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.
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.
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).
You might not think it, but bees and shellfish can actually work together—the honey-crusted oysters at Blue prove it. Paired with a wasabi horseradish, the oyster starter delivers a sweet and spicy kick to the beginning of dinner, when you're still acclimating to the spectacular ocean view. The scenery comes courtesy of the restaurant's Victorian wraparound porch, a fixture on the Flagler Beach shoreline. Even if you're indoors, though, you can still monitor the tides through the dining-room windows.
Blue's connection to the ocean is more than just a matter of location. The menu features lump crab, shrimp-and-scallop pasta, and almond-covered filets of mahi-mahi. Steaks balance out the seafood focus alongside entrees of roast duck and rack of lamb. For special events, groups partake of this fare in the museum-like banquet room, where a collection of 19th- and 20th-century antiques sets a nostalgic scene. Vintage toys sit below old photos of the Topaz Hotel, taken when it was the only building on the beach other than Poseidon's summer home.