Eating in Lakeland

49th annual Kiwanis Pancake FestivalThat photo is my daughter at the 49th annual Kiwanis Pancake Festival. I have a confession. We eat out a lot. It’s my fault. I can’t cook to save my life. Still, I haven’t been adventurous since moving to Lakeland. We’ve played it safe and always eat-out at one of the same few restaurants. I guess that’s why I’m looking for any mention of Lakeland restaurants. I’ve previously mentioned the Florida Food blog. The reviews are signed “Fat Hippie” and if that doesn’t inspire confidence, you don’t remember the 60s.

Here are some snipits from the Florida Food blog, plus a mention of a visit author Sandra Friend made to Lakeland. She ate at Jimbo’s on 92.

If you have a favorite Lakeland restaurant, please let me know. My wife is again talking about me taking cooking lessons.

The food seems to be a game of guessing. Sometimes its amazing, most of the time its not. One of the issues here are that most people expect Tex Mex while Peso’s serves traditional Mexican. — Florida Food

After searching for – and not finding – a park that might fit the rationale behind Bartow’s motto (”City of Oaks and Azaleas”), the whirlwind crash-landed at Hollis Garden on Lake Mirror in Lakeland, where we slipped from room to room in the formal gardens and explored the new family park adjacent. I understood the giant panther and gator to play on, but a loon? Talk about left field! Supposedly we have them in Florida, but I’m still waiting to find out where.

To wrap up a hard day’s work, lunch/dinner meant a pile of barbecue at Jimbos on US 92. I remembered the bowls of hot cherry peppers on every table, but had forgotten about the barrel pickle slices that also rated their own bowl on every table. Yum, yum, yum. — Sandra Friend

The food is average at best. Nothing on the menu stands out. Harry’s makes its money during the Breakfast hours, where the food is quite good. After breakfast though the quality starts to go down. — Florida Food

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Mongolian grill flare, let me give you a quick run down. Once you’re seated you grab your bowl and start at the meat bar, which features all types of FRESH (which is usually hard to come by in restaurants of this nature) meats, ranging from chicken, to calamari there is bound to be something for everyone in your party. — Baldy, in Florida Food