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Florida Foodie Road Trip – New Smyrna Beach

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If this isn’t already blatantly obvious, I am in love with my home state of Florida! From the crisp, tropical blue water that surrounds us, to the lush and vibrant landscape that grows beneath us, Florida is pure paradise.

We’re so excited to announce that Jeremy and I partnered with VISIT FLORIDA to create some Florida Foodie Road Trips to showcase some of our favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots in various cities and small towns. 

We began in our hometown of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. And although it’s hard to pick and choose only three of our favorite restaurants, we decided to choose some of the places nearest and dearest to our hearts. Curious to see what they are? Check out our video below.

 

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The Beacon New Smyrna Beach, FLorida

The Beacon
416 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
(386) 428-8332

The Beacon is probably the most iconic restaurant in New Smyrna Beach (NSB). It was the first place I ate at when I initially visited here 14 years ago. Located on Flagler Avenue, just one block from the beach, The Beacon is just that — a literal beacon for starting your day in NSB. It’s been around for almost 30 years and this neighborhood hangout provides the friendliest southern hospitality imaginable. 

Which begs the question – Is a trip to NSB really a trip to NSB if you didn’t start your day at the Beacon? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t risk it. 

What to order

  • Pancakes: Even if you’re not a pancake person, order these. They’re made with sweet cream and taste like delicious vanilla cake.
  • The Number Ten: Jeremy’s been ordering this hungry man special since he was a little kid. Eggs, bacon, AND pancakes for under $5.
  • Spinach and Feta Omelet: Since a Greek family owns this spot, it’s safe to say that anything with feta on the menu is extra delicious. It’s my staple that I can’t ever stray from. It comes with two sides of your choice. I recommend getting home fries and toasted pita with a side of their housemade tzatziki. 
  • Secret Beacon Hot Sauce: I would smother this sweet, spicy, and irresistible chunky hot sauce on my entire life if I could. They don’t advertise it anywhere, but if you ask nicely one of the waitresses will bring you an unassuming re-purposed ketchup bottle that is filled to the brim with the good stuff. 

Outriggers New Smyrna Beach

Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille
200 Boatyard St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
(386) 428-6888

Outriggers is known for its beautiful nautical atmosphere, chill vibes, outofcontrol tiki drinks, and freshcaught seafood. This marina-meets-tiki-bar is one of the newer restaurants in town and one of the hottest go-to spots in NSB. We love it for lunch because there’s nothing better than eating a fresh fish sandwich while watching dolphins play between giant yachts and palm trees. 

What to order

    • Tuna Triangles: Not only is it the most beautiful dish on the menu, it’s also one of their most popular items. Deepfried triangles of pita are topped with a dollop of edamame hummus, a thick chunk of freshseared ahi tuna, and a sweet chili ponzu sauce that will knock your socks off.
    • Drunk Mermaid Sandwich: If you’re looking for a fish sandwich in NSB, this is the one to get. You can have it blackened, fried, or grilled. We recommend getting it blackened so the flavors stand up against the zesty housemade remoulade, crunchy fresh coleslaw and melty provolone cheese that tops it
    • Mac ‘n Cheese: You can’t go wrong with their creamybeercheesecovered cavatappi pasta with crispy chunks of salty ham. Go on a Monday and get the whole dish for $5, which is less than half the normal price, during the “mac’n’monday” special. 
    • Zombie Cocktail: Think of a tropical blend of liquors, passion fruit juice, citrus, and bitters. Word to the wise – the twodrink warning on the menu should be kept in mind; these are more than extra strength. 

Sasaki New Smyrna Beach

 

Sasaki Sushi
100 N. Cooper St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
(386) 402-7917

We love Sasaki not only because they make fresh food , but also because of how intimate it is. Sasaki’s size makes you feel extra special and attended to. The attention to detail on each plate is outstanding and the ability to watch them work their magic is entertainment in itself. Another remarkable note about Sasaki: they don’t have any freezers, so everything they have is the utmost on the freshness scale. 

What to order:

  • Tuna Poke Bowl: I’m pretty sure it’s an unofficial rule that you have to eat a poke bowl when you visit NSB, and this is my alltime favorite. Big, beautiful chunks of fresh yellowfin tuna are tossed with their housemade poke sauce and served on top of white or brown rice with fresh avocado, sweet onion, sesame seeds and scallions.
  • Inari Sanshoku: These sweet and savory little pouches of goodness have my heart. Lightly sweetened deepfried tofu pouches are stuffed with sushi rice and then festooned with three different toppings: spicy tuna, glazed salmon, and crab salad. Oh, and not to pick favorites, but, the Inari might just be my favorite thing to eat in all of NSB!
  • Ceviche Sasaki: This dish has the ultimate freshness factor. We recommend the mackerel because this light and mellow white fish goes perfectly with the fragrant cilantro and the addicting coconut, yuzu, and lime dressing it’s soaked in.
  • Mochi Dessert: Unlike most cloyingly sweet desserts, these Japanese treats are perfectly balanced. If you’ve never had it before, a mochi ball is basically a bite-sized medallion of ice cream encased in a gummy ricepaste wrapper. They come in a variety of flavors that change throughout the month. I’m obsessed with the strawberry ones, and Jerm always loves the green tea.

We hoped that you this Florida Foodie Road Trip in New Smyrna. Tell us where you think we should take our next edible adventure by commenting below.

Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. The opinions and text are all mine.

VIDEO: How to Make the Ultimate Breakfast Grilled Cheese

OMG, guess what guys!? We finally did it and got a super swank new Canon camera that shoots sexy looking cooking videos! And guess what else is even more cool?! Jeremy knows how to shoot and edit them! Which means WE CAN MAKE SO MANY COOKING VIDEOS FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER!!!! YAY!!!!

Oh and since we both have ADD, we decided to make each video about a minute long because, tbh, i think we all have way too much stuff going on in our lives to commit our precious time to a random slew of internet videos. So with that being said, the videos don’t have a lot of time to go into specifics so if you’d like the exact recipe, check it out on my Sandwich Expert page for About.com below.

So what is this sandwich anyways? Well it is the king (and queen!) of breakfast sandwiches. I like to say that it’s basically a high brow version of the McGriddle. Made with layers of Wisconsin muenster, smoked cheddar, asiago, maple glazed sausage, cheesy scrambled eggs, and thyme infused salty butter. Then, after it’s all crisp and melty, I finish it off with a sweet drizzle of maple syrup. This sweet savory, crispy and creamy grilled cheese encompasses everything you could ever want in life!

Click [HERE] to get the exact recipe for our McDolphin Breakfast Grilled Cheese.

McDolphin Grilled Cheese from Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, FL! Click Above to see the video!

Happy National Sandwich Day!

Omg y’all, did you know that today is National Sandwich Day?! If this isn’t one of the best, most tastiest holidays around, then I don’t know what is. And as you already know, I’m probably one of the biggest bread, butter and cheese advocates out there, so I think it’s safe to say that there’s not a more iconic American lunchtime staple than a sandwich – Ammi’right?!

To help get the word out about National Sandwich Day, I teamed up with my cheesy buddies at Lance Foods to make this super fun video. I had a blast walking around my hometown of sunny New Smyrna Beach, FL, to interview people about their sandwich love!

So with that being said, what do you think makes a sandwich a sandwich? Is a burrito a sandwich? How about a hot dog or a sushi roll? I personally agree with Lance’s philosophy which simplifies it to two awesomes on the outside with an incredible in the middle.

Whether it’s one of my crispy, creamy grilled cheese sandwiches, a fully loaded tasty six foot party sub, or a pack of the cutest little cheddar and peanut butter cracker sandwiches you’ve ever seen, I think we can all agree that sandwiches totally rule!

Say it with me now… THIS IS HOW WE SANDWICH!!!