Riding Star Ranch, a nonprofit organization, aims to heal people and horses with the physical and emotional benefits afforded by trail rides and riding lessons. The ranch’s team takes in unwanted, neglected, or abused animals and rehabilitates them, transforming them into confident, happy horses that students can ride.
During lessons, riders earn ribbons through the American Association of Riding Schools program, collecting them for learning how to properly groom and ride in disciplines such as hunter/jumper, English pleasure, and Western pleasure. And although taking a trail ride to the Carlton Reserve and the Myakka River will not win riders any ribbons, they are welcome to pin themselves with their own awards and medals before climbing aboard trusty steeds.
Beef 'O' Brady’s caters to families and sports fans alike with fresh-grilled eats and draft beers served in a casual dining space featuring wood-paneled walls adorned with sports memorabilia and comfy booth seating. The menu warms stomachs small and large with a collection of Black Angus burgers, 15-inch pizzas baked on a stone hearth, and signature wings served baked or grilled in a variety of two dry rubs and 12 sauces. Twenty-one high-definition TVs continually broadcast live sporting events such as NFL Sunday ticket games indoors while diners can opt to enjoy a meal on the outdoor dining patio. The restaurant also features a private back room for large groups and special events.
The Garden on Park provides the Apopka community with breakfast and lunch crafted from local produce and ingredients whenever possible. Let eyes tickle the menu until it finally reveals its delicious secrets of designer oatmeal—mixed with your choice of raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts, or brown sugar ($2.99)—and Lindsey's power pita, a protein one-two punch of creamy peanut butter and tangy honey, with granola, fresh strawberries, and bananas sprinkled in ($5.25). A full array of coffee, lattes, and tea ($1.80–$3.75) and espresso ($1.50–$1.80) provoke roosters into an operatic fantasia of lost love, thirst for vengeance, and fear of heights. Lunch options include a host of salads, including the summer salad—a mix of tender spring greens, crunch almonds, tart mandarin oranges, sweet raspberry walnut vinaigrette, and desperate late-winter delusions. All salads are $2–$5 and can be made into wraps upon request. Prevent flatbreads from lying fallow with a variety of crops, from classic toppings of olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and tomato ($4.75), to the zesty breaded buffalo chicken with secret-recipe buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and green onions ($5.99).
With a splash of oil, the teppanyaki grill erupts into an orange blaze. Not far off, chefs slice and roll fresh seafood at the sushi bar. Each of Bayridge Sushi's three locations immerses guests in the Japanese dining experience, complemented by stylish, modern interiors with touches such as lantern-like lighting, flat-screen televisions, and chopsticks hand-carved by master carpenters. In addition to its array of sushi and Japanese dishes, the menu also offers Japanese beers Sapporo and Asahi.