Wing Zone provisions fingers with a menu of juicy tenders and chicken wings dressed in 15 succulent sauces. Classic or boneless wings arrive in flavors such as lemon zinger, thai chili, and nuclear habanero, all taxonomized and numbered based on four levels of spice intensity. The breaded strips of tasty chicken tenders, also flavored with Wing Zone's arsenal of sauces, pair with chunky wedge fries, which lay out a savory ridge-and-valley topography for tongues to traverse.
Inspired in part by the area's longstanding tradition of beachside racing, the Daytona International Speedway draws hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans each year to watch world-class champions such as Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Stock-car and motorcycle events round out the calendar all year, and during insider tours, visitors can go behind the scenes to explore the speedway's elevated press boxes, banked infield turns, and where the pit crew chugs motor oil.Meanwhile, at Daytona Beach itself, cars roll through oceanfront driving zones toting picnic supplies or beach gear across smooth, hard-packed sand in all seasons. There are also traffic-free areas; one such pedestrian-only stretch surrounds the iconic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, named for the famed Spanish explorer who once reputedly searched the area for the Fountain of Youth. There, a spiral staircase climbs the 175-foot tower to overlook a scenic fishing village and 52-acre park laced with nature trails.
ID’s Fabulous PhotoBooth adds photographic pizzazz to weddings, birthday parties, proms, and other events. Guests rummage through the props box and don Viking helmets, Groucho glasses, and bunny ears before striking impromptu poses in front of a magenta background. Throughout each of ID’s three packages, subjects enjoy limitless shots, each rolling out smoothly under the watch of a friendly onsite attendant. Guests can also commemorate the evening with a custom memory book or give thanks to attendees with thank-you cards bearing candid images from the event.
Legendary local gastronomes Guy Leroy and Pom Souvannasoth joined forces to open The Brasserie, whipping up a menu of fine bistro fare with natural, organic, and local ingredients. Starters invite diners to mine jewels of roasted beets from a forest of fresh lettuce and crumbled goat cheese ($8) or rescue a gruyere crouton from drowning in a savory french-onion sea ($6). Signature entrees, such as a grilled salmon fillet in chardonnay cream ($21), a harissa-garnished moroccan lamb stew ($18), or a refined coq au vin, a red-wine-roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes ($16), stuff empty stomach spaces. An expert waitstaff well-versed in the art of pairings tends to tables, helping them sift through the international wine list.
Chef Pedro Ramirez can often be seen hovering over a crackling spit, tending to the pig that roasts over its flame in the open air. When the bounty is finished cooking, Ramirez whips it up into pork sandwiches and platters—a Ramirez Restaurant specialty for nearly two decades. A retired US Navy Chief, Ramirez now leads his kitchen staff as they craft fresh ingredients into authentic Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican dishes infused with homemade spices akin to the ones used by Ramirez's ancestors from Santo Domingo. In the dining room, designed in the style of a beach bungalow, Latin paintings hang over tables topped with homemade sangria and margaritas, and an outdoor patio supports the tropical atmosphere with flags and strands of lights as powerful as a billionth of a sun.
Though the titular owner of Crazy Dave's Music might tell you his music shop began with dragons and goblins, it really began with the even more fantastic 1980s. Years after assuming ownership of a failing Orange Park pawn shop, Dave realized that the most popular items in his inventory were always musical instruments. In keeping with the demand, he banded together with local musicians to turn his space into a fully realized music store. Construction crews renovated new rooms for live sound equipment and effects lighting, filled the old jewelry cases with pedals and microphones, and lined the walls with mixing equipment and synthesizers. Today, Dave's store still houses a menagerie of instruments and accessories. Shelves and corners filled with DJ gear and high-end guitars bear the logos of famous brands such as Fender, Moog, and Yamaha.