The Villager Eats VIP Dining Card is GOING, GOING, GONE

Have you been putting it off to get yours?  Don’t wait any longer or you’ll miss out.  Only 7 cards remain for this round.  Remember the cards are good until June 30, 2023…that’s 7 months of savings and well worth it.

Villager Eats VIP Dining Cards Going Going Almost Gone

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or gift exchange item? The VIP Dining cards make great gifts for the holiday season.  You can use the discount over and over which makes it a great value.  So hurry, once these are gone, they’re gone.  We will have a new card for 2023-24 coming in late Spring 2023, but why wait and miss out on the savings now?

Order your Villager Eats VIP Dining Card. And make sure to check in daily for your favorite dining and happy hour specials.

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Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving 2022 is tomorrow! Are you ready? Or are you still looking for a place for dinner? Some spots in The Villages® are already full, but here are a few that have seats available.

Reservations Available:

BLUEFIN BAR & GRILL: (352) 571-5344 menu: https://www.facebook.com/BluefinGrillandBar/posts/pfbid0EGL5ywghYo4KK2cXPrAGfrS5iVuE2LfSD62nQinSUbQ2B6o4MDfeiQLTv8rugKYil
BONIFAY COUNTRY CLUB: (352) 205-7455 menu: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=579941077467278&set=pb.100063541721276.-2207520000.
COASTAL DEL MAR: (352) 268-3701 menu: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=133547642825742&set=a.121278694052637 also accepting walk-ins
FRANCESCO’S RISTORANTE STONE FIRE PIZZA: (352) 693-2008. Traditional Turkey Dinner $22; Traditional Ham Dinner $22; Traditional Combo Dinner $28; Chicken or Veal $18/$20.  Dessert: Apple, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie Slice $5.  Dine-in or to-go.
GLENVIEW COUNTRY CLUB:  (352) 753-0077 menu: https://www.glenviewcountryclub.com/
HAVANA COUNTRY CLUB: (352) 430-3200 menu: https://www.havanacc.com/thanksgiving
LEGACY RESTAURANT at NANCY LOPEZ: (352) 753-1475 menu: https://www.legacyrestaurant.com/thanksgiving
PRIMA ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE: (352) 391-9939 menu: https://www.primaitaliansteakhouse.com/holiday-menus
REDSAUCE: (352) 750-2930 menu: https://www.redsaucethevillages.com/  
THE BACK PORCH MULBERRY: (352) 268-2334.  Three Course Thanksgiving Dinner w/one complimentary Domestic Draft or House Wine per person: Salad or Soup – House or Caesar; Butternut Squash Soup; Main Course – Turkey Dinner $33.95; Grilled Salmon Dinner $36.95; Slow Roasted 8oz Prime Rib $39.95; Dessert – Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie.
TOOJAY’S DELI-BAKERY-RESTAURANT: Lake Sumter or Brownwood reservations: https://fal.cn/3tMrI

CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE is offering their Thanksgiving Feast To Go!  Serves four and is only $60.  Includes: 1lb of Roast Tom Turkey; 1lb of Baked Sugar Cured Ham; Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Cody’s Stuffing; Turkey Gravy; Mixed Vegetables; Cranberry Sauce; Pineapple Sauce; Cody’s Famous Roadhouse Salad & Fresh Baked Sweet Yeast Rolls w/Cinnamon Butter.  Double or order for $120, or add 1lb of Turkey or Ham for $12. Orders must be placed by 4pm on Wednesday, November 23rd and picked up between 10am & 2pm on Thanksgiving Day.


A few restaurants will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving allowing their staff to enjoy the holiday with family & friends.  Below is a list of a few of those places observing the holiday:



*lists are not all-inclusive and only offers suggestions.

Wherever you are going for Thanksgiving 2022, I wish you many blessings.  Remember to take a few moments to be grateful for all that you have and enjoy the time with your loved ones.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you for being part of the Villager Eats family. THANK YOU!

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A Quick Update

Hi Villager Eats fam! Just wanted to give y’all a quick update on the site this week. Please be advised that I am currently in the hospital and have been unable to update the daily specials for you. I’ll be here a few more days and am looking forward to going home and bringing you all the info as soon as possible.

Can’t wait to see y’all soon! ~Debi

Hometown Halloween

Are you ready to be thrilled in true Villages fashion?  This year’s Hometown Halloween festivities have been stretched out over two nights which kicked off yesterday and winds up tonight.

Dog dressed as cowboy

The inaugural Growl-O-Ween seems to have been a hauntingly huge success.  Folks lined up for a parade around Brownwood Paddock Square with their canines dressed in full costumes.  I think some of the best costumes we saw last night went to the dogs.  I wish we had gotten there sooner for the full event to see who the winners were, but they all looked prize-worthy to us.

stilt walker at Brownwood
midway at Brownwood Hometown Halloween
scary stilt walker at Brownwood Hometown Halloween

As the fun continues tonight (Saturday, October 29) you will see several of our very own lifestyle groups performing throughout the evening, stilt walkers strolling the square, Trunk-n-Treat from 4-6pm, a haunted house from 6-9pm, midway games, food trucks, and live entertainment on the stage from 4-9pm.  If you missed The Rundown Band Friday night, make sure to get out tonight for Blue Stone Circle.

Orange tree costume

There are plenty of opportunities to show off your spooky costumes at the square again tonight. Before you head out, make sure to check out Villager Eats for today’s specials.

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Hurricane Ian

restaurants have decided to close during Hurricane Ian

With Hurricane Ian upon us, it is very important that we all stay safe during this time.  I was going to report a list of restaurants that have decided to close during the storm, however, at this point there are more closed than open (that I’m aware of).

Some locations will be open and hosting Hurricane Parties before things get nasty.  Fenney Grill, Lazy Mac’s, McGrady’s Pub, and Tierra del Sol are all hosting pre-hurricane specials today, and will be closing at 2pm (reopening day will likely be Friday). You can bet those Hurricane drinks will be flying off the bar!

If you must go out, please call ahead.  Check in here for updates on the Daily Specials tab. Please also note that the information is as accurate as possible, but changes can occur quickly before I’m able to update. You can also follow along on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

On a personal note, Hurricane Ian is my first and I’m impressed with the outpouring of support from so many wonderful people here. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned pro, we are in this together my friends.  Please be patient with those that are nervous and offer guidance instead of criticism.

Can’t wait to see y’all soon!

Save Room For Dessert at FMK Country Clubs

Make sure you save room for dessert when you dine at any of the four FMK Restaurant Group Country Clubs this month.  There’s still time to enjoy a fabulous dessert and help donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at the same time.

white chocolate bread pudding with vanilla creme anglaise
apple cobbler a la mode
*photos for illustration only

Each year during the month of September, all of the FMK Country Clubs feature a dessert special which benefits St. Jude’s.  This year at Belle Glade and Evans Prairie Country Clubs they are featuring a White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Crème Anglaise for $6.90. At Bonifay and Orange Blossom Hills Country Clubs they are featuring the Apple Cobbler Ala Mode for $7.95. YUM!

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and St. Jude is a key figure in bringing awareness and helping to increase the survival rate. According to their website, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day. “Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened in 1962.” You can learn more about St. Jude and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month facts here.

Where Are They Located?

You can find the FMK Country Clubs at the following locations:

As always, make sure to check out their daily specials all in one place here on Villager Eats.

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Promote Your Business

Advertise or promote your business on Villager Eats

Looking to promote your business without breaking your budget? Advertising on Villager Eats is a great way to get in front of more friendly folks! Ad packages are very affordable, especially compared to print ads that get tossed away. Your ad will appear throughout our website which is visible on-the-go via computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Right now you can get your first month FREE when you commit to a 6-month package. When you sign up for 3 months, you will get your first month half-off. Or enjoy a monthly rate and pay as you go.

We are one of the hottest websites in The Villages® Community. We have seen a 234% increase in website views over the past year. Our social media pages have grown by 153% in that same timeframe. Villagers love dining out and enjoying happy hour with friends. Where do they locate information to make sure they find the best deals? VillagerEats.com! Why not let them see other great businesses that our community has to offer while they’re here?

Folks are always posting on Facebook looking for businesses such as home repair, lawn services, accountants, etc. Advertise with us and we will share your information with our social media friends and followers (both on Facebook and Instagram).

Contact Debi TODAY for more info before these special rates disappear! Call (352) 561-8138 or email info@villagereats.com

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Pop-Up at City Fire-Lake Sumter

Villager Eats Pop-up at City Fire Lake Sumter to get your VIP Dining Card

Hey Diners! Join me for a Pop-Up at City Fire-Lake Sumter TOMORROW, Wednesday, 9/7 from 4-6pm and pick up your Villager Eats VIP Dining Card (or two or three) in person. Then stay awhile and enjoy 10% off your meal while you’re there!

The VIP cards are going fast! For just $10 each they’re a great value and are valid until next year (6/30/23). They make great gifts too! Do you have a rental? Why not leave a card for your guests to enjoy some of our favorite restaurants here in The Villages®? Or are you looking for a thank you or closing gift for your clients and customers? Buy as many as you like!

Check out the event over on Facebook and let us know if you’re able to stop by: Villager Eats Events Pop-Up at City Fire-Lake Sumter. We will be set-up outside on the side patio with some goodies – and look for my yellow shirt. This will be a casual meet & greet so stop by any time between 4pm and 6pm.

If you can’t make it in-person, you can still order online at: https://villagereats.com/vip-dining-card-2/ OR watch out for other pop-up events coming soon!

CHEERS my friends!

Labor Day

Hamburgers and French Fries with American Flags for Labor Day

Labor Day is this Monday, September 5th.  This day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.  It was created by the labor movement in the late 1800s in the height of the Industrial Revolution.  Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of Summer, and is generally celebrated with parades, parties, and lots of food.

While most of us celebrate Labor Day as a day off work, there’s more to the story.  I found this article in Country Living interesting to Find Out Why We Celebrate Labor Day.  As a big history buff, it’s cool to read about our country’s beginnings and to see how far we’ve come.  I for one am incredibly grateful for the progress we’ve made and am always looking for a reason to celebrate (every day).

One of the most popular traditions that have evolved is to cookout and kick back.  Are you firing up the outdoor grill this weekend?  If you’re tired of the same ol’ burgers and dogs, check out these suggestions from Food Network – 50 Cookout Classics Every Labor Day Party Needs.  If you’re not the cooking type, then keep logging on to VillagerEats.com to view Labor Day specials at our favorite restaurants.

Now more than ever, give thanks to all the hard-working people who make our life here in The Villages® the friendly place it is.

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Let’s talk about another new restaurant opening in the Market at Sawgrass Grove.  Little Fin Seafood Kitchen opened for business about two weeks ago, but yesterday was my first visit…and I’ll be back for sure.  It’s the little sister to Big Fin Seafood Kitchen in Orlando, a full-service dining establishment.

Little Fin Seafood Kitchen sign at Sawgrass Grove
Little Fin Seafood Kitchen
Staff at Little Fin Seafood Kitchen
Kara, Jeff & Meka’ela – Service with a Smile

Service With A Smile

Meka’ela greeted me at the counter and helped me to decide on the Fish Tacos. YUM!  She also suggested the Alligator Bites but I’ll save that adventure for next time (I haven’t tried them…yet).  Although, I witnessed Chef Jeff go above and beyond to help an out-of-town visitor sample the gator bites and she was thrilled.  Everything was made fresh to order and Kara was at the grill with a smile putting it all together.  The service was top-notch for sure.

fish tacos qith radishes and lemon wedge
Fish Tacos

What To Eat

I chose to sit at the side counter, but most diners were enjoying their meals in the main dining area.  Think of the food court at your favorite mall…but WAY better.  The food at the Market is definitely not your typical mall food. My Fish Tacos were amazingly fresh and delicious, and the Fish & Chips going out looked equally amazing.  …and those Alligator Bites… Some of the other specialties that Little Fin is serving up are Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Crispy Chili Calamari, Real Maine Lobster Roll, Grilled Catch of the Day, and Crispy Seasoned Fries.  They also offer a Caesar Salad or Chopped Salad.

Counter at Little Fin
View of the Sawgrass Bar

If you choose to sit out in the main dining area, you can also enjoy an adult beverage from the Sawgrass Bar.  Then head over to Darlin’s Sweet Shop for dessert, their salted caramel cheesecake is to die for (trust me on this one)!  On your way out, make sure to stop in The Villages® Grown and bring home some fresh produce, kombucha, or other goodies.

By the way, did you know that there is outdoor seating at the Market?  There is a quiet little patio just outside to enjoy your meal.  I have a feeling this little secret spot won’t be so secret once business starts to pick up.

outside patio dining area
Patio at Sawgrass Market

Where Are They?

Little Fin Seafood Kitchen is located inside the Market at Sawgrass Grove 766 Marilee Place, Wildwood, just off Meggison Rd. and right across from the Ezell Recreation Center.  Their hours are 11am – 9pm 7 days a week.  Look out for their social media pages and website coming soon – I will link them on the Restaurants tab.

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