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May 15, 2009 08:02 PM

Driving from Santa Rosa Beach to Orlando

I am driving from Santa Rosa Beach to Orlando and am looking for a great place to stop for lunch along the way.

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  1. What's your route? It makes all the difference in the world. I hope your taking 90 instead of the interstate.

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    1. re: drjimdolan

      Haven't planned the route yet. The route will depend upon where we stop for lunch. Do you know of anyplace off 90 since that is your suggested route over the interstate? Thaks.

    2. Since you are starting out in the Heart of the "Redneck Riviera", you have probably already been to Boss Seafood in Apalachicola,home of the fl. oyster industry; but if you have not been ; it is fresh shucked to order oysters and fried and more fried at its best. Beyond that on highway 98 there is a dearth of noteworthy places, not even many Mom and Pops left. A ton of fast fake food chains. Until you get to Homosassa springs, then Champions BBQ is the only game in town, worthy of a second visit.

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      1. re: ospreycove

        Don't forget Hutton's Seafood for smoked mullet and deviled crab. It's a food wagon (and that's charitable) on the side of the road on 98 near Sopchoppy. The produce stand adjacent has great boiled peanuts. Can' get more Cracker than that.

        1. re: drjimdolan

          drjim, You just had to mention a place I have not been!! Now thanks to you, I must plan a road trip just to visit Huttons Seafood. I am a sucker for Smoked Mullet. Attended the Terra Ceia Mullet Smoke Off last November, now that was a cracker event too!!!

          1. re: ospreycove

            My family is fifth generation Florida Cracker. They were original settlers in Terra Ceia, my great-great grandfather married Madame Joe's niece and is buried in the Gilette Burying Ground. He's the Miguel of Miguel's Bay and Miguel's Island on the south shore of Tampa Bay. The family had a fish house in Palmetto early in the last century. One thing I do know is smoked mullet. Huttton's is genuine.

            1. re: drjimdolan

              Great to see a person who knows his family's heritage, Hutton's here we come!!!!!