Yeehaw Junction: Historic Desert Inn marks the crossroads of Florida

At various times in the past century-plus, the Desert Inn has served as a trading post, gas station, dance hall and brothel. It has always been sort of a strange meeting place, where a man in great need of a bath could walk through one door while a lady dressed in a fur coat strides through the other.<br>
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"When I came through yesterday, a couple cowboys came in with spurs. How often do you see that?" said Dave Smith, 47, a businessman on his way back to Tampa from Riviera Beach. He stopped at the Desert Inn two days in a row for cheeseburgers.<br>
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These days, burgers are indeed the most popular items on the menu, though the place honors its heritage with gator and frog dinner platters. Not frog legs, owner Beverly Zicheck hastens to point out, but "frogs, with the toenails on. Everything from the neck back."<br>
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-- Daphne Sashin, Orlando Sentinel<br>
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FYI: The Desert Inn sits at the crossroads of State Road 60, U.S. Highway 441 and Florida's Turnpike. 5570 South Keanansville Road, YeeHaw Junction, Florida 34972 Phone: (407) 436-1505<br>
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On the web, go to <a href="http://www.desertinnrestaurant.com/">www.desertinnrestaurant.com</a>

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At various times in the past century-plus, the Desert Inn has served as a trading post, gas station, dance hall and brothel. It has always been sort of a strange meeting place, where a man in great need of a bath could walk through one door while a lady dressed in a fur coat strides through the other.

"When I came through yesterday, a couple cowboys came in with spurs. How often do you see that?" said Dave Smith, 47, a businessman on his way back to Tampa from Riviera Beach. He stopped at the Desert Inn two days in a row for cheeseburgers.

These days, burgers are indeed the most popular items on the menu, though the place honors its heritage with gator and frog dinner platters. Not frog legs, owner Beverly Zicheck hastens to point out, but "frogs, with the toenails on. Everything from the neck back."

-- Daphne Sashin, Orlando Sentinel

FYI: The Desert Inn sits at the crossroads of State Road 60, U.S. Highway 441 and Florida's Turnpike. 5570 South Keanansville Road, YeeHaw Junction, Florida 34972 Phone: (407) 436-1505

On the web, go to www.desertinnrestaurant.com

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