Reviving this old thread to share info about my recent visit. We visited on a cool, rainy Monday and found both the park and the restaurant very, very quiet. After strolling around the park a bit and visiting the small museum to learn some of the park's history, we decided it was time to eat!
As others have already explained, the Old Sugar Mill is right next to Deleon Springs. 72 degree water flows from the spring all year round. After our meal my kids insisted we take a dip despite the 60 degree weather and rain. We got a few strange looks, but the water was really wonderful.
The day we visited was very quiet, too quiet according to our waitress.
Below is a place mat that explains the concept quite clearly.
All of our group opted for pancakes, along with some bacon, sausage, and eggs on the side. As we ordered the griddles were turned on and we were told how to prepare our pancakes. Shortly after ordering we were brought two large pitchers of batter. I tried both the whole grain and white flour pancakes and found both to be light, fluffy, and very tasty. The syrup was not real maple syrup, but seemed to be the type made with Mapleine and was pretty good. We had some blueberries to add in, but I preferred the pancakes plain. The sides orders of meats were good, but the pancakes were the real stars. We bought a few bags of pancake mix so we can enjoy them at home.
The sausage and bacon were cooked in the kitchen area, but my dad ordered eggs and was brought to eggs in the shell and had to make them himself. You can see my daughter didn't really enjoy the place very much. Actually, it was a great place for kids. Mine really enjoyed the food and the process, saying it was the best breakfast place ever!
As you can see, the restaurant was almost empty the day we visited. A far cry from the hour waits and photos shared by others.
Just out the door is an opportunity to see all kinds of natural beauty, right in Deleon Springs park, as well as in Blue Springs and Lake Woodruff parks which are close by.
This is a genuinely unique place and is most definitely worthy of a visit if you are in the area. The whole area is a wonderful diversion from the typical tourist spots most people hit when in these areas.
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