Get a Taste of Old Backwoods Florida at Venice's Snook Haven

    By Larry Elliston

    On a bend of the Myakka River once popular with rum runners and other smugglers, the site of the old Snook Haven fish camp is now home to a backwoods smokehouse that offers ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and turkey straight out of Florida's past. If you visit, ask the staff for the story of the place's past. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.