Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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July 22, 2017

Fork on the Road

Tasty insights and observations

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…
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,…
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