Any recommendations in Daytona Beach???
I live near Daytona Beach and am constantly disappointed with the bad (and crowded) restaurants there. I usually opt out for Sonny's BBQ, Roadhouse Grill, or some other chain. Buca de Bepa is a new chain Italian place that is supposed to be good (huge, family-style portions, but not cheap.) Gene's Steak House and Julian's in Ormond Beach have their fans and good reviews, but I've not tried either. Rosa's Sub Shop is supposed to be good, simple subs (they even make their own pickled peppers for the subs.) I used to like New York Pizza, but haven't had it for a long time. Some folks like Aunt Catfish's in Port Orange south of town, but it's packed all the time (I've eaten there and thought it was OK, but a long time ago.) Norwood's in New Smyrna has a good reputation, as does Riverview Charlie's. The locals eat at Park Seafood. Overall, Daytona has about as little as they can get away with and still keep the tourists, and even though I live only 20 minutes away, I don't go there hungry.
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The Daytona Beach area has some good eating spots. For Italian, you have two excellent choices on the beach. One is Anna's on Seabreeze.........bowties with salmon is out of this world. Another excellent Italian restaurant is Riccardo's where everything from the bread to the pasta to the ice cream is homemade and wonderful. They specialize in veal dishes and their seafood specials are great. For gourmet, go to ROSARIO'S which is in the Live Oak Inn on Beach Street,
He does a lot of Italian dishes, but the restaurant is definately continental gourmet. It is pricey but worth the money. One of the better restaurants in all of central Florida is located here and called La Crepe En Haute and located on E. Granada Blvd. This is elegant and wonderful dining but make sure and bring a loaded wallet!
For seafood, there are some places that serve really good fresh fish (not gourmet) in great surroundings. My favorite is THE INLET HARBOR CLUB (which has a website). The fish is always fresh and they serve really great seafood pasta dishes (no red sauce). You can eat outside or in, and the sunsets are wonderful from here. Need more suggestions? Let me know!