In this week’s restaurant blog, I return to a couple of favorite dining places and try a new place. Vandervalks is closed… it is up for sale. Sorry to see that restaurant go, but seasonal traffic just could not sustain it year-round. Two new places to try and we have not yet: Elegant Pelican (former 7 Rivers/Crystal River Country Club) and Crystal River Backyard Pub (former Natalias). Crystal River’s River Ranch is closed (former Mullet Hole, Cafe on Avenue). Sign says it is to be a BBQ. Crystal River’s Hardwood Smokehouse and Margarita Breeze are closed due to fires- both plan to re-open.
If you are looking for a new place for lunch, dining on the water, boat cruise and dinner…read on…(Valerie Theater May schedule at the end also.)
We tried a fairly new Inverness restaurant called Johnny Cakes n Steaks-Homestyle Restaurant. It’s just south of Inverness before you get to Floral City. A brightly decorated restaurant, it is a typical neighborhood diner. We split a club sandwich and it was good.
Also in that same area is the Inverness Cedar River Seafood Restaurant. And it continues to be a good restaurant. We had good service there, and we were a party of six. Everyone seemed to like their seafood and the prices are very reasonable.
Inverness Oscar Penns in the McLeod House continues to do well. They are planning an expansion! A small room setting is the ideal seating for dinner. Wine continues to be $7.50 for a small pour…better to order a bottle. Food is excellent. Everyone loved the fresh fish dishes.
I don’t know where you order pizza from, but when grandkids are in town we order pizza from Hernando Angelo’s because they deliver to Black Diamond. Their antipasto salad is very good as well as their pizza. My kids also like the fried ravioli and fried mozzarella.
We ventured back to the Crystal River, Plantation Inn West 82 Bar and Grill. The she crab soup was very good and the cornbread is outstanding. Karen had a blue chip appetizer and it was smothered in too much sauce. It is one of those restaurants where a salad is not included, a vegetable and potato are included with your entrées. Caesar salad was way too much for one person to eat before a meal. My spinach salad with field greens and strawberries was a good- if it is a meal with added shrimp-although the shrimp was overcooked…but again, it is too big to order to eat before a meal. Art was the only one to order an entrée which was the macaroni and cheese with scallops and it was only OK. It’s a “been there done that” experience. The setting is on the water. There is a Tiki Bar and and you can reserve an outside area for a private party, if you like. If you’re looking for a boat ride, they do offer a one hour boat cruise every day on the Crystal River for $15 a person. They also have sunset cruises for $20 pp on the weekend.
Of course, our very favorite restaurant to celebrate special occasions like Art’s birthday and our anniversary, we venture to Crystal River, Vintage on Fifth. Always being a fan of the ahi tuna, I now also just love the rack of lamb. First class service and wine selection is great. Prices are reasonable, I think, for a high-end restaurant.
Crystal River Amy’s on Fifth continues to be a great place for a girlfriend lunch. And of course, you have to shop a little and bring home cookies for the hubby!
Crystal River La Casa da Norma continues to operate, although the owners would love to sell their restaurant. But the food and service is always good and the cozy size is always a nice little restaurant to have dinner.
Crystal River Cody’s Roadhouse has a great salad, good rolls, if you eat them and reasonably priced drinks and good food. We went there last week and almost everyone ordered the baby back ribs! Delish!
Homosassa Crump’s Landing is still the place to go when you have company or just want a nice experience on the water. The service is much better with the extra food truck that they now have. Our grandchildren enjoyed going there and climbing through the pirate ship, playing corn hole and swinging on the swing! Food is decent.
For a restaurant phone numbers and locations here is a link to my previous blogs with that information:
May 2019 at the Valerie Theatre
May 15 @ 10AM
POLICE OFFICERS MEMORIAL CEREMONY
The Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Citrus County chapter of the National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to host the Police Officer Memorial Day Ceremony.
May 16 @ 7PM
Pirates! featuring Tom Ritchie
One of Tom’s passions is history, especially as it pertains to the sea, so it is appropriate that he will continue his lecture series at the historic Valerie Theatre with an illustrated presentation on Pirates. He has led expeditions aboard small passenger vessels for the adventure travel company Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society for more than 40 years.
May 5 @ 3PM
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (PG)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British independent comedy film concerning the Arthurian legend, written and performed by the Monty Python comedy group of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and directed by Gilliam and Jones.
May 10 @ 7:30PM
SLING BLADE (R)
Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. In addition to Thornton, it stars Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, James Hampton, and Robert Duvall.
May 12 @ 3PM
FUNNY GIRL (G)
Funny Girl is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedian Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, tying with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter). In 2016, Funny Girl was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
May 19 @ 3PM
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (R)
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, and follows the adventures of Charles (Grant) and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance. Andie MacDowell stars as Charles’ love interest Carrie, with Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.
May 26 @ 3PM
THE GREAT ESCAPE (NR)
The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough and featuring James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and Hannes Messemer. The film is based on Paul Brickhill’s 1950 book of the same name, a non-fiction first-hand account of the mass escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany.