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Featured Restaurants

This is a listing of some of the fun places and hidden nooks for eating your way through the corridor.

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Latin Fusion

De La Vega Restaurante y Galeria

“Savor the difference” De La Vega is a vibrant modern Latin fusion or flavors and traditions with a unique blend of Spanish and Latin influences. Its distinctive, fresh and original menu of fine food is an unexpected treat. Located right in historic downtown Deland, they also feature vegetarian and gluten free meal options. Just reading the menu online will make your mouth water. Nice wine selection. Reservations are accepted.

De La Vega Restaurante y Galeria
128 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 734-4444

Greek

Santorini Greek Cuisine

If you like Greek food, or if you’ve never tried Greek food…You’ll love this place. It is unassuming traditional Greek fare. They are open for lunch and dinner. It is a cute little place that fills up fast!

Santorini Greek Cuisine
210 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 736-7726

Thai

Oudom’s Thai & Sushi

Better get there early because this place gets crowded! Some of the best Thai and Sushi around. Family owned and operated, Oudom’s is located in historic downtown DeLand on Woodland Blvd. Fresh, with vegetarian options. Beer, wine & sake.

Oudom’s Thai & Sushi
217 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 740-0123

American

Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill

The Brickhouse has been a mainstay of downtown DeLand for over 10 years. This family owned & operated restaurant has a great atmosphere and a diverse menu. From seafood, to steak, wraps, and creative sandwich offerings – there’s something for everyone. They feature a salad bar and wine & liquor bar. You can’t go wrong here.

Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse Grill
142 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 785-1237

German

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café

Hollerbach’s is a notoriously fun and delicious casual German restaurant in the center of Downtown Sanford. The Hollerbach’s (Theo, Linda, and Christina) invite you to share in a memorable meal and experience German Gemuetlichkeit. Gemuetlichkeit is German and means: “is a sense of well-being and happiness that comes from enjoying the company of friends and family while savoring good food and drink.” Their menus feature traditional German dishes, as well as American favorites and original menu creations. They also have over 50 different German Beers and wines. There is often eclectic German-folkstyle entertainment – it can get rowdy!

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
205 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 321-2204

Karlings in De Leon Springs

German influenced menu in European atmosphere.

Karlings in De Leon Springs
4640 US 17, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
(386) 985-5535

The Breezeway Restaurant and Bar

The Breezeway has a menu that is distinctly “American” with a mix of items for just about everyone and a nice patio and outdoor seating area. They pride themselves as the “home of the big fish sandwich,” and on fresh ingredients and homemade dressings. Aside from the good food, it’s a fun atmosphere.

The Breezeway Restaurant and Bar
112 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771
(407) 878-1284

The Original Christo’s

Christo’s has been serving up American, Italian & Greek dishes in Historic Downtown Sanford since 1971.
Pizza, calzones, sandwiches, gyros, and a wine bar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices. There is outdoor seating along Sanford’s First Ave.

The Original Christo’s
107 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 320-0799

Byte Fragments and Spirits

Modern | Upscale| Fresh American Contemporary Restaurant & Lounge specializing in tapas. With a vast menu of unique offerings, from seared scallops to braised Ox Tail or a hand cut Filet, you are sure to find something delicious to eat. Byte Lounge – open upstairs Thursday – Saturday till 2 am. Live entertainment Blues & Jazz.

Byte Fragments and Spirits
145 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 279-7527

Pierson’s Family Restaurant

A small but homey family style restaurant on a stretch of road that will make you feel like you stepped back in time. With a range of American cuisine, it’s especially good for breakfast.

Pierson’s Family Restaurant
302 S Center St, Pierson, FL 32180
(386) 749-9979

Dustin’s Barbeque

Just like the other two listed, Dustin’s serves real southern barbeque. Their motto is: “At Dustin’s, Great Barbeque is what we do, but Friendly is who we are.” Beef, pork, chicken & ribs served in a family owned restaurant. This is one of their five locations in Florida.

Dustin’s Bar-B-Q
1375 S Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 738-5607

Pitmasters BBQ

Pitmasters BBQ is right on US 17 between DeLand and DeLeon Springs. This place has “old fashioned southern style barbeque, cooked at low temperatures for many hours” and they only cook their meat using real wood, no gas or electric burners. It has a great cozy atmosphere, a fireplace, and a bar to go along with its fantastic barbeque pork, beef, and briquette. Open seven days a week.

Pitmasters BBQ
4425 N. US Highway 17, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 985-4488

Goodrich Seafood Restaurant & Oyster House

This historic restaurant features a large deck on the Halifax River. Goodrich’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster House has spanned 9 generations, dating back to 1910. It’s a hidden gem of this corridor. Get there before dark to enjoy the view of the river and the islands that dot the opposite coast. If you’re lucky, you just might spot Miami Dolphin football great Larry Czonka (of the 1972 undefeated Dolphins). Mr. Czonka is the property owner and can be spotted during the winter months when he lives in the area. This place has great seafood and a friendly downhome feel. Opened for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Goodrich Seafood Restaurant & Oyster House
253 River Rd, Oak Hill, FL 32759
(386) 345-3397

Cress Restaurant

Cress is a critically acclaimed restaurant located in Historic Downtown DeLand. Cress serves “globally inspired and locally sourced food.” As their website states “we combine an intriguing atmosphere with superb and interesting food served with tastefully professional service.” Cress holds the distinction of No. 1 Zagat rating in Orlando Area! While it is not cheap, it is one of the very best eating establishments in all of Florida. A highly recommended attraction. Emeril LaGrasse featured Cress on his show in January, 2014.

Open Tuesday – Saturday. Reservations recommended.

Cress Restaurant
103 W Indiana Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 734-3740

Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Pancake House

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Pancake House is located inside DeLeon Springs State Park. The waitresses bring you pancake mix and you grill and customize your pancakes on a griddle built into your table. The restaurant is in the historic Mill situated on the edge of one of the areas artesian springs, De Leon Springs.

Breakfast is served until 4:00pm.

Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Pancake House
601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
(386) 985-5644

Airport Restaurant & Gin Mill

Located near the DeLand Municipal Airport, the Airport Restaurant & Gin Mill offers a fun and friendly dining and entertainment experience. We have an inviting deck for outdoor seating where you can watch the skydivers during the day or kickback and listen to the great bands that play in the evenings.

Airport Restaurant & Gin Mill
1120 Airport Terminal Dr. DeLand, FL 32724
(386) 734-9755

Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante

Built in 1927 the historic Cassadaga Hotel is the centerpiece of Cassadaga’s Spiritualist Camp and the hotel is home to Sinatra’s Ristorante. Recently renovated the hotel and restaurant provide a pleasant and classic atmosphere for Sinatra’s Italian cuisine. With a full wine and liquor bar, you may get some extra spirits with your spirits here. The owner is related to old blue eyes himself.

Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante
355 Cassadaga Rd, Lake Helen, FL 32744
(386) 218-3806

Latin Café

If you’re in the Deltona & Enterprise area, there are plenty of franchise restaurant options. If you’re inclined to seek out the non-franchise places, the Latin Café would be a good place to try.

Latin Café
1235 Providence Blvd; Ste F, Deltona, FL 32725
(386) 860-2808

Mi Tierra

You won’t be far off the beaten path in Orange City, where there are plenty of restaurants right off I-4. But if you are looking for a good local restaurant, Mi Tierra serves authentic Mexican food in a colorful, festive atmosphere. Sizzling fajitas, an extensive menu, great prices and irresistible margaritas.

Mi Tierra
2235 S. Volusia Ave. Orange City, FL 32763
(386) 774-1438

Osteen’s Diner

There’s nothing quite like being out on a rural stretch of road, you’re hungry, and you find a welcome oasis of good comfort food. Some places are not only places to get a good meal, they are cultural attractions. Osteen’s Diner is such a place. It wasn’t long ago, that they only accepted cash.

Osteen’s Diner
195 S. St. Rd. 415. Osteen, Fl. 32764
(407) 323-6469

Swamp House Riverfront Grill

If you’re looking for a meal on the St. Johns River, this place has a second-floor view of the river from Highbanks Marina. It’s not far off the beaten path, but it feels like it! The full name is The Swamp House River Front Grill and the Happy Snapper Tiki Bar. With all manner of fish dishes, wings, steaks, chicken, burgers, sandwiches and salads, there’s something for everyone. St. Johns Eco Tours is located adjacent to the restaurant, so it’s a good place to eat and take a pontoon boat tour on the historic St. Johns River.

Swamp House Riverfront Grill
488 W Highbanks Rd. DeBary, FL 32713
(386) 668-8891

Genuine Bistro & Lounge

Located right on the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor in Debary, the Genuine Bistro
The executive chef, Tommy Vitek built an impressive resume before coming here after a couple of decades in the Orlando area and at a couple of fancy country clubs. Billed as a place where “the locals go” Genuine Bistro has a nice selection of American fare and a full bar.

Genuine Bistro & Lounge
2 S. Charles Richard Beall Blvd, DeBary, FL 32713
(386) 320-0217

Gators Riverside Grille

Since this scenic highway is named for the St. Johns River, it’s nice to find those out-of-the-way places on the river. Gators Riverside Grille will put you right on the river. Located on the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor on the eastern edge of Sanford, the restaurant is south of Lake Monroe on the St. John’s River. With outdoor seating over the river, regular entertainment, and a distinct local feel, this is a genuine Florida establishment. Fish is their specialty with shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs legs; they also serve gator bites, wings, cheesesteaks and salads. Open seven days a week and easily accessible by either car or boat.

Gators Riverside Grille
4255 Peninsula Point, Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 688-9700

Angel’s Soul Food and BBQ

If soul food is your preference, and you’re in the Sanford area, Angel’s Soul Food and BBQ, according to some folks, is “the best soul food you’ll ever find.” It may look like a hole in the wall, but when it comes to good food off the beaten path, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Genuine soul food, huge portions, and a great price.

Angel’s Soul Food and BBQ
114 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 302-6167

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