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11½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Amerikanós Grille, 998 Del Mar Drive, The Villages, FL. 633-8027. (Greek) (Middle Eastern) [B/L/D] Located where Athens - New York Restaurant did business opposite Spanish Springs Town Square. Renovated and restyled in contemporary décor with two-toned silver banquettes and a fresh, clean look. Opened August 22, 2016. Now open for breakfast at 7:30 AM. Open to 10 PM weekdays and to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday. The name "Αμερικανός" means "American" in Greek, chosen over others that were considered. A mix of Greek, Middle Eastern and American food choices here. Appetizers include Hummus with Pita Bread ($6), Falafel ($7.50), Crispy Potato Skins ($8), Fried Mac 'n Cheese Balls ($8.50), Fried Calamari ($9) and Chicken Wings ($10). Their specialties include a Fish and Chips Basket ($12), Gyro Platter ($13.50), Chicken or Steak Kebobs ($14/$14.50) and a 9 oz. Churrasco Steak ($16). Each come with two sides. On the lighter side, Pita items, served with Fries, include a Falaffel ($8), Chicken ($9), Gyro ($9.50) or Steak ($9.50) Pita. They also feature large Potatoes stuffed with Cheese and Bacon ($8), Broccoli and Cheddar ($8.50), Chicken ($10.50) or Steak ($11). Four types of Burgers, served with Fries, are offered like the Cheddar and Coleslaw ($10), Blackened with Sriracha Ketchup ($10.50), Bacon Cheeseburger ($11) or with Sun Dried Tomato and Feta ($11.50). American style Sandwiches, served with Fries, include a Chicken BLT ($9), Chicken Parmesan ($9.50), Philly Cheese Steak ($10) and a Rueben ($10). Salads are Falafel ($8.50), Greek ($9.50) or Chicken Salad ($10). For dessert you can find NY Cheesecake ($5.50), Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ($6) or traditional Greek Baklava ($7). Kids menu ranges $5-6 each. Full bar here with cocktails like a Mediterranean Bloody Mary and Cucumber Cooler Mojito are featured. Six or more Draft Beers on tap ($3-5 each) and a California Wine List ($5-8/glass and $30-38/bottle) available too. Outside seating around the outdoor bar. Chris Fulghum, general manager; Judi Murray, manager here. Owners are David Suleiman and Sydney Aqeel, the family of Johnny Rockets and redsauce in Lake Sumter Landing.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) My husband and I went for the first time. We were greeted very promptly and sat quickly. The décor was very nice and the staff very friendly I had the Gyro with Fries and my husband had the Chicken Pita with Fries. We also had Hot Tea and Iced Tea to drink. Our total bill before t&t was $23. Two different managers came by to see how we were doing. They weren't real busy but did have quite a few people. The only part I didn't like was sitting right next to the noisy kitchen.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Coleen C. 9/16) I had a Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a Hoagy Roll with the House Parmesan Fries. My husband had the Fish and Chips. All entrées are freshly made to order. My Sandwich was very good; the Fries were also good. My husband enjoyed his Fish but commented it was maybe a minute overlooked. The breading was light and the Fish was tasty. He had his Fries without the cheese and was happy with them. The décor was fresh, modern and clean. Checkout the bathroom! Service was exceptional, attentive and prompt. The food took a while, but, as I mentioned, made to order, so that was worth it. The wait staff and management seem very proud of their establishment and eager to please. The people at the table next to us were raving about their choices. We will definitely go back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 5/17) Sunday morning breakfast brought us to try this restaurant. I had heard, by word of mouth, about good experiences here. I had a terrific Veggie Omelet ($8). I have never seen so many Veggies in an Omelet before. My husband had a Meat Lovers Omelet ($9), also chock full of Meat. The Home Fries accompaniments were delicious. Service was a little slow. Our server, Jessica, had too many tables to take care of, I think. Coffee was definitely overpriced at $2.50 each. Our two meals and 2 Coffees came to $24. We will return, however, it was a little expensive for just breakfast.
Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (The Villages), 1009 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0000. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM 'til 2 AM every day. Popular American fare with a new menu created by Tyler Florence. Killer Apps (appetizers) range from $4 to $8. Apple Walnut or Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin and Southwest Steak Skillet as well as Fiesta Lime Chicken and Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs are featured on the menu. Rollups, sandwiches and burgers also available. Usual prices are $8 to $16 for entrées. Weight Watcher® items for those followers; if not, save room for the Blue Ribbon Brownie. Small Dessert Shooters at $2 are also available. Full bar and specialty drinks on the mini table menu. 2 for 1 on house drinks all day. Seniors (60+) get 15% off with their Golden Apple Card. Free dessert on your birthday for E-Club members. 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. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. 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=
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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=
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Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) We go to this Applebee's just about once a week. We really like the atmosphere and the food. The service is usually very, very good as most of these waitresses have been there for a long time. We had our usual (Lunch Special) of French Onion Soup and my husband had the Club Sandwich and I had the Chicken Tenders. Both were very good. I love their French Onion Soup. The total bill before t&t was $23.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) 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.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 7/15) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/15) Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Haven't been back in some time, so we thought we'd give it a try. I like their Yaki Udon but it is a misnomer. Yaki in Japanese means fried especially in this case, stir fried. This dish is not stir fried though I still like their Udon (thick) as compared to Soba. They have it in Beef, Pork or Shrimp. I am told they don't have Udon in Miso Soup that they had before. I kind of miss that now. Our server Hayley was pleasant and efficient. Total bill came to $22.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Bavarian Brewhaus, 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, this German restaurant closed at the end of July, 2017.



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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. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. 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. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.



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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. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. 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 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. Lloyd Pennington, 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.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 4/17) On a beautiful spring day, sitting out on their patio, we had a very nice dining experience. Our server, Dominique, was very attentive. I had the Chicken Royal at $16. It was a little expensive, in my opinion. My husband had the daily special, Lasagna at $13. Both meals were very tasty. My Iced Tea at $2.60, I consider expensive. I would have been better off getting Early Bird Beer at $2.75 a large glass. Our bill came to $40. We enjoyed ourselves. Next time, I'm doing the beer. Maybe.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 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. Open 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. One of a large regional chain of 550 locations in 18 states based in Columbus, Ohio. A second location is in 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 Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Now Open Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466A), 360 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 751-4444. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Faces CR466A, next to Walgreens Pharmacy. Opened in mid-January 2017. This is the second location in The Villages. Open 6 AM to 10 PM daily. Breakfast served all day. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. 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 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. Free Bang Bang Shrimp or dessert on your birthday for being a Bonefish Grill Insider. 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.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 2/15) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) Another pleasurable evening at one of our favorite restaurants here. We had reservations and were seated quickly. I had a seasonal Fresh Appletini and he had a glass of Wine. I ordered the Bonefish Salad and an appetizer of Lobster Stuffed Shrimp. It was delicious and full of lobster meat. My partner had Salmon and was also pleased. Our friends enjoyed their meal as well. Our server, Wallace, was good but not as attentive as some of the other servers we have had in the past. The total before t&t was $56.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) This is always a favorite of ours and this evening was no exception. Our waiter, David K., was very attentive and friendly. We had one of their special Martini's, Hawaiian Tini, and it was delicious. and a House Cab. We each had their wonderful House Salad and enjoyed it. We had the Salmon and, as always, it was prepared perfectly and was excellent. Both meals were very good. The cost before t&t was $69.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Michael P. 7/17) We had the Bang Bang Shrimp, Sockeye Salmon and Cod Picata with Lobster Stuffed Shrimp. Everything came out hot and well cooked. Service was great, except for a delay with our bill. Overall very good.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/17) This restaurant is always a joy. The food is excellent, and the service is top notch. Our server was Walter and he was very attentive. It was a special occasion so a small box of candy was presented to me at the end of the evening which is a nice touch. We decided to try their Two for $55 Special and were very pleased. We shared the Crispy Shrimp appetizer which was wonderful and I had the Cod Picata and Lobster Tail and he had Steak and Lobster Tail. Both entrées were perfectly prepared and very tasty. We shared the summer Berry Bread Pudding for dessert and loved it. With a Martini and two glasses of House Wine the total was $70 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/17) This was a special presentation from Bonefish for their members and included drinks and appetizers for $25pp. There were several martinis and speciality drinks, some name brand liquors and wine and beer on the menu, along with several appetizers. We were allowed 2 drinks and a appetizer for each couple. We were disappointed in most of the appetizers as they were lukewarm and certainly not plentiful. Our waitress, Crystal, was very good and very attentive. The total before t&t was $50. We would not do the Bar Bytes Special again.
Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Appetizer of Bang Bang Shrimp ($11), Lilly's Chicken for me ($15); Bang Bang Soft Tacos ($14) for my husband, and 1 Manhattaan Cocktail ($5.25). Total before t&t = $45. Everything was hot and tasty. Slow service, server was not real friendly (won't mention her name). We don't frequent here, probably because their prices rise every time we come. It's really getting expensive. Maybe we'll return when I have a hankering for their Bang Bang Shrimp again.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Video 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.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/16) Arrived at 10:30 AM for the Breakfast Buffet. Very few patrons here. Maybe because many food items were depleted. We had to ask that more food be brought out. No one seemed to be in charge of that. Hard to get more coffee, even though place was nearly empty. Fried eggs were overdone. We had coupons for $1 off, but they were not honored. Talked to manager who said he had never seen that coupon. His comment about minimal food was "last time I looked, there was plenty". Great management technique! Wondering if the reason for low attendance was due to all of the above. Will not return. Two buffets and two coffees was $22.65.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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9½ 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 Lagunes & Milagros Aragon, owners.

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.

Review: (from Stu R. 10/16) As we walked in my wife remarked that it smelled fresh and I agreed. I am a bit of a fanatic about cleanliness in a restaurant. We ordered a house Chianti and it was delivered within two minutes of ordering. I enjoy good simple table wines with country foods. In this case the wine blended in well with my two slices of Pizza with toppings of Hamburger, Sausage and Neat Balls. She had their Chef's Salad and a single slice of Meat Pizza. The cook behind a high glass counter cooked our meal. The pie was twirled fresh in the air by the chef who caught it behind his back. I was impressed. I sampled my wife's Salad and it was remarkably crisp and the ranch dressing had a sweet fresh taste. We got our bill for $34 which included three glasses of wine. These folks run a super impressive Pizza Joint in The Villages.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Brownwood Hotel and Spa. See (The) Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck (that listing).


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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.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 10/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/16) Our server, Sarah, promptly took our drink order. We both decided on the Turkey Dinner and ordered that when the drinks were delivered. The meals were there in less than 10 minutes and were hot and quite delicious. The dressing was a little dry, but, for the most part, the meal was very good. The Turkey was fresh and not a processed roll. As a bonus, we received a dessert of Dump Cake with Ice Cream which was wonderful. The cost before t&t and with two drinks was $36.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) I had breakfast here this morning and I do enjoy their breakfast, especially their D.W. platter. I love their Sausage Links, plump and juicy, not salty. I still wish they'd bring back Plain Grits as a side but I am beginning to enjoy Apple Fritters which replaced the Grits. Cane Garden is one of my facoirite restaurants. The service is always pleasant. Sarah, our server, was very efficient and nice. Guess I like the coziness inside and when the weather is nice, outside patio is wonderful too. Unfortunately, for breakfast, outside is closed. Bill for two of us without Coffee came to $18. Love the fact we can talk there and not shout.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 1/17) I consider Cane Garden to be "my club". I like it because it is the closest from my house and they try new things. Also the service is nice and we like the ambience of the place. We love Cane, Cane shrimp. The Lobster Bisque was quite good. We wanted to be adventurous and tried their Asian Noodles. We love Ramen which is basically a Japanese invention though based on Chinese Noodles. This Noodle Soup is getting very popular outside of Japan now. I expected as much but this was no Ramen. We enjoyed the fact that they used Ramen Noodles but wonder if they could study real Ramen and give us that. Am sure it will become popular. When that happens, don't call it Asian Noodles but say either Shoyu or Shio Ramen. If that happens, I wouldn't mind coming at least once a week. Marina was nice and efficient. Total bill came to $23.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Still one of my favorites. Never disappointed. Sat inside for the first time in ages. My wife had the Ahi Tuna with a Side Salad. Tuna was well prepared and presented. My standby is the Italian Loafer Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes instead of French Fries. I get a side of Gravy and it is just like a dinner. It had great flavor. Becky was very attentive and took care of both couples. Bill for 2 was $27, including one Iced Tea. Staff is always friendly, food always hot, if it is supposed to be and well presented.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video AARP Card 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. Free appetizer or dessert in your birthday month for Amici Club members. 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.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/16) We were seated immediately and our server, Danielle, arrived quickly to take our drink order. I love the Limoncello Martini that is a specialty item, but neither the server or the bartender were able to figure out how to make this drink. I was very disappointed. However, I ordered a Pomegranate Martini which was very good and my partner had their signature Red Sangria which is excellent. We took advantage of the "Three for one Price" Monday night special and I had the Grilled Steak with gorgonzola sauce and he had the Salmon. My entrée came with a Brushetta of tomatoes, onion, kalamata olives and basil and a cup of Minestrone Soup. Both of these were delicious. This is a nice, Monday night, feature from them. Our bill before t&t was $41.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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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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13 Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card 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. Offers Buffalo Card holders 20% discount on entire order. 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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Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Quick lunch on a Saturday afternoon and there was hardly a seat left in the house. Ordered the "Original" on Sourdough with L&T and a Grape Salad for my side. Good, but the bread wasn't really Sourdough. A cookie and a soft drink was included for $9 before t&t. I'd return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 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. Full bar. Free Brownie Sundae dessert on your birthday for Email Club members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. 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 Pepperoni ($10), Margherita ($11), Turkey, Pear & Brie ($11), Loaded Potato ($11), Mediterranean Chicken ($11), Chicken Fajita ($11), Black & Bleu ($12), Steak Fajita ($13) and the Meatlover's Flatbread ($13). The menu includes such main dishes as Shepard's Pie ($12), Chicken Pot Pie ($12), Apple Orchard Chicken ($12), Cajun Shrimp Alfredo ($13), Oven Roasted Cod ($14), Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ($15), Chicken Parmesan ($16), Norwegian Salmon ($19) and their signature City Fire Center Cut Tenderloin Beef Filet ($27). Sandwiches like the Chicken Salad Wrap ($9), Turkey BLT ($10), Blackened Chicken ($10), City Fire Cheeseburger ($10.50), French Dip ($12) or Reuben ($12) and they are also offered for lunch or dinner. French Onion and City Fire Tomato Basil Soups ($6-10) are usually available. Salads like House ($6), Traditional Caesar ($7), Spinach & Arugula ($8), Park Salad ($9) and their signature City Fire Nutty Cheesy Salad ($8) are featured. A Sirloin Steak Salad ($14) has also been added. Chicken, Shrimp, Tuna and Salmon can be added at $4-10 each. Some "Lite Bites" like Nachos ($7/10.50), Sizzle Kettle Chips ($8), Stuffed Portabello ($8), Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($9), Oven Roasted Wings ($10.50), 1 lb. Mussels ($12), and a Steak Quesadilla ($13) are also offered. Desserts might include Key Lime Parfait ($5), Butterscotch Custard ($5), Chocolate Bread Pudding a la Mode ($6), Root Beer Float ($6) and S'mores ($8). A vast array of fine wines are offered by the glass and the bottle. About 12 whites and 12 reds are offered by the glass ($5-10). Wines running $22 to $150 per bottle, like Caymus, 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 drinks, like Lemon Drop or Pomegranate Martinis, 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, with Russ Barkett, owners. 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.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) Although the restaurant was very crowded, the hostess sat us in the side dining area for 7 of us, which was very pleasant and much quieter than in the restaurant proper. We ordered drinks quickly and our waiter, Emre, was very attentive. We each had a Cup of Soup and I had a Caprese Salad and he had the Pot Pie. Both were very good. We had 3 glasses of wine. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The cost before t&t was $48 with the Buffalo card discount.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Lori is probably the best server in The Villages. My wife and I like to sit outside and enjoy the passing parade. For lunch I had the Special, Half French Dip Sandwich with the Caesar Salad. Nice size serving and only $8. She had the Chicken Caesar Salad, which is a generous portion. Chicken is grilled and hot. Total bill was $20 before t&t. We eat here once or twice a week and are always treated well, receive well prepared meals and are made to feel appreciated by the staff. Scott is on top of everything here and they have just added several new items to the menu.
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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 daily. 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. Flatbreads 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. Most offerings are about $9-19 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, owners.

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.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) 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 Buffalo Discount Card Cody's Original Roadhouse (Lake Sumter Landing), 1041 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-8500. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened October 26, 2009. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 10 PM (or 11 PM on weekends). This restaurant replaced Up The Creek Fish Camp & Grill. "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 more than a dozen 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). Another is planned for Mulberry Grove Plaza. 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.

Review: (from Janice T. 9/16) Labor Day Weekend Special was Baby Back Ribs AND a Half Bar-B-Que Chicken at $15. We both had the special. The meals came with Corn, an additional side, their bottomless delicious Salad and the fantastic Yeast Rolls and Cinnamon Butter. Megan, our server, took good care of us. We always enjoy dining at Cody's. Our meals with 2 soft drinks came to $37 including tax. Of course, we will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from David L. 9/16) My wife and I decided to try Cody's for lunch today. Both decided to try the Caesar Chicken Wraps which came with their own style of Potato Chips (which were very bland) but the two Wraps were very tasty. The Wraps were $7 each. Total with tax and tip came to $18.
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6½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), 3731 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 430-2997. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened September 22, 2014 with 4,800 sq. ft. This is the second location in The Villages with another dozen plus 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. Happy Hour 11 AM to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. The small chain, based in Clearwater, FL. is in business since 1994. Dean Turner, manager; 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Coming Soon Cody's Original Roadhouse (Mulberry Grove Plaza), 8761 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. . (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opening early 2018, with about 6,700 sq. ft. This is the third location within The Villages. This one in Mulberry Grove Plaza is off CR 42. Full bar. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. The small chain of 18 restaurants, based in Clearwater, FL. is in business since 1994. Allen Musikantow and John and Eugenia (Jeanne) Demetriadis operating partners, here and at the other two locations.



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Closed Crispers, 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6502. (Cafe) [L/D] Closed on May 27, 2017 after many years in business. About 20 locations in Florida are still open. This one will soon become a Habaneros Mexican Grill (see that listing).

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Not Rated Video Video Coming Soon Culver's (Burgers and Custard), 3390 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Grill)) [L/D] A 2018 opening is expected. New Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor will be located in the Southern Trace Plaza on CR 466 where The Glitz On 466 Home Décor did business. Considered a fast casual restaurant where you order at the counter but the cooked-to-order food is delivered to your table, by order number. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, WI. by Craig and Lea Culver. Today they serve 100% fresh Midwest Beef Burgers and Fresh Frozen Custard at over 600 locations in 24 states both corporate owned and franchised. The signature item is their ButterBurger® and their own Root Beer. At least 5 types of Burgers are offered, as well as 2 Patty Melts. They also have Sandwiches like Grilled or Crispy Chicken, Reuben, Cod Filet, Pot Roast and Pork Tenderloin. Baskets include Fries or another side and a medium Soft Drink. For dinner you can order 2 or 3 piece North Atlantic Cod, 6 or 10 Jumbo Shrimp, Beef Pot Roast or Chopped Steak. Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Side Salad or Cole Slaw come with the dinner meal. Their claim to fame is their Vanilla or Chocolate Custard in various sizes. They also have Flavor of the Day like Mint Oreo®, Nutty Caramel Apple, Heath® Chocolate Almond, Butter Brickle, Georgia Peach, Cashew Delight, Cherry Cheesecake, Hershey® Almond Fudge, Turtle Dove and hundreds of others that rotate. Custard, by law, must contain egg yolk and cream to make it thicker, creamier and smoother than Ice Cream, yet has fewer calories and fat. One of the favorites is the Culver's Concrete Mixer™. Kids menu and patio seating available. No bar but Shakes, Malts, and Sundaes can fill you up. Free small Sundae on your birthday for Email Club members. Shad Finley, franchisee.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (La Plaza Grande), 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-0700. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Opened in late 2016. This is their 10th location, and second in The Villages. Located where Sweet Creams & Grill, then Chi's Grill and Ice Cream, then Jan & Terry's Diner, then Sidewalk Café did business over the years. Breakfast and lunch items served daily, 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Typical breakfast fare like Biscuits 'n Gravy, Eggs, Omelets Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns and Country Fried Steak are offered. For lunch you can find Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and a Tuna Melt on the menu. Beer and wine licensed at this location too. Other locations are in Pinellas Plaza, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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10 Stars Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Pinellas Plaza), 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 La Plaza Grande, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

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.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Haven't been back here for sometime but returned for Corn Beef Hash. It was better than before. It wasn't salty, just right. Rye Toast, Home Fries and Eggs were also good. Service was wonderful also. Must plan to return again more often. Bill came to $9 without Coffee.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Now Open Demshar's (Restaurant), 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 633-3007. (American) (Steakhouse) [B/L/D] Located where Augustine's, Tosca Ristorante Italiano, Bourbon Street Restaurant and Music Hall and then Luigino's Restaurant, all did business over the years. Opened January 30, 2017. Hours are 7 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends, 10 AM to 8 PM on Sunday. Sunday Brunch offered 10 AM to 3 PM. Dinner menu starts at 4 PM. An array of appetizers starts the menu with a Spinach Artichoke Dip ($7), Clams & Black Mussels ($8), Rosemary Focaccia Bread & Spreads ($8), Lobster Cake with Mango Relish ($9), Pan Seared Scallops ($9), Chicken Wings ($9), Pasta del la Fontana ($9) and a 3 Shrimp Cocktail ($10). For entrées they offer Pot Roast ($13), Pork Marsala ($14), Potato Encrusted Salmon ($16), Grilled Halibut on Fettuccine ($18) and Grilled Lamb Chops ($24). For beef, they have a 12/14 oz. Black Angus Prime Rib ($15/$17), a 10/12 oz. Black Angus NY Strip Steak ($22/$24) and a Grilled Filet Mignon ($25). Each come with an accompaniment or two like Baked Potato, Green Beans, Sautéed Spinach, Vegetable Medley, etc. A number of Pasta dishes are on the menu, like Eggplant Parmesan on Linguine with Diavolo Sauce ($12), Italian Sausage & Tortellini ($12), Chicken Cavatappi Alfredo ($13), Smoked Salmon Fettuccine ($13), Chicken Piccata on Angel Hair ($14), Spaghetti and Meatball Marinara ($14), and a Trio of Meatballs, Sausage and Eggplant Parm. with Linguine ($17). They also offer Pizzas like Cheese, Margherita, Pepperoni, Clam Spinach & Bacon and Meatballs with Ricotta (all $10-12 each). A Smokey Bleu, Spinach Artichoke, Caprese and a Cilantro Shrimp are the 4 styles of Flatbreads ($9-11 each). Lighter appetites might like a Classic Hamburger, Teriyaki Burger, Lamb Burger or a Lamb Burger Melt (all $9-11 each). Or you can choose a Caesar Salad, Spring Mix Salad, Grilled Calamari Zucchini Spaghetti Salad or Apple Langoustine Lobster Salad (all $6-8 each). A Starter Salad is just $2. Soups include Portobella Mushroom Cappuccino Bisque or Red Wine French Onion Soup ($5 each). For dessert you can find Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse in a Cone and Tiramisu. Lunchtime has it own menu with Roasted Butternut Squash Salad ($8), Chicken Tuna Salad ($8), Blackened Sirloin Salad ($10), Grilled Chicken Salad ($10) and a Salmon Berry Spinach Salad ($11). An order of Chicken Wings is $9 and Veggie or Mediterranean Chicken Wraps are $10-11 each. The Pizzas, Flatbreads and Burgers are repeated at lunchtime. Sandwiches however include Crème Brûlée Monte Cristo ($9), Reuben ($10), Mahi Fish Taco ($10), Prime Rib French Dip ($10), Short Rib ($11) and a Fresh Catch of the Day Sandwich ($10). They all come with White Freis, Sweet Potato Fries or Fruit Cup. At lunch you can also order a Half or Whole Deli Sandwich of Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Chicken or Tuna Salad ($8/$10) which include Soup or Salad. Reservations taken for parties of 8 or more and on special days, like Valentine's Day. Full bar and outdoor seating facing the square is available. Denise Izatt, dining room manager; Danny Connolly, executive chef and general manager; Dennis and Edith (Edie) Demshar, owners.

Review: (from Janice T. 3/17) The bar inside and outside were full when we arrived at 5 PM on a Friday night. We got seated immediately. The restaurant was only half full. I had heard that this restaurant was refurbished. NOT!! It looks exactly the same as when Luigino's was here. The prices here are very reasonable. However, I did not care for my Pork Medallions with Marsala sauce ($14). It was cold and the sauce did not have Marsala Wine in it. Extremely disappointing. My husband had the Eggplant Parmesian ($12). His meal was tasty, however, his was cold too. I had the French Onion Soup. It was nice tasting, however, the cheese on top should be Gruyere, not Mozzarella. Therefore, I don't consider it French. My husband had the Portobello Mushroom Soup that didn't have much of a mushroom flavor. Each of the soups were $5. Others at our table of 6 were not particularly thrilled with their entrées either. Our server, Tyanna, did an OK job in taking care of us. With our 2 meals and 2 Soft Drinks, our meal came to $41. Not sure if we will come back here for dinner. Maybe will try lunch sometime.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 3/17) We arrived at 5:45 PM. The restaurant was nearly full. They put three tables together to form one large table to accommodate our party of 9. I had the Sausage Tortellini ($12). My wife had the Chicken Piccata ($14). We both had the Caesar Salad ($6) and had Happy Hour Wine ($3.50 each). Our waitress. Tiffany G., was very attentive. The meal started with warm Bread and oil/balsamic vinaigrette or butter. The Caesar Salad was very well dressed with croutons, shaved parmesan cheese, and melted cheese twill. The entrées came on very warm plates and were very tasty and a generous size. The entrées were large enough that we did not have room for dessert. The room was a little bit noisy, but we still could carry on a good conversation, maybe it was just certain customers at the bar. The total bill including t&t was $57.50.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Cathy L. 3/17) Our party of six was seated at 6 PM. Place not very crowded but began to fill up at 7 PM. My meal started with the Portobella Mushroom Soup ($5) which was very flavorful and good; then I had the Potato Crusted Salmon ($16), which was also very good. My husband had the Orange Lobster Cake appetizer ($9) which was excellent. Total bill before t&t was $35. Waitress, Tiffany, was very nice and very professional.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Barb P. 3/17) We went with a group of 10 for dinner and the reservation was for 6 PM. We all arrived and were seated inside with little wait. We ordered the French Onion Soup and the Portabello Soup. Each was $5 and was worth every penny. For the main course, we had the Sausage and Tortellini Pasta. My husband felt that the dish was too spicy for him. I had the New York Strip which was cooked medium rare and was perfect. I had Sautéed Spinach which was perfect, not overcooked. We did not have dessert. Total bill with out t&t was $44. Our server's name was Joy and she was great for servicing the 10 of us.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Trying here for lunch. The restaurant was very quiet. Our server, Soraya, took excellent care of us. I had the Terriyaki Angus Burger. This Burger had a slice of grilled pineapple and melted gouda cheese on it. What a nice mixture of flavors. It was delicious. It came with Sweet Potato Fries. Also delicious. ($11) Did not have a beverage. The bill was $12. I will certainly return for lunch.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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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. Free Grand Slam meal on your birthday. 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.
Older Review: (from Cylvia Y. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) We had lunch here after golf. Delighted to be back to have their Sherpherd's Pie. Still pretty good. Tastes quite similar to London Pub's where I used to eat quite often. They make it with ground beef so technically they should call it Cottage Pie, but won't quibble the details. Even in London many places make it with ground beef and call it Shepherd's Pie. I like it better than with Lamb. Always nice to have a place to go back to for a good Cottage Pie. Believe the Pie was $14 but since I didn't pick up the bill, don't know what total came up to be.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Evergreen Bar and Grill, 2466 Burnsed Blvd, The Villages, FL. 399-5590. (Asian) [L/D] Now closed. Soon to become China Star Take-Out and Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse (see that listing) with the same owners.



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13 Stars Now Open Fenney Grill, 3210 Fenney Way, The Villages, FL. 330-0998. (American) [B/L] Opened June 16, 2017. New restaurant in the Village of Fenney, just off CR 468, near US 301, 3 miles south of SR 44. It seats about 100 inside and on the porch. Open from 8 AM to 5 PM, seven days per week, for now. Dinner hours will start in October, 2017. From-farm-to-table theme here. It offers simple meals all day. Breakfast items include Granola ($5), Granola and Fruit Bowl ($7), Avocado Toast ($6), Breakfast Wrap ($6), Eggs and Hash ($7), Eggs and Bacon/Sausage Plate ($6), Eggs and Bacon/Sausage with French Toast or Pancakes ($7 each), plus six varieties of Omelets ($8 each). They also offer Pancakes ($5), French Toast ($6) or Belgium Waffle ($7). Sides of Muffins, Toast, Juice, Fruit, Hash and others, add $2-4 to the bill. Lunch menu starts at 11 AM and features Sandwiches and Burgers through 5 PM. Sandwiches like Egg Salad, Hot Dog, Tuna or Chicken Salad, Fried Egg, Ham & Cheese, Turkey, Roast Beef, Fried Fish, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Reuben, Italian Sausage, Italian Sub, Philly Cheese Steak and a French Dip round out the list (all ranging $7-10 each). You can start with an appetizer of Onion Rings ($6), Mozzarella Bow Ties ($7), Fish Fingers ($7), Chicken Tenders ($7), Chicken Quesadillas ($8), 8 Chicken Wings ($9) and a Soup like Chili, Plain ($3/$4) or Loaded for a few cents more, plus a Soup du Jour (about $4). Their Burgers are 8 oz. Angus Beef with a few varieties ranging $8-10 each, including a side dish like Fries. Or you can find Chicken Sandwich varieties at $8-9 each. Dessert items like Ice Cream with Syrup, Ice Cream Sundae or Key Lime Pie run $4-5 each. You can also find healthy Salads like Caprese, Spinach, Cobb, Chef, Cold Plate Trio, Tropical, Nut Berry, Burger Topped, Fried Chicken or Sliced Turkey Topped, all ranging $8-10 each. Full but small bar with a 50% off Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Chef Lloyd in charge of the kitchen. Chad Prilliman, manager; developer owned. Not golf cart accessible yet from The Villages "Mainland".

Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) We decided to try the newest restaurant in the Villages and were not disappointed. It's very nice atmosphere more casual and had a large u-shaped bar. They had a lot of booths and they also had very nice outdoor seating area. Overhead fans are outside and the outdoor area was surrounded on the side by large trees. The back of the restaurant overlooks the pool. We arrived at 3 PM and were seated immediately. Our server was Katie and she was very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu. My husband opted for a French Dip Sandwich, Fries and Unsweet Tea. He said the French Dip was the best he has ever had and the Fries were also very good. I opted for an appetizer and got the Wings. There were 8 good sized Wings and I had them grilled with the barbecue sauce on the side. They were delicious. I just had water with lemon. Our bill before t&t was $21. We will definitely be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Thank goodness there is a place like this for those people who bought a home in Fenney There is nothing else in the immediate vicinity to dine. We enjoyed eating at a covered patio area overlooking the pool. It was crowded but service was good. It's nothing special menu but my wife liked her Chili and my Burger was good. Also, the side Macaroni Salad was good. We also had Danish and Coffee at the Orange Blossom Cafe which is in the main building. Something new. Burger and Chili came to $15. Server, Kristin, who formerly worked at Rose Plantation was pleasant and efficient. Probably will come back for the ambience but don't know what their special dish is yet.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sandy F. 8/17) I wanted to try this new place. We visited for lunch at 1 PM and we had to wait for a table, not because they were full, but because they had insufficient wait staff to open up tables in the entire restaurant. Numerous tables were not in service. I ordered the Nut Berry Salad because a friend recommended it. The presentation was beautiful. Each ingredient was sectioned off so It displayed the various items. Unfortunately, they served it on a flat plate and every time I tried to toss the salad, items kept falling off the plate. I did mention this to our server, Katie. The Salad was delicious and ample. The cost was just under $10, so it was a good value. I will wait a bit before I go again to give them time to get sufficient staff hired..
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Returned here after two months as we wanted to look at the Fenney Trail. I enjoyed what I had. This time I had Fried Fish and side order of Cavatappi Macaroni Salad again. I still think the Macaroni Salad is great and the Fish was juicy and soft, lightly fried, just as I like it. Guess it depends on what you order. My spouse again had fully loaded homemade Chili which she loves. Penney, our server, was very friendly and nice. We enjoyed eating in the patio. With the fan going, it wasn't hot at all. Total bill without drinks came to $15. Later, we went to Orange Blossom Cafe for Iced Americanos.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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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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14 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 200+ restaurants in 26 states is headquartered in University Park, FL. (near Miami). 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 was 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 11/16) It is always a delight to come here for a light meal because we manage to sample something new and different each time. The combination of flavors does not always work for my palate but I do admire their daring spirit. Today my wife ordered a Chia Seed Salad, 'super foods bowl' ($8). It also had blue berries, strawberries, bananas, granola bits and a jam of sorts. It was as dynamic, filling and a heavenly incredible combination! I sampled it and told my wife I would give it a full five stars on the 'Yummy Scale'. I ordered the Roast Beef Havarti Sandwich ($9.59) which was excellent. Coffee is only $2.69 which is a bargain as you always get a full insulated carafe to refill your cup. Our bill without t&t came to $23
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12 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (Spanish Springs), 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 10 PM daily. "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 or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes, starting at $7, $11, $13 and $15 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. This one franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla. A second one is in Grand Traverse Plaza.

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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Not Rated Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Now Open Flippers Pizzeria (Grand Traverse), 2957 Traverse Trl., The Villages, FL. 633-7809.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located at the west end of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood, facing SR 44. This is the second location in The Villages. Officially opened July 28, 2017. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Same menu as the Spanish Springs location. Traditional or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes, starting at $7, $11, $13 and $15 each. Beer and wine are offered. Online ordering and delivery is also available. This one also franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla.

Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) We got one of the last available tables and enjoyed our dinner. The service was good although with the crowd, their was a bit of a wait for food. We both had a Side Salad, $3 each and also ordered a small "My Pie" Pizza along with Toscana Cheese Bread. With our meal I had a soft drink and my husband had water. The bill before t&t was $26. This is a bright and inviting place with about 16 tables inside and quite a few umbrella tables outside. There was also a brisk "take out" business. I am sure this will be a popular place and one that is much needed at this end of The Villages.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Fujiyama (Japanese Steakhouse), 2468 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. . (Asian) [L/D] Opening late 2017. Located in Pinellas Plaza. Originally called Evergreen Buffet and Grill, then Evergreen Bar and Grill, it will now be a Japanese Steakhouse with Hibachi and Sushi. Full bar service expected. Mei Chen and Min Zheng, owners.



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

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.
Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 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.
Older Review: (from David L. 12/15) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



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Six Gun Territory - Ocala
Western themed amusement park from 1963 to 1984.
Demolished in 1986 to make way for a shopping plaza.
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12½ Stars Video Glenview Country Club Restaurant, 3194 Glenview Rd., The Villages, FL. 753-0077. (American) [B/L/D] Formerly called the Glenview Champions Country Club. 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. Full bar with Happy Hour 12-6 PM. Limited Wine List. 20% service charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations for large parties only. Maheshwar Nomula and Smita Karkal, new owners since August 2016 here and at World of Beer (see that listing) and Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant (see that listing).

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.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dottie K. 5/17) Josh did a great job. We had the Prime Rib Special at $16 and Value New York Steak at $15. Both were very tender and the taste was flavorful. We have started coming here at least once a week for the last year. Great menu and the service is always good. Total bill was $31 before t&t. This is a wonderful venue for your out of town guests. The ambiance and view are quite nice.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 5/17) Tonight, I had the New York Steak with Gorgonzola. Wonderful flavor and very tender piece of meat. Preparation was spot on. She and I split this wonderful meal and I substituted the Onion Soup for the Salad. We both ate for $19 plus t&t. We did not opt for the split, which would have given separate Potato and Salad/Soup. Ashley was our server and was gracious. Again, the setting is terrific. Their value meal is good every night except Friday. Specials here every night. This restaurant has improved so much in the last 2 years.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dottie K. 8/17) We now eat here at least once a week. What a difference from the old Glenview CC. They have it together. Beautiful setting, attentive servers, flavorful food and wonderful presentation. Their Value Meals are a fantastic way to go, Saturday thru Thursday. We enjoyed the Crab Cake Appetizer and received a 15% discount on this since we ordered from the Value Menu. We had the Value New York Steak, extremely tender and flavorful; we also enjoyed the Baby Back Ribs, which we prefer to other places in the area. Sauce is tasty, very little fat and great flavor. We each chose the Caesar Salad. Total was $37 before t&t. Jill served us well.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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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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12½ Stars Free WiFi Video Now Open Guy Fieri's American Kitchen and Bar (The Villages), 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. 633-3018. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Occupying the building near Barnes and Noble, that recently housed Honest John's Whiskey and Provisions and before that T.G.I. Fridays, this new restaurant addition, created by celebrity chef, Guy Fieri of Santa Rosa, California, officially opened August 25, 2017. Hours are from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends. It features American comfort food with "bold flavors and no boundaries". Many items have a spiked spicy flavor. Same menu all day. For appetizers, you'll find Roasted Garlic Hummus ($7), Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($9), Sashimi Tuna Won-Tacos ($10), PEI Mussels and Fries ($11), Chicken Tenders ($11), Pulled Pork Sliders ($12), Calamari ($12) and the popular "Trash Can Nachos" ($14). Chicken Wings can be prepared as Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan or Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ and includes a Raw Veggie Sample (all $10 each). Their Sandwich List includes Mac 'n Cheese Grilled Cheese ($8), Crispy Chicken Bacon & Cheese ($11), Italian Hoagie ($12), Pulled Pork Shoulder ($12), Hot Pastrami Reuben ($12), Smoked Roast Beef au Jus ($13), Smoked Turkey with Sausage Stuffing Hoagie ($13) and Jumbo Crab Cake on a Pretzel ($18). All come with a mini basket of House Fries. Burgers range from the Big-Bite, Patty Melt, Veggie Burger, Bacon Mac 'n Cheese and a Kobe Burger (all range $10-16 each and come with House Fries). For dinner choices they have Loaded Chicken Pot Pie ($14), Condon BLeu Pasta ($14), Grilled Volcano Chicken ($15), Meatloaf + Mac 'n Cheese ($16), Apricot-Jalapeño Glazed Salmon ($20), Half or Full Rack Dry Rub St. Louis Ribs ($17/$23), Steak Diane ($25) and NY Strip Steak ($30). Side Green or Caesar Salad can be added for $5 extra. Desserts like Apple Bread Pudding, Chocolate Chip Mint Pie, Chocolate Layer Cake and New York Style Marbled Cheesecake, run $7-12 each. Full, very large, bar with signature drinks like a Texas Mule, Big Island Punch and Austin Sweet Tea, run $7-11 each. Traditional cocktails like Apple-tini, Manhattan, Gimlet and an Old Fashion run $8-13 each. White Wines run $7-10/glass and Reds $8-12/glass. Bottled Wines run $28 to 48/btl. like K-J Cab-Sauv. Happy Hour all day on some selected items. Outside seating available. One of just 6 locations. Other kitchens are in Times Square in New York, Las Vegas, Nevada, Cancun, Mexico and 3 other locations in the US. Bob Wilcox, manager; Gregory Pranzo, owner here. "Love, Peace and Taco Grease." sums it up for Guy.

Review: (from Eileen P. 8/17) Bob the general manager seated us and told us some stories about Guy and that he will be coming to the restaurant at its grand opening. Brian was an excellent waiter. 2 Iced Teas, 1 Kobe Burger ($16) and 1 Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger ($14) plus the Apple Bread Pudding ($7) were excellent. People at other tables also really liked their food. The wait staff and executives were constantly coming and checking on us. The Draft Beers are $2.75 and the Wine is $3 a glass, so the pricing on alcohol was good. Total bill including tax was $46.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/17) More bar than restaurant with the same décor as Honest John's. I sat at the bar and Stephanie took care of me. The menu holders are impressive. The cloth napkins have a large skull and cross utensils imprinted on them. Scary! I ordered a Blue Moon ($5.50) and the Patty Melt ($11). You can only order it "Pink" or "No Pink". They won't let you state "Medium Rare". Odd! Food came out swiftly. It is served on a papered tray and the Fries in a cute square basket. Very casual fare. The Fries are 3 types and I found them soggy because they were thick and undercooked. The Sandwich had Mushrooms, Onions, Cheese and Russian Dressing piled on Rye Bread. I found it very messy to eat. The meat was ordinary. Bar help dress in black shirt and jeans, wait staff in blue shirts and jeans. Stephanie loudly replied "It's my pleasure, sir." for each and every interaction with me. Was some boss counting how many times she shouted it out? After a while, it was annoying. Noisy in here and you can hear the call-out ordering from the kitchen. My total with tax was $17.60 for one. I'll have to try it again.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Habaneros Mexican Grill (The Villages), 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. . (Mexican) [L/D] Taking over the location once occupied by Crispers in Southern Trace Plaza, this Mexican restaurant is similar to the one in Leesburg, FL. (see that listing). Typical Mexican fare and full bar expected. Opening about November of 2017. Occasional entertainment. This is one of 8 locations in Florida.



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12 Stars Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant, 1200 Morse Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0100. (American) [B/L/D] Formerly The Royal Palm Restaurant, then Coconutz, then Hacienda Hills Bar & Grill, the 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. Justin Milicic, 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/17) Immediately seated at a table for 8 at 5:30 PM in a very crowded dining room. Fast, attentive, accurate, service by Tina. She assured that we would get happy hour prices on drinks. My Rainbow Trout was excellent, her Jardinera Shrimp was also good. Split a Caesar Salad served on 2 plates with no hassle. All meals arrived together and hot. Attentive throughout the meal. No complaints from others at the table either. Ours with 2 glasses of wine each was $63.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Florida Airlines
Ended service in 1982 after 22 years in business.
Service between Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami,
Ocala, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida.

Closed Hemingway's at Havana (Country Club), 2484 O'Dell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200.
After 3 years of operation it closed on August 27, 2017 and was sold to David Suleiman. It will reopen as The View, (see that listing).


Closed Honest John's Whiskey & Provisions, 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. 459-0740.
After just two years of operation, this unique bar and restaurant suddenly closed in mid-April, 2017. A Guy Fieri branded chain called Guy's American Kitchen and Bar has taken it's place, (see that listing).



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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. Seniors (55+) get 10% off. Free Stack of Pancakes on your birthday for Pancake Revolution eClub members. 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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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. Recently added healthier items to the menu. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Burger on your birthday for Rocket eClub members. 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) They now have more healthy menu and apparently they are testing them here in The Villages before going national. I tried their Fish 'n Chips. Told the server hope it is as good as others nearby. It was. Lightly battered, the Haddock was soft and juicy. Guess many have heard about the additional new menu so the place was jumping at lunch time. Wished they would distinguish between matchstick Fries and real Chips, thick, square cut, fluffy inside Chips but guess I am asking much. Total bill came to $14. Kay Lee, the server was efficient. She came back later and asked "how is it" and she was pleased when I gave her a thumbs up.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 7/16) We were here for the Wednesday night buffet. I love the ambiance here. The tables were set beautifully. The Salad Bar was very nice. It had a few items that you don't normally see on a Salad Bar, like Three Bean Salad and Sweet Gherkin Pickles. I liked those additions. The hot buffet was also very well done. It had a variety of meat dishes, including Prime Rib, lots of Veggies, Fish, Shrimp, 2 kinds of Potatoes, Rice, Pasta, etc. Everything was delicious. However, my couple of complaints are that THE FOOD WAS NOT WARM ENOUGH and some of the dishes were very salty. That was disappointing for me. Dessert was either Cherry or Peach Cobbler. I think that there could have been more choices to end our meal. Our meals with tax was $40. I understand that this buffet is only on Wednesdays during the Summer.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/17) Round table for six was promptly seated around 4:45. Nicely set table with plenty of room between tables. Tracie was well versed on all of the dishes and the bar menu. Generous drinks came fairly quickly. Salad Bar, equipped with cold salad plates, was very good and well stocked. Hot Bread Loaves for two, with butter and dipping sauce came next. I had the Snapper Fish Special with Salad Bar and Baked Potato. It was excellent. My wife had the Seafood Imperial Casserole, which was excellent and had leftovers. Others had 10 oz Delmonico Steak, Chicken, etc. All raved about the quality, quantity and excellent service. Singing waiters were tremendous. A very pleasant experience. Our bill with 1 cocktail, 3 glasses of wine and 1 coffee was $69.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rochelle B. 6/17) First time here since the remodel. Excellent service from Julie, so much fun! Singing waiters were OK, we were seated at nice table in bar so could talk easily! Everyone loved their entrées which were Crabby Whitefish, Cheese Tortellini Marsala, 14 oz Delmonico Steak, and Seafood Imperial. Service was timely, food was hot and beautifully presented. The Spinach Salad was delicious! We had 4 beers total. Tab, with beers, before tip, was $85. Ww will return!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/17) We came for the Dueling Pianos Dinner Show. As good, or better than Howl At The Moon Clubs. 2 1/2 non stop pianos during dinner. Eric, did a super job of serving us. Reserved seating at $3 pp had us one row back and center stage. Limited menu. Prime Rib which 3 of us had. It was the best Prime Rib in the area, literally butter-knife tender. Green Beans very nicely done with real Mashed Potatoes. Salad and Bread were good. Two Prime Rib, 4 glasses of wine with tax was $68. Nice table setting with fancy-shmantzy wine glasses.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 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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Not Rated Coming Soon (The) Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Asian) [L/D] Located in the proposed 150 room Brownwood Hotel and Spa off SR 44, just east of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood Paddock Square. This hotel restaurant, bearing Wolfgang's name, is expected to bring light, interesting, made-from-scratch meals to guests and residents alike. Salads, Pizza, Noodles, Sandwiches and other international dishes are expected, especially Italian and Asian in style. Full bar. Opening date will probably be in 2020. Just one of several restaurants promoted and branded by Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef. This hotel run by the Amway (multi-level home products fame) Hotel Corp. of Grand Rapids, MI.


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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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/15) 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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13 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. Chris Lipa, chef; Breanna Dees, director; John McDonough, owner here, as well as the Oasis Burger Company (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.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 3/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) We have our women's annual birthday dinner here every year. We book the small back party room. It is always set and ready when we arrive and our waitperson, Rachael, was available immediately. Our drinks were ordered and she returned for our food order with our drinks. I ordered my favorite, Veal Meatloaf, but when it was delivered, it was luke warm. I sent it back and in a few minutes a manager returned with an apology and a lovely selection of appetizers. I was surprised and pleased by this and think this is a wonderful way to treat customers. Congratulations to this restaurant for their excellent service. My Meatloaf arrived hot and delicious. Everyone else in our group also had a great meal and enjoyed the service. The total before t&t was $24.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) On this day, I went with the club members but a week apart, I went with our out of town guests. While I raved about this place a few years back, I think we need to take stock now. Unfortunately this is the only place to impress important out of town guests. It still has a cozy great ambience and the menu to impress, I think we need to take note of the food. I love Duck, like Duck l'Orange, but their meat is not soft but stringy. Very hard to come off the bones. I like Alfredo Shrimp style but sauces seems to be too much. Perhaps traditional style but more lighter is preferable. Perhaps polite but guests enjoyed their meal, they said as I picked up the tab. $83 for four without drinks. With our club members bill was $40 without drinks. George and Brian, both very courteous and nice. With this place, I feel like I'm in Julia Child's era as far as food is concerned, heavy saucing.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 7/17) We are 14 year frequent diners at Legacy, holding their Frequent Diner Card #2. We have previously said "We've never had a bad meal at Legacy". Alas, no more. Last night was the 3rd night on their new menu. It only had about 1/3 to 1/2 of the number of choices compared to the previous and many of our favorites have been eliminated. The House Wine is now served in much smaller glasses, only about a 3 ounce serving. The prices have again increased substantially. I had the Veal/Pork Meatloaf at $19 that was barely "OK" and which was heavily peppered. It came with delicious Grilled Asparagus and about 2 tablespoons of Mashed Potatoes. She had the LambBurger at $15 that looked nice, but was dry and tasteless and came with their famous house-made Potato Chips that were stale and soggy and grossly over-seasoned with pepper; it had little Lamb taste to it. Wesley, our server was excellent. We asked to speak with the on-duty "manager" who had no name tag and who offered no name. He was argumentative about everything we tried to discuss and ended the conversation with "If you're not satisfied, write a review" and offered us a Survey Monkey card to do so. Total cost before t&t and with two tiny glasses of House Wine was $42. Sadly, our last visit to our favorite place.
Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) As Mr. Monk would say, "Not up to snuff." Used to be the best in the area. My last 2 visits have been disappointing. They have removed the Duck from the menu and now choices are not exciting. I settled for the Veal Meatloaf. It is OK, but another Country Club has a much better product at a much lower cost. I have been a member of the Frequent Diner Program since I came to The Villages many years ago and will not go back for Sunday morning breakfast anymore. It is definitely not the same place it used to be. Such a pity. My total was $18 before t&t. Kristy was the bright spot of the evening. She was very attentive and knew her stuff. Only because, I hope they get back up to their old standards, I will return one more time.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Video Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille, 925 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-7800. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Formerly called the Lewis Lighthouse, it's a few steps northeast of Market Square. Open from 11 AM daily. Happy Hour 3-6 PM. Oyster Bar recently added. 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 $4-14 each. You can also find Sweet Potato Fries ($6), Onion Rings ($6), Hummus ($8), Haddock Tostada ($8), Fried Calamari ($9), Cheese Plate ($9), Shrimp Cocktail ($9), Nachos ($10), Haddock Fingers ($10), Spicy Friend Shrimp ($10), Crab Balls ($11), the ever-popular Buffalo Wings ($9) or a pound of Steamed Mussels or Clams for appetizers or snacks. Seafood platters range from Fried Shrimp ($13), Haddock ($13), Catfish ($14), Scallops ($14), Fried Clam Strips ($MP), King Crab or Snow Crab Legs ($MP), to a Boston Fisherman's Platter For Two at $25. Entrées include the popular Butterfish (Swai) ($14), Coconut Shrimp ($15), Shrimp & Grits ($15), Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($17), Grilled or Seared Salmon ($17 each), Grilled Swordfish ($17), Crab Cakes ($18), Mango Mahi-Mahi ($18), Shrimp & Scallop Scampi ($18) and a 10 oz. Sirloin Steak ($18). Lobster specials weekly ($MP). Sometimes they have Jambalaya. Burgers and Sandwiches are also on the menu like the 8 oz. Burger on a Pretzel Roll ($9), Strawberry Chicken ($9), Smoked Turkey ($10), Reuben ($10), Haddock Sandwich ($12), Seafood Roll ($11), Fish Taco ($14), Shrimp Po' Boy ($14) and even an old fashioned Hot Dog ($5). All come with Fries, Slaw or Chips. The Clam Chowder is enjoyed here at $4/$6 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 $4 to $6. Lake and sunset views. Outside seating available. Occasional entertainment on the deck. Full bar with Wine List. Attractive drink specials like Margaritas and Martinis, plus Blackberry Sangria. Nikki Johnson, manager. 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/15) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 11/16) Very busy Saturday in Lake Sumter Landing, but wait was only a few minutes. Chose inside hi-top table, as outside had no shade available. She had a great Grilled Cheese with 3 different cheeses on grilled rosemary/olive oil bread, served with wonderful Parmesan-Topped French Fries. An artful presentation. I had the Fried Clam Strips, served with very good hand-cut French Fries. Think "Howard Johnson's, circa 1965". Clams were tasty, juicy and plentiful We both had some to take home, the portions were so large. Entire staff was extremely busy and took care of one another's table when necessary, providing good service. With two soft drinks (refilled twice), the bill was $27.50.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Haven't been here for a little while but went there for lunch the day after the election. Was able to get a table outside overlooking Palmer. The weather was nice so it had a great ambience. The food was still great and service was efficient as usual. Probably one of my favorite restaurants inside The Villages especially with weather nice and sitting outside. Ambience and food match. I had Fish n' Chips. My wife had Haddock Avocado Tostada. Both were excellent. Server, Tim, was quick and efficient. Hats off to the chef who knows how to do fish right. Total bill without drinks came to $22. Who said dishes have to be expensive to taste good?
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Pretty busy on a Friday night but the wait was manageable. Still in was very noisy inside. We both had a L.M. Cab ($9 each). Both had New England Clam Chowder ($4 each). She had the Shrimp Abyss Flatbread ($13) and I had the Fried Haddock ($14). Food came out fairly promptly. Brittany was a good server but busy. A pretty good meal in all. Total was $53 before t&t. That's a lot but the wine added to it.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 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. Accessible by golf cart. 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.



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11½ 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. 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. Joshua Carroll, chef; Joseph Gaunt, general manager; Raymond and Cailey Ann Frederick, 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.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 9/15) 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) We were seated upon our arrival at a very nice table. Our waitress, Amanda, quickly took our drink order. We both had a side Caesar Salad and the Rack of Lamb. Both were very good and well prepared. It was a nice evening. The total before t&t was $42.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Every Monday our neighborhood Golf Group meets here for dinner and beer after playing golf. We like it here because service is always nice. Recently they added few dishes so I've tried their Kebob. I liked it except for the meat. It was too hard. It needs to be juicy. Our neighbor tried PhillySteak. He also basically liked it except he thought, it needs more cheese. Another friend tried Fish 'n Chips and he said it was OK. These days many restaurants offering this item. Anyway, will try these dishes again, if those concern are addressed. One thing I love here is the Fries. They cut them thick and fluffy. Our bill without drinks came to $14.
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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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars 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 7 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. $5 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. 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.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) We forget about this place because it's so far away. On a Sunday at 5:30 PM we ordered an Angus Spud ($8) with a Peach Iced Tea ($3), plus a Chicken Salad Sandwich, Cole Slaw side ($7) and a Diet Coke ($2). Morgan took our order. It arrived in due time. We liked everything except the Cole Slaw which was more like just shaved cabbage. Our total was $20.50 before t&t. We'll have to remember it's down here.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) I really enjoyed their Harvest Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich. It was so good, I returned the following week for a take out. As for the Coleslaw, I beg to differ from the above review. I really liked their Coleslaw. I liked it better than the Potato Salad I chose the following week. Both were good. I don't like Coleslaw or Potatoes swimming in Mayo which one finds in supermarkets and some restaurants. My bill came to $8 without drinks.
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10½ 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.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 8/17) This was our first visit to McCall's in over 5 years and we came for the famous Fried Chicken, ($13). It lived up to its billing and our recollections as it was hot and juicy with a delicious crispy light coating, 4 pieces and we had to take some of it home with us. You had a choice of 2 sides from a list of a dozen. I had the Stuffing with Chicken Gravy and the Green Beans with Bacon and Onion and both were excellent. She had the Cucumber Salad, which was only slices of Cucumber in a sauce, but good, along with excellent Collard Greens. Server was Marie, the busy bartender who was very attentive to a huge crowd. Cost, including two Draft Beers and two house Chardonnays was $39. Other food observed looked very good and folks eating at the bar with us raved about the Taco Salad.
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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Video Coming Soon metro diner (The Villages), 4110 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] This restaurant, delayed since mid-2016, is expected to open in October, 2017, and replaces Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (Buffalo Ridge), facing CR 466, which closed suddenly in October, 2016, after 9 years of operation. Usually open 6:30 AM to 8 PM daily, 8:30 PM on weekends, this chain is noted for such items as Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs 'n Toast ($9), Chicken Pot Pie ($9-10), Biscuits & Gravy ($10), Philly Cheese Steak ($10), Breakfast Pizza ($11), Breakfast Burger ($11), Meatloaf ($11), Pork Tenderloin ($11), Yo Hala on the Square [French Toast] ($12.50), Pittsburgh Steak Salad ($13), Fried Chicken and Waffles ($15), Charleston Shrimp 'n Grits ($16) and others. Daily specials. Kids menu too. Full bar license expected. The original metro diner started in 1992, in the San Marco section of Jacksonville, Florida. There are now 3 dozen locations, mostly in the southeast US, with almost 20 in Florida soon. ConSul Hospitality Group of Tampa, operators here and are expanding the brand in central Florida. ConSul is run by former executives of Outbak and Carraba's



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11 Stars Free WiFi 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 11/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Mar Lou G. 7/17) We visit this place often. It has had mixed reviews and I agree that sometimes the service is not up to par, but we really like their food, especially their homemade red sauce. It has just a touch of sweetness, like my friend's grandmother used to make! On this visit we both started with the House Wine, which is Copper Ridge, priced at $5/glass. I had the Veal Parmigiana which was served with a side of Pasta with that great red sauce and he had the Meat Lasagna. Each meal was accompanied with a Salad, House for him and Caesar for me, and warm Rolls. Our server was Andrew and he did a fine job of taking care of us. The bill, before t&t was $45. We enjoyed our meals and we will return.
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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. Free Burrito on your birthday for Rockin' Rewards members. 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Oasis Burger Company, 8419 SE 172 Legacy Ln., The Villages, FL. 753-1475. (Cafe) (Grill) [B/L/D] Formerly called the Oasis Bar & Grill until August, 2016, it has a new name and remodeled beach feel. At the Nancy Lopez Country Club Pool. You'll find a limited menu with items like a ½ lb. Classic Harris Ranch Burger ($11), Black and Blu Burger ($12), Mushroom Burger ($12), Turkey Brie Burger ($12), Meatloaf Burger ($13), Bavarian Burger ($13), Oasis Egg/Provolone Burger ($14) and the BBQ Cheddar Burger ($14). Red and White "Hots" from Rochester are on the menu at $8 each. And an all beef Foot Long Hot Dog runs $9. Sausage on a Brioche Roll is $11. Turkey Burger Salad or Baha Beef Salad run $12-13 each. Sides like Slaw, Fries, Chicharones or Onion Straws are $3-5 extra. Happy Hour runs 3-5 PM. Draft beers by the glass start at $3. Bushwackers, Wings and Friday BOGOs are gone. John McDonough of Legacy Country Club Restaurant (see that listing), owner.

Review: (from Paula M. 9/16) The remodeled Oasis looks really good – but looks can be deceiving. There are high- and low- top tables, and blue and yellow Adirondack chairs. And the chairs are built for tall people, or at least those with very long legs. The seats are curved, with a hump at the front. If you want to sit back, you are very far from the table; if you want to sit up at the table, to keep the food from falling in your lap, you sit on the hump. Neither is comfortable, even for the tall people in our party. The high tops have horizontal bars on two sides, just at the spot where, if you move your legs, you will smash your shin bones. The menu is Half Pound Burgers and Hot Dogs. Most people don't really want or need a Half Pound Burger for lunch. The only “lighter” offerings are Salads with either a Beef Burger or a Turkey Burger. There are no appetizers or wraps or other sandwiches. He had a Burger with Swiss ($11), which came with Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, and a Narragansett Beer ($5). I wasn't very hungry so I just had just a side of Slaw ($3). The Burger lacked flavor, and there was little if any Blue Cheese in the Slaw. Our friends shared a White Hot Dog ($8.40), and a subbed Wavy Fries for a dollar. The Dog was good, and they liked the Fries. She had “made to order” Lemonade, which tasted like lemon juice, and didn't get much better even after she added two packets of Stevia. We did get two free servings of Frozen Yogurt, which was their bonus of the week, each coming with a meal. Our server, Randi, was very helpful, and I'm sure they are all feeling the pressure of a “new” restaurant, having to explain the menu, and hearing comments. But we obviously aren't very impressed with the new Oasis. If they seriously tweak their menu, we'd try it again. But in the present setup, we have no reason to go back. Our bill came to $19 plus t&t for 2 Slaws, 1 Swiss Burger and 1 Beer.
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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. Free dessert on your birthday for eClub members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. 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 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. Ethan Fleming, 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/15) Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill R. 3/15) Q=2 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) 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.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Janice T. 9/16) Very enjoyable Sunday Buffet at $8 each. We had a nice variety of breakfast fare. Individually made Omelets were perfect. Nice and fluffy. This buffet was well worth $8. From Monday to Saturday, the buffet is only $6. Our total with 1 coffee was $19. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 9/16) We were going to the Orange Blossom Opry that night, so where better to eat than the Orange Blossom Hills Country Club? We arrived early and sat at the outside part of the bar. They now have Happy Hour all day, which means they charge the same price all day, which essentially means that there is no Happy Hour! But the drink prices are good, so who can complain? We went into the dining area to eat and were seated immediately. We just had water with dinner. I ordered the Chicken Marsala ($14), which came with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Potatoes. I was able to substitute the Seasonal Veggies for the Potatoes, which were mostly Green Beans (yum!) and a few Carrots. My Chicken was very good sized and quite tender, as well as delicious. He had the Fish and Chips Special, which came with Cole Slaw ($13). Lots of Fish, lightly battered, very good. Service was very good and attentive. Total came to $27 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Went with our club and had part of the restaurant all to ourselves. Service was a bit slow but with such a big crowd of 34, this was to be expected. Haven't been here for some time but really enjoyed their New England Clam Chowder. My wife liked her Spinach Dip. Had better Hamburgers elsewhere. House wine was reasonable and enjoyed it. Ryan was our server and he did his best with such a big crowd. Total bill without drinks came to $21.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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11½ 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. Free Vanilla Sundae dessert on your birthday. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Christopher Kowalik, managing partner.

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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/16) Haven't been here in years. I forgot how pleasant it is in here. She had a glass of J. Lohr Cab ($9) and I had a glass of Jacob's Creek Shiraz ($7.50). Expensive but generous pours. She had the Prime Rib and I had the 9 oz. Filet with NO SEASONING. The best part was the Filet was just meat and not 9 oz. of salt. We both had Wedge Salads for which there was a $1 upcharge each. Robert D. was our server. He was knowledgable and efficient. Total was $63 before t&t. $5 off coupon helped a little. We forgot the AARP card discount. Yes, we'd come back again.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 6/17) Haven't been here in a while. Our large group of 13 enjoyed the food immensely. The servers, Melissa and Elizabeth, served us well---however, the main course came out way too quickly. None of us were even half way finished with our Salads. It was extremely awkward and had no room for all of the plates. This was a very bad situation. We each had the 4 course special for $15. I had Steak and my husband had the Chicken. The special is an excellent deal- Soup, Salad, entrée with one side and dessert. Our meals with our 2 soft drinks came to $36. I brought my steak home since there was NO room for me to cut it properly/safely during our meal. We will return, however, I will ask for our entrées to be ordered AFTER we receive our Salads.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) We shared the Fillet and Lobster Tail dinner. The Fillet was tough; the Lobster Tail wasn't wonderful.Service was slow and non-attentive. So disappointed. They used to have wonderful meals here - not now.
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11½ Stars Video 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.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) 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.
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Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/17) We have been to Palmer's several times in the last couple of months. This had been one of our favorite restaurants but our opinion has changed. I wanted to visit a few times in close proximity to make sure the changes I experienced were more than a "one time" occurrence, and sadly, they were not. I will say that the quality of the food remains excellent. On this last visit, which was Lobster Night, my husband had the twin tails which he said were delicious - though the 6 oz. must be counting the weight of the shell! With your dinner you are offered Roasted Potatoes and the Vegetable of the Day which was Green Beans. If you preferred to have a different type of Potato (Mashed, Baked, etc.) they would charge you the entire cost of a second side dish - minus one dollar! This is a very strange policy for such an expensive establishment. That they are unwilling to make any changes without a significant charge is ridiculous. I ordered the Pork Chop which was tender and delicious, but it was served with a Peach Cobbler and Vegetable. I would have preferred a Potato instead of the Peach Cobbler (which was mostly dough and few peaches) but was told I would be then charged for a second side dish. With the price of the Lobster at $26 and the Pork Chop at $25, I believe this "nickle and diming" is disappointing. And in addition, they have changed their menu and are now mostly serving Chops and Seafood. They removed several items, including the Chicken Marsala dish that I enjoyed when I wasn't in the mood for Beef or Fish. Our bill, not including the t&t, but with 2 Happy Hour priced drinks was $61. We may return, but not as often as we had in the past.
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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. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. 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. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. 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.

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11½ Stars Video 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. Free Magnificent Seven meal on your birthday for My Perkins members. One of a well known nationwide chain of 400 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.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) The restaurant was understaffed tonight. Things were a little slow in happening. I had a regular Cheeseburger and my husband had an Omelet dish. We each had Coffee. Our bill came to $16, due to a BOGO on Wednesday. Zach, our server, did the best he could considering the kitchen was so slow. It's a good deal here on Wednesdays. We will return.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (Buffalo Ridge), 4110 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-0492. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Closed on Oct. 23, 2016 after 9 years of operation here. The La Plaza Grande restaurant remains open. Both are corporate owned locations. The Buffalo Ridge location will become a metro diner in 2017.



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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 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. Free "surprise" on your birthday for Fresh Catch Club members with 2 person purchase. 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 705 locations worldwide, no longer operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Red Lobster Hospitality, corporate owners.

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 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. Kevin Robinson, executive chef; 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.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

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.
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12 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Ricciardi's Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 391-9939. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened January 22, 2014, it's located opposite the west side of Paddock Square in Brownwood. 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. Yasser Hassan, new executive chef; 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.
Older Review: (from Molly O. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/16) I was part of a group of ten people for lunch. Everything other than the service was horrible. My meal- a Stromboli ($11) with a ramekin of red sauce. The Stromboli was cold. In my whole life I have never had a red sauce that had absolutely NO flavor, until now. Some others had Paninis that the bread was not only stale and dry, it was also overcooked and harder than a hockey puck. Unacceptable! There were numerous other problems with the food. Too many to mention. I will certainly not return here and I'm pretty confident that most of the others from our group will not return either.
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Review: (from Walter P. 3/17) Arrived at 4:30 and 6 of us were promptly seated. Nyoka did a good job explaining drinks and menu items. I had Veal Piccata which was OK but not that tender. My wife had Eggplant Strati, which she enjoyed and had leftovers. Salads were good and the Bread was OK. With 4 glasses of wine, bill was $55.53 including tax. All others enjoyed their meals with no complaints.
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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. Free Burger or Garden Bar on your birthday for So Connected Club members. 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; Shaun Persaud, general manager.

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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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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 and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/15) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 1/15) 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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Review: (from James D. 5/17) I had Ebi Sushi and Filet Hibachi; my wife had Teriyaki Steak. Both meals were great, excellent service, with a bill of $48 plus t&t. Sakura has been consistently good for us in all aspects. I think it is well above other Japanese restaurants in The Villages.
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12½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (La Plaza Grande), 1104 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-8864. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Located where the Beijing Garden Restaurant, New China Buffet and Empress Pavilion were once located near Publix. Opened November 19, 2012. The hours are: Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 4-9 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available from Noon to 9 PM. They offer the same items as the Colony Plaza location plus teppanyaki meals on the grill. Bento Boxes are popular at $19 each and are served with soup, salad, two pieces of Gyoza and two pieces of Shumai, plus Rice and two choices of items like Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon or Snapper Teriyaki; Shrimp or Chicken Tempura; Pork or Chicken Katsu and others. Hibachi dinners from the kitchen run $12 for Vegetables to $27 for Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. Katsu dinners are also popular and run $15 for Chicken to $18 for Scallops. Tempura dinners run $12 to $18. Beef Negimaki is also offered at $16. Plus there's a whole host of Sushi and Sashimi under $8 and Rolls under $6.50 . Deep Fried Sushi like the Tuna Crunch Roll, for example, is $9. Japanese Soba or Udon Noodle dishes run $12-16 each. Lunch items run $6-12 each. Full bar at this location with 2 for 1 Happy Hour, all day before 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed 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.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 12/15) 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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Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) We noticed a jump in menu prices with the newly printed menu. We had Happy House House Wine and an Apple Martini to start. She had Mango Shrimp ($5.50) and a Philadelphia Roll ($5.50). I had the Shrimp Teriyaki Dinner with Soup, Salad and Rice ($18.50). Our total was $41 less 10% off for our Buffalo Card. Man was our server. The whole staff helps out.
Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) I have always enjoyed the fun and food here. However, the prices have gone up considerably. I had the Hibachi Chicken ($16) and my husband had the Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp ($20). Everything was perfectly cooked and tasty. Our server, Man and his crew took good care of us. We don't usually come here on a regular basis. Now with the prices getting more expensive, we may only come when we are celebrating a special occasion. Too bad. Our meals, with one soft drink, came to $38.
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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Buffalo Discount Card Sammy Joe's Pizzeria, 8760 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 633-1949. (Italian) (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 $7/10", $8.50/14", $10.50/16" and $13.50/20" plus toppings that are $1.25, $1.50, $1.75, $2.00, $2.25, $2.75 and $3.25 extra per topping respectively. Plus they have house specials like "The Veggie" or "The Motivator" and "Meat Lovers" or "Deluxe" at $13.50/14", $15.50/16" and $19/20". Calzones and Strombolis (both about $10) and "Grinders" like Italian, French Dip, Meatball, Steak & Cheese and Sammy Club (all $9-10 each) are also on the menu. 8 or 16 Jumbo Chicken Wings run $8 & $15. Salads are also offered at about $8-9 each. You can also find Spaghetti ($9), Fettuccini Alfredo ($10.50), Meatloaf Parm. ($12), Lasagna ($13), 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. Wine and beer licensed now. Delivery available. Carol Laufersky, owner here and at SonRise Café in The Villages (see that listing).

Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) My first visit. A few people here at 7 PM on a Monday. Breanne was my friendly server. I had a Cab Blend ($4). Oh, I should have had Beer! I ordered Lasagna ($13) which came with a side Salad with Ranch Dressing. The food came out promptly and thank goodness it was hot all the way through. The Lasagna was fine. Had to ask for Grated Parmesan. Service was very friendly, like they want you to come back again. Nothing wrong with that. Total was almost $17 before t&t. Not a bargain but still fair.
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7 Stars Video 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.



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Buffalo Discount Card 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 'Q Crew Club. Free Big Deal meal on your birthday for 'Q Crew Club members. 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 4/17) This was Prime Rib Night, offered occasionally. Our server, Danielle, was fantastic. The meal included a Salad, Rice or Baked Potato and fresh Veggies. Everything was delicious. Two other main courses were available if you didn't want the Prime Rib special. I had the Prime Rib at $16. My husband had the Chicken Breast with Béarnaise Sauce at $12. We had a couple of soft drinks at $2 each. I splurged and had a delicious piece of Key Lime Pie $5.50. Our bill came to $36. Keep an eye out for this special. It was well worth it.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video 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.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 3/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janice T. 11/15) 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=
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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.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) My husband and I arrived for dinner at 5 PM and we were seated immediately. My husband had the All American Burger which was cooked perfectly and tasted great. I had the Cobb Salad and added the Chicken Breast. That also was very good. I received a coupon via email for 20% off two entrées. So our dinners along with 1 Iced Tea came to $21. Our server was Angela, who did a great job.
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12½ Stars Video Video Steak 'n Shake (The Villages), 3980 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 205-4950. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] At CR 103 and CR 466. Noted for their SteakBurgers, Shakes and Malts. The most popular is the $4 Double 'n Cheese SteakBurger and the $5 Western BBQ 'n Bacon SteakBurger. Other items include Chili, Frisco Melt, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Fingers. You can also find Club Sandwiches, BLTs and Grilled Cheese too. For breakfast they offer a Country Skillet and a Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet, each $6. All You Can Eat Pancakes are just $4. Open 24 hours including Christmas from 11 AM. Seniors (50+) get 10% off on Monday & Tuesday. Free Double SteakBurger with Fries on your birthday for eClub members. 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.

Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) Excellent, really fresh, Guacamole Cheese Burger and Chocolate Shake. I just absolutely loved it. The Burger is fresh and not overcooked! My partner had a Garlic Burger and Vanilla Malt. Total bill was about $12. Better than other Burger Joints.
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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.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



The Kitchen. See (The) Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck (that listing).


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11½ Stars Tierra Del Sol Bar & Grill, 806 San Marino Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-8005. (American) [B/L/D] Formerly called the Tierra Del Sol Club, it got a name change and a new main entrance when part of the building was repurposed for The Studio Theatre. Reopened in mid-November, 2016. You now enter from the golf course side in the back of the building. Covered patio seating. Hours are 8 AM to only 6 PM daily. Summer hours are lunch/dinner only, 11 AM to 8 PM. The first three hours use the breakfast menu of the usual fare including Biscuits and Gravy ($5), a half dozen Omelettes ($8 each), Eggs Dishes ($6-7), Pancakes ($5-7) and Belgium Waffles ($6-8). After 11 AM and until closing, they switch to a lunch menu featuring Sandwiches like Black Angus Hot Dog, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Fish, Turkey, Ham & Swiss, Reuben, Sausage, Philly Steak, Italian Sub and a French Dip, all ranging $6-10 each. Salads, like Chef, Cobb, Spinach, Grilled Chicken, Tropical, Greek, Nut Berry and others, range $9-10 each. Homemade Chili $3/$4 and 4 Angus Burgers ($9-10 each) are also offered. Light appetizers like Quesadillas, Wings, Chicken Tenders, Calamari, Onion Rings and a ½ lb. Boiled Costa Rican Shrimp Plate, run $6-11 each. Desserts include a Macadamia Royal Sundae and Key Lime Pie ($5 each). Full bar. Half price Happy Hour is 3-5 PM on drafts, house pours and calls. Reservations taken for 8 or more people. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Jacqui Widisky, assistant manager; Chad Prilliman, manager; developer owned.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Was there before for a drink prior to a play at the new Black Box theatre, but this was the first time to eat. Never experienced TdS before but very good Biscuits came with honey. Apparently it's a southern thing. I loved it. Overall enjoyed their breakfast. I like regular Hash not Brisket. Thought it was bit dry. Liked their Grits too. I sat at the bar and my very pretty server from Boston was efficient, pleasant and kind. Worth going just to talk to her. Bill came to $7 without coffee.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Paula M. 12/16) What a great turn around for TdS! The lanai dining area is very welcoming, and the bar has been spiffed up nicely as well. They even remodeled the bathrooms. We had parked in front and didn't realize that the entrance was in the back. We entered in a side screen door and went thru to the bar and were directed out to the host stand in the back, just to be brought back through the bar to our table right by the door where we first entered. Some signage would be very helpful for first-timers! Colleen was a great server, always there and always helpful. We had the Grilled Chicken with Swiss Cheese and Mushrooms which was accompanied by side of Cavatappi Pasta Salad, and a Cobb Salad. The Chicken was perfectly moist and tender, and the Mushrooms were fresh. The Pasta Salad was tasty, and a good choice, something different than the usual Chips or Fries. The Salad was large and had all of the requisite ingredients, and was also very good. It was a beautiful day, so the weather wasn't an issue. We did wonder what will happen in the winter, though they do have heaters on the ceiling, or even more in the summer when it could be sweltering. They've done a great job with the remodel and the menu, and we will certainly go back. Total was $18.50 for two plus t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 3/17) No more Biscuits with warm honey. It's an all new menu, but I liked it. The developer does a very good job with the staff all around. Christie, I guess the manager, was very pleasant without being overbearing. With a big smile and help with the new menu, she made my day. Stephanie, the server, was very nice too. I ordered Waffle and Link Sausage. The latter was plump and juicy as I wanted it. Waffle was just right also. Staff definitely makes the difference. Over all, The Villages has good staff training. Other restaurants can learn from them. Total bill without my Coffee came to $7.50.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Dan K. 5/17) We were at the TdS pool and found out that I should eat at this wonderful restaurant. What a terrific experience. The food was prepared well and tasted especially good. She had a Tropical Salad and Iced Tea. I enjoyed the Mushroom Swiss Burger. Just the right temperature and flavor was fantastic. Our total bill was $22 before t&t. Juli was the server and very accommodating.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Cassie S. 6/17) Five of our dining group had lunch here. Two of us ordered the Pastrami Sandwich and it was so dry we could not eat it. We had to send it back and get credit for our order. One ordered the Philly Steak Sandwich and it was just OK. Two others ordered the Nut Berry Salad which was huge and they said it was good. The new patio area is very pleasant although it can get very noisy. I was so disappointed with my sandwich, that I would never return for food - maybe just drinks. It is difficult to find as it is around the backside of the building from the parking lot. I also find it strange that they close at 6 PM because that is when the theater show starts.
Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Stephanie C. 6/17) I had the Nutty Salad. It was a large salad consisting of grilled chicken, berries, nuts, tomatoes, feta cheese, cukes and onions with a choice of 2 dressings - Balsamic and Creamy Balsamic. The Salad was very tasty and quite large. I felt the Salad choices were limited here. I was not impressed with the menu but hoped it was more interesting for the dinner service. Because the server had so many tables, we had to wait for certain things that we requested. Overall, I felt the experience was moderate. The cost was approximately $14.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) We dined before an 8 PM show at The Studio. We sat out in the patio, because the inside seating was full. It was warm outside, but not hot. They had fans to circulate the air which made it OK. It was not overly busy outside when we arrived, but things were still slow moving. I don't think they had enough servers on the floor. I had the Chicken Parmesan ($12). My husband had the Meatloaf ($10). Both meals were very tasty, however, they must have been sitting in the kitchen awhile, before being delivered to us. They were not warm at all. Our bill with one soft drink, came to $25. I think, if I return, it won't be involved with a "Studio" show. I hope they read this review. They need more servers and food runners on nights of performances.
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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 to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. 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.

Older Review: (from Eric O. 9/15) 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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9½ 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 to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. 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.
Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) We enjoyed our meal here. Roger took good care of us. Since we are internet subscribers to Toojays, we had a $25. deal for 2. Two soups or salads, two soft drinks, two meals and one dessert. I had the Stuffed Cabbage and my husband had the Liver & Onions. Both meals were delicious, but could have been a little warmer. I started with a nice Garden Salad and he had their wonderful Matzo Ball Soup. We each had an Iced Tea. Of course, we enjoy the tasty Rye Bread. We brought home a fantastic slice of their Carrot Cake. We were too full to eat it in the restaurant. Since this was a special deal, we thought that maybe the portions would be smaller. Not at all - regular portion sizes here. Sign up on their website. It will be well worth it. Of course we'll be back.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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11 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 to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 11/16) We stood in line for approximately 5 minutes. Although we could see several tables empty, the hostess (Judy) said there would be a small wait to clear tables. She sat us at a table and asked what we wanted to drink. She brought the drinks but after ten minutes of not seeing a waitress, we asked Erick (the manager) if they had a waitress assigned to this table and he asked, "How did you get your drinks?" That was rude. Then he asked what we wanted (didn't write anything down) but as we were telling him, a waitress came up and started writing down what we wanted. We told her and although it was the daily special, it took quite a while for it to arrive. I want to thank Judy for good service as she asked if I needed more water for my hot tea, not the waitress (Kathy) and especially not the manager (Erick), who was a very very rude person. The meal was fine but I just want people to know how rude that manager was.
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Now Open Views at Havana, 2484 O'Dell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200. (American) [L/D] Opened September 20, 2017 for dinner; then on October 2, 2017 for lunch also. New name for what used to be Hemingway's At Havana (Country Club). AKA "The View" according to their restaurant license. Little change in décor; totally new menu. A few appetizers include Papas Rellenos ($9), Battered Cheese Curds ($9), Fried Calamari ($10), Mussels Marinara ($12), Chicken Wings ($12) and a Shrimp Cocktail ($13). Soups in two sizes are also offered like Onion Gratine or Pasta Fagioli ($4/$7). Pizzas like Vegetable, Ropa Vieja and Margherita run $12-13 each. Sandwiches include a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog ($9), Cuban or Italian Panini ($11 each), 8 oz. Burger ($12), Hot Pastrami on Rye ($12), Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich ($12), plus extra charge for Cheese, Mushrooms, Sautéed or Fried Onions or Avocado ($1-2 extra). Pasta dishes like Linguine Alfredo ($10), Asiago Parmesan Chicken Linguine ($13) and Cioppino on Linguine ($17) are on the menu. Main course selections include Chicken Florentine ($13), Fish & Chips ($14), Salmon St. Croix ($17) and a Pork Chop with a Mustard Cream Sauce ($19). For Salads they have Caesar ($8), Greek ($10), Roasted Beet ($10) and Iceberg Lettuce ($13), to which you can add Chicken ($4 extra), Shrimp ($7 extra), Beef ($8 extra) or Salmon ($8 extra). In the dessert corner you'll find the usual Key Lime Pie ($5), Cheesecake ($5), Strawberry Shortcake ($6) and a Caramel Brownie a la Mode to share ($8). Full bar with limited wines. David Suleiman, new owner, here and at Johnny Rockets and Amerikanós Grille.



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11½ Stars VKI Japanese Steakhouse, 1004 Old Mill Run., The Villages, FL. 259-9887. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Sashimi and Sushi Bar with a master chef. Hibachi tables for 6 or more. Table side chef prepares meals juggling utensils amid fire filled explosions. Kitchen menu of tempura and other traditional Japanese fare also available. Full bar. Large facility suitable for 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.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Been a while since we were here last. Prices are much higher. Sat in a booth. Décor is bright and clean. Our server, MIN, was pleasant enough. My better half had a Pomegranate Martini ($9), but it tasted like Strawberry. I had a Coppola Cab. ($9). She also had a New York Roll ($5.50) and a Lobster Salad Roll ($6). She enjoyed both. I had the VKI Katsu (Shrimp, Scallops and Salmon) dinner ($17), which was pretty good and very filling. Food arrived in good order. Was not crowded at 6 PM on a Sunday night. Some teenage girls ran up and down the aisle, distracting us. The staff ignored them. Total was $46.50 before t&t. An OK meal.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) We go here at least twice a month, once with a club. Not the best Japanese restaurant but I think the best around here. Our tongues are getting used to what's available around here. I usually have Chirashi without White Tuna. The latter has nothing to do with Tuna. No authentic Japanese chef will carry it. Their Sushi Rice is best around. If not Chirashi I order Katsu or Tempura Bento Box I ordered the latter today. Many of my non-Asian friends like Katsu (Pork) Bento Box with Gyoza My wife likes Kama (Yellow Tail) cooked certain way with Rice. If you like cooked fish and a bit adventurous, try Kama. Min is in charge of our group always and she does an efficient job. Bill came to $20.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

Review: (from Arlene P. 2/17) Nearly empty at 6 PM, yet we were told a half hour wait due to a large party of 12. We queried the manager, same response. Stayed anyway, due to later commitments. Service by Shannon came almost immediately, so what was the big deal? She did well. Polish night in name only. We had the Stuffed Cabbage and a Polish Sausage. Both came with pre-made Mini Perogies sautéed with onions. A fair meal with slight resemblance to real Polish food. Price was right at $28 with 2 drafts. Off of our list, however.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) We hadn't visited here in a long time so we thought we would give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. We arrived around 5:30 on a Friday. They weren't very crowded. We asked the hostess if they were serving dinner in the bar area, as that is where the tables are by the window overlooking the lake. She told us that all of the window tables were saved just for people that wanted to have dinner and not just drinks so that suited us just fine. My husband ordered the Corona Fish and Chips which he thoroughly enjoyed. The two large pieces of fish were served with French Fries and Coleslaw. I had one of the specials, a Grilled Salmon prepared with an apple butter sauce which was delicious. It was accompanied with Rice and Vegetables. Tonight they were serving a Snow Pea and Red Bell Pepper combination and it was wonderful. We just had water and one Coffee with our meals. The bill, before t&t was $34. They have entertainment in this room starting at 7 pm and it was starting to get a little noisy by the time we left. We enjoyed our dinner and would return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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 Thanksgiving and 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.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.


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12 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 Thanksgiving and 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.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

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=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/17) It's always fun to go to this restaurant. The servers are well trained and friendly. Our server this evening was "Handsome James". We had Fish and Tots with a substitution for the Tots of Mac and Cheese (which was an upcharge). The Fish was prepared well with a tasty, crispy batter and the Mac and Cheese was wonderful. We also had two Tacos and some good beers. The rest of our group also enjoyed their dinners too. The price for the two of us was $40 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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