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Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Ponce de Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs, FL - (904) 985-5644
Posted By Nancy Preece on 2/1/2011 7:38:00 PM
This was always a favorite place when my parents came to visit, back when I was in college at nearby Stetson University. The buckwheat pancakes are the best. I always made mine with apple slices. This is a unique breakfast place, well worth your time.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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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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