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Glenview Country Club Remodel

Glenview Country Club is celebrating their newly remodeled dining room this week.  I had a chance to have lunch with my mother today at Glenview and really loved the new décor while having a great visit.  I mean, check out the view from the sunroom.

view out the window of the sunroom at Glenview Country Club restaurant
sunroom at Glenview Country Club

Time To Celebrate

Time to celebrate!  Now through Saturday (8/6) they are offering BOGO 50% Off ALL Entrées ALL Day.  However, today we enjoyed the Wednesday special, which is buy one burger, get one free.  Mom had the Smokehouse Burger, and I had the Black & Bleu Burger – both with fries.  And can I tell you…the fries were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Mom said it was the best burger she’s had in awhile – I have to agree.  And kudos to our server, Stevie, she did a fantastic job! Oh, and I can’t forget to thank Richard for giving us the tour before he seated us at the perfect table.

Black & Bleu Burger w/Fries
Villager Eats and mom having lunch at Glenview Country Club
Mom and I having a great lunch
Smokehouse Burger w/Fries

They are also offering coupons to celebrate. You can find them in the newspaper or on their social media pages.  Find their daily specials here on Villager Eats, including their fabulous Weekend Brunch Buffet with bottomless mimosas every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm.

Live Entertainment

Enjoy live entertainment each evening from 5pm-8pm this week.  Tonight, you can dance to the sounds of Suzie Casta, Thursday is Clark Barrios, Friday will be Scooter the DJ, and Saturday is Conrad Be Chill & Know.  Music will be in the main dining room, but you can hear it throughout the restaurant.

dining room at Glenview Country Club
Dining Room
patio at Glenview Country Club
Outdoor Patio
wine wall at Glenview Country Club
Wine Wall and Entertainment Area

Where Are They?

Glenview Champions Country Club is located at 3194 Glenview Rd. (just off Buena Vista Blvd) in The Villages.  Call (352) 753-0077 for reservations, or walk-ins are also welcome. 

The Market at Sawgrass Grove

The Market at Sawgrass Grove is NOW OPEN!  YAY!  Are you as excited as I am about this?  We have been waiting awhile for the new market to be complete, and I can tell you it was well worth the wait.  I was able to stop by on opening day for the soft opening, maybe you caught my video over on the Facebook and/or Instagram page (keep reading for the link to view it).

The Market at Sawgrass Grove sign and silo

The atmosphere inside has such a cool vibe and reminds me of a micro version of the North Market back in Columbus, Ohio.  And in true Villages fashion, even the construction tunnel is very inviting with signs along the way that read “Have a Zest for Something New? Come this Way!”, “It’s a Little Slice of Paradise!” and “Step Inside & Enjoy!” …make sure you look up when you’re walking in.

Entry to the Market at Sawgrass Grove

I will be back with a more in-depth review of each restaurant soon, but for now I’ll give you a sneak peek at what to expect when you visit The Market at Sawgrass Grove.

Frenchy’s Wood-Fired

The first restaurant I came upon was Frenchy’s Wood-Fired.  The smell of the fresh pizzas being made in the wood-fired pizza oven was totally inviting.  Free samples were going faster than they were coming.  Frenchy’s currently has five different pies: Carne, Italian Sausage, Marghertia, Funghi Bianco, and Roni.  They have other stuff too: Garlic Sticks, Beef and ricotta Meatball, Frenchy’s Chopped Salad, Caesar Salad w/Traditional Dressing, and Jumbo Wings.  Prices range from $9 to $23.

Frenchy's Wood-Fired
pizza from Frenchy's Wood-Fired

Willy’s Original

Willy’s Original Smashburgers is across the way and wasn’t quite up and running when I first got there.  However, by time I was leaving they had a line waiting to order up some juicy burgers and such.  On their menu are 5 different burgers, 3 sandwiches, 2 salads, 3 options “beyond the bun” (Chicken Bites, Crispy Shoestring Fries, and Crispy Cheese Curds).  They haven’t forgotten about the kiddos either with their Little Willy’s items.

Willy's Original store front

Darlin’s Sweet Shop

I could not wait to get to Darlin’s Sweet Shop!  The smell of fresh baked cookies was pulling me to the back of the market and the cheesecakes illuminated the case calling my name.  If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for sweets.  Let’s just say that the piece of Salted Caramel Cheesecake I had boxed to-go never made it past the doors.  OOPS.  If you’ve been waiting for a fresh made on-site sweet shop, then wait no more.  Darlin’s has cookies, brownies, cakes, cheesecakes and ice cream to go alongside your baked goodies.

Darlin's Sweet Shop store front
desserts from Darlin's Sweet Shop

Golden Hills Coffee Roasters

Once you get your bakery, stop at Golden Hills Coffee Roasters for a fresh-brewed cup of Joe. While I’m not a coffee drinker, I absolutely love the smell.  Golden Hills Coffee has several Espresso Based varieties; Fresh Brewed Drip Coffee, Iced Coffee, French Press, and Pour Over.  There are also Special Drinks like Chai Tea Latte (hot or iced), Specialty Teas, Cold Brew Cocktail, Hot Chocolate and Smoothies.  The baristas were busy serving up hot cups of coffee for sure.

Golden Hills Coffee Roasters

Sawgrass Bar

Not a coffee drinker?  Then right in the middle of the Market is the Sawgrass Bar.  Pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy the Drink of the Day (on the day I went it was an Orange Grove Margarita).  Craft beers are offered in drafts and cans, wine is available and so is seltzer and cider.  You can also catch the latest games or news on the overhead TVs.  What a great spot to just sit and unwind.

Sawgrass Bar
inside Market at Sawgrass Grove
inside Market at Sawgrass Grove

The Villages Grown

The major tenant is by far The Villages Grown (in my opinion).  The new space is triple the size of the store at Brownwood Paddock Square.  Looking for local produce and unique staples?  This place has it!  Everything from vegetables, a variety of lettuces, microgreens, dry goods, frozen and refrigerated doughs and breads, kombucha, pre-made salads and meals, cheeses and so much more. I’m sure you’ve seen their produce in many places throughout The Villages, from grocery stores to restaurants. This new market spot has so much more to offer and items you won’t find anywhere else.

The Villages Grown store front
display inside The Villages Grown at Sawgrass Grove Market

Coming Soon

Wait!  There’s more coming soon!  The teaching kitchen is beautiful and will be host to several guest chef’s demonstrating various techniques and dishes.  Next to that will be more from The Villages Grown and the new The Local Butcher & Market and Little Fin Seafood Kitchen.  Again, I will be featuring these more in the future once they are open. The open stores have been listed on the Restaurants tab here on Villager Eats, but check back often to find the remaining places once they’re up and running.

the teaching kitchen at Sawgrass Grove Market

Take A Walk With Me

Come and take a walk with me and get a quick 5-minute peek from my first visit.  The video can be found over on the Facebook page or find the reel on Instagram.  This will definitely be a regular spot for me, even though I’m more on the northwest part of The Villages.  Stay tuned for more updates and reviews!

Where Is It Located?

The Market at Sawgrass Grove is located at 766 Marilee Place along Meggison Rd next to the Ezell Recreation Center, and across from McGrady’s Pub.  The navigation in my car doesn’t have the new southernmost development and streets yet, so I recommend using Google Maps or Waze to find it. 

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July Indpendence Day

Happy 4th of July Villagers!  As we reflect on our country’s foundations and celebrate our independence, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the day today.

Brownwood Brews & Cruise

In true Villages style, Brownwood Paddock Square® will be home of the “All-American 4th of July Brews & Cruise” festival.  Today, July 4th from 4pm-9pm you will enjoy American Cars presented by The Heart of Florida Model A Restorers Club, The Tin Lizzies of North Central Florida, and The Villages Classic Automobile Club.  Craft Beer will be flowing and sponsored by World of Beer, The Sunny Pint, and Tri-Eagle Sales.  Live music from Ronnie Dee & The Superstars will be on stage to get you dancing and moving.  Our very own resident performers will be: Aloha O’ Ka Hula, The Villages Cheerleaders, The Villages Twirlers & Drum Corp, Prime Time Twirlers, Patriotic Projection Light Show, Stilt Walkers and more! 

Plenty of market vendors will also be wishing you a Happy 4th of July with their wares.  And don’t forget the food vendors!  Lee’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Curbside Cuisine, Sikes Southern BBQ, Kettle Corn Cabin, Squeezy, and Kona Ice will all be there.

The best part of our wonderful festivals is the price of admission – FREE!  Take your family and friends out to Brownwood for a fun-filled afternoon celebration.  Check out The Villages® Entertainment website for all the details and schedule.

Looking For Fireworks?

Are you looking for fireworks?  There are a few options outside of our hometown.  We will be heading to Leesburg at Venetian Gardens for their fireworks display over the lake.  They also have an all-day festival beginning at noon today with a kids’ zone, giant inflatables, plenty of games, delicious food, vendors, live music at 6pm by Hayfire and a ski show.  Fireworks begin at 9pm.

Let Someone Else Do The Grilling

Stay safe and have a Happy 4th of July!  If you’re not feeling like cooking out, check out your daily dining and happy hour specials here. Let someone else do all the grilling and enjoy the festivities!

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McGrady’s Pub

McGrady’s Pub has expanded their hours and is now open for lunch.  The new hours are 11am – 9pm, still Wednesday through Sunday.  I’ve been told the full 7-day schedule is coming soon!

McGrady's Pub outdoor patio

In addition to the expanded hours, McGrady’s Pub has also updated their menu.  Check it out here.  I am loving all of the salads featuring produce from our very own The Villages® Grown.  The Mains and Sandwiches all look great too, and did you see those Desserts? Sticky Toffee Pudding has been on my list of things to try for awhile. I see Wednesdays are Half Price on Bottles of Wine that are $60 or less. While I’m not a whiskey connoisseur, their selection includes two different flights and the rest is broken down by region. Slàinte Mhath!

You can also enjoy live music daily on their outdoor patio from 3pm-5pm. Take a look at the schedule and find your favorite local musicians.

I still haven’t made my way to McGrady’s for dinner (or lunch) yet and hope to do it soon.  If you’ve been there, tell me what’s your favorite dish?  Do you have a favorite cocktail also?  Stay tuned for my review!  But in the meantime, make sure to keep checking in here on Villager Eats for the daily specials.

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Villager Eats VIP Dining Card

You asked for it, here it is! The VILLAGER EATS VIP DISCOUNT DINING CARD is now available for purchase. Enjoy a 10% discount at some of your favorite Villages restaurants with this easy-to-carry card. The card is the size and weight of a credit card making it simple to carry in a wallet, purse, phone case, pocket, etc. and works just like a paper coupon that you can use over and over again.  Simply show your card to the participating restaurant prior to placing your order, and enjoy your meal. You can order as many as you like – they make GREAT gifts too!

Villager Eats VIP Dining Card front and back image

Restaurants offering a 10% discount on the front of the card are: Amerikanos Grille (Spanish Springs)Ay! Jalisco Mexican Café (Spanish Springs)City Fire American Oven & Bar (Lake Sumter & Brownwood), Edna’s On The Green (Village of Marsh Bend; applies to food trucks only)Flippers Pizzeria (Spanish Springs)Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria (Pinellas Plaza)Square 1 Burgers & Bar (Pinellas Plaza)The Standard CLCL – Coffee Shop (Lady Lake & Brownwood)World of Beer Bar & Kitchen (Spanish Springs & Brownwood). Restaurants offering $5 off your purchase of $25 or more, on the back of the card are: Glenview Champions Country Club and RedSauce (Lake Sumter Landing).

VIP Cards can be purchased for $10.00 each and are valid for one year (expiring 6/30/2023). Shipping will begin early July 2022. Head over to the VIP DINING CARD tab to place your order today! But also watch out for some pop-up events to purchase cards in person. Some restaurants will have cards available for purchase on-site – ask your server.

Getting your card is easy! Simply tell us where to send the card(s), how many you would like, and complete the payment step. Get your card TODAY and start saving!

Mystic Ice Cream

Ever have one of those days when you need a little pick-me-up to get out of a rut?  I had one of those days yesterday and found myself at Mystic Ice Cream in Fruitland Park on the spur of the moment.  And let me tell you if you haven’t been there yet…what are you waiting for?!

front view of Mystic Ice Cream in Fruitland Park
Mystic Ice Cream, Fruitland Park
Magical Mystic Ice Cream Truck
Magical Mystic Ice Cream Truck

Not Your Typical Ice Cream

The minute I pulled up I could tell this place was different.  This is not your typical ice cream parlor. Maybe it was the psychedelic tie-dye food truck parked outside, and it was definitely the cool vibes when you walk in the door.  Miss Loretta greeted me at the door and was so kind and gracious to enlighten me on the various flavors. I was in awe.  Alcohol in ice cream?  Whaaat??

Menu board at Mystic Ice Cream Fruitland Park
30 Flavors To Choose From
cup of ice cream at Mystic Ice Cream
Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream

Mystic Ice Cream is all about the made-from-scratch, on the premises, adult frozen desserts.  These alcohol-based ice creams are amazing!  Anything from Mystic Slide, Kahlua Fudge Brownie, Pina Colada, to Margarita, White Russian, Grasshopper and more.  When I stopped I enjoyed a cup of Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream which is made with vanilla ice cream, Fireball Whiskey and Rumchata.  I was still tasting that cinnamon an hour later.  Not into cocktails?  Don’t worry, they have non-alcohol flavors as well.  I bet my mom will like their Caramel Praline, Olde Time Vanilla, Red Velvet Cake or Butter Pecan.  They have 30 flavors to choose from.

Take A Tour With Me

My Mystic Experience

Vinyl records, vintage album covers, and eclectic knick knacks galore adorn the walls and tables.  There are no two tables the same.  There is not a traditional, boring ice cream freezer counter either.  Sit down and chill out with your favorite flavor.  And if you’re as lucky as I was, you can chat with the owner, Darrell Day.  Darrell’s wit is quick, so you better pay attention.  We chatted about how his wife, Lisa makes all the ice cream herself, and we found a common connection from Northeast Ohio (where I’m from).  Did you know he’s a trained musician and has quite the background in opera and composition?  He doesn’t really get a chance to grace his customers with opera, so instead he hosts Karaoke two nights a week.

dining area of Mystic Ice Cream
Main dining area of Mystic Ice Cream
piano in Mystic Ice Cream

Nightly Entertainment

Another unique aspect of Mystic Ice Cream is their fun nightly entertainment. Monday Funday, Tuesday Karaoke, Wednesday is Name That Tune, Thursday is Trivia, Friday is more Karaoke, Saturday is Game Show and Sundays feature occasional live music.  The vibes are cool and remind me of a local spot back home where you can let your hair down and just have a great time with friends.  I can’t wait to bring my crew back for some fun!

Where Are They?

Mystic Ice Cream has three locations in our area:  1217 W. Miller Blvd., Fruitland Park; 314 W. Main St., Leesburg; and 38 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis. Hours at all three stores are Sunday – Saturday 1:00pm – 9:00pm.  And they can bring their delectable treats to your event in their tie-dyed food truck – check their website for the Magical Mystic Ice Cream Truck schedule.  

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FUEL FACTOR X and My Daily Choice©

Help Villager Eats welcome Carolyn Christensen, an Independent Executive Affiliate for My Daily Choice©! My Daily Choice is a house of brands including their newest product Fuel Factor X.

Fuel Factor X Advanced Fuel Treatment and My Daily Choice with Carolyn Christensen

I met Sweet Caroline through a few women’s networking groups; and the more I get to know her, the more I just love her…and you will too.  Carolyn lives here in The Villages® and is passionate about helping others with cutting edge products backed by science.  Fuel Factor X Advanced Fuel Treatment (FFX) is going to be a game changer for so many; she is looking for both customers and distributors. What is it you may ask? FFX is a fuel treatment that saves money with super food for all engines, increases mileage, reduce emissions, enhances performance, and prolongs engine life.  After hearing why my gasoline isn’t going as far as before, I’m on board and giving FFX a go!  Who doesn’t want to save money with the rising gas prices right now?  I know I do!  And now I’ll have more to spend on the best things in life…like dining out with family and friends.

If you would like more information about Fuel Factor X, please contact Carolyn by texting “FFX” to 770-616-2780. You can also check out her website: www.savegreenearngreen.com. Make sure to tell her Villager Eats sent you!

FMK Country Club Summer Specials

If you are heading out to one of the four FMK Country Clubs, you will notice the daily specials have changed for Summer.  The FMK Country Club Summer Specials are now available at Belle Glade, Bonifay, Evans Prairie, and Orange Blossom Hills. You can find each special in one place here on Villager Eats or you can check out their individual websites (linked below) or their social media pages.

picture of FMK Country Club Belle Glade sign
picture of FMK Country Club Evans Prairie sign

New at Belle Glade and Evans Prairie

Belle Glade Country Club has a new Summer lunch special available Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm.  For $15 you can have your choice of Strawberry Avocado Salad or Autumn Salad and a white wine spritzer (Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Pomegranate).  Evans Prairie Country Club also has a new lunch special available Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm.  Their Summer Salad & Spritz Special is also $15 which includes your choice of Citrus Chopped Salad or Spinach Salad and a white wine spritzer (Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Pomegranate).

Both Belle Glade and Evans Prairie have a new Taco Tuesday with a Taco Dinner & Margarita for $13.99.  You will enjoy your choice of chicken or beef tacos in a flour tortilla served with rice and beans, and it includes a house margarita on the rocks.  Wednesday’s Summer Special is two sliders (choice of Mojo Pork, Fried Chicken or Cheeseburger) and fries for $12.99.  Thursday is Italian Night with Lasagna Bolognese for $14.99 and Eggplant Parmesan with angel hair pasta for $15.95.  Friday’s Seafood Trio is being served all day for $18.99 and includes crispy white fish, shrimp scampi, fried clams, served with French fries & coleslaw.

picture of FMK Country Club Bonifay sign
picture of FMK Country Club Orange Blossom Hills sign

New at Bonifay and Orange Blossom Hills

Bonifay Country Club is featuring their new Summer Specials with two entrées for $30 or one for $15.  You can choose from Shrimp Caesar, Liver & Onions, Hunter’s Cutlet, Lemon Basil Butter-Fish, Shrimp & Vegetable Teriyaki, Chicken Scampi, or Margherita Chicken.  Orange Blossom Hills Country Club is also offering their Summer Specials at the same price as Bonifay but the options at OBH include Sesame Orange Chicken, Shrimp Caesar, Salisbury Steak, Liver & Onions, Hunter’s Cutlet, Lemon Basil Butter-Fish, or Cajun Chicken Pasta.  You can add a side salad at both locations for just $2.95.

Summer Cocktails

What’s Summer without some special Summer Cocktails?!  Bonifay is featuring their Woodford Old Fashioned, Orange Cream-Sickle, Watermelon Spritzer, and Blackberry Lemonade.  Orange Blossom Hills is featuring their Bikini Martini, Peach Bellini Slush, Watermelon Rita, and Strawberry Peach Paradise.

Where Are They?

Belle Glade Country Club is located at 446 Moyer Loop, The Villages.  Their hours are Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.

Bonifay Country Club is located at 1033 Pinellas Place, The Villages.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.

Evans Prairie Country Club is located at 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, The Villages.  Their hours are Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm. 

Orange Blossom Hills Country Club is located at 1542 Water Tower Circle, Lady Lake.  Hours are Sunday-Wednesday 11am-8pm and Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day is next Sunday, June 19th!  Whether you are a father, father-figure, or anyone that took on the role make sure to enjoy the day and relax.  Here are just a couple of suggestions to treat Dad next week:

Cheers at Stonecrest Country Club – Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm.  Three Course Dinner 3pm-7pm: Greek Salad; Your choice of the following entrées: NY Strip served w/Baked Potato & Seasonal Vegetables; Ribeye Steak served w/Baked Potato & Seasonal Vegetables; 48 Hour Fried Chicken served w/Mashed Potatoes & Coleslaw; Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo w/Seasonal Vegetables; Pan Seared Salmon served w/Mushroom Rice & Seasonal Vegetables; Your Choice of one of the following Desserts – Bread Pudding w/Bourbon Sauce or Chocolate Godiva Cake $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity).  Book your reservations by calling (352) 245-1061.

Francesco’s Ristorante– All dad’s that celebrate Father’s Day will receive a $10 gift card for their next visit.  Special Holiday Menu:  (served w/choice of soup or salad) Filet Mignon Oscar (w/asparagus and roasted potatoes) $31; Big Daddy Combo (lasagna, chicken parmigiana, veal cannelloni, sausage and meatballs baked in signature sauce and topped w/mozzarella cheese) $26; Salmon (w/shrimp, scallops & portobello mushrooms in a cream lobster bisque sauce, served over seafood-stuffed ravioli) $25.  Reservations encouraged (352) 693-2008.

Eaton’s Beach Florisiana Cuisine – Free Draft Beer for Dad on Father’s Day.

Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante & Catering – Serving Holiday Menu & Chef Specials.  Prime Rib w/Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Almondine $24.95p; Big Daddy Combo (chicken parmigiana, Italian sausage & meatball topped w/signature sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with side of tortellini alfredo) $16.95; Chicken Gorgonzola (grilled chicken, green peas, wild mushrooms & radicchio sautéed in a Gorgonzola sauce tossed w/gnocchi) $17.95; Salmon Di Parma (salmon wrapped w/prosciutto and pan roasted, topped w/tomato bruschetta and balsamic glaze, served w/roasted vegetable risotto) $20.95.  Call for reservations (352) 347-3100.

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