Fuel up for a day of water-filled adventures with a full breakfast, or recharge in the evenings with a hearty meal — Daytona Beach has a wide variety of locally owned restaurants that will keep your heart and belly full. From fresh seafood pulled right from our waters to authentic Asian cuisine, there are plenty of options for your hungry vacation crew. Check out any one of these local favorites for your next foodie fix:
WHERE: 1666 Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond Beach
TYPICAL ENTRÉE: $11-$25
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at this Ormond Beach establishment. For more than 30 years, Alfie’s has been serving up fresh seafood, prime rib and its famous fish fry. Owned by a husband and wife team, Alfie’s continuously tops local-favorite lists. Longtime locals have watched Alfie’s grow from a 15-table restaurant to the much larger Alfie’s of today; though a few things that haven’t changed include high quality food, the exceptional customer service and the homey atmosphere. While you’re here, make sure to snap a selfie with Alfie the alligator!
D.B. Pickles Deli & Bakery Restaurant
WHERE: 400 South Nova Road, Ormond Beach
TYPICAL ENTRÉE: $9-$14
Pop over to Ormond Beach for a diverse menu featuring home-style specials, sandwich baskets and delightful desserts. And, as its name implies, this restaurant is home to a fully stocked pickle bar — from spicy pickle salad to classic dill, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. D.B. Pickles is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the bakery offers a wide variety of options like the 1001 Chocolate Chips layer cake, snowball melt-aways and jumbo cookies. Known for large portions and reasonable prices, a trip to D.B Pickles will satisfy any palate.
WHERE: 241 North U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach
TYPICAL ENTRÉE: $8-$12
Craving a gourmet burger? Seeking a tall stacked sandwich? Look no further, because Piraña Grille in Ormond Beach has you covered on all bases. This sports pub and family dining establishment offers a laid-back atmosphere and delicious fare that makes it the perfect local hangout. Come in for lunch or dinner, and don’t worry about hurrying out — the restaurant stays open until 2 a.m. (though the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight Thursday through Saturday). With a full selection of craft beers, frequent live music on the outside stage and plenty of outdoor seating, Piraña Grille is the place to be for food and fun.
WHERE: 223 Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach
TYPICAL ENTRÉE: $12-$16
Savor the exotic flavors of Thailand on your next visit to Daytona Beach! Since 2008, Zen Bistro has been serving up traditional Thai cuisine in the heart of Daytona Beach. Relish the quaint atmosphere, fine ingredients and gentle background sounds of chimes and fountains. Choose from an array of authentic dishes indoors or in the unique garden patio among bamboo trees. This family-owned and -operated spot recently expanded due to popular demand, and it has received several local reader’s choice and best Thai food awards. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and it is proud to offer vegan and vegetarian options, as well as dishes at your personal desired spice level.
Whether you crave eggs over easy, fresh fish tacos or the best burger in town, you’re sure to satisfy your grumbling stomach in the Daytona Beach area. Nothing beats a long day of exploring historic sites or paddleboarding the waterways, then topping it all off with an unforgettable meal — start planning your visit today!