Frog Legs, Gator, and Fried Green Tomatoes

YearlingSignConnie, Maureen, and I started our meal at The Yearling in Cross Creek with the Cracker Sampler Platter. I’m not usually an adventurous diner but felt I had to at least taste the foods that have earned The Yearling recognition as one of the best restaurants in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine.CrackerSampler

I can’t say I’d order frog legs, gator, or fried green tomatoes as my main meal, but I’m glad I tried them. They’re all better than they sound, and the frog legs were a pleasant surprise and the catfish sandwich…delicious.YearlingExterior

Time stands still at The Yearling. The rundown building made me wonder if our fifty minute drive was a mistake. I expected rustic, but this makes biker bars look good. Inside, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings memorabilia as well as other “old Florida” touches decorate the restaurant, and on the day of our visit, there was even a fire in fireplace of the dining room in which we ate…you really can’t judge a book by its cover!YearlingInterior

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We topped off our meal with a slice of sour orange pie, a yummy treat similar to key lime pie but with a tangy orange sauce. Step back in time and check out The Yearling.SourOrangePie