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Feb 18, 2012 08:36 AM

Baltimore Chowhound in search of road food advice, Jacksonville to Cedar Key

Hi all -- we'll be coming down in April for a week in Cedar Key, flying into JAX and driving 2.5 hours to get to the gulf coast. We'll have three kids along, so can't do huge detours, but I would love to know about any worthy stops along the way -- BBQ? pie? produce stands? -- as well as places to eat in the Cedar Key area.


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  1. First of all, make sure you get any booze you need before you get into Cedar Key. You can buy booze at the Jiffy Store on 2nd St, but it may be at your advantage to stock up beforehand. For the home cooked meals that you want to have, make sure that you stop at the Market at Cedar Key on SR 24.
    Don't miss the chowder at Tony's. It really is all they say it is; we are from up north, so we take New England Style Clam Chowder very seriously. Kona Joes is a fine place for great coffee and a yummy breakfast sandwich. We're going to try Annie's for breakfast tomorrow morning, but we can't give you the feedback just yet!

    1. Island Pizza is always our first stop. Their Oyster Rockefeller Pizza is terrific.

      1. Just returned. We ate at the Blue Desert Cafe last night and the food was very good. It's a bit of a wait but worth it.

        We heard very good things about the island room. We'll try that next time we go.

        This trip we discovered the Tiki Bar at the Low-Key Hideaway. It's no food, beer and wine only but a great place to watch the sunset. Very eclectic decor, great use of empty bottles.

        1. Saw this post late. sorry.
          So if anyone else will see it. The best place to eat in Cedar Key by far is the Island Room.
          Peter the Owner and Chef had fabulous dishes to wow you. Yes, you are in a little fishing town. Have dinner there and watch the sunset..amazing.
          You must have the crab bisque. He has had in the past grouper dishes like oscar or others..never fear you cant go wrong.
          Clamming and Oystering happens here so fresh is fresh.