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.
Every day at Bruster's Ice Cream, passionate ice-cream professionals craft fresh frozen treats while drawing from an arsenal of more than 150 recipes. At any given time, up to 24 different ice-cream flavors situate themselves on the shop’s menu, providing creamy canvases for a mélange of toppings including M&M’s, Oreos, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, fudge, and gummy worms. A lineup of yogurt, sorbet, and fat-free selections provide lighter yet equally satisfying alternatives to traditional cones, and chilled beverages such as shakes, freezes, and fresh-fruit smoothies challenge slurpers to sip until lips become permanently frozen in the shape of an ear-to-ear grin. Bruster's also makes ice-cream pies, 8-inch cakes, and sheet cakes. To balance out the super-sweet selection, the Orlando location on Alafaya Trail also serve Nathan’s Famous’s celebrity hot dogs and krinkle fries. In addition to dishing out treats from behind the counter, Bruster’s totes its refreshing repertoire to various events, where the company typically donates a portion of its sales to the event’s cause. For fundraising information, please contact the Bruster's during business hours.
YoBelle Frozen Yogurt spins up its menu of more than 34 frozen flavors from real vanilla beans, chocolate, and fruit purée, producing soft swirls of low-fat, nonfat, and no-sugar-added treats. Tastes such as cheesecake, lemon ice-box pie, and california tart twirl into cups, with all concoctions certified kosher and sorbets at the ready for dairy-free needs. More than 50 varieties of toppings await spooned ascension to glory, including fresh fruit, nuts, and candy pieces. All servings are priced by weight, allowing visitors to choose their preferred portion free from the tyranny of size labels such as "small," "large," and "extra-large thimble."
Although it's more than 1,000 miles from The Big Apple, Venus Pizzeria takes pride is serving New York?style pizza, whose slices are easily visible in a display case. The pizzas join Italian fare such as calzones and strombolis, and as well as sub sandwiches and wings.
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.
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.