I really had no requests as far as food went for this trip - except one thing. I did not want to eat at a chain restaurant. I love supporting local business and we make it a point to seek out local restaurants when we can. Luckily for me there was no chain restaurants to be found! Perfect!
Our hotel included a breakfast each morning. Saturday it was biscuits and gravy with sausage, Sunday was bacon and omlettes. There was juice and coffee, a variety of cereal and oatmeal and there was a station that you could make your own waffles. We ate here both mornings and had no complaints!
Directly accross the street from the hotel is the Beachside Candy Company.
We came here twice, one on the first night and then again before we left on Sunday - to replace the candy's we had bought on Friday! This is a cool little retro candy shop, with lots of candy from your childhood (well if you grew up in the USA anyway...) and some new variations on the old classics.
Ever heard the expression "like a kid in a candy store"? I'm pretty sure it was coined right here!
I love love love Mexican food. One of the restaurants I had seen on Google before we came out to NSB was Clancy's Cantina. We walked passed it on the way back from the beach and it looked like a fun place and smelled amazing, so I was more than happy to stop and make this our first meal of the trip. This place has been around a while, but I could not find a back story on the Irish/Mexican cross over - if there even is one! But that really didn't matter because the food was great! We split the peel and eat shrimp for an appetizer, we ordered the full pound but it felt like there was more than that in the bowl, the shrimp were big and cooked perfectly with just some Old Bay as seasoning. We got them cold, but you could also order them warm. For the main meal we split an order of steak and shrimp fajitas. The steak was cooked to our order and was served on the traditional onions and peppers. The shrimp were OK, we could have skipped them and not missed them. Or we were spoiled with the appetizer.
We enjoyed the food so much we actually went back for dinner there on Saturday night, only for that meal we got just the shrimp (and that portion seemed even bigger than Friday's) and ordered a few more drinks. Saturday night was a lot more busier than Friday and there was a long wait for a table, but we grabbed a seat at the bar instead.
We wanted to eat at one more place on Flagler Avenue before heading home on Sunday afternoon. On our last walk to the beach we passed the Flagler Tavern, outside was a board with some magical words - Unlimited Mimosa Sunday Brunch! Every Sunday from 10am - 2pm they have a special brunch menu with mimosas and bloody Mary's. We walked past around 12:45pm and decided to give the place a try. The outside decks were busy so we grabbed a table inside. They were doing some renovations to the restaurant but it didn't affect us. Unfortuntly I didn't get to see the brunch menu until I logged on their website a few days later, had I had seen it, my order would have been different. But what we ordered was still great! The waiter acknowledged I had 1 hour left of the mimosa special, so started out by bringing me 2 at a time. I got my $10's worth for sure! My favorite was the blueberry mimosa, but the Bellini was a close second.
For food we ordered the rib eye flat bread and the Tavern Burger. The burger was juicy and the toppings (BBQ sauce, bacon and Swiss cheese) complimented it perfectly. The flat bread was topped with shaved rib eye, arugula, onions and peppers and balsamic glaze.
After sampling some great food and multiple flavors of mimosas we were ready for one last walk along the beach before returning home!
Clancy's Cantina is located at 301 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach
Flagler Tavern is located at 414 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach
All opinions are my own, I was not compensated in any way.