On our way back home, we stopped at Dan’s Clam Stand in Crystal River for lunch. Any time I see whole belly clams on a menu, I have to check it out. It is a cash only restaurant, but they have an ATM on site. We started off withe conch fritters and a side salad.
The conch fritters had a bit of spice to them. They had a good texture and were well seasoned. Loren went for the blackened grouper, while I had to get the clams.
He said the grouper tasted good, but it was a very thin filet that got lost between the bun and veggies. The whole belly clams were crunchy and tasted just like home. It was a big portion and I was full by the time I finished them all. Overall, the experience was very good. Total bill with a drink was $42.
Dan’s Clam Stand
2315 N Sunshine Path
Crystal River, FL
We’ve been vacationing up near High Springs this week and drove over to Gainesville for a late lunch at Garlic & Ginger Restaurant. A friend of ours asked if we liked Korean food and recommended the restaurant. We were happy she did. The place was empty when we got there, but it was 3pm on a Wednesday. We started off with the steamed veggie dumplings and we ordered the pork katsu and tang su yuk.
It was a lot of food, but we managed to eat most of it. We weren’t very adventurous in our choices, but we really enjoyed it. The pork in both dishes was tender and seasoned well. I liked the sweet and sour sauce on the fried pork. The side dishes all had very different flavor profiles, ranging from a mayo based cole slaw to a spicy kimchi. We’d certainly eat here again when we’re back in the area. Total bill with a drink was $44.
Garlic & Ginger Restaurant
5847 SW 75th St, #109
We’re in High Springs for a few days checking out the different parks in the area. We walked over to The Great Outdoors Restaurant from the Grady House Bed & Breakfast where we’re staying. Tuesday is half priced burger day, so we started off with some clam chowder & then moved on to the burgers.
The clam chowder was ok, but lacked seasoning. We got the Suwannee & Ginnie burgers and neither really impressed us. They were just very plain, under seasoned burger patties. I’m glad they were half priced, otherwise I would have really felt like we overpaid. We tried the caramel crunch cake for dessert.
Loren liked it more than I did. It had a really odd texture to it. There were supposed to be crunchy caramel bits in one of the layers, but they were neither crunchy, nor chewy. They just tasted like stale caramel pieces. Not the best meal we had on our vacation. Total bill with a drink was $27.
Great Outdoors Restaurant
65 N Main St
High Springs, FL
We were driving through Ocala today and at the recommendation of a friend, stopped at the Ivy House for lunch. It’s a good thing this place isn’t closer because I’d be eating there constantly. This is what down home southern food should taste like. We started off with the BBQ shrimp and grits appetizer.
I could have eaten two bowls of these grits. They were creamy, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned. The shrimp was nicely cooked with a tangy BBQ sauce. I’m pretty sure we licked the plate clean. For his entree, Loren got the Krispy chicken salad.
Perfectly cooked chicken with a tasty ranch dressing. It also came with a roll and cornbread. I ordered the Krispy chicken platter.
It came with macaroni & cheese, a side salad, veggies, a roll & cornbread. I was in heaven. The chicken is drenched in butter and covered in Rice Krispies and baked to a mouthwatering tenderness. The mac & cheese was creamy and tasty. Everything on the plate was delicious. We couldn’t leave without dessert.
This monstrosity is the Hot Tin Roof sundae. There’s a brownie buried in there somewhere, plus ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries and all sorts of sauces drizzled on top. It looks like a mess, but it was tasty. I was very impressed with the food and the prices were very reasonable. I would absolutely eat there again. Total bill with a drink was $44.
The Ivy House
917 East Silver Springs Blvd
I love mac and cheese and don’t often find too many that I like. The steak & onion mac & cheese at Surf Shack is one of those dishes that I’ll order again and again.
It comes to the table bubbling hot, so you better have a good conversation going because it’s going to be a few minutes before you can actually put any of it in your mouth. The steak is tender and the french fried onions on top give it a nice crunch and flavor. Loren had the tuna tacos.
He’s had them before and he liked them. Total bill with a drink was $21.
Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
12217 West Linebaugh Ave