Though diners at Manolo's Italian Restaurante & Pizzeria must wait before digging into their entrees, as each one is made to order, they can pass the time nibbling on an antipasti. After putting away a plate of the eatery's grilled bruschetta appetizer, diners rejoice at the appearance of steamy entrees crafted under the watchful eye of Manolo's chef and owner and an always-watching Santa Claus. The chef's signature sauce may only grace a chosen few of the restaurant's 13 entrees, but mixed greens and oven-warmed bread escort every one of them to the table. After dinner, the wait staff fills cups with one of four aged ports or Café Manolo, rum- and Kahlúa-spiked coffee capped with whipped cream. Manolo's Italian Restaurante & Pizzeria also caters to wedding receptions and other special events in a banquet room with seating for up to 100 guests.
Maine-Ly New England—in business in the community for 26 years—acquaints palates with the flavors of Eastern-seaboard-style seafood in a relaxed dining room and pet-friendly outdoor patio. Voted best seafood restaurant in the Pasco Tribune's Best of East & Central Pasco 2012 reader's poll, Maine-Ly New England serves fresh catches of the day, lunches and dinners of beer-battered haddock, oysters, and maryland lump crab cakes. Crisp greens bolster grilled salmon salads and noodles encircle shrimp, mussels, and clams beneath an onslaught of sauces. The menu also makes peace with landlocked entrees by slinging sirloin burgers, chicken tenders, and transcripts of territorial-waters litigations.
BubbaQue's emulates the renowned culture of southern hospitality with a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere and a menu of hearty, southern-style barbecue. It's chefs slow-smoke premium cuts of pork, beef, and poultry to creating mouthwatering sandwiches and barbeque specialties— including the barbecue wings that won them the champion title at Lakeland's King of the Wing competition. The chefs utilize their barbecuing expertise to create seven different types of sauces, with flavors ranging from spicy to smoky to sweet.
Out in the dining room, baskets of barbecue and bottles of beer speckle wooden picnic tables. The restaurant decor is lively—with colorful knickknacks, playful signs, and zero marble busts of a glowering Andrew Jackson.
Owner Linda Carr funnels years of food-industry experience and a deep passion for her community into Bagelicious & More, a friendly breakfast and lunch site that slings always-fresh bagels, midday snacks, and low-cal WiFi. Bagels run the flavor gamut from savory asiago to delicately sweet blueberry, and larger, egg-laden breakfasts lend a helping hand to CEOs who accidentally napped through the first two fiscal quarters. Lunch breakers can feast on hearty sandwiches and wraps or leafy salads, and a never-ending supply of Seattle’s Best coffee helps aspiring auctioneers ramp up to top price-shouting speed.
Considering Juan and Alvaro Gorrin studied medicine and business, and went on to forge careers in real estate and banking, it's probably surprising to many that they found their ultimate success in a totally unrelated field: baking. The Gorrins, who were born in Spain but moved to Venezuela in their youth, found there was a demand for European-inspired baked goods in South America. They developed the Don Pan brand in Venezuela in 1982, and eventually relocated to Miami, where they opened their first North American bakery in 1995.
Today, their menu maintains distinctly Spanish and South American accents. A bounty of pastries includes guava danish and tres leches, as well as brazo gitano, a sponge cake rolled with chocolate or cream that's popular in both Spain and Venezuela, as well as the section of Canada that uses cake as currency. There are also plenty of savory menu items, including cachapas—corn pancakes served with meat or cheese—and Venezuelan-style tamales bursting with pork, beef, chicken, and veggies.