Answered: what food type is missing from Lakeland

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Last week, we asked you what food type is missing from Lakeland, FL. With 140+ poll answers, roughly 100 Facebook comments, and dozens of emails, you could say Lakelanders are passionate about food. 

Data via our recent poll | Pie chart created on Google Sheets

In addition to given options, we asked readers + followers to submit their ideas. With answers ranging from chain restaurants to locally-owned shops, here’s what you said: 

  • “Something creative/unique. Something that’s fun to go to when you have guests visiting or a special occasion like a birthday.”Sara O.
  • “Adult restaurant, not a pub or sports grill. Noise quiet enough to talk; we don’t need racket to think we are in a hip joint. Good basic home cooked food. Not everything fried in grease. Grillsmith is the closest to that. I’d love to hear other options. Not a chain is even better.”Charlene B.
  • “Soul food.”Robyn F
  • “A good diner like the ones in the north east.”Megan M.
  • “Fondue!!!! That would be awesome and so much fun!!!”Victoria C
  • “Ukrainian.” — Yvonne P.
  • French.” — Joy W.
  • “Middle Eastern!!!” — Natalie K
  • A full Salvadoran restaurant would be a nice addition to Lakeland.” — Jennifer M.

Other popular suggestions include Asian, Columbian, Ethiopian, German, Greek, Peruvian, fine-dining + options for individuals with dietary restrictions

While Lakeland is notoriously fond of local options, 20+ chain restaurants were also named. The most popular requests were:

  • Fresh Kitchen
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
  • ShakeShack
  • MOD Pizza
  • Whataburger
  • Cookout
  • Pollo Tropical
  • 4 Rivers BBQ
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company
  • Portillos
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Cedar River Seafood
  • PF Chang’s
  • Papa Gino’s
  • Soul Bowlz
  • Chicken Salad Chick

If you’re thinking of opening a new eatery in the 863, now you know what the people want. 😋

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