Searching for a restaurant to take the family to in Weeki Wachee is no small feat. Most of them are chains that are not at all unique or memorable to the area – or fun for the kids.
So, in order to find a place that provides a unique experience I turned to the experts, the Hernando County Tourism Board. Tammy and Ruby took care of my questions. They both know the area inside and out and both agreed on BeckyJack’s Food Shack. This adorable place was just what we wanted.
If you didn’t know what it is you’d think it was trailer with seating outside. The only thing that tells you that it is a restaurant is a funky sign at the door. At the same time, the restaurant might be small, but there is nothing small about it at all.
Once you walk inside you are transported into a weird kind of world that was created by the owners, Kim and Joe. We were lucky enough to meet Kim that day. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her. She is one of those people that is truly larger than life.
The restaurant mainly specializes in seafood and American dishes, and we decided to go with the fun menu specials.
At first, when our food started coming out I thought that someone had made a mistake. The portions were huge, dirt cheap and absolutely delicious.
While we were eating Kim came over to say hello and to ask if everything was OK, to which I replied: “Its so much food. But I can’t stop eating it, it’s too good.” (With my mouth full of course!) She laughed and said “That’s what we do here – give you tons of food.”
Our first dish was gumbo soup.
Then I ordered the crunchy fish and shrimp platter. It was so big that I couldn’t finish it. It had around a dozen shrimp, huge fillet and homemade mac and cheese. It was so much that I took some of it back with us and it was enough for an entire meal the next day for lunch.
Lately my husband has had nothing else on his mind than mussels. And that’s exactly what he ordered. The waiter kept recommending the two pound dish but he got only one pound of them and that was too much.
Plus all the dishes came with salad.
And you can’t be in Florida and not have Key Lime pie.
Another thing you MUST GET is the local brewery beer sampler platter. This is a fun way to learn about where some of the different beers come from and for you to decide which is your favorite. This was a perfect end to a busy day watching Weeki Wachee mermaids.
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To me the best part of visiting such a diamond in the rough was learning about the story behind the name.
The place was owned by a local lady called Becky for over 30 years. By the time Kim and Joe purchased it she had long stopped with the restaurant and had already passed away. But the sign to the original restaurant was still there. Kim, being a self proclaimed ‘Mush Head’ (how she calls herself on her website) wanted to save the sign. So Joe started the project of building the bar along with all of the funky cool collectibles that makes this place what it is.
Now, the Jack part of the name was added to honor a man that was a friend and partner called Jacko. He passed away too.
Becky and Jacko never met but they are both very important in Kim and Joe’s hearts. The name of this restaurant is a memorial to these people who are remembered every night by Kim and Joe. They take out two glasses of beer and toast them.
How to Find BeckyJack’s Food Shack
Address: 8070 Cortez Boulevard, Weeki Wachee, Florida