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This is a service of The Villages Gourmet Club containing unbiased ratings by club members without any advertisements since 2006. Our purpose is to promote and celebrate good food and exceptional service at reasonable and fair prices. The prices stated in the description were accurate when the restaurant was added to the site; hyper-inflation has now caused them to be outdated, unfortunately. To read 2006-2020 reviews, position your cursor over "Older Review". Reload/Refresh the page or relaunch your browser if the older review box misbehaves. Now you can search our entire database, just click the Search button at the bottom of this window. Videos giving more particulars about the establishment are linked with a Video symbol. Just click on the symbol. Establishments with free WiFi are indicated with a Free WiFi sign. Those offering discounts to AARP members are shown with an AARP Card symbol. Show your AARP membership card. Establishments that include Calorie Count for each item on their menu are noted with the Calorie Count symbol. And restaurants that offer a Gluten Free Menu are indicated with a Gluten Free Menu sign. Only Club Members may submit a review. Where restaurants have been reviewed at least twice, their average rating is indicated by our STAR SYSTEM (for Quality, Service and Value totals), ranging from:

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Top rated restaurants on this page are The Capital Grille (Millenia), Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Orlando), Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove, Jaleo (by José Andrés), kadence, The Ravenous Pig and Ruth's Chris Steak House (Winter Park), all 15 Stars. Congratulations!


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




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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Gainesville), 3262 SW 35th Blvd., Gainesville, FL. 61.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-855-368-7748. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily, except closed Sunday. One of 6 locations in Florida. This one located off SW Archer Rd. (SR 24) just east of I-75 Exit #384 near Trader Joe's. Same menu as the other locations (see below). Cafeteria style with seating at long communal tables. Classic dinners include 3 sides and biscuits with each meal. Sandwiches are also on the menu including 2 sides. No bar. Deli and bakery for take home choices like their biscuits. Beer and Wine licensed here. Other locations include Winter Park (see that listing) , Winter Garden, Jacksonville, Longwood and Middleton in The Villages. John Rivers, owner.


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

Review: (from Jackie N. 5/21) Two of us shared the BBQ Street Tacos (3 Brisket Tacos in an order) and added 2 classic sides, Texas Cornbread and Mac and Cheese, which was plenty for the two of us. There is no waiter service, it is more like a cafeteria where you wait in line and order your meal as you walk along to the cash register. 4 Rivers has many locations in Florida, including a food truck in Disney Springs. The one in Gainesville is one of our usual stops for BBQ after doctor visits, college visits and shopping. Never disappointing and very reasonably priced. Our meal was $11.60 plus t&t.
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Winter Park), 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-474-8377. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opens 11 AM daily, except closed Sunday. Opened in November 2009. Located on SR 426 about a ½ mile east of I-4 Exit #87 near Jackson Ave., one mile west of downtown and 5 blocks east of its original location. Classic dinners include 3 sides and biscuits with each meal. One of the few places that serves St. Louis Style Rib Dinner (½ Rack and Full Rack). Also on the dinner list is Signature Angus Brisket, Southern Pulled or Sliced Pork, Smokehouse Turkey, Prime Rib, ½ or Whole Smoked Chicken or Texas Sausage. Lighter meals are also offered like ½ Rack of St. Louis Ribs with just 2 sides is available. Sandwiches are also on the menu including 2 sides. French baguettes make them different. Custom offings like "Burnt End" and "Messy Pig" are also featured. Signature sauces are their specialty. 15 side dishes to choose from. You can also find Smoked Chicken Wings and Smoked Jalapenos, as well as BBQ Quesadillas. Desserts like Banana Dream Pudding and Chocolate Awesomeness defy the full stomach. Beer and Wine licensed here. Deli and bakery for take home choices like their biscuits. Open Christmas Day. 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Bar-B-Que Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted "Best Barbecue" and "Best Ribs" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey over the years. Voted Orlando's best BBQ by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Other locations include Middleton, in The Villages. John Rivers, owner.




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Long Gone - The Tropical Hotel (1888) (1890). 80 rooms, plus 6 story observation tower.
Guests included President Chester A. Arthur, John Jacob Aster, Thomas Edison and the Vanderbilt family.
Built in 1882 as the South Florida Railroad arrived in town. Burned to the ground on April 6, 1906.
Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee, Florida.

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




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




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs 310 Park South, 310 South Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-647-7277. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] In business since 1999. Located on Park Ave. just south of New England. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Bar stays open later. Sunday Brunch is served 10 AM to 2 PM only. Offers the same menu as 310 Lakeside. Full and half size salads include Garden and Caesar, Cobb Salad, Mediterranean Salad and one size fits all, Seafood Salad or Tuna Filet Salad. Dinner entrées include Fish & Chips, Chicken Tarragon, Chicken Roulade, Panned Seared Mahi, Roasted Duck, Grilled Salmon, New York Strip and 8 or 10 oz. Filer Mignon. Pasta dishes are also available. Sandwiches are also offered. There's a late night menu of appetizers, and sandwiches. Sunday Brunch 'til 2 PM here, ranges from French Toast to Steak & Eggs. Wine bar with selections by the bottle and glass. Happy Hour weekdays 4-7 PM at the full bar. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Entertainment on Saturday night. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Joanne McMahon, owner, here and at 310 Lakeside (above).




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video 347 Grille by Coach Shula (Lake Mary), 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL. 48.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-531-3567. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [B/L/D] Was called Shula's 347 Grill. Located at the Westin Hotel Orlando North, on International Parkway just north of H. E. Thomas Jr. Parkway (CR46A), near Exit 101 of I-4. Named after Hall of Fame Coach, Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, with 347 victories; thus, the number. Open from 6:30 AM daily. Casual, energetic atmosphere. Serving Premium Black Angus Beef®. They're famous for the Shula Cut® Steaks, like the 8 oz. Filet Mignon, 14 oz. New York Strip or 16 oz. Cowboy Steak. Other signature items include Crab Cakes, Pan Seared Shrimp, Flat Iron Chimichurri, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Seared Ahi Tuna, Milanese Style Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli. They are also known for the Angus Burgers including the Shula Burger, House of Blue, BBQ Burger, Wine Country Burger and the new French Onion Burger. Other sandwiches include a BLT, Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Turkey Ciabatta, Fish Sandwich and "The Pretzel". Salads are offered too, with Asian Chicken, Spinach, Wedge, Caesar and Tomato and Mozzarella Chop Salad being the most popular ones. Prices vary by season. Desserts include Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cheesecake, Five Layer Carrot Cake and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Full bar with wine list. Corkage Fee: $20. Monthly wine tastings. Open Christmas Day. Online or phone reservations accepted. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Complimentary valet parking available. Franchised, with 34 locations, under different Shula names (10 called "347 Grill"), based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bob Luckhart, executive chef here; the Westin Hotel operates this location.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Free WiFi 7593 Chophouse, 7593 Gathering Way, Kissimmee, FL. 65.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-396-5273. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] At the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee. Open from 6 PM weekdays and 5 PM weekends. The menu includes starters like Onion Soup, Spinach Dip Mascarpone, Prosciutto and Artichokes, Bacon & Eggs, Shrimp Cocktail, Seared Crab Cakes and Raw Oysters. Salads include Strawberry Fields, Wedge, Caesar and Burrata Caprese Salad. For a-la-carte entrées you'll find Orecchiette Bolognese Pasta, Shrimp Scampi on Linguini, Half Roast Chicken, Cedar Plank Salmon and Steak Frites. For Pork, Lamb and Angus Beef they offer 14 oz. Pork Chop, Lamb Chop, 6 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 14 oz. NY Strip, 22 oz. Cowboy Ribeye and a 48 oz. Tomahawk Steak for Two. Side dishes like a Loaded Baked Potato. Sauces can be added like Apple Butter or Crab Oscar. Desserts like Crème Brûlée, NY Style Cheesecake, Brownie/Cookie, Apple Tart and Chocolate Earthquake Cake are on the list. Reservations taken by phone or online. Open Thanksgiving Day. Full bar with craft cocktails. A Bourbon Flight is offered. The Wine List offers Whites ($10-$15/gls.) and Reds ($10-$25/gls.). One of three restaurants in this Resort.




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

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13 Stars 4 Dollar Signs Video AARP Card A Land Remembered, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 57.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-1956. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located near SR 528 Exit #2 in the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The restaurant pays homage to the 1984 bestselling novel by Patrick Smith. Open for dinner only from 5:30 PM. The restaurant specializes in Harris Ranch Natural Prime Black Angus Beef but limited seafood selections. Smart resort attire requested for their full linen service. For starters, they offer Brie and Portobello Mushroom, Prime Rib Sushi, Oysters Gruyere, Frog Legs, Crab Cake, Shrimp Cocktail, Ahi Tuna, Smoked Salmon Flatbread and Steak Tartare. They also offer a cold or hot sampler that serves 3 or 4 people. For soups they have Baked Onion, Gator Stew and Lobster Bisque. For meat entrées they offer Free Range Chicken, Skirt Steak, 12 and 24 oz. Prime Rib, Braised Short Ribs, 8 and 10 oz. Filet Mignon, 20 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye, Lamb Tequesta, 16 or 20 oz. New York Strip and a 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. A 20 oz. Chateaubriand For Two is available. A 16 oz. Lobster Tail is on the menu. Surf and Turf combinations offered. Sauces add to the bill. Side dishes like Baked or Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Creamed Spinach, Onion Rings, Collard Greens, etc. adds too. Salads like Wedge, Tomato, Caesar and Romaine add to the meal. Don't be surprised to see the butter pats in the shape of alligators. Full bar and a wide Wine List available. Online and phone reservations taken. Valet parking complimentary. Brett Beavers, executive chef; hotel owned.


Older Review: (from Bruce W. 8/15) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rocki B. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 9/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Christine H. 9/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann P. 10/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 2/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Andrea Z. 9/18) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Pat M. 8/21) Excellent service. Excellent Food. Beautiful place! We so enjoyed our very first Visit Orlando Magical Dining at $37pp, a great value! We both had Lobster Bisque. It was excellent with hot bread and butter in the shape of an alligator! Then Ancho-Rubbed Salmon, Wilted Spinach, Saffron-Tomato Broth. It was amazing, made to perfection! My husband had Warm Pioneer Bread Pudding, Port Wine Reduction, Rum Raisin Ice Cream, Crispy Almond Lace Cookie, and I had Key Lime Brûlée Bar, Hand-Pressed Graham Crust, Raspberry Sauce, Seasonal Berries, Raspberry and Blueberry with Whipped Cream! Valet parking ticket was stamped by restaurant, paid half price for parking. Beautiful view of golf course and water fountain!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 9/21) Jose was our server and our table overlooked the golf course. My wife and I had the Magical Dining dinner of Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus. We also had the Lobster Bisque and the Mousse Cake for dessert. The Steak was tender and the meal and service was excellent. Our meal was $77 before t&t. This was our 3rd time there and we were not disappointed.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Donna B. 9/23) Seven of us in our Gourmet Club group had dinner at A Land Remembered last night. It is a good hour's drive from The Villages. This is a fine dining restaurant that is named after the book by the same name. I had my usual Manhattan with Angel's Envy Bourbon ($25) and it was very good but compared to The Villages prices, about $10-$12 higher. I did not have an appetizer but the people who did, loved them. It was Local Shrimp and Maine Lobster Bisque, Grass Fed Lamb Chops, and Tuna and Bay Scallops Ceviche. I did not order off the Magic Dining Menu like many of the others so I was able to get one of the house specialties, the Chilean Sea Bass ($52) with Potato Bacon Pavé, Brussel Sprouts, Pine Nuts, Preserved Lemon, Caper Butter Sauce. It was excellent. I did not order a sharable side. I had a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($15). I also had the Bourbon Milk Chocolate Cake for dessert ($12.50) and a cup of Coffee ($4). Both were excellent. The service was excellent as well. Total for one person before t&t was $108.50. I truly enjoyed this restaurant and highly recommend it.
Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Ace Cafe (Orlando), 100 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-6686. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened in mid-2017. Located on Livingston, between Garland and Orange, near Exit 83A of I-4. The building actually faces N. Garland Ave. and was a machinery supply company years ago. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except to 11 PM on weekends and from 10 AM on Sunday. Sunday Brunch (A-U-C-E or A-LA-CARTE) runs 10 AM to 2 PM. This modern multi-level diner has an industrial feel and caters to car and bike enthusiasts with parking lot scheduled events inviting Antiques, Hot Rods, Trucks, Vans, Smart Cars, Jeeps, Speed Vehicles, Hummers, VWs, Fords, Mopar, Corvettes, Civics, Porches, Teslas and of course Thursday's Biker Nite. "Hand crafted grub" is proclaimed. You'll find Burger Sliders, BBQ Sandwiches, Wings, Shrimp, Empanadas, Pork Tacos and Fish Tacos for starters. For entrées they serve multiple Burgers and Sandwiches plus, at dinner, Shrimp Scampi, Meatloaf, Chicken, Haddock and Sirloin Steak. They also have Fish & Chips. Kids Menu available. Soups and Salads are also on the menu. Desserts include Cheesecake, Brownie Cake, Bread Pudding and Key Lime Pie. Full bar with cocktail creations, Happy Hour 4-7 PM, with lots of Beers on tap as well as Wine and Cocktail List. Coffee and Ice Cream Bar and a Shake menus too. Special prices during off days. Frequent entertainment weekends. Voted "Best Happy Hour" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. This is the first of a new US chain of establishments. Licensed from the original location in London. James Foster, owner.




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




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Adega Gaúcha, 8204 Crystal Clear Lane, Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-250-4455. (Spanish) [L/D] Opened in August, 2021. Formerly Café Mineiro Brazilian Steakhouse. It's near the Florida Mall at US 441 and W. Sand Lake Rd. (CR 482). Hours are 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday for lunch, then dinner starting at 4:30 until 9 PM. Except Saturday and Sunday, Brunch is 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and dinner starting at 3:30 to 10 PM. A traditional Brazilian Steakhouse, the name means "Cowboy Winery" in Portuguese. You can have the Churrasco Experience (8 meats) or the Full Experience (12 meats) at, which also includes Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Beef Ribs and Lamb Chops and 3 side dishes. You can also order regular meals like Chicken Breast, Lamb Chops, Salmon, Picanha, Fish du Jour, 10 oz. Filet Mignon or the Gourmet Dinner. They also have appetizers like Crab Meat Cocktail, Grilled Bacon or Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. At lunch the Full Experience is less than dinner and at Brunch it's less too but menu meals are the same price as at dinner time. Desserts are extra, like Caramel Flan and Lava Cake. Kids menu available. They have a bar food menu ranging in price. Full bar here. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Happy Hour, at the bar only, is 4:00-6:30 PM, weekdays only. Reservations online via Open Table and by phone accepted. (Jean) Ricardo Oliveira and Fabiano Borsato, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro, 4300 South Hwy. 27, Clermont, FL. 36.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-243-8988. (Asian) [L/D] Located on US 27 just south of Clermont. Open at 11 AM daily except 1 PM on Sunday. Offers traditional Japanese Sushi plus items from Korea, Thailand, Singapore and China like S&S Chicken, Teriyaki, Crispy Beef, Shrimp Silken Cream Sauce, Basil Filet Mignon, Lemon Grass Chicken, Kalbee and Honey Garlic Chicken. Double Oriental Wonder is a specialty. Beer and wine available. Reservations accepted. 2009 winner for "Best Chinese Restaurant" in Lake County by Lake Magazine. Chi Tai, owner.




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




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

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12½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Amelia's, 235 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 62.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-373-1919. (Italian) [L/D] Located in the Sun Center but directly behind the Hippodrome Theater in the historic district. Perfect location for dinner before or after the theater or movie. Fine Italian cuisine with influences from Florence served by knowledgeable wait staff in a cozy dining room. Chicken, Veal and Fish entrées prepared in the Continental style such as Pollo Marsala, Pollo Inverno with artichokes and white wine, Vitello Francese with lemon and butter, Vitello Sorrentino with eggplant and prosciutto, Snapper Napoli with garlic and Grouper Mugnala with olives, capers and white wine. Northern Italian specialties also featured. Main courses range from Pasta dishes, to Veal, to Seafood and Beef Combinations. A few specials are prepared every day to keep the menu new, like Salmon Andaluccia. Specialty desserts are offered too like Cannolis and Tiramisu. Casual attire acceptable. Reservations online via Open Table and by phone accepted. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Full bar. Varied wine list. Free parking one block east off SE 2nd St. and SE 4th Ave. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Andy Fass, chef and owner.


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

Review: (from Neal P. 12/21) We had a party of 8. There were no menus available and had to use our phone to scan a QR code. This was an issue for a couple of guests because they did not have phones with them. My wife had the Chicken Marsala and needed a steak knife to cut it and I had Chicken Francese and the Chicken was rubbery. The Pasta was undercooked (not al dente). For dessert, my wife had the Pistachio Tartufo and I had the Raspberry Bomb both of which were excellent. The total bill was $61 before t&t. (A tip of 20% was added to each bill because we were a group of 8.)
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi American Social Bar & Kitchen (Orlando), 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-454-9992. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened August, 2019, where Bar Louie was located. It's on "Restaurant Row" at Turkey Lake Rd. behind Chick-fil-A in the Rialto Plaza. Open from 11:30 AM to 11 PM daily but from 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch served 11-2 on Saturday. Small chain of Florida Kitchen/Bar, also known as "AMSO" serving an eclectic menu. Large open area with tables and large circular booths. For dinner they offer "Social Bites", like Deviled Eggs, Pretzels, Avocado Toast with Egg, Black Truffle Garlic Fries and Goat Cheese Croquettes. Small Plates like Mac & Cheese, Chicken Quesadilla, Ropa Vieja Tacos and Crab Cakes are just a few on the list. Large Plates like Guava BBQ Chicken, Grilled Mahi, Cedar Plank Salmon and Steak Frites make a whole meal with the accompanying sides. Soups and Salads are on the menu. Sandwiches, like a Steak Sammy are available. East Coast Oysters are ½doz. or doz. West Coast Oysters are more. Peal and Eat Shrimp are offered by ½lb. and lb. A giant Seafood Platter with a 1 lb. Maine Lobster, 1 lb. P&E Shrimp and 6 each, East and West Coast Oysters and more at one price. Happy Hour (M-F: 4-7 PM and after 10 PM) has food items on it and reduced drink prices as well, like ½ off Wine. An "In & Out Lunch" is offered weekdays. Reservations accepted by phone or online via Open Table. John Thomas, chef; Richard Rubits, general manager. Other locations are in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa.


Review: (from Rich C. 9/21) Coming back from the airport so we thought we'd try this new ;arge place. Large open area and big round booths along the wall. Brian was our friendly waiter. My better half had to have a Peanut Butter and Jelly Bourbon Old Fashion ($13). Very cute presentation with a Mini PB&J Sandwich on the tooth pick. I had a Blue Moon draft ($6). She had her favorite food, Mac 'n Cheese ($12.50) and I had the St. Louis Ribs on top of Cole Slaw ($14). She enjoyed her Mac 'n Cheese, I thought it was ordinary. She took home half, since it was a huge portion. She even fell asleep in the car on the way home! My Ribs were just OK. Not much meat. I've had better. Total before t&t was $45. Would not hurry back here but it was OK overall.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 12/21) This was our second choice for dinner in Orlando which turned out to be most pleasant. Sat at the bar to watch end of Kansas Jayhawks basketball game and enjoyed great craft beer selections. Partner's entreé was the Social Smash Burger served on a bed of Lettuce and Fries. My selection was Ribeye Sandwich with Truffle Fries - delicious! Server was attentive and courteous, food delivered hot and quickly. Total including 2 adult beverages was $52 before t&t. Very enjoyable and pleasant find. Would return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Amore Italian Ristorante, 2608 S. US 27, Suite 100, Clermont, FL. 34.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-227-2003. (Italian) [L/D] Opened August, 2022. Located about 1 mile south of SR 50 on US 27, near the Hope Center. Offers fine Italian dining in a warm clubby atmosphere on comfortable upholstered chairs. The menu is Pasta focused and the food is artfully presented. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends, but closed on Monday. Start with Calamari, Pizza Bruschetta, Shrimp Mediterrano, Fried Mozzarella, Meat Balls, Mussels, Clams or an Antipasti. A few Salads and Soups are available. Many Pasta dishes are offered with sauces like Bolognese, Marinara, Garlic and Oil, Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Alla Vodka or with Meatballs or Sausage. They make Baked Pasta dishes too, like Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Beef Cannelloni and a Taste of Italy Combo. 3 styles of Ravioli are on the menu, as well as 4 styles of Chicken. Grilled items include NY Strip Steak, a Ribeye, Grilled Fish du Jour and even Lamb Chops. Eggplant, Risotto, Pizza and Calzones are popular too. Shrimp Scampi, Fra Diavolo and Shrimp Adriatic are offered as are Mussels Pomodoro, Salmon Capri and a Seafood Medley. Kids menu available. Desserts include the usual Tiramisu, Cannoli, Cheesecake, Gelato and more French style Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Mousse. Special Valentine's Day menu offered. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. A lunch menu is offered with Paninis and Subs. Beer and wine licensed. Alda and Julian Serjani, chef and owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Amura Japanese (Steak & Sushi) Restaurant, 7786 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-0007. (Asian) [L/D] Opened January, 2019. Also known as Amura Sushi. Right on "Restaurant Row" near Dr. Phillips Blvd., behind Panera Bread. Open daily from 11:30 AM, Sunday from Noon but Saturday only from 5:00 PM. Closed between 3 and 5 PM for a break, except on Sunday. Nicely decorated, popular restaurant with innovative presentation of food here. Plenty of Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls to order from, like California Roll, Tuna Roll, Godzilla Roll, Bubba Roll, Volcano Roll and Red Tuna Tataki Plate. Also Teppanyaki tables for 4, 6, 8 or 10 patrons. Full bar with specialty cocktails. Large Saki and Wine list. Happy Hour 5-7 PM. Full lunches are offered. Reservations accepteded. Dong Shin and Jung Lee, owners. Other locations are in Lake Mary and downtown.




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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Angelo's Pizzeria & Ristorante (Inverness), 301 W. Main St., Inverness, FL. 30.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-0056. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located in the attractive white building on the SW corner of Main St. (SR44) and Seminole Ave. Open daily at 11 AM. They feature Pizzas, like the Super Supreme, Stuffed, Hawaiian, Carnivore Supreme, Sicilian, Bianco and the traditional New York City Style. Pizza Dough Rollos are their specialty like Sausage, Eggplant Parm. and Chicken Cutlet. You can find Lunch Baskets on their menu too, like Cod Fingers, Popcorn Shrimp, Chicken Tenders, Fried Calamari and Fritto Misto. A number of Sandwiches are offered for lunch like Burgers, Patty Melts, French Dip, Tuna Melt, Grilled Chicken, BLT, Grilled Chicken Panini and a Classic Club among others. Chicken Wings are also popular with 5 sauces. Appetizers include Garlic Knots, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Ravioli, Fried Calamari and Antipasto plus Angel Wings. You can find New York Cheese Steak, NY Strip Steak and Surf 'n Turf on the list. You will also find Tilapia Piccata, Stuffed Tilapia, Shrimp Scampi, Salmon Filet, and other seafood items. Baked Ziti or Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meat Balls, Penne with Sausage, Penne alla Vodka, Pomodoro Milanese, Chicken Alfredo, Lasagna and other pasta dishes are offered too. Early Bird and Sunday Lunch Specials served 11 AM - 5 PM Sundays and 3-5 PM all other days, include Penne Primavera, Baked Ravioli, Zucchini Parmigiana, Tilapia Piccata, Cod Fingers, Linguine with Clam Sauce or Meatball and Sausage, Eggplant or Chicken Parm., Chicken Francese, and an 8 oz. NY Strip. Desserts include Cheesecake, Cannoli and Tiramisu. Full bar. Reservations accepted by phone. Angelo and Karen Rizzolo, owners here and at their Crystal River location.


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



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Anna's Polish Restaurant, 3586 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL. 63.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-657-0020. (Continental) (Eastern European) [D] Located about 3 miles east of downtown on CR 426, in the Winter Park Commerce Center Shopping Plaza, at the end of the building. Open from 4:30 to 9 PM weekdays except Monday and from 12 noon to 10 PM on Friday, Saturday and to only 8 PM on Sunday. Family owned business that opened in April, 2010. Authentic Polish meals served in a casual but lovely atmosphere. For appetizers, start with Pierogies, Potato Pancakes or Stuffed Cabbage. A combination appetizer including Sausage, Pierogies and Pancakes is available. Soups include a popular Red Borsch or White Borsch. For main dishes they feature Potato Pancakes, Pierogies, Hunter's Stew and Stuffed Cabbage (Golabki). Also, Beef Goulash, Pork Schnitzel, Silesian Dumplings with Pork, Cracovia Chicken Cutlet and Gypsy (Beef Filled) Potato Pancake are offered. The menu also has a Kielbasa Platter and a large Polish Platter Combination. Dinner salad is extra. A few side dishes like Finger Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Cabbage with Bacon and Dill are offered. Lunch items include a Cutlet Sandwich, Reuben, Chicken Sandwich or Kielbasa. Polish desserts are not forgotten with Apple Strudel, Nalesniki (Crepes) and Pychotka (Walnut Cake). Zywiec, Okocim Polish beers plus domestics and a few wines are offered also. Specials on Tuesday and Wednesday like 1/2 off your second entrée may be available. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. Anna Eaves, chef and owner.


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



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

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13 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Antonio's Made in Italy Italian Restaurant, 22050 N. US 441, McIntosh, FL. 42.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-591-4141. (Italian) [L/D] Located just one mile north of the town of McIntosh, on the way to Micanopy in the Heritage Village. Formerly Roberto's Italian Eatery by the same owner. Opened in September, 2013. Hours are Noon to 9 PM, five days per week; closed on Monday and Tuesdays. Full linen service here. Start with an Antipasti like Clams & Mussels Alla Diavola, Cheese Burrata is the house specialty, Napolitano Caprese Salad or Shrimp Scampi. Pasta dishes start with Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, Penne Siciliana, Spaghetti Carbonara, Capellini Toscana or Gnocchis in a Butter Sauce. You can add Meatballs, Chicken or Shrimp to many of them. Gluten-free Pasta is available at extra charge. Chicken dishes include Parmigiana, Marsala and Saltimbocca. Veal is available too, including Marsala, Parmigiana, Saltimbocca as well as a Stuffed Veal Chop at Market Price. For seafood, they offer Cheese Ravioli and Shrimp, Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels, Salmon with Gorgonzola, Fettuccine Pescatori with Shrimp, Mussels, Clams and Calamari and a Grilled Swordfish at Market Price. Dessert is not forgotten with Cannolis, Tiramisu and Molten Lava Cake. Children's menu available. Now, full bar licensed. 2 for 1 Happy Hour on house wine and domestic beers before 6 PM. Bottled whites run $25 and bottled reds run $25-35. Italian Sodas and Cappuccino and Espresso offered too. Homemade Limoncello is offered and also sold by half bottle. Reservations accepted and required on weekends. Starting 2021, 18% gratuity added to ALL bills. Antonio Mazzella, of Ponza, Italy (former chef of Mom and Dad's in Lady Lake), owner.


Older Review: (from Sharon B. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cheryl L. 4/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 6/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 10/18) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/21) Our friend's birthday and we treated them to dinner up here (65 minute drive up US 441). We had reservations and were seated in the corner table (#11). On a Friday night it was fairly busy. Fred was our server. We started with cocktails: 2 Dewars ($7 each), a "Well" Manhattan ($13) and a Lemon Drop Martini ($13). Seems funny that you ask for "Well" but a "Call" shows up on your bill! We all split the Mozzarella Buratta ($13). It was excellent. A small sign on each table notified you that 18% gratuity will now be added to EVERY BILL. The specials were announced without prices. So we passed. The meals we ordered were Chicken Saltimbocca with a Caesar Salad ($23.50), Salmon Gorgonzola with a Gorgonzola/Walnut Salad ($28.50 + $2.50 Salad up-charge), Pasta with 2 Large Meatballs and a House Salad ($20) and my Veal Piccata with Gorgonzola/Walnut Salad ($23.50 + $2.50 Salad up-charge). We were never told that some Salads had an up-charge. I've had better Veal in other places. Portion was small. The Bread was warm but we all noticed that the crust was stale and hard. For dinner we ordered the Mettler Family Lodi Zin ($42). Good wine. The girls ordered a Limoncello Cake ($6.50) and a Bourbon Pecan Pie ($7.50). It wasn't until the desserts arrived that Fred said the "Birthday Person" can have a complimentary Cannoli. The desserts were good but the Cannoli was just OK. A good meal but many unexpected charges on our bill soured my enjoyment. Fred was a good server so we added a little more to his standard 18% tip. So our bill before any t&t was $210. Because of up-charge surprises, Value is rated only a 3.
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Antonio's Ristorante (Upstairs), 611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 63.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-5523. (Italian) [L/D] Northern and coastal Italian creations since 1990. Open 11:30 AM to 2 PM weekdays for lunch, then 5 PM to 10 PM daily for dinner, except closed Sunday. Located on US 17/92 at S. Maitland Ave. The dining room is upstairs from the Market and Café and overlooks Lake Lily. Romantic setting. Appetizers include Bruschetta Romana, Stuffed Mushrooms, Fried Calamari, Beef Carpaccio, Antipasto, Buffalo Caprese, Mussels au Gratin and Crab Cakes. Pasta dishes include Potato Gnocchi, Pappardelle with Meat Sauce, Eggplant Involtini, Rigatoni with Chicken, Capellini d'Angelo, Spinach & Cheese Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo, Penne with Hot Sausage, Pappardelle with Salmon, Linguine with Clams and Lobster Ravioli. There's also Risotto with Mushroom and Squash and Risotto with Sausage. Pollo Picatta or Parmesan or Cacciatore, and Pollo Marsala or Involtini make up the poultry dishes. Beef Short Ribs, Veal Parmesan or Picatta, Veal Marsala, Leg of Lamb, Filet Mignon or New York Strip Steak and Stuffed Veal Chop are the meat offerings. There's also Wood Grilled Salmon, Zuppa di Pesce and a Fresh Fish of the Day at Market Prices for seafood items. Side dishes like Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Green Beans, Baked Tomatoes and Mac & Cheese are extra. Lunch items are similar fare at reduced prices. Summer menu offers 3 course dinners for one price per person with limited selections. A large wine list is available with bottles ranging $18-167 per bottle. Wine by the glass range $5-12 each. Full bar also. Happy Hour at the bar, 5-7 PM daily. Reservations accepted by phone or online. 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. R. Gregory Gentile, Victor Zollo and James Oyler, owners here and at Cafe d'Antonio in Celebration (see that listing).


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



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




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


Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Armani's Restaurant, 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa, FL. 93.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-207-6800. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Closed temporarily. Call for hours. In the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel. Award winning romantic Italian dining room with panoramic views of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Airport. The antipasti bar is well known. Veal entrées are the signature of the house. Main dishes offered like Chicken Piccata to Osso Buco. Pan seared Black Angus Filet, Wild Boar, Sautéed Dover Sole and Roast Rack of Lamb are also on the menu. Full bar and extensive wine list. Online or phone reservations suggested. Dressy casual. Frequent entertainment. Validated valet parking. Patrick Rene Schaefer, executive chef.




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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Free WiFi Artisan's Table, 55 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-730-7499. (American) (Vegetarian) [B/L/D] In business since March, 2014. Open from 10 AM weekdays, from 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Closes at 10 PM or later on weekends. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Best described as a Gastro Pub, with a few meatless dishes. The creative chef changes the menu at whim. Let's take the appetizers; you might find Vegetable Hush Puppies, Fried Chick Peas, Ham, Peach & Brie Quesadilla, Baked Feta or Fried Green and Yellow Tomatoes being offered. Soup of the Day is offered. Main dishes include the Artisan Burger, Jerk Chicken, Seafood Arabiatta, Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon, Chipotle BBQ Lamb Shark, Seared Duck Breast and a New York Strip Steak. You can add a Salad or explore others. For dessert, indulge it Gelato, Sorbet, Hazelnut Affogato or Fruit Cobbler. Full bar with specialties like The Stalker, El Chupacabra, Shotgun Wedding and The Capybara. Wine List shows wines ranging $8-13 by the glass and $32-100 by the bottle. Beer List includes Funky Buddha and Goose Island Belgian Sour Ale. Drafts include Cigar City Jai Alai IPA. Lattes also created like Mexican Mocha. Breakfast and lunch items just as creative and seasonal. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Scott Copeland, chef; Troy Lee Kaleel, owner.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Artistry Restaurant - "Winter Park", 500 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located at the south end of S. Park Ave., in the art-deco building on the corner of E. Comstock Ave. A new concept restaurant, yet unnamed, in a 6,700 sq. ft. location (formerly Monark Premium Appliances), serving polished casual food in a relaxed atmosphere. Cocktail Lounge, large Dining Room and Outdoor Patio, plus an event space are planned. Beef and Seafood will dominate the menu. Opening date is expected in late 2023. Artistry Restaurants of Winter Park, owners here and 5 other brands in Florida, including Boca (see that listing).



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Ataj Indian Restaurant, 2901 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee, FL. 65.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-507-0072. (Indian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Located off Bronson Memorial Hwy. US 193, near exit #65 of I-4. Open daily 11:30 AM to 3 PM for lunch and 5-10:30 PM for dinner. "A Taste of India" proclaimed. Nicely appointed dining room with dark wood tables. They offer a lunch buffet on weekdays but higher, Friday through Sunday until 3 PM. For dinner appetizers they offer a dozen items like Vegetable Samosa, Chicken Chili, Chicken Pakora and Lasoni Gobi and Colombi Ashari. A dozen Chicken entrées are offered, like Chicken Madras and Chicken Jalfrezi. A dozen Lamb enrtées are on the menu, like Lamb Korma and Lamb Boti Kabab, with Lamb Chop Masala. The Seafood items, like Fish Vindaloo and Goan Shrimp Curry are also offered. Biryani items, like Lamb, Shrimp or Chicken are available. Then there's 10 Tandoori oven items, like Tandoori Salmon and Seekh Kabab. A dozen Vegetarian items can be had. Various Naan Breads and Aloo Paratha Bread are offered too. Desserts include Pistachio Kulfi and Gulab Jamun and others. Beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted by phone or online via Open Table. Houda Nor, owner.


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Aurora (at the Celeste), 4105 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL. 68.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-207-4700. (American) [B/L/D] Opened in October, 2020. Located in the new Celeste Hotel in the Waterford Lakes region of Orlando, near the UCF Campus. Very attractive contemporary décor with views to the patio. Airy dining room with tables and booths illuminated by dozens of hanging bulbs at night. Open 7 AM through 10 PM daily, later on weekends. They are into "Shareables" like Truffle Fries, Wagyu Beef Sliders, BBQ Kettle Chips, Parmesan Truffle Arancini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Alligator Empanadas, Chili Glazed Duck Wings, Celeste Crab Cake, and Seared Scallop. Not willing to share? They have full meals like Root Veggie Pavé, Black Garlic Pappardelle with Chicken, Pork Tenderloin, Wild Prawns & Grits, Grilled Salmon, and Marinated Stip Steak. All come with a side dish. For lighter meals they offer Chicken Sandwich, Burgers, BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, and Steak & Cheese. Salads are extra with Chicken, Salmon Steak added. For dessert they have Key Lime Pie, Coconut Rice Pudding, and Warm Bread Pudding. Or go for the Supernova. Special menu for Mother's Day. Outdoor seating available. Full bar with craft cocktails available. Wine by the glass or $34-167/bottle. Happy Hour runs daily 4-6 PM with well drinks, Beer, and Craft Coctails or Wine by the glass reduced. A 3 Wine HH Flight is offered. Reservations are accepted by phone or online via Open Table. Mike Trudnak, executive chef; hotel owned.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs AVA MediterrAegean (Restaurant), 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-794-9896. (Continental) (Greek) [D] Opened on February 4, 2022. Located where Luma On Park did business for many years. Just what Winter Park craves. Hours are dinner only 5-11 PM daily, except closed Monday and Tuesday. The Lounge is open to members only to 1 AM. It features cuisine from the European countries on the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Casual elegance is the décor. The philosophie is to slow down and enjoy the ride while dining with friends. Appetizers include Marinated Olives, Hummas, Eggplant Caviar, Spanakopita, Potato Millefeuille, Crispy Zucchini, Keftedes Meatballs and Greek Spreads. Other starters include Flambéed Grilled Haloumi, Gemistes Vegetables, Beef Carpaccio and Truffle Pizza. Mediterr-Agean Rolls are Tabbouleh, Salmon or Spicy Tuna. For main dishes from the seas they offer Seafood Orzo, Grilled Octopus, King Salmon, Psarosoupa [Greek Bouillabaisse], Grilled Maine Lobster and a Spetsiota-Style Baked, Grilled or Salt Crusted Fish. For dishes from the land they offer Chicken Tagine, 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Duo of New Zealand Lamb and an 18 oz. Rib Eye. A-la-catre additions might be Sautéed Xorta [Greens], Byaldi [Vegetable Casserole], Sautéed Broccolini, Tabbouleh, Grilled Fennel or Crispy Marble Potatoes. A Garden or Greek Salad can also be added. They also offer a Raw Bar of items like Oysters, Ora King Salmon Tartare, Tuna Crudo, Maine Lobster Ceviche, Whole Dorade Sashimi or splurge with a Seafood Tower of Oysters, King Crab, Lobster, Uni, Langoustine, Salmon and Smoked Scallops. For dessert you can enjoy Sorbet, Ice Cream, Mille Feuille Tart, Yogurt & Figs or Chocolate Fondant. Coffee, Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso and a wide variety of Teas offered. Full Bar with specialty cocktails like Onassis Old Fashioned is available. Many Wines by the glass run $13-36 each, but most are $14-20/glass. A large selection of French White Wines run $90-1,000/btl. Domaine Leflaive Grand Cru White Burgundy [aka Chardonnay] comes in at $3,000/btl. French Red Wines run $80-1,000/btl. with a Domaine de La Romanée Conti, Grand Cru Red Burgundy [aka Pinot Noir] comes in at $7,000/btl. Stock may be limited! Greek ($60-130/btl.), Italian ($75-750/btl.) and Spanish ($75-1,400/btl.) Wines are on the list too. Domestic choices usually run $80-2,500/btl. with a 2012 "The Dom" Bubbly at $550/btl. and well-known Opus One at $1,000/btl. You certainly have choices here. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Reservations, highly advised, taken by phone or online. Members have priority. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. Acclaimed, Keith Bombaugh, executive chef; MILA Group of Miami, owners.




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Long Gone - Yardarm Restaurant (1967)
First owned by Dave Stewart and Dr. Donald Vesley.
The warm nautical atmosphere and breathtaking scenery make the Yardarm ... a wonderful experience in dining.
Nestled along the Homosassa River, the Yardarm is just a few minutes drive from US 19 or a step from your boat.

Located at 5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, Florida.
The restaurant was located above the Bait Shop!

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Video Video BACÁN, 6100 Wave Hotel Drive, Orlando, FL. 67.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-675-2000. (Continental) (Spanish) [D] Quietly opened December, 2021. Pronounce "bah-KAHN", meaning "awesome". Located in the new and distinctive Lake Nona Wave Hotel. Warm wood walls accented by royal blue fabrics with a trendy theater-style kitchen, the 154-seat, 2,800 sq.ft. venue has a unique ambiance with eclectic influences, just like the shape of the hotel it's in. Dinner only. The cuisine is continental but with a decidedly South American accent. Hours are 6-10 PM, Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 PM on weekends. A place to splurge. Start with warm appetizers like Grilled Sweet Corn Ribs, Charred Baby Leek, Pork Belly with Kale and Mint, Smoked Scallops a la Plancha, Octopus with Argentinian Chimichurri, or cold ones like Steak Tartare, Lobster Tacos or Ceviche-Style Hamachi. You'll find main dishes like Grilled Baby Eggplant, Duck Breast, Grilled Short Ribs, Branzino a la Plancha or Poached Halibut on the menu. You can also expect to find a 12 oz. Duroc Pork Chop, 8 oz. Hanger Steak, 14 oz. NY Strip Loin or the 12 oz. Bone-In Filet. Other items include Bacán Burger, Roasted Florida Fish du Jour and Truffle Chicken 2 Ways. Salads are also available like Heirloom Tomatoes, Kale and Lime Salad or Kalera Baby Greens. After dinner enjoy sweets like Tres Leches Cake, Banana Cream Tarte, Pavloa [Coconut Ice Cream with Caramelized Pineapple] and Esfera de Chocolate. Full bar and Wine List. Whites run $48/btl. (Pinot Grigio) to $130/btl. (Calif. Sauv-Blanc) and Reds $45/btl. (Lambrusco) to $240/btl. (Caymus Cab-Sauv). Craft Coctails ($15-20) are very original, like the Smoked Don Juan, Parcha Sour, Guava Ginen, Cafecito and Above The Clouds. Smart casual attire requested. Watch for "Rosie", the Hotel Robot Waitress. Some outdoor seating available. Reservations are required. Charged Valet Parking too. Reservations online via Open Table or by phone are required. Guillaume Robin, Executive Chef; hotel owned.




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14 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Back Room Steakhouse, 1418 Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL. 40.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-880-7832. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] In business since 2012. Located about 2 miles north of US 441, near CR 435 and Welch Rd. next to Beef O'Brady's. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 4:30-10 PM, Friday and Saturday, 4:30-11 PM and Sunday 4-9 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Polished tables with linen napkins in a casual wood panelled setting. Specializes in Black Angus aged Steaks. 10 or 14 oz. New York Strip, 16 oz. Boneless Ribeye, 8 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon and a 24 oz. Porthouse are their features. Sunday brings 10 oz. or 14 oz. Prime Rib to the menu. A ½ lb. Burger is also offered. Dinners come with two side dishes. You can also get a Roasted Vegetable Dinner, Grilled Chicken, Herb-Crusted Pork Chop, North Atlantic Salmon, Braised Australian Lamb Chop and Chilean Sea Bass. Pasta dishes are also on the menu. A number of appetizers are also offered. Desserts like Salted Caramel Panna Cotta, NY Style Cheesecake and Chocolate Ganache Layer Cake are available. Full bar with specialty cocktails. A wide variety of wine pours by the glass or bottle. There are premium wines that run $33-130/Bottle plus Craft Beers also. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. for your own wine. Reservations accepted and advised by phone or online via Open Table. Brent Johnson, chef; Ed Conlan, owner here and Beef O' Brady's next door.


Older Review: (from Lori S. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/20) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Peter S. 9/22) This was for Magical Dining for 4. For appetizers we had Coconut Shrimp and Artichoke Dip. The lady’s really enjoyed the Dip. For entrées I had Strip Steak that was cooked just right and was very juicy and flavorful. Everyone else had the Salmon which they said was good. The desserts were nothing special. Just ordinary Cheesecake and the Chocolate Volcano Cake the was just Triple Chocolate Cake. It was a little dry. 20% tip was added automatically. The total cost with tip was $220 which included 2 glasses of Wine, 1 Soft Drink.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Ramon's Restaurant (circa 1960s), "The Toast of the Coast".
"Our All American Space Team - The Seven Astronauts".
First owned by Don & Allene Holt, then by Ronnie & Bernice Porter.
Former employees and patrons still have an annual reunion.
It specialized in Prime Rib and "Caesar Salad Supreme".
Located at SR A1A and SR 520 Causeway, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Altamonte Springs), 499 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. 49.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-831-2929. (Caribbean) (Seafood) [L/D] Located in front of the Altamonte Mall at SR 436 and Palm Springs Dr., 1 mile east of Exit #92 of I-4. Opens at 11 AM daily. Just as much a drinking establishment as a dining venue, this chain of "Island Grilles" focuses on Caribbean cuisine and tropical drinks. Their best known elixirs are the Dark 'n Stormy (Rum and Ginger Beer), the Zombie (Meyer's Rum and Peach Schnapps), the Goombay Smash (Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, Meyer's Dark Rum and fruit juices) and the Painkiller (Pusser's Dark Rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice). The food items are just as tempting but Mexican influenced flavors have crept into the blend in recent years. A variety of Tacos, Quesadillas, Empanadas, Tostones and American Style Chicken Wings, now join Coconut Shrimp Crab Stack, Yuca Fries and Jerk Chicken for appitizers. Entrées include Coconut Shrimp, Lobster and Shrimp Linguine, Seafood Paella, Key West Shrimp & Grits, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Marinated Ribeye Steak, Cuban Skirt Steak, plus Salmon, Tilapia, Covina or Tuna in 5 different styles. Lunch items include Burgers, Rice Bowls, Salads and Soups. For dessert they have Banana Nut Bread, Leche Cheesecake, Coconut Pineapple Cake and Key Lime Pie. Kid's menu available. Caribbean musical entertainment nightly from 5 PM. Reggae Party every Sunday 5-9 PM. Happy Hour (4-6 PM) and full bar, obviously. Voted 2015 "Best Caribbean" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of 37 locations nationwide, with 12 others in Florida, owned by Darden Restaurants.




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




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Bangkok Square, 6500 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL. 62.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-375-4488. (Asian) [L/D] Located about 1 mile west of I-75 Exit 384 on SR 24 in the Kanapaha Station Shopping Plaza. Started in business February of 2014. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM, except opens at noon on weekends. Authentic Thai food in an upscale, tastfully decorated, dining room with comfortable furnishings. The extensive menu is divided into Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Noodles and Rice, Traditional Thai Dishes Sautéed or Curried, Signature Dishes, and of course, Dessert. You may start with Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, Beef Sa-Teh, Steamed Dumplings, Crab Rangoon, Curry Puffs, Crispy Tofu and Pot Stickers. There's also Fried Squid or Shrimp and an Appetizer Sampler. For Soups they offer Wonton, Vegetable, Seaweed, Crabmeat and a Seafood mix of Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels and Squid. Other Soups include Tom Kha (Coconut Soup) and Tom Yum (Hot & Sour) at varying prices. Large Salads include Nam (Ginger Pork), Larb Gai (Lime Chicken), Yum Tofu or Squid, Yum Beef, Woonsen or Duck and Yum Seafood. For Thai entrée bases they have Chicken, Pork, Tofu or Veggie, Beef, Shrimp or Squid, Chicken & Shrimp, Scallops or Seafood and Crispy Duck. These can be sautéed 11 different ways from mild to spicy or with 6 different curries. The menu indicates Mild, Medium or Hot spiceiness. The signature specialty list has Crispy Eggplant, Sizzling Chicken or Beef, Bangkok Fried Rice, Frog Legs, Tornado Shrimp, Siam Chicken or Shrimp, Shrimp & Chicken Penang, Bangkok Duck and a Snapper Lad Prig (Deep Fried) at market prices. The popular Pad Thai dishes are listed under Noodles and include Chicken, Pork, Veggie or Tofu Pad Thais, Beef, Shrimp or Squid Pad Thais, Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai, Scallops or Seafood Pad Thai and Crispy Duck Pad Thai. Besides Pad Thai, these can also be prepared Pad Ba Mee (with Egg Noodles), Pad Kee Mao (with Drunken Noodles), Pad See Ew (with Rice Noodles and Veggies), Pad Woonsen (with Brown Sauce), plus Lad Nar (with Thai Gravy). If Noodles don't excite you you can have the above prepared as a Fried Rice, Pinapple Rice or Spicy Basil Rice. The combinations seem endless but the menu is very well layed out. Desserts range from Coconut Ice Cream, Lychees, Crispy Chips, Thai Donuts, Crunchy Bananas and Sticky Rice with Thai Custard. Macrobiotic food is also on the menu, like Sautéed Fish Filet with Ginger and Mushrooms. Lunch items are genearally less than dinner prices and end at 3 PM. The restaurant also hosts a Sushi Bar ranging from the usual Tuna, Escolar and Yellow Tail, to the more exotic Conch, Salmon Roe and Sea Urchin. Rolled Sushi available, while Specialty Rolls are offered too. A whole Sashimi Dinner is available and includes 20 pieces plus Steamed Rice. They'll make you a "Love Boat" to share at one price per couple. Beer and wine licensed. Thai Tea and Coffee avaialbe too. Reservations accepted. Phira Kiatwitt, Sukanda and Achanee Preechachaow, (former owners of Thai Ruby - Tampa, The Villages and Ocala), owners here.


Review: (from Jackie N. 3/23) Looking for a quick lunch before shopping in Gainesville, we chose Bangkok Square as it is just a few minutes from the I-75 exit and Trader Joes Shopping Center. I enjoyed the Crispy Duck with the apropos named Amazing Sauce (peanut sauce with coconut milk) served with Mixed Vegetables and Rice for $15. The Duck deboned and served in strips was done perfectly. My husband liked the Pork Pad Thai for $10. Both dishes came with a cup of Soup and a Veggie Egg Roll. The waitress gave us 2 small cups of delicious Coconut Ice Cream when giving us the bill. As we only had water to drink, our bill was $25 +t&t. We have a few favorite restaurants in Gainesville and have put this one at the top of our list. It's worth the 75 minute drive to get really good Thai food.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Morrison's Cafeteria (circa 1948),
Located next to the Empire Hotel near Orange Ave.
Famous for their Fried Chicken. Demolished in 1980. Now a parking garage.
8 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Barrels and Boards, 7965 SR 50 (Broad St.) Suite 500, Groveland, FL. 31.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-557-5007. (Brew Pub) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened in October, 2021. Located facing CR 565A at SR 50 next to Great Clips, 2 miles east of Groveland center in the Eagle Ridge Shoppes Plaza. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM, but to midnight weekends and closed on Sunday and Monday. Plain interior, fun atmosphere. Serves higher end Wine and 3 dozen Craft Beers. For food they offer Smoked Fish Dip, Tortilla Dips and Charcuterie Boards ranging in price. They also make Sandwiches like Turkey, Chicken, Ham, Roast Beef, Pizza Sub and Italian. You can also "Build Your Own" at the same price. Fruit Bowls are available too. Kids menu offered also. Frequent entertainment keeps the place busy with Tuesday Family Music Bingo, Wednesday or Saturday Karaoke, Thursday Trivia and weekend musical entertainment. Beer and wine licensed. Some outdoor seating available. Scott and Suzanne Powers, owners.




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




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Bay Street Bistro, 211 E. Bay St., Lakeland, FL. 71.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-683-4229. (French) (Italian) [D] Opened in July, 2015. Located downtown about two blocks north of Munn Park between Tennessee and Kentucky Avenues in the Studebaker Building. Open 5-9 PM, Tuesday through Saturday only. Full linen service. Quaint quiet bistro serving American, French and Italian semi-a-la-carte dishes. For appetizers you'll find Escargot, Bruschetta, Stuffed Portobello, Eggplant Rolletini and Baked Brie. They also have Mussels ala Crème. Soups include Tomato Bisque and Soup du Jour. For salads they offer House or Caesar and Poached Pear or Caprese. For seafood they have Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp and Capellini, Blue Crab and Salmon Cakes, Wild Salmon, Black Grouper, Sea Scallops, Chilean Sea Bass and Seafood Vol-Au-Vent. For landside items they offer Herb Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Roast Duck Grand Marnier® or Confit, Pork Shank Osso Bucco, Filet Mignon, Beef Wellington, a 20 oz. Prime RibEye, Rack of Lamb and Veal Chop Marsala. All entrées come with Soup or Salad, a Starch and a Vegetable. Vegetarian items include Melanzane Primo or Pasta Primavera and come with a House Salad. Desserts du Jour offered daily. Beer and wine licensed. A large Wine List shows Chardonnays, Sauv. Blancs, Pinot Grigios, Pinot Noirs, Merlots, Cabernets, Red Blends and other noted imports. Outdoor seating available. Reservations are accepted by phone or online via Open Table and recommended on weekends. James Rawlins and Charles Mondale, owners.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Beach Ocala, 13201 W. Hwy. 326, Ocala, FL. 40.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-351-0371. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened in 2012. Located between the burgs of Fellowship and Morriston, on the way to Williston, near the junction of Old Blitchton Rd. (N. US 27) and CR 326, the building faces US 27. Open daily 11:30 AM to 2 AM. Offers the usual Pub Grub of Burgers, Wings, Tacos and other items in a beach house atmosphere complete with a sand beach (but no water). You can find Maryland Crab Dip, a Ribeye Philly, Chicken Tenders, Beer Battered Cod, Quesadillas, Cuban Sandwiches, Asian Chicken Salad, Calamari, Shrimp Salad and Paninis. Most items are moderately priced. Lunch Specials weekdays. Full bar with lots of tropical drink choices, Tequila, Margaritas and cold beer. Orange Crush cocktails are popular here. Bingo, Trivia, Karaoke, DJ and musical entertainment throughout the week. Popular with bikers and equestrian types. Outdoor seating and porch setting available. Mary Self, owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 3/21) Never been here before. At 3 PM on a Saturday there was only one table open. The owner's son, the bartender, waited and entertained us. We both had a French Dip Panini ($9 each). She had a Lemon Drop Martini (2@$6) and I had 1 Bourbon Manhattan ($7). $2 extra for Hand Cut Fries. Food was OK. Total was $33 before t&t.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Bella Italia Ristorante, 13848 Tilden Rd., Suite #192, Winter Garden , FL. 46.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-347-3277. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] In business since June, 2016. Located 1 mile south of CR 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway) Exit #19, off Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Warmly decorated, comfortable dining area serving traditional Italian cuisine but made from family recipes. Lunch served 11 AM to 3 PM; then dinner 3 PM to 9 PM daily, closes later on weekends. Appetizers include Fried Mozzarella, Meatball Parmigiana, Bruschetta, Mussels Fra Diavolo, Clams Scampi, an Italian Flatbread, Fried Lobster Ravioli, Sautéed Shrimp and, of course, Antipasti Misto. A wide variety of Pastas and Sauces are on the menu including a Garden Salad. Baked Pastas like Lasagna, Ravioli or Zitta are offered. Many Chicken or Veal dishes offered. Eggplant dishes are popular. Grilled Trout, Baked Salmon, 12 oz. New York Strip Steak and Marinated Lamb Chops are on the Specialties List. Other Seafood dishes like Seafood Risotto, Shrimp Scampi or Key Lime Grouper are available. They make Pizza too, starting at 12 inch. Strombolis and Calzones are offered. For dessert you can get a Cannoli, Cheesecake, Tiramisu Crème Brûlée or Tartufo. Soups and large Salads are available also. A lunch menu brings Hot Sandwiches. Special menus for holidays. Beer and Wine licensed. Wine by the bottle runs $28-52. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. for your own wine. Reservations by phone accepted. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating and kids menu available. Chef Leonard and Dorina Kodra, owners.




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14½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano, 13424 Summerport Village Pkwy., Windermere, FL. 48.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-656-2355. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] aka Bella Tuscany Italian Restaurant. Opened in 2015. Located at the turn of Winter Garden Vineland Rd. (CR 535) at Ficquette Rd., just south of the Windermere High School, in the Horizons West part of Orange County. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Fine dining with full linen service in booths and open tables. Start your journey with appetizers like Polpetta Napoletana [Stuffed Meatball], Bruschetta, Mozzarella, Fried Calamari, Chicken Wings, Zucchini Chips, Mussels Pomodoro, Risotto Bites, or an Antipasto or Cheese Platter. They offer 3 Flatbreads. Pasta dishes range from Spaghetti & Meatballs or Eggplant Parmesan to Blue Cheese Fiocchi [Stuffed Pasta Purses]. Pizzas come in 10 or 16 inch sizes. A 4 Seasons Large Pizza is offered. For entrées they offer Chicken or Veal Parmesan or Saltimbocca, Chicken Francese, Mushroom Raviolis, Lamb Shank, Seafood & Saffron Risotto, Grilled Salmon, Beef Short Ribs, Sicilian Snapper and Shrimp, Grilled Ribeye and Filet Mignon. You can always add Crab Legs for extra charge. Many desserts like Cannoli, Pistachio Mousse and Opera Cake are here. Kids menu available. Full bar with craft cocktails like Homemade Sangria, Watermelon Mule, Espresso Martini and Smoked Negroni. Happy Hour before 7 PM. 700 bottle Wine List runs to $800/btl. Sommelier available. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. for your own wine that's not already on their Wine List. Outdoor seating is available. Occasional entertainment. Phone or online reservations via Open Table advised. Lourdes Sciortino, owner.


Review: (from Ken J. 8/21) Incredible Orlando Magical Dining experience! Excellent food and attentive service. Our server was Kim. Three course meal included Filet Mignon cooked to perfection with an appetizer and dessert. Added Shrimp to 1 entrée (+$7). Cost before t&t was $106, including the $25 wine corkage fee. Excellent wine list and knowledgeable staff, all wearing masks. Will definitely return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/21) We went with friends. The drive was less than 1 hour from The Villages. Not that inviting from the outside but beautiful, full linens and getting busy on the inside on a Saturday night. We were early for our reservation and still had an immediate choice of table or booth. Pleasant hostess. Kim was our server. Many paper menus but the small one was the Magical Dining offerings we sought. We brought two bottles of very fine wine. Their corkage is $25/btl. This restaurant has no problem serving you your own wine at that price. We started with a tray of Focaccia Bread for the table. We both picked the same appetizer of Truffle Risotto Bites. They were different. We both ordered the 6 oz. Filet Mignon. It was a "baseball size" with Mashed Potatoes and two spears of Asparagus. The beef was very tender and flavorful. For dessert she had the Bread Pudding and I had the Tiramisu. It was homemade in a teacup; the Bread Pudding was generous. Everything was wonderful. Kim had trouble extracting the cork from our second bottle so it had to be decanted. Eric, the sommelier, came to the rescue and apologized for the delay. We discussed the wines we brought and he came back with two samples of high end wines they offer. We shared our private selection Zin with him too. In all a fabulous evening of wonderful food, wine, conversation and friendly competent service. There was a wait by the time we left at 8 PM. Total was $99 before t&t including the corkage charge. (The Rockpile and Caymus wines we brought would have totaled $485 at restaurant prices.) Hard to beat this place.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 10/21) Mario was our server. My wife and I had the 6 oz. Filet with Asparagus and Mashed Potato and the Tiramisu for dessert. The meal was excellent. One of our party of 7 had the Salmon and another had Eggplant Parmesan and Chocolate Cheesecake and both were great. The Iced Tea is brewed at the table by you so you can have it as strong as you like.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 2/22) Marlon was our server. This was our 2nd visit. My wife had a Bloody Mary which was strong and spicy (good thing). We shared the Caprese Salad and I had the Chicken Francese. She had the Filet Mignon. We both had the Iced Tea made with the Tea over ice infuser. The cost of the meal was $97 before t&t. Well worth the drive here.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Sharon T. 8/21) Our group of nine visited this restaurant in November. The service by Chris was outstanding. My Chicken Francaise ($26) was made to perfection and his Chicken Saltimbocca ($25) was very tasty. I believe everyone else enjoyed their meal. While I didn't have any dessert, they looked delicious. It was quite a long drive but the food and service was worth it if you are in the area. I don't think we would drive there just for dinner.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs bem bōm on Corrine, 3101 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL. 58.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-236-2660. (Spanish) [L/D] Finally opened in September, 2018. Located on Corrine Dr., at Hammerlin Ave., between Winter Park Rd. and the East End Market, in the Audubon Park Garden District. Serves lunch Thursday through Saturday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. It's a brick and mortar version of one of Orlando's popular food trucks. It specializes in Portuguese dishes especially from The Azores with some French influences too. Items like Braised Pork Prego, Chicken Poblano Quesadilla, Mango Painted Fish and Piri-Piri are on the menu. Chico Mendonça, chef; Albert Campofiore and Dee Mendonca, owners.




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

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


Older Review: (from Jackie N. 3/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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


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

Review: (from Sue S. 10/21) The Delmonico Steak was so tender it melted in your mouth. It was $56 but it included Onion Soup, Salad, Baked Potato and Green Beans, which were farm grown. The Macadamia Vanilla Salad Dressing was superb. Lump Crab Cakes and Fried Green Tomatoes were very tasty for appetizers. The Crab Cakes were $19, 4 Tomatoes were $16. Dessert is served on another floor and the Banana Pie was $11. The Coffee was $4. I would highly recommend this place.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Video Better Than Sex (A Dessert Restaurant), 1905 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 54.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-761-8949. (American) (Cafe) [D] Opened in December, 2015. Near Exit #85 of I-4, on Orange, near the White Wolf Café at E. Vanderbilt St. in Ivanhoe Village. Open 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Sunday only. "This experience is all about you.", they claim. It's Valentine's Day here, everyday! Not exactly a full menu, they skip the appetizers and main courses and head right for the "naughty desserts". Very creative items offered. Here are some names, the descriptions are on the iPad menu: The Fever, Cookie Nookie Pie, Banana Bazooka, Peanut Butter Perversion, The Missionary Cup, Tongue Bath Truffle, Blueberry Birthday Suit, Popcorn Pimp Cheesecake, Italian Stalion, Three Way and the Morning After. They make some Wine Cocktails too that range in price. Beers and Coffees available also, have risqué names, like Gyration. They offer "drinks for virgins" also. Everything is decadent, sinful and gooey; made of cakes, tarts and tortes, turnovers, puddings, pastries, cookies, cheeses, brownies, fruit, ice cream and if you have a dirty mind, suggestively positioned on your plate sometimes too. All in good fun and nothing illegal, but not for diabetics, dieters or members of the clergy. Tables for 2 or 4 in a candle-lit intimate setting of plush red and gold, adorned with provocative artwork and chandeliers hanging above cubicles. Reservations taken and advised on weekends, 2 weeks in advance, by phone or online. Beer and wine licensed. Leonard (Len) and Danielle (Dani) Johnson, owners. The original location is in Key West and featured on CBS Sunday Morning.




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Long Gone - Angebilt Hotel Dining Room on the 10th floor, (1930s)
Across from the San Juan Hotel and near Rutland's Men Store
Built March 1923, now Q West, an office building.
37 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, Florida.

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




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12½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, 8046 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-615-8888. (Seafood) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row" on Sand Lake Rd., in the Dellagio Town Center. Very large 11,000 square foot one-of-a-kind restaurant opened in December 2009. Open for dinner only from 5 PM, daily. Home of the Monday Night Lobster Special, they feature Oysters, Crabs and, of course, Whole Lobster. Starting at the appetizers, they offer Escargot, Crispy Calamari, Fried Buffalo Oysters, Crispy Alligator, Beef Satay, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Maryland Style Crab Cake, Grilled Oysters with Garlic and Butter and Blue Crab Ravigote, all at varying prices. There's also Shrimp, Tuna, Crab or Lobster Cocktails, Seafood Escabeche, and Sesame Seared Tuna. Big Bowls of Mussels, Clams or both can be had with White Wine Base or Red Wine, Tomato, Base. A variety of Raw Fresh Oysters is a menu in itself. They are Florida Gulf Point, Rhode Island Beavertail, Connecticut Blue Point or Mystic, Massachusetts Katama Bay or Wellfleets, Washington State Penn Cove or Totem Point and the Naked Cowboy from New York State. Steamed they're extra. Other shell creatures offered are 1 lb. Snow Crab Clusters, Jumbo King Crab Claws (½ lb. or 1 lb.), plus an assortment of Platters are offered. There's also Sushi with choices ranging in price. A dozen Sushi Rolls are offered from Philly Roll with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Scallions and a Boiled Egg to Baked Krakatoa Roll of California King, Lobster, Surimi, Masago, and Spicy Mayo. Continue to the entrées on the menu starting at "Create Your Own Pasta Dish" with Chicken, Beef, Bay Scallops, Jumbo Shrimp, Sea Scallops, Lobster or a combination. You may choose most fish either grilled, broiled, fried, pan seared, blackened or New Orleans style blackened with Cajun spices. Some of the fish they serve are Scottish Salmon, Jumbo Sea Scallops, Gulf Mahi Mahi, Bahamian Yellowtail Snapper, Gulf Black Grouper, Caribbean Ahi Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass and 14 oz. Carolina Swordfish. There's also Bonner's Fish & Chips, Salmon Rockefeller, Mahi Piccata, Shrimp or Scallops Orleans, BBQ Scallops, Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, Blue Crab Crusted Grouper, and Bahamian Yellowtail Snapper Cioppino Stew. Steak is not forgotten by offering 10 oz. Filet Mignons with various sauces, or Oscar Style with King Crab, and a 16 oz. Prime New York Strip. Surf & Turf Combinations for Shrimp, Scallops & Filet Mignon, to 6 oz. Lobster Tail & Filet Mignon, to Alaskan King Crab Legs & Filet Mignon. The crustacean menu starts with 6 oz. Tempura Lobster Tail, Cold Water Lobster Tail (6 oz. to 22 oz.), 2 lbs. Snow Crab Claws, 1 lb. Jumbo King Crab Leg and 1 lb. Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Claws. On to the Whole Lobster course, those rosy Homaridae run from the "quarters" (1½ lbs.), to the "jumbos" (3 lb.) and the "5 pounders". Larger ones by reservation, believe it or not. If that's past this month's budget, they have Roasted Airline Chicken. Side dishes like Fries, Green Beans, Grilled Asparagus or Sautéed Spinach will add extra. If that's not enough there's Bread Pudding, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Crème Brûlée, and "Ooey Gooey". The popular Monday Night Special offers a 1½ Pound Whole Lobster (plus side dishes). Full bar fixes any cocktail and the Wine List runs from $22 for White Zin to $395/btl. for a 2001 French Pauillac. Happy Hour before 7 PM applies to bar patrons only, not to dinner tables. Reservations taken and advised on Mondays and weekends by phone or online. Open on Christmas Day too. Outdoor seating available. Eric Enrique, new chef; Lance Fair, new owner in 2023.


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

Review: (from Peter S. 9/21) This was Magical Dining. My wife had Chilean Sea Bass with Bok Chou, Caesar Salad and Mango Sorbet. I had House Salad, Grouper, Ooey Gooey Cake. A couple in our party had the Filet. I had a Blue Rum drink that was a little pricy at $15. The price was $37 each plus drinks.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jackie N. 9/22) First time but not the last time at this seafood restaurant. The interior décor with its high ceilings, huge wall paintings advertising their menu offerings and the wood nooks were a sign of the great meals we were about to have. We chose instead to sit outside on the covered lanai and watch a distant lightening storm while dining. We all had the Magical Dining Menu offerings including the Potstickers and Clam Chowder appetizers; Honolulu Shrimp with a Thai Chili Glaze over Coconut Jasmine Rice, Honey Peppercorn Salmon with Dill Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables, Roasted Chicken Breasts with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables and the New York Style Cheesecake and Ooey Gooey desserts. Our bills were $40 each plus t&t. Wait service was excellent.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Bites & Bubbles (Restaurant & Bar), 1618 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-270-5085. (Continental) (French) [D] Moved here in June, 2021. Hours are 5:00-9:30 PM daily but closed Sundays. Located in Mills Park in the Mills50 neighborhood, just off N. Mills Ave. (enter at Nebraska St.), east of Exit #55 of I-4. Parking can be found across the street in the Fresh Market shopping center if none on the nearby streets. It pays homage to the mid-twentieth century Franco-American dining experience, in a nicely appointed but casual dining room, even playing background music of that decade. Julia Child was a culinary queen at the time and her influence is apparent. The dishes are aptly presented in their distintive "assiette, tasse or planche" for each course. Fresh American ingredients crafted with a French flare makes for elegant food. The dishes ranges from tapas (or Bites) to Prix-Fixe Dinners. Be prepared to study a large, ever-changing, menu that might be different than yesterdays. The idea is to tempt your mind, imagine the taste and satisfy your developed craving by having many Bites, not just one. A typical "carte du jour" might have Spicy Tuna Tartare, 5 Oysters or Steamed Mussels & Clams or Coquille St. Jacques [Bay Scallops], or Butter Poached Canadian Lobster Tail. Then there's Raclette Cheese Potatoes, Warm Goat Cheese, Saint André Triple Crême, Pâté with Onions, Italian Salami, International Cheese Plate or a French Charcuterie [Meat, Cheese & Fruit] Board. How about Canadian Foie Gras de Canard Cru [Duck Liver Pâté]. You might be presented with a list of two dozen Cheeses to choose from to get you salivating, like Port Salut. Others Bites include Hand-Cut Pommes Frites [French Fries], Olive Tapenade, Marinated Vegetables, Deviled Eggs, Pimento Cheese Dip, French Onion Soup, Roasted Beet Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Escargot, Chicken Kale Sausage, Fried Goat Cheese, Swiss Potatoes, Petite Veal Osso Bucco and La Belle Farms Foie Gras. For the plats principaux [main dishes], Gorgonzola Salami Burger, Burratino Floretta Mozzarella Salad, Fried Mozzarella Salad or Farmer Salad and even a Foie Gras Mousse Beef Burger might be found. Larger plats might be a Pastrami Sandwich, Elk Burger, Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Tarte au Poulet [Chicken Pot Pie], Mushroom Pizza, St. Louis BBQ Ribs, Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Pan Seared Salmon Filet, Chilled Seafood [Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Tuna] Platter, Shrimp Champagne, Bœuf Bourguignon [Beef Stew] or the Cowboy Ribeye. The rotation of selection just goes on and on. There's even a Caviar Menu ranging from American Trout Eggs, to Imperial Russian Ossetra Sturgeon Caviar, or Snail Caviar. They also offer Monthly or Annual Wine Dinners like Bastille Day Dinner or Julia Child's Birthday Dinner are held. A Beer List might have local Crooked Can Kolsch or Swamp Ale IPA. Signature Cocktails like "Watermelon Daisy" and "Love You a Latte" are popular. The (mostly US) Wine List is varied, ranging by the glass and $36-$139/bottle for the Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cab. Champagne bubbles? Of course! $36 corkage fee for your own wine. A roof-top area offers a bar & lounge for outdoor seating in nice weather. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised weekends. Eddie Nickell (chef), and Nickolas Olivieri (host), owners.


Review: (from Ellen H. 10/21) This is an expensive and trendy place. More of a bar than a restaurant. Lots of women patrons. We had reservations for 6:30 PM. We sat in the corner of a noisy bar. All the cocktails are $14. I had the Pineapple Upside Down Cocktail ($14) and he had two glasses of Joel Gott Zin ($10/50 each). We were here for Magical Dining. I had the Lobster Pizza and started with the Warm Brie. He had the beautiful iced Shrimp Cocktail and the Tarte au Poulet. Mine was great and I took home half. He finished his that was like Country French cuisine. Our friends had the Short Ribs. One cocktail was pretty small. They had no larger beer like Budweiser or Miller! For dessert we had the Mousse and the Crema Italiana. All were nicely presented. The 3 course meals were just $37 each. Taryn was our server. Still our total was $109. There are other better Magical Dining restaurants.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jackie N. 9/22) We chose this restaurant because of its Magical Dining Menu and are happy we did. Loved the décor with its many chandeliers. The inside restaurant was small as was the covered outside lanai where we chose to eat. Our choices from the menu included the Escargot (loved the amount of Snails but not the mustard sauce) and Fried Goat Cheese appetizers; the Duck Confit (the description seemed to differ from the way it was served but it was delicious, none the less) and Crab Cake entrées and the Bananas Foster (done differently with a frozen Chocolate Covered Banana with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butter Brandy Caramel Sauce in a Waffle Cone cup), Chocolate Lava Cake and Berry Crème Brûlée desserts. Portion sizes were large enough to take home and enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day. Parking can be found across the street in the Fresh Market shopping center if none on the nearby streets. Our meals were $40 each plus t&t without drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Henry's Restaurant (circa 1940s),
"Special Seafoods and Frogs Legs."
Located downtown at Parker St.
US 19, Cross City (Dixie County), Florida.

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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (Orlando), 4151 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-0225. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] At the Mall at Millenia off I-4. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later. Features upscale casual food with a big choice on home made beers and ales. The food menu has over 100 items. Small dishes include Crispy Fried Artichokes, Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, Gourmet Mac & Cheese and others are offered as appetizers. Various Deep Dish Pizzas are available. A number of specialty salads like Santa Fe Salad, Sesame Chicken Salad and Grilled Steak Salad please the ladies. Soups include Clam Chowder, Hearty Minestrone and Tuscan Tomato Bisque. Stuffed Potatoes can also be found on the menu. About 6 Angus Burger variations are listed as are a few Sandwiches. For entrées they have Chicken a la Fresca, Creole Tilapia, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, New Orleans Jambalaya, Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Scampi Pasta, Grilled Pork Chops, Fresh Atlantic Salmon, Baby Back Pork Ribs, Flame-Broiled New York Strip, Texas-Style Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon Teriyaki, Fish or Shrimp Tacos and even Old Fashioned Pot Roast, to name a few. Dessert creations include BJ's Famous Pizookie, Baked Beignet and Apple Berry Burst Crumble. Lunch specials start at a low price and dinner prices are very moderate. Kid's menu and gluten free choices are also offered. Being an award winning brewhouse, they make BJ's LightSwitch Lager, Pook's Pilsner, Brewhouse Blonde, Harvest Hefeweizen (wheat beer), Piranha Pale Ale, Jeremiah Red, Oasis Amber, Abbey Normal, Nit Wit Belgium, Oktoberfest, Pumkin Ale, Big Fish IPA, Nutty Brewnette, P.M. Porter, Tatonka Stout and BJ's Annual Grand Cru. Some are only available seasonally. A dozen Belgium bottled beers served here too. Full bar with happy hour. Specialty bar drinks such as Strawberry Splash, BJ's Original Margarita, Mango Mojito and BJ's Irish Root Beer are popular. A wide variety of wine by the bottle and by the glass is offered. Tuesday is Wine Night. Started as a California pizza place in 1978, this chain based in Huntington Beach, CA., now boasts over 100 locations in 13 states including 6 in Florida. Another BJ's is in Kissimmee and Gainesville (see that listing). Kelly Gilbert, general manager here.


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



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13 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (Gainesville), 6611 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. 64.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-331-8070. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Filling the location previously occupied by Don Pablo's. On SR 26, just east of I-75 exit #387 at Oaks Mall. Open 11 AM to Midnight or later on weekends. Upscale casual is the niche they fill with a very large menu. Noted for their hand crafted beers from LightSwitch Lager to Tatonka Stout. You'll find over a dozen on tap and a few dozen by the bottle, both domestic and imported. Names like Pook's and Nit Wit make you wonder about their taste. Beer tasting events are held occasionally. They offer a half dozen soups every day, like Hearty Minestrone and Tuscan Tomato Bisque. Salads like Honey-Crisp Chicken Salad, BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad and BJ's Cobb Salad are some of those offered. 30 ounce Baked Potatoes are stuffed with various items like Chili and Cheese. Some of their entrées include Creole Tilapia, Chicken a la Fresca, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, Miso Salmon, Baby Back Ribs, Flame Broiled New York Strip Steak, Fish 'n Chips, Fish Tacos, Fried Shrimp, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, even Texas-Style Chicken Fried Steak and Old-Fashioned Pot Roast. Pasta dishes like Scampi Pasta, Angel Hair Toscana, Chicken Fettuccini, Grilled Chicken Pasta, New Orleans Jambalaya and even Spaghetti with a choice of sauce are offered. Small bites like Crispy Fried Artichokes, Mini Tacos, and Gourmet Mac & Cheese are listed too. Deep Dish Pizza is a salute to Chicago over New York. Gluten-free Pizza is also available. Kid's menu and daily specials make the choices wider. Red Velvet Pizookie, Apple Berry Burst Crumble and BJ's Baked Beignets are just a few of their tempting desserts. Homemade Root Beer as well as a vast array of specialty cocktails can be made from the full bar. A half dozen Mojitos are conjured at the busy bar. Lunch specials like Unlimited Soup and Salad are popular at noontime. Gourmet Burgers and many Sandwiches are often ordered for lunch too. The wine selection is as wide as the beer choices. Tuesday is Wine Night. Call ahead seating available. Started in 1978, this California chain now boasts over 100 locations in 13 states including 6 in Florida. Another BJ's is in Kissimmee and one in Orlando (see that listing).


Older Review: (from David L. 6/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/18) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Black Rock Bar & Grill (Orlando), 8965 Conroy Windermere Rd., Orlando, FL. 50.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-505-5195. (Fondue) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened May 6, 2016. Located at the corner of Conroy Rd. and S. Apopka Vineland Rd. (CR435), in Horizons West section of Orlando, almost in Windermere, FL. It occupies the building vacated by Fresh Made Kitchen and the Loud Mouth Grill before that. Usually open from 11 AM to 11 PM daily. New concept in restaurant food preparation. Much like the The Melting Pot, you can cook your own meal. Steaks are cooked on a hot rock Australian-Style tabletop stone heated to 755 degrees. They specialize in Angus Beef Steaks but offer everything from Gourmet Hot Dogs, to Chicken and Seafood, like Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, on the menu. They even have Frozen Cokes for the kids. Full bar with lots of beer on tap, but family friendly too. Call ahead seating and reservations accepted. Money saving coupons available on their Facebook Page. Started in Hartland, MI. in 2010, this is the first franchise location in Florida. Others will be in Tampa and Brandon. Keith Koehler of Tampa, franchisee.


Older Review: (from Ken B. 7/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Black Pearl, 315 Main St., Dunedin, FL. 99.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-734-3463. (Continental) (French) [D] Located in the heart of downtown Dunedin, which is between Palm Harbor and Clearwater on the west coast of Florida. Parking on the street or behind the restaurant. Open for dinner only from 5 to 9 PM, or later, daily. "Dining is like a symphony" they say, and this popular fine dining establishment has a complete culinary orchestra to support that statement. Quiet, intimate, romantic, with attention to detail, service and flavor. The cuisine mixes New American with traditional French. Full "double linen" service here, with appropriate table flourishes. Dressy casual attire recommended. Booths available upon request, far in advance. Start with Smoked Lump Crab Cake, Escargot en Croute, Wild Mushroom Tart, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Foie Gras Paté, White Truffle Lobster Risotto or the Plate of Fromage et Charcuterie. A Black Pearl Salad or a Caesar Salad supply fresh greens before or after the meal. A Soup du Jour is also prepared. For entrées they offer Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast, Papardelle Bolognese, Maple Leaf Duckling, Chilean Sea Bass Lyonaise, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, 8 oz. Filet Mignon or White Truffle Lobster Risotto. You can also order a Vegetarian Plate or add a Poached Lobster Tail to most entrées. Specials are announced. All entrées come with the Black Pearl Salad course. For desserts you'll find Black Pearl Ice Cream, Falling White Chocolate Cake, Bananas Foster, Falling Hot Chocolate Cake and Tarte Tatin Pour Deux. Only Wine and Beer are served. Various Champagnes and other Sparkling Wines are featured by the splits or bottles. For fine wines, they offer 28 Whites and 55 Reds. Domestic and imported Beers are also popular with dinner. Reservations, by phone or online taken up to one month in advance. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Christopher Artrip, executive chef; Robert Parks, sous chef; Ronald Maupin, general manager; Zachary and Christina Feinstein, owners.




Closed Blackwater Inn, 55716 Front Street, Astor, FL. Closed in 2022. Now called Drifter's Riverfront Bar & Grill (see that listing).



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi blu on the Avenue, 326 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-3778. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located across from the Park Plaza Gardens, just south of New England Ave. In business since 2013. Open for Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM, then to 11 PM for dinner; weekdays 11 AM to 11 PM, but later for drinks and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM, but later for drinks. Bare tables with linen napkins. Start with Smoked Fish Dip, Baked Fontina, Crab Rangoon Flatbread, Beef Carpaccio, Wrapped Scallops, dozen Oysters on the Half Shell and a few others. For entrées they offer Faroe Island Salamon, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Grouper Schnitzel. From the field they have Chicken Slatimbocca, Steak Tips or a Black Angus Filet. Shrimp ala Vodka Pasta and Sea Scallop Risotto round out the main courses. Sides are extra. They also have Sandwiches for lunch and dinner, like a Steak Burger or Lobster Grilled Chees. A half dozen Salads are offered. Sushi Rolls is also offered. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays, 12-4 PM weekends. A-la-carte Sunday Brunch is popular here. Outdoor seating available. BYOB with an appropriate Corkage Fee of $15. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Open Thanksgiving Day. A 310 Restaurant; Joanne McMahon, owner.




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Long Gone - Creighton's Garden Restaurant (1963)
"Cocktail Lounge and Gift Shop"
"World's Best Apple Pie"
Hwy. 17/92 N., Winter Park Mall, Winter Park, Florida.

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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant, 12189 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, FL. 36.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-465-1635. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located on US 41, south of town, on the north side of the Withlacoochee River. Right on the river where you can watch all the action. Open 11 AM to 9 PM or so, daily. They offer the typical Florida fare. River Boat Salad can be had with Chicken, Shrimp or Grouper added. Same goes for their Caesar Salad or House Salad. Lunch items served all day like Chili Dawg, Gator Dawg, Bratwurst, or Chicken Tenders. Burgers like a Spicy Ranch Cheeseburger can be had. Grouper Sandwich is Fried, Grilled or Blackened for you. Reuben or Philly Cheese Steak is popular. All come with Fries or Tator Tots. Basket meals are Clam Strips, Crab Cakes, Frog Legs, Fried Shrimp, Fried Grouper Fingers, or Fried Scallops and are offered with Slaw, Hushpuppies and Fries usually. Snow Crab Legs and Fried Oysters are offered at market prices. They also offer 2 pounds of Steamed Shrimp. Wings by the dozen or two dozen can be mild, medium or hot. A Super Grouper Platter is offered and the Anglers Delight (Oysters, Frog Legs, Shrimp, Scallops, Grouper Fingers, Calamari, Crab Cakes and 3 sides). Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Cheesecake and Chocolate Cake. Kids menu too. Blue Gator Bites are popular appetizers, as are Poppers, Torpedo Shrimp and Sweet Corn Nuggets. Serving full bar. Live entertainment generally Thursday through Sunday in season. Outdoor seating with WiFi. Airboat and Singing River tours nearby. John Semmes, Ingrid Ellis and Robert & Dallise Jewett, owners.


Older Review: (from Tammy B. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 1/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Blue Gill (Quality Foods), 1310 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL. 61.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-872-5181. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] On the ground floor of the Shands parking garage. New venture by noted chef, Bert Gill. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends and to 8 PM on Sundays. Very eclectic mix of food here. Southern all the way. Not many establishments would start their menu with Boiled Peanuts followed by Crispy Cauliflower but this restaurant has other culinary surprises too. For "Snacks" try Clam & Corn Fritters, Fried Green Tomatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, Pimento Cheese, Sardines and the more normal sounding Crab & Scallop Cake. The Daily Soup available cup or bowl, plus Blue Crab & Corn Chowder with Country Ham. For Salads: Cucumber & Tomato, Black-Eyed Greek, A Wedge, Green or Caesar Salads are always in print. For entrées you can find "Sea": Florida Shrimp with Cheddar Grits, Fried Sheepshead with Mac 'N Cheese, Seared Tuna and Seafood and Rice Stew, to name just a few. Under "Chicken": Fried with Cucumber Salad, Stewed with Tomatillos, Roasted with Mac 'N Cheese or just the Livers with Bacon Dressing are your choices. Then comes "Cow": Oxtail Dinner with Black-Eyed Peas, maybe a Blue Gill Burger and Smoked Brisket with Gravy, or the sandwich size. Also "Pig": Country Fried with Biscuit & Gravy, Pork Shoulder with Scalloped Potatoes, Spare Ribs with Stewed Butterbeans, Country Ham with Mac 'N Cheese, Pork Chop with Green Peanut Succotash, Smoked Pork Belly with Red Beans & Sausage or the sandwich size. If that's not enough, for dessert they have Banana Bread with Chocolate Bourbon Mousse, Lemon Bars, Coconut Cream Cake and get this, Fried Pie. Lunch is similar, stick to the ribs food, with lots of sandwiches like Krab Sliders. Full bar. Tara and (Ro)Bert Gill, owners. Also owns Mildred's Big City Food and New Deal Café.


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



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


Older Review: (from Laurie M. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eric O. 3/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Blue Highway - A Pizzeria (Tioga), 13005 SW 1st Rd., Tioga (Newberry), FL. 67.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-6833. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11:30 to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. Their newest location is in the Tioga Town Center. They offer Caprese, Roasted Vegetable, Turkey Asiago, Chicken Rustico and Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini Sandwiches are moderately priced. Calzones are also available. Other sandwiches include Roast Turkey Club, Big Tuna, the Gino and the Highway (Roast Beef), are popular. Salads include a Tossed, a Caesar, a Blue Highway, a Tuscan Bean and a Mediterranean Chopped. Their famous pizzas come in thin crust or Sicilian Style. Gluten-free variety, extra, is also available. One specialty is the Rustica Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, garlic, kalamata olives and capers. For dessert you can fine Brownies, Cannolis and even Key Lime Pie. Soft drinks, Italian Sodas, Beer and Wine are offered. Happy Hour is 3-6 PM. Call ahead for parties of 6 or more. Another location is in Micanopy (see that listing). Frank and Winny Ruffino, owners.




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


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

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

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12½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Boathouse, 1620 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 61.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-939-2628. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened May, 2017. Located in Disney Springs at The Landing. Beautiful views of the lake and skyline, both daytime and at night. Don't be surprised to find large pleasure boats in the dining room. Full linen service here in the main dining area. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, 10 AM to 10 PM on Sunday, the menu changes to dinner at 4 PM. A Raw Bar of Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Lump Crab and Avocado or Yellowfin Tuna Poke is in the huge building. Appetizers like Lobster Bisque, Chips and Dips, Clam Strips, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Steamed Clams, Coconut Shrimp, Chili Calamari and Angus Carpaccio can start the meal. Seafood like Cedar Planked Maine Salmon, Coriander-Seared Ahi Tuna and Red Grouper are featured. Other dining options include Pasta and Veggies, Roasted Chicken Breast, Shrimp and Andouille Mac & Cheese and Maine Lobster Tail Oscar are some of the other dishes. Grilled Mahi Tacos, a Shrimp Boil and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. NY Steak & Fries, Petite or Regular Filet Mignons, Boneless Ribeye, New York Strip and a Porterhouse are the offered Steaks. Sandwiches like the Club, Cheeseburger, Mahi and a Lobster Roll can also be ordered. Desserts are popular like the Turtle Pie. Kids menu offeres Burgers or Mac & Cheese. Full bar and a Wine List that runs $10-22/glass or $40-88/bottle. Cocktails offered too. Lunch menu varies little from dinner. Outdoor seating available. Boat rides are available too. Occasional entertainment. A Dockside Bar is popular. Smart casual attire requested. Corkage Fee: $30/btl. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised. Voted Orlando's best Theme Park and Waterfront restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Robert Getchell II, executive chef here. Managed by the Gibsons Restaurant Group by Steven Schussler of Chicago and others.


Review: (from Jackie N. 4/21) Six of us enjoyed watching the amphibious car/boats on the lake and the Rainforest Café erupting volcano across the lake from our outside table. Our waiter, Dylan, was quite the character and also a fantastic waiter. Our lunch meal choices included Yellowfin Tuna Poke, Coconut Shrimp, Gibsons Award Winning Burger, Peel and Eat Key West Shrimp, Maine Lobster Roll and Classic Caesar Salad. All of us had either Craft Beer or Mojitos. Everyone was pleased with their meal and drink choices. I thought the Coconut Mojito had little coconut taste and little alcohol for $13.50 but enjoyed the Kopparberg Strawberry Lime Cider so much that we bought 2 packs of the Cider at our store the next day. The total bill was $240 with tax and tip for the 6 of us.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 8/21) We had a nice table on the covered patio during a rainstorm which was fun to watch while eating. Service was great. I had Coconut Shrimp and Lobster Bisque and my wife had Crabcake. The Bisque was good, but the other items were just OK. Total bill was $43 before t&t.
Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Boca (Kitchen, Wine Bar & Market), 358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 54.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-636-7022. (American) (Seafood) [B/L/D] Aka: Boca Winter Park. Opened in July, 2021. Formerly Circa 1926. On Winter Park's main drag at E. Canton Ave. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, later on weekends and from 9:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday for Weekend Brunch until 4 PM. Casual restaurant with linen napkins on wood tables. Lives up to Winter Park's culinary expectations. Start with Parmesan Truffle or Zucchini Fries, Fried Green Tomatoes, Smoked Fish Dip, Grilled Oysters, Carne Asada Tacos to Share or Cheese & Charcuterie Sharing Board. Evening Main dishes include OMG Burger, Southern Burger, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Chef's Daily Creation, 60-Spiced Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Skirt Steak, Seared Ribeye and a Butcher Cut of the Day. On the water side, Sambuca PEI Mussels, Ahi Tuna Tacos, Yellowfin Tuna Poke Bowl, Lobster & Shrimp Bucatini, Bronzed Sea Scallops and a Market Fish. For lighter appetites they have 5 Flatbreads: Mozzarella/Parmesan, Bacon/Cheese, Brie/Apple, Sausage/Mozzarella and a Flat du Jour. Large Salads include Kipos, Grilled Caesar, Spinach/Goat Cheese and Chopped/Chicken. Add Chicken, Shrimp, Steak or Tuna to any Salad to make it a meal. Weekend Brunch or Weekday Lunch items might be a Panini, Bacon/Egg Platter, Grand Marnier French Toast, Corned Beef Hash, BBQ Pork Benedict, Cured Salmon Benedict or Steak & Grits. Flatbreads, Burgers and a Cubano are also offered. Desserts can't be missed with Guava Cheesecake, Chocolate Espresso Cake, Fruit Cobbler plus Specialty Coffees, Espressos, Lattes, and Cappuccinos completing the meal. Full Bar with craft Cocktails, like a Smoked Old Fashioned. The Wine List has pours at $8-$14 for Whites and $8-$20 for Reds; or $30-$100/btl. for Whites or Reds, like Amici Cellars Napa Cab. For celebrating, a Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut is offered. Personal wines welcomed with a $20 Corkage Fee per bottle. Buy a Beer for the kitchen help. [No, really!] Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised on weekends. Outdoor sidewalk seating is very pleasant. Entertainment on weekends. Alexis Martell, executive chef; Mark Kirke and Kim Moehler, et al., owners. Now part of Artistry Restaurants. Another Boca is in Sarasota.




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


Older Review: (from Roberta M. 5/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.


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Long Gone - The Red Balloon Restaurant (1962)
"The Round Man With The Square Meal", Malcolm Tait, owner.
"All You Can Eat For 99 Cents - Children 49 Cents"
2425 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, Florida.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi The Bohemian Lakeside Bar & Grill, 700 Bloom St., Celebration, FL. 58.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-566-6000. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [B/L/D] Formerly called The Plantation Room at the Celebration Hotel, now it's also known as the Lakeside Bar & Grill or Kessler Chophouse in the Bohemian Hotel Celebration. Breakfast served 6:30 to 11 AM; lunch 11 AM to 5 PM and dinner 5-10 PM. Tropical décor reminiscent of 19th century Florida. Main dishes like Grilled Salmon, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, 12 oz. Center Cut New York Strip Steak, 8 oz. Filer Mignon, 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye and New Zealand Rack of Lamb come with a starch and either Green Asparagus or Sautéed Baby Spinach. Other entrées are easier on the pocket with Tomato Risotto, Cast Iron Jambalaya, Chicken Linguini and a unique Meatloaf being offered. Sandwiches like Chicken and Caesar Wrap, Tuna Melt, New York Style Rueben plus Angus Burgers with Cheddar or Bleu and Bacon are also on the menu. Large salads are popular and soups like Chicken and Corn Chowder and She-Crab Bisque Soup are also offered. Breakfast items available. A Veranda Breakfast is offered. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Online and phone reservations accepted. Dressy casual. Piano bar adjacent. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. Corkage Fee for your own wine: $25/btl. Jason Shenefield, chef; hotel owned.


Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Boma - Flavors of Africa (Disney's Animal Kingdom), 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake (Orlando), FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-WDW-DINE or 1-407-939-3463 or 1-407-938-3000. (Buffet) [B/D] Located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World. Open daily 7:30 to 11 AM for breakfast and 4:30 to 9:30 PM for dinner. This family restaurant serves only breakfast and dinner, 7 days per week, buffet-style. Adult dinner charge is fixed price and children is too. Adult breakfast charge is fixed and children is also. All are including tax and soft drink and are less off-season and weekdays. Gratuities not included. Season ticket holders are entitled to a 20% discount for their party. The menu changes daily. Multi-cultural flavors abound. Pods with helpful chefs segregate the food types. Such items as African Bread, Mixed Field Greens with dressing choice, Kool Staai, Fresh Fruit, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Salad, Moroccan Seafood Salad, Avocado, Grapefruit and Papaya Salad, and Watermelon Salad are some of the cold items. Soups such as Côte d'Ivoire Seafood Gumbo, Smoked Tomato, Creamy Carrot, Coconut Curry Seafood, Chicken Corn Porridge and Butternut Squash might me on the buffet. Other hot food may include Saffron Rice, Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Pancake, Pap (Corn or Vegetable Porridge), Braised Greens, Vegetable Lentil Kofta (Meatball), and FuFu (Sweet and White Potatoes). Main dishes could include Durban Spiced Roasted Chicken, Grilled Seafood, Malabu Pepper Steak, Roasted Meats, Bobotie (Minced Lamb and Beef Quiche), Chicken Pepper Pot, Curried Coconut Seafood Stew, Couscous Marrakech, and Vegetables on a Spear. If that's too adventuresome, there's always Spaghetti and Meatballs and Chicken Tenders. For dessert you may find Bread Pudding with Brandy, Fruit Cobbler, Cookies, Simba Paw Prints or Zebra Domes. For breakfast you can expect Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Juices, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Omelets, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Eggs, Brioche, Pap (Corn or Vegetable Porridge), Bobotie, (Corn Beef), Breakfast Pizza, Cured Pork Loin, and Carved Ham or Turkey. In all, about 45 items are presented. African chants play while you dine. Reservations accepted. Full bar with wine, beer and cocktails. Owned and operated by Walt Disney World.


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



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Bombay Street Kitchen, 6215 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL. 59.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-240-5151. (Indian) [L/D] In business since March, 2021. Located on OBT (US 17/441) between W. Oak Ridge Rd. and W. Lancaster Rd., about 3 miles south of I-4, Exit #80. Hours are 11:30 AM to 3 PM for lunch, then 5 to 10 PM for dinner, every day. Don't let the name or the building exterior fool you. This venue serves high end Indian food in a clean setting with eclectic airy décor. They serve dishes from the streets of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and beyond. Many vegetarian items are on their lists. You can find such items as Crispy Onion Fritters, Puffed Rice & Potatoes, Lentil Balls, Marinated Lamb, Fish Colombi and Tribal Chicken. Tandoor items like Chicken Tikka, Lamb Chops and Tandoori Pompano are popular. Vegetable, Chicken and Goat Biryani are offered here. Main dishes like Chicken or Paneer Kathi Roll are available. Marsala Dosa, Veggie Uttapam and "Gunpowder Ghee" Dosas are made too. Ten Vegetarian Curry dishes and ten Chicken, Goat, Shrimp, Fish Curry dishes are also popular. All served with Rice. You can also find some Manchurian, Schezwan and Himalayan items too. Naan and Roti Bread is offered, of course. Gola [Shaved Ice] creations and desserts like Mango Ice Cream, Gulab Jamun [Cheese Balls] and Malai Kulfi (Traditional Indian Ice Cream] are among them. The menu seems endless. Full bar featuring Bombay Gin Cocktails, what else? Phone reservations accepted but seldom needed. Earned Reader's Choice for Best Indian Restaurant from Orlando Magazine. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Designation. Amit Kumar and Toramatie Loaknath, owners.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Bon Appetit Restaurant & Marina Café, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL. 99.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-733-2151. (American) [L/D] Located in the Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn on the waterfront at the end of Main St. Advertised as bistro cuisine. Dinner entrées range from Medallions of Chicken Pan Sautéed to Roasted Rack of Lamb. Three course dinner specials before 5 PM also available. Tapas, salads and sandwiches also on the menu. Gulfside seating available. Casual dress. Online or phone reservations accepted. Full bar. Wine list. Stephan Farqhar, chef; Peter Kreuziger, owner.


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



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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Restaurant (Lake Nona), 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Orlando, FL. 67.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-313-2506. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Opened in 2017. Opens 11 AM to 10 PM daily. A unique ethnic food experience. They offer a variety of authentic Turkish cuisines from many regions of Turkey. Named after the strait that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia. Döner Kebap is sliced lamb (aka Gyro in Greece), while Sis Kebap (aka Shish-kebab) is cubes of lamb and Kofte Kebap is ground lamb. Pirola (Lamb Chops), Karisik Izgara (Mixed Grill), Filet Mignon Sote (Beef Sauté), Tavuk Sote (Chicken Sauté), Hunkar Begendi (The Sultan's Delight) and even Moussaka (Greek Eggplant) are also on the menu. Other dishes include Sword Fish, Grilled Sea Bass, Salmon, Shrimp Casserole and even Dorado. Turkish Pitas, like pastry stuffed with Turkish Kasar Cheese or Sucuk Sausage are also specialties. Salads and appetizers for the lighter appetite are also available. Kazandibi (Milk Pudding), Kunefe (Shredded Wheat stuffed with cheese) and Sutlac (Baked Rice Pudding) are offered for dessert. Türk Kahvesi (famous Turkish Coffee) or Apple Tea finishes the meal. Full bar at this location. Large, 100+ item wine list with selections from US, France and many from Turkey adds to the decision time. Live music Thursday and Sunday at 7-9 PM. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Outdoor seating available. Online and phone reservations accepted. Reports are no separate checks for parties of 6 or more. Voted Orlando's best Middle Eastern restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners. Three other locations in the Orlando area.


Review: (from Rich C. 8/22) Waiting for a flight into OIA, came here for dinner. Very attractive area. I asked for a table outside. Makeda was quiet and not that friendly but did check on me. Nice menu book. I had a Red Sangria ($10). Easy-downed drink so I had a second. They have no Side Salad on the menu but she said they could put some Greens together with Dressing (+$3.50). That was good. I had the Chicken Sis Kabop ($24). It came with a lot of Rice, Carrot Strings, Chopped Raw Onions and Pickled Red Cabbage and a few Pickled Beets. The portion was large, not spicy and very tender. Nicely seasoned Chicken Breast chunks. I liked the Rice too. Skipped the Onions and most of the sour Cabbage. Spoke to the couple next to me, he raved about the Lamb Shank dinner. My total was $47.50; a little high because of the Cocktail and Wine prices here. The charge machine suggests a tip INCLUDING TAX. I'll still be back.
Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Restaurant (Orlando), 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 56.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-6766. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] It opened in August, 2012 here. Located in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, Suite 108, off W. Sand Lake Road ("Restaurant Row") just west of I-4 Exit #74a. Open 11 AM to 10 PM. Serving dinner daily from 3-10 PM. A unique ethnic food experience. They offer a variety of authentic Turkish cuisines from many regions of Turkey. Named after the strait that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia. Döner Kebap is sliced lamb (aka Gyro in Greece), while Sis Kebap (aka Shish-kebab) is cubes of lamb and Kofte Kebap is ground lamb. Pirola (Lamb Chops), Karisik Izgara (Mixed Grill), Filet Mignon Sote (Beef Sauté), Tavuk Sote (Chicken Sauté), Hunkar Begendi (The Sultan's Delight) and even Moussaka (Greek Eggplant) are also on the menu. Other dishes include Sword Fish, Grilled Sea Bass, Salmon, Shrimp Casserole and even Dorado. Turkish Pitas, like pastry stuffed with Turkish Kasar Cheese or Sucuk Sausage are also specialties. Salads and appetizers for the lighter appetite are also available. Kazandibi (Milk Pudding), Kunefe (Shredded Wheat stuffed with cheese) and Sutlac (Baked Rice Pudding) are offered for dessert. Türk Kahvesi (famous Turkish Coffee) or Apple Tea finishes the meal. Full bar at this location. Large, 100+ item wine list with selections from US, France and many from Turkey adds to the decision time. Live music Thursday and Sunday at 7-9 PM. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Outdoor seating available. Online and phone reservations accepted. Reports are no separate checks for parties of 6 or more. Voted Orlando's best Middle Eastern restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners. Three other locations in the Orlando area.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Restaurant (Winter Garden), 16418 New Independence Pkwy., Winter Garden, FL. 49.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-554-2242. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Opened in 2019, in Suite #140. Opens 11 AM to 10 PM daily. A unique ethnic food experience. They offer a variety of authentic Turkish cuisines from many regions of Turkey. Named after the strait that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia. Döner Kebap is sliced lamb (aka Gyro in Greece), while Sis Kebap (aka Shish-kebab) is cubes of lamb and Kofte Kebap is ground lamb. Pirola (Lamb Chops), Karisik Izgara (Mixed Grill), Filet Mignon Sote (Beef Sauté), Tavuk Sote (Chicken Sauté), Hunkar Begendi (The Sultan's Delight) and even Moussaka (Greek Eggplant) are also on the menu. Other dishes include Sword Fish, Grilled Sea Bass, Salmon, Shrimp Casserole and even Dorado. Turkish Pitas, like pastry stuffed with Turkish Kasar Cheese or Sucuk Sausage are also specialties. Salads and appetizers for the lighter appetite are also available. Kazandibi (Milk Pudding), Kunefe (Shredded Wheat stuffed with cheese) and Sutlac (Baked Rice Pudding) are offered for dessert. Türk Kahvesi (famous Turkish Coffee) or Apple Tea finishes the meal. Full bar at this location. Large, 100+ item wine list with selections from US, France and many from Turkey adds to the decision time. Live music Thursday and Sunday at 7-9 PM. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Outdoor seating available. Online and phone reservations accepted. Reports are no separate checks for parties of 6 or more. Voted Orlando's best Middle Eastern restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners. Three other locations in the Orlando area.




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12 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Restaurant (Winter Park), 108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 54.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-644-8609. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Opened in 2009. Opens 11 AM to 10 PM daily. A unique ethnic food experience. They offer a variety of authentic Turkish cuisines from many regions of Turkey. Named after the strait that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia. Döner Kebap is sliced lamb (aka Gyro in Greece), while Sis Kebap (aka Shish-kebab) is cubes of lamb and Kofte Kebap is ground lamb. Pirola (Lamb Chops), Karisik Izgara (Mixed Grill), Filet Mignon Sote (Beef Sauté), Tavuk Sote (Chicken Sauté), Hunkar Begendi (The Sultan's Delight) and even Moussaka (Greek Eggplant) are also on the menu. Other dishes include Sword Fish, Grilled Sea Bass, Salmon, Shrimp Casserole and even Dorado. Turkish Pitas, like pastry stuffed with Turkish Kasar Cheese or Sucuk Sausage are also specialties. Salads and appetizers for the lighter appetite are also available. Kazandibi (Milk Pudding), Kunefe (Shredded Wheat stuffed with cheese) and Sutlac (Baked Rice Pudding) are offered for dessert. Türk Kahvesi (famous Turkish Coffee) or Apple Tea finishes the meal. Full bar at this location. Large, 100+ item wine list with selections from US, France and many from Turkey adds to the decision time. Live music Thursday and Sunday at 7-9 PM. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Outdoor seating available. Online and phone reservations accepted. Reports are no separate checks for parties of 6 or more. Voted Orlando's best Middle Eastern restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Halil Ertane, executive chef; Christopher Southern, Mayer & Tammy Sexter, owners. Three other locations in the Orlando area.


Older Review: (from David S. 3/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 3/22) Our server, Imani M., was great. The food was good. The price, a little high, but the manager, John Christiansen, was terrible! We were not told that parties of six or more had to be on one check and he wouldn't budge. We had to split up into two tables of four to get our checks by individual (or couples). My husband and I had the Mixed Grill for two ($46). The food was good. I had a Bosphorous Mule to drink ($5.50), half price because of Happy Hour. TERRIBLE. My husband had a Bosphorous Dark Beer ($3.50) and said it was good. We also had dessert at $7 each. Total before t&t that was automatically applied to the check was $71.60
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11 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Boston Lobster Feast (I-Drive), 8731 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-248-8606. (Buffet) (Seafood) [D] Open 4 to 10 PM daily but from 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Two locations in Orlando. This one is right on I-Drive near Austrian Row, 5 blocks north of the Orlando Convention Center. The other location is on US 192 in Kissimmee. Operated since 1991. Caters mainly to tourists. Like the name implies, Whole Maine Lobster is "their thing". Snow Crabs, Shrimp, Baked Fish, P.E.I. Mussels, Salmon, Seafood AuGratin, Scallops and other creatures from the sea featured on their Seafood Buffet. Roast Beef and London Broil also available. The "Feast" also includes New England and Manhattan Clam Chowders, Lobster Bisque, various salads, as well as Oysters & Clams on the Half Shell, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters Rockefeller and Crab Cakes. Side dishes and desserts are included. Beverage is extra. Standard price per person is lower on weekdays before 5 PM and sometimes advertised with a coupon from the local newspaper or their website. Restrictions apply. Online and phone reservations accepted. Full bar. Jeff Hazell, owner.


Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon B. 3/15) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 2/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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


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



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

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs BoVine Steakhouse, 319 Park Ave. South, Winter Park, FL. 60.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-794-1850. (Steakhouse) [D] Opened June, 2020 after two years in the planning. In the same location as the famous Park Plaza Gardens was located on South Park near New England. Hours are 4-10 PM daily. It has brick walls and a dark trimmed "clubby interior". Full linen service here. Serving dinner every day and billed as THE high-end venue in Winter Park. Start with Salmon Tartar, Applewood Smoked Bacon, a Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Tartar or Cornbread Crabcakes. Two Soups are offered like the Onion Soup and the Lobster Bisque. For entrées you'll find Airline Chicken, Pork Chop, 4-bone Lamb Rack and a 12 oz. Veal Chop. Noted for their Beef from Linz Heritage Angus in Chicago, they have small and large cut Prime Rib, 8 oz. Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 24 oz. Prime Porterhouse Steak, 22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, 16 oz. Prime Strip Steak and a 22 oz. Dry Age Ribeye. For non=meat lovers they offer King Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass or Warm Water Lobster Tails. Even vegan items are listed, like Beyond Chili and Cauliflower Steak. Sides like Baked Yam, Yukon Mashed, Baked Idaho, Salted Fries, Creamed Spinach, Asparagus or Cauliflower au Gratin are extra. A Lobster Creamed Corn is $16 extra. Lighter appetites or second course, might like a Caesar, Wedge or Spinach Salad. Burrata is also available. Full bar and Wine List. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Reservations online or by phone accepted. Same management as 310 restaurants and blu on the avenue. Tony Krueger, executive chef; Joanne McMahon (JM Hospitality), owner.




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13½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Briarpatch (Restaurant), 252 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-628-8651. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L] Open from 7 AM to 5 PM daily, except from 8 AM on Sunday. Located on Park Avenue opposite the north corner of the park, at Garfield Ave. Specializes in creative breakfasts. Belgian Waffle, Buttered Pecan Waffle, Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, and Stuffed French Toast or Pancakes make up the heart of the menu. Then there's Egg Combination Breakfasts that range in price. Omelettes are on the menu like 3 Cheese, Gorgonzola, Western, Spinach 'n Sausage and others. Benedict creations are offered. They also have healthier items like Fruit Smoothie, Oatmeal, Yogurt and Fruit, Egg White Frittata and an Egg White Omelette. Sides, like Grits, Home Fries, Canadian Bacon, Fried Green Tomatoes and others can be added. For lunch, to 5 PM, they offer Burgers, Salads, and an array of Sandwiches like Turkey Club, Corned Beef Reuben, Grilled Cheese and Tomato, Grilled Chicken and Open Face Tuna Niçoise. Specialties include Uber Mac & Cheese with Ham, Southern Shrimp & Grits and Filet Mignon Quesadilla. A number of desserts like Pies and Cakes are also available. Beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Voted Orlando's best Breakfast restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. John and Celeste Pertz, owners.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Calorie Count Brio Tuscan Grille (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-8909. (American) (Italian) [L/D] The parent company has filed for bankruptcy. Check before visiting this location. At the Mall at Millenia adjacent to The Cheesecake Factory. Features Italian cuisine specializing in the Tuscan region. Large selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes plus daily specials. Items like Mushroom Ravioli & Brown Butter, Chicken 'Under The Brick', Mezza Lasagna and Tournedo Di Manzo are just some of the interesting dishes offered. Light snack menu between lunch and dinner hours available. Very popular restaurant with seating available in the air conditioned lobby of the mall as well as an outdoor terrace. Reservations suggested in the evening. Casual attire accepted. Open kitchen. Full bar with signature cocktails. Varied wine list ranging from $20-85 per bottle and $6-10 per glass. Free food, like a Filet or Crab and Shrimp Cake, on your birthday for being a Posta Toscana Club member. Open Christmas Day, 11 AM to 9 PM. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend Magazine. One of a small chain of about 30 locations operated by Bravo! Development, Columbus Ohio. Joseph Sunseri, general manager here.


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs (The) Bridge (New York) Restaurant, 155 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-755-3300. (American) [L/D] Opened in January, 2021, straight from the best boroughs. Open daily 10 AM to 10 PM. Located one block east of N. Park Ave. in downtown Winter Park. The décor is modern with picture-less frames, heavy burgundy drapes, wood floor and black tables near a large bar. For lunch or dinner they have Salads, Quesadillas and Wraps and an array of appetizers from Mac & Cheese to a Cheese Plate. Soups are offered. For dinner you can find a few Italian dishes like Linguine Alfredo, Penne alla Vodka and Seafood Linguine. For entrées they offer Grilled Chicken Cubes, Finger Meatballs, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, Seafood Mix, Branzino, Filet Mignon Cubes, 6 oz. Filet Mignon, Lamb Chops and a Bridge Combo. They have lots of Burgers from the Sliders to the 24K Golden Angus. Sunday Brunch priced per item. Desserts, like New York Cheesecake or Crêpes and others are offered. Bar with craft mocktails at $9-10 each. Happy Hour runs 3-6 PM with Selected Mocktails, Beer and Wine. The Wine List runs to $148 for the well known Caymus Napa Cab. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Some outdoor seating. Reservations accepted for dinner. Siraj Aghayev of Queens and Ali Has of Brooklyn, owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Calorie Count Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (Orlando), 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 53.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-903-0044. (Seafood) [L/D] Well known eatery located at the entrance to Universal CityWalk near the parking garage. Kitchen open daily from 11 AM to Midnight; but the bar one hour earlier and later. They are most famous for their Cajun Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Spinach Dip and Peel'n'Eat Shrimp for appetizers. For sandwiches they boast the Shrimp Po' Boy, among others, and for salads they're noted for the Pear & Berry Salad. The Cajun Coconut Shrimp, Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Sautéed Shrimp Scampi are the main dish crustacean favorites. Fish & Chips, Jambalaya and Baby Back Ribs are popular too. Forrest's Seafood Feast is featured. They are also noted for Grilled Salmon and Tilapia. Side salads add to the ticket. Mamma's Bread Pudding or Strawberry Shortcake finishes the meal. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. 10% off the food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. A chain of 38 tourist locations, some in Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, with 6 others in Florida. Landry's Inc., owners.




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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Buca di Beppo (Maitland), 1351 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL. 51.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-622-7663. (Italian) [L/D] Open daily from 11:30 AM to 10 PM except Sunday from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Located on US 92, just south of Lake Ave. at Magnolia Rd. and S. Orlando Ave. The fun Italian restaurant to go with a group. The name stems from it's beginnings as "Joe's basement". Each room is themed and there is one devoted to the pope while another (highly requested) is actually in the kitchen itself where you can kibitz with the staff. Food is usually served "family style" and offered in two size portions. The small portions are made to feed two people and the server can guide you how to order for parties of 4 or more. Lots of antipasti items like Mozzarella Garlic Bread, Bruschetta, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Calamari. Salads are similar with Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, Apple Gorgonzola Salad to name a few. Specialties like Baked Ziti, Cheese Cannelloni, Cheese Manicotti, Lasagna, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Spicy Chicken Rigatoni, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Chicken Limone, Oven-Roasted Salmon, Veal Saltimbocca, and Chianti Braised Short Ribs are just a few that are offered. Pizzas range in price small to large, depending on toppings. Desserts like Colossal Brownie Sundae, Apple Crostata, Double Dark Chocolate Cake, Homemade Cheesecake and Tiramisu are offered. A large whole Celebration Cake is offered at a price that feeds up to 15. Gluten free items available and information is available on their website. Wine list and full bar. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Phone and online reservations accepted. Usually open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Free birthday cake, on your birthday for making online reservations for 4 patrons on your day. Started in Minneapolis in 1993, it now belongs to Planet Hollywood International with about 90 locations. Another Orlando location is near the Florida Mall (O.B.T. and Sand Lake Rd.). Their online eClub provides discounts via email. Joe Esposito, managing partner here.


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Buca di Beppo (Orlando), 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL. 57.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-859-7844. (Italian) [L/D] Open weekdays from 11 AM to 10 PM but to 9 PM on Sunday. Located in the Florida Mall. Offers family style Italian dishes in large or small portions. Bruschetta, Mussels Marinara, Mozzarella Caprese, Stuffed Musrooms, Cheesy Bread Florentine and Fried Calamari are some of the popular antipasti dishes. Large Salads like Chopped Antipasto, Caesar, Apple Gorgonzola and "di Beppo 1893" with Pepperoni, Salami, Provolone, Feta, Olives and Mixed Greens, are on the menu. Entrées include Chicken, prepared Parmigiana, Glorioso, Marsala, Saltimbocca, Prosciutto Stuffed or Limone style, plus similar Veal dishes, Salmon Sorrento, Eggplant and even Chianti Braised Short Ribs. Pasta dishes include Penne San Remo, Arrabbiata or Basilica style, Shrimp Florentine or Fra Diavolo style, Spicy Rigatoni, Penne alla Vodka, Carbonara style with Chicken and Ziti with Chicken and Sausage. There's also good ole, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Baked Lasagna too. Side dishes are also available for sharing. Large Pizzas can also be ordered. For dessert, if there's still room, they offer Tiramisu, Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Double Dark Chocolate Cake and an Italian Creme Cake. Seating "in the kitchen" is sought after by faithful repeat patrons. A large selection of wine includes their popular Wicker Basket Chianti from single glass size to one and a half liter sized bottles. Full bar also. Gluten free items noted. Phone and online reservations accepted. Usually open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Free birthday cake, on your birthday for making online reservations for 4 patrons on your day. Their online eClub provides discounts via email. A well known chain of about 90 locations in the US, 10 of them in Florida, plus a few in the U.K. Chris Bydlik, manager.


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



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

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Bull and Bear (Steakhouse), 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL. 57.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-597-5500. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Bonnet Creek right off I-4. Modeled after the New York City version by the same name. Open for dinner only from 6-10 PM daily. Elegant dining room with a club atmosphere with linen service. Smart casual attire. Golf course views. Serves only Prime Grade Certified Angus Beef. A choice of 3 soups are offered Corn Soup, Jerusalem Artichoke Velvet and Lobster Bisque. For appetizers you can find Shrimp Cocktail, Beef Tartar, Tuna Tartar and a Shellfish Platter. Hot appetizers include Shrimp & Grits, Pasta Mousse and Escargot & Gnocchi. For main dishes they have Chicken Confit, Pan Roasted Salmon, Florida Swordfish, Chateaubriand, Colorado Lamb, Beef Short Rib, Veal Oscar, 8 oz. or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 15 oz. New York Sirloin, 16 oz. Delmonico Steak, Pan Roasted Dover Sole, a Prime Cut and Maine Lobster. Side dishes like Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Spinach, Asparagus or Lobster Mac & Cheese add $9-24 per serving. Salads like Wedge, Lobster Salad or Caesar add to the bill. Some items are prepared tableside. Desserts include Chocolate Soufflé, Waldorf Beignets, Cheesecake, Apple Galette and Crème Brûlée Flambé. Gratuity of 18% added for parties of 8 or more. Charge for sharing. Online and phone reservations accepted. Open Christmas Day 5-10 PM for a 4-course Holiday Dinner at prix fixe. Full bar and notable wine list. Corkage Fee: $50/btl. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Voted "Best Business Dinner" and "Best Hotel Dinner" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Carlos Pereira, executive chef; hotel owned.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Bulla Gastrobar, 110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-214-6120. (Spanish) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened in 2016. First of all, it's not "Bull-Ah", it's "Boo-Ya", meaning "buzzing with excitement". Best described as a tapas restaurant at a bar, the menu is very wide. It's located on Orange, at W. Morse, part of Lakeside Crossing Plaza. Open daily 11:30 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends but opens at 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Their dinner menu has Embutidos [Cured Meats] of various types and Quesos [Cheeses]. They have Small Plates like Andalusian Gazpacho Soup and Potato Tortilla, ranging up to Tuna Tartar and Grilled Octopus. You can also find Tosta de Setas, Canarian Cheese Dip, Roasted Oysters and Seared Ahi. For Large Plates they have Catalan Style Cannelloni, Truffle Carbonara, Salmon, Churrasco Moruno, Snapper & Quinoa, Arroz Caldoso, Lamb Chops and, of course, Paella. For dessert expect Copa, Churros, Torrija, Flan and Cremosos de Chocolate. For lunch they offer two Prix Fixe meals. For the First the choices are Garbanzo Frito, Ensalada de Espinacas, Croquetas de Jamón and others. The Second course you can choose Pollo Chilindrón, Pintxo & Tostada de Aguacate, Brioche de Verduras, Bulla Burger and others. The Third course is dessert, like Flan de Coco or Churros con Chocolate. Sunday 3-Course Brunch is Prix Fixe too. Various breakfast type items are added. Plus they have a larger A-La-Carte menu too. Bottomless (2½ hour) Sangria or Mimosas are offered. Full bar serving Sangria, Spanish Beer, plus Craft Beers, Cocktails, Wines by the glass and Wine by the bottle ($35-320/btl.). $20 Corkage Fee here. Spanish Sherries are also offered. Outdoor seating available. Reservations are accepted by phone or online via Open Table. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. A small chain of 7 locations based in Dural, FL. Felix Plasencia, chef here; Jose Santiago, partner; Carlos Centurion, owner.


Older Review: (from Tom B. 7/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Buster's Bistro, 300 Sanford Ave., Sanford, FL. 49.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-732-4316. (Brew Pub) (French) [L/D] Opened in 2013. Located downtown, at Sanford and E. 3rd St. Closed Monday and Tuesday and open 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday and 4-10 PM other days but to Midnight on weekends. Known for their multi-tap beer troff and Flemish food. Many Belgian brews on tap from Kwak to Dubbel to Tripel to Quad Ales. Even Cidre is on the handle. Bottled brews like Lambic and Stouts can be found too. Belgian Fries, (where French Fries were invented) are their claim to fame. For food you'll start with Tomato Bisque, Peeled, Carbonnade, Goulash or Curry Fries and the ultimate, Poutin. For main dishes you'll find a Classic Croque, Pita Shwoarma [Pork], ⅓lb. Burger, Boulettes [Belgian Meatballs], Belgian Goulash, Tikka Masala Curry, Flemish Cabonnade [Beer Stew], Vol-au-Vent [Chicken] and Steak & Fries. For dessert you'll enjoy Belgian Chocolate Mousse or Classic Belgian Waffles. Kids menu available. Brunch items include a Euro Breakfast Platter, Belgian Waffles, Belgian Crêpes, Smoked Jalapeño, Belgian Benedict, Pierogis, Cured Salmon or Croque Madame. Full bar makes creative cocktails especially with Beer. Entertainment on weekends. Even the French game of Pentaque is played. Robert Kennerney, new owner.




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


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Art Hartung's Restaurant (1950s)
"Maryland Style Crab Cakes"
"Home of the world's purest water - also fine bass fishing!"
"1 mile south of Orange City, FL. on US 17/92."

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Café-Boutique Piano, 558 W. New England Ave. (Suite 135), Winter Park, FL. 54.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-637-2016. (Continental) [L/D] Opened August 4, 2022. Hours 11 AM to 10 PM daily, but closed on Mondays. Located in the Hannibal Square section of Winter Park across from Chez Vincent and Hannibal's On The Square at the corner. This 1,200 square foot restaurant adorned by local artwork created and for sale by the owner, will seat just 36 guests inside. "From the East to the West", it will feature European Continental cuisine. The atmosphere will have a decidedly Russian influence by featuring international Coffees and unique Desserts. 4 Pasta dishes, Teriyaki Chicken, Mussels in Cream Sauce, Baked Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Baked Grouper, Braised Short Ribs and Beef Tenderloin are some of the entrées. You can find Greek, Chicken, Shrimp and Seafood Salads, a Cheese and Meat Board and even Bouillabaisse on the menu too. For daily Brunch they offer light items ranging in price. Desserts include Ice Cream, Fudge Cheesecake, Brownie and Crème Brûlée. Full bar with cocktails, plus Wine, Beer and Cider. Happy Hour, 3-5 PM. Musicians playing an antique piano will provide entertainment from 6:30 PM on Friday and Saturday only. Some outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Reservations suggested in the evening and especially on Piano Nights, via phone or Open Table. Polina Makhaev, manager/daughter; Andrei Makhaev and Larisa Makhaeva, owners.


Review: (from Rich C. 3/23) Always wanted to try this place ever since they opened. Josh was the bartender and only waiter. 6 patrons in the place at 4 PM on Sunday. Piano only on Friday and Saturday now. My better half had a Lemon Drop Martini ($12 -$3.60 on HH) and I had a Red Sangria ($11 -$3.30 on HH). Both were good. We split the Chicken Liver Pâté ($15). This was great. Very different and generous. Great Toast to spread the Pâté on. She had the Mussels with Gorgonzola Sauce ($25). Again very different and rich. I had a side Greek Salad ($6) that was very nice and the Grouper on Rice with Spinach Sauce and Roasted Sweet Peppers ($27). Again very different preparations. I think Josh forgot to put in my order for the Grouper because it took a while to arrive. He apologized. This is great food at Winter Park prices and the total was $89 before t&t. Still we give it 15 Stars. By 5:30 PM it got busy.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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

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




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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Café Tu Tu Tango, 8625 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-248-2222. (Spanish) [L/D] Opens at 11:30 AM daily. Located near the "Mercado" on I-Drive. A dining experience unlike any other. This restaurant offers a meal for the left side of your brain. Food and art together under one roof. Multi-ethnic cuisine. Primarily a Spanish tapas-style restaurant, you can find things like Lamb Chops, Salmon Skewers, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Picadillo and Cheese Empanadas, Mango Duck Quesadillas, Pork Potstickers and small Pizzas. Consider these all appetizer sized. Two or three choices are shared with friends with a bottle of their remarkable Sangria. Flan and Guava Cheesecake for dessert too. Children's menu available and families welcome. Nice selection of wine by the glass or bottle. Champagne by split or bottle too. Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. Full bar. Cabaret Show every Friday night at 10:30 PM. From belly dancers to flamenco to break dancers to fire eaters to conga lines to hula hoop twirling, you never know what they will do next. A real party atmosphere. Can get very busy with tourists in season at night. 2008 winner for "Best Tapas" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2008 winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in Orlando by the Orlando Sentinel. Online or phone reservations accepted. Open on Christmas Day. One of a small chain of just 4 restaurants (2 in Florida and 2 in California) headquartered in Coconut Grove, FL.


Review: (from Jackie N. 6/21) Last week we did the Orlando Bite 30 Menu here, which offered 4 courses rather than 3, and enjoyed that special menu so much we came back for the Monday to Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM Happy Hour. The 3 of us shared one "Get Em All" where you have all 7 appetizers plus a dessert for $18.22. We also ordered some drink specials, Draft Beer for $3.22, Sangria for $4.22 and a Spirited Masterpiece Cocktail for $6.22. We could have ordered additional individual Happy Hour appetizers for $3.22 but enjoyed the Smoked Thai Spare Ribs ($13) on the main menu instead. We were quite full after that and wished we had room for many more of their delicious and interesting dishes. The menu is as eclectic as the restaurant décor. Definitely spend some time watching live artists create artwork and walk around the restaurant to see dozens of pieces of art for sale. Our bill was $52 plus tip.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Barry N. 8/22) Returned here with friends to order off their regular menu as we had missed our favorite Happy Hour menu. We shared the Sesame Steak Skewers, Polpetta Pizza, Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders and Buttermilk Panna Cotta. We enjoyed watching the artists working on their paintings as well as the Michael Jackson impersonator who danced and lip synced all around the restaurant. Our bill was $40 plus t&t. We always enjoy following our meal with a walk to Icon Park or the other direction to check out the tourist attractions and other restaurants in this part of Orlando. Will definitely be back as this is one of our favorite places to bring visitors for the early Happy Hour after picking them up at the airport.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Caffé Positano (Apopka), 3030 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL. 43.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-774-8080. (Italian) [L/D] On SR 436.Open 11 AM to 10:30 PM daily. Located in a Shopping Plaza. Concentrates on the flavors of the Naples area of Italy. Pastas include the usual ones but baked ones like Penne, Manicotti and Fettuccine Maria or Roberto are also offered. Penne Cardinale, Linguine Calamari Fra Diavolo, Pescatore or Sirena are also available. Chicken Francese, Bolivia, Pizzaiola and Mama Mia are some of the poultry dishes. Veal Piccata, Francese, Come Stai and Caffé Positano are on the menu. Filet Mignons are also offered. Pizza and Calzones are available too. Phone reservations accepted. Beer, wine and full bar offered. Another location is in Lake Mary. Roberto Barba & Michele Mandara, owners.


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



Cajun Jimmy's Seafood Seller. Called Seafood Seller and Café (see that listing).


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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs AARP Card Free WiFi Cala Bella, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. 57.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-3663. (Italian) [D] The name translates to "Beautiful Cove or Creek". Located at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, off Universal Blvd. just north of Exit #2 of the Beachline Expressway, SR 528. Hours from 5:30 PM daily; lounge opens at 5 PM. Vaulted ceiling dining room with Italian artwork and marble topped tables with placemats. Dressy casual attire preferred. Start with Bruschetta, Clams, Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, Fried Calamari, Pesara Mussels, Roasted Eggplant & Shrimp, Antipasto or Carpaccio. Piadina [Flatbreads] include Rustic [Tuscan Bean & Olive], Italian Sausage & Goat Cheese and Lobster & Smoked Mozzarella. Caesar Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad and Arugula & Gorgonzola Salad provide greens. Tuscan Bean Soup and Baked Sausage & Onion Soup warm you up. Pasta dishes include Pasta con Polpette [Spaghetti & Meatballs], Orecchiette al Cappesante [Ear Shaped Pasta and Scallops], Penne al Gamberetti [Quill Shaped Pasta with Rock Shrimp], Linguini con Vongole [Flat Long Pasta with Clams] and Pappardelle al Bistecche [Flat Square Pasta with a 10 oz. Steak]. For Fish they offer Baked Scallops Napoli, Shrimp Genova, Atlantic Salmon, Sicilian Red Snapper and Seafood Pescatore. For Meat they have Chicken Cutlets, Asiago Chicken, Veal Marsala, Mediterranean Pork, Veal Piccata, Tuscan Veal Chop and Filet Mignon. You can add Lump Crab Meat or a Lobster Tail to any entrée. Side dishes like Risotto, Wild Mushrooms or Roasted Asparagus are extra. Typical Italian desserts offered including Chocolate Sabayon. Full bar and Wine List. Popular Piano Bar adjacent. Reservations taken and advised by phone or online. Valet parking. Dan Nester and Ricky Lopez, chefs; Andre Zuluaga, manager; resort owned.




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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Calabria Ristorante, 13900 CR 455, Clermont, FL. 40.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-656-5144. (Italian) [L/D] Located near Publix on CR 455, just north of SR 50. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily (to 10 PM on weekends), except Sunday when they open at noon. Named after the southern region of Italy below Naples, commonly known as "the toe". New York Style 14", 16" or 18" Pizzas and basic Italian dishes like Eggplant, Chicken or Veal Parm., Lobster Ravioli, Penne alla Vodka, Stuffed Shells, Lasagna and Manicotti are offered. Dishes range in price. Marsala, Piccata, Francese and Calabria (with sherry) styles available. Calzones and Strombolis also on the menu. Appetizers include Fried Calamari, Tomato Bruschetta and Clams Possilipo. Espresso after the meal is popular. Tiramisu, Cannoli, Chocolate Mousse Cake and New York Style Cheesecake are some of the desserts offered here. Full bar now. Adriano Kadriu and Kujtim (Tim) Gjunkshi, owners.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Camille, 4962 New Broad St., Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-972-1822. (Asian) (French) [D] Opened mid-2023. Located in the Baldwin Park area of Orlando, north of the Orlando Executive Airport. Offers creative and unconventional spins on Vietnamese dishes, all punctuated with classical French flourishes. Very contemporary 2,500 s.f. atmosphere with soothing neutral surroundings. Open 5 to 10:30 PM daily except Sunday and Monday. No lunch served. Camille offers an intimate 8 seat, "Chef-to-Guest" experience. Featuring a seasonal, multi-course menu, the concept takes a modern approach to Vietnamese cuisine. For 1 to 8 guests at $180 per person in 2023. Wine pairing adds $80pp. Menu changes monthly and might include tastes of Tea Egg, Smoked Duck, Halibut, Blue Prawns, Pork Belly, Espuma of Phở, Lamb Chop, dessert and various light beverages. Full bar here and Wine List. Reservations required and accepted by phone or online. Chef Tung Phan, owner.




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8 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Canvas (Restaurant & Market), 13615 Sachs Ave., Orlando, FL. 71.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-313-7800. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Located at Lake Nona's newly developed Laureate Park Village Center, just southeast of OIA, this very large, 280 seat striking waterfront restaurant and marketplace serves a-la-carte priced American cuisine with Southern and Latin influences. It opened January 25, 2016. Hours are 11 AM - 10 PM daily except closes at 9 PM on Sunday and 11 PM weekends. Start with appetizers like Johnny Cakes, Marinated Burrata, Smoked Fish Dip, Calamari Fries, Mussels Tomatillo, Oak Charred Octopus, Apple Bourbon Braised Short Ribs, Snapper Ceviche, a Charcuterie Board and market priced items like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell or Baked Blue Crab. A few Flatbreads are offered too. For main dishes they offer Oven Roasted Mojo Chicken, Pan-Roasted Snapper, Cured Pork Shank, Chimichurri Hangar Steak, Shrimp Mofongo, Pan-Roasted Meyer Lemon Scallops and a Whole Roasted Fish of the Day at market price. Side dishes include Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Collard Greens, Yucca Fries, Green Papaya Slaw or a House Salad. For lighter appetites they have Tuscan Kale Salad, Smoked Chicken Salad, Hanger Steak Wedge and Grilled Shrimp Louie as main dishes. Soups include Tomato Bisque and Minorcan Clam Chowder. They also provide Sandwiches like the Cuban, Short Rib & Brisket Burger, Shrimp & Oyster Po Boy and a Grouper Reuben. Finishing the meal, they offer desserts like Key Lime Pie, Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Spiced Chocolate Cream and an Apple Crisp. Full bar with creative cocktails like The Pink Flower. An extensive wine list offers 3 dozen wines by the glass (short or full pours). By the bottle their wines range $28-150, with Argentine Malbecs coming in at $52-56/bottle. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Reservations by phone or online suggested. Open Thanksgiving Day for dinner only. The market portion (open 9 AM - 7 PM) sells housewares, jewelry, books and even furnishings. Bryon Thoman, executive chef; Tavistock Restaurant Collection, developer and owners.


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

Review: (from Rich C. 7/22) Arrived early for an airport pick-up. So wanted to check out Lake Nona. Wow! What an interesting large development now. Tuesday night and the place was very busy. Forgot I was here once before. I sat at the bar and Kate made me a Manhattan ($15). I ordered the Salmon ($30) since it was one of the cheaper items. Was asked if I wanted the Veggies or a Side Caesar. I chose the Caesar (+$3 up-charge!). I had a Sangria with my meal ($10). The Salmon and Mashed Peas were fine. But my total came to $58 before t&t. Wow! I'll go back to my original decision and pass on this expensive place next time.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Capa Steakhouse & Bar, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Orlando, FL. 58.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-313-7777. (Continental) (Spanish) [D] Opened in 2021. This is a family friendly restaurant. Upscale and dressy atmosphere however. Located inside the Walt Disney Resort (admission waived at the gate with dinner reservations) in the Four Seasons Resort on the 17th floor. Validated parking. Very contemporary décor. Open 5-10 PM daily. Artfully presented meals. They offer a Raw Bar with Oysters, Seared Tuna and a Shrimp Cocktail to start. Alverta, Ossetra and Beluga Caviar are featured too. Tapas include Olives, Medjool Dates, Pan de Cristal, Roasted Almonds and Olive Bread. Small Plates include Potato with Chipotle, Peppers with Chorizo, Fried Cauliflower and an Octopus creation. A number of Spanish dishes are offered like Jamon Iberico, Cured Meats and Cheeses as appetizers. A few Salads are available too. From the grill you'll find a 12 or 16 oz. Prime NY Strip, 8 or 12 oz. Prime Filet, 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, 32 oz. Porterhouse, 14 oz. Rack of Lamb, 1½ lb. Maine Lobster, 12 oz. Waygu Delmonico and even a World Waygu Flight Trio. You'll also find Free Range Chicken Breast, Calasparra Paella, Sofrito Calasparra Rice and Cobia. Items like Shrimp, Bleu Cheese, Beef Bone Marrow and Foie Gras can be added at an extra charge. Sauces are extra too. A-la-carte Vegetables like Corn, Fried Eggplant, Jumbo Asparagus, Mushrooms and Yukon Gold Potatoes can be added also. Desserts include Chocolate Churros, Olive Oil Cake, Banana Ice Crem and Delicia Exotica, plus Artisan Cheeses can be ordered. A lounge menu is offered for lighter fare. Kids menu features Chicken Fingers and Mac 'n Cheese. Occasional entertainment like a Spanish guitarist. Full bar with flights offered. Happy Hour specials. Large Wine List. Corkage Fee: $35/btl. for your own wine. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. A 1 Star Rated Michelin Guide Restaurant in 2022 and 2023. Outdoor terrace seating available with a view of the Disney fireworks (generally Saturday, Sunday and holidays). Open Christmas Day and New Years Eve by reservation. Reservations highly advised. Malyna Si, chef; Four Seasons Resorts, owner.




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


Older Review: (from Karen B. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 9/21) We visited for Orlando's Magical Dining. The food was exceptional! Service was less than stellar. Slow to greet, no explanation of history or restaurant or menu as was given to other tables nearby. AC was uncomfortably cold. Traffic at this location is incredibly congested and difficult to get into Valet. Long wait to retrieve vehicle at end of evening. Although parking is free with validation. Partner and I thoroughly enjoyed Filet entrée cooked to perfection and delicious. We both chose Salad appetizers and Cheesecake dessert (to go). We took a bottle of wine and offered the servers to sample. They appreciated this gesture and waived corkage fee. Total bill was $74 before t&t. Not bad for a 5 star restaurant! Bottom line - food is worth the visit but would avoid a Saturday evening if we choose to visit again.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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15 Stars 4 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count The Capital Grille (Millenia), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-2210. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Took over the spot occupied by McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant on the north side of the Mall of Millenia at I-4 Exit #78. Opened April 18, 2013. This location is a little scaled down from the I-Drive restaurant but still very upscale. Open for lunch 11:30 AM to 4 PM, then dinner to 10 PM or later on weekends and to 9 PM on Sunday. Appetizer selections are Smoked Salmon, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Fresh Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Pan-Fried Calamari, Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. For main courses they usually offer Chicken Breast, Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops, Seared Tenderloin, 14 oz. New York Sirloin - plain or au poivre, Filet Mignon, 22 oz. Delmonico and a 24 oz. Porterhouse. For seafood they offer Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Citrus Glazed Salmon, Seared Tuna, Parmesan Crusted Sole, Broiled Fresh Lobster and a daily seafood feature. Side dishes are extra. Sandwiches like Lobster and Crab Burger, Wagyu Cheeseburger or Lamb Burger are also on the menu. Clam Chowder, French Onion Soup and various salads are at the top of the menu. At the bottom of the menu you'll find Cheesecake, Berries, Coconut Cream Pie, Hazelnut Cake and Classis Crème Brûlée. Full bar and lounge. Wine list is very varied with 350 selections here. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Outside seating available. Reservations taken by phone or online. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Chocolate Espresso Cake on your birthday. Small chain of a few dozen locations is now part of the Darden Restaurant Group. Jason O'Neill, executive chef; Christy Tolbert, managing partner here.


Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) Had a hard time finding this place but after asking a police officer and a security lady, we found it and it was great! Our server, Rebecca B. was very good. This was our Gourmet Club outing to Magical Dining (our fourth). My husband had a glass of wine ($17) and I had a Diet Coke ($4). We both had the 8 oz. Filet with Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. The Filet was so tender, I almost didn't need a knife. It was done to perfection. We both had Clam Chowder to start and I had the Cheesecake and my husband had the Flourless Espresso Cake. Both were great. I ordered a Lobster Mac N' Cheese ($20) for the table. Our bill before t&t was $115.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 9/21) This was our Gourmet Club outing during Magical Dining, so meals were $37 each, but I had the optional Lamb Chops for $14 extra. They were worth it, 8 large delicious chops. My better half had the Filet, perfectly cooked and delicious. Wedge Salad and Clam Chowder were both very good. Mashed Potatoes were great and the Brussels Sprouts (ordered for the table by our companions) were the best I've ever had, as was the extra Lobster Mac 'n Cheese. Cheese Cake desserts were delicious.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Chris's House of Beef (1957-1993)
600 Seat Dining Area on 3 Acres
Last location: 801 John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL.
(Now the Majestic Event Center.)

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Capone's Coal Fired Pizza (Kissimmee), 3216 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee, FL. 52.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-893-2625. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened in October, 2019. Located in the brand new Sunset Walk shopping village off US 192, just east of the SR 429 Toll Road. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. Paying homage to Al Capone and the prohibition speakeasy style. Barmaids are flapper girls and love to tease. The décor is "Early Italian Front Parlor Room", without the thick clear plastic covers on the upholstery. Gangster photos adorn the walls. "All Pizzas are served Well Done", they proclaim. Start the investigation with Salads, like House, Caesar, Capone's Caprese, Baby Spinach and Mediterranean. Appetizers include Bruschetta, Mama's Meatballs, Sausage and Peppers, Roasted Wings (6/12/18 count) and of course, an Antipasto. They'll make Vegetarian, Meatball, Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Pesto and Hot Italian Sandwiches. Pastas (al dente) are Marinara with Meatballs, Sausage Abruzzi, Fettuccini Alfredo, Rigatoni ala Vodka, Carbonara and Spicy Chicken and Shrimp Linguini. The Pizzas are the big attraction, in 9 12 and 16 inch sizes, starting with White or Quattro Formaggi, Vegetariano, Margherita, Pollo BBQ, Italiano, Gamberetto, Al's Carne Grande, plus the Loaded Tommy Gun. You can build your own priced per toppings. Gluten-free crust available. They also have Calzones. A Specialty Pizza of the day will be offered too. Cannolis, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse, NY Style Cheesecake and Limoncello Cake are offered for the "last rites". Full bar has crafted cocktails like the Bonnie & Clyde or the St. Valentine's Sangria. House Wines and calls for Whites or Reds are offered. Half price Wine on Monday. A dozen beers are available. Happy Hour runs 11 AM to 7 PM daily. Pay your bill or there will be a contract on you. Small chain started in 2014, now based in Tampa, FL. Same operators as Ford's Garage (see that listing), Firestone, Boat House and The Lodge all started in Ft. Myers.




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




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

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Catfish Country Restaurant, 2400 E. F. Griffin Rd., Bartow, FL. 77.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-646-6767. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located where US 98 (Bartow Rd.), meets E.F. Griffin Rd. just south of CR 540A, half way between Lakeland and Bartow. Open 11 AM to 9 PM six days except from 3:30 PM on Saturday and to 9:30 on weekends and to 8:30 PM on Sunday. Closed all day Monday. A casual "seafood shack" lighted inside by neon advertising signs and spiced up with Cajun recipes. In business since 1984, specializing in Southern Style Seafood and noted for their hands-full of Peanuts, Hot Biscuits, Fried Pickles, Homemade Slaw and Fried Sweet Georgia Onions. Alligator Nuggets, Fried Okra, Crab Cakes, Frog Legs, King Crab, Grouper Fingers, Cheese Grits and Hush Puppies are some of the items you can find here. Specials might include Baked Grouper Creole or Chicken Parmigiana. All You Can Eat Specials like King Crab Legs or Fried Catfish offered on certain days. Beer and wine licensed. Nick Minadakis with Eleni and Bill Houvardas, owners.


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



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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Cedar's Restaurant, 7732 W. Sand Lake Dr., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-6000. (Middle Eastern) [L/D] At Sand Lake Rd. and Dr. Phillips Blvd. on "Restaurant Row". Open daily 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM and to 11:30 PM on Saturday night. Orlando's family owned Lebanese restaurant. Appetizers include Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Warak Inab, Mousaka and Lebneh. Also Fried Kibbeh, Falafel, Makanek, Sujouk and Safiha. Entrées include Mahashi Inab, Kafta Kaba, Shish Tawook, Quails and Rack of Lamb, all ranging in price. Seafood items include Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Snapper Filet, Samsk Marra and Sea Bass Filet ranging in price. A Lebanese Feast for groups of 4 or more depends on selections. Special creations include Baked Kibbeh, Bemieh, Moloukhieh and Cedar's Chicken all ranging in price. Shish Kebob probably the most well known dish. Desserts include Baklava, Knafe and Halawatel Jebneh. Ethnic entertainment like belly dancing on weekends. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations accepted and suggested on weekends. 2009 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner and 2011 & 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Full bar. Middle Eastern and domestic wines available. Charbel (Charles) Saab, owner.


Older Review: (from Eileen P. 4/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

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


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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs (The) Cellar Restaurant, 220 Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. 69.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-258-0011. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Open 5-10 PM daily, except closed Mondays. Located in the historic District of Daytona just off US 1. Housed in the former 1907 residence of President Warren G. Harding and now on the NRHP. Long time fine dining establishment with rich décor. The menu starts with appetizer items like Insalata Caprese, Carpaccio, Polenta con Salsiccia, Gamberi al Pesto and others. Pasta dishes range from Gnocchi Bolognese or Rucola, Rigatoni with Shrimp and Asparagus, Venezia Ravioli, to Fettuccine di Coniglo or Risotto with Shrimp and Peas. Main dishes include Scaloppine alla Veneto or Porcini, Osso Buco, Salmon with Fennel or with Mushrooms, Snapper with Artichokes, Pheasant and Duck Breast, Shrimp and Snapper Sautéed, Rack of Lamb, 8 oz. Filet Mignon in Barolo Wine and a 14 oz. Veal Chop. These all served with a chef's selection of the day. Tiramisu, Strudel and Tortes are offered for dessert. Reservations accepted and advised weekends either online or by phone. Also known for their extensive wine list starting with $26 bottles of Sicilian Pinot Grigio or Sonoma Chardonnay to $245 bottles of Napa Cabs, $375 bottles of Piemonte Nebbiolo and $390 bottles of Toscana Red Blend. A 1999 Chateau LaTour Pauillac Bordeaux ($480) and a 1995 Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Bordeaux ($1,250) can also be unlocked. No bar however. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Sam Moggio, executive chef and owner with wife Lina Moggio.




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

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Charley's Steak House (Orlando), 8255 International Dr., Suite #100, Orlando, FL. 55.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-363-0228. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Operated in Florida since 1974. Located off I-Drive, next to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, near the Icon-Orlando. Open from 5 PM to 10:30 PM daily, later on weekends. But opens at 3 PM on Mother's Day, Valentines's Day and New Years Eve. Closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgivings and Xmas. Beautifully appointed dining area. Full linen service. Serves only USDA Choice and some Prime cuts, fully aged. All entrées include House Salad and Garlic-Cheese Butter Bread. For starters they have Escargot Bourgogne, Florida Gator, Lobster Bisque, Portobella Mushroom Fondue, Steak Tartare, Fried Calamari, Sushi Grade Ahi, Shrimp Cocktail, Cedar Plank Crab Cakes, Bacon Wrapped Diver Scallops, Florida Stone Crab Claws and a Colossal Seafood Tower priced per person. They offer Fried Gulf Shrimp, North Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Swordfish, Fried Shrimp and Crispy Fish, Pacific Yellowfin Tuna, Gulf Black Grouper, Mixed Seafood Grill and Chilean Sea Bass. One pound of Alaskan Red King Crab, plus Caribbean Lobster Tail are also available. From the Meat Dept. they sell Double Chicken Breast, Single and Double Pork Chops, 8, 12 or 20 oz. Filet Mignon, 20 oz. T-Bone Steak, 22 oz. Bone-In Kansas City Strip Steak, Colorado Tomahawk Lamb Chops, Angus Bone-In Ribeye, 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak, Blue Creek Bison Ribeye, American Wagu Beef and Charley's Ultimate Surf & Turf [50 oz. Porthouse + 1 lb. Lobster Tail] enough for two. All can be topped with various additions. A dozen side dishes like Sautéed Onions to Lobster Mac & Cheese, add for each serving. Larger Salads like Wedge, Beefsteak Tomatoes or Caesar are available. A Gluten-free menu is available. Full bar and endless (500+ item) Wine List. Cocktails like their Signature Martini or Woodford Cherry Sour are offered. A dozen local Beers are on tap. Wines by the glass available. Bottles run to $585/btl., while "The Dom" is $475/btl. but a bottle of Ch. Mouton Rothschild 2009 is $2,735. "Best of Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator Magazine. Corkage Fee: $50/btl. Online or phone reservations accepted and advised on weekends in season. Outdoor seating and complimentary valet parking available. A "Talk of the Town" restaurant. Not affiliated with a larger chain called O'Charley's. Other locations are in Tampa and Kissimmee. Jose Rodriguez, chef here.




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

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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Charlie's Fish House Restaurant, 224 NW US 19, Crystal River, FL. 48.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-795-3949. (Seafood) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily since 1959. Popular seafood restaurant specializing in the local catch. Entrées range in price. Mullet, Turbot, Tilapia, Grouper, Catfish, Crab Cakes as well as Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp, Stone Crabs and even Frogs Legs can be found on the menu. Sandwiches and Salads as well as Seafood Gumbo, Lobster Bisque, Oyster Stew and of course, New England Clam Chowder are the available soups. Full bar. Outdoor seating available. Reservations for groups. Charles & James Kofmehl, owners.


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs AARP Card Calorie Count Chart House (Daytona Beach), 1100 Marina Point Dr., Daytona Beach, FL. 71.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-255-9022. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on the west side of the river just south of E. Orange causeway, off Beach St. Open from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM daily. Situated off the Halifax River with views of the Marina and Intracoastal Waterway. The upscale menu changes frequently depending on what fish is in season. Appetizers range from Hummus Trio or Coconut Crunchy Shrimp to a Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack or Tuna Tartare. Oysters Rockefeller is also popular. Soups usually include their award winning Clam Chowder, Gazpacho and Lobster Bisque, or a sampling of all three. Seafood entrées include Coconut Crunchy Shrimp with Fried Rice, Shrimp & Artichoke Linguini, Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Shrimp Fresca with Crab Meat, Pan Seared Scallops, Shrimp Scampi, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Short Rib with Scallops or Salmon or a 7 oz. Lobster Tail. Signature fish creations include Miso Glazed Salmon, Stuffed Tilapia, Sweet & Spicy Swordfish, Gazpacho Grouper, Spiced Yellowfin Ahi, Parmesan Crusted Snapper, Macadamia Crusted Mahi and Seared Mahi topped with Lobster and Crab. For meat eaters, there's Chicken Romano, 10 or 16 oz. Prime Rib, 8 oz. Teriyaki Beef Medallions, 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Brandy Peppercorn Beef Medallions & Shrimp and at the top of the food chain is Filet Mignon or Prime Rib with a Cold Water Lobster Tail. Side dishes cost more. Salad Bar visit are extra. Their signature dessert is Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Full bar and wine list. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Phone and online reservations accepted and advised weekends. AARP members get a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Open on Christmas Day. A chain of about 30 locations in 15 states with the most in California and Florida, owned and operated by Landry's Inc., of Houston, TX. Another location is in Tampa. Kris Dorough, director here with John Wilson, executive chef.




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Long Gone - Delmonico Steak House and Restaurant (1956)
613 Seabreeze Blvd. at US A1A, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Chatham's Place Restaurant, 7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-2992. (Continental) [D] Open from 5:30 PM daily except Sunday. Located just north of W. Sand Lake Rd. ("Restaurant Row"), opposite The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. Opened in 1988, serving an eclectic fare in a romantic atmosphere. Start with Cream of Portobello or Lobster Bisque Soup. Appetizers include Calamari Fra Diablo, Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare or Beef Carpaccio. For entrées they offer Spicy Chicken Louisiana Creole, Rigatoni Apalachicola, Breast of Duck, Florida Black Grouper, Shrimp Scampi, 6 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon and a Rack of Lamb. There's also a daily special or two. Side dishes are extra like Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Steamed Broccoli, Sautéed Spinach, Capellini with Haricot Verts or Rigatoni Original, all ranging in price. Salads are also available with Romaine, Tropical, Caprese and a House Special. Wines offered range from Italian Pinot Grigio, to Chassagne-Montrachet at $125. Reds range from a Spanish Temranillo to a Tuscan Brunello di Montalcino at $135. Wine by the glass ranges in price moderately. Champagne is also offered. Full bar with crafted cocktails. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. for your own wine. Rated "Extraordinary" by Zagat. Entertainment such as a classical harp, often provides the soft audio atmosphere. Voted 2012 "Best Kept Secret" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Romantic Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Reservations accepted and advised weekends. Ignatio (Tony) Lopez, executive chef, owner.




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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Brooksville), 12280 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL. 62.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-596-7094. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened February, 2018. Located west of Brooksville and north of Spring Hill on SR 50, about 3 miles east of US 19. Previously called Cheddar's Casual Café until 2015, it's a casual, moderately priced, growing chain. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, closes at 11 PM on weekends. A combination of American, Southern and Tex-Mex fare, all rolled into one. Inviting décor. Appetizers like Chips and Queso, Spinach Dip, Cheese Fries, Potato Skins, Onion Rings and Cheese Bites run $5-8 each. Steaks like 6/8 oz. Sirloin, 12 oz. Ribeye and 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye are offered. Ribs are on the menu with Half and Full Rack. Chicken dishes include their popular Chicken Pot Pie, BBQ Chicken or Chicken Tenders, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Country Fried Chicken and Dijon Chicken. They also have Grilled or Cornmeal White Fish, Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp and Beer-Battered Fried Shrimp. They also offer meals inder 575 calories. Burgers and other Sandwiches, like Philly Cheesesteak, are available. Kids meals are offered. Desserts are on the menu too. Margaritas are popular and Wine is offered too. Full bar. Other locations are already in Sanford, Orlando and Lakeland (see below).




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Lakeland), 3411 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL. 75.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-863-647-2170. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened March, 2016. Previously called Cheddar's Casual Café until 2015, it's a casual, moderately priced, growing chain. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, except Sunday from 10:30 AM and closes at 11 PM on weekends. A combination of American, Southern and Tex-Mex fare, all rolled into one. Their menu starts with appetizers such as Onion Rings, Chips & Queso, Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Tenders, Nachos, Texas Cheese Fries, Loaded Potato Skins and Santa Fe Spinach Dip. 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, 8 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 are available. 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 cheaper. Full bar featuring Cocktails and Margaritas. Kids menu available. Founded by Aubrey Good and Doug Rogers in 1979 in Arlington, TX. Now with 150 locations in 23 states, headquartered in Irving, TX. Other Florida locations are in Orlando, Tampa, Sanford, Daytona Beach and other potential cities, like Ocala. Matthew Ratliff, manager here. Another location is expected in Brooksville (see above).


Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) Q=3 S=5 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Cheers at Rainbow Springs, 19330 SW 83rd Place Rd., Dunnellon, FL. 40.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-460-1422. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Was originally called River Run at Rainbow Springs, then Franco's at River Run, it reopened January 5, 2023 as Cheers at Rainbow Springs with a new owner. Located on the west side of Rainbow Springs State Park, off US 41, just south of the Park Headquarters entrance. Open 11 AM - 8 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends, but closed on Tuesdays. Mostly Seafood and Cajun style dishes here. For starters try Spinach Dip, 5 Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Dip, Shrimp Creole, Jalapeño Dip or Southwest Egg Rolls. 2 Soups change daily. For dinner they have Garlic Butter Chicken, Pork and Chicken Creole, Shrimp Creole, 7 Shrimp Platter, Seabass, 10 oz. Prime Rib and Grouper. Most come with two sides. A few Burgers are offered. Sandwiches offered here include Grilled Cheese, Club, Ham/Turkey/Roast Beef, Grilled Chicken, Chicken Salad, Italian Style, Open Face Roast Beef, Corned Beef and Turkey/Bacon. Five Salads with add-ons extra. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake and Tiramisu. Full bar and cocktails. Music and dancing on weekends from 6:30 PM. Outdoor seating available. Marietta Fortuna, owner.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Cheesecake Factory (Gainesville), 2851 SW 35th Dr., Gainesville, FL. 61.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-377-7572. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Opened September, 2019. New chain restaurant located in the Butler Town Center, near Archer Rd. (SR 24) and SW 35th Blvd. Open 11 AM to 11 PM daily, later on weekends. Saturday and Sunday Brunch served 10 AM to 2 PM. Happy Hour M-F, 4-6 PM. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Outside seating available. One of a large nationwide chain of over 200 locations, 16 of which are in Florida. Same menu as the Orlando location.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Cheesecake Factory (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-0333. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Located at the main entrance of the Mall at Millenia and open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM, Sunday from 10 AM. Valet & self parking in the mall lot. Elaborate surroundings. A vast array of familiar and unfamiliar meals like Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon, Crispy Spicy Beef, Shrimp Scampi and Pan Seared Albacore Tuna. Steaks include Steak Diane, Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak, Beef Ribs and Grilled Pork Chops, as well as Flat Iron Steak and Grilled Rib-Eye. Pastas include Arrabbiata, Carbonara, Marinara, Bolognese and Da Vinci styles. Sandwiches are also available like the Cuban, the Reuben, Crabcake, Shrimp & Bacon Club, California Cheesesteak, even a Grilled Cheese. Pizza, Burgers and Chicken dishes are also on the menu. Weight Management items also offered, like Pear and Endive Salad. Oddities like Pot Stickers, Snow Peas and Succotash add a surprising twist. Meals can range in price. Very large portions on many of their specialties. Sunday Brunch is very popular. Renowned for their famous cheesecakes including Godiva® Chocolate, Cherry, Snickers® Bar, Oreo® and Banana Cream. There's no end to the cheesecake flavors offered. Free Ice Cream dessert on your birthday. Large full bar featuring such concoctions as the Mosquito Bite and the Flying Gorilla. Even cold Apple Cider is available. Extensive wine list. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Patio seating. Casual dress. Voted 2015 "Best Desserts" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of a large nationwide chain of over 200 locations, 16 of which are in Florida.


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



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14½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Cheesecake Factory (Winter Park), 520 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-644-4220. (American) (Continental) [L/D] At Winter Park Village Shops next to the Regal Cinemas. Large portions of eclectic cuisines. Bang-Bang Chicken & Shrimp and Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp are typical of seafood; with Honey Maple Pork Tenderloin and Beef Ribs typical of meat dishes. Burgers and lighter offerings like salads and tacos are also on the menu. Numerous signature cheesecakes for dessert, of course. Entrées range in price. Sunday brunch. Casual dress. Very popular. Limited reservations accepted. Full bar. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Voted 2015 "Best Desserts" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. One of a large nationwide chain of over 200 locations headquartered in Calabasas Hills, CA.


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

Review: (from Dee O. 10/21) Had our car serviced and wanted to go to dinner in Orlando. Haven't been to the Cheesecake Factory in years. We were pleasantly reminded that we love Cheesecake Factory. No reservations and no waiting. Both of us had Sweet and Sour Chicken. The all white meat was very tender. We had Sweet Teas plus some Cheesecake to go! Delicious food! Great service! Total bill was $50. We now will look forward to our car service visits!
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Cheeser's Palace Café, 707 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL. 32.8 mile drive from The Villages. 404-9431. (Cafe) [B/L] Located in downtown Clermont near 7th Street, open 7:30 AM to 3 PM daily except closed Monday and to 2 PM on Sunday. Occasionally open later during street festivals. Two room café with a European flare. Breakfast includes a variety of Omelets, Crêpes, Waffles, French Toast, Danish and Muffins. Lunch runs the gamut from Sandwiches, Burgers and Strip Steak to Soups, like Tomato Floentine, Salads and Cheese Plates. Prices are moderate. Homemade desserts like Strudel, Brownies and Truffles also offered. Free Wi-fi. No bar. BYOB. Amanda Walsh, owner.




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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs (The) Chef & I (Orlando), 1412 Alden Rd., Unit #8, Orlando, FL. 57.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-328-5521. (American) (Continental) [L/D] Opened January, 2022. Located in the Hall on the Yard at Ivanhoe, (Unit #8) just east of I-4 and north of E. Colonial Dr. (SR 50) in Ivanhoe Village. Open daily from 11 AM to generally 11 PM, but closed Mondays. This is an elite fusion style gastro adventure. The Hall shares ordering from all menus of the 9 various restaurants there. It's a massive, innovative complex. Appetizers or Shareables range in price. Entrées like, Crispy Duck Breast are available. Plus a 5-Course Tastings or a 7-Course Tastings at prix fixe is offered daily. Wine Pairings for the 5-Course and for the 7-Course is extra. Desserts like, Orange Almond Butter Cake, are offered. A Brunch Menu runs on weekends. Full bar with crafted cocktails. A wide variety of Wine is available too. Outdoor seating and optional valet parking available. Online or phone reservations accepted and advised on weekends. The original is in Nashville, TN. Erica and Chris Rains, owners.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Chef's Table At The Edgewater Hotel, 99 West Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. 41.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-230-4837. (Continental) [D] Located in the historic Edgewater Hotel in downtown Winter Garden. Opens at 5:30 PM daily except Sunday and Monday when they are closed. Continental cuisine offered in a romantic atmosphere. Fine linen service. A prix fixe, 3 course menu might include Spring Mixed Salad or Foie Gras Crème Brûlée or Wild Mushroom Torte or Shrimp Grill for the first course; Grilled Rib Eye or Filet Mignon or Pork Tenderloin or Sesame Crusted Tuna, or Cajun Chicken Cassoulet, or Pan Seared Duck Breast for the main course and Chocolate Souffle or Berries Sauté or Banana Walnut Bread Pudding or Sorbet & Fruit for the last course. Wine pairing at extra per person, mating each course is offered. A Five Cheese Course is also available. Reader's Choice winner for "Best Atmosphere" and Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Romantic Restaurant" in Orlando by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted winner for "Best Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine readers. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. Full bar and extensive wine list. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Voted "Best Place to Celebrate" by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. David Lampman, chef de cuisine; Crystal Womelsdorf, executive chef, Brent Slusher, manager; Laurie and Kevin Tarter, owners here and at The Tasting Room (see that listing). The owner's experience includes Victoria & Albert's (see that listing) and Arnaud's (New Orleans) restaurants.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Chez Paul (Epicurean Cuisine), 927 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach, FL. 74.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-252-3588. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Estabished in 1999, it's an iconic culinary venue with full linen service. Considered a special occasion, but family oriented, restaurant in costal Florida. Located 3 blocks east of US 1, right on the Halifax River at the Mason Ave. Bridge, just north of downtown. Serves French, Italian and other European cuisines. Hours are 5:30 to 10 PM, except closed Sunday and Monday. Open for occasional Sunday Brunch in season. Start your meal with Mezza Luna [Stuffed Ravioli], Mussels di Napoli, Amsterdam Carpaccio or Burgundy Region Escargot Champignon. For Soup, besides the du Jour selection, they have French Onion Soup. Salad choices include House, Elenor [Greens and Goat Cheese] and Classic Caesar for Two [prepared table-side]. For main dishes you'll see Chicken Marsala, German Pork Schnitzel, Café de Paris Filet Mignon, Steak au Poivre Vert, Veal Picatta and New Zealand Lamb Rack on the menu. For Seafood they have Shrimp Papa Paulo [Sautéed in Garlic], Coquille St. Jacques [Poached Sea Scallops] and Chilean Sea Bass [Pan Seared]. For carb lovers they offer Lasagna and Lobster Ravioli. Specials daily. Desserts include Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cannoli and Tiramisu. Outdoor seating available on the upper deck facing the river. Full bar with Wine List. Reservations taken by phone and usually required. Paul Anthony Carpenella, former Daytona mayor, table greeter, chef and owner.




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Long Gone - The Pillars Pancake House and Restaurant
741 Ridgewood Ave. (US 1), Holly Hill, Florida.
"Club Steak $11.89 - Potatoes Salad - Garlic Bread"
13 different varieties of pancakes and waffles await your pleasure.
Stan and Bev Leibert, Your Hosts.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Chez Vincent, 533 West New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-599-2929. (Continental) (French) [L/D] Open 4:30 PM - 10 PM, except closed Monday and Tuesday. A few blocks west of Park Ave. in the revived Hannibal Square restaurant district. Intimate dining room. French cuisine served in a quiet atmosphere since 1997. Dinner entrées range in price. Paupiette de Poulet (Chicken Breast with Mushrooms) and Magret de Canard a l'Orange (Sautéed Duck in Orange Sauce) are just two of the items on the menu. Others include Filet de Chevreuil Montmorency (Venison in Port Wine), Carre d'Agneau au Bleu (Rack of Lamb with Blue Cheese Sauce) and Filet Mignon au Poivre (Beef Tenderloin with Cracked Black Pepper). For seafood they offer Truite aux Amandes (Sautéed Trout with Almonds), Merou a la Duxelle de Champignon (Sautéed Grouper with Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce), Coquilles St. Jacques (Sea Scallops Sautéed), Crevettes a l'Aneth (Gulf Shrimp in Dill Sauce), Saumon aux Framboises (Poached Salmon in a Sherry Raspberry Sauce) and Filet de Snapper (Steamed Snapper with a Seafood Fumet Sauce). 3 soups are offered each day including Soupe a l'Oignon (French Onion). Appetizers range from Moules (Mussels) to Escargot (Snails) to Grenouille (Frog Legs) to Caille (Quail). French desserts are available. A Prix Fixe Dinner with salad, choice of entrée and glass of wine priced per person. Dressy casual. White linens. Online or phone reservations accepted and advised on weekends. Full bar and nice wine list ranging $22-95 per bottle generally, but into the $100-300 range too. 15 wines by the glass offered. $25 Corkage Fee for your own wine. 2008 runner-up for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by WESH-2 News A-List. 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best French Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. A graduate of Clermont Ferrand Culinary Academy in Moulins, France - Vincent and wife Teri Gagliano, owners.


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Chima Steakhouse (Orlando), 7830 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-404-6001. (Steakhouse) [D] Opened July, 2023. Right on "Restaurant Row", in the Plaza Venezia, where a Bonefish Grill was located, near Dr. Phillips Blvd. Hours are 5 to 10 PM daily, except 4 to 9 PM on Sunday. Full linen service in a contemporary atmosphere of grays, tans and blacks. It's a Brazilian Steakhouse with cowboys (gauchos) coming to your table with skewered meat. Prix Pixe dinner with Rodizio and Salad Bar or just the Salad Bar with Picanha, Salmon or Chicken on a Pineapple skewer, priced lower. Desserts and appetizers are extra. Full bar, extensive wine list from the Wine Vault. Reservations accepted and encouraged by phone. Valet parking available. One of 5 upscale steakhouses scattered in the eastern US. Another Florida location is in Ft. Lauderdale. Corporate owned.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Chop Block Grill, 691 S. Broad St., Brooksville, FL. 50.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-678-6767. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Estabished September, 2019. Located on US 41, near the US 98 intersection, in the Hernando Shopping Plaza, near Family Dollar. Contemporary décor with neutral colors and wood tables in many booths for 4 people. "Casual Urban Dining." Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Tuesday through Friday, 4 PM to 9 PM Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For appetizers they offer Clam Chowder or French Onion Soup, Cuban Egg Rolls, Spanakopita, Fried Butterfly Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. Seafood main dishes include 8 oz. Ginger Bourbon Salmon, 8 oz. Mahi Mahi with Rice, Lobster Roll, Fried Coconut Shrimp, 8 oz. Cajun Grouper, Twin 4 oz. Maine Lobster Tails and Salmon & Crab Roulade. Each comes with a side and small Caesar or Garden Salad. Vegetarian items include Veggies & Couscous, Teriyaki Veggie Stir Fry or Veggie Bolognese. Three Pasta dishes like Cajun Chicken or Cajun Shrimp Alfredo and Shrimp Scampi are on the menu also. But the loyal patrons come for the many featured Steaks. 8 or 12 oz. Loin Steaks, 10 or 14 oz. Prime NY Strip Steaks, 12 or 16 oz. Prime Ribeye and an 8 oz. Prime Filet Mignon are on the beef list. Alternately, a Bourbon Chicken, 14 oz. Pork Chop or Bourguignon Pork Tenderloin are the non-beef choices. Toppings, Sauces, Bacon, etc. add to the bill. Each grill item also comes semi-a-la-carte with a side and a small Salad. More sides are extra. Desserts vary and include Layer Cake Slices and Cheesecake. Lunch items are served only 'til 4 PM and include Sandwiches and Platters that run $8-14 each. A Plant Based Burger is offered, same as the ½ lb. beef version. Nice small wine selection runs $5-12/gl. with Whites $14-27/btl. and Reds $14-35/btl. Some are from Italy. A bottle of Lombardy Sparkling Pinot Bianco Brut is $75 for top shelf. Some Draft Beers. Beer and wine licensed only. Reservations by phone, highly recommended. Todd Smith and Eric Gallery, owners.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Video Christini's Ristorante Italiano, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 55.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-8770. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Located off "Restaurant Row". Open 6 PM to 11 PM. Open since 1984. Lavish interior. Black and white linen service. Jackets required. One of Orlando's best known and expensive restaurants. Appetizers include Mozzarella Caprese, Prosciutto Melone, Melanzane Parmigiana, Funghi Ripieni, Calamari Fritti, Gamberoni [Shrimp] alla Venezia and Carpaccio de Manzo. Their only Soup is Pasta e Fagioli. Salads are Insalata Carpricciosa, Insalata Mista and Insalata con Funghi. For the Pasta Course they offer Spaghetti al Pomodoro, Ravioli Aurora, Fettuccine alla Christini, Linguini alla Primavera, Gnocchi Bolognese, Rigatoni alla Zozzona, Melanzane Parmigiana and Ravioli di Pesce. For seafood entrées they offer Shrimp alla Scampi, Aragosta [Lobster] Fra Diavolo, Spigola [Sea Bass] alla Christini, Lobster or Shrimp of the Day and Fish Filet of the Day, all at Market Prices. They also have Chicken Piccata, Chicken Formaggi, Chicken Marsala, Veal Piccata al Limone, Veal Marsala, Saltimboca, Veal with Mushrooms and Lobster Medallions and Prime Filet Mignon. The Osso Bucco d'Agnello (Lamb Shank) is featured. Side dishes are extra. Summer specials reduce the prices about $5/entrée. Desserts range from Sorbet and Gelato, to Cannoli to Tiramisu. A strolling accordionist adds to the Italian atmosphere. Complimentary valet parking. Full bar with extensive Wine List. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Voted a "Top Restaurant" in the area by OpenTable members. In business 45 years, Chris Christini (RIP) and family, owners.


Older Review: (from Cheryl L. 7/17) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Video Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster, 729 Lee Rd., Orlando, FL. 59.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-4443. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Formerly called Del Frisco's and no longer licensed to use that name. An upscale elegant steakhouse, opened in 1993 as a family business. Opens at 5 PM daily, except closed Sundays. Located on SR 423, just west of I-4. Appetizers from Onion Rings and Shrimp Scampi to Fried Oysters and Shrimp Cocktail are popular. Dinner or Caesar Salad as well as a Lettuce Wedge are offered. Soups include Lobster Bisque. Lighter entrées are Shrimp Scampi, Fried Shrimp, and Salmon. In beef, 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 18 oz. Prime Bone-In Ribeye, Prime Strip, Porterhouse and Beef Wellington, are available. Other meat offerings include Prime Lamb Chop, Veal Porterhouse, and Osso Buco Veal Shank. Small beef portions like Filet Beef Tips and Governor's Filet are sold too. Vegetable portions are a-la-carte like Potatoes au Gratin, Pasta Frisco, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Creamed Corn. Piano lounge provides entertainment. Full bar and extensive Wine List. Corkage Fee: $30/btl. for your own wine. The Wine Room has 6,000 bottles of wine. Online and phone reservations accepted and advised. Free valet and self parking. Smart casual attire accepted; coat and tie optional. 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Steakhouse" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted "Best Business Dinner" and "Best Steakhouse" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Zoli Davis, executive chef; Carole and David Christner, owners.


Older Review: (from Lori S. 12/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Pearce's Dining Room, (1961)
"At the Ben White Raceway. Specialties are Western Steaks, Fresh Sea Foods and Prime Ribs.
Picture windows overlooking the world's largest harness horse training track.
Owned and operated by Nat Sherrard."
1905 Lee Rd. near Edgewater Dr., Orlando, Florida.

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Chroma (Modern Bar + Kitchen), 6967 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, FL. 70.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-955-4340. (American) (Asian) [L/D] Opened in mid-2016. Located in the new Lake Nona area, this ultra-contemporary venue offers plenty of small bite plates. It's a social thing here too, so it can be noisy. Open weekdays from 11 AM and Saturday and Sunday from 3 PM and closes at 10 PM on Sunday or later on weekends. In the Sliders Dept. you can find a Cheeseburger, Chroma Burger, Pulled Pork Burger or a Lamb Burger. In the Rabbit Food Dept. you can find Local Greens, Chopped Heirloom Salad, Tuscan Kale and Quinos or Spinach & Charred Apple. The Seafood Dept. has Fish Tacos, Sautéed Mussels, Fish & Chips, Wild Tuna Poke, Florida Shrimp, Kung Pao Calamari and Crab & Artichoke Dip. The Meat Dept. has Baked Meatballs, Chicken Satay, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, Grilled Chicken Thighs, Corn-flaked Chicken Drumsticks, Florida Pork Ribs, Corned Beef Brisket Empanades, Lamb Ribs, Pork Belly Ramen Tonkotsu, Roasted Bone Marrow, Grilled NY Strip and a Skirt Steak. Vegetarian Dept. has Bourbon-Maple Sweet Potato, Snow Peas, Patatas Bravas, French Fries, Charred Shishito Peppers or Chilled Asparagus. In the Lost and Found Dept. you can discover Deviled Egg, Roasted Edamame, Fried Goat Cheese, Potato Gnocchi, Guava and Goat Cheese Flatbread, a Charcuterie Board and a Fromage Board to share. Not to be outdone, the Wholesale Dept. has meals for sharing for 4 patrons, like Spaghetti & Meatballs, Jambalaya, 20 ounces of Grilled Sirloin Steak and a 30 ounce Bone-In Grilled Ribeye. From the Sugar Pantry you can order Apple Crisp, Bead Pudding, Rum Spiked Fresh Berries, Key Lime Pie or a Pot de Crème au Chocolat. Specialty Sodas are $5 each, as are Lemonades and Iced Teas. Crafted Cocktails, like a Pineapple Caipirinha, run $9-12 each. About 2 dozen wines by the glass in 3/6/9 oz. pours or by bottles ($36-87/btl. for Whites) and ($36-125/btl. for Reds) are offered. Some are their own California label. Local and imported beers are available, as are flights for the undecided or ultra-thirsty. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Outdoor lounge available. Online or phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Jason Bergeron, chef. Part of the Tavistock Restaurant collection.


Review: (from Rich C. 8/22) Waiting for a flight into OIA, so I came here for dinner. It was busy. Once you open the door, the music and conversation noise on the hard surfaces was deafening. I waited at the hostess stand behind a couple being helped with some request. There were FOUR employees behind the hostess stand. Another couple came in behind me. We all waited patiently to be recognized by someone. The conversation got long, so I approached the podium and said "Just one for dinner". I was told I had to wait for the other gal helping the couple ahead of me. That conversation got even longer. Again I approached the podium and requested "Can't you show me to a table and enter it into the computer when you get back?" "No, only she can assign tables - it'll be a minute." Another wait, I approached the podium a 3rd time and said "There are 4 of you here and I can't wait for this bottleneck to be resolved, so you just lost my business." She didn't seem to care, just 3 standing there with nothing to do. I walked out and so did the couple behind me. Went across the street and had a nice meal. Service=0.
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs AARP Card Free WiFi Ciao Italia, 6149 Westwood Blvd., Orlando, FL. 58.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-354-0770. (Italian) [D] In business since 1991. Located near Exit #1 of the SR-528 and I-Drive, not far from the Orange County Convention Center. Nicely appointed dining room in a run down plaza. Full black and white or multi-color linen service gives an upscale look to the interior. Open 5-10 PM daily. A wide variety of Italian specialties are offered in this long established restaurant. Soups include Pasta e Fagioli, Vegetable Chowder and Aragosta Lobster Bisque. The menu has Bruschetta, Insalata Caesar, Insalata dello Chef, Insalata Novella and Caprese. Involtine di Melenzane, Cozze, Calamari Saltati, Broccoli Rabe and Antipasto Italiano are offered. Over one dozen Pastas, like Lasagne, Rigatoni alla Siciliana, Fettuccine Alfredo, Linguine con Vongole and Ravioli de Pesce are just some that are on the menu. Main courses include Pollo al Limoncello di Casa,Vitello alla Marsala, Pork Chops, Salmon and Filetto are available. Specials are offered daily. Dessert list is creative. Beer and wine licensed. Specialty Italian wines are well paired with their food. Wines by the glass offered. Wine by the bottle run $36-140/btl. $25 Corkage Fee for personal wines allowed. Online or phone reservations accepted.Navarra family, owners.




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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Cintrón, 2441 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL. 66.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-3131. (Caribbean) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened in August, 2020. Located in the Thornebrook Villages Shopping Center, northwest of the city off NW 23rd Ave. in the Madison Park neighborhood. Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, later on weekends, except closed all day Sunday. Puerto Rican influenced Florida/Caribbean cuisine, attractively presented. Decidedly Latin atmosphere and flavors. Start with Truffle Queso Frito, Floribbean Eggrolls, Yuca-Crusted Calamari Frito, Ajonjoli Seared Tuna, Island Chicken Wings, Duck Stuffed Tostones or Shrimp & Passion Fruit Ceviche. For Sandwiches they offer a Grilled Chicken, Prime Beef Burger, Cuban Dip, Blackened Fish, or Tacos Borrachos [Fried Fish]. Seafood entrées include Scampi Pasta, Mango-Mustard Glazed Salmon or Shrimp Stuffed Yellow Tail Snapper. Also Mojo Roasted Chicken, Chuleta Kan Kan [Pork Chop], Churrasco Frittes and a 14 oz. Grilled Ribeye Steak can be ordered. Other lighter dishes include Cauliflower Wings, Corn Avocado, Mushroom Tacos, Veggie Burger and Truffle Mushroom Bolognese [Pasta with Mushroom Sauce]. Various Salads are offered. Soup is here too. For dessert you can choose from Helado [Ice Cream], Tropical Fruit Sorbet, Tierrita [Chocolate Mousse], Coconut Key Lime Pie, Tres Leches or Café Con Leche Crème Brûlée. Kids Menu runs Pasta to a mini Filet Mignon. Each comes with a side. Lunch items are the same price as dinner dishes. Full bar. Wines by the glass, or $29-66/bottle for Whites or $30-65/bottle for Reds. Specialty Cocktails like Daiquiris, Mai Tais, Margaritas, Martinis and Mojitos available. Happy Hour, at the bar only, runs 3-7 PM, Monday through Friday with discount on all Wine, Beers and Special Cocktails, plus Bar Snack Specials. Large outdoor seating available. Occasional Latin entertainment. Reservations accepted by phone. Francisco Carmona, Veronica, Wanda and Hector (chef) Cintrón, owners.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Works Eatery & Pour House, 1486 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-801-3730. (Brew Pub) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened January, 2020. Located near the Orange Parking Garage and the NBA Store at the west end of Disney Springs. Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM, later on weekends. 8,600 sq. ft. here to roam around in. Padded booths and regular tables are scattered in this large space. They have ninety local, national and global beers on tap. That says it all! Bud Light? Of, course. Babycakes Oatmeal Stout? That too. Latrappe Quadrupel? All the way from Holland. A board announces the rotating brews. It's a typical tourist attraction, with touristy prices but the locals come here anyway. Start with Fried Pickles, Popcorn Chicken, Pretzel Bites or Cheese Curds for an appetizer. You can share Smoked Chicken Wings, Chicken Dip, Queso Dip, Kung Pao Cauliflower or Buffalo Shrimp. Chicken or Fish Tacos are here and so are Burgers, Wraps, Sliders and Pulled Sandwiches. For main entrées they offer Rigatoni, Southern, Smoked or Tex-Mex Mac 'n Cheese, Fish 'n Chips, 10 oz. Pork Chop, Smoked BBQ Ribs, Pan-Seared Salmon, or a Smoked BBQ Platter. For dessert you'll be tempted by Baked Cookie Dough or Peanut Butter Snickers® Pie. They offer a Brunch Menu on Saturday and Sunday before 3 PM, where items are reduced, like the 8 oz. NY Strip Steak with Eggs. Full bar, not just beer with a Happy Hour. Beer Flights are popular, however. Specialty Cocktails at Brunch or a Flight of 4 Mimosas are sold. Mules are popular. A Magnum of Bubbly and Juices for 3 or more people is offered. Limited Wines in bottles $30-46 each. Kids menu too. Heated outdoor seating available. Reservations accepted by phone or Open Table online. A small chain of 9 locations, out of Chicago, IL. run by Bottleneck Management Restaurant Group, owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Clermont Brewing Co., 750 W. Desoto St., Clermont, FL. 32.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-430-2337. (Brew Pub) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open since May, 2019. a.k.a. the "CBC". Located one block south of Montrose, the main drag, in downtown Clermont. It's a 7,600 s.f. hall with warm surroundings. They open daily at 11:30 AM, until 10, 11 or 12. They make a few craft brews like Hefeweizen, Kolsch, Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Oktoberfest, Wit, Milk Stout, Porter and others. For food they have Chips & Salsa, Hummus and Meatballs to start. For larger portions they make BBQ Pork or Mojo or Korean BBQ Street Tacos, Smoked Chicken Dip, Pork or Chicken Sliders and Mojo Pork Nachos. They also offer some Sushi dishes. Thin Crust Pizza is also popular, like the Margherita. Salads featured, in two sizes, are Brewster or Asian Chopped and Santa Fe or Strawberry Burrata. For dessert you'll see Gelato, Key Lime Cake and others. Full bar. Half Price Happy Hour is weekdays 3-6 PM. Craft cocktails are here too. Sangria, Margarita and Cider is offered. Wines by the glass and by the bottle at $20-62. Some Coravin pours kept fresh. They feature live music, trivia or karaoke every night except Quiet Monday. Outdoor covered porch seating for some outdoor entertainment. Picnic tables, hi-tops and couches too. TVs for the sports minded. David Earl and Darren Johnson, owners.




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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Cocina 214, 151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park, FL. 53.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-790-7997. (Mexican) [L/D] Located one block south of Morse Blvd. and one block east of S. Park Ave. Opens at 11 AM every day. Billed as a very contemporary Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant. The 214 is Dallas Texas' area code. The menu is extensive. A variety of Nachos, Quesadillas, Taquerias, Fajitas, Burritos, Enchiladas and other dishes jam the menu pages, like the Fried Rock Shrimp Tacos. Specialty dishes like Carne Asada, Pescado Rico, Corn-Crusted Mahi, Camarones Brochette and Cocina Aged NY Strip Steak. Sopas and Ensaladas are offered, like the Tuna Sashimi Salad. Lunch specials daily. Saturday and Sunday Brunch include types of Huevos. Full bar makes Margaritas, Caipirinhas, Mojitos and serves Mexican and domestic beers as well. Wine and champagne available too. Happy Hour 4:30 to 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" and "Best Happy Hour" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 20% gratuity added to parties of 12 or more. Russ Greer, owner.


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Colorado Fondue Company, 1016 E. Semoran Blvd., Casselberry, FL. 56.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-767-8232. (Fondue) [D] Opens at 5:30 PM daily, except 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday.Located at the corner of SR 436 and Red Bug Lake Road in the Greater Market Plaza. Déor is reminiscent of a Colorado lodge, complete with moose head. Not a chain. Long established, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant offering combination dinners as well as individual entrée selections. Entrées include choice of side salad or soup, pasta, red-skinned potatoes, mixed vegetables and sauces. Cheese Fondue appetizers such as Cheddar Santa Fe, Four Corners, Fontina Tuscany, Alpine Swiss and Spinach and Artichoke Fonduta are offered. Entrées such as Vegetarian, Breast of Chicken, Chicken & Shrimp, Colorado Lodge Sirloin, Sirloin & Shrimp, Pork Tenderloin, Black Tiger Shrimp, Scallops & Shrimp, Filet Mignon or Sea Scallops are on the menu. Side additions from Edamame to Mushrooms to Filet Mignon Pieces are extra. Sharing fondue desserts such as Kahlua Milk Chocolate, Dark Raspberry Chocolate, Colorado Mudslide, Cookies & Cream, Amaretto White Chocolate and a few others are offered at the end of the meal. Combination dinners including salad and dessert with various main courses, available at varying prices per couple. Reservations accepted and advised on weekends. 18% suggested gratuity added to parties of 5 or more. Full bar and wine list. Blake Alders, owner.




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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Colorado's Prime Steak, 3863 S. Orlando Dr. (US 17/92), Sanford, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-324-1741. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in 1995. Not a chain, locally owned. Located on US 17/92 just south of Lake Mary Blvd. Hours are workdays 11 AM to 9 PM, Saturday Noon to 10 PM, Sunday 4 to 9 PM. Warm casual décor with vinyl tablecloths. Let's start with appetizers like Potato Skins, Onion Rings, Fried Greens Tomatoes, Fried Mushrooms, Smoked Rib Basket, Chicken Tenders, Buffalo Wings or Skins+Wings+Ribs Combo. Sandwiches include Fried Chicken Breast, Teriyaki Chicken, Ham on Rye, Fish Filet, Shrimp Tacos, Shrimp Po' Boy, Prime Rib and Single or Double Sirloin Burger. Each come with Fries. The main attraction is Beef, like 6 oz. Little Ribeye, 8/12/16 oz. Smoked Prime Rib, 10/14 oz. NY Strip Steak, 12 oz. Ribeye, Tenderloin Kebob, T-Bone, and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon. They also offer Grilled or Fried Fish Filet, 6/12 oz. Broiled Chicken Breasts, Grilled Roasted Pork Loin, Chicken Tenderloin, Half/Whole Rack Baby Back Ribs, Fettuccine with choice of Chicken/Steak/Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Grilled Salmon and Garlic Shrimp. All come with a Salad of choice, Vegetable Medley or Slaw and choice of a Starch. Kids menu available. Extras add to the bill. Large Salads like Wedge, BLT, Chicken Caesar, Pan Asian Chicken and others are on the menu. Soups like Spanish Onion, Potato Soup and Chili are offered. Full bar offers Cocktails, Draft Beer and Wines like Whites or Reds at $22-28/btl. and Mondavi House Wine by the glass. Happy Hour everyday until 7 PM is "Buy-One Get-One". Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for wines not already on their menu. Reservations accepted by phone. Note: Regardless of their name, the menu does NOT indicate that their beef is USDA Prime Grade but they DO reference "Colorado Beef". If concerned, inquire in the restaurant. Dwayne Pratt, owner.




Image 13½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Columbia Restaurant (Celebration), 649 Front St., Celebration, FL. 58.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-566-1506. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] The original location is in Ybor City (see that listing). This one is located in downtown Celebration since 1997 opposite Lake Rianhard. Open every day from 11:30 AM including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Start with a glass or whole pitcher of Mojitos or the Homemade Sangria or their famous 1905 Martini. Their "1905 Salad" is a legend and can accompany any entrée for an extra charge as a side salad. Many tapas are offered and include Queso Fundido (Cheese Dip), Espinaca y Garbanzos Burgos (Spinach and Beans), Coca de Langosta (Lobster Flatbread) and Gambas "Al Ajillo" (Shrimp). Full entrées include Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Shrimp, Cannelloni de Langosta, Snapper, Pompano, even Grouper. Cuban Veal is offered , as is Ropa Vieja, Palomilla, Roast Pork and Filet Steak Salteado. Other beef items include Filet Mignon or with Bacon or Flambéed Bourbon and a 16 oz. Delmonico Steak. Chicken dishes are also available. Perhaps the most sought after is Paella from Vegetarian Style, to Valenciana Style, to Marinera Style. Combination plates are offered too. For dessert you can choose from Churros, a Guava Turnover, Crema Catalana, Chocolate Cake, Key Lie Pie, Brazo Gitano and of course, Spanish Flan. Gluten Free items are shown on the menu. Children's menu available. Gift Shop and Cigar Store. Online or phone reservations accepted. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights from 8-12 PM in the Tapas Bar. Full bar and very large wine list, specializing in Spanish wines, is available. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. 7 locations across Florida. Still family owned and operated by Richard and Casey Gonzmart. Candido Ferreira, general manager here.


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

Review: (from Jackie N. 4/21) Nicely decorated indoor seating with outdoor seating overlooking a park and lake. We've eaten at many of the Columbia restaurants in Florida but a first time at this one in the lovely community of Celebration. Our waiter, Jose, was prompt with any requests, especially with filling our water glasses. Warm bread and soft butter was served as soon as we sat down. The Ropa Vieja was not as good as I remembered from other Cuban restaurants but still enjoyable and enough for another leftover meal. The Original Cuban Sandwich was tasty and so large a serving that it lasted for 2 more leftover meals. The Boliche Criollo was so good that plate looked like it was licked clean when finished. Though we were all full from dinner we shared a delicious Flan for dessert. The total bill was $59 before t&t for the 3 of us.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Columbia Restaurant (Ybor City), 2117 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL. 100.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-248-4961. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [L/D] This is the original location in Ybor City. Now with 6 other versions in Florida. Open 365 days a year from 11 AM. Authentic cuisine from Spain and Cuba. Elaborate historic Spanish decor. Tapas to full dinners are available. Paella a la Valencia, Red Snapper Alicante, Grouper a la Rusa, Pompano en Papillot as well as Shrimp Criollo are some of the seafood offerings. Pollo Riojana, Filet Mignon Columbia, Palaomilla, Roast Pork a la Cubana and Rack of Veal Leno Rodriguez are some of the meat entrées. Flan and Florida Key Lime Pie are typical of the desserts. Main dishes range in price. Full bar and extensive wine list with over 1000 selections. "Best of Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Gluten free items noted. Flamenco dancing and other entertainment every evening except Sunday with cover charge. Casual dress. Online or phone reservations accepted. Popular with tourists and for banquets, business dinners and lunches. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Geraldo Bayona, executive chef. Opened by Casimiro Hernandez in 1905 at this location. Still family operated.


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

Review: (from Rochelle B. 1/21) We were greeted by our waiter, Jean, and experienced excellent, unhurried and attentive service. We shared an appetizer of Calamares Fritos ($15). The Calamari was very tender, lightly breaded and seasoned, served with Garlic Aioli. We then shared a Cuban Sandwich ($10), served with a Pickle and Plantain Chips. I requested a side of Garlic Aioli to dip in! Sandwich was a touch dry but very flavorful. We added their signature 1905 Side Salad ($7), to accompany our Sandwich. For dessert we shared the Churros Tres Amigos ($6). 6 small Churros served with house made Hot Fudge, Hot Caramel sauce and warm Guava Sauce - decadent and delicious! We ended the meal with Cafe Con Leche ($4 each), hot and rich. Our total after tax, without tip, was $50. Service was excellent, we were never rushed (very European) and the restaurant is beautiful, like being back in Spain.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Four of us had lunch at this famous restaurant, unfortunately, it did not live up to its reputation. We were seated in about five minutes without a reservation. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. The provided hot Cuban Bread and homemade Butter was quite good. My wife had a cup of Caldo ($6) a Sausage and Bean Soup that was also very good, however her Cuban Sandwich ($14), claimed to be the original Cuban in Florida, was not up to par, many are better in The Villages area. I had the recommended Steak Salteado ($22), Filet Steak Tips with Chorizo, Onions and Potatoes in a brown gravy and Yellow Rice. I was just OK. Total before t&t was $42.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Donna B. 1/24) A dozen members of my book club visited Ybor City recently and had lunch at this restaurant. Almost everyone of us had the Half and Half Combo ($15): A choice of one half of their famous Cuban Sandwich and one half order of Columbia's Original "1905" Salad. We all agreed that the Cuban Sandwich was dry and the Salad (which was made at the table) was just OK. I had a cup of the Cuban Coffee. It was very strong. And, I split a Key Lime Pie with another person in the group ($10 per slice). Although it was very crowded, we were seated promptly and the service was very good. My bill before t&t was $26. When I return, I will order something different from the lunch menu. I would also like to try the dinner menu.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Conestogas Restaurant, 14920 Main St., Alachua, FL. 76.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-462-1294. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Area tradition since 1988. Located 16 miles north of Gainesville, near Exit 399 of I-75, right on Main St., 2 blocks south of US 441 in the cute town of Alachua. Opens at 11 AM daily except closed Sunday. Noted for their steaks. Best sellers, Conestoga Sirloin Lunch Cut, Junior Cut or Senior Cut, plus a Surf 'n Turf option tops their menu. A Tenderfoot Filet Mignon is on the list, as is a Ribeye Steak and a New York Strip. Other choices include a Sirloin Tips, Chicken and Tender Sirloin Tips Combo and Chicken, Shrimp and Sirloin Tips Combo. Fried Chicken, Liver and Onions, Marinated Chicken, Fried Whitefish, Chicken, Onions and Peppers, Country Fried Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Fried Shrimp and Suwannee Swai are also offered. All these come with two side dishes. Ground Beef Patties are also offered. Large salads are available too. Burgers and Hoagies are offered. Children's menu is available and Senior Citizen items are offered too. Ice Cream desserts are popular here. Beer and wine licensed. Daily Specials Hotline is 386-462-8133. Ricky, Donna and Melissa Robertson, owners.




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Not Rated 1 Dollar Sign Video Coney Island Drive Inn (Brooksville), 1112 Jefferson St., Brooksville, FL. 50.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-796-9141. (American) (Cafe) [L/D] Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily except from 11 AM on Sunday and 'till 9 PM on Wednesday through Saturday. In business since 1960. "World Famous (they say) Foot Longs and Delicious Different Burgers". Not only Hot Dogs and Burgers but also Chicken Wings, Southern Fried Ribs, Fresh Fried Mullet make this an eclectic array of comfort food. Slaw Dogs, Chili Dogs and Corn Dogs are not Coney Island but are on the menu here too. Burgers from the Midwest are also here. But a Full Slab of Ribs can be had. You'll also find Shoe String Fries and Fried Pickles too. Beer and Wine licensed. License plate collection dons the walls. Sally Lee, owner. Another location is near The Villages (see that listing).




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Cook's Buffet, Café & Bakery, 704 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, FL. 48.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-734-4339. (American) (Buffet) [L/D] Opened in April, 2011. Hours are 11 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days per week. To 9 PM weekends. Located just north of Stetson University on US 92. Features a large Buffet and a 20 foot Salad Bar. Offers fresh vegetables, soups, nightly specials and homemade desserts. The Lunch Buffet with an entrée and vegetables is priced per person; with the salad bar it's extra. The Salad Bar alone is one price and add for a cup of soup. Dinner Buffet starts at 4 PM weekdays and 11 AM on Sundays and Holidays. It's one price for salads only, another for salads and vegetables, and another for the full buffet that includes a carved entrée like Ham, Turkey, Beef, Seafood, etc. Beverage and dessert are extra. Children under 10 are priced accordingly. For lunch you can also order off a menu that includes a Reuben, Grilled Chicken Pita, ½ Pound Cheeseburger or a Pulled Pork Sandwich, all with French Fries. You can also find Filet of Fish Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and Soup, Open Faced Pot Roast Sandwich or a Southwest Taco Salad. Homemade soups include Chicken Velvet, Red Velvet or a Soup du Jour. Inside and porch seating available. Vinyl tablecloths and linen napkins keep the place neat. Beer and wine available. Eat free during your birthday week, once a year, with 24 hour advance reservations, proper ID and three other full buffet purchases. Family run. Don Wilson, manager; Michael and Star Cook, owners.




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

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


Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) We started out having their Wine Tasting ($10 per flight) which was OK. Nothing exceptional but OK. Then we were seated and our server, Micheli, was very attentive. We ordered off the Magical Dinning Menu but I added a cup of Lobster Bisque ($8). My husband had the starter of Pot Stickers which he said was fine. I had the Roasted Vegetable Flatbread. It was a little on the too done/too crispy for my liking. My husband had the BBQ Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Spinach which he said was dry and not very tasty. I had the Soy Grilled Salmon which was also dry with Mashed Potatoes and an Asian Cole Slaw which was TOO salty. I couldn't eat it. My husband had the Crème Brûlée for dessert and I had the S'more Budino. My husband also had a cup of Coffee that they didn't charge us for. Our total bill before t&t was $92.
Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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14½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant (I-Drive), 8005 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-956-3400. (American) (Wine Bar) [B/L/D] Opened September, 2014. At the corner of I-Drive and W. Sand Lake Road (SR 482), just off Exit 74A of I-4 in the I-Shop Plaza. This huge, 12,400 square-foot location open 6:30 AM to 10 PM daily; later on weekends and can handle 340 patrons. This one serves breakfast too. Besides 50 styles of wine to have with your meal or take home (see above location), they offer a wide variety of food items like Asian Pork Belly Tostadas, Ahi Tuna Tacos, Southwest Egg Rolls, Chicken Potstickers, Stuffed Mushrooms, Calamari, Thai Lettuce Wraps, Crab Cakes, Drunken Shrimp, and other appetizers, or a 4 item sampler for a price. A number of Flatbreads like Italian Sausage & Ricotta are offered. For entrées you can find Fish & Chips, Jambalaya, Soy Ginger Salmon, Crab Cakes, Seafood Cannelloni, Pistachio Crusted Grouper, Sea Scallops and Blackened Ahi Tuna, to name the seafood dinners. Meat dinners include Pretzel-Crusted Pork Chop, Short Rib Risotto, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Churrasco, Beef Medallions and a 7 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon. Chicken is prepared 5 different ways from Chicken Piccata to Chicken Madeira. 6 Pasta dishes like Angel Hair Neopolitano and Gnocchi Carbonara are on the menu too. Burgers for lunch or dinner range in price for the Prime Rib Burger. Others offered, like a Chicken Sandwich. Large Salads are available. Combination deals make choosing a meal almost limitless. Kids, gluten-free and vegetarian food available too. Wine by the bottle is served from a unique table-top cooling dispenser and runs $23-30/bottle with their reserves running up to $48/bottle. In the retail store, all these wines are less for take home. $8 Corkage Fee allowed for your own wine or purchased in their adjacent Wine Shop. Full bar in addition to wine and beer. Reservations taken online and much advised. Another location is in Tampa. One of 16 restaurants headquartered near Chicago, IL. Cara Mahler, general manager here; corporate owned.


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



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Copp Prohibition Grill, 7855 Gulf to Lake Hwy. (SR 44), Crystal River, FL. 45.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-228-8103. (Brew Pub) (Southern) [L/D] aka: "COPP Brewery, Winery & Prohibition Grill". Formerly Tug's Bar & Grill and Wet Willie's Lounge. Opened here in May, 2022, but in business since 2007. Located 1.5 miles east of Crystal River, on SR 44, 1 mile west of CR 486. Hours are Noon to 8 PM, Sunday; Noon to 9 PM, Wednesday and Thursday; Noon to 10 PM Friday and Saturday; closed on Monday and Tuesday. Beer garden, winery, 2 bars, event space, retail shop and restaurant all rolled into one 10,000 sq. ft. venue. Inviting interior serves Plates like Pretzel Bites, Potato Chips, Boiled Peanuts, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Fish Dip, Black Truffle Fries, Poke Stack, Key Lime Cevishe, Crawfish Nachos, Lobster Mac and Cheese and 6 Lamb Lollipops. Salad du Jour and Soup du Jour are Market Priced daily. Sandwiches with a Side include Chicken, BLT, Grilled Reuben, Fried Chicken and Belgian Waffle, Short Rib Burger and Prime Rib Sandwich. Sides include Fries, Veggie, Cornbread, Roasted Corn, Chips and Slaw. There's also Grilled Shrimp Tacos, Flank Steak Tacos and Fish du Jour Tacos. Kids menu offered includes Grilled Cheese and a 6 oz. Burger. For dessert try Sticky Toffee Pudding or the Sweet du Jour. Locally made Beers include a Cream Ale, Fruit Beer, IPA, Brown/Red Ale, English Bitter, Wheat Beer, Stout and other types. A 4-taste Beer Flight is available. Wines include Pinot Grigio, Sauv. Blanc, Reisling, Gerwirtz., Rose, Syrah, Zin., and others. A 4-taste Wine Flight is offered. Fran Copp, brewer and owner.




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


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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Corelli's Italian Restaurant, 1042 E. Hwy 50, Clermont, FL. 33.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-989-5924. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened June, 2013 and is popular with the locals. Located near SR50 and US27, between Pet Supermarket and K-Mart in the Clermont Regional Center. Purple booths and tables fill the dining room. The owners have more than 30 years experience in the restaurant business. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, five days a week. Closed Sunday and Monday. Appetizers like Garlic Rolls, Meatballs, Sausages, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Ravioli, Fried Calamari, Mussels Marinara and Chicken Wings, start the large menu. An Antipasta runs $13 for one person and $17 for two persons. Main dishes are items like Stuffed Shells, Ravioli, Tortellini, Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage, Manicotti, Cannelloni and Baked Ziti, plus Lasagna, Pasta ala Vodka, Fettuccine Carbonara, Fettuccine Alfredo, and a Tour of Sicily or Italy. Chicken can be had as Parmigiana, Marsala, Florentina, Francase or Piccata style. Then there's Sausage & Peppers, Veal Parmigiana, Veal Frances, Marsala or Piccata, plus items like Linguine with Clam Sauce, Shrimp Parmigiana, Fish Parmigiana, Mussels Marinara, Shrimp Scampi, Fish Francese and a Seafood Assortment called Fruitti di Mar. Eggplant Parmigiana or Rollatini are also on the menu. Main diahes usually come with House Salad, Garlic Rolls and a side of Pasta. Small and large Calzones are available, as are Subs. Their specialty is New York Style Pizza in 14", 16" or 18" sizes, plus each topping. White Pizza is also offered. Desserts include Zeppolis, Triamisu, Cannoli or New York Style Cheesecake. Imported or domestic Beer and House Wines are licensed here. $4 fee for sharing an entrée.. Reservations accepted for a party of 4 or more. David and Giuseppe Affrunti, owners.




Image 13 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Corky Bell's Seafood (and Steaks), 185 S. Hwy. 17, East Palatka, FL. 66.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-325-1094. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located at Gator Landing on the east side of the St. John's River. Open from 11 AM daily to 9 PM or later on weekends. Specializing in fresh seafood. "Corky's Platter For Two" contains Shrimp, Oysters, Scallops, Fish Filet, Deviled Crabs and Clam Strips. Other platters are available. Clam Strips, Deviled Crab, Crab Stuffed Bell Peppers, Shrimp Scampi, Sea Scallops, Soft Shelled Crab, Alaskan Crab Legs and even Lobster Tails are on the menu. Boiled Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp, Fried Oysters, Oyster Stew, Frog Legs, Crawfish and Gator Tail can also be found. Favorites include Salmon Patties, Flounder, Fish Filet, Cod, Catfish, Mahi-Mahi and Salmon. Steaks like New York Strip, Ribeye, Prime Rib and Baby Back Ribs are offered. Surf and Turf Combos are available too. Chicken, Shrimp or Scallop Alfredo Pasta dishes are made here too. Dinners include Hushpuppies and two sides. Appetizers include Fried Pickles, Calamari, Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños and Conch Fritters, among others. Senior Citizen meals are offered at less than regular price. Lunch items run lower too. Children's menu also offered. For dessert, they have Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake and Chocolate Cake. Full bar here. Occasional entertainment. Large deck for outdoor seating. Charles (Corky) Bell, owner.


Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karen B. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Putnam House (1908) In business 1885-1922.
"The Great Health Resort." Rates: $3-4/day.
William Catto, Manager; L.H. Merryday, proprietor.
Palatka, Florida.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs (The) Crab Plant, 201 NW 5th St., Crystal River, FL. 47.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-795-4700. (Seafood) [L/D] Located on Kings Bay at the west end of NW 5th St., a few blocks off SR44/US19/US98. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 8:30 PM, closed Sunday and Monday. Plain dining area serving Stone, Snow and Blue Crabs in season. Open for lunch and dinner. Dinners come with two sides, like Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Fries, Hush Puppies, Cheese Grits, Baked Beans, Corn, Mixed Vegetables, House Salad and others. Entrées include Fried Clam Strips or Chicken Fingers, Fried Mullet, Grilled Chicken, Grilled or Fried Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, Bay Scallops, Duel Crab Cakes, Mahi Mahi, Fried or Gilled Grouper, A Trio Platter and the Captain's Platter. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and New York Style Cheesecake. Draft Beer by the glass or Pitcher, plus premium bottled beer and Wines by the glass and bottle. They also have Steamed Plates like 1 dz. Little Neck or Top Neck Clams, Mussels, Crawfish, Shrimp, Snow Crabs, Dungeness Crab, King Crab, Blue Crabs, plus Stone Crabs [10/15 to 5/1 season]. You'll also find a Low Country Boil. You'll occasionally find specialties like Hog Fish, Flounder, Frogs Legs or Whole Lobster. For lunch or dinner, Sandwiches are popular like Smoked Sausage Hoagie, Fried Mullet, Gater Sausage, Chicken, Cheeseburger, Lobster Roll, Shrimp Po' Boy, Crab Cake, Mahi, Grouper and others, all range in price. Cups of Clam Chowder and Blue Crab Chowder are available too. House or Greek Salads are offered. Appetizers like Mullet Dip, Shrimp Dip, Buffalo or Garlic Shrimp and Fried Blue Claws can make its own meal. Kids menu available. Fish market attached and popular during Stone Crab Season (10/15 to 5/1). Now full bar here. Split plate charge. Cash only. ATM on premises. Outdoor seating available. Kelly and Candy Kofmehl, owners.




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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Cracker's Bar & Grill, 502 NW 6th St., Crystal River, FL. 48.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-795-3999. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located northwest of town on US 19 next to the Best Western Motel. Open daily 11 AM to late. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Noted for their large outdoor deck overlooking the Crystal River plus a large sports bar dining room. Chili and Clam Chowder are popular starters. Fish & Chips, Tuna Melt, Oyster Burger and Grouper Sandwiches are on the menu. Burgers and other hot sandwiches such as French Dip, Philly Cheese Steak, Pesto Chicken, Hot Turkey & Bacon and Reubens are offered. Dinners include fried, sautéed or grilled Shrimp, Scallops, Oysters, Grouper Fingers or Chicken Tenders. You can also find Baby Back Ribs, Ribeye and Sirloin Steaks on the menu. Large Salads are also available. Moderate prices. Full bars inside and out. The deck is popular for cool drinks on a hot day. David and Joseph Garrick, owners.


Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Terry W. 3/18) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs cress Restaurant, 103 W. Indiana Ave., Deland, FL. 47.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-734-3740. (Asian) (Continental) [D] Opened August, 2008. Opens at 5:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday only. Closed Sunday and Monday. An upscale elegant bistro in downtown Deland serving European, Indian and Far East dishes. Derived its name from an edible garnish. Main dishes like Pan Roasted Chicken, Braised Leg of Lamb, Glazed Pork Chop, Herb-Crusted Florida Fish, Wild Boar Tenderloin, Wagyu Beef Ribeye and others can be found on their Winter Menu; while Jumbo Shrimp 'n Grits, Penne Provençal, New England Sea Scallops, Free Range Poussin, Fresh Fish du Jour or Osso Buco, might be found on their Spring Menu. Curry dishes from India or Indonesia, like Hyderabadi Eggplant & Peanut Curry, Tikka Masala Curry with Chicken or Rendang Curry with Lamb are often on the menu too. Small plate offerings like Steamed Clams, Lamb Ribs, Crab Cake or Escargot are available. Salads like Caprese, Wedge or Seasonal, are offered. A Soft Taco or Charcuterie Plate is offered for two. A wide variety of wine is offered by the glass. Bottles run $24-210 each. Champagne also available. Occasional Prix Fixe 3-Course Menu is offered too. Chef's Table events are also scheduled. Outdoor seating is available. Owner/chef is a 2011 James Beard nominee for "Best Chef South". 2012 Foodie Critic's Choice winner for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Reservations taken by phone or online. Tom Brandt, owner.


Review: (from Neal P. 7/23) Our server was Erin. Two of us had the Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with the homemade local honey and Dijon dressing. It was very tasty and good. For the main entrée we had the Gnocchi Bolognese. It was very good and there were some small pieces of meat in the sauce. The third person in our party had the Garlic and Rosemary Filet with the Potatoes Au Gratin and Brussels Sprouts. She could not taste the blue cheese whipped creme fraiche. It is about an hour and 15 minute ride from The Villages. The meal for the 3 guests totaled $103 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/23) Erin, our server, was outstanding in every way. All four of us were there for the $35, fix prix Bite30 special. Two of us had the Leg of Lamb, which was cooked as a Pot Roast, but very tasty. The other couple enjoyed the Curry Dish. Two had Escargots for appetizer and two had Soup. Desserts were excellent and plentiful. All of the staff worked well together and were attentive to our needs. Most seating was table for 2, with a couple of larger tables. With all having two beer/wine each our bill for 2 came to $106 before t&t. Very nice experience and worth the drive to this cute town of Deland. Plan to make reservations and be on time! We got a call within 10 minutes of our reservation to confirm that we were in fact going to be on time.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Crimson Tavern, 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, FL. 63.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-851-9000. (American) [L/D] Opened in May, 2013. Located in the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel, just north of the International Airport, off S. Semoran and T.G. Lee Boulevards. Hours are 11 AM to Midnight daily, dinner being served 5-11 PM. Billed as an "American Gastro Pub" serving snacks, light meals and full dinners in an austere, lunch room setting. Many ingredients come from the large Chef's Garden on the property. Casual attire. For light meals at dinner they offer A-La-Carte Table Snacks like Corn Bread, Hummus, Warm Pretzel, Cheese Fries, Hush Puppies, Meatballs, Duck Empanada, Mussel Pot, Burrata Ceviche and a Seafood Cocktail. There's also a Meat & Cheese Board Array. For entrées they have a Ramen Bowl, Chicken Pot Pie, Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Smoked Pork Porterhouse, Lobster Fettuccine, Daily Fish, Crab Stuffed Grouper and a New York Strip Steak. For large Salads they list a Farmhouse, Wedge and Kale Caesar. Desserts served include House Donuts, Cheesecake, Key Lime Tart and a Chocolate Torte. They also feature a British Ice Cream Sundae called a Knickerbocker in 3 different flavors. Full bar and Wine List with Whites by the glass or $28-50/bottle and Reds by the glass or $32-120/bottle. Craft beers are available. Lunch items add Sandwiches and Salads. A Bar Menu shows Burgers, Street Tacos and a Pressed Cuban, among others. Weekly BBQ is held outside. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Validated parking. Reservations taken by phone. Caesar Acevedo, executive chef; hotel owned.




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13 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs The Crooked Spoon (A Gastro Pub), 200 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont, FL. 31.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-404-7808. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Opened September 11, 2013, in the shadow of the Citrus Tower in the former Friendly's Restaurant building at US 27 and Grand Highway. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, but to 8 PM on Sunday and Mondays. Formerly a Food Truck business by the same name, this restauranteur wants to take root rather than wear out tires. A Gastro Pub which means creative sandwiches and burgers with unique ingredients. On the menu will be "The Smoked Spoon Burger" of Angus Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sweet Onion Marmalade and Chipotle Aioli on a toasted Brioche Bun. Also the "420 Burger" of Angus Beef, Honey Mustard Aioli, Candied Bacon, Swiss, Fried Panko Crusted Onion Ring and Pineapple Relish on the same bun. The "Bistro Ham Sandwich" will feature Black Forest Ham with Marinated Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Brie and Bistro Spread Aioli served on toasted Sourdough Bread. There's also a "Cranberry Turkey Sandwich" made with Cranberry Chutney, Swiss, Wilted Onions and Sage Aioli on toasted Artisanal Multigrain Bread. A favorite is Mac 'n Cheese created with 6 kinds of cheese (Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Fontana, Swiss and Gorgonzola), Bacon, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Basil and topped with Bread Crumbs. All come with signature chips. Full bar license. Craft beers are offered too. Chef Steve and Rebecca Saelg, former food truck operators, owners.


Older Review: (from Dan G. 10/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rochelle B. 4/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/21) What a great place. We arrived at 5:30 PM on a Thursday when it was quiet. By the time we left it was full and pretty noisy. Interesting menu including my better half's Peach Basil Martini ($10) and my Home-made Red Sangria ($8). Both were excellent. We shared the Beer Cheese Pretzel Fondue with our friends ($12.50). It was Yummie! She had the 6 Cheese Mac 'n Cheese ($13) which was so filling, she took home half. I had the Full Spinach Salad and added Grilled Mahi on top ($22). Our friends enjoyed their Fish Tacos and Meatloaf. We passed on desserts. Tani was our friendly and suggesting server. However when the place got busy, service slowed down. Our total was $65.50 before t&t. Can't wait to come back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 1/22) Difficult menu. Not a lot to choose from. I had a "well" Manhattan that showed up on the bill at $9!!! I also had the Spinach BLT Salad with Chicken ($20). That was wonderful. Dawn H. was a good server. My total was $29 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 4/23) Saturday night, the place was noisy but not full. Server Meagan was excellent; she recommended the 420 Burger and the 6-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese. We started with the delicious Balsamic Bacon Bleu Cheese Chips for the table. My husband had the Burger, which he said was good but not exceptional and the decadent Mac & Cheese as a side (+$7.50). I had the Grouper Reuben, very nicely done if quite messy, and upgraded to Sweet Potato Fries (+$3.50). With a glass of wine and a non-alcoholic beer, it was $78 before t&t. Creative menu and everything executed well. We’ll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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13½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-1600. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [D] Located on I-Drive near the Wonder Works at Pointe Orlando not far from the convention center. Dinner hours 5-11 PM except to 10 PM in the summer. Bar closes at 2 AM. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Upscale casual dress code. It's a cavernous two story restaurant, bar and entertainment complex. Full bar with "Caippy Hour" 5-7 PM weekdays offering $5 Caipirinhas and $4 Wine, Sangria and Coronas. Specializes in dozens of Rums, some up to 25 years old. Latin Floor Show 4 times per night, every 45 minutes, starting at 8 PM. For "Aperitivos" there's Black Bean Soup, Cuban Salad, Barrio Chino Chicken Wings, Mariquitas Cubanas, various Empanadas, Arepa (Corn Cake) Rellena, Levanta Muerto Seafood Soup and Cuba Libre Chicharrones. For entrées they offer Vegetarian Ravioles al Pesto Casero, Citrus Grilled Brick Chicken, Suntanned Mango Glazed Salmon, Pompano a la Plancha, 12 oz. New York Strip Steak plus Plato Gaucho Mixed Grill for two or more. There's also traditional Cuban dishes like a Cuban Pressed Sandwich, Arroz con Pollo, Ropa Vieja, Lechón Asado Pulled Pork, Vaca Frita Flank Steak, Churrasco Skirt Steak a la Cubana and the prized dish, Seafood Paella, of course. Sides of Black Beans and Rice, Fried Plantains, Chino-Cubano Rice or Mashed Garlic Boniato Potatoes can add to the meal. They also offer many Spanish Style Tapas like Yuca Fries, Tostones, Malanga Fritters, Plantains with Guacamole Dip, Escabéche Salad, Papas Rellenas, Cuban Spring Rolls, Croquetas, Camagüey Meatballs, Crispy Shrimp & Sea Scallops, Grilled Octopus and Steamed Mussels, all one price for any two Tapas. You can also find Crab or Shrimp Ceviches. It wouldn't be a full meal without authentic desserts like Dulce de Leche, Tres Leches, Banana Bread Pudding, Rice Pudding, Chocolate Torte and the traditional Cuban Flan, all ranging in price. Various Latin Style Coffees are made. Spanish Sherries and Portugese Ports, plus Rum Pours, to Pyrat West Indies Rum, can make a rich dessert in itself. Also dozens of Mojitos, Caipirinhas and Cuba Lirbres can start or end a meal too. They also offer "15 Tastes of Cuba" prix fixe meal priced per person. Salsa/Merengue/Bachata DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights is popular with tourists and local latinos alike. The second floor has a Sultry "Go-Go" Lounge too. Online and phone reservations accepted and advised in season. Validated free ramp garage parking. Valet parking optional. Small chain of 4 locations based in Philadelphia, PA. Nationally known chef, Guillermo Pernot, corporate partner. Alan Sommerman, manager here.


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



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

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu David's Club, 1500 Masters Blvd., Championgate, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-390-6664. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the Omni Hotel at Champion's Gate. Opens daily at 4 PM. Entrées include a Vegetarian dish like Roasted Cauliflower, Crispy Chicken, Fish & Chips, Shrimp & Grits, Atlantic Salmon, Short Ribs, Black Grouper and Ahi Tuna. Their Steaks are an 8 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon, 14 oz. NY Strip and 18 oz. Prime Ribeye Bone-In. Side dishes are extra; and toppings are extra too. They also have Sandwiches like Grilled Cheese. Soups and Salads, plus appetizers, like Steamed Mussels. A large Wine List, Beers and Special Cocktails are offered. Corkage Fee for your own wine, but inquire. Parties of 6 or more have 18% gratuity added to the bill. Open Table reservations online. Kip Thornsbrough, chef; hotel owned.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Coming Soon Free WiFi Debonair Supper Club, 183 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-9446. (American) [B/L/D] A new supper club will create a one-of-a-kind experience bringing together the best dining, mixology, art and entertainment in one large, 6,300 sq. ft., location. Avant garde décor, distintive archway and wild accents grab your attention here. Even the glasware is different. This was formerly Chela Tequila and Tacos on Orange at E. Church St. All day and night hours (to 2 AM) are expected including Sunday Brunch. Opening target is now summer, 2023. Thomas Wilkinson, executive chef; Ovais Jalil, owner.




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12 Stars 4 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu deep blu Seafood Grille, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando, FL. 64.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-390-2420. (Continental) (Seafood) [D] Located in the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort off Buena Vista Dr. near Exit #67 of I-4. Opens at 5:30 PM daily. Dressy casual attire preferred. This award winning restaurant with comfortable surroundings, features a Raw Bar and Fresh Sushi, along with seafood entrées and steaks. The menu is a-la-carte and changes seasonally. You'll often find four types of Fresh Oysters at the Raw Bar. For appetizers, they feature Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, Sweet Corn & Crab Chowder, Calamari Fries, Steamed PEI Mussels, Seared Ahi Tuna, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Cocktail, Ahi Tuna Poke, Seared Scallop & Pork Belly and deep blu Crab Cake. For Salads, Baby Romaine Hearts or Kale Salad represent "the greens". Land-side main dishes might be Joyce Farms Chicken Breast, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs, Charleston Chop Lamb, 6 or 8 oz. Filet Mignon, 14 oz. New York Strip or a 16 oz. Delmonico Steak. Many sauces are included, as well as sides at added cost, like Tiger Shrimp, Scallops or 8 oz. Lobster Tail. Local fish is featured like Florida Golden Tile Fish, Key Largo Rudderfish and Clearwater Red Snapper. Other seafood items include Seafood Cioppino, Cedar Baked Chilean Sea Bass, Hawaiian Moonfish, Seared Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass and Cast Iron Seared Scallops. Many fish filets can be blackened, baked or seared as ordered. Any meal can add a side dish like Truffle Scented Grilled Asparagus, Edamame, Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Foraged Mushrooms, Crisp Brussels Sprouts and deep blu Mac 'n Cheese. Then there's the Sushi Menu with the usual California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and Cilantro Roll, among others, to the Combo of Assorted Nigiri. Full bar offers signature cocktails with Florida names like Ponce de Leon and St. Augustine. Mocktails also available. Wines by the glass range from Alamos Malbec, to Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon. By the bottle, wines run $32 to $250 each for the top P-J Champagne. Whiskey Straights run up to Johnnie Walker Blue. A half dozen Sakes are also offered. Live entertainment in Bar-1521. Parties of 6 or more have 18% gratuity added to the bill. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day for Prix Fixe Holiday Dinner. Reservations taken and advised during season and weekends, by phone or online. Voted "Best Restaurant" and "Best Service" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Geoffrey Gable, chef de cuisine; Andrew Edwards, executive chef; Amine Kais, general manager; Wyndham owned.


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

Review: (from Peter S. 9/21) My wife got the Butternut Squash Soup (Kabocha Soup), Ribeye with Mashed Potatoes and Apple Walnut Carmel Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream. I got the Butter Lettuce Salad with Vinegar and Oil, the Cioppino (Seafood Bowl), with 6 oz Lobster Tail, Shrimp, Mussels, and Potatoes in a fish broth, and Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache. This was part of the Magical Dining Menu. The cost was $37 for each meal. The restaurant was very nice with a lot of room between tables. We sat at the windows and had a view of the pool. Rebekah was our server and she was excellent. The food was also very good.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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13½ Stars 4 Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, 9150 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 56.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-351-5074. (Continental) (Steakhouse) [D] Opened August 15, 2015. Located near Pointe Orlando on I-Drive near the convention centers. Del Frisco's bought this 18,500 s.f., 2-story building for $8.7 million in 2014. It formerly housed a Houlihan's and a Sizzler restaurant. Hours are 5 PM to 10 PM for dinner daily (to only 9 PM on Sunday but opens at 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday). Business, semi-formal or dressy casual attire requested. They recently re-branding their name to add "Double Eagle". Their 20 year claim to fame is their USDA Prime Steaks. Full white linen service here in a remade 2-story dining establishment. For starters you may find Shrimp Cocktail, Marinated Shrimp Plate or Shrimp Remoulade, Crab Cake, Tuna Tartare, Steak Tartare, Escargot, Calamari, Braised Short Rib Dumplings, Carpaccio or Raw Oysters too,. For Seafood entrées they offer Bay of Fundy Salmon Filet, Crab Cakes, Sesame Seared Tuna and Seared Chilean Sea Bass. There's also a Broiled Lobster Tail at market price. But the heart of the menu is beef, like 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 16 oz. Prime Strip, 16 or 22 oz. Bone-In Prime Ribeye, 16 oz. Bone-In Filet and a 32 oz. Prime Porterhouse. You can also find Twin 8 oz. Lamb Chops or 14 oz. Veal Chop. At the top end they might offer a 32 oz. Wagyu Longbone. Other selections might include Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast, Prime Braised Short Rib and Red Wine Demi-Glaze Filet Medallions. Soups, like Turtle or Lobster Bisque are additional. And Salads like Blue Cheese Wedge, Caesar or Beefsteak Tomatoes add to the bill. Side dishes include Baked Potato, Onion Rings, Brussels Sprouts, Potatoes au Gratin, Chateau Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms, Asparagus or Spinach Supreme at extra charge. Lobster Mac 'n Cheese side adds too. Lunch items include Prime Cheeseburgers, Steak Sandwich, Lobster Roll, Chicken Avocado Wrap or various Salads are offered. Desserts are also available like Sorbet, Banana Bread Pudding, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Buttercake and Lemon Cake. A bar menu is also offered at varying prices. Full bar and Wine List of 1200 labels. Sommeliers can assist in wine selections. Craft and Draft Beers sold too. Cocktails available. They sometimes offer a "Summer Prime Pair" of Salad, Appetizer, 8 oz. Filet and Side Dish at prix fixe per person. Outdoor seating available. Reservations taken by phone or online. "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. 1,200 Wine selections. Corkage Fee: $30/btl. One of the Texas-based chain of just 12 locations in the largest US cities. Greg Thompson, executive chef; Dominick Delledera, general manager; corporate owned.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Delaney's Tavern, 1315 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-849-0801. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened August, 2019. Located across the street from ORMC in the Delaney Park area of south Orlando. New boutique, 54 room hotel called The Delaney Hotel, will offer small plates and other "shareables" of international cuisine in an atmosphere of TV's Cheers!. Hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM, but later on weekends. Sunday Brunch from 10:30 AM is priced per person. Entrées include Salmon, Sea Bass, Paella, Pork Chops, Filet Mignon NY Strip and Scampi. It will feature a 360 degree bar serving wines, specialty cocktails and craft beers. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. for your own wine. Outdoor seating available. Anthony Albino, chef; hotel owned.




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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, 6115 Westwood Blvd., Orlando, FL. 58.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-226-2662. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [D] Opened in April, 2011, near Seaworld, at the corner of Westwood Blvd. and I-Drive, just off the 528 and exit 72 of I-4. Opens at 4 PM weekdays, 1 PM on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday. Primarily a steakhouse but pasta dishes are also offered within the wide array of Italian meals served in large portions. Start with Clam Chowder or Zuppa di Stracciatella and appetizers like Garlic Cheese Bread, Portobella Parmigiana, Bruschetta Pomodoro, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Calamari, Sautéed Escarole or Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Gorgonzola Wedge Salad, Tomato & Mozzarella, Chicken Caesar or an Antipasto for Two are offered for Insalata. Steaks featured start with 16 oz. Sliced Angus Sirloin, 9 oz. Beef Tournedos with Mushrooms or Marsala, 16 oz. New York Sirloin Strip, 9 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon, 14 oz. Bone-In Filet and end with a Chef's Mixed Grill at Market Price. They're famous 24 oz. Delmonico Angus Choice Rib-Eye Steak is featured. They also offer your choice of Pasta with Marinara, Pomodoro or Vodka Sauce, Ravioli, Tortellini Agio Olio, One Pound of Lasagna, Linguine with Clam Sauce, or Fettuccine Alfredo. As for Chicken dishes they offer Chicken Prosciutto, Utica Style Chicken Riggies, Chicken Marsala or Chicken Sinatra. Seafood items include Shrimp Scampi or Frutti de Mare. Veal is also on the menu as Parmigiana or Marsala. Desserts include Cannoli, Amaretto Cheesecake, Cappuccino Pie, Tiramisu, or Tartufo. Kids menu also available ranging in price. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar with wine list. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Reservations accepted and advised during conventions and tourist season. One of a small chain of just 5 restaurants, 4 of which are in upstate New York, based in Utica, NY. Not affiliated with the Delmonico Restaurant in New York City where the Delmonico Steak was first offered in the 1840s.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Dempsey's Steak House, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL. 66.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-907-4574. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Open at 6 PM daily. This is one of the dining rooms of the Saddlebrook Golf Resort. The menu features Chops and Steaks such as a 10 oz Traditional Filet Mignon or the 14 oz Bone-In Filet Mignon, a 22 oz. Black Angus Cowboy Steak, a 14 oz. New York Strip, a 26 oz. Porterhouse Steak or a Center Cut 14 oz. Pork Chop. Seafood specialties include Pan Seared Wild Salmon, Key West Shrimp Scampi, Sesame Seared Tuna, Gulf Snapper and Chilean Sea Bass. Cold Water Lobster is also available at market prices. Lighter chicken and pasta dishes are also on the menu such as Roasted Half Chicken, Scallop Linguine and Pasta Bolognese. Meals are a-la-carte with vegetables (enough for two) priced per serving. Celebrated table side Caesar Salad is extra per person. Soups and appetizers are also offered. Full bar. Occasional entertainment in the adjacent lounge. Online or phone reservations accepted. 18% suggested gratuity added to every check. Daniel Desmond, executive chef. Resort operated. Casual attire appropriate. Complimentary valet parking.




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




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

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




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Long Gone - Hotel Forrest Lake (1925-1928). Named after the builder, Forrest Lake.
...then the Hotel Mayfair (1934-1947). Operated by William E. Kirchhoff.
...then the Mayfair Inn (1947-1963). Owned by the NY Giants.
...now the New Tribes Mission.
1000 E. 1st Street, Sanford, Florida.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs (The) District Gastro Bar (and Social Eating House), 532 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 54.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-704-7913. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Opened in 2019. Located on W. Church, near Division St., around the corner from the Amway Center, just west of I-4 and 4 blocks north of the East-West Expressway in the Parramore District. It's in a 6,000 sq. ft. structure built in 1922. Open 11 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends. This will be an evening watering hole as well as serving fine food like Mussels in Saffron Broth, Marinated Flank Steak, Baked Salmon, Panco Crusted Chicken Sandwich, Jalapeño Oysters, Porchetta Sandwiches, Oxtail Empanada, Cerviche, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salsa Taco, Dry Rub BBQ or Garlic Parmesan Wings and Sautéed Snapper. Full bar with specialty cocktails. Inside and outside dining available. Parking lot for patrons. Occasional entertainment. Timothy Green and K.C. Preston, owners. Not affiliated with other venues in neighboring counties with The District in their name.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu DOMU (East End), 3201 Corrine St., Orlando, FL. 58.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-1228. (Asian) [D] Originated here in Audubon Park in 2016, it's now catering to locals and travelers who know where to find the place at the back of the East End Market in the Audubon/Baldwin Park area of Orlando. It's a few blocks north of SR 50 (E. Colonial Dr.) and a few blocks east of N. Mills Ave. and I-4. Opens at 5 PM daily. May soon be open for lunch again - call. May close for private events, so call ahead, especially on Sunday and Monday. Domu is Japanese slang for "A Dream Come True!" It's an eclectic modern Asian gastro bar serving home-made Ramen, Small Plate Tastes, Crafted Bowls, Custom Cocktails, Sake, Wine and Beers. They are famous for Ramen creations like Richie Rich, Tokyo, Uni Mazemen, Chuka and more. Plus favorites like Black or Spicy Tonkotsu and Yuzu Chicken. Of course you can add items to your bowls too for a small extra charge. Small plates at dinner include Tako, Truffle Burrata and Domu Chicken Wings. Pigs In A Blanket and Krabby Patty Buns are offered. Rice Bowls with Chashu or Tuna are available. Vegetable dishes are popular with Vegan/Veggie Patrons. Soft Serve Ice Cream is offered. Full bar with fancy cocktails featured. Crafted Cocktails. Japanese Whisky and Sake make for difficult choices or wild guesses. Short Wine List. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. Happy Hour is 5:00-6:30 daily and all night Tuesday and offers reduced basic drinks. Outdoor seating available. Usually a wait for tables on weekends. First come first served only. Also table for 6 is maximum. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Designation. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. Another location is at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando and a new one in Jacksonville. Johnny and Jimmy Tung, with Sean "Sonny" Nguyen, chef and owner.




Closed Temporarily Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Dovecote Restaurant, 390 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 55.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-930-1700. (Continental) (French) [L/D] Closed on Sept. 30, 2023. New location TBA. Opened July 20, 2016. aka Dovecote Brasserie Located in the Bank of America Center, at Livingston St., where Harvey's Bistro did business at Suite 110, this upscale French Brasserie is set to WOW the downtown Orlando culinary scene. Very unusual décor. A dovecote is a French medieval colombier, or pigeon coop. This 6,000 s.f. first floor venue was opened by chef Clayton Miller, former chef at the world renown French Laundry Restaurant in Yontville (Napa Valley), California and Gene Zimmerman, noted wine expert. It's open for lunch through dinner plus evening hours after Bob Carr performances too. Raw Bar and Happy Hour prices are offered. Start with Hors d'Oeuvres like Cheese Puffs, Chicken Liver Pâté, Brandade au Gratin, Pork Terrine, Onion Soup Gratinée, Chicken Leg Confit, Chilled Carrot Soup, Tomato Risotto or Beef Tartare. For Salads you'll find Frisée Salad and Salade Niçoise. For main courses, they offer Croque Monsieur & Frisée Salad, a DC Burger, Mussels & Frites, Yellowfin Tuna, Red Snapper in a Shellfish Broth, Vermouth Braised Veal Cheeks, 12 oz. Strip Steak & Fries, Whole Roasted Chicken For Two and at the top, a 26 oz. Côte de Bœuf. Side dishes, like Roasted Carrots, add to the bill, as does Pain Maison. From the Raw Bar, you'll see East or West Coast Oysters. Sea Urchins are available, as are Luxe Shooters. ½ dozen PEI Mussels, Shrimp Cocktail [4], ½ Maine Lobster and a 4 oz. Crab Louie Cocktail tempt the patrons too. At the end, Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Sherbet & Bay Crumble, Fruit Crêpe or a Grand Marnier or Chocolate Souffle finishes the meal. At lunch they add a Croque Monsieur, Pulled Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad, Shaved Roast Beef Sandwich, and more, all the way to a Yellowfin Tuna Burger. Full bar and a wide Wine List. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Reservations advised. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Voted "Best Restaurant" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Critic's Pick. Jason Dixon, executive chef; Robert Tazioli, owner.




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Not Rated Coming Soon (The) Dragon Vault, 101 E. 1st St., Sanford, FL. 54.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) [D] It's located in historic downtown Sanford at the corner of S. Park Ave. This 5,000 sq. ft. space on the first floor of the 100 year old (Wells Fargo) bank building will become a themed dragon's lair restaurant and show place. The bank vault plays a central part. Wear fantasy costumes and you'll fit right in. Dragon-fired food and medieval potions will be offered. Full bar expected. Opening 2024. Part of the League of Extraordinary Dining, or LXD.




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


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



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-370-3359. (Asian) [D] Same owners as above in Gainesville with a slightly different restaurant name. Located on "Restaurant Row" off Sand Lake Road. Open from 5-10 PM daily, later on weekends. They describe the setting as "Modern Izakaya", meaning a contemporary Japanese Pub. Sushi, Sashimi and Robatayaki Grill using Bincho-Tan charcoal at 1000°F, are served tapas style. Sharing is encouraged. They focus on Sensual, Spiritual and Savory elements. Cold seasonal dishes like Fatty Tuna, Wahoo, Loch Duart Salmon, Long Island Flounder, Wagyu (Beef), Tako (Octopus) and Scallops are offered, or higher prices for the premium Tuna. Hot grilled dishes like Chicken Meatball, Scallops, Pork Cheeks, Australian Lamb Chops, Mackerel, Beef Tongue and Crispy Pigs Ears are on the menu. Regular Robata Grill items include Chicken Wings/Breast/Thigh, Beef Tongue, Rib Eye, Lamb Chop, Spare Ribs, King Crab, Yellowtail, Codfish, Short Ribs, Shrimp and other meat and seafood selections are listed. But there's also a 6.5 oz. Wagyu Tenderloin too. Sashimi items like Amber Jack, Yellowtail, Tuna, Salmon and others are offered. Or you can let the chef pick 5, 7 or even 21 pieces for you at stepped prices. Maki (Rolls) are also made like California, Florida, Princess and many others. Specialty Rolls like Lobster, Godzilla and Volcanoare popular. Soups, Noodle Dishes and Salads are offered. Full bar specializing in Sake. Happy Hour in the bar, lounge and patio only, 5-7 PM daily. It includes drink specials and food items at reduced prices. Large selection of Japanese Beers too. Wine list runs up to $120/bottle. Small Corkage Fee for your own wine. Outdoor seating. Reservations accepted by phone or Open Table online. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. Austin Boyd and David Song, chefs here.


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



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Drifters Riverfront Bar & Grill, 55716 Front St., Astor, FL. 40.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-759-2802. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] For years this was Williams Landing, then named as the Blackwater Inn, now it's Drifters Riverfront. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 9 PM; Sunday to 8 PM; closed Monday and Tuesday. Full bar stays open to later. Located on the west bank of the St. Johns River just off SR 40, a few miles east of US 19. Appetizers like Wings, Onion Rings, Cheese Fries, Fried Pickles, Okra, Green Beans, Banana Peppers and Mushrooms, Potato Skins, Nachos, Gater Tail and Fish Dip can be had. Chicken, Fish, Mahi, Rueben, Grilled Cheese, Cuban, Philly Cheesesteak, Po' Boy and French Dip Sandwiches and Wraps are popular. Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Fried Clams, Grouper Fingers and Fried Chicken Baskets are on the menu. At Market Price you'll find 1 lb. Crab Legs, ½ or full lb. Peel & Eat Shrimp, Oysters, Catfish and Mussels on the menu too. A Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner and a 14 oz. Prime Rib dinner are offered too. Sides like Mac 'n Cheese, Collard Greens and Sweet Potato Fries are popular additions. Wednesday Special of Goulash, Thursday Special Chicken Pot Pie, Friday Special Prime Rib and Weekend Special Oysters Rockefeller, as well as ½ and Full Rack St. Louis Ribs are offered too. Cocktail Specials from the bar are varied. Entertainment on Saturdays 4-8 PM is scheduled. New owner: Mechele McHenry of Palm Coast, since 2021.


Review: (from Peggy R. 6/23) What a nice surprise this restaurant was. We stopped for lunch on our way home from St. Augustine and weren’t expecting much from the looks of the outside Server, Kaley, was excellent. I had the French Dip with Mac 'n Cheese. The Sandwich was very good; the Mac 'n Cheese, so good it’s worth a trip to Astor for that alone. My husband had their enormous Fish Sandwich and Fries. He took half of the Fish out of the roll and took home enough Fish for a second meal. With a Soda and Coffee, it was $36.40 before t&t.
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL. 99.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-736-0606. (Brew Pub) (Mexican) [L/D] Open from 11 AM daily, to 11 PM on Sunday through Tuesday and even later on weekends. Located 3 blocks north of Main St., just west of City Hall. It's the oldest micro brewery in Florida; it has a Scottish theme like the rest of the town. They make an American IPA, Bohemian Pilsner, Blonde Pilsner, Honey Beer and Oatmeal IPA in limited quantities seasonally and a Gold Ale, Wheat Ale, Red Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout and Fruit Ale on a regular basis. For food, they offer Tacos and Burritos like Fish Tacos, Black Bean Tacos or Smoked Blackened Chicken Burrito, plus Wraps and Sandwiches like Pulled Pork Sliders, Mahi Wrap or a Pub Burger. Small dishes like Hand Cut Fries, Onion Rings, Fried Cheese Curds, Loaded Nachos, Wings, Chicken Tenders and a Caesar Salad are also on the menu. Chips and Dip are also offered as a snack. Besides beer, their focus is on music with entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 8 PM. Jam Sessions are held on Wednesdays too. Brewery Tours are $5 including samples. Beer and wine only here. Trace Caley and Richard Crance, brewmasters; Michael L.and Michael N. Bryant, owners.




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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Eagles Nest Café (at Grand Lake Golf Course), 18545 NW 45th Avenue Rd., Citra, FL. 47.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-591-2768. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Located off US 441, half way between McIntosh and Reddick on Orange Lake at the Grand Lake Golf Course. Opened January 12, 2013. Hours are 8 AM to 7 PM daily, except to 5 PM on Sunday and to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday. Some of their items are ½ lb. Hot Dogs, 4-Way Chili, Roast Beef & Swiss on a Challuh Roll, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Fish 'n Chips, Shrimp & Chips, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Shrimp Alfredo, Chicken and Waffles and Jambalaya. Lunch specials offered. Sunday is Fried Chicken Special at Noon, Monday is Wing Night with 50¢ Wings, Tuesday is Mexican Night, Wednesday is Pasta Night, Thursday is Seafood Night and Friday and Saturday is Prime Rib Night. Outdoor seating available. Beer and wine offered. Developer owned.


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Earls Kitchen + Bar (Orlando), 4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-8260. (American) [L/D] Opened Sept. 21, 2016. Located at the Mall at Millenia, 2nd floor, where the Blue Martini did business for a few years. Opens at 11:30 AM daily. Seats 350 patrons. Features an American menu with international overtones. Start with Italian Bread, Garlic or Truffle Fries, Crispy Ribs, Tuna Poke, Spinach and Cheese Dip, American or Korean Hot Wings or California or Dynamite Rolls. There's Fettuccini Alfredo, and Hunan Kung Pao which can add various ingredients; so can Bibimbap Rice Bowls. There's also Chicken Curry. Main dishes include Rack of BBQ Ribs, Cajun Chicken, Atlantic Salmon, Steak & Sushi and a Ribs & Cajun Chicken Combo. Black Angus Steaks include an 8 oz. Sirloin, a 10 oz. NY Strip, a 6 oz. Filet and a 16 oz. Ribeye. Additions to the steak are extra. On the lighter side they offer various Burgers and Sandwiches like Fish Tacos or Cajun Chicken Cheddar Sandwich. Salads like a Caesar or Field Greens, and the Kale Salad are on the menu. Soups include Clam Chowder or Tortilla. A Soup, Salad and Bread Combo is moderately priced. Brunch on the weekends includes Sourdough French Toast, Croque Madame, Virginia Ham Benny, Spicy Sausage and Mushroom Hash or Steak & Eggs. Desserts range in price. Full bar with cocktails, draft beers and wines by the glass start or bottles. Happy Hour 3-6 PM and 9-12 MN. $25 corkage fee for your own wine. Outside seating available. Reservations accepted. Simon Zanotto, executive chef here. This is one of 68 chain locations in North America, based in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Another location is in Miami.




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


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15 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Orlando), 7488 W. Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-355-3011. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located on "Restaurant Row" where Timpano's Chophouse did business in this 8,000 s.f. location. Open daily 4-11 PM or later on weekends. Sophisticated environment with the sounds of jazz in the air. Full linen service with wait staff in pure white coats. Another new luxury venture for the Specialty Restaurant Group (Season's 52, Capital Grille, Yard House, etc.) of the Darden (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn, etc.) chain. In direct competition to Mitchell's Fish Market and Bonefish Grill. Start with iced shellfish tempters like Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, Jumbo Lump Crab, Yellowtail Sashimi or Half Dozen Oysters at the market price. Appetizers include Pot Stickers, Batter-fried Oysters, Kung Pao Calamari, Truffled Steak and Lobster Tartare, Lump Crab Cake and Maine Lobster Tacos, among others. Soups include Maine Lobster & Shrimp Bisque with Cognac or Crab & Corn Chowder. Side salads like Fuji Apple, Iceberg BLT or Caesar Salad adds to the meal; while an Heirloom Tomato or Wild Mushroom Salad, adds more. The seafood offerings start with a Crab, Shrimp and Avocado Chop, Scottish Salmon, North Atlantic Lemon Sole, Georges Bank Scallops, Louisiana Red Fish, Pacific Swordfish, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Pacific Ahi Tuna, Alaskan Halibut, plus a variety of market priced fish like Fish du Jour, Chilean Sea Bass and Cold Water Lobster Tails. Hand Cut Steaks offered include an 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 16 oz. Prime New York Strip, 22 oz. Prime Ribeye and various "Surf 'n Turf" combinations are on the menu. A Double Breast of Pan Roasted Chicken is offered. Side dishes like Broccolini, Sugar Snaps, Baby Beets, Sautéed Spinach, Sweet Corn, Rice, au Gratin Potatoes, Baked Potato, Fries and Truffled Mac 'n Cheese add extra per serving. "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine. An extensive (200) Wine List starts at $35/bottle for the St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc and tops off at $220/bottle for the Silver Oak Napa Cab. About a third are offered by the glass. Happy Hour held in the V Lounge 4-7 PM with snacks and reduced priced drinks. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Occasional jazz entertainment is expected in the lounge. Reservations accepted by phone or online. A Darden venue with about a dozen national sites open now, with second Florida location in Tampa, FL. Matt Schmalle, chef; Tom Costello, manager here.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon S. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David A. 12/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 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 Rich C. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) We were seated immediately upon entering. We had two waiters, Hugo, the main waiter, and another gentleman. All six of us had the Magical Dining menu. My husband and I both had a glass of Wine ($8.50 ea). My husband ordered the fish of the day which was Swordfish with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus and I had the 8 oz.Filet with Mashed Potatoes. My husband had coffee ($4) with dessert. They were both very, very good. We both had the Bananas Foster for dessert. They didn't rush us but took excellent care of us. Our bill before t&t was $105. Compared to their regular menu, the Magical Dining was an awesome value.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Ellen H. 9/21) Our favorite place for Magical Dining each year. We picked a Thursday with 4 other friends. Still the restaurant was full. We had a nicely located table. Hugo was our friendly waiter. Great service here by all the staff - and there are a lot of them running around in white coats or dark vests. All wore masks. We both had Lobster Bisque to start which was wonderful. I also ordered a dish of Truffle Mac 'n Cheese ($14) and shared some with our friends because it was a large portion. It was the best I ever had. I had the Swordfish Special which was delicious. He had the 8 oz. Filet (normally a $43 entrée) which looked burnt on one side but was flavorful and tender. We both ended with Flaming Bananas Foster Cake, their specialty. I had a Lemon Drop Martini ($15.50 Wow!) and a Decaf Espresso ($4). My better half had 2 glasses of Terra Andes Alto Malbec Wine ($10 each). It was very pleasant. Great leisurely meal. Out total with the $37pp MD meals was $127.50 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Eden Restaurant. Called the Enzian Theater (see that listing).


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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Video The Edison, 1500 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-560-9288. (American) [L/D] Opened January 4, 2018. Located in Disney Springs at The Landing, where the old Adventure Club stood, this 1900s period electric company power plant boasts 35 ft. high ceilings. The décor is considered "Industrial Gothic". Think "Steam Punk" meets "Electric Plant". Hours are 11:30 AM to 1 AM daily, to 2 AM on weekends. It offers American food and varied adult entertainment. Areas inside will be called The Radio Room, The Tesla Lounge, The Patent Office, The Telegraph Lounge and the Ember Parlour. A Tower of Light outside will attract curious visitors and diners. The dinner menu offers "Nibbles" like Deviled Eggs, Candied Bacon, a Corn Dog, Electri-Fries, Lamb Meatballs, Ahi Tuna Poke and Fried Calamari. For main dishes they have Gooey Grilled Cheese with Soup, "The Edison" Beef Mix, Old Fashioned Meatloaf & Gravy, Crispy Fried Chicken, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Scottish Salmon, Tamarind Spare Ribs, NY Strip Steak and a featured Prime Rib. Some come with a Potato or Slaw. Other sides include Butter Mashed, Mushrooms, Fries, Asparagus and Creamed Spinach. For dessert you can choose from Ice Creams or Sherbets, Key Lime Pie, a Banana Split, Apple Cobbler, Chocolate Mile-High Cake, Black Cherry Cream and a Lollipop Tree made of Cheesecake. Teas, Coffees and Espressos available. For lunch you can discover additional items like a Turkey Club, Lamb Burger, Beef Burger and a Cuban Sandwich. For lunch and dinner you can slim down to Entrée Salads like House, Lettuce Wedges or Greek. Add Chicken or Shrimp extra. A full bar makes Crafted Cocktails like "Time Turner", "Electric Mule" or "City of Light". Mocktails are available for the designated driver. A wide variety of Draught Beers and Wines are offered. The vast Wine List starts at $40/btl. and tops off at $1,200 for the 2006 "Dom". Absinthe isn't hidden either at $14/shot. With entertainment such as a Burlesque Review, Roaring 20s Show, Blues Bands and even Circus Side Shows, the themed venue will target older fans of nostalgia rather than young families and millennials. Thursday through Saturday night, after 10 PM, there is a $10pp cover charge and it's 21 and over only. Smart casual attire requested. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised. Patina Restaurant Group of California, operator. Patrick Finneran, executive chef here. A sister location is in downtown Los Angeles.




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

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




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs (The) Elk House Eatery, 6357 Hwy. A1A South, St. Augustine, FL. 97.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-904-342-7639. (American) (Seafood) [D] Opened in 2016. Located on A1A, about 5 miles south of St. Augustine, near Crescent Beach just north of SR 206 Causeway. Billed as an up-scale bistro rather than an "eatery". Open 5-9 PM, Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Monday. Casual atmosphere in an A-Frame building with a creative kitchen. They offer many shareables like: Fried Pickles, Hummus Platter, Wings, Cheese Curds, Poutine, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Crab Cakes, Seafood Nachos, Grilled Sea Scallops, Crab Dip, and others. For entrées they have Fried Chicken, Eggplant Ziti Gratin, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Rainbow Trout, Chili Shrimp & Grits, Scottish Salmon Filet, 14 oz. Top Sirloin, Sea Scallops, Seafood Cioppino, Sliced Duck Breast, Fried Snapper, Seared Ahi Tuna and the chef's favorite, Twin 4 oz. Elk Medallions. They also offer 2 doz. Maine Mussels, 1 doz. Cherrystone Clams, Baked Oysters, Raw or Steamed Gulf Oysters or Peel & Eat Shrimp. Entrée Salads include Caesar, Elk House, or Cobb Salad. Soup du Jour is prepared daily. Specials like Sautéed Elk Tips, Marinated Tomahawk Pork Chop, 8 oz. Filet, Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, Pork Osso Bucco, Maine Lobster or a 21 oz. Bone-In Prime NY Strip Steak might be added to the menu. Beer and interesting Wine List available. Dustin Daily, chef. Charles Searleman and Trilani Delavarre, owners. Walk-in only.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Forgotten - Penney Farms (1920s-1930s)
J.C. (James Cash) Penney, the department store founder from Wyoming, planned and developed this experimental farming village in 1927.
For a while it was a community just for retired ministers in honor of his father.
Today it houses Christian laypeople, clergy and missionaries. Population: 800.
It's on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is a US Post Office (Zip 32079), but, oddly, no shopping area!
Penney Farms, FL. (30 miles W of St. Augustine on SR 16)

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Video Embers Wood Grill, 3545 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL. 60.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-380-0901. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] Located east of Exits 382 and 384 of I-75, on SR 121, just south of SW Archer Rd. (SR 24). Open from 5 PM daily except closed Sunday. Specializing in 100% Prime Beef cooked over a real wood grill. Fine dining with full linen service. Starting with appetizers such as Crispy Calamari, Confit of Wild Mushroom Strudel, Crispy Florida Gator Tail, Sun Dried Tomato Flatbread, Sweet & Spicy Calamari, White Wine Escargot or Grilled Colossal Shrimp and Diver Scallop Skewer. Follow it with Blue Crab Bisque, Rocket with Baby Arugula, Fire Grilled Caesar Salad or Organic Spinach with Crispy Applewood Bacon. Seafood selections will include Citron King Salmon, Black Grouper, Diver Scallops, Yellow Fin Tuna, Chilian Sea Bass, Florida Snapper or Gulf of Mexico Cobia when available. Prime beef cuts include a 6 or 10 oz. Filet Mignon, 10 oz. Filet Morgan, 22 oz. Porterhouse, 12 oz. New York Strip au Poivre, 14 or 22 oz. Hand Trimmed Ribeye or Surf and Turf [6 oz. Filet and King Crab]. Toppings add to the bill. Other choices are Red King Crab, Stuffed Organic Chicken, Long Island Duck Breast, Truffle Penne Pasta, Organic Pork Tenderloin, Blue Cheese Lamb Chops, Braised Lamb Shank and Braised Beef Short Ribs. A choice of 10 side dishes come with the entrées. Desserts run the gamut of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk, to Chocolate and Port for Two. A "Chef's Table" can also be arranged for a private party with wine pairings. Very extensive wine list boasts 30 vintage cabs alone. Other wines range $24-380 per bottle. Corkage Fee: $15. Multiple winner of the Wine Spectator magazine's "Award for Excellence" in restaurant wine selection. Outdoor courtyard available. Occasional live jazz. Phone reservations recommended. Now also Spark, a gastropub within the main restaurant (see that listing). Ryan Todd, Charles Allen and Briton Dumas (chef), owners.


Review: (from Charles K. 10/21) Our waiter (C. Torian) was quite exceptional as expected from a restaurant like this. My wife had the Market Catch at $34 and a Foie Gras extra at $14 with Spicy Cheese Grits which totally were excellent. I had a 6 oz. Filet Mignon with a $4 demi-glace which was also excellent. The Filet was rare, as requested. I have ordered Steaks blue and as "flip and flop" but seldom delived rare as requested. Bombay Martinis were $12 each. Glasses of wine were substantial. A Mango Ice Cream was delicious gratis for the Birthday Girl.
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Enrico's Italian Ristorante, 439 US 41 S., Inverness, FL. 30.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-341-4555. (Italian) [D] Open 4:30 PM - 10 PM Tuesday through Saturday only. Located on Main Street just south of SR 44. Offers traditional Italian cuisine, as well as home made pizzas. Veal, Seafood and Chicken dishes are noted here such as Saltimbocca. Pasta dishes also popular with the loyal clientele. Dinners are semi-a-la-carte. Relaxed atmosphere. Reservations accepted. Beer and wine available. Annette Tremante, owner.


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



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


Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/12) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Enzo's On The Lake, 1130 S. Hwy. 17, Longwood, FL. 57.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-834-9872. (Italian) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Located on US 17/92 just south of SR 434 on Lake Fairy. Long established upscale restaurant, since 1980. Open for lunch Fridays only 11:30 AM to 2 PM; dinner nightly except Sunday and Monday, 6-10 PM only. Located in a converted Italian Villa style home right on the lake and decorated in a European style. The romantic setting is a favorite for weddings. Meals are served on linen covered tables and on ornate fine china. The menu changes frequently to satisfy their loyal customers and may include these items. For appetizers you may find Bruschetta, Porcini Style Shitake, Cozze, Thin Sliced Filet di Manzo, Grilled Shrimp al Diavola and Antipasto della Casa. For soups they offer Italian Wedding Soup and a Soup Of The Day offered. Insalatina della Casa or Caesar Salads are on the menu. Pasta course might include Spaghetti Carbonara, Chicken Stuffed Ravioli, Pappardelle alla Farnese, Ricciarelle Carprese, Penne Vodka, Penne Burratina, Bucatini alla Enzo, Linguine e Vongole and Fettuccine with Lobster and Shrimp. Main courses offered might be Pollo Porcini, Veal Scaloppine Limone, Veal Scaloppine Fantasia, Shrimp Fiorentina, Black Angus Beef with Shitake, Grilled Lamb Chops, Tenderloin Formaggio and Zuppa de Pesce. Some meals prepared table-side. Desserts might include the popular Tiramisu or Chocolate Soufflé. Private Wine Dinners are held occasionally including paired wines. Full bar with notable cocktail creations and an interesting wine list. No Corkage Fee for your own wine. Reservations suggested. Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine. John Khalil, owner.


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



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




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Estefan Kitchen (Orlando), 3269 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee, FL. 52.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-828-0999. (Caribbean) (Spanish) [D] Opened in June, 2019. Located in the brand new Sunset Walk shopping village off US 192, just east of the SR 429 Toll Road. Open 4-9 PM, but to 11 PM weekends, Saturday 2-11 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM for Brunch, then 2 -9 PM for Sunday dinner. Closed on Monday. A project of well known Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Complete with Latin music, dancing and Cuban food, the venue has elaborate attractive décor. For appetizers they have Mini Cuban Sandwich, Bacon Wrapped Plantains, Baked Empanadas, Mojo Marinated Pork Bites, Crispy Calamari or a Sampler Platter. For main dishes they offer Ropa Vieja, Lechon Asada [Cuban Roasted Pork], Vaca Frita [Shredded Beef], Palomilla Steak and Cuban Churrasco Steak. For Chicken dishes they have Mojo Marinated Chicken Breast and Chicken and Rice Asopao. For Seafood you'll find a Catch of the Day (MP), Criollo Seafood Pasta and a Seafood Paella for Two. Rice dishes include Chino Cubano or Vegetarian Paella. Other Vegetarian dishes are Lentil Stew and Vegan Ropa Vieja. Salads are available. Desserts include Tres Leche, Flan, Shaved Ice and Chocolate Lava Cake. Some patrons just come for drinks and entertainment shows. Sunday Brunch includes breakfast-style items. Full Bar with various Mojitos or Margaritas offered by the glass or pitcher. Sangria is also popular. Wines run to $110/btl. Happy Hour. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more.. Live entertainment at Brunch, Saturday Lunch and most nights at 5 and 7 PM. Reservations accepted by phone or online via Open Table and highly recommended on weekends. Some outdoor seating available. Emilio Estefan of Miami Beach, listed owner.




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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Essex Seafood (Two) Restaurant, 1360 West SR 40, Pierson, FL. 41.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-749-1557. (Seafood) [D] Located about 1 mile past the St. John's River at Astor, FL. on SR 40. Call for business hours. New England style seafood. Noted for Whole Belly Clams and fish such as Grouper, Haddock and Catfish. Shrimp and Lobster are featured too. Mac 'n Cheese is popular with the kids. Beer and wine available. "Plastic" not accepted. Cash only. The second US location for these owners. Mary Fay and Daniel Lane, owners.


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



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

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


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



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

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs The Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL. 63.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-505-5648. (Italian) (Cafe) [L/D] Opened October, 2008 in a 100 year old historic Vidal residence. Located just east of N. Main St. about 8 blocks north of downtown at NE 1st St. and NE 8th Ave. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and now Wednesday to Saturday, 5-10 PM for dinner. Closed all day Sunday (except read below) and Monday, as well as Tuesday night too. A relaxing Italian atmosphere with a torch-lit Tuscan garden out back. L'antipasto choices are Bruschetta, Head of Roasted Garlic, Hot Artichoke Dip, Hummus with Spiced Olives, Tuna Tartar and an Italian Meat and Cheese Platter, all at $7-9 each. L'insalata offerings are (House) Mista, Spinach, Niçoise, Caprese, Tropical or a Grilled Chicken Salad at $5-13 each. As in the Italian tradition, a basket of Focaccia Bread is $4. La Prima Piatta items are Stuffed Shells, Spaghetti with Giant Meatballs or Mediterranean Angel Hair with Artichokes. La Secunda Piatta choices are Chicken Piccata or Shrimp & Polenta. Prima or Seconda entrées are served with a side salad and Focaccia bread. Specials like Lasagna Bolognese, Pan Seared Pork Chop, and others change frequently. Homemade soups are also available daily. Il dolce can vary but usually include Biscotti, Macaroons, Plum Galettes, Pound Cake with Fruit Compote, Banana Layer Cake and other baked Italian desserts. The luncheon menu offers the same salads plus sandwiches like Turkey Baguette, Greek Panini, Ham & Cheese Panini and Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta. Cappuccino, Espresso and a French Press offered after the meal. Wine and beer sold here with Happy Hour reductions and wine specials Friday night 5-9 PM. Imported Italian beer and wine, as well as Sangria, Mimosas and Bellinis are featured. Friday night entertainment usually starts at 6:30 PM. Cooking classes are offered here. Bakery items for sale too. Candlelight dinners monthly on the last Sunday of the month by limited reservation and consists of a 5 course meal at prix fixe per person. Corkage Fee is just $8 per bottle. Off street parking available. Outdoor garden seating is popular in spring and fall. Reservations accepted. James and Michelle Reeves, owners.


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Feather & Quill (Restaurant & Craft Cocktail Bar), 4757 The Grove, Suite 100, Windermere, FL. 50.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-217-5891. (American) (Wine Bar) [D] Opened May, 2020. Located near S. Apopka Vineland Rd. (CR 435) and Conroy Windermere Rd. in The Grove where Dexter's did business at Suite 100. Open 4 PM to 10 PM, to 11 PM on weekends. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Unusual inviting décor with semi-enclosed booths and sit-up tables. POSH yet comfortable Speakeasy environment. Serves dishes with a Mediterranean flare. For starters you can find Warm Nuts & Olives, She Crab Soup, Taiwanese Fried Beech Mushrooms, Bone Marrow Croquettes, Ratatouille Fritters, P.E.I. Mussels, Ravioli, Beef Tartare, Crab Cakes, a Cheese or Charcuterie Board or Foie Gras & Scallops. Hand-held items range from Tartine on Sourdough, Grilled Chicken Breast, Brisket Burger, to Fried Fish Sandwich or Lamb Reuben. Five Pizzas are offered. Large Salads with Parmesan, Chicken or Salmon are on the menu. For main dishes they have Pork Sugo, Lamb Bolognese, Pork Chop, Fresh Catch, Seared Scallops, Lamb Shank, Cured Duck with Polenta and 8 oz. Filet Mignon or 12 oz. Ribeye. For desserts you can find German Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, Lemon Bar Pie or Frangelico Basque Cheesecake. A Sunday Brunch (11 AM to 2:30 PM) has items like Burrata, Bread Pudding French Toast, Slice of Quiche, Fried Chicken, Gravlax Tartine, 8 oz. Burger, Eggs Benedict, Brunch Pizza, Shrimp & Grits, and others. Full bar with craft cocktails and Draft Beers, offered. A limited selection of Wine by the glass, or bottle. Happy Hour runs Wednesday to Saturday 4-7 PM, also Friday and Saturday 10-11 PM for night caps. Discounts on some cocktails, wine and beer. For Sunday Brunch they offer Bloody Mary Specialties or Bottomless Mimosas or Sangrias. Occasional entertainment. Some covered outdoor seating is available. Touchless pay system. Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Fiddler's Green (Irish Pub and Eatery), 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-645-2050. (Irish) [L/D] At N. Orange Ave. Opens 11:30 AM every day, 'til the wee hours, except 11 AM on Sunday to midnight. Established here in 1996. Traditional Irish meals like Guinness Wings, Smoked Salmon, Galway Mussels, Hen In A Pot, Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Fish and Chips, Ballymaloe Chicken, Irish Stew, Bangers and Mash, Shannon Salmon, Roast Aylesbury Duck, Gaelic Steak, can all be had with the usual Boxty Potatoes on the side. Blackberry or Apple Crumble end the meal. Dozens of Irish Beers and Ciders are available by the bottle or on tap including Boddington's Cream Ale and Guinness Stout. Irish Whiskeys and 10-15 year old Scotches are available too. Sunday Brunch runs 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Happy Hour 4-7 PM weekdays. Entertainment Thursday to Saturday from Rock Music to Irish Folk Songs. See their entertainment schedule for details. Donal O'Brien, owner.




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

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12½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Fig's Prime, 1188 Commerce Park Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. 47.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-960-1300. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open since September, 2017. Located near I-4 Exit 94 at SR 434. Open for lunch and dinner but closes between 3 and 5 PM between menus. Cold appetizers include Beef Carpaccio, Sliced Ahi Tuna, Truffle Mozzarella Burrata, Crab Stack and Charcuterie. Hot appetizers include Beef Empanadas, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Calamari, Steamed Clams or Mussels and Pan Seared Diver Scallops. A House Flatbread is featured. For entrées you can find Pappardelle au Duxelle, Chicken Rebosado, Short Ribs Ravioli, Chicken Aubergine, Pork Tenderloin, Veal Scallopine, Grilled Salmon, Paella, Shrimp and Scallops, Rack of Lamb and Seafood Zuppa. Steaks are featured with 8 oz. Prime Sirloin, 9 oz. Filet, 14 oz. Prime NY Strip and 20 oz. Prime Ribeye. All entrées include a starch and vegetables. Salad choices are offered. House Soup is available. Lunch items like entrées and Burgers are on the menu. Reservations accepted. Brenda Figueroa and chef Victor Gonzalez, owners.


Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) Our reservations were for 5 PM but we got there a little early and they were not open so we had to wait outside. After they opened, we were seated immediately. Our waitress was Jennifer C. and she was very nice and attentive. We took some friends there and they really liked it. We went for Magical Dining. I had a Diet Coke ($3.50) and my husband had a glass of wine ($13.50). We both had the 8 oz. Filet and it was really good. I had the Spring Mix Salad and my husband had the Goat Cheese Croquettes. They were both good, not great but good. We both had the Bread Pudding for dessert. Our total bill before t&t was $91.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Peter S. 9/22) Magical Dining. I had Wedge Salad, Filet, and Chocolate Tort. My wife had the Salmon. My Filet was cooked perfect and was very tender and juicy. Her Salmon was fine but nothing special. My friend also had a 9 oz. glass of wine that was $19.50. The total cost for the 4 of us was $200. We each had Teas to drink.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/22) Our family decided to dine here so we could try the Magical Dining opportunity. We were celebrating 2 milestone birthdays. We had a 5 PM reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. I liked the décor and ambiance of this restaurant. Our server, Bailey, was personable and efficient. The busser that helped clear our table, was not good at all for a restaurant of this caliper. I did the $40 Magical Dining option of a Caesar Salad that was OK, but nothing special. The Beef Bourguinon over a perfectly cooked Risotto was phenomenal. The Bourbon Fig Bread Pudding was absolutely out of this world. My husband had the Veal Marsala, that he thoroughly enjoyed ($25). Our group had a variety of dishes such as the Filet, Shrimp & Scallops, Paella, Strip Steak and Mediterranean Seafood Zuppa. I tasted most of them. Absolutely delicious. Some ordered the Magical Dining option and others ordered off the regular menu. Overall, we all enjoyed our visit here. We were treated. We had 2 waters as our beverages, because drinks were very expensive. Our two meals came to $65 before t&t. The Magical Dining was a good deal here.
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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, 9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 58.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-345-4570. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [D] Located in the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Orlando Hotel and was called the Capriccio Grill) on I-Drive near the Orange County Convention Center. Open for dinner only, 6-10 PM. Smart casual attire requested. Start with Fresh Oysters, Crispy Ravioli, Crispy Fritto Misto, Beef Carpaccio, Ahi Tuna, Blue Crab Cake, or a sampling of four. Minestrone and Lobster Shrimp Bisque are the soups they offer. For entrées they start with Grilled Tofu for vegetarians, Chicken Française, Chicken Parmesan, Marinated Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Marsala, Striped Bass, Veal Marsala, Blackened Yellow Tail Snapper, Miso Glazed Alaskan Halibut, Veal Osso Buco to a 1 lb. South Atlantic Lobster Tail. Noted for their Creekstone Farms steaks, they have 12 oz. Black Angus Prime Rib, 14 oz. Pork Ribeye, a Mixed Grill, 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 6 oz. Petit Filet with Diver Scallops, 16 oz. Veal Porterhouse, 16 oz. New York Strip, 16 oz. Colorado Lamb Chops, 20 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Cowboy Cut and a 12 oz. Wagyu Strip Steak. Sauces for the meats additional. Side dishes like Risotto, Baked Potato, Asparagus or Creamed Spinach add too, generally. Pasta dishes are on the menu too like Tagliolini with Mushrooms, Pasta Bolognese, Pasta Vongole and Pappardelle Pescatore. Small Pizzas are also available. Salads range from a Chopped, Caesar or Wedge to the Caprese. Noticeably, but understandably, missing from their menu is duck! Desserts like Tiramisu, Berry Tart, Bread Pudding Soufflé and Hot Godiva Chocolate Cake are available. Cheese Plates are also available at varying prices. Popular with the ladies are Dessert Shooters. Gluten free items noted on the menu. Specialty Coffees are offered. Full bar and extensive Wine List. Wines by the glass available for whites or reds. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Online and phone reservations taken for regular dinners. Open for Thanksgiving and Christmas Brunch 11 AM to 4 PM at prix fixe. Cory Crawford, executive chef; hotel owned.




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




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs FishBones (Lake Mary), 7005 CR 46A, Lake Mary, FL. 49.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-581-3474 or 1-407-581-2399. (Seafood) [D] Open 5 PM - 10:30 PM daily. Located off Exit 101A, just west of Interstate 4, north of Heathrow, Fl. Attractive stone, marble, tile and warm wood interior, with a large aquarium for the focal point. As the name implies, fresh fish such as Wild Scottish Salmon, Red Snapper, Chilean Sea Bass, Swordfish, Peruvian Rainbow Trout and 2 pound Live Maine Lobster are available. Much shellfish and aged steaks also offered such as 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 18 oz. New York Strip Steak, Aged Rib Eye Steak, 16 oz. Prime Rib. Pork Chops, Lamb Chops, Chicken and Florida Duck also offered. Mirin-Wasabi Glazed Black Cod, Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Marinated Yellowfin Ahi Tuna, Cajun Blackened Grouper and Pacific Blue Marlin are the restaurant's specialties. Sushi is also on the menu. Finish off with Key Lime Pie, Baklava Amaretto Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake or King Midas Carrot Cake. Entrées range in price. Special coffees and teas offered. Reservations accepted. Full bar. Very large wine list. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $15. A "Talk of the Town" restaurant. Voted 2012 "Best Seafood Restaurant" and "Best Outdoor Dining" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Another location is in Orlando at 6707 Sand Lake Rd. (1-407-352-0135). A. J. Beaulieu, executive chef. Mary Varouh, operating partner here.




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Long Gone - Buck's Barn - Pit B-Q (1952)
"The world's best Bar B Que, cooked the old fashioned way,
over open pits with hickory wood."
US 1, South Daytona, FL.

Image Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Flagler Fish Company Restaurant, 180 S. Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach, FL. 80.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-439-0000. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Open daily except Sunday, 11 AM to 9 PM, except Friday from 10 AM. Located two blocks from the ocean and one block south of Moody Blvd. (Hwy. 100) opposite the Farmers Market. Started in 2004. Located in the fish store, you can select your lunch or dinner from the display case if you'd like. They use an unusual pricing method here. Typically, all fish selling raw for under $12/lb. will cost about $13 for lunch and about $17 for dinner. Fish selling raw for $12-18/lb. will cost about $15 for lunch and $19 for dinner. Over $18/lb., lunch would be $19 and dinner $23. These exclude Lobster and Crab, which are priced separately. These choices can be Seared, Blackened, Grilled, Sautéed or even Steamed. Each includes two sides like Asiago Potatoes, Fries, Cole Slaw, Fried Noodles, Sautéed Spinach, Sautéed Mushrooms, Green Beans, Steamed Asparagus, Bliss Potato Salad, House Salad, Caesar Salad, Seaweed Salad, even Savory Grits. They also offer Prime Filet Mignon, New York Strip and Ribeye Steak at market prices. Chicken, Pork and Portobello Mushroom lunches are higher at dinner. They also offer Burgers and Pastas. Cuban Sandwiches, Wraps and Fish Sandwiches can also be found. Lobster Bisque is popular, as is Fish Chowder. Fish Tacos are on the menu too. Steamed Mussels, Ipswich Clams, Crabcakes, Seared Tuna, even Belly Clams or Oyster Baskets are offered here. Various desserts are featured. Kids menu also. Beer and wine available. Chris and Carolyn Casper, owners.




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Long Gone - Flagler Beach Restaurant (1960s)
Now called the "Funky Pelican".
On A1A at S. 3rd St., Flagler Beach, Florida.

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13½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Orlando), 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-5706. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [D] Upscale Steak and Wine Restaurant. Dressy casual. Open daily at 4 PM daily. Locate on "Restaurant Row" about half way between S. Apopka Vineland Rd. and Dr. Phillips Blvd. They feature all Corn-Fed Prime Grade Beef. Some appetizers offered are Sweet Chili Calamari, Carpaccio, Baked Brie, Mushroom Ravioli and Lump Crab Cake. Featured entrées are Chicken Breast, Petit and Regular Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Peppercorn Steak, pork Chop and Prime Rib on Sundays. Fish lovers will find Scottish Salmon, Pacific Swordfish, Alaskan King Crab Legs and North Atlantic Lobster Tails. Side dishes are extra. A few Small Plates include Seared Ahi Tuna, New Bedford Scallops, Braised Short Ribs and Skewered Shrimp. Gluten free information available. Full bar and extensive Wine List. They have five cocktails, 5 wines by the glass and 5 appetizers served at the bar only from 5-7 PM. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. for your own wine. No Fee on Wednesdays. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend magazine. Winner 2012 Foodie Critic Award for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Online and phone reservations recommended. Open Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM with a Special Turkey Dinner. One of a nationwide chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Hugh Holland, head chef; Jennifer Koran, operating partner. Another location is in Winter Park.


Older Review: (from Dan G. 9/17) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 11/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14½ Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Winter Park), 933 North Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-699-9463. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [D] Open daily at 4 PM. North of Winter Park Village Shops. Upscale steak and chop house. All corn fed USDA Prime cuts. Filet Mignon, Prime Ribeye, New York Strip, Prime Rib and Peppercorn Steak make up the beef offerings. Lamb, Veal and Chicken also available. Crab & Shrimp Scampi, New Zealand Salmon, Petrale Sole, Tuna, Scallops, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Australian Lobster Tails can also be found on the menu. Five Prime Premium Burgers can also be ordered. Generally a-la-carte pricing with a variety of sides. Gluten free information available. Dressy casual. Online or phone reservations suggested. Open Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM with a Special Turkey Dinner. Full bar. Large wine selection. Many wines available by the glass also. Corkage Fee: $25/btl. for your own wine. No Fee on Wednesdays. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Golden Spoon Award in 2011 from Florida Trend magazine. Winner 2012 Foodie Critic Award for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. One of a nationwide chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Al Romeo, operating partner here. Another is at 8030 Via Dellagio Way in Orlando.


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

Review: (from David G. 9/22) Six of us went for the Magical Dining menu ($40pp), we were not disappointed. My wife and I both started with the Lobster Bisque, it was very good, not the all cream type of Bisque, lots more Lobster and Lobster flavor. I had Barbecue Scottish Salmon Fillet and my wife had an 8 oz. Filet Mignon, cooked perfectly medium rare, both were excellent. Sides were not included, so we had a sharing size order of Brussels Sprouts with Bacon for the table (+$14) that were good, but not the best I've had. I had the Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake, truly great, but a little small and my wife had Cheesecake, also very good. I also tasted the Carrot Cake, again delicious. Service was attentive and excellent even with a little confusion about who got which dinner. Everyone else agreed that their meals were very good. Total before t&t was $94.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Morrison's Imperial House Restaurant (1955) (1970) on Lake Killarney
"Where the Royal Rib reigns supreme."
129 N. Orlando Ave. (US 17/92), Winter Park, Florida.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Florida Avenue Brewing Co., 2029 Arrowgrass Dr., Wesley Chapel, FL. 69.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-452-6333. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] "Thirst no more!" Located a mile and a half east of Exit No. 275 of I-75 on SR 56, opposite the Race Trac Gas Station. It opened in 2019 at this location but brewing on Florida Ave. since 2010. It's a family friendly taproom with lawn games and video or pinball games to occupy the young. Tours, Walk-In Beer Cave, a variety of seating arrangements and an outdoor Beer Garden makes this place different than other cozier traditional Brew Pubs. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM, later on weekends, 'til 9 PM on Sunday. They have a dozen ciders, beers and ales on tap like "Homemade Apple Pie Cider", "Scorched Earth Stout", "Rollin Dirty Red Ale", "Private Browser IPA", Fluffernutter Spread Stout", "Hazelnut Spread Porter", "Tangerine Splash Wheat Beer", "Luminescence Hazy IPA", "Dead Parrot Lager" and our favorite name, "You're My Boy, Blue". There's a wide variety of local brews to choose from. Full bar offered too, with craft cocktails. Wines are in 6 and 9 oz. pours plus bottles too. Happy Hour runs 3-5:30 PM weekdays for $2 off prices. For Small Plates you'll find Buffalo Cauliflower, Cheese Curds, Pimento Cheese Dip, Shrimp Ceviche, Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Six Wings, and Szechwan Sesame Seared Ahi. Flatbreads, like Argentine Hanger Steak. Various Tacos are moderately each. Sandwiches are popular, like a Pimento Grilled Cheese or various Burgers, and are priced accordingly. For full entrées they offer Bibimbap [Korean Rice/Meat] Bowl, Featured Fish and Chips, Smoked Gouda Lobster Mac and Cheese and a New York Strip with Potatoes. You can also find Salads like Caesar, Blue and Wedge. French Onion Soup is popular too. Desserts like Ice Cream, Cookies 'n Cream, Churros with Nutella®, Key West Lime Pie and Chocolate Cake are offered. Reservations accepted by phone or online via Open Table and highly recommended on weekends. Kid's menu available. Joe Redner owner.


Review: (from Jackie N. 6/21) Typical large, open, high ceiling brewery with an open kitchen, backyard for games, and a covered patio with plenty of screens to watch sports games. The six of us shared several tasty appetizers including Buffalo Cauliflower, Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Szechwan Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, and Wings. Shared meals included the Argentine Flatbreads and Buffalo Chicken Flatbread. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers, meals and beer. It's a good place to go with a large group. Sat there for 4 hours eating and drinking on a Sunday with attentive wait staff stopping by to check on our need for more food and drink and clearing away the empty dishes and glasses but never made us feel that we overstayed our welcome. The Appetizers ranged from $9 to $16, Flatbreads were $12 to $13, Burgers were $14 and $15.
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11½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Florida Cracker Feed Lot, 522 N. Market Blvd., Webster, FL. 30.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-569-8020. (Breakfast) (Southern) [B/L] Located at Webster's Sumter County Farmer's Market on CR 471 (not the County Fair Grounds). Opened in April, 2023. This used to be the Speckled Butterbean Restaurant then Farmer's Market Restaurant. Hours are 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily except closed Wednesday. Specials posted daily. From the menu, you can order Shrimp & Grits, Chicken and Waffles, Corned Beef Hash, Cristo Sandwich and Fried Steak & Eggs. They also have Clay Sink Fry Baskets of Catfish, Gator, Shrimp or Chicken. Also Brisket Burrito, Sausage Burrito, Kielbasa and Chicken Livers are listed. You'll also find Chicken dishes and Omelettes, Biscuits and Gravy, Pancakes, French Toast and Waffles for breakfast. Plus they have Sandwiches for lunch, like Sloppy Joes. Rockers on the porch in case you have to wait to get in on the weekend. Beer and wine licensed, now. Kids menu available. Ethan and Blair Hensley, owners here, at Lunch On Limoges and the Florida Cracker Monkey Bar in Homosasa.


Review: (from Walter P. 9/23) Four of us made the 40 minute trip to this restaurant on a Sunday. At 11 am, the place was crowded but we were seated immediately. Excellent and speedy service. My Chicken Liver breakfast was not good. Deep fried, overcooked Chicken Liver, Country Style Potatoes were burned on one side and raw on the other side with 2 Eggs over and a Biscuit. Others had Corned Beef Hash (fair), Omelette, (good), Biscuits and Gravy (good), two orders of Cheese Grits were cold, but were quickly replaced with hot Grits. Restaurant is in the middle of a stock yard where cattle and other livestock are auctioned and a large outdoor market is set up during the week. Not worth the trip. Our Liver & Eggs and Biscuits & Gravy with Coffee was $27.61. They comped the Grits, even though they gave us hot Grits. Will not return.
Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Judy H. 2/24) It has extensive menu of breakfast and lunch items. Fried Gizzards, Fried Liver Platter, Shrimp & Grits, Wild Caught Gator, Catfish as entrées or combined with eggs are offered. I had the Cow Poke Burrito: slow cooked Brisket, Eggs, Onions, Bell Peppers, Jack & Cheddar Cheese rolled in a flour Tortilla garnished with Tomatoes and Green Onions. I'd give it a ten! Huge - enough for two, arrived at a good temperature, good Tortilla (not thick or tough). Came with a side of Sour Cream and Salsa. Brisket was tender and tasty Restaurant is bright and clean. They also have a gift shop. Bloody Mary and Mimosas are available. My meal was $17.
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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Florida Cracker Monkey Bar, 5297 South Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL. 49.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-765-4167. (Pizza) [L/D] Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM. Closed Mondays. Located at the Homosassa Riverside Resort on the Homosassa River in Homosassa off US19/98. Formerly called the Riverside Crab House (follow those old signs), it was rebuilt and opened in February, 2020. It's a two story deck with a view of the famous Monkey Island where live monkeys play. The seafood menu has been eliminated and the establishment is mainly a bar with just Pizzas, Flatbreads and Salads available. 10" Personal (or Shared) Stone Baked Pizzas start at a base price (Cheese) and toppings add extra. Eight kitchen creations, like Buffalo Chicken or Shrimp/Tomato/Spinach Pizzas are available. Flatbreads are moderately priced. Salads, like Chopped Chicken BBQ Salad are on the menu. You can also find appetizers like Garlic Knots, Pretzels, Chicken Dip, Spicy Shrimp and Hot Blue Crab Dip on the short menu card as you walk in. Order at the bar, runners call your name for delivery. Full bar with creative craft Cocktails, a dozen draft Beers and some Wine can be had too. Beverage service is in plastic cups, food served on a metal oven pie plate or on paper plates. Ice cream available for kids and adults. Outdoor seating under cover or at umbrella tables, predominates. Manatees frequent the water here in winter. Live entertainment on weekends. Frequent fishing tournaments from here. Very busy on weekends; limited parking. The Florida Cracker Kitchen, across the street serves breakfast and lunch only. Reservations accepted for groups. Ethan and Blair Hensley, owners here, at Lunch On Limoges and at the Florida Cracker Feed Lot in Webster.


Review: (from Rich C. 5/22) Took 1h and 35m to reach this place. We arrived at 5 PM before it got busy on a Friday night. Disappointed in that the unique seafood dishes of the Riverside Crab House are now gone. We stayed and had Pizza and Cocktails. Order at the bar corner, pick up your drinks at mid-bar in 2 minutes and the food servers call your name to find you within 10 minutes. I had an Ole Cracker Fashioned ($10), she had a French Toast Cocktail ($9). We also had a Cuban Pizza ($12) which was very salty and a Tomato/Basil/Cheese Flatbread ($6), that was tasty. I had a second drink of Bourbon Manhattan ($8) that was better and larger than my first. Our friends shared their Pizza and liked it. Our total was $45 before t&t. Would not drive all the way here for Pizza again, but it is a unique place for first-timers.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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Long Gone - Springs Restaurant
US 19/98, Homosassa, Florida.
"Dine Over Water at Nature's Own Attraction".

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




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Ford's Garage (Kissimmee), 3210 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee, FL. 52.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-815-3673. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened in April, 2019. Located in the brand new Sunset Walk shopping village off US 192, just east of the SR 429 Toll Road. Paying homage to Henry himself, a Model T Ford hangs from the ceiling of this 7,500 s.f. garage and Ford memorabilia is displayed inside the glass roll-up garage doored restaurant. "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said: Faster Horses.", Henry quipped. TVs over the bar for the easily distracted. Bathrooms are an attraction for auto-nerds and All Girls Garage fans. A Ford auto (A or T) sits outside too. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM or later on weekends from 10 AM on Sunday. Family oriented. Food served in paper-lined reusable baskets, but no "core charge" added. The menu is covered with kitschy names for the food. Start your engines with Edsel's Hot Pretzels, Deep Fried Dill Pickle Planks, Chili Cheese Fries, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Firestone Fried Shrimp, Nachos, Jumbo Piston Onion Rings, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, Ahi Poke Stack or Classic Wings. Soups are Baked Potato, Chili or French Onion. Salads like Caesar, Chop-Chop, Berries and Gorgonzola, Grilled Chicken Cobb or Southwest Salmon. Branded-Bun Burgers are the big thing. The Black Angus Standard is popular, the Signature runs higher, the Black-n-Bleu is a bit more, the Estate Burger is extra, while the Model-A runs at the high end. Other variations run moderately. Then there's an "Assembly Line" where you can "build to order". Not into Burgers, they have Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mama Ford's Meatloaf, Fish 'n Chips, Chicken Henry and Chili Garlic Salmon. They also put together various Mac 'n Cheese Combos that are popular. Sides like Coleslaw, Side Salad, Broccoli, Green Beans, Baked Beans, Fries/Mashed/Tots and more are available. For the sweet tooth, they offer Chocolate Bumpy Cake, Brownie Sundae, Rum Cake, Funnel Cake and Key Lime Pie. Shakes and Floats keep the Soda Jerk busy. Fancy Cocktails are offered, Wines, Mules and Beers are moderately priced. A whole array of imported and domestic Bottled Beers can make the decision seem endless, like the Victory Brewing Co. Golden Monkey at 9.5% ABV! Happy Hour runs 11 AM to 7 PM weekdays. Two full bars and outdoor seating are available. Reservations available by phone or online. This is one of seven locations, started in 2012, now based in Tampa, FL. and licensed by The Ford Motor Company. Another location is in Lakeland, Gainesville and in Wesley Chapel, off I-75, exit 275.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Four Flamingos (A Richard Blias Florida Kitchen), 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, FL. 61.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-239-3854. (American) (Seafood) [D] Opened in December, 2021. Located in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, just northeast of Disney Springs off I-4, Exit #68. Open 5-10 PM daily, for dinner only. It replaces Hemingway's. Smart casual dress code. An upscale tourist-driven dining adventure with a focus on Florida cuisine by noted chef Richard Blias. Linen napkins on wood tables. Large view windows near the bar. Start with items like Scallop Ceviche, Crab & Avocado, Florida Shrimp with Guava Sauce, Oysters with Pineapple, Cachapa & Osetra Caviar or a Smorgasbord Platter to share. Next course includes Charred Broccolini, Ham & Cheese Croquettes, Oxtail & Foie Gras Empanada, Hearts of Palm Caesar Salad, Beet & Tangerine Salad, Coconut Shrimp Toast, Pork Belly, Ribeye Pinchos, Steamed Mussels or Crab Cake. No Soups are offered. Main dishes are Cauliflower Steak, Mojo Grilled Chicken, Florida Seafood "Moqueca", Lobster Bucatini, Fish Beurre Blanc, Bacon-Wrapped Filet, Crab Raviolo, Ahi Tuna Steak, 16 oz. Swordfish, Surf & Turf [Lobster Tail & Filet ] and a 30 oz. Ribeye. You can also order a Whole Florida Fish For Two, and Half or Whole Lobster at market prices. Sauces and side dishes are extra. Desserts are tempting with Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Banana Marquis, Cuban Espresso Panna Cotta and Coconut Rum Trifle on the list. Kids Menu available, like Grilled Cheese. Full bar with Specialty Cocktails and Drafts, featured. Varied Wine List with Whites and Reds by the glass, Bubbles too. By the bottle you can choose Still Whites at $50-$165/bottle and Reds at $54-$510/bottle for Opus One Cab. The Dom is $340/bottle. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Complimentary valet and distant self-park for restaurant patrons. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised. Richard Blias, executive chef; Shelby Farrell, chef de cuisine and Frances Santiago, manager.




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


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

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




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


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



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




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Long Gone - Hinson's Gold Room Restaurant (1956) (1962)
US 19, Homosassa Springs, Florida.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) French Café, 16412 New Independence Pkwy., Ste. 140, Winter Garden, FL. 49.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-500-4050. (Cafe) (French) [B/L/D] Opened December, 2018. Located east of Exit #15 of SR 429 (Daniel Webster Beltway), in the Hamlin Town Center at Shoreside Way entrance. Open every day, 7 AM through 9 PM. Primarily a French bakery but they make items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The décor is bright and modern, not old world. For breakfast they offer Salmon, American or Tortilla Omelets. Quiches are Lorraine, Spinach, Salmon or Provençal. They have 4 Sweet Crêpes too. The rest of the day they have Savory Crêpes like Alpine, Ham & Cheese, Veggie and Smoked Salmon. Sandwiches include Croque Monsieur or Madame, Italian, Parisian, Provençal, Chicken Salad, Ham & Cheese, BLT and of course, Alsacian. Salads include Tuna, Veggie, Toscana and Chicken Salad. They also offer Soup du Jour. For Dessert their case is full of French Pastries, Croissants, Tartes and Cakes. They sell wine and beer also. Outdoor seating available. Happy Hour is 5-7 PM with reduced specials. François Paille from Alsace, France, chef; Ramgopal Atmakuri, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Friar Tuck (English Café), 601 Cagan Park Ave., Suite 401, Clermont, FL. 47.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-404-6818. (British) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Opened January, 2017. Located about 14 miles south of SR 50, off US 27, just north of SR 192 (Bronson Hwy.) in south Clermont. It's in Suite #401 now, Town Center at Cagan Crossings, around the corner from the original location. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM weekdays, to 11:30 PM weekends, but only from 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday, closing at 6 PM on Sunday. Now closed all day Monday too. Full English Breakfast served Saturday and Sunday to 11 AM. An English Roast is served starting at 2 PM on Sundays. For breakfast you'll find Crumpets and Jam, Sausage Roll, Scotch Eggs, Beans on Toast, Corned Beef Hash and Two Eggs, The American Breakfast, Quiche and The Full Breakfast. For lunch and supper, they offer Sarnies, Wraps, Salads and Cheese and Onion Pasty, Cornish Pasty, Cottage Pie, Chicken Pies and a Steak and Mushroom Pie. You can also get Emily's Tour of England. Favorites like Mushy Peas, Bangers, Toasties and Flip Flops are also on the menu. Desserts include Ice Cream, Bread Pudding and the Daily "Fav". Reservations by phone accepted. Outdoor seating available. Packaged imported food items are for sale too. Full bar now but Ginger Beer is popular too. Proper British Tea is served of course. Kids menu available. Rebecca Roland from Nottingham, England, owner.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Froggers Grill & Bar (Apopka), 1601 North Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL. 40.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-814-0650. (American) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Sports Bar and Seafood House rolled into one. Fajitas, Seafood Combo Basket and Shrimp or Scallop Baskets are typical. Taco bar is available. Soups, Salads and Authentic Buffalo Wings are offered too. Sandwiches, Subs and Burgers round out the menu. Daily specials. Full bar. "Hoppy Hour". Five locations in Florida. Another one in Mt. Dora (see that listing). These owned by by George Hakim.




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13 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop, 12039 N. Florida Ave., Dunnellon, FL. 36.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-489-4708. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] In business since 1986. Open 7 AM to 8:30 PM daily except closed Monday. Located right on US 41S, just 1 mile south of downtown Dunnellon over the bridge. The house numbers are confusing, so go over the river and railroad and you'll see it. Locals refer to it as "the hole in the wall". Sea Salt and Everglades Cactus Dust are already on every table. Specializes in Southern Down Home Cookin'. Popular dishes are the Southern Style Pot Roast and the Fried or Broiled Tilapia. You can also find a Half Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and Gator and a BBQ Pork Sandwich with Fries and Claw. Even a fat Hot Dog is available. So is Grilled Pork Chops, Chopped Steak, Ham Steak and an Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich. More noted for their pies made by Gail. The Lemon Meringue sells the fastest, followed by the Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Banana Cream, Pecan, Blueberry, Apple, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cherry and Key Lime flavors, among others. Written up in Southern Living Magazine, years back. No bar. 3% surcharge added for using credit cards. Mike and Melissa Gray, owners.


Older Review: (from Mike M. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/20) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - Valencia Restaurant (1949), in the Neil Building
14135 S. 7th St., Dade City, Florida.

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




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Garlic and Ginger, 5847 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL. 62.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-371-5911. (Asian) [L/D] Located west of I-75, Exit 384, at Archer Rd. (SR 24) and Tower Rd. in the Tower Square Shopping Plaza. Open 7 days, 11 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Open since April, 2011. A Korean restaurant serving familiar and authentic creations of southeast Asia in large portions on stone dishes. Appetizers include Edamame (Boiled Soy Beans), Gyoza (7 Deep Fried Dumplings), Potato Korokke (5 Potato Croquettes), Calamari, Shrimp or Vegetable Tempura (Battered and Fried) and Jumbo Shumai (Shrimp Dumpling), plus Korean or Haemul Pancake. Authentic Korean BBQ (on the patio) includes Chadolbaegi (Beef Rib-Eye BBQ), Pork Bulgogi (Spicy Marinated Sizzling Sliced Pork), Beef Bulgogi (Sweet Marinated Sizzling Sliced Beef), Galbi (Marinated Sizzling Short Rib) and Samgyupsal (Pork Belly BBQ). They also offer traditional Hot Pot Stews for two, like Yuksu Bulgogi (Beef and Mushrooms), Budae Jun-gol (Sausage, Ham & Pork), Gobchang Jun-gol (Spicy Tripe), Haemul Jun-gol (Seafood) and Kimchi Jun-gol (Pork), all are for two people. An Octopus Jun-gol is offered for two also. Specialty dishes are Pork Katsu (Fried Pork) and Tofu or Beef Jab-chae (Sweet Potato Noodles). Seafood Paradise Special (Stir-Fry Seafood), Squid Platter Special, Baby Octopus Special and Flaming Pig Special, all for two people. Oyster Bosam (Pork with Raw Oysters) and Haemul Jjim (Spicy Seafood) are for two people, respectively. There's also Gobchang Special for two. Grilled Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel or Yellow Croaker dinners are available. Noodle Dishes like Ja-jang-myeon or Jam-bbong are offered. A traditional Japanese Tempura Udon Noodle Soup (with Shrimp) is on the menu. There's also a few Bokkeumbab (Fried Rice) and popular Bibimbap Rice dishes available. Lunch items include Chicken Teriyaki, Tempora Udon, and a few others from the dinner menu. They serve Mochi, Red Bean or Green Tea Ice Creams for dessert. Full bar. Bekseju Korean Rice Wine, Maehwasu Plum Wine or Bokbunjaju Black Raspberry Wine are served. Asahi and Kirin beers, as well as domestics are also offered. Korean Soju (Rice Vodka) is available too. Reservations accepted. Sang Shin, owner.


Older Review: (from Jackie N. 1/20) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Garp & Fuss, 348 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL. 54.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-255-2059. (American) (Cafe) [D] Opened January, 2018. Located in the Hidden Garden where The Bistro on Park Avenue once did business, back off the main street. It's a very inviting atmosphere. Open 4-11 PM weekdays, except closed Monday. 11 AM to 1 AM weekends and 11 AM to 10 PM Sunday. The names, Garp and Fuss are references to family members. On the Bar Menu you can find such oddities as Boiled Peanuts, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Dos Tacos, Buffalo Cauliflower, Flatbreads, "Garp" [Chicago Italian Beef], "Fuss" [Fried Chicken], a House or Farmhouse Burger, El Cubano, Banhi Mi [Roasted Pork] and Wings (5/10/15). You might also have Romaine and Cabbage Salad or Blue Caesar Salad. Also on the menu is Butternut Squash Ravioli and Chicken Schnitzel. Full bar with crafty cocktails. Reservations accepted. Liz Zucco, chef; Nikki, Rene and Karen Nielsen, owners.


Older Review: (from Jackie N. 12/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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


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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gorkhali Kitchen, 10044 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL. 72.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-388-6404. (Asian) (Indian) [L/D] Opened in July, 2022. Located in the Cross Creek Center, near Kinnan St., 1.6 miles east of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. where Saffron Indian Cuisine once did business. Hours are 11 AM to 2:30 PM for lunch, then 5 to 9:30 PM for dinner, closed on Tuesday. "Gorkhali" refers to the Nepali Kingdom. This award winning restaurant offers Nepalese cuisine with Indian and Himalayan dishes listed. Unpretentious dining space with colorful table cloths. It's a piece of Kathmandu City right in Florida. Appetizers include Vegetable Samosa or Pakora [Fritters], Gabi Manchurian [Fried Cauliflower], Tandoori Chicken Wings, Fried Okra and Paneer [Stir Fried Chicken]. Himalayan Soups like Aloo Bodi Tama [Potato Soup] and Kwati [Nepalese Bean Soup] are available. Small plates include Chatamari [Pizza], Fried Rice, Fried Goat Meat, Chicken Choila [Marinated and Grilled], Chow Mein, Wo [Black Pancakes] and Basantapur [Chicken or Goat Skewers]. Dishes from the Tandoor include Paneer Tikka, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken, Shrimp or Mixed Grill, Lamb Chops and Seekh Kabob [Minced Chicken]. Other Chicken dishes include Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Chicken Saag, Himalayan Jimbu Chicken and Chicken Vindaloo. Many Vegetable and Curry Goat dishes are offered too. Most served with Basmati Rice. Of course, Naan Bread and Roti is available. Desserts include Rasbari [Milk Balls], Rabri [Pudding] and Nepalese Kheer [Rice Pudding]. A multi-course Himalayan Thaali [Meal] is featured with either Vegetables, Chicken or Goat dishes. Kids menu available. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Beer and wine licensed. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Designation. Reservations accepted. Rajesh Pathak, Menora Panthi, Reena Widdoes and Poonam Gurung, owners.




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Not Rated Coming Soon Video Gourmet Market (at Magic Place), 5500 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. (US 192), Kissimmee, FL. 66.4 mile drive from The Villages. . (American) (Continental) [L/D] aka: The Great Gourmet Place. Located on SR 192, just east of the south end of I-Drive, this huge, 30,000 sq. ft., food hall will house about 20 independent restaurants and lounges. Magic Place, a stylish residential and commercial living/shopping mini-metropolis, is headed by the Italian design house, Pininfarina. The Gourmet Market will offer a number of different cuisines and local beverage offerings. Some of the sky-lit area will have communal seating at large tables. Expect a late 2021 opening. Magic Development, owners.



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Long Gone - Key Largo Restaurant
Located in Old Town. "Fruits of the Sea and Specialties of the Land."
5770 W. Space Coast Pkwy. (now W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., US 192), Kissimmee, FL.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Grace O'Malley's Public House, 2400 S. US 27 (Suite A), Clermont, FL. 33.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-227-3155. (Irish) [L/D] Occupies the space where Graffiti Junction #3 did business. It's an Irish Pub and Kitchen. "We are Irish, not because we were born in Ireland, but because Ireland was born in us!" It will feature Guiness Stout, of course, and an array of Irish food and beer. Full bar expected. Opening in Spring 2024. Wayne and Mary Linderman, owners.




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


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Great Outdoors Restaurant, 65 N. Main St., High Springs, FL. 81.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-454-1288. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Located in the heart of beautiful High Springs in the 100 year old Opera House at US 27/41 and CR 20, between US 441 and the railroad tracks. Been a restaurant or café for many years. Woody and warm décor inside the old building with a beautiful inverted canoe. Open 11 AM to 9 PM or later daily except Monday. The Tavern portion stays open to 11 PM or later. Menu changes from lunch to dinner at 4 PM. Start with their Boston Clam Chowder, Onion Gratinée or Soup du Jour. A full pound of P.E.I. Mussels makes an appetizer or dinner. Fried Green Tomatoes, Conch Fritters, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Calamari or Fire Cracker Chicken Wings are all popular starters too. The Meat Department offers Chicken Oscar, Root Beer Pork Chop, a 14 oz. Boneless Rib Eye, a 14 oz. 2" thick New York Strip, an 8 oz. Filet Mignon or 24 oz. Bone-In Delmonico. Steaks can be topped with Lump Crab in Cognac Cream, Bleu Cheese & Applewood Bacon or Mushroom, Peppers and Burgundy Onions for extra charge. The Fish Department makes it easy by suggesting Pan Roasted, Deep Fried, Grilled or Cajun Spiced fish choice that usually include Fish Tacos, Redfish and Mahi-Mahi. All dinners come with starch and vegetable or salad. Pasta dishes include Pasta Primavera, Dukes' Mac 'n Cheese, Clams Casino and Pasta Seafood. House Specialties run the gamut from Southern Fried Chicken Platter, to Shrimp 'n Grits, to a Captain's Fish Platter, to Racks of Dry Rubbed Ribs. Burgers and Sandwiches are popular at lunch. A Bison Burger is offered. Large Salads also available. Kids menu offered. Desserts include such items as Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake, Caramel Crunch Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Gluten Free Nut Torta, Key Lime Pie and New York Cheesecake. A nice variety of wines are offered including the more obscure Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Red Zin, Unoaked Chardonnay, Rosé and Meritage. Martini list and specialty drinks, like the Green Lantern, are offered, as is private label beers and ales, like "Naked Ed's" (a local resident). Happy Hour in the full bar Spring House Tavern is 2-6 PM weekdays. 2016 Winner Golden Spoon Award by the Florida Trend Magazine. Patio dining with live free entertainment every night except Monday and Tuesday. Reservations accepted and recommended. Taylor Dukes, chef; Elena Wilson, manager; Carol Doherty, general manager; Bob (and Karen) Bentz, owners since 2008.




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3½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs (The) Greek Corner, 1600 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-228-0303. (Greek) [L/D] Located in Ivanhoe Village, on North Orange at Ivanhoe Blvd. a few blocks south of E. Princeton St. (SR 438) just east off I-4. In business since 2005. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, except 12 Noon to 8 PM on Sunday. Indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner daily. Appetizers start with Melitzanosalata (Eggplant and Red Pepper on a Pita), Taramosalata (Red Caviar and Olive Oil on a Pita), Spanikopita (Spinach and Feta Cheese in Phyllo Dough), Dolmathakia (Rice in Grape Leaves) and Fried Mozzarella Sticks. There's also Baked Feta and Saganaki (Flamed Kasseri Cheese). Combo Platters are also available for groups. Salads like Greek, Aegean, Farmer, Spinach, Gyro, and Chicken Salad Bengal are offered. Dinner items include Chicken Oreganato, Pastitsio, Gyro Plate, Moussaka, Sirloin Tips, Chicken Francaise or Marsala, Beef Kebob, Shrimp Santorini, Baked Stuffed or Sautéed Shrimp, Braised Lamb Chunks, Greek Style Salmon, Stuffed Chicken, Lamb Kebob, Sirloin a la Sparta, Broiled Whole Snapper and Filet Mignon Olympus, among others. There's also Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops featured. Dinners include Soup or Salad, Roasted Potato or Rice and a Vegetable. There's also Sandwiches like a BLT, Tuna Salad, Veggie Souvlaki, Crab Cake, Chicken, Sausage or Pork Souvlaki and a Gyro in Pita, among others. They come with Salad, Rice or Fries. Greek Pizzas are also on the menu. Italian Style Pasta dishes are there too. Burgers are also on the list. Soups include Avgolemono. Desserts include Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding), Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Beer and wine licensed. Voted 2015 "Best Greek" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Voted Orlando's best Greek restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Demetrios Tsafonias, owner.


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



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Green Door on 8th, 14148 8th St., Dade City, FL. 49.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-437-5335. (Cafe) (Southern) [L/D] Located one block west of 7th Street at Meridian Ave. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except closed all day Monday and open 10 AM to 2 PM only on Sunday for Brunch. Formerly where Orleans City Market, Rebecca's At City Market and City Market Bistro all did business before 2017. This one opened July, 2018. Cute, friendly Southern Café for lunch or light dinner. Their specialties are Red Beans and Rice, Crawfish Étouffée, Cigar City Gumbo, Jambalaya, Mac 'n Cheese and the 8th Street Shrimp and Grits. Sandwiches like a Chicken Salad Wrap, Turkey BLT, Ham Hottie, Fried Green Tomato Ciabatta, Chicken Swiss Ciabatta, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Shrimp Po'Boy, Roast Beef Cheddar Melt, an American Burger or a Muffuletta will all take you to 'Weeziana for a while. Large Salads are offered. Appetizers like Chips with Kumquat Salsa, Blu Cheese & Chips, Smoked Gouda, Onion Rings and of course Fried Green Tomatoes will give you a southern drawl! Full bar with cocktails, wine and beer. Outdoor seating available. Family run. Greg and Lindsey Fowler, owners.




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Long Gone - Iron Kettle Restaurant,
"Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and Fine Foods, served to the most discriminating. Sea Food, Steak,
Roast, Hot Breads, Home Baked Pies, and Children's Menu. One block north of Daytona Beach City Line.
Mr. and Mrs. George Williams, Prop."
139 Ridgewood Ave. US #1, Holly Hill, Florida.

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


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi GrillSmith (Wesley Chapel), 2000 Piazza Ave., (SR 56 at Bruce B. Downs Blvd.), Wesley Chapel, FL. 69.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-907-1900. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened here in late 2008. Located in the Shoppes at Wiregrass, at SR 56 and Bruce B. Downs Blvd., 2 miles east of I-75, Exit 275. This is now referred to as "New Tampa". Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily, except Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM. Family oriented new chain self described as "New American Cuisine". However many of their dishes (and drinks) originated in other parts of the world. Part of their menu is billed as "Fitness Plates" with dishes such as Sundried-Tomato Chicken, Avocado Salmon, Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Catch of the Day. Steakburgers with Cheese, Portobello Caprino or Black & Bleu get a side dish. Tilapia, Grilled Chicken Breast or Signature Steak Sandwiches also get a side dish. Pastas like Lillian's Braised Beef, Chicken Penne Alfredo, Bowtie Shrimp or signature Stoli Ravioli dishes are offered. Salads are extra. Main dishes include Grilled Wild Mushroom Meatloaf, Chicken Portobello Stack, Oak Barrel or Mediterranean Salmon, Baby Back Ribs or signature Lemon Feta Chicken include two sides. Steak Specialties include Double Cut Pork Chops, Chimichurri Steak, 6 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon, 16 oz. Rib-Eye and 8 or 12 oz. Center-Cut Sirloin Steaks come with two side dishes. Desserts include Chocolate Decadence Cake. Large Salads include Bourbon Salmon Salad, Chicken Caesar or Seared Ahi Tuna. Tortilla Pizzas and small plates such as Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Smoked Salmon Bruchetta and signature Mandarin Lettuce Wraps are here. Full bar and limited wine list. House Wines and Martinis are by the glass during Happy Hour (daily 4-7 PM but 3 PM to close on Sunday and Wednesday for some reason). Premium Wines run up to $149 per bottle. Sparkling White or Remy Red Sangrias are offered. Large selection of unusual imported beers, like the St. Bernardus ABT Beer (10.5% alcohol), Margaritas, Mojitos and Martinis are available. Sunday Brunch (11 AM - 3 PM) menu include combination meals. Special deals frequently offered. Takeout available too. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Ross Hughes, executive chef; Braden Hart, managing partner here now. Corporate owned, just 5 locations, based in Tampa, FL., started in 2004. CEO is Mark Johnson, originator of The Melting Pot.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/18) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Guru Restaurant, 2400 S. US 27 (Suite 101), Clermont, FL. 33.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-241-9884. (Indian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Located in the Clermont Hills Terrace, across from T.J. Maxx, just south of SR 50. Opens daily at 11:30 AM. Closes at 7 PM on Sunday. Opened August, 2014, but began in 1990. Authentic Indian cuisine and décor. Start with 4 varieties of Nana Bread. Appetizers include Kabobs, Soups and Platters. Many Chicken entrée styles like Tikka, Korma, Hyderabadi, Madras, Saag Wala, Jai Frezi and Bhuna are offered. Lamb and Beef dishes like Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, Korma, Bhuna and Saag Wala are also on the menu. They also offer Biryani Specialties in Chicken, Lamb, Beef and Shrimp. Many Vegetarian items also available, like Bombay Aloo, Masala Dal, Paneer Makhni, Chana Punjabi and Bhindi Masala. A Fish Curry dish is popular. Full linen service. Kids menu available. Beer and wine licensed. Uday Kadam, general manager and chef; wife, Pamela Carver, owner.


Older Review: (from Frank K. 8/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Orlando), 7858 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-613-5056. (Asian) (Fondue) [L/D] Opened in October, 2016. Located on Turkey Lake Rd. just north of Sand Lake Rd. in the "Restaurant Row" part of Orlando, west of Exit 74A of I-4. Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull", is better known as "Yakiniku" (Barbecue) in Japan. Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM or later on weekends. Menu changes from lunch to dinner at 3 PM. Mix Japanese food with a Mini Table Grill, with a downdraft system, and you have a very popular "Cook-It-Yourself BBQ". It's an Asian twist on Fondue, without the cheese. The menu combinations seem endless. BBQ "courses" (combos) include a few sartarters, 6 BBQ items and a dessert. Basic orders are for couples like Meat Lovers for 2, Gyu-Kaku for 2, Samurai for 4 or Shogun for 6. All include Rice or Soup. There are also seasonal items like the 8 oz. Skirt Steak, 3½ oz. Wagyu Steak and 3½ oz. Harami plus 3½ oz. Hangar plus 3½ oz. Yaki-Shabu Beef Combo. You can also find a-la-carte items like Beef Shoulder, Lamb, Zabuton, Lobster Tail or Chateaubriand to cook. There's also portions of Chicken, Pork, Pork Sausage, Garlic Shrimp, NY Steak, Beef Filet, Salmon, Sirloin, Hangar, Duck Breast, Kalbi Short Rib, Beef Tongue, Toro Beef, Lamb Chops, Kobe Short Rib, Kobe NY Steak and many others on the menu. Rice and Noodle sides are available. Vegetables, like Spinach or Zucchini are available, when you order a-la-carte. Appetizers, like Miso Chicken Wings are offered. Food and Beverage Happy Hour runs daytime to 5 PM and nighttime after 9 PM, where most items, including Beer and Sake, are reduced by a dollar or two. Six desserts are offered, like S'mores. Kids menu available. Beer and wine licensed. Importend Japanese Beer, like Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Ginga Kogen or Echigo Koshihikari Rice Beer orby the pitcher. Glasses and bottles of American Wine and Japanese Sake are here. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. of Wine or Sake. Japanese Soda is also on hand. Reservations by phone or online accepted. A large chain of over 650 locations worldwide, in 11 countries, with the original site in Los Angeles in 1996. Over 30 locations are in the USA, mostly in California, Hawai and New York. Arthur Devine and Yutaro Iwamura, owners here.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) H Cuisine, 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-930-3020. (Middle Eastern) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in July, 2018. Located in Suite #80, near keke's Breakfast Café, at Della Dr. In the Restaurant Row area of Orlando. It's described as casual elegant but without linen service. Comfortable seating; unusual post modern décor and varied menu. They boast food from 70 different countries. Open kitchen. Hours are 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily, to Midnight weekends. Closed between 3 and 5 PM for menu change. Appetizers include Charcuterie and Cheese, Turkish Salad, Tulum Salad, Burrata, Baby Artichoke, Belgium Endive, Sweetbreads, Steak Tartare with Bone Marrow or Grilled Octopus. For entrées they start with Robespierre, Grilled Scottish King Salmon, Papperdelle, Grilled Filet of Barnzino, Strozzapreti [Pasta], Prime NY Sirloin Steak, Lokum [Tenderloin], Duck, 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, Chateau Filet for Two, Kafes for Two [Rack of Lamb], 32 oz. Porterhouse for Two, 45 oz. Tomahawk for Two and ends with Osso Buco for Two [Veal Shank Specialty]. Sides like Roasted Potatoes or Grilled Mushrooms are extra. Full bar. Wine List shows Whites and Reds by the glass or bottle. Turkish Coffee, Cappucino, Latte and Espresso offered. Watch for flaming wheels of Parmesan Cheese in the dining room. Valet parking available. Reservations by phone or online accepted. Tolga Mutlu, Executive Chef; Ahmet Ozhamurkar and Fuat Hasoglu, owners.




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


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



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Long Gone - The Orange Hotel (1910)
31 S.Main St., Winter Garden, Florida.
Destroyed by fire in 1912.

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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Haile Village Bistro, 5323 SW 91st Ter., Gainesville, FL. 65.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-378-0721. (British) (Middle Eastern) [B/L/D] Quaint café located at the Village Center of Haile Plantation, just west of I-75, exit #384, off Archer Rd. Open for breakfast daily from 7 AM and lunch from 11 AM to 5 PM, then dinner until 9:30 PM or later on weekends. They offer Breakfast Sandwiches, Fruit, Muffins, Bagels and Cereal for breakfast. Lunch brings Philly Cheese Steaks, Pesto Grilled Chicken, Chicken Parm., Reuben, Italian Sausage, Burgers, Clubs, BLT, Wraps and large salads. For dinner, appetizers include Coconut Shrimp, Fried Calamari, Crab Cakes, Tabbouli, Hummus and Soup. For entrées they offer Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie, Steak and Mushroom Pie, Fish and Chips, Sabzie (Slow Cooked Beef), Chicken Curry, Chicken, Swordfish or Shish Kabobs, Fessenjan (Chicken Breast), Atlantic Salmon and Bourbon Glazed Rib Eye. You can also find pasta dishes like Fettuccini Alfredo, Fettuccini Frangelica, Baked Penne, Lasagna, Chicken Parm. and Spaghetti Marinara or with Meat Sauce, are offered. Soup or a side salad are extra. Large salads and sandwiches are also available during the evening. Occasional Persian and Turkish dishes offered as specials. The dessert case is very tempting. Reservations accepted. Entertainment, weekends. Full bar and wine list. Outdoor seating available. Abbas (Jayne) Yazdi and Jennifer Nanson, owners.


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



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille (Orlando), 110 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-319-0600. (American) (Diner) [L/D] Opened here in 2008. Located at Church Street Station Complex, next to the SunRail/Amtrak lines. Open daily at 11 AM. It's different alright. Female impersonators, drag queens and gay comedy are the usual evening treats. Trivia, Bingo and Facebook Friday's are also performed during the week. Lunch hour is more sedate where the mostly gay staff serves the working class the "Best Angus Burgers in Town". The ½ lb. "Mary Burger" starts the menu. Then there's the "Queen Mary" with cheese and onions, the "Blue Boy Burger", the "Buffy the Hamburger Slyer" with Garlic, the "Guacamole BJ", the "Godfather" with Marinara and Provolone, the "Derby Burger", the "Mac Daddy", the "Barbara-Q Bacon Cheeseburger", the "Meaty Mushroom", the "Spicy Mary", the "Big Kahuna", and the "Sloppy Mary". Or go for the Full Pound "Proud Mary Burger". They're all served with choice of Fries, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, or Mashed Potatoes. Sweet Potato Fries or Onion Rings can be substituted. Not into Burgers? They also have Chicken Ranch Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, a BLT, Philly Cheesesteak, Cran-Chicken Salad Sandwich, Meatloaf Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Cajun Mahi Sandwich and a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Wraps are similarly priced. Large Salads like the San-Fran Shanghai or Mary's Wedge are also offered. Chili and Soup are also on the menu two sizes. Entrées such as Chicken Tenders, Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf, Pork Platter, Pot Roast, Shepherd's Pie, Grilled Salmon, top off the dinners. Full bar with a Cock-Tail list, with Wines and Beers also featured. Monster Martinis at $50. Happy Hour 2-5 PM and after 10 PM. For dessert, go no further than the Chocolate Bread Pudding or their signature dish, Fried Twinkies. 18% gratuity added for parties of 7 or more. Tabs presented in a red pump. Adult entertainment weekends and fun events during the week. Reservations advised. One of a dozen nationwide franchise operations with 4 in Florida. Michael Rogier and John Paonessa, owners here.


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



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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi hamilton's Kitchen (at The Alfond Inn), 300 East New England Ave., Winter Park, FL. 60.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-998-8089. (American) (Seafood) [B/L/D] Located 3 blocks east of Park Ave. in downtown Winter Park in the Alfond Inn on the grounds of Rollins College. Opened in August 2013. Hours are 7 AM to 10 PM daily, except closes at 9 PM Sunday. Breakfast served to 11 AM, then lunch to 2 PM and dinner served from 5 PM. Offers a wide selection of fresh preparations in a contemporary setting. To start you will find Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Apples or Peaches, Roasted Corn Soup, Cucumber Salad, Beef & Pork Meatballs, Truffle Oil Mac 'n Cheese, Grilled Flatbread, Beets with Goat Cheese, Watermelon Salad, Crab Salad Cheese Selections, Shrimp 'n Grits and Spanish Iberico Ham. On to the entrées, you will see Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Pan Seared Salmon, Half Roast Chicken, Braised Short Ribs, Pan Seared Trout, Braised Lamb and Risotto, Pork Schnitzel, Seared Scallops and Pasta, Steak und Frites, Poached Snapper and a Grilled Rib Eye. Most come with a green and starch but you can also addVeggies, Asparagus, Sweet Potato, Red Bliss, Cheese Fries, Salmon Fritters or Mac 'n Cheese (all extra). A 4-Course Prix Fixe Tasting Menu is also available (choice of 4 entrées) with or without 2 glasses of paired wines. Lunch items are similar with items like Fish Tacos and Shrimp 'n Grits plus Pressed BLT and Creekstone Cheeseburger added. Breakfast items range from a Ham and Cheddar Croissant to a full Farmers Breakfast of Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes and an English Muffin. Outside seating available. Full bar and Wine List offered. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. Reservations accepted by phone and online. Open Thanksgiving Day with seatings at Noon and 3 PM at prix fixe. Jason Klingensmith, executive chef; Jesse Martinez, general manager, hotel owned.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi (The) Hampton Social (Orlando), 9101 International Dr. (Suite 1200), Orlando, FL. 55.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-689-800-6760. (Pizza) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened in February, 2021. Located where Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar did business for 12 years at Pointe Orlando on I-Drive. This small Chicago based chain is themed after The Hamptons on Long Island, but with understated seafaring décor. Open 3 PM to 10 PM or longer hours on weekends. Lunch menu ends at 3 PM; Saturday and Sunday Brunch menu runs 10 AM to 3 PM. Their motto is: "Rosé all day!". Pizzas will be on the menu, as well as Small Plates, Burgers and a Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich. For entrées you'll find items like Shrimp Tacos, Fish & Chips, Pasta Rossa, Tuna & Avocado, Parmesan Trout, Shelter Island Salmon, Scottish Salmon, Thai Curry Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Scallop Risotto, Lemon Roasted Chicken, Steak Frites, Skirt Steak, Pan Seared Snapper, Petite Filet and a Catch Of The Day at market price. Sides are extra, like Salad, Fries, Squash, Mashed Potatoes and others. Large Salads are available. A Tomato Bisque and a New England Clam Chowder are featured too. Seafood Bar of Oysters, Chilled Peel & Eat Shrimp, Smoked Trout Dip and Yellowtail Poke are offered. Full bar with specialty cocktails in a glass or big seashell. Wines by the glass available. They specialize in Rosé Wines (glass and bottle). A "Frosé" listed. Happy Hour is weekdays 3-6 PM on limited selections. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Daily entertainment. Kids menu offered. Reservations accepted. Some outdoor seating available. Created by Brad Parker. Based in Chicago, IL.; another location is in Naples, Florida.




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


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



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Hangry Bison, 480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 51.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-677-5000. (American) [L/D] Opened in 2018. It's "Hangry", not "Hungry", meaning "irritable because of hunger". Located in the Winter Park Village, near the Regal Movie Theaters. Open from 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to Midnight on weekends. It's all about Burgers. You can build your own here. Bourbon and Beer go good with Burgers too. They have a Grilled Portobello Burger, Spicy Italian Sausage Patty Burger, Grilled Chicken Breast Burger, Salmon Burger, Turkey and Bacon Burger, Short Ribs Burger, Bison Burger, Bison Bleu Cheese Burger and a Burger of the Week on the list. Big Salads are popular with the ladies like California Cobb, Greek, Roasted Beets and Bourbon Chicken Salad. You can add appetizers like Truffle Fries, Onion Rings, Fried Green Tomatoes, Pretzels and Beer Cheese, Caprese Flatbread, Jalapeños, Calamari, Bourbon Wings or Pork Rinds. For the daring, they offer a huge Food Fight Burger. Accolades come with the complete devouring of it. Desserts are also offered. Kids menu is available. Full bar with crafted Cocktails and Beer Flights too. Wine runs $8-16/glass. Happy Hour 4-7 PM, Monday-Thursday and 4-6 PM, on Friday. Reduced Whiskeys on Wednesdays. Entertainment on Thursday evenings. Outdoor seating. Phone reservations accepted. Another location is now in Winter Garden. Joseph and Sharon Liguori, owners.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille (Gainesville), 110 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL. 62.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-372-1555. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Located in the historic downtown section at the corner of "1st and 1st". A New Orleans style restaurant with Big Easy decor. From Red Beans & Rice to Filet Mignon, this restaurant has a wide variety of New Orleans style food. Mahi Crabmeat Almondine, Pecan Crusted Catfish, Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Scallop Evangeline, Shrimp Scampi, Sautéed Chicken Jolié Blonde, plus more Cajun style entrées like Jambalaya, Crawfish or Shrimp Étouffée, Shrimp and Grits or Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Andouille. Soups include Gumbo and Clam Chowder daily. More traditional Chicken, Pork and Steaks are also on the menu. Mahi Sandwiches, Angus Burgers and Oyster Po' Boys make up the lighter portion side of the menu. Early bird specials (4-6 PM) and Happy Hour 2-7 PM too at the full bar. Harry's Hurricane is as popular here as the original in New Orleans. Sign up for their birthday and anniversary discount club. Nice wine selection too. Specials often added to the list. $10 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. Call ahead seating available, which is very effective on Friday nights. One of a small chain of 5 restaurants, started in 1987, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Rudy Mraovich, general manager here.


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



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant, 3340 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL. 44.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-865-6100. (Asian) [L/D] In business since 2003. Located on SR 436 in the Forest City area, across from the Highland Memorial Garden Cemetery in a small green and tan building. Open daily from 11 AM, except closed Sundays. You can expect many fresh Sushi items like Futo Maki, Sanshoku Maki, Chirashi Sushi to Sashimi plus combinations of both. Love Boats for Two are here. Other items like Saba Shioyaki, Pork Shogayaki and Yakiniku Kaldi are offered. There are also popular Teriyaki and Tempura dishes. Also frequently ordered are Katsu dishes. Bento Boxes are also on the menu too. A Hatsuhana Favorite Dinner Special or Tarako Meshi are offered. Some items can be adjusted for spiciness. Vegetarian items are offered too. And kids menu available. Lunch menu has similar offerings. They have two dozen appetizers like Edamame, Gyoza and Kimchee. Spicy Octopus in a Bowl is not often found in restaurants but is here. California Rolls, Udon and Mussels are regular items too. Beer and wine licensed. Masahiko and Myung Ikemoto, owners.


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



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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu HAVEN Kitchen, 6100 Wave Hotel Drive, Orlando, FL. 67.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-675-2000. (American) [B/L/D] Alternate address: 6722 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Quietly opened January, 2022. Hours daily are 6:30 AM to 10 AM for breakfast, then 11 AM to 2 PM for lunch, then 5:30 to 9 PM for dinner. This more health-conscious restaurant is located on the pool level of the unique and futuristic Lake Nona WAVE Hotel. No relation to the HAVEN Restaurant in Tampa. For Not-So-Healthy appetizers they have Fried Calamari, Smoked Chicken Wings, Muhammara [Charred Red Pepper Dip], Roasted Scallops, Crispy Baby Artichoke, Grilled Octopus and Poached Florida Shrimp In A Box. The Healthy Section has Burrata and Lobster, Pickled Beet Root, Radicchio and Watercress, Baby Kalera Greens and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Soup. For mains they offer Gemelli Pasta, Roasted Chicken, Branzino a la Plancha, Crispy Cod, Chicken Sandwich and a HAVEN Burger. Lunch items are similar but add Fish Tacos and a Cubano Sandwich. For breakfast you can order the Croque Madame, Eggs Benedict, Avocado Toast, Pastrami Hash, Buttermilk Pancakes or a Whole Grain Waffle. For dessert you'll find Key Lime Tart, Cherry Clafouti and Carrot Cake. DJ some nights at the pool. Full bar and Wine List. Unique Cocktails like Aphrodite's Chariot and Throwing Stones will make you wonder how it's made. Outdoor seating available. Reservations online via Open Table or by phone are suggested on weekends. Hotel owned.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Hawkers (Windermere), 9100 Conroy Windermere Rd., Windermere, FL. 50.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-583-6334. (Asian) (Vegetarian) [L/D] Opened April, 2018. Located at Suite 110 of The Grove at Conroy Rd. and S. Apopka Vineland Rd. (SR 435). Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM on weekends. You'll find food from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, China and India here among others. Much of it is considered "street food" in those countries which should not detract from its quality. Most items range $5-11 each. For small plates you'll find traditional Spring Rolls, Summer Rolls, Chicken Egg Rolls, Hot Chicken Baos, and Pork Belly Baos too. Dim Sum items include Golden or Sichuan Wontons and Yi-Yi's Chicken Dumplings. You can also find their featured Street Skewers, Siu Yoke, Char Siu, Coconut Shrimp, Hawkers and Korean Wings. Lighter items include Edamame, 5 Spice Green Beans, Green Papaya and Shrimp Salad, Hawker's Delight, Tofu Bites and Viet Bún Salad. Rice and Curry dishes plus Noodle Bowls are made here too. Popular dishes include Pad Thai and Roti Canai. Donuts and Cinnamon Roti are the sweet endings. A Brunch menu is offered here 11 AM to 3 PM Saturdays and Sundays. Family meals are available too. Vegetarian and Vegan options noted. Full bar with cocktails. Happy Hour Specials, 3-6 PM. No Corkage Fee for your own wine on Wednesday; otherwise $25/btl. Outdoor seating available. One of a dozen locations throughout southeastern US states. Another is in the Mills 50 region of Orlando. Voted Orlando's best Chinese restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Gerson Quiliche, executive chef; George Vavalides, general manager; Latifa Hawkes, owner.


Review: (from Jackie N. 4/21) Hawkers is a Tapas-style Asian Fusion restaurant. This was our second time here. The menu is the same as the one in Orlando, except Windermere has a weekend Brunch that the Orlando location does not, at this time. The food comes out as each dish is ready and seemed to be served by many different people as well as the waitress who took our original order. Some of the menu items we enjoyed were Steamed Pork Belly Baos, Sichuan Wonton, Hong Kong Wonton Soup, and Beef Haw Fun. There are many other items we would like to have tried and will during out next visit. Although the food is not up to our standards, I don't know of any other restaurants that have a diversified Asian menu as Hawkers. Our total cost was $44 plus t&t for 3 of us.
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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Heidi's Italian Restaurant, 901 US 41N, Inverness, FL. 30.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-637-1355. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday; Saturday 4 PM to 10 PM and Sunday 12 noon to 9 PM. Located 8 blocks west of downtown where US 41 (N. Florida Ave.) turns off W. Main St. Easily missed in a small low building with one window. Not a likely name for an Italian restaurant but this establishment has been in business since 1990. Dinners are semi-a-la-carte which includes a salad and bread. Parmesan Chicken, Eggplant and Veal top their menu. Baked Zitti and Lasagna are also popular. Manicotti and Ravioli dishes are available too. Large and small antipastos are also offered. Specials added to the menu daily. Cheesecake is homemade. Beer and wine available. Scott Brown, owner.




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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Hellas Restaurant, 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL. 93.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-727-943-2400. (Greek) [L/D] Located in the middle of the tourist section of the Sponge Docks. Opened in 1970, this authentic Greek restaurant and bakery serves well known meat and fish dishes from the Greek Isles. Specialties include Spanakopita, Tiropita, Mousaka, Pastisio and Dolmades. Other selections include Roast Leg of Lamb, Chicken, Pork or Lamb Shish Ke Bob, Lamb Chops as well as Lamb Shank. Seafood offerings include such fish as Grouper, Salmon and Flounder. Kalamari, Marithes, Octopus, Shrimp, Scallops and other fin and shellfish are also available. Greek Salad, Gyros and Souvlaki are well known specialties. A vast selection of Greek and Italian Pastries such as Baklava are available from the large bakery/cafe portion of the restaurant. They are also known for their numerous cheesecakes. Open Thanksgiving Day. Full bar. Nick Karterouliotis, owner.


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



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

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

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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Hemisphere (Steak & Seafood) Restaurant 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. at OIA, Orlando, FL. 64.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-825-1234. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [B/D] Opened in 1992. Located on the top 2 floors of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Orlando International Airport. Breakfast hours are 5:30 to 11 AM daily, to Noon on weekends; dinner hours are 5:00 to 10 PM, Tuesday through Saturday only. Closed Sunday and Monday. Full linen service with spectacular views of the airport grounds and runways. Start with a Flatbread, Calamari, Shrimp or Blue Crab Cake. There's also Crawfish Chowder, Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg & Bibb, Arugula & Berries and Tomato Salads. Many of their main dishes are locally sourced. For seafood they offer Loch Duart Salmon, Scallops, Black Grouper, Swordfish or Whole Yellow Tail Snapper. For landfood they offer Poussin Chicken, Pork Chops, 14 oz. NY Strip, 8 oz. Filet Mignon or 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Scallops and a 10 oz. Wagyu Ribeye. There's also vegetarian items like Risotto or Whole Wheat Penne. Side dishes like Potatoes, Rice, Corn, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach or Green Beans add to the bill. For dessert they have a Chocolate Espresso Tower, Key Lime Pie, Peach Pie, Melon Shortcake or Crème Brûlée. There's also a Cheese Platter. Their Breakfast Buffet is popular. Full bar. Wines by the glass or bottle offered. Featured monthly wines are available. Their wine list ranges $49 to $266/bottle. The "Dom" is $330. They also offer splits for some labels. Winner of the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Corkage Fee: $15/btl. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations by phone or online, suggested. Hyatt Hotel chain, owners.




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13 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Calorie Count Hillstone, 215 South Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL. 59.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-740-4005. (American) (Wine Bar) [L/D] On US 17/92 between SR 426 and W. Morse Blvd. Formerly called Houston's but the menu and ownership is the same. Very contemporary decor. Soup changes daily. Burgers and Sandwiches plus Salads are at the beginning of the menu. Full entrées such as Rotisserie Chicken, Hawaiian Rib Eye, Barbecue Ribs, Double Cut Pork Chops, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Roasted Prime Rib. A Center Cut Filet is offered. Desserts like Warm 5 Nut Brownie, Apple Cobbler and Key Lime Pie are available. Many cocktail and wine selections. Full bar. Many patrons sit at the bar for their meals. No Corkage Fee here per table on your first bottle with dinner; then $15/bottle thereafter. 2010 & 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Power Lunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted "Best Outdoor Dining" and "Best View" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey for many years. One of a few dozen locations nationwide, in upscale suburbs, owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group of Beverly Hills, CA. Michael Cook, executive chef; Cindy Wathen, general manager here.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colleen C. 11/17) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café. Called the Willow Tree Café (see that listing).


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

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


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



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant, 7965 SR 50, Groveland, FL. 31.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-557-8988. (Asian) [L/D] Located in the Publix Shopping Plaza on SR 565A, off SR 50 (Broad St.). Opens daily at 11 AM to 3 PM for lunch, then 4:30 to 10 PM for dinner, later on weekends, but only Noon to 9:30 PM on Sunday. For lunch they offer items like Bento Boxes. For dinner you can find various Tempura items, Teriyaki, Katsu, Bento Boxes as well as Hibachi items. Noodle dishes and Sushi Bar items are popular. Most come with Soup and Salad. Specialty Rolls are featured. Kids menu available. Desserts are available. Beer and wine licensed. Chao Hang Wu and Hui Lin, owners.




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




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Il Pescatore, 651 Primrose Dr., Orlando, FL. 57.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-896-6763. (Italian) (Seafood) [L/D] In business since April, 2005. Located on Primrose, just south of E. Colonial Dr. (SR 50), 3 blocks west of Maguire Blvd. Hours are from 11 AM daily to 9:30 PM weekdays and to 10 PM on Friday, closed on Sunday. The name means "The Fisherman". Warm family operated Italian Restaurant in the Asian section (Colonialtown) of Orlando where the interior walls are murals of scenes in Italy. They offer the usual appetizers plus items like Garlic Bread, Mushrooms Sautéed in Olive Oil, Caponata Siciliana, Sautéed Mussels in Marinara Sauce or White Wine and even Smelt. About 16 pasta dishes like Penne/Spaghetti/Linguine a la Carbonara/Marinara/Bolognese/Salsiccia/Aglio & Olio, Ravioli, Tortellini, Fettuccini Alfredo and more. About 9 baked dishes like Lasagna, Eggplant, Giro della Sicilia and others are on the menu. Half dozen Chicken dishes are offered, while Veal dishes are there too. Seafood creations like Shrimp Cioppino and Snapper Genovese, all on the menu, like Zuppa di Mare Trapanese. House Specialties include Tortellino di Steffano [Creamy Meat Sauce], Pollo di Stefano [with Prosciutto and White Wine] and Veal with Jumbo Shrimp and Mozzarella. Side of Pasta Marinara usually comes with meat or fish items. Soup du Jour, Pizzas, Calzones, Strombolis and large Salads are on the list too. For dessert they have Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Cannoli, Torta de Nonna, Limoncello Gelato and Dessert du Jour. Lunch items are lower prices. Beer and wine licensed. Just $8 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Online or phone reservations accepted. Sharing a dish charge is extra. Dritan Qerushi, owner.




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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Isan Zaap (Thai Cafe), 4693 Gardens Park Blvd., Suite 113, Orlando, FL. 53.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-203-1868. (Asian) [L/D] In business since May, 2022. Located off Millenia Blvd. in the Gardens on Millenia Plaza, between I-4 (Exit 78) and the John Young Parkway (CR 423). It replaces Thai Express. Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM, daily. Nicely decorated cafe serving moderately priced Thai cuisine in an artful manner. "We're crazy about Isan Food". Isan is the northeastern region of Thailand. For appetizers you can find Chicken Satay, Isan Sausage, Chicken Wings, Fish or Shrimp Cakes, Spring Rolls, Gyoza and Fried Tofu. "Design Your Own" Salads include Greens with Larb [Minced Pork], Nam Tok [Marinated Pork], Fish Filet Salads, Pork Liver or spicy items like Shrimp in Fish Sauce or Spiced Seafood Salad. They are famous for Papaya Salads that can include Crab, Sausage, Seafood, Shrimp, Pork Rinds and other additions. Pots of Soup are offered like Spicy Sour, Seafood, Coconut Milk, Beef, Chicken and Pork. Grilled dishes are featured and include Pork Neck, Crying Tiger [Beef], Moo Ping [Pork Skewer], Chicken or Squid. For main dishes you'll, of course, find Pad Thai plus Pad Se-Ew, Pad Kee Mao, Fried Rice and a number of Stir-Fried dishes like Vegetables, Garlic & Pepper and Cashew Nuts. Curry flavors range from Red to Green to Panang Curry. They accomodate any range of spiciness requested. A few Chef Specials like Lemon Steamed Fish are featured daily. Desserts are offered here like Durian or Custard Sticky Rice, Khanom Tuay [Pudding] and Bualoy Taro [Taro Pearl Ball]. Beer and wine licensed with Singha Beer featured plus Juices like Coconut, Rosera and Longan listed too. Outdoor seating available. 18% service charge added for parties of 6 or more. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Designation. Patsawee Mungpet and Ponprapa Tunseeprasert, owners.




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




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15 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove, 192 2nd St., Cedar Key, FL. 86.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-543-6520. (Seafood) [D] Open on Sundays from 10 AM for brunch (until 1 PM) and other days from 5 PM for dinner. Located at the east end of 2nd Street in the Cedar Cove Resort. Inviting dining room. Noted for their Original Recipe Crab Bisque. Crab Cakes, Grouper and Shrimp dishes are offered for seafood choices. The popular Cedar Key Seafood Boil includes smoked sausage and local shellfish. Chicken, Steak au Poivre, 8 oz. Ribeye, New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Duck Confit are also available. A number of Pasta dishes are on the menu too. Reservations accepted. Full bar and wine list. Peter Stefani, chef and owner.


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Islands Dining Room (at Loews Royal Pacific Resort), 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL. 54.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-503-3463. (Asian) [B/D] Located near Universal Orlando in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort off Exit 74A of I-4. The room is an Indonesian style restaurant but the food is Pan-Asian. Hours are 7-11 AM for breakfast and 6-10 PM for dinner. No lunch served. Frequented mostly by the hotel guests. Start with Krab Rangoon, Wok Rib, Banh Mi or Salt & Pepper Calamari. For main wok dishes there's Broccoli Lo Mein, Thai Curry Chicken, Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry and Shrimp Pad Thai. Specials of the house include Singapore Soba Noodle Broth, General Tso's Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Kung Pao Shrimp, Mongolian Beef, Seafood Bird's Nest, Cashew Crusted Salmon, Char Sui Pulled Pork and Korean Bulgogi Ribeye. Smaller side dishes include Beef Satay, Chicken Sui Mai, Spring Rolls and Steamed Pork Dumplings. Large Salads and Thai Crab & Corn Soup or Vietnamese Phở Beef Noodle Soup can also be added to your meal. Desserts include Sorbets, Pies, Cakes, Parfaits or a Jumbo Pineapple Doughnut. Full bar with exotic cocktails like a South Pacific, Boragora, and a Piña Colada and a Wine List by the glass or bottle. You can even do a Flaming Golden Monkey to share with your table mates. They also offer a Wok Experience on select nights, 6-9 PM. Kids menu available. Online or phone reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day 11 AM to 9 PM or Christmas Day 11 AM to 8 PM, for a Buffet. Corporate owned.




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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Ivy House Restaurant (Williston), 106 NW Main St., Williston, FL. 50.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-528-5410. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located just north of Noble Ave. on US 27/41 at NW 1st Ave. Open for dinner on Thursday through Saturday only from 5-8 PM and for lunch daily from 11 AM to 2 PM. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day by reservation only 11 AM to 4 PM. Many small dining rooms decorated in very feminine Victorian decor. The rooms are also scattered with items from the gift shop upstairs. The ultimate in comfort food for the soul. Down-home Southern Style food including Fried Green Tomatoes, BBQ Shrimp 'n Grits, Southern Fried Shrimp or Scallops, Porterhouse Pork Chops, Baked Crispy Chicken, as well as Filet Mignon are offered. Entrées range from the Hamburger Steak to the Big South Sampler of Delmonico Steak, Fried Grouper and Fried Shrimp with a Baked Potato, Vegetables and Cornbread. Garden Salads included with entrées. Lunch dishes are lower. Homemade desserts are popular. Fried Cheesecake is a specialty. No bar. Opened in 1993. A second location is open in Ocala (see that listing). Marjorie (Mimi) Hale & Evelyn Nussel, owners.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/16) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.



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Long Gone - Fiesta Restaurant and Gulf Gas Station (1950s)
Also called the Top Of The Hill Grill
US 41 at 27a, Williston, FL.
"Serving Florida foods for over 22 years."

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Jack's Place (at the Rosen Plaza Hotel), 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 59.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-996-1787. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] In the Rosen Plaza Hotel (lobby level) next to the Convention Center. Jack Rosen did caricatures of famous people, hundreds are on display in this elegant but clubby restaurant. Full linene service. Dressy casual attire requested. Patroned by conventioneers and locals alike. Dinner only, open 5-9 PM daily, but closed Monday and Tuesday. Their "All Season Menu" has appetizers like Escargot en Croûte, Spicy Shrimp & Grits, Sesame Crusted Tuna, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Pan Seared Crab Cake or Appetizer Platter that serves 4. On the Seafood List is Loch Duarte Salmon, Local Black Drumm Fish, 6 oz. Buffalo Tenderloin, ½ lb. Lobster Tail, Sesame Crusted Tuna, Boat Scallops in Red Curry Sauce and Cedar Plank Sea Bass. On the Grill List is 6 or 8 oz. Filet Mignon, 20 oz. Ribeye, 12 oz. Prime New York Strip Steak, 6 oz. Filet with a ½ lb. Lobster Tail and the Double Lobster Tails. Specialties of the house include Scaloppini of Chicken, Prime New York Steak Bites, Chicken & Kale Ravioli and a 4-Bone Rack of Lamb. They also offer a 3-Course Prix Fixe dinner per person with some course choices. Their "Summer Grill and Chill Menu" offers a Summer Salad where you can add Shrimp, Salmon or 6 oz. Filet Mignon. There's also the 6 oz. Filet with the ½ lb. Lobster Tail. The "Chill" part includes a glass of House Red or White Wine with the summer meals. Desserts like Triple Berry Cheesecake, Key Lime Crème Brûlée and Junior's Cheesecake are offered. Premium Wines and mostly $40-60/bottle ranging up to $172. Full bar of course. Online coupon offers 25% discount on food portions off-season. $25 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Reservations recommended by phone or online. Complimentary valet or self parking too. Joshua Squires, general manager; Michael McMullen, executive chef; hotel owned.




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15 Stars Jaleo (by José Andrés), 1482 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL. 62.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-348-3211. (Spanish) [L/D] Opened officially on March 17, 2019. Located in Disney Springs near The Edison, this large restaurant is the brainchild of Chef José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup of Washington, D.C. Jaleo is pronounced "ha-LAY-oh" and is Spanish for "party" or "cheering". Vibrant colors for décor. It's the 5th in the chain. Prices here vary widely from other more established locations, like Washington DC and Las Vegas. Hours here are 11:30 Am to 11:00 PM daily. Under "Enjoy Your Meal" they offer Pan de Cristal con Tomate [Crispy Bread with Tomatoes], Plato de Queso Manchego Pasamontes [Manchego Cheese Plate], Anchoas Don Bocarte [Don Bocarte Anchovies], Paletilla Ibérica de Bellota [Cured Ham Shoulder] and Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Cortado a Mano [Cured Ham Carved by Hand]. For Embutidos [Sausages] they offer Jamón Serrano [Cured Serrano Ham], Chorizo Ibérico de Bellota [Acorn Fed Pork Sausage], Salchichón Ibérico de Bellota [Iberian Sausage], Lomo Ibérico de Bellota [Cured Pork Loin Sausage] and Selección de Ibéricos [Selection of Cured Iberian Meats]. For Quesos (Cheeses) you'll find various selections with your choice of three or five. Specialties include Ensaladilla Rusa [Russian Potato Salad], Coca con Erizos de Mar [Bread with Sea Urchin], Ostras [5 Oysters with Lemon], José's Egg Taco [Egg and Caviar] and Gambas Frescas al Ajillo Como en Zahara [Peel and Eat Shrimp Tableside]. Two Soups, like Gazpacho Estilo Algeciras [Chilled Spanish Soup] and Sopa de Pescado [Seafood Soup] are available. A number of Salads like Ensalada Verde con Tomates Cherry, Cebolla, Aceitunas y Pipirrana [Mixed Greens with Cherry Tomatoes, Onions and Olives], Manzanas con Hinojo y Queso Manchego [Sliced Apples and Fennel with Cheese], Ensalada de Remolacha con Cítricos [Red Beets, Citrus and Cheese Salad], Ensalada de Coles de Bruselas con Albaricoques, Manzanas y Jamón Serrano [Warm Brussels Sprouts with Apricot and Serrano Ham], Ensalada Campera [Country Salad], Ensalada de Pulpo [Octopus Salad] and others are offered. A few Vegetable Plates are available. Fried items like Berenjenas a la Malagueña con Miel [Eggplant with Honey], Chistorra Envuelta en Patata Frita [Spicy Chorizo Wrapped Potatoes], Patatas Bravas [Spicy Potatoes], Dátiles con Tocino [Fried Bacon Wrapped Dates], Croquetas de Pollo [Chicken Fritters], Croquetas de Setas y Queso de Cabra [Mushroom and Goat Cheese Fritters] are offered. For main courses they have Gambas al Ajillo [Garlic Shrimp], Vieiras con Salsa de Piñones [Seared Scallops and Pine Nuts], Rossejat [Paella of Shrimp and Squid], Pulpo a la Gallega [Boiled Octopus with Potatoes], Puntillitas Salteadas con Alubias [Cádiz Baby Squid with White Beans], Salmon con Pure de Manzanas [Salmon with Apple Purée] and Mero con Pisto [Grouper with Stewed Vegetables] on the Seafood side. Plus Ibérico de Bellota Mini Hamburguesa [Mini Pork Burger], Solomillo al Cabrales [Ibérico Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Sauce], Conejo en Salmorejo con Puré de Albaricoques [Canary Islands Rabbit Confit with Apricot Purée], Pato a la Plancha con Setas [Grilled Duck Breast with Mushrooms and Orange], Butifarra Casera con Mongetes [Pork Sausage and White Beans], Pollo a la Brasa [Chicken with Garlic Sauce], Lomo de Buey con Piquillos [Grilled Hanger Steak with Piquillo Peppers], Chuletas de Cordero con Miel y Tomero [Grilled Lamb Chops with Honey Allioli] and Bikini de Jamón con Queso Manchego [Pressed Serrano Ham and Cheese Sandwich] are on the Meat side. Of course they make Paella daily. They have six varieties, each serve two people like Arroz de Verduras de Temporada [Veggie Paella], Arroz de Pollo y Setas Silvestres [Rice and Chicken with Mushrooms], Paella Valenciana [Rice with Chicken, Rabbit and Beans], Arroz Mixto [Rice with Ribs, Sausage, Chicken, Shrimp and Squid], Arroz a Banda con Gambas [Rice with Shrimp and Calamari] and Arroz a Banda con Bogavante [Rice with Lobster and Squid]. There are Large Plates for two people also. Tasting Menus for a variety of Tapas. Desserts range from Olive Oil Ice Cream to Torta Pascualete [Easter Cake for 4-6]. The menu seems endless with about 65 choices. Kids menu available. Full bar with Wine Pitchers, Homemade Sangrias, Spanish Beer, Vermouths, Flights of Wine, plus a limited choice of Wine by the glass or bottle (about 150) including Spanish Premiums. "Award of Excellence" recipient from Wine Spectator magazine. Reservations advised. Rodolfo Guzman and Justin DePhillips, chefs; Gary Evans and Kimberly Grant, owners.


Older Review: (from Jackie N. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Review: (from Barry N. 9/23) We go here every year for Magical Dining, not only to support Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen but because the food is different, interesting and delicious. We had the 4 dish Magical Dining menu for $40 each. We shared the Chicken Fritters starter, the Sautéed Spinach appetizer, the Shrimp sautéed with garlic main course and the Spanish Custard with Catalan Cream and Oranges. We ordered Patatas Bravos which we became addicted to over the summer in Barcelona and a Cheese appetizer and a Paella main dish. We enjoyed all the dishes and the service was excellent, considering how crowded the restaurant was. We go here often even when it is not Magical Dining month. Our meal was $90 before t&t.
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Long Gone - Rymal's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge (1953) (1962)
"Where everything is good."
Route 17N, Deland, Florida.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Calorie Count Joe's Crab Shack (Orlando), 8400 International Dr., Orlando, FL. 54.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-352-2928. (Seafood) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM. It's a big shack near the beach, or so it seems. Also known as Eat At Joe's. Lots of crustacean is offered here, especially Crabs and Shrimp. The Crab Cakes, Crab Dip, Crab Salad, Crab Nachos, Crab Boil and Crab In A Bucket are certain to make you a little more (or less) crabby! The menu also contains Popcorn Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Salad and Shrimp Cocktail to make you feel more "shellfish" with others. Clam Chowder is a favorite, except with the clams. A completely fun atmosphere abounds. 10% off food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. Free appetizer on your birthday for Joe's Catch Club members. Full bar is busy making pink, green or blue cocktails for the adventuresome. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this chain was once owned by Carlton Restaurants (T.G.I.Fridays) but is now part of Landry's Restaurants chain.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant, 6700 Conroy Windermere Rd., Suite 120, Orlando, FL. 53.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-866-0270. (Caribbean) [D] Opened in December, 2019. Located near the Turnpike in the Shoppes at Winder Oaks across from the Windermere Business Center at Turkey Lake Rd. Open Wednesday through Sunday 4-9 PM; but Noon 'til 5 PM on Sunday. Open late on Saturday night. It's a tour of the islands with intense flavors and styles, especially Jamaican and Haitian. Start your meal with Root Vegetable Akra and Salsa, Green Plantain Cups, 4 Conch Fritters, Fritay Chicken Fingers, 3 Jerk Chicken Drumsticks or Jerk Chicken Wings. For entrées they have Curry or Jerk Chicken, Chicken Kreyol, Griot, Fried Goat, Grilled Salmon, Oxtail or Conch de Province. A Whole Fish is also offered at Market Price. All these come with Fried Plantains and a choice of Rice. Lighter appetites will enjoy a variety of Hamburgers or BBQ Pork Burger or an Open Faced Mahi Sandwich. Salads like a House or Caribbean add to your meal. Caribbean desserts offered. Kids menu available too. Full bar with tropical cocktails. Happy Hour 4-7 PM daily. Reservations by phone accepted. Dannie and Williere Justin, owners.




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

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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Kabooki Sushi (East Orlando), 3122 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-228-3839. (Asian) [D] Opened in 2013. Located in Colonial Town Center neighborhood, on SR 50, near Maguire Blvd. north of the Orlando Executive Airport. Upscale authentic Japanese cuisine with creative and artistic influences of Asia and Europe combined. Full linen service here. Attractive contemporary décor. The name comes form the famous Japanese Artistic Dance-Drama style, but usually spelled "Kabuki". It originated in the Edo Period. Open 5-10 PM, to Midnight or later on weekends. Start with familiar Miso Soup daily or a Ramen Special on Sunday only. You can nibble on Edamame [5 flavors], Wakame, Brussels Sprouts, Shishito Peppers or Booki Salad. "Cold Tastings" include Leche de Tigre [Salmon], Shiromi Kilwin [Raw White Fish], Hamachi Carpaccio [Yellowtail] and Maguro Truffle [Tuna]. "Hot Tastings" include Tempura [Shrimp], Rock Shrimp, "One Up" [Mushrooms], Ebi Gyoza [Dumpling with Mushrooms], Yuca Fritters, Nabe [Mushrooms] or [Pork Jowl], St Louis Ribs and Kama [Hamachi Collar]. Nigiri or Sashimi creations include Ell, Scallop, Yellowtail, Salmon and Shrimp. Veggies like Avocado, Takuwan [Pickled Radish], or Kampyo [Pickled Gord] are available. Some Caviar is offered like Salmon, Flying Fish or Smelt Roes. Chef Assortments of Veggie, Nigiri or Sashimi is also available. Sushi Rolls are the most popular like Spicy Tuna, "Chill" [Salmon], "Booki Booki" [Tempora Shrimp], "Tom Yum" [Panko Shrimp], "Zen" [Smoked Salmon], "Hawaii XO" [Yellowtail], "Ghost" [Tempura Eel], "Akami Unagi" [Spicy Tuna], "Hokkaido" [Lump Crab], "Double Tekka" [Spicy Tuna] and "LV" [Lump Crab with Asparagus]. Homemade Sweets include Chocolate Lava Cake, Carrot Cake and Cheesecake. Full bar now offering crafted Cocktails like "Shen's Garden". Many Sakes are offered as well as Asian Beers and Whiskies. A Sake Flight and a Japanese Whisky Flight is offered. An admirable Wine List runs $45-$150/btl. for Whites and $55-$1800/btl. for Reds, like Opus One. Even Rosés and Champagne are on the list. The "Dom" is $550 here. Many premium stills by the glass also listed. The Coravin Wine System is used here. Happy Hour 5-7 PM weekdays. Limited outdoor seating available. Voted Orlando's best Local Chef, best Splurge and best Sushi restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Gratuity automatically added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised on weekends. Henry Moso, executive chef; Sengphet Phimmasone, owner. Another location (West Orlando) is now located on Turkey Lake Rd.




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Kabooki Sushi (West Orlando), 7705 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-776-2001. (Asian) [D] Aka: "Kabooki Sushi Sand Lake" but it's not on Sand Lake Rd. Opened in 2019. Located near "Restaurant Row" near Sand Lake on Turkey Lake Rd., in the Bayhill Plaza, behind the Drury Inn. Linen napkins on wood tables here. Attractive contemporary casual décor. Upscale authentic Japanese cuisine with creative and artistic influences of Asia and Europe combined. The name comes form the famous Japanese Artistic Dance-Drama style, but usually spelled "Kabuki", which originated in the Edo Period. Open 5-10 PM, to 11 PM on weekends. Start with familiar Miso Soup daily or a Ramen Special on Sunday only. You can nibble on Edamame [5 flavors], Wakame, Brussels Sprouts, Shishito Peppers or Booki Salad. "Cold Tastings" include Leche de Tigre [Salmon], Shiromi Kilwin [Raw White Fish], Hamachi Carpaccio [Yellowtail] and Maguro Truffle [Tuna]. "Hot Tastings" include Tempura [Shrimp], Rock Shrimp, "One Up" [Mushrooms], Ebi Gyoza [Dumpling with Mushrooms], Yuca Fritters, Nabe [Mushrooms] or [Pork Jowl], St Louis Ribs and Kama [Hamachi Collar]. Nigiri or Sashimi creations include Ell, Scallop, Yellowtail, Salmon and Shrimp. Veggies like Avocado, Takuwan [Pickled Radish], or Kampyo [Pickled Gord] are available. Some Caviar is offered like Salmon, Flying Fish or Smelt Roes. Chef Assortments of Veggie, Nigiri or Sashimi is also available. Sushi Rolls are the most popular like Spicy Tuna, "Chill" [Salmon], "Booki Booki" [Tempora Shrimp], "Tom Yum" [Panko Shrimp], "Zen" [Smoked Salmon], "Hawaii XO" [Yellowtail], "Ghost" [Tempura Eel], "Akami Unagi" [Spicy Tuna], "Hokkaido" [Lump Crab], "Double Tekka" [Spicy Tuna] and "LV" [Lump Crab with Asparagus]. Homemade Sweets include Chocolate Lava Cake, Carrot Cake and Cheesecake. Full bar now offering crafted Cocktails like "Shen's Garden". Many Sakes are offered as well as Asian Beers and Whiskies. A Sake Flight and a Japanese Whisky Flight is offered. An admirable Wine List runs $45-$150/btl. for Whites and $55-$1800/btl. for Reds, like Opus One. Even Rosés and Champagne are on the list. The "Dom" is $550 here. Many premium stills by the glass also listed. The Coravin Wine System is used here. Happy Hour 5-7 PM weekdays. Large outdoor seating area available. Gratuity automatically added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. Valet or Self Parking available. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised on weekends. Voted Orlando's best Local Chef, best Splurge and best Sushi restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. Henry Moso, executive chef; Sengphet Phimmasone, owner. Another, original, location (East Orlando) is located on E. Colonial Dr. at Maguire Blvd.




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15 Stars 4 Dollar Signs kadence, 1809 Winter Park Rd., Orlando, FL. 58.3 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-203-4448. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in October, 2017. Located one block off Corrine Dr., on Winter Park Rd. next to the ABC store in the Audubon Park area of Orlando. It's a Sushi and Sake Bar that is difficult to get into. Why so hard to dine here? The restaurant only holds 9 patrons. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday to Saturday they offer an Omakase-Style (Chef's Choice) Sushi Tasting dinner menu at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM only, online reservations recommended. Lunch (before 5 PM) is Soup, 10-Piece Sushi Tasting and Dessert, while dinner is 18-Piece Sushi and Sashimi Tasting. Sunday is a 7-course Kappo-Style Tasting by online reservation only. Reservations are prepaid and non-refundable. Beer and wine licensed. BEST 55 BY ORLANDO WEEKLY. A 1 Star Rated Michelin Guide Restaurant. Chefs, Lordfer Lalicon, Jennifer Bañagale and Mark Berdin are also owners here and former founders of Kappo.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/22) This is a 9 counter only, special Sushi and Kappo restaurant. If you really like Sushi, you have come to the right place. There is an adjacent room which is a bar but their speciality is offering speciality Japanese Sake. The is Beer and Wine but selection is limited and it’s also a waiting area for 2nd session which starts at 8 PM. The two evening sessions are strictly chef’s choice. It’s a Michelin 1 Star and some Sushi is order directly from Japan. My late wife loved this place so to celebrate her 81st birthday, I booked the whole place for our families. Since I know the owner, they accommodated me. Reservations are not too easy to get. As for price, it’s not cheap. Think of it as NYC price.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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13½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Kafé Kokopelli, 37940 Live Oak Ave., Dade City, FL. 49.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-523-0055. (Southern) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Long established here since 2005. Located one block east of 7th St. and one block north of Meridian Ave. (SR 52). Open from 11 AM daily, 7 days a week. Sunday 'til 6:30 PM only. Dinner hour starts at 4 PM. Kokopelli is an ancient Indian legend representing happiness and joy. A unique setting, originally a Ford Model T showroom and repair shop, this old garage is now a fresh ingredient eatery, popular with locals and visitors. The Stag Bar is a centerpiece of various dining areas, complete with a warming fireplace. Their regular dinner menu includes such items as Eggplant Parmesan to Meatball Arrabiata, Stuffed Meatloaf to Chicken Marsala, and Cajun Pasta Alfredo to Lobster Ravioli. Seafood meals include Butter Pan-Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Florida Black Grouper and Rosted Rack of Lamb. For meats they have Slow-Roasted Prime Rib at 12 oz. or 16 oz. A 16 oz. Ribeye runs is offered, the 8 oz. Filet Mignon is popular and the 14 oz. New York Strip is featured too. All regular meals come with Potato or Vegetable and Soup or Salad. A side dish of Mac 'n Cheese, Rice, Sautéed Mushrooms or Steamed Broccoli are extra but are enough for two. Appetizers include Fried Green Tomatoes, Almond Crusted Fried Brie, Battered Gator Tail, Ahi Tuna, Fried Calamari and even Moules. Full Sandwiches are also offered at dinner. During the Kumquat Festival (last Saturday in January), special drinks, like Kumquat Colada and Kumquat Punch are available, as is Kumquat Glazed Chicken, Salmon, Pork Chop and Shrimp entrées. For dessert they feature Ice Cream Sundaes, Mama's Apple Crisp a la Mode, Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Truffle, Flourless Gluten-free Chocolate Cake, Death by Chocolate or their famous Bananas Foster. They are noted for their She-Crab Bisque and their famous Kokopelli Salad Dressing which are all available for take-home. Espresso, Cappuccino or Gourmet Coffee are also offered. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted most days. Always open for Mother's Day, Valentine's and New Years Eve too, even if they fall on Sunday or Monday. Special Lunches include two item choice: Cup of Soup (like Red Pepper Tomato, Beer Cheese, Ministrone or She Crab), Small Salad (like Baby Greens or Caesar), Small Appetizer (like Gator Bites, Fried Brie or Fried Green Tomatoes) or Half Sandwich (like a Cuban, Grilled Cheese, Ruben, Club, BLT, Buffalo Chicken and others). Various Burgers, Salads, Full-Sized Sandwiches and even full entrées can be had at lunch. Nice selection of desserts. Vegetarian/Vegan items offered. Full bar featuring Margaritas, Martinis, Homemade Sangria, Rum Runners, plus Single Malts, Ports and other after dinner drinks. Wines run $15-48 per bottle and many are available by the glass. Occasional table-side magic on Tuesday and Saturday after 6:30 PM. Outdoor deck dining next to their private parking. Andrea Carter, manager; Larry Hersch and Steve Queen, owners since 2013.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Al B. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Review: (from Ellen H. 4/21) We love this place. Always interesting eclectic décor. We were here for lunch and they were reasonably busy. Servers wore masks. We had Erica, she was pleasant. I had a nice J. Lohr Cab ($9) and he had a Jim Beam Bourbon Manhattan ($5). Nice glassware. We both had Soup. I had the nice cup of Red Pepper Tomato ($5) and he had a cup of the She Crab Soup ($6). Very good. OK we splurged! I had the Grilled Cheese and Lobster Sandwich ($16), while he had the Lobster Roll ($16). Very interesting meals. No room for dessert. Our total was $57 before t&t. High but worth it. Large selection even at lunch. We'll be back when in town.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 2/22) Another nice meal. Boyce was our experienced server. He knew all the dishes on the brand new menu. The host was not as polite, however. I had two Manhattans at Happy Hour prices ($6 each). They were good. My mate had a Lemon Drop Martini ($6). She also had the 12 oz. Prime Rib rare ($28). And I had the Veal Piccata on Linguine ($19). For starters I also had a side Caesar Salad ($6). All came out quickly and our friends enjoyed their's too. We finished with a Limoncello up ($5.50). Total came to $76.50 before t&t. Good service by Boyce and was getting crowded on a Friday night at 5 PM. We'll be back!
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rochelle B. 2/22) We met our friends at 4:30 and we’re promptly seated at a quiet table, very nice. Our server, Boyce, greeted us and was very pleasant and helpful. We shared the Fried Green Tomato Napoleon appetizer ($11) and the Stuffed Meatloaf ($19) entrée. Both were more than enough to share and tasty. For dessert we shared the Limoncello Cake ($7), delicious but on the small side to share. Our friends enjoyed their meal, and hosted us. They cleaned their plates! The appetizer was a little heavy on the goat cheese and the tomatoes could have been crisper, but it was delicious and I would try again. The Meatloaf was tasty, needed a bit more stuffing and gravy, but very enjoyable. We visited with the manager, Steve, for several minutes and enjoyed discussing food with him! The ambiance of the restaurant is conducive to visiting and we stayed well past the end of our meal! We will return.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/24) We were here during the huge Kumquat Festival. We had reservations at 4 PM. Drinks at the bar for four (my treat) was $43 including tax and 20% gratuity already added. At dinner we had a Lemon Drop Martini ($8), water, Lamb Chops ($29) and Veal Marsala ($21). The Lamb Chops were fatty and just OK. The Veal was tasty and covered in Marsala Sauce. Nice flavor. We shared a Caramel Coffee ($8). Melissa was an OK server. Total before t&t was $66. No auto gratuity this time. We do like it here.
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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Kane's Cattle Co. (Steakhouse), 508 N Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL. 47.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-794-6721. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in December, 2019. Located where Hardwood Smokehouse once did business, one block south of US 19/98, near NE 5th Street, parking behind the building. Western decorated. Open 11 AM to 8 PM weekdays and to 9 PM on weekends but closed Sunday and Monday. Creative large menu of beef, surf, turf and pasta items. You can start with a Full Caesar, Wedge or Greek Salad. A Chicken Spinach Salad is also offered as a meal. French Onion or Soup du Jour are available. Flatbreads like Greek, Short Rib, Alfredo Steak or Buffalo Chicken are on the menu. Many appetizers like Burrata Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Coconut Shrimp, Oscar Crostini, Duck Wings, Steak Quesadilla, Baked Brie and a Butcher Block Medley of Meats can get you started. The main event is Steak (with 2 sides included) like 6 or 10 oz. Sirloin, NY Strip, 12 oz. Ribeye, 6 or 8 oz. Filet Mignon, plus the piéce de resistance, a 40 oz. Tomahawk Steak for Two with 4 sides. Top off that Steak with Mushrooms, Onions, Feta, Garlic Butter, Shrimp, Oscar or "Smother It" are extra. A Prime Rib ($ MP) is offered on Thursday nights only, starting at 5 PM. All their beef is local Florida raised. For Seafood you can find 8 oz. Salmon, 10 oz. Snapper, Shrimp, Crab Cakes or 8 oz. Gulf Black Grouper. Then there's Twin 6 oz. Pork Chops, a Half Roast Chicken and Half Roast Duck. Again two sides (including half-sized Salads) come with those meals also. Alfredo Pasta, Mussels Diablo, Linguine with Clams and Lobster Mac 'n Cheese complete the entrées. Desserts are not left out with Orange Dream Swirl, Chocolate Cake and a "Dessert of the Month" ($ MP) on the list. Specials announced daily, like Pork Tenderloin or Stone Crabs. Milkshakes, Beer, Wine, Sangria and Cocktails from a full bar are liquid libations here. Kids menu available and even includes Steak Medallions with Fries. Lunch menu adds Sandwiches with one side. Sushi is now available on Wednesday nights. Reservations advised weekends. Some outdoor seating available. Morgan Cook and Kason Sundberg, owners.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Karling's Inn, 4640 US 17N, DeLeon Springs, FL. 50.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-386-985-5535. (German) [D] Located a few blocks south of the center of town on North Woodland Blvd. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5-9 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Looking like an Alpine Chalet, this restaurant has been here for over two decades. Decidedly German food with American additions. Appetizers include Stuffed Mushrooms, Escargot Brucettas, Angels On Horseback, Celery Cake and Mushroom Crusted Scallops. Favorite main dishes include Chicken Schnitzel, Jaeger Schnitzel, Crisp Roasted Duck Montmorency and Beef Stroganoff. Other offerings include Eggplant Florentine, Pork Tenderloin Scalloppini Royal, Tilapia Almandine, Florida Grouper, Rainbow Trout, Maryland Lump Crab Cake and Veal Scaloppini Imperial. Other top end entrées include Fried Rock Lobster Tail and 9 oz. Black Angus Filet Mignon. Bavarian Sauerbraten only served during the third week of the month. Lunch hour options are Bavarian Sausage, Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Veal Cannelloni and Schnitzel Turkey Salad, as well as Bavarian Chopped Steak, Liver 'n Onions and Holstein Schnitzel. Sunday Brunch offers Monte Carlo Omelet, Chicken Marsala, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, German Apple Pancake and Cinnamon French Toast. Noted desserts include Bavarian Snowballs, Apple Strudel, Lily's Becher, Bavarian Cream Puff and others. Beer and wine offered. Reservations accepted. Bujar Buza and Agim Molla, owners.




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

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12 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Katch Twenty Two Restaurant, 2924 West Gulf to Lake Hwy. (SR 44), Lecanto, FL. 40.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-746-6691. (Seafood) (Spanish) [D] Undergoing a major rebuild. Call for re-opening date. Opened late September, 2016; newly remodeled. Located where the Rusty Duck did business for many years. Exactly 25 miles west of I-75, on SR 44, on the south side of the Highway at Redwood Ter. Open daily 4:30 to 9 PM, except closed Tuesday. For starters you can find Creamy Onion & Bacon Soup or a Spinach a& Tomato Salad with Feta or a Caesar Salad. Appetizers include a Roasted Beet Stack, Shrimp Chorizo Fritters, Pork Belly, Grilled Shrimp, Braised Beef Short Rib Empanada, Crudo (Raw) Fish, Lobster and Scallop Ravioli and Maryland Crab Cake. For entrées they offer Capellini Primavera, Roasted Free Range Chicken, Mojo Pork Tenderloin, Blackened Mahi Mahi or Salmon, Seared Snapper, Braised Short Ribs, Maryland Style Crab Cake, Grilled Grouper, Bone-In Ribeye, Filet of Beef and a Seafood Paella. A Fish of the Day is on the menu. Add 5 Jumbo Shrimp to your meal for an extra charge. In the dessert department you can order Fried Johnny Cakes with Cinnamon Sugar, Ice Cream Dish, Key Lime Pie, Crème Brûlée or a Hazelnut Chocolate Torte. Beer and wine licensed with White Wines by the glass or $24-48/bottle and Red Wines by the glass or $24-79/bottle. Phone reservations accepted. Chef Richard Wiggins, owner.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stephanie C. 6/17) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Edward C. 6/17) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 6/17) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Karl M. 2/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen R. 4/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 3/22) Our server, Laurie, brought our large party of 9, fresh Focaccia and replenished it generously throughout the evening. I had Onion and Bacon Bisque. It was a nice combination but way too salty, and an excellent Sea Bass with Mashed Potatoes. My husband had a delicious Fried Polenta and the Lobster Risotto. The Risotto itself was very good but the Lobster tasted like it was marinated in ammonia. Inedible! We finished with a slice of Key Lime Pie that was so small we were all laughing about it. With one glass of wine, it came to $124.55 before t&t. Too far to travel and the quality was too inconsistent to return.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Kawa Sushi House, 109 Courthouse Sq., Inverness, FL. 30.1 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-765-3337. (Asian) [L/D] Opened October, 2018. Nicely decorated with Asian image collages on the walls and Japanese lanterns hanging from above. Seats 45 patrons. Dishes are artfully presented here too. Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM weekdays, but closed all day Sunday and between 3 and 4:30 PM weekdays for menu change. Saturday open 2-10 PM strait through. Located where the Deco Café did business near the courthouse. Traditional Japanese food served here from a very large menu. Appetizers, like Gyoza. Kitchen prepared items include Chicken & Vegetable Tempura, Breaded Shrimp with Broccoli, Katsu dishes, Teriyaki meals and many others. Noodle and Rice dishes, like Yaki Soba and Seafood Udon Soup. Single Raw Sushi Rolls and Single Cooked Rolls are offered. Other Cooked Rolls, like Rock 'n Shrimp are available. Raw Special Rolls, like the Dragon are on the list. Many House Special Rolls, like Dancing Salmon are there too. Sushi & Sashimi Dinner for One (13 items) is available; Sushi Dinner for Two (20 items) is higher, and with Sashimi for Two (28 items) is higher yet. They also have Salads, Soups and Poke Bowls. For dessert you'll find Fried Ice Cream, Fried Cheese Cake and a Fried Banana. Various Lunch Bento Boxes are offered before 3 PM. Beer and wine licensed. Outdoor seating available. Reservations by phone accepted and recommended on weekends. Dustin Brown, manager; Julie and Da Lin, operators; Hsiuling Chen, owner.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/19) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Calorie Count keke's Breakfast Cafe (Orlando), 7512 Doctor Phillips Blvd., Orlando, FL. 56.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-354-1440. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located on Dr. Phillips at The Market Place, just north of "Restaurant Row", near Exit 74A of I-4. Open 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, every day except Thanksgivings and Xmas. The quintessential breakfast spot. Very busy on weekends. Start with 11 varieties of Waffles, from a plain Belgium Waffle, to their popular Blueberry Waffle, to their colossal Banana Split Waffle. Then there's Pancakes, from plain Buttermilk, to Pecan Pancakes, to the popular Florida Style. French Toast and Stuffed French Toast selections are also featured. There's Omelets too, like Cheese, Greek, Bar-B-Que, and a dozen more. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Home Fries seem ordinary by comparison. For lunch they offer a dozen Paninis like Italian Chicken, or the Cheese Steak. Burgers, Wraps, Sandwiches and Salads are also available. A Side Order and Substitution list allow you to design your own meal. Voted "Best Breakfast" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. This small Florida chain, based in Orlando of just 8 locations, has caught on fast and competes with First Watch of Bradenton, FL. No bar. Keith & Kevin Mahen, owners.




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


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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Knife and Spoon, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL. 57.2 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-393-4333. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [D] This was the location of Norman's for many years. Opened mid-2020 near the John Young Pwy. and SR 417. Located in the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Resort, dinner is served 5:30 to 10 PM Wednesday through Sunday only. Valet parking. Business Casual attire required. You might start with a Cheese Board of Artisan Cheese. Appetizers include Diver Scallops, King Crab Scampi or Asian Chili Lobster. Simple a-la-carte dishes include Goat Cheese Mezzaluna, Buctatini [Squid Ink Pasta with Clams], Pappardelle Bolognese and Jumbo Lump Crab Creole. Pan prepared 14 oz. Flat Iron Steak and a 10 oz. Filet Steak are on the list too. Oven items include Whole Free Range Chicken and Rack of Lamb. A Whole Oven Baked Fish is Market Priced. From the broiler they have 32 oz. Bone-In NY Strip, a 32 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye and Market Priced shareable cuts priced by aging. Side dishes range from Espelette Frites, Potato Purée, Tempura Onion Rings, Charred Cauliflower, Johnny Mac 'n Cheese, Kimchi Creamed Spinach, Avocado Fries, Wild Mushrooms to Caviar Potato Pave. A-la-carte Salads like Wedge, Caesar, Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Garden and a Beet Salad add to the meal. An impressive Wine List offers Whites and Reds by the glass. By the bottle you'll find Whites ranging $50-$860 and Reds $50-$3,000 for the 2016 Petrus Pomerol Bordeaux. The "Dom" is $455/btl. Magnums of some are offered too. $28 Corkage Fee is charged. Outdoor dining available. Full bar with creative cocktails. Parties of 6 or more incur a 20% gratuity. Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised. Open Christmas Day by reservation only. A 1 Star Rated Michelin Guide Restaurant. Tyler Kineman, executive chef; hotel owned.




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




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

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


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



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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Video Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-447-7950. (Steakhouse) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Perhaps by plan, this restaurant is located on the old 1935 Kress building in downtown Orlando, 2 blocks east of I-4 at Church and Orange Aves. The prices however are no longer five and dime. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30 AM to 5 PM; then for dinner daily except Sunday from 5 PM to Midnight. Source. Service. Style. is their motto. An eclectic collection of fine meats and seafood served in a contemporary setting that is long and narrow but with a 22 foot ceiling. For appetizers they offer Wild Mushroom & Chèvre Arrancini, Aegean Style Lamb Ribs, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Calamari Vesuvio, Quad Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Steak Tartare, Blackened Sea Scallops and Oysters Rockefeller. Seafood dishes come with Tuxedo Orzo and Broccolini and include Sterling Salmon, Atlantic Swordfish, Caribbean Yellow Fin Tuna, Atlantic Covina and Australian Lobster Tail priced accordingly. Featured dishes are Citrus Chicken, Tenderloin Medallions, Braised Wagyu Cheeks, Prime Top Sirloin Diane and a Mixed Grill. Each come with a starch and vegetable. Prime Steaks and Chops are Omaha Angus Beef Prime Grade. They include 18 oz. Ribeye, 8 or 12 oz. Filet Mignon and 16 oz. Prime New York Cut. There's also 14 oz. Duet of Pork Chops and a Colorado Rack of Lamb. Side dishes offered are extra but serve two patrons. House, Spinach, Caesar, Caprese and Wedge Salads are available. Lobster Bisque is a popular starter too. Lunch items, offered to 5 PM, include Sandwiches, Large Salads, and reduced priced dinner entrées. The menu changes frequently. Wine list available. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Full bar. Happy Hour weekdays 4-7 PM. Reservations accepted by phone or online. Discounted valet parking after 6 PM. Robert Yeager, owner.




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

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Video Video Kura Revolving Sushi Bar (Orlando), 11579 Regency Village Dr., Orlando, FL. 59.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-321-401-6777. (Asian) [L/D] Opened September, 2022. AKA: just "Kura Sushi". Located off Daryl Carter Pkwy. at Vineland Pointe, south of I-4, near the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Hours are 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, daily, later on weekends. New concept that touts "Authentic Japanese Cuisine, Always Fresh, Premier Ingredients, Fun for all, and a Creative Menu", not to mention the delivery method. It's a high tech blending of Horn and Hardart Automat, Conveyor Belt Cafeteria, Arcade Games and Dim Sum, all rolled into one big tasty Sushi Roll. Order on the touch screen, wait a few minutes and your food arrives on the upper conveyor. Hungry? Can't wait to eat? Grab any covered plate passing by on the lower conveyor. Your used plates go into the dirty dish slot and the computer keeps track of your bill by the plate size/color. Items start at low prices. Ordered food stops at your station on the upper belt in a few minutes. 15 plates and you win a prize. Here's what they offer: Over 30 Nigiri items (like Hokkaido Scallop or Spanish Mackerel), over 20 Rolls (like Tekka Maki or Red Dragon), 15 Seaweed Rolls (like Spicy Yellowtail Hand Roll), 15 Soy Paper Rolls (like Negitoro Hand Roll), 10 Gunkan (like Real Crab Gunkan), plus Hot or Cold Sides (like Garlic Fried Rice or Edemame). Sushi averters can find Miso Soup, Udon Bowls or Ramen Noodle dishes too. Vegetarian and gluten-free items noted. Allergy alerts are flagged. A dozen desserts are made (like Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream). Seems to be no end to the FOOD PARADE. Full bar licensed here. Various Saki offered too. Robots deliver beverages. Popular place. Expect to wait for a table, except in odd off-hours. Download their app to your smart phone, request "waitlist" and get a text when a table is open. May take hours on weekends. Started in 2008, now 500 locations in Japan, Taiwan and the USA, with another in south Florida. Corporate owned out of Irvine, California.




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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs La Boucherie, 7625 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando, FL. 55.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-930-1708. (French) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened November, 2018. Located in the Bayhill Plaza, about one block north of W. Sand Lake Rd. (Restaurant Row). Open daily Noon to 9 PM, or to 10 PM on weekends. "The Butcher Shop" is a French Steakhouse with a casual setting. Red and white paper placemats and napkins dress the tables. It's the first of a chain in the US but there are 150 locations in France. For starters you'll find a 4 Cheese Flatbread, Deviled Eggs, Terrine, Caprese Salad, Bone Marrow, Beef Carpaccio, Escargot, Foie Gras and a Cold Cut or Cheese Board. A House Salad, Spring Salad, Fraîcheur Salad, Festival Salad, Warm Goat Cheese Salad and Niçoise Salad fill the Greens Section of the menu. Five Burgers are offered for moderate appetites. For seafood, a Salmon Filet and Seasonal Catch, like Pan Seared Mahi (M.P.) are on the list. Their signature dishes include Half Roast Chicken, Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs and a Duck Breast. Specialties like Pot-au-Feu, Veal Blanquette and Lamb Shank can also be found. For the touted Cowhide Section, a 6 oz. Sirloin, 6 or 10 oz. Beef Skewer, 8 oz. Sirloin, 8 oz. Flank Steak, 8 or 10 oz. Ribeye, 9 oz. Mixed Grill, 8 oz. Rump Steak and 16 or 32 oz. Bone-In Ribeye are the featured items. Traditional Steak Tartare is offered. A half dozen sauces are available too. All Steaks are served with Fries and Mixed Vegetables. Desserts include a Belgian Waffle, Fruit Salad, Greek Yogurt, Crème Brûlée, Profiteroles, Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu, Floating Island and some mini-desserts, as well. A Sunday Brunch Menu has items like Belgian Waffle, Eggs Benedict and Salmon Cake. Bottomless Mimosas are offered on Sunday. Full bar with creative cocktails. Happy Hour. Full Wine List of about 35 California and French Wines supplement the meal. Outdoor dining available. Reservations are taken by phone or online. Philip Hicks, general manager; Claude Wolff, owner.


Review: (from Rich C. 8/23) Very much a French Bistro. After an airport pick up we came here for Magical Dining. Samantha was our friendly waitress. Claude came by to greet us. My better half had a Ginger Snap Cocktail on Happy Hour ($9) and I had the Jim Bean Old Fashioned on Happy Hour ($9). We had the following: Beef Carpaccio and Escargot for appetizers. Both good, not enough garlic on the Snails. She had the Lamb Shank (excellent) and I stuck with the Salmon (very good). Both came with mixed Veggies and a very large Potato Croquette. For dessert we had the Lemon Raspberry Cake and a home made dense Chocolate Mousse. Both were excellent. The MD meals were $40 per person. Our total came to $98 before t&t. We'll be back.
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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs La Luce, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln., Orlando, FL. 56.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-597-3600. (Continental) (Italian) [D] Pronounced "La Loo-chay", meaning "the light". Located in the Hotel Hilton Orlando at Bonnet Creek, not far from Disney Epcot. Opens daily at 6 PM. But closed Wednesday. Fine dining by Donna Scala in a resort setting, amongst artwork, since 2009. Full linen service; dressy casual attire. Appetizers include Pancetta, Fried Olives, Saffron Rice Fritters, Tricolor Bruschetta, Octopus Soppessata, Fritto Misto and Carpaccio. For salads they offer Mixed Greens with Apple, Roasted Cauliflower, Barbabietole (Roasted Beets) and Caesar. First courses may be Ravioli Pesto, Farfalle with Mushrooms, Sagne Torte (Cauliflower), Orecchiette alla Lina, Straccetti con Polpette (Meatballs) and Ricotta Gnocchi. Second course offerings might include Braciola (Rolled Beef), Half Chicken, Seared Salmon, Grilled Pork Chop and Bistecca Tagliata (Ribeye Steak). Pizza is also on the menu with Margherita Style, Bianca, Italian Sausage and Prosciutto with Cheese varieties. Side dishes like Sautéed Spinach, Tuscan Beans, Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Potatoes add to the bill. A number of Italian desserts like Tiramisu, Bostini Trifle, Polenta Cake and assorted Gelati are offered or a Trio is available. The Wine List includes vintage and non-vintage selections from Italy and California, especially Napa. Bottles run $30-400 each and many offered by the glass. Full bar with a sample cocktail list. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. $20 Corkage Fee for your own wine. Wine Spectator magazine "Award of Excellence" and Critic's Choice Foodie Award for Best Hotel Restaurant by the Orlando Sentinel. Reservations accepted and recommended in season, by phone and online. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day plus New Years Eve with a shortened menu. Offers a traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve, at a la carte prices. Owned by the hotel.




Lake Minneola Inn and Tiki Bar. See Tiki Bar & Grill (that listing).


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


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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Lam's Garden Restaurant, 2505 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 57.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-896-0370. (Asian) [L/D] It's been here many years. Located in the Coytown Plaza near N. Bumby Ave. Attractive décor with glass covered linen table cloths. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, but to 10:30 PM on weekends. Their special combination plates are popular, like Double Fried Pork, Kung Bo Chicken and Buddha's Delight. Chef's Specials like Clams or Oysters with Black Bean Sauce, Roast Duck and Lobster with Ginger Scallions are offered. They also offer the usual Chicken, Beef, Pork, Shrimp and Vegetable Chinese dishes found in other Asian restaurants. Sha Cha Beef, Hunan Fish and others are spicy dishes. Bourbon Chicken, Peking Pork Chop and Walnut Shrimp are not found elsewhere usually. Their elegant dinners are Seven Stars or Ying Yuen Steak are both priced for two. They offer Hong Kong style Dim Sum on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted. Beer and wine only. Jun Gang-Kai with Chu Wah and Chu Haing Mark, owners here.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Long Gone - The Barrys Restaurant
"Steaks - Chops - Seafood"
3 miles south of Starke, Florida on US 301.

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Landry's Seafood (House), 8800 Vineland Ave., Orlando, FL. 61.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-827-6466. (Seafood) (Southern) [L/D] Located near I-4 at Exit #68, just off SR535, 2 miles east of EPCOT. Hours are: weekdays 3-10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Weekend lunch ends at 3 PM. Mostly full linen service at dinner. A Sunset Dining Menu with 3 seafood choices is available 3-5 PM daily, except holidays. The chain prides itself on their Fresh Catch prepared "Gulf Coast Style" usually offering Atlantic Salmon, Wild Alaska Salmon, Redfish, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Farmed Tilapia and Chilean Sea Bass (all broiled or grilled) when they are in season. Start with 6 Oysters Rockefeller or a Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell. Other appetizers include Fried Zucchini, Firecracker Shrimp, New Orleans Crawfish Bread, Fried Calamari, Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Crab/Spinach/Artichoke Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, Blue Crab Cake, Oyster Bar Trash (Mix) and others. There's also Clam Chowder and Gumbo by the Cup or Bowl full. Getting to the specialty entrées, you'll find Southern Fried Fish, IPA Fish & Chips, Tilapia Pontchartrain, Cedar Planked Salmon, Stuffed Flounder, Crab Stuffed Mahi and Parmesan Crusted Snapper Hemingway. For Shellfish you can have Crawfish Étouffée, Coconut Shrimp, NOLA BBQ Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Seafood Stuffed Shrimp, Shrimp en Brochette, Blue Crab Cake with BBQ Shrimp, Seared Scallops, Lobster Tail, Snow Crab, Alaskan King Crab and a Seafood Feast For Two. Various toppings are offered like Firecracker Shrimp, Lump Crab Meat, Étouffée or Melissa. For landlovers, there's Chicken & Mushrooms, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye and Filet Mignon. You can also find Pasta dishes. All entrées come with a Salad Bowl. Sides are extra, like Hush Puppies, Garlic Spinach and Dirty Rice. You can also find a Cheddar Burger, a Po-Boy and a Crispy Fish Sandwich. Weekend lunch offers many of the same dishes at lower prices. Desserts include Crème Brûlée, Key Lime Pie, Praline Cheesecake, Cinnamon Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster, Double Chocolate Cake or 3 Mini Samplers. Kids menu. Full bar with exotic cocktails and an extensive Wine List runnung $21-$150/bottle. Bar Only Happy Hour 3-6 PM weekdays and 12-4 PM weekends. Corkage Fee: $20/btl. 10% off food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. Reservations are taken by phone or online. Originated in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947. Corporate owned, one of over 400 locations under various names, worldwide but only 18 Landry's in the US.




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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Las Micheladas, 12210 N. US Hwy. 27, Ocala, FL. 39.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-620-0676. (Mexican) (Seafood) [L/D] Opened October, 2021. Located on US 27 north of Fellowship, near NW 121st Ave. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Authentic Mexican cuisine with the emphasis on seafood. Beer and wine licensed. Juan Carlos Romero, owner.




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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, 8019 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. (US 192), Kissimmee, FL. 62.9 mile drive from The Villages. 1-689-288-4418. (American) [L/D] Opened July, 2023. Located on US 192 just east of SR 429 (Central Florida Expressway), near Portillo's. Opens at 11 AM weekdays, 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday for weekly brunch. Closes late. Colorado mountain lodge décor with open beam ceilings, stonework and a fireplace. You can expect American "elevated" comfort food here. Items like TV Dinners, Burgers, Bowls, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups and Small Plates make up a very large menu. Items like Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Meatloaf, Salisbury Steak, Wings, Calamari, Cheese Enchiladas and Chicken Pot Pie satisfies anyone's quest. Bacon plays a part in many items. For dessert you'll find Banana Pudding, Butter Cake and Apple-Huckleberry Open Faced Pie. Kids menu available. Full bar with Happy Hour. Beer Club for the thirsty regular patrons. Outdoor seating available. Pet friendly on the patio with a $5 "Pup Menu". Reservations by phone accepted. A growing chain of about 50 locations in just 8 states, many in California, with a second Florida location in Boca Raton. Chris Simms, founder; headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA.




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




Closed Le Coq Au Vin, 4800 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. 57.5 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-851-6980. (French) [D] Very popular and award winning, this French Bistro since 1976, closed suddenly in May, 2023. The owners have retired. Sad day for gourmands.



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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Coming Soon Leiah Kitchen + Cellar, 409 N. Magnolia St., Orlando, FL. 55.6 mile drive from The Villages. . (Seafood) [D] Noted chef Omar Torres promises to bring a new dining concept to Orlando. It's located in the Hilton Garden Inn on N. Magnolia, near E. Livingston St., 3 blocks south of SR 50 in downtown Orlando. "Elevated atmosphere" and "ethically sourced seafood" will be featured. Full bar and extensive Wine List will be part of the experience. A late 2023 opening date is expected.




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


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



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


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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Lilac (Restaurant), 500 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL. 86.7 mile drive from The Villages. 1-813-221-4600. (Continental) [D] In business since July, 2022. Located in the Tampa EDITION Hotel, at S. Nebraska Ave., near Exit #7 of the Selmon Expressway (SR-618). Open daily except Sunday and Monday, 5 to 10 PM. Exquisitely decorated dining room in warm brown and green shades, leafy plants and long golden window drapes. Each table is candle lit and glassware preset. Dress code for fine dining. Some dishes prepared table-side. Greek and French influences noted in the preparations. Price for the prix fixe four course dinners runs about $140pp or more on holidays, plus $75pp for wine pairing. Start with hors d'oeuvres for the table like Milk Bread, Fried Ravioli, Chilled Maine Lobster, Smoked Grouper Feuillantine and Chicken Liver Mousse. A Caviar Service is offered (at a supplement charge). Appetizer selections might include Rotisserie Red Beet, Seared Scallop, Shrimp Plancha, Pork Belly & Spanish Octopus dish, Tuna Tartare or Seared Fois Gras (at a supplement charge). For your entrée choice you may find King Salmon with Crab, Duck au Poivre [Confit], Herb Crusted Lamb Chop, Spanakopita Cannelloni, Short Rib Rotisserie or Côte de Boeuf (at a suplement charge). Desserts might list Cheesecake, Olive Oil Cake, Bombboloni [Apple and Calvados], Cheese Plate or Chocolate Walnut Crémeux [Sponge Cake, Ganache & Gelato]. A Chocolate Soufflé for two may be substituted. Full bar with crafted cocktails. Champagne by the glass is offered, even the Dom Brute by the glass is on the list. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. A 1 Star Rated Michelin Guide Restaurant. Reservations by phone or online via Open Table are accepted and advised weekends. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day with reservations for their holiday meal. John Fraser and Joshua Werksman, chefs. Hotel owned.




Closed Lilly's On The Lake, 848 W. Osceola St., Clermont, FL. 32.8 mile drive from The Villages. 1-352-708-6565. (American) (Grill) [L/D] After 7 years at this location and dwindling clientele, this lakefront restaurant closed at the end of 2022. Members rated it 11 Stars in that time. This location will soon become The Salt Shack (see that listing).

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Not Rated 3 Dollar Signs Linda's La Cantina Steakhouse, 4721 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. 58.6 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-894-4491. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] In business since 1947. On the north side of the Executive Airport, at the corner of E. Colonial and Lake Baldwin Ln., across from Sweet Tomatoes. Open from 4 PM daily except closed Mondays year round and Sundays after Father's Day until October. Noted for their steaks for over 65 years. They range from 19 oz. Chopped Sirloin; 4 oz. Filet Mignon; 8 oz., 12 oz. or 18 oz. Top Sirloin; 14 oz. New York Strip; 16 oz. Ribeye; 16 oz. or 24 oz. T-Bone; 18 oz. New York Strip; 12 oz. Filer Mignon; and the 32 oz. House Special Large T-Bone. A Mini Surf and Turf is a 4 oz. Filet with a half order of Snapper and 6 Fried Shrimp, while the Large Surf and Turf doubles the portions of each. All are USDA Choice grade meat. Other menu items include Spaghetti; Chicken Veal, or Eggplant Parmesan; Manicotti; Hawaiian Chicken; Dozen Fried Shrimp; Cajun Shrimp Pasta; 12 oz. Blackened Red Snapper; Buttered Sautéed Shrimp; and an 8 oz. Yellow Fin Tuna. All dinners come with a House Salad and a starch or vegetable. A few choice appetizers are offered like Baked French Onion Soup; Shrimp Cocktail; Bourbon Bite; or Coconut Shrimp. Children's menu available. Senior get 12% discount on request before 6 PM. Reservations accepted. Full bar with wine list. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Voted "Best Old Favorite" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey for many years. Voted Orlando's best Steakhouse restaurant by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Karen Hart, Debra Tassoni and Lorie Coley, current owners.




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


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



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

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




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Not Rated 3+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Llama Restaurant, 415 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL. 93.4 mile drive from The Villages. 1-904-819-1760. (Continental) (Spanish) [D] In business since 2016. Located right on US A1A, about a half mile south of the Bridge of Lions, on Anastasia Island. Limited hours are Tuesday through Thursday 5-8 PM, to 8:30 PM weekends, closed Sunday and Monday. "Eat - Drink - Discover". Unique and warm décor fill the small casual, candle lit, bistro with a beer and wine bar. Generally tables for 2 or 4 only. Romantic ambience with artistic and exotic presentation for this seldom-seen authentic Peruvian cuisine. Portions are small; flavors are large. Each dish presented, is greeted with: "Oh, what's this?" Don't be surprised if your food is served under glass, on a rock, in a pot, on a stump, in a box, or on a broken plate. For appetizers they serve Yucas Huanchaina [Yucca with Amarillo Pepper Cream Sauce], Mango Ceviche [Vegan], Ocopa [Huacatay], Ceviche Lima [Corvina and Lime], Ceviche Amazonico [Arapaima], Pulpo [Octopus Carpaccio], Ceviche Nikkei [Salmon with Chalaca Sauce] and Anticuchos [Smoked Marinated Beef with Corn] ceremoniously revealed. For main dishes (some with choices as noted) you'll find Veggie Saltado [Stir Fry with Rice and Potatoes], Quinotto [Risotto-Style Quinoa] with Mushrooms/Seafood, Ceviche Classico [Corvina Ceviche], Paiche Amazonico [Amazonian Arapaima], Tallarines Verdes [Peruvian Pesto Pasta] with Braised Pork Belly/Steak, Cordero Cusqueño [Andean-Style Roasted Rack of Lamb] and Mar y Tierra [Surf and Turf] topped with Grilled Hanger Steak/Lomo Saltado. For dessert South American creations like Algarrobina Custard [Black Carob] with a Spun Sugar Crown, Sacred Valley [Quillabamba Cacoa], Crema Volteada [Crème Caramel] and Alfajores Affogato [Dulce de Leche]. For drinks they offer 5 different Mimosas, 5 Sparking Wines, a variety of White Wine by the glass/bottle, Red Wine and Draft Beer. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Even Passion Fruit Juice and Andean Corn "NA Beer" is available. A Tasting Menu (without/with Wine pairing) is sometimes seasonally offered by reservation (6 course: or 13 course). Phone or online reservations via Open Table highly advised. Marcel Vizcarra Butron, Le Cordon Bleu chef and owner.




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Not Rated 4 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi London House, 8000 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL. 56.0 mile drive from The Villages. 1-407-743-2525. (British) (Continental) [D] What used to be a very private club, its two dining rooms are open to the public, since May, 2022. Then closed for a while and now new owners. It's located where the plush Urbain40 was located in Dellagio Town Center on Restaurant Row. The London House Restaurant is open 5 to 10 PM, Tuesday through Saturday only. Closed Sunday and Monday. The Cocktail Lounge is open 5 PM to 11:30 PM or to 2 AM on weekends. Happy Hour runs 5-7 PM. Children with parents/guardians seated until 7 PM only. Dress code enforced: Business Attire, Business Casual, Formal or Elegant Fun-wear accepted. No beachwear or baseball caps, etc. The décor is opulent and the service impecable. Membership ($950/pp/yr. and called "Keyholders") allows exclusive access, s