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.
Oceanic blue floors welcome guests who step inside Neptune's Sports Pub, where chefs begin their day as the sun rises. They flip cinnamon french toast atop the griddle and tuck fresh crab meat into cheesy omelets. But that's just breakfast. By lunchtime, the kitchen is bustling as they fry beer-battered fish and sprinkle Cajun spices and bleu cheese crumbles over Angus burgers. More than a dozen sandwiches are featured on the menu, with both sea- and land-born fillings. For example, the reuben is made with a choice of corned beef, turkey, or seasoned grilled fish. Plenty of TVs cover the walls, enabling guests unobstructed views of pro football, basketball, and hot-potato games. A pool table offers even more entertainment as guests share platters of fried pickles and coconut shrimp nearby.
The chefs at Big Daddy's Bar & Grill treats guests to hearty feasts of American food and good times over glasses of beer and games on the TV. Diners chow down on plates of wings, sirloin steak, and fried fish, or they sink their teeth into specialties like the Buddha Burger, comprising two half-pound beef patties spiced with an A-1 dry rub. Chicken wings and entrees arrive garnished with made-from-scratch sauces such as zesty Carolina-style mustard?not to be confused with ho-hum honey mustard or bland South Dakota?style mustard. Dishes are paired with a selection of drinks from a full-service bar. After dinner, patrons socialize on the open-air patio or sip cocktails as they challenge friends to games of pool.
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.
The word "chucherias" roughly translates to ?finger food,? and it also sums up the dining experience at Chucherias Hondure?as. Handheld steak sandwiches and fried plantains are made fresh daily, along with such desserts as caramel flan and guava pastries. However, some of the menu's dishes do require cutlery, including sirloin steak dishes and a Honduran chicken and vegetable soup.
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.