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Jan 3, 2008 11:57 AM

Daytona during the 500 - where should/can I eat?

First time in Daytona in many years...first time at the 500...I'm prepared for the crowds (I think) but which food/restaurant lines are worth standing in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when not at the speedway? any price range is ok - quality is what most concerns me. help, please.

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  1. I have been to the races many times and have yet to have a good meal anywhere other than Deck Down Under or a turkey leg at the track. It is very sad dining over there IMO.

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    1. re: rhnault

      Take a drive down speedway blvd to the Brickyard Its about four blocks past nova road and very good hamburgers! Away from all of the race crowd and very homey!
      If you want to spend some money turn left on speedway blvd and go two miles toward deland. On the right you will find Gene's Steakhouse. No Nascar fans in this place! Ok,, maybe a couple. You will get a great steak!

      1. re: mountdorahound

        There's a nice Thai restaurant along the river by the baseball stadium, Thai Spice on Ocean and Bay. Also a pizza place in the same block and the Dancing Avocado if you like good vegetarian food. There's also La Fiesta in Port Orange on Nova road, just south of Daytona Beach. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Florida.

        1. re: crewsweeper

          thanks to everyone for the guidance.

          crewsweeper, what baseball stadium?

          1. re: sarapeater

            Jackie Robinson stadium - home to a Chicago Cubs affiliate - the Daytona Cubs. It's where Jackie Robinson started his professional career.

            1. re: Wakeley Bridge

              thank you. I just came to chowhound to answer my own question for other readers. the 500 is pre-baseball season but it's still fun to check out local ballparks.

    2. Go east from the speedway to Beach Street (which really isn't by the beach but the river) and go south. There's a place called Angell & Phelps. It was originally known as a chocolate factory but it has a neat little restaurant next door and the food is pretty good there.

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      1. re: PDeveaux

        Beach Street is the place to go for good food nearby - Thai Spice, Dancing Avocado, Angell & Phelps ... all great. There is also a new restaurant opening on the strip - it's called Delphine: American Brasserie and the menu online sounds delicious!

      2. Trust me your not prepared for the crowds. I lived in Daytona several years and every year it's a stunner. Your going top have a great time! If you like seafood try Down the Hatch in Port Orange for dinner.

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        1. re: Docsknotinn

          that makes me think of another question - will we be able to drive around to go to restaurants? should we try to take taxis?
          Beach Road looks close but should I be afraid of traffic?

          and...Down the Hatch and La Fiesta both sound good. will we need reservations or should we just be prepared to wait, and wait

          1. re: sarapeater

            During race week.....Best be prepared to do some waiting. If you can get reservations do it! You can always enjoy some drinks while your waiting at Down The Hatch. I worked for Frank Timmons there many Moons ago and have fond memories. A lot of the drivers used to come and eat every year. I would drive. Taxis will cost a ton. Get a map and you can drive around a lot of the congested areas. Avoid Main Street, Seabreeze ave etc unless you don't mind the traffic. It's all just part of the experience.
            Can any one tell me if the Silver Bucket, Ocean Deck and Oyster pub are still there? Boy would I like to have a kick back on the $$$$ I spent in those places. LOL
            Enjoy! :)

            1. re: Docsknotinn

              Don't have any info about Silver Bucket and Ocean Deck. But Oyster Pub is still there.

            2. re: sarapeater

              Make sure you're looking for Beach STREET, not Beach Road. It's not by the beach at all, but actually is near the river/intracoastal. Yes, you should be expecting major traffic! You just have to be patient. And us locals try to use the back roads to stay out of your way, believe me!

          2. Best quality food near the Speedway is in New Smyrna Beach, about 25 miles south.
            Ocean Club
            Dolce Vita
            Spanish River Grill
            Scotts Blue Water
            Clancy's Cantina
            South Atlantic Grill
            it's all good.

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            1. re: Kbak

              What's in New Symrna? Is JB's fish camp still around? Spent a few late nights there! There used to be an ethnic place for ribs there as well that was positively killer but that was many moons ago.

              1. re: Docsknotinn

                JB"s is still alive and good. Also, Boston Fish House is great.

            2. Go to New Smyna Beach, At 701 N. Dixie Hwy. Blackbeards Inn. They have amazing clam chowder, homemade cinnamon rolls with every meal, and the best prime rib ever. Go for the 8 oz. cut and get as many as you want. Melt in your mouth tender!!! (Best prime rib ever is in Florida? Yes, and this is coming from a girl in the heart of cattle country, Wyoming!)

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