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The Yearling Restaurant Restaurant Review: In 1928, a young Marjorie Rawlings moved with her husband to Cross Creek, a “"half-wild backwoods country." Less than twenty years later, she penned a book about the area, “The Yearling,” and won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1952, The Yearling Restaurant was constructed next to the actual Cross Creek and has been serving patrons low country cuisine---venison, quail, cooter (soft-shelled turtle), frogs’ legs and alligator---ever since. Typical Old Florida style usually means deep-fried, so forget about calorie counting. And don't skip the buttery, sweet hush puppies. Not much of the building has changed since the '50s and the rural eatery embraces its nostalgia for bygone days with antiques, such as a collection of Coca Cola coolers, a row boat in the center of the dining room and several walls covered by antiquarian books. Luckily, shabby is chic nowadays and the rustic ambience adds to the experience.