Local Eateries to Explore: The Joinery in Lakeland

We have lots of great and unique local places to eat in Central Florida. The Joinery in downtown Lakeland is a modern food hall with a variety of options for food and craft beer. Because of the variety of food options, casual indoor and outdoor seating, and great location in downtown Lakeland on Lake Mirrior, The Joinery is a great place away from busy Orlando that’s worth checking out. Below are the food options you can expect to find.

Āto

At Āto you will find made-to-order poké bowls with a variety of ingredients to choose from as well as unique sushi burritos, dumplings, gyoza, seaweed salad, miso soup, and more. You’ll also find vegan and gluten-free options. This location offers a lot of fresh vegetables, fish, and other proteins, herbs, and flavors. I tried it on our second trip to The Joinery and loved the fresh flavors. It may be my new favorite.

Ava

Ava serves up authentic Neapolitan-style pizza made with sourdough and Italian flour and premium toppings. In addition, they have gluten-free and cauliflower crust as well as Vegan options.

Blue Dog Craft Barbeque

Blue Dog just opened on our second trip to The Joinery. While I forgot to grab a photo of the menu, they had some great-looking smoked meats. Paul had the brisket and we were very impressed.

Gallito Taqueria

I chose Galliro Taqueria for my first visit to The Joinery because I love tacos. This place is a modern taqueria with street tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and side dishes. I had a chicken quesadilla and the esquites (street corn). Both were made to order, served hot and fresh with a load of flavor. The street corn was especially flavorful. My only issue is I am now torn between wanting to eat here again versus trying other places.

Mayday Ice Cream

Mayday is a place for handcrafted artisanal ice creams and popsicles. They have so many unique flavors. I recommend sampling them to see what you like best. Paul opted for a scoop of the coffee + donuts and a scoop of one of the seasonal flavors- pistachio moon (which was also dairy-free). Both were great. The coffee+ donuts ice cream had real coffee grounds throughout. My favorite was mine- a scoop of the blueberry toast crunch. It was just amazing and a single scoop is very generous. It’s the perfect way to end a great casual dining experience.

Sābu

Paul chose Sābu for his dinner that night. Sābu serves traditional Japanese ramen soup, Japanese street snacks, as well as vegan/vegetarian, and gluten-free offerings. Paul had Spicey Miso Ramen and pork buns. He enjoyed them a lot. I tasted everything and thought it was flavorful, albeit the ramen was definitely spicey. They have other options too for those like me with a less spicey palate.

Super Duper Spot

The Super Duper Spot is a great option for the less adventurous eater you bring. They offer burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, wings, fries, shakes, and malts. They also have Impossible burger options for our vegan friends. It might not be the most unique place at The Joinery, however, I can’t say that the food coming out of there didn’t look amazing. I’ll definitely try it someday.

The Bar

The cool thing about The Joinery is it is also a craft brewery. In addition, they serve up local Florida craft beer with rotating flavors. They also have craft cocktails, wine, and flights.

The other cool thing about The Joinery is it’s located along the promenade of Lake Mirror. We loved digesting our dinner with a walk around the lake. It is also very close to the Barnett Family park which would be a great place to take your children to pay before or after you eat. They have events at the hall also well like Bingo on Tuesday nights, dog-friendly events, pineapple carving and cocktails at Halloween, Saturday morning workouts, and more. It’s a great place to gather with friends where everyone can find something to enjoy.


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Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. She is also a contributing writer for a few DIS websites.

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