19/98 Grill Restaurant in Fanning Springs
{An all day ride on a hot day}

I'm ready to go.
The GPS probably wasn't needed as it's a pretty much a straight shot down HWY 27. But we'd never been before and you know how some little places can be tucked away, just off the main drag.

GPS

Doug found great reviews about this place so we had to ride down and try it. This is a long ride south of where we live and we were gone all day. After 2 hours we arrived to this unique little restaurant at the junction of Highway 19 and Highway 98.

1998 sign

The menu is huge and I had a hard time deciding what to eat. They had salads, BBQ, pressed sandwiches, cold subs and burgers. They had homemade desserts and crafts and great service. (Menu is here)

I was curious about something on the menu called Cinnamon Arrows. Here they are. They were so good, served hot and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. I wish I had not ordered them because our lunch portions were large.

Cinnamon arrows

I ordered an eggplant Parmesan sandwich. I have to show you the sandwich as it sits in the basket, deceptively normal looking size-wise.

Eggplant closed

As I lift the bread you can appreciate how large the sandwich is....it had to be a pound of eggplant. Seriously. This is why I was sorry I ate so many Cinnamon Arrows.

eggplant open

Here is the Reuben Doug ordered. Again, it looks like a normal sized sandwich, don't you think?

Reuben cvlosed

Look at how packed it was! We certainly didn't leave hungry.

Reuben open

We walked around a little bit after we ate just to let things settle before climbing back on the trike. There are many decorations made with wood....see the snowman.

snow

And the deer........

deeraa

We passed Fanning Springs State Park on the way down and I was thinking how wonderful it would have been if we brought bathing suits. A cool dip in the spring would have been refreshing. It was hot that day. Years back when we camped at Manatee Springs, which is just a bit farther south, we enjoyed the cold spring water then would sit around outside the camper, reading and chillin' out. I miss that.

Fanning Springs

As usual I fell asleep while we were riding. If I have a full tummy and it's a warm day, I will get a nap on the back of the trike. I have fallen asleep on all three motorcycles Doug has had before and it's certainly no different now. Hey, at least I haven't fallen off yet!

Here is the route we took.

directions


2 h 23 minutes one way - 146 miles via I-10 E and US-27 S. We were gone all day and it was a hot ride. One day we will go again but it won't be anytime soon.

Linking up with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.



16 comments:

Vicki said...

I'd like to go there one day. The food looks amazing and I like that there's a country store also. It's about a two hour drive from where I live so it'd have to be an all day trip for me too.

~~louise~~ said...

I just love hearing about these rides Tina and of course, "tagging along." Those sandwiches are humungous!!! Well at least it was disappointing. Doug did good:)

I can't even imagine falling asleep on the back of a bike. You are a brave girl but I'm sure it is because you have such confidence in Doug too:)

Thank you so much for sharing, Tina...you've brought out the wanderlust in me...

Tina said...

Thanks Louise and Vicki. It's always fun to explore on the road!

Le laquet said...

Wow! That looks great. I love the process of finding hidden gems on the Internet because other people have enjoyed the food and then visiting.
*off to look at the menu*

Tina said...

Mrs L, it was good food but such a long ride so I know we won't do it often. Love eggplant sandwiches!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

What a great way to spend a day!

Beth F said...

What a great day! I love that restaurant and store, with all the fun things to look at. Sometimes it's great to get out and explore.

Tina said...

Thank you, BFR and Jackie 😉

Le laquet said...

Oh T I love aubergine however it comes. Don't get the opportunity very often at home as Si won't entertain it. Summer in France is coming though - Vin will help me out.

Claudia said...

Your road trip sounded fun and the food looked something like Beth's post on burger porn! I would have liked the eggplant one or the Reuben myself.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Looks like a wonderful day! What a cute restaurant and that eggplant parm sandwich is amazing--totally what I would have ordered. ;-)

Carole said...

Very tempting ... But maybe not so good for my waistline! Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

Debbie said...

It seems we are all envious of your rides! and your foodie finds. And my other blogs do exist, but I have them hidden and haven't posted for years on them. I just didn't want to lose what was there.

Tina said...

Thank you. Ladies! We surely do love to ride to eat and sadly, it's taken a wee toll on the waistline but we are trying to eat better during the week. Now when we head to the coastline I get fish so, no problem there!

Katherine P said...

My mouth is watering! Those sandwiches look absolutely amazing! I'm especially wanting a taste of that Reuben. That is a long ride but it looks like an interesting one! I bet next time you'll have your swimsuits on board.

Tina said...

Katherine, this upcoming wend I think we'll go to St George Island but probably won't swim. Love sitting by the water. Maybe next time we go near a spring, then I would love the water!

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