Food & Drink in Homosassa Springs

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Peppermint Patties introduces New England classics to Florida palates. In the morning, spatulas flip up flapjacks or omelets bulging with the customer's choice of cheese, meat, and vegetables. Bowls teem with clam chowder during lunch and dinner hours, and authentic New England–style rolls embrace fresh Maine lobster, clams, or scallops. A kids’ menu of grilled cheese and chicken fingers is available for finicky youngsters or lobsters disguised in child-size overalls.

48 Highway 19 S
Inglis,
FL
US

From a wall made of weather-beaten wood, a steer head keeps watch over the day-the-day operations inside Rustic Ranch. Make no mistake about it: the operations here are taken one day at a time. Every day, the restaurant brings in fresh-caught grouper, and every day, its chefs hand-cut steaks, roast turkeys, and cook prime rib. All that hard work pays off in the form of a menu stuffed with home-cooked Southern classics–including French toast stuffed with fresh fruit, and handcrafted burgers stuffed with cheese. Homemade sides complete visits, such as sweet potato fries with fresh apple butter.

104 S US Highway 41
Inverness,
FL
US

The chefs at Heidi’s Italian Restaurant dish up heaping portions of pasta dinners for fun family meals. From dinners of spaghetti and meatballs with salad and garlic bread to kid-friendly grilled cheese, they’ve got all diners covered. Desserts of housemade cheesecake or spumoni ice cream end meals on sweeter notes than just handing the bill over to dad.

901 Highway 41 N
Inverness,
FL
US

At Simply Seafood, customers stock up on the freshest catches. Walk into the market, and fish and shellfish abound that is delivered daily, including mussels straight from Prince Edward Island, clams and oysters from Cedar Key, and salmon caught in the wild, rather than plucked from an undersea zoo. For those who want to eat this fresh seafood as soon as possible, Johnson & Wales–graduate Chef Frank tucks it into sandwiches, pan-fries or blackens it, or tosses it in pastas for Simply Seafood's bustling takeout business.

12149 S Williams St
Dunnellon,
FL
US

The Crystal River Ale House offers casual waterfront dining at its best. Fresh seafood, pasta, burgers, chicken or steak round out our scrumptious menu.

The Crystal River Ale House has inside and outside dining offering a panoramic view of Kings Bay and the surrounding islands.

1610 SE Paradise Cir
Crystal River,
FL
US

Penn Station's interior, rife with dark hardwood paneling, could have been carved from the trunk of an enormous redwood. Within that space and beneath the glow of old-fashioned street lamps, taste buds globetrot by way of American-style burgers, Italian shrimp scampi, and a full Cuban menu outlining such delights as seafood paella and lime-infused chicken. While two-handing a specialty sandwich named for North Carolina's regal mountains, guests can peruse Penn Station's many antique décor pieces such as a wall-mounted carriage wheel, ceramic boots, and the original wooden flippers from Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic.

20583 W Pennsylvania Ave
Dunnellon,
FL
US