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 at Donnie’s Donuts
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 the 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 at Caribbean Jack’s
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 too 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.
Dinner Time at Oyster Pub Sports Bar and Grill
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!
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.
Breakfast with a view at Crabby’s Joe’s
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.
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!
Chocolate Tour and Tasting at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
Dinner Stop with Racing History and a View at Racing’s North Turn
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.
There is a covered bar with live music and a large deck with ocean views.
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.
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.
Final Breakfast at the Hotel at 1888 at the Plaza Resort and Spa
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! 1888 offers lunch and dinner as well.
Ice Cream on the Beach
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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