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Feb 22, 2009 08:38 AM

Daytona Beach for Birthday

My boyfriend and I will be in Daytona Beach over his birthday (we're from philadelphia). I was wondering if anyone knew of a nice restaurant in the area (within a half hour drive of daytona). His birthday is on weekday, and I'm looking for something in the 100 dollar range for the two of us, including drinks. We're always looking to be adventurous and try new types of food. But old stand bys, like italian, are great too! Thanks in advance!

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  1. You know, this is under your price range, including copious amounts of awesome margaritas, but I highly recommend La Fiesta, a Mexican place in Port Orange, at the intersection of Dunlawton Avenue and Nova Road. It's perfect for a celebration, because the food is stellar, the service is extremely warm and friendly, and we always leave there full, drunk and happy. (About the drunk part: Their house margaritas are juicy, strong and humongous. Get a cab or a DD, because POPD does not mess around with DUIs. Not that you should drive drunk anywhere, but it's one of *those* cities.)

    Bonus: If it's a Wednesday, they have a mariachi band. Normally a wait on Fridays but OK other times.

    If you don't feel like Mexican, try Fresh on U.S. 1, half a mile north of Beville Road: Very relaxed but fun place.

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    1. re: Covert Ops

      If you are looking for sushi or hibachi anytime throughout the weekend, please try Edamame. The sushi is very good and fresh! About a 10 minute drive from the beach.

    2. The restaurant with the rep when I was growing up there was La Crepe en Haut (sp?), in Ormond Beach- 10 to 15 minutes north of DB on Granada off of A1A. Don't know if it's still there or still regarded as highly but maybe some other posters can chime in.

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      1. re: twinmommy

        A nice little place west of daytona called Gene's Steak House. It's on hwy 92 about 2 miles past the race track.

        1. re: mountdorahound

          Wow is Gene's still there? Talk about a great steak. Very old school even 20 years ago but a good steak.

      2. Try Spanish River Grille in New Smyrna Beach. It might be a bit over your $100 range but it should be worh it.

        1. I personally haven't eaten here but my parents have enjoyed there meals at The Cellar Restaurant(

          1. I would not got to the mexican place in Port Orange. While the food is good, i think it's way to casual if your looking to spend $100. There is a Hyde Park Steak house in the Hilton htoel on the beach that is good. The Cellar the poster mentioned is good. The food choices are somewhat limited.