LAKELAND, Fla. — Downtown Lakeland has so many unique restaurants that one millennial thought it’d be a great idea to start a food tour.

  • Nate Fleming offers Lakeland food tours
  • Tours restaurants and explores Lakeland's history 
  • Visit to learn more

Virginia native Nate Fleming graduated from Southeastern University and after trying out comedy in Chicago, he decided to return to Lakeland to start a food tour, called LKLD Food Tours.

“When I started the tour and started doing the research about the restaurants, about the people, about the history, I realized there’s a lot more to Lakeland and a lot more to do then people realize,” Fleming said. 

His tour includes stops at Palace Pizza, Fresco’s, Mojo Federal Swine and Spirits, Café Roti, and Black and Brew Coffee House and Bistro. 

Buffalo Cauliflower, Kansas City burnt ends, and samosas are just some of the things on the menu.

“It’s really good,” Kaity Burns said, surprised by the taste of the buffalo cauliflower at Fresco’s. 

Burns, an Ohio native, said she liked the variety of food offered.  

“Nate is super funny. The food is great. The company is great. It’s overall wonderful,” Burns said. 

During his two to three-hour tours, Fleming also weaves in the history of Lakeland and its downtown architecture.

“Lakeland has had a unique history with theatres. There’s also the Melton Theatre that still stands today. You guys probably know it as the Polk Theatre,” Fleming told the crowd of seven on the tour. 

The tour cost $54 per person and is all-inclusive. 

Fleming plans to expand his offerings and start another food tour in Lakeland’s Dixieland neighborhood in the fall. 

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