Visitors returning to Lakeland the 44th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Expo & Fly-In will be able to enjoy a few new restaurants and boutique shops. Read on to see what new things you can see and do this April.
New Restaurants and Shops in Lakeland
MOJO Federal Swine & Spirits - Downtown, 130 S. Tennessee Ave.
Serving smoked meats, homemade sides and sauces, over 200 whiskeys, and handcrafted cocktails, MOJO Federal opened in early 2018 to rave reviews.
There's something for everyone here - even vegetarians.
Hillcrest Coffee - Midtown, 119 Hillcrest St.
This locally owned coffee shop features locally roasted coffee, live music, board games and more in a warm, comfortable, renovated bungalow just south of downtown.
Places You May Have Missed Last Year
Ninteen61 - Midtown, 1212 S. Florida Ave.
If you’re looking for a more formal dining option, this Latin-inspired restaurant consistently receives rave reviews for Chef Marcos Fernandez’s delicious dishes made from locally grown foods, beautiful atmosphere and quality service.
Concord Coffee - Midtown, 1037 S. Florida Ave.
This craft coffee shop and espresso bar in Lakeland focuses on quality craft coffee and community. From pour overs to cold brews, Concord Coffee uses beans grown by direct-trade farmers worldwide. Late last year they began offering coffee subscriptions - fresh roasted coffee shipped to your mailbox in 1, 2 or 4 week intervals. Yes, their coffee is that good!
Posto 9 - Downtown, 215 E. Main St.
Open for dinner only, this Brazilian gastropub in downtown Lakeland has lived up to all the hype it garnered before opening its doors two years ago. Their rooftop lounge (open Thursday - Saturday) is the centerpiece of an evening at the new culinary attraction that overlooks downtown’s Munn Park.
Magnolia Popcorn Co. - Downtown, 225 N. Kentucky Ave.
Sweet or salty; this new popcorn shop just north of Munn Park has snacks for everyone. Gourmet flavors include Birthday Cake, White Chocolate Peppermint, Peanut Butter Cup, Cherry Cordial, and Chocolate Covered Banana while standard flavors include Smokey Bacon Cheddar, Creamy Dill, Green Apple, Toffee and Cajun. All of the popcorn is made right in the store, so it's fresh and delicious. Magnolia Popcorn Co. sells their product in three sizes, so you can grab a small bag for yourself or a large back for your entire travel party.
The shop also sells organic granola and nuts.
Born & Bread Bakehouse - Midtown on Saturday
One of Lakeland’s favorite bakers has her own bakery now, which means she is able to produce even more baked goodies, which she sells in the Dixieland neighborhood of midtown Lakeland. Offerings include handmade bread: Sourdough varieties, baguettes, ciabatta, rye, and handmade pastries: morning bun, croissant varieties, cruffin, scones.
Mason’s Live - S. Lakeland, 5501 S. Florida Ave.
Live music bar and grill with a fun, vibrant energy and tasty menu (we hear the burgers are especially good). OH, and it’s SMOKE FREE!
Cob & Pen - Midtown, 1221 S. Florida Ave.
Bar specializing in craft beer, wines and elevated pub food. It’s located in Dixieland’s Tudor House, which provides a unique, even romantic ambiance.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen - S. Lakeland, 3411 Florida Ave., S.
This Texas-based restaurant boasts a diverse menu filled with homemade options with most of their food being made from scratch on site, hence the name. They also have a full bar with lots of fun drink options!
Glory Days Grill - Lakeside Village, 3790 Lakeside Village Ct.
One of the area’s newer sports bars, Glory Days has a fun atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating delicious food and is conveniently located in the Lakeside Village Shopping Center.
801 E. Main (Poor Porker Expansion) - Downtown, 801 E. Main St.
The Poor Porker has become a household name here in Lakeland by gracing Saturday and Sunday mornings with beignets and campfire coffee that keep you coming back for more. Their new digs at, you guessed it: 801 E Main St, provide a secluded hideaway with a gift shop (Bearcat and Big 6 Trading Post), bar (The Ruins) and of course, The Poor Porker food truck. With a teepee, occasional live music and all kinds of unique décor and seating at each corner, it’s definitely one of Lakeland’s most unique hangouts day and night.