My in-laws had had a bad experience at this place, so I didn't get my hopes up when we stopped at Portofino lunch. The reason why I still wanted to go was because the restaurant offers waterfront dining in a casual atmosphere. We took a seat on the second-floor patio overlooking Charlotte Harbor, ordered some maragaritas and daiquiris, and picked simple items from the menu (soup, salad and sandwiches). The food really wasn't that bad, except that pretty much everything was either deep fried or soaked in butter - even the mushrooms in my salad were sauteed in butter! - but the balsamic dressing was good, and so was my Italian bean soup (zuppa fagioli). So if you're looking for fine dining in a romantic atmosphere, this is NOT the place for you. However, if you're looking for light fare in a casual, Caribbean-like atmosphere, then go ahead and enjoy the view!
Pinecraft is a small Amish community located in Sarasota, Florida. It is home to about 3000 Amish and Menonites, and Yoder's is its most popular restaurant - understandably so! The place is equally famous for its made-from-scratch home-cooked meals and its traditional Amish pies, which come in 33 different flavours! There was a bit of a line-up when we got there, but we didn't have to wait long. I ordered the baked chicken, which was one of the daily specials. I selected Amish potato cakes and corn cakes as my two sides. Portions were huge and everything was beyond delicious! Needless to say, I wasn't able to finish my plate and sadly I had no room left for dessert, but I worked my way around this small disappointment by bringing home a small loaf of strawberry bread. I very much enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere and staff of the place, and I also liked the small giftshop and Amish market located next to the restaurant.
If your in or visiting Sanford FL you are in for a treat while looking for a great restaurant to relax and enjoy a quality meal that provides the service and value of a fine dining experience.
I found such the experience at the Breezeway Restaurant and Bar. The fare is limited compared to restaurants I have ventured into throughout the USA and several other countries but this is attributed to the sole focus of providing fresh foods to your table in a reasonable service time.
If your looking or thinking “ I need my food fast” then go to McDonalds. GOOD FRESH FOOD TAKES TIME TO PREPARE !!
I will limit my review on the inside dining area but will say the majority of the customer dined outside for a more causal atmosphere and the music.
As I mentioned for sheer relaxation and quiet dining the inside was my place to be. Although the inside dining is of smaller confines it was not over-crowded with tables and had modest decor and minium table setting to not over bare the patron.
A real joy and pleasant delight was sitting with the owner Rick and his wife Debbie talking about how the business has progressed and evolved over the short period of time, the building itself in style and heritage and the general business of running a fine restaurant.
As we all know ... food is a matter of taste -- and having tasted food in all of but two states in the USA and 9 different counties I must say... Breezeway Restaurant and Bar will get my recommendation and continued patronage.
Favorite Dish: I did start my dining with the a fresh house salad with the housemade blue cheese dressing. The salad contained a variety of lettuce with cucumber and a nice tasting tomato for this early season.
The blue cheese dressing was closer to the creamy side although my preference is a medium based dressing of that nature.
I did have my sights set for trying the blackened red snapper but since fresh fish is the key to their service I settled for the available entree called “The Johnny Fish” a blackened grouper topped with Swiss cheese and accented with their housemade marinara sauce.
Very good taste and flavor but I feel a bit more tang to the sauce would have set the seafood dish out from among its peers. The grouper had a nice texture and no fishy taste but actual flavor of the dish.
A side of twice baked potato was requested with the entree and other than adding a bit of salt was hot and tasty as ordered.
The bread basket with the meal was of a non inducing quality but fit with the dish as prepared. It was stated as housemade and topped with Parmesan cheese with a hint of garlic. I must admit I enjoy my bread soft and hot.
This "Old Florida" bar and grill truly is at the end of the road, not that far from Interstate 75 but far enough to allow patrons to arrive by car, bike, motorcycle , seaplane or boat (off the Peace River).
Live music, eclectic setting and atmosphere, even allowing dogs on a leash while eating outdoors.
Be sure to check out the detached tiki bar on the riverfront, the docked seaplane, and all the fun things in and aroun the bar. Even the gift shop is fun.
Favorite Dish: Grouper sandwich is fresh and either fried, grilled, or blackened. Great portions and sides.
ahh memories on this thread Naples went many times when live in the area and my family there visit for dinner a lot nowdays too.
Bull Fernandez a good cuban
Pazzo's for Italian
Randy's for seafood
and a nice chain Bonefish Grill
you will have a good dining experience there. Hope it helps
Favorite Dish: a taste for every gourmand, very nice dining experience there
This is our old friends from Avignon, we used to buy here and enjoy the cafe next door, all products are from France or made by French in USA. You will be like in Paris here, nice place, still going strong after so many years.
Enjoy it, I used to lived in nearby Miramar. Cheers
Favorite Dish: yougurts, pate, terrines, bread baguettes, petit suisses, all French nice.
As we were visiting the A.C. Freeman House in Punta Gorda, our guide asked if we needed restaurant recommendations and one of the places he said was very popular with locals was Jack's, so we decided to give it a try. I can't say I was too crazy about the atmosphere of the place - this family restaurant has a huge, slightly outdated dining room that doesn't do much in the way of conveying any special type of ambience. The food, however, was pretty good. I ordered the turkey & artichoke sandwich, which was served with a nice fruit salad, and really enjoyed it. Also, even though I'm not too keen on seafood, I tried one of the bang-bang shrimps Sylvain had ordered as an appetizer and it was actually really tasty! So I guess I can understand why locals would like this place since it offers an interesting selection of tasty dishes at a very reasonable price. All that's really lacking is a little atmosphere...
Harpoon Harry's is a huge restaurant located at the very end of the Fishermen's Village complex in Punta Gorda. It offers fantastic views of Charlotte Harbor in a fun and casual atmosphere. It's very popular with both locals and visitors, and it seems like there is no such thing as a slow afternoon there with people continuously dropping by to grab a snack or a drink at the bar. Kids will love the arcade section of the restaurant, and grown-ups can enjoy live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, starting at 9:00 pm. The menu features a really nice selection of American dishes, including several seafood options. I ordered the chicken salad melt sandwich, and it was beyond delicious! Our waitress was also incredibly friendly, which only added to the lively atmosphere of the place.
After spending some time shopping on First Street, we decided to stop at one of the cafes for lunch. There are several in the area, and most offer sidewalk tables that allow you to soak up the lively atmosphere of the historic district. After looking at different menus, we chose to eat at the French Connection Cafe - it also seemed to be the one that attracted the biggest crowd of people out on their lunch break, which we took as a good sign. In the end, we all enjoyed a deliciously fresh meal - I ordered the veggie quiche, which happened to be broccoli on that day, and it came with fresh fruits and a homemade muffin. It made for a complete, healthy meal, something that can be quite a rare treat when you're travelling!
The Boca Grande marina is located slightly outside of the downtown area, but if you're as addicted to waterfront dining as I am, you won't regret making the short detour to get there. There are two restaurants located at the marina, Eagle Grille and Miller's Dockside, and we chose to eat at the latter because it's more casual and its patio is right on the water. The menu offers an interesting selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas, and seafood lovers won't be disappointed! I decided to go with the goat cheese bruschetta, which was more or less described as goat cheese spread over rustic bread - it turned out be both delicious and very nicely presented. It also went rather well with the refreshing melon margharita that was on special that day - so much so that I had to order a second one!
We chose Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant as our place to eat out in Panama City Beach, as it came well recommended, and has won a number of awards. We went out with our neighbors in the campground, whom we had shared a campfire with a few nights before. We all had an excellent meal. My husband and I both had She Crab Soup, with lumps of crabmeat as a starter. I ordered the Grilled Bay Shrimp, and my husband had their Seafood Platter. On his platter he had stuffed deviled crab, fried shrimp, scallops, and fried fresh caught fish. He added the optional stuffed broiled Florida lobster to his meal. He said it was delicious, but it would have been too much food for me, so I was glad that I had just ordered the shrimp. Besides, with my smaller dish, I managed to squeeze down a fancy dessert. We also each enjoyed rum and fruit drinks before our meal, and as a plus we could keep the glasses as souvenirs. If you do not like fish and seafood, they also had certified Angus beef on their menu, as well as a few pasta dishes.
Capt. Anderson’s is a family restaurant, and is open Monday through Saturday for dinner, and is closed on Sunday. This is a large restaurant, seating 660 people, but with Spring Break going on, it was crowded when we were there.
One of the things that really impressed me is that the Patronis family, who own this restaurant, work with fishermen and oystermen to preserve the natural oyster beds in the bay. They also help to build artificial reefs to give homes to various types of fish, and to protect the coastal ecology. This work to preserve the ecology of the area, has helped this landmark restaurant to serve fresh, local seafood, caught in the area around Panama Beach City.
I saw this restaurant on the show "Diners, Drive-In's & Dives" a week before leaving for St. Pete and mentally put it on my list for a visit, if possible, knowing that it wouldn't be far from my sister's place. Obviously we did get there and it was pretty interesting. My sister had been there in the past, and was up for going again, especially since she loves the famous fish spread!
I saw the smoked salmon on the show and wanted to try that and the german potato salad (bacon fat and all!!). We ordered and I loved the fish spread and the salmon, but the potato salad is not for me (or my sister)---too much bacon fat! But anyway, I'm glad we had a chance to go and I recommend it for anyone who likes smoked fish. The salmon platter is plenty for two people to share!
The smoking process goes like this: Raw fish (mackerel, mullet, salmon) is laid on racks over a smouldering fire of red oak in a small building next to the restaurant. Red oak is native to Florida and very similar to northern hickory. The fish is cooked and smoked from 4 to 6 hours, depending on size and thickness of the fish.
Lots of the staff have been there for many years and it's still owned and operated by the Peters family.
Favorite Dish: The salmon and the fish spread are great....but I'll pass next time on the potato salad.
The kids loved this restaurant with its jungle decor complete with animal noises and wall to wall video clips of the rainforest. The servers were very friendly especially interested in the children and were a great help in choosing from the huge menu. A fun filled evening was had by all, rounded off with a visit to the restaurant gift shop
Favorite Dish: We adults had the Keilbase Bacon Burger with garden salad & the kids had Funky Fish with carrot sticks all washed down with Coca Cola (free refills on all soft drinks) The dessert menu was labled "Lost Shrine of Forbidden Pleasures" and they are not kidding - we all enjoyed Chocolate Mousse Pie - they do say the desserts are big enough for two - yes they are right.
The service of the staff is always very good and the ambience is a clean european style with plenty of room for families with push chairs and the disabled. They have a great range of steaks, meats and vegetarian options with the outstanding buffet accompanyment to any breakfast or main meal ordered
Favorite Dish: THE BAKED BEANS OR PASTA DISH FROM THE BUFFET! GO SILLY!
This breakfast favorite also makes a good lunch and dinner choice for families. IHOP provides lots of options - great for the picky eaters in your party. Kids love the waffles and pancakes (available all day), but there's also a full menu of lunch and dinner options, including sandwiches and full entree plates. Here, timing is everything.
Favorite Dish: ALL U CAN EAT PANCAKES fOR 5 DOLLARS
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