Places to Eat in Daytona Beach that are Loved by Locals

Restaurants in Daytona Beach that are Loved by Locals

Daytona Beach has lots of dining options for every taste bud. During my first visit to Daytona, I was introduced to several places that I would highly recommend going back to.

Sweet Stop

Donnie's Donut Shop

Donnie’s Donuts located at 318 Seabreeze Blvd.

I went inside the donut shop to just check it out on my way to lunch, but I couldn’t resist trying a vintage fried donut…for research purposes, of course. I tried the french toast donut which tasted exactly like description of the name. Their donuts are made fresh daily and they offer many creative combinations to choose from.

They are known for their maple bacon donut but my tip would be to go with a group and buy a few different types to share so that you can sample more. They also serve fair trade organic coffee and locally roasted cold brew.

Lunch by the Water

Caribbean Jack’s at 721 Ballough Rd.

The location at Caribbean Jack’s is wonderful for dining inside or out. The outdoor deck on the water has nice sheltered glider booths and a waterfront fire pit. Don’t worry, you don’t rock to far if you aren’t a fan of rocking while eating. There is an onsite marina where you can park your boat if you are traveling by water. I ordered the Caribbean Fish Tacos. The Caribbean slaw and the black bean and mango salsa were a nice touch that made the tacos the perfect menu item to start off my visit seaside.

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Dinner Time

Oyster Pub Daytona Beach

Oyster Pub Sports Bar and Grill located at 555 Seabreeze Blvd.

Sports fans will love the 45+ TVs while eating incredible oysters at Daytona’s largest oyster bar. I think these oysters will make a fan out of you, even if you don’t traditionally like oysters. You MUST get the Chargrilled Oysters (1 dozen oysters grilled on an open flame, smothered with The Oyster Pub’s secret sauce.)  The secret sauce and the way it was prepared made it memorable. Their oysters are seriously wonderful! The oysters are also super fresh and they have the papers to prove it!

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There are plenty of other items on the menu to satisfy every taste bud. I ordered the salmon and another person at my table order a bacon burger and we traded bites. I can vouch that you can’t go wrong with either option.

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Breakfast with a view

Crabby’s Joe’s located at 3701 S Atlantic Ave, Port Orange.

Crabby Joe’s is a local favorite located on a fishing pier that serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can dine inside or on the deck. You also get to watch the fisherman walk by with their catches of the day while you eat.

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If you sit outside, you might even see a few paddle boarders trying to catch a few waves. I had a hard time deciding what to order so I shared both the Crab Cake Benedict served with cheese grits and the French Toast Delight (french toast crispy fried in corn flake crust). Great food with a view that satisfied my sweet and savory craving!

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Sweet Stop
Angell & Phelps
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory located at 154 S Beach St.
This isn’t technically a restaurant but it’s still a local stop that you will want to make. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat at this gem located in historic downtown Daytona. You can take a free guided 20 minute factory tour (Monday – Saturday at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm)
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The tour is really informative but the best part is tasting the homemade samples at the end after watching all of the candy making in front of you.

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The tour takes you back to the gift shop where you can sample more before you buy and purchase creative candy souvenirs that may…or may not make it home.

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Dinner Stop with Racing History and a View

Racing's North Turn

Racing’s North Turn located at 4511 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet.

Before you walk in the door you need to take a moment to check out the historical markers that share the story of the restaurant’s namesake. This was the location where beach racing began!

The inside of the restaurant is filled with racing memorabilia that took place on Ponce Inlet. I loved looking at all of the old photographs that were taken during that historic time period.

Grand National Race took place at this location in 1948 near the side Racing’s North Turn each year until 1958.

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There is a covered bar with live music and a large deck with ocean views.

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There are lots of great seafood options on the menu along with pasta and burger options as well. Several people at my table ordered the side of Bacon-Cabbage Hash to try something new.

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I ordered the Super Charged Shrimp tacos with sweet potato fries with a drink that came inside a creative coconut. I love spicier foods and the shrimp had a great kick. I kept my souvenir coconut to bring back to my kids to use as a bank as suggested by the sticker on the top.

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Final Breakfast at the Hotel

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes 1888

1888 at the Plaza Resort and Spa located at 600 N Atlantic Ave.

My last meal while visiting Daytona Beach was at 1888 for breakfast. I realize that this restaurant might not be as known by the locals but I thought it was worth mentioning because I really enjoyed their pancakes. The restaurant was conveniently located inside our hotel. I ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ( Lemon Curd, Whipped Cream.) They were WONDERFUL and also something that I had never tried before. I’m dreaming of them again as I stare at the picture. The lemon curd was so good! The 1888 offers a lunch and dinner as well.
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If you are still hungry after all of these stops, you can always stop the ice cream man while you are enjoying the beach.

Thanks again to Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for hosting my visit and providing a great experience at these local favorites.


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