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Central Florida Restaurants

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Try something delicious at these restaurants in Central Florida. You’ll soon find out superb eats are a specialty in Florida’s Sweetest Spot. Don’t forget our coffee shops or local breweries either!

Room for dessert? Smack dab in the heart of Central Florida, about half way between Orlando and Tampa, you’ll find a tasty treat in the award winning grapefruit pie served at Lang Sun Country Grove’s Taste of Florida Café.

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Superb eats are a specialty in Florida’s Sweetest Spot. So what’ll it be? Napkin-obliterating BBQ? Classic high-end steakhouse fare? From upscale elegance to down-home grub, Central Florida’s food scene is sure to please everyone from the culinary curious to the chicken-fingers-only crowd. Try something delicious at these restaurants in Central Florida.

Local Favorites

From kid-friendly restaurants and barbecue restaurants recognized by Garden & Gun Magazine, to Gastropubs and TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Lakeland, here are a few of our local favorites: Andy’s Drive-in Restaurant & Igloo, Harborside, Lucille’s American Café and Arabellas Ristorante in Winter Haven, Nineteen61, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, LoveBird – Almost Famous Chicken and Café Zuppina in Lakeland, and Peebles Bar-B-Q in Auburndale.

Sweets & Coffee

Cookies, cakes, pies, and CRUFFINS are just a few of the goodies you can find at the various artisan bakeries located in Polk County. Our local favorites include Born & Bread Bakehouse (Cruffins) and The Market at Café Zuppina in Lakeland.  Coffee lovers need to visit Concord Coffee, Hillcrest Coffee, Pressed Books & Coffee and Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro in Lakeland, and Haven Coffee Roasters or Honeycomb Bread Bakers in Winter Haven.

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Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House

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Gary's Oyster Bar & Seafood House has been serving quality oysters and seafood for more…

Address: 660 E Alfred St
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863-956-5055

Crazy Fish Bar & Grill

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Crazy Fish Bar & Grill in Lake Wales, featured on Emeril Lagasse's 'Emerald's Florida' show…

Address: 802 Henry St
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-6361

Scarpa’s Italian

3 people eating Italian dishes, water and wine glasses at Scarpa's Italian in Lakeland, FL

This fine dining experience in Lakeland has been recognized by Emeril Lagasse. Scarpa's Italian features…

Address: 1833 E Edgewood Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-937-8940

Ford’s Garage

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Ford's Garage, a small Florida chain, is a gourmet burger can craft beer bar. In…

Address: 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-337-3673

Lakeland Food Tours

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To fill your mind, your belly and your heart in one walking food tour with…

Address:
Lakeland, FL

Phone: 863-279-0076

Winter Haven Food Tours

Downtown Winter Haven street

Visit historic locations and fun venue spaces during a 2.5-hour culinary adventure with Winter Haven…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-288-0038

Lavender N Lace Tearoom

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Enjoy a savory lunch and dessert or afternoon tea at Lavender n' Lace Tearoom. Daily…

Address: 430 N Lake Shore Way
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863-956-3998

Ovation Bistro & Bar

hamburger with beef, pork rib and onion rings at Ovations

Ovation Bistro & Bar in Davenport serves barbecue, steaks, seafood and more. Popular dishes include…

Address: 42605 US-27
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: 863-354-6967

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