As most savvy travelers — and especially the foodies among us — are well aware, there are certain dishes that visitors simply must try when they spend time in various vacation destinations. After all, what’s a getaway in Chicago without a slice (or six) of the Windy City’s famed deep-dish pizza? Or a stay in New York City without sampling the Big Apple’s renowned hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza? And of course, the same can be said for cheesesteak in Philadelphia, tacos in Austin, crab cakes in Baltimore, coffee in Seattle … and the list of tasty territorial temptations goes on.
This is a category in which Daytona Beach also shines bright. Because, although our coastal community may be best known for its sunshine, racing, and beaches, it’s a delectable destination, too. The next time you and your vacation crew are in the Daytona Beach area, be sure to track down one or all of these can’t-miss local delicacies:
8 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
A locally sourced scratch kitchen, Millie’s serves up a fresh, tasty menu. Fresh seafood is always a main attraction on the menu. Try the smoked fish dip and burgers (we suggest the Florida sweet rum BBQ burger - a chuck, brisket, and short rib blend of meat). Get treated by a friendly, knowledgeable staff in a welcoming environment. Whether it’s ocean, river, or farm to table, you’re in for an exceptional experience at Millie’s. Every dish is created with attention to detail for the ultimate meal.
223 Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach
How can you beat a meal in a Zen garden? Even on cool nights, the fire pit and outdoor bar help you keep warm. Order drinks for two and an appetizer to share (their fried tofu and thai rolls are amazing). Zen’s Thai dishes are famous in the Daytona Beach area. The red curry and pepper steak are delicious, as is the pad Thai - leave room for fried bananas for dessert! Easier said than done, but well worth the effort.
Houligan's Irish Sports Pub
1110 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
1643 US-1 Highway North, Ormond Beach
1725 International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach
Delicious fare at reasonable prices, and an atmosphere you’ll love - they’re all at Houligan’s. The Buffalo chicken dip and Buffalo shrimp are unforgettable. Wings are the thing, though. Houligan’s serves up traditional buffalo wings and grilled Wally wings. Both are fantastic. You can’t go wrong with boneless honey barbecue wings, a signature burger (such as the Houligan’s, Western, or fuse burger), or wraps, such as the Buffalo chicken or Santa Fe.
Chucherias Hondurenas Restaurant
102 2nd Street, Holly Hill
A cozy, intimate, spot for a romantic getaway with incredible service. The ambiance, one-of-a-kind: Dark wood, high rustic ceilings, cottage stone fireplace, and Spanish moss in the live oaks in the courtyard - a perfect outdoor setting if you’re in for a margarita and conversation. A flavorful Honduran menu includes a delicious octopus appetizer that could double for a meal. It’s a charming, upscale dining experience, ideal for a quiet family dinner or date night.
Frappes Italian Grille FIG
123 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
Ormond Beach’s best salmon - whether you choose the Scottish or FIG filet - at a favorite little Italian grille. Take dinner to a new level with fresh, homemade fare and an outstanding wine list. You’ll be in love from the moment you’re seated and are welcomed with fresh bread and pesto. Don’t miss great happy hour specials and skilled bar staff in this delightful atmosphere. Ask about gluten-free options. It’s a family favorite for many Daytona Beach visitors and locals alike.
Ready to eat?
Whatever your taste in food, there’s a spot for you at a table – or by takeout – in the Daytona Beach area. Sample some of these famous dishes, and discover a few of your own, at these establishments and many others in the area. Check out some amazing hotel packages available and plan your next trip to Daytona Beach today.