Swan City Improv founder Nate Fleming will serve up comedy and nuggets of Lakeland history to customers of his new Lkld Food Tours who pay $49 for a 2 1/2-hour walking tour that includes samples from five downtown eateries. The article didn’t name the restaurants, but Instagram posts identify them as MOJO Federal, Frescos, Black & Brew, Palace Pizza and Cafe Roti.
Our tour of Lakeland establishments that offer healthy food choices continues with Red Door Lakeland.
Unique and charming, the Red Door restaurant, 733 E. Palmetto St., is situated in the Lake Morton historic district across from the public library and the Polk Museum of Art. Tastefully decorated, the restaurant boasts a spacious and inviting covered porch and a patio in addition to its indoor dining room. More
Lakeland is blessed with a wide variety of establishments that offer healthy food choices. In this new series, we will be sampling examples from our health food stores, restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and more. Our first stop is Anthony’s Health Hut and Restaurant at 5329 S. Florida Ave. in the Lakeland South Center. More
Jon and Sarah Bucklew’s planned artisan food hall in the old Lakeland Brewing building faced some delays, but construction is proceeding. They’re still not ready to reveal which food vendors and brewer will be there.
Ledger restaurant critic Eric Pera gives the new Ovation Bistro & Bar on South Florida Avenue 3 1/2 stars for food and service and four stars for ambience. He concludes that the third restaurant opened by two Polk-based brothers “is grounded in the splendidness of simplicity” | Restaurant website
Cafe Zuppina on South Florida Avenue recently opened a retail market next door to their eight-year-old Turkish restaurant, and now they are further expanding by adding a Turkish coffee house and gelato shop expected to open early in 2019.
With two locations in Winter Haven, Tsunami added hibachi/teppanyaki cooking when it expanded to downtown Lakeland. A massive saltwater aquarium near the entrance doubles as a cocktail bar. The owners sit down with The Ledger’s Eric Pera for a QA. (They declined an interview request with a LkldNow correspondent prior to opening.)
The Lakeland Public Library offered a Facebook sneak peek into the Black & Brew Lake Morton coffee shop that’s about to open at its main branch. The shop, which will serve beverages and light bites, is tentatively scheduled to open Tuesday. Hours: Mon-Fri: 7-9, Sat: 8-9, Sun: 10-5.
Jon and Sarah Bucklew have big plans for the former Lakeland Brewing Co. building on Lake Mirror: They’re converting it into an artisan food hall with six or seven eateries and a brewery/tasting room. More