers". There are also Wraps, a Club Sandwich, Patty Melt, Shaved Pork, Mahi-Mahi, Crispy Chicken and a Salmon BLT, all ranging $8-11 each. Desserts run $5-6 each and include Sorbet, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake or Bourbon Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce. Children's menu available with Kraft Mac 'N Cheese among the offerings. 16 wines available by the glass or bottle ranging up to $30. Specialty cocktail list on the table. Half Priced Happy Hour runs 2-5 PM, then again 8-10 PM. Large outdoor seating area with overhead heaters and fans. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Jay Hall, chef; Macey Klein, general manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Bonifay Country Club (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paul C. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon S. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David L. 5/15) Our family went here to have dinner before a show. We had 2 Martinis ($7 each), 1 Ketel One Vodka ($8) and 1 Old Fashioned ($5). I had a delicious Bacon/Turkey Wrap ($9) and my wife had Chicken Marsala ($15) which was deleted for payment as it was cold! Our son had the Key West Scampi ($16) with a small House Salad ($3) and his wife had the Chicken Alfredo ($14) and a small House Salad ($3). They also had a bottle of Robert Mondavi Chardonnay ($22). All dishes were delicious and thoroughly enjoyed! All together with t&t for both dinners, it came to $113.
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11 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Evergreen Buffet and Grill, 2466 Burnsed Blvd, The Villages, FL. 399-5590. (Asian) (Buffet) [L/D] Opened December, 2013. Located in Pinellas Shopping Plaza off CR 466A. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 9:30 PM on weekends. Offers a wide variety of Asian dishes, buffet style plus grilled items. Lunch buffet (served 11 AM - 3:30 PM) runs $8.95, while the dinner buffet (served 4 - 9 PM) runs $13.25. A luncheon special, from a selection of 20 meals with rice, is also available at $6.95. Lo Mein meals run $7-9 each; Chow Mein and Chop Suey meals run $9-10 each; Egg Foo Young dishes are $8-9; Moo Shu dishes are $9-10 each. There are Pork, Beef, Chicken and Seafood meals all ranging $10-12 each. Gourmet Specialties like Mei Fun Noodles ($9), Mongolian Beef ($9.50), Sesame Chicken ($11), General Tso's Chicken ($11), Orange Chicken ($12), Triple Crown ($12), Hunan Delicacy ($12), Szechuan Shrimp & Chicken ($12), Happy Family ($12.50) and Seafood Delight ($13) are also featured. Some dishes can be created as spicy dishes. Children's buffet pricing available. Beer and wine served. Mei Chen, Min Zheng and Chan Huang, owners.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 12/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.



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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.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 10/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi First Watch The Daytime Café (The Villages), 1568 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 633-1520. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza where Blockbuster Video once occupied. Opened for business August 29, 2011. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch only. No items over $8. Featuring such breakfast goodies as Floridian French Toast®, Belgium Waffles and specialty Pancakes like Cranberry Nut, Banana Crunch with Granola and Carrot Cake. Crepeggs® is also a novelty. Famous for their various Muffins too. Omelets include Bacado®, Killer Cajun®, Greek Fetish®, Far West and The Works among others. Brunch items include Chickichanga®, Burrito Vera Cruz®, as well as Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit Crêpes, Ham & Mushroom Skillet and others. Lunch salads might be Santa Fe, Pecan Dijon® or Cobb, to name a few. Monterey Club, Chicken Salad Melt, Turkey Burger, Beefeater and a Half Pound Angus Burger are just some of the mid-day sandwiches offered. Tomato-Basil Soup is also on the menu. Low carb and gluten free items are indicated. Gluten free information also available on their website. Voted 2015 "Best Breakfast" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 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 150+ restaurants in 18 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. First Watch franchising also owns the Egg & I Café chain. 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.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/15) These days I am looking for a great breakfast place and recently found Millie's in Siesta Keys. This place, near the Villages Regional Hospital, deserves a visit. Their Eggs were good. Though Link Sausage could use less salt, it was plump and juicy. Loved their Enlish Muffins. Coffee was thick and tasty. My only request is to improve on their Potatoes. Couldn't they do a fluffy one like in Germany since they are taking time to make potatoes already. The $8 without coffee item is reasonable. Their service was excellent too.
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12 Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card 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.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card 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. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 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 25 locations headquartered in Heathrow, FL. Chayse Neal, general manager here; Paul Cipparone, owner.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 9/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 6/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) At 8:50 PM, most of the restaurants in Spanish Springs are closing down. Luckily Gator's was still open. I was seated at a booth, only 3 other tables occupied. After an 8 minute wait for a server to stop by to greet me, I started to get worried. Finally a waitress zipped by, no introduction, just "What do you want to drink?". I had a Blue Moon ($4.20). I already knew I wanted a Gyro ($8). "What side?" was the question I got. I detected a little atitude in her voice. Must be near her quitting time. The food arrived promptly and was good. No aluminum foil, thank goodness. She made another appearance when I was done. She never told me her name. My total was $13. The karaoke at the bar was horrible. I was glad to get out of there.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Mary D. 1/16) Decided to have a late lunch with 3 friends. The place was not very busy. My friend ordered a Bud Light and the waitress delivered a beer that was clearly not what was ordered. She said he ordered a Yingling when he had clearly not ordered that beer. My other friend asked if she could have some bread with her salad. She was told that the only bread available were Hamburger Rolls. Her husband happened to get a side of Garlic Bread with his Ribs and I had a Cuban Sandwich! Aren't those breads? So my friend asked for some Garlic Bread and did receive that, one slice for $2! My Cuban was delicious and my friends Ribs were "OK". A disappointing experience.
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Not Rated Video Video Gator's Dockside (Brownwood) 3698 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 775-4071. (Sports Bar) [L/D] This is the second location in The Villages for this popular sports bar; it opened mid-June, 2014. Same menu as the first restaurant. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. Lots of flat screen TVs. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 24 other locations in Florida. David Dubreuil, general manager; Paul Cipparone, owner.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11 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.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/13) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 10/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from David L. 12/15) We decided to try Giovanni's on Monday night for the first time (and last). It took about 15 minutes to be seated and our server was Kimberly, who didn't really know how to serve properly. My wife ordered the Linguine Marechiaro which was a combo of shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, baby clams on a bed of linguine for $15.50 and a House Side Salad with hot Garlic Rolls. She had a Pinot Grigio for $4.50. I had the Shrimp Parmigiano in a marinanara sauce topped with mozzarella over spaghetti at $15.50, along with the Side Salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio. None of the food was outstanding. We had a coupon for free glasses of wine which they wouldn't honor even when I spoke with Giovanni, because he claimed that it had been good to the day before. My wife told him that the Calamari was cold and he gave no apology and was indifferent! Kimberly, when told that the Calamari was cold offered to reheat it (which you certainly can't do). The total bill for that disaster, came to $43 with tax. We were extremely disappointed with this restaurant.
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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 Hofling, chef; Richard & Karen Perkins, owners.

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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/13) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/16) Seated quickly at 6 PM. Server, Lorinda, was pleasant and helpful. Convinced me to order something other than the Beef Tips. I got the 10 oz. NY Strip which, for $14, was good medium rare and we brought half of it home. My wife had Baby Ribs, enough for 2 to share and take home. With a bottle of wine, bill was $56. Others at the table enjoyed their meals. Only glitch was delays in getting everyone served at once. Out of the kitchen was slow too, but the place was full.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 4/16) We enjoyed our experience here. Arrived at 5:20 PM and were immediately seated. Dave, our server was helpful. I enjoyed the Thursday night 12 oz. Prime Rib at $15 and she had the 10 oz. New York Steak. Both were tender, generous and the sides were also generous. Love the choices available on the menu and specials on different nights.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank K. 5/16) Tasty selections, though nothing out of the ordinary. We had a very nice Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage appetizer, with just enough 'zing' in the meat. The 12 oz. NY Strip comes with Maytag Blue Cheese on top, which largely obscures the flavor of the excellent Steak underneath, cooked as ordered to medium-rare. Dinner for two before wine was around $40. Our server was Deborah. There are plenty of nice servers around and a handful of nice and professional ones; she's one of the latter. All in all, a pleasant dinner out.
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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.



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12 Stars Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant, 1200 Morse Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0100. (American) [B/L/D] Changed owners on May 27, 2015. Formerly The Royal Palm Restaurant, then Coconutz, then Hacienda Hills Bar & Grill, the current 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. "Feast Of The 7 Fishes" buffet offered 4-7 PM on Christmas Eve and All-You-Can-Eat buffet on Christmas Day before 5 PM. 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. Cliff Mundy, chef; Adam Cooney, general manager; Revati Pothamsetty, Smita Karkal and Maheshwar Nomula, new owners here and at World of Beer (see that listing).

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.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sue B. 1/13) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 4/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/13) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (Rich C. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/14) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) We waited just a few minutes to be served and had a nice table away from the music. My only complaint about this place is that it is way too noisy and the live music just adds to the noise level. Chris was our server. They have a special menu on Wednesday nights with several items at $15. That includes a salad or a dessert. We chose the salads and I had a wonderful Pear Salad and my dinner partner had a Caesar Salad. I ordered the Rack of Lamb and it was delicious. Although it is not a huge serving, it is certainly perfectly adequate when paired with Mashed Potatoes and a Vegetable. My partner had the Petite Filet and enjoyed that also. The cost was $42 with a Wine and a Martini and before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Hemingway's at Havana (Country Club), 2484 O'Dell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200. (Caribbean) (Continental) [L/D] A remake of the Havana Country Club under the ownership of John McDonough. Featuring the food loved by the great American author, Ernest Hemingway. Opened early April, 2014. The etched glass window looking into the kitchen is gone but the dining room is mostly unchanged. Linen service of brown and tan gives a more formal feel. The menu is presented in an impressive hardboard book. Start with Smoked Fish Paté ($8), Manchego Cheese Bites ($8), Caribbean Chicken Wings ($9), Panko Breaded Avocado Fries ($9), Duck Empanada ($9), Calamari ($10), Grouper Bites ($10), Cedar Key Clams ($10) or Lobster Roll ($11). Featured are two Broiled Crab Cakes ($11). Pasta dishes include Apricot Chicken Chorizo ($14), Cioppino ($16) and Lobster Mac & Cheese ($19). Popular items include Grilled Pork Tenderloin ($17), Half Roast Duck ($17), Shrimp & Grits ($18), Citrus Marinated Quail ($19), Seafood Paella ($22) and Coffee Rubbed Strip Steak ($25). You can also find 6 oz. Filet Mignon in two styles ($25-26) and a Grilled Pork Porterhouse ($25). Seafood items include Rum Marinated Salmon ($18), Rainbow Trout ($18), Mahi with Mango Salsa ($18) and Grilled Grouper ($22). Blackened Catfish, Cobia, Barramundi, Hawaiian Pomfret Fish or Grilled Swordfish might also be featured at about $27. On the lighter side, Fish Tacos ($10), Palomilla Steak Sandwich ($11), Half Pound Burgers ($10-11), Bayou Chicken ($16), Stuffed Chicken ($17) and Chicken Breast with Shrimp Queso ($17) are also available. Most entrées include a starch and a vegetable of the day. Salads are extra. Off-season weekly specials might include a 3 course shared dinner for two with a bottle of red or white wine included for $48. Their Oyster Bar offers Fresh Oysters ($10) or Oyster Imperial ($11). Dessert items include locally made Layer Cake and Key Lime Pie. Full bar and wine list. Outdoor seating. Frequent Diner Program available. John Cakmis, manager; Chris Lipa, chef.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 6/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 8/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/14) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 12/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/15) Since this was Mothers Day, there was a special menu. It was a nice menu but very limited. I had a Caprese Salad ($10) and the Duck Breast ($30). Both were very good and served very nicely. My partner had the Corn Bisque ($9), which was delicious and the Lobster Ravioli ($27), which he enjoyed. We had a very nice bottle of Shiraz wine ($24) also. Our friends also enjoyed their meals. Our waitress was our favorite, Kimmi, and she did an amazing job of taking care of us, as always. The price was almost $100 before t&t. We can't afford to come here often.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Haven't returned to the Havana Country Club since new management took over. Have decided to visit since heard good things now. Guess it was a slow night and we were seated immediately outside. Ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio for our friends and us. Sartori from Venezia area was crisp and quite good. Had their special Triple Tail fish. Never heard of this fish before but it was very good, soft and sweet. My wife had Scallop Pasta which was also quite good. She also had a Beet Salad. The total bill without wine and coffee came to $55. Our server, Tim, was knowledgeable and efficient but thought he should have filled water amongst all of us towards the end of the meal even if we didn't ask for them. Overall was impressed with the food and service. Price was high by The Villages standard but well worth it.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) After a disaster at another Country Club, we decided to eat here instead. A few months ago we enjoyed the meal here. Mrs. ordered the same thing as when she came before, Scallop Pasta and so did our friend. They thought it was quite good. I did not ask how my friend's Crab Cake was but my Lobster Roll was too salty. Also, it was not the Lobster back which is usually in other places but a pulled Lobster meat. So, it was too watery. Also, their Escargot presentation was weird. Escargot was no where to be seen but hidden under the Spinach covering. It was again salty. Wonder if kitchen would let us salt our own dishes. I told my pleasant server. Chrissy was very efficient. Total bill for 4 of us came to $80.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) All of our visits to this lovely restaurant are a pleasure and this was no exception. Our waiter, Dean, was pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly. It was our friends' first visit, so he explained about the menu and the specialities. I had a Key Westini ($8.50) and my dinner partner had a glass of Shiraz (2 @ $8 ea). We shared a Caesar Salad ($5). I had the Rainbow Trout ($19) which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. He had the Duck ($19) which he enjoyed also. Our friends were also very pleased with their choices. I had a Chocolate Martini ($9) as my dessert and it was the perfect end to a wonderful meal. $76 total before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ray B. 10/15) We went to try the Wednesday Dinner Special for $56, which includes a bottle of wine, choice of one of 3 Appetizers to share, House or Cesar Salad or Soup, Entrée and a Dessert to share. Our meal was fabulous and our server, Jimmie, was outstanding. We started with the Scallop Appetizer in Garlic Butter. It was a dozen of small Scallops served in an Escargot dish. We each had Caesar Salads. I had the Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi with Couscous and Quinoa and a seasonal veggie. My wife had the Grilled Pork Chop with Mixed Berry Cobbler. She took half her meal home. We finished with a dessert recommended by Jimmie and it was a plateful of Chocolate and Caramel goodness. The wine was okay. I would recommend the dinner special, as I thought it was a good value. I recommend Hemingway's and I look forward to another great meal there.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 4/16) We enjoyed dining on the wonderful outside patio overlooking the swimming pool and golf course. Bonnie was our server and did a nice job. I had the House Salad with a tasty Blue Cheese Dressing and the Wood Grilled Pork Chop, which was perfectly prepared. My wife enjoyed the Duck prepared correctly. Entrées were served hot. Our total bill before t&t was $45. We used our Reward Card that is valid at Nancy Lopez Legacy and here. Love the benefits on this card. Always treated well and quite happy John has taken over this restaurant. It now is what it could have been all along.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/16) Since we arrived around 7 PM, we had no trouble with a table even with our large group of 7. Our server was Bonnie and she was very attentive. She took our drink orders immediately. I had the Rainbow Trout ($22) which was delicious and cooked perfectly and my partner had the Salmon ($20) which was also very good. I am always pleased with this very nice restaurant. Total for two was $51 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Honest John's Whiskey & Provisions, 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. 459-0740. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened officially on May 28, 2015. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Formerly occupied by the ill-fated T.G.I. Friday's, this large restaurant off Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing is a neighborhood style tavern serving comfort food and drinks from a well-stocked bar with Happy Hour prices all day on "wells". You can expect a friendly, homey atmosphere where people gather after work, or in this case, after golf. Walnut tables at mostly high-tops and some booths are accented by white brick and tan or maroon walls. Servers are in black shirts with black and white striped long aprons. Wide screen TVs and deer heads hover over the huge winding bar. Eclectic menu here. Snacks are first on la carte with such American and European delights as Onion Rings ($6), a Scotch Egg ($7), Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($8), Crab Salad Deviled Eggs ($9), Bratwurst over Sauerkraut ($10), Quebec-style Poutine [Fries and Brown Gravy with Cheese Curds] ($10), Grilled or Fried Chicken Wings in 3 styles ($11), Pork Belly Mac 'n Cheese ($13) and finally the French Classic, Steak Tartare ($15). The lunch or light offerings include a Portobello Burger ($9), Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($10), Angus Cheese Burger ($11), Fried Shrimp Po' Boy ($14) and a Tri-Tip Steak Sandwich ($15). These are accompanied by Chips, Fries or a Side Salad. For the 5 main plates they have Fried Chicken and Biscuits ($11), City Fire Inspired Chicken Vesuvio ($13), Fish 'n Chips ($14), Chicken Avocado with Sour Orange Sauce ($15) and Shrimp 'n Antebellum Grits ($16). Steaks (USDA Choice) are a headliner starting with a 9 oz. Filet ($27), 12 oz. New York Strip ($29), 16 oz. Veal Chop ($29), 16 oz. Delmonico Steak ($30) and a 14 oz. Down-under Rack of Lamb ($32). These come with a starch and vegetable. You can top off those Steaks with a Fried Egg (+$3), Stilton Cheese (+$6), Shrimp (+$8) or Jumbo Lump Crab (+$12). There's usually a Florida Fresh Fish on the menu at Market Price. For the lightest appetite you can order a Mixed Green Garden Salad ($6.50), Classic Table-side Caesar ($7), Fried Chicken Salad ($9) or something called a Local Farm Salad ($16). A Soup is offered at $6.50 and a Stew at $7.50. If you can, finish off the meal with Lemon Curd and Cookies ($6), Ice Cream with Toppings ($7), the popular Apple Bread Pudding ($8) or a Chocolate Cabernet Flourless Torte ($8). However, some may rather finish the meal with a flight of "Brown Devils" (Whiskey Shots) in single or double doses. About 16 different Kentucky Bourbons ($5.50-8.50 each single), 8 Tennessee ($6.50-7.50 each single), 5 Irish ($7.50-10 each single), 11 Blended Scotches ($7.50-10 each single), to 10 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies ($8.50-24 each single) can be poured for you. Undecided? You can order a "flight" of 3 "devils" ranging from $9-13 for "3 sips", to $17-22 for "3 nips". A "Tour of Scotland" runs $18 for 3 "sips", $23 for 4, or $28 for 5, including a 16 Y.O. Single Malt. Passport not required. A Wine List is also available with "house on draught" ranging $5-8/glass. Select wines run $7-11/glass or $22-88/bottle with Cakebread Napa Chardonnay or Cab at the top end. Live professional entertainment and "open mike" nights are planned. Reservations accepted. Benj Ray, chef; Dave Edelstein, manager; operated by Mike and Gina Buell, partners in the two City Fire American Oven & Bars (see that listing), already in The Villages. Russ Barkett and Manny Garcia, owners.

Review: (from Mary H. 6/15) We were able to make reservations for 8 people on a Wednesday evening at 6 PM. The restaurant was crowded with several patrons waiting but we were able to be seated in 15 minutes. It took a little while for our server, Stacy, to get to us but once she did, we found her to be informative, attentive and very friendly. I ordered the Happy Hour Chardonnay and my husband had a Diet Coke. He also ordered the Chicken Avocado dinner and I had the Angus Cheese Burger, which was just delicious. If you order a sandwich, your selection of sides are Fries, Chips or a Side Salad. I opted for the Side Salad which was very good. Our friends ordered a variety of meals and all seemed to enjoy their food. We did find the restaurant to be pretty noisy. All of the staff were very accommodating and friendly. Our bill before t&t was $27.54. Overall impression: good food.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 6/15) We arrived at 6 PM with reservations. The place was "jumpin'." We did wait an additional 15 minutes before we got seated though. Honest John's has a huge bar. I heard that it seats 40 people. I had the Portobello Burger and a nice side salad. They should have a larger variety of salad dressings to choose from. My husband had the Chicken Vesuvio, which he enjoyed immensely. He also had a soft drink. Our bill with tax, came to $26. Good food, good times, good friends. Honest John's is a bit noisy, so I would not recommend it for an intimate dinner. I predict that they will do very well.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) We arrived at 4 PM on a Monday to get ahead of the crowd. Pleasantly greeted by about 5 hostesses! We were happy to get a booth rather than a cumbersome hi-top. Christina was our cheerful server. Very attentive staff here; even other servers chatted with us and removed dirty plates when necessary. We preferred the premium wines and each ordered the Penfolds Red Blend ($7 each). The entrées don't come with a side salad like the sandwiches do, so we added a Classic Caesar ($7) and shared it. Limited menu here and there is an odd price gap between $16 and $27+ items. I had the Chicken Avocado Breast with Quartered Potatoes ($15) and he had the Chicken and Biscuits ($11). Mine was a tender chicken breast with a wonderful orange sauce and his was a tasty deep-fried chicken breast/thigh/leg with 2 biscuits and an unusual style apple butter. We both enjoyed our food and service a lot. The meals both came out on warm plates - hooray! By 5 PM the room was filling up and it was impossible to talk to each other because of the noise. We're happy to finally see a restaurant that will take reservations. I predict they will be cutting the legs off the hi-top tables and chairs in due time. Our bill totaled $50 with tax. Enjoyable experience, except for the noise.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Wanted to know what became of TGI Friday's, so decided to try this new place not knowing what it's all about. The high table was what struck me first. As I was one of the first ones arriving for lunch, I was able to chat with a very pleasant waitress Bar AM 2. Apparently the place specializes in all kinds of whiskies as the name suggests. Will try a shot of special whiskey one of these days but today I had a cup of Cream of Asparagus Soup which was very good, not salty but just right. In fact it was delicious. Their homemade Bratwurst was not as juicy as I would have wanted. I've had better in Germany and Sanford. But overall, it was a pleasant experience. Bill without drinks came to $16.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/15) We arrived at 5:30 PM and asked for a table, as the high tops are not at all suitable for us. Our friends joined us in a few minutes. Kaylee was our server - a familiar face in The Villages. We ordered glasses of Brazin Zin. Not much on the menu was to our liking. The steaks were too expensive ($30ish). So I had a Caesar Salad and opted for the Fish & Chips. She ordered the Salmon special. Kaylee did a good job of checking on us and the wine bottle came to the table. My Salad was good but small for the price. She enjoyed her Salmon and veggies. My Fish Fry was a little over-done and was probably Pollock, as it was small and curled up. It was crunchy but not memorable. The noise level did not allow us to have a conversation. No complaints about the service but with a 3rd wine and no dessert, our total with tip and tax was $93. Too noisy, too uncomfortable and too expensive here.
Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Leo M. 10/15) We went here on a Saturday afternoon and sat outside on the patio. The staff worked well as a team and were very attentive. Our main server was Sarah. My wife had the Cheese Burger which came with a side Salad for $12. The bun was buttery and the burger was juicy. I had the Fried Chicken and Biscuits, also $12. The chicken was crispy, well seasoned and moist. The meal came with a Cabbage Slaw in a refreshing vinaigrette. Our bill was $36 which included 2 Beers and a Bloody Mary and tax. I found the menu limited however. The food and service was exceptional and for that reason I would return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/16) Am so glad the place was packed on Thursday evening with people waiting. You want the restaurant to be successful even though for me the food was not to my taste. The Chili was too salty and the Bratwurst was also salty and the dish too spicy. I frankly couldn't eat most of the food. What I thought was such a nice touch and I didn't expect this but the waiter didn't charge for my portion. Have to hand it to the management for allowing the waiter to make the judgment. I compliment Tony, the server. Paid only for my wife's portion which came to $15. Thanks for the gesture. I have to return to try other dishes.
Q=2 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 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 (March 3rd, 2015). 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Love this place because even if you are solo, all waiters treat you with kindness. I do try to tip them as though two were here since many times they give you a booth for four. And can't beat 55+ Sampler for $6 plus and near full jug of coffee for $2 plus. I usually don't go to many chain restaurants but this place is an exception. Thanks Marsha for a nice breakfast.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card 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.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Since they started serving breakfast, our group went there for the first time. Frankly, I was surprised to see the variety of breakfast options and the price was quite reasonable. Also, it tasted pretty good. Nothing special but we are thinking of returning next month again for our monthly ROMEO meeting. I had Eggs over medium with Sausage and Potatoes plus Rye Bread. Of course, also Coffee. Tab came to $6.60. Our server, Ashley, didn't make any mistakes with the order, though I had to ask her several times for water to have my medicine.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Gluten Free Menu Now Open (The New) Katie Belle's Music Hall, 996 Del Mar Dr., 2nd floor, The Villages, FL. 750-9411. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] Originally opened November, 1997. Closed in May 2015 for renovations and moved upstairs in January 2016 and shortened its name. Open generally 3:30 to 10 PM, but to 11 PM weekends. Closed all day Sunday now (except open on Mother's Day with a show). No breakfast, lunch or brunch served. New menu and new surroundings. Early Bird items (3:30-5:30 PM, Wednesday through Saturday only) include Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Eggplant Parm., Whitefish, Fried Shrimp, Salmon or Sautéed Chicken Oscar (all ranging $12-13.50 each) including starch and vegetable. Their regular menu offers Entrée Sized Salads like Caesar, Santa Barbara (Spinach) and Tenderloin Tip Salad at $8-13 each or you can do multiple trips to the Bountiful Salad Bar for just $10. Chef Suggestions include Cheese Tortellini Marsala ($15), Chicken Fromage ($17), Eggplant Parmesan ($17), Chicken Alfredo ($19), Veal or Chicken Calabrese ($18 each), Veal or Chicken Parmesan ($20 each), Veal or Chicken Française ($20 each), Veal or Chicken Marsala ($20 each), Veal or Chicken Oscar ($24 each), Veal or Chicken Pontchartrain ($23) and a 14 oz. Lollipop Lamb Chop ($26). You can even find a 4 Rib or 6 Rib Rack of Lamb ($24/$32). For Cattle-Baron style Steaks they offer a 7 oz. Center Cut Sirloin ($17.50), Tenderloin Tip Sauté ($19.50), 12 oz. Black Angus NY Strip Steak ($27), 12 oz. Black Angus Delmonico Steak ($28), 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($29.50) and the top shelf offering of Surf & Turf ($42.50). Additions like Sautéed Mushrooms are $2 extra. On Wednesday night they feature a Prime Rib Dinner for 2 at $40. In the Seafood Department they offer Fried Shrimp ($16), Crabby White Fish ($17.50), Salmon Your Way ($19), Shrimp Scampi ($19), Fisherman's Platter ($20), Flounder Française ($20), Shrimp & Scallop Alfredo ($22) and Twin Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($28). You can also splurge on One or Two Lobster Tails at $23.50/$39.50. All dinners come with choice of Salad, like Caesar or Spinach, or a trip to the Salad Bar in the far end of the room. A starch of your choice is also included. There is a $7 plate charge for splitting dinners. Gluten-free items are noted. Large stained glass ceiling and wall were retained. No longer a Residents-Only establishment. Now primarily a Show Theater with dinner show packages ranging $26 to $60 per person, plus $3-4 per person website ticket fees and $2 will-call charges or $10 US mail delivery fees. General public show prices slightly higher than resident prices. 20% added gratuities are NOT included. Limited menu choices for show packages. Table reservations on regular nights are $2-4 per person plus a $6 ticket fee and $2 will-call charge or $10 US mail delivery fee. There's also a $10 per person minimum food & beverage charge plus tax and tip. Walk-ins may experience sharing a table with strangers without being asked. Table reservations expire 15 minutes after the reservation time with all fees forfeited. Buy tickets online or through their own box office by phone (8:30 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Saturday only). Ticket fees are non-refundable, if cancelled. Some shows have age restrictions. Donna Moore and Dunning Shaw, Joe Beddia, Uncle Bob's Rock Shop, Rocky and the Rollers, Suzie Casta and Norman Lee are long time frequent show performers here. Generally an early (7 PM) and a late (9:30 PM) show are scheduled on the same date, except most weekdays when there is just one show. Open 2-8 PM on Valentine's Day. Full bar. Half Price Happy Hour (Wednesday through Saturday only) ends at 5:30 PM. House wines are available by glass, ½ Carafe and Full Carafe at $6/$14/$28. The Wine List boasts about 20 wines by the glass (from "taps") ranging from a $7 Malbec, $8 Cab, $9 Chardonnay, $10 Sauvignon Blanc, $10 Pinot Noir, to a $12/glass Red Zin. They also come in ½ and Full Carafes at reduced prices per ounce. You can also go to Premium Wines like the $18, $25 & $30/glass, well known, Napa Cabs, that are also sold by the bottle at $70/$95/$110 each. They use the Coravin sampling/pouring system to preserve the freshness of the expensive wine over time. "Tasting Notes" on the menu help you make the best wine choice for your taste. Champagne ($45-89) and two Dessert Wines ($6-8 each) are also offered. Call ahead for more information on shows. Carlos Gomez, sous chef; Jeff Nasrallah, head chef since 2005; Wendy Ziegler, manager; David Rees, general manager; developer owned.

Review: (from Robert F. 1/16) We attended this night primarily for the talent being offered. We were surprised, the meal offerings were varied and well prepared. I had the 8 oz. Prime Rib and my spouse ordered the Eggplant Parmesan. Both came with a Caesar Salad, which was mediocre. We both had Martinis and my spouse had an additional glass of wine. The service was prompt and professional. The entertainer was outstanding and was on the stage for almost all of the two hours we were there. The total bill came to $57 before the tip. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/16) There were a lot of visitors on the square. The entrance is more obscure now. At 5 PM, we finally got to the podium and Kevin, the maitre-d, got us a table immediately. We sat outside the "Show Area" proper. Susan, our server, greeted us right away. The Early Bird dinners were on a white sheet but the rest of the menu was very classy in rich folders. A few misspellings, like "Ponchatrain", weren't too glaring. The linen napkin, 3-piece heavy silverware and tulip-shaped, etched, thin-stem, jumbo wine glasses gave us the impression, "this is not the old Katie Belle's anymore". We studied the Wine List first. Wow, very surprised at the quality of wines here. Labels we know very well. Even tasting notes for each wine. Wonderful idea, you see in very few restaurants; it helps patrons explore new varieties. Someone knows what they're doing here. We ordered a ½ Carafe (3 glasses) of Diseno Argentine Malbec (regularly $16 but only $8 on Happy Hour). That's a real bargain. It was very drinkable. I also noticed they use a Coravin Wine Pourer on their high priced wine. Wonderful idea. She had the Fisherman's Platter and I had the Veal Française after inquiring from Susan, "Get any complaints on the quality of your veal?" At the same cost for Veal or Chicken, the choice was obvious. I opted for Mashed Potatoes but didn't realize it already came with a small side of Pasta. We tried their Salad Bar too. Ice cold plates and a nice variety of greens and toppings with Beets, Cottage Cheese, Potato and Macaroni Salads; it rivals Ruby Tuesdays up the street. Well planned Salad Bar, all very fresh. She rated her Seafood Platter of Shrimp, Scallops and Whitefish as just good (3 out of 5). But the veggies were perfect. I rated my large veal portion as great (5 out of 5), with the exception of what I believe was Instant Mashed Potatoes. Service was top notch. We had water with our meal too and Susan and even another server stopped to refill our glasses and chat. They use runners that bring meals covered and are served with gloves. It all arrived hot and on time. The wine grew on us. We'd ask for Susan again, for sure. Total came to $47.50 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/16) Because we had reservations, we were seated quickly at a nice, round table out of the way, which made it easy for us to converse. Our server, Susan, eventually took our drink order. We had several questions and she made several trips to the kitchen to find an answer for us. I asked for water all around, but it wasn't until my 4th request that she brought those. My dinner partner and I had a flight of wines ($13), all which were surprisingly good. We also both ordered the 4 Chop, Rack of Lamb. Frankly, I was very disappointed. The Lamb was quite tasty, but there was very little meat on the chops. I went to the Salad Bar which is very nice, and he had a Spinach Salad which was fine. The other couples felt the meal was just all right too. The server was very nice but very scattered and our service was spotty. The total before tip and tax was $74.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 6/16) This place is getting better each time we come back. Nice pre-set wine glasses on beautiful clean tables with flickering candle. We arrived about 5 PM to only a few guests dining. Adi (Adrian) was our server. My better half had a great French Martini on Happy Hour ($3.50) and I had a bar Sangria on Happy Hour ($2.50). She had the small Prime Rib ($19) that included the Salad Bar. I ordered the Early Bird Broiled Salmon with Veggies and Baked Potato ($13.50). I also ordered a Spinach Salad ($2.40) which I really enjoyed. The Prime Rib was very tender and my Salmon, although small, was pretty good. Easy to rate this with good, not great, food and service. Our total was just $41.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Ended service in 1984 after 13 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Marathon, Marco Island,
Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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12½ 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.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 2/13) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/14) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/15) Were grocery shopping about 6 PM on a Monday and decided to eat out. Busy; we got the last vacant table near the window. Two Asian ladies (the forgetful one was Tiffany) and a young boy waited on us. We had combos of Wonton Soup (very good), Spring Rolls (poor-fair), Shrimp in Lobster Sauce (little flavor but large Shrimp in a soupy mix) for me and Sesame Chicken (good meal) for him. We also had a Cab and a Heineken. Problem was we had to ask twice for water, twice for chopsticks, more dipping sauce and we didn't get our Buffalo Card back after paying the bill which came to $31.50 before the discount. Not well organized tonight. Would not order anything in Lobster Sauce again.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen R. 1/16) While shopping we saw and tried this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and quantity of the food. The décor was clean and simple. We split a Mongolian Beef dinner with Brown Rice $13, it was delicious. My husband had a bowl of Chicken Rice Soup and thought it was very good. We had a glass of Chardonnay and a Beer and the waitress brought to our attention that it was happy hour, two for one. The waitress was pleasant and very efficient. The total cost of our meal was about $25 plus tip.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Las Tapas (Spanish Tapas Bar, Restaurant & Brewery) 2738 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 399-5516. (Brew Pub) (Spanish) [L/D] Changed it's name and menu in June, 2016. Now called the Bavarian Brew Haus (see that listing).



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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. Reservations accepted. 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.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 6/13) Q=5 S=1 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/14) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Leo M. 3/15) It has been said over and over, the food is excellent and the service is fantastic but it is definitely worth repeating. Each and every time we dine there we have an outstanding experience. My personal favorite is the Duck ($19.50). I have recommended it many times to friends and family. Everyone who orders it, enjoys it as much as I do. It is served consistently every time - never a disappointment. My wife loves the Cranberry and Walnut Salad. Monica was our server at our last visit and did a great job. Xavier has served us in the past and we found his service to be above and beyond. Just one little peeve - why do they take away the charger plates?
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes. Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) This is a restaurant that never disappoints us. We met another couple for drinks before our dinner and only waited a few minutes after giving our name to the hostess. We were seated and our waitress, Kristy, immediately took our drink order and brought us some wonderful bread. I ordered the Veal Meatloaf which is one of my favorites and a Beet and Yellow Tomato Salad which I had never had before. It was delicious and the Meat Loaf was perfect. My partner had the special which was a Seafood Combination (Lobster Tail, Shrimp and Carb Cake) and that was also enjoyable. It was such a lovely evening in a beautiful setting. The total before tip was $63.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) My wife and I love The Legacy Restaurant. We go there often. This time we went with 3 other couples. Great food, great service, great people. My wife had Mushroom Brie and Tilapia which had Risotto. It was wonderful. I had Crab Cakes and a Ribeye Steak. It was outstanding. Our server, Jaime, was great also. Total bill before t&t was $73. Will be back many times.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) We were just 6, so couldn't reserve a table. Nevertheless, we were able to sit immediately when all 6 guests arrived. Wanted to show our European friends that there are decent restaurants around here too. They loved the food. I thought my Duck came out well. Both in Lamb and Duck I need to have Mint Jelly and they did supply it. Always count on Legacy to deliver, conservative but deliver. I loved my Crème Brûlée. My European friend's liked the J. Lohr Paso Robles Merlot. Rosemont Pinot Grigio was quite good also. All the guests enjoyed Tilapia, Crab Cakes, Meatloaf and Salmon. Yes, conservative but consistent. Our bill came to $160 for 6 people without $50 bottles of wine. Myrian, our server, was efficient and nice.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) It's amazing to see the teamwork displayed at The Legacy to serve 24 people. Many other restaurants should take lessons from them. Our server Randi and her other co-workers took care of us perfectly. I had the Stuffed Marsala Chicken ($18). My husband had the Chicken Marsala Tortellini ($18). Both meals were delicious. We shared a House Salad (over $5). We shouldn't have bothered with it. Even though we split it, we each had only 2 forksful of it. I had two small pieces of lettuce, some small diced tomatoes, and a maybe a total of 1 black olive sliced. My opinion, it was not worth $5. It should have been $2. Our salad, 2 entrées and a Manhattan, our bill came to $51. Food and service here is excellent. We will return. Just wish their prices were a little more reasonable, or at the very least, included a Salad.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Marlene C. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Pat M. 1/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/15) We tried the Stuffed Baked Lobster. Was tasty, but I can not believe how small the lobster was. 1 pound max. At $29.99 each, a little pricey. Our server, Carrie, was great. A carafe of wine for $7 made up a little for overprice Lobster. Total was $67 + t&t. Noisy as usual inside, but there is always outside if not too hot or stormy.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) This was a late lunch after golf. The restaurant was very quiet. That is not a complaint. I had the Haddock Platter ($13.50). My husband had the Scallop Platter ($13.50). Both meals were very enjoyable. Fries and Cole Slaw accompanied each dish. The Cole Slaw was not the typical vinegary type. It was light, delicious and had small pieces of orange in it. The Fries were lightly seasoned and also tasty. With 2 Iced Teas, our bill came to $32. Our server, Heather, did a pretty good job. In season, going to this restaurant for a mid afternoon lunch or early dinner was a very good idea. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Li'l Bits Café, Suite 403, 11962 CR 101, The Villages, FL. 391-9149. (Cafe) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] 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. Dinner served 4-8 PM Friday only. No bar. BYOB for dinner; no corkage fee. Winona (Wendy) 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Luigino's Restaurant (The Villages), 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 633-5250. (Italian) [B/L/D] After exactly 4 years of operation, this pasta house unexpectedly closed its doors in mid-October, 2015. The original Luigino's in Heathrow, FL. is still open.


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11 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. Famous for their Pizzas. German dishes on Tuesday in season. 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. Reservations for a table of 8 or more taken for seatings before 4 PM daily. Open Thanksgiving Day with reservations, Noon to 7 PM. Full bar. Happy hour 3-5 PM. Joseph Gaunt, general manager; Raymond Frederick, Richard & Karen Perkins, owners.

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.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/14) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Betty P. 9/15) I was with a friend who suggested we have dinner at Mallory for our golf widow evening. She had been here recently and recommended the Tilapia. We arrived at 5:50, there was no one waiting and several empty tables. We were asked to wait while they looked for a table. About 15 minutes later we were seated at a booth. The waitress, Colleen, was in deep conversation (then and many times during our time there) with a couple who were either regulars or friends or both. Unfortunately, she had to wait on us too! She recited the specials and apparently told us there was a Happy Hour. We had to ask for the specials to be repeated, slowly. We both ordered Tilapia, mine with Mashed Potatoes, my friend's with Rice. When it came, I commented, I did not know we went to a convelence home to eat. The mixed vegetables probably had been on the steam table 6 hours, they were running with water, the potatoes, if they were real potatoes were the consistancy of cream and the fish was so dry. It was sad. Colleen came over to see if we wanted more wine and we returned our plates, and, no, we did not want to go boxes! A young man appeared and said they (?) checked the food and found nothing wrong, but they would give us a free dessert to split. We told him our concerns with the food, again, nothing wrong in their eyes and he left. We finished our wine, waited quite awhile for the check as Collen was visiting. When we saw that the second wine was $4.95, we questioned it, Happy hour had ended, but she said she told us the uneatable meal came to $23. I would never return.
Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Our friends arrived today so they wanted to come here for their Pizza. Colleen was our server. Always noisy and crowded in here. I had a Lemon Martini ($3.50) and my better half had two Chardonnays ($3 each). I ordered the Fresh SwordFish special ($13) and it was just OK. Mashed Potatoes and over-cooked Veggies were tolerable. It was Oktoberfest Night so he had Pork Wienerschnitzel, Spaetzle and Red Cabbage ($10). He enjoyed his a lot and would come back again just for that. Other guys had the Bratwurst/Knockwurst special (also $10) and really liked it too. The Pizza was enjoyed also. Food came out fast and correct. Colleen did a great job for us. Total with 1 Martini, 2 Chardonnays, Schnitzel and Swordfish was $33 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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5½ Stars Video Margarita Republic, 1102 Main St., The Villages, FL. 753-4660. (Caribbean) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 1 AM except to 10 PM on Sunday. This was Café Olé formerly until September, 2004. Popular with Villagers and area residents into the wee hours. A Caribbean Grill. Cuban influenced meals specializing in Fried Shrimp, Clams, Scollops and Burgers. Key West Conch Fritters, Barbados Fish Dip, Blackened Grouper, Taco Salad, Margarita Chicken Sandi, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Scallops, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Kitchen Sink Salad and Islamorada Mahi Mahi are just some of the items offered. Most items $7 to $17 each. Weekly entertainment, trivia and karaoke too. Interesting backbar. Sidewalk seating available. Full bar featuring a large selection of custom Margaritas. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day after 5 PM. Offers a New Years Eve Dinner and Party for $69 pp+t&t by reservation. Ron and Sandy Averbeck, owners.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/06) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 10/07) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Finally had a chance to visit on my own, as others were not enthusiastic about the place. Weather was nice, so I took a seat outside watching people and golf carts go by. The place was not crowded. I had a Guiness and a Fried Snapper Sandwich. Nothing special but the Snapper was soft and juicy. Linda, my server, was efficient and with the weather nice, enjoyed the afternoon - though Florida Keys, it wasn't. Bill without drinks came to $9.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu McAlister's Deli (The Villages), 3630 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 399-5934. (Deli) [L/D] Officially opened December 8, 2014. Open 10:30 AM to 9 PM, except to 5 PM on Sunday. Located on the west side of Kiessel, a few doors up from Paddock Square in Brownwood. This chain is famous for their Giant Spuds and Southern Sweet Tea, with generous portions and free refills. Offers a wide variety of Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups and Fresh Salads. The Salads are large, like Chef Salad, Southwest Salad, Cobb Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad and a Taco Salad, all running $5-8 each. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smoky Pepper Jack Turkey, Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Ham & Cheese Toastie, all about $7 each, are toasted on sourdough bread. Club Sandwiches like the Veggie Club, Grilled Chicken Club, Cobb Club, Orange Cranberry Turkey Club, King Club and Black Angus Club, run $6-9 each. They also make an Italian Sub, Chicken Salad on Croissant, BLT on Sourdough and others for $6-7 each. A few Wraps are offered too. Such concoctions as New Orleans Muffuletta ($8-13 depending on size) and others, like a Rueben ($7), French Dip ($7), Pot Roast ($8), plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts that run about $7 each are featured. The Big Nasty® ($9) is popular with strong men and mean women. Sandwiches and Paninis come with a side dish like Mac 'n Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fruit or Applesauce. Stuffed Potatoes are also popular, like the Bacon Spud, Black Angus Spud, Grilled Chicken Spud, Pot Roast Spud, Cheese Spud and a Spud Max™ or Spud Olé™ run $6-8 each. Daily Soup or Chili also available. For dessert look for Chocolate Spooncake, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Brownies and their popular Cookies, all under $5 each. Famous Sweet Tea or fountain drinks are served with free refills. Kids menu under $4. Some gluten free items available (see their list). Does a large take-out business at lunch. Order at the counter, food is delivered to the table. No bar. They started in 1989. This is one of a chain of about 350 franchises, in 23 states, based in Ridgeland, MS. This one run by Bryce and Stacy Kelly of Newberry, FL. Another McA's Deli is in nearby Ocala (see that listing). More are planned for the Orlando area.

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



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10 Stars Video McCall's Tavern, 999 Alverez Ave., The Villages, FL. 750-9441. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] This restaurant, originally developer owned and opened in 1998, 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/13) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) We have been here many times since discovering it about 6 months ago. The only thing we have had on the menu is the Fried Chicken. That is because this is the BEST Fried Chicken we have ever had. Absolutely superb, not greasy, and very tasty. The husband of the other couple we went with had Liver and Onions, and he could not stop praising it. We come here for the Chicken at least once per month, if not more often. We always get great service (today's server was Rox), and they had entertainment up until 3 PM. Our bill for two was only $26 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Free WiFi Buffalo Discount Card Mezza Luna Restaurant, 243 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-3824. (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 offered also. Flatbreads run $10-11 each. Pasta dishes run about $13, Italian favorites run $12-17 and Chicken specialties $17, with Veal specialties $19 each. Entertainment on weekends. Full bar available. Money saving coupon available here. Joshua Ramirez, general manager; German Buitrago, sole owner. The management failed to provide further details of hours or menu.

Older Review: (from Bill S. 11/13) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/14) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nancy C. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 6/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Been a while since I was here. No hostess at the podium when I entered. I had to wait a few minutes. I was seated at booth #61 in the corner. Not many diners here. Tessa was my server. I had to ask her name because she didn't introduce herself at all. I ordered a glass of Shiraz ($9). A few minutes later she came back to say they were out of Shiraz. So I ordered a Chianti ($7) instead. What arrived did not taste like Chianti. I ordered the Chicken Parm. ($17). The Salad arrived immediately and was cold but mostly white lettuce. The main dish looked generous. A big pile of Angel Hair Pasta and sauce and a Breaded Chicken Cutlet. Nothing special. The Pasta was over-cooked however. It was breaking apart as I twirled it. The Chicken was OK. Garlic Bread showed up after the entrée. Tessa did not check back on me. I overheard the lady in the next booth ask Tessa about her meal. Tessa immediately said "I'll get the manager", not wanting to deal with the situation. She seemed to have a complaint about her Shrimp. The young manager finally showed up from the kitchen and I could hear him repeat, "That's the way we cook our shrimp, Ma'am." He offered no resolution. We left the restaurant together and I asked how she liked her meal. She was not satisfied with her meal or the service here at all. Seems this attitude has plagued this restaurant from day 1. My total was $26 before t&t. There are better places to get Italian food with a more friendly attitude.
Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 7/15) A very different experience from the ones above. There is a new manager, Josh, and I booked a dinner for 30 people with him, confirmed the day before with Daniel. Both easy to deal with. Ruby was at the hostess stand when I got there, showing people where we were. My server was Johnny. He hustled all night, coming back to the table several times. The other waiter, Kameron, did the same. A lot of cooperation between staff. Ruby helped bring over drinks to the table. And Josh was on site the whole time, pitching in. I had a Caesar Salad, which was very good. It was crisp romaine, seasoned croutons and not overly dressed. I enjoyed Salmon Luna, which has mushrooms, spinach, nicely cooked Salmon and a very tasty pink sauce. And not too much pasta. One diner remarked it was the best sauce he has had. With 30 people, there are some glitches and 2 diners did not think their food was good, but the rest said they would definitely go back. Two house wines, decent cabernets, one salad, one entrée and my bill was $28 before t&t
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from James D. 11/15) I had a Linguine with Clam dish in white wine, garlic and butter with chopped clams. I also had a Caesar Salad, 2 glasses of Chianti and bread. My wife had Chicken Piccata, 1 glass of Pinot Grigio, a Caesar Salad and bread. Our meal was fairly basic but served hot after a long delay. The taste was excellent. The bill was $46 before t&t. Mezza Luna is a good Italian restaurant that has been plagued with service issues. They seem to have the kitchen right but the service can still be an issue. We like the atmosphere as it reminds us of NYC.
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Not Rated 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.



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10½ Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) This is my favorite Pizza spot in The Villages. I ordered a 10" White Pizza (Bayside Bianca) and my dinner partner ordered the Vodka Penne Pasta. My Pizza was wonderful with lots of cheese and the perfect amount of garlic to make it very tasty. I enjoyed it that night and for lunch the next day as it was large enough for 2 meals. The Vodka Penne was also very good. Our server was Lawrence and he did a very good job as it was extremely busy that evening. The total with soft drinks was $25 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Temporarily Not Rated Oasis Bar & Grill, 8419 SE 172 Legacy Ln., The Villages, FL. 753-1475. (Cafe) (Grill) [B/L/D] Closed temporarily for renovations. 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.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (The Villages), 3680 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 259-0304. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Opened April 6th, 2009. Muted blonde wood and beige painted décor here. This popular chain serves up "Cucina Classica" recipes such as Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Lasagna, Linguine alla Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Capellini Pomadora, as well as the popular Spaghetti 'n Meatballs starting at $11. Tortelloni, Manicotti and Ravioli filled-pasta styles are also on the menu with the Tour of Italy too at $16. Also offered are Pork Filettino, Chianti Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp Primavera, Salmon, Steak Toscano, Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo, Parmesan Crusted Bistecca and a Mixed Grill, as well as Venitian Apricot Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Entrées range to $20 each. Their Bread Sticks are very popular. Italian and traditional desserts are on the menu also. Nice selection of 33 wines ($5.50 to 10.25 per glass), plus beer and cocktails are available. Gluten free information available on their website. Ziosk® Tabletop Tablets for ordering meals being introduced in 2015. 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. Joan Atkinson, 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.

Review: (from David L. 4/16) My wife and I decided to have a big lunch and avoid supper. Arrived at 2:23 PM. And were immediately seated. We had a very good server, Julianne, who offered a wine tasting. We both selected the Seven Sons Chardonnay, which was a good dry wine. We both had their Lunch Duo. The wife's was a Meatball Sandwich with Salad, which came to $7 and I selected the Fettuccine Alfredo with Salad $7 also. We both had a glass of the Seven Sons Chardonnay at $6.50 ea, The food and service were very good and we decided to order 1 ea. "To-Go" of the Siciliand Cheese Cake $6.49 for me and a Chocolate Mouse Cake $5.29 for my wife. With tax and tip, the check came to $49. Still a good place for Italian style food!
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11½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Buffalo Discount Card Orange Blossom Hills Country Club, 1542 Watertower Cir., The Villages, FL. 751-4501. (American) (Southern) [B/L/D] Located under the water tower in The Village of Country Club Hills, on the historic side of US 27/441. This was The Villages first country club, opening in 1985. Re-opened November 10, 2014, after extensive renovations to expand the seating to 170 patrons. Hours are 7:30 AM to 9 PM daily; one hour later on weekends. Offers a truly American menu with many affordable and varied chicken dishes. There are hillside and pool views from the patio. Many items can be served pool-side also and are denoted here with a • symbol. Appetizers include their signature Fried Pickles ($7), plus Potato Croquettes ($8), Bruschetta•, Chicken & Bacon Quesadilla•, Chicken Tenders• and Spinach Dip• (all at $9 each), plus Veggie or Margherita Flatbreads•, Chili Nachos, Steak & Cheese Quesadilla• and Crispy Chicken Wings (all at $10 each). Soups offered are New England Clam Chowder, Chicken Tortilla and Chili (all at $4/$6 each depending on portion). Salads can make a meal, like the Greek• ($9), Peach Walnut•, Chicken Caesar• or Spinach (all at $10 each), plus Sesame Chicken or Cobb• ($11 each), South Beach or Citrus Chicken• ($12 each), and tops out with a Black & Bleu Filet Mignon Steak Salad ($15). For entrées they have Southern favorites like Chicken & Biscuits ($11), Shrimp & Cheesy Grits ($11), Country Fried Chicken ($13), Country Fried Steak ($13), Fish & Chips ($13), Pot Roast ($13), Lemon Basil Butterfish ($14), Chicken Enchiladas ($16), Braised Mango-Lime Chicken Breast ($16), Grilled Salmon ($16), Orange Mahi-Mahi ($17), 7 oz. Grilled Top Sirloin ($18) and the top shelf item of Twin 4 oz. Filets ($19). All entrées come with a starch and vegetable. A cup of soup or side salad is $3 extra. There is Pasta too, like good ol' Spaghetti & Meatballs ($11), Chicken Alfredo ($11), Chicken Parm. ($13), Shrimp Scampi ($14), Steak Rigatoni ($16) and Linguine Beef Stir Fry Bowl ($16). For lighter appetites and lunch-friendly meals, they offer 4 different Wraps, on 3 different flavored tortillas, like Chicken Caesar•, Buffalo Chicken•, Santa-Fe Turkey• and Apple Bacon Turkey• (all at $9 each). The sandwich board is populated with such plates as a Veggie Burger ($9 each), Grilled Chicken• ($9), Meatball Sub ($9), Reuben• ($9), Build-A-Burger• ($10), Gluten-Free Burger ($10), Fried Chicken ($10), Philly Cheese Steak ($11), California Club ($11), Honey-Lime Shrimp Tacos ($11) and Grilled Mahi-Mahi• ($13). These lighter meals are all served with your choice of a side dish that could be Fries, Yukon Mashed, Baked Potato, Rice, Roasted Beets, Grits, Slaw or Fruit, among others. The meal isn't over until you enjoy Apple Pie•, Caramel or Chocolate Cheesecake• or Key Lime Pie• (all $7 each). The menu does a good job of denoting vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Wine List sports 5 house wines at $4/glass and premiums with familiar labels like Alamos, Clifford Bay, Columbia Valley, Edna Valley, Round Hill and Mark West. Those run $5.50-8.50/glass or $18-30/bottle. Full bar with concoctions like the Country Club Cooler, Flaming Coconut, Salted Carmel Apple Martini, Run Runner and a Classic Mojito (all $6-7 each) makes a trip to the inside/outside bar a destination in itself. Happy Hour runs all day to 5 PM that averages $2 off each drink. "Loyal Tee" Club. Occasional entertainment. Now offering a Breakfast Buffet daily. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Matt Street, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Frank Webber, manager here; Jim Haghayegh, group operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner, along with Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners, here and at Evans Prairie, Bonifay and Belle Glade Country Clubs.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/15) Started on a bad note with server, Benjamin, pre-occupied with "cashing out" a party elsewhere. Bar order (2 drinks and a bottle of wine) was overly long. Bottle of wine brought by mystery server (stood behind us) who asked "Who gets the wine?" followed by him opening and pouring both our glasses. No chance to see the bottle, examine the cork, or taste the wine. Waited a half hour before dinner order taken, by another server (Benjamin arrived about half way through ordering). However, all food arrived hot and together. My wife's Filet was one of the best she's had. Cut with butter knife. Came with many Skewered Shrimp that were done perfectly. My Baked Butterfish over Rice was ample, hot and moist. Some of the best I have had. Others were pleased with their meals too. Refurbished facility done well with lighter interior, bar moved so pool waterfall is in view. Outdoor patio with pool view will be nice when weather gets warmer. Overall, with a little polish on the service, a pleasant experience. Our bill with bottle of Malbec was $58.
Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) This place after renovations is pleasant, especially for a sizable group of 18. Food is same old, same old, from most other country clubs. Except, I though their New England Clam Chowder was very good. I can chew the clams. I didn't care for their Cole Slaw, though light, which I like but added vinegar which I didn't like. Burger is nothing special here. My wife seemed to like Sesame Chicken Salad. Laura, our server, was good and total bill came to $24 without drinks. Overall experience was pleasant.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Bill R. 3/15) We had the Sunday Buffet. Omelets, made to order, were very good. Service was very good. Wide selection of other breakfsat items. Food that should be hot was lukewarm at best. Total was $23 with 2 coffees and tax. But we would not go back to a Buffet with lukewarm food.
Q=2 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Stopped by for late lunch on a Wednesday. Not crowded. My better half had a Pineapple Punch ($5) and I had a Blue Moon ($4). She ordered the Shepherd's Pie ($11) and enjoyed it. I had the Chicken and Bacon Quesadilla appetizer ($9). It was tasty and plenty to eat. Denise was our friendly server. Our total for lunch was $29 before t&t. All the Sandwiches are $9 or more here, so no bargains. We'd come back.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Drove up here for something different, only to find the food pretty much the same as the other Country Clubs. We both had the Alamos Malbec ($6.50 each). Not very interesting. I had the Liver and Onions dinner ($11) and he had the Chicken Marsala ($14) - expensive by comparison. We split a Caesar Salad ($3 extra). Ashley was our server. The place had a DJ and it was noisy. My Liver was OK, his Chicken was ordinary and pretty tasteless. Chicken piece piled on top of Mashed Potatoes. Service was just OK. Total was $41 before t&t. Wished we had picked a different place tonight.
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12½ Stars Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Outback Steakhouse (The Villages), 710 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-2590. (Steakhouse) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Aussie style steakhouse provided by a large international franchise chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. and based in Tampa, FL. Victoria's Crowned Filet topped with Bleu Cheese ($20-25) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($19) are favorites. Strips Steaks ($21), Prime Minister's Prime Rib ($16-21) and a 20 oz. Porterhouse ($25) are also available. Shrimp Pasta ($14) and Alice Springs Chicken ($14) are offered for non-beef eaters. Finish the meal with Sydney's Sinful Sundae. The Bloomin' Onion made them famous. "No Rules - Just Right". Most entrées range from $11 to $25 each. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Attractive Happy Hour until 7 PM. Call ahead take-out available. Opens at 11 AM now. Call ahead seating. 15% off food portion of the bill, Monday through Thursday dinner or any lunch hour, by showing your current AARP membership card. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Pam Murphy, proprietor; Philip Leboeuf, manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/10) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Just as receptionist of a corporation is the soul of a corporation, for the restaurant, host(ess) is the heart of a restaurant. They knew that a big group of 38 will be descending on the restaurant. What transpired was chaos all around. The entrance area started crowding up by our group as well as from other patrons. Some of our group got disgusted and left. Manager should have noticed chaos but nothing came about to dilute the crowding. Since the food was just OK, we would not return. This is a classic case of how not to handle a big group.
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11½ Stars Palmer Legends Country Club, 1635 Palmer Way, The Villages, FL. 750-4499. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM, except opens at noon on Sunday. To start the meal, Legends Creamy Crab Bisque ($5/$8) is popular here, as are Artichokes French ($7) and Baked Brie Encroute ($10). Specializes in hand cut steaks, prime rib and fresh seafood. Mahi Mahi ($16), Seared Ahi Tuna ($20), Poached Salmon ($18), Mustard Glazed Pork Chop ($18), 12 oz. New York Strip ($24), 14 oz. Delmonico Ribeye ($26), 12 oz. New Zealand Lamb Rack ($24), 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($29), 22 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Steak ($39) and a Chateaubriand For Two ($69) can usually be found on the menu, as well as Surf and Turf combinations. Other dishes like Chicken or Veal Marsala ($18), Sautéed Mussels ($16) and Palmer Stuffed Chicken ($18) can also be found. Arnie's Classic Burger ($8) is a popular light meal. Desserts offered include Apple Cobbler ($8), Chocolate Trilogy ($7) and a Mile High Key Lime Pie ($6). A Summer Special might be offered including a bottle of wine, shared appetizer, two salads, two entrées from a limited selection and a shared dessert for a bargain price around $50 between 3 and 9 PM. Twin Lobster Tail dinner offered during lobster season for $23. Fine dining atmosphere, plus the bar lounge. Breezeway dining available also. Full bar with Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Wine list features many California wines. Champagne available. Open Thanksgiving Day, 11 AM to 9 PM, by reservation only. Michael Rainone, chef; Chad Strausbaugh sole owner now.

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.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 12/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David L. 5/15) Once again, our family went here for lunch and I had a Dewars on the Rocks ($8), bowel of French Onion Soup ($6) and a beautiful Roasted Duck ($27). My wife had the Escargot ($11) and the Duck ($27) and we both had Coffee ($3). Our son had Escargot and the Duck also, and his wife had a Mimosa ($7) and Eggs Benedict ($13). We all shared a bottle of Capasoldo Pinot Grigio ($24). Another great meal coming to a total with t&t to $215 for the 4 of us. A nice way to spend Mother's Day!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) Monday night at Palmer spells Lobster! First and foremost, I want to compliment our server, Matt. He was the most fantastic server that I've had in a very long time. He was on top of everything. He knew what we needed, before we knew that we needed something. I had the Double Lobster Tails ($25). But there was no way that the Tails were 6 oz. each. At best, they were 3 oz. each. My husband had the Double Pork Chops ($20). Both meals were delicious. So sorry Palmer's meals are so expensive. I would love to go there more often, but the big prices keeps me away. We shared a Salad, had a water and an Iced Tea. Our bill came to $57. Thanks to Matt for superior service.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) This place is supposed to be a notch above other country club restaurants but am beginning to have doubts. We went there to check out the food before we thought of bringing European guests. We decided not to, as the food just didn't compare to when our friends from beyond the pond invited us to their restaurants. Escargots were not plump and juicy, and Calamari was just OK. Too much flour I thought. Scallop Salad I was told was pretty good and French Onion Soup was OK. Didn't get any entrée as we weren't too hungry but enough to check the level of the kitchen. Our bill without drinks came to $47. Amber, our server was good and efficient. Won't be the place to return to soon.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/16) Six of us gathered for a special birthday for a lady. Reservation for 5:30 but seated 1/2 hour late in crowded and noisy bar area. This has got to be the noisiest restaurant in the area. Most food was excellent, but service was marginal at best. All cocktails served together, but I had to ask later for my Iced Tea. Bread was good, but slow in coming. My 14 oz. Ribeye and her Rack of Lamb were excellent. Fresh Green Beans were perfect. Lobster Tails were overdone and 6 oz? That's a stretch. Did not appreciate water being poured in my lap or the fork with cake on it dropped there or the table dishes being bussed at my ear while I was still eating. Not an intimate dining venue. Extremely noisy and overpriced. The side salads are extra. Total with 1 cocktail, 1 wine, 1 tea, 2 coffees and food was $87.
Q=5 S=2 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Free WiFi Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Spanish Springs), 1181 Main St., The Villages, FL. 750-3909. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L/D] Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. Serving sandwiches, salads and soups as well as bakery items. Salads include Grilled Chicken Caesar, Fuji Apple Chicken, Asian Sesame Chicken and others. Hot Paninis like Turkey-Artichoke and Frontaga Chicken are also offered. Crispanis are a new pizza-like item. Soups include Broccoli Cheddar, French Onion and Baked Potato. Counter service only; no bar. Free Wi-Fi. A second location is in Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets in 37 states based in Richmond Heights, MO. Tamra Fink, shift manager; David Gager, general manager; Mark Mulbarger, director; Covelli Family, franchisees based in Tampa, FL.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 3/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 11/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 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.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 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. Small private room 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.



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Not Rated 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.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/15) This is not anything special but the fact it lasted close to 10 years here means they are bringing in customers. The place wasn't crowded for breakfast and I ordered $5 Special which included two Pancakes, one Egg over medium and two links of Sausage. Thought the price was very reasonable and the special wasn't bad, food wise. Liked their link Sausage best. This was the first time to try. Coffee was just OK. Service was very friendly and seemed like regulars frequent this place.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 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.



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

Older Review: (from Roberta M. 1/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 5/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Max B. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eric O. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 4/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars Video redsauce, 1000 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 750-2930. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and 4 to 9 PM for dinner. Formerly Dominic's Ristorante, this location reopened as another Italian restaurant. Basic New York style Italian dishes from tried and true recipes are offered for lunch and dinner. Outside seating and popular bar. Veal dishes are no longer on their menu. Eggplant Parmesan is popular at $14. You'll find various Chicken preparations like Parmesan, Brick, Piccata, Marsala and Française, all ranging $17-18 each. They offer Pork Osso Bucco at $17 and Chianti Braised Beef at $19. Shrimp Scampi runs $17, while Pan Seared Grouper is $24. At the premium end they serve Grilled Chicken ($18), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($18), Glazed Salmon ($19), Broiled Cod ($19), Grilled Pork Chop ($21), 10 oz. NY Sirloin Strip ($22), 12 oz. Black Angus Ribeye ($23) and a 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($24), all with a vegetable and starch. The Pasta dishes include Campanelle Primavera, Orcchiette with Prosciutto, Fettuccinie Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Penne with Vodka Sauce, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna, Seafood Spaghetti, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce, Garganelli with Sausage and Cavatappi with Chicken all ranging $13-18 each for the full portion and some $7-9 each for the small portion. Basic Spaghetti and Meat Balls is $7 or $13 for half or full portion. Pizzas also available at $11-15 each. A popular side dish, Lobster Mac & Cheese, adds $9. You can also find Arancini ($8), Chicken Livers ($9), Little Neck Clams ($9), Calamari ($9), Mussels ($11), Beef Carpaccio ($12) and Shrimp Cocktail ($12) for appetizers, among others. Side salads are $4 extra. Large Garden Salad ($6), Caesar Salad ($6), Arugala Salad ($8), Iceberg Wedge ($8) and Chopped Antipasto Salad ($8) make a meal by itself. Pleasant semi-casual atmosphere; full bar with Happy Hour. Wine list ranges from $10-80 per bottle and $4.50 to $9 per glass. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Large private room available. Jack Suleiman of Clermont, new owner in 2015. He is brother to David Suleiman, owner of Johnny Rockets, down the street.

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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 7/15) When we arrived at 5:30 PM, we joined some of our group of 10 that were already seated. We ordered drinks and waited for the rest to arrive. Our server, Robyn, was very accommodating and informative. I ordered the house Chardonnay and my husband a Diet Coke. For our main meal, my husband ordered the Side Salad (which was an additional $4) and for his main meal, the Eggplant Parmigiano. I ordered a half order of the Primavera (which was more than enough). Both were delicious. Our server brought out 2 varieties of bread and both were very good. She replenished the bread bowl and drinks when needed. It seemed everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. Our meals before t&t was $35. This is our first visit with the new owners and it was a very nice experience.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 1/16) What a difference a year makes. I usually do not get upset with most situations at a restaurant but today I was upset. I now understand why some people get upset. Waiting for a check for almost an hour is not acceptable at any measure. Front line people in any business make or break a company. A rude receptionist will affect a corporation. Having to wait for close to an hour to get a bill ruins the wonderful evening we had with our friends. In all of the restaurants I've eaten I've never experienced anything like this. I almost decided not to tip but thought otherwise because it is not the server's fault. Buck stops with the management for not letting things like this happen. An evening ruined but probably they don't care. They don't need our business.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Ricciardi's Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 391-9939. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened January 22, 2014, it's located opposite the west side of Paddock Square in Brownwood. The name is correctly pronounced "Ree-char'-dee". Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM or later, daily. The interior is 5,000 s.f., including a semi-private room, with another 2,000 s.f. of patio space outside. Total seating is about 250 patrons. An outdoor bar is included. Large waiting foyer with an open pizza kitchen greets patrons. A hidden wine rack flanks the entrance to the dining area. Booths, high tops and table seating are surrounded by modern walnut and tan Italian décor, topped by a dark barreled ceiling and wrought iron fixtures. Large tables can accomodate 10-12. Most dishes are made from "scratch" with fresh ingredients. They offer 30 Gourmet Pizzas ranging from $8.50 for the 10" Cheese, to $14 for the Pizza Sofia. A wide range of pastas are offered, like Pasta Marinara ($12), Pasta Bolognese ($14), Linguini with Red or White Clam Sauce ($16), Rigatoni alla Vodka ($16) and Fettuccine al Salmone ($17). Baked Rigatoni ($14), Manicotti ($14) and Lasagna ($15) are also on the menu, as is Eggplant Parm. ($16), Veal Parm. ($17) and Eggplant Strati ($20). A dozen Chicken dishes run $16-19 each, like Chicken Sorrentino. The chef's specials are Baked Rigatoni Rustica ($16), Shrimp and Scallops Juliana ($20) and Grilled Salmon Piccata ($21). A Zuppa di Pesce ($21) is also featured. Most entrées come with soup or salad. Strombolis and Calzones run $8.50 to $12. Eight different salads, like Nocciola and Gorgonzola ($10), are featured, as is Greens 'n Beans ($6), Fried Calamari ($10), Bruscetta ($11) and Antipastos ($11) as appetizers. Desserts include Cannolis, New York Style Cheesecake and Mille-Foglie (Napoleon). Children's menu runs $6-8. Cappuccino and Espresso, of course. Full bar with an extensive wine list. Eleven white wines by the glass from a $5 Sauvignon Blanc to a $10 Blackburn Chardonnay and fourteen red wines by the glass from a $6 Chianti Rigoletto to a $12 Chianti Classico give a very wide choice for all œnophiles. Over 30 are offered by the bottle too, ranging from $21 to $90 for the Brunello di Montalcino (Sangiovese). 5 Beers are on tap including Italian Peroni. Happy Hour daily 11 AM - 6 PM; $4 Bloody Marys or Mimosas on weekends before 6 PM too. Corkage fee: $8. Reservations accepted. Rido Yuliansyah, chef; Lee Maddy, manager; Doug Maniscalco, business partner; Michael and Joe Liguori, father and son owners, here and at Pizzeria Valdiano in Winter Park.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barry F. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G.. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 2/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 2/14) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 2/14) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Molly O. 1/15) Our neighborhood ladies lunch group of 11 arrived here without reservations. Tables were quickly arranged to accommodate all of us at one table and our server, Kari, greeted us with their extensive menus. She took drink orders after explaining the specials and the variety of pastas available. They are very willing to customize dishes so that you get exactly what you want. The ladies ordered a variety of dishes from Pizza to full entrées. I ordered Chicken Marco Polo because it had the lemon, artichoke, and sundried tomatoes on angel hair that sounded tasty. Good choice! The overall flavors were wonderful together. The accompanying Caesar Salad was very good as was the Iced Tea which was replenished by Kari. With tax, it came to $18. Each of us liked our meals and decided that we would come back again soon!
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Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) We arrived early so we had no trouble being seated in a nice, cozy booth. I ordered a Limoncello Drop Martini ($8) which was delicious. I had the Fettuccine Salmone ($17) and it was wonderful. It had a creamy white sauce that did not overpower the pasta nor the smoked salmon. It had a great flavor and was perfectly seasoned. My dinner partner had the Tortelloni Carbonara ($16) and, although the sauce was nice, was very thick and heavy - more Alfredo than Carbonara. He had a Diet Coke ($2). Our server was Beth and the total bill was $43 before t&t.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Walter P. 10/15) Crowded, but immediately seated around 5:30. My wife had Verdure alla Grigliate (a cold marinated appetizer containing skewered egg plant, port mushroom, yellow squash and peppers). It was enough for 2. She had a side Salad with that. My Snapper Francese was a huge filet over angel hair. One of the best fish dishes I have had in The Villages area. Done perfectly and no fishy aroma. Came with a side Salad. Our friends had Veal Parm and Grilled Chicken which comes with sliced tomato and mozzarella. Attentive friendly, anticipatory service. Our bill, with a decent $22 Pinot Noir Grand Cru, was $60.
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10 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card 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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12½ Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Ruby Tuesday Restaurant (The Villages), 1168 Main St., The Villages, FL. 751-1801. (American) [L/D] Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily and to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday night. Noted for their gourmet Prime Burgers, Lump Crab Cakes, Baby Back Ribs and popular and extensive fresh Salad Bar. Some entrées include Steak & Lobster Tail, Asian Glazed Salmon, Herb Crusted Tilapia, Chicken Piccata, Louisiana Fried Shrimp, Cowboy Sirloin, Rib Eye as well as Chicken BLT, Avocado Turkey Burger and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Gluten free information available on their website. Patio is now Non-Smoking. Full bar with happy hour all day. One of a large international chain of 900 locations based in Maryville, TN., formerly known as Morrison Restaurants. Online and phone reservations now available. Ray Manning, proprietor here; Anthony Guillory and Lindsay Sutton, managers.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/13) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) There were 6 of us and we sat outside for late lunch. We had a few Apple Fizzes, a Relaxer, Iced Tea, Wine and an Arnold Palmer to start. Some had Mini Turkey Burger Sliders and Salad. Some had Cheeseburgers with Mashed or Zukes. Some had Grilled Chicken Salad. All the food and drinks were good. Vaughn did and excellent job of taking care of us, bringing more biscuits and applying our 2 coupons. The total with $10 off was $71 for 6 people before t&t. Good food and good service when they weren't crowded.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) I sat at the high-top in the bar area, a hang out for a few "regulars". Anna was my friendly server. In fact everyone in here is extra friendly. I settled for a Tropical Island Sparkler ($6) and the Salmon Caesar Salad ($13). Good fish and fresh greens but it was over-drenched in dressing. So much so, it made the greens soggy. Less is better here. She also brought me 3 biscuits. Overall a good meal at $19 and very friendly service.
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14 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (Colony Plaza), 265 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-7393. (Asian) [L/D] Located behind McDonald's off CR 466A. Changing its name from Sakura Japanese Restaurant. Open daily; Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 3-10 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available all day from 11:30 AM on. Officially opened February 4, 2010. Inviting, pleasant, warm décor. This is not a Teppan-yaki style restaurant, rather a Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. A very wide variety of unusual items are offered. One dozen appetizers, like Mango Shrimp or Crispy Calamari run $3-8 each. Three dozen Rolls like California, Salmon, or Tuna &Avocado Rolls are $3-6 each. Bento Box Dinners ($19) include soup, salad, fried rice, Gyoza, Shumai and a selection of 15 main dishes, are featured here. Tempura items like Shrimp or Chicken run $11-16 each. Many Japanese Noodle Dishes ($11-15) are also available. So is Donburi ($13). Hibachi dishes, served with soup and salad and fried rice, are popular, like Chicken, Red Snapper, Shrimp & Scallops or even Twin Lobster Tails, and run $12-28 each. Many Teriyaki dishes from Tofu to Flounder are also offered at $12-20 including soup, salad and rice. Complete Sushi and Sashimi offerings include traditional Tuna, Striped Bass, Mackerel, Sea Urchin a nd Tobiko listed at $4-7 each. Sakura makes two dozen Specialty Rolls ($9-13) like Gazala, Dream, White Dragon, Ocean and Volcano. Luncheon offerings are less expensive, typically $6-9 each. Even Tempura Ice Cream or Tempura Banana occupy the dessert section on the menu. Imported and domestic beer and wine are available. Happy Hour until 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas Day, regular hours. Closed Thanksgivings and Labor Day. Watch for coupons in Thursday's Daily Sun. A second location is in La Plaza Grande (see that listing). Jing Guo, sushi chef; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray O. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheila R. 6/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/15) Ordered a Mondovi Chardonnay and a Ch. St. Jean Cabernet for us. She likes the Duck Roll ($10) and California Roll ($4.50) for her meal and I had the Chicken Katsu ($15). Both were excellent. Michelle waited on us. We've had better servers here. Total was $40 with the Buffalo Card discount. Nice meal.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Bonnie W. 1/15) My husband and I enjoy going to Sakura. The restaurant has a nice, clean, modern décor and we have enjoyed their food in the past. This night was no different. We are not Sushi aficionados, but the varied menu has many choices other than Sushi. I ordered the Beef Negimaki, which is scallions wrapped with broiled marinated beef. The presentation of the food is great with a flower and green garnish. It was also delicious. My husband had Filet Mignon Teriyaki which he also enjoyed. Our friends had Sushi, and the presentation was like that of the gourmet magazines. Michelle was our server and did a good job. Without tip and with cocktails, our bill, including a Spring Roll appetizer, was $51.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) Haven't been here in a long while. Food hasn't improved but it's OK. I go to VKI most of the time as they are a notch above but just a notch. Service is good and at least their Bento Box lunch is consistent, nothing special, nothing bad. I had my usual Tempura Lunch Box. It's that or Katsu Pork lunch box. Raw Sushi is not to the level of VKI. My bill came to $11 without Tea. Forgot the name of the waitress but she was very good.
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13 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (La Plaza Grande), 1104 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-8864. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Located where the Beijing Garden Restaurant, New China Buffet and Empress Pavilion were once located near Publix. Opened November 19, 2012. The hours are: Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 4-9 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available from Noon to 9 PM. They offer the same items as the Colony Plaza location plus teppanyaki meals on the grill. Bento Boxes are popular at $19 each and are served with soup, salad, two pieces of Gyoza and two pieces of Shumai, plus Rice and two choices of items like Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon or Snapper Teriyaki; Shrimp or Chicken Tempura; Pork or Chicken Katsu and others. Hibachi dinners from the kitchen run $12 for Vegetables to $27 for Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. Katsu dinners are also popular and run $15 for Chicken to $18 for Scallops. Tempura dinners run $12 to $18. Beef Negimaki is also offered at $16. Plus there's a whole host of Sushi and Sashimi under $8 and Rolls under $6.50 . Deep Fried Sushi like the Tuna Crunch Roll, for example, is $9. Japanese Soba or Udon Noodle dishes run $12-16 each. Lunch items run $6-12 each. Full bar at this location with 2 for 1 Happy Hour, all day before 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas Day, regular hours. Closed Thanksgivings and Labor Day. Full bar here. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. J. R. Castaneda, manager; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 1/13) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) It was a very enjoyable evening. We took advantage of the Hibachi side of the restaurant. The food was delicious, the chef cooking our food was very entertaining and the service we received from Joy and her co-workers was a "Joy." Both my husband and I had the Chicken and Steak Combo. ($19 each). With his soft drink and my hot green tea, our bill came to $42. Look forward to returning soon.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 1/16) My daughter and family were in town and they really enjoy Japanese food. They were not disappointed here. We had a party of 8 and went for the Hibachi experience. Our server, Joy was wonderful, the food was delicious and the chef was thoroughly entertaining. They ordered Steak and Seafood combinations and all agreed it was just delicious. For a party of 4 with drinks and dinner it came to $104. It was a fun family evening.
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Not Rated Buffalo Discount Card Sammy Joe's Pizzeria, 8760 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 633-1949. (Pizza) [B/L/D] Located where Toscani's Deli & Pizzeria did business in the Mulberry Grove Plaza. Opened May, 2015. Hours are 8 AM to 9 PM daily. Specializes in Pizza at $6.50/10", $8.50/14", $10.50/16" and $13.50/20" plus toppings that are $1.25, $1.50, $1.75 and $2.00 extra per topping respectively. Plus they have house specials like "The Veggie" at $10.50/14", $12.50/16" and $15.50/20" and "The Motivator" at $13.50/14", $15.50/16" and $18.50/20" and "Meat Lovers" or "Deluxe" at $14.50/14", $16.50/16" and $19.50/20". Calzones and Strombolis (both $10) and "Grinders" like Italian, French Dip, Meatball, Steak & Cheese and Sammy Club (all $9 each) are also on the menu. 8 or 16 Jumbo Chicken Wings run $8.00 & $15.00. Salads are also offered at about $8 each. You can also find Spaghetti ($9), Fettuccini Alfredo ($10.50), Meatloaf Parm. ($11.50), Lasagna ($12), Chicken dishes ($13) and Mussels Marinara ($14) on the menu. Salad included with entrées. Special deals for mid-week and Sunday dinner. Small seating area. No bar. Delivery available. Carol Laufersky, owner here and at SonRise Café in The Villages (see that listing).



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

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/14) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Sidewalk Café, 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. After two years of operation, this popular diner suddenly closed its doors in June, 2016.

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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.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) I think this is a gem of a place for a quick lunch. First of all, all the staff are very nice. It is nothing special but it has that local hang out feel. I came here several times before but this is the first time I'm writing a review. I usually order a "Half and Half", Half Soup and Half Sandwich. Just the right size for my small stomach. Usually I order Chili and Egg Salad Sandwich. Today I ordered Chili and a BLT. Soup of the day is usually good too and any sandwich is quite good. If the weather is nice, outside patio is for me. With Chili, they charge 50 cents extra. My total was $7. Server, Blondie, was efficient and nice. She called me "Sweetie" and I didn't mind.
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12½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Square 1 Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 689-2191. (American) [L/D] Opened April 8, 2014. Located in the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A and is open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. New venue that mixes Meyer Angus Burgers, Martinis, Milk Shakes, Craft Beers and pictures of cows in hats. The décor is certainly eclectic, from ruby chandeliers to red velvet or cow hide covered banquettes. If you think "spice is nice", this might be your "Jalapeño Heaven". Their menu leader is the "All-American" Cheeseburger at $10 single and $14 double. The others include the "Old Fashioned" with Pickles and Mustard ($10), Peppers & Onions Burger ($11), Bleu Bacon Burger ($11.50), 3-Mushroom Burger ($11.50), Bar-B-Que Bacon Burger ($11), Feta Cheese Burger ($11), Poblano Peño Cheeseburger ($12), Half-Pound Cheddar ($12) Bacon & Egg Burger ($12) and their Drunken Pig and Bull® ($13). You can change the meat patty to Chicken or Turkey (+$1), Lamb (+$3) or Buffalo or Kobe Beef (+$5). They also offer Slider Trios ($9-11 each). Besides Beef Burgers they offer Chicken or Turkey on a Bun at $11-12 each. Sesame, whole wheat or skip-the-bun add to the choices. Sandwiches include Hot Dogs ($9-10), Bourbon Pulled Pork ($11), Cajun Salmon Burger ($12), Lamb ($13), Buffalo ($14) plus non-meat choices like Grilled Cheese ($9.50), Vegan ($12) and Portobello ($12). For lighter appetites, they have Spicy Beer Cheese Soup ($4/$8.50), French Onion ($4/$7), Angus Chili ($4.50/$8), Chopped Salad ($6/$9), Strawberry Salad ($9), Cobb Salad ($10) and Beef or Chicken Salad ($10.50/$11). Side dishes double as appetizers like Fried Jalapeños ($4.50), Crispy Fries ($6), Chili Queso ($6), Edamame ($6), Chili Pie ($7), Tomato & Artichoke Hummus ($7.50), Fried Pickle Chips ($8), Eggrolls ($8), Fried Mac 'n Cheese ($8), Onion Rings ($9) and 6 or 10 Chicken Wings ($6.50/$10) rounding out the choices. Desserts like Chocolate Sundae, Cheesecake, Shakes and Italian "Zepps" run $5-6 each. Full inside-outside bar with Cosmos ($7-9), Martinis ($8-10), Mudslide Shakes ($9) and Margaritas ($10) concocted. Plus Draft and Bottle Beers and Wines are offered. Specials offered during the week. Children's menu available. Outside dining available. Dog friendly patio. Happy Hour runs 3-6 PM, then again 9 PM to closing with $3 Drafts, $4 Wine and $5 Manhattans, Margaritas and Sangrias among others, plus $3/$4/$5 appetizers. Started in 2008, 7 other locations are in western Florida with additional ones coming to Lakeland, Gainesville and Carrollwood, Florida. Bill Milner, Director of Operations; Lauren Marcus and Dylan Brooker, managers here; C.J.(Joanie) Corneil, Otho (Bill) Shumate and Ray Leich of Tampa, owners.

Older Review: (from Raymond A. 4/14) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James S. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rochelle B. 5/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) We arrived on a Friday evening with 11 other golfers around 5:30 PM. After a short wait, they were able to readily accommodate us with 2 large booths that seated 6 people or we could wait for what looked like quite a bit longer. Our server was Kami and the service was excellent. I ordered a House Wine and my husband a Diet Pepsi, we shared an all American Double Burger and my husband also ordered a cup of French Onion Soup. We did receive a second place setting and plate and the food was delicious and more than enough. Our entire party really enjoyed the food and the service.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Janice T. 3/15) We arrived at 6 PM and were seated immediately. It was Wednesday night, so the Onion Ring appetizer was only $3. SOLD!! Best Onion Rings ever. I had the 3 Mushroom Burger and my husband had the Bleu Bacon Burger. Each was $12. With 2 Draft Beers, the Burgers and the Rings, our check came to $34. Everything tasted delish!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) I hosted a dinner for a group of 26 here. We had a great experience. They were so easy to deal with from setting up the reservation, to last minute cancellations to preparing 26 separate checks. We had 2 round booths with 3 adjoining tables for 4. Krystyna and Curtis were our servers and they were wonderful. Krystyna was serving my table, so I mainly interacted with her and she was very pleasant, efficient and extremely helpful. Curtis never stopped moving with the other tables. Two tables were served their dinners quite quickly. When I inquired about the other 3, I was told there was another group of 30 on the other side whose tickets had gotten to the kitchen first. How refreshing to be told the truth! I had the Bleu Bacon Burger on a bed of greens and Onion Rings. The Burger was cooked to perfection and the Onion Rings were delicious, not overly breaded, and Krystyna said, prepared fresh each day. The Burger, Onion Rings and one Happy Hour Draft Beer came to $15 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) We were seated quickly and when we did not like our booth, we were able to change to a table in the far corner with no problem. The hostess was very pleasant when we made the request. We ordered our drinks and our server, Westah, took our food order. The drinks arrived, and soon afterwards our food. I had a Kobe Red Wine and Blu Burger ($16) and asked for it as rare as the chef would make it. To my surprise it was perfectly done. Cooked on the outside and very rare inside. This hardly ever happens and I was thrilled. I also like that I can order my Burger without the bun and on a bed of greens. This is a great idea. My partner had the Salmon dinner ($17) which is a new item and enjoyed it very much. We treated our friends to dinner. The had the Angus Toga Party ($11) and an Angus Old Fashioned ($10). We all had wine or beer on Happy Hour. So the tab was $77 minus a coupon I was sent by email, so the total was $66 with tax for four people. Excellent friendly service from a school teacher.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) We treated our friends to dinner. Wednesday is $3 Onion Rings Day. They were good. We had 2 Pino Grigios, 3 Malbec/Cabs and a Mich Ultra between us ($36.50). One had the Old Fashioned ($10), one the Turkey Burger with Woo Hoo side ($13), one Angus American ($10) and one Double Angus American ($14). Fries or Slaw came with them. The Burgers are good and very juicy. Extra napkins help. Total before t&t was $86 for 4. Danielle did a good job but could smile more. Got busy about 6:30 PM.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) Thoroughly enjoyed my Onion Rings ($3) on this Wednesday after golf. They are the best Onion Rings ever. My Rise and Shine Burger and my husband's Bacon X-Rated Grilled Cheese Sandwich and a soft drink came to $32. Everything was cooked perfectly. Kristina and her fellow servers took excellent care of us.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/16) We had a glass of red wine and a Sangria. I had the Mary's Lamb Burger - Medium ($14). He had the Angus BBQ Bacon Burger - Medium Rare ($12). Both were pretty good. Curtis messed up or checks but otherwise did a good job. We come here often enough. Total was $35 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Late lunch on Valentine's Day but we were seated in 15 minutes. Ashley C. was pleasant and fairly attentive despite heavy work load. Angus Old Fashioned Burger on bed of greens excellent medium rare as requested and enough greens to qualify as a House Salad. Onion Rings are the best. My wife had Angus Bleu Bacon Burger with Coleslaw. No complaints. With 2 Root Beers plus refills, total was $18 including -$10 BOGO credit. Shall return.
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12 Stars Video Steak 'n Shake (The Villages), 3980 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 205-4950. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] At CR 103 and CR 466. Noted for their SteakBurgers, Shakes and Malts. The most popular is the $4 Double 'n Cheese SteakBurger and the $5 Western BBQ 'n Bacon SteakBurger. Other items include Chili, Frisco Melt, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Fingers. You can also find Club Sandwiches, BLTs and Grilled Cheese too. For breakfast they offer a Country Skillet and a Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet, each $6. All You Can Eat Pancakes are just $4. Open 24 hours including Christmas from 11 AM. Seniors (50+) get 10% off on Monday & Tuesday. One of a large chain of 430 locations mostly in the southeast, started in 1934, based in Normal, IL. Beth Camron, manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

Older Review: (from Steve L. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 8/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 5/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=1 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Dan K. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from from Yori O. 6/15) So glad there is at least one good ethnic restaurant here in The Villages. As being a transplant from the northeast where there are many ethnic restaurants, we do want to eat other diversified dishes. We love their Pad Thai and Chicken Green Curry. Always not crowded here but enough customers to keep the place going. On weekends, it could get pretty full. We don't won't this place to close. Our total bill came to $26.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Temporarily Not Rated Tierra Del Sol Club, 806 San Marino Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-8005. (American) [B/L] Closed April 29, 2016 for renovations and a 99 seat showplace addition called The Studio Theatre. Ownership changing to the developer. Originally opened March, 2000. Tierra Del Sol Club is expected to offer only Breakfast and Lunch on the patio and in the bar starting in November, 2016. The Studio Theatre is due to open November 14, 2016 with "Next To Normal", but no dinners will be offered, only snacks at intermission.


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13 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Brownwood), 2835 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 350-2122. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] Their third location in The Villages, located near Paddock Square in Brownwood at the corner of Brownwood Blvd. and Sandy Nook Run, in a drab gray building. Now being billed as "Traditional Deli & Gourmet Bakery" with an art deco logo. Opened September 14, 2015 with new décor here. Hours are 7 AM to 9 PM daily. Open Christmas Day from 10 AM. Offers breakfast 'til 11 AM, like Oatmeal ($3), Belgian Waffle ($6), French Toast ($6) or a Smoked Fish Combo ($14). There's also Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Nova-Eggs-&-Onion, or a Western Skillet (all $8 each). Soups include Matzo Ball and Chicken Noodle (both $4/$5 each). Hand Tossed Salads run $7-10 depending on size and ingredients. They also make Deli Sandwiches at $8-10 each. Burgers are popular at $8 for the Jay Burger, to $10 for the Burger a-la-TooJay's. The new menu goes on to Comfort Food, like Shepherd's Pie ($10), a Traditional Turkey Dinner ($11) or London Broil ($15), to Fish, like Baked Cod ($12), Atlantic Salmon ($13) or Teriyaki Salmon ($13), to Chicken, like Tenders ($9), Quesadillas ($9) or Chicken Marsala ($12), to Pasta, like Roasted Veggie Pasta ($9), Meat Lasagna ($10) or Garlic Chicken Pasta ($12). It's THE place to get Egg Creams ($3), Potato Knishes ($3), Cheese Blintzes ($8), Chopped Chicken Livers ($8), Liverwurst Sandwich ($8), Chicken Salad Sandwich ($9), Potato Latkes ($9), Beef Brisket Sandwich ($10), Tongue Sandwich ($10), Hot Corned Beef Sandwich ($10), Hot Pastrami Sandwich ($10) and other New York City favorites, like a Dill Pickle or a "Schmear" of Chopped Liver with your meal. Desserts are famous, like Killer Cake, NY Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Banana Cream Cake, Brownies, Éclairs, Rugalach, Rice Pudding and Mini NY "Black & Whites" (all $2-5 each). Beer and wine licensed, with wines by the glass or bottle now. Kids menu. Special menus for the Jewish holidays. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. Other locations are at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing) and Spanish Springs (see that listing). Currently there are 27 locations scattered across Florida. Holly Hegg, general manager here; Bill Jordan, area director. Now owned by private equity firm, Branford Castle of New York.

Review: (from Eric O. 9/15) We arrived for a late lunch on their opening day. We were greeted and welcomed by 4 or 5 employees before we were seated. The atmosphere is modern with lots of light streaming through the large windows. Jamal was an excellent waiter and was well acquainted with their menu. We started with the Soup of the Day, Split Pea ($4), which tasted homemade and delicious. We shared the Turkey/Avocado Wrap ($10) and the Loaded Latkes Appetizer ($9). Both were served quickly and were quite tasty. With 2 Unsweet Teas our bill came to $32 plus tip. We will definitely go back often.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) I think of the 3, this is the most airy with high ceilings. Food is same old, same old. Wanted to have Corned Beef Hash and Eggs to compare with Darrel's but breakfast menu was closed. The server said I can have Omelette with Corned Beef Hash so I tried it. Lost the Corned Beef Hash taste in the Omelette. Have to come for breakfast. Mine was called Create Your Own Omelette with 3 ingredients, so in addition to Hash, I added Onions and Pepper. The bill came to $8.50. Server, Dana, was very nice and efficient. Guess The Villagers love same old dishes in chain stores. Unless customers change, food will remain the same and chefs will not have the passion to experiment.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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9 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] Hours 7 AM to 9 PM daily. 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. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. 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 2015 "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 in Brownwood (see that listing). Now owned by private equity firm, Branford Castle of New York.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 11/13) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 3/16) Went to this location instead of Spanish Springs. Our waiter, Connelly, was extra slow (10 minutes just to get drinks) and slow for everything else. The Corned Beef and Cabbage had no flavor. The Beef was cut so thin, you could read through it and the Cabbage was just a hunk of Cabbage with no flavor. The Carrots were not done. The Potatoes were good, the only part. We paid $11 each for the Corned Beef and $2 for Hot Tea and $2.49 for Iced Tea. Our total bill before t&t was $31 as we brought home a slice of Cake ($4.49).
Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 6/16) Our server, Carol C., did not offer soda or water refills. No check to see how food was. Corned Beef & Cabbage was cold, the Cabbage was a core, Veggies also cold. Red Potatoes and Rye Bread were the only good things. This is NOT a deli as I know it. 1 beer, 1 soda, 2 Corned Beef dinners was $33. Not returning.
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11½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Spanish Springs), 990 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-3510. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] Opened October, 2004. Hours are 7 AM to 9 PM daily. 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. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. 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. Voted 2015 "Best Deli" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Julie Holt, general manager here. Another location is at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). A third location is now in Brownwood (see that listing). Now owned by private equity firm, Branford Castle of New York.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/15) New single menu now (just higher prices), and it was handy so I had lunch here. Took a while for the host to return but I got a seat at the window. They were not crowded. Brandy was my server. I had the typical New York lunch: Pastrami on Rye with Mustard ($10) and an Egg Cream ($3). Brandy did fine but the kitchen was slow today. Good Sandwich, nice Cole Slaw and a sweet Egg Cream (no egg!). Enjoyable.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) First visit here. The place wasn't crowded and they had special on Beer Battered Onion Rings. Wasn't too bad. All of the restaurants around here deep fry Onion Rings too much. Don't know why they can't fry them lightly. However, here at least the Onions were not dry and still juicy. My Knish was nothing like the ones I ate at the Big Apple street vendors but it was OK. My friends said Veggie Quesadilla, as well as Stuffed Cabbage was good, though in Europe they add more rice to the stuffed meat, they said. Jackie was a good server and the bill came to $40 for the 4 of us. Will be visiting the one in Brownwood pretty soon.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12 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 parties in a private room. 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 3/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 11/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 2/16) Our Gourmet Club group of 8 had a great dinner at the fun hibachi grill. The skilled chef was very entertaining. All 6 of the grills were in full use (they seat 8 persons, each). Everyone enjoyed their Miso Soup. The Salad was small and mostly lettuce, but crisp and cold. Each dinner included two large Grilled Shrimp, also. The combinations are many, including Steak, Filet, Chicken, Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster, etc., most with a choice of 2. I had Steak & Chicken and she had Chicken & Scallops and both were very good. Everyone loved their dinners and the Filet drew raves. Drinks were 2-4-1 until 6 PM. Our cost for 2 was $45, plus t&t. Service was efficient and pleasant.
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9 Stars Video Free WiFi The Waterfront Inn (Amelia's), 1105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 753-7535. (American) [B/L/D] Breakfast 6:30 to 10 AM; Lunch 11 AM to 3 PM; Dinner 4 PM to 9 PM; Sunday Brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. The restaurant is called Amelia's and the deck affords a nice view of Lake Sumter. Small, simple dining area off the lobby seating just 60 people indoors and another 20 outdoors. Start with their popular She-Crab Soup. Entrées such as Pan Fried Pork Medallions, Pepper Dusted Tenderloin, Mojo Chicken, Cajun Shrimp Fajita Skillet, Southern Crab Cakes, BBQ Glazed Shrimp, Baked or Fried Haddock (Friday) and 14 oz. Ribeye are offered at prices between $12-19. Less formal dishes such as Grilled Cheese, Carved Turkey Sandwich, Pimento Cheeseburger and various salads will range from $4-10. Desserts include Bread Pudding, Apple Dumpling and Key Lime Cheese Cake. The focus is on Southern cooking. Daily Breakfast Buffet is just $10 per person. Luncheon Soup & Salad Bar is just $7 per person. Sunday Brunch at $14 per person offered weekly including Omelet and Carving Stations. $9 Early Bird Specials starting at 4 PM recently added to the menu. Full bar and wine list. Occasional entertainment starting at 5:30 PM in the lobby area. Happy hour from 3 to 7:30 PM. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more or on coupons. Reservations are accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas too for Holiday Buffets by reservation at 2 hour intervals 12-6 PM. New Years Eve Dinner by reservation at 4, 6 and 8 PM at $28 pp, then music in the lobby until midnight only. Tom Seigler, chef; Don Slage, restaurant director; Christy Kitt, 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 Janice 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.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/15) We both had the Friday Dinner Lobster special. Quite a disappointment from the last times we had this where the lobster was closer to 1½ lb. These oversized crawdads couldn't have been too much over 1 lb each. They were cooked perfectly, though barely warm, as was the Baked Potato and Veggie Medley. The shells were cracked, making for easier eating. No rolls, shell waste collection plate, or hand wipes. Not a place for quiet dining with open walkways to the bar/casual dining area. With two $2 side salads, two $3 glasses of wine and tax, our total was $64.
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12 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi World of Beer (Brownwood), 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 AM to Midnight daily, but from 10 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. Voted 2015 "Best Beer Selection" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Open Christmas Day 11 AM to Midnight. Adam Fisher, manager; Maheshwar (Mahesh) 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 Spanish Springs.

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

Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Guess it's because of the fickle weather, the place was not crowded. Went here for the first time as I am not much of a beer drinker but my son is. Had a Guinness Draft, it was OK. Can't beat the one in Ireland so I have to live with it. But I was surprised to note that Bratwurst in Soft Pretzel was quite good and also the side order of Slaw was good, not salty or too wet. I also tasted my grandkid's Fries and it was juicy and soft. Loved their huge Soft Pretzel, as well as their Onion Rings Since I didn't pay, I don't know what the tab was but definitely enjoyed the lunch. I remember the waiter to be funny and efficient.
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11½ Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi World of Beer (Spanish Springs), 994 Alvarez Ave., The Villages, FL. 633-4787. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Officially opened July 13, 2015. Located on Alvarez Ave. where the WVLG Radio Station was located. This is the second location within The Villages, measuring 4,600 s.f. The first location in Brownwood opened in September 2013. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily, but from 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday and to 2 AM on Friday and Saturday. Boasting over 3 dozen beers on tap and another 500 more brands and styles, both imported and domestic, in the large coolers. This location will feature Florida made beers also. Pretzels, Flatbreads, Sandwiches and Soups & Salads are on the menu, not to mention the vast array of beer. WOB Loyalty Card ($15), Service Industry, College Student & Faculty, Military and Ladies discounts offered on different days of the week. Entertainment will be featured on weekends when the music on the square ends at 9 PM. Outdoor seating available with outside bar. No minors under 21 admitted after 7 PM. Voted 2015 "Best Beer Selection" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Open Christmas Day 11 AM to Midnight. Founded by Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon. Joe Norton, manager here; Maheshwar (Mahesh) Nomula, Smita Karkal and Revati Pothamsetty, owners. World of Beer is a fast growing francise operation since 2007 out of Tampa, FL., with dozens of locations in two dozen states, but primarily in central and southern Florida.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Had lunch at the bar so I could check out the new location. Very large area, inside and out. Don't know how they keep all those battle and can beers fresh. I just ordered a Cheese Burger with Slaw ($10.50) and a Hefe Weissbier ($7). The beer was good and so was the Burger that was served on a pizza plate covered with wax paper. Not much business at 1 PM and the staff were relaxing. The bartender was not engaging. Ordinary meal that totaled $17.50.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from David L. 12/15) Went there right after our Shuffleboard Game with our team of 13 around 4 PM. Not busy at all and was surprised at the size of the building inside. Since it was a beautiful day, we all decided to eat outside. We were seated with a very good server. Laura took everybody's drink orders and after a while she took our food orders and everybody had separate checks. My wife had a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and French Fries for $10 and a Barley Mow Tinsel Beer for $7.50. I had big Turkey Club Sandwich with French Fries at $10 and a Oskar Blues Old Chub at $5. All together our check was $39 with t&t. A little high but worth it with good food and service. Laura and staff were very attentive.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Ellen H. 4/16) We were seated quickly and our server, Laura, took our drink order immediately. I ordered a favorite of mine, Chocolate Stout, which was wonderful. My dinner partner had a Tangerine Wheat Beer which he also liked. I had the French Onion Soup and a Wedge Salad. The Soup was hot, flavorful and very good. My Wedge Salad was large and had Bibb lettuce instead of the usual Iceberg, which made it much better for me. It had lots of Blue Cheese and was one of the best I have ever had. My partner had a Steak Sandwich which he also liked a lot. The total before tip and tax was $45.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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