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Top rated restaurants on this page are Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Orlando), Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove, Ruth's Chris Steak House (Winter Park) and Saboré Restaurant, all 15 Stars. Congratulations!


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Not Rated 269 West Wine Lounge, 269 West Rd., Ocoee, FL. 44.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-516-1928. (German) (Wine Bar) [D] Located in the Fountains West Shopping Center on West Rd., half way between SR 437 and SR 429 (Exit #26), where the Breakfast Club once did business near Publix. Started in mid-2013. Open for dinner and drinks only from 5 PM to late night, daily, except closed Mondays. A limited menu has small bites like Imported French Brie Plate ($9), a Hummus and Pita Platter ($9) and Shrimp Crab Parmesan Dip ($11). Flatbreads range from Fresh Tomato with Buffalo Mozzarella ($8), to Salami-Tomato-Mozzarella ($9), to Buffalo Chicken-Mozzarella ($11). German specialties include Bratwurst & Sauerkraut ($11) or Wiener Schnitzel with Potato Salad ($14). They also offer a 10 oz. New York Strip ($22) or an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($24), both served with a Baked Potato. They sometimes offer Jagerschnitzel, Pork Tenderloin, a 22 oz. Melbourne Steak or German Burgers. Outdoor seating available. Beer and wine licensed with a few dozen red and white wines offered by the glass and bottle, like an Argentine Alamos Malbec ($7/$26) or Santa Marina Italian Pinot Grigio ($5/$19). Wine Down Wednesday features $5/glass wine. Thirsty Thursday features 2-4-1 Domestic and Draft Beers. Occasional live music on Saturday evening. Gabriele, Matthias and Horst (chef) Winter, owners.



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Not Rated 3 Sisters Speakeasy, 226 Broadway Ave., Kissimmee, FL. 66.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-201-3270. (American) [L/D] Located in downtown Kissimmee at City Centre near Dakin Ave. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily, to 2 AM weekends, and Sunday it's Noon to 8 PM. No password required for entrance. Limited but interesting menu. Sandwiches include Pulled Pork ($8), a Cuban ($8), a Reuben ($9), Angus Cheese Burger ($9), Philly Cheesesteak ($9.50) and a Mahi Sandwich ($12.50). Full dinners include Tossed Linguine in Sauce ($12), Chicken Cordon Bleu ($14), Center Cut Pork Chops ($14), Argentinean Flank Steak ($14) and Herb Buttered Salmon ($16). Entrées include two sides. Side Salads are $3 extra. Flatbreads are also available at around $8 each. Appetizers like Chips and Dip, Fried Pickles, Chicken Quesadillas, Pot Stickers, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Strips, Calamari, Nachos and Firecracker Shrimp run $4-12 each. House Salad ($7), Caesar Salad ($8), Mediterranean Salad ($9), Taco Salad ($10) and Cobb Salad ($11) make a meal also. Desserts include Brownie Sundae and Banana Foster Cheesecake ($5-6 each). Sushi and Sashimi are available every night except Sunday and Monday. Musical entertainment on the patio Wednesday through Saturday night. Other events like Trivia on Tuesday at 8 PM and Antique Car Cruise-In on first Friday night held too. Full Bar. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. A half dozen beers are on tap, plus domestic and imported bottles as well. Gratuity is added for parties of 6 or more. Zachary Parsons, owner.



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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi 31 (Supper Club), 31 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. 71.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-275-1625. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on SR 40, west of Beach St., a block before the bridge across the Halifax River. Opened on New Year's Eve in 2014. It's in an unmistakeable art-deco white building in sleepy downtown. The bar and dining room is right out of the Empire State Building lobby or luxury Ocean Liner lounge. The name, "31", might suggest the year 1931 and The Great Gatspy would be right at home here. "Knock-knock, Kevin sent me!"; consider it a 30's Speakeasy including deco-style chandeliers, cabaret tables for 4, full linen service, zebra striped chairs, signature chinaware, sparkling stemware, glowing table torches, Arts Décoratifs artwork, vested and bow tied waitstaff and patrons dressed to "The Nines" certain nights. Open from 4:30 PM to midnight or later, daily, except closed Sundays. The prices however are closer to 2031, than 1931. The menu includes "Teasers" for starters like Bistro Steak Skewers ($8), Meatballs ($8), Lobster Cake ($11), Lollipop Lamb Chops ($12), Raw Oysters ($12), Escargot ($14), Smoked Salmon ($14), Goat Cheese and Peppers ($15), Cheese Boards ($16/$27), Shrimp [4] Cocktail ($18) and Oysters Rockefeller ($17). Spinach Salad ($6), Classic Caesar Salad in two sizes ($6/$9), House Salad ($7/$10), Caprese ($8) and a Chopped Salad ($9) can be your second course. Soups available are du Jour ($5), French Onion ($7) and Lobster Bisque ($8). Entrées include Chicken Cordon Bleu Roulade ($24), Monkfish Baked en Papillote ($24), 12 oz. Double Bone Pork Chop ($26), Scottish Salmon ($26), Pork Osso Bucco ($31), 12 oz. NY Strip Steak ($34), 14 oz. Ribeye ($35), 8 oz. Filet ($36), Sea Bass ($36), 11 oz. Bone In Filet ($49), 24 oz. Porterhouse ($46) and a 31 oz. Prime Tomahawk Ribeye ($75). There's a 12 or 16 oz. cut of Prime Rib ($24/$28) on some Tuesdays. They also offer a Fresh Fish (MP) and Pasta Dish ($26). You can also add Shrimp (+$7), Scallops (+$8), King Crab Oscar (+$14) or Lobster Tail (+$15) to any entrée. Various sauces are also available at $3-5 extra. Side dishes are added like Saffron Rice (+$5), Steak Fries (+$6), Orzo Pasta (+$6), Asparagus (+$6), Creamed Spinach (+$6), Baked or Mashed Potato (+$5 each), Sweet Corn Soufflé (+$6), Beans and Bacon (+$7) or Black Truffle Mac & Cheese with Bacon (+$12). For dessert you can find a Daily Special, Bread Pudding, Cheesecake or Crème Brûlée at $7-8 each and an Ice Cream Sundae for just $5. 20 percent gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations taken by phone and advised weekends and for shows. Of course they have two full bars with signature speakeasy cocktails like Bees Knees, Blood & Sand, the Bootlegger and even flaming Absinthe. Wine List is available too and Champagne is popular here. A separate alfresco Havana Bar and Lounge is connected outside primarily for cocktails. Ladies Night is Tuesday through Thursday in the Lounge. Entertainment in the main room ranges from Comedy Shows, Frank Sinatra Impersonations, Dueling Pianos, Period Costume Parties and other depression era activities. Some major shows have a cover charge (about $10-15pp). Music or shows start at 6 PM on Wednesday and Thursday and at 7 PM Friday and Saturday but quiet on Monday and Tuesday. Dance floor formed when not crowded. Dressy casual attire requested but jackets not required. Spats are optional. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Bill Jones, building owner and designer; Brady Privat, executive chef; Kevin Wakefield, owner.



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Not Rated 310 Lakeside, 301 East Pine St., Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-373-0310. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened in 2008. Located on Pine St. in the back of the American Momentum Building overlooking Lake Eola. The name is 310 but address is 301. Hours are 11 AM to 2 AM daily. Sunday Brunch menu 10 AM to 3 PM. Offers the same menu as 310 Park South. Besides full and half size salads like above, they offer appetizers like Tomato Bruschetta ($8), Boneless Buffalo Bites ($8), Fried Calamari ($10), Salmon Bites ($10), Gator Tail ($10), Zucchini Flatbread ($11), Beef Tenderloin Flatbread ($13), Tuna Kobachi ($14), and Crab Cakes ($15) among others. Entrées include beef, fish, chicken and duck at $14 to $33 each. For pasta, they offer Fettuccine Carbonara ($12), Linguine ($14), Chicken Ravioli ($14), Mushroom Ravioli ($14), Chicken Picatta ($16), Chicken Penne ($16), Smoked Salmon Pappardelle ($17) and others. Some of the sandwiches are Chicken Salad on a Whole Wheat Wrap, Grilled Chicken Muffaletta, Salmon Burger, Tuna Salad Melt and the featured Akaushi Burger all at $10-15 each. Children's menu offered. Wine list and full bar. Happy Hour all day Sunday and after 11 PM daily. Entertainment on Friday night here. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Joanne McMahon, owner, here and at 310 Park South (below).



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Not Rated 310 Park South, 310 South Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-647-7277. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] In business since 1999. Located on Park Ave. just south of New England. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later daily. Sunday Brunch is served 10 AM to 2 PM only. Offers the same menu as 310 Lakeside. Full and half size salads include Garden and Caesar ($6 or $10), Cobb Salad ($8 or $14), Mediterranean Salad ($7 or $12) and one size fits all, Seafood Salad ($13) or Tuna Filet Salad ($17). Dinner entrées include Fish & Chips ($14), Chicken Tarragon ($16), Chicken Roulade ($18), Panned Seared Mahi ($22), Roasted Duck ($22), Grilled Salmon ($22), New York Strip ($30) and 8 or 10 oz. Filer Mignon ($29 or $33). Pasta dishes are also available at $12-21 each. Sandwiches ranging $10-15 are also offered. There's a late night menu of appetizers ($8-14), and sandwiches ($10-13). Sunday Brunch 'til 2 PM here, ranges from French Toast at $10 to Steak & Eggs at $14. Wine bar with selections by the bottle and glass. Happy Hour weekdays 4-7 PM at the full bar. Entertainment on Saturday night. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Joanne McMahon, owner, here and at 310 Lakeside (above).



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Not Rated Coming Soon 4 Locos Tacos, 360 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-697-0920. (Mexican) [L/D] New Mexican restaurant going into the new building next to the Plant Street Market. This one promises to have 1,200 sq. Ft. of dining space, an open kitchen, vertical meat grills and "Design Your Own Meal" concept. It will specialize in Tacos and dishes from the central part of Mexica, like Jalisco. Outdoor seating available. An early 2018 opening is expected. Adrian Galvan family, owners.



4 Rivers Smokehouse. See Four Rivers Smokehouse (that listing).


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12½ Stars 801 City Grille, 801 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL. 33.5 mile drive from The Villages. 394-6911. (American) (Continental) [D] Opened April, 2011. Newly renovated and nicely decorated, modern interior. Located at the corner of Montrose and 8th where the Sunset Grill used to be. Open 3:30 PM to 10 PM 6 days per week. Closed Sunday except Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day, etc. The menu offers such appetizers as Fried Pickles ($5), Pot of Escargot ($7), Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps ($8.50), Crab Cake ($9) and Seared Ahi Tuna ($9.50). Main dishes come with soup or salad and one side, include Chicken Frisco or Marsala ($14), Salmon ($16), Fried Shrimp ($17), Sea Scallops ($19), Crab Cakes ($19), Gilled Pork Chops ($15/$19), a 14 oz. NY Strip at $20 or an 8 oz. Filet Mignon at $22. Prime Rib is their specialty however at $15 for a 10 oz. cut and $19 for a 14 oz. cut. Dinner salads and Sandwiches, like a Rueben ($9) or French Dip ($9) are also available. Lobster Specials in season might include 1 Tail ($19) or 2 Tails ($31) or the 10 oz. Prime Rib with 1 Tail ($27). Dining room, lounge and patio sections plus a banquet room, make up the large restaurant. Full bar and wine list ranging $25-99/bottle plus many by the glass. Happy Hour is 3:30 to 6:30 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Pool family sold to Gihan Salem and Maher Wahba, new owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/13) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Patane Restaurant (1957)
Hwy. 27, south of Clermont, FL.

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13 Stars Video A Land Remembered, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 57.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-3663. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located near SR 528 Exit #2 in the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The restaurant pays homage to the 1984 bestselling novel by Patrick Smith. Open for dinner only from 5:30 PM. The restaurant specializes in Harris Ranch Natural Prime Black Angus Beef but limited seafood selections. Smart resort attire requested for their full linen service. For starters, they offer Brie and Portobello Mushroom ($12), Prime Rib Sushi ($12), Oysters Gruyere ($13), Frog Legs ($14), Crab Cake ($15), Shrimp Cocktail ($15), Ahi Tuna ($16), Smoked Salmon Flatbread ($16) and Steak Tartare ($18). They also offer a cold ($50) or hot ($60) sampler that serves 3 or 4 people. For soups they have Baked Onion ($8), Gator Stew ($8) and Lobster Bisque ($10). For meat entrées they offer Free Range Chicken ($26), Skirt Steak ($30), 12 and 24 oz. Prime Rib ($30/$48), Braised Short Ribs ($32), 8 and 10 oz. Filet Mignon ($34/$40), 20 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye ($38), Lamb Tequesta ($40), 16 or 20 oz. New York Strip ($42/$52) and a 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak ($48). A 20 oz. Chateaubriand For Two runs $125. A 16 oz. Lobster Tail is on the menu at about $50. Surf and Turf combinations run $85. Sauces add $7 each to the bill. Side dishes like Baked or Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Creamed Spinach, Onion Rings, Collard Greens, etc. adds $6 each. Salads like Wedge, Tomato, Caesar and Romaine add $7-10 to the meal. Don't be surprised to see the butter pats in the shape of alligators. Full bar and a wide Wine List available. Online and phone reservations taken. $15, $30, $45 and $60 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Dan Nester, executive chef; hotel owned.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 8/15) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bob M. 9/16) We went with our Gourmet Group for the Magical Dinning and again it was superb. Both my wife and I had the 6 oz Filet, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a half baked Garlic, a slice of Breaded Green Tomato and about 6 half Cherry Tomatoes. The Lobster Bisque was out of this world. It had chucks of Lobster Claw in it. For dessert, we both had the Bread Pudding which was also great. Our bill before t&t was $97. We both had a glass of wine ($12 each) and I had a cup of Coffee and my wife had a cup of hot Tea (both $3.50 each). A little high for Coffee and Tea. Our waiter was Jorge and he did an excellent job.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) This restaurant was on Magical Dining Month in Orlando and we went with a group from the Gourmet Club. Several had been there before and found it exceptional. We were seated quickly and our waiter, Jorge, took our drink orders and gave us our special menus. We ordered a bottle of wine ($38). We both ordered the Lobster Bisque and Filet Mignon. The Lobster Bisque was truly the best I have ever had with large pieces of lobster claw and a remarkable flavor. My Steak, on the other hand, was not very tender, although done exactly the way I like it. It had very little flavor and was hard to cut. I love Bread Pudding, but the only flavor in this one was from the Rum Raison Ice Cream. The total before t&t was $104. Will probably NOT try this place again.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rocki B. 9/16) We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated promptly. Our server, Sean, was wonderful! We enjoyed chatting with him as we discussed the menu options and sharing our experiences from dining around the world. He was very knowledgeable and helped us make good decisions on our meal. We were here with a RestaurantDotCom offer, but wound up signing up for a Rosen Card and receiving a 25% discount from that. We ordered a Beringer White Zin for $28. Our appetizer was the Bistro Bruschetta for $16. More than enough for us to share. I had the Sea Bass ($39) and he had the 20 ounce Ribeye ($48). The Sea Bass was wonderful, melt in your mouth delicious! The Ribeye was bone in and done to perfection. A Baked Potato, fully loaded was $6. We ended with 2 delicious Cappucinos, for $9. Our total, after discount of $30, with tax was $124. We would definitely return for a special occasion, although expensive, we feel it was worth it!! The food and service were impeccable.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Karen B. 9/17) We enjoyed it here for Magical Dining Month. The restaurant is beautiful and bright, with amazing views. It was also quiet, so we could actually enjoy a conversation. Our server, Kareem, was exceptional. We were offered Bread and Butter prior to our meal, which was lovely. For starters I enjoyed the Crab Cake, which was phenomenal. Very little filler in there! My dinner partner had the Lobster Bisque which was quite easy with chunks of lobster. I had the Filet, Mashed Potatoes and Fried Green Tomato. The Green Tomato was OK. The Steak was delicious and melted in my mouth. Hubby ordered the Blackened Red Snapper with Crawfish Cream Sauce. Again, excellent. Dessert was Chocolate Mousse Cake for him, not our favorite. I enjoyed the Bread Pudding, which was a huge serving and delicious. I enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner. Before t&t our total came to $85.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Christine H. 9/17) We went for Magical Dining and it was amazing. Our server, Kareem, was excellent. He was very helpful in discussing wines and the menu. The room was beautiful. I had the Ahi Tuna appetizer which was perfect. For the main course I enjoyed the Filet (6 oz.), Roasted Garlic, Mashed Potatoes and a Fried Green Tomato. The Bread Pudding was delicious. I took half the meal home and it was almost as perfect as the original meal. I also had a glass of wine. The cost was $50 before t&t. I cannot wait to go back again.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ann P. 10/17) Enjoyed a 3 course meal during Magical Dining Month. I had a tasty Crab Cake, full of crab and little filler, for an appetizer. Blackened Red Snapper with a crab cream sauce served with Pilaf. For dessert, a yummy warm Bread Pudding with rum raisin ice cream and sweet sauce. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated overlooking a golf course. Quiet ambience so the 8 of us were able to have a good discussion. Giving the score for service only a 3 because one of our party’s Steak was cooked rare instead of medium and it took a long time for someone to come to take care of it. I don’t think the waiter came by after our entrées were served.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Adam's Rib Company, 2111 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL. 63.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-373-8882. (Barbecue) [B/L/D] Located on US 441 near SR 120. Opens at 7 AM daily, except 9 AM on Sunday. Closes at 9 PM. The usual items served for breakfast plus Biscuits and Gravy, Omelettes and Breakfast Sandwiches. For lunch and dinner they offer a Half Slab of Ribs, 2 side dishes, 2 pieces of Garlic Toast and Banana Pudding for $16. Full Slab Dinner for Two is available for $25. Rib Sandwiches, Pork Sandwiches, Chopped Pork Dinners and Beef Brisket Dinners range $4-9. Half Chicken Dinners, BBQ Chicken Salad and Smoked Turkey Dinners are also on their menu ranging $7-9. You can also find Grouper Sandwiches and Shrimp Baskets at $8 each. Angus Burgers at $7 are also popular. Ribs-To-Go range $11-22. Various desserts like Pecan Pie, Fudge Brownies, Carrot Cake, Peach Cobbler and Hawaiian Cake with Cream Cheese are just $2-3 each. No bar. Adam Brewer, owner.



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Not Rated Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro, 4300 South Hwy. 27, Clermont, FL. 36.3 mile drive from The Villages. 243-8988. (Asian) [L/D] Located on US27 just south of Clermont. Open at 11 AM daily except 1 PM on Sunday. Offers traditional Japanese Sushi plus items from Korea, Thailand, Singapore and China like S&S Chicken, Teriyaki, Crispy Beef, Shrimp Silken Cream Sauce, Basil Filet Mignon, Lemon Grass Chicken, Kalbee and Honey Garlic Chicken. Double Oriental Wonder is a specialty. Prices range $10-18 generally. Beer and wine available. Reservations accepted. 2009 winner for "Best Chinese Restaurant" in Lake County by Lake Magazine. Chi Tai, owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi al Fresco, 126 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-654-5889. (Italian) (Spanish) [L/D] Opened April, 2012 at 146 W. Plant and moved here, facing Plant St., in the short brick building near S. Boyd St., in 2016. Hours are 11 AM - 3 PM, Monday through Sunday, then from 5 PM daily for dinner, except Sunday evenings. Contemporary casual atmosphere with full linen service and fresh ingredient meals, in downtown Winter Garden, near the Garden Theater Playhouse, facing Centennial Plaza. Appetizers might include Chorizo al Vino, Bruschetta, Arancini di Risotto, Florida Shrimp, Crispy Calamari and Butter Seared Fish Cake (all $5-13 each). Soups include du Jour, plus Chicken Lemon & Rice ($4/$6.50). Entrées offered range from a Baked Lasagna ($18), Lamb Bolognese ($20), Cioppino Salmon ($24), Roast Chicken ($26), Grilled Swordfish ($26), Pork Osso Buco ($29), 12 oz. Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop ($28), Seared Lamb Chops ($32), 8 oz. Beef Tenderloin ($34) and a Bone-In Rib-Eye ($36). They also offer their Paella signature dish at $72 for 4 people, $38 for 2 and $20 for 1. There is also a Chef's Charcuterie & Artisanal Cheese Plate at $20. Salads ($6-7) are extra, as is a Bread Basket ($4). Tapas can also be found on the menu at $5 each. Lunch items include Tapas ($5), Salads ($7-8), Soups ($4-7) and Sandwiches ($9-14). Children's menu available. Al fresco dining available. Full bar with specialty cocktails, Sangrias and wine list. Reservations accepted. Lynn Kasten (FOH manager), Rob Gioia (chef), Edwin Martinez (chef), Rebecca Stafford and Charles Roper, owners.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 2/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Alpin (French) Bistro, 15 SW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL. 64.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-204-2873. (Cafe) (French) [D] Opened in November, 2016. Located on SW 2nd St. just off West University Ave.. Serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 PM, closes at Midnight or later. Saturday Crêpe Brunch served 11 AM to 4 PM. Closed all day Sunday and Monday. Decidedly French, offering Croque au Fromage ($12.50), Croque Monsieur ($13.50) or Croque Madame ($14.50). Le Ramequin [Swiss Cheese Quiche] ($10), Leek & Gruyere Tart ($10) and Quiche du Jour ($10-12) are offered daily. All are served with a side salad. They also have small dishes like Cheese Plates, Charcuteries, large Salads and Spanish influenced Tapas like Chorizo Iberico ($9) or French creations like La Terrine [Rabbit] ($15). For dessert you can find Tartelette de Pommes [Apple Tart], Pear & Walnut Tart and Chocolate Mousse (all appropriately priced about $7 each). Beer and wine licensed with Beer Cocktails, like a Panaché of Lager Beer and Lime Soda, plus Draft and Bottled Beer selections. 6 White Wines ($7-12/glass) and 9 Red Wines ($7-10/glass), plus some Sparkling Wines ($7-10/glass), make up the Wine List. Occasional French accordion player and other jazz entertainment. Accepts reservations. Outdoor seating available. Romain Challandes and Sita Marlier-Fischman, owners.



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Long Gone - Primrose Inn & Grill (circa. 1936)
Built in 1924, it closed in 1988. Once a hot spot in Gainesville for more than 60 years.
It bosted Southern Cuisine featuring Yeast Rolls, Fried Chicken, Corn Sticks and Chicken & Dumplings.
At 214 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL., the building shell still stands.

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13 Stars Video Amelia's, 235 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 62.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-373-1919. (Italian) [L/D] Located in the Sun Center but directly behind the Hippodrome Theater in the historic district. Perfect location for dinner before or after the theater or movie. Fine Italian cuisine with influences from Florence served by knowledgeable wait staff in a cozy dining room. Chicken, Veal and Fish entrées prepared in the Continental style such as Pollo Marsala ($17), Pollo Inverno with artichokes and white wine ($18), Vitello Francese with lemon and butter ($21), Vitello Sorrentino with eggplant and prosciutto ($22), Snapper Napoli with garlic ($25) and Grouper Mugnala with olives, capers and white wine ($25). Northern Italian specialties also featured. Main courses range from $15 for Pasta dishes, to $22 for Veal, to $28 for Seafood and Beef Combinations. A few specials are prepared every day to keep the menu new, like Salmon Andaluccia ($22). Specialty desserts are offered too like Cannolis ($6) and Tiramisu ($6). Casual attire acceptable. Reservations online via Open Table and by phone accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Full bar. Varied wine list. Free parking one block east off SE 2nd St. and SE 4th Ave. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Andy Fass, chef and owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/06) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Video Angelo's Pizzeria & Ristorante (Inverness), 301 W. Main St., Inverness, FL. 30.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-0056. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the attractive white building on the SE corner of Seminole Ave. Open daily at 11 AM. They feature Pizzas, like the Super Supreme, Stuffed, Hawaiian, Carnivore Supreme, Sicilian, Bianco and the traditional New York City Style (all $9-14 each). Pizza Dough Rollos are their specialty like Sausage, Eggplant Parm. and Chicken Cutlet (all $9 each). You can find Lunch Baskets (to 3 PM) on their menu too, like Cod Fingers ($9), Popcorn Shrimp ($9), Chicken Tenders ($9), Fried Calamari ($10) and Fritto Misto ($14). A number of Sandwiches (all about $10 each) are offered for lunch like Burgers, Patty Melts, French Dip, Tuna Melt, Grilled Chicken, BLT, Grilled Chicken Panini and a Classic Club among others. Chicken Wings are also popular with 5 sauces. Appetizers include Garlic Knots ($6), Fried Mozzarella ($8), Fried Ravioli ($9), Fried Calamari ($10) and Antipasto ($10-12) plus Angel Wings ($9). You can find New York Cheese Steak ($15), NY Strip Steak ($18) and Surf 'n Turf ($30) on the list. You will also find Tilapia Piccata ($14), Stuffed Tilapia ($16), Shrimp Scampi ($17), Salmon Filet ($17), and other seafood items. Baked Ziti or Ravioli ($12 each), Spaghetti and Meat Balls ($13), Penne with Sausage ($13), Penne alla Vodka ($14), Pomodoro Milanese ($14), Chicken Alfredo ($15), Lasagna ($16) and other pasta dishes are offered too. Early Bird and Sunday Lunch Specials served 11 AM - 5 PM Sundays and 3-5 PM all other days, include Penne Primavera ($9), Baked Ravioli ($9), Zucchini Parmigiana ($10), Tilapia Piccata ($10), Cod Fingers (10), Linguine with Clam Sauce ($12) or Meatball and Sausage ($10), Eggplant or Chicken Parm. ($10 each), Chicken Francese ($10), and an 8 oz. NY Strip ($13). Desserts include Cheesecake, Cannoli and Tiramisu. Full bar. Reservations accepted by phone. Angelo and Karen Rizzolo, owners here and at their Crystal River location.

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

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/17) Although a bit of a drive from here, this restaurant is worth trying. The service and the food are very good. Our server, Kaela, took our drink order as soon as we arrived and was very attentive. I had a Chicken dish called "Karen's Favorite" ($14) and it was wonderful. Lots of tender Chicken, wonderful sauce, artichokes and capers on a bed of linguini. There was more than enough for two meals. He had Tilapia Picatta Early Bird ($10) and enjoyed it very much. His came with dessert. With two glasses of wine on "2 for 1" the total bill was $30 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Video Anna's Polish Restaurant, 3586 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL. 63.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-657-0020. (Continental) (Eastern European) [D] Located about 3 miles east of downtown on CR 426, in the Winter Park Commerce Center Shopping Plaza, at the end of the building. Open from 4:30 to 9 PM weekdays except Monday and from 12 noon to 10 PM on Friday, Saturday and to only 8 PM on Sunday. Family owned business that opened in April, 2010. Authentic Polish meals served in a casual but lovely atmosphere. For appetizers, start with Pierogies, Potato Pancakes or Stuffed Cabbage at $5 each. A combination appetizer including Sausage, Pierogies and Pancakes is $11. Soups include a popular Red Borsch or White Borsch ($3-5 depending on size). For main dishes they feature Potato Pancakes, Pierogies, Hunter's Stew and Stuffed Cabbage (Golabki), all at $10-12 each. Also, Beef Goulash, Pork Schnitzel, Silesian Dumplings with Pork, Cracovia Chicken Cutlet and Gypsy (Beef Filled) Potato Pancake run $13-16 each. The menu also has a Kielbasa Platter and a large Polish Platter Combination at $11 and $14 respectively. Dinner salad is $4 extra. A few side dishes like Finger Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Cabbage with Bacon and Dill, all run $2-4 each. Lunch items include a Cutlet Sandwich, Ruben, Chicken Sandwich or Kielbasa, are all under $9 each. Polish desserts are not forgotten with Apple Strudel, Nalesniki (Crepes) and Pychotka (Walnut Cake) all priced at $4-5 each. Zywiec, Okocim Polish beers plus domestics and a few wines are offered also. Specials on Tuesday and Wednesday like 1/2 off your second entrée may be available. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. Anna Eaves, chef and owner.

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



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Long Gone - The Oakmont Restaurant in the Jordan Marsh Dept. Store (1962)
At Colonial Plaza (Mall) on E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL.
Elegant 4th floor restaurant and bar,
noted for their Chicken Pot Pie and Blueberry Muffins.
Changed to a Burdines in 1991, then Macy's in 2005.

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14 Stars Gluten Free Menu Antonio's Made in Italy Italian Restaurant, 22050 N. US 441, McIntosh, FL. 42.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-591-4141. (Italian) [L/D] Located just one mile north of the town of McIntosh, on the way to Micanopy in the Heritage Village. Formerly Roberto's Italian Eatery by the same owner. Opened in September, 2013. Hours are Noon to 9 PM, six days per week; closed on Monday. Full linen service here. Start with an Antipasti like Clams & Mussels Alla Diavola ($9.50), Cheese Burrata ($10) is the house specialty, Napolitano Caprese Salad ($11.50) or Shrimp Scampi ($16). Pasta dishes start with Marinara ($12), Fettuccine Alfredo ($14), Lasagna ($16), Penne Siciliana ($16), Spaghetti Carbonara ($16), Capellini Toscana ($19) or Gnocchis in a Butter Sauce ($22). You can add Meatballs (+$3), Chicken (+$4) or Shrimp (+$6) to many of them. Gluten-free Pasta is available for $2.50 extra. Chicken dishes include Parmigiana ($17), Marsala ($18) and Saltimbocca ($21). Veal is available too, including Marsala ($20), Parmigiana ($21), Saltimbocca ($24) as well as a Stuffed Veal Chop at Market Price. For seafood, they offer Cheese Ravioli and Shrimp ($21), Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels ($23.50), Salmon with Gorgonzola ($26), Fettuccine Pescatori with Shrimp, Mussels, Clams and Calamari ($29) and a Grilled Swordfish at Market Price. Dessert is not forgotten with Cannolis ($5.50), Tiramisu ($6) and Molten Lava Cake ($7). Children's menu available. Now, full bar licensed. 2 for 1 Happy Hour on house wine and domestic beers before 6 PM. Bottled whites run $25 and bottled reds run $25-35. Italian Sodas and Cappuccino and Espresso offered too. Reservations accepted and advised. Antonio Mazzella, of Ponza, Italy (former chef of Mom and Dad's in Lady Lake), owner.

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

Review: (from Rich C. 5/16) We were in Micanopy when we remembered that this restaurant was nearby. On a Sunday at 6 PM, the owner's wife declared that without a reservation, she could not seat us until 8 PM. Wow! She did offer for us to sit on the porch under the fan. We agreed. Christian, a familiar face from The Villages, waited on us. We started with a free Bruchetta with the coupon on a flyer from town. It was excellent. She had a Malbec ($9.50) and I had the Opici Chianti (at 2 for $13). We both started with Caesar Salads which were unusual and had a very strong dressing, overpowering our wines. She had Salmon with Gorgonzola ($26) and I had Veal Marsala ($22). The Salmon was one of the best preparations she's ever had. My Veal was good but I found a little gristle in it and it was a little rubbery. It was average quality but the flavors were very good. She asked for ground pepper for her salad and Christian disappeared to get it and never returned with it. That's the problem with sitting outside. That was the only flaw in our service that night, so 4 not 5 rating. Sitting on the porch is not a good idea because the flies can bother you. Next time we'll make a reservation or call ahead. Total bill was $70.50 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Cheryl L. 4/17) Even though we had made a reservation for eight people 2 weeks prior, there was nothing on their books. Our server, Dan, promptly pulled 2 tables together for us to sit. We were the only patrons there at 4 p.m. He advised of the specials and explained how everything was home made. Even suggesting what to order. One guest ordered the Caprese Salad appetizer. Fabulous, 4 very large Tomato slices with homemade Mozzarella Cheese. Enough to share. Both my husband and I started with a Salad, his was a House Salad, mine the Caesar. Our entrées were Veal Marsala with Spinach ($22) and Chicken Marsala with Pasta ($20). My husband's Veal was the better choice. Several of the others ordered the Veal or Chicken Picatta and liked theirs very much. For dessert we had the Chocolate Molten Cake ($8). It was warm and delicious. 20% tip added to bill automatically. Would try again if in the area.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from James D. 6/17) Superb freshly made Italian cuisine! Antonio's accommodated a large dine out group with advance, negotiated (numbers) reservations. We all (20 of us) ordered off the menu. The food was served promptly without a problem. I had Chicken Parmesan and my wife had Chicken Piccata. Both were excellent. The Caprese Salad was one of the best I have ever had. We finished with Tiramisu. Approximate bill was $62. Service was outstanding. We plan to return soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Video Antonio's Ristorante (Upstairs), 611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 63.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-5523. (Italian) [L/D] Northern and costal Italian creations since 1990. Open 11:30 AM to 2 PM weekdays for lunch, then 5 PM to 10 PM daily for dinner, except closed Sunday. Located on US 17/92 at S. Maitland Ave. The dining room is upstairs from the Market and Café and overlooks Lake Lily. Romantic setting. Appetizers include Bruschetta Romana ($6), Stuffed Mushrooms ($9), Fried Calamari ($10), Beef Carpaccio ($11), Antipasto ($13), Buffalo Caprese ($13), Mussels au Gratin ($13) and Crab Cakes ($13). Pasta dishes include Potato Gnocchi ($14), Pappardelle with Meat Sauce ($14), Eggplant Involtini ($14), Rigatoni with Chicken ($15), Capellini d'Angelo ($15), Spinach & Cheese Ravioli ($15), Fettuccine Alfredo ($15), Penne with Hot Sausage ($16), Pappardelle with Salmon ($16), Linguine with Clams ($17) and Lobster Ravioli ($17). There's also Risotto with Mushroom and Squash ($16) and Risotto with Sausage ($17). Pollo Picatta or Parmesan or Cacciatore ($16 each), and Pollo Marsala or Involtini ($17 each) make up the poultry dishes. Beef Short Ribs ($17), Veal Parmesan or Picatta ($19 each), Veal Marsala ($20), Leg of Lamb ($22), Filet Mignon or New York Strip Steak ($30 each) and Stuffed Veal Chop ($34) are the meat offerings. There's also Wood Grilled Salmon ($20), Zuppa di Pesce ($30) and a Fresh Fish of the Day at Market Prices for seafood items. Side dishes like Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Green Beans, Baked Tomatoes and Mac & Cheese are about $6 each. Lunch items are similar fare at reduced prices. Summer menu offers 3 course dinners for $26 per person with limited selections. A large wine list is available with bottles ranging $18-167 per bottle. Wine by the glass range $5-12 each. Full bar also. Happy Hour at the bar, 5-7 PM daily. Reservations accepted by phone or online. 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. R. Gregory Gentile, Victor Zollo and James Oyler, owners here and at Cafe d'Antonio in Celebration (see that listing).

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



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Not Rated Arabella's, 346 W. Central Ave., Winter Haven, FL. 71.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-293-1797. (Continental) (Italian) [L/D] Located in the Time Square Building under the clock, at Central and 4th St. SW, in historic downtown. A fine dining establishment, set with linen tablecloths, open 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, also 5:30 to 9:30 PM for dinner, except Sundays and Mondays when they are closed. This 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant has an old world elegant feel with exposed brick and can seat 157 inside and 50 outside. Start with appetizers like Fried Mozzarella with Marinara; Snails with Mushrooms, Bacon, Garlic in a Brandy White Wine Sauce; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Mussels in Olive Oil, White Wine, Garlic and Marinara; Antipasto Misto; Fried Calamari with Spicy Marinara; or Caprese di Sorrento with Buffala Mozzarella, $9-13 each. An Insalata di Cesare for two prepared tableside is $16.50. For pasta entrées they offer Fetuccine Alfredo; Half Moon Ravioli stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach; Hexagon Ravioli stuffed with Grilled Chicken and Garlic; Tortellacci di Zucca filled with Butternut Squash; Ravioli Gamberi stuffed with Shrimp and Scallops; or Ravioli ala Astice stuffed with Lobster Meat, $17.50 to $23.50. All pasta is fresh made. Seafood entrées include Linguini with Clams and Garlic; Scampi Fra' Diavolo over Fettuccini; Trancio di Salmone with Artichoke and White Wine; Shrimp and Scallops in Dijon Mustard over Linguini; or a Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes. Most are $18.50 to $25.50. The Sea Bass is $29.50. Chicken dishes range from Piccata; Marsala; Saltimbocca; Fiorentina; to Mare e Monti (with Shrimp and Scallops) at $19-23 each. Veal dishes are similar, but add Toscana; Parmeggiana; Lombata (14 oz. Veal Chop); or Veal Arabella with Shrimp and Scallops in Saffron Wine Sauce, $22-35 each. For beef, they offer Bistecca di Manzo (16 oz. Ribeye); a 9 oz. Filet Mignon with Brandy Green Peppercorn Cream Sauce; a 9 oz. Filet Mignon stuffed with Gorgonzola Cheese in a Port Wine Glaze; Steak Diana prepared tableside, Terre e Mare (6 oz. Filet and 3 Shrimp stuffed with Crab Meat); Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Rosemary Sauce; or the Chateaubriand in Brandy Sauce prepared tableside. They are $26-35 per person. Dinners include Bread, House Salad and a Sorbet. For dessert they feature Cherries Jubilee or Banans Foster prepared tableside for 2 people at $17. They also offer Tiramisu; Torta di Ricotta; Crème Catalana; Crème Caramel; or Lava di Cioccolato, at about $7 each. An Italian Cheese Plate runs $12.50. They also offer "Tours of Italy" each week with specialty dishes prepared in the style of that one region of Italy. Holiday and Valentine's Day menus are limited and run $36-47 per person for 3 courses plus 20% gratuity. Lunch menu runs $9-15 per dish. The Wine List has house selections at about $8 per glass and bottle selections running $28-72 plus "reserves" running up to Opus One at over $200. The "Avenue Bar" serves all cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere. 20% gratuity added for parties of 5 or more. Reservations taken by phone or online and encouraged. Free dinner ($20 max.) on your birthday with prior registration. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Thomas Brian Rich and chef, Franco Basalone, owners. They also own Bistro Pizza at number 326 for more casual meals.



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Not Rated Armando's (Restaurant), 463 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-951-8930. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Here since 2011. Right on the corner of New England and Hannibal Square, 3 blocks west of Park Ave. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Attractive dining area outdoors. Start with antipasti like Calamari Fritti or Luciana, Caprese Salad, Cozze, Carpaccio Salmone, Polenta with Sausage, Prosciutto and Mozzarella or Mixed Deli Cuts and Vegetables (all ranging $12-15 each). For your Second Plate they offer Chicken Parmigiana ($17) or Scarpariello ($19), or Vesuvio ($19), or Marsala ($19), or di Tatiana ($21). They also offer Veal Cacciatore ($21), or Parmigiana ($21), or Picata ($23), or Milanese ($23), or Saltimbocca ($25). They also have Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops ($21), Salmone Sorrentino ($23) and a Pork Loin Chop ($25). Pasta courses include Spaghetti and Meatballs ($14), Meat Lasagna ($16), Stuffed Rolled Eggplant ($16), Gnocchi alla Sorrentina ($16), Ravioli with Mushrooms ($17), Spaghetti Carbonara (17), Tortelloni stuffed with Pumpkin ($17), Pappardelle alla Vodka or Bolognese or with Smoked Salmon ($19 each), Orecchiette Baresi or with Sausage and Peppers ($19 each), Rigatoni Siciliana or with Cheese ($19 each), Spaghetti with Tuna ($19), Ravioli stuffed with Lobster ($20) and Spaghetti alle Vongole ($23). A dozen Pizzas on the menu run $13-19 each. They offer lunch at reduced prices and a Sunday Brunch menu too. Full bar with popular cocktails in the $10-13 range. White and Red Wines run $8-14/glass or $26-72/btl. for Whites and $26-180/btl. for Reds. Reservations by phone welcome. Another location is in College Park. Armando and Karen Martorelli, owners.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) Never heard of this place before but we were invited over for late lunch after Holy Baptism of a child. Let me first say their Ravioli with Mushroom was great. Really tasted the Mushroom and Ravioli was also large but still juicy and tasty. Calamari Fritti was just like I wanted it. Extra virgin oil for bread was very good though I would say they could do better with the Bread. Spaghetti Vongole, the Clams were great but Spaghetti was too wheaty for me. It did come out al dente as I requested. The restaurant has a laid back feel like I find in Italy. Server was very nice and we ate at the outside patio. Not a fancy place but I'll return for the Ravioli and for the Calamari. Total bill was $50 for us but we didn't pick up the bill.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Armani's Restaurant, 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa, FL. 93.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-207-6800. (Continental) (Italian) [D] In the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel. Award winning romantic Italian dining room with panoramic views of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Airport. The antipasti bar ($16) is well known. Veal entrées are the signature of the house. Main dishes range from $24 (Chicken Piccata) to $39 (Osso Buco) each. Pan seared Black Angus Filet ($36), Wild Boar ($33), Sautéed Dover Sole ($38) and Roast Rack of Lamb ($37) are also on the menu. Full bar and extensive wine list. Online or phone reservations suggested. Dressy casual. Frequent entertainment. Validated valet parking. Patrick Rene Schaefer, executive chef.



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Long Gone - Las Novedales Spanish Restaurant (1937) (1946) (1957)
"In the heart of Ybor City since 1890."
1416 7th Ave. (E. Broadway), Ybor City, Tampa, FL.

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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Artisan's Table, 22 E. Pine St., Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-730-7499. (American) (Vegetarian) [B/L/D] Located in downtown Orlando between S. Orange and S. Magnolia, 1 block south of Central Blvd. In business since March, 2014. Open from 10 AM weekdays, from 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Closes at 10 PM or later on weekends. Best described as a Gastro Pub, with a few meatless dishes. The creative chef changes the menu at whim. Let's take the appetizers; you might find Vegetable Hush Puppies ($8), Fried Chick Peas ($10), Ham, Peach & Brie Quesadilla ($11), Baked Feta ($11) or Fried Green and Yellow Tomatoes ($12) being offered. Soup of the Day is $4.50. Main dishes include the Artisan Burger ($12), Jerk Chicken ($19), Seafood Arabiatta ($22), Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon ($22), Chipotle BBQ Lamb Shark ($24), Seared Duck Breast ($26) and a New York Strip Steak ($29). You can add a Salad for $5 or explore others for $8-9 each. For dessert, indulge it Gelato, Sorbet, Hazelnut Affogato or Fruit Cobbler (all $4-7 each). Full bar with specialties like The Stalker, El Chupacabra, Shotgun Wedding and The Capybara (all $8-12 each). Wine List shows wines ranging $8-13 by the glass and $32-100 by the bottle. Beer List includes Funky Buddha ($7) and Goose Island Belgian Sour Ale ($12). Drafts include Cigar City Jai Alai IPA ($7). Lattes also created like Mexican Mocha (all $4 each). Breakfast and lunch items just as creative and seasonal. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Scott Copeland, chef; Troy Lee Kaleel, owner.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/16) This is another of those place which caters to the young business people It is in the heart of Orlando's business area. The service is nice and the ambience is nice, though very noisy. Because of the acoustics, we couldn't hear much of the conversation in our party of 10 for lunch. What worries me most of the restaurants like this is that they want to impress with the place and service is always quite friendly but they seem to forget the standard of dishes. If they are average, why choose this place. I had great expectation with the name of the restaurant. The food was just average. Nothing stood out.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Back Room Steakhouse, 1418 Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL. 40.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-880-7832. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] In business since 2012. Located about 2 miles north of US 441, near CR 435 and Welch Rd. next to Beef O'Brady's. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 5-10 PM, Friday and Saturday, 5-11 PM and Sunday 4-9 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Polished tables with linen napkins in a casual wood panelled setting. Specializes in Black Angus aged Steaks. 10 or 14 oz. New York Strip ($26/$30), 16 oz. Boneless Ribeye ($33), 8 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon ($37) and a 24 oz. Porthouse ($46) are their features. Sunday brings 10 oz. or 14 oz. Prime Rib ($25/$28) to the menu. A ½ lb. Burger is also offered at $15. Dinners come with two side dishes. You can also get a Roasted Vegetable Dinner ($19), Grilled Chicken ($21), Herb-Crusted Pork Chop ($23), North Atlantic Salmon ($23), Braised Australian Lamb Chop ($27) and Chilean Sea Bass ($33). Pasta dishes are also on the menu at $20-22 each. A number of appetizers are also offered at $10-18 each. Desserts like Salted Caramel Panna Cotta, NY Style Cheesecake and Chocolate Ganache Layer Cake are all $6 each. Full bar with specialty cocktails selling at $9-10 each. A wide variety of wine pours are all $7/Glass or $21/Bottle. There are premium wines that run $33-130/Bottle plus Craft Beers also. Reservations accepted and advised by phone or online via Open Table. Brent Johnson, chef; Ed Conlan, owner here and Beef O' Brady's next door.



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Not Rated Backwoods Steakhouse (and Saloon), 5602 N. Atlantic Ave. (A1A), Cocoa Beach, FL. 100 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-613-3828. (Steakhouse) [D] Located near Avon by the Sea, on Hwy. A1A, a few blocks north of the Cocoa Beach Causeway (SR 520) and just south of Cape Canaveral at the Best Western Resort. Open daily 4-9 PM and to 11 PM weekends. Appetizers start the menu like Fried Onion Petals, Fried Pickles, Fried Green Tomatoes, Stuffed Tater Skins, BBQ Rib Bites and Boom Boom Shrimp (all $7-9 each). A Sampler is available at $10 too. Noted for their aged steaks like the 6 or 10 oz. Sirloin ($13/$16), 6 or 8 oz. Tenderloin Filet ($18/$20), 16 oz. T-Bone ($19), 15 oz. New York Strip ($20), 18 oz. Ribeye ($23), 24 oz. Porterhouse ($25), and 12, 16 or 20 oz. Prime Rib ($16/$20/$22). There's also 8 or 16 oz. Center Cut Pork Chops ($14/$16) and Country Fried Steak ($15), not to mention the Half or Full Slab of St. Louis Style Ribs ($15/$20). Other items include Chicken Tenders ($12), BBQ Chicken Breast ($13), Smothered Chicken ($15), Country Fried Chicken ($15), Fried or Grilled Shrimp ($16), Fresh Mahi Mahi ($16), and Bourbon Glazed Salmon ($16). There's also Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails at market prices. Entrées come with a Salad Bowl, Rolls and a side dish. For smaller apetites there's various Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches and a Prime Rib Sandwich ranging $9-10 each. Salads range $6-12 and there's a Soup of the Day too. Children's menu runs $4-5 each. Full bar here. Two for One Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday 4-7 PM. Tony Ross, manager; John Gaskins, owner.

Older Review: (from Rollie W. 9/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Ramon's Restaurant (circa 1960s), "The Toast of the Coast".
"Our All American Space Team - The Seven Astronauts".
First owned by Don & Allene Holt, then by Ronnie & Bernice Porter.
Former employees and patrons still have an annual reunion.
It specialized in Prime Rib and "Caesar Salad Supreme".
Located at SR A1A and SR 520 Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL.

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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Altamonte Springs), 499 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. 49.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-831-2929. (Caribbean) (Seafood) [L/D] Located in front of the Altamonte Mall at SR 436 and Palm Springs Dr., 1 mile east of Exit #92 of I-4. Opens at 11 AM daily. Just as much a drinking establishment as a dining venue, this chain of "Island Grilles" focuses on Caribbean cuisine and tropical drinks. Their best known elixirs are the Dark 'n Stormy (Rum and Ginger Beer), the Zombie (Meyer's Rum and Peach Schnapps), the Goombay Smash (Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, Meyer's Dark Rum and fruit juices) and the Painkiller (Pusser's Dark Rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice). The food items are just as tempting but Mexican influenced flavors have crept into the blend in recent years. A variety of Tacos, Quesadillas, Empanadas, Tostones and American Style Chicken Wings, now join Coconut Shrimp Crab Stack, Yuca Fries and Jerk Chicken for appitizers. Entrées include Coconut Shrimp, Lobster and Shrimp Linguine, Seafood Paella, Key West Shrimp & Grits, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Marinated Ribeye Steak, Cuban Skirt Steak, plus Salmon, Tilapia, Covina or Tuna in 5 different styles. Lunch items include Burgers, Rice Bowls, Salads and Soups. For dessert they have Banana Nut Bread, Leche Cheesecake, Coconut Pineapple Cake and Key Lime Pie. Kid's menu available. Caribbean musical entertainment nightly from 5 PM. Reggae Party every Sunday 5-9 PM. Happy Hour (4-6 PM) and full bar, obviously. Voted 2015 "Best Caribbean" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of 37 locations nationwide, with 12 others in Florida, owned by Darden Restaurants.



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Not Rated Video BallyHoo Grill, 3700 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. 63.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-373-0059. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located 2 miles east off I-75, Exit 387, on SR 26 (W. University Ave.). Open from 11 AM daily. Very casual seafood/steak eatery with tropical atmosphere and an oak grill, since 1998. For starters there's Fried Green Tomatoes ($7), Smoked Salmon Spread ($9), Calamari ($8.50), Buffalo or Teriyaki Wings ($8.50), Mussels Diablo ($9), Buffalo or Firecracker Shrimp ($9), Mucho Nachos ($9), Chicken or Steak Mudiga ($8/$9), Chicken or Steak Quesadillas ($9/$10) and Oysters ($7/$13). A popular item is Table-side Guacamole ($11). A variety of Flatbreads like Margherita, Blackened Chicken, Garlic Shrimp, Sicilian, or Mediterranean, all range $9-11 each. Pasta dishes are Pasta Bolognese ($9), Linguini and Meatballs ($10), Penne and Chicken ($12), Shrimp Scampi and Linguini ($14) and Seafood Pescatore ($15). Entrées include Half or Full Rack of St. Louis Ribs ($10/$19), Chicken Portabella ($16), Tuscan Chicken ($17), Snow Crab & Shrimp ($17), Chicken & Rib Combo ($17), Skirt Steak Carbone ($17.50), Grilled, Blackened or Fried Shrimp ($19), Cedar-Planked Salmon ($19), Tilapia ($19), 8 or 12 oz. Prime Rib ($14/$20), 14 oz. Ribeye ($23), 6 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon ($18.50/$25), Stuffed Grouper ($25) and Steamed or Grilled Lobster at market prices. All these come with a veggie and choice of a side dish. Many sandwiches are also offered like Pulled Pork ($8), to Corned Beef & Pastrami ($9). Various Burgers are also on the menu from the BallyHoo Burger ($8), to the Swamp Burger ($12). They are famous for their four BallyHoo Challenges. They are Kobiyashi 10 All Beef Chili Dogs ($22), The Captain Ahab's Six Fish Filets ($25), the B.C.S. 3½ pounds of Pork Burrito ($24) and Mus-Champs 3 Pound Cheese Burger and Fries ($28). Eat the Challenge ALONE in 30 minutes and the meal is free. Few succeed! Desserts range from Key Lime Pie ($6), to Chocolate Turtle Brownie ($7), to the popular Bananas Foster for Two ($7). There's also a Sushi Bar. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Free Lobster on your Birthday with online registration. Full bar. Happy Hour daily 2-7 PM and to 10 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday. Occasional entertainment inside, mostly weekdays. Outdoor seating available. Brad Bedson operating partner; Bill and Jackie Reichardt, owners.



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Not Rated Bangkok Square, 6500 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL. 62.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-375-4488. (Asian) [L/D] Located about 1 mile west of I-75 Exit 384 on SR 24 in the Kanapaha Station Shopping Plaza. Started in business February of 2014. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM, except opens at noon on weekends. Authentic Thai food in an upscale, tastfully decorated, dining room with comfortable furnishings. The extensive menu is divided into Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Noodles and Rice, Traditional Thai Dishes Sautéed or Curried, Signature Dishes, and of course, Dessert. You may start with Egg Rolls ($4), Spring Rolls, Beef Sa-Teh, Steamed Dumplings, Crab Rangoon, Curry Puffs, Crispy Tofu and Pot Stickers (all $7 each). There's also Fried Squid or Shrimp ($8 each) and an Appetizer Sampler ($9). For Soups they offer Wonton ($4/$8), Vegetable ($4/$8), Seaweed ($4/$8), Crabmeat ($5/$10) and a Seafood mix of Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels and Squid ($6/$12). Other Soups include Tom Kha (Coconut Soup) and Tom Yum (Hot & Sour) at varying prices. Large Salads include Nam (Ginger Pork), Larb Gai (Lime Chicken), Yum Tofu or Squid (all $9 each), Yum Beef, Woonsen or Duck (all $11 each) and Yum Seafood ($13). For Thai entrée bases they have Chicken, Pork, Tofu or Veggie ($12 each), Beef, Shrimp or Squid ($14 each), Chicken & Shrimp ($16), Scallops or Seafood ($20 each) and Crispy Duck ($20). These can be sautéed 11 different ways from mild to spicy or with 6 different curries. The menu indicates Mild, Medium or Hot spiceiness. The signature specialty list has Crispy Eggplant ($15), Sizzling Chicken or Beef ($17 each), Bangkok Fried Rice ($17), Frog Legs ($17), Tornado Shrimp ($18), Siam Chicken or Shrimp ($18 each), Shrimp & Chicken Penang ($18), Bangkok Duck ($20) and a Snapper Lad Prig (Deep Fried) at market prices. The popular Pad Thai dishes are listed under Noodles and include Chicken, Pork, Veggie or Tofu Pad Thais (all $12 each), Beef, Shrimp or Squid Pad Thais (all $14 each), Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai ($16), Scallops or Seafood Pad Thai ($18 each) and Crispy Duck Pad Thai ($20). Besides Pad Thai, these can also be prepared Pad Ba Mee (with Egg Noodles), Pad Kee Mao (with Drunken Noodles), Pad See Ew (with Rice Noodles and Veggies), Pad Woonsen (with Brown Sauce), plus Lad Nar (with Thai Gravy). If Noodles don't excite you you can have the above prepared as a Fried Rice, Pinapple Rice or Spicy Basil Rice. The combinations seem endless but the menu is very well layed out. Desserts range from Coconut Ice Cream, Lychees, Crispy Chips, Thai Donuts, Crunchy Bananas and Sticky Rice with Thai Custard (all ranging $4-6 each). Macrobiotic food is also on the menu, like Sautéed Fish Filet with Ginger and Mushrooms ($17). Lunch items are genearally $3 less than dinner prices and end at 3 PM. The restaurant also hosts a Sushi Bar ranging from the usual Tuna, Escolar and Yellow Tail ($4-5 each), to the more exotic Conch ($5), Salmon Roe ($6) and Sea Urchin ($7). Rolled Sushi runs $5-11 each, while Specialty Rolls run $11-13 each. A whole Sashimi Dinner is priced at $26 and includes 20 pieces plus Steamed Rice. They'll make you a "Love Boat" to share at $55 per couple. Beer and wine licensed. Thai Tea and Coffee avaialbe too. Reservations accepted. Phira Kiatwitt, Sukanda and Achanee Preechachaow, (former owners of Thai Ruby - Tampa, The Villages and Ocala), owners here.



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Not Rated Video Bar Louie (Orlando), 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-608-5190. (American) [L/D] Located on "Restaurant Row" near SR 482 (Sand Lake Rd.) and SR 439 (Turkey Lake Rd.), just west of Exit #74A of I-4. Opened in 2010. Hours are 11 AM to 2 AM daily. Kitchen open late. "Looking for Louie? He's not here right now... you just missed him !" Primarily bar food menu with Meatballs, Pretzel Sticks, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Potstickers, Calamari, Tempura Shrimp, Quesadillas and others for appetizers ($8-12 each). For Sandwiches they offer Chicken Club, Meatball Hoagie, BBQ Pulled Pork, Sesame Tuna, BLT, and Bacon & Egg Sandwiches, among others (all run $9-14 each). About 8 Burgers ($9.50-12), 4 Flatbreads ($12 each) and 6 Salads ($8-10 each) are offered too. For entrées they have Baked Mac and Cheese with additions ($10-15), Voodoo Chicken ($12), Cheese Quesadillas ($12.50), Meatball Pasta ($13), Four Tacos ($13), Drunken Fish & Chips ($13.50), Tuscan Chicken Pasta ($14), Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna ($18) and a 12 oz. Angus Ribeye ($26). For dessert, they offer Tennessee Whiskey Cake ($8) for the adults and Chocolate Cake ($9) for the wealthy. They specialize in many Cocktails, Martinis, Beers and Wines. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. "Eat - Drink - Be Happy !" 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Another location is near UCF Campus. A chain of 91 bar/restaurants on the east coast, with franchised and corporate owned venues by Sun Capital Partners Inc., who are the owners here.



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Long Gone - Morrison's Cafeteria (circa 1948),
Located next to the Empire Hotel near Orange Ave.
Famous for their Fried Chicken. Demolished in 1980. Now a parking garage.
8 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Bass Champions Restaurant (and Lodge), 25011 E. Hwy. 314, Salt Springs, FL. 38.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-685-0000. (American) (Seafood) [D] Located in the Ocala National Forest on CR 314 about 3/4 miles south of US 19. Near Lake Kerr. Open since 2009. The restaurant is open daily except Sunday and Monday from 4 PM to 9 PM or 9:30 PM on weekends. Appetizers include Onion Rings, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Green Beans, Cheese Sticks, Gator Tail, Conch Fritters, Jalapeno Poppers, plus Shrimp or Oyster Cocktails. Oyster Stew is always on the menu. For entrées they offer Stuffed Flounder, Grouper, Mahi, Gator Tail, Crab Cakes, Catfish, Oysters, Scallops, Frog Legs, Crab Legs, Fried Shrimp, even Lobster Tail. A Fisherman's Platter is popular. You can also find Marinated Chicken Breast, Pork Chops, NY Strip Steak and various combinations of Surf and Turf. Entrées include 2 sides. Specials are AUCE Fried or u-Peel Shrimp on Tuesday, Baby Back Ribs or AUCE Fish & Chips on Wednesday, Honey Baked Ham Steak or AUCE Buffet on Thursday, Prime Rib or AUCE Fish & Shrimp on Friday and Saturday. You can also find Burgers, Grilled Chicken Fried Fish and Grouper Sandwiches. Early Bird Menu runs to 6 PM, plus there's a Senior's Menu too. Desserts include Chocolate Peanut Butter or Key Lime Pie. Moderate prices. Beer and wine licensed. Reservations accepted. James Snowden and Dennis Sickle, owners.



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Not Rated Bauern-Stube Restaurant, 8015 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 61.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-857-8404. (German) [L/D] Located on CR 527 just north of Sand Lake Rd. (CR 482) and the Bee Line Exwy. (CR 528), a few miles northwest of the Orlando International Airport. In business since 1987. Open daily except Sunday, 11 AM to 2 PM for lunch and 5 to 9 PM for dinner. An authentic German restaurant that specializes in not-the-usual German fare. Gerollter Schweinebraten, Geschnitzeltes vom Rind, Kassler Rippe Angeräuchert, Frikadelle and Hühnerschnitzel are included on the menu with their English translation and full explanation for the neophytes. Usual items like Wienerschnitzel, Jägerschnitzel, Sauerbraten and even Bratwurst can also be found. A large selection of vegetarian items like Knödel, Käse Spätzle and Nudelauflauf are also offered. Homemade soups like Linsensuppe, Erbsensuppe, Gulaschsuppe and Leberknödelsuppe are popular. Entrées, served semi-a-la-carte with a potato and vegetable, run $10-28, with most in the $15-16 range. Kids menu available too. German desserts include Apfelstrudel, Austrian Sacher Torte, Schwarzwälderkirsh and the popular Rum-Balls are priced at $4.50 each. German beers like Weissbeer, Köstritzer Blackbier, Hacker, Bitburger Pils, Paulaner and Warsteiner are on tap at $5 per half liter. Spiced Wine and Rhine & Mosels are available too. Live German music on weekend evenings. Reservations accepted. 2008 & 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best German Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Miehe family, owners.



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Not Rated Coming Soon bem bōm on Corrine, 3101 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL. 58.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-236-2660. (Spanish) [L/D] Located on Corrine Dr., at Hammerlin Ave., between Winter Park Rd. and the East End Market, in the Audubon Park Garden District. It's a brick and morter version of one of Orlando's popular food trucks. It'll specialize in Portugese dishes especially from The Azores with some French influences too. Items like Braised Pork Prego, Chicken Poblano Quesadilla, Mango Painted Fish and Pri-Pri will be on the menu. Opening expected by the end of 2017. Chico Mendonça, chef; Albert Campofiore and Dee Mendonca, owners.



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Long Gone - San Juan Hotel and Coach House Restaurant (1885) (1910s) and 8 story addition (1923) (1945)
"Hospitality in the City Beautiful"
N. Orange Ave. at Central Blvd., Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Beque Holic (Premium Korean Table BBQ), 3812 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. 63.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-6534. (Asian) (Fondue) [L/D] Opened in late-2015. Located 2 miles east of I-75, Exit #387, in the Bartram Woods area of the city on SR 26 at SW 38th St., near Regal Cinemas. It's where Stonewood Tavern did business. Hours are 4 PM to midnight weekdays, 11:30 AM to midnight weekends but to 10 PM on Sunday. Contemporary décor with booths. Specializes in table-grilled Korean specialties. You make a selection and the raw food is brought to you to cook in the table-embedded hot pot. Items include Chicken Wings ($13), Seasoned Squid ($16), Teriyaki Chicken ($18), Pork Belly ($18), Pork Bulgogi ($18), Spicy Chicken ($18), Mixed Vegetables ($20), Beef Brisket ($20), Sliced Rib Eye Bulgogi ($20), Pork Kalbi ($24), Beef Tongue ($24), Short Ribs ($24), Short Ribs Kalbi ($24), Yookhwoe (Raw Beef) ($24), Rib Eye ($26), Jumbo Shrimp ($26) and Roll Kalbi ($30). There are Combos for two ($50), for 4 ($100) and for 6 ($150) patrons. They also have selected assortments for "All You Can Eat" at 3 levels ($24/$29/$34) and prices may vary by time of day and children's age. Extra side dishes run $4-8 extra. Desserts like Mochi are $5 each. Complimentary appetizers. Reservations accepted. Full bar with imported Asian beers. Happy Hour after 9 PM, except Sunday. Sanghun Shin, owner.



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14 Stars Video Bern's Steak House, 1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL. 89.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-251-2421. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] In the premium steak business since 1956. A dining adventure. Filet Mignon 6 oz. ($32) to 12 oz. ($49), Strip Steak 8 oz. ($36) to 60 oz. ($245), Delmonico 8 oz. ($36) to 18 oz. ($78), Porterhouse 17 oz. ($55) to 36 oz. ($115) and T-Bone 15 oz. ($50) to 32 oz. ($105) are some of the dozens and dozens of steak offerings. Many Châteaubriand cuts also on the menu ranging $35 to $227. 3 Lamb Chops ($37), 4 or 6-Bone Rack of Lamb ($46/$59) and 11 or 17 oz. Veal Strip ($35/$47) are also offered. Charcoal Grilled Chicken ($29), Chicken Bern ($33) and Roasted Duckling ($37) are some of the poultry items. Salmon ($36), Snapper ($40) and Chargrilled Swordfish ($40) are some of the fish dishes. Jumbo Shrimp Scampi ($39) and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($39) are some of the shellfish offerings. All entrées include French Onion Soup or House Salad and Baked Potato or Vegetable Tasting. A Vegetarian Dish is available at $33. Caviar ($25-$200) also available. 12% gratuity added to every bill. Full bar and extremely extensive wine list explained by the sommelier. Over 6,800 wine selections and over 500,000 bottles in inventory. Corkage Fee: $75/btl. "Grand Award" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Tours of the kitchen and wine cellar available before being seated. The upstairs dessert room featuring Banana Cheese Pie is very popular also. Valet parking. Dressy casual. Reservations suggested. Golden Spoon Award and Hall of Fame from Florida Trend Magazine. Jeannie Pierola, executive chef. Bern and son David Laxer, owners.

Older Review: (from David S. 2/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 9/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 10/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu BICE Ristorante, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 54.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-503-1415. (Italian) [D] Pronounced "BEE'-chay" and owned by the famous New York City Tuscan restaurant of the same name, that in 2013 offered a prix-fixe 25th anniversary dinner to loyal patrons at $2,013 each. This one is located at the luxury Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel, right on the recreated Portofino, Italy waterfront, where opera singers perform in the piazza every sunset. Open 5:30-10 PM daily. The cuisine is advertised as world class northern Italian since 1926. Full linen service in a refined dining room attracts locals and tourists alike. For Anitpasti they offer Bruschetta Classica [Grilled Ciabatta with Plum Tomatoes] ($16), Cozze al Vino Bianco [PEI Mussels in Chardonnay] ($17), Carpaccio di Manzo [Beef Tenderloin with Truffle Oil] ($18), Prosciutto di Parma [Parma Ham with Melon] ($19), La Caprese [Burrata Muzzarella Cheese & Tomatoes] ($20), Tarta di Tonno [Uncooked Ahi Tuna] ($21), Calamari con Gamberi [Fried Squid with Shrimp] ($21) and of course Antipasto all' Italiano con Salumi [Italian Cold Cuts and Cheeses] ($21). For the Insalate course they have Insalata di Cesare [Caesar Salad] ($12), Insalatina Mista [Mixed Greens Salad] ($13), Tricolore di Indivia [3 Color Endive, Radicchio & Arugola Salad] ($14), Spinacciata con Formaggio di Capra [Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese] ($14), Insalata di Indivia Belga [Belgian Endive with Gorgonzola] ($15) and Insalata alla Romana [Rome Salad with Calamari] ($16). The Primi Piatti [Pasta] course includes Penne all' Arrabbiata [Tube Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce] ($19), Bucatini all' Amatriciana [Tubular Pasta with a Tangy Pork Sauce] ($22), Pappardelle al Telefono [Flat Pasta in Tomato Cream Sauce] ($23), Gnocchetti di Patate [Potato Dumplings with Diced Tomatoes] ($25), Linguine alle Vongole [Flat Pasta with Clams] ($26), Sacchetti con Pera [Satchel Pasta with Pear] ($26), Spaghetti alla Chitarra [String Pasta with Bolognese Sauce] ($26), Tortelloni Farciti [Stuffed Pocket Pasta with Ricotta] ($27), Fettuccine Fra Diavolo [Ribbon Pasta in a Spicy Sauce] ($28), Ravioli di Manzo [Beef Stuffed Pillow Pasta] ($28). Most Pastas can be made with Whole Wheat or Gluten-free. There's also Risotto alla Milanese [Rice-sized Pasta Milan Style] ($30). Soup is also offered at $11/serving. For the Secondi Piatti [Main Course] they have Zuppetta di Mare [Seafood Chowder] ($32), Salmone Atlantico Grigliato [Grilled Atlantic Salmon] ($33), Gamberi Saltati al Vino Bianco [Sautéed Shrimp in White Wine] ($34) and Pesce Spada alla Griglia [Grilled Swordfish] ($34). For Carne they offer Scaloppine di Pollo al Marsala [Sautéed Sliced Chicken in Marsala Wine] ($28), Petto d' Anatra Arrosto [Roasted Duck Breast] ($34), Scaloppine di Vitello Piccata [Sautéed Sliced Veal in Lemon Caper Sauce] ($36), Carre' di Agnello Arrosto (Roasted Full Rack of Lamb in Port Wine] ($42), Filetto di Manzo alla Griglia [ 9 oz. Grilled Beef Tenderloin] ($46), Costoletta di Vitello [14 oz. Breaded Veal Chop] ($46) and Osso Buco di Vitello [Braised Veal Shank] ($48). Add a Vegetable for $9 each. For Dolci, they have Gelati e Sorbetti [Ice Creams and Sorbets] ($10 each), Torta al Fromaggio [Amaretto Cheesecake] ($10), Cannolo alla Siciliana [Sicilian Cannoli] ($10), Tramisù [Coffee Cake] ($13), Cioccolatissimo [Chocolate Soufflé] ($13), Profiteroles Ripieni [Bavarian Cream Stuffed Puff Pastry] ($13) and Napoleone al Frutti (Berry Napoleon Pastry] ($13). There is a $5 charge for splitting a course. Balcony seating available. Kids menu. Full bar. Extensive Wine List with Whites ($9-19/glass and $30-125/bottle) and Reds ($10-19/glass and $40-530/bottle), many of which are Italian. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. $9 money saving coupon is available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Online or phone reservations suggested in season. Valet and validated parking available. One of 6 US and 10 International locations. Alessandro Lozzi, executive chef; Massimo Lanfranchi, general manager here; BICE Group owned.



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Not Rated Video Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, 8046 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-615-8888. (Seafood) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row" on Sand Lake Rd. Very large 11,000 square foot one-of-a-kind restaurant opened in December 2009. Open for dinner only from 5 PM, daily. Home of the Monday Night Lobster Special, they feature Oysters, Crabs and, of course, Whole Lobster. Starting at the appetizers, they offer Escargot, Crispy Calamari, Fried Buffalo Oysters, Crispy Alligator, Beef Satay, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Maryland Style Crab Cake, Grilled Oysters with Garlic and Butter and Blue Crab Ravigote, all at prices ranging $12-19 each. There's also Shrimp, Tuna, Crab or Lobster Cocktails ($14-19 each), Seafood Escabeche ($14), and Sesame Seared Tuna ($17). Big Bowls of Mussels, Clams or both ($15-17) can be had with White Wine Base or Red Wine, Tomato, Base. A variety of Raw Fresh Oysters is a menu in itself. They are Florida Gulf Point, Rhode Island Beavertail, Connecticut Blue Point or Mystic, Massachusetts Katama Bay or Wellfleets, Washington State Penn Cove or Totem Point and the Naked Cowboy from New York State. All are prices at $15/½ doz. or $29/doz. Steamed they're $2 extra. Other shell creatures offered are 1 lb. Snow Crab Clusters ($17), Jumbo King Crab Claws ($39/½ lb. or $77/lb.), plus an assortment of Platters ranging $38 to $57 per person. There's also Sushi with choices ranging $6-7 each. A dozen Sushi Rolls are offered from Philly Roll with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Scallions and a Boiled Egg ($8) to Baked Krakatoa Roll of California King, Lobster, Surimi, Masago, and Spicy Mayo ($17). Continue to the entrées on the menu starting at "Create Your Own Pasta Dish" with Chicken ($19), Beef ($22), Bay Scallops ($22), Jumbo Shrimp ($22), Sea Scallops ($25), Lobster ($27) or a combination ($29). You may choose most fish either grilled, broiled, fried, pan seared, blackened or New Orleans style blackened with Cajun spices. Some of the fish they serve are Scottish Salmon ($25), Jumbo Sea Scallops ($25), Gulf Mahi Mahi ($26), Bahamian Yellowtail Snapper ($29), Gulf Black Grouper ($31), Caribbean Ahi Tuna ($35), Chilean Seabass ($40) and 14 oz. Carolina Swordfish ($42). There's also Bonner's Fish & Chips ($17), Salmon Rockefeller ($26), Mahi Piccata ($26), Shrimp or Scallops Orleans ($26), BBQ Scallops ($27), Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna ($35), Blue Crab Crusted Grouper ($39), and Bahamian Yellowtail Snapper Cioppino Stew ($39). Steak is not forgotten by offering 10 oz. Filet Mignons with various sauces ($38-40), or Oscar Style with King Crab ($49), and a 16 oz. Prime New York Strip ($45). Surf & Turf Combinations run $60 for Shrimp, Scallops & Filet Mignon, to $63 for 6 oz. Lobster Tail & Filet Mignon, to $82 for Alaskan King Crab Legs & Filet Mignon. The crustacean menu starts with 6 oz. Tempura Lobster Tail ($30), Cold Water Lobster Tail ($30/6 oz. to $99/22 oz.), 2 lbs. Snow Crab Claws ($33), 1 lb. Jumbo King Crab Leg ($60) and 1 lb. Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Claws ($80). On to the Whole Lobster course, those rosy Homaridae run $36 for the "quarters" (1½ lbs.), $86 for the "jumbos" (3 lb.) and $130 for the 5 pounders. Larger ones by reservation, believe it or not. If that's past this month's budget, they have Roasted Airline Chicken at $23. Side dishes like Fries, Green Beans, Grilled Asparagus or Sautéed Spinach will add $3-6. If that's not enough there's Bread Pudding, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Crème Brûlée, and "Ooey Gooey". The popular Monday Night Special offers a 1½ Pound Whole Lobster at $14 (plus side dishes). Full bar fixes any cocktail and the Wine List runs from $22 for White Zin to $395 for a 2001 French Pauillac. Happy Hour before 7 PM applies to bar patrons only, not to dinner tables. Reservations taken and advised on Mondays and weekends by phone or online. James Slattery and Justin Phelps, chefs; Robert "Bobby" Moore, owner.

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



Bill and Frank's Brickhouse Grill, listed under Brickhouse Grill (see that listing).

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Not Rated Bistro 1245, 1245 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL. 62.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-376-0000. (American) [L/D] Open from 11 AM daily. Right around the corner from the Holiday Inn at NW 13th St. (US 441) and SR 26 at the north east corner of the UF campus. Gastro-comfort food in a very casual environment that looks like a shack. Popular with students. Best known for their Butternut Squash Bisque Soup ($3.50/$5). They also offer Smokey Tomato Basil Soup at the same price. For appetizers they have Bruschetta ($5), Spicy Garlic Shrimp ($8), Escargot ($8), Crab Cakes ($8.50) and 1 lb. P.E.I. Mussels Marinara ($9). Pasta dishes are Pasta Roma ($9), Spicy Tofu Curry ($9), 3 Herb Pesto Pasta with Chicken ($10), Penne with Sautéed Shrimp ($11) and P.E.I. Mussels Marinara over Linguine ($11). After 5 PM they offer dinner entrées of Meat Loaf ($10), Maple Roasted Chicken Breast ($14), Seared Salmon ($15), 8 oz. Sirloin with Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce ($15) and 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($20). Each comes with a vegetable. Lighter meals include sandwiches such as Grilled Cheese ($7), Spicy Tofu Melt ($7.50), Portobello with Onions and Peppers ($7.50), Fish Tacos ($7.50), Meat Loaf ($8), Grilled Eggplant Parmesan ($8), Roasted Chicken ($8), Smoked Turkey Club ($9), Prosciutto Mozzarella ($9), Sirloin Steak ($10), Seared Tuna Club ($11) and Sesame Ginger Duck ($11). Each come with salad or soup. Large Salad Niçoise at $11 is popular too. House wines by the glass are $4.50 each. Domestic and imported beer is also offered. A limited selection of bottled wine is available and on Sunday it's half off the bottle with the purchase of any 2 entrées or 2 pasta dishes. No split checks for parties of 6 or more and 18% automatic gratuity added too. Outdoor seating available. One of the Leonardo's Group of restaurants. Mark Newman, Steve & Sandy Solomon, owners.

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



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Long Gone - Henry's Restaurant (circa 1940s),
"Special Seafoods and Frogs Legs."
Located downtown at Parker St..
US 19, Cross City (Dixie County), FL.

Closed (The) Bistro on Park Avenue, 348 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. The Bistro closed in July, 2017 after 11 years in business. New owners have a new concept for the restaurant.

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12 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (Orlando), 4151 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-0225. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] At the Mall at Millenia off I-4. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later. Features upscale casual food with a big choice on home made beers and ales. The food menu has over 100 items. Small dishes include Crispy Fried Artichokes, Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, Gourmet Mac & Cheese and others are offered as appetizers. Various Deep Dish Pizzas are available. A number of specialty salads like Santa Fe Salad, Sesame Chicken Salad and Grilled Steak Salad please the ladies. Soups include Clam Chowder, Hearty Minestrone and Tuscan Tomato Bisque. Stuffed Potatoes can also be found on the menu. About 6 Angus Burger variations are listed as are a few Sandwiches. For entrées they have Chicken a la Fresca, Creole Tilapia, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, New Orleans Jambalaya, Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Scampi Pasta, Grilled Pork Chops, Fresh Atlantic Salmon, Baby Back Pork Ribs, Flame-Broiled New York Strip, Texas-Style Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon Teriyaki, Fish or Shrimp Tacos and even Old Fashioned Pot Roast, to name a few. Dessert creations include BJ's Famous Pizookie, Baked Beignet and Apple Berry Burst Crumble. Lunch specials start at $6 and dinner prices are moderate. Kid's menu and gluten free choices are also offered. Being an award winning brewhouse, they make BJ's LightSwitch Lager, Pook's Pilsner, Brewhouse Blonde, Harvest Hefeweizen (wheat beer), Piranha Pale Ale, Jeremiah Red, Oasis Amber, Abbey Normal, Nit Wit Belgium, Oktoberfest, Pumkin Ale, Big Fish IPA, Nutty Brewnette, P.M. Porter, Tatonka Stout and BJ's Annual Grand Cru. Some are only available seasonally. A dozen Belgium bottled beers served here too. Full bar with happy hour. Specialty bar drinks such as Strawberry Splash, BJ's Original Margarita, Mango Mojito and BJ's Irish Root Beer are popular. A wide variety of wine by the bottle and by the glass is offered. Tuesday is Wine Night. Started as a California pizza place in 1978, this chain based in Huntington Beach, CA., now boasts over 100 locations in 13 states including 6 in Florida. Another BJ's is in Kissimmee and Gainesville (see that listing). Kelly Gilbert, general manager here.

Older Review: (from William M. 8/11) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (Gainesville), 6611 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. 64.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-331-8070. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Filling the location previously occupied by Don Pablo's. On SR 26, just east of I-75 exit #387 at Oaks Mall. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later on weekends. Upscale casual is the niche they fill with a very large menu. Noted for their hand crafted beers from LightSwitch Lager to Tatonka Stout. You'll find over a dozen on tap and a few dozen by the bottle, both domestic and imported. Names like Pook's and Nit Wit make you wonder about their taste. Beer tasting events are held occasionally. They offer a half dozen soups every day, like Hearty Minestrone and Tuscan Tomato Bisque. Salads like Honey-Crisp Chicken Salad, BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad and BJ's Cobb Salad are some of those offered. 30 ounce Baked Potatoes are stuffed with various items like Chili and Cheese. Some of their entrées include Creole Tilapia, Chicken a la Fresca, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, Miso Salmon, Baby Back Ribs, Flame Broiled New York Strip Steak, Fish 'n Chips, Fish Tacos, Fried Shrimp, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, even Texas-Style Chicken Fried Steak and Old-Fashioned Pot Roast. Pasta dishes like Scampi Pasta, Angel Hair Toscana, Chicken Fettuccini, Grilled Chicken Pasta, New Orleans Jambalaya and even Spaghetti with a choice of sauce are offered. Small bites like Crispy Fried Artichokes, Mini Tacos, and Gourmet Mac & Cheese are listed too. Deep Dish Pizza is a salute to Chicago over New York. Gluten-free Pizza is also available. Kid's menu and daily specials make the choices wider. Red Velvet Pizookie, Apple Berry Burst Crumble and BJ's Baked Beignets are just a few of their tempting desserts. Homemade Root Beer as well as a vast array of specialty cocktails can be made from the full bar. A half dozen Mojitos are conjured at the busy bar. Lunch specials like Unlimited Soup and Salad are popular at noontime. Gourmet Burgers and many Sandwiches are often ordered for lunch too. The wine selection is as wide as the beer choices. Tuesday is Wine Night. Call ahead seating available. Started in 1978, this California chain now boasts over 100 locations in 13 states including 6 in Florida. Another BJ's is in Kissimmee and one in Orlando (see that listing).

Older Review: (from David L. 6/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Hotel Thomas (aka Sunkist Villa) - Dining Rooms (1940s) - William Reuben Thomas owner.
302 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville, FL.
(Now on the NRHP as The Thomas Center)

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Not Rated Video Video Gluten Free Menu Black Rock Bar & Grill, 8965 Conroy Windermere Rd., Orlando, FL. 50.9 mile drive from The Villages. . (Fondue) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened May 6, 2016. Located at the corner of Conroy Rd. and S. Apopka Vineland Rd. (CR435), in Horizons West section of Orlando, almost in Windermere, FL. It occupies the building vacated by Fresh Made Kitchen and the Loud Mouth Grill before that. Usually open from 11 AM to 11 PM daily. New concept in restaurant food preparation. Much like the The Melting Pot, you can cook your own meal. Steaks are cooked on a hot rock Australian-Style tabletop stone heated to 755 degrees. They specialize in Angus Beef Steaks but offer everything from Gourmet Hot Dogs, to Chicken and Seafood, like Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, on the menu. They even have Frozen Cokes for the kids. Full bar with lots of beer on tap, but family friendly too. Call ahead seating and reservations accepted. Money saving coupons available on their Facebook Page. Started in Hartland, MI. in 2010, this is the first franchise location in Florida. Others will be in Tampa and Brandon. Keith Koehler of Tampa, franchisee.

Review: (from Ken B. 7/17) This is one of our favorite restaurants. Started in Michigan, where we discovered them, and now in Florida, this is both a fabulous taste and dining experience. Standard good bar fare is offered but the piece de resistance is the 755° volcanic rock slab that you cook your own dinner on. Not only much fun, but perfect cooking results every time! We go back every time we have an excuse! The staff has always been warm and attentive, and we have always had wonderful experiences there. This is our number one place to take friends and guests. We had the Angus Filet and the Lamb Tenderloin. Total bill was about $45 each person, without wine.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Blackwater Inn, 55716 Front Street, Astor, FL. 40.5 mile drive from The Villages. 888-533-3422, 759-3144, 759-2802. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Open Tuesday through Friday 4:30 to 9 PM; Saturday & Sunday from 11:30 AM to 9 PM; closed Monday. Located on the west bank of the St. Johns River just off SR 40, a few miles east of US 19. All dinners include Clam Chowder or Salad Bar and Potato or Vegetable. Appetizers include Fried Alligator Bites, Onion Rings, Shrimp Cocktail or Frogs Legs ranging from $5 to 8 each. Main dishes include Catfish, Tilapia, Frog Legs, Oysters, Shrimp or Canadian Sea Scallops ranging from $12 to $19. Specialties include Crab Legs from one half to one and a half pounds ranging from $9 to $25. Other favorites include Stuffed Tilapia, Chicken Marsala, Grilled Quail and Danish Baby Back Ribs at $11 to $18. Top Sirloin, NY Strip, 5 or 8 oz. Filet Mignons, as well as Weekend Prime Rib are available from $17 to $25. Burgers and lighter dinners ranging from $6 to $12 are also on the menu. Kermit's Original Key Lime Pie from Deland is a favorite here. 17% Service Charge added to parties of 5 or more or on separate checks. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Entertainment in the lounge upstairs. Richard Coleman, chef; William Nordle, owner.

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

Review: (from Janice T. 11/16) This is our first time here. Restaurant was pretty empty on a Tuesday night. Loved the ambiance looking over the St. John's river. Some menu items were very expensive. I chose the small sized Shrimp Scampi ($12) for 6 itsy bitsy Shrimp. Tasted good though. My husband had the Chicken Marsala ($16). He enjoyed it. The highlight of the meal, for me, were the appetizers that the 6 of us shared. 1) Stuffed Mushrooms with Crabmeat, 2) Smoked Fish Dip, 3) Fried Mushrooms. All were excellent. Our two meals, the Fried Mushrooms ($8) and two soft drinks came to $41. Our server Sandy took terrific care of us. This restaurant is a little too far to go as a destination for a meal. If we happen to be in the area, perhaps we'll stop in.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi blu on the Avenue, 326 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-3778. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located across from the Park Plaza Gardens, just south of New England Ave. In business since 2013. Open for Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM, then to 11 PM for dinner; weekdays 11 AM to 11 PM, but later for drinks and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM, but later for drinks. Bare tables with linen napkins. Start with Smoked Fish Dip ($11), Baked Fontina ($11), Crab Rangoon Flatbread ($12), Beef Carpaccio ($12), Wrapped Scallops ($16), dozen Oysters on the Half Shell ($18) and a few others. For entrées they offer Faroe Island Salamon ($28), Swordfish ($29), Yellowfin Tuna ($20) and Grouper Schnitzel ($32). From the field they have Chicken Slatimbocca ($18), Steak Tips ($26) or a Black Angus Filet ($34). Shrimp ala Vodka Pasta ($23) and Sea Scallop Risotto ($29) round out the main courses. Sides are $5 extra. They also have Sandwiches for lunch and dinner that run $10-18, like a Steak Burger ($14) or Lobster Grilled Chees ($18). A half dozen Salads are offered at $8-18 each. Sushi Rolls ($6-15 each) is also offered. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays, 12-4 PM weekends. A-la-carte Sunday Brunch is popular here ($12-14). Outdoor seating available. BYOB with an appropriate Corkage Fee. Reservations accepted by phone or online. A 310 Restaurant; Joanne McMahon, owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant, 12189 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, FL. 36.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-465-1635. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located on US 41, south of town, on the north side of the Withlacoochee River. Right on the river where you can watch all the action. Open 11 AM to 9 PM or so, daily. They offer the typical Florida fare. River Boat Salad ($6.50) can be had with Chicken, Shrimp or Grouper added ($2-3 extra). Same goes for their Caesar Salad ($6) or House Salad ($5). Lunch items served all day like Chili Dawg, Gator Dawg, Bratwurst, or Chicken Tenders ($5-7 each). Burgers start at $9 and end with a Spicy Ranch Cheeseburger at $10. Grouper Sandwich is Fried, Grilled or Blackened for you at $10. Reuben or Philly Cheese Steak is popular at $9 each. All come with Fries or Tator Tots. Basket meals are Clam Strips ($9), Crab Cakes ($10), Frog Legs ($11), Fried Shrimp ($11), Fried Grouper Fingers ($11), or Fried Scallops ($12) and are offered with Slaw, Hushpuppies and Fries usually. Snow Crab Legs and Fried Oysters are offered at market prices. They also offer 2 pounds of Steamed Shrimp at $22. Wings by the dozen ($10) or two dozen ($19) can be mild, medium or hot. A Super Grouper Platter is $15 and the Anglers Delight (Oysters, Frog Legs, Shrimp, Scallops, Grouper Fingers, Calamari, Crab Cakes and 3 sides) runs $20. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Cheesecake and Chocolate Cake at $4 each. Kids menu too. Blue Gator Bites ($7) are popular appetizers, as are Poppers, Torpedo Shrimp and Sweet Corn Nuggets, all at $6 each. Serving full bar. Live entertainment generally Thursday through Sunday in season. Outdoor seating with WiFi. Airboat and Singing River tours nearby. John Semmes, Ingrid Ellis and Robert & Dallise Jewett, owners.



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Not Rated Blue Gill (Quality Foods), 1310 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL. 61.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-872-5181. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] On the ground floor of the Shands parking garage. New venture by noted chef, Bert Gill. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends and to 8 PM on Sundays. Very eclectic mix of food here. Southern all the way. Not many establishments would start their menu with Boiled Peanuts followed by Crispy Cauliflower but this restaurant has other culinary surprises too. For "Snacks" try Clam & Corn Fritters (7.50), Fried Green Tomatoes ($7), Buttermilk Biscuits ($5.50), Pimento Cheese ($6), Sardines ($4) and the more normal sounding Crab & Scallop Cake ($8). The Daily Soup runs $3-6 for cup or bowl, plus Blue Crab & Corn Chowder with Country Ham ($4 & $7). For Salads: Cucumber & Tomato ($6), Black-Eyed Greek ($7), A Wedge ($7), Green ($4) or Caesar ($6) Salads are always in print. For entrées you can find "Sea": Florida Shrimp with Cheddar Grits ($16), Fried Sheepshead with Mac 'N Cheese ($16), Seared Tuna ($17) and Seafood and Rice Stew ($19), to name just a few. Under "Chicken": Fried with Cucumber Salad ($14), Stewed with Tomatillos ($12), Roasted with Mac 'N Cheese ($13) or just the Livers with Bacon Dressing ($10) are your choices. Then comes "Cow": Oxtail Dinner with Black-Eyed Peas ($15), maybe a Blue Gill Burger ($8.50) and Smoked Brisket with Gravy ($13), or the sandwich size ($9.50). Also "Pig": Country Fried with Biscuit & Gravy ($15), Pork Shoulder with Scalloped Potatoes ($11), Spare Ribs with Stewed Butterbeans ($15), Country Ham with Mac 'N Cheese ($11), Pork Chop with Green Peanut Succotash ($14), Smoked Pork Belly with Red Beans & Sausage ($14) or the sandwich size ($8.50). If that's not enough, for dessert they have Banana Bread with Chocolate Bourbon Mousse ($6), Lemon Bars ($5), Coconut Cream Cake ($5) and get this, Fried Pie ($6). Lunch is similar, stick to the ribs food, with lots of sandwiches like Krab Sliders ($8). Full bar. Tara and (Ro)Bert Gill, owners. Also owns Mildred's Big City Food and New Deal Café.

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



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14 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Blue Highway - A Pizzeria (Micanopy), 204 NE Hwy. 441, Micanopy, FL. 52.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-466-0062. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11:30 to 9 PM daily, except Noon to 8 PM on Sunday. Long time restauranteur settled here to open a different kind of pizzeria. They offer sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, calzones and pizzas. For sandwiches they feature Boar's Head® cold cuts in their Roasted Turkey Club, Genoa Salami, Roast Beef, Chicken Rustico, Grilled Ham, Turkey Asiago, Caprese, Roasted Vegetable and Big Tuna Paninis, all at $8 each. Turkey, Tuscan Bean, Lamb and Chicken Piadine are their flatbread offerings, all at $10 each. For salads they have a Tossed, Caesar, Greek Style, Tuscan Bean and Mediterranean Styles at $4-5 for small and $7-9 for large. There are also Meatball, Sausage, Roasted Veggie and 4 Cheese Calzones, all at $10 each. For pizza they offer thin or thick crust pies where you can create your own or choose from Margherita, Bianca, Abruzzese, Rustica, Greek, BBQ Chicken, Mushroom, Meat and even a Garlic/Clam Pizza all ranging $9-20 depending on the crust. Gluten-free variety at $2 extra is also available. An Antipasti Plate ($11) and Shrimp Bruschetta ($9) are popular appetizers. Homemade desserts too. Soft drinks, Italian Sodas, Beer and Wine are on the beverage side of the menu. Call ahead for parties of 6 or more. Another location is in Newberry (Tioga Town Center), Florida (see that listing). Frank and Winny Ruffino, owners.

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

Review: (from Eric O. 3/17) We had passed this spot many times but never caught the name of it due to the small sign which became a blur as we whizzed by. Yesterday we decided to stop and were glad we did. We were greeted by 3 or 4 friendly waitresses as we entered this very informal, rustic pizzeria/sandwich shop. Chey-annne, who became our waitress was very upbeat and, with the help of a cohort, filled us in on the history of the place. They make their own salad dressings and use locally grown greens. We decided on the Personal Pizza and Salad Combination. I had The Miconopy Salad, with several types of lettuce, veggies and their homemade gorgonzola dressing. I decided on the Funghi Pizza with mushrooms and cheese, cut into 8 small sizes with a very tender, light crust for $9. My wife had the Lettuce Wedge with bacon, tomatoes and gorgonzola dressing and designed her own Pizza with sausage, mushrooms and onions. It had the same wonderful thin crust and was $9. We had Iced Teas at $2.50 each. Chey-anne told us about many tempting homemade desserts but we declined. Each of us had half of our Pizza to take home and Chey-anne refilled our Teas for the ride back to The Villages. With tax and tip, our bill was $36. We won't barrel passed this little gem again but will make it a destination!
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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Blue Highway - A Pizzeria (Tioga), 13005 SW 1st Rd., Tioga (Newberry), FL. 67.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-6833. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11:30 to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. Their newest location is in the Tioga Town Center. They offer Caprese, Roasted Vegetable, Turkey Asiago, Chicken Rustico and Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini Sandwiches at about $7 each. Calzones are also available at $9.50 each. Other sandwiches include Roast Turkey Club, Big Tuna, the Gino and the Highway (Roast Beef), all at about $7 each. Salads include a Tossed, a Caesar, a Blue Highway, a Tuscan Bean and a Mediterranean Chopped at $6-8 each. Their famous pizzas come in thin crust ($8-12) or Sicilian Style ($12-17). Gluten-free variety at $2 extra is also available. One specialty is the Rustica Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, garlic, kalamata olives and capers for $11. For dessert you can fine Brownies, Cannolis and even Key Lime Pie ($3 each). Soft drinks, Italian Sodas, Beer and Wine are offered. Happy Hour is 3-6 PM. Call ahead for parties of 6 or more. Another location is in Micanopy (see that listing). Frank and Winny Ruffino, owners.



Image Not Rated Blue Water Bay (Melrose), 319 SR 26, Melrose, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-475-1928. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in 2003, this is the original location, just 20 miles east of Gainesville. Daily 11 AM to 3 PM then 4 PM to 10 PM. Sunday Brunch served 10 AM to 3 PM. No service daily between 3 and 4 PM for menu change. Located just one block west of SR 21 in the blue roofed building. For dinner, start with Caramelized French Onion Soup ($5) or Homemade New England Clam Chowder ($6) for soup selections. Their claim to fame is Fried Shrimp (in Peanut Oil) at $14 for 12 and $19 for 20. Also popular is 1 Pound of Alaskan Snow Crab Legs at $16 or 2 Pounds at $24. There's also Farm Raised Gator Tail at $15. Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast ($14), Seafood Pasta $17, 13 Fried Oysters ($19) and a combo of 8 oz. Ribeye and 6 Fried Shrimp ($19) are also served. Each comes with a veggie and starch. Side Mixed Green Salad ($4) or Side Caesar Salad ($5) are extra. Cajun specialties include Vegetable Gumbo ($13), Chicken Gumbo ($13), Seafood Gumbo ($18) and Crawfish Étouffée ($16). Value Night is reduced price entrées on Monday, Prime Rib Night on Thursday, $24pp Gourmet Buffet 5-10 PM on Friday and Saturday and $24pp Sunday Gourmet Buffet. Desserts include Sour Orange Pie, Key Lime Pie and Carrot Cake (all $5 each); also Cheesecake or Chocolate Kahlua Mousse Bombe ($6 each). Sunday Brunch menu may include Marinated Shrimp ala Melrose ($10), Seafood Quiche ($11) or Quiche Lorraine ($11). Various Crêpes are offered at $9-10 each, as are a variety of Benedicts at $9-10 each. House brunch specialties include Poached Egg creations, Monte Cristos, Cajun Hash and Steak 'n Eggs all ranging $10-15 each. Many other items on the menu like sides of Cheese Grits ($4), Sweet Potato Fries ($4), Grilled Alligator Sausage ($4), Andouille Sausage ($5), Canadian Peameal Bacon ($5-8) and Southern Fried Grits with Crawfish ($6). Noted for their wine list of about 850 or so by the bottle like an Argentinean Pino Grigio ($18), Verget Macon Villages ($35), Kistler Chardonnay ($95), Delas Cotes du Rhone ($24), Patz & Hall Pinot Noir ($75) and Gibson Barossa Valley Shiraz ($125). Champagne selection ranges $15 to $200 and the reserve red wines top out at $750 per bottle. "Best of Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Full bar besides. No Corkage Fee. Reservations accepted and recommended. Leanne Diehl, wine director; (Clyde) Byron Terwillegar and John Middleton, owners. A second location is in Palatka (see that listing).



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Long Gone - Garden Restaurant (1950s)
US 301 (Temple Ave.) at Call St. (SR 230), Starke, FL.
"An interesting feature of the Garden is a Pecan Tree
growing through the roof of the dining room."

Image Not Rated Blue Water Bay Smokehouse (Palatka), 131 Crystal Cove Dr., Palatka, FL. 64.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-326-0777. (Barbecue) (Seafood) [L/D] Also known as the Blue Water Bay Restaurant or Blue Water Bay East in Palatka. Second location here at the Crystal Cove Marina Resort on the St. John's River. Opened December, 2012. Open 11 AM to 9 PM or later on weekends. River views from the deck. Offering a much different menu than the Melrose location. Here they offer Smoked Chicken and Pork dishes. Sunday Brunch is offered weekly. Full bar here too. (Clyde) Byron Terwillegar, owner. The original location is in Melrose (see that listing).



bluezoo, at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL. is listed as Todd English's bluezoo (see that listing).

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13 Stars Video (The) Boheme, 325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-313-9000. (American) (Continental) [B/L/D] Dinner served from 5 PM daily. In the posh Westin Grand Bohemian Hotel. Red and black dining décor, bare marble-topped tables with red linen napkins. Comfortable, red leather chairs. Artwork dons the walls. A diverse selection of Nouvelle American cuisine with Pan-Asian and French influences. Award winning, well established restaurant. A typical meal would be Escargot "Pot au Feu" ($12) oor Bourgogne ($13), Arugula, Spinach & Orchid Salad ($9), Roasted Chilean Sea Bass ($39), Yukon Mashed Potatoes ($6) and ending with White Chocolate Lemon Tower ($9) or Apple Galette ($11). Other a-la-carte entrées range from $19 to $44 each. Entertainment often, usually piano, blues or jazz in the lounge. A light Lounge Menu ($7-25) is also available. Dressy casual. Elaborate Sunday Jazz Brunch ($49 pp including valet parking and mimosas) is popular. Online or phone reservations suggested. Open Thanksgiving Day for a $79 4-Course Dinner. Valet parking, validated with dinner. Full bar, wine list runs $34-$78 for Whites and $38 to $395 for Reds. The "Dom" is $268/btl. Cocktails run $13-18 each. Personal wines welcomed with a $25-30 Corkage Fee per bottle. Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Hotel Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Laurent Hollaender, executive chef.

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

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) We tried this luxury hotel restaurant with another couple for Magical Dining. Very nice décor with red streamers hanging. Nearly empty at 5:30 PM on a Friday. The restaurant validates valet parking. Mikael and Roberto were our two waiters. They did an outstanding job of explaining the menu and the Magical Dining Month Specials. We started with the Escargot (regularly $13) which were tender, but not enough garlic. The other appetizer we had was the Kessler Crab Cake (regularly $15) which was excellent. We had the Lamb Chop T-Bones (regularly $34) which were wonderful and the Beef Tenderloin au Poivre (regularly $37) which was small but still tender. We just don't like the way kitchens pile the food on the plate now. The little Marbled Potatoes were under cooked. For dessert we had Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake (regularly $12) and the Nutella Lava Cake (regularly $11). No bottles of Red Zin on the Wine List. What? They had a special price on a bottle of Seven Falls Cabernet/Merlot Blend from Washington at $35 (regularly $44/btl.) That wine was surprisingly good. So instead of $164 per couple (two meals and wine), the Magical Dining total was $105/couple before t∓t. It was a good value but we would expect more in the way of presentation with the food. Can't give it a 15 Star Rating. The service was top notch however. Was crowded and noisy when we left.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - The Red Balloon Restaurant (1962)
"The Round Man With The Square Meal", Malcolm Tait, owner.
"All You Can Eat For 99 Cents - Children 49 Cents"
2425 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Free WiFi The Bohemian Lakeside Bar & Grill, 700 Bloom St., Celebration, FL. 58.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-566-6000. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [B/L/D] Formerly called The Plantation Room at the Celebration Hotel, now it's also known as the Lakeside Bar & Grill or Kessler Chophouse in the Bohemian Hotel Celebration. Breakfast served 6:30 to 11 AM; lunch 11 AM to 5 PM and dinner 5-10 PM. Tropical décor reminiscent of 19th century Florida. Main dishes like Grilled Salmon ($26), Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass ($38), 12 oz. Center Cut New York Strip Steak ($38), 8 oz. Filer Mignon ($38), 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($42) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($42) come with a starch and either Green Asparagus or Sautéed Baby Spinach. Other entrées are easier on the pocket with Tomato Risotto ($10), Cast Iron Jambalaya ($11), Chicken Linguini ($13) and a unique Meatloaf ($15) being offered. Sandwiches like Chicken and Caesar Wrap ($10), Tuna Melt ($11), New York Style Rueben ($12) plus Angus Burgers with Cheddar or Bleu and Bacon ($11-13) are also on the menu. Large salads are $7 to $12 and soups like Chicken and Corn Chowder ($8) and She-Crab Bisque Soup ($9) are also offered. Breakfast items run $8-14. A Veranda Breakfast is $15. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Online and phone reservations accepted. Dressy casual. Piano bar adjacent. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. Jason Shenefield, chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Video Boma - Flavors of Africa (Disney's Animal Kingdom), 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake (Orlando), FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-WDW-DINE or 1-407-939-3463 or 1-407-938-3000. (Buffet) B/D. Located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World. Open daily 7:30 to 11 AM for breakfast and 4:30 to 9:30 PM for dinner. This family restaurant serves only breakfast and dinner, 7 days per week, buffet-style. Adult dinner charge is $39.40 and children under 10 is $19.16. Adult breakfast charge is $24.49 and children under 10 is $13.84. All are including tax and soft drink and are $2-4 less off-season and weekdays. Gratuities not included. Season ticket holders are entitled to a 20% discount for their party. The menu changes daily. Multi-cultural flavors abound. Pods with helpful chefs segregate the food types. Such items as African Bread, Mixed Field Greens with dressing choice, Kool Staai, Fresh Fruit, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Salad, Moroccan Seafood Salad, Avocado, Grapefruit and Papaya Salad, and Watermelon Salad are some of the cold items. Soups such as Côte d'Ivoire Seafood Gumbo, Smoked Tomato, Creamy Carrot, Coconut Curry Seafood, Chicken Corn Porridge and Butternut Squash might me on the buffet. Other hot food may include Saffron Rice, Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Pancake, Pap (Corn or Vegetable Porridge), Braised Greens, Vegetable Lentil Kofta (Meatball), and FuFu (Sweet and White Potatoes). Main dishes could include Durban Spiced Roasted Chicken, Grilled Seafood, Malabu Pepper Steak, Roasted Meats, Bobotie (Minced Lamb and Beef Quiche), Chicken Pepper Pot, Curried Coconut Seafood Stew, Couscous Marrakech, and Vegetables on a Spear. If that's too adventuresome, there's always Spaghetti and Meatballs and Chicken Tenders. For dessert you may find Bread Pudding with Brandy, Fruit Cobbler, Cookies, Simba Paw Prints or Zebra Domes. For breakfast you can expect Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Juices, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Omelets, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Eggs, Brioche, Pap (Corn or Vegetable Porridge), Bobotie, (Corn Beef), Breakfast Pizza, Cured Pork Loin, and Carved Ham or Turkey. In all, about 45 items are presented. African chants play while you dine. Reservations accepted. Full bar with wine, beer and cocktails. Owned and operated by Walt Disney World.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Bon Appetit Restaurant & Marina Café, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL. 100 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-733-2151. (American) [L/D] Located in the Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn on the waterfront at the end of Main St. Advertised as bistro cuisine. Dinner entrées range from $14 (Medallions of Chicken Pan Sautéed) to $29 (Roasted Rack of Lamb) each. Three course dinner specials ($16) before 5 PM also available. Tapas, salads and sandwiches also on the menu. Gulfside seating available. Casual dress. Online or phone reservations accepted. Full bar. Wine list. Stephan Farqhar, chef; Peter Kreuziger, owner.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/06) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Concord Pancake House (1955)
1600 Main St. (SR 580), Dunedin, FL.

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Not Rated Bosphorous Restaurant (Orlando), 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 56.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-6766. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Located in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, off W. Sand Lake Road ("Restaurant Row") just west of I-4 Exit #74a. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 AM. This is the second location for this Winter Park restaurant. It opened in August, 2012 here. Specializes in Turkish cuisine, thus the name Bosphorous, Istanbul's busy river dividing Europe and Asia. Appetizers like Lavas (Hollow Bread), Sautéed Eggplant, Tabbuli, Babaganoush, Exme, Tarama, and Stuffed Grape Leaves run $4-10 each. Entrées include Chicken Patties ($18), Chicken Adana Kebab ($19), Chicken Sauté ($20) and Chicken Sis Kebab ($21). There's also the popular Döner Kebab ($21), Lamb Kofte ($22), Grilled Lamb ($22), Beef Sis Kebab ($23), Lamb Kebab ($24), Lamb Sauté ($24), Beyti Kebab ($24), Lamb Shank ($25) and Lamb Sis Kebab ($28). Seafood items include Shrimp Sauté ($25), Shrimp Casserole ($26), Grilled Salmon ($26) and even Mediterranean Sea Bass (at market prices). Greek Moussaka ($19) and Stuffed Cabbage ($20) can also be found on the menu. Smaller dishes include specialties like Beyaz Penirli (Feta Stuffed Pastry), Kasarli (Cheese Stuffed Pastry), Ispanakli Pide (Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pastry) and Laymacun (a Turkish Style Pizza), all ranging $17-21 each. For dessert expect the Greek Baklava ($5), Sutlac Pudding ($5), Turkish Pineapple Delight ($7) and Kunefe made with pistachios and cheese ($8). Beer and wine only at this location. Large Wine List with selections from US, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, South Africa and a few from Turkey, like Yakut and Cankaya, are offered. Dozens of wines by the glass also. Turkish juices and soft drinks are available too. So is famous Turkish Coffee and not so famous Turkish Beer, like Efes. Online and phone reservations accepted. Foodie 2015 Reader's Choice winner for "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners here.



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12½ Stars Bosphorous Restaurant (Winter Park), 108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-644-8609. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily. A unique ethnic food experience. They offer a variety of authentic Turkish cuisines from many regions of Turkey. Named after the strait that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia, this establishment opened in 2005. Döner Kebap is sliced lamb (aka Gyro in Greece), while Sis Kebap (aka Shish-kebab) is cubes of lamb and Kofte Kebap is ground lamb. Pirola (Lamb Chops), Karisik Izgara (Mixed Grill), Filet Mignon Sote (Beef Sauté), Tavuk Sote (Chicken Sauté), Hunkar Begendi (The Sultan's Delight) and even Moussaka (Greek Eggplant) are also on the menu. Other dishes include Sword Fish, Grilled Sea Bass, Salmon, Shrimp Casserole and even Dorado. Turkish Pitas, like pastry stuffed with Turkish Kasar Cheese or Sucuk Sausage are also specialties. Entrées run $12-20 usually. Salads and appetizers for the lighter appetite are also available. Kazandibi (Milk Pudding), Kunefe (Shredded Wheat stuffed with cheese) and Sutlac (Baked Rice Pudding) are offered for dessert. Türk Kahvesi (famous Turkish Coffee) or Apple Tea finishes the meal. Full bar at this location. Large, 100+ item wine list with selections from US, France and many from Turkey adds to the decision time. Online and phone reservations accepted. 2009 Foodie Critic's Choice winner and 2011 & 2012 Reader's Choice winner for "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Middle Eastern" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Occasional 50% coupons available on the TravelZoo website. Restrictions apply. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners.

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

Review: (from Yori O. 6/16) I loved their Lavas which is their bread. I dipped into two dips which were Tarama and Cold Cucumber Dip. I liked both dips but preferred Tarama which reminded me of the Greek Taramosalata. For the entrée we were to share Turkish Style Pizza. My wife liked it but she said it wasn't for me. Too spicy. My friend's Lamb Shank looked great. He said it was very good. Probably will try next time when I want to eat meat. The place was packed and the noise was deafening but still enjoyed the dinner. Food came fast as they probably want to have tables turnover. Spencer, our waiter, was efficient. Total bill without drinks came to $41. Will return as we like the many restaurants on Park Avenue in Winter Park.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 9/16) Went for their Magical Dining Month. Spencer was a good waiter. The appetizers were Hummus and Sigara Boregi. Both were great. Entrées were Lamb Adano Kebap and Chicken Kofte, which were tastily seasoned along with sides of Pickled Cabbage and cold Shredded Carrots. Both were excellent but benefitted more with the special sauce they brought out. Huge portions even for the $33 meal. Had good signature Peach Martinis too. Total bill before tip was $84. Will definitely return to this restaurant. Not a lot of patrons at 5:30 but at 6:00, restaurant was packed with locals.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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9½ Stars Video Boston Lobster Feast (I-Drive), 8731 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-248-8606. (Buffet) (Seafood) [D] Open 4 to 10 PM daily but from 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Two locations in Orlando. This one is right on I-Drive near Austrian Row, 5 blocks north of the Orlando Convention Center. The other location is on US 192 in Kissimmee. Operated since 1991. Caters mainly to tourists. Like the name implies, Whole Maine Lobster is "their thing". Snow Crabs, Shrimp, Baked Fish, P.E.I. Mussels, Salmon, Seafood AuGratin, Scallops and other creatures from the sea featured on their Seafood Buffet. Roast Beef and London Broil also available. The "Feast" also includes New England and Manhattan Clam Chowders, Lobster Bisque, various salads, as well as Oysters & Clams on the Half Shell, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters Rockefeller and Crab Cakes. Side dishes and desserts are included. Beverage is extra. Standard price of $40 per person is $35 weekdays before 5 PM and sometimes advertised at $25 per person with a coupon from the local newspaper or their website. Restrictions apply. Online and phone reservations accepted. Full bar. Jeff Hazell, owner.

Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon B. 3/15) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Boston's Fish House, 6860 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL. 63.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-678-2107. (Seafood) [L/D] Open daily except Mondays from 11 AM to 8:30 PM. Located a few miles east of Winter Park on CR 426, just east of Semoran Blvd. (CR 436). A New England Seafood Shack noted for Homemade New England Style Clam Chowder, Sherried Lobster Bisque and Steamer Clams. Maine or Gulf Shrimp, Ipswich Clams, Canadian Sea Scallops and Oysters top the menu. Farm Raised Catfish, New England Haddock, Salmon Filet and Clam Strips can also be found on the menu. Seafood Platters run $22 with 2 sides. Other meals range $8 to $18. Pasta and Sandwiches, at $6-14, can also be ordered. Beer and wine is available. Nautical decor. Outdoor seating available. In business since 1988. Another location is in New Smyrna. 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Stephan and Sharon Gresek, Mark DeGraff, owners.

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



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Long Gone - Hotel Alabama Dining Room (1937) (1960)
Built in 1921 as the Temple House (temple orange developer). Converted to condominiums in 1979. Still stands.
1700 Alabama Drive, Winter Park, FL.

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Not Rated Video Video Gluten Free Menu Bravo! Cucina Italiana (Orlando), 7924 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-5880. (Italian) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Located just east of CR435, off Sand Lake Rd. near Dr. Phillips Blvd., 1 mile west of I-4 Exit #74A, on "Restaurant Row". Nicely decorated in the Roman style with massive columns, stucco and exposed brick walls, large round chandeliers and white linens on the tables. Primo piatto items include Calamari Fritti, Shrimp Napoli, Margherita Stuffed Flatbread and others ranging $8-13 each. Salads include Caesar Classico, Insalata Mista, Insalata Della Casa, Chopped and Cobb. For soups, they offer Italian Wedding Soup, a Lobster Bisque and a soup of the day ($4-6). House specialties include Eggplant Parmesan ($15), Chicken or Shrimp Fra Diavolo Campanelle ($16-18), Lasagna Bolognese ($17), Chicken Scaloppini or Parmesan Milanese ($17 each) and Veal Parmesan ($20) or Veal Marsala ($22). Grilled items include a Chicken Marsala ($18), Balsamic Glazed Chicken ($18), 5 oz. Petite Filet with Shrimp ($22), Classic Grilled Pork Chops ($22), a 14 oz. Strip Steak ($26) and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon Toscano ($28). Pasta dishes offered are Chicken and Pesto Spaghettini ($10), Grilled Vegetable Pasta ($14), Penne Mediterranean ($14), Spaghettini and Meatballs En Sugo ($15), Pasta Pomodoro with Chicken ($15), Fettuccine Bolognese ($15), Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken ($16), Sausage Tortelloni ($17) and their signature dish, Pasta BRAVO! with Grilled Chicken and Mushrooms in a Red Pepper Cream Sauce ($16). Seafood items include Lemon Shrimp Florentine Pasta ($16), Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka ($18), Citrus Crusted Grilled Mahi Mahi ($19), Grilled Tilapia with Crab and Shrimp ($20), Sautéed Crab and Shrimp Cakes ($21) and Grilled Salmon ($21). There's also Pizzas ($11-13) and Flatbreads ($7-13) on the menu. Side salads and soups can be added to the entrée for $3-4 each. Gluten free items are also featured. Interesting desserts run $6-9 each. Full bar with cocktails like Sangria Rosa, Pomegranate Cosmo, Mojito Classico and Flirtinis to name a few. House wines include 5 choices at about $7 per glass and feature Darcie Kent Vineyards of California. A long list of other wines, both domestic and imported, are offered by the glass ($7-10) and by the bottle ($28-89 each). Happy Hour at the bar only. $8 featured lunches available Monday through Friday only. Reservations suggested in the evening. Casual attire accepted. A chain of about 3 dozen locations in the mid-west, with just two in Florida. Sister chain to the Brio Tuscan Grille (see that listing). Erin Gittinger, manager here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Briarpatch (Restaurant), 252 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-628-8651. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L] Open from 7 AM to 5 PM daily, except from 8 AM on Sunday. Located on Park Avenue opposite the north corner of the park, at Garfield Ave. Specializes in creative breakfasts. Belgian Waffle ($9), Buttered Pecan Waffle ($9), Buttermilk Pancakes ($9), French Toast ($9.50), and Stuffed French Toast or Pancakes ($10) make up the heart of the menu. Then there's Egg Combination Breakfasts that range $8.50-13.00 each. Omelettes are on the menu like 3 Cheese, Gorgonzola, Western, Spinach 'n Sausage and others, all at $10 each. Benedict creations run $10-15 each. They also have healthier items like Fruit Smoothie ($6), Oatmeal ($7), Yogurt and Fruit ($7), Egg White Frittata ($9.50) and an Egg White Omelette ($10.50). Sides, like Grits ($3.50), Home Fries ($3.50), Canadian Bacon ($4), Fried Green Tomatoes ($7) and others can be added. For lunch, to 5 PM, they offer Burgers ($11.50-14.00 each), Salads ($12-14 each), and an array of Sandwiches like Turkey Club ($9.50), Corned Beef Reuben ($10), Grilled Cheese and Tomato ($10), Grilled Chicken ($11) and Open Face Tuna Niçoise ($14). Specialties include Uber Mac & Cheese with Ham ($10), Southern Shrimp & Grits ($13) and Filet Mignon Quesadilla ($14). A number of desserts like Pies and Cakes are also available. Beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. John and Celeste Pertz, owners.

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

Review: (from Yori O. 6/16) If you never have been to this place for breakfast or lunch you are missing a good treat. Every time I return and especially if I can sit outside, I feel like I am at a café in Left Bank of Paris. Cappuccino was great and their speciality of Lemon Raspberry Pancake was great as usual. My wife had Veggie Quesadilla which she enjoyed. Catya, our server, was pleasant and efficient. Total bill came to $25 without the Cappuccino. Perhaps it's more expensive than your normal breakfast but I think it's worth it once in a while.
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12 Stars (Bill & Frank's) Brickhouse Grill, 142 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL. 46.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-785-1237. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open from 11 AM, daily. Located on the main drag (US 17), just north of SR 44 (New York Ave.) and 3 blocks south of Stetson U. Some items are offered in two sizes to fit your hunger level. The casual restaurant features Prime Rib on Wednesday and Friday at $16. There's also 8 or 11 oz. Sirloin Steak ($13/$16), 8 oz. Steak Sinatra with Shrimp ($17), 12 oz. Delmonico ($19), Surf (Shrimp & Scallops) & 8 oz. Turf ($20), 12 oz. Naked New York Strip ($20), or topped with Melted Bleu Cheese at the same price, plus 8 oz. Filet Mignon with Bacon ($23). For seafood there's Grilled Atlantic Salmon ($14), Caribbean Blackened Grouper ($16), Salmon Roulade ($16), Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna ($17) and Alaskan Snow Crab Legs ($20). There's also Chicken Parmesan ($9/$14), Citrus Chicken ($9/$14) and Boursin Chicken ($14). In the Barbecue department there's Pulled Pork Dinner ($6/$9), Smoked Turkey Platter ($7/$9), Beef Brisket ($7/$9), Baby Back Ribs ($11/$18), St. Louis Spare Ribs ($15/$19) or a combination Turkey & Brisket ($9) or Turkey & Ribs ($12). Many Burgers ($8-9), Wraps ($8-10), Sandwiches ($7-9) are offered for lighter appetites. Most items come with a side or two, like Mac 'n Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries, Wild Rice, Baked Potato, etc. You can also find Salads and Soups, like Chili, Broccoli & Cheddar or French Onion ($4 each). Nachos, Wings, Eggrolls, Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings and Dips are available for late night too. Specialty coffees and even Hot Chocolate are on the menu. Full bar with fancy martinis but just house wines by the glass. Outdoor seating faces the street for people watching. Occasional entertainment at night. Reservations taken. Shane Pierce, manager; Bill & Frank Jennings, owners here and across the street at Byte Fragments & Spirits (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Charles K. 11/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 12/12) Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 9/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14½ Stars Video Brio Tuscan Grille (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-8909. (American) (Italian) [L/D] At the Mall at Millenia adjacent to The Cheesecake Factory. Features Italian cuisine specializing in the Tuscan region. Large selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes plus daily specials. Items like Mushroom Ravioli & Brown Butter, Chicken 'Under The Brick', Mezza Lasagna and Tournedo Di Manzo are just some of the interesting dishes offered. Light snack menu between lunch and dinner hours available. Very popular restaurant with seating available in the air conditioned lobby of the mall as well as an outdoor terrace. Entrées range from $10 to $25 each. Reservations suggested in the evening. Casual attire accepted. Open kitchen. Full bar with signature cocktails. Varied wine list ranging from $20-85 per bottle and $6-10 per glass. Free food, like a Filet or Crab and Shrimp Cake, on your birthday for being a Posta Toscana Club member. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend Magazine. One of a small chain of about 30 locations operated by Bravo! Development, Columbus Ohio. Joseph Sunseri, general manager here. Another location is in Winter Park (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol L. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars Video Brio Tuscan Grille (Winter Park), 480 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-622-5611. (American) (Italian) [L/D] At Winter Park Village Shops. Large airy dining room featuring regional Italian selections specializing in the Tuscan cuisine. Entrées range from $10 to $25 each. Very extensive menu of hill-town Italian dishes. Entrées such as Prosciutto & Fontina Stuffed Chicken Breast, Shrimp Arrabbiata Risotto, Gorgonzola Crusted Bistecca, Sacchetti Formaggio, Lobster Risotto, Veal Milanese, Crab Cakes, Mushroom Ravioli Al Forno and "Straw & Hay" are some of the unique offerings. Light snack menu between lunch and dinner hours available. Popular establishment. Reservations suggested in the evening. Casual attire accepted. Open kitchen. Full bar with signature cocktails. Varied wine list ranging from $20-85. Free food, like a Filet or Crab and Shrimp Cake, on your birthday for being a Posta Toscana Club member. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend Magazine. One of a small chain of about 30 locations operated by Bravo! Development, Columbus Ohio. James Cartee, manager; Scott Wentworth, managing partner. Another location is at the Mall at Mellenia (see that listing).

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

Review: (from Yori O. 10/16) This place is in The Winter Park Plaza and there are many restaurants besides this one. I could be wrong but this place caters more to the young and not to the seniors in my opinion, especially the ambiance. I liked their Calamari but not their Pasta Pesto. They said the Pasta was made from eggs but I had my doubts. Service was good. Brad R was efficient. Total bill without drinks came to $130 for 10 for lunch. Don't know whether I'll return. By the way, bread and thin crisp nibble were pretty good but if the main was so average, doubt I'll return.
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Not Rated AARP Card Video Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (Orlando), 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 53.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-903-0044. (Seafood) [L/D] Well known eatery located at the entrance to Universal CityWalk near the parking garage. Kitchen open daily from 11 AM to Midnight; but the bar one hour earlier and later. They are most famous for their Cajun Shrimp ($9), Hush Puppies ($9), Spinach Dip ($9-10) and Peel'n'Eat Shrimp ($12) for appetizers. For sandwiches they boast the Shrimp Po' Boy ($13), among others, and for salads they're noted for the Pear & Berry Salad ($12). The Cajun Coconut Shrimp, Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Sautéed Shrimp Scampi are the main dish crustacean favorites at $18 each. Fish & Chips ($15-18), Jambalaya ($16) and Baby Back Ribs ($21) are popular too. Forrest's Seafood Feast is featured at $20. They are also noted for Grilled Salmon ($19) and Tilapia ($20). Side salads add $6 to the ticket. Mamma's Bread Pudding or Strawberry Shortcake ($6-8) finishes the meal. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. 10% off the food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. A chain of 38 tourist locations, some in Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, with 6 others in Florida. Landry's Inc., owners.



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Long Gone - Anderson's Restaurants ,
1251 S. Orlando Ave. (17/92), at N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, FL.
also N. Orange Blossom Trail (17/92/441), Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Bubba's Catfish House, 1800 S. Hwy. 27, Clermont, FL. 33.2 mile drive from The Villages. 708-6142. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located on the US 27 Service Road, south of the SR 50 interchange, where Denny's did business. Opened in March, 2016. Hours are 4-10 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM Friday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday all day. "It's a good balance between cool chic and comfort casual", they declare. Noted for All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Dinner ($17) with 2 Sides and 2 Hushpuppies; or opt for just Catfish Fillets ($18) with 2 Sides and 2 Hushpuppies. Or you can order a Whole Catfish Dinner with 2 and 2 ($13) or 2 Catfish Fillets in 3 different flavors with 2 and 2 ($15). Catfish Mac & Cheese ($15), Fried Oysters ($16), Fried Clams ($15), 13 Fried Shrimp ($16) are also available. Then there's Blackened, Grilled or Fried Mahi Mahi ($15), Fried or Broiled Cod ($15) or 2 lbs. of Crab Legs (MP). Seafood Combos range $20-24 each. Most seafood items include 2 and 2. Non-fish items include Chicken Tenders ($11), Grilled Chicken ($14), Fried Chicken ($14), Burger Steak ($14) and even a 12 oz. Ribeye Steak ($17). Large Salads ($11 each) are also on the list. The Soup Dept. produces Bayou Gumbo ($6/$9) and Shrimp & Corn Chowder ($7/$10). For lunch, Sandwiches run $7-11 each and dinner items are discounted. Sweet Corn Hushpuppies, Fried Pickles, Fried Green Tomatoes or Fried Calamari (all $5-8 each) make good appetizers. Kids menu offered at $5-6 each. Specials daily. The dessert menu runs wild with Banana Pudding, S'mores Skillet, Key Lime Pie, Peach Snickerdoodle and a Mrs. Rhonda's Brownie Sizzler (all $6-7 each). Beer and wine licensed. Award winning, Matthew Condron (le Cordon Bleu graduate), executive chef; Carmen Figueroa, Ty Richard Halsey, Jonathan Callahan and Jerry Thomas Little, owners.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Buca di Beppo (Maitland), 1351 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 51.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-622-7663. (Italian) [L/D] Open daily from 11:30 AM to 10 PM except Sunday from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Located on US 92, just south of Lake Ave. at Magnolia Rd. and S. Orlando Ave. The fun Italian restaurant to go with a group. The name stems from it's beginnings as "Joe's basement". Each room is themed and there is one devoted to the pope while another (highly requested) is actually in the kitchen itself where you can kibitz with the staff. Food is usually served "family style" and offered in two size portions. The small portions are made to feed two people and the server can guide you how to order for parties of 4 or more. Lots of antipasti items like Mozzarella Garlic Bread ($10 or $12), Bruschetta ($11 or $14), Fried Mozzarella ($10 or $15), Fried Calamari ($11 or $18). Salads are similar with Mixed Green Salad ($11 or $18), Caesar Salad ($11 or $18), Apple Gorgonzola Salad ($13 or $20) to name a few. Specialties like Baked Ziti ($16 or $27), Cheese Cannelloni ($17 or $28), Cheese Manicotti ($16 or $27), Lasagna ($17 or $28), Spaghetti with Meatballs ($18 or $29), Spicy Chicken Rigatoni ($19 or $30), Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($21 or $32), Chicken Limone ($19 or $30), Oven-Roasted Salmon ($22 or $33), Veal Saltimbocca ($22 or $33), and Chianti Braised Short Ribs ($26 or $38) are just a few that are offered. Pizzas range $13-16 for the small to $19-22 for the large, depending on toppings. Desserts like Colossal Brownie Sundae, Apple Crostata, Double Dark Chocolate Cake, Homemade Cheesecake and Tiramisu all range $11-13 each. A large whole Celebration Cake is offered at $30 that feeds up to 15. Gluten free items available and information is available on their website. Wine list and full bar. Phone and online reservations accepted. Usually open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Free birthday cake, on your birthday for making online reservations for 4 patrons on your day. Started in Minneapolis in 1993, it now belongs to Planet Hollywood International with about 90 locations. Another Orlando location is near the Florida Mall (O.B.T. and Sand Lake Rd.). Their online eClub provides discounts via email. Joe Esposito, managing partner here.

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



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Buca di Beppo (Orlando), 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL. 57.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-859-7844. (Italian) [L/D] Open weekdays from 11 AM to 10 PM but to 9 PM on Sunday. Located in the Florida Mall. Offers family style Italian dishes in large or small portions. Bruschetta, Mussels Marinara, Mozzarella Caprese, Stuffed Musrooms, Cheesy Bread Florentine and Fried Calamari are some of the popular antipasti dishes. Large Salads like Chopped Antipasto, Caesar, Apple Gorgonzola and "di Beppo 1893" with Pepperoni, Salami, Provolone, Feta, Olives and Mixed Greens, are on the menu. Entrées include Chicken, prepared Parmigiana, Glorioso, Marsala, Saltimbocca, Prosciutto Stuffed or Limone style, plus similar Veal dishes, Salmon Sorrento, Eggplant and even Chianti Braised Short Ribs. Pasta dishes include Penne San Remo, Arrabbiata or Basilica style, Shrimp Florentine or Fra Diavolo style, Spicy Rigatoni, Penne alla Vodka, Carbonara style with Chicken and Ziti with Chicken and Sausage. There's also good ole, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Baked Lasagna too. Side dishes are also available for sharing. Large Pizzas can also be ordered. For dessert, if there's still room, they offer Tiramisu, Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Double Dark Chocolate Cake and an Italian Creme Cake. Seating "in the kitchen" is sought after by faithful repeat patrons. A large selection of wine includes their popular Wicker Basket Chianti from single glass size to one and a half liter sized bottles. Full bar also. Gluten free items noted. Phone and online reservations accepted. Usually open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Free birthday cake, on your birthday for making online reservations for 4 patrons on your day. Their online eClub provides discounts via email. A well known chain of about 90 locations in the US, 10 of them in Florida, plus a few in the U.K. Chris Bydlik, manager.

Older Review: (from David L. 3/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Marie's Restaurant and Cottages (1942),
1647 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Bull and Bear (Steakhouse), 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL. 57.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-597-5500. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Bonnet Creek right off I-4. Modeled after the New York City version by the same name. Open for dinner only from 6-10 PM daily. Elegant dining room with a club atmosphere with linen service. Smart casual attire. Golf course views. Serves only Prime Grade Certified Angus Beef. A choice of 3 soups are offered Corn Soup ($15), Jerusalem Artichoke Velvet ($18) and Lobster Bisque ($20). For appetizers you can find Shrimp Cocktail ($18), Beef Tartar ($20), Tuna Tartar ($22) and a Shellfish Platter ($39/person). Hot appetizers include Shrimp & Grits ($20), Pasta Mousse ($22) and Escargot & Gnocchi ($24). For main dishes they have Chicken Confit ($32), Pan Roasted Salmon ($34), Florida Swordfish ($35), Chateaubriand ($45/person), Colorado Lamb ($48), Beef Short Rib ($48), Veal Oscar ($48), 8 oz. or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($49/$65), 15 oz. New York Sirloin ($60), 16 oz. Delmonico Steak ($61), Pan Roasted Dover Sole ($62), a Prime Cut ($65/person) and Maine Lobster ($80/person). Side dishes like Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Spinach, Asparagus or Lobster Mac & Cheese add $9-24 per serving. Salads like Wedge, Lobster Salad or Caesar add $14-28 each. Some items are prepared tableside. Desserts include Chocolate Soufflé, Waldorf Beignets, Cheesecake, Apple Galette and Crème Brûlée Flambé. Gratuity of 18% added for parties of 8 or more. $5 charge for sharing. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Christmas Day 5-10 PM for a 4-course Holiday Dinner at $155pp. Full bar and notable wine list. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Carlos Pereira, executive chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Bushnell Eagles Nest, 1969 West CR 476 (W. Seminole Ave.), Bushnell, FL. 33.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-0013. (Italian) [L/D] Located just east of the I-75 overpass (no exit) and 2 miles west of US 301. Open 11 AM to 7 PM Thursday through Sunday; to 3 PM on Wednesday and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Mostly Italian-American meals like Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, Baked Ziti, Cheese Ravioli and Sausage & Peppers ranging $9-12 each. Also Veal or Chicken Abruz, Francese or Marsala styles, Gamberi & Vitello, Scallops, Linguine alla Vongole, Mussels and Calamari, all ranging $10-15. Broasted Fried Chicken recently added. Sunday Buffet is $10 plus beverage. Lunch menu is similar. No bar. BYOB permitted. No credit cards but debit cards accepted. Harold Schuh, owner.



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Not Rated Video Byte Fragments & Spirits (A Modern Bistro), 145 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL. 46.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-279-7527. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Located in downtown Deland, on the SE corner with E. Rich Ave., this restaurant and lounge started in October, 2013. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, except for Brunch on Sundays opening at 9:30 AM, with unlimited Bloody Marys until 2 PM. Billed as an "upscale-casual eatery" with an eclectic mix of cuisines, especially French inspired. Start your meal with Manchego Mac 'n Cheddar ($3), Sweet Potato Fries ($3.50), Green Bean Fries ($7), then there is Asian Shrimp Tempura, Fried Green Tomatoes, Ahi Tuna, Cheddar Pierogis, and Spiced Apple & Gorgonzola Flatbread (all $8 each), plus Baked Brie or Korean Pork Nachos (both $9 each). They offer a Tomato Bisque Soup ($6) and a Loaded Baked Potato Soup ($7). Main dishes include Roasted Vegetable Orzo ($12), Chicken Angel Hair Pasta ($13), Byte Sirloin Steak (#14), Fish & Chips ($14), Pot au Feu ($14), Coq au Vin ($15), Duck Pot Pie ($15), Tuscan Trout ($17), Roasted Quail ($21), Grilled Filet Medallions ($21) and Braised Rabbit Saddle ($23). Lighter entrées include a Byte Burger ($8), Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich ($8), Caprese Panini ($8.50), Grilled Cheese & Fried Egg Sandwich ($8.50), Portobello Burger ($8.50), Roasted Beef Sandwich ($9), California Chicken Panini ($9), Blackened Fish Taco ($9), "50/50 Burger" of Ground Beef and Ground Bacon ($10.50) and a Spiced Apple & Duck Panini ($11). There's also Salads like Martha's Vineyard ($10) or Anaheim Shrimp Salad ($11). Side dishes like Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts or Garlic Butter Green Beans, run $2-3 extra. Brunch items range from Classic Breakfast ($6), to Shrimp 'n Grits ($8), to the Omelette of the Day ($9). Desserts are popular here with Turtle Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Torte and Crème Brûlée (all $7 each), plus the famous Chocolate Trio with a beer or wine chaser ($12). $6 kids menu available. Full bar offering cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. All day 2 for 1 Happy Hour daily. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day with a $16 Buffet. Live entertainment in the lounge on weekends. Bill and Frank Jennings, owners here and across the street at the Brickhouse Grill (see that listing).



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10½ Stars Video Café d'Antonio (Celebration), 691 Front St., Celebration, FL. 58.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-566-2233. (Italian) [L/D] Located in downtown Celebration across from the lake. Open 11:30 AM to 3 PM for lunch then 5-10 PM for dinner on 5 weekdays; or to 4 PM for lunch then from 4-9 PM for dinner on weekends. Appetizers include Bruschetta ($6.50), Fried Mozzarella ($8), Stuffed Mushrooms ($9), Beef Carpaccio ($11), Mussels au Gratin ($13) and Crab Cakes ($13) among others. Chicken dishes include Rosemary ($14), Piccata ($16), Parmigiana ($16), Cacciatore ($16), Involtini ($17) and Marsala ($17). Beef items include Short Ribs ($17), NY Strip ($30) and Filet Mignon ($30). Veal dishes include Piccata ($19.50), Parmigiana ($19.50), Marsala ($20), Grilled Chop ($31) and Stuffed Chop ($34). There's also Braised Lamb ($22) on the menu. Grilled Salmon ($20) and Zuppa di Pesce ($30) are on the menu too. Pasta dishes run $11-18 depending on ingredients. Calzones are also offered at $9-12 each, as are Pizzas from $8-17 depending on size and toppings. Soups and salads are available at $6-10 each. Outside seating available. Full bar. Happy Hour from 5 PM at the bar only, on weekdays. Large Wine List with wines by the glass ranging $4.50-12.00 each. By the bottle they range $18-180 each. Bar menu and $30 3-course summer menu also available. Reservations accepted and advised in season. R. Gregory Gentile, Victor Zollo and James Oyler, owners here and at Antonio's (La Fiamma) Ristorante in Maitland (see that listing).



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Not Rated Café de France, 526 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-647-1869. (French) [L/D] Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays and from 2:30 to 6:00 pm. between shifts on Tuesdays through Saturdays. A truly French Café with menu items like Rack of Lamb, Filet of Beef, Roasted Duck, Osso Buco and Free Range Roast Chicken. These entrées range $22 to $32. Salads are a-la-carte and range $5 to $9. Grilled Asparagus, Sauté of Spinach or Pommes Frites are also a-la-carte at $6 extra. Corkage Fee of $15 for the first bottle and $20 for each additional bottle. Or choose your wine from a limited wine list or full bar. In business since 1982. Gratuity of 18% added to parties of 6 or more. $5 charge for split entrées. 2007 winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2010 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Online or phone reservations accepted. Occasional 50% coupons available on the TravelZoo website. Restrictions apply. German & Dominique Gutierrez, owners.



Café Kokopelli, called Kafé Kokopelli (see that listing).

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Not Rated Café Margaux, 220 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL. 100.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-639-8343. (French) (Continental) [L/D] Located at the rear of the BellAir Courtyard in Cocoa Village. Open 11 AM to 3 PM for lunch, then 5 to 9:30 PM for dinner, six days per week. Closed all day Sunday. Well known here for fine dining and in business since 1995. Victorian décor. Appetizers include Roasted Portobello Mushroom, Duck Liver Pâté, Sautéed or Baked Snails, Baked Brie, Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp, Seared Sea Scallops, Lump Crab Cakes and others ranging $9-15 each. Soups include their award winning Roasted Tomato and Basil Bisque or a daily offering at $7-8. Classic Caesar Salad, Asian Style Salad or Spinach & Frisée run $8-13. A House Salad is included with each entrée. Pasta dishes include Tenderloin Tips with Onions Over Radiatore Pasta ($23), Fettuccine with Roasted Portobelo, Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes ($23) and Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops Over Angel Hair ($26). Meat dishes offered are Pork Loin Stuffed with Pear, Brie & Walnuts ($22), Lollipop Pork Chops Over Risotto ($26), Prime Filet Mignon Tips Diane ($26), Braised Veal Scallopini Over Risotto ($28), Angus Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce ($32), Herb Seared New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($33) and a Veal Rib Chop Over Risotto ($35). A daily fish creation or Onion Encrusted Red Snapper (each $26), Phyllo Encased Salmon ($27), Melange of Seafood ($27) and Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna ($28) represent the seafood available. Free Range Stuffed Chicken ($23) and Crisp Roasted Long Island Duckling ($26) are among other items on the menu. A Vegetarian Plate ($20) is also offered. Desserts might include Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Amaretto Almond Cake and Chambord Laced White Chocolate Gateau. Lunch items include Sandwiches, Soups, Crêpes, Crab Cakes, Omelettes, Tenderloin Skewer, and other items range $6 to $16 each. Extensive wine list and full bar compliment the meals. Inside and courtyard dining available. Six course dinners including wine are held on the first Thursday and Friday of each month and range $75-125 per person. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Special dinners on Xmas Eve and New Years Eve to 9 PM. Reservations are accepted and recommended. Alex & Pam Litras owners.



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Long Gone - Bernard's "The Surf" Cocktail Lounge and Dining Room (operated 1948-2010).
"Delicious seafood dinners from our fishing fleet to you."
Relaunched as "The Surf Bar & Grill", it too closed.
Located in downtown Cocoa Beach at 2 S. Atlantic Ave. (A1A).

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Café Tu Tu Tango, 8625 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-248-2222. (Spanish) [L/D] Opens at 11:30 AM daily. Located near the "Mercado" on I-Drive. A dining experience unlike any other. This restaurant offers a meal for the left side of your brain. Food and art together under one roof. Multi-ethnic cuisine. Primarily a Spanish tapas-style restaurant, you can find things like Lamb Chops, Salmon Skewers, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Picadillo and Cheese Empanadas, Mango Duck Quesadillas, Pork Potstickers and small Pizzas ranging from $7 to $11 each. Consider these all appetizer sized. Two or three choices are shared with friends with a bottle of their remarkable Sangria. Flan and Guava Cheesecake for dessert too. Children's menu available and families welcome. Nice selection of wine by the glass or bottle. Champagne by split or bottle too. Full bar. Cabaret Show every Friday night at 10:30 PM. From belly dancers to flamenco to break dancers to fire eaters to conga lines to hula hoop twirling, you never know what they will do next. A real party atmosphere. Can get very busy with tourists in season at night. 2008 winner for "Best Tapas" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2008 winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in Orlando by the Orlando Sentinel. Online or phone reservations accepted. One of a small chain of just 4 restaurants (2 in Florida and 2 in California) headquartered in Coconut Grove, FL.



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Not Rated Caffé Positano (Apopka), 3030 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL. 43.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-774-8080. (Italian) [L/D] On SR 436.Open 11 AM to 10:30 PM daily. Located in a Shopping Plaza. Concentrates on the flavors of the Naples area of Italy. Pastas include the usual ones but baked ones like Penne, Manicotti and Fettuccine Maria or Roberto are also offered at $10-15. Penne Cardinale, Linguine Calamari Fra Diavolo, Pescatore or Sirena at $15-20 are also available. Chicken Francese, Bolivia, Pizzaiola and Mama Mia are some of the poultry dishes. Veal Piccata, Francese, Come Stai and Caffé Positano are $19-20. Filet Mignons are also offered. Pizza and Calzones are available too. Phone reservations accepted. Beer, wine and full bar offered. Another location is in Lake Mary. Roberto Barba & Michele Mandara, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=5 S=3 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Cala Bella, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 57.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-3663. (Italian) [D] The name translates to "Beautiful Cove or Creek". Located at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, off Universal Blvd. just north of Exit #2 of the Beachline Expressway, SR 528. Hours from 5:30 PM daily; lounge opens at 5 PM. Vaulted ceiling dining room with Italian artwork and marble topped tables with placemats. Dressy casual attire preferred. Start with Bruschetta ($12), Clams ($14), Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs ($14), Fried Calamari ($14), Pesara Mussels ($16), Roasted Eggplant & Shrimp ($16), Antipasto ($18) or Carpaccio ($18). Piadina [Flatbreads] include Rustic [Tuscan Bean & Olive] ($13), Italian Sausage & Goat Cheese ($14) and Lobster & Smoked Mozzarella ($17). Caesar Salad ($8), Heirloom Tomato Salad ($10) and Arugula & Gorgonzola Salad ($11) provide greens. Tuscan Bean Soup ($8) and Baked Sausage & Onion Soup ($9) warm you up. Pasta dishes include Pasta con Polpette [Spaghetti & Meatballs] ($25), Orecchiette al Cappesante [Ear Shaped Pasta and Scallops] ($33), Penne al Gamberetti [Quill Shaped Pasta with Rock Shrimp] ($34), Linguini con Vongole [Flat Long Pasta with Clams] ($36) and Pappardelle al Bistecche [Flat Square Pasta with a 10 oz. Steak] ($40). For Fish they offer Baked Scallops Napoli ($35), Shrimp Genova ($36), Atlantic Salmon ($37), Sicilian Red Snapper ($38) and Seafood Pescatore ($46). For Meat they have Chicken Cutlets ($32), Asiago Chicken ($34), Veal Marsala ($38), Mediterranean Pork ($38), Veal Piccata ($40), Tuscan Veal Chop ($45) and Filet Mignon ($46). You can add Lump Crab Meat (+$15) or a Lobster Tail (+$20) to any entrée. Side dishes like Risotto, Wild Mushrooms or Roasted Asparagus add $8-10 each. Typical Italian desserts offered including Chocolate Sabayon. $15, $30, $45 & $60 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Full bar and Wine List. Popular Piano Bar adjacent. Reservations taken and advised by phone or online. Valet parking. Dan Nester and Ricky Lopez, chefs; Andre Zuluaga, manager; resort owned.



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Long Gone - 1945 to 1994 Gary Starling's The Duck Inn (1945) (1955)
Bill Darden took an interest in this restaurant and eventually started the Red Lobster chain.
Besides Jumbo Fried Shrimp, The Duck Inn was famous for their Hushpuppies.
3974 South Orange Blossom Trail (US 17/92), Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Calabria Ristorante, 13900 CR 455, Clermont, FL. 40.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-656-5144. (Italian) [L/D] Located near Publix on CR 455, just north of SR 50. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily (to 10 PM on weekends), except Sunday when they open at noon. Named after the southern region of Italy below Naples, commonly known as "the toe". New York Style 14", 16" or 18" Pizzas and basic Italian dishes like Eggplant, Chicken or Veal Parm., Lobster Ravioli, Penne alla Vodka, Stuffed Shells, Lasagna and Manicotti are offered. Dishes range from under $10 to under $18 each. Marsala, Piccata, Francese and Calabria (with sherry) styles available. Calzones and Strombolis also on the menu. Appetizers include Fried Calamari, Tomato Bruschetta and Clams Possilipo. Espresso after the meal is popular. Tiramisu, Cannoli, Chocolate Mousse Cake and New York Style Cheesecake are some of the desserts offered here. Full bar now. Adriano Kadriu and Kujtim (Tim) Gjunkshi, owners.



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Not Rated Canvas (Restaurant & Market), 13615 Sachs Ave., Orlando, FL. 71.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-313-7800. (American) (Seafood) [D] Located at Lake Nona's newly developed Laureate Park Village Center, just southeast of OIA, this very large, 280 seat striking waterfront restaurant and marketplace serves a-la-carte priced American cuisine with Southern and Latin influences. It opened January 25, 2016. Hours are 5-10 PM daily except closes at 9 PM on Sunday and 11 PM weekends. The bar opens at 3 PM. Start with appetizers like Johnny Cakes ($9), Marinated Burrata ($11), Smoked Fish Dip ($12), Calamari Fries ($13), Mussels Tomatillo ($14), Oak Charred Octopus ($14), Apple Bourbon Braised Short Ribs ($14), Snapper Ceviche ($14), a Charcuterie Board ($16) and market priced items like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell or Baked Blue Crab. A few Flatbreads are offered at $11-14 each. For main dishes they offer Oven Roasted Mojo Chicken ($19), Pan-Roasted Snapper ($23), Cured Pork Shank ($24), Chimichurri Hangar Steak ($28), Shrimp Mofongo ($27), Pan-Roasted Meyer Lemon Scallops ($29) and a Whole Roasted Fish of the Day at market price. Side dishes include Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Collard Greens, Yucca Fries, Green Papaya Slaw or a House Salad (all $6-8 extra). For lighter appetites they have Tuscan Kale Salad ($12), Smoked Chicken Salad ($14), Hanger Steak Wedge ($16) and Grilled Shrimp Louie ($18) as main dishes. Soups include Tomato Bisque ($6) and Minorcan Clam Chowder ($8). They also provide Sandwiches like the Cuban ($12), Short Rib & Brisket Burger ($14), Shrimp & Oyster Po Boy ($16) and a Grouper Reuben ($17). Finishing the meal, they offer desserts like Key Lime Pie, Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Spiced Chocolate Cream and an Apple Crisp (all $7 each). Full bar with creative cocktails like The Pink Flower ($12). An extensive wine list offers 3 dozen wines by the glass ($8-14 for short-pour whites and $9-16 for short-pour reds to $12-21 for full-pour whites and $13-24 for full-pour reds). By the bottle their wines range $28-150, with Argentine Malbecs coming in at $52-56/bottle. Reservations by phone or online suggested. The market portion (open 9 AM - 7 PM) sells housewares, jewelry, books and even furnishings. Bryon Thoman, executive chef; Tavistock Restaurant Collection, developer and owners.



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12½ Stars Video The Capital Grille (I-Drive), 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 59.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-4392. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open 11:30 AM to 3 PM weekdays, then from 5 PM daily for dinner. Located at The Pointe Orlando near the Convention Center. Rich African mahogany paneling and warm soft lighting set the tone for this club-like up-scale steakhouse. Appetizers include Pan-Fried Calamari ($13), Smoked Salmon ($14), Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($15), Shrimp Cocktail ($15), Lobster and Crab Cakes ($19), Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell ($3 each) and even a Grand Plateau of Crab, Lobster, Shrimp and Oysters at $99. Soups include Clam Chowder and French Onion at $10 each. Salads offered are Caesar ($10), Fried Green Tomatoes ($10), Spinach ($11), Wedge with Bleu Cheese and Applewood Smoked Bacon ($11), Chopped Salad ($12) and Mozzarella & Tomato ($13). Seafood suggestions include Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon ($33), Lobster and Crab Stuffed Shrimp ($36), Grilled Swordfish ($39), Sushi-Grade Sesame Seared Tuna ($41) and your choice of Broiled Fresh Lobster in the 2, 3 or 4 pound size, all at market prices. Chef suggestions include Roasted Chicken ($28), Cedar Planked Salmon ($36), Bone-In Sirloin ($44), Sliced Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms ($44), Porcini Rubbed Delmonico ($46) and Seared Tenderloin with Lobster Tails ($49). Noted for their aged meat starting with Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops ($42), 22 oz. Delmonico Steak ($43), 10 oz. Filet Mignon ($41), 14 oz. Sirloin ($43), 14 oz. Steak au Poivre ($44), Filet Oscar ($45) and their 24 oz. Porterhouse ($48). All dinners are a-la-carte with sides of Creamed Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach, Au Gratin Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, Fries, French Green Beans, Asparagus or Oyster Mushrooms adding $9-12 each to the meal. There's even Lobster Mac 'n Cheese side for $16. Desserts run the range of Fresh Berries in Cream to Coconut Cream Pie, to Flour-less Chocolate Espresso Cake to classic Crème Brûlée. Full bar and lounge. Wine list is a book unto itself with almost 500 selections and the cellar holding 5,000 bottle of wine. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Wine List" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Reservations taken by phone or online. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Chocolate Espresso Cake on your birthday. Started in Providence, RI, this small chain of a few dozen locations is now part of the Darden Restaurant Group. Matthew Price, executive chef here; Souni Felipa, manager. Another location is at the Mall of Millenia (see that listing).

Review: (from Karen B. 8/17) Lovely evening here as part of our Gourmet Club Magical Dining experience. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Dinner was started with a variety of fresh Baked Bread. We both had the New England Clam Chowder which was just OK; mine had more potatoes than clams. The rest of the dinner party had Salads and they all thought they were excellent. I enjoyed the 14 oz Aged NY Strip Steak which was tender and delicious. My dinner partner enjoyed the 18 oz Strip Steak with Dry Rub and Kona Sauce, it was an upgrade from the Magical dining menu. He said it was excellent. The sides were served family style, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Tomatoes. They were both very good. For dessert we had the Flourless Espresso Cake, which was so good, and the Cheesecake with Berries. Perfect sizes to finish off the dinner. The restaurant was also running its "Generous Pour" promotion. For $28 you can enjoy up to 7 different highly rated wines from California or Oregon. Excellent selection of wines, my glass was never empty. Before t&t our toal was $124. Our server, Carrie, was excellent and very knowledgable about the food and the wines.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) As one of the Magical Dining Month restaurants this was a good value, but the atmosphere in this pricey place left much to be desired. We were seated at a table in the middle of two rooms, so that we were inundated with noise from both. Our waiter, Joshua, was excellent and knowledgeable, but very busy. We both ordered the Steak which was very good and nicely prepared. The total before t&t and with two drinks was $100.
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Not Rated Video Free WiFi The Capital Grille (Millenia), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-2210. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Took over the spot occupied by McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant on the north side of the Mall of Millenia at I-4 Exit #78. Opened April 18, 2013. This location is a little scaled down from the I-Drive restaurant but still very upscale. Open for lunch 11:30 AM to 4 PM, then dinner to 10 PM or later on weekends and to 9 PM on Sunday. Appetizer selections are Smoked Salmon, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Fresh Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Pan-Fried Calamari, Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. For main courses (priced mostly in the $40s) they usually offer Chicken Breast, Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops, Seared Tenderloin, 14 oz. New York Sirloin - plain or au poivre, Filet Mignon, 22 oz. Delmonico and a 24 oz. Porterhouse. For seafood they offer Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Citrus Glazed Salmon, Seared Tuna, Parmesan Crusted Sole, Broiled Fresh Lobster and a daily seafood feature. Side dishes are extra. Sandwiches like Lobster and Crab Burger, Wagyu Cheeseburger or Lamb Burger are also on the menu. Clam Chowder, French Onion Soup and various salads are at the top of the menu. At the bottom of the menu you'll find Cheesecake, Berries, Coconut Cream Pie, Hazelnut Cake and Classis Crème Brûlée. Full bar and lounge. Wine list is very varied with 350 selections here. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Outside seating available. Reservations taken by phone or online. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Chocolate Espresso Cake on your birthday. Small chain of a few dozen locations is now part of the Darden Restaurant Group. Jason O'Neill, executive chef; Christy Tolbert, managing partner here.



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Long Gone - Chris's House of Beef (1957-1993)
600 Seat Dining Area on 3 Acres
Last location: 801 John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL.
(Now the Majestic Event Center.)

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Caprino's Italian, 7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Suite #140, Windermere, FL. 51.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-500-2433. (Italian) [D] Opened on July 6, 2015. Located off CR 535 near the Publix Shopping Center. Hours are 4 PM to Midnight daily, Sunday Brunch 10:30 AM to 3 PM also. Appetizers include Bruschetta ($8), Shrimp Cocktail ($11), Crab Cakes ($12), Fried Calamari ($12), Beef Carpaccio Aioli ($12) and Cheese & Charcuterie Plate ($17). There's Lobster Bisque ($11) and a daily Soup ($8) offered. House Salad ($6), Caesar Salad ($8), Caprese Salad ($11) and Goat Cheese Salad ($12) are on the menu. Pasta dishes include Spaghetti Marinara ($13), Linguini Alfredo ($14), Spaghetti and Meatballs ($15), Spaghetti Bolognese ($15), Penne a la Vodka with Salmon ($17), Linguine with Clams ($19) and Shrimp Fra Diavlo ($19). You'll also find Creamy Pesto Gnocchi ($14), Eggplant Parmesan ($16) and Lobster Mac & Cheese ($19). Main dishes include Chicken or Veal Parmesan or Marsala ($19 each), Salmon Dijonnais ($19), Snapper Francese ($21), 12 oz. New York Strip ($24) and a Black Angus Filet Mignon ($29). Pizzas and Flatbreads ($19-22) are also on the menu for lighter appetites. Side dishes add $4 to the meal. Desserts include Manon's Dessert ($5), Tiramisu ($7), Crème Brûlée ($8) and Affogato ($10). Full bar and Happy Hour. Occasional live entertainment. Outdoor seating available. Reservations taken by phone or online. Seffano Tedeschi, chef and owner, here and at Stefano's Grill (see that listing).



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Not Rated Caribbean Jack's Restaurant & Bar, 721 Ballough Rd., Daytona Beach, FL. 70.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-523-3000. (American) (Caribbean) [L/D] Located on the west side of the Halifax River, about half way between the Oakridge Blvd. and Main St. bridges. Opens at 11 AM daily. A local favorite as well as a tourist haunt. Large deck is perfect for yacht watching. Famous for their Caribbean Fish Tacos and Bass Ale Battered Haddock. Fried Seafood Baskets include Shrimp, Fish, Scallops or a combination of all 3. Grouper, Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna is usually available too. Sweet Jerked Ribs, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Jerk Chicken over Calypso Rice are tropical creations. There's also 12 oz. NY Strip Steak and a Surf and Turf with Crab Legs. They also make Shrimp Scampi, a Seafood Bowl, Pasta Alfredo, Crab Cakes and Alaskan Snow Crab Legs. Sandwiches like Po' Boys, Cubans, Grouper Reuben, Mahi BLT, Voo Doo Burger, Bamboo Burger and others are on the menu. Apple Pecan Spinach Salad, Coconut Crunchy Shrimp Salad as well as New England Clam Chowder and Conch Chowder are also offered. Popular desserts are Banana Foster and Key Lime Pie. Full bar with lots of rum drinks featured like a Rum Smuggler, plus Shark Attack, Golden Rita and Coconut Coladas. There's even a short but varied wine list. Entertainment nightly about 5 PM or 2 and 7 PM on weekends. Boat access available. Valet auto parking offered. Ray Graziotto and John Solomon, owners.



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Long Gone - Rell's (Chicken Pie) Restaurant (1954), Fred and Vi Viney, owners.
2324 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL.

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Not Rated Video Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar, 140 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 59.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-513-4912. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located on US17/92, 3 blocks north of Fairbanks (SR 426), next to Midas Muffler at Morse Blvd. Opened in May, 2013. First called Carmel Café. Hours are from 11 AM daily for lunch and dinner. Closes at 9 PM Sundays, 11 PM weekends and 10 PM all other days. A unique Mediterranean Gastro Pub and Wine Bar with outdoor seating, bar stools, dinner tables, booths and comfortable couches for lounging. Modern art adorn the walls. Their menus are hi-tech and presented on iPads, so descriptions and images are interactive; so is the self-ordering right to the kitchen and the billing of your meal as well. A paging button allows a call to the staff if you need help. Start with Tuscan Vegetable, Tomato Basil or Lobster Bisque Soups ($3-5). Flatbreads for the lighter appetite, like Shrimp and Mango or Tomato Margherita run $7-9 each. Their entrées are offered in small or large plates like Rustic Grilled Chicken Skewers ($8/$12), Chicken Madeira or Moroccan Lemon Chicken (each $10/$13), Basque Crab Cake ($10/$14), Braised Short Ribs ($10/$15), Steak Frites ($11/$16), Shrimp with Cous Cous ($11/$16), Grilled Salmon ($12/$16) and Lamb Lollipops ($19/$25). There are Vegetarian items too like Spinach Gnocchi ($8/$12) and Ravioli Verde ($11/$15). You can also find an Angus Burger ($10) and Seared Ahi Tuna ($12), plus Roasted Vegetables ($8) and Mac 'n Cheese ($5). They also feature a Tunisian Chicken ($15) and a Steak Madeira ($24). Unusual Salads like the Red and Yellow Roasted Beet Salad ($8) range $4 and up, like the one with Ahi Tuna ($15). Pound Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Lava Cake and a Filled Cannoli are offered for dessert at $4-6 each. Many shareable items like Chickpea Fries ($5) and Shrimp Ceviche ($7) are all under $8, except the Large Sharing Platter at $15. Lunch items are similar; the Brunch menu is more breakfast style. A 3-Course Prix Fixe menu is being offered on Sunday and Monday too. About 50 wines are offered at 3, 6 and 9 oz. pours starting at $3 for a 3 oz. sample of Indaba Chardonnay and running up to $28 for a 9 oz. glass of Blue Rock Cab Blend. Also, a Cline Cashmere California GSM Blend runs $6/$12/$17 by the glass and $44 by the bottle is a popular example. Full bottles range $22-85 generally but many labels are fairly obscure, like Roth Merlot at $44/bottle, Truchard Pinot Noir at $60/bottle and Orin Swift Saldo Zin Blend at $65/bottle. Half priced bottles on Wednesday makes for an excellent bargain. Wine flights (tastings) also available at times. Wine tastings and classes offered during the year. Their own Sangria ($6/$13) is on the menu, as well as a flock of beers, including local crafts. Full bar here with a Specialty Drink Menu with cocktails running $8-10 each, but a special monthly drink like the Watermelon Granata might be priced near $4 that month. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. The Kitchen accepts reservations. Voted 2013 "Best New Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Four other locations are in the Tampa/Sarasota area. Adam DuCharme, owner.

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Not Rated Free WiFi Carmela's Italian Restaurant, 12169 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, FL. 36.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-465-1818. (American) (Italian) [B/L/D] Located on US 41, just south of town, near the Blue Gator and the Withlacoochie River bend. Open daily 8:30 AM to 9 PM, except opens at 4 PM on Saturday and closes at 3 PM on Sunday. In business since 1983, 19 years in Montgomery, NY and in Dunnellon since June, 2000. Nicely decorated dining room. Features traditional Italian and American food like Chicken Parmigiana, Francese, Marsala, Cacciatore, Cordon-Bleu, Scampi, Angelina or Piccata (all $12-14 each), Veal Parmigiana, Francese, Marsala or Piccata (all $15 each), 10 oz. Sirloin ($14), 14 oz. Strip ($18) or 14 oz. Delmonico ($18) Steaks. There's also a selection of Pasta, like Pasta and Marinara Sauce ($6), Cheese Ravioli ($7), Baked Ziti ($8), Manicotti ($8), Stuffed Shells ($8), Spaghetti and Meat Balls or Sausage ($9 each), Pesto Pasta ($10), Fettuccine Alfredo ($10), Lasagna ($11) and others. Hero Sandwiches ($6-8 each) are also on the menu. Breaded Shrimp ($10), Shrimp Scampi ($13), Mussels Marinara ($13), Calamari Fra Diavolo ($13), Grouper Francese, Marsala, Piccata, Baked, Fried or Pan Seared (all $13 each), as well as Grilled Mahi or Salmon and Pasta with Clam Sauce (all $13-14 each) are in the seafood section. A featured Fisherman's Platter runs $18. Pizza is also offered. Soups, salads and desserts are available too. A breakfast and lunch menu is offered too, as well as a Sunday Buffet until 1 PM. Specials daily. Reservations for 5 or more accepted. Beer and wine licensed. Ralph and April Estrada, owners.



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Not Rated Video Video Gluten Free Menu Cask & Larder, 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-280-4200. (Brew Pub) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in September, 2012. Open daily except Monday. Bar opens at 4 PM, dinner served from 5 PM and brunch on Sunday is 11 AM to 3 PM. New restaurant venture by the owners of the Ravenous Pig (see that listing), located at the intersection of CR 426 and CR 527 (N. Orange Ave.), previously known as Harper's Tavern. The "farm style" menu starts with 6 or 12 Oysters ($13/$25), Sausage, like Boudin ($11) or Andouille ($10), plus Country Hams ($17), Fish, like Grilled Cobia ($17), Roasted Black Grouper ($18), Snapper Stew ($19) or Pan-Fried Trout ($25) and Meats, like Grilled Pork Shoulder ($18) and Grilled Lamb Heart ($13). Vegetarian and gluten free items are offered like Mac & Cheese ($9) or Farro Risotto with Mushrooms ($10). There is also a brew pub where beer flights are $10 for five 4 oz. tastes. Wines by the glass start at $8 and selected bottles go $24 to $126 from a large array. Open to midnight with a late night menu. Another location is planned for Terminal 2 at OIA. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice and Critic's Choice winner for "Best Newcomer Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Reservations by phone or online. Ron Raike, brewmaster; James and Julie Petrakis, owners. Closing on November 30, 2016.



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Not Rated Catfish Country Restaurant, 2400 E. F. Griffin Rd., Bartow, FL. 77.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-646-6767. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located where US 98 (Bartow Rd.), meets E.F. Griffin Rd. just south of CR 540A, half way between Lakeland and Bartow. Open 11 AM to 9 PM six days except from 3:30 PM on Saturday and to 9:30 on weekends and to 8:30 PM on Sunday. Closed all day Monday. A casual "seafood shack" lighted inside by neon advertising signs and spiced up with Cajun recipes. In business since 1984, specializing in Southern Style Seafood and noted for their hands-full of Peanuts, Hot Biscuits, Fried Pickles, Homemade Slaw and Fried Sweet Georgia Onions. Alligator Nuggets, Fried Okra, Crab Cakes, Frog Legs, King Crab, Grouper Fingers, Cheese Grits and Hush Puppies are some of the items you can find here. Specials might include Baked Grouper Creole or Chicken Parmigiana. All You Can Eat Specials like King Crab Legs or Fried Catfish offered on certain days. Beer and wine licensed. Nick Minadakis with Eleni and Bill Houvardas, owners.

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



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Long Gone - John's Restaurant (1950s)
US 17 (Holland Pkwy.) at Main St., Bartow, FL.
In business here over 50 years. (Now a Pawn Shop.)
"8 dining rooms."

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Not Rated The Catfish Place, 311 S. Forest Ave., Apopka, FL. 40.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-889-7980. (Seafood) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM. Closed Sunday & Monday. Located in downtown Apopka just north of US 441 (Main St.), one block east of Park Ave. A wide variety of southern style seafood is their focus. Fresh Boneless Catfish at $14, for all you can eat, is their most popular request. Fried Shrimp, Fried Scallops Fried Oysters, Fried Clam Strips, Fried Flounder and Fried Lobster are also available ranging $10-19. A side of Filet Mignon can be added to balance the sea and land harvest. Porterhouse, Sirloin, Pork Chops and Chicken, ranging from $10 to $23, can also be found on the unusual menu. Frog Legs and Alligator at $16 is also available. Fresh Catch and Steamed Shrimp, Broiled Scallops or Flounder and Snow Crab Legs at $15-17 are available for the "fried averse" fans. Hushpuppies and Grits, or other choices, are included with the meals. Early Bird specials available from 4 to 6 PM. Burgers and other sandwiches available too. Beer and wine served. Antiques and collectibles make up the decor. Bob & Elaine Johnson owners.



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Not Rated Cedar Keyside Diner, 490 Dock St., Cedar Key, FL. 86.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-543-6800. (American) (Diner) [B/L] Open at 8 AM on weekdays and 7 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Closes at 2 PM daily. On Friday and Saturday reopens from 11 PM to 2 AM for night owls. Formerly The Dock Street Depot and vacant for a while, this vintage, somewhat dilapidated building is now decorated with a hot rod and drive-in diner theme. 50's and 60's music plays in the background. Opened in June, 2011. A wide variety of breakfast creations like the Blown Engine Breakfast and Crunchy French Toast. For lunch they offer various Burgers and Sandwiches like Soft Shell Crab 'Wich and Shrimp Tacos. Gumbo Soup is popular here. Sweeping view of the gulf from the back porch. Beer and wine available. Ken Bryant, owner.



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Not Rated Cedar River Seafood (Lake City), 2938 W. US Hwy. 90, Lake City, FL. 100.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-752-8399. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] In business about 30 years. Located about 1 mile east of I-75, Exit #427. Not connected with Cedar's Restaurant. Serving many types of seafood either baked, broiled, blackened or in the "Southern Tradition", fried. Fried Oysters, Clam Strips, Sea Scallops, Frog Legs, Gator Tail or Jumbo Snow Crab Legs can be found on the menu. Platters of Shrimp Scallops, Oysters, Deviled Crab and Fish Filet are featured. "Feasts" for One or Two may include 2 or 4 Lobster Tails. Tilapia, Pollock, Cod, Flounder, Grouper, Mahi and Red Snapper can be found too. Shrimp Scampi, Seafood Pasta Alfredo, and Stuffed Salmon or Grouper are popular also. For "Land Lubbers" there's Fried Chicken Strips, New York Strip Steak and Ribeye as well. Side items offered are Hushpuppies, Cole Slaw, Baby Limas, Green Beans, Fried Okra and Grits plus various Potatoes. Appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail, Gator Tail, Oyster Stew, Coconut Shrimp, Corn Nuggets, Seafood Bisque and Fried Green Tomatoes are available. Desserts may include New York Style Cheesecake, Florida Key Lime Pie and Fried Xangos. Beer and wine licensed. Lunch items start at $6. One of about 8 locations left in Florida. Another location is located in Leesburg, FL. (see that listing). Dan and Suzanne Fellows, owners here.



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Long Gone - Chastain's Restaurant (1956-1996),
Formerly the Arrowhead Restaurant, Chastain's featured Corn Bread and Biscuits & Honey.
"Serving good food for fine people."
23 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Video Cedars Restaurant, 7732 W. Sand Lake Dr., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-6000. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] At Sand Lake Rd. and Dr. Phillips Blvd. on "Restaurant Row". Open daily 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM and to 2:00 AM on Saturday night. Closed Sundays. Orlando's family owned Lebanese restaurant. Appetizers include Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Warak Inab, Mousaka and Lebneh (all $5-8 each). Also Fried Kibbeh, Falafel, Makanek, Sujouk and Safiha ($5-8 each). Entrées include Mahashi Inab, Kafta Kaba, Shish Tawook, Quails and Rack of Lamb, all ranging $15-27 each. Seafood items include Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Snapper Filet, Samsk Marra and Sea Bass Filet ranging $22 to $30 each. A Lebanese Feast for groups of 4 or more depends on selections. Special creations include Baked Kibbeh, Bemieh, Moloukhieh and Cedar's Chicken all ranging $15-16 each. Shish Kebob probably the most well known dish. Desserts include Baklava, Knafe and Halawatel Jebneh at $6 each. Ethnic entertainment like belly dancing on weekends. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted and suggested on weekends. 2009 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner and 2011 & 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Full bar. Middle Eastern and domestic wines available. Charbel (Charles) Saab, owner.



The Celebration Hotel Plantation Room. Now called the The Bohemian Bar & Grill (see that listing).


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Not Rated (The) Cellar Restaurant, 220 Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. 69.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-258-0011. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Open 5-10 PM daily, except closed Mondays. Located in the historic District of Daytona just off US 1. Housed in the former 1907 residence of President Warren G. Harding and now on the NRHP. Long time fine dining establishment with rich décor. The menu starts with appetizer items like Insalata Caprese ($10), Carpaccio ($11), Polenta con Salsiccia ($11), Gamberi al Pesto ($12) and others. Pasta dishes range from Gnocchi Bolognese or Rucola ($19), Rigatoni with Shrimp and Asparagus ($19), Venezia Ravioli ($20), to Fettuccine di Coniglo ($21) or Risotto with Shrimp and Peas ($21). Main dishes include Scaloppine alla Veneto ($26) or Porcini ($27), Osso Buco ($29), Salmon with Fennel ($27) or with Mushrooms ($29), Snapper with Artichokes ($29), Pheasant and Duck Breast ($30), Shrimp and Snapper Sautéed ($31), Rack of Lamb ($37), 8 oz. Filet Mignon in Barolo Wine ($37) and a 14 oz. Veal Chop ($39). These all served with a chef's selection of the day. Tiramisu, Strudel and Tortes (all $7 each) are offered for dessert. Reservations accepted and advised weekends either online or by phone. Also known for their extensive wine list starting with $26 bottles of Sicilian Pinot Grigio or Sonoma Chardonnay to $245 bottles of Napa Cabs, $375 bottles of Piemonte Nebbiolo and $390 bottles of Toscana Red Blend. A 1999 Chateau LaTour Pauillac Bordeaux ($480) and a 1995 Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Bordeaux ($1,250) can also be unlocked. No bar however. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Sam Moggio, executive chef and owner with wife Lina Moggio.



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Long Gone - Sir Steak Family Restaurant
1130 S. Ridgewood Ave. (US 1), Daytona Beach, FL.
(Now a Bar & Grill)

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Not Rated Video Cevíche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 125 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-281-8140. (Spanish) [D] The name comes from a popular Ceviche seafood dish. Striking Spanish décor. Located right in the heart of Orlando's historic entertainment district right near the pedestrian bridge. Opens at 5 PM every day, except closed Monday. Sunday Brunch discontinued. For dinner they feature over 100 authentic tapas to choose from. They start at $4 for Deviled Eggs and Olive Oil. Others are Roasted Eggplant ($5), Chicken Liver Mousse ($6), Smoked Spanish Mussels ($7), Chorizo, Veal & Pork Meatballs ($7), Creamy Shrimp Salad ($8), Grilled Sausage Flambée ($8), Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese ($9), Vodka Cured Salmon ($10), Grilled Red Snapper ($10), Marinated & Grilled Quail ($11), Braised Lamb Ribs ($11), Chorizo, Morcilla & Serrano Ham with 3 Cheeses ($13), Backfin Crab Cake ($13), Prime Filet with Mushrooms ($13), Grilled Duck ($13) and a Tenderloin in Pastry Shell ($14). These are all tapas (snack) sized. Ración (meal) sized dishes range from Chicken and Smoked Ham ($13) all the way to Jumbo Marinated and Grilled Shrimp ($25). Paella is also one of their most asked for dishes and they have 6 varieties from Vegetables ($19), to Pork and Chicken ($22), to Seafood with Lobster, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Scallops and White Fish ($30). Dozens and dozens more dishes to choose from for light or hearty appetites. Many vegetarian items are offered too. Even desserts like Flan ($5), Tres Leches ($8), Crema Catalana ($8) and Torta Valenciana ($9) are on the menu. Sunday Brunch features Eggs, Quiche and Crêpes ($5-10 each). Lunch items, like Cubano Sandwich ($8), range $6-11 each. On Tuesdays they offer 30 different tapas at $4 each. Full bar specializing in homemade Red, White or Sparkling Sangria, plus an extensive wine list with many Spanish selections. Famous for Mojitos, Margaritas and Caipirinhas, all at $9 each. Ports, Spanish Brandy and Sherries are offered too at $8-12 each. Even Don PX 1979 Sherry is available at $13 per glass and 40 Year Old Taylor Fladgate Porto at $22 per glass. Happy Hour weekdays before 7 PM. Wine, by the glass or bottle, is half price on Wednesdays. An 18% gratuity is added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted. Balcony seating overlooks Church Street. Flamenco entertainment, starting between 7 and 9 PM, is popular here every night except Sunday and Monday. Two shows, 8 & 10 PM, on Friday and Saturday. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend Magazine. One of five locations in Florida including Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. James Snyder and Joseph Orsino, owners.



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Long Gone - Apple Annie's Courtyard (1976-2001)
A Victorian Garden Specializing in Frozen Drinks - Part of Church Street Station
125 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. (Now Cevíche Tapas Bar & Restaurant)

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11½ Stars Charlie's Fish House Restaurant, 224 NW US 19, Crystal River, FL. 48.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-795-3949. (Seafood) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily since 1959. Popular seafood restaurant specializing in the local catch. Entrées range $9 to $17 each. Mullet, Turbot, Tilapia, Grouper, Catfish, Crab Cakes as well as Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp, Stone Crabs and even Frogs Legs can be found on the menu. Sandwiches and Salads as well as Seafood Gumbo, Lobster Bisque, Oyster Stew and of course, New England Clam Chowder are the available soups. Beer & wine. Charles & James Kofmehl, owners.

Older Review: (from David M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Raymond A. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated AARP Card Chart House (Daytona Beach), 1100 Marina Point Dr., Daytona Beach, FL. 71.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-255-9022. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on the west side of the river just south of E. Orange causeway, off Beach St. Open from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM daily. Situated off the Halifax River with views of the Marina and Intracoastal Waterway. The upscale menu changes frequently depending on what fish is in season. Appetizers range from Hummus Trio ($8) or Coconut Crunchy Shrimp ($11) to a Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack ($15) or Tuna Tartare ($16). Oysters Rockefeller ($15) is also popular. Soups usually include their award winning Clam Chowder ($7), Gazpacho ($7) and Lobster Bisque ($8), or a sampling of all three ($8). Seafood entrées include Coconut Crunchy Shrimp with Fried Rice ($24), Shrimp & Artichoke Linguini ($27), Baked Stuffed Shrimp ($27), Shrimp Fresca with Crab Meat ($29), Pan Seared Scallops ($29), Shrimp Scampi ($29), Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($30), Short Rib with Scallops or Salmon ($30) or a 7 oz. Lobster Tail ($32). Signature fish creations include Miso Glazed Salmon ($27), Stuffed Tilapia ($29), Sweet & Spicy Swordfish ($31), Gazpacho Grouper ($34), Spiced Yellowfin Ahi ($35), Parmesan Crusted Snapper ($35), Macadamia Crusted Mahi ($35) and Seared Mahi topped with Lobster and Crab ($36). For meat eaters, there's Chicken Romano ($20), 10 or 16 oz. Prime Rib ($27/$32), 8 oz. Teriyaki Beef Medallions ($31), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($31), Brandy Peppercorn Beef Medallions & Shrimp ($34) and at the top of the food chain is Filet Mignon or Prime Rib with a Cold Water Lobster Tail (each $46). Side dishes run $6-8 each. Salad Bar visit adds $8 extra. Their signature dessert is Hot Chocolate Lava Cake ($11). Full bar and wine list. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Phone and online reservations accepted and advised weekends. AARP members get a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Open on Christmas Day. A chain of about 30 locations in 15 states with the most in California and Florida, owned and operated by Landry's Inc., of Houston, TX. Another location is in Tampa. Kris Dorough, director here with John Wilson, executive chef.



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Not Rated Chatham's Place Restaurant, 7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-2992. (Continental) [D] Open from 5:30 PM daily except Sunday. Located just north of W. Sand Lake Rd. ("Restaurant Row"), opposite The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. Opened in 1988, serving an eclectic fare in a romantic atmosphere. Start with Cream of Portobello or Lobster Bisque Soup, ranging $7.50 to $10.50 depending on size. Appetizers include Calamari Fra Diablo, Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare or Beef Carpaccio at $14.50-19.50. For entrées they offer Spicy Chicken Louisiana Creole ($25), Rigatoni Apalachicola ($29), Breast of Duck ($31), Florida Black Grouper ($31), Shrimp Scampi ($34), 6 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($34/68) and a Rack of Lamb ($38). There's also a daily special or two. Side dishes are extra like Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Steamed Broccoli, Sautéed Spinach, Capellini with Haricot Verts or Rigatoni Original, all ranging $4.50-10.50 each. Salads are also available with Romaine, Tropical, Caprese and a House Special. Wines offered range from Italian Pinot Grigio at $28 to Chassagne-Montrachet at $125. Reds range from a Spanish Temranillo at $28 to a Tuscan Brunello di Montalcino at $135. Wine by the glass ranges $7-10. Champagne is also offered. Full bar with crafted cocktails. Rated "Extraordinary" by Zagat. Entertainment such as a classical harp, often provides the soft audio atmosphere. Voted 2012 "Best Kept Secret" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Romantic Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Reservations accepted and advised weekends. Ignatio (Tony) Lopez, executive chef and Mauricio (Maurice) Colindres, maitre'd, owners.



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Long Gone - Orange Court Hotel Dining Room (1924) (1940) (1949)
650 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL.
(Demolished in 1990.)

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Not Rated Coming Soon Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Brooksville), 12364 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL. 62.3 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Located west of Brooksville and north of Spring Hill on SR 50, about 3 miles east of US 19. Previously called Cheddar's Casual Café until 2015, it's a casual, moderately priced, growing chain. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, except Sunday from 10:30 AM and closes at 11 PM on weekends. A combination of American, Southern and Tex-Mex fare, all rolled into one. Other locations are already in Sanford, Orlando and Lakeland (see below). Expected to open here in 2017.


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Not Rated Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Lakeland), 3411 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL. 75.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-647-2170. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened March, 2016. Previously called Cheddar's Casual Café until 2015, it's a casual, moderately priced, growing chain. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, except Sunday from 10:30 AM and closes at 11 PM on weekends. A combination of American, Southern and Tex-Mex fare, all rolled into one. Their menu starts with appetizers such as Onion Rings, Chips & Queso, Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Tenders, Nachos, Texas Cheese Fries, Loaded Potato Skins and Santa Fe Spinach Dip (all ranging $5-10 each). Classic entrées include Chicken Pot Pie ($8), Chicken Tenders ($10), Lemon Pepper Chicken ($9), Grilled Chicken Alfredo ($10), BBQ Chicken ($10), Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms ($10) and Chicken Fried Steak ($11). Seafood items include Fish Tacos ($10), Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp ($10), Grilled or Cornmealed Whitefish ($11 each), Grilled Salmon ($12), Beer battered Fried Shrimp ($12) and Blackened Redfish ($15). You can also find Honey Glazed or Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs ($11/half or $17/full rack). A few Steaks are featured like the Top Sirloin Steak ($10/6 oz. $12/8 oz. or $16/12 oz.) and the 20 oz. Ribeye ($20). They also offer favorites like Veggie Plate ($8), Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy ($10), Shepherd's Pie ($9), Baked Spasagna® ($10), Key West Chicken and Shrimp ($11) and New Orleans Pasta ($12). Combos pair two items together. Lunch or lighter appetites can have Sandwiches, like Grilled Cheese, Philly Cheesesteak, Monte Cristo or Buffalo Chicken Wrapper among others (all about $9). Various Burgers run $7-8 each. House or Caesar Salads are just $4 extra, as are side dishes ($2.50 each), like Broccoli Cheese Casserole abd Red Beans and Rice. Full Salads run about $9-10 each. Desserts are popular too with Bread Pudding, Apple Pie A-La-Mode, Key Lime Pie, Sundaes and Shakes made from scratch at $4-6 each. Lunch items run about $2 less. Full bar featuring Cocktails and Margaritas. Kids menu runs about $5 each. Founded by Aubrey Good and Doug Rogers in 1979 in Arlington, TX. Now with 150 locations in 23 states, headquartered in Irving, TX. Other Florida locations are in Orlando, Tampa, Sanford, Daytona Beach and other potential cities, like Ocala. Matthew Ratliff, manager here. Another location is expected in Brooksville (see above).

Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) We were attending the Lake Mirror Classic Car Show in downtown and knew there was a Cheddar's, south of the city. About 4:30 PM on a Saturday, we were seated immediately. I ordered a Pusser's Rum Painkiller ($8) and she had a Beringer Cab ($7). Both were very good but the former had too much ice in the glass, making it a short drink. It was nicely presented however. We split a Caesar Salad ($4) that was good and cold. She opted for the Chicken Pot Pie with Baked Potato Soup ($8) as a side and I had the Sirloin Steak and Half Rack Ribs ($16). The Pot Pie was wonderful and she brought home half of it. My Ribs were just OK. A lot of fat and too much sauce. The Steak was over seasoned, too salt and peppery. It was tender however. Service by Shana was prompt and friendly. She checked back often. Runners brought the meals while still hot. Reasonable prices and nice atmosphere here and good service. Have to remember to skip the Ribs and ask for no seasoning on the Steaks next time. Our total before t&t was $43.
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Not Rated Video Cheesecake Factory (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-0333. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Located at the main entrance of the Mall at Millenia and open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM, Sunday from 10 AM. Valet & self parking in the mall lot. Elaborate surroundings. A vast array of familiar and unfamiliar meals like Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon, Crispy Spicy Beef, Shrimp Scampi and Pan Seared Albacore Tuna. Steaks include Steak Diane, Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak, Beef Ribs and Grilled Pork Chops, as well as Flat Iron Steak and Grilled Rib-Eye. Pastas include Arrabbiata, Carbonara, Marinara, Bolognese and Da Vinci styles. Sandwiches are also available like the Cuban, the Reuben, Crabcake, Shrimp & Bacon Club, California Cheesesteak, even a Grilled Cheese. Pizza, Burgers and Chicken dishes are also on the menu. Weight Management items also offered, like Pear and Endive Salad. Oddities like Pot Stickers, Snow Peas and Succotash add a surprising twist. Meals can range $8-32 each, with most entrées priced about $11-17. Very large portions on many of their specialties. Sunday Brunch is very popular. Renowned for their famous cheesecakes including Godiva® Chocolate, Cherry, Snickers® Bar, Oreo® and Banana Cream. There's no end to the cheesecake flavors offered. Free Ice Cream dessert on your birthday. Large full bar featuring such concoctions as the Mosquito Bite and the Flying Gorilla. Even cold Apple Cider is available. Extensive wine list. Patio seating. Casual dress. Voted 2015 "Best Desserts" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of a large nationwide chain of over 130 locations, 14 of which are in Florida.

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



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Not Rated Video Cheesecake Factory (Winter Park), 520 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-644-4220. (American) (Continental) [L/D] At Winter Park Village Shops next to the Regal Cinemas. Large portions of eclectic cuisines. Bang-Bang Chicken & Shrimp and Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp are typical of seafood; with Honey Maple Pork Tenderloin and Beef Ribs typical of meat dishes. Burgers and lighter offerings like salads and tacos are also on the menu. Numerous signature cheesecakes for dessert, of course. Entrées range from $8 to $25 each. Sunday brunch. Casual dress. Very popular. Limited reservations accepted. Full bar. Voted 2015 "Best Desserts" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of a large nationwide chain of over 130 locations headquartered in Calabasas Hills, CA.

Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Cheeser's Palace Café, 707 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL. 32.8 mile drive from The Villages. 404-9431. (Cafe) [B/L] Located in downtown Clermont near 7th Street, open 7:30 AM to 3 PM daily except closed Monday and to 2 PM on Sunday. Occasionally open later during street festivals. Two room café with a European flare. Breakfast includes a variety of Omelets, Crêpes, Waffles, French Toast, Danish and Muffins. Lunch runs the gamut from Sandwiches, Burgers and Strip Steak to Soups, like Tomato Floentine, Salads and Cheese Plates. Prices range $7-9 for breakfast or lunch. Homemade desserts like Strudel, Brownies and Truffles also offered. Free Wi-fi. No bar. BYOB. $6 & $15 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Amanda Walsh, owner.



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Long Gone - Citrus Tower Restaurant (1956)
US 27, Clermont, FL.

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Not Rated Chefs of Napoli II (Inverness), 1546 US 41 North, Inverness, FL. 32.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-419-6554. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened in 2010. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Located north of SR 44 on US 41, in the Inverness Regional Shopping Center, near K-Mart. This is their second location after Spring Hill, FL. You can expect fresh Mussels, Fried Calamari, Bruschetta, and Fried Mozzarella for appetizers ranging $6-10 each. For Pasta dishes they offer Spaghetti Aglio e Olio or Marinara ($10), Cheese or Baked Ravioli or Shells ($10), Penne Puttanesca or Boscaiola ($11), Fettuccine Alfredo or Carbonara ($12), Lasagna ($12), Baked Zitti ($11), Zitti with Eggplant ($12), Eggplant Parmesan ($12) or a Trio of Pasta dishes ($15). Chicken dishes run $11-14, while Veal dishes run $13-17 each. Seafood, like Calamari or Mussels on Linguine ($12), Shrimp Scampi ($14), Smoked Salmon ($14), Shrimp Alfredo ($16), Grouper Livornese ($17), Shrimp Francese ($17) and more are available. Pizza runs $9-12 each with Specialty Pizzas $13-17. There's also Calzones and Strombolis ($7.50 each). Desserts like Tiramisu, Cheese Cake and Cannoli run $3-4 each. Children's menu offered. Wine and beer licensed. Another location is planned for Wildwood (see that listing). Norbert Lefkovits, new owner.

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



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Chef's Table At The Edgewater Hotel, 99 West Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-230-4837. (Continental) [D] Located in the historic Edgewater Hotel in downtown Winter Garden. Opens at 5:30 PM daily except Sunday and Monday when they are closed. Continental cuisine offered in a romantic atmosphere. Fine linen service. A $50, prix fixe, 3 course menu might include Spring Mixed Salad or Foie Gras Crème Brûlée or Wild Mushroom Torte or Shrimp Grill for the first course; Grilled Rib Eye or Filet Mignon or Pork Tenderloin or Sesame Crusted Tuna, or Cajun Chicken Cassoulet, or Pan Seared Duck Breast for the main course and Chocolate Souffle or Berries Sauté or Banana Walnut Bread Pudding or Sorbet & Fruit for the last course. Wine pairing at $22 per person, mating each course is offered. A Five Cheese Course is also available for $15. Beer and wine only. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Reader's Choice winner for "Best Atmosphere" and Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Romantic Restaurant" in Orlando by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted winner for "Best Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine readers. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Full bar and extensive wine list. Voted "Best Place to Celebrate" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. David Lampman, chef de cuisine; Brent Slusher, manager; Laurie and Kevin (executive chef) Tarter, owners here and at The Tasting Room (see that listing). The chef's experience includes Victoria & Albert's (see that listing) and Arnaud's (New Orleans) restaurants.



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Not Rated Video Chez Vincent, 533 West New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-599-2929. (Continental) (French) [L/D] Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, but no service from 2 to 5:30 PM. A few blocks west of Park Ave. in the revived Hannibal Square restaurant district. Intimate dining room. French cuisine served in a quiet atmosphere since 1997. Dinner entrées range from $23 to $35. Paupiette de Poulet (Chicken Breast with Mushrooms) and Magret de Canard a l'Orange (Sautéed Duck in Orange Sauce) are just two of the items on the menu. Others include Filet de Chevreuil Montmorency (Venison in Port Wine), Carre d'Agneau au Bleu (Rack of Lamb with Blue Cheese Sauce) and Filet Mignon au Poivre (Beef Tenderloin with Cracked Black Pepper). For seafood they offer Truite aux Amandes (Sautéed Trout with Almonds), Merou a la Duxelle de Champignon (Sautéed Grouper with Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce), Coquilles St. Jacques (Sea Scallops Sautéed), Crevettes a l'Aneth (Gulf Shrimp in Dill Sauce), Saumon aux Framboises (Poached Salmon in a Sherry Raspberry Sauce) and Filet de Snapper (Steamed Snapper with a Seafood Fumet Sauce). 3 soups are offered each day including Soupe a l'Oignon (French Onion) at about $6-7 each. Appetizers range from Moules (Mussels) to Escargot (Snails) to Grenouille (Frog Legs) to Caille (Quail) at $9-13 each. French desserts run $6-8 each. A Prix Fixe Dinner with salad, choice of entrée and glass of wine runs $42/person. Dressy casual. White linens. Online or phone reservations accepted and advised on weekends. Occasional 40-50% coupons available on the TravelZoo website. Restrictions apply. Full bar and nice wine list ranging $22-95 per bottle generally, but into the $100-300 range too. 15 wines by the glass offered at $7 to $11 per glass. 2008 runner-up for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. A graduate of Clermont Ferrand Culinary Academy in Moulins, France - Vincent and wife Teri Gagliano, owners.

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



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Not Rated Video Christini's Ristorante Italiano, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-8770. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Located off "Restaurant Row". Open 6 PM to 11 PM. Open since 1984. Lavish interior. Black and white linen service. Jackets required. One of Orlando's best known and expensive restaurants. Appetizers include Mozzarella Caprese ($13.50), Prosciutto Melone ($13.50), Melanzane Parmigiana ($15.50), Funghi Ripieni ($15.50), Calamari Fritti ($15.50), Gamberoni [Shrimp] alla Venezia ($17.50) and Carpaccio de Manzo ($18.50). Their only Soup is Pasta e Fagioli ($14.50). Salads are Insalata Carpricciosa ($13.50), Insalata Mista ($14.50) and Insalata con Funghi ($15.50). For the Pasta Course they offer Spaghetti al Pomodoro ($24.50), Ravioli Aurora ($25.50), Fettuccine alla Christini ($26.50), Linguini alla Primavera ($27.50), Gnocchi Bolognese ($29.50), Rigatoni alla Zozzona ($30.50), Melanzane Parmigiana ($36.50) and Ravioli di Pesce ($38.50). For seafood entrées they offer Shrimp alla Scampi ($46.50), Aragosta [Lobster] Fra Diavolo ($49.50), Spigola [Sea Bass] alla Christini ($58.50), Lobster or Shrimp of the Day and Fish Filet of the Day, all at Market Prices. They also have Chicken Piccata ($35.50), Chicken Formaggi ($38.50), Chicken Marsala ($40.50), Veal Piccata al Limone ($44.50), Veal Marsala ($49.50), Saltimboca ($49.50), Veal with Mushrooms and Lobster Medallions ($67.50) and Prime Filet Mignon ($59.50). The Osso Bucco d'Agnello (Lamb Shank) is $44.50. Side dishes run $13-15 each. Summer specials reduce the prices about $5/entrée. Desserts range from Sorbet and Gelato, to Cannoli to Tiramisu. A strolling accordionist adds to the Italian atmosphere. Complimentary valet parking. Full bar with extensive Wine List. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. In business 45 years, Chris Christini, owner.

Review: (from Cheryl L. 7/17) First off, the restaurant's own website does not even list their menu prices. Even though our reservation was for 6 people at 6 PM and it was pouring rain, doors were locked at 5:45. The valet did not even come out until 5:55. Doors only open at 6 PM. We were warmly greeted and seated. Our first server was Angelo, explained history of restaurant, recommendations, etc. Then there was a server who took our "special" appetizer order. No price was ever mentioned, our mistake not to ask. Each couple shared in that appetizer. We order one Apple Martini ($21.50), combo appetizer consisted of Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Pasta Purses stuffed with Pears and Gorgonzola Cheese. It was fabulous. And Calamari $45 each couple. Our entrées were Shrimp Scampi $46.50 and Seafood Ravioli $40.50. Then another server took our dessert order of one Cannoli ($11) and one American Coffee $5.50. Total for two was $170. Yes, I agree this was a true dining experience, but felt way over priced for the amount of food given.
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Long Gone - Angebilt Hotel Dining Room on the 10th floor, (1930s)
Across from the San Juan Hotel and near Rutland's Men Store
Built March 1923, now Q West, an office building.
37 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Video Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster, 729 Lee Rd., Orlando, FL. 59.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-4443. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Formerly called Del Frisco's and no longer licensed to use that name. An upscale elegant steakhouse, opened in 1993 as a family business. Opens at 5 PM daily, except closed Sundays. Located on SR 423, just west of I-4. Appetizers run $8-15, from Onion Rings and Shrimp Scampi to Fried Oysters and Shrimp Cocktail. Dinner or Caesar Salad as well as a Lettuce Wedge are $9 each. Soups include Lobster Bisque at $7.50 per bowl. Lighter entrées are Shrimp Scampi, Fried Shrimp, and Salmon, ranging $26-27 each. In beef, 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 18 oz. Prime Bone-In Ribeye, Prime Strip, Porterhouse and Beef Wellington, run $32 to $45 each. Other meat offerings include Prime Lamb Chop, Veal Porterhouse, and Osso Buco Veal Shank run $28-38 each. Small beef portions like Filet Beef Tips and Governor's Filet run $22-27. Vegetable portions are a-la-carte at $6-8 each like Potatoes au Gratin, Pasta Frisco, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Creamed Corn. Piano lounge provides entertainment. Full bar and extensive Wine List. The Wine Room has 6,000 bottles of wine. Online and phone reservations accepted and advised. Free valet and self parking. Smart casual attire accepted; coat and tie optional. 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Steakhouse" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Business Dinner" and "Best Steakhouse" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Zoli Davis, executive chef; Carole and David Christner, owners.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Chroma (Modern Bar + Kitchen), 6967 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, FL. 70.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-955-4340. (American) (Asian) [L/D] Opened in mid-2016. Located in the new Lake Nona area, this ultra-contemporary venue offers plenty of small bite plates. It's a social thing here too, so it can be noisy. Open weekdays from 11 AM and Saturday and Sunday from 3 PM and closes at 10 PM on Sunday or later on weekends. In the Sliders Dept. you can find a Cheeseburger, Chroma Burger, Pulled Pork Burger or a Lamb Burger ($8-10 each). In the Rabbit Food Dept. you can find Local Greens ($8), Chopped Heirloom Salad ($9), Tuscan Kale and Quinos ($10) or Spinach & Charred Apple ($11). The Seafood Dept. has Fish Tacos ($9 each), Sautéed Mussels ($11), Fish & Chips ($12), Wild Tuna Poke ($14), Florida Shrimp ($14), Kung Pao Calamari ($14) and Crab & Artichoke Dip ($14). The Meat Dept. has Baked Meatballs ($8), Chicken Satay ($9), Buffalo Chicken Wontons ($9), Grilled Chicken Thighs ($10), Corn-flaked Chicken Drumsticks ($10), Florida Pork Ribs ($11), Corned Beef Brisket Empanades ($11), Lamb Ribs ($12), Pork Belly Ramen Tonkotsu ($12), Roasted Bone Marrow ($13), Grilled NY Strip ($15) and a Skirt Steak ($15). Vegetarian Dept. has Bourbon-Maple Sweet Potato, Snow Peas, Patatas Bravas, French Fries, Charred Shishito Peppers or Chilled Asparagus (all $8-10 each). In the Lost and Found Dept. you can discover Deviled Egg ($5), Roasted Edamame ($7), Fried Goat Cheese ($9), Potato Gnocchi ($10), Guava and Goat Cheese Flatbread ($13), a Charcuterie Board ($14) and a Fromage Board ($7/$13/$19) to share. Not to be outdone, the Wholesale Dept. has meals for sharing for 4 patrons, like Spaghetti & Meatballs ($35), Jambalaya ($38), 20 ounces of Grilled Sirloin Steak ($44) and a 30 ounce Bone-In Grilled Ribeye ($58). From the Sugar Pantry you can order Apple Crisp, Bead Pudding, Rum Spiked Fresh Berries, Key Lime Pie or a Pot de Crème au Chocolat (all $4 each). Specialty Sodas are $5 each, as are Lemonades and Iced Teas. Crafted Cocktails, like a Pineapple Caipirinha, run $9-12 each. About 2 dozen wines by the glass in 3/6/9 oz. pours or by bottles ($36-87/btl. for Whites) and ($36-125/btl. for Reds) are offered. Some are their own California label. Local and imported beers are available, as are flights for the undecided or ultra-thirsty. Outdoor lounge available. Online or phone reservations accepted. Jason Bergeron, chef. Part of the Tavistock Restaurant collection.



Canceled Circo (Orlando), 8054 InternationaL Dr., Orlando, FL. Very upscale restaurant, planned for over 2 years, has been canceled in October, 2017, due to the bankruptcy of the parent company. A new tenant is being sought for this location.

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Long Gone - Lunch Basket Sandwich Shop (1974-2007)
For almost 3 decades Ben Nicoll made sandwiches here,
especially the meatloaf on white bread with ketchup.
901 N. Magnolia Ave. (at E. Marks St.), Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Civilization, 1511 NW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL. 66.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-380-0544. (Continental) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Located 15 blocks north of downtown, one long block west of Main St., just south of NW 16th Ave. In business since 2009. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM, then 5:30 to 9 PM for dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch served 10 AM to 2 PM. Closed all day Monday. Ethnic comfort food from around the globe. Focus is on vegetarian, but other organic dishes are featured too. Locally sourced provisions. Unique salads such as House ($4), Strawberry and Spinach ($5), Pickled Beets ($5/$9), Mediterranean Rice ($5/$9), Florida Citrus ($5/$9) and Utopian Dinner Salad ($9) are offered. Appetizers on the menu are Fried Potatoes ($5), Muhammara (puree of walnuts) with Crudites and Crostini ($5.50), Tortillas and Guacamole ($6), Pakora Chickpea Fritters ($7), Pommes de Terre Mashed Potato Croquettes ($7), Chole Curried Chickpeas ($7.50), a Crostini Triple Spread Sampler ($7) and their popular Beer Batter Onion Rings with Tangy Sweet Sauce ($6.50). Entrées include Water Buffalo Moussaka ($15), Curried Shrimp Stir Fry ($15), New Orleans Filé Gumbo with Shrimp and Sausage ($15), Portugese Chicken Piri Piri ($16.50) and Mojo Marinated Caribbean Flank Steak ($16.50). Vegetarian entrées include Roasted Vegetables with Fried Polenta ($12.50), Portobello Stroganoff ($13), Thai Shiitake Mushrooms and Asian Greens ($13), Indian Thali Plate ($13.50), Fettuccine with Sautéed Vegetables ($14) and Sweet Potato Enchiladas ($14). Brunch items are Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Frittata), Challah French Toast and "Swamp Eggs", among others. Lunch items like Shrimp and Grits or Felafel Burger are featured too. Beverages run the range of Orange, Ginger or Root Beer Brews, Cheerwine, Cane Sugar Sodas, and even Bubbly Mimosas. They also offer an interesting selection of beer and wine. After dinner tea selection and varied coffee bar. 18% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more. Only 4 credit cards per table requested. John Prosser owner.



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12½ Stars Cocina 214, 151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-790-7997. (Mexican) [L/D] Located one block south of Morse Blvd. and one block east of S. Park Ave. Opens at 11 AM every day. Billed as a very contemporary Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant. The 214 is Dallas Texas' area code. The menu is extensive. A variety of Nachos, Quesadillas, Taquerias, Fajitas, Burritos, Enchiladas and other dishes jam the menu pages all ranging $9-16 each, like the Fried Rock Shrimp Tacos. Specialty dishes like Carne Asada, Pescado Rico, Corn-Crusted Mahi, Camarones Brochette and Cocina Aged NY Strip Steak run $12-30 each. Sopas ($6) and Ensaladas run $10-18 each, like the Tuna Sashimi Salad. Lunch specials run $10 each. Saturday and Sunday Brunch include types of Huevos. Full bar makes Margaritas, Caipirinhas, Mojitos and serves Mexican and domestic beers as well. Wine and champagne available too. Happy Hour 4:30 to 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Tex-Mex Restaurant" and "Best Happy Hour" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 20% gratuity added to parties of 12 or more. Russ Greer, owner.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruka O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Video The Colonnade Restaurant, 3401 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL. Very sadly, after 81 years in business, run by 5 generations of the same Whiteside family, this Tampa icon closed it's doors in 2016. Originally, as a Drive-In restaurant, it served Burgers and Coca Cola with an olive in it, a holdover from prohibition. It later became famous for great views of the bay, wonderful seafood, luscious desserts and very moderate prices. The property was sold for $6 million to a luxury condo developer. The low dark wooden building is now gone. Gourmet Club members that visited it, gave it 14½ Stars over the years.

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Not Rated Colorado Fondue Company, 1016 E. Semoran Blvd., Casselberry, FL. 56.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-767-8232. (Fondue) [D] Opens at 5:30 PM daily, except 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday.Located at the corner of SR 436 and Red Bug Lake Road in the Greater Market Plaza. Déor is reminiscent of a Colorado lodge, complete with moose head. Not a chain. Long established, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant offering combination dinners as well as individual entrée selections. Entrées include choice of side salad or soup, pasta, red-skinned potatoes, mixed vegetables and sauces. Cheese Fondue appetizers such as Cheddar Santa Fe, Four Corners, Fontina Tuscany, Alpine Swiss and Spinach and Artichoke Fonduta are offered, at $12. Entrées such as Vegetarian ($13), Breast of Chicken ($15), Chicken & Shrimp ($15), Colorado Lodge Sirloin ($16), Sirloin & Shrimp ($16), Pork Tenderloin ($16), Black Tiger Shrimp ($17), Scallops & Shrimp ($19), Filet Mignon ($19) or Sea Scallops ($22) are on the menu. Side additions from Edamame ($4.50) to Mushrooms ($4.50) to Filet Mignon Pieces ($9) are extra. Sharing fondue desserts such as Kahlua Milk Chocolate, Dark Raspberry Chocolate, Colorado Mudslide, Cookies & Cream, Amaretto White Chocolate and a few others are offered at the end of the meal at $12.50 per couple. Combination dinners including salad and dessert with various main courses, available at prices of $28, $45, $59 or $84 per couple. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. 18% suggested gratuity added to parties of 5 or more. Full bar and wine list. Blake Alders, owner.



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Long Gone - Victoria Station Restaurant (1979)
Fernwwod Blvd., Casselberry, FL.

Image Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Columbia Restaurant (Celebration), 649 Front St., Celebration, FL. 58.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-566-1506. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] The original location is in Ybor City (see that listing). This one is located in downtown Celebration since 1997 opposite Lake Rianhard. Open every day from 11:30 AM including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Start with a glass or whole pitcher of Mojitos ($9/$26) or the Homemade Sangria ($7/$19) or their famous 1905 Martini ($10). Their "1905 Salad" ($11) is a legend and can accompany any entrée for $5 extra as a side salad. Many tapas run $7-13 and include Queso Fundido (Cheese Dip), Espinaca y Garbanzos Burgos (Spinach and Beans), Coca de Langosta (Lobster Flatbread) and Gambas "Al Ajillo" (Shrimp). Full entrées include Mahi Mahi ($19-21), Salmon ($19-22), Shrimp ($20-25), Cannelloni de Langosta ($22), Snapper ($24-26), Pompano ($28), even Grouper ($24-29). Cuban Veal ($27) is offered , as is Ropa Vieja ($18), Palomilla ($18), Roast Pork ($21) and Filet Steak Salteado ($22). Other beef items include Filet Mignon ($28) or with Bacon ($29) or Flambéed Bourbon ($30) and a 16 oz. Delmonico Steak ($30). Chicken dishes are also available ranging $19 to $21 each. Perhaps the most sought after is Paella from Vegetarian Style ($22), to Valenciana Style ($26), to Marinera Style ($29). Combination plates are offered too. For dessert you can choose from Churros ($6), a Guava Turnover ($7), Crema Catalana ($7), Chocolate Cake ($7), Key Lie Pie ($7), Brazo Gitano ($8) and of course, Spanish Flan ($6). Gluten Free items are shown on the menu. Children's menu available. Gift Shop and Cigar Store. Online or phone reservations accepted. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights from 8-12 PM in the Tapas Bar. Full bar and very large wine list, specializing in Spanish wines, is available. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. 7 locations across Florida. Still family owned and operated by Richard and Casey Gonzmart. Candido Ferreira, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Columbia Restaurant (Ybor City), 2117 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL. 100.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-248-4961. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] This is the original location in Ybor City. Now with 6 other versions in Florida. Open 365 days a year from 11 AM. Authentic cuisine from Spain and Cuba. Elaborate historic Spanish decor. Tapas to full dinners are available. Paella a la Valencia, Red Snapper Alicante, Grouper a la Rusa, Pompano en Papillot as well as Shrimp Criollo are some of the seafood offerings. Pollo Riojana, Filet Mignon Columbia, Palaomilla, Roast Pork a la Cubana and Rack of Veal Leno Rodriguez are some of the meat entrées. Flan and Florida Key Lime Pie are typical of the desserts. Main dishes range from $18 to $30 each. Full bar and extensive wine list with over 1000 selections. "Best of Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Gluten free items noted. Flamenco dancing and other entertainment every evening except Sunday with cover charge. Casual dress. Online or phone reservations accepted. Popular with tourists and for banquets, business dinners and lunches. Golden Spoon Award and Hall of Fame from Florida Trend Magazine. Geraldo Bayona, executive chef. Opened by Casimiro Hernandez in 1905 at this location. Still family operated.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Corelli's Italian Restaurant, 1042 E. Hwy 50, Clermont, FL. 33.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-989-5924. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened June, 2013 and is popular with the locals. Located near SR50 and US27, between Pet Supermarket and K-Mart in the Clermont Regional Center. Purple booths and tables fill the dining room. The owners have more than 30 years experience in the restaurant business. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, five days a week. Closed Sunday and Monday. Appetizers like Garlic Rolls ($2.50), Meatballs ($7), Sausages ($8), Fried Mozzarella ($10), Fried Ravioli ($10), Fried Calamari ($12), Mussels Marinara ($12) and Chicken Wings ($1 each), start the large menu. An Antipasta runs $13 for one person and $17 for two persons. Main dishes are items like Stuffed Shells, Ravioli, Tortellini, Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage, Manicotti, Cannelloni and Baked Ziti (all $15 each), plus Lasagna, Pasta ala Vodka (both $16 each), Fettuccine Carbonara, Fettuccine Alfredo (both $20 each), and a Tour of Sicily or Italy (both $25 each). Chicken can be had as Parmigiana ($19), Marsala ($21), Florentina ($22), Francase ($23) or Piccata ($23) style. Then there's Sausage & Peppers ($20), Veal Parmigiana ($22), Veal Frances, Marsala or Piccata (all $24 each), plus items like Linguine with Clam Sauce ($20), Shrimp Parmigiana ($20), Fish Parmigiana ($21), Mussels Marinara ($22), Shrimp Scampi ($22), Fish Francese ($24) and a Seafood Assortment called Fruitti di Mar ($30). Eggplant Parmigiana ($16) or Rollatini ($17) are also on the menu. Main diahes usually come with House Salad, Garlic Rolls and a side of Pasta. Small ($14-15) and large Calzones ($18-20) are available, as are Subs ($11-14 each). Their specialty is New York Style Pizza in 14", 16" or 18" sizes starting at $14/$15/$17 each, plus each topping ($1.50-2.50). White Pizza is also offered (starting at $21/$23/$27). Desserts include Zeppolis, Triamisu, Cannoli or New York Style Cheesecake ($3.50-5.00 each). Imported or domestic Beer and House Wines are licensed here. $4 fee for sharing an entrée.. Reservations accepted for a party of 4 or more. David and Giuseppe Affrunti, owners.



Image Not Rated Conestogas Restaurant, 14920 Main St., Alachua, FL. 76.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-462-1294. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Area tradition since 1988. Located 16 miles north of Gainesville, near Exit 399 of I-75, right on Main St., 2 blocks south of US 441 in the cute town of Alachua. Opens at 11 AM daily except closed Sunday. Noted for their steaks. Best sellers, Conestoga Sirloin Lunch Cut ($14), Junior Cut ($17) or Senior Cut ($22), plus a Surf 'n Turf option ($21) tops their menu. A Tenderfoot Filet Mignon ($25) is on the list, as is a Ribeye Steak ($24) and a New York Strip ($22). Other choices include a Sirloin Tips ($12), Chicken and Tender Sirloin Tips Combo ($16) and Chicken, Shrimp and Sirloin Tips Combo ($17). Fried Chicken ($11), Liver and Onions ($12), Marinated Chicken ($13), Fried Whitefish ($13), Chicken, Onions and Peppers ($14), Country Fried Steak ($14), Grilled Shrimp ($15), Fried Shrimp ($17) and Suwannee Swai ($13/$16/$18) are also offered. All these come with two side dishes. Ground Beef Patties are also offered at $11 and $14. Large salads are available too, ranging $9-13. Burgers run $9-12 each and Hoagies run $9-10. Children's menu is available and Senior Citizen items ranging $8-12 are offered too. Ice Cream desserts are popular here. Beer and wine licensed. Daily Specials Hotline is 386-462-8133. Ricky, Donna and Melissa Robertson, owners.



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Not Rated Video Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 Jefferson St., Brooksville, FL. 50.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-796-9141. (Cafe) [L/D] Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily except from 11 AM on Sunday and 'till 9 PM on Wednesday through Saturday. In business since 1960. "World Famous (they say) Foot Longs and Delicious Different Burgers". Not only Hot Dogs and Burgers but also Chicken Wings, Southern Fried Ribs, Fresh Fried Mullet make this an eclectic array of comfort food. Slaw Dogs, Chili Dogs and Corn Dogs are not Coney Island but are on the menu here too at $2-3 each. Burgers from the Midwest are also $2-3 each. But a Full Slab of Ribs can run you $18. You'll also find Shoe String Fries and Fried Pickles too. No bar, the most potent drinks are Dr. Pepper and Lemonade. License plate collection dons the walls. Renee Jones, chili master; Blair Hensley, owner.



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Not Rated Cook's Buffet, Café & Bakery, 704 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL. 48.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-734-4339. (American) (Buffet) [L/D] Opened in April, 2011. Hours are 11 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days per week. To 9 PM weekends. Located just north of Stetson University on US 92. Features a large Buffet and a 20 foot Salad Bar. Offers fresh vegetables, soups, nightly specials and homemade desserts. The Lunch Buffet with an entrée and vegetables is $7.49 per person; with the salad bar it's $9 per person. The Salad Bar alone is $8 and add just 50 cents for a cup of soup. Dinner Buffet starts at 4 PM weekdays and 11 AM on Sundays and Holidays. It's $8 for salads only, $8.49 for salads and vegetables, and $10 for the full buffet that includes a carved entrée like Ham, Turkey, Beef, Seafood, etc. Beverage and dessert are extra. Children under 10 are $5. For lunch you can also order off a menu that includes a Reuben, Grilled Chicken Pita, ½ Pound Cheeseburger or a Pulled Pork Sandwich, all about $7 each with French Fries. You can also find Filet of Fish Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and Soup, Open Faced Pot Roast Sandwich or a Southwest Taco Salad, all ranging $7-8 each. Homemade soups include Chicken Velvet, Red Velvet or a Soup du Jour. Alone they run $2.69 to 3.69 for the cup or bowl. Inside and porch seating available. Vinyl tablecloths and linen napkins keep the place neat. Beer and wine available. Eat free during your birthday week, once a year, with 24 hour advance reservations, proper ID and three other full buffet purchases. Family run. Don Wilson, manager; Michael and Star Cook, owners.



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Long Gone - Red Barn Restaurant (1948)
US 41/441 on Lake Hiawatha, 3 miles south of Lake City, FL.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Waterford Lakes), 529 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL. 65.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-374-2464. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened April, 2014. A new dining concept in the Waterford Lakes Town Center, on CR 434 between the 408 East-West Expressway and E. Colonial Dr. (SR 50). This very large 10,000 s.f. restaurant with patio can handle 330 diners. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily; later on weekends; to 9 PM on Sundays. The bar stays open later. Let's start with the wines, each of their own brand of 50 wines are available by the glass or bottle. For example: Blanc de Blanc Sparkling ($7/$23), Pinot Gris ($7/$25), Un-oaked Chardonnay ($7/$25), Lux Chardonnay ($9/$38), Riesling ($7.50/$26), Viognier ($7/$25), Sauvignon Blanc ($7/$25), Pinot Noir ($8.50/$30), Lux Pinot Noir ($11.50/$46), Malbec ($8.50/$30), Shiraz ($7.50/$26), Cab Sauvignon ($8.50/$30), Red Zin ($7.50/$26), and Lux Meritage ($12/$48). The full range goes from a White Zin ($6/glass) to a Winemaker's Handcrafted Red Blend Reserve straight from the barrels ($9/glass). Fruit Wines ($6.50/$22), Ice Wines ($9.50/$38) and Wine Cocktails ($7-8) are also available. Wine flights can also be ordered for a pairing of each course. $8 Corkage Fee. Fancy Cocktails and Craft Beers run $6-12 each. On to the food; appetizers like Chicken Potstickers ($9), Asian Pork Belly Tostadas ($9), Thai Lettuce Wraps ($12), Blackened Ahi Tuna ($13), a Cheese Plate ($13) and even an Appetizer Sampler ($21.50) can be assembled for the table. For entrées, they offer Fish & Chips ($15), Jambalaya ($18), Soy Ginger Salmon ($21), Crab Cakes ($22) and Sea Scallops ($27) for example. Then there's Pretzel-Crusted Pork Medallions ($21), Red Wine Braised Short Ribs ($23), Churrasco Grilled Skirt Steak ($24), Trio of Beef Medallions ($29), 7/9 oz. Filet Mignon ($30/$34) and a 14 oz. New York Strip ($33). Crusted choices or Mushroom toppings add $3. Side dishes like Asian Slaw, Mary's Whipped Potatoes, Loaded Baked Potato and Roasted Veggies add $2-4 extra. They also have 5 Chicken dishes ($17-18 each) and 6 Pasta dishes ($15-19 each). Burgers come in a wide variety ($10-17 each). A half dozen Flatbreads run $9-10 each and large Salads are $12-15. Crab & Lobster Bisque ($6/$7) is always available. Lunch size portions run $13-15 for some of their main dishes. The "Life Balance" menu offers items under 600 calories. A dozen desserts keep some diners "Off Balance" and run $7 each. A complete Gluten free menu is available too. Kids menu runs $7-14. After dinner wines suggested always. Each menu item has a suggested bin number for easy pairing. This grape contract Canadian/US winery, not satisfied with just selling wine, is now an upscale casual dining chain with two dozen locations, mostly in the mid-west, each has a dining room, a full-service bar, a barrel-aging private room and a Napa-style wine tasting room with gift shop, all rolled into one large complex. The restaurants started in 2005 in Orland Park (Chicago), IL. They also offer Wine Tours and a Wine Club. Other Florida locations are in Tampa and I-Drive, Orlando. Reservations taken online and much advised. Tim Mahler, general manager here; corporate owned.

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



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14½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant (I-Drive), 8005 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-956-3400. (American) (Wine Bar) [B/L/D] Opened September, 2014. At the corner of I-Drive and W. Sand Lake Road (SR 482), just off Exit 74A of I-4 in the I-Shop Plaza. This huge, 12,400 square-foot location open 6:30 AM to 10 PM daily; later on weekends and can handle 340 patrons. This one serves breakfast too. Besides 50 styles of wine to have with your meal or take home (see above location), they offer a wide variety of food items like Asian Pork Belly Tostadas, Ahi Tuna Tacos, Southwest Egg Rolls, Chicken Potstickers, Stuffed Mushrooms, Calamari, Thai Lettuce Wraps, Crab Cakes, Drunken Shrimp, and other appetizers ranging $9-13 each, or a 4 item sampler for $21. A number of Flatbreads like Italian Sausage & Ricotta are offered at $9-10. For entrées you can find Fish & Chips ($15), Jambalaya ($18), Soy Ginger Salmon ($21), Crab Cakes ($22), Seafood Cannelloni ($23), Pistachio Crusted Grouper ($26), Sea Scallops ($27) and Blackened Ahi Tuna ($28), to name the seafood dinners. Meat dinners include Pretzel-Crusted Pork Chop ($21), Short Rib Risotto ($22), Red Wine Braised Short Ribs ($23), Churrasco ($24), Beef Medallions ($29) and a 7 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon ($30/$34). Chicken is prepared 5 different ways from Chicken Piccata ($17) to Chicken Madeira ($18). 6 Pasta dishes like Angel Hair Neapolitano ($16) and Gnocchi Carbonara ($17) are on the menu too. Burgers for lunch or dinner range $11 to $17 for the Prime Rib Burger. Others offered, like a Chicken Sandwich, is just $10. Large Salads run $12-15 each. Combination deals make choosing a meal almost limitless. Kids, gluten-free and vegetarian food available too. Wine by the bottle is served from a unique table-top cooling dispenser and runs $23-30/bottle with their reserves running up to $48/bottle. In the retail store, all these wines are $8 less for take home. $8 Corkage Fee allowed for your own wine. Full bar in addition to wine and beer. Reservations taken online and much advised. Another location is in Tampa. One of 16 restaurants headquartered near Chicago, IL. Cara Mahler, general manager here; corporate owned.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 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=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Copper Canyon Grill, 9101 International Dr. (Suite 1220), Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-363-3933. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Formerly known as Redrock Canyon Grill. Located in Pointe Orlando on I-Drive, not far from the convention centers. Hours are from 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends. Start with items like Cornbread ($6), Soup du Jour ($7), Caesar Salad ($7), Spinach Artichoke Dip ($13), Calamari ($14), Fiesta Eggrolls ($15), Coconut Shrimp ($15) or Smoked Salmon ($16). The entrées include a Fresh Vegetable Platter ($16), a Chicken Pot Pie ($16), a Meatloaf Stack ($17), Rotisserie Chicken Pieces with Linguini in a Cajun Alfredo Sauce ($17), Marinated Atlantic Salmon ($27), ½ lb. Eastern Shore Crab Cakes ($32), 9 oz. Hickory Grilled Tenderloin ($32), a 16 oz. New York Strip ($34) and the Fish of the Day at market price. In addition their specialties include Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken ($21) and St. Louis Barbecue Ribs ($27). Most come with a starch and vegetable. For lighter appetites you can find a Veggie Burger ($15), Prime Rib Sandwich ($16), Chicken & Avocado Club ($16), "The Stanford" Cheeseburger ($16) and a French Dip Sandwich on a Baguette ($18). Salad entrées include a California Cobb ($16), Rotisserie Chicken Salad ($16), Wood Grilled Steak Salad ($17/$21) or a Seared Ahi Tuna Salad ($22). Side dishes like Seasonal Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Fries, Rice and Mac & Cheese run $4-7 extra. For dessert you can enjoy Carrot Cake, Bread Pudding, Key Lime Thing or the Chocolate Uprising (all $8 each). A Gluten-free menu is provided. Lunch offers similar items, some at slightly reduced prices. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Full bar with handcrafted cocktails running $9-10 each. Wine List with wines running $7-14/glass and $21-140/bottle. Outdoor seating available. Validated garage parking. Small chain of 4 locations based in Columbia, Maryland, all corporate owned.



Coq Au Vin Restaurant. Called Le Coq Au Vin (see that listing).


Image 13http://thevillagesgourmetclub.com/page2.html#B088m Stars Corky Bell's Seafood (and Steaks), 185 S. Hwy. 17, East Palatka, FL. 66.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-325-1094. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located at Gator Landing on the east side of the St. John's River. Open from 11 AM daily to 9 PM or later on weekends. Specializing in fresh seafood. "Corky's Platter For Two" contains Shrimp, Oysters, Scallops, Fish Filet, Deviled Crabs and Clam Strips ($36). Other platters are $14.50 and $16.50 per person. Clam Strips ($10), Deviled Crab ($11), Crab Stuffed Bell Peppers ($11), Shrimp Scampi ($14.50), Sea Scallops ($16.50), Soft Shelled Crab, Alaskan Crab Legs and even Lobster Tails are on the menu. Boiled Shrimp ($10.50/15.50), Grilled Shrimp ($14), Fried Oysters, Oyster Stew, Frog Legs ($14), Crawfish ($10) and Gator Tail ($13.50) can also be found. Favorites include Salmon Patties ($11), Flounder ($12), Fish Filet ($12), Cod ($13), Catfish ($13), Mahi-Mahi ($14) and Salmon ($14). Steaks like New York Strip ($16/$18), Ribeye ($17/$20), Prime Rib ($17/$20) and Baby Back Ribs ($13.50) are offered. Surf and Turf Combos are available too. Chicken, Shrimp or Scallop Alfredo Pasta dishes ($14-15) are made here too. Dinners include Hushpuppies and two sides. Appetizers include Fried Pickles ($5), Calamari ($8), Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños ($8) and Conch Fritters ($8.50), among others. Senior Citizen meals are offered at about $3 less than regular price. Lunch items run $8-10 each. Children's menu also offered. For dessert, they have Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake and Chocolate Cake (all $4 each). Full bar here. Occasional entertainment. Large deck for outdoor seating. Charles (Corky) Bell, owner.

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

Review: (from Karen B. 3/17) Stopped for lunch on our way home to The Villages. The restaurant was packed with a waiting line for tables on a Thursday afternoon. We opted to sit at the bar, which was less crowded and quiet. The restaurant sits on the St. John's River and has an outdoor seating area, a main dining area and the bar. Not fancy, rustic decor. We both ordered the Fish Tacos, as that was the special. The plate came with 2 Fish Tacos, Black Beans and Rice, Hushpuppies and your choice of a side; we both chose Fries. The Hushpuppies might have been the best ones I have ever had. The Fish Tacos were excellent, served with pico de gallo, lettuce and cheese. The portions were huge; we probably should have shared. The bartender also took our order, served our food, offered great suggestions and kept everyone happy. Before t&t, our total was $31. We will definitely be back.
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Not Rated Cracker's Bar & Grill, 502 NW 6th St., Crystal River, FL. 48.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-795-3999. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located northwest of town on US 19 next to the Best Western Motel. Open daily 11 AM to late. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Noted for their large outdoor deck overlooking the Crystal River plus a large sports bar dining room. Chili and Clam Chowder are popular starters. Fish & Chips, Tuna Melt, Oyster Burger and Grouper Sandwiches are on the menu. Burgers and other hot sandwiches such as French Dip, Philly Cheese Steak, Pesto Chicken, Hot Turkey & Bacon and Reubens are offered. Dinners include fried, sautéed or grilled Shrimp, Scallops, Oysters, Grouper Fingers or Chicken Tenders. You can also find Baby Back Ribs, Ribeye and Sirloin Steaks on the menu. Large salads are also available. Moderate prices. Full bars inside and out. The deck is popular for cool drinks on a hot day. David and Joseph Garrick, owners.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Dinner in the Diner (1948) (1950) (1953) (1971)
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad - Aboard "The Champion"
New York to East and West Florida, via Orlando, FL. (ran 1939-1979)

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Not Rated cress Restaurant, 103 W. Indiana Ave., Deland, FL. 47.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-734-3740. (Asian) (Continental) [D] Opened August, 2008. Opens at 5:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday only. Closed Sunday and Monday. An upscale elegant bistro in downtown Deland serving European, Indian and Far East dishes. Derived its name from an edible garnish. Main dishes like Pan Roasted Chicken ($18), Braised Leg of Lamb ($21), Glazed Pork Chop ($22), Herb-Crusted Florida Fish ($25), Wild Boar Tenderloin ($28), Wagyu Beef Ribeye ($32) and others can be found on their Winter Menu; while Jumbo Shrimp 'n Grits ($18), Penne Provençal ($18), New England Sea Scallops ($23), Free Range Poussin ($24), Fresh Fish du Jour ($25) or Osso Buco ($27), might be found on their Spring Menu. Curry dishes from India or Indonesia, like Hyderabadi Eggplant & Peanut Curry ($13), Tikka Masala Curry with Chicken ($15) or Rendang Curry with Lamb ($17) are often on the menu too. Small plate offerings like Steamed Clams, Lamb Ribs, Crab Cake or Escargot are available at $9-10 each. Salads like Caprese, Wedge or Seasonal, run $8-9 each. A Soft Taco or Charcuterie Plate is offered for two at $15 each. A wide variety of wine is offered by the glass at $6-12 each. Bottles run $24-210 each. Champagne also available. Occasional Prix Fixe ($35) 3-Course Menu is offered too. Chef's Table events are also scheduled. Outdoor seating is available. Owner/chef is a 2011 James Beard nominee for "Best Chef South". 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Reservations taken by phone or online. Hari (Executive Chef) and Jenneffer (General Manager) Pulapaka, owners.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Crimson Tavern, 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, FL. 63.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-851-9000. (American) [L/D] Opened in May, 2013. Located in the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel, just north of the International Airport, off S. Semoran and T.G. Lee Boulevards. Hours are 11 AM to Midnight daily, dinner being served 5-11 PM. Billed as an "American Gastro Pub" serving snacks, light meals and full dinners in an austere, lunch room setting. Many ingredients come from the large Chef's Garden on the property. Casual attire. For light meals at dinner they offer A-La-Carte Table Snacks like Corn Bread ($6), Hummus ($8), Warm Pretzel ($9), Cheese Fries ($9), Hush Puppies ($10), Meatballs ($12), Duck Empanada ($12), Mussel Pot ($12), Burrata ($13) Ceviche ($13) and a Seafood Cocktail ($14). There's also a Meat & Cheese Board Array ($18). For entrées they have a Ramen Bowl ($22), Chicken Pot Pie ($22), Fried Chicken ($22), Shrimp & Grits ($23), Smoked Pork Porterhouse ($26), Lobster Fettuccine ($26), Daily Fish ($27), Crab Stuffed Grouper ($30) and a New York Strip Steak ($36). For large Salads they list a Farmhouse, Wedge and Kale Caesar (all $9 each). Desserts served include House Donuts, Cheesecake, Key Lime Tart and a Chocolate Torte (all $8 each). They also feature a British Ice Cream Sundae called a Knickerbocker in 3 different flavors ($10 each). Full bar and Wine List with Whites $9-13/glass or $28-50/bottle and Reds $10-16/glass or $32-120/bottle. Craft beers are $8 each. Lunch items add Sandwiches ($12-14 each) and Salads ($8-14 each). A Bar Menu shows Burgers ($13-16), Street Tacos ($15) and a Pressed Cuban ($15), among others. Weekly BBQ is held outside. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Validated parking. Reservations taken by phone or online. Tony Hull, chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated The Crooked Spoon (A Gastro Pub), 200 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont, FL. 31.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-927-1587. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Opened September 11, 2013, in the shadow of the Citrus Tower in the former Friendly's Restaurant building at US 27 and Grand Highway. Formerly a Food Truck business by the same name, this restauranteur wants to take root rather than wear out tires. A Gastro Pub which means creative sandwiches and burgers with unique ingredients. On the menu will be "The Smoked Spoon Burger" of Angus Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sweet Onion Marmalade and Chipotle Aioli on a toasted Brioche Bun. Also the "420 Burger" of Angus Beef, Honey Mustard Aioli, Candied Bacon, Swiss, Fried Panko Crusted Onion Ring and Pineapple Relish on the same bun. The "Bistro Ham Sandwich" will feature Black Forest Ham with Marinated Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Brie and Bistro Spread Aioli served on toasted Sourdough Bread. There's also a "Cranberry Turkey Sandwich" made with Cranberry Chutney, Swiss, Wilted Onions and Sage Aioli on toasted Artisanal Multigrain Bread. A favorite is Mac 'n Cheese created with 6 kinds of cheese (Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Fontana, Swiss and Gorgonzola), Bacon, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Basil and topped with Bread Crumbs. All come with signature chips. Full bar license. Craft beers are offered too. Chef Steve Saeig and former food truck operator, owner.

Older Review: (from Dan G. 10/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Video Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-1600. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [D] Located on I-Drive near the Wonder Works at Pointe Orlando not far from the convention center. Dinner hours 5-11 PM except to 10 PM in the summer. Bar closes at 2 AM. Upscale casual dress code. It's a cavernous two story restaurant, bar and entertainment complex. Full bar with "Caippy Hour" 5-7 PM weekdays offering $5 Caipirinhas and $4 Wine, Sangria and Coronas. Specializes in dozens of Rums, some up to 25 years old. Latin Floor Show 4 times per night, every 45 minutes, starting at 8 PM. For "Aperitivos" there's Black Bean Soup ($7), Cuban Salad ($7.50), Barrio Chino Chicken Wings ($9), Mariquitas Cubanas ($9), various Empanadas (at $11/two, $15/three or $20/four), Arepa (Corn Cake) Rellena ($11.50), Levanta Muerto Seafood Soup ($13.50) and Cuba Libre Chicharrones ($13.50). For entrées they offer Vegetarian Ravioles al Pesto Casero ($19), Citrus Grilled Brick Chicken ($20), Suntanned Mango Glazed Salmon ($23), Pompano a la Plancha ($24), 12 oz. New York Strip Steak ($32) plus Plato Gaucho Mixed Grill for two or more (at $33/person). There's also traditional Cuban dishes like a Cuban Pressed Sandwich ($19), Arroz con Pollo ($21), Ropa Vieja ($22.50), Lechón Asado Pulled Pork ($23), Vaca Frita Flank Steak ($23.50), Churrasco Skirt Steak a la Cubana ($26) and the prized dish, Seafood Paella ($29), of course. Sides of Black Beans and Rice, Fried Plantains, Chino-Cubano Rice or Mashed Garlic Boniato Potatoes can add $5-6 each to the meal. They also offer many Spanish Style Tapas like Yuca Fries, Tostones, Malanga Fritters, Plantains with Guacamole Dip, Escabéche Salad, Papas Rellenas, Cuban Spring Rolls, Croquetas, Camagüey Meatballs, Crispy Shrimp & Sea Scallops, Grilled Octopus and Steamed Mussels, all at $16 for any two Tapas. You can also find Crab or Shrimp Ceviches at $11.50 each. It wouldn't be a full meal without authentic desserts like Dulce de Leche, Tres Leches, Banana Bread Pudding, Rice Pudding, Chocolate Torte and the traditional Cuban Flan, all ranging $6-8 each. Various Latin Style Coffees are made ranging $4-8 each. Spanish Sherries and Portugese Ports (about $9-10), plus Rum Pours ranging $8-32 each, to Pyrat West Indies Rum at $66/shot, can make a rich dessert in itself. Also dozens of Mojitos, Caipirinhas and Cuba Lirbres can start or end a meal too. They also offer "15 Tastes of Cuba" prix fixe meal at $40/person. Salsa/Merengue/Bachata DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights is popular with tourists and local latinos alike. The second floor has a Sultry "Go-Go" Lounge too. Online and phone reservations accepted and advised in season. Validated free ramp garage parking. Valet parking optional. Small chain of 4 locations based in Philadelphia, PA. Nationally known chef, Guillermo Pernot, corporate partner. Alan Sommerman, manager here.

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



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Not Rated Deco Café, 109 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL. 30.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-5400. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Located on the square in downtown Inverness. Formerly known as the Coffee Café. In business since 2003 in an Art Deco style building. Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch from 8 AM to 4 PM; then Friday and Saturday evenings 5-9 PM for dinner. Closed Sundays. Specializes in freshly roasted coffee with Espresso, Cappuccino, Café Latte, Tea, Hot Chocolate and iced beverages like Smoothies offered too. The breakfast items include Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Wrap, Bagel and Cream Cheese and others ($3-5 each). Sandwiches and Wraps include Egg, Tuna and Chicken Salads, Ham & Cheese, BLT, Roast Beef and Turkey ($6-7 each). Salads run $4.50 to $7.50, with Soups at $3.50 to $4.00. Their dinner menu called "After Hours" starts with House Salad ($3), Shrimp Cocktail ($6) and Fried Green Tomatoes ($8), then continues with Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilla ($9), Ahi Tuna Filet ($10), Panko Crusted Key Lime Tilapia ($10), Grilled Angus Beef Medallions ($10), Shrimp & Grits ($11), 12 oz. Angus NY Strip Steak ($15) and 10 oz. Angus Filet Mignon ($16). A few desserts are available too. Beer and a two dozen bottle wine list which runs $18-29/bottle and $5-7/glass. Reservations accepted. Limited outdoor courtyard and street seating. Jennifer Spaulding, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu deep blu Seafood Grille, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando, FL. 64.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-390-2420. (Continental) (Seafood) [D] Located in the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort off Buena Vista Dr. near Exit #67 of I-4. Opens at 5:30 PM daily. Dressy casual attire preferred. This award winning restaurant with comfortable surroundings, features a Raw Bar and Fresh Sushi, along with seafood entrées and steaks. The menu is a-la-carte and changes seasonally. You'll often find four types of Fresh Oysters ($3-4 each) at the Raw Bar. For appetizers, they feature Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque ($10), Sweet Corn & Crab Chowder ($12), Calamari Fries ($14), Steamed PEI Mussels ($14), Seared Ahi Tuna ($16), Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Cocktail ($18), Ahi Tuna Poke ($18), Seared Scallop & Pork Belly ($20) and deep blu Crab Cake ($24). For Salads, Baby Romaine Hearts or Kale Salad ($12-13) represent "the greens". Land-side main dishes might be Joyce Farms Chicken Breast ($29), Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs ($38), Charleston Chop Lamb ($42), 6 or 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($40/$48), 14 oz. New York Strip ($44) or a 16 oz. Delmonico Steak ($46). Many sauces are included, as well as sides at added cost, like Tiger Shrimp ($14), Scallops ($18) or 8 oz. Lobster Tail ($35). Local fish is featured like Florida Golden Tile Fish ($38), Key Largo Rudderfish ($38) and Clearwater Red Snapper ($38). Other seafood items include Seafood Cioppino ($42), Cedar Baked Chilean Sea Bass ($42), Hawaiian Moonfish ($42), Seared Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass ($43) and Cast Iron Seared Scallops ($45). Many fish filets can be blackened, baked or seared as ordered. Any meal can add a side dish like Truffle Scented Grilled Asparagus ($8), Edamame ($8), Whipped Potatoes ($9), Roasted Foraged Mushrooms ($9), Crisp Brussels Sprouts ($10) and deep blu Mac 'n Cheese ($18). Then there's the Sushi Menu with the usual California Roll ($10), Spicy Tuna Roll ($12) and Cilantro Roll ($16), among others, to the Combo of Assorted Nigiri ($28). Full bar offers signature cocktails with Florida names like Ponce de Leon and St. Augustine (ranging $10 to $14 each). Mocktails ($8) also available. Wines by the glass range from Alamos Malbec ($8), to Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon ($15). By the bottle, wines run $32 to $250 each for the top P-J Champagne. Whiskey Straights run to $36 for Johnnie Walker Blue. A half dozen Sakes are also offered ($6-13 each). Live entertainment in Bar-1521. Parties of 6 or more have 18% gratuity added to the bill. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day for $42pp Holiday Dinner. Reservations taken and advised during season and weekends, by phone or online. Voted 2013, 2014 & 2015 "Best Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Geoffrey Gable, chef de cuisine; Andrew Edwards, executive chef; Amine Kais, general manager; Wyndham owned.

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



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Not Rated Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, 9150 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-5074. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened August 15, 2015. Located near Pointe Orlando on I-Drive near the convention centers. Del Frisco's bought this 18,500 s.f., 2-story building for $8.7 million in 2014. It formerly housed a Houlihan's and a Sizzler restaurant. Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch weekdays, then 4 PM to 11 PM for dinner daily (to only 10 PM on Sunday). Business, semi-formal or dressy casual attire requested. They recently re-branding their name to add "Double Eagle". Their 20 year claim to fame is their USDA Prime Steaks. Full white linen service here in a remade 2-story dining establishment. For starters you may find Shrimp Cocktail, Marinated Shrimp Plate or Shrimp Remoulade, Crab Cake, Tuna Tartare, Steak Tartare, Escargot, Calamari, Braised Short Rib Dumplings, Carpaccio or Raw Oysters too, (about $15-19 each). For Seafood entrées they offer Bay of Fundy Salmon Filet ($34), Crab Cakes ($38), Sesame Seared Tuna ($41) and Seared Chilean Sea Bass ($44). There's also a Broiled Lobster Tail at market price. But the heart of the menu is beef, like 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($40/$46), 16 oz. Prime Strip ($49), 16 or 22 oz. Bone-In Prime Ribeye ($48/$59), 16 oz. Bone-In Filet ($66) and a 32 oz. Prime Porterhouse ($85). You can also find Twin 8 oz. Lamb Chops or 14 oz. Veal Chop (each about $49). At the top end they might offer a 32 oz. Wagyu Longbone (about $90). Other selections might include Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast ($32), Prime Braised Short Rib ($32) and Red Wine Demi-Glaze Filet Medallions ($36). Soups, like Turtle or Lobster Bisque run $9-14 additional. And Salads like Blue Cheese Wedge, Caesar or Beefsteak Tomatoes add $10-14 each. Side dishes include Baked Potato, Onion Rings, Brussels Sprouts, Potatoes au Gratin, Chateau Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms, Asparagus or Spinach Supreme at $9-12 extra. Lobster Mac 'n Cheese side adds $16.50. Lunch items include Prime Cheeseburgers, Steak Sandwich, Lobster Roll, Chicken Avocado Wrap or various Salads at $15-24 each. Desserts are also available like Sorbet, Banana Bread Pudding, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Buttercake and Lemon Cake (all $9-12 each). A bar menu is also offered at $11-18/item. Full bar and Wine List of 1200 labels. Sommeliers can assist in wine selections. Craft and Draft Beers sold too. Cocktails run $14-15 each. They sometimes offer a "Summer Prime Pair" of Salad, Appetizer, 8 oz. Filet and Side Dish at $55 per person. Outdoor seating available. Reservations taken by phone or online. "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. 1,200 Wine selections. Corkage Fee: $30/btl. One of the Texas-based chain of just 12 locations in the largest US cities. Greg Thompson, executive chef; Dominick Delledera, general manager; corporate owned.

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



Del Frisco's Prime Steak & Lobster, 729 Lee Rd., Orlando, FL. Now called Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster (see that listing).

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Long Gone - Sandy Edwards Refectory Restaurant and Lounge
"Dine...in a medieval monastery...on Mile High Strawberry Shortcake."
736 Lee Rd., west of I-4, Orlando, FL.

DeLeon State Park. Called the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill & Griddle House (see that listing).

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, 6115 Westwood Blvd., Orlando, FL. 58.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-2662. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [D] Opened in April, 2011, near Seaworld, at the corner of Westwood Blvd. and I-Drive, just off the 528 and exit 72 of I-4. Opens at 4 PM weekdays, 1 PM on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday. Primarily a steakhouse but pasta dishes are also offered within the wide array of Italian meals served in large portions. Start with Clam Chowder or Zuppa di Stracciatella ($4 each) and appetizers like Garlic Cheese Bread ($8), Portobella Parmigiana ($8), Bruschetta Pomodoro ($9), Fried Mozzarella ($9), Fried Calamari ($10), Sautéed Escarole ($6-10) or Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($12). Gorgonzola Wedge Salad ($5), Tomato & Mozzarella ($7), Chicken Caesar ($11) or an Antipasto for Two ($11) are offered for Insalata. Steaks featured start with 16 oz. Sliced Angus Sirloin ($17), 9 oz. Beef Tournedos with Mushrooms or Marsala ($21 each), 16 oz. New York Sirloin Strip ($25), 9 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon ($25), 14 oz. Bone-In Filet ($32) and end with a Chef's Mixed Grill at Market Price. They're famous 24 oz. Delmonico Angus Choice Rib-Eye Steak is featured at $22. They also offer your choice of Pasta with Marinara, Pomodoro or Vodka Sauce ($13 each), Ravioli ($14), Tortellini Agio Olio ($14), One Pound of Lasagna ($15), Linguine with Clam Sauce ($16), or Fettuccine Alfredo ($16). As for Chicken dishes they offer Chicken Prosciutto ($15), Utica Style Chicken Riggies ($15), Chicken Marsala ($18) or Chicken Sinatra ($19). Seafood items include Shrimp Scampi or Frutti de Mare, each $20. Veal is also on the menu as Parmigiana or Marsala at $21 each. Desserts include Cannoli, Amaretto Cheesecake, Cappuccino Pie, Tiramisu, or Tartufo at $5-6 each. Kids menu also available ranging $6-8. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar with wine list. Reservations accepted and advised during conventions and tourist season. One of a small chain of just 5 restaurants, 4 of which are in upstate New York, based in Utica, NY. Not affiliated with the Delmonico Restaurant in New York City where the Delmonico Steak was first offered in the 1840s.



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Not Rated Dempsey's Steak House, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL. 66.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-907-4574. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Open at 6 PM daily. This is one of the dining rooms of the Saddlebrook Golf Resort. The menu features Chops and Steaks such as a 10 oz Traditional Filet Mignon or the 14 oz Bone-In Filet Mignon, a 22 oz. Black Angus Cowboy Steak, a 14 oz. New York Strip, a 26 oz. Porterhouse Steak or a Center Cut 14 oz. Pork Chop. These range $29-60 each. Seafood specialties include Pan Seared Wild Salmon, Key West Shrimp Scampi, Sesame Seared Tuna, Gulf Snapper and Chilean Sea Bass. These run $27-30. Cold Water Lobster is also available at market prices. Lighter chicken and pasta dishes are also on the menu such as Roasted Half Chicken, Scallop Linguine and Pasta Bolognese. These range $20-26. Meals are a-la-carte with vegetables (enough for two) priced at $7-10 per serving. Celebrated table side Caesar Salad is $9 per person additional. Soups and appetizers are also offered. Full bar. Occasional entertainment in the adjacent lounge. Online or phone reservations accepted. 18% suggested gratuity added to every check. Daniel Desmond, executive chef. Resort operated. Casual attire appropriate. Complimentary valet parking.



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Not Rated (The) Depot Sports Bar & Pizzeria, 22060 N. US 441, Macintosh, FL. 45.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-591-0145. (Pizza) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Sometimes referenced in Micanopy, FL. Open Noon to 8 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends, except closed Mondays. Located in an 1881 railroad station and noted for their Beer and Pizza. They offer lighter items like a Caesar or House Salad ($4 each), a Depot Sampler of Fried Ravioli, Mac 'n Cheese, Mozzarella sticks with a side of Marinara Sauce ($9) or 10 Chicken Wings ($10). Sandwiches include a Ham 'n Swiss ($8), Meatball Sub ($9), Sausage & Peppers ($9), a BLT ($9) and a Caprese ($10). For Pizza they have Cheese ($9), Veggie ($11), BBQ Chicken ($12), White ($12) and a Meatlovers ($13). Extra toppings run $1-2 each. They also have Calzones ($9). Local craft Beers and Wines by the glass are offered. Desserts, like Italian Cannoli or Red Velvet Cheesecake ($5 each) are also on the menu. Outdoor seating available. Owned by Antonio Mazzella of the famed Antonio's Restaurant next door (see that listing).



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Not Rated Free WiFi Devenney's Irish Pub, 16909 High Grove Blvd., Clermont, FL. 47.5 mile drive from The Villages. 432-3925. (Irish) [L/D] Located at US 27 and SR 530, near Disney's Animal Kingdom and 15 miles south of Clermont. Open weekdays from 4 PM and from 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Opened December, 2008. Offers an array of Irish and British dishes such as Fish & Chips, Steak & Guinness Pie, Bangers & Mash, Cottage Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef Pasty, Cheese & Onion Pasty, Scotch Eggs, Sausage Rolls and a Ploughman's Lunch. These range $6-16 each. American favorites such as BBQ Rib Plate, Strip Steak, Blackened Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, Spinach Pie or even Liver & Onions can be had too. They range $8-16 each. Full Irish Breakfast at $15 is served all day. For the lighter appetites, Burgers ($8-9) and Sandwiches ($5-8) are also on the menu. Irish Potato & Leek Soup ($4) is also offered. Granny Devenney's Apple Pie is a favorite for dessert. Open Thanksgiving Day by reservation. Full bar with Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM. Imported draft choices include Guinness ("The Black Stuff"), Strongbow, Stella Artois, Bass Ale, Boddington's, Smithwicks, Carlsburg and Harp. Imported and domestic bottled beer is also available, as is wine by the glass ($5) and bottle ($22-33). Entertainment nightly starting at 8 PM and a big St. Patrick's Day Party on March 17th. No longer owned by Joe Devenney. Rebecca Roland owner.



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Long Gone - Crest Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge at the Clermont Motor Lodge (1960s)
"Home of the Giant Martini" "Featuring the Gourmet Table - A unique dining experience"
Now the Crown Lounge, 1340 US27 at SR50, Clermont, FL.

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13 Stars Dexter's of Winter Park, 558 West New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 54.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-629-1150. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Three blocks west of Park Ave. in the revived restaurant district. Continental cuisine served in an open atmosphere. Windows open to the street. Eggplant pie and stuffed meatloaf are popular. Entrées range from $11 to $26. Casual attire. Popular spot. Reservations accepted. Full bar and large wine list. Happy hour 3 to 7 PM weekdays. Movie night certain Mondays. One of a small local chain. 2007 & 2008 winner of "Best Brunch" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2008 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Sandwiches" and 2009 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice for "Best Brunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. There's another location in Thornton Park and Lake Mary. Dexter Richardson, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/09) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Now Open (The) District (Eatery and Tap & Barrel), 112 W. 2nd St., Sanford, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-330-2730. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in March, 2017. Located on West Second near S. Oak Ave., 4 blocks east of US17/92 (French Ave.). Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM or later except from 5-9 PM on Saturday, to 3 PM only on Sunday and closed on Monday. Usually the kitchen is closed between 3 and 4 PM for menu change. Rustic dining room and an industrial bar make up this gastro pub. They offer items like Green Eggs and Ham ($6), a Chicken Dip ($9), Tuna Tacos ($11) and Mussels ($12) to start. Dinner might include Shrimp 'n Grits ($16), Boursin Ricotta Gnocchi ($17), Mahi Mahi ($19), Braised Short Ribs ($22) and Filet Mignon ($28). The chef's specialty is Bourbon Bone-In Pork Chop ($22). The dinners are semi-a-la-carte and no substitutions are entertained. Side Salads, like Caesar ($5.50) or Soup, like Cream of Mushroom ($5/$7) can be added. For dessert you'll find Nona's Chocolate Cake and a New York Cheesecake ($6-7 each). For lunch the menu also has a BLT Salad, Grilled Panini Pastrami, Sausage Hoagie, Black Angus Burger, Tuna Tacos and others (all $9-11 each). Bottled and Craft Beers like Floridian Wheat Ale run $4-7/glass. Wines range $6-11/glass and $20-36/btl. A full bar can make cocktails like the Sanford Smash ($9) and Avalon 212 ($12). Happy Hour is 4-7 PM. Sunday Brunch offered. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations are accepted by phone or online. Entertainment provided on weekends. Charles Stafford, bar tender; Chris Mullen, chef; Brad Plummer and Anne McNamara, owners.



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Not Rated Dovecote Brasserie, 390 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 407-930-1700. (Continental) (French) [B/L/D] Opened July 20, 2016. Located in the Bank of America Center, at Livingston St., where Harvey's Bistro did business, this upscale French Brasserie is set to WOW the downtown Orlando culinary scene. Very unusual décor. A dovecote is a French medieval colombier, or pigeon coop. This 6,000 s.f. first floor venue is operated by chefs James & Julie Petrakis, of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, along with Clayton Miller, former chef at the world renown French Laundry Restaurant in Yontville (Napa Valley), California and Gene Zimmerman, noted wine expert. It's expected to draw the workday breakfast crowd at 7 AM with Coffee and Pastries and run straight through the afternoon with lunch, then close between 3 and 4 PM, finally reopening for dinner and evening hours after Bob Carr performances too. Raw Bar and Happy Hour prices are offered. Start with Hors d'Oeuvres like Cheese Puffs ($4), Chicken Liver Pâté ($5), Brandade au Gratin ($6.50), Pork Terrine ($7), Onion Soup Gratinée ($10), Chicken Leg Confit ($11), Chilled Carrot Soup ($12), Tomato Risotto ($14) or Beef Tartare ($16). For Salads you'll find Frisée Salad ($10) and Salade Niçoise ($15). For main courses, they offer Croque Monsieur & Frisée Salad ($14), a DC Burger ($16), Mussels & Frites ($18), Yellowfin Tuna ($24), Red Snapper in a Shellfish Broth ($28), Vermouth Braised Veal Cheeks ($28), 12 oz. Strip Steak & Fries ($30), Whole Roasted Chicken For Two ($38.50) and at the top, a 26 oz. Côte de Bœuf ($45). Side dishes, like Roasted Carrots, add $7-8 to the bill, as does Pain Maison ($3). From the Raw Bar, you'll see East or West Coast Oysters ($16/6 or $30/12). Sea Urchins are available at $6 each, as are Luxe Shooters ($10 each). ½ dozen PEI Mussels ($6), Shrimp Cocktail (4) ($15), ½ Maine Lobster ($16) and a 4 oz. Crab Louie Cocktail ($16) tempt the patrons too. At the end, Chocolate Mousse ($7), Vanilla Crème Brûlée ($8), Sherbet & Bay Crumble ($8), Fruit Crêpe ($9) or a Grand Marnier or Chocolate Souffle ($9 each) finishes the meal. At lunch they add a Croque Monsieur ($14), Pulled Chicken Salad ($14), Shrimp Salad ($15), Shaved Roast Beef Sandwich ($16), and more, all the way to a Yellowfin Tuna Burger ($28). Full bar and a wide Wine List. Reservations advised. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co., 201 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL. 65.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-3359. (Asian) [L/D] Open from 11:30 AM Thursday & Friday only. Open 5 PM to 10 PM (or later) all other days. Lunch two days per week, dinner 7 days per week. Located in the historic downtown section, just one block from "The Hipp". A sophisticated, trendy and popular gathering place especially after 8 PM for "cocktails and details". Earlier in the evening it is a more refined dining atmosphere. "Izakaya" is the concept of sharing appetizer-sized dishes, complimented by servings of sake or other cocktails. Cold dishes ($5-10) might include Ceviche, Summer Rolls, Beef Lettuce Wrap, Seafood Salad, Sunomono (Conch, Octopus, etc.), Tataki (Seared Tuna) and Grilled Salmon Salad, among others. Hot dishes ($5-11) offered include Sake Seared Mussels and Clams, Stir-Fry Scallops, Yaki Soba, Warm Spinach & Shiitake Miso Salad, Short Ribs, Edamame, Soft Shell Crab, Dumplings, Katsu, Tenderloin Negimaki, Coconut Encrusted Shrimp, Tempura and Grilled Scallops, Shrimp, Chicken or Beef Skewers. The wait staff can help the party design the shared dinner. Traditional Fresh Sushi is also offered like Salmon, Yellow Tail or Albacore Tuna, Crab, Mackeral, Eel, Sea Urchin, Izumi Dai (Tilapia) and Escolar Sashimi (White Tuna). Many Sushi Specialties concocted. Six luscious desserts plus a variety of Asian teas finish the meal. Online and phone reservations accepted for weekdays. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more and no more than 6 separate checks per table. No reservations taken for Friday or Saturday evenings. Full bar with a wide variety of Sake. Martini list generally runs $8 each. Wines by the glass run $5-12 each. Happy Hour (5-7 PM) at the bar. A second location is in Orlando. Ray Leung, executive chef; Hirofumi Leung and Song Kim, owners.

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



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Not Rated Video Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-3359. (Asian) [D] Same owners as above in Gainesville with a slightly different restaurant name. Located on "Restaurant Row" off Sand Lake Road. Open from 5-10 PM daily, later on weekends. They describe the setting as "Modern Izakaya", meaning a contemporary Japanese Pub. Sushi, Sashimi and Robatayaki Grill using Bincho-Tan charcoal at 1000°F, are served tapas style. Sharing is encouraged. They focus on Sensual, Spiritual and Savory elements. Cold seasonal dishes like Fatty Tuna, Wahoo, Loch Duart Salmon, Long Island Flounder, Wagyu (Beef), Tako (Octopus) and Scallops run $12-19 each, or higher for the premium Tuna. Hot grilled dishes like Chicken Meatball, Scallops, Pork Cheeks, Australian Lamb Chops, Mackerel, Beef Tongue and Crispy Pigs Ears run $7-12 each. Regular Robata Grill items include Chicken Wings/Breast/Thigh, Beef Tongue, Rib Eye, Lamb Chop, Spare Ribs, King Crab, Yellowtail, Codfish, Short Ribs, Shrimp and other meat and seafood selections that generally run $6-23 each. But there's also a 6.5 oz. Wagyu Tenderloin at $65 too. Sashimi items like Amber Jack, Yellowtail, Tuna, Salmon and others run $13-16 each. Or you can let the chef pick 5, 7 or even 21 pieces for you at $9, $14 or $37. Maki (Rolls) are also made like California, Florida, Princess and many others at $7-12 each. Specialty Rolls like Lobster, Godzilla and Volcano, generally run $11-15 each. Soups, Noodle Dishes and Salads run $7-12 each. Full bar specializing in Sake (featured at $12-13/serving and much higher for premium). Happy Hour in the bar, lounge and patio only, 5-7 PM daily. It includes drink specials and food items at $4-6 each. Large selection of Japanese Beers too. Wine list runs up to $120/bottle. Outdoor seating. Reservations accepted by phone or Open Table online. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Austin Boyd and David Song, chefs here.

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



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Not Rated The Driftwood Grill, 515 E. Noble Ave., Williston, FL. 49.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-528-5074. (American) [B/L/D] Located on US 27 at SE 5th St. Open every day from 6 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday from 7 AM. Offering the familiar down home cooking you were raised on. Breakfast includes the usual but also has Belgium Waffles and an Egg and Cheese Sandwich. Lunch includes Burgers, Chicken and Steak Sandwiches. Dinner items include Chopped, Salisbury, Country Fried, Grilled Ham, NY Strip and Center Cut Sirloin Steaks. They range $7-15. Other entrées include St. Louis Style Ribs, Liver & Onions, Pork Chops, Chicken Tenders and Chicken Fillet for $8-16. A variety of seafood items include Redfish or Catfish Fillets, Steamed Shrimp, Butterfly Shrimp, Clam Strips and specials such as Grouper, Tilapia or Salmon at about $8-15. Dinners come with rolls and two side dishes that run the gamut from Applesauce to Fried Corn. Salads are also available. Buffalo Wings with various sauces can also be found on the menu. Desserts are always on the board and might include the ultimate artery clogger, Fried Cheesecake. Fountain drinks and Lemonade as well as Iced Tea offered for beverages. No bar. 15% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Eric & Sharon Huffman, owners.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/09) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL. 99.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-736-0606. (Brew Pub) (Mexican) [L/D] Open from 11 AM daily, to 11 PM on Sunday through Tuesday and even later on weekends. Located 3 blocks north of Main St., just west of City Hall. It's the oldest micro brewery in Florida; it has a Scottish theme like the rest of the town. They make an American IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Blonde Pilsner, Honey Beer and Oatmeal IPA in limited quantities seasonally and a Gold Ale, Wheat Ale, Red Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout and Fruit Ale on a regular basis. For food, they offer Tacos and Burritos ($8.50) like Fish Tacos, Black Bean Tacos or Smoked Blackened Chicken Burrito, plus Wraps and Sandwiches ($7.50-9.00) like Pulled Pork Sliders, Mahi Wrap or a Pub Burger. Small dishes like Hand Cut Fries ($4), Onion Rings ($5), Fried Cheese Curds ($6), Loaded Nachos ($7), Wings ($8.50/10), Chicken Tenders ($7.50) and a Caesar Salad ($7.50) are also on the menu. Chips and Dip are also offered as a snack. Besides beer, their focus is on music with entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 8 PM. Jam Sessions are held on Wednesdays too. Brewery Tours are $5 including samples. Beer and wine only here. Trace Caley and Richard Crance, brewmasters; Michael L.and Michael N. Bryant, owners.



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Long Gone - Ronnies Restaurant, Deli & Bakery (1956)
Owned by Larry Leckart since 1956.
Became Colonial Plaza in 1995, E. Colonial and N. Bumby, Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Eagles Nest Café (at Grand Lake Golf Course), 18545 NW 45th Avenue Rd., Citra, FL. 47.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-591-2768. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Located off US 441, half way between McIntosh and Reddick on Orange Lake at the Grand Lake Golf Course. Opened January 12, 2013. Hours are 8 AM to 7 PM daily, except to 5 PM on Sunday and to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday. Some of their items are ½ lb. Hot Dogs ($6), 4-Way Chili ($7.50), Roast Beef & Swiss on a Challuh Roll ($8), Spaghetti and Meatballs ($8.50), Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes ($8.50), Fish 'n Chips ($8.50), Shrimp & Chips ($9), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($10), Shrimp Alfredo ($10), Chicken and Waffles ($10) and Jambalaya ($11). Lunch specials start at $6. Sunday is Fried Chicken Special at Noon, Monday is Wing Night with 50¢ Wings, Tuesday is Mexican Night, Wednesday is Pasta Night, Thursday is Seafood Night and Friday and Saturday is Prime Rib Night at $12 usually. Outdoor seating available. Beer and wine offered. Developer owned.

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



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Not Rated Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Earls Kitchen + Bar (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-8260. (American) [L/D] Opened Sept. 21, 2016. Located at the Mall at Millenia, 2nd floor, where the Blue Martini did business for a few years. Seats 350 patrons. Features an American menu with international overtones. Start with Italian Bread ($2.50), Garlic or Truffle Fries ($5 each), Crispy Ribs ($9), Tuna Poke ($10), Spinach and Cheese Dip ($12), American or Korean Hot Wings ($12.50 each) or California or Dynamite Rolls ($13 each). There's Fettuccini Alfredo ($11), and Hunan Kung Pao ($11) which can add various ingredients; so can Bibimbap Rice Bowls ($12). There's also Chicken Curry ($16). Main dishes include Rack of BBQ Ribs ($20/$27.50), Cajun Chicken ($20), Atlantic Salmon ($20), Steak & Sushi ($25) and a Ribs & Cajun Chicken Combo ($25/$35). Black Angus Steaks include an 8 oz. Sirloin ($26), a 10 oz. NY Strip ($34), a 6 oz. Filet ($35) and a 16 oz. Ribeye ($40). Additions to the steak range $2-8 each. On the lighter side they offer various Burgers $12-15 each and Sandwiches like Fish Tacos or Cajun Chicken Cheddar Sandwich ($15 each). Salads range $4/$8 for a Caesar or Field Greens, to $16 for the Kale Salad. Soups include Clam Chowder or Tortilla ($7/$10 each). A Soup, Salad and Bread Combo is $14. Brunch on the weekends includes Sourdough French Toast ($13), Croque Madame ($13), Virginia Ham Benny ($13), Spicy Sausage and Mushroom Hash ($14) or Steak & Eggs ($16). Desserts range $6-8 each. Full bar with cocktails ranging $8-12 each, draft beers run $7.50-9.00 for 18 oz. pours and wines by the glass start at $9, and bottle start at $32. Happy Hour 3-6 PM and 9-12 MN. Outside seating available. Simon Zanotto, executive chef here. This is one of 68 chain locations in North America, based in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Another location is in Miami.



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Not Rated Eastern Pearl Restaurant, 478 E. Altamonte Springs Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. 53.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-339-8877. (Asian) [L/D] Located in the Palm Springs Crossing Shopping Plaza on SR 436 just east of I-4. Open 11:30 AM to 9 or 10 PM daily. Start with a wide variety of unusual appetizers such as Chicken Cream Corn Soup ($4), Fried Shrimp Balls ($7), Crab Rangoon ($4.50), Mussels in Black Bean Sauce ($7.50) or Chinese Crunch Salad ($7). For entrées they offer, among others, Kung Pao Chicken ($12), Chicken Mango ($14), Teriyaki Chicken ($12), Lemon Chicken ($14), Curry Beef ($13), Crispy Beef ($15), Sichuan Pork ($12), Chinese Spare Ribs ($13), Teriyaki Shrimp ($16), Spicy Jumbo Shrimp ($16), Steamed Seabass ($23), Seafood in Birdsnest ($19), and a Seafood Basil ($20). At the top of the food chain is Peking Duck ($35) and Eastern Pearl Grill ($46). They also offer Lobster in Ginger and Crispy Whole Fish at market prices. Noodle dishes are also available at $9-12 plus a special Cantonese Pan Fried Noodle dish at $18. Dim Sum dishes are also on the menu. Chef specialties are items like Scallion Pancakes, Shrimp Dumplings and Bacon Wrapped Scallops. Lunch specials run $7-9 each and are offered Monday through Saturday, except holidays, until 3 PM. Beer and wine available with meals. 2010 & 2011 Foodie Critic's Choice Winner for "Best Chinese Restaurant" in the Orlando Area by the Orlando Sentinel. Bin Liu and Zhengmei Wu, owners.



Eat At Joe's. Called Joe's Crab Shack (see that listing).


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15 Stars Video Video Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Orlando), 7488 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-355-3011. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row" where Timpano's Chophouse did business in this 8,000 s.f. location. Open daily 4-11 PM or later on weekends. Sophisticated environment with the sounds of jazz in the air. Full linen service with wait staff in pure white coats. Another new luxury venture for the Specialty Restaurant Group (Season's 52, Capital Grille, Yard House, etc.) of the Darden (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn, etc.) chain. In direct competition to Mitchell's Fish Market and Bonefish Grill. Start with iced shellfish tempters like Gulf Shrimp Cocktail ($15), Jumbo Lump Crab ($16), Yellowtail Sashimi ($15) or Half Dozen Oysters at the market price. Appetizers include Pot Stickers ($11), Batter-fried Oysters ($12), Kung Pao Calamari ($15), Truffled Steak and Lobster Tartare ($17), Lump Crab Cake ($18) and Maine Lobster Tacos ($18), among others. Soups include Maine Lobster & Shrimp Bisque with Cognac or Crab & Corn Chowder (both $9 each). Side salads like Fuji Apple, Iceberg BLT or Caesar Salad add $9 to the meal; while an Heirloom Tomato or Wild Mushroom Salad, add $13 more. The seafood offerings start with a Crab, Shrimp and Avocado Chop ($20), Scottish Salmon ($27), North Atlantic Lemon Sole ($28), Georges Bank Scallops ($28), Louisiana Red Fish ($28), Pacific Swordfish ($29), Grilled Jumbo Shrimp ($30), Pacific Ahi Tuna ($31), Alaskan Halibut ($34), plus a variety of market priced fish like Fish du Jour, Chilean Sea Bass and Cold Water Lobster Tails. Hand Cut Steaks offered include an 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($39/$45), 16 oz. Prime New York Strip ($48), 22 oz. Prime Ribeye ($48) and various "Surf 'n Turf" combinations around $48-49 each. A Double Breast of Pan Roasted Chicken is $22. Side dishes like Broccolini, Sugar Snaps, Baby Beets, Sautéed Spinach, Sweet Corn, Rice, au Gratin Potatoes, Baked Potato, Fries and Truffled Mac 'n Cheese add $6-9 per serving. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. An extensive (200) Wine List starts at $35/bottle for the St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc and tops off at $220/bottle for the Silver Oak Napa Cab. About a third are offered by the glass ($9-18/glass). Happy Hour held in the V Lounge 4-7 PM with snacks and reduced priced drinks. Occasional jazz entertainment is expected in the lounge. Reservations accepted by phone or online. A Darden venue with about a dozen national sites open now, with second Florida location in Tampa, FL. Randy Cook, manager here.

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

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) We had dinner here last year for Magical Dining Month and returned because it was one of the best of the best. Our experience again this year was just as favorable. It is a lovely atmosphere with full table linens and waitstaff in tux jackets. This is dining at it's best. We each had a glass of wine and I ordered the BLT Wedge Salad and the Salmon. The Salad was delicious with lots of bacon and blue cheese dressing. The Salmon was done to perfection and well seasoned. We ordered a side of Au Gratin Potatoes and were disappointed that it was not as plentiful as last year, but very good. He had the Filet and it was also delicious. Bananas Foster for dessert. Our dining friends loved their meals also. This is a place I will visit again. Our server, Makeba, was knowledgable and friendly and did a wonderful job. The total before t&t was $112 with 3 glasses of wine. This year, the restaurant was full.
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Eden Restaurant. Called the Enzian Theater (see that listing).


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Not Rated Video Video Coming Soon (The) Edison, 1500 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) [D] Located in Disney Springs at The Landing, where the old Adventure Club stood, this 1920s period electric company power plant boasts 35 ft high ceilings. The décor is considered "Industrial Gothic". Think Steam Punk meets Electric Factory. It will offer American food and varied adult entertainment. Areas inside will be called The Radio Room, The Tesla Lounge, The Patent Office, The Telegraph Lounge and the Ember Parlour. A "Tower of Light" outside will attract curious visitors and diners. Expect items like Flat Breads, Sliders, Grilled Cheese, Ahi Tuna, Monte Cristo, Short Ribs and others to run about $9 to $36 each. Appetizers, Salads, Snacks, Sandwiches and Desserts round out the menu. The vast Wine List starts at $30/btl. With entertainment such as a Burlesque Review, Roaring 20s Show, Blues Bands and even Circus Side Shows, the themed venue will target older fans of nostalgia rather than young families and millennials. Full bar with unusual and crafted cocktails. Reservations accepted and advised in season. Patina Restaurant Group of California, operator. A sister location is in downtown Los Angeles. A late 2017 opening is now planned.



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Not Rated El Bodegón Tapas & Wine, 400 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 59.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-628-1078. (Spanish) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located on US 17/92, two blocks north of W. Fairbanks Ave. (CR 426), next to Rocco's Italian Grille & Bar. Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM or later, but closed all day Monday. Authentic European Spanish tapas and main dishes from Madrid, Valencia, Euskadi and Galicia, served in an old world ambiance and décor with full linen service and upscale menu. Dozens of tapas (small dishes $7-13 each) are offered like Seafood, Spanish Quiche, Ham Croquettes, Crab Stuffed Peppers, Fried Calamari, Shrimp ($8), Octopus ($9), Chorizo (Pork Sausage) ($7), Mushrooms, Refried Garbanzo Beans, Mussels ($11), Cured Ham ($13) and more. A few salads are available like Hearts of Romaine with Spanish Cabrales Cheese Dressing ($10). For fish entrées they have Basque Style Mahi-Mahi, Boiled Grouper with Garlic and Paprika ($15), Grilled Salmon with Romesco Sauce, Grouper Marinara, Cod in Creole Sauce ($15), and Shrimp in a Wine Garlic Tomato Sauce. They are famous for their Paellas (Pie-ay-yas) here. The Paella Marinera is Spanish Saffron Rice with Seafood and Conch and the Paella Valenciana is with Chicken Breast, Chorizo, Shrimp and Shellfish. Both are popular. For meat entreées they offer Chicken Breast Stuffed with Ham, NY Strip in Cabrales Sauce, Grilled Steak with Onions ($15), Churrasco (Skirt Steak) with Refried Garbanzo Beans, Eye Round Steak with Chorizo, Marinated Grilled Pork Loin ($15) and Lamb Shank in a Tomato Sauce ($22). For desserts they have Tarta San Marco Cake, Crema Catalana (Spanish Crème Brûlée), Pears in White Wine and, of course, Flan (Custard), a national tradition. Lunch specials may include 3 tapas for $12. Entertainment, like Spanish guitar, weekends from 7 PM. Happy Hour is Tuesday and Thursday, 5-7 PM. Homemade Sangria ($6) and Spanish wines featured. Domestic and imported beer also available. Sunday Brunch, 12-3 PM, at $30 per person is all you can eat tapas and all you can drink sangria. Reservations accepted and advised weekends. Closed Dec. 24th, 25th & 31st and Jan. 1st. Españoles también se habla aquí. Juan Servidor, host; Nadine Lopez, with Alexis Mariña, chef and Jaqueline (Jackie) Méndez, owners.



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Long Gone - Frisch's Big Boy Restaurants (1948) (1965) (2000) noted for their Strawberry Pie.
Started in Cincinnati, OH. in 1946, as one of the California (Bob's) Big Boy franchises.
There was one in Gainesville (#200) at 1702 W. University Ave.
There were two in Orlando on E. & W. Colonial Drive.
There was one in Orlando at 4580 S. Semoran Blvd.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Eleven (at the Reunion Resort), 7593 Gathering Dr., Kissimmee, FL. 57.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-662-1170; 1-844-993-9430. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on the 11th floor of the Reunion Resort near Exit #60 of I-4 and SR 429, about 5 miles south of Celebration, FL. This is Reunion's flagship restaurant, taking over the entire rooftop of "The Grande", with the bar at one end and the open kitchen at the other. Refined placemat table settings with contemporary décor. Smart casual attire appropriate. Hours: 6-10 PM, except closed Sunday (and Monday in the summer). Bar opens at 5:30 PM. For starters they offer Fried Calamari ($11), Escargot ($13), Wonton Wrapped Shrimp ($15), Braised Beef Short Rib Sliders ($16) and Beer Battered Lobster Tail ($17). For Soups they have French Onion & Shallot ($8) and Lobster Bisque ($15). In the Salad department a Caesar ($8), Arugula & Fig ($9) and a Caprese ($12) are listed. For Entrées they offer Summer Vegetable Risotto ($23), 12 oz. Marinated Pork Chop ($26), Chicken Oscar ($28), Pan Seared Salmon ($31), Seared Duck Breast ($33), Double Cut Hoisin Lamb Chops ($35) and Pistachio Crusted Red Snapper ($38). But their showcase is beef: a 10 oz. Hangar Steak ($28), an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($38), a 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($45) and a 12 oz. Prime New York Strip ($55) are featured. Plus, to splurge, you can add various rubs ($3-4 each) or even a Lobster Tail ($15) to any item. Sides are a-la-carte, like Baked Idaho Potato, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Baked Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Creamed Spinach, Broccolini or Wild Mushrooms (all $3-8 extra). Of course there's also a side of Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($14). Desserts like Dark Chocolate Cake Wedge, Blackberry Swirled Cheesecake, Blackberry & Mango Bread Pudding, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Torte and, of course, Crème Brûlée (all $9 each) are offered. Kids menu items are all $10, except the ½ Filet Mignon is $19 for "The Prince". Full bar with crafted cocktails and a moderate Wine List. Select Whites range $9-12/glass or $36-48/bottle. Select Reds range $8-13/glass or $32-52/bottle. There's also Reserve Wines (mostly Californian) that range $36-110/bottle for Whites and $45-220/bottle for Reds. A popular Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zin is $40/bottle. The "Dom" is $280/bottle here. Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. An array of after dinner drinks are available and beers run $5-6 for domestic and $7-8 for imports. Terrace seating available with a "View Menu" of Tapas ($10-15 each). Nightly Disney fireworks at sundown are visible 6 miles away. Free self and valet parking available. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas with special menus. Reservations taken by phone or online. Etienne Jehl, executive chef; resort owned. Their other restaurant here is Forte Grille (see that listing).



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Not Rated Video Embers Wood Grill, 3545 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL. 60.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-380-0901. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located east of Exits 382 and 384 of I-75, on SR 121, just south of SW Archer Rd. (SR 24). Open from 5 PM daily except Sunday. Specializing in 100% Prime Beef cooked over a real wood grill. Starting with appetizers such as Confit of Wild Mushroom Strudel ($9), Crispy Florida Gator Tail, Sun Dried Tomato Flatbread, Sweet & Spicy Calamari or Grilled Colossal Shrimp and Diver Scallop Skewer at $8-11 each. Follow it with Blue Crab Bisque ($7/$10), Rocket with Baby Arugula, Fire Grilled Caesar Salad ($8) or Organic Spinach with Crispy Applewood Bacon at $6-9 each. Seafood selections will include Citron King Salmon, Black Grouper, Big Eye Tuna, Florida Snapper or Gulf of Mexico Cobia at $19-25 per serving. Prime beef cuts include a 12 oz. New York Strip au Poivre, 12 or 20 oz. Hand Trimmed Ribeye, 6 or 10 oz. Filet Mignon, or a 22 oz. Porterhouse ranging $24-46 per selection. A more economical choice might be the Ground Filet Burger at $12. Other choices are Red King Crab, Stuffed Organic Chicken, Long Island Duck Breast, Truffle Penne Pasta, Organic Pork Tenderloin, Blue Cheese Lamb Chops, Braised Lamb Shank ($25) and Braised Beef Short Ribs, all ranging $15-39. Desserts run the gamut of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk ($6), to Chocolate and Port for Two ($18). A "Chef's Table" can also be arranged for a private party with wine pairings. Very extensive wine list boasts 30 vintage cabs alone. Other wines range $24-380 per bottle and $7-10 per glass. Corkage Fee: $15. Multiple winner of the Wine Spectator magazine's "Award for Excellence" in restaurant wine selection. Outdoor courtyard available. Occasional live jazz. Phone reservations recommended. Now also Spark, a gastropub within the main restaurant (see that listing). Ryan Todd, Charles Allen and Briton Dumas (chef), owners.



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Long Gone - Coral Restaurant (1950s)
US441, 2 miles south of Gainesville, FL.
"Charcoal Broiled Steaks - Rosin Baked Potatoes."

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Not Rated Emeril's Restaurant, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 53.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-224-2424. (Continental) (Southern) [L/D] Hours: 11:30 AM - 3 PM and 5 - 10 PM daily. In Universal Studio CityWalk with free parking after 6 PM. One of Emeril Lagasse's many restaurants. Bold flavors are incorporated in the contemporary cuisine in a "Modern Warehouse" setting. Dressy casual (no short sleeve shirts on gentlemen). Full linen service here. Start with such items as Smoked Mushrooms ($9), Boudin Balls ($10), Crawfish & Andouille Bread ($10), Fried Green Tomatoes ($11), Coconut & Curry Mussels ($12), Tuna & Watermelon Crudo ($12) and New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp ($13). BAM!. For Soups you'll find Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, White Bean & Chorizo and a Soup of the Day (all $8 each). For Salads they have House, Caesar, Florida and Iceberg Wedge ($8-12 each). Entrées offered are Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($28), Grilled Double Pork Chop ($32), Braised Short Rib ($34), Grilled Angus Filet Mignon ($MP) and a 16 oz. Grilled Angus Ribeye ($MP). BAM! In the Fish Department you'll catch Tuna & Pork Meatballs ($28), Louisiana Shrimp & Grits ($28), Sweet Barbecued Roasted Salmon ($30), Boudin Crusted Swordfish ($32), Scallops & Shrimp Grenobloise ($32) and Andouille Crusted Drum Fish ($36). BAM! Two Vegetarian meals running $21-23 each are also available. For dessert look for Red Velvet Cake, Cheesecake, Seasonal Fruit Plate, Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Flourless Chocolate Torte, Key Lime Pie and Emeril's own Banana Cream Pie (all $9-10 each). Kids menu available ranging from $7 for Tortellini to $18 for the ½ Filet Mignon for the prince. Full bar, huge Wine List and personal wines welcome with a Corkage Fee of $20. 10,000 bottle wine selection, too numerous to detail. Crafted cocktails range $12-18 each. Happy Hour 4:30 - 6:30 PM. "Best of Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine with 530 wines to choose from. Winner Most Popular Restaurant in Orlando by Zagat. Online and phone reservations accepted and recommended in season. Free validated parking for Florida residents after 6 PM (some restrictions apply). Open Thanksgiving Day. Douglas Braselman, executive chef; Andy Vaughn, general manager here and Emeril Lagasse, owner. BAM!



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Not Rated Video Emeril's Tchoup Chop, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL. 54.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-503-2467. (Asian) [L/D] Plans are to close at the end of 2017. Pronounced Chop-Chop and a salute to New Orleans' Tchoupitoulas Street where Emeril's flagship restaurant is located. This restaurant, his second in Orlando, is part of the Lowes Royal Pacific Resort, at Hollywood and Universal, near I-4 Exit #74B. Open daily 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, then 5-10 PM for dinner. Happy Hour runs 5-8 PM. A striking dining room of Pan-Pacific décor of warm and cool colors. Dress code is smart casual, no short sleeve shirts or shorts for gentlemen, please. Appetizers start the menu with Seared Edamame ($6), Spicy Vietnamese Escargot ($8), Steamed Pork Dumplings ($9), Mongolian Pork Belly ($9), Smoked Baby Back Ribs ($9), Pork Cheek Gallette ($10) and Crunchy Shrimp ($10). There's also various Sushi Rolls at $8-9 each. Main dishes like Roast Pork Shoulder ($18), Broiled Free Range Chicken Breast ($19), 5 Spice Braised Lamb Shank ($22), Tempura Mahi Mahi ($25), Seared Atlantic Salmon ($26), Braised Beef Short Ribs ($26), Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp ($27), Pan Roasted Duck Breast ($27), Seared Yellowfin ($30) and Grilled Angus Tenderloin ($39) are offered. For vegetarians, there's Marinated Tofu ($18). Miso Soup ($7) and various salads ($8-10 each) can be added too. For dessert you can choose from Tropical Sorbets ($5), Homemade Ice Cream ($6), Root Beer Float ($6), Crème Brûlée ($7), Guava and Cream Cheese Dumplings ($9), Kahlua Cake ($10), Berry Strudel ($10) and their signature Banana Cream Pie ($10). Lunch items are slightly lower priced and they add Burgers ($13) and a Bento Box ($15). Children's menu available. Full bar and wide Wine List. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Complimentary parking at Loews Royal Pacific Resort Pacifica Ballroom entrance. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day for $50 holiday dinner, Noon to 9 PM, plus the regular menu. Ryan Vargas, executive chef; Lee Kaleel, general manager here and Emeril Lagasse, owner.



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12½ Stars Free WiFi Emiliano's Café, 7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL. 62.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-375-7381. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] Located one block south of University and just off Main St. in the heart of downtown. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily and from 10 AM to 4 PM for Sunday Brunch, then 4 PM to 9 PM for Sunday Dinner. Been in business 25 years. Concentrating in Latin-Fusion Cuisine from South America, Mexico, Spain and Cuba. Signature entrées include Mojito Pollo (Citrus-Rum Glazed Chicken), Arepas de Maiz (Corn Cake Napoleon), Plaintain Crusted Fish, Guava Barbeque Pork Ribs and Jerk Pork Loin ranging $12 to $18 each. A variety of Paellas such as Seafood, Chorizo (Sausage) and Chicken styles range $18-20 per person. Classic dishes like Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Yellow Rice), Puerco al Ajillo (Garlic Pork Loin), Ropa Vieja (Pulled Flank Steak) and Churrasco (Argentine Skirt Steak) all range from $14 to $22 each. Sandwiches like the Cuban or Portobello Mushroom and soups like Gazpacho (Chilled Tomato) or Frijoles Negros (Black Bean) are also available. The restaurant also specializes in dozens of hot or cold Tapas (Snacks) from Warm Brie to Flank Steak ranging $3-10 usually. Examples are Camarones al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic), Tortas de Cangrejo (crab cakes with spicy aioli), Alcachofas Rellenas (stuffed artichoke hearts) and Alcapurrias (stuffed masa fritters). Surtidos (tapa samplers) make the selection decision easier, all priced accordingly. Wine from Portugal, Spain, Chile, Argentina, as well as California dot the Wine List. Home made Sangria ($4) and Mimosas ($3) are also available. A small selection of imported beers are offered too. Tropical juices like, Guava, Mango and Passion Fruit are non-alchoholic drink choices. Espresso, Cappuccino and Café con Leche finish the meal. Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM weekdays, 4 to 6:30 PM weekends. Full bar specializing in Mojitos and other cocktails. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted. Live jazz occasionally. Valet parking available. Shanti Riesch, chef; Diego Ibanez and Wanda de Paz, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry R. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Presto Restaurant (1963)
134 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL.
"Sizzling Steaks. Low Prices."

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Not Rated Enrico's Italian Ristorante, 439 US 41 S., Inverness, FL. 29.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-4555. (Italian) [D] Open 4:30 PM - 10 PM Tuesday through Saturday only. Located on Main Street just south of SR 44. Offers traditional Italian cuisine, as well as home made pizzas. Veal, Seafood and Chicken dishes are noted here such as Saltimbocca. Pasta dishes also popular with the loyal clientele. Dinners are semi-a-la-carte. Relaxed atmosphere. Reservations accepted. Beer and wine available. Annette Tremante, owner.

Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10 Stars Video Video Free WiFi Enzian Theater & Eden Restaurant, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 53.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-629-1088. (American) [L/D] A unique non-profit movie theater, restaurant and bar, all rolled into one, since 1985. It offers mainly independent, cult classics, children's, musicals, award winners, vintage and foreign films on a big screen (both digital and 35mm projected). The current show and coming attractions are listed on their website or by recorded message at 1-407-629-0054. Tickets in advance on their website or in person at their box office, but not by phone. Tickets are generally $11 for evening shows; $9 for students, seniors, military and matinee shows. Their special screening room is set with about 90 tables for 2 or 4 people sharing the table, encouraging conversation with others. Show times generally 3:45 PM, 6:30 PM and 9:15 PM. Table service for food and drink starts 30 minutes before the show. Tables are first come first served except for club members and non-members line up 45-60 minutes prior to the weekend shows for the best tables. The Eden Restaurant offers Caesar, Wedge, Spinach/Cranberry and Granny Smith Apple Salads that run $9-11 each. Tofu or Chicken can be added for $3-5 extra. Sandwiches like Grilled Cheese, Turkey Wrap, Portobello Mushroom, Grilled Chicken Avocado, Pulled Pork, Salmon or Turkey Burgers run $9-13 each. White, Margherita and Pepperoni Pizzas are $12-15 each. Large Plate meals include Meatloaf, Cheese Ravioli, Chicken & Fries, Pesto Prosciutto Pasta, 3 Meat Tacos and Chicken Alfredo and run about $13 each. Desserts are offered like Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Cinnamon Doughnuts are $4-7 generally. The menu changes seasonally. Sure, Popcorn ($4/$6) and Kettle Corn ($5/$7) are available too. A full bar is available with Martinis, Cosmos and other cocktails available. A large assortment of Beers and Ciders run $3-7 including draft brews. A wide selection of wine is offered, many by the glass and bottles running $24-52 each. Even champagne is popped here. Drink specials daily. No minimums, just the movie admission. Special events like the Academy Awards® Viewing Party are offered free of admission. A Florida Film Fest is held each April. "Popcorn Flicks in the Park" are offered outdoors for free with lawn seating where food is available too. Other events, like a Jewish Film Festival, held throughout the year. "Film - Food - Friends" is their motto. Parking can be challenging during show changes; arrive early. Philip & Sigrid Tiedtke, Jeffrey Schenck, Roger Thompson and Henry Maldonado (president), owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/12) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) We watched The Florida Project while having a Pear and Prosciutto Flatbread ($14) and two glasses of Red Wine. The Sunday matinee was quite crowded. All the food was good. All seats are good viewing and comfortable. Very nice theater atmosphere here, just a long drive, so we spent the whole day in Winter Park. The total with tax was $33.
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Not Rated Enzo's On The Lake, 1130 S. Hwy. 17, Longwood, FL. 57.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-834-9872. (Italian) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located on US 17/92 just south of SR 434 on Lake Fairy. Long established upscale restaurant. Open for lunch Fridays only 11:30 AM to 2 PM; dinner nightly except Sunday and Monday, 6-10 PM only. Located in a converted Italian Villa style home right on the lake and decorated in a European style. The romantic setting is a favorite for weddings. Meals are served on linen covered tables and on ornate fine china. The menu changes frequently to satisfy their loyal customers and may include these items. For appetizers you may find Bruschetta ($8), Porcini Style Shitake ($10), Cozze ($12), Thin Sliced Filet di Manzo ($12), Grilled Shrimp al Diavola ($12.50) and Antipasto della Casa ($13). For soups they offer Italian Wedding Soup and a Soup Of The Day at $6-7 each. Insalatina della Casa or Caesar Salads at $6-8 each. Pasta course might include Spaghetti Carbonara ($19), Chicken Stuffed Ravioli ($20), Pappardelle alla Farnese ($20), Ricciarelle Carprese ($20), Penne Vodka ($21), Penne Burratina ($21), Bucatini alla Enzo ($21), Linguine e Vongole ($22) and Fettuccine with Lobster and Shrimp ($28). Main courses offered might be Pollo Porcini ($24), Veal Scaloppine Limone ($25), Veal Scaloppine Fantasia ($27), Shrimp Fiorentina ($27), Black Angus Beef with Shitake ($28), Grilled Lamb Chops ($30), Tenderloin Formaggio ($32) and Zuppa de Pesce ($33). Some meals prepared table-side. Desserts might include the popular Tiramisu or Chocolate Soufflé. Private Wine Dinners are held occasionally at $138 per person including paired wines. Full bar with notable cocktail creations and an interesting wine list. Reservations suggested. Perlini family, owners, with Joann Ross, president.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 8/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Eola Wine Company (Orlando), 430 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-481-9100. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located near Lake Eola at Central Blvd. and Osceola Ave., not far from Exit #10C of SR 408, in the Thornton Park area. Open for brunch at Noon on Saturday and Sunday only; all other days it opens at 4 PM for dinner. Wine store, wine bar and restaurant rolled into one. Over 70 wines by the 6 oz. pour ($7-17), plus 30 craft beers are on the menu. Wine Flights ($11-16) of 2 oz. pours of 4 wines, or bubbly, are popular. They offer many Flatbreads ($10-14) like Pepperoni, Roasted Chicken, Duck, Pulled Pork, Buffalo Chicken and 3 Cheeses, among others. They also have Wraps ($10-11) like Steak and Veggie Wraps, plus Tacos ($10-13). For lighter meals they offer Marinated Olives ($5), Bruschetta ($9), Roasted Chicken Salad ($11), Baked Brie ($13) and Rock Shrimp Salad ($14). Cheese Plates ($15/$20/$25) go good with wine. Desserts to pair with the sweeter wines include Chocolate Spoon Cake ($8), Cheesecake ($8) and a Chocolate Trifle ($9), which it's not. Weekend Brunch has Bagel Sandwiches ($9), Quiche ($10) and Flatbreads ($12-14). Outside seating available. No hard liquor here. Scott and William Schrope, owners.



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11 Stars Essex Seafood (Two) Restaurant, 1360 West SR 40, Pierson, FL. 41.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-749-1557. (Seafood) [D] Located about 1 mile past the St. John's River at Astor, FL. on SR 40. Call for business hours. New England style seafood. Noted for Whole Belly Clams and fish such as Grouper, Haddock and Catfish. Shrimp and Lobster are featured too. Mac 'n Cheese is popular with the kids. Beer and wine available. Credit cards are not accepted. Cash only. The second US location for these owners. Mary Fay and Daniel Lane, owners.

Older Review: (from Bob M. 10/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 3/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Video Everglades Restaurant, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 58.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-2385. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on I-Drive at Convention Way across from the Orange County Convention Center near Exit #1 of SR 528 in the Rosen Center Hotel. Opens for dinner only, at 5:30 PM. Resort casual attire. Full linen service. An upscale tropical atmosphere permeates the dining room fixtures in contrast to the baby and mama manatee hanging sculpture and staring critter mural. The food has decidedly Florida flavors in the cuisine. Start with such items as Hummus and Croutons ($6), Boca Chica Mushrooms ($7), Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($9), Florida Rock Shrimp ($9), Smoked Scallops ($12), Crab Cake ($12) or Shrimp Cocktail ($12). There's also a Triple Sampler at $15/person. For soups they offer French Onion ($6), Lobster Bisque ($8) and their house specialty, Alligator Chowder ($7). Entrée specialties are Potato Gnocchi ($20) with Chicken (+$2) or Shrimp (+$5), Venison Steak ($32), Buffalo Tenderloin ($37), and a 5 or 8 oz. Filet Topped with Lump Crabmeat ($35/$42). Other carne selections include Free Range Chicken ($22), New York Strip Steak ($32), 8 oz. Angus Filet ($34), Black Angus Rib Eye ($35), T-Bone Lamb Chop ($35) and an 18 oz. T-Bone Steak ($38), all grilled to order. For pisces selections they have Smoked Salmon ($22), Grilled Swordfish ($29), Pan Seared Snapper ($30), Broiled Florida Grouper ($31), Chilean Sea Bass ($35) and Red Curry Seafood Stew ($36). Sides like Baked Sweet Potato, Sautéed Mushrooms and Fresh Asparagus add $4-5 each to the bill, as do salads at $6-8 each. Desserts like Pecan Tuile, Chocolate Marquise, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Mocha Cappuccino Mousse and Guava Flan are on the sweets menu. Full bar and Wine List with a dozen selections available by the glass. Some organic selections are featured too. Corkage Fee for your own wine. A monthly 3-course Dinner Special is sometimes offered that might include a Garden Greens, 6 oz. Buffalo Tenderloin and Blueberry Sabayon Shot at $35/person or paired with 3 wines at $47/person. Then there's Vine and Dine wine pairing, five course, dinners offered occasionally with a knowledgable wine speaker. They run $75/person plus tax and added 20% gratuity, all prepaid. Beware, the reception starts at 7 PM but the food arrives about 8:30 PM. A typical dinner includes Greens Salad/Chardonnay, Smoked Salmon/Pinot Noir, Sorbet/Sauv. Blanc, Grilled Venison/Syrah Blend and a Chocolate Dessert/Port Style Cab., as an example. Complimentary valet parking. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. $15 and $60 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. A lavish Thanksgiving Day Buffet in the ballroom is offered 11 AM to 7 PM at $44 per person. Michael Rumplik, executive chef; Fred Vlachos, head chef; hotel owned.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - King Henry's Feast
Offering tourists and locals "Rollicking Banquet and Royal Entertainment"
At 8984 I-Drive, Orlando, FL. from 1986 to 2000.
(Now the location of an Olive Garden Restaurant)

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Not Rated Video Fat Cat Grill, 508 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL. 47.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-563-2620. (American) (Southern) [D] Located on Citrus Ave. between NE 5th St. and NW 5th St., one block south of US 19/98. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday. Most items are cooked over a wood burning grill using Mesquite Charcoal, Oak and Hickory woods. For appetizers, you can start with Fried Pickles ($5), Ginger Pork Dumplings ($7), Crispy Coconut Shrimp ($8), Tomato & Goat Cheese Fondue ($8), Potato Crusted Crab Cakes ($9), Rock Shrimp Mac & Cheese ($9), Salt and Pepper Calamari ($9), and Corn Meal Dusted Fried Oysters ($9). There's also She Crab Soup laced with Sherry ($5-7). Salads include a Chopped Green, Caesar, Wedge (all $6) and Greek Style Salad with Chicken ($8). For entrées they offer Portabella Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce ($15), Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast ($16), Sautéed Rainbow Trout ($17), Pan Seared Mahi Mahi ($18), Pork Porterhouse ($18), Wood Grilled Salmon ($18), Shrimp & Grits ($19), Mesquite Grilled Angus New York Strip Steak ($23) and an 8 oz. Angus Filet Mignon ($24). Entrées come with a Chopped, Caesar or Wedge Salad. For lighter appetites there is the All-American Burger ($7), Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwich ($7), Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos ($8), Ham & Salami Panini ($8), Crispy Rock Shrimp Tacos ($9), Bacon & Bleu Cheese Burger ($9), and a Bacon & Bleu Cheese Bison Burger ($10). Sandwiches include Fries or Pineapple Cole Slaw. Full bar serving cocktails, wine, beer and bottled wine. Mark Secker, chef; Laura Siekert, owner.



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Not Rated The Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL. 63.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-5648. (Italian) (Cafe) [L/D] Opened October, 2008 in a 100 year old historic Vidal residence. Located just east of N. Main St. about 8 blocks north of downtown at NE 1st St. and NE 8th Ave. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and now Wednesday to Saturday, 5-10 PM for dinner. Closed all day Sunday (except read below) and Monday, as well as Tuesday night too. A relaxing Italian atmosphere with a torch-lit Tuscan garden out back. L'antipasto choices are Bruschetta, Head of Roasted Garlic, Hot Artichoke Dip, Hummus with Spiced Olives, Tuna Tartar and an Italian Meat and Cheese Platter, all at $7-9 each. L'insalata offerings are (House) Mista, Spinach, Niçoise, Caprese, Tropical or a Grilled Chicken Salad at $5-13 each. As in the Italian tradition, a basket of Focaccia Bread is $4. La Prima Piatta items are Stuffed Shells ($10), Spaghetti with Giant Meatballs ($12) or Mediterranean Angel Hair with Artichokes ($13). La Secunda Piatta choices are Chicken Piccata ($14) or Shrimp & Polenta ($15). Prima or Seconda entrées are served with a side salad and Focaccia bread. Specials like Lasagna Bolognese ($12), Pan Seared Pork Chop ($14), and others change frequently. Homemade soups are also available daily. Il dolce can vary but usually include Biscotti, Macaroons, Plum Galettes, Pound Cake with Fruit Compote, Banana Layer Cake and other baked Italian desserts. The luncheon menu offers the same salads plus sandwiches like Turkey Baguette, Greek Panini, Ham & Cheese Panini and Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta, all ranging $8-9 each. Cappuccino, Espresso and a French Press offered after the meal. Wine and beer sold here with Happy Hour reductions and wine specials Friday night 5-9 PM. Imported Italian beer and wine, as well as Sangria, Mimosas and Bellinis are featured. Friday night entertainment usually starts at 6:30 PM. Cooking classes are offered here. Bakery items for sale too. Candlelight dinners monthly on the last Sunday of the month by limited reservation and consists of a 5 course meal at $45 per person. Corkage Fee is just $8 per bottle. Off street parking available. Outdoor garden seating is popular in spring and fall. Reservations accepted. James and Michelle Reeves, owners.

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



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Not Rated Video Fiddler's Green (Irish Pub and Eatery), 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-2050. (Irish) [L/D] At N. Orange Ave. Opens 11:30 AM every day, 'til the wee hours, except 11 AM on Sunday to midnight. Established here in 1996. Traditional Irish meals like Guinness Wings ($8), Smoked Salmon ($9), Galway Mussels ($9), Hen In A Pot ($11), Shepherd's Pie ($12), Corned Beef and Cabbage ($13), Fish and Chips ($13), Ballymaloe Chicken ($13), Irish Stew ($13), Bangers and Mash ($13), Shannon Salmon ($16), Roast Aylesbury Duck ($18), Gaelic Steak ($18), can all be had with the usual Boxty Potatoes on the side. Blackberry or Apple Crumble ($5) end the meal. Dozens of Irish Beers and Ciders are available by the bottle or on tap including Boddington's Cream Ale and Guinness Stout. Irish Whiskeys and 10-15 year old Scotches are available too. Sunday Brunch runs 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. Entertainment Thursday to Saturday from Rock Music to Irish Folk Songs. See their entertainment schedule for details. Donal O'Brien, owner.



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Long Gone - The Ground Round Grill & Bar, (1980s)
Showing old time silent movies and cartoons on the big screen.
330 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL.

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, 9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 58.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-4570. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Orlando Hotel and was called the Capriccio Grill) on I-Drive near the Orange County Convention Center. Open for dinner only, 6-10 PM. Smart casual attire requested. Start with Fresh Oysters ($3 each), Crispy Ravioli ($10), Crispy Fritto Misto ($13), Beef Carpaccio ($16), Ahi Tuna ($17), Blue Crab Cake ($18), or a sampling of four ($20/person). Minestrone ($6/$9) and Lobster Shrimp Bisque ($8/$13) are the soups they offer. For entrées they start with Grilled Tofu ($19) for vegetarians, Chicken Française ($26), Chicken Parmesan ($28), Marinated Atlantic Salmon ($28), Chicken Marsala ($29), Striped Bass ($32), Veal Marsala ($32), Blackened Yellow Tail Snapper ($34), Miso Glazed Alaskan Halibut ($37), Veal Osso Buco ($38) to a 1 lb. South Atlantic Lobster Tail ($65). Noted for their Creekstone Farms steaks, they have 12 oz. Black Angus Prime Rib ($26), 14 oz. Pork Ribeye ($28), a Mixed Grill ($35), 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($38/$46), 6 oz. Petit Filet with Diver Scallops ($39), 16 oz. Veal Porterhouse ($40), 16 oz. New York Strip ($43), 16 oz. Colorado Lamb Chops ($45), 20 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Cowboy Cut ($49) and a 12 oz. Wagyu Strip Steak ($60). Sauces for the meats add $3 each. Side dishes like Risotto, Baked Potato, Asparagus or Creamed Spinach add $8-12 each, generally. Pasta dishes are on the menu too like Tagliolini with Mushrooms ($21), Pasta Bolognese ($22), Pasta Vongole ($24) and Pappardelle Pescatore ($28). Small Pizzas are also available for $16-19 each. Salads range from a Chopped, Caesar or Wedge (each $13) to the Caprese ($18). Noticeably, but understandably, missing from their menu is duck! Desserts like Tiramisu, Berry Tart, Bread Pudding Soufflé and Hot Godiva Chocolate Cake are $7-9 each. Cheese Plates are also available at $16 or $20. Popular with the ladies are Dessert Shooters at just $3 each. Gluten free items noted on the menu. Specialty Coffees are about $8. Full bar and extensive Wine List. Wines by the glass range $10-15 for whites or reds. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Online and phone reservations taken for regular dinners. Open for Thanksgiving and Christmas Brunch 11 AM to 4 PM at $70pp. Isaac Pacheco, executive chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (Orlando), 1562 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL. 58.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-581-9861. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in August, 2014. Located in The Market at Mills Park on US 17/92, near Nebraska St. a few blocks south of the Orlando Museum of Art. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends. Stone and warm wood décor adorns this upscale steakhouse. The wood fired grill is the hub of the restaurant where steaks are their specialty. A 12 oz. Aspen Sirloin ($19.50), 12 oz. Pepper Crusted Sirloin ($20.50), 12 oz. Chile Rubbed Delmonico ($21), 14 oz. Ribeye ($24.50), Bleu Cheese Filet ($26), 14 oz. New York Strip ($28.50), Filet & Shrimp ($29), 12 or 16 oz. cut of Herb Roasted Prime Rib ($21/$24) and the 7 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon ($24/$27). At the top of the food chain is the 7 oz. Filet with an 8 oz. Lobster Tail ($38). Other specialties are Chicken Pasta ($16.50), Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breast ($17), Meatloaf ($17.50), Coconut Shrimp ($19.50), Pecan Crusted Trout ($19.50), Wood Grilled or Sesame Encrusted Salmon ($20.50 each), Baby Back Ribs ($22) and Parmesan Encrusted Flounder ($23). Lighter dishes include a Durango, Smokehouse or Cheese Burger ($10-11 each), French Dip ($13) and a Steak Sandwich ($13). Side dishes like Mushrooms, Mixed Veggies, Green Beans, Fries and other Potatoes, add $5 each. Side Salads add $4.50 to the bill. Main Salads like Fried Chicken Salad ($11.50), Crab Cake Salad ($14.50) and Shrimp & Strawberry Salad ($14.50) can make a meal too. Appetizers like Onion Rings ($8), Chicken Wings ($9), Quesadillas ($9.50), Lobster Spinach Queso ($10.50), Seared Ahi Tuna ($13.50) and Crab Cakes ($13.50) help curb your appetite. For dessert you can enjoy a Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, Warm Chocolate Brownie, Big Daddy Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake or Key Lime Pie, all priced at $7 each. Similar items are offered at lunch. Kids menu. Reservations accepted. Full bar with spectacular bottle display. Wine List. This is the first location in Florida for the chain of 3 dozen locations based in Charlotte, NC. Joseph Mead, chef; Oscar Padro, manager here.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Firefly Kitchen and Bar, 480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 54.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-677-5000. (Brew Pub) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in 2011. Located on the Winter Park Village Shops across from the theater. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 11 PM and to Midnight on weekends and from right after church on Sunday at 10 AM. Patrons sometimes mistake the hanging light fixtures for fireflies, thus its name. Specializes in Craft Beers and Crafty Burgers. Appetizers include Fried Green Tomatoes ($8), Hush Puppies ($9), 3 Pulled Pork Tacos ($10), Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($10), 8 Chicken Wings ($12), Gorgonzola Bread Bowl ($13) and Cajun Beef or Shrimp Skewers ($14 each). Flatbreads ($9-10) are also popular to share. Salads range from Chicken Caesar ($13) to Steak and Goat Cheese ($15). Soups like Chicken & Dumplings ($9) are for cooler weather, or not. For entrées they have Shrimp & Grits ($16), Chicken Fried Steak ($16), Buttermilk Grilled Chicken ($16), Cajun Shrimp ($18), Tuna Steak ($22), Lobster Tail Mac & Cheese ($24) and a Filet Mignon ($26). All are semi-a-la-carte. The real meat of the matter are Burgers, like the Plain Jane ($9), Pulled Pork with Peanut Butter ($12), Cracker Jack ($14), Juicy Lucy Double ($14), an Upside-Down Pineapple ($15) and others. Ground Turkey for sissies, can be substituted. Instead of Fries you can add that Canadian delight of Poutine. The classic one of Fries, Cheese Curds and Brown Gravy ($8) is outdone by the ones with Bacon or Pulled Pork added ($10 each). If you aren't full yet, try a Dark Chocolate Brownie ($2/$6), Banana Bread Pudding ($2/$6), Granny's Home Made Pecan Pie ($3/$7) or Moonshine Cake ($3/$7), available as a shooter or full size shot. They also offer a Sunday Brunch, 10 AM to 2 PM, with items such as Grits ($6), Biscuits and Gravy ($7), Omelets ($9), Eggs Benedict ($10), Chicken and Waffles ($12) and others. Also Bloody Marys ($10) and bottom-less Mimosas ($20) are the after Sunday Services favorites. They have a full bar but the Draft Beer List, 28 in all, is the ultimate with items like Dragon's Milk Stout, Delirium Tremens (D-Ts) and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on the rotating list. Crafted Cocktails are fabricated too, like Ooh La La and Tickled Pink on the long drink menu. A hefty list of Wines are also available from producers like Cakebread, La Crema and Caymus. Three sized pours are offered too. Happy Hour runs 4-7 PM weekdays. Trivia contests on Tuesday at 7 PM have prizes and live music runs 6-8 PM on Wednesday evenings. Outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted. class="rd">18% gratuity added for parties of 5 or more. Jeff McNeil and Lisa Amoresano, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) We spent the day on Winter Park and decided to have dinner here on a Sunday night. It was not busy. It's very bright inside from all the hanging lights. Angelo took good care of us. We both had the Red Zinsanity wine; hers a 3 oz. pour ($4.20), mine a 6 oz. pour ($8). It was good, especially that hers was more like 5 oz. She had the Baked Potato Poutine ($10). When it arrived there was no gravy on it. Angelo got the side a gravy for her. Later she noticed there was no Cheese Curds in it also. Too late to bring it up now. The gravy was a little peppery. She also had a side Caesar ($3). I had the Chicken Fried Chicken with Mashed and a Salad ($16). They were out of my first choice, Chicken Fried Steak. There were more Potatoes than Chicken. No room for dessert. In all, an OK meal. Total, before t&t, was $41. The owner, Jeff, stopped by to chat.
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Not Rated Fish Bones (Lake Mary), 7005 CR 46A, Lake Mary, FL. 49.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-581-3474 or 1-407-581-2399. (Seafood) [D] Open 5 PM - 10:30 PM daily. Located off Exit 101A, just west of Interstate 4, north of Heathrow, Fl. Attractive stone, marble, tile and warm wood interior, with a large aquarium for the focal point. As the name implies, fresh fish such as Wild Scottish Salmon, Red Snapper, Chilean Sea Bass, Swordfish, Peruvian Rainbow Trout and 2 pound Live Maine Lobster are available. Much shellfish and aged steaks also offered such as 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 18 oz. New York Strip Steak, Aged Rib Eye Steak, 16 oz. Prime Rib. Pork Chops, Lamb Chops, Chicken and Florida Duck also offered. Mirin-Wasabi Glazed Black Cod, Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Marinated Yellowfin Ahi Tuna, Cajun Blackened Grouper and Pacific Blue Marlin are the restaurant's specialties. Sushi is also on the menu. Finish off with Key Lime Pie, Baklava Amaretto Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake or King Midas Carrot Cake. Entrées range from $14 to $35 each. Special coffees and teas offered. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Very large wine list. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $15. A "Talk of the Town" restaurant. Voted 2012 "Best Seafood Restaurant" and "Best Outdoor Dining" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Another location is in Orlando at 6707 Sand Lake Rd. (1-407-352-0135). A. J. Beaulieu, executive chef. Mary Varouh, operating partner here.



Image Not Rated Five Thymes Five, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-347-9880. (Cafe) [L/D] A sit down at the bar cafe in the hipp and very inviting Plant St. Market (a few blocks west of the town center) that offers shops, a meat market, a chocolate store, a juice bar, a tea shop, a bakery, a brewery, and more, all under one roof. Opened in May 2015. Located about the middle of the building, this cafe offers counter service for lunch and dinner, between 11 AM and 8 PM daily, except to 7 PM Sundays but to 10 PM weekends. For appetizers you'll find Couscous Salad ($5), a Flatbread ($9), Jumbo Grilled Shrimp ($14) and Wings at 6/$7, 12/$11, 20/$18 and 50/$47. Sandwiches and Wraps like Chicken ($13), Pulled Pork ($13), Skirt Steak Philly ($14), Cod Fish ($16) and a Lobster Roll ($17) can be had all day. Burgers run $8-13 each and Hot Dogs run $5-8 each loaded. House Salad ($6), Mushroom Salad ($12) and Cobb Salad ($14) are also on the list with additions adding $4-9 each. For main dishes they have Popcorn Fried Chicken ($5), Naked Chicken Strips ($8), Southern Fried Chicken Strips ($9) and Fish & Chips ($18). There's an area outside for more seating. No bar but there is a brewery (The Crooked Can) in the building with wine and beer. Denise Harrison and Catherine Ciullo, owners.



Image Not Rated Flagler Fish Company Restaurant, 180 S. Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach, FL. 80.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-439-0000. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open daily except Sunday, 11 AM to 9 PM, except Friday from 10 AM. Located two blocks from the ocean and one block south of Moody Blvd. (Hwy. 100) opposite the Farmers Market. Started in 2004. Located in the fish store, you can select your lunch or dinner from the display case if you'd like. They use an unusual pricing method here. All fish selling raw for under $12/lb. will cost about $13 for lunch and about $17 for dinner. Fish selling raw for $12-18/lb. will cost about $15 for lunch and $19 for dinner. Over $18/lb., lunch would be $19 and dinner $23. These exclude Lobster and Crab, which are priced separately. These choices can be Seared, Blackened, Grilled, Sautéed or even Steamed. Each includes two sides like Asiago Potatoes, Fries, Cole Slaw, Fried Noodles, Sautéed Spinach, Sautéed Mushrooms, Green Beans, Steamed Asparagus, Bliss Potato Salad, House Salad, Caesar Salad, Seaweed Salad, even Savory Grits. They also offer Prime Filet Mignon, New York Strip and Ribeye Steak at market prices. Chicken, Pork and Portobello Mushroom lunches are $13 or $15 at dinner. They also offer Burgers ($9-10 each) and Pastas ($16-18). Cuban Sandwiches ($9), Wraps ($10-12) and Fish Sandwiches ($10) can also be found. Lobster Bisque ($4/$8) is popular, as is Fish Chowder ($3/$6). Fish Tacos ($5 each) are on the menu too. Steamed Mussels ($11), Ipswich Clams ($11), Crabcakes ($11), Seared Tuna ($12), even Belly Clams or Oyster Baskets ($13 each) are offered here. Various desserts ($5-8 each) are featured. Kids menu also. Beer and wine available. Chris and Carolyn Casper, owners.



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Not Rated Flapjack Johnny's, 7432 E. SR 50, Groveland, FL. 31.3 mile drive from The Villages. 557-4845. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located on SR 50 (East Broad St.) about 1 mile east of Groveland at Gano Rd. Opened for business on May 9, 2015. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Breakfast served all day. You can find Eggs, Omelettes, Pancakes, Oatmeal, French Toast, Waffles and the usual breakfast fare plus such items as Sausage Gravy & Biscuits ($7), the Jersey Breakfast ($8), the Philly Breakfast ($9), Johnny's Frittata ($8), Gyro & Feta Omelet ($9), Steak & Eggs ($11), Peanut Butter Pancakes ($6.50), Baklava Pancakes ($7) and Bananas Foster Pancakes ($7). A side of Canadian Bacon ($3) or Cornbeef Hash ($4) is popular here. For lunch, starting as early as 10:30 AM, they offer soups, like Tomato Basil, Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Wild Rice ($3.50 each). Salads like Caesar ($7), Caprese ($8.50), Wedge ($8.50) and Spinach ($8.50) are on the menu. Cold Sandwiches include Chicken or Tuna Salad ($8 each) and a Johnny's Club ($8.50). Paninis are popular with Rueben, Italian Sausage and Roast Beef & Cheddar (all $8 each) standing out. Burgers run $7.50 for the plain to $15 for The Mile High one, among others. You can also find Rochester favorites like Red or White "Hots" by Zweigle® and a Fried Haddock Fish Sandwich ($10). Not forgotten are Greek specials like Greek Salad ($9), Gyro ($9), Spanakopita ($10) and Baklava ($4). The menu is extensive with combos and desserts available too. Kids portions offered also. Outside seating available. Amber (and Chris) Kitrinos, owner. Other locations are in Mulberry and Port Orange, FL.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Orlando), 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-5706. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [D] Upscale Steak and Wine Restaurant. Dressy casual. Open daily at 5 PM daily. Locate on "Restaurant Row" about half way between S. Apopka Vineland Rd. and Dr. Phillips Blvd. They feature all Corn-Fed Prime Grade Beef. Some appetizers offered are Sweet Chili Calamari, Carpaccio, Baked Brie, Mushroom Ravioli and Lump Crab Cake. Featured entrées are Chicken Breast, Petit and Regular Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Peppercorn Steak, pork Chop and Prime Rib on Sundays. Fish lovers will find Scottish Salmon, Pacific Swordfish, Alaskan King Crab Legs and North Atlantic Lobster Tails. Entrées generally range from $21 to $36 each. Side dishes are extra. A few Small Plates include Seared Ahi Tuna, New Bedford Scallops, Braised Short Ribs and Skewered Shrimp. Gluten free information available. Full bar and extensive Wine List. They have five cocktails, 5 wines by the glass and 5 appetizers served at the bar only for $6 from 5-7 PM. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend magazine. Winner 2012 Foodie Critic Award for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Online and phone reservations recommended. Open Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM with a $40 Turkey Dinner. One of a nationwide chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Alec Cheak, head chef; Irma Muns, operating partner. Another location is in Winter Park.

Review: (from Dan G. 9/17) Two of us used the Magical Dining option at $35pp. I had the 6 oz. Filet Mignon that came with Salad and Dessert. My wife also had the same. I had a glass of Merlot ($18) and my wife had the White Zin ($11). Our companions had a gluten and lactose free menu of Ahi Tuna and Salad, with one Martini. We each paid seperately. My bill with the tip was $106. Our server, Amy, was outstanding. It seems their wait staff was undermanned but Amy exceeded our expectations.
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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Winter Park), 933 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-699-9463. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [D] Open daily at 5 PM and 4 PM on Sunday. North of Winter Park Village Shops. Upscale steak and chop house. All corn fed USDA Prime cuts. Filet Mignon, Prime Ribeye, New York Strip, Prime Rib and Peppercorn Steak make up the beef offerings. Lamb, Veal and Chicken also available. Crab & Shrimp Scampi, New Zealand Salmon, Petrale Sole, Tuna, Scallops, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Australian Lobster Tails can also be found on the menu. Entrées generally range from $21 to $36 each. Five Prime Premium Burgers can also be ordered. Generally a-la-carte pricing with a variety of sides. Gluten free information available. Dressy casual. Online or phone reservations suggested. Open Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM with a $40 Turkey Dinner. Full bar. Large wine selection. Many wines available by the glass also. Corkage Fee: $20. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend magazine. Winner 2012 Foodie Critic Award for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. One of a nationwide chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Al Romeo, operating partner here. Another is at 8030 Via Dellagio Way in Orlando.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 3/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Fogo de Chão Churrascaria, 8282 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 55.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-0711. (Steakhouse) [L/D] Pronounced "Fo-go dee shoun". Located on I-Drive across from the Wyndham Orlando Resort, just south of W. Sand Lake Rd. at I-4 Exit #74A. Large, 12,000 s.f., traditional Brazilian Steakhouse with full linen service. Open Noon to 3 PM for lunch, then 5-10 PM for dinner. Prix Fixe lunch is $31.50/person ($35.50/person on Sunday before 3 PM) and dinner is $46.50/person daily. That includes the 30 item Salad Bar. Salad Bar only is $22.50/person for lunch (including Sundays) and $24.50 for dinner. Children 7-12 years old are half price. Gauchos bring 2 cuts of Top Sirloin, Bottom Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Grilled Chicken, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Loin, Lamb and Sausage. Side dishes are included too. A half dozen desserts are seldom ordered by the full diners. Full bar makes Brazilian Caipirinhas and other cocktails. The Wine List received Wine Spectator magazine's "Award of Excellence" since 2002. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Online and phone reservations taken. Open Christmas Day 12- 9 PM for their Holiday Feast. A chain of two dozen locations across the US and Brazil.



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Long Gone - Morrison's Imperial House Restaurant (1955) (1970) on Lake Killarney
"Where the Royal Rib reigns supreme."
129 N. Orlando Ave. (US 17/92), Winter Park, FL.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Forte Grille (at the Reunion Resort), 7593 Gathering Dr., Kissimmee, FL. 57.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-662-1350; 1-844-276-8719. (Italian) [D] Located on the 1st floor of the Reunion Resort near Exit #60 of I-4 and SR 429, about 5 miles south of Celebration, FL. This is Reunion's home-style Italian restaurant in "The Grande". Placemat table settings with rustic stone décor. Smart casual attire appropriate. Hours: 6-9 PM daily, except to 10 PM weekends. Bar opens at 5:30 PM. A few items are available in "Family Portion" for the table at the highest price shown and "Half Portion" at the lowest price shown. For appetizers they offer Zucchini Chips ($7), Fried Calamari ($12/$19), Spinach Dip ($12), Littleneck Clams ($14) and Tuna Tartare ($15). They have a Watermelon Soup ($8) and Salads like House ($7), Caesar ($8) or Fried Green Tomatos ($12). Pasta dishes are Spaghetti & Meatballs ($9/$15/$27), Meat Lasagna ($16/$29), Pasta Primavera ($20) and Lobster Cappelini ($38). For Fish they have Grilled Salmon Florentine ($26), Grilled Swordfish Bagnara ($28), Pan Seared Scallops Scampi ($29) and Grilled Ahi Tuna ($35). A Grilled Chicken Breast runs $33. Half or Full Portions for Chicken are fixed Marsala ($11/$18), Piccata ($12/$19) or Parmesan ($13/$19) style. They do the same for Veal, fixed Marsala ($13/$24), Piccata ($13/$23) or Parmesan ($13/$23) style. Then there's Italian Style BBQ Short Ribs ($34) and an 8 oz. Filet ($42). Some items come with an accompaniment or you can add Whipped Potatoes, Green Beans, Herb Pasta, Sautéed Spinach or Mushrooms (all $6-7 each). You can also find Flatbreads like Marguerite [Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil] ($14) or Forte [Prosciutto & Boursin Cheese] ($16). Or create your own ($16+$1/topping). For dessert you'll find Gelato, Sorbet, Nutella Semi-Freddo, Chocolate Torte, Triple Cheesecake, Italian Ice Cream Cake and, what else, Tiramisu (all $7-8 each). Kids menu available. Off season they offer two 3-course prix-fixe menus, one (like House Salad, Chicken Marsala & Chocolate Torte) at just $25/person and the other (like Clams, Grilled Salmon & Limoncello Cake) at $40/person. Restrictions apply. Full bar with custom cocktails and Wine List of 250 labels (mostly US). Whites range $32-135/bottle and Reds range $32-950/bottle. The "Dom" is $280 here. A popular California Cigar Zin is $55 but the 1996 Vintage Château Lafite Rothschild (Pauillac) tops the list at $1100/bottle. Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. The bar also has (House Made) Limoncello ($8), Amaretto ($10) and Grappa ($12). Outdoor seating available. Free self and valet parking available. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas with special menus. Reservations taken by phone or online. Guy Johnson, executive chef; resort owned. Their other restaurant here is Eleven (see that listing).



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Not Rated Video Four Rivers Smokehouse (Gainesville), 3262 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville, FL. 61.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-855-368-7748. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily, except closed Sunday. One of 6 locations in Florida. This one located off SW Archer Rd. (SR 24) just east of I-75 Exit #384 near Trader Joe's. Same menu as the other locations (see below). Cafeteria style with seating at long communal tables. Classic dinners ($11-20) include 3 sides and biscuits with each meal. Sandwiches are also on the menu ranging $7-8 including 2 sides. No bar. Deli and bakery for take home choices like their biscuits. Other locations include Winter Park (see that listing) , Winter Garden, Jacksonville and Longwood. John Rivers, owner.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Video Four Rivers Smokehouse (Winter Park), 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-474-8377. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily, except closed Sunday. Opened in November 2009. Located on SR 426 about a ½ mile east of I-4 Exit #87 near Jackson Ave., one mile west of downtown and 5 blocks east of its original location. Classic dinners include 3 sides and biscuits with each meal. One of the few places that serves St. Louis Style Rib Dinner ($14 for ½ Rack and $20 for Full Rack). Also on the dinner list is Signature Angus Brisket ($13), Southern Pulled or Sliced Pork ($11), Smokehouse Turkey ($11), Prime Rib ($15), ½ or Whole Smoked Chicken ($10-15) or Texas Sausage ($11). Lighter meals are also offered like ½ Rack of St. Louis Ribs with just 2 sides for $12. Sandwiches are also on the menu ranging $7-8 including 2 sides. French baguettes make them different. Custom offings like "Burnt End" and "Messy Pig" are also featured. Signature sauces are their specialty. 15 side dishes to choose from. You can also find Smoked Chicken Wings and Smoked Jalapenos, as well as BBQ Quesadillas. Desserts like Banana Dream Pudding and Chocolate Awesomeness defy the full stomach. No bar. Deli and bakery for take home choices like their biscuits. 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Bar-B-Que Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Barbecue" and "Best Ribs" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Other locations include Winter Garden at 1047 S. Dillard St. and Longwood at 1869 W. SR 434. John Rivers, owner.



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Not Rated Francesca's Trattoria, 4410 NW 25th Pl., Gainesville, FL. 66.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-378-7152. (Italian) [L/D] Located off NW 43rd St., just north of NW 23rd Ave. Opens 11 AM, 7 days per week. Northern Italian Cuisine offered here but the menu features many red sauce Southern Italian dishes too. Start with a Cold Antiposto ($19 for two), Bruschetta ala Napoli ($10), Fried Mozzarella ($8), Cioppino ($16) or Eggplant Rollatini ($9). Soups include Pasta Fagioli and Ministrone at $4-5 each. Homemade Pasta includes Manicotti, Ravioli Marinara, Spaghetti, Eggplant Parmesan, Lasagna and Baked Zitti (all $12-15 each). Specialty Pastas include Pasta Massimo, Tortellini, Penne ala Vodka, Penne with Shrimp, Bucatini all' Amatriciana, Paglia e Fieno, Fettuccine Alfredo and Linguini ala Fruiti di Mare (all $16-22 each). The usual chicken or veal dishes such as Milanese, Parmesan, Francaise and Marsala styles run $15-18 for chicken and $19-22 for veal. Seafood dishes such as Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp or Lobster Fra Diablo or Wild Salmon run $23-26 each and served with a side of pasta. Brick Oven Pizzas start at $10. Paninis are also available at $9-14 each. House or Caesar Salads are $3 additional with an entrée. Sundown Specials - Saturday through Thursday 4-6 PM. Jazz guitar on Sunday evenings 6-9 PM. Full bar and wine list. Frances and Massoud Khey, owners.



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Not Rated Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria (Maitland), 400 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 53.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-5533. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located on US 17/92 between Ventis and Packwood Avenues. Opened in mid-2012. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM (11 PM weekends), except closed Sundays. Dinner starts at 5 PM. All a-la-carte dishes with a decidedly Sicilian slant. Antipasti items are Crostini di Pollo ($9), Melanzane Parmigiana ($9), Calamari Fritti ($10), Sautéed Calamari ($12), Gamberoni Siciliana ($13) and Antipasto Italiano ($14). Salads are House ($6), Caesar ($7), Wedge ($8), Caprese ($9), Carciofi ($10) and Prosciutto Mozzarella ($11). Various Paninis are offered at about $8 each. Pasta dishes include "Create Your Own" ($11), Gnocchi Siciliana ($11), Penne Puttanesca ($11), Lasagna Bolognese ($11), Whole Wheat ($11), Carbonara ($12) and Penne Palermitana ($12). Main dishes offered are Pollo Parmigiana ($12), Pollo Arrosto ($13), Pollo Cacciatore ($14), Vitello Parmigiana ($15), Vitello Siciliano ($17), Salmone Bruschetta ($17) and Grigliata di Gamberoni e Calamari ($18). Flatbreads are also on the menu at $12-13 each, so are Calzones at $11-12 each, and 13 inch Pizzas at $12-15 each, depending on toppings. Italian desserts, like Cassata al Forno Cake or Sfogliatelle, run $4-6 each. Lunch items are priced around $9 each. Sparkling, white and red wines are available on the list and range from $24 for Torre di Luna Italian Pinot Grigio, to $120 for Joseph Phelps Napa Cab. However, most are in the $20-30 range and many are offered by the glass at $5-9 each, especially the Italian imports. Beer and wine only here. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. Online and phone reservations accepted. Voted 2013 "Best Neighborhood Eateries" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Skipper Rawls, John Maciewicz and Chef Francesco Aiello, owners.



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Not Rated Video Video Fred's Market Restaurant (Plant City), 1407 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Plant City, FL. 81.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-752-7763. (Buffet) (Southern) [B/L/D] Open 6 AM to 9 PM, six days a week and from 8 AM on Sunday. Fred's Market (a.k.a. Fred's Southern Kitchen) is located a few blocks south of Baker St. (US 92), over the tracks, just east of S. Alexander St. (SR 39A) at the Farmer's Market. "Slow food, FAST!" Started in 1954 in Plant City, the Johnson family have four locations now and a large following. They offer a full Southern Buffet that might feature Beef Tips, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken and Dumplings, Meatloaf, Lasagna, Roast Pork, Country Fried Steak, Roast Turkey, Baked Chicken, Smoken Sirloin, BBQ Pulled Pork and Roast Pork. The menu rotates daily. Full Buffets are $11.50/lunch and $15/dinner (after 5 PM and all day Sunday). Seniors get a $1 discount and children another dollar or two depending on age. The "One Trip" Buffet version is $10/lunch and $13/dinner and the "Salad Only" Buffet version is $7.50/lunch and $9.50/dinner. There's also Vegetarian Buffet priced at $8.50/lunch and $11/dinner; and a Breakfast Buffet starting at 6 AM (Sunday from 8 AM) offered at $8/weekdays and $10/weekends. Kid's menu, too. No bar. Soft drinks ($2.50) are refillable. 18% gratuites added for parties of 12 or more. Other locations are in Lakeland at 2120 Harden Blvd., Riverview at 6501 US 301 and Lake Mary at 835 Currency Cir. The Winter Haven location is now closed. Fred and Tammy Johnson, owners.

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



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Not Rated (The) Freezer (Tiki Bar), 5590 S. Boulevard Dr., Homosassa, FL. 51.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-628-2452. (Seafood) [L/D] Also known as The Freezer of Homosassa and The Cedar Key Fish & Crab Co., but it's nowhere near Cedar Key, FL. Located south of the Homosassa Riverside Resort on the Boulevard Drive and just north of S. Mason Creek Rd., west of town. Open daily Noon to 9 PM and later on weekends. Fish store turned restaurant. This "dive" is popular with the locals, families, tourists and bikers as well. Wait in line, order your meal at the bar service window and pick a table, inside or out (smoking permitted outside). The menu is simple. Blue Crabs and Stone Crab Claws are market priced daily. Also offered are 1 lb. Northern Snow Crab Legs with Slaw ($13), 2.5 lbs. of Boiled Peel-&-Eat Shrimp runs ($21 or $11 for the half order), Tilapia with Garlic Toast ($9), Hot Dogs with Chips ($2) and Clam Chowder ($2.50-7.00). What the locals cherish is the Smoked Mullet Dip or Smoked Salmon Dip ($9.50 each). All prices include tax. Florida Stone Crab season runs October 15 to May 15. Price per pound varies yearly. Expect about $16/½lb. Very popular place during Florida Crabbing season. 2-4 PM is the slowest time of day when the wait is tolerable. Grilled Steaks added on Wednesdays. Beer and wine offered. Styrofoam china. Cash only. Accessible by water. DBA, Cedar Key Fish & Crab of Homosassa, John and Joanne Lawson, owners.



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Long Gone - S & W Cafe and Cocktail Bar (1950s) - then - Sweat's Bar and Restaurant (1960s),
"Two air-conditioned dining rooms and cocktail lounge. - Leonard Sweat, owner."
On US 41, Inverness, FL.

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Not Rated Froggers Grill & Bar (Apopka), 1601 North Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL. 40.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-814-0650. (American) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Sports Bar and Seafood House rolled into one. Fajitas ($13), Seafood Combo Basket ($13) and Shrimp or Scallop Baskets ($11) are typical. Taco bar ranging from $7 to $9 are available. Soups, Salads and Authentic Buffalo Wings are offered too. Sandwiches, Subs and Burgers ($7-8) round out the menu. Daily specials. Full bar. "Hoppy Hour". Five locations in Florida. Another one in Mt. Dora (see that listing). These owned by by George Hakim.



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13½ Stars Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop, 12039 N. Florida Ave., Dunnellon, FL. 36.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-489-4708. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] In business since 1986. Located right on US 41S, just 1 mile south of downtown Dunnellon over the bridge. The house numbers are confusing, so go over the river and railroad and you'll see it. Locals refer to it as "the hole in the wall". Sea Salt and Everglades Cactus Dust are already on every table. Specializes in Southern Down Home Cookin'. Popular dishes are the Southern Style Pot Roast ($10) and the Fried or Broiled Tilapia ($11). You can also find a Half Fried Chicken ($11), Fried Fish and Gator ($16) and a BBQ Pork Sandwich with Fries and Claw ($10). Even a fat Hot Dog is available. So is Grilled Pork Chops ($11), Chopped Steak ($11), Ham Steak ($11) and an Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich ($9). More noted for their pies made by Gail. The Lemon Meringue sells the fastest, followed by the Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Banana Cream, Pecan, Blueberry, Apple, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cherry and Key Lime flavors, among others. Written up in Southern Living Magazine, years back. No bar. Stan & Mary Scally, owners; Debbie or Kathy (daughters) manage the place.

Older Review: (from Mike M. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Funky Monkey Wine Co. (I-Drive), 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 59.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-418-9463. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located on I-Drive near Wonder Works at Pointe Orlando, not far from Exit #72 of I-4 or Exit #1 of SR 528 Toll Road. Open Noon to 4 PM for lunch, daily except Sunday, then 5-11 PM for dinner 7 days per week. It's a wine bar, no, it's a full bar at this location. Dinner items may include Sesame Panko Chicken ($22), Grilled Scottish Salmon ($25), Crab Cake ($25), Pork Tenderloin ($25), Chicken Saltimbocca ($25), Bistro Steak ($26), Shrimp Scampi on Pasta ($26), Seafood Pasta Diablo ($28), Almond Crusted Swordfish ($33), 12 oz. New York Strip ($36), 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($38) and 16 oz. Ribeye Cowboy Steak ($40). Smaller plates are Beef Lettuce Wraps ($7), Deviled Eggs ($7), Thai Chicken Thighs ($9), Asian Style Hoisin Spare Rib ($9), Braised Short Rib ($10), Cheese Plate ($12), Lump Crab Cake ($13), Shrimp Risotto ($13), Mussels Diablo ($13) and Garlic Ginger Mussels ($13). Salads offered range $8-10 each. Many Asian inspired plates like Tempura Fried Shrimp ($13), Stuffed Avocado ($14) and Tuna Tartar ($14) are on the menu too. A large selection of Sushi runs $8-16 each. 100 wines available by bottle and 40 by the glass plus a full bar at this location. Online and phone reservations accepted. Friday night Las Vegas Style Adult Dinner Theater offered here by reservation. Albert Kraft, chef here; Eddie Nickell and Nickolas Olivieri, owners.



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Not Rated Fusion 360 (Lounge 'N Grill), 7559 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-985-2900. (Indian) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row", near Dr. Phillips Blvd., where the American Gymkhana once did business, with the same owners. Opened on July 24, 2015. Hours are 4-11 PM nightly. Presents an Indian/American Fusion menu in a very modern luxury atmosphere. Entrées are items like Tandoori cooked Chicken, Cauluflower & Broccoli, Loin Steak, Pork Chops, Indian Jerk Spice Lamb Rack, Nawabi Malai Murg [Marinated Chicken], Lemon Butter Salmon, Sirloin Steak and Paneer Trio. Others are Chicken Tikka Butter Masala, Goan Vindaloo, Moilee, Anhra Curry, Chicken Shahajahan, Lamb Rogan Josh or Kadai Cooking. Many Vegetable entrées are available too. Soups and Kebabs on the menu too. Naan and Roti Breads offered. You can even find Indian Pani Puri here. Kids menu available. Full bar. Happy Hour 4:30 - 7 PM. Turns into a dance club called Kerala weekend nights. Phone and online reservations accepted. Rajeish Ramaiah, chef; Gustavo Jofre, general manager; Bhasker Raju and Srodhar Srinivasan, owners.



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Not Rated Garden Café, 14227 7th St., Dade City, FL. 48.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-567-7277. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Located on the main street in Dade City near Meridian Ave. Open 11 AM to 5:30 PM weekdays and 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Formerly called the Garden Delights Café. Once a 1940s gas station, made into a restaurant in 2003. Offers homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches and very special desserts. Specializes in Boar's Head deli products. Prices range $5 to $8 generally. Beer and wine offered. Melanie Yates, owner.

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



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Long Gone - Valencia Restaurant (1949), in the Neil Building
14135 S. 7th St. (US 98/301), Dade City, FL.

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Not Rated Video (The) Garlic, 556 E. 3rd Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL. 72.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-424-6660. (Italian) [D] Located on E. 3rd Ave. about 1 mile after the South Causeway Bridge (SR 44, Route A1A) at S. Cooper Street. In business since 2003. Opens at 4 PM daily. Very unique interior plus outdoor seating. Noted for Tuscan food with the aroma and distinctive taste of, your guessed it, garlic (they sell 1,000 pounds/month.) . Appetizers include Zuppa de Garlic ($4), Tomato Basil Bruschetta ($8), Classic Caprese ($8.50), Crab Cakes ($10), Eggplant Tower ($11), Calamari ($12), Garlic and Sambucca Mussels ($13), Clams Bianco ($14), Sicilian Lamb ($17) and others. The Pasta course includes Pasta Pomodoro ($15), Pasta Puttanesca ($16), Quattro Cheese Manicotti ($20), Eggplant Parmigiano with Linguine ($20), Prosciutto and Pea Tortellini ($20), Ravioli Bolognese ($21), Spunititori Italiano (Meats with Rigatoni) ($22) and Filet Mignon Pappardelle ($24). Chicken dishes include Piccata, Roulade, Marsala, Parmigiano or Alfredo (all ranging $20-21 each). You can find Bocce Ball (16 oz. Meatball) ($22), Pork Osso Buco ($24), Surf and Turf ($25), Veal Piccata or Oscar ($24-26 each), Roasted Duck ($30), Char-Grilled 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($30), Filet Oscar ($32) and Garlic Rack of Lamb (M.P.) on the menu. For Seafood they have Shrimp & Scallop Scampi ($23), Seafood Cannelloni ($23), Seafood Italiano ($25), Cioppino ($34) and Chilean Sea Bass Francese (M.P.). An imported Il Forno oven prepares specials like Roasted Veggies or Tomatos appetizer ($4-5 each), Roasted Olives & Crostini appetizer ($10), Salmon Filet entrée ($24), Pepper Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon ($32), 16 oz. NY Strip Steak ($36) and a 32 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($45). Caesar, Spinach, Italian, or the Grant Salad are $4-13 extra. Children's menu ($9-10) available. The Bar has a Tapas menu ranging $3-12 each. Extensive Wine List runs $12-295/bottle, with many Italian imports noted. Wines by the glass run $6.50 to $22/glass. Entertainment most nights in season. Featured on the Travel Channel. No more than 2 separate checks per table. Michael Perri, executive chef; Peter Puzzo, general manager; Jeff and Paige Gehris, owners.



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Not Rated Garlic and Ginger, 5847 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL. 62.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-5911. (Asian) [L/D] Located west of I-75, Exit 384, at Archer Rd. (SR 24) and Tower Rd. in the Tower Square Shopping Plaza. Open 7 days, 11 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Open since April, 2011. A Korean restaurant serving familiar and authentic creations of southeast Asia in large portions on stone dishes. Appetizers include Edamame (Boiled Soy Beans), Gyoza (7 Deep Fried Dumplings), Potato Korokke (5 Potato Croquettes), Calamari, Shrimp or Vegetable Tempura (Battered and Fried) and Jumbo Shumai (Shrimp Dumpling), all ranging $5-9 each, plus Korean or Haemul Pancake at $10 or $12 each. Authentic Korean BBQ (on the patio) includes Chadolbaegi (Beef Rib-Eye BBQ), Pork Bulgogi (Spicy Marinated Sizzling Sliced Pork), Beef Bulgogi (Sweet Marinated Sizzling Sliced Beef), Galbi (Marinated Sizzling Short Rib) and Samgyupsal (Pork Belly BBQ), all ranging $12-15 each. They also offer traditional Hot Pot Stews for two, like Yuksu Bulgogi (Beef and Mushrooms), Budae Jun-gol (Sausage, Ham & Pork), Gobchang Jun-gol (Spicy Tripe), Haemul Jun-gol (Seafood) and Kimchi Jun-gol (Pork), all are $29 for two people. An Octopus Jun-gol is offered at $33 for two also. Specialty dishes are Pork Katsu (Fried Pork) and Tofu or Beef Jab-chae (Sweet Potato Noodles), all $13 each. Seafood Paradise Special (Stir-Fry Seafood), Squid Platter Special, Baby Octopus Special and Flaming Pig Special, all run $25 for two people. Oyster Bosam (Pork with Raw Oysters) and Haemul Jjim (Spicy Seafood) run $29 and $34 for two people, respectively. There's also Gobchang Special at $35 for two. Grilled Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel or Yellow Croaker dinners are $15 each. Noodle Dishes like Ja-jang-myeon or Jam-bbong are $9-11 each. A traditional Japanese Tempura Udon Noodle Soup (with Shrimp) is $12. There's also a few Bokkeumbab (Fried Rice) and popular Bibimbap Rice dishes available at $9-13 each. Lunch items include Chicken Teriyaki, Tempora Udon, and a few others from the dinner menu. They serve Mochi, Red Bean or Green Tea Ice Creams for dessert at $5 each. Full bar. Bekseju Korean Rice Wine, Maehwasu Plum Wine or Bokbunjaju Black Raspberry Wine are served. Asahi and Kirin beers, as well as domestics are also offered. Korean Soju (Rice Vodka) is available too. Reservations accepted. Sang Shin, owner.



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Not Rated Gene's Steakhouse, 3674 W. International Speedway Blvd. (US92), Daytona Beach, FL. 61.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-255-2059. (Steakhouse) [D] Located on SR 92 near Exit 129 of I-4 and 1 mile west of I-95, away from other businesses. Open daily 5-10 PM except closed Sunday and Monday. In business since 1948. Appetizers include Garlic Bread ($5), Caprese Salad ($7), Baked Brie ($8.50), Escargot ($9), Stuffed Baked Mushrooms ($11), Ahi Tuna ($11) and a Pound of Mussels Fra Diablo ($11). Large beef items, their specialty, include 16-18 oz. NY Strip Steak ($27), 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($28), 15-17 oz. Rib Eye ($29), 20-22 oz. T-Bone Steak ($30), 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($34), 26-28 oz. Porterhouse ($38) and a 32-36 oz. Sirloin for Two ($42). Other meals include Chicken Parmesan ($20), 8 oz. Kebob ($20), Stuffed Grouper ($22), Pan Roasted Salmon ($24) and a Surf & Turf ($52). Soup or salad and potato are included. Side dishes extra. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake, Ice Cream and Crème Brûlée, running $3-7 each. Children's menu. Full bar and large wine list that goes to $350/bottle but mostly $25-50/bottle. Half Price Happy Hour 5-6:30 PM. 20% gratuity added for parties of 5 or more.. Reservations accepted. Jennifer and Patricia Young, owners.



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Long Gone - San Remo Restaurant (1949) (1960) (1974)
"Italian and American Cuisine. Typically Floridian in spirit."
Owned by Guido Levetto, restauranteur and race car driver.
1290 S. Ridgewood Ave. (US1), Daytona Beach, FL. (Now a Super 8 Motel)

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13 Stars Video (The) German Restaurant, 2616 US 19 N., Holiday, FL. 92.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-937-7400. (German) [D] About 1 mile south of SR 54.Open from 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 to 9 PM on Sunday. Closed Wednesdays. Serving Bavarian and German dishes in a long established business. Soups include Leberknoedelsuppe (Liver Dumpling), Zwiebelsuppe (Onion) and Hummercreme Suppe (Lobster Bisque). Sausage entrées include Muenchner Weisswuerste (White Sausage), Schweinsbratwuerste (Pork Sausage) and Kalbsbratwuerste (Veal Sausage) at $12-15. In cutlets they offer Schweine Schnitzel (Viennese Style Pork Cutlet), Haehnchen Schnitzel (Chicken), Zigeuner Schnitzel (Spicy Gipsy Style) and Weiner Kalbs Schnitzel (Breaded Veal) ranging $15-22. Also available is Leberkaes (Beef & Pork Meat Loaf), traditional Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef), Stroganoff (Beef in Red Wine), Entenbrust (Duck Breast), Garnelen Spiesse (Shrimp Skewers) and even Forellen Filets 'Muellerin' (Rainbow Trout) ranging $14-21. Early Bird Specials (about $8) run 4-6 PM except 1-4 PM on Sunday. German and domestic wines and beers only. Occasional live music. 18% gratuity for groups of 8 or more. Reservations recommended. Uwe and Dagmar Kasper, owners.

Older Review: (from Bob E. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob E. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Goomba's. See The Original Goomba's Pizzeria (that listing).


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Not Rated (The) Great Catch (by Taste of Boston), 5039 1st St., Zephyrhills, FL. 60.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-782-7770. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located five blocks west of US 301, right off SR 54. Take Old 5th Ave (at 2nd St.) to get to 1st St. It's behind Bob's Auto Repair. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM and to 9 PM weekends. Here since 2014. Formerly called Maine-ly New England Restaurant. The décor is "Florida Fish Camp" but it's not on the water. Air conditioned interior and a large pario with bar for outdoor dining and entertainment. They offer a wide variety of seafood. For appetizers they have Sweet Potato or Cajun Fries with Syrup ($5 each), Onion Rings ($5), Fried Pickles ($5), 6 pc. Mozzarella Sticks with Sauce ($6), Fried Mushrooms ($6), Fried Plantains ($6), Fried Calamari with Sauce ($8), Maryland Crab Cake Bites ($9) and Maine Steamers ($ MP). They also have Boneless Chicken Wings ($7/8oz. or $11/16oz.). You'll find French Onion Soup ($4), New England Clam Chowder ($3.50/$5) and Lobster Bisque ($5/$9) in two sizes. For entrées they offer Shrimp Scampi on Linguine ($14) or Casserole ($15), Grilled or Blackened Shrimp ($11/$15) or Basa ($10/$15), Lump Carb Cake ($15), Boston Scrod ($15), Baked Sea Scallop Casserole ($17), and a Seafood Casserole ($19). All come with two side dishes. A larger "Fried Menu" offers baskets or dinners of Chicken Tenders ($8/$12), Clam Strips ($9/$13), Calamari ($9/$14), Basa Fillet ($10/$14), Black Tiger Shrimp ($10/$14), Atlantic Haddock ($11/$15), Buffalo, Kickin' or Coconut Shrimp (all $11/$15), Bay Scallops ($12/$16), Sea Scallops ($13/$17), "2 Way" (choose two above) starting at $13/$17, plus a Large Fisherman's Platter ($19/$26). In addition, Whole Belly Ipswich Clams are market priced in season. The baskets come with Fries and Slaw, the dinners with two other sides. They also offer Sandwiches for lunch or dinner, like Shrimp ($10) or Oyster ($12) Po' Boys, Mahi Fish Taco ($10), Fried Basa ($10), Fried Haddock with Cheese ($11) and a Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich ($13). Red Grouper and Clam Rolls at market prices. Burgers ($8-9), Philly Cheese Steak ($8-11), Grilled Chicken ($7-9), Grilled Cheese ($4-5) and Nathan's Hot Dogs ($4-6) are available for the non-swimmers. For land-lovers they offer a 10 oz. NY Strip Steak with Grilled Onions ($13). Specials like $6 Burgers on Monday, Senior Special on Tuesday and Wednesday and A-U-C-E Fish Fry ($10) on Friday fill the week. Snow Crabs and Lobster Rolls can also be found. $6 Kids Menu available daily. On Thursday, kids eat free. They offer beer and wine, as well as soft drinks. Entertainment on weekends. Another location is in Land O' Lakes. George Illes, owner.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/17) On the way back from Wesley Chapel, we took a detour. Simple interior and doing a bustling business on a Saturday about 6:30 PM. Amanda took our order for a Sangria and a Beer. We then had Lobster Bisque, a "2 Way" of Clams and Oysters with Slaw and Baked Beans as a substitute over Fries, a Lobster Roll with Plantains as a substitute too. All were delivered in a timely manner but the Lobster Roll was delivered with Fries instad of Plantains. She corrected that. The food was pretty good. The Oysters were fine but the Clams left a little to be desired. The Lobster Roll was tasty and generous. The Soup was very good. Total after added tax was $47 for two. We'd come back.
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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Great Outdoors Restaurant, 65 N. Main St., High Springs, FL. 81.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-454-1288. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located in the heart of beautiful High Springs in the 100 year old Opera House at US 27/41 and CR 20, between US 441 and the railroad tracks. Been a restaurant or café for many years. Woody and warm décor inside the old building with a beautiful inverted canoe. Open 11 AM to 9 PM or later daily except Monday. The Tavern portion stays open to 11 PM or later. Menu changes from lunch to dinner at 4 PM. Start with their Boston Clam Chowder ($4/$6/$7), Onion Gratinée ($6) or Soup du Jour ($3/$5). A full pound of P.E.I. Mussels ($15) makes an appetizer or dinner. Fried Green Tomatoes ($7), Conch Fritters ($9), Spinach Artichoke Dip ($9), Calamari ($9) or Fire Cracker Chicken Wings ($10) are all popular starters too. The Meat Department offers Chicken Oscar ($17), Root Beer Pork Chop ($17), a 14 oz. Boneless Rib Eye ($29), a 14 oz. 2" thick New York Strip ($29), an 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($30) or 24 oz. Bone-In Delmonico ($42). Steaks can be topped with Lump Crab in Cognac Cream, Bleu Cheese & Applewood Bacon or Mushroom, Peppers and Burgundy Onions for $3 more. The Fish Department makes it easy by suggesting Pan Roasted, Deep Fried, Grilled or Cajun Spiced fish choice that usually include Fish Tacos ($17), Redfish ($19) and Mahi-Mahi ($22). All dinners come with starch and vegetable or salad. Pasta dishes include Pasta Primavera ($13), Dukes' Mac 'n Cheese ($15), Clams Casino ($15) and Pasta Seafood ($20). House Specialties run the gamut from Southern Fried Chicken Platter ($15), to Shrimp 'n Grits ($19), to a Captain's Fish Platter ($24), to Racks of Dry Rubbed Ribs ($17/$23). Burgers ($10-12) and Sandwiches ($8-10) are popular at lunch. A Bison Burger runs $14. Large salads also available at $10-17. Kids menu ($5) offered. Desserts include such items as Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake, Caramel Crunch Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Gluten Free Nut Torta, Key Lime Pie and New York Cheesecake (all $7 each). A nice variety of wines are offered including the more obscure Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Red Zin, Unoaked Chardonnay, Rosé and Meritage. Martini list and specialty drinks, like the Green Lantern, are offered, as is private label beers and ales, like "Naked Ed's" (a local resident). Happy Hour in the full bar Spring House Tavern is 2-6 PM weekdays. 2016 Winner Golden Spoon Award by the Florida Trend Magazine. Patio dining with live free entertainment every night except Monday and Tuesday. Reservations accepted and recommended. Taylor Dukes, chef; Elena Wilson, manager; Carol Doherty, general manager; Bob (and Karen) Bentz, owners since 2008.



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3½ Stars (The) Greek Corner, 1600 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-228-0303. (Greek) [L/D] Located in Ivanhoe Village, on North Orange at Ivanhoe Blvd. a few blocks south of E. Princeton St. (SR 438) just east off I-4. In business since 2005. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, except 12 Noon to 8 PM on Sunday. Indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner daily. Appetizers start with Melitzanosalata (Eggplant and Red Pepper on a Pita), Taramosalata (Red Caviar and Olive Oil on a Pita), Spanikopita (Spinach and Feta Cheese in Phyllo Dough), Dolmathakia (Rice in Grape Leaves) and Fried Mozzarella Sticks (all $8 each). There's also Baked Feta and Saganaki (Flamed Kasseri Cheese) (both $11 each). Combo Platters at $19 and $23 are also available for groups. Salads like Greek, Aegean, Farmer, Spinach, Gyro, and Chicken Salad Bengal range $10-11 each. Dinner items include Chicken Oreganato ($15), Pastitsio ($15), Gyro Plate ($16), Moussaka ($16), Sirloin Tips ($16), Chicken Francaise or Marsala ($17 each), Beef Kebob ($18), Shrimp Santorini ($18), Baked Stuffed or Sautéed Shrimp ($19 each), Braised Lamb Chunks ($19), Greek Style Salmon ($19), Stuffed Chicken ($19), Lamb Kebob ($20), Sirloin a la Sparta ($22), Broiled Whole Snapper ($23) and Filet Mignon Olympus ($24), among others. There's also Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops ($23) featured. Dinners include Soup or Salad, Roasted Potato or Rice and a Vegetable. There's also Sandwiches like a BLT ($8), Tuna Salad ($9), Veggie Souvlaki ($9), Crab Cake ($10), Chicken, Sausage or Pork Souvlaki ($10 each) and a Gyro in Pita ($10), among others. They come with Salad, Rice or Fries. Greek Pizzas are also on the menu at $8-10 each. Italian Style Pasta dishes run $11-14 each. Burgers are also on the list and run $9-10 each. Soups include Avgolemono ($3/$4). Desserts include Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding), Baklava and Galaktoboureko ranging $3-5 each. Beer and wine licensed. Voted 2015 "Best Greek" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Demetrios Tsafonias, owner.

Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Duane R. 5/15) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Video Greek Flame Taverna, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-4624. (Greek) [L/D] Closing June 14, 2015 to move to new location. Open 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Dinner served after 4:30 PM. Well known and award winning authentic Greek Taverna. Established about 1999. Traditional Greek Salad ($5-8) and Chicken Lemon Soup ($4-5) top the large menu. Their dishes include Dolmades (Ground Beef & Rice in Grape Leaves), Mousaka (Eggplant, Potatoes & Beef), Paidakia (Grilled Lamb Chops), Souvlaki (Lamb, Pork or Chicken Kebob), Kotopoulo (Roast Chicken Breast), Garides Saganaki (Broiled Shrimp with Feta Cheese), Barbouni (Red Mullet Fish) and Pastitsio (Macaroni & Ground Beef). These run $8-18 each. Traditional Lamb, Chicken or Veggie Gyros run $6-7. A variety of combination platters run $12-14 and include a Greek Salad. Special Meat or Seafood Platters for two people are $30. Also available is Grouper, Salmon, Snapper, Scallops, Calamari and even Flounder with Shrimp & Scallops. These run $12 to $19 each. Side salads or a cup of soup with dinners under $10 is $3 extra. Baklava and Galaktoboureko are usually offered for dessert. Patio seating available. A few dishes are flamed at your table. Greek beer, wine and coffee are available. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Online or phone reservations accepted and advised weekends. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's & Critic's Choice winner for "Best Greek Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2012 winner for "Best Greek Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine readers. Kaliopi Chrissanthidis, owner.



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Not Rated Grille At Riverview, 101 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL. 72.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-428-1865. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located just south of the North Causeway Bridge on the island side. Overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Open 11:30 AM to 3 PM for lunch, then 4 PM to 10 PM for dinner. Sunday Brunch served 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Enclosed dining room with river views, as well as the shaded Key West Deck for outdoor seating. Soups include Clam Chowder at $4/$5 and French Onion at $6. Appetizers on the list include Escargot Parisian, Calamari Parmesan, Tsunami Shrimp, Pernod Mussels, Shrimp Cocktail and Buffalo Mozzarella, all at $10 each. There's also Plantain Crusted Crab Cakes, Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, Spinach and Crab Dip Casserole, Pancetta Sea Scallops and Steak Tartare, all ranging $11-13 each. A Shrimp and Sesame Tuna Platter ($18) and a Mixed Appetizer For Four ($36), tops off the appetizer list. For entrées they offer Blackened Chicken Penne ($17), Chicken Francese ($18), Bone-In Pork Chop ($19), Citrus Balsamic Roasted Chicken ($20), Rainbow Trout Amandine ($20), Char Sui Atlantic Salmon ($23), Capellini Del Mar ($23), Blackened Mahi-Mahi ($24), 12 oz. Corn Fed Prime Rib ($25), Chateau Filet Napoleon ($25), Raspberry Glazed Mahi-Mahi ($26), Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp ($26), Maple Leaf Duck Breast ($27), 8 oz. Grilled Filet Mignon ($27), Macadamia Crusted Grouper ($28), Java Crusted Tuna ($28), Grilled NY Strip Steak ($29), Oscar Style Grouper ($30) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($35). All dinners are a-la-carte with side dishes like Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Spinach, Sautéed Mushrooms, Asparagus and others at $2-4 each. Salads range from Caesar to Queen Anne's Spinach at $7 extra. Specials nightly. Desserts include Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Brownie Delight, Key Lime Pie, Turtle Pie, Coconut Tres Leche, Chocolate Pots de Crème, Fried Cheesecake or Profiterole, each ranging $4-7. There's also a Mixed Dessert Platter for 4 to 6 people at $29. Early Bird specials offered 4:30 to 6 PM weekdays only and include items like Fish & Chips ($13), Chopped Sirloin Steak ($13), Shrimp Scampi ($14), Herb Crusted Salmon Salad ($15), and others with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or cocktail. Lunch menu ranges from Cheeseburgers ($9), to a BLT ($9), to French Dip ($10), to Chicken & Smoked Gouda Panini ($10), to Open Faced Crab Club ($10), to a Salmon BLT ($12) plus others. A 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted and advised in season. Full bar and wine list that ranges $20-86 per bottle plus 1998 Dom Perignon at $230 per bottle. A selected number of fine wines by the glass range $7-9 each. Happy Hour on Friday only from 4 to 7 PM with reduced prices.Roby and Beau Robertson, owners.

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



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Not Rated GrillSmith, 2000 Piazza Ave., (SR 56 at Bruce B. Downs Blvd.), Wesley Chapel, FL. 69.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-907-1900. (American) [L/D] Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, except Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM. Located in the Shoppes at Wiregrass, at SR 56 and Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 2 miles east of I-75, Exit 275. This is now referred to as "New Tampa". Family oriented new chain self described as "New American Cuisine". However many of their dishes (and drinks) originated in other parts of the world. Part of their menu is billed as "Fitness Plates" with dishes such as Sundried-Tomato Chicken, Avocado Salmon, Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Catch of the Day with prices ranging $13-17 including a side dish. Steakburgers with Cheese, Portobello Caprino or Black & Bleu range $10-11 with a side dish. Tilapia, Grilled Chicken Breast or Signature Steak Sandwiches run $9-14 with a side dish. Pastas like Lillian's Braised Beef, Chicken Penne Alfredo, Bowtie Shrimp or signature Stoli Ravioli dishes run $14-16. Salads are $3 extra. Main dishes include Grilled Wild Mushroom Meatloaf, Chicken Portobello Stack, Oak Barrel or Mediterranean Salmon, Baby Back Ribs or signature Lemon Feta Chicken run $14-19 including two sides. Steak Specialties include Double Cut Pork Chops, Chimichurri Steak, 6 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon, 16 oz. Rib-Eye and 8 or 12 oz. Center-Cut Sirloin Steaks range $16-27 with two side dishes. Desserts, generally $5-8, include Chocolate Decadence Cake. Large salads include Bourbon Salmon Salad, Chicken Caesar or Seared Ahi Tuna for $11-15. Tortilla Pizzas at $8-10 and small plates such as Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Smoked Salmon Bruchetta and signature Mandarin Lettuce Wraps run $5-17. Full bar and limited wine list. House wines are $5 per glass. Premium wines run up to $149 per bottle. Sparkling White or Remy Red Sangrias are offered at $6 per glass. Large selection of unusual imported beers, like the St. Bernardus ABT Beer (10.5% alcohol), Margaritas, Mojitos and Martinis are available. Sunday Brunch (11 AM - 3 PM) menu include combination meals. Special deals, such as "Two for $29" meals frequently offered. Takeout available too. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. John Eland, managing partner here. Corporate owned, just 5 locations, based in Tampa, FL. CEO is Mark Johnson, originator of The Melting Pot (see that listing).



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13 Stars Guru Restaurant, 2400 S. US 27 (Suite 101), Clermont, FL. 33.5 mile drive from The Villages. 241-9884. (Indian) [D] Located in the Clermont Hills Terrace, across from T.J. Maxx, just south of SR 50. Opens daily at 5 PM, except closed on Sunday. Opened August, 2014. Authentic Indian cuisine and décor. Start with 4 varieties of Nana Bread. Appetizers include Kabobs, Soups and Platters. Many Chicken entrée styles like Tikka, Korma, Hyderabadi, Madras, Saag Wala, Jai Frezi and Bhuna are offered. Lamb and Beef dishes like Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, Korma, Bhuna and Saag Wala are also on the menu. They also offer Biryani Specialties in Chicken, Lamb, Beef and Shrimp. Many Vegetarian items also available, like Bombay Aloo, Masala Dal, Paneer Makhni, Chana Punjabi and Bhindi Masala. A Fish Curry dish is popular. Full linen service. Beer and wine licensed. Uday Kadam, general manager and chef; wife, Pamela Carver, owner.

Review: (from Frank K. 8/16) Our second visit, this time with a Gourmet Club Dine-Out group. As before, the quality of food and service were excellent. We had several varieties of Naan and then went on to Rogan Gosh and Vinadaloo dishes with Chicken and Lamb, all served with a delicious, fragrant Basmati Rice. In addition to the ample menu (see their website), they offer three brands of Indian Beer. A word of warning: Most dishes are offered with the option of mild, medium or hot. If you're not a regular Indian food consumer, go for the mild. They can always kick it up a notch after serving but it's impossible to tone it down without changing the overall flavor. Dinner for two with Beer (no dessert) was a bit under $50. Highly recommended.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/16) Was very surprised to find an authentic Indian restaurant in Clermont, of all places. We went with the Gourmet Club Dine-Out group and enjoyed the company as well as the food, though we were all sweating quite a bit. Most of us ordered mild with a little spice but this was not to be. We asked for yogurt and that helped us. I usually order Rogan Josh or Keema Mater. They didn't have the latter but kitchen was good enough to make it with Lamb. Since the Indian restaurant in The Villages closed, we have to go to Ocala but here was another place we can go now. Also tried the new Indian Beer, Haywood 5000, which we liked very much. Like it more than my usual which was Kingfisher or Taj. Service was very nice and total bill without drinks came to $35.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Now Open Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, 7858 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-613-5056. (Asian) (Fondue) [L/D] Opened in October, 2016. Located on Turkey Lake Rd. just north of Sand Lake Rd. in the "Restaurant Row" part of Orlando, west of Exit 74A of I-4. Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull", is better known as "Yakiniku" (Barbecue) in Japan. Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Menu changes from lunch to dinner at 3 PM. Mix Japanese food with a Mini Table Grill, with a downdraft system, and you have a very popular "Cook-It-Yourself BBQ". It's an Asian twist on Fondue, without the cheese. The menu combinations seem endless. BBQ "courses" (combos) include a few sartarters, 6 BBQ items and a dessert. Basic orders are for couples like Meat Lovers for 2 ($55), Gyu-Kaku for 2 ($60), Samurai for 4 ($120) or Shogun for 6 ($165). All include Rice or Soup. There are also seasonal items like the 8 oz. Skirt Steak ($23), 3½ oz. Wagyu Steak ($22) and 3½ oz. Harami plus 3½ oz. Hangar plus 3½ oz. Yaki-Shabu Beef Combo ($21). You can also find a-la-carte items like Beef Shoulder ($8), Lamb ($9), Zabuton ($9), Lobster Tail ($16) or Chateaubriand ($23) to cook. There's also portions of Chicken ($4), Pork ($5), Pork Sausage ($5), Garlic Shrimp ($6), NY Steak ($7), Beef Filet ($8), Salmon ($8), Sirloin ($8), Hangar ($8), Duck Breast ($9), Kalbi Short Rib ($10), Beef Tongue ($11), Toro Beef ($13), Lamb Chops ($8/$15), Kobe Short Rib ($30), Kobe NY Steak ($30) and many others on the menu. Rice and Noodle sides are available (all $5-9 each). Vegetables, like Spinach or Zucchini, run $4-5 per serving, when you order a-la-carte. Appetizers, like Miso Chicken Wings, range $4-8 each. Food and Beverage Happy Hour runs daytime to 5 PM and nighttime after 9 PM, where most items, including Beer and Sake, are reduced by a dollar or two. Six desserts are offered, like S'mores, at $3-12 each. Kids menu generally around $7. Beer and wine licensed. Importend Japanese Beer, like Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Ginga Kogen or Echigo Koshihikari Rice Beer, all run $10-13/btl. or $18-24/ptchr. Glasses and bottles of American Wine and Japanese Sake run $16-45/btl. Japanese Soda is also on hand. Reservations by phone or online accepted. A large chain of over 650 locations worldwide, in 11 countries, with the original site in Los Angeles in 1996. Over 30 locations are in the USA, mostly in California, Hawai and New York. Arthur Devine and Yutaro Iwamura, owners here.



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Not Rated Video Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 16112 Marsh Rd., Winter Garden, FL. 43.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-905-4782. (Irish) [L/D] Open daily at 11 AM. Away from the center of town. Take the Florida Turnpike to Exit 272; drive east on SR 50 (W. Colonial Dr.) about 2 miles; turn right on Avalon Rd.; go south on Avalon about 3 miles; turn right on Marsh Rd. then left into the Avamar Crossing Shopping Center. A true Irish Pub with over 50 bottle beers plus Guinness, Murphy's, Harp, Smithwick's and Magner's (Cider) on tap, as well as Boddington's, Newcastle Brown, Stella Artois, German Paulaner Hefe Weizen Beer and popular US brands also. The menu includes such British and Irish favorites as Fish 'n Chips ($13), Shepherd's Pie ($12), Bangers 'n Mash ($11), Corned Beef 'n Cabbage ($13) and Egan's Irish Stew ($12). There's more American style, and pricier, items here too, like 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($24), Rack o' Lamb ($21), Rib Eye ($20), Stuffed Pork Chop ($16), Seared Salmon ($19) and Half Roasted Chicken ($15). Early Bird Specials at $8, like Salisbury Steak, Potato Crusted Whitefish, Emerald Chicken or Grilled Apple Pork Chop are served before 6 PM weekdays. Seasonal specials are added frequently. Traditional Irish Potato Leek Soup ($4-5) is also popular. Salads and lighter items like Shrimp Skewer or Donegal Crab Cakes ($7-11) are on the menu also. Sandwiches ($8-9) are offered for lunchtime. Three small private rooms for parties of 8-14 can be reserved. One even has a fireplace. Large outdoor patio seating also. Games such as darts make this a true pub experience. Dark oak trimmed but well lit interior. Traditional Irish music inside, four nights a week (Wednesday through Saturday) starting at 7:15 PM, except 6 PM on Friday. Entertainment outdoors too. Huge St. Patty's Day Party but it's also celebrated on the 17th of every month here. Two full bars whip up Irish Coffees with any one of their 12 premium Irish Whiskeys. Over 30 wines are offered also. Happy hour 4 to 7 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Theresa Reeder, manager; Dave and Mary Claire Miller, owners.

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



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Not Rated Haile Village Bistro, 5323 SW 91st Ter., Gainesville, FL. 65.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-378-0721. (British) (Middle Eastern) [B/L/D] Quaint café located at the Village Center of Haile Plantation, just west of I-75, exit #384, off Archer Rd. Open for breakfast daily from 7 AM and lunch from 11 AM to 5 PM, then dinner until 9:30 PM or later on weekends. They offer Breakfast Sandwiches, Fruit, Muffins, Bagels and Cereal for breakfast. Lunch brings Philly Cheese Steaks, Pesto Grilled Chicken, Chicken Parm., Reuben, Italian Sausage, Burgers, Clubs, BLT, Wraps and large salads, all $7-9 each. For dinner, appetizers include Coconut Shrimp, Fried Calamari, Crab Cakes, Tabbouli, Hummus, and soup, all ranging $5-10 each. For entrées they offer Bangers and Mash ($9), Shepherd's Pie ($10), Steak and Mushroom Pie ($12), Fish and Chips ($12), Sabzie (Slow Cooked Beef) ($12), Chicken Curry ($12), Chicken, Swordfish or Shish Kabobs ($13-14), Fessenjan (Chicken Breast) ($13), Atlantic Salmon ($15) and Bourbon Glazed Rib Eye ($17). You can also find pasta dishes like Fettuccini Alfredo, Fettuccini Frangelica, Baked Penne, Lasagna, Chicken Parm. and Spaghetti Marinara or with Meat Sauce, all ranging $8-13 each. Soup or a side salad adds $2.50 to the meal. Large salads and sandwiches are also available during the evening. Occasional Persian and Turkish dishes offered as specials. The dessert case is very tempting. Reservations accepted. Entertainment, weekends. Full bar and wine list. Outdoor seating available. Abbas (Jayne) Yazdi and Jennifer Nanson, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/16) Cute town, but not much to see. Six of us arrived early at 4:30 PM and only 2 tables occupied. Very pleasant place. Devon was our server. We ordered premium wines ($8 each) that we enjoyed. She had Shepherd's Pie ($14) which she liked and took half home. I started with the Coconut Shrimp ($9.50) which were wonderful and Half Order of Fish & Chips ($9). The fish was good and the Fries were just OK. Caesar Salads with the meal was nice and crisp. We had time for Cherry Pie and Lemon Torte. I also had a house Chardonnay ($3). Devon did a very good job, every order was correct and the bills were not mixed up. He was friendly and polite. Only complaint was the Chicken dish was salty. In all, a nice meal for our first visit. Total before t&t was $61.50.
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12 Stars Video Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 110 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-319-0600. (American) (Diner) [L/D] Opened here in 2008. Located at Church Street Station Complex, next to the SunRail/Amtrak lines. Open daily at 11 AM. It's different alright. Female impersonators, drag queens and gay comedy are the usual evening treats. Trivia, Bingo and Facebook Friday's are also performed during the week. Lunch hour is more sedate where the mostly gay staff serves the working class the "Best Angus Burgers in Town". The ½ lb. "Mary Burger" starts the menu at $10. Then there's the "Queen Mary" with cheese and onions, the "Blue Boy Burger", the "Buffy the Hamburger Slyer" with Garlic, the "Guacamole BJ", the "Godfather" with Marinara and Provolone, the "Derby Burger", the "Mac Daddy", the "Barbara-Q Bacon Cheeseburger", the "Meaty Mushroom", the "Spicy Mary", the "Big Kahuna", and the "Sloppy Mary", all at $11 each. Or go for the Full Pound "Proud Mary Burger" at $14. They're all served with choice of Fries, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, or Mashed Potatoes. Sweet Potato Fries or Onion Rings can be substituted (+$2). Not into Burgers? They also have Chicken Ranch Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, a BLT, Philly Cheesesteak, Cran-Chicken Salad Sandwich, Meatloaf Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Cajun Mahi Sandwich and a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, all ranging $8-11 each. Wraps are similar at $8-10 each. Large Salads like the San-Fran Shanghai or Mary's Wedge are also offered at $8-14. Chili and Soup are also on the menu in $3 and $5 sizes. Entrées such as Chicken Tenders ($9), Chicken Pot Pie ($9.50), Meatloaf ($10.50), Pork Platter ($10.50), Pot Roast ($11), Shepherd's Pie ($11), Grilled Salmon ($14), top off the dinners. Full bar with a Cock-Tail list, with Wines and Beers also featured. Monster Martinis at $50. Happy Hour 2-5 PM and after 10 PM. For dessert, go no further than the Chocolate Bread Pudding ($8) or their signature dish, Fried Twinkies ($7). 18% gratuity added for parties of 7 or more. Tabs presented in a red pump. Adult entertainment weekends and fun events during the week. Reservations advised. One of a dozen nationwide franchise operations with 4 in Florida. Michael Rogier and John Paonessa, owners here.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 11/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium (Operated 1974-2001)
Church Street Station, Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi hamilton's Kitchen (at The Alfond Inn), 300 East New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-998-8089. (American) (Seafood) [B/L/D] Located 3 blocks east of Park Ave. in downtown Winter Park in the Alfond Inn on the grounds of Rollins College. Opened in August 2013. Hours are 7 AM to 10 PM daily, except closes at 9 PM Sunday. Breakfast served to 11 AM, then lunch to 2 PM and dinner served from 5 PM. Offers a wide selection of fresh preparations in a contemporary setting. To start you will find Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Apples or Peaches ($8), Roasted Corn Soup ($9), Cucumber Salad ($10), Beef & Pork Meatballs ($10), Truffle Oil Mac 'n Cheese ($12), Grilled Flatbread ($12), Beets with Goat Cheese ($12), Watermelon Salad ($14), Crab Salad ($14) Cheese Selections ($14), Shrimp 'n Grits ($17) and Spanish Iberico Ham ($19). On to the entrées, you will see Wild Mushroom Ravioli ($22), Pan Seared Salmon ($24), Half Roast Chicken ($24), Braised Short Ribs ($25), Pan Seared Trout ($26), Braised Lamb and Risotto ($26), Pork Schnitzel ($26), Seared Scallops and Pasta ($26), Steak und Frites ($26), Poached Snapper ($32) and a Grilled Rib Eye ($39). Most come with a green and starch but you can also addVeggies, Asparagus, Sweet Potato, Red Bliss, Cheese Fries, Salmon Fritters or Mac 'n Cheese (all $6-8 extra). A 4-Course Prix Fixe Tasting Menu is also available (choice of 4 entrées) for $45 per person or $55 with 2 glasses of paired wines. Lunch items are similar with items like Fish Tacos ($14) and Shrimp 'n Grits ($15) plus Pressed BLT ($12) and Creekstone Cheeseburger ($14) added. Breakfast items range from a Ham and Cheddar Croissant ($9) to a full Farmers Breakfast of Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes and an English Muffin ($13). Outside seating available. Full bar and Wine List offered. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Open Thanksgiving Day with seatings at Noon and 3 PM at $69 per person. Jason Klingensmith, executive chef; Jesse Martinez, general manager, hotel owned.



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Not Rated Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant, 8255 International Drive, (Suite 136), Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-363-7200. (Asian) [L/D] 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch, then 5 to 10:30 PM for dinner, daily except closed Monday. Located on I-Drive near Charley's Steak House, not far from the Orlando Eye. Noted for their Kyoto style food since 2012. You can start off with any of 3 soups, like Osumashi or Red Soy Bean ($3-4 each). Then there's 3 dozen appetizers like Boiled Spinach Salad ($5), Dashimaki Tamago Egg Omelette ($6), Deep Fried Calamari Specialty ($7.50), Buta Kakuni Cooked Pork Cubes ($9.50) or Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab ($10). Entrées are varied like Grilled Salted Salmon ($11) or Tile Fish ($12), Fried Lobster Tail ($14), Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura ($18.50), Gyu Katsu Deep Fried Beef ($19.50), various Wafu Steaks ($28.50 each), especially the popular "Ninniku" Garlic Steak, plus Hot Pots like Sukiyaki or Yosenabe ($36-42 each). There is also Ishiyaki ($14.50-28.50 each), Una-Jyu Grilled Eel ($22), Yaki Onigiri Sea Urchin (MP), plus many Noodle dishes ($8.50-14 each). The selection seems endless. Lunch menu adds Ramen Noodle dishes ($8-9 each). Beer, Wine and Sake available. Futoshi Kishimoto, owner.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/16) This is the second time we've been to this restaurant. We weren't impressed the first go around but after several years, the place got cleaned up and menus greatly improved. This is probably the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Central Florida in terms of the variety of dishes available. One can even get Japanese comfort food like Onigiri. The Kirin Beer draft was pretty good. I ordered another comfort food, Shiojake with Rice. One pours Tea over Rice and put Shiojake (Salted Salmon) in the bowl. Great comfort food. Not bad here. Our friend had the same. I also had Tebasaki, a type of Yakitori Chicken. That was just OK. For a novice in Japanese food, too many unknown dishes to choose from, but if one is adventurous, it's worth a visit. Bill for three of us without drinks came to $80.
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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille (Gainesville), 110 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL. 62.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-372-1555. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Located in the historic downtown section at the corner of "1st and 1st". A New Orleans style restaurant with Big Easy decor. From Red Beans & Rice to Filet Mignon, this restaurant has a wide variety of New Orleans style food. Mahi Crabmeat Almondine, Pecan Crusted Catfish, Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Scallop Evangeline, Shrimp Scampi, Sautéed Chicken Jolié Blonde, plus more Cajun style entrées like Jambalaya, Crawfish or Shrimp Étouffée, Shrimp and Grits or Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Andouille. Soups include Gumbo and Clam Chowder daily. More traditional Chicken, Pork and Steaks are also on the menu. Mahi Sandwiches, Angus Burgers and Oyster Po' Boys make up the lighter portion side of the menu. Prices range from $10-11 for the sandwiches, to $15-21 per entrée. Early bird specials (4-6 PM) run $11-12 and Happy Hour 2-7 PM too at the full bar. Harry's Hurricane ($6) is as popular here as the original in New Orleans. Sign up for their birthday and anniversary discount club. Nice wine selection too. Specials often added to the list. $10 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. Call ahead seating available, which is very effective on Friday nights. One of a small chain of 5 restaurants, started in 1987, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Buz Higginbotham, general manager here.



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Not Rated Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant, 3340 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL. 44.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-865-6100. (Asian) [L/D] In business since 2003. Located on SR 436 in the Forest City area, across from the Highland Memorial Garden Cemetery in a small green and tan building. Open daily from 11 AM, except closed Sundays. You can expect many fresh Sushi items like Futo Maki, Sanshoku Maki, Chirashi Sushi to Sashimi plus combinations of both, ranging $12-25. Love Boats for Two run $25-66. Other items like Saba Shioyaki, Pork Shogayaki and Yakiniku Kaldi run $14-19. There are also popular Teriyaki and Tempura dishes running $14-18. Also frequently ordered are Katsu dishes ranging $12-19. Bento Boxes are also on the menu at $17-20 each. A Hatsuhana Favorite Dinner Special or Tarako Meshi, each run $29 each. Some items can be adjusted for spiciness. Vegetarian items are offered too. And kids menu available at $7-10 each. Lunch menu has similar offerings. They have two dozen appetizers like Edamame ($5), Gyoza ($5) and Kimchee. Spicy Octopus in a Bowl is not often found in restaurants and is $15 here. California Rolls, Udon and Mussels are regular items too. Beer and wine licensed. Masahiko and Myung Ikemoto, owners.

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



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Long Gone - Seminole Hotel - Dining Room (1924) (1930)
Built in 1913. Demolished in 1970.
E. Webster Ave. at Kiwi Circle, Winter Park, FL.

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Not Rated Havana House Café, 1209 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto, FL. 40.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-746-1020. (Caribbean) [B/L/D] Open 7 AM to 8 PM weekdays, even later on Friday; Saturday 8 PM to 9 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM. Located just a few blocks south of Lecanto and CR 44, on CR 491 (Lecanto Hwy.) in a bright yellow building. Opened in 2007. Authentic Cuban meals from family recipes in a casual atmosphere. You can start with Tostones Rellenos, Yucca Fries with Mojo, Ham Croquettes, Devil Crab Roll, Empanandas, Crabby Patties, Cuban Pastelitos, Cuban Nachos and others ranging $2-6 each for lunch or as a dinner appetizer. Cuban dinner specialties are Mojo Infused Pulled Pork, Ropa Vieja, Picadillo, Palomilla Steak, Cuban Chili Bowl, Sausage and Peppers, and Chicken Sofrito all priced at $9 for dinner and lower for lunch portions. A Combo of two choices is just $10. The Sofrito is diced chicken, ham, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro sautéed together. There's also Pescado Criollo (Sautéed Whitefish), Garlic Shrimp and Shrimp Criollo priced $10-11 each. Traditional Churrasco Skirt Steak, Rosemary Chicken Steak, Marinated Pork Chops, and a Surf and Turf Latin Combo all range $9-13 each. Lighter choices like California Style Burrito, Havana Quesadilla, Taco Deluxe, Pressed Cuban Sandwiches in various sizes, plus Pulled Pork, BLT, Grilled Chicken, and Cuban Steak Sandwiches run $5-9 each and are available for lunch and dinner. Specials, like Chipotle Sausage and Pepper Quesadilla or a Po-Boy are added to the menu daily. Various Wraps on a Flour Tortilla range $6-7 each for lunch. A half dozen salads, like Cobb or Taco, are also offered at $6-7 each. Lunch buffet offered for fast service. Open for breakfast too, with specialties like Huevos Rancheros, Cuban French Toast, and a Breakfast Burrito range $4-6. Sweet Plantains, Beans and Rice, Yucca with Onions and Mojo are popular too, all day long. Desserts like Bread Pudding, Pastellitos, Caramel Flan and Tres Leches Cake run $2-4 each. Banana, Mango or Papaya Milkshakes, Espresso and Café con Leche are just some of the many soft beverages offered. Beer and wine coolers available. Live music on the patio, Friday nights from about 6 PM. Holiday parties held on the patio too. Money saving coupon on their website. Frank and Rosie Ruiz, owners.



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Not Rated Heidi's Italian Restaurant, 901 US 41N, Inverness, FL. 30.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-637-1355. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday; Saturday 4 PM to 10 PM and Sunday 12 noon to 9 PM. Located 8 blocks west of downtown where US 41 (N. Florida Ave.) turns off W. Main St. Easily missed in a small low building with one window. Not a likely name for an Italian restaurant but this establishment has been in business since 1990. Dinners are semi-a-la-carte which includes a salad and bread. Parmesan Chicken, Eggplant and Veal top their menu. Baked Zitti and Lasagna are also popular. Manicotti and Ravioli dishes are available too. Large and small antipastos are also offered. Prices generally range from $6 to $11 for dinner. Specials added to the menu daily. Cheesecake is homemade. Beer and wine available. Scott Brown, owner.



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12 Stars Video Hellas Restaurant, 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL. 93.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-943-2400. (Greek) [L/D] Located in the middle of the tourist section of the Sponge Docks. Opened in 1970, this authentic Greek restaurant and bakery serves well known meat and fish dishes from the Greek Isles. Specialties include Spanakopita, Tiropita, Mousaka, Pastisio and Dolmades. Other selections include Roast Leg of Lamb, Chicken, Pork or Lamb Shish Ke Bob, Lamb Chops as well as Lamb Shank. Seafood offerings include such fish as Grouper, Salmon and Flounder. Kalamari, Marithes, Octopus, Shrimp, Scallops and other fin and shellfish are also available. Dinners range from $7 to $19. Greek Salad, Gyros and Souvlaki (all $7 each) are well known specialties. A vast selection of Greek and Italian Pastries such as Baklava are available from the large bakery/cafe portion of the restaurant. They are also known for their numerous cheesecakes. Open Thanksgiving Day. Full bar. Nick Karterouliotis, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from E. Jane H. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Louis (Lukie) Pappa's Restaurant (1925)    Son Michael with Louis Pappa (1947)
Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL.

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Also Long Gone - Pappa's Riverside Restaurant (1975) (1976)
Across the street, Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL. (Now a Banquet Hall)

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Hemingway's 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, FL. 61.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-239-1234. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort off Winter Garden Vineland Rd. (SR 535), north of Exit #68 of I-4. Open for dinner only from 6 to 10 PM daily. Resort casual attire accepted. The Key West style dining room is light and less formal with wood floors, rattan chairs and views on the lake if you're near the windows. It's a tribute to the food Earnest Hemingway enjoyed. The vast menu starts with appetizers like Shrimp Chowder ($8), Cornmeal Fried Oysters ($11), Grilled Portobello ($12), Tempura Calamari ($12), Ceviche Duo of Tuna and Snapper ($12), Key West Crab Cake ($13), Crab and Artichoke Bake ($14), Island Barbecue Scallops ($14) and Half or Full Dozen Blue Point Oysters ($14/$25). A Key West or Caesar Salad adds $11. For seafood entrées they offer Mahi-Mahi with Grits ($24), Whole Yellowtail Snapper and Rice ($26), Pink Swordfish with Risotto ($27), Yellowfin Tuna with Rice ($28), Pan Seared Snapper with Boursin Potato ($28), Shrimp Scampi with Pappardelle ($28), Madrid Seafood Paella with Arborio Rice ($28), Diver Scallops with Risotto ($29), Two "Cayo Hueso" Crab Cakes ($29), Grilled Lobster Tails Bolognese with Angel Hair Pasta ($38) and Alaskan King Crab Legs with Whipped Potatoes at the Market Price. For meat eaters they have Cuban Criollo Chicken with Roasted Potatoes ($23), Duck Leg Confit ($31). "Papa's" Filet Mignon with Fingerling Potatoes ($36) and Cast Iron Wagyu Rib-Eye with Crispy Onions ($39). Full bar featuring Earnest's "Papa Doble" cocktail. A wide Wine List is on hand with wines by the glass ($8-14) and by the bottle ($39-285). The Captain's List runs to $440/bottle. Corkage Fee: $30/bottle; then $40 for the second and excludes wines in their inventory. A $35 prix fixe dinner of three courses is sometimes offered. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. $5 fee for split plate requests too. Reservations by phone or online, suggested. Kenneth Juran, executive chef; Eric McBride, chef-de-cuisine; Hyatt Hotel chain, owners.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Hemisphere (Steak & Seafood) Restaurant 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. at OIA, Orlando, FL. 64.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-825-1234. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) B/D. Located on the top 2 floors of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Orlando International Airport. Breakfast hours are 5:30 to 11 AM daily, to Noon on weekends; dinner hours are 5:30 to 10 PM, Monday through Friday only. No dinner on weekends and no lunch served. Full linen service with spectacular views of the airport grounds and runways. Start with a Flatbread, Calamari, Shrimp or Blue Crab Cake (all $11-13 each). There's also Crawfish Chowder, Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg & Bibb, Arugula & Berries and Tomato Salads (all $8-9 each). Many of their main dishes are locally sourced. For seafood they offer Loch Duart Salmon ($30), Scallops ($32), Black Grouper ($34), Swordfish ($34) or Whole Yellow Tail Snapper ($34). For landfood they offer Poussin Chicken ($28), Pork Chops ($32), 14 oz. NY Strip ($33), 8 oz. Filet Mignon or 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Scallops ($38 each) and a 10 oz. Wagyu Ribeye ($42). There's also vegetarian items like Risotto or Whole Wheat Penne ($20 each). Side dishes like Potatoes, Rice, Corn, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach or Green Beans add $7-8 each to the bill. For dessert they have a Chocolate Espresso Tower, Key Lime Pie, Peach Pie, Melon Shortcake or Crème Brûlée (all $7 each). There's also a Cheese Platter at $19. Their Breakfast Buffet runs $16/person. Other Breakfast features are $12-13 each. Full bar. Wines run $7-12/glass for white and $8-12/glass for red. Featured Edna Valley wines are $9/glass or $42/bottle. Their wine list ranges $35 to $233/bottle. The "Dom" is $295. They also offer splits for some labels. Winner of the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations by phone or online, suggested. Hyatt Hotel chain, owners.



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Not Rated Highlander Café, 638 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL. 47.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-563-0028. (British) (Cafe) [B/L] Open 7:30 AM - 4 PM daily except Sunday and Monday. Located on Citrus Ave., one block north of US 19/98. This Café offers a bit of Scotland. Sandwiches are made on Ciabatta Bread, like Bacon and Brie or Curry Chicken. Well known for their BLT. Homemade soups are featured. Coffees and teas are popular. Scones, Pastries Cakes, and Pies are also offered for dessert. Outdoor seating available. Scottish music plays. Natlie Mc Fearson, owner.



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Not Rated Hillstone, 215 South Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 59.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-740-4005. (American) [L/D] On US 17/92 between SR 426 and W. Morse Blvd. Formerly called Houston's but the menu and ownership is the same. Very contemporary decor. Soup ($7) changes daily. Burgers and Sandwiches from $15-19 and Salads from $10-18 are at the beginning of the menu. Full entrées such as Rotisserie Chicken, Hawaiian Rib Eye, Barbecue Ribs, Double Cut Pork Chops, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Roasted Prime Rib push the prices to $13-32 each. A Center Cut Filet is $36. Desserts like Warm 5 Nut Brownie, Apple Cobbler and Key Lime Pie are all $8 each. Many cocktail and wine selections. Full bar. Reportedly, no Corkage Fee here. 2010 & 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Power Lunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Outdoor Dining" and "Best View" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of a few dozen locations nationwide, in upscale suburbs, owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group of Beverly Hills, CA. Todd Martin, general manager here.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) This is a high end place with nice view of a lake and patio eating or drinking area. Kitchen is open so you can watch what's happening. It was crowded with the movers and shakers of Orlando, especially the successful young. I took our grand family as we wanted to celebrate starting their Junior High year. We ate indoors and noise level was a bit high but we had a great meal. My Pan Fried Fish was excellent. It was just perfectly cooked. Our grandkids ate all of the Barbecue Ribs and Fried Shrimp. My son ordered Prime Rib and he loved it. I loved my Ice Cream Sundae. Total bill came to $190 without drinks for 5. Jonathan, the server, was good but he did make a mistake on the order and I had to wait for my Fish. But overall, it was a great place to go on special occasion.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café. Called the Willow Tree Café (see that listing).


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Not Rated Video Iavarone's Steakhouse & Italian Grill, 3617 W. Humphrey St., Tampa, FL. 84.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-932-5241. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located at N. Himes Ave., a few blocks south of W. Busch Blvd. (SR 580) and 2 miles west of I-275 (Exit 50) in the Carrollwood neighborhood. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 4 PM. Dinner offered from 4 PM to 9:30 PM (or later on weekends). Closed Monday. In business since 1948 and at this location for many years. Very inviting and upscale atmosphere with full linen service. Start the meal with such items as Meatballs ($6.50), Escargot ($7), Mozzarella Marinara ($7.50), "Bada-Bing" Shrimp ($9), Calamari ($10) or Crab Cocktail ($13). Onion Soup au Gratin ($5.50/bowl) is popular here. House or Caesar Salads are $7 each (or $3 extra with a Pasta entrée). Pasta dishes include Linguine with Marinara Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo and Penne Iavarone ($10-11 each). Chicken or Shrimp can be added for $3-5 extra. There's also Lasagna, Crab Enchilado and Pasta Crabmeat ranging $13-20 including soup or salad. Chicken Marsala, Chicken Milano, Chicken Scaloppine and Veal Scaloppine range $17-19 including soup or salad. Seafood dishes include Steelhead Salmon, Ahi Tuna and Single or Twin Lobster Tails at market prices. However, their specialties are beef cuts like 12 oz. Center Cut Sirloin ($20), 8, 12 or 16 oz. Prime Rib ($20/$24/$26), 7 or 10 oz. Filet Mignon ($23/$27), 14 oz. New York Strip ($26), or a 14 oz. Ribeye ($25). Surf & Turf combinations are available at market prices. There's also a Petite Filet Benevento ($26) or a Chateaubriand at $30 per person. A 12 oz. Pork Chop ($16) is also on the menu. All meat dishes include a side dish and soup or salad. Children's menu offered also. Desserts include New York Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Crème Brûlée, or Chocolate Cake at prices ranging $5-8 roughly. Lunch items are smaller portions of dinner entrées at reduced prices, plus they offer sandwiches like Cheeseburgers, Steak Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich and a Tilapia Sandwich at $9-12 including a side dish. A large selection of about 40 wines are available, about half offered by the glass. Full bar with cocktail creations made to order. Happy Hour 4-7 PM. Roof-top bar available for cigar and martini indulging. Reservations accepted and advise. Iavarone family (Carmine, Rico, Barbara and Carmine Jr.), owners.

Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 3/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Il Mulino New York Trattoria, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 61.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-934-1199. (Italian) (Seafood) [D] Located in the Disney World Swan Resort near EPCOT, this beautiful dining room is one of Disney's fine dining experiences. Licensed recipes the famous Greenwich Village restaurant in New York City, the name means "The Mill". It offers placemat, less-formal, settings on dark wood tables in an open kitchen atmosphere (360° Views #19 & #20). The restaurant is open 5-11 PM daily; the adjacent lounge opens at 3:30 PM. The menu focuses on Abruzzo style cuisine. For Antipasti [Before the Pasta Course] they offer Arancini [Rice Balls with Spicy Marinara] ($9), Parmigiano Reggiano [Italian Hard Cheese for 2] ($10), Prosciutto & Melone [Cured Ham & Melon] ($11), Polpette al Forno [Baked Meatballs] ($12), Gamberi con Fagioli (Sautéed Shrimp with Beans] ($13), Cozze o Vongole [Mussels or Clams] ($14), Gamberi al Mulino [House Shrimp Cocktail] ($14), Calamari Fritti [Fried Squid] ($15) and Insaccati Misti [Mixed Sausage and Meat Plate for 2] ($24). You can also find Carpaccio ($14). For Salads they have Caesar, House and Caprese (all $11-14 each). Soups include Ministrone or Tortellini ($8 each). The Pasta Course has Penne Rigate ($21), Pappardelle ($21), Spaghetti Carbonara ($22), Tortellini alla Panna ($23), Manicotti ($24), Rigatoni with Mushrooms ($25), Gnocchi Bolognese ($25), Linguine with Clams ($26) and Spaghetti al Frutti de Mare [Seafood Marinara Pasta] ($32). Half portions of Pasta also available. Risotto with Mushrooms or Seafood ($27-32 each). For Chicken they offer Fra Diavolo [Spicy Sauce] ($25) or Parmigiana [Cheese Covered] ($29). For Fish they offer Gamberi Francese [Battered Shrimp in White Wine] ($30), Salmone [Salmon in Garlic & Olive Oil] ($32) and Cernia [Grouper with Pancetta] ($34). For Meat they offer Costolette di Maiale [Pork Chop with Mushroom Sauce] ($28), Vitello Parmigiana [Breaded Veal with Mozzarella] ($33), Saltimbocca [Sautéed Veal with Prosciutto] ($34), Costoletta di Vitello [Veal Chop with Sage] ($39) and Costoletta di Vitello Milanese [Milan Style Breaded Veal Chop] ($42). For Steaks they offer 14 oz. Ribeye ($41) and 10 oz. Beef Tenderloin with Onions or Mushrooms ($45 each). Side dishes like Spinach, Broccoli, Potatoes, Peas or Garlic Bread add $8 each to the bill. You can also find Pizzas at $16-18 each. Family Style (4 or more persons) meals are also available at reduced prices. For dessert they tempt you with Mixed Berries ($6), Sorbetti or Gelato ($7-8 each), Italian Cheesecake ($10), Flourless Chocolate Cake ($10), Tartufo ($11) and, of course, Tiramisu ($11). Children's menu runs $12-16 per item. Full bar and seemingly endless Wine List. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. House Wines run $9-10/glass; Selects $11-22/glass. Whites by the bottle range from $30, and Reds $34 and up. The 2012 Rodney Strong Sonoma Zin is $48/bottle. Some imported Tuscany wines run $150-350/bottle; Private Selection $150-360/bottle and rarer French Bordeauxs $300-1,200/bottle. The 2004 Château Petrus (Pomerol) is $3,800/bottle. The "Dom" is $330/bottle and "Cristal" is $425/bottle. Some half bottles and magnums are also carried. A Tuscany jerobaum [3 L.] is $650. Cocktails run $13 each. Beer $6-9/glass. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Although families are welcome, many parents take advantage of complimentary 2 hour child sitting at Camp Dolphin nearby. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Valet and validated parking available. Reservations taken by phone up to 180 days in advance or online. Christopher McDonough, executive chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Video Inlet Harbor Restaurant & Marina, 133 Inlet Harbor Road, Ponce Inlet, FL. 80.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-767-5590. (Seafood) [L/D] Open 11 AM - 9 PM daily. Located a few miles south of Daytona Beach, this waterfront establishment specializes in Caribbean Seafood. Lunches range from $6 to $9. For dinner Coconut Shrimp ($16), Fried Oysters ($16), Crispy Grouper ($20), Crab Cakes ($20) and Sea Scallops ($18) are some of the seafood meals offered. Chicken Marsala ($16), Jamaican Chicken ($16), Island Pork Chops ($16) and Charbroiled Ribeye Steak ($19) are some of the landside offerings. Fresh grilled Flounder, Salmon, Grouper, Tilapia and Mahi Mahi are usually availalbe. Other entrées to $26. Jumbo Fried Shrimp ($18) followed by Key Lime Pie is their signature meal. Full bar, lounge, waterfront deck and entertainment. 2007 runner-up for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. Richard Neland, owner.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/07) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - B and B Fisheries Seafood Restaurant,
715 Broadway (E. Speedway Blvd.), Daytona Beach, FL.

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Not Rated Island Hotel & Restaurant, 373 2nd St., Cedar Key, FL. 86.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-543-5111. (Seafood) [L/D] Corner of B and 2nd Streets. Built in 1859 and withstanding numerous hurricanes, this stedfast building is on the National Register of Historic Places. B&B rooms available. Elegant dining room. The restaurant is famous for it's Crab Bisque ($8.50) and 1946 Hearts of Palm Salad ($8.50). Local Cedar Key Clams and Oysters are the focus of the menu. Various Grouper, Scallops and Shrimp dishes are offered too. Chicken, Lamb, Pork and Steaks top off the menu entrées. A few vegetable dishes ($16-18) are also available. Entrées range from $18 to $27. Full bar and fine wines are stocked. Screened porch dining available. Reservations accepted. Stanley & Andrew Bair, owners.



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15 Stars Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove, 192 2nd St., Cedar Key, FL. 86.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-543-6520. (Seafood) [D] Open on Sundays from 10 AM for brunch (until 1 PM) and other days from 5 PM for dinner. Located at the east end of 2nd Street in the Cedar Cove Resort. Inviting dining room. Noted for their Original Recipe Crab Bisque ($5-9). Crab Cakes, Grouper and Shrimp dishes are offered for seafood choices ($16-21). The popular Cedar Key Seafood Boil ($16) includes smoked sausage and local shellfish. Chicken, Steak au Poivre, 8 oz. Ribeye, New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Duck Confit are also available ($14 to $28). A number of Pasta dishes are on the menu too ($11-18). Reservations accepted. Full bar and wine list. Peter Stefani, chef and owner.

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



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Islands Dining Room (at Loews Royal Pacific Resort), 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL. 54.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-503-3463. (Asian) B/D. Located near Universal Orlando in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort off Exit 74A of I-4. The room is an Indonesian style restaurant but the food is Pan-Asian. Hours are 7-11 AM for breakfast and 5-10 PM for dinner. No lunch served. Frequented mostly by the hotel guests. Start with Krab Rangoon ($8), Wok Rib ($10), Banh Mi ($10) or Salt & Pepper Calamari ($11). For main wok dishes there's Broccoli Lo Mein ($16), Thai Curry Chicken ($17), Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry ($20) and Shrimp Pad Thai ($22). Specials of the house include Singapore Soba Noodle Broth ($15), General Tso's Chicken ($18), Kung Pao Chicken ($18), Kung Pao Shrimp ($20), Mongolian Beef ($20), Seafood Bird's Nest ($22), Cashew Crusted Salmon ($24), Char Sui Pulled Pork ($24) and Korean Bulgogi Ribeye ($35). Smaller side dishes include Beef Satay, Chicken Sui Mai, Spring Rolls and Steamed Pork Dumplings (all $8 each). Large Salads ($10-12) and Thai Crab & Corn Soup ($10) or Vietnamese Phở Beef Noodle Soup ($14) can also be added to your meal. Desserts include Sorbets, Pies, Cakes, Parfaits (all $5-6 each) or a Jumbo Pineapple Doughnut ($12). Full bar with exotic cocktails like a South Pacific, Boragora, and a Piña Colada (all $15 each) and a Wine List ranging $9-16/glass and $34-135/bottle. You can even do a Flaming Golden Monkey ($20) to share with your table mates. They also offer a Wok Experience on select nights, 6-9 PM. Kids menu available. Online or phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day 11 AM to 9 PM or Christmas Day 11 AM to 8 PM, for a $56 Buffet. Corporate owned.



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14½ Stars Video Video Free WiFi Itta Bena, 9101 International Dr. (Suite 2210), Orlando, FL. 59.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-757-2910. (Southern) (Steakhouse) D. Opened July, 2015. Located on I-Drive on the second floor of Pointe Orlando. Open daily 5-11 PM. Sounds Italian but it's Southern Native American all the way, meaning "Home in the Woods". Has a speakeasy atmosphere. Nicely appointed dining room with wood ceiling, candled chandeliers and some tables have full linen service. Their menu starts with Portobello Fries ($12), Fried Avocado Stuffed with Crab Meat Salad ($12), Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($14), Duck Confit Grilled Cheese ($14), Scallops and Grits ($14) and Abita BBQ Shrimp ($15). For entrées they offer Chicken Marsala ($22), Wild Mushroom Pasta ($22), Jambalaya Pasta ($25), Blackened Red Snapper ($26), Duck and Waffles ($26), Grilled Salmon ($26), Jumbo Shrimp and Grits ($27), Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops ($27), 16 oz. Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye ($45), Filet Oscar ($48) and a 5 oz. Lobster Tail over an 8 oz. Filet Surf and Turf ($55). Soups and Salads are extra, ranging $7 for a cup of Signature She Crab Soup to a $9 Caesar Salad. Desserts like Chocolate Chunk Brownie, Crème Brûlée, Cheesecake and Bread Pudding run $6-8 each. Full bar, Wine List, Whiskey Flights and a large Beer selection. Cocktails run $8-10 each. Online or phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day with a Prix Fixe dinner. Validated parking. Outdoor seating. Piano Bar. Mother's Day menu, $50; Valentine's Day meal, $85 per couple; occasional Wine Dinner, $115 pp. Itta Bena is a small town in western Mississippi, brith place of B.B. King. Jason Eccleston, executive chef here; Dylan Evens, general manager; Beale Street Blues Co. of Memphis, owner. Frequently caters to large private parties, so call ahead.

Review: (from Hugh B. 9/17) We enjoyed dinner here as part of Magical Dining Month in Orlando. Our server Alec, was attentive and helpful. He provided excellent service! The restaurant is nicely appointed. It was warm in there, probably due to the door being open. For our appetizers we enjoyed both the Fried Avocado and Pork Belly. Who knew a vegetable could be so good? We thoroughly enjoyed both of these. For dinner we ordered the Lamb and the Duck and Waffles to share. Both of these were expertly prepared and delicious. Our desserts were the Bread Pudding and Bourbon Pecan Pie. By now we were pretty full, but somehow managed to finish these. The portion sizes are large, the food is delicious. You need to go here! Before t&t, our total was $91. We enjoyed one Beer and the Wine Pairing to go with the meal.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sandy F. 9/17) As part of the Magical Dining, our group of 8 enjoyed the special $35 pricing for appetizer, main dish and dessert. Our server was Alec and he made the evening so special with his attentive manner. I started out with the special they were running with wine pairing, which cost $15 for two glasses of wine. The first was a Sauvignon Blanc, which was good, but on the sweet side, and was served with the Avocado appetizer, two fried Avocados stuffed with crab, which were fabulous. The wine served with the main course was a Cabernet, and was good, but not outstanding. My entrée was the New Zealand Lamb Chops which were so very delicious. They were served with Asparagus and New Potato Fingers. There was so much Lamb, that I brought half the order home for the next evening's dinner, along with the Potatoes. For dessert I ordered the Bread Pudding, which melted on my mouth. I ate every bite, as did others at my table who ordered the same. This is definitely a restaurant I will go to again.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Christine H. 9/17) Our Gourmet Club Group of 8 enjoyed dinner here as part of Magical Dining Month. The décor, food and service was the best! I enjoyed the Caesar Salad, Duck and Waffles and Bread Pudding along with a glass of Cabernet and a cup of Coffee. Alec was our server and he was excellent. The Duck was cooked to perfection and the Bread Pudding just melted in your mouth. The cost before t&t was $50.50 I cannot wait to return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Ivy House Restaurant (Williston), 106 NW Main St., Williston, FL. 50.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-528-5410. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located just north of Noble Ave. on US 27/41 at NW 1st Ave. Open for dinner on Thursday through Saturday only from 5-8 PM and for lunch daily from 11 AM to 2 PM. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day by reservation only 11 AM to 4 PM. Many small dining rooms decorated in very feminine Victorian decor. The rooms are also scattered with items from the gift shop upstairs. The ultimate in comfort food for the soul. Down-home Southern Style food including Fried Green Tomatoes, BBQ Shrimp 'n Grits, Southern Fried Shrimp or Scallops, Porterhouse Pork Chops, Baked Crispy Chicken, as well as Filet Mignon are offered. Entrées range from $11 for the Hamburger Steak to $20 for the Big South Sampler of Delmonico Steak, Fried Grouper and Fried Shrimp with a Baked Potato, Vegetables and Cornbread. Garden Salads included with entrées. Lunch dishes range from $8-14. Homemade desserts are popular at $3 each. Fried Cheesecake is a $4 specialty. No bar. Opened in 1993. A second location is open in Ocala (see that listing). Marjorie (Mimi) Hale & Evelyn Nussel, owners.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/16) Went as one of the club outings. Liked the ambience of the place, an old house turned into restaurant. The owner visited each table to say hello and her daughter was at our table. They were very nice and helpful. It was too bad they do not have a liquor license as we could have used Irish coffee as the weather was quite chilly. Also, as friendly as the service was, the food was not up to my standard. Hamburger was too well done, even a bit burned at the edges. My wife's Fried Chicken was better but not great. Her Macaroni and Cheese was better than my Potato. Mine was watery and bland. Wish I could have given better review as the service was very nice. Perhaps it was because a big group descended on this small town. Entrée choice was only Hamburger Steak or Fried Chicken, so perhaps a small group may have better chances. The price was prepaid.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Fiesta Restaurant and Gulf Gas Station (1950s)
Also called the Top Of The Hill Grill
US 41 at 27a, Williston, FL.
"Serving Florida foods for over 22 years."

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Not Rated Jack's Barbecue, 100 S. Hway 27, Minneola, FL. 30.5 mile drive from The Villages. 394-2673. (Barbecue) [L/D] At the corner of Pearl St. on US 27. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily except Sunday. Started by Jack Underwood in 1953, it's sometimes also know as Jack Benny's Barbecue. It bills itself as "Real Alabama Style Barbecue". Traditional Ribs and Pulled Pork are the popular orders here. Noted for their Baked Beans too. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork sandwiches and steaks are also on the menu. Both mild and hot bar-b-que sauce is available. Big Gator fans, Charles & Eileen Costigan, current owners.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Jack's Place (at the Rosen Plaza Hotel), 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-1787. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] In the Rosen Plaza Hotel (lobby level) next to the Convention Center. Jack Rosen did caricatures of famous people, hundreds are on display in this elegant but clubby restaurant. Full linene service. Dressy casual attire requested. Patroned by conventioneers and locals alike. Dinner only, open 5:30-10 PM daily. Their "All Season Menu" has appetizers like Escargot en Croûte ($11), Spicy Shrimp & Grits ($11), Sesame Crusted Tuna ($12.50), Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13), Pan Seared Crab Cake ($13.50) or Appetizer Platter at $43 that serves 4. On the Seafood List is Loch Duarte Salmon ($29.50), Local Black Drumm Fish ($30), 6 oz. Buffalo Tenderloin ($30), ½ lb. Lobster Tail ($31.50), Sesame Crusted Tuna ($32.50), Boat Scallops in Red Curry Sauce ($34.50) and Cedar Plank Sea Bass ($38.95). On the Grill List is 6 or 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($29/$35), 20 oz. Ribeye ($37), 12 oz. Prime New York Strip Steak ($38), 6 oz. Filet with a ½ lb. Lobster Tail ($50) and the Double Lobster Tails ($55). Specialties of the house include Scaloppini of Chicken ($25), Prime New York Steak Bites ($26.50), Chicken & Kale Ravioli ($27.50) and a 4-Bone Rack of Lamb ($43.50). They also offer a 3-Course Prix Fixe dinner at $43 per person with some course choices. Their "Summer Grill and Chill Menu" offers a Summer Salad at $17 where you can add Shrimp ($25), Salmon ($28) or 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($29). There's also the 6 oz. Filet with the ½ lb. Lobster Tail at $35 instead of $50. The "Chill" part includes a glass of House Red or White Wine with the summer meals. Desserts like Triple Berry Cheesecake, Key Lime Crème Brûlée and Junior's Cheesecake (all about $8 each) are offered. Premium Wines run $8-14/glass and mostly $40-60/bottle ranging up to $172. Full bar of course. Online coupon offers 25% discount on food portions off-season. $25 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Reservations recommended by phone or online. Complimentary valet or self parking too. Joshua Squires, general manager; Michael McMullen, executive chef; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Jaleo (by José Andrés), E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (Spanish) [L/D] Located in Disney Springs near The Edison, this large restaurant is the brainchild of Chef José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup of Washington, D.C. Jaleo is pronounced "ha-LAY-oh" and is Spanish for "party" or "cheering". You can expect a vast array of Tappas, traditional and contemporary Spanish specialties, like Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Iberico Pork and of course Paella. Expect vibrant colors for décor and a full bar making their own Sangria. Opening date is in 2018.


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12 Stars J. C.'s Lobster Pot, 2888 West Highway 44, Deland, FL. 42.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-734-7459. (Seafood) [D] Open 4-9 PM daily, 12-9 PM on Sunday. This very casual "seafood shack" is located 3/4 mile east of the St. John's River and a few miles before Deland on SR 44. Specializes in fresh seafood. Florida Lobster and Coquille St. JC's are two of the signature items on this vast menu. Hemmingway Conch Fritters, Gater Tail and various Oysters along with Fried Green Tomatoes are offered as appetizers. Traditional entrées include Fried Clams ($11), Stuffed Shrimp ($13), Florida Catfish ($10-12), Frogs Legs ($16), Coquille ($16), Salmon ($16), Dolphin Fish (Mahi) ($16), Shrimp Scampi ($15) and Snow Crab Legs ($18) to name a few. But it's the lobsters that patrons crave. They are Bahama Tails, Maine Lobster and the house specialty, Florida Lobster (all market price). Chicken and Steaks ($13-20) are available for the land lovers. New England Seafood Chowder and Hushpuppies are also favorites of the locals. Senior specials available, as are kid's items. Good early Bird selections from 4-6 PM. Be prepared for a wait on weekends or arrive early. Beer and wine served by the glass or carafe. Megan Weir and D. J. Campbell partners since 1991.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Rymal's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge (1953) (1962)
"Where everything is good."
Route 17N, Deland, FL.

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Not Rated Video Video Joe's Crab Shack (Orlando), 8400 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 54.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-2928. (Seafood) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM. It's a big shack near the beach, or so it seems. Also known as Eat At Joe's. Lots of crustacean is offered here, especially Crabs and Shrimp. The Crab Cakes, Crab Dip, Crab Salad, Crab Nachos, Crab Boil and Crab In A Bucket are certain to make you a little more (or less) crabby! The menu also contains Popcorn Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Salad and Shrimp Cocktail to make you feel more "shellfish" with others. Clam Chowder is a favorite, except with the clams. A completely fun atmosphere abounds. Free appetizer on your birthday for Joe's Catch Club members. Full bar is busy making pink, green or blue cocktails for the adventuresome. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this chain was once owned by Carlton Restaurants (T.G.I.Fridays) but is now independently owned out of Houston, TX.



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Not Rated Video Johnnie's Hideaway, 12551 SR 535, Orlando, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-827-1111. (Seafood) (Southern) [D] Located off CR 535 in Crossroads Shopping Center at Hotel Plaza Blvd., near I-4 exit 68. This is the former location of the famous Pebbles Restaurant. Open daily from 4:30 PM. Closed Super Bowl Sunday, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgivings and Xmas. It's a Steak and Seafood Restaurant with a Tiki Deck. Offers such catch as Yellowtail Snapper, Salmon, Pompano, Tuna, Grouper, Mahi, as well as Shrimp, Crab, Calamari, Mussels and Oysters. Giant Madagascar Shrimp are a popular dish here. Fried Fisherman's Feast, Broiled Florida Lobster Tail, Blue Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster and Jumbo Scallops are also offered. 18 oz. Bone-In Filet, 14 oz. Filet Mignon, 28 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, 28 oz. Bone-In New York Strip, and a 48 oz. Double Cut New York Strip for two, tops the menu. A few items like Cast Iron Chicken, Sautéed Calf's Liver, Veal Margherita, Cedar Plank North Atlantic Salmon and a Duroc Pork Chop shows more moderately priced items. The menu items range $16-46 each. Side dishes like French Fried Onions, Creamy Spinach, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Wild Mushroom Sauté, Fried Green Tomatoes and Redskin Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes are extra. Interesting soups like Stone Crab Bisque and Cedar Key Clam Chowder are on the menu too. Specials like Florida Black Grouper, Chilean Sea Bass and Blackened Red Snapper are sometimes offered. Full bar and Wine List. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Reservations accepted. A "Talk of the Town" restaurant. Chef Clark Woodsby, grandson of the founder, Charley Woodsby of Gary's Duck Inn and Red Lobster fame, is operating partner.



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Not Rated (The) Jones Eastside, 401 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL. 65.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-373-6777. (Breakfast) (Vegetarian) [B/L/D] Located near the Northside Shopping Center, just east of N. Main St. on NE 23rd Ave. in a small strip mall. Open 8 AM 'til 10 PM daily. Breakfast runs 8 AM to 5 PM for those late, late risers. Typical breakfast fare plus items like Jones Rancheros (eggs over easy on toasted corn tortillas with black beans, salsa, cheddar, avocado and sour cream) ($9), Blackhawk Burrito (two scrambled eggs with onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, wrapped in a flour tortilla served with homefries, black beans and brown rice) ($10),Breakfast Samme (two eggs, seasoned tofu with cheese, tomato and sprouts) ($7.50) and the Three Hugger (everything bagel toasted with red pepper hummus, tomato slices, red onions and sprouts) ($6). For lunch there's more recognizable items like a Falafel Burger, Chicken Salad Samme, Tuna Melt, Roast Beef Samme, BLT and a "Vegout" (all $7-9 each). For dinner start with appetizers like Panko Crusted Polenta Cakes ($7), Mushroom Brioche ($8.50), Mediterranean Plate (quinoa tabouli, roasted pepper hummus and falafel with warm crostini) ($9) or a Baked Brie Platter ($11). For entrées they have Mojo Pork Tacos ($11), Penne Primavera ($11), Mushroom Spinach Tortellini ($11), Jones Eggplant (with spinach) ($11), Chicken Curry ($11), Shiitake Chicken ($13) and a Vegan Coconut Basil Tempeh (soybean cakes) ($12). They also offer Paninis like Caprese Classico, Pesto Chicken, Tofu Melt, The Primo (roast beef) and The Alice (mushrooms) all ranging $8-9 each. Turkey, Roast Beef, Falafel, Tofu and Reuben Sammes run $7-9 each. Organic Milk and Juice offered as well as some wines and beers. Gabriel and Maya Garner, owners.



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Not Rated Video K Restaurant, 1710 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-872-2332. (Continental) (Wine Bar) [D] Open for dinner only at 6 PM every day. Located north of the city on SR 424, 5 blocks south of W. Princeton St. (SR 438) across from the Post Office. (Previously at 2401 Edgewater Dr.) This establishment features a Prix Fixe meal at $23 per person. Wine pairing for each course is $19 per person additional. Special Monday Night Prix Fixe is $28. Menu changes weekly. Selections for the $23 meal may include your choice of Grilled Asparagus or a Greek Salad to start, Sautéed Florida Mahi or Grilled Bar-B-Qued Chicken Breast for the entrée, followed by a choice of Fudge Brownie or Sorbet for dessert. The $28 meal may include a choice of Grilled Waygu or Pistachio Crusted Grouper instead. Or you may order off the a-la-carte menu. Appetizers such as Fried Chicken Livers, Shrimp 'n Grits, Sautéed Crab Cake, Beef Carpaccio or Fried Green Tomato range $6-12 each. Salads offered include Caesar, Spinach, Tomato, Field Greens, Iceberg Wedge or "K Stack Salad" at $6-8 each. A-la-carte main dishes may include Georgia Brook Trout, Duck Breast, Porcini Dusted Filet Mignon ranging $18-33 each. A large selection of cheese is also available at $5-6. A large selection of wine by the glass, split or bottle is available. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Ports, sherries and aperitifs also on the list. Beer is also offered. Wine and Cheese Night on Friday. 2008 & 2009 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. 2012 winner for Diners' Choice Award by Open Table. Voted 2013 "Best Neighborhood Eateries" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Online or phone reservations recommended. Dan Francoforte, general manager; Kevin Fonzo (a James Beard nominee), executive chef and owner.

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



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Long Gone - Avalon Hotel Dining Room (1920s)
Operated 1925 to 1954. Demolished in the 1990s.
489 N. Orange Ave. (at Amelia St.), Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Now Open kadence, 1809 Winter Park Rd., Orlando, FL. 58.3 mile drive from The Villages. No phone. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in October, 2017. Located one block off Corrine Dr., on Winter Park Rd. next to the ABC store in the Audubon Park area of Orlando. It's a Sushi and Sake Bar that is difficult to get into. Why so hard to dine here? The restaurant only holds 9 patrons. It is closed on Tuesdays. Open Monday, 12-7 PM, first come - first served only, no reservations accepted, for lunch and dinner. Wednesday to Saturday they offer an Omakase-Style (Chef's Choice) Sushi Tasting dinner menu at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM only, online reservations recommended. Lunch (before 5 PM) is Soup, 10-Piece Sushi Tasting and Dessert ($55), while dinner is 18-Piece Sushi and Sashimi Tasting ($135-145pp). Sunday is a 7-course Kappo-Style Tasting ($75pp) by online reservation only. Reservations are prepaid and non-refundable. Beer and wine licensed. Chefs, Lordfer Lalicon, Jennifer Bañagale and Mark Berdin are also owners here and former founders of Kappo.



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13½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Kafé Kokopelli, 37940 Live Oak Ave., Dade City, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-523-0055. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located one block east of 7th St. (US 92/301) and one block north of Meridian Ave. (SR 52). Open from 11 AM daily but closed Sundays and Mondays. Dinner hour starts at 4 PM. Kokopelli is an ancient Indian legend representing happiness and joy. A unique setting, originally a Ford Model T showroom and repair shop, this old garage is now a fresh ingredient eatery, popular with locals and visitors. The Stag Bar is a centerpiece of various dining areas, complete with a warming fireplace. Sunset Dinners Specials are served from 4-6 PM and might include Chicken Breast, Chicken Parm., Eggplant Parm. or Meatballs over Linguine at $9 each, Fried Chicken, Shrimp, Catfish or Clam Strip Baskets with Fries at $9 each, Shrimp Scampi at $10 or an 8 oz. Prime Rib ($15). Bread, salad and a soft drink are included. Their regular dinner menu includes such items as Pasta Primavera to Chicken Marsala, Alfredo or Piccata running $10-16 each. Fried Chicken, Clam Strips, Catfish or Jumbo Shrimp dinners run $10-11 each. Other seafood meals include Butter Pan-Fried Shrimp ($14), Shrimp Scampi ($16), Raspberry Salmon Infusion ($17), Greek Mahi Mahi ($18), Artichoke Encrusted Swai ($18), Crunchy Swai Crustacean ($19) and Planked Salmon ($19). A featured Broiled or Fried Seafood Platter ($20) is also offered. For meats they have Slow-Roasted Prime Rib $18 for 12 oz. or $23 for 16 oz. Then there's Grilled Pork Chop at $13 for 1, or $22 for 2. Tuscan Style Chops are $1 more. A 12 oz. Ribeye runs $23, the 8 oz. Filet Mignon is $24 and the 14 oz. New York Strip costs $25. All regular meals come with Potato or Vegetable and Soup or Salad. A side dish of Mac 'n Cheese, Rice, Sautéed Mushrooms or Steamed Broccoli are $3 extra but are enough for two. Appetizers include Fried Green Tomatoes, Seafood Cakes, Battered Gator Tail, Calamari, Buffalo Wings and even Moules, all ranging $7-14 each. During the Kumquat Festival (last Saturday in January), special drinks, like Kumquat Colada and Kumquat Punch are available, as is Kumquat Glazed Chicken, Salmon, Pork Chop and Shrimp entrées. For dessert they feature Ice Cream Sundaes, Mama's Apple Crisp a la Mode, Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Truffle, Flourless Gluten-free Chocolate Cake, Death by Chocolate or their famous Bananas Foster, all ranging $4-8 each. They are noted for their She-Crab Bisque ($6/$8), Spicy White Chili ($4/$6) and their famous Kokopelli Salad Dressing which are all available for take-home. Espresso, Cappuccino or Gourmet Coffee are also offered. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted most days. Always open for Mother's Day, Valentine's and New Years Eve too, even if they fall on Sunday or Monday. Full bar featuring Margaritas, Martinis, Homemade Sangria, Rum Runners, plus Single Malts, Ports and other after dinner drinks. Wines run $15-48 per bottle and many are available by the glass. Occasional table-side magic on Tuesday and Saturday after 6:30 PM. Outdoor deck dining next to their private parking. Angela and John Horne, managers; Ty Krause, Glen and Gail Greenfelder, owners.

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

Review: (from Al B. 4/17) Eclectic, friendly restaurant wth a good range of food choices. We started with the Local Fried Gator appetizer. It was lightly breaded, moist, not chewy. The She Crab soup was tasty and creamy; I suggest you add a dram of Sherry to enhance it. Side Salads were mixed greens, but lacked other vegetables. It was priced a bit high for what you received. Main dishes were: Eggplant Parmesan with two choices of sauce. We chose the spicy red pepper. It had excellent flavor. Meatloaf, both patrons said it was very tasty and the accompanying horseradish sauce was excellent. Salmon was fresh, not frozen, flaky and tasty. Many of the meals have a petite or regular portion size choice, which we liked. For dessert, Bananas Foster was done table side; a nice flaming presentation and tasty. The 5 Layer Chocolate Cake was also moist and very good. Happy Hour is from 1-7 PM. Local Draft Beers $1.50, Wine $4, Well Drinks $2.50. Lauren's service was attentive and excellent. Appetizer, Salads, Soup, Entrée, Dessert was approximately $25 per person. A good value.
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Not Rated Karling's Inn, 4640 US 17N, DeLeon Springs, FL. 50.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-985-5535. (German) [L/D] Located a few blocks south of the center of town on North Woodland Blvd. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5-9 PM and 11:30 AM to 2 PM on Sunday for brunch. Closed Mondays. Looking like an Alpine Chalet, this restaurant has been here for over two decades. Decidedly German food with American additions. Appetizers include Stuffed Mushrooms, Escargot Brucettas, Angels On Horseback, Celery Cake and Mushroom Crusted Scallops all running $8-13 each. Favorite main dishes include Chicken Schnitzel ($17), Jaeger Schnitzel ($20), Crisp Roasted Duck Montmorency ($21) and Beef Stroganoff ($21). Other offerings include Eggplant Florentine, Pork Tenderloin Scalloppini Royal, Tilapia Almandine, Florida Grouper, Rainbow Trout, Maryland Lump Crab Cake and Veal Scaloppini Imperial all ranging $14-24 each. Other top end entrées include Fried Rock Lobster Tail ($28) and 9 oz. Black Angus Filet Mignon ($27). Bavarian Sauerbraten only served during the third week of the month. Lunch hour options are Bavarian Sausage, Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Veal Cannelloni and Schnitzel Turkey Salad, as well as Bavarian Chopped Steak, Liver 'n Onions and Holstein Schnitzel ranging $8-14 each. Sunday Brunch offers Monte Carlo Omelet, Chicken Marsala, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, German Apple Pancake and Cinnamon French Toast ranging $12-17. Noted desserts include Bavarian Snowballs, Apple Strudel, Lily's Becher, Bavarian Cream Puff and others. Beer and wine offered. Reservations accepted. Bujar Buza and Agim Molla, owners.



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Long Gone - The Town Restaurant, renamed Saro's Restaurant
A. Thomas Saraceno, owner, US1, Titusville, FL.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu KASA Restaurant & Bar, 183 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-985-5272. (Seafood) (Spanish) [L/D] Located downtown at the corner of Orange and Church, 1 block east of Church Street Station. KASA is a variation of CASA meaning "home" in Spanish. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch on Monday, but straight through to 10:30 PM on other weekdays for lunch and dinner; Saturday for dinner from 5 PM to late; Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM for brunch, then to 9 PM for dinner. Closed Monday nights and Saturday afternoons. Very contemporary surroundings serving tasting plates (tapas) and large meal plates (entrées) with an eclectic global approach. Items are served as they come up from the kitchen. You may start your adventure with a Salad like Cranberry Kale, Saffron Caesar or Quinoa Greek (all $9 each). For "tastings" they offer Fingerling Potatoes ($6), Pan Seared Gyoza ($6), Yuca & Cheese Fondue ($7), Edamame Bruschetta ($7), KASA Corn ($7), Brussels Sprouts 'n Bacon ($7), Pad Thai Calamari ($9), Huevos Ranchero Deviled Egg ($9), Adobo Pork and Polenta ($9), Apple & Sage Pasta ($12), KASA Crab Cake ($12), Bison Harvati Burgers ($12), Drunken Kobe Brisket Burgers ($12), Mojo Cuban Spare Ribs ($12), Shrimp a la Plancha ($12), Hickory Smoked Duck ($14) and Tamarind Grilled Rack of Lamb ($14). From the "raw bar" you can choose from Bahamian Conch Ceviche ($12), Salmon Sashimi ($14), Tuna & Tostones ($14), Azul Spring Roll ($14) or 3 or 6 Oysters ($9/$16). Most tastings have a side of vegetable, slaw or sauce. For "entrées" they have Pan Braised Curry Chicken ($18), Pumpkin Gnocchi ($18), Pan Seared Salmon ($22), Miso Braised Kobe Brisket ($24), Grilled Chimichurri Hangar Steak ($26) and Filet Mignon ($34). Some come with an accompaniment. There's also a 3 piece or 5 piece Charcuterie Plate or Fromage Plate ($12/3 or $15/5) or The Chef's Assortment ($18/6). For dessert you can select House Made Ice Cream ($5), Cookies & Milk ($6), Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta ($7), Wrecked Apple Pie Roll ($8) or Decadent Chocolate Flourless G/F Cake ($8). All vegetarian items are noted on the menu. Espresso, Latte and Cappuccinos run $3-5 each. They also run a "Tasting Tuesday" 5-10 PM with reduced price tastings ($4-8 each). Then Unwine'd Wednesday with entertainment on the patio runs 5-9 PM with bottomless wine and bites at $15/ladies and $20/gentlemen. Then Ladies Night is 5 PM to closing on Thursdays with reduced tapas for ladies. And Bubbles 'n Brunch runs 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday and includes bottomless Mimosas or Sangria at $30pp. Full bar with handcrafted cocktails like a Ruby Rita run $10-12 each. Wine List sports some premiums by the glass ($6-13 each) and many by the bottle ($21-115 each) The "Dom" is on the list too at $325. They make 3 Sangrias here also at $7-8/glass or $28-30/pitcher. A few Draft Beers change seasonally. At lunch they offer tapas at $6-12 each and entrées at $12-18 each. There's also a mid-day menu at the bar and lounge 2-5 PM running $5-14 tapas. Happy Hour in the bar only 5-7 PM daily. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Patio seating available. Discounted garage parking. Shawn Kaplan, executive chef; David Yu with Jimmy and Johnny Tung, owners.



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10½ Stars Katch Twenty Two Restaurant, 2924 West Gulf to Lake Hwy. (SR 44), Lecanto, FL. 40.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-746-6691. (Seafood) (Spanish) [D] Opened late September, 2016; newly remodeled. Located where the Rusty Duck did business for many years. Exactly 25 miles west of I-75, on SR 44, on the south side of the Highway at Redwood Ter. Open daily 4:30 to 9 PM, except closed Tuesday. For starters you can find Creamy Onion & Bacon Soup or a Spinach a& Tomato Salad with Feta or a Caesar Salad (all $6 each). Appetizers include a Roasted Beet Stack ($7), Shrimp Chorizo Fritters ($8), Pork Belly ($9), Grilled Shrimp ($9), Braised Beef Short Rib Empanada ($9), Crudo (Raw) Fish ($11), Lobster and Scallop Ravioli ($12) and Maryland Crab Cake ($13). For entrées they offer Capellini Primavera ($18), Roasted Free Range Chicken ($19), Mojo Pork Tenderloin ($21), Blackened Mahi Mahi or Salmon ($24), Seared Snapper ($26), Braised Short Ribs ($26), Maryland Style Crab Cake ($26), Grilled Grouper ($27), Bone-In Ribeye ($29), Filet of Beef ($32) and a Seafood Paella ($34). A Fish of the Day runs $26. Add 5 Jumbo Shrimp to your meal for $10 extra. In the dessert department you can order Fried Johnny Cakes with Cinnamon Sugar ($5), Ice Cream Dish ($5), Key Lime Pie ($6), Crème Brûlée ($6) or a Hazelnut Chocolate Torte ($7). Beer and wine licensed with White Wines at $6-9/glass or $24-48/bottle and Red Wines at $6-10/glass or $24-79/bottle. Phone reservations accepted. Chef Richard Wiggins, owner.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) This restaurant was previously the Rusty Duck and has been renovated. The décor is interesting but not very inventive. Our server, David, was only moderately attentive, although he did take our drink order quite quickly. We both had the Roasted Beet Stack ($7) which was incredibly delicious and very unusual. I had the Lobster Ravioli ($24) in a cream sauce which was quite bland. There was little Lobster also. He had the Crab Cake ($26) and found it delicious. The bill with a bottle of $29 wine before t&t was $93.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Stephanie C. 6/17) For dinner, I had Roasted Free Range Chicken, some Greens and Finger Potatoes with a nice sauce ($19). In addition, I had a very nice Caesar Salad, a bit vinegary, but quite nice ($6). Finally, it was finished off with a terrific Hazelnut Chocolate Torte that would melt in your mouth ($7). The presentation was lovely and the service, by Mark, was excellent. I did feel that the sauce needed a spice or two to make it a WOW Chicken. In addition, I do feel that the Chicken was smaller than most and the rolls and butter were not enough for a table of 8 customers. There was a nice ambiance. The ride from The Villages is about 50 minutes, a bit long.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Edward C. 6/17) I had the Blackened Salmon entrée. That was not overcooked but just right. Served with it was Polenta which was quite tasty. The Salmon was topped off with Chorizo Sofrito Relish which was not overwhelming but a nice addition ($24). The dinner was fine and the ambiance was lovely. Although it is a nice restaurant, the travel time is too much. Server was Mark and he was very, very efficient and polite! If he were not sure of a question, he immediately found the answer for the customer. Great employee.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Cassie S. 6/17) This restaurant appears to have been a house a one time. Therefore the dining tables are in various little rooms. It is very small accommodating about 50 people at a time. One of the biggest surprises is that they are closed on Tuesdays instead of Mondays like many places. The décor was pleasing and the service by Mark was extraordinary. I ordered the Grilled Grouped ($27) with Fingerling Potatoes. I requested that the fish not be over cooked, however it was and I sent it back. The second try was better, but in my preference still a bit overcooked. I also had a Caesar Salad ($6) which was very fresh but a little to much lemon in the dressing. The menu was not very big and on the pricey side. For this reason and the distance traveled (50 mi) I would not return. The experience was good however.
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Not Rated keke's Breakfast Cafe (Orlando), 7512 Doctor Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 56.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-354-1440. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located on Dr. Phillips at The Market Place, just north of "Restaurant Row", near Exit 74A of I-4. Open 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, every day except Thanksgivings and Xmas. The quintessential breakfast spot. Very busy on weekends. Start with 11 varieties of Waffles, from a plain Belgium Waffle ($6), to their popular Blueberry Waffle ($7), to their colossal Banana Split Waffle ($10). Then there's Pancakes, from plain Buttermilk ($8), to Pecan Pancakes ($8), to the popular Florida Style ($10). French Toast ($6-10) and Stuffed French Toast ($8-10) selections are also featured. There's Omelets too, like Cheese ($7), Greek ($9), Bar-B-Que ($10), and a dozen more. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Home Fries seem ordinary by comparison. For lunch they offer a dozen Paninis like Italian Chicken ($8), or the Cheese Steak ($10). Burgers ($7-9), Wraps ($6-10), Sandwiches ($7-10) and Salads ($5-10) are also available. A Side Order and Substitution list allow you to design your own meal. This small Florida chain, based in Orlando of just 8 locations, has caught on fast and competes with First Watch of Bradenton, FL. No bar. Keith & Kevin Mahen, owners.



Ken's Cedar Keyside Diner. Called the Cedar Keyside Diner (that listing).

Kessler Chophouse in the Bohemian Hotel Celebration. Also called the Bohemian Bar & Grill (see that listing).


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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Kobé (Ichiban) Japanese Steakhouse (I-Drive), 8148 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-203-2803. (Asian) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on the west side of I-Drive next to the Best Western near Exit 74A (West Sand Lake Rd.) of I-4. Open 5-10:30 PM daily but the bar opens at 4:30 PM. Noted for their Teppanyaki Grill Experience with master, knife-twirling chefs, featuring grilled dinners of Vegetables or Tofu ($15), 6 oz. Chicken ($18), 6 oz. Teriyaki Marinated Chicken ($18), 6 oz. Sirloin ($21) or 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($26). Various combinations run $25-49 each. There's also Lobster Tail (about $38). One with 4 oz. Wagyu runs $99. Fried Rice, Soup, Salad and Sauces included at the Teppanyaki Table Experience. Sushi runs $5-7 each, Sushi Rolls are $5-15 each, while Sashimi runs $11-13 each. You can also order Orange Roughy ($21), Halibut ($23), Teppan Shrimp ($25), Teppan Scallops ($27) or Tiger Prawns ($29). An Early Bird menu is offered Sunday through Thursday 5-6 PM only. Kids menu runs $9-11 each. Full bar with Exotic Cocktails (about $9-10 each), Sake ($6-20 each), Wine & Beer. Happy Hour 5-6 PM and 9-10:30 PM daily. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more on on busy days like Mother's Day. $10 sharing charge. Reservations accepted by phone at 1-407-862-6099 and online. Gluten and Dairy-Free meals prepared in the kitchen. Corkage Fee of $10 for your wine NOT on their list. A local chain since 1984, with 9 locations near Orlando and 3 near Tampa. All owned by Chau Nguyen.



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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Kona Grill (Winter Park), 110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 59.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-900-0100. (Asian) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in November, 2016. Located in the Lakeside Crossings Shopping Center on S. Orlando Ave. Open from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends. Unique, modern décor. Hard to pinpoint, it's an unusual combination of dishes from Asia and Southern US; Mexico, Italy and New England too, but not Hawaii. For starters you can find Edamame, Pot Stickers, Chicken Satay, Avocado Egg Rolls, Smoked Gouda Fondue, Kona Calamari, Chicken & Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and a Taco Trio (all ranging $6-12 each). For entrées they offer Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry ($16), Pad Thai Noodles ($16.50), Lobster Mac & Cheese ($17), Cajun Salmon Pasta ($17.50), Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Penne ($18), Jambalaya ($18), Kona Churrasco ($19/$25), Macadamia Nut Chicken ($20), Pork Tenderloin ($21), Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon ($23), Pan Seared Tuna ($25), Miso Sake Sea Bass ($29), NY Strip Steak ($31) and Kona Filet ($32.50) at the top of the list. A Fresh Fish dish is available at Market Price. Entrées usually come with two sides. Soup ($3) or Salad ($4) are extra. Large Salads are also offered like House ($6/$10), Caesar ($6/$10), Greek ($9.50), Oriental ($10.50), Chopped Salad ($14.50), Grilled Chicken & Pear Salad ($15) and a Chili Lime Shrimp ($15.50). Soup varieties are Miso ($4), Tomato Basil Bisque, Clam Chowder and Chicken Chili (all $6 each). A half dozen Flatbreads like Lobster & Raw Tuna, run $13-$15.50 each. You can also find Sandwiches like Cuban, Pulled Pork Sliders, Avocado Chicken Club, Turkey Burger, Cheese Burger and Pan Seared Tuna Sliders (ranging $12-$15 each). They come with Sweet Potato Fries usually. For dessert, they have Snickers® Ice Cream Pie, Butter Cake, Apple Bread Pudding, Key Lime Pie, Fudge Brownie, Carrot Cake and a Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée (all $8 each). Lunch is the same menu with no price reductions. Sushi is a big part of their Asian menu running $5-$16 for Sushi and Sashimi and $6.50-$12 each for Traditional Rolls and $8-$16 each for Kona Rolls. Bar, Patio and Lounge food bites runs $4-8.50 each. Tuesday Night is Date Night with a special menu of 2 persons for $45. Full bar with Wine Down Wednesdays for half off bottles of wine. Cocktails start at $8. Phone or online reservations via Open Table advised. Outdoor seating available. Founded in 1998 in Scottsdale, AZ., there are about 50 locations now. Other Florida locations are Tampa, Sarasota and Miami. This one corporate owned.



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Long Gone - Virginia Inn - Fine Dining Room (1915) (1927)
Built in 1882 as the Rogers House. Demolished in 1966.
100 S. Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL.

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Not Rated Korea House II, 4501 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 58.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-896-5994. (Asian) [L/D] Also known as Korea House Colonial Town. Located on SR 50, halfway between Maguire and N. Semoran Blvds., just north of the Executive Airport. In business since 1982. Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, from Noon on weekends, except closed all day Monday. Offers a variety of authentic Korean dishes and BBQ. Appetizers include Egg Drop or Miso Soups ($2 each), Pan-fried Tofu ($4), Stir-fried Clear Noodles ($6), Steamed Tofu ($7), Pan-fried Dumpling ($7), Korean Roll ($8), Korean Rice & Fish Cakes ($13), Kimchi Pancake with Pork ($15) and Seafood Pancake ($15). For entrées they offer Beef or Seafood Topped Noodles ($10-11 each), Wheat Noodles and Cold Beef Soup ($13), Sweet & Sour Beef or Pork ($17 each), Sweet & Sour Spicy Chicken Breast ($18), Stir Fried Spicy Shrimp or Seafood & Beef ($18 each), Sweet & Sour Spicy Shrimp ($19) and Stir-fried Clear Noodles with Beef & Seafood in a Spicy Mustard Sauce ($32). Korean BBQ items are also popular like Sizzling Sliced Marinated Pork, Chicken or Beef ($17-18 each), Sizzling Beef ($22) and Sizzling Beef Short Ribs ($23-24 each). All come with White Rice and sides. Lunch Specials run $9-11 each. Korean Beer and Wine available, as well as Sake. Reservations accepted. The original location is in Longwood. Won and Ki Soo Choi, head chef and owners.

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



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Not Rated Kosher Culinary, 7508 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 54.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-354-1296. (Cafe) (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Located on Universal Blvd. just north of W. Sand Lake Rd., near Exit #74 of I-4. Open 2-10 PM Sunday through Thursday, 9 AM to 2 PM on Friday and of course, closed all day Saturday. Opened May, 2011. All production is certified Kosher done under Mashgiach supervision. Meats are Glatt Kosher and Chassidishe Shechita, breads are Pas Yisrael. Bistro entrées include an 8 oz. Hamburger, Chicken Panini with Sundried Tomato Sauce, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Chicken Fajita, Grilled Italian Sausage Panini, Prime Rib Wrap, Chicken Breast Milanese and Beef Skewers, all ranging $13-18 each. A 14 oz. Rib Eye Steak is offered at $29. Main dishes include French Fries or Salad. All desserts are $6 and drinks like pop and juice are $2.50 each. Lunch sandwiches, like Chicken Salad, Turkey Pastrami, Hard Salami, Tuna Salad and others are all $9 each. A Lunch Box includes drink, dessert, chips, bread and sandwich for $19. Kids enjoy Chicken Tenders ($12) or a Hot Dog ($6). The store also sells Kosher grocery items and Shabbat take home meals. No bar. Eric Kessous, owner.



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Not Rated Video Video Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-447-7950. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Perhaps by plan, this restaurant is located on the old 1935 Kress building in downtown Orlando, 2 blocks east of I-4 at Church and Orange Aves. The prices however are no longer five and dime. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30 AM to 5 PM; then for dinner daily except Sunday from 5 PM to Midnight. Source. Service. Style. is their motto. An eclectic collection of fine meats and seafood served in a contemporary setting that is long and narrow but with a 22 foot ceiling. For appetizers they offer Wild Mushroom & Chèvre Arrancini ($9), Aegean Style Lamb Ribs ($12), Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($13), Calamari Vesuvio ($13), Quad Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13), Steak Tartare ($14), Blackened Sea Scallops ($15) and Oysters Rockefeller ($16). Seafood dishes come with Tuxedo Orzo and Broccolini and include Sterling Salmon ($23), Atlantic Swordfish ($26), Caribbean Yellow Fin Tuna ($27), Atlantic Covina ($29) and Australian Lobster Tail priced at $5/oz. Featured dishes are Citrus Chicken ($25), Tenderloin Medallions ($25), Braised Wagyu Cheeks ($29), Prime Top Sirloin Diane ($28) and a Mixed Grill ($37). Each come with a starch and vegetable. Prime Steaks and Chops are Omaha Angus Beef Prime Grade. They include 18 oz. Ribeye ($33), 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon ($31/$39) and 16 oz. Prime New York Cut ($39). There's also 14 oz. Duet of Pork Chops ($26) and a Colorado Rack of Lamb ($37). Side dishes offered run $5-9 and serve two patrons. House, Spinach, Caesar, Caprese and Wedge Salads range $7-11 each. Lobster Bisque ($8) is a popular starter too. Lunch items, offered to 5 PM, include Sandwiches ($12-15 each), Large Salads ($7-16 each), and reduced priced dinner entrées ($17-35). The menu changes frequently. Wine list available. Full bar. Happy Hour weekdays 4-7 PM. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Discounted valet parking after 6 PM. Robert Yeager, owner.



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Long Gone - Johnny Bremer's Dancing Waters Restaurant (1978)
912 W. Colonial Dr. (SR 50 near US 441), Orlando, FL. (Opened 1972)
Now called the Status Lounge.

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Not Rated La Luce, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln., Orlando, FL. 56.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-597-3600. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Pronounced "La Loo-chay", meaning "the light". Located in the Hotel Hilton Orlando at Bonnet Creek, not far from Disney Epcot. Opens daily at 5 PM. Fine dining by Donna Scala in a resort setting, amongst artwork, since 2009. Full linen service; dressy casual attire. Appetizers include Pancetta, Fried Olives, Saffron Rice Fritters, Tricolor Bruschetta, Octopus Soppessata, Fritto Misto and Carpaccio, all ranging $10-17 each. For salads they offer Mixed Greens with Apple, Roasted Cauliflower, Barbabietole (Roasted Beets) and Caesar at $10-13. First courses may be Ravioli Pesto ($18), Farfalle with Mushrooms ($19), Sagne Torte (Cauliflower) ($19), Orecchiette alla Lina ($19), Straccetti con Polpette (Meatballs) ($20) and Ricotta Gnocchi ($20). Second course offerings might include Braciola (Rolled Beef) ($27), Half Chicken ($27), Seared Salmon ($29), Grilled Pork Chop ($34) and Bistecca Tagliata (Ribeye Steak) ($39). Pizza is also on the menu with Margherita Style ($15), Bianca ($16), Italian Sausage ($17) and Prosciutto with Cheese ($19) varieties. Side dishes like Sautéed Spinach, Tuscan Beans, Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Potatoes add $6-7 to the bill. A number of Italian desserts like Tiramisu, Bostini Trifle, Polenta Cake and assorted Gelati run $7-15 each or a Trio for $18 is available. The Wine List includes vintage and non-vintage selections from Italy and California, especially Napa. Bottles run $30-400 each and many offered by the glass. Full bar with a sample cocktail list. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. $20 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Wine Spectator magazine "Award of Excellence" and Critic's Choice Foodie Award for Best Hotel Restaurant by the Orlando Sentinel. Reservations accepted and recommended in season, by phone and online. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day plus New Years Eve with a shortened menu. Offers a traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve, at a la carte prices. Owned by the hotel.



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Not Rated Lafayette's, 9101 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-930-1655. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located on the second level of Pointe Orlando. Opened August, 2015. Hours are from 11 AM to Midnight weekdays and from 10:30 AM weekends. They offer Southern style food like Jalapeño Hushpuppies, Crab Cakes, Crab Dip, BBQ Shrimp, Mussels, Wings and Sliders (all $5-14 each) for appetizers. Gumbo ($8) is popular here. For main courses they offer Mac 'n Cheese ($12), Paneéd Chicken ($15), Chicken and Waffles ($16), Fried Shrimp ($18), Jambalaya Pasta ($18), Shrimp 'n Grits ($19), Blackened Mahi ($22), Glazed Salmon ($23), Grilled Ahi Tuna ($25), Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($27) and Filet Mignon ($35). They also offer Po Boys ($12-16 each) and Burgers ($11-12 each). Various Pizzas ($12 each) are also on the menu. Side dishes run $5 extra. Desserts like Bananas Foster, Chocolate Cheese Pie and Beignets are all $6 each. Full bar and noted for their daily live entertainment at 7:30 PM or 6 & 10 PM on weekends. Dance area. Phone and online reservations accepted. Small chain of only 3 locations based in Memphis, TN.



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Not Rated Lake Minneola Inn and Tiki Bar, 508 S. Main Ave., Minneola, FL. 30.8 mile drive from The Villages. 394-2232. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Dining and drinking hours 11:30 AM to Midnight, daily. Park at the Inn's lot and walk toward the water via a tree-lined path. Common attire is ripped shorts and flip-flops. Noted for their stunning sunset views as much as their big Tiki Burgers. Reggae and Jimmy Buffet music makes the atmosphere casual. Burgers and Cheeseburgers are half-pound sized. A Sautéed Mushroom, Onion and Swiss Burger is popular. Sushi Grade Tuna and Fried or Blackened Fish are the seafood sandwiches offered. Various Caesar Salads are also on the menu. So are a variety of Chicken Wings with sauces. Gator Tail can also be found, as well as an All Beef Angus Hot Dog. Tiki Tots are an alternative to Fries or Onion Rings. Beer, malts and wine only. $1 draft beers are offered all day. Wine by the glass or bottle served. Refreshing Wine Coolers and bottled specialties like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade or Brewed Margaritas add to the variety. Ice Cream desserts keep you cool. Famous for their own Key Lime Pie, too. Boat docks available. Stephen Parrish, owner.



Lakeside Bar & Grill. See The Bohemian Lakeside Bar & Grill (that listing).


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Not Rated Free WiFi Lam's Garden Restaurant, 2505 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 57.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-896-0370. (Asian) [L/D] It's been here many years. Located in the Coytown Plaza near N. Bumby Ave. Attractive décor with glass covered linen table cloths. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, but to 10:30 PM on weekends. Their special combination plates are popular, like Double Fried Pork, Kung Bo Chicken and Buddha's Delight and all run $4-7 each. Chef's Specials like Clams or Oysters with Black Bean Sauce, Roast Duck and Lobster with Ginger Scallions run $10-13 each. They also offer the usual Chicken, Beef, Pork, Shrimp and Vegetable Chinese dishes found in other Asian restaurants. Sha Cha Beef ($10), Hunan Fish ($13) and others are spicy dishes. Bourbon Chicken ($10), Peking Pork Chop ($10) and Walnut Shrimp ($20) are not found elsewhere usually. Their elegant dinners are Seven Stars or Ying Yuen Steak are both priced at $26 for two. They offer Hong Kong style Dim Sum on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted. Beer and wine only. Jun Gang-Kai with Chu Wah and Chu Haing Mark, owners here.

Review: (from Yori O. 8/16) On the weekend this Chinese restaurant serves Dim Sum with carts running around the place. This comes close to Hong Kong Dim Sum. The variety is so much more here with 43 different Dim Sum dishes. It's Chinese tapas on carts so you can see what you are ordering. What I liked about regular menu is that they printed out American Chinese and true Chinese dishes separately. I like that they know the difference. This visit we had Dim Sum and total came to $50 for 6 people without drinks. We must have had over a dozen different Dim Sum plates. Very good Dim Sum here compared to other restaurants I've been to. Don't know about their regular dishes yet.
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Not Rated Video Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Landry's Seafood (House), 8800 Vineland Ave., Orlando, FL. 61.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-827-6466. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located near I-4 at Exit #68, just off SR535, 2 miles east of EPCOT. Hours are: weekdays 3-10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Weekend lunch ends at 3 PM. Mostly full linen service at dinner. A Sunset Dining Menu ($20 pp) with 3 seafood choices is available 3-5 PM daily, except holidays. The chain prides itself on their Fresh Catch prepared "Gulf Coast Style" usually offering Atlantic Salmon, Wild Alaska Salmon, Redfish, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Farmed Tilapia and Chilean Sea Bass (all ranging $19-$36 each, broiled or grilled) when they are in season. Start with 6 Oysters Rockefeller ($15.50) or a Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell ($19). Other appetizers include Fried Zucchini ($9), Firecracker Shrimp ($10), New Orleans Crawfish Bread ($10), Fried Calamari ($12), Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms ($12), Crab/Spinach/Artichoke Dip ($13), Shrimp Cocktail ($13.50), Blue Crab Cake ($14.50), Oyster Bar Trash (Mix) ($15) and others. There's also Clam Chowder ($6.50/$8.50) and Gumbo ($7/$9) by the Cup or Bowl full. Getting to the specialty entrées, you'll find Southern Fried Fish ($18), IPA Fish & Chips ($18.50), Tilapia Pontchartrain ($25), Cedar Planked Salmon ($26), Stuffed Flounder ($27.50), Crab Stuffed Mahi ($28) and Parmesan Crusted Snapper Hemingway ($30.50). For Shellfish you can have Crawfish Étouffée ($19), Coconut Shrimp ($19.50), NOLA BBQ Shrimp ($20.50), Fried Shrimp ($21), Seafood Stuffed Shrimp ($22), Shrimp en Brochette ($24.50), Blue Crab Cake with BBQ Shrimp ($27), Seared Scallops ($31.50), Lobster Tail ($33.50), Snow Crab ($34), Alaskan King Crab ($55.50) and a Seafood Feast For Two ($85). Various toppings are offered like Firecracker Shrimp, Lump Crab Meat, Étouffée or Melissa (all ranging $3.50-8.50 extra). For landlovers, there's Chicken & Mushrooms ($18), Top Sirloin ($27), Rib Eye ($32) and Filet Mignon ($33). You can also find Pasta dishes ranging $20-29 each. All entrées come with a Salad Bowl. Sides run $4-6 each, like Hush Puppies, Garlic Spinach and Dirty Rice. You can also find a Cheddar Burger, a Po-Boy and a Crispy Fish Sandwich (all about $13 each). Weekend lunch offers many of the same dishes at $3-5 less. Desserts include Crème Brûlée ($7), Key Lime Pie ($7), Praline Cheesecake ($7.50), Cinnamon Bread Pudding ($8), Bananas Foster ($8), Double Chocolate Cake ($8) or 3 Mini Samplers ($8). Kids menu. Full bar with exotic cocktails and an extensive Wine List running $5.50-$11/glass and $21-$150/bottle. Bar Only Happy Hour 3-6 PM weekdays and 12-4 PM weekends. Reservations are taken by phone or online. Originated in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947. Corporate owned, one of over 400 locations under various names, worldwide but only 18 Landry's in the US.



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Not Rated Le Café de Paris, 5170 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 51.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-293-2326. (French) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Located in the Grand Oaks Shopping Center off Conroy Road. Open daily 9 AM to 8 PM but from 8 AM weekdays and closed Sundays. This small French Café offers breakfast items like Plain, Almond or Chocolate Croissants and Raison Rolls, as well as Eggs, Omelets, Quiches, Bacon and Sausage. For lunch they have soup, like Tomato Basil ($4), and French, Vosgienne or Paris Salads ($7-8). For lunch or dinner they offer sandwiches like Croque Monsieur or Madame ($6-7), Tuna or Chicken Pan Bagna ($6), Le Parisien with Brie ($6), Metz's with Ham ($7), Fleury's with Dry Sausage ($7), Turkey Panini ($7) and, oddly, a Cuban Sandwich ($6). They're all served with chips or a small salad. For dessert, there's Napoleons, Eclairs and a Pear Almond Tart, all $3-4 each. Various European coffees are on the menu also. Wine and beer offered too. Le français est parlé. Claude and Chantal Wolff, owners.



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Not Rated Video Le Coq Au Vin, 4800 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-851-6980. (French) [L/D] Closed Mondays. Country French cuisine. Locally popular for a long time. Candle lit tables in a country cottage. Soufflé Au Fromage ($6.50), Salade Laitue et Noix Au Roquefort ($4.50), Rack of Lamb ($29), Duck a l'Orange ($19.50) and of course Coq Au Vin ($17.50) are offered. Other entrées range from $16 to $29. Half portions available for some meals. Order dessert Soufflés ($5.50), the house specialty, at the start of the meal due to the preparation time. Casual to dressy casual. Low key but professional service. Reservations accepted. Beer and wine. Wide wine list. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted "Best French" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Winner Top Food Award in Orlando by Zagat. Chef Louis Perrotte, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/06) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - (William's) White Turkey Restaurant (1948)
1911 N. Mills Ave. (US 17/92), Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Le Rouge Wine Bar (and Tapas), 7730 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-0909. (Spanish) (Wine Bar) [D] Very sophisticated, contemporary and candle-lit European atmosphere here, where food, wine and entertainment combine with a unique twist. Off "Restaurant Row", less than a mile west of I-4 Exit 74A, at the end of Dr. Phillips Blvd., next to Cedar's Restaurant. In business since 2010. Opens daily at 3 PM; closes at midnight on weekdays and 2 AM weekends, except 11 PM on Sundays. Start with such items as Olives Tapenade ($6), Asparagus with Melted Manchego ($7), Tomato Caprese ($8), Caesar Salad ($8), Mahi Mahi Ceviche ($8), Asparagus and Avocado Salad ($8), Greek Salad ($9), Ahi Tuna Tartare ($9) or Creamy Crab Spread ($9). The Soup du Jour is $5. A 3-Item Meat and Cheese Platter can be had for $16, perfect for sharing. Tapas include various dishes like Sautéed Spinach ($6), Wild Mushrooms ($8), Chicken Skewers ($8), Mahi Mahi Tacos ($8), Beef Sliders ($8), Truffle Mac & Cheese ($9), Moules Mariniere ($9), Escargot Bourguignon ($9), Garlic Shrimp ($9), Braised Beef ($10), Lamb Merguez ($10), Pan Seared Mahi or Salmon ($11 each), Seared Scallops ($12), Lamb Chops ($12), Beef Tenderloin ($12) and Seafood Paella ($13). There are also Veggie and Cheese ($8), Chicken ($10), Seafood ($11) or Beef Filet ($11) Flatbreads. For desserts they offer Gelato, Vanilla or Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Mixed Berries and a Flourless Chocolate Cake, all at $7-8 each. A 3-Course Wine Pairing Dinner is also available at $35/person. Monday features 50% off selected bottles of wine, Tuesday $5 Tapas, Wednesday Unlimited Wine and Flatbreads at $20/person, and so on. A special News Year Eve menu comes in at $60/person. Live entertainment every Wednesday through Saturday from 8 PM which includes Jazz, Acoustic Guitar, Flamenco, Dance DJ, Art Shows, Body Painting and other unusual performances. Outdoor seating available. $6 or $9 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Reservations accepted. Wine and beer only. Mounir Eldrissi, owner.

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



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13½ Stars Video Leonardo's 706, 706 West University Ave., Gainesville, FL. 62.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-378-2001. (American) (Italian) [D] Located a few miles east of US 441 on SR 26, a few blocks west of Main St. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday at 5 PM and for Sunday Brunch ($15) 10:30 AM to 4 PM only. Offers Mediterranean cuisine with some Italian, French and Spanish influences. Items such items as Chicken Mona Lisa, Blackened Grouper, King Salmon, Tuna Ponzu, Pacific Rim Scallops and Filet Mignon ranging from $17-24. Pasta Seafood, Pasta Madagascar, Pasta Botticelli, Pasta Salmon and Chicken Gorgonzola are also available at about $14-18. Their "706" Pizzas run $10 to $16. Seven Layer Black Mountain Cake and Peanut Butter Pie, as well as their Cheesecakes are specialtie. 18% gratuity added for parties of six or more. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Large wine list. $15 Corkage Fee for carry-in wine. Occasional live music. Steve & Sandy Solomon, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Les Chefs de France (Epcot), 1839 Avenue of the Stars, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 65.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-WDW-DINE or 1-407-939-3463. (French) [L/D] (pronounced: lay-chef-deh-frahns) Located in the France Pavilion in Epcot-Walt Disney World. Open daily 12 noon to 3 PM for lunch and 5 to 9 PM for dinner. This restaurant is patterned after a Parisian Brasserie. Crisp white linens and elegant surroundings make this a favorite for food connoisseurs. Unhurried service. All a-la-carte offerings. Start out with Assiette de Fromages (Cheese Plate Assortment), Tartare de Saumon (Raw Smoked Salmon), Tarte à la Tomate et Fromage de Chèvre (Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart), Cassolette d'Escargots de Bourgogne (Baked Burgundy Style Snails), Bisque de Homard (Lobster Bisque), Salade de Chèvre Chaud (Baked Goat Cheese Salad) or Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée (French Onion Soup with Cheese) ranging from $6 to $10 each. Dinner main dishes may include Canard au Miel (Roasted Duck with Honey), Demi Poulet Fermier (Half Free Range Chicken), Filet de Bœuf Grillé (Grilled Beef Tenderloin), Gratin de Macaroni (Baked Macaroni & Cheese), Jarret d'Agneau (Braised Lamb), Noix de Saint Jacques (Sautéed Scallops), Thon Poêlé (Seared Tuna) and Plat de Côte de Bœuf (Braised Beef Ribs) all ranging $18 to $29 each. For dessert they have Crème Brûlée (Sugared Egg Custard), Crêpe a la Pomme et Cannelle (Pancake with Cinnamon Apples) and Profiteroles au Chocolat (Puff Pastry with Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup) all about $7 each. Lunch items run $12 to $20. Selections change seasonally. Prix Fixe dinners also available with limited choices. Disney Dining Experience (now called Tables in Wonderland) for 20% discount, eligible except holidays. Full bar and extensive wine list, many from France like Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône at $36 or Hubert Brochard Sancerre at $60 per bottle. Even Orangina, the French orange soft drink, is on the menu. Children's menu available, of course. Admission to WDW required by ticket or yearly pass. Reservations accepted and mostly required except in the off-season and now taken up to 180 days in advance. Cancelation policy applies. 2010 & 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Jerome Bocuse, owner.

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



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Long Gone - 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, (1980s)
Listen to the pilots and control tower at the nearby Hendron Airport (now the Orlando Executive Airport).
494 Rickenbacker Dr., south of E. Colonial Dr. (SR50), Orlando, FL.


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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Lilly's On The Lake, 848 W. Osceola St., Clermont, FL. 32.8 mile drive from The Villages. 708-6565. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Located on the southern shore of Lake Minneola next to the city park's fishing pier, at the base of 8th Street, north of historic downtown Clermont. This 4,700 s.f. restuarant opened August 5, 2015. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily; but to 11 PM weekends. With a Caribbean atmosphere it serves Burgers, Chicken, Pulled Pork, Fried Shrimp, Fried Fish, Quesadillas, Tacos, Nachos, Chili, Fries, Rice, Slaw, Wings, Salads, Soft Serve Ice Cream and other comfort food. You can also find 10 oz. NY Strip Steak, Pork Ribs, Shrimp 'n Grits, Tuna, Crab Cakes, Chicken Pasta, Mahi Mahi, Teriyaki Salmon and other creations. Outdoor seating area facing the lake, plus picnic tables on the sandy yard. Boating accessible. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Full bar with Happy Hour. Entertainment, like bands, soloists, karaoke, movies, contests, poetry, painting, trivia, etc. Beach activities like volleyball, etc. Erik and Verneka Strom, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/17) One of the few restaurants open on Memorial Day in town. The deck facing the water had tables but none of them had been cleared off. It looked messy, so we sat inside. No hostess, you wander between the 3 rooms (a bar, general dining and private seating area). We sat in the middle room with about 15 other people. The acoustics were loud, hard walls and high ceiling. It was difficult to have a conversation. The décor was minimal and warehouse type. Chad Jones was our server. We just ordered the same light meals: Coconut Shrimp appetizer ($11 each), Sangria ($7 each) and two Bread Sticks ($2.50 shared). The Bread Sticks were quite good. The Shrimp were fine and the Sangrias were sweet. Service was OK, but the noise level and setting were not inviting. Hard to imagine all the money and time that went into this place. It would be very noisy when it is busy. Total was $38.50 before t&t. Very casual place. We won't return, unfortunately.
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Not Rated Linda's La Cantina Steakhouse, 4721 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 58.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-894-4491. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] In business since 1947. On the north side of the Executive Airport, at the corner of E. Colonial and Lake Baldwin Ln., across from Sweet Tomatoes. Open from 4 PM daily except closed Mondays year round and Sundays after Father's Day until October. Noted for their steaks for over 65 years. They range from 19 oz. Chopped Sirloin ($15); 4 oz. Filet Mignon ($16); 8 oz. ($16), 12 oz. ($19) or 18 oz. ($23) Top Sirloin; 14 oz. New York Strip ($28); 16 oz. Ribeye ($28); 16 oz. ($28) or 24 oz. ($32) T-Bone; 18 oz. New York Strip ($33); 12 oz. Filer Mignon ($35); and the 32 oz. House Special Large T-Bone ($40). A Mini Surf and Turf is a 4 oz. Filet with a half order of Snapper and 6 Fried Shrimp ($24), while the Large Surf and Turf doubles the portions of each ($40). All are USDA Choice grade meat. Other menu items include Spaghetti ($12); Chicken Veal, or Eggplant Parmesan ($12); Manicotti ($13); Hawaiian Chicken ($14); Dozen Fried Shrimp ($17); Cajun Shrimp Pasta ($17); 12 oz. Blackened Red Snapper ($19); Buttered Sautéed Shrimp ($20); and an 8 oz. Yellow Fin Tuna ($20). All dinners come with a House Salad and a starch or vegetable. A few choice appetizers are offered like Baked French Onion Soup ($7); Shrimp Cocktail ($8); Bourbon Bite ($10); or Coconut Shrimp ($10). Children's menu available. Senior get 12% discount on request before 6 PM. Reservations accepted. Full bar with wine list. Karen Hart, Debra Tassoni and Lorie Coley, current owners.



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14 Stars Free WiFi Liquid Ginger, 101 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL. 64.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-2323. (Asian) [L/D] Open from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM weekdays for lunch and from 5 PM to 10 PM daily for dinner, except Sunday from 12 noon to 10 PM. Located right behind the Hippodrome State Theater near Amelia's Italian Restaurant. Parking available near the restaurants. A Pan Asian Grille and Tea House. An eclectic collection of Thai, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Malaysian and other Asian flavors. Décor is contemporary and serene with black lacquer furnishings. Their appetizers can be ordered as a-la-carte "tapas". They include Mussels with Coconut Cream, Ginger Scallops, Five-Spice Crispy Chicken, Asian Calamari, Saigon Spring Rolls, Crispy Kabayaki Eel, Garlic Eggplant, Korean Potstickers, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Buddha Rolls, Stir-Fry Spinach, and Satay Chicken, all ranging $5-9 each depending on your selection. For soups, they offer Miso (soybean) or Tom Yum Goong (shrimp) and for salads, Wakame (seaweed) or Field Greens at about $3 each if ordered a-la-carte. Dinners are complete and include soup, salad, entrée, side dish, rice and dessert. And the two sections of the dinner menu are Sauté and Grille. For the Sauté Menu, Yellow Fin Tuna with Sweet Chili, Shrimp and Scallops with Shitake, Mahi-Mahi with Spicy Sesame, Ginger-Teriyaki Salmon, Pan-Seared Hawaiian Escolar, Crispy Lime Tilapia, Spicy Creamed Shrimp, and Ginger Shrimp are just some of the seafood offerings ranging $15-19 each. Also on the Sauté Menu is Crispy Lime Chicken, Stir-Fry Udon Noodles with Chicken or Beef, Ginger Beef, Korean Chicken or Beef Bulgogi (pepper paste and onion), Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef or Shrimp, Coconut Curry Chicken, Thai Red Curry Chicken, Garlic Spicy Chicken and less adventuresome, Basil Chicken, all ranging $15-17. A Coconut Pasta dish is offered for $14. On the Grille Menu they offer Thai Lime and Coconut Chicken, Grilled Salmon with Ginger Glaze, Korean Spiced Rib-Eye Steak, Beef or Chicken with Sweet Soy, and Strip Loin Beef with dipping sauces are available, all ranging $15-19 each. At the top end, they offer Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack (with Garam Marsala), 8 oz. Ginger Angus Filet Mignon, and Grilled Twin Lobster Tails ranging $22-27. For vegetarians, a wide selection of Tofu, Vegetables or Noodle dishes are available at $14 each. A wide variety of teas, including rare types like Hibiscus Flower, Tung Ting Oolong, Pu-Erh, Gen Mai, Rose Flower, Plum and even Chrysanthemum, as well as the more familiar Chamomile, Jasmine, Ginseng, Green and Black Teas, all offered at $3 per pot. Smart casual attire; relaxed, slow-paced service. Full bar with fancy cocktails and cold or warm sake. Happy Hour from 5 to 7 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of eight or more. Phone reservations accepted. Larry Lam, owner. Another location is planned for Celebration Pointe in 2018.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from EJ H. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Alford's Tower House Restaurant (Steaks, Chops and Dinners)
"Gainesville's Finest Place To Dine"
210 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL. (Now the site of City Hall)

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13½ Stars Video Little Italy of Inverness Deli and Bakery, 124 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, FL. 29.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-726-5044. (Deli) (Italian) [L/D] One block north of the courthouse (Courthouse Square), on the right, inside the drab looking deli and also known as just Little Italy. Now open for over-the-counter lunch daily except Sunday. Open for one seating at 6:30 PM on Friday & Saturday only. Reservations and credit card deposit required. Plan 3 to 6 weeks in advance in season; sometimes less for parties of just 2 but more enjoyable with a group. Seats only 40 patrons. Menu is not defined and changes every seating. The family prepares the vast Italian 7-course meal during the day depending on market availability and the chef's whim. Prix fixe pricing that's $59 per person. One glass of red or white wine included with your meal, additional glasses or bottles available at extra cost. A unique dining experience, much like a family reunion, with congenial hosts singing and cavorting. Casual dress. Full linen service. Limited beer and wine selection. Pat and Rosario Cali, chefs; Donna and Alfredo Cali, still owners.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 11/06) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/06) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Louise H. 5/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 9/16) We made a reservations 3 weeks in advance because it is very small with only 44 seats. The entire group must decide on either the 3 or 7 course dinner. You must submit a credit card to hold the reservation, and changes or cancellations must be made 48 hrs head of time. Also any food allergies should be indicated. There are no choices of food items, Rosario and Pat do all the cooking and serving. We ordered the 3 course dinner and a carafe of wine. We all had leftovers. Doors open at 6:30 and dinner starts around 7 with an appetizer. Our antipasto was a fresh combination of Fruit, Meats (the best Capicole that I've had in Florida), Olives and Veggies to tempt the palate. The entrée of Pork Shank Osso Bucco was, melt in your mouth, good; Pasta was served al dente with just a little bit of sauce, like in Italy, made with San Marzano Tomatoes and crisp fresh Veggies. Dessert was real hand packed Gelato served with a warm Caramel Sauce. Since we only had the 3 course dinner, Rosario filled in the time with jokes and conversation. The 3 and 7 course dinners were served at the same time and dinner took about 2 hrs. Our 3 course meals with a carafe of wine was $90 including t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) I thoroughly enjoyed the 7 course meal I had at this place. To find this place in little Inverness is amazing. I always said if the food is good, don't care about how fancy the facade is. Forty seating is next to the Deli counter. We went in at 6:30 and came out at 10. I felt I was in Italy and especially with a group of 8, three and a half hour felt normal. For a while I was a member of the Slow Food Society which started in Italy. Many Italian restaurants have a snail sign out front. When people talk about real Italian, I consider the food, ambience and all. This place is it. Started off with Mozzarella and Tomatoes. Not buffalo but still delicious. They slightly burnt the Tomatoes so sweetness came out. Lamb was juicy and soft. I really loved the Lobster Bisque. Felt the smell and feel of the sea. Tortellini with porcini was a delight too Pork Shank with vegetables, the meat was so tender. Bell Pepper as well as Zucchini and Carrots chopped were delicate. Prosecco Sherbet as amuse, cleansed my stomach. Baked Pear with soft cheese inside and using red wine and sprinkling of chocolate finished the course. Espresso was real Italian style. Bill came to $125 for two but it was well worth it with a glass of wine included in the price. Rosalio and Pat were gracious hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. This is Italy.
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Not Rated Little Joey's Pizzeria Restaurant (Hernando), 6998 N. Lecanto Hwy., Hernando, FL. 36.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-465-0082. (Italian) [L/D] Located in Citrus County near Citrus Springs, in the burg of Holder, north of Hernando and east of Beverly Hills, FL. at the intersection of SR 200 and US 41. Open 11 AM to 8:30 PM daily except Sunday. Located where Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant once occupied. Offers pizza and traditional Italian dishes in a café atmosphere. Chicken, seafood and veal dishes are offered. Many pasta dishes like Spaghetti, Ravioli, Manicotti, Shells and other dishes are offered. Beer and wine available. Christopher Dedaj, owner. Associated with Little Joey's restaurants in Ocala and Summerfield (see that listing).



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu (The) Living Room On Main Restaurant and Lounge, 497 Main St., Dunedin, FL. 99.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-736-5202. (Continental) (Spanish) [L/D] Opened in 2009. Located at the east end of downtown Dunedin at the corner of Main, Highland and Virginia Streets. Open daily from 11 AM, except Sunday is 10 AM to 9 PM. Homey atmosphere. Primarily tapas style menu where you'll find Tomato Bisque Soup ($5/$9), plus a daily selection every day. For starters you may choose Pomme Frites, Jamaican Veggie Pie, Mango & Brie Quesadilla, Mediterranean Plate, Black & Blue Nachos, Artichoke & Spinach Dip, Beef Tartare or a Cheese Plate, all ranging $9-14 each. They have a few Flatbreads too at $10-13 each. There's also Shrimp Tempura ($9/$16), Shrimp & Taro Corn Dogs ($9/$16) and Garlic Calamari ($11/$17). Salads run $9-12, like Quinoa or Parma Ham Wrapped Grilled Hearts of Romaine. Chicken Empanadas, Chicken Drummettes, Chicken Satay and Macadamia Chicken Breast make up the "Pollo Game" at $8-17 each. The red meat side has Beef Poutine, Korean BBQ Beef Lettuce Wraps, Kobe Beef Sliders, 6 oz. Angus Beef Filet, Jambalaya Andouille Skewers, Mojo Pork Tamale, Hoisin Glazed Pork Shanks, BBQ Short Ribs and a Steak & Scallop Brochette, all ranging $9-18 each; plus Grilled Lamb Chops ($24) and Lamb Tajine ($25). For seafood you'll find Miso & Ginger Grilled Salmon Tacos, P.E.I. Mussels Tajine, Bayou Shrimp, Lobster & Avocado Cones, Seared Salmon, Seafood Tajine and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, all ranging $9-21 each. There's also a Lobster Carbonara Specialty at $24. Many gluten free items offered. Mary Margaret Marquis is their featured dessert. Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso made to order. Occasional Gluten Free Wine Dinners at $70pp. Dog friendly patio. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Full bar and 2-for-1 Happy Hour before 7 PM. Reduced price bottled wine on Mondays. Weekend Brunch offered 10 AM to 3 PM. Entertainment in the lounge almost every night. Tony Bruno, chef; John and Leta Johnson, owners.



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Not Rated Free WiFi LOCAL Public House and Provisions, 32750 Pennsylvania Ave., San Antonio, FL. 62.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-668-4867. (Brew Pub) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in 2014. Located in San Antonio, 4 miles SW of Dade City, 4 blocks north of SR 52. In the former San Ann Market 100 year old building near the water tower. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily and to 11 PM on weekends. "It's a local thing." Their main selections are a Hot Dog ($4), Grilled Cheese ($9), Veggie Burger ($10), BLT ($11), Chicken Sandwich ($12), 7 oz. Burger ($13) for hand-held food and Chicken & Dumplings ($7), Veggie Gumbo ($8), Local Salad ($11), Fried Catfish ($12) and a Pulled Pork Platter ($14) for plated food. Specials, like Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles or Country Fried Steak offered during the week. You can also find things like Boiled Peanuts ($2) and Boiled Eggs & Dipping Sauces ($7) on the eclectic menu. Sunday Brunch has a Short Stack ($6), Biscuits & Gravy ($7.50), Cornbread French Toast ($8), Fried Catfish Benedict ($12) or Steak and Eggs ($14) on the list. Brownies, Cookies and Ice Cream ($4-5 each) offered for dessert. A dozen Florida craft beers on tap plus a wine selection. Package sales also. Special events like Swinefest held during the year. Occasional music on Sundays. Curtis Beebe, owner here.



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Not Rated Lolailo (The Original), 7637 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-730-8948. (Spanish) [L/D] Just north of "Restaurant Row", on Turkey Lake Rd., just west of Exit 74A of I-4. Open from 11:30 AM to 10 PM every day except 10:30 AM to 9 PM on Sunday. Opened October, 2013. Three large dining rooms with old Spanish décor mixed with contemporary flare. Regional creations of Spain are featured, especially from Galicia and Asturias in the northwest. Menu is in Spanish and English. Start with House Soup ($6), Faba Bean Soup ($14) or House Stew ($14). There's a Specialty Salad ($6) and a Tuna Confit Salad ($12) too. Lunch and dinner entrées include "Drunken Chicken" ($16), Chilindron Style Chicken ($16), Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms ($18), Creamy Rice with Porcini ($18), Veal Filets with Cabrales Cheese Sauce ($24), Grilled Lamb Chops ($28) and Grilled Rib-Eye Steak ($38). There's also Asturian Style Cod ($28), Galician Style Haddock ($28), Mediterranean Sea Bass ($30) and Lobster with Rice ($36). Also popular are Tapas like Fried Potatoes ($6), Croquettes ($7), Cold Tomato Soup ($8), Galician Pie ($9), Stuffed Dough ($9), "Broken Eggs" ($9), Spanish Omelette ($12), Stuffed Peppers ($14), Pickled Seafood ($14) and Galician Octopus ($16). Brunch Tapas are similar with Vegetable ($12) or Seafood Paella ($14) added. Rice Pudding, Chocolate Cake and Custard (all $7 each) are available for dessert. Spanish wines and Sangria are featured; imported and domestic beers too. Part art gallery. Flamenco events on weekends. Reservations accepted and advised. José Ramón; Fernandez, chef; Ricardo and Rosa Mengual-Prego, owners.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu LongHorn Steakhouse (OIA), 5440 Gateway Village Circle, Orlando, FL. 62.8 mile drive from The Villages. 407-538-2082. (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located just north of the Orlando International Airport, BeachLine Expressway Exit 11, off S. Semoran Blvd. (CR 436) and Frontage Rd. Opens at 11 AM daily. Noted for their Top Sirloin Steak made 5 different ways: Bacon-Wrapped, Bacon-Wrapped Bourbon, Garlic-Herb Crusted, Mushroom Bordelaise or "Loaded". All are priced at $12 for the 6 oz. and $15 for the 8 oz. They also have a 10 oz. Chop Steak, 9 oz. Bone-In Sirloin ($14), 11 and 14 oz. New York Strips ($19/$22), 16 oz. Fire-Grilled T-Bone ($22), a 7 or 9 oz. Flo's Filet ($19/$22) and an 18 oz. Outlaw Ribeye ($22). A 20 oz. Porterhouse runs $25. 7 and 10 oz. Salmon ($16/$18), Fried or Grilled Shrimp ($16) and Grilled Rainbow Trout ($13) are also offered. Many meals are combinations of both steaks and seafood. They have meals noted under 500 calories too. Gluten free information available on their website. 18% gratuity added to parties of 8 or more. Full bar with limited wines. Call ahead seating. John Rucker, managing partner. One of a growing popular chain of nearly 300 locations now owned by Darden Restaurants of Orlando. Another LongHorn location is in Lady Lake (see that listing).

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



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Not Rated Luke's Kitchen and Bar, 640 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 52.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-674-2400. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened December, 2016. Located on US 17/92, one mile east of I-4, near Maitland Ave. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends. Modern casual atmosphere. Classic American cuisine. For starters they have items like Deviled Eggs and Bacon, Crab Cake, Shrimp Cocktail, Peel and Eat Shrimp and Yellowfin Tuna, all ranging $10-17 each. For Soups you can find Sweet Corn, Chicken and Vegetables, Shrimp and Lobster, as well as French Onion, ranging $10-13 each. From the Smokebox you'll find Smoked Fish Dip, Shishito Peppers, Roasted Okra and Roasted Oysters, ranging $7-15 each. They have Red Snapper, Diver Scallops, Yellowfin and Lobster Louie type Ceviches, all ranging $12-14 each. Salad plates range $11-16 each. For entrées they offer Mussels ($15), Spit-Fired Chicken ($23), BBQ Spare Ribs ($25), Salmon ($29), Peppered Prime Rib ($30), Swordfish ($31), Panko encrusted Snapper ($32), Crab Cakes ($35) and Filet Mignon ($39). Side dishes add $5-7 each. Sandwiches can be had like Portobello ($13), Chicken Burger ($15), Cheeseburger ($15), Au Poivre Burger ($16), French Dip ($18) and Mahi Mahi ($19). Desserts run $5-8 including a German Chocolate Cake. An Oyster Bar is varied ranging $3-4 each gulp depending on origin and season. A Wine List ranges $22-90/btl. for Whites and $30-95/btl. for Reds. Draft and Craft Beers run up to $9 each. Cocktails are generally $10-11 each. Online and phone reservations accepted. Derek Perez, executive chef, Brandon McGlamery, chef and partner, Random Burnett, partner.



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Not Rated Luma On Park, 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-599-4111. (Continental) (Wine Bar) [D] Chic modern décor featuring local ingredients. Located on trendy Park Ave., just north of New England Ave. Bar opens at 4 PM, the dining room is open from 5:30 PM, 7 days per week. Small plates or appetizers such as Fuji Apple, Heirloom Tomato or Wedge Salads run $9-13 each. Lantern Bay Scallops, Tuna Carpaccio, Wagyu Beef Tartare and Chestnut Agnolotti appetizers run $12-14 each. There's also Waterkist Farms Tomato Soup at $8 and a Creekstone Beef Burger at $13. Entrées include Radiatore Bolognese ($21), Roasted Ashley Farms Chicken ($23), Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast ($26), Line Caught Swordfish ($27), Snake River Farms Flank Steak ($28), Wild King Salmon ($29), Massachusetts Diver Scallops ($29), Heritage Pork Chop ($29) and the Filet Mignon with Black Truffle Cavtelli ($39). Side dishes like Yukon Gold Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts or Creamed Spinach are $7 extra. Desserts include Sorbet, Roasted Banana Financier, Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Orange Pot de Crème or Apple Fritters, all priced at $6-7 each. There's also a Charcuterie Cheese Plate at $20. A 3 course Prix Fixe Dinner is also offered. 7,000 bottles of wine are stored in their two story vault. Wines by the glass range $6-13 and by the bottle, $20-50 generally. Half glass tastes are also available. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Reservations are taken by phone or online. Zagat rated 25-27 points. Voted "Best Wine List" and "Best Celebrity Spotting" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Brandon McGlamery, executive chef; Tim Noelke, general manager; Brian France, Lesa Kennedy and Random Burnett, owners here and at Prato nearby (see that listing).



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Not Rated Lunch On Limoges, 14139 7th St., Dade City, FL. 50.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-567-5685. (Cafe) L. Located in the small town of Dade City on US 301 inside the historic department store amid a gift shop atmosphere. Open 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM only. Closed, Sundays, holidays and in the summer, Mondays also. Very popular with the ladies for their decor, eclectic fashion shopping and fine china. Pecan Chicken, Crab Cakes, Poached Salmon, Athens Grouper and Tuscan Shrimp are typical of the items on the lunch menu that range from $10 to $14 each. Entrées change seasonally. Noted for their fruit muffins. Desserts are also popular. Reservations accepted. Dressy casual attire with beer and wine only. Skip Mize (chef) and Phil Williams (store keeper), owners.



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Long Gone - Hotel Edwinola Restaurant (1912) (1926) (1949)
Operated by Edwin and Lola Gasque from 1912 to 1950, then by Robert and Marlene Sumner from 1974 to 1982.
Now it's the Edwinola Retirement Home.
113 N. 9th St., Dade City, FL.

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Not Rated Maestro Cucina Napoletana (& Pizza), 528 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-335-4548. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened late 2016. Located on Park Ave. just north of Fairbanks Ave., between Burger Fi and Café de France. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. They offer traditional Italian cuisine from the Campania region of Italy (around Naples). Start with Antipasti items like Bruschetta Napoltana ($8.50), Panzarotti e Zeppole ($9.50), Peperoni Ripieni ($11.50), Mille Foglie di Melanzano ($11.50), Zuppa de Cozze ($12.50), Fritiura del Golfo ($12.50), Insalata di Mare ($13.50) and Antipasto della Casa Maestro ($13.50). They also offer Paninis like, Panino Maestro, Panino Rustico, Panino del Salumiere and Panino Napoletano (all ranging $10.50-12.50 each). For Salads you can find Caesar, Miseno, Panzanella and Mediterranea (all ranging $9.50-12.50). Two Chicken dishes are Pollo Maestro with Onions and Mushrooms and Cottoletta di Pollo Parmigiana ($18.50-19.50 each). For Seafood they have Polpo Affogato [Octopus] ($19.50), Misto alla Griglia [Shrimp and Calamari] ($23.50), Spigola al Forno [Baked Whole Sea Bass] ($24.50), Salmone Portofino [Grilled Salmon] ($24.50) and Zuppa di Pesce [Seafood Soup] ($25.50). For meat dishes you'll find Salsiccia e Friarielli [Italian Sausage] ($18.50), Braciola del Ré [Rolled Ribeye] ($18.50), Spezzatino di Vitello [Veal Stew] ($19.50) and Ragu della Domenica [Short Ribs and Meatballs] ($21.50). They also offer about a dozen Pasta dishes ranging from Pasta e Fagioli [Pasta and Beans] ($12.50) to Paccheri alle Cozze [Tube Pasta and Mussels] ($17.50). They also offer a dozen or more Pizzas from their domed oven ranging from a 13" Margherita ($12.50) to a 16" Genovese [Chicken] ($20.50). A Calzone and Stomboli ($12.50 each) are also on the menu. Desserts like Tiramisu are offered after the meal. You can order an Express Lunch at $10 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Wide variety of wines by the glass range $7-12 for Whites and $8-13 for Reds. Bottle prices range $28-75 for Whites and $32-300 for Reds with Sparkling wines at $36-120/bottle. Happy Hour 3-7 PM daily, $2 off Wines and $1 off Beers. Outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted. Rosario Spagnolo and Odair Eliseu Gudi with Antonio Martino, owners.



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Not Rated Video Maggiano's Little Italy (Orlando), 9101 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-241-8650. (Italian) [L/D] Located on I-Drive at Pointe Orlando. Open from 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, except from Noon on Sunday. Dine with your large family or at tables for 2 or 4, on an a-la-carte menu. Chef favorites are Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Chicken Parmesan, Crab & Shrimp Cannelloni or their famous Rigatoni 'D' ® ($17-26 each). Other pasta dishes include Chicken & Truffle Tortelloni ($16), Gnocchi & Italian Sausage ($16), Chicken & Spinach Manicotti ($17), Rustic Chicken & Shrimp ($18), Linguine di Mare ($22), Crab & Shrimp Tropheo ($22), and Lobster Carbonara ($24). More classic pastas include Spaghetti Marinara or Meat Sauce ($12 each), Spaghetti with a Meatball ($14), Bowtie Aglio, Mom's Marinara or Meat Sauce Lasagna ($13.50 each), Baked Ziti ($14), Four Cheese Ravioli ($14), Baked Rigatoni Pomodoro ($14), Fettuccine Alfredo ($14) and Eggplant Parmesan ($14.50). They also offer Chicken 5 different ways: Parmesan, Piccata, Marsala, Francese and Saltimbocca (all about $18). Veal varieties of those run $26-28 each. Seared Pork Scaloppine is $21 and Beef Tenderloin Medallions are $26. Near the top of the menu are a 9 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon ($37), a 16 oz. Prime Delmonico Steak ($37), a 16 oz. Prime New York Steak ($43) and a Surf & Turf at $44. Seafood is also offered Italian Style too with Linguine & Clams in Red or White Clam Sauce ($16), Parmesan Crusted Tilapia ($18), Shrimp Scampi ($21), Lemon Grilled or Balsamic Glazed Salmon ($22 each), Lobster Baked Tilapia ($22), Salmon Oscar ($26), Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($28), and a Twin Lobster Tails at $41.50. Side dishes like Crispy Red, Garlic Mashed or Fontina Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach, Broccolini, Green Beans, Asparagus or a side of pasta, all add $5 to the meal. Famous for desserts, they offer Crème Brûlée, Nonna's Toasted Pound Cake, NY Style Cheesecake, Apple Crostada, Tiramiisu, Profiteroles, and Chocolate Zuccotto Cake, all running $7.50 each. Or you can have a Mini Dessert Sampler at $10. For Family Style dining, for 4 or more, they offer an appetizer/salad/pasta/cookies dinner at $24 per person. Or choose appetizer/salad/entrée/dessert dinner at $31 to 41 per person. Children's prices are lower. Full bar available with a wide ranging Wine List or their own house wine. Bellinis and after dinner coffees are a specialty. Happy Hour from 3-6 PM. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Lunch selections are similar to dinner choices at the same prices. Also caters to meetings and banquets. Phone and online reservations accepted and advised during conventions. Open Thanksgiving Day for $45 Family Style 4-Course Dinner. Delfino Netto, executive chef; Michael Marsico, general manager. A chain of 45 locations in 21 states, owned by Brinker International, usually placed at upscale malls.



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14 Stars Main Street Grill, 100 E. New York Ave., Deland, FL. 46.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-740-9535. (American) [L/D] Open daily form about 11 AM to 10 PM. Located in the basement of the old J. C. Penney building at US 17/92 & SR 44 in the center of town. Accessible from the stairway off the parking lot or the elevator in the building. Outdoor seating also available. Popular with locals for Ribeye, New York Strip and Sirloin Steaks, as well as "Sterling Silver" Prime Rib on weekends. Chicken Almond Stir Fry, as well as Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Marsala are offered also. Various Pasta and Seafood dishes such as Mainstreet Salmon, Blackened Mahi Mahi, Crabcakes, Black Tiger Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi and a Captain's Platter round out the menu. A number of soups are offered daily. Fried Ice Cream is featured for dessert. Full bar and a short wine list available. Sunday Brunch Buffet is $10.50 per person. Regular dinner entrées range from $10-20. Lunch portions and sandwiches are $5-11. Signature Cinnamon Rolls served with each entrée. Reservations accepted. Phillip & Chantell Martin, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 2/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Mallie Kyla's Café, 510 E. Liberty St., Brooksville, FL. 51.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-796-7174. (Cafe) L. Open Monday through Saturday form 11 AM to 3 PM only. Closed Sunday. In business since 1996. Named after the owner's grandmother. Cute, comfortable seating. The house specialties are Quiche of the Day, Hawkins House Salad Plate, Chicken Salad Wrap with Soup or a Stuffed Avocado. Large Salads such as Southern Cobb, Maille's Garden, Fajita Chicken, Greek or Southern Spinach are offered daily. Sandwiches on the menu include Fresh Chicken or Tuna Salad, Ham and Swiss, Oven Roasted Turkey, Roast Beef, Florida Ruben, Beef Crunch and Gobbler Sandwich. Side dishes come with the sandwiches. Oddly, everything on the regular menu ranges just $7-8 each. A daily soup is offered also. Specials change every day and listed on the blackboard. They make their own dressings here and have them for sale too. Desserts are not to be missed like Mallie Princess Cake, Chocolate Turtle Cake, Mile High Apple Pie, Cream Cheese Brownies, Coconut Silk Pie and Pumpkin Pie (all $4 each). Two-time Reader's Choice winner of Southern Living Magazine "Best Small Town Restaurant". No bar. Reservations accepted. A second location is now located in a portion of the American Eagle Antique Mall in Dade City, Florida. Larie DeWitt Hensley, owner.



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Long Gone - The Florida Cafe (1949)
2 Broad St. at S. Main St., Brooksville, FL.

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Not Rated Mama Della's Ristorante, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 54.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-503-3463. (Italian) (Vegetarian) [D] Opens at 5:30 PM daily. Smart casual attire appreciated. Validated parking. Located just outside the Universal Studios theme park, in the picturesque Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, near Vineland Rd. and S. Kirkman Rd., not far from the I-4 and Turnpike interchange. Dark wood trims old world wall coverings in the attractive Tuscan dining room. Full linen service here. They specialize in classic Italian recipes. Primi Piatti appetizers like Pasta e Fagioli Soup ($9), Tonno Crudo (Ahi Tuna) ($10), Caprese Salad ($12), Bruschetta Caprese ($12), Fried Calamari ($12), Rissoto with Shrimp ($12), Cozze (Mussels) Posillipo ($13), Gamberi Scampi ($14), Antipasto ($14), Insalata for Two ($16) and Caesar for Two ($16) are on the menu. For Piatto Principale dishes they offer Cheese Ravioli ($22), Melanzane (Eggplant) Rollatini ($22), Chicken Carbonara ($24), Rigatoni with Lamb ($24), Grilled Salmon ($28), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($29), Sea Bass Filet ($30), Veal Marsala ($35) and Rib Eye Beef ($38). More traditional pastas include Fettuccine Alfredo ($20), Spaghetti with Pork ($22), Chicken Parmigiano on Cappellini ($24) and Lasagna ($24). Their menu also points to totally vegetarian items like Pasta Primavera ($18), Risotto and Mushrooms ($18), Spaghetti Marinara ($18) and Rigatoni with Eggplant ($18), as well as appetizer choices. For dessert they have Molten Chocolate Cake ($8.50) plus Tiramisu, Rhum Baba, Panna Cotta and Cheesecake, all at $11 each. Full bar and interesting Wine List with wines by the glass ranging $8-24 each. Most are $30-40/bottle but a few like Joseph Phelps Meritage run over $300. Vintage years are not shown on the list, unfortunately. $18 Corkage Fee for your own vino. Italian cocktails like Tuscan Lemonade run $15-16 each. Strolling musicians entertain the tourists and locals. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day 11 AM to 7 PM for a $64 Buffet. Joseph Cournoyer-Burnett, chef d'cuisine; hotel owned.



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Not Rated Video Mama's Greek Cuisine, 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL. 93.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-944-4408. (Greek) [L/D] Open 11 am to 10 pm daily. Located in the rear of the Sponge Exchange on Dodecanese Blvd. but it actually faces Athens Street. "Where Locals Meet To Eat" is what they advertise. Although it caters to tourists, this establishment often welcomes many residents too. Souvlaki (Marinated Pork), Keftedes (Meatballs), Domades (Ground Beef in Grape Leaves), Mousaka (Ground Beef and Eggplant), Pastitso (Greek Lasagna) and Spanokpita (Spinach Pie) are just some of the authentic Greek dishes served here. Seafood is also popular serving Shrimp, Octopus, Squid, Grouper and Codfish too. Lamb items such as Shish Kabob and Rack of Lamb can also be ordered. Makaronda Pasta is also offered. Entrées range from $6 to $17 and up to $25 for the Rack of Lamb, Lithrini and other specials of the day. Entertainment on weekends. In business since 1978. Full bar including Greek wines. Angelis & Georgia Memisakis, owners.

Older Review: (from Ellen H 6/08) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Mango's Tropical Cafe (Orlando), 8126 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-673-4422. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] Opened in October, 2015. Located on I-Drive, 1 mi. north of the Convention Center, near W. Sand Lake Rd., where a T.G.I. Fridays once did business. A very large 55,000 s.f. building having a "Dinner and Show" format. It features live bands with tropical, scantily-clad dancers and audience participation. Salsa, Samba and Conga dances fill the colorful entertainment area. Elaborate shows at 7 PM and Midnight. For dinner (6:30 PM), items like Pork Loin ($18), BBQ Ribs ($18-26), Tilapia Picatta ($21), Churrasco Steak ($23), Shrimp al Ajillo ($23), to Filet Mignon ($33) will be offered. Open for lunch too. Family friendly before 9 PM. Full bar. Sells many fancy tropical drinks like Caipirnhas, Mojitos and Daiquiris. Happy Hour 4-6 PM. 17-20% voluntary gratuity added to the bill. Reservations taken and highly recommended. The original, and well-known, Mango's is in South Beach, Miami.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Manuel's Vintage Room, 6 South Main St., Gainesville, FL. 62.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-375-7372. (Italian) [D] Located at the corner of University and Main St. in downtown Gainesville. Opens at 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays except special one seating dinners. A fine dining experience where wine is as important as the Mediterranean food. Manuel's offers 10 wines by the glass ($5-9). About 40 wines are offered by the bottle from $20-500 per bottle. Half bottles are also available from $12-80 per split. Dinners are a-la-carte beginning with starters like Caprese, Caesar, Arugula, Grilled Chicken and Rustic Salads ($8-12). Soups include Red Clam Soup at $5-7 per cup or bowl. First plates range from Calamari, Risotto Cakes, Pizza Pastore, Mushroom Crostini and Escargot ($7-10). Main Dish Signature Pastas include Penne Mushroom, Gnocchi Daniela, Capellini with Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli ($16-20). More ordinary pastas with a wide variety of noodles and sauces range $13-17 per portion. For main dishes, ranging from $15 to $20, Chicken Limone, Macadamia Chicken, Salmon Grigila, Pork Medallions, Pork Milanese and Veal Picata, Marsala or Milanese are featured. At slightly higher prices of $21-24, Cognac Grouper and Veal Porcini top out the menu. No beef is offered unless it's the Special of the Day. Italian themed "prix-fixe" menus are occasionally offered at $75 per person including wine on certain Mondays. Early Bird $10 menu offered Tuesday through Thursday before 6:30 PM. House Wine is also reduced to $3 per glass and $10 per bottle during that time. Reservations accepted and recommended on weekends. 20% gratuity added for parties of six or more. Wine and beer only. Corkage Fee: $20. Marco Chavez, Executive Chef, and his father, Manuel Chavez, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/11) Q=5 S=3 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Maraya at Sabrina's Restaurant, 8100 Crystal Clear Lane, Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-856-8155. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Located near South O.B.T. and W. Sand Lake Rd., it's best approached from the Florida Mall. Open 11 AM to 2 PM for lunch and 2 to 10 PM for dinner; to 11 PM on weekends. In business since 2007. Billed as a Mediterranean restaurant, the establishment features Middle-Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. Appetizers include Falafel ($8), Kibbeh ($11), Dubrovnik Shrimp ($16), Fried Calamari ($14), Stuffed Grape Leaves ($8), Babaghanoush ($8) and Tabouleh Salad ($8), to name a few. A few Italian dishes are available, like Eggplant Parmigiana ($17), Fettucinni al Pesto ($18), Lasagna Della Casa ($17) and Spaghetti Bolognese ($16). For entrées they offer Mediterranean Chicken with a Garlic Glaze ($17), Chicken Kebab ($17), Fried Red Snapper ($25), Fish Parisienne ($20), Beef Kabab ($25), Kefta ($18) and Roasted Rack of Lamb ($30). Desserts available include Baklava, Kenafa, Tiramisu and Chocolate Cake, all about $8 each. Some Kosher items are here. Hookah Terrace for smokers. $6, $9, $15 or $30 money saving coupons are available at restaurant.com. Restrictions apply. Full bar with Martinis, Daiquiris, Margaritas and a Wine List. Turkish Coffee also available. Edwin Ayache, Ghassan and Violette Haddad, owners.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Maria & Enzo's Ristorante, E. Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL. 62.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (Italian) [L/D] Located in Disney Springs in The Edison complex. A trattoria in a 1930's abandoned airline terminal, featuring old air travel memorabilia and maps. The dining room will feature a 50-foot ceiling showcasing Lake Buena Vists views. The menu will be inspired by Sicilian cuisine, including Arancini di Carne (Rice Balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan), and handmade Pastas like Busiate con Granchio (Spiral Pasta with Crab), 'Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian Baked Pasta) and others. Also look for fresh Fish, Steaks, and Chops on the menu. Full bar. A winter 2018 opening is expected. Patina Restaurant Group, owners.



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Not Rated Now Open Market To Table, 146 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-395-9871. (American) [L/D] Opened October, 2016. Located in the rear of the Roper Building, the entrance is on W. Tremaine St. between Lakeview Ave. and Boyd St. across from the new parking garage. It was formerly the site of al Fresco Restaurant. Open daily except Monday, Tuesday and Sunday from 5-9 PM, plus Saturday hours 11 AM to 2 PM, then closed 3 hours until dinner. For dinner appetizers you can find Sautéed Clams, Beef Satay, Seared Scallops, Wianno Oysters, Haney & Pecan Feta Crostini, Ahi Tuna, Seafood Tower, P.E.I. Mussels and a Charcuterie Board. Salads include Caesar, Market and Iceberg Wedge. Soup is usually Tomato Basil Cream Soup. Entrées include Seared Chicken Breast, Pork Loin, Braised Short Ribs, Seared Yellow Tail Snapper, Lamb Shank and Filet Mignon. Entrée prices range mid-$20s to mid $30s. For dessert you can find Chocolate Timbale, Bread Pudding and a Raspberry Macaroon. A Bento Box is also offered at Saturday lunch, as are Sandwiches and Burgers. Full bar and Wine List. Online or phone reservations accepted. Ryan Freelove, chef and owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Mark's Prime Steakhouse (Gainesville), 201 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL. 62.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-336-0077. (Steakhouse) [D] Open daily except Sundays from 5 PM. Online or phone reservations accepted and recommended on weekends. Also known as "Mark's U. S. Prime". Located in the historic downtown area in Union Street Station. "Steaks with passion" is their motto. This restaurant offers the finest prime beef and freshest seafood. Filet, NY Strip, Delmonico, Ribeye, Sirloin, Veal and Lamb Chops as well as Surf 'n Turf are typical meat offerings. Some seafood specialties include Crab Bisque, Grouper Santa Fe, Pistachio Encrusted Tuna, Crab Cakes and Chilean Sea Bass. Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Paradise are two of their desserts. This establishment also features a wood fired grill for cooking. All offerings are priced a-la-carte with most entrées between $26 to $55 each. Extensive fine wine list and full bar. Corkage Fee: $20. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Happy Hour 5-7 PM daily except Sunday. Piano bar lounge. Online or phone reservations accepted and highly recommended on weekends. William Scheel, Louis Saig and George McCoy, proprietors; James Boyle, managing partner. Mark's Prime is also located in downtown Ocala (see that listing).

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



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Long Gone - Howard Johnson's Restaurant (1950)
2820 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Matthew's Steak House, 360 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (German) (Steakhouse) [D] A new building is going up next to the popular Plant Street Market. It will house this 2,000 sq. ft. restaurant seating about 100 patrons. The Winter family of Ocoee will operate this venue which is expected to offer traditional Steaks grilled on oak fired open flame grill, as well as German inspired dishes from their old restaurant, Matthew's Steaks & More in Ocoee, FL. Full bar expected, limited seating outslide. An early 2018 opening is expected. The Winter family, of Heilshronn, Germany, owners.



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14 Stars Video Video Free WiFi Maxine's On Shine, 337 N. Shine Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-674-6841. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Located near Thornton Park off E. Livingston St. a few blocks south of E. Colonial (SR 50) and the Downtown YMCA, a block east of N. Mills Ave. Open for brunch Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM, Sunday from 10 AM and dinner daily except Monday from 5 PM. An eclectic collection of selections that defies a single nationality. Start with Bruschetta ($5/$9), Drunken Mussels ($9.50), Calamari ($11), Fruit Medley ($12) or Lobster Ravioli Taster ($14). Other patrons like to start with a Cheese and Fruit Board at about $5/person. Various Salads like Caprese ($5/$9), Wedge ($7) or Caesar ($8) are offered. Two house soups ($4/$6) are available daily. Most popular item is the Brisket Burger ($13) but a Chicken Salad Sandwich ($10) is also on the menu. Pasta dishes are Skillet Lasagna ($15), Chicken and Penne ($16.50) or Lobster Ravioli Entrée ($24). Specials like Broiled Grouper ($23) and an 8 oz. Harris Ranch Steak ($27) are available too. Other items on the menu range $10-14 each. Desserts include Flan ($6), Peanut Butter Mousse Pie ($8) and a Cheesecake du Jour ($8). Brunch items run $9-12 generally. A wine list that ranges $18-110/bottle plus bubbly at $30-175/bottle is offered. Beer selection is wide too, including local Florida brews. Entertainment most nights from 7 PM including musicians and singers. Outdoor seating available. Private room in back, "The Stiletto Lounge", for about 8 is available too. Reservations accepted. Voted 2015 "Best Neighborhood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Kirt Earhart, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi McLeod House Bistro, 207 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, FL. 30.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-726-7700. (Continental) (Cafe) [L/D] Located two blocks north of the courthouse in a 1915 historic home. Opened February, 2010. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM, plus open for Sunday Brunch 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Summer hours, May through September, are Wednesday through Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM only, closed Sunday through Tuesday off season. Lunch offerings include soup like Corn and Crab Chowder and many salads like Caprese, Bistro Chef, Southwestern Cobb, Mediterranean Pasta & Shrimp, Chicken with Walnuts and Cranberries and a Spinach Salad with Smoked Applewood Bacon and Blue Cheese, that all run $8-14 each. Lunch sandwiches include Tuscan Tuna Melt, Vegetarian Panini, Hot Roast Beef with Cheddar, Pesto Chicken with Brie, Grilled Reuben, Roasted Turkey, Baked Ham and Swiss, Grilled Brie and Bacon and others ranging $8.50-10.50 each. Some half portion lunch items are also available. A few luncheon Flatbreads are also offered at about $8 each. Tapas like Stuffed Artichoke Hearts, Baked Feta, Stuffed Clams and a Crab Cake range $7-10 each. Dinner starts at 5 PM. Some of the semi-a-la-carte dinner entrées include Eggplant Lasagna ($15.50), Boursin Raspberry Stuffed Chicken ($17.50), Pork Chop with Warm Apples ($18), Fettuccini, Artichokes and Shrimp ($18.50), Wild Berry Salmon ($19), Duck Breast in Port Wine ($19.50), Lobster Ravioli ($19.50), Key West Daily Catch with Key Lime Beurre Blanc ($20.50), Scallops au Gratin ($21.50) and at the top of the list, Filet Mignon with German Potato Pancakes ($28). Sunday Brunch (from October) offerings include Vegetable Frittata ($12.50), Country Honey Ham or Florentine Benedicts ($12.50 each), Bistro French Toast and Berries ($12.50), Miami Beach Smoked Salmon Benedict ($14.50), Key West Crab Benedict ($15.50) and Tenderloin Tips Benedict ($16.50). Brunch includes Potatoes, Vegetables, Banana Nut Bread, Juice and Coffee or Tea. Vegan and Gluten free options available. Outdoor, pet friendly seating option under the big oak trees. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night usually. Special events like Saturday Sangria Delight on the Deck are scheduled during the season. Reservations taken and suggested. Fine wine and beer available. Beth Smith and Chef Michael Kulow, owners.

Older Review: (from Carol L. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary E. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 3/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol H. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D.. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Norm P. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/15) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 6/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Mekenita Mexican Grille 17623 N. Dale Mabry Hway., Lutz, FL. 95.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-264-1212. (Mexican) [L/D] In the Van Dyke Commons Plaza at N. Dale Mabry (SR 597) and Van Dyke Rd. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM, except closed Sunday. Previously called Mariposa Mexican Grille by the same owners. This unique Mexican restaurant focuses on Oaxacan Regional cuisine from the Pacific coast, prepared from fresh ingredients. Appetizers include a Seafood Ceviche, Chicken and Black Bean "Eggroll", Smoked Pork Tamale, Citrus Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Plantain Nachos and Tortilla "Pies" all ranging $7-8 each. Large salads offered are Skirt Steak and Roasted Pepper, Crispy Tiger Shrimp and Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad at $8 each. A few different Tacos are available at $8-9 each, like Grilled Pacific Wahoo, Chipotle Citrus Tiger Shrimp, Grilled Skirt Steak or Citrus Chicken and Wood Smoked Pork Tacos. Similar Burritos are on the menu at the same price range. Main plates include Smoked Pork Enchiladas with Refried Beans ($12) and Chicken Ranchero with Onions, Peppers, Cheese, Rice and Black Beans ($13). Order at the counter and runners deliver the meals when ready. Warm Torilla Chips and Salsa while you wait. Seating outdoors in season. Children's menu available. Beer and wine offered, as well as homemade Sangria. Chef Rand (California Culinary Academy graduate) and wife, Tiffani Packer, owners.

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



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu (The) Melting Pot (Restaurant Row), 7549 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-903-1100. (Fondue) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row", less than a mile west of Exit 74A of I-4. Been here since 2011. Open daily from 5-10 PM, later on weekends and from 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Like fishing for your dinner if you're not careful. Boiling pots are provided for dipping or cooking your food. There's the 6 popular Cheese (Bread & Vegetable) Fondues of Cheddar, Fiesta (Beer and Jalapeño added), Wisconsin Trio, Spinach Artichoke, Classic Alpine or French Onion Gruyère (all $8-9 per person). For entrées you can choose cooking in Bouillon Style (N/C), Mojo Style (+$4/pot), Coq au Vin Style (+$5/pot) or Bourguignonne Style (+$6/pot). Once that's decided you can choose your dinner from Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli ($14), Andouille Sausage ($15), Wild Mushrooms ($15), Breast of Chicken ($16), Chicken Pot Stickers ($17), Pacific Shrimp ($20), Key West Shrimp ($21), Teriyaki Sirloin ($22), Memphis-Style BBQ Pork Medallion ($23), Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna ($23), Honey Orange Duck Breast ($24), Salmon ($24), Angus Beef Sirloin ($25), Filet Mignon ($25) and Bacon Salt & Cracked Pepper Filet ($26). Add a Lobster Tail for $15 extra. There's also 4 course combinations like "Land & Sea" or "Orlando Fusion" ranging $36-48, that also include a Chocolate Pot for dessert. The "Classic Combo" includes 1 Cheese Fondue shared, Salads, combination of Angus Sirloin, Pork, Shrimp, Chicken and Teriyaki Sirloin, plus a Chocolate Pot to share in the end at $40/person. Separately, the Dessert Fondue (9 Styles) runs $8-9 per person. A "Limited Time Menu" appears seasonally at $25/person or $40/person for the 4 course experience. Full bar. Wine List runs $28 all the way to $635/bottle. Reservations accepted by phone. Six Chocolate Covered Strawberries free on your birthday for Online Club members. A franchise chain of over 135 locations in the US, Canada and Mexico; 18 are in Florida. Another nearby location is in Longwood. This one owned by Mark Patrick Conway and Eric Deigan of North Carolina.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Melts On Main Street, 108 S. Main St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-656-3587. (American) (Deli) [L/D] AKA "MOMS"! Opened in October, 2015. Located about a block south of E. Plant St. at Tremaine in the drab gray building. Hours are 11 AM to 3 PM on Monday and Sunday; to 8 PM in the middle of the week and to 9 PM weekends. Best described as Meals in their 70's Living Room. The space is outfitted with couches and comfortable stuffed chairs as well as small tables with cute wall decorations. Order at the counter. Their claim to fame is Melted Sandwiches, especially, Grilled Cheese. Among them are "Thanks Ma" signature dish of Grilled Cheddar and Munster, Ham & Swiss, Ham Cheddar & Granny Smith Apples, Roast Beef with Caramelized Onions and Swiss, Turkey & Brie and Diced Chicken with Pepper Jack Cheese (all $6-9 each). All have catchy names. Some available as Wraps. They also feature a signature Creamy Tomato Soup, plus a Potage Du Jour ($4/cup each). Then there's a 100% Beef Hebrew National Hot Dog, with or without Kraut ($4/$5). All served on plastic trays to your coffee table. Combos with beverages and a side dish are also available (about $12). After 4 PM you can find specials like Shepherd's Pie ($12). Desserts like an Ice Cream Sandwich melts fast in the summer. Lodi Wine ($6-8/glass) and draft or local craft Beers (Crooked Can Brewery) ($3-7/glass). What's better than Grilled Cheese and Red Wine? Outdoor seating available. Jessica Belcher, chef; Matthew Erickson, owner.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) This is an interesting restaurant that is full of memorabilia from the 50's and 60's. There is a white board with the menu of the day and you order at the counter. There are easy chairs and tv tables along with some regular tables for eating. It was very noisy and warm in there. I am not sure if they have air conditioning or not, but it certainly wasn't working when we visited. The food was good, but not special. The total before t&t was $24.
Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Now Open Mesa 21 Real Mexican (Orlando), 1414 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 54.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-930-8000. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened March, 2017. Located at the north end of Gaston Edwards Park, on N. Orange (SR 527) at Lake Ivanhoe off Exit #85 of I-4. The entrance is on NE Ivanhoe Blvd. however. This restaurant aims to redefine fine Mexican cuisine. Modern, lovely, lakeside seating on heavy wooden chairs or at a long community table for conversations with other patrons. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. For appetizers, try Chips with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Chips, Nachos, Queso Fundido, Keka (Tortilla and Cheese), Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp Taco, Pescadillas, Roasted Cauliflower or Mexican Ceviche (all $8-14 each). Salads are Caesar, Roasted Beet or Mesa21 ($9-12 each). Soups include Corn, Fideo Seco (Noodles and Tomato Sauce), Tortilla and Mesa Chicken Soup (all $7 each). A variety of Tacos ($14) include Grilled Chicken, Chili Chicken, Pork, Beef, Brisket, Sirloin or Nopal (Grilled Cactus). For entrées they have Tamales ($12), Taquitos ($12), Mexican Burger ($14), Enchiladas ($14), 8 oz. Black Angus Burrito ($15), Milanesa (Breaded Beef or Chicken) ($15), Quesadilla Fritta ($15), Chile Relleno ($15), Grilled Chicken ($18), Chicken Mole ($18), Carne Asada ($20), Veracruz Catch of the Day ($23), Carnitas (Pork Shank ) ($23), Arrachera (8 oz. Skirt Steak) ($26), Chile Grilled Salmon ($26) and Mexican Ribs ($29). There's also a Mexican Sampler ($13) for the undecided. Most come with Rice and Beans but sides, like Refried Beans or Corn on the Cob, are $3.50 extra. Some dishes are vegetarian noted. A Sunday Brunch Buffet, 11 AM to 3 PM, is $25pp with Bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys, $20pp extra. The Buffet features breakfast-type Tacos, plus French Toast, Mexican Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros and lots more. You can also order the a-la-carte menu for lesser appetites. Kids menu and prices for the Buffet ($10); under 6 are free. A full bar offers Mezcal Cocktails ($11-13), Margaritas ($8-14), Sangria ($10) and Wines ($7-13/glass). Some specialty cocktails run to $42; most are $7-13 each. Wine by the bottle runs $26-185. Domestic and imported Beers are usually $4-7 each. Draft Pacifico, Modelo Negro and Modelo Especial are $5 each. Flavored waters are also available. Lunch menu is at the same prices as dinner prices. Taco Tuesday is A-U-C-E Tacos for $15pp after 5 PM. Happy Hour 3-7 PM weekdays and every day after 9:30 PM. Entertainment weekends 8-11 PM. Reservations taken by phone or online. Another location is in Clermont. Sandra Rios, owner.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Meza (Mediterranean Grill), 1780 Jake St., Orlando, FL. 59.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-770-7565. (Greek) (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Opening late 2017. Located in the Baldwin Park area just off New Broad St., one blok from the lake. Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM. The dishes are mostly Lebanese and Greek. The menu starts with cold appetizers like Hummus, Falafel, Labneh, Tzatziki, Dolmades and Baba Ghannouj and Mousaka (all $6-9 each). Also a Shrimp Cocktail ($14) is offered. Hot appetizers include Arnabeet, Arayess, Cheese Burak, Spinach Fatayer, Kibbeh, Wings and Fried Halloumi (all $7-10 each). There are "shareables" too ($14-49). Entrées include Gyro Platter ($17), Chicken Kabobs ($18), Kafta Kabobs ($18), Meza Eggplant ($19), Meza Okra ($19), Farrouj Mishwee (Chicken) ($19), Beef Kabobs ($21), Salmon ($22), Lamb Kabobs ($24), Filet Mignon ($28) and Lamb Chops ($32). There's also Combo Kabobs ($25) and Mixed Grill ($28). All are served with Rice and Vegetables. Side dishes, like Olives and Turnips or Chick Peas, add $4-6. For dessert you can find Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, Red Velvet Fusion Cake, Tiramisu and Baklava (all $4-7 each). Veggie Platers run $16-17 each. Sandwiches like Falafel, Kafta, Hamburger, Chicken Taouk, Gyro and Greek Chicken run $12-14 each. A half dozen Salads run $6-10 each. Soups, like Lentil and Greek Chicken Orzo, run $7-8 each. Lunch items are at reduced prices. Sunday Brunch offers breakfast items as well. Turkish Coffee ($5/$8) is popular here. Full bar expected here. Reservations by phone accepted. Outdoor seating available. Nazih Sebaali, owner.



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Not Rated mi Tomatina - Paella Bar, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-972-4881. (Spanish) [L/D] Open 11:30 AM to 9 PM or later. Intimate setting. Named after the annual tomato throwing festival of southern Spain, this upscale approach to Spanish cuisine is located in the western and revived section of Winter Park. Entrées include Tapa sized dishes of Lamb Chops Milanese, Beef Fillet Skillet, Oxtail, Baby Lamb Chops, Hongos Rellenos, Albóndigas Caseras, Montadito de Pollo, Pollo al Ajillo, Pato con Peras (Duck), Chorizo Infierno, Caracoles al Ajillo, Mejillones al Vino, Zaruela de Mariscos, Gambas al Ajillo, Honey Lavender Shrimp, Pan Seared Scallops, Calamari de la Casa, Tortilla con Chorizo, Piquillo Rellenos, Croquettes de Gambas, Plato Chico and many others range $6-16 each. There's also Solomillo con Patatas (Tenderloin) at $17.50. A variety of Empanadas run $9 each. This establishment specializes in Paella feeding two or even three patrons. They offer Paella de Champiñones ($39), Paella Valenciana, Paella Roja, Paella Negra, and Fideua (pasta based), all $45 each. At the top of the list is Paella Fabulosa, their signature dish with chicken and shell fish, at $54. Outdoor seating available. Flamenco entertainment Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. Other entertainment on their events page. Wine and beer only. Voted 2015 "Best Spanish" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Patricia Carvajal and Stuart Kirban, owners.



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Not Rated Mildred's Big City Food, 3445 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL. 66.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-1711. (American) [L/D] At the west end of the Westgate Regency Shopping Plaza. Open daily from 11 AM to 3:30 PM for lunch and again 5 to 10 PM for dinner. Except Sundays open noon to 7 PM for "supper". Concentrates on local produce and fresh ingredients. Specialties include Pumpkin Bisque Soup ($6), Blue Crab Cakes Appetizer ($10), Braised Oxtail ($15) and Pan-Seared Duck Breast ($17) are well known. Other items on the menu include Grilled Pork Chop, Swordfish or Black Angus NY Strip Steak ranging $16-24. Also Pan-Seared Cobia, Gulf Grouper or Red Snapper run $19-23. Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Ginger-Cured Salmon and Sauteed Monkfish range $15-20. Interesting appetizers like Crispy Calamari, PEI Mussel Fritter, and Mildred's Duck Terrine all run $7 each. Sunday's Supper include Quiche, Pecan Encrusted Chicken, Seared Tuna or Paprika-Rubbed Pork Chop ranging $7-16 plus lighter items like sandwiches and burgers about $7-10. Dinner salads run $6-8 each. Desserts are a big thing here with a wide selection. Dressy casual. Full bar with noted wine list. No Corkage Fee with dinner Sunday through Wednesday. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Reservations suggested by phone or online via Open Table. Tara and chef, Robert (Bert) Gill, owners. Also owns New Deal Café (see that listing) and Blue Gill (see that listing).

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



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Not Rated Free WiFi Miller's Ale House (Orlando Airport), 6141 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL. 64.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-856-7045. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open daily at 11 AM, to usually 2 AM. Located right on SR 436, a mile north of the Orlando Airport. Burgers, Sandwiches and Fajitas are popular here, as are Steaks, like the 12 oz. Choice RibEye ($15), 12 oz. NY Strip ($17), 20 oz. Porterhouse ($19), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($18), sometimes a Flat Iron Steak plus seafood like Fish & Chips ($10), 35 Fried Shrimp ($11), Fried Clams ($9), Salmon ($12), Grouper ($13), Mahi Piccata ($11) and a Seafood, Lobster and Clam Bake Special ($19). They also feature Baby Back Ribs ($10-17), Oriental Chicken ($10), Breaded Pork Medaliions ($11), Osso Buco ($13) and a southern Jambalaya ($12). As for pasta they offer Cajun Chicken Pasta ($12), 35 Shrimp Scampi ($13) and Seafood Mac & Cheese ($12). There's also Chicken Parmesan with Linguine ($11). Burgers run the gamot of the Basic, to the Bistro, to the British, to even a Turkey Burger (all $8-10 each). Their version of Sliders are also featured ($8). Other sandwiches include Tuna Salad, Prime Rib, BBQ Pulled Pork and Fish Tacos, to name a few, at $8-11 each. Famous for their Wings and Zingers® too, around $9. Full bar with drink specials every day. Large screen TVs are everywhere. There is also an outside veranda dining with a seperate bar. Voted 2012 "Best Sports Bar" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of 67 locations in mostly Florida. Another is in Ocala. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida. Founded by Jack & Claire Miller in 1988. Matt Robb, general manager here.

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



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Not Rated Free WiFi Miller's Ale House (Gainesville), 3950 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL. 60.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-0818. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open daily at 11 AM, to usually 2 AM. Located right on Archer Rd. a few hundred feet east off I-75 Exit #384. The sign says Gainesville Ale House. Zingers® are their Chicken Wings trademark for an appetizer or a meal with a few sauces to choose from. Also popular are Baby Back Ribs ($10/17), Breaded Pork Medallions ($11), Jambalaya ($12) and Osso Buco ($13). Pizzas ranging $7-9 and Pasta ranging $11-13 each are featured too. Steaks run $15 for the 12 oz. Ribeye, to $17 for the NY Strip, to $18 for the 8 oz. Filet Mignon, to $19 for the 20 oz. Porterhouse. Lots of Soups ($4-6) and Salads ($4-11) too. Desserts like Buried Treasure and Chocolate Pounder run $4-7 each. Full central bar. Outside eating and drinking area. One of 67 locations in mostly Florida. Another is in Ocala. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida. Founded by Jack & Claire Miller in 1988. Mike Winter, general manager here.

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



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Not Rated Miller's Field, 7958 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-248-3474. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM - 2 AM daily. Located just east of CR435, off W. Sand Lake Rd. near Dr. Phillips Blvd., 1 mile west of I-4 Exit #74A, on "Restaurant Row". A salute to all sports, named after the originator, not a sports field or airport. Eating, drinking and cheering is the norm here with 50 HD TVs. Food items are typically American. The Pre-Game portion of the menu (4-6:30 PM) offers Twin Beef Sliders ($4.50), Fire Cracker Shrimp ($5), Street Tacos ($5) and a 12 inch Pepperoni Pizza ($6.50). Burgers offered are Harris Ranch Natural Beef (their signature item), Turkey Burger or a Veggie Burger, all $9 each. There's also an Italian Sausage (another signature item), Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a Cuban and a Philly Cheesesteak, all ranging $9-10 each. Various 12 inch Pizzas, including their signature "Fuego", are $13 each. For entrées they offer their signature Tenderloin Tips ($13), Stuffed Chicken ($14), Basil-Crusted Salmon ($15) and a 10 oz. Baseball Cut Angus Top Sirloin ($18). Entrées come with two side dishes; others come with Potato Chips. A number of unique salads are also on the menu including their signature Pecan Apple Salad and generally run $6.50 to $13 depending on size. Popular desserts include their signature Coconut Baba Rhum ($6.50) and Miller's Horsemen Liquor Drenched Cake ($8). Full bar serves 7 types of draft and dozens of craft and domestic beers plus many wines by the glass or bottle starting at $6/glass. Cocktails like a Dark and Stormy ($8) are also offered. After 10 PM, menu changes to Extra Innings limited items until they close at 2 AM. Happy Hour weekdays 2-7 PM. Patio seating available. K.J. Pignatelli, managing partner; Craig Miller, owner here and the San Diego location. Not affiliated with the Miller Ale House chain.



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Long Gone - The Flamingo Club Café (and Speak Easy) (1929)
Old Cheney Hwy. near the Herndon Airport, Orlando, FL.

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Not Rated Ming's Bistro, 1212 Woodward St., Orlando, FL. 56.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-898-9672. (Asian) (Seafood) [L/D] Located a block north of E. Colonial Blvd., just east of N. Mills Ave. in "Asian Town". Open daily 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Plainly decorated, popular local restaurant. Most of the food is served Dim Sum, small portions from a wheeled cart that makes the rounds in the dining room. The menu card is in 3 languages: English, Vietnamese and Chinese. They feature Asian prepared seafood. You can find such items as Wonton Noodle Soup, Roast Duck Soup, Peking Duck Soup, Rice Congee Porridge, Shrimp Fried Rice, Lotus Leaf Sticky Rice, Chinese Broccoli, Pork Spring Rolls, Pork Spare Ribs, Roast Pork Slices, Steamed BBQ Pork, Fried Shrimp Balls, Fried Sesame Balls, Stuffed Bean Curd Rolls, Shrimp Lo Main, Shrimp with Candied Walnuts, Shrimp Wrapped in Rice Noodles, Shrimp with Eggplant, Shrimp Jalapeño and Seafood Dumplings. For the more adventuresome there's Filet of Fish in Black Bean Sauce, Fried Taro Dumplings, Fried Garlic Chive Dumplings, Fried Squid, Turnip Dumplings, Pork Siu Mai, Beef Balls, Beef Chow Fun, Ginger Tripe, Shark Fin Dumplings, Fried Crab Fingers and even Fried Chicken Feet. Salt & Pepper Lobster is a featured dish. For dessert you can find Egg Custard Tarts. Beer and wine licensed. Recently changed hands, now owned by Yan Chee Chan, Melinda Leung and Ray Sykes of Tasty Wok.

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



Minneola Inn and Tiki Bar. Called the Lake Minneola Inn and Tiki Bar (that listing).


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Not Rated Free WiFi Mise en Place, 442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL. 87.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-254-5373. (Continental) (French) [L/D] Located just outside downtown Tampa, near S. Hyde Park Ave. off the Selmon Expressway (Exit #5). The University of Tampa is across the street. You can also enter at W. Grand Central Ave. where there is parking. In business since 1986; it is well established. The name means implementation in French and pronounced "mees-on'-plass". Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM for lunch and 5:30 PM to 10 PM or later, daily for dinner, except closed Sunday and Monday. Billing itself as Modern American cuisine, it is decidedly French and Continental in scope with dressy attire suggested. Lunch Sandwiches run $11-14 each and entrées run $13-17 each. At dinner, "First Courses", like Tuna Carpaccio, Oysters, Soups, or Charcuterie Plate run $7-16 each. "Second Courses", like Pizza, Caesar Salad, Chicken Liver Pâté, Foie Gras or Kobe Oxtail Poutine run $9-14 each. "Entrées" include Harissa Crusted Tofu ($19), Pan Seared Chicken ($23), Grilled Norwegian Salmon ($29), Seared Duck Breast or Red Snapper ($30 each), Pan Seared Tuna ($31), Grilled Hanger Steak ($34), Sous Vide Venison ($37), Rack of Lamb ($40) or Filet of Beef ($40) and include an accompaniment. Side dishes, like Mac 'n Cheese or Brussels Sprouts are also available at $7-9 extra. Then there's a "Cheese Course" offering a dozen Cow, Sheep or Goat Cheeses at 3/$18 or 5/$22. Desserts like Toffee Mousse, Mascarpone Cheesecake or Pistachio Polenta add another course and $9 each to the meal. They also offer a "Tasting Menu" at $54 for 5 courses and $35 more for selected wines paired with each course. After dinner drinks run $10-45 each and Wine seems endless on the 18 page list starting with House Wines ($5-18/glass). Full bottles go up to $480/btl. for Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2008 Red Blend. A well known Rodney Strong Symmetry Blend is $90. Full bar where Cocktails start at $13 and Beers at $7 each. Split plate charges at both lunch and dinner. 20% gratuity for parties of 5 or more. Reservations accepted by phone or through Open Table online. Full linen service. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Maryann Ferenc, manager and co-owner; Marty Blitz, chef and co-owner.



Closed 15 Stars Gluten Free Menu Mitchell's Fish Market, 460 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. Sadly after 7 years in the Winter Park Village Shops, this 15 Star restaurant closed suddenly on November 6, 2017. Other Florida locations in Tampa and Jacksonville remain open.



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Not Rated MomoYaki, 3100 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL. 61.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-384-3733. (Asian) [L/D] Located behind Crispers off SW 34th St. south of Archer Rd. Open 7 days per week, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM for lunch, from 5 PM for dinner except Saturday and Sunday they open at noon. A family owned restaurant offering Japanese and Korean cuisine. No MSG used and high quality sushi is sold. Appetizers include Hiyayakko (Tofu), Gyoza Dumpling (Pork and Veggie), Mozzarella Tempura, Calamari, Egg and Spring Rolls, Krab Rangoon, Tuna Tataki and a Sushi Sampler, all range $4-10 each. Sushi items run $5-10 each. Teriyaki entrées include Beef, Chicken, Salmon, Tofu and Tempeh at $9-14 each. Katsu items include Chicken, Pork or Fish at $12-13 each. Tempura meals are Seafood, Shrimp and Veggie ones at $9-15 each. Donburi items include Chicken or Pork Katsudon and Chicken or Beef Oyakodon at $11-13 each. Popular Bento Boxes run $13-14 each. Yaki Udon Noodle dishes are Tofu, Tempeh, Chicken, Beef and Shrimp at $10-12 each. Yaki Soba Noodle are similar at the same prices. Korean dishes include Hui-Dup-Bap (Raw Fish), Jjam Ppong (Spicy Seafood Soup), Bibimbap (Beef), Nang Myun (Cold Broth), Boolgogi (Marinated Beef), Galbi (Short Ribs), Oh Jing uh Bokkeum (Pork), Kampungi (Fried Chicken) and Tangsuyuk (Fried Pork) all ranging $9-16 each. Miso Soup and Ginger Salad accompanies your entrée. Noodle and Rice Bowls are offered also. Kids menu available. Weekly specials are listed here. Imported Sake, Beer and Wine are on the menu. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Kyungog and Chihong Yun, owners.



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Not Rated MoonFish, 7525 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-363-7262. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row", half way between Dr. Plillips Blvd. and Turkey Lake Rd., west of I-4 exit 74A. Open daily from 4:30 PM. Pan-Asian influences on mid-western steaks and fresh ocean and gulf seafood. A Shellfish Bar offers Baked Oysters Rockefeller ($12), Raw Oyster Array ($11), Mussels Mariniere ($11) and Stone Crab Claws (Market Priced). Other appetizers include Sesame Duck Carpaccio ($7), Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella ($9), Toasted Coconut Shrimp ($10), Shrimp Remoulade ($13), Crackling Calamari Kung Pao ($9), Wok Fried Soft Shell Crab ($13) and Crab Louis Wonton ($15). Seafood entrées include Shrimp and Scallop Scampi ($20), Jumbo Breaded Shrimp ($17-22), MoonFish Bouillabaisse ($29), Alaskan Red King Crab ($30), and Crispy Almond Batter-Fried Green Back Lobster Tail ($35). On the turf side they offer Hawaiian Style Chicken Breast ($15), Shanghai Dusk ($17), Grilled Pork Chops ($17), Kansas City Strip Steak ($27), Boneless New York Strip ($28), Veal T-Bone ($28), Filet Mignon ($29), Prime Ribeye ($30) and a Crab Topped Mignon ($31). Side dishes add $3-6 each. Sushi bar is the focus of the dining area. Closed Super Bowl Sunday, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgivings and Xmas. Reservations accepted. Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Extensive Wine List of over 300 bottles and 30 by the glass. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. A "Talk of the Town" restaurant. Chris Michael, chef; Adam Santorelli, Johnathan Lawler and John Wilkinson, managers; Seth Miller, operating partner.



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Not Rated MOOR, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL. 64.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-586-1101. (Seafood) [L/D] Formerly called Sunset Sam's Fish Camp, it's now a sailboat themed restaurant, located in the Key West atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort. Open from 11:30 AM to 11 PM daily. Start with Florida Gumbo or She Crab Soup ($8 each). You'll find Roasted Veggie Flat ($12), Smoked Duck Flat ($16), Blue Crab Flat ($18), Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin ($28), Low Country Shrimp Boil ($29), Chicken & Waffles ($29), Ribeye Steak ($40), plus such fresh fish as Cobia, Golden Tile, Grouper, Hog Fish, Mahi Mahi, Pompano, Swordfish, Snapper, Triple Tail, Trigger Fish, Tuna or Wahoo (all at M.P.) on the menu. Side dishes add $6-9 each. Full bar and wine list. Reservations accepted. Marriott Corp., operator.



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12 Stars Video Free WiFi Morimoto Asia, 1600 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-939-6686. (Asian) [L/D] Located on the island (The Landing) at Disney Springs in the "Springs Bottling Co." building. Hours are 11:30 AM to Midnight, daily, or even later on weekends. Opened September, 2015. Striking Asian contemporary décor with long glass chandeliers hanging over round carved wooden booths with wood surface tables and an exhibition kitchen, all in a two level building. The second level has a Sushi Bar and Lounge with outdoor seating for cocktails. The vast menu has Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indonesian specialties and starts with such items as Edamame ($6), Krab Rangoon ($10), Five Spice Wings ($12), Tuna Pizza ($15), Rock Shrimp Tempura ($16) and others. They have Dim Sum on their menu like Vegetable or Pork Egg Roll ($8 each), Sesame Balls ($8), Kakuni Pork Bao ($10), Chicken Dumplings ($10), Shrimp Har-Gao ($12) and others. Sushi Rolls range $7 for Vegetable Roll, to $10 for California Roll, to $12 for Spicy Tuna Roll, to $13 for Spider (Soft Shell Crab) Roll, and more. Miso Soup ($6/$12) or Hot & Sour Soup ($8/$12) are an added course. Sushi and Sashimi Combos are priced at $45, $50 and $100, with two "tower" variations at $100 and $200, enough for 3 or 6 people. Vegetarian entrées include Steamed Veggies ($8), Szechuan Long Beans ($10), Sautéed Chinese Vegetables ($12), and a Veggie Tofu Medley ($16). For main courses you can find Kung Pao Chicken ($22), Orange Chicken ($22), LA BBQ Kalbi ($28), Wok Fry Shrimp ($28), Braised Black Cod ($32), Black Pepper Steak ($32), Sweet and Sour Crispy Branzino Bass ($34), Lobster Chow Fun ($45), 10 oz. Filet Mignon ($46) or 16 oz. Rib Eye Steak ($54). They are noted for Pork Ribs (3/$14 or 6/$27) too. Noodle and Rice dishes run $9 for Egg Fried Rice, Veggie, Chicken or Beef Lo Mein at $18/$20/$22, or Pad Thai versions at $17/$22/$24, to $16 each for Duck Ramen or Chashu Pork Ramen, to $23 for Duck Nasi Goreng and $30 for Morimoto Buri-Bop, plus a few others. The featured dish is Morimoto Peking Duck at $54. Lunch menu is similar with a modest reduction in portion size and price. Full bar with exotic Cocktails, Wine List and featured Sakes at $12-18/glass. Various desserts are creative too. Origami kids menu. Chinese New Year dinner ($75pp) and Valentine Day dinner ($85pp) offered. Reservations suggested in season, by phone or online. Masaharu Morimoto, master chef; Patina Restaurant Group of New York City, owners.

Review: (from Karen B. 9/16) We enjoyed dinner here as part of Orlando's Magical Dining Month. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. My dining partner and I enjoyed the Pork Bao and assorted Dim Sums for our starters. They were both exceptional. For our main course we enjoyed the LA BBQ Kalbi and the Orange Chicken. They were served quickly after the appetizers which was a bit surprising. Both entrées were delicious and flavorful. For dessert we had the Churro Fondue and the MM Soda float. The Churro Fondue was fantastic, what's not to love about fried dough covered in cinnamon. The MM Soda Float was quite different, it was good, with vanilla ice cream and Morimoto soda. It had some Key Lime Pearls in the bottom which were kind of strange. Out server, Eric, was amazing. Can't wait to go back
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) This was a Magical Dining evening with our friends. This restaurant was not our first choice, but this was a close second and much more hospitable. The hostess seated us upstairs away from the tourists and families in a lovely semi-enclosed space. Our waiter, Justin, took our drink order and brought us special menus for Magical Dining. We had an order of Edamame which was very good and wine. Our appetizers were Dim Sum which was quite tasty. We both had the Branzino which was good but a very small portion. Our dessert were Churros that were good. The total with a bottle of wine, before t&t was $112.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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