I love what they have done with the restoration of the City of Inverness: “Small Town Done Right.” The downtown area is quaint and the atmosphere is relaxed-and I feel safe walking the streets. Shops are fun and the restaurants are good with quite a variety for the discerning palate. Here are the restaurants we have experienced and worth talking about. (I don’t generally review chain restaurants and in Inverness area there are several good ones: Applebee’s, Outback, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Papa Johns, Jimmy Johns, Huddle House, Sonny’s BBQ, and Ruby Tuesday.)
GONE: MCLEOD HOUSE, PASTELLON (Puerto Rican), La Cantina (Mexican) , Amish Green Valley (moved to Hernando)
Update 10/17 and 10/26 …We had dinner 10/17 and the fish and chicken entrees were very good and priced well. A house salad $5.00. $7.50+ glass of wine. She crab soup delicious! Return visit with 13 people-did a good job—though noisy environment. Sides are huge. Fish is good.
Joe’s Family Restaurant: 911 W. Main Street, 352-726-1688 (https://www.facebook.com/Joes-Family-Restaurant-204885619555008/) It is a very popular restaurant for all meals and we have had great lunches-never been there for breakfast or dinner.
Stumpknockers:(2 locations) On the Withlacoochee River (200 on the way to Ocala from 491). The downtown Inverness On the Square branch 110 Main Street, 322-726-2212 (http://stumpknockersonthesquare.com/ has a nice atmosphere and has fried catfish and hush puppies and a large menu. Generally good service and food.
We have had lunch a couple of times at the Hen House, 206 Tompkins St. down from Connors Gift Shop; 352-419-7942; https://www.facebook.com/The-Hen-House-Cafe-142000062659867/ . It has a very nice lunch menu with lots of choices and specials. Art liked his BLT and I had a very good Reuben. Very reasonable.
Cedar River Seafood, 804 W Main St, 352-341-2278 www.cedariversesfood.com;
is open for lunch and dinner. We have been there for dinner and it is good.
Cattledog Roasters has two locations in Inverness: Citrus Memorial Hospital and 210 Tompkins; http://www.cattledogcoffeeroasters.com/, https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=cattledogcoffeeroasters.com%2FI . I love the gourmet and monthly changing menu items. I would eat there more but too fancy for hubby.
Home of the 88 cent breakfast, Yes the B&W Rexall Drugs 214 Hwy 41, 352-726-1021(https://www.facebook.com/pages/BW-Rexall-Drugs/222453694448491) is also a restaurant. I used to have breakfast there with realtors years ago…quite a bargain— Never had lunch there.
Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks Restaurant & Bakery: 727 Hwy 41, 352-419-7914 (http://www.cinnamonsticksrestaurant.com/ ,https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dillon’s%20cinnamon%20sticks%20restaurant%20%26%20bakery%20). We have had some nice lunches there and the menu has a lot of variety with specials. Open til 7am- 3 pm.
Paige’s Root Beer #2: 859 Hwy 41 S, 352-419-8989 (http://paigesrootbeer.com/, https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=paigesrootbeer.com%2F). Continually wins the best hamburger award. Root beer is good; not my kind of food but very popular restaurant.
Papa J’s:2056 Hwy 44 W 352-341-5169; https://www.facebook.com/Papa-Js-1544913299155757/ is open for breakfast and lunch. They have a nice following since their move from Hwy 41. We have had good comfort food lunches there.
Heidi’s Italian: 901 Hwy 41; 352-6371-355 is a popular spot we have not gone to eat. I hear hey have great hamburger baskets.
New Location for Los Magueyes Mexican. NOW IN 3 LOCATIONS ! 1674 US HWY 41N 352-765-3914. https://www.facebook.com/losmagueyesinverness/ ALSO LOCATED IN BEVERLY HILLS AND CRYSTAL RIVER. Nice new decor and the food and service was very good.
Little Italy Deli and Bakery 124 Apopka, 352-726-5044, (https://www.facebook.com/Little-Italy-Deli-Bakery-129209630475121/ Quite the dining dinner experience if you try the seven course special. The owner is an entertainer, service superb and the food is delicious. Call for a private party dinner reservation. They are open for lunch and the panini, antipasto salad and Italian cookies are yummy.
Angelos Ristorante 301 W. Main St, 352-341-0056 (http://angelosnypizza.com/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angelos-Pizzeria-and-Ristorante/147760385240626). (also in Hernando) I I like brick oven pizza, clams linguine and antipasto.
Another people’s choice for Italian: Enrico’s 439 Hwy 41 S, 352-341-4555 (https://www.facebook.com/Enricos-Italian-Ristorante-118648128182123/) has been around for years-not much to look at on the outside-but Italian friends say the food is authentic. Service can be slow but good food.
Motor City Pasta Company:108 W. Main St, 352-726-0551, (http://www.motorcitypastaco.com/, https://www.facebook.com/motorcitypastaco/). Being from the Detroit area, I was looking for more Detroit décor…food was okay.
Angelotti’s Pizza: 130 Heights Ave; 352-419-6550; https://www.facebook.com/pg/angelottis/photos/?ref=page_internali has been consistently voted best pizza. Never had their pizza-too far from my home but I guess you can eat in too. Gluten free crust available .
El Ranchito: 2645 Hwy 44 ( in Beall’s shopping center);(352) 341-0707; It has great chips and salsa-nice menu selection, great chicken fajita salad and good prices and service.
Lin Garden 238 Hwy 41, 352-726-5899, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lin-Garden-Buffet/335584673309400). I have not been there…noted for buffets.
We tried Coaches Pub and Eatery, 114 W. Main St, 352-344-3333 (http://www.coachspubeatery.com/). for wings. They were good-a bit salty. They make one of the best house salads I have ever been served! Nice sports bar atmosphere too.
Pine Street Pub: 108 N. Pine Ave, 352-341-0100, (http://www.pinestreetpub.com/, https://www.facebook.com/pinestreetpubinverness/?rf=761993077178079). Husband says it is the best (OMG) BLT he has had. Wings were delicious. Brought home some Lobster Mac and Cheese-yummy! Mrs. Flaherty’s Irish Car Bomb Cupcake a sweet delight! We go back to this cozy bar/ restaurant for lunch after bike rides.
The Cove Pub and Grub, 1242 Cove Pt, 352-344-5894; https://www.facebook.com/The-Cove-Pub-and-Grub-118015551566790/; is now owned by the owners of the Pine Street Pub (downtown Inverness area). When you enter the restaurant it feels much cleaner and it really has become more of a family restaurant than bar. They have changed the menu but they kept the wings pretty much the same, so that’s good! They are plump and cooked just right. The fish and chips I had—fish was okay. The house salad and fries were very good. The big ass burger is still on the menu…gone are the fish dinners and the fried shrimp dinner, etc. There are mostly sandwiches, wraps, salads and wings on the menu. Still a good place for wings and the big ass burger.
Joe’s Deli: 234 Hwy 41, 352-726-5501, https://www.facebook.com/Joes-Deli-and-Catering-158288527136/). Joe’s wins the Taste of Citrus awards time and time again. Had a nice “take out” lunch a couple of times… and as well from the
Brooklyn Deli: 3360 Hwy 44, 352-637-3354 (https://www.facebook.com/brooklyndeli2/?fref=ts).
Just past Inverness…we tried a hotdog at Pudgies in Floral City 6471-5925, US-41.
(352) 344-3773, https://www.facebook.com/pudgeeshotdogs/ A very popular place, but they do not duplicate the “Coney dogs” that we get when in Detroit.
There you have the highlights of Inverness dining establishments in my experience. Your comments welcome.