Restaurant

Pee Wee's Knock Out BBQ

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A popular quest is to look for great barbecue. One of the best ways to do this is to follow your nose. Tasty barbecue can be found simply by driving down the road and stopping when you smell the sweet smoke of burning wood mixed with the slow cooking aroma of food.

That was how we found Pee Wee’s Knockout BBQ, a food truck usually located a little south of the Big Lots shopping center on US 41. We had driven past a number of times, but on that day the wood smoke hooked us.

Wood Fire Pizza from the Hot Box Pizza Truck

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The Hot Box Pizza Truck grew out of a backyard project. The owner Eric Bates planned to build a oven in his backyard but instead he chose to put a wood fired oven in a truck and make it a business. He bought an authentic wood fired oven imported from Italy rather than build one himself. The oven can cook an authentic neapolitan pizza in as little 90 seconds at more than 800 degrees. You never know where those backyard projects will lead.

Restaurant Revitalized in Hernando Beach

A restaurant location in Hernando Beach formerly called Swanie’s was in drastic need of renovations after being bought and sold several times. Shrimp boats unloaded their catch at the former restaurant’s dock, which made for an authentic dining experience. Business partners Scott Morano and Marc Delape decided to purchase the restaurant and clean things up. At first Delape thought his partner Scott Morano was a bit crazy, but after weighing out the pros and cons, both decided to give it a go.

Review of the Greek City Cafe

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They currently have two locations: one at Countryside in Clearwater and one on US 19 in Spring Hill. They are opening a third location at Mariner Square in early April.

The Greek City Cafe is probably as authentic as you will find outside of Tarpon Springs. The gyro meat is sliced as needed from upright spinning spits. Their gyro wrap consists of warmed flatbread, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. You can either have a side of chips or for a few dollars more you can have it as a platter with a small greek salad.

Italian Food Lovers Rejoice- Papa Joe’s is Back!

by Julie Maglio

Papa Joe's has become a Brooksville Institution. In the eyes of many who drive by Brooksville on Interstate 75, Brooksville is Papa Joe's. The success of the restaurant has much to do with Joe and Donna Giarratana's 34 years of hard work and generosity. It is also because of this that they were able to rebuild after an electrical fire destroyed their original restaurant back in January of 2014.

Review Florida Cracker Kitchen

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Rocco Maglio

BROOKSVILLE - The Florida Cracker Kitchen is a great place to satisfy your cravings for southern cuisine. It is quickly becoming a fixture in Brooksville.

The restaurant is owned and run by Blair and Ethan Hensley. Blair formally had Coney Island Drive-Inn which is a few doors down. Being a Restaurateur must run in their blood as their mother Larie Hensley owns Mallie Kyla's Cafe just up the Hill next to Saxon Manor.

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.

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.

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