Crane's Crossing sign

Crane’s Crossing at the Gardens, a restaurant that’s had an ongoing soft opening since early July, brings an international menu and organic offerings to its cozy home behind Dixieland Village.

Owner/chef Michiyo Crane and “International Manager Coordinator” Jamie Carpenter spiffed up the building that housed Fat Maggie’s, adding a bar and painting the interior in shades of lemon and papaya. Soft jazz plays in the background.

The restaurant (Facebook page) offers dishes from nearly every continent. Many items come in two sizes, so you don’t need to pay full fare if you’re planning to eat light. Discounts are available after 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Click on the links below to see the menus.

Vegetarians have several options on the menu. Pescatarians will find even more. (As I’ve done on LkldNow and previously on a Ledger dining blog, I’m taking a non-meat-eater’s view of the menu.)

All three salads on the lunch and dinner menu are meatless. (A win. Some restaurants these days feel compelled to add meat to all their salads.)

The dinner menu includes four meatless entrees and a fifth for fish-eaters. Lunch has no natively vegetarian entrees, save a sandwich with tuna that the menu notes can be made sans fish; there are two pescatarian entrees.

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One of three crepes available at lunch and dinner is meatless, as are two of three soups.

On the weekend brunch menu, eight of the 12 entrees are meatless, as are two of the four crepes.

Shortly after opening, the interior had seating for 21 and the exterior for 14. Carpenter said more seating is coming and there are plans to add an outdoor deck.

Hours are:

  • Tuesday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight; brunch available until 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch

Ultimately, the restaurant hopes to expand hours to 2 a.m.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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