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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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Ford’s Garage

hamburger and basket of french fries on a plate at Ford's Garage in Lakeland, FL

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

Cookie Jar Bakeshop & Eatery

Woman handing purchased baked goods to customer over pastry filled bakery counter at Cookie Jar Bake Shop in Bartow, FL

Cookie Jar Bakeshop & Eatery in downtown Bartow serves freshly baked pastries, macarons, cheesecake, cookies,…

Address: 305 E Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-519-3333

Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro

Black & Brew Coffee House

Downtown Lakeland quick bites cafe and coffee shop offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options including…

Address: 205 E. Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-682-1210

Blue Palmetto Café

Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower.

Blue Palmetto Café serves delicious salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and specialty desserts daily. The…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-1355

Good Thyme LKLD

Food on white table. Vegan power bowl with two eggs, a chicken biscuit and Kombucha from Good Thyme LKLD. Two lattes from Concord Coffee.

Good Thyme LKLD has something for everyone. Popular items include the Fried Chicken Biscuit, Power…

Address: 1037 Dixieland Mall Ln
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-603-8296

Blackburn’s BBQ

Blackburn's BBQ

Blackburn's BBQ in Eagle Lake serves oak smoked pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef…

Address: 169 5th St
Eagle Lake, FL 33839

Phone: (863) 287-9975

Manny’s Original Chophouse

Manny's Chophouse

Manny's Original Chophouse is a locally owned, small chain of restaurants serving steaks, pork chops,…

Address: 210 FL-60
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-0370

Born & Bread Bakehouse

Two girls ordering at Born and Bread Bakehouse during their weekend in Lakeland

Born & Bread Bakehouse is a bakery located in Lakeland, FL. They specialize in slow…

Address: 1113 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803

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