Two Guys from Italy

We try to give restaurants two chances before we say, “never again”.  


Our first visit to Two Guys from Italy–over 10 years ago–was so bad we swore we’d never be back.  I’m not going into all the issues because I try to be positive.  It must have just been a bad moment in the universe because…

NOW I want you to go to Two Guys from Italy.

Two Guys from Italy is a restaurant on US-19 south of Homosassa Springs.  

Recently many of our local friends have been surprised about our past experience.  They keep telling us that it’s really good.

So we took their recommendation seriously. And tried it again.


Seriously.  Our very favorite Italian restaurant is Papa Joe’s in Brooksville.  But I gotta say, our lunches were equally good.  Maybe better because the price was MUCH lower.

Okay.  Let me tell you about our experience.

As we walked in we could smell fresh bread baking.  Turns out, they make all of their own bread plus bread for many other area restaurants, right there at the on-site bakery. 

We ate in the dining room.  There’s also a bar and an outside deck.  I ordered eggplant parmigiana and Terry had Alfredo Linguine with Chicken. The dinners came with salad and garlic rolls. The rolls were wonderful.  Warm with a melted butter and garlic topping. The salad was a little wilted but came with lots of black olives.  A joy to me since Terry won’t eat the little slimy things, I get doubles!


My eggplant parmigiana had to be one of the best I have ever had.  Not exaggerating.  It’s one of my favorite dishes and I usually order it at all Italian restaurants.  This was fresh.  And delicious.  And a huge portion.  This was easily enough for two meals.

two guys from italy eggplant parmigiana

Terry loved the Alfredo Linguine with Chicken.  He said the chicken had a different and great flavor.  He cleaned his plate up–no leftovers for him. 

Two Guys from Italy salad

It took a little longer than a normal lunch time service but everything was made fresh.  Totally delicious and as Terry told our server, “The food was worth the wait!”


Oh yeah, and the prices were good! Did I already say that?  

I do think we will be back!

Suncoast Diner

Suncoast Diner

A couple of our neighbors suggested we stop at the Suncoast Diner.

We were like.


But, after a few months, we decided to actually try the place.

So that was Sunday and I wanted to go to a nice place in Crystal River on the water.  

But then reality hit me in the head and I knew that experience would be something like our dining at Stumpknockers on the River last week.  Lots and lots and lots of tourists and our northern friends. And a very long wait at the ladies room.

So we stopped at Suncoast Diner.  Someplace I really never expected us to try.  

Here it is…

Suncoast Diner
Just north of Homosassa Springs. On the right. Kind of across from McDonalds.  It’s in the same building as a pawn shop. You might not be able to read that sign but it says that the diner got the Best of the Best for 2015 for Breakfast.  That’s our local newspaper’s readers choice award.
Suncoast Diner
Another view

The place was PACKED!  No tables open.  We sat at the bar.  I can’t actually ever remember sitting at the bar of a diner.  (I’ve sat at plenty of bars but not at a diner bar before–well, I might have either blocked it out or just don’t remember)

Suncoast Diner
Here’s the daily special board. Actually liked that!

It was interesting.  We got to watch the two cooks slaving over a hot stove and the two servers rushing around. Kind of fun.  Kind of different.  And I gotta say, our lunches were unbelieveably good.  

And huge!

Suncoast Diner
My blackened chicken sandwich with HOME MADE french fries.
Suncoast Diner
Terry’s chicken parmesan with HOME MADE french fries.

The only complaint I have is TOO MUCH FOOD!  Guess what we had for dinner?  Blackened chicken and chicken parmesan.  

Gotta say those are the BEST FRENCH FRIES ever.  I’m not a big FF lover.  Mostly because they are pulled out of the bag and thrown into the fryer.  Blah.

Not these, when I told our server how much I loved them, she said that it takes two days to make the fries.  

We loved the place SO much that Terry said, wonder what breakfast is like?  I responded, if we are going, it’s gotta be before Wednesday cause that’s when I post.

So we went yesterday.  About 8:30.  On our way to Home Depot.  (A whole ‘nother story about poor customer service which I’m not going into.)

I said in last week’s restaurant post that I usually don’t go out for breakfast because it’s pretty easy to make at home.  So I ordered a vege omelet because that’s the kind of stuff we DON’T keep at home.  Cause peppers and onions and mushrooms aren’t going to be eaten by anyone but me.  And then they go bad.  Jeeezeee, veges gone bad.  Hate it.

Our breakfasts were so good.

Suncoast Diner

And, again, too much food.  I wasn’t crazy about the biscuit but I’m pretty picky about my carbs! Everything else was EXCELLENT!

Terry had the two egg platter.

Suncoast Diner


Food is excellent.  Prices are good.  I even like their unmatched chipped plates and retro glasses.  I understand why they got the “Best of the Best”.  Yum.  

They’ll probably be calling us by our names soon.  

Kind of like Coyote Cafe.  

One more yum.  

Kim’s Cafe

Kim's Cafe


“What a Fish Reuben really is”

Lunch is my totally favorite meal to go out to eat.  

I can make breakfast at home.  Seriously.  I always have eggs and toast here.  Quite often bacon and hash browns in the fridge.  Just a few of our staples.  Easy Peasy.

Terry likes to make dinner.  He’s expanded his grilling horizons and makes all kinds of yummy meals for us.  

But lunch?  It just happens to occur while we are out running errands.  So easy to stop in and grab a sammy.

One of my favorite local places is Kim’s Cafe.  Prices are good, service is quick, and the food is really yummy.  And it’s only about 12 minutes away.  (Used to be 10 minutes but now we have that 25 mph golf cart zone and drivers are taking that very seriously. It’s also a good excuse for me whenever I’m late for a meeting)

Last week after I wrote about how disappointed I was with the fish reuben at  Norton’s Riverside Sportsbar, I met a couple of my good friends at Kim’s.  Which just happens to have a fish reuben on the menu.  And you know I had to order it.  My friend Yvonne never had one before but loved the corned beef version of the reuben and was ready to give it a try.

Kim's Cafe
Oh yes!  That’s a Fish Reuben! Complete with rye bread AND sauerkraut!


Kims' Cafe
Donna ordered the fried fish platter. It was huge!

Yvonne is now a fish reuben lover.  

So good!

Then the next day, Terry said let’s have lunch at Coyote Cafe.  

I’ve already wrote about Coyote Cafe right here in Old Homosassa a few times so this isn’t really a review. (Love the place, the chef, and the servers)

Just want to say that there is a Reuben on their menu.  And that’s what I ordered.  And this is what a real reuben looks like!

Coyote Cafe Reuben

coyote cafe reuben
OH yes corned beef and sauerkraut!

Here’s Terry’s ham and cheese.  (he would never eat anything with sauerkraut on it.) Yum for him.  Next to chicken wings, I think this is possibly his favorite food!

coyote cafe

Then I thought, I should just write reviews for Fish Reubens all over the county!  But then Friday we stopped at Old Mill Tavern (another local favorite) and they had a fish reuben on the menu.  And I said, Nope, can’t have reubens three days in one week!

Next time!