New York-quality deli fare has found a new home in Florida with the help of Manzano's Beachside Deli, a one-stop shop for made-to-order deli favorites and gourmet edibles. In addition to its famous New York crusty bread and 1.25-feet cold sandwiches, the shop tempts patrons with fresh Italian sandwiches and hot paninis topped by Boar's Head meats and cheeses. Their deli also assembles platters for any type of catering or discus-tossing need.
Innovative chef Nora De La Vega blends the rich flavors, textures, and traditions from ancient foods such as chiles and corn with unique Spanish and Latin influences to create a vibrant menu of modern Latin cuisine. Drawing from family recipes and using only fresh, sustainable ingredients, dishes combine the contemporary with the traditional. Guests share and sip in time to guitar chords strummed by live musicians, while colorful artwork adds to the festive atmosphere in this casual-yet-chic eatery.
Tomasita’s head chef, Mike Alvarez, concocts a menu by melding traditional Cuban flavors with influences of Spanish and Canary Islands cuisines, served up in a cozy, bistro setting. Couples may begin dining excursions or timed food fights by using forks to harpoon tender calamari dusted in breading and accompanied by lime and garlic aioli. Choose two entrees (up to $12.99 each), such as the signature slow-roasted pork, marinated for 24 hours and dressed in a suit of mojo with black-bean lapels. Pollo tropical dinners conga line sprite flavors across lips, while Tomasita’s surf menu splashes mouth shores with gambas al ajillos—a mix of large white shrimp, garlic, white wine, and tomato. Dining duos may cool throat canals with swigs of house red or white sangria procured from a family recipe of fresh fruit, cinnamon, and tattletales.
American Pi's expert pizza maestros dress bready crust from edge to edge with crimson tomato sauce, generous handfuls of meltable mozzarella, and freshly sliced toppings. Satisfy stomach demands with 14 inches of steaming, tomato-slathered pie ornamented with topping couples, be it a meaty duo of pepperoni and sausage or an enmeshed pair of tangoing mushrooms and onions.
The DeLand Stockyard is renowned for its steaks, which earned the “Best Steakhouse” vote from Hometown News readers in 2012 and a Best of the West award from The Daytona Beach News-Journal in 2010, 2012, and 2013, as well as for its history. The restaurant’s structure was built in the 1920s, and its rich wood paneling and stately décor, replete with black and white photos and mounted portraits on the wall, reflects this storied history. Atop dark wood tables, the wait staff sets down steakhouse staples, from juicy burgers and grilled seafood to the hefty porterhouse, which weighs in at 24 ounces of char-grilled goodness.
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s menu jump-starts salivary glands with plentiful portions of fresh fish tucked into tasty rolls, curry dishes, and more. Tempura-fried shrimp, vegetables, or chicken ($8.25–$10.25) kick off meals before sushi and sashimi extinguish blazing sea-creature cravings. Those who prefer fare without fins can opt for chicken ($9.50), pork ($9.50), or steak teriyaki ($12.75), and noodle lovers can seek satisfying spoonfuls in the nabeyaki udon ($10.95). Green-tea, ginger, or red-bean ice cream ($2.95) finish the feast, and a bevy of beverages, such as sake ($3–$8.75) and plum wine ($3.75), lets diners toast anniversaries or successful chopsticks-pinned updos. The eatery’s wooden walls, hanging glow lamps, and wide windows create a warm ambience, perfect for impressing first dates with artful eyebrow wiggles. A seat at the sushi bar grants a front-row seat for culinary magic.