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Food Truck Fridays coming to Forest Community Center

Local food trucks will be heading to Forest Community Center in Ocklawaha for a 'Food Truck Friday' event next month.

Grease fire extinguished at Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

A small grease fire ignited in the back of Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar on Wednesday morning, and the sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading.

MCSO deputies asking for public’s help identifying pressure washer thief

MCSO deputies are turning to the public to help identify a man who stole a pressure washer from El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant (8449 SW State Road 200 in Ocala) on Thanksgiving day.

Graffiti Seafood reopens shuttered Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala

Graffiti Seafood has reopened the doors on a former Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala that was shuttered earlier this year.

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and over 150 live roaches.

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila celebrates grand opening in downtown Ocala

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila celebrated the grand opening of its new downtown Ocala restaurant this past week. The restaurant offers dining, carryout, catering, and private rooms perfect for parties.

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila opening downtown Ocala restaurant next month

Cantina Tex Mex & Tequila will officially open its new downtown Ocala restaurant on December 2. The restaurant recently hosted guests to showcase its newly renovated digs and menu, which will feature a bevy of Tex-Mex favorites including Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos.

City reestablishes ordinance allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas at Ocala restaurants, cafes

Ocala has reestablished an ordinance that allows customers to bring their dogs into designated outdoor dining areas at local restaurants and cafes.

Ocala Subway restaurant temporarily closed after failed health inspection

An Ocala Subway was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and nine rodent droppings.

New restaurant looking to take over former Dee Dee’s Diner

Two Ocala Historic District residents are looking to open a new restaurant, The Lion and Bull, at the former location of Dee Dee’s Diner in downtown Ocala.

Mojo Grill vandalized, owner looking for public’s help to identify individual responsible

Local business owner Rondo Fernandez, who operates multiple Mojo Grills across the area, is asking the public for help in identifying an individual who vandalized his Leesburg location with paint.

New food truck Ziggy’s bringing Taste of Detroit to Ocala

Locally based food truck Ziggy’s A Taste of Detroit will be among the 90 vendors and food trucks at tomorrow’s Grinch Fest. They will be serving authentic Detroit food during the event at Tuscawilla Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National chains offering free Veterans’ Day meals in Ocala, Marion County

Texas Roadhouse, McDonald's, Hooters, and Chili's, are among dozens of restaurants in Ocala and Marion County that will offer free meals to active-duty military personnel and veterans this Veterans' Day. Check the partial list and share your specials with us.

Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center was temporarily closed for a day last week after a health inspector found 13 code violations, including the presence of rodent activity.

The Charcuterie Mama serving assortment of meats, cheeses to Ocala area

The Charcuterie Mama officially opened its online shop for Ocala, Belleview, and the Villages residents last month. They offer an assortment of charcuterie meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, olives, nuts, artisan crackers, and honey.

S & M Pizza serving 16″ pizzas for $5.99 at new west Ocala location

S & M Pizza has opened a new location in west Ocala, selling 16" cheese and pepperoni pizzas for only $5.99. Have you tried the new pizza restaurant?

Homemade gelato, baked goods at La Dolce Vita Gelato & Pastry

La Dolce Vita Gelato & Pastry has been serving up gelato, pastries, bagels, and European-style coffees at its southwest Ocala location for over a year. Have you tried them yet?

Charlie Horse hosting Toys for Tots Drive

Charlie Horse will host its annual Toys for Tots Drive on Sunday. The event will include drinks, music, and prizes, as well as raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and a cornhole tournament that begins at 1 p.m.

Rice & Noodles Thai Cuisine opens new restaurant in southwest Ocala

Rice & Noodles Thai Cuisine recently celebrated the grand opening of its new southwest Ocala restaurant in the Blue Oaks Plaza. As its name suggests, the business boasts an array of authentic Thai dishes, like curries, tiger cry steak, and pad see-ew, that can be tried alongside Pad Thai, basil rice, or fried rice.

Ocala Downtown Diner owner looking to open new, southern cuisine restaurant ‘The Doozy’

Despite setbacks from COVID-19 that have delayed the opening nearly two years, Nina Schweers, owner of Ocala Downtown Diner and Ocala Produce and Deli, says she will open her third restaurant, The Doozy, in February 2022.

Outdoor dining in Ocala

Although the weather in the Sunshine State generally permits outdoor dining year-round,  we thought we'd highlight the many restaurants in downtown Ocala and other parts of the city that offer outdoor dining experiences. What is your favorite restaurant in Ocala for outdoor dining?

Ocala hotel hosting food truck event this Friday

An Ocala hotel is hosting a food truck event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, October 29. The event will feature three locally-operated food trucks.

Cantina Tex-Mex finishes construction at new downtown Ocala location

The Cantina Tex-Mex and Tequila restaurant has completed renovations on its new downtown Ocala location. The new restaurant recently released its menu, which will feature Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos, among other dishes.

Elevation 89 celebrates grand opening, serving breakfast, lunch, and gourmet dinner

Elevation 89 features a wide variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including wings, sandwiches, and gourmet dishes like Osso Bucco and braised short ribs.