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Places to dine may be the best part of a vacation, we will search our and report back on some of the cool, funky, fascinating and downright good places to stop for a meal.

We had a great opportunity to visit Venice, Florida recently, and while we were there we had five must-dine experiences. Since this was our initial foray into the area, these were are first experiences. We didn't have a bad one in the lot. The Breakfast Cottage Although our trip was to Venice, we found the...
As we have traveled through Florida we have come up on some wonderful historic downtown areas. We've visited Melbourne, Punta Gorda and Bartow to name a few. Located just off the Tamiami Trail south of Venice, the shopping area along Dearborn Street in Englewood is every bit as enchanting. Also known as "Historic Olde...
So, we are always looking for new and innovative places to eat. The Pantry in Auburndale is new, innovative and already may well be one of the best restaurants in Polk County. We first heard about this place on the Polk County Restaurants & Reviews Facebook page. Fortunately, we already were headed in that general...
We had read about Bob's Train. It is a restaurant in a railway car, tucked away in a Sarasota industrial park. I must admit, it was no small feat to find the place. We had been cautioned some GPS might not be able to find it - ours was one of them. Those...
Although "The Best Breakfast" has been an elusive title, we have managed to come up with a list of our five best breakfasts in Florida - so far. By no means is this all of them - and we travel continually, so we are always discovering new and interesting places. That being said, we have...
   Matlacha, is a tiny hamlet just south of Fort Myers, Located on Pine Island, it is best known as a great fishing location. The the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor all meet in and around the tiny sound.    This pass is dotted with islands and bordered by bayous, bays and coves....
When in search of a sweet place to shop and dine in Florida, Historic Cocoa Village is as good as any we have visited. To date, our stops have included historic downtown areas in the Sunshine State such as Melbourne, Bartow and Englewood. Each is wonderful in its own special way. Located along...
We discovered Martin's Country Market as we were cruising on State Road 17 down to Arcadia. My wife was doing an internet search for a lunch location and found their listing. "Hey, this place looks interesting," she said. And with that we were off. We entered of the address into our GPS system and headed there....
Most Polk County residents know Bartow as the county seat. Some travelers may think that Bartow is the section of town where Florida Highway 60 and US 98 come together. However, just off that main thoroughfare is a quaint little section of town that is rife with interesting little shops and delicious eateries. It Started with...
So we heard about ice cream at the Milking R Dairy in Okeechobee. They not only have a varied selection of flavors, they have a wonderful layout. It can be a great experience for young and old alike. Those who follow us know we like the fun and funky. Besides, July is Ice Cream Month, so we...
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