Time to do a restaurant blog about recent re-visits to restaurants and including a visit to a new restaurant and a newer sweet shop in Citrus County.
The new Homosassa restaurant is called Mango Tango Tropical Grill (located in the former Neon Leon’s Steakhouse site.) Karen and Mike joined us on this culinary adventure. Midweek, we arrived at 6 o’clock, got the last seat in the house. It seems once a restaurant is mentioned in the Chronicle, it is a popular place! We waited well over an hour for our food. But they were overwhelmed with the amount of people that were there and we so we can give them some leeway because they are “new” in the business. Large menu and the food was pretty good. The “bang bang” shrimp is a little different than what you get at Bonefish. It is really fried shrimp with some sauces and the sauces were mediocre. Karen liked her grouper and Mike and I both like the “no filler” crab cakes. We feel that the Seafood Seller’s (Crystal River) crab cake is better and of course, the crab cake recipe I have from my Maryland girlfriends is much better. Art had the stuffed flounder and it was very good. Their prices are reasonable: entrees under $20 and drinks: $5.00 wine, $2.50 bottle beer. We were lucky to be there so long, we got to hear Karaoke singers! lol (352) 621-3354; 10350 W Yulee Dr.
We tried Crumps (Homosassa) for lunch, and we got there late (1pm) and waited an hour and a half for our food! So if you’re going to eat lunch at Crump’s, arrive there early, especially this time of year. When the weather is beautiful, everybody is going to Crumps because it is new, it’s outside on the water and food pretty good. GOOD NEWS: They have added a third food truck! Our service and food last Saturday was very good (grouper, sandwich, wings, shrimp tacos, chicken sandwich.) 11210 West Halls River Road. 352-765-4942.
With out-of-town guests, we like seating on the water. We gave Crackers another try for dinner. And again it was very busy, and the service was slow; food okay. During February and March I guess when you are eating out, you need to be patient and make sure the people you are dining with, you like to spend extra time with.
For the Mexican cuisine lovers and fans of Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant (Hwy 41 Inverness)… they are/have opened two new restaurants: Beverly Hills (on Hwy 491 former ElPatio/Skeets) and Crystal River (Hwy 486 and Hwy 491) Everyone seems to love the original restaurant and we can only hope the new venues will keep up the good food!
I also ventured to the Queen of Cakes to see you what kind of sweets they had. See the yummy items in the pictures! They are as good as they look! So now, if I am not near my fav: Nicole’s House of Cakes (Courthouse Square in Inverness) I have a second choice in Crystal River. (430 NE 3rd St, across from Walgreen’s drive through). 352-228-4284
If you want a fabulous meal of course, Katch 22 (Lecanto Hwy 44) is your best bet… although it is very pricey, the food and the service is consistently good.
Again our favorite restaurant is Vintage on Fifth (Crystal River) and we took Art’s brother and sister-in-law to dinner there Saturday. The cobia fish, pork dish and artichoke, spinach mashed potatoes were a hit! Excellent service!
A staple in our diet these days are the pot pies from Avery Cheesecake and Pies. We love the turkey and seafood pies. A pot pie costs $5.00! Call ahead for an order. 1821 Hwy 19, Homosassa, near the car dealerships. 352-212-3132.
re-opened : MONKEY ISLAND BAR AND GRILL : (Riverside resort, Homosassa) Looks like you need good weather for the mostly outdoor seating, although it is covered in most areas. Food is okay; they have a small kitchen so no dinners, and no more dinner cruise adventures. Clam chowder in a bread bowl was good and hotdog presentation different and good tasting. Always nice to dine on the water and views are good of Monkey Island and Crumps. (352) 628-2474; 5297 S Cherokee Way.