Crystal River is a quiet little town in central Florida with sizable populations of manatees and retirees, my parents included in that second group. One can find several quaint cafes among the gift and antique shops that line the avenues.
Soups, salads, and sandwiches are quite popular among the ladies who meet for lunch. They belong to book clubs and craft clubs and rely on traditional favorites like crab bisque and tuna salad.
During my Thanksgiving visit, my Mom and I tried Amy’s on the Avenue, a tiny bistro adjoining a boutique where I would end up purchasing my first Christmas gift of the season. Most of the tables are on the spacious patio in the back, but unfortunately it was too chilly to sit outside, so we chose one of the five cozy tables inside.
My Mom ordered their Cobb salad with chopped egg, turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, and blue cheese. I decided on a scoop of their housemade chicken salad served on a bed of field greens, garnished with tomatoes and cucumbers that I gave to my Mom. She enjoyed her salad, having had it the last time she was there with her craft club. The chicken salad was quite good as well, full of crunchy pecans and chewy dried cranberries.
Maybe it will be warmer next year.
539 N. Citrus Avenue 352-563-2697