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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.

Our Insider’s Guide to Epcot’s 2016 Food and Wine Festival: Part 2 – Non Cheesy Dishes + Drinks

Hello again! If you read yesterday’s post featuring all of the amazing cheesy dishes from this year’s 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival but you’re still curious about all of the other delicious dishes, then get excited because this post is for you! Keep reading to see our top 10 most loved non-cheese-centric dishes, our top three favorite drinks, and some helpful insider tips to help your trip become the best it can be!

So before I ramble on any longer, let’s begin!

10 Non-Cheesy Dishes You Must Try

Epcot's 2016 Food and Wine Festival Best Dish 1 Hummus Fries

1. Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce

WHERE: Morocco near France and Japan

WHY: OMG guys, guess what? This dish was rated NUMERO UNO overall by both Jeremy and me. I’d describe this dish as the most delicious deep fried logs of a falafel-hummus hybrid topped with shepherd’s salad, fresh herbs including mint and parsley, and the most ridiculous sweet and spicy orange yogurt sauce we’d ever had. And TBH, this was the only dish we decided to buckle down and get seconds of. Seriously, if you take one word of advice from me, take this – “You cannot leave Epcot without trying this dish!” Continue reading

Our Insider’s Guide To Epcot’s 2016 Food and Wine Festival: Part 1 – Top Cheesiest Dishes

MacKenzie Smith Jeremy Johnston of New Smyrna Beach FLorida

I’ve always dreamt of going to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival… And guess what guys? This was the first year we finally got to go! My darling boyfriend, Jeremy Johnston, surprised me with the idea for my birthday and we teamed up with our pals at VISIT FLORIDA to help share our experience with all of you. Continue reading