Twenty-nine stories separate Top of Daytona Restaurant & Lounge from the sands and rolling surf of Daytona Beach. From this vantage point, diners savor expansive, 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, the mainland, and the Halifax River—views that the Orlando Sentinel lauded as "spectacular"—all while indulging in a menu inspired by classical pan-European cooking.
Executive Chef Vadim Vladimirsky incorporates Portuguese, Russian, French, and Italian flavors into his dishes, embracing the cuisines' rustic roots while adding his own refined, yet accessible touches. Accents such as homemade mozzarella cheese, a reduction of aged balsamic vinegar, and a rosemary-tinged port sauce demonstrate his dedication to upscale eating. And given the restaurant's oceanside location, an emphasis on fish and Caribbean lobster comes perfectly natural—Chef Vladimirsky even personally buys the seafood fresh from local suppliers each morning.
Should guests somehow tear their eyes away from the food and the view beyond the curving wall of windows, they find the dining room echoes Top of Daytona’s classic feel. A stone-circled fishpond bubbles in the center of the room, surrounded by stately chairs and tables draped with crisp white linens. The ambience grows most spirited on select Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings as live musicians entertain the crowd and help teach passing seagulls to sing in tune.
The chefs at The Windy City Bar & Grill draw inspiration from that town about a thousand miles northwest known for its hot dogs and butcher-cut steaks. The all-beef hot dogs here are true to form, served up on a poppy seed roll with yellow mustard, relish garnishments, and a dash of celery salt, and the black and blue burger pays tribute to the Chicago Bears. Italian beef sandwiches may be ordered wet, dry, or thrown into Lake Michigan, whereas chefs salads and cobb salads may be adorned with your choice of dressing.
Lined with mahogany-colored shelves, Wine Bank's walls display bottles upon bottles of wines, suggesting that its name is no misrepresentation. But unlike most wine shops, Wine Bank isn't just about wine. Here, beers, fine wines, and cigars complement an in-house menu of upscale starters and gourmet entrees, ranging from pork filet mignon to shrimp mac 'n' cheese. And for those who would rather drink wine than spend thousands building vineyards in their basement, Wine Bank offers memberships with discounts and invitations to private tastings and events.
Guests are never far from the sand or surf at Hidden Treasure Tiki Bar & Grill, where American cuisine meets ocean views. Fittingly, the menu is stuffed to the gills with seafood, from wild gator-tail and crab-cake appetizers to entrees of Maine lobster, stuffed shrimp, and sea scallops. Diners can also chow down on burgers, pasta, and barbecued pork chops. The laid-back spot combines these eats with on-the-water fun by renting out hydrobikes.
Serving up sauce-slathered eats since 1980, Woody's has garnered praise from publications including the Ledger and continues to woo taste buds with succulent ribs, chicken, pork, and sides. Patrons can perform cheek-stretching calisthenics with the super sampler starter, a piled-high platter of pop-able bites including fried garlic mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, corn nuggets, and onion rings ($7.99), before moving on to a main event such as a full rack of Woody's signature baby back ribs, featuring pork that slips off the bone as sure as a cat slips off an ice sculpture of a larger cat ($14.99). Meat disciplinarians might consider the Sloppy Woody, pulled pork and Woody's secret sauce caught in a prison of formalist bread loaves ($6.99). Vegetarians are invited to pig out on the tossed salad ($2.69) or the country vegetables ($1.89).
World of Beer draws barley astronauts in its gravitational pull, boasting 40 craft draft beers from around the globe and a collection of asteroid-sized pub bites. The bar’s expert staff pairs beer lovers with superb selections such as Magic Hat #9 ($5), a crisp English ale, and Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat ($5), which piques palates with citrusy flavors flowing through the confluence of wheat, crystal malts, and Perle hops. Add salty satisfaction to a hopping hop-laden party with an order of soft pretzels ($4) or pretzel bites ($4), or talk sense into a Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale ($6) with a pastrami sammie ($9) or buffalo chicken dip ($8). Sip suds on the outdoor patio or inside among the brick walls, warm lighting, and numerous flat-screen TVs. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, live music enables rhythmic imbibing and air-drumming using plates of beef sticks ($1).