Fred’s Southern Kitchen by Mike Torregrossa

Fred’s Southern Kitchen by Mike Torregrossa


Let me start this off by saying that I’m not an expert on food nor do I pretend to be.  I smoke, dip, and drink often so my palate might not be in top shape or agree with some.  Also I will not be reviewing restaurants by any means.  This will be more like a restaurant recommendation blog, who wants to hear about crappy restaurants; it’s a waste of time and I don’t want to affiliate Saltyshores or myself with any negative vibes.  My goal is to help people experience some unique dinning that they would not have normally had a chance to try.  Also I am not and will not have any association to the restaurants I recommend.  If you have a restaurant that you would like to share or you have questions or comments you can email me @

Typically I am not a big fan of buffet food but don’t let that keep you away from trying “Fred’s Southern Kitchen” located in Lakeland Florida. This family owned and operated restaurant has all the southern favorites and more served up in a buffet style that will satisfy anyone’s craving for some good ole soul food.  Bottom line is that its Southern homemade cooking at its best!

The food is laid out like you would expect from any buffet style restaurant and right off the bat you will notice that the food is fresh and constantly being rotated off the buffet line. Fred’s is located on site of the State Farmer’s Market, so you are guaranteed to get the best fruits and veggies available.  Being a fat guy I had to try most of the dishes from the fried chicken to the corn bread I enjoyed every dish I tried.  You’ll also find fried catfish, homemade soups, fresh salads, casseroles, desserts, and Ribs all made from scratch.

“Fred’s Southern Kitchen” made me feel like I was eating at Grandma’s house again. The wait staff and the environment are top notch.  Only word of advice is to wear stretchy pants and bring your appetite!

PRICE: Affordable

DRESS:  Causal


ADDRESS: 2120 Harden Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33803-5917 (863) 603-7080 ‎

Hours:  Early Bird Mon.-Fri. 2 P.M.-4 P.M. includes complimentary drink
Lunch 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Dinner 4 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.