Time for the monthly restaurant update blog-and although our current dining experiences are now limited to carry out…hope this blog is for future reference (and a short time reference period!) I am also including four pdf files of the restaurants in Inverness, Homosassa, Crystal River and Lecanto, Hernando, Beverly Hills areas; complete with phone numbers, website and or facebook links for menus. Hoping to make it easy for you to order a “take-out” meal and keep our restaurants in business during this crisis! If I have missed a restaurant, let me know, although I try to include only those we have experienced.
FROM A READER: Open Table recommends buying gift cards to your favorite restaurants to help them keep afloat. It gives them much needed cash. You still have to go to the restaurant but you would have to anyway to pick up food .
We experienced a new restaurant: Kelly’s Half-shell Pub and returned to and/or have reports on: Crackers, The Bait Shop, Cody’s, Oscar Penns, Seabreeze, World Fusion and Bangkok Thai.
NEW: Kelly’s Half Shell Pub
On a recommendation from a fellow a neighbor, we decided to try Kelly’s Pub. It’s definitely a sports bar, so it has a limited menu and lots of TV’s and a lot of noise. Mike liked his lobster bisque and his bacon-wrapped scallops. Karen said her Reuben Rolls were OK. You can see from the picture, that my fried haddock was a lot of fish! (you can order the fish and chips with the fish blackened). The french fries are great! Art’s corned beef and cabbage had a little bit of a different “presentation.” Jane and Bud who were also dining that night had ordered the corned beef and cabbage also agreed: it wasn’t the best corned beef and cabbage they’ve ever had, but it was OK. The corned beef was “shredded.” If you are a sports bar fan and enjoy that type of food and/or oysters, you should try Kelly’s. Food and Oyster menu pictured. 390 Suncoast Blvd (19)
Six of us returned to Codys recently, and my “fall off the bone” ribs never disappoint. The house salad and rolls are excellent. Mike’s Surf and Turf was very good with a nicely sized fillet and lobster tail. Art liked his Chopped Steak and it was cooked just right. Karen likes the appetizer which is the Fried Scallops served on forks. Jack also had Chopped Steak. Leanna had the Salmon and reported it very good. The food is consistent and the service is good. You just have to put up with a little noise, and you should call ahead for seating.
A group of 13 of us returned to Oscar Penns and had a wonderful meal there with good service! We had a small room to ourselves, although it was still very noisy! But most importantly, almost everyone enjoyed their meal: John had Chilean Sea Bass; Linda had one of the night’s specials: Tile Fish; Art had the Prime Rib…nice portion-see the pictures; Pam had the Oriental Chicken salad; Joan had the Caprese Salad and a scallop appetizer. Several people had the Shrimp Pasta. Judy had the Seafood Stuffed Salmon. Pat had the Seafood Risotto. Lloyd had the beef tips. Russ had a lobster macaroni and cheese and he was the only one to report his dish was dry and not that good. This restaurant has quite a menu! Salads are extra, unless a part of a daily special.
World Fusion is noted for its sushi. Not a sushi fan myself, I have enjoyed the lunch entrees. This last dinner experience was only “okay” for our group of six. It took over an hour for our food to come out, and the appetizers came out first, although they were to be served with the dinners! Tempura coconut shrimp is better elsewhere report Karen and Mike. Their scallops were good. My order: a salad with shrimp came without shrimp, and I had to wait another ten minutes for the shrimp to be served.
Restaurant reports from my readers:
Leanna and Jack reported while they were in town for two months, their several visits to Seagrass in Homosassa were all good. They especially enjoy the cobia fish that they serve there. Again, if noise bothers you, sit on the porch. Janice and Steve had asked for a restaurant to take family to “on the water,” I recommended two: Crackers and The Bait Shop. Although they hadn’t been to Crackers in many years, they were pleasantly surprised at how much it has changed and that the food has really improved. It is a nice destination for dining on the water. They also dined “on the water” (Lake Hernando) at The Bait Shop and again they concurred that the food and service was very good.
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