Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare and spirits at The Original First Turn Steakhouse in Port Orange.
The grillmasters at The Original First Turn curb carnivorous cravings for steaks, wings, and burgers in a stock-car-themed dining space. Rev appetites with a menu of diverse dishes, such as chicken wings oiled in a spicy, sweet, or savory sauce and paired with blue cheese, celery, and carrot sticks for rewarding good table manners ($8.50 for 10). Grill gurus sear 14-ounce cuts of seasoned rib-eye steak to preference while mouths rubberneck over accompanying pileups of potatoes, salad, slaw, and rolls ($15.95). An array of burgers and fish sandwiches nestles in baskets lined with checkered-flag paper, cozying up to creamy heaps of potato salad and a pickle pillow ($7.95+)
In addition to dishing out diverse eats, The Original First Turn hosts a barrage of live events on Saturday nights, along with live comedy on Tuesdays. Sip sparkling beverages beneath the shade of patio umbrellas by the outdoor tiki bar, or stroll the dining room to admire scores of racing memorabilia before sneaking off to pull donuts on I-95.
The Original First Turn Steakhouse
When The Original First Turn Steakhouse opened in 1984, it was so close to the Daytona Speedway that diners could almost feel the breeze of the checkered flag as it signaled the end of a race. In those days, the Hilliard family’s hand-cut steaks and chicken wings drew professional drivers and racing teams straight from the track. Though the Hilliards have since relocated their restaurant, they have maintained the same racing memorabilia, all-American menu, and regular customers—some of whom helped with the move by stuffing as many rib eyes as they could into the trunks of their stock cars.
If one of those drivers was to take a detour through the kitchen today, he would find chefs grilling USDA Black Angus steaks and coating wings in 12 different flavors of sauce, from mild honey barbecue to the so-called “suicide sauce.” Diners seated on the sprawling 5,000-square-foot deck can order oysters from the raw bar and drinks from the tiki bar, raising their voices to be heard over the live bands that perform five nights a week.
5236 S Ridgewood Ave.
Port Orange, Florida 32127