Florida on a Tankful: Wild Sassa food truck cooks your catch

By Scott Fais , Feature Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, September 01, 2017, 5:48 AM EDT

Along Homosassa Springs waits a welcoming greeting from a shack whose appearance may cause some to run.

"Hey Sweetheart. Can I take your order?” said a friendly clerk from the small widow surrounded by retired relics and décor from an old fishing boat.

"All salty dogs around here,” said Darci Knecht with a wide grin.

Her “Wild Sassa” food truck looks like something you would find abandoned in the woods. Yet, this is waterfront property in Citrus County.

"We're six miles from the Gulf,” Darci boasts.

The Wild Sassa food truck, with its simulated wood plank siding (it’s actually airbrushed), has gained quite the following in the past two years for what’s on the menu, and what Darci can make in a flash.

"It's a scallop ceviche!” she said excitedly when presenting a new dish at a table, where the chairs look as if they came from a school built in the 1950s.

Yet, Wild Sassa’s menu in Old Homosassa made a name for itself by allowing visitors to hand over their catch.

Scallopers will have their catch cleaned down the block, and the chefs inside the truck will cook the succulent white meat.

The concept is just the opposite of a Labor Day cookout, where you visit the grocery and then cook it yourself. At Wild Sassa, visitors will bring Darci a protein from the Gulf, and then the kitchen crew will cook it for you.

Yet, there are two rules: all food must be dead and clean (that eliminates roadkill and fish with the heads left on).

"It was something that was crawling around and it was hard to even imagine cooking that moment,” Darci recalls about a pot of living stone crabs.

The petite bay scallops we caught hours earlier cook fast. Darci took our meat and created tacos within five minutes.

“These were swimming in the Gulf two hours ago!” Scott Fais proclaimed.

“You did a good job of catching them,” Darci responded while sitting at the lone table wth a yellow top.

You did a good job of cooking them,” Fais complemented Darci back.

But what if you didn't catch your own scallops, but would like some fresh seafood? Look no further to what's across the parking lot.

Inside a 100-year-old fish house facing the food truck, awaits the daily catch.

"Any local fish you can think of. We carry here,” said Shelly Smith, the owner of The Fish House, home to Shelly’s Seafood. The family-run business in known in Citrus County for their fresh Florida stone crabs each Oct. 15.

Folks leave Shelly’s Seafood with dinner in their hands… or head back to Darci’s food truck to cook the fresh fish for them.

"We pretty much cut the price in half,” Darci says of the entrée price when you bring your own protein.

Yet, the view of the water and wildlife is free.

Know Before You Go:
Wild Sassa is only open Thursday – Sunday.  The food truck is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  For crazy dishes or specialty orders, Darci asks you call ahead.  Make a reservation at 352-443-2479.  Read about their 5 star rating on Trip Advisor here.

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