Cedar Key restaurants reflect old Florida

By Coach Billy Jack Hoover

Sorry this took so long to write, slackers, but I had a little thing called football season to get going. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Anyway, as you all know, me, Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover and Chely Sizemore (@chelysizemore) spent a few days down in Cedar Key, Florida, back in the summer. Today, I’m going to talk a bit about Cedar Key restaurants.

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This is Steamer’s. Those are oyster shells on the wall. @chelysizemore wanted to do that at the Beaver Dam, but we’re not.

Cedar Key is down on the Gulf side. All you gotta do to get there is head out west from Gainesville. You hardly even have to touch the steering wheel. But, there are about 5,000 speed limit changes. The people who make the speed limit signs down there must be the dang governor’s family or something. Anyway, Cedar Key is the land that time forgot. It’s old Florida at its best. It is a bit run down in spots, and the locals blame that on the economy. It’s not for everybody. You won’t find any chain restaurants, hotels or stores on Cedar Key. Everything is independently owned, and that is a nice change of place for an old codger like me who doesn’t like all those neon T-shirt shops everywhere. (All the T-shirts you’ll ever need are at www.BeaverDamUSA.com and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.) Chely Sizemore was upset that there wasn’t any goony golf, but she survived somehow.

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So here’s quick recap of some of the Ceder Key restaurants where we ate.

Island Room At Cedar Cove – This is one of the fanciest restaurants on the island. I’m not much for places like that, but Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover likes to get dressed up every now and again, so we went there. The atmosphere was like the ‘60s – my favorite decade. The food was pricey but great. I would definitely recommend you hit the Island Room once while you’re there.

Pickled Pelican Bar and Eatery – This place has a great patio out over the water. It’s a fun atmosphere with a typical seafood/burger place menu. Excellent food.

Steamers Clam Bar & Grill – Steamers is the closest thing you’ll find to a chain type beach restaurant. The atmosphere is good with a nice view over the water. You’ll have fun there, but don’t get excited about the food. It’s just aight.

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Annie’s Café – This is a locals place. It’s in a run-down building, and that’s just the way they like it. It’s a favorite place for fishermen and old sea salts. The food is surprisingly good, and it’s surprisingly affordable.

Kona Joe’s Café – You know how Chely Sizemore loves her bacon, so we had to go to a couple of breakfast places while we were. Kona Joe’s had the best reviews online, so we went. It’s an interesting place, and the owner is personable. But the breakfast didn’t knock our socks off.

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Here’s Annie’s Cafe. That’s one long table.

And last but not least, I give you the Island Pizzeria vs. Cedar Key Pizza cage match… You know, you don’t go to the coast for pizza normally, and Cedar Key lives up to that pretty much. Cedar Key Pizza is right in town, so it’s convenient. Island Pizzeria is 3 minutes by car from the hotel area. Bottom line, Island Pizzeria is better. The truth is in the crust, and theirs is a bit better.

Aight slackers, I’ve gotta go. I’ve worked up an appetite talking about food. Remember to follow me on twitter @coachbillyj and follow Chely @chelysizemore.

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