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Dec 28, 2011 01:14 PM

Daytona Beach Rec's, PLEASE?

We will be in Daytona Beach for a week in March/April. And I am looking for something REALLY good to eat - we have been for the last 4 years and have had some good food, but are really looking for some new stuff.
The only kibosh any one has ever put on choices is sushi - but on the other hand alot of us like it.
There will be about 7 or so of us - depending on the day/night.
Any suggestions welcomed and appreciated!

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  1. We go to Daytona Beach Shores at least once a year, and dining can be a struggle for us, too. For your typical FL fried seafood we often eat at the Deck Down Under, just under the Port Orange causeway. I like Pat's Riverfront for breakfast - they do a decent job, and I enjoy the setting. We end up in New Smyrna for seafood, too, but very casual places - The Oceans, Boston Fish House. There is always Stonewood or Chart House if your looking for something more upscale, and I've never had a bad meal at either, but not necessarily outstanding either. Keep us posted if you find something great!

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    1. re: joanieloch

      I love the food at Down the Hatch in Ponce Inlet, FL. I had a melt-in-your-mouth mahi-mahi burger a few nights ago during Bike Week that was to die for. The sun was setting, a few boats sailed by, a pelican waddled by on the restaurant's dock. Outdoor dining, with a Florida breeze and live guitar music. All would be wonderful here, except that the place is under-staffed and the hard working servers do not have time to pay attention to orders, customer requests, or show any personal interest whatsoever in the diners. The rush-rush-rush and obvious half-listening remained a consistent irritant throughout the meal and beyond. I asked for silverware 3 times. I spread the mayonaise on my mahi mahi sandwich with a straw. After I filled in my credit card amounts during the billing process, I could never get my server's attention, or much of anybody else's, so I left the folder and paperwork with the hostess inside(the main restaurant). I will go back there- the food and ambiance is well worth the server hassle, but I wanted to warn my Chowhound friends that there is, sadley, a "server hassle" at this place.

      1. re: Florida Hound

        I will have to try that - I would lvoe to have great servers too, but can settle for excellent ambiance and food.
        thanks for the thoughts / rec's
        We have a car or two so it won't be too much of an issue to get places either
        we just have to stay within walking distance of the hotel for the after dinner theatrics we usually get into

      2. re: joanieloch

        I'm in Ormond Beach/Daytona now and have eaten in 3 places. Hull's has been recommended for very fresh seafood, just caught from the sea. It's good, nice soft shell crabs yesterday. Very casual. The Cellar, recommended by another poster, is really very good, but also quite expensive. Worth a one-time treat. Just ate at Las Bistro, charm bordering on eclectic decor, with a nice varied menu. Excellent service. Had an early bird dinner (no, I'm not a senior, just like to eat early) of pecan-coated tilapia, fresh green beans, rice pilaf, salad, wine, rolls for $9.99. Great value. . Dinner prices are higher. Also interesting breakfast/brunch menu. I'd go there again.

      3. REALLY good in Daytona will be a challenge. Best bet is to keep your expectations really, really low, that way you won't be disappointed!

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        1. re: askdrtodd

          do you live in Daytona or are you saying that as a tourist?
          how many times have you been here?
          just curious.

          1. re: askdrtodd

            I agree with this statement. If you are going to Daytona expecting transcendent food experiences like NY, SF, Boston, or Chicago, you are going to be disappointed. There's a lot of chains in Daytona. If you go expecting good/decent non chain food and take the time to root it out at fish shacks and holes in the wall then you can be satisfied. Basically it is what it is. People go to Daytona for things other than food experience. And just because this is my opinion doesn't mean that it is the absolute authority and no one else's opinions and recommendations are wrong.

          2. Really just trying to bump this up - I'm amazed that so many of the Daytona area threads are so old. Doesn't seem to be much activity for this area. I'm headed there tomorrow, and would love to see something current :)

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            1. re: joanieloch

              where did you eat on the last trips?
              I live in Daytona & I'd like to try and help. alot of places closing & a lot of places opening.

              1. re: joanieloch

                its amazing the number of people thst ask for recomendations that don't get them within 2 hrs. don't reply at all....if they even do come back to look.
                I try to help people because I live here.
                tell us what was good or bad.
                reply one way or the other.

                1. re: riffjamer

                  riffjamer, I've been travelling and haven't had much computer access. I will be on much more when I get home, but am actually in Daytona Shores right now and just saw your last two messages. We ate at Oceans in New Smyrna yesterday, and also picked up fresh seafood to eat back here at Mom's. We are headed to Chart House tonight. Tomorrow we are trying Hidden Treasure in Port Orange along the causeway - someone rec'd it and it's always looked interesting. Will post later :)

                  1. re: joanieloch

                    joanieloch, Oceans is usually good.Prime Ribs the best choice at the Charthouse.
                    what time are you going to Hidden Treasure? we live 10 mins. from there. just meet to say Hi. have a drink & leave.

                  2. re: riffjamer

                    I apologize - I had back surgery and was not thinking of the trip
                    This will be the fourth year we have gone - we have eaten at The Ocean Deck, Hidden Treasure Bar & Grill (last 2 years we really enjoyed it) , and Rosellini's which was very good also.
                    Those are the places we enjoyed - there have been numerious others that were just not that memorable. I am not looking for transcendant, just a good meal
                    Thanks for the reply!

                2. I have family in Daytona and when I visit, I love to go t Down the Hatch at Ponce Inlet. I also like Betty's Cafe on AIA in Ormond, also Peach Valley Cafe in Ormond is great for breakfast.

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                  1. re: vafarmwife

                    Down the Hatch is OK but a better place is Boondocks a few miles north.

                    Bettys has great whole belly clams, but try Alfies down the street.

                    also try the Lobster Pit in between both of those.

                    Peach valley is ok but WAY overpriced.

                    1. re: riffjamer

                      Your opinion doesn't mean that my recs are wrong.

                  2. It's been a decade since I lived there....but I always liked pizza at Sorrentos...I wonder if I'd still like it?

                    I also like The Ocean Deck as a place to have a few drinks, dance, and have fun.