I don’t know how I can call myself a native Floridian without ever having heard of The Linger Lodge. It wasn’t until Brittany suggested it as a place to shoot and eat frog legs that I started googling about it. They proudly boast that Al Roker named it one of the “Top 5 Weirdest Places in America.” Brittany and I focused on the restaurant but the Linger Lodge is also a full-service RV and campground facility.
This is what happens when your photographer doesn’t “shoot feet.” Comfort at its best. Tippy toes and chucks.
Look at this handsome little door greeter.
According to their website, Frank Gamsky was the original owner and an amateur taxidermist. He filled the walls, ceilings and display cases with local critters. He did not disappoint! Keep scrolling!!!
FROG LEGS!!! I’m not sure if this was my first time having frog legs or if I just choose to forget the actual first experience. Like most weird things I’ve eaten and grown to love- uni, foie gras, pig’s blood gelatin- this will take a few more tastings.
Brittany and I also split some gator bites and catfish.
Those legs are more toned than my own. And more tanned, too.
Fries with wasabi mashed potatoes! See the full menu here.
And now….. the bar.
Frank did not miss any opportunity to display his taxidermy. The animals pour the drinks here. No bartenders needed.
A piece of history and a very pissed off four-legged creature.
This is me before a drink….
My BFF has skillz.
Don’t forget to look up!
A cat on a trip. A trip called Molly.
Eye-rollin that creepin’ troll.
Look, a camel! I kid.
Lens and frames were only $24.. seriously. I know you guys are all crazy about Warby Parker being inexpensive but they’ve got nothing on Zenni. Frames start at $6.95!
Marissa + Jameson, a love story.
The Linger Lodge is a beautiful space to enjoy “Old Florida.” Oak trees covered in Spanish moss surround the area and the restaurant waterfront overlooks Braden River. Hang out with friends in an environment that beckons the nostalgia of simpler times.
Sit, relax, eat, drink and linger.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Linger Lodge for being so nice, friendly and accommodating.
And an extra special thanks to the bartender and her healthy pour.
7205 85th St Ct E
Sun-Thurs 11:30AM- 9:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM- 10:00PM
Photographer: Brittany Nicol
Hair Colorist: Lucille Javier
Hair+ Makeup Artist: Yours Truly
Ninja turtle sweatshirt: Forever 21
Red Jumpsuit: Misred Outfitters
Pink Dress: H&M