Have you ever ordered delivery from a Lakeland restaurant and loved it so much you wanted to go in person, just to find out that there is no physical restaurant? Chances are, you ordered from a ghost kitchen. No, it isn’t haunted, it’s a kitchen that cooks food for delivery only.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses had to switch to delivery only to avoid in-house dining. Now, the concept has developed into an entire business model. Some ghost kitchens even operate inside a working restaurant.
Read up on 6 ghost kitchens you can order from in Lakeland.
Sarah’s Hot Chicken | Operating out of Fish City Grill
Order a spicy chicken sandwich or chicken tenders from Sarah’s Hot Chicken through DoorDash. Spice not your thing? Sarah’s Hot Chicken also has a Shrimp Oh Boy sandwich that includes Gulf shrimp, pickled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, fries + ketchup. Whatever you decide to go with, round out your meal with a key lime pie for $5.
It’s Just Wings | Operating out of Chilis
Found on DoorDash and Uber Eats, It’s Just Wings serves up boneless and bone-in wings in a variety of flavors like garlic parmesan, lemon pepper, apple BBQ, buffalo, and mango habanero. Order an eight-count, or get some for the whole family with the 44-count. Try a blueberry or cinnamon apple hand pie for something sweet.
Wings and fries from It’s Just Wings | Photo via @booboo_bites
The Meltdown | Operating out of Denny’s
If you’re someone who loves a good melt, look no further than The Meltdown, available on DoorDash. Try the Hot Mess Melt with slow-roasted beef, caramelized onions, and white cheddar. Or, for the plant-eaters out there, try the Veggin’ Out Melt with portobello mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and a creamy herb spread. The Meltdown also has all-day breakfast melts for the late-risers.
Wow Bao | Operating out of Ruby Tuesday
Over in Winter Haven is Wow Bao, an Asian cuisine kitchen that delivers through Uber Eats and DoorDash. Order the signature Bao, a fluffy steamed dough that can be ordered salty or sweet, in sizes ranging from a two-pack to an 18-pack. Wow Bao also offers potstickers, dumplings, and kung pao + teriyaki chicken bowls.
MrBeast Burger | Operating out of WingHouse
Available on GrubHub, MrBeast Burger features burgers named after the owner’s best friends. The Chris Style burger is loaded with two beef patties, cheese, bacon, and french fries. The spot also offers its take on the chicken sandwich which includes fried chicken, mayo, ketchup, lettuce + pickles.
The MrBeast Burger chicken sandwich and impossible burger | Photo via @jordansplate_
Tender Shack | Operating out of Carrabba’s
For some classic chicken and french fries, try the Tender Shack, found on DoorDash, serving up seasoned or spicy chicken. The Dang Good Seasoned tenders and the Nashville Hot AF tenders can be ordered alone or as a sandwich with pickles, lettuce, + Tender Shack sauce.
Not seeing one of your favorites? Tell us about a local ghost kitchen you love to order from.