The Lake House Bed & Breakfast

8604 E Gospel Island Rd
Inverness, 34450
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I've been coming to the lake house once a month for 10 years on business. The house is great - so comfotrable and Cathy, the owner is a great hostess and friend. Tomorrow evening after work we 'll go for a sunset boat ride and have dinner on the lake. Every visit has been better than the one before. This is truly a 5 Star Bed and Breakfast!!!!!!!

(352) 344-3586

Bed & Breakfast

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Little Italy of Inverness Deli

124 N Apopka Ave
Inverness, 34450
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What a great surprise. Passing thru town, stopped in for lunch. Wonderful sandwiches and salads. Super friendly staff. Great biscotti and coffee drinks. They had a piano player playing some great light jazz. While paying our tab (VERY reasonable by the way) the owner gives a couple of roasted olives to sample. Another bonus. What a treat.
This place is such a hidden gem - if you find yourself within 20 miles of Inverness, you've gotta make a detour to check out Little Italy. We were only in Crystal River for one night and day but I insisted we go back again on the way out of town the next day because of how good the food is and how great the owner is! This is the closer to an authentic Italian deli I've been to since my last trip to Rome a couple of years ago. The general atmosphere of the place and the neighborhood feel of it is exactly what you'd expect from a good deli in Rome. The service was impeccable - the owner himself comes around and socializes with pretty much all the guests. He even liked us well enough to entice us to stay longer with free cappuccinos! At first the owner may seem a little intrusive if you're not from the South, but after a few minutes with him you learn that he's just got a big heart and is just a really nice guy (and from Italy, as well). The Italian sub is a solid bet for your first time in. If you're hungry, it should satisfy you without leaving you overstuffed, but even if you're not so hungry they cut it in half and it'll last a few hours easy. It's just good bread and good meats, plain and simple. That being said, it's still way tastier than a Jimmy John's or literally any other Italian sub outside of Italy I've ever had. The next day I told him that I liked spicy food so he fixed me a sandwich based on that (which is pretty common there for him to do) and it was even better than the Italian sub! it had a nice kick to it without being overpowering on spice. Once again, solid meats and bread. My girlfriend had a salad and it, too, was better than your average salad with fresh meats and everything. The only thing I wouldn't recommend there are the cookies so much. It's not that they're bad, they're just nothing exceptional, unlike pretty much everything else there. Oh, and he said they do dinner on weekends - probably worth checking out.
This is my favorite place to eat in Citrus County. I try to get there once a week. I'm a fairly picky eater when it comes to Italian delis, but Alfredo, Donna and Rosario know what I like and what I don't. And I'm never disappointed by what I get. Salads and hot pressed sandwiches are delicious, vegetarian or not. If you get there early enough during the week, there are one or two specials to choose from. Haven't had a bowl of soup that I don't like. Perfect way to end lunch is with a shot of espresso and a cookie or a piece of pastry. Better pastries than anything I've had in NY or Philadelphia. Dinners are a treat as well. It's like going to your Italian grandparents' house for dinner. You eat what you're served. But each course is more delightful than the next. Fridays you have a choice of a 3-course meal or a 7-course meal. Saturdays are 7-course meals. To me, a big part of the fun is guessing what's coming next so for that reason, I find the 7-course meal a lot more enjoyable. The entertainment has varied each time we've been there for dinner - from Alfredo and Rosario singing to an evening of operatic enjoyment. We've ordered cakes, pastries, cookies to serve at parties. Always a big hit with our friends. Highly recommend Little Italy for lunch or for dinner - or for baked goods.

(352) 726-5044

Delis, Bakeries, Coffee & Tea

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Deco Cafe

109 Courthouse Sq
Inverness, 34450
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Lovely little cafe right on the courthouse square in the heart of this little downtown close to the bike trail. Lovely selections of sandwiches (we came for lunch) and wonderfully attentive and friendly staff. I'd love to check it out for breakfast. Had the NY Strip panini all the way which was tasty! Wife had the gluten free option (they have GF bread for all their sandwiches). Also: cool little Art Deco building with flair according to style.
We've been wanting to try this place for awhile now, since it's not too far and the reviews were good. Today we went for lunch.....we won't be back. The service was fast and friendly. I had the Reuben panini which was good but light on the meat, my husband had the Cobb salad (wanted grilled chicken, but they were out of that) it was VERY small for the price, a discount for no chicken would have been nice, they did give him a little extra avocado apparently, also the balsamic vinaigrette was nothing special. Lastly, it was all served on plastic with plastic utensils, don't care for that. I hope they recycle it at least.
I had a job in Inverness and stopped in here based on high ratings by locals and they are right! Staff is super friendly and attentative and you MUST have the soups!!! Oh my goodness, I had the stuffed pepper soup and it was AMAZING! I have never heard of stuffed pepper soup before!! I wished this place was closer to Tampa!!!

(352) 341-5400

Cafes

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Dales Diner

5490 S Florida Ave
Inverness, 34450
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I have eaten there 3 times and the food has been great the owners are very nice and are there to make your experience good. I thought everything was great
Great breakfast and lunch menu. I haven't had a bad meal yet. I really like the soup they have. Hamburgers are good. Specials are always good and reasonable. The owner and his wife are very nice. Well, everyone there is! I like Dales, I will return.

(352) 423-4806

American (New), Diners

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McLeod House Bistro

207 N Apopka Ave
Inverness, 34450
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What a wonderful find in Inverness. Great food expertly presented. Service is excellent. If you are in the area it is well worth a stop for dinner
The food did not reflect menu descriptions. I expected more. We were there on dark late afternoon and I felt the interior was way too dark. The spinach salad was a disappointment. My husband had the sea bass and it was likely the best of our choices. I would not make a return trip. Our guest was critical of his meal also.
Roast beef and cheddar was delicious. The bread was the best part. My wife got the flat bread caprese, an overkill on the basil, although it was still very tasty.

(352) 726-7700

American (New)

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The Ice Cream Dr

106 N Pine Ave
Inverness, 34450
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The ice cream is Awesome! Love the dark chocolate Hershey's ice cream! Friendly staff and great prices.
The Ice Cream Dr is an ice cream shop that sells the expected ice cream cones and milkshakes but also does BBQ apparently and has a great location in downtown Inverness. The interior is large enough for a number of people but certainly not huge--it went into what apparently was an old retail store and the space is very well-suited for an ice cream parlor. The array of flavors are pretty diverse, too, and the staff is very nice and outgoing. Every small town needs an ice cream parlor and Inverness with its lovely courthouse square and multitude of American flags certainly deserves a place like this to bring that old-fashioned feeling of Americana to life. The coffee ice cream shake I had was very creamy, very good. Certainly no complaints there. Be aware that they only have whole milk apparently on hand for shakes, so no vegan options nor skim milk I guess.
This is basically two reviews. One for the ice cream, and one for the BBQ. The BBQ is a new addition from what we were told, and was very plain. Even with additional sauce it was lacking flavor, and was a bit pricey for the portions. The BBQ beans were good as a side, but the serving was not much more than a shot glass size. 2 stars. The ice cream is excellent, with a huge selection of flavors, good serving sizes, and the normal options of cones, Sundays, and splits. 4 stars The staff is very friendly and helpful. Skip the BBQ, but definitely come for the ice cream.

(352) 341-4237

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Heidi’s Italian Restaurant

901 Hwy 41 N
Inverness, 34450
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Hey, I avoided this place cause I like pizza and they don't pizza. THEN, I got my haircut and Heather told me about their great salads. Blackened chicken - so I tried it cause I believe whatever Heather says. Oh my gosh, it's great!!!!! The best I have ever. The salad dressing is not something you can duplicate and makes this a smooth, tasty delight! I went back for lasagna too and it was super. Nice people, great service, like family!
The service here was incredibly rude. After waiting for awhile and being ignored we sat at a large table. The waitress was snarky and asked if we needed the space. The place was empty besides a couple and one man at the bar. She continued to be snarky throughout the visit. Ordered wings and cheese bread. The wings were good but the sauce (luckily ordered on the side) was weird. Not a buffalo sauce but some weird BBQ concoction. The place could use a cleaning too.
Is this the same Aunt Heidi's that used to be on St Pete Beach?? Planning on s stop after tubing

(352) 637-1355

Italian

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Highlands Family Restaurant

3066 S Florida Ave
Inverness, 34450
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New to area and have tried many places from Ocala to Crystal River. Toda hut I had breakfast here and it was super! Waitperson was very nice. Food was real fresh, tasted perfect, not greasy. Price was good and the place was very clean. These people care and it shows!!
Meh, there's better restaurants around here. I don't mind a no frills diner for breakfast, but it's interesting to see a few breakfast joints in the area (including this one) that serve Hormel corned beef hash straight out of the can. Two people in my group ordered it, and they hardly touched it since they didn't even cook or brown it! In addition to not cooking the corned beef, they also managed to not cook the potatoes, which were large chunks of semi-hard starch. Another person ordered a cheese omelet and thought that it was filled with Cheese-whiz. It was probably Kraft American "cheese", but it's no substitute for REAL cheese. My oatmeal and scrambled eggs were exactly what they were- nothing more, nothing less. Don't expect fresh fruit- the strawberries I got for my oatmeal came frozen, then thawed and come sad-looking when served to you. Lots of locals come here to hang out and chat up the waitresses, so it's fun to see that sense of community here. But if you're not a local and looking for a cheap sustenance (and don't care what it tastes like), than this is your place. If you want flavor, I'd go elsewhere.
The Highlands restaurant provides good food and an excellent value. We've eaten here a few times and have not been disappointed. The servers are prompt and attentive and the food quality is good. I don't know of any other place in the area where you can get 2 complete dinners (entree, soup or salad, potato, veggie and dessert) for only $13.99. They also make a decent gyro.

(352) 341-3030

American (New)

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Sonny’s BBQ

750 W Main St
Inverness, 34450
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Always clean, friendly, and yummy. Been going to this Sonny's for years and were always been happy with food and service!
well salad bar was fresh and tasty brisket sandwich, a little dry, used a lot of sweet BBQ sauce sat right under music speaker that had an awful sound---annoying waitress was extremely nice over and out
I love Sonny's. I love their BBQ and when I'm in the south I make a point to go. Inverness Sonny's is pretty dirty and the service was awful last Sunday night. We were seated in the back room and the server wasn't very happy to be working. The bathrooms, tables, floors, and salad bar are gross. Just don't look around if you're going to eat there.

(352) 341-2686

Barbeque, American (New)

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Checkers Restaurant

510 W Main St
Inverness, 34450
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We got freshly made burgers and fries. Everything tasted very good and the service was fast. There is no dining room but there are tables outside with umbrellas.

(352) 637-9669

Fast Food

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