Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
While it takes prodigious skill to man the 600-degree, 7-foot grill that is the center of bd’s Mongolian Grill’s dining room, the chefs running it don’t have any secret recipes. Instead, customers fashion their own customizable bowls of stir-fry according to their taste preferences, dietary restrictions, and desired portion size. Guests wander, nearly overwhelmed as they choose from an array of meats and veggies and ladle sweet, spicy, and herb-filled sauces into a cup. Chefs sauté the meal in front of their eyes, swords flicking skillfully across the grill to entertain and build anticipation like a mime about to jump buses on an invisible motorcycle. The resulting stir-fry dishes are accompanied by brown rice, white rice, tortillas or lettuce wraps.
Born in the Lebanese city of Tripoli before moving to Canada in the '80s, Frank Ishraki was raised on the traditional cultures and flavors of his homeland. Ishraki dedicated himself to sharing the classic, healthy flavors of Lebanese cuisine, first in Canada, then at his family of restaurants around Orlando. The Lakeland location is a convenient, quick-service shawarma stop complete with chicken, lamb, and beef loaded on rotating spits to cook evenly and slowly hypnotize diners. Guests can enjoy meats wrapped in pita or served on a platter with tabbouleh and hummus or go vegetarian with rice-stuffed grape leaves and fried falafel.
Champino's Italian Restaurant & Sports Bar serves up old-school Italian favorites like baked pasta, chicken parmigiana, and margherita pizza. One of the menu's highlights, the italian sausage, is made in-house and served either on a plate with veggies or on a hero sandwich. Other popular house-made dishes include the tiramisu and cannoli. Even better, the televisions in the eatery's sports bar keep patrons tuned in to the latest sporting event or news blooper reel.
Belly's Grill treats its guests to high-end meals of American burger-joint fare, with sandwiches made from half-pound ground-chuck patties, fresh vegetables, and delicious buns. Guests sink their teeth into burgers topped with carolina slaw, avocados, or grilled mac and cheese, or they dig in to fried-chicken sandwiches, lamb-stuffed gyros, and chili-cheese hot dogs.
When you stay at The Avenue Hotel Lakeland in Lakeland, you'll be near the airport and close to Lakeside Village and Polk Museum of Art. This hotel is within close proximity of Lakeland Center and Lake Mirror.
Make yourself at home in one of the 139 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a television in the lobby, and a picnic area.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Lakeland? This hotel has 1400 square feet (130 square meters) of space consisting of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Free self parking is available onsite.