510 E Liberty St, Brooksville, FL 34601
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
More in this neighborhood: Brooksville / East Hernando
In a space that is part gift shop, part florist, part cafe, this is where the ladies of Brooksville lunch. There are croissants filled with chicken salad, flaky-crusted quiches and a changing lineup of housemade soups that are local legends. Decor is leafy and ornate, with assorted china plates and crockery, framed prints and baskets that seem at once homey and just slightly fancy. Most lunches are patronized by regulars, the pleasantries flying fast as people tuck into cups of soup with side salads and avocados stuffed with chicken or tuna salad. These last are featured recurrently, simple mayo-touched versions without a lot of add-ins like herbs or nuts. With the basic salad plate, you get a scoop of one nestled in lettuces, with a choice of two sides, the most unusual of which is a kidney bean salad studded with celery and tossed in a slightly creamy vinaigrette.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.