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Long Gone - The Fountain Inn (1923) (1930s)
Built by Frank D. Waterman of the Waterman Fountain Pen Co. of New York City
Operated 1923-1936 until the Great Depression took its toll on business.
Turned over to a group of doctors that used it as a make-shift hospital for the growing population.
The hospital operated here until 2004, when it relocated to US 441 and the Inn was finally torn down.
E. Magnolia Ave. & N. Eustis St., Eustis, Florida.

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11½ Stars 1921 Mount Dora, 142 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 385-1921. (Continental) (Southern) [L/D] Opened August 9th, 2016 and originally known as 1921 by Norman Van Aken, Norman split with his partners in November, 2018 and the name was changed. Located on 4th Ave. just east of Donnelly, between Royellou and Baker Streets, where the Garden Gate Tea Room once did business. It's across from the Modernism Museum. Open Thanksgiving Day from Noon to 6 PM. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch, Friday through Sunday and 5-9 PM daily, for dinner, except closed Monday and Tuesday. Smart casual dress suggested. The cute building was built in 1921, thus its name. White walled interior with wood accents and artistic items from the nearby museum add to the contemporary décor. There's a variety of dining rooms seating about 150, including an outdoor patio, a bar room, a pastry kitchen, a chef's table and a "theater kitchen". Private rooms can accomodate groups. For dinner start with items like Conch Fritters ($8), Black Bean Soup ($9), Roasted Oysters ($9), Caesar Salad ($10), Roasted Beets ($10), Cauliflower Salad ($12), a Cheese Plate ($13), Plantain Flatbread ($14), Key West Shrimp ($14), Grilled Octopus over Rice ($15), Roasted Vegetables ($16) and Lobster Ravioli ($17). For main dishes you will find such items as a Burger on Brioche ($19), Korean Fried Chicken ($26), Tilefish ($34), Mahi ($34), Pork Belly and Tenderloin ($34), Grilled Beef Shoulder ($35) and an 18 oz. Australian Wagyu Ribeye ($75). These all come with an accompaniment. Specialty biscuits are $4 extra. They also offer a Chef's Tasting Menu at $75pp. Desserts are a Cookie Platter ($7), White Panna Cotta ($8) and Banana Nut Bread Pudding ($9). For lunch they add Fish Tacos ($12), Pressed Cuban ($15), Fish Sandwich ($18) and something called a Grilled Bavette Steak ($21). They also have Salads ranging $11-17 each. On Sunday they offer Brunch Plates ranging from Pancakes ($10) to Chicken and Waffles ($17), plus Oysters at $3 each. Full bar and the Wine List shows Champagnes: $40-175/btl; Whites: $28-155/btl and Reds: $30-2,400/btl, for the 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild. Personal wine permitted with appropriate Corkage Fee of $20. Cocktails range $8 and up. Elevator equipped building. Voted "Best Destination Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Critic's Pick. Reservations by phone or online via Open Table are accepted. Rachel Jenkins, pastry chef and Chris Edwards, executive chef; Adam Crane, general manager. Larry Baker and Donna Brown, owners.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/17) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Christine H. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cheryl L. 6/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 7/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colleen C. 3/18) Loved it. First real gourmet restaurant we've been to since moving to The Villages. We had Conch Fritters with Pepper Jelly. Raw Oysters ($20/6), pricey but outstanding. Tasted like the ocean. Amazing Lamb Sausage with Dates, Smoked Hummus, Fresh Pita. Over the top delicious. I had the Kimchi Fried Rice with Shrimp. My hubby had the Jerk Pork Chop. YUM! Cappuccino was creamy and delicious. Fresh Cinnamon Bun with something gooey was yummy. Total was about $146 before t&t. Worth the money. Great date night! Can't wait to try the brunch!
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sherrie K. 4/18) I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant in the adorable town of Mt. Dora. As a side note, be sure to go early or stay after dinner to walk the downtown. Our Gourmet Group went for brunch. The food was outstanding! I had the Israeli Shakshuka with Lamb, Merguez, fresh farm Eggs, in a Tomato Sauce with Pita, all baked in a wood fired brick oven. My husband had the Peach and Country Ham Pizza with Ramps, Corona Cheese, Honey and Red Pepper Flakes. The menu was truly gourmet and 5 Star! The atmosphere was pleasant. Our waitress, Gudu, was exceptional, anticipating our every need. Our total before t&t was $42. This is a restaurant we’ll visit over and over.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ann P. 6/18) Was expecting such a great experience but very disappointed. Had Chicken with Yucca Hash Brown Patties. The food tasted dull and needed seasonings, nothing had a wow flavor. Chocolate Tart again was tasteless; the Mango Chips were interesting but the Tart filling lacked a great Chocolate taste. My husband enjoyed his Cheeseburger and Fries. The Fries were delicious, but if I want a good Burger and fresh made Fries, I will go the the Burger Station. Service was not great, waiter was unfriendly and meals were brought out sporadically. There were 7 of us. One of the dinners brought 5 minutes later than everyone else. Also 3 desserts were brought out first and a few minutes later the other 3.
Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Magical Dining at 5 PM on Friday. Seated promptly. Outstanding service and food. Very attentive and helpful. Enormous Wine List. We had the Fried Green Tomato, Plantain Soup, Potato Gnocchi, Poussin (Young Chicken), Vanilla Roll and Chocolate Dessert. All outstanding. With $55 bottle of 500 Moreau Bour, served correctly, and a French Press Coffee with tax was $145. Servers know their wine and menus. Must ask for Magical Dining Menu at reception.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) 2019 Magical Dining Event for 4 from the Gourmet Club. Big change from last year's visit. Happy Hour drinks only apply AT THE BAR, so dinner reservation gets you 2X price for same drink at bar. We asked for assistance in wine selection, so Jamie Pel had to go and ask someone about that. Last time waiter had on the spot recommendation. Gazpacho (sort of) was served in shallow bowl with a teaspoon. Chicken Livers were meager and mixed with mostly Fried Pickles. Our Country Ribs were overdone. Panna Cotta dessert was good. I ordered the French Press Coffee which is supposed to be done at the table. Came pre-made in a coffee server. Waitress said "that's the way we do it". Called manager, (name unknown), who said "you should have asked for it that way!" No offer by server to ask how I want it made. On our last visit, it came to the table for pressing, so I didn't think it would be any different this time. Wrong. Complaint about overdone ribs got the "sorry" excuse. This place has lost it's class and not worth the trip now. Never again. Read my first review and compare to this one. With 2 drinks and bottle of wine it was $132. At least we got comped for the Coffee, but not the Ribs.
Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) We had a wonderful meal in this historic restaurant. The new chef has made some changes to the menu which we found interesting and liked a lot. I tried the Drouhin Macon Chardonnay - which was fruity and dry without being overly sweet. Hubby had the Soup of the Day, a White Bean in a savory tomato based broth, which he liked a lot. He also had the 6 oz. Filet with a side of Asparagus ($7 extra). I had the Scallops which were perfectly seared and topped with a beurre blanc sauce and a few slices of jalapeno, which I was afraid would be too spicy, but complemented the sauce well. We shared the Banana Nut Bread Pudding, an interesting combination, that we both liked. We were surprised that the room was not noisier than it was because there are many hard surfaces, but it was nice to be able to carry on a conversation with six people without shouting to be heard. Total for 2 glasses of Wine, bottle of Sparkling Water, entrées and dessert came to $117.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - The Brahma Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge (1955)
US 27/301/441 & SW 17th St., Ocala, FL.
"No finer food served ... anywhere! Beautifully different ... yet informal!"
Candler C. Reese, original owner opened in 1953.

Closed Alfie's Restaurant, 11677 E CR 25, Ocklawaha, FL. In the summer of 2018, it closed for vacation and never re-opened after many years of operation. Our members gave it 10 Stars, mostly for their Prime-Rib.



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11½ Stars Free WiFi Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant, 3415 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-873-8500. (Indian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] New larger location (formerly Shells) since November, 2010. In business more than 15 years. Traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Saffron and curry spiced dishes are the mainstay. Eggplant Bhartha and Palak Panir offered. Tandoori Shrimp, Boti Kebob and Fish Tikka are new items on the expanded menu. Vegetarian and lamb dishes also available. Main course about $10 to $16 each. Beer & wine. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Satnam Singh, owner.

Older Review: (from Bernie S. 10/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Harrington Hall Hotel Dining Rooms (1912)
"Steam Heat, Elevator and Two Dining Rooms" R.T. Adams, manager
South Main and Ft. King Sts., Ocala, Florida.

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12½ Stars Aneta's Bistro (Homemade Kitchen Restaurant), 2065 N. Pine Ave. (US 301/441), Ocala, FL. 22.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-644-6060. (Eastern European) (German) [L/D] Opened in late January, 2019. A sparsely decorated dining room in the building once occupied by Rocky Cola, on US 301/441, near NW 21st St. Open Noon to 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. Simple restaurant serving a limited number of authentic Polish dishes. For dinner you can find Pasztet [Pork, Beef and Chicken Paté] ($7), Smalec [Lard Spread] ($7), Sausage Chips ($9) and Fish Salad ($9), for appetizers. For main courses there's Chicken Liver ($12), Blood Kishka ($15), Golabki [Stuffed Cabbage] ($16), Bigos [Hunter's Stew] ($17), Beef Goulash ($17), Viennese Schnitzel [Sliced Pork Chop] ($18), Beef Roulades ($19), Kielbasa Platter ($19) and The Polish Platter of Stuffed Cabbage, Smoked Sausage and Hunter's Stew for one or two people ($20/$35). All come with Potato Pierogies and a Salad. At lunch (11 AM to 3 PM) you'll find Bigos ($8), Kielbasa ($8) and Baked Kielbasa ($9). There are also Combos at $14-15 each including 6 Pierogies and Soup or Salad. You may also find specials like "Hungry Sailor" [Kielbasa, Kraut and 12 Potato Pierogies] ($13). And they offer 6 or 12 Special Pierogies ($7/$13) all day. For dessert you can have Yogurt Jelly Cheesecake or Crumble Fruit Cake ($5 each). Kids meals available. Beer and wine licensed now. Aneta Stanicki and Robert Sochocki, owners.

Review: (from Walt L. 5/19) I went with another club member. This is my personal review. Had Bigos Combo which included Cheese and Potato Pierogi. Entrée was $13.49, Soda $2.69, total with tax was $17.31. Robert was our server also owner and cook. He was friendly, personable and helpful. Décor is very plain but clean. I enjoyed my entrée very much. Bigos - Hunter Stew was moist but not runny with a lot of meat. Definitely reminded me of home cooing. Pierogi were very good too. Not the largest I have had but not the smallest. Well filled. Sour Cream was extra. Tasted my companion's Goulash which was also good. Had beer and wine on menu but this is misleading. Two Polish Beers only available. One sweet Wine. Other individuals said they enjoyed their meals. One couple called it a hidden gem. I will visit again.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 5/19) Started with small Soup of the Day, Sauerkraut, that was excellent. It was served steaming hot. Lunch dish was the Hungarian Goulash, simple - no Pierogi, also served steaming hot and excellent. Total bill with a Soda was $13. Robert (the owner) was our gracious server. You could see the pride on his face when complimented. All home made. No room for desserts!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/19) After hearing good reports, we tried this new place. Décor is minimal but clean. She had the smokey Polish Beer [Piwo] ($5) and I had the Polish Lager ($4). Both were unusual. She had the Beef Roulades with Dumplings ($19) and I had the Polish Platter of Kielbasa, Hunter's Stew and Cheese & Potato Pierogis ($20). Everything was excellent and tasty. Food came out fast. We took home almost half. Robert, the owner, helped us with the item descriptions. Total was $48 before t&t. Come here for the food, not the atmosphere.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/19) Aneta's Bistro is not a likely name to serve Polish food! BUT it does, and it's good, coming from two in our party who grew up on that fare. Authentic, tasty, generous and reasonable. We shared the Polish Platter for 2 and small Pickle Salad. The Platter had 2 tasty Stuffed Cabbages, 12 fresh and fully Stuffed Pierogies, 2 large Kielbasas (from Chicago), and Hunters Stew (which takes 3 days to make), all were excellent. With sour cream, rye bread and butter (no charge). Others had Stuffed Cabbage and Pierogies and Kielbasa ala carte, and Pickle Soup, which they enjoyed (their "cup" is a bowl). All took plenty home. Sampled the Chocolate Cake with others. Our Zywiec Porter was as close to Guiness Stout as you can get. $5/ pint. Our Platter for 2, Salad and 2 Beers was $46. Interior is just like Polish restaurants in Poland: clean, simple and comfortable, even had a Polish TV channel tuned in on their flat screen TV!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 2/20) We were in Ocala, and the four of us were looking for something interesting to eat for dinner. Yes it lacks atmosphere - we felt like we were in Europe - but it sure makes up for it with great food! We started out with beers: two lagers and two dark beers, at $4 and $5 each. There were so many available and we couldn’t pronounce what we got, but they were all very good. One of the darks was 9.3% alcohol, very unusual! Two of us had the Kielbasa Feast ($19), consisting of three huge Sausages, and 6 Pierogies of choice (several options again). The Sausages were very good; Pierogies needed a bit more flavor, but were still good. The Hungarian Goulash ($17) came with excellent Potato Pancakes and Sauerkraut Salad, which was similar to Cole Slaw with more flavor. The Hunter Stew ($15) was accompanied by Pierogies and Sauerkraut Salad. All of the food was very tasty and plentiful, and we all took home boxes. One diner had a second beer. We all thought that this was a great find, and definitely intend to return. Total was $94 before t&t for four.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Angelo's Italian Restaurant, 2270 Vindale Rd., Tavares, FL. After 20 successful years as an established and popular local "Italian palace", the Mancos closed their restaurant for good in June, 2020. It earned 12 Stars from members. It has now become Salsa restaurant and bar (see that listing).



Angelo's Pizzeria & Ristorante in Inverness (see that listing).


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Not Rated Angel's Soul Food & BBQ, 390 W. Burleigh Blvd. (US 441), Tavares, FL. 20.3 mile drive from The Villages. 508-5475. (Barbecue) (Southern) [L/D] Located at the west end of a small strip mall near the Back of America ATM. It's on US 441 just past the US 19 triangle. Also called Angel's BBQ and Fried Chicken. Open 11 AM - 9 PM, but to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday and to 8 PM on Sunday. For lunch or dinner, you can find Chicken meals like Fried, BBQ, Smothered, or Baked Chicken. They also have Turkey Wings. For Beef items they offer Brisket, Stew, Meatloaf, Liver & Onions and Oxtails. In the Pig Dept., they have Smothered or Fried Pork Chops, BBQ Ribs, and Chitterlings. From the Seas they feature Catfish, Tilapia or Whiting Filets and Fried Jumbo Shrimp or Fish & Shrimp Platters. You can also get 8, 10 or 15 Wings with various sauces and various Veggie meals too. They also offer Chicken & Waffles, Fish, Brisket, Rib, Chicken or Meatloaf Sandwiches, plus Hamburger and Cheeseburgers. Lunch specials are smaller portions. Kids menu available. Desserts include Chocolate Cake, Banana Pudding, Lemon Cake and a Peach Cobbler. Soft drinks only, no bar. Limited Buffet sometimes available too. The first location started in Sanford, FL. in 1998. Evelyn Clayton's original recipes from there, followed here. Tony and Cathia Posey, owners.

Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/17) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Arianna's Pizza, 2496 SE 58th Ave. (Baseline Rd.), Ocala, FL. 17.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-547-8188. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the Baseline Commons Shopping Plaza (on Baseline), about 1.6 miles north of SE Maricamp Rd. Open since 2016. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM or later on weekends, Sundays 3:30 to 8:30 PM only. Closed on Monday. Dinners offered are Eggplant Parmesan ($9) or Rollatini ($10), Sausage Parmesan ($10), Chicken Alfredo ($10), Parmesan ($10.50) or Marsala ($12), Shrimp Scampi ($12) and many Baked Pasta dishes (ranging $9-11 each). Garlic Knots and Pasta side come with most dinners. Specialty Pizzas include unusual ones like Barbeque Chicken, Hawaiian, Shrimp and Greek (and range $13-20 each). Calzones ($7-9) are also available. Pizza by the slice is just $2.50 each with regular small or large Pizzas ($8.50/$10.50 plus toppings). Heros ($7-8 each) and Salads ($5-9 each) are also available. Specials daily. Outdoor seating available. No bar. David Portillo and Tomasa Cruz, owners.



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12 Stars Artman Country Smokehouse, 6900 SE Hwy. 42, Summerfield, FL. 6.8 mile drive from The Villages. 307-6240. (Barbecue) [L/D] Located on SR 42 east of the railroad crossing before US 301. Opened on May 14, 2016. Family oriented Barbecue restaurant open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday to only 6 PM. Closed all day Monday and Tuesday now, to feed the pigs. Order at the counter. Serves award-winning Beef Brisket barbecue items plus Pork Ribs, Chicken and Turkey also. Appetizers offered are Mama's Smoked Meatball-Cheese "Moinks" ($3/3 or $5/6) and Smoked Jalapeños ($2.50/2 or $3.50/4). Dinners come with 2 sides, like Smoked Half Chicken ($11), Pulled Pork ($11), Dry-Rub Rib Plate ($12), Sliced Angus Brisket ($13), and a "Pappa's Special Combo" ($18). Or add an additional side for $1.50 more, like Fries, Mac 'n Cheese, Sweet Baked Beans, Corn Casserole, Broccoli 'n Rice, Creamy Cole Slaw, Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad. Chopped or Caesar Salads are about $3 each. There's also a Feast for Two at $29. Sandwich List contains Pulled Chicken ($10), Pulled or Sliced Pork ($10 each) or Beef Brisket ($11). They come with a side and drink. Desserts include Banana Pudding ($4) and others. Kids menu available. Now beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Clark and Gayla Artman, owners.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eric O. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/16) 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 Jan T. 10/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 12/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Asian Kitchen, 7859 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-854-5557. (Asian) [L/D] Opened August, 2019. Newly redecorated. Located next to the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on SW College Rd. near SW 80th Ave. Once was called Grace Buffet by the same owner. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, to 10:30 PM weekends. Offering mostly Chinese items off the menu for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Xiaoli Weng, owner.



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Not Rated Asian Pop, 2611 SW 19th Avenue Rd., Ocala, FL. 22.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-2666. (Asian) [L/D] Located near the Regal Cinemas near SW 24th Ave. It's in a little set of storefronts past and across from Walmart near Paddock Mall; you enter from behind the building. Opened in March, 2013. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM, weekdays; to 11 PM on Friday; 1-11 PM on Saturday and 3-9 PM on Sunday. They offer a very wide variety of Asian dishes like Chicken, Snapper, Shrimp, Beef or Salmon Teriyaki ranging $12-14 each. Vegetable, Chicken, Shrimp or Seafood Tempura run $9-13 each. Popular Chicken or Pork Katsu is available at $11 each. Undo or Yaki Soba Noodle dishes are $8-9 each. Sushi dishes are offered as a dinner with 8 pieces and a Tuna Roll at $19. Sashimi dinner with 12 pieces for $20. The Deluxe versions are $3 to $8 more. A Love Boat Special is 22 pieces and 2 rolls at $50 for sharing. Many Hand Rolls start at $3.50 for Avocado Roll and range to $6.50 for Shrimp Tempura Roll. Chef Specials are numerous, like Coconut Curry Chicken ($14), Sweet and Sour Chicken ($14), Red Snapper in Curry Sauce ($14), Mongolian Beef ($15), Cheese Lobster ($16) and Chili Sea Bass in Lemon Sauce ($19). Most entrées come with Soup or Salad and Rice. Lunch specials are 2 Rolls ($8), 3 Rolls ($11) or a Sushi Bar lunch ($10-13). Also Bento Lunch Boxes run $8-11 each. For desserts they offer Mochi Ice Cream, Tempura Ice Cream, Cheese Cake, Creme Pie, Turtle Pie, Soy & Q and Fried Bananas ranging $3-6. Beer and wine licensed. Open Christmas Day to 10 PM. Bingrong Xu and Xiufeng Lai, owners.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Burger Chef (1965),
15¢ Hamburgers and 20¢ Milk Shakes on S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
Now the home of Aunt Fannie's Restaurant (also closed) with the same sign and remodeled building.

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13½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine Restaurant, 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-3433. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened in 1999. Open from 11:30 AM, six days a week, closed Sunday. Also closed between 3:00 and 4:30 PM weekdays for menu change. In the plaza with Best Buy. Comfortable, quiet, inviting authentic décor from Thailand. A variety of Thai appetizers ranging from $4 to $8 starts the menu of traditional Thai cuisine. Pork or Chicken Satay, Nam Sot, Chicken Red Curry, Whole Red Snapper with Sweet Chili Sauce and others featured. Pad Thai, Pad See-Ew, Pad Woon Sen are some of the noodle dishes offered. Spicy Basil, Panang and Curry dishes, as well as less spicy, Sweet & Sour, Ginger and Fried Rice dishes are prepared. All range from $10 to $13 each, depending on meat or seafood ingredients. Specialties include Ayuttaya Duck ($16), Chicken Bang Bang ($11), Frog Legs ($11) and Ayuttaya Grouper or Jumbo Shrimp ($16). Many sauces are offered too. Reservations accepted by phone or online via Open Table. Name comes from the Ayutthaya Province between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand. Beer and wine only. Korn Kijnijchee, owner.

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



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10½ Stars Backyard Barn Winery and Microbrewery, 1945 E. CR 462, Wildwood, FL. 12.6 mile drive from The Villages. 418-7887. (Brew Pub) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Closed during the pandemic. Call for reopening date. Opened in mid-2015. Near the burg of Royal, Florida, northwest of Wildwood. Hours are 4-10 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 4-11 PM Friday and Saturday and Noon to 6 PM on Sunday. A farm, pub, wine bar and music venue all rolled into one rustic location after the S-Curve on CR 462. Beards, mustaches. ponytails and "pretty girls" fit right in here. Serves tapas like Gourmet Chips ($3), Pretzels ($4), Sliced Meats and Cheese Plate ($8), 6 different "Un-round" 10 in. Stone-Fired Crispy Pizzas or Calzones ($10.50 each) and small plates of other snacks like Mac 'n Cheese Bites. Dinners offered for special events by reservation. Wine and beer licensed only. Noted for their own 27 types of wine including their Blackberry and Raspberry Wine ($5 each). Also has tap wine ($4 each) and an array of premium wines ($6 each). You can also find Mead ($6) and Sweet Dessert Wines ($7 each) here too. Most are 5-6 oz. pours. A Wine Flight runs $10/12 oz. They also make Backyard Barn Big Ass Brews at $5/pint, plus they stock other Florida Beers, like Gainesville's Swamp Head, or Blueberry Ale on tap at $6/pint. You can also try a Beer Flight at $8/20 oz. "Growlers" sold here too. Occasional Happy Hour. Inside and outside seating at a vintage bar, long wormwood tables, wall perches and outside picnic benches or big Adirondack chairs ($10 minimum). Your own soft chairs permitted. Roaring fire pit most nights. Pet friendly. Entertainment by local musicians most days they're open, from blues, to country, to acoustic guitar. Jam Session on the third Sunday from 2-5 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day 4-10 PM. Little Baxter, brewmaster and bouncer; Joe (and Melissa) Winiarski, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 4/16) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Bank Street Patio Bar (and Grill), 120 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-877-8667. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened on October 11, 2019. Used to be a Bank of America. Located 2 blocks south of the square off SE Osceola Ave. near the new ramp garage where it's easy to park and walk to the main entrance. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM, but to midnight on weekends. Very attractive indoor ("the vault") and outdoor ("the drive through") seating with food-truck style tapas and 2 large bars. An urban spot to relax or chat; billed as a "gathering place", there are a few different venues blended into one here. Live music, Thursday to Saturday night and Sunday too. Full bar with cocktail list and wine list. You'll find various Tacos, Salads, Flatbreads, Bowls and Smoothies at the colorful windows. Plus there is a regular kitchen. Some food is offered as "healthy"; most bar beverages, not so much! Kids menu available. Crystal McClintock, general manager; Ray McBride and Kirk Boone, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) Been here for drinks before, so we tried it with our friends for dinner. At 5 PM on a Sunday it was not too crowded. Reggae music in the warm main patio, so we sat in the A/C in The Vault. Very interesting place. All kinds of areas to discover. The guys had 2 Tangerine Wheat Beers each ($6 each). They were great. The girls had 1 glass of Cab. Sauv. each ($9 each). We started by sharing a small basket of Fried Pickles ($6). Should have ordered two. My buddy had a Bank Burger ($10) and enjoyed it. The girls both had Cobb Salads ($12 each). They were huge and couldn't be finished. I had the Salmon with Coconut Rice and Broccolini ($14). It was different, the fish was good, the rice was fine but little coconut taste and the Broccoli was not so great. Pea Pods would have been better. Still we all enjoyed our meals. Leah was our friendly server. It was comfortable and quiet in the Vault - very relaxing. The total came to $96 for four before t&t. That was reasonable. Limited menu, but we'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12 Stars The Bavarian Haus German Restaurant, 433 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 735-8387. (German) [L/D] Opened September, 2012. Moved from Winter Garden, FL. Located two doors south of 5th Ave., one block west of Donnelly St. Open for lunch and dinner from 11 AM to 9 PM (10 PM on weekends) except closed Mondays all day and Sunday hours are 11 AM to 3 PM only. Decorated with wall and ceiling paintings reminiscent of an Alpen Haus. Only 6 tables inside but twice as many on the porch. Featuring authentic homemade German food especially with a Munich influence. A number of Schnitzel dishes are featured, including two side dishes, like Schnitzel Wiener Art (Pork Schnitzel) ($15), Hähnchenschnitzel (Chicken Schnitzel) ($16), Zigeunerschnitzel (Pork Schnitzel with Peppers) ($17), Jägerschnitzel (Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce) ($17) and traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Austrian Style made from Veal) ($20). Käsespätzle (Cheese Pasta) ($11), Leberkäse (Pork & Veal Meatloaf) ($13), Schweinebraten (Pork Loin) ($14), Roulade (Rolled Beef) ($18), Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef) ($18) and Bratwurst (Pork & Veal Sausage) ($15) are also offered. Side dishes like Rotkohl (Red Cabbage), Kartoffelknödel (Potato Dumplings), Sauerkraut, Spätzle (Egg Noodles), Pommes Frites (French Fries), Katoffelpüree (Mashed Potatoes), Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad) or Garden Salad, are offered. Usually a choice of two come with the main dish. Additional sides are $2 each. Lighter meals on a Pretzel Baguette run $10 each. Special dishes like Grill Hax'n ($29 for 2 persons) may be available too. Lunch items include Strammer Max (Ham & Eggs) ($9), Bratwurst und Kartoffelsalat (Sausage & Potato Salad) ($11), Kassler und Kartoffelsalat (Pork Chop & Potato Salad) ($13), among others. Desserts like homemade warm Apfelstrudel ($8), Coup Dänemark ($7), Eiskaffee (Coffee Float) ($6), Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte ($7) or Sacher Torte ($6) are usually on the menu too. Kids menu offered also. Lunch specials available. German beers like draft Hofbrau (Lager or Dark), Weihenstephan (Lager or Wheat), Einbecker (Pils), Radler (Pils Beer & Lemon Lime), Russen (Wheat Beer & Lemon Lime) plus German wines, like Liebfraumilch, Auslese, Spätlese and Kabinett, available too. Occasional live music. Reservations now accepted on weeknights only and recommended. Outdoor seating available. Achim Weyer, host; Patricia Jarrell, owner and chef. ####

Older Review: (from Shelly F. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/15) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 7/16) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cindy D. 7/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/16) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Sorry. Big disappointment. Used to be our "go to" place for German food. We do not know what happened. Same owners/chef but smaller portions and indifferent service. No more cute Bavarian dress and personality. Server was slow at clearing plates and resupplying napkins or utensils. Our Potato Pancakes were thinner than before; my Wiener Schnitzel was overdone. Sauerkraut was canned, red cabbage and dumplings were OK. Side salad was large and well mixed. She had the 3 Bratwurst entrée, which she enjoyed. Other four people, were so-so about their meals. With 2 Beers and a bottle of Spätlese Wine, it was $70 before t&t. Will not return or recommend.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) Our first choice was closed on Wednesday so we walked over here since they have dining outdoors on the porch. Joseph was our polite but inexperienced server. We had 2 Dunkels and a Hofbrau Beer ($5 each). She had the Hahnchenschnitzel (Chicken Schnitzel) with Red Cabbage and German Potato Salad ($16) and I had the Weiner Schnitzel (Veal Schnitzel) ($20). Both were OK but the Chicken one was larger and much more tender than the Veal. I would order the Chicken rather than the tougher Veal. Joseph forgot our request for Water and didn't buss our dirty plates until we asked. Out total was $50. Our friends found their meal just OK. The Bratwurst looked over cooked. We remember this place being better so this was our last visit.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Central Florida Railroads
Stops in Gainesville, Micanopy, Ocala, Belleview, Wildwood, Leesburg, Tavares, Eustis and Mount Dora.
With connecting railcar service to Silver Springs, FL.

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14 Stars Free WiFi B.D. Bean's Coffee Co., 5148 SE Abshier Blvd. (US Hwy. 27/441), Belleview, FL. 11.3 mile drive from The Villages. 245-3077. (Cafe) (Vegetarian) [B/L] Open 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Saturday only. Opened in 1999. Located on 27/441 next to the Kangaroo Gas Station. An eclectic atmosphere with southern charm and interesting décor. Breakfast items daily. Lunch is a variety of salads, soups, quiches and sandwiches, like the Liverwurst and Harvarti Sandwich or the popular Cuban. Some vegetarian items offered. No bar. 10 varieties of coffee from Hawaii, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Columbia makes for a selection to satisfy every taste. They also offer smoothies, including coffee flavored of course. Becky Bennett, chef; Rebecca Anglemyer, owner.

Older Review: (from Barbara B. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 6/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 6/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Belleview Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 5428 SE Abshier Blvd. (US 27/441), Belleview, FL. 10.8 mile drive from The Villages. 245-2091. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open from 11 AM Tuesday through Friday, Saturday from 4 PM and Sunday from Noon. Closed Mondays. Popular local Italian restaurant serving traditional dishes, Calzones and Pizza. Lasagna, Eggplant, Baked Ziti, Veal Parmigiana, Cannelloni, Stuffed Shells, Fried Shrimp or Scallops among others range from $5 to $9. Noted for their three size entrées (small, medium and large depending on your appetite). For Pasta they offer Spaghetti, Ziti, Linguini, Angel Hair and Cheese Ravioli ranging from $7 to $11 per portion size. Baked dishes, like Lasagna, Manicotti, Cannelloni and Baked Ravioli, range $8-12 each. Pizza in 3 sizes runs $7-20 each depending on toppings and size. Fried Shrimp or Mahi Mahi runs $10 each. Hot and cold Subs ($7-8) offered for lunch. Italian desserts ($3-5 each) available also. Tuesday through Friday Special 3-5 PM is "Buy One - Get One" for Pasta dishes. Takeout menu. Limited beer and wine. Cash only. No credit cards accepted. Stuart Bell, manager; Tony Manserra, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Green Shelter Restaurant (1967)
"Oysters the way you like them."
"Meals in just minutes with our giant Radar Oven."
US 27/441, Belleview, FL., 10 miles south of Ocala.

Closed Betty's Greenhouse Grill, 3725 Old Hwy. 441 West, Mount Dora, FL. Closed during the pandemic in 2020 and never reopened.



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Not Rated Now Open Big Bass Grill (Lakefront Resort & Marina), 965 CR 439, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 27.2 mile drive from The Villages. 793-8150. (American) [B/L/D] Formerly called Werda-Hecamiat since 2014, changed to Jimbo's in September, 2016 and now Big Bass Grill since September, 2020. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM for lakefront dining and later on weekends. Friendly to bikers and families. Paper-lined baskets for food. For appetizers, items like Mozzarella Rounds ($7), Smoked Fish Spread ($8), Buffalo Wings ($8), Deep Fried Mushrooms ($8), Coconut Shrimp ($10), Gater Bites ($10), Steamed Shrimp ($10/$18), Bud® & Old Bay® Shrimp ($12), Dozen Oysters ($19) and Steamed Clams ($15/$25) are on the list. For Sandwiches look for a Hot Dog ($7), Italian Sausage Hoagie ($8), Sloppy Joe ($8), Chicken Sandwich ($9), Crab Cake Sandwich ($11), Angus Burger ($12), Soft Shell Crab Sandwich ($15) and a Grouper Sandwich ($16) are available. Sandwiches come with a side. For Seafood you'll find Catfish Dinner ($10), Fried Oyster Dinner ($14), Fish & Chips ($14), Grouper Fingers ($15), Dozen Fried Shrimp Dinner ($16), Cajun Boil ($16), Grouper Dinner ($24) and a big Steamed Shrimp Boil For Two ($25). Landside you'll find Five Chicken Fingers ($10), a 12 oz. New York Strip ($16), a 13 oz. Ribeye Steak ($28) and various 16 in. Pizzas ($10-16). Many side dishes ($3-$5 each) are available. Salads like House or Caesar ($6 each) are offered too. Kids menu ($5) available. Outdoor seating at picnic tables under umbrellas. Full bar and a Wine List. Glen and Danielle Lofley, owners.



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12 Stars Big Bob's Restaurant & Pizza, 12909 CR 25, Ocklawaha, FL. 10.4 mile drive from The Villages. 288-4200. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] On the north side of Lake Weir, not far from Gator Joe's. At the gas station. Open daily at 11 AM to 9 PM, except from 12 Noon on Sunday and closes later on weekends. Noted for their Pizzas, like Bianca, Vegetarian, Meat Lovers, DeLuxe and Margherita, ranging $11-13 for the 12 inch, $12-14 for the 14 inch and $13-15 for the 16 inch. There's also a Stuffed Pizza ranging $22-26 depending on size. Entrées include Baked Ziti, Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Meat or Cheese Ravioli, Manicotti and a Pasta Combo, all ranging $8-10 each. Plus Eggplant, Chicken and Veal Parm. ($8-12 each) and Marsala, Francese, Piccata and Cacciatore items at $11-13 each. Shrimp, Mussels and Calamari dishes run $12-16 each. Lots of Pasta dishes like Spaghetti, Linguini with Clam Sauce, Fettuccini Alredo and Linguini Carbonara range $6-10 each. You'll also find Calzones ($7-15) and Strombolis ($7-15). Hot and Cold Subs run $6-8 each. Wings are also available at $7-14. Soups average $3-5 each. Salads and appetizers are also on the menu as well as a Kid's menu. Cannolis and Tiramisu at $3-5 are tempting desserts. Wine and Draft Beer licensed. Frosted pitchers for beer; wine list to $60 for vino. Family operated. Dilbere Dura, owner.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/18) We went here on the recommendation of one of the Gourmet Club members who had been there. My Wife and I had small Salads. Hers was a house Salad and I had a Caesar Salad. My Salad came with three times the amount of dressing as needed. Way over kill. We ordered a 16 inch Deluxe Pizza. The Pizza was good, fast, and delicious. We should have said no Green Peppers, but that was our fault. We took half of the Pizza home in a box for lunches in the next days. The waitress was Susan. She was courteous, funny, and attentive. It was a Thursday evening and Joe Hoss was singing to prerecorded music. He was very good and a nice addition. Our total without drinks before t&t was $24.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sharon W. 1/18) Brittany was our conscientious, friendly waitress. From the outside, Big Bob's hardly looks like a decent place to eat, but when we entered, we found the décor to be very pleasant with comfortable tables and booths with soft lighting. I ordered a small Stromboli, which was delicious. It had pepperoni, sausage, ham and mozzarella. The cost was $9. It filled the plate, and I definitely had leftover to take home. My husband had Bib Bob's Pasta Combo, which included Lasagna, Stuffed Shell, and Cheese Ravioli. It cost $12. He said the serving was a moderate amount of food, but it was also delicious, with the right amount of sweetness in the sauce. We would make the trip again.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/18) Victoria was our waitress. Not many here on a Sunday night. She had the Carbonara Linguine ($14) and I had the Lasagna ($11). Salads and Rolls came with it. Piping hot and large portions. Nice and quiet here. She had a glass of Cab and I had a Sangria. Total came to $40 before t&t. Always a good meal here.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Sunday 6 PM walk in. Seated promptly, not many diners there. Quick efficient, jovial service. 3 of us had Veal in various dishes. All were tender thick and plentiful. They came with choice of Pasta. Their Creamy Italian Salad Dressing was watery and not very creamy, but hot buttered Rolls were great. Both came with the dinners. Chicken dish by one was very good. Very good experience. Worth the drive. Ours with 2 Draft Beers was $44 including tax.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 7/19) Our first visit. Earthy, nice little spot. She had the Eggplant Parm, ($10), with Rolls, Salad and side of Pasta. Little Eggplant, too much cheese. Small serving, but lots to eat with the Salad and Rolls. I had the 16" Meat Lover's Pizza, ($15) (only $2 more than the 12") and took most of it home for dinner for two. Loaded with meat, hot and bubbly, thin crust. A very nice Pizza. I had ice cold mug of Beer ($3.50) and she had 2 glasses of house Chardonnay ($4.50 each). Total before t&t was $39.50, which was reasonable, especially considering we'll get a 2nd dinner out of the Pizza. Service was very attentive, although getting the hand written bill took a long time. You can get the same Pizza much closer to The Villages, but we would stop again if we were in the area.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Sunday 6 PM walk in. Seated promptly, not many diners there. Quick efficient, jovial service. 3 of us had Veal in various dishes. All were tender thick and plentiful. They came with choice of Pasta. Their Creamy Italian Salad Dressing was watery and not very creamy, but hot buttered Rolls were great. Both came with the dinners. Chicken dish by one was very good. Very good experience. Worth the drive. Ours with 2 Draft Beers was $44 including tax.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph M. 1/20) A very nice family restaurant. Well worth the ride to support their business. As we are Italian, we were very pleased with our Baked Ziti ($9) and Shrimp Fradiavlo ($16). Total check with wine and a Coke was $34. Each item was flavorful. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive. Orders were accurate and hot. The breads were warm. All Gourmet Club friends enjoyed their meals. We missed Big Bob himself but must say our interaction with the kitchen staff was delightful.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 10/20) Can't remember exactly what we had because you don't end up with an itemized receipt here, just a charge slip. Our total was $47.60 before t&t. Veal Francese and a Pasta dish with two wines. EM was our server training a new gal. Servers wore masks. Food took forever to come out because a table for 10 was ahead of us. Got busy on a Tuesday night. Almost full even during a pandemic.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Big Hammock Brewery and Bites, 103 SE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-877-8176. (Asian) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened on May 3, 2019. Located one block south of the square and from Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille, at SE 1st Ave. and E Fort. King St., where Taste Buzz Café and The Mojo Grill first opened. Open 11 AM 'til 10 PM daily, later on weekends, except closed Sundays. It's a micro-brewery and a restaurant rolled into one. Wood trimmed décor with murals of Ocala area images. Limited menu of Salads, like American or Asian Chopped ($11 each) or a Chef Salad with Cheeses and Egg ($12). Sandwiches are "Make Your Own" with Turkey, Beef, Ham or Pastrami ($9), plus American, Swiss, Cheddar or Gouda (+$1), Veggies and Condiments on Rye, Multigrain or Sourdough Bread, all come with a side dish, like Mandarin Coleslaw. You can also "Create Your own Ramen Bowl" of 3 kinds of Broth, Ramen Noodles, Bok Choy, Cremini Mushrooms, Scallions, Bamboo Shoots, Nori and Egg with your choice of Pork Belly, Marinated Chicken, Smoked Pork Butt or Sautéed Tofu (all $12 each). A Miso Veggie Ramen Bowl is also available ($11). "Bites" include Hot Pretzels ($5), Bao (Steamed Buns) ($6), Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancake) ($7), Gyoza (Pot Stickers) ($7) and Beer Cheese Dip ($8) are also on the menu. Beer and Wine licensed, plus beverages like Mango Sweet Tea and Lemonade are also offered. Outside seating available. Matt Lehr, chef; Tim Thomas and Jason Delaney, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) We thought it would be fun to try beers and have lunch here at 2 PM on a Saturday. We sat in the back room. Hard surfaces made it very noisy. Danae waited on us. My better half ordered the 10 oz. Cycle Cream Porter ($3.50) and I had the 10 oz. Florida Ave. Wheat ($4). The Porter was OK, the Wheat was pinkish and off-tasted, not typical of Wheat brews. The only items they had on the menu were a few Sandwiches and Ramen Noodle dishes, so we opted for just a Hot Pretzel with Mustard ($5). It was OK. Total before t&t was $12.50. We went elsewhere for food.
Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Billy's Café (Lady Lake), 13752 US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.5 mile drive from The Villages. 259-8988. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] The full name is "Billy's Café Family Restaurant and Pancake House"! Pancakes, waffles and omelettes are their specialties in this popular breakfast and lunch haven. Most items $4.50 to $6.50 each. Everything, from fried potatoes to pancake batter, is "home made". No bar. Credit cards now accepted. Another location is in Tavares (see that listing). Ilhwan & Sukhyun Cho, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/06) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Billy's Café (Tavares), 1601 S. Duncan Dr., Tavares, FL. 22.3 mile drive from The Villages. 343-7433. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Sister location to the above and is located on US 19, just south of Tavares near CR 561. Offers breakfast food and sandwiches for lunch. Specializes in omelettes, pancakes, waffles and roll-ups. Specials daily. No bar. Son-Mi Cho, (sister of Ilhwan Cho,) owner.



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Carnival Air Lines
Based in Dania Beach, FL. - Owned by Carnival Cruise Lines
Ended service in 1998 after 10 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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11½ Stars Free WiFi (The) Bistro (at The Grand Oaks Resort), 3000 Marion County Rd., Weirsdale, FL. 4.0 mile drive from The Villages. 750-9500. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Formerly called TG's Gourmet Café and Lounge, now under new management. Located at the Grand Oaks Resort and the Florida Carriage Museum, about 1 mile east of CR 25. Use the main entrance and follow signs to the Carriage Museum. Use the side, bar entrance for the hostess. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Sunday Brunch is 9 AM to 3 PM at $14pp or $33pp for the "Triple Crown" with carriage ride and museum admission. Also open for dinner Wednesday through Thursday 5 to 8 PM and Friday through Saturday 5 to 9 PM, with live entertainment on weekends. No dinners served Sunday through Tuesday. Breakfast items are a Breakfast Sandwich ($6), Biscuits & Gravy ($6), Belgium Waffle ($6), Pancakes ($7), Oatmeal ($7), "Build Your Own Omelet" ($8), Brioche French Toast ($8), Corned Beef Hash ($8), Eggs Benedict ($10), Ham & Eggs ($11) or Steak & Eggs ($11). Sides are extra. Lunch items include various Paninis like Cheese, Turkey or Ham ($7-9 each), Grilled Cheese ($6), Burgers or Grilled Chicken on a Pretzel Roll ($8-9), French Dip ($9) or a Cuban Sandwich ($9). Various Cold Sandwiches, Flatbreads and Wraps range $8-9 each. There's also Peanut Butter and Jelly ($4) for the young at heart. Salads, like Strawberry Salad, Cobb Salad, Caprese Salad, Greek Salad, Caesar Salad and others run $8-9 each. Soup du Jour or French Onion Soup runs $3/$5. For dinner the menu is expanded to serve appetizers like Tomato Bruschetta ($6), Wings ($8), Caprese Salad ($8), Flatbread ($8), Chicken Tenders ($9) or Ahi Tuna ($11). Entrées are served with Soup or Salad, Potato or Rice and a Vegetable. They offer a Prime Steakburger ($13), Vegetable Stir Fry ($14), Ahi Tuna Plate ($15), Chicken Marsala ($17), Chicken Oscar ($18), Grilled Salmon ($18) and a Kansas City Strip Steak ($18). An 8 oz. Filet Mignon is offered at $32. A Dinner Salad is also offered at $8. Desserts like Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Trilogy and Ice Cream run $3-6 each. Espresso and Cappuccino ($4-5) available. There's a full bar and lounge called The Players Club in the back room that offers fine wine, bottled or tap beer and all cocktails. Thursdays are Italian Night, Fridays are Fish Fry Night and Saturdays are Prime Rib Night. Weekend entertainment (7-9 PM) and other evening activities in season. Reservations taken by phone. Open Thanksgiving Day with a Buffet by reservation only at $25 per person. Closed on July 4th. Lorraine Sweet, manager; Georgie Johnston, general manager; Tom Warriner and Tom Golisano, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 1/18) Although I am not a fan of buffets, this Sunday Breakfast Buffet here is very good. The food is hot and plentiful. There is a great selection of breakfast and lunch items and they are refilled frequently. The servers are available for refills on beverages. The total before t&t was $33 with 2 coffees.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Paula M. 2/18) We had called for a reservation, but they were full; however, they suggested that if we get there around 5 PM, they should be able to seat us. What we discovered is that they had a very large party that evening and can apparently only accommodate so many at a time. But no problem there. We started with a couple of drinks at the bar, a Cabernet (CK Mondavi is their house wine, better than the usual house) and Gin on the Rocks (Beefeater is the house). We were seated at 5:30 and saw that there would be entertainment starting at 6 PM, a nice bonus. We ordered a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir ($30). For dinner, I had the Chicken Sorrentino ($19), a Chicken Breast topped with Fried Baby Eggplant, Prosciutto and Mozzarella, then topped with a Mushroom Marsala Sauce. It was tender, large and delicious! He had the Kansas City Strip ($18), which was very tasty and also done just right. Entrées come with Soup or Salad. He had the Clam Chowder which was one of the best we've had lately, and didn't even need Hot Sauce. I had the Salad. He had Baked Potato and I had Rice. Both came with a Vegetable Medley and Rolls. We got a slice of Bourbon Pecan Pie ($5) to go for later. We were very pleased with our dinners and the service and will definitely return. Total before t&t was $72.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 2/18) Friday Fish Fry night. Perfectly cooked Batter Fried Haddock, Fries and Cole Slaw for $15. I included a Side Salad ($4). My husband had the Chicken Marsala ($17). His meal included Soup or Salad. He chose the New England Clam Chowder. We both enjoyed our meals very much. With a Coffee and an Iced Tea, our bill came to $41. Ashley was our server and she took excellent care of us. We will return here. As a matter of fact, next week we are going to try their Sunday Buffet Brunch.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 2/18) We are here to try this out. Well, $14 per person for this Sunday Brunch was way too expensive for what this restaurant offered. We had Coffee and Sweet Tea for our beverages ($2.50 each). These drinks should have been included in the $14 price. Our bill came to $33 for typical breakfast fare. No Ham, no Beef, nothing to say it was a brunch. Brunch should be Breakfast/Lunch. It was just breakfast items. Very ordinary, extremely disappointing. We will not return for the Sunday Brunch. There were 8 of us too.
Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated (The) Black Sheep on Broadway, 128 SW Broadway Street, Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-622-1207. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened on October 12th, 2019. Located 3 blocks west of the square, at the corner of Broadway and SW 2nd Avenue, where the Fox Den Tavern did business for 2 years. Open weekdays from 3 PM to late and Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to midnight. More of a bar now, offering appetizers like Fried Green Tomatoes ($8), Chicken Wings ($9), Gator Tail ($11), Crab Cakes ($11) or Seared Ahi Tuna ($12). They offer a Charcuterie Board also. Sandwiches include Pork Fritter ($9), Philly Cheese Steak ($10), Burgers ($10), Cuban ($11) and a Gulf Coast Reuben ($12). Single Sliders include Ginger Pork or Grilled Chicken ($3 each), Chicken & Waffle or Caprese ($4 each), Ahi Tuna, Crab Cake, Duck Confit, Beef Patty or Beef Tenderloin ($5 each). Soups ($5-6 each) and Salads, like Greek Grouper, Caesar, or Black 'n Blu ($10-12 each) are also on the menu. For featured dessert you can make your own Ice Cream Sandwiches ($8 each). Full bar with a cocktail list. Happy Hour 3-7 PM. Brian Shipman, chef; Tony Sardinia, owner.



Closed Blanca's Café, 5174 NW 26th St., Ocala FL. Closed during the pandemic and never reopened.



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Not Rated Bloom's Baking House & Restaurant, 610 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.9 mile drive from The Villages. 787-1004. (Breakfast) (Cafe) B/L. Re-opened after a few months hiatus. Located right in the hear of downtown Leesburg near 7th. Started in February, 2012. Open 7 AM to 3 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Closed up tight on Sunday. Breakfast runs to 10:30 AM and offers Pancakes, French Toast, Oatmeal, Eggs, Bagels, Wraps (all $4-5) plus various Omelets ($5-8 each) and the breads are bakery made. Lunch items take over at 10:30 AM and Hot Dogs, Burgers, Patty Melts, BLTs, Grilled Cheese, Club Sandwiches, Philly Cheesesteak, Reubens, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Taco Salad and yes, Salad Salad, all run $3-8 each. Wraps are also popular around $5 each. Soup and a Half Sandwich Special runs about $7. The soups are homemade and change every day. A few Mexican items snuck in the menu too, like Quesadillas ($5-6 each). Dessert items are from the bakery and carry out is often the case. Reservations for large groups. No bar. Outdoor seating available. Cheryl Bloom, owner.



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13½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Blue Highway - A Pizzeria (Ocala), 2130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-629-5555. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located across from Ker's Winghouse, this popular pizzeria opened in June of 2013. Their original location is in Micanopy (see that listing). Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily or 10 PM on weekends. Their Pizzas are available in Thin Crust ($8-12) or Sicilian Style ($12-17). Margherita, Bianca, Abruzzese, Greek, Scampi are some of their flavors. One specialty is the Rustica Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, garlic, kalamata olives and capers for $11 Thin, or $17 Sicilian style. Gluten-free varieties, at $2 extra, are also available. They also offer Caprese, Roasted Vegetable, Turkey Asiago, Chicken Rustico and Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini Sandwiches at about $8 each. Calzones are also offered at $10 each. Other sandwiches include Roast Turkey Club, Big Tuna, the Gino and the Highway (Roast Beef), all at about $8 each. Flatbreads, called Piadines, contain Turkey, Tuscan Bean, Chicken or Lamb and run $10 each. Salads include a Tossed, a Caesar, a Blue Highway, a Tuscan Bean and a Mediterranean Chopped at $7-8 each. For dessert you can fine Brownies, Cannolis and even Key Lime Pie ($3.50 each). Soft drinks, Italian Sodas, Beer and Wine are offered. Happy Hour is 3-6 PM. Call ahead for parties of 6 or more. Winner of Ocala Magazine's 2013 Best New Eatery Award. Another location is in the Tioga Town Center (see that listing). Jerriel Bazile, owner.

Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Diane G. 6/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 7/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/17) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.



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Long Gone - Chicken Ranch Drive-In (1940s)
With Car Hop Service
SW 1st Ave., Ocala.

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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Blue Wagyu, 6998 N. Hwy. 27, Ocala, FL. 29.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-622-9977. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Formerly the Artisinal Dish, it changed its name in November, 2013. Located near the Horse and Hounds Restaurant (Ocala West) at Old Blitchton Rd. and NW 70th Ave. Open 11 AM to 8 PM, except Saturday from 8 AM and closed Sunday all day. Specializes in local beef. Some of the items you'll find are a daily Soup ($3/$5), Chicken Milanese Sandwich ($9), Shrimp Po' Boy ($10) and a Wagyu Steak Sandwich ($18). A wide variety of Wagyu Burgers are ¼ or ½ pound creations and run $9-10 for the ¼, to $15-16 for the ½ pounders. A bun selection is available too. The menu offers 3 Wagyu Sliders for $10 too. They also have a Pizza selection that ranges $10-13 each. Organic or Caesar Salads are $6 or $9 depending on size. Noted for weekend breakfasts too.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Boathouse on Lake Dora, 320 W. Lake Dora Rd., Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Caribbean) [L/D] To be located next to the Mount Dora Yacht Club near W. 4th Ave. and N. McDonald St., on the water. It's within sight of Pisces Rising's patio, across the railroad tracks. This two-story 3,000 sq. ft. block building will be converted to a lakeside restaurant having tropical décor, with two decks and a tiki bar. A boat dock may be added for additional seating and sunset gazing. A front lawn area with fire pits will add a relaxing waterside feature. Look for Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Burgers and Caribbean fare to be on the menu. A full bar with wine and craft beers will be included, as well. Free valet parking will be offered, since there is no parking lot nearby. Luis Gonzalez, executive chef and wife, Edna Gonzalez, owner, here and at Las Palmas (see that listing), just a few blocks away. As of 2019, the city has not OKed the parking situation with this new business. The project is on hold for now.


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11½ Stars Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bonefish Grill (Ocala), 4701 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-873-3846. (Seafood) [L/D] Opens at 11 AM daily. Now Sunday Brunch offered 10 AM to 2 PM weekly. On Rt 200 but 1 mile west of I-75 (behind the Walgreens). Now accepting limited reservations, up to 1 month in advance, for seating from 11 AM daily, right on their website. Extensive fresh seafood offerings with daily specials. Some popular items are: Bang Bang Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Corn Chowder with Lump Crab, Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout, Grouper Piccata, Pork Tenderloin Portabella and Chilean Sea Bass with Warm Mango Salsa. Try Crème Brûlée for dessert. Entrées range from $13 for Shrimp Fettuccine to $26 for the Twin Lobster Tails. Oak burning grill gives their seafood a distinct flavor. Casual dress at linen covered tables. Winner 2008 "Best Ocala Seafood Restaurant" by Ocala Magazine. Closed Xmas and New Years Day. Open Easter Sunday at 12 noon. 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. Full bar with signature martinis and a good wine list. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Happy Hour ends 7 PM. One of a growing popular chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. 2008 & 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up 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 is in The Villages on CR 466 (see that listing). Leconte Carter, Kitchen Manager; Manny Negron, Managing Partner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Arlene M. 12/06) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 2/07) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 5/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martha M. 2/08) Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert M. 4/08) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



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11 Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Braised Onion Restaurant, 754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-620-9255. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM for lunch and dinner. Going back to 1989 this location, on 25th Ave., just a few blocks north of E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), was formerly a Shells, then Hightower's Seafood, then Grille 754, then Carmichael's, and then Bonnie and Clyde's. It actually goes back to the end of World War II. It re-opened on December 6, 2011. It has bright red walls, decorated with large pictures in two dining rooms, plus a lounge with bar. "Comfort Food With Attitude" is his slogan. Onions are the theme here, with most items including the bulbous root in the ingredients in some form or another. Appetizers include a Country Onion Loaf with Buttermilk Ranch Dip or Braised Onions with Grilled Flat Bread ($6 each), Fried Green Tomatoes with Creole Mustard Sauce ($7), Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa ($9) and New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with Cajun Garlic Brown Butter Sauce ($10). Soups include Grilled Mushroom or Lobster Bisque ($4/cup or $5/bowl) and their popular Braised Onion Soup with Fontina Cheese Top ($5). Salads include a Mixed Green House, Hearts of Romaine, Mixed Baby Lettuce (all $4 each), and Spinach or Caprese Salads ($5 each). All, well described, entrées include two sides that could be a vegetable, salad or even soup. They range from Felix's Meat Loaf, Chicken Pot Pie, Penne ala Vodka or Three Cheese Baked Macaroni & Cheese ($10 each), Roast Turkey Breast with Sage Stuffing, Pasta Primavera, Southern Fried Chicken, Lemon Chicken with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce or a Vegetarian entrée ($12 each). There's an 8 oz. Grilled Mahi Mahi, Grilled Norwegian Salmon with Hollandaise or Maple Pecan Salmon ($15 each) on the menu. At the top end are 8 oz. ($16) or 12 oz. ($20) Prime Rib au Jus, Country Fried Filet Mignon with Brown Gravy ($17), 10 oz. New York Strip Steak ($20), Braised Beef Short Ribs ($20), New Orleans BBQ Shrimp ($20) and an 8 oz. Grilled Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce ($23). Vegetables include Baked Sweet Potato, Southern Style Green Beans Cheese Grits, Fresh Corn Off The Cob, and others. Lunch items are a few of the dinner entrées at reduced prices, salads, plus sandwiches such as a Cheeseburger, Patty Melt, Roasted Chicken Salad, Pulled Pork (all $7), and Fried White Fish or Philly Cheese Steak ($8 each). For dessert, you'll find Belgium Chocolate Bread Pudding and others. Reservations accepted and advised weekends by phone or online via Open Table. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Full bar and a limited wine list. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Occasional jazz sessions. Private room for parties. Thanksgiving Buffet 11:30 AM to 6 PM. Happy Hour 4-6 PM. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Mike Yerry and Abner Bueso, chefs. Loring Felix no longer chef here. Bertie (Betty) Lemieux and Nicole Lassiter, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 2/12) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 8/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry R. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol L. 10/12) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 10/12) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 10/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 4/13) Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes
Older Review: (from Judy H. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 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 Larry W. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kat R. 9/14) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from John N. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 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 Rich C. 4/16) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Christine H. 6/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/16) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank K. 12/16) Return=No.
Older Review: (from Cheryl L. 1/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 4/17) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/17) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 1/18) We all arrived for our 7:00 reservation by 6:45. The first couple there, sat at a table for 4 in the bar and the rest of us pulled chairs around to wait. Our bar server could only handle 2 drink orders at a time, so it took a while to get our orders. We looked around and expected to be seated within a reasonable time...and we waited...and we waited until at 7:20, my husband went to the hostess stand to check on our table as there were several 4 tops adjacent to each other that were cleared. She checked and told us it would be a few minutes. He said that our reservation was for 7:00 and it looked like there were tables available. She started crying and the bartender came over to us, told us to relax, as they were only 20 min late seating us. We were seated 15 min later in a side room at a table that had been vacant since we walked in. The owner came over to us and graciously bought us a round of drinks, and asked that we try to make our server smile. I ordered Shrimp and Grits and my husband ordered the Prime Rib Special of the night. Our House Salads were non-descript mixed greens. The Prime Rib was inedible, it was tough, fatty and filled with gristle and MSG. The Shrimp was OK, but a little dry, and the Grits were also dry and tasteless. It was not the dish I was expecting. Neither of us finished our meals, and the owner came over to ask us about them. She apologized said they were short 2 servers and comped our meals.
Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/18) Stopped for lunch at 2:30 PM. Few patrons. Split Romaine Salad and Fish & Chips. Plenty and excellent. Service was adequate. With two Iced Teas, it was $29. Been here for dinners and lunch several times. Pleasant atmosphere.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 2/19) We had reservations for 8 people and we're seated immediately upon arrival. Alexis was our server and was very attentive. I asked about their Happy Hour and was told that glasses of house wine were half price up until 6 PM. It was 5:45 at that time. I would summize that my glass of White Zinfandel was maybe a 7 oz. pour. When the bill came that half price glass of wine was $6. There is no way that the regular non happy hour price for that wine is worth $12. This just reconfirms why I usually do not order wine in a restaurant. It's way overpriced. Our meals were great. Fried Chicken ($16) was my husband's choice and I had the Pecan Crusted Salmon ($20.50). Quite a large price increase since the last time we were here. I'm definitely a fan of their hot crusty Onion Rolls and their Onion Loaf appetizer. Our 2 entrées, a soft drink and an expensive happy hour glass of wine came to $45. We will come back here and I will not order wine. If you look at my previous reviews about the hard non-cushioned chairs here; those extremely uncomfortable chairs are still here. I remembered before we came, so I brought my own seat cushion. I was comfortable.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Our Gourmet team went here for our Dine-Out. We were seated right away as one couple were already there. My husband had 2 four 1 Merlot ($6). I had water. I had a half Farm House Salad ($5.50). My husband had a cup of Lobster Bisque ($5). I had the Grilled Pork Loin (although I thought it said Pork Tenderloin) ($17). My husband had the Pecan Salmon ($20.50). Both meals were not very good. Mine wasn't very tender and my husband's had no flavor. He had the Triple Layer Cheesecake which he said was great ($8.50). Before t&t, it came to $65. They added the gratuity automatically because of more than six people which was fine. Server, Rachel, was pleasant but really didn't know what she was doing.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 12/19) Came for lunch. Cheri was our server. She had two tables of 8 to wait on and she was extremely slow. Other servers had to keep refilling our drinks. The Braised Onion Soup was the best I have had in FL. Two of us had the Lobster and Crab Sandwich and there was very little Lobster or Crab on the Sandwich. The Fish and Chips batter was too thick. Others liked the Southern Fried Chicken meal and the Quiche. It was extremely slow getting our food even though the restaurant was not too busy.
Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Long Gone - The Oxford Inn (1953), then it was The Oxford Restaurant (1960s), then it was Lund's Hofbrau Restaurant (1965)
"Serving Orange Wine" "Special Chicken Dinner" - Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, Florida.

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13½ Stars Calorie Count Breakfast Station (Leesburg), 2229 N. Citrus Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 8.2 mile drive from The Villages. 315-0291. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened mid-May, 2016. Located in the Leesburg Square Shopping Plaza near Lee's Beauty Supply, Dollar Tree and Aldi's on US 27/441. Open daily, 7 AM to 3 PM only. Railroad collectibles fill the walls. You'll find the usual breakfast food with catchy names, like The Depot, The Locomotive, The Conductor, The Engineer, The Hobo and a favorite, called The Train Wreck. All are combinations of Eggs, Pancakes or Potatoes and Bacon or Sausage (all generally $6-8 each). Omelets are also on the menu (ranging $5-7 each). Pressed Tortillas run $7 at lunch. Burgers, Sandwiches and Salads are $5-7 each. No bar. Founded in 1955 in Port Richey, FL., slowly expanding to 9 locations in west central Florida. Cash and Kathy Smith, franchisors; Larry Burchell and Lisa Alexander, owners here.

Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 11/19) What a nice place. Bride was out server. (Groom was off that day!) Big full menu. We had Eggs Over Easy, Mini Pancakes, Bacon, Cheese Grits, Iced Tea and Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Fruit Cup and a large Tomato Juice. Everything was perfect. With tax it was $23.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/20) When we arrived, our friends were already there sitting at a table so we didn't have to wait. There were approximately six people ahead of us. My husband and I ordered off their "TV special" menu which was two Eggs, either Bacon or Sausage (I had the Sausage Patties and my husband had the Sausage Links), Toast or English Muffin. It was only $6 each. The Coffee and Tea were $2 each. Our total bill before t&t was $16. It was good and the service was good as well. They have put up plastic partitions between the booths so they can seat more people.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Free WiFi Brick & Barrel Public House, 209 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 431-3069. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in September, 2019. Occupies the store front where Two 09 West Main and before that Evander Lee did business. It's a Beer Hall with Pub Fare to full Dinners. Open 11 AM to 11 PM daily, later on weekends. For starters they offer Pickled Vegetables, Onion Rings, Bacon Onion Dip, Brussels Sprouts, Pork Belly Bites, Grilled Shrimp, Buffalo Wings, Sweet Potato Fries, and more (all $6-9 each). A few Flatbreads range $8-9 each. Sandwiches like Burgers and Fried Fish, range $9-11 each. Entrées come with two sides and include Bone-In Pork Chop ($15), Angus Beef Sirloin ($16), 8 oz. Angus Steak Frites ($18), 12 oz. Coffee Rubbed Ribeye ($20) and a Rack of Lamb ($25). A Salad adds $2.50. Various large Salads, Chili and Soups run $5-12 each. Full bar with Craft Beer and Hand-made Cocktails plus 10 Wines. Happy Hour until 6 PM. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Outdoor sidewalk seating available. Alberto Cisneros ("A.C.") and Alexandria Peaden, owners. "A.C." also owns the Pint Sized Pub (see that listing), the Main Street Cantina (see that listing) and Mammoth Oak Brewing Company (see that listing).

Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Not far to downtown Leesburg, so we thought we'd give this new place a shot. Quite busy with retirees and working class on a Monday. Busy bar. Cody was our server. My better half ordered the wonderful Hop Life Coffee Stout ($6) and I ordered, one of my favorites, a Sazerac ($8). Don't usually see this cocktail on the menu outside of New Orleans. Was worth every cent. She had the Black & Bleu Flatbread ($9) which she liked and they were out of Salmon for me, so I had the Fish & Chips with Fries ($14). It was good. Generous portions and a quick kitchen. Open interesting bar with multi-bulb lighting. Not the best soft music playing but better than a loud band. Service was OK. Total was $37 before t&t. Good alternative with a large menu. We'll be back, it's a winner.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/19) We brought our friends this time. I had a Lemon Drop Martini ($7.50) and he started with a Boulevardier ($9) and finished with a Sazerac ($8). All were excellent and generous pours. I ordered the Shrimp & Grits which were wonderful. 6 medium-sized Shrimp on creamy Cheese Grits ($15). He had the 12 oz. Ribeye on Garlic Mashed ($20) and a Caesar (+$2.50). It was cooked correctly and the Potatoes were excellent too. Our friends had the Bourbon Salmon and a Flatbread. Christy was our server. She seemed new, kept saying our "orders should be up soon". After a while, the people seated well after us were served. Obviously there was something wrong in the kitchen. Christy apologized and Melissa, the manager brought 3 of the meals. The Flatbread was delayed and offered our friend a "Beer on the House". It came off their bill and the Flatbread finally arrived in minutes. Our friends enjoyed their meals too. Great cocktails here. Our total, before t&t, was $62, mostly because of the drinks.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 3/20) She had an Espresso Martini ($8) and I had an Old Fashion ($9). She ordered the Fish & Chips ($14) with a side of Brussels Sprouts. I enjoyed the Salmon Romesco ($17) with Rice and Beans. They were very good. Our friends enjoyed their meals too. Took a while to get waited on but Beckie ("Red") took our station eventually. She was helpful but they were out of a lot of food, like Fries and the Mahi. Not a good sign. Our total was $48 before t&t. Drinks are a little high. We like it here, comfortable and quiet most times.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) "Come here often?" Yes we do! Brought friends at 5 PM on a Wednesday. Sat near the front since it was raining outside. Melissa was our server. She wore no mask but kept her distance. I ordered my favorite - a Sazarac ($8). She had a very good Lemon Drop Martini ($6.50). Still limited menu here. My better half had Brussels Sprouts ($8) and the Soup du Jour (Chicken Noodle) ($4). I had a hard time deciding. Salmon was off the menu. So I had the Mahi, grilled not blackened, with Rice and Veggie ($16). All were delicious. The Brussels Sprouts were generous and very tasty. Our friends liked the Fish Fry but not the French Fries with it. They did not complain however. Total before t&t was $43. Reasonable.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/20) Best kept secret in the tri-county area. We ate inside at 4:30 PM. It was not busy yet. We started with a Lemon Drop Martini and a 16 oz. Porter. Victoria brought tall waters for us too. We also had the Brussels Sprouts appetizer. It was wonderful. I had a Chicken Florentine Flatbread. Took home two pieces for today's lunch and half the Sprouts. He had the Salmon Filet with Green Beans and sub-Fries ($17). It's the best large Salmon Filet in the area. Grilled right and thick cut. I liked the Fries too. Victoria checked on us regularly. All wore masks. Total with the two drinks and an appetizer was $49 before t&t. Quiet atmosphere before 5:30 PM on a Friday.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/20) She Fish & Chips with Brussels Sprouts and I had the Lemon Salmon with Rice and Green Beans. We each had a cocktail too. Total was $49 before t&t. Beckie S. was our server but she did not wear her mask. It was not crowded yet at 4:30 PM when we left.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) We liked this place but lately it's not that great any more. Sandy was our server; NO MASK and although the tables were not occupied on a Sunday at 4 PM, the bar was filled with drinkers without masks. Well drinks on Happy Hour were $3 but my well Manhattan turned out to be $9. Her Lemon Drop Martini was $4.50. Go figure! No more Salmon on the menu. No more Brussels Sprouts. They were out of a few items. Not a good sign. She had the Sirloin and Shrimp Special ($18) and I had the Sirloin and Mahi Special ($19). The beef was tender enough and the Mahi was a small SYSCO brick. My Potatoes were luke warm. The flavor was fine. Our total was $50 before t&t. We will not be back. A shame.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Long Gone - The Leesburg Watermelon Festival held 1930-1957
(1947) (1950) (1951) (1957) - Main St., Leesburg, Florida.

Brick City Lodge. Also called (The) Lodge (Craft Pub & Eatery) (see that listing).


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12 Stars Brick City Southern Kitchen (and Whiskey Bar), 10 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-512-9458. (Barbecue) (Southern) [L/D] Opened for business on September 30, 2016. No relation to the Brick City Café above. Located on the square at Magnolia and Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40) in the corner building once occupied by The Melting Pot. Hours from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 2 AM weekends. Interior folk artwork by Nicklos Richards of Seattle, Washington. Offers mostly Barbecue and other Southern Food and a full bar specializing in Whiskeys. Menu includes appetizers of Fried Pickles ($7.50), Pork Sliders ($8), Smoked Chicken Nachos ($8.50), Fried Onion Rings or Green Tomatoes ($8.50 each), Pork Quesadilla ($8.50), Boom Boom Shrimp ($9.50), Smoked Chicken Wings ($9.50) and Burnt Beef Brisket Ends ($10). For main dishes you can find various BBQs like Texas Hot Links ($13.50), Pulled Pork Shoulder ($14.50), Carolina Pork ($14.50), Pit Smoked Chicken ($14.50), Smoked Turkey Breast ($15.50), Dry Rub Spare Ribs ($16.50) and Beef Brisket ($16.50). All come with Texas Toast and 2 sides. Platters include Fried Chicken ($15.50), Catfish ($16), Smokehouse Chicken ($16), Shrimp 'n Grits ($16.50), Grilled Salmon ($17), Barbecued Shrimp ($17), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($17.50) and a 12 oz. Rib-Eye ($20). These come with Cornbread and 2 sides too. Sandwiches of Pork, Brisket, Turkey or Chicken run $10-11 each. Specialty Sandwiches, like a Burger, Catfish, Mahi or Reuben, run $11-12 each. Brunswick Stew ($4.50/$7.50) and Grilled Salmon Salad and others are on the Soup 'n Salad List. For beverages they have a full bar with Cocktails (e.g. Vieux Carré $9), Beer (e.g. Swamp Head on tap) and Wines/Champagne ($20-110/btl.), plus Sweet Tea, Red Bull, Sierra Mist and CheerWine offered, among other soft drinks. Banana Pudding and a CheerWine Float are noted desserts. Lunch items are lower by $2-4 each. Winner 2018 "Best BBQ" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Call Ahead Seating but no advance reservations. Mojo Q Holdings of Jacksonville, owner here and 6 other similar restaurants. Mike Hafer and DJ Fleming, managers; TC Curtin, general manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 11/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/18) We arrived early, but seated immediately. Happy hour cocktails are $6. They are a good size. Many Craft Beers at $6 each. My wife had burnt ends BBQ with 2 sides, they were the best. My small Dry Rub Ribs with 2 sides was the best I've had yet. A little noisy, but service by Nichole was outstanding and the food was great! Others had Brisket, etc. All loved the food. When your clothes have a faint smell of smoke when you get home, you know it is REAL BBQ. Two cocktails, 2 dark Draft Craft Beers and our two entrées was $54.50 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 4/18) Nicole was an extremely efficient waitress. Everyone loved their meals which came out in huge portions. Spare Ribs were very good, Burnt Tips and Beef Brisket were very good too; North Carolina Pork was excellent. For two people getting the Beef Brisket, North Carolina Pork Sandwich, 1 Soda and 1 Beer, the total before tip was $43. Most entrées were in the $14-$17 range. They only do call ahead and no reservations but we walked right in at 6:00 PM and there were only two other inside tables filled. I need to go back for the Spare Ribs. Everyone took home doggie bags.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Brisas del Mar II Mexican Restaurant (Lady Lake), 360 S. Hwy 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 3.2 mile drive from The Villages. 775-8912. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened June 9, 2018. Located where the Silver Cricket Restaurant, Texas Stockyards BBQ and Athena NY Diner once did business, at the intersection of Griffin View Dr. and US 27/441. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM, but only to 9 PM on Sunday. The name translates to "Sea Breezes" in Spanish. A traditional Mexican Restaurant with colorful décor. They offer Burritos ($10-13 each), Seafood dishes ($12-16 each), Fajitas ($14-20 each), Chimichangas, Enchiladas and Flautas ($10-12 each), Chicken ($12-14 each), Pork ($13 each), Beef ($14-18 each), Vegetarian ($7-10 each), Combination ($9-12) and specialties like Dos Frontras ($15), Steak Ranchero or Tampiqueno ($16 each), Los Dos Primos ($17) and Molcajete ($18). Deep Fried Ice Cream, Flan, Sopapillas, Fried Cheesecake and Churros run $4.00-5.50 each. Kids and lunch menu available. Now full bar. Outdoor seating available. Some reservations accepted here. Another location is in Daytona Beach. A third is in Ocala. Martin Lopez-Lopez, owner.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. The décor is very fresh, colorful and cheerful. The tables were too close together. The wait staff had a hard time maneuvering around the occupied tables. Starting with the Salsa and Chips, the Salsa was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately the Chips were not good at all. I think bagged Chips are better than what we were served. I had the Chicken Fajita Salad ($10). My husband had the Super Chicken Chimichanga ($11). Our meals were OK. Chimichangas are basically a large Burrito that is fried. This Chimichanga was not fried. Disappointed in that. I've never had Spicy Fajitas until tonight. Not real happy about that. Service from Bianca was fine. She had many tables to take care of. We just had water as our beverages. Our bill came to $21 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 9/18) Having vacationed in Mexico for over 20 years, and having spent 5 winters there before moving to The Villages, we're always looking for authentic Mexican food. Here it is (along with a touch of Peru)! Beautiful décor of colorful murals and carved painted chair backs. Center tables too crowded, so insist on a booth. Place very busy at 5:30 PM on a Wednesday. She had a "Combo Platter", choosing Enchilada, Sope and Tostada, from a choice of 7 items, with a choice of Chicken or Beef in each, and served with a Salad, Rice and wonderful Beans on a turkey-sized platter for $12. I had a spectacular Mocojeta, which consisted of Chicken and Steak, Veggies and Cheese, cooked and served in a 500 degree volcanic rock bowl for $18. I recommend Chicken or Chicken/Shrimp for this dish, as the Steak was a bit tough. We ate more than we should, and still took home enough for another dinner and likely also a lunch, making the prices quite reasonable. Our tablemates shared some of their Super Nachos, which were the best we've ever had, and which would make a good meal. They had delicious Burritos and Quesadillas. Complimentary Chips had excellent house-made Salsa. Cost for the 2 of us before t&t was $47. Mexican Beer was $4.50 and $8 Margarita was pretty lame. We hope to return very soon, especially when there is a Mariachi band!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bob M. 10/18) We decided to try this place out for lunch. We were seated almost immediately upon arrival. We had the 2 Enchiladas and Chile Relleno meal off the lunch menu. With drinks our bill came to $21 plus t&t. Our server was Orlando and he did an OK job, however was slow getting a side dish of sour cream, presenting the bill and we had to ask for a drink refill. The overall setting was excellent, very colorful, bright and clean. The meal was OK, nothing to get excited about. The amount of food was a very large serving that we had to leave some on the plate. Presentation was average for this meal and there was a lack of any memorable flavor with either meal.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Reservation for 4 people and seated at 5 PM. Very nice place. Can even have a conversation with the Mariachi Band playing very good and colorful, on Thursdays. Second round of Salsa and Chips, was no cost! She had a Combo dish with Chili Relleno side. She did not like the sauce. I had Skirt Steak plate with Relleno, Beans, Rice, Flour Tortillas. It came on an enormous platter. Plenty for take home. Others enjoyed their meals too. With 2 for 1 Draft Mexican Beer, ours was $36 before t&t. Will return.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) By the looks of the parking lot every day, this is a popular spot. We met friends at 4 PM to avoid the crowds. It's our first visit. Nicely decorated but small inside. 3 tables were occupied at that time. Nicely decorated and friendly service by Tony. I had a Sangria ($8) and she had water. She had the Camarones (Shrimp) Nayarit ($15). She loved it because it was covered with melted cheese. She also ordered a side of Guacamole ($6) but both our meals already came with a portion. So we took it home. I had the Churrasco Steak ($16). The portions were very large here. I liked their Chips and Salsa because it wasn't spicy. There are bottles of red and green Pepper Sauce on the table you can add. We really like it here and the menu is very varied. At $45 before t&t, the price points are pretty good too. By 6 PM the place was packed. It was Thursday, but no band. We'll be back (before 5 PM).
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Brisas del Mar III Mexican Restaurant (Ocala), 1900 S. Pine Ave. (US 27/441), Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. . (Mexican) [L/D] Located just past Latinos y Mas Restaurant and two blocks south of busy SW 17th St. on US 27/441. This will be their third location, and will occupy the spot vacated by Louie's Seafood, Steak and Oyster Bar. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM, but only to 9 PM on Sunday. Some reservations accepted here. It will offer the same menu as their other locations. Their first two restaurants are in Daytona Beach and Lady Lake. Martin Lopez-Lopez, owner. Opening date is being delayed until late spring, 2019.



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Long Gone - The Colonial Hotel (1912)
Once the Metropole Hotel, Central Hotel, St. Denis Hotel and Glenwood Hotel
On NE 2nd St., Ocala, FL.
"Ocala's Gold Seal Hotel"
"Room without Bath: $1.00; Room with Bath: $2.00".
Mrs. H. C. Jones, proprietor.

Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. See The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. (that listing).


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13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Brooklyn's Backyard, 2019 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-6292. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Name changed from Brooklyn's Original Pizzeria & Restaurant when it moved from NE 14th St. Located in the Ocala Center. Open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM or later on weekends. Closed Sunday. In business since 2010. "Delicious food, just like your momma used to make - if your momma was Italian." Simple pricing on their New York Style Pizza: 18" Cheese Pizza is $12, then add any of a dozen toppings at $2 each. Sicilian Style Pizza is $18. There's also Specialty Pizzas like Central Park White Pie, Hawaiian, Roma, Chicken or Eggplant Parm., Buffalo Chicken, Meat Lovers or their Brooklyn Special (The Works) that all range $15-19 each. Gluten free dough too. A variety of Strombolis and Calzones are offered at about $8 each. Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Heros and other creations run about $7 too. Dinners are available starting with Italian Appetizers, Wings, Salads and Soups. The typical Pasta dishes are offered from Penne with Marinara ($7.50), to Lasagna ($9.50), to Shrimp Scampi on Pasta ($11.50). Six styles of Chicken dishes are on the menu like Parmesan, Francese, Marsala, Toscana, Parma Rosa and Chicken Timothy, all about $11 each with a side of Pasta. There's also Eggplant Parmesan or Rollatini at about $11 each, also with a side of Pasta. Seafood Combination Buckets on Saturday run $21 to $56 depending on the number of choices like Canadian Snow Crab Cluster, 5 Jonah Crab Legs, 4 Maine Lobster Claws, 1 lb. Littleneck Clams, 1 lb. P.E.I. Blue Point Mussels and 1 lb. Louisiana Crawfish. You can also find Dungeness Crab Cluster, and a dz. Tiger Shrimp for an additional charge. Desserts include Cannolis, Cheesecake, Tiramisu (all about $4) and Black & White Lava Cake ($8). Full bar. Specials daily. Winner 2018 "Best Burgers" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Entertainment on Fridays at 6:30 PM. Jeremy Zajac, chef; Timothy and Janice Thomas, owners.

Older Review: (from Dan G.. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/18) Wow! We were impressed. Almost full at 5:30 PM on a weekend. Crowded but still relatively quiet. I ordered a Vodka Tonic ($5.50) and later had a second. She had a Ginger Ale ($2.50). The special was a Lobster/Scallops Pie ($17). She ordered that and said it was great with 5-6 Lobster Claws and 5-6 Scallops in a nice Bisque covered with a Crust. It came with a Caesar Salad. Wonderful and she took home half. I had a Cup of New England Clam Chowder ($5.50). It was homemade and very delicious. I also had the Smothered Sirloin ($16). It came with tasty Parmesan Fries. It was good too. Natasha was our server. Got our orders correct without writing it down and was friendly and efficient, checking every few minutes to see if we needed anything. The food came out surprisingly fast. We were out by 6:30 and there was a line waiting for tables. Almost a sports bar environment, but only one TV over the bar. Carpeting keeps the noise down. Our total was $62 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) During COVID-19 we prefer to eat outside, especially when the establishment is popular with young people in crowds. They had a few tables outside on a Sunday afternoon at 3 PM. We both had Midnight Oil Stouts ($5 each). I had Sally's Goat Cheese Burger sans the Bun ($12) and he had a Steak 'n Cheese Sandwich ($11). We both opted for the Mac 'n Cheese for a side. It was not hot out and by 4 PM the inside of the restaurant was getting busy. Amy was our server. Total was $32.50. Very good Sandwiches and Sides here. We like it.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Brownstone Pub, 11560 SE 176th Place Rd., Summerfield FL. Closed in 2020, now called Cheers (see that listing).



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11½ Stars BTW, 115 E. Main St., Tavares, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 508-9287. (American) [L/D] Opened in May, 2018. Hours are 11:30 AM to 10 PM; 'til 11 PM weekends and closed Monday. By the way, BTW stands for Burgers, Tacos and Waffles, its official registered name. So you can guess that the menu will include various Burgers (from $10), various Tacos (from $4) and various Waffles (from $8). A "Build Your Own" Burger, Artisan Tacos, if there is such a thing, and savory to sweet Waffle creations will be on the board. All Burgers cooked medium-well. Poutine ($9), Smashed Brussels Sprouts ($9), Fried Cheese Curds ($7), Corn Cobs (2/$5) and Waffle Fries ($5-8 each) are some lighter fare. Specials daily. Kids menu available, as is outside seating on the street and along the parking lot. Order at the counter, food is delivered by runners. Can be noisy inside when busy. Plastic service on paper liners. Now full bar licensed with Crafted Concoctions bar behind. Located facing Main St. in the old A&P Grocery Store. Voted "Best of the Best" for Burgers, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Rebecca Doherty and Craig Williamson, owners here and at the neighboring BRU Tap House at the other end of the building.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/18) Our first choice was closed, so we stopped here. Busy on the Fourth of July but we found a table outside at the curb. Order inside at the counter. She had the Poutine Burger with Slaw ($13) and I had Chicken and Waffles ($10). We both had a Midnight Oil Stout. Total was about $33 before t&t. The food was very good but the Fried Chicken was impossible to cut with a plastic knife. Bring your own. They check on you often. Service was friendly. Innovative creations and names.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/20) Stopped for a beer and a light meal. I had the Hefeweizen ($6) and she had the Swamphead Midnight Oil ($6). I had a "Build Your Own Burger" ($9) and she had Poutine ($13). Both were good. Total was $35 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) It was busy for lunch. Lots of cops eating here. She had a Half Wilted Monkey ($10) with a 12 oz. Latte ($4) and I had a Build Your Own Burger ($11) and an Iced Coffee ($3). The food took a while to come out but they were busy. All tasted good. She took half her meal home. We sat outside. Total was $29 before t&t. "Atlantis" took our order at the counter.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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AeroSun International
The People Pleaser
Formerly Red Carpet Airlines, based in Tampa, FL.
Ended service in 1982 after 1 year of operation.
Service to Key West, Miami, Tampa and the Cayman Islands.

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Not Rated Buster Tubbs Wine & Dessert Bar, 110 S. New Hampshire Ave., Tavares FL. 20.4 mile drive from The Villages. 742-7676. (American) (Grill) [B/L/D] Also known as Buster Tubbs Tavern now, which is more accurate than Wine Bar. Located between Main and Ruby Streets on the west side of New Hampshire. They like to be referred to as "The Neighborhood Watering Hole". Open daily 7-10 AM for first meal of the day, 11 AM to 2 or 3 PM for lunch and 6 PM 'til the last customer leaves (about 8 PM weekdays but 2 AM on weekends) for the tavern meal. Inside has tables and counter area. Open since November, 2015. For breakfast they have a Biscuit Sandwich ($4), Fruit and Cottage Cheese Plate ($4), Two Pancakes ($5), Waffle ($5) and a 2 Egg Breakfast with Meat & Biscuit ($5). For lunch you'll find a Hot Dog ($3), a Jalapeño Sausage Dog ($3), a Belly Buster Dog ($5), Grilled Cheese ($5), a ¼ lb. Burger ($5), Pulled Pork Sandwich ($6), and a Patty Melt ($7). There's also a Taco Salad or BBQ Salad ($6 each). Flatbreads can be had in two sizes like BBQ, Italian and an "Ooh La La" (all $5/$9 each). Beer Soup, Chili and a Soup d'Jour (all $3/$5 each), plus a Sourdough Soup Bowl ($6.50) are on the menu too. They offer desserts like a Cupcake ($1.50 to $3) depending on design, Cheesecake ($3), Cheesecake in a Jar ($3), Cupcake in a Jar ($3), Brownie Sunday ($4) and Beignets ($4). They also have Ice Cream at $1.50/scoop. Coffee Specialties are popular too. Dinner hours vary in time and menu is limited but may include 3 Cheese Pasta, Grilled Chicken, Fish Fry, Crab Cakes plus some of the lunch items. Kids menu available. After 7 PM it turns into a Tavern serving beer and wine with live entertainment like country music, ballad singers, karaoke, jam session and music trivia, Thursdays through the weekend. Large outdoor seating area out front. Frequented by the Key West Resort guests with vouchers. Ashley Richards, chef; world traveler, Rita McIntosh, owner.



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Not Rated Café Havana, 923 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala FL. 22.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-4853. (Caribbean) [B/L/D] Located in the Magnolia Village Shopping Center at the corner of NE 9th St., a few blocks north of downtown. Open from 7 AM to 7 PM Monday thru Friday and 9:30 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Closed Sundays. A little café offering traditional breakfast, plus Cuban Sandwiches and Plates for lunch and dinner. Their famous Cuban is toasted on the grill. Steak, Roast Pork, BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken, Fish, Ham & Cheese as well as Croquette Sandwiches all served with French Fries, are offered from $4-6 each. Plates of Roast Pork, Cuban Chicken, Ground Beef, Shredded Beef, Cubed Beef, Fried Pork Chunks, Cuban Cod and Cuban Steak are all served with Rice, Beans, Plantains or Yucca at $7 each. Croquettes, Papas Rellenas and Yellow or Moro Rice are among the side dishes. Cuban Flan and Pastries are offered for dessert. No bar but a wide variety of soft drinks and juices available. Mango, Mamey, Guanabana and Guava Milkshakes are unique Cuban flavors at $3 each. Luis Eloy Canelon, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Hester's Drive Inn and Restaurant (1954) (1957)
1321 W. Main St., Leesburg, Florida.

Closed Café On The Lake, 18976 E. Hwy. 40, Silver Springs, FL. Closed during the pandemic in 2020 and never reopened.



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Not Rated Candler Hills Restaurant, 8139 SW 90th Terr. Rd., Ocala, FL. 27.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-861-9720. (American) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 7 or 8 PM, except Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM. Located 6 miles west of I-75 off SR 200, north on SW 80th Ave. then west on SW 80th St., in the On Top of the World community. Entrées include Fish and Chips ($9), Crab Cakes ($13), Meat Loaf ($10), Pasta Primavera ($10) and Grilled or Blackened Rib Eye Steak ($11). Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches are also on the menu at $8. Various Paninis like Cuban, Bacon Egg and Cheese, Chicken Pesto and Italian all run $7-9 each. A-la-carte vegetables are $2 each. Lunch ranges from $5 for Egg Salad Sandwich to $9 for Crab Cake or Mahi. Large Salads are also offered like Cobb, Key Lime Chicken, Caesar and others ranging $4-9 each. Rich desserts, like Kahlua Flan, Killer Brownie Sundae, Key Lime or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, are also offered at $4-6 each. Early Bird Specials offered seasonally before 6 PM. Friday Fish Specials and Weekend Prime Rib Dinners ($13) are featured. Sunday Brunch runs 9 AM to 1:30 PM at $9 per person. Full bar. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Don Hall, restaurant manager; developer owned.



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Long Gone - Sarres Drive Inn & Restaurant (1952),
"For steaks, chicken, frog legs and sea foods"
1920 (E.) Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida.

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Not Rated Casa Agave Mexican Grill, 840 S. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 11.6 mile drive from The Villages. 661-3740. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened July 1, 2018 and located in the Wildwood Crossings Plaza, about a block north of SR 44, on US 301. It replaces Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Wildwood). Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, or later on weekends. To start, try Queso or Guacamole Dip ($4 each), Cheese & Bean Dip ($6), Empanadas ($8), Tostonachos ($8-11 each), Pineapple Guacamole ($9), Sizzling Queso Fundido ($7-9 each), Ceviche de Camaron ($11), Nachos Supremos ($11) and Nachos Fajita ($13). A number of Street Tacos ($12 each), Sizzling Fajitas ($12-16 each), Enchilades ($13 each) and Burritos ($11-14 each) are offered. Various Chicken dinners run $12-14 each, Seafood dinners run $13-16 each and Steak dinners run $14-16 each. "Create Your Own" combos ($8/$12) are encouraged. You can also find Quesadilla Rellena ($10), Flautas ($10), Quesadilla Agave ($11-13 each), Carnitas ($12-13 each), Chimichanga ($12), Chile Colorado ($14), Birria Jalisco ($14), Piña Loca ($16), Molcajete Agave ($19), plus Jumbo Burrito Agave ($25) or Fajitas Casa Agave ($26), both serving two patrons. There's Soup ($6) and Salads ($6-12 each) too. For dessert you'll find Flan ($5), Tres Leches Cake ($6), Fried Ice Cream ($6), Churros ($6), Sopapillas ($7), Choco Flan ($7) and Empanada Lime Cheese Cake ($7). Full bar offers Beer, Wine and Margaritas, as well as Mojito, Tequilla, and Piña Coladas, all about $5-10 each. Jorge Ibarra, Joel Salazar, Jose Olivarez and Itzel Mendez, owners here and at Habaneros Mexican Grill #9 (The Villages) and other locations in Florida.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Good draft Mexican beers her. Happy hour too. Negra Modella priced at $1.50/pint. Free refills on Salsa & Chips. The Salsa is good. She had Pina Loca, a half fresh Pineapple filled with Pineapple chunks and lots of other stuff. Enough for two. Mine was Combo plate of Beef Enchilada, with Beans & Rice and Chile Rellenos which was the worst I have had here in 10 years. Fresh chili way overcooked to mushy and not tasty. Others enjoyed Shrimp and Fish Tacos which they enjoyed. Service was very good from Miranda, who knew the menu and made frequent checks to see if all OK. It's out-classed by other local Mexican restaurants. Probably will not return here.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Catfish Johnny's Restaurant, 2396 North CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 27.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-2083. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Take SR 44 west out of Wildwood, then turn south on CR 470 about 4 miles past I-75. Located in town on CR 470 between CR 434 and CR 436. Open from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM daily. Closed Monday and Sunday for church. Operated since 1991. Friendly casual "fish camp" atmosphere. Offers Gator Tail, Crab Legs, Butterfly Shrimp, Grouper, Oysters, Clams, Frog Legs and, oh yes, Catfish too. All are southern fried to perfection. Also on the menu are Chicken Wings, Burgers, Chicken, Perch, and even Spaghetti. Homemade desserts are also available. "All You Can Eat" specials most days. Deck dining available. Blue Grass entertainment and dancing on Saturday night. Pedal steel guitar is the instrument of choice here on the second Wednesday of each month for an open club meet. Very popular is the Tuesday Jam Session that starts at 10:30 AM including lunch and a Country Music Jam Session for just $10. "Wall of Fame" depicts known celebs. Full bar. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Pat and "Catfish" Johnny Galvin, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 7/17) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Harry M. ) Great place, just like the older reviews show. Large menu, good-sized servings, extraordinarily clean w/refreshed décor, and reasonable prices. She had the Gator Basket with Fries, Coleslaw and Corn Fritters ($8). I had the Catfish Fingers Basket with the same accompaniments ($8). Both lunches were excellent. Hot, lightly breaded, delicious Slaw. Total for two, including the large Teas, before t&t, was $19. One friend with us had 10 Wings ($11) and ate them all, pronouncing them excellent. The other friend had the Perch Filets Basket ($7), with Corn Fritters and double Slaw, instead of Fries, and loved them. We all shared a large basket of Fried Okra ($4), and it was lightly battered, tasty, and hot. We took home some of the Fries and Okra. Can't wait to return for dinner!
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Cedar River Seafood (Leesburg), 8609 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. 15.3 mile drive from The Villages. 728-3377. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] In business about 30 years in Florida. Located next to Phillips Toyota, just before the Leesburg Airport. Open until 9 PM. Start with a Shrimp Cocktail, Steamed Oyster Cocktail or Gator Tail Bites (all $6 each). Oyster Stew ($6) is also popular, as is New England Clam Chowder ($2/$3). Platters of Shrimp, Scallops, Oysters, Deviled Crab and Fish Filet ($15) or "Feasts" for One or Two include 2 or 4 Lobster Tails at market price are on the menu. Other combinations run $11-13 each. Side items offered are Hushpuppies, Cole Slaw, Baby Limas, Green Beans, Fried Okra and Grits plus various Potatoes. For dessert they offer Southern Pecan Pie, Key Lime Pie and New York Cheesecake (all $4 each). Beer and wine licensed. Another location is in Lake City, FL. (see that listing). Roland and Kathy Bell, of Capt. Bell's Seafood of Florida, owners here.

Review: (from Walter P. 9/19) Stopped for lunch at 11:45 after auto service next door. Clean and comfortable restaurant. Seafood truck comes every two days and we believe it. Our Seafood Platter for 2 seniors was excellent and plentiful. Both diners get 2 sides. We had French Fries, Fried Okra, Coleslaw and Lima Beans. Meal comes with 4 Hushpuppies, which were very good. Attentive service by Nikki. With 2 Iced Teas, our total was $ 35. Worth a trip.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Imperial Motel and Restaurant (1955)
"Located on US 27/441, 4 miles south of Ocala, FL. Fine foods.
Lt. Col. A.B. Foreman (Ret'd), owner; Mrs. John Page, manager."

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13 Stars Video Calorie Count Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Ocala), 4065 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-0641. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened November 6, 2018 across from Sullivan Cadillac. Previously called Cheddar's Casual Café until 2015, it's a casual, moderately priced, growing chain. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, except closes at 11 PM on weekends. A combination of American, Southern and Tex-Mex fare, all rolled into one. Their menu starts with appetizers such as Onion Rings, Chips & Queso, Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Tenders, Nachos, Texas Cheese Fries, Loaded Potato Skins and Santa Fe Spinach Dip (all ranging $5-10 each). Classic entrées include Chicken Pot Pie ($8), Chicken Tenders ($10), Lemon Pepper Chicken ($9), Grilled Chicken Alfredo ($10), BBQ Chicken ($10), Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms ($10) and Chicken Fried Steak ($11). Seafood items include Fish Tacos ($10), Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp ($10), Grilled or Cornmealed Whitefish ($11 each), Grilled Salmon ($12), Beer battered Fried Shrimp ($12) and Blackened Redfish ($15). You can also find Honey Glazed or Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs ($11/half or $17/full rack). A few Steaks are featured like the Top Sirloin Steak ($10/6 oz. $12/8 oz. or $16/12 oz.) and the 20 oz. Ribeye ($20). They also offer favorites like Veggie Plate ($8), Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy ($10), Shepherd's Pie ($9), Baked Spasagna® ($10), Key West Chicken and Shrimp ($11) and New Orleans Pasta ($12). Combos pair two items together. Lunch or lighter appetites can have Sandwiches, like Grilled Cheese, Philly Cheesesteak, Monte Cristo or Buffalo Chicken Wrapper among others (all about $9). Various Burgers run $7-8 each. House or Caesar Salads are just $4 extra, as are side dishes ($2.50 each), like Broccoli Cheese Casserole abd Red Beans and Rice. Full Salads run about $9-10 each. Desserts are popular too with Bread Pudding, Apple Pie A-La-Mode, Key Lime Pie, Sundaes and Shakes made from scratch at $4-6 each. Lunch items run about $2 less. Full bar featuring Sangria, Cocktails and Margaritas. High tops and bar counter seating is "open"; all booths and tables are "hostess controlled". Kids menu runs about $5 each. Founded by Aubrey Good and Doug Rogers in 1979 in Arlington, TX. Now with 165 locations in 28 states, headquartered in Irving, TX., it's now part of the Darden chain of restaurants. Other Florida locations are in Lakeland (see that listing), Sanford, Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach and a dozen other Florida cities. Ashley Norman, managing partner here.

Review: (from Jan T. 11/18) Good food at reasonable price. Keep in mind this place is only open for ten days. Lots and lots of servers, managers and trainers hovering around. Our server, I will not mention her name, must be brand new to serving. It took forever to get anything. For example: When my husband's Soup was brought to the table, there was no spoon. She said that she would be right back. Much more than five minutes later, she passed our table and asked how everything was... We told her that we still needed a spoon. We waited much more than 5 minutes again, when she returned with a tea spoon. I had the Chicken Tender Plate with Cole Slaw and a substitute Side Salad ($10.50 + .99 upcharge for the Salad). Everything was delicious including the one Honey Butter Croissant (wonderful). My husband had the Monte Cristo ($9 + .99 upcharge for the Baked Potato Soup. He enjoyed his meal also, however, I'm sure his soup was cold by the time he received a spoon. With a water and a soft drink our bill came to $24. Again, good food, reasonable prices, but not great service. We will return and hopefully some of the kinks will be ironed out. I'm excited that Cheddars is finally here.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/19) Right after the matinee, we went to Cheddar's at 5 PM on a Saturday. They were crowded already. The wait was 30 minutes, so we sat at the nice bar for a few drinks. We were then seated in the far back corner, where it was quiet. Cindy H. was our capable and friendly server. We shared an order of Croissants ($3) with our friends for an appetizer. Reminded me of Hops Grill & Brewery. My better half ordered Country Fried Steak with Toast, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans ($11). The portion was very large and we took home half. She loved it. I had the 14 oz. Rib Eye Steak ($18) with Baked Potato and Caesar Salad (+$1). It was cooked right and was tender. Loved the Baked Potato. No dessert or drinks. Our friends enjoyed theirs too. Total came to $32.56 but there was an $8.14 discount on the bill for some reason. I didn't complain with the total at only $24.42. Even so, this is a great value restaurant. There's nothing on the menu over $18. Love this place with its full bar. Go off-hours.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 7/19) This was the first time we had been to a Cheddar's in several years. Enjoyed it before. We were met promptly at the hostess desk for an early afternoon lunch. Very nice décor and the service was excellent. We had forgotten how reasonable the prices were. I had Chicken Pot Pie and found it different from others I've had at local restaurants. Much larger chunks of chicken, and the crust was especially good. My wife had the Monte Cristo Sandwich and she loved it. Portions were good. The bill was $23, not including tip. This will definitely be one of our go-to restaurants in Ocala.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/19) We met friends and sat in the bar area about 7 PM on a Wednesday. Alyssa was our server. One Lemon Drop Martini for me ($7.50 + $2) was a bit high. He had the Presidente Sangrai ($7). We shared a Croissant Appetizer with our friends ($3). I had the Country Fried Steak, with Toast, Mac & Cheese and Green Beans ($11). He had the wonderful Chicken Pot Pie with a Caesar ($9). All very good. Total with a second Sangria was $48. Overall the food prices are very fair; drink prices not so much.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) At 4 PM on a Friday, during the pandemic, returning from Atlanta, they were already starting to get crowded. We like the variety and the prices here so we detoured off I-75. Fadarrian was our polite server. He had a good attitude. She had a glass of Beringer Cab. Sauv. ($7) and I had a great Presidente Sangria ($7). She had the Chicken Pot Pie ($10) and I had the Salmon with Carrots and Corn ($14.50). All was very good. Food comes out fast and hot. Total was $38 before t&t. All servers except for one "person in charge", wore masks. Almost EVERY customer that came in and sat down DID NOT wear a mask. Florida restaurants are open 100% now. By the time we left, the restaurant was full and no customers were wearing masks or practicing distancing. I can't fault the restaurant but we and our friends were very uncomfortable in this environment when Ocala has one of the highest case rates in the state. We will not return until the pandemic is over.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Not Rated Cheers (at Stonecrest Country Club), 11560 SE 176th Place Rd., Summerfield, FL. 2.7 mile drive from The Villages. 245-1061. (American) [B/L/D] Located in the Stonecrest Retirement Community on US27/441 behind Walmart, but open to the public. Formerly called the Brownstone Pub and before that the Stonecrest Country Club Restaurant. Opened in early June, 2020. Open for breakfast only on Monday from 9 AM. Open for lunch daily Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 2 PM. Open for dinner from 4 PM until 7 PM Wednesday through Sunday only. No dinner on Monday and Tuesday. Limited dinner menu; linen service. On Thursday they offer Meatloaf ($12.50), Chicken Marsala ($15.50) or Fish & Chips ($14). They also have a Cobb or Spinach Salads ($12 each). On Friday they have Spaghetti and Meatballs ($12.50), Pork Tenderloin ($15.50) or a Fish Fry ($14). The 2 Salads are also available. Saturday dinner features Chicken Primavera ($13.50), Beef Pot Roast ($15) or Whiskey Salmon ($16.50), plus the same Salads. Dinners include accompaniments. Sunday Brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM held monthly. Lunch (11 AM to 2 PM) offers Sandwiches like Ham, Turkey, Chicken Salad, a Phiily, Rueben or Grilled Chicken (all about $10). Burgers, a Patty Melt ($9.50 each) and a Nathan's Hot Dog ($7) also on the list. Salads ($12) are also available. Occasional specialty nights are arranged like German Night with Port Schnitzel ($16) or a Wine Pairing dinner featuring Chicken Parmesan, Salad, Sorbet and Tiramisu with 4 wines ($49pp). Occasional entertainment. Full bar opens at 4 PM. Dennis and Edith (Edie) Demshar, operators.



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Not Rated Chesapeake Bay Grille, 4467 Arlington Ridge Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 16.3 mile drive from The Villages. 315-0066. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Located in the Arlington Ridge Community, south of Leesburg off US 27. Open to the public. Open Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM; Tuesdays and Saturdays 11 AM to 3 PM; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 AM to 8 PM. Thursday Night Buffet runs 4-7 PM. Closed Mondays and Saturday evening. So Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the only Dinner Nights. Dinner entrées include a Pasta Bowl with Meatballs or Sausage ($12), Cheese Ravioli ($13), Parmesan Panko Swai ($13), Meatloaf ($13), Spring Chicken ($14), Fried Shrimp ($14), Eggplant Parmigiana ($14), Chicken Piccata ($14), or Chicken Parmigiana ($15). All come with Soup or Salad. Sandwiches include Fish, Club, Reuben, Philly and Chicken (all $9-10 each). Burgers run $9-11 each. Salads include Chef, Egg/Tuna/Chicken and House (all $9-10 each). Specials daily. The Sunday Breakfast Buffet is $11pp. Lunch adds more Sandwiches at similar prices. Full bar. Outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted. Amenity Food & Beverage Co., operator.



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Not Rated Chicken Time Cuban Restaurant, 10819 SE Hway US27/441, Belleview FL. 11.8 mile drive from The Villages. 307-0555. (Caribbean) [L/D] Open 10 AM to 7:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday, until 8:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Dinner menu starts at 3 PM. Located in the Belleview Square Shopping Plaza across from Ford of Ocala. In business since 1992. Very popular with the locals. A mix of Cuban and Puerto Rican food. "Mofongo" is their specialty. No bar. Wady Sedan and Marie Del Valle, owners.

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



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Long Gone - The Four B's Restaurant and Drive In (1956),
"One-Half Pound Filet Mignon - $1.50"
Opposite the Ocala Drive-In on US 27/441/301 (4835 S. Pine Ave.), 4 miles south of Ocala, FL.
Walter and Nita Bowden, owners.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Chris' Place (Restaurant), 106 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis, FL. 24.9 mile drive from The Villages. 308-8255. (American) [D] Opening in March, 2021. Formerly the home of Wine Cellars Uncorked, it's located in the historic section of downtown Eustis on Magnolia Ave. just east of N. Eustis St. A new restaurant with an eclectic menu. Full bar here. Christopher McCullum, owner.



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Not Rated CJ's Seafood Company, 108 N. Bay St., Eustis, FL. 26.0 mile drive from The Villages. 308-8128. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened August 13, 2019. Located where the Magnolia Café and before that Olivia's Coffee House once did business at the corner of Bay and Magnolia in downtown Eustis. Open 4 PM to 9 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 AM to 9 PM Thursday through Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Monday for fishing! For appetizers you'll find Fried Pickles, Mushrooms or Onion Rings (all $8 each), Corn Nuggets ($8), Stuffed Jalapeños ($9), Buffalo Shrimp ($10), Cod Nuggets ($10), Clam Strips ($10), Stuffed Mushrooms ($10), Smoked Fish Dip ($11), Hot Crab Dip ($12), Calamari ($12), Blue Crab Claws ($14), Ahi Tuna ($14), Seafood Nachos ($14), Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($15), Crab Cakes ($15) and, of course, Oysters Rockefeller ($15). The main dishes include Baskets of Catfish Nuggets ($9), Shrimp ($12), Fish & Chips ($12), Scallops ($14), Fried Oysters ($14), Soft Shell Crab ($18) and a CJ's Ocean Feast (Combo) ($25). All served with Fries, Slaw and Hushpuppies. Then there are Boils of Shrimp ($16), Snow Crab ($24) or a Combo of Crab. Shrimp, Clams and Mussels ($28). Sausage, Corn and Potatoes come with the Boils. ½ lb. or 1 lb. Jumbo Peel and Eat Shrimp ($10/$18), ½ doz. or 1 doz. Raw or Steamed Oysters ($9/$16) and 1 lb. of Snow Crab ($18) are popular too. Salads are also on the menu like House ($7), Caesar ($9), Shrimp & Crab Salad ($13); a Fried Crawfish Salad ($14) can be had too. New England Clam Chowder and a Seafood Gumbo ($5/$8 each) are also featured. For lighter appetites you'll find Po' Boy Sandwiches of Shrimp, Oyster, Crawfish, Grouper or Fried Fish ranging $10-14 each. Burgers are $10. Pasta dishes like Shrimp and Crawfish Creole, Shrimp Mac 'n Cheese, Shrimp Scampi, Linguine and Clams, Cajun Sausage and Chicken and Seafood Stew all run $14-26 each. They also have grilled items like Marinated Chicken Breast ($13), Shrimp ($14), Mahi Mahi ($16), Grouper ($18), 6 oz. Filet Mignon ($19), 16 oz. Ribeye ($22) and even Twin Lobster Tails ($24). They all come with 2 sides, Salad and Bread. Bibs provided! Kids menu available. Cocktail list. Stephanie Hayes, general manager here, Pete and James "Tillie" Tilquist, owners here and at Tillie's Tavern & Grill (see that listing) on Magnolia Ave.

Review: (from Ellen H. 11/19) First time here, it was 5:30 on a Friday night, and it was half full. We ate in the main dining room. It was very noisy with hard surfaces everywhere. Jenn was our server. The staff is friendly. I had a Lemon Drop Martini ($6.54) and he had two Bourbon Manhattans on the Rocks ($6.50 each). We ordered a Smoked Fish Dip ($11) for the table. It was excellent and our friends had never had Smoked Mullet before. I had the Fried Oyster Basket ($14) and he had the Mahi Mahi Grilled ($16). The Oysters and unique Fries were excellent. Very tender meat. His Mahi was more blackened and thin cut, not the usual Mahi filet of fish. The Hush Puppies were good; Corn On The Cob was previously frozen. One Caesar Salad was an upcharge (+$2). Our friends liked their Clam Chowder a lot and the Grilled Shrimp too. Only the noise level would keep us from coming back more often. Our total was $62.54 before t&t;. By 7 PM the place was full. Next time we'd try a weekday and ask for the back room which might be more quiet.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Cody's On 4th, 111 East 4th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 735-8426. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Located in downtown Mount Dora between N. Donnelly and Royellou where Kermits Key West Lime Shoppe once occupied. Opened in May, 2011. Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM. Not associated with Cody Jack's or Cody's Original Roadhouse. Serving light breakfast items like Bagels and Muffins. An array of salads like Aunt Lucille's Chicken Salad, Albacore Tuna Salad, Classic Caesar Salad, Barbecue Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Salad and Classic Spinach Salad (all ranging $8-12) are offered for lunch through dinner. Sandwiches (all $8-12) can be made to order with Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Chicken Salad, Bacon and various breads, cheeses, toppings and spreads. You can even build your own Sandwich ($12). Soup ($5/$7), Cheese Plates ($10), Quiche ($12) and Antipasti Plates ($10) are also on the menu. Homemade Carrot Cake ($6) is on the menu too. Champagne Cocktails are $5.50 each. Various wines by the glass ($6) and beer ($3) are also available. Kids menu. Cody Spitzig, owner. ####



Closed Cody's Original Roadhouse (Ocala), 2505 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. Opened in November, 2008, this location and one in The Villages closed during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and never reopened. It rated 13 Stars from our members.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Combat Café, 1602 N. Hwy. 19, Eustis, FL. 24.5 mile drive from The Villages. 483-0250. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened May, 2018. Open 6 AM to 2 PM daily. Located just south of SR44, on US 19 (N. Bay St.), 1 mile north of town. It was formerly a Huddle House. It's a military themed "mess hall". Breakfast is offered all day. You can find Colonel Beef Hash, Eggs Benedict Arnold, Grunt, Uncle Ham or Bravo Omelet, Untied Steaks and Freedom Fries. Pancakes and Waffles are offered too. Most items $6-8 each. Military discount for veterans. Much military memorabilia. No bar. Army veteran, Bruce Chambers and Beth Rodriguez, owners.



New Name Continental Country Club, 50 Continental Blvd., Wildwood, FL. 12.1 mile drive from The Villages. 748-0050. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Now called The Oaks (On 44) Restaurant and Lounge, (see that listing)

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13½ Stars Copacabana Cuban Café, 320 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, FL. 26.5 mile drive from The Villages. 385-9000. (Caribbean) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened March, 2009. Open daily including holidays 11 AM to 9 PM, later on weekends. Located in downtown Mount Dora, in the "back alley", one block west of Donnelly St., just north of W. 3rd Ave. in a building not very well marked. Another entrance from Donnelly Street is available. Large patio area is now finished. Parking available on 3rd Ave., Donnelly or Alexander Streets. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving Cuban specialties in a nice dining atmosphere featuring fresh ingredients. The menu (with English descriptions) is quite extensive. Items such as Ropa Vieja, Bistec de Palomilla, T-Bone Steak, Carne con Papas, Picadillo Conchita, Vaca Frita a la Criolla, Pechuga a la Plancha, Masitas and Chuletas de Puerco are just some of the meat dishes ranging $13-16 each. Seafood dishes like Compuesto de Camarones, Filete de Pescado, Pescado en Salsa and Pescado Empanizado are all priced at $19-20 each. Other island specialties also featured such as Copacabana Plate with Steak, Shrimp and Chicken on a sizzle platter, Stuffed Red Peppers, Zarzuela de Mariscos (sautéed Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari, Clams and Mussels), Carne con Champinones, Churrasco (Skirt Steak), Arroz con Camarones (with Shrimp) or con Pollo (with Chicken) are priced $14-21. Signature Paella Valenciana ($18 for one; $30 for two) takes 30-40 minutes to prepare and can be ordered in advance of your arrival. Most entrées come with two sides such as Arroz Moro, Yellow Rice or a Side Salad. Cuban Sandwiches, Medianoche, Pan con Lechon, Black Beans and Rice and Fried Plantains (Verde or Maduros) are also on the authentic list. Cuban Tamales, Papas Rellenas, Tostones and Empanadas are some of the appetizers offered at $3-15. Vegetarian dishes or a hamburger on Cuban bread are available for the less adventuresome. Salads are also offered and run $5-13. Lighter lunch items served 'til 3 PM daily run about $10-11 each. Contrary to popular belief, Cuban cuisine is not like Mexican food. Very few dishes are spicy. Now offering beer by the glass, bottle or pitcher and wine by the glass or bottle. Patio seating with an outdoor bar. Reservations accepted or just call ahead. Mrs. Isabel Figueroa of Cuba, chef; Alberto Paneca, Gullermina De Torres and Antonio Reyes, also owner of El Ranchito Mexican Restaurants in The Villages (see that listing), owners here. Another Copacabana Cuban Café is now in Altamonte Springs. ####

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon B. 7/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars Free WiFi Cotillion Southern Café, 101 North Main St. (Hwy. 301), Wildwood, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 748-1223. (Southern) [L/D] New sign now calls it Miz Kathi's Cotillion Café & Sweetery. Open 11 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Saturday, for lunch and for "supper" from 4:30 to 8 PM, Monday through Thursday and 5:30 to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays. Located in a former 1905 bank building, this "down home" establishment offers authentic southern dishes from old family recipes. The flavors of the Carolinas, Alabama, Texas and Florida are evident. Items include Low Country Shrimp 'n Grits ($22.50), Alabama Fried Catfish ($14.50), St. Augustine Crab Cake ($21.50), Seafood Platter ($24.50), Southern Jumbo Fried Shrimp ($21.50), Texas Fried Steak ($18), Cracker Chopped Steak ($15.50), Southern Style Meatloaf ($14.50), Crispy Baked Chicken ($15.50), Atlanta Pot Pie ($16.50), Country Fried Chicken ($15.50) and Chicken 'n Waffles ($15.50). You can also find Pulled Pork Platter ($15.50), Pork Loin ($15.50), Train Wreck ($15.50) and other creations around $15 each. Specials like the Thursday Turkey Dinner ($15) appear seasonally. Dixie Caviar (Black Eyed Peas) ($6), Crab Cake ($14), Redneck Nachos ($11), Onion Rings ($9) and Soup Today ($4-7) make interesting appetizers. You can find southern staples like Red-Eye Gravy, Cheese Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet Potato Fries too. All entrées served with homemade Corn Bread, and choice of soup or salad. Names like "Last Chicken in Atlanta Pot Pie", "Twelve Oaks Pork Platter", "Steamboat" and "Train Wreck" make the menu interesting. Breakfast creations are equally enticing in season. Appomattox Seven Layer Cake can finish the meal. Coconut Cake Fudge Cake and Red Velvet Cake are also tempting at $7 each. Wine and beer available. Or you can enjoy Root Beer, RC Cola, Orange Crush, Palatka Chocolate Soda or Sweet Tea at a similar cost. Reservations accepted online and may be necessary in season. Filled with treasured antiques of the Old South and Wildwood. Cotillion Cookbook available. Miz Kathi & Jim Vincent, owners here and at Miz Kathi's Southern Sweetery (see that listing), two doors over.

Older Review: (from Mike M. 4/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosalind G. 5/08) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 4/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rae Jean L. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray O. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 12/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David S. 3/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Susan B. 7/12) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 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 Jane H. 2/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 10/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/16) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from James E. 2/16) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/16) Q=4 S=2 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/16) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eric O. 1/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joe T. 1/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann P. 1/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Our experience here was great up until the end of our meal. It took way too long to get our checks. I think our waitress forgot about us. I had the Chicken Salad Croissant with Sweet Potato Fries ($12). It was delicious. My husband enjoyed the Meatloaf Platter ($15.50). My opinion a little expensive for Meatloaf. The Buttered Bean Soup before his meal was tasty. The homemade Cornbread delivered to the table before our meals arrived, was fantastic. We both had wonderful Sweet Tea. I think I drank too much of it because I could not finish my meal and therefore, had absolutely no room for dessert. Our bill came to $32. We will return here for sure and I will not fill up on the Tea and Cornbread, so I can possibly get one of their desserts.
Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from William G. 10/18) Our servers name was Gail. We had a Crab Cake appetizer, the Seafood Combo, the Train Wreck and the Meatloaf. We each had dessert including the Hoochie Mama, Cherry Pie and Southern Surrender. Each of us raved about the food and the desserts are to die for. You have to leave room for dessert to fully appreciate this restaurant. Atmosphere is eclectic and fun. Total check was $140 for 3 people.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) We had Crab Cake and Jambalaya, which were pretty good. Tomato Bisque was bad. I sent it back. Blue Cheese salad dressing was very disappointing. It was all cottage cheese? We had 2 Wines. Service was OK. It was not busy. Small place. Décor was OK ("early pioneers"). None of the serving plates matched. It was fun. $50 total. Reasonably priced but doubtful we will return
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Long Gone - Horne's Restaurant (1962)
SR 44, Wildwood, Florida.

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Not Rated Cottage Inn Restaurant, 340 South US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 3.0 mile drive from The Villages. 753-3533. (American) [B/L/D] Home style cooking. Popular with locals. Sonmi Cho, owner.



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Not Rated County Line Smokehouse & Spirits, 17474 S. CR25, Weirsdale, FL. 3.5 mile drive from The Villages. 753-1104. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened December 29, 2017. Formerly called the County Line Package & Lounge. On CR25, one mile north of Marion County Road, at SE 175th St., just inside Marion county. Hours are 10 AM to Midnight daily. Starters include a Hot Pretzel ($5), Chili ($5), Chips and Queso ($5), Nachos ($10), plus a House Salad ($5) or a Smoked Chef Salad ($10). Their specialties are Pulled Pork Plate ($12), Half Rack Pork Ribs Plate ($13) or Ricky Bobby's Feast of Pulled Pork & Half Rack Combo ($21). All signature dishes come with Baked Beans, Slaw and Texas Toast. Sandwiches like Grilled Cheese ($5), ¼ lb. Hot Dogs ($5), a BLT ($7), Fried Bologna and Cheese ($8), 6 oz. Burgers ($8), Smoked Chicken and Bacon ($9), Smoked Cuban ($9) and The Beast ($12) are all accompanied by warm Kettle Chips. Side dishes like Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese or a Side Salad are all $2 extra. For dessert they offer Root Beer or Cola Floats ($5 each) or Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream ($6). Full bar. Happy Hour runs 10 AM to 6 PM. Soft drinks are $2 each. Live music on weekends. Trivia on Tuesday night. Karaoke on Thursday and Sunday night. Wednesday is Ladies Night. Outdoor seating available. Chris Wilson, Bob Morgan, Ron Fernandez and Daren Robinson, owners.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Cousin Vinnie's, 10700 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.7 mile drive from The Villages. 253-2442. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened in 2008, originally known as Cousin Vinnie's Chicken Wings, now referred to as a Family Sports Restaurant. Tucked into the end of a small strip mall, across from the Lake Village Mall at Lakes Blvd., a mile past the airport. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, every day, but later for major televised sporting events. If its Chicken Wings you're after, this is the place for Buffalo's Anchor Bar recipe. The menu boasts 100 wings for $76 and you can mix up to four flavors. They also sell them $58/75, $40/50, $29/35, $17/20, $13/15, $9/10 and 6 bucks for 6 wings. Their sauces range from "Wimpy" through "Burn Your Bottom" and "Purple Heart". But there are dozens of other sauces, like "Honey Kissed", "Raspberry", "Hawaiian", "Cajun" or even Dry Rubs that are available too. It's the "Home Depot" of Chicken Wings and Sauces. Other meals include Deep Fried Hot Dog ($7), Chicken Strip Dinner ($8), Fried Shrimp ($8), Stuffed Spuds ($8) and Corona battered Fish-N-Chips ($9). Burgers ($7 and up) are also hidden on the menu. Personal Pan Pizzas run $6-7 each. A Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza ($6) is a hit with the kids, as are Chicken Strips ($6) and a Corn Dog ($6). Salads ($5-9), Wraps ($8) and Subs ($6-10) are also offered. For dessert you can find Deep Fried Ice Cream ($7) and Fried Twinkies or Snickers ($6), both unique and popular items. 5 beers on tap, 10 more by the bottle. Free refills on soft drinks. Ordinary House Wine by the glass. Beer and wine only here. Features Sports Night on Sundays, Bike Night on Mondays, Family Night on Tuesdays, Trivia Night on Wednesdays, Karaoke Night on Thursdays, plus Cruise-In Events during the year. Vinnie Vittoria of Buffalo, owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi (The) Cove Pub and Grub, 1242 S. Cove Camp Point, Inverness, FL. 27.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-344-5894. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Located on the water behind Dollar General, east of Inverness. No sign on SR 44 to mark the location. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. In business at least 20 years here. Best known for Wings and Burgers it's a casual weekend hangout. Appetizers like Pretzels, Fried Mushrooms or Pickles, Egg Rolls, Onion Rings, Fries, Cheese Curds and Jalapeño Poppers run $7-8 each. Wings, with a dozen sauces, are popular here at 8/$9.50, 12/$14.50, 16/$18.50, 24/$27.50 all the way to 100/$110. Sandwiches like Veggie ($8.50), Grilled Chicken ($9), Chicken/Bacon Ranch ($9.50), Pulled Pork ($10), Hot Pastrami ($11), Reuben ($11), Chicken Tenders Wrap ($12) and Grouper ($13) all come with a side. Fried Shrimp Basket ($12), Chicken Finger Basket ($12), Quesadillas ($9), Fish 'n Chips ($7.50/$9.50) are on the list too. Half Ass ($10) and Big Ass ($11) Angus Burgers are also popular with many premium varieties at $11 or $12.50 each for the ½ pounders. Large Salads include Taco, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Caesar, Fried Chicken Salad and Waldorf Chicken are all $8/$10 each depending on size. Soup is also available. Many local Beers run $6/glass to $17/pitcher. Beer Flights for the undecided run $8 per flight. Frozen drinks are $7 each. Large bar inside and large outdoor seating area under canopies and umbrellas. Beer and wine licensed with a few local brews offered from 24 taps. Outside is dog and smoker friendly. Notice where you sit. Lou Ann Jacobs and Kemper Willcut, owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) Our first time here. Sunny day we sat outside with a club outing. We both had Nitro Stouts ($6 each). Nice selection of beers here. She had the Taco Salad ($8) and I had the Hot Pastrami on Rye with Fries ($11) which was excellent. The Taco Salad was just OK. Lillian was our server. The kitchen got busy and put a hold on new orders and our server let us know it'll be 15 minutes before she can put our order in. That's unusual but appreciated. It wasn't too long before our food came out. Pleasant service and good comfort food. The other members with us liked their meals too. NO EMPLOYEES WORE MASKS. Our total was $31 before t&t. Nice ½ hour drive. Look for the Dollar General.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Coyote Rojo Mexican Restaurant, 2082 W. CR 48, Bushnell, FL. 30.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-0302. (Mexican) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Located across from Walmart, just east of I-75. In business here since 2009. Open 7 days per week, 11 AM to 9 PM. Typical Mexican dishes like Quesadillas, Nachos, Buffalo Wings, Fiesta Platter and Guacamole, Cheese or Bean Dip, are offered for appetizers. Sizzling Fajitas like Vegetarian, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and Combos range $9-13 each. Other entrées include Arroz con Pollo, Grilled Pork, Chicken Mole Enchiladas, Chile Colorado, Chile Verde, Pollo Asado and Carnitas are all priced at $10 each. Carne Asada and Steak Mexicano are $11 each. You can also find Grilled Tilapia, Fish and Vegetables (both $10), Chicken, Fish and Shrimp Combo, Seafood Enchiladas, Camarones Mexicanos, and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (all $11), plus a Shrimp, Fish and Shrimp Combo at $12. Soft Flour Burritos run $6-8 each. Huevos Rancheros, Chorizo con Huevo and Chilaquiles all run $6 each. Many combinations of Flautas, Tamales, Chile Rellenos, Burritos, Tacos and Enchiladas are available too. Mexican drinks and beer are available, as is California wine. Flan ($3) is their popular dessert, as well as Tres Leches Cake and Fried Ice Cream (also $3 each). Another location is in Groveland, FL. Juan and Alma Alfraro, owners.

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

Review: (from Yori O. 5/18) Had a reason to go to Bushnell, so went with friends to this place near by. They recommended it, so we went but I frankly thought it was nothing special. I liked the ambience of the place. I had Chimichanga but had better ones in other places. Fried Burrito was too thick and Guacamole was not as fresh as I would like it to be. Rice was OK but Beans were too soupy. I have difficulty finding good Mexican food around our neck of the woods. Need to go to Orlando. To bad as there are quite a few so called Mexican food around here.Bill was inexpensive at $11. Service was very nice but I go for the food.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Not Rated Crabs In A Bucket, 9339 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, FL. 15.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-240-4084. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in early August, 2017. Started as a Food Truck. Located in the Shores Plaza off Maricamp, near Water Rd., and hidden behind the Sheriff's Station. Open 12 noon to 7 PM Monday through Wednesday, to 8 PM on Thursday, to 9 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 6 PM on Sunday. They specialize in local Boiled Blue Crabs from Nassau Sound in Jacksonville and Shrimp from nearby Mayport, FL. Dinners come with Potatoes, Specialty Egg and Corn On The Cob; Trays are seafood only. Their menu boasts a 10 Piece Crab Tray ($15), a 15 Piece Shrimp Dinner ($15), a 24 Piece Crab Tray ($25), a 10 Piece Crab Dinner ($20), 10 Piece Crab and 7 Piece Shrimp Combo Dinner ($25), a Snow Crab Dinner ($25), and a Snow Crab and Shrimp Combo Dinner ($30). They also have Shrimp and Grits ($10) and 8 Garlic Oysters ($15). Fried meals, come with French Fries and include 8 Wings ($10), Fried Pork Chop ($10), Fried Fish ($10), 8 Fried Oysters ($12), 10 Fried Shrimp ($12), Fried Gator Tail ($13), 2 Pieces of Fried Fish and 6 Fried Shrimp ($15), 7 Fried Wings and 7 Fried Shrimp ($15) or Fried Snow Crab Clusters ($25). Side dishes like Potatoes, Hush Puppies, Sausage, Corn, Eggs run $1-2 each. Special Buckets of 10, 20 and 30 Pieces of Fried Chicken Wings ($9/$18/$26) are also available, as are Crawfish Boils. They may also have a Crabby Mac 'n Cheese dish ($5). All served unceremoniously on aluminum, paper or styrofoam. Kids menu items, like Chicken Tenders, are $8. No bar here. Reservations for groups accepted. Live seafood sold retail. Occasional deals on Groupon. Willie and Deidre Gemt, owners.



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11½ Stars Video Calorie Count Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Lady Lake), 13637 US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.2 mile drive from The Villages. 259-6603. (American) (Southern) [B/L/D] "Stick to your ribs" southern style home cooking. Items like Pork Chips, Fried Chicken, Turkey and Dressing are just some of the entrées. They now have a "Wholesome Fixin's" menu that includes Oven Fried Chicken, Pork Chop, Catfish, Grilled Sirloin and Vegetable Plates. $6 lunch specials daily, like Wednesday's Chicken Pot Pie. Free dessert on your birthday. Open Thanksgiving Day with a special menu from 11 AM to 10 PM. Now licensed for beer and wine. Store within the restaurant. One of a very large nationwide chain based in Tennessee.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 7/16) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) What brought us here this evening, besides hunger, was hearing, by word of mouth, that their Southern Fried Chicken ($11) is very good. It was delicious. We both ordered it. It was was juicy, hot, and very tasty. We had a water and a Iced Tea ($2.69) The Tea was weak and tasteless. Our bill came to $25. My opinion, this Chicken is as good as McCall's. Our server Scott took good care of us. We will definitely return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Arrow Air
Based in Miami, FL. but had its start in California in 1947.
Ended service in 2010 after 28 years of passenger operation.
Service to Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Florida.

Closed Cracker House BBQ, 10863 E. Hwy. 40, Silver Springs, FL. After 4 years of operation, closed during the pandemic and never reopened.



Closed Craft Cuisine (Ocala), 2237 SW 19th Avenue Rd., Ocala, FL. After 4 years as Craft Cuisine and 7 years as Cuvée Wine and Bistro before that, this lovely upscale venue closed it's doors during the pandemic and never reopened. It earned 13 Stars in recent years from our members.



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Crazy Cucumber (Market Street), 4414 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, FL. 26.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-390-6969. (American) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened January, 2015 and located in Market Street at Heathbrook Shopping Center, near Dick's Sporting Goods. Hours here are 11 AM to 10 PM daily, much later on weekends. No breakfast served. Billed as a "Healthy American Grill", this location has a full liquor bar and offers such things as Garlic Jalapeño Fries ($7), Baked Mac 'n Cheese ($9), Nachos ($9) and Tequila Chicken Wings ($10) for your liver and heart to consume. And that's just some of the appetizers. They also have 4 Flatbreads like Veggie with Goat Cheese, Bacon & Date, Roasted Chicken and Fried Shrimp (all $9-11 each). For entrées they have Half Brick Chicken ($17), Iron Skillet Pork Medalians ($19), Sautéed Atlantic Salmon ($19), Seafood Cioppino ($21), Pan Seared Diver Scallops ($22), New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($24), NY Strip Steak ($24) and Grilled Swordfish ($25). Side dishes are a-la-carte at $4-5 extra and include Whipped Potatoes, Smashed Fingerlings, Steamed Veggies and Baby Carrots. They also have Large Salads like Roast Chicken Cobb Salad ($13), Mahi Salad ($16), Tuna Niçoise Salad ($17) and Seared Diver Scallops with Charred Romaine ($18). For Pasta they offer Winter Vegetable Risotto ($17) and Pork & Beef Bolognese Pappardelle ($18). At lunch or for light really healthy appetites, they have a Mixed Greens ($7), Waldorf ($8), Caesar ($8) or a Warm Wild Mushroom ($13) Salad. For the not-so-healthy, they offer a Bacon Cheddar ($11), Bistro ($12), Mushroom Swiss ($12) or Short Rib ($12) Burgers. You can also find a Grilled Cheese Panini ($10), Grilled Chicken ($11), Blackened Tuna ($12) or Catfish Po'Boy ($12) Sandwiches on the list. Soups are featured too, with Minestrone ($4/$6) and Clam Chowder ($5/$7), served daily. Innovative bar featuring, what else, a Cucumber Martini. Occasional entertainment and "Open Mic" Night. Outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted. Dean Grill, chef; Carlos Sanchez and Wendell Landry, owners here and of the Horse and Hounds Restaurant (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Interesting menu with some unusual items. My wife and I ordered a bottle of Donna Paula Malbec ($21) and Shrimp Shooters ($7), while we waited for some friends to arrive. They were 4 Shrimp in a Bloody Mary mix. Our server, April, was fairly attentive. My wife's entrée was a Chipotle Salad ($11). She said the dressing was fantastic and like nothing she had ever tasted before. I had the 12 oz. NY Steak and it was good but the fat could have been trimmed better. My wife and I shared the Fried Oreos ($8) which neither of us had ever tasted before. It was down right decadent and delicious.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/18) Not an easy place to find. It’s in a plaza where Dick’s Sporting is located but finding that is an issue too. We were with our Gourmet Dine-Out group of 6. The place is too noisy for my taste but I must say their Table Side Guacamole, which the server crushes in front of you in a huge stoneware, was excellent. I wouldn’t mind returning just for that. I also like the fact that they give you a choice of size for New York Strip Steak. I had the 6 oz. and it was plenty for me and cooked just right (M/R). My wife’s Shrimp Tacos was good too. The server, April, was pleasant. Except for the noise factor, we had a good time. Our bill came to $37. Our new friend from the club shared their bottle of Malbec from Mendoza, Argentine with us. Thank you. It was quite good.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated The Crazy Gator, 402 North Bay St., Eustis, FL. 25.1 mile drive from The Villages. 589-5885. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Open 11 AM - midnight, daily. Located on one-way Bay St. just north of Ferren Park. Typical waterfront indoor/outdoor gathering place. Large Salads topped with Fish, Grilled Marinated Chicken or Cajun Gator Tail are offered. Beer Battered Shrimp and Friday Fish Fries are popular. 1/2 Pound Burgers and Sandwiches are also on the menu. 10 oz. Flat Iron Steak is also featured. Health conscious meals available too. Outdoor deck is popular for lunch and evening sitting. Full bar. Happy hour 4-7 PM weekdays. $10, $15 and $25 money saving coupons available at restaurant.com or at Everyday Savings Center. Restrictions apply. Randall Connor, owner.



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Long Gone - The Grand View Hotel & Restaurant (1925)
202 E. Magnolia Ave. at Grove St., Eustis, Florida.

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11 Stars Creole 21 (Prime), 16580 S. Hwy. 475, Summerfield, FL. 11.7 mile drive from The Villages. 307-9300. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] Opened August, 2018. Located in Pedro, near SR 42 and CR 475. This replaces Rice and Beans BBQ that was in this location. Open Noon to 9:30 PM daily, later on weekends, in an attractive building with outdoor patio. You can expect a wide variety of Italian, Caribbean and Spanish entrées ranging from $11, all the way to $42. For starters you can order Sweet Cornmeal ($5), Mozzarella Sticks ($6), Fried Cheese ($6), Coconut Fried Shrimp ($7), Calamari in Lemon Sauce ($9), Supreme Nachos ($9), Stuffed Shrimp Cassava ($10), a Shrimp Cocktail ($10), or Wings ($10). They also offer Family Style assortments of any 3 of the above or a Cold Cut Board for sharing ($21). Soups include Soup du Jour ($6), Chicken ($10), Shrimp ($17) and Lobster Cream ($18). For Salads they offer Caesar ($6), Caesar with Chicken ($10), House ($12), Skirt Steak ($17), Shrimp Salad ($18) and Octopus Salad ($18). The featured dish, Mofongo, originated in Puerto Rico, and they have many variations. The base is Trifongo: Mashed Green and Sweet Plantains with Yuca, bowl shaped, then filled with Chicken ($14), Fish ($19), Skirt Steak ($20), Salmon ($20), Shrimp ($20), Octopus ($20), Seafood ($30) and other combinations ranging $18-42 each, like the Lobster, Octopus, Fish and Shrimp Combo ($42). You can top it off with a number of included sauces like Butter, Mushroom, Garlic, Coconut, Lemon, Guava or Creole. They offer many Seafood dishes too, like Fish Filet ($16), Shrimp ($17), Salmon ($17), Scallops in Lemon Sauce ($24), Whole Red Snapper ($25), Surf and Turf ($27), Seafood Paella ($36) and Lobster Tail ($38). More reasonable dishes are based with Pasta (Fettuccine, Penne or Spaghetti) and include Chicken ($11), Fish ($16), Salmon ($17), Octopus ($17), Shrimp ($17), Skirt Steak ($17) and Seafood ($27), plus various combinations again, ranging $15-39 each, like Chicken/Steak/Shrimp at $21. Again, included sauces are Marinara, Alfredo, Carbonara or Creole. They also have basic dishes like Grilled Chicken ($12), Chicken Parmesan ($15), Grilled Pork Chop ($22) and Angus Steaks like Skirt Steak ($14/8 oz. or $22/16 oz.), 16 oz. Steak with Onions ($16), Baby Back Ribs ($18), 16 oz. Porterhouse ($28), 16 oz. Ribeye ($28) and 16 oz. Lamb Chops ($28). Dinners usually come with a side dish. Other side dishes are Mashed Veggies, Mashed or Roasted Potatoes, Plantains, White Rice and Beans or Mixed Rice. For dessert they have Flan ($4), Tres Leches Cake ($4), Cheesecake ($5), Dulce de Papaya con Queso ($5), Crème Brûlée ($6), Crêpe de Frutas ($6) and their own creation, Dessert 21 ($6). Kids menu available ($6-9 each). Beer and wine licensed, no hard liquor. They offer Sangria ($7/glass or $17/pitcher), Mojito ($8) and a Creole 21 Drink ($7), plus juices, soda and bottled water. For Wine they have 8 varieties from taps at $6-9/glass and $22-30/bottle, but some are $75 and $80/bottle. Corkage Fee: $15 for your own wine. Nine Beers are offered by the bottle ($2.50-3.50 each). Happy Hour. Very family oriented. Kids menu too. Phone reservations accepted. A Deli is attached to the restaurant for take-out. Juan Carlos Nova Gonzalez, owner.

Review: (from Paula M. 8/18) We'd been looking at a billboard for this restaurant with “Coming Soon” on it for weeks, and finally it says “Now Open.”, so we went for dinner. The restaurant was pretty empty, but we suspect people aren't really aware that it's open yet. The décor is very nice, and very clean as well. Shaquira, our server, (as in the singer - she said!) was very helpful, with suggestions for this dinner, as well as for future visits. I got the Chicken Trifongo with Creole Sauce; he got the Skirt Steak Mofongo with the Creole Sauce. Both were served in large, deep wooden bowls, along with a small amount of Lettuce and Tomato Salad on the side. Each was delicious! We each brought half of our meals home; there was a lot! We just had water for our beverages. Total before t&t was $34.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Tammy B. 1/19) We both ordered Fish Fillet, one with a Side Salad and one with “Roasted Potato “, which was a Baked Potato. Fish was Whitefish, good size and thickness, but lacking in flavor. Others in the group of 9 were happy with their menu selections, so maybe we just chose the wrong entrée, but it was overpriced and pretty bland. We both had water to drink. Service was pretty good.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/19) You better be hungry for this one. Huge portions here. We shared two different Mozzarella appetizers. Very tasty and huge, should have shared one for all 4 of us. Two had the Relleno Skirt Steak Mofongo. Again, huge with plenty to go home. Two of us had the 8 oz. Skirt Steak which came on a super hot skillet, which kept the Steak hot throughout the meal. Steak was too salty for me, but meat was fairly tender. "Roasted Potato" was actually was a huge Baked Potato, which was excellent. All meals come with a small Side Salad, but you must ask for dressing. Chef/owner spent several minutes chatting about the food, preparation, etc. Very nice atmosphere. Our server was hesitant, forgetful and very difficult to understand. You must be patient here, as meals are cooked to order with homemade ingredients. Great Garlic Bread was complimentary. A Pork Chop dish came out which is hard to describe. One huge Chop cut up and stacked on a 12-15" skewer. Could easily serve 4 with a side of Rice.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/20) It was 6:30 PM when our friends and us arrived on a Saturday and the place was almost full. We waited 2 minutes for them to buss the booth (#4) next to the wall in the back. Very noisy here. All hard surfaces makes it loud. Joseph ("JOJO") was our waiter but had to be taught how to use the order pad by a waitress. Language is a problem here. We don't speak much Spanish and they don't speak much English. He tried. We asked for water and a Wine List. He had to hunt for that. All Italian Wines on the list, some at $80! Our friends ordered a bottle of Red Wine ($27) but the one we ordered was out, so they substituted a similar one, Montepulciano from Abruzzo, it was excellent. The wine ended up on our bill instead of our friends however. Garlic Bread was brought. They ordered Pasta dishes with a side Salad. My better half ordered Fettuccine Carbonara with Shrimp and Salmon and a side Caesar. I started with Coconut Fried Shrimp ($7) and had an 8 oz. Churrasco Steak ($14). Both were excellent and generous. Our friend never got his Salad. The waiter confused the order and said the House Salad comes with his Steak. But he didn't order Steak. I got my Caesar but the dressing was very strong. I'd go for Ranch next time. When my Steak arrived, so did a large House Salad. My friend asked that it be taken off his bill since he was not about to let his Pasta get cold. They later stated the Salad is free, so no adjustment was made. We asked about corkage and they didn't know what that was. He brought Juan Carlos (owner) to the table and Joseph translated since Juan could not speak any English at all. "Customers bring their own wine", got the message across and Juan Carlos said "No hay problemo!". No fee was mentioned. Next time we'll bring our own. The food was excellent but the miscommunication, Salad mix up and noise dampened our experience. Our bill with the wine came to $67 before t&t. Our friend may have taken the value of the Salad off Joseph's tip. Be prepared for a very different experience. We'll try it again for Mofongo.
Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.


Closed Crossroads Country Kitchen, 7947 West Hwy. 40, Ocala, FL. 27.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-1250. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L/D] In business since 2003, this "Breakfast Served All Day" Café closed in July, 2020 and never reopened.



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Long Gone - The Lancer's Restaurant & Lounge (1963)
"Home of the Famous Chuck Wagon and Salad Table".
1100 N. 14th St. (US 27 at the "split"), Leesburg, Florida.

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Not Rated The Dam Smoker BBQ, 36721 CR 19A, Eustis, FL. 24.5 mile drive from The Villages. 357-6555. (Barbecue) [L/D] Located back off the road, next to Lakeside Memorial Gardens, a few hundred feet south of Powers Rd off SR 19, ½ mile north of CR 44A, north of town. Open 11 AM to 8 PM, Thursday through Sunday only. In business since 1996. Ribs, Chicken, Pork and Beef Sandwiches are popular here at $5-7 each. Half Chicken dinner runs $8, while a Whole Chicken with 2 sides for 4 people is $16. Full Salb of Ribs is $20. Half Slab of Ribs is $11 but with 2 sides is $13. Wings are also available at $7/doz. Specials are offered each day. Kids menu available too. Desserts include Peach Bread Pudding and Brownies. Bluegrass music usually on Sundays at 1 PM. Order at the window. Outdoor seating provided. Beer and wine licensed. Happy Hour 4-7 PM on Fridays. Cash only. Gene Simmons and Jennifer Neal, owners.



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Not Rated Darlin' Gramma's Café, 13685 S. Hwy. 441, Summerfield, FL. 7.0 mile drive from The Villages. 307-4991. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L] Opened in March, 2018. Where the Cackleberry Café, Noona's Restaurant and Pizzeria and Jitterz Café once did business. On US 27/441 (just south of SE 135th St.), it is about 3000 feet north of the Del Webb Spruce Creek (North) Country Club entrance, in the Midway Centre Plaza, south end. Hours are 7 AM to 3 PM daily, except closed all day Monday. Serves Breakfast like Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuits and Gravy, 9 Omelettes, Home Fries, Oatmeal, Muffins and of course, Toast. For lunch you can order Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, BLT, Club or Tuna/Egg/Chicken Salad Sandwiches ($6-8 each). Hot Sandwiches include Open Roast Beef or Turkey, Philly Cheese, Tuna or Turkey Melt, Grilled Cheese, Ham & Cheese or Polluck ($6-9 each). All come with Fries. Burgers range from $7 Plain to $8 Mushroom Swiss. A featured Gramma's Burger is $13. Hot Dogs are $6, Chicken Sandwich varieties run $8-9 each. Soup is $3/$4 and includes Chicken Noodle for the soul. Salad Plates include Fruit or Chicken at $7-8 each. Sides like Homemade Potato Salad runs about $3/portion. No bar; soft beverages served. Coffee featured at 99¢. Audrey Wendell, owner.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/18) Our first visit here. Not very busy on a Sunday morning. No churches around to get the "after church crowd". I think this restaurant will have to be "the word of mouth" kind. Lisa, our server, took very good care of us. I had a Sausage and Cheese Omelet with Home Fries and a light fluffy Biscuit. The Omelet was loaded with Sausage and Cheese and I asked for the Home Fries add Onions. Wow! No extra charge for the Onions. My husband had the Ham and Cheese Omelet, also with Home Fries and Toast. We enjoyed our tasty breakfasts. Each of our meals was $8.29. We each had Coffee that is only 99 cents when you order a meal. Our bill came to $18.50 before t&t. I hope they do well in this location. Snowbird season is coming. Hopefully they will get busier.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Belleview), 10133 SW Hwy. 27/441, Belleview, FL. 10.1 mile drive from The Villages. 307-4703. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] This is the 7th location near Publix in the Belleview Commons Plaza. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Lady Lake), 1124 Teague Trail (CR 25), Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. . (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Expected to open next winter. This is the 10th location for this local chain. Located on CR 25 between Church @ The Springs and The Blue Parrot RV Resort, near Tracy Ave. A 45 seat restaurant. Breakfast and lunch items daily, 7 days a week, 7 AM to 3 PM only here. 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. Other locations are in The Villages, 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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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Ocala East), 3375 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-5632. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located near Silver Springs on SR 40. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Ocala North), 4409 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-867-7070. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located near Winn-Dixie in the Marketplace of Ocala at NW 44th Ave. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Ocala Southeast), 7578 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, FL. 17.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-687-0158. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located near Silver Springs Shores in the Heather Island Plaza, end of the Publix strip, Suite #115,. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Ocala Southwest), 11175 SW 93rd Court Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-7377. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located in the Blue Oaks Plaza on the street behind the Triple Crown Plaza. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Ocala West), 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-671-9888. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located near the Winn-Dixie in the Friendship Center Plaza at SW 100 St. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Silver Springs), 5125 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-236-1115. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Located just inside the town of Silver Springs on SR 40, where the Stage Stop Restaurant did business for many years starting with Six Gun Territory. 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. No bar. This is location #11 for the local chain. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.



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13 Stars Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Summerfield), 17350 SE 109th Terrace (Suite 1), Summerfield, FL. 2.6 mile drive from The Villages. 307-1686. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] This is the sixth location for this Ocala diner chain. Located next to Keller-Williams Realty, behind Mattress Barn that faces US 27/441, just past StoneCrest. Opened March 31, 2014. A long counter plus tables for 2 or 4 with hard chairs, all dressed in red and white give this diner a clean look. Breakfast and lunch daily, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Biscuits 'n Gravy ($4), Scramble Cheese Eggs ($6), Country Fried Steak ($7) and a Bacon, Cheese and Tomato Omelet ($7.50) are some of the specialties. Their "2-2-2" runs $4-6 before 11 AM. For lunch, you can find Grilled Cheese ($5), Grilled Ham & Cheese ($6), BLT ($6), Tuna Salad ($6), Rueben ($7), Chuckwagon ($7), Turkey Club ($7), ½ Pound Hot Dog ($7), Pulled Pork ($7.50), Fish Sandwich ($7.50) and a Philly Cheese Stek ($8) are also favorites. Santa Fe Chicken Wrap ($6) and Cheese Quesadilla ($5) are among the items. Burgers run $7-8, depending on toppings. Salads are also popular at $6-8 each. Chili with Cheese is also available at $3/$4. No bar. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.

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



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Not Rated Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Wildwood), 8727 N. Hwy. 301, Wildwood, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 748-0017. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Opened Memorial Day weekend, 2016. Located on US 301 at the intersection of CR 462, north of Wildwood. This is the 9th location in the chain. 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. No bar. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.

Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Florida Atlantic Airlines
The crew includes a "mini-stewardess".
Based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. with a fleet of DeHavilland Twin Otters.
Ended service in 1970 after 2 years of operation.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Vero Beach and Freeport, Bahamas.

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Not Rated Coming Soon (The) Dora Queen, E. Ruby St., Tavares, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-533-3380. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] An 80-foot replica of a 1920s paddlewheel steamboat will ply the waters of Lake Dora and offer party and dinner cruises out of Tavares. The air conditioned vessel, now riding on pontoons, originally sailed on the Dead River years ago out of Dead River Vic's and was named the Contessa. She'll be bright red and white. Seating for 149 passengers will be lounge style. Full bar is expected. Entertainment is also planned. The venture is expected to launch in March of 2020. Brian and Brandy Herron, owners.



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Not Rated (The) Dragonfly Vegetarian Café, 3751 SE 36th Ave., Suite C, Ocala, FL. 18.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-619-7900. (Cafe) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Also called Dragonfly Plant-Based Café. Opened in 2018. Located on the turn where SE 36th Ave. meets SE 38th St., just south of SE Maricamp Rd. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Full vegetarian and vegan menu. All food is plant based like Burgers and Hoagies, Gyros and Tacos (all $12 each). Korean BBQ and Buffalo Chick Peas are just an example. Various Bowls like Buddha with Rice, Quinoa and Veggies run $10 each. You can also find Sweet Potato Wedges, Green Bean Fries, Hummus and Naan, Spring Rolls and Yucca Fries too (all $4-7 each). Soup is available at $3. Coffees ($2-5), Teas ($4) and Smoothies ($6-7 each) are popular too. No bar. Small inside seating area plus a few tables outdoors. Aaron Dunton, owner.



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11½ Stars Duck's Dam Diner, 9685 CR 464C, Ocklawaha, FL. 12.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-288-8332. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Open from 7 AM to 2 PM daily and open for dinner only on Friday until 8 PM. Located near the Moss Bluff Dam on the Ocklawaha River, this 50 year old general store, now serving home cooked meals, is low key and friendly. Breakfast is the usual fare for under $5 and lunch is a variety of Sandwiches and Burgers for $4-6 each. Fried Fish, Chicken and Country Steak is their dinner mainstay running $5-9. Baked Ham, Marinated Chicken Breast and even Garden Burgers serve the more health conscious. No bar. John and Debbie Duckworth, owners.

Older Review: (from Bruce W. 6/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walt L. 12/20) Went for breakfast to get out for a change of scenery. Sat at the counter which was empty and good for social distancing. My server was Charlie (female). Ordered a large breakfast with 3 Eggs, Hash Browns, Link Sausage, Bacon and Biscuit. Coffee too. Service was clean and quick. Eggs, over medium were almost perfect. Biscuit was a large Pan Biscuit almost 4x4x2. Coffee was hot. Total before tip was $11 for one. I will go back and try dinner after COVID. Will go back for another breakfast too.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Now Open Duffer's Pub and Grille, 32900 Countryside Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 12.8 mile drive from The Villages. 321-4191. (American) [L/D] Formerly known as The Club at Pennbrooke Fairways and the Pennbrooke Grille. Located in the Pennbrooke Fairways Community on the way into Leesburg on SR 44, just before Whitney Rd. Open to the public. Serving lunch and dinner daily, from 11 AM to 6 PM only, but later on weekends. Appetizers include Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Mozzarella Marinara, Fried Mushrooms and Cheese Curds (all $5-7 each). Cups or Bowls of Chili or Soups run $3.00/4.50 each. Salads like Chef, House or Caesar are $3-8 each. ⅓ lb. Burgers are $8-10 each and come with Fries, Chips or Slaw. Sandwiches include an All Beef Hot Dog ($6), Grilled Cheese ($6), Egg, Tuna or Chicken Salad ($8 each), a Bratwurst ($8), Loaded BLT ($8.50), French Dip ($9), Reuben ($9) or a Philly Cheese Steak ($10). You can Pick Two with a Fruit Cup, Slaw or Soup and Half Sandwich at $8. 12 inch Pizzas are also available running $7-10, or more. Friday night dinner runs 4-7 PM and includes items like Beer Battered Cod ($10), Fried Shrimp Dinner ($15) and a daily special. Wednesday Night is Wings Night (Plain, Medium or Hot) at $0.89 each. Karaoke is 5-8 PM on Wednesday too. 15% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations by phone accepted. Full bar. Jeffrey Khol, new owner since November, 2020.



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12 Stars Video Video Eaton's Beach Sandbar & Grill, 15790 SE 134th Ave., Weirsdale, FL. 6.1 mile drive from The Villages. 259-2444. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Opened October 30, 2013. Located just west of CR 25 off Sunset Harbor Rd., on the south end of Lake Weir. Open 11 AM to 9:00 PM daily, later on weekends. Was a long time beach hangout, started by Jay Eaton, from 1924 until it closed in 2006. Now it's been rebuilt into a two story restaurant, plus new boat docks. Upstairs is a grill seating 150 patrons and downstairs is a sandbar facing the beach and lake. They feature Florida and Louisiana fused cuisine. Start with Fried Green Tomatoes ($12), Smoked Fish Dip ($12), Buffalo Wings ($12), Peel 'n Eat ($12) or BBQ ($14) Shrimp and Crab Cakes ($15) for appetizers. They always have a Soup of the Day ($6/$10) and a Seafood Gumbo ($6/$10) listed. Their headliners are Homemade Mac 'n Cheese ($15), Cajun Fried Chicken ($16), Spanish Catfish ($18), Shrimp Creole ($18) and a Shrimp & Grits ($18). Other specialties include Chicken 'n Waffles ($17), Slow Smoked Pulled Pork ($14) and Bayou Pasta ($19). Beef items include a 8 oz. Sirloin ($17) and a Marinated Ribeye ($27). For seafood lovers there's Cajun Fried Shrimp ($18), Glazed Salmon ($19), Mahi Mahi ($20) and a Fresh Catch (MP). Most entrées come with a side dish like Red Beans, Slaw, Collard Greens, Cheese & Bacon Grits, Balaya Rice, Succotash or others. A number of Salads, like Grilled Chicken Caesar ($13), are offered. For Sandwiches they offer Pulled Pork ($12), Grilled Chicken ($12), Ham 'n Swiss ($12), Pastrami ($16) and Catfish ($14) or Shrimp ($14) Po-Boys. Also Low Country, Lake Weir and Jazz Burgers round out the "hand-helds" ($12-13 each). Desserts include Peanut Butter Pie ($8), Orange Cake ($9), Pecan Pie ($8), Chocolate Brownie ($8), Key Lime Pie ($8) and Bread Pudding ($10). Wine List runs $22-62 per bottle, with many offered by the glass at $6-9 per glass. Kids menu available featuring Mac 'n Cheese, of course. Outdoor seating with lake view and colorful sunsets. Three full bars with daily drink specials. Most cocktails are $10 each. Occasional entertainment weekends. Courtesy Shuttle Service for groups of 10-14 persons from the surrounding area by prior reservation form. $5pp driver gratuity suggested. Winner of the "Best of Taste Award" at the 2016 Taste of Ocala Function. Winner 2018 "Best Lunch with a View" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. In the lower level, a separate seafood counter called Steam Shack (see that listing), operates as well. Kevin Anderson, managing partner; Randy Keuntjes, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann S. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 3/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 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 Rich C. 3/14) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 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 Jan T. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Duane R. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 10/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Christine H. 5/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lynne S. 7/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 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.
Older Review: (from Barb P. 2/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/17) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 8/17) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) It's been a while since we were here. I had my favorite, the Citrus Salmon Salad $16.50. Spot on and absolutely delicious. My husband had the Chef Pepe Salad ($13). Basically a Chef Salad that he enjoyed immensely. Kim, our server, served us well. Our bill with a water and Iced Tea, came to $32. It was surprising to me that the restaurant was extremely quiet on a Tuesday night at 5:30. There were only about 4 tables occupied when we were seated. When we finished our meals and were ready to leave, the restaurant wasn't any busier than when we arrived. I hope the quietness is only because we are not "in season".
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 5/19) We had the usual: Citrus Salmon Salad ($16.50) and the Pastrami Plate ($17.50). Both meals were plentiful and absolutely delicious. Iced Tea and a water were our beverages. We had a ValPac coupon. Order $35 or more, get a free dessert. We had their Orange Cake. This Cake is moist, flavorful and refreshing. Travis, our server took excellent care of us. The bill was $37before t&t. Of course we will return. Love the free dessert promotion.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) We have not been here in a while and remembered they have outdoor seating. Prices are 50% higher than what we remember. We arrived at 5 PM and there were still two empty tables on the porch. Stephanie was our server. My better half had a 6 oz. Carnivor Cab ($7) and I had a Blue Moon Draft ($6). She had the Fried Oyster Platter ($19) with Sweet Potato Fries (+$1). She liked them. I had the Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Rice ($19). Mine was good too. Nice breeze up here with all the fans going. Total was $52 before t&t and the service was fine.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Edo Sushi & (Japanese) Steakhouse, 4414 SW College Rd. (SR 200) Ste. 310, Ocala, FL. 23.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-861-0666. (Asian) (Steakhouse) [L/D] This restaurant opened mid-October, 2015 and is located in the Market Street Shopping Center at Heathbrook, near Painting with a Twist. Name is based on the ancient name for the city of Tokyo. Full service Japanese Steakhouse offering grill and menu offerings plus Sushi items. Sushi Rolls range $4-7 each. Special Rolls run to $16. Combos range $15 for 7 pieces, to $46 for 20 pieces. Various Chinese dishes run $12.50 for Chicken, $15 for Beef and $17 for Shrimp dinners. Teppanyaki grill items range $12-30 each or $19-30 for combinations. Tempura and Teriyaki items also offered at $10-19 each. Bento Box lunches are $9.50 each. Kids menu available. Full bar. Open Christmas Day 11 AM to 11 PM. Reservations suggested. Ling Zhu, owner here and at Ocean Buffet (see that listing).



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Long Gone - Hotel Lakeside (circa. 1895)
On Lake Weir, Weirsdale, FL.
"L.T. Clawson, Proprietor."

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Not Rated Eduardo's Lokos Tacos, 226 W. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.1 mile drive from The Villages. 742-1181. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened September, 2015. Was once a food truck. Located where La Yaquecita Mexican Grill and Pico de Gallo Mexican Grill did business for a few years, on a mostly residential street, just west of downtown (on old US 441) at the corner of N. Texas Ave., two blocks north of Main St. Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, to 10 PM on weekends and to 8 PM on Sunday. Closed on Mondays. Offers a large variety of Taco dishes at $8.50 each. They also serve Quesadillas and Fajitas ($12-23 each). You can also find Burrito Grande ($8.50), Flautas ($9), Chimichangas ($9.50), Chiles Rellenos ($9.50), Sopes ($9.50), Gorditas ($9.50), Kekas ($9.50), Torta ($10) and Ceviche ($12.50) on the menu. Full bar with Happy Hour 3-8 PM weekdays. $3 Tequila Shots are popular too. Eduardo Cendejas and Leticia Gallardo, owners.

Older Review: (from Frank K. 5/16) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Homer's Restaurant (1942)
411 Main St., Leesburg, Florida.

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Not Rated Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Eggs Up Grill (Ocala), 4414 SW College Rd., Ste. 620, Ocala, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-9596. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened January 20, 2020. Located in Market St. at Heathbrook Shopping Center, near Barnes and Noble. Open 6 AM to 2 PM daily. "Everything to make you smile." Famous for their Blueberry Muffins ($4) and Corned Beef Hash ($3), this café serves items like Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Burrito, Biscuits & Gravy, Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage and of course Eggs like Sunny-Side Up or Down, Scrambled, plus many Omelets (all run $6-11 each). Even Shrimp and Grits, Philly Cheese Steak or "Build Your Own" Omelets can be made. Home Fry Bowls ($8.50) are also popular. Burgers, a Rueben, Steak or Chicken Wraps, BLT, Club Sandwiches ($7-10 each), Soup ($5-6) and Salads ($8-10 each) are popular at lunch hour. Bananas Foster is a possible indulgence ($9.50). Kids menu offered. Bo bar. A growing chain of about 50 restaurants in the southeast US, now headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, started by Chris Skordras in 1997. This one is another franchise operation run by Brad Harper, like Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar (see that listing) nearby.



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Not Rated El Toreo (Ocala East), 3790 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-694-1401. (Mexican) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM or later. Offers the familiar Mexican fare like Chimichanga, Steak Burritos, Flautas, Alambre de Camaron, Enchiladas Verdes, Pechugas a la Plancha and Fajitas ranging $6-12. Tamales, Tacos, Burritos, Chalupas and Chiles Rellenos are other a-la-carte items at $5-7 each. Many combination plates also dot the menu around $8. Festive atmosphere. Full bar. Two For One Happy Hour 4-7 PM. Drinks specials weekly. Jose Luis Quiroz, owner here. A second location is on the west side of town (see that listing).



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13 Stars El Toreo (Ocala West), 3510 SW 36th Ave., Ocala, FL. 25.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-2121. (Mexican) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM. Located on SR 200, just east of I-75 exit #350 at the Park Centre and Hilton Hotel entrance. Serves a number of different Nachos, Quesadillas, Chorizo con Queso and even Chicken Fingers and Buffalo Wings to start. Offers Salads like Seafood, Grilled Chicken, Beef Fajita, Taco and Guacamole Salad too ($3-9 each). Some of the special dishes are Chilaquiles ($8), Chiles Rellenos Poblanos ($9), Carnitas ($9), Tacos Arrachera ($9), Pozole ($9.50), Pollo con Mole ($9.50) and Bistec a la Tampiquena ($11). Parrilla Mexicana ($21) is a popular combination of Beef, Chicken and Shrimp. Chimichanga, Steak Burritos, Flautas, Alambre de Camaron, Enchiladas Verdes, Pechugas a la Plancha and Fajitas range $6-12. Tres Leches and Dulce de Leche ($4 each) offered for dessert. Full bar. Two For One Happy Hour 4-7 PM. Alfredo, Antolin and Juan Quiroz, owners here. Another location is on the east side of the city (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 4/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Elijah's Café, 248 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis, FL. Closed during the pandemic and never reopened.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Fat Boys Bar-B-Q, 4132 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-236-3271. (Barbecue) [L/D] In business since August, 1970 and family friendly and affordable. Also listed as Fat Boys BBQ. Located on S.S.B., near NE 42nd Ave., not far from Bonnie Heath Blvd., Appleton Museum and Lowes. Open daily at 11 AM and closes at 8 PM except later on weekends. For starters they have Wings, Mushrooms, Cheese Sticks, Sweet Potato Sticks and Onion Rings (all $3-5 each). They offer Pork, Beef, Chicken, Ham and Turkey Sandwiches (all $3-5 each). Slaw and Beans can be added at $1 extra. Luncheon Specials before 5 PM include ¼ BBQ Chicken ($6), Fried Flounder ($6), Franks and Beans ($6), Pork or Beef Plate ($6 each), Rib Plate ($7.50) and Baby Back Rib Plate ($8). Senior Plates are available too. Dinner Plates include Chicken Tenders or Turkey ($8 each), Beef ($8), ½ BBQ Chicken ($8) and Ham or BBQ Pork ($8 each). Combo Plates run $10. Baby Back Plates run $12-17, depending on size. Feast for Four People is $31. All-U-Can-Eat Specials every day. Flounder ($8), Shrimp ($10), Ribeye ($13) and Combos of those run $12-16 each. Plates include accompaniments too. Lots of sides to choose from ($1-6 each). Children's sizes run $3-5 each. Desserts are Pecan Pie or Cheesecake ($2 each). Beer only, no wine or cocktails here. Pitchers are $6. Reservations taken for larger parties. One of a small Florida chain with 3 locations. This one owned by Scott Stumpf, managed by Nikki Stumpf.

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



Closed Feta Mediterranean Cuisine, 306 SW Broadway St., Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-433-4328. (Greek) (Italian) [L/D] Sadly after 8 years in business, this Greek and Italian restaurant could not survive COVID-19 and closed its doors in July, 2020. Our members rated it 11 Stars over the years.



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Long Gone - The Pig Stand (1949)
E. Silver Springs Blvd. and Watula Ave., next to the Ritz Theater, Ocala, Florida.

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12½ Stars Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (Mount Dora), 421 Baker Street, Mount Dora, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 385-3540. (Mexican) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM or from Noon on Saturday and Sunday. One block east of Donnelly St. Old world flavors of Mexico are offered here. Over 50 dishes are available. Their specialties are Fajitas (1/$15 or 2/$25). Combo Platters run $11-14 each. Street Tacos run $12 each. The usual Mexican entrées like Chile Relleno, Enchiladas, Burritos, Carne Asada and Bistec a la Mexicana run $11-17 each. Lunch Specials weekdays to 3 PM run about $10 each. Desserts like Flan or Chimi Cheesecake run $5-7 each. Kids menu available. Full bar. Happy Hour 2-7 PM. Special Margaritas available. Voted "Best of the Best" for Mexican, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Another location is located in Colony Plaza in The Villages (see that listing). Jessie Reyes, owner. ####

Older Review: (from Jim C. 9/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Fifth Avenue Streatery, 846 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 729-3328. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Opened July 20, 2019. Formerly the Mount Dora "Streat" Corner and Taste of Chicago and More, it's located at the corner of E. 5th Ave. and N. Highland St., a few blocks east of downtown Mount Dora, where a gas station once stood, many years ago. Open daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM, weekends to 10 PM, but closed Mondays. The food is made fresh here. For appetizers they offer Sweet Jalapeño Hots, Cheese Ravioli, Stuffed Mushrooms, Loaded Nachos, Onion Rings, Fried Green Tomatoes, Deviled Eggs, Corkscrew Fried Shrimp, a Cheese Plate, Ahi Tuna and Crab Cakes, all ranging $7-15 each. Taco Plates of Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish and Veggies run $9-12 each. A few Burgers are on the menu, like a Veggie, or Beef topped with items like Fried Green Tomato, Goat Cheese, Sausage, Pork Belly, Cheddar, or Crabmeat, all run $10-16 each. Hot Dogs too, like Chicago style, Beer Cheese and Chili and Onion and Mushrooms are all $9 each. A half dozen Sandwiches are made here like Steak ($10), Chicken ($10), Italian Beef ($11), Fish, Southern BLT ($11), Philly style ($12) and a Gyro ($12). Sandwiches, Burgers and Dogs include 1 side dish. Gluten-Free buns are available too. For main dishes you'll find Grilled Chicken ($11), Half Rack of BBQ Ribs ($12), Steak Medallions ($13), Catch Of The Day ($14), Salmon ($15) and Ahi Tuna ($16). They make Salads too like Caesar, Mediterranean, Fried Chicken, Southern Caprese and Arugula & Fried Goat Cheese, all ranging $9-12 each. Desserts include Southern Fried Snickers® Bar, Bananas Foster or Port Wine Peaches Crêpes, Flourless Chocolate Cake and New York Style Cheese Cake (all $6.50 each). Kids menu available. Beer and wine licensed with many wines by the glass ranging $5-8 each and by the bottle ranging $17-40 each. Specials daily on the board, like Friday Fish & Chips ($11) or 50% off bottles of wine on Wednesday make for an attractive bargain. About two dozen bottled beers are offered too. The focus is on outdoor seating under cover with plants and yard lighting. Tim Habjan (former GM at Evans Prairie Country Club in The Villages) and Deborah McGann, owners.



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Video Now Open Filo's Mexican Cantina, 1390 NW 80th Ave. (CR 225A), Ocala, FL. 29.3 mile drive from The Villages. 352-414-7876. (Breakfast) (Mexican) [B/L/D] Opened January, 2021. Located behind the new World Equestrian Center Hotel - Ocala, just north of SR 40 and 2 miles west of I-75 Exit #352. It's behind the small Schooling Arena, due north of the hotel building. It's street address is 8257 NW 17th Lane if that helps your GPS navigate this vast complex. It offers traditional Mexican fare. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM daily. For breakfast (6:30- 10 AM) you'll find Breakfast Burritos, Fiesta Egg Bowl, Breakfast Bacon & Egg Sandwiches and a Cantina Breakfast of Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns and a Tortilla (all ranging $6-10 each). Pastries, Bagels and Muffins ($3-4 each) are also offered at breakfast. Lunch and dinner starts at 11 AM with Chile Lime Chicken, Grilled Prime Steak, Braised Pork, Barbacoa or Marinated Vegetable Burritos ($10-13 each). You can build your own meal here. Chile Lime Chicken and Grilled Prime Steak Fajitas ($12-14) are offered also. Street Tacos of Pork, Chicken, Steak, Beef in a Corn or Flour Tortilla are available at $4 each. Quesadillas are popular with Cheese, Steak or Chicken styles sold at $9-12 each. A Taco Salad runs $10. For dessert you can enjoy a Key Lime Tart, Mexican Flan, Churro or Tres Leche (all $5 each). Beer, Wine, some Cocktails and Mexican drinks are offered here. Kids meals listed also. Outdoor seating available. Larry Roberts of R+L Carriers, owner.



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12 Stars Fiore's Café, 2327 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. 19.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-789-6980. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Originally located at 207 S. Pine Ave., then 119 S. Pine Ave. until May, 2017; now located where Champion BBQ and Steak House was located further south. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM or later; Sundays 4 to 9 PM. Summer hours are from 4 to 9 PM daily and closed Mondays. Popular for New York Pizza, they also have other Italian dishes on the menu including a few daily specials. Noted for generous portions. Antipasto ($15) is enough for two. Cold and Hot Subs run $9-11 each depending on size. Chicken dishes include Piccata, Marsala and Parmigiana (about $16 each), plus Veal fixed the same ways ($18-19). Lasagna, Grilled Tilapia, Eggplant Parmigiana and Meat Ravioli ($13-15) are featured also. You can also find Tilapia ($13), Linguine with Clam Sauce ($16), Seafood Cannelloni ($18), Spaghetti Gamberi ($19), Penne alla Vodka ($17), Salmon Mezzaluna ($20), Mussels Marinara ($16) and Seafood Risoto ($29). One signature dish is Black Seafood Linguine ($29). Warm Garlic Knots are popular here too. Beer, Wine and homemade Sangria is available. Generous pours of House Wine are $8 each. Wines by the bottle are listed. Homemade Tiramisu ($7) is a favored dessert, along with Cannoli ($5) and NY Style Cheesecake ($7). Reservations accepted and advised on weekends in season. Winner 2011 "Best Pizza" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Juan Lazo and Angel Salamanca, owners here and at La Vaca Frita (see that listing) at their old location.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=5 S=1 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count First Watch The Daytime Café (Ocala), 3411 SW 36th Terrace, Ocala, FL. 26.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-2344. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located in the new College Plaza (where Shoney's was located) in front of Home Depot off SR 200, just east of I-75. Opened October 22, 2012. Similar to the location in The Villages (see that listing) this one has 3,600 s.f. plus a 1,000 s.f. patio. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM only. Gluten free information available on their website. No bar here. Free newspapers and wifi. Call ahead seating for 7 or more. Sign up for their Sun eClub® HERE, for coupons and announcements. This franchise owned by Joe Cody, who plans one for Gainesville too. Started in Pacific Grove, California in 1983, the fast growing chain of 350+ restaurants in 32 states is headquartered in University Park, FL. Another location is planned for Wildwood.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count First Watch The Daytime Café (Wildwood), 5833 Seven Mile Dr., Wildwood, FL. 8.6 mile drive from The Villages. 626-8096. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened July 20, 2020. Located in the new Trailwinds Village Shopping Plaza on CR 466A. "First Watch" refers to the nautical term meaning the early first shift of the day. Similar to the location in The Villages (see that listing). So the locals call this new location, "Second Watch". Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM only. Gluten free information available on their website. One of many locations now offering a limited bar, featuring vodka and champagne concoctions. Free newspapers and wifi. Outdoor seating available here. Call ahead seating for 7 or more. 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.



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Fish Camp (On Lake Eustis), 901 N. Lakeshore Blvd., Tavares, FL. 19.6 mile drive from The Villages. 742-4400. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened in early April, 2017. Formerly the Lakeside Stone Grill for 15 months and before that the Tale Chaser Grille. Located at of the intersection of US 441, N. Lakeshore Blvd. and W. Alfred St. near the "Triangle Fountains". Open daily, except Monday, 11 AM to 9 PM. They offer a wide variety of unique fish items. For appetizers you can find Char-grilled Brussels Sprouts ($4), 8 Wings with Sauce ($7), Swamp Cabbage Ceviche ($8), Beer-battered Calamari ($8) and ½lb. Peel 'n Eat Shrimp ($10). Hydroponic Farm to Table Salads ($7) and a Kale Caesar ($7) are also available. For lunch or dinner they offer Fish 'n Chips ($10), Fresh Catch ($11), Shrimp 'n Grits ($12), a Black Angus Rib Eye ($16), a Seafood Trio of Shrimp, Fish and Scallops ($17) and a Fish and Pasta dish at Market Price. Most come with a side dish, like Rice, Sprouts, Kale, Salad or Potatoes. They also offer a Fish Sandwich ($5), Chicken Sandwich ($6), a ½lb. Steakburger ($7), Smoked Gator Sausage ($10), plus other Angus Burger creations ($9 each). Side dishes on the menu include Linguini, Wilted Kale, Garlic Red Mashed Potatoes, Cheese Grits, Cole Slaw and Kale Caesar Salad, among others. For dessert they have Mango Crème Brûlée ($5). Full bar. Craft beer, Florida Wine and Margaritas are from the bar. Reservations accepted. Outdoor seating available facing the lake. Kids menu ($5-6 each) too. Voted "Best of the Best" for Seafood, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Owned by James Jorden and Lenina Gomez of Ft. Lauderdale.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/19) Our server, April, offered us any table. Very helpful about the menu and specials. We had the Friday Special AUCE Fried Cod and Fries. Very moist and flakey Fish. The Fries were TOO abundant and were excellent. We only had one more piece of Fish to add to the plated two pieces. It came with Coleslaw. Complementary self serve Soup and Mixed Salad are offered Monday through Friday. Price for AUCE Fish was the same as regular meal price. Good service and food. Outdoor seating with lake view is available. Our meals with two Draft Beers was $34. plus t&t. Will return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Arlene P. 4/19) Had their Easter Special Menu. 7 of us had the Deep Fried Turkey dinner and 1 had the Ham dinner. Some of us have had Deep Fried Turkey before. This was not it. Turkey was dry and tasted like refrigerated leftovers. Chunks and shreds of Turkey, not sliced. No skin. Green Bean Casserole was cold and we were asked to scrape them from our plates into a dish which was then nuked! The Beans, Stuffing and Potato were ice-cream scoops as you would get at a cheap cafeteria. No gravy on the Turkey, when asked they brought small containers to share with no spoons. Sweet Potato, Stuffing and Mashed Potato and Cornbread were very good. But barely warm. Had to ask for butter. Water had to be requested to bring refills. Very disappointed. Person who had the Ham dinner, said it was OK. Looked like a processed slice, not a fresh carving Ham. Bacon Topped Cream Cheese Cake was an unusual treat. It was the only saving grace. This place does seafood well. They need to stick to that. Will go again, but for the seafood. Ours, with 2 very spicy Bloody Marys, a Whiskey Sour, a Martini and the Cheesecake with tax, was $62. Comped my Coffee to make up for poor meal. WOW!
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Blue Bird Restaurant (1929)
3750 S. Pine Ave. (US 27/301/441), Ocala, Florida.

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12 Stars Fisherman's Restaurant, 12311 E. Gulf To Lake Hwy. (SR44), Inverness, FL. 23.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-637-5888. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Closed Mondays & Tuesdays plus 3 weeks in early September. Open Sundays 12 noon to 8 PM. Wednesday to Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM. Also known as Fisherman's Cove. Open Thanksgiving Day 12-8 PM. Located about 8 miles west of I-75 on SR 44, 6 miles before Inverness, FL., just past the Withlacoochie River bridge. Unpretentious building. Popular with locals. Very large selection of seafood and steak dinners. Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Shrimp or Fish Dinners (either blackened, grilled or fried) range $11-19. Scampi, Scallops, Oysters or a 7 oz. Florida Lobster Tail range $20-27. Combos like Sirloin Steak & Shrimp ($27) or Scallops & Shrimp ($20) or Steak & Lobster Tail ($38) can be had. Twin Tails are $40. Soft Shell Crab, Frogs Legs or Homemade Crab Cakes run $17 each. The most popular is the Beer Battered Haddock Fish Fry ($13). Large combos such as the Captain's Platter, Fisherman's Platter and Shipwreck Platter run $29-45. Catfish ($10/$13/$15), Grouper ($MP), 'Gator ($17) and Lobster ($24) on their menu also. Meats such as Pork Chops ($14), 8 oz. Top Sirloin ($17), 12 oz. NY Strip ($18) and 10 oz. or 16 oz. Delmonico Steaks are $18/$25. Besides large dinner entrées, you can find Wings ($9-17), Hamburgers ($5-9), Chicken ($7) and even Grilled Cheese ($4.50). Gator Bites from a local recipe run $5 to $10. Outside dining in the rear in season. Beer, wine ($4-9 per glass), coolers and canned pop. Wine list runs $17-48 per bottle. Reservations accepted. Vicki Sue & Bob Root, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosalind G. 5/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 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 Stu R. 11/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Karl M. 2/18) This place was terrible. It took 10 minutes to get a menu; after that it took 25 minutes for the waitress to come back and take our orders. The place was half full. Once we got our food it also was terrible. The only thing that was good was the Baked Potato and I had to ask for extra Butter for my Baked Potato twice. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Colene M. 6/18) We had a reservations for 6 p.m. and the waitress served our drinks as soon as we arrived (different times for different people). We ordered and my husband had their Shrimp and Scallops and I ordered the Special Small Prime Rib. They both came with a Salad and Baked Potato. The meal was really good and our bill was $51. That's after tax but before tip. One of the ladies in our party asked for extra bread and never got it so she was upset.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 7/19) My husband had the Fried Haddock and I had their Coconut Shrimp. Service was excellent.The batter was how we like it, thin and freshly done at the restaurant, not frozen. Salads appeared to be freshly made with garden fresh lettuce tomato, onions and carrots. Coleslaw was served prior to the main course, so they kept food coming at all times. Baked Potato and French Fries were great. Too full for dessert but they were displayed and appeared to be homemade! Everyone in our group of 8 loved their food, clean plates all around! We will definitely go back to this local Florida Seafood Restaurant that is locally owned.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 12/20) We arrived at 4:15 PM on a Friday and the place was half full. After we got seated, we noticed NO WAIT STAFF wore masks. The food comes out fast here and we had the Haddock Fish Fries and a beer. All bills are hand written and it came to $36 including tax. Good food but we won't go back until the pandemic is over or we can sit outside.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Coming Soon Flying Boat Tap Room, 9672 SE 58th Ave. (Baseline Rd.), Belleview, FL. 11.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (Brew Pub) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Located on Baseline Road (SR 35) at SE 96th Place Rd., next to the DAV, about 2 miles north of US 441. "No working during drinking hours!" Opening in the spring of 2021. A three blade prop and custom made tables dorn the refurbished building. They offer 28 taps of craft beer along with appetizers like Meatballs, Phyllo & Brie, Baked Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes and a Charcuterie Board. You'll find Stone Fired Pizzas and Sandwiches too, like Jerk Chicken, Veggie Quinoa, Mahi and Pork Belly plus Tacos are available. Four Salads are listed for lighter appetites. Desserts like Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie and Pineapple Upside Down Cake can kill your diet. Beer and wine licensed. Tucker Bengoa, manager; Bill Bow and Tim Kirby, owners.



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Northeastern International Airways
Based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. but, despite its name, never flew outside the US.
Ended service in 1986 after 4 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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12½ Stars Francesco's Ristorante (Stone Fire Pizza), 16770 South US 27/441, Summerfield, FL. 4.1 mile drive from The Villages. 693-2008. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] This restaurant occupies the location in Baylee Plaza that Isabella's Restaurante, then Taverna Red did business for almost 4 years. Opened late February, 2014. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily or later on weekends. The experienced restauranteur brings a wide variety of Italian dishes and Pizzas. The menu uses the Italian language names for meals. Napoletana Style Pizzas are stone fired and range from Margarita, Pancetta & Mushroom, Prosciutto & Tomato, Chicken Florentine and a BLT, all ranging $10-11 each. Or you can build your own with extra toppings priced accordingly. Pastas include Eggplant Rollatini ($11), Lasagna ($12), Cannelloni ($12), Spaghetti Bolognese ($12.50), Linguini with Clam Sauce ($13) and others. Specialties include Cheese Ravioli ($10), Tagliatelle Alfredo ($11) and Tagliatelle with Salmon ($13). You can also find Coconut Butterfish ($11.50), Salmon Cleopatra ($15) and Zuppa Fra Diavlo ($16). Chicken dishes run $12-13 each. All main dishes come with a choice of Soup (like Italian Wedding Soup or Pasta Fagioli) or Side Salad. Appetizers include Mussels ($7.50), Fried Mozzarella ($7.50), Fried Calamari ($8.50), Bruschetta ($7.50), Antipasto ($9) and a Sampler ($10). Large Salads are also offered like Salmon Salad, Caesar Salad, Steak Salad and Chopped Salad (all $9-10 each). Lunch items, before 3 PM, include Meatball, Chicken Parm., Sausage & Peppers, Grilled Chicken, Turkey BLT Wrap, and Sausage & Peppers Sandwiches ($7-9 each). There's a Sirloin Burger too, at $8. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Full bar with an interesting wine list. Family style meals on Sunday at $19 for 2, 3-Course Meal at $30 for 2 on Monday, NY Strips for 2 at $26 on Tuesday, Seafood for 2 at $23 on Wednesday and Braciole for 2 at $20 on Thursday. Open Thanksgiving Day 11 AM to 7 PM. Occasional entertainment including comedy. Happy Hour before 7 PM. Small Corkage Fee. Eric Reed and Noel Bravo, chefs; Francesco (Franco) Esposito, partner; Kathy Funk and Paul D'Alto, owners.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/14) Q=4 S=1 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 5/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 1/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/16) Q=2 S=2 V=5 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank K. 5/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 1/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. A.J., our server, was outstanding. I had the Tagliatelle al Salmone ($13). My husband had the Linguine in White Clam Sauce ($13). These are our favorite dishes. Never disappointed. We started with their Side Salad with the delicious Balsamic Vinegar Dressing. We each had Iced Tea. Our bill came to $31. I still don't know why we don't come here more often.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Haven't been here in a while. Thought we'd give it another shot. I had a Bourbon Manhattan/Rocks ($6.50), she had a Lemon Drop Martini ($6) to start. Mine was 2 for 1, wow! Our server was Jenny and as the evening progressed we liked her more and more. She was very friendly and knowledgable. My better half had a Bowl of Soup ($5) and a large portion of Bruschetta ($7.50). I had the Coconut Butterfish ($13) with a Caesar Salad (+$1). The fish was a large and tasty portion. I remarked several times how good it was. Ate the whole thing. Our total was $39 before t&t. Jenny made the experience wonderful. We will ask for her station the next time we visit.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 9/20) What a wonderful experience we had to celebrate my birthday. Betty was our server and was extremely personable and knowledgeable. We had the Eggplant Parmesan ($11) and the Linguine with White Clam Sauce ($14). With a Soft Drink ($2.50), our meal came to $27.50 before t&t. Everything was absolutely delicious. The Salads before the main course had their signature balsamic dressing. Between Francesco's salad dressing and their dipping sauce for the bread, we are very happy. We were given a complimentary mini Cannoli in celebration of the birthday too. We love Francesco's.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/20) We had dinner after the theatre matinee. Arrived a little after 4 PM. Got seated immediately. Service from Jess was perfect. The food was delicious. I had Salmon Cleopatra ($16) and my husband had his absolute favorite, Linguini with Clam Sauce ($14). With a soft drink, our bill came to $33. before t&t. Love this restaurant!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Fruitland Park Café, 3180 US 441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.2 mile drive from The Villages. 435-4575. (Cafe) [B/L/D] Located next to the Dinner Bell Restaurant. "Eat Healthy - Work Hard - Play Fair". A family oriented establishment. This café serves up coffee (self-serve) at just 50 cents per cup, all day. Breakfast is served 6-11 AM and all day Sunday. Lunch ends at 3 PM when the restaurant closes. "Supper" now being offered on Monday nights only, from 4:30-7:30 PM. Design your own breakfast, which can be 2 Eggs, 2 Toast, 2 Bacon Strips, 1 Sausage Patty, 1 Pancake, 1 Biscuit, 1 Toasted Bagel, 1 English Muffin, Grits, Home Fries, Hash Browns, Sausage Gravy, Sliced Tomato or Fruit, all at $1 for each item. Thick Cut New Orleans French Toast ($4), Breakfast Sandwiches ($2-3) and Biscuits & Gravy ($2-3) are also on the menu. Fresh OJ ($1.50) is a favorite in season. Lunch items include Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich ($5), a Cuban Pressed Sandwich ($7), Patty, Tuna or Turkey Melt ($5 each), Pulled Pork Grinder ($5), Club Sandwich ($6) and many Subs ($7-9 each). Burgers are popular at $5-7 each depending on toppings. Salad Plates ($6), Homemade Soup ($3.50/bowl), Wraps ($5), Hot Dogs ($2.50) and Chicken Wings ($7.50/10) are on the menu too. "Supper Night" (Mondays) may offer Fried Catfish, Cheese Grits, Garden Salad, Baked Potato, Green Beans and Peach Cobbler at just $9, all you can eat, with a soft drink. Another supper may offer Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Garden Salad, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Dessert and Coffee. Menu changes weekly. Watch Sunday's Daily Sun for their ad. No bar. Andrea (Niki) Pewsey, owner.

Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 10/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars The Frog & Monkey Restaurant Pub, 411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 383-1936. (American) (British) [L/D] Open daily from 12 Noon to 8 PM, later on weekends, but to 5 PM on Sunday. In the Renaissance Building basement, once occupied by the Frosty Mug and then Retro Wine Cellar & Bistro. This is now an English Pub with international flair. Both English, Irish and Italian food is offered. Typical entrées range from $14 (Spaghetti) to $20 (Seafood Pasta dish). Of the British items, Cottage Pie ($16), Bangers & Mash ($16), Fish 'n Chips ($18) and Shrimp 'n Chips ($21) are popular. Other items include Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Salmon ($19) and Grilled Chicken Breast ($19). Paninis are also on the menu at $10-11, as are Burgers from $10 to $12 each and Flatbreads at $10-16 each. A Lamb Burger runs $16. Baked Brie ($9) makes an interesting dessert. Full bar here. Selection of beers are varied. Mario Penaherrera and Rodrigo Morocho, new owners. ####

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



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Long Gone - Hotel Mount Dora (1922) (2009)
"Midst Lakes and Hills". Now The Renaissance Building
411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated Free WiFi Froggers Grill & Bar (Mount Dora), 4931 Lake Park Ct. (off US 441), Mount Dora, FL. 23.3 mile drive from The Villages. 385-3555. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. One of a small chain. Fajitas ($13), Seafood Combo Basket ($13) and Shrimp or Scallop Baskets ($11) are offered. Fried Clams and Fish Filet also on the menu. Selection of Tacos, Soups, Salads and Buffalo Wings also. Large selection of Pizzas available. Sandwiches, Subs and Burgers ($7-8) are there too. One thing missing on their menu is Frogs. Daily specials. Full bar. Live entertainment 3 nights per week. Five locations in Florida. Another located in Apopka. Both owned by George Hakim.



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10½ Stars Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 17860 SE 109th Ave., Summerfield, FL. 2.0 mile drive from The Villages. 347-6119. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Traditional Japanese restaurant plus Sushi Bar located in the Spruce Creek Terrace Shoppes, Suite 618. Entrées range from Chicken ($13), Vegetarian ($13), Teriyaki Steak ($15), NY Steak ($16), Shrimp ($16), Filet Mignon ($19), to various combinations of those up to $26, all cooked on teppanyaki griddles by accomplished chefs. $14 Early Bird meal offered before 6 PM. Sushi ranges $3 for Egg, to $5 for Sweet Shrimp. Special Rolls range from $7 for Crunch Roll, to $13 for Salmon, Avocado Bagel Roll. Soups and Salads also offered, plus Shumai (Shrimp Dumpling) at $4, Tuna Todaki (Grilled) at $8 and Futo Maki (Crab) at $9 are also popular items. Full bar. Joon Lee and family, owners.

Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/07) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob C. 7/08) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 8/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Calorie Count Now Open (The) Garden Grille and Bar (Hilton Ocala Downtown), 120 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-353-581-6060. (American) [B/L/D] Opened in October, 2020. Located in the Hilton Garden Inn (Ocala Downtown). Main entrance is on the east side of the building (SE Osceola Ave.), away from the square. The restaurant aimed at hotel guests, serves breakfast lunch and dinner daily in a casual atmosphere. You can find Burgers and Sandwiches ($10-15), Appetizers ($8-12), Soups and Salads ($5-12), Flatbreads ($9-10 each), plus entrées such as Fish & Chips ($12), Pork Tenderloin ($14), Chicken Fettuccine ($14), Tuscan Ragout ($16), Thai Chicken Pasta ($16), Sesame Chicken Pasta ($18), Braised Short Ribs ($24), NY Strip Steak ($24), and a Fresh Catch ($MP). Desserts like Crème Brûlée Cheesecake and Carmel Apple Granny Pie are all $8 each. Kids menu available. Full bar and small wine list offered. Hotel owned.



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Not Rated Gator Bay Bar & Grill, 10320 CR 44, Leesburg, FL. 18.0 mile drive from The Villages. 365-2177. (Sports Bar) (Southern) [L/D] Open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM, except closed Mondays.Located in a marina on Haines Creek on County Route 44, not State Route 44, 1/4 mile east of CR 473 (Haines Creek Road). Salads ($5-7), Burgers ($6-7), Hot Dogs ($3.50), Wings (20/$13) and Sandwiches ($6-8) are the norm here. Lunch specials start at $5. Such local favorites include Catfish Nuggets, Jalapeno Poppers and Southern Pork BBQ. A Gator Bay Po Boy is popular at $8. $8 Fish Fry offered on Fridays from 4 PM. Beer license only by draft or bottle. Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday 2-6 PM. $9 and $15 money saving coupons available at restaurant.com or at Everyday Savings Center. Restrictions apply. George Linardos and Kevin Goodson, managers; Norma Goodson, owner.



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10½ Stars Gator Joe's Beach Bar & Grill, 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha, FL. 9.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-288-3100. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located off CR 25. Turn south at the traffic light in Oklawaha. Named after a 15 foot alligator that live in Lake Weir in the early 1900s. Entrées range from Mama's Mahi-Mahi, Fried Fish or Oyster Baskets, Chicken Fingers, Fried Shrimp and Baby Back Ribs to Gator Tail and Jumpin' Frog Legs. Other meals for the less adventuresome range from $8 to $14. Tuesday and Thursday all-you-can-eat specials. Deck and Tiki dining out over the lake. Laid back Florida waterfront beach bar atmosphere. Excellent for sunset cocktails. Entertainment on Friday nights. Closed Mondays. Popular with the college crowd on weekends and Villages groups during the week. Full bar. Green Gator Juice a specialty. In business since 1926 under various names. Mike Fredette, general manager; Ray McBride and Kirk Boone, current owners.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/07) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/08) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 10/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jeanne B. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/12) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/14) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/15) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 10/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 4/18) We were seated promptly on the outside deck, as requested, at noon on a weekday; still, it was pretty busy. New, extended menu, including many true dinner entrées. My wife had the Gator Philly Sandwich ($12) and it was terrific, as usual; it was served with Chips. I had the "Famous Fish Sandwich ($11), which consisted of 2 large deep-fried Pollock Filets on a large bun with tomatoes & lettuce, also with Chips. With 2 Soft Drinks, the bill before t&t was $29. Service by Crystal was fun, efficient and witty. Dining companions had the Grilled Shrimp Salad and the Gator Philly and loved both. This is always a fun place. Weekends are extremely busy, especially with bikers, but that makes for a great experience, also.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/18) It is always an adventure to go to this restaurant. All the adults ordered Gator Juice and enjoyed it. I had a new dish of Mussels Linguini and it was excellent. There were lots of large and flavorful Mussels in a very nice broth. He had a Cuban that was very good. All of the rest of our party enjoyed their meals also. The cost was $36 before tip and tax.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Gator's Dockside (Ocala) 3920 SW 42nd St. at SR 200, Ocala, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-433-2441. (Sports Bar) (Southern) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to Midnight. Located in the Berkshire Oaks Plaza on SR 200. More unusual pub food than other chains but no traditional grilled Chicken, Steaks or Fish entrées on the menu. Smothered Pulled Pork, Turkey Muffalatta and Gyros can be found on the Sandwich Menu. Cajun Chicken Alfredo, Baby Back Ribs, Quesadillas, Wings and Cobb Salad are just some of the main dishes offered. Noted for their Chili. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of big TVs. Full bar. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. Winner 2011 Ocala's Sportiest Restaurant by Ocala Magazine. One of 25 locations headquartered in Heathrow, FL. Chris Ciarletto, manager here. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Nadine F. 9/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.



Closed (The) Getaway Deli, 2637 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Ocala, FL. Closed during the pandemic and never reopened.



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Long Gone - Stephen's Restaurant & Waffle Shop (1953) (1956)
On US 27/301/441, 2 miles south of Ocala, FL.
Next to Chamblees Court Motel.

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11 Stars Gianni's Italiano, 425 Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 735-3327. (Italian) [L/D] Moved from Eustis where it was called Café Gianni for about 9 years, this restaurant is right next to The Bavarian Haus German Restaurant on Alexander. Opened October 4, 2014. Hours run from 11 AM to 8 PM daily, except opens at 4 PM on Monday and Wednesday and closed all day Tuesday. Offers a wide range of Italian dishes. Pasta dishes like Penne Vodka, Linguine Fra-Diavola and Sacchettini Pasta run $15-20 each. Meat entrées like Chicken Prosciutto Spinaci, Pork Osso Buco and Anitra al Chianti (Roasted Duck) run $19-31 each. Appetizers like Bruschetta, Prosciutto e Melone, Caprese Salad, Mussels Marinara and Eggplant Rollatini run &-18 each. Desserts run &8-9 each. Private room upstairs can accomodate groups. Reservations accepted. Outdoor tables provided. Beer and wine licensed. Unique Wine List with many in the $20-30/bottle range. Gianni Liverotti, owner and chef.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne B. 1/15) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol H. 1/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 9/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cindy D. 8/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jackie N. 9/18) Had our choice of seats as we were the first and only people in the restaurant when we arrived around 5 PM for dinner. We chose to sit upstairs where it might be quieter, and it was as there was only another party of 4 that were seated upstairs for the 1½ hours we sat there. I was very excited to see Sacchettini Pasta on the menu, as it is one of my favorite Italian dishes and rarely found on most menus. Unfortunately, I read the Gourmet Club reviews after I ordered and hoped that the outcome would be different. It was not. The Sacchettini was dry and tasteless, as was the Shrimp. The sauce was abundant but just OK. Very disappointed, I was hoping that it would be as good as the same dish at Mesa De Notte. My husband's Eggplant Rolatini was nothing to write home about. The Chicken in our friend's Chicken Cacciatore was tasteless. Our other friend enjoyed her Spinach and Garlic "Salad" (Sautéed Spinach), me not so much. The bill for the Eggplant and Sacchettini was $45 with tax and tip. The background music was very nice and our waitress, Megan, was very attentive. However, we will not return as there are other better restaurants in Mt. Dora we've already tried and others we want to try.
Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



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12 Stars Gluten Free Menu Gio's Deli (and Mercato Italiano), 3975 CR 102, Oxford, FL. 7.6 mile drive from The Villages. 748-5558. (Deli) (Italian) [L/D] Opened mid-January, 2017. At the corner of CR 201 and US 301, across from the Oxford Post Office, a few tenths of a mile north of CR 466. Open weekdays 10 AM to 6 PM, but 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and closed on Sunday. New building and combined with an Italian Deli. Limited Italian menu, specializing in Italian bread and take home food. A dozen tables with chairs plus a private room for small parties up to 40. For Subs they have Corned Beef ($7), the New Yorker (Pastrami and Provolone) ($7), Assorted Italia (Ham, Capicolla, Salami and Provolone) ($7), Turkey Club ($7), Fried Grouper Filet ($8), Godfather (Roast Beef, Turkey, Ham and Provolone) ($8), Caprese ($10) and their signature hot Roast Beef, Peppers and Provolone on homemade Focaccia Bread ($10). They also have Sandwiches like Chicken Caprese, Philly Chicken Cheese & Onions, Veal or Chicken Parmigiano, Meatball, Sausage Broccoli Rabe or Sausage, Peppers & Onions (all about $7). For sides you can order Potato Crocchette, Eggplant Colosso, Rice Ball, Zucchini Fries, Onion Rings or Steak Fries (all $2-5 each). The also have Pizzas of Cheese, Margarita, Veggie, Bruschetta, Bianca, Sicilian or Pepperoni/Sausage, all ranging $3-4 per slice or $12-16 per 18" pie. Calzones of Ham and Cheese are $7 each. Salads include American, Greek, Julie's, Caprese, Chicken Caesar, Grilled Chicken and Gio's Salad (all $8-10 each). Numerous desserts from the deli case. Espresso and Cappuccino served. Beer and wine now available. Beware that the new portable payment machines are set to add tip percentages based on total plus the tax! Giovanni and Julie Manco owner here and at Giovanni's Ristorante & Pizzeria (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Frank K. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 3/18) Although I came as a member of a large group of 28 and were seated together in a function room and did separate checks. A true Italian Deli is rare and they had several glass counters full of tempting specialities on display. My waitress, Teresa, talked me into a glass of Merlot ($5.50), which was an excellent table wine. I ordered their Sausage/Pepper/Cheese Special Sandwich ($8) and it arrived cooked similar to a Panini style on an Italian roll. Fantastico! I did not have a dessert but on the way out, I bought a mini loaf of their Italian bread to take home. This is a family run business and I suspect they will be in business a long while. At least I hope so.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/18) Was meaning to eat here for sometime but never had a chance until today. Loved the ambience of the place. Delighted to note that their house Red Wine was Chianti. Not bad. Had Alio Olio. It was not on the menu but they delivered al dente. They put more gook then I liked but still pretty good. Their Potato Croquettes were different. Total bill came to $11.50 for me without drinks. Server Gio was efficient.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 4/19) We made reservations for our party of 8 on a Friday night. One of the reasons we chose Geo's was because they would take reservations. We were met promptly by our hostess and seated at a table that was set aside for us. Others without reservations were lined up at the door. Mike was our server and he did an excellent job. I had Spaghetti and Meatballs that was pretty good. Sauce was more thinner than I like, though. My wife had a Salad and Chicken Marsala, along with the other members of the party. We were disappointed we couldn't get Sandwiches like we had at a previous lunch. The only thing you could order from the lunch menu was Pizza. My bill for two was $27 with one Coke. They had a singer for dinner, but it was difficult to have conversation above the noise. Beautiful Italian ambiance.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/19) A group of 25 had dinner here on a Friday night in their private room. It got very noisy. Paul and a waitress took care of the entire group. The food came out surprisingly fast considering the rest of the restaurant was busy too. We both had a glass of Cabernet, which was almost undrinkable! No other red wines were available. So, I also had a Peroni Beer. We ordered the Fried Calamari for the table of 4. It was wonderful. She ordered the Salmon and I had the Chicken Parm. Special. Both were good and plentiful. They use the portable charge card machine here. We noticed the the percentage tip was based on the total with tax. That's sneaky. Our total was $54.50.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) Ever since it opened I’ve been ordering Aglio e Olio which normally is not available for lunch. It was when they first opened but no more. I wasn’t going back as there was lack of consistency. When I visited this go around I loved i as it was like it used to be. Spaghetti was al dente, garlic, olive oil, herbs, all perfect. I told that to my server, Federika, and with a big smile she said Gio made it. Guess it’s the owner who made it. As long as I can get this, I’ll keep on coming back. My wife ordered Meatballs and Spaghetti. Total bill for lunch came to $21.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Video (The) Goblin Market Restaurant, 330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 735-0059. (Continental) [L/D] In a back alley warehouse since 1996. Entrance is from Drawdy Way not Donnelly St. Popular for fine dining celebrations. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed Thanks-Day too. Lunch runs 11:30 AM to 3 PM; and dinner starts at 5 PM, except Sunday, where it runs 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM only. Start with Crab Bisque ($8), Irish Whiskey Onion Soup ($8), Tempura Dipped Artichoke Hearts ($12) or Escargot Vol au Vent ($13). Then enjoy New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($44), Applewood Rubbed Roast Pork Tenderloin ($32), Roasted Garlic NY Strip Steak ($46), Veal Mascarpone or Saltimbocca ($36), Baked Chicken du Monde ($30), 8 oz. Filet Napoleon ($46), Pan Seared Mediterranean Salmon ($29), Shrimp & Scallop Sauté ($34) or Baja Cobia ($29). Or have a healthy Chicken Avocado ($14), Shrimp Caesar ($15), Turkey Bacon Cobb ($15), Salmon Berry Spring Mix ($15) or Apple Walnut Spinach Salad ($13) for lunch. Also Wraps or Burgers from the grill run $13-16 each. Then go on to a luscious dessert ($8 each). Award winning establishment with inviting romantic but dark décor. Entrées range from $29 to $46. Lighter fare, like soups, salads and sandwiches, are offered Tuesday through Thursday only from 3 to 9 PM in addition to their regular menu. Dressy casual. Full Bar. Wine list. Reservations accepted and advised weekends. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. 2008 winner for "Best Romantic Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. Voted "Best of the Best" for Steaks, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Brenton Hillman, chef; Vince and Janis Guzinski, owners. ####

Older Review: (from Rich S. 7/07) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jim C. 7/07) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 9/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rochelle B. 9/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Max B. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Al C. 4/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Freda F. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 5/11) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/12) Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/12) Q=4 S=5 V=1 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 5/12) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from John G. 6/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from John N. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 4/15) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 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 Christine H. 3/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Barb P. 2/18) Went with a party of 8. My husband and I both started off with the French Onion Soup. It was out of this world and we would both order it again. My husband had a Mixed Green Salad and I had the Caesar Salad. Both were fresh and we would order them again also. For the main course, we both selected Asiago Chicken Roulade which was pan-seared chicken breast, stuffed with asiago, spinach, sundried tomato, garlic and cream cheese with a madeira beurre blanc sauce. It was served with Mashed Potatoes; it was very good. I had Grilled Asparagus and my husband had a Sweet Potato. My husband had a Coffee and I had Iced Tea. For dessert, we shared a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. All in all, it was a great dinner. Our server was Kim, who did a great job. The cost without tax was $92.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 9/18) Our friends wanted to try the Goblin Market, we had been there about 5 yrs ago and were not impressed, so we were pleasantly surprised with this meal. I had a glass of Chardonnay, hubby had Beefeaters on the Rocks, and we looked over the menu. Brian, our waiter, gave us a complete description and prices of the market fish and the special. I ordered the Duck Breast with an Orange Cherry Sauce, and hubby had Rack of Lamb. Both were items that we don't have at home, and were items which can be a challenge to a restaurant kitchen. The Goblin Market met that challenge very well. My Duck was perfectly done, with a bright tart sauce which balanced the meat. The Salads presented prior to the entrées were fresh with homemade dressing. We had their specialty dessert, a Chocolate Bread Pudding with a dark chocolate bourbon sauce that was also perfectly done - dry and soft, not mushy, with artfully poured warm sauce. We won't wait so long to go next time! Bill with drinks each and tip came to $130.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Maria K. 12/18) It was my first visit to the Goblin's Market and I found it warm and inviting. A very comfortable environment. Friendly, helpful staff while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. There were 6 of us. My meal included the Irish Whiskey Onion Soup which was probably the best Onion Soup I have had and the 12 oz. NY Strip, which was a special that evening and was excellently seasoned and cooked to perfection. Everyone at the table seemed to enjoy their choices. I would most certainly return and bring others to enjoy the experience. Since my husband had the same entrée I can report the meal with tip was on the high side at $160 but worth every dollar. Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Donald K. 1/19) We started with the amazing French Onion Soup and continued with a special for that evening, which was Branzini, a Bass family fish, which was nicely seasoned and perfectly portioned. We also had the NY Strip which was good but not awesome. Dinner with tip and drinks came to about $120. All in all, our second experience was not as good as the first but we will be back. Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 2/19) We arrived a little early but were seated right away. Our waitress, Chrissy, was very attentive and when she took our orders (all eight of us), she didn't even write anything down but got everything correct. I had the Crab Bisque ($8) for an appetizer. My husband had the Irish Whiskey Onion Soup ($8). They were both outstanding. I ordered the Roasted Breast of Duck ($33) and my husband ordered the Cheshire Pork Chop ($34). Both came with Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, and a Salad. My husband's Pork Chop was awesome and it was so big, he brought part home. My Duck was covered with a too salty brine or crust outside. Once I took that edge off, it was great. My husband had a Cup of Coffee ($3) after dinner and a glass of Wine before dinner. They put the tip on the bill automatically if you have 8 or more people in your party. Our bill before t&t was $86.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/19) Our Gourmet Club Dine-Out Team picked this lovely place for our February event. Tough parking in Mount Dora. It still looks fine after all these 23 years. We ate upstairs. We started with an Pomegranate Martini ($11) that was served in a flute glass. I had two Bourbon Manhattans ($10 each) because they were on the rocks and therefore small portioned. We shared the Escargot Vol au Vent ($13) which was exceptional. She had the North Atlantic Salmon ($31) and I had the Duck Breast ($33). Don't remember it being like this, had a black crust on the outside and sliced through. The meat was medium rare, being pink inside. I'd prefer dark meat. We had one Coffee ($3). Chrissy was our server and did a great job with excellent order memory. Gratuity of 20% already added, our bill with t&t came to $141. Very dear prices for this quality food. It was expensive in 2012, our last visit, and it's still expensive. Can't say we will be back soon but it's a special place.
Q=4 S=5 V=1 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Mike C. 4/19) We had a very nice lunch. I had the Snapper Caesar Salad ($15) and Unsweetened Iced Tea ($3) and she had the Strawberry Salmon Salad ($15). Our server, Michael, was professional and the restaurant itself was very attractive. Both Salads were excellent and I would enthusiastically recommend this restaurant to members of this club.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Grandview Hotel & Dining Room (1934) (1946)
W. 5th Ave. and N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated Grace Japanese Steakhouse, 3035 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, FL. 19.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-368-6888. (Asian) [L/D] Located at the west end of the new Park View Commons Plaza. Open 10:30 AM to 10 PM weekdays, to 11 PM weekends and Noon to 10 PM on Sunday. This 4200 sq. ft. restaurant offers traditional Japanese hibachi, teriyaki and sushi dishes. A number of appetizers, like Fried Crab Rangoon ($4.50) or Coconut Shrimp ($8) are at the top of the menu. Hibachi dinners of Tofu, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon, Snapper, Scallops, NY Strip Steak or Filet Mignon run $12-22 each. Bento Boxes like Chicken ($14), Pork ($14), Beef ($15), or Salmon ($16) Katsu, as well as Teriyaki Styles at similar prices are on the menu too. Tempura Udon Noodle, Yaki Udon, Yaki Soba and Seafood Udon are all $11.50 each. Many signature rolls are offered at $8-13 each, with the Grace Roll (Crab & Lobster) featured at $17. Lunch specials before 3 PM run $7-10 generally. Sunset Dinners before 5:30 PM run $8-12 generally. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Zhen Bin Weng, owner here and at Grace Sushi, (see that listing).

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



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Not Rated Grace Sushi, 8075 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, FL. 25.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-9303. (Asian) [L/D] Located near Publix in the large shopping center just past SW 80th Ave. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. New and popular Japanese restaurant that specializes in Sushi. California Rolls and Bento Boxes are typical items here. Edamame and Sashimi are also available, as are Hibachi and Tempura dinners. King Crab and Salmon are two of the items found here. Wide choices on their menu. Beer and wine offered. Zhen Bin Weng, owner here and at Grace Japanese Steakhouse (see that listing).



Grand Oaks Resort. Called The Bistro (see that listing).


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10½ Stars Video Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room, 311 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 474-2739. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened on August 6, 2016. Open from 11 AM to 10 PM, daily, later on weekends, except from Noon on Sunday. Located where Jewelry Works did business at the corner of W. Magnolia and S. 3rd St., one block off Main St. Offering 6-8 "drinkable" home brews, like Raspberry Wheat Ale, Orange Peel Stout, Vanilla Porter, Oatmeal Coffee Milk Stout or an Irish Red, as well as taps from the Chicago area. Prices range $3/10 oz. or $5/16 oz. drafts, to a four 6 oz. Flight at $6 and Howler refills at $10. They also have "Adult Root Beer" at $5. Menu will include small dishes and bar food such as a Jumbo Dog ($4), Chicago Hot Dogs with Onions, Neon Green Relish, Tomatoes, Mustard, Garlic Salt, Sport Peppers and a Slice of Pickle (but no Ketchup, please) ($5), Italian Beef Sandwiches with Giardiniera Peppers ($7), Italian Sausages with Sweet Peppers ($6), Maxwell Street Polish Sausages with Grilled Onions ($6), Gyros with Fresh Tzatziki Sauce ($7), Chicago Style Pizza and Pizza Puffs ($4). A Combo runs $8. Inside "fireproof" aluminum tables for 4, plus ledge stools at the window. Outdoor beer garden behind the building. Live music on weekends planned. Memberships with benefits available. John Sokol of the south Chicago area, owner.

Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Greenhouse Grill. Called Betty's Greenhouse Grill (see that listing).


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Long Gone - Squire Restaurant & Lounge
Later called Squires' III Supper Club in the 1980s
with Vic Donahey, Herb Stoer and Mackie McCabe, owners.
US 27/441 at "the split", Leesburg, Florida.

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11 Stars Harbor Hills Country Club, 6538 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake, FL. 6.8 mile drive from The Villages. 753-7000. (American) [L/D] Large, well appointed dining room with a nice view in a planned community clubhouse. Called the "Signature Grille", it's open to the public by reservation. Call during daytime hours only. Only open from 11 AM to 3 PM daily. Dinner on Friday only 5-8 PM, featuring Filet Mignon at $20. Their lunch menu is limited to Fried Shrimp, Liver & Onions, Sandwedge (Bacon & Egg), various Wraps, Burgers and Sandwiches and an assortment of large salads. Soup and Chili are also offered, as are Hot Dogs. It's more popular for their 11 AM to 2 PM Sunday Brunch: $18, children 4-10: $7, under 5: free. Champagne or Mimosas add $4 pp. Mother's Day Brunch is $32 pp. when Champagne and Mimosas add $8 pp. Open for Thanksgiving Buffet 11 AM to 4 PM at $33 per person by reservation only. 17% gratuity added to all checks. Live music at brunch and dinner. New Years Eve Dinner Show with name entertainment, open bar and champagne at $120 pp +t&t by reservation. Full bar. Richard Opanowski, executive chef. Developer owned.

Older Review: (from Gordon M. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dave M. 4/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ardelle M. 8/07) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne C. 3/10) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 9/10) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/13) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/15) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 5/16) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) We had the Noon Time Sunday Buffet. It has improved since our last visit. The piano player is back. Roast Beef has rare on up (never before). Shrimp and Ocean Scallops in a light oriental sauce was good, Red Beans and Rice was dry and not tasty, plenty of meat in the Biscuits and Gravy. The Blintzes were good. Crepes done strangely, but very tasty. Bottomless Champagne or Mimosas up to $5, but still a bargain. Pleasant atmosphere, very relaxing. Great service by Amber L. 17% automatic tip added. Will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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10 Stars Harbor Lights Restaurant, 907 CR 439B, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 27.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-7058. (American) (Buffet) [D] Expecting to re-open when the pandemic is over. Call for info. Open Thursday through Sunday only. Open 4-9 PM, except Sunday from 12 Noon to 8 PM. Watch for signs in town on CR 470. Buffet style with a view of the lake. Includes Fried or Boiled Shrimp and a carving station with Turkey, Ham or Beef usually. Offerings change daily. Snow Crab Legs, Frog Legs, Fish and other seafood available on Friday and Saturday. Seafood Buffet is $12pp as is the Sunday Buffet. Dessert and salad bar included. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas too for Holiday Buffets, Noon to 8 PM. Full bar. David & Paula Carson, owners.

Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/06) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Hardwood Smokehouse, 5400 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-732-3677. (Barbecue) [L/D] In business for 6 years, this popular BBQ Joint closed in May, 2020 and never reopened.



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Long Gone - Dutch Pantry Restaurant (1964),
"Where good food makes friends."
At the Sheraton Motor Inn - I-75 and SR 40, Ocala, Florida.

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13 Stars Video Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille (Ocala), 24 SE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-840-0900. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Located on the city square in the southeast corner. A New Orleans style restaurant with Big Easy decor. From Po' Boys to Filet Mignon, this restaurant has a wide variety of New Orleans style food. Grilled Trout Almondine ($16), Catfish Pontchartrain ($16), Blackened Red Fish ($17), Crab Cakes ($17) & Shrimp & Scallop Orleans ($18) plus more Cajun style entrées like Gumbo ($7), She Crab Soup ($7), Jambalaya ($16), Shrimp-n-Grits ($16), Crawfish or Shrimp Étouffée ($16 each) or Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Andouille ($13). More traditional Chicken, Pork and Steaks are also on the menu. Fried Platters also featured. Prices generally range from $5 to $21 per entrée. Early bird specials (4-6 PM) and Happy Hour (2-7 PM) daily too. Sign up at the restaurant for their birthday and anniversary discount club. $10 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. Nice wine selection and full bar to make Harry's Hurricanes. Call ahead seating available, which is very effective on Friday nights. One of a small chain of 5 restaurants, started in 1987, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Caleb Young and Kelley Packer, managers; Chris Colletti, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 4/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 3/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 2/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 9/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Patrice K. 4/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kat O. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Doris M. 11/12) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 11/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 3/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sandy F. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael P. 10/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Barb P. 1/18) We went with a group, total of 8. We had 2 Teas which were perfect. I had the Soup cup of She Crab which was great, not salty at all. My husband had, for the main course, the Red Beans and Sausage, which was grilled and was very flavorful. I had the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and a Caesar Salad. The Crab Cakes were not as crispy on the outside as I would like, but the Salad was great. Total cost before tax was $43. Our server was Bobby and he was great.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Delicious food with horrible service tonight. We waited 20 minutes for the waitress to come to the table to take our drink order. Waited 15 minutes to get the drinks. The food came to the table in 25 minutes. No drink refills. One of the meals was incorrect. The restaurant was busy, but I've seen it busier. I couldn't find a valid reason for such poor service. I had the Chicken Jolie Blonde ($16), my husband had the Market Pasta ($18) and our other guest had the Baked Scallops ($19). An additional side of their Sweet Corn Grits were ordered ($3.50). With 3 waters, a child beverage ($1.50) and a discount of 50 percent on one dish, our meals came to $52. Even the check was wrong. We got charged $3 for a soda that we didn't have. It took forever to get the check to begin with, so we just paid for their mistake. I think it will be a while before we come back here. Too bad, because we really enjoyed the food.
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 3/19) Visited here on a quiet afternoon. The food is not what I would brag about. The "Signature Sampler" dish had too much Rice and swimming in Tomato Sauce. The Blackened Red Fish was OK but the entire plate was way to heavy on the Rice. The loaf of Bread was good but the only thing that was "exceptional" was the softened Herb Butter. I ordered a bottled Beer which was served in a glass and no bottle. I asked the waiter for the bottle - he said he threw it out as he was saving me a step of pouring the Beer. I purposely order bottles so I can see it! This has never happened before. Lunch was $31. I would not recommend or return here.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/19) After the theater matinee, we decided it might be an uncrowded time to visit Harry's at 3:45 PM on a Saturday. We were right. The place was ⅓ full. We were seated immediately and given menus. She had a Pomegranate Martini ($6) and I had a Maker's Mark® Manhattan ($6.50). I sprang for a Salmon Dip appetizer ($9) for the 4 of us to share. It was great. She had the Harry's Chicken ($16.50) and I had the Pasta Chicken ($15.50) and a Caesar Salad ($4). All the food was very good. The bread is excellent; we got 4 loaves. We took home half the food. Our friends like spicy and they enjoyed theirs too. When the bills came, we remembered lower prices than what was being charged ($57). I figured out that we had the Lunch Menu but got Dinner prices. Our server, Bishr, said he could fix that. The bill came back with an $8.50 deduction and they also took off a $10 coupon. Now we're down to about $39 for two. In all a pleasant meal and the place was full when we left.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/19) Very enjoyable late lunch. Didn't want to deal with the dinner crowd. Bishr was our server, and he took great care of us. I had the Bourbon Salmon with the Sweet Corn Grits as my side. ($15). My husband had the Harry's Chicken ($12). Both of our meals were delicious. Two Sweet Teas were our beverage choices ($3 each). We had a buy one - get one 50% off coupon, therefore our bill came to $36 including tax. We enjoyed the meal, the service, and that the restaurant was NOT crazy busy or too noisy.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 10/20) After the theatre matinee, we felt that Harry's would be quiet. We were correct. We arrived at 4 PM and chose a very comfortable table outside. Our server, Nyoka, was very attentive. We had Salmon and the Shrimp Market Pasta. Both meals were prepared nicely, however, the Salmon could have been warmer. It was $19.50 and the Shrimp Pasta was $18. These prices are considerably higher than what we remember. The portion size has definitely NOT gotten larger either. All being said - we enjoyed our meals. With a Tea, our bill came to $41 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/20) Out with friends that also had the Buy One Get One Half Off Coupon that expires soon. We also wanted to see the lovely Christmas lights that Ocala displays for the holidays across the street. We arrived at 4:15 PM and got seated immediately. Had we arrived at 5 PM, we would have had to wait for a table. Our server was Nyoka. She was very pleasant and efficient. I had the Chicken Jolie Blonde ($17) and my husband had the Market Pasta with Chicken and Shrimp ($18) Everything was absolutely delicious and was the perfect temperature. With 1 Soft Drink, our bill came to $40 (before the coupon deduction). Terrific experience and we enjoyed the light display outside when we were finished.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Breakfast in the Diner (1934) (1948) (1949) (1951)
Seaboard Airline Railroad - aboard the "Orange Blossom Special"
All Pullman Service, New York to Miami/Tampa/St. Petersburg, via Wildwood, FL. (ran 1925-1953)

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Not Rated Havana 1959 (Cuban Cuisine), 1080 E. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.9 mile drive from The Villages. 609-5247. (Caribbean) [L/D] Opened May, 2018. Located at the corner of Alfred and Donna Streets, a few blocks east of downtown. Promises authentic Cuban cuisine. Open daily at 11 AM. For appetizer you can have Plantain Chips, Fried Yucca, Empanadas or Mozzarella Sticks (all $4 each), Arañitas or Onion Rings ($5 each), Stuffed Mushrooms or Chorizo al Vino ($6 each), Fish Chips ($8) or 10 Buffalo Wings ($10). For Mofongo entrées they offer Sausage ($12), Vaca Frita ($13), Chicken ($14), Conch ($18), Shrimp ($18) or Churrasco ($20). They also serve Roast Pork ($11), Chuleta Can-Can ($12), Pork Medalians ($12), Sautéed Pork Steak ($12) and Pork Ossobuco ($19). You can enjoy Shrimp a la Criolla, Mahi-Mahi, Grouper, Salmon, Marscada, Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and Fried Red Snapper (all $16-19 each). They also make Paella for Two ($40) with a 40 minute wait. A number of Beef items range $11-13 each with Parrillada del Chef for Two ($35) featured. Sandwiches are aslo on the menu like Cuban, Chicken, Burger, Club, Pork, Steak and Frita Cubana (all $9 each). Desserts like Coconut Flan, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Rice Pudding and Tres Leches are all $4 each. Various imported beverages are served too. Luis Tejada and Grace Martinez, owners.



Hilton Garden Inn (Downtown Ocala). See The Garden Grille and Bar (Hilton Ocala Downtown) (that listing).



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Not Rated Honeysuckle's, 2506 SE 17th St., Ocala, FL. 19.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-236-6809. (Cafe) [B/L] In business since 2007. Located at SE 25th Ave., SE 17th St. and SE Maricamp Rd (SR 464). Moved from Silver Springs Blvd. in March, 2013. Formerly called Honeysuckle's Café, now just Honeysuckle's. Open for breakfast and lunch 7 AM to 2 PM daily, except closed on Sunday. Lunch served after 11 AM. "Cookin' good in the neighborhood". This cute cafe offers Hand Carved Turkey, Ham, Chicken Salad, Philly Steak & Cheese and Reuben Sandwiches as well as New England Style Fish & Chips. Large Hamburgers are also made here. A dozen Salads are available for lunch. Their Honeysuckle Signature Salad is very popular. Over 30 kinds of Omelets are offered at breakfast. No bar. John and Sherri Gizzarelli, owners.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Hooters (Ocala), 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL. 22.6 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] They're baaaack! Once located on SR 200, this young-at-heart Sports Bar is now open between Best Buy and the Easy Street Family Fun Center where Champs, Sam Snead's, Terheggen's, POSH 27, Club Blue, Jade Dragon China Grill, Istanbul Turkish Cuisine Restaurant and Tony's Bar and Grill once did business. May 17, 2016 it opened. Open 11 AM to 11 PM usually. Noted for their Chicken Wings with 11 sauces, you can get a basket of 8, 10, 20 or 50 at a time. At least 5 types of Burgers are offered here too. For entrées they have Steamed Shrimp or Clams, an Oyster Roast, Fish Tacos, Fish & Chips, Snow Crab Legs and a Mahi or Grouper Sandwich. Other Sandwiches, like The Cuban are offered too. You can also find a variety of Soups and Salads like New England Clam Chowder. Onion Rings and Fried Pickles are favorite bar food. Famous for controversial young female servers in low-cut tops and orange shorts that love their jobs (and tips). Flat screen TVs are a slight distraction from the staff. Full bar with creative cocktails and cold beer. Ten Boneless Wings free on your birthday. Corporate owned, started in Clearwater, FL. in 1983, this is one of about 430 locations worldwide, based in Atlanta, GA. Noted for their philanthropic work.



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Long Gone - Hooters Air ended service in 2006 after 3 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Orlando and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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11½ Stars Horse and Hounds Restaurant (Ocala West), 6998 NW US 27 (at NW 70th Ave.), Ocala, FL. 29.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-620-2500. (American) (British) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM. Located 3 miles west of I-75 (exit 354) near the Golden Hills Shopping Center. Popular with local clientele. Warm equestrian-themed pub offers British fare from Shepherd's Pie ($16), Fish and Chips ($14), Beef and Guinness Stew ($14) and Bangers and Mash ($16) to 10 oz. New York Strip Steak ($20), Braised Lamb ($20), Coconut Shrimp ($19) and Pecan Encrusted Fish ($19). Other seafood items, like Honey Bourbon Salmon ($20) and Maryland Crab Cakes ($18) also available. Rosemary Pork Chops ($16) and Guinness Baby Back Ribs ($19) are some of the other unique creations. Noted for their Beef like Sirloin Steaks $15/6oz. and $17/9oz., 12 oz. Ribeye ($24), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($24) and 3 cuts of Prime Rib ($18-23-26). Spinach Salad with Emerald Poppy Seed dressing is a favorite at $3 extra with your meal. Entrées, like Sandwiches, start at $12. A Ploughman's Lunch is offered at noontime. Desserts like Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Chip or Cheese Cake and Bread Pudding run $6-8 each. Call ahead seating, 30 minutes prior. Early Bird Specials offered until 6 PM. Full bar. $3 Flavored Martinis offered on Mondays. Carlos Sanchez, executive chef; Kerrie Landry general manager; Francis Landry, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 7/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 10/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 3/11) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/11) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/21) Wow, long time since we've been here. It was 5 PM on a Thursday and the place was crowded from the nearby Equestrian Center traffic. We got the last booth in the bar room. The bar was packed. All staff wore masks but not the patrons. J.T. ("James292") was our capable server. My better half had a nice dry Lemon Drop Martini ($7) and I had a Well Bourbon Manhattan on the rocks ($6.50). We shared an excellent Escargot appetizer ($10). They were tender and tasty. She had the Shepherd's Pie ($16) and managed to eat it all. I had a wonderful Honey Bourbon Salmon with Baked Potato and Green Beans ($20). It was excellent and cooked right. I also had a Spinach Salad (+$3) which was wonderful. I really liked my meal and she liked hers since it had a lot of meat and less Mashed Potatoes in it. Was packed by the time we left. Total came to $62 before t&t. It adds up.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12 Stars Video Hurricane Dockside Grill, 3351 West Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL. 17.8 mile drive from The Villages. 508-5137. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM until 10 PM or later on weekends. Large 12,000 s.f. establishment, seating up to 450, formerly called JJ. Fin's Dockside, Nate's River Deck, Harbor Side Restaurant and Dead River Vic's, this location on the Dead River features a casual waterfront dining experience. Official grand opening was August 11, 2011. New chef, mostly new menu and new management. Now specializing in Jumbo Chicken Wings with 32 sauces. It retains the Raw Bar that was popular at Fin's. Menu items such as Fried Shrimp Basket ($14), Grilled Shrimp ($13), Fish N' Chips ($10), Hurricane Feast ($18), Pecan Crusted Fresh Catch ($18), Fresh Catch Scampi ($19) and a Captain's Broiler (Shrimp, Crab Cake and Lobster Tail) ($23), all come with Red Beans & Rice and the Vegetable of the Day. Grilled Chicken ($9), St. Louis 1/2 Slab Smoked Ribs ($13), 12 oz. Choice Sirloin ($16), 12 oz. Choice Ribeye ($17), Sirloin & Shrimp ($17), Roasted Prime Rib ($17) and a Surf n' Turf (Lobster Tail and 6 oz. Sirloin) ($23), are all served with Mashed Potatoes and a Vegetable too. Roasted Garlic Alfredo or Seafood Trio Pastas ($11-18) are available. Philly Cheesesteak, Toasted Cuban, Guava Bacon Chicken, Black Spiced Mahi Wrap, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and a Key West Fish Sandwich (all $7-10 each) can be found on the menu too. Hurricane's is noted for Angus Burgers besides its Wings. The Half Pound Burger ($8) can be topped with Mushrooms and Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Bacon or Monterey Jack with Peppers and Onions all for $1 extra. Various Quesadillas and Tacos ($8-11) are offered also. Desserts like Mud Pie, Key Lime Pie, Piña Colada Cake or Cheesecake with Strawberries (all $7-8) are usually available too. This location features boat slips and a volleyball court. Outdoor seating with fans and misters to keep things cool in the summer. Special events like a Pig Roast Beach Party and Ridiculously Hot Wing Eating Contests are planned. Live entertainment featured weekends. Reservations accepted. Full bar with drink specials. Happy Hour 3-6 PM weekdays. Valet parking offered. Part of a chain of 50 mostly franchised restaurants, called Hurricane AMT (of West Palm Beach, FL.), in Arizona, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania but mostly in Florida. Hundreds more are expected. Derrick Haggerty, head chef; Martin O'Dowd, president; John Metz, CEO; Dave Henson, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Ira F. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill H. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 11/16) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sandy F. 7/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bill G. 8/18) The atmosphere for this restaurant was somewhat dark and she clearly needs to be updated if not simply cleaned. If you are a Wine drinker you'd be disappointed, as the only brand they sell is Barefoot Wines. They sold a number of frozen drinks however when the same drinks were ordered they came in different colors. Our server was Mary and our bill was $50 without tax and alcohol. The Ahi Tuna was tough.
Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 6/19) Eight were seated immediately on Father's Day. Dads ate free! Perky attentive service by Kelley. Quiet enough for conversation. Good service. Wide selections of beer on draft and bottles. My Beer Battered Fish & Chips was good. Large fish, but weak Fries. Others had Burgers, Shrimp, Wraps, Grilled Fish. All enjoyed their meals. Our bill was $28 with 2 drafts.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) Pleasant day, so we sat on the deck in the dark corner because replacement of the decking was underway. I had Fried Shrimp with Fries & Slaw and a Red Sangria. The Shrimp were large but very crispy. The Sangria was less than ordinary. She had a Fried Fish Basket with Slaw & Sweet Potato Fries and a Lemon Drop Martini. That was fine. Food did come out fast. Service was average. Our total with tax was $46.50. Not very memorable, however.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Hwy. 441 Diner, 381 E. Burleigh Blvd. (US 441), Tavares, FL. 20.5 mile drive from The Villages. 508-5494. (Diner) (Southern) [B/L/D] In business since February, 2014. Formerly the Soup To Nuts Eatery of Robert Irvine's Restaurant Impossible fame, located on US 441, next to Jo-Ann Fabrics behind the Twistee Treat cone. Open 6:30 AM to 10 PM daily. Chrome, neon, red vinyl and checkerboard floors brings back the 50s. Breakfast offers the usual Omelettes ($5.50-$6.50), a 2-2-2 Combo ($6.50), Sourdough French Toast ($4.50) and Biscuits 'n Gravy (45) as staples. Pancakes and Waffles ($3.50-7.00) are popular too. Lunch offers a variety of Burgers ($5.50-7.50 each), a dozen Sandwiches ($6 each) and a Triple Decker ($8). Come dinner, they offer Chicken Tenders ($8), Country Fried Steak ($8.50), Meatloaf ($9) and Liver 'n Onions ($9). Chicken, Veal and even Shrimp Parmigiana with Pasta run $10-11 each. The menu also features Grilled Pork Chops ($11), Half or Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs ($9/$12), 10 oz. Rib Eye ($14), Fried Catfish, Tilapia or Haddock ($10 each), Fried Clam Strips ($10), Fried Shrimp ($12), Fried Crab Cakes ($14) and a Seafood Combination $16), all served with 2 side dishes. Ice Cream dishes for dessert are under $2 and a Kids Menu is available too. First Wednesday of the month brings out an old car cruise-in, 5-8 PM. No bar. Billy Digino, operator; Nabil Nasralla, owner.



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AirFlorida Commuter
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Disbanded in 1984 after 4 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Key West, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa,
West Palm Beach as well as Atlanta, GA., Providence, RI. and Washington DC.

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12½ Stars ibar•b•que EXPRESS, 3170 US 27/441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.1 mile drive from The Villages. 315-4227. (Barbecue) [L/D] Also known as just iBBQ. Located where the Dinner Bell Restaurant did business for many years. Opened in mid-October, 2015. Hours are 11 AM to 8:30 PM daily, except closed Sunday, and to 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. Bright red chairs around tables for 4 and a few booths populate the large remodeled interior. Serves authentic Southern Barbecue meals cooked in the backyard for lunch and dinner. Sandwiches include Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket or Smoked Sausage ($8 each) and Beef Brisket Sliders or Boss Hog Pork with Cheddar Cheese ($10 each). Other Sandwiches include Fried Pork Chop, Chicken and Spare Rib ($7-9 each). You can also find Burgers ($8-9 each) and a 1 lb. Big Man Burger ($11) for the hungry guy. All Sandwiches and Burgers come with 1 Side Dish. Salads with meat are $9 each and a Side Salad is just $4 extra. Dinner Baskets range from Fried Chicken Tenders ($11), BBQ Chicken ($12), Chopped or Pulled Pork ($12), and Smoked Sausage ($12), to Spare Ribs ($13), and Beef Brisket ($14). There's also a 2 Meat Combo ($13) or 3 Meat Combo ($15). Each Basket comes with 2 Side Dishes and Cornbread. You can also find a Grouper Sandwich with 1 side ($10) and Fried Shrimp with 2 sides ($16). The array of Side Dishes include Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Sweet Corn, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Mac 'n Cheese, Potato Salad, French Fries, Onion Rings and more. Sauces are on the table. Desserts are Pound Cake, Hot Cinnamon Apples with Ice Cream and their signature Sweet Potato Pie (all $3-4 each). A Meat Lunch Basket with 2 Side Dishes and Cornbread is offered at just $9. Soft drinks and teas served. Beer and wine licensed. Kid's meals available at $6 each. Take-out is offered too. Keith Walker Jr., owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/15) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill R. 11/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/18) This was our first visit here. I was looking forward to try their Brisket. Looking at the menu, I decided on the 2 Meat Platter so I could have their Chicken too. One minute before actually ordering, our waitress, Tammy, informed us that there was no Brisket. My husband also planned on ordering the Brisket. This was a huge disappointment for the two of us. Part of our not being too happy about this, this visit was on a Saturday night at 5:30 PM. Why would they be out of something so early in the evening? Getting past this, I did order the Chicken and Chopped Pork meal with Fried Green Tomatoes and Cole Slaw ($14). Everything was delicious. My husband had the Rib Dinner ($13). His side's were Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas. He totally enjoyed his meal however, the Black-Eyed Peas were very watery. With a soft drink, our bill came to $30. I asked for Coffee since it was chilly in restaurant. They didn't have Coffee, but they did have Hot Tea. I don't understand that either. Tammy our server, served us well. We will return and maybe be able to try their Brisket.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Ichiban Buffet (Leesburg), 10301 US 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.4 mile drive from The Villages. 728-6669. (Asian) (Buffet) [L/D] Located where Barnhill's Buffet did business at Radio Rd. and US 441 in front of the Lake Square Mall. Opened early February, 2014. Offering a large Asian buffet of Chinese and Japanese food. Prices are about $7.50 for the lunch buffet until 4 PM and $10 for the dinner buffet Sunday through Thursday and about $11 on Friday and Saturday night, 4-10 PM. A Sunday Brunch is about $9. Children's prices ($4-5) offered too. Sushi and a-la-carte menu items will also be available. A Hibachi Grill is also offered. Be advised that buffet prices vary by day of the week, special occasion days and holidays. A small chain of a half dozen locations in Central Florida. Other nearby locations are in Kissimmee and Crystal River. Erxi Shi, owner.

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

Review: (from Jan T. 2/19) A wide variety of different dishes and a Hibachi Grill were enjoyed here. Service was efficient. This was a nice experience for our first visit. We each had hot Chinese Tea ($1 each) The Buffet was $11.50 pp on a Sunday night. Our bill came to $25. We will return for sure.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars Video Free WiFi Ipanema Churrascaria, 2023 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-622-1741. (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located on 27/441 just south of SW 17th St. Closed all day Monday. Open for lunch Fridays 11 AM to 2:30 PM; then again at 5 PM for dinner 6 days per week; Sunday Brunch 12-3 PM, then dinner from 4 PM through closing (9 PM). Located opposite Latinos y Mas Restaurant on US 27/441. Name changed from Ipanema Brazilian Steak House by the new owners. The dining area and bar are very attractively appointed with a dragonfly motif and soft warm lighting. A new outdoor patio are has been added. This South American steak house is a Churrascaria (Portugese Bar-b-que), a unique dining experience. Eleven authentic cuts of meat are seasoned with rock salt and roasted, rotisserie-style, over mineral coals imported from Brazil. They are basted continuously in their own natural juices. The cuts include Picanha (Sirloin), Filet Mignon (Tenderloin), Costela de Gado (Beef Ribs), Frango (Chicken), Lombinho (Marinated Pork Loin), Linguica (Brazilian Pork Sausage) and others. These meats are served by traditional roving gauchos and the meal is complemented by a 50 item Salad & Vegetable Bar. Unlimited trips to the Salad Bar plus unlimited slices of meat is the unique serving style here. Prix fixe Rodizio Dinner with Salad & Vegetable Bar is $42 per person ($38 for seniors; $13 for children under 12). The large Salad Bar only (without meat) is $25 per person. Lunch Rodizio runs $25 ($23 for seniors) and the Lunch Salad Bar is $18 per person but $5 higher for Sunday Brunch. Desserts like Mousse de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Mousse) ($8) or Pudim de Leite Condensado (Flan) ($6) or Crème Papaia ($9) are also featured. Extensive wine list includes selections from Brazil and Argentina. Prices range from $27 to $350 per bottle. Wine discounts offered June to September. By the glass, the prices are $7 to $12 each for house wine. Happy Hour runs from 5-7 PM daily. A full and attractive bar makes tropical concoctions, such as the traditional Brazilian Caipirinhas ($7-8 each). Pitchers of homemade white or red Sangria run $40 or $10 per glass. Brahma, Xingu and Nova Schin Brazilian beers are offered at $4.25 each. Winner of Ocala Magazine's "Best of the Best for Libations" in 2011. Phone reservations highly recommended on weekends. Watch for coupons in The Villages Magazine for a free dessert. Also now dog friendly on the outdoor patio but by reservation only. 20% gratuity added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. Open on Thanksgiving Day until 6:30 PM by reservation only. Ortencia de Almeida, chef; Fabian Gomez, general manager; Webster and Fatima Luzuriaga, new owners, here and Latinos y Mas Restaurant (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Martin G. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 2/08) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 4/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Denny G. 10/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Tom B. 7/09) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/10) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/15) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 2/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Neal P. 2/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) Ambiance was good, service was OK, wine was generous, reasonably priced, but the meal was disappointing. The Salad Bar was very good, but expensive. Meal, Prix Fixe, a play on Smorgasbord, you get everything on the menu but it comes to you one dish at a time. Steak, Chops, Chicken, etc. and it was mostly overcooked with little flavor. and overwhelming. Senior: 1 Salad Bar, 1 Dinner, 3 glasses of wine was $104. Dessert is not included in the Prix Fixe. Price was not the issue, the meal was.
Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - The 1890 House (1949)
917 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Ocala, FL.
Once called Felix's, then The Ivy House Restaurant (Ocala).

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Not Rated Coming Soon Irie Eats (Ocala), 46 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (Caribbean) [L/D] Located on South Magnolia off the square near the Marion Theater. "Irie" is Jamaican Patois for "Feel Good". This small eatery will specialize in Jamaican and Caribbean dishes such as Saltfish Fritters ($8), Special Appetizer with Ackee, Saltfish or Callalloo ($8), Jerk Wings ($9) or Peppered Shrimp for appetizers. Entrées offered are Fried Chicken ($12), Brown Stew, Curried or Jerk Chicken (all $15 each), Vegetarian ($15), Curried Goat ($16), Shrimp in Spice ($17), Rasta Pasta ($18), Grilled, Garlic or Blackened Salmon (all $18 each), Oxtail ($20), De-boned Baked Chicken (MP) and Steamed, Roasted or Escovitch [Pickled] Snapper (MP each). All include Rice & Peas or other Veggie. Large Salads include Cucumber Salad ($8), Reggae Salad ($8), Cobb Salad ($9), House Salad ($9) and Jerk Chicken Salad ($11). They also have Jerk Chicken Wrap ($12) and a Seafood Wrap ($13) for sandwiches. Soups include Pumpkin Chicken, Vegetable and Jamaican Manish Water (all $4/$7 each depending on portion size). Jamaican Steamed Cabbage, Mac 'n Cheese and Plantains are among the sides offered. In the dessert section you can find Sweet Potato Pudding and Rum Cake ($6 each). Beer and wine licensed. A spring 2020 opening is expected. Gary Gray, Pete McNeish and Harold Dawkins, owners. "Wah Gwaan!"



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Ivy On The Square, 53 S. Magnolia St., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-622-5550. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Moved from the Victorian mansion at 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd. after 5 successful years and 13 Stars from club members, now across from the Marion Theater, downtown Ocala. Opened February, 2018. Hours 11 AM to 9 PM Wednesday, to 10 PM on Thursday, to 11 PM weekends, but to only 2 PM on Tuesday and Sunday and closed all day Monday. Down-home Southern Style food for the soul is offered here. Now with a Cocktail Bar, New Menu and a Dessert Bar too. "Eat, Drink, Repeat!". Their dinner menu is called "supper" (derived from a French term meaning including Soup, thus the main meal of the day). Start with Pimento Cheese Fritters ($8), Fried Onion Rings ($8), Grilled Mozzarella ($8), Tomato Caprese Salad ($9), Fried Green Tomatoes ($10), Bacon Wrapped Dates ($10), plus French Onion Soup ($6.50) or "Soup du Jour". For main dishes they have two portions of their signature Fried Shrimp ($16/$19), Fried Cod ($16), Pan Seared Mahi ($16), Baked Atlantic Salmon ($21), a Seafood Platter ($24), Lump Crab Cakes ($24) and Fried Florida Lobster Tail ($54). These are served with Baked Potato, Potato Wedges or Mac 'n Cheese. They also have Barbecue Shrimp & Grits ($20), Seafood Scampi ($20) and Pecan Salmon ($24). They also serve Baked Chicken ($16), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($29), 12 oz. Ribeye ($31), 12 oz. Whiskey Ribeye ($34), 8 oz. Angus Filet Scampi ($35) and 8 oz. Surf & Turf ($53). Most meals come with Garden Salad, Cornbread and Yeast Rolls. For lighter appetites there's "IVOS" Salad ($10), Grilled Chicken Salad ($12), Baked Chicken Salad ($12) and Salmon Spinach Salad ($14). Sunday Brunch brings Turkey or Chicken Salad Croissant ($11 each), Chicken or Shrimp Thai Salad ($12/$14), Baked Chicken Salad ($14), Quiche ($14), Baked Chicken ($14), Eggs Benedict ($14), Shrimp & Grits ($14/$17), Fried Quail ($17), and a "Spécial du Dimanche" ($16). For dessert you'll find Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Midnight Cake, Bread Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Pie, White Chocolate Crème Brûlée and a Pecan Tulipe (all $6-8 each). At lunch they offer Burgers, Hand Held Sandwiches like a Buffalo Shrimp Wrap, Soups, Salads, and many supper portion items (all ranging $7-17 each). A Tapas Menu includes Pimento Cheese Fritters ($8), Baked Potato Fondue ($8), Tomato Caprese Stack ($9), Bacon Wrapped Dates ($10), Chicken Wings ($10), Fried Green Tomatoes ($10), Fried Shrimp ($12), Thai Shrimp Wontons ($13) and Lump Crab Cakes ($14). A separate Gluten-Free menu is available, as is a kids menu ($6-8 each). A large variety of Coffees are made here, like Coconut Cinnamon Latte, Espresso Macchiato, Irish Latte and Caramel Affoccino (all ranging $5-6 each). Their Raspberry Sweet Tea ($3) is continued. Full bar with Sangria ($6), Bloody Marys ($6.50) and Sunday Mimosas, Prosecco or Chandon ($8.50 each). Domestic, Imported, Craft and Draft Beers served; fancy Cocktails offered, like Speakeasy Old Fashion ($9); plus a limited Wine List running $28-75/btl. for Whites and $28-100/btl. for Reds. House wine is $6/glass. Happy Hour. Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more. Outdoor sidewalk seating available. Marjorie (Mimi) Hale, Waica Ann Micheletti & Evelyn Hale Nussel, owners. The original location is still open in Williston (see that listing).

Review: (from Mary H. 3/18) We were seated when the rest of our party arrived at 5:30 PM. The décor is really very nice. But it has a lot of windows and no window covering. Half of our group (the poor husbands) had to deal with the sun for most of our time there. The restaurant was so open, there were very few shady places. We ordered our drinks and had our appetizers and shortly after ordered our meals. Four of us had Large Salads and the other 3 had an entrées. It took over an hour to be served and the Shrimp & Chicken on our Salads were tepid in temperature at best. One gentleman had a drink refill and the waiter put mostly ice in his glass and it was noticeably very watered down. It was another bit of a wait to get the bill and overall a very disappointing experience. I won't name the waiter because I think they were a bit short staffed. But it will be a long time before we return there. Our bill for a Salmon Salad, Krispy Chicken Salad, Iced Tea and 2 Wines came to $39.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/18) This was a huge disappointment on many levels. Starting with trying to find a parking spot. There is no parking nearby. The menu has been cut down considerably. The food is more expensive too. The service was extremely slow. Sun in the eyes of patrons. Food just thrown together and not even hot. Majorly understaffed. For a restaurant that has been in business for years, it seems that they don't know what they're doing here. The dining room is very pretty. The Raspberry Tea is still awesome. I had the Salmon Salad ($14). The Salmon was way overcooked and cold. My husband had the Seafood Scampi ($20). There was lots of Pasta, a couple of small Shrimp and Scallops, that were the size of green peas. The meals with the 2 Teas, our bill came to $40. After frequenting The Ivy House many times, Ivy on the Square will not see us again.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Lori S. 6/19) Ivy was not busy when I arrived at 1:30 PM but I chose to sit at the beautiful bar. For a light lunch I ordered the Green Fried Tomato Appetizer ($10) and Bacon Wrapped Dates ($10). The Tomatoes were piping hot and served beautifully on some greens with a nice sauce but the cornbread or cornflakes coating is not a favorite. Yes, they were good but I have had better. Having never eaten a Bacon Wrapped Date, I was surprised how absolutely good they were, addictively good. The "Thymeless" drink was a perfect pairing for this meal ($9). Overall, it was a very nice lunch and yes, I would return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 7/19) We had been to the old Ivy House a few times in the past, but never at this new location. There was no dedicated parking for customers, but plenty of on-street parking available. We were met promptly and courteously by the manager who was acting as host. When we arrived at 11:15 AM, hardly anyone was there, but by the time we left the place with nearly full with nicely dressed downtown employees. Shane was our very professional waiter. Impressive. I ordered a Blue Cheese type Salad that was great. My wife had the Fried Green Tomato BLT and couldn't quit talking about how good it was. The Raspberry Tea is worth the trip alone. Our bill came to about $30 with tax. We will definitely be back! This is a classy place.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) We decided to try another Ocala restaurant because of the variety of places there. Eight of us were seated at 2 tables pushed together between a bankette and a long armed settee. It was uncomfortable so we asked to have the tables separated. The noise level was high and conversation was limited because of the distance between us. I ordered the Seafood Scampi which came with a Salad (House or Caesar), and Yeast Rolls. It was nicely presented but lacked flavor. He had the Angus Filet and Scampi with a Salad, Cornbread and a Yeast Roll which he enjoyed. We shared a Crème Brûlée and he had an Espresso. Justin did his job but was a little rushed (it was a very busy Friday night). Our bill came to about $80 before t&t.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/20) Our first time here. Been cooped up for 3 months, so we wanted to splurge. We wanted to sit outside, so we arrived before 4 PM. We got the limited Lunch Menu, not Dinner. Mark was our server. He was friendly. Moving back to Lexington, KY. We had a wobbly table. It was a bit noisy outside on Magnolia St. at 5 PM. She had an Absolut Lemon Drop Martini ($8). I had a (Well) Bourbon Manhattan ($6.50) + ($1) for ICE! We started with Bacon Wrapped Dates ($10). Very nice. She ordered the Fried Cod with Salad and Veggie ($14) and I had the large portion of Fried Butterflied Shrimp with Baked Potato ($17). They were excellent. We had a second relaxed drink. She ordered 19 Crimes Red Blend ($8) and I had a second Manhattan that I got free on 2 for 1 Happy Hour. She ordered a Bread Pudding too ($7). A LOT OF FOOD AND DRINK. Total was about $71 plus t&t. Nice meal. Pleasant atmosphere. Bar trade came in at 5:30 PM on a Friday. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Jamaican George (Caribbean and Soul Food) Restaurant, 2502 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.4 mile drive from The Villages. 455-1898. (Caribbean) [L/D] Located on West Main, 1 mile west of US 27, near Thomas Ave., in a green metal garage. In business since 2012. Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 8 PM, and to 9 PM on weekends. Closed Sunday and Monday. Meals include White Rice, Rice & Peas, Salad and Dumpling. Instead of lunch and dinner, they offer small and large portions, priced accordingly. Jamaican and Island food like Curry Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Stewed Pork Chops, Stewed Chicken, Stewed Turkey Wings (all $9/$10 each), Goat Soup, Curry Goat and Ox Tails (all $10/$11 each) are the main dishes. Occasionally you can also find Roti, Stewed Fish or Salt Fish on the menu too. Sides, like Corn, Green Beans, Plantains, Potatoes, Cabbage, Collard Greens, etc. are $2.50 - $4 each. Desserts like Cupcakes ($1), Pie ($3) and Cake ($3) are also available. Beer and wine licensed. Pepsi products and Jamaican drinks are the beverages. Occasional entertainment. Watch Thursday's Daily Sun for coupons. Fitz Campbell, owner.



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Not Rated Japan Express 456 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL. 20.5 mile drive from The Villages. 742-5088. (Asian) [L/D] Located on US 441, before Inn On The Green Motel, behind Checkers, near Winn-Dixie. Opened in February, 2014. Hours: 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily but from 1 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Closed between 3 and 4 PM for menu change. Opened in November, 2014. Appetizers run $4-$7.50 each. They offer Hibachi dinners ranging $9-26 like Vegetables, to Shrimp, to Lobster Tail. Combo Hibachi dinners range $14-25. Sushi, Sashimi and Hand Rolls run $3-$5 each. Specialty Rolls run $8-$11. They also offer Tempura items at $10-$15 each. Desserts include Fried Bananas and Fried Ice Cream ($4 each). Kids menu. Beer, Wine and Sake only. Reservations accepted. Khin Ung, owner.



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9 Stars JB Boondocks Bar & Grill, 704 South Lakeshore Blvd., Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 23.2 mile drive from The Villages. 324-3600. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM, or 10 PM on weekends; except Sunday 12 Noon to 8 PM and Monday 11 AM to 4 PM only. Formerly the Paradise Harbor Marina. Located on Little Lake Harris. Lakeside dining on seafood, steak and chicken. Items like Grilled Pork Loin ($17), NY Strip Steak ($19), Chicken Juliette Pasta ($19), Crabcakes ($20), Seafood Platter ($20), Chicken Gambino ($20), Stuffed Redfish ($22) to Petit Filet Mignon ($23) and a 13 oz. Ribeye Steak ($27) give a wide range to the menu selection. Large Salads such as Caesar or Chicken Cobb range $7-11. Lots of Burgers ($9-11) and other sandwiches such as a Muffuletta ($10), Reuben ($10), Tuna Melt ($10) and Wienerschnitzel ($9) are also offered. Friday Night Fish Fry for $11 after 4 PM and Wednesday Night Prime Rib special weekly. Their Crab and Corn Chowder ($8) is popular here. You can also find Bourbon Street Pecan Pie and Carrot Cake on the dessert menu too. Full bar. 18% gratuity added for groups of 8 or more. $2 charge for shared entrée. Joe Carillo, Mena Sabatini and Mary Ortiz, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/13) Q=4 S=2 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) We were seated before 5 PM. Pleasant hostess and server, Christine M. Very nice view of the lake. Both couples each shared the Fried Special of Shrimp, Fish, Corn Fritters, plus Coleslaw. Plenty for all. No surcharge for shared plate. With two drafts it was $28 with tax. Started to fill up as we left around 6 PM. Nice scenic ride. Clean, except bathrooms not so much. Did not experience negative comments about service and food that I saw elsewhere.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars Jeremiah's Restaurant, 500 N. Highland St. (or 947 E. 5th Ave.), Mount Dora, FL. 26.8 mile drive from The Villages. 383-7444. (American) (Southern) [L/D] A real "local place". Located just blocks west of Renniger's Antique & Flea Market. At the corner of E. 5th Ave. and N. Highland St. Open since 1981 when the owner was just 19. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily and to 10 PM weekends. Now closed Sunday and Monday. Home cookin' is their forte. Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins, Quesadillas, Southwest Egg Rolls, Beef Fajita Nachos, Beer Battered Fried Mushrooms or Stuffed Mushrooms all ranging $5-10 each start the menu. Dinners include two choices from Salad, Soup, Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Steak Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, Vegetable or Applesauce, for those that can't make up their mind. Honey Fried Chicken ($9), Broiled Haddock ($11), Pecan Trout ($11), Sportsman Steak ($11), Fried Shrimp ($12), Jack Daniels Sirloin ($13), Prime Rib ($13), and Baby-Back Ribs ($14) make up the main dishes. Pasta dishes like Thai Chicken Pasta ($9), Spaghetti & Meatballs ($9) and Ravioli ($10) are all served with a side Salad. You can even find Alabama Country-Fried Steak ($8), Shepherd's Pie ($8), Baked Chicken Pot Pie ($9), Grilled Liver & Onions ($9), and Pot Roast ($9) on the menu. Lighter offerings like a Shrimp, Fish, Chicken Fingers, Buffalo Wings or Combo Basket are all $8 each. Eight kinds of Burgers, like California Bacon Cheeseburger, are available for $8 each with Fries. Mexican food, like Fajitas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and Tacos, are on the menu too at $7-12 each. A variety of Sandwiches, like the Reuben and the French Dip, ranging $7-9 can also be found. French Onion Soup and large Salads are also popular. Outdoor seating available. Full bar. Wayne Parker, long time owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/11) Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/18) The restaurant was quite busy but we were seated at a nice booth quickly. Our server, Barbie, took our drink order. On a funny aside - my dining companion went out to the bar area and found the wait staff and bar tender trying to find someone who knew how to make my Lemon Drop Martini. Someone must have found out because it was very good. I had Stuffed Shrimp and Scallops and they were good if not exceptional. He had a Filet which was done nicely. The cost, before t&t, and with my Martini and his Draft, was $47.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Fralick's Famous Restaurant (1956)
305 N. Highland St., Mount Dora, Florida.

Closed Jimbo's Restaurant, 965 CR 439, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. Closed in September, 2020, now called Big Bass Grill (see that listing).

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Not Rated JK Thai Garden (and Sushi), 116 E. 5th St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 385-4700. (Asian) [L/D] Closed for mid-week lunches temporarily during the pandemic. Call for hours. Located where the 5th Ave. Café & Market and Oudom's Thai & Sushi Restaurant once occupied, opposite Donnelly Park. Opened in February, 2016. Hours: 11:30 AM to 3 PM for lunch and 5 PM to 9 PM for dinner. Thai specialties like Curry Dish: Tilapia, Salmon, Red Snapper or Duck ($17-25 each), Pepper Steak ($14), Pra Laam [Chicken] ($14), Shrimp Clay Pot ($18), Pineapple Rice ($18), Royal Seafood ($19), Garlic Pepper Scallops ($19) and Roast Duck with a choice of sauces ($23) are featured. Then there are Sweet and Sour, Basil, Ginger, Cashew, Leomongrass, Garlic, Stir Fry or Pad Phet versions of Tofu, Chicken, Veggies, Beef, Seafood, Shrimp or a Combo, all run $13-16 each. Noodle or Fried Rice dishes run $13-16 each also. Thai Curry dishes run $13-16 each too. Banana Tempura ($7) is popular. Lots of appetizers from $5 to $11 can be a starter or lunch item. Five soups are offered too. Seemingly endless Sushi menu is separate. Sushi Rolls run $5-17 each. Kids menu. Wine, Sake and Beer only. John Douangchanh, owner. ####



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Not Rated Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu J. Rocks Pizzeria, 2606 SW 19th Avenue Rd. Suite 103, Ocala, FL. 22.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-861-3800. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened June, 2019. Located where Uncle Maddeo's Pizza Joint did business for about 3 years. It's across from Applebee's Grill & Bar and Logan's Roadhouse. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends but closed all day Sunday. Unconventional pizza making brings Henry Ford's assembly line into the process. A full Italian menu includes appetizers like Garlic Knots ($3), Cheese Sticks ($6), Pepperoni Cheese Rolls ($6), Chicken Tenders ($7), Meatballs ($7) or Cheesy Fries ($8). There are Cold Sandwiches ($9) like Turkey Club and Hot Sandwiches ($8-11) like Po' Boys, Burgers, Philly Cheese Steaks and BBQ items. Chicken Wings with 10 Sauce choices run 6/$8, 10/$12 and 20/$22. Seafood Baskets like Catfish, White Fish or Shrimp range $11-12 each. But for Pizza you can start simple with just Cheese S/$8, M/$11, L/$13. Or you can add many toppings like Beef, Sausage, Pepperoni or Shrimp, Crawfish, Gator, Lobster, Crab or Chicken, Brisket, Pork, etc. The combinations seem endless with unusual items to add. Standard Pizzas include Margherita, Mediterranean, Greek, Tropical or Vegan. They have Thin Crust or Gluten Free Crust too. Salads run $7-9 each. Soup is available too at $4/$6 sizes. Desserts ($5 each) include Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, plus plain ole Ice Cream at 99¢. Beer and wine licensed. Kids menu available. Kim Curtis, general manager; Jerriel Bazile, owner here and at Blue Highway - A Pizzeria in Ocala.



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14½ Stars Free WiFi Katya Vineyards, 101 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-528-2675. (Continental) (Wine Bar) [D] Located across from the northeast corner of the downtown square in Ocala, at NE 1st Ave. at E. S.S.B. Open only Wednesday through Saturday only, 4-10 PM, to 11 PM on weekends. Also Tuesdays in season only. The restaurant portion is called the Sokol Vineyards Tasting Room, beyond the bar. Full linen service here. You'll find upscale dishes with a Slovak accent. They offer Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plates ($30-50/plate) for sharing. They also offer Russian Kupechesky Red Caviar ($30), Siberian OSETRA Sturgeon Black Caviar ($50) and Russian Beluga Sturgeon Black Caviar ($100); each is a one ounce portion. On the A-La-Carte Menu you'll find appetizers like Hummus with White Wine Figs ($13), Burrata Cheese Bulb with Prosciutto ($14), Lump Crab Cakes ($14), Baked Capelin Fish ($15), Naan Bread with Lobster and Chorizo ($15), Calamari with Lobster and Crab ($15), Beef Filet Tartare with Quail Egg ($19), Grilled Thai Octopus ($20), Seared Foie Gras ($20) and Saku Ahi Tuna ($22). They offer Coconut Curry Lobster Bisque for soup ($9) and a Spring Greens for Salad ($9). For entrées they have Shrimp and Steak Risotto ($26), Roasted Heirloom Chicken ($28), Lobster Ravioli ($34), Spaghetti Fra Diablo ($38), 8 oz. Lobster Tail with Lump Crab ($38), Chilean Sea Bass ($48), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($52), 8 oz. Filet with Poached Langoustine ($69) and even KOBE Ribeye Steak ($110). For desserts you can choose Espresso Crème Brûlée ($10), plus Handmade Chocolate Bowl, Poached Peach, Cookie Butter Creme Cake, Hazelnut Creme Cake and Macrons & Ice Cream (all $11 each). In addition, a Bread Duet ($4.50) is available before the meal. Specialty Coffees run about $5 each. In addition a 4-Course Wine Pairing Menu runs $100 per person. Beer and Wine licensed. Their own SOKOL VINEYARDS brands and other California or European sourced wines are offered ($7-20/glass). Mother's Day Brunch and other special dinners during the year. Reservations recommended by phone after 4 PM or online. Few walk-ins available in season. Tony Deras, executive chef; David, Patricia and daughter, Kat(herine) Sokol, owners.

Review: (from Shirley F. 3/19) We have found a wonderful restaurant with great ambiance, terrific food and a caring staff. The restaurant is family owned and operated and we met each member of the core team. Sokol Vineyards makes a few varieties of wine, which they offer by the glass, and also offers select wines from other vineyards by the bottle. The whites are OK, and paired well with the meal. I had the 8 oz. Lobster Tail with a meaty Crab Cake on top, on a bed of Black Ink Linguine with a sweet pepper sauce that was outstanding. My husband had 4 Scallops (each 2 inches across) wrapped in Prosciutto and served amid Ravioli with a sweet pepper sauce. For dessert, we shared a Cookie Butter Cake with a light caramel sauce and caramel popcorn that was out of this world with the subtle flavor blend and creamy cake. The owner, his wife, and the chef, all came over to the table introduced themselves and talked to us about the food, wine, etc. Katherine, our server was friendly and knowledgeable. With 2 glasses of wine each, the entrées, dessert, 2 espressos, tax and tip, the bill came to $150, and well worth it.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 4/19) We were the first of our party of 5 to arrive and were seated immediately. Katheryn (our server) was very pleasant and professional. She said the chef was her "sweetie" and would be out shortly to introduce himself. Katheryn asked if we'd care to sample some wines and we did. She brought out four different wines to sample. We ordered a bottle of the White Wine for dinner ($33). My husband and I both had the same meal. Asparagus Bisque ($9) which was very good. We then had Lobster Ravioli with large Scallops on top wrapped in bacon ($32). That was terrific. My husband then ordered a cup of coffee ($4.50) and we shared a dessert of Mango Guava Cheescake ($11). Our total before t&t was $130.50. It was very good but Katheryn didn't know what a brandy snifter was and she took away some of the wine samples before the lady was finished with them. The other man we were with asked for some Balsompic Vinegar for the bread and she said she didn't think they had any as this wasn't a "full service restaurant" which I found to be a very odd answer.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) My first visit to Katya Vineyards was well worth the time it took to drive to Ocala. And I most certainly looking forward to my second visit because there were just too many items I want to try at this wonderful, family operated small and cozy dining establishment. Asparagus Bisque was smoothe and creamy ($9), Red Snapper ($24) was that night's Chef’s Suggestion which was cooked perfectly and flavorful. Couldn’t decide which red blend to have – so had them both and both lived up to their reputation. 5 stars on all accounts.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen R. 4/19) We thoroughly enjoyed a very delightful dinner served in a leisure manner in an atmosphere of soft music and glittering chandeliers. My husband and I shared a Lump Crab Cake starter that was delicious and made with real crab. Followed by a generous portion of Sea Bass on a very flavorful bed of potatoes and cream sauce and a plate of different vegetables each with an “ooh” taste and the crowning glory, cooked at the table, Kagoshima (Kobe) beef. A Whiskey Bundt Cake served with pistachio ice cream finished this special meal. All 8 at the table enjoyed their gourmet meal. We did not have wine but others at the table were given many samples so they could select their favorite. Katherine, our waitress, was very entertaining and attentive. This is a family run restaurant and we met the whole family. Our bill without tip was $182. Kobe Beef off my bucket list now.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) I had to return for a second visit - on my own - to experience the full meaning of this restaurant. It was better the second time around. The wine pairing dinner ($100) that I chose was simply beautiful. The Burrata Bulb was creamy and so delicious. The Salad was a basket of freshness and flavors with of all things - Watermelon Radishes that were tiny and sweet. Had to take most of the Chicken dinner home to make room for the Mango Guava dessert which was so so good. Server Katheryn and her charming husband, chef Tony, are so warm and welcoming, I felt like family. Yes, I would return again and again.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jackie N. 5/19) Katya does not look like much from the outside but when you step inside, the ambience, the décor and the music, brings fond memories of great restaurants visited in NYC's Soho neighborhood. There is a free parking lot behind the building or you can park around Ocala's downtown square. While sampling wine at the bar we engaged in conversation with the owners, the Sokol family. When our party of 6 was complete we were seated in what felt like a private dining area though the restaurant has an open floor plan. Katherine, our server was excellent and brought out her fiancé, Tony, the chef, to discuss the evenings offerings. My husband had the Gourmet Salad which was colorful, textured and had a refreshing champagne balsamic vinaigrette ($9). My husband also enjoyed the Steak and Shrimp Pasta in a Lobster Tomato Cream and Porcini Glaze ($26). The Lobster Ravioli with Argentinian Shrimp and Lobster Truffle Cream ($32) was the best Lobster Ravioli I've ever had and I try them everywhere. I would like to have tried all 5 desserts offered but since we were full from dinner we shared the Lemon and Raspberry Gallet ($11) and were quite happy with our choice. After doing a wine sampling at the bar, my husband bought a bottle of wine for us to drink during dinner ($26). Our bill was a little under $100 with tax and tip but not including the bottle of wine. This meal was one of the 2 top meals we've had since moving to The Villages. Can't wait to go back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) Another absolutely wonderful fine dining experience here. With a nice bottle of organic red wine, Domaine Fond Cruze ($35); I enjoyed the AAA Saki Tuna on a 15 pound salt block with Wasabi Sauce. A masterpiece. The appetizer was so plentiful, I could not finish dinner and took half the huge piece of Sea Bass with Risotto, home to enjoy for lunch tomorrow. Dessert was the Bourbon Chocolate Fudge Cake with freshly made Pistachio Ice Cream. Oh so good. Dinner was $100 and well worth every penny to experience fine dining. I look forward to my next visit with this very fine establishment.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated (The) Keep Downtown, 36 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-369-9858. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Formerly called the Ocala Wine Experience, the same owners changed its name in May, 2019. Located just south of Broadway, between Pi On Broadway and La Cuisine. Opens at 2 PM daily except closed Sundays and Mondays. Closes at 9 PM weekdays and Midnight on weekends. The lounge is upstairs. More of a wine bar than a restaurant, they offer seven kinds of 12" Gourmet Pizzas, at $12-18 each. Flatbreads ($8-12 each), Salads ($10-11 each) and Cheese and Fruit Plates ($12-26) are also offered. They also have 10 flavors of Ice Cream, Truffles, Fudge Brownie and a Cheese Cake, all at $6-7 each. Wines by the glass run to a wide variety and a Tasting Experience 8 Sampler runs $15. Their exclusive Pink Panty Droppers is especially liked by the uninhibited female clientele. A number of Beers, Stouts, Ciders, Wine Coolers and Sake drinks are on the menu too. Wine by the bottle is also offered with a low added charge for consuming on premises. 15% gratuity added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. Occasional entertainment. Outdoor seating available. Megan Whittaker and Mark Sykuta, owners since 2016.



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11 Stars Calorie Count keke's Breakfast Café (Lady Lake), 498 N. US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. 801-3996. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located in the Lady Lake Crossing Plaza next to Kirkland's. Opened on Sept. 1, 2015. Hours are 7 AM to 2:30 PM only, every day. Decorated in dual brown hues with black tables. Mostly booths with a few tables in the rear for a large family or group. Home of the "Square Cup of Coffee". Servers are in black shirts and blue jeans. Very large menu. Breakfast served 'till closing hour. Noted for large portions of creative Waffles, Pancakes and French Toast, but no Crêpes here. They guarantee satisfaction with your selections. A dozen Waffles range from a plain Belgium style ($6), to Banana, Nut & Caramel style ($9), to a full-blown Banana Split ($10). Then there are Pancakes like plain Buttermilk ($7) and a Florida style with Bananas, Strawberries and Blueberries ($11). A few French Toast items run $7-11 each, but there's also Stuffed French Toast like Piña Colada style with Pineapple, Coconut and Cream Cheese ($9) or something called Turtle Stuffed style with Pecans, Caramel, Chocolate and Cream Cheese ($10). You can create your own too. A dozen Omelets, like Cheese ($8), Greek ($10) or 3 Meat ($12.50) are suggested or create your own meal from a long list of interesting ingredients. Lots of Egg possibilities like a Breakfast Wrap ($8), Scrambler Bowl ($9), Eggs Benedict ($10.50) or Five Egg Whites ($10.50) are some of the creations listed. Egg Beaters™ are available. Sides include English Muffins, Home Fries, Turkey Bacon, Grilled Ham Steak, Cottage Cheese and others ranging $2-8 each. At 10:30 AM, lunch items are available. A dozen Paninis like Grilled Cheese ($6.50), Chicken & Salsa ($9) and Southwest Turkey Club ($10.50) are among them. A simple BLT ($7) and Tuna Melt ($8) can be found too. A dozen Salads include Chicken Caesar Salad ($8.50) and others. Wraps run $6-11 each and include a Turkey, Bacon Swiss ($10.50). Pressed Wraps are also popular. Then there's Burgers in 5 styles ranging $7.50-8.00 each. Kids menu. No bar. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. This Florida chain of just 15 locations is expanding fast by franchising. Another location is in Orlando (see that listing). Parties are not seated until all are present. Guy and Pierre de Fabrique, franchisees here.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/16) Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank K. 8/16) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/17) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Silver Springs Hotel [200 rooms] (1886) (1887)
Built in 1881 by Thomas Brigham Bishop of Maine, author of "Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me".
Near the Florida Railway and Navigation Co. rail line - Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL.
Destroyed by fire in 1894 and again in 1895. Rebuilt as "The Brown House" (below).
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Long Gone - The Brown House (1899) (1900) - Silver Springs, Florida.

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Not Rated Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 15211 US 441, Eustis, FL. 22.1 mile drive from The Villages. 483-8288. (Asian) [L/D] Opened February, 2011. Hours: 11:30 AM to 9 PM daily with dinner menu starting at 4:30 PM. On US 441 where Finlay's Restaurant used to be. Japanese food served from firey teppanyaki tables and fresh sushi offered. Early Bird Specials before 6 PM. In business since 2008 at the Highland Street Market Plaza in Mount Dora. Full bar. Jimmy Hua, new owner in 2018.



Closed Koko Bar & Grill (Lake Side View), 201 W. Ruby St., Tavares, FL. Opened in April, 2018, but closed in April, 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis.


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Not Rated Kotobuki Japanese Steak House, 2463 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL. 22.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-3900. (Asian) [L/D] Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch. Open 7 days from 4:30 PM for dinner. Located at SW 27th Ave and SW College Rd. (SR 200) in the Shady Oaks Plaza next to Best Buy. In business since 1986. Entertaining teppanyaki presentation is available. Items such as Beef, Chicken, Scallops, Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon can be prepared before your eyes. Tempura and Teriyaki dishes are available too. Also popular for fresh Sushi dishes. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Leonardo Medina and Ricky Dyess, owners.

Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.



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Long Gone - The Big D Steer In Restaurant (1956)
"Recommended by Duncan Hines"
Later called Mr. Han's Chinese
S. Pine St. (US 27/441/300) & SW 10th St. (SR 200), Ocala, Florida.

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12½ Stars La Bella's Italian Piatto & Pizzeria, 3909 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala, FL. 18.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-620-8820. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the small Courtney Plaza just past the train tracks on SR 464A, off US27/441 (right just past Southern RV Center). Been in business for a while as a small neighborhood restaurant serving to the healthcare workers in the area both during lunch hour and at night. Open for lunch and dinner 5 days per week. Closed Saturday and Sunday for a long rest. Very busy take-out business. Two dining areas. Generous portions. Piatto is plate or dish in Italian. Appetizers like Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings, Cajun Fried, Potato Munchers, Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeño Poppers run $3-7 each. Or get the Combo Plate for $10. Noted for their Pizzas that start at $10/12", $11/14" and $12/16". Then add your toppings at $1, $1.25 and $1.50 each by size. Some of the toppings include Spinach, Broccoli, Bacon, Anchovies, Meatballs or (for $0.50 extra) even Grilled Chicken, Shrimp, Crab Meat, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese, Eggplant and Artichokes. They make a Butter Garlic Crust Pizza too for no additional charge, that's a must. Calzones ($9-10 each) and Strombolis ($10 each) are also on the menu with various fillings to choose from. Under "Baked Dinners" you'll find Fried Haddock ($10), Baked Spaghetti, Angel Hair or Ziti (all $10 each), Lasagna ($10-12), Eggplant Parm. ($11), Chicken Parm. ($12) or Chicken/Eggplant Parm. ($13). Their specialty is Pasta LaBella with Chicken, Sausage, Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Black Olives, Spinach and Penne in a Tomato-Cream Sauce ($13). All baked dinners come with a Tossed Salad and Breadsticks too. Other Salad choices include Chef, Antipasto, Caesar, Tuna, Pasta, Greek, Honey Mustard Chicken Salad that are all $7.55 for the small and $9.50 for the large. Lunch specials run $7.55 each. $2 Split Plate Charge. Closed Saturday and Sunday. No credit cards accepted. Cash only. ATM on premises. Limited beer and wine only. Bernard John (Jay) Pisarek, owner.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated La Ceiba Latin Food Restaurant, 1011 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL. 22.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-236-2226. (Spanish) [B/L/D] Opened in February, 2019 at this location. Located in the 14th Street Plaza strip mall on Bonnie Heath Blvd. near NE 10th Ave. Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM weekdays, to 9 PM on weekends and 9:30 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. The name probably comes from the port city of Honduras. The name refers to the Kapok tree. The restaurant specializes in Honduran and Latin American food. Some items are Baleada Super ($8), Desayuno Catacho ($9), Pollo con Tajadas ($13), Chuleta Frita con Tajada ($13), Bandeja Guanaca ($17) and Plato Latino ($19). Beer and wine licensed. Check your bill for automatic added gratuity. Juventina Melgar-Garcia and Jenis Medina-Mazariegos, owners.



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11½ Stars Free WiFi La Cuisine, 48-50 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-433-2570. (French) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened August 18th, 2009. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and 5:30 PM to 10 PM for dinner, every day during the season. Closed only for lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Memorial Day to early October, off season. Located in downtown Ocala one block west of the square and one block south of Broadway, in a double storefront. Vintage, modern, yet romantic and very "rouge" décor greets the patrons. The flavors of eastern France prevail. Many daily specials, such as Canard a l'Orange ($24) or Sea Bass with Chutney ($32), are frequently offered. Appetizers such as Quiche Lorraine, Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Country Style Pâté, Blue Crab Cake and Croustillant d'Escargots are on the menu and range $8-15 each. Soups sometimes include Vichyssoise or Classic French Onion ranging $7-9. An Assiette de Fromage or de Charcuterie are also offered at $13 each. Salads are Salmon, Sesame Ahi, Lyonnaise, Caesar or Foie Gras at $7-16. Entrées include such offerings as Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cod Filet, Saucisson de Lyon (Sausage in Red Wine), Bœuf Bourguignon (Beef in Red Wine), Quenelle (Fish Dumplings), Jambonneau (Pork Shank in Honey), Pork Jarret and Ragoût de Veau (Stewed Veal in a white cream sauce). These range $16-21 each. There's also 14 oz. NY Strip ($25) and 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($29) on the menu. Main dishes come with a side of Gratin Dauphinois, Pommes Paille, Ratatouille or Riz Pilaf. There's always a vegetarian entrée like Vegan Tamale ($14) or Linguini with Vegetables ($16) offered. Desserts offered include traditional Crème Brûlée, Crêpes, Mousse au Chocolat and other house creations, all at $7-8 each. Beer, champagne and wine available, mostly French and Californian running $22-85 per bottle, plus many by the glass at $5-11 each, and now a full bar with creative cocktails like a Saint Tropez and Le Mont-Blanc. Live entertainment Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 PM. Wine Tasting event on the last Wednesday of every month. Early Bird dinners offered before 6:30 PM weekdays at $20 for 3 courses and Happy Hour runs to 7 PM, Friday and Saturday night. Special offers like half priced wine via their emails. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations are accepted and advised by phone or online via Open Table. An outdoor eating deck for 30 patrons is being planned. Open Thanksgiving Day from Noon to 6:30 PM and Xmas Eve and New Years Eve from 5:30 PM with special menu by reservation. $25 Corkage Fee for Wine, $40 for Champagne and $2 per person cake serving fee applies. Closed for vacation from mid-July to the first week of August, usually. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Sean, barkeep; Chad Karp, chef; Elodie et Patrice (chef) Perron, owners.

Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Al C. 10/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ken Z. 10/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 11/09) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/09) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Roberta M. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 1/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bev R. 3/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bev R. 3/11) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 6/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Susan B. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/13) Q=4 S=2 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Duane R. 6/15) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 12/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/16) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) We were in Ocala checking out the location for another restaurant and drove by this. It was lunch time so we stopped for a bit of French food. "Ooh La La", what a fantastic lunch it was! Our waiter, Kevin, was the only waiter working but he and the maîître d' pitched in and we started with a glass of Bordeaux Château Haut Corbian. A bit pricey at $15 per glass but worth it. My wife and I had the special of Quiche and Onion Soup at $15 each which was excellent. However my Quiche had one small burn spot on the crust where it had been heated in an oven so I did not give them a perfect score for Quality. Total bill before t&t was $61. But the white table service was excellent and although the wine was pricey, I would give it a 91 point value so I felt it was well worth it.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Edward K. 10/18) Bread was OK except for one stale piece that was very hard. But, they only gave one piece at a time. The Escargot was good. My Duck was dry and the portion was small. Not very great. My wife liked her Short Ribs.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Eight from our Gourmet Dine-Out Group were seated at round table at 6 PM. The hostess offered to move us if we were too cramped. We weren't, but nice gesture. Server, Josh H., was efficient, pleasant and knew the menu and the wines. Best French Bread around and it was bottomless. Any server passing by with Bread could be hailed to serve more Bread. Each person ordered something different from the menu. No complaints, food served hot and all together. I had the Frogs Legs appetizer as a main course (it was plenty). Large plump legs sautéed and served in a delicious sauce. We shared Onion Soup which was excellent and a Caesar Salad, which they served on two plates for us. She had the LC Burger with blue cheese, pork belly and fried egg (all extra charge) with 3 glasses of wine it was $77 plus t&t. Did not auto charge the 20% tip for 6 or more diners. All were well pleased with food, presentation and service. Huge change from my poor review 5 years ago. Will try lunch, have some nice choices there. This is as close to France as you will get around these parts. Note: Read the special charges for certain extras and sauces, etc. Some patrons were surprised they were charged for those.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jackie N. 10/19) The 6 of us arrived at 5:30 PM and had a leisurely and delicious meal that ended about 8 PM. We sat quite a while talking and listening to the live music after paying the bill and were not rushed out - just like being in France. As there has been many reviews of this restaurant I just wanted everyone to know that La Cuisine still has excellent French food and all 6 of us were very happy with our dining experience there. Our waiter, Joe, was informative and attentive. We had: Appetizer choices included Foie Gras, French Onion Soup, Butternut Squash Soup and Escargot. Dinner choices included Beef Bourguignon, Scottish Salmon, Duroc Pork Porterhouse with a Calvados Cream Sauce and a Stuffed Portobello Mushroom. Desserts included Tarte Tatin (Apple Pie), Souffle du Jour (Blueberry and Basil), and Chocolate Caramel Crêpe. Our meal of 3 appetizers, 1 dinner, 2 desserts and a glass of wine was about $100 with tax and tip. There is a free parking lot on the side of the restaurant. Definitely will be returning to try the Paté, the Duck a L'Orange, and all the other desserts.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Phyllis C. 1/20) Eight from our Gourmet Dine-Out Group were seated at 6:30 p.m. Service was great, letting us know specials for the evening. The 2 servers asked if we wanted another beverage, if we needed anything else and were very accommodating. My husband and I had eaten lunch there about a year ago and were glad to go back for dinner this time.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars La Palma Mexican Grill, 1690 Citrus Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 8.8 mile drive from The Villages. 323-1444. (Mexican) [L/D] Located on US 27/441, just north of the "27-441 split". Formerly it was Ay! Jalisco (Leesburg), NY Café, The Boulevard and Lil' Anthony's Pizzeria over the years. Opened February, 2014. Hours are 10 AM to 9 PM and later on weekends. For appetizers they offer Guacamole ($3), Bean ($3.50), Queso ($5) or La Palma ($6) Dips, Ten Chicken Wings ($7), Cajun French Fries ($9) and Monterrey or San Miguel Nachos ($8/$10 each). Soups offered are Tortilla ($3/$6) and Enchilada Soup ($4/$7). Salads include Tossed ($3), Guacamole ($4) and various Taco Salads ($7-9). Their specialties include a Mexican "Po-Boy" of Chicken or Ground Beef ($8 each) or Pork or Carne Asada ($9 each), similar Sopes ($10-12), Flautes ($8), Tosdadas ($9), Chimichangas ($9), Chimichanga Rancheras ($10), Enchiladas Verdes or Rojas ($10 each), Cajun or Chicken Enchiladas ($10 each), Tamales ($11), Chile Relleno ($10), Pollo Relleno ($13) and Sizzling Fajitas of Steak, Chicken, Shrimp range $13-15 each. Fajitas For Two are also available ($22-24). They specialize in meat dishes with Burritos like El Rey, California, Cuba and others ($10-13), Carnitas ($11), Bisteck a la Mexicana ($12), Argentina Churrasco ($13), Steak a la Tampiquena ($13), Milaneza ($13), California Carne Asada ($13), 10 oz. Strip Steak ($14) and a 12 oz. Ribeye Steak ($19) on the menu. Also a California Burger ($9) for more American taste is offered and Mom's Specialty: Tacos Azteca ($11). Many seafood dishes are also included, like Coctel de Camarón ($11), Camarónes al Mojo de Ajo ($11.50) and Siete Mares ($12.50). Vegetarian items are also featured at $8-10 each. Kid friendly menu and a number of desserts range $2-5 each including Flan, Churro, Sopapilla and everyone's favorite, Fried Ice Cream. Lunch Specials (10 AM - 3 PM) start at $7. Full bar license with Margaritas. Mariachi band on the first Sunday of the month, 12-2 PM. Julie McCray, manager; Raudel Torres, formerly of Zacatecas, Mexico, owner.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Duane R. 2/15) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) No waiting at lunch, we were seated immediately. Our server was Nehemias, he was excellent and checked on us consistently. 2 Chicken Chimichangas ($9 each), Sweet Tea ($2.75) and one free water. Total bill was $22, left a generous tip. Good Chips and Chunky Salsa... not too spicy! Food was excellent!, cooked perfectly with Beans, Rice, Lettuce. Chicken was very lean. Great experience. All servers wore masks and gloves... very friendly and thanked us repeatedly for coming in.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated La Vaca Frita, 119 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-0644. (Seafood) (Spanish) [B/L/D] Literally it means "The Fried Cow", but more gently, "The Fried Beef". Located where Fiore's Café did business for many years, the same owners moved the Italian restaurant (see that listing) to make room for this Cuban restaurant. It opened in August, 2017 with little décor change. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 AM. For appetizers you can have Fried Yuca ($3), Breaded Chicken Chunks ($4), Fried Plantains ($4), Plantain Chips ($4), Fried Calamari ($9), Shrimp Cocktail ($9) and a Mixed Ceviche ($15). Deli-Combos include a Tomale, Ham, Pork and Cheese Plate ($7). Soups include a Chicken ($6) and Beef ($7) option. Salads include Lettuce and Tomato ($3), Mixed Greens ($5), Tuna Salad ($7), Caesar with Chicken ($8), Chef's ($8), Chicken Salad ($8) and Caesar with Beef ($10). For Chicken main dishes they offer Arroz con Pollo ($8), Half Cuban Style Chicken ($8), Chicken Fingers with White Rice ($9), Breaded Chicken Chunks with Beans and Rice ($9), Chicken Breast with Pepper and Onion ($9.50) and Chicken Steak Milanese ($12). For Meat main dishes they offer Roast Pork with Yuca ($9), Ground Beef with Beans and Rice ($9), Fried Pork Chunks ($10), Pork Chops ($10), Flank Steak ($12), Pork Steak ($12), Cuban Steak ($12), Breaded Steak ($12), Parmesan Steak ($14) and Small or Large Grilled Skirt Steaks ($12/$17). For Seafood main dishes they offer Fish Fingers ($8), Grilled Shrimp ($12), Grilled or Breaded Fish Filet ($13 each), Broiled Shrimp ($14), Shrimp Creole or Scampi ($14 each) and a Whole Fried Yellow Tail ($15). Most main dishes come with an appropriate side like Fries, Rice, Black Beans and Rice, Plantains or a Side Salad. They also have a dozen Sandwiches for lunch or dinner like Tuna Sandwich ($4), Fried Fish ($5), Mixed Pork ($6), Cuban Sandwich (6) and Croquette Sandwich ($8). Desserts are available too. Various Milk Shakes run $2 each. Beer and wine available. 2-for-1 Happy Hour 4-6 PM, weekdays. Juan Lazo and Angel Salamanca, owners here and at Fiore's Café.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille, 350 Lakeshore Dr., Eustis, FL. 23.7 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Located in the remodeled Eustis Marina, two blocks west of Bay St. near downtown Eustis. It has a Florida Fishing Lodge motief. Features American and Seafood specialties. The restaurant holds 150 patrons on the 3 acre site. Outdoor seating available. Operator TBA. Opening date in early 2021.


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12 Stars Lake Harris Hideaway, 11912 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL. 22.9 mile drive from The Villages. 343-3585. (American) [L/D] In business since 2005. Located at the east end and right on Lake Harris, off SR 19 and popular with the biker crowd. Picnic table dining with a view of the lake. Burgers are popular especially the Ultra Classic Messy (Bacon Cheese) Burger. Patty Melts and Tuna Melts are on the menu too. For Sandwiches they offer Grilled Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak, Sirloin Steak, as well as Hot Dogs and Chili Dogs. Salads offered are topped with Chicken, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad or Sirloin Steak. Other popular items are Peel and Eat Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Clam Strips, Crab Cakes, Fried Pickles, Jalapeno Poppers, Nacho Baskets and even Corn Dogs. Buffalo Wings are also on the menu with a wide variety of sauces. Friday Special is a Fish Fry with Slaw, Fries and Hush Puppies at $8. Wednesday Specials include Open Faced Roast Beef or Roast Turkey Sandwiches at $8. Entertainment Friday night from 5 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM. Accessible by boat and seaplane as well as car. Very popular during Biker Weeks. Full bar. Happy Hour 4 PM to closing where beer and well drinks are $2.25. Daniel Kelyman and David Stone, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - The Peninsula Hotel (circa. 1880)
Corner of Tavares Blvd. and New Hampshire Ave, Tavares, FL.
Built by Alexander (St. Clair) Abrams.
Burned down on April 9th, 1888.

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9 Stars Video Free WiFi Lakeside Inn, Beauclaire Restaurant, 100 North Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 383-4101. (Continental) [B/L/D] Fine dining in a 130+ year old historic hotel on the National Trust Register. It has an attractive dining room. Appetizers include Fried Green Tomatoes ($9), Baked Brie en Croute ($10), Salmon and Shrimp Dip ($12), Petite Beef Tender ($13) and a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($12). Salads like Lakeside House ($8), Strawberry Spinach ($9) and Traditional Caesar ($9) are also on the menu. Soups include du Jour ($4.50/$8), Leek & Potato ($5/$8) and a Southern Gumbo ($5/$8). Selections include Penne Pesto ($15), Southern Burger ($17), Chicken Pot Pie ($20), 10 oz. Pork Chop ($22), Chicken Roulade ($22), Blackened Redfish ($23), Potato Encrusted Salmon ($24), Beef Brisket ($25) and Fried Short Ribs ($36). Lunch menu is similar at reduced prices with Sandwiches running $11-13 each. Sunday Champagne Brunch offered year round with a-la-carte Breakfast items running $10-13 each, Salads $9-15 each and Sandwiches $12-15 each. Wine by the glass $5-8. Full bar with specialty cocktails $9-10 each. Reservations accepted and required on holidays. Open Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 PM, for their large buffet at $37 per person. Open Christmas Day for Champagne Brunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM only. New Years Eve Dinner Celebration starting at 7 PM, with dinner at 8 PM and a champagne toast at midnight includes music and dancing at $99 per person. 20% gratuity added for separate checks or parties of 6 or more. Owned by Jim and Alexandra Gunderson.

Older Review: (from Jean W. 2/07) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mike G. 9/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Lakeside Inn, Tremain's Tavern, 100 North Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 383-4101. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Casual meals in the historic hotel Gatsby style lounge. Lighter fare from Fried Green Tomatoes ($9), to Salmon and Shrimp Dip ($12), to Lobster Strudel ($13), to a Monte Cristo Sandwich ($13), and others ranging between $9 and $14. Seating on the Veranda outside is a favorite place in spring and fall. Jazz on the weekends from 7-10 PM. Full bar.



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Not Rated Lakis Restaurant, 3405 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-3090. (Greek) [L/D] Located in the Colours Plaza. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends and from Noon to 9 PM on Sunday. Pizza is popular from small to large for the traditional Italian type, to 3 Greek varieties ranging $7-16 depending on size and ingredients. Greek items like Spanakopita, Dolmades, Tzatziki, Tyropita and Fried Calamari are offered as appetizers. Dinner entrées include Pastisio, Moussaka, Gyro, Souvlaki, Leg of Lamb and others are offered at $11-15 each. A Tour of Greece Combo is on the menu for $16 too. Italian specialties are also available like Lasagna, Eggplant, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, Stuffed Shells, Spinach Manicotti, Eggplant Rolatini and Linguine with Shrimp and Clams go for $11-13 each. Chicken Marsala, Cacciatore, Picatta and a Baked type are offered at $11-13. Sandwiches and Wraps are offered at lunch time. Three sizes of Greek Salads range $4-8, as well as a Horiatiki at $9, are made here daily. Beer and wine only. Typical Greek décor inside. In business since 2002. Nick and Maria Angelidakis, owners.



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Long Gone - Le Paris French Restaurant (1986)
1618 S. Pine Ave. (US 27/300/441), Ocala, FL. Next to the Ocala Inn.
Owned by Jan & Catherine Catesson and chef, Frederick Tuvache.

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Not Rated Lampu Steakhouse & Sushi, 18862 US 441, Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 383-6119. (Asian) [L/D] Located at US 441 and N. Donnelly St. Previously called Lampu Japanese Steakhouse, now Japanese omitted and Sushi added with new owner. Lunch served 11 AM to 2:30 PM except Saturday and dinner from 4:00 to 9:30 PM daily. Traditional Japanese Steakhouse offering a wide selection of entrées including Chicken, Beef, Lobster and Shrimp. Ginger Salad is popular here. Flaming Onion Volcano performed on the teppanyaki tables by skilled chefs is a show. Sushi bar featuring California Rolls also available and popular. Vegetarian Avocado Rolls and Spicy Tuna Volcano Rolls are examples of some of their creations. Full bar. Jin Lian, new owner.

Review: (from Ken J. 2/19) We enjoyed Hibachi Style where the chef prepares and cooks the entire meal right in front of us. We both ordered the House Special ($15 each) which included 5 courses: Soup, Salad, Hibachi Vegetables, Noodles and Fried Rice. The meat selections in this included Steak, Chicken and Shrimp. There were ample quantities of food, all served hot. The chef put on quite a show as well! Total bill was $35 before t&t. We had sodas and water, no alcohol. Best part of the evening, we were paired with 4 other people that were fascinating to chat with. Fluid English spoken by all.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (& Gallery) (Ocala), 4414 SW College Rd. (Suite 410), Ocala, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-789-6880. (Mexican) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened April, 2016. Located in Market Street at Heathbrook Shopping Center, near Jos. A. Banks. Hours are from 11 AM daily. This is the second location in Florida. The original is in Gainesville. Brightly colored interior with carved chairs and artistic bar surface. Authentic Mexican food is offered like Burritos ($7-11 each), Chimichangas ($8.50), Enchiladas ($8-9 each), Quesadillas ($9), Tacos Asada ($9), Chile Colorado ($9.50), Carne Asada ($10), Steak Ranchero ($11.50), Steak Acapulco ($12.50), Steak Jalisco ($12.50), Fajitas ($20 for two) and many others including the popular, Arroz con Pollo ($8.50). Long list of appetizers too. Lunch specials are served to 3 PM and run $5-7 each. Desserts include Sopapilla ($2), Flan ($3.50), Churro ($3.50), Fried Ice Cream ($4) and Cheesecake Chimichanga ($4.50). Many vegetarian items offered. Full bar with Margaritas ($5), of course. Beer, Sangria and Wine available. Happy Hour runs to 8 PM. Weekly Mexican entertainment. Alberto Roman, owner.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/16) Q=3 S=3 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Gluten Free Menu 11 Stars Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant, 351 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 720-3336. (Caribbean) [L/D] No relation to La Palma Mexican Grill in Leesburg. Located at the corner of N. Donnelly St. and 4th Ave. where the Palm Tree Grille did business for 20 years. Before that it was a Five and Dime store. Opened in January, 2016. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, later on weekends. Menu items include such appetizers as Cuban Shrimp Cocktail ($12), Tamales Cubanos ($5), Papa and Yucca Rellena ($3.50 each), and Empanadas de Carne ($3.50). They are noted for Mofongo ($14-18 each) (a Puerto Rican dish). Main dishes include Ropa Vieja ($14), Bistec Empanizado ($15), Milanesa de Bistec ($17), Vaca Frita ($14), Rabo Encendido ($22), Fajitas de Bistec ($16), Picadillo ($14), and 10 or 16 oz. Churasco Steak ($22/$30). Pork dishes run $14-16 each. You will also find Pollo Empanizado ($15), Pollo Fajitas ($14) and Fricase de Pollo ($12). Roast Pork items, like Pork Chops ($15) or Havana-Tex Tamales ($16), are offered too. For seafood they have Shrimp Creole ($18), Fried Red Snapper ($22), Seafood Paella ($25/1 $45/2 & $80/4 portions), Garlic Shrimp ($18), Shrimp Fajitas ($18), Flounder Filet ($16) or even Lobster Creole ($30). Salads include Havana Salad, Tosada Salad and Chicken Lime Salad (all $12 each). Black or Red Bean Soup ($4/$5/$6) is also offered. A Cuban Sandwich ($10) will lead the lunch menu with most dinner dishes at reduced prices and a $9 Lunch Special daily before 3 PM. For dessert look for Flan ($4), Tres Leche ($4) or Empanada de Guava y Queso ($5). Full bar. A Guanabana Milk Shake is a favorite, as is Cuban Coffee. Kids menu available. Entertainment on weekends play until 2 AM. Full bar here. A rooftop dining area and bar are planned. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Edna Gonzalez of Sebastian, FL., owner here and at the new Boathouse on Lake Dora, nearby (see that listing). ####

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/20) We chose to sit outside so we had a table quickly. Our waitress, Crystal, greeted us and brought the Iced Tea as requested. We ordered and it was quite some time before our food appeared. They had a fire in the kitchen which caused the delay. Our waitress apologized for the delay. I had a lunch special of a Half a Sandwich and a Salad. I had the Avocado Salad which was mostly Lettuce with a few slices of Avocado on top. My Cuban Sandwich was fine but not especially memorable. My friend had a Chicken Lime Salad which she liked very much. The bill was $25 before t&t.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Sylvan Shores Hotel (1938) (1948)
Sylvan Shores, Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated Latin American Café, 1427 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-2822. (Cafe) (Caribbean) [B/L/D] Located at NE 25th Ave. and Bonnie Heath Blvd. (SR 492) next to the laundromat. In business since April, 2010. Hours are 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays, to 3 PM Saturday and closed all day Sunday. Their specialty is the Hot Pressed Cuban Sandwich and the Cuban Steak Sandwich (each $6.50). You can also find the Cuban BBQ Pork Sandwich and the Roast Pork Sandwich (each $7). The menu also touts a Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($6), Cuban Chicken Sandwich ($7) and Q'bano Croquette Sandwich ($8), among others. Dinner specialties include Palomilla Steak and Chicken Breast Dinners, plain or breaded (under $8). A Chicken Salad entrée at $6.50 is also available. Tostones, Fries, Black or Red Beans, Plantains and Yellow Rice can also be added ($2-4 each). For dessert, they promote Tres Leches Cake, Bread Pudding and Flan ($3-4) each. No bar, but beer and wine license applied for. Isabel Camp; owner.



(The) Latin Café, is now called Café Ola (see that listing).


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12½ Stars Latinos y Mas Restaurant, 2030 S. Pine Ave. (SR 27/441), Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-622-4777. (Mexican) (Spanish) [L/D] Located opposite Ipanema Brazilian Steak House on US 27/441. Remodeled interior and exterior of stucco with colorful walls and Spanish artwork plus larger parking lot. Open daily except Sunday from 11 AM to 9 PM or later. Dinner menu available from 3 PM. Meaning "Latin and More", it's been serving Latin Fusion Cuisine since 1991. Prides itself on unique world recipes and fresh ingredients. Emphasis is on Spanish, Central and South American creations. Chicken entrées include Pollo Empanizado (Cuban Style), Milanesa de Pollo (Italian Style), Bistek de Pollo (Cilantro Flavored), Pechuga a la Marsala (Mushrooms & Wine), Pollo al Ajillo (Garlic & Wine) and Mar y Tierra (Shrimp & Chicken with Lobster Sauce) ranging $11-15. Beef entrées include Empanizado and Milanesa styles as above, plus Carne Azada con Chimichurri (Flank Steak), Parrilla Mixta (Spanish Style), Ropa Vieja (Creole Style), Bandeja Paisa (Columbian Style), Churrasco Criollo con Camarones (Argentine Style) and Palomilla (suatéed with Onions) ranging $11-18 each. Pork is also available such as Chuletas a la Marsala (Wine Sauce), Pernil (Cuban Mojo Style) or Grilled Pork Chops with Passion Fruit Sauce ranging $11-14. Fish dishes are also offered such as Salmon Santiago (Citrus Style), Grouper a la Rusa (Butter and Mushrooms) and Camarones al Ajillo (Sautéed Shrimp) ranging $15-17. Paella and Mariscada are also featured at $16-19 per person. Arroz (Yellow Rice) dishes are offered too. Mexican dishes can also be found on the menu including various Chimichanga, Fajita and Taco dishes ($10-14). Chips and Salsa accompany every meal. Spanish Flan and Tres Leches are popular desserts. Lunch items include Cuban Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Burritos, Latino 2030 Salad and Arepas. Lunch specials change daily. Beer, wine and cocktails available including Sangria, Caipirinhas and Mojitos. Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more; Call Ahead Seating also available. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Winner 2011 "Best Tacos and Burritos" in the Ocala area by Ocala Magazine. Norman Benitez, chef; Danilo Luzuriaga, manager. Maria Pozo (chef), Webster and Fatima Luzuriaga, owners, here and Ipanema Brazilian Steak House (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Carol M. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 10/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheila R. 2/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 4/13) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 5/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Doris M. 9/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joan L. 9/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 2/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 5/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stephanie C. 5/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Edward C. 5/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 10/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Review: (from Ellen H. 1/18) This very popular restaurant was busy but we were able to find a table with no problem. Our server, Gabriela, took our drink order and returned very quickly with them and took our food order too. I had Paella which was excellent. I asked that it be prepared without Calamari and, since it is made to order, they were able to do that for me. It was tasty and full of seafood. My partner had a Steak which was also good. The rest of the party enjoyed their meal also. The total before t&t was $51 with two drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Charles K. 1/20) Our waitress, Llanet, was very professional. She brought our drinks promptly, Gin Martini for my wife and I (4.75 each). We both had a Titico's Mero, a white fish with delicious light butter sauce with shrimp and bell peppers which were delicious. Each of our gourmet party were pleased with the service and the food. One member noted she had a friend from Spain who would only eat Spanish food here. The menu was extensive and I would expect that each of us would return. The manager came to our table and was very friendly.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 2/21) Visited during a VERY busy lunch hour, at noon; suggest going after 1 PM. I had the Chicken with Rice Special for $10.50 ($1.50 savings) which was a very large serving of tender Chicken and Veggies and lots of Rice. Delicious! She had the Cuban Combo for $10 which was a HUGE traditional pressed Cuban Sandwich with lots of meat on delicious fresh bread, with a bowl (not cup) of wonderful Black Bean Soup topped with fresh Pico de Gallo. She brought half of both home. Complimentary warm Tortilla Chips and fresh Salsa fronted the meal. We both had large soft drinks, which were refilled. Cost before t&t was $26, which was a real bargain considering we had enough left over for a 2nd lunch at home the next day. Service by Nassy was efficient, quick and humorous.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Morrison's Cafeteria (1962)
1602 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Ocala, Florida.

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14 Stars Free WiFi Legends Café, 3430 US 441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.7 mile drive from The Villages. 728-0006. (Italian) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Located across from Bill Bryan Chrysler. Open from Noon daily to 9 PM or later but only from 4 PM on Monday and Tuesday. Closed major holidays. Offers New York Pizzas in 14", 16" and 18" sizes ranging $11-16 with one topping. Plus Chicago Deep Dish ones, range $14-25 from personal size to large size. Chef, Italian, Chicken, Tex-Mex and Greek Salads range $7 for small and $10 for large. Pastas are available after 4 PM like Fettuccine Alfredo or Marinara at $10-11 each. Hoagies ($8-11), Grinders ($8-9), Wraps ($8), Calzones ($10-17) and other Italian items, also on the menu. Wings are popular here starting at $9 for 10, $17 for 20, $30 for 35 to $42 for 50. At least 9 sauces are offered to go with them. Craft Beers and Copper Ridge Wines available, as is Sangria and other bar drinks at the full bar. Karaoke on Thursday night from 7 PM. Nathan (Nate) Gray and Patrick (Pat) Curtis, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Lena's Seafood, 18478 E. Hwy. 40, Silver Springs, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-625-6489. (Seafood) [L/D] Located on Ft. Brooks Rd. (SR40), about 12 miles east of Silver Springs, in the Ocala N.F., almost half way to Aster. Been in business since 1958. Popular with the locals. Typical "Fry Dive". AKA Lena's Restaurant. Noted for their Onion Rings. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM or to 9 PM on Friday and Saturday and from 2-8 PM on Sunday. Start with appetizers like Homemade Fish or Clam Chowder in two sizes ($3.50-6 each). Then Fried Mushrooms, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Fries, Okra, Crab Bites or Calamari run $5-6 each. They also have Homemade Clam (not Crab) Cake appetizer at $6; plus Steamed Mussels at $6.50. All-You-Can-Eat Specials top their menu. Choose from A-U-C-E Shrimp, Clam Strips or Fish ($14 each) served with Fries, Onion Rings and Cole Slaw. Most "Plates" are offered in two portion sizes (Half/Full) and priced accordingly. They list Calamari (Half only at $7.50), Smelt ($9/$10), Chicken Fingers ($9/$11), Pollack ($9/$12), Clam Strips ($10/$13), Flounder ($12/$15), Catfish ($12/$15), Haddock ($12/$15), Fish Nuggets ($12/$15), Shrimp ($12/$15), Grouper ($12/$15.50), Scallops ($14/$18), Whole Fried Clams ($14/$19), Fried Lobster ($13/$25) on the "Plate List". Then there's a Seafood Plate (4 fish portions at $20) and the famous Whaler Plate (6 fish portions at $32) enough for two people. All the Plates come with Fries, Onion Rings and Slaw. From the broiler they have (Half/Full) Flounder or Haddock ($12/$15 each), Shrimp ($12/$15) or Scallops ($14/$19). These are served with Baked Potato, Onion Rings and Cole Slaw. A Roll comes with all Full portion meals too. You can also find a Chef Salad ($6.50) or Chicken or Beef Taco Salads ($7.50 each). For lunch or dinner they offer many Sandwiches and Subs like Grilled Cheese ($4), Cheeseburgers ($4-7), B.L.T. ($6), Tuna Roll ($6), Fish-wich ($7.50), Clam Strip Roll ($9), Scallop Roll ($13) and a Lobster Roll ($12.50). For dessert you can find Apple Crisp, Cheesecake, and Ice Cream Cones or Sundaes (all ranging $2-4 each). Children's menu about $4. No bar. Soft Drinks, Iced Tea, Coffee and Milk Shakes do the job. Summer hours may vary, call for times. Robert and Karen Young, owners.



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Not Rated Let's Do (Lunch), 426 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 735-3702. (Cafe) (Deli) L. Originally called Let's Do Lunch", now abbreviated to just Let's Do. Located on the main drag just south of 5th Ave. Opened October 9, 2015. Hours are 11:30 AM to 3 PM daily. Pleasant garden room serving sandwiches like a BLT, Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad, Ham & Cheese or Sliced Turkey, on your choice of bread ($7-8 each). Their featured item is a Maine Lobster Roll served on a grilled bun ($10), a ¼ lb. Maine Lobster Roll ($18) or "Overloaded" ($24). All come with a side of Slaw, 3 Bean Salad, Potato Salad or Chips. Soups change daily and might include a Chowder ($4/$5). Soup & ½ Sandwich with a side runs $9. Desserts include Chocolate Mousse or Pudding Parfaits ($3 each). Full Lobster Dinner runs $29 in season. Paper products for plates. Soft drinks, shakes, smoothies, frappuccino, lemonade and coffee or tea available. Beer and wine licensed now ($4-5 each). Lunch Specials are $6.45 like ½ Sandwich or a Hot Dog and a drink. A few tables on the sidewalk outdoors. Catharina Flury, owner. ####



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11 Stars Little Joey's Italian Restaurant and Pizza (Summerfield), 16840 US 27/441, Summerfield, FL. 3.5 mile drive from The Villages. 347-1800. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] In the Baylee Palza. Open 11 AM to 8:30 PM, except opens at 4 PM on Mondays and stays open to 9:30 PM on weekends. Closed all day Sunday. Cozy Italian trattoria. Unique Veal and Chicken dishes are favorites here. Lots of Pasta combinations are offered too. Some seafood is available like Shrimp dishes. Antipasto and large salads also available. Also popular are their pizzas. Now, full bar. Coupons in Thursday's Daily Sun. Nika & Julie Dedaj, owners here and at the Ocala location (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Howard H. 3/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 1/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Little Joey's Pizza Restaurant (Ocala), 8602 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL. 27.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-873-0223. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the Big Lots Plaza on the south side of College Rd. opposite Steeplechase Plaza. Open from 11 AM to 8:30 PM daily, except to 9:30 PM on weekends and closed all day Sunday. A smaller version of the Summerfield location. Items include Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti (all $7.50 each), Lasagna ($8.50), Baked Cheese Ravioli ($8), and Baked Meat Ravioli ($9). Spaghetti and Linguini dishes start at $7 with Tomato Sauce and Meatballs or Sausage adding $.50 each. Chicken items start at Chicken Parm. at $10.50 and also include Francese, Marsala, Scaparelli, Sicillian and Contanina styles, to $12 each. Veal items run $11-13 and Seafood items run $12-13 each. Combinations are also available. Pizza is offered in three sizes with many toppings. Beer and wine available. Nika & Julie Dedaj, owners here and at the Summerfield location (see that listing).



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Southern Express Airlines
True Southern Comfort
Ended service in 1986 after 2 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Key West, Marathon, Miami, Sarasota, Tallahassee and Tampa.

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Not Rated Free WiFi Locos Grill & Pub (Ocala), 3105 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Ocala, FL. 22.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-5769. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened mid-December, 2019. Located where Open Haus (Craft Chicken & Bar) was located, before that Carmichael's Family Restaurant, before that Burger 21, and before that Carmichael's Restaurant over the years. It's a fast casual sports-oriented restaurant serving Mexican fare, alongside American favorites like Spinach Dip, Fried Cheese, Guacamole & Chips, BBQ Nachos, Mini Nachos, Fried Pickles and other appetizers. For Sandwiches you'll find Chipotle Ranch Wrap, Philly Cheese Steak, Club, French Dip, Reuben, Cuban, Po' Boy, even a Hot Italian. A dozen Burgers fill a page. Wings are popular too. Four Tacos are featured and Pork Chops, Filet Medalians, Salmon and a Strip Steak make up larger Plates. A half dozen Salads can be ordered too. Desserts include Cheesecake, Brownie and Chocolate Bundt Cake. Full bar here. It's a small chain and one of just 7 locations, based in Athens, GA.; Brad Harper, franchisee here.



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Not Rated (The) Lodge (Craft Pub & Eatery), 36 SE Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-289-1390. (Brew Pub) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Also known as Brick City Lodge. Opened late 2018. It's located on the corner of Magnolia and Broadway facing Mark's Prime. Once was a Starbuck's. Open 3-10 PM weekdays, closes late on weekends and 10 AM to late on Saturday and Sunday. They boast 200 craft beers and wines to try with a full bar. The taxidermy wall figures watch for venison lovers. Food is served in paper-lined baskets. For appetizers they have Hummus & Chips ($7), Pretzel & Beer Cheese ($8), Poutine ($8), Loaded Pork Nachos ($9), Chicken Wings 10/$10 or 50/$45, Gator Tail or Venison Bites ($12 each). For "Tavern Fare" they offer Foot Long Loaded Hot Dog ($7), Turkey Sandwich ($8), Pork or Duck Nachos ($9/$12), Pulled Pork with Slaw ($9), Burger du Jour ($13), Duck Salad ($16), Bison or Venison Burger ($16 each) and, get this, a Tomahawk Steak ($50). All come with Fries, Chips, Mac 'n Cheese, Slaw or Side Salad. But the menu changes frequently. You might find Wild Boar on the menu. For dessert you'll find a Root Beer Float ($7) or Pie du Jour ($8). Sunday Brunch starting at 10 AM has Biscuits and Gravy ($5), Silver Dollar Pancakes ($5), French Toast ($7) or a Hunter's Breakfast ($9). Mimosas and Blood Marys for $5 "wash-down". Half off wine by the bottle on Wednesday 5-10 PM. 25¢ Beer Nights 6-11 PM on Mondays. Entertainment, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, like Dueling Pianos on the 2nd Friday. Can be noisy during games. Outdoor seating available. Varsha Shah, owner.



Closed (The) Loft Café, 411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 720-3195. (Cafe) (Vegetarian) [B/L/D] Opened mid-February 2018. Closed due to COVID-19 in 2020.


Closed Logan's Roadhouse (Ocala), 2621 SW 19th Ave. Rd., Ocala, FL. In February, 2020 this location suddenly closed its doors without explanation.



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11½ Stars Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count LongHorn Steakhouse (Lady Lake), 590 North H'way 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.4 mile drive from The Villages. 391-5505. (Barbecue) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened March 10th, 2008. In the Village Crossroads Plaza, opposite Home Depot. This plaza is not golf cart accessible from The Villages. Noted for their steaks and seafood. They offer 5 styles of Sirloin Steaks. All are priced at $12 for the 6 oz. and $15 for the 8 oz. Also Flo's Filet ($19/$22), Ribeye ($22), Bone-In Sirloin ($14), Top Sirloin ($12/$14/$17), Bacon Wrapped Filet ($23), T-Bone ($22), New York Strip ($19/$22), Prime Rib ($19/$22) and the 20 oz. LongHorn Porterhouse ($25) fill out the meat side of the menu. Salmon ($15/$18) and Fried or Grilled Shrimp ($15/$16) dishes do the same for the seafood side of the menu. Chicken ($14/$15), Pork Chops ($15) and Baby Back Ribs ($15/$19) are also available. Lunch items include 8 oz. Steakhouse, Bacon & Cheddar, Black & Bleu or Crunchy Campfire Burgers ($9/$10). Gluten free information available on their website. Deemed an Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chain. 18% gratuity added to parties of 8 or more. Call ahead seating offered. Free dessert on your birthday for MyLonghorn Club members. A Western Hospitality Club offers complimentary appetizers and other offers for signing up online. Full bar. Well decorated, cowboy atmosphere. Carlos Gonzalez, manager; Beth Applegarth, managing partner. One of a growing popular chain of nearly 300 locations now owned by Darden Restaurants of Orlando. Another LongHorn location is in Ocala (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 3/08) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jim B. 5/08) Q=3 S=1 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 5/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/09) Q=3 S=5 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 10/09) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/10) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 5/10) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 2/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan. K. 7/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.br /> Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/15) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/18) Always crowded here. Rather than wait, we grabbed a high-top in the lounge. Courtney was our server and it took a little while to get menus. For drinks, we had Water and a Berry Sangria ($7.50). She had the 6 oz. Filet ($21) and I had the 8 oz. Filet ($24). Both were excellent and cooked correctly. Courtney must have been having a bad day, but at the end of the meal (tip time) she spent friendly time with us telling us about her kid. Total was $52 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Harry M. 12/19) Went with friends at their suggestion, our 1st visit in many years. Did "call ahead" and were seated after about a 10 minute wait. All had nice warm Bread and shared a dish of Roasted Crispy Brussels Sprouts as an appetizer and they were outstanding. Both ladies had the Grilled Parmesan Chicken with Broccoli, one 6 oz. ($13) and the other 9 oz. ($15). The smaller size was more than enough and both loved it. My counterpart had a Dinner Salad of mixed greens with Chicken Strips and it was huge and delicious. I had the 6 oz. Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp ($19). The Steak was perfectly cooked and delicious and the 8 large Shrimp were served on skewers over a bed of Seasoned Rice and were very good, as was the Broccoli. 3 of us had the "house pour" of wines (9 ounces for $6) which were all good. Excellent service by Brittany. We all passed on the individual Steaks, which seemed way overpriced (Ruth's Chris prices). We will be back, for sure, as this place offers a great menu beyond the pricey Steaks.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count LongHorn Steakhouse (Ocala), 307 SE 17th Street (SR 464), Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-368-9600. (Barbecue) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open daily. Located 2 blocks east of US 27/301/441 on SR 464. Flo's Filet is a 7 or 9 oz. filet, wrapped in hickory-smoked, peppered bacon and is their signature dish. Big Sky Bleu Filet is also a favorite with melted bleu cheese on a bed of red wine glazed portabella mushrooms. One pound Ribeyes and 14 oz. New York Strips are also popular. LongHorn Choice Porterhouse weighs in at 20 oz. and is flame broiled. Many Salmon and Shrimp dishes balance out the seafood side of the menu. Lobster Tails and Spare Ribs are also available. Deemed an Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chain. Full bar. 18% gratuity added to parties of 8 or more. Call ahead seating offered. Free dessert on your birthday for MyLonghorn Club members. This large chain recently purchased by Darden Restaurants. Another location is in Lady Lake (see that listing).



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Long Gone - Reese's Snack Bar & Restaurant (1942)
E. Silver Springs Blvd. & NE 1st Ave., Ocala, Florida.

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13½ Stars Lorito's Italian Kitchen, 1801 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 22.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-629-1383. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Closed Sunday and Monday. In the Ocala Center Shopping Plaza. Been a fixture in this shopping center, behind the gas station, since 1970. Family atmosphere. The usual Italian food is offered including pasta, chicken, sausage, veal and seafood entrées. Minestrone and Pasta Fagiole soup is offered. Manicotti, Ravioli and Lasagna are on the menu too. Veal Scaloppine is a favorite. So are the Meatball or Sausage Subs. Also known for their large New York style pizzas, ranging $11-21 each, depending on size and toppings. Beer and wine only. Winner 2018 "Best Pizza" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Gaspard Lorito, owner.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 8/20) Wow, we have driven past this restaurant so often and I've always wanted to go. Love the old outdoor sign of the wine bottle. Opened September 1970 and is an old school atmosphere. Local family owned restaurant. Food was fantastic and didn't expect the Saturday only entertainment. An 80 year old gentleman with his accordion plays and sings the old Italian songs! Service was excellent! What a treat! Large portions, Garlic Knots were the best ($5). Lasagna with about 8 layers of noodles and great sauce and cheese was excellent ($14). My husband had a large Pizza ($15). With 2 Teas our total bill was $38. We took home the leftovers. I highly recommend this restaurant, get past the old 70's décor for great food!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Los Chiles Mexican Bar & Grill, 10303 S. Hwy. 441, Belleview, FL. 8.9 mile drive from The Villages. 203-4166. (Mexican) [L/D] Closed temporarily during the pandemic. Call for more info. Opened in November, 2018. New Mexican restaurant taking over the building once occupied by Long John Silver's in the Belleview Regional Plaza, near Pasta Faire. Full bar. Mrugesh Patel and Angel Cortez, owners.



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Not Rated Los Laureles Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 4120 Corley Island Rd., Suite 300, Leesburg, FL. 13.0 mile drive from The Villages. 457-6052. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in September, 2019. Also subtitled "Authentic Mexican Flavor & Bar". Located south of Leesburg about 2.6 miles, facing US 27, where Tony's Pizza II, then Vincent & Francesco's Italian Bistro, and more recently Johnson's Pizza Pi did business. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM daily. Authentic Mexican fare with a very large selection is offered here. For appetizers they have such things as Cheese Dip, Wings, Cheese Sticks, Molcaguaca, Queso Flameado con Chorizo and some Quesadillas (all $4-9 each). Seafood entrées include Tacos de Pescado, Felite de Pescado, Mojarra Frita, Burrito Playero, Cazuela de Mariscos, Camarónes Empanisados, Chimichanga de Camarón, and Tostadas de Ceviche ranging $10-17 each. Chicken dishes include 8 Wings, Mole Poblano, Pollo con Crema, Pollo Loco, Hawaiian Chicken and Pollo Los Laureles, all ranging $9-14 each. Pork items include Chile Verde, Tacos al Pastor, Chuletas and Carnitas Michoacanes (all $13 each). Steak entrées include ala Mexicana, Marinado, Churrasco, ala Tampiqueña, con Camarónes, Carne Azada, la Ranchera and Steak Poblano (all $13-16 each). Various Enchiladas run $11-14 each. Fajitas of Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Fajitas Norteñas run $14-16 each. You can also find Menundo Chico, Pozole Grande, Flautas de Pollo and Enchiladas Rojas at $9-12 each. Combination Dinners run $10 each. Of course, Nachos, Burritos, Chile Rellenos, Chimichanga, and various Tacos and Quesadillas can be found ranging $4-11 each. Vegetarian dishes run $10-12 each. House Specialties like Huevos Rancheros ($9), Flautas Mexicanas ($10), Chori Pollo ($12), Enchiladas Suizas ($12), Chili Colorado ($12), Molcajete ($20) and Parrillada Los Laureles ($26) are featured. English explanations are on the menu. For dessert you'll find Fried Ice Cream, Flan, Pastel de Tres Leches, Fried Sopapilla and Mexican Cheese Cake ($4-5 each). Lunch combos run $8-9 each. Domestic and Imported Beer is served here. Alberto Rojas and Laura Benitez, owners.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant (Belleview), 10465 Hwy. 27/441, Belleview, FL. 12.0 mile drive from The Villages. 203-4894. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in March, 2017. Formerly Laredo, then El Rodeo Mexican Restaurants, and then Dani's Latin (Fusion) Restaurant. It's in the K-Mart Plaza. Offering traditional Mexican fare. Combo dinners start at $9. Enchilada dishes are $10. Chicken dishes range $9-12 each. Steak dinners range $10-14 each. Quesadilla Rellena is $10, Chimichangas are $11, Fajitas are $14, with a double for two at $20. Chuleta Alhumada is $11, Alambre is $11 and Camerones is $12. Seafood dishes range $10-13 each. Lots of Vegetarian dishes at $8 each. They have 99 cent Tacos on Tuesdays and 99 cent Enchiladas on Wednesday. Full bar. Happy Hour 2-7 PM. Reservations accepted; Call Ahead Seating also available. Juan Jaime-Rodriguez and Gloria Rayas-Cervantes, owners here and at Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant in Wildwood (see below).

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/18) On a Tuesday they were busy. We had to wait a few minutes to have a table cleared then ask again to have the food swept off the floor. Gill was our server. We had 3 Sangrias ($4 each) between us. We also had Chimichangas ($11) and Steak a la Tamiqueña ($13). The Steak was thin, fairly fatty and covered in Tomatoes and Onions. The flavor was good however. The Chimi was very good but a large portion. Service was fast. The restaurant got busy and loud. This location is similar to the Wildwood one. Total was $36 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars Free WiFi Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant (Wildwood), 346 Shopping Center Dr., Wildwood, FL. 10.9 mile drive from The Villages. 461-0577. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened early October, 2015. It's in the Wildwood Shopping Center where Rita's Oyster Bar and Grill did business, a while back. Was first called Los Tres Magueyes, "The Three Agaves". Now advertised as just Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant. Offering traditional Mexican fare with a large selection. Same menu as their Belleview location. Mariachi Band on Thursdays. Now full bar. Happy Hour 2-7 PM. Reservations accepted; Call Ahead Seating also available. Juan Jaime-Rodriguez and Gloria Rayas-Cervantes, owners. Another location is in Belleview (see above).

Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 10/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Val H. 12/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 5/19) We were in charge of the Dine Out for our neighborhood group and had heard great things about Los Magueyes. We made reservations and they were ready for our party of eight. Don't let the store front discourage you. This is an impressive restaurant inside. Very nice furniture that takes in the Mexican flavor. We had several servers, but Jose seemed to be the lead. All were impressive. My wife had a Combo Plate with a Tamale, Burrito, and Quesadilla. She felt it was all too salty. I had Beef Fajitas, but the meat was dry. All the dishes were presented to our party in a very appetizing way. Our party all liked their food fairly well. Our cost, with Tea, was about $30 plus tip. We will come back because of previous reviews.
Q=3 S=5 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) We arrived for our 5 PM Saturday reservation right on time. We had a choice of tables. Raul was our server. Not as friendly as others we've had here. She had a Chimichanga ($11) and a glass of Cab ($5). I had the Steak ala Tampiquena ($13). The plate was huge. I also had a Red Sangria ($2.75). It was wonderful so I had a second. They were strong. Our 4 other friends enjoyed theirs too. On a Saturday night in February by 6:30 PM, the restaurant was only half full. There were times when the line would be out the door on a Saturday night. Total came to $40 before t&t. Good prices here.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Louie's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 422 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-5199. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened September 5, 2018 in the Pine Plaza at the north end near the Police Dept., formerly occupied by Danzano's Pizzeria. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except closed Sunday. They offer 16 and 18 inch Round Pizzas from $11 and $13 each. Toppings about $2 each. They also have Sicilian Square Pizza at $14.50. Chicken or Veal dishes like Parmesan, Marsala, Picatta, Francese, Cacciatore and Scarpariello run $13-15 for Chicken and $15 for Veal. For Pasta dishes they offer Spaghetti, Linguini or Ziti starting at $10. Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti, Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, Pasta Primavera, Fettuccine Alfredo, Penne ala Vodka, Eggplant Parmesan or Rollatini and Lasagna Rolls, all range $10-13 each. Lobster Ravioli is $16. Shrimp Parmesan or Marinara or Scampi, Seafood Pescatore, Linguini in Clam Sauce and Mussels Marinara, all run $14-18 each. Calzones and Strombolis come in two sizes about $7 and $9 each. Salads in two sizes run $6 & $9 each. Sandwiches run $7-8 each. Appetizers include Shrimp Cocktail, Clams and Mussels (all $8 each). Desserts include Cannoli ($4) and Cheesecake ($5). Lunch Specials run $7-9 each. Beer and wine licensed. Dennis Immediato, owner.



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Not Rated (The) Lunchbox, 103 SE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-512-0252. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Open daily 7 AM to 2:30 PM. Located 1 block south of the square at Fort King St. For breakfast they have a large selection of Omelettes, Eggs, Waffles, Pancakes, French Toast and others (all about $6-10 each). For lunch you can find everything from Grilled Cheese to Reubens, to Club Sandwiches, Burgers and Wraps (all about $6-10 each also). Some items have catchy names like The Elvis, The Haystack and Big Al. All menu priced include tax. Beer and wine licensed. Kids menu. Josh Snyder and David Raney of Tallahasse, owners.



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Not Rated Luigi's Italian Restaurant, 2814 David Walker Dr., Eustis, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. 508-1515. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened on April 1, 2020. Located in the Eustis Village Plaza on US 441. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM, later on weekends, but Sunday to 8 PM. They offer Cold Cut Subs ($9-10 each), Signature Subs ($10 each) and Hot Subs ($11-12 each). Appetizers like Onion Rings ($8), Mozzarella Sticks ($9), Mushrooms ($9) and Calamari ($12), along with Mussels ($12) and Little Neck Clams ($12) are offered. All the traditional Italian dishes like Pasta Marinara ($9.50), Pasta with Sausage ($13), Manicotti ($13-14), Stuffed Shells ($13), Veal Parmesiana with Pasta ($15), Chicken ($19) or Veal ($21) Marsala or Piccata are offered here. Pasta with Clam Sauce or Calamari ($15 each) or a combination dinner ($21) are on the menu too. Calzones and Strombolis ($16-20 each) are also available. Pizza in 4 sizes can be ordered too. Various Soups, Salads and Wings round out the list. Desserts like Chocolate Cake, Cheese Cake, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Fried Dough and Lemoncello Delight run ($4-7 each). Beer and wine licensed. Luigi and Samantha Folgore (of the former Gigi's Restaurant), owners.



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Not Rated Now Open MAE Brewing Co., 4901 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. 352-877-8500. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened on November 25, 2020. Located in the Six Gun Plaza, behind Outback Steakhouse, where the Cubby Hole once did business, near Bealls. Open Noon to 8 PM, to 10 PM on weekends but closed Sunday and Monday. New brew pub offering their own craft beers like New Double IPA, Tangerine IPA, Mango Golden Ale, Honey Cream Ale, American Amber, Coffee Bourbon Stout & Coffee White Stout, plus Palenque Vanilla Porter and Chocolate Raspberry Porter. They also offer N-A Beers and Tropical Flavored Ciders for the "DD". Some Wine and Sangria is offered too. For food, they have a Steak Taco ($8), Chicken Quesadilla ($10), Chicharron ($11), plus items like Caprese Salad ($7), Patatas Bravas ($8), Chipotle Burger ($13, Tuna Poke Tostadas ($11), Cuban Sandwich ($10), Nachos ($12), Empanadas ($8), Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($11) and Shrimp or Mahi Tacos ($8). You'll also find a Steak Sandwich ($10), a Cuban Burger ($12) and Carne Asada ($14) on the menu. Desserts include Blackberry Glazed Sopapilla ($5) and Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding ($7). Daily Specials. It all started years ago as a home-brew project for 4 Columbian brothers and spread to beer festivals in Florida. Mario (brewmaster), Eric (chef), Elkin and Alvaro Natera, owners.



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9 Stars Video Video Free WiFi Magical Meat Boutique, 322 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 729-6911. (British) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Moved from 3rd Ave in 2020. Opened there in July, 2014. Open daily from 11 AM to Midnight daily, except from 8 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Open Thanksgiving Day. "Pleased to meet you, meat to please you!" is their slogan, as it hails itself as a British Carvery, or, more Americanized, a Gastro-Pub. The business name is more about The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" song, than it is about unknown ingredients in their meat, thank heaven. The "Boutique" part is lost in translation. Step inside to the London Tubes - Camden Town station to be specific. The photomural dominates the interior. Breakfast, served all day, starts with such British favorites as a Bacon & Cheddar Turnover ($4.50), a Bacon Butty ($7), Pancakes ($7), Create-Your-Own Brekkie ($7-10), Eggs Benedict ($11), to the Full Monty ($17), plus the usual American fare, like French Toast ($6) or Pancakes ($7). For snacks, lunch or dinner they offer items like Scotch Egg ($6), Beer Battered Onion Rings ($7), Sausage Rolls ($7), Hoisin Duck Spring Rolls ($7), Baked Stilton Stuffed Mushrooms ($8) and Tandoori Spiced Chicken Wings ($9) or Duck Wings ($10). Or pick any 4 for $16. A Daily Soup is $6. Sandwiches include Hot Ham & Cheddar or Turkey Ciabatta ($10 each), Guinness Battered Haddock Sandwich ($11), a British Burger with British Bacon Rasher ($12), Soho (Duck) Butty ($12.50), Australian Lamb Sliders ($12.50) or a Ribeye Sandwich ($13). For main dishes, they offer Sausage & Chips ($10), Hunter's Smothered (in Somerset Cheddar and Back Bacon) Chicken Breast ($13), Traditional Bangers and Mash ($14), English Fish 'n Chips with Sarsons Malt Vinegar at $15 (or $9 for the "ladies portion"), a Daily Carvery Plate (Meats of the Day) a.k.a. "Magical Meat Plate" ($15), Ale Braised Lamb Shank with Mint Gravy ($16) and a "Pub Grub" 12 oz. Ribeye Steak ($19). For dessert you can find Spotted Dick & Custard or Golden Syrup Sponge Cake & Ice Cream (each $8). Sunday Carvery with Prime Rib, 1-4 PM at $18pp. Kids menu too. Cadbury's Hot Chocolate, British Sodas (like Lucozade, Irn-bru, Vimto, Fentiman's Dandelion & Burdock, etc.), plus British Beers on cold-tap like Hobgoblin Ale, Newcastle Brown, Guinness Stout, Innis & Gunn IPA, Tennent's Pilsner and Excalibur Cider are featured here, not to mention dozens of imports and domestics by the bottle. House Wine and Mead are stocked too or bring your own wine, by-George. And no Corkage Fee if you order meals here. Full bar now. For the more refined, there's always an English Spot of Tea. Outside seating available. Occasional Singer, Beatles DJ or Karaoke. Late night hangout when the rest of Mount Dora is asleep. David Sheets, Katherine Bellamy and husband, Phillip Barnard, owners. ####

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Mount Dora Motor Lodge - Restaurant & Cocktail Longe (1970s) (1980s)
"Fine food, 3 dining rooms. Golf privileges on 8 nearby courses.
C.R. 'Lefty' Wright, owner-manager."

New US 441, Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated Magnolia Oyster Bar, 201 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg, FL. 10.9 mile drive from The Villages. 323-0093. (Seafood) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Also known as Magnolia's Oyster Bar & Café since 1954. Located a block south of Main St. in downtown Leesburg, at South 1st St. Open daily 3 PM - 10 PM (summers) and 11 AM to 10 PM (winters), except closed Sundays. Soothing blue-green color treatment make it a relaxed Jimmy Buffet style haunt. The menu specializes in fresh Florida Oysters but you can also find Mini Corn Dogs ($6), Mozzarella Sticks ($6), Jalapeño Poppers ($6), Baked Clams Casino ($7), Chicken Nachos ($7), ½ Dozen Baked Garlic Parm. Oysters ($7), ½ lb. You Peel Shrimp ($7-8) and ½ or 1 lb. Crawfish ($5/$9). Frequent specials like 25 Top Neck Clams ($10), 1 lb. Alaskan Snow Crab Legs ($10), 10 Buffalo Wings ($6) or 30 Shucked Oysters ($14-16) are offered on certain days (see their Facebook page). Salads, Quesadillas and appetizers also on the menu. Beer and wine only. A large selection of iced bottled beer is offered. Outdoor seating available. Karaoke and other entertainment weekly. Chad Mansour, manager; Rita Mansour, owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Main Street Cantina, 205 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 435-7279. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened November 2, 2019. Located next to the Brick & Barrel Public House near the Tropic Theater in downtown Leesburg. This new venture offers Tacos, Tequila, Margaritas, Draft Beer and other Mexican fare. Hispanic music and a full bar will be open late on weekends and 11 AM to 11 PM, Sunday through Thursday. The theme is Día de los Muertos. They have a DJ on weekends too. Margarita Monday is $3 each, 11 AM to 11 PM. Alberto Cisneros ("A.C."), owner here and at Brick & Barrel Public House, next door (see that listing).



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Now Open Mamma Mia Pizzeria, 755 N. 14th St., Leesburg, FL. 9.7 mile drive from The Villages. 326-0101. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Formerly Stavro's Pizza, next to Advance Auto Parts, it opened December, 2020. Not to be confused with Mamma's Pizzeria (see that listing), also in Leesburg, FL. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily except closed Sunday. Mostly booths with a limited Italian menu. Pizza is their game and Small (10"), Large (14"), Extra Large (16") and Deep Dish Sicilian ($8/$11/$13/$14) NY Style Pizzas can be designed with two dozen toppings ranging $1 to $2.50 each. Specialty Pizzas like Bianca, Margherita, Pesto, Veggie, Meat Lover, BBQ Chicken and two others known as Extravaganza and Mamma's VIP Stuffed Pizza can range up to $29. By the Slice Pizza is available for lunch ($3/slice). You can also find Calzones ($8-12 each) and Wings ($10/10 to $18/20). Salads include Garden, Caesar, Greek and an Antipasto Salad ($4-7 each) are also on the menu. Pasta dishes like Spaghetti Marinara ($8), Fettuccine Alfredo ($10), Baked Ziti ($10), Spaghetti and Meat balls or Sausage ($11), Eggplant Parmigiana ($12), Manicotti ($13), Lasagna ($13), Chicken Parmesan ($14) and a Tour of Italy ($15) can be ordered also. All come with Garlic Knots. Subs are also popular ranging from an Italian Combo, to Cheese Steak, to Gyro Pita Wrap (all $8 each). Desserts like Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Cannoli and Zepolis are all $4 each. Daily specials offered. Kids menu available. Wine and beer licensed. Tom Marku and Spiros Kokolis, owners.



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Not Rated Mamma's Pizzeria, 27404 US Hwy. 27, Leesburg, FL. 15.1 mile drive from The Villages. 728-2020. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Name being changed to Brooklyn's Pizzeria soon. Opened October, 2019. Not to be confused with Mamma Mia Pizzeria (see that listing), also in Leesburg, FL. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM, Friday 'til 9 PM, except Saturday 3 PM to 9 PM and Sunday Noon to 7 PM. Located in the Lake Harris Square Plaza (near Winn-Dixie) on US 27 at SR 48. It's a family owned Pizza Shop offering 10/12/14/18/20 inch diameter New York Style Pizzas starting at $6/$9/$11/$14/$17 plus toppings. Gourmet Pizzas like Hawaiian, Meat, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Cheese Steak, Feta Cheese, White, Deluxe, Super Deluxe and others run higher. They also make two sizes of Calzones and Strombolis (each $6/$8). Dinners with a side Salad and Garlic Knots like Spaghetti Marinara/Meat Sauce/Garlic Butter/Meatballs/Chicken/Alfredo run $8-11 each. Baked Ziti ($8), Lasagna ($11), Chicken Parm. ($11), Eggplant Parm. ($11), Penne ala Vodka ($11), Pasta Carbonara ($11), Salsiccia di Panna ($11), Chicken Marsala ($12), Pesca Pollo al Forno ($14), Shrimp Alfredo or Pomodoro or Primavera ($13 each) are among the main entrées offered. Large and small Salads like Tossed ($5/$$7), Chef ($6/$7.50), Caesar ($6/$7.50), Greek ($6.50/$8.50) or Antipasto ($6.50/$8.50) are on the menu too. Subs range $7-$8.50 each. Appetizers include 6 or 12 Garlic Knots ($2.50/$4), Garlic Bread ($3), Chicken Fingers ($8), Pepperoni Rolls ($9), plus Chicken Wings (10/$9) are also popular. Beer and wine licensed. Jimmy and ShawnaRae Pancari owners.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) Thought we would try this restaurant with my mother's name on it. We entered with masks and there were plastic barriers up near the cash register. A good sign. We picked the booth in the back corner of the room. Paper menus had a large selection. Our friends shared a Large Meat Deluxe Pizza and took a third home. They enjoyed it. My better half had a good Small White Pizza ($8) and I ordered the Chicken Marsala with a Small Side Salad ($12). The Salad was good. The Chicken Marsala was not what I expected. It was chopped Chicken pieces mixed with overcooked Linguine in a White Sauce. No Marsala flavor. I didn't enjoy it that much. We had 2 Beers and an Iced Tea ($10 total). The bills were not separated by couple. Our part came to $30 before t&t. Later I noticed they charge $1.22 extra to put it on a credit card. The receipt said "Sara H." was our server. No employee wore masks. For these reasons, we will not come back.
Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Mammoth Oak Brewing Company, 1107 W. North Blvd. (US 441) Suite 26, Leesburg, FL. 9.9 mile drive from The Villages. 326-0100. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in March 2020. Located on US 441, in the Leesburg Market Place Shopping Plaza with Naples Italian Restaurant and Ollie's Bargain Outlet where the 24 Tap Room was located. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends, Sunday to 9 PM. Occasional entertainment planned. Brewing IPAs, Porters, Stouts, Ales and Pils. Wine also available. $1-Off Happy Hour 2-6 PM, Sunday through Thursday. Limited menu of tavern fare of Burgers, Tacos, Salads, Sandwiches, Ribs, etc. A Sunday Brunch 9 AM to 1 PM is also planned. Alberto Cisneros ("A.C."), owner here and at Brick & Barrel Public House (see that listing).



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Not Rated Marcelina's Italian Restaurant, 8810 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-509-7721. (Italian) [L/D] Used to be called Carmine's Café since 2008. Angelo's daughter now runs the restaurant with a new name since June, 2019. Located across from Pine Run. Hours are 10:30 AM to 9 PM weekdays; Saturday 3-9 PM; and Sunday Noon to 8 PM. Noted for their homemade Sicilian Garlic Bread. Beer and wine licensed. Elbia Salamanca, new owner.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Marco's Pizza (Ocala), 4606 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 26.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-512-9600. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened in April, 2017. Located on SR 200, at SW 46th Ct., just past Market Street Shopping Plaza, near Dillard's. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust (starting at $7/S, $9/M, $10/L and $12/XL), with 2 dozen toppings ($1-2 each extra). Plus they offer Fresh Baked Subs ($5 & $9 each), Chicken Wings ($8/$10) and Salads ($6 & $9 each). Usual hours are 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Small seating area. No bar. Founded in 1978, now 500 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH. Other locations are coming to Clermont and Wildwood.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Coming Soon Marco's Pizza (Wildwood), 5820 Seven Mile Dr., Wildwood, FL. 8.5 mile drive from The Villages. . (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opening in late 2020. Located in the Trailwinds Village Plaza near Publix. Not golf cart accessible. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust (starting at $7/S, $9/M, $10/L and $12/XL), with 2 dozen toppings ($1-2 each extra). Plus they offer Fresh Baked Subs ($5 & $9 each), Chicken Wings ($8/$10) and Salads ($6 & $9 each). Usual hours are 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Small seating area. No bar. Founded in 1978, now 500 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH.



Closed (The) Marion Cafe, 108 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. Opened in 2016 but closed during the pandemic and never re-opened.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Market Kitchen & Bar, 3600 SW 36th Ave. (off SW College Rd. SR 200), Ocala, FL. 25.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-390-1515. (American) [B/L/D] Located in the Ocala Hilton Hotel off SR 200 at I-75. Formerly called Arthur's Bistro for many years. Now, not considered continental dining but billed as a Farm-To-Table Gastropub for more casual meals right in the hotel lobby. Breakfast is served daily 6:30 to 11 AM and Dinner 4:30 to 10 PM. For evening starters you'll find Roasted Tomato Brushetta ($9), Margarita Flatbread ($10), Lump Crabmeat Dip ($10), Fried Chicken Wings ($10), BBQ Pork Sliders ($10), Rock Shrimp Flatbread ($11), Bistro Calamari ($11), Ahi Tuna Sashimi ($13), Jumbo Scallops ($14) and an Artisan Cheese Plate ($18). For Soups they offer Roasted Tomato, Baked French Onion and Crab Chowder (all $7-8 each). For Main Course Salads you'll find Seasonal Greens, Caesar, Wedge, Chopped and a Spinach Salad ($8-12 each). A variety of main dishes are offered like Spaghetti Bolognaise ($16), Fish & Chips ($16), Roasted Poblano Pepper ($18), Chicken & Rock Shrimp Farfalle ($19), BBQ Pork and Chicken Platter ($21), Roasted Half Chicken ($23), Pan Seared Salmon ($25), Whole Slab Baby Back Ribs ($27), Seared Ahi Tuna ($27), Cedar Key Crab Cakes ($29), Blackened Grouper ($29) and Rack of Lamb ($36). From the grill, you can order 10 oz. Sirloin Steak ($28), 12 oz. Bone-In Pork Chop ($28), 14 oz. NY Strip Steak ($34), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($35) and a 16 oz. Cowboy Ribeye ($38). These come with two sides like Pommes Frites (Fries), Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Au Gratin Potatoes, Brown Rice, Asparagus Spears, Onions & Mushrooms, Creamed Spinach or Haricot Vert (Green Beans). A Lunch Menu offers Flatbreads ($10-11 each), Sandwiches ($10-12 each), Salads ($8-12 each), 10 oz Burgers ($13-14 each) and Main Courses from the Dinner Menu (at $12-18 each). A "Chef's Table" event is also held occasionally. Entertainment on or near weekends. Full bar and Wine List available. Happy Hour 5-7 PM. Corkage Fee: $35/btl. for your own wine. Reservations online via Open Table or by phone are accepted. Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet (reservations required) with Salad Bar, 6 main dishes and a two Meat Carving Station, runs $50/adult and $19/child. Senior Buffet price is $45/person. An Easter Dinner Menu runs $42-48 depending on your entrée choice. A prix-fixe Valentine's Dinner runs $79/person. Hotel owned.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/18) Sever was pleasant and was learning the "new menu". Happy Hour beers were $4. There were other specials too. Table for 8 was set and ready for early arrivals, even. Place is in the lobby of a Hilton Hotel, so all kinds of folks frequent the place which centers on the bar. My wife's "Hog Wings" Appetizer ($16), were 3 Mini Pork Shanks which were crisp and delicious. We even had Potatoes changed to the Chef's Risotto at no charge. She said it was outstanding! Others were please with their meals too. Myself and one other person had the NY Strip ($32). Both said tasty but rather tough for $32, plus mine was over-done for rare to medium-rare. Rolls and Butter were replenished. No problem exchanging menu sides with another one at no charge. Many take out boxes. Pricey and not an intimate setting. It's a hotel lobby!
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars Free WiFi Mark's Prime Steakhouse (Ocala), 30 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-402-0097. (Steakhouse) [D] Closed Sundays; open 6 days, 5-10 PM usually. This very upscale steakhouse is located on the square in downtown Ocala at the location vacated by Reno's Grille at the corner of Broadway since 2008. "Steaks with passion" is their motto. This restaurant offers the finest prime beef and freshest seafood with full linen service. A club atmosphere prevails with appropriately dressed waiters. 7 or 11 oz. Filet Mignon ($34/$41), 14 oz. NY Strip ($40), 16 oz. Delmonico ($42), 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($47), 8 oz. Top Sirloin ($29) and 16 oz. Pork Chop ($28), as well as Surf 'n Turf ($55) are typical meat offerings. Some seafood specialties include Crab Bisque ($9), Wood Grilled Salmon ($26), Grouper Santa Fe ($33), Seared Tuna ($32) and Seafood Grill ($39). Lobster Tails are also a specialty at two Broiled Tails for $46. All items, including salad, potatoes and vegetables are priced a-la-carte with most entrées ranging from $26 to $55 and side dishes $7-9 each. Sauces are $3-4 extra. Crème Brûlée ($7) and Chocolate Paradise ($7) are two of their desserts. Extensive fine wine list and full bar specializing in exotic martinis ($10-12 each). Corkage Fee: $25/btl. 2 bottle maximum. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Online via Open Table or phone reservations accepted and highly recommended on weekends. Ask ahead about separate checks per couple when reserving. Randal White, chef; William Scheel, Louis Saig and George McCoy, proprietors; Cindi Nicholson, managing partner this location. Another Mark's Prime location is located in Gainesville (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Dennis G. 11/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/08) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 5/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 3/12) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Susan B. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill T. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne B. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/15) Q=3 S=5 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Maria K. 11/18) We had an enjoyable dinner without feeling hurried, I enjoyed French Onion Soup, which was very good and the special Steak for that evening which was a 14 oz. Bone-In Filet priced at $55. My husband had a 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye which was priced at $45. We shared a Twice Baked Potato and an other of Grilled Asparagus and everything was cooked to perfection. Steaks were served as ordered and they were excellent too. Dinner for 2 with drinks and tip came to $170 but I think for a premiere steakhouse that is a reasonable price.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C.. 12/18) This has turned into a truly high-end Steakhouse. On a Saturday night about 6 PM, it was full. Our reservation was filled within 10 minutes, due to lingering diners before us. The Menus and Wine List are already on the set table at our side booth #42. Benjamin did a great job of letting us know the specials. It was a long recitation. The noise of many patrons made it hard to hear him and vice versa. With a moderate corkage charge ($20), we brought our own fine wine, not available on the east coast. She started with a Flavored Martini ($11). Benjamin opened and served our wine properly. We ordered promptly with an Escargot ($13) for me and a Lobster Escargot ($15) [lobster meat instead of snail] for her. They were excellent with cheese added. She had the Mixed Seafood Grill ($40) which contained Shrimp, Scallops and a piece of Chilean Sea Bass. It was delicious, she claimed. I have not had Delmonico Cut ($42) in years, so that was my choice, medium rare. We also shared an order of Pommes Lyonnaise ($8.50) and Brussel Sprouts with Bacon ($9). When my Steak arrived, I was somewhat disappointed. It was black on the outside and lonely on the large plate without any garnish. I was skeptical. But it was medium rare and tasty. Just that they cook it on very high heat that chars the outside too much. The presentation could be improved here. Even a sprig of Parsley would spruce it up here. It tasted fine if you could get past the slight charcoal taste. For this, I give the Quality rating only 4. The side dishes were large and delicious. Benjamin brought a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. It was very good and filled us. We took home parts of our dinner. Service was about as good as you can get and although Benjamin was new here, we'd ask for him by name next time. The total, before t&t, was a whopping $158. Good place for that special occasion but they could use a dress code here - too many jeans, shorts and baseball caps in the room. We'll be back on the next birthday coming up.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 7/19) Started off with Onion Soup in a crock. My main meal was a wonderful, Ribeye Steak with a Baked Potato. Steak was cooked perfectly to order. Baked Potato was not undercooked or over cooked. You will pay for this steakhouse as everything is a-la-carte. My meal cost $60 without drinks. However, the atmosphere is wonderful and well worth the price.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) Finally reopened. We arrived at our reservation time and was seated immediately. All wait staff wore masks and gloves for virus protection. Like most restaurants they are offering a limited menu. We had the Wedge Salad ($6), Petite Filet ($36), 16 oz. Delmonico Steak ($46) with Fingerling Potatoes ($9) with drinks. Our total bill was $114 and we added a generous tip. The food was cooked perfectly and delicious. Now the best part, our waiter has recently moved to Ocala from Germany and let me just say - was probably the best waiter we have ever had! What a difference amazing service makes in the restaurant business. If you go, please ask to be seated in LeRoy Schmitz's station. He is amazing!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank O. 6/20) Made reservations and was seated immediately. Had requested on 'Open Table" app to have our favorite server LeRoy but he was not working so the manager said she made sure we had a senior server. Chris was our server, he told us he had been with the restaurant for 13 years and would take great care of us. He did a great job and wore a mask. Had our favorites, Filet Migon and Delmonico Steak. Wedge Salads and our sides were Brussels Sprouts and Twice Baked Potato. Iced Tea and Apple Martinis. So yummy! Total bill was $146 without tip. Mark's Prime never disappoints, excellent food and service. They open at 5 o'clock, so a 5 PM reservation ensures you get a great parking space in downtown Ocala.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Hotel Marion Restaurant (1930) (1936) (1941) (1959)
"In the Kingdom of the Sun"
108 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. (built 1927, now on the NRHR)

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Not Rated Free WiFi Mary's Kountry Kitchen, 15945 CR 448, Tavares, FL. 26.1 mile drive from The Villages. 343-6823. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Located in a long red building, near where the tracks cross the 448 highway. Open 7 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Wednesday, to 8 PM Thursday through Saturday and 7 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Operating since August, 2007. Breakfast items include Belgium Waffles ($7), Cinnamon Bun Pancakes ($7), Eggs Benedict ($8) and plain or stuffed French Toast ($8). Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy ($6) is popular, as are Skillets ($7-10 each). Many other breakfast items sold. For lunch or dinner, items like Fried Pickle Chips ($6), Clam Strip Dinner ($9.50), Coconut Shrimp ($12) and a Haddock Fillet ($15) are on the list. Liver and Onions ($8), Country Fried Steak ($9) and Fried Chicken ($10) are among many others. They boast about their Burgers which run $6-9 each. Wraps and Sandwiches are also available. They also feature an Indiana Style Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at $7. No bar. Reservations accepted. Voted "Best of the Best" for Dessert, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Mary Cutlip, owner.



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Not Rated The Mason Jar, 37534 Hwy. 19, Dona Vista, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 589-2535. (American) (Southern) [B/L/D] In business since 1980. Eat like no one is watching! Located on SR 19, halfway between Eustis and Umatilla, in the little town of Dona Vista. Open from 6 AM through 8 PM daily, except closes at 2 PM on Sunday. Noted for their big breakfasts and home cooking with a large menu at reasonable prices. Popular with the locals and bikers alike. Popular items include Smoked Pork Chops, Liver and Onions, Shepherd's Pie, Meat Loaf, Hot Roast Beef, Catfish and Fried Chicken. Noted for their Corn Muffins and Southern Flaky Biscuits. A-U-C-E Fish Fry on Friday night is $10. No bar. Byron Key and Keri Greer, owners.



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Not Rated Video Free WiFi Calorie Count McAlister's Deli (Ocala), 3930 SW 42nd St. Suite 110, Ocala, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-690-7783. (Deli) [L/D] Opened December, 2008. Open 11 AM - 10 PM daily. Located opposite Gator's Dockside (Ocala) in the Berkshire Oaks Shopping Plaza off SR 200. Similar to Panera Bread but without the bakery. Order food at the counter then it's delivered to your table. This chain is famous for their Sweet Tea and Giant Spuds. Offering a wide variety of Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups and Fresh Salads. Such concoctions as New Orleans Muffuletta ($5-11 depending on size) and others like Orange Cranberry Club, Greek Chicken Pita, "The Big Nasty"®, plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts that range from $5 to $8 each are featured. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smokey Pepper Jack Turkey, Havarti Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Basil Parmesan Chicken, all $6, are toasted on sourdough bread. Sandwiches and Paninis come with a side dish like Mac 'n Cheese, Potato Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Fruit or Applesauce. Stuffed Potatoes like Pot Roast Spud, Bacon Spud, Grilled Chicken Spud and Cheese Spud run $4-7 each. Meatloaf and Pot Roast Platters, with a side dish, are more oriented toward dinner time. They run $8 each. A variety of large salads like Sweet Chipotle Chicken, Greek, Basil Parmesan Chicken, Taco or Caesar run $5-7 each. Daily Soup or Chili also available. Sweet tea or fountain drinks are served. No bar. $5 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. One of a chain of about 300 franchises based in Ridgeland, MS. started in 1989. This one run by Dale Mulvey. A new one is planned for The Villages (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/09) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Mount Dora), 18221 US 441, Mount Dora, FL. 26.1 mile drive from The Villages. 735-8257. (Pizza) [L/D] Located on Hwy. 441 next to the First Green Bank, about half way between S. Bay St. (US 19) and N. Donnelly Street. Since April 7, 2014. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. "Mell O. Mushroom" is their prominent mascot and "tie-dye" is their choice of corporate color in an obvious throwback to the founder's days of enlightenment in the 1970s. Any suggestion of psychedelic compounds, like psilocybin, in their pizza toppings is a totally false perception but enjoying their pizza is still said to be a spiritual experience, so says the corporate office. Even the dessert Brownie might be suspect. It's a family friendly, relaxed environment. Vintage machine shop and tractor equipment constitute the unique décor accents at this location. Disc Golf is part of the diversions too. All premium pizzas are offered in 3 sizes (10", 14" & 16") and the hand tossed dough is made with Appalachian spring water. Such creations as Just Cheese ($8/$12/$15), Gourmet White, Kosmic Karma, Funky Q Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Mellowterranean, Mighty Meaty, Holy Shiitake Pie, and Thai Dye (all at $12.50/$19.50/$24.50), also a House Special, Mega Veggie, Magical Mystery Tour, Red Skin Potato Pie, and Maui Wowie (all $13/$20/$25), plus Philosopher's Pie ($13.50/$20.50/$25.50) and Bayou Bleu ($14.50/$21.50/$26.50), make up the long list. Or you can build your own from an a-la-carte ingredient menu that boasts such toppings as Andouille Sausage, Kalamata Olives, Mantamore Cheese, Salami, Tofu, Tempeh and even Shrimp. Salads come in two sizes ("Lil" and "Reg") and include Tossed ($4/$5.50), Caesar ($5/$7), Spinach ($5/$9), Chef ($6/$9) and Greek ($6/$9). Again, build your own Salad with a choice of 10 dressings is offered too. Calzones like Chicken & Cheese or Steak & Cheese run $10.50 to $12 each. A dozen Hoagies come in half and whole sizes and range from Ham & Cheese ($5.50/$8.50), to Jerk Chicken ($6.50/$9.50), to a Shrimp Po' Boy ($8/$12). Kids menu at $5.50 offered. Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and Lo-Cal items available. Deemed an Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chain. Outdoor patio seating. Full bar featuring cocktails and 24 taps of draft brew, plus craft beers by the bottle/can and a frequent drinker Beer Club. Started in Atlanta, GA. in 1974; now fast growing with almost 200 locations mostly in the southeast. Another location is in Winter Park. This franchise owned by Kenneth LaRoe.

Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Review: (from Rich C. 8/19) We love the Pizza here. Not crowded this Sunday. We shared a great Spinach Salad ($6). We each had a small Pizza. She had the Great White Pizza ($13) with plenty of cheese. I had a BYO (Build Your Own) with Cheese, Meatballs and Roasted Red Peppers ($10). Both were thick crust. Took about half home. She had a Chocolate Porter in a can ($6) and I had a Vanila Porter Draft ($6). We liked the Chocolate best. Sandy was our server. Total came to $41 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) We like this place. We sat inside but there is outdoor seating available. Every other table was taped off. All servers wore masks and gloves. Jasmine was our server. We had a Persimmon 3 Wise Guys ($4) on HH and a Sunset in Paradise Cocktail ($9). We shared a large Spinach Salad ($9). It was delicious. We also had a Medium Kosmic Karma Pizza ($19.50). It was delicious too and we took home two pieces. Got a little busy but was not too crowded at 5 PM. We felt comfortable enough. Total came to $41 before t&t. Wish they were closer.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Ocala), 2 W. Fort King St., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. . (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the Coleman Building in downtown Ocala, a block south of the square, at the corner of S. Magnolia Ave. and Ft. King St., near the Marion Theater. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. "Mell O. Mushroom" is their prominent mascot and "tie-dye" is their choice of corporate color in an obvious throwback to the founder's days of enlightenment in the 1970s. Any suggestion of psychedelic compounds, like psilocybin, in their pizza toppings is a totally false perception but enjoying their pizza is still said to be a spiritual experience, so says the corporate office. Even the dessert Brownie might be suspect. It's a family friendly, relaxed environment. Mellow Mushroom is known for its specialty pizzas. Started in Atlanta, GA. in 1974; now fast growing with almost 200 locations mostly in the southeast. Another location is in Mount Dora. A July, 2020 opening is expected here.


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Long Gone - Bennett's Fountain Café (ca. 1940)
"Sizzling Steaks 35 cents - Fried Chicken 35 cents"
S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. (now The Brick City Southern Kitchen)

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13 Stars Mesa de Notte Ristorante, 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 20.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-732-4737. (Italian) [L/D] Open 4-9 PM weekdays and from 3-10 PM on Friday and Saturday. But lunch is served in season only. Closed Sundays. Formerly the Uptown Grill, it was renovated in the summer of 2014. Appetizers include Bruschetta al Pomodoro, Caprese Champagne, Calamari Fritto, Antipasto Freddo, Beef Carpaccio di Manzo and Aragosta Strudel (Lobster in Phyllo), all ranging $9-12 each. Soups, like Pasta Fagioli, Cipollata (Italian Onion) or Portabella (Mushroom) ala Grigila, run $6 for a bowl. Large salads ($9-10) with Greco, Caesar, Insalata di Arugula and Caprese di Bufala being offered among others. Pasta dishes include Capellini Loring, Rollatini Melanzana, Penne alla Vodka, Linguini Vongole, Fettuccini Alfredo, Linguini al Porcini, Gnocchi Genovese, Lasagna Bolognese and Penne Siciliana, at $13-21 each. For entrées, Pollo or Vitello (Chicken $15 or Veal $24) is prepared Marsala, Piccata, Sorrentino, Parmigiana, Francese, Scarpariello or Mesa style. There's also Pollo e Gamberoni Pancetta (Chicken, Shrimp & Pancetta) ($17), Anatra Arrosto (Duckling) ($26), Agnello (Lamb) Osso Buco ($26), 8 oz. Filetto Milanese ($29), 10 oz. Filetto al Quatro Pepe ($19), Bistecca Griglia (14 oz. Rib Eye) ($29.50) and top shelf Vitello Valdostana (14 oz. Veal Chop) ($37). Seafood items include Gamberoni (Shrimp) Mesa de Notte ($19.50), Mahi Piccata ($21), Spada (Swordfish) Puttanesca ($23.50), Salmone (Salmon) Champagne ($24), Cernia (Grouper) Marciano ($27), Zuppa de Pesce Amalfi ($31.50), Merluzzo (Cod) Nero ($35) and Aragosta (Lobster Tails) alla Verona ($39). Most entrées come with a side dish, like soup, salad or pasta. You may also add items like Broccoli, Spinach, Asparagus or Risotto for $6 extra. Pizzas are offered for the smaller appetite ranging from $9-12. Lower prices at lunch time. Lunch items add Sandwiches ($9-12 each), Pasta ($10-14) and different appetizers ($8-12 each). Desserts include Tiramisu, Cannoli, New York Cheesecake, Pears in Chocolate Sauce, and Zabaqlione with Wild Berries, at $5-7 each. Split plate charge of $7 for sharing and 20% gratuity added to the bill for parties of 8 or more. Wise to reconfirm your reservation the day before. Open for Thanksgiving Buffet 11 AM to 8 PM by reservation. Full linen service. Frequent winner at "Taste of Ocala". Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Wine list available with full bar. Corkage Fee: $20. 20% gratuity for parties of 8 or more. Reservations and Call Ahead accepted by phone or online via Open Table and highly recommended in season any day. Jean Stout and José Moreno, owners.

Older Review: (from Barbara B. 7/11) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/11) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ingrid P. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/11) Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wayne M. 3/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred J. 2/13) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 5/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/13) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 2/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 4/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 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 Jan T. 11/14) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 12/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/15) Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 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. 5/17) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stephanie C. 5/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Edward C. 5/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Neal P. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 11/17) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 12/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/18) All I can say in this review is "ditto". It's exactly the the same as my review from 12/17, except that our server's name this time was Amanda.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 3/19) We were the first of our Gourmet Club Party of ten to arrive but they seated us immediately. My husband ordered a glass of red wine ($9.50) and I also ordered a glass of white wine ($6.50). The rest of our party arrived and server, Mario, brought their drinks and then we ordered. My husband had the Veal Piccata ($26) and I had their special of Beef Tips in Pasta ($26). The meals were very good. Mine could have had less salt but was very good. Mario was attentive and professional. Our bill before t&t was $68.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) There were ten of us in our Gourmet Club Dine-Out Group at a long table. We had great conversation. Nice décor here. Our 6 PM reservation was ready when we arrived. Difficult to read the large menu in the subdued light. My cell phone flashlight helped. I ordered the Chianti Classico ($12) and she had a Caramel Appletini ($8.50). The wine was a little whimpy for a C-C. My second was a J.Lohr 7 Oaks Cab. ($9). That was much more robust. She had Braciole di Manzo ($24), a little too salty, and I had Veal Francese ($26). There were 3 nice pieces of tender Veal. Both were excellent and she took home half. The Caesar Salads where good too, but more white than green lettuce. By 7 PM on a Wednesday, the place was packed and getting noisy, even with soft interiors. She finished with a home-made Limoncello ($10). It was a Lemon Vodka base and tasted much different than authentic Sorrento Lemoncello. Still very lemony, however. Mario did a fine job even with a large section. Very busy place. Reservations in high-season are a must, any day. Our total was $90 before t&t. No standard gratuity was added to our bills.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) We had reservations for after the theatre and were seated immediately. Happy hour to 7 PM. 2-for-1 House Wine. Merlot was the choice tonight. $6.50 for two glasses. I had the Chicken Marsala ($18) My husband had the Mesa 2436 (Chicken) ($18). Both meals were delicious. We started with their Grilled Portobello Mushroom Soup. When we come here, we never consider having the starter Salad, because the Soup is AWESOME. The warm Onion Rolls and dipping sauce are as always wonderful. Kelly our server, was attentive and friendly. Our bill came to $42.50 before t&t. If course we will return here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Mi Tierra Latina, 2105 SW CR 484, Ocala, FL. 16.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-0888. (Mexican) (Spanish) [L/D] Changed names and owners in December, 2013. Formerly called Mi Tierra Caliente. Open 7 days from 11:30 am to 9:30 PM. Located just west of I-75 exit 341 (Belleview), in the Marion Crossroads Plaza behind McDonalds and Waffle House. Peruvian and Mexican food offered. Some dishes include Camarones a la Diabla, Pechugas a la Plancha, Bistec Tampiqueno, Chiles Rellenos Pablanos, Pollo con Mole and Carnitas. Also available are Fajita Calentana, Carne Asada and Shrimp, Alambre de Camaron and Pollo Alambre. Other Burritos, Fajitas and Enchiladas are also offered. Lunch specialties include Chimichanga, Taco Salad, Quesadillas and a small Fajita. Desserts include Fried Ice Cream. Beer and wine only. Another location is at 3131 SW College Rd. Gloria Isaacs and Auris Pichardo, new owners.



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11½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Michele's Cuisine, 13769 North US Hwy. 441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. 753-8889. (Cafe) (German) [B/L/D] Opened September, 2019. Located in the shopping plaza in front of Beall's Department Store. Open for all 3 meals from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, daily, but closed on Sunday. Vinyl tablecloths and single use plastic plates but real stainless utensils used. Candles on the table at night. They specialize in German with some American, French, Italian, Indian, Cuban and Asian cuisine thrown in. "Food made with love." You'll find breakfast items like Eggs, Omelettes and Quiche dishes priced $5-9 each. For lunch, Sandwiches, like Hot Pastrami, run $7-12 each and entrés are $9-11 each. Various Salads ($3-9 each) and Soups ($4-7 each) are listed too. For dinner you can choose Mac 'n Cheese Kielbasa ($9), Kielbasa & Cabbage ($9), Tuna Noodle Casserole ($10), Chicken Casserole ($10), Bourbon Chicken (10.50), Sweet and Sour Chicken ($10.50), Chicken and Wine ($11.50), Kielbasa Casserole ($10.50), Meatloaf and Potatoes ($11.50), and Pork Schnitzel or Jägerschnitzel ($14 each). You can also find Italian favorites like Spaghetti with Meat Sauce ($10) or Lasagna ($11). Specials might include Beer Battered Fish Fry Dinner ($12.50), Frenched Lamb Rack [4] Chops ($19.50) and Rouladen Dinner ($20.50). Other specials might be 2 for 1 wines. Various side dishes (#3-4 each) can be added but some dishes come with a choice of two already. For dessert you can enjoy Lemon Meringue or Key Lime Pie ($3 each) or Chocolate Layer Cake ($4.50). Lighter desserts, like Cookies, are popular too. Large outdoor seating with heaters available now. Beer and wine licensed. Michele Shellhamer, chef and owner.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) Plenty of tables open outside. They have heaters if needed. Just ask. My better half had a large pour Axel Cabernet ($6.50) and I had two German Pilsners ($3 each). I ordered the Fish Fry ($12.50) with warm German Potato Salad and Homemade Red Cabbage. Fish was Cod. You get an appetizer too, so I had [3] Pot Stickers. She had the [4] Lamb Rack Chops ($19.50) with Mac 'n Cheese and Brussels Sprouts au Gratin (+$0.50). Her appetizer was Cordon Bleu Filled Puffs. The Lamb was very tender and tasty. You get a lot of food here. No room for dessert. Casie was our server. Our total before t&t was $45. Michele checks on you after the meal. However, NO EMPLOYEE WORE MASKS. Not good! A nice meal with other items on the menu we'd like to try, but not right away.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 1/21) There are a total of 6 outside tables and 4 inside. Got there at 4:30 and by 5:00 all inside and outside tables were taken on a Friday night. Kia was our waitress and was very good. Prices are excellent. Had the Lasagna ($11) which was very good. Partner had the Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes ($11.50). White mushroom gravy was on the Potatoes. There was no taste to the dish however. Also had the Potstickers ($4 for 3) which were good. Very strange eating on plastic disposable plates but had real silverware and plastic tumblers. Lemon Meringue Pie ($3) was excellent. Total for meals and Iced Tea including tax was $35. I want to go back to try Sandwiches at lunch.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Milano Ristorante Italiano, 5400 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-8549. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened early November, 2019, it occupies the location of Chefs of Napoli IV (which closed in mid-2019) in the HeathBrook Commons Shopping Plaza on SR 200. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. On the menu you'll find for Appetizers: Bruschetta ($8), Fried Mozzarella ($8), Eggplant Tapenade ($9), Sautéed Mussels, Clams Fra Diavolo, Stuffed Mushrooms, Caprese Salad (all $10.50 each), Buffalo Wings ($11), Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio ($15) and a Seafood Platter of Scallops, Shrimp and Calamari ($16). For Soups and Salads you'll see Soup of the Day and Pasta Fagoli in two sizes ($3.50/$5), House Salad ($5/$9), Caesar Salad ($6/$10), Arugula Salad ($10) and an Antipasto ($14) on the menu. Pasta dishes inclue your choice of noodles with Garlic & Olive Oil ($11), Red Sauce ($13), Marinara ($14), Bolognese ($15), with Sausage or Meatballs ($15) and with Sausage and Peppers ($16). You'll also find Spaghetti Rosato [Creamy Ricotta] ($16), Penne Puttanesca [Capers and Black Olives] ($16), Fettuccine Alfredo [Creamy Cheese] ($16), Gnocchi Cremosa [Cheese and Ground Sausage] ($17), Pumpkin Ravioli [Pumpkin Stuffed with Pecans and Cranberries] ($17), Orecchiette Baresi [Broccoli Rabe and Sausage] ($18) and Spaghetti Caprese ($18). Chicken/Veal preparations include Milanese ($16/$19), Piccata ($16/$19), Francese ($17/$19), Marsala ($17/$19), Parmigiana ($17/$20), Chicken Marsala ($17), Chicken Alfredo ($18), Fiorentino ($19/$20), Milano Stuffed Chicken ($20) and Veal Saltimbocca ($20). For Seafood you'll find Shrimp Scampi ($18), Seafood Linguine ($18), Shrimp Francese ($19), Shrimp Alfredo ($19), Grouper Francese ($20), Tuscan Salmon ($20), Pescatore ($22), Lobster Ravioli ($22) and a Seafood Trio ($25). Baked Pasta dishes include Cheese Ravioli ($14), Baked Ziti ($15), Eggplant Parmigiana ($16), Gnocchi Sorrentino ($16), Eggplant Rollatini ($17) and Lasagna ($17). All entrées are served with Soup or Salad and Baked Bread. Gluten-free pasta is available at $3 extra. You can add Chicken (+$3), Shrimp (+$6) or Salmon (+$7) to any Pasta dish or Salad. Pizzas come in 10" ($8-$13.50), 16" ($11.50-$20) and 18" ($13-$24) sizes with various topping combinations, from New York Style to Arugulina; or you can build your own creation, priced by toppings. Calzones ($10/$20) and Strombolis ($10/$20) are also on the list. Liquor license applied for. Reservations accepted by phone. David and Jessie Suleiman, owners here and at Havana Country Club, Legacy Bar and Grill and Legacy Country Club Restaurant in The Villages.



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13 Stars Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Miller's Ale House (Lady Lake), 635 N. US Hwy. 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.4 mile drive from The Villages. 706-0042. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened December 2, 2019. This new location for Miller's is south of the town offices of Lady Lake in the new Lady Lake Commons Shopping Plaza at Fennel Rd. The building is 7,200 sq. ft. in size. Better known as just The Ale House in some places. Open daily from 11 AM to Midnight or later on weekends. It has items like English Style Fish & Chips ($8), Fried Clams ($8), Fried (35) Shrimp with Hush Puppies ($10), Grilled, Broiled or Blackened Corvina ($11) and Baked Bahamian Dolphin Fish (Mahi) ($12). House Specialties include Breaded Pork Medallions ($9), Osso Bucco ($11) and Bar-B-Que Baby Back Ribs ($9-15). You can also find Flat Iron Steak ($15), 12 oz. Ribeye ($15), 12 oz. New York Strip ($17), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($18) and a 20 oz. Porterhouse ($19) on the menu. The usual Pastas ($10-12), Burgers ($5-8), Fajitas ($9-12) and Sandwiches ($6-9) are also available. Raw Bar items include Clams on the Half Shell ($6-9), Raw Oysters ($6-9) or either of them steamed by the dozen ($9). Famous for their spicy "Zingers" (Chicken Wings). Large variety of Salads ($4-9), Soups ($3-4) and Appetizers ($4-10). Very large selection of beer (both tap and bottles), as well as wines by the glass. Desserts, like Capt. Jack's Buried Treasure® and Smoothies also offered. $1 drink, $5 lunch and $9 dinner specials change monthly. Early Bird meals 3-5 PM, Monday through Thursday feature 8 choices for $9 each, like Coconut Shrimp. Sports bar atmosphere with 60 TVs. Full bar makes drink specialties. 75 beers offered. Open New Years Day. Kids menu available. One of about 100 locations in mostly Florida. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida. Another is in Ocala (see below). Founded by Jack & Claire Miller in 1988. Bill Brooks, John Sheck and Spencer Lee, all part-time managers; Bruce Edel, general manager here.

Review: (from Colene, M. 12/19) We thought we'd try the new Miller's Ale House for lunch that just opened and we were pleasantly surprised. We thought it would be a very long wait. It wasn't. We waited probably 10 minutes and were seated in a booth. Our server, Katie M., was very pleasant and attentive. She took our drink orders: water for me and a pint Yuengling Lager ($4.50) for my husband. They have nice lunch specials for only $6.99. I had the Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli with a little Gravy. There were two very large pieces of Meatloaf, so I asked to have a take home box. My husband ordered the Fish and Chips. Both dinners were very good, except my husband said the last bite he had of the Fish was very greasy (deep fat cooked). Our total bill before t&t was $18.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/19) Lively place. Nice décor. Lunch at 2:30. We had coupon for "Zingers" by joining their on-line site. 6 large white meat Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese (many others available) best we ever had anywhere. Split a generous small Apple Walnut Salad and the lunch was Fish & Chips (3 large pieces). Server Eric M. was pleasant but needs training on the beer menu. Ordered Guinness on tap. 5 minutes later, they were out. Stumbled through beer menu until he was rescued by another server who knew the menu. If you are going to be a beer place, servers need to learn the beers. Food was excellent, but service was a little stilted. Salads and meals should come with accompaniments like dressing, malt vinegar, etc. and not have to ask for them when food is served. Rolls were good. Benefit of the doubt due to just opened. With 2 Drafts bill was $30. Will return. Usually crowded. Plenty of large sports screens here.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bruce W. 12/19) We arrived at peak lunch hour on a Monday, pre snowbird season. Several were waiting, but we were willing to sit at a high-top table so were able to get right in. I've been told several in our community can't get up on the chairs. Bright and airy atmosphere here. Servers and managers were conspicuous, and they all had cheery attitudes. Our server was Melonie and she was awesome. I had the Monday Evening Special, even though it was lunch, of a Full Rack of Ribs, very large, Baked Potato and Cole Slaw for $14. I wouldn't say they were Oakwood quality, but they were good. My wife had had Fish and Chips for $7. They have a very reasonably priced lunch menu. We added Boom-Boom Shrimp for $7. Again, not Bonefish special, but good. As we left we were already talking about when we could come back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/20) Our first visit, during the pandemic too. We arrived at 4:15 PM and they wanted to seat us next to the crowded south bar. We opted for the high-top behind the hostess stand instead. That had better safe distancing. Heather was our pleasant server. Was not too crowded on a weekday at this hour. She ordered an Apple Pear Martini ($7) and I had a Red Sangria ($4). Bargains! She had the Fish & Chips with Sweet Potato Fries ($12 + $1 sub). She said it was good and took home half. I had the 35 Fried Shrimp with a Baked Potato ($14). I took home half too. They were good, except the Cocktail Sauce was too spicy for me. All told it was $38. Heather was very good and the prices are very fair. We'll be back often.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene, M. 8/20) We were greeted when we arrived and seated within five minutes. Our waitress, Stacey C. was friendly and courteous. She took our order and yes there was a little wait for the food but it was good. My husband and I both ordered the lunch portion of Fish and Chips. I had to send one piece of fish back because it was over cooked (chunky) but Stacey immediately brought me back a different piece. It was a little greasy but still very good. I had water and my husband had Iced Tea, which I think ALL restaurants charge too much for drinks. Our total bill before t&t was $17.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 9/20) We had early lunch at 11:15 (they open at 11). We split a Philly Cheese Steak with Seasoned Fries and added the Mushrooms and Peppers, for $12. Two Iced Teas were $3 each. Total, before t&t was $20. An excellent Sandwich on a large hoagie bun and a generous serving of Fries. More than enough for two people. Service by Mariah was very good. All staff showed good safe practices with masks, gloves, frequent sanitary sprays, etc. Tables were well spaced. Will definitely be back for a big dinner. Saw some awesome dishes being served!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Miller's Ale House & Raw Bar (Ocala), 305 SE 17th St. (SR 464), Ocala, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-620-8989. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM. Located 3 blocks east of US 27/301/441 near the Longhorn Steakhouse at the Churchill Square Plaza. Better known as just The Ale House but the sign still says The Ocala Ale House. Specializes in cooked and raw seafood like English Style Fish & Chips ($8), Fried Clams ($8), Fried (35) Shrimp with Hush Puppies ($10), Grilled, Broiled or Blackened Corvina ($11) and Baked Bahamian Dolphin Fish (Mahi) ($12). House Specialties include Breaded Pork Medallions ($9), Osso Bucco ($11) and Bar-B-Que Baby Back Ribs ($9-15). You can also find Flat Iron Steak ($15), 12 oz. Ribeye ($15), 12 oz. New York Strip ($17), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($18) and a 20 oz. Porterhouse ($19) on the menu. The usual Pastas ($10-12), Burgers ($5-8), Fajitas ($9-12) and Sandwiches ($6-9) are also available. Raw Bar items include Clams on the Half Shell ($6-9), Raw Oysters ($6-9) or either of them steamed by the dozen ($9). Famous for their spicy "Zingers" (Chicken Wings). Large variety of Salads ($4-9), Soups ($3-4) and Appetizers ($4-10). Very large selection of beer (both tap and bottles), as well as wines by the glass. Desserts and Smoothies also offered. $1 drink, $5 lunch and $9 dinner specials change monthly. Sports bar atmosphere with TVs. Full bar makes drink specialties. One of almost 100 locations in mostly Florida. Winner of Ocala Magazine's 2013 Best Happy Hour Award. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida. Founded by Jack & Claire Miller in 1988. Jeff Fenning, manager, under Ted Lynch, general manager.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/07) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/09) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 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 Ellen H. 8/10) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David S. 2/11) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) Been coming here for years. The Lady Lake location is still too crowded. We had no trouble getting a table at 5:30 p.m. We had friendly Andrea for our server. My better half had Fish & Chips ($11) with Sweet Potato Fires (+$1) and I had the Salmon Filet with a Baked Potato ($15). She had a Lemon Drop Martini (first served in an Old Fashion glass) and corrected by our waitress to a Martini glass ($6). I had a 23 oz. Blue Moon Mango ($6). The food is good but the Salmon was not wild and therefore not very flavorful. The Fish and Chips were light and a generous portion. We took half home. The total was only $39 before t&t. We like it here.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Steak and Ale Restaurant (1980)
3445 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, Florida.

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11½ Stars Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Mimi's Bistro & Bakery (Ocala), 4414 SW College Rd. (SR 200), Ocala, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-8668. (American) [B/L/D] Opened in mid-March, 2008. Formerly called Mimi's Café, it changed its name in mid-2019. Located about 1 mile west of I-75 on the south side of SR 200 in Market Street at Heath Brook (near the new Dillards). Open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM (Friday & Saturday 'til 11 PM). New Orleans and French theme but eclectic down-home food offerings. Some of the classics are Chicken Pot Pie, Roasted Turkey, Country Fried Steak, Meatloaf, Pot Roast and Beef Liver. Pasta Jambalaya, Cajun Blackened Salmon, Spice Rubbed Baby Back Ribs and Crab Cakes add a Louisiana flair. Pork Chops, Sirloin and Flat Iron Steaks also featured sometimes. You might also find Hibachi Salmon, Seafood Fettuccine, Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi and Chicken Piccata with Asparagus on the large menu. For lunch, Bleu Cheese & Walnut Salad, Fried Chicken Salad and Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad are also offered. Albacore & Avocado, Meatloaf Ciabatta and Five Way Grilled Cheese are typical innovative Sandwiches. Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster Mud Pie and New York Style Cheesecake are favorites at $6-7 each. Most entrées range from $10-14, Steaks $14-18, Sandwiches $10-11, Breakfast $10-12. Free refills on non-alcoholic beverages. Menu changes seasonally. Lots of attention-getting cute wall decorations. Wine, beer and full cocktails available; as is an Espresso Bar. Reservations and Call Ahead accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day until 8 PM for their special $20 meal. Free Slice of Birthday Crêpe Cake or a 2-Pack of Muffins or Croissants on your birthday for E-Club members. No Happy Hour. $5/glass imported Red/White House Wine. Approach from Dillards for easier access to the parking lot. One of a chain of more than 100 locations by LeDuff America of Dallas, TX. Joseph Martin, general manager here.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/10) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 12/11) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/16) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/16) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Review: (from Rich C. 6/20) Even during the COVID-19 crisis, it was difficult finding an uncrowded restaurant in Ocala on a Friday night even at 7 PM. We noticed very few cars in the parking lot here. Inside there were 3 customers. We were 2 of them! Empty on a Friday night - hard to believe. Servers wore masks and gloves. She started with a Lemon Drop Martini and I had a Bourbon Manhattan ($7.50 each). She enjoyed her cup of Corn Chowder ($3) and her Ham Croque Monsieur ($13). I opted for the Hot Turkey Dinner ($15). The food is still good here. The service by Nicolas was polite until I asked for Salt and Pepper when the food arrived and he then spent a few minutes socially chatting with the other customer for a while and I had to remind him of my request. "I have other customers you know!" was his response. It was not like the place was very busy. When we left the restaurant was empty. Total with 2 cocktails was $46 before t&t. Fair price. I can see this restaurant won't last long here. Too bad.
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Video Mission Inn Resort, El Conquistador Room, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-800-874-9053, 324-3911. (Continental) [D] Opens at 5 PM daily. Located in the upscale golf resort. Overlooking the Plaza de la Fontana. Fine Continental dining with a monthly Wine Dinner for which reservations are required. Some items of interest are Lobster Bisque ($8), El Conquistador Salad ($8), Crab Cake appetizer ($13), Wild Mushroom Risotto ($15), Braised Pork Shank ($22), Lemongrass Shrimp ($23), Crispy Long Island Duck ($25), Australian Lamb Chops ($28), Andouille Crusted Snapper ($28) and Ancho Venison Loin Chop ($32), to name a few. Other entrées range $15-34 each and $49-69 for Grand Surf and Turf Combos. Side dishes are $5 extra. Business attire recommended. Reservations accepted. Full Bar. Attractive Wine List with many by the glass. Five Course Wine Dinners offered occasionally at $99pp. Mark Zollo, executive chef over 30 cooks in these 3 restaurants.

Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/13) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/16) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars Mission Inn Resort, La Hacienda Room, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-800-874-9053, 324-3910. (American) (Buffet) [B/L] Located in the upscale golf resort. Golf course view from this room. Open daily for breakfast at 6:30 to 11 AM. Continental Breakfast is $11 pp and Complete Breakfast Buffet is $14 pp. A-la-carte menu also available. Lunch runs 11 AM to 2 PM, with Express Lunch Buffet at $11 pp and Complete Lunch Buffet at $14 pp. Sunday Champagne Brunch which is served 11 AM to 3 PM for $40 per adult and $20 per child, 12 and under. Special Holiday Brunches, 11 AM to 5 PM, are $55 per adult and $23 per child, like the Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving Grand Buffet and Christmas Holiday Buffet ($55 pp) by reservation. New Years Eve Gala, starting at 7:30 PM ($175 pp). Full bar. Billy Connelly, executive chef.

Older Review: (from Jean W. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 5/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 3/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 1/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/18) Six of us had the Mother's Day Grand Buffet on May 13th. Food was excellent except for Lox which were very salty. String Beans spoon server? We needed tongs. Ran out of plates and none of the help got plates from breakfast area, we had to fend for ourselves. Dirty plates sat on the plate supply the entire time we were there. 21% mandatory gratuity for a self serve $50pp buffet is nuts. None of the servers offered to assist those of us with mobility issues. Initial seating was a mess, with some who arrived after us and who had later reservation time, were seated before us. Nice touch serving drinks in gathering area. For the price, this operation needs some polishing. Might return for other than a Grand Buffet.
Q=4 S=2 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) We came out on a nice Sunday afternoon at 2 PM for their Sunday Brunch. There were only 2 other parties in the dining room at that time. The food display and variety was quite wide. However, we did not see Eggs being available. The Salmon and Carved Beef were very good. Large selection of desserts too. Service was excellent. They check on you often. The Buffet includes a Champagne or Mimosa. The total was $80 before t&t. We found that too high for this Brunch.
Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Mission Inn Resort, Nickers Room, (in the Clubhouse), 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-800-874-9053, 324-2718. (American) (Buffet) [L/D] Located in the Clubhouse away from the hotel proper. Casual daily lunch (11 AM to 4 PM) or Saturday Night Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet which is $40 pp. Reservations accepted and recommended for the Saturday Night Buffet. Open for Christmas Day Buffet, 11 AM to 6 PM. Full bar.

Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - The Floridian Hotel & Dining Room (1938)
S. Palm Ave. (US 19) and E. Lakeview Ave. on Little Lake Harris, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida.
Blown up as a prop in a 1994 Hulk Hogan TV movie, "Thunder In Paradise".

Miz Kathi's Cotillion Café. Also still called the Cotillion Southern Café in Wildwood (see that listing).


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Not Rated Miz Kathi's Southern Sweetery, 105 N. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 748-1223. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Located where the Hollywood Café did business and two doors north of their Cotillion Southern Café, sister restaurant, in downtown Wildwood. A place for desserts or a light meal. Open 11 AM to 3 PM Monday through Saturday; then 4:30 PM to 8 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. You can find a Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Sandwich, Cuban Sandwich, Hot Ham Sandwich or Chicken Salad here. There is also a daily Quiche and Soups too. But most of all, they specialize in desserts like their famous Coconut Layer Cake. Now beer and wine licensed. Miz Kathi & Jim Vincent, owners.



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12½ Stars Gluten Free Menu (The) Mojo Grill (Belleview), 4496 SE 100th Pl., Belleview, FL. 13.5 mile drive from The Villages. 307-6656. (Caribbean) (Mexican) [L/D] Overlooks US 27/441 in Belleview, at the top of the hill, just north of Publix and the Tattoo Parlor where Beef O'Brady's did business. Opened January 31, 2014 but in business on SE Abshier Blvd. since April 15, 2011. Open 11 AM - 10 PM daily (to midnight on weekends) and Noon 'til 9 PM on Sunday. It's an eclectic mix of Cuban, Mexican and Cajun dishes. Gluten free and vegetarian items featured. Menu offerings are similar to above. Wings are popular at 10 for $9, all the way to 100 for $60. Cuban Sandwiches, Cajun Dip, Carolina BBQ, Cuban Pork with Swiss, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Grilled Chicken and Mandingo Mahi, all run $8-9 each. Various salads are served in a Tortilla Bowl and run $8-9 each. Soups, like Gumbo ($7) or Chili ($7) plus Salads, like Soul Food ($10), Buffalo Chicken ($10), Caesar ($10) or Kitchen Sink Salad ($12) are on the menu too. Chicken, Pork, Burger, Vegetable and Shrimp Quesadillas are offered at $8-9 each. Fajitas like Blackened Chicken, Cuban Roast Pork, Mahi and Shrimp run $11-13 each. Beef Empanadas, Mojito Pork or Fish Tacos, Pork Dinner, Cajun Chicken Pasta and Blackened Mahi Louisiana are featured at $7-13. Various Burgers and Nathan's Hound Dogs are offered too at $6-10 each. Red and green table flags lets the servers stop to assist you. Occasional entertainment. $6 kid friendly menu. Full bar at this location. Outdoor seating available. Two more locations will be in Ocala, plus one in Gainesville (see that listing) in 2014. Rondo Fernandez, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/11) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Very nice experience here. Our server, Melo, was excellent. He was efficient, personable and informative. I liked the diversified menu. Many different types of meals to choose from. I had the Chicken and Sauteed Vegetable Salad ($12). It was absolutely delicious and plentiful. My husband had the Chicken Fajitas ($13). He also enjoyed his meal. Thursday night is $3 Margarita night. I indulged. Our other beverage was an Iced Tea ($2.50). Our bill came to $31 before t&t. We were in the back room which was not at noisy as the main dining room. This was our first visit here and we plan on returning in the near future.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Mojo Grill (Ocala West), 2015 SW 17th St., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-369-6656. (Caribbean) (Mexican) [L/D] Moved from 506 S. Pine Ave. to a location once occupied by Tango Argentinian Steakhouse, Barbizon's Front Row & Grill, Latinos y Mas, Pinos Tex-Mex and before that, the Roadhouse Grill near Target at SR 200. Open 11 AM - 9 PM daily except to Midnight on Friday and Saturday. It's an eclectic mix of Cuban, Mexican and Cajun dishes. Menu includes 6 different Quesadillas ($9-11), Fajitas ($12), Burgers and Hot Dogs ($6-11) and Sandwiches and Wraps, like Crazy Cuban ($9), Cajun Dip ($9), Carolina BBQ ($9), Mandingo Mahi ($11) and Chicken Caesar Wrap ($9). Dinner entrées include Pork Tacos ($8), Beef Empanadas ($8), Fish Tacos ($9), Cuban Pork ($12), Cajun Chicken Pasta ($12), Shrimp and Grits ($13) and Mahi Louisiana ($14). Sweet Plantains, Black or Red Beans & Rice, Corn On The Cob and Cajun Waffle Fries are some of the side dishes. Buffalo Wings ($10-14) with a variety of sauces are also available. Lighter entrées, like Tacos and other Wraps run $9-12 each. Soups, like Gumbo ($7) or Chili ($7) plus Salads, like Soul Food ($10), Buffalo Chicken ($10), Caesar ($10) or Kitchen Sink Salad ($12) round out the menu. Vegetarian menu ranges $9-13, like Grilled Veggie Wrap ($9), Black Bean Burger ($10), Pasta Primavera ($11) and Black Bean Nachos ($13). Occasional trivia and other entertainment. Full bar here now. Children's Menu at $6 each like Mac & Cheese or Chicken Fingers. Winner 2013 "Best Place to Grab Lunch" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Another location is in Belleview (see that listing). Rondo Fernandez, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/09) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/12) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Mojo Grill (Ocala East), 4620 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 22.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-291-6656. (Caribbean) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in mid-March, 2016. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily, but to midnight on weekends. Located in the castle building that once housed Horse and Hounds Restaurant (Ocala East) across from the entrance to the Ocala Civic Theater. Same menu as the other locations. Patio pews are from the former Villages' Church On The Square at Spanish Springs. Outdoor area seats 80. Reservations accepted. Winner 2018 "Best Service" and "Best Local Restaurant" Awards in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Robert Huff, general manager; Rondo Fernandez, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) After the Saturday matinee at the O.C.T., across the street, we came here for early dinner at 4 PM thinking it would be empty. It was half full, so we sat outside on the open patio. Mariah was our server. My better half had a Mojito ($8) and I had two Red Sangrias ($8 each) that were excellent. She had two Tacos and Mac and Cheese ($9+$1). I had the Beef Memphis Sandwich with a Side Salad ($13+$3). She also ordered a Bread Pudding ($7) and regretted it. It was good but way too filling. The place thinned out by 5:30 PM. Odd! Our total was $57 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Mojo Grill (Leesburg), 9925 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.1 mile drive from The Villages. 787-6656. (Caribbean) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened March, 2019. This is Mojo #4, so to speak. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily, but to midnight on weekends. Located in the spot previously occupied by Chili's Grill & Bar. It's right after the Lake-Sumter State College Campus. Look for the bright blue building. Same menu as the other locations. Outdoor seating available. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Rondo Fernandez, owner.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/21) Our first visit to this location, we are a fan of this local chain. All employees wore masks. Patrons not so much. We sat in the first room on the left, table #61. April was our very friendly server that checked on us frequently. Plenty of help working here. They disinfect everything including the menus. My better half had a Lemon Drop Martini that she liked but was on the sweet side. The bill said Happy Hour Smirnoff Citrus Mojo ($6). I had a Happy Hour Red Sangria ($5) that was very tasty. She ordered the Pork Fajitas ($14), with Mac 'n Cheese (+$1), plus Bacon (+$1) and Guacamole (+$2.50). I had my usual Pork "Pepin" ($14). The food came out quickly and was hot. On a Friday at 5 PM, the restaurant was not too crowded. Our total before t&t was $43.50. Good meal, great service. We'll come back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Molly Maguire's (of Ocala) Eatery, 17 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-509-3999. (American) (Caribbean) [B/L] Open since October, 2014 on SW 10th St., but moved to this location in March, 2017. Located ½ block south of SR 40 (W. Silver Springs Blvd.), near Broadway, one block west of the square. Open 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday only. Noted for their large Cuban Sandwich. Order at the counter. Besides breakfast items they offer Sandwiches like King Cuban, Reuben, Bacon, Chili 'n Lime Chicken Sandwiches, Blackened Chicken Wrap and a Veggie Wrap (all about $7 each). Soup of the Day is $4.50/$5.50. A Garden Salad runs $8. "Pick Two Combo" runs $9. Beer and wine licensed. George Carrasco, manager and owner.



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Long Gone - S&S Cafeteria (1960)
500 S. Pine St., Ocala, Florida.

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9 Stars Gluten Free Menu Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant, 304 North 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 2.9 mile drive from The Villages. 753-2722. (Italian) [D] Opens at 4 PM daily except Sunday is 11 AM to 8 PM. Closed only Mondays. Usual and specialty Italian menu items are featured. A Deluxe Antipasto for starters runs $7.50-8.50, depending on size. Many Ravioli and Spaghetti varieties are offered ranging from $10-14. Eggplant or Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta ($12), Lasagna ($12), Manicotti ($12), Chicken Cacciattori ($12) and Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo ($15) are offered daily. Veal Parmigiana with a side of Spaghetti is a favorite at $14.50. Their specialty is Baked Spaghetti at $12-13. You can also find Fried Chicken ($11) and 9 or 12 oz. Delmonico Steaks ($17-20). Cheese Pizza New York Style is available at $9-11 depending on size. Hoagie Sandwiches like Meatball Subs are $7. Noted for their home made sauce and bread. Gluten free items available too. Coupons appear in the Thursday Daily Sun. Reservations taken. Beer and wine offered too. A Mattiucci family business since 1962. Ricky and Elaina Tucker, owners.

Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert M. 10/09) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 7/12) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Morevino, 11 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-5100. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Open for lunch and take out in 2020. Call for hours during the pandemic. Opened on February 10, 2020. Located where The Tin Cup, BG Downtown and Tavern On The Square did business for a few years. It's near the old bank facing the north side of the square. Nicely redecorated with fancy chandeliers, tables and semi-booths. Linen napkins on wood tables and some "corked hi-tops". Open 4:30 to 10 PM, Monday through Thursday, to Midnight on weekends, closed Sundays. It's a Wine Bar with light food and full dinner offerings. For starters, light meals or lunch you'll find Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks ($8), Focaccia du Jour ($9), a Hummus Plate ($9), Mac 'n Cheese ($10), Portobella & Sausage Pizza ($11), Chicken Fingers ($11), Lamb Sliders ($13), China Town Nachos ($14), Crab Cakes ($15), Seared Tuna ($16) or a Charcuterie Plate ($27) to explore. They have a Reuben ($14), Chicken Finger Wrap ($15) and a 12 oz. Burger ($16). Pasta dishes include Pasta and Meatballs ($18), Grilled Veggie Pasta ($18), Pasta Bolognese ($18), Chicken Alfredo ($19) and Poppie's Salmon Pasta ($21). For other main dishes they offer Wild Mushroom Risotto ($19), Chicken Breast ($19), Meatloaf ($21), Honey Mustard Salmon ($21), Pork Tenderloin ($22), Coconut Shrimp ($25), Boneless Short Ribs ($35) and Macadamia Crusted Grouper ($35). Salad entrées like House (10), Spinach ($13), Mixed Greens and Fruit ($13), Caprese ($13) and Grilled Veggie Salad ($13) are also available. You can add Chicken, Salmon or Shrimp to them for $8-9 extra. You can also order sides like Cured Spicy Pickles ($4), French Fries ($5), Grilled Veggies ($5), Risotto ($7), Pasta ($7), Parmesan Asparagus ($7) or Brussels Sprouts ($7). Desserts offered daily. Wine by the glass are, Sparkling Wine at $7/glass, Rosé at $12/glass, Whites are $7-14/glass and Reds are $8-15/glass. By the bottle, 8 Sparkling Wines, like Champagne, run $20-130/btl., 3 Rosés run $26-42/btl., 6 Sauvignon Blancs run $25-45/btl., 8 Chardonnays run $25-125/btl., 10 other Worldwide Whites run $20-50/btl., 11 Pinot Noirs run $30-145/btl. 5 Merlots run $20-70/btl., 5 Red Blends run $32-110/btl., 13 Cabernets run $25-240/btl., 5 Syrahs (or cousins) run $30-70/btl., 3 Malbecs run $20-35/btl., 6 Bordeauxs run $24-150/btl., 5 Burgundys run $20-160/btl., 3 Rhone Blends run $24-75/btl., 12 Wines from Italy range $18-95/btl., 5 Wines from Iberia range $32-50/btl. and there are Ports and Maderos too. In all, over 140 wines are available. One fourth of their stock is under $35/btl., but there's room to splurge too. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. with dinner. Wide range of Beers on tap. Full bar licensed for cocktails too. Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 PM daily. Reservations by phone accepted. Kids menu runs $7-11 each. Deanna and Brian Morely, originally of Dunnellon, owners, chef and sommelier.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) We stopped in after a show at 8 PM, on a Monday, they were still happy to serve us. Nice new décor. She had a glass of Rhone Blend ($8) and I had a nice Malbec ($8). They brought Focaccia to the table, we had to ask for silverware to prepare it. Focaccia was good. She had the Lamb Sliders ($13) which she enjoyed and I had the Salmon over Pasta ($21). It was good, nice Salmon portion but the Pasta was a little overdone. We shared an excellent side of Brussels Sprouts ($7). Joe was a polite and efficient server. What, no Red Zin or Primitivo on the list? Brian, the owner stopped to chat about his wine selection. Very nice atmosphere that needs a little publicity to get it started. Our total before t&t was $57. We'll be back with friends.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Mount Dora Brewing (and the Rocking Rabbit Brewery), 405 S. Highland St., Mount Dora, FL. After many years of good food and great brew with a live house band adding to the fun, the owner has decided to call it quits after the pandemic shuttered his business in 2020. He has decided not to reopen this popular, out of the way, watering hole. The building and equipment are for sale. Our members rated it 12 Stars over the years.


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Not Rated Mount Dora Pizza, 2718 W. Old Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 383-5303. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 9:30 PM, except closed Sundays. A fixture in this community for over 30 years. Pizza is the mainstay but dinner dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo, Stuffed Shells Florentine, Linguine with Clams, Gnocchi, Spaghetti, Chicken, Eggplant or Veal Parmesan, Meat or Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti, Lasagna and other Italian traditions range $6-11 each. Small or large Antipasto range $5-8, as do the Greek Salads. Calzone and Sicilian Pizza range $10-14. Pizzas come in three sizes (12", 14" and 16") and range $8-14, depending on toppings and size. Specialty Pizzas like Deluxe or Vesuvio Special are also on the menu. Cold and hot Subs are popular at lunch, ranging $4-7 each. Beer and wine offered including Lambrusco and Chianti. Vincent & Josephine Folgore, owners; also owners of Vincent's Italian Restaurant (see that listing).



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Not Rated Free WiFi Nalan Sultan Mediterranean Grill, 1 N. Eustis St., Eustis, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 357-4444. (Greek) (Middle Eastern) L/D. Opened April, 2017. Located downtown at the corner of E. Orange and N. Eustis where the Wild Flower Café and The Cuban Place did business a while back. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily, except closed Sundays. Order at the counter, food is brought to you. Well prepared and presented authentic Turkish and Greek items. For appetizers they have Hummus, Cacik, Spicy Ezme, Tabouli, Grape Leaves and Babagonoush (all $6-8 each). They also have Chicken Tenders or Nuggets, Cheese Rolls and Falafel (all $8-9 each). A Lentil Soup with Pita Bread is $5. For Sandwiches they have Lamb or Chicken Gyro, Lamb Köfte and Falafel (all $9 each) served with a Salad. Plate items are served with Rice and a Salad and include the above plus Lamb Adana and Grilled Flounder (all $13-15 each). There's also Lamb Chops ($25) and a Mixed Grill ($40). Large Salads include House, Sultan and Sheppard (all $9 each). Kids menu. For dessert you can find Rice Pudding ($4), Revani ($5) and Baklava ($6). Traditional Turkish Tea and Coffee are made as is Ayran Yogurt Drink. Beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Phone reservations accepted. Nalan Ertane, chef and owner.

Review: (from Eileen P. 7/18) Jacqueline was a very cheery and knowledgeable waitress. She explained everything on the menu in detail. The dinners ordered were Beef Kabob ($11), Lamb Gyro Sandwich ($10), Kofta small platter ($11) and Lamb Adano small platter ($11). All four of us enjoyed their meals. The small platters were very big since they included a small Salad, Rice and the protein. The two platters plus Sodas, Babaganoush and Baklava cost $38.50 before t&t. This is a very small restaurant and only one other table was taken. I am definitely going back there for the Gyro as the sandwich was enough for two people. They make everything fresh at the restaurant except for the Pita.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12 Stars Naples Italian Restaurant, 1107 West North Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 9.8 mile drive from The Villages. 323-1616. (Italian) [L/D] On US 441 near the AAA Office. Open 11 AM to 10 PM, 7 days per week. Very popular establishment set back in a plaza, opened in 1996. Extensive selection of Italian favorites. Large portions from the all a-la-carte menu, especially the salads. Pizza and Calzones are popular including White Pizza running $8 to $15 depending on size and toppings. Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken or Veal Piccatta, Chicken or Veal Marsala, Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti Napoletana and Lasagna Florentine are just some of the items available generally ranging from $6 to $12 each. Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, Gnocchi and Ziti are some of the popular baked dishes at $9-11 each. Specialty entrées like Penne Pesce Pollo, Ziti D'Napoli, Veal Scaloppini Shrimp Scampi and Shrimp Pomodoro run $11 to $15 each. Hot and cold Subs are also offered. Beer & wine. Phone reservations accepted. Changed hands in June 2013. Saba Markeci, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/13) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 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 Mary H. 8/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Our first time here. We enjoyed our meals of Chicken Teresa -sauteed chicken breast/spinach, fresh mushrooms in a lemon butter sauce over linguine. ($15) and Eggplant Parmesan ($11). Dinners come with Soup or Salad. We chose their House Salad with their tasty house dressing, Creamy Italian. Waters were our beverages. Kaytlin served us well. Our bill came to $26. before t&t. The food here was fresh and delicious.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Lake View Hotel Dining Room (1925)
Home of the Annie Oakley Show during winters 1911-1914.
Main St. at Palmetto St., Leesburg, FL. (built in 1890, demolished in 1957)

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12½ Stars Napolino's Italian Cuisine, 9811 N. US Hwy. 301, Wildwood, FL. 9.5 mile drive from The Villages. 399-6825. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Formerly known as Chefs of Napoli III. Located in the Wildwood Oaks Business Center, at CR 124A, 2 miles south of CR466, next to Lucky U Cycles. Opened September 29, 2014. Open daily from 11 AM, Saturday and Sunday from 12 Noon. Closes at 9 PM or an hour later on weekends. Lunch menu ends at 3 PM sharp. A large restaurant taking up 3 suites of this new strip mall. Specializes in southern Italian dishes direct from Italy with a very wide selection, in a well decorated atmosphere and full linen service. The menu offers antipastos ranging from $7 for Bastoncini di Mozzarella, to Fried Calamari at $9, to Beef Carpaccio at $13. Large and small salads range $5-10 for small and $7-13 for large, like Arugula with Prosciutto. For dinner, pasta dishes start at $11 for Pasta and Sauce, to $13 for Fettuccine alla Carbonara, and to Fettuccine Gramigna at $18. Other items include Ravioli ($11), Baked Zitti ($12.50), Lasagna ($13), Eggplant Parmiagiana ($13), Gnocchi alla Sorrentino ($13), to the Napoli Trio ($16). Various Chicken dishes range $13-18, Veal dishes $16-22 and Seafood dishes $13-24 each. Specialties like Vitello Osso Buco or Linguine al Cartoccio run $32 each. Most meals come with a side, like a Pasta, Soup or side Salad. Three sizes of Pizza start at $7.50 for the 10", $10 for the 16" and $11 for the 18", while Specialty Pizzas range $9-22 depending on size and toppings. Lunch items include Heros ($7-9), Paninis ($8-9) and Focaccias ($5-7). Smaller portions of dinner entrées available at lunch for generally $4 less than evening prices. Cannoli, Cheese Cake, Tiramisu and everyone's favorite, Lemoncello Cake, for dessert range $4-6 each. Children's menu offered around $7. Reservations accepted and required for 8 or more. Full bar, including Italian imports. Franzia house wine runs about $5 per glass, as is Yago Sangria and a Lambrusco. Other selections like Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Merlot, Piot Noir and a Malbec run about $7/glass. A Chianti is offered at $7.50/glass. Bottled wines range $30-75 including many from Italy. Domestic beers are $4, while imports run about $5 each. Cocktails like a Martini run $8 each. There are Ports, Cognacs and of course, Lemoncello, after the meal as well. Lillian Casino, manager, Baldev and Sukhleen Virdi, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 10/14) 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 from Walter P. 10/14) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 10/14) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/14) 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 Kat R. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/14) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Larry W. 11/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 11/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon S. 11/14) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from James D. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ronald L. 7/15) Q=4 4=4 V=12 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Neal P. 3/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from MaryLou G. 7/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 7/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/16) Q=2 S=5 V=2 Total=9 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.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 2/17) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Eileen R. 2/18) Nine of us were seated in an alcove which was private and intimate. Our waitress, Kristi, while admitting that it was the end of a long day, was very efficient but sometimes a little too quick. I had the special, Veal and Shrimp Contessa, that was excellent and included a large Salad ($25). My husband, had the Shrimp Salad, which he thought was very good but could have had a little more to it ($14) and my sister, who was visiting from Ireland, is still talking about the good Shrimp Scampi ($19). My only negative is that Shrimp when served in a sauce should not still have the tails left on! Overall this was a very enjoyable evening and a great dining experience. Everyone enjoyed their meal and indicated they would be back.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) No crowd outside, so we stopped and got a table immediately as the parking lot was filling up fast on a Tuesday. I had 2 Manhattans ($6 each) and she had a Limoncello Martini ($8). She ordered the Chicken Balsamico ($19) and I had the Chicken Franchese ($18). She took home half. Daniela was our server, efficient but not the friendliest person. Both meals were very good and generous. Our total before t&t was $57. Long wait as we left. Busy place.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) Service was very good, food was very good, ambiance very good, awesome selection, wandering minstrel, reasonably priced, very busy. On Friday, reservations recommended, 2 major Entrées, 3 Wines was $74 + tip.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Great meal in a cozy alcove. Mid-week during COVID-19 and only 2 other couples in the restaurant at 5 PM. We had Francesco for our server. I had a Lemoncello Martini and he had a glass of Italian Red Wine. Both excellent. I had the Pistachio Crusted Salmon (wonderful) and he had Shrimp Franchese on Penne (also good). We also had Italian Bread and Caesar Salads. No desserts. The hot food took a while to come from the kitchen. The total with tax was $58.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/20) On an early Saturday evening, we joined our friends for Italian. We were lucky to get an alcove at 4 PM and Leah Laura was our server. We shared two bottles of Cline Lodi Zinfandel ($28 each). Excellent wine at a fair price. We each had a nice Caesar Salad and she had the Chicken Romagnola ($18) while I had my usual Veal Francese ($20). Both came with a Pasta side. We also shared one portion of Limoncello Cake ($8). Service was good and friendly. We enjoy it here. Not too crowded and masks were worn. With one bottle of wine our total was $74 before t&t. Excellent meals. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated NY Deli n' Diner, 3325 Hway 27/441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.4 mile drive from The Villages. 365-0051. (Deli) (Diner) [B/L] Located in the plaza where Pete's Diner did business. Hours are 7 AM to 2:30 PM, except closed Sundays. A taste of New York including its 5 boroughs. The place serves breakfast all day, but not dinner. For Sandwiches they have Turkey, Ham, Baked Ham and Salami, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Roast Beef, French Dip, Reuben, Bologna, Tuna, Chicken Salad, Egg Salad (all $7-9 each) and NY Sabrett® Hot Dogs ($2.50/$5). Add Fries for $2 extra. Dill Pickles, of course. They also make ½ lb. Burgers ranging $7-8 each. Large Salads are also available at about $8 each. Breakfast items run $2-7 each. A deli case is inside the restaurant. No bar. Robert Serrone, new owner.

Review: (from Robin S. 8/19) This restaurant is a taste of home. Today I had a wonderful Bacon and Cheese Omelet with Hash Browns. Nice with Cheese and a lot of Bacon throughout. Hash Browns were hot and tasty. Just love their breakfast but even more their Sandwiches at lunch! You can get a great meal for under $10. Today I spent $8.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated O'Calahan's Pub & Eatery, 3155 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-5458. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Located where Steak & Ale, then Bennigan's Grill & Tavern, then Tilted Kilt once did business. In fact it's virtually the same place, same owners, just different name, since January, 2019. No longer a franchise. Now more American Pub oriented. Very little suggests a true Irish Pub now. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. Appetizers range $5-9 each like Chili or a Bavarian Pretzel. Burgers range $10.50 to $15 like the Classic or the Ocala Burger. Sandwiches & Wraps run $11-12.50 each. Wings are about $12.50 for 10. Pizza runs $9-12.50. And main dishes like 9 Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Chicken Parmesan, Shepherd's Pie, Herb Crusted Fish and a 12 oz. NY Strip generally run $12 to $19.50. Desserts are about $7. Full bar. 28 Beers on tap. Monthly car show, weekly entertainment, weekly trivia, poker and bike nights here. David & Larry Stone and Larry Chauncey, still owners.



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Not Rated (The) Oaks (On 44), 50 Continental Blvd., Wildwood, FL. 12.1 mile drive from The Villages. 748-0050. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Used to be known as The Continental Country Club, it's now called The Oaks (On 44) Restaurant and Lounge. Located in the Continental Country Club 55+ Adult Community about 2.5 miles east of Brownwood on SR 44. This restaurant consists of a dining room and lounge. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily. Dining room closed on Monday bu the Lounge is open. Some shorter hours in summer. Winter hours start mid-October. Appetizers include Egg Rolls, Feta Bruschetta and a Crab Dip (all $9-10 each). They offer many Sandwiches all day like a Hot Dog, Monte Cristo, Shrimp Po Boy, Reuben, BLT, Burgers, French Dip, Patty Melt, Cheese Steak and a Maine Lobster Roll (all $8-18 each). Each is served with a side. A few Flat Breads are offered ($10-12 each). For dinner (after 4 PM) you'll find Croque Madame ($12), Kentucky Hot Brown ($12), Chicken Parmesan ($13), Meatloaf ($13), ½ Rack Baby Back Ribs ($14) and Lemon Crusted Grilled Salmon ($16). Desserts include Tiramisu and Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream ($7-8 each). Soups run $4/$6 or Chowder $5/$7. Salads include Turkey Waldorf Salad ($11), Summer Salad ($13), Steak Salad ($13) and Lobster Salad ($14). Fish Fry offered on Friday night, as all you can eat Tilapia ($13), plus Shrimp Platter ($15), Grilled or Fried Haddock ($15) or Grilled Salmon ($16). Sunday offers a Turkey Dinner ($14) all day. Tuesday Special is two for $25, Wednesday has $10 items and Thursday offers 10 oz. Prime Rib ($20). Full bar with Happy Hour on Monday through Wednesday 3 to 5 PM. Bar Bingo on Monday at 4 PM. NFL Ticket on Sundays. Wine List with limited selection. Entertainment on weekends. Open Thanksgiving Day, 1-6 PM by reservation. Check their website for special offerings. Reservations accepted by phone. Paulie Villareal, (formerly of the Rose Plantation) manager; Thomas Bartsch and 8 others, owners.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/20) Bad experience! Decorated nicely, linen table cloths BUT PAPER NAPKINS! One fork, one knife, used throughout the meal. Place was nearly deserted at 4:45 when we arrived for our reservation. Total chaos as to where to seat us. Party of 16 was to come in and there was MUCH discussion among staff as to where to seat us. Finally ushered to a far table. Service was spotty and surly at best. Side Salads came in an unmanageable saucer. Used tableware/dishes were not removed until the main course came. My "Fall Off The Bone" Ribs were overcooked and dried out. A Salmon plate was thin and overcooked. One person enjoyed the Croque Madame (Grilled Ham & Cheese), another said the Burger was "OK". Rolls were good. No attempt to ask for coffee or dessert order. The worst part was: The "party of 16" shows up (more like 30) and are seated next to us! There were plenty of desirable window tables, or tables away from the large party, where we could have been seated, but they were "reserved". We left at 6:15 and the tables were never used. Requested hostess, but she never showed up. Poor management and service here. Never again. Ours with ½ carafe of Merlot was $42.
Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars Video Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill (Lady Lake), 860 South US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 4.0 mile drive from The Villages. 751-5640. (Barbecue) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM, but until 7 PM on Sunday.Popular Sliced Barbeque Pork ($8), Baby Back Ribs ($9-15), Beef ($9), Chicken ($8) and Turkey ($9) dinners are the mainstays. Smoked Sausage ($9) also a specialty. All dinners include two sides and Garlic Toast. Also available are Oakwood Chicken Breasts ($10), 12 oz. New York Strip Steak ($17), Shrimp Platter ($11) and various Burgers ($6-7). Large Salads ($7) are offered for the less-carnivorous patrons. Beer & wine served. Now 3 locations in this area, originally started in Leesburg. Catering and takeout available. New locations open in Eustis and Clermont also, plus one coming to Wildwood (see below). Voted "Best of the Best" for Ribs and BBQ, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Ken Waddell general manager; Tom & Bailey Cardwell, owners.

Older Review: (from Martin G. 5/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/07) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 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 Jeanne B. 4/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 10/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rollin W. 8/12) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/13) 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.



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13 Stars Oakwood (Express) Smokehouse & Grill (Wildwood), 1210 N. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 461-0528. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened in mid-April, 2015 where T. Weston's and Buddy's did business for years. This is the 5th location in central Florida. Others are in Eustis and Clermont besides Lady Lake and Leesburg. Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM, except closed all day Sunday and Monday. Wine and beer licensed. Reduced menu from the other locations (see above). Featured BBQ Ribs and Pulled Pork. Shelby Smalt, manager here; Bailey Cardwell, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rollin W. 5/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Oasis Restaurant, 7651 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL. Closed during the pandemic and never reopened.



Ocala Ale House. Called Miller's Ale House (Ocala) (see that listing).


Ocala Wine Experience. Now called (The) Keep Downtown (see that listing).


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Long Gone - Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge & Restaurant (1955)
2280 S. Dixie Hwy, (US 27/301/441), Ocala, Florida.

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13½ Stars Ocean Buffet, 3425 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-789-6266. (Asian) (Buffet) [L/D] Open daily at 11 AM. Located where Bella Luna once operated, just east of I-75. Family operated with 40 years of restaurant experience. Opened in June, 2011. The Oriental Buffet boasts a large selection of a hundred or more items including Vegetables, Beef Filet, Chicken, Shrimp, Seafood, Noodles, and lots more. Sushi is also available. So are American items like Carved Roast Beef. Besides the large buffet, the restaurant also has a Hibachi Grill for Chinese style Bar-B-Que options. Crab Legs are avaialbe with an extra charge. Beer and wine available. Senior discount. Open Christmas Day to 10:30 PM. Another location is in Gainesville (6795 W. Newberry Rd.) Zhou Hua Zhu and Ling Zhu, owners here and at Edo Japanese Steakhouse (see that listing).

Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/19) Delicious food. Huge variety. Efficient service. Excellent price. Only $11.50 per person. Only problem is I tend to eat too much at a buffet. We each had Hot Chinese Tea (no charge). Our bill before tax & tip was $23. This place is a winner.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/19) We really like it here even though we are not fans of buffets. The variety seems endless. The staff is friendly and helpful. Tony got us our drinks. They also have Sushi and Stir Fry stations. Next time we'll do that. We love the traditional Asian items and the carve-your-own Roast Beef. Our total with one Beer, one Iced Tea, two Buffets was $29 with tax. Good meal and friendly atmosphere. Perfect when you're in a hurry or are very hungry.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars Free WiFi O'Keefe's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 115 S. Rockingham Ave., Tavares, FL. 21.2 mile drive from The Villages. 343-2157. (Irish) [L/D] Open 7 days a week from 11 AM to late. Located on Ruby Street at Rockingham, facing Wooton Park and Lake Dora. An eclectic collection of items are on the menu. Carpet Bagger Smoked Salmon ($15), Bangers and Mash ($15), Shepherd's Pie ($15), Fried Haddock ($16), Fried Shrimp ($17), Corned Beef and Cabbage ($17), O'Brien's Chicken ($18), Black Angus Chopped Sirloin ($19), Fried Seafood Combo ($20), 6 or 9 oz. Filet ($22/$29), London Broil ($22) and others lead off the choices. Pasta Primavera ($13) and Tuscany Shrimp Pasta ($19) bring a little of Italy to Ireland. Beef Stroganoff ($22) is also here. You can also find Black Angus Burgers ($10-15), Chicken Fingers, many Sandwiches, Wings and other ordinary pub fare here ranging $8 to $14. Fries, Potato Skins or Boxty Potatoes accompany most dishes. Packed on March 17th, as you might expect. Occasional entertainment. Large outside patio facing the lake is pet friendly for outdoor seating. In business over 25 years. A large collection of beer memorabilia and six packs fills the pub. Full bar with 9 brands of Irish Whiskies, 10 Scotch Whiskies and 2 Ports, plus over 100 brands of bottled beer from 30 different countries, as well as a dozen on draft that include Black & Tan, Guinness Stout, Harp, Smithwicks and Magner's Irish Cider among others. Their Mug Club boasts over 1700 members. Ronie McRee, chef; Jennifer and Andrew O'Keefe, owners since 1984. ###

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/10) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob L. 7/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/18) This is long time favorite restaurant of ours and this time was another very good experience. Seating was no problem and our waiter, Eli, took our drink order quickly. I ordered the O"Keefes Chicken and it was delicious. It is stuffed with Ham and Cheese and served with my favorite Boxty Potatoes. He had the London Broil and it was tender but only luke warm. We shared an appetizer of Almond Coated Duck with our friends and we all enjoyed this unusual dish. All of the other members of the group also enjoyed their meals. We all ordered the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and it was wonderful. I would certainly order that again. The total before t&t was $78. Seemed high and next time we will write down our items ordered.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/19) This IS a PUB! Very authentic, well decorated, pleasant atmosphere. Lunch at 2:30, there were few guests. Many Draft Beer offerings. She had the Corned Beef and Cabbage with Boxty Potatoes (a Deep Fried Mashed Potato)! Copious Corned Beef, plenty to take home for 1-2 meals. Thinly sliced and super tender. My Shepherds Pie was outstanding and worthy of an out box. Beers were good. Try the Cider. Total was $48. including tax. Nice lake view. Excellent service. Easy drive, worthy of return.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) Our car club came here for our annual Irish Night just before St. Patrick's Day. I had my usual, London Broil with Boxty Potatoes. She had Salmon which was a little over done for her. We shared a Caesar first. She had a Stout and I had a Cider. Don't like that the bill is not itemized. Our total was about $63 before t&t. We had Eli. Keep track of your costs as you order.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/20) Somewhat disappointed this visit. The beer that I like was no longer available. I had a Murphy's Stout which was good. He had a Hefe Weiss Wheat Beer. I ordered the Fish Fry with Boxty Potatoes and he ordered the Corned Beef and Cabbage with Boxty. We were very surprised to see the Corned Beef sliced very thin, like Deli Ham, on top of the Cabbage. Although the meal came out hot, the edges of the Corned Beef were already cool. The Corned Beef was not tender wither. Thus the reason for slicing it thin. They used to have regular thick cut Beef that melted in your mouth. Will not order this again. We noticed that their prices have gone way up too. You don't get an itemized bill, but with two meals, no salads and two beers, the total was $50 including tax. That was higher than we expected. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR COSTS AS YOU ORDER! We let Jennifer, our server, know about the Beef quality and relay it to the owners.
Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Que, 41100 SR 19, Umatilla, FL. 23.8 mile drive from The Villages. 669-3922. (Barbecue) [L/D] Located on Hwy. 19 (N. Central Ave.), 1 mile north of Umatilla and 1 mile south of Altoona. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, Wednesday through Saturday only. They offer barbecue items such as Beef, Pork, Turkey, Ham, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Sausage or combinations of those, ranging $8-10 per dinner, including two sides and Texas Toast. Sides include Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Mac 'n Cheese, Green Beans, Collard Greens and Applesauce. Baked Potatoes are favorites here at $2-3 each, depending on toppings. Sandwiches are also on the menu from $3 to $6 or add two sides to make a Platter at about $2 more. Brunswick Stew is popular at $4 per bowl. Specials offered on Wednesday night like, Pork Chops, Meatloaf, Fried Chicken or Country Fried Steak. Desserts are Peach Cobbler, Red Velvet Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, French Coconut Pie, Cherry Cheesecake, plus Ice Cream concoctions, all at $2-4 each. Kids meals, like Hot Dog or Grilled Cheese, also available. Many patrons take home Ribs sold by the pound. Outdoor seating available. No bar. Leora Locke and Robert and Patricia Williams, owners.



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12½ Stars Old Time Diner, 1350 W. North Blvd. (US 441), Leesburg, FL. 9.8 mile drive from The Villages. 805-4250. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Opened October 30, 2016. Located where Jeffrey Paul's Chophouse did business for a few years. It's just after the Leesburg Split on 441. Fresh interior is decked out in 50s black and while floor tile, neon tube trim, posters, tables and chairs as well as a soda fountain counter. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, daily. Offers the typical roadside diner food like, Burgers (their specialty), Fries, Heros, Wings, Meatloaf, Country Fried Steak, Fried Shrimp, Fried Catfish, Fried Clam Strips, Fried Haddock, Broiled Salmon, Chopped Steak, Roast Beef, Liver and Onions, Chicken Parm., Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Grilled Steak 'n Shrimp Sub, Chicken Tenders and Baltimore Crab Cakes, to name a few. Desserts, Ice Cream and Milk Shakes are also available. Breakfast items are the usual American fare of Eggs, Pancakes and French Toast. Lunch features Sandwiches, Salads and Soups. Now beer and wine licensed. Open on Thanksgiving Day 7 AM to 9 PM for their regular Turkey Dinner at $12. Donna Ahmed, owner.

Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 5/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) There were 4 of us. Good service, good food. She liked her Wet Wings and Side Salad. My Crab Cakes were huge and packed with real Crab meat. Best ever in the area. With Baked Potato, Garden Salad, 2 Beers and Wings, the total was $35. Took home lots. Friends had Burger and Fried Fish; both were good.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Olive Branch (Mediterranean-Italian) Grille & Bar, 115 W. 3rd Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 729-6734. (Greek) (Italian) [L/D] At the corner of W. 3rd. Ave. and Alexander St. near the railroad tracks, this fine dining restaurant takes over the space vacated by Merrill's Market. Opened late December, 2015. Hours are 11:30 AM to 9 PM, but closed all day Tuesday. It has a vast, mostly Italian, menu selection with a few Greek twists served with linen tablecloths but paper napkins in a comfortable and attractive dining room and patio. Start with Fried Mozzarella ($10), Mussels di Napoli ($11), Eggplant Rollatini ($13), Mozzarella & Tomatoes ($13), Fried Calamari ($12), Mediterranean Meze (Greek Spinach Pie) ($13) or a Shrimp Cocktail ($15). The Soup of the Day can be had by the cup or bowl ($5/$7). Pasta meals include Pasta Broccoli ($19), Pasta Primavera ($20), Spaghetti and Meatballs ($16), Fettuccine Alfredo ($21), Penne Pesto ($19), Linguine with Clam Sauce ($19), Eggplant Parmigiana ($18), Baked Ziti ($18), Lasagna ($18), Penne alla Vodka ($19), Rigatoni Carbonara ($21), Penne Amatriciana ($20), Tortellini ($19), Fettuccine Cesare ($23), Shrimp Pesto ($18) and Penne Terra e Mare ($31). Some you can add Chicken to at $3 extra or Shrimp to at $6 extra. Chicken entrées include Chicken Piccata on Rice ($23), Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta ($22), Chicken Broccoli Francaise on Rice ($24) and Chicken Marsala with Pasta ($24). For seafood entrées they offer Shrimp (6) Scampi ($29), Shrimp & Scallop Pesto ($30), Seafood Fra Diavlo ($31), 8 oz. Poached Salmon ($28), Fish Florentine ($30) and Mediterranean Seafood Combo ($30). Carne entrées offered are Veal Parmigiana ($25), Veal Broccoli Francaise ($27), Veal Marsala ($27), Pork Chops ($26), Lamb Chops ($40), 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($39), 16 oz. New York Strip ($37), 16 oz. Romanian Skirt Steak ($37), Osso Bucco ($38), 16 oz. Porterhouse Steak ($39) and a Surf and Turf (Skirt Steak & Lobster Tail) ($40). Most come with Vegetable, Potatoes, Rice or Pasta. All dinner dishes come with a Mediterranen, House or Caesar Salad. An array of desserts include Gelato, Sorbet, Rice Pudding, Chocolate Lava Cake, Chocolate Ribbon, Cappuccino Chocolate Mousse, Apple Tart, Berry Tart, Cannolis, Tiramisu, Greek Yogurt Cheesecake and Baklava (all $5-9 each). Lunch items, before 4 PM, are similar smaller portions but also adds Lasagna ($11), Spinach Pie ($11), Pizzas or Wraps ($11-13), Burgers ($12-13) and a Gyro ($13). Kids menu available. Full bar service now with Happy Hour 5-7 PM, except weekends. A large Wine List of mostly California and European productions has Whites by the glass ($8-12), with a few offered by ½ carafe ($16-24); and Reds by the glass ($8-14), with a few offered by ½ carafe ($16-22). By the bottle, Whites run $32-65 and Reds $32-125. As an example Castle Rock, Sonoma, Pinot Noir is $8/glass, $18/½C and $32/bottle. The well-known K-J Vintners Reserve Chardonnay is $8/glass, $20/½C and $36/bottle. "The Dom" runs $250/bottle. $20 corkage fee for your own wine. You can find Italian and domestic beers, as well as Efe from Turkey. Espresso, Cappuccino or Balkan Coffee range $2-4 each. Music outdoors on weekends (weather permitting). 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Outdoor seating available. Reservations gladly accepted. Shaqet (Jerry), chef and Karen Vejseli of Long Island, owners. ####

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

Review: (from Mike P. 9/18) Great dining experience. $3 Happy Hour Wine was surprisingly good. Manhattan Clam Chowder and Salad were very good. Chicken Franchise was melt in your mouth. Lasagna was very good, as was the Veal Piccata. What made the dining experience special was Juan Ramirez the waiter. If we asked his opinion on something he brought samples to try. He was very informed on all the menu items and was side splitting funny. Portions are very large and they have no problem with sharing and he advised us to do just that. Many places are very touristy in Mt. Dora, and this was not. We averaged about $65 a couple including tax and tip.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/18) We were between lunch and dinner at 3:30 PM on a Monday. We were offered the Lunch Menu which suited us fine. We could choose our own table (away from family and kids). The owner came by and greeted us. They always have specials to choose from. They sounded great. We ordered a ½ carafe of Tortoise Creek Red Zin ($20). It was a full 4 glasses instead of 3. She had the Soup of the Day (Potato/Leek) and the Mediterranean Omelette with Fries ($11). I had the Tortellini Bolognese ($12). Large portions, like dinner, but with reduced prices. We could not finish it all. Everything served hot. Excellent flavors. Rebecca was our friendly waitress. Nice clean full white linens, even at lunch. We enjoy this place. Total was $43 including the wine. We'll come back more often.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 11/18) Our Gourmet Club Dine-Out Group met at 6 PM and my husband and I had a glass of wine ($3 each). We have a great group and Candice, our server, waited until everyone was there to explain the specials. She also brought us Bread and Oil & Vinegar, which was great. My husband had the Veal Picata which he said was excellent ($25). It came with Pasta and a Salad. I ordered the Chicken Marsala which was also excellent but a ;arge portion ($23) and it also came with Pasta and a Salad too. My husband had a cup of Coffee ($2.50) with a piece of Key Lime Pie ($8) and it was very good (I tasted it). Our total bill before t&t was $64.50.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 11/18) As I say before I go there for food, not for ambience or service. Though I must say the server, Candice, was efficient and pleasant. The ambience was nice too, except for the loud live band. We couldn’t carry on a decent conversation. We went with our Gourmet Group. I ordered Tortellini with special Alfredo Sauce. I thought there might be ground beef or something inside but the Tortellini looked more like Orecchiette. Brought home half and added ground beef for next day lunch and it became much better. A friend ordered Mussels but the meat was so puny not like the ones I had in Brussels. Limoncello Mascarpone was not so sweet and was quite good. Total bill without drinks came to $49.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/19) We had dinner here on New Years Eve. Reduced Holiday Menu tonight. Candice was our server. Not as good as we remember. Now paper napkins. We both had the Petitie Filet Mignon ($29 ea.). They were good but not great. We also had a bottle of Tortoise Creek Zinfandel ($36). It was drinkable, not great. Total was $94 before t&t. Was not that crowded.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Drove down to Mount Dora on a Sunday afternoon. Candice was our familiar server. We had a glass of Zin and a Bourbon Manhattan. I had Pesto Pasta which was wonderful and I took home half. He had Chicken Francaise on Rice. It was excellent and Lemony. We split the Lemoncello Cake. Our total was about $74 before t&t. Only one other customer at another table but it was early, about 5 PM when we left. We like the full linen service here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Villa Dora Hotel & Dining Room (1941)
Run by Fred and Jennie Graves from 1925, then Carl and Helen Graves, until 1968.
601 N. McDonald Street between W. 6th & 7th Avenues, Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (Leesburg), 10026 US 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.1 mile drive from The Villages. 365-0085. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Billed as a "Tour of Italy", this popular chain serves up "Cucina Classica" recipes such as Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Linguine alla Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo and Capellini Pomodora. Also offered are Pork Filettino, Chianti Braised Short Ribs and a Mixed Grill as well as Venitian Apricot Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Entrées range from $10 to $20 each. Bread Sticks are popular. Italian and traditional desserts are on the menu also. Gluten free information available on their website. 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. Full bar. Over 600 locations operate as a division of Darden Restaurants of Orlando. Another location is open in The Villages (see that listing).



(The) Original Anthony's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant in Silver Springs. See Silver Springs Pizza (that listing).


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8½ Stars Calorie Count (The) Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. (Lady Lake), 514 N. US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.2 mile drive from The Villages. 674-9000. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L] Open 6AM to only 4PM daily. Located in the Village Crossroads Plaza, across from Sam's Club. This plaza is not golf cart accessible from The Villages. Opened July 26, 2011. It's the water that makes the best bagel, they say. This new eatery offers about 18 varieties of authentic Brooklyn Bagels. Take home Bagels are $12/dozen. Breakfast items include 3-egg Omelets and Egg Sandwiches ($4-7), Muffins ($3) and of course Brooklyn Style Bagels. Lunch items include Wraps ($8), Salads ($8-10), Bagel Sandwiches ($7-9), Melted Sandwiches on Bagels ($8-9), Pizza Bagels ($5-7), Soft Drinks, New York Iced Coffee and Brooklyn Fox's U-Bet™ Egg Creams. Voted 2013 "Best Affordable Dish" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Coupons appear in Thursday's Daily Sun. One of about 12 franchised locations out of Boca Raton, FL.; Steven Fassberg, founder; Larry King, of TV Talk Show fame, financially involved.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/12) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.



Orlando & Northwestern Railway. See The Royal Palm Railway Experience (that listing).


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Not Rated Osaka Japanese Steakhouse, 1401 Citrus Blvd. (US 27/441), Leesburg, FL. 8.9 mile drive from The Villages. 728-0788. (Asian) [L/D] Open 7 days per week, with lunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM then dinner from 4:30 PM to 9 PM except no lunch hours on Saturday. Early Bird Dinners run 4:30 PM to 6 PM. Steak, chicken and shrimp cooked by knife throwing chefs. No MSG used. Soups and rice accompany most dinners. Beer & wine. Chi Ly and Hoa Nen, owners.



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airTran Airways - Go. There's nothing stopping you.
Based in Orlando, FL. started as Value Jet, bought out by Southwest Airlines.
Ended service as airTran in 2014 after 21 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Orlando and Tampa, Florida.

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12½ Stars O'Shucks! Oyster Bar and Grill, 1016 S. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 13.8 mile drive from The Villages. 399-2200. (Seafood) [L/D] Located on the east side of US 301, just 500 feet south of SR 44. Formerly The Yacht Club Bar and Grill, it serves all kinds of oysters and other shellfish. Open 11 AM to 9 PM except to 8 PM on Sunday but to 11 PM on weekends. It's a "dive", but in a good way. On the slick laminated menu you can find appetizers like Fried Pickles ($7), everyone's favorite Fried Gizzards ($8), Fried Mushrooms ($8), Chicken Tenders ($8), Onion Rings ($8), Loaded Nachos ($9), Chicken Quesadilla ($10), and many others. Side Salads run $4 and a Tuna Salad Plate is $8. Clam Chowder or Chili Bowl are $6 each. There are full dinners such as Chopped Steak ($11), Grilled Chicken ($11), Chicken Tenders ($11), Fried Haddock ($13), Jumbo Clam Strips ($13), Fried Shrimp ($14) and Fried Oysters ($16) with sauces. These come with two sides that might include Fries, Mashed or Baked Potato, Slaw, Green Beans, Corn or Carrots & Celery. Chicken Wings (with 9 Sauces) are popular here and they run $5.50/5, $8.50/10, $12.50/15, $16.50/20, $24.50/30 or $39.50/50. On Tuesday, Wings are $11/person for A-U-C-E. Various Cheeseburgers ($8-13) are popular at lunch hour, as are ¼ lb. Hot Dog ($6) and a dozen different Sandwiches from Grilled Cheese ($6), to a 12 inch Philly Cheese Steak ($12), make the list. But most patrons come for the Raw or Steamed Oysters by the half or full dozen or bucket full ($8/$12/$29). Popular enough to keep a shucker busy behind the bar most evenings. Steamed Clams are the same price. Steamed, Cooked/Chilled or Grilled Shrimp by half or full pound is $11/$19. Beer on draft, mug or pitcher, plus Wine and Wine Coolers are offered here too. Soft Drinks are $2 with free refills. Desserts are all $4 each. Oh Shucks!, kids menu too. Annie Noell, owner.

Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 9/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Christine H. 4/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars Oyster Troff, 936 North Bay St., Eustis, FL. 24.6 mile drive from The Villages. 357-9939. (Seafood) [L/D] Open weekdays from 3-9 PM, Saturday from 11:30 AM and Sunday from Noon. In business since July, 1998. They bill themselves as "Lake County's Largest Oyster Bar". Their specialty? Oysters of course! Sold by the ½ Dozen, Full Dozen and Bucket ($5/$9/$25). They also have Peel and Eat Shrimp at ½ Dozen and Full Pound ($8/$14). Pound of Steamed Mussels, Plain or Sautéed in Butter ($8/$9) and a dozen Steamed Clams ($8/Middle, $9/Topneck, $10/Cherry Stone) are also available. Oysters Rockefeller ($8) is very popular here, so is Stuffed Oysters ($8) and Triple Cheese Oysters ($8). Shrimp Scampi ($12), Seafood Combo ($15) and even Live Lobster (Mkt. Price) can be found. White Fish ($10), Popcorn Shrimp ($10), Clam Strips ($12), Fried or Broiled Shrimp ($13), Maryland Crab Cakes ($13), Coconut Shrimp ($14), Fried or Broiled Sea Scallops ($14), Yellow Fin Tuna ($14), Mahi-Mahi ($14), Fried Oysters ($14), Maine Lobster Tail ($15) and Alaskan Snow Crab ($19) are offered too. Hungry guests can order their Seafood Platter Assortment at $19 for one person or $35 to share for two people. ½ Pound Burger ($6), Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($7), Philly Cheese Steak ($8), White Fish Sandwich ($8), Po Boy Sandwich ($9), Crab Cake Sandwich ($10), Ranch Steak ($11) and other food offered also. Sides of Hushpuppies, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Garlic Toast and Corn on the Cob run $1-2 each. Noted too for their Smoked Fish Dip ($6), Frog Legs ($7), Buffalo Shrimp ($7), Wings ($8/10, $15/20, $33/50), Oyster Chowder ($2-3) and Cioppino ($4-9). Popular with the locals. Daily specials published on their Facebook page, like Friday's AUCE Mahi-Mahi at $11, for instance. Full bar. They offer draft and bottled beer, as well as Oyster Bay Wines (of course!) from New Zealand at $6-7/glass or $18-21/bottle. Stephanie and Chester Pando of Grand Island, owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 10/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 11/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/19) Having been there before, I was disappointed in several things. 8 of us in our Dine Out Team were in the "Back Bar" which is away from the other 2 bars facing the street. Cavernous and extremely noisy due to reflective stucco walls. Cooler than the rest of the restaurant. Ladies toilet overflowed on to the floor. Service was slow and inconsistent from Tracy. Getting orders mixed up and meals arriving far apart within our group. I never did get my Peel & Eat Shrimp! Everyone was done eating, so I cancelled my order. No explanation from Tracy, no apology, obviously forgot to place my order. Oysters from Louisiana were shucked, out of sight and brought to the table on ice, however, they lacked the salty taste that should come with them. They must have "rinsed them off" with fresh water to get rid of the shell fragments. They were, however, large and tasty. If you like Oysters, go to the two other oyster bars, where they are shucked and served in front of you, preserving the "sea taste". Others were happy with their fish, Stuffed Baked Oysters and sides. Jalapeno Hushpuppies were excellent. Large selection of IPA's on tap. Our bill with 3 Beers, Roasted Oyster Combo, a dozen Oysters (and no Shrimp) was $37. There are Oyster places closer and with Oysters as good. I may come back, but with fewer people and would sit at the bar to watch the shucking.
Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Palm Gardens Restaurant, 1661 Palm Garden St., Tavares, FL. 17.9 mile drive from The Villages. 343-2024. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Located off W. Burleigh Blvd. (US 441); turn left opposite Hurricane Dockside Grill. Once a fish camp, now more marina but still in the "Dive Bar" category. Been hiding here a very long time. Open 11 AM to 8 PM every day, 'till 9 PM on weekends. Diningroom overlooks the Dead River. For lunch or dinner you can find Grilled Cheese ($5), various Hot Dogs ($5), BLT ($6), BBQ Pork ($7.50), Burgers (from $8.50), Patty Melts ($9.50), Wings (from $10), Corned Beef ($9) or Reuben ($11) Sandwiches, Philly Cheesesteaks ($11) and the like. From the water, you will see Catfish ($11), Clam Strip ($10) or Shrimp ($12) Baskets, Basa Fillet ($15) and Shrimp Po Boys ($10). There's also a popular Raw Bar with Oysters and Clams ($MP). They also have Swamp Salads (from $5), Gator Bites ($10), Mahi & Wahoo Fish Dip ($7), Chicken Fingers ($8), Fried Mushrooms ($8), Cheese Sticks ($7), Fries ($3-5), Onion Rings ($8) and even a Sampler Plate ($11) of those. Mom's Chili ($3-5) is also featured. Wednesday Special after 5 PM is Rib Eye Steak Dinner ($15) or Chicken Dinner ($9), both with two sides. Beer and Wine licensed with draught and bottled brews and coolers plus some wine. $1 Off Happy Hour weekdays 3-7 PM (except Wednesday Special Night). Lots of outdoor seating available. Kids menu. Parties of 6 or more, 18% gratuity added. Albert and Keith Buse, owners.



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13 Stars Video Free WiFi Pasta Faire Ristorante, 10401 US 27/441, Belleview, FL. 11.9 mile drive from The Villages. 347-3100. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily. Lunch and dinner specials daily. In business since 1991 offering classic Italian dishes, Wood Burning Brick Oven Pizzas, but known more for their Roast Rotisserie Chicken than for their pasta dishes by some patrons. Pollo Marsala, Pesce Fresco, Penne Louisiana, Veal Parmigiana, Cannelloni, Baked Stuffed Shells, Classic Lasagna and the popular Trio Italiano are some of the dishes offered here at about $9 to $13. Various Pizzas range from $10 to $17. Steaks and other grilled meat are also available ranging from $12 to $18. Pecan Crusted Salmon and Cajun Tilapia are two of their seafood dishes at $15-16. Whole Roast Chicken is $9 to $12 with 1 to 3 side dishes. Soup and a variety of salads are also on the menu. Daily specials offered at the door or ask your server. Weekly specials offered like Italian Feast For Two on Sundays at $19.45, All-You-Can-Eat Chicken on Mondays for $7, Seafood Fest Extravaganza on Tuesdays for $10 or All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti on Thursdays for $6 are sometimes offered. 20% gratuity added on parties of 6 or more. $10 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day from 11 AM to 7 PM. Offers a traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Xmas Eve, at $17pp/$30/pc. Full bar. Happy Hour 11 AM to 6 PM except Sunday. Brandon Magnuson, general manager; Kathy Funk Thorpe, owner.

Older Review: (from Andrea G. 5/08) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 10/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/08) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 8/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 7/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry R. 2/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/13) Q=5 S=1 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cyndee B. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/18) Some restaurants always deliver good food and good service at a reasonable price. This is one of those. I had the Salmon Pomodoro which was delicious. The Salmon was cooked perfectly and the sauce enhanced the flavor. He had Vitello Ala Vodka which was also delicious. Our server, Amanda, was friendly and knowledgeable. The cost, before t&t, and with 2 drinks was $47.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) This is our go-to place when we are up in this neighborhood. She had Soup and the Special Greek Caprese Salad (with Shrimp). I had a Caesar Salad, the Half Roast Chicken and Mashed Potatoes. Nothing fancy but good food. She liked her Shrimp over Caprese very much. I liked the Chicken. Emily was our server. Total with a Lemon Drop Martini, a Faire Sangria and two meals was $44 before t&t. The kitchen is fast.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Stuckey's (1953)
US 27/441, Belleview, Florida.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Peach Valley Café (Mount Dora), 18935 US 441, Mount Dora, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. . (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opening in early 2021. Located on US 441, in the Loch Leven Landing Shopping Plaza, just one block east of N. Donnelly St. (SR 44) in a building once occupied by a Bob Evans Restaurant. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM, except weekends to 3:30 PM. They offer many Egg dishes (from $5), Benedicts ($9-10) and Omelets ($7-9). Quiche of the Day is $9. A Breakfast Wrap runs $5 and a Café Croissant is $7.50. Specials include Buttermilk Pancakes ($4-5), Belgian Waffle ($6), French Toast ($6), Stuffed French Toast ($6-10.50) and specialties like Biscuits and Sausage Gravy ($5) and Smoked Salmon and Bagel ($8). Lunch adds a daily soup ($3-4), salads that range $4-9.50 each, sandwiches like Philly Cheese Steak ($9), Patty Melt ($8.50), French Dip ($9.50), Fish Sandwich ($10) and a Half Pond Burger ($8). Wraps are also on the menu at $9 each. Classics like Chicken Pot Pie ($9), Blackened Chicken Pasta ($10) and Shrimp & Grits ($11) are featured. Desserts include Gourmet Cookies, Chocolate Brownie Sundae and, of course, Peach Cobbler. Mimosas, Sangrias and Bloody Mary type beverages available from a full bar with limited selections. One of a half dozen locations in central Florida, owned by the Stonewood Grill & Tavern chain of restaurants. Another one may be planned for The Villages eventually.



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11 Stars Phở Sài Gòn, 11701 US 301, Oxford, FL. 7.4 mile drive from The Villages. 492-9423. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in early April, 2019. Located at the SE corner of CR 466 and US 301, in Oxford, across from Jennings Citrus, where C & K Country Kitchen did business. A 2,000 sq. ft. Vietnamese restaurant, with interesting murals, serving traditional Viet dishes like Phở. Access is from CR 106, Oxford's "Main Street" (NOT accessible by golf cart from The Villages). For appetizers they offer Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, Pork Rolls, Vegetarian Rolls and Wonton Soup (all $4 each). For Noodle (Rice, Egg or Clear) Soup dishes they have Chicken Breast, Pork, Shrimp and Vegetable with Tofu (all $12 each and Combos at $13 and $15). For Phở dishes made with Beef Broth and Noodles they have Vegetable, Chicken, Meat Balls, Steak, Brisket and various Combos ranging $11-13 each. Fried Rice dishes range $11-13 each. Steamed Rice Platters of Chicken, Beef, Pork, Shrimp or Combos range $11-14 each. Bun dishes (Rice Vermicelli) are similar and run $11-14 also. Plus you can order Mi Xao dishes (Fry Noodles) with items like Shrimp, Squid, Scallops, Vegetables and other Combos ranging $14-16 each. They also offer Viet Espresso ($4), Lemonade ($3), Tea ($2), Soft Drinks ($2) plus a variety of imported Beers and Wines ($3.50-5.00). $5 Sharing Fee. Reservations accepted for large parties. Bryan Hoang, owner here and at Infinity Nails and Spa next door.

Review: (from Sherrie K. 4/19) Excellent service, presentation and taste! I had Bun Tom Nuong Thit Nuong which was Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Shrimp and Charbroiled Pork topped with pieces of delicious Egg Rolls. The Shrimp were tastefully seasoned and the bowl also consisted of Lettuce and Cucumbers. My friend had the same. The restaurant is small but tastefully decorated. All meals are made to order so the servers let you know you food may take up to 15 minutes to prepare. Cost per person was approximately $15 with tax and tip.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jackie N. 4/19) Our dinner at Pho Sai Gon started with the 2 piece appetizer Goi Cuon which consists of Chicken, Shrimp and Vegetables wrapped in a soft rice paper which you can dip in a Peanut Sauce. You can get a similar dish with Pork or just Vegetables. We shared the huge bowl of the Beef Noodle Soup, Pho Tai - Rice Noodles, Vegetables and slices of medium rare Steak. There are 10 Pho Soups to choose from on their menu. We shared Bun Tom Nuong Thit Nuong, a Rice Vermicelli with grilled Shrimp and charbroiled Pork. There are 8 Rice Vermicelli dishes to choose from. At this time there are no desserts offered. We enjoyed all three dishes. We didn't have any drinks but they do have a small Beer and Wine menu. The bill was $29 before t&t. The décor consists of murals of a city scene and country scene of Vietnam and some Vietnamese décor. Our server, Devin, was very attentive though he was very busy. Happy to have a Vietnamese restaurant near The Villages for when I need my "Pho Fix".
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/19) There are no frills at this restaurant. It has a very stark atmosphere. We were seated quickly as it was half empty. Our server, Spencer, arrived promptly but he was certainly not attentive for the rest of the evening. He had to return 3 times for one person's beer order and he confused our meal orders. I had B1 Shrimp Bun Special with Rice Vermicelli ($14) and it was quite good. It comes on a very large plate with greens, vegetables, shrimp, rice noodles and sauce and you mix it. Frankly it had little flavor until I added Hoisin Sauce. My partner's meal was just adequate, B5 Bun Tom Nuong ($12). Our friends, however, really enjoyed their meals. The total before t&t was $33 with a Tea and a Beer.
Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sandy R. 7/19) We had BUN TOM Nuong ($12). The food was delicious, very well seasoned. The décor is casual, OK. Service was pleasant by Vanessa. The meals were all served at different times so that some of us finished our meal before others were served. I did not order a beverage other than water.
Q=5 S=1 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Phở Village (Vietnamese Kitchen), 17860 SE 109th Ave., Suite #600, Summerfield, FL. 2.0 mile drive from The Villages. 203-3796. (Asian) [L/D] Opened August 15, 2020. Despite its name, it's not in The Villages. Located at The Terrace Shoppes (Spruce Creek Shopping) off US 27/441, behind McDonalds, at the south end of the building. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except Sunday. It offers traditional Phở Noodle and other Viet dishes. Start with appetizers like Summer or Spring Rolls ($3-4/pair) or a half dozen Chicken Wings ($6) or Pork Chicken or Beef Bao ($6 each). Fried Tofu ($5) and Grilled Chicken Skewers ($6) are also on the menu. Noodle dishes include Phở Bo Vien [Beef Meatballs], Phở Tai [Tenderloin], Phở Nam [Brisket], Phở Dac Biet, Phở Ga [Chicken] all range $9-11 each. Bun Cha Gio [Spring Rolls], Bun Thit Nuong [Grilled Pork], Bun Tom Nuong [Shrimp], or Bun Tofu, all range $9=11 each also. Com [Rice] dishes include Com Suong Nuong [Pork Chops], and Fried Rice Vegetarian dishes, all range $8-11 each. Dessert items include Flan, Fried Banana with Ice Cream and Sticky Rice with Mango (all $4-6 each). No bar. Reservations accepted for large parties. Tri Tran and Ana Ramiscal, owners.



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12 Stars Video Pi On Broadway 110 SW Broadway St., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-369-5100. (Brew Pub) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11 AM to Midnight; but from 4 PM on Tuesdays and Sundays; until 2 AM on weekends, except 10 PM on Sundays; closed Mondays and Holidays. In summer open only for dinner starting at 4 PM. Located at the corner of 1st Ave., one block west of the square in downtown Ocala. Pizza and beer was never like this. A unique selection of pizzas, like Sonora (with refried black beans), Tuscan (with goat cheese and arugala), Lana'l (with pork and pineapple) and Genovese (with chicken, prosciutto and pesto) are all $12 each. Others. like Creole Pi and Quatro Fromage, run to $14 each. Or you can create your own from the list of a dozen ingredients. Salads offered include Spinach (with gorgonzola, pear and walnuts), Greek (with feta, shaved ham and pepperoncini), Caprese (mozzarella and tomato) and Caesar (with romaine, parmesan and seasoned croutons), all $8-9 each. Sandwiches are also on the menu beginning with a Veggie Burger, California BLT, BBQ Pulled Pork, Jerk Mahi and Pork Shoulder and a few others from $9-12. Appetizers and tapas are also available including Tomato Basil Bruschetta, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tomato Goat Cheese Dip, Chorizo, Tuna Crudo, Hummus, Guacamole and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, all about $6-12 each. Various Tacos are also offered at $7-9 each and a Create-Your-Own Burger starts at $10. Sunday Brunch Specials like Chicken 'n Waffles Benedict and Chalupa-Cabra run $8-12 each. Different specials daily. The restaurant also offers a broad selection of micro brews and craft beers, select premium wines, sangria, as well as martinis and specialty cocktails concocted at the two full bars. Happy Hour is 2-7 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The rooftop open-air terrace is unique, giving an elevated view of the city. Adam Volpe, chef and Juan Bengoa owners.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/09) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/19) Looking for a quick meal before the show, our friends and us picked Pi. My better half had a Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro ($5.50) to start and I had the Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat Beer ($5.50). Both were excellent. Lacy was our server. She put our orders in right away, being a little pressed for time. She also had the Brussels Sprouts ($8) appetizer with the Mac 'n Cheese appetizer ($9). I had the Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich ($12). Everything was delicious. Our friends enjoyed their Pizza and Sandwich and took half home.Total before t&t was $40.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Hotel Hoffman (1920s)
E. Broadway, Ocala, Florida.

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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Free WiFi Pie-O-Mine & Greens (Ocala), 4414 SW College Rd. Suite 316, Ocala, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-369-0369. (Pizza) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened April, 2019. Located in the Market Street at Heathbook Shopping Plaza, near Talbots. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 8 PM on Sunday. It's a combined Pizza Parlor and Salad Bar. Walls are adorned with "Vegetable Puns". Order at the counter. You can start with a basic Cheese Pizza Small or Large ($7.50/$13) or the Classic ($8/$15) or a Margherita ($8/$15), or White, or Booming Buffalo, or BBQ Chicken, a la Vodka, Spinach & Artichoke, or Greek, or Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli, or Chicken Alfredo, or Pesto Chicken, or Pepper Supreme, or Veggie, all $9/$17 each, or Meat Lovers, or Cajun Shrimp, or Spicy Shrimp Scampi, all $10/$17 each. And you can create your own with many toppings. Salads are popular, like Caesar ($6/$8), or Chef, or Kale, or Field of Greens, or Greek, or Fruity Rudy, all $7/$9, or El Pablo ($8/$10), or Cali, or Southwestern, or Chicken Bacon Ranch, or Strawberry Fields, all $9/$11, or a Cobb Salad ($10/$12). They now have Wraps too ($7 each). Specials before 3 PM. No bar. One of just 6 locations of this chain based in western New York near Buffalo. Todd Sugarman, franchisee here.



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Not Rated Video Gluten Free Menu Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza (Pints and Pies), 2575 SW 42nd St., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-6000. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened April 10, 2017. It's Piesanos, not Piesano's. At the corner of SW 42nd St. and SW 27th Ave. in the Publix Shopping Plaza, across from Trinity High School. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM or later on Fridays. 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. Full bar with cocktails and draft beers. Gluten free items, including G/F Beer, are available. Lunch and dinner specials at reduced prices offered during the week. Run as a small franchise out of Gainesville, FL; this one owned by Gerald and Sabrina Roberts.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/19) We like Piesanos in The Villages but they are very crowded there. We were in Ocala, so we stopped here for dinner. Same layout, only reversed, as The Villages location. Had a booth near the bar. Restaurant half full on a Saturday at 5 PM. Kevin was our very attentive server. She had a Peach Tree Martini ($8) and I had a Red Sangria ($8), both were good. Rolls are wonderful, very doughy. She had the Mediterranean Pasta ($13) and I had the Lasagna Bolognase ($14) with a side Caesar ($4). Generous portions here. All items came out fast and were tasty. We had to take home half. Total was $48 before t&t. Out of the way location now in my GPS. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Pint Sized Pub, 110 S 5th St., Leesburg, FL. 10.8 mile drive from The Villages. 460-0383. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Located where Sumo Samurai Sushi did business for a year, on S. 5th just off Main St. Opened in May, 2019. Hours start at 11 AM daily. Closes at midnight, except weekends to 1 AM and closed all day Sunday. A small narrow tavern where you eat and drink at the long bar. Besides lots of beer (and cider and wine), they have pub fare like Pulled Pork Quesadilla, Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese, Cuban Sandwich, Chicken Quesadilla, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Raspberry & Brie Grilled Cheese, Club Sandwich, Tuscan Chicken Melt, Hot Ham & Swiss, Italian Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork and something called "The Angry Bird" (Smoked Turkey and Pepper Jack Cheese), all ranging $9.50-10.50. Alberto Cisneros ("A.C."), owner here and at Brick & Barrel Public House (see that listing).



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Not Rated Free WiFi Pirats Oasis (Bar & Grill), 19240 SE. Hwy. 42, Weirsdale, FL. 10.0 mile drive from The Villages. 821-0779. (American) (Seafood) [B/L] Formerly Blue Heron Cove Bar & Grill, now it's "Pie-Rats" Oasis. Located at the top end of Lake Griffin, off SR 42, near SE 190th Avenue Rd. just before the Oklawaha River crossing, not far from Nelson's. Open daily 10 AM to 10 PM. Fish Camp, Bait Shack, Seaplane Dock, Airboat Launch, Campground, Beer Joint, Biker Bar and mini-Zoo all rolled into one. Something skeletal about this place, draws regulars from the forest. Indoor-outdoor hangout serving cold beer and hot food. Have a beer for your appetizer. You can find dishes like this: Grilled Cheese ($4.50), Steak Philly ($9.50), Shrimp Basket ($7.50), Peel and Eat Shrimp ($7/½lb or $12/1lb.), Shrimp 'n Grits ($9.50), Catfish Dinner ($11), Sloppy Joe ($6.50), Dozen Oysters ($11), Seafood Boil ($11), Fried Cod Basket ($8), Spaghetti Dinner ($6.50), Chef Salad ($8), Gilled Chicken Salad ($7.50), Oasis Salad ($9.50), Buffalo Wings ($1 each), BLT ($7), Pork Chop Dinner ($9.50), Snow Crab Platter ($20) and Burgers ($7-13 each). Have a beer for your dessert. Wine (maybe) and BEER licensed. A few dozen bottled beers offered. Look for the bird cage outside. Entertainment usually 4-9 PM on Saturdays. Costume parties for the weirdos. Cash only here. William Collins, owner.



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10½ Stars Gluten Free Menu Pisces Rising, 239 West 4th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 385-2669. (Continental) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened in 2003. Holds almost 300 patrons and is well known. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Sunday Brunch Menu is 11 AM to 1 PM. Closed Xmas Day only. Fresh Florida seafood dominates the menu in this 1920's grand home. Steaks and other Angus beef cuts add to the menu. Cajun, Creole, Cuban and Caribbean influence the dishes. Soups, like Seafood Gumbo, ($5-8), Spring Rolls ($6), Conch Fritters ($8), Peel & Eat Shrimp ($12/$18), Calamari ($15), Salads $5-12 and Pasta dishes $20-28 each. A-la-carte seafood or steak entrées generally range from $18-40, like Smoked Ribs ($14/$22), Jambalaya ($18), Fried Shrimp ($18), Crab Cakes ($20), Chicken Roulade ($20), Seafood Paella ($30), Cubana Shrimp ($28), 12 oz. NY Strip Steak ($30), Shrimp 'n Grits ($30), Marinated Pork Chop ($30), 16 oz. Ribeye ($40), 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($40) and Scallops le Rouge ($28) or en Verde ($32). Lunch items like Buffalo Chicken Wrap ($12), BBQ Pork Sandwich ($12), Turkey Sandwich ($12), Burgers ($15), Brisket Sandwich ($15) and a Po' Boy ($15) can be had. Desserts run $8-9 each. New "Wine Pairing 3 Course Dinners" are offered on the third weekend of the month for about $50 pp+t&t. "Prime Rib Night" is offered every Thursday evening at $24-30 pp+t&t. Entertainment weekends including a "Live Jazz Sunday Brunch" Noon to 3 PM. Outdoor deck overlooking Lake Dora. Extensive wine list. Corkage Fee: $20. 2 full bars noted for Martinis. Happy Hour runs all day on Monday and 4-7 PM Tuesday through Friday. Outdoor seating available. Winner for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. Winner for "Best Seafood", "Best Outdoor Dining", "Best Wine List", "Best Desserts" and "Best Lakefront Dining and Entertainment" in Lake County by Lake Magazine. Reservations by phone or online via Open Table are accepted. Joshua Jungferman, general manager; Alexander Gandia, chef; Ron and Annie Winters, owners. ####

Older Review: (from Julie L. 5/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 11/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/08) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 2/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wanda K. 1/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/10) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill T. 10/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 5/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 12/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/15) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 9/15) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Beth C. 5/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Shirley F. 4/18) We went here after a boat trip on nearby Lake Dora. I had Seafood Risotto with Crispy Calamari; my hubby had Duck Breast. Both meals were outstanding. I was a little hesitant to have the Calamari with Risotto, but it was really a nice composition as the Risotto was flavorful and full of steamed Shrimp, Mussels and Clams. I had a glass of Chardonnay, which was a nice accompaniment to the Risotto. My husband said that the Duck was perfectly done and the Curry Cream Sauce complimented the meat without being too sweet. We were hoping to save room for the Bananas Foster, which we've had several times, but were too full. Dinner came to $75 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Mt. Plymouth Hotel and Airfield (1930s)
Mt. Plymouth, FL. east of Mount Dora, near Sorrento.
Became the Florida Central Academy in 1959 and closed in 1983.
Partially burned down in 1986 and again in 1987 by vandals.

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14½ Stars Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu PizzAmoré, 722 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 26.6 mile drive from The Villages. 383-0092. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Moved from 622 N. Donnelly St. to this larger location east of town in 2015. Hours are 11:30 AM to 9 PM daily and to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. Garlic Knots (4/$2), Dippers ($2 ea.) and Wings (5/$4.50) start the menu. Of course Pizza is there thing. Two sizes are both meant to share, a large and an extra large. They offer Hawaiian ($12/$16), Veggie ($14.50/$19.50), Supreme ($15.50/$20), Meat Lover ($16/$20) and Palermo - with Artichokes, Onions, Spinach and Olives ($16/$21). There's also Vesuvio - with Spinach, Feta, Garlic and Olive Oil ($12/$15.50), Margherita ($14.50/$17), Florentine - with Spinach, Ricotta, Garlic and Olive Oil ($14.50/$17.50), Bianca - with Mozzarella, Ricotta, Feta, Basil, Garlic and Olive Oil ($15.50/$19) and Alfredo - with Chicken, Spinach, Mozzarella and Alfredo Cheese Sauce ($15.50/$20). Gluten free large pizza is available at $3.50 extra. Or you can build your own with toppings ($1.50-$2.50 each on the large and $2-$3 each on the extra large) like Hot Peppers, Mushrooms, Ham, Eggplant, Bacon, Sausage, Meatballs, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Anchovies or Pesto, among others. Subs are two sized also, 6" and 12". They include Veggie, Italian, Chicken Pesto or Meatball Subs, all $7/$12 each. You can also order Calzones ($10/$15) or Strombolis ($14). They also make Pasta dishes like Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccine ($7), Cheese Tortellini ($9) or a Gluten Free Pasta at $9.50 with Marinara, Rosé, Alfredo or Meat for the sauce. They also make Lasagna ($7.50), Eggplant Parmigiana ($12) and Chicken Parmigiana ($13). Salad and a Garlic Knot adds $4.50. Garden, Caesar and Greek Salads run $4-8 depending on size. For desserts you can find Cannoli, Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée, ranging $4-6. Kids menu available, like Mac 'n Cheese ($3.50). A nice variety of 20 domestic, imported and craft beers, and wine by the glass and bottle are offered too. Even premium labels at $45/bottle. Plus a glass of Sangria ($5) is listed. Special deals every day. Front outdoor picnic seating is available. Jesse Thomas (chef) and Leigh Love, owners.

Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 1/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) Have not been here since they moved from Donnelly St., 5 years ago. It was 4 PM on a Saturday and they were about half full but doing a ton of take-out business. We were seated inside at the fireplace. Wow, Premium Wines available! We found a wonderful Seghesio Red Zin at $23/half-carafe. Great! She ordered the 10" Cavoletto Pizza ($10) and I had the Chicken Brodetto with 2 Knots ($14). I also had a small Caesar Salad ($5.50) which was just right. Wonderful food and wine too. "Best Pizza I've had in a while". Reilly was our server. Very friendly and knowledgable. Total was $52.50 before t&t. Very fair prices. Nothing here to complain about, so 15 Stars. It was crowded when we left at 5:15 PM.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/21) Sunday at 4 PM during the Mount Dora Art Festival and it was not busy yet. We sat on the porch. Ginny was our friendly server. They were out of Seghesio Zin, so we had an Oberon Cab ($10). It was good. And a Sangria ($6) which was a little sweet, made with Apples but still tasty. We had a 10" Bianca Pizza ($10) which we enjoyed. We also had the Chicken Brodetto on noodles with 2 Knots ($14). We also had a small Caesar Salad ($5.50); it had too much dressing on it. We took the Knots home. The Chicken dish was a little peppery for him. He would not order it again. Over all, still a good meal and very friendly service, where Ginny always wore her mask. Total was $45.50 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Plantation Oaks Restaurant, 4720 Plantation Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 18.2 mile drive from The Villages. 326-9001. (American) [L/D] Located in the Plantation Golf Club off US 27. Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM for lunch and 4 to 8 PM for dinner. Sunday hours are 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch. Large array, offering such items as Stuffed Orange Roughy, Tilapia, Crab Cakes and Shrimp Scampi on the seafood side ranging $12-18 each. Also Prime Rib, Flat Iron Steak, Grilled Sirloin and Chopped Steak on the beef side ranging $9-17 each. And Veal or Chicken Piccata, Marsala, Sorrento or Parmesan styles at $15 for Veal and $12 for Chicken. Chicken or Sausage Cacciatore ($14) is also on the menu. You can also find Liver & Onions, Pot Roast, Grilled Chicken, Pork Chops, Baked Eggplant and Pasta dishes at $10-16. Ribs, Shrimp Basket and Fish 'n Chips run $7-11. For less appetites, Pizza, Sandwiches and Wraps starting at $7 are also offered. 18% gratuity added for 6 or more. Reservations accepted. Full bar. John Gorman, owner.



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Not Rated Free WiFi Plaza Guadalajara, 18660 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 308-8973. (Mexican) [L/D] Located on US 441 just before Donnelly St. where La Hacienda and Backyard Boys Bar-B-Que did business. Opened in January, 2015. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. Full Mexican menu includes Nachos, Salads, and many specialties like Huevos Rancheros ($8), Huevos a la Mexicana ($9), Huevos con Chorizo ($9), Burrito Supreme ($10), Green Burrito ($10), Sincronizada ($10), Deluxe Burrito ($10), Soft or Fried Chimichanga ($10), Arroz con Pollo ($11), Chori-Pollo ($12), Carnitas ($12), Alambre Chicken or Steak ($12) and Carnitas en Salsa Verde ($13). There's also Chuleta Ahumada ($11.50), Rib-Eye Steak ($14) and Mixiote de Borrego ($15). There are many Chicken, Seafood and Steak dishes too, ranging $8-12 each for Chicken, $10-13 for Seafood and $12-14 for Steak. Quesadillas ($7-11 each), Tacos ($8-10 each), Enchiladas ($11 each) and Steaming Fajitas ($12-14 each) are also popular. Lunch menu runs 11 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Vegetarian items listed too. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Specializes in Patron Margaritas. Juan Jaime Rodriguez and Mario Rodriguez-Villasenor, owners.



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11 Stars Now Open PolanDeli Market and Kuchnia, 1220 South Main St., Wildwood, FL. 12.4 mile drive from The Villages. 399-6866. (Deli) (Eastern European) [L/D] Opened in December, 2020. Located on US 301 south of SR 44 where Dickey's Barbecue Pit and Woody's Bar-B-Q did business years back, at the Comfort Inn & Suites, near the US 301 exit of the Florida Turnpike. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily except Monday and Tuesday. Polska Pierogis are king here. If your name ends in "ski", you're in the right place. For starters they have Polish Pizza ($7), Polish Potato Pancakes ($8), a Pierogi Basket ($8), Pickled Herring ($10), Polish Chicken ($12), Poland Charcuterie ($12) and an Argentine Shrimp Cocktail ($15). For entrées they offer Haluski/Lazanki ($9), Kielbasa Kapusta ($10), Kielbasa Wiejska ($10), Golabki ($12), Zrazy Zawijane [Beef Roulade] ($12), Ryba Po Grecku [Tilapia] ($12), Breaded Chicken or Pork Kotlets ($15), Bigos [Hunter's Stew] ($15) and of course a large Polish Platter ($15). They also offer Rosól [Chicken Noodle Soup] ($6) and some Salads ($5-8 each). For non-Poles they offer Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10), Baby Back Ribs ($10), a Burger ($11), Large Dinner Salad ($14), Beer Battered Fried Fish ($15) and even a 6 oz. NY Strip Steak ($18). For dessert treat yourself to Uncle Ronnie's Cheesecake ($5), The Spiewak ($6) or Tata's Favorite [Cheese Pierogi] ($8). Beer and wine licensed applied for. Reservations accepted by phone. Formerly Pea Pod Pierogie Co., Michelle Spievak, owner.

Review: (from Walter P. 12/20) Quasi-soft opening in December. Still getting organized. Partial menu so far. They like reservations, but are not crowded now. We had the Polish Platter. Not my Grandmas fare. Perogis are good. Stuffed Cabbage is tough and the filling was dry. Sauce is so-so and has a sour taste. Sausage is thin and just so-so. Kapusta is really just Sauerkraut. Best thing is the warm fresh baked Rye Bread served as welcome appetizer with great Dill Pickle. But 3 pieces of bread for 4 people? Soup of day was thick, tasty and huge. No liquor license yet, but will have Polish beer eventually. $40 for 2 Polish Platters, Soup, 2 Root Beers. We may try other menu items, but will wait a bit. Service, was as expected for new place.
Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 2/21) A gem in progress! Limited soft opening menu while waiting for their liquor license. We brought our own bottle of wine - NO CORKAGE CORKAGE. Service was a bit slow as understaffed but owners made up with hospitality. Food was incredible. Ordered Polish Platter ($15) with several Polish favorites. Special of the day was a Pork Tenderloin over Sauerkraut ($15). Both were excellent. Served hot and generous portions too. Appetizer was Polish Potato and Pickle Soup - hot and excellent. Total bill before t&t was $41. Owners are working through staffing issues, very nice ambiance, quiet, clean and socially distanced, staff were wearing masks. Food was worth a return visit.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Plantation Pancake Inn (1966)
1140 S. Pine St. (Ave.) (US 27/441), Ocala, FL.
"Featuring 27 varieties of Pancakes and Waffles" - (Now an IHOP)

Closed Polly's Pantry Royal Tea Room & Gift Shop, 819 S. Main St., Wildwood, FL. Sadly and suddenly, after many years of operation, this popular Tea Room Restaurant, that earned 14 Stars on this site, was forced to closed because their VISA was not renewed in April, 2017.

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Not Rated Prima Market La Poblana, 16767 S. US Hwy. 301, Summerfield, FL. 7.7 mile drive from The Villages. 245-0134. (Mexican) [L/D] In business since 2009. Located on US 301 just south of SR 42 (SE 165th St.). A Latin Market that also serves Mexican dishes. Famous for authentic Tacos. They offer Steak, Pork, Beef Tongue and Chicken Tacos (all about $2 each). Small and Large Burritos run $6/$7 each. Quesadillas are $5-7 each. Torta Sandwiches are about $4-6 each. Huarache is $5. Combo Plates run $11 each. Beer and soft drinks only. Mercy Franco, owner.



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10 Stars Puddle Jumpers (Lakeside) 111 Ruby St., Tavares, FL. 20.7 mile drive from The Villages. 508-5862. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Located where Al's Landing did business for many years. Opened in September, 2015. The name is in reference to Sea Planes, not VW Beetles. A casual dining area open from 11 AM daily. They have an extensive menu of items that start with appetizers like Cheese Sticks ($7.50), Onion Rings ($8), Pretzel Bites ($8), Chicken Pitadillas ($9), Boneless Wings ($9/$12 or 18/$22), Coconut Shrimp ($11), Crab & Crab Cakes ($11.50), Peel and Eat Shrimp ($10/$16), a Lakeside Combo of 3 items ($14) and a small or large Bucket of Snow Carbs and Peel-N-Eat Shrimp ($16/$28). For entrées they offer Chicken Fingers ($11), Fish & Chips ($14), Fried Shrimp ($15) and Coconut Shrimp ($15). They also grill Lump Crab Cakes ($17) and Mahi Mahi ($23). In addition they have an 8 oz. Sirloin Steak ($17). Grilled items come with 2 sides. Burgers are also popular with ½ Pounders ($12). You can also get 1, 2 or 3 Sliders, called "Puddle Jumpers", at $7/$9/$11. Sandwiches and Salads are also on the menu like Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich ($11), Turkey & Swiss ($11),Cornbread BLT ($11) and Blackened Chicken Caesar ($11). They also offer Chili ($4/$5) and Lobster Bisque ($4.50/$5.50). Wraps ($11 each) and Taco Plates ($11 each) are also popular. For dessert you can find a Brownie Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Chocolate Madness Cake and others (all $8 each). Full bar serves cocktails, wine and cold beer. Outdoor seating available. Jonathan Aramino, new owner. ###

Older Review: (from Leo M. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) I admit, I've been to some outstanding Biker Bars in my life but this was not one of them! Our server was Kimberly and she was the only bright spot of the evening. We tried a bottle of Chardonnay ($24) and an appetizer of Mozzarella Fried Cheese ($7) that tasted like deep fried fish. The wine was incredibly sweet. My wife had Fish and Chips ($14), while I attempted to consume their best meal of Crab Stuffed Mahi ($23.50). Everything had a rancid fish oil taste and I did not finish my meal. My advice is to go there for the view, drink only bottle beer but don't eat the food. They should use an oil with a higher smoke point and change it more often.
Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Umatilla Hotel and the A&P (1940s)
Route 19 (Central Ave. at Harris St.), Umatilla, FL.
"Where meals are served buffet style."

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11½ Stars Rae Rae's Restaurant, 2468 Citrus Blvd. (US 27/441), Fruitland Park, FL. 5.8 mile drive from The Villages. 323-1595. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Licensed since April 4, 2013. Formerly Sweet Treats and Eats. Hours are 7 AM to 2 PM weekdays, except closed Monday and 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Open for Friday night dinner too. Located in the Park Central Plaza just before the RCC Western Store. Serving the usual breakfast items, either a la carte or in a combo, like Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Grits, Hash, Eggs, Omelettes ($6-7), French Toast ("Eggy Bread"), Waffles ("Fat Daddy"), and Pancakes ("Katie Kakes"). You can also find specialties like Chicken and Waffles ($9), Catfish 'n Grits ($9), Pork Tenderloin, Eggs 'n Grits ($9) or Corn Beef Hash 'n 2 Eggs ($7). Switches to lunch meals at 11 AM. Salads, like Chef ($7), Tossed ($4.50), Caesar ($5) or Antipasto ($7), Sandwiches, like The Club ($7), BLT ($6), Tuna or Chicken Salad ($6) or Reuben ($8) and Heros, like Meatball, Italian Sausage, Roast Pork, Italian Deli, Steak 'n Mushrooms, Grilled Chicken or Pork Tenderloin (all ranging $5-10 each), are offered. So is Grilled Catfish on occasion. Burgers ($6-7) are also popular. No bar. Tim Rohan (formerly of Pauly's Pizza), manager; Christine Greenaway, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/15) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 1/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 9/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 9/18) I’ve been there few times for breakfast. It was good that the place was crowded after 10 AM. Don’t know what to make of this place. It’s a cozy place, a small place just indented from 441. Because the place is kind of cute and cozy with staff being very nice, one gets lulled into believing the food is good but food is no different from others. Nothing special. Some may say it is the "go to place" for breakfast but don’t think so for me. Will try lunch sometime. Bill came to $9 without coffee.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Four of us were seated immediately at 5 PM for Friday Fish Fry. Friendly place. Server brought Fish Chowder rather than Clam Chowder ordered which arrived with dinners. Otherwise, stilted but OK service. My Fried Sea Scallops were tender and tasty; her Fried Haddock was excellent. Sides of Potato Salad (best around), Coleslaw and Fries and included Hush Puppies were good and plentiful. Others were happy with Catfish and Haddock. Our tab with water: $40 plus t&t. Will return.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Video Now Open Ralph's Burger & Sandwich Shop, 1390 NW 80th Ave. (CR 225A), Ocala, FL. 29.3 mile drive from The Villages. 352-414-7875. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Opened January, 2021. Located near the new World Equestrian Center Hotel - Ocala, just north of SR 40 and 2 miles west of I-75 Exit #352. It's at the WEC Stadium and it's street address is 1320 NW 85th Terr. if that helps your GPS navigate this vast complex. It's counter service that offers Gourmet Burgers and other Sandwiches. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM daily. For breakfast you'll find Bacon and Egg Sandwiches, Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissants, Pancakes, Eggs and Bacon or Sausage Breakfast (all $6-10 each). Pastries and Bagels are also available ($3-5 each). Lunch and dinner Burgers, like Bacon Blue, Mushroom Swiss, Double-Double and Bourbon Barbecue, all run $10-13 each. Hot Dogs are Hebrew National™ brand with or without Chili ($5-8 each). Sandwiches include Triple Decker Grilled Cheese ($8), Nashville Chicken ($12), Grilled Fish ($14), even a Maine Lobster Roll ($18). Chili ($4) and Wings ($7) are available for fun treats. Salads like Chicken Cobb or Southwest Barbecue Chicken are sold at $11 each. Side dishes run $3-7 each. Milkshakes are popular ($5/$7) here. Desserts include Lemon Meringue or Apple Pie, Coconut Cream or Chocolate Layer Cake (all $5-$6). You can even find Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge Brownies and Woopie™ Pies ($3-4 each). Kids meals listed too. Beer and Wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Larry Roberts of R+L Carriers, owner.



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11 Stars Ramshackle Café, 1317 N. 14th St. (US 27/441 at SR 44A, Griffin Rd.), Leesburg, FL. 9.1 mile drive from The Villages. 365-6565. (American) [L/D] Open 11 AM - 11 PM, except 10 PM on Sunday. On the site of the former Leesburg Howard Johnson's Restaurant (1954) since 1989. "ram/shack/le (ram' shak' al), adj. loose and shaky". Broiled Delmonico Steak ($18), World Class BBQ Ribs ($9 & $15) and Smothered Chicken ($13) tops the news-printed menu. Fried Shrimp Platter ($12), Fish 'n Chips ($9) and Broiled 'n Grilled Salmon ($13) are featured in the Seafood Section. Some Mexican favorites are here too like Macho Nachos ($9), Fish Tacos ($9), Bandito Burrito ($9), Fajitas ($10-19), Chicken Chimi ($9) and a Taco Salad ($9). They say their Buffalo Wings ($8) are "world famous". Who can dispute that claim? Lots of Wraps ($9), Sandwiches ($8-9) and Burgers ($8-9) are what most people order. Soups and salads also offered, like a Spinach Salad ($9), Cobb Salad ($9) and a Calypso Salad ($9). 15% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Roadside diner décor. Full bar with 2 for 1 Happy Hour until 7 PM. Sit on the porch and watch Leesburg go by. Ma Barker may have hid out here too. Voted "Best of the Best" for Wings, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Kathy Idell, manager; Glen Gerken, owner.

Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/07) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/10) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Leo M. 1/18) I have driven by this place several times over the past few years always thinking that it looked like a cool place to eat. It was not a disappointment. Our server, Chelsea was fantastic as was the food and atmosphere. All the staff was friendly and welcoming. We went late afternoon when it was not so busy but I could foresee that it is a rockin' place. Lots of cool vintage "stuff" adorns the walls and surroundings. I had the Chili Burger, as it sounds, spicy Chili on a Burger and it was ginormous. My wife had the Old Fashioned Burger which comes with your choice of cheese and Shoe String Fries. Total was $24 before tax and with one beer. Friends tell us they have a great Reuben Sandwich.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Great place to watch the traffic and the patrons. I had a Walnut/Cranberry/Chicken Wrap ($10) and my wife enjoyed 10 Buffalo Wings ($10) which we washed down with a couple of Beers. We enjoyed the quick lunch.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/20) Weekday and we chose to sit on the porch for late dinner. It was noisy and they allow smoking on the porch. We didn't know that when we sat. I had a Shock Top ($3.50) and a Cuban Sandwich with Fries ($10). She had a Black and Tan ($3.50) and Fried Oysters ($12). They added $1.59 for the Sweet Potato Fries. Oysters were not great. Total was $30.50. Jackie was our server. She did not always wear her mask. The biggest complaint was the environment on the porch.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Howard Johnson's Restaurant (1954)
Now the location of the Ramshackle Café
1317 N. 14th St. (US 27/441), Leesburg, Florida.

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14 Stars Free WiFi Red Crab Juicy Seafood (Ocala), 2604 SW 19th Avenue Rd., Ocala, FL. 22.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-512-0063. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened April 27, 2019. Located where Crispers did business, next to Moe's Southwest Grill off Easy St. near SW 24th Ave. Open 7 days per week, noon 'til 10 PM or later. This "Seafood Boil" restaurant offers buckets or trays with steamed or boiled bags of food, where a bib and lots of napkins will help keep you clean. It's fun but messy. Food is presented with disposable table service. They have various appetizers like Hushpuppies, Fried Cheese Sticks, Onion Rings, Calamari and Chicken Wings at $4-10 each. One Pound Seafood Boils include Crawfish ($11), Clams ($12), Black Mussels ($12), Green Mussels ($13), Blue Crab ($14), Shrimp ($15), Headless Shrimp ($18), Snow Crab Legs ($22), Dungeness Crab ($31), King Crab Legs ($31) and Lobster Tail ($31). Combos of ½ pound portions can be combined, like Blue Crab/Shrimp/Clams ($21). All come with Corn and Potato. You can order them Not Spicy, Mild, Medium, Hot or Extra Hot. Various Sauces can be added too. Fried Baskets of 4 Chicken Tenders ($10), 8 Shrimp ($11), 4 Tilapia ($11), 4 Catfish ($11) or 10 Oysters ($12) are also on the menu. You can also find Po Boy Sandwiches of Chicken, Fried Fish, Soft Shell Crab, Shrimp and of course, Oysters (all $11-13 each). Baskets and Sandwiches include Cajun Fries or Onion Rings. Side dishes like Sweet Potato Fries, Sausage, Boiled Eggs, Corn or Rice, can add $2-5 to your bill. Lunch items run $7-12 each. Prices can vary depending on market conditions. For dessert you can finish with Cheesecake ($5) or Molten Chocolate ($6). Daily Specials run $25-29 for 3 item combos (see below). Full bar offered. 18% Service Charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted for 8 or more. A small growing chain of two dozen restaurants mostly in the southeast, started in 2014, formerly called J & C Crab, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. Guo Deng Lin, owner here. Another location is in Eustis.

Review: (from Dennis C. 4/19) We went on opening day. Mistake! The restaurant was only half full at 4 PM, however. The hostess took a long time to seat patrons. By the time we got to the podium, she disappeared all together. Customers at the first table were complaining that they were still waiting for their food. A man and his 2 children were leaving. I asked him: "How was your meal?" His response was: "We waited over 45 minutes and no food arrived. Wouldn't even comp us our drinks. We're going somewhere else!" That was enough for us; we left too. We'll wait a few months until they get their act together here.
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Review: (from Eileen P. 6/19) Carolyn was a very good waitress. We started with 6 Raw Oysters and an order of Hush Puppies. Oysters were HUGE and Hush Puppies were average. Both got the Dungeness Crab Boil. One got Cajun Sauce and Mild Spice; one got Garlic Butter cause and extra Hot Spice. Both were excellent. Entrées came out quickly. At 4 PM on a Saturday, over half the tables were filled but they had plenty of staff to assist. Total bill including 2 Sodas before tip came to $86.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 1/20) Six of us went to Red Crab and I had a wonderful meal. I ordered the Sunday Special of Lobster Tail, 1/2 lb. Shrimp and 1/2 lb. Snow Crab Legs. The total price was $30 for all this. You choose how spicy you want it, as well as the sauce. I chose no spice and garlic butter. It comes boiled in a bag with a small piece of Corn and 3 Red Potatoes. It was delicious! The garlic in the butter is fresh chopped and the sauce was infused into everything. The Crab Legs were quite large and sweet. Although you had to peel the Shrimp, it still was wonderful. Nick was our waiter and anticipated everything. Water was filled immediately upon getting low. They have specials every night but this was well worth the price and actually the most expensive thing on the menu.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Free WiFi Red Crab Juicy Seafood (Eustis), 2864 David Walker Dr., Eustis, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. 589-8383. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened March 15, 2020, then forced to close during the pandemic. Located in the Eustis Village Plaza on US 441, where Crispers once did business. Open Noon to 9 PM daily. Monday Special is ½ lb. Black Mussels, ½ lb. Shrimp and a ½ lb. Snow Crabs for $27. Tuesday Special is ½ lb. Crawfish, ½ lb. Shrimp and a ½ lb. Snow Crabs for $27. Wednesday Special is 1 lb. Shrimp and a ½ lb. Snow Crabs for $29. Thursday Special is ½ lb. Shrimp and a 1 lb. Snow Crabs for $32. Friday, Saturday or Sunday Special is 1 Lobster Tail, ½ lb. Shrimp and a ½ lb. Snow Crabs for $35. Each come with Corn and Potato. Many Combos and Seafood Boils are available like the Ocala location. Kids menu too. Beer and wine offered. 18% Service Charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted for 8 or more. A small growing chain of two dozen restaurants mostly in the southeast, started in 2014, formerly called J & C Crab, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. Guo Deng Lin, owner here and in Ocala.



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Not Rated Video Calorie Count Red Lobster (Leesburg), 10010 US 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.0 mile drive from The Villages. 728-2400. (Seafood) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Offering fresh seafood for nearly 40 years, this popular chain offers entrées such as Snow Crab Legs, Lobster & Seafood Mixed Grill, Crab Linguini Alfredo and of course, Live Maine Lobster. 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. Many meals are combination plates and the menu is vast. Entrées can range from $11 to $29 or more. Free "surprise" on your birthday for Fresh Catch club members with 2 person purchase. Originally developed by Bill Darden in Lakeland in 1968, nearly 700 locations nationwide, still operate as a division of Darden Restaurants of Orlando. Another Red Lobster is open in The Villages (see that listing).

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



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13 Stars Gluten Free Menu Video Video Calorie Count Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews (Ocala) 3355 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-433-4262. (American) [L/D] Opened July 31, 2017. A "roadhouse for burgers". Fast-casual, brightly-colored, table-waited, burger joint, primarily serving Burgers and Beers. Formerly home of Black Bear Smokehouse, located between Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse on SR 200. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends. A wide variety of ½ lb. Angus Burgers are offered like "Keep It Simple", Smoke and Pepper, Black & Bleu, Marco Polo, Southern Charm, Tavern Double, Royal, Bacon Cheeseburger, Guacamole Bacon, Sautéed 'Shroom, Chili-Chili, Banzai, Burnin' Love and a Bleu Ribbon Burger, all ranging $7-10 each. There's also a Patty Melt, Grilled Turkey Burger and a Garden Burger. All come with Steak Fries. You can also find Whiskey River BBQ, Teriyaki, California and Bruschetta style Chicken Sandwiches, plus a Crispy Arctic Cod Sandwich. Dozens of appetizers ($3-7 each) are also offered, like Poutine, Onion Rings, Yukon Chips and Nachos. Not into Sandwiches? They have a Prime Rib Dip, Fish & Chips, Ensenada Chicken Platter, Chicken & Shrimp Plate and a Seafood Scatter. You can also find Wraps, Salads, Soups and Chowder on the huge menu. Smoothies and Milk Shakes are popular here but a full bar offers many brews, wines and innovative cocktails or infusions. Happy Hour is 3-6 PM then 8 PM to closing Monday to Friday only. Dessert time brings Mud Pie, Brownie Cake, Lemonade Cake, Cheesecake, Dough Rings and Chocolate Fruffles. The selection seems endless. Kids menu available too. Special Red Robin spices on every table. Free Burger on your birthday for Royalty 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. Started as Sam's Tavern in 1943, it changed its name and started branching out from Seattle, WA. Now more than 550 locations in US and Canada dot the map. Two dozen locations are in Florida, including Winter Garden and Sanford.

Older Review: (from Fred H. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated Reggae House, 2506 SE 17th St. Ste. A., Ocala, FL. 19.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-9613. (Caribbean) [L/D] Opened August, 2020. Located where La Famiglia Restaurant once did business at the corner of SE 25th Ave. and SE 17th St. (SE Maricamp Rd. CR 464). Hours are 11 A