The Linger Lodge

12 Jun

The Linger Lodge in Bradenton – This unique spot is not easy to get to, but it is well worth your time for the atmosphere alone. Some of the early Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weismuller were allegedly filmed on location here. The décor at the Linger Lodge is Old Florida at it’s best. Extremely rustic throughout, the Linger Lodge is either a taxidermist’s dream come true or a small child’s worst nightmare. Snakes, fish, gators, bobcats and more — they are all preserved and lovingly displayed in the restaurant’s dining rooms and bar. Scenic views of the Braden River off the back deck will have you looking for gators and snakes slowly making their way through the murky waters.

The menu here is pretty All-American (burgers, seafood, and steaks), but they also offer alligator and frog legs (both served with their “Rattler Venom” sauce) for the more daring customer. This backwoods dive was founded by Ol’ Mike Bennett, the Gator Wrasslin’ Champ of the State of Florida in 1945. That happens to be the very same year the Linger Lodge first came to be. TV’s Al Roker, another very hungry, big-mouthed creature, once called the Linger Lodge one of the “Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants in the USA.” Creepy man, creepy.



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