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“WOW!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Freezer

The Freezer
5590 S Boulevard, Homosassa, FL
+1 352-628-2452
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Ranked #1 of 47 Restaurants in Homosassa
Price range: $1 - $21
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Restaurant/Bar in an old seafood freezer on the water where boats bring in their fresh catch. Amazing shrimp, fish dip and stone crabs. A lot of local controversy around restaraunt so it is becoming very popular.
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“WOW!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were on holiday in Florida last week. Locals suggested we MUST eat out at The Freezer in Homosassa. How right they were!

Be warned - no reservations, and cash only. But even so, well worth the trip off the beaten track, at the very end of the country road which leads through Homosassa.

We arriived at 5pm, to find the place packed. First impression - a half-finished shack, held up with timber and sheltered from the outside world with sheets of blue plastic. We went inside, and were seated in 5 minutes. Hundreds of people, all obviously having a ball. No menus, no frills, just a great atmosphere and fantastic food! Decor? What decor? Neon signs, plain wooden tables and chairs, a huge roll of kitchen paper at each table, but the food is unbelievable!

The smoked mullet dip, served with an entire sleeve of saltine crackers was to die for! The steaks (huge) were fantastic, perfectly spiced and perfectly barbequed. The shrimp - well, qute simply the best shrimp I've ever tasted, anywhere in the world, and was perfectly spiced and perfectly cooked, served with a hot dipping sauce. Again, a warning: 'full shrimp' means an order of 2¼ pounds, and 'half shrimp' means 1¼ pounds of shrimp!! Everything is served on polystyrene (styrofoam) plates, beer, wine or soft drinks are all in plastic cups. But so what? You don't go there for fine dining, but everything was great. Our order arrived within ten minutes of ordering.

The Freezer is a place anyone who loves great food (and especially shrimp) simply must not miss!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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79 restaurant reviews
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“Friends @ The Freezer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had a very nice time eating and drinking at the Freezer, with Friends that were regulars there. They were right the Shrimp and Clam Chowder was very good. They also loved the stone crab!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Hampshire
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“Fascinating!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Wow, this was an experience. We discovered this from Trip Advisor, and followed our GPS down dark rural streets. One guy in our group was convinced that we had fallen off the edge of known civilization. Finally we arrived, and the place was totally jammed (Saturday night), but it looked pretty sketchy on the outside, and even the entry zone. But once you get inside, the fun energy of the place is bouncing off the walls.

To say this place has character is an understatement. YOu eat off of paper baskets and styrofoam. You order at a counter and it is delivered to the room with your name being called. The tables are peculiar. The menus are here and there on the wall, each one looking completely different visually, and often having different items listed. Fortunately, a woman in the line with us took pity on the "yankees" and gave us advice on how and what to order. And when we did, I was told the bill came to $29 for three of us. I felt sure something was wrong, but it was right. A big glass of Pinot Grigio in a plastic cup costs $2, same for a bottle of Sam Adams. We went crazy on the really tasty shrimp and fantastic clam chowder.

So the strengths are atmosphere and food and value. It was just plain fun, and I am sure we will go back next year.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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“Freshest shrimp ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I shared a 1/2 order of shrimp (1.25 pounds). We also shared a clam chowder. Both were excellent. The atmosphere is unique. Well worth a visit.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Great seafood at a great price in a relaxing atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Freezer doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside is a cozy, informal atmosphere looking out at the water. when we were there it was all decorated inside and out for Christmas. The seafood is excellent - at least the dishes we had on our 4 visits there - and the steak was delicious, too. The shrimp is to die for...a full order is enough for 2. The snow crab is also wonderful. The food and drinks are very reasonably priced - I would even say the drinks were inexpensive. It is very informal - you go up to order your food at the counter and I believe it may be cash only-perhaps call to check if you want to make sure. They bring it to you in styrofoam containers (ready to take some home - as you get a generous portion of food) with plenty of butter, etc. We love this place and can"t wait to go back next year.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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