Saturday October 4, 2008
My breakfast destination, Sugar Mill Restaurant
is about 50 minutes north of Orlando. Located inside De Leon Springs State Park, it is one of the very most atmospheric Roadfood spots.
I arrived outside the park around 7:45AM and cars were already lined outside the gates, waiting for the park to open.
It costs three bucks just to enter the park, if you are by yourself, which I was. Four dollars if there is two or more of you. The restaurant itself is an old sugar mill
and the wheel is still there on the side.
Inside, it is all wood and is a very pleasant place to relax and enjoy your meal.
The attraction here is the make your own pancakes. They give you pitchers of pancake mix and you do the pouring and flipping on the griddle right inside your table.
Now, I have been here twice before, but in both instances, my fellow diners (once my girlfriend and once cousin Johnny) took care of the pancakes, while I was taking photos. Since I was by myself, I was looking forward to doing it all.
On each table is syrup, honey and molasses and of course, some EZ Coat for the griddle.
When you order the all-you-can-eat pancakes, you get two large pitchers of pancake batter.
The one on the left is five grain, consisting of rice, rye, corn, whole wheat and buckwheat. The one on the right is traditional white unbleached early American. You can also order some mix-ins at an additional cost. After all, what are pancakes without chocolate chips or blueberries?
I will definitely admit to not being the best pancake maker in the world. Trying to keep an eye on things while taking lots of photos was a bit challenging. But, it was also lots of fun.
Not pretty, but they tasted good!
I also ordered a side of bacon.
Doesn't it seem silly to deliver two slices of bacon in a big pan like that?
Since I was taking so many pictures, my waitress grabbed the camera and took a photo of me, too.
By the way, how many other Roadfood restaurants can you also rent an inner tube?
You can use those on the lovely swimming pool or lake just outside the restaurant.
Those photos really don't do the place justice, because it really is gorgeous! Johnny and I once swam in the pool, but didn't last too long, since the water was so cold. This was much to the delight of the senior citizens doing laps, whom very much enjoyed heckling us!
Just inside the one building is a nice small history museum of the area.
For anyone traveling in central Florida, this is one of the coolest Roadfood restaurants I have been to and I highly recommend it! http://www.planetdeland.com/sugarmill/
Okay, so who is going to be the first one to say, "Why should I go to a restaurant to make pancakes, when I can do it at home"?
Much more to come.....
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