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Grandpa's Steakhouse, 3660 King Street (Cocoa Florida): 5 May 2018   1 comment

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Written by ted on August 27th, 2021

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The Crab Trap, 31 North 2nd Street: Early 2021 (Temporary) (Fernandina Beach)   no comments

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During my Fourth of July visit to Fernandina Beach, I noticed that the historic Crab Trap restaurant on
Second Street was closed and gutted. We never ate there growing up, as my parents knew it was a fight to get me into a seafood restaurant, but as an adult I always meant to go someday have have the key-lime pie, probably with a burger up front.

I'm not sure when they closed, but looking around google & yelp & co, it appears that the last specific reviews are towards the end of 2020. I believe I would have noticed if it had been closed during my December visit, so I'm going to guess early 2021 as the date.

Their facebook page has announced they will be re-opening, and the way it is phrased sounds like it wasn't a sure thing. I'm still not sure it's a sure thing, as the place looks somewhat gutted, and nowhere near ready. We will see. I hope they make it.

Written by ted on July 12th, 2021

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The Desert Inn, 5570 South Kenansville Road, Yeehaw Junction Florida: 22 December 2019   no comments

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Written by ted on July 21st, 2020

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That Was The Week That Was: July 2020   3 comments

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Dairy Queen, 462540 State Road 200 Yulee Florida: Fall 2017   2 comments

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I noticed on my last trip to Fernandina, that this old-school Dairy Queen on historic Florida Route A1A, just off of I-95 in Yulee Florida was closed. (You can see it, poorly, in operation in the first shot).

If I had to guess a cause, it would be the interminable road construction on this stretch of A1A, which has made this parking lot almost inaccessible, especially if west bound. Of course the walk-up design has its drawbacks as well: One review advises eating in your car to avoid the no-see-ums.

For now the nearby produce & souvenir stand is holding on despite the acess problems. I would be sad to see that go, as it has been there forever, and always has good citrus & candies.

Written by ted on February 20th, 2020

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Lulu's At The Thompson House, 11 South 7th Street (Fernandina Beach): August 2019   no comments

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Written by ted on January 10th, 2020

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I'll Be Home For Christmas   1 comment

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Back again.

Always nice to head somewhere warm during the Winter months. When your blood is getting too thin for South Carolina, you know you're getting old..

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Written by ted on December 23rd, 2017

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Vacation, Phase I   no comments

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Don Pablo's Mexican Kitchen, 8717 International Drive (Orlando): October 2016   10 comments

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Well, Don Pablo's continues to dwindle away to nothing. As I wrote here, I used to like to go to the Columbia Mall location. Then when that closed, I was working in Augusta and used to like to go to that location. Then that closed, and I would hit the Charleston location from time to time, then that closed and I would stop by the Charlotte location once or twice a year, then that closed, and I would try to go to the Arlington location when I was in DC on business (hard if I had no car..), then that job evaporated and I would stop by the Atlanta location once a year or so, then that closed and I would hit the Greenville location when I had a leisurely weekend, then that closed, but I figured I could still hit the Orlando location on one of my periodic runs through Florida..

Well, no more. Orlando closed in October after the chain filed for Chapter 11 on 4 October 2016, as I found well after the fact.

It wasn't a total loss, driving down International, I had seen another Mexican place, Chuy's, so I backed up to there and had an excellent chile relleno, probably the best one I've had since I was in San Antonio.

Oh, and I don't think I know of a good way to be fired

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but this *definitely* is not it.

Written by ted on December 23rd, 2016

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Probably Not   no comments

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Written by ted on July 8th, 2016

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