The best part of any vacation is most often the food. That’s especially true if you veer away from the chains and hit the spots that locals frequent. We’ve taken the guess work out for you. Here are five of our favorites you should check out during your next stay at the Plaza Resort & Spa!
Cracked Egg Diner
Start your vacation off like a Daytona Beach local and hit the Cracked Egg Diner. Situated just south of Daytona Beach’s main drag in a tiny strip mall in Daytona Beach Shores, it’s open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week (you can order breakfast all day here). Brothers Kevin and Chris Purucker took over a closed restaurant in 2008, and it’s remained a neighborhood favorite ever since.
They’re known for their scratch-made apple fritters — chopped Granny Smith apples mixed into a homemade batter that’s cooked and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. Other favorites for both locals and vacationers include the Eggs Chesapeake, a take on the traditional Eggs Benedict that features a freshly prepared crab cake instead of Canadian bacon, and the Southern Scramble, two fat open-faced biscuits topped with fresh cut home fries, two fluffy scrambled eggs, then dressed with house made sausage gravy.
Kick your meal up a notch with one of the restaurant’s own hot sauces — Habanero and Garlic Cayenne.
Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant & Bar
Named after local legend and Prohibition-era rum runner John “Caribbean Jack” Gilbert, Caribbean Jack’s is a fun riverfront restaurant on the Halifax River. With ample outdoor seating (and great views), low-key vibe, live music on the deck and delicious specialty drinks, it’s no wonder It’s been a local favorite since Christmas Day 2002.
The menu is varied and includes items like gator bites, fresh local seafood, yummy burgers and unique desserts (save room for the Bananas Foster). Choose from a variety of souvenir drinks which are crafted with Florida-made spirits.
Caribbean Jack’s is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and from 11:00 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Dancing Avocado Kitchen
If you have carnivores, herbivores, and gluten-free eaters in your dining party, this unique restaurant checks all your boxes. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:05 p.m., Dancing Avocado Kitchen (DAK) is a fun, vibrantly decorated eatery located in Daytona’s historic downtown area. They’ve been serving up healthy and delicious meals since 1998. For breakfast, choose from a variety of omelets, tofu scrambles, Belgium waffles, wraps and fruit smoothies. Lunch fare includes beautiful and tasty salads, pita sandwiches, homemade chicken salad and specialty burgers. Wash your meal down with a global selection of bottled water, beers, sodas and tea.
Dine inside or outside on the deck overlooking the Halifax River. They also offer street-side seating which is good for patrons who would like to dine with their (well-behaved) dogs. Post meal, you can tool around the area shops and find that perfect Daytona Beach souvenir.
The Cellar Restaurant
For an upscale meal with a fine dining ambiance, check out The Cellar Restaurant. It’s located in what was once the home of President Warren G. Harding (and listed on the National Historic Registry). The home was built by President Harding’s father-in-law in 1907, and the family used it as a seasonal getaway from harsh Ohio winters.
Its subdued atmosphere, stellar menu and attentive service have earned The Cellar a slew of Open Table awards like Outstanding Wine List, Most Romantic and Best Service. The restaurant boasts traditional Italian menu items and an extensive wine list. Homemade pastas and fresh pastas are on offer, as well as traditional appetizers like the Salumi Platter — dry sausage, ricotta salata, house-marinated olives, grilled eggplant, imported capoccolo, artisan sopressata and Regiano Parmigiano cheese.
They’re open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and reservations are recommended.
The Plaza Resort & Spa
If you don’t want to venture far for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have you covered! Why interrupt your pool time just because you’re hungry? Open from March through November, our Poolside Bar and Grill is the perfect solution. Choose from freshly prepared wraps, burgers, seafood and salads.
Open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., 1888 offers something delicious for every appetite. From our Cajun Chicken Fondue and savory Roasted Onion Soup to our Triple Smoked Burger and Pork Belly Tacos, our menu is fresh and eclectic.
Pamper yourself with a quiet meal on your private balcony and order room service. Breakfast is available daily from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. and dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For breakfast, choose from specialties like biscuits and sausage gravy, omelets made to order, or lemon ricotta pancakes. Dinner options include Cavatappi pasta, barbecue chicken, hamburgers, salads and tempting desserts.
If you need more dining suggestions, our amiable staff can find a place to match what you’re craving.