Hernando County FL Restaurants
HERNANDO is a fairly large place (589 square miles) with LOTS of restaurants (over 100 chain eateries from Hooters to Applebees alone)! So where do you find the local eateries with the distinctive regional recipes, individual creative flare and that are recognized by the locals as the best home town fare? (In other words, how do the *real* people live?) Here's a small map I made up a while back of Brooksville's Restaurants. I can't do anything like this for the whole county, but you'll find a lot of our county restaurants listed below the map, with links to their local websites (and hopefully their menu's as well).
My personal local favorites from the map I made above are bolded in the list below (so those are just for the Brooksville Area). Those favorite, long established privately owned and run eateries are the Red Mule Pub in Brooksville (for their signature Reuben sandwiches), Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant (for the seafood pasta!), the Main Street Eatery (healthy mostly fat free and try their Cuban sandwiches and killer hot chile!), the Rising Sun Cafe (that place is truly amazing – Lisa and John Callea own it, and are the founders of "Love Your Neighbor" charity outreach helping the homeless and homeless veterans in Hernando. Rising Sun Cafe has a beautiful atmosphere, often live music, hanging art displays, cavernous, cozy, rustic, hip… ouch! Go there. And finally, last but certainly not least (in the Brooksville area) the unbeatable only "slightly" out of the way (but most definitely off the well beaten path nestled in the corner of the Withlacoochee State Forest) place to relax and enjoy nature with a modicum of civility – Nobleton Outpost RiverRatz Cafe (I like it, a lot). You can sign up for The RiverRatz Cafe newsletter written by owner Ferris Waller which will alert you to musical (and other) events he hosts at the outpost quite frequently. Here are some RiverRatz Cafe videos on YouTube of what you're missing. Also, my personal prejudice? You will absolutely love Ferris! Then there's the famous Coney Island Drive Inn – Where legend has it that in 1961 when Elvis Presley was in Inverness Florida filming his 9th movie “Follow That Dream” he piled his crew into his Cadillac and headed down to Brooksville for a whole slew of its Famous Footlong hotdogs.
MANY LOCAL RESTAURANTS & THEIR WEBSITES YET TO COME – PLEASE BE PATIENT – THIS SITE IS JUST NOW BEING CREATED