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Top rated restaurants on this page are Hwy. 441 Diner, Lakis Restaurant and Sumi Sushi & Hibachi all at 15 Stars. Congratulations!


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11½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs 1921 Mount Dora, 142 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-385-1921. (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. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch on Friday and 4-9 PM daily, for dinner. 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 Raw Oyster, Roasted Oysters, Conch Fritters, Roasted Beets, Cauliflower Salad, Spring Mix or Caesar Salad, Tomato Bisque, Plantain Flatbread, Key West Shrimp, Grilled Octopus over Rice, Roasted Vegetables, Lobster Ravioli, Corn Grits, a Cheese Plate, Sourdough Pizza, Snails and an English Muffin with Duck Egg. For main dishes you will find such items as a Wagyu Burger, Vegetable Plate, Potato Gnocchi, Rabbit Thigh, Golden Tilefish, Pork Belly and Scallops, Mahi, Duck Breast, 8 oz. Hanger Steak, Pork Ribeye, 16 oz. Prime Ribeye and a 14 oz. Wagyu NY Strip Steak. These all come with an accompaniment. Specialty biscuits are extra. They also offer a Chef's Tasting Menu at $MP. Desserts are Sorbet, Carrot Cake, Citrus Tarte and Cheesecake. For lunch they add Fish Tacos, Pressed Cuban, Fish Sandwich and something called a Grilled Bavette Steak. They also have Salads. On Sunday they offer Brunch Plates ranging from Pancakes to Chicken and Waffles, plus Oysters. Full bar and the Wine List shows Champagnes: Whites and Reds, including the 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild. Personal special wine (non-commodity) permitted with appropriate Corkage Fee of $15/btl. for off-list-wines. On One-for-One wine purchase, fee is then waved. Cocktails available. Happy Hour at the bar is 4-6:30 PM, Monday through Friday and 2-6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday. Elevator equipped building. Open Thanksgiving Day from Noon to 6 PM. Voted "Best Destination Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Critic's Pick. Reservations by phone or online via Open Table are accepted. Tiffany Watson, pastry chef, José Fabre, sous 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.
Older Review: (from Colleen C. 3/18) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherrie K. 4/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann P. 6/18) Q=3 S=2 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 5/23) Our server was Darcey H. We were seated in the private dining room which seats 8. We did have a total of 8 guests but I am only review myself and 2 ladies. I had the Wagyu Burger with French Fries and the ladies had the Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes. The food was delivered hot and was very good. The wait staff was very attentive. The Wagyu Burger was $25 and the Lamb Shank was $36 per person. The total bill was $97 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs 4120 Bombay Café, 4120 SW 38th Ct., Suite 106, Ocala, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-512-9484. (Indian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Reopened in early 2022. Located in the Berkshire Oaks Shopping Plaza, behind McDonald's, off SW College Rd. (SR 200), a few blocks west of I-75, Exit # 350. Enter in the Hari Om Indian Grocery Store, Suite 104. Hours are 11 AM to 3 PM, then 5 PM to 9:30 or 10 PM, daily. Booths and tables make up the small dining area. They offer authentic Indian food. All vegetarian dishes here. Some are spicy. Vegan options are noted. Some disposable dishes are used. They offer Onion Pakoda, Mixed Veggies, Methi Gota [Hush Puppies], Batata Vada, Mirchi Pakora and Fafda. Main dishes include Dal Fry, Chana Masala, Bhindi Masala, Navratan Korma, Aloo Matar, Balti Beigan, Malai Kofta, Paneer Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, Chole Bhature, Kaju Khoya and Paneer Bhurji. For southern Indian dishes they offer Sada Dosa, Idli Sambar, Medu Vada with Sambar, Masala Dosa, Uttappam, Spicy Mysore Dosa and Cheese Dosa. They also have Indo-Chinese items like Chili Paneer, Manchurian [Veggie Balls], Veggie Biryani, Chole Puri and Gobi Manchurian [Cauliflower]. For Sandwiches they offer Dabeli, Vada Pav, Bombay Sandwich and Pavi Bhaji [Stew]. Of course Naan Bread is served too. Some desserts are available. For beverages they only offer Soft Drinks, Coffee, Lassi, Manog Lassi and Indian Black Tea. No bar here. 18% gratuity added for parties of 5 or more. Paru Patel, owner.


Review: (from Peggy R. 5/22) What a great find hidden behind fast food restaurants just off I-75! We had a very entertaining and delicious lunch. We tried to order Samosas to start, but our waitress insisted Samosa Chat was the better choice. Though she said it was mild, I found it quite spicy. Waitress said oh, that’s just the sauce that’s spicy. Hey thanks. We shared a Masala Dosa and Amul Cheese Dosa, both were fantastic. We asked for boxes but she told us no, they would get soggy, so we had to finish them. Seriously. With Garlic Naan and one Soda, it was $37 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs AK Phở (Vietnamese Noodle House), 2635 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 22.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-237-6267. (Asian) [L/D] Look under the billboard on SR 200, near SW 20th St. it's in the location (Suite 200) previously occupied by Taste of Asia and Amrit Palace near Pappa John's. Opened in January, 2022. Hours are 10 AM to 9 PM daily. Besides a few appetizers, like Crab Rangoon and Chicken Potstickers, they offer Phở, pronounced "Fuh", [Noodle Soup] in Beef varieties like Pho Gau [Brisket], Pho Bo Vien [Meatball], Pho Tai [Round Steak] or Bun Bo Hue [Spicy Soup]. Other varieties are Pho Ga [Chicken], Pho Tom [Shrimp], Pho Hai San [Seafood], Pho Chay [Veggies] and a Combination. Vermicelli varieties include Bun Thit Cha Gio [BBQ Chicken], Bun Tom Nuong [Shrimp] and others. Rice Plates are popular too, like Com Suon Nuong [BBQ Pork], Com Tom Nuong [BBQ Shrimp] and others. Vietnamese Coffee, Teas, Soft Drinks and Smoothies are the beverages. No bar. Truong Ta, owner.




Closed Akbar Indian Cuisine, 618 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. After 18 months in business, Akbar closed in early February, 2024.


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9½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Alfee's Grill (Steak, Seafood & Oyster Bar), 989 N. US 441, Lady Lake, FL. 4.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-531-8299. (Middle Eastern) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened March 24, 2023. Located on US 441 at Hartsock Sawmill Rd., ¼ mile south of the Lady Lake Microtel. Open 11:30 AM to 8 PM daily, to 9 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday but closes at 6 PM on Sunday. Appetizers include Crawfish, Gator Tail, Mussels, Oysters, Mushrooms, Shrimp, Calamari, Coconut Shrimp and a Shrimp Cocktail. Clams by the ½ dozen, dozen or bucket are offered. Oysters by the ½ dozen, dozen or bucket are available. These * can be Fried or Broiled: Shrimp*, Frog's Legs*, Steak & Fish*, Shrimp & Scallops*, Steak or Chicken Fajita, Choose Two Combo, Stuffed Flounder, Snow Crabs, Lobster and a 12 oz. Rib Eye or NY Strip ends the menu. All served with Potatoes, Vegetable and Garlic Bread. Side Salads are extra. Sandwiches, Soups and Salads are also available. So are Chicken Wings 6/10/20. Early Bird Fish and Chips is offered. For Specials you may find Whole Maine Lobster or Shrimp & Scallops. Noon to 4 PM Specials might include Fish or Shrimp or Scallops or Oysters or Clam Strips. Lunch Baskets are available before 3 PM. Ask for the Lebanese Menu and you'll find Spinach Pie, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kebbe [Ground Beef], Falafel Sandwich or Platter, Sharwarma [Marinated Chicken] Sandwich or Platter. There's also a Mixed Plate of Kebabs and Kafta on Rice. Sides include Toum [Garlic Dip], Hummas or a Tabouli Salad. Desserts like Baklava, Cheesecake, Custard and Key Lime Pie. Kids menu available. Beer and wine licensed. Surcharge for using credit cards if the total is less than $15. Alfred (Alfee) Jabbour, owner.


Review: (from Colene M. 4/23) We wanted to try the new restaurant and we were seated immediately. Mostly tables but booths along the wall here. Our server, Rebeka J. was very pleasant although she didn't come back while eating to see if everything was OK or ask if we wanted more drinks. My husband ordered off the Lebanese menu, Shawarma Plate ($15) and Iced Tea ($3). I had water and the Steak Fajita ($17). Both were very good and we took some home so nice size portions. Had to go to the register to pay bill (wasn't given a bill at the table) and it rang up wrong but Rebeka came by and fixed it. There is a charge for credit card if your purchase is less than $15. Our total bill before t&t was $35. We will probably return.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Eileen P. 4/23) Only one waitress for the whole place. Ordered the Chicken Shawarma Plate. The Hummus was bland. Chicken was diced. I have never had Shawarma that was diced. Not too much seasoning on the Chicken. Tzatziki Sauce was the consistency of Jello. I might go back for the Steak or Seafood but not the Lebanese food. Total for 2 Shawarmas and 2 Sodas with tax before tip was $38.
Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Aloy Dee (Thai Cuisine), 925 N. Bay St., Eustis, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-708-9403. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in February, 2020. Located on N. Bay, opposite the Budget Motel, about 0.6 miles north of downtown Eustis. Hours are 5-9 PM for dinner, 11:30 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday through Friday for lunch, Noon to 9 PM on Saturday (dinner menu) but closed all day Sunday. Note: last seating is 8 PM. Nicely prepared family recipe dishes can be custom ordered for heat, vegetarian or even gluten-free. It's a custom culinary adventure in Asian cuisine. They offer Curry, Noodle and traditional Thai meals. For appetizers you can find Gyoza, Chicken Basil Rolls, Spring Rolls, Fresh Avocado Wrap, Samosa [Fried Veggie Pockets], Chicken Basil Rolls, Tofu Bubbles, Crab Rangoon, Curry Fries, Thai Summer Rolls, Tod-Man Cakes [Fish Patties], Steamed Dumplings, Chicken Satay, Fried Calamari and Shrimp in a Blanket. Many patrons order 2 or 3 appetizers as their meal. Six Curry dishes. Chef Specials include Snapper, Soft Shell Crab, Pia Lui Suan [Branzino Fish], Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon, Spicy Eggplant, Kapao Kai [Ground Chicken] and Volcano Chicken, plus Roasted Duck depending on portion size. Lunch items run less than these dinner entrée prices. Authentic Thai dishes include Pad Cashew Nut, Ginger Pad Khing, Sweet and Sour, Sautéed Broccoli and Carrots, Spicy Basil and Garlic Pepper or Mixed Vegetables. Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen, Pad See Ew, Pad Lad Na and Pad Kee Mad [Drunken Noodles] are on the menu. Protein choices can be added like Chicken, Beef, Pork, Seafood and others are extra. Fried Rice main dishes available. Many Salads are offered, plus a Duck Salad. Various Soups are also on the menu, plus the Seafood Tom Yum [Hot and Sour Seafood]. Desserts like Banana Delight, Coconut Balls, Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango or Coconut. No bar. Beverages are Soft Drinks, Coffee and Teas. Aqueel Asghar, owner.




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Long Gone - The Brahma Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge (1955) (1961)
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 2 Dollar Signs 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. Beer & wine served. No Corkage Fee for your own 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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs (The) Anchor (on Sunset Harbor), 10135 SE Sunset Harbor Rd., Summerfield, FL. 5.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-510-0219. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Officially opened April, 2021. Located where Fat Daddy Grille & Bar from 2003, then The Original Fat Daddy Grille & Bar from 2006, then just Fat Daddy's from 2007, all with different owners and now called The Anchor. It's where SE 147th Pl. meets Sunset Harbor Rd. east of US27/441. Despite its name, it's not on the water. Hours are 11 AM to Midnight daily. Appetizers include Totchos [Bacon/Cheese Potato Tots], Pretzel Bites, Smokehouse Chili, Cheese Fries, Cheese Curds, Shrimp and Crab Dip and Crab Fries. Items like a Coney Island Hot Dog (8), New Orleans Muffaletta, Long Beach Tacos, Italian Deli Sandwich, plus Chicago Beef, Meatloaf, Key West Chicken or Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. Wings with 10 dressing choices run 6, 20, 50 or 100 pieces if you have a lot of friends with you. You can have an 8 oz. Burger, depending on fixings, come with a side, like Fries, Coleslaw, Salad or Chili. House Salad, Chef Salad, Shrimp Salad or Southwestern Chicken Salad can have other additions like Chicken or Shrimp. Various flavor Cheesecakes are made by Miss Sandy. You can also order Pizza next door from The Pizza Joint (open 4-11 PM, Tuesday through Sunday only). A 14 inch Classic Pizza is available, a Margherita is too, a 3 Topping Pizza, and Veggie, Meat, Philly Cheesesteak, Cheeseburger, Greek, Great White, and Buffalo are offered also. Extra toppings are extra. Full bar at The Anchor with $1 off Happy Hour 11 AM to 6 PM. Kids menu available. Outdoor seating called Captains Quarters. Occasional entertainment there. Jeremy Zajac, Chef/GM; Chris Wilson, owner here and at County Line Smokehouse & Spirits (see that listing).


Review: (from Rich C. 7/21) Our friends and us wanted to try this resurrected Fat Daddy Biker Bar. We're glad we did. Melonie was our server. My better half had Crab Fries ($10) and Cheddar Cheese Curds ($8) and I had the Custom Burger with Slaw ($12). The Burger was cooked correctly but the bun was a little soggy from the Burger juice. Still, it tasted fine. I particularly like the Slaw. It had the cute "Sweety Drops" Peppers in it. We took home the Curds. Too much food. We both had a Beer. Was a little noisy here and too hot to eat outside. Total before t&t was $38. Service was OK.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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


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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 or Rollatini, Sausage Parmesan, Chicken Alfredo, Parmesan or Marsala, Shrimp Scampi and many Baked Pasta dishes. Garlic Knots and Pasta side come with most dinners. Specialty Pizzas include unusual ones like Barbeque Chicken, Hawaiian, Shrimp and Greek. Calzones are also available. Pizza by the slice is offered each with regular small or large Pizzas. Heros and Salads are also available. Specials daily. Outdoor seating available. No bar. David Portillo and Tomasa Cruz, owners.




Closed Arigato Japanese Steakhouse, 1401 Citrus Blvd. (US 27/441), Leesburg, FL. 9.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-728-0788. (Asian) [L/D] Formerly the Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. Refurbished and changed hands in September, 2020. It closed in early 2022.



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Del Airways
Ended service in 1971 after just 1 year in business.
"All our flights are non-stop!"
That's because it only served two cities: Valdosta, GA. and Jacksonville, FL. (97 miles)

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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Artman Country Smokehouse, 6900 SE Hwy. 42, Summerfield, FL. 6.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-6240. (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" and Smoked Jalapeños. Dinners come with 2 sides, like Smoked Half Chicken, Pulled Pork, Dry-Rub Rib Plate, Sliced Angus Brisket , and a "Pappa's Special Combo". Or add an additional side for 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. There's also a Feast for Two. Sandwich List contains Pulled Chicken, Pulled or Sliced Pork or Beef Brisket. They come with a side and drink. Desserts include Banana Pudding 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.

Review: (from Jan T. 11/22) Quick bite to eat after the theatre. This is not a fancy place. Blue jeans, cut offs, whatever your heart desires is the attire here. We haven't been here for a while, for no particular reason. I like that they now have table service. We each had their Early Bird meal, since we were there before 5 PM. My $10 meal was Pulled Pork, French Fries, Corn Casserole and Corn Bread. Everything was delicious. However, the Corn Bread was nothing special. My husband's Early Bird $12 Beef Brisket, Collard Greens, French Fries and Corn Bread were enjoyed. Their Barbeque Sauces are delicious. Our server, Kayla, took good care of us. A $3 Iced Tea and a water were our beverages. Before t&t our meal came to $25. This is a busy place, so try to get here early. As we were leaving a party of 30 were coming in. My opinion: great Barbeque.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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. Vegetable, Chicken, Shrimp or Seafood Tempura. Popular Chicken or Pork Katsu is available. Undo or Yaki Soba Noodle dishes are on the menu. Sushi dishes are offered as a dinner with 8 pieces and a Tuna Roll. Sashimi dinner with 12 pieces. The Deluxe versions are more. A Love Boat Special is 22 pieces and 2 rolls for sharing. Many Hand Rolls like Avocado Roll to Shrimp Tempura Roll. Chef Specials are numerous, like Coconut Curry Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Red Snapper in Curry Sauce, Mongolian Beef, Cheese Lobster and Chili Sea Bass in Lemon Sauce. Most entrées come with Soup or Salad and Rice. Lunch specials are 2 Rolls, 3 Rolls or a Sushi Bar lunch. Also Bento Lunch Boxes. For desserts they offer Mochi Ice Cream, Tempura Ice Cream, Cheese Cake, Creme Pie, Turtle Pie, Soy & Q and Fried Bananas. 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 2+ Dollar Signs 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 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. Specialties include Ayuttaya Duck, Chicken Bang Bang, Frog Legs and Ayuttaya Grouper or Jumbo Shrimp. 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.

Review: (from Ken J. 11/23) An enjoyable evening with our Gourmet Dining Group. Started with Tom Yug Vegetable Soup which was hot and delicious. Entrées were Ayuttaya Pad Thai topped with Crispy Roast Duck. It was absolutely delicious. The second entrée was Duck Pineapple Curry, also served hot and slightly spicy with Vegetable Soup as a starter. We added a bottle of Robert Mondavi Cabernet ($28) which was reasonable but just OK. They have a limited wine menu. Our group had a round table set for 6, the restaurant was busy but the noise level was minimal, so conversation was easy. Total before t&t was $70. Many menu options here for Thai cuisine.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Back Porch Pizza Bar, 237 W. 4th Ave., Suite 1, Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-729-2654. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened March, 2022. Officially registered as The Pizza Bar. It occupies the space held by the former Cecile's French Corner on 4th Ave. near the back entrance to Pieces Rising and opposite Sunset Park. This part of 4th Ave. is closed to auto traffic. It's a relaxing place for a meal and a drink. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 PM to Midnight; then Friday, 4 PM to 9 PM; then Saturday, Noon to 9 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM; but closed all day Tuesday. You'll find an array of custom Pizzas like the Mushroom/Cheese, Pesto/Mozzarella/Tomato, Pineapple/SPAM/Coconut, Prosciutto/Blue Cheese, Pepperoni/Olive, Ricotta/Mozzarella, Pepperoncini/Parmesan and even Vegan. Bites, like Steamed Edamame. They also serve Poké Bowls. Salads include Beet & Goat Cheese, Baby Kale, Spring Mix and Romaine. Desserts include Cheesecake Brûlée, Apple Pie Pizza and Nutella and Ice Cream Pie. Full bar from Pieces Rising with craft cocktails. Happy Hour with Sangria, Wells and Domestics. Occasional entertainment. Outdoor seating available. Joshua Jungferman, owner here and at Pieces Rising. No relation to The Back Porch in The Villages.




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9½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Backfin Seafood, 108 N. Bay St., Eustis, FL. 26.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1=352-669-6969. (Seafood) [L/D] Officially opened September 1, 2022. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends, to 9 PM on Sunday. Located where CJ's Seafood Company, the Magnolia Café and before that Olivia's Coffee House once did business, at the corner of Bay and Magnolia in downtown Eustis. The new restaurant is Gator's of Umatilla transplanted to Eustis. Various seating areas inside. The décor is the same as CJ's. The menu concentrates on fish plus items from their former location. Appetizers include Cornbread, Fried Calamari, Crab Pretzel, Shrimp & Crab Dip, Fish Dip, Fried Alligator Tail, Ahi Tuna, Jumbo Peel & Eat, Firecracker Shrimp, and Crab Cakes. For entrées they have Garlic Shrimp & Grits, Chicken Breast, Pork Chops, Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled or Blackened Haddock, 8 oz. Sirloin Steak, Mahi, Scallops, Grilled Grouper, Norwegian Salmon and 14 oz. Ribeye. Entr&eaacute;es come with two sides, like Salad and Starch or Veggie. Gluten-free list of offerings. Vegetarian Linguine and Linguine with Clams are also listed. Sandwiches include a Burger, Haddock Po Boy, Chicken, Shrimp or Alligator Po Boy, Grouper and Crabmeat Quesadilla. Baskets are popular like Haddock, Ribs, Jumbo Shrimp and Alligator. Large Salads like House, Caesar, Strawberry and Spring. Desserts like Cheesecake or Carrot Cake are offered here. Kids menu available. Full bar with Cocktails. Beers available. House Wines are offered too. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. Christina Patteson, manager; husband, Beau Patteson, owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 9/22) Got here early on a Saturday about 4:30 PM. Not crowded at all. Sat in the nearby booth. Thor was our friendly server. My Manhattan ($9) was very short and too sweet. Did not taste like a Manhattan. Could have been the brand. Her Lemon Drop ($7) was good. No sugar on the rim. We didn't care for the music piped in. My better half had the Scallops with Brussels Sprouts and a side Salad ($22). No Bleu Cheese Dressing! I had the Norwegian Salmon with Baked Potato and Salad with Ranch ($23). Everything was wonderful. Properly cooked, nice flavor, decent portion, well presented. Our total was $61 before t&t. Drawbacks were the plastic plates and cheap utensils plus a bill that is impossible to understand when the entrées are listed and priced twice, plus 4.3% added for credit card use, plus tips suggested on the grand total with tax and fees. Very confusing. Not customer friendly at all. We complained.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 9/22) Went with another couple. No wait. We had Dejathornis W. for our server. Our cocktails were quite shy. The Martini glass was only half full. The Manhattan had a huge ice ball in it, so the drink was only 2-3 ounces. The Vodka Tonic tasted like straight Tonic and the Bud Light was OK. His Grouper was OK. Quite firm for Grouper. My Shrimp and Grits were below par. The Shrimp were fine but the Grits tasted like Cream of Wheat and not like stone ground Grits. I could not eat them. Our friend's Crab Cakes were good and their Fried Shrimp were OK. We asked for separate checks, but when our bills arrived you could not figure out the totals. It was confusing, with items listed twice. Our friend paid in cash and we paid with a credit card and got charged an extra $2.30. So you can't tell the total before t&t and all food and drinks were listed. Ours said $60.06 with tax and CC fee. When we got home we discovered that the waitress switched the bills and we paid for our friends on our credit card and they paid for ours with their cash. Big mix up, too late to correct. We don't like surprises on our bill. Until they fix these problems we won't be back.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/23) We stopped here during the George Fest. The town was very busy at Saturday 4 PM but the restaurant was not. Waited at the hostess stand for a while. Seems no one on duty. Steven seated us and was our waiter too. We ordered a Lemon Drop Martini ($8) and a Coconut Porter ($5). Then I had the Scallops with Red Potatoes and a Side Caesar Salad ($22). He had the Grilled Mahi ($22) and a Side Caesar. They were out of Potato Salad, so he had Cole Slaw. Food did come out promptly and was hot. No dessert. The meal was fine. No complaints but not as good as we remember it last time. Total was $59 before t&t. No extra charge for credit card use today. Maybe they changed that bad policy. A screaming baby made the visit intolerable.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Barnwood Country Kitchen and Smokehouse, 3725 W. Old US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora, FL. 23.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-630-4903. (Barbecue) (Breakfast) [B/L] Opened here in 2018. Hours are 7 AM to 2 PM daily, except closed Sunday and Monday. No dinner served. Located on Old 441 near Holly Dr. about a half mile west of the US 19A intersection. Large indoor and outdoor space with a casual atmosphere. The usual items are served for breakfast (all day) plus some specials like 2+2+2+2, Old Timers Breakfast, Biscuits and Gravy plus the large Behind The Bar Combo. Three Egg Omelets are popular here. For lunch (11 AM to 2 PM), they specialize in award winning, slow smoked Barbecue Pork, Beef, Spare Ribs, Chicken and Sausage. Plates and Sandwiches are made. Many available as 2 Meat and 3 Meat Platters. Burgers, Reubens, Grilled Cheese and a BLT are available too. Soups and Salads are offered also. Homemade Fruit Cobbler, Banana Pudding and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie are featured. They make and sell their own BBQ Sauces. Outdoor seating is available. Kids menu available. Beer and Wine licensed. Dan and Helen (Elaine) Backhaus, owners.




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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs (The) Bavarian Haus German Restaurant, 433 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-8387. (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), Hähnchenschnitzel (Chicken Schnitzel), Zigeunerschnitzel (Pork Schnitzel with Peppers), Jägerschnitzel (Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce) and traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Austrian Style made from Veal). Käsespätzle (Cheese Pasta), Leberkäse (Pork & Veal Meatloaf), Schweinebraten (Pork Loin), Roulade (Rolled Beef), Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef) and Bratwurst (Pork & Veal Sausage) 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 extra. Lighter meals on a Pretzel Baguette. Special dishes like Grill Hax'n may be available too. Lunch items include Strammer Max (Ham & Eggs), Bratwurst und Kartoffelsalat (Sausage & Potato Salad), Kassler und Kartoffelsalat (Pork Chop & Potato Salad), among others. Desserts like homemade warm Apfelstrudel, Coup Dänemark, Eiskaffee (Coffee Float), Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Sacher Torte 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) 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 2 Dollar Signs 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. 1-352-245-3077. (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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Bella Nonna Pizzeria (& More), 280 Silverado St., Tavares, FL. 23.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-9370. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened March, 2019. Formerly Del Franco's Pizza, now "Beautiful Grandmother" in Italian. Located off CR 448 in the strip mall opposite Southridge Industrial Dr., about 1.5 miles east of US 19. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily, except Sunday 4-8 PM only. Offers New York Style Pizzas plus extra for toppings. Calzone and Pizza Rolls. Large Salads and an Antipasto offered. Pasta dishes are popular too, running to Eggplant or Chicken Parmesan. Baked Ziti is available too. Hot Subs. Wings and Chicken Tenders are offered too. Cannolis for dessert. Beer and Wine licensed. Casey, Susan and Robert Christian, owners.




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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Belleview Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 5428 SE Abshier Blvd. (US 27/441), Belleview, FL. 10.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-245-2091. (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. 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. Baked dishes, like Lasagna, Manicotti, Cannelloni and Baked Ravioli. Pizza in 3 sizes. Fried Shrimp or Mahi Mahi available. Hot and cold Subs offered for lunch. Italian desserts available also. Tuesday through Friday Special 3-5 PM is "Buy One - Get One" for Pasta dishes. Takeout menu. Limited beer and wine. Surcharge for using credit/debit cards. 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.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/23) Why we haven't been back here sooner than this, I have no idea. We were able to take advantage of their 3-5 PM BOGO. I had the (small) Stuffed Shells ($12.50) and my husband had the (small) Meat Ravioli ($12.50). I have to mention that the SMALL Meat Ravioli portion was HUGE. I can't even imagine what the LARGE portion would look like. Both meals were absolutely delicious. Our server, Michelle, was very nice and informative. With an Iced Tea ($3) and our meals, factoring in the BOGO, our bill came to $15.50 before t&t. By paying cash, we did not have to pay the nominal credit card fee that they add when you use a credit card. Everything was great here.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 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.

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9½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Big Bass Grill (Lakefront Resort & Marina), 965 CR 439, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 27.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-8150. (American) (Sports Bar) [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, Smoked Fish Spread, Buffalo Wings, Deep Fried Mushrooms, Coconut Shrimp, Gater Bites, Steamed Shrimp, Bud® & Old Bay® Shrimp, Dozen Oysters and Steamed Clams are on the list. For Sandwiches look for a Hot Dog, Italian Sausage Hoagie, Sloppy Joe, Chicken Sandwich, Crab Cake Sandwich, Angus Burger, Soft Shell Crab Sandwich and a Grouper Sandwich are available. Sandwiches come with a side. For Seafood you'll find Catfish Dinner, Fried Oyster Dinner, Fish & Chips, Grouper Fingers, Dozen Fried Shrimp Dinner, Cajun Boil, Grouper Dinner and a big Steamed Shrimp Boil For Two. Landside you'll find Five Chicken Fingers, a 12 oz. New York Strip, a 13 oz. Ribeye Steak and various 16 in. Pizzas. Many side dishes are available. Salads like House or Caesar are offered too. Kids menu available. Outdoor seating at picnic tables under umbrellas. Full bar and a Wine List. Entertainment on weekends. Glen and Danielle Lofley, owners.


Review: (from Walt L. 2/21) First this was a biker bar. We had lunch on a Saturday. People were also pulling in with boats. Some kids too. So not a typical Village crowd. But not an objectionable group either. We both had the Catfish Platter. Comes with Coleslaw and Fries. Two nice pieces of Fried Catfish. Also available grilled and blackened. Their best seller according to our waitress, Chrissy. $10.00! Good deal. Ate outside. Plenty of seating in and out. This Saturday had an entertainer, guitar/singer, at lunch. $27 for meals and drinks with tax before tip. We will go again.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/21) Sunday afternoon and the band was playing outside. Lots of bikers and locals. You would not know the pandemic was here. We found a picnic table away from the crowd. We both had Yuengling ($2.25 ea.). I had the Oyster Dinner with Mac 'n Cheese instead of Fries ($14). Pretty good. He had the Fish & Chips ($14). Generous portion of 4 pieces and lots of unusual Curled Fries. It was pretty good especially the Fries. Took home half. Kandaces, our green haired server, was way too busy. Had to go find our own beer cups, forgot my Mac 'n Cheese, waited for ketchup, waited for box, waited for check, waited for receipt. Fun watching the patrons dance. The band was good. Nice variety of music. Band ended at 5 PM. Our total was $33.50 before t&t. We felt safe. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/21) Interesting patio. We started with the Smoked Fish Dip ($8) for the table. Just OK. I had two Manhattans ($6 each).She had 2 Lemon Drop Martinis ($6 each). She also had the Mozzarella Caprese ($7), Steamed Clams ($15) and Mac & Cheese ($4). I had the Grouper fingers ($15). They were good. Stacy was our server. Slow kitchen. No masks here. Fun place. Total was $73. Wow!
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/21) Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM and there was hardly a crowd. We sat near the water in the shade. Still smokers surrounded us, but the breeze kept the smoke at bay. After a wait, Alex was our server. We ordered beers to start ($4 each). Everything we asked for, Alex, forgot, like water and glasses for the beers. They were out of Steamed Clams. I had Fried Oysters instead ($14) and he had both the Friend Coconut Shrimp Appetizer ($10) and a Cheese Burger ($12). The appetizer came out in 15 minutes but all our entrées took 40 minutes to imerge. I had a second beer while waiting ($4). Alex dropped off the food and fled. Everything the 4 of us ordered was cold. Like it had been on the kitchen shelf for the whole 40 minutes. We eventually let Alex know but send it back and wait another 40 minutes? No way! It was not worth it. He offered no solution other than "I'll tell the kitchen." The Burger bun was stale. Not a good experience this time and we have heard of others that have waited over an hour for food. We won't be back because of slow service plus cold food. Total was $48 before t&t.
Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/21) Dreary night and the place we were headed for nearby was closed on Tuesday now. Only one other party here. So we had 3 cocktails ($10 each). She had the Fried Oyster dinner ($15) and I had the Grouper Fingers ($16). I was not impressed. Just a few shriveled up pieces of fish and tons of Fries. Our total was $61 before t&t. Stacy was friendly. Won't be back soon.
Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Big Bob's Restaurant & Pizza, 12909 CR 25, Ocklawaha, FL. 10.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-288-4200. (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 at 12 inch, 14 inch and 16 inch sizes. There's also a Stuffed Pizza. Entrées include Baked Ziti, Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Meat or Cheese Ravioli, Manicotti and a Pasta Combo. Plus Eggplant, Chicken and Veal Parm. and Marsala, Francese, Piccata and Cacciatore items. Shrimp, Mussels and Calamari dishes available. Lots of Pasta dishes like Spaghetti, Linguini with Clam Sauce, Fettuccini Alredo and Linguini Carbonara. You'll also find Calzones and Strombolis. Hot and Cold Subs too. Wings are also available also. Soups, Salads and appetizers are also on the menu as well as a Kid's menu. Cannolis and Tiramisu 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.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon W. 1/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 7/19) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph M. 1/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/23) Friday night, 6 PM, not busy here. Susan waited on us in the first booth. We had a glass of Wine, a Diet Coke, Pasta Carbonara, Lasagna and 2 side Salads. Service was fine. The Pasta was tasty, Salads were white, the Lasagna was American, not Italian. Total was $42.50 with tax.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Dolphin Airways
Ended service in 1984 after 4 years in business.
Serviced a dozen Florida cities plus Savannah, GA., New Orleans, LA. and Charleston, SC.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 or a Chef Salad with Cheeses and Egg. Sandwiches are "Make Your Own" with Turkey, Beef, Ham or Pastrami, plus American, Swiss, Cheddar or Gouda, 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. A Miso Veggie Ramen Bowl is also available. "Bites" include Hot Pretzels, Bao (Steamed Buns), Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancake), Gyoza (Pot Stickers) and Beer Cheese Dip 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.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Big Man's Café, 1011 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL. 22.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-9867. (Cafe) (Southern) [B/L/D] Opened July, 2022. Located on NE 14th near NE 8th Ave. where Off Duty Tavern did business. Hours are 6 AM to 6 PM daily. Hearty meals here. For breakfast they have the usual Omelets, Biscuits & Gravy and Plates like Ham, Pork Chop, Corned Beef and Chicken. Lunch and dinner items are similar with Ribs, Stewed Beef, Sliced BBQ Pork, Ham Steak, Fried Fish, Shrimp, Pork Chop or Chicken, even Liver & Onions, Turkey Wings and Oxtails (with 2 sides). Burgers, Sandwiches and Loaded Potatoes are also on the menu. Some Cajun items offered here. Beer and wine licensed. Christian Geron Jr. and Sr., owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Big O's (Home Plate), 311 N. Market St., Bushnell, FL. 28.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-4618. (Diner) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened here in July, 2017. Named for Charlie Oswald, noted baseball coach. Just across the tracks from Main St. (US 301). Look for the red building. "Nothing fancy here, just good food." Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday, and Noon to 8 PM on Saturday. You'll find things like Fried Fish Dinner, BBQ Trio of Chicken, Pork and Ribs, A-U-C-E Peel 'n Eat Shrimp, Fried Chicken Dinner. You might find Prime Rib on Thursdays. On the Seafood list is Fried Catfish, Scallops, Fried Shrimp, Fried Oysters, Deviled Crab Dinner, Grilled or Blackened Fish du Jour, and Fried Platters. All come with two sides. For USDA PRIME Steaks you can order the 8 oz. Chopped Steak, the 8 oz. Sirloin, Strip Steak, 12 oz. T-Bone and 12 oz. Ribeye. Two sides come with those meals. Many appetizers. They make Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches and Big Dogs too. A Daily Soup might be Seafood Bisque or Loaded Potato. Corned Beef Special on St. Patrick's Day. Desserts like Lava, Cheese or Carrot Cakes, Apple Pie-a-La-Mode and a Root Beer Float will finish your meal. Craft Beer in cans or buckets full. Wine by the glass. Closes for a week in July for vacation. Call first. Magan Holt, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Big Rascal BBQ & Grille, 3437 NW Blitchton Rd. (US 27), Ocala, FL. 24.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-732-0344. (Barbecue) (Southern) [L/D] Opened on 2019. Located 1 block east of I-75 at NW 35th Avenue Rd. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily except closes at 4 PM on Sunday. Wooden benches and booths in a horse themed room. Big cow on the roof. Various appetizers like Corn Nuggets, Fried Pepper or Onion Rings, Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Battered Mushrooms and Breaded Okra start the menu. They offer Chicken Wings too. BBQ Plates like Pulled or Sliced Pork, Sliced Turkey, Beef Brisket, "Burnt Ends", Smoked Chicken, Pork & Chicken Combo and Baby Back or St. Louis Style Ribs are featured. Plus a Smokehouse Sausage Plate can be had. Specialties like the "Hot Mess" are made too. Burgers, BLT, Turkey Club, Chicken Parm. Sandwiches are also available. Even Fried Shrimp, Fried Cod and Fried Catfish fill the menu. Large Salads are also available. Brunswick Stew, Cut Corn, Garlic Toast, Mac 'n Cheese and other sides can be added. They offer 5 sauces for their meats. Some dishes presented on paper lined trays or disposable containers. Desserts are offered too. Beer and wine licensed. Happy Hour all day on beer. Specials offered daily. Military discount. Charles and Katherin Mardook, owners.




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12 Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Billy's Café (Lady Lake), 13752 US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-259-8988. (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. Everything, from fried potatoes to pancake batter, is "home made". No bar. 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.

Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) I haven’t been here in a long while because of COVID but I used to love coming here after I had my blood drawn nearby. Service is so quick and all the ladies who work there are always so nice. I always get my Hash and Home Fries. They are always wonderful. However today, I ordered a Veggie Omelette, Home Fries amd Coffee Tab came to $13. Omelette was huge and plenty of Home Fries. Look forward to my next visit there. I am so glad, it’s always crowded with Villagers. Love the fact it’s not a chain. Love to support independent restaurants.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Cheryl B. 5/22) Heard good reviews about this place so went on a Sunday after church. Busy but the staff really hustled and got everyone seated within about 20 minutes. Ordered the Sausage and Cheese Omelette and 1 Egg with Sausage. Both came with Bread and Home Fries. We also had 1 Coffee and 1 Diet Coke. Total bill was $26. Both of us felt it was OK and they seem to have a good local following. Nothing was special. Staff was really great and knew many of the customers. There are other better breakfast places, so this will be one and done for us.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Billy's Café (Tavares), 1601 S. Duncan Dr., Tavares, FL. 22.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-343-7433. (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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10½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Bistro (at The Grand Oaks Resort), 3000 Marion County Rd., Weirsdale, FL. 4.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-750-9500. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] May be closed for the summer months. Reopens first Saturday in September. Call for details. Formerly called TG's Gourmet Café and Lounge, now under new management. Located at the Grand Oaks Resort, about 1 mile east of CR 25. Use the main entrance and follow signs. Open for lunch daily, 11 AM to 3 PM. Also open for dinner daily 5 to 8 PM. Lunch items include various Paninis like Cheese, Turkey or Ham, Grilled Cheese, Burgers or Grilled Chicken on a Pretzel Roll, French Dip or a Cuban Sandwich. Various Cold Sandwiches, Flatbreads and Wraps are offered. There's also Peanut Butter and Jelly for the young at heart. Salads, like Strawberry Salad, Cobb Salad, Caprese Salad, Greek Salad, Caesar Salad and others are available. Soup du Jour or French Onion Soup are on the list. For dinner the menu is expanded to serve appetizers like Tomato Bruschetta, Wings, Caprese Salad, Flatbread, Chicken Tenders or Ahi Tuna. Entrées are served with Soup or Salad, Potato or Rice and a Vegetable. They offer a Prime Steakburger, Vegetable Stir Fry, Ahi Tuna Plate, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Oscar, Grilled Salmon and a Kansas City Strip Steak. An 8 oz. Filet Mignon is offered sometimes. A Dinner Salad is also offered. Desserts like Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Trilogy and Ice Cream can be had. Espresso and Cappuccino 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. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. for your own wine. Weekend entertainment (7-9 PM) and other evening activities in season. Reservations taken by phone. Open Thanksgiving Day with a Buffet by reservation only. Closed on July 4th. Michael Wilkinson and Susan Hawkins of Leesburg, new restaurant operators. Tom Golisano, sole owner of Grand Oaks Resort now.


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.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 2/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 2/18) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/21) What a difference a week makes! Last week we had great food and service - now - DISASTER! Extensive changes to the menu. Anything that required a chef, is gone! My comment to our table, "Must have lost their chef"...it was worse. Our waitress confirmed that the chef and two line cooks were fired. The manager was fired. Several wait staff, fired! No bartender either. We watched as a table of four near us who had no reservation was served before us. Our overworked waitress gave that table to another waitress and just dumped us! At least they kept the Friday Prime Rib Special, but the rest of the menu was short-order stuff. Their famed 5 Layer Florida Orange Cake was small and only 3 layers and not the same recipe. Asked for the manager - never came (or do they have one?) Expensive too! Our Steaks, 2 Beers, and Orange Cake was over $100. We thought the "talent" was more like a Karaoke Session!
Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs (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, Chicken Wings, Gator Tail, Crab Cakes or Seared Ahi Tuna. They offer a Charcuterie Board also. Sandwiches include Pork Fritter, Philly Cheese Steak, Burgers, Cuban and a Gulf Coast Reuben. Single Sliders include Ginger Pork or Grilled Chicken, Chicken & Waffle or Caprese, Ahi Tuna, Crab Cake, Duck Confit, Beef Patty or Beef Tenderloin. Soups and Salads, like Greek Grouper, Caesar, or Black 'n Blu are also on the menu. For featured dessert you can make your own Ice Cream Sandwiches. Full bar with a cocktail list. Happy Hour 3-7 PM. Brian Shipman, chef; Tony Sardinia, owner.


Billy's Café (Tavares)


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Not Rated Coming Soon Blind Eye, 328 NE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) [L/D] Located in downtown Ocala, 3 blocks north of SR 40, in a brick building that was once a Chevrolet dealership, then a radio station. This is one of the restaurants in The Forge at Madison Commons. This will be a prohibition-era speakeasy, with an elevated patio bar and ground floor restaurant. Opening is expected in 2024. Carlos Sanchez and Wendell Landry, owners here and of the Horse and Hounds Restaurant (see that listing).



Closed 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] After 10 years in operation here, this location closed in late 2023. Members gave it a rating of 13 ½ Stars.



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Long Gone - Chicken Ranch Drive-In (1940s)
With Car Hop Service
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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 3 Dollar Signs 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: Florida Stone Crabs (in season 10/15 to 5/1). 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 like Shrimp Fettuccine to 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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bountiful (Farms and) Bistro, 27314 CR 33, Okahumpka, FL. 15.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-409-3204. (Southern) (Vegetarian) [L] Opened in 2018. Located between 3rd and Main St., near the sign, on CR 33/48, just south of CR 470W, 1.5 miles south of the US 27 "Split" in South Leesburg. Open only winter months, October through May, Wednesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM and Sundays too in March. It's open-air outdoor seating at tables under the huge oak tree. Bistro closed during inclement weather. Call if in doubt. Served from a food trailer, not a kitchen. Unique creations from fresh ingredients served in disposable baskets with plastic utensils. Menu changes seasonally. You'll find items like Appetizers: Pita Chips and Kale Dip, Fried Green Tomatoes, Grilled Mushroom Caps filled with Cream Cheese, Roasted Beet Skins, Crunchy Fish Sticks and Poppin Nannies. Salads are popular with "Ladies The Lunch" like Farm House Salad, Asian Baby Salad, Fruity Salad, Wedgie Salad, Romaine and a Grilled Seasonal Veggie Salad. You can always add Avocado, Bacon, Chicken, Shrimp or Mahi. A Soup is offered daily. For Sandwiches choose from a 'Shroom [Vegan] Burger, The Beat [Bacon & Egg], Chick Chick Boom [Chickpea & Tomato Cakes], Shrimp Po' Boy, BLT and FGT, Grilled Chicken, Breaded Turkey and Gouda Cheese, Southern Chick, Roast Beef on a Hoagie, Grilled Mahi, ½ lb. Beef Burger, Fried Cod, Lamb Gyro or Corned Beef on Rye. All Sandwiches come with a side dish like Slaw, Veggie, Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit, Fries or a Side Salad. Specials daily. Desserts might be Homemade Pies or Cakes. Charge for split meals. Occasional music. Reservations by phone accepted and suggested for Saturday, or arrive before 11 AM. No bar, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea are available. BYOB. No Corkage Fee for your own wine. Well behaved pets welcome. The Farm Stand offers local produce. Gareth and Jessica Gentry, owners and chefs.


Review: (from Jackie N. 1/23) A new menu was revealed on Wednesday which is filled with many Mediterranean foods such as Shawarmas and Gyros as well as some of the favorites from their previous menu. I enjoyed my favorite Roast Beef au Jus with a side Fruit Salad and my husband had a Lamb Gyro. Along with 2 hot Teas and tax and tip, our bill was less than $40. There is a Farmer's Market held here on Wednesdays mornings.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs 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, Fried Green Tomatoes with Creole Mustard Sauce, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa and New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with Cajun Garlic Brown Butter Sauce. Soups include Grilled Mushroom or Lobster Bisque and their popular Braised Onion Soup with Fontina Cheese Top. Salads include a Mixed Green House, Hearts of Romaine, Mixed Baby Lettuce, and Spinach or Caprese Salads. 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, Roast Turkey Breast with Sage Stuffing, Pasta Primavera, Southern Fried Chicken, Lemon Chicken with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce or a Vegetarian entrée. There's an 8 oz. Grilled Mahi Mahi, Grilled Norwegian Salmon with Hollandaise or Maple Pecan Salmon on the menu. At the top end are 8 oz. or 12 oz. Prime Rib au Jus, Country Fried Filet Mignon with Brown Gravy, 10 oz. New York Strip Steak, Braised Beef Short Ribs, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and an 8 oz. Grilled Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce. 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, and Fried White Fish or Philly Cheese Steak. 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. Nicole Lassiter, owner.


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.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 1/18) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 12/19) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Review: (from Valerie C. 8/21) Service was excellent. Menu items are familiar favorites.He had the Eggplant Parmesan and I had Lemon Chicken. Portions were very large and hot off the stove, not the warming lamp. Both main courses were excellent, very flavorful and not drowning in Tomato Sauce He had the French Onion Soup and he said it was one of the best he's ever had. The broth was rich, full of flavor, onions and perfectly seasoned. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Food and service are excellent and the menu is full of comfort food. Definitely a cut above other diners.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 10/21) Our first time here for our Gourmet Dine-out Dinner. We started out with Onion Soup ($10) and Crispy Onion Fritters ($9), both were quite good and the Soup did not have that hard layer of cheese over the top that makes it hard to eat. Then Maryland Crab Cakes ($23), they were delicious, and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa ($20), also very good. Came with Green Beans with soft Onions and Pork Belly, best Beans I've ever had and very good Mashed Potatoes. Dessert was Bread Pudding ($8), supposed to have won a contest as Princess Diana's favorite Bread Pudding. It was very good and Triple Layer Cheesecake ($10) that was fantastic. Service was slow as our waiter also tended bar.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/21) Haven't been here in a while. Was actually our second choice. We had to wait 15 minutes for a table. Seemed short staffed here. The kitchen was slow too. We had a Lemon Drop Martini, "Well" Manhattan (the bill listed it as Marker's Mark. We also had Liver and Onions and Pecan Crusted Salmon plus one half Caesar. Can only read the total on the bill, it was $64 before t&t. Everything was good. The Salmon was great. Andrew was our (inexperienced) server. Good enough to come back.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/22) We arrived a little early and were seated immediately. The other 4 in our party arrived shortly after. Our server, Joanne E. was one of the best servers we've ever had. She was polite, attentive and very helpful. My husband ordered a Shiraz Wine ($9.50). I had water. We ordered off their "specials of the day" menu. My husband had the Prime Rib ($39) and I had what they called Colossal Shrimp Scampi ($25). My husband said (and I agreed as I tasted it) the Prime Rib was excellent. Done perfectly and tasted great. My Shrimp Scampi was OK but not terrific. They did have very large shrimp in it but the taste just wasn't there for me. My husband had a coffee ($3) and I ordered a piece of Coconut Cream Pie but took it home ($9). Our total bill before t&t was $85.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/22) Our Gourmet Group of 8 was seated for our reservation upon arrival. Our server, Rachel, was efficient and friendly. We start with the Onion Fritters appetizer ($11). Tasty and shareable. Their warm crusty onion rolls with the flavored SOFT butter are wonderful. I had the Chicken Parmesan over Risotto ($20). Good portion and nice change with the Risotto instead of Pasta. My husband had the Liver & Onions ($17). It came with very nice crock of seasoned Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Bacon & Onion. We enjoyed our meals. A good amount of the menu choices have changed since the last time we were here. And the prices have skyrocketed. One thing that hasn't changed, they still have the hard wooden chairs. Very difficult to be comfortable after sitting for 15 minutes. I bring my own cushion. Our bill came to $51 before t&t. They do automatically add 20% gratuity for groups over 7 people. We enjoyed our evening here and will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 9/22) Dinner for eight. Service started out somewhat disorganized but improved as we went. Drinks and appetizers were slow to come out. Server, Rachel, brought delicious Rolls to the table and kept the baskets replenished. We all enjoyed the Onion Fritter appetizer. I had Seared Grouper, very plain with just four slices of lemon on top, served with nicely seasoned Green Beans and wildly over-salted and over-spiced Potatoes. I rarely find a Potato I don’t like but these were inedible. My husband had a decent Meatloaf, served with Green Beans and very nice Whipped Potatoes. Total including one Coffee and one Red Sangria was $73 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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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Not Rated 1 Dollar Sign Coming Soon Breakfast at Tiffany's, 112 S. 5th St., Leesburg, FL. 10.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-901-7827. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L] Occupying the space next to Turners Kitchen & Bar on 5th St. were The Amsterdammer did business for a while. Billed as a stylish and elegant café. You can expect many unique breakfast items like BlueBerry Biscuit, Cinnamon Rolls and a Sausage Gravy Bomb. For lunch you will find Sandwiches, Burgers, Soups and Salads. No bar. Biker friendly. Opening early 2024. Tiffany Hobgood, owner.




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13½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Calorie Count Breakfast Station (Leesburg), 2229 N. Citrus Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 8.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-315-0291. (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. Omelets are also on the menu. Pressed Tortillas at lunch. Burgers, Sandwiches and Salads too. No bar. Founded in 1955 in Port Richey, FL., slowly expanding to 9 locations in west central Florida. A new one is on SR 200 in Ocala. Cash and Kathy Smith, franchisors here; Larry Burchell and Lisa Alexander, owners.


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.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/20) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 4/21) I had a Cheeseburger with Fries. I have eaten at this pace several times lately. I've had both breakfast and lunch. I find their meals to be fresh, and cooked to perfection. This time I tried the Burger. It was ½ pound cooked to medium rare which was the way I asked it to be. The Fries were a crisp medium color, crunchy on the outside, soft inside. In the past few weeks, I have had several of their breakfasts. Their Omelettes were delicious and their Combo meals filled with eggs, pancakes, potatoes and both bacon and sausage. Best thing is that they are reasonable at under $10 for many things on the menu. Hint: stay away from French Toast- the Pancakes are much better. Their waitresses are friendly and right there with your coffee, refilling it constantly. Place is COVID clean if you sit in the booths. There is plastic between booths and they wash everything down in between people including the seats.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/21) Decided to try some place new this Sunday. Very busy at 9:30 AM, however this staff is very efficient and we didn't have to wait that long to be seated. Our server, Becca, was very nice and informative. There menu has a nice variety of offerings for breakfast and lunch. For today, I stayed with my usual of Eggs, Sausage, Home Fries and English Muffin ($8). My husband had a Build Your Own Omelet with Hash Browns and Toast ($9). Both the meals were delicious and delivered in a timely manner, considering how busy the restaurant was. We each had Coffee ($2 each). Our bill came to $21. We will return here for sure. Some of the other items on the menu have me very interested in trying.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Brester's Coney Island, 506 S. Pine Ave. Ocala, FL. 21.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-5693. (Breakfast) (Diner) [B/L/D] Opened in December, 2020. Once was Mojo's Grill (Ocala West), it's Located near the Ocala Police Dept. in Pine Plaza on US 27/441. Hours are 8 AM to 3 PM daily, except closed Sundays, but 'til 6 PM on Saturday. Offers the usual items for breakfast plus things like Chocolate Chip Pancakes and an 8 oz. New York Strip Steak with two Eggs and Potatoes. For lunch they have appetizers like Fried Mushrooms or Pickles. They have a wide variety of Burgers, plus Grilled Cheese, Meatloaf, Pork Loin, Country Fried Steak, Ham 'n Cheese, Fried or Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Meatball Sub, Lettuce Wrap, Ribeye Steak Sub and other hand-helds are. Salads are available. It wouldn't be called Coney Island without Hot Dogs ("Frankfurters" in Brooklyn) and they have a few styles. Fries and Onion Rings are prevalent too. No bar but Chocolate or Strawberry Milk can be found. Randy Trudell and Brianna Clayton, of Eastern Michigan, owners.




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Continental Airlines
Started service way back in 1937 by Walter Varney. It serviced Daytona, Ft. Lauderdale,
Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach and
many destinations in South America before merging into United Airlines, 75 years later in 2012.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Brick & Barrel Kitchen & Bar, 31 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-602-4227. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in mid-July, 2022. At the corner of E. Magnolia and N. Eustis. This was once Mack's Wine Bar & Café, then T-Bones & Buster's Bar & Grill, then 31 Magnolia Restaurant and Bar, then The Retro Steakhouse & Grill, then Café Gianni, then Tillie's Tavern & Grill, then P.J.'s Chophouse, which never materialized and now Brick & Barrel Kitchen & Bar. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM. Full bar with drafts, cocktails and wine. Happy Hour runs 11 AM to 6 PM. A limited menu includes Mushroom Chicken, Shrimp Alfredo, Blackened Mahi, Honey Bourbon Salmon, 8 oz. Pork Chop, Grilled Red Snapper, 10 oz. NY Strip, 6 oz. Filet Mignon and a 14 oz. Delmonico. You can also order Flatbreads, Burgers and Sandwiches. Salads are also available. A plant-based Burger and Stuffed Mushrooms are there for Veggie-tarians. Live music on weekends from 8 PM. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. Alberto Ciseros. owner here and at The Brick & Barrel Public House (see that listing) in Leesburg.


Review: (from Rich C. 9/22) Been by a few times and it was always busy. On a Saturday night at 5:30 PM it was half full. We sat at the window and Jenna waited on us. Similar menu to the sister location in downtown Leesburg. We had Maple Old Fashions ($9 each) and the Half Chicken entrée with double Asparagus ($18). If that was double veggie then single Asparagus would have been 4 spears. I had the Chicken & Shrimp Alfredo ($19), no sides included. Both were pretty good. The Table Bread was very good, so we asked for a second loaf. Got very noisy inside. Nice selection. Our total was $55 before t&t plus 4% for credit card use. We hate that charge. Went to Magnolia Wine Garden across the street for wine.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Brick & Barrel Public House, 209 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-431-3069. (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. A few Flatbreads. Sandwiches like Burgers and Fried Fish. Entrées come with two sides and include Bone-In Pork Chop, Angus Beef Sirloin, 8 oz. Angus Steak Frites, 12 oz. Coffee Rubbed Ribeye and a Rack of Lamb. A Salad adds to the bill. Various large Salads, Chili and Soups offered. 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. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. 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), Mammoth Oak Brewing Company (see that listing) and The Brick & Barrel Kitchen & Bar (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/19) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/20) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/20) 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.

Review: (from Walt L. 2/21) Our visit was disappointing. Waitress said this was the busiest Friday night in months and they were not prepared. Service was very slow. Went to bar and my first 2 choices of beer were out. Switched to glass of wine. They had to wash wine glasses because they were low. Ate outside and table was well worn. Traffic at times only 6 feet away. I had a Fish Trio of Filet, Shrimp and Scallops, blackened. Decent quality. Long wait to get lemon and salt at table. My friend had the Steak Salad. Only so-so. Interior was nice and spacious but somewhat plain bar-ish. Service was friendly and apologetic but overwhelmed. On the positive side parking was convenient. And my friend picked up the check.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ron P. 9/21) Unfortunately, we arrived at the restaurant at 4:45 PM on a Friday. At that time, the place was packed with a young 20 something crowd that was loud as they celebrated the end of their work week. It was difficult for my wife and I to hear each other. Next time, we'll go on a different day. I had a Spinach & Walnut Salad with Grilled Chicken ($12.50) and my wife had a Ribeye Steak with two sides ($29). A $3 Beer and a $7.50 Red Berry Riot drink completed the meal. Total less t&t was $52.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/21) Our first time here. This was dinner at 4:30 PM for 18 of us after a show at the Melon Patch Theatre. Stacy, our only server, did an excellent job taking care of us. We had our own room, which was wonderful. I had the Chicken Philly Sandwich ($10). Very tasty. My husband had the Avacado BLT Sandwich ($10.49) that he also enjoyed. With the Side Salad that I ordered ($4) and a beverage ($2.59), our bill came to $27 before t&t. I would like to come back and try some of the other dishes that sounded interesting.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/22) Early Sunday dinner. Stacy was our server. Could not make a Manhattan because they were out of Sweet Vermouth. Hmmm! So we had 3 Old Fashions between us ($8 ea.). He had a Side Caesar ($4) which was large. He also had the Fried Haddock Sandwich with Cole Slaw ($11). I had the Guacamole Burger ($14). The total was $53 before t&t. Not bad, our friends enjoyed their's too.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 6/22) We had a Martini ($6) and a Maple Old Fashioned ($8) with Pineapple Chicken and double Veggies ($15) and the Spinach & Walnut Salad with Chicken ($13.50). Daniel F. was our friendly server. The food was very good until the surprise at the end. Our total was $43 but there was an item added called "CC Surcharge" which was 4% of the total. Daniel explained it is added to cover the bank credit card charge and every business does it now! What? Since when? Not happy with this addition.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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 2 Dollar Signs 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, Pork Sliders, Smoked Chicken Nachos, Fried Onion Rings or Green Tomatoes, Pork Quesadilla, Boom Boom Shrimp, Smoked Chicken Wings and Burnt Beef Brisket Ends. For main dishes you can find various BBQs like Texas Hot Links, Pulled Pork Shoulder, Carolina Pork, Pit Smoked Chicken, Smoked Turkey Breast, Dry Rub Spare Ribs and Beef Brisket. All come with Texas Toast and 2 sides. Platters include Fried Chicken, Catfish, Smokehouse Chicken, Shrimp 'n Grits, Grilled Salmon, Barbecued Shrimp, Grilled Mahi Mahi and a 12 oz. Rib-Eye. These come with Cornbread and 2 sides too. Sandwiches of Pork, Brisket, Turkey or Chicken are available. Specialty Sandwiches, like a Burger, Catfish, Mahi or Reuben are offered too. Brunswick Stew and Grilled Salmon Salad and others are on the Soup 'n Salad List. For beverages they have a full bar with Cocktails, Beer (e.g. Swamp Head on tap) and Wines/Champagne, 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. 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 4/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 1/22) Had a nice lunch at Brick City. I ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Platter and my husband had the Nashville Hot Chicken. The server warned him that the Chicken was really hot, which we appreciated. My Fried Chicken came with "White Gravy" that came in an oddly congealed lump, the consistency of Mashed Potatoes. That was definitely the low point. The Fried Chicken itself was delicious, well-seasoned and not at all greasy. The Mac & Cheese side was also a hit. The Garlic-Cheddar Grits were nice. The Sweet Potato Mash was just OK. Total before t&t was $38.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Brisas del Mar II Mexican Restaurant (Lady Lake), 360 S. Hwy 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 3.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-775-8912. (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, Seafood dishes, Fajitas, Chimichangas, Enchiladas and Flautas each), Chicken, Pork, Beef, Vegetarian, Combination and specialties like Dos Frontras, Steak Ranchero or Tampiqueno, Los Dos Primos and Molcajete. Deep Fried Ice Cream, Flan, Sopapillas, Fried Cheesecake and Churros are available. Kids and lunch menu available. Now full bar. Outdoor seating available. Some reservations accepted here. Another location is in Fort Pierce. A third is in Ocala. Martin Lopez-Lopez, owner.


Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 10/18) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Louis S. 9/21) Good food, good service, good ambiance, reasonably priced.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/23) Four of us shared the Super Nachos and still had lots of them to take home! Warm chips and excellent Salsa was complimentary. One of us had the 3-item Combination of Tostada, Burrito and Enchilada, all with Ground Beef and served with Rice & Beans, which was huge and delicious. The group also shared an appetizer of Shredded Beef smothered with lots of white Cheese. Another had simply a Chicken Burrito, but with extra Cheese on top. Another had Enchiladas with Rice & Beans and the last in our party had Chicken Quesadillas with Rice & Beans. Two of us had Beers and the other two Mojitos. All drinks were excellent. Total before t&t was $96 and we took home three large boxes, enough for at least 6 meals. Prices and portions remain very good since last visit in 2018. Had some language difficulties with new waiter, but it all worked out just fine. Will return soon, for sure!
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 4/23) It was not very busy at noon on a Sunday, which should have been a warning sign. The server came and took our order quickly but the food was slow to come out. We realized nobody had food and then everyone’s lunch seemed to come out of the kitchen at once. Maybe the cooks were late. We had Chips and Guacamole, an Enchilada/Tamale Combo Plate and a Supremo Burrito. Everything was just OK. Our server never returned to check on us and we had to beg someone else for our check. With one Soda, it was $28 before t&t.
Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Brisas del Mar III Mexican Restaurant (Ocala), 1900 S. Pine Ave. (US 27/441), Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-5956. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened December, 2022. Located just past Latinos y Mas Restaurant and two blocks south of busy SW 17th St. on US 27/441. This is their third location, and occupies 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. Reservations accepted here. Some outdoor seating available. It offers the same menu as their other locations. Their first two restaurants are in Fort Pierce and Lady Lake. Manuel Lopez, chef; Martin Lopez-Lopez, owner.




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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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13½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs 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 as a base, then add any of a dozen toppings are extra. Sicilian Style Pizza is available. 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). Gluten free dough too. A variety of Strombolis and Calzones are offered. Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Heros and other creations too. Dinners are available starting with Italian Appetizers, Wings, Salads and Soups. The typical Pasta dishes are offered from Penne with Marinara, to Lasagna, to Shrimp Scampi on Pasta. Six styles of Chicken dishes are on the menu like Parmesan, Francese, Marsala, Toscana, Parma Rosa and Chicken Timothy, all with a side of Pasta. There's also Eggplant Parmesan or Rollatini, also with a side of Pasta. Seafood Combination Buckets on Saturday vary 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 dozen Tiger Shrimp for an additional charge. Desserts include Cannolis, Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Black & White Lava Cake. Full bar. Specials daily. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Winner 2018 "Best Burgers" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Occasional entertainment on Fridays at 6:30 PM. Danae, Richard and Sharon Lowery, new owners.


Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 9/21) Arrived before 5 PM on a Saturday and got a window table. Muscleman, Brant, was our friendly server. We all had the Infinite Dark Roast Stout ($5.50 ea). She had the Country Fried Chicken ($12) with Mashed and Mac 'n Cheese and she loved it. I had the Daily Special Surf & Turf, Sirloin Steak, 6 Grilled Shrimp and Mashed with a Salad ($20). Total before t&t was $43. Can't beat this place for a large food selection, lots of beers and good service. It was full when we left.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/23) Not too busy on a Friday night before Christmas. We had a Manhattan ($8) and a S'Mores Martini ($10.50). We also ordered the Angry Chick Flatbread ($17) and 2 Mac 'n Cheese sides ($4 ea.). What arrived was the Angry Chick Pizza ($26.50). Rather than wait for it to be re-made, we just told Elizabeth, our server, it was OK. We'll take the extra home. No comp offered for the server's error but she was apologetic. Excellent Pizza. Our total was $53 plus 4% credit card fee, plus t&t. Got noisy here.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Brooklyn's Pizzeria, 27405 US Hwy. 27, Ste. 111 Leesburg, FL. 15.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-728-2020. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Formerly called Mamma's Pizzeria, it opened October, 2019 and changed its name in February, 2021. 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 base price 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. Dinners with a side Salad and Garlic Knots like Spaghetti Marinara/Meat Sauce/Garlic Butter/Meatballs/Chicken/Alfredo . Baked Ziti, Lasagna, Chicken Parm., Eggplant Parm., Penne ala Vodka, Pasta Carbonara, Salsiccia di Panna, Chicken Marsala, Pesca Pollo al Forno, Shrimp Alfredo or Pomodoro or Primavera are among the main entrées offered. Large and small Salads like Tossed, Chef, Caesar, Greek or Antipasto are on the menu too. Subs available too. Appetizers include 6 or 12 Garlic Knots , Garlic Bread, Chicken Fingers, Pepperoni Rolls, plus Chicken Wings are also popular. 4% surcharge added to the bill for using a credit card. 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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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs BTW, 115 E. Main St., Tavares, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-9287. (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, various Tacos and various Waffles. 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, Smashed Brussels Sprouts, Fried Cheese Curds, Corn Cobs and Waffle Fries 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 2023. Rebecca Doherty and Craig Williamson, owners here and at the neighboring BRU Tap House at the other end of the building.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/20) 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.

Review: (from Dennis C. 4/22) Three of us, stopped for a quick bite on a Sunday. We had Blueberry Lemon French Toast ($9), Truffle Fries in a Basket ($10), a Crème Brûlée Latte ($5), a Cold Brew ($3.50) and a Drip Coffee ($3). Josie took our order. She was friendly and made recommendations. Food took a while to arrive but we sat outside and it was a nice day. Everything tasted great. $30.65 total before t&t. We like this little place.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 4/22) It was busy for Saturday lunch, but worth the wait for the food. I had “Winner Winner” Chicken & Waffles. The Waffle was cooked perfectly and arrived hot and the Bourbon Maple Syrup was delicious. The Chicken was nicely seasoned and not greasy. My husband had “Mac ’n in the Shack”, BTW's upscale version of a Big Mac, which was excellent. Waffle Fries were nothing special. Ordered a Twisted Deliciousness Giant Pretzel as an appetizer but everything came at once so we took it home and enjoyed it later. With a bottle of water and bottle of Mexican Coke it came to $47 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 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.
A flight from St. Petersburg to Grand Cayman took
3 hours with a refueling stop in Key West.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Bully Brewing, 2204 Griffin Rd., Leesburg FL. 9.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-638-9207. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in 2020. Located on Griffin Road, 0.7 miles west of Wawa on US 27/441. Hours are usually from 3-8 PM, Tuesday through Thursday, to 11 PM on weekends but closed Sunday and Monday. A microbrewery offering home-made Beers, Ales, Porters and Stouts with some food for a chaser. It's an after work hangout. Limited menu of a Hot Dog, Grilled Cheese, Tuna Melt, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a Cuban. They also have PB&J for the kids. Usually 10 Beers on tap ranging from Black Widow Cider to Pawfect Porter. For entertainment they have Wednesday: 6 PM Trivia or 6 PM Bingo, Friday: 7 PM Karaoke, Saturday: 5 PM Open Mic or a 6 PM Featured Band. Hoppy Hour is 4-6 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 25% off Sandwiches on Thursday 4-6 PM. Dog friendly. Dixie greets you at the door. Outdoor seating available. Cornhole in the backyard. Ryan Gonzalez, owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 6/23) We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. Brian and Allison at the bar. We each had a pint of Porter. She had the Grilled Cheese Sandwich which was spicy. I had a Cuban Sandwich which was good. Both came with a Pickle and a bag of Chips. Happy Hour on the beers. Friendly atmosphere. No trivia tonight. Total came to $32 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Buster Tubbs Taste of Louisiana, 110 S. New Hampshire Ave., Tavares FL. 20.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-742-7676. (American) (Grill) [B/L/D] Closed in 2023, soon to become The Lake Dora Courtyard.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 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. 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.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Cafe Lucia, 10333 SE Sunset Harbor Rd., Summerfield, FL. 4.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-510-0286. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Formerly the Sunset Harbor Lighthouse and Marina where Sunset Harbor Rd. turns into SE 147th Pl. Opened July 31, 2023 after a big spruce up to the property. Coffee Shop, Café and Ice Cream Parlor all rolled into one. Hours are from 7 AM to 4 PM every day. Offers Breakfast and Lunch Combos like Bacon, Egg, Provolone, Mayo and Sriracha served on a Bagel or Croissant. Golden Brown Hash Browns topped with Mushrooms, Cheddar Cheese, Sautéed Onions and Peppers is mouthwatering. PB&J French Toast and Avocado Toast are also popular. Sandwiches include a Turkey BLT, Grilled Cheese and Soup, Chicken Salad or Spinach Salad. Coffee Concoctions, Teas, Soda, Beer & Wine, plus Mystic Ice Cream served. Kid friendly. Outdoor seating and dock access available. Jessica Harper (of Swamp Dawg Restaurant Management Group), owner.




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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Campo Azul Mexican Kitchen, 17860 SE 109th Ave., Suite 613, Summerfield, FL. 2.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-693-2096. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened late May, 2023. Located in the Spruce Creek Terrace Shoppes where Sam's St. John's Seafood did business for many years, across from Walmart on US 27/441. The name means "Blue Field". Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. Lunch served until 2:30 PM. Offering authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. You'll find numerous Enchiladas, Chicken dishes, like Arroz con Pollo, Steak dishes, like Bistec y Camarones, many Burritos, Fajitas, Tacos, Quesadillas, Seafood dishes, like Shrimp Chimichanga and a few Specialties like Cazuelon or Molecajete. Combo dishes are popular here, even a Taco Salad. Kids menu available. Full bar licensed. Yaneth Jamie Quesada, owner.


Review: (from Harry M. 9/23) Second time here for lunch, both were great. I had the Queso Fundido from the appetizer menu and had Chorizo and Mushrooms added for only $1, as well as some Flour Tortillas, for a total of $8.50. It was exceptionally good. She had the Half Chimichanga Lunch for $11 and it was a very large portion, served with lots of Lettuce, Tomatoes, Refried Beans and plentiful Guacamole. A House Margarita for $8 and Beer in a frosted mug for $5 completed the meal. A basket of warm Tortilla Chips and some outstanding Salsa were complimentary. Before t&t, but including drinks, the total cost was $32.50
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 10/23) Nice visit here. Good food, good service, good prices. I like the décor here too. I had the Popeye Chicken ($16). My husband had the Chimichangas ($16). Both were very enjoyable. Eli served us well. With a delicious House Margarita ($9), our bill came to $41. I highly recommend this place.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Lisa S. 12/23) We really enjoyed our visit to Campo Azul. The colors throughout the restaurant were very colorful and bright. Our server, Leonardo, was delightful and attentive. We each enjoyed our Margarita which was served with both an Orange and a Lime. Mine had a beautiful flower in it. The Super Burrito and 2 Tacos with Rice and Beans were delicious and good-sized portions, which were served very quickly and piping hot. Total before t&t was $44. We will definitely go back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Now Open Candelaria Eatery & Cafe, 4059 Thomas St., Suite A01, Oxford, FL. 7.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-399-2329. (Cafe) (Spanish) [B/L/D] Opened in January, 2024. Located off US 301 in Preston Plaza, ½ mile south of CR 466. Candelaria - "Lighting the way". Open 8 AM to 6 PM daily except Sunday is 10 AM to 4 PM. Offering Columbian dishes with some Spanish mainstays as well. White Rice and Red Beans are a specialty. They offer Burgers, Ropa Vieja Sandwiches, Cobb Salad, Chorizo, Paisa Bowl and Mazorcada as well. Sides like Fried Plantains, Yuca Fries, Red Beans and White Rice are some of the sides they offer. All items cooked to order. Beer license applied for. Angelica Moncada Aguirre and Javier Garcia Mendez owners.


Review: (from Peggy R. 1/24) This is an unexpected treat tucked away in a cluster of metal buildings on US 301. I had the Patacon Burger ($8), an absolutely delicious and creative Burger topped with Guacamole, Salsa and Sour Cream, served between two Tostones instead of a roll. The meat is ground in house and was very flavorful. The Tostones were perfectly thin and crisp. I had a side of very nice Yucca Fries ($3.50). My husband had the Dorado Sandwich ($10), grilled chicken with bacon and pineapple and regular Fries ($3.50), both of which were excellent. The owner, Angelica, checked on us twice during our meal while her husband cooked in the back. Great food, great service, and great value. I’m now torn between wanting to try everything on the menu and craving another one of those Burgers.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Candler Hills Restaurant, 8139 SW 90th Terr. Rd., Ocala, FL. 27.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-861-9720. (American) [L/D] aka: "The Club at Candler Hills". 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, Crab Cakes, Meat Loaf, Pasta Primavera and Grilled or Blackened Rib Eye Steak. Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches are also on the menu. Various Paninis like Cuban, Bacon Egg and Cheese, Chicken Pesto and Italian. A-la-carte vegetables are available. Lunch like Egg Salad Sandwich and Crab Cake or Mahi offered. Large Salads are also offered like Cobb, Key Lime Chicken, Caesar and others. Rich desserts, like Kahlua Flan, Killer Brownie Sundae, Key Lime or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. Early Bird Specials offered seasonally before 6 PM. Friday Fish Specials and Weekend Prime Rib Dinners are featured. Sunday Brunch runs 9 AM to 1:30 PM. Full bar. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Don Hall, restaurant manager; developer owned.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila Bar, 35 SE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-325-8226. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened December 2, 2021. Located downtown in the SE corner of the square (Broadway and 1st Ave.), in a former bank building, opposite Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille and the new Hilton Hotel. Open 11 AM to Late Night but from 10 AM on Saturday and closes at 9 PM on Sunday. Tex-Mex style food and a trendy bar that specializes in Tequila, of course. Examples of appetizers are Chicken Tortilla Soup, Mexican Chop Salad or Steak Salad. Or start your meal with Chips & Queso, Mexican Street Corn, Queso Fundido, Chicken Flautas, Table Side Guacamole, Aguachile Verde, Carne Asada Nachos or Corn & Scallops. Tacos include (singles or triples): Cartina, Roasted Butternut Squash, El Tejano, Birria or Grilled Shrimp. For Specialties you'll find Chicken Enchiladas, Quesadilla, Cantina Bowl, Pollo Monterey, Cantinero Burger, Grilled Pork Chop, Molcajete Mixto, Fish of the Day, Lomo Fino Filet and at the top of the list is Ribeye Steak. Sides cost extra, like Yellow Rice, Roasted Cream Corn, Fried Green Beans or a Vegetable. Specials offered daily. Desserts include Chocolate Mousse, Churros, Cheesecake, Tres Leches and Key Lime Pie. A Lunch Menu (11 AM to 3 PM) offers items like Carnitas and Taco Salad. A Saturday Brunch Menu (10 AM to 3 PM) offers Breakfast items like Avocado Toast, a Burrito, Chicken and Waffles, Chilaquiles or Steak and Eggs. Full bar and the Drink Menu shows over 75 Tequilas. Happy Hour weekdays 2-6 PM. Reduced Margaritas on Mondays. Reduced Tacos on Tuesdays. Live entertainment, private parking lot and a venue on two floors. Outdoor patio seating available. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Eric Natera, chef. Operated by Brick City Hospitality same as The Lodge Craft Pub & Eatery.




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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Wildcats Discount Card Casa Agave Mexican Grill, 840 S. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 11.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-661-3740. (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, Cheese & Bean Dip, Empanadas, Tostonachos, Pineapple Guacamole, Sizzling Queso Fundido, Ceviche de Camaron, Nachos Supremos and Nachos Fajita. A number of Street Tacos, Sizzling Fajitas, Enchilades and Burritos are offered. Various Chicken dinners, Seafood dinners and Steak dinners are available. "Create Your Own" combos are encouraged. You can also find Quesadilla Rellena, Flautas, Quesadilla Agave, Carnitas, Chimichanga, Chile Colorado, Birria Jalisco, Piña Loca, Molcajete Agave, plus Jumbo Burrito Agave or Fajitas Casa Agave, both serving two patrons. There's Soup and Salads too. For dessert you'll find Flan, Tres Leches Cake, Fried Ice Cream, Churros, Sopapillas, Choco Flan and Empanada Lime Cheese Cake. Full bar offers Beer, Wine and Margaritas, as well as Mojito, Tequilla, and Piña Coladas. Jorge Ibarra, Joel Salazar, Jose Olivarez and Itzel Mendez, owners here and at Habaneros Mexican Grill #9 (The Villages) and other locations in Florida.


Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Harry M. 8/21) This was our first time here. 11:30 AM on a Saturday; only 2 customers; only 4 when we left at 12:30. Very large place. Well decorated. Good recorded mariachi music. Ice cold Pacifico beer in a chilled glass was $5. Very large soft drink was $3. She had Burritos Nortenos with 1 Beef and 1 Chicken Burrito covered with cheese, salsa, lettuce and pico de gallo for $12. Both were excellent and took half home. I had a large Taco Salad ($10.25) in a tasty house-made tortilla shell, filled with beef, tomatoes, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. A basket of complimentary warm Tortilla Chips and large bowl of fresh house-made Salsa came before the meal, with lots of the Salsa put onto my Taco Salad, as it needed more "kick" and something to bind everything together. An excellent choice at a low price. Service by Raul was attentive.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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. Now includes Pat's Taps offering more than a dozen Beers on tap. 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.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 7/20) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/23) Came here with our car club of 14 people. We had two waitresses. Ours was Beth. At 4:00 PM was not busy on a Saturday. My better half had the Choose 2 ($17) of Scallops and Butterfly Shrimp with Clam Chowder (+$3) and a side. I had Choose 2 ($17) with Clam Strips and Butterfly Shrimp with Clam Chowder (+$3) and a Baked Potato. The Draft Yuengling was $3.50 and the bottle of Blue Moon was $5. Service was good. Our total before t& was $48.50. Good meal but my better half said hers was over cooked.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Cedar River Seafood (Inverness), 804 US Hwy. 41, Inverness, FL. 29.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-2278. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Opened here in 2016. In business about 30 years in Florida. Located on US 41, just south of town. Open 11 AM until 9 PM daily. Start with a Shrimp Cocktail, Steamed Oyster Cocktail, Calamari, Coconut Shrimp or Gator Tail Bites. Crab Cakes is also popular, as is New England Clam Chowder and Lobster Bisque. Platters of Shrimp, Scallops, Oysters, Deviled Crab and Fish Filet or "Feasts" for One or Two include 2 or 4 Lobster Tails at market price are on the menu. Other combinations run $22-45 each. You can even find Steak here. Side items offered are Hushpuppies, Cole Slaw, Baby Limas, Green Beans, Fried Okra and Grits plus various Potatoes. Lunch items run the Seafood gamut, like Baskets. For dessert they offer Southern Pecan Pie, Key Lime Pie and Fried Cheesecake. Senior priced meals offered. Beer and wine licensed. Other locations are in Keystone Heights and Starke, FL. Roland and Kathy Bell, of Capt. Bell's Seafood of Florida, owners here.




Closed Celebrity's Soul Food (Ocala), 2237 SW 19th Avenue Rd. Suite 102, Ocala, FL. Closed suddenly in 2023 over mortgage dispute.



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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 2 Dollar Signs 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. Classic entrées include Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Tenders, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, BBQ Chicken, Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms and Chicken Fried Steak. Seafood items include Fish Tacos, Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp, Grilled or Cornmealed Whitefish, Grilled Salmon, Beer battered Fried Shrimp and Blackened Redfish. You can also find Honey Glazed or Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs (half or full rack). A few Steaks are featured like the Top Sirloin Steak (6 oz., 8 oz. or 12 oz.) and the 20 oz. Ribeye. They also offer favorites like Veggie Plate, Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy, Shepherd's Pie, Baked Spasagna®, Key West Chicken and Shrimp and New Orleans Pasta. 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. Various Burgers. House or Caesar Salads are extra, as are side dishes, like Broccoli Cheese Casserole abd Red Beans and Rice. Full Salads are offered. Desserts are popular too with Bread Pudding, Apple Pie A-La-Mode, Key Lime Pie, Sundaes and Shakes made from scratch. Lunch items are 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 available. 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.


Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/18) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=No.



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Cheers (at Stonecrest Country Club), 11560 SE 176th Place Rd., Summerfield, FL. 2.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-245-1061. (American) [B/L/D] Located in the Stonecrest Retirement Community on US 27/441 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, Chicken Marsala or Fish & Chips. They also have a Cobb or Spinach Salads. On Friday they have Spaghetti and Meatballs, Pork Tenderloin or a Fish Fry. The 2 Salads are also available. Saturday dinner features Chicken Primavera, Beef Pot Roast or Whiskey Salmon, plus the same Salads. Dinners include accompaniments. Sunday Brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM held weekly. Lunch (11 AM to 2 PM) offers Sandwiches like Ham, Turkey, Chicken Salad, a Phiily, Rueben or Grilled Chicken. Burgers, a Patty Melt and a Nathan's Hot Dog also on the list. Salads are also available. Occasional specialty nights are arranged like German Night with Port Schnitzel or a Wine Pairing dinner featuring Chicken Parmesan, Salad, Sorbet and Tiramisu with 4 wines. Occasional entertainment. $15pp minimum when entertainment is performed. Reservations accepted. Full bar opens at 4 PM. Ownership changed in June, 2021 to chef Danny Connolly, with Denise Izatt as manager.


Review: (from Jan T. 9/21) We had reservations because there was entertainment that night. Nice large bright dining room with large windows overlooking the golf course. Had a dance floor too. I had the Panko Crusted Chicken with a Peach Sauce ($15.50). Very nice tasting, however the Rice Pilaf that accompanies the dish was very dry and crunchy. My husband had the 48 Hour Fried Chicken ($13.50). Of course I tasted it. It was absolutely delicious. We both enjoyed it. Starter Salads came with each meal. The menu had a very nice variety of offerings. With a total of 3 beers at $2.68 each, our bill came to $37. The prices are very reasonable here. We will return here for the food and entertainment.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 11/21) Another good experience here. Entertainment was by Kathleen Kane. We had the 48 Hour Fried Chicken ($14.50) that was delicious. We also had the Beef Bourguignon ($15.75). Also a very flavorful meal. We started with a cup of the Red Wine French Onion Soup ($5.75). It was a very small portion, but very very tasty. With a glass of Wine and 2 Jack Daniels Manhattans, our meal came to $56 before t&t. We really like Cheers. Nice menu choices, delicious food, good service, reasonable prices and enjoyable entertainment.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/22) Another great night here at Cheers. Annie was our server and she was efficient and pleasant. I had a small pour of Wine (6 oz. $4.50). My husband had 2 Manhattans ($6 each). The Salmon Fettuccine with Lemon Creme Sauce that I had was very enjoyable ($15.50) and the Salmon Berry Spinach Salad was enjoyed by my husband ($15). Our total bill was $47 before t&t. Since there was entertainment, I'm glad that I made a reservation. We really like our experiences here at Cheers.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/22) Surprisingly good meal. Saturday about 5 PM, the 4 of us asked for a table away from the music stand. We were at the far room which was perfect. Stephanie was our friendly server. My better half had a Key Lime Martini ($8.50), Red Wine French Onion Soup ($6) and a 5 Shrimp Cocktail ($13). All were excellent. I had a Bourbon Manhattan ($6) with a Side Salad that was cold, crisp and green with my Pan Seared Salmon ($19). The Salmon was very tasty, the Rice was delicious and the Veggies were good. I ate it all. No room for dessert. Our friends enjoyed Salmon with Fettuccine. Our total was $52 before t&t. Good value here. Menu needs redesign, there are duplicates and poor organization, however... We'll be back for some mid-week specials.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/22) Another enjoyable evening of food and entertainment. Our beverages tonight were 2 Manhattans ($6 each) and a Sangria ($7). We had Shrimp Scampi served over Pasta ($17) and Salmon Fettuccine ($15.50). Each meal came with Sautéed Zucchini, a starter Salad and warm crusty Rolls. Everything tasted delicious. Our server, Brian, took excellent care of us. He was very personable and efficient. Our meal came to $51. before t&t. Petrina was the entertainment tonight. She sings, she dances and just has fun. We really like coming here!!
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 2/23) Waited 20 minutes for someone to take our drink orders, which took another another 15+ minutes to arrive. We asked if we could order and the server said no, she had to bring Salads and Rolls to another table. The food took 50+ minutes after we were allowed to order. Companion asked for a manager twice. Server told us the manager wouldn’t come out but she was supposed to offer us free dessert. Yeah, no thanks. The assistant manager finally came out and credited our card for the meals we had paid for but were afraid to eat. Never again.
Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/23) Always enjoy dinner here. Good food. Reasonable prices, even though prices have risen recently. Service from Brandi was very good. I had the Salmon Berry Spinach Salad ($17). Very tasty. My husband had the Shrimp Scampi ($18). He also enjoyed his meal. With a Yuengling draft ($3.50), our meal came to $41 before t&t. Enjoying the entertainment they have and having a good meal makes for a very nice evening.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 10/23) As always, good meal, good prices for the food, good service, good entertainment. We had the Oriental Chicken Salad ($16). And we had the Meatloaf ($17). Both meals were delicious. Betty, our server, took excellent care of us. We did not order any beverages this time. Their alcoholic beverage prices have gone up at least 50% since our last visit. But we enjoy Cheers
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/23) We enjoyed the food, service and entertainment here. I had the Coconut Shrimp dinner ($19). My husband had the Shrimp Scampi dinner ($18). Both meals came with a starter Side Salad and warm Fresh Rolls. Everything was delicious. With a 6 oz. White Zinfandel ($4.50), our bill came to $41. before t&t. This was a nice evening out.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 12/23) Six of us had an early New Year's Eve dinner before the next party. Nice soft, warm Rolls and Butter were served before dinner. We ordered the 48 Hour Fried Chicken ($18) that is a huge portion of the best Fried Chicken, a dish that shouldn't be missed, with plenty to take home. It was served with Mashed Potatoes and Coleslaw that were both good, but not special. We also had the Irish Whiskey Salmon ($21) and good sized portion of perfectly cooked Salmon with a very good sweet Whiskey Sauce, served with Rice and Mixed Vegetables. Everyone else also enjoyed their meals. Service was pleasant and good. Total before t&t was a very reasonable $39. Jessica Philbin did a great job as entertainer and we had a great time on the dance floor.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/24) On a Tuesday around 5 PM the place was crowded because Patrina was performing. We asked for a table in the back room and got #SR24, as far back in the corner as you could get. Still, it was very noisy and Patrina hadn't started yet. Took a long time for Jean S. to greet us. There was no Cocktail Menu and no Wine List. What? Not a good sign. She finally took our order for my Lemon Drop Martini and a Bourbon Manhattan (both $9 ea.). Took a long time to get water and rolls too. She had 5 tables in that room and each seem to have a food or bill problem. Jean could only do one task at a time, so she spent all her effort going back to the kitchen instead of circling her tables and getting multiple requests for her attention. I had a bland French Onion Soup to start ($6). He had the Irish Whiskey Salmon with Potatoes and Veggies ($21) and I had the Turkey Dinner with Potatoes, Stuffing and Veggies ($17). Each came with a wilted Salad. After Soup, it was all too much to eat. When Jean served the food, she plopped it on the table. Not courteous, short answers and very inefficient. No offer for dessert. Total was $62 before t&t. The noise was loud while people danced. Popular here, but we won't be back. It's off our list.
Q=3 S=1 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Chesapeake Bay Grille, 4467 Arlington Ridge Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 16.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-315-0066. (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, Cheese Ravioli, Parmesan Panko Swai, Meatloaf, Spring Chicken, Fried Shrimp, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Piccata, or Chicken Parmigiana. All come with Soup or Salad. Sandwiches include Fish, Club, Reuben, Philly and Chicken. Burgers run $9-11 each. Salads include Chef, Egg/Tuna/Chicken and House. 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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12 Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Chicken Time Cuban Restaurant, 10819 SE Hwy. US27/441, Belleview FL. 11.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-0555. (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.

Review: (from Peggy R. 11/22) Saturday lunch at this unassuming little restaurant in a Belleview strip mall. We started with a Cheese and a Guava Empanadilla. The cheese was just OK but the Guava one was excellent. We ordered two more to take home. I had a very nice Cuban Sandwich (made with mayonnaise, offensive to some purists but barely noticeable) and my husband had Picadillo with Yellow Rice and Black Beans. The Picadillo was topped with Fries for a unique touch. The Beans were excellent, the Picadillo a little bland. With one Soda and Café Con Leche, this mountain of food was a bargain at $37 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 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 1+ Dollar Signs China Lee Buffet, 3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 22.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-671-1888. (Asian) (Buffet) [L/D] Opened in 2005 but moved here in 2023. Now located between NE 40th Ave. and NE 14th St. on SR 40. Hours 11 AM to 9:30 PM or later on weekends. This elaborate Chinese Buffet on the large, well lit, buffet islands also features some Japanese Cuisine, Sushi and Hibachi cooked items as well. Numerous entrées offered daily. About 100 items here to choose from, like General Tso Chicken, Fried or Peel and Eat Shrimp, Salt and Pepper Chicken, Stuffed Mushrooms, Beef and Veggies or Noodles, Egg and Spring Rolls, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Krab Rangoon, Chicken Wings, Baked Fish, Soups, Salad Bar and dozens of others. You may find Oysters, Clams, Crawfish, Salmon and Crab Legs here too. The kids can find French Fries and Pizza. Plenty of desserts included. Only beverages are extra. Very popular with the locals and Asian Community. Open on Christmas Day. Beer and wine licensed. Ask for Military/Senior Pricing. Reservations accepted. Dr. Wen and Ya Li, with Jian Chen, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 7/23) Our third attempt to visit here. Other tries had a full parking lot each night. A weekday at 4 PM was much better. You can't describe this place! Clean, friendly and comfortable here. An enormous variety of food, on 6 buffet hot/cold tables, even Sushi and Hibachi in their own area. Lots of fresh Vegetables and Fruits. We had too much to eat. All excellent. At $14.99 pp plus $2.49 for soft drinks (refilled) we were under $35, before t&t. Forgot to ask for my discount, I was so impressed.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Chris' Place (Restaurant), 106 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis, FL. 24.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-308-8255. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Opened July, 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. Hours are 5-9 PM Tuesday through Saturday with entr&eaute;es plus Burgers. Lunch, 11 AM to 2 PM Tuesday through Friday like Lobster Roll. Sunday Brunch, 11 AM to 2 PM with a la carte items and sides are extra. Closed Sunday and Monday evenings. Full linen service for dinner. A restaurant with an eclectic menu. Items like Crab Cakes, Escargot, Tomato Toast, BBQ Bacon Shrimp Skewers, Seared Scallops and Lamb Pops are on the list. For entrées you'll find 10 and 12 oz. Ribeyes, Grilled Pork Chops, Shrimp & Grits, 6 oz. Filet Oscar, Seared Salmon, Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, Lemon Tyme Chicken and Braised Short Ribs to name a few. Lobster Bisque and various Salads are on the menu too. Cheese Cake, Carrot Cake, Tiramisu, Chocolate Melting Cake and Citrus Crème Brûlée are offered for dessert. Full bar here with Happy Hour 5-6 PM. Appropriate Corkage Fee is charged. Christopher McCullum, owner.


Review: (from Eileen P. 7/21) There were 4 of us. Sierra was our server and she was excellent. Someone had the Lobster Bisque which was excellent and had a huge claw in it. They had the Crab Cakes which were 3 small but excellent Cakes. One had the Salmon wherein it was very thin and was a little overcooked. Also the Potatoes with that were undercooked. Two had the Lemon Thyme Chicken which was a whole half Chicken with Zucchini and Risotto; the whole dish was very good. Chris sat at our table and talked for about 15 minutes while our food was being prepared. However, we felt that he should have been spot checking the meals before they came out. He stayed at the bar or talked to customers the whole time we were there. The Chicken and Salmon meals with Sodas after tax was $77.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/23) Our Dine-Out Team of 8 chose this place. It was inviting was we entered and our table (#7) was ready. Cheryle was our friendly server. We started with cups of Lobster Bisque ($6 each). They were highly recommended and we had a Lobster Claw in them. My better half had the Lamb Pops as an entrée with Risotto and Chopped Brussels Sprouts ($16). Excellent Lamb. I had a side Chopped Salad ($5) and the Snapper Beurre Blanc Special ($30). We also had a bottle of Nebbilio ($45). Service was top notch and our food was very good. Nice place. Total with the wine was $108 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 3/23) Our group of eight had a great dinner here. My wife and I each started with the recommended Lobster Bisque ($6), a large creamy delicious cup with large chucks of Lobster. She had the Filet Mignon ($39) with Balsamic Asparagus and Garlic Mashed Potatoes and she loved it all. I had the recommended Grilled Park Chop ($38) with Bacon Jam, Mushroom Risotto and Shredded Brussels Sprouts and I cleaned my plate. Dessert sounded great, but we passed. Our server Cheryle was friendly, knowledgeable and had good advice. Total before t&t was $88.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 7/23) Sarah was our server. Chris, the owner, was behind the bar and came over to chat with us and tell us the history of the restaurant. My friend had the Lobster Bisque and she said it had chunks of Lobster in it and was very good. I had the French Onion Soup and it was very good. For the main entrée my friend had the Braised Short Ribs and said they were tough. I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu and it was good. Total was $83 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/23) We were extremely disappointed with everything here, except for the server, Cheryle. Cold food, half cooked Risotto, Lamb not having much flavor and food not coming out together were just some of the problems. There was only 6 of us. Sorry there is no excuse why 6 meals couldn't come out together. Four cold meals came out together, at least 7 minutes later another meal came out (which WAS hot) and then 5 minutes after that the last meal came out. To be honest, I think only one of the 6 of us enjoyed their meal. One of our group didn't eat her Lamb Chops and kinda made a fuss about it. When all was said and done, we were told that their regular chef was not there. They had a substitute chef. I had the appetizer Lamb Pops ($18) adding 2 sides dishes (+$10). My husband had the Chicken Florentine Fettuccine with Mushrooms ($30). His meal was the one hot meal at our table. We shared the smallest bowl of French Onion Soup I ever saw ($12). It did taste very good though. It would have been nice to have some bread or rolls to go with the Soups and Salads. Our meal came to $70 before t&t. I don't think we'll be coming back here.
Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



Chuck's Odd Cuples Café. See Odd Cuples Café (that listing).


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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs City Star Family Diner, 10332 NW US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-460-4530. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Opened in 2020. Formerly the home of IHOP, directly across from Lake Square Mall. Open 5:30 AM to 10 PM daily. Large selection of breakfast items likestart with 2 Eggs to a Meat and Cheese Omelette. For lunch Burgers are offered, with other Sandwiches too. Dinner items include Fried Clam Strip Dinner, Haddock Dinner, A-U-C-E Catfish, Scallops Dinner, Fried Shrimp Dinner, Maryland Crab Dinner and Pasta dishes, like Lasagna. Prime Rib days are Thursdays and Saturdays. Even Spanakopita is on the menu. Desserts are popular like Apple Pie, Carrot Cake, French Chocolate Madness, NY Cheesecake and others. Kids items listed too at $6. No bar. Nabil Nasralla, owner.


Review: (from Ronald P. 8/21) This is the third time we have visited this restaurant, but the first time for breakfast. While we liked our luncheon meals in the past, the oil that they made the breakfast Eggs and French Toast in was rancid. My wife had the Country-Fried Steak and complained that it had a bad taste. At the time we assumed it was the result of the excessive amount of White Gravy they smothered it in. But it must have been the grease also. We both started feeling sick from bad food as we drove home. The total bill before tax was $20.
Q=1 S=3 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Neal P. 3/22) Jeremy was our server. My wife had a cup of Chili for a starter. It was hot and tasty. For dinner, she had the Lamb Gyro. The meat was hot and the sandwich was good. I had the Pork Tenderloin dinner. The Pork was hand breaded and hot and tasty. The White Gravy that came with it was also very good. We both drank Iced Tea as our beverage. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The cost of both meals was $31 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed CJ's Seafood Company, 108 N. Bay St., Eustis, FL. 26.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-308-8128. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] After 3 years at this location, CJ's closed in June, 2022. Members rated it 12½ Stars. It is now Backfin Seafood.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Cody's On 4th, 111 East 4th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-8426. (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 are offered for lunch through dinner. Sandwiches 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. Soup, Cheese Plates, Quiche and Antipasti Plates are also on the menu. Homemade Carrot Cake is on the menu too. Champagne Cocktails are offered. Various wines by the glass and beer are also available. Kids menu. Cody Spitzig, owner.




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Southeast Airlines
Started as Sun Jet International in Largo, Florida in 1999.
It flew to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Ft. Walton Beach,
W. Palm Beach and Ft. Myers, Florida from destinations in Ohio, North and South
Carolina, upstate New York, Vegas, Allentown, PA. Gulfport, MS. and even Cancun, Mexico.
Service lasted 5 years to 2004. Not connected to South East Airlines.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Cody's Original Roadhouse (Ocala), 8169 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL. 26.0 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened July, 2022. New build in the Canopy Oaks Shopping Center near the Top Of The World Community entrance at SW 80th Ave. It replaces the shuttered location at 2505 SW College Rd. Opens daily at 11 AM. A wide variety of popular food from Rotisserie Chicken to Grilled Salmon to Filet Mignon. Burgers and Chicken and Grouper Sandwiches plus Chicken dishes are offered. Fresh seafood ranges is on the menu too. Steaks are popular here, even a Porterhouse can be found. Early Bird Menu before 6 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day 11 AM to 10:30 PM. Full bar. Outdoor seating. Not part of the main chain, mostly in Florida, based in Clearwater and started in 1994. This location owned by Allen Musikantow. 2 other locations are located in The Villages (see this LSL listing or this Brownwood listing).




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Combat Café, 1602 N. Hwy. 19, Eustis, FL. 24.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-483-0250. (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 are reasonably priced. Military discount for veterans. Much military memorabilia. No bar. Army veteran, Bruce Chambers and Beth Rodriguez, owners.




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11 Stars 1 Dollar Sign Coney Island Drive Inn (Wildwood), 610 N. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 10.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-661-3229. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Opened November 7, 2021. Located at the corner of North Main St. (US 301) and CR 466A across from the former railroad station, where the Coffee House did business. Open 11 AM to 8 PM most days, but 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday and Monday. They offer Hot Dogs (all sizes and shapes), what else? Sausage, Wings, Corn On The Cob, Fries, Clam Roll, Loose Meat, Fish, Burgers and BBQ to name a few. They even have Poutine for the people from Q-Town. Prices start at $2 for a "Shortie". Beer and Wine licensed. Cash prices on the menu. Add 4% for cards. This is their 4th location that started in Brooksville in 1960 (see that listing). Rich Franklin and Sally Lee, owners here.


Review: (from Rich C. 4/22) Just had to try this. Busy place for lunch. Ordered just the Long Nathan's All Beef Hot Dog with Relish and Yellow Mustard. Came wrapped nice to go. Only took 2 minutes. No drink. $4 with tax. A little soggy from the wet Relish but still good. Toast the bun would be even better.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 5/22) Got there as they were closing at 7:58 PM. Ordered a Foot Long. Was hot but the bun was soggy and fell apart. $4 total.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/22) A foot long Hot Dog for me. It was called The New Yorker. It had Guldens Mustard, Onions and Sauerkraut on it. Very tasty - however - the bun was extremely soggy. It was very difficult to pick without it falling apart. My husband had the same Hot Dog ($3 each). With a large Tea, our bill was $10. Lots of nice choices here. They need to use real Delicatessen Mustard. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Florida Airways
Formed by the famous Eddie Rickenbacher in 1923.
The airline carried mail and passengers between Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
A Miami to Jacksonville O-W ticket was $60 in 1926 ($912 in today's dollars).
It ended operations in 1927 with only 939 passengers on its books.

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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Copacabana Cuban Café, 320 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, FL. 26.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-385-9000. (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. Seafood dishes like Compuesto de Camarones, Filete de Pescado, Pescado en Salsa and Pescado Empanizado are available. 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 offered. Signature Paella Valenciana 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. Vegetarian dishes or a hamburger on Cuban bread are available for the less adventuresome. Salads are also offered. Lighter lunch items served 'til 3 PM daily. 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 2+ Dollar Signs Cotillion Southern Café, 101 North Main St. (Hwy. 301), Wildwood, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-748-1223. (Southern) [L/D] New sign now calls it Miz Kathi's Cotillion Café & Sweetery. Open 11 AM to 3 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 AM to 8 PM Thursday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 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, Alabama Fried Catfish, St. Augustine Crab Cake, Seafood Platter, Southern Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Texas Fried Steak, Cracker Chopped Steak, Southern Style Meatloaf, Crispy Baked Chicken, Atlanta Pot Pie, Country Fried Chicken and Chicken 'n Waffles. You can also find Pulled Pork Platter, Pork Loin, Train Wreck and other creations. Specials like the Thursday Turkey Dinner appear seasonally. Dixie Caviar (Black Eyed Peas), Crab Cake, Redneck Nachos, Onion Rings and Soup Today 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. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William G. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Jackie N. 4/21) Waited over 4 years to finally have the time and occasion to dine at the Cotillion Southern Café. Two of us ordered the Shrimp and Grits and one ordered the Pulled Pork. The large Mason jars of homemade Lemonade came in handy as though our meals were delicious they were extremely salty. We shared a piece of the White Chocolate Berry Cake for dessert which was extremely sweet. Though we enjoyed our meals we all left feeling like we would have a heart attack or get diabetes from the experience. Eating Southern food is not for the weak at heart or near diabetic. Despite how I felt after the meal, I would go back and try other dishes. We did appreciate the staff's prompt attention to our needs and the lovely decor. Our dinner was approximately $90 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 6/22) 6 of us arrived separately and each couple was seated upon arrival. My wife ordered the Southern Style Meatloaf ($16) which we have had before, that was excellent, two very large slices of Meatloaf with an unusual, excellent glaze. The sides she ordered were the Mashed Potatoes (great!) and very good Mac & Cheese. They served extra Meatloaf Sauce to add to the Mac & Cheese. I ordered the Pork Loin ($16.50) that was a large slice of Pork Loin, that was tender and good, but not great. I had the same excellent sides. We wanted to order one of their great desserts, but resisted the temptation. Everyone else also enjoyed their dinner. A great, unique dining experience. Total before t&t was $32.50.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Cottage Inn Restaurant, 340 South US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 3.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-753-3533. (American) [B/L/D] Home style cooking. Popular with locals. Sonmi Cho, owner.


Review: (from Jan T. 6/21) Family was visiting. This is a an efficient, feels like family run, restaurant. Food come out fast, hot and plentiful. We had a variety of Omelets, Biscuits and Gravy, and Egg dishes. Everything was delicious. Coffees and a Chocolate Milk were our beverages. The bill came to $56 for 6 people before t&t. This place is a winner
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs County Line Smokehouse & Spirits, 17474 S. CR25, Weirsdale, FL. 3.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-753-1104. (American) (Barbecue) [B/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 now 7 AM to Midnight daily. Starters include a Hot Pretzel, Chili, Chips and Queso, Nachos, plus a House Salad or a Smoked Chef Salad. Their specialties are Pulled Pork Plate, Half Rack Pork Ribs Plate or Ricky Bobby's Feast of Pulled Pork & Half Rack Combo. All signature dishes come with Baked Beans, Slaw and Texas Toast. Sandwiches like Grilled Cheese, ¼ lb. Hot Dogs, a BLT, Fried Bologna and Cheese, 6 oz. Burgers, Smoked Chicken and Bacon, Smoked Cuban and The Beast are all accompanied by warm Kettle Chips. Side dishes like Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese or a Side Salad are all extra. For dessert they offer Root Beer or Cola Floats or Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream. Full bar. Happy Hour runs 10 AM to 6 PM. Soft drinks are available. Live music on weekends. Trivia on Tuesday night. Karaoke on Thursday and Sunday night. Wednesday is Ladies Night. Outdoor seating available. Chris Wilson, Ron Fernandez and Daren Robinson, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 2/22) Was not too busy. Cassandra was our server. We had Burgers and Draft Beers. Total was $24 before t&t. OK place. Nothing to rave about but nice selection of food.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Cousin Vinnie's, 10700 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-253-2442. (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 and you can mix up to four flavors. They also sell them 75, 50, 35, 20, 15, 10 and 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, Chicken Strip Dinner, Fried Shrimp, Stuffed Spuds and Corona battered Fish-N-Chips. Burgers are also hidden on the menu. Personal Pan Pizzas are available. A Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza is a hit with the kids, as are Chicken Strips and a Corn Dog. Salads, Wraps and Subs are also offered. For dessert you can find Deep Fried Ice Cream and Fried Twinkies or Snickers, 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. Voted "Best of the Best" for Wings, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2023. Sam Dapena, new owner since March, 2022.




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Florida Coastal Airlines
Service mainly to 5 destinations in The Bahamas, from Ft. Lauderdale,
but flights to Haiti and Cuba were also added.
Ended service in 2010 after 15 years in business.

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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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 are available. Wings, with a dozen sauces, are popular here at 8/12/16/24 all the way to 100. Sandwiches like Veggie, Grilled Chicken, Chicken/Bacon Ranch, Pulled Pork, Hot Pastrami, Reuben, Chicken Tenders Wrap and Grouper all come with a side. Fried Shrimp Basket, Chicken Finger Basket, Quesadillas, Fish 'n Chips are on the list too. Half Ass and Big Ass Angus Burgers are also popular with many premium varieties for the ½ pounders. Large Salads include Taco, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Caesar, Fried Chicken Salad and Waldorf Chicken are available. Soup is also available. Many local Beers by glass or pitcher. Beer Flights for the undecided. Frozen drinks offered too. 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. Surcharge added for credit cards. 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=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 3/21) Best Peel And Eat Shrimp with Old Bay in the area! A little taste of true central Florida atmosphere, very casual! My husband ordered the Big Ass Burger with Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese ($12.59). I had the 1 Pound Peel And Eat Shrimp ($17). I love the butter dipping sauce. Plus French Fries ($3.49) and Potato Salad. All sooo yummy! Plus 2 Sweet Teas. Great service! We go to The Cove about once a week, we love it so much. Total bill was $41.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank O. 5/21) Shrimp, Shrimp, Shrimp. Our favorite place for peel and eat (already deveined) Old Bay shrimp! Everyone that visits us will see themselves going with us to The Cove. True old Florida style of locals that are friendly and fun! 1 Beer, 1 Iced Tea, 2 Peel and Eat Shrimp Plates, plus a Salad and Potato Salad! So yummy and total cost was $43. And the servers are awesome, always friendly and stops by the table often to check on us.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 7/21) Our Gourmet group of 8 went to The Cove last night and were pleasantly surprised. Only one couple had been there before. We were seated immediately and our server, Ashley B2, was very polite and tentative. My husband and I both had the 1 lb. of "Peal and Eat Shrimp" ($19.59 each). I had a House Salad ($3.49). My husband had a Beer ($6.50) and I had a Diet Coke® ($2.65). Our total bill before t&t was $52. We both brought home some Shrimp.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 8/21) When I have to have good Shrimp and my husband has to have a good Burger or Steak, we head to The Cove. It has become one of our favorites for very casual local dining. Erin was our server and did a excellent job. I had the 1 lb. Peel & Eat Shrimp with Old Bay and it was delicious with enough to take home ($20). My husband had the Thursday Special Ribeye ($19) which he said was very tender and delicious. Potato Salad side ($3.49) and 2 Sweet Teas ($5.30) = total of $50! Great value and great local atmosphere!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank O. 2/22) Best Peel and Eat Shrimp with Old Bay in the area! A little taste of true central Florida atmosphere, very casual! We ordered the Big Ass Burger with Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese ($12.59) and the 1 Pound Peel and Eat Shrimp ($17). We love the butter dipping sauce. Plus French Fries ($3.49) and Potato Salad. All sooo yummy! Plus 2 Sweet Teas. Great service! We go to The Cove about once a week, we love it so much. We order the same thing with every visit because it's so consistently good! Great service with Jennifer.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/22) Great service by Jess. She was friendly, fast and was on top of things. We arrived at 11 AM with our car club and sat at uncomfortable picnic tables or on hard chairs. We had a Blue Moon and a Mermaid Milk (both $6.50, ouch!). I had the Fish & Chips ($9), sub Green Beans for the Fries (+$1). He had the small Burger ($11) with Fries. Took a while but the food was OK. The total was $34. That's a little high for what we got.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 5/22) Eight of us were seated immediately upon arrival. Our server, Vanessa D., asked for our drink order while waiting for the rest of the party to arrive. My husband ordered a Guinness Beer ($6.50). He had two that evening. I ordered a Diet Pepsi ($2.65). When our full party was there, we ordered food. I had the Grouper Sandwich ($14) that came with the best French Fries I have tasted in a long time. My husband ordered the Rueben Sandwich ($13) which also came with those tasty Fries. It was a delightfull evening. Our total bill before t&t was $43. I asked what the "Inclusive Tax" of $.74 was and Vanessa said it was the Beer tax.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 8/22) What can I say? I'm addicted to The Cove's Peel & East Shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. Arrived at 4:45 with no waiting. Greeted, seated and took our order immediately with the drink. Always consistent with service and quality of food. 1 lb. Peel & Eat Shrimp, 1 Mushroom & Swiss Big Ass Burger with Fries, side of Green Beans, 2 Iced Teas. Yes, we get the same thing every time and we love it!! The total bill was $45.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 12/23) Five of us enjoyed another great dinner at this unique place. Three of us (with our daughter) had a great meal of 1 lb. of Old Bay Shrimp ($19), 1/2 lb. of Old Bay Shrimp ($10) a Big Ass Road House 1/2 lb. Burger ($14) with Onion Rings (+$2), Fries ($4) and Onion Rings ($4). The Peel and Eat Shrimp can't be beat (and come prepared other ways too), the Burger and Onion Rings were very good and the Fries were some of the best we've ever had. Our friends also loved their meals. Total before t&t was $53.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Calorie Count Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Lady Lake), 13637 US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-259-6603. (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. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 10/22) We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated, then the two of us were seated at a table for six as all the other empty tables were filled with dirty dishes. These were not cleaned up for another half hour. Service was slow and unprofessional. Had to get up and get silverware from the kitchen, when Biscuits were served, had to ask for Butter. I ordered two Fried Chicken Tenders ($10.29) with Apples and Potato Casserole. Grilled Chicken Tenders were delivered. When replaced, about 8-10 little chunks of Fried Chicken were served instead of the Tenders. They were fair, the Potatoes and Apples were good. My wife had two Scrambled Eggs (ordered soft) with Sausage and Potato Casserole ($10). Potatoes were cold and tough. Cornbread was hard and flavorless. Servers comment was "some people don't like them". Our first time at this Cracker Barrel, also the last.
Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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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.

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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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, Baked Mac 'n Cheese, Nachos and Tequila Chicken Wings 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. For entrées they have Half Brick Chicken, Iron Skillet Pork Medalians, Sautéed Atlantic Salmon, Seafood Cioppino, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, NY Strip Steak and Grilled Swordfish. Side dishes are a-la-carte and extra and include Whipped Potatoes, Smashed Fingerlings, Steamed Veggies and Baby Carrots. They also have Large Salads like Roast Chicken Cobb Salad, Mahi Salad, Tuna Niçoise Salad and Seared Diver Scallops with Charred Romaine. For Pasta they offer Winter Vegetable Risotto and Pork & Beef Bolognese Pappardelle. At lunch or for light really healthy appetites, they have a Mixed Greens, Waldorf, Caesar or a Warm Wild Mushroom Salad. For the not-so-healthy, they offer a Bacon Cheddar, Bistro, Mushroom Swiss or Short Rib Burgers. You can also find a Grilled Cheese Panini, Grilled Chicken, Blackened Tuna or Catfish Po'Boy Sandwiches on the list. Soups are featured too, with Minestrone and Clam Chowder, 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.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs The Crazy Gator, 402 North Bay St., Eustis, FL. 25.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-589-5885. (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. Voted "Best of the Best" for Sports Bar, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2023. 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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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Crossbones Grill, 16460 SR 40 (E. Silver Springs Blvd.), Silver Springs, FL. 22.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-289-5001. (Asian) (American) [L/D] Opened in May, 2023. Located in the Ocala National Forest about 11 miles east of Silver Springs (CR 35). Don't let the skull and crossbones scare you away from this little hole in the wall along the highway. Open Noon to 8:30 PM, and to 9 PM weekends but closed Mondays. Dinner served after 3 PM. It offers items like Hibachi Fried Rice, Chicken Tenders, Fried Shrimp, Caesar Wrap, Spaghetti, Chicken Parm., Burgers, Flounder Sandwich, Philly Cheesesteak, a BLT plus Soups and Salads. Appetizers like Edamame, Krab Rangoon and Pork Fried Dumplings are on the list. Beer and Wine licensed. They are big into Snow Cones and Hershey's Ice Cream too. Food served on paper-lined trays. Jiaqi Wu, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Crossroads 561 Grill & Music Bar, 13721 Country Club Dr., Tavares, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-742-2783. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open since 2019. Located 5.5 miles south of the "Tavares Triangle" (Jct. US 441/US 19) on CR 561 and Little Lake Harris with water views. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM or even later on weekends. Popular with bikers on weekends. Lunch and dinner menus combined, so small and large baskets are available, like French Fries, Fries with Chili & Cheese, Fries Loaded, Tater Tots, Tots with Chili & Cheese, Tots Loaded, Corn Cob, Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Pickles, Fried Mushrooms, Fried Onion Rings, Jalapeño Poppers. You can also get a Soft Pretzel or Nachos Supreme. Eight styles of Chicken Wings run 5, 10 or 20. Chicken Tenders run 3 or 6. For the main event you'll find Single or Double Burgers or Single or Double Cheeseburgers. Cheesesteaks are popular here with Chicken, Ground Beef or Ribeye Cheesesteak versions on the list. Sandwiches include Grilled Cheese, Tuna Salad, Fried Chicken, Fish, BLT or Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions. Small or Large Beef Hot Dogs and you can add Sauerkraut, Chili or Chili Cheese. All come with Potato Salad, Baked Beens, Cole Slaw or Chips. House Salads are available. Kids meal available too. Full bar. Live music on weekends at 7 PM, Karaoke other nights and specials during the week, like "Bingo and Burgers" at 7 PM on Mondays. Outdoor seating available. Nena and Jerry Beery, owners.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video Calorie Count Culver's (Wildwood), 5327 Sundance Trail, Wildwood, FL. 9.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-399-2161. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Opened July 5, 2022. A second area location in the Beaumont Villages Plaza near the Sweetwater Car Wash, facing CR 466A, opposite Pinellas Plaza. Not golf cart accessible. This one is 5,000 s.f. and can seat 104 patrons. Open 10:30 AM to 10 PM daily. Considered a fast casual restaurant where you order at the counter but the cooked-to-order food is delivered to your table, by order number. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, WI. by Craig and Lea Culver. Today they serve 100% fresh Midwest Beef Burgers and Fresh Frozen Custard at over 800 locations (75 in Florida) in 25 states both corporate owned and franchised. The signature item is their ButterBurger® and their own Root Beer. No bar. Outdoor patio seating available. Free small Sundae on your birthday for Email Club members. Andrew Vailancourt, franchisee.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs The Dam Smoker BBQ, 36721 CR 19A, Eustis, FL. 24.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-357-6555. (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. Half Chicken dinner, while a Whole Chicken with 2 sides for 4 people is also available. Full Salb of Ribs is offered. Half Slab of Ribs is on the menu. Wings are also available. 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 1+ Dollar Signs Dani's Sports Bar & Grill, 368 SR 44, Wildwood, FL. 14.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-399-2973. (Sports Bar) [L/D] In business since 2010. Located on SR 44, between the Mobil Gas Station and the Budget Inn, across from IHOP, just 2,000 feet west of I-75, Exit #329. Open daily Noon to Midnight. It's a hangout for Long Haul Truckers and maybe "Lot Lizards" too. Might even get a free ride to Tulsa. Pool table and a big bar with lots of whiskey bottles in the cases make up the interior. Plenty of TVs for the current game. The menu is simple but varied with appetizers like Nachos, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Strips, Wings, Fish Cakes and Chicken Teriyaki. Various Quesadias like Cheese, Chicken, Steak or Shrimp. Burgers are popular. Sandwiches include Philly Cheese Steak, Po-Boy, Jerk or Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Parm., a Cuban and a Rib Sandwich and they come with Fries, of course. Occasional Lobster Tail offered. Cold Beer is their beverage of choice but a full bar and package store is available. Smoking zone on the patio outside. Mehul Dani, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Darlin' Gramma's Café, 13685 S. Hwy. 441, Summerfield, FL. 7.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-4991. (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 2 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. Hot Sandwiches include Open Roast Beef or Turkey, Philly Cheese, Tuna or Turkey Melt, Grilled Cheese, Ham & Cheese or Polluck. All come with Fries. Burgers range from Plain to Mushroom Swiss. A featured Gramma's Burger is available. Hot Dogs are offered, Chicken Sandwich varieties. Soup is offered and includes Chicken Noodle for the soul. Salad Plates include Fruit or Chicken. Sides like Homemade Potato Salad are here. No bar; soft beverages served. Coffee featured. Audrey Wendell, owner.


Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Gulfstream International Airlines
Originally started with service between Miami and Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.
It eventually did code-share with Trans-World, United and Continental Airlines.
It connected Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Key West, Marathon,
Miami (HUB), Naples, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa and West Palm Beach with The Bahamas.
Ended service in 2010 after 20 years in the air.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Belleview), 10133 SW Hwy. 27/441, Belleview, FL. 10.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-4703. (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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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13 Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Summerfield), 17350 SE 109th Terrace (Suite 1), Summerfield, FL. 2.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-1686. (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, Scramble Cheese Eggs, Country Fried Steak and a Bacon, Cheese and Tomato Omelet are some of the specialties. For lunch, you can find Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, BLT, Tuna Salad, Rueben, Chuckwagon, Turkey Club, ½ Pound Hot Dog, Pulled Pork, Fish Sandwich and a Philly Cheese Stek are also favorites. Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and Cheese Quesadilla are among the items. Burgers, priced depending on toppings. Salads are also popular. Chili with Cheese is also available. No bar. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Another location is in The Villages (see that listing). Veterans get a 10% discount. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. 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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12½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Wildwood), 8727 N. Hwy. 301, Wildwood, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-748-0017. (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. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. 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.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/23) Busy place. Had the 2+2+2 plus a Coffee. All good. Paid cash to avoid 4% credit card surcharge. Crystal was my server at the counter. Total was $10.50 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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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 2 Dollar Signs Delicias Cubanas Restaurant, 237 W. 4th Ave., Suite 4, Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-8422. (Caribbean) (Cafe) [L/D] Opened November 20, 2021. Located where Duke's Dogs did business, at the east end of the Market at Alexander St. near Maggie's Attic. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Simple menu of a few appetizers like Papa Rellena, Plantain Chips, Fried Yucca, Chicken or Ham Croquette, Chicken, Beef, Ham/Cheese, Guava/Cheese or Chorizo Empanadas, Cuban Tamales, Beef, Pork or Chicken Stuffed Tostones or Ceviche. Cup or Bowl Soups like Black Bean, Chicken or Caldo Gallego are on the list. Avocado Salad, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and Chef Salad can be had too. For Sandwiches you'll find Chicken, Roasted Pork, Steak, Media Noche or Cuban. They also have Roast Pork, Sautéed Pork or Masita de Cerdo Plates. Grilled, Fricassee or Chicharron, Chicken dishes and Carne Guisada, Ropa Vieja, Pepper, Picadillo or Palomilla, Beef dishes. Plus they offer Churrasco & Mofongo and a 14 oz. Churrasco Skirt Steak rounding out the meat side. They also prepare Fried Swai, Mahi, Shrimp Mofongo, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, plus Deep Fried Red Snapper are on the seafood side. Of course, White or Yellow Rice, Black Beans and Fried Plantains are available as sides. Desserts include Flans, Tres Leches and Chocolate Cake. No bar. Outdoor seating available. Luis Tejada, owner here and at Havana 1959 (Cuban Cuisine) in Tavares (see that listing).


Review: (from Jackie N. 5/22) Needed a quick meal while in Mount Dora and found this newer light and bright Cuban restaurant in the alley next to Maggie's Attic. Within minutes of ordering we received our meals: the Ropa Vieja Stuffed Tostones appetizer and the Roasted Pork Sandwich, which was more than enough for the two of us. The Ropa Vieja was so good that next time I plan on getting the entrée portion. Yes, there are 2 other Cuban restaurants in town but we think this one is worth a try especially if you want a quick meal to spend more time walking around Mount Dora. Our total bill was $20.50 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs (The) Depot On Magnolia, 533 NE 1st. Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-789-6699. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Located in the old Ocala Union Station where Dee Dee's Diner did business for about ten years. It opened in the summer of 2022 and decorated in a railroad theme. Hours are 11 AM to 3 PM most days, then 5-9 PM on Friday and Saturday night, but closed all day Sunday and Monday. They offer various Angus Beef Burgers. They come with Lettuce & Tomato. A Plant Based Patty is extra. Sandwiches like the 10" All Beef Hot Dog, Grilled Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Mahi or a Pulled Pork 'Wich. All Sandwiches and Burgers include Fries. Flatbreads are offered, as are a half dozen Wraps offered. Salads are on the menu like Tuna Macaroni, Pulled Pork on Greens, Chicken Salad, Lobster Louie, Feta Greek Salad and others. You can also find Chicken Fingers, Fried Clams, Coconut Shrimp and even Steak & Fries. Express Lunch includes Soup & Salad of the day. Beer and Wine licensed now. Matt Reber and Terry Marince, (aka: "The Lion and The Bull") owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu District Bar & Kitchen, 110 SW Broadway St., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-579-2222. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened July, 2023. Replaces Pi On Broadway at the corner of SW Broadway and SW 1st Ave. opened after a complete refurbishment and modernization of the building. It's one block west of the square. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM daily, but to 2 AM on weekends and to 10 PM on Sunday when fully staffed. Sunday Brunch (11 AM to 3 PM) offers items like Slab Bacon and Jam, Smoked Salmon Lox, District Burger, Salmon Burger, Shrimp 'n Grits, Super French Toast, Smoked Salmon Omelet plus Pizzas, Salads and Steak and Eggs. Dinners can start with Corn Flake Tenders, Grouper Tacos, Wings, Reuben Egg Rolls, Grilled Cheese Bites or Poke Tuna Nachos. For entr&eaucte;es they have a District Double Burger, Pig Mac, Reuben, Short Rib Sandwich, Chicken Philly, Salmon Burger and even Fried Bologna. At the top is Bourbon Salmon and Steak Frites. 5 Pizzas are offered as are Large Salads and a Tomato Soup. Parmesan Fries and Fried Brussels Sprouts are offered as sides. Desserts like Pecan Pie and Cappuccino Mousse Pie are popular endings. Entertainment on weekends. Two hostess podiums, one down and one up. Outdoor roof-top high-top seating with a view available with large overhead fans. Kids menu available. Full bar with Craft Cocktails and Mimosas. Wine by the glass in 6 and 9 oz. pours. Wine List runs $36-125/btl. for Whites and $30-90/btl. for Reds. 10 Draft Beers on tap. Matthew Larmoyeux, owner.


Review: (from Rich C.. 10/23) Busy on a Wednesday night at 6 PM. We got the last table on the roof. Even without entertainment it was pretty noisy. Caitlin was busy and stopped by twice to say: "I'll be right with you." It did take a while. We ordered a PB&J Old Fashioned ($13). Ouch! I ordered a Carafe of Sangria ($20) but could not consume it all. What took longer was our drinks to arrive. She ordered a bowl of Tomato Soup ($7) and a Wedge Salad ($13), dressing on the side. I had the Tomato Soup ($7) and the District Burger ($16). It came with Chips. The Wedge Salad (dressing not on the side) was large, pleasantly presented and we took home a third. My Burger was good. It took a long time for the food to arrive (via dumb-waiter). In fact all the meal arrived at one time, so the Burger got cold while I ate my Soup. And the Soup was spicy. Not to my liking. Caitlin stopped by to see how everything was but never bussed the dirty dishes. They try but don't always succeed. Our total was $76 before t&t. That's pretty high for a Burger, Lettuce and two drinks. Might be back - Might not.
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Dora Café, 3201 N. Hwy. 19A, Mount Dora, FL. 24.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-2323. (Breakfast) (Asian) [B/L] In business since December, 2016. Hours are 6 AM to 2 PM daily. The focus is on Southern Style Breakfasts, Asian Style Lunches. Offering morning meals all day. Combos lead the menu at $4.50 to $12 each. Items like Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, French Toast, Roll-Ups, Waffles along with Bacon and Sausage makes for filling meals. Hash Browns are popular additions. Teriyaki items are favorites for lunch, like Shrimp Teriyaki. Large Salads can also be ordered. No bar. Some outdoor seating available. Mytien and Anh Hung Cu, 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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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs (The) Dora Queen, E. Ruby St., Tavares, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-533-3380. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Started sailing on a more or less regular basis in May, 2021. So far only special sailing are offered, like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Party Themes, etc. Special Dinner Cruise on Valentine's Day. Call for future sailing dates or see their calendar. It's an 80-foot replica of a 1920s paddlewheel steamboat plys the waters of Lake Dora and offer party and limited dinner cruises out of Tavares by the Seaplane Base. 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's bright red and white. Seating for 149 passengers will be lounge style. Full bar offered. Food will be catered for dinner cruises. Entertainment is also planned on some departures. Brian and Brandy Herron, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Double T's Bar & Grill, 32900 Countryside Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 12.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-321-4191. (American) [L/D] Formerly known as Duffer's Pub and Grille, 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, to 8 PM on Wednesday, to 7 PM on Friday, closed Sunday and Monday. Appetizers include Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Mozzarella Marinara, Fried Mushrooms and Cheese Curds. Cups or Bowls of Chili or Soups. Salads like Chef, House or Caesar. ⅓ lb. Burgers are offered and come with Fries, Chips or Slaw. Sandwiches include an All Beef Hot Dog, Grilled Cheese, Egg, Tuna or Chicken Salad, a Bratwurst, Loaded BLT, French Dip, Reuben or a Philly Cheese Steak. You can Pick Two with a Fruit Cup, Slaw or Soup and Half Sandwich. 12 inch Pizzas are also available. Friday night dinner runs 4-7 PM and includes items like Beer Battered Cod, Fried Shrimp Dinner and a daily special. Wednesday Night is Wings Night (Plain, Medium or Hot). Karaoke is 5-8 PM on Wednesday too. 15% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations by phone accepted. Full bar. Tony Esposito and Toni Montz, new owner since January, 2023.




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11½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs 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 and lunch is a variety of Sandwiches and Burgers. Fried Fish, Chicken and Country Steak is their dinner mainstay. 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.
Older Review: (from Walt L. 12/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Lynx Air International
Ended service in 2009 after 20 years of operation.
It flew to many destinations in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti,
Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
At its peak it had 117 full-time employees in 2008.
Service was from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.

Closed Duffer's Pub and Grille, 32900 Countryside Blvd., Leesburg, FL. After 3 years of operation, it closed in December, 2022 and changed owners and name to Double T's Bar & Grill (see that listing).


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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Eaton's Beach Sandbar & Grill, 15790 SE 134th Ave., Weirsdale, FL. 6.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-259-2444. (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, Smoked Fish Dip, Buffalo Wings, Peel 'n Eat or BBQ Shrimp and Crab Cakes for appetizers. They always have a Soup of the Day and a Seafood Gumbo listed. Their headliners are Homemade Mac 'n Cheese, Cajun Fried Chicken, Spanish Catfish, Shrimp Creole and a Shrimp & Grits. Other specialties include Chicken 'n Waffles, Slow Smoked Pulled Pork and Bayou Pasta. Beef items include a 8 oz. Sirloin and a Marinated Ribeye. For seafood lovers there's Cajun Fried Shrimp, Glazed Salmon, Mahi Mahi and a Fresh Catch. 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, are offered. For Sandwiches they offer Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, Ham 'n Swiss, Pastrami and Catfish or Shrimp Po-Boys. Also Low Country, Lake Weir and Jazz Burgers round out the "hand-helds". Desserts include Peanut Butter Pie, Orange Cake, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Brownie, Key Lime Pie and Bread Pudding. 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 reasonably priced. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 5/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 4/21) Arrived at 5:36 PM, very difficult parking situation. No reservation and no waiting. It was not very crowded. Our server was Amberly and gave us good service. Had appetizer of Spinach and Crab Dip $16, was good but not worth the price. Peel & Eat Shrimp with Old Bay was $12. It was hot but the shrimp were not de-vained well. Fried Oyster Platter was said to be very good ($20) and Weir Burger was tasty with Fries at $13. Total bill was $76 for 3. Good meal but nothing to rave about.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Eden Abbey Brewing Community, 405 S. Highland St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-729-6698. (Brew Pub) [D] It takes over the location of the former Mount Dora Brewing Co. (Rocking Rabbit Brewery) on the east side of town, down Highland St. past Liberty Ave. Opened in mid-July, 2022. Pub atmosphere, monastery themed, community focused. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 4-10 PM, to 11 PM weekends. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The entrance has a complete face-lift. The venue consists of the full bar, a dining room and backyard. Almost two dozen small-batch craft beers on tap ranging from the lightest "lagers" to "motor oil" stouts. Their brews are crafted from fresh hops, in-house milled grains and the finest liquid yeasts. For food they offer a few house-made Empanadas like Beef with Chimichurri Sauce, Cheese & Greens, Carnitas de Kahlúa® [Roasted Pork], Red Curry Chicken and Lump Crab with Lobster Claw. They have Skewers too, like Coconut Curry Chicken or Teriyaki-Marinated Skirt Steak. These come with a Salad or Fries and a choice of an Empanada too. Soft Corn Tortilla Tacos include Coconut Curry Chicken, Teriyaki-Marinated Skirt Steak, Kahlúa® Pork and Irish Beer Battered Snapper. Burgers listed are Australian Wagyu Smash, Cheddar Cheese or El Fuego [Spicy]. For Sandwiches they have Fried Chicken Breast, Beer Battered Snapper and Lump Crab and Lobster. All are served on a Brioche Bun. For lighter appetites they offer Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes and Cukes; Mixed Greens, Raspberries, Diced Mango with Goat Cheese; or Mixed Greens, Cukes and that Crab & Lobster Mix. Also you can find Roasted Beet, Pecans, Vinaigrette Salad or Chopped Romain with Spicy Toasted Sunflower Seed Salad. Dressing are creative here. For dessert you can indulge on a Vanilla Cream Cheese Empanada, Apple Pie a la Mode, Banana and Caramel Cheesecake or Chocolate Mousse Cake. Kids menu includes Burger, Kraft® Mac 'n Cheese, Mini Corn Dogs and Fried Chicken Tenders. An "Inner Sanctum" Tasters' Guild membership is offered at $385/year. Live music on weekends at 7 PM. Outdoor seating available in the "backyard". Grab a menu at the front door. Order at the station at the far end of the bar and the food/drink runners find your number at your place. Ben Passmore, owner and brewmaster.


Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) A Saturday about 4:30 PM and it started to get crowded. We sat at hi-top table #1 near the bandstand. First time here since the change in ownership. Little has changed except the slow method of ordering food and drink at the one POS at the bar. We had 2 Coffee Stouts and 1 Peanut Butter Stout ($21.50 total). Then Beats by Dave with a Chicken Skewer ($23) and I had the Beef Chimichurri Skewers ($24). When the food arrived the Chicken was missing and so were the Fries. They are very apologetic and the missing food finally shows up but the kitchen is not organized. Waiting at the bar 5 times to order drinks, food and pay mad us decrease the normal tip. Food was good but the service needs help. Our total before t&t was $70. When we got home to write this we noticed a food item for $2 that we did not order.
Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 available. Special Rolls are higher. Combos range at 7 pieces, to 20 pieces. Various Chinese dishes like Chicken, Beef and Shrimp dinners. Teppanyaki grill items or combinations. Tempura and Teriyaki items also offered. Bento Box lunches available. Kids menu available too. Full bar. Open Christmas Day 11 AM to 11 PM. Reservations suggested. Ling Zhu, owner here and at Ocean Buffet (see that listing).


Review: (from Walt L. 6/21) I visited on a Tuesday with a group. It was surprising busy with most of the hibachi tables continuously occupied. The menu, show, quality and quantity were pretty typical of hibachi dining. My waiter, Andrew, was reasonably attentive given the crowd. The total, no alcohol, tea only, including 18% added gratuity was $32 for a Shrimp and Scallop Combo. Seemed a bit high for off campus dining. A negative for me was the noise level. Seems there were several birthdays and the birthday "gong" was brought out several times. The crowds were also fairly vocal with the Shrimp Toss and the Sake Squirts. I say I would go again but probably only for a special occasion or if someone else were paying. One positive is if your are a Tesla owner the superchargers are really close parking.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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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 1+ Dollar Signs Eduardo's Lokos Tacos, 226 W. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-742-1181. (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. They also serve Quesadillas and Fajitas. You can also find Burrito Grande, Flautas, Chimichangas, Chiles Rellenos, Sopes, Gorditas, Kekas, Torta and Ceviche on the menu. Full bar with Happy Hour 3-8 PM weekdays. 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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs POA Card El Criollo Restaurant, 16580 S. Hwy. 475, Summerfield, FL. 11.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-9300. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] Formerly called Creole 21 (Prime), new owners took it over in July, 2020 and changed its name. It means "The Creole Restaurant". Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 9 PM, Thursday, 4-9 PM, closed Monday through Wednesday. Plain dining room serving authentic Latin dishes. For appetizers they offer Sweet Cornmeal, Mozzarella Sticks, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Cheese, Stuffed Shrimp Cassava and a shareable Creole Tray. Soups and Salads can start your meal or large Octopus Salad or Shrimp Salad. They specialize in Mofongo here, from Puerto Rico, with Chicken, Steak & Chicken, Fish, Salmon, Skirt Steak or Shrimp, then many combinations like Salmon & Lobster Mofongos. Pasta dishes start at Chicken and go up to Steak & Lobster. Fish Filet, Shrimp, Salmon Filet, Red Snapper, Surf & Turf and Lobster Tail are on the Seafood page. 8 or 16 oz. Skirt Steak, Pork Chops and 16 oz. Ribeye are on the Dark Meat page. Chicken Parm. and other Chicken dishes are on the White Meat page. Traditional Tostones, Churrasco and Camarones can be found also. Many sides are offered too. Kids menu available. Beer and Wine licensed. Inalvis Monteagudo, owner.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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 and Corned Beef Hash, 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. Even Shrimp and Grits, Philly Cheese Steak or "Build Your Own" Omelets can be made. Home Fry Bowls are also popular. Burgers, a Rueben, Steak or Chicken Wraps, BLT, Club Sandwiches, Soup and Salads are popular at lunch hour. Bananas Foster is a possible indulgence. 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 (of Swamp Dawg Restaurant Management Group), like Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar (see that listing) nearby.




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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs El Korita Mexican Restaurant (Eustis), 256 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis, FL. 23.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-483-0355. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in June, 2021. It's in the Eustis Square Shopping Center, off S. Bay St. (SR-19), just north of US 441 interchange, down from Tractor Supply. Their original location is in Zellwood on OBT. Open 11 AM to 3 PM on Monday and Tuesday, to 8 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, to 9 PM on Friday and Saturday but closed on Sunday. You'll find the usual Nachos, Pozole, Seafood or Chicken Soup, Shrimp Cocktail, Avocado or Chicken Fajita Salads and of course Guacamole and Chorizo Bean Dips. For main dishes they offer Chiles Rellenos, Enchiladas, Burritos, Carne Asada, Shrimp or Octopus Ceviche, Fajitas and Aguachile. Lunch specials available. Specials daily. Beer and wine licensed. Wendy Mex Cruz and Xavier Berrios Saldana, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant (Ocala), 8449 SW SR 200, Suite #147, Ocala, FL. 26.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-509-7029. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in 2020. Located in the Friendship Center Shopping Plaza, near SW 99th Street Rd., behind True Value. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Colorfully decorated. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic drink made from Maguey Agave. They offer Mexican fare like various Enchiladas, Chile Rellanos, Burritos, Tacos, Tostadas, Fish Tacos and many others. Specialties like Taco Salad, Nacho Supreme, Cazuelon, Carnitas and Fajitas. Carne Asada or Bistec Vallarta, are favorites. Vegetarian dishes available. A large lunch menu is also offered. Full bar offering big Margaritas and other drinks. Outdoor seating available. Another location is in Mount Dora. Juan Jaime and Gloria Rayas-Cervantes, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant (Mount Dora), 18750 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-800-4973. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in 2021. Located in the Mount Dora Marketplace Plaza, behind Waffle House, just west of Donnelly St. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM or later on weekends. Colorfully decorated interior. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic drink made from Maguey Agave. They offer Mexican fare like various Enchiladas, Chile Rellanos, Burritos, Tacos, Tostadas, Fish Tacos and many others. Specialties like Taco Salad, Nacho Supreme, Cazuelon, Carnitas and Fajitas. Carne Asada or Bistec Vallarta, are favorites. Vegetarian dishes available. A large lunch menu is also offered. Full bar offering big Margaritas and other drinks. Happy Hour here. Outdoor seating available. Another location is in Ocala. Juan Jaime and Gloria Rayas-Cervantes, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs El Ranchito Mexican Cuban Restaurant (Leesburg), 911 W. North Blvd. (US 441), Leesburg, FL. 10.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-460=0123. (Caribbean) (Mexican) [L/D] Reopened February, 2022 after renovations. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Located on the south side of US 441 just after the "27/441 split". Was originally called El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant when Antonio Reyes owned it. It's now been sold and the name changed to add Cuban food, but the sign stayed the same. The menu is vast with dishes like Chiles Rellenos, Flautas, Tomales, Chimichanga, Carnitas, Shrimp Quesadilla, Chori Pollo, Chile Verde, Pollo Morelia, Pollo Chipotle, Pollo a la Crema, Quesadilla Charra, Brochetas, Pollo Loco, Shrimp Vera Cruz, Shrimp Cancun, Pescado Cancun, Shrimp al Mojo de Ajo, Shrimp Vallarta, Shrimp a la Diablo, Mojarra Frita, Coconut Shrimp, Bistec T-Bone, Bistec Morelia, Bistec a la Tampiquena, Fiesta Mexico, Seafood Plate, Cazuelon, Steak Los Cabos, Molcajete Caliente, Steak Jalisco, Churasco Steak and many others. Plus there's Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas and Fajitas. A number of Vegetarian items are on the menu. Cuban dishes like Cubano Sandwich, Media Noche, Higado Cubano, Ropa Vieja, Masitas, Fricase de Pollo, Pechuga a la Plancha, Vaca Frita, Habana Filet, Pernil, Bistec de Palomilla, Pargo and Oxtail Stew are new to the menu. Appetizers like Plantains and Empanadas, plus Salads and Soups are listed too. Desserts include Sopapilla, Apple Burrito, Flan, Churros, Cheesecake Burrito and everyone's favorite, Deep Fried Ice Cream. Not to worry, the menu explains each dish in English with their ingredients. Lunch is offered 11 AM to 3 PM. Full bar featuring Mexican beers and Margaritas. Kids menu available. Feliz Alberto Pancea-Dominguez and Victor Gonzoles-Rangel, new owners here and at Los Cabos Cuban and Mexican Grill in Kissimmee and Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant in Brooksville.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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. Tamales, Tacos, Burritos, Chalupas and Chiles Rellenos are other a-la-carte items. Many combination plates also dot the menu. Festive atmosphere. Full bar. Two For One Happy Hour 4-7 PM. No Corkage Fee for your own wine. 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 2 Dollar Signs 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. Some of the special dishes are Chilaquiles, Chiles Rellenos Poblanos, Carnitas, Tacos Arrachera, Pozole, Pollo con Mole and Bistec a la Tampiquena. Parrilla Mexicana is a popular combination of Beef, Chicken and Shrimp. Chimichanga, Steak Burritos, Flautas, Alambre de Camaron, Enchiladas Verdes, Pechugas a la Plancha and Fajitas. Tres Leches and Dulce de Leche offered for dessert. Full bar. No Corkage Fee for your own wine. 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.



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11 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Elevation 89, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Ocala, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-655-2880. (American) [L/D] Opened September 21, 2021. Located at the Ocala International Airport's new General Aviation Terminal. Takes the place of the other restaurant once called It's About Thyme Bistro, then Thyme Flies Bistro, then Tail Winds Café. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Elevation 89 is a reference to the altitude of the airport, 89 feet above mean sea level. Seating for 80 patrons at hi-tops and tables. Breakfast items. Lunch and dinner have items like Tacos, Grilled Portobello, Mile High Club Sandwich, Breaded Chicken Sandwich, 8 oz. Burger, 8 Wings, SouthWest Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad, Chef Salad, Philly Cheesesteak and a Grouper Sandwich. They also have full dinners like Capellini Sonoma, Airline Chicken [no kidding!], Shrimp & Grits, Beef Stroganoff, Osso Bucco, Pork Chop, Lamb, Tikka Marsala, Strip Steak, Braised Short Ribs, Seafood Pescatore, Chili Rubbed Ribeye and Filet Gratinée. A "Fresh Catch" is also offered. Appetizers like Poutine and Pierogies are on a short list. A Sunday Fly-In Breakfast Buffet Brunch (8 AM to 2 PM) for adults and kids, 12 and under. Mimosas and Bloody Marys offered. Kids Menu offered too. Desserts, like the Peach Cobbler or Cheesecake. Reservations on the hour for Sunday Buffet taken by phone. Full bar. Happy Hour 2-6 PM. Wines run $28-$48/btl. for Whites and $24-$68/btl. for Reds. Champagnes run $75 or $95/btl. for "Tatt". House Wines available. $15 Corkage Fee for your own wine. 3% surcharge added for credit cards. Jeremy Zajac, chef here. It's a project of Rondo Fernandez (Mojo Grills), Chris Wilson (County Line Smokehouse and The Anchor) and Daren Robinson (County Line Smokehouse).


Review: (from Peggy R. 11/23) Restaurant was completely full for lunch on Saturday afternoon. Server, AJ, was slammed but friendly and provided excellent service. We started with Pierogies, which came out a little cold but were nicely presented and very tasty. I had a delicious Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich with Vasil & Balsamic Glaze on a toasted Brioche Bun. My husband had the Captain’s Burger (Blue Cheese, Bacon & Grilled Onions, also on Brioche) that had potential but was seriously short of his requested medium-well. Sides of Fries and Mac 'n Cheese were fine, although the Mac 'n Cheese was also just lukewarm. Total was $45 before t&t, and credit card surcharge. Good value and great view of the private planes – we’ll try this again.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 12/23) Our first impression was somewhat negative. We waited for a hostess for a while and some servers announced "We'll be right with you!" as they walked by, but it took a while for that assigned person to arrive. Tuesday at 6 PM and they were pretty busy. We had reservations but all but one empty table had not been bussed yet. Seems like they are short on help. We got Table #11 in the corner for 4 of us. Fine. Again a wait for our server to appear. Ro-semarie finally greeted us. We brought our own wine. She was ready to take appetizer orders but we wanted to chill out and get 4 wine glasses first. The menu is eclectic. You name a cuisine, it's on the menu. Nothing wrong with that and of course, being in an airport, they serve "Airline Chicken", everyone's favorite travel meal. We shared delicious Spring Rolls ($13) with our friends and they shared the Porcini Scallops ($14) with us - also good. My choice was Lamb Porterhouse (3-Steaks not Chops) with Mushroom Risotto and Asparagus ($26). It was overcooked. My better half had the Osso Bucco with Parmesan Risotto ($24). Lots of meat to eat but the Risotto was overcooked. Our friends chose the Boursin Strip Steak ($28) and the Osso Bucco. Her Steak (typically Sirloin) was a little tough, she commented. Service was fine after we got started. No dessert for us. $15 corkage for the wine. Our total for two was $78 (with corkage) before t&t plus a 3% surcharge added for the credit card. It's more like a bar with hi-tops serving Burgers than a restaurant serving $25-30 entrées. Even the walls are "plane gray". Might come back for a Saturday lunch when the field would be busy, but probably not for dinner.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Skyway of Ocala
Based in Ocala, FL., operated as Air Florida Commuter.
Ended service in 1985 after 4 years of operation.
Service to Gainesville, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola,
Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Not Rated 1 Dollar Sign Farm House Restaurant, 11077 SE 57 Ct., Belleview, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-7100. (Breakfast) (Southern) [B/L] Opened in July, 2003. Located a block off US 27/441/301, near SE 57th Ave. in the shadow of the Belleview Water Tower. Hours are Monday through Saturday: 6 AM to 2 PM. Sunday: 7 AM to 1 PM only. "A taste of home." Popular with the locals. Breakfast served all day. A full compliment of Pancakes, French Toast, Omelets, Biscuits & Gravy, Country Fried Steak, Eggs and Breakfast Meats. For lunch, starting at 11 AM, they offer Burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks and Fish Sandwiches. They also make Soup, Salads and Wraps. No bar. Ed Lee and You Jin Ro, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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. They offer Pork, Beef, Chicken, Ham and Turkey Sandwiches. Slaw and Beans can be added at extra charge. Luncheon Specials before 5 PM include ¼ BBQ Chicken, Fried Flounder, Franks and Beans, Pork or Beef Plate, Rib Plate and Baby Back Rib Plate. Senior Plates are available too. Dinner Plates include Chicken Tenders or Turkey, Beef, ½ BBQ Chicken and Ham or BBQ Pork. Combo Plates available. Baby Back Plates, offered by size. Feast for Four People is offered. All-U-Can-Eat Specials every day. Flounder, Shrimp, Ribeye and Combos of those. Plates include accompaniments too. Lots of sides to choose from. Children's sizes offered. Desserts are Pecan Pie or Cheesecake. Beer and wine only here. Pitchers are available. Reservations taken for larger parties. One of a small Florida chain with 3 locations. This one now owned by Nicholette Rooney.


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



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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (Mount Dora), 421 Baker Street, Mount Dora, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-385-3540. (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. Combo Platters too. Street Tacos offered. The usual Mexican entrées like Chile Relleno, Enchiladas, Burritos, Carne Asada and Bistec a la Mexicana. Lunch Specials weekdays to 3 PM. Desserts like Flan or Chimi Cheesecake are on the menu. 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 2023. 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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Long Gone - The Pig Stand (1949)
E. Silver Springs Blvd. and Watula Ave., next to the Ritz Theater, Ocala, Florida.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Fifth Avenue Streatery, 846 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 25.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-729-3328. (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 are offered. Taco Plates of Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish and Veggies are available. 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 for sale. Hot Dogs too, like Chicago style, Beer Cheese and Chili and Onion and Mushrooms are all on the menu. A half dozen Sandwiches are made here like Steak, Chicken, Italian Beef, Fish, Southern BLT, Philly style and a Gyro. Sandwiches, Burgers and Dogs include 1 side dish. Gluten-Free buns are available too. For main dishes you'll find Grilled Chicken, Half Rack of BBQ Ribs, Steak Medallions, Catch Of The Day, Salmon and Ahi Tuna. They make Salads too like Caesar, Mediterranean, Fried Chicken, Southern Caprese and Arugula & Fried Goat Cheese. Desserts include Southern Fried Snickers® Bar, Bananas Foster or Port Wine Peaches Crêpes, Flourless Chocolate Cake and New York Style Cheese Cake. Kids menu available. Beer and wine licensed with many wines by the glass and by the bottle ranging $17-40 each. Specials daily on the board, like Friday Fish & Chips 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. Heaters provide warmth in winter. No inside seating. Tim Habjan (former GM at Evans Prairie Country Club in The Villages) and Deborah McGann, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 2/21) Always wanted to try this place. Outdoor seating suits us fine. Comfy chairs with cushions were nice. Amelia was our server. At one time brought us the wrong meals. My better half had a Mount Dora Burger ($14) and I had the Salmon Dinner ($16). I had a glass of Malbec ($8) and she had a glass of Cab ($8). Both, served in plastic glasses, were unremarkable for that high price. It was a Sunday about 3 PM and the place was crowded but outdoor seating made us feel safe. Servers wore masks. We split a Bananas Foster Ice Cream Crepe ($8.50). Typical Mount Dora prices here even though it is a simple eatery. Our total was $54 before t&t. We'll be back.
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video Filo's Mexican Cantina, 1390 NW 80th Ave. (CR 225A), Ocala, FL. 29.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-414-7876. (Breakfast) (Mexican) [B/L/D] Opened January, 2021. (aka Filo's Fiesta.) 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. Pastries, Bagels and Muffins 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. You can build your own meal here. Chile Lime Chicken and Grilled Prime Steak Fajitas are offered also. Street Tacos of Pork, Chicken, Steak, Beef in a Corn or Flour Tortilla are available. Quesadillas are popular with Cheese, Steak or Chicken styles sold. A Taco Salad is available. For dessert you can enjoy a Key Lime Tart, Mexican Flan, Churro or Tres Leche. 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 2 Dollar Signs 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 is enough for two. Cold and Hot Subs offered in various sizes. Chicken dishes include Piccata, Marsala and Parmigiana, plus Veal fixed the same ways. Lasagna, Grilled Tilapia, Eggplant Parmigiana and Meat Ravioli are featured also. You can also find Tilapia, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Seafood Cannelloni, Spaghetti Gamberi, Penne alla Vodka, Salmon Mezzaluna, Mussels Marinara and Seafood Risoto. One signature dish is Black Seafood Linguine. Warm Garlic Knots are popular here too. Beer, Wine and homemade Sangria is available. Generous pours of House Wine are available. Wines by the bottle are listed. Homemade Tiramisu is a favored dessert, along with Cannoli and NY Style Cheesecake. 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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Majestic Air
Named in 1988 but had only 1 year of operation out of Miami.
It had just one B-727 aircraft in this trade dress.
It was renamed and again repainted Carnival Airlines in 1989.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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. Full bar now. 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 2 Dollar Signs 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. 1-352-626-8096. (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.


Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) I’ve been to First Watch near the Villages Hospital as well as in Maitland and I liked them. Was glad to see when they opened up on 466A. I went there couple of times and one time at 7:30, there was only one person in the place. I usually stay outside and usually order Belgian Waffles or the one with Strawberries and Bananas. Although you get charged extra, they give you 100% warm Maple Syrup. If I recall with Maple Syrup and Coffee, bill came to near $20. Glad I have another breakfast place to go.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Fish Camp (On Lake Eustis), 901 N. Lakeshore Blvd., Tavares, FL. 19.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-742-4400. (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, 8 Wings with Sauce, Swamp Cabbage Ceviche, Beer-battered Calamari and ½lb. Peel 'n Eat Shrimp. Hydroponic Farm to Table Salads and a Kale Caesar are also available. For lunch or dinner they offer Fish 'n Chips, Fresh Catch, Shrimp 'n Grits, a Black Angus Rib Eye, a Seafood Trio of Shrimp, Fish and Scallops 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, Chicken Sandwich, a ½lb. Steakburger, Smoked Gator Sausage, plus other Angus Burger creations. 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. Full bar. Craft beer, Florida Wine and Margaritas are from the bar. Reservations accepted. Outdoor seating available facing the lake. Kids menu 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 3/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Arlene P. 4/19) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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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 2+ Dollar Signs Fisherman's Cove 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] aka Fisherman's Cove. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays plus 3 weeks in early September. Open Sundays 12 noon to 7 PM. Wednesday to Saturday 11 AM to 8 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) are offered. Scampi, Scallops, Oysters or a 7 oz. Florida Lobster Tail. Combos like Sirloin Steak & Shrimp or Scallops & Shrimp or Steak & Lobster Tail can be had. Twin Tails are available. Soft Shell Crab, Frogs Legs or Homemade Crab Cakes are here. The most popular is the Beer Battered Haddock Fish Fry. Large combos such as the Captain's Platter, Fisherman's Platter and Shipwreck Platter are on the menu. Catfish, Grouper, 'Gator and Lobster on their menu also. Meats such as Pork Chops, 8 oz. Top Sirloin, 12 oz. NY Strip and 10 oz. or 16 oz. Delmonico Steaks are here. Besides large dinner entrées, you can find Wings, Hamburgers, Chicken and even Grilled Cheese. Gator Bites from a local recipe are offered. Outside dining in the rear in season. Beer, wine, coolers and canned pop. Wine list runs $17-48 per bottle. Reservations accepted. Robert and Cecil Everett, new owners here since early 2023 and at Salty Dogs (Steamer & Bar) (see that listing) in Inverness.


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.
Older Review: (from Karl M. 2/18) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/18) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Now Open (The) Flame (Indian Kitchen), 3710 SW College Rd. Suite 100, Ocala, FL. 25.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-5679. (Asian) (Indian) [L/D] Opened September 1, 2023. Located in the BP Gas Station on SR 200 just east of I-75 exit where The Taj once did business. For starters you can find Samosa, Ragadachat, Cheese Dhamaka, Bao Paneer and Papad Masala Chat to name a few. Coconut Shrimp, Pop Stick and other Baos are offered too. Entrées include some Asian dishes like Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Dumplings, Manchurian dishes, Schezwan Chicken and others. Then Indian dishes like Chana Masala, Dum Aloo, Dal Makhni, Malai Pistachio Kofta, Kadambari dishes, Khorma dishes, Madrad Curry, Chettinad, Lamb dishes and Pasanda among others. Tandoori and Kabab dishes are popular. Most come with Basmati Rice. Various Naan Breads sold separately. Soups are Mulligatawny, Tomato Basil, Lemon Coriander and Manchow. Large Salads are also offered. Desserts like Kulfi, Rasmalai and Gulab Jamin are featured. Full bar with cocktails like an Old Fashioned, White Russian and Mojitos are offered. Happy Hour. Dennis Thomas, chef; Dani Mehul, owner.


Review: (from Peggy R. 1/24) Went for lunch on New Year’s Day. We were a little skeptical as the restaurant is attached to (and shares restrooms and their parking lot with) a small gas station right off I-75. The noise from the restroom hand dryers could be heard throughout the restaurant. We started with Samosas ($8). They had a strange eggy taste and a little more heat than I prefer. My Malai Pistachio Kofta ($20) was excellent and my husband really liked his Chicken Tikka Masala ($20). We also shared an order of delicious Garlic Naan ($5). Portions weren’t huge, but were certainly sufficient. Service was a little slow as the entire lunch crowd seemed to arrive at once. May be best as a takeout option if you care about ambiance.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Florida Porch Café, 706 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-365-1717. (Cafe) [L] Opened in late 2015. Open 10 AM to 4 PM daily, except closed Sunday and Monday. Cute little café located in an antique store by the same name. Food served on disposable products. Noted for their Soups. You might find Split Pea, French Onion, Tomato Basil, Cheesy Potato, Vegetable, Italian Wedding, Chicken Gnocchi, Dumpling, Cream of Broccoli, White Bean Chicken, Cream of Mushroom and many more. Quiche of the Day is a popular choice, as is the Salad Plate, Trio Salad and Crab Salad. Sandwiches include Curry Chicken Croissant, Gorgonzola Turkey on Ciabatta, Club on Ciabatta or Fresh Mozzarella on Ciabatta. Various Wraps include Veggie, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Asian, Mediterranean, Chicken Ranch and Crab Salad. Large Salads like Chef, Mediterranean, Waldorf Chicken, Chicken Wasabi and others run $9 each. These are served with Homemade Pumpkin Bread. Soup/Salad or Soup/Sandwich Combos are available too. Wonderful Desserts like Scones, Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Cake, NY Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie are available. Starbuck's Coffee is served, as are Lattes, Cappuccinos, Teas, Hot Chocolate, Smoothies, Lemonade and others. No bar. Sarah Rinne, owner.




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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Flying Boat Tap Room, 9672 SE 58th Ave. (Baseline Rd.), Belleview, FL. 11.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-545-2337. (Brew Pub) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened August 14th, 2021. 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!" A large three blade prop and custom made tables adorn the refurbished building. Open 11 AM to 10 PM, but only to 7 PM on Sunday and closed Tuesdays. Sunday Brunch starts at 10 AM. Basically they offer four things, Tapas, Burgers, Pizzas and Salads. Chunk Lobster is a big attraction here. They offer 28 taps of Craft Beer along with appetizers/tapas like Bruschetta, Chorizo Dip, Guacamole and Chips, Mini BLT Wraps, Pork Sliders, Grilled Cheese, Meatballs, Shrimp or Prawns, Smoked Fish Dip, Clams, Pretzel with Cheese, Ham Croquettes, Brisket Mac 'n Cheese, Octopus, Phyllo & Brie, Baked Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes, Lobster Grilled Cheese and Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Boards [20 minute wait]. You'll find Stone Fired Pizzas and many Sandwiches too, like Chicken Caesar Wrap, Veggie Burger, Jerk Chicken, Meatball Hoagie, Crab Cake Sandwich, Caprese Sandwich, Fish, Pork Belly, Beef Brisket, Smoked Prime Rib, plus Tacos and 9 Angus Burgers are available. They come with a side. Three sizes of Salads are listed for lighter appetites. Desserts like Chocolate Cake and Key Lime Pie can kill your diet. Beer and wine licensed with bottled or canned alcoholic beverges and soft drinks for the D.D. Private back room available. Outdoor seating in front. Entertainment outside on weekends. Food is delivered immediately when it comes up in multiple deliveries. Tucker Bengoa, manager; Bill Bow and Tim Kirby, owners.


Review: (from Walter P. 5/22) Pleasant surprise! Closest to real Tapas in the area. Super service, detailed explanation of Craft Beers and ordering flights of six 5 oz. samples. My two large M-139 Crab Cakes on a bed of arugula and special sauce was excellent. My wife's Honolulu Clipper Pizza with real, stringy, plentiful cheese, was also excellent. Others had Meatballs (5), huge Burgers and Crab Cakes, handheld with 1 side and were all pleased. With our flights and meals came to $48 before t&t. True to their claim, Tapas come as soon as they are prepared, no waiting for all orders to be ready and sitting under a heat lamp. Interesting aviation décor. A place where you should be LOUD! We will return. About 40 minute drive from central Villages.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/22) First time we tried, the cars and trucks were lined up on the highway. So we passed. On this Sunday at 4 PM it was very manageable. The menu is unique but hard to navigate and read. Who designed this? We had a 10 oz. ($5) and a 16 oz. ($8.50) Coffee Porters (#25). So good! She spotted Lobster Mac 'n Cheese on the top of the menu and went no further ($19). I had the "Off Your Wammy" Burger / Lobster Mac 'n Cheese Combo with Potato Salad ($22). Little pricy but it was real Lobster and a lot of it. DJ was our friendly server. The food came out very fast, so did our Beers. Our friends had a Burger and a Lobster Grilled Cheese. Also great. Very innovative food here. Total before t&t was $53. We voted to come back soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/22) We got there early, at 4:30 PM on a Friday because by 6:00 PM inside gets crowded. Great beer selection. I had a can of Earthy Temptations Porter from Tampa ($8.50). He had a pint of Orange Blossom Pilsner ($8.75). Both were delicious. I had the Lobster Mac & Cheese ($19) and he had the Meatball Hoagie ($14) with a Side Salad (+$2). Both were excellent and I had enough to take home. Cliff was our server. Gave us a taste of a draft I might like. Total was $50 before t&t. Music started at 6 PM and we were gone by then. Next time we bring our own cushions, however.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/22) Getting busy at 5 PM on a Friday. By the time we left there was a wait for tables. We had the Mac 'n Cheese with Lobster ($19), the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Lobster ($17) and a PBLT ($13) with a small and medium Draft Beer. The first two were fine but the pork in the PBLT was fatty and chewy. Would not order that again. Shaina was our helpful server. Total was $60. We'll come back during the week.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) Saturday at 4:30 PM, hard to find a parking place. The wait was just 5 minutes since outside seating was also full, we shared a high-top table inside. We started with a 10 oz. Shadowboxin' King Fox Stout ($6) and a 5 oz. Hidden Springs "The Sun" Milk Stout ($8.25). That was incredible. We also had a 5 oz. King Fox "Psychatran" Stout ($5), also good. I had a Cup of Lobster Soup ($6) and the Porky The Pig Plate on Rice ($16). Small portion of Pork, huge portion of Rice. She had the Off Your Wammy Burger that had Lobster Mac 'n Cheese and a side of Veggies ($22). All the food was excellent and Natalie was a good server. Our total before t&t was $63. Adds up. Fun place, good runners. We like it here but noisy when crowded.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/23) We brought our friend here for her first visit. 5 PM on a Wednesday and it was not too crowded. We tasted 3 beers and ended up with a 10 oz. Solace, a 16 oz. Awakening and an 8 oz. Cab. Wine. We had a Queso Burger, Off Your Wammy Burger plus a Shrimp Tapa and a Jam Rock Tapa. Everything was delicious. Very unique items. All came to $84.50 for 3 people before t&t. Nicco was our server from the bar. All the staff here are friendly and helpful. Items come out one at a time as they are "up".
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 10/23) We both had the same meal: Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($19 each) and 10 oz. Coffee Porters ($7 each). We also shared a Smoked Fish Dip with our friends ($12). Prices are very fair here. Hannah waited on us. Food came out when ready. But it's noisy inside. Total was $63.50 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/24) At 4:45 PM on a Friday, they were packed aready. Got the last parking spot and a hi-top table by the door opened up. Michelle took great care of us. We had a 16 oz. Conch Republic Wheat Key Lime Beer ($8) and two 5 oz. Angry Chair Li'l Coconut Porter ($5 ea.) to start. OMG! Wonderful. 5 of us ordered and we chose Lobster Grilled Cheese ($19) and a Plane Burger with Potato Salad ($13), plus a Mac 'n Cheese ($10) to share. Food came out one at a time and was prompt. Hot and filling. Our 3 friends enjoyed their meals too. Michelle took good care of us. Total before t&t was $60. Noisy but delicious place.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Aeromarine Airways
Ended service in 1924 after 3 years in business. [Felixstowe F5L Flying Boat]
"Speed - Safety - Comfort"
Started with service between Key West and Havana, Cuba.
It later expanded from Miami to Bimini and Nassau, Bahamas.
First airline to have a baggage label and offer in-flight movies in 1921.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Coming Soon (The) Forge at Madison Commons, 328 NE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) [L/D] Located in downtown Ocala, 3 blocks north of SR 40, in a brick building that was once a Chevrolet dealership, then a radio station. Plans are for this to be a dining and entertainment hub. Restaurants will include Blind Eye (see that listing)and Ignite (see that listing), among others, like a Pizza Parlor and Microbrewery. Opening is expected in 2024. Carlos Sanchez and Wendell Landry, owners here and of the Horse and Hounds Restaurant (see that listing).



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13 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Francesco's Ristorante (Stone Fire Pizza), 16770 South US 27/441, Summerfield, FL. 4.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-693-2008. (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 BLTare on the menu. Or you can build your own with extra toppings priced accordingly. Pastas include Eggplant Rollatini, Lasagna, Cannelloni, Spaghetti Bolognese, Linguini with Clam Sauce and others. Specialties include Cheese Ravioli, Tagliatelle Alfredo and Tagliatelle with Salmon. You can also find Coconut Butterfish, Salmon Cleopatra and Zuppa Fra Diavlo. Chicken dishes here. All main dishes come with a choice of Soup (like Italian Wedding Soup or Pasta Fagioli) or Side Salad. Appetizers include Mussels, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Calamari, Bruschetta, Antipasto and a Sampler. Large Salads are also offered like Salmon Salad, Caesar Salad, Steak Salad and Chopped Salad. Lunch items, before 3 PM, include Meatball, Chicken Parm., Sausage & Peppers, Grilled Chicken, Turkey BLT Wrap, and Sausage & Peppers Sandwiches. There's a Sirloin Burger too. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Full bar with an interesting wine list. Family style meals on Sunday for 2, 3-Course Meal for 2 on Monday, NY Strips for 2 on Tuesday, Seafood for 2 on Wednesday and Braciole for 2 on Thursday. Open Thanksgiving Day 11 AM to 7 PM. Occasional entertainment including comedy. Happy Hour before 7 PM. Small Corkage Fee. 3% surcharge added for using a credit or debit card. Eric Reed and Noel Bravo, chefs; Francesco (Franco) Esposito, partner; Kathy Funk Thorpe 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 9/20) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Susan C. 7/21) A 4 PM reservation for 8, we were seated in the large room. Nice ambiance. Waitress was responsive. Chicken Marsala ($14) was super moist chicken, gravy seemed like brown gravy, not mushroom as preferred, but very nice size portion and good taste. Drinks 2 for 1 so 2 Martinis for $7. Great value. Only issue both served together, waitress brought ice to keep 2nd chilled. Ricotta & Cheese Calzone ($9) added tomato ($2) excellent! Total bill was $31.45 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/21) We like Francesco's. There was a wait, so we had our drinks at the bar. Seems they had empty tables in the side room but not enough servers to work them. Within 30 minutes we were seated in Fallon's section by the kitchen. We had Shrimp & Scallops Tortellini ($16.50) and Chicken Saltimbocca ($15). Both were good. Total without drinks was $31.50 before t&t.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/22) Dinner after Saturday matinee at the theatre. Did not have a reservation and walked in at 5:30 and got seated immediately. Wayne, our very competent server, greeted us with their delicious Bread and Balsamic Dipping Sauce. I had the Eggplant Rollatini ($13.50) and my husband had his usual, Linguini with White Clam Sauce ($15). Each meal came with a wonderful Salad. We both had ours with Francescos Balsamic Salad Dressing. Slightly different than the Dipping Sauce for the Bread, but also extremely delicious. Our meals, as always, were very enjoyable. With 2 Manhattans ($3.50 each) and a water, before t&t, our bill came to $35.50. We really love his place.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 7/23) 4:45 pm on Saturday. Immediate seating. Shared Calamari Appetizer ($10), but don't bother. It was tough, large rings. I had $14 dinner special of Eggplant Parmesan which was terrific; came with large serving of perfect Pasta. She had $14 special of Chicken Picata; also with same perfect Pasta. She had Iced Tea ($3) and I had a House Cabernet ($7.50) which was delicious and produced 2 nice glasses. We each took home almost half of our dinners, which included some nice Bread and Dipping Sauce. Great service by Silvia. Before t&t, the cost was $53.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/23) Silvia waited on us. Bourbon Manhattan ($7) were 2-4-1. Lemon Drop Martinin ($7) was just 1-4-1. She had Risotto ($20) and I had Stuffed Ravioli with Vodka Sauce ($20). No dessert. Total was $62.50 before t&t. Nice meal.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/23) 2 for 1 Whiskey Manhattans ($7) and 2 for 1 White Zinfindel ($7.25). I had the Pecan Encrusted Salmon ($17). It's a new dish on their menu and was very good. My husband had his usual favorite Linguine with White Clam Sauce ($16). Salads with their great Balsamic Dressing prior to the main courses. Tasty loaves of Bread too. Silvia, our server, took good care of us. Total was $47 before t&t. As always, here, a nice experience.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 10/23) We've never had a bad meal here. Samantha, our server was top notch. We both had the Linguini in White Clam Sauce ($16 each). Always delicious and plentiful. We each had a Salad with their House Made Balsamic Dressing. I hope they never change the recipe. A buy one get one Manhattan was enjoyed ($7). Our bill came to $39 before t&t. Of course we'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Fruitland Park Café, 3180 US 441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-435-4575. (Cafe) [B/L/D] Suddenly in August, 2022, this friendly little place, noted for its 50 cent coffee, closed its doors after 15 years in business. Members gave it 12½ Stars in that time.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs The Frog & Monkey Restaurant Pub, 411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-1936. (American) (British) [L/D] Open daily from 12 Noon to 9 PM, later on weekends, but to 6 PM on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 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 Spaghetti to Seafood Pasta dish. Of the British items, Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash, Fish 'n Chips and Shrimp 'n Chips are popular. Other items include Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, Grilled Chicken Breast and a 12 oz. Angus Ribeye. Paninis are also on the menu, as are Burgers and Flatbreads. A Lamb Burger is popular. The sell Wings too. Salads can have for Salmon or Steak added. Baked Brie makes an interesting dessert. Kids menu too. Full bar here. Selection of beers are varied. Mario Penaherrera and Rodrigo Morocho, new owners here and at The Funky Monkey Gastropub on the second floor (see that listing).




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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 2 Dollar Signs AARP Card Free WiFi Froggers Grill & Bar (Mount Dora), 4931 Lake Park Ct. (off US 441), Mount Dora, FL. 23.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-385-3555. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. One of a small chain. Fajitas, Seafood Combo Basket and Shrimp or Scallop Baskets 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 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 2 Dollar Signs Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 17860 SE 109th Ave., Summerfield, FL. 2.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-347-6119. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Traditional Japanese restaurant plus Sushi Bar located in the Spruce Creek Terrace Shoppes, Suite 618. Entrées range from Chicken, Vegetarian, Teriyaki Steak, NY Steak, Shrimp, Filet Mignon, to various combinations of those, all cooked on teppanyaki griddles by accomplished chefs. Early Bird meal offered before 6 PM. Sushi ranges Egg, to Sweet Shrimp. Special Rolls range from Crunch Roll, to Salmon, Avocado Bagel Roll. Soups and Salads also offered, plus Shumai (Shrimp Dumpling), Tuna Todaki (Grilled) and Futo Maki (Crab) 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 2 Dollar Signs Fujiyama Japanese Steak House, 2571 W. CR 48, Bushnell, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-1017. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Located on West SR 48, just west of I-75, Exit No. 314. next to Love's Truck Stop. Opened in 2016. Hours are daily 11 AM to 10 PM, except Noon to 10 PM on Sunday and closed all day Monday. Offers Sushi creations, like the Rainbow, Hawaiian, Alligator, Flying Dragon and the popular Philadelphia Rolls are offered. Combos run 5 to 24 pieces. Flaming Teppanyaki tables are popular for groups. Appetizers like Calamari, Shumai and Gyoza are available. Hibachi dinners include Veggie, Chicken, Yakiniku, Beef Nagimaki, Salmon, Jumbo Shrimp, Steak, and Scallops. Similar Teriyaki items are available. There are Combos too which may include Lobster. Soba and Udon Noodle dishes are offered. Soups and Salads are on the menu too. Desserts are offered, from Ice Cream and Mochi, to Fried Cheese Cake. All food is attractively presented. Beer and wine licensed. Kids menu available. Takes reservations by phone. Independant of other Fujiyama named restaurants in Florida. Hui Lin and Xiang Li, owners.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Funky Monkey (Gastropub), 411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-720-3279. (American) (Spanish) [L/D] Opened in February, 2021. Located on the second floor of the Renaissance Building. Open daily 4:30 to 11 PM, but later on weekends, and 10 AM to 4 PM only on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. They specialize in Tapas and Shareables with a Spanish or Latin American styles. Here are examples: Ecuadorian Street-Style Corn, Patatas Bravas, El Sanduchito, Burrata Salad, Avocado Hummus, Mediterranean Lamb Chops, Octopus, Tuna Tostada, and a Charcuterie/Cheese Platter. There's also a Wedge Salad. Large meals include South Florida Paella, Cornish Game Hen, Pork Chop and a Ribeye Steaks. All come with a side. Happy Hour (4:30-6:00 PM weekdays) items like Pork Dip, Veggie Wrap, Burger Slider, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Patatas Bravas are all listed. There is Monkey Bread Tres Leches Dessert too. Sunday Brunch includes Hash Brown Casserole, Cannoli Pancakes, 3 Mini-Muffins, Chilaquiles [Nacho and Eggs], Burrito, all the way to Prime Rib Roast. Brunch Hours offers bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas. Full bar with Draft and Craft Beers, a Cocktail List and a Wine List. Occasional entertainment. Maria Icaza, general manager; Chef Mario Penaherrera and Rodrigo Morocho, owners here and at The Frog & Monkey Restaurant Pub in the basement (see that listing).




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Marco Island Airways
Ended service in 1986 after 13 years in operation.
It originally ran from Miami to Marco Island, Florida.
Later it expanded to serve between The Bahamas, Key West, Tampa and Lakeland too.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Calorie Count (The) Garden Grille and Bar (Hilton Ocala Downtown), 120 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-581-6060. (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, Appetizers, Soups and Salads, Flatbreads, plus entrées such as Fish & Chips, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Fettuccine, Tuscan Ragout, Thai Chicken Pasta, Sesame Chicken Pasta, Braised Short Ribs, NY Strip Steak, and a Fresh Catch. Desserts like Crème Brûlée Cheesecake and Carmel Apple Granny Pie are all offered. Kids menu available. Full bar and small wine list offered. Hotel owned.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Gathering Café, 2601 SW 19th Ave., Ocala, FL. 22.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-421-9810. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened January, 2020. Located facing Easy St. in front of the Regal Cinema Theater Complex at SW 24th Ave. in the distinctive round building. Aka: The Gathering Room. Open 7 AM to 3 PM weekdays only, closed on Saturday and Sunday. It's a faith driven business. Cute, nicely decorated café, specializing in "Great Coffee, Delicious Food and Good Company". Order at the counter, your food finds your number. Many creative Breakfast Nests , like The Broccoli/Egg Melt are offered. Pasties, Muffins and Croissants are made fresh here. Open Faced Toasts, like The Mediterranean are on the menu. Half dozen Paninis and Quiches are on the menu, as are Soups and Salads. Flatbreads, Burritos and a BLT appear at lunch. Coffee is king and a dozen Lattes or Cappuccinos in 16 or 20 oz. sizes are available. Espresso is poured in 3 sizes. Teas, Smoothies and Fruit Juice are on the beverage list. No bar. Kids menu available, like PB&J. Some outdoor seating available. David and Teri Armstrong, with Sarah Partee, owners.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs AARP Card Gator Bay Bar & Grill, 10320 CR 44, Leesburg, FL. 18.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-365-2177. (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, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Wings and Sandwiches are the norm here. Lunch specials start at a low price. Such local favorites include Catfish Nuggets, Jalapeno Poppers and Southern Pork BBQ. A Gator Bay Po Boy is popular. Fish Fry offered on Fridays from 4 PM. Beer license only by draft or bottle. Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday 2-6 PM. George Linardos and Kevin Goodson, managers; Norma Goodson, owner.




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Golden South Airlines
Ended service in 1979, after only a few months of operation.
Based in Ft. Pierce, it flew to Orlando, West Palm Beach, Melbourne and Stuart, Florida.

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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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. 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.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 4/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 7/22) Our friends met us there on a Saturday in July. They were already seated outside when we arrived. Not our choice. Young Kelsey waited on us. We had a Gator Juice ($7.50), Tropical Sour ($7.50), California Cobb Salad ($16) and the Redfish Dinner ($19). Nothing special except the Salad was huge but the Redfish was thin and over cooked, plus it had little flavor. The birds were a pain. Our friend was eating his French Fries with his hands and before it got to his mouth a bird flew by and stole it out of his hand. The staff just laughs. The dozens of birds make a big mess on the tables. Very annoying. Inside they had fans running instead of air conditioning. Our total was $50 before t&t. Only thing good about this place now is the Gator Juice (which the recipe is on this website so you can make it at home). We've been here many times, but sadly, no more.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/23) Three of us joined our Car Club for dinner here on a Tuesday. Not busy at all. Better inside than out. We started with 3 large Gator Juices ($15 ea.). One Shrimp Basket, one Fish Basket and one Cheeseburger. Sweet Potato Fries and Sautéed Mushrooms added a few dollars. Our total was $95.50 for 3 people. "Smash" was our server. OK experience.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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.



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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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Not Rated Coming Soon Gatsby's Underground (Bootleg Brewery and Food Hall), 424 E. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.5 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] To be located in the 1925 Tavares and Gulf Railroad Station, near Wooten Park. Plans are underway to have a Food Hall and Brewery in the old station with an outdoor patio. David Perry, Emad Shahid and George Walker, owners. Part of the League of Extraordinary Dining, or LXD, out of Winter Garden, FL. An opening date is TBD.



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11 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gianni's Italiano, 425 Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-3327. (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 available. Meat entrées like Chicken Prosciutto Spinaci, Pork Osso Buco and Anitra al Chianti (Roasted Duck) are offered. Appetizers like Bruschetta, Prosciutto e Melone, Caprese Salad, Mussels Marinara and Eggplant Rollatini are on the menu. Desserts available. 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.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 9/18) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.



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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Gio's Deli (and Mercato Italiano), 3975 CR 102, Oxford, FL. 7.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-748-5558. (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, the New Yorker (Pastrami and Provolone), Assorted Italia (Ham, Capicolla, Salami and Provolone), Turkey Club, Fried Grouper Filet, Godfather (Roast Beef, Turkey, Ham and Provolone), Caprese and their signature hot Roast Beef, Peppers and Provolone on homemade Focaccia Bread. They also have Sandwiches like Chicken Caprese, Philly Chicken Cheese & Onions, Veal or Chicken Parmigiano, Meatball, Sausage Broccoli Rabe or Sausage, Peppers & Onions. For sides you can order Potato Crocchette, Eggplant Colosso, Rice Ball, Zucchini Fries, Onion Rings or Steak Fries. The also have Pizzas of Cheese, Margarita, Veggie, Bruschetta, Bianca, Sicilian or Pepperoni/Sausage are on the menu. Calzones of Ham and Cheese are available. Salads include American, Greek, Julie's, Caprese, Chicken Caesar, Grilled Chicken and Gio's Salad. 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 owners here.


Older Review: (from Frank K. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 3/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/19) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/21) Since the last time I reviewed this restaurant was pre-pandemic in 2/20, thought I think they can use a new review. To me consistency in dishes are important and my dish here is Aglio e Olio. Their Spaghetti is always al dente, nice tasting Olive Oil and fresh Garlic. I have it with a side order of small Salad, always fresh. My rating is only for this dish and salad, nothing else. I’ve tried other dishes but they are not to my expectation. I also do take out couple of times a month especially during Corona Virus. Total bill came to $13.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/22) Saturday night about 6 PM and it was almost full. Hostess cleared a table near the deli case. Amber was our server. I had a side Salad with Ranch, then Chicken Gio. She ordered the 12" White Pizza with Pepperoni. That made it very salty but she got through half before giving up. I tried one slice but didn't enjoy the flavor. We each had a glass of terrible Cabernet. Amber was friendly, My food was good. Total before t&t was $45.50 . Pretty noisy inside.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 11/22) We love the action and ambiance of this active deli. Gio is always smiling and overseeing everything. Baked goods are made here and everything is fresh. We split the Grouper Sandwich on Foccacia Bread. Generous portion of Grouper, nice lettuce and dressing make this special when on Foccacia. I had the small Greek Salad. Our son also enjoyed the Grouper Sandwich. Total before t&t was $35. In addition we took home several of the Pastries which had a custard filling and wonderful flaky crust. This is a working deli and we enjoy people watching.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video (The) Goblin Market Restaurant, 330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-0059. (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, Irish Whiskey Onion Soup, Tempura Dipped Artichoke Hearts or Escargot Vol au Vent. Then enjoy New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Applewood Rubbed Roast Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic NY Strip Steak, Veal Mascarpone or Saltimbocca, Baked Chicken du Monde, 8 oz. Filet Napoleon, Pan Seared Mediterranean Salmon, Shrimp & Scallop Sauté or Baja Cobia. Or have a healthy Chicken Avocado, Shrimp Caesar, Turkey Bacon Cobb, Salmon Berry Spring Mix or Apple Walnut Spinach Salad for lunch. Also Wraps or Burgers from the grill are offered. Then go on to a luscious dessert. Award winning establishment with inviting romantic but dark décor. Entrées range in price. 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. Small corkage fee for your own wine. Reservations accepted and advised weekends. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. 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 2023. 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.
Older Review: (from Barb P. 2/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Maria K. 12/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Donald K. 1/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/19) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/19) Q=4 S=5 V=1 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mike C. 4/19) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Tammy B. 7/21) Our Dine-Out Team went for an early dinner. Mike was our server. Service was excellent. We were able to select from the regular menu, plus the Small Plates Menu, which is only offered at the bar during busy times. My husband and I both selected from the Small Plates Menu. I had the Petite Filet Chèvre for $22 and he had the Blackened Pork Plate for $16. We both had water, so our total was $37.50, before t&t. The portions were about 1/2 the size of the typical entrées, but plenty of food for us. Everyone in our group seemed to enjoy their meals.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Patricia M. 7/21) Dinner at The Goblin Market Restaurant was outstanding! The best Irish Whiskey Onion Soup my husband and I have ever had! Next we had a nice Salad. Dinner was Red Snapper, great Vegetables with Mashed Potatoes. I had Arnold Palmer Iced Tea. My husband had water. Total bill was $130. Worth every bit of it! Service was excellent, could not have been better. Presentation was beautiful! We will be back!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 4/22) Incredible dining experience. We arrived early and started at the upstairs bar with a White Cosmo and Smoked Old Fashioned. Staff summoned us promptly at our reservation time to seat us. Our server, Michael, was extremely knowledge of all menu items. Appetizers were Crab Bisque Soup and Irish Whiskey Onion Soup. Both were hot and delicious. Entrées included Cheshire Pork Chop served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Our other entrée was North Atlantic Salmon. Both dishes featured "Broccolini" which was excellent. Crème Brûlée for dessert was divine. Of interest, they are currently waiving the corkage fee to help offset meal costs. Impeccable, attentive service, leisurely dinner pace, great ambiance. The cost before t&t was $116.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 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 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Golden Spoon Diner (and Seafood), 5400 SW College Rd. Suite #101, Ocala, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-300-3999. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Located in Heath Brook Commons Shopping Mall near the Publix behind the Ameris Bank. It opened for business March, 2021. Hours are 7 AM to 10 PM daily. Big menu. For breakfast you can find Eggs, Country Fried Steak, Biscuits 'n Gravy, Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Sausage, Omelets, French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles and the usual things that go with Orange Juice and Coffee in the morning. Lunch adds Burgers, Crab Cake, Catfish, Haddock, Grouper, Mahi, or Tuna Sandwiches, Subs, other Sandwiches and Wraps. For dinner you can get Chicken Tenders, Chopped Steak, Meatloaf, Hot Turkey or Roast Beef, Liver, Greek Spinach Pie, Fried Chicken or other meat items. Lots of Seafood dishes like Fried Clam Strips to Red Snapper. A-U-C-E Catfish is offered. From the meat department you can order a 10 oz. NY Strip Steak, or a 10 oz. Strip with Shrimp or Crab Cake. A Ribeye is available and on Thursday through Sunday you can order a 12 oz. Prime Rib. All dinners come with 2 sides from the list. Appetizers, desserts like Carrot Cake or French Chocolate Cake are offered. Kids Menu available. No bar. Medhat Aboukoura and Ezzat Abdelaty, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 or Coconut Shrimp are at the top of the menu. Hibachi dinners of Tofu, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon, Snapper, Scallops, NY Strip Steak or Filet Mignon are on the menu. Bento Boxes like Chicken, Pork, Beef, or Salmon 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 offered. Many signature rolls are offered, with the Grace Roll (Crab & Lobster) featured. Lunch specials offered before 3 PM. Sunset Dinners before 5:30 PM are available. 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.



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


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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room, 311 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-474-2739. (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. 10 and 16 oz. Drafts, to four 6 oz. Flights and Howler refills are sold. They also have "Adult Root Beer". Menu will include small dishes and bar food such as a Jumbo Dog, Chicago Hot Dogs with Onions, Neon Green Relish, Tomatoes, Mustard, Garlic Salt, Sport Peppers and a Slice of Pickle (but no Ketchup, please), Italian Beef Sandwiches with Giardiniera Peppers, Italian Sausages with Sweet Peppers, Maxwell Street Polish Sausages with Grilled Onions, Gyros with Fresh Tzatziki Sauce, Chicago Style Pizza and Pizza Puffs. A Combo is available. 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.
Review: (from Ellen H. 3/21) We chose this place because they have outside seating. Had to open the door and let them know they had outside patrons. Although menus were on the tables, a beer list was not. I had a glass of Bourbon Barrel Porter called Draken Fass (11% ABV) and he had a glass of Summer Blonde (each was $6). I like Chicago Style Pizza so I ordered the Pepperoni 7" ($7). He had a Chicken Gyro ($8). Food was just OK and seemed reasonably priced. Total was $28 before t&t. Nothing too exciting here. Heather was OK and friendly.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ronald P. 9/21) Although I enjoy trying different Craft Beers, I never visited here because it looked like a Biker Bar. On a recent trip down Magnolia Street, my wife noticed some women sitting at outside tables having lunch and said that she wouldn’t mind trying the restaurant and brewery. We stopped by after running errands. After reviewing the menu and a very descriptive beer listing, I ordered their Polish Sausage Sandwich served with Grilled Onions and Mustard with Sauerkraut as an addition for $8 and she ordered the Greek Gyro for $8. Cat, our waitress, helped make those selections. We both liked our lunch choices. Highly recommended was their Chicago Pizza which we promised to try next time we went. With a Beer and Beer Flight, the total bill, less t&t, was $31.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 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 2+ Dollar Signs Harbor Hills Country Club, 6538 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake, FL. 6.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-753-7000. (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 $42 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu HarborChase of Villages Crossing, 13517 NE 86th Ct., Lady Lake, FL. 1.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-605-8077. (American) [D] Located in the HarborChase Senior Living facility, just behind Wawa on US 27/441, across from The Villages Hospital. It is golf cart accessible from the historic side of The Villages. Two dining venues are open to the public. The Fusion Lounge is open from 3 PM daily. Small plate dishes and drinks are offered. The menu changes often and can be verified by phone. The Grill Room offers full meals with limited choices on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 PM with full linen service. Reservations are required here. The menu changes daily. A typical 4 course dinner has options, like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or Mustard Glazed Succotash, then a Caesar Salad, then a 16 oz Ribeye or Pan Roasted Chicken Breast or 10 oz Seared Ahi Tuna, then finished with a Turtle Cheesecake. Additional sides are available too. Wine pairing is also offered. Prices are Prix Fixe. Full bar with Happy Hour and Craft Cocktails. Harbor Retirement Associates, owner/operator.




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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 2+ Dollar Signs 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, Catfish Pontchartrain, Blackened Red Fish, Crab Cakes & Shrimp & Scallop Orleans plus more Cajun style entrées like Gumbo, She Crab Soup, Jambalaya, Shrimp-n-Grits, Crawfish or Shrimp Étouffée or Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Andouille. More traditional Chicken, Pork and Steaks are also on the menu. Fried Platters also featured. 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. Outdoor fenced-in seating on the sidewalk fills up fast on cooler evenings. 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.
Older Review: (from Barb P. 1/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 3/19) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 10/20) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 8/23) Saturday lunch. Arrived at noon. Seated immediately. We have never had a bad meal here. Food is consistently good as is the service. Our server Nina, was personable and efficient. We had the Bourbon Salmon ($18) and the French Market Pasta ($16.50). Just water for beverages. $34.50 before t&t. No room for dessert.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/23) We decided to beat the rush for dinner and instead come for a mid-afternoon lunch. We arrived at 3:30. I had the Salmon ($19) and my husband had the Market Place Pasta ($16.50). He had a Soft Drink and I had the $4 Draft Beer special. Our server, was not efficient at all. We had to ask for everything. We had to, on several occasions, ask for her to bring our drinks. Our friend ordered Soup and we had to ask her to bring that too. Our food came and it was, at best, just OK. Smaller portions, not hot. And the food runner that delivered our food gave us the feeling that he was being inconvenienced. We are very disappointed. Now the bill comes. My $19 Salmon dish on the bill says it's $23. My husband's $16.50 Pasta Dish is now $21. And my special $4 Beer is now $5. We asked what is this price discrepancy? Her answer is: At 4 PM the POS prices change to dinner prices automatically. We were given lunch menus when we arrived and that's what we ordered from way before 4 PM. We were extremely annoyed at this situation. The waitress could care less. My husband spoke to the manager. Bottom line we got a business card from the manager for us to bring back for our next visit and he'll do something for us. Yeah right! I don't think I'll be coming back here too soon. Disappointed on many levels.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 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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Closed Havana 352, 119 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL. Closed in February, 2024. The business was sold and will become a Mexican restaurant called My Quate (see that listing).


Closed 2 Dollar Signs Havana 1959 (Cuban Cuisine), 1080 E. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-609-5247. (Caribbean) [L/D] Suddenly closed in mid-September, 2023 after 5 years here.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Hibachi of Sakura, 4920 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Suite 108, Ocala, FL. 21.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-236-3888. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in 2023. Located where Seafood & Wings Express did business, across SR 42 from Six Gun Plaza. Open daily 11 AM to 9:30 PM, to 10 PM on weekends. The food is pleasantly presented. They have Raw and Cooked Sushi Rolls, Hibachi Rolls and Teriyaki dishes. They also offer Noodle dishes. Soups and Salads are also available. Beer and Wine licensed. Yong Liang Liu, owner.




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


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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Highland Street Café, 185 S. Highland St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-1446. (Breakfast) (Diner) [B/L] Opened in 2001. Formerly it was Elsie's, Bud's Gizmo and Shiver's. It's a popular local diner now. Located in the east part of town, 5 blocks south of E. 5th Ave. on Highland. Open 8 AM to 2 PM daily, 7 days a week. Offers breakfast all day. You'll find French Toast, Pancakes and Waffles, plus Eggs Benedict, Burritos and 3 Egg Omelettes. The lunch menu has Sandwiches and other items like Open Faced Roast Beef, Fish Plate, Liver & Onions, Chicken Tenders and, of course, Burgers. Home of the "Nell Burger". Wraps are popular too. No bar. Kid's menu available. Christine Annis, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Now Open Hokkaido Ramen House (Mount Dora), 17280 US 441, Mount Dora, FL. 24.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-720-3230. (Asian) [L/D] Opened early November, 2023. Located in front of Target near Aspen Dental, opposite Aldi on US 441. Hokkaido is Japan's northern most island with more hearty cuisine especially soups. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 9:30 PM weekends. No longer the college student quick meal, Ramen is now an Asian dining treat. This is a 17 table or booth space featuring Ramen dishes. Ramen can be Shoyu [Chicken Broth], Shio [Chicken and Soy], Miso [Soybean Paste] or Tonkotsu [Pork Bone] types. These are the basis for the long Noodles added. Most popular items here are Chicken, Pork, Beef or Tantanmen Ramen in 11 different types. A Spicy Ramen dish can also be made. Ichiban [#1] Ramen is the house specialty. Gyoza and Octopus Dumplings, Sesame Balls, Fried Calamari are on the menu too. You can also order Fried Chicken Katsu, Coconut Shrimp and Deep Fried Tempura Rolls like the Golden Mango. Two dozen Sushi Rolls are offered too, like and Eel Avocado or Yellowtail Roll. No bar here. Teas and soft drinks available. Growing small chain of 50 locations scattered around the US, headquartered in Helena, Montana. Jie Chen and Joy Yan, owners.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Hong Kong Restaurant, 2229 West CR 48, Bushnell, FL. 29.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-568-8888. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened early 2017. Located near the Bushnell Walmart just east of I-75, Exit 314, behind Burger King. Open from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends but from 12 Noon on Sunday. A convenient Asian restaurant with a very large selection of items. There are Chicken, Beef, Pork, Egg Foo Young, Moo Shu, Sweet and Sour, Chow Mein, Lo Mein, Fried Rice and other dishes. Seafood dishes like Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Szechuan Shrimp, Hunan Shrimp and others are available. Many Vegetarian dishes available. Specials like General Tso's Chicken, Happy Family, Four Seasons, Mongolian Beef and a dozen others are offered. Combo Plates available. Spicy items are duly noted. Three dozen items available for lunch at a low price. The usual soups are offered too. No bar. Xiang Wang and You Fu Yang, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Hooters (Ocala), 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL. 22.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-854-3253. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] They're baaaack! Once located on SR 200, this young-at-heart Sports Bar is 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. Open on Thanksgiving Day from 4 PM. 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 2 Dollar Signs 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, Fish and Chips, Beef and Guinness Stew and Bangers and Mash to 10 oz. New York Strip Steak, Braised Lamb, Coconut Shrimp and Pecan Encrusted Fish. Other seafood items, like Honey Bourbon Salmon and Maryland Crab Cakes also available. Rosemary Pork Chops and Guinness Baby Back Ribs are some of the other unique creations. Noted for their Beef like 6oz. and 9oz. Sirloin Steaks, 12 oz. Ribeye, 8 oz. Filet Mignon and 3 cuts of Prime Rib. Spinach Salad with Emerald Poppy Seed dressing is a favorite but extra with your meal. Entrées, like Sandwiches, are offered. A Ploughman's Lunch is offered at noontime. Desserts like Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Chip or Cheese Cake and Bread Pudding are on the menu. Call ahead seating, 30 minutes prior. Early Bird Specials offered until 6 PM. Full bar. Reduced 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=
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Howie's Family Restaurant, 840 N. Main St., Bushnell, FL. 27.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-8582. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Opened October, 2007. Located on N. Main St. (CR 475) about 4 blocks north of US 301 in the South Sumter Plaza, near NAPA Auto Parts. Not to be confused with the Hungry Howie's Pizza chain. Open daily 6 AM to 8 PM, except Monday, Saturday and Sunday to 2 PM. Dinner on Tuesday through Friday only. This is home-style food with many regular patrons. Offers the usual items for breakfast, like Eggs, Pancakes and French Toast, even Steak 'n Eggs. For lunch they make Chicken Sandwiches, Pressed Cubans, Ribs and many other items. You may run into Specials like Chicken Sandwich, Clam Strips, Meatloaf, Grouper Sandwich, Smoked Sausage and more. No bar. Kid's menu available. Dale (Howie) and Teresa Howerton, owners.




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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Hurricane Dockside Grill, 3351 West Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL. 17.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-5137. (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, Grilled Shrimp, Fish N' Chips, Hurricane Feast, Pecan Crusted Fresh Catch, Fresh Catch Scampi and a Captain's Broiler (Shrimp, Crab Cake and Lobster Tail), all come with Red Beans & Rice and the Vegetable of the Day. Grilled Chicken, St. Louis 1/2 Slab Smoked Ribs, 12 oz. Choice Sirloin, 12 oz. Choice Ribeye, Sirloin & Shrimp, Roasted Prime Rib and a Surf n' Turf (Lobster Tail and 6 oz. Sirloin), are all served with Mashed Potatoes and a Vegetable too. Roasted Garlic Alfredo or Seafood Trio Pastas are available. Philly Cheesesteak, Toasted Cuban, Guava Bacon Chicken, Black Spiced Mahi Wrap, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and a Key West Fish Sandwich can be found on the menu too. Hurricane's is noted for Angus Burgers besides its Wings. The Half Pound Burger can be topped with Mushrooms and Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Bacon or Monterey Jack with Peppers and Onions all extra. Various Quesadillas and Tacos are offered also. Desserts like Mud Pie, Key Lime Pie, Piña Colada Cake or Cheesecake with Strawberries 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.
Older Review: (from Bill G. 8/18) Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 10/21) Have driven by several times and always wanted to try this restaurant, which I assumed was a Seafood Restaurant. Not a Seafood Restaurant, most popular items were Wings and Burgers. I did however have the Fish 'n Chips which was OK, probably frozen fish. The Fries were OK. My husband had a Mushroom and Swiss Burger, plus Fries, which he said was very good. No one greeted us when we came in with no customers. After about 5 minutes a server came by and seated us. Our server was Charleigh who was OK. Didn't check in with us but once. We had to ask for drink refills. Overall I was disappointed and would not go back but husband said his Burger would warrant a return trip. The Burger was $13, Fish 'n Chips were $15 plus 2 Sweet Teas. Total bill was $35.48.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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15 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Hwy. 441 Diner, 381 E. Burleigh Blvd. (US 441), Tavares, FL. 20.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-5494. (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, a 2-2-2 Combo, Sourdough French Toast and Biscuits 'n Gravy as staples. Pancakes and Waffles are popular too. Lunch offers a variety of Burgers, a dozen Sandwiches and a Triple Decker. Come dinner, they offer Chicken Tenders, Country Fried Steak, Meatloaf and Liver 'n Onions. Chicken, Veal and even Shrimp Parmigiana with Pasta are available. The menu also features Grilled Pork Chops, Half or Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs, 10 oz. Rib Eye, Fried Catfish, Tilapia or Haddock, Fried Clam Strips, Fried Shrimp, Fried Crab Cakes and a Seafood Combination, all served with 2 side dishes. Ice Cream dishes for dessert are reasonable 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.


Review: (from Bruce W. 3/21) My wife and I were met at the door by Melissa, who promptly took us to a red booth. We noticed the music was from the 50's and 60's and that was nice. What got us to this restaurant to begin with, was a friend from Illinois mentioned on FB that there was a restaurant in Tavares, FL. that had Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches like we used to get in high school. They do! Apparently, it's a mid-western style Sandwich that people from from all around enjoy, including many from The Villages, according to our waitress, Lisa. My wife got the Fried Tenderloin Dinner with two sides for $11, and I got the Sandwich for $9 with one side. Neither of us could finish our meals! Drinks are only $2.19. They also have a tremendous selection of desserts. The Lemon Pie is awesome! Our bill came to $24. We will be back!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Glenda W. 3/21) We were met at the door by Beverly and taken to a classic 50's booth. This is not a fancy place, located in a strip mall, but it was clean and very busy. I had eaten here before and knew they had wonderful Tenderloin, but wanted to try something different, so I got a Philly Steak Sandwich for $10, and my spouse got his favorite Tenderloin for $9. The other couple got Tenderloin Sandwiches based on our recommendations. We are all coming back! We had a slice of Carrot Cake from their vast selection of desserts and loved it. Our bill came to $26. They also have AYCE Catfish that is very popular every day of the week for $11.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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AirFlorida Commuter
A network of a dozen local carriers.
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 2 Dollar Signs ibar•b•que EXPRESS, 3170 US 27/441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-315-4227. (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 and Beef Brisket Sliders or Boss Hog Pork with Cheddar Cheese. Other Sandwiches include Fried Pork Chop, Chicken and Spare Rib. You can also find Burgers and a 1 lb. Big Man Burger for the hungry guy. All Sandwiches and Burgers come with 1 Side Dish. Salads with meat are offered and a Side Salad is extra. Dinner Baskets range from Fried Chicken Tenders, BBQ Chicken, Chopped or Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sausage, to Spare Ribs, and Beef Brisket. There's also a 2 Meat Combo or 3 Meat Combo. Each Basket comes with 2 Side Dishes and Cornbread. You can also find a Grouper Sandwich with 1 side and Fried Shrimp with 2 sides. 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. A Meat Lunch Basket with 2 Side Dishes and Cornbread is offered. Soft drinks and teas served. Beer and wine licensed. Kid's meals available. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/18) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Ichiban Buffet (Leesburg), 10301 US 441, Leesburg, FL. 16.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-728-6669. (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. Lunch buffet until 4 PM and dinner buffet Sunday through Thursday and on Friday and Saturday night, 4-10 PM. A Sunday Brunch is offered. Children's prices too. Sushi and a-la-carte menu items will also be available. A Hibachi Grill is also here. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/22) The Ichiban has a very large Buffet (too many items to count), a Sushi Bar and a Hibachi Grill where the chef grills the items that you have selected. The Buffet has everything from Salad to Cookies and Ice Cream. The meats range from Chicken, Pork, Beef, Shrimp and Krab. I think the Krab is actually imitation Crab. Everything that the 6 of us had was delicious. You can also order individual meals of any item on the menu. The Buffet is one price for everything. I had a Pepsi and my wife had water. With two Buffets, the total bill including tip and tax was $40.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Coming Soon Ignite, 328 NE 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (Asian) [L/D] Located in downtown Ocala, 3 blocks north of SR 40, in a brick building that was once a Chevrolet dealership, then a radio station. This is one of the restaurants in The Forge at Madison Commons. This will be an Asian Fusion restaurant, featuring Sushi and entertainment on weekends. Opening is expected in 2024. Carlos Sanchez and Wendell Landry, owners here and of the Horse and Hounds Restaurant (see that listing).



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Long Gone - Cordrey's Tourist Court (1930s)
On SR 40 (East Silver Springs Blvd.)
"2 blocks from the heart of the city."
"Hot air heat, fans in each room, tile baths with showers.
Restaurant, soda fountain and gift shop. Phone 1063.
Winter rates $5 and up.
Reduced summer rates."

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Coming Soon Infinite Ale Works (Distillery, Brewery and Restaurant), 410 NE 3rd St., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] It's at the corner of NE Watula Ave. and NE 3rd St. in downtown Ocala. The former Ocala Fire Station No. 1 will become a Distillery, Brewery and Restaurant with Coffee Shop when Infinite Ale Works moves from its S. Magnolia Ave. location, since 2014. The new location, just 2 blocks off Silver Springs Blvd., overlooks Tuscawilla Park in the city. Tom McDonald, owner. After renovations are complete and additional parking space is added, a 2023 opening is expected.




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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs 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 priced per person (special price for seniors and children under 12). The large Salad Bar only (without meat) is priced per person. Lunch Rodizio is less and the Lunch Salad Bar is priced per person but higher for Sunday Brunch. Desserts like Mousse de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Mousse) or Pudim de Leite Condensado (Flan) or Crème Papaia 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 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. Pitchers of homemade white or red Sangria are offered by the glass too. Brahma, Xingu and Nova Schin Brazilian beers are offered. 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.
Older Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/21) We had reservations for 5 PM (the time they opened) but the door was still locked when we arrived. About 5 after, they unlocked the door and we where seated when all six of us arrived. My husband and I had the Salad Bar only ($30pp). It was very good. They had Peal & Eat Shrimp, and a very good variety of other items. The Soup was awesome. I had told them it was my husband's birthday so at the end, they brought him a Ice Cream Treat (free). My husband also had a glass of Wine ($7). Our total bill before t&t was $67. Our server was Pablo23. He did a very good job of clearing off the dirty plates so we could go get more.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from David G. 8/21) My wife and I had the full Brazilian experience. They come to the table and carve about 10 meats from a skewer onto your plate. They were typical of this type of steakhouse, most were good. The Bacon wrapped Filet and Lamb Chops were best. Salad Bar had some nice items but was subpar for a Brazilian steakhouse. Dinner for two was $76 plus t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Peggy R. 9/22) Had an excellent Sunday Brunch here. There was an efficiently-run Omelet Station plus Waffles and Crêpe in chafing dishes. The Salad Bar had an extensive variety, including Cheese Bread, Chicken Salad, Fried Yucca, Mac & Cheese, and a nice Chimichurri Sauce. There were five meats circulating: Regular and Garlic Sirloin, Parmesan Chicken, Chicken Legs and Sausage, plus Pineapple. The Garlic Sirloin was delicious, the Regular Sirloin a little rare for our taste, and the Sausage was good. We did not sample the Chicken selections. The $37 price ($34 for seniors) includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 4/23) Pablo M. was our server. It is a fixed price menu at $49.95 per person and 2 guests had wine at $12 per glass. There were 7 of us. The service was poor. Our waiter did not return except twice including to receive payment of the bill. We had to wait for the Prime Rib and it was over done when we received it. Also some of the guests could not get the meat the way they liked it cooked. The Lamb Chops were excellent as was the Bacon Wrapped Filet and Garlic Filet. The Salad Bar was good and the Vegetables such as the Mac and Cheese and the Black Beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes were good. The atmosphere is very nice.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 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 2 Dollar Signs 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, Special Appetizer with Ackee, Saltfish or Callalloo, Jerk Wings or Peppered Shrimp for appetizers. Entrées offered are Fried Chicken, Brown Stew, Curried or Jerk Chicken, Vegetarian, Curried Goat, Shrimp in Spice, Rasta Pasta, Grilled, Garlic or Blackened Salmon, Oxtail, De-boned Baked Chicken and Steamed, Roasted or Escovitch [Pickled] Snapper. All include Rice & Peas or other Veggie. Large Salads include Cucumber Salad, Reggae Salad, Cobb Salad, House Salad and Jerk Chicken Salad. They also have Jerk Chicken Wrap and a Seafood Wrap for sandwiches. Soups include Pumpkin Chicken, Vegetable and Jamaican Manish Water. 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. Beer and wine licensed. A spring 2020 opening is expected but now delayed. Gary Gray, Pete McNeish and Harold Dawkins, owners. "Wah Gwaan!"




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Now Open Iron Works Steaks (and Fine Cocktails), 132 W. Ruby St., Tavares, FL. 20.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-321-9340. (Steakhouse) [D] Opened on February 8, 2024. Located where the Argonaut Bar & Lounge and Nautilus Coffee, Co. did business on Ruby St. near the Key West Resort. Sometimes spelled IRONWORKS. Please "dress with style". Hours are 5-9 PM but Sunday is 4-9 PM. Still, the theme is Steampunk, Nautical and Submarine. Curious oddities and "Easter Eggs" will be hidden in this dining space. This upscale Steakhouse features beef and crafty cocktails. Steaks prepared at the table are featured. For appetizers they offer a Burrata and Olive Plate, Smoked Shrimp Cocktail and ½ lb. I-Beam (Candied) Bacon as their signature starter. A Bread and Butter Candle appetizer is also featured. Salads include Caesar, Wedge and Warm Spinach. For entrées you'll find Mushroom Alfredo Penne, Penne ala Vodka, Bourbon Chicken Breast, Grilled Salmon, Tuna Steak and 14 oz. Maple Pork Chop. From their Steakhouse, they offer a 12 oz. Bourbon Glazed Coulette (Beef Roast), a 20 oz. Choice Porterhouse, an 8 oz. Angus Choice Filet Mignon, a 32 oz. Choice Tomahawk Bone-In Cut, a 10 oz. Choice NY Strip Smoked Under Glass and a 14 oz. 35 Day Aged Prime Angus Sirloin as the headliner. You can always add a Lobster Tail, Shrimp Skewer, Blue Crab or Mushroom Sauce to any Steak. Sides are a-la-carte but two are included with Steak meals and include Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potato, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Pole Beans, Rice or a House Salad. Premium Sides, like French Onion Soup, Grilled Asparagus, Creamed Spinach, Sweet Mashed Potatoes or a Side Caesar Salad add an extra charge, however. Desserts are offered daily, just ask your server. Wine list offers choices by the glass or by the bottle up to $48 for the Planet Oregon Pinot. Full bar is highlighted and stays open 'til 10 PM. Specialty Cocktails are featured. Phone reservations accepted. David Perry, Emad Shahid and George Walker, owners. Part of the League of Extraordinary Dining, or LXD, out of Winter Garden, FL.




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10½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs 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 now 11 AM to 9 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, but closed between 2:30 PM and 4 PM on Saturday and closed all day Sunday and Monday. Changes from lunch to dinner menu at 4 PM. 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, Fried Onion Rings, Grilled Mozzarella, Tomato Caprese Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Bacon Wrapped Dates, plus French Onion Soup or "Soup du Jour". For main dishes they have two portions of their signature Fried Shrimp, Fried Cod, Pan Seared Mahi, Baked Atlantic Salmon, a Seafood Platter, Lump Crab Cakes and Fried Florida Lobster Tail. These are served with Baked Potato, Potato Wedges or Mac 'n Cheese. They also have Barbecue Shrimp & Grits, Seafood Scampi and Pecan Salmon. They also serve Baked Chicken, 8 oz. Filet Mignon, 12 oz. Ribeye, 12 oz. Whiskey Ribeye, 8 oz. Angus Filet Scampi and 8 oz. Surf & Turf. Most meals come with Garden Salad, Cornbread and Yeast Rolls. For lighter appetites there's "IVOS" Salad, Grilled Chicken Salad, Baked Chicken Salad and Salmon Spinach Salad. Sunday Brunch brings Turkey or Chicken Salad Croissant, Chicken or Shrimp Thai Salad, Baked Chicken Salad, Quiche du Jour, Baked Chicken, Eggs Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Quail, and a "Spécial du Dimanche". 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. At lunch they offer Burgers, Hand Held Sandwiches like a Buffalo Shrimp Wrap, Soups, Salads, and many supper portion items. A Tapas Menu includes Pimento Cheese Fritters, Baked Potato Fondue, Tomato Caprese Stack, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Chicken Wings, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Shrimp, Thai Shrimp Wontons and Lump Crab Cakes. A separate Gluten-Free menu is available, as is a kids menu. A large variety of Coffees are made here, like Coconut Cinnamon Latte, Espresso Macchiato, Irish Latte and Caramel Affoccino. Their Raspberry Sweet Tea is continued. Full bar with Sangria, Bloody Marys and Sunday Mimosas, Prosecco or Chandon. Domestic, Imported, Craft and Draft Beers served; fancy Cocktails offered, like Speakeasy Old Fashion; plus a limited Wine List running $28-75/btl. for Whites and $28-100/btl. for Reds. House wine is available. Happy Hour. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. for your own wine. Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Outdoor sidewalk seating available. Open on Thanksgiving Day by reservation only. Marjorie (Mimi) Hale, Waica Ann Micheletti & Evelyn Hale Nussel, owners. The original location is still open in Williston (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/18) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/18) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/20) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/22) Enjoyed our experience here tonight. It's still not easy finding a parking spot near by. We (8 of us) had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Our server, Carmelo, took good care of the 8 of us. Very pretty dining room that needs some more lighting. It was very difficult to read the menu. I had the Salmon Citrus Salad ($16). It was spinach, lettuce, candied pecans, dried cranberries and mandarin oranges topped with a lovely piece of grilled Salmon. A honey citrus dressing accompanied this absolutely delicious Salad. Also a freshly baked Yeast Roll and a piece wonderful Cornbread came with this dish. My husband had the Seafood Scampi ($22) It was shrimp and scallops in a garlicy cream sauce over pasta. His meal came with a Side Salad and a Yeast Roll. He loved his meal. We each had their wonderful signature raspberry drinks. Mine was Raspberry Lemonade and his was Raspberry Sweet Tea. ($3.50 each). Our bill came to $45 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 4/22) Party of eight, showed up a few minutes early for our 5:30 reservation. Table wasn’t ready, hostess led us to two tables for four and walked away. The heavy benches were not easy to push together, but we managed. Dinner service itself was great, several runners made sure we all got served together. Shared Cheese Fritters and Bacon-Wrapped Dates, both were very good. I had baked Atlantic Salmon, which was excellent. My husband found his Seafood Scampi bland. With one glass of Shiraz, it was $75 before t&t. We wouldn’t drive from The Villages to eat here but might go if we were in the area.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/23) After seeing the play Sweeney Todd at the O.C.T. our friends suggested we come here to see if they had "Meat Pies" on the menu. We arrived about 5 PM on a Saturday without a call ahead and had a 25 minute wait at the bar. We ordered cocktails and Graffigna Malbec wines by the glass. Our friends bought the cocktails. Our server was Justin and was pleasant and knowledgeable. He brought waters. We were all given menu slates. White text on a gray background glued to both sides of the boards. All 4 of us had to get our flashlights out to read the menu. The worst part was that the printing had worn to white in many places. You could not read the description and even the title was hard to tell what Salmon dish it was. All 4 (both sides) were equally worn out. It did not seem like an artistic style. Justin commented: "It's time for new menus!" No kidding! This was quite unacceptable not being able to read the fine print. Justin filled in the descriptions verbally for us. We had Baked Crispy Chicken ($18) and Baked Atlantic Salmon with Herb Butter Glaze ($24). They came with a Caesar Salad, Baked Potato, Veggies, Roll and a Corn Bread Square. The food was very good, especially the Salmon and Baked Potato. We bought a bottle of the same Graffigna Malbec wine ($28) for the 4 of us. However, after a few sips we compared it to the glass of wine from the bar. That one tasted different and much better. Same brand but the new one was very low quality. Don't know why. We did not complain as we were 1/3 into it before we all commented on the poor quality. Usually Malbecs are "safe wines" in restaurants. We skipped dessert because we didn't want to deal with the menus again. Our total for 2 meals and the bottle was $75 before t&t. They added 4% for using a credit card. Surprise! A practice we don't like. Rating is difficult. 4 for Food Quality, no problem. 2 for Service (not because of Justin but for unreadable menus). 3 for Value (because the wine was unacceptable and the credit card surcharge). We won't rush back here. Oh, no Meat Pies here, BTW.
Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Miami Air International
Ended service in 2020 after 30 years of successful business.
Based in Miami, Florida, it provided charter service with six B-737 aircraft for
cruise lines, sports teams, entertainers, large tour operators and even the US military.
Destinations included every continent in the world, except Antartica.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Jan's River Park Café, 2771 NE 102nd Avenue Rd., Silver Springs, FL. 27.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-625-1120. (Cafe) (Italian) [B/L/D] Open since 2014. Located on SR 40 just east of the Ocklawaha River Bridge in the Wilderness RV Park Estates. Hours are 7 AM to 3 PM daily, to 7 PM for dinner on Friday and Saturday and to 2 PM on Sunday. Usual items like Omelets, Pancakes, French Toast and Egg Platters served at breakfast. Lunch offers Burgers, Italian Sandwiches, Salads and Soup. Daily dinner board may be Hot Pastrami, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Pasta Casserole, Country Fried Steak, Meat Loaf, Baked Chicken, Fish Fry, Seafood Combo, Salisbury Steak, Pork Chop, Fried Clams, Open Faced Roast Beef or Rib Eye Steak with Baked Potato. Desserts include Pie, Coconut Layer Cake, Peach or Blackberry Cobbler and Chocolate Layer Cake. Kids menu available. No bar. Janice Dehart, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Japan Express 456 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL. 20.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-742-5088. (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 are available. They offer Hibachi dinners like Vegetables, to Shrimp, to Lobster Tail. Combo Hibachi dinners are offered. Sushi, Sashimi and Hand Rolls are on the menu. Specialty Rolls too. They also offer Tempura items. Desserts include Fried Bananas and Fried Ice Cream. Kids menu here. Beer, Wine and Sake only. Reservations accepted. Khin Ung, owner.




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10 Stars 2 Dollar Signs JB Boondocks Bar & Grill, 704 South Lakeshore Blvd., Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 23.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-324-3600. (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. Appetizers are available, like Smoked Fish Dip to Chicken Tenders. Items like Fish Fry, Eggplant Rollatini, Meatloaf, Chicken Parm. or Primavera, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Shrimp Platter, Beef Stroganoff, Seafood Platter, Cajun Mahi are typical menu selections. Lots of Burgers and other Sandwiches such as a Chicken Salad Wrap, Fish Po Boy, Turkey, Chicken Fried Steak BLT, Reuben, Smothered Chicken, Shaved Steak and a Mahi Melt are also offered. Variations from the recipe add to the item. Salads like Spinach Steak Salad are available. Their Soup 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. Charge for shared entrée. 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walt L. 5/22) Our server was Melissa B. The restaurant was half busy on a Friday night. Got busier by 6 PM. I had Fried Fish dinner with Fries and a Beer plus a cup of Chicken/Bean Soup, add on. Very good overall. $23.49 with tax before tip. My friend had Boondocks Burger with Sweet Potato Salad. The Burger was very good. Cooked right. Sweet Potato Salad, "eh". No desserts. We stopped at Yalaha Bakery on way before hand for take home desserts after. Nice view over the lake. Not too loud most of the time. Plasticware!
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/23) Nice view of the lake. Friendly folks. Good menu choices. Our server, Puck P., was efficient and had a nice sense of humor. We both had the special of the evening, Chicken Parmesan ($16 each). It came with a side of Spaghetti and a Roll. Our meals were very tasty and plentiful. We each brought a good amount of leftovers home. I had a draft Blue Moon ($6.25) and my husband had a draft Yuengling ($4.25). I thought the beer costs were very high. We tried a slice of their Orange Sunshine Cake ($9). It was good, but not worth $9. Our bill came to $52 before t&t. We certainly would come back here, if we're in the vicinity.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 3/23) Our Gourmet Group went here by the water and the view is great. Our server, Puck P., was really good and funny. My husband ordered a Sam Adams Beer ($4.50) and I had water. He had the Snapper Basket with Fries ($18) and I had the Seafood Platter ($25). Both dishes were great Mine came with Corn Fritters, White Fish (2 large pieces), 4 Shrimp and a Stuffed Crab. He also ordered a Coffee ($3). Our bill before t&t was $50.47.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/23) Three of us arrived at 5:15 PM on a Saturday night. Only 1 table occupied inside and a few patrons outside on the deck. Seemed odd for a Saturday. I greeted the hostess with "How are you today?" Her reply was "How many? Inside or Out?" We were seated by the window inside. I offered "Thank you" to her, but got no reply or "Enjoy your meal" or even a smile. We perused the menus. Other parties came in after us and sat inside too. Took a long while for our waitress to arrive. Then after we noticed only two waitresses working, one for inside and one for outside, plus a buss boy, we started to get impatient. After almost 15 minutes, I reluctantly went back to the hostess stand to tell her we needed a server. No hostess there. Nearby the two waitresses were teaching each other the POS system. I did not want to interrupt them but one of them must be our server. Finally the bar maid asked what my problem was. I explained that 3 tables that came in after us had been waited on, but not us. She asked where I was seated and I pointed. As the buss boy went by, she said to him "Cody take 14 stat!" He grabbed silverware and napkins and followed me back to our table (#14). Cody L. was very apologetic and respectful. I had no beef with him. It was not his station. Still don't know which waitress we were to get. She never came by us. We almost got up and left. We eventually found he's been working there for 2 years and does all the odd jobs. He did know the menu. We ordered 3 cocktails, 2 Ham & Swiss Paninis ($13 each) and 1 Boondock Burger ($17). My better half asked for Sour Cream for her Potato Pancake. On the bill was a charge for Ice in all 3 cocktails and 90 cents for Sour Cream. That's petty. The purpose of our visit was to reserve for a party of 25 for a future visit. That's not going to happen now. The Burger was fine but not at $17. The Paninis were just OK. Nothing special. Our total was $66 for 3 before t&t. Used to be a nice place to come, no more! Sorry, we won't come back here. They are short on staff and friendliness here.
Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Jeannie's Place, 209 E. Gottsche Ave., Eustis, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-357-0027. (Breakfast) (Southern) [B/L] Opened in 2015. Located in the Grove Square Shopping Plaza opposite N. Dewey St., 1 block east of US 19, 3 blocks north of downtown Eustis. Hours are 6 AM to 2 PM daily, except closes at 1 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Popular but hidden spot for breakfast and lunch. "Make a wish!" Featured 3 Egg Omelets are available. Combos of Eggs, Biscuits and Sausage are on the menu. French Toast, Pancakes and even Grits can be found here. For lunch you'll find Burgers, Patti Melts, Seafood Salad, Club, Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Cheese, BLT and more. Chili and Soup is there too. The Chalkboard has the daily specials, like Meatloaf Monday, Taco Tuesday, Turkey Thursday, Fish Friday and Bacon Every Day. Big on desserts here. Occasional holiday parties and entertainment. Now Beer and Wine licensed. Another location is in Tavares. Christine Frey, owner.




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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Jeremiah's Restaurant, 500 N. Highland St. (or 947 E. 5th Ave.), Mount Dora, FL. 26.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-7444. (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 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, Broiled Haddock, Pecan Trout, Sportsman Steak, Fried Shrimp, Jack Daniels Sirloin, Prime Rib, and Baby-Back Ribs make up the main dishes. Pasta dishes like Thai Chicken Pasta, Spaghetti & Meatballs and Ravioli are all served with a side Salad. You can even find Alabama Country-Fried Steak, Shepherd's Pie, Baked Chicken Pot Pie, Grilled Liver & Onions, and Pot Roast on the menu. Lighter offerings like a Shrimp, Fish, Chicken Fingers, Buffalo Wings or Combo Basket are offered. Eight kinds of Burgers, like California Bacon Cheeseburger, are available with Fries. Mexican food, like Fajitas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and Tacos, are on the menu too. A variety of Sandwiches, like the Reuben and the French Dip 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 3/22) This was our first visit to Jeremiah's and we will return. I had the four piece Fried Chicken with a House Salad and Fries ($11) and my wife had Shephard's Pie ($13), no side included. Both were very good and you can't beat the price as total before t&t was $24.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

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12 ½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs JK Thai Garden (and Sushi), 116 E. 5th St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-385-4700. (Asian) [L/D] 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 Pad Thai and Curry Dish: Tilapia, Salmon, Red Snapper or Duck, Pepper Steak, Pra Laam [Chicken], Shrimp Clay Pot, Pineapple Rice, Royal Seafood, Garlic Pepper Scallops and Roast Duck with a choice of sauces 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 available. Noodle or Fried Rice dishes are here also. Thai Curry dishes too. Banana Tempura is popular. Lots of appetizers can be a starter or lunch item. Five soups are offered too. Seemingly endless Sushi menu is separate. Sushi Rolls are popular. Kids menu. Wine, Sake and Beer only. John Douangchanh, owner.


Review: (from Ken J. 9/21) Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Arrived about 6:30 PM on a Friday with no reservation and were seated promptly. Perfect timing as all tables filled shortly thereafter. Small, cozy restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. All staff and many patrons wearing masks. My partner and I enjoyed appetizers of Tom Kha Chicken Soup ($5) and Chicken Satay ($8). Entrées were Shrimp Claypot ($18) and Lemongrass Combo of Chicken, Shrimp and Beef ($15). All served quickly and piping hot and delicious. Total bill was $47 before t&t. Alcohic drinks available but we did not sample any. Very pleasant dining experience in Mount Dora.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/23) Sunday early evening and restaurant was not busy yet. We sat inside in the A/C. Large interesting menu. We each had a glass of House Wine ($8 each). Barely drinkable. We shared a Krab Rangoon ($6). That was good. She had Pad Thai Shrimp ($17) and I had the Pineapple Rice ($19). Hers was good and plentiful. Took home half. Mine was very good with Shrimp, Beef and Chicken with Fried Rice and Pineapple Chunks all mixed together. Good food but our waitress (Foam?) had an attitude. Was efficient but not friendly. So it affected our score. Total before t&t was $58.
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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, Cheese Sticks, Pepperoni Cheese Rolls, Chicken Tenders, Meatballs or Cheesy Fries. There are Cold Sandwiches like Turkey Club and Hot Sandwiches like Po' Boys, Burgers, Philly Cheese Steaks and BBQ items. Chicken Wings with 10 Sauce choices for 6, 10 or 20. Seafood Baskets like Catfish, White Fish or Shrimp are offered. But for Pizza you can start simple with just Cheese in 3 sizes. 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 are popular. Soup is available too. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, plus plain ole Ice Cream. 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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Gull Air
"The Airline of the Islands"
Besides service in New England in the summer, it serviced Orlando,
Tampa, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Key West
to a few destinations in The Bahamas, during the winter.
Serviced ended in 1987 after 5 years of operation.

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13½ Stars 4 Dollar Signs Now Open Free WiFi Katya Vineyards, 11 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-528-2675. (Continental) (Wine Bar) [D] Relocated and re-opened December, 2023, further west to where Morevino did business. Open Tuesday through Saturday only, 5-9 PM. Full linen service here. You'll find upscale dishes with a Slovak accent. They offer Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plates for sharing. They also offer Russian Kupechesky Red Caviar, Siberian OSETRA Sturgeon Black Caviar and Russian Beluga Sturgeon Black Caviar; each is a one ounce portion. On the A-La-Carte Menu you'll find appetizers like Hummus with White Wine Figs, Burrata on Crisp Fried Eggplant, Steak with Mission Figs, Lump Snow Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Chorizo, Petite Lobster Rolls, Wagyu Beef Filet Tartare with Quail Egg, Saku Ahi Tuna and Japanese Wagyu Flatbread. They offer Asparagus Bisque for Soup and a Spring Greens for Salad. For entrées they have Short Rib Risotto, Roasted Duck Breast, Fried Asiago Gnocchi, Seared Scallops on Lobster Raviolis, Grilled Octopus, Veal Osso Bucco, Cold Water Lobster Tail, Chilean Sea Bass, 8 oz. Wagyu Filet Mignon, 8 oz. Filet with Poached Langoustine and even KOBE Ribeye or Strip Steaks. For desserts you can choose Espresso Crème Brûlée, plus Handmade Chocolate Bowl, Poached Peach, Cookie Butter Creme Cake, Hazelnut Creme Cake and Macrons & Ice Cream. In addition, a Homemade Bread Duet is available before the meal. Specialty Coffees are offered. In addition a 4-Course Wine Pairing Menu priced per person. Beer and Wine licensed with a limited Wine List. Their own SOKOL VINEYARDS brands and other California or European sourced wines are offered. Mother's Day Brunch and other special dinners during the year. Golden Spoon Award and Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence winner. Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. 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.


Older Review: (from Shirley F. 3/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/19) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen R. 4/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 5/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/22) This is a surprising secret in Ocala. It has some great features and some drawbacks. Two things were disappointing. On a Thursday evening they had a jazz music duo. Nice, but the noise in the crowded room with hard walls, was too much. We were a party of 14 oenophiles and that even made it worse. Second, the prices are out of reach for some people. The menu is a-la-carte and adds up quickly. The Wine List was great! A hundred eclectic wines to choose from. Takes a while to study them all; reads like a book. Our group was in heaven, sharing: "Taste this!". We wanted to stay under $50/btl., so we chose a Paso Robles Zin Blend called Paydirt - Going For Broke [JD 90 pt.]. It was $48 and was surprisingly good with 5 grapes in the mix to soften it up. It sells for $20 retail, so $48 is pretty fair. Katherine, our server, knows how to present and pour wine. Your bottle rests on its own "mini wine charger" on the table. Tastes were available if you were undecided. We shared an appetizer of Pear and Pasta Purses ($14). It was great. Two of them could make an affordable entrée. I had a Baby Greens Salad ($12) but ate it after my main dish and wine were gone (the French way) so the vinegar in the salad dressing doesn't kill the wine flavors. She had the Risotto dish with Beef and Lobster meat ($34). She loved it and took some home. I had the reasonably priced Roasted Duck with Risotto ($36). It was wonderful with lots of flavor. We shared a large Caramel Cheesecake Slice ($12). Best we've ever had. There are entrées on the menu for $82 you know. $100 Caviar too. Most entrées run $40-60 each. All in our group ordered $38 and under. Yet the dining room was full. So they make money here. Our total before t&t was $156. No auto-gratuity added for our group. Not a place you dine at every week and hard to evaluate for Value. For us, almost $200 total for 2 dinners with wine is a little much. They need to improve the acoustics, eliminate live music and offer a few more affordable dishes before we hurry back. Still we liked it.
Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 2/24) Change is not always a good thing. We dined at the recently reopened Katya Vineyards at their new location. We were impressed and disappointed. The ambiance was elegant, our server (Sarah) was attentive and the food was delicious. There are notable changes from the previous location. The Wine List is very small and the menu choices are now limited. The meal costs are expensive and make it very difficult for us to justify returning. My partner had Beef Short Ribs ($55) and I had the Filet with Asiago Gnocchi ($52). My meal was long on Gnocchi and short on the Filet size, especially at that price. Our group had several meal malfunctions that resulted in the Chef comping us on dessert. Nice touch. We had a bottle of wine ($52) and the total before t&t was $159. The food was very flavorful and served hot. However, the portions were small. It is difficult to assess value based on the cost. We left with mixed feelings about Katya as it was a favorable dining experience but not up to the cost of the experience.
Q=4 S=5 V=1 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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13½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Now Open Kawachi Sushi & Bar, 10601 US Hwy. 441, (Unit 12) Leesburg, FL. 16.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-354-9986. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in August, 2023. Formerly called Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar. Located where Wings Ranch Restaurant & Bar did business, just past Lake Square Mall, next to Publix. Hours are 11 AM to 2:30 PM, then 4 to 9 PM daily but to 9:30 PM on weekends. No mid-day break on Sundays. Closed all day Monday. Japanese cuisine presented in an artful and colorful way in contemporary surroundings. A cocktail bar, sushi bar and tables in a large open space. Appetizers like Edamame, Squid, Beef Negimaki, Crab Rangoon, Rock & Shrimp and others are offered. You'll find Katsu and Yaki Udon dishes, Hibachi and Tempura meals plus many special offerings. Sushi and Sashimi items are popular and combo meals are offered too. Their specialties are items like the Dragon Roll, Tornado Roll, Manhattan Roll, Phoenix Roll, Sumo Naruto Roll and a Rainbow Roll among others. Salads and Soups are made too. Sea Urchin, Red Snapper, Striped Bass, Yellowtail Tuna, Mackerel and Flying Fish Row are some of the items adventurous diners can find. Lunch Specials daily. Desserts include Mochi Ice Cream and the FBI (Fried Banana Ice Cream). Kids menu available. Full bar here. Features Saki and Soju, plus a few special cocktails. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Saturday 4-6 PM. $12 Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. 20% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Anna Hu and Mason Ma, operators; Yaxiu Yan, owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 9/23) Had to try this new place. In the plaza with Publix. Very contemporary with striking LED lighting inside. Tammy was our server. She was friendly and knowledgable. We started with cocktails of Stoli Family and a Tito's Moscow Mule ($10 ea.). Both were generous sizes and tasty. We shared a Crab Rangoon ($8.50) for an appetizer. They were different and just OK. I had the Pork Katsu dinner with Miso Soup, Salad and Fried Rice ($18.50). All generous portions and delicious. She ordered a Mango and Avocado Roll ($6), plus a Philadelphia Roll ($7.50). It took quite a while for her Sushi to arrive. Tammy made apologies for the sushi chef. Both were excellent. Hard to finish all the food. Not busy on a Friday night here. Our total was $60.50 with those cocktails. We'd score everything a 5 except the wait for the Rolls, which was not Tammy's fault but still affected service. Fair prices here. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 10/23) Sunday evening and 9 of us had reservations but didn't need them. Very quiet. Love the decor here. Tammy was our server, she was excellent. We shared the Tempura Vegetable Appetizer ($8). I had the Hibachi Chicken ($20). My husband had the Hibachi Chicken & Shrimp ($25). Both meals came with Onion Soup, Salad, Rice, Rice Noodles and Vegetables. All the food was delicious and plentiful. Our bill came to $53 before t&t. For parties of 6 or more an automatic 20% tip is added. Very enjoyable evening. We will return here. In the very near future, the name of the restaurant will change to Kawachi Sushi & Bar.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 11/23) Went for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. They have a lunch menu every other day, but on Sundays it’s dinner only. I had the Walnut Shrimp Bento Box, my husband had Hibachi Filet Mignon. Both meals came with Soup and Salad, nothing extraordinary but both fine. My husband enjoyed his Steak. It was cooked properly and a generous serving of meat. I liked the “Krab” Rangoon and California Roll that came in the Bento Box. The Tempura Shrimp was terrible. The coating tasted like they hadn’t changed the frying oil in weeks. We’ll go back but steer clear of the Tempuras. Total was $52 before t&t, including one $2 upcharge for Brown Rice.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed (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, after 7 years, the owners have closed this unique Wine Bar in August, 2023.


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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Calorie Count keke's Breakfast Café (Lady Lake), 498 N. US 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-801-3996. (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, to Banana, Nut & Caramel style, to a full-blown Banana Split. Then there are Pancakes like plain Buttermilk and a Florida style with Bananas, Strawberries and Blueberries. 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 or something called Turtle Stuffed style with Pecans, Caramel, Chocolate and Cream Cheese. You can create your own too. A dozen Omelets, like Cheese, Greek or 3 Meat are suggested or create your own meal from a long list of interesting ingredients. Lots of Egg possibilities like a Breakfast Wrap, Scrambler Bowl, Eggs Benedict or Five Egg Whites 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 are offered. At 10:30 AM, lunch items are available. A dozen Paninis like Grilled Cheese, Chicken & Salsa and Southwest Turkey Club are among them. A simple BLT and Tuna Melt can be found too. A dozen Salads include Chicken Caesar Salad and others. Wraps include a Turkey, Bacon Swiss. Pressed Wraps are also popular. Then there's Burgers in 5 styles. 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.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) We were seated immediately after arriving BUT it was very cold. I had to go back to the car to get my sweater. Our server, Larissa C. was very nice. My husband had an Iced Tea to drink ($3) and I had water. He had the Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Chips ($9.49) and I had the Chicken Salad ($9.49). Both were very tasty Our total bill before t&t was $22.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/22) Horrible experience. After a 20 minute wait (OK, it was very busy), we were seated in mini-booth. Every order was cool to cold. Orders were screwed up. Had to constantly ask for items ordered that were not delivered or had to go back for heating or re-do. Our checks had to be re-done for errors in charges. Can not figure how this place is crowded with apparently satisfied people. Way over priced. $12.49 for Western Omelet (cold/dry) etc. Omelet $12.49, Waffle Combo $16, Sausage ($5), Coffee $5 each. Total for us two was $42. Other couple had similar problems. Not going back.
Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=
No.



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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 1+ Dollar Signs Kelley's Lunch Box (& Badges Tavern), 110 Jumper Dr. North, Bushnell, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-4596. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Opened in 2018. Right off Main St. in the Sunshine Plaza, north of town. Simple café with homemade dishes. The tavern is just the bar in the corner of the room. A popular hangout for locals. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM, to 10 PM on weekends but closed Sunday and Monday. Salads top the menu with Caesar Salad, Garden Salad, Chef Salad and Cobb Salad, with protein additions. Chicken Soup For the Soul. Hot Sandwiches include Reuben, Meatball Parm., Pulled Pork and Cuban. Subs and Wraps are here. Flatbreads are popular. Egg Rolls, Pretzel Bites, Potato Skins and Buffalo Chicken are starters. Dinners served 4-9 PM include Pulled Pork Plate, Meatloaf, Chicken Mac, Steak Strips and Chicken Piccato. Weekend Specials off the Smoker each week. Outdoor seating at the porch railing. Live music or karaoke most nights about 7 PM. Beer and wine licensed. Kelley Cruz, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 15211 US 441, Eustis, FL. 22.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-483-8288. (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.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot (Ocala), 2621 SW 19th Avenue Rd., Ocala, FL. 25.1 mile drive from The Villages. . (Asian) (Fondue) [L/D] Opened in May, 2023. Located where Logan's Roadhouse did business on Easy St., near SW 27th Ave. Generally open 1 PM to 11 PM daily, later on weekends. KPOT is a unique, hands-on all-you-can-eat dining experience that merges traditional Asian Hot Pot with Korean BBQ flavors but modernized with a full bar and a nightlife-like atmosphere. It's a concept similar to The Melting Pot. Each place at the table has a cooking station. You order off the menu and cook it yourself. Sliced meats include Pork, Pork Belly, Beef Belly, Lamb, Kobe Beef, Chicken and Prime Brisket. Other items include Fish Balls, Lobster Balls, Beef Balls, Roe Balls, Shumai and Fish Cakes. You can also cook Shrimp, Swai, Squid, Clams or Mussels. Vegetables include Fried Taro, Potato, Bok Choy, Yams, Lotus Root and Lettuce. Fried Tofu, Bean Curd Sticks and other Tofu items are offered too. Noodle choices are Udon, Ramen, Mei Fun, White Rice, Rice Cakes and Vermicello. BBQ Meats includes Beef Bulgogi, Chuck Flap, Brisket, Steak, Short Rib or Hangar Steak. BBQ Veggies choices include Zucchini, Shitake, Garlic, Onion, Pumpkin, Eggplant, Sweet Potato, White Potato and Pineapple. Soup Bases include Thai Tom Yum, Szechuan, Tomato, Herb, Miso, Seafood Tofu or Mushroom. All You Can Eat Hot Pot or BBQ meals for adults and for kids 7-10 or for kids 4-6, plus beverages. Extra for both BBQ and Hot Pot styles. 2 Hour Time Limit per table. Last seating 1 hour before closing time. Prices may be higher during holidays. 18% gratuity added for parties of 5 or more. Reservations taken by phone. Full bar. Other locations are in Orlando and 90 more scattered across the south and northeast.


Review: (from Jackie N. 11/23) Before eating at the Ocala KPOT, we went to one in Philadelpha. The difference was that we ordered our proteins and vegetables at the table in Philly and in Ocala you pick out all food choices at the buffet stand. Four of us had the hot pot plus BBQ lunch for $25 per person. The BBQ alone is $20, the hot pot is an additional $5 for everyone at the table whether or not everyone eats from the hot pot choices. Dinner price is $30, plus $5 for the optional hot pot as it has more menu choices. We enjoyed cooking our food choices on the grill and the hot pot. There are several hot pot soup choices from mild to very spicy. There are a selection of marinades to use for your meats for the BBQ. There's a few dessert choices including Ice Cream. Disappointed that Ocala didn't have the Sago Sago dessert that we had in Philly. We all enjoyed the meal and would go back. Lunch was $25 plus t& per person.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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 2 Dollar Signs 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 are popular. Or get the Combo Plate. Noted for their Pizzas at 12", 14" and 16". Then add your toppings. Some of the toppings include Spinach, Broccoli, Bacon, Anchovies, Meatballs or 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 and Strombolis are also on the menu with various fillings to choose from. Under "Baked Dinners" you'll find Fried Haddock, Baked Spaghetti, Angel Hair or Ziti, Lasagna, Eggplant Parm., Chicken Parm. or Chicken/Eggplant Parm.. Their specialty is Pasta LaBella with Chicken, Sausage, Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Black Olives, Spinach and Penne in a Tomato-Cream Sauce. 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. Lunch specials offered. Split Plate Charge. Closed Saturday and Sunday. No "plastic" 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 Coming Soon La Catrina Cocina Mexicana, 303 SE 17th St. (Suite 315), Ocala, FL. 19.9 mile drive from The Villages. . (Mexican) [L/D] Located where Taylor's and The Egg and I did business in the Churchill Square Plaza. No bar. Brenda Melendez and Celiness Arellano, owners. A similar named restaurant in Ormond Beach is not related. Opening in the Spring of 2024.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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, Desayuno Catacho, Pollo con Tajadas, Chuleta Frita con Tajada, Bandeja Guanaca and Plato Latino. Beer and wine licensed. Check your bill for automatic added gratuity. Juventina Melgar-Garcia and Jenis Medina-Mazariegos, owners.




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12 Stars 3 Dollar Signs 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 or Sea Bass with Chutney, 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. Soups sometimes include Vichyssoise or Classic French Onion. An Assiette de Fromage or de Charcuterie are also offered. Salads are Salmon, Sesame Ahi, Lyonnaise, Caesar or Foie Gras. 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). There's also 14 oz. NY Strip and 8 oz. Filet Mignon 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 or Linguini with Vegetables offered. Desserts offered include traditional Crème Brûlée, Crêpes, Mousse au Chocolat and other house creations. Beer, champagne and wine available, mostly French and Californian running $22-85 per bottle, plus many by the glass, 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 $MP 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 available. 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 charge 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.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Edward K. 10/18) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 10/19) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phyllis C. 1/20) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/21) Have not been here in a while. Got tired of the same menu. New menu, higher prices. 4 of us at 6 PM on a Tuesday and the restaurant was busy already. We shared a bottle of house Cotes du Rhone ($33). It was acceptable. My better half had 6 Escargot ($11) which she enjoyed, I had the Garlic Confit ($6) which was tasty. I also had a Caesar Salad ($8) which was somewhat plain. She had the Special of the Day, a Bouillabaisse ($30) which she loved. I had the Duck a l'Orange ($28) which I've had before. It was OK. The Potatoes au Gratin were not to my liking at all. We shared the Soufflé of the Day ($9). It was Blueberry and delicious. We were there over 2½ hours! Service was very slow. Joe was our server and he was just OK, no complaints. All staff wore masks. Our total came to $125 before t&t with the Wine. Expensive long meal.
Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 5/22) Naome N. was our server. My wife and I shared the Onion Soup and it was excellent. She had the Beef Bourguignon, Fettuccine and Grilled Brussels Sprouts. I had the LC Burger made from Filet Mignon and the Potato Gratin. The meal was excellent. It was $63.50 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Alexandra O. 5/22) I had one glass of Les Comtes de Cahors (Red Blend) paired with the Cassoulet. The wine was a perfect paring with the food which was delicious. It was prepared perfectly and authentic to French country style food. The ingredients were fresh. The portion size was good, as it is a heavy and satisfying dish. My cost for everything including tax came to $39.59. The décor is traditional French Bistro, red walls, dark wood and there are several small rooms where patrons can be seated. The server was Naome. She was friendly. Our table had to ask a few times for Bread, so service was slow regarding that simple thing. Otherwise, the service is slow but I like that patrons are not rushed and we could take our time to chat, time between courses, etc.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/24) My wife had the Duck Magret with Risotto ($42) and a Ceasar Salad ($11). I had Beef Bourguignon ($30) and Iced Tea ($3.50). No wine or cocktails or dessert. Total cost was $86.50. The server was Ryan who was extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes. The décor was pleasant. We were there at 5 PM and the restaurant was quiet. When we left at 6:30, the noise level picked up a little bit. Over all the food was very good.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Donna B. 1/24) A lovely French restaurant in Ocala. I started with a French Martini Cocktail ($10) that was excellent! I had the French Onion Soup ($11) for an appetizer then the Duck Magret with Risotto entrée ($42). I had a glass of the Beausejour Bassac Wine ($13) with my meal. Total cost was $96.52 as the gratuity was automatically added for our party of eight. The server, Ryan, was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable about all of the entrées. The décor was nice and we could converse easily due to the privacy location of our table. A very nice gourmet dining experience. I will return.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs La Palma Mexican Grill, 1690 Citrus Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 8.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-323-1444. (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, Bean, Queso or La Palma Dips, Ten Chicken Wings, Cajun French Fries and Monterrey or San Miguel Nachos. Soups offered are Tortilla and Enchilada Soup. Salads include Tossed, Guacamole and various Taco Salads. Their specialties include a Mexican "Po-Boy" of Chicken or Ground Beef or Pork or Carne Asada, similar Sopes, Flautes, Tosdadas, Chimichangas, Chimichanga Rancheras, Enchiladas Verdes or Rojas, Cajun or Chicken Enchiladas, Tamales, Chile Relleno, Pollo Relleno and Sizzling Fajitas of Steak, Chicken, Shrimp range in price. Fajitas For Two are also available. They specialize in meat dishes with Burritos like El Rey, California, Cuba and others, Carnitas, Bisteck a la Mexicana, Argentina Churrasco, Steak a la Tampiquena, Milaneza, California Carne Asada, 10 oz. Strip Steak and a 12 oz. Ribeye Steak on the menu. Also a California Burger for more American taste is offered and Mom's Specialty: Tacos Azteca. Many seafood dishes are also included, like Coctel de Camarón, Camarónes al Mojo de Ajo and Siete Mares. Vegetarian items are also featured. Kid friendly menu and a number of desserts range in price including Flan, Churro, Sopapilla and everyone's favorite, Fried Ice Cream. Lunch Specials (10 AM - 3 PM). Full bar license with Margaritas. Mariachi band on the first Sunday of the month, 12-2 PM. Julie McCray, manager; Eseranza Hernandez and son, Ildefonso, new owners.


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.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs La Perla Tapatia, 2060 S. Bay St., Eustis, FL. 23.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-602-4460. (Mexican) [L/D] Located in the 1960's big cabin on US 19, ½ mile north of US 441, that formerly housed La Casa Mexican Bar & Grill, La Cabana Mexican Bar & Grill, Jeffrey Paul's Chop House and the original Colonial Tavern, at one time or another. The building still has a balcony level inside. This iteration, opened in mid-March, 2022, and offers unique Mexican fare. The name is the nickname for the city of Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, and specialty dishes from that area are made here. Open at 10 AM on weekdays, 11 AM on Friday through Sunday and closes at 10 PM, but to 11 PM on weekends. For appetizers they offer items like Tacos el Uyuyuy [Corn Tortilla, Jalapeño, Cheese and Bacon], Octopus Tostada, Guacamole Ranchero, Camarones Perrones [Spicy Shrimp] and others. A number of Burritos and Enchiladas are on the list. Quesadillas, Chimichangas and Fajitas make the menu too. Lots of Tacos to choose from. Nachos are popular. Their specialties include Torta Birria, Pork or Chicken Tamales, Flautas Frida, El Alteño [Pork Chops], Estilo Jalisco [Beef Brisket], Estilo Rancho [Ribeye and Green Onions], La Valentina [Diced Ribeye in Green Tomatillo Sauce], Fogón Tapatia [Meat and Seafood Combo] and a few others. Grilled Tilapia, Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Salmon, Spicy Shrimp, Grilled Octopus and even Red Snapper are on the Seafood List, as are Ceviche dishes. Vegetarian items are well noted. Cinnamon Churros, Sweet Mexican Cornbread and Ice Cream finish the meal. Lunch items served until 2 PM only. Kids menu available. Beer, like Tecate or Estrella Jalisco and Wine licensed. They now have a full bar with Rum or Tequila Cocktails, Margaritas and Sangria for your thirst. Selene Rodriquez, with Luis de la Torre and Ed Meza, owners.




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13½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Lake Eustis Waterfront Grille, 350 Lakeshore Dr., Eustis, FL. 23.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-602-7446. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened November 2, 2022. Located in the remodeled Eustis Marina, two blocks west of Bay St. near downtown Eustis. It has a Florida Fishing Lodge motif in a two story building. Upper room has great views of the lake. Features American and Seafood specialties. The restaurant holds 150 patrons on the 3 acre site. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 11 PM on weekends. Appetizers such as a Jumbo Pretzel, Sweet Potato Wedges, Fried Pickles or Mushrooms, Seared Ahi Tuna, Reuben Spring Rolls, Steak Bites, Fried Gator, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, 5/10 Grilled Wings. plus Grilled Oysters at Market Price, start the menu. Handhelds like a Wagyu Burger, Reuben, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken, Monte Cristo, Bologna Stack, Jalapeño Popper Burger, Fried Fish, Portobello Burger, Grilled Chicken, Bacon Burger, Grilled Pork Loin, and Hawaiian Surf & Turf Sliders are on the Sandwich List served with Fries. Entrées include Pasta Primavera, Fried Shrimp or Fried Cod & Chips, Sirloin Steak, Crab Cakes, Cedar Plank Salmon, Macadamia Crusted Haddock, Jumbo Scallops, NY Strip Steak and Ribeye Steak. Sides and Premium Sides are also offered. Large Salads like House, Wedge, Avocado, Caesar, Buffalo Chicken and Gator Salads run $10-$15 each. For dessert you can find Ice Cream, Key Lime Pie, NY Style Cheesecake, Berry Cobbler and Chocolate Lava Cake. Kids menu available. 2 full bars here. Cocktails available. Wine List has 6 oz. and 9 oz. pours and $18-42 for full bottles. Entertainment on weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Small lounge area in the upper room for relaxing with a cocktail while watching the sunset. Large outdoor umbrella-covered seating area available with lake views. Ben Johnson, general manager; wife Amber, floor manager; Jim and Conni Berry with Daniel DiVenanzo, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 1/23) We had a great meal here. Cold weather made it busy inside even though the screened-in patio had heaters running. A little noisy down stairs due to hard surfaces. Very large staff here. We had a Bourbon Manhattan ($10) and a Key Lime Martini ($10). Both were good. She had the Macadamia Crusted Haddock with Broccoli and Green Beans ($23) and I had the Cedar Plank Salmon and Mango Salsa with Green Beans ($22). Nice presentation. Both were excellent and large portions. The Veggies were cooked correctly. We skipped dessert. Cassidy was our friendly server. The food came out fast and it was very hot. Must have 5 runners here. Great job! Just took a while for someone to clear our table when we were done. Management checks on you, a plus. Limited parking when they are busy. Total was $65 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 1/23) Stepped off the boat and had lunch! Very busy Tuesday lunch time but we were seated (outdoors) promptly. It was a bit chilly with the wind but they have space heaters. We enjoyed a Mahi Sandwich and Classic Reuben Sandwiches. Ordered Asparagus and grilled Corn on the Cob as an alternative to French Fries ($3 each upcharge). I enjoyed a spicy Bloody Mary. Our server was Kim, very friendly and attentive. Food was served promptly and hot, good-sized portions, and all very good. The total before t&t was $49. Great views. Can't wait to return for Happy Hour at the upstairs bar!
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 2/23) Our car club of 25 had a pre-Valentine's dinner upstairs here. We were served by Gabby and Maddy. Both very competent and well trained. We had Fried Mushrooms ($10) to start. Very unusual and good. Also we had the Strawberry Avocado Salad with Poppyseed Dressing and added Shrimp ($20) and the twin Crab Cakes ($22) for entrées. They were all very good especially the large Shrimp. For dessert I had a Chocolate Strawberry Martini ($12). Our total was $64 before the tax and 20% gratuity added for groups. All the meals came out quick, hot and pretty much together. Everyone enjoyed their meal here and want to come back. Carolyn, the manager made sure every person was happy and chatted with us. Nice little comfy lounge up here too.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) We came here to celebrate a friend's birthday. We sat upstairs by the window. Nice environment here. There were 4 of us. The gals had Bacon Maple Old Fashioned ($12 each) to start. The guys had a Bud Light Draft ($5) and a Bourbon Manhattan ($10). 2 of us had a Side Caesar Salad ($4 each). The meals were Bacon Wrapped Scallops ($14), Crab Cakes ($22), Fish & Chips ($19) and Cedar Plank Salmon ($22). All the food was excellent and warm when delivered. 3 of us shared a bottle of Lodi Petite Syrah ($27). Our friend ordered another Bud Light ($5). Our waitress was Annie. She was friendly - overly so. Always patting the guys on the back. I little inappropriate in a nice restaurant. Thus Service is rated 3. The gals had dessert Martinis ($12). One was comped for the Birthday Gal. Total before t&t for four of us was $168. That's a fair price for the quality and quantity of food and drink. We like it here.
Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/23) On the way home from Mount Dora, stopped here for Sunday meal. Stephanie was our friendly server. Great job. We had 2 Key Lime Martinis ($10 ea.) and 2 Red Sangrias ($10 ea.). We also had a wonderful Caprese Salad ($13) and Lobster Mac 'n Cheese ($12.50). He had the Cedar Plank Salmon ($22) with a side Caesar Salad. The menu lists the side Salads as +$3.50 with entree but we were charged the full $6.50. When we questioned it, she explained that price is when you substitute the veggie that comes with it. Very deceptive menu. Our total came to $94 before t&t. Wow, sure adds up fast.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Lake Harris Hideaway, 11912 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL. 22.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-343-3585. (American) (Sports Bar) [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. Wednesday Specials include Open Faced Roast Beef or Roast Turkey Sandwiches. 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 reduced. 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.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/21) In the neighborhood. Hard place to find. Krysla was our server. I had Philly Cheesesteak with Fries ($11). She had Mini Corn Dogs ($8) and Mac & Cheese Bites ($9). We had 2 beers ($3.50 each). Our total was $35 before t&t. Nothing great here.
Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 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.

Closed Lake House Bar & Grill, 315 N. Highland St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-7433. (Sports Bar) [B/L/D] After 14 years of busy business, this mainstay in Mount Dora closed its doors in late October, 2023. New owners will take over in the fall and call it Whiskey Kitchen (see that listing).



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9 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Lakeside Inn, Beauclaire Restaurant, 100 North Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-4101. (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, Baked Brie en Croute, Salmon and Shrimp Dip, Petite Beef Tender and a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Salads like Lakeside House, Strawberry Spinach and Traditional Caesar are also on the menu. Soups include du Jour, Leek & Potato and a Southern Gumbo. Selections include Penne Pesto, Southern Burger, Chicken Pot Pie, 10 oz. Pork Chop, Chicken Roulade, Blackened Redfish, Potato Encrusted Salmon, Beef Brisket and Fried Short Ribs. Lunch menu is similar at reduced prices with Sandwiches offered. Sunday Champagne Brunch offered year round with a-la-carte Breakfast items, Salads and Sandwiches. Wine by the glass offered. Full bar with specialty cocktails. Reservations accepted and required on holidays. Open Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 PM, for their large buffet priced 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 a fixed price 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 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Lakeside Inn, Tremain's Tavern, 100 North Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-4101. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Casual meals in the historic hotel Gatsby style lounge. Lighter fare from Fried Green Tomatoes, to Salmon and Shrimp Dip, to Lobster Strudel, to a Monte Cristo Sandwich, 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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15 Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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. 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 here. A Tour of Greece Combo is on the menu 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. Chicken Marsala, Cacciatore, Picatta and a Baked type are offered. Sandwiches and Wraps are offered at lunch time. Three sizes of Greek Salads are offered, as well as a Horiatiki, are made here daily. Beer and wine only. Typical Greek décor inside. In business since 2002. Nick and Maria Angelidakis, owners.


Review: (from Peggy R. 12/23) One of our favorite restaurants in the area. This Sunday we started with their house-made Hummus and warm fluffy Pitas. I ordered the Chicken Kabobs, two large skewers with perfectly seasoned and marinated chicken, onions, peppers and tomatoes, tzatziki sauce and pita. This is offered with Rice but I substituted their Lemon Roasted Potatoes which alone are worth the trip to Ocala. My husband had Mamma’s Lasagna, always delicious. Both meals came with a Greek Salad. The Lasagna also came with four slices of Garlic Bread. The only problem with this restaurant is that the tables aren’t big enough for the generous platters of food. With one Coffee and one Soda, it was $47.50 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/23) My first time having Greek food. "First impression is a lasting one." This was an absolutely fabulous meal with top notch service from Caitlyn. I had the Chicken Kabobs ($19). My meal was seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was plentiful enough to bring half of it home. A wonderful side Greek Salad was included with our entrées. My husband had the Moussaka ($17). Basically, a Greek Eggplant Lasagna. He also loved his meal. With 2 soft drinks ($2.75 each), our meal came to $41.50 before t&t. I look forward to coming back soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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 2 Dollar Signs Lampu Steakhouse & Sushi, 18862 US 441, Mount Dora, FL. 25.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-6119. (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.


Older Review: (from Ken J. 2/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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, Chimichangas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tacos Asada, Chile Colorado, Carne Asada, Steak Ranchero, Steak Acapulco, Steak Jalisco, Fajitas and many others including the popular, Arroz con Pollo. Long list of appetizers too. Lunch specials are served to 3 PM and run $5-7 each. Desserts include Sopapilla, Flan, Churro, Fried Ice Cream and Cheesecake Chimichanga. Many vegetarian items offered. Outdoor seating available here. Full bar with Margaritas, 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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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant, 351 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-720-3336. (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, Tamales Cubanos, Papa and Yucca Rellena, and Empanadas de Carne. They are noted for Mofongo (a Puerto Rican dish). Main dishes include Ropa Vieja, Bistec Empanizado, Milanesa de Bistec, Vaca Frita, Rabo Encendido, Fajitas de Bistec, Picadillo, and 10 or 16 oz. Churasco Steak. Pork dishes are popular. You will also find Pollo Empanizado, Pollo Fajitas and Fricase de Pollo. Roast Pork items, like Pork Chops or Havana-Tex Tamales, are offered too. For seafood they have Shrimp Creole, Fried Red Snapper, Seafood Paella, Garlic Shrimp, Shrimp Fajitas, Flounder Filet or even Lobster Creole. Salads include Havana Salad, Tosada Salad and Chicken Lime Salad. Black or Red Bean Soup is also offered. A Cuban Sandwich will lead the lunch menu with most dinner dishes at reduced prices and a Lunch Special daily before 3 PM. For dessert look for Flan, Tres Leche or Empanada de Guava y Queso. Full bar. A Guanabana Milk Shake is a favorite, as is Cuban Coffee. Kids menu available. Veterans discount offered. 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 Tavares, 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/20) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 3/23) 5 PM reservation on a Thursday. Luis was attentive, pleasant and efficient. Slight language barrier but overcome. We came for the Paella and Mofongo. Paella had Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Crawfish, tiny Clams, Mussels, Calamari and plenty of Yellow Rice. Just a tinge of heat. Plenty for take home. Black Bean Soup was authentic and very good. Those having Mofongo Vaca Frita (Flank Steak covered with Plantains), were only disappointed in the small portion of the Plantains, however, plenty of Steak. Menu had some interesting assortment of Tapas which we will try soon. They offer Veterans Discount. It's best to declare that when ordering so the discount shows in the check, rather than re-doing the check. Our Paella, Mofongo and 2 for 1 Margaritas was $56. including the vet's discount and tax. Very authentic and tasty. Will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Long Gone - Sylvan Shores Hotel (1938) (1948)
Sylvan Shores, Mount Dora, Florida.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Latin American Café, 1427 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-2822. (Cafe) (Caribbean) [B/L] Located at NE 25th Ave. and Bonnie Heath Blvd. (SR 492) next to the laundromat. In business since April, 2010. Hours are 7:30 AM to 4 PM weekdays, to 3 PM Saturday and closed all day Sunday. Their specialty is the Hot Pressed Cuban Sandwich and the Cuban Steak Sandwich. You can also find the Cuban BBQ Pork Sandwich and the Roast Pork Sandwich. The menu also touts a Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Cuban Chicken Sandwich and Q'bano Croquette Sandwich, among others. Dinner specialties include Palomilla Steak and Chicken Breast Dinners, plain or breaded. A Chicken Salad entrée is also available. Tostones, Fries, Black or Red Beans, Plantains and Yellow Rice can also be added. For dessert, they promote Tres Leches Cake, Bread Pudding and Flan each. Beer and wine licensed. Some outdoor seating. Isabel Camp; owner.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Latin Flavors Bar and Grill, 13769 North US Hwy. 441, Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-787-940-2872. (Cafe) (Caribbean) [B/L/D] Opened February 15, 2023. This used to be Michele's Cuisine. Located in the shopping plaza in front of Beall's Department Store. Open for all 3 meals. It features Caribbean Cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico too. Breakfast items range from Pancakes to complete breakfasts. Omelettes offered here. Rest of the day, you'll find appetizer items such as Onion Rings, Chicken Quesadillas, Corn Fritters, and Fried Cheese with Guava Sauce. Also Stuffed Plantain Appetizers of Chicken, Sirloin, Shrimp or Octopus , 8 Mozarella Sticks, Fried Calamari, Papas or Nachos Supreme or the Latin Sampler Appetizer are listed. Sandwiches range from Grilled Cheese, to Bacon, Sausage and Cheese, to Chicken, Bacon and Cheese, to a Cuban. Unique Burgers like Boricua or Dominican. They're available in the evening too. For main courses you can order Marinated Pork, Latin Beef Stew, Fried Pork Chop, Steak & Onions, Pechuga a la Plancha, Chicken Milanese, Puerto Rican Condon Bleu Marinated Chicken or Surf and Turf [Churrasco & Shrimp]. Sides like Fried Plantains, Rice with Pigeon Peas, Rice and Beans, Fries and even Mofongo can be added to your meal. Stuffed Plantains are featured as an entrée too and go from Chicken to Skirt Steak. Mexican dishes include various Quesadillas or Twin Tacos, Deluxe Burritos, Triple Tacos Dinner, Chicken or Steak Fajitas and the featured Latin Fajita. Seafood dishes are popular with 1 lb. Shrimp [Fried or Sautéed], Fried Snapper or Stuffed Snapper. Salads an add Chicken, Shrimp or Skirt Steak, if you'd like. Kids menu available. Dual language menus. Latin music plays indoors. Outdoor seating available. Beer and wine licensed. Caribbean soft drinks offered too. Roberto Diaz, chef and owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 3/23) Stopped in for lunch. Very plain interior with latin music playing. Light printed menu on plain paper was hard to read. Our original young waiter seemed to forget about taking our order. Roberto took over. My better half had 2 Chicken Soft Tacos with Rice and Beans ($13). It was messy and she complained it was soggy and runny, but tasted OK. I had a Cuban Sandwich ($9). It was pressed but very thin with little meat on it. It tasted OK. 2 Diet Cokes ($3 each) for our drinks. The floor was a little dirty. Very simple tables and chairs. We would have preferred to sit outside away from the latin music. Our total was $28 before t&t. Don't think this place will last, but we'll give it another try.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs 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). 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). Pork is also available such as Chuletas a la Marsala (Wine Sauce), Pernil (Cuban Mojo Style) or Grilled Pork Chops with Passion Fruit Sauce. Fish dishes are also offered such as Salmon Santiago (Citrus Style), Grouper a la Rusa (Butter and Mushrooms) and Camarones al Ajillo (Sautéed Shrimp). Paella and Mariscada are also featured. Arroz (Yellow Rice) dishes are offered too. Mexican dishes can also be found on the menu including various Chimichanga, Fajita and Taco dishes. 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.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 1/20) 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.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/22) Our first dinner with our Gourmet Club Dine-Out Group for the quarter. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. We were put in a room that was empty. It was great that we were able to converse for about 10 minutes. Then 3 more tables of 8 and 2 tables of 4 were seated. The noise level in this room became almost unbearable. I had the Chicken Fajitas ($15). It was absolutely delicious and plentiful. My husband had the dinner Chicken Enchilada plate ($13). He thoroughly enjoyed his meal too. If our server told us HIS name, we couldn't hear him. The name of the server on our check was Gloria. Anyway, HE took good care of us. Our beverages were water and the absolute worst Frozen Strawberry Margarita ($11) that we've ever tasted. Our bill came to $39 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 5/23) Have not been here in years. Parking lot almost full but we got a booth right away. We had Strawberry Lemon-Tini ($10), a Caipirinha ($9) and a Red Sangria ($9). Service by Nilda was exceptional. For food we had Chicken Quesadilla Plate ($13) and Carne Azada ($21). When we showed our server that the underside of the Quesadilla was burnt, Nilda took it back to the kitchen without fuss and a new one arrived in minutes. Great correction. Nice friendly service. Busy place. Good food. Total before t&t was $62 with 3 cocktails.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/23) Victor was our server. We had 2 Sangrias ($9 ea.) and 2 Strawberry Lemon-tini ($10). Both were good. Then Salmon Mediteraneo with Double Veggies ($21), He had Ropa Vieja with Yellow Rice and Plantains ($17). Our total was $76. Good meal.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/23) Our club came here and Angel took good care of us. Drinks came out instantly. I had two Sangrias ($9 ea.) and the Carne Asada ($21) with Yellow Rice and Plantains. Great meal. Noisy in the side room with screaming kids. My total was $39 for one meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 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 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Legends Café, 3430 US 441, Fruitland Park, FL. 7.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-728-0006. (Italian) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Reports are they are moving across the street before 2024. 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 start with one topping. Plus Chicago Deep Dish ones, from personal size to large size. Chef, Italian, Chicken, Tex-Mex and Greek Salads range small to large. Pastas are available after 4 PM like Fettuccine Alfredo or Marinara. Hoagies, Grinders, Wraps, Calzones and other Italian items, also on the menu. Wings are popular here starting at 10, 20, 35, to 50 count. 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 2 Dollar Signs Lena's Seafood, 18478 E. Hwy. 40, Silver Springs, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-625-6489. (Seafood) [L/D] Now closed in the summer [July through September]. Call for hours. 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. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM or to 9 PM on Friday and Saturday and from 2-8 PM on Sunday. Noted for their Onion Rings. Start with appetizers like Homemade Fish or Clam Chowder in two sizes. Then Fried Mushrooms, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Fries, Okra, Crab Bites or Calamari. They also have Homemade Clam (not Crab) Cake appetizer; plus Steamed Mussels. All-You-Can-Eat Specials top their menu. Choose from A-U-C-E Shrimp, Clam Strips or Fish served with Fries, Onion Rings and Cole Slaw. Most "Plates" are offered in two portion sizes (Half/Full) and priced accordingly. They list Calamari, Smelt, Chicken Fingers, Pollack, Clam Strips, Flounder, Catfish, Haddock, Fish Nuggets, Shrimp, Grouper, Scallops, Whole Fried Clams, Fried Lobster on the "Plate List". Then there's a Seafood Plate and the famous Whaler Plate enough for two people. All the Plates come with Fries, Onion Rings and Slaw. From the broiler they have (Half/Full) Flounder or Haddock, Shrimp or Scallops. 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 or Chicken or Beef Taco Salads. For lunch or dinner they offer many Sandwiches and Subs like Grilled Cheese, Cheeseburgers, B.L.T., Tuna Roll, Fish-wich, Clam Strip Roll, Scallop Roll and a Lobster Roll. Subs are offered. For dessert you can find Apple Crisp, Cheesecake, and Ice Cream Cones or Sundaes. Children's menu available. 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.


Review: (from Harry M. 2/22) Our first visit. Extremely well-maintained and clean. Only 15 or so tables. Arrived just after opening at 11 AM on a Tuesday and it was full when we left an hour later, but with no waiting at that time. Virtually everything is fried. Our party of 3 each had a full order of, respectively, Smelt, Clam Strips and Haddock. Full orders are only a few dollars more than half orders, so getting half makes no sense. Each of our orders came with their famous home-made Onion Rings, Fries, Roll and tiny cup of Coleslaw. We had a choice of Rings & Fries or all Rings or all Fries. We each recommend the 50/50 split of both. The servings of the Smelt and Clam Strips were huge and cooked just right. The Haddock had three nice-sized pieces. Seafood, Tarter, Catsup, and "Special Sauces" provided, the "Special" being a combination of Mayo/Catsup/Horseradish which was perfect for the Onion Rings. Everything needed salt (which is better than too much). All was tasty, for sure, especially those Onion Rings! The Clam Strips were heavily battered with a crispy coating and was a huge serving. We all took enough home for lunch. We split a piece of lucious Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (not homemade). Total before t&t was $43. Great place!
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Let's Do (Lunch), 426 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-735-3702. (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. Their featured item is a Maine Lobster Roll served on a grilled bun, a ¼ lb. Maine Lobster Roll or "Overloaded". All come with a side of Slaw, 3 Bean Salad, Potato Salad or Chips. Soups change daily and might include a Chowder. Soup & ½ Sandwich with a side is on the menu. Desserts include Chocolate Mousse or Pudding Parfaits. Full Lobster Dinner offered in season. Paper products for plates. Soft drinks, shakes, smoothies, frappuccino, lemonade and coffee or tea available. Beer and wine licensed now. Lunch Specials are offered like ½ Sandwich or a Hot Dog and a drink. A few tables on the sidewalk outdoors. Catharina Flury, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs (The) Liberty Grille, 13605 Del Webb Blvd., Summerfield, FL. 7.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-0261. (American) [L/D] Located at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Spruce Creek, and licensed with that name, overlooking the golf course. Formerly called The Players Grille, then Toppers Tavern, now Liberty Grille. Open 11 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Lunch starts at 11 AM and dinner at 4 PM. They offer starters like Chips & Salas to Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Salads include a Southwest Santa Fe Chicken Salad. Pizzas is popular. Burgers and Sandwiches are popular too, like the Prime Rib Dip. For entrées they have Fish & Chips, Meatloaf, Spaghetti Squash, Airline Chicken Chicken Alfredo, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Parm., Soy Salmon, Pork Tenderloin or Center Cut Pork Chop and 7 oz. Black Angus Filet Mignon. Desserts include Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream, S'Mores Brownie Sundae, Crème Brûlée, Carrot Cake and Triple Chocolate Cake. Reservations accepted. Thanksgiving Buffet 11 AM to 4 PM at $MP, by reservations only. Full bar. Happy Hour in the bar 4-6 PM daily. Occasional dinner shows with entertainment. Operated by BrownGolf Management of Bluffton, SC. since 2021; Jeff Gallo, chef; Tony Hagwood, manager.




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Midway Express
Ended service in 1990 after 6 years of operation.
Service between Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach,
Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Sarasota, as well as St. Thomas and St. Croix, USVI,
plus Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas.

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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Little Joey's Italian Restaurant and Pizza (Summerfield), 16840 US 27/441, Summerfield, FL. 3.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-347-1800. (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 2 Dollar Signs 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, Lasagna, Baked Cheese Ravioli, and Baked Meat Ravioli. Spaghetti and Linguini dishes are popular. Chicken items start at Chicken Parm. and also include Francese, Marsala, Scaparelli, Sicillian and Contanina styles. Veal items and Seafood items are offered. 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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 (of Swamp Dawg Restaurant Management Group), franchisee here.




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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 2 Dollar Signs (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, Pretzel & Beer Cheese, Poutine, Loaded Pork Nachos, Chicken Wings, 10 or 50 count, Gator Tail or Venison Bites. For "Tavern Fare" they offer Foot Long Loaded Hot Dog, Turkey Sandwich, Pork or Duck Nachos, Pulled Pork with Slaw, Burger du Jour, Duck Salad, Bison or Venison Burger and, get this, a Tomahawk Steak. 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 or Pie du Jour. Sunday Brunch starting at 10 AM has Biscuits and Gravy, Silver Dollar Pancakes, French Toast or a Hunter's Breakfast. Mimosas and Blood Marys "wash-down". Half off wine by the bottle on Wednesday 5-10 PM. 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. Bryan Caracciolo, Brick City Hospitality, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Lollygaggers Sports Pub and Grill (Eustis), 12 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis, FL. 25.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-201-0896. (American) (Sports Bar) L/D. Opened in mid-January, 2023. Large casual dining and bar space. This was once Ferran's Department Store, then The Moonlight Grill, then A Third Place, then Michael's At A Third Place, then The 1884 Restaurant then Tillie's Tavern. It's still beautiful inside. Same Lollygaggers menu as the other locations. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. Kason Sundberg and Morgan Cook, owners. Other locations are in Floral City, Crystal River and Wildwood (see that listing).




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Lollygaggers Sports Pub and Grill (Wildwood), 1220 South Main St. (US 310), Wildwood, FL. 12.3 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Sports Bar) L/D. Opened early October, 2022. Located in front of the Comfort Inn & Suites, near the US 301 exit of the Florida Turnpike. Formerly it was PolanDeli Market and Kuchnia, before that Dickey's Barbecue Pit and before that Woody's Bar-B-Q. A true sports bar with many TVs to distract you and while away your time. A "lollygagger" is a lazy person, "slacker" or "couch potato". Start with a Pretzel Stick, Corn Dog, Chips & Salsa or Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. Or you can have a Basket of Onion Rings, Fried Green Beans or Pickles or Mushrooms, Chicken Gizzards, Banana Peppers, Fried Pork Fingers or Chicken Tenders. Move up to Gator Bites, Fried Shrimp, Loaded Nachos, Chicken Quesadilla or a Smoked Fish Spread. Wings, of course are popular and are priced by market fluctuations and chicken inflation. Soup du Jour and Chili is always available. Lots of ½ lb. Burgers are offered with a side dish. Chicago and Chili Dogs are available. The Sandwich Dept. boasts a Tuna Melt, BLT, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Corned Beef, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chicken Salad, Club, Pastrami Melt, Pressed Panini, Pork Cordon Bleu, Reuben, Philly Cheesesteak, Mahi, Grouper and a Grouper Reuben. All come with one side. Other sides are extra. Full dinners like Meatloaf, Grilled Pork Chops, Catfish, Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n Cheese, Country Fried Steak and Chicken or Shrimp Alfredo are available all day. Full sized Salads, like Black 'n Bleu Orchard, Chicken Caesar, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chef Salad and Blackened Mahi Caesar are also made here. Key Lime Pie and Cheesecake are the grand finale. 20 beers on tap, some local, some craft, some stout, some whimpy. Full bar with a short wine list but cocktail know-how. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. Kason Sundberg and Morgan Cook, owners. Other locations are in Crystal River, Floral City and now Eustis.


Review: (from Rich C. 1/23) Yup, it's a Sports Bar! Noisy, Country Western music playing and more TVs than tables. We arrived at 7 PM after the crowd left. Amelia waited on us. We both started with a glass of Midnight Oil Draft ($7 each). She had the Ultimate Melt of CB&P with Cottage Cheese ($12). I had the Hot Pastrami Sandwich with Cottage Cheese ($12). Both were very good but served in a paper-lined basket. The Cottage Cheese portion was small. We had to ask for water 3 times. So Service was just average. Our total before t&t was $38. Phillip, the manager, came by to say hi. Looking for a noisy Sports Bar? This is the place. Friendly atmosphere but won't hurry back.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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DayJet
This was an On-Demand Jet Service with hubs in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Orlando Executive,
Sarasota, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and even Gainesville, FL. It ran a fleet of 28 new Eclipse-500
4 and 6 seater jets from many Florida cities, including Lakeland and Naples. When it went bankrupt,
it had 239 more jets on order, on its way to a projected fleet of 1,400 aircraft.
It launched in 2007 and folded the following year.

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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs 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. 1-352-391-5505. (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 6 oz. and 8 oz. Also Flo's Filet, Ribeye, Bone-In Sirloin, Top Sirloin, Bacon Wrapped Filet, T-Bone, New York Strip, Prime Rib and the 20 oz. LongHorn Porterhouse fill out the meat side of the menu. Salmon and Fried or Grilled Shrimp dishes do the same for the seafood side of the menu. Chicken, Pork Chops and Baby Back Ribs are also available. Lunch items include 8 oz. Steakhouse, Bacon & Cheddar, Black & Bleu or Crunchy Campfire Burgers. 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. Deshawn Francis and Will Sweeney, managers; David Bentz, 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.
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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/18) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 12/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/23) 25 minute wait at 4:30, but seated in 15 minutes. Our server, Marcos, was slow in getting water and drinks, but it was crowded. Less noisy than most local restaurants. Our free appetizer was Stuffed Mushrooms which were tasty but tiny. Her Baby Back Ribs were fall off the bone and delicious. My Pork Chops were tasty and a little tough. Baked Potato side, with a crispy skin, was very good. Side Salads were very large and Bread was very good. With 2 Drafts it came to $50. Birthday free treat was large Ice Cream dish. 2 others enjoyed their Steak and Chicken.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/23) Arrived at 4 PM and no wiat. Lydia was our server. Asked for a well Manhattan and got charged for Bushnells ($9 ea.). She ordered the Lemon Drop Martini and got charged for Absolut ($9 ea.). I had the 6 oz. Flo's Filet ($24) with a Baked Potato. Good but small cut. She had the 18 oz. T-Bone ($29) with Broccoli. Took home half. Both Steaks are loaded with tenderizer. The Filet didn't need it. The T-Bone did, but made it too salty. Both came with Caesar Salads by request. Service was slow by 5 PM. Total was $89 before t&t. Wow, adds up.
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs 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.

Closed 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] In business since 1970, this Ocala Italian icon closed in mid-2023 and never reopened. A true loss for the city. Members rated it 13½ Stars.



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Pro Air
Ended service in 1988 after 7 years of operation.
One of the very last airlines to still fly DC-3s in regular service.
Miami based, it flew to the Florida Keys and The Bahamas, from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Los Laureles Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 4120 Corley Island Rd., Suite 300, Leesburg, FL. 13.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-457-6052. (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. 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. Chicken dishes include 8 Wings, Mole Poblano, Pollo con Crema, Pollo Loco, Hawaiian Chicken and Pollo Los Laureles. Pork items include Chile Verde, Tacos al Pastor, Chuletas and Carnitas Michoacanes. Steak entrées include ala Mexicana, Marinado, Churrasco, ala Tampiqueña, con Camarónes, Carne Azada, la Ranchera and Steak Poblano. Various Enchiladas offered. Fajitas of Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Fajitas Norteñas are on the menu. You can also find Menundo Chico, Pozole Grande, Flautas de Pollo and Enchiladas Rojas. Combination Dinners are available. Of course, Nachos, Burritos, Chile Rellenos, Chimichanga, and various Tacos and Quesadillas can be found too. Vegetarian offered. House Specialties like Huevos Rancheros, Flautas Mexicanas, Chori Pollo, Enchiladas Suizas, Chili Colorado, Molcajete and Parrillada Los Laureles 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. Lunch combos available. Domestic and Imported Beer is served here. Alberto Rojas and Laura Benitez, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant (Belleview), 10465 Hwy. 27/441, Belleview, FL. 12.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-203-4894. (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 available. Enchilada dishes and Chicken dishes are popular. Steak dinners can be ordered too. Quesadilla Rellena, Chimichangas, Fajitas are on the menu. Chuleta Alhumada, Alambre and Camerones are offered. Seafood dishes are popular. Lots of Vegetarian dishes too. They have reduced Tacos on Tuesdays and reduced 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).


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/18) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant (Wildwood), 346 Shopping Center Dr., Wildwood, FL. 10.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-461-0577. (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.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 5/19) Q=3 S=5 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Naples Airlines
Ended service in 1980 after 20 years in business. [Photo 1966]
Based in Naples, Florida, it served Tampa, Miami and Punta Gorda, Florida.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Luigi's Italian Restaurant, 2814 David Walker Dr., Eustis, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-1515. (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, Signature Subs and Hot Subs. Appetizers like Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks, Mushrooms and Calamari, along with Mussels and Little Neck Clams are offered. All the traditional Italian dishes like Pasta Marinara, Pasta with Sausage, Manicotti, Stuffed Shells, Veal Parmesiana with Pasta, Chicken or Veal Marsala or Piccata are offered here. Pasta with Clam Sauce or Calamari or a combination dinner are on the menu too. Calzones and Strombolis 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. Beer and wine licensed. Luigi and Samantha Folgore (of the former Gigi's Restaurant), owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Luna Azul Authentic Mexican Restaurant, 1341 S. 14th St., Leesburg, FL. 11.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-805-4174. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened April, 2023. Located where San Jose's Original Mexican Restaurant, and the San Juan Mexican Restaurant did business in the Southside Shopping Center. Open from 11 AM to about 10 PM, daily and to 9 PM on Sunday. Typical Mexican dishes are offered. Full bar here. One owner stays on with this new name. Jose Oliveros Alvarez and Miriam Hernandez Lopez, owners.


Review: (from Judy D. 12/23) I have been there twice for lunch. I am not a big fan of Mexican cuisine but this was delicious with very fresh ingredients and large portions. The service by my waitress was excellent and the owner stops by the table to check on you. I only had very nice Cold Beer so can not speak of other cocktails. It is a little hard to locate as end of a strip of shops very small outdoor patio if you have a dog. I will return. Prices are very reasonable. I always check bathrooms, they were very clean. Price with my Beer about $16.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Vero Monmouth Airlines
Ended service in 1975 after 2 years of operation.
Based in Vero Beach, it served Tampa, Orlando and Miami.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Mabel's Early Bird Restaurant, 800 South US 301, Sumterville, FL. 21.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-7877. (Breakfast) (Caribbean) [L/D] Opened in 1999. Open 7 AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday but to 10:30 AM on Saturday. Closed Sunday. Breakfast items served all day. Omelets, Breakfast Sandwichs, Pancakes and others are popular here. Lunch runs from 10:30 AM. Sandwiches, like Corned Beef. Reubens and Tuna Melts are avaialable. Various Burgers like the Double Bacon Cheese Burger are popular. Hot Dogs, Cuban Sandwiches are hot in more ways than one. For large Cuban meals you'll find Picadillo, Lechon Asado, Masitas Fritas, Ropa Fritas, Bistec and Bolihe. Other large meals like Liver & Onions, Fried Chicken Breast, Chopped Steak, Country Fried Steak, and Fried Shrimp, Clams or Oysters are on the menu. A Seafood Combo is offered. Soups and Salads round out the menu. No bar. Eladio ("Al") Izquierdo, Havana transplant and owner.




Closed Madras Café (Ocala), 2800 SW 24th Ave. (Suite 101), Ocala, FL. This indian Buffet restaurant closed December, 2023, after just 18 months in business.


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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs MAE Brewing Co., 4901 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-877-8500. (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, Chicken Quesadilla, Chicharron, plus items like Caprese Salad, Patatas Bravas, Chipotle Burger, Tuna Poke Tostadas, Cuban Sandwich, Nachos, Empanadas, Pulled Pork Quesadilla and Shrimp or Mahi Tacos. You'll also find a Steak Sandwich, a Cuban Burger and Carne Asada on the menu. Desserts include Blackberry Glazed Sopapilla and Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding. 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 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi Magical Meat Boutique, 322 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-729-6911. (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, a Bacon Butty, Pancakes, Create-Your-Own Brekkie, Eggs Benedict, to the Full Monty, plus the usual American fare, like French Toast or Pancakes. For snacks, lunch or dinner they offer items like Scotch Egg, Beer Battered Onion Rings, Sausage Rolls, Hoisin Duck Spring Rolls, Baked Stilton Stuffed Mushrooms and Tandoori Spiced Chicken Wings or Duck Wings. Or pick any 4 for one price. A Daily Soup is available. Sandwiches include Hot Ham & Cheddar or Turkey Ciabatta, Guinness Battered Haddock Sandwich, a British Burger with British Bacon Rasher, Soho (Duck) Butty, Australian Lamb Sliders or a Ribeye Sandwich. For main dishes, they offer Sausage & Chips, Hunter's Smothered (in Somerset Cheddar and Back Bacon) Chicken Breast, Traditional Bangers and Mash, English Fish 'n Chips with Sarsons Malt Vinegar at one price (or less for the "ladies portion"), a Daily Carvery Plate (Meats of the Day) a.k.a. "Magical Meat Plate", Ale Braised Lamb Shank with Mint Gravy and a "Pub Grub" 12 oz. Ribeye Steak. For dessert you can find Spotted Dick & Custard or Golden Syrup Sponge Cake & Ice Cream. Sunday Carvery with Prime Rib, 1-4 PM. 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 2 Dollar Signs Magnolia Oyster Bar, 201 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg, FL. 10.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-323-0093. (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, Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeño Poppers, Baked Clams Casino, Chicken Nachos, ½ Dozen Baked Garlic Parm. Oysters, ½ lb. You Peel Shrimp and ½ or 1 lb. Crawfish. Frequent specials like 25 Top Neck Clams, 1 lb. Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, 10 Buffalo Wings or 30 Shucked Oysters 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.


Review: (from Cheryl B. 8/21) We went for their Oyster and Crab Special on Monday night. One pound Crab Legs for $17 and a dozen Steamed or Raw Oysters for $9 from 3-7 PM. The Oysters are also on special Saturdays and possibly one other day. For $3 more you can make the Crab Legs a dinner and you get Veggies, Fries, Garlic Bread and Hush Puppies. We also ordered the Catfish dinner. Catfish was 2 large breaded filets with same sides ($17). Really liked all the food. Crab Legs were a bit on the smaller side but delicious. Very divey place. We were only ones there at 6:30 PM on Monday night. Total bill $54.55 which was 1 Crab and 1 Catfish dinner and 3 beers.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Magnolia Wine Garden, 114 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis, FL. 24.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-357-2424. (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [D] aka The Magnolia Wine Bar. Opened in 2021. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday only, 4-9ish. Located inside Terri's Eustis Flower Shop on Magnolia near N. Eustis St. It's a very relaxing place for light "small plate" food, wine, conversation and entertainment. Living room atmosphere, soft lighting, fragrant air, with comfortable upholstered chairs, hi-top tables and a bar to sit at. Some outdoor seating available too. Order at the back bar and your food will find your number. Usually 2 Flatbreads are offered, plus Small Plate items like Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Burrata & Tomatoes, Boom-Boom Shrimp, Pork and Cheese Stuffed Peppers, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Mini Beef Wellington, Buffalo Chicken, Baked Brie with Pine Nuts and even Conch Fritters. Or eat elsewhere and come for dessert, like Cheesecake or Chocolate Cake. Sometimes tapas are offered. Menu changes frequently. The food is provided by Palate Couture, a local caterer. Various red and white wines by the glass and bottle are featured, as is beer. Happy Day is Thursday. Entertainment starts at 6:30 or 7 PM. Patrons arrive at 5:30 for best seats. Acoustic guitar, singers, comedy shows, trivia and Name That Tune are rotated Thursdays through Saturdays. Some require reservations to play. Call for their entertainment schedule. Not unusual to see partons doing a conga line. Terri Moja, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Main Street Cantina, 205 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-435-7279. (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 weekly, 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 1+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Mamma Mia Pizzeria, 755 N. 14th St., Leesburg, FL. 9.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-326-0101. (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 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. You can also find Calzones and Wings. Salads include Garden, Caesar, Greek and an Antipasto Salad are also on the menu. Pasta dishes like Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Ziti, Spaghetti and Meat balls or Sausage, Eggplant Parmigiana, Manicotti, Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan and a Tour of Italy 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. 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.


Review: (from Ellen H. 4/21) Had to at least try this place. Italian food run by Greeks. Very clean but with little atmosphere. I found a Petite Syrah ($9) on the Wine List. He had a Blue Moon ($4). The menu does not put the entrées in a prominent location. I had the Fettuccine Alfredo ($10) and a side Caesar Salad ($2). He had the Chicken Parm. ($14) and side Caesar ($2). The Salads were great. Nice fresh romain and we asked for the dressing on the side. The meals were OK. The Garlic Knots were, well, you know - wonderful. Owner stops by frequently; we like that. Our total was $41 before t&t. Won't rush back but it is an OK place with good value and tasty food.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Mammoth Oak Brewing Company, 1107 W. North Blvd. (US 441) Suite 26, Leesburg, FL. 9.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-326-0100. (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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National Florida Airlines
Ended service in 1983 after 3 years in business.
Based in Daytona Beach, it served Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Walton Beach, Tampa, Miami and Orlando.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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 1+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Marco's Pizza (Lady Lake), 13751 N. US Hwy. 441 (Suite #7), Lady Lake, FL. 1.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-775-1500. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened January 2022. Located in front of Lowes on US 27/441. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM, daily. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust. Small seating area. Golf cart accessible. Founded in 1978, near Toledo, OH. by Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco, now 1,000 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH. This one, and the Wildwood location, operated by Roger Mellen.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs 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. Hours are 10 AM to 11 PM, daily. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust (S/M/L/XL), with 2 dozen toppings (extra). Plus they offer Fresh Baked Subs, Chicken Wings and Salads. Usual hours are 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Small seating area. No bar. Founded in 1978, now 1,000 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH.




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Marco's Pizza (Wildwood), 5806 Seven Mile Dr., Wildwood, FL. 8.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-571-2400. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened in April, 2021. Located in the Trailwinds Village Plaza near Publix. Not golf cart accessible. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM, daily. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust (S/M/L/XL), with 2 dozen toppings (extra). Plus they offer Fresh Baked Subs, Chicken Wings and Salads. Usual hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, later on weekends. Small seating area. Beer and wine licensed. Founded in 1978, now 1,000 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH. This one operated by Roger Mellen.




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Ocean Reef Airways
Ended service in 1982 after 12 years in business.
Service between Miami and Key Largo [The Ocean Reef Resort], three times daily ($25).

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs 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, Margarita Flatbread, Lump Crabmeat Dip, Fried Chicken Wings, BBQ Pork Sliders, Rock Shrimp Flatbread, Bistro Calamari, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Jumbo Scallops and an Artisan Cheese Plate. For Soups they offer Roasted Tomato, Baked French Onion and Crab Chowder. For Main Course Salads you'll find Seasonal Greens, Caesar, Wedge, Chopped and a Spinach Salad. A variety of main dishes are offered like Spaghetti Bolognaise, Fish & Chips, Roasted Poblano Pepper, Chicken & Rock Shrimp Farfalle, BBQ Pork and Chicken Platter, Roasted Half Chicken, Pan Seared Salmon, Whole Slab Baby Back Ribs, Seared Ahi Tuna, Cedar Key Crab Cakes, Blackened Grouper and Rack of Lamb. From the grill, you can order 10 oz. Sirloin Steak, 12 oz. Bone-In Pork Chop, 14 oz. NY Strip Steak, 8 oz. Filet Mignon and a 16 oz. Cowboy Ribeye. 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, Sandwiches, Salads, 10 oz Burgers and Main Courses from the Dinner Menu. 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 adult and child. Senior Buffet price is per person. An Easter Dinner Menu priced depending on your entrée choice. A prix-fixe Valentine's Dinner priced per person. Open Thanksgiving Day by reservation. Hotel owned.


Older Review: (from Walter P. 3/18) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.



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13 Stars 4 Dollar Signs 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, 14 oz. NY Strip, 16 oz. Delmonico, 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, 8 oz. Top Sirloin and 16 oz. Pork Chop, as well as Surf 'n Turf are typical meat offerings. Some seafood specialties include Crab Bisque, Wood Grilled Salmon, Grouper Santa Fe, Seared Tuna and Seafood Grill. Lobster Tails are also a specialty at two Broiled Tails available. All items, including salad, potatoes and vegetables are priced a-la-carte with most entrées and side dishes. Sauces are extra. Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Paradise are two of their desserts. Extensive fine wine list and full bar specializing in exotic martinis. 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. Outdoor under cover seating area available. Ask ahead about separate checks per couple when reserving. Randal White, chef; Donald Gulling, new owner. 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.
Older Review: (from Maria K. 11/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robin S. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank O. 6/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 3/21) One of our favorite restaurants for a great steak. Our favorite waiter has moved on but they were able to let us know that he has a job at BMW. so we will be sure to see him when we take our car in for service there. Our new waiter was Drew, very nice and attentive. We shared the Wedge Salad ($7) which was excellent. I had the Petite Filet ($38) which was excellent too. My husband had the Demonico Steak with Herb Butter ($49) which he has had there many times...but this time not so good. He found the meat tough, numerous lines of fat and hard to cut. Must have been a bad cow. We added Mashed and their yummy Brusseles Sprouts with Bacon. It was excellent! 2 Teas to drink. Total bill was $128.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 6/21) We were attending a presentation and were seated in a private dining area which seats about 30 people. We both had the Wedge Salad which was very fresh and left no aftertaste typical of iceberg lettuce. The Petite Filet Mignons were done to perfection. Shared sides were Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggies and fresh baked Bread. Desserts were Cheesecake and a Chocolate Special. Superb wait staff. Meals were paid for by presenters, but well worth the prices shown on the menu. Will return for special occasions.
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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. (opened March, 1927, now on the NRHP)
News is the building will now be refurbished and become a "boutique hotel" with a restaurant by 2024. (See below.)

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Coming Soon Marion Sovereign Hotel Restaurant, 108 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL. 21.7 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Southern) [L/D] "In the Kingdom of the Sun" phrase will return to this 1927 Hotel Marion in downtown Ocala. New developers, David and Lisa Midgett, plan to refurbish the Marion Sovereign building and make it into a "boutique hotel", complete with a fine dining venue for guests and locals alike. Plans call for complete renovations that may be completed by 2024. The name of the restaurant and the operator have not been decided yet.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Mary's Kountry Kitchen, 15945 CR 448, Tavares, FL. 26.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-343-6823. (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, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and plain or stuffed French Toast. Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy is popular, as are Skillets. Many other breakfast items sold. For lunch or dinner, items like Fried Pickle Chips, Clam Strip Dinner, Coconut Shrimp and a Haddock Fillet are on the list. Liver and Onions, Country Fried Steak and Fried Chicken are among many others. They boast about their Burgers. Wraps and Sandwiches are also available. They also feature an Indiana Style Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. No bar. Reservations accepted. Voted "Best of the Best" for Dessert, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2018. Mary Cutlip, owner.


Review: (from Peter S. 7/21) We had the Filet Special with Sweet Tea and spent about $40 including dessert. I had Peanut Butter Pie and my wife had Rhubarb Strawberry Pie. Very yummy.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs The Mason Jar, 37534 Hwy. 19, Dona Vista, FL. 25.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-589-2535. (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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Southern International Airways
This was the successor to Florida Airlines.
Ended service in 1981 after just 4 months of operation.
It operated out of Miami, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and The Bahamas.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video AARP Card 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 and others like Orange Cranberry Club, Greek Chicken Pita, "The Big Nasty"®, plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts are featured. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smokey Pepper Jack Turkey, Havarti Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Basil Parmesan Chicken 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 . Meatloaf and Pot Roast Platters, with a side dish, are more oriented toward dinner time. A variety of large salads like Sweet Chipotle Chicken, Greek, Basil Parmesan Chicken, Taco or Caesar. 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 2 Dollar Signs McCracken's Irish Pub, 719 W. Main St., Leesburg, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-460-0659. (Brew Pub) (Irish) [L/D] Opened November 4, 2022. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily but to 2 AM on weekends. Originally intended for a location in The Villages, since 2017, they now have settled for nearby Leesburg. Located downtown where Stokes Seafood Market did business for a while. This new Brew Pub promises Irish Food, Irish Whiskey, Irish Beer and Irish Cheer. Brightly lit for a pub. For appetizers you'll find Boneless Wings, Fried Calamari, Scotch Egg, Fish Dip, Fried Pickles, a Pint of Candied Bacon, Pot Roast Hand Pies, Lamb Sliders, Irish Potine and a Charcuterie Board to share. For mains they offer Irish Pot Roast, of course, Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips, ½ lb. Whiskey or Irish Cheddar Burger, a Proper Poppy Bowl, a Horseshoe Sandwich, a BLT, Fried Fish, Ham or Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Irish Cheddar Mac 'n Cheese, Bally Shannon Grilled Cheese and featuring a Corned Beef and Cabbage Sandwich with Slaw. House, Caesar and Romaine Wedge Salads are good side dishes. As are Murphy's Irish Onion Soup, Clam Chowder, Irish Potato Soup, Tomato Bisque, Corned Beef Stew and Cheddar Ale Soup. Other sides include items like Boxty Potatoes, Warm Kale Salad, Coleslaw, Peas, Kale Colcannon and others. Desserts include Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Pie and Cheesecake. Lunch specials Monday through Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. Late Night Specials after 9 PM like Boxty, Fried Pickles, Wings & Fries, Pint of Bacon, Fish Dip and Fried Calamari are offered. Kids menu includes items like Mac 'n Cheese, Boneless Wings, Grilled Cheese and other favorites. Full bar with Irish Whiskeys and a large selection of imported beers here, including Belgium's Delirium Tremens [8.5% ABV]. House Wines are listed. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Cocktails like the Black Sheep, Kelley Bee, McCracken Old Fashioned, Mules, Boilermakers and a Sazerac, are popular. So, get crackin'! Loyalty Club and phone ahead accepted. Private back room accommodates 25. Soon to expand next door. Outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Melissa McCracken and husband Patrick Kelley, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 12/22) On a Wednesday night about 6 PM they were still fairly busy, inside and out. We asked for the corner booth near the front window (Table #13). We recognized our waitress, Tiffany, from the Roadhouse. The place is brightly lit. My better half had a Stormy Shores ($7) and I had a favorite, a Sazerac ($8). It arrived "neat". She loved her Lamb Sliders ($15) and I enjoyed my Pot Roast Dinner with P's & C's and a Boxty Potato Pancake subbed by request ($17). She also had a cup of Cheddar Ale Soup ($5). Good, friendly, fast service and the food was hot on arrival. Large portion of tender Beef, warm gravy on the side, nice Veggies but the Boxty was not as flavorful as others I've tried. Still a great meal. If this is to be an Irish Pub, they need to play Irish music. Our total before t&t was $52. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/23) We stopped here for lunch on a Saturday. I had the Black Sheep Cocktail ($9). What a great drink! He had a Sam Smith Brown Ale. My lunch was the Corned Beef Sandwich ($12) and his was the Whiskey Burger ($14) and a cup of Cheddar Ale Soup ($3). All was excellent. Took half of my CB Sandwich home. Tiffany was my server, Lexi was her understudy. Total came to $45 before t&t. We love it here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) We called ahead and got seated immediately with 4 of us. Our server, Stephanie was awesome. She was attentive and polite. Three of us had two "Black Sheep" drinks ($9 each). One had a Beer. Two of us had the Onion Sage Chicken which was GREAT! One had the Lamb Sliders ($15) and one Boxty ($2.29) and the other had the Fish and Chips ($16). It was a bit noisy but enjoyable. The food was awesome and the company terrific. Our bill before t&t came to $122 for four meals.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/23) Came with our car club of 32 people reserved in the back room plus a few front booths. We had 2 Cocktails, Lamb Sliders, Boxty Potatoes and the Corned Beef Sandwich. Dori served the whole room. Placed was packed and the kitchen was a little slow, but we understand. Total was $47 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/23) Made a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Haley, our server, was personable and efficient. I had the Fish & Chips substituting the Fries for a Boxty Potato ($17). Good food, however,the portion was small for $17. My husband had the Corned Beef Sandwich ($12). He enjoyed his meal. With a Beer ($3.75), our bill came to $33 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Our group of four enjoyed friendly service from Tammy at our first visit here. We shared a Boxty appetizer ($9.49), we all enjoyed it, but it was nothing special and I had a special PBR Draft ($2) that brought back happy memories. We also had a bowl of Cheddar Ale Soup ($7) that was delicious, but very thick, it could almost have been a dip. I thoroughly enjoyed the Onion Sage Chicken ($16) that was a large delicious portion with excellent Mashed Potatoes and good Mixed Vegetables. My wife liked her Whiskey Burger ($14) with Mashed Potatoes and Coleslaw. The rest of our party liked their Loaded (very loaded) Mac & Cheese and Shepherd's Pie. Total before t&t was very reasonable $48.46.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 10/23) We find ourselves here a lot. Slightly updated menu. Busy on a Friday. Short wait for an inside table. We ended up in the back room. We of course had our Black Sheep ($9 ea.) We devoured the Cheddar Ale Soup ($5). We also had the Stacked Corned Beef ($13) and the Fish 'N Chips ($17). Tammy served us. Melissa and Justin played runners. Our total was $58 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 10/23) Our party of four returned here for lunch. Emily was our friendly and competent server. We all had $9.99 lunch specials. I had Beer/Cheddar Cheese Soup that was very good and not too thick like last time plus Shepherds Pie, a nice serving of meat and vegetables with lots of delicious Mashed Potatoes. My wife enjoyed her Patty Melt, it was juicy and tasted great. It came with good Parmesan Fries, a nice change from plain Fries. Our friends also enjoyed their meals of Corned Beef Sandwich and another Patty Melt. Excellent bargain for $19.98 per couple before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 11/23) 6 of us stopped here on a Saturday night. Short wait for a table. Emma was our cute server. We had one cocktail ($9), a Lamb Burger ($17) and a Whiskey Burger ($15). Total come to $41 before t&t. Good food, good drinks, good time. Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/24) Oh no! No more Black Sheep coctails! We sat at the bar with Justin and Patrick at 3:30. We had a Bourbon Butter Beer ($7) and a Moscow Mule ($8) to start. Both great. I had the Lamb Burger with Boxty ($17) and he had the Balsamic Grilled Chicken ($15). Both very good. Friendly staff here. Our total was $47 before t&t. Love this pub.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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. 1-352-735-8257. (Pizza) [L/D] Remodeled in April, 2023 with new owner. Located on Hwy. 441, about 9.5 miles east of the Leesburg Airport, next to the Seacoast Bank, (U-turn at the car dealer). 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. 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, Gourmet White, Kosmic Karma, Funky Q Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Mellowterranean, Mighty Meaty, Holy Shiitake Pie, and Thai Dye, also a House Special, Mega Veggie, Magical Mystery Tour, Red Skin Potato Pie, and Maui Wowie, plus Philosopher's Pie and Bayou Bleu, make up the long list. Or you can build your own from an a-la-carte ingredient menu that boasts 30 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, Caesar, Spinach, Chef, Wedge and Greek. Again, build your own Salad with a choice of 10 dressings is offered too. Calzones like Chicken & Cheese or Steak & Cheese are on the menu. A dozen Hoagies come in half and whole sizes and range from Ham & Cheese, to Jerk Chicken, to a Shrimp Po' Boy. Kids menu available. 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 Ocala. This franchise now owned by Charles and Stacey Votey of Apopka.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/23) Been a while. New décor here. Ana was our friendly server. We had 2 Peach Buzzes ($10 ea.) and two Red Sangrias ($6 ea.) between us. We thought we could share the Large Mighty Meaty Pizza ($30) but we were wrong. It could feed 4 people. We took home half. The food and the drinks were great. Got busy by 6 PM on a Friday. Total came to $62 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Now Open 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. 1-352-421-5098. (Pizza) [L/D] Opened December 4, 2023. 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. This 166 seat location will also have a roof-top full bar and warm inviting main floor dining room with painted party monkeys watching you. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on 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. All premium pizzas are offered in 3 sizes (10", 14" & 16") and the hand tossed dough is made with Appalachian spring water. Full bar and outdoor seating is available. Started in Atlanta, GA. in 1974; now fast growing with almost 200 locations mostly in the southeast. Brad Harper, owner here. Another location is in Mount Dora.




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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 3+ Dollar Signs 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 3-9 PM. But lunch is served in season only. Closed Sundays and Mondays and first 2 weeks of July. 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). Soups, like Pasta Fagioli, Cipollata (Italian Onion) or Portabella (Mushroom) ala Grigila, run $6 for a bowl. Large salads 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. For entrées, Pollo or Vitello (Chicken or Veal) is prepared Marsala, Piccata, Sorrentino, Parmigiana, Francese, Scarpariello or Mesa style. There's also Pollo e Gamberoni Pancetta (Chicken, Shrimp & Pancetta), Anatra Arrosto (Duckling), Agnello (Lamb) Osso Buco, 8 oz. Filetto Milanese, 10 oz. Filetto al Quatro Pepe, Bistecca Griglia (Rib Eye) and top shelf Vitello Valdostana (14 oz. Veal Chop). Seafood items include Gamberoni (Shrimp) Mesa de Notte, Mahi Piccata, Spada (Swordfish) Puttanesca, Salmone (Salmon) Champagne, Cernia (Grouper) Marciano, Zuppa de Pesce Amalfi, Merluzzo (Cod) Nero and Aragosta (Lobster Tails) alla Verona. 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. Lower prices at lunch time. Lunch items add Sandwiches, Pasta and different appetizers. Desserts include Tiramisu, Cannoli, New York Cheesecake, Pears in Chocolate Sauce, and Zabaqlione with Wild Berries. Split plate charge 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 6 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 11/21) We were a little late getting to our 5 PM reservations for 6 but were seated immediately. Our waiter, James, was excellent. My husband ordered a glass of wine ($9.50) and I had a Det Coke ($3.75). He ordered the Veal Piccata with Capellini ($23) and I had the Salmon Griblia ($23). I also ordered a Salad ($5). Everything was great We shared a Flan ($7.50) for dessert and my husband had a cup of Coffee ($3.75) with it. The total before t&t was $75.50. They automatically added the gratuity of $15.10 (20%).
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ralph M. 12/21) A most pleasant atmosphere with professionally attired staff. James our server, complimented the perfect execution of the recipes for each entreé ordered. Portion sizes left enough for take-home. Both Pasta dishes were cooked al dente. I had Penne Alla Norma. The Marinara was excellent, the Vegetables and Sausage were very flavorful ($15). My wife had a custom dish of Gamberoni Mesa de Notte, an abundance of Shrimp in a tasteful Piscatore Sauce ($24). Total check with wine, salads, dessert (1) and coffee was $102.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/21) Our 25th anniversary, so I picked this lovely restaurant and invited friends. It was a Thursday for 6 PM reservations and they were full. Parking is a slight problem. Amanda took good care of us. We brought our own Wilson Reserve Zin ($60 retail) and paid the $20 corkage fee. My better half had an Italian Martini ($10) and I had a Manhattan ($9.25). Our friends had the Cinnamon Smashed Apple Cocktail ($10) and he had two Bud Light Drafts ($4.25 ea.). Amanda opened the Wine for us and we offered her a taste (in private). We all had Lumache Provencale ($18) as an appetizer to share, Gamberoni alla Vodka ($24), Fiocchi Mandarino ($23), Fettuccine Carbonara ($15) and Spaghetti and Meatballs ($14). I also had a Side Caesar ($5). We all shared a Flan too ($7.50). A lot of delicious food. The kitchen was busy but our food came out promptly. Total for 4 people including the Corkage was $164 before t&t. Great meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 12/21) They really have it together here. The other couple split a Lasagna and enjoyed it. For us, my wife had the Veal Marsala with Cappelini which she thoroughly enjoyed. Sauce was perfect as was the Pasta. The Veal was tender and well prepared. I ordered the Antipasto Freddo, nice assortment of Meats, Cheeses, Peppers and Lettuce. The dressing was very tasty. Crème Brûlée and Zabaglione were our dessert choices. She had a glass of House White Zin and I abstained, as I was the designated driver. The other couple each had a glass of wine too. The total for us was $61 before t&t. Chrissy was our personality laden server and made it very enjoyable for all 4 of us.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 2/22) Wonderful dinner here. Our server, Estefania, was great. We appreciated that they had arranged our table for eight in a square so we could converse easily. I had Fiocchi Mandarino, a nice Gorgonzola and Pear Pasta. My husband had Ravioli Catarina, which he said was nothing special and a side of very good Italian Sausage. We shared a slice of Cheesecake, which was excellent. The Zabaglione also got rave reviews from our friends. Bill before t&t, including one glass of Wine, one Soda and one Cappuccino, was $69. 20% gratuity added to the bill was clearly marked.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank G. 2/22) It was a pleasant evening with good food and service. I had the Veal Piccata and Tiramisu. It was one of the best Italian Restaurants I have been to since moving to Florida.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/22) We haven't been here in quite a while. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Having a square table made it easy for the 7 of us to converse with each other. James, our server, took good care of us. My husband had the Chicken Sorrentino ($20). He absolutely loved his meal. In the past, a cup of Soup or a Side Salad was included with an entrée. That is NOT the case anymore. There is an additional charge of $6 for a cup of Soup or $5 for a Side Salad. I had my all time favorite Soup tonight. A bowl of their Portobello Griglia Soup ($9). Yes, that's right. The soup was my main course. I did start with a House Salad though ($5). The warm crusty onion rolls and the fabulous dipping sauce are still part of their service. Our meals including 2 waters came to $34. before t&t. Automatic gratuity was added to our check, because of the size of our party (7). Another wonderful experience here. Others in our party also thoroughly enjoyed their meals.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs 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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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Now Open Michael Asian Cuisine, 1010 E. Alfred St., Tavares, FL. 20.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-508-9080. (Asian) [L/D] Opened October, 2023. Located on E. Alfred, at the west end of the Walco Plaza, near Dora Ave., a few blocks east of town where Thai Jasmine & Sushi House did business. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily, but closes at 4 PM on Sunday and closed all day Monday. They specialize in Vietnamese dishes here. Phở is offered here in a few varieties as are Teriyaki Specials plus appetizers like Gyoza and Spring Rolls. No bar. Michael Cu, owner.




Closed Michele's Cuisine, 13769 North US Hwy. 441, Lady Lake, FL. After more than 3 years of operation, this German inspired Café closed its doors in February, 2023. It was rated 11½ Stars by our members. It has been replaced by Latin Flavors Bar and Grill (see that listing).



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Orange Air
Ended service in 2017 after 3 years of operation. [MD-80 aircraft]
Based in the Orlando-Sanford Airport, it flew sports charter service.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs 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. The restaurant has a bar and 3 dining rooms, many with popular alcove seating. On the menu you'll find for Appetizers: Bruschetta, Fried Mozzarella, Eggplant Tapenade, Sautéed Mussels, Clams Fra Diavolo, Stuffed Mushrooms, Caprese Salad, Buffalo Wings, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio and a Seafood Platter of Scallops, Shrimp and Calamari. For Soups and Salads you'll see Soup of the Day and Pasta Fagoli in two sizes, House Salad, Caesar Salad, Arugula Salad and an Antipasto on the menu. Pasta dishes inclue your choice of noodles with Garlic & Olive Oil, Red Sauce, Marinara, Bolognese, with Sausage or Meatballs and with Sausage and Peppers. You'll also find Spaghetti Rosato [Creamy Ricotta], Penne Puttanesca [Capers and Black Olives], Fettuccine Alfredo [Creamy Cheese], Gnocchi Cremosa [Cheese and Ground Sausage], Pumpkin Ravioli [Pumpkin Stuffed with Pecans and Cranberries], Orecchiette Baresi [Broccoli Rabe and Sausage] and Spaghetti Caprese. Chicken/Veal preparations include Milanese, Piccata, Francese, Marsala, Parmigiana, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Alfredo, Fiorentino, Milano Stuffed Chicken and Veal Saltimbocca. For Seafood you'll find Shrimp Scampi, Seafood Linguine, Shrimp Francese, Shrimp Alfredo, Grouper Francese, Tuscan Salmon, Pescatore, Lobster Ravioli and a Seafood Trio. Baked Pasta dishes include Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti, Eggplant Parmigiana, Gnocchi Sorrentino, Eggplant Rollatini and Lasagna. All entrées are served with Soup or Salad and Baked Bread. Gluten-free pasta is available at extra charge. You can add Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon to any Pasta dish or Salad. Pizzas come in 10", 16" and 18" sizes with various topping combinations, from New York Style to Arugulina; or you can build your own creation, priced by toppings. Calzones and Strombolis are also on the list. Liquor licensed for full bar. Reservations accepted by phone. Igor Polubotko, new owner since November, 2021.


Review: (from Rich C. 2/22) Wow! Better than expected. No reservation on a Saturday night, so we were put at a table for two along the wall instead of a booth. Teasha was our friendly server. Her station was split between 2 or 3 rooms. She managed. We started with a Limoncello Martini ($9) and a Bourbon Manhattan ($9.50). That's pretty high. My better half had the Pasta Fagoli Soup and Salmon Oscar ($22). It was excellent and large portioned. I had the Stuffed Milano Chicken with Spaghetti and a House Salad ($20). Also very large. The Salad was a disappointment, mostly white lettuce and a Tomato Slice and Olive or two. I should have asked for the Caesar. She loved her meal. My Chicken was delicious and I could only eat half, so we got "doggy boxes". We spotted a Pistachio Crème Brûlée ($10), that we shared. It was homemade and unique, but a bit soupy instead of custard-like. Our total was $70 before t&t. A little pricy for some items but pretty good food. We'll be back and call ahead next time.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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. 1-352-706-0042. (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, Fried Clams, Fried (35) Shrimp with Hush Puppies, Grilled, Broiled or Blackened Corvina and Baked Bahamian Dolphin Fish (Mahi). House Specialties include Breaded Pork Medallions, Osso Bucco and Bar-B-Que Baby Back Ribs. You can also find Flat Iron Steak, 12 oz. Ribeye, 12 oz. New York Strip, 8 oz. Filet Mignon and a 20 oz. Porterhouse on the menu. The usual Pastas, Burgers, Fajitas and Sandwiches are also available. Raw Bar items include Clams on the Half Shell, Raw Oysters or either of them steamed by the dozen. Famous for their spicy "Zingers" (Chicken Wings). Large variety of Salads, Soups and Appetizers. 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. Dinner specials change monthly. Early Bird meals 3-5 PM, Monday through Thursday feature 8 choices, 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.


Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/19) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 12/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/20) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 7/21) We were seated without waiting for lunch. My husband ordered the Lunch Fish and Chips ($7) with an Unsweet Tea ($3). I ordered the Lunch Southwest Steak Half Flat Brad with a House Salad with Apple Walnut Dressing ($7) and a water. It was delicious. The food was very good but my husband commented they are cutting down the size of their Fish. Still 3 pieces but smaller. Before t&t, the bill was $17.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/21) Haven't been here for a while. Always too crowded for COVID. I had a 9 oz. Malbec. ($9) and she had the Blackberry Smash ($7). The Smash was much better than the wine. She had the Mediterranean Flatbread ($10) which she liked. I had the Grilled Salmon ($17.50) with a Baked Potato and Caesar Salad (+$1.30). It was good. OK service by Chelsey. Our total was $44.50 before t&t. Our friends liked their meals, a Cobb Salad and large Fish & Chips.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/22) We were seated right away for lunch and had Alexia as our server. She was very pleasant. We both had the Fish and Chips ($15) and I had water and my husband had Iced Tea ($3.49). The Fish was very good but I noticed the pieces were smaller than usual. Still had four pieces with Cole Slaw, Tarter Sauce and French Fries.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Bob M. 7/22) We had to wait a few minutes for someone to greet us but then were seated immediately. We had a discount (20%) on my phone. We had Unsweet Iced Tea ($3.49) and a water. We both ordered the lunch special of Fish and Chips that came with Fries ($7 each). Our waiter, Brian, was very nice but never asked if we wanted a refill on our drinks. Our total bill before t&t and after the 20% discount was $14.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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, Fried Clams, Fried Shrimp with Hush Puppies, Grilled, Broiled or Blackened Corvina and Baked Bahamian Dolphin Fish (Mahi). House Specialties include Breaded Pork Medallions, Osso Bucco and Bar-B-Que Baby Back Ribs. You can also find Flat Iron Steak, 12 oz. Ribeye, 12 oz. New York Strip, 8 oz. Filet Mignon and a 20 oz. Porterhouse on the menu. The usual Pastas, Burgers, Fajitas and Sandwiches are also available. Raw Bar items include Clams on the Half Shell, Raw Oysters or either of them steamed by the dozen. Famous for their spicy "Zingers" (Chicken Wings). Large variety of Salads, Soups and Appetizers. Very large selection of beer (both tap and bottles), as well as wines by the glass. Desserts and Smoothies also offered. 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/20) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/21) We like it here and it was not noisy. Pennie was our friendly server and the evening with friends started out fine. In short, we ordered two Bourbon Manhattans ($?) and a Blackberry Smash ($6.50). I had the Black and Blue Burger with Mac 'n Cheese ($11 + $1 sub). He ordered the Filet Mignon with Baked Potato plus a Caesar Salad ($22 + $2 sub). The Manhattans were short because it was mostly small ice cubes in the glass, thus a second was ordered. The food arrived in quick time but when served the runner announced "Who gets the Sirloin?". What was ordered as a Filet, came out Sirloin. They just left it at our table but went back to check with our waitress. Long/short she made an error and put in for Sirloin instead of Filet. So she comped the entrée. Then our friend noticed "Crown Royal" charges at $9.50 and the Smash at $9.50 too. Pennie apologized and corrected all the errors. The Smash was now correct at $6.50 and the $9.50 Burbon Manhattans were both comped. So they did good but it took a while. It was all server errors, so we can't rate the Service higher than a 2 now. The food was good. We paid only $18.50 before t&t. We'll come back but will ask our server to repeat our orders before going to the POS.
Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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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 2 Dollar Signs 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. 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 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. 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/20) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi 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, 1-352-324-3911. (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, El Conquistador Salad, Crab Cake appetizer, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Braised Pork Shank, Lemongrass Shrimp, Crispy Long Island Duck, Australian Lamb Chops, Andouille Crusted Snapper and Ancho Venison Loin Chop, to name a few. Grand Surf and Turf Combos are offered. Side dishes are extra. Business attire recommended. Reservations accepted. Full Bar. Attractive Wine List with many by the glass. $15 Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. Five Course Wine Dinners offered occasionally. Mark Zollo, executive chef over 30 cooks in these 4 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.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/23) Lovely resort. First time for them to participate in Magical Dining. There were 6 of us. Bryan was our server. We ordered off the $40 pp special MD menu. We all first had a Cocktail: an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. Bryan did ask if "Woodford is OK?" Sure, but I knew that was not well whiskey but a premium pour. The drinks were well made but were $15.50 each. We started with their famous Lobster Bisque. It was delicious but hard to find any chunks of Lobster meat. Still it was nicely presented and flavorful. She had the Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli which she enjoyed but again, Lobster flavor but no meat. I had the Salmon. It came with Mashed Potatoes and Broccolini. Mine was cooked correctly but others thought it was overcooked and dry. We ordered 1 side ($6 extra) of Grilled Asparagus that was very good. We both had the Chocolate Torte. Very sweet and rich. All food was presented very nicely. Service was fine until my better half asked for Grated Cheese for her Ravioli when it was served. Bryan disappeared while her entrée got cold waiting. When he finally returned to the room without the Grated Cheese, we reminded him of our request. His answer was "Well, I have other tables to attend to!". That just cut his score down from a 5 to a 3. Frankly that comment surprised all of us. Corkage was comped because of the complaints we had. Fair compensation. Our total came to $117 before t&t for 2 three course meals, 1 side and 2 cocktails.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 9/23) Party of 6 went here for Orlando Magical Dining. The general group consensus was the experience was underwhelming. Pros - Lobster Bisque was hot and delicious and the Chocolate Torte dessert was delectable. Cons - Salmon and Braised Short Rib dinners were overcooked and dry. Service - Our server (Brian) was absent for stretches and made trying to get our meals corrected difficult. He waived the Wine Corkage ($15) fees to offset our meal being not to our satisfaction. The total before t&t was $105 and included 2 cocktails before dinner.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi 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, 1-352-324-3910. (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 and Complete Breakfast Buffet is offered. A-la-carte menu also available. Lunch runs 11 AM to 2 PM, with Express Lunch Buffet and Complete Lunch Buffet offered. Sunday Champagne Brunch which is served 11 AM to 3 PM priced adult and child, 12 and under. Special Holiday Brunches, 11 AM to 5 PM, are priced adult and child, like the Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving Grand Buffet and Christmas Holiday Buffet by reservation. New Years Eve Gala, starting at 7:30 PM. Full bar. $15 Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. 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.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/18) 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=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Mission Inn Resort, La Margarita Restaurant,, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. 21.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-800-874-9053, 1-352-324-3911. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the main complex on the second floor next to El Conquistador Room. Casual daily dinner (4 PM to 11 PM) daily. Club atmosphere open late. For appetizers they have Cajun Cornmeal Encrusted Artichokes, Chicken Wings, Duck Empanadas or Coconut Jumbo Shrimp. 12" Pizzas offered and there's a dozen toppings to choose from. You can build a Burger too. 6 oz. Turkey Burger, 8 oz. Angus Burger or 6 oz. Veggie Burger. Various toppings, like Bacon, are extra. For dinner you can enjoy Fish & Chips, Marinated Chicken Breasts, Pasta Primavera, Grilled 10 oz. Ribeye, Grilled 6 oz. Black Angus Filet Mignon, Pork Shank or Grilled Salmon Filet. Specials daily. Soups available like Lobster Bisque on Thursdays. Salads are on the menu. Desserts available are Sorbet, Key Lime Pie, Bananas Foster Crêpes, Spiced Carrot Cake, White Chocolate Cheese Cake or Dark Chocolate Earthquake. Wine List runs $6-12/glass or $30=55/bottle. Special Cocktails made. $15 Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. Some outdoor seating. Full bar. Occasional entertainment.


Review: (from Rich C. 4/21) We were here for a 4 day event and ate here as it was more affordable than El Conquistador. room next door. We had a window table. Started with a Bourbon Manhattan and a Lemon Drop Martini. She had the special of Lobster BLT ($21) and I had the Grilled 10 oz. Ribeye ($28). Everything was excellent as was the service. Lost my receipt but $89 was charged to my room for meal, tax and tip that night.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi 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, 1-352-324-2718. (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 priced per person. Reservations accepted and recommended for the Saturday Night Buffet. Open for Christmas Day Buffet, 11 AM to 6 PM. Full bar. $15 Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed.


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

Review: (from Peggy R. 2/23) Went for the Saturday Night Buffet. The entire dining room was surrounded by food stations – Salad, Sushi, several varieties of Fish, Vegetables, Bread, Desserts, and a Prime Rib carving station. There is certainly something for everyone here. The Sushi and Desserts were very good, the rest was fair to good but nothing special. The food was kept at the proper temperature and replenished. The server was a little slow to refill drinks and we noticed several people at other tables clearing their own plates. For $54 per person we don’t feel it’s worth the trip from The Villages.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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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 2+ Dollar Signs Miz Kathi's Southern Sweetery, 105 N. Main St., Wildwood, FL. 10.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-748-1223. (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 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu (The) Mojo Grill (Belleview), 4496 SE 100th Pl., Belleview, FL. 13.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-307-6656. (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 to 100 count. Cuban Sandwiches, Cajun Dip, Carolina BBQ, Cuban Pork with Swiss, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Grilled Chicken and Mandingo Mahi. Various salads are served in a Tortilla Bowl. Soups, like Gumbo or Chili plus Salads, like Soul Food, Buffalo Chicken, Caesar or Kitchen Sink Salad are on the menu too. Chicken, Pork, Burger, Vegetable and Shrimp Quesadillas are offered. Fajitas like Blackened Chicken, Cuban Roast Pork, Mahi and Shrimp offered. Beef Empanadas, Mojito Pork or Fish Tacos, Pork Dinner, Cajun Chicken Pasta and Blackened Mahi Louisiana are featured. Various Burgers and Nathan's Hound Dogs are offered too. Red and green table flags lets the servers stop to assist you. Occasional entertainment. 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.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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, Fajitas, Burgers and Hot Dogs and Sandwiches and Wraps, like Crazy Cuban, Cajun Dip, Carolina BBQ, Mandingo Mahi and Chicken Caesar Wrap. Dinner entrées include Pork Tacos, Beef Empanadas, Fish Tacos, Cuban Pork, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Shrimp and Grits and Mahi Louisiana. Sweet Plantains, Black or Red Beans & Rice, Corn On The Cob and Cajun Waffle Fries are some of the side dishes. Buffalo Wings with a variety of sauces are also available. Lighter entrées, like Tacos and other Wraps offered. Soups, like Gumbo or Chili plus Salads, like Soul Food, Buffalo Chicken, Caesar or Kitchen Sink Salad round out the menu. Vegetarian menu offered, like Grilled Veggie Wrap, Black Bean Burger, Pasta Primavera and Black Bean Nachos. Full bar here now. Children's Menu like Mac & Cheese or Chicken Fingers. Winner 2013 "Best Place to Grab Lunch" Award in Ocala by Ocala Magazine. Occasional trivia and other entertainment. Outdoor seating is available here. 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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13 Stars 2 Dollar Signs 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.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/23) 20 from our Car Club came here for dinner. Holly waited on all of us at 4 different tables. She was very good and friendly. I had the Braised Beef Dip ($15). It was good but too spicy for me. Nothing on the menu indicated that. He had his favorite, "The Pepin" ($16). It is always great. Our drinks were 2 Old Fashions ($3 each) and 2 Purple Hazes ($5 each). They are bargains. Our total was just $47 before t&Amp;t.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed (The) Mojo Grill (Leesburg), 9925 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL. Closed in early 2023.

Closed Molly Maguire's (of Ocala) Eatery, 17 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. After 9 years in business, this popular downtown pub closed its doors in December, 2023.


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

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9 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant, 304 North 27/441, Lady Lake, FL. 2.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-753-2722. (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. Many Ravioli and Spaghetti varieties are offered. Eggplant or Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta, Lasagna, Manicotti, Chicken Cacciattori and Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo are offered daily. Veal Parmigiana with a side of Spaghetti is a favorite. Their specialty is Baked Spaghetti. You can also find Fried Chicken and 9 or 12 oz. Delmonico Steaks. Cheese Pizza New York Style is available. Hoagie Sandwiches like Meatball Subs. 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. 4% surcharge added for using credit cards. 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.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/23) We arrived at 6 pm and the 4 of us were seated immediately. Only a few other tables were occupied. My husband and I had split feelings on our main course entrées here. Both meals came with Soup or Salad. We both started with Salad which was OK. Their homemade Bread is delicious. I had the Eggplant Rollatini ($16.25). The entire dish had no flavor including the Tomato Sauce. A big disappointment for me. My husband had the Spinach Lasagna with White Sauce on the top ($16). He loved his meal. We just had water as our beverages tonight. Our server, Brittany, served us well but not personable at all. A smile would have been nice. Our bill came to $32.25 before t&t. In addition to the regular tax of $2.25, they charged a cc service charge of $1.38. We will probably come back at some time. They have an excellent Gluten-Free menu that our relatives require when they come to visit.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Closed Morevino, 11 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-304-5100. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] After 3 years of fine food and wine, this popular restaurant closed its doors at the end of February, 2023. Our members rated it 13 Stars over the years. It'll be missed. Soon to be Katya Vineyards.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Mo's Family Restaurant, 2306 CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 26.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-793-5050. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Opened in 2003. Located on the highway west of Lake Panasoffkee, set back from the road, just north of town. Open 7 AM to 8 PM daily, but only to 2 PM on Sunday. It's the quintessential home-cooked meal place. Neat and clean. Breakfast includes Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy and other morning items. For lunch you'll find BLT, ½ lb. Burger, BBQ Beef, Tuna, Open Faced Roast Beef, Ham & Cheese, Patty Melt, Reuben, Grilled or Fried Chicken, Turkey Club, Ham Club, Country Fried Steak, Grouper, and other Sandwiches, and make far a nice lunch menu, Fries are included. Various Fried Baskets are popular too. Salads and Wings are offered too. For dinner, look for BBQ Chicken, Chicken Strips, Country Fried Steak, Liver 'n Onions, Smothered Chicken, Fried Chicken, Chopped Steak, Chicken Breast, or Ham Steak with a Pineapple Ring, are all the same price, 2 sides are included. Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Lemon, Chicken Parm., and Scrimp Scampi all add some Italian flare to the menu. For Seafood, Fried Fish, Fried Clam Strips, Salmon, Fish Combo, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Catfish, Grouper, and Shrimp Scampi are listed. Lastly, Steaks make the menu with a Ribeye, and Steak & Jumbo Shrimp to satisfy the meat lovers. Specials, with 2 sides, might be Fried Haddock, Half Baked Chicken, or Prime Rib Sandwich. Check the white-board for daily additions. Desserts, like Pies and Cakes are offered. No bar. Sidi and Asma Jquani, owners.




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Panhandle Airways
Ended service in 1978 after 3 years of operation. [DC-3 aircraft]
Based in Panama City, Florida it served Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa and Birmingham, AL.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Mount Dora Bistro, 142 West 4th Ave., Mount Dora, FL. 25.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-729-2280. (French) [L/D] Opened June, 2023, replacing the Windsor Rose Tea Room and Restaurant, this French bistro is owned by chef John Rossetti of Miami. Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch 10 AM to 3 PM, plus "Le Gouter" by reservation at 2:30 PM, Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 3 PM (4 seating times), plus dinner Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 9 PM with Table d'Hote by reservation 5-10 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. On the menu will be dishes like Bouillabaisse, Soupe á l'Oignon Gratinée, Charcuterie Plates, Cassoulet, Escargot, Poulet a la Reine, Jambon Beurre, Croque Monsieur, Niçoise Salade, Beef Daube Provençal and Steak au Poivre. The tradition of High Tea will continue with a French twist of Champagne included. Wine and beer licensed. All checks have 20% gratuity added. Reservations available by phone or online. John Rossetti, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Mount Dora Pizza (& Subs), 2718 W. Old Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL. 23.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-383-5303. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 9:30 PM, later on Friday, except closed Sundays. A fixture in this community for 40 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 offered. Small or large Antipasto are available, as do the Greek Salads. Calzone and Sicilian Pizza. Pizzas come in three sizes (12", 14" and 16"), priced 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. 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 Coming Soon My Quate, 119 S. Pine Ave. (US27/441), Ocala, FL. 21.1 mile drive from The Villages. . (Mexican) [L/D] Located where Havana 352 did business, and before that La Vaca Frita, and before that it was Fiore's Café, and before at it was the popular Giordano's Café and before that it was built as a Dairy Queen. New Mexican restaurant owned by Javier Ordonez. No bar. Opening in the Spring of 2024.




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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Naples Italian Restaurant, 1107 West North Blvd., Leesburg, FL. 9.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-323-1616. (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 priced 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. Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, Gnocchi and Ziti are some of the popular baked dishes. Specialty entrées like Penne Pesce Pollo, Ziti D'Napoli, Veal Scaloppini Shrimp Scampi and Shrimp Pomodoro are available. Hot and cold Subs are also offered. Beer & wine. Phone reservations accepted. Changed hands in June 2013 and October, 2023. Jacqueline Barrett, new owner.