These days, it’s easy to just defer to fastfood chains and the local Chinese takeout counter when you’re too tired to whip a good homecooked meal. While we cannot completely walk away from eating in these fastfood restaurants, there’s another option for you, which is to support local Downtown Lakeland restaurants. What are the benefits of eating locally-grown food and organic produce? There’s a lot of advantages to choosing local restaurants—from economic to flavor to nutrition.