Saturday, February 7, 2015


Post by Loretta

I would like to tell you about a few eating establishments we have eaten at recently.  We always search for locally owned businesses instead of the nationwide chain restaurants.  A good resource is Trip Advisor, where we refer to the reviews of previous customers.  This usually leads us to some quaint, unusual, and lip-smacking grub.

After kayaking with the manatees, we stopped by The Freezer in Homosassa.  Does this look like a place you would want to dine?

The Freezer

How about if you were served this?

Steamed Shrimp

The Freezer is located a little out of the way, and was literally a freezer where fresh seafood was processed in years past.  It is simple, no frills, and it was packed on a Wednesday afternoon at 2:00!  The menu is seafood with very few sides.  We ordered the steamed shrimp and it was cooked and seasoned perfectly!  We are planning on going back before we leave the area.  Maybe we will splurge on the Stone Crab Claws….

Another little dive we chose is called Becky Jack’s.  It is just a small building with a lot of colorful décor outside.

Becky Jack's
Inside, the walls and counters were covered with an eclectic arrangement of memorabilia.  There was a picture of a young Johnny Cash and Elvis Pressley, roller skates, a manaquin, a tit cup, dollar bills and lots of other miscellaneous valuables to observe while waiting for your food.

We both ordered a Crunchy Fish Sandwich.  This is what we got! 

Becky Jack's Crunchy Fish Sandwich

Fish Sandwiches are my favorite seafood lunch item when in Florida or around the coastal area.  Sometimes I am served a sandwich with a few small pieces of fish that do not cover the bun.  This fish was enough for three sandwiches!  I could not believe my eyes when it was served.  And it was served hot.  And it was delicious!  And it was very affordable.  And the staff was helpful and efficient.  Good place!

While we didn’t stop here to eat, apparently some cowboys did.  How often do you see horses hitched up in front of a restaurant?  Really cool!

Waiting for our cowboys

Just one more to tell you about.  We went bicycle riding with our neighbors on the Withlacoochee Trail on Sunday.  It is one of the rails-to-trails, which is the best idea anyone ever came up with!  Using old railroad beds and convert them into walking and biking trails for the public.  What a fantastic idea! 

We parked at the Istachatta Post Office and rode north for 7 ½ miles to a cute little town called Floral City.  When you drive into Floral City, you drive through a tunnel of live oaks reaching from one side of the road to the other, with Spanish Moss draped and blowing gently in the wind.  It is really beautiful.  The town is not much more than a crossroads, but has several little buildings that have been restored and some have murals painted on them.
After we got to Floral City, we parked our bikes and went into Shamrock Inn. 

Shamrock Inn

We were starving!  Therefore, no picture of the food because it was devoured before I thought of photos.  Sorry.  Henry and I ordered a cheeseburger and I have to say – it was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted!  It had smoky flavor like cooked on a grill and it was probably a half-pounder.  So worth the 15 mile round trip bike ride!

So, what does all this have to do with the title of this post?  Nothing.  But today was the closing on Henry’s house in Georgia!  It's SOLD!  


  1. Congratulations on the sale of Henry's house! You guys look like you're having a blast. :-)

    1. We were so happy that all went smooth with the sale of the house, and that it sold quickly. We are getting to really experience this part of Florida, and lovin' every minute of it!

  2. Just livin' the dream huh? Can't wait to join you on the open road!

  3. Bonnie, We are just beginning and have many adventures ahead! Come on - there's room for you!