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Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Ponce de Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs, FL - (904) 985-5644
Posted By Robert S on 3/27/2013 2:06:00 PM
Outstanding pancakes await at De Leon Springs State Park. Be advised, you will wait as long as three hours for a table. The place seats about 50 people and everyone is aware of the place. If you arrive after noon, you may be turned away. Best bet, arrive at 2:30 on a very cold day (60 or below in Florida) or on a very rainy day (anytime when visiting the park isn't a good idea). On those days you may get lucky enough to sit down and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes.

I made mine with banana, chocolate chips, and peanut butter and they were delicious!

If you are someone who enjoys the outdoors, a long wait is appreciated because the park is beautiful. There are four mile hikes, a natural spring swimming area, and scenic picnic areas. If nature isn't your thing but delicious pancakes are, get up early, put your name in and take the half-hour drive to Daytona to see the Speedway. Come back in time for your table.

This seems to be a tourist type of a place, 90 minutes north of Disney without traffic on I-4. Just be prepared to wait, maybe packing a meal, intending to spend the day at De Leon Springs State Park.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A couple of pancakes with blueberries need to be flipped over.
"A couple of pancakes with blueberries need to be flipped over. "
Cliff Strutz





I found myself passing by De Leon Springs State Park one morning on the way to a couple of catfish lunches for which I needed to preserve appetite. Anyway, the wait for a table at 11am was 45 minutes. But I couldn't leave this nice place without something to eat. So I got a BLT on Sugar Mill whole grain toast. Great sandwich! Lots of bacon, flavorful tomatoes. If you order this indoors, you also get some really good bread and butter pickles.
"I found myself passing by De Leon Springs State Park one morning on the way to a couple of catfish lunches for which I needed to preserve appetite. Anyway, the wait for a table at 11am was 45 minutes. But I couldn't leave this nice place without something to eat. So I got a BLT on Sugar Mill whole grain toast. Great sandwich! Lots of bacon, flavorful tomatoes. If you order this indoors, you also get some really good bread and butter pickles."
Michael Stern


To put on top of your pancakes, you get to choose between syrup, honey, and molasses.
"To put on top of your pancakes, you get to choose between syrup, honey, and molasses."
Cliff Strutz


Two pitchers of pancake batter.  The one on the left is a five-grain mix consisting of rice, rye, corn, whole wheat, and buckwheat.  The one on the right is called traditional white unbleached early American.
"Two pitchers of pancake batter. The one on the left is a five-grain mix consisting of rice, rye, corn, whole wheat, and buckwheat. The one on the right is called traditional white unbleached early American."
Cliff Strutz


Part of the fun here is creating your own pancake combinations.  For a small charge, you can get some blueberries or chocolate chips to put in your pancakes.  Also available are pecans, apples, bananas, peanut butter, and even apple sauce!
"Part of the fun here is creating your own pancake combinations. For a small charge, you can get some blueberries or chocolate chips to put in your pancakes. Also available are pecans, apples, bananas, peanut butter, and even apple sauce!"
Cliff Strutz


Entrance to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill
"Entrance to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill"
Robert S


Just outside the restaurant in the natural springs swimming area
"Just outside the restaurant in the natural springs swimming area"
Robert S


A side angle of the restaurant shows the old grinding wheel.
"A side angle of the restaurant shows the old grinding wheel."
Cliff Strutz


A long-shot view of the Sugar Mill from the parking lot
"A long-shot view of the Sugar Mill from the parking lot"
Michael Stern


Ahh, Florida: home of more fun kitsch than any other state. This billboard, showing Senor De Leon stepping out with a bathing beauty, is just outside the entrance to the state park.
"Ahh, Florida: home of more fun kitsch than any other state. This billboard, showing Senor De Leon stepping out with a bathing beauty, is just outside the entrance to the state park."
Michael Stern



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