Lakeland, FL restaurants from A to Z

Eat your way through the alphabet with this list of our readers’ favorite local restaurants starting with each letter.

Exterior shot of J Burns' pizza shop

Is J. Burns’ Pizza Shop your favorite restaurant starting with “J”?

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Deciding where to eat in Lakeland should be as easy as ABC. With 34 of your responses, we’ve rounded up our readers’ favorite local restaurants starting with each letter of the alphabet.

A: Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd.
We love this spot with a dog-friendly patio.

B: Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro, 205 E. Main St. and 100 Lake Morton Dr.
Grab a morning coffee or a hearty lunch.

C: Cob & Pen, 1221 Florida Ave. S.
Two words: Ultimate fries.

D: Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop, 128 E. Main St.
Our readers love this downtown stop for their morning brew.

E: Elena’s Cuban Cafe, 2246 E. Edgewood Dr.
Get authentic staples like Cuban sandwiches and empanadas.

F: Frescos Southern Kitchen & Bar, 132 S. Kentucky Ave.
Did somebody say brunch?

Dog sitting at table with food at Good Thyme restaurant in Lakeland, FL

Gee, we love a fresh lunch from Good Thyme.

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G: Good Thyme, 1037 Dixieland Mall Ln.
This breakfast and lunch spot specializes in using fresh ingredients.

H: Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, 101 N. Kentucky Ave.
One bite and you’ll be hooked.

I: Il Forno Italian Restaurant, 3615 Florida Ave. S., Ste. 1310
You can’t go wrong with this spot’s classic Italian dishes.

J: J. BurnsPizza, 2306 E. Edgewood Dr.
This pizza parlor is expanding soon to add a South Florida Avenue location.

K: KC’s Artisan Pizza, 6645 Florida Ave S., Ste. 5
Head here to build your own pizza.

L: LoveBird Almost Famous Chicken, 2101 Florida Ave. S.
Choose your heat level wisely at this hot chicken joint.


Mmmm, nothing beats a fried fish sandwich from Mister Fish.

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M: Mister Fish, 715 E. Palmetto St.
Grab a bite at this classic restaurant before a walk around Lake Morton.

N: Nineteen61, 215 E. Main St.
Head downtown for fine dining and craft cocktails.

O: Ovation Bistro & Bar, 4715 Florida Ave. S.
This bistro is known for its smokehouse and dinner deals.

P: Palace Pizza, 114 S. Kentucky Ave.
Grab a slice of your favorite fresh-baked pizza and tiramisu.

Q: Quinteassence Kava Bar, 839 N. Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 101
Come for the tea, stay for the nightly events.

R: Reececliff Family Diner, 940 Florida Ave. S.
We can’t leave without a slice of the pie of the day.

S: Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant, 1833 E. Edgewood Dr.
Bring your appetite to enjoy freshly made pasta and more.

T: Tapatio’s Restaurante Mexicano, 734 E. Memorial Blvd. and 6645 Florida Ave. S.
It’s always a fiesta at this local favorite.

Hand holding bagel at Uncle Nick's Deli in Lakeland, FL

U need to try a bagel from Uncle Nick’s Deli’s extensive menu.

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U: Uncle Nick’s Italian Deli, Bagels and Catering, 6955 Old Rd. 37
Order up a New York-style bagel made in-house.

V: Vegetation Plant Food, delivery in Lakeland
Keep things fresh with a menu that changes weekly.

W: WACO Kitchen, 3900 Don Emerson Dr.
Let your taste buds take flight.

X: Ax-Caliber, 204 E. Orange St.
Since we couldn’t find an “X” restaurant, we’re cheating a bit with this restaurant and ax-throwing establishment.

Y: The Yard On Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave.
Hit this spot for a rotation of local food trucks and live entertainment.

Z: Zarza Latin Food & Grill, 4648 Cleveland Heights Blvd.
This grill is known for flavorful Latin dishes and lunch specials.

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