Fork on the Road

Tasty insights and observations

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…
Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant

Story: James Combs // Photo: Fred Lopez When dining out, I rarely venture outside my comfort zone of Mexican food, cheeseburgers, and seafood. However, there are those rare occasions when I actually expand my culinary and cultural horizons. Dining at Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant was one of them. This restaurant rocks…and rolls! Located in Clermont, Sushi Storm features table seating, as well as a…
New York Cafe

New York Cafe

Story: Theresa Campbell // Photo: Fred Lopez Tucked at the end of Sorrento Hills Village in Eustis sits New York Cafe, where bagels, omelets, and the chef’s breakfast specials are available for morning diners. Pitas, salads, wraps, penne pasta, and cold and hot sandwiches are the lunch/dinner menu choices. Decisions, decisions. My friend and I had a difficult time choosing, but we agreed the house…
san jose’s original mexican restaurant

san jose’s original mexican restaurant

Writer: James Combs // Photo: Fred Lopez In 1968, Dionne Warwick released the popular song, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Yep, I most certainly do. And going there is well worth the trip. No, I didn’t drive to the scenic city in California, I dined at San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant in Clermont. Three friends and I sat in a spacious booth,…
PALMER LEGENDS COUNTRY CLUB

PALMER LEGENDS COUNTRY CLUB

Writer: Theresa Campbell // Photo: Fred Lopez Warm, handsome décor of rich dark leather and a burning fireplace offer old-world ambiance at Palmer Legends Country Club in The Villages, where a spectacular view of the golf course makes this a “must” for fine dining and a delicious meal. Palmer Legends does not disappoint. The proof was when a friend and I noticed a large overflow of…
WHALE’S TALE FISH HOUSE

WHALE’S TALE FISH HOUSE

Story: Leigh Neely // Photo: Fred Lopez I’m not exaggerating my tale—this is a great place to eat. We had a late lunch on a Saturday, so it wasn’t crowded, but customers were coming in steadily. We began our meal with a cup of New England clam chowder. It was hearty and creamy and loaded with chunks of clam and potatoes. Served with oyster crackers, it…
Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Writer: James Combs Photo: Fred Lopez Fun, sun, and food well done. A cool breeze coming off the water blows softly on the back of my neck. Palm trees sway gently, while classic rock plays in the background. Gator Bay Bar and Grill, tucked away off County Road 44 near Haynes Creek, allows visitors to enjoy outdoor dining in a secret oasis. Accessible by automobile…
Cedar River Seafood

Cedar River Seafood

Story: Leigh Neely Photo: Volkan Ulgen Cedar River Seafood on U.S. Highway 441 has long been a favorite of locals, and I freely admit, it’s one of my regular go-to places. The fried grouper is heavenly, the catfish is light and flaky, and the tilapia is wonderful. You can get any entrée broiled or fried, and the deliciousness is equal both ways. To make it…
Sunrise Grill: Get a rise

Sunrise Grill: Get a rise

Story: Theresa Campbell Sunrise Grill has been a favorite diner for 21 years for many Tavares residents, snowbirds, and others who make a stop in the Winn-Dixie plaza where the diner makes its home at 452 E. Burleigh St. “Where Friends Meet Friends” is the eatery’s motto and Sunrise Grill is typically packed with regulars and families—an excellent sign of a popular place. It’s known…
Night Owl: It’s a hoot

Night Owl: It’s a hoot

Story: Theresa Campbell It’s always good to be pleasantly surprised by delicious foods, and the colorful Night Owl Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant does just that—treats diners to the flavors of Jamaica right in the heart of Eustis. The $5.99 Tuesday-to-Friday lunch special is a hearty bargain, where diners choose from curry chicken, fried tilapia, jerk chicken, fried chicken, or brown stew chicken, each served with rice…
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