Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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August 18, 2017

Fork on the Road

Tasty insights and observations

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…
Red Wing Restaurant

Red Wing Restaurant

There’s a reason why regulars flock to Red Wing Restaurant in Groveland. Simply put, it’s the only game in town—literally. By game, I’m referring to the restaurant’s unique menu featuring grilled quail, wild boar chop, elk sausage, buffalo meat, fried venison, alligator tail, Buffalo frog legs, and grilled duck. The restaurant is housed in a cozy wood building off State Road 33. Its country décor…
Hurricane Dockside Grill

Hurricane Dockside Grill

Hurricane Dockside Grill in Tavares provides an inviting, laid-back atmosphere to chill and enjoy tasty fare on a spacious outdoor deck overlooking Dead River, or inside where colorful beachy decor and surfboards decorate the walls and give the allure of dining on the coast. We found the “vacation” atmosphere to be the perfect setting for a midweek lunch. I enjoyed the Cajun-seasoned shrimp and mahi…
Lake Harris Hideaway

Lake Harris Hideaway

We were afraid a place called Lake Harris Hideaway would be difficult to find, but it’s right off Lane Park Road in Tavares and easily accessible by car, boat, or seaplane. And whatever you do, don’t worry about parking. There’s room for everyone in the huge parking lot across the street from the restaurant. Though we went inside the restaurant, we learned there was plenty…
Norm’s Palette

Norm’s Palette

Story: Leigh Neely  // Photo: Fred Lopez Nestled in the center of North Baker Street, Norm’s Palette just may be Mount Dora’s special secret, but it’s definitely “a destination for the senses.” Norm’s Palette is cozy and welcoming. You can lounge in a seating area while having wine with friends or sit at the bar and talk with Norm while enjoying a beer. The menu always…
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