Old Spanish Sugar Mill
The Old Spanish Sugar Mill = great times. I hadn’t even heard of this place till I got here. Why has no one told me about this place before?! So since I’m such an awesome person, I’ll tell you about it. I’m not the biggest fan of breakfast but I can make an exception for today. It’s a bit of a far drive from Orlando but you’ve got to at least come here once. It’s about 45 miles/1 hour north of Orlando in DeLand. DeLand? Yes, I said DeLand. Trust me, I don’t roam around those parts very often either.
The Old Spanish Sugar Mill is a quaint restaurant where you make your own pancakes on the griddle. You also cook your own eggs. Wait? So you’re paying to make your own food?! Yes, but it’s fun! And not expensive either. It’s great families or anyone who needs to get away from the city life for a little while. I recommend making a day event where you come here for breakfast/lunch and spend a few hours at De Leon Springs State Park.
As soon as you enter, you feel as if you took a step back in time. Be forewarned, this place doesn’t have AC. Luckily there was a nice breeze outside and the restaurant had lots of fans. I hadn’t been to a place where I made my own pancakes. This definitely sounds like a fun concept. The place was packed, understandably since it’s Saturday. So far, I’m really loving the ambiance. Even the menu is cute! All-you-can-eat pancakes, eh? For $4.95, that’s a good deal. Uh oh, I think I’m going to have an impending food coma. On the menu, we have the typical pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage items. The kitchen staff cooks the meat products and the customer cooks their own pancakes and eggs. This is a plus for any ovo-vegetarians. You don’t have to worry about your food touching meat products. That’s a plus there. The menu also offers sandwiches, salads, assorted juices and toppings for your pancakes. My friend ordered a carton of chocolate milk, and even though it was good, it was 30 grams of sugar! WOW, that’s one way to get your day started.
You get two types of pancake batter. The typical white batter and a 5 stoneground flour blend. So, if you have a health nut, give them the other stuff. I decided to get blueberries as my topping for the pancakes. I asked my server, Jessica, if the blueberries were fresh. Well, I’m thinking she meant “freshly frozen” because my blueberries were definitely not fresh. There’s a difference between the two, just saying. Also, the menu states they have “real” peanut butter. As if there is “fake” peanut butter! I found it quite amusing especially since they don’t even make it themselves. Don’t bother ordering the peanut butter unless you want unsweetened peanut butter. (It’s not the best tasting in the world.) Even despite those factors, I am still enjoying the experience. I had a great view and just relaxed. Perhaps relaxed isn’t the right word. I leisurely made breakfast.
(Left) Regular Batter (Right) Flour Blend
You get an option of raw honey, syrup and molasses. Let’s just say molasses wasn’t for me but having more than one option is nice. The tasty bacon was a nice thick cut, great flavor. The sausage had that hint of spiciness in it. All in all, I had a great time here. After you get all filled up on the food, walk around the park, enjoy the sights and burn some calories!
FYI: this place automatically adds 18% gratuity.