Fish Camp on Lake Eustis

With their two year anniversary right around the corner I’m excited to tell you about a local restaurant that sits directly on Lake Eustis called Fish Camp. When I sit down for dinner I prefer to have my cocktail or glass of wine in hand (with a water of course) before getting into the really good conversation. So, to follow that order let’s start with drinks: I am so very pleased and impressed to see the efforts made towards having a full cocktail menu appropriately titled ‘Loco for Local Spirits’ with spirits used from local purveyors only. It feels like your doing something a little bit good when you have a nice drink that also supports your local economy. The same holds true to many of the beers offered. I should also mention that the drink prices here are very reasonable. At any time you can get a delicious margarita for $5 and on Thursdays they are only $1.99 with a food purchase. Insane-I know!

My husband raves about the fish tacos which offer the perfect amount of flakiness and flavor wrapped in a flour tortilla. Seafood is the star here and this casual restaurant also offers sandwiches, salads and burgers for those who don’t enjoy eating from the sea. There really is something for everyone and with endless water views, it doesn’t get much better.

Come by boat or car as there is plenty of parking for both. This restaurant sits right off 441 which is a busy road so if your sitting outside your likely to hear road noise. I find that after a margarita or two it completely dissipates. It’s like magic.

Check out their website and social media as they are always posting live music and happenings, links are below.

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Local Theatre

Have you been to the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse in Mount Dora? If you answered no then it’s time for you to grab friends and prepare for a day or evening of hilarity. Local theater is done well at Sonnetag with dedicated and professional actors who give their absolute best each show. Plus with tickets ranging from $10 for kids to $24 for adults and prices in between this is a great way to spend a few hours and enjoy a live show. Here is the lineup for the next few months and check out their website for future shows and updates.

P.S. My husband and I have almost cried from laughing so hard at the shows we’ve seen. Comment Below if you’ve been and what shows you would recommend.

Must. Have. Coffee: Mount Dora Edition

The obligatory, daily cup o’ joe options are numerous when in Mount Dora. I would recommend either one: having easy access to downtown Mount Dora coffee shops or, two: having a cup in front of you while reading this article because your about to crave some caffeine. Let’s begin.

Cafe 334, inside Every Nook and Cranny on Donnelly St. in Downtown Mount Dora roasts all of their coffee in house and you can buy a bag to bring home with you. They have unique combinations and the classics available to satisfy every coffee preference. They also happen to have delectable vegan treats and kombucha but we’ll have to dig into that further in another post. Don’t forget to stick around and sip your coffee while staring at fascinating pieces of local art. Did I mention that Every Nook and Cranny is a fantastic art store? Check them out on facebook if you haven’t already.  

Le Petit Sweet is a bit of an institution in Mount Dora. They have incredibly delicious french desserts and beyond (we’re talking cakes, cookies, pies, cream puffs, macarons, and many other special treats). For today’s sake I will focus on the java. Their coffee is great and they do a few special things like coffee ice cubes as an option so on hot Florida days your iced coffee doesn’t get watered down. Oh yeah and they offer affogato which is a nice strong espresso poured over top of ice cream, soooooo ya know, enough said.

A new addition to the Mount Dora coffee scene is Allyson A Bake Shop and man am I proud to have them in Lake County. First off, the shop is beautifully designed and picture perfect. Owner, Terese named the shop in memory of her mother Allyson who loved to bake and passed the passion along to her highly talented daughter. Along with their baked goods which yet again I’ll have to come back to, they offer latte’s and bottled cold brew coffee. So sit down and admire the sheik design while you sip on your java.

Finally some other great spaces to get your “coffee on” in downtown Mount Dora include Village Coffee Pot and a more recent arrival, Serendipity. No matter where you prefer to brew, Mount Dora offers a wide selection of options. From treats to art to cozy escapes, Mount Dora does coffee right.

And so it Begins!

Welcome to Lake Rising, your one stop shop for all things Lake County, Florida. We are so glad you’re here and can’t wait to keep you up to date on all the fun events, restaurants, shopping, venues and more here in beautiful Lake County. Not only will we be providing you with the best places to go but we will also be releasing a monthly podcast where will dive deeper into what makes our area so special. Stay tuned for great interviews, witty banter, and greater understanding of the community we call home!

As time flows this garden will grow so please be patient with us in the beginning especially.