There is no place to eat in the Big Cypress Preserve - the road stretches 40 some miles with nothing. The lady in the visitor's center recommended this place. And it is the first place you come to going west. But Joanie said it was closed for remodeling and would not feed us. That's why the restaurant has a completely unsatisfied score.
The Chamber of Commerce website says:
Everglades 'Swamp Dinners':
Alligator Nuggets and Fritters; Indian Fry Bread with Homemade Salsa; Frog Legs; Vegetarian Cuisine; Local Seafood from the 10,000 islands; freshly made 1/4 lb. Crab Cakes, Stone Crab Salad, Steamed Blue Crabs, Soft Shell Crabs, Fresh Fruit Milk Shakes.
Fun Souvenirs and Everglades Paintings
Favorite Dish: From the website below:
Movie-set designers could not have created a more quintessential 1950s-style swamp café than this landmark restaurant near the Ochopee Post Office. Drink in the wood-plank floors, open rafters -- recently cleaned of cobwebs but still hung with stuffed owls -- postcards from around the globe, and kitschy gator art. Joanie, the chief cook and bottle washer, set up shop here in 1987. The fresh blue crabs used in the sandwiches and soups are caught by staff members, who haul in close to 400 pounds of the critters in a single weekend. Chill out with a beer, glass of wine, or chilly strawberry shake on the screened deck. It's open daily 9 AM to 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V.
Fodors.com gives our cafe a top score of Excellent = 5.
This restaurant is located just outside the Shark Valley entrance to Everglades National Park. It is co-located with the Miccosukee Tribe Information Office. This is a nice place to try some of the local food. The food was good enough and the service was too. Not outstanding but interesting and might be worth a try. Not too many other options either. The cashier was very, very cute but asked me not to post her photo here.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Miccosukee Fried Catfish which was fine; but I didn't see any real difference from other Southern Fried Catfish.