Located on Daytona Beach's historic main street, Chrome Bar & Grill caps off trips to the beach with cool drinks and burgers grilled to order. There's no better place to sidle up to the bar and watch the game, though you might have a hard time deciding between the homemade chips and the skewers of tender chicken marinated in sweet bourbon sauce.
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.
Although the 12-ounce Delmonico steak is the house specialty at The Blue Grotto, the baked stuffed flounder is the owner's favorite dish on the menu. Guests have their choice of sitting in the azure dining room, where the decor is inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave on the island of Capri, or the dog-friendly outdoor deck that overlooks the marina. The venue turns into a nightclub in the late-night hours, with DJs, dancing, and free drinks for manatees.