Florida is home to Orlando and Miami, the sleek, cultivated, fast-paced, neon, thrill-seeking meccas….but there is a small-town side of Florida, a string of quiet towns on fresh water lakes that measure time in less sophisticated ways, like orange crops, fishing cycles and rainy seasons. One of these small-towns is Lake Placid, the self dubbed calladium capital of the world and home to plenty of small, yet delicious, food joints.
Like many of the locations on this list, Glenda Jean’s is quite small so make sure to get there early or be prepared to wait a bit…it’s oh so worth it though. Tremendous portions of perfectly cooked food that tastes like your Mom made it and huge mouthwatering desserts will await you here.
Some of the locals go so far as to say that this is one of the Top 10 sandwich shops in America! It gets a 10/10 across the board and the daily specials are always to die for. Make sure to grab a side of bacon…it’s earned the name “meat candy” for a reason.
Jaxson’s isn’t fancy by any stretch…but this little dive bar will welcome you like family and fill your belly with unique and delicious fair. They handle big groups like a pro and their karaoke nights are some of the best fun you’ll find in Lake Placid.
Wet Dogs has a wide variety of brews and might be a bit overwhelming but have no fear, you can’t go wrong! The Wet Dogs Scottish Ale and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout are a couple of local favorites.
Dock 633 boasts late nights and giant portions, the fried fish is as big as the plate and their made-to-order burgers are bigger than the bun! They get packed fast, so be prepared to chill out, grab a drink, and stay tuned for a table.