I’m really big on helping out locally owned businesses, because I think it’s important to share goodness within the community. And thanks to food allergies, I have to be very picky about what and where I eat. (Plus, I like good food!)
Here are some of my suggestions for restaurants in the New Smyrna Beach, Florida area:
SoNapa Grille – This place is just amazing all the way around. It’s probably one of the classier places in the area with excellent appetizers and entrees. I highly recommend trying any of their flatbreads; they are delish! If you’re into specialty drinks, my personal favorite is the Taylor’s Refresher. http://www.sonapa.com/
Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill – The appetizers are great, the atmosphere is great, and best of all, one of Hell’s Kitchen season 5 winner Danny Veltri is the chef! Sit inside or outside in the breeze. Not your typical bar food! They don’t seem to have a website yet, but they are on Facebook.
The Patio – This place always has a great menu selection. It’s also a great place for a date. It’s small, so on weekends or holidays you might need a reservation.
The Garlic – I believe this is the first restaurant I ever ate at in NSB. Lots of families go here, so do couples. They have entertainment and a variety of everything. Especially good is the seafood, pasta, and everything garlic.
The Upper Deck Bar & Grill – Although small, the Upper Deck’s menu and location makes up for it. Located above Boston’s Fish House, the Upper Deck has indoor and outdoor seating, a wide variety of surf and turf menu choices, a kid menu, and a full bar. The Lounge is located below the restaurant with a full bar and bartenders happy to see you. Personal favorites: the bruschetta appetizer, ciopinno, filet mignon, and pan seared scallops. Open nightly for dinner, lunch on weekends.
Shiki at the Beach – By far, this is my all-time favorite sushi restaurant I’ve been to – ever! No other sushi restaurant can match Shiki’s unique flavors. At other places, many sushi rolls all taste the same, but not at Shiki! I have too many favorites to list, but Shiki’s age tofu and tuna salsa appetizers are wonderful. For sushi, the Mermaid, Almond Mango Lobster, Double Decker, and Iso Maki are just a few of my faves. They even have a chocolate dessert roll with strawberries! Shiki also carries traditional rolls and Japanese entrees. Service is always spectacular! Open for dinner. Their menu can be seen at All Menus:
Bombay Grille – Just a few miles north of New Smyrna Beach is a little Indian cuisine restaurant on the southern end of Daytona Beach. Bombay Grille has daily lunch and dinner buffets, but unlike most buffets, theirs is fresh and unique. The buffet is great for someone who doesn’t know what they want and would like to try a little bit of everything. They also have regular dinners. Everything has just the write amount of spice, and service is great. You can download a menu on their website: