Food & Drink in Highland City

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A colorful chalkboard sits on the sidewalk outside the cheerful Havana Delights Cafe, announcing the day's Cuban specialties in bright chalk letters. When guests enter the sunlit eatery, they are hit with a rush of savory aromas—roasting pork, sizzling spanish sausage, and grilling steak. Chefs layer these fresh meats onto freshly baked cuban bread before adding a smear of cream cheese or a touch of mayo.

155 E Main St
Bartow,
FL
US

Thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and abundance of fresh seafood, JFD's Seafood House is "just the spot for a dozen Apalachicola's on the half shell, chased with a large, domestic lager," wrote one The Ledger contributor. Oysters are just one facet of the menu, though; diners can also dive into mahi mahi tacos, creamy pasta dishes, or barbecue specialties such as pulled pork or smoked wings. Fishing nets adorn the eatery's lime-green walls, adding to the spot's nautical vibe and serving as a warning to any giant squid that might flop through the door.

315 E Main St.
Bartow,
FL
US

Rita's chills tongues and satisfies cravings with a selection of frozen treats including italian ice, sundaes, and shakes. Gelati layers italian ice in a variety of fruity flavors on top of creamy frozen custard, whereas mistos blend the two so that they can be sipped through a straw. And for those looking for a healthy option, the shop serves sugar-free italian ice.

2405 Ef Griffin Rd
Bartow,
FL
US