(C) Donna Taliercio, The Breakers Restaurant located right on New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach, cozy coastal community one hour east of downtown Orlando, is always changing and has something for everyone. New Smyrna Beach attracts experimental chefs as well as increasingly more ethnic fare and is reaching new heights as a “foodie” destination.

So, when you are visiting, skip the touristy places, eat like a local and instead try these  restaurants  (all kid-approved!):

City Market Bistro – I’m starting with this one because it is my personal favorite. Located on Canal street and operated by Chef Scott Krause, the ambience is so homey, the wine list is amazing, and the simple, traditional  scratch-made dinners  are truly the best in town.

Avanu – The newest addition to the beachside scene, Avanu offers rooftop views of the ocean, live music and great continental cuisine and seafood. Great place to see and be seen.

La Terazza – If you are tired of fast food Mexican and are craving some fresh, authentic and delicious to go down smooth with a nice want a strong Margarita, then this is the place.

Wake Up Café – Not many restaurants anywhere combine Argentinean panache, Spanish exoticism and good downhome breakfast food in one place but somehow this place does it all. And seriously, the best coffee in town. Do not miss the Waffles Alfajores or the Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit.

The Breakers – I honestly don’t know if these are the best burgers in the universe or if it is simply  the smell of the grill combined with salt air and ocean breeze that makes me swoon. either way, you cannot beat this place for a tasty lunch.

Botanical House NSB – Located at 401 Mary Avenue, this  groovy, new 1970s-inspired Coffee Shop provides great coffee, yummy baked goods and an eco-friendly retail experience that will wake you up and chill you out in the very best way.

Yellow Dog Eats – All beach towns need somewhere quick and easy and Yellow Dog Eats fills the bill with its tasty tacos, tangy pulled pork and sandwiches that are stylish, tasty and different. For example, the  What the Fig? features pulled pork and is topped  with fried onions, bacon, and goat cheese, then drizzled with homemade jalapeno-fig sauce served on ciabatta bread. If heaven made a sandwich, this would be it.

Cafe del Soul – A divine addition to the scene that offers tasty goodness for the healthy and health conscious. Originally based in Marin, California, this delightful eatery takes salads, wraps and bowls to the next level. And since Café del Soul is conveniently located between a yoga studio and an art gallery, that means you can spend a whole afternoon over here with the whole experience leaving you fully nourished.

J.B.’s Fish Camp, at 859 Pompano Ave., is a rustic, indoor-outdoor riverfront shanty overlooking Mosquito Lagoon that offers clams grown on site, steamed blue crabs and fried shrimp. It also rents kayaks, paddle boards and fishing poles, and will cook your catch.

Coming Soon: JIMMY HULA’s , which will be an amazing fit  for the town as it will tap into the town’s surfer subculture. Also Little Griddle, which will update the classic drug store  soda fountain that was located on the same site for over 100 years, known as  The Little Drug Co.

And who knows what else is next? Just make sure that you add New Smyrna Beach to your list of foodie destinations and keep a close eye out!


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