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Local Roots Cafe & Coffee House

Hernando Sun Staff

Local Roots Cafe & Coffee House bills itself as a local farm to table coffee house. They offer a selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. For breakfast they have coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods. They offer regular coffee, cappuccino, and mocha. Hernando Sun tried their cappuccino and it compares favorably with Starbucks.

On Tuesday’s they sell hot pasties. On the other days you can purchase frozen pasties to take home and cook. To many who were fond of the pasty store from the 1990’s on 98 just North of West Jefferson Street, this is a welcome return.

Gino's Place: A great place to eat close to Spring Hill Drive

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by Hernando Sun Staff

Located just south of Spring Hill Drive on Linden, Gino's Place offers lunch and breakfast at a great price for the size of your meal. It is fresh and fast. You order at the counter and Gino himself prepares it. He is friendly and personable and has 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. He opened Gino's place about 5 years ago and says it was on his bucket list to run his own restaurant. Business was slow going at first, but now he has built up a good clientele.

Weeki Wachee Seafood Market

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by Hernando Sun Staff

Al and Ellie Marceau own the Weeki Wachee Seafood market which opened its doors late last year. So far they have developed a strong relationship with locals and restaurant owners. They have great prices and fresh delicious seafood of many varieties. The gulf shrimp pinks are wonderful and their wild North Atlantic salmon melts in your mouth. Both are affordably priced. We even tried their octopus which we chopped up and sauteed with some garlic and olive oil. This was a hit.

Rising Sun Bistro: Local Food and Fun

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by Hernando Sun Staff

The Rising Sun Bistro opened its doors in June 2014 by Criss Holzaepfel and Catherine Reeves. Since then they have built a large following and a successful business. Rising Sun always uses fresh ingredients and locally sourced when available. When we stopped by, they had strawberries from JG Ranch on Wiscon Road. They also get beautiful lettuce for their salads from Auro Community Gardens. They carry local wines from Strong Tower Winery and others. Criss makes homemade soaps with essential oils that she places in the restrooms.

Welcome Thyme on the Square, Downtown Brooksville

by Hernando Sun Staff

Thyme on the Square, a new restaurant located in the historic J.A. Jennings Building in downtown Brooksville is already building a reputation for their fried pork rinds which can be spiced with your choice of their signature seasonings. The restaurant serving lunch and dinner, has no qualms about serving from the lunch menu at dinnertime. They also offer homemade egg nog or mocha cappucino flavored ice cream. At the bar you can order beer, wine, and a variety of wine mixers.

Dickies Barbeque Pit Opens in Brooksville

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by Hernando Sun Staff

Dickies opened its doors on Thursday at its Brooksville location, 19348 Cortez Blvd in the Brooksville Square Plaza next door to Publix. Dickies is a barbeque franchise from Dallas Texas, established in 1941. The proprietors of the new location are David Ambrose and Steven Phillips, friends as well as business partners who met in Brooksville over ten years ago. Ambrose, entrepreneur, and Phillips with restaurant experience teamed up when they saw a need for southern style barbeque in Brooksville.

Canoeing the Chaz

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“Chaz” is short for Chassahowitzka meaning “hanging pumpkins.” Along the banks of the river, hanging pumpkins once grew prolifically. The pumpkins are also called Seminole Pumpkins. They are a vine and are able to grow up trees so the pumpkins themselves appear to hang from tree branches. The pumpkins are quite delicious and easy to grow. Gardeners beware that they will quickly overtake the area in which they are planted.

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