Mitch and Lorraine Simmons have recently opened up a restaurant in the long-closed Izaak Walton Lodge in Yankeetown. The menu looks great, and I’m sure the food’s as good as in their other restaurants. It’s been a long while since there was anything of note to eat in Yankeetown and lots of good positive reviews are coming in. Give it a try the next time you’re looking for a nice lunch or dinner.
|Ike’s Old Florida Kitchen at Izaak Walton Lodge
|Open Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 9pm|
First built in 1924 by A.F. Knotts, the lodge hosted many of his wealthy northern friends, and even a president or two. These visits by “Yankees” led to the tongue-in-cheek reference to Yankeetown, a name later adopted formally. Other celebrities to frequent the lodge included the legendary Ted Williams who retired to the area and came often to enjoy the lodge’s famous pan-fried grouper – an item still on the menu.