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Asking a local is the easiest way to uncover a hidden gem in their town. It’s exactly how I ended up at Red Top Pit Stop.

Inside the Red Stop on our way out
Inside the Stop on our way out

The lunch rush was just letting out as we arrived. My wife Marcela and I were able to score a couple of seats at a communal table right when you walk in.

She wants a bowl of chili where my only complaint would be that I prefer the shredded cheese to be a little more melted. On the taste side, it was delicious.

I planned to order two different burgers, but then a tabletop sign about a smoked brisket grilled cheese caught my eye.

Both the Pit Stop Single burger and Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese came with well-done crinkle-cut fries. I may be requesting them this way in the future; the fries were crispier and sturdier for dipping.

Imagine a beautifully executed grilled cheese that just happens to have some smokey brisket in it. Well, I ate that, but it’s more like I shared it with Marcela.


So the Pit Stop Red Stop’s burgers are 1/2 lb steak burgers.

Burger combinations I’ve never heard of for $100 Alex!

Swamp Mafia burger is stuffed with jalapeños then topped with pulled pork, bacon, and cheddar cheese. The Trucker is covered with cheddar cheese, brisket and smoked pulled pork.

It’s my first time here so I went simple with the Pit Stop Single with cheddar cheese, onions, pickles, and mustard. Those are my preferred toppings on a griddled burger.

The fresh beef burger was soft and almost crumbly. The outside of the patty had a thick crust from the well-seasoned flattop it was cooked on.

I loved the Pit Stop Single and I’m ready to graduate to another burger on my next visit.

In the meantime, when you stop in remember that they’re open every day of the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but Monday & Tuesday there is no dinner.

Got it? Good!


Red Top Pit Stop Menu Page 1
Red Top Pit Stop Menu Page 1
Red Top Pit Stop Menu Page 2
Red Top Pit Stop Menu Page 2
Lunch Specials?
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese? SOLD!


Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese with Crinkle Cut Fries
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese with Crinkle Cut Fries
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Closeup
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Closeup


Pit Stop Single with Cheese
Pit Stop Single with Cheese
Burger crust shot
Burger Crust shot
BURGER NAME Pit Stop Single Burger
SIZE8 ounces
STANDARD TOPPINGSCheddar Cheese and optional toppings of Lettuce,
Tomato, Pickles, and Onions

Eat That Lunch:

Red Top Pit Stop
12160 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, Florida

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