The Linger Lodge is perhaps the most eclectic and off the wall restaurant I've ever eaten at. That being said, I enjoyed the experience immensely, and am glad I got a chance to dine there during my recent trip to the Florida gulf coast. Down home southern cooking dominated the menu, and everything my family ate was superb.
The restaurant made it to the list of the "5 weirdest restaurants in America" and you'll soon see why. I don't even know where to begin when describing the Linger Lodge, so I'll just jump into it with pictures..
Hush Puppies and Fried Green Tomatoes
For me.. I wanted nothing more than to enjoy some good Southern cooking, and that's exactly what I got. Appetizers of fried green tomatoes and hush puppies started us off, and fresh caught local gator with ice cold beer was the icing on the cake. I also sampled some wonderful pulled pork that my bride ordered, which was the best I had eaten in quite some time. All of the food was freshly made, full of flavor, and superb.
Deep Fried Gator, Fresh cut fries, and rice
I haven't seen a bonafide bear skin rug since I was a wee lad!
The stuff $2500.00 Gucci shoes are made of
Huge Snake Skin lacquered into the bar top
This Diamond Back Rattler apparently got a piece of the person who caught him, and there's a picture of the hunters bitten hand to prove it!
Views from the bar
The incredibly welcoming staff actually encouraged me to go behind the bar to look around and take pictures.
Some more pics from around the restaurant..
If you can take the Florida heat and humidity, there is a beautiful view of the Braden river from the back patio. However, the deck is screened in and ceiling fans are moving plenty of air. Plus.. don't ever underestimate the cooling power of beer!
Kayaks are available for the "adventurous"
Heed the signs if you don't want Fido to become Gator Bait
I'm so glad I got the chance to visit the Linger Lodge with my family. Not sure if I'd ever go as far as kayaking there, but we all had a blast, and will definitely be back.