Sebring is one of Florida‘s most well-preserved, quaint lakeside towns, offering many small town dining options. The ‘City on a Circle’ serves up festivals, international speed races and an array of outdoor activities. Here are our top 10 dining options, from traditional Mexican food and Asian fusion, to down-home cooking located in Sebring, Florida.
Located in Downtown Sebring, the Garden Café at McLane’s Country Garden has been a tradition in the Sebring area over the last 20 years. Owned and operated by Scott and Lolly McLane, the restaurant is located inside the couple’s landscaping nursery. Specializing in café bistro fare, customers enjoy The Garden Café’s delicious quiche, specialty sandwiches and homemade desserts. McLane’s Country Garden is unique in that is shares with customers enthusiasm for delicious home-cooking in one of the best landscape nurseries in the Highlands County area.
The Blue Lagoon Saloon is a laid-back Florida restaurant offering everything from fried fish to fresh hamburgers. This friendly neighborhood joint also has great drink specials almost every night of the week. On Tuesday nights they offer nickel beer night. From the menu, order the peel-and-eat shrimp as an appetizer, followed by the pork tacos, which come with a side of French fries, coleslaw or potato salad.
Cowpoke’s Watering Hole, Sebring | Courtesy of Cody's Roadhouse
Cowpoke’s Watering Hole is known for consistently good food and drinks in an indoor and al fresco tiki hut setting. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers live music in comfortable setting with friendly staff. Must have menu items, rib-eye steak, filet, or lobster, which all come with garlic butter potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Cody’s Roadhouse is a fun family-friendly restaurant chock full of southern charm that exudes an era gone by, when things were simpler, more casual and relaxed. Tubs of roasted peanuts are available throughout the restaurant and can be thrown on the floor for true authenticity. From the menu, order Cody’s fresh cut, flame broiled, USDA prime and choice steaks, prime rib, rotisserie chicken, and pork back ribs.
Chicanes Restaurant & Bar, Sebring | Courtesy of Esperante
Chicanes Restaurant is a gourmet establishment located within the Inn on the Lakes Hotel. Chicanes offers a well-rounded culinary experience serving an array of fresh seafood, Angus beef, and chicken and pork selections. From the menu, order lump crab cake pan sauteed and served with key lime mustard and remoulade sauce and the grouper reuben.
Chåteau Élan Hotel & Conference Center, Sebring | Courtesy of Don Jose Mexican Restaurant
Situated next to Sebring’s International Speedway, Esperante is located inside the Chåteau Élan Hotel, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to hotel guests and outside patrons alike. Friendly service, a fun atmosphere and a plethora of menu options to choose from keep the locals coming back. For dinner, say yes to the chicken parmesan with roasted vegetables.
The Don Jose Mexican Restaurant was initially established in 1970 in San Jose Jalisco, Mexico, continuing the family tradition, the Arceo family opened a restaurant in Sebring with the same menu. Offering Floridians a true taste of Mexico, with menu items like fresh guacamole, chiles rellenos, tamales and great salsa, this is the place to be. Enjoy traditional Mexican food while overlooking Sebring’s beautiful Lake Jackson.
The Sunset Grille is located on Lake Jackson, offering low-key American cuisine of seafood, steaks and sandwiches in an indoor or al fresco setting. The Sunset Grille does not take reservations, so be prepared to wait as it’s a premiere dining option in Sebring. The wait will be worth the while. From the menu say yes to the rack of lamb and t-bone steak or the homemade fish sandwich.
Galati’s Family Restaurant is known for serving excellent pizza and Italian cuisine in a family-style environment. Owned and operated by Dave and Kathy Galanti, the restaurant also offers a special fish dinner on Friday’s, which the locals recommend. From the menu, order the family style pizza, onion rings or sausage sandwich.
Cang Tong offers something for every palate, particularly those in search of Asian fare, from fresh sushi to modern Chinese cuisine and a Japanese hibachi grills. From the menu, order shrimp with lobster sauce, served with pork fried rice and a spring roll and the fried ice cream for dessert.