Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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October 22, 2017

Fork on the Road

Tasty insights and observations

The Rose Plantation

The Rose Plantation

Coming up roses Prepare to enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as a delicious meal when you visit The Rose Plantation in Fruitland Park. Lunch at The Rose Plantation is the perfect mix of casual and elegant. As you enter the historic house that is now a restaurant, you’ll pass the beautiful rose garden out front. Roses from these bushes are used as…
Yalaha Bakery 

Yalaha Bakery 

Hidden gem for sweet confections Picturesque Bavarian-style murals on the building’s exterior, an inviting beer garden, German cuisine, and some of the most delicious sweet delicacies await you at Yalaha Bakery on County Road 48. The bakery’s breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and pies are ideal for those who want something special for their holiday meals. Several pies will be available for Thanksgiving, including the bakery’s…
Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi

Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi

Raves at the Wave The look of amazement on my sushi-loving friend’s face said it all. James was delighted when our sweet server, Courtney, of the Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi in Mount Dora, brought out his Wave Sushi Burrito, two oversized sushi rolls with tempura shrimp, marinated spicy tuna, lettuce, carrots, cucumber, avocado, masago, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. “It’s an artistic culinary masterpiece;…
James Barbeque

James Barbeque

Love me tender There are few things more Southern than a heaping plate of barbecue. That’s why I was happy to take my growling stomach to James Barbeque in Groveland, a restaurant that proudly claims patrons don’t need teeth to enjoy their ribs, chicken, and brisket. Chew on that bold statement for a couple of seconds. Indeed, the restaurant’s smoked, slow-cooked meats are, as my…
Naples Italian Restaurant

Naples Italian Restaurant

Cucina deliziosa (English translation: delicious cuisine) Naples Italian Restaurant, tucked in a Leesburg shopping center strip, has a simple, unpretentious homey atmosphere, yet it has been drawing diners since 1986 with appetizing, made-to-order traditional Italian dishes and pizza. The restaurant’s reasonably priced lunch specials are among the best around, including two slices of cheese pizza with a soft drink for $5.49, or the following dishes…
cuban & bbq 2 go

cuban & bbq 2 go

BBQ-uban: A Leesburg restaurant offers the best of both worlds for those who love Cuban-style sandwiches and barbecue. The personable service delivered by Tajanita Rainey is enough to make customers become regulars at Cuban & BBQ 2 Go. “My husband has always wanted to open a barbecue restaurant, so when we opened this we put a twist on it by offering Cuban food, as well,” Tajanita…
Fish Camp on Lake Eustis

Fish Camp on Lake Eustis

Small fish in a big pond “Eat fish, live forever.” That’s the motto of Fish Camp on Lake Eustis, which debuted this spring with waterfront views, deck seating, and nautical décor in a spot off busy U.S. Highway 441. If only the motto were true, I might become a seafood lover. But I’m not, so I waded slowly into the restaurant’s “Central Florida gourmet” menu,…
DiGino’s

DiGino’s

A slice of greatness DiGino’s serves up tasty pizza and other Italian delights DiGino’s is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Tavares that touts its New York-style pizza. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a big part of its décor consists of black-and-white photographs depicting magnificent scenes such as the New York City skyline and two men playing golf atop a downtown skyscraper. The faux brick counter…
Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar

Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar

It’s not just a meal, it’s an experience! Dining at Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar is like eating at Mama’s house on Sundays. The food is fresh and delicious, and you absolutely won’t go home hungry. Though the beautiful cloth napkins and tablecloth say fine dining, there’s definitely a casual atmosphere in the restaurant. You can eat outside and enjoy the view of beautiful…
Quarterdeck

Quarterdeck

Stellar seafood  The casual atmosphere of the Quarterdeck in Umatilla features nautical accents and fishing-related décor, which makes it the idyllic setting to savor beer-battered fish, crab legs, fried oysters, spiced shrimp, hush puppies, seafood dishes, and cold beer on tap. Of course, there are a variety of other tempting menu choices—sandwiches, salads, ribs—which makes it challenging to decide what to order. My friend found…
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