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"The Yearling" - Cross Creek

sichuanhead | Jan 1, 2012 06:05 PM

Cross Creek is the hamlet where Marjorie Rawlings wrote "The Yearling," and it's the site of an restaurant named after the novel. Cross Creek is one of the last unspoiled patches of Old Florida, a gem. The restaurant serves Old Florida rural food: alligator, venison, quail, frog legs.

This was the worst meal I've had in a restaurant in six decades of eating out. Nearly everything was deep fried in oil that must have died days ago. The thick breading on every morsel absorbed mostly the crankcase oil used in deep-frying so alligator tasted like frogs and like green tomatoes - all exactly alike, and equally inedible.

After a few bites, we asked for doggie bags, and indeed the dogs of our local host were the beneficiaries of this kitchen's talents.

The cost for two was $90.

The Yearling
County Road 325, Hawthorne, FL 32640

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