Inverness Florida is a great town period. I’m familiar with the area because of its close proximity to the Florida National Cemetery in the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 512.9 acres, and began interments in 1988.

Our team is building a Memorial in Inverness dedicated to the Infantry soldier.  Its  less than two hours from Tampa and a great place to spend a weekend, take an airboat ride and enjoy life at a slower pace.  The bonus...fabulous family owned places to eat.

This is the kind of place you want to eat in after you tried every franchise and groupee restaurant you can stand.  The difference?  Simply good food, prepared fresh, unique flavors, great and warm service and of course reasonable.

Four of us, members of a military charitable organization, doing some business in Inverness, dropped in for lunch at McLeods.  I had been hearing about it for a week.  

And we had three different dishes and when we got back in the car everyone was still raving about the food.  Two days later they are still talking about the lunch they had. Trust me this is not normal, they could eat at a five star and the next day forget about it.  It was all about being real

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Each dish was that good and even the sides were a little different.  My partner had a sandwich with vinaigarette potato chips(fries) and after he tasted one, he hid his plate.  He didn’t want to share. My gal had the chicken and cleaned the plate.

I had the Mediterranean Pasta and Shrimp salad with cold pasta, artichokes, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, basil pesto feta cheese and an olive oil the chef told me was "Fonta de something'" I asked him from one chef to another. It was so different from most cold salads I have had. I found myself using bread to get the last minute of dressing

CHEF TALK:  If it was what I think it was,  it must of been the NY-IOOC  (New York International Olive oil Competition)  award-winning olive oil which went in competition against 820 brands from 26 nations around the world…. The Fonte di Foiano olive groves are from Tuscany hills… that and a solid Basil Pesto made it.

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For a chilled salad,  this was an incredible combination and I will attempt it myself as McLeod’s is located  two hours away located in Inverness, Florida.

OK, It’s located in Inverness, basically right in downtown in small home size building. You park in the back, follow the short boardwalk in and the hostesses will seat you.  Our server was informative, knowledgeable and we were well taken care of.

This is a must stop for me when in this area. I guess after critiquing corpo food for so long, something artistic, interesting, palatable and simple in a warm environment was a treat. Another great place in Inverness is Little Italy where a meatball on a roll is considered outrageous    See Little Italy.

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