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

Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Coleen C. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/17) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Had a 1 PM reservation and was seated promptly. Our server, Timothy, was pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient. Shared Sagonaki Flaming Cheese Appetizer and a Gyro Platter. All dishes prepared well and presented nicely. Tasty food. Nice ambiance. With 2 Draft Beers and 20% Sharon show discount, it was $25 including tax.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 10/18) Amerikanos Grill has some unusual but great foods! My wife and I dropped in after a movie. Our appetizer was "Sagonaki' ($9), the traditional flaming cheese served with people joining in with the Greek shouting of acclaim, "OPA!". We ordered a bottle of Bogle Merlot wine ($32) and Fish and Salad ($15), while my wife ordered something called, Great Chix Potato ($11.50). Our waitress, Heidy, was a joy who had a marvelous sense of humor. She checked back with us often to make sure we enjoyed our meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (The Villages), 1009 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0000. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM 'til 2 AM every day. Popular American fare with a new menu created by Tyler Florence. Killer Apps (appetizers) range from $4 to $8. Apple Walnut or Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin and Southwest Steak Skillet as well as Fiesta Lime Chicken and Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs are featured on the menu. Rollups, sandwiches and burgers also available. Usual prices are $8 to $16 for entrées. Weight Watcher® items for those followers; if not, save room for the Blue Ribbon Brownie. Small Dessert Shooters at $2 are also available. Full bar and specialty drinks on the mini table menu. 2 for 1 on house drinks all day. Seniors (60+) get 15% off with their Golden Apple Card. Free dessert on your birthday for E-Club members. This location now designated Club Applebee's, with half priced appetizers, 2 for 1 drink specials and other activities like Karaoke, Monday Madness, Girls Night Out and Full Moon Parties held after 10 PM nightly. Gluten free information available on their website. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. One of a large nationwide chain based in Overland Park, KS., but now owned by IHOP Corp. Rich Lucy, manager.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Haven't been here in a long time. We arrived at 5:30 on a Wednesday night and the restaurant was very quiet. We decided to do their 2 for $20 Special. I had the 6 oz. Sirloin, Baked Potato, Garlicy Green Beans and the largest Side Salad that I've ever seen. Everything was delicious, even though my Steak was slightly overcooked. My husband had the Fiesta Lime Chicken served with Mexican Rice and the same kind of large Side Salad as I had. His meal was delicious too. Caleb, our server, took excellent care of us. Our meals plus a water and coffee came to $22. This was a terrific deal with delicious food. I look forward to returning.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/18) We were seated immediately. Our waitress, Kelli B, was a little slow getting our drinks and also the food we ordered was extremely slow coming out. We ordered off the lunch menu. Kelli also wrote down what my husband wanted, incorrectly. When it finally came and we told her it was wrong, it took a really long time for the correct item to come. I was just about finished with my meal. He ordered a Thai Salad and Chicken Tenders ($9.49) and I ordered Tomato Soup and a Half Sandwich ($8.49), with a Lemonade ($2.69) and an Iced Tea ($2.69). When we were finished, Kelli brought the bill and I gave her a credit card. She ran it and after I had signed for it and realized it was wrong (she charged us for BOTH items...the right one and the WRONG one that my husband ordered). She didn't correct it on my credit card, she just paid me in cash for the difference. NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bob M. 8/19) We were seated immediately for lunch. Our server was Michelle C. She was polite and friendly. We had the Chicken Fiesta Wrap and Basil Soup (lunch special for $8) plus the Fiesta Lime Chicken ($13) and an Iced Tea ($3). They were both very good. Before t&t total was $24. We had a little problem with their kiosk but Michelle fixed it right away.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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14½ Stars Free WiFi Now Open Augustine's 1812 House, 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 633-3007. (Italian) [D] Opened late November, 2020. Back to its original namesake. Located where Augustine's, Tosca Ristorante Italiano, Bourbon Street Restaurant and Music Hall, Luigino's Restaurant and finally Demshar's Restaurant all did business over the years. Open only for dinner, 4-10 PM, but 12-6 PM on Sunday. All guests get heavy linen napkins and some tables inside have white tablecloths for groups. They offer a nice variety of appetizers like Fried Mozzarella ($8), Fried Olives ($8), Grilled Portobello Mushrooms ($8), Eggplant Rollatini ($9), Fried Calamari ($10), Beef Carpaccio ($11) and Sautéed Shrimp in Wine Sauce ($11). Entrées include Chicken Cacciatore ($15), Marinated Sicilian Ribeye ($18), Limoncello Salmon ($18), Shrimp Fra Diablo ($19), 7 oz. Grilled Filet ($33) and Osso Bucco [Veal Shank] ($38). Each comes with one side dish. A Side Salad adds $2 to the meal. They offer "classic" main dishes too like Ravioli, Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Chicken Alfredo, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Veal, Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan, Veal or Chicken Marsala, Chicken Piccata, and Sausage and Peppers with Onions, all priced at $16 each. Two sizes of Pizzas are available too, at $12 or $16 each or design your own. Large Salads can be had, like House, Caesar, Caprese or Escarole and Spinach ($6-10 each) plus an Antipasti at $12 which is easy to share. Soups are White Bean with Escarole or a Soup of the Day (both $6 each). Desserts are not left to chance with Cannoli, Tiramisu, Spumoni Cake, Cheesecake or Chocolate Cake (all $5-7 each) on the menu. Entertainment at 8 PM on weekends. Full bar. Specialty cocktails, like an Italian Old Fashioned, run $7-12 each. Wine List shows many Italian imports and California domestics offered by the glass or bottles ranging $24 to a Caymus Cab-Sauv at $169. Most run $30-40 each, however. Reservations by phone accepted. Joe Ponziano, chef; Matt Morlan, manager; John and Maureen McIntyre owners here and at Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille (see that listing).

Review: (from Ellen H. 12/20) We arrived early but the outside tables were already full. So we opted for the far corner of the main room (table #23) and Jenna came to take our drink order immediately. They have a paper menu but a nice Wine Book and Cocktail List. We ordered a Bourbon Manhattan ($6) and I had the very tasty Tiramisu-Tini ($11). Jenna brought bread with red sauce for a change from the usual oil. I ordered the Limoncello Salmon ($18) with crisp Vegetables and he had the Veal Marsala on Pasta ($16) with a Side Caesar Salad (+$2). The Veal was fairly tender and the Salmon nice and flaky. The meal was prompt and arrived on hot plates. Jenna was very pleasant and the staff checked back with us very often. In fact, the hostess lingered and encouraged feedback. No loud music playing here. We did not order dessert but you were presented with 2 nice home-made cookies at the end of the meal instead. Nice extra. All staff wore masks. Place seemed well run. We really had no complaints. We were out in an hour. Total before t&t was $53. Nice addition to Spanish Springs.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 1/21) Delightful dining outside on the warm patio overlooking the Square. Debbie was a fantastic server and very attentive. This place is a winner. We enjoyed a House Merlot and House Cabernet, each had a Caesar Salad, split the Meat Lasagna and even brought some home. Salads were fresh and dressing was made in house. Anchovies were available. Bread was available too. Tiramisu for dessert was exellent. Total before t&t was $39 and we were more than pleased with everything.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Ay! Jalisco (The Villages), 1152 Main St., The Villages, FL. 259-6582. (Mexican) [L/D] Pronounced "Hi-lees-ko". Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened for business November 7, 2009. Formerly occupied by Nature's Table and The Main Street Bistro, this new Mexican cantina offers south of the border fare in cutely painted wood booths as well as outdoor seating. Menu items will include Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken. Also Fajitas, Burritos, Carne Adoba, Tacos, Enchiladas, Burritos, Chile Verde, Chile Rellenos and Chimichangas are some of the other offerings. Early Bird Specials $6-7 each. Named after one of the 31 Mexican states on the Pacific central coast near Guadalajara which is the center of the Mexican Tequila industry and also a 1941 movie, "¡Ay Jalisco, no te rajes!". Full bar featuring Margaritas. Seven other locations include Clermont, Sabastian, Vero Beach. Gloria Huitron and Pedro Nevarez, owners.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 11/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 12/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 1/21) I have been coming here since the day they opened. Sat outside on the patio on this beautiful day. Health protocols observed. She had the side Chicken Chimichanga for $5 and I had my usual Shredded Beef Super Nachos. It has beans, cheese, tomato, sour cream and guacamole and a lot of shredded beef for $8 and we split a blended Margarita for $5. This was the best one we have had here. Total before t&t was $19. Javier is a fantastic server and was on top of our needs.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Bamboo Bistro, 700 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 750-9998. (Asian) [L/D] Opening date was October 10, 2010. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, or later, daily. From 12 noon on Sunday. This restaurant is located where The Villages SKY and Dee Dee's Doghouse once operated, in the Rolling Acres Plaza. It offers similar food to SKY, with many Asian styles represented plus popular noodle dishes and a sushi bar. The varied menu boasts Appetizers like Crab Rangoon, Crispy Spring Rolls, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, Fried Calamari, Pan Fried Gyoza, Steamed Clam Bucket, Honey Sesame Drumsticks and Hoisin BBQ Ribs, all ranging $4-9 each. Others include Summer Rolls, Salmon Tartar, Seaweed Salad, Tuna Avocado Salad and Spinach Garden Salad for $5-10 each. A variety of Tempura items like Katsu Mahi Mahi, Chicken or Pork or Seafood Platter are also offered at $4-16. From the wok, they offer six sauces of Garlic, Kung Pao or Curry Basil spicy ones; to Szechwan Black Bean, Candied Orange or Moo Goo Gai Pan milder sauces. The main wok ingredient is your choice of either Tofu, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp at $8-14 per dish. Familiar items like spicy General Tao's Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Egg Foo Young, Peking Duck, Roast Duck, Sake Glazed Salmon, Coconut Shrimp or even Chilean Sea Bass with Black Bean Sauce are also featured for $12-26 each. Various Noodle Soups like Pho or Udon and a few Noodle Dishes ($7-10) like Pad Thai can also be found on the large menu. Large Rice Dishes are also available under $10, as are Sushi selections. Now offering Dim Sum for lunch. Plum and house wines ($4.50) plus a few other select choices, ranging $5-8 per small glass and domestic and imported beers are also offered. Coupons appear in Thursday's Daily Sun. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Closed on Thanksgivings but open on Christmas and New Years Day. Liang Wu is chef; Jian Daniels, owner.

Older Review: (from Roberta M. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 10/10) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/10) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 3/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 12/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann S. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 7/15) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/15) Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Andrea Z. 7/18) We started with a Caviar Tuna Trio Sushi Roll ($15) which was easily large enough to share with 2 or 3 people as an appetizer. The main entrée was Beef with Black Bean Sauce and Fried Rice ($15.50). They have a selection of proteins and starches which include Noodles or Rice. This is the best Asian food, I have had in a long time. Very fresh and light. Our server was Craig, who was attentive and efficient. Nice Asian décor with napkins and tablecloths. My total was $46.50 with tax, beer and wine.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/18) I think their Udon is great but I like it in a soup. Since it is no longer on the menu I mentioned this to the owner. She told me that next time I return, I should mention to the server. I did and my server, Robert W., was great. He new exactly what I wanted. It is a light soup and I like it with Tempura Shrimp. If one wants it hot, add either red pepper or shoyu sauce. As far as I know, the only place in town to get this. It's a bit like Italian Tuscan Pici. If enough people ask, maybe they’ll put it back on the menu. It was $12 but without shrimp, should be below $10. Robert W. was great. For Udon, this is it.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kerri C. 4/19) We went to dinner around 6:15 and were seated immediately. Restaurant was fairly empty. Our server was Robert. My husband ordered a Dinner Salad with Ginger Dressing, Spicy Tuna Basil Roll and a Sapporo (22 oz. can). I ordered Chicken Pad Thai. My husband was disappointed with his Roll as the bites were oversized with too much Rice and scant Tuna. Salad was just OK. On a previous visit, he had a regular Tuna Roll, which was excellent and wished he had ordered that. My Chicken Pad Thai was delicious! Service was fine. Consistent with other establishments in and near The Villages, prompt and attentive at first then waiting awhile to receive your check. Total check was $38 without tip. Food cost $29 with $6.50 for the beer and $2.49 for tax. This was our second time to the restaurant and are still experimenting with what to order. Had a delicious meal previously and will definitely return!
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/19) 12 of us from our Wine Club came to enjoy dinner here. They put us in two booths separated. Their wine list seems much smaller now. I had the 8 oz. Clos du Bois Chardonnay ($10) and she had the 8 oz. Red Diamond Blend ($10.50). The 8 ounce pour was not much more than our friend's 5 oz. pour. We compared glasses. We started with Crab Rangoon ($6) to share with the table. It was good. I had the Wok Chicken with Orange Sauce ($14) with Fried Rice (+$1.50) and she had the Special Sushi Roll ($16). Both meals were good. She also had Bread Pudding ($7) and I had a second wine ($10). Robert was our server. He was a little impatient with our friends. Total was $75 before t&t. Not as good as it used to be. The new menu is hard to read and understand in places.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Came here for something different. I had a 5 oz. glass of Red Diamond Blend ($7); he had water. I ordered the Basil Seafood Delight ($19) with Brown Rice (+$1.50). He had the Orange Sauce Shrimp Wok ($15) with Fried Rice (+$1.50). Both were excellent. Destiny was our server. Food comes out fast. Not very busy on a Wednesday night at 7:30 PM. Good meal. Total before t&t was $44.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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7½ Stars Video Calorie Count Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Mulberry Grove Plaza), 8720 SE 165th Mulberry Ln., The Villages, FL. 259-1536. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Newly renovated in mid-2019. Open until 10 PM. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Chicken Fingers Basket, Black & Bleu Burger and Chicken Caesar Salad are typical of the menu. Sells their own Wings Sauce too. TVs for coverage of sporting events. Open on Thanksgiving Day 12-4 PM only. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. Now has full bar. One of a large nationwide franchise chain concentrated in the southeast, based in Tampa. This one now corporate owned. Tanya McLaughlin, general manager.

Older Review: (from Howard H. 12/08) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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9½ Stars Video Calorie Count Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Southern Trace Plaza), 3539 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-7169. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open until 10 PM. Half-pound burgers, baskets, soups, wraps and salads are just some of the wide selections from the menu. Buffalo style Chicken Wings with Honey BBQ, Garlic or Teriyaki sauce for dipping. Made from mild to "nuclear". Fish 'N Chips and Shrimp Baskets also popular. Beer and wine, only. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. One of over 200 franchise locations concentrated in the southeast based in Tampa. Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway & Richard Parrish, owners.

Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/09) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Teri, our server, took excellent care of us. We don't usually frequent here. After this experience, I think we will come more often. We both had the Veggie Bowl Meals with Chicken ($9.50 ea.). The Sautéed Veggies were delicious. Mine was over Quinoa, my husband's over Rice. Each meal came with a huge Side Salad. It was plenty of food, therefore we brought half of our meals home. We had 1 Sweet Tea and 1 water. Our bill came to $22. I look forward to coming back.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Video Calorie Count Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Colony Plaza), 321 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-5975. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open until 10 PM. Newest location in The Villages located off CR 466A. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Full bar now. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. One of a chain of over 200 locations in the southeast and midwest. Aimee Holaway, manager; Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway, Richard Parrish & Ben Pickens, owners.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/18) We were with a group of 16. I had the Red Sangria ($7) and enjoyed it. She had water. She also had the Friday Seafood Special ($10) "without Fries" but ordered a Caesar Salad ($2 extra) instead. I ordered the Philly Cheesesteak ($9). It came with Fries that were room temperature. Her Fish Fry was covered in Fries, even though she said "No Fries". The Fish portion was small after the Fries were removed. They were over cooked. My Hogie was mostly roll. Not much beef or cheese. Angelica did OK. Total before t&t was $28. Won't be back here.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Belle Glade Country Club, 446 Moyer Loop, The Villages, FL. 205-8208. (American) [L/D] Named after the "Sugar Cane City", just south of Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Located at the east end of Hillsborough Trail, on Moyer Loop, off Morse Blvd., south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44. This Country Club restaurant opened October 20, 2014. Same layout as Evans Prairie Country Club but a different menu. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 9 PM, or 10 PM on weekends. An "Old Florida" experience. The offerings start with Lobster Bisque Soup, New England Style Clam Chowder or Vegetable Soup ($4/$7 each) and Salads like Garden, Caesar or House ($4/$7 each). Various large Salads like Iceberg Wedge, Chicken Caesar, Walnut Creek, Strawberry & Avocado, Cobb, Sesame Chicken, Fajita Chicken Salad, Crispy Checken, Ahi Tuna and Steak House Salad (all ranging ($9-15 each) are available for lunch or dinner. Appetizers (or lite meals) include Fried Pickles ($8), Honey-Lime Shrimp ($9), Chicken Strips ($9), Steak Nachos ($10), Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps ($10), Chicken Wings ($10), Little Necks Clams ($10), Loaded Potato Wedges ($10), Margherita Flatbread ($10), Bruschetta with Crab ($11) and Tuna Wontons ($11). They also offer four Wraps like Thai Steak, Chicken Caesar, Chicken BLT or Santa Fe Turkey (all $9 each). In the Pasta department you can find dishes like Tuscan Chicken, Shrimp & Scallop Arrabbiata, Linguine Beef Stir Fry, Rigatoni Salsicce, Pescatore, Steak Rigatoni and Lobster Ravioli (all ranging $15-18 each). For dinner entrées they offer Southwest Chicken ($12), Chicken Pot Pie ($13), Chicken Royale ($14), Lobster Pie ($14), Portabella Steak Bercy ($16), Beef Filet Mozzarella ($16), Grilled Salmon Steak ($16), Chicken or Mushroom Enchilada ($16 each), Lamb Shank ($17), Pan Seared Cobia ($17), Mustard Crusted Salmon ($18) and a NY Strip Steak ($21). For lighter appetites, hand-helds fill the bill, like Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Ham & Swiss, Honey Pecan Chicken Salad, Ranch Style Chicken, Turkey Bacon Melt, Rueben Cuban, Custom or Bistro Burger, California Club, Cobia Sandwich, and Ahi Tuna Tacos (all ranging $9-12 each). For dessert you can find Chocolate Decadent Cake, Caramel or White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Peach Cobbler (all $7 each). Kids menu offered too. Outdoor seating. Full bar. Happy Hour prices in effect 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Wine list includes Round Hill Chardonnay, Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Houge Riesling, Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Merlot, Mark West Pinot Noir, LaJoya Syrah and others (all $5.50-8.50/glass or $18-30/bottle). House wines run about $4/glass. Specialty drinks, like a Dirty Shamrock, run $6-7 each. Frequent diner club available on their website. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Occasional entertainment in season. Travis Hanberry, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Autumn Miller, general manager; Jim Haghayegh operations director; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie and Bonifay Country Clubs.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/18) Haven’t been back for sometime as we didn’t have a pleasant experience during the early part of their opening. We (8 of us) decided to give them a try again for lunch. First of all, I liked the fact that they’ll take reservation for party of 8 or more. We had a nice table outside and our server, Patricia, was very pleasant. I had a Hamburger which I thought was pretty good. Ladies had Strawberry and Avocado Salad, plus a bowl of Chili. Others enjoyed, Mini Beef Sliders, Wings and Margherita Pizza. Total bill without drinks came to $90.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 3/20) We sat at the packed bar around 6:30. I ordered K-J Chardonnay - my favorite- perfectly chilled, and reasonable priced at 6.50 a glass. Tammy took our dinner orders. I had the Citrus Mango Snapper, with Long Grain Jasmine Rice, Green Beans, and a bright lemony citrus cream sauce that went perfectly with the Snapper. Hubby had a 7 oz. Filet with Asparagus and Green Beans, perfectly done (medium rare) with crisp Veggies. We shared a Crème Brûlée for dessert. It was too watery and lacking flavor. We sent it back and were credited with it. Total charge for 2 dinners, 3 glasses of wine, Perrier, was $76.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Bluefin Grill & Bar, 2738 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 571-5344. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened September 17, 2018. On Brownwood Paddock Square, at the SE corner of Brownwood and Meggison, where the Bavarian Brewhaus did business until July, 2017. Before that it was called Las Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant. Open daily at 11 AM. Menu changes to dinner at 3 PM. As their logo implies, they are primarily a seafood restaurant advertising "From Oysters Rockefeller to Maine Lobster". But, curiously, neither item is on their menu. Full linen service here. For appetizers they have Crispy Clam Strips ($8), Conch Fritters ($9), Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($11), Fried Calamari ($11), St. Louis Ribs ($11), Thai Shrimp ($11), P.E.I. Mussels ($12) and Coquille St. Jacques with Sherry Cream Sauce ($12). Gumbo and Clam Chowder are their Soups ($8 each). For seafood entrées they offer Fish & Chips ($15), Baked Cod ($16), Coconut Haddock ($18), Scallops and Fettuccini ($18), Red Rainbow Trout ($19), Lump Crab Cakes ($19), Salmon ($19), Ahi Tuna ($19), Pesto & Bacon Encrusted Cod ($19), Seared Sea Scallops ($19), Pescatore ($20) and Swordfish ($22). Other entrées include Chicken Breast ($15), 12 oz. Roasted Pork Chop ($20), Twin Petite Filets ($23), 12 oz. NY Strip ($25) and a Surf 'n Turf of Shrimp & Petite Filet ($20). Most plates come with two sides and a sauce. Other sides add $3-4 and a Side Salads adds $5 to the meal. For lighter appetites, Full Salads like Caprese ($11), a Red Creek Vegetarian ($12), Pesto Cobb Salad ($13), Calamari Salad ($13), Sesame Seared Ahi ($15) and Filet Salad ($15) give you your greens. Sandwich Plates come with Fries and range from Pesto Jack Chicken ($11), to Tuna Melt ($12), Fish Tacos ($12), Wagyu Burger ($13), Blackened Haddock ($16) and a Salmon Avocado BLT ($16). For dessert they make Triple Chocolate Layer Cake, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Caramel Cheesecake and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée (all $8 each). Indoor/outdoor full bar and seating remain. Sizable Wine List runs $8-13 per glass or $30-110 per bottle. German, French, Italian, Kiwi and Californian wines are represented, like Cakebread Chardonnay at $90/bottle. They also offer Martinis and Sangria ($7 each). Entertainment planned. Reservations accepted by phone or online for up to 8 people. Jason Sofka, culinary director of the restaurant group; Ezekiel Springs, chef, Douglas Brown, area director; Fred Karimipour, owner here, and at The Chop House at Lake Sumter, Belle Glade, Bonifay, Evans Prairie and Orange Blossom Hills Country Clubs, as well as Scooples Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant, nearby.

Review: (from Eileen P. 9/18) Our server, Thomas, was very knowledgeable and professional. There were three managers roving around plus the owner, during dinner which was packed. We had the Lump Crab Cakes ($19) and Fish and Chips ($15), with 1 Draft Beer totaling $43 before t&t. The other person dining with us had the Mustard Encrusted Salmon which she said was the best she had ever had in a restaurant. The wait was a little long (50 minutes) for the food but since it is the first week, we expected that. Also they told us the wait for a table would be 50-60 minutes but it was only 30 minutes. Will definitely go back to try some other entrees.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 9/18) We expected to eat in the dining room, which is dramatic, but found 2 seats at the bar and took those, rather than wait 45 minutes for a table. Jorge, our server, promptly took our drink orders and presented us with a menu. Hubby ordered a Beefeater's Double Pour for $10, and I had 2 glasses of K-J Chardonnay at $9 each. He had the Filet and Tarragon Shrimp ($20), which he said was the best Steak he'd had in The Villages. I had the Red Rainbow Herb Crusted Trout ($19), which was outstanding, very fresh and nicely topped with fresh herbs. Splurged on the Crème Brûlée - nicely crusted over a rich Vanilla Crème. We were pleased with the service, which was prompt, presentation and food temps which were right on. Total with drinks, entrées, dessert and tip was $85. We will be back again and again.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 10/18) We arrived on a Wednesday night at 5 PM and we were told we'd have a half hour wait. We were called 10 minutes later. The décor here is beautiful, however, I did notice that the dining room was extremely noisy. We sat outside since it was not beastly hot on the patio. Our server, Kelly, took good care of us. I had Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce ($18). The Salmon was good. The Brussels Sprouts I had were delicious. Thank goodness there was not much Lemon Butter Sauce. It was way too salty for my taste. My husband had the Wild Mussels ($12). He did not really care for them. The broth was flavorless. Our opinion is this restaurant is just another Bonefish Grill. However, we like Bonefish's food better. With one soft drink, our bill came to $33.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 10/18) It’s great that we have a fish place here but if we don’t watch out we’ll end up with all the fish tasting the same as the other Country Club restaurants but paying a higher price because it is a fish place. Let’s start with what’s good. The Calamari we had as appetizer was great. It was lightly done, juicy and soft, not chewy. Most rings were large enough. As for the fish, I had Red Rainbow Trout. The meat of the fish can’t tighten by overcooking. This is a fish speciality restaurant, so fish meat needs to be soft and juicy. Europeans are good at doing this. It’s a good start and the place is jumping with long wait as usual, but what happens a year from now is the key. I hope it goes well. Service by Michelle was good. Bill without drinks came to $85.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from MaryLou G. 10/18) This restaurant is a nice addition to the Brownwood area. We were given a pager when we arrived a little before 5 PM but were called in a very short time. We ate outside on the patio which was much quieter than inside. My husband ordered the Crab Cake dinner which he enjoyed. There was no problem substituting sides. He enjoyed his Crab Cakes with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes. I ordered the Coconut Haddock with Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables, which were Green Beans and Red Peppers. I must say I was disappointed with the Haddock. The fish itself was tasty, but I was expecting a Coconut batter. Since I didn't care for the Mango Salsa and Dark Rum Beurre Blanc, I asked for this to be served on the side. When the dish arrived, there was no Coconut in the batter or on the Fish. There was just a little Coconut in the sauce. I think that the description of this dish is inaccurate. It should be labeled "Haddock with Coconut Mango Salsa and Rum Beurre Blanc" Our server, Kelly, did a good job. We will return to try some of the other dishes.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from William G. 10/18) Fantastic service by Grant. We had Salmon and Steak with Wine and Salad. The food was very good, cooked to perfection. I loved the Potatoes. The atmosphere was very elegant. Be prepared to wait for a table; they have a nice Happy Hour. Total cost was $69 for two.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/18) Now that reservations are accepted via OpenTable we had dinner for 4 at 6:45 PM. We went to the bar first and had a cocktail. Our table near the door was ready in 5 minutes. Bright, airy but noisy room. We first had an order of Coquille St. Jacques with Sherry Cream Sauce ($12). The specials seemed expensive. I had the Filet and Shrimp ($20) on top of Mashed Potatoes with Asparagus. I don't like my food piled on top of each other. I'll request that next time. It was flavorful. She had Swordfish ($22) and she enjoyed it. Our friends had the Conch Fritters for an appetizer. It was new to them. They also had the Fish 'n Chips and took home half. Our server was Craig. Not as friendly as you might expect. When our food arrived by runner, the orders were wrong. It was some other table's tray. We each had a glass of wine ($9 each) with dinner. Our total before t&t was about $72. Never got the itemized bill back with my credit card, just the charge slips to sign, but my amount was close. I probably tipped too much.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Carol H. 1/19) We made reservations for 5 PM and were seated promptly, though we did ask to change from a table for 10-12 to a table for 8 that was more conducive to conversation. Our request was honored quickly. Our courteous and friendly server, Ann, answered our menu questions completely. My husband and I both had a glass of wine ($5.50 each), I had a House Salad ($5), we both had the Coconut Haddock ($19 each). Our total bill without tax came to $53.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/19) We were seated immediately at 5:30. Interior is done well with tables spaced nicely. Carpet floor helped lower noise level. Long line when we left at 6:30. Tessa was pleasant and knowledgeable. Mixed up the bills at the end, but no harm. Our Baked Lemon Cod with Asparagus and Scalloped Potatoes (subbed for Rice, at no charge) was excellent. Friends had Fish & Chips (very good and plenty), plus a Coconut Cod, they said was bland, but OK. Our tab with 2 Wines and 1 Cocktail was $60 plus t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) It was 4 PM and it was not crowded, so I had excellent service. Melanie was friendly and knowledgeable. She suggested the "Red Creek" Salad ($11) with Salmon ($11) which was excellent. The early dinner was both relaxing and quiet and I was out before the 5 PM crowd.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) Four of us arrived at 7 PM on a Sunday to find a 25 minute wait. No more reservations by OpenTable. The wait turned out to be only 10 minutes. We already had drinks at the bar. When seated, there were no set-ups on the table. Britton was our OK server. While she took our orders we reminded her of no silverware. My better half had the Red Trout ($19.50) with Mango Salsa and a side. She enjoyed it very much. I had the Coconut Haddock ($19) with Mango Salsa and a side. The side was 3 Asparagus spears! Mine had a lot less flavor. Probably would not order it again. When the food arrived, we had to remind her again that we had no set-ups. She went off to get some. The four of us sat there staring at our food for a while. A manager went by and we flagged him down and put him to work. He finally got our silverware. For this problem we can't rate service any higher than a 2. Our friends enjoyed their meals. Total before t&t was $38 without drinks. It was an OK meal.
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 7/19) Our 4th time at Bluefin. My Husband and I both had their Fish and Chips which we've heard people rave about. I don't get it. The Fish tasted like it had been frozen, the batter was thick and tasted as though it had been prepared with chicken strips oil. I had to pause and look to make sure I got Fish! It was not good. The Fries obviously had been prepared in the same chicken tasting oil. French Fries were also hard and not fresh. Tasted like they had been sitting under a heat lamp. Very disappointing. Service was just OK, had to ask for silverware and not enough check-ins with us during the meal. Before we say Not Returning, we will give them another try.
Q=1 S=3 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) We were seated immediately. Our server, Dustin, was very pleasant and professional. The lady we were with had a coupon for her husband's birthday and my husband's birthday was also a couple of days before, so Dustin made certain we got the same deal (a free appetizer). We both had a glass of wine ($5.50 each). We both had the Filet and Tarragon Shrimp ($21 each). Total before t&t was $52.60. Everything was great and we'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 10/19) I ordered the 5 oz. Filet with Mushrooms ($24). When it arrived the waiter had made a mistake and brought me the Filet with Shrimp instead. Since I don’t eat Shrimp, I told him I didn’t order it. Instead of taking it back, he tried to insist I take it telling me it would take much longer to get a new one. He finally took it back and in approximately 3 minutes came back with the same Steak with the Shrimp removed saying they were able to get it ready quickly. What they had done was remove the Shrimp from the original Steak. I could taste the Shrimp and found a piece of Shrimp still on the plate. Had I been allergic to Shrimp, it would have sent me to the hospital. Thankfully I was not and it had not happened to a friend of mine. Regardless the Shrimp taste was still on the steak. Although the Steak was cooked well this was completely unacceptable. In addition, when I asked for bread, he told me they only had Garlic Bread, obviously trying to discourage me from ordering it. I said that was fine but when the Bread came it was plain. For others at my table, it was Happy Hour. He told them the drinks they ordered were fine but then came back before bringing them and told all of them their drinks were not included on the Happy Hour price. This is the fourth time I have been to Bluefin. I have had similar experiences every time. I try not to print a bad review but this experience was the extreme and could have been an extremely serious situation!
Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) Haven’t been here in sometime, so took our friends to Sunday brunch. Coquille St Jacques caught my eyes. Normally around here they will call it Scallops something. I loved it when I lived in Paris. Wasn’t exactly what I thought but nevertheless, I enjoyed the dish. My wife had Cod and she said she liked it. Glad we can reserve now and was surprised it was not full. Will check them out for other dishes soon.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Charles K. 2/20) Brunch ad looks promising but the food reflects the empty restaurant. My wife had a luncheon earlier which was fairly good but our Sunday Brunch included Corned Beef Hash which was only potato with a bit of tomato, and no beef. My wife had a Crab Bene with the thinnest Crab Cake; I had the Lobster Bene which had to be sent back to the kitchen as the eggs were hard boiled. The Lobster had no taste and was very thin possibly extruded Lobster substitute. The tip off was the cool plates which the waitress warned were hot.
Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/20) We arrived early, about 4:30 PM, before the Friday crowd and were seated with our friends in the back at table #11. Kimmi was our server and we remember her from Hemingway's At Havana years ago. We started with a Pomegranate Martini ($10) and two Berry Sangrias ($7 each). I had the Mustard Crusted Salmon ($21.50) and my better half had a Chef Combo of Salmon and a 5 oz. Filet Medium Rare ($28). The Salmon was cooked correctly but the Filet was burnt on the outside and Medium Well on the inside. He did not complain. When Kimmi asked how it was cooked, she could see it was not right, so she had the kitchen make a "do-over" for him. When the new one came out it was rare inside! So much for perfect Steaks. At least they tried. We took one home. Our friends had Crab Stuffed Shrimp and a Fish Fry, that they both liked. Great service by Kimmi and the rest of the meal was fine. Nice linen service. Can't give it a perfect score. Total for 3 drinks and two entrées was $84.50 before t&t. It was full when we left at 5:45 PM.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/21) Decided to try lunch here with some friends. I haven't been here in quite some time. We sat outside since the weather was lovely. Chris, our server, took good care of us. However, we waited a long time to get our checks and then a long time for him to process them. I had the Lobster Roll with Brussels Sprouts ($17.) The Lobster Roll was OK and the Brussels Sprouts were fantastic. With my Iced Tea, the bill came to $20. My opinion - this was an expensive lunch. The OK Lobster Roll was not worth the price. I will return here and give it another try.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466), 2199 Parr Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-1224. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Opened September, 2005. Faces CR 466. Breakfast served all day. Large selection of omelets like Farmer's Market Omelet. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Country Fried Steak, Pot Roast Sandwiches to Meat Loaf make for a wide selection of dining styles. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Open 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. This one licensed for beer and wine now. One of a large regional chain of 500 locations in 18 states based in Columbus, Ohio. A second location is in Colony Plaza. Buck Smith, manager here.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/08) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466A), 360 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 751-4444. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Faces CR466A, next to Walgreens Pharmacy. Opened in mid-January 2017. This is the second location in The Villages. Open 6 AM to 10 PM daily. Breakfast served all day. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. This one licensed for beer and wine now. One of a large regional chain of 500 locations in 18 states, about 50 in Florida, based in Columbus, Ohio.



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12½ Stars Video Video AARP Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bonefish Grill (The Villages), 3580 Wedgewood Ln. The Villages, FL. 674-9292. (Seafood) [L/D] In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Center next to CVS Pharmacy since 2008. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM and to 11 PM on weekends. Plus Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM weekly. Open on Valentine's Day and Easter with limited reservations. Now accepting reservations daily, up to 1 month in advance, for seating from 11 AM daily, right on their website. "Call Ahead" no longer offered here. Closed Xmas and New Years Day. Extensive fresh seafood offerings with daily specials. Florida Stone Crab Claws available in season (November). Some popular starter items are: Bang Bang Shrimp ($8), Crispy Calamari ($7), Corn Chowder with Lump Crab ($3-6) and Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops ($10). Popular entrées are Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($18), Grouper Piccata ($19), Maryland Crab Cakes ($16), Ahi Tuna ($20), Atlantic Salmon ($14), Longfin Tilapia ($14) and Chilean Sea Bass with Warm Mango Salsa or other sauces ($19-22). Also available is a Filet Mignon ($19-21), 10 oz. Sirloin Steak ($14), Pork Tenderloin Portobello ($14) and a few Chicken dishes ($13). Try Crème Brûlée ($7), Coconut Pie ($7) or the 3 Doughnuts ($5) for dessert. Entrées range from $13 for Diablo Shrimp Fettucine to $29 for the Twin Lobster Tails. Casual dress at linen/paper covered tables. Small outdoor seating area provided. Low price menu at the bar after 8 PM. Full bar with signature martinis ($7-8) and a good wine list ranging mostly from $21 to $47 per bottle, many of which are available by the glass also. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Happy Hour is half price for usual requests from 3 to 6:30 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. 10% off food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. Free Bang Bang Shrimp or dessert on your birthday for being a Bonefish Grill Insider. Another location is open in Ocala (see that listing). 2010 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Number One rated for "Top Food", "Best Seafood", "Top Service" and "Top Healthy Options" for full service chain restaurants by Zagat. Gluten free information available on their website. One of a growing popular chain of 140 locations owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Founded by Tim Curci and Chris Parker in January, 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL. This one run by Angel Smithers, partner; assisted by Eileen Silverstrone, manager and Ben Guyton, head toque.

Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) S=1 Return=No.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 4/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 6/08) Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 8/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 11/08) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/15) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael P. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/17) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/18) Our usual birthday visit to a favorite place. We started with shared order of Mussels Josephine ($11), which were plentiful and superb. Each of us had House Salads, which were ice cold, fresh, large and dressings as requested ($9 for 2); they were also great. She had the Mahi Caribbean Special ($26), which was excellent and a large serving with wonderful Salsa. I had the Grilled Shrimp & Scallops, 6 of each and extremely tasty. Both sides of Gratin Potatoes and Steamed Vegetables, were excellent too. House wines were very good ($6 each). Nice warm bread with dipping oil also included. Complimentary Birthday Brownie ala Mode was very good too. Total without drinks and before t&t was $67 and well worth it.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Reservations helped us to get seated quickly. Place was crowded with line out the door. I have had the Trout here several times and enjoyed it. This time, I had to send it back due to it being overcooked and the taste. Brought another plate and this was cooked OK but the flavor was strange. I told the waitress not to box it, I would not eat it. Scalloped Potatoes, were like mashed. My wife had Cranberry Salmon, which she enjoyed. Others had Steak which had to go back twice. One had Battered Fish which looked like Chicken Nuggets and not good. Too bad, this place was good until recently, then went down hill. Will give it another try someday. They did comp me and another person for the bad meals. With White Cosmos, a Beer and 2 glasses of Wine, our total $52. Would have been $90. if not comped.
Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/19) This is one of our favorite places; we attended a "Chef's Special Wine-Paired Dinner" with 48 other patrons. Had their excellent House or Ceasar Salad and warm bread with Dipping Oil first. All 3 Wines were served at the same time (a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Merlot), and were in full-sized glasses but less than 1/4 glass each, so all 3 Wines COMBINED ended up being only about three quarters of one glass. Three entrées (Cobia, Shrimp/Scallop, Salmon) were served on the same plate with appropriate accompaniments and were all good. The 3 combined were more than you would expect for a single entrée. Desserts were top notch. At $50 per person, this was far from a bargain, and was a "Wine Tasting" and not a "Wine Pairing". On the flip side, a "Bar Bites" special a few months earlier at $25pp, offered more delicious food than you could eat for dinner, along with two interesting drink specials. Bar Bites, YEAH, Wine Paired Dinner, BOO!
Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) Been to Bonefish numerous times but this meal tops all others. Service was as usual - excellent with a very nice and knowledgeable server named Lacey. The special was Kate's Haddock ($24) - lightly breaded and flavorful but what hit the spot was the side of Brussels Sprouts. Over the top in flavor with a honey butter balsamic sauce and of course, chunks of bacon. One of the best side dishes ever and only $4. Definitely something to return for.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/19) We dined to celebrate a birthday and the staff went out of their way to mention this to the birthday person. We had a drink at the bar since we were early for our reservations, but we were seated quickly. I had the Trout with Lemon Butter Sauce ($19) and upgraded to the Brussel Sprouts (+$4) and both were excellent. He had Kate's Haddock ($24) and a Caesar Salad (+$2). The rest of the group also enjoyed their meals and the service. Our server was Dixie and she was knowledgeable and friendly. As always, it was a pleasure to dine here. We had a coupon for 20% off, so our bill was $55 before t&t and included 2 drinks.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) Went for 20% off Special. Email call-ahead for 4:45, we were seated immediately before those waiting in line. Then things went down from there. Shanikwa service was poor. It was a long time to get anything: straws, refills, food, drinks, water, mostly invisible, while other servers passed by several times. My Crab Encrusted Cod was as thin as burnt toast and way overdone; we had to call the manager due to server not being in sight. Server never should have accepted that plate from the kitchen. Manager made good with thicker cut of fish, undercooked, but I ate the cooked parts.My wife's Lily Chicken was good, Fish & Chips were greasy and tasteless, Burger was just OK. Bad experience. Our total was $51 with 4 glasses of wine. This place is too inconsistent and getting more pricey. No return for all 4 of us.
Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.



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

Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 11/11) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/12) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Joanne C. 1/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 7/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/16) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



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Ended service in 1991 after 65 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando,
Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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10 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Bravo Pizza, 1080 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 612-6961. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened August, 2005. Table waited service with a large selection of New York style and Neopolitan Pizzas plus Italian dishes like Fettuccine Carbonara, Chicken Salerritancio and Grouper Zetina. Bread Knots with dipping sauce provided for every table. Beer & wine. Jorge Lagunes & Milagros Aragon, owners.

Older Review: (from Steve L. 4/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 3/08) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert S. 10/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ralph C. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 10/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Tom B. 4/20) We chose Bravo Pizza for our first attempt at curbside take-out. Found the menu online and called in our order for a large Almafi Pizza ($22.50). It was ready on time, however, they weren’t set up for curbside pickup. I prepaid when I ordered, so just went inside to pick it up. No one else inside, so it wasn’t a problem. Pizza, was delicious with ham, bacon, red onions and roasted red peppers. Nice and hot when we got home, just as good as we remembered it from a few years ago. Reheated leftovers on the gas grill for lunch the next day. It was even better hot off the BBQ with a crispy crust. This was a great change up, as our fridge was looking a little sad.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Brownwood Hotel and Spa. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Cane Garden (Country Club) Restaurant, 1726 Bailey Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-0627. (American) [B/L/D] Opened December, 2004. Open 8 AM to 9 PM. Relaxing and inviting atmosphere with warm, tropical décor. Mostly lighter fare plus a few major entrées like a Chicken Stir-Fry ($10), Liver and Onions ($10), Pork Ribeye ($13), Whitefish ($13), Chicken Bella ($13), Stuffed Flounder ($13), Black Angus Steak Bordelaise ($14), Twin Petite Filets ($18), all served after 4 PM. You can also find a lunch or dinner entrée like Rustic Baked Pasta ($11), Chicken Marsala Sorrentino ($13), Pecan Tilapia ($13), Baked Meatloaf Sicilian ($13) and Pot Roast Étouffée ($14). Burgers are popular that range from an Angus Burger ($8) to the "Monster" ($10). They come with a side of Fries. Eight Wood Fired Pizzas ($8-9) are a favorite also. They are also noted for Wraps that range from Chicken Caesar to Chicken Avocado ($8-10). Lunch and dinner Sandwiches range from Philly Cheese Steak ($9), to Fish Taco ($10), to Lobster BLT Croissant ($11). They are noted for their Tuna Melt ($9). A wide variety of Salads, like Caesar ($8), Spinach ($8), a Wedge ($9), Tropical Paradise ($10), Chop Chop ($10), Chicken Lettuce Wrap ($10) and Goat Cheese on Greens ($10) are on the menu. Their "Soon To Be Famous" Tuna Salad ($11) has been on the menu since Day One. Appetizers can make a light meal or good bar food, like Fried Cheese ($6), Fried Shrimp ($7), Fried Calamari ($8), Crab Cakes ($8), Coconut Shrimp ($10), Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas ($8), and more. Weekly Specials might be Prime Rib ($15/$18), Pork Steamship ($13) or Roast Turkey ($13). Popular theme nights like Irish Pub Night offers Fish & Chips ($12), Corned Beef and Cabbage ($13) or Lamb Shank ($16). Open for breakfast (served to 11 AM generally) with Omelets ($7-8), Pancakes and French Toast ($5-6) and Egg Combos ($6-8). Special menu on holidays. Full bar. Tropical drinks offered. Happy Hour 3-5 PM. Outdoor breezeway dining available. Golf course views. Single person seating at the bar only. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Louis Santiago, no longer executive chef; Evan Keller, sous chef; Laurie Lape, general manager. Now owned by Robert and Nicole Wilkinson since mid-December, 2018, also owners of Amerikanós Grille, (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/07) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Pat M. 2/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne S. 4/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne S. 5/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 2/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 10/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 1/11) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 10/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 5/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/17) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 2/18) I have always liked Cane Garden's extensive menu. There are many varieties of food here. I had the Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($10) and Coffee. My bill was $13. On the menu, this dish is in the salad listing, as opposed to where it used to be, in the appetizer listings. The price is much more than it should be, in my opinion. It definitely should be an appetizer, since it is not really a meal portion. Don't get me wrong - it was delicious. Becky, our server, took excellent care of all of us. I will come back here.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) We sat outside with a nice view of the rolling greens outside. I had an Arnold Palmer while my wife sipped on an Iced Tea ($2 each). She had a bowl of the Asian Noodle Soup ($10) in a huge bowl. I sampled some and it was incredible, bursting with flavors. I had a Lobster Croissant ($11), that was most likely the best I have ever enjoyed! Marina was our pleasant waitress. Great meal!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Nancy R. 3/18) We like Cane Garden and it is one of our favorite restaurants. But they are not perfect every time. We shared a bottle of Pinot Noir ($16) while we ordered their Cane Garden Shrimp ($10) and Onion Rings ($7), plus their Shrimp and Seafood Rice Bowl ($15). Wow! The Onion Rings were huge and could have been a meal for both of us. The CG Shrimp were tasty! The Shrimp Bowl was a mix and there was no way we could have known the Shrimp tails were still on until they were in your mouth. The waitress told us she has had several complaints about this, so we asked for the manager. She arrived and was very defensive and said this is the way the chef wants to present this so she won't do anything about this dangerous situation. So Beware. We will not order any Shrimp item covered with a sauce or sticky rice again. Something is wrong with an obstinate chef that ignores customer safety.
Q=1 S=5 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 3/18) I like this place because the chef tries to experiment with new dishes. This time unfortunately, it bombed. I ordered Ginger Soy Brazed Cod with Noodles, a new item. The noodle and sauce was so bland, I didn’t know what to make of the dish. Usually my wife loves the Cane Garden Shrimp, a take off on Bonefish’s Bang Bang Shrimp. This time she said it was too spicy. Asian-Fusion dish is not easy to concoct. I want them to continue experimenting but make sure you like what you prepared, not because it’s an in-thing to do. Service is usually very nice. Cynthia was nice. Bill came to $24 without drinks.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Teruko O. 12/18) We decided to go when we heard there was a change in management, as basically this was a go-to-place for quick meal and service was always good. Checked with receptionists as well as the server and glad to hear everything is the same including the chef. We like the thin crispy small Pizza as well as their Hamburger. One dish I would recommend changing is their Asian Bowl. It’s nothing Asian. Chef can do a better job on that. Our server, Courtney, was very nice. Glad to hear all is well. Bill came to $20 without drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph M. 4/19) We were pleased to be introduced to our Country Club scene with our first visit being to Cane Garden last year, before the change in ownership. At that first visit we were extremely pleased with the menu, service and outstanding quality of prepared dishes by, then Chef Louis. And upon our second visit we were delighted to hear that Chef Louis was now the manager. During our recent visit we were fortunate to once again have Marybeth as our server. She is a most pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive server. I had the special "Steamship Round" which came with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans. The serving size of the Beef, which was cooked as I like medium, was ample. My bride had a small Caesar Salad and the "Cane Shrimp Appetizer" which consisted of eight nice sized Shrimp which she said she enjoyed but that it was a little too spicy.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 5/19) Our first visit since ownership change. Menu has not changed, wise decision. Still wonderful, friendly service. Starting at the front desk it continues to please. Brandy was our server and was friendly, prompt and accurate. She had the Fried White Fish Sandwich, without the bread. Generous portion and quite flavorful. I had my usual Italian Loafer Sandwich. I substitute Mashed Potatoes and Gravy for the French Fries. Temperature was right and had a good presentation. Total was $20 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Eight ladies celebrating a birthday went to Cane Garden CC. Our server was Kelly and she did an outstanding job. We had the round table so we could talk. That was great. I just had a bowl of Lobster Bisque ($8). It was a little too salty for my taste but good. The other ladies ordered individually and they also ordered dessert which looked fantastic but I didn't have any. Total of mine before t&t was $8.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Carrabba's Italian Grill (The Villages), 650 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-1304. (Italian) [L/D] Opened October, 2005. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Opens 11 AM daily. Closes at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM five other days. Dinner menu starts at 3 PM and all day Sunday. Authentic Italian food provided by a popular large chain of almost 250 locations owned by Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Calamari Ricardo ($10) and Mozzarella Marinara ($9) are popular appetizers with Pollo Rosa Maria ($17.50), Chicken Bryan ($17.50), Pasta Weesie ($16), Tilapia Nocciola ($16.50) and Filet Fiorentina ($24.50), some of the popular entrées. Entrées range from $11.50 for Tagliarini Pasta to $28 for the 9 oz. Beef Filet Marsala. Dishes such as Spiedino di Mare ($19), Lobster Ravioli ($18), Mezzaluna ($14) and Lasagna ($14.50) are popular too. PEI Steamed Mussels ($11) are a meal in themselves. Sogno di Cioccolata ($8) ends the meal. 3 course dinners at $12 offered Mondays only. Full bar. Half Off Happy Hour runs 3-7 PM. $10 off a bottle of wine or pitcher of Sangria offered on Wednesdays. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. Small private room off the bar. Gluten free information available on their website and alternate menu. Call ahead seating. Free appetizer or dessert in your birthday month for Amici Club members. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. John Siple, proprietor; John Page, manager.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 6/07) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 11/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank K. 6/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) We started our meal with a 25 oz. bottle of Blackberry Sangria ($32), which was quite good. However, a drink had been poured from the bottle and the waiter quickly poured two glasses for us. Stop! I don't pay for a bottle of wine if a drink has already been poured from it. I called for a manager and got an assistant manager who apologized. Not good enough! So I got the real manager who gave me a $10 credit on my bill. OK that's fair by me. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli ($19), which was excellent, and my wife had the Pork Tenderloin ($16). We got the usual Rolls and Salad etc. while we waited and sipped our wine. Point for others. Never be afraid to speak up if a meal is not right.
Q=4 S=2 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/18) We attended their Pasta and Wine Pairing Dinner. It was almost overwhelming. The had Five Courses and Five Wines paired with them. That was about 25 ounces total (a whole bottle per person). All the Pasta dishes and the dessert were wonderful. Right size portions but still a lot of carbs. The staff were wonderful and very busy. This location does not need to do these but it appears to be a corporate thing. We are grateful for them. The wines were pretty good, especially the Zin. We'll be back next month. The cost was $40pp plus t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/20) Got the Wine Pairing Special which is normally an in-house monthly event and is truly a deal. This meal for two included: (for each person) 4 Shrimp Scampi, Tuscan Strawberry Salad with Pine Nuts, Chunky Gorgonzola, Sliced Bread with Olive Oil and Herb Dip, Chicken Breast Marsala (2 large) with Penne Pasta, Garlic Bread, Limoncello Bread Pudding, bottle of Saint M. Riesling, bottle of Mark West Pinot Noir, 2 wine glasses. It was $115 at pick up with t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Attended Sunday after church about 1:30, no waiting! Like most restaurants there was a limited selection on the menu but they had our favorites. Chicken Marsala ($19), Italian Classic (Lasagna & Chicken Parmesan) ($21), Sweet Tea ($3) and Raspberry Iced Tea ($4). Our total bill was $51 and left a generous tip. Social distancing seating, our server was the bar tender. Great service, refilled drinks and brought us a second basket of their yummy warm Bread. Food was the best we've ever had there and large portion for lunch size. Great atmosphere and overall great experience.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/21) Haven't been here in quite some time. WOW, have the prices gone way up! I had the Fettuccine Weezie ($19) and my husband had the Eggplant Parmesan ($16) with a Soft Drink ($3). Our bill came to $40. Other than my meal being way more expensive than what is was worth, it was fine. My husband's meal not only did not taste good, it had no temperature heat to it at all. The others at our table also had cold food. Our servers name will not be mentioned, because she was not very attentive including not checking to see if everything was OK with our meals after we received them. Overall, this was not a good experience tonight. We'll try again sometime. Hopefully it will be better.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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One of the few airlines to service Disney World's Lake Buena Vista STOLport using "Twin Otters".
Ended service in 1971 after 7 years of operation.
Service to Daytona Beach, Disney World, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksoneville, Miami,
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12½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Cheng's Chinese and Sushi Restaurant, 4050 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 391-9678. (Asian) [L/D] Opens daily at 11 AM. Small Asian restaurant with table service and a take-out menu serving a wide variety of Chinese cuisine such as Orange Chicken ($10), Imperial Beef ($12), General Tao's Chicken ($10), White Snow Prawns ($15) and Lotus Fish ($15). Peking Duck (Half $13 - Whole $24) is a specialty. A wide variety of Chicken, Pork, Beef and Seafood Cantonese dishes ranging from $6 to $15 are also available. Nigiri and Sashimi such as Sea Urchin, Snapper, Eel and Octopus ($3 each) are offered. The Chef's Sashimi Boat is featured at $19. Luncheon Combo Platters are about $6 each. Licensed for beer and wine. Open Christmas Day. Kwok Man, owner.

Older Review: (from Jane R. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 3/10) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O 11/18) Surprised no one is reviewing this place in recent times. as surprised the place was getting high marks five or so years ago. Perhaps the dinner may be different but went for Sweet and Sour Pork which also includes Fried Rice, Wonton Soup and a Spring Roll. It was less than $7 but if you can’t eat the food, then what is the point. Felt sorry for the server but when I left most of the food on the table, she’d said you didn’t like it and I had to be honest. People were there so more power to them. I felt sorry for the server.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Calorie Count Chicken Salad Chick (The Villages), 996 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 775-9379. (Deli) [L/D] New concept in fast casual dining opened February 2, 2016. This location open 10:30 AM to 7 PM daily, except closed all day Sunday. Located in La Plaza Grande, next to Bella's Hair Studio. Their motto is "A Simple Concept, A Superb Experience." Homey, vinyl covered tables. Items ordered at the counter are brought to your table. It's based around one product, Southern Style Chicken Salad, prepared 15 different ways. They have Chick Salad with Onion, Jalapeño, BBQ flavored, Buffalo Spice, Pickles & Eggs, Pineapple & Nuts, Apples & Cashews, Apples & Grapes, Cranberry & Almonds, Pimento Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and others. Side items include Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Pasta Salad or Fresh Fruit. They also serve a Daily Soup ($3/$5). Most meals are ordered as a Combo with a Sandwich, 1 Side Item, Pickle Spear and Cookie ($8). $1 more with 2 sides. ½ Sandwich and Soup ($7) also available. The sandwich bread can be eliminated, replaced by a bed of lettuce. If you aren't "chicken" you can also order a Turkey Hogie, Cajun Roast Beef, Virgina Ham or Pimento Cheese Deli Sandwich instead (all $6 each). Take-home Chicken Salad is also sold ($11/lb.). No bar. Offers Buffalo Card holders 20% discount on entire order. A franchise operation of about 100 locations in the southeast US, based in Auburn, AL. and started by Kevin and Stacy Brown in 2008. This franchise run by Bryan and Lisa Osborn.

Older Review: (from Robert F. 4/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) My wife and I have been here many times before and we have yet to be disappointed in any way, even at their busiest hours. It's clean and efficient. Service is always prompt. If you have never been here; the menu revolves around clever variations of Chicken Salad. My wife had the Classic Carol Sandwich and Cheese/Broccoli Soup Combo ($8). I enjoyed something called Fruity Fran ($8), which as you might have guessed was Chicken Salad, mixed with several Fresh Fruits. Delicious! Our server, Felicia, was quick. We washed our lunch with Iced Tea ($1.49 each). Our meal before t&t was ($20).
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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14 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Chili's Grill & Bar (Spanish Springs), 1206 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 751-6555. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened June, 2004. Tex-Mex influence with Margaritas a mainstay. Lots of spicy food items. Cajun Ribeye, Chicken Crispers, Citrus Fire Chicken & Shrimp, Quesadilla Explosion and Classic Nachos are this company's favorite menu items. Steaks run $13-17 each. Fajitas and Quesadillas run $9-14 while Burgers are $6-8 each. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Free Brownie Sundae dessert on your birthday for Email Club members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. One of a very large nationwide popular chain of over 1200 locations owned by Brinker International of Dallas, TX. Patreeka Carter, manager; Troy McClellan, managing partner.

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

Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) Wonderful service from Kelly. We decided to have our dinner from the "2 for $22" Special Menu. We each started with a Salad. My husband had the delicious huge Bacon Burger that came with perfectly cooked Hot Fries. I had the Chicken Fajitas that came with Beans and Rice. Of course Tortillas, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole and Cheese accompanied the dish. I thought that since this was a special for two meals, the portions would be smaller. Absolutely not. The portions were gigantic. My husband had an Iced Tea and I had water. We also ordered the Bottomless Chips and Salsa for the table ($4 extra). These were by far the best Tortilla Chips that I've had in a long time. They were freshly made, thin, warm, and lightly salted. Perfection for me. Our bill came to $29. It was a great deal for terrific food.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) Our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised. Crowded, but seated immediately. Debi was efficient and on top of the drinks and menus. We had the 2 for $25 Special. Two salads, 1 Ribs, a Bacon Cheeseburger and Cheesecake to share. All meals were excellent and plentiful. Others had Classic Burger and Chicken Tenders. With one 2 for 1 Beer, our total was $31. Great value. Will return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed China Buffet, 3435 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6866. Remodeled in 2014 but closed during the pandemic and never re-opened.

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13½ Stars Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu (The) Chop House (at Lake Sumter), 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. 750-6000. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened July 22, 2019. Located in Lake Sumter Landing where Guy Fieri's American Kitchen and Bar, Honest John's Whiskey and Provisions and T.G.I. Fridays all did business over the years. New contemporary gray and white décor with indoor and outdoor stone veneered bars with smart table lamps. Carpeted dining room and acoustic tile ceiling helps deaden the noise level. Soft background music adds a sense of class to the atmosphere. Full linen service in booths and on candle lit tables with very comfortable chairs and hi-tops. Spectacular starburst chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Specializes in USDA Prime Grade Beef and fresh Seafood. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. For appetizers they offer items like Marinated Stuffed Artichokes ($10), Pimento Cheese & Green Tomato ($10), Lamb & Sausage Croquettes ($10), Fried Green Tomatoes ($11), Mini Beef Wellingtons ($13), Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13), Ahi Tuna Tartare ($13) and Smoked Salmon ($14). For Pasta dishes they have Pasta Bolognese ($15) or "Lobstah" Mac & Cheese ($22). As for entrées they present Roasted Half Chicken ($19), Salmon Bearnaise ($19), Juniper Berry Brined Pork Chop ($20), Braised Short Rib ($24), Braised Lamb Shank ($24), Petite Filet and Fondue Shrimp ($25), Crispy Duck à l'Orange ($29) or Petite Filet and Lobster ($28). All come with a starch and your choice of an additional side. For Steaks and Chops you'll find a 10 oz. Pork Ribeye ($18), 5 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon ($19/$25), 12 oz. Double-Cut Pork Chop ($20), 10 oz. Top Sirloin ($20) and a 12 oz. Veal Porterhouse ($27). All those come with 2 sides and a choice of a sauce. At the top end of the menu you can order USDA Prime Halperns' Nebraska Steaks like a 12 oz. NY Strip Steak, 14 oz Delmonico Steak or the Beef and Maine Lobster Tail entrée; all are Market Priced. The Delmonico runs about $48. They also have Salad courses like Spinach Salad ($9), Wedge Salad ($10), Beefsteak Tomato & Burrata Salad ($11) or Tuna Niçoise ($14). You can add Chicken (+$6), Shrimp (+$7), Filet (+$10), Ahi Tuna (+$11) or Salmon (+$11) to any of the above to make it a meal in itself. For lighter appetites they have Sandwiches like a BLT ($11), Smoked Gouda & Chicken ($12), Short Rib Tacos ($13), Shaved Prime Rib ($13), USDA Prime Burger ($14) or Dijon & Peppered Bacon Salmon ($16). Gluten-free items are noted on the menu. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour before 5 PM and after 8 PM. Large outdoor seating area available with a Creekside Menu. Reservations accepted online for 1-4 people and by phone for 5 or more. Plan well ahead. Jason Sofka, Director of Culinary Operations; Matt Langler, General Manager; John McNeely, Director of Operations; Fred Karimipour, operator here, and at Bluefin Grill & Bar, Belle Glade, Bonifay, Evans Prairie and Orange Blossom Hills Country Clubs, as well as Scooples Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant, along with Joe Nisbett of Orlando, as partner.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/19) Fourth business day and it was just filling up for lunch by noon. No wait for a table yet. 3 hostesses had things under control. Beautiful décor. Can't believe this used to be a Friday's. Jacob ("Jake") was our friendly server. We recognized him from Ocala based restaurants. I had a Pomegranate Martini ($8) and he had a Berry Sangria ($7). Both were very good and unique. I ordered the Chicken Breast Gouda Sandwich ($12) with Field Greens and he ordered the Prime Rib Sandwich ($13) with Fries. The food was delivered promptly. Had to ask for Ketchup. My Field Greens were delivered as Fries. Jake apologized and made it right in short order. The Steak Fries were not as crispy as we like them. I left for the ladies room and when I returned, Jake had refolded my napkin for me. We're impressed with the training here. My Chicken Sandwich was wonderful with the restaurant name, "Chop House", branded on the top of the bun. The Prime Rib Sandwich with Onions was more like a French Dip. Tasty but not generous on the meat. Still we liked our meal and service. Michael Dillenburg stopped by the table twice. Total for lunch was $40 before t&t. With the side order mix up (by server or kitchen) can't give it a full 15 Stars. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. We'll be back. This is just what The Villages needs.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/19) At 4 PM, it was not crowded yet. But some tables were not bussed yet, so we had to wait a few minutes for our assignment. We were seated at a table in Cameron's section. It was Happy Hour so I had two Well Bourbon Manhattans at $5.50 each. She had two Pom Martinis at $8 each. She ordered the Salmon Bearnaise with Brussels Sprouts ($21) and I had the 9 oz. Filet Mignon with Baked Potato ($25). Her Salmon was cooked perfectly and she loved the Brussels Sprouts. My Filet looked burnt when it arrived but it seemed to be colored by the seasoning. The Steak was good, not great. We skipped dessert. Cameron was a good server. 3 managers stopped by to check on us. We like the décor, the comfortable furniture and the full linen service. Total was $72.50 before t&t with the 4 cocktails.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 8/19) Gregory was an excellent waiter. We both ordered the 5 oz. Filet Mignon which were cooked perfectly. One had the Gorgonzola Butter and the other had the Bourbon Butter, which made the dish. A big Caesar Salad was shared. The bread brought to the table was excellent. We had the Bread Pudding for dessert which was only average. Overall an excellent meal well worth the money. Total with two cocktails before tip was $66. Reservations are a must on Friday and Saturday as there was a two hour wait at 4 PM and a three hour wait after 5 PM.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) We finally have a exceptional restaurant in The Villages. It has full linen service for both lunch and dinner, the staff is well trained, the décor is lovely and the food is terrific. I am a big fan of this new and wonderfully run restaurant. We had reservation and had a nice booth for the 4 of us, on arrival. We had the Artichokes ($10) as a table-share appetizer and they were excellent. I had the 5 oz. Filet with Gorgonzola Butter ($19) and it was cooked perfectly. I want my meat rare and they served it exactly that way. I had the Brussels Sprouts (+$2) and Garlic Mashed Potatoes and both were very good. I started with 2 Pomegranate Martinis ($8 ea.) and it's the best I have ever had. Our server was Gregory and he was good, but we have had better here. We shared a Bread Pudding ($9) and I was very disappointed as it was cold in the middle and way too sweet. He had 2 Manhattans ($5.50 ea.), a side Caesar ($5), the Juniper Pork Chop ($20) with Asparagus (+$2). The bill was $93 before t&t. Adds up fast here.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from James D. 8/19) Had dinner at the bar. I had the Delmonico Steak, Asparagus, Salad, and 3 glasses of Pinot Noir. Total cost before tip was $78. Absolutely perfectly done, presentation was excellent, service spectacular. About time we had a place like this!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 9/19) Our first visit here. We are pleased to say this is now THE premier restaurant in The Villages! She started with an excellent Pomegranate Martini ($7) and I had a very good Manhattan ($7.50). We shared an outstanding Mini Beef Wellington appetizer ($13), made from Short Ribs. She had the 5 ounce Filet ($19), which was cooked perfectly and came with generous servings of Green Beans and Mushrooms. I had the 12 ounce Veal Porterhouse ($27), which came with Green Beans and roasted Brussels Sprouts ($2 upcharge). It was cooked a perfect at medium-rare. Each Steak came with delicious Burbon Sauce, as well as bread. We shared a beautiful Red Velvet Cake ($9). She had a nice K-J Chardonnay ($9) and I had the Apothic Red Blend ($8). We shared an ice cold Limoncello ($9) to top it all off. Before t&t, with 2 cocktails, 2 wines and the Limoncello, the bill was $110.50. Service by Steven was outstanding and the rest of the staff very attentive. The décor is exceptional. Fine dining has returned to The Villages!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/19) First time here. Beautiful décor and very excited that it's NOT too noisy. Wonderful lunch service was given by Jaimee. I had the Chicken Gouda Sandwich with Field Greens ($12). I absolutely loved this Sandwich and Salad. My husband had the Chop House BLT with Fries ($11). He thoroughly enjoyed his meal too. We each had Iced Tea ($2.59 each). Our bill came to $28. We will definitely return here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/19) Great! On-line reservations a big plus AND you can request a server AND a table number too. Early dinner at 4:15 PM for 4, we were seated immediately. Server, Megan, was courteous, professional, charming and knowledgeable. Drinks and water came quickly. Great Bread comes with the meal. All ordered the 5 oz Filet Mignon and all were done exactly as requested. Comes with two sides and special butters for the meat. Baked Potato, Mushrooms, String Beans, 1 proper Manhattan, three Martinis, a bottle of Coppola Pinot Noir, presented and served correctly, a cup and a bowl of soup for $175. Most prices reasonable, but special steaks were market priced in the (gulp!) $50s.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) Was looking forward to visiting this place since it opened. As far as The Villages is concerned, the ambience was probably the best in the area. It was a great place to celebrate our friend’s birthday. There were 6 of us. Steven, our server, was excellent. He definitely knew how to pour the wine properly and knew how to handle customers. His manner fit well with the place. As for the food, my wife enjoyed her Filet Mignon and our friends loved their food too. As for me, the stickler I am for food, thought that Crispy Duck was not moist and juicy. Even if the outside is crispy, inside should be nice and juicy. By sharing the bill with another couple, half of the bill came to $99.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Carol H. 1/20) We had the appetizer of Caesar Salads ($5 each); my husband had a Beyond Burger ($14), I had delicious Pork Medallions with Mashed Potatoes and Fig Sauce ($20). I also ordered the Asparagus ($2). My husband ordered wine ($4.75, Happy hour price). The total bill was $56.54 including tax. All of our group commented on their delicious choices. James, our waiter, explained the menu before we ordered. He brought our orders in a timely fashion. The restaurant was very elegant.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) Another nice meal here. Crowded as usual. The snowbirds are visiting for the first time. At table #15, Mia was our friendly server. She explained their Special Lent Menu. My better half had a Pomegranate Martini ($12 Wow!) and I had a Bourbon Manhattan ($10) to start. Our friends split the cost on a bottle of J. Lohr Cab ($38/bottle). I started with a Side Caesar ($5). She had the 5 oz. Filet, Rare, with Grilled Shrimp ($28), added Brussels Sprouts (+$2) and Cheese Fondue (+$2). The Steak was cooked correctly but she would not order the Grilled Shrimp again. I had the 9 oz. Filet, MR, with a Baked Potato and Mushrooms ($29). It was delicious. Food came out in a timely manner and was hot. Mia checked on us frequently. All done, our bill with a ½ bottle of wine was $107 before t&t. Not a cheap meal but the service and atmosphere add to the good food.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 6/20) Great food. Poor service. 4:30 PM seating for 2. Server, Leonard, was unskilled. Had trouble taking our order, did not read it back correctly. Drinks came slowly and my "Proper" Manhattan was 2/3 full with ice chips. Her Chop House Martini was full and good. Plates for free birthday appetizer (Stuffed Artichoke) came, one was dirty and was replaced. Appetizer was excellent and enough for two. Bread came, bread plates came much later. Dinner came, no wine yet. Saw him order from bar at that time. Utensils not changed out or replaced. Wine comes..no presentation..just open bottle & pour sample to person not ordering. Then fills glasses and does not place them properly. Self serve from then on. Our 5 oz. Fillets were perfect, sauces too. My Baked Potato and ample Mushrooms were good. Her Truffle Mack (+$2) was good but had incorrect 2nd side which was fixed. Comp. birthday dessert was enough for two. Service NOTHING like the first visit. Hope this building is not cursed and closes like several other unsuccessful restaurants that were here.
Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 9/20) This is our 4th visit, 1st since COVID-19. Staff followed all safety protocols. Started with excellent cocktails at the bar and then seated at requested time for Anniversary dinner. Staff provided a "welcome card" with names, occasion, confetti, etc. Shared excellent Seared Scallops ($13) for our appetizer. We each had the Filet, her the 5 oz.($27) and me the 9 oz. ($33). Both were perfectly cooked and seasoned and tender. Delicious! Sides were Mushrooms, Mashed Potato and Broccoli, all very good. Sauces for Steaks were wonderful. She had Pecan Cheesecake ($9) and I the Bread Pudding ($9) for dessert and both were excellent, but Cheesecake was the best. Not including the drinks at the bar or the wine with dinner, before t&t the cost was $91 and well worth the price.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 11/20) We sat in the large first booth with 4 friends. Melissa was our server. She was good but a little pushy. At every instance she tried to get us to order more. Like appetizers, expensive steaks with no prices and of course desserts. She described every premium priced item on the menu and encouraged us to order it. She was good for the restaurant but the "up-sell" got annoying. We started with a Pomegranate Martini ($12) and a Bourbon Manhattan Rocks ($5.50). She was disappointed when I said "Well". I had the Salmon Bearnaise (used to be $19, now $22) and my wife had the 5 oz. Filet Mignon (used to be $19, now $27!). She also had a Caramel Apple Martini ($11) and I had a glass of Malbec ($8). The Caesar Wedge was $5 extra. Our total was $90 for this meal. Good food but not $90. Would have been twice that if we took all of Melissa's recommendations.
Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) Our friends invited us for Sunday Brunch at 10:45 AM. There was only one other couple inside. We started with a great Caramel Martinit and a Blackberry Sangria for me. My better half had the Smoked Salmon Benedict and I had their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Grilled Pineapple Slices. Rebecca brought Crispy Bacon and Sliced Bread to the table too. The Waffles were a little overwhelming. Our friends ordered Lobster and Bacon Omelet with Hash Browns. They loved it too. Excellent service by Rebecca. By the time we left there were about 6 tables occupied outside and only one inside. This is not very popular it seems but was a great meal. Our friends treated.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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14½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Fire American Oven & Bar (Lake Sumter Landing), 1012 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 205-7169. (American) [L/D] An upscale remake of Urban Flats at Lake Sumter Landing. Same owners, updated décor of city life and an expanded menu. The transformation took place in mid-August, 2011. Open daily from 11 AM until Midnight. Stoneflats are carried over on the menu including such flats as the Pepperoni ($10), Margherita ($11), Turkey, Pear & Brie ($11), Mediterranean Chicken ($11), Chicken Fajita ($11), Black & Bleu ($12), Steak Fajita ($13) and the Meatlover's Flatbread ($13). The menu includes such main dishes as Shepard's Pie ($12), Chicken Pot Pie ($12), Apple Orchard Chicken ($12), Cajun Shrimp Alfredo ($13), Oven Roasted Cod ($14), Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ($15), Chicken Parmesan ($16) and Norwegian Salmon ($19). There's also a City Fire Filet ($27). Side dishes add $5 each. Sandwiches like the Chicken Salad Wrap ($9), Turkey BLT ($10), Blackened Chicken ($10), City Fire Cheeseburger ($10.50), French Dip ($12.50) or Reuben ($12) and they are also offered for lunch or dinner and come with a side dish. French Onion and City Fire Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soups ($6-10) are usually available. Salads like House ($6), Traditional Caesar ($7), Spinach & Arugula ($8) and their signature City Fire Nutty Cheesy Salad ($8) are featured. A Sirloin Steak Salad ($14) has also been added. Chicken, Shrimp, Tuna and Salmon can be added at $4-10 each. Some "Lite Bites" like Nachos ($7/10.50), Basil Balsamic Caprese ($8), Sizzle Kettle Chips ($8), Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($9), Oven Roasted Wings ($10.50) and a Steak Quesadilla ($13) are also offered. Desserts might include Key Lime Parfait ($5), Butterscotch Custard ($5), Chocolate Bread Pudding a la Mode ($6), Root Beer Float ($6) and S'mores ($8). A vast array of fine wines are offered by the glass and the bottle. About 12 whites and 12 reds are offered by the glass ($5-10). Wines running $22 to $150 per bottle, like Caymus, fill their wine list, as well as 11 draft beers ($3-6 each). Summer specials, like half price bottled wine on Wednesdays, run for a few weeks off season. Signature drinks, like Lemon Drop or Pomegranate Martinis, are also available at $7 each. A Millionaire's Coffee ($6) can top the meal. Popular outdoor bar and seating areas. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Benj Ray, chef; Mike & Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, owners. A second location is at Paddock Square in Brownwood (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) We had Ryan tonight. All told, we had a Happy Hour Manhattan ($4), a Pomegranate Martini ($7), Croque Monsieur ($9), Apple Chicken ($12.50) and a Bread Pudding ($6). Everything was good. Total was $38.50 before t&t. Good meal.
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11 ½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Fire American Oven & Bar (Brownwood), 2716 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 561-2078. (American) [L/D] Officially opened December 26, 2012. Hours are daily from 11 AM until Midnight daily. The main entrance is close to the Branstorm Theater. This second location in Brownwood is twice the size of the first City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing. The interior is marked by an eclectic array of large antique chandeliers, maroon and brick walls, dark wood tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. A big indoor-outdoor bar and a large outdoor dining area complete the street scene. The menu is similar in both locations. Flatbreads are popular here too, like the Pear and Brie, as are the Burger or Meatloaf Sliders. A French Dip, Turkey BLT Wrap, Chicken Salad Wrap and a Chicken Thumbit Sandwich can be found on the card also. Most offerings are about $9-19 each. Their Sizzle Chips and Nutty Cheesy Salad are now well known in The Villages. A wide variety of wines by the glass or bottle are offered here. The full bar makes any martini in the book. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. John Waterloo, chef; Mike and Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, owners.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 1/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 11/18) We sat inside on a busy Saturday. She had the Chicken Salad Wrap ($9) which was huge, with lots of filling, and delicious. I had the Croque Monsieur Sandwich ($9), which was a grilled ham and swiss cheese with lots of shaved ham and swiss cheese inside, and some swiss cheese over a mornay sauce and scallions on top and outside that was melted under the broiler. It also was huge and delicious. We both took half of our Sandwiches home. Each came with a choice of house-made Chips, Fries, House Salad or cup of Soup and we each selected a very good Red Pepper & Gouda Soup. Service from multiple servers was fast, efficient and friendly. We each had refillable Iced Teas at $2.75 and were offered "to go" drinks. Overall, an outstanding lunch and well worth the $24 before t&t, including the teas.
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12 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Cody's Original Roadhouse (Lake Sumter Landing), 1041 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 259-8500. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened October 26, 2009. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 10 PM (or 11 PM on weekends). This restaurant replaced Up The Creek Fish Camp & Grill. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Decorated in gas pumps, hubcaps, an old orange truck and galvanized steel guard rails plus big murals and other "road trip" memorabilia. Peanut shells on the floor, change daily! A wide variety of steaks from Chopped Steak, NY Strip, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye, T-Bone Porterhouse, even Filet Mignon run $10 to $22 per portion. 12-24 oz Prime Ribs are offered at $15 to $20. Baby Back Ribs are popular at $13-18 for half or full racks. Grilled Salmon, Bacon Wrapped or Coconut Shrimp and Fresh Grouper are also on the menu at $13-19. Chicken, Beef or Combo Fajitas are $11 each. Chicken dishes like Half Rotisserie, Southwest or Fried Chicken and Chicken Tenders range $11-13. Burgers and Chicken or Grouper Sandwiches range from $7 to $13. A Florida Key Lime Pie is popular for dessert at $4. Early Bird Menu (except Sundays/Holidays) runs 3:30 to 6 PM for this location. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. Pet and smoker friendly patio outdoor seating. Full bar inside and out. 2 for 1 Happy Hour runs 3:30 to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. One of more than a dozen locations, mostly in Florida, based in Clearwater and started in 1994. Another location is already open in Ocala (see that listing) and one in Brownwood (see that listing). Allen Musikantow owner here. Dean Turner, director of operations.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 10/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 10/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/09) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 1/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 2/10) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 4/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/16) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 10/18) Laurie, our server, was very personable and efficient. She always had a smile on her face. I had the Herb and Onion Crusted Salmon with Mixed Veggies ($14). My food was hot off the grill, perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. My husband had the Grilled Pork Chop with Mashed Potatoes ($11.50). He raved about his meal. Of course we enjoy the delicious bottomless salad that's just chock full of veggies, cheese, croutons and peppers with their excellent dressing. The yeast Rolls and Cinnamon Butter are a treat for me. We had a soft drink and a water as our beverages. Since we dined at around 5:30, our meals were priced from the Early Bird menu. With a $10 off birthday coupon, (Cody 's email club) our meals came to just $18. Our visit tonight could not have been better.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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6½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), 3731 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 430-2996. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened September 22, 2014 with 4,800 sq. ft. This is the second location in The Villages with another dozen plus locations in Florida. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Old gas pumps and a vintage pick-up truck are their recognizable icons. Onions on a Stick ($7), Cody's Buffalo Shrimp ($7) and Buffalo Wings ($7) in either BBQ, Garlic or Cody flavors are popular starters. Coconut Shrimp or Char-Grilled on a Skewer (both $14) are offered for seafood entrées, as is Grilled Salmon ($14-16) or Florida Snapper ($15). Burgers start at $8 and a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Jack Cheese is available at $8 also. Fajitas ($11-12) are favorite menu items. Sirloin, NY Strip, Rib Eye, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Filet Mignon Steaks are listed at $15-23 each. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. An Early Bird Menu runs 3:30 to 6:00 PM daily except Sunday that starts at $9. Outdoor seating is available. Full bar with large covered bar area. Happy Hour 11 AM to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. The small chain, based in Clearwater, FL. is in business since 1994. Allen Musikantow owner here. Dean Turner, director of operations.

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



Closed Cody's Original Roadhouse (Mulberry Grove Plaza), 8761 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 205-7797. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened December 26, 2017, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened. The restaurant was gutted in June-July, 2020. Future plans for the building are unknown. The other two locations in The Villages remain open. Members rated it 12 Stars but it got higher marks when it first opened.



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Not Rated Video Video Calorie Count Culver's (Burgers and Custard), 3390 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 268-3375. (American) (Grill)) [L/D] Officially opened April 16, 2018. New Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor is located in the Southern Trace Plaza on CR 466 where The Glitz On 466 Home Décor did business. Open 10 AM to 10 PM daily. Considered a fast casual restaurant where you order at the counter but the cooked-to-order food is delivered to your table, by order number. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, WI. by Craig and Lea Culver. Today they serve 100% fresh Midwest Beef Burgers and Fresh Frozen Custard at over 600 locations in 24 states both corporate owned and franchised. The signature item is their ButterBurger® and their own Root Beer. At least 5 types of Burgers are offered, as well as 2 Patty Melts. They also have Sandwiches like Grilled or Crispy Chicken, Reuben, Cod Filet, Pot Roast and Pork Tenderloin. Baskets include Fries or another side and a medium Soft Drink. For dinner you can order 2 or 3 piece North Atlantic Cod, 6 or 10 Jumbo Shrimp, Beef Pot Roast or Chopped Steak. Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Side Salad or Cole Slaw come with the dinner meal. Their claim to fame is their Vanilla or Chocolate Custard in various sizes. They also have Flavor of the Day like Mint Oreo®, Nutty Caramel Apple, Heath® Chocolate Almond, Butter Brickle, Georgia Peach, Cashew Delight, Cherry Cheesecake, Hershey® Almond Fudge, Turtle Dove and hundreds of others that rotate. Custard, by law, must contain egg yolk and cream to make it thicker, creamier and smoother than Ice Cream, yet has fewer calories and fat. One of the favorites is the Culver's Concrete Mixer™. Kids menu and outdoor patio seating available. No bar but Shakes, Malts, and Sundaes can fill you up. Free small Sundae on your birthday for Email Club members. Shad Finley, franchisee.



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



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11 Stars Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Pinellas Plaza), 2536 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 259-6675. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] This is their 8th location, opened in early May, 2015. Located a few doors from Square 1 Burgers & Bar at the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A. Breakfast and lunch items daily, 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Biscuits 'n Gravy, Scramble Cheese Eggs and Country Fried Steak are some of the morning specialties. For lunch, Tuna Melt, BLT and Turkey, Ham 'n Cheese Sandwiches are typical menu items. Grilled Chicken Salad and Santa Fe Chicken Wrap are also favorites. Beer and wine licensed at this location. Other locations are in La Plaza Grande, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Charles K. 7/18) Surprisingly large crowd at 9:30 AM, large counter full but still enough room for all. Not a fast food place. Two Coffees, one Chicken Fried Steak and one half order Biscuit and Gravey. Both with two Eggs. Gravy was short on Sausage but both orders were large and delicious. Total was $17 before t&t. Great place.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Southern Trace Plaza), 3469 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 750-1719. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Formerly the SonRise Café. Opened early January 2019. Other locations are in Pinellas Plaza, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Ended service in 1978 after 4 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Kissimmee, Marathon, Miami and Tampa, Florida.

Closed Demshar's (Restaurant), 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 633-3007. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Closed during the pandemic in March, 2020 but never reopened. It received 11½ Stars from our members since 2017. Now the site of Augustine's 1812 House (see that listing).


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11½ Stars Video Video AARP Card Free WiFi Calorie Count Denny's Restaurant (The Villages), 1571 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 750-2556. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Open 24 hours including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On 27/441 in front of Spanish Plaines Shopping Center. Casual dining. Noted for their "Grand Slam Breakfasts". Signature favorites like the Lumberjack Slam, Grand Slam Slugger, French Toast Slam, All-American Slam and many Omelettes are featured. Pancakes, sausage and bacon are always on their menu. T-Bone Steaks, Fried Shrimp and Country Fried Steak are available for dinner. Typical American fare. Free Wi-Fi. Beer and wine no longer available. Seniors get 10% off but AARP members (55+) get 20% discount off their check (4-10 PM) plus Coffee is only $1. Free Grand Slam meal on your birthday. The country's largest chain of 1600 locations, started in the 50's, based in Spartanburg, SC. Sven Posey, manager here.

Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/12) Q=3 S=1 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Dickey's Barbecue Pit (The Villages), 2955 Traverse Trail, The Villages, FL. 633-3552. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened April 25, 2019. Located in Grand Traverse Plaza, next to Flippers. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily. They offer 1, 2 & 3 Meat Platters of Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Chicken Breast, Turkey, Kielbasa and Pork Ribs. BBQ Beans and Cabbage Slaw are favorite sides. They now offer Taco Meals too, like Brisket & Cheese or Chicken & Cheese Tacos. Pecan Pie is a favorite ender but Double Berry Cobbler Bars are popular too. Established in 1941, this is one of a dozen locations in Florida and about 500 in the nation. Dickey family run business, based in Dallas, TX. Another location is in Brooksville and Wesley Chapel. One was on US 301 south of Wildwood in 2007 but closed. Kyle Knight, manager; Jonathon (and Stephanie) Frederick, franchisees here.



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9½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant (The Villages), 1 LaGrande Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-3335. (Mexican) [L/D] The oldest continuously operated restaurant in The Villages, started in May, 2000. Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM (10 PM on Friday & Saturday). By The Villages Post Office. Formerly called Teo's Café and Saloon. Full Mexican menu. Enchiladas, Super Burritos, Beef Tacos and Chicken Fajitas offered. Fried Ice Cream, Apple Burrito and Mexican Flan offered for dessert. Occasional live entertainment. Full bar with foreign and domestic beers, wine, daiquiris and margaritas. Martin and Antonio (also owner of Copacabana Cuban Café in Mt. Dora) Reyes, owners.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 7/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Cylvia Y. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Evans Prairie Country Club, 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, The Villages, FL. 750-2225. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Adjacent to Buena Vista Blvd., 0.8 miles south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44A. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. This Country Club restaurant opened October 24, 2012. The main room is sectioned off with window and door assembled walls. Part can be made into a private room. Incredible view from the bar and very large patio. Full linen service is now offered inside and out. The menu is quite extensive with appetizers like Potato Croquettes, Jumbo Stuffed Mushrooms, Potato Cakes, Orange Glazed Ribs, Wings, Buffalo Shrimp, Bruschetta and Avocado Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Hot Crab and Cheese Dip, among others, ranging $11-13 each. Soups include a Tomato Basil and Chicken Tortilla ($5/$8). Pasta dishes include Cheesey Seafood Penne, Chicken Florentine, Bruschetta Steak Pasta, Southwest Chicken Pasta, Key Lime Scampi, Chicken Alfredo and Pasta Primavera, all ranging $15-18 each. Full sized entrées include Sliced Meatloaf ($16), Pineapple Glazed Chicken ($17), Chicken Cacciatore ($17), Shrimp Teriyaki ($17), Fish & Chips ($18), Cajun Redfish ($19), Stuffed Pork Tenderloin ($19), Pork Osso Bucco Shank ($20), Soy Ginger Salmon ($21), Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon ($21), 12 oz. Ribeye ($23) and an 5 oz. Filet Mignon ($20). They also feature their sandwiches, especially their burgers. Build-It Burger or Onion Ring Burger ($14) are "mouth openers". There are also Wraps, a Club Sandwich, Patty Melt, Shaved Pork, Mahi-Mahi, Crispy Chicken and a Salmon BLT, all ranging $13 each. Desserts run $8-9 each and include Sorbet, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake or Bourbon Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce. Children's menu available with Kraft Mac 'N Cheese among the offerings. 12 wines available by the glass or bottle ranging up to $30. Specialty cocktail list on the table. Half Priced Happy Hour runs 2-5 PM, then again 8-10 PM. Large outdoor seating area with overhead heaters and fans. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Justin White, chef; Macey Klein, general manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Bonifay Country Club (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paul C. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon S. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 3/18) We drank Sweet Tea and an Arnold Palmer ($2.59 ea.) and my wife ordered a Chicken Quesadilla ($11), while I had a Shepherd's Pie ($15) for lunch. I sampled my wife's meal and I had to admit it was exquisite! My Pie was OK but a little dry. Kevin, our waiter, was terrific and refilled our drinks several times without our asking. All in all our quick early dinner was as usual, delightful and the view, superb.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 7/18) The weather was not hot so we decided to have the Buffet outside at this place. Haven’t been here in some time but was very pleasantly surprised with the selection. Loved the Crisp Bacon, as well as the Finger Sausage. My Omelette was nice, though I like the European Style of runny yolk inside but it's very difficult to find around here. The Buffet was definitely very reasonably priced. On top of that our server, Kim A., was very pleasant. She made my day. Love watching the golf course outside while eating. Total bill came to $18 without drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Walter P. 10/19) Octoberfest? NOT! Very disappointed. My Jagerschnitzel was two thick pieces of pork (not pounded) that were overcooked and not the Schnitzel I know. Cabbage and Carrots were cold and undercooked. My wife enjoyed her Schweinshaxe that was tender and tasty. Others had complaints about undercooked veggies. One enjoyed his Shepard's Pie. Our bill with 2 Beers and a Martini was $52. Might consider return for their regular menu.
Q=1 S=3 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) We headed to LSL to sit outdoors on a warm Sunday afternoon. But the restaurants were packed there. So we decided to try Evans Prairie. 4 of us requested an outside table. There was one left. We were surprised to see tablecloths. Christina was our server. My better half ordered a Lemon Drop Martini ($4) and I had a Bourbon Manhattan ($5.50). We shared a Caesar Salad ($6) that was pretty good. We both ordered the Sunday Special of Sliced Turkey Dinner ($16 each). It was pretty good. Our friends ordered the Chicken Cacciatore which was not that great. It was very noisy outside and in retrospec we should have sat inside. Service was a little slow. Most servers wore masks but Christina only wore a shield and ONE BARTENDER WORE NO PROTECTION while making cocktails. Our total was $48 before t&t. Mediocre food, noise and not every employee weraring masks makes us NOT return. FMK Rewards is a farse. You now need the new phone app so we lost 8 visits that were previously tallied to our phone number.
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Not Rated Coming Soon FarmShed, 990 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. . (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] New restaurant located where Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli did business for 16 years in Spanish Springs Town Square. Expect diner-style meals, 7 days per week. A mid-2021 opening is expected. Carlo Bellusci, owner.


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

Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sandy F. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bill G. 4/18) They have a Happy Hour from 3 to 5 PM. If you like IPA beer they have a great one on tap called Boulevard. It’s a fun place that overlooks the family pool. I ordered the French Dip Sandwich which was very good.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Lunch here is a busy place. We waited for a half hour to get a table. Service was very slow too, once we got seated. I had the Nut Berry Salad ($10). My husband had the Cobb Salad ($10). Both Salads were tasty. 2 glasses of beer (2/$4.50). Our bill came to $25. I'm not in favor of having an hour and a half lunch after being seated.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Key West Airlines
Ended service abruptly in 1983 by the DEA after 3 years of operation.
The owner was convicted of marijuana smuggling from Jamaica.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Miami, Florida.

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

Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/10) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 10/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Now Open Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (Brownwood), 3647 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. . (Mexican) [L/D] Opened mid-January, 2021. This new 3,500 sq. ft. Mexican restaurant in Brownwood's Paddock Square, across from Five Guys Burgers & Fries, is the second location in The Villages. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Their menu includes complete descriptions of their items. Full bar with specialty Margaritas served. Live music weekly. Jesse and José Reyes, owners here. The original location is in Mt. Dora (see that listing).

Review: (from Bruce W. 1/21) My wife and I wanted to try this new restaurant in Brownwood since we enjoyed the same restaurant in Colony Plaza. They had nice outdoor seating. We were greeted nicely at the door and shown to our booth. Our waiter was a person who we recognized from the Colony Plaza location. They are known for their professional wait staff and keen attention to customers. I had Lunch Fajitas and my wife had the Enchilada dinner. Both were excellent. We also shared a Grande Margarita. The menu is the same as Colony Plaza. If you like the restaurant at Colony Plaza, you'll like it here in Brownwood too.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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14 Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count First Watch The Daytime Café (The Villages), 1568 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 633-1520. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza where Blockbuster Video once occupied. Opened for business August 29, 2011. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch only. No items over $8. Featuring such breakfast goodies as Floridian French Toast®, Belgium Waffles and specialty Pancakes like Cranberry Nut, Banana Crunch with Granola and Carrot Cake. Crepeggs® is also a novelty. Famous for their various Muffins too. Omelets include Bacado®, Killer Cajun®, Greek Fetish®, Far West and The Works among others. Brunch items include Chickichanga®, Burrito Vera Cruz®, as well as Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit Crêpes, Ham & Mushroom Skillet and others. Lunch salads might be Santa Fe, Pecan Dijon® or Cobb, to name a few. Monterey Club, Chicken Salad Melt, Turkey Burger, Beefeater and a Half Pound Angus Burger are just some of the mid-day sandwiches offered. Tomato-Basil Soup is also on the menu. Low carb and gluten free items are indicated. Gluten free information also available on their website. Voted 2015 "Best Breakfast" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Breakfast" and 2011 & 2012 "Best Brunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. No bar at this location. Free newspapers and wifi. Call ahead seating for 7 or more. No automatic gratuity, even for large parties. Sign up for their Sun eClub® here, for coupons and announcements. Started in Pacific Grove, California in 1983, the fast growing chain of 350+ restaurants in 32 states is headquartered in University Park, FL. (near Sarasota). This location now corporate owned. A second, close location in Trailwinds Village Shopping Plaza on CR 466A is open (see that listing). First Watch franchising also owns the Egg & I Café chain. Cherie Moore, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles H. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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National Airlines
Ended service in 1980 after 46 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland, Marathon, Marianna, Melbourne,
Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida.

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12 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (Spanish Springs), 986 Alverez. Ave., The Villages, FL. 750-1919.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Grand opening was June 15th, 2012. Located where Pauly's Pizzeria did business for many years. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. "Pizza. Passion. Perfection." Start with appetizers like Garlic Bread, Cheese Bread, Meatball Ricotta or Breadsticks at $4-7 each. They concentrate on pizzas in three sizes. Traditional or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes, starting at $7, $11, $13 and $15 each. Thin Neapolitan Pizzas are priced the same as Traditional. Thick Chicago Style are $2 extra for the same sizes. Almost 4 dozen toppings can be added at $1.50-$2.29 each generally. They include such items as Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Chicken Breast, Caramelized Onions and even Sirloin Steak. Brick Oven "MyPies" start at $6 each. "Pizza Flips" also start at $6 each. Named, pre-designed, specialty pizzas like "Bianca", "Sonoma", "Windy City", "Vesuvio", "California Classic" plus a dozen others, run $11-16 for small, $14-19 for medium, and $17-22 for large sizes. Besides Pizza, the menu also offers Salads ($3-9), Flat Breads ($7-9), Sandwiches like Meatball or Honey Chicken Dijon ($6-7) and Pasta dishes like Penne Rustica or Penne Prima Vera ($7-10). Buffalo Wings in five heats are available too at $9. Lunch Specials offer MyPie or Pizza Flipp with a fountain drink starting at $6 from 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Kids menu and lunch combos include a fountain drink. Cherry Cheesecake and "Fudgie Dark Chocolate Cake" are signature desserts. Beer and wine are offered. Outdoor sidewalk seating available. Online ordering and delivery is also available. In business since 1987; founded by Scott Kousaie and Todd Dennis; 12 other locations in the Orlando area. This one franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla. A second one is in Grand Traverse Plaza.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (Shelly F. 6/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 11/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (Grand Traverse), 2957 Traverse Trl., The Villages, FL. 633-7809.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located at the west end of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood, facing SR 44. This is the second location in The Villages. Officially opened July 28, 2017. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Same menu as the Spanish Springs location. Traditional or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes, starting at $7, $11, $13 and $15 each. Beer and wine are offered. Online ordering and delivery is also available. This one also franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) 5 PM arrival, seated immediately. Server, Gavin, clean efficient, knew the menu items and explained it fully. My wife and I split a Mediterranean Salad and a My Pie, thin crust Capricciosa. With 2 Happy Hour drafts and tax, it was $25.45. Friends had My Pie Pizzas too. All well pleased with the Pizzas and Salad. One of best Pizzas around. Fresh ingredients and spiced just right. Servers cooperate with each other and are well mannered. They deliver within 5 miles. Too bad we are just outside of their area for that.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Flying Biscuit Café (The Villages) 1101 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 633-7704. (Breakfast) (Southern) [B/L/D] Officially opened on May 22, 2019. This new restaurant, located in Lake Sumter Landing where the Tea Plantation & Flower Boutique once did business until 2011, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Southern comfort food in mind. Quieter outdoor seating now available. Open 7 AM to 9 PM daily, except to 7 PM on Sunday. You'll find colorful vinyl covered tables here. It's not to be confused with Lambert's Café, "Home of the Throwed Rolls"® in Alabama and Missouri. Here, there's no need to duck; instead of Rolls, they're famous for Biscuits and Gravy, not to mention their Cheese Grits and Apple Butter. Omelettes, Bowls, Wraps, Scrambles, Benedicts and Egg dishes populate the breakfast menu (all day), as do Pancakes, but Pot Roast, Flat Iron Steak, Fried Chicken, Pot Pie, Shrimp and Grits, Cornmeal Cakes and even Coca-Cola BBQ Glazed Salmon can be found for lunch and dinner. Also popular are Bean Cakes, Shrimp Quesadillas, Salads, Soups and Sandwiches, including the All-American Burger and Fried Green Tomato BLT. Kids menu. Specials daily. Beer, Wine, Mimosas, Juice, Peach Nectar, Soft Drinks, Tea, Coffee and a Sledgehammer are the beverages here. One of two dozen franchises, since 1993, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Bryce and Stacey Kelly, owners here and at McAlister's Deli in Brownwood (see that listing).

Review: (from Eileen P. 5/19) Dana, the best server in the house, was our waitress. 2 people had the Angus Burger, 2 had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and 1 had the Green Fried Tomato BLT. But they forgot to put the Bacon on. All entrées came with Kettle Chips which tasted like cardboard. They do not serve Fries but do have cubed Hash Brown Potatoes which were very good. Food was excellent, except for Kettle Chips. Chips were Lay's® Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and the manager said they will not continue to serve them. Drinks had very long straws from McAlister's Deli and short glasses which was very disconcerting. They will be getting shorter straws. 2 entrées, with 2 Iced Teas, before tip, totaled $27.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 5/19) It was about 8:15 on a Tuesday morning, so my wife and I were looking for breakfast. We were met promptly at the door and escorted to a table. Our server, Melissa, was friendly and proved to be very skilled. We both had Eggs and Bacon, which were good, but what stood out was my wife's Grits. She is a southern girl who knows good Grits and she immediately stated these were the best she had ever tasted. Obviously slow cooked with cream and white cheese. I don't like Grits, but I'll get them next time. My Potatoes were a little dry. Good Decaf Coffee and Tea.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/19) This was my first visit here. I arrived at noon on a Monday. Walked in the door and was overcome by the extreme noise level. If it was not for the fact that I was meeting 9 other people, I may have walked out. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal of Scrambled Eggs with red peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. This large, delicious portion of Eggs were accompanied by the most wonderful Grits that I have ever had. Of course, I had to have a "Flying Biscuit". That too was wonderful. It was warm, light and fluffy. Our server, Josh, did an excellent job taking care of us. Even though the food and service were outstanding, the only way I will return here, is 1) I will come at an off hour from major meal times, or 2) the owners fix the acoustics so the noise level is not deafening.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 11/20) Sat outside, very cold morning, probably not a great decision, so it may have tainted my review. Service by Melissa was wonderful, the highlight of the visit. She had the Piedmont Omelet $11 and I had the Cali Dreamer Omelet $10. She enjoyed hers. I was not wild about mine, that is why I hesitated to write the review. She had Coffee for $3, total before t&t was $25. The menu is not a wonderful choice for me, but she enjoys it.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Dolphin Airways
Ended service in 1984 after 3 years of operation.
Service to Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Melbourne,
Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida.

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10½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Calorie Count Gator's Dockside (Spanish Springs) 1004 Main St., The Villages, FL. 430-1377. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Not to be confused with Gator Joe's Beach Bar & Grill, Gator Tales, Gator Bay Bar & Grill, The Crazy Gator or R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, this Florida chain opened here on September 16th, 2009 at the location that was once occupied by Emmett's Steakhouse, The Copper Pot and Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant and Cantina. Open daily 11 AM to midnight, they offer more unusual pub food than the other chains. Smothered Pulled Pork, Turkey Muffalatta and Gyros can be found on the Sandwich Menu. Cajun Chicken Alfredo, Baby Back Ribs, Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Wings and Cobb Salad are just some of the main dishes that will be offered for dinner. Noted for their Chili, as well as their Boneless Wings. Kid's menu available. Patio seating offered. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of large screen TVs. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. Outdoor seating available. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Wings" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. 2009 winner for "Best Sports Bar in Lake County" by Lake Magazine. One of 25 locations headquartered in Heathrow, FL. Chayse Neal, general manager here; Paul Cipparone, owner.

Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 9/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 6/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary D. 1/16) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Video Calorie Count Gator's Dockside (Brownwood) 3698 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 775-4071. (Sports Bar) [L/D] This is the second location in The Villages for this popular sports bar; it opened mid-June, 2014. Same menu as the first restaurant. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. Outdoor seating available. Lots of flat screen TVs. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 24 other locations in Florida. David Dubreuil, general manager; Paul Cipparone, owner.

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



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10½ Stars Buffalo Discount Card Giovanni's Ristorante & Pizzeria, 3439 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-6674. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened September 3, 2004. Open 11 AM to 3 PM for lunch and 3 PM to 9 PM for dinner (4-8 PM on Sundays). Authentic Southern Italian cuisine direct from Naples. Pizza and pasta are favorites. Create your own Pizza range $12-16 depending on size. Pasta dinners like Fettuccine Bolognese or Homemade Gnocchi range from $7-14. Seafood dinners like Shrimp Scampi range from $12-14. Chicken and Veal dishes like Veal Romano range from $14-15. Salads like Caprese Salad and sandwiches like Eggplant Parm. Hero range from $5-8. Lunch entrées range from $5-7. Popular during winter, arrive early for shorter waiting. Beer & wine licensed. Family operated. Giovanni Manco, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/09) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/13) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 10/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from David L. 12/15) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Colene M. 4/18) We were seated right away in the front booth for lunch. We ordered an Iced Tea and Lemonade to drink ($2 ea.). My husband ordered the lunch Baked Spaghetti that came with a Salad ($8) and I ordered the Calzone ($9). When he got his Salad it was on a clear plate that was smooth on the top and ridged on the bottom. After eating most of his salad, he noticed that the ridges on the bottom were dirty all the way around the plate. He told the waitress and she just looked at it and took it away never offering an explanation. Also, the dish the Baked Spaghetti was on was also dirty around the edges.
Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Six Gun Territory - Ocala
Western themed amusement park from 1963 to 1984.
Demolished in 1986 to make way for a shopping plaza.
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9½ Stars Video Glenview Country Club Restaurant, 3194 Glenview Rd., The Villages, FL. 753-0077. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Since May, 2004 and re-opened May 27, 2019 after brief pause. Formerly called the Glenview Champions Country Club. It now features more Italian dishes than before. Open daily 11 AM to 8:30 PM, but 9 AM to 8 PM on Sunday. Dining with a view of the golf course. The carpeted dining room is much quieter. Dinner might start with Soup du Jour ($5), Chips and Bleu Cheese Dip ($5), Hummus ($8.50), Pork Ribs ($10), Pork Bo Saam Wraps ($10), Pork Belly Bao ($11), Fried Calamari ($11), Zuppa di Clams ($12), Steamed Mussels ($12), Crab Pancakes ($13) or Seared Shrimp ($13). For entrées they have Pasta Primavera ($15), Pappardelle Bolognese ($16), Grilled or Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($17), Veal Meatloaf ($18), Linguine with Clam Sauce ($18), Sautéed Shrimp ($20), Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop ($21), Pan Seared Salmon ($21), Linguini with Seafood Sauce ($23), 10 oz. Grilled NY Strip Steak ($25) and a 14 oz. Delmonico Steak ($28). You can also order Sandwiches like Chicken Sandwich ($10), Chicken Quesadillas ($10), Seared Roast Beef ($11), Turkey Burger ($11), Varios 8 oz. Burgers ($12-13), Veggie Burger ($13) and a Pork Belly Burger ($15). You can also find Salads likeHoue, Caesar, Beet Soba Noodle, Cobb and a Fried Chicken Salad ranging $5-12 each. At lunch you will find the same appetizers and price as dinner. Plus "Griddled" Sandwiches, Fish Tacos and Burgers, mostly $10-15. Open for Thanksgiving dinner by reservation. Full bar with Happy Hour 12-6 PM. Limited Wine List. 20% service charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations for large parties only. Outdoor seating available. Jack Suleiman new owner since May 2019 here and at redsauce (see that listing). With new owner and menu, our ratings start over after May, 2019.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) First time here under new ownership. We were a group of about 20, for lunch. I had the Roast Beef Sandwich with Sautéed Onions, Mushrooms and Provolone Cheese ($11). The Sandwich was very tasty and it also came with French Fries. We had a couple of servers that took excellent care of our large group. The lunch menu had a wide variety of offerings. I had a difficult time deciding on what I wanted to eat. I just had water to drink, therefore my bill was $11 before t&t. I enjoyed my meal and the service here. I will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 6/19) This was our 1st visit under new ownership. The place has been "top cleaned" but décor remains the same. Seating in the main dining room was so loud, our party of 7, at a round table, could not converse. It's likely more quiet on the porch. The menu has been downsized, with increase in prices. Brittany efficiently served our table, although delivery of food was lengthy in a quarter filled restaurant. I had the Bolognese ($18), which was delicious, hearty, hot, and a large serving, although the choice of wide noodles rather than Fettuccine or Spaghetti Pasta is not a good choice for this dish. Another in our party had the same dish and also liked it very much. My spouse had the Roast Beef Sandwich with French Fries ($11) and found it with dry bread, little meat and soggy Fries. We both had 2 nice glasses of house wine. Another in our party had the Veal Meatloaf, and it was not large, it was HUGE, and quite tasty. He took more than half of it home. Nice hot rolls were served to the table, but salads were an ala carte charge, and no one ordered them at $5 and $7 each. Our cost before t&t was $46.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 6/19) Dinner time at the new Glenview. We had reservations for 8 and were seated upon arrival. Lisa, our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We had the Fried Chicken Salad ($12) and it was very tasty. We also had the Veal Meatloaf ($18). It was a very light Meatloaf and was delicious. It was a large portion too. Sweet Tea and water were our beverages. We also ordered a slice of their Orange Cake ($7.50). Very moist and refreshing. Our bill came to $40. We had a very nice experience here. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 6/19) We met friends in the bar area for early drinks and dinner. There is a new desk at the entry and new tables and chairs in the bar. As they had indicated, they weren’t going to do serious remodeling at this time. I go for the unusual when available and had the Pork Bo Ssäm ($10), which was in the Shareable/Appetizer section of the menu. It was delicious and plentiful. He had the Shaved Roast Beef Sandwich ($11), with very good Chips. It was good, but needed more Horseradish. He asked for some, but it never came, and either our server wasn’t around, or we were talking so much that we forgot about it! He would order it again and ask for the extra Horseradish when ordering - if he remembers! We each had a couple of drinks as well ($5 each). They now have Happy Hour all day.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) We met friends here to try the new menu. We sat on the porch with a nice view. Soon two large parties of all ladies arrived and sat on either side of us. It got very very loud as each could not hear and we were in the middle. After our drink order Anthony, our server, moved us into the bar which wasn't much better. She started with a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini ($7) and I had a Tomato Juice ($3). She ordered the Grilled Cheese ($9) and I had the Cuban with Fries ($12). She also had Ministrone Soup ($5). The food was nothing to brag about. My Cuban was sloppy. Fries were plain. Just ordinary fare. Our friend's order was incomplete. Too noisy for conversation here. Total, with one cocktail was $36. Might give it one more try but I doubt it.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 11/20) Worst dinner ever! Seated promptly at 5 PM. Server was "no show" for 15 minutes; so the server from the adjacent table took wine order and provided water. We split a very good House Salad, but took 15 minutes for a 2nd plate to arrive. We both had the Saturday Special of Prime Rib. We ordered "medium", came "medium rare" and was barely warm. Tough, and tasteless too. Golf-ball-size portion of warm Mashed Potatoes was good, Chef's Vegetables were delicious. Shared large piece of delicious Chocolate Cake. House wines were generous pours. It was not busy, but service was slow. Check was incorrect twice with wine charges. Cost before t&t was $76. First dinner out in months and this was a stupid choice. We will never return.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Video Video Calorie Count Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 3950 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 391-1905. (American) (Buffet) [L/D] In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Plaza at CR 103. Popular steak buffet chain. Items on the buffet include Asian Pork Roast, Bourbon Street Chicken, Cajun Whitefish, Clam Chowder, Country Fried Steak, Smoked Ham, Grilled Pork Chops, Salmon Steaks, Beef Tamales and Turkey Breast. Sirloin Steak is a favorite. Large selection of vegetables too. Seniors (60+) get 10% off. Open on Thanksgiving Day. One of a growing franchise chain of about 500 locations based in Raleigh, NC. No bar. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice for "Best Buffet" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Bruce Garner, general manager; Bob Prickett and David & Cathy Jedziniak of Tiger Foods in Eustis, franchisees.

Older Review: (from Dan G. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 6/20) My wife and I were wondering how buffets would fare during and after the COVID-19 crisis, so we decided to stop by Golden Corral to see what changes they had made. We were pleasantly surprised! We did not plan to eat lunch there, but everything looked so safe, we decided to try it - and that is saying something since my wife is so perspicacity when it comes to cleanness and health. They had gloves available, and one way directions around the food. All the servers were masked and gloved. One person was dedicated to just cleaning the public area, and another in the eating area. If you liked the Corral before, you'll like it even better now. If you didn't like it before, you probably won't this time either. My wife is not a big fan, but even she said she would return. Lunch was only $10 each that included your beverage. Great value for seniors.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant, 1200 Morse Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0100. (American) [B/L/D] Since the year 2000, this Country Club has had different restaurants, namely The Royal Palm (with its popular weekly Seafood Buffet by reservation only), Coconutz, Hacienda Bar & Grill (noted for Vinnie's Maryland Crab Cakes) and back to the Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant (with Chef Brian Webster for a while). It closed for good on April 27, 2019 after 19 years of service under various owners. It averaged a 12 Star rating from members. It is now being torn down and the location's future suggests resort style housing and a replacement restaurant.



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Florida Airlines
Ended service in 1982 after 22 years in business.
Service between Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami,
Ocala, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida.

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10 Stars Gluten Free Menu Havana Country Club, 2484 Odell Circle, The Villages, FL. 430-3200. (American) [L/D] Opened September 20, 2017. New name for what used to be Hemingway's At Havana (Country Club). AKA "The View" when originally opened. Now reverting back to the Havana Country Club Restaurant. Little change in décor but brighter lighting; totally new menu. A few appetizers include Papas Rellenos ($9), Battered Cheese Curds ($9), Fried Calamari ($10), Mussels Marinara ($12), Chicken Wings ($12) and a Shrimp Cocktail ($13). They also have Chicken Quesadilla ($10), Steamed Little Neck Clams ($12) and Smoked Salmon Bruschetta ($13). Soups in two sizes are also offered like Onion Gratine or Pasta Fagioli ($4/$7). Pizzas like Vegetable, Ropa Vieja and Margherita run $12-13 each. Or you can design your own. Sandwiches include Ropa Vieja (411), a Classic Burger ($12), Barbecue Pork ($13), Hot Pastrami/Corned Beef on Rye ($13), plus extra charge for Cheese, Mushrooms, Sautéed or Fried Onions or Avocado ($1-2 extra). All come with Steak Fries. Pasta dishes like Linguine Alfredo ($10), Broiled Capellini with Meatballs ($14), Asiago Parmesan Chicken Linguine ($15), Cioppino on Linguine ($18) and Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($22) are on the menu. Main course selections now include Chicken Florentine ($15), Fish & Chips ($15), Salmon St. Croix ($18), Pork Chop with a Mustard Cream Sauce ($20), Roasted Lamb Loin ($21), Pan Seared Corvina ($22), 12 oz. Ribeye ($24) and a Surf 'n Turf (6 oz. Filet and Crab Cake) ($28). Sides add $3-6 extra. For Salads they have Iceberg ($9), Greek ($10), Citrus ($11), Caesar ($12), and Cobb ($12), to which you can add Chicken ($4 extra), Crab Cake ($6 extra), Shrimp ($7 extra), Beef ($8 extra) or Salmon ($8 extra). In the dessert corner you'll find the usual Key Lime Pie ($5), Strawberry Shortcake ($6), Cheesecake ($7) and a Caramel Brownie a la Mode to share ($8). Full bar with a Wine List. Whites run $7-8/glass or $24-58/btl. and Reds are $6-12/glass or $20-97/btl. Open Thanksgiving Day. Now takes reservations daily. Outdoor seating available. Matthew Street, chef; David Suleiman, owner.

Older Review: (from Mary D. 9/17) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 10/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) It was a beautiful evening, so we sat at a round table outside. Tina was our server and she served us well. I had the Sand Trap Salad with Chicken ($9 + $4 added for the Chicken) it was a tasty Salad, however, the $4 upcharge for the Chicken was too expensive for the portion size given. My husband had the Baked Spaghetti with Meatballs ($14). He enjoyed it, but was overpriced for what was served. It should have included a Salad. Our beverages were a Tea ($2.70) and a water. Our bill came to $30 before t&t. I like that they have a very diversified menu. Lots of options.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jackie N. 8/18) Delicious dinner at Havana Country Club this weekend. I rarely order Fish in a restaurant but the Pan Seared Corvina description sounded so tempting (slightly sweet and firm white fish with fresh mango and strawberry beurre blanc, over mango infused rice), that I had to try it ($22). It included broccoli and carrots. It was amazing and such a nice size portion that I had the leftovers for 2 lunches. The rest of the group enjoyed their Prime Rib, Fish and Chips and Chicken Florentine. The Calamari appetizer ($12) that we shared was not greasy or rubbery. Our congenial waiter was Victor and we sat at a big round table at the front of the restaurant which was a great spot to be able to hear each other without having to yell. This was my first time inside the restaurant and one of our friends said that there used to be booths where we were sitting. Much better to have a round table for large groups. My husband said the Chicken Florentine ($16) was delicious. He also had a small Salad, a Happy Hour Beer and I had a Tea. Dinner for the two of us was under $70 with tax and tip. We were all too full for dessert but we will be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Seated promptly at 5 PM. Our server, McKenna, was outstanding. My Red Snapper was excellent and generous with Broccoli and Rice. I rarely take home fish, but this portion was huge. My wife's Primavera Pizza was large and loaded. With 2 beers, our bill was $44 before t&t. Others had Monk Fish and Fish & Chips and Calamari. All were excellent. Saw the huge Lobster Tails go to other tables. Will return for that. Quite crowded as we departed around 6 PM.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 11/18) Prime Rib Night was not good. My husband and some others in our party had this Special. The meat had very little taste. The taste it did have was nasty. It was also unappetizing looking. He did not care for it at all. He did not finish it, and didn't even want to take the leftovers home. This was the worst Prime Rib that we've EVER had. The Vegetables of the Day, Carrots and Broccoli, were cold and uncooked. The highlight of the meal was the Baked Potato. My husband's small portion, 8 oz. Prime Rib, was $20. I had the Grilled Salmon ($20). It was tasty but not very warm. I too, had the same cold, uncooked Vegetables that everyone else had. Our server, Sherry, was pleasant, but service was way too slow. With a Manhattan and an Iced Tea, Our bill came to $50. If we come back here, it will NOT be for Beef.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/20) This was for delivery for their Prime Rib special. This order was totally screwed up! 1. Order came at 5 PM! not 5:45 as requested. 2. Order was missing Caesar Salad. 3. Meal was cold. 4. 2" piece of Sweet Bread! No Rolls or Bread. Sweet Bread? 5. Portions were meager! Not at all like in-house meals. Also a previous order for a Pasta dish came with no Garlic Bread! Never again with Havana. No internal Quality Control of the order. Worse takeout of all others we have tried.
Q=1 S=1 V=2 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Video Calorie Count IHOP Restaurant (The Villages), 3480 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 674-9064. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] No, IHOP is not changing its name to IHOB! (It's a marketing gimmick.) Open 6 AM to 11 PM daily. This well known pancake chain, once known as The International House of Pancakes, opened Nov. 24, 2008 in the building formerly occupied by Bono's Pit Bar-B-Que facing CR 466. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Such items as Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes are favorites here. Colorado and 3 Cheese Omelettes are also featured. French Toast, Waffles and Crêpes as well as Burgers and Sandwiches can also be found here. Senior Specials are also offered. Free pancakes are offered for a charitable donation on Pancake Day. Seniors (55+) get 10% off. Free Stack of Pancakes on your birthday for Pancake Revolution eClub members. Outdoor seating available. Another location is already open on SR 44 near I-75 in Wildwood, as well as on US 441 in Leesburg. The 50 year old company, headquartered in Glendale, CA., operates 1,350 IHOP Restaurants, as well as almost 2,000 Applebee's locations. Sunshine Restaurant Partners of Miami is the franchisee. Rich Jerzak, general manager.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) My husband had a coupon for his birthday for a free Stack of Pancakes. He ordered the Multi-Grain one and a cup of Coffee ($1). I had the 55 & Over Sampler ($6). It was very good. Our server was Kathy. Before t&t, it was only $8.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Calorie Count Johnny Rockets (The Villages), 976 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL. 259-0051. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Hamburger heaven since December, 2004. There's a dozen different varieties here. Noted for fountain service items like Old Fashioned Milk Shakes and Malts. Besides the popular Hamburgers like the "#12", "Route 66" and the "St. Louis", Egg Salad Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak, BLT, Tuna Melt, Hot Dog, Chili Dog and Apple Pie A-La-Mode, The Perfect Brownie, Ice Cream Sundaes are also featured. Root Beer Floats and Cherry-Cokes are also popular. 50's diner atmosphere for families with waitstaff doing song and dance routines occasionally. Beer and wine license here. Recently added healthier items to the menu. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Burger on your birthday for Rocket eClub members. Open for breakfast and serve beer and wine too. Outdoor seating available. One of a nationwide chain of 170 locations (350 worldwide), headquartered now in Wilbraham, MA. Kirk Walker of Ocala, new owner since April, 2019.

Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Katie Belle's Music Hall, 996 Del Mar Dr., 2nd floor, The Villages, FL. 750-9411. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] Sadly, after 23 years as The Villages premier entertainment venue, the decision was made to close the establishment in mid-May, 2020. Originally opened November, 1997, it closed in May 2015 for renovations, then moved upstairs in January 2016 and shortened its name. It was noted for a comfortable large dance floor, friendly staff, a variety of nightly entertainment styles (including Country & Western) plus modestly priced dinner offerings (notably Prime Rib) and inexpensive cocktails (like $2 Martinis). Many long-time residents can remember when it was a resident-only club on the first floor, with a huge stained glass window, warm oak surroundings and featured buffalo-themed décor. It was the frequent haunt of "Mr. Midnight", as told in the book, Leisureville. It also featured large 20-piece orchestras filling the main narrow stage on Sunday nights. Mardi Gras, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day and Christmas parties were always well attended here, where Beau greeted you at the front door to check your Villages ID before entering. It remained one of the few restaurants whose ownership was retained by the developer since it opened along with the, now defunct, (originally membership-only) Cattle Baron Club upstairs (1997-2015). Members rated Katie Belle's 12 Stars over the years. It will certainly be missed. Recent announcements indicate the space will be developed into about 10 apartments.



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Ended service in 1984 after 13 years in business. - "Keep It Sweet And Simple."
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Marathon, Marco Island,
Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Kitchen and Bar. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 2/13) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/14) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/15) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen R. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Legacy Bar & Grill (Pool Bar), 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-0822. (Cafe) (Grill) [B/L/D] Formerly called the Oasis Bar & Grill, then Oasis Burger Company, then back to Bar & Grill, aka The Oasis Pool Bar. Now it's the Legacy Bar & Grill with new owners. Reopened October, 2018. At the Nancy Lopez Country Club Pool. Hours are 9 AM to 7 PM daily, to 8 PM Thursday through Saturday. You'll find a limited menu with items like a ½ lb. Classic Harris Ranch Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, Bacon Cheese Burger and a Smokehouse Burger, all running $10-11 each. Red "Hots" ($7-9 each) from Coney Island are on the menu. Philly Style Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, a Rueben and a Tuna Salad Sandwich, all run $8-11 each. A House Salad, Grilled Chicken Caesar or Greens Salad, all run $9-11 each. Sides like Slaw, Plain or Cheese Fries, Chicken Wings or Tenders, Coconut Shrimp, Mozzarella Sticks or Onion Rings are there also at $8-12 each. Breakfast Stacks ($5-6 each) or Egg Sandwiches ($6-7 each) populate the morning menu. Happy Hour runs all day. Back to a full bar now. Outdoor seating available. Entertainment, Thursday to Saturday. Ryan in charge of the bar. David Suleiman, new owner.

Review: (from Harry M. 11/18) Our 2nd visit here, this time with a golf group of 16. We were happily accommodated at adjoining tables and enjoyed outstanding service. The menu is limited to Sandwiches and a few other items too. House-made Chips are included and wonderful Fries can be substituted for $1. or Onion Rings for $1.50. My Cheese Steak, at $11, was terrific and her Rueben at $10 was outstanding, and made with thick-cut Marbled Rye shipped in from New York daily. The optional Fries are the way to go, and are unusual and terrific. Four at our table of 8 had the Cheese Steak and agreed with me, and 3 had the Rueben and agreed there too. The lone hold out had Wings, and found the plain ones the best she's had. The owner provided a round of small non-alcohol. Wine was $4 and draft beer $2.50. Before t&t, our cost was $36.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Legacy Restaurant (at the Nancy Lopez Country Club), 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-1475. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Reopened with new owners at the end of January, 2019. A far cry for the Legacy Bar and Grill (Pool Bar) nearby. This long time country club restaurant, formerly run by John McDonough, and often called Lopez, was the favorite of residents for decades, earning 13 Stars from our members. New décor, new owner, new chef, new a-la-carte menu, and new prices. Mostly Continental/Mediterranean dishes with some Middle Eastern influence. Full linen service on the tables, but no chargers. On the menu, the Appetizers are Beef Carpaccio ($12), Maine Mussels ($13), Calamari ($14), Crab Croquettes ($13), Hummus, Tzatziki and Baba Ghanoush [Mashed Eggplant] with Pita ($16), Shrimp Wellington ($16), Grilled Octopus ($18), Fried Seafood Sampler ($18), a Cheese Board ($18), plus Raw Maine Oysters at Market Price. For Seafood Entrées they offer a Fried Seafood Platter [Beer Battered Haddock, Shrimp and Scallops with Fries] ($25), Salmon Wellington with Dijon Mustard ($25), Rainbow Trout in an Almond Cream Sauce ($22), Pan Seared Orange Red Snapper ($28) and Oven Roasted Alaskan Sablefish ($36). For landlovers they offer Chicken Piccata ($19), a ½ Organic Roasted Chicken ($24), Marsala Pork Shank ($28), Lamb Shank with Port Wine Reduction ($30), Crispy ½ Duck with Blueberry Jam ($29), New York Black Angus Strip Steak ($32), 6 or 8 oz. Grilled Filet ($30/$36) and a Black Angus Ribeye with Bearnaise Sauce ($34). They also have Pasta dishes like Pasta Primavera ($19), Truffle Pappardelle with Chicken ($23), Pear and Ricotta Stuffed Sacchettoni Pasta ($24), Seafood [Shrimp and Scallops] Fettuccini ($28) and Saffron Seafood Risotto ($29). You can also add a Salad Course with a Caesar Salad [Traditional or with Strawberry & Avocado] ($12/$13), Strawberry & Avocado Caprese ($12), Wild Salad ($12), Burrata Salad [Arugula & Tomatoes] ($14) or a Margherita Salad [Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Peppers and Onion] ($15). Side dishes add to the meal also, like Carrot Cream ($5), Salt Potatoes ($5.50), Truffle Parmentier [Mashed Potatoes] ($6), Truffle Fries ($6), Brussels Sprouts ($6), Steamed Vegetables ($6), Garlic Sautéed Caulilini [Cauliflower] ($7) and of course, Lobster Mac and Cheese ($10). For desserts you'll find Flan Carrot Cardamom ($7), Passion Fruit Cream ($7), a White Chocolate Brownie ($7.50), Chocolate Trilogy ($9) and Key Lime Tart ($9). Limited outdoor front porch dining. Full bar with a Wine List. $4 charge to split an entrée. Reservations accepted. Ivan Garcia, executive chef. Laila Osorio, manager; Joseph Suleiman, general manager; David Suleiman, owner, here and at Legacy Bar and Grill and Havana Country Club.

Review: (from Maria K. 2/19) The long awaited re-opening on Lopez Legacy was disappointing. They did a beautiful job in renovations but service was remarkable slow. I don't know if they are short staffed in the kitchen or in the wait staff but we sat for a 6:30 PM reservation at about 6:45 PM but weren't served dinner until about 9 PM, at which point they confused the dinner for one in our party, Pork Shank was replaced by Lamb. I had the Red Snapper and the dinner was ordinary, not very tasty with very minimal Vegetables, my husband had the Ribeye and he also wasn't impressed; it wasn't an especially good Steak. He also had the Lobster Bisque which he said was good, not great. They tried to make up for the problems with a round of drinks and free dessert, but for those of us who don't drink or eat dessert that is a bust. Dinner for 2 with tip came to $100. I won't go back for a while, they need to work out their issues.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 3/19) We decided to check it out for our anniversary. When we arrived, we mentioned the occasion and the manager brought us a couple of glasses of champagne - a lovely touch. After that, service was a definite negative. One issue we found was the lack of bussers. This meant that the servers had to do everything. And our service was pretty slow. We had to request water; it was not automatic and in fact there were no water glasses on the table. We had to ask for some dirty dishes to be removed. Our server did not inform us of any specials and we neglected to ask - not our job anyway! We chose to split everything this time. We started with a bottle of Dona Paula Malbec, which we’ve had many times as it’s my namesake! (This was not the estate Malbec however.) We started with the Burrata, which was excellent. Though we love the same dish at Carrabba’s, this was even better, but smaller in portion, and higher in price! We then shared a bowl of Mushroom Brie Soup. It’s not the same as before, but it was great, and it had mushroom shavings in and on top. Our entrée was the Red Snapper and since we’re on a low carb diet, I was pleased that it came with a creamy Mashed Cauliflower as the “starch.” Unfortunately, the veggie was Carrots. I guess they tried! The Snapper was overcooked, but had a good taste. The Cauliflower was also good, but not really hot. It took a longer than necessary time to arrive at our table. There was a $4 split charge, which is pretty normal, but we weren’t informed ahead of time. But the kitchen did split the entrée, without us requesting - bonus points. After our meal, our server brought us another glass of champagne, which we certainly didn’t need, but it was probably to make up for the poor service. While the new décor is a huge improvement, the poor service and just OK food negate that. We hope they get their act together soon, as it’s always been one of our favorite restaurants. We’ll probably return just for bar and munchies to check it out again. Cost was $90 before t&t.
Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from MaryLou G. 5/19) It was my first visit to this restaurant since the new owners took over. Everyone in my party enjoyed the "Pick 2 Lunch Special". We all had soup, 2 enjoyed the Mushroom Brie and one had the Lobster Bisque, plus the Fried Haddock Sandwich. Everything was delicious and we were more than pleased with the price of $12.25. Our server was Karilynn and she did a good job of taking care of us. We also enjoyed the new décor of this restaurant, colorful and modern - a nice change for the better. We will definitely return!
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) Lunch was delicious. I had the Mushroom Brie Soup. It's the same recipe as it was with the past owners (almost); I told the manager that it needed a little more Sherry in it. I also had the Chicken Salad Croissant. This combo meal was $12. Water was my beverage. My bill was $12. before t&t. I will return to try some of their other interesting lunch offerings. I will always have the Mushroom Brie Soup though.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janet T. 6/19) A friend and I shared the Haddock Sandwich ($14) and the Reuben ($12) for lunch. Of course, we both had the Mushroom Brie Soup. Everything was delicious. We used a "$5 off $20 purchase" that has been around. Our bill with the $5 off was $21. Domenico was our server. He was extremely efficient and friendly. We will ask for him when we go back. Our plans for our upcoming visits is to keep trying different meals, since their offerings sound great.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) It was her birthday, so we opted for the "best place in town". For years that was always Legacy Restaurant. We liked what they did to the décor here. Lots of wine racks give it an upscale feeling. The color scheme of blue and gray is OK too. Something different, very different. No more charger plates on the tables however. That trademark is gone. We were seated in the rear of the right wing where it was quiet. Kelvin was our server and we put him at ease. He enjoyed waiting on us. We started with a Lemon Drop Martini ($7.50) and a Bourbon Manhattan ($6). Fair prices. She ordered the Beef Carpaccio ($12) for an appetizer and I had the Lobster Bisque ($7). Both were delicious. The Beef was tender but the Bisque was luke warm to start and room temperature at the last few spoonfuls. She ordered the longtime menu item, Veal Meatloaf ($19) which came here with the very first chef from Sarasota. It was not the same recipe however. Just OK. I had the Salmon Wellington ($25). Not what I expected, there was too much dough around the fish. Would not order it again. Our friend had the same and thought the same about the Salmon dish. His wife was disappointed with the Scallops Risotto. The Scallops were still translucent in the middle. Kelvin took a while to check back. She continued to eat the dish. She mentioned it to Kelvin and he got Michael, the section manager. He offered to make the dish over or substitute Shrimp, which she is allergic to. The solution was a $10 gift card on your next visit. I ordered a bottle of Terra d'Oro Amador Red Zin ($40) for the table too. That wine is $14 retail. It was good. In all an OK meal and the total with one cocktail each and a bottle of wine was $117 before t&t. The value just wasn't there. We were somewhat disappointed on our first visit.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kerri C. 8/19) Someone gave me a coupon for one free entrée with the purchase of another. Legacy Restaurant has changed their menu and added more affordable items. We had been there before and didn’t feel the food was worth the cost. So we decided to try again and we were very pleased. The bread was very, very good. My husband started with a Caesar Salad ($7) that could have fed two, and it was very tasty. My main meal was the Rainbow Trout ($22) and my husband had a 6 oz. Filet ($29). Our meals were very good and we were happy that Legacy Restaurant could now be an option for dinner. Our total bill was $44.60. We had excellent service from our server, Heather.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 8/19) Our first visit with restorations and owners. Very nice décor expect for the garish red velvet. Slightly limited menu for a Nancy Lopez Charity Dinner, all profits to AIM. Exemplary service by Steven, a 13-year staffer. We each had Soup, Lobster Bisque for her ($7), Mushroom Brie for me ($6). Large, hot serving in stylish dishes. Both were excellent. Served with skimpy piece of dark bread and a golf-ball size hunk of butter; more bread served on request. Sadly, the Tomato Bisque is forever banned from the menu. My wife had the Stuffed Sole, two large filets with Crab, etc., served with huge amount of Rice ($20). It was very good. I had the Shrimp Alfredo ($20) with 5 large Shrimp over Pasta with lots of Mushrooms. Excellent, although a similar dish with the previous owner had 9 or more smaller Shrimp. We each took half of our large dinners home with us. We shared a very good Key Lime Tart for dessert ($8). We each had 2 glasses of house wine ($4 each); a bargain price, but a poor choice; choose from the overpriced wine list instead. Cost was $77 before t&t for a great dinner for a good cause.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 10/19) Incredible dinner experience. Our server, Arizona, was attentive, polite, knowledgeable and smiled! We chose the Seafood Special - 3 course meal at $18 each (Salad, Entrée & Dessert). She ordered Norwegian Salmon and Shrimp with lemon buerre sauce with Rice and Vegetables. I ordered Sole stuffed with Scallops and Crab baked and topped with lemon buerre blanc sauce. Paired with Herb Rice and Sautéed Spinach. Quick service, more than adequate portion size and served piping hot. Dessert was generous portion of Tiramisu. Total bill was $52 before t&t,including 4 house Chardonnays. Room was crowded but still tables available. GREAT VALUE and quality. Will return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/20) Have not been here in a while. Thursday at 4 PM is a good time to come. Had a whole room all to our selves for most of the time. The 4 of us shared an Escargot appetizer ($14). It was pretty good. She had the special of Country Fried Steak ($14) while I had a Caesar Salad ($6) and the Maple Walnut Salmon ($18). Both were excellent. She also had the Caramel Cheese Cake ($7). Our friends bought the wine. It was good too. Kat was our friendly server. She knew how to serve wine. One friend had Fish and Chips and we all commented on packs of Ketchup for the Fries instead of a table bottle or presented in a condiment dish. Plastic packets are not classy. Good food and good service with few people in the restaurant. Total, without wine, was $59 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.
Editor's Note: During the Pandemic, some restaurants opt to offer plastic packets for condiments thinking it's safer. That's debatable.

Review: (from Dan K. 1/21) Very nice evening. 4 of us enjoyed a pleasant dinner in a lovely setting. Really like the ambiance and service by all. We split the Roast Duck, 2 legs and 2 thighs, Mashed Potatoes and fresh Vegetables. Flavor was wonderful and the portion was ideal for us to split. I used to be able to finish this by myself, but no longer. Our bill came to $34 before t&t and included one glass of House Wine. The other couple enjoyed Salmon Wellington Special for him and Soup and Salad for her. Everything was well prepared, served at proper temperature by Philip who was very pleasant. Back to its old self as far as enjoyment and bringing guests here.
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11½ Stars Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille, 925 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-7800. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Formerly called the Lewis Lighthouse, it's a few steps northeast of Market Square. Open from 11 AM daily. Happy Hour 3-6 PM. Oyster Bar recently added. Salads are popular here with the Beaver Island, Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard Caesar, Buzzard's Bay Tuna, Cape Codder Cobb and Mackinac Island Salad, all ranging $4-14 each. You can also find Sweet Potato Fries ($6), Onion Rings ($6), Hummus ($8), Haddock Tostada ($8), Fried Calamari ($9), Cheese Plate ($9), Shrimp Cocktail ($9), Nachos ($10), Haddock Fingers ($10), Spicy Friend Shrimp ($10), Crab Balls ($11), the ever-popular Buffalo Wings ($9) or a pound of Steamed Mussels or Clams for appetizers or snacks. Seafood platters range from Fried Shrimp ($13), Haddock ($13), Catfish ($14), Scallops ($14), Fried Clam Strips ($MP), King Crab or Snow Crab Legs ($MP), to a Boston Fisherman's Platter For Two at $25. Entrées include the popular Butterfish (Swai) ($14), Coconut Shrimp ($15), Shrimp & Grits ($15), Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($17), Grilled or Seared Salmon ($17 each), Grilled Swordfish ($17), Crab Cakes ($18), Mango Mahi-Mahi ($18), Shrimp & Scallop Scampi ($18) and a 10 oz. Sirloin Steak ($18). Lobster specials weekly ($MP). Sometimes they have Jambalaya. Burgers and Sandwiches are also on the menu like the 8 oz. Burger on a Pretzel Roll ($9), Strawberry Chicken ($9), Smoked Turkey ($10), Reuben ($10), Haddock Sandwich ($12), Seafood Roll ($11), Fish Taco ($14), Shrimp Po' Boy ($14) and even an old fashioned Hot Dog ($5). All come with Fries, Slaw or Chips. The Clam Chowder is enjoyed here at $4/$6 in a cup or bowl. So is Chili at the same price. For dessert they offer Sherbet, Key Lime Pie or Smothered Brownie ranging from $4 to $6. Lake and sunset views. Outdoor seating available. Occasional entertainment on the deck. Full bar with Wine List but no Draft Beer. Attractive drink specials like Margaritas and Martinis, plus Blackberry Sangria. Nikki Johnson, manager; Carlos Belmonte, chef. Maureen and husband, John McIntyre of CPM, owners, here and at Augustine's 1812 House (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Marlene C. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Pat M. 1/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/15) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Our server, Rachel, was pleasant and efficient. Food way below expectations. My Lobster and Crab Casserole was watery and contained little, if any, Lobster. Seemed like a lot of mushy fish was in there. It was $26, outrageous!. Her Salmon was thin and overdone, although she liked the sauce. Serve only bottled Beer at $4.25. That's high. With 2 Beers and 25% honor discount, our tab was $42. Food quality has gone downhill lately. Considering not returning.
Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) This place is always busy! We signed in for a table but found seats at the bar and decided to have dinner there. Laura was our server. I had the Shrimp and Grits which were tasteless gummy Grits with about 6 Grilled Shrimp on top. My hubby had the Scallop Basket which was mostly fried and breaded (his choice) and OK, nothing special. Service was fair, as they were packed. Dinner with 2 glasses of Storypoint Chardonney and a bottle of Perrier was $46.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Dan K. 11/20) We sat on the deck overlooking the water and enjoyed the sun. We each had a cup of New England Clam Chowder for $4 each. We split the Daily Fried Haddock Special $20, I had a glass of Copper Ridge Merlot and Dottie had a glass of Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, $3 each. Total before t&t was $34.50. Pam was our server and did a great job and a good conversationalist. She made wonderful suggetions. By the way this was the Best New England Clam Chowder I have found in years.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars Li'l Bits Café, Suite 403, 11962 CR 101, The Villages, FL. 391-9149. (Cafe) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Open daily 6 AM to 2 PM. A breakfast & lunch café located in the Palm Ridge Plaza across from Naldo's. Accessible by golf cart. Breakfast served all day. Such items as Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Wrap and various Omelets ranging from $5 to $7 each are available any hour. Fried Chicken, Taco, Greek and Chef's Salads range from $7 to $8 each. Various Burgers and Wraps are $7 to $9. Sandwiches include Philly Cheese Steak, Tuna Melt, Reuben, Turkey Melt, BLT and good-old Fried Bologna to name a few, range $5 to $8. Dinner served 4-8 PM Friday only. No bar. BYOB for dinner; no Corkage Fee. Winona (Wendy) Beattie owner.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/07) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 9/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars Mallory Hill Country Club, 1675 Odell Cir., The Villages, FL. 430-2359. (American) [L/D] Opened in July, 2005. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Hearth Baked Pizza a specialty. Angus steaks and fresh seafood also on the menu. Friday Specials include Perch, Fried Shrimp, Broiled or Fried Haddock at $12-15 each. Fajitas are popular too. Famous for their Pizzas. German dishes on Tuesday in season. Breezeway outdoor dining available. Frequent entertainment or karaoke. Reservations for a table of 8 or more taken for seatings before 4 PM daily. Open Thanksgiving Day with reservations, Noon to 7 PM. Full bar. Happy hour 3-5 PM. Carlos Perez, chef; Joseph Gaunt, general manager; Raymond and Cailey Ann Frederick, owners.

Older Review: (from Laurie M. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 10/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/14) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 9/15) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/19) Have not been here in a while. I had a Bourbon Manhattan Rocks ($5) and she had a Lemon Drop Martini ($5) to start. Both were fine. She started with Baked Onion Soup ($5) which was OK, plus the Trio Salad ($12) which she enjoyed. I had a side Caesar ($2) and the Pastrami and Swiss on a Berry Whole Grain Bread with Slaw ($11). I was not crazy about the bread. Sounded interesting, but I would have preferred Sourdough or Rye. Connie, our server, was fine. Total before t&t was $40. Just an ordinary meal.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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5½ Stars Video Margarita Republic, 1102 Main St., The Villages, FL. 753-4660. (Caribbean) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 1 AM except to 10 PM on Sunday. This was Café Olé formerly until September, 2004. Popular with Villagers and area residents into the wee hours. A Caribbean Grill. Cuban influenced meals specializing in Fried Shrimp, Clams, Scollops and Burgers. Key West Conch Fritters, Barbados Fish Dip, Blackened Grouper, Taco Salad, Margarita Chicken Sandi, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Scallops, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Kitchen Sink Salad and Islamorada Mahi Mahi are just some of the items offered. Most items $7 to $17 each. Weekly entertainment, trivia and karaoke too. Interesting backbar. Sidewalk outdoor seating available. Full bar featuring a large selection of custom Margaritas. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day after 5 PM. Offers a New Years Eve Dinner and Party for $69 pp+t&t by reservation. Michael Wilkinson (brother of Robert Wilkinson, owner of Amerikanós Grille across the square) and their sister, Susan Hawkins, new owners here as of August, 2019.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/06) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 10/07) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12½ Stars Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count McAlister's Deli (The Villages), 3630 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 399-5934. (Deli) [L/D] Officially opened December 8, 2014. Open 10:30 AM to 9 PM, except to 7 PM on Sunday. Located on the west side of Kiessel, a few doors up from Paddock Square in Brownwood. This chain is famous for their Giant Spuds and Southern Sweet Tea, with generous portions and free refills. Offers a wide variety of Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups and Fresh Salads. The Salads are large, like Chef Salad, Southwest Salad, Cobb Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad and a Taco Salad, all running $5-8 each. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smoky Pepper Jack Turkey, Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Ham & Cheese Toastie, all about $7 each, are toasted on sourdough bread. Club Sandwiches like the Veggie Club, Grilled Chicken Club, Cobb Club, Orange Cranberry Turkey Club, King Club and Black Angus Club, run $6-9 each. They also make an Italian Sub, Chicken Salad on Croissant, BLT on Sourdough and others for $6-7 each. A few Wraps are offered too. Such concoctions as New Orleans Muffuletta ($8-13 depending on size) and others, like a Rueben ($7), French Dip ($7), Pot Roast ($8), plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts that run about $7 each are featured. The Big Nasty® ($9) is popular with strong men and mean women. Sandwiches and Paninis come with a side dish like Mac 'n Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fruit or Applesauce. Stuffed Potatoes are also popular, like the Bacon Spud, Black Angus Spud, Grilled Chicken Spud, Pot Roast Spud, Cheese Spud and a Spud Max™ or Spud Olé™ run $6-8 each. Daily Soup or Chili also available. For dessert look for Chocolate Spooncake, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Brownies and their popular Cookies, all under $5 each. Famous Sweet Tea or fountain drinks are served with free refills. Kids menu under $4. Some gluten free items available (see their list). Does a large take-out business at lunch. Order at the counter, food is delivered to the table. No bar. $5 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. They started in 1989. This is one of a chain of about 350 franchises, in 23 states, based in Ridgeland, MS. This one run by Bryce and Stacy Kelly of Newberry, FL. Another McA's Deli is in nearby Ocala (see that listing). More are planned for the Orlando area.

Older Review: (from Nanci C. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/18) On a Friday night about 5 PM and all of Brownwood looks deserted, except City Fire Bar. McAlister's had a short line. I ordered the Roast Beef and Cheddar Grilled on Ciabatta Bread with Potato Salad ($8) and a Soft Drink ($2.29). They only have one size drink, extra large, so they can charge a premium price. Next time I'll have water. Total was $10.59 before t&t and the Sandwich was warm, tasty and came out promptly. Friendly service here. Lots of empty storefronts on Kiessel Rd.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 1/20) My wife and I eat here several times per month. But, I wanted to especially comment about today's group meal for 12. We all came together about the same time and ordered our meals fat the counter. Emily took our order in a very professional way. Always cheerful, Claire assisted with our order and Koria brought our food to the tables. My wife and I had their "Choose Two" option with Just-a-Spuds, and I had a delicious Reuben Sandwich and she had Italian Chopped Salad. Our bill came to $22 with giant refillable Teas. Note: Drinks are free with a 2019-20 Buffalo Card. Everyone loved their food. Mike, the manager, came to our table and checked on us.
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11 Stars Video McCall's Tavern, 999 Alverez Ave., The Villages, FL. 750-9441. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] This restaurant, originally developer owned and opened in 1998, is modeled after the Western-themed restaurant complex of Brownwood on Torch Lake in Michigan. Ribs and Texas style food are the mainstay. Meatloaf Platter, Angus Burger, Beef on Wick and Fried Chicken are specialties. Noted for Wings and Beer too. Full bar. Limited outdoor front porch dining. Small cover charge on some music nights. Darrell & Larry Ducat, owners.

Older Review: (from Dolores M. 8/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/12) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/13) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 8/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Leo M. 3/18) Their claim to fame is "The Best Fried Chicken In The Villages". This did not disappoint. A Half Chicken ($14) lightly battered and fried but still succulent,-comes with your choice of 2 sides. My wife had the Taco Salad ($10) with Beef which was recommended by our server, Linda. The Beef was seasoned and tasty. Linda was very attentive and gave good recommendations and informed us of the best items on the menu and the specials. We had no trouble getting in but the place filled up while we were there. Music started around 6:30 and was hard to talk once it started.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/18) Being a lover of good Fried Chicken and not really locating a good recipe here in The Villages yet, we decided to check this out after hearing rumors. All I can say is: BINGO. The Chicken I had was definitely the most delicious, juicy and perfectly cooked. We both had the Fried Chicken ($14 each). Best I have ever had. One of my side dishes was the Green Beans with Onion and Bacon. Absolutely fabulous tasting. Our server, Marion, took excellent care of us, with the exception of not coming to refill my coffee cup at all. $2.69 for a soft drink or coffee, is expensive. Our bill came to $34. Perhaps their Happy Hour drinks are less expensive. I look forward to returning here for the best Fried Chicken EVER.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Came in for lunch and had the Beef on Weck ($11) with a Yuengling ($3). Service by Sara. The Sandwich was very good. I love the salt and seeds. I'd come here again just for that. Total was $14.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) We were in Spanish Springs and thought of having Fried Chicken, so we stopped at McCall's and sat outside. Inside was almost empty. Tables were 6 feet apart. Haley was our server. We were very surprised to notice that NONE of the servers or runners wore masks or stood back for the table. We felt a little uncomfortable. But we stayed. We had a 20 oz. draft ($4) and a Lemon Drop Martini ($5). We enjoyed a Liver and Onions dinner with Mashed ($15) and a Beef on Weck ($12). So much for the popular Fried Chicken. The Beef on Weck was very good but the Kimmelweck Roll was just a Hamburger Roll sprinkled with too many Caraway Seeds and Salt on top. This is NOT an authentic Weck roll. Yet it was good beef. Our total was $36 before t&t. We will not return until they conform to CDC guidance.
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Not Rated Coming Soon McGrady's Restaurant & Pub, 810 Marilee Pl., The Villages, FL. . (American) [B/L/D] To be located in the Sawgrass Grove Recreation Complex, just north of the Florida Turnpike, near the new Sawgrass Market. Golf themed resturant. Expect a menu similar to the Fenney Grill. Outdoor entertainment area and full bar. Opening date TBD. Developer owned.


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Based in Delray Beach, Florida. Crew and pets only.
Ended service in 2011 after 2 years of operation.
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12 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count metro diner (The Villages), 4110 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 204-9562. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] This restaurant, delayed since mid-2016, officially opened October 3, 2017, and replaces Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (Buffalo Ridge). It faces CR 466. Open 6 AM to 8 PM daily, to 9 PM on weekends, this chain is noted for such items as Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs 'n Toast ($9), Chicken Pot Pie ($9-10), Biscuits & Gravy ($10), Philly Cheese Steak ($10), Breakfast Pizza ($11), Breakfast Burger ($11), Meatloaf ($11), Pork Tenderloin ($11), Yo Hala on the Square [French Toast] ($12.50), Pittsburgh Steak Salad ($13), Fried Chicken and Waffles ($15), Charleston Shrimp 'n Grits ($16) and others. Daily specials. Kids menu too. Full bar license here, with a Happy Hour, 2-5 PM. Call ahead for groups. The original metro diner started in 1992, in the San Marco section of Jacksonville, Florida. There are now 3 dozen locations, mostly in the southeast US, with almost 20 in Florida soon. ConSul Hospitality Group of Tampa, operators here and are expanding the brand in central Florida. ConSul is run by former executives of Outback and Carrabba's restaurants. Brian Erb, managing partner here.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 10/17) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yuri O. 10/17) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 12/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 12/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/18) This is a pretty classy diner. It has a full bar and a friendly atmosphere. We were lucky this day to be able to be seated quickly, as this place is very busy. I ordered a Lemon Drop Martini, and it was probably one of the very best I have ever tasted. My Monte Cristo was flavorful and toasted nicely. I had a side of Mac 'n Cheese that was delicious. He had the Chicken Pot Pie. Our waitress, Cierra, was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Several other members of the wait staff also stopped to check on us. It was a nice touch. My only complaint is that there was way too much food. It would be nice for a restaurant like this to have half portions. The total before t&t was $38.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.
Review: (from Jane H. 4/18) We arrived early afternoon for a late lunch so we didn't have to wait long for a table. However we were right beside the kitchen and waitstaff station so it was very noisy. I ordered Corn Beef Hash with Eggs as it's one of my favorite items, but I would never order it again from here. It was dry and tasteless with no seasoning. Even after adding salt and pepper it was not very good. My companion had a Pastrami on Rye which was just acceptable. Our server, Sarah, was very good and friendly as was the rest of the staff. The price before tip and tax was $26.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) We haven't been here in awhile. I had the Special Dijon Glazed Salmon with Roasted Potatoes, with Green Pepper, Onion and Andouille Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($15). Every part of this meal was delicious. My husband had the Turkey Dinner with all the usual fixin's ($11). Just one Soft Drink and a water were our beverages. Will, our server, took good care of us. With a $10 off coupon that we received in the mail, our bill came to $18 before t&t. I definitely enjoy eating dinner more than eating breakfast here.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 1/20) We hadn't been here in a while, although we had enjoyed our previous meals. We arrived about 10:45 AM on a Saturday and had a 10 minute wait to be seated. The hostesses were friendly and professional. I ordered the Fried Chicken and my wife had the San Francisco Benedict. We both totally loved our food. My Chicken and Mashed Potatoes and gravy was delicious, but almost too much! My wife enjoyed her lunch as well. Cost was about $35. My $16 meal was the most expensive on the menu and should be shared. Drinks were $3. What really stuck out for us, besides the large portions, was the service. During the season staffing is sometimes short. Not here! Jenny was our primary service and was one of the best we've ever had! But, she had a lot of help with roving servers. Just outstanding service here!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) This diner is unlike any that I've ever seen. We went there for brunch and sat at the counter in the front of the store. We were greeted promptly by the server and asked for drink orders, which were quickly served (along with sweetener for my Iced Tea). Hubby had a Chicken Pot Pie (offered the extra size for $1 more) which was filled with veggies, chicken and topped with a crisp crust. I had the San Francisco Benedict - crispy toasted English muffin, tomato slice, avocado and wonderful poached egg smothered in hollandaise sauce, with a side of Hash Browns. There was plenty of good food, great service, and friendly staff. Refills on drinks without begging to be noticed. Food and tax came to $30.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.
Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) No waiting at lunchtime, we were seated immediately. Jennifer was our server and was very good. She checked back with us several times and was very friendly. 2 Sweet Teas, ($5), Shepherd's Pie ($10), a Club Sandwich ($12), French Fries ($2.49). Our total bill was, $32, and we gave a generous tip. The Sandwich was good. The Shepherd's Pie was salty and a bit spicy. The French Fries were brown and overcooked to the point of being burnt. It tasted as if the cooking oil has not been changed in a long time. We were not able to eat the Fires. Overall a quiet experience. All the servers were wearing gloves and masks.
Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.



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11 Stars Free WiFi Mezza Luna Restaurant, 243 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 753-3824. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located where CiCi's Pizza, and later Village Pizza, occupied at the east end of Colony Plaza, off CR 466A. Opened October 30, 2013. A full menu, full service restaurant, in a casual 4,000 s.f. atmosphere, offering soups, salads, pizzas, calzones, subs, wings, wraps, paninis, pastas, plus appetizers and entrées such as Chicken and Veal dishes, as well as seafood items like Tilapia, Mussels, Scallops and Shrimp. Whole wheat and reduced fat items are offered also. Flatbreads run $10-11 each. Pasta dishes run about $13, Italian favorites run $12-17 and Chicken specialties $17, with Veal specialties $19 each. Entertainment on weekends. Full bar available. Money saving coupon available here. Pascal Elagha, general manager; German Buitrago, sole owner. The management failed to provide further details of hours or menu.

Older Review: (from Bill S. 11/13) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/14) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nancy C. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 11/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mar Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) We have not been here in quite awhile. Our server, Rubi, did the best she could considering she was seated our table of 4, another table of 4, a table of 2, and a table of 8 within 3 minutes. Therefore, service was a little too slow. I had the Chicken Parm. ($18) and my husband had the Spaghetti and Meatballs ($14). We enjoyed our meals. My meal could have been hotter. The Garlic Rolls were delicious with the fresh minced garlic on them. The starter Salads with the creamy Italian dressing for me, and the Balsamic Dressing for my husband were very tasty. Our beverages were just water. The bill came to $32.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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DeVoe Airlines - "The On-Time Airline"
Ended service abruptly in 1983 by the DEA after 2 years of operation.
Jack DeVoe, owner, convicted of drug smuggling from Columbia.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Melbourne, Orlando and Tallahassee, Florida.

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Not Rated Video Calorie Count Moe's Southwest Grill (The Villages), 670 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-3610. (Mexican) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Mexican fare made to order. Noted for their Burritos. Free Burrito on your birthday for Rockin' Rewards members. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Tex-Mex Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Limited outdoor dining. One of a growing nationwide chain of 800 locations based in Atlanta, GA. Kerensa Dio, manager.



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10½ Stars Naldo's Mexican Kitchen, 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 633-2080. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in April, 2019. New Mexican Restaurant occupying the spot, where Habaneros Mexican Grill did business in 2018 in Southern Trace Plaza. Typical Mexican fare and full bar. Outdoor dining. Ted Stoddard and (Rei)naldo Borunda, new owners.

Review: (from Dan K. 5/19) Shredded Beef Enchilada and Shredded Beef Burrito. Server was Lizbeth who was OK as a server. Food was ok, but not fabulous.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/19) Our first time here. Tammy, our server was friendly and efficient. I had the Chicken Fajitas ($13.50). My husband had the Chicken Chimichanga ($12.50). My meal was good and my husband's meal was delicious. I was sorry to see that at 6:30 on a Saturday evening, the restaurant was pretty quiet. We used a 10% off coupon that was in the newspaper. With an Iced Tea and water, our bill came to $26, before t&t. Maybe I don't go to enough Mexican restaurants to make a real comparison, but I thought the prices here were a little higher that what they should be.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/12) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) We stopped in for a quick Pizza. Not crowded but lots of take-out business in and out. We sat inside. Bailey was our server. 14" Meatlovers was $18, Diet Coke was $2 and a Blue Moon was $4. We like the Pizza here but it seemed a little burnt. Total before t&t was $25.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Oasis Bar & Grill or Oasis Pool Bar. See Legacy Bar & Grill (that listing).


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11 Stars Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (The Villages), 3680 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 259-0304. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Opened April 6th, 2009. Muted blonde wood and beige painted décor here. This popular chain serves up "Cucina Classica" recipes such as Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Lasagna, Linguine alla Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Capellini Pomadora, as well as the popular Spaghetti 'n Meatballs starting at $11. Tortelloni, Manicotti and Ravioli filled-pasta styles are also on the menu with the Tour of Italy too at $16. Also offered are Pork Filettino, Chianti Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp Primavera, Salmon, Steak Toscano, Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo, Parmesan Crusted Bistecca and a Mixed Grill, as well as Venitian Apricot Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Entrées range to $20 each. Their Bread Sticks are very popular. Italian and traditional desserts are on the menu also. Nice selection of 33 wines ($5.50 to 10.25 per glass), plus beer and cocktails are available. Gluten free information available on their website. Ziosk® Tabletop Tablets for ordering meals being introduced in 2015. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Free dessert on your birthday for eClub members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using a credit or debit card. However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. Another Olive Garden location is in Leesburg (see that listing). Originally developed by General Mills in 1982, over 600 locations operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Joan Atkinson, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob E. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paul C. 10/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 4/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/15) Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill R. 3/15) Q=2 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) This was our first visit, very impressed with service; wasn't very busy in off-season. We ate outside by the pool, menu selection looked great. We eat out often. Helena was great server. We had Shrimp Terriyaki and Liver and Onions. If they keep this up we will be back often. 2 entrées, soup, 2 beers, 2 wines was $50.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 9/19) Went for their "Halfway to St. Paddy's Day" Special. She had the Corned Beef & Cabbage ($16). It was a huge plate with three very large, thick, tender pieces of the Corned Beef, and plenty of Cabbage, Red Skins and Carrots. Delicious! Brought home enough for lunch for two. I had the Liver & Onions ($11) and had plenty of tender and tasty Liver, lots of excellent fresh Veggie Medley of Carrots, Squash and Green Beans and selected home-made Onion Rings instead of Mashed Potatoes. Very nice dinner. Had 2 glasses of house Chardonnay at $4.50 each and 2 draft beers at only $2 each. Total before t&t was $40. Excellent service by Cindy and OK live music from the bar.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/19) Came for the Sunday Brunch Buffet but we were too late. Instead, we had Chicken Parmesan ($12.50), and Liver and Onions ($11) which were surprisingly good. With an Iced Tea ($2.59) and a Diet Pepsi ($2.59), the total before t&t was $29. Heather was average.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/19) We came for the Sunday Breakfast Buffet ($10pp). It was crowded. Omelet Station line was long. Other items were running low. We had mostly Eggs (grayish), Sausage, Bacon and a tiny Muffin. I had a Mimosa ($5) and he had a Tomato Juice ($2.50). Some people are rude and just cut in line. I had to explain, "This is how it works in America, there is a queue, you start at the end, not the middle...". Total was $12.57 before t&t. Not impressed with this buffet.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Cape Air
Ended service in 2013 after 20 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Key West and Naples, Florida.

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11½ Stars Video Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Outback Steakhouse (The Villages), 710 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 430-2590. (Steakhouse) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza since October, 2005. Aussie style steakhouse provided by a large international franchise chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. and based in Tampa, FL. Victoria's Crowned Filet topped with Bleu Cheese ($20-25) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($19) are favorites. Strips Steaks ($21), Prime Minister's Prime Rib ($16-21) and a 20 oz. Porterhouse ($25) are also available. Shrimp Pasta ($14) and Alice Springs Chicken ($14) are offered for non-beef eaters. Finish the meal with Sydney's Sinful Sundae. The Bloomin' Onion made them famous. "No Rules - Just Right". Most entrées range from $11 to $25 each. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Small corkage fee for your own wine. Attractive Happy Hour until 7 PM. Call ahead take-out available. Opens at 11 AM now. Call ahead seating. 15% off food portion of the bill, Monday through Thursday dinner or any lunch hour, by showing your current AARP membership card. Free Vanilla Sundae dessert on your birthday. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Christopher Kowalik, managing partner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/10) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/17) Q=2 S=5 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) Every successful restaurant will eventually experience a bump. My wife and I ordered a meal and a bottle of Shiraz wine ($29). Ooops, when the wine came, it was not the Shiraz that we ordered. Our waiter, Joshua, tried to pour a white wine but I stopped him. After a big wait an assistant manager came and said the only Shiraz they had was an opened bottle in the bar and would we accept that. We said OK. I looked at the bottle and estimated that one drink (6 oz.) had been poured. Meals were fine. We had Prime Rib ($22) and a Steak Salad ($19) but what do you expect to pay for a bottle of wine missing one drink? After a long bit of negotiations I settled for a 25% discount for the bottle. Jimmy, the assistant manager eventually settled the matter in my favor. On top of this he gave us our 10% AARP discount, so total bill was $60 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Gluten Free Menu Palmer Legends Country Club, 1635 Palmer Way, The Villages, FL. 750-4499. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in December, 2003. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, except opens at noon on Sunday. "Clubby" atmosphere. To start the meal, Legends Creamy Lobster Bisque ($7/$12) is popular here, as are Artichokes French ($12), Lollipop Chicken Wings ($15), Escargot ($15), Ahi Tuna ($15/$27), Mussels and Clams ($15), Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($16), Lump Crab Cakes ($18) and a Cheese Board ($18) for starters. Specializes in hand cut steaks and fresh seafood. Grilled Mahi Mahi ($22), Seared Ahi Tuna ($28), Cedar Plank Salmon ($27), Tuscan Pork Chop ($24), 16 oz. Kansas City Strip ($48), 14 oz. Delmonico Ribeye ($39), 12 oz. New Zealand Lamb Rack ($36), 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($44), 22 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Steak ($54) and a Chateaubriand For Two ($99) can usually be found on the menu, as well as Surf and Turf combinations, about $35. Other dishes like Chicken Marsala ($23), and Pasta dishes ($25-28) can also be found. Salads like Mixed Field Greens ($6), Tomato ($12), Caesar ($6/$12) or Scallop Salad ($19) can make a light meal. Arnie's Classic Burger ($16) is a popular light choice. Desserts offered include Apple Cobbler, Chocolate Trilogy and a Mile High Key Lime Pie. A Summer Special might be offered including a bottle of wine, shared appetizer, two salads, two entrées from a limited selection and a shared dessert for a bargain price around $50 between 3 and 9 PM. Twin Lobster Tail dinner offered during lobster season. Fine dining atmosphere inside, plus the bar lounge. Breezeway dining available also. Full bar with generous Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Wine list features many California wines. Champagne available. $50 Wine Pairing Gourmet Dinners offered off season (call for dates); also a Prix Fixe Dinner for Two including shared Appetizer, Soup or Salad and Entrée, plus a bottle of Red or White Wine to share is offered at $59 per couple. Outdoor driving range view seating available. Open Thanksgiving Day, 11 AM to 9 PM, by reservation only. Also New Years Eve Party at $100pp by reservation. Louis Santiago (formerly of Cane Garden Country Club), FOH manager; Mike Ferrucci, chef; Stacie Wells, general manager; Chad Strausbaugh sole owner.

Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 1/07) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arline B. 1/07) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 7/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/09) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 7/11) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 12/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/16) Q=5 S=2 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 8/18) Here on Monday for lunch. I had the "Black & Blu" Burger of perfect medium-cooked Angus with broiler-melted gorgonzola on a fresh roll and side of house-made chips, still warm from the fryer. Perfect! She had the special of Grilled Chicken Panini on Cibata with cheese, bacon and a yummy sauce, and a side of Slaw which even I liked, and I dislike Cole Slaw. She, and I, raved about the Panini. Dining friends each had cups of luscious Lobster Bisque and split a large Luncheon Salad, served in a Bread Bowl. The cost for two of us, with often-refilled Soft Drinks, was $32 before t&t. Service by Emma was efficient, professional, with good suggestions and lots of funny comments.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) A group of six of us dined here and we all basically had a great meal with excellent service. I decided to go light so I ordered the Seafood Risotto ($8) which was very good and plentiful. It was served in a large soup bowl and was more than enough for dinner. I added a side of Sautéed Spinach in Garlic Sauce, which also was excellent for $4.50. I had to take the loaded Stuffed Potato ($6) home, since the Risotto was a meal in itself. The server, Kristy, was fast and efficient. One guest didn't get her drink 'til later on - so it was on the house. What a very nice gesture by management. I was totally impressed by Palmers for making our group feel welcome with good service and food.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) Now that Louis Santiago is chef here, we wouldn't turn down the invitation to the new monthly Palmer Legends Wine Dinner. It was four courses with four wine pairings. The middle room can hold about 50 people. 38 signed up. All the Wines were David Frost from South Africa, not expensive but drinkable. Pours were generous. The first course was Pickled Beets with Spring Greens, Red Onions and two Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Balls. Paired with Sauv. Blanc, it was a wonderful start. Next was Mushroom Raviolis in a Buerre Blanc Sauce and a Chicken Slice. That was paired with a Shiraz. Next was a Sliced Duck entrée with a Beet Risotto and Baby Vegetables. Very nice presentation here. A Cab. Sauv. accompanied the Duck. Luckily the South African Wine was soft enough not to overpower the Duck. Last came a Chocolate Chambord Mousse with Berries and Gold Leaf Sprinkles. A Pinotage was offered with that course. The serving team did a fine job. Some items were no longer hot when they reached the patrons, however. Got a little noisy in that room as people drank and chatted. In all, a well planned and executed Wine Dinner. Third Tuesday of July, August, September and October are the next ones in 2019. Hats off to Louis. He found a new home. Price was $50pp including standard tip and tax.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 7/19) Went for the $59 per couple fixed menu and were extremely pleased with everything! Super value, superb service by Nicole. I started with a delicious Woodford Reserve Manhattan ($12). We shared a bottle of nice Cupcake Chardonnay. We had a choice of 2 whites and 2 reds, included in the price. Shared appetizer of Baked Brie, which was beautifully presented and very good. Each had the House Salad, large, served on cold plates with cold forks; had generous amount of Gorgonzola. A Caesar was also available. She had the Marinated, Grilled Pork Chop, which was tender and tasty and served with Green Beans and Red Potatoes. I had the Smoked Salmon with peas, spinach, tomatoes, over small pasta with a tasty cream sauce; a very pretty dish and delicious. Although the smoked taste was a bit overwhelming and the chef failed to pick out many small bones from the Salmon. The Pork Chop was the best dish and will be ordered in the future. There were 6 different entrées to choose from. Service was terrific and the courses, well timed. We shared a decadent Chocolate Cheese Cake for $12. Before t&t, the cost was $86, and a bargain at that. Our only complaint was with ourselves for waiting so long to return here.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/20) Have not been here in over a year. WOW! Prices have gone up 50-100%. A Strip Steak (used to be $24) is now $48 ! We sat outside in the back behind the crowded bar during Happy Hour. I had a Pomegranate Martini ($8) and he had two HH Bourbon Manhattans ($7.50 for 2). Food prices have gone through the roof here! We came for Steak but opted for Salmon ($27) with Baked Potato (+$2) and I had Artichokes French (used to be $7, now $12) with a Caesar Salad with Shrimp (used to be $12, now $18). Courtney was a good server. No dessert. Total came to $75 before t&t (almost $100 with tax and tip). Way too much for this meal. Sorry, won't be back here.
Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Harry M. 12/20) We had a wonderful dinner! I had the 14 oz. Tuesday Prime Rib Special ($24), and it was tender, flavorful, cooked perfectly, with Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, both very good, and a great House Salad. She had the Cedar-Planked Salmon ($27) with the same sides, and it had a wonderful smokey taste. Shared terrific Calamari ($14) as an appetizer, as well as a nice loaf of warm Bread with Herb Butter. She had a nice House Char at only $6 (HH discount) and I had 2 Cline Ancient Vine Red Zinfandels @$8/glass. We then split the best Carrot Cake, ever ($8). It was made in-house by their pastry chef that morning and was huge and luscious! We took home quite a bit, but cleaned up that cake, for sure. Service by Marina was outstanding. Sat at a table in the noisy bar, but had a great time and a terrific meal. Cost before t&t was $98.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Spanish Springs), 1181 Main St., The Villages, FL. 750-3909. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L/D] Here since September, 2002. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. Serving sandwiches, salads and soups as well as bakery items. Salads include Grilled Chicken Caesar, Fuji Apple Chicken, Asian Sesame Chicken and others. Hot Paninis like Turkey-Artichoke and Frontaga Chicken are also offered. Crispanis are a new pizza-like item. Soups include Broccoli Cheddar, French Onion and Baked Potato. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. Counter service only; no bar. Free Wi-Fi. Outdoor seating available. A second location is in Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets in 37 states based in Richmond Heights, MO. Tamra Fink, shift manager; David Gager, general manager; Mark Mulbarger, director; Covelli Family, franchisees based in Tampa, FL.

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



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Not Rated Video Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Lake Sumter Landing), 1000 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 750-1545. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L/D] Officially opened April 27, 2011. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. This new Panera Bread is located at the former Veranda on the first floor of the Sales Center at Market Square. This is the second Covelli Family franchise location in The Villages (see that listing). Serving sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as bakery items, seven days a week. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. Counter service only, free WiFi, no bar but additional booths and more comfortable seating here. Outdoor seating available. One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets based near St. Louis, MO. Mark Mulbarger, director; Kevin Ricci, managing partner here.

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



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11½ Stars Video Video Calorie Count Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (La Plaza Grande), 905 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 751-0197. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Here since October, 2007. Opens at 6 AM daily; closes at 11 PM or later. Open Christmas Day. Breakfast served all day. Noted for pancakes and egg dishes. Bakery items also available. Large American menu. Beer and wine available. Small private room available. Free Magnificent Seven meal on your birthday for My Perkins members. One of a well known nationwide chain of 400 locations based in Memphis, TN. Bruce Petlock, manager. This one, corporate owned.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/07) Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza (The Villages), 729 Kristine Way., The Villages, FL. 350-7360. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Officially opened August 19, 2019. It's Piesanos, not Piesano's. Located at the west end of Lake Deaton Plaza on SR 44. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily and later on Friday. Full Italian menu with appetizers like Fried Mozzarella, Caprese Salad, Pepperoni Rolls, Bruschetta, Buffalo Wings, Mussels, Calamari, Anitpasto and a Giant Meatball (all ranging $7-13 each). Daily Soups are $4/$6 by size. About 30 Pizzas are available like Rustica, Meat Eater, Hawaiian, Italian Veggie, White Pizza, Meatballs, Pepperoni, Chicken, Napoletana, Spinach Pesto, Eggplant, Supreme and others at $9/8", $15/12", $20/16" and $36/24". Other, Create Your Own, Pizzas with less toppings start at $7/8", $11/12", $14/16" and $26/24". Specialty Calzones like Cheese, San Genero, Philly Steak, Meatball, Spicy Italian and a few others range $10-12 each. Large Salads, like Greek, Gorgonzola, Italian, Caesar, Spinach and others run $8-10 for a meal sized one. Subs ($10) and Burgers ($10) are also on the menu. For full entrées they have Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna Bolognese, Baked Ziti, Chicken or Eggplant Parm. Stuffed Shells, Fettuccine Bolognese and others ranging $10-13 each. Specialties include Mediterranean Pasta, Cappellini Aglio Olio, Pork Osso Buco, Blackened Chicken Pasta, Chicken Piccata or Carbonara, Scampi Ravioli, Shrimp & Mussels Fra Diavolo, Penne alla Vodka, Beef & Veal Tortellacci, Broccolini & Sausage Ravioli, Pasta Arrabiatta and a few others all ranging $11-17 each. Desserts and kids menu available. Outdoor seating available. Full bar and interesting wine list. Gluten free items, including G/F Beer, are available. Run as a small franchise out of Gainesville, FL. since 2009. Other locations are in Ocala too. Louis Leib, manager, Gracie Wynn and Christian Luther, shift managers. This one owned by Michael Akey, Joel Mills and Gerald (Jerry) Roberts, all of Gainesville.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) 30-35 minute wait at 5:20 PM, so we went to the small bar with our pager. Mmm! Nice wine list but no Red Zin. We had a Limoncello Spritz [Limoncello and Prosecco] ($9) and a Blue Moon ($5). The bartender, Chris, was very friendly. Within 10 minutes two seats at the bar became available. Better than sitting outside without air conditioning. So we had our meals at the bar. The other barmaid, Kelly, was very friendly too. We started with Garlic White Wine Mussels ($12). They were fantastic. Even the Rolls were terrific. We also had Penne ala Vodka with Grilled Chicken ($17) and an 8 inch White Pizza ($9). Both were excellent. We passed our pager to the next couple that came to the bar. (Sneaky trick on the hostess station!) Kelly and Chris were fun to talk to at the bar. We ended with a glass of Malbec ($8) and another Blue Moon ($5). Took home half the Pizza. The kitchen is incredibly busy with Take-Out too. All ran smoothly however. Can't wait to come back. Our total was $65 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/19) Many people outside. 15 minute wait at 5:00 PM on a weekday. The 4 of us went to the bar and Chris took good care of us. Our friends bought the first round. In 10 minutes our pager went off. Perfect timing. Busy place. We had a booth near the bar. Julie took great care of us. I bought the second round of drinks: Bud Light ($3), Sangria ($8), Limoncello Spritz ($9) and a Josh Cab ($8.50). For food we had: Scampi Ravioli ($14), a Caesar Salad ($4) and Lasagna Bolognese ($14). The Sangria was just parr and the Lasagna was nothing special. The Ravioli, however, was excellent. All arrived in short order and very hot. Our friend's food were large portions, so they took home half. Our total with all those drinks and our food was $60. Great place. Big menu. Large friendly staff. Busy kitchen. By 7 PM the crowd thinned. Will be popular for a long time since it is close to the new Villages.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 9/19) We arrived at 4:30 and there was no wait. The place has Italian décor. Spaghetti and Meatballs was $13 and Chicken Marsala was $14. Our server was Carol F. Our total was $33, including Iced Tea and a Coke. The manager came by the table to check on our service. Our server was slow to get our drink order, so the manager go it for us. The restaurant got really crowded and 15 waiting at 5 PM.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/19) Good stuff! 4:30 arrival and seated immediately. Place shortly was backlogged. Sarah P. was friendly and knowledgeable of menu and drinks. Our Antico Thin Crust Pizza replicates Brooklyn Special Pepperoni Pizza which curls up during baking and becomes crisp at the ends (spicy). Two split a small Italian Salad, which was tasty and plenty for two. Ours with 2 Drafts was $32. Complimentary, hot, Garlic Rolls were superb. Great décor. Manager checked on our meals too. All help was very friendly. Friends had the giant Meatball appetizer which comes with several Pita like rolls. They liked it. Definite return soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/20) I am still trying to figure out which of the 4 Italian restaurants I like the best. This place is one of them. Perhaps I should have ordered Fettuccine Arrabiatta as in the menu but instead ordered Penne Arrabiatta which I was more used to. Well, I was wrong. My wife likes the Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Unfortunately, I have not found the right restaurant for my Aglio e Olio, Fettuccine Alfredo or any of the Piccatas. Closest I come to is Spaghetti alle Vongole from Roberto’s. Total bill came to $70. Server, Sissy, was good.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/20) We arrived with friends at 4 PM to beat the crowd. It was empty so we felt comfortable eating inside at the first booth. Amanada and the rest of the staff wore masks all the time. We had sanitizer on the table. She ordered a small Summer Salad ($7) and a small 8" White Pizza ($9) with a Chocolate Martini ($9). I had a Blue Moon ($5) and the Penne alla Vodka with Chicken ($17). Total was $47 before t&t. Service by Amanda was excellent. It got busy by 5 PM and many people did not wear masks. We left in time. Food was good, not great.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/20) We did Door Dash Sunday delivery. It was a big disappointment! Not like our previous experiences. So-called NY style original Cheese Pizza was not! Delivery on time but the Pizza was cold. Cheese was on top in 2" squares that were not evenly melted. Cheese should be shaved and thoroughly melted throughout to give that gooey palate burning thing. Sauce was good, but again, cold. Also overpriced for 16" with delivery mandated restaurant tip and driver tip. $35. Was this the Sunday chef or a new cook? Previous Pizzas were excellent. Will try one more time, with our previous orders.
Q=1 S=3 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Now Open Prima Italian Steakhouse 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 391-9939. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Formerly called Ricciardi's Italian Table for over 7 years. The business changed hands in January, 2021. New menu in the works. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM or later, daily. The interior is 5,000 s.f., including a semi-private room, with another 2,000 s.f. of patio space outdoors. Total seating is about 250 patrons. An outdoor bar is included. Large waiting foyer with an open pizza kitchen greets patrons. A hidden wine rack flanks the entrance to the dining area. Booths, high tops and table seating are surrounded by modern walnut and tan Italian décor, topped by a dark barreled ceiling and wrought iron fixtures. Large tables can accommodate 10-12. Outdoor seating is available. Italian dishes and steaks will be featured. David Suleiman, owner.



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Not Rated The Pub, 890 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 753-0043. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Formerly called Crazy Gringos, then Tony Packo's, it changed it's name again in June 2011 to The Pub. Behind and part of the Fiesta Bowl. Popular bar serving Burgers, Wings, Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers and other pub favorites. Noted for their Toledo style Hot Dogs, Stuffed Cabbage and Fried Pickles. Crowded on weekends 'til late. Karaoke almost every night. Full bar. Darrell & Larry Ducat, owners.



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11½ Stars Video Video Calorie Count Red Lobster (The Villages), 3830 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 751-1482. (Seafood) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened January 26, 2009. The popular chain offers fresh seafood such as Salmon, Haddock, Mahi, Trout and Grouper, to name a few "fresh catches". Snow Crab Legs, Lobster & Seafood Mixed Grill, Crab Linguini Alfredo and of course, Live Maine Lobster too, usually about $25 for a "chicken" (1¼ pounders). Many fried meals are available like Shrimp and Clam Strips. Broiled fish such as Farm-Raised Catfish, Seafood-Stuffed Flounder and a Platter of Bay Scallops, Garlic Shrimp and Fish Filet are also on the menu. Steak and Chicken main dishes available for land lovers. New items like Caribbean Rock Lobster and Shrimp at $23, Hawaiian Isles Shrimp and Salmon at $17.50 and Island Citrus Rum Shrimp and Scallops also at $17.50 have been added to the menu. Many meals are combination plates and the menu is vast. Wood fired grills are new here. "Light House Selections" focus on low fat, low calorie and low carb offerings. Clam Chowder, Seafood Gumbo and Potato Bacon are the usual soups available. Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Wave and New York Style Cheesecake are popular for dessert. Entrées range from $11 to $29 or more. Full bar. Ask about drink special pricing. Bar Harbor fishing village theme. Free "surprise" on your birthday for Fresh Catch Club members with 2 person purchase. Another Red Lobster location is in Leesburg (see that listing). 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Originally developed by Bill Darden in Lakeland in 1968, over 705 locations worldwide, no longer operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Red Lobster Hospitality, corporate owners.

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

Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) We ordered the lobster dinner special for $20. The Lobster was not meaty and had a thin shell, indicated it has just molted and had to build up its new shell. Definite disappointment because on two previous recent visits the Lobsters were full of meat and very tasty. So, inconsistency is our main gripe. Comment to our server met with indifference and silence. Our friends had Walter's Shrimp and Fish & Chips which they enjoyed. We had the Walter's Shrimp which was a free appetizer provided because of our frequent diner status. Very good. My wife and I shared a Baked Potato, which was on the small side. Otherwise a great value if you get a true 1¼ lb. Lobster. Two Lobster dinners, side potato and two beers was $58.
Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars redsauce, 1000 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 750-2930. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and 4 to 9 PM for dinner. Formerly Dominic's Ristorante, this location reopened as another Italian restaurant in January 2009. Basic New York style Italian dishes from tried and true recipes are offered for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating and popular bar. Veal dishes are no longer on their menu. Eggplant Parmesan is popular at $14. You'll find various Chicken preparations like Parmesan, Brick, Piccata, Marsala and Française, all ranging $17-18 each. They offer Pork Osso Bucco at $17 and Chianti Braised Beef at $19. Shrimp Scampi runs $17, while Pan Seared Grouper is $24. At the premium end they serve Grilled Chicken ($18), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($18), Glazed Salmon ($19), Broiled Cod ($19), Grilled Pork Chop ($21), 10 oz. NY Sirloin Strip ($22), 12 oz. Black Angus Ribeye ($23) and a 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($24), all with a vegetable and starch. The Pasta dishes include Campanelle Primavera, Orcchiette with Prosciutto, Fettuccinie Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Penne with Vodka Sauce, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna, Seafood Spaghetti, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce, Garganelli with Sausage and Cavatappi with Chicken all ranging $13-18 each for the full portion and some $7-9 each for the small portion. Basic Spaghetti and Meat Balls is $7 or $13 for half or full portion. Pizzas also available at $11-15 each. A popular side dish, Lobster Mac & Cheese, adds $9. You can also find Arancini ($8), Chicken Livers ($9), Little Neck Clams ($9), Calamari ($9), Mussels ($11), Beef Carpaccio ($12) and Shrimp Cocktail ($12) for appetizers, among others. Side salads are $4 extra. Large Garden Salad ($6), Caesar Salad ($6), Arugala Salad ($8), Iceberg Wedge ($8) and Chopped Antipasto Salad ($8) make a meal by itself. Pleasant semi-casual atmosphere; full bar with Happy Hour. Wine list ranges from $10-80 per bottle and $4.50 to $9 per glass. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Large private room available. Kevin Robinson, executive chef; Jack Suleiman of Clermont, new owner in 2015. He is brother to David Suleiman and also owns Glenview Country Club Restaurant.

Older Review: (from Andrea G. 1/09) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 1/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/09) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kenneth M. 12/10) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/12) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/16) Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/18) It's been quite a while since we've been here. First and foremost, I want to mention about the fabulous service we received from Jennifer. She was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. What a nice young lady. I had the Salmon ($19), which was cooked perfectly and delicious. My husband had the Chicken Marsala ($18), that he absolutely loved. We each started with a side Salad ($4 each). The portion size of the salad did not warrant the cost. I've had much larger side salads for less money. With 3 glasses of house wine on Happy Hour ($4 each), our bill came to $57. This was our first Gourmet Club outing for this quarter and it was a great experience.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 9/20) Rather than go to one of the mundane country clubs, we opted to sit outside here facing the closed square with our friends. It was early. My better half had a Lemoncello Martini ($8) and I had a Bourbon Manhattan ($5). Salads don't come with the entrées here so I added a Caesar Salad (that was $6). She had the Beet Salad ($11) and the Chicken Livers ($9). I had the Chicken Piccata ($18) with a glass of Valpolicella ($9). The entrée came with a small side of Penne and tablespoon of red sauce. Service by Marc was acceptable and somewhat friendly. Our total for a pretty good meal was $66 before t&t. Our friend said his Lasagna was "so-so". The outside bar was crowded, we left at 5 PM.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 12/20) Dined inside this time. It had been a while since we were here. This time was a very positive experience for both of us. Thomas was very attentive and made wonderful suggestions. She had a Chicken Milanese Salad for $10 and I enjoyed the Half Order of Garganelli which is still a wonderful choice after all of these years. No wine tonight. Total was $20 before t&t. It was not too loud inside and we were able to have a pleasant conversation. Maintaining health protocols, which is important to so many.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Coming Soon Reveille Coffeehouse Café, Everglades Trail, The Villages, FL. . (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] "Wake up call!". Located at the east end of Magnolia Plaza (CR 468 & CR 501) near the Everglades Regional Recreation Center. Open daily 7 AM to 2 PM. New café offering breakfast items through the lunch hour. Some of the creations you'll find are Avocado Toast, Fruit Crêpes, Sunrise Quesadilla, Irish Oatmeal, Blueberry Lemoncakes, Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes, Red Velvet Cakes, Belgium Waffles, Crème Brûlée French Toast and others, all around $5-8 each. You'll also find Eggs Benedict, Shrimp 'n Grits, The Kitchen Sink, Breakfast Burritos, Various Omelets and a Daily Quiche, ranging $6-10 each. At lunch, Turkey Dijon Sandwich, Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Salad Melt and a few Burgers run $8-10 each. Spinach, Cobb, BLT and Strawberry Pecan Salads are $8-10 also. Vegetarian items and Gluten-free ingredients also available. Ask about Veteran's discounts. Reservations by Online Waitlist. It's a new chain in Georgia and Florida with a half dozen locations so far. Headquartered in Sugar Hill, GA. Jay and Nicole McCann, owners. Opening in early 2021.


New Name Ricciardi's Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 391-9939. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] After 7 years, business has been sold in January 2021 and will be called Prima Italian Steakhouse (see that listing)



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10 Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, 1015 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 751-6935. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Opened August, 2004. Hours daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Log cabin atmosphere but Florida style cuisine with tropical drinks. Noted for Coconut Shrimp, Gator Tail and Gator Tail Ice Cream Pie. Flatiron steaks, Tequila Chicken, Bar-b-cue Rum Shrimp, Sesame Orange Shrimp and Sliders are some of their items. Key Lime Pie is also popular. Family friendly. Outdoor lakeside dining available. Full bar with tropical cocktails. Once part of a small Florida chain, now individually owned. Michelle Rayborn, general manager. The local Graham family, owners.

Older Review: (from Jim C. 9/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike M. 4/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/08) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11 Stars Gluten Free Menu Roberto's Ristorante and Pizzeria, 2468 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 626-1059. (Italian) (Pizzeria) [L/D] Opened on July 25, 2019. Located in Pinellas Plaza where the Evergreen Buffet and Grill and Fujiyama Express once did business. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except 4-8 PM on Sundays. Similar to the family's Giovanni's Ristorante and Pizzeria (see that listing), in Southern Trace Plaza. Menu changes from Lunch to Dinner at 3 PM. For appetizers, you'll find Frito Misto, Fried Calamari, Fried Ravioli, Mushrooms Stuffed with Seafood, Mussels or Little Necks, Shrimp Cocktail, Bruschetta and others, all ranging $6-10 each. For Salads, they make a House, Mozzarella, Italian, Greek, Caprese and an Antipasto, all ranging $8-13 each. Soups, like Pasta Fagioli, Italian Wedding, and Chicken Noodle are $4.00/$5.50 depending on portion size. Many Baked dishes like Lasagna, Manicotti, Baked Ziti or Spaghetti or Gnocchi, Stuffed Shells, Eggplant Rollatini and the Tour of Italy, run $11.50 to $14.50 for dinner, less at lunch. Main dishes like Pasta with Marinara or Meat Sauce, with Meatballs or Sausage, Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheese or Meat Ravioli, and Eggplant, Chicken or Veal Parm., all run $9.50 to $15 each. There's also Pasta Specialties like Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic ($9.50), Gnocchi Sorrento ($10.50), Spaghetti Pomodoro or Carbonara or Puttanesca ($10.50/$13.50/$13.50), Fettuccine Bolognese ($13.50), Penne Barese ($14.50) and Penne Roberto ($16.50). Seafood dishes like Shrimp Posillipo or Scampi, Linguini Calamari or Pescatora, plus Salmon, Grouper and Sea Bass creations run $14-18 each. Chicken and Veal preparations of Marsala, Piccata, Forentina, Siciliano, Romano, Sorrento or Napoli styles, run $14.50 to $18.50 each. All come with your choice of Pasta, of course. Many Panini Sandwiches run $7-8 each. Pizzas are very popular here, in 3 sizes starting at $8.50 for Small Cheese and going to $18.50 for Large Deluxe. Or you can create your own by the many toppings. Calzones and Pizza Frita can be found too. Gluten-free options available. Kids menu available. Wine and beer licensed. Limited outdoor seating. Reservations accepted by phone for 6 or more. Oksana and Roberto Manco, chef and owners here.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) Thought we'd dodge the crowds by lunching at 2:45 PM, no such luck. Grabbed a table for 2 right in front of the kitchen window. What a show! 3-4 cooks working in unison to create fabulous meals. The small Antipasto was plenty for 2. The small Deep Dish Pizza was great and we took half home. With good ½ carafe of House Merlot, our bill was $30. Many servers, but not well coordinated yet. Many dishes sat at the window for some time before being picked up. Will return.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/19) Laurel was our server and she took good care of us. I had the Spinach Shells ($11.50). My husband had the Linguine with White Clam Sauce ($14). Both meals were hot and tasty. Side Salads accompany the dinners. The Garlic Knots were not that good. I think they were sitting in a warmer for quite awhile. They were not that warm and were difficult to tear apart. I was disappointed. Overall, this was a good first experience here. With a water and a Soft Drink, our bill came to $28. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) Since it opened, we’ve been here several times. I enjoy his Spaghetti alle Vongole with White Sauce the best. I feel there is a great potential for this restaurant, so I want it to succeed. We had difference of thinking on Fettuccine Alfredo but will try it again. Overall, I like the ambience of the place with open kitchen and side room. Total bill came to $72. Server Christina S. was good.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/20) Our first visit. Nice décor but fairly small. She had the Salmon Mediterranean ($17.50) and I had the Chicken Marsala ($14.50). Both came with a Garden Salad. The Salmon was excellent and the Marsala was also very good. Would order these again. 2 wines were $15; they were only fair. Total was $47 before t&t. Sissy from Giovanni's was our server.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/20) We arrived while the restaurant was empty. Victoria was our server. She kept her mask on. We had the Mussels appetizer ($9.50). It was OK. A few shells were empty. I had the Chicken Sorrento ($16.50) and he had the Stuffed Chicken Marsala ($16.50). I asked for Linguine, Victoria repeated it, but it came with Penne. I asked for a Caesar Salad as my side but it came with a Garden Salad with Caesar dressing instead. Not the same. They are huge portions here. We ordered a bottle of Valpolicella ($28). It was ordinary. We drank half and left the other half. This was just an ordinary meal tonight. Nothing special. Our total before t&t was $70.50.
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12½ Stars Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Ruby Tuesday Restaurant (The Villages), 1168 Main St., The Villages, FL. 751-1801. (American) [L/D] Here since March, 2003. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily and to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday night. Noted for their gourmet Prime Burgers, Lump Crab Cakes, Baby Back Ribs and popular and extensive fresh Salad Bar. Some entrées include Steak & Lobster Tail, Asian Glazed Salmon, Herb Crusted Tilapia, Chicken Piccata, Louisiana Fried Shrimp, Cowboy Sirloin, Rib Eye as well as Chicken BLT, Avocado Turkey Burger and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Gluten free information available on their website. Free Burger or Garden Bar on your birthday for So Connected Club members. Outdoor patio is now Non-Smoking. Full bar with happy hour all day. One of a large international chain of 900 locations based in Maryville, TN., formerly known as Morrison Restaurants. Online and phone reservations now available. Corporate owned; Eric Simanton, general manager.

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

Review: (from Colene M. 5/18) We had to wait about 10 minutes because they were having their BOGOs. We ordered Lemonade and Iced Tea ($2.50 each) and we both ordered the Hickory Burbon Pork Chop with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans ($16 each except because it was BOGO, we got both meals for $16). Our waitress was great and the meal was outstanding. Very filling and awesome.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Taking advantage of the BOGO tonight. We had about a 20 minute wait when we arrived a little after 6 p.m. My husband had the Chicken Bella with Zucchini ($14). I had the Smokey Mountain Chicken with Zucchini ($14). We each had the upcharge of $2 for the Salad Bar as one of our sides. We have always loved the Salad Bar here. We also enjoyed our main entrées. Portion size of the Chicken seemed considerably smaller than I have remembered on other visits here. Perhaps it something to do with the BOGO. The meals with our beverages of water, the upcharge for the Salad Bar and the deduction of one meal, came to $18 before t&t. Amy, our server, served us well, considering the restaurant was extremely busy. The BOGO was a great deal.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Ellen H. 6/19) We were seated promptly and our server, John, took a drink order. I had the Salad Bar and the Cheeseburger Sliders ($14). This Salad Bar is one of my favorites and contains many delicious items. The Sliders were good and I enjoyed them. My table mate had the Salad Bar with the Salmon ($20) and it was also very good. We also had a Lemon Drop Martini ($6) for me and a large Red Sangria ($&) for him. The total before t&t was $47.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 5/18) We were seated immediately. My husband ordered Iced Tea and I ordered a water. Then we ordered the Hickory Bourbon Salmon and Chicken. I had the Steamed Broccoli and Grilled Zucchini and my husband had the Green Beans with a Baked Potato. Both were great. The total bill before t&t was $34.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Bob M. 9/20) We arrived about 4:30 PM and had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. Our server, Joyce, was very attentive. We ordered an Iced Tea ($3) and a water. We had Hickory Bourbon Pork Chop and Salmon with Baked Potatoes; we also had Broccoli and Zucchini. The total check before t&t was $37 but we had a BOGO coupon so it only came to $21. We always tip on the before BOGO price. We also brought home a soup bowl of their Hickory Bourbon Sauce ($4). We like to put it on our home made meats.
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13½ Stars Video Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (Colony Plaza), 265 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-7393. (Asian) [L/D] Located behind McDonald's off CR 466A. Changing its name from Sakura Japanese Restaurant. Open daily; Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 3-10 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available all day from 11:30 AM on. Officially opened February 4, 2010. Inviting, pleasant, warm décor. This is not a Teppan-yaki style restaurant, rather a Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. A very wide variety of unusual items are offered. One dozen appetizers, like Mango Shrimp or Crispy Calamari run $3-8 each. Three dozen Rolls like California, Salmon, or Tuna &Avocado Rolls are $3-6 each. Bento Box Dinners ($19) include soup, salad, fried rice, Gyoza, Shumai and a selection of 15 main dishes, are featured here. Tempura items like Shrimp or Chicken run $11-16 each. Many Japanese Noodle Dishes ($11-15) are also available. So is Donburi ($13). Hibachi dishes, served with soup and salad and fried rice, are popular, like Chicken, Red Snapper, Shrimp & Scallops or even Twin Lobster Tails, and run $12-28 each. Many Teriyaki dishes from Tofu to Flounder are also offered at $12-20 including soup, salad and rice. Complete Sushi and Sashimi offerings include traditional Tuna, Striped Bass, Mackerel, Sea Urchin a nd Tobiko listed at $4-7 each. Sakura makes two dozen Specialty Rolls ($9-13) like Gazala, Dream, White Dragon, Ocean and Volcano. Luncheon offerings are less expensive, typically $6-9 each. Even Tempura Ice Cream or Tempura Banana occupy the dessert section on the menu. Imported and domestic beer and wine are available. Happy Hour until 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed Labor Day. Watch for coupons in Thursday's Daily Sun. Voted "Best of the Best" for Sushi, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. A second location is in La Plaza Grande (see that listing). Jing Guo, sushi chef; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray O. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheila R. 6/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/15) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 1/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 4/18) Haven’t been back to this place in over a year but thought I’d give it a try again. At least for what I ordered, Shrimp Tempura Bento Box, I thought they beat another LSL restaurant's Bento Box of the same ingredients. Shrimp was larger and, especially, it was tastier. Vegetable Tempura was better too. California Roll was about the same but I did like the Shumai at LSL better over Gyoza. Hope to revisit this place to see what other dishes are better. Think competition is good for us. Total bill came to $12. Server, Kiko, was very efficient.
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13 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Sakura Sushi and Grill (La Plaza Grande), 1104 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 205-8864. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Located where the Beijing Garden Restaurant, New China Buffet and Empress Pavilion were once located near Publix. Opened November 19, 2012. The hours are: Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 4-9 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available from Noon to 9 PM. They offer the same items as the Colony Plaza location plus teppanyaki meals on the grill. Bento Boxes are popular at $19 each and are served with soup, salad, two pieces of Gyoza and two pieces of Shumai, plus Rice and two choices of items like Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon or Snapper Teriyaki; Shrimp or Chicken Tempura; Pork or Chicken Katsu and others. Hibachi dinners from the kitchen run $12 for Vegetables to $27 for Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. Katsu dinners are also popular and run $15 for Chicken to $18 for Scallops. Tempura dinners run $12 to $18. Beef Negimaki is also offered at $16. Plus there's a whole host of Sushi and Sashimi under $8 and Rolls under $6.50 . Deep Fried Sushi like the Tuna Crunch Roll, for example, is $9. Japanese Soba or Udon Noodle dishes run $12-16 each. Lunch items run $6-12 each. Full bar at this location with 2 for 1 Happy Hour, all day before 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed Labor Day. Full bar here. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Voted "Best of the Best" for Sushi, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. J. R. Castaneda, manager; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 1/13) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Always a nice generous meal here. I had an Apple Martini ($8) and he had a Bourbon Manhattan ($7). I like the Philadelphia Roll ($5.50) and the Coconut Shrimp ($7.50). He had the Chicken Katsu ($15.50) and Fried Rice (+$1). Total was $44.50 before t&t. Good quick service. The staff help each other.
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8 Stars Gluten Free Menu Buffalo Discount Card Sammy Joe's Pizzeria, 8760 SE Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 633-1949. (Italian) (Pizza) [B/L/D] Located where Toscani's Deli & Pizzeria did business in the Mulberry Grove Plaza. Opened May, 2015. Hours are 8 AM to 9 PM daily. Specializes in Pizza at $7/10", $8.50/14", $10.50/16" and $13.50/20" plus toppings that are $1.25, $1.50, $1.75, $2.00, $2.25, $2.75 and $3.25 extra per topping respectively. Plus they have house specials like "The Veggie" or "The Motivator" and "Meat Lovers" or "Deluxe" at $13.50/14", $15.50/16" and $19/20". Calzones and Strombolis (both about $10) and "Grinders" like Italian, French Dip, Meatball, Steak & Cheese and Sammy Club (all $9-10 each) are also on the menu. 8 or 16 Jumbo Chicken Wings run $8 & $15. Salads are also offered at about $8-9 each. You can also find Spaghetti ($9), Fettuccini Alfredo ($10.50), Meatloaf Parm. ($12), Lasagna ($13), Chicken dishes ($13) and Mussels Marinara ($14) on the menu. Salad included with entrées. Special deals for mid-week and Sunday dinner. Small seating area. Wine and beer licensed now. Delivery available. Carol Laufersky, owner here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza ($9) and Gluten Free Wings (8/$8.50) brought us here. I had Manicotti ($11) and my husband had Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad ($8.75). Everything was delicious. Service from Jordan was terrific. 3 waters and a soft drink were our beverages tonight. Our bill came to $35 which included a $4 discount from the Buffalo Card.
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Review: (from Walt P. 7/19) This used to be a nice, friendly place. Not anymore. For breakfast, I ordered an Egg Sandwich on toast with no meat or cheese. Immediately got a serely "Well it comes with meat and cheese!". I got egg with cheese. Got charged $4.25 for that. Which includes meat and cheese that I did not order. Manager/owner came over to asked about this. She said "Well you should have ordered a Fried Egg and toast, then put it together on the plate, it would have been cheaper!". So, I guess waitress job description does not cover that. No excuses and no comp. By the way, Michelle P. was also my server on a previous visit where I had to ask for my change and got "Well I thought you did not want any change back". Change was about 30-35% of the bill. Something has changed for the worse since new owner/manager/servers have changed. Our golfing group of 4-8 men are considering other breakfast options now. Will NOT return.
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7 Stars Scooples Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, 2718 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 750-6263. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Opened mid-December, 2013. Located on the Paddock Square between City Fire and the Barnstorm Theater. Hours 9 AM to 9 PM daily. This luncheonette with counters, tables, booths, black and white checkered floors and postered walls, offers homemade Ice Cream concoctions, like Sundaes ($5), Shakes ($5) and Banana Splits ($6), as well as light meals. Hot Dogs are featured, starting at $6 each, plus ones topped with Cheese, Coleslaw or Chili at $7.00-7.50. You can also "Build Your Own" at $.50 per topping. Wraps are available at $9 each like Pesto Turkey, Ham & Turkey, Chicken or Steak & Cheese. Soups for those winter days are Beef & Barley, Broccoli Cheddar or Chili, all at $4/cup. A variety of Salads, like Chicken Caesar, Florence (Ham), Paradise (Fruit), Chicken Walnut and Steakhouse (Diced Beef), all run $8-9 each. Hot Pressed Paninis are available too, as Turkey Pesto, Turkey Melt, Turkey & Brie, Ham & Cheese, Grilled Chicken and Balsamic Steak, all $9 each. There's also a Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta at $8. Brownies, Cheesecake or Apple Pie are the $5 desserts, plus Ice Cream that runs $3-7 per serving, all the way up to the "Shuggie" at $19. A limited selection of light breakfast items are also on the menu, like Bagels, Croissants, Muffins, Yogurt Parfaits, Fruit Cups and Cinnamon Rolls, all ranging $2-5 each. No bar. John Guardino, John McKinley and Jose Rodriguez, managers; Fred Karimipour, partner; Joe Nisbett, owner here and Bonifay Country Club (see that listing) and Evans Praire Country Club (see that listing).

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



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

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob E. 6/09) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 12/09) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/10) Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12½ Stars Video Square 1 Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 689-2191. (American) [L/D] Opened April 8, 2014, changed owners in March, 2018. Located in the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A and is open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. New venue that mixes Meyer Angus Burgers, Martinis, Milk Shakes, Craft Beers and pictures of cows in hats. The décor is certainly eclectic, from ruby chandeliers to red velvet or cow hide covered banquettes. If you think "spice is nice", this might be your "Jalapeño Heaven". Their menu leader is the "All-American" Cheeseburger at $10 single and $14 double. The others include the "Old Fashioned" with Pickles and Mustard ($10), Peppers & Onions Burger ($11), Bleu Bacon Burger ($11.50), 3-Mushroom Burger ($11.50), Bar-B-Que Bacon Burger ($11), Feta Cheese Burger ($11), Poblano Peño Cheeseburger ($12), Half-Pound Cheddar ($12) Bacon & Egg Burger ($12) and their Drunken Pig and Bull® ($13). You can change the meat patty to Chicken or Turkey (+$1), Lamb (+$3) or Buffalo or Kobe Beef (+$5). They also offer Slider Trios ($9-11 each). Besides Beef Burgers they offer Chicken or Turkey on a Bun at $11-12 each. Sesame, whole wheat or skip-the-bun add to the choices. Sandwiches include Hot Dogs ($9-10), Bourbon Pulled Pork ($11), Cajun Salmon Burger ($12), Lamb ($13), Buffalo ($14) plus non-meat choices like Grilled Cheese ($9.50), Vegan ($12) and Portobello ($12). For lighter appetites, they have Spicy Beer Cheese Soup ($4/$8.50), French Onion ($4/$7), Angus Chili ($4.50/$8), Chopped Salad ($6/$9), Strawberry Salad ($9), Cobb Salad ($10) and Beef or Chicken Salad ($10.50/$11). Side dishes double as appetizers like Fried Jalapeños ($4.50), Crispy Fries ($6), Chili Queso ($6), Edamame ($6), Chili Pie ($7), Tomato & Artichoke Hummus ($7.50), Fried Pickle Chips ($8), Eggrolls ($8), Fried Mac 'n Cheese ($8), Onion Rings ($9) and 6 or 10 Chicken Wings ($6.50/$10) rounding out the choices. Desserts like Chocolate Sundae, Cheesecake, Shakes and Italian "Zepps" run $5-6 each. Full inside-outside bar with Cosmos ($7-9), Martinis ($8-10), Mudslide Shakes ($9) and Margaritas ($10) concocted. Plus Draft and Bottle Beers and Wines are offered. Specials offered during the week. Children's menu available. Outdoor dining available. Dog friendly patio. Happy Hour runs 3-6 PM, then again 9 PM to closing with $3 Drafts, $4 Wine and $5 Manhattans, Margaritas and Sangrias among others, plus $3/$4/$5 appetizers. Started in 2008, 7 other locations are in western Florida with additional ones coming to Lakeland, Gainesville and Carrollwood, Florida. Bill Milner, Director of Operations; Lauren Marcus and Dylan Brooker, managers here; Sheryl Rutolo, William Milner and Mikaela Walter of Brandon, FL., new owners.

Older Review: (from Raymond A. 4/14) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James S. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rochelle B. 5/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/16) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) My husband received a "Birthday Coupon" from here for his birthday so we went and our server was the bar tender. I had a diet Pepsi and my husband had an Iced Tea (both were $2.25 each). My husband had the Angus BBQ Bacon Burger ($13) but they took $10 off for his birthday coupon. I had the BTB Blackened Cod with Rosemary Potatoes. My husband had to send back, his Fries were cold. Other than that, the meal was very good. Total after the discount and before t&t was $21.49).
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Just in the mood for 2 quick Cheeseburgers to go. No waiting, went to the bar to order. Quick service and all bartenders wore masks and gloves. Great service and we love Square 1's Burgers, rarely disappointed. They are very consistent with their quality and taste. 2 All American Cheeseburgers with Fries, $24. Gave a good tip. The restaurant was about 1/2 full which included outdoor seating option. Burgers were great and we love their Fries!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) We picked this place because they have outdoor seating. When we arrived at 4:15 PM, we found outside full and inside empty. Danny was our server. We had a Blue Moon Draft ($5.50), a Lemon Drop Martini ($9), a Turkey Cobb Burger on Greens ($14) with Sweet Potato Fries (+$!), and a Toga Party Burger ($12) and Cole Slaw. All was good but not great. Service was friendly. Not a place we visit often. Total before t&t was $41.50. Masks were worn. We felt safe inside.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Video Calorie Count Steak 'n Shake (The Villages), 3980 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 205-4950. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] At CR 103 and CR 466 since October, 2007. Noted for their SteakBurgers, Shakes and Malts. The most popular is the $4 Double 'n Cheese SteakBurger and the $5 Western BBQ 'n Bacon SteakBurger. Other items include Chili, Frisco Melt, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Fingers. You can also find Club Sandwiches, BLTs and Grilled Cheese too. For breakfast they offer a Country Skillet and a Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet, each $6. All You Can Eat Pancakes are just $4. Open 24 hours including Christmas from 11 AM. Seniors (50+) get 10% off on Monday & Tuesday. Free Double SteakBurger with Fries on your birthday for eClub members. One of a large chain of 430 locations mostly in the southeast, started in 1934, based in Normal, IL. Beth Camron, manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Ended service in 1992 after 5 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Ft. Pierce, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West,
Lakeland, Miami, Melbourne, Naples, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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12½ Stars Thai Ruby, 1064 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 205-8288. (Asian) [L/D] Here since November, 2005. Open daily at 12 noon. Mixing Thai and Chinese cuisine. Many Cantonese dishes prepared with a Thai touch. Beef, Chicken and Seafood dishes are the mainstay. Familiar Pad Thai offerings plus specialties like Steamed Basa Filet are featured. From spicy to tranquil overtones prepared to your taste. Comfortable exquisite Asian atmosphere. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Off-season Early Bird Specials 3 to 6 PM. Beer & wine. Ekalak is the master chef. Keith and Somphot (May) McDaniel, owners.

Older Review: (from Steve L. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 8/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 5/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=1 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Dan K. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Tim K. 2/19) I ordered Chicken Pad Thai, extra spicy, and I was disappointed. The Rice Noodles were mushy and the Chicken was hard - both are signs of overcooking. I suspect that they had a large pot of Pad Thai already cooked up in the kitchen and that they just ladled my order onto a plate. I also had a glass of the pretty good house Pinot Grigio.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 1/20) Am glad there is a Thai restaurant here. Also, glad that they seem to be busy both lunch and dinner. My wife loves Pad Thai or Tom Yum and I like Green Curry but today I ordered Glass Noodles. Wasn’t too impressed with Thai Spring Rolls but enjoyed others. Guess I enjoy Vietnamese Spring Rolls better. Total bill came to $25 for lunch.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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The Kitchen. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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11½ Stars Tierra Del Sol Bar & Grill, 806 San Marino Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-8005. (American) [L/D] Formerly called the Tierra Del Sol Club, it got a name change and a new main entrance when part of the building was repurposed for The Studio Theatre. Reopened in mid-November, 2016. You now enter from the golf course side in the back of the building. Covered patio seating. Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM daily. Menu changes at 4 PM. Breakfast no longer available. After 11 AM and until closing, they offer a lunch menu featuring Sandwiches like Black Angus Hot Dog, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Fish, Turkey, Ham & Swiss, Reuben, Sausage, Philly Steak, Italian Sub and a French Dip, all ranging $6-10 each. Salads, like Chef, Cobb, Spinach, Grilled Chicken, Tropical, Greek, Nut Berry and others, range $9-10 each. Homemade Chili $3/$4 and 4 Angus Burgers ($9-10 each) are also offered. Light appetizers like Quesadillas, Wings, Chicken Tenders, Calamari, Onion Rings and a ½ lb. Boiled Costa Rican Shrimp Plate, run $6-11 each. Desserts include a Macadamia Royal Sundae and Key Lime Pie ($5 each). Full bar. Half price Happy Hour is 3-5 PM on drafts, house pours and calls. Wine List available. Reservations taken for 8 or more people. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Amador Hernandez, chef; Jacqui Widisky, assistant manager; Chad Prilliman, manager; developer owned.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 6/17) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Stephanie C. 6/17) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Leo M. 2/18) The food and service were excellent and the menu is very reasonably priced. We went around 6:30 PM, as the theater crowd was going into the theater and the Happy Hour was over and we had no problem getting a table. We tried once before to have dinner prior to attending a show at the theater and was turned away. They do not take reservations. We shared an order of Fried Calamari that was crispy and cooked just right. The Chicken Parmesan serving was enormous and my wife took 3/4 of it home. I had the Clams and Mussels, again a very plentiful order. Our server was Katie who was very pleasant. Dinner for four, one Hot Tea and no drinks was $62 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) On a hot Monday night at 5:30 PM, Ali told us we had to wait for a table inside even though there were empties already bussed. "The empties are reserved.", she told us. We had cocktails at the bar and waited about 20 minutes. Others that came in after us where being seated. We checked again and got "You'll be next." Finally we sat in the corner near the door to the patio. When the show go out it got really crowded and very noisy. She ordered the Liver and Onions ($12) and I had the Turkey and Dressing Dinner with Mashed Potatoes and Veggie ($13). The food was ordinary. The Liver was thin and over done but tender. My Cranberry Sauce was 50 cents extra! With 2 cocktails and just dinners, the total was $41 before t&t. Mediocre food, mediocre service from busy servers in a very noisy atmosphere. Won't be back here.
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13 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Brownwood), 2835 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 350-2122. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] Located near Paddock Square in Brownwood at the corner of Brownwood Blvd. and Sandy Nook Run, in a drab gray building. Now being billed as "Traditional Deli & Gourmet Bakery" with an art deco logo. Opened September 14, 2015 with new décor here. Hours are 7 AM to 9 PM daily. Open Christmas Day to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. Offers breakfast 'til 11 AM, like Oatmeal ($3), Belgian Waffle ($6), French Toast ($6) or a Smoked Fish Combo ($14). There's also Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Nova-Eggs-&-Onion, or a Western Skillet (all $8 each). Soups include Matzo Ball and Chicken Noodle (both $4/$5 each). Hand Tossed Salads run $7-10 depending on size and ingredients. They also make Deli Sandwiches at $8-10 each. Burgers are popular at $8 for the Jay Burger, to $10 for the Burger a-la-TooJay's. The new menu goes on to Comfort Food, like Shepherd's Pie ($10), a Traditional Turkey Dinner ($11) or London Broil ($15), to Fish, like Baked Cod ($12), Atlantic Salmon ($13) or Teriyaki Salmon ($13), to Chicken, like Tenders ($9), Quesadillas ($9) or Chicken Marsala ($12), to Pasta, like Roasted Veggie Pasta ($9), Meat Lasagna ($10) or Garlic Chicken Pasta ($12). It's THE place to get Egg Creams ($3), Potato Knishes ($3), Cheese Blintzes ($8), Chopped Chicken Livers ($8), Liverwurst Sandwich ($8), Chicken Salad Sandwich ($9), Potato Latkes ($9), Beef Brisket Sandwich ($10), Tongue Sandwich ($10), Hot Corned Beef Sandwich ($10), Hot Pastrami Sandwich ($10) and other New York City favorites, like a Dill Pickle or a "Schmear" of Chopped Liver with your meal. Desserts are famous, like Killer Cake, NY Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Banana Cream Cake, Brownies, Éclairs, Rugalach, Rice Pudding and Mini NY "Black & Whites" (all $2-5 each). Beer and wine licensed, with wines by the glass or bottle now. Kids menu. Special menus for the Jewish holidays. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. Another location is at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). Currently there are 21 locations scattered across Florida. Holly Hegg, general manager here; Bill Jordan, area director.

Older Review: (from Eric O. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Lake Sumter Landing), 1129 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 430-0410. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] This location opened December, 2005. Hours 7 AM to 9 PM daily. New York style deli with a vast menu of sandwiches and full dinners. Tongue Sandwich as well as Pastrami on Rye are favorites of New Yorkers. Shepherd's Pie and Chicken Marsala as well as Mom's Meatloaf are specialties. Beer & wine. Cakes and cold cuts for home consumption available from the counter. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. Outdoor seating available. Open Christmas Day to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. One of a growing popular chain of 24 Florida locations headquartered in Palm Beach, FL. 2008 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Sandwiches" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Deli" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Founded by Jay Brown and (Mark) Jay Katzenberg in 1981. Kathi Casamasima, general manager here. Another location is in Brownwood (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 11/13) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/16) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/16) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Our efficient waitress was Esther and it did not bother her at all for me to go outside their menu and special order my breakfast. She wrote down all the instructions and a few seconds later she was back explaining that because of their cash register computer restraints I would be billed as a TJ Benedict ($9.49). I agreed. My wife chose their Ultimate Omelette ($9.49). I added a Coffee ($2.39) and my wife added a Hot Chocolate ($1.99) I often rate restaurants by how well they can go "out of the box" to accommodate the personal requests of their customers. This day they were exceptional! Our total bill before t&t was $23.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Nancy R. 2/18) There are some restaurants that naturally excel at a breakfast. Too Jays has a couple. Although they are masters at Pastrami varietals, today we had their Blueberry Blintz ($8) and an Oatmeal Bowl ($4). We washed it down with Coffees ($2 each). Total bill before t&t was $17. Service was good. Oatmeal is just one food that some can't get excited about. Now the Blintzes, (just imagine us rolling our eyes in ecstasy and licking our lips) was almost perfect! Yum.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) I guess when we are NOT IN SEASON, TooJays promotes their 2 meals for $25. We both started with a bowl of Matzo Ball Soup. I had the Deli Combo. It was a beautiful plate with 3 of their deli meats. I chose Pastrami, Pastrami and Tongue. Delish! Also on the plate was Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Sliced Cucumber, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, and Black Olives. A side plate of their Rye Bread accompanied my meal. My husband had the complete Turkey Dinner. Everything tasted wonderful. Coffee and Iced Tea were our beverages. A slice of TooJays Carrot Cake came home with us. Everything I mentioned above came to a total of $25. Our server, I will not mention her name, was not very good. Great food at a terrific price.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Closed Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Spanish Springs), 990 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. 753-3510. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] After 16 years at this location, Too Jay's new corporate owner closed this location, and 6 others in Florida, in September, 2020, during a bankruptcy reorganization and store trimming. The deli earned 11½ Stars from our members. The other locations in The Villages remain open. It will be replaced by FarmShed (see that listing) in 2021.



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Mackey (International) Airlines
Ended service in 1981 after 35 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Miami, Naples, Orlando,
Panama City, Pensacola, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida to/from the Bahamas.

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11½ Stars VKI Japanese Steakhouse, 1004 Old Mill Run., The Villages, FL. 259-9887. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Opened September, 2005. Sashimi and Sushi Bar with a master chef. Hibachi tables for 6 or more. Table side chef prepares meals juggling utensils amid fire filled explosions. Kitchen menu of tempura and other traditional Japanese fare also available. Full bar. Large facility suitable for parties in a private room. Reservations accepted. Open Christmas Day. Zeng Yi Liu, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 1/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 1/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 3/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 11/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 2/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) We enjoy Teppanyaki when our friends are new to Japanese food. With the chef’s entertainment, it’s a fun introduction. Normally we order Chirashi, take off on Sushi, or lunch Bento Boxes of either Tempura, Katsu, or Teriyaki. Today we wanted to have selection of Sushi at the bar. We came to order Uni (Sea Urchin) which is definitely an acquired taste and double or triple other Sushi prices. But, if it is fresh, we love it. Other Sushi we ate were Fatty Tuna, Yellow Tail and Scallops. Total bill came to $50 for two.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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9 Stars Video Free WiFi (The) Waterfront Inn (Amelia's), 1105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 753-7535. (American) [D] Dinner 3 to 10 PM, Wednesday through Saturday only. The restaurant is called Amelia's and the deck affords a nice view of Lake Sumter. Small, simple dining area off the lobby seating just 60 people indoors and another 20 outdoors. Start with their popular She-Crab Soup. Entrées such as Pan Fried Pork Medallions, Pepper Dusted Tenderloin, Mojo Chicken, Cajun Shrimp Fajita Skillet, Southern Crab Cakes, BBQ Glazed Shrimp, Baked or Fried Haddock (Friday) and 14 oz. Ribeye are offered at prices between $12-19. Less formal dishes such as Grilled Cheese, Carved Turkey Sandwich, Pimento Cheeseburger and various salads will range from $4-10. Desserts include Bread Pudding, Apple Dumpling and Key Lime Cheese Cake. The focus is on Southern cooking. Daily Breakfast Buffet is just $10 per person. Luncheon Soup & Salad Bar is just $7 per person. Sunday Brunch at $14 per person offered weekly including Omelet and Carving Stations. $9 Early Bird Specials starting at 4 PM recently added to the menu. Full bar and wine list. Occasional entertainment starting at 5:30 PM in the lobby area. Happy hour from 3 to 7:30 PM. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more or on coupons. Reservations are accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas too for Holiday Buffets by reservation at 2 hour intervals 12-6 PM. New Years Eve Dinner by reservation at 4, 6 and 8 PM at $28 pp, then music in the lobby until midnight only. Ed Kidwell, chef; Teresa Snyder, restaurant manager; Christy Kitt, hotel general manager; developer owned along with Joe Nisbett.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/07) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/09) Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/09) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 4/09) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/09) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Linda P. 12/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/10) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arlene P. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/15) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arlene P. 2/17) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Coming Soon Willie Jewell’s (Old School) Bar-B-Q, 2161 Everglades Lane, The Villages, FL. . (Barbecue) [L/D] "Bless your little heart!" Located in the Magnolia Plaza (CR 468 & CR 501) near the Everglades Regional Recreation Center. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Mostly hi-top tables. Casual atmosphere. They offer Wings, Pork, Turkey, Texas Beef Brisket, Sausage, Chicken and of course, St. Louis Style Ribs. Sandwiches and Platter sized meals are available. Lots of sauces to choose from. Key Lime Pie and Grape Juice Lemonade are favorites here. Kids menu offered. Served on a paper-lined tin plate with plastic utensils. Order from the counter. Beer and wine licensed. Draft beer available. Named after Ms. Willie Jewell Daniels, the founder. This is one of about 15 franchised locations on the east coast, mostly in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Another is in Yulee, FL. Operated by Mark and Liane Hinch. Opening in early 2021.



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14 Stars Free WiFi Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar, 3003 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 626-1246. (American) (Asian) [L/D] Opened quietly on March 4, 2020. Located next to the new 151 room Brownwood Hotel and Spa off SR 44, just east of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood Paddock Square. This 150 seat hotel restaurant, bearing Wolfgang's name, brings light, interesting, made-from-scratch meals to guests and residents alike. It boasts an open kitchen in full view of diners. The menu is all a-la-carte with minor accompaniments for entrées. For starters, you'll find a daily Soup ($8), Baked Meatballs ($11), Salumi & Cheese ($12), Chicken Wings ($13), Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13) and Crabcakes ($14). For Pizza you'll see Margarita, Salumi, Wild Mushroom, Fennel Sausage & Peppers, Basil Shrimp and Prosciutto & Arugula (all $13-16 each). Pasta dishes are Spaghetti ($10) or Rigatoni ($14) with Meatballs (+$6). Main courses include a Puck Burger ($15), ½ Roasted Chicken ($18), Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ($17), Pork Schnitzel ($19), Grouper ($25) and a 12 oz. NY Strip Steak ($34). Most come with a small side of vegetable and starch. Or you can order a side dish of items like Asparagus or Onion Rings ($5 each). For lighter appetites, they have Caesar Salad ($10), Jardiniere ($11), Gorgonzola Chop Salad ($12) or Asian Chicken Salad ($13). Protein can be added for $5-10 each. Desserts ($6-12) are also available like Cheesecake. Wine List ($35-100/btl.) and other international dishes are expected, especially Italian and Asian in style. Full bar with Happy Hour. Corkage Fee charged. Outdoor seating is available. A hotel lobby bar nearby provides a place for just cocktails. Phone reservations accepted. Just one of several restaurants promoted and branded by Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef. Joseph Lee, executive chef here. This hotel and restaurant run by the Amway (multi-level home products fame) Hotel Corp. of Grand Rapids, MI. Hotel owned by the developer; the restaurant licensed and owned by Amway.

Review: (from Lori S. 3/20) The Crab Cakes ($14) were rather small but the taste and presentation were beautiful. The spicy aoli mustard sauce created a perfect pairing. The Lettuce Wraps ($12) were good but something I would probably not order in the future. Rather uneventful compared to the Crab Cakes. The Wild Mushroom Pizza ($14) was a fun and gooey mess of mushrooms, garlic and loads of fontana cheese. One of the best Pizzas I've ever had. The Grouper ($23) with the lemon butter and spice sauce over a bean and veggie salsa was delicious. Finishing dinner with a Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet and Berries combination hit the spot. Beer ($4) and wine ($6) were reasonably priced for good selections. Happy Hour has not yet started but there are promises of good bar bites.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) We had a 20 minute wait during "soft opening" at 5 PM. Pretty crowded and the outdoor area was not set up yet. So we ordered drinks at the bar while we waited. "Can't make a Pomegranate Martini", "No Zins or Malbecs on the Wine List" said Jeff, the bartender (from the Flying Biscuit). We settled for a Lemon Drop Martini ($12) and a Bertani Valpolicella Wine ($9) which I felt was very poor. They did not text us as promised but a hostess found us at the bar when our table was ready. We sat in the front room and had Falon for our server. She was excellent. My better half had a Wild Mushroom and Bacon Pizza ($14) and I had a huge Pork Schnitzel ($19). Both were excellent. They brought Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($12 but comped during soft opening). They were way too spicy for both of us (Wolfgang's signature). We also shared a Butternut Squash Soup ($8) which was delicious. I had a well Bourbon Manhattan ($8). That was much better than the Italian Wine! Our total of 3 drinks, soup and two meals was $70 before t&t. We'd come back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 3/20) This was still there "Soft Opening" while it is still being finished inside. Some woodwork and the ceiling still needs to be finished. Our server was Falon. She was very attentive to our needs. Since it was still the soft opening, we were "comped" a glass of Chardonnay Wine ($4) and a Chicken Lettuce cup ($6) each. The wine and chicken cup were very good. I had a Gorgonzola Salad ($12) and my wife had a Caesar Salad ($10). Both were very large and delicious. For the entrées, I had the WP Burger with French Fries ($15) and my wife had the Pork Schnitzel with Roasted Potatoes ($19). The entire meal was very good. The portions were large. The total bill was $56 plus t&t. Next time we will get the Salad with a protein on top which will easily fill us up.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 3/20) We went for the soft opening to try it out and both of us were pleased with our choices. We sat at the bar because the restaurant was full and we didn't want to wait for a table. Rebecca, our server, offered us a complimentary wine, Dona Soleil Chardonnay, which was light and fruity, as well as comped Chicken Lettuce Wraps. We shared the 2 Lettuce Cups and enjoyed the mildly spicy dish. I ordered the Grouper which was served with a lemon butter pepper sauce that was different, but very good as the pepper was well integrated into the sauce giving it a little kick but not a punch. He had the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf which he liked (as much as mine) and a side of Asparagus which was crisply steamed. Our server was vigilant but not intrusive and our meals were served quickly and at the correct temperature. Total bill came to $65 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Arrived with no reservation for lunch and they were not busy but we still got 'the look" and they would check when they could seat us! I always hate that ploy. We were then seated within 5 minutes. Bright, shiny and new atmosphere. 2 Peach Daiquiris ($10 each), 1 Pineapple Mojito ($10). Started with Lettuce Wraps $12 (not as good as others but good), Margherita Pizza ($13) and a Burger ($15). Our total bill was $75 without tip. Food was very good and I can see us eating here often. The only recommendation is that the lunch took 2 hours, service was slow with large time gaps between dishes. I know I'm retired but I don't have all day for lunch!
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P 7/20) 2 PM Sunday lunch. Food was great, service not so great. Apparently a new waitress dropped beers on the table near us. Beer on several of the four diners, broken glass even reached us. Person suffered open cut from glass. Those were our beers! Good thing is, staff sticks together, and helped each other. Called passing waiter to ask about our beers. He said "I'll get them right now". Nice décor. All help wore masks, including the cook and social distanced. My French Dip was huge, had to eat most with a fork. Too big to eat as a Sandwich. Plenty of outstanding, beefy tasting dip. Comes with a Pickle and home made Chips! Her Schnitzel was huge, crispy and tender. Potato Puffs and a side of Cucumber Salad came with it. Lots of little surprises. Take out boxes are "senior proof". Waitress said many complaints about that. Need to tweet Mr. Puck on that one. Definite come back place.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) 3:45 PM on a Sunday and the restaurant was almost empty. I hate it when they tell you you have to wait to be seated. "We're cleaning a table for you". The restaurant was empty except for one party inside and one party outside. Took almost 10 minutes and finally we were seated in the "private" side room facing the parking lot (Table #43). It was a good "safe" location. Tim was our server and he was "overly accommodating". I had a Peach Vodka Martini ($10) and he found a Malbec ($9). Both were very good. We were hungry so we ordered a Bread Board ($5) and an order of Onion Rings ($5). Both were good. I had a Cobb Salad ($13) and he had the Pork Schnitzel ($19). Both were generous and flavorful. We like the food here but it adds up quickly. Total before t&t was $61. Tim did a great job. We'd ask for him next time. Menu is still fairly limited with only one Steak ($34) on it. Meatloaf, Pizza and Pasta (Spaghetti and Meatballs for one) are not our idea of fine dining. Still the food is good but the "Please Wait 10 minutes for a table" is not an inviting greeting.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count World of Beer (Brownwood), 2751 West Torch Lake Dr., The Villages, FL. 633-9519. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Located in Brownwood directly behind Paddock Square. September 2, 2013 was the Grand Opening. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily, but from 10 AM on Saturday. Boasting over 3 dozen beers on tap and another 500 more brands and styles, both imported and domestic, in the large coolers. Their current draft selection is online. Some of the brews offered are Brown Ale, Stout, IPAs, Belgium Ales and Irish Ciders. White Wheat Ales are becoming more popular now and they are carried too. Many beers are craft style and may rotate during the season. Brews approaching 11% alcohol, like Belgium's Piraat Pale Ale and St. Bernardus Abt 12 will be featured. For the ladies, Maine's Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale and Timmermans Strawberry Lambic may be on draft, especially summer months. A half dozen Polish brands will be dwarfed by German beers which will number in the 50s. Even a Ukrainian, Slovak, Bulgarian and Russian brew is expected. For the undecided, "flights" will be available too. A few table wines, ports and sangria will be the gluten free beverage choices. A limited food menu, called Tavern Fare, is offered and meals delivered are permitted here. Items like Tavern Chips & Salsa ($4), German Pretzels ($8), Southern Fried Pickles ($6), Black & Tan Onion Rings ($6), Mediterranean Hummus ($7), Brat Sliders ($7), All-American Hot Dog ($7), Margherita or BBQ Chicken Flatbreads ($7 each), Texas Grilled Cheese ($7), Island Fish Spread with Pita Chips ($8), Crispy Chicken & Belgium Waffles ($8), Southwest Egg Sandwich ($8), Beer Battered Shrimp ($9), Blue Cheese Topped Potato Chips ($9), Smoked Chipotle Chicken Sandwich ($9), Glazed Pork Shanks ($10), Classic Reuben ($10) and a Pressed Cuban ($10) may be offered. Salads for lunch may include Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad ($8) and Chopped Chicken Salad ($9). Other items might seasonally include Beer Cheese Soup, Chili, Smoked Polish Sausage, Hot Turkey & Swiss, Tomato & Mozzarella or Ham & Gouda Melt. Televised sporting event parties and occasional live music on weekends are planned. WOB Loyalty Card ($15), Service Industry, College Student & Faculty, Military and Ladies discounts offered on different days of the week. Beer School will also be held occasionally. A WOB mini-gift shop is also be part of the venue. Full bar and they are licensed for package sales too. Outdoor seating available. No minors under 21 admitted after 7 PM. Voted 2015 "Best Beer Selection" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 11 AM to Midnight. Adam Fisher, manager; Maheshwar (Mahesh) Nomula, Smita Karkal and Revati Pothamsetty, owners. World of Beer is a fast growing francise operation since 2007 out of Tampa, FL., with three dozen locations in ten states, but primarily in central and southern Florida. Another location is in Spanish Springs.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) So, so disappointed with this place. Literally it took forever to bring out the dishes and from what I heard later the server had to get into the kitchen to help. I would say one hour and a half to get our meals. Also, they had run out of the Big Soft Pretzel which is their featured item. When the food finally came out, it was hot but oh my. Good thing we didn’t have much to do that day. Total bill came to $103 for 8. Won’t be back for a while.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.


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12 Stars Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count World of Beer (Spanish Springs), 994 Alvarez Ave., The Villages, FL. 633-4787. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Officially opened July 13, 2015. Located on Alvarez Ave. where the WVLG Radio Station was located. This is the second location within The Villages, measuring 4,600 s.f. The first location in Brownwood opened in September 2013. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily, but from 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday and to 2 AM on Friday and Saturday. Boasting over 3 dozen beers on tap and another 500 more brands and styles, both imported and domestic, in the large coolers. This location will feature Florida made beers also. Pretzels, Flatbreads, Sandwiches and Soups & Salads are on the menu, not to mention the vast array of beer. WOB Loyalty Card ($15), Service Industry, College Student & Faculty, Military and Ladies discounts offered on different days of the week. Entertainment will be featured on weekends when the music on the square ends at 9 PM. Outdoor seating available with outside bar. No minors under 21 admitted after 7 PM. Voted 2015 "Best Beer Selection" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 11 AM to Midnight. Founded by Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon. Joe Norton, manager here; Maheshwar (Mahesh) Nomula, Smita Karkal and Revati Pothamsetty, owners. World of Beer is a fast growing francise operation since 2007 out of Tampa, FL., with dozens of locations in two dozen states, but primarily in central and southern Florida.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/20) Not very busy at 6 PM on a Wednesday. A few people at the bar but only two people working, a bartender and a server. Ashley waited on us. We had a Pumpkin Porter ($6) and another draft (2-for-1) on Happy Hour. I had Chicken Sliders ($5) and he had a French Dip with Slaw ($8). We also had an order of Brussels Sprouts ($8). All were excellent but it did take a while for the food to arrive. Ashley apologized for the wait twice. She was not at fault. Total was only $31 before t&t. Good deal if you are not in a hurry.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Vintage Airways - "Go back in time."
Founded by Richard Branson in 1992 in Orlando before he started his Virgin Airways.
Ended service about 1999 after 7 years in business. Flew DC-3s with a 1940s theme.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Kissimmee, Miami and Orlando, Florida,
plus sightseeing flights over the Kennedy Space Center.


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