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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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Harry’s Old Place

potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp and butter. Seafood boil bowl at Harry's Old Place in Winter Have, FL

Harry's Old Place has been serving up a large selection of fresh fish in Winter…

Address: 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-324-0301

Blue Palmetto Café

full patio seating area at Blue Palmetto Cafe at Bok Tower Gardens

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

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

Red Door Lakeland

Group of adults sharing cheese board and drinking cocktails on the front patio at Red Door Lakeland, FL

This homey wine bar and bistro near Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland features seasonal…

Address: 733 E Palmetto St #5204
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-937-9314

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

Lang’s Taste of Florida Café

person hold up orange ice cream in front of Lang's Taste of Florida sign

Home of the world famous grapefruit pie, featured on Food Network, Lang's Taste of Florida…

Address: 5900 US-17
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-956-1460

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

Fragmentary Blue at Streamsong Resort

Terrace seating area during sunset at Fragmentary Blue at Streamsong Resort

Fragmentary Blue™ atop The Lodge at Streamsong Resort offers small bite plates and handcrafted cocktails.

Address: 1000 Streamsong Dr.
Bowling Green, FL 33834

Phone: 888-294-6322

Peebles Bar-B-Q

Man looking at racks of ribs cooking inside barbecue pit at Peebles Bar B Que in Auburndale, FL

Since 1947, Peebles Bar-B-Que in Auburndale has been mastering exceptional barbecue and part of their…

Address: 441 Dixie Hwy
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-967-3085

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