Imagine the small world! My last name is Carlton; all of my father’s kin are from Hardee and DeSoto Counties in Central Florida! There’s a skillion of them in those phoneboks.
After my Grandmother Carlton died in 1979, I rather quickly found out that I wasn’t cut out to raise oranges at Route 2, Wauchula! I returned to Georgia and slowly evolved into the entity I am today [kof].
That country-looking eatery you speak of might well be Bair’s Den Truck Stop. Once while we were on vacation, my dad needed to visit Archbold Biological (I think that was the name of it) over in the Lake Placid vicinity. He stopped at Bair’s Den, which I remember as being on Florida 70.
If a person takes I-75 instead and then veers off onto Florida 64, they pass through Zolfo Springs. I’ve been told on good authority that The Pioneer Restaurant at the junction of Fla. 64 and U. S. 17 on the north edge of town is quite a fine piece of old "cracker" Florida.
Do you know of any decent eatery in Arcadia that isn’t a chain or else a beer joint that just happens to serve food? Surely there’s a good country-style place in those parts… or incredible homemade Mexican food.
Cracking My Whip Softly, Ort. Carlton, absent from Florida in Lovely Athens, Georgia.