Pine Ridge, Florida is a relatively medium sized community with a population of about 10,000 according to the 2010 Census. They are mostly known for their love for horses, as they have plenty of Equestrian societies and trails to go horseback riding and nature walks. However, it is also a coastal community that has some pretty nice beaches that are also very low-key and that you don't have to worry about too many tourists or people bothering you. While you are in Pine Ridge, you are certain to work up quite an appetite or a need to sit back and relax with a drink, so here are some of our favorite restaurants and bars to frequent in the Pine Ridge area.
4025 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465
If you're looking for a delicious place to pick up some of the best Thai food around then you need to look no further than Bangkok Thai. They are an excellent and delicious Thai restaurant that has an eclectic menu that is a fusion of several Asian cuisines. They have a remarkable service record, and everyone in the area will absolutely swear by Bangkok Thai. They have several varying levels of spiciness as far as their food goes, and you will certainly be challenged if you decided to go all the way up to their spiciest option. It is not for the faint of heart -- you have been warned! When heading in for a meal at Bangkok Thai we strongly recommend that you get started with the Pork or Vegetable Gyoza or the Yum Tofu Salad, which is to die for, and you need to finish off with the Pad Thai or the Drunken Pork Chef Specialty!
2147 W Norvell Bryant Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461
There are simply not enough places in Florida anymore that serve delicious, hand crafted root beer alongside incredible, juicy burgers anymore. Luckily for the folks in the Pine Ridge area, the folks at Paige's Root Beer satiate this craving, and better than many of the old places that you remember frequenting as a child. Opened by brother and sister Kevin and Teresa Paige in 2012, they opened the doors of the restaurant to showcase the old family recipe that has been passed down for generations. They pride themselves on their delicious, fresh burgers that have been marinated overnights with secret seasonings (they'll never tell!) and that are cooked to order. They have crispy edges and a toasted bun. Deeelicious. And you absolutely must try their desserts such as their banana pudding, creamy milkshakes, or of course their root beer floats served in a frosted mug.
3887 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465
Famous for their delicious Cherry Wood Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Pork & Slaw Wraps, and Pulled Pork Egg Rolls, Skeets Smokehouse is a regional favorite, and people from far and wide will rant and rave over how delicious the eats at Skeets Smokehouse & Grill are. All of the food prepared at Skeet's Smokehouse & Grill are fresh and delicious, prepared fresh every day. They have an incredibly friendly staff who will warmly welcome you with a smile every time you walk through the doors, and they have a clean, comfortable, and family-friendly environment that is truly great for just about any occasion. They work very hard to make sure that their customers are profoundly happy and satisfied with the meal that they have eaten at Skeets Smokehouse & Grill, and you will absolutely not be disappointed by the results. In addition to the famous dishes that they are well known for that we mentioned above, we suggest that you try the Button Mushrooms or Hand Battered Onion Rings to start off with, and then you need to try the wings with Hot BBQ sauce and the Swai Dinner which can come grilled, fried, or blackened, and we strongly suggest you try it blackened. Not to mention that they have a wide variety of craft and draft beers that have both been brewed locally and throughout the states, as well as Woodbridge Wines!
9576 N Citrus Springs Blvd, Dunnellon, FL 34434
At Boulevard Bistro, they pride themselves on providing the community with quality ingredients, fresh food, and the highest standards of service that you can possibly imagine within a small, lovely bistro. They served pleasantly pressed sandwiches, piping hot soups, crispy salads, juicy burgers, crunchy and flavorful french fries, healthy pasta salads, and scrumptious homemade pastries and baked goods. If you're more in a mood to sit down for a delicious beverage, then they have you covered in that department as well with gourmet and specialty coffees that are certain to give you that kick that you need, as well as cappuccinos, hair-raising espressos, creamy frappes, healthy and delicious smoothies, authentic Italian Sodas, and even beer and wine if you're looking to take in the finer things in life and enjoy some fine spirits. Whether you're looking to host a private party, go on a casual date, or just sit back and relax on your own, Boulevard Bistro is a great option!
8411 N Carl G Rose Hwy, Hernando, FL 34442
Red's Restaurant is one of those restaurants that seems like it should only exist in movies or television shows. Everything about it seems almost too perfect. From the picaresque exterior which seems like it has to have been used in a movie somewhere before, tot he rustic, unique interior, to the servers who seem to greet you right as you enter the door with a smile on their face and an empty table for you located conveniently by a flat screen television. Every trip to Red's Restaurant is like a dream come true. They serve everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you haven't lived until you've tried their pancakes or their bacon. Their bacon will absolutely knock you out of your seat! Red's is truly one of a kind and has all sorts of delicious things on their menu. We strongly recommend their towering club sandwich, which comes with their crispy and delicious french fries and cole slaw. You can't go wrong with the Reuben either!
2416 N Heritage Oaks Path, Hernando, FL 34442
Started in 2008 by a man named Stephen Dorst, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is a unique and delicious cafe to grab some amazing coffee and some great eats. You can't find a finer place to grab a cup of fresh roasted coffee anywhere in Florida, and that's a guarantee! Everything about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is handmade -- right down to the counters and cabinets. Known as a place where "friends come to meet" Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters truly has a down to earth feel that can not be compared by almost any other place in all of the Pine Ridge area. They have incredible drinks from the Americano to the Cattle Dog Mocha. You absolutely must try their seasonal drink as well, which changes out every few weeks, so don't miss out! They also serve delicious sandwiches such as the Sweet Potato Bratwurst sandwich an the BBQ Island Burger. Don't forget to stop in for Brunch, which is always a blast! You will absolutely fall in love with their specially brewed coffees, which is why it's good that they serve their coffees in bean form, as well as in K-Cup form for those of you who have K-Cup machines at home! You will absolutely fall in love with Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, as well as Stephen Dorst's dream!