River Ratz


The best thing about cycling: lunch! We’ve starting exploring bike trails around the state this summer. It’s great to get outside between rain storms and get a little exercise. It’s also a terrific way to see different, out-of-the-way parts of the state; but what I’ve enjoyed most is finding local restaurants where we can cool off and eat lunch.

The last two weeks we’ve ridden portions of the Withlacoochee Trail. Our first ride ended at the trail head in Inverness so we tried the Deco Cafe on the courthouse square. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are found on the menu as well as a selection of beer and wine. We ordered a turkey wrap and a roast beef panini but passed on alcohol; however, we did splurge on a slice of orange cake.

Definitely worth a return trip!

On our second ride from Nobleton to Floral City, eating lunch at River Ratz made the eighteen mile ride worth while. Located on the river at the Nobleton Outpost, River Ratz Cafe serves shrimp, wings, burgers, and a variety of sandwiches. I enjoyed every bite of my hamburger and John found a Philly cheese steak sandwich he’ll come back for again.

River Ratz Cafe’s hours vary and  they’re closed on Monday and Tuesday so it may be a good idea to call ahead if eating there is your sole reason for a trip to Nobleton. It won’t take much to convince me to ride the Withlacoochee Trail so long as lunch is part of any future trip!