Everyone Enjoys The View 4141 at Lake Ashton
BY MARIALICE QUINN
From casual family to formal events, The View 4141, located in the beautiful Clubhouse of Lake Ashton, serves a diversity of guests with great food, professional service and a friendly atmosphere. Best of all, The View 4141 is open to the public for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re not ritzy,” said sole proprietor Linda Brann-Heier. “We’re down to earth. We’re family oriented. But we’re also very diverse. We go from one extreme to the other in accommodating our guests.”
“We can do an elegant dinner in Lake Ashton’s beautiful Grand Ballroom or hamburger and hot dog sliders on the patio. We’ve catered the Governor’s Award Luncheon and events for LEGOLAND, Winter Haven Hospital, the Lake Wales Medical Center and, of course, weddings. But we love taking care of our day-to-day guests just as much.”
Linda grew up working in her family’s restaurant and previously worked for Del Webb in Phoenix and Friendly’s in Ohio. She managed Bob Evans in Lake Wales for seven years prior to taking advantage of the opportunity to do things her way at The View 4141.
“Everything is homemade,” explained Linda. “I don’t use any prepackaged products. We do a fresh prime rib daily. We do fantastic baby back ribs, grilled on the outside grill when we have entertainment.”
Linda keeps the menu simple with a focus on good food at affordable prices. Entrees from steak and prime rib to shrimp, fish (grouper, tilapia, plank salmon), chicken and pasta are made to order with fresh ingredients. “If someone asks for something that’s not on the menu, as long as I have the fresh ingredients, they are going to get it,” explaine
All-day specials are just $10 offering Liver & Onions (with bacon, if you like) on Mondays, Roast Beef on Tuesdays, Pork on Wednesdays, Chicken on Thursdays and Fridays Linda serves up fried Haddock and home-fried chips for a special treat.
Salad lovers can’t go wrong with choices such as Taco, Oriental, Grilled Shrimp, Chicken Caesar, Chef, Cranberry Bleu, or make a few trips to the salad bar to create your own.
What’s better than a good, old-fashioned burger, and Linda makes the “Best Burger Ever!” The Reuben Grill is a favorite with guests, but the Monte Cristo (not on the menu, but just ask for one) has been known to draw diners from the sky. Certain pilots land their seaplanes in Lake Ashton and coast up to the garden area to enjoy this tasty southern specialty (the sweet flavors of French toast with ham, turkey and cheese, dipped in an egg-milk mixture, fried to a golden brown and served with raspberry jam).
Sweets rotate and include chocolate raspberry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, lemon cake and orange cake.
Sunday Brunch includes omelets to order, a prime rib carving station, a second entree and vegetables. You can afford to bring the whole family with prices like these: $14 for adults, $7 for ages 5-10 and free for children under 5.
Gary Quinn plays piano in the restaurant-lounge Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday during brunch. Check out the website for a schedule of entertainment on the patio, featuring local talent.
“I like doing things that make people happy – that make them feel good about being here. They are guests to me, not customers. When they’re comfortable, get good food and good service, they’re happy and so am I.”
Just 15-20 minutes from Bartow, 10 minutes from Lake Wales and Winter Haven, The View 4141 is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Breakfast service begins at 8:30, and Sunday Brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy Hour offers two-for-one drinks from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 863-324-5810 or visit www.theview4141.com.