Sally’s Restaurant and Seafood Kitchen
The outside of Sally’s Restaurant is warm, pink, and inviting. Kitschy pink decor is everywhere: from the pink walls to the plastic pink cups. The Victorian dolls in the curio cabinet next to the giant bear plaque are an eclectic touch. Is jewelry your thing? Not to worry! You can pick up a heart necklace for just $5 when you check out.
Listening to the locals tell their alligator stories added to the mom and pop vibe of the joint (definitely something we don’t get to experience as Yankees). Even the waitstaff stopped what they were doing to join in the conversation (putting cooking and cleaning temporarily on hold, I might add). I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant where the entire restaurant participates in one group conversation. That was definitely a first! Everyone made us feel very welcome.
Overall, the food was good, tasty and cheap. Grits were creamy, bacon was crisp. Sally’s is definitely a no-frills place. You’re not going to find eggs benedict or rye bread on the breakfast menu. My daughter is turning into a bit of a foodie herself, as she noticed the cheese on her omelet was processed, not “real” Cheddar. I would like to come back sometime and sample the burgers and seafood, as that’s what Yelpers raved about.
Now for the negatives: The place could be cleaner. Half the tables had dirty plates left on them waiting to be bussed, and my flip-flops stuck to the floor as I walked. Bathroom walls needed a good scrub-down. Note to greasy spoon restaurant owners: If you’re going to decorate with ceiling fans, chandeliers, and artificial flowers– make sure they’re not dusty. Customers like me notice when they are, even if you do not.
Another minus: All of our four meals arrived at different times. To me, that’s basic restaurant operation 101. Two of us had completely finished our meals before the fourth was brought to the table. My husband commented, “Maybe Sally can only cook one thing at a time.”
Sally’s restaurant is not going to win any food service or culinary awards. It’s old fashion(ed) in every way (according to their sign pictured below, and I’d have to agree). However, if you’re looking for a good value on simple food with local color, this is your spot.
1594 Hwy 90
Ponce De Leon, FL 32455