If you happen to be in Hernando, Florida at breakfast or lunch time there is only one place to go to eat, Red’s. It is not literally the only place to dine in town but it certainly is a popular choice. You can expect to find a waiting line of people on almost any day of the week. While we didn’t find a line out the door the morning we were there, there were people waiting inside for an available table.
The clientele is eclectic. You are just as likely to see tables full of bikers as you are to see families, seniors and yuppies. This restaurant has a sort of rustic family appeal that everyone enjoys. The décor is simple with wood tables and the food is plentiful and unpretentious. Not that the food is bland mind you, there are plenty of unexpected surprises in the pages of their menu.
We waited patiently for our table and my brother and sister –in-law assured us that the wait was worth it. This is their favorite breakfast location and as it turns out now, is located quite close to where we purchased our new vacation home in Florida. While it wasn’t the reasons we purchased there, it certainly is a pleasant perk.
One of their specialties is their French toast with orange zest. Wanting to try something that they are known for, I gave them a try. The portion was huge and the French toast was good. The special ones are made from Challah bread and drizzled with honey and orange zest and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. If you opted for the regular French toast, they come with bacon or sausage and potatoes or grits. As you can imagine, it was quite the plate of food. I added an order of bacon to my breakfast and it was thick cut and cooked to perfection.
My husband ordered one of their overstuffed omelets. It was cheese and had cheese not only inside but on the outside and the rest of his plate was filled with potatoes. It was a huge portion. The in-laws had fried eggs that came cooked exactly as requested; again the plate was filled with home fried red potatoes.
Our waitress was very busy so had little time to socialize but we never felt neglected and coffee cups were kept filled. I would rate this a very satisfactory experience and since I noticed that they have homemade soup daily, I would like to come back and try lunch. They are only open until 2pm and are closed on Mondays.