Restaurant Reviews

Good food: Ringing in the New Year

new years

For most of us, the traditional way to welcome in the New Year is a toast of Champagne and a kiss for a loved one.

But for millions of revelers around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to eat symbolic treats in the hopes of bringing luck, good health and prosperity in future times. The foods vary from culture to culture but all are said to bring good fortune and help let go of the old year.

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

Eli’s cafe is located on US19 in the Rural King plaza. There is a counter in the front and you have to walk down a short hall to get to the dining room. There is a medium sized dining room and they can accommodate decent sized parties.

I don’t think I’ve ever been at a restaurant where the owner was so interactive with customers. It’s like walking into Eli’s living room. Eli greets his customers with a hug or introduces himself with a handshake. Eli and the staff joke with the customers and they tell awesome stories.

Greenhouse Bistro

We believe that good health and well-being depend on eating real food. When you dine at the Bistro, you can rest assured that you’re eating “clean” with no toxic ingredients like corn syrup, trans-fats, additives, antibiotics, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and chemicals.

Steam 33 — Café Bistro

Anew Mediterranean cafe Steam 33 has opened across from the courthouse in downtown Brooksville. It is located in the Jennings building which has been home to a number of restaurants in the recent past.

Our waiter gave us a business card of the owner, since it was our first time visiting the restaurant. It said owner Rodrigo Villa-Lobos. We asked where Rodrigo was and he stopped by our table to talk. It is nice to visit small businesses where the proprietor is on premises and can correct any issues.

Dining Out: Nouvelle Cuisine

Belgian – French Fine Dining

Lamb entree, Nouvelle Cuisine in Spring Hill

Way back in 1999, a couple came to Spring Hill and opened a restaurant. That restaurant is called Nouvelle Cuisine.

Housed in a quiet, unassuming stretch of shops set off Spring Hill Drive, its unassuming exterior belies what delights are inside.

Owners, Chef Jan Kinds and his wife, Isabelle Roos, hail from Bruges in Belgium. Kinds learned his craft growing up in the family restaurant in his native Belgian town of Bruges and specializes in delicious Belgian and French cooking like Coquille St. Jacques, Dover Sole and Steak topped with traditional Belgian sauces.

Good Food: Richie B's Brick Oven Pizza

Richie B’s Brick Oven Pizza is located on Mariner Boulevard just north of Northcliffe Boulevard in a small strip mall next to Suncoast Credit Union. It lists pizza and other menu items on the front window with large letters.

The owner is Richie B and he is an experienced restaurateur who didn’t find retirement all that much fun. Richie would rather be cooking up a pie and taking care of customers at his pizza place in Spring Hill.

Deli World a traditional deli in Brooksville

Located just west of downtown Brooksville there is what you could call a little hole-in-the-wall deli that is worth checking out. Some of my favorite haunts are the modest hometown eateries that serve up a good meal without the attitude of pricier more upscale establishments. As the name implies, Deli World serves deli fare including soups, sandwiches, and salads at very reasonable prices.

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