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Dixie Crossroads - Visitors Must Try! ( Seafood )

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Anita Tums May 2, 2006 01:27 PM

We have three Dixie Crossroads locations in Central Florida. This restaurant is famous for rock shrimp which is simply delectable and you must try. It tastes like lobster and Dixie Crossroads splits them so they are easy to shell. The original location is in Titusville on Garden St., the second location was opened in Mount Dora and quaint antiquing town that is a wonderful day adventure for all. The restaurant is on Hwy. 441 there.

Now Orlando has a Dixie Crossroads too. Recently opened in Festival Bay at Oakridge Road and International Drive in the tourist mecca. There's lots to do at Festival Bay.

Dixie Crossroads has a website should you want to learn more about them and their menu.

Don't miss it....it's famously delicious!

PS: You get wonderful corn fritters topped with powdered sugar served in a bowl at your table...and they keep en' comin'! Yum, Yum!

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    Jane RE: Anita Tums May 3, 2006 12:23 AM

    If you really wanna try this place you have to go to the one in Titusville...the Orlando location is more expensive and not nearly as good.

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      feelinpeckish RE: Jane May 3, 2006 03:48 PM

      The Mount Dora spot is good too, we stopped there this past winter season and thoroughly enjoyed it. And the fritters...

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      Johnny Majors RE: Anita Tums May 3, 2006 10:02 AM

      They have been having problems getting rock shrimp since the storms two years ago. Baked sweet potato was served room temperature.

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        keepitsimple RE: Anita Tums Dec 4, 2006 01:33 PM

        I'm not even sure the Mt. Dora location is even open any more, but be advised that this location is a FRANCHISE only (they buy the rock shrimp and the name from the REAL DC). The Orlando location is under original DC ownership, but is indeed more expensive and, to me, not as good. I'll continue to drive over to Titusville.

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          mountdorahound RE: Anita Tums Dec 4, 2006 02:26 PM

          The one in Mount Dora is now called Dixie Shrimp House. Go to the one in titusville!

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            keepitsimple RE: mountdorahound Dec 5, 2006 09:05 AM

            Aha! Figured as much... The franchise place in Melbourne didn't last long, either. It takes more than a name...

          2. PDeveaux RE: Anita Tums Feb 24, 2007 11:03 AM

            We had heard about Dixie Crossroads in Titusville as worth a drive from DeLand so we went there for a special occasion and we were rather disappointed. There is no atmosphere at all and the seafood is just regular.

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              floridagal03 RE: PDeveaux Jul 18, 2009 09:44 PM

              Hmmm....is it safe to assume you didn't order the rock shrimp? I've eaten at Dixie Crossroads several times in the last 15 years. It is definitely one of those places where the only thing you should get on the menu is the specialty, because everything else is sub par...But the rock shrimp is TO DIE FOR!!! As are those corn fritters everyone else is talking about. And you are right, the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. But to be honest, ambience is usually a high priority for me, but I'm still willing to drive a couple hours to take visiting friends to this place because the rock shrimp is just that good.

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                h2Bn RE: floridagal03 Jul 19, 2009 12:49 PM

                So tell us about the rock shrimp. What makes it special?

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                  trail 6 RE: h2Bn Jul 20, 2009 07:08 AM

                  They are like baby southern lobster tails. Sweet.

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                    h2Bn RE: trail 6 Jul 20, 2009 02:01 PM

                    Cool. But I was wondering if this restaurant prepares them in a particularly special, or even careful, way to warrant the rec. We're visiting friends in Merritt Island in a couple of weeks. I'll be sure to check it out.

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                      cavandre RE: h2Bn Jul 20, 2009 02:11 PM

                      They prepare them in several ways. See...
                      http://www.dixiecrossroads.com/Menu/S...

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              andy huse RE: Anita Tums Jul 19, 2009 09:48 AM

              not bad for the east coast. i did enjoy the rock shrimp. a tourist trap with decent, unimaginative food.

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                mikeh RE: andy huse Jul 20, 2009 08:25 AM

                agreed. I stopped in about 10 years ago on my way through the area. The only thing I remember is the rock shrimp (pretty good) and the uninspired large "feeding room"' atmosphere.

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                cynder RE: Anita Tums Jul 21, 2009 08:41 PM

                This is not a good restaurant. It caters to tourists and other travelers lured off 95 by the billboards. The shrimp were mediocre and the service was terrible. Honestly, it takes a lot to make me hate a restaurant. There has to be better seafood in the Titusville/Cocoa area!

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                  HeyNowJoe RE: Anita Tums Jul 22, 2009 09:19 PM

                  This place used to be great in the 1990s when all-you-can-eat rock shrimp was $9.95. Not that great anymore. The rock shrimp do taste like little bites of lobster and 3 dozen is still a good price. The corn fritters and seafood chowder are both still good.

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                    TampaAurora RE: HeyNowJoe Jul 22, 2009 09:57 PM

                    I have fond childhood memories of those corn fritters and would love to make them at home. Any ideas on where to start?

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                      DonnaLynn RE: TampaAurora Oct 4, 2009 01:17 PM

                      I have a recipe for the fritters from Dixie's, but I don't think this is the place to post them. If you could point me in the right direction I'll be glad to send it to you,

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                        laurie RE: DonnaLynn Oct 5, 2009 05:12 PM

                        You guys can post recipes on the Home Cooking board.

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                    Leemart RE: Anita Tums Jan 13, 2010 06:29 PM

                    Dixie Crossroads in Titusville USED to be a good restaurant, but over the years it has gone downhill both in quality and quantity of food, even though the prices have increased considerably. There are better seafood restaurants in Brevard County. A good choice for one that serves rock shrimp is Florida's Seafood Bar & Grill in Cocoa Beach. Three dozen prepared to your choice is $18.99 compared to $27.99 at Dixie Crossroads. The rest of the menu is also excellent and reasonably priced. For New England style seafood and roast beef try Boston Beef and Seafood in Cocoa Beach. They just moved from Cape Canaveral and expanded to a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The owners are from Ipswitch, MA and show it with all the Red Sox memorabilia displayed. There is also a small retail market of live lobsters, shrimp, clams and haddock which are flown in from Boston every two days.

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                      cavandre RE: Leemart Jan 14, 2010 06:12 AM

                      I don't think I could enjoy a meal if my only view was a bunch of Red Sox memorablia!

                      An ex-NYer

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