In Daytona Beach, discovery happens daily. From kayaking in Tomoka State Park, to strolling through the Museum of Arts & Sciences, to renting bikes for a beach cruise, adventures await for all ages. Though these activities are as varied as they are fun, they all share one common theme: They shouldn’t be faced on an empty stomach! Beachside relaxation and area exploration alike require proper fueling up beforehand, and what better way to do that than with brunch at one of the area’s best restaurants?
Brunch typically hosts two crowds: There are those who enjoy the luxury of sleeping in during vacation and roll into brunch as a way to kick off their day; and then, there are others who opt for the sunrise stroll in the sand, have already had a few hours of adventuring, and are recharging for the rest of the day’s fun. No matter which camp you fall into, Daytona Beach has a restaurant that will hit just the spot.
Head to one of these top brunch spots the next time you find your tummy rumbling in Daytona Beach:
Visiting this retro-style diner is like taking a step back into 1950, when the diners were bright and the service was friendly. The all-day breakfast diner is known for its plate-sized pancakes, Eggs Benedict and half-pound charbroiled burgers. And if you’re in the mood for dessert for brunch, you can’t miss their homemade pies!
LOCATION: 2043 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
TYPICAL PRICE: $5-$10
MUST-HAVES: Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, the “Elvis sandwich”
Located on Sunglow Pier, Crabby Joe’s gives you the option to dine inside or on the deck for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it allows you to hit that brunch sweet spot until 11 a.m. It’s a true oceanfront experience, complete with a sea breeze and fishermen passing by with the fresh catch of the day.
LOCATION: 3701 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
TYPICAL PRICE: $5-$15
MUST-HAVES: Crab Cake Benedict, omelets, hotcakes
This hot spot on A1A is a longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike. In fact, many regard it as the top breakfast spot in the area. Food is served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving you a wide window for brunch.
LOCATION: 3280 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
TYPICAL PRICE: $5-$10
MUST-HAVES: “Marvelous Mimosa,” omelets, homemade apple fritters
Brunch is even better with a beach view — at least, that’s what they believe over at Alfie’s! This family-owned restaurant in Ormond Beach has been serving up delicious meals for more than 30 years. While you’re here, make sure to snap a selfie with Alfie the alligator! Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until noon, but lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. So if you decide to snooze, you’ll still find something satisfying here.
LOCATION: 1666 Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond Beach
TYPICAL PRICE: $4-$16
MUST-HAVES: Omelettes, stuffed French toast, biscuits and gravy
If you’re feeling a little bit fancy, hit the best jazz brunch in town. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Doc Bales' Grill at Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort hosts a Jazz Brunch. Savor oceanfront views as you enjoy the carving station, seafood raw bar, fruits & yogurt, cheese & antipasto platter, salad bar, steamed veggies and more. And, of course, don’t miss the mimosa bar!
LOCATION: 100 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
TYPICAL PRICE: $29.95
MUST-HAVES: Seafood raw bar, complimentary first glass of champagne
Is your mouth watering yet? Don’t wait, plan your summer getaway to Daytona Beach today, and be sure to bring your appetite!