In Ocala, FL, we have no shortage of good choices. Our favorites are The Lunchbox downtown on 1st Ave. near the town square. They have the crispiest, most delicious melt-in-your mouth bacon in town; and huge but light and fluffy pancakes (all you can eat on Fridays, but I can only eat two). The owner likes to try new concepts, and they're always delicious. One recent rollout was Apple Pie French Toast, which was excellent. Another favorite is Dee Dee's Diner just down the street at the Amtrak station (which is now served only by Amtrak Thruway buses). Fantastic omelets, great home fries, inexpensive with great service — and it's right next to the CSX main line, so if you're lucky, you'll get to experience a freight train rumbling through, shaking the whole building. It also features the world's most unique drive-through — sometimes CSX freight crews will call in orders, then slow their trains to a crawl as they pass the diner, at which point owner Theresa will walk beside the train, handing up a bag of boxed-up food and collecting their money. Another good option is True Grits, located a couple of blocks off US 441/27 on NW 20th Avenue at North Magnolia. They have all the usual breakfast items, but their specialty — as the name implies — is stone-ground grits. If you opt for the plain grits with your breakfast (or just on their own) you get free refills. But they also do at least 7 variations, plus some daily specials, including shrimp & grits, black & blue and, my favorite, egg, sausage & grape jelly. Finally, there's local institution Tas-T-O Donuts, a strictly to-go spot on Silver Springs Boulevard (Highway 40), which has the most delicious homemade doughnuts made fresh daily. Get there early — they close when they sell out, which is usually by 10 a.m.
post edited by Keysey42 - 2014/03/07 17:29:27