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Central Florida Restaurants

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 and Arabellas Ristorante in Winter Haven, Nineteen61, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Red Door Lakeland 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 and Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro in Lakeland, and N+1 Coffee in Winter Haven.

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Restaurant Location

Unfiltered Coffee

Two cups of coffee on wooden table. One with chocolate drizzle and one with caramel drizzle.

Unfiltered in downtown Bartow is a coffee shop, bookstore, retail store and venue for workshops…

Address: 160 Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 813-481-1234

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

Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House

exterior of Gary's Oyster Bar. Entrance, sign and a parked truck

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

Fire Restaurant

Hamburger with onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and sauce on wooden table at Fire Restaurant in Winter Haven, FL

Fire is a lunch and dinner restaurant in downtown Winter Haven. Lunch menu features hamburgers,…

Address: 325 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-875-5544

Cafe Roti

Cafe Roti

Café Roti is a popular Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Lakeland.

Address: 116 S Tennessee Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-688-2800

Frostbite Ice Cream & More

hamburger and french fries at Frostbite Ice Cream & More in Frostproof, FL

Frostbite Ice Cream & More in Frostproof is a 1950's style hamburger joint with ice…

Address: 801 N Scenic Hwy
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: 863-635-4222

The Poor Porker

2 couples eating beignets at The Poor Porker in Lakeland, FL

Beignets and tacos and beer, oh my! A mix of food trucks, shabby chic and…

Address: 801 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-712-3740

Ave Bar by Arabellas

man and woman with cocktails sitting at bar inside Ave Bar in Winter Haven, FL

Ave Bar by Arabellas is adjacent to the fine dining restaurant in downtown Winter Haven.…

Address: 340 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Born & Bread Bakehouse

Born Bread Bakehouse Saturday Morning

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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