Restaurants & Groceries

Restaurants and Groceries

There are limited dining options on the byway due to most of the area being national forest land and preservation lands. There are no franchise restaurants or fast-food places on the interior of the byway, other than two Subways and convenience stores in Astor and Barberville.

So we recommend these established down-home, mom & pop type of restaurants that will satisfy your need for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

There are grocery stores in all four Gateway Cities, but once you are on the Byway there are limited options. There are numerous convenience stores/gas stations along the way, but you’ll need to plan ahead for food.

Note: For dining options in the gateway cities please see the bottom of the page.

Along the Byway

Blackwater Inn – SR 40 in Astor

Blackwater Inn and Restaurant and William’s Landing have been mainstays along the byway for years. Set on the banks of the St. Johns River, the restaurants provide one of the most picturesque settings on the byway. Blackwater Inn & Restaurant provides a full dinner menu and full bar. The menu includes great steaks, fish platters, gourmet burgers, salads and vegetarian options. They also have a Florida Cracker Platter with gator tail, frogs’ legs, and catfish.

55716 Front Street
Astor FL, 32102
(352) 759-2802

William’s Landing – SR 40 in Astor

William’s Landing, situated upstairs from Blackwater Inn, is a more informal lunch and dinner place with a full bar. This is some real local fare, from fresh fish sandwiches, catfish, gator bites, popcorn shrimp, burgers, salads and a good selection of beer. Try the smoked fish dip appetizer made from yellow tuna.

55716 Front Street
Astor FL, 32102
(352) 759-2802

Marie’s Home Cookin’ – SR 40 in Forest Corners

Located in the center of the Ocala National Forest on SR 40, Marie’s Restaurant is a down-home, friendly family restaurant with an extensive menu and daily specials. Owned and operated by Marie, you will find everything from pizza and burgers to tacos and steak. The cheerful décor and friendly service makes Marie’s a sure bet. The address says Silver Springs, but the restaurant is on SR 40 in the community of Forest Corners, just east of CR 314A.

16275 E HWY 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 625-9555


Jan and Al’s River Café – SR 40

Jan and Al’s is a local favorite with plenty of good southern cooking sisters from up north. They serve some of the best grits on the Byway as well as great beef stew, noodles, mashed potatoes and Philly Cheese Steaks. You won’t be disappointed.

2774 Ne 102nd Ave Rd
Silver Springs, FL

Kick n’ Back Café and Grille– SR 40 in Forest Corners

For some island fare, try the Kick n’ Back Café and Grille for tasty Caribbean-style food served up in a colorful and pleasant atmosphere. A relative newcomer to the byway, Kick n’ Back made a real splash with its fresh, clean and cool digs. From Havana and Cuban pork sandwiches and dishes, to plantains, conch fritters and Key Lime pie, you’ll be expecting a steel drum band to enter any moment. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink after work.

14400 E Hwy 40
Silver Springs, FL
(352) 289-4069

Lena’s Seafood Restaurant – SR 40 in Forest Corners

You could easily miss this place, if it were not for their big whale sign on SR 40. Lena’s Seafood is owned and operated by some folks from New England who know their seafood. It great seafood dishes in the New England tradition: shrimp, New England friend clams, boiled Haddock, onion rings and homemade coleslaw. Don’t be fooled by the no frills appearance, the fish sandwiches are excellent.

18478 E Highway 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 625-6489

Sweet Jane’s Candy Store and Whoopie Pies

If you haven’t tried a Whoopie Pie, make a point of stopping at Sweet Jane’s on the west side of the byway. These may just be the best Whoopie Pies anywhere. There’s a good chance Jane will be there to take your order. With a variety of Whoopie Pies, cookies and candy, this is a place you and your kids will glad you stopped. The tiny store is four miles east of Wild Waters Park and is situated next to Jan and Al’s River Café, outside of the Wilderness RV Park Estates just west of CR 314A on SR 40.

2774 NE 102nd Ave Road
Silver Springs, Florida 34488

Castaways on the River – SR 40 in Astor

A great place right on the St. Johns River. Relax, have a drink, watch the boats and eat a meal in this relaxing restaurant. Tucked away alongside the Astor Bridge over the St. Johns River, in addition to the restaurant, the owners have a modest motel and rent boats.

1575 State Road 40 W
Astor, FL 32102
(386) 749-0187

Sparky’s Place – SR 40 in Astor

Sparky’s is another local favorite serving good home meals. From pizza, to burgers, to steaks, barbeque, wings and seafood, Sparky’s is owned and operated by Shawn and Robert Sparks. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and food is available for takeout. Try the pizza!

24646 State Road 40
Astor, FL 32102
(352) 759-2854


Subway – SR 40 and US 17 in Barberville

This Subway is located in the Kangaroo Foodmart at the intersection of SR 40 and US 17 in Barberville.

Subway – SR 40 in Astor
Located in the Kangaroo Foodmart in Astor.

24421 State Road 40 # 336
Astor, FL
(352) 759-2633

Swamp Shack

Swamp Shack is the newest restaurant on the byway (previously O’Brien’s). The restaurant serves of traditional American fare: burgers, fries, hotdogs, seafood with a southern flare. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. They close at 2:00 on Sunday.

1455 State Road 40 W
Astor, FL 32102
(386) 749-0999

Essex Seafood Two – SR 40 in Volusia

Great seafood, southern hospitality, plus a few New England-style favorites all served up in this unassuming restaurant just east of the St. Johns River. Fried shrimp, scallops, clams catfish, hush puppies, and New England-style Lobster Rolls. Cash only.

1360 W State Road 40
Pierson, FL 32180
(386) 749-1557

SR 19 – Northern Part of Byway

There are not a lot of options once you head north of SR 40 on SR 19. Here are two in the Salt Springs area.

Backwoods Smokehouse

Located a good five miles off the byway on CR 310, Backwoods Smokehouse is worth the drive. Though it might seem like you’re in the middle of nowhere, it is actually located a short distance from Interlachen. This is some of the best barbeque you’ll find anywhere. The log-cabin country store surroundings will keep you busy while you wait for your order; there are antiques, a variety of country and Cracker groceries, and an assortment of gator hunting photos. The owner, Jeannie, is usually on hand, so make sure to say hello from the Byway folks.

888 County Road 310
Interlachen, FL 32148
(386) 684-4795

Square Meal

Located in the Salt Springs Center shopping area, this small restaurant serves up local favorites. Primarily a down-home American food establishment with burgers, fries, and sandwiches.

14100 N Hwy 19
Fort McCoy, FL 32134
(352) 685-2288

Bass Champions Lodge

Located just off the byway on CR 314, this local restaurant serves up hearty portions with southern hospitality. The menu is extensive with a variety of types of seafood, chick, steak, pork and salads. People have raved about the prime rib. Closed on Sundays and Mondays; they open at 4:00 the rest of the week. They also have early bird specials for seniors.

25011 NE Highway 314
Fort McCoy, FL
(352) 685-206

Gateway City Restaurants

Each of the Gateway Cities has multiple dining and fast-food options. This is not an exhaustive listing, but a sampling.


Palatka – North

Angel’s Diner

Palatka’s Oldest Diner
209 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-3927

City Café

318 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, FL 32177


201 Reid St
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-5154

Dairy Queen

822 Saint Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-2677

Viva – Italian Pizza

409 Saint Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-3800

Beef O’Brady’s

201 N 1st St.
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-2525

Steamboat Willie’s

309 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-0419

Downtown Blues Bar & Grille

714 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 325-5454
Downtown Blues

Umatilla – South

China Wok

935 North Central Ave
Umatilla, FL 32784

Nicky D’s Pizza

439 Umatilla Blvd
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-2400

The Dam Smoker

36721 County Road 19A
Eustis, FL 32736
(352) 357-6555

Old Crow Barbeque

41100 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3922

Greg’s Haystax Restaurant

526 Umatilla Blvd
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-1555

Pizza Hut

939 N Central Ave
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3136

Luc’s Fish ‘N Chix, Inc

100 North Central Ave
Umatilla, FL 32784


831 South Central Avenue
Umatilla, FL 32784

Mason Jar Restaurant

37534 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 589-2535

R & J’s Weenie Wagon

50 West Ocala Street
Umatilla, FL 32784


400 Hatfield Dr
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-2442

Thai Sushi America

925 North Bay Street
Eustis, FL 32726

Umatilla Inn & Restaurant

605 North Central Avenue
Umatilla FL 32784
(352) 669-6525


Silver Springs – West

Silver Springs and Ocala have many dining options to suit everyone’s budget and tastes. Fast-food restaurants abound. Check you mobile devices and local listings for all options.

Silver Springs Restaurant

5300 E Silver Springs Blvd
Silver Springs, FL
(352) 236-5215


5751 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Silver Springs, FL
(352) 438-0070

La Rocco’s III

5545 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Silver Springs, FL
(352) 236-5900

Stage Stop Restaurant

5131 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Silver Springs, FL
(352) 236-1115

Horse and Hounds

4620 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470, FL

Dairy Queen

5240 E Silver Springs Blvd,
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 236-4747


Ormond Beach – East

Ormond Beach has an extensive list of restaurants, the listing below identifies ones that are in the vicinity of the East Gateway to the Byway at SR 40 and Interstate 95.


105 Interchange Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 672-3798


In the Vicinity of SR 40 and I-95
150 Williamson Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 672-0733

Boston Market

1425 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 673-9040

Cracker Barrel

125 Interchange Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 673-5400


1464 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 673-6424

Chili’s Grill & Bar

190 Williamson Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 672-7760

Delcato’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

1474 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Jersey Mike’s Subs

1474 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 265-1933

Taco Bell

50 Williamson Blvd
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 672-7220

Takeya Japanese Steak House

220 Williamson Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 615-7600


75 Williamson Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 673-6110