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Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Ponce de Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs, FL - (904) 985-5644
Posted By Michael Stern on January 21, 2010 11:20 PM
To get to the Sugar Mill Grill you must enter De Leon Springs State Park, an idyllic recreation area with boat rides and picnic tables and opportunities to hike and bird-watch. The park is a popular destination and the restaurant is a small one, so almost any time of day you will very likely wait for a table. It is located in an old mill building in the beautiful area where explorers once sought the Fountain of Youth.

Once you are seated, it's time to start cooking pancakes. Talk about serve-yourself! The staff brings two pitchers of pancake batter – a milled-here, stone-ground, buckwheat-style batter as well as more traditional buttermilk batter – plus whatever mix-ins you feel you need (bananas, blueberries, pecans, apple chunks, peanut butter, chocolate chips, apple sauce are all available for a slight extra cost), and you pour and flip your own on a griddle built into the table. Sausage, bacon, and ham are also available … but cooked by professionals in the kitchen. Pancake toppings include molasses, honey, and syrup.

It’s fun to punctuate the process of eating pancakes by cooking them at your own speed and in your own favorite size; you can keep pouring batter until you bust. At $4.50 per person (plus the $4 per carload park entrance fee and obligatory 18% tip), this is one of the bargain breakfasts of the South.

(Pancakes are served from morning until the restaurant's closing time, mid-afternoon. It is also possible to order a sandwich on house-made whole grain bread.)
4 star rating
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Posted By Robert S on March 27, 2013 2:06 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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Posted By Nancy Preece on February 1, 2011 7:38 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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