Until now, if you wanted to eat at an Old Florida Cafe, you’d have to drive to Micanopy, and then a Cafe named Risque would always end up sounding more appealing. Now you can just hit Michael Schwartz’s The Cypress Room, where you can get the "Old Florida" experience via a menu of simple Sunshine State favorites, oak-aged cocktails, stuffed Florida wildlife, and nobody named Brandi
When trying to capture the essence of Old Florida, Michael and his designers listened to “In the Ayer” over 400 times. They also lined the walls with reclaimed pecky cypress, historic photos of pre-developed Miami, and a marlin
The menu is more focused than that Johnson guy who keeps stealing everyone's Adderall: a quick roster of apps like lamb tartare and frog legs, then just 11 awesomely straightforward (if unconventional) entrees, including antelope, cote de boeuf for two, a daily rotisserie, and this Cypress burger topped with Jasper Hill Landaff and onion marmalade
They blend and age their specialty cocktails like the Vieux Carre -- Courvoisier, Benedictine, Redemption Rye, Carpano Antica, and Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters -- in American oak barrels right behind the bar
Enough of these Bonnie and Clydes with Hendrick's, Solerno blood orange liqueur, and Cocchi Americano will eventually require someone to hold you up
And they've mounted six white-tailed deer heads and a Florida wild boar on the walls, which omits only an alligator from the list of stuff you’d probably run over on your way to Micanopy.