Road Trip from Clearwater to ATL. Lunch Pit Stop in Ocala or Gainseville?
First Leg of our road trip is from Clearwater, FL to Atlanta GA. I figure we will start getting hungry for lunch somewhere around Ocala or Gainseville. Any great spots not too far from I-75?
Pit Stop Cafe
4126 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609
I stopped at Pearl Country Store the Monday after Christmas weekend. Their selection of jams, sauces and such were understandably a little skimpy. But, hey, alligator jerky! Nice regional book selection with a good number of university published titles, a few good regional cookbooks too. Purchased a phenomenally good little (perhaps 3" diameter) mini coconut pie at the cashier counter.
The restaurant section has the usual fast food/orange booth ambiance of a snack bar inside a convenience store. But, oh, the aroma! If you weren't hungry when you arrived, you'll get there shortly. Very casual, order at the counter, pay up front. I was there late afternoon, so my order was ready very quickly.
I ordered a brisket sandwich. Beef bbq is not easily found in my area, so it held a certain appeal. The choice of the sandwich was a great idea, the idea to get it to go - not so much. This is a generous amount of tender beef with an appropriate amount of sauce. I was very glad that I had my chow beach towel covering my torso during my attempt to eat this while driving! Fortunately I was taking backroads so no one was injured. It was worth it!
As far as BBQ goes, I don't think this would be on my ultimate BBQ pilgrimage roadtrip. But for an easy, really tasty interstate stop it rocks!
Thanks again crewsweeper! I-75 just got a little sweeter!