A Foodie's Road Trip Through Levy County

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Whether Levy County is your ultimate destination or you’re passing through, bring your appetite as the area’s restaurants are well worth a special trip.

Seafood reigns supreme in Levy County thanks to its location along the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but you’ll also find traditional Southern cuisines, barbecue and a winery when you visit. Levy County hosts a number of food festivals in the fall and winter, so take a look at its events to see if one is happening when you visit.

If you’re traveling nearby on Interstate 75 or taking one of the main roads through Levy County, you’re minutes from a number of unique and delicious restaurants. Set your car’s navigation, get ready for Instagram-worthy snapshots and dine at one of these spots:

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Black Water Grill & Bar, Yankeetown
If riverfront dining with handcut steaks and locally-sourced seafood is what you're in the mood for, visit the Black Water Grill & Bar on the Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown.
6301 Riverside Drive, Yankeetown, 352-441-5002

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The Ivy House, Williston
Williston sits on the eastern edge of Levy County and is one of the closest cities to I-75. Taking this 15 to 20-minute detour will put you on Northwest Main Street, where you’ll find The Ivy House. Open for lunch and dinner, the highly rated restaurant serves Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, fried seafood, sandwiches, salads, and steaks. For dessert, the peanut butter pie is always a hit. Owner Marjorie Hale (aka “Mimi”) and her daughters, granddaughters and the staff at The Ivy House will make you feel like family. And if you enjoy Mimi’s cooking, you can purchase a copy of her cookbook, “Gracefully Southern,” to take with you as a souvenir.
106 NW Main St., Williston. 352-528-5410.

19/98 Grill & Country Store, Fanning Springs
Pulling up to 19/98 Grill is like driving into another era. The rustic, western exterior welcomes you with outdoor seating and a fire pit. Inside, you’ll be amazed by the extensive list of items on the menu sure to satisfy any of your cravings. Try the seafood baskets, burgers, zucchini fries and sandwiches, or taste the Reuben sandwich sure to rival a New York Reuben. Dine inside, where you’ll find John Wayne memorabilia, or eat outside at a picnic table under the Spanish moss-draped oak trees. Serving lunch and dinner, this Fanning Springs restaurant takes its name from its location in the northern part of Levy County, where U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. Highway 98 meet.
17110 U.S.-19, Fanning Springs. 352-463-1998.

Bett’s Big T Restaurant, Chiefland
Serving Southern style home cooking with generous portions, Bett’s Big T has been a hotspot for locals for more than 60 years. The restaurant was built in 1954 as a truck stop and restaurant, pre I-75 when U.S. Highway 19 was the main thoroughfare for truckers. Try the famous fried chicken, and save room for the delicious apple pie when you dine.Bett’s Big T opens daily at 6 a.m. 
2525 N Young Boulevard (U.S.-19), Chiefland. 352-490-4906

Bar-B-Q Bill’s, Chiefland
If you’re craving juicy, grilled meat while driving through Chiefland, Bar-B-Q Bill’s serves up barbecued chicken, beef, pork and ribs all day.
1901 N Young Blvd. (U.S.-19), Chiefland. 352-493-4444

Shrimp Landing Restaurant, Inglis
At the southern end of Levy County is where you’ll find this spot that’s a favorite among locals for breakfast. Shrimp Landing opens daily at 5 a.m. and stays open through dinner, so it’s a great option anytime your route takes you along U.S. Highway 19. You’re guaranteed not to leave hungry—each day features a different all-you-can-eat special. Start your morning with a fluffy three-egg omelet, breakfast sandwich or the country fried steak and eggs. The lunch and dinner menus offer seafood fresh or fried, sandwiches, and salads.
48 U.S.-19, Inglis. 352-447-5201

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Dock Street, Cedar Key
Seafood with sea views is what makes a detour to Cedar Key a must-do while in Levy County. Try the local clams; Cedar Key is one of the largest producers of farm-raised clams in the United States. 

Waterfront dining options in Cedar Key include 83 WestAway from the World, Dig Deck Raw Bar, Duncan's on the Gulf, and Steamers Clam Bar & Grill. Within walking distance are the Island Room and the award-winning clam chowder at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. The clam chowder was crowned world champion three years in a row at the annual Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, Rhode Island, earning the secret recipe a place of honor in the Great Chowder Cook-off Hall of Fame.
83 West: 310 Dock St., Cedar Key. 352-543-5070  
Away From The World: 360 Dock St., Cedar Key 352-477-5008
Big Deck Raw Bar: 331 Dock St., Cedar Key 352-543-9992
Duncan's on the Gulf: 490 Dock St., Cedar Key 352-543-8004
Steamers Clam Bar & Grill: 420 Dock St., Cedar Key 352-543-5142
Island Room: 192 E. 2nd St., Cedar Key 352-543-6520
Tony’s Seafood Restaurant: 597 2nd St., Cedar Key 352-543-0022

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