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).
Premo’s Grille is the realization of a shared dream. According to an article in The Daytona News-Journal, Nancy Connell, a department manager at Target, and Dale Kissell, a former long-distance truck driver, wanted to start their own restaurant so that they could “be their own bosses.” The couple met in high school, reconnected 20 years later, and moved from snowy Rochester, New York down to Daytona Beach–a place Kissel praises because “you don’t have to shovel sunshine.” By keeping prices down and using only fresh ingredients, the couple hopes to create a niche for themselves in the sunny community. The Premo’s Grille menu features casual-American cuisine that ranges from a skirt-steak salad with chipotle dressing and bleu cheese to the chicken marsala, which is simmered in a rich sauce of mushrooms and marsala wine. The kitchen also serves up bacon cheeseburgers, and the shrimp scampi features sauce that has an infusion of butter, wine, and garlic, and also doubles as a vampire repellent. To keep dinner animated, live music also fills the dining room on Friday and Saturday nights. If their food proves a success, Connell and Kissell want to eventually expand their menu and space.
Carmella’s Pizza & Pasta supports most pizza preferences with a smorgasbord of different kinds including New York–style, Sicilian-style, and Neapolitan-style. A list of 25 toppings beget thousands of make-your-own combinations or one epic food fight. But diners can also choose from more than a dozen specialties including the reuben pizza—topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing—and the breakfast pie, which holds bacon or ham, peppers, onions, and eggs. The pasta entrees are worth a try, too, particularly the housemade meatballs and linguine, a house specialty.
Kawa Sushi's chefs sate appetites with a range of Japanese and Thai specialties. They prepare fresh, artistically plated sushi rolls, fry sizzling fillets of pork katsu, and simmer coconut-milk curries. There are also low-sodium dishes designed for the health-conscious. Customers can pair their entree with domestic or imported beer, sake, and wine.
Framed black-and-white pictures fill the lemon-yellow and terra-cotta-red walls in Fratelli's Restaurant, evoking the casual ambiance of a family dining room beside the Mediterranean. The chefs demonstrate a similar commitment to homestyle comfort by faithfully re-creating familiar Italian-American staples. Ricotta-stuffed shells bake beneath a layer of mozzarella and marinara, and marsala sauce adds an extra dose of flavor to sautéed veal loin, chicken breast, or sliced rib-eye steak. Occasional maritime influences also work their way into the menu, as in the case of the housemade crab cakes and the shrimp or scallops in a spicy red sauce made with magma-marinated peppers.
Cabo Taco Mexicali Grill stuffs each taco, burrito, and quesadilla on its menu with fresh ingredients full of south-of-the-border flavor. Nosh on inspired nibbles such as the tequila lime chicken tacos decorated with salsa, cilantro sauce, and cheese composed in crunchy or soft tortilla frames ($3.99 each; two for $7.50). Tackle the cabo burrito, a tortilla-tamed tornado of taste swirling with goodies including blackened mahi, rice, beans, avocado, and mango ($9.99), or sample a lineup of specials that change weekly, just like the public opinion on formal toe socks. Cabo Taco's beach-themed dining room opens at 11 a.m., delivering a breakfast menu of egg-enhanced dishes such as the breakfast dilla—a warm tortilla folded around veggies, cheese, scrambled eggs, and choice of meat ($5.99) —and flaky plantain and brown-sugar stuffed turnovers drizzled with house-made agave sauce, offering a less sticky, but just as sweet, alternative to an early-morning syrup-soak ($3.50 each).