The 3/50 Project

In this tough economy we must do our part to help our communities grow and prosper.  We recently discovered the 3/50 Project we thought we’d share with you.  Here’s how it works:

Most of us like to shop or eat out a couple of times during a month.  What if we were to dine or shop only in stores independently owned in our city or town?  It would make a huge difference if we all took part.  Let’s consider giving this a try.  Debi and I have already done this quite a bit, and purpose to tell the restaurant owners why we chose to dine in their restaurant over the more popular chains.  The smile on their face reveals the need as well as the appreciation for such loyalty.

And who knows?  You may just find some new friends who happen to own businesses.

Here is a short list of restaurants independently owned whom we have found to have great food:

Fish and Chips – offering the best in town! Their fish is always fresh, hot and crispy.

Thai Basil – Great Thai food with a charming atmosphere.

Emiliano’z Mexican Restaurant – The interior is warm and inviting, but on a nice afternoon or evening – the back porch is the place to be seated overlooking the calming waters of Pearl Lake.  Try their burritos – you’ll definitely want to split one, unless you’re very hungry!

Dexter’s of Winter Park – One of our all time favorites!  Everything here is good, in our humble opinion!

Roma Ristorante – located in Apopka, it has been family owned and operated since 1964.  This fact alone speaks for it’s quality. Their Spaghetti Bruzzi is our favorite!

Keller’s Bar-B-Q – With 3 locations, there’s sure to be one near you.

Pisces Rising – located near the shore of Lake Dora in the quaint town of Mt. Dora.  A bit pricey – you can share a meal to cut costs.  The sunsets are worth the visit.

White Wolf Cafe – located in Ivanhoe Village – it is a quaint restaurant filled with all kinds of antiques and memorabilia.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite, independently owned restaurant you frequent?  Share it with us and tell us what you love about it!  This is the best way to stimulate our local economy – one date at a time!

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