When you’ve been a tourist hotspot for as long as Daytona Beach has it should come as no surprise that the food scene is an eclectic mix of kitsch, tiki bars and classic American food. From fine dining to cheesy grits on a pier, there is something for everyone. There are also plenty of options that won’t break your bank. This is the beginning of my Daytona Beach restaurant guide and once again Daytona Beach has impressed me with some fantastic offerings. If you are looking for some good honest food you won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t.
Azure Restaurant – Located within The Shores Resort & Spa I am not travelling far for my first dining experience in Daytona Beach. All I had to do was take the elevator down to the main floor and take a seat in the dining room. Lobster Bisque started off the meal and it was so good I almost licked the bowl clean. You can just see in the background some pull apart Cheddar Monkey Bread, made fresh daily. For my main dish, I chose on of my favourite cuts of steak, Ribeye. This Black & Blue Seminole Pride Ribeye was outstanding and cooked perfectly. Charge it to my room and I’m calling it a night.
Crabby Joe’s – Breakfast, lunch or dinner Crabby Joe’s is an institution and it is right on the Pier overlooking Daytona Beach. Unfortunately, I had grey and stormy weather during my couple of days so the view is not what you’d normally get but the food was still good and classic American fare. I had the Crabby Joe’s Southern Bacon Benedict. Poached Eggs, crispy bacon, Texas toast, hollandaise sauce and a side of Chessy Grits. It doesn’t get more Southern than that.
Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant & Bar – Want a water view and a massive rum punch bowl? The only place to go is the infamous Caribbean Jack’s. Home of the swinging bench tables and fish bowl drinks that can sink a submarine. Started by a rum runner in the 1930’s Caribbean Jack’s is still going strong today. I had the Mahi BLT to soak up some of the Rum Punch I drank.
Grind Gastropub & Kona Tiki Bar – I promised you a Tiki Bar and here it is. In Ormond Beach, you will discover the Kona Tiki Bar at the back end of the Grind Gastropub. My short time in Daytona Beach has been cursed with a rare patch of wind and cloudy weather so the back tiki bar is almost empty. If the usual weather had prevailed it would be packed.
Lucky for me the weather hasn’t dampened the quality of the food. First a Margarita, then an order of Shu Mais followed by a Thai Chicken pizza named Johnny Be Gouda. Chicken, peanut butter and gouda cheese aren’t normally on the pizzas I order, but OMG is it gouda!!!! See what I did there? I was skeptical, but this pizza is a winner.
Last but not least where do you go for coffee in Daytona Beach? Sweet Marlay’s on 214 South Beach Street. Each of my days began here and if you are in the mood for shopping you can stroll the street to check out some of the unique stores and businesses that line the way.
There you have it. The beginning of what I hope to be an exhaustive Daytona Beach Restaurant Guide. Of course, I’ll need to come back to sample more places and I know just the ones that are top of my list. It may involve some cocktails and some craft beer. Just saying that sometimes my work is tough…