Quick Bites: What’s In A Name?

We’ve all heard funny or unusual restaurant names and The World’s Worst Deli is no exception. It’s located in the Tavares Station, a nine-acre development in the downtown area of Lake Dora’s waterfront.


The name comes from Gino Pala, who owned his own restaurant in Delaware for 65 years. Obviously, the food was so good that he took the liberty of adding some witty sarcasm to his definitions by describing some of the entrées as “the world’s worst” this and “the world’s worst” that. His daughter, Debbie Joyce, still uses the family recipes in the deli with husband Rick Joyce and other co-owners, Rodger Kooser and Stan Budinski.


Everything is made to order and the soups are put together from scratch. Sandwiches include the usual deli types as well as Cubans, wraps, and paninis, which can be enjoyed inside or outside for a lake view.


Business partners Kooser and Budinski have an investment in future development of the area. They opened the deli in October to get their business, as well as others, going. The waterfront property they bought used to be a citrus packing plant and plans are in the making to develop shops, more restau-rants, and bars. For a faxed menu and hours, call (352) 343-0745.


The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based specialty grocer, has opened a new location in The Vil-lages. The store, in the Buffalo Ridge Plaza Shopping Center, marked its grand opening in November. It is the 22nd Fresh Market to open in Florida and has 86 stores in 18 states.


A free-standing, colonial-style building houses the 24,000-square-foot store. It features conventional and organic produce, meats of all types, and seafood.


The Fresh Market also offers prepared foods such as salads, salmon dishes, and kabobs. Beer and wine and homemade soups and breads are also offered. Items in bulk include candies (sugar-free and gourmet chocolates), nuts, granola, and dried fruit. Shoppers also can pick up conventional and organic frozen foods, cheeses, fresh desserts, gourmet items, organic chocolates, and specialty sauces. Conventional and organic dairy products, ready-made sandwiches, a large selection of deli olives, and organic frozen pizzas are also available.


The Fresh Market lives up to its name in the fact that many samples are available and if they’re not, you can request them. Want to know if the oranges are sweet enough? Have a sample. Are the olives pickeled enough? Try one. You can even sample the ribs.


There are 200 types of cheese, sliced in the store. All pies are cooked here, along with rolls, sour-dough breads, loaf breads, and cornbreads, too. There’s even a floral and gift section.


If you don’t have a Fresh Market in your area, you can shop online at www.thefreshmarket.com or call The Villages location for hours and more at 352-391-9620.


Nibbles: Café Attuare, a Mediterranean-style restaurant in the heart of downtown Mount Dora, has unveiled its new menu.


“The new menu,” shares Chef Derrick Haggerty, “brings together a fusion of flavors, ingredients, and techniques from the shores of Portugal to the Aegean Sea.”


It showcases modern culinary arts in the form of Parmesan-crusted half duckling, braised lamb rack, and fried giant shrimp scampi with lobster-stuffed ravioli. Also new is an antipasto artisan-imported cheese platter with an assortment of fruits and crackers. Lunch includes a variety of new burgers, paninis, pizza, and flat breads, baked in an old-fashioned brick oven. There are just too many new items to include here!


Roseann founded Restaurant Guide USA and still
enjoys writing about new and upcoming eateries.
E-mail roseann@lakeandsumterstyle.com if you see
or know of any new restaurants coming to your area.

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