Ocala, FL used to be restaurant chain central, but in the past 5 years, really good local places have proliferated. There are seven I would recommend anyone driving through on I-75 or U.S. 441 stop and try:
The Schnitzel Factory at 1053 NE 14th St. — A half-dozen different ways to do schnitzel, $5 lunch specials.
Fat Boy's Barbecue at 4132 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40) — A local institution for 43 years. The Sonny's chain built a place right next door, but Fat Boy's is still going strong.
True Grits at 331 NW 20th Street, 1 block off US 441 — As the name implies, homemade grits done at least 9 different ways each day, lots of good comfort food.
The Lunchbox at 103 SE 1st Ave., near the downtown square — Solid comfort food for breakfast or lunch, best bacon in town, Big Dawg!
Dee Dee's Diner at 531 NE 1st Ave (at the Amtrak station) — Drive-through service for freight trains! 'Nuff said.
MoJo Grill at 2015 SW 17th St. — Started where the Lunchbox is now, business boomed. Moved to bigger digs in Pine St. Shopping Center, business boomed more. Moved to current MUCH bigger digs in a former steakhouse. Business is still booming. They have a second location in Belleview.
Stumpknockers — 10 miles west of I-75 on SR-200, but worth the drive. Best catfish in Fla. (all you can eat if you wish) and great view of the Withlacoochee River.
If I didn't live here, I'd do a trip report!
One place in St. Petersburg I'm surprised isn't on RoadFood is Ted Peter's Smoked Fish on Pasadena near the beach. Folks who went there as kids are now taking their grandkids there.
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