Does the Local Restaurant Selection Bite?

I've heard enough grumblings to know there are Land O' Lakes residents out there hungry for more when it comes to dining choices. Are you satisfied?

When you want to go out for a good meal— sit down, relax, enjoy the company of friends and loved ones—where do you go locally?

"We rarely if ever eat in Land O' Lakes," resident John Dolac said.  "We live pretty close to Wesley Chapel and frankly there are more and better choices there."

Do we need more choices in Land O' Lakes?

What types of restaurants would you like to see open in the area?

More chains? More home-grown local eateries?

(Who's hungry now?)

Let's talk. Tell me what you think in the comments.


Robert Martin May 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Ok, just a side note to Ms. Lisa. We have been to all the local Beefs, and as in most every restaurant chain, some have better cooks and staff then the others. Not sure why, but if you go to the Beef's at Land O Lakes on 54 (next to the old Sweetbay) then go to the new one out on 54 west heading towards 589, you will see a marked difference in both. Not going to debate which was better, but let's just say that there is a big difference between the menu food preparation and service. I say keep trying your best to please the customers. In this economy, and the rate the restaurants are closing these days, it seems that those shops that work hard at their craft, succeed where the other fall short and are never heard from again. Just a bit of advice from someone who eats out 7 days a week. Specialize in customer care and proper food service and presentation. People will flock to you in droves when you are constantly doing it right. ;>)
Robert Martin May 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Sure Keli. I'd love to do a blog for the food spots that are noteworthy. How do we proceed? Write to me direct if you'd like. installsupport@gmail.com .
Sherri Lonon May 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Robert, I'm so glad to hear you're interested in blogging. Sounds like you have a lot to say! Keli is on the road this week, but I'm sure she'll be in touch as soon as she gets back. (Can't wait to hear your recommendations!)
Robert Martin May 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thanks Sherri! Dennis, I totally agree with you on this. The Breakfast Nook on 41 isn't bad for sandwiches etc, but closes at 2:30 pm. Nancy's too, but same problem. So Within 20 miles of LOL (I know they siesta in Mexico, but 2:30 closing time for a restaurant is silly!): 1. Forget about Family Inn. Yuck on so many levels. Just eww. 2. And then you have IHOP. Cook issues. The staff is OK, but not a great spot like it was in the past. (Remember "pigs in a blanket" No longer on the menu!) 3. Waffle House. Only thing I'd say here is we need one on 54. Don't care where as long as it's within the LOL city limits. 4.Wolf's Den on 54. Eh...Could be allot better. 5.Cracker Barrel (see Waffle House idea) 6.GRILL next to Big Lots @ 41 & 54. Ivan, please come back and cook! :>( 7.Big Apple Bagels on 54 east. Not too bad an effort, it's geared to a more yuppy crowd then I like in a morning bagel joint, but the wife digs the Blueberry muffins and the everything bagels n shmear, so it's suggested, but also closes early. 8. And lastly, if you want to pick it up n run (up till 5:00) try Larry's Sandwich shop on 41 in LOL. Probably the only place you can get an egg salad sandwich on whitebread anywhere in Land O lakes. (We need a decent deli / Chinese / & Country style Buffet too, but that's for another blogging.) If I missed any, it's likely because I can't find them, or they simply sucked alot and I won't waste my time on it. Anyone have more to add????
Dave R. May 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Just got a pizza from Paulie's (on 41, same plaza as Walton's Ice Cream. Very good thin crust pizza, healthy amount of toppings. Our new go to place for pizza


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