It’s been named “Most Unusual Restaurant in the World” by Forbes.com and one of the “Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants in America” by Al Roker. It’s known for old Florida faire and its collection of preserved native Florida animals. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and yes, as a matter of fact, it is right here in our backyard!
This eclectic destination in Bradenton is called Linger Lodge Restaurant and Campground, located down an old dirt road just east of I-75. Nestled on the banks of the Braden River, Linger Lodge is reminiscent of old Florida, wonderfully picturesque, and ready to transport you to another time. While there are full-service RV lots, cabins, and tent sites, perhaps the best way to experience the atmosphere is to go to the restaurant where there is no lack of good food and conversation starters.
You can practically hear the banjos strumming Swanee River as you eat gator tail bites, frog legs, or fried green tomatoes. Be prepared for the view of taxidermy wildlife that seems to adorn every wall and crevice. Their beer prices are hard to beat, they feature live entertainment on the weekends, and the eclectic decor alongside down-home, southern cooking will leave you understanding why this place has been in business since 1945.
Linger Lodge is located at 7205 85th Street Ct E, Bradenton, FL 34202. They are open for lunch and dinner but if it’s your first time going, you may want to arrive while there is plenty of light so you can truly experience the old Florida setting. Visit their website for more information.