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Where to eat in or near Lakelands, FL

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Visiting Dad in Lakelands in a few weeks. We are foodies. Dad thinks he is adventurous, but not so much. He is also pretty impatient, so won't wait on lines, and service needs to be good regardless of the price point. We would love to get a good Cuban sandwich and other Cuban food while we are there, and stone crabs if in season, or some good pompano or other fresh Florida fish. Suggestions?

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  1. Speaking as someone who's originally from Lakeland (there's no "s" in Lakeland), and with family in the area, there really isn't a lot restaurant wise to impress a foodie.

    The Silver Ring Cafe on Tennessee Ave does a pretty good Cuban sandwich and Black Bean Soup. Spice Thai and Tapitos Mexican are also decent. And since it's winter, Peebles BBQ should be open.

    IMO, your best bet is to do what most of the locals do, and go west on I-4 for 25 miles into Tampa/St Pete (it's a 30 minute drive) for the evening....

    1. I would suggest a quick trip west on I4 to Shrimp and Co in Ybor City for fresh seafood. I had an excellent Grouper dinner there on Sat for 16.95. They have fresh Fl fish, shrimp, oysters, stone crab, etc.. at reasonable prices.

      1. If y'all are willing to take the drive into Tampa, I'd suggest you check this thread...

        There are plenty of good, and very recent, suggestions listed there.

        1. For Cuban food I like West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant www.westcaribbeancuban.com. I agree with rhnault about Shrimp & Co. but the location in Plant City is much closer to Lakeland.

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          1. re: EOutlaw

            There is a Shrimp & Co in Plant City?

          2. Im in Lakeland and if I want something good, I travel out of Lakeland.

            1. Way late, I know, but we just at Bosphorus Turkish Kitchen in Lakeland and were just delighted. Best Turkish food we've had outside of Turkey. The lahmacun was the best I've ever had anywhere. I wish we had a Turkish restaurant this good in DC.

              1. I dont think you have to leave Lakeland to get a decent meal...While we dont have the array of Cuban/Spanish restaurants that Tampa does there are several places here that do a decent job on a Cuban Sandwich...Silver Ring and Kongas in S Lakeland.Also Cuban Delights on 540 is great...FOr other cuisines...try the Saigon Cafe at lakeside mall and theres a Bonefish grill that everybody says is great...Also at the mall is a Louis Pappas greek restaurant that has the BEST Greek Salad Ive ever had ANYWHERE!! Get the chopped salad and ENJOY...For great Sushi or a bowl of Pho go to Gosh on S Fla Ave...I like Abuelos for mexican rather than Tapatios...For a sports bar menu try Lakeland Ale house..Ive never had a bad meal there...I know Im going to hear some moans but the new Olive garden by the mall is worth a mention...It has a huge following so they must be doing something right...The all you can eat soup and salad(great salad) is the best deal around for lunch..Freds market on Harden Blvd is just down home country Cookin' but its good and their Sunday breakfast/brunch is as good as it gets...You WONT leave hungry and its a fair price....SOOOO...If you cant find something decent to eat in Lakeland you just arent looking hard enough or are not very adventurous...