As if all-you-can-eat pancakes isn’t enough, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Pancake House is located at the beautiful De Leon Springs State Park, and they offer unbleached white and stone ground flours for you to use to make your own pancakes on a griddle built into your table—all for a mere $5.25 per person. The staff features the finest in Florida hospitality and they also offer a wide variety of toppings like fruit, chocolate chips and peanut butter. After filling Emille’s coffee cup about ten times, they even offered to make a “to go” cup for her.
We heard from everyone there that the line in the summer can be two hours long, so be ready. Fortunately for us, we had just completed our Scuba certification on a cold January Wednesday during business hours, so there was no wait. But if there was, it would have been worth it. They have a PA system to announce when you table is ready, so that your party can enjoy the park without standing in line. They even had a smoldering fire in the fireplace to warm us after our scuba lesson. They even gave us several great Florida diving spot tips and the history of this landmark restaurant. We’re looking forward to our next visit!
The Old Sugar Mill Grill & Griddle House is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends and holidays. Serving until 4pm.
The park is located about 6 miles north of Deland. From I-4, take Exits 114 or 118 west to US 17 then north to the town of De Leon Springs. Turn left on Ponce de Leon Blvd. and proceed 3/4 mile to the entrance. From Ocala and I-75, take SR 40 east to US 17 in Barberville then south 7 miles. Turn right on Ponce de Leon Blvd.
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