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Daydreaming about Lakeland drive-thru windows

Ignore the logistics — we’re day dreaming about Lakeland eateries we’d love to dine at via drive-thru, if we could wave a magic wand.

A white sign reads "Express Lane, mobile orders only" at Black and Brew's south side location.

Picking up mobile orders at Black & Brew’s south side express drive-thru window is life changing.

Photo by @blackandbrew

Whether it’s Lakeland’s rainy, hot, or chilly season, sometimes you just want a quick bite handed to you through your car window.

Luckily for us, some of our favorite local spots have implemented drive-thru windows for easy pickup. Pro tip: Some windows are for mobile order pickup only (read: You can’t place an order at the window).

4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4729 S. Florida Ave. | Order at the window | Lakeland’s newest barbecue establishment located near Publix GreenWise Market gives customers dine-in and drive-thru options.

Black & Brew Southside, 4209 S. Florida Ave. | Mobile order | Order your favorite salad or sandwich online before heading to Black & Brew’s express drive-thru; orders cannot be placed at the window.

Fresh Kitchen, 4520 S. Florida Ave. | Mobile order | Schedule your next lunch pick-up online — if you’re not sure what to order, check out our recommendations.

happyfastdelicious, 3601 S. Florida Ave. | Mobile order | Order custom drinks or menu items created by other Lakelanders in the app or at the window — try one of our custom drinks.

HTeaO Lakeland, 3920 S. Florida Ave. | Order at the window | Order from 25+ flavors of fresh-brewed iced tea; happy hour prices are 50% off daily from 2-4 p.m.

Tucker’s Southside Package and Lounge, 1122 S. Florida Ave. | Order at the window | Mix a six-pack or grab a bottle of wine from the drive-up window at this bar and liquor store.

In addition to the spots you love, we also asked our followers about their dream drive-thrus. Here are a few establishments Lakelanders would add a drive-thru window or express lane to if they could:

  • Many wished for a drive-thru version of LoveBird Almost Famous Chicken.
  • “Thai Oishi” — Bailey V.
  • “Tea Largo” — Kaf S.
  • “Ole Tampa Cubans” — Carol K.
  • “Cafe Zuppina” — Andrea M.
  • “Il Forno - not a full menu but a pizza pick up window!” — Jaimey B.
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