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.
At On Q Smokehouse Grill, diners could build an actual food pyramid representing all five food groups with menu items such as the fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sandwich, walnut chicken salad, and mac and cheese. Combo dinners plate two or three meats next to a pair of sides, such as coleslaw and sweet potato fries, while the smoked mullet dinner refuels brain tanks with healthy omega-3s that power the lightbulb above your head. The drink list quenches thirst and loosens ties with premium and domestic beers on draft and by the bottle, as well as wine by the glass.
Diners at the Back 9 Café eat in full view of a driving range and its lake. Surrounded by country-club atmosphere, they sip and dine under the glow of four 55-inch high-definition TVs screening football, professional miming, and other live sports. Backed by rustic cabinets, bartenders pour draft beers late into the night at a hardwood bar. The Café's 4,000 sq. foot restaurant and banquet rooms provide ample space for parties, weddings, and private events. Meanwhile, chefs fill the indoor dining space with the aromas of chicken wings basted in four types of sauce, Black Angus steaks, pastas, and eclectic pizzas. They also fashion a handful of their recipes to reflect different regions, wrapping hot dogs in Cuban- and Chicago-style toppings and piling burgers with New York and Southwestern flavors. Dining-room sounds mingle with music from live bands and karaoke and waft outside to the patio, where a tiki bar stands beside a resort pool, welcoming visitors to drink under the stars or cool their palates after fire-breathing competitions.