7154 S E County Rd 21B, Keystone Heights, FL 32656
Phone: (352) 473-9873
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Located in the heart of Keystone Heights, Florida, Florida Cracker Kitchen is a unique and animated eatery that offers an authentically southern adventure with a twist.Wednesday’s Kid’s Eat Free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Where Does Florida Cracker Come From?
When cattle ranchers first came to Florida, they found vast expanses of wild and untamed grasslands, swamps, and forests. Often these cattle ranchers would use whips to control their livestock. While it’s somewhat in dispute, most believe the term “cracker” comes from the distinctive whip-cracking sound from the whips of these early settlers.
Running deep into the wilderness to retrieve cattle was dangerous work but one which Florida’s “Cracker” cowboys and cowgirls were made for.
As a way to honor that history, we’ve taken an aspect of the Florida Cracker lifestyle: the cooking.
Utilizing fresh and local resources, Florida cracker cooking is simple, yet soulful – meant to keep the belly full and the body going. Florida Cracker Kitchen honors these traditions and takes the same approach to our menu today. Whether it’s our famous Okeechobee Gumbo or a Catfish Fry, you’ll always leave a little full and with a big smile.
Frying Up Southern Favorites in Keystone
Find delightfully crafted twists on southern mainstays and a warm and inviting atmosphere inside our Old Florida-inspired restaurant and gift shop located just off Highway 100. Keystone Heights is surrounded by incredible natural beauty and produces a rich variety of agriculture, much like what the original Florida Crackers would have seen. We’re really excited to have such a uniquely-suited structure in Keystone that practically beams “cracker cooking”.
Find the tastes and flavors of home as you enjoy time with friends and family around our tables. Our dining room in Keystone is open from 7am to 2:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday. You can also get Florida Cracker Kitchen Keystone by take out or delivery through various local services.
Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls as big as plates, world famous shrimp and grits, oyster frittatas, and so much more all merit a return trip just to savor the flavors of authentic Old-Florida southern food.
Far Away But Never Really That Far
We love serving up new and interesting spins on southern classics that keep customers coming back for more but we know you can’t spend all your days with us. That’s why we put together our favorite Florida Cracker Kitchen spices, rubs, hot sauces, apparel, home goods, and more and made them all available in our gift shop.