November. 2014

Computer Issues.

I am sorry that it has been quite a time since the last update, however massive computer failure has required a replacement of 2 computers and a realization that I have to rewrite the entire website. It also brought to mind the Blog content for this issue which is going to be Restaurants in Englewood.  We are fortunate in this area in that we have an abundance of family owned restaurants with chain establishments in close by towns such as Venice and Port Charlotte.  I have decided to leave out the sandwich shops, such as Subway, McDonalds, Hungry Howies and the like but included pizza joints and chinese pickups.

The Old becomes New.      Howards.


Howards has been a family favorite in Englewood for many a year operating out of their location south of Beach Blvd. on South McCall Rd. Approximately six months ago they acquired the building formerly housing the Sassy Snapper and started a complete renovation of the building. The net result is a super sharp facility with lots of parking for patrons at 70 N. Indiana Ave, a block north of Dearborn Street. Howard’s still serves its very popular all you can eat crab legs 3 days a week and all you can eat basa 3 days a week. Mondays they are closed.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling :

{941} 473.0171.


Other restaurants, starting at the north end of town.

Norma Jeans.  Sports Bar and Grill. DSC_0007s

Located in Lemon Bay Plaza across from Englewood Isles, Norma Jeans specializes in regular bar food and have different specials every night.

Call 460-8860.

Boca Royale            475-6464          Boca Royale

Boca Royale has opened their dining facilites to the
general public.
Lunch   Mon – Sun.  11 am – 3 pm
Dinner   Wed. – Fri.  5 – 8:30
Sun Brunch   10 –  2    in season only.
1601 Englewood Road.

 Snooks  (Formerly Zekes)DSC_0001s

Hard to find, no signs, Snooks is located in the Royal Palm Marina at the end of Wentworth Street. When Zekes moved to Dearborn St. many assumed that the place closed. Far from it, a great place for casual dining and enjoying an excellent view of Lemon Bay.

Compadres.       475-4010                                                             Compadres small

Compadres offers authentic Mexican food.

Javier & Wendy Nunez invite you to a unique

dining experience in downtown Englewood.

398 West Dearborn Street.

Ole Time Cafe                     474-4141Olde Time Cafe.small

Breakfast and lunch dining under the great oak tree on Dearborn Street.

Home made bread baked daily along with a breakfast and lunch menu worth experiencing.

Vino Loco                         473-8466             Vino Loco small


Vino Loco offers tapa dishes made from the freshest ingredients available including organic produce, cheese, meats, oils and spices.

420 W. Dearborn Street.

Bobarino’s Pizzeria             473-0000              Barbarino small

Family owned and operated, Bobarino’s serves the freshest ingredients in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Hand tossed pizza baked in a brick oven – authentic New York style.


Englewoods on Dearborn    475-7501     Englewoods small

Choose your atmosphere ……. Patio dining on Dearborn Street ……. air conditioned indoor dining or escape to our tropical courtyard.

861 W. Dearborn St.

Mango Bistro.                       681-3500          mango's small

Mango Bistro combines excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere.  All natural ingredients, 100% fruit smoothies, wine & beer, catering for groups, indoor and outdoor dining plus Wi-Fi internet access.

301 W. Dearborn Street

La Stanza Ristorante           475-1355         LaStanza small   

If you enjoy Italian food, then savor the La Stanza difference.

Every dish is prepared to order individually, ensuring that you are receiving the highest quality of food possible.

285 W. Dearborn Street.

Zeke’s Uptown Bar & Grill.   460-9353  Zekes small

Olde Englewood’s casual, creative eatery…..

where ho-hum, just won’t do.

115 W. Dearborn Street.


China One.                       473-8867       China 1 small

Located in the Olde Village Shopping Center, next to Publix, China 1 provides orders to take out – New York style.

Hours of operation: Mon – Saturday   11 am – 10 pm

45 N. Indiana Ave.   Corner of Dearborn Street.

Vienna (Formerly Food is Love) 473-9939   Vienna small

Located next to China One in the Olde Village Shopping Center Vienna serves Austrian food.

91 N Indiana Ave,   Corner of Dearborn Street.


Maria Restaurant            460-6063      Maria small

Open for breakfast and lunch Maria specializes in authentic Mexican food.

The owners wish to thank their customers for their continued support.

60 S. Indiana Ave.

Stefano’s Family Restaurant    475-0868

Stefano's small

Traditional homemade pizza.  Italian, American and Greek cuisine.

401 S. Indiana Ave.


Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro.    474-9500
Beach Rd. Wine Bar & Bisto small

Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm serving a new healthy
Gourmet menu featuring a variety of wraps (salmon, chicken) sliders (Kobe beef, Andouille sausage) Bison burgers and salads.

1350 Beach Rd.

Flounders.                      460-8280              

Flounders small

At one time this was the establishment of Crabby  George and is like having 3 restaurants in one. Live music afternoons and evenings make this a lively  place.

197 S, Beach Road.

Lock and Key.                      474-1517                   Lock & Key small

A crowd favorite with lunch and supper menus.

Lunch primarily sandwiches, burgers and fried

baskets.  Supper –  Steaks and Seafood.

2045 N Beach Road.   Opposite main beach.

 Gulf View Grill.                    475-3500  Gulf View Grill small

Steaks, Chicken, Seafood, Veal and Pasta.
Come and experience breathtaking sunsets, freshly prepared food in a casual atmosphere.
Reservation are recommended during holidays.

2095 N. Beach Road.


 Ephesus                   681-2343     DSC_0028 s

Authentic Turkish Cuisine.   Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays). Located in the Cornerstone Plaza across from Merchants crossing, serving healthy food for a healthy life.

Dine in or Carry out.

1720 S. McCall Road.

Good Times

Good Times Diner.                    473-1411

Serving breakfast, lunch and supper.   Good food at reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

1500 Placida Road.
(near Publix at Merchants Crossing)

Blue Lagoon.                       475-1030Blue Lagoon s

Fine dining in a delightful atmosphere.

Located on Placida Road, south of the High School.

Angelo’s Pizza.                  474-2477                       Angelo's




2611 Placida Road.

Paraiso Mexican Grille & Bar       460-8081Paraiso

Formerly Parrotfish Grill.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine.  Serving breakfast, lunch and supper 7 days a week.

2639 Placida Road.

New Faull Inn.                 697-8050        New Faull

Open 7 days a week. Different daily specials including barbeque ribs, chicken wings, pot roast, fish & chips and pizza.

2670 Placida Road.

Pings Kitchen Chinese Take Out  698-9973    Pings 1

Open Tuesday through Sunday.


2710 Placida Road.

Ricaltini’s Bistro.           828-1591  Ricaltini's 2

 Open 7 days a week, Ricaltini’s offers an expansive menu and a full service bar. From starters, entrees, salads, pizza, burgers and more, there is something for everyone at reasonable prices.

1997 Kentucky Ave.

Island Taste                  828-1873
   Island Taste
Jamaican Restaurant.

Open Monday through Saturday serving authentic Jamaican food including jerk chicken and pork, oxtails, curried chicken and goat. Other more traditional are available.


Prime Time Steak & Spirits          697.7799   Prime Time

Award winning steaks , prime rib, southwest cuisine and margaritas.
Available for private luncheons and off premises catering.

5855 Placida Road.

Placida Grill.                  828-1437    Placida Grill

Open Tuesday through Saturday serving fresh seafood, steaks and chops, vegetarian options and a made from scratch philosophy.

6800 Placida Road.    By Fiddlers Green.

Leverocks Restaurant.        698-6900.      Johnny Leverocks

Appetizers, Seafood Features, Combinations,
Specialty Entries and Pasta Offerings.
Leverocks can host your occasion and reserve private indoor or outdoor waterfront dining.

7092 Placida Road.

Zydeco Grille.                    828-1472      Zydeco Grill

Cajun. Creole Southern Cookery.
Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Crawfish Boil, Etouffee. Daily Seafood Specials.Life is too short for Dull Food.
Tuesday – Saturday  11 am – close. Sunday 10 – 9

8501 Placida Road.

Villa Capri.                   697-1313                     Villa Capri

Fine Italian Dining using only the best ingredients.  Their menu includes calamari, mussels, clams, lobster ravioli, chicken, veal scaloppini, steak and rack of lamb to name a few. Open from 2pm -10pm daily.

8501 Placida Road.

Waterside Grill,                697-0724       Waterside Grill

Located by the Gasparilla Marina, the Waterside grill is open 7 days a week 6:30 am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specializing in sandwiches, burgers, fish baskets and breakfast items.

located at 15001 Gasparilla Road.

The Cove.                           828-1492.    The Cove

Traditional German, American and Italian food.

Hours of operation 3 pm – Close Tuesday thru Sat.

8300 Wilshire Blvd.


Mc. Call Road south of Placida Road

Beef O’Brady’s                         473-8776            Beef O'Bradys

A family sports bar serving burgers, baskest and bowls, game time pizza, fresh salads and burrito & wraps.

Under 12 younger sports fans menu.

1951 S McCall Road.

Flatbread Pizzeria                  460-8044    


 Flatbread pizza, salads and desserts.

Open 7 days per week.  Sun. – Thurs.  11.30 – 9:00
Fri   &  Sat.      11:30 – 10:00


951 S, McCall Road.

Country Hound Cafe.              474-7767      Country Hound

Open 7 days a week at 6:30 am serving breakfast, lunch and supper – except Sunday breakfast and lunch only. A large selection of dishes including sandwiches, chicken, steaks, seafood and south of the border specials.

In the Palm Plaza.  1951 S. McCall Road.

Great Wall Buffet                   475- 8838 Great Wall Buffet

Open 7 days a week for lunch and supper.

Eat in or take out. Lunch and dinner specials, Chef’s specials.  All you can eat buffets and Buffet to Go boxes.

1951 S. McCall Road. #13.

Farlows on the Water.            474-5343     

Tropical dining with a Caribbean  flair along with
good Southern Style cooking such as Chicken
Picatta, Corn Pudding and Fried Green Tomatoes.

2080 S. McCall Road.

Koos Kitchen.          460-0728     Koos Kitchen

Open 7 days a week. Large choice of Chinese dishes.

Located in Tiffany Square.

2828 S. McCall Road

Papa John’s Pizza.                  473-0100  Papa Johns

Taste the Papa John’s difference.

2828 S. McCall Road.


Nicola’s Italian Kitchen.       474-6195      Nicola's

Full Italian menu including Chicken, Pasta, Veal, Seafood, Panini, Pizza, Stromboli and Calzones.

Eating at Nicola’s is like eating with Family.

4343 S. Access Road just off South McCall Road.

Beyond the Sea.  Restaurant & Supper Club.By The Sea

Open for breakfast, lunch at supper.  Fresh seafood, Award winning steaks.
Early bird specials 3:30 – 5:30.

3555 S. Access Road.

Bay Pointe Grill.         460-0500     Bay Pointe Grill

Family restaurant. 7 days a week.

Open Tuesday – Saturday  7 am – 8 pm.
Sunday & Monday   7 am – 2 pm.

3502 N. Access Road.

Spinnaker Cafe.               475-2238    Spinnaker Cafe

Eat In or Take Out.  Open 7 days a week.

Hours 6 am – 8 pm.

3542 N. Access Road.
Joe’s  Pizza                        698-1717      Ray's Pizza

New York Style Pizza, Dinners, Heros, Appetizers & Salads.

Open daily at 11:00 am.

13435 S. McCall Road.  Gulf Cove Plaza.

China Wok.                     697-8886       China Wok

Food to Take-Out.All dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients.
Open 7 days a week.  Mon.- Thurs.  11 am – 10 pm.
Fri. – Sat.      11 am – 11 pm.
Sunday       12:00 – 10 pm.
13435 S. McCall Road.






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