Established in 1972, Amrit Palace specializes in Indian and Pakistani delicacies. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, this spacious dining venue features a warm, inviting environment perfect for savoring an array of aromatic dishes. Highlights of the menu include tandoori shrimp, bhindi or okra cooked with tomatoes, onion, ginger, and spices, and lamb vindaloo curry. Specialty drinks and desserts, including homemade Indian cheese in a rich cream sauce, are also available.
Amrit Palace, 3515 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL, USA, +1 352 873 8500
Ayuttaya brings a taste of Thailand to Ocala. Within a lovely, peaceful interior space, guests can feast upon a wide range of dishes from noodles to curries to house specialties and more. Notable dishes include Two Friends Panang, which combines chicken and prawns with fresh asparagus and other steamed vegetables in Panang curry sauce and ground peanuts, and Tornado Shrimp – with jumbo shrimp on a bed of mixed vegetables and lightly fried eggplant topped with green curry. Chef’s choices are also available, including the eponymous Ayuttaya duck that is slow roasted and then deep-fried and served with your choice of sauce. Try these delectable dishes Monday through Saturday.
Ayuttaya, 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL, USA, +1 352 237 3433
Open every day from 11am, Brooklyn’s Backyard is a befitting name for this eclectic haunt, as the interior looks as though it could be someone’s back garden. The rustic, outdoor-style space features wood from a century-old barn, greenery, and pops of color creating a lively yet laid-back atmosphere – great for sampling an array of meals from different global cuisines. Must-try options include the St. Croix burger, which is topped with cream cheese, fried banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion, and secret sauce. The Central Park pizza topped with olive oil, garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, and pesto is also not to be missed.
A recipient of multiple awards, The Mojo Grill and Catering Co. entices customers not only with its appetizing cuisine but also its friendly staff. Founded in 2009, this family-friendly establishment offers an eclectic menu with Cuban, Southern, and other delights from around the world. Within a vibrant environment, complete with colorful decor, guests have a variety of dishes from which to choose, including starters, soups and salads, wings, burgers, and much more. Highlights include the beef empanadas with Cuban-style beef, served with black beans, rice, and sweet plantains, and the black bean burger topped with bell peppers and pepper jack cheese. Try these recipes and more any day of the week.
The Mojo Grill & Catering Co., 2015 SW 17th St., Ocala, FL, USA, +1 352 369 6656