Finally a decent restaurant in Ocala that is NOT a chain!
Ocala has never been known for its fine dining, but more for the miles and miles of chain restaurants and good BBQ. And most of them are located on the Hwy 200 corridor. But finally we have something new and interesting and its on 'the other side of town'. Grille 754 is located on NE 25th Avenue in what used to be a seafood restaurant. The owners/chefs completely remodeled and gave the building ambiance and class. What a breath of fresh air this place is! They use seasonal ingredients from the surrounding areas (seafood from the Gulf, corn from Zellwood, strawberries from Plant City for example) and their food is not typical. I've only been for lunch a few times and was very satisfied. Both times the waiters were very good and knew the menu/specials well. The restaurant walls are covered with beautiful underwater photography from Silver Springs, Juniper Springs, etc. The menu options are fresh and new and simply delicious! The celery slaw is so refreshing when you're tired of a salad or regular coleslaw. I've read posts on these boards about recomendations for Ocala and finally there is a place I wouldn't be apprehensive of telling anyone about. If you find yourself in Ocala, come to the NE side of town and try Grille 754. I've included a link to a story that will tell a little about the place and the chefs.