Old Spanish Sugar Mill De Leon Florida’s Most Iconic Restaurants

A historic restaurant known for its pancakes here in Volusia County has been featured on a popular travel website.

Trips To Discover, created for readers to find vacation destinations and ideas, included the Grill and griddle of the old Spanish sugar mill in the De Leon Springs State Park in his recently published article “12 Most Iconic Florida Restaurants.”

With a hot plate at each table, the breakfast restaurant has been home to the “make your own pancakes” destination for over six decades.

Pancakes can be topped with apples or banana slices, blueberries, applesauce, pecans, peanut butter, or chocolate chips. For those who don’t like flapjacks, the Sugar Mill offers a classic egg and bacon breakfast plate, French toast, burgers, hot dogs and salads.

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Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House at DeLeon Springs State Park, which is scheduled to close September 12, pictured August 9, 2022.

The local staple will close in September after the family business’s contract with the state was not renewed due to outbidding by another supplier, reported The News-Journal on August 9. The iconic spot is set to reopen in October, but the return of do-it-yourself pancakes is unclear.

Trips to discover also featured another local restaurant, Flagler Fishing Company in their 15 Best Seafood Restaurants in Florida list in June.

Flagler Fish Company has been serving fresh seafood to Volusia-Flagler County residents as well as visitors since 2005. Patrons can dine on-site and have “food that knocks your flops down” or take home cuts fresh fish fillets, shellfish and side dishes to cook yourself with the restaurant’s house seasonings.

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In June, four Volusia-Flagler restaurants landed Yelp’s First-Ever List of Florida’s Top 100 Restaurants. Daytona Beach’s Red Bud Café ranked highest, landing at No. 13. The popular participatory review site also ranked Millie’s Restaurant and Catering in Daytona Beach Shores at No. 71 and Santorini in DeLand at No. 87. Rounding out the list at No. 100 was La Crèperie Kafè in Palm Coast.

Incidentally, Millie’s Restaurant was also honored recently thanks to a visit of celebrity chef Guy Fieri. The restaurant will be featured in an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives will be airing soon.

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The Spanish Sugar Mill is located at 601 Ponce De Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs and can be reached at 386-985-5644 or oldspanishsugarmill.com. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends and public holidays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caroline Hebert is the food and dining editor for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Originally from New Orleans and passionate about food, she can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Support local journalism by subscribing.

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