La Imperial Bakery is more than a bakery. There, I said the cliche sentence; but if you have been to the new cafe at 830 E. Main St., you know it’s true. When you walk in, you see the back wall is painted blue like a sky, and the halo glow below is the bakery case in all its glory. The whole scene is all warm and welcoming. More
Restaurant critic Eric Pera checks out the fast-growing, Florida-based chain of premium burger-and-beer restaurants and gives their new north Lakeland location three stars out of five for food and four for service and ambience. “While Ford’s food is average, the restaurant does have some pretty nifty features,” he concludes.
After introducing Latin fusion cuisine to Dixieland through his upscale Nineteen 61, chef Marcos Fernandez is bringing similar flavors to a wider audience through D’Lucas, a fast-casual, takeout restaurant that begins its soft opening Saturday. More
Burgerim, a California-based mini-burger chain that has roots in Israel, is planning a south Lakeland location as it spreads into Florida. More
La Imperial Bakery opened today at 830 E. Main Street under a bright yellow sign that marks the eastern approach to downtown Lakeland. Mayor Bill Mutz welcomed Executive Chef James Lazaros and Administrator Aida Lazaros during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon. The cafe/bakery is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The menu features breakfast items, fritters, sandwiches and entrees.
Restaurant critic Eric Pera praises the charcuterie skills at the new barbecue-and whiskey spot in downtown’s Federal Building. (My take as a vegetarian: I was pleasantly surprised that there were several non-meat items but underwhelmed nevertheless.)
FitLife Foods (website), a Tampa company that prepares healthy heat-and-eat meals at a facility on County Line Road (map), now offers delivery to Lakeland residences. The packaged meals are also available at 15 retail outlets in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Orlando and Palm Beach areas, but none in Polk.