Dining out is a great way to give your oven a well-deserved night off after embarrassing it by making it stare at all those naked chickens. Get out of the kitchen with this Groupon.
- $12 for $20 worth of southern cuisine
A decade after moving to Cross Creek, a "half-wild, backwoods country" where she felt right at home, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings published her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Yearling, which tells the tale of a boy who adopts a fawn as a pet. It inspired an award-winning film in 1946 and, in 1952, a restaurant just down the road from Marjorie's house. That's where Yearling Restaurant—named one of the best places to eat in Northern Florida by the Orlando Sentinel—still stands today.
Specializing in traditional southern cuisine that captures the spirit of old Florida, the culinary team serves up everything from venison and quail to frog legs, deep-fried clams, and an alligator dish that Ocala Style says is "done right." Meals unfold among Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings memorabilia and the bluesy riffs of Willie Green, who plays tunes daily. Visitors who want even more of the spirit of old Florida but who don't want to buy all the candles required to summon Ponce de Leon's ghost can spend the night in Cross Creek in a restored cottage at The Secret River Lodge.
What some people are buzzing about:
87% of 215 customers recommend
“Great live blues from the legendary Willie Green!”
“Delicious must-trys: -conch fritters -salad with mango dressing -blackened catfish And do go when Willie Green is playing....you won't regret it! ”
“Great atmosphere, outstanding southern cooking and the staff were awesome.”