Flagler Beach Restaurants
by Dennis Walker
If you are a foodie like me, you may be interested in knowing the who’s who of Flagler Beach cuisine. I like a variety of good eats including the little hole in the wall places that have that one golden nugget that you cannot get anywhere else quite like it. “You get what you pay for” is not always the case when it comes to table fare. The following are not in any particular order, and purely based on my opinion. Take that as you will.
Friends Café is a must have for breakfast. They have daily specials and will make you any kind of omelet imaginable. The coffee is always fresh and the service is great. It has a diner feel with license plates from all over adorning the walls. Golden Lion is a many year “best of” winner and my go to entrée is the fish and chips. Overall the portion size is plenty for 2 to share. What makes this dish is really their proprietary key lime tartar sauce. Ask for a couple of plastic ramekins to take home and you’d be amazed what this goes well with. You can sit upstairs and have a great view of the ocean as you enjoy your time. Turtle Shack has some great burgers with a view. Their menu is varied and a nice atmosphere. They are worth the wait. Island Grille has a nostalgic feel. If you like salmon, or you don’t and dare to try, the wasabi salmon is worth writing home about. A1A Burrito Works has been a long time staple in Flagler Beach. Their UFO is a specialty and I prefer it with the pork. You won’t find anything fancy, just good food on a picnic table and plastic cutlery. Don’t let that stop you from giving them a chance. If you have a sweet tooth you may want to adventure to Swillerbees Craft Donuts. Many “off the beaten path” choices to pick from, including breakfast cereal variations and peanut butter cup. For you wine and cheese lovers, Flagler Beachfront Winery is across the street from the ocean. Their specialty…wine slushy. Yes, nothing beats a wine slushy on a hot Florida day. You can even buy a refillable cup to bring back again and again. By far, my favorite Mexican food place around is Dahlia Mexican Kitchen. My go-to here is the cheese chili rellenos with tomatillo sauce, instead of the normal red sauce. Don’t forget to ask for their spicy salsa verde to go along with the chips. BUENO! If you want a meal on the cheap for you and some friends, Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta is great. For under $25 you can get a large pie, 20 wings and a 2-liter. Great for sitting next to the pool, the beach or just feeding those pizza cravings.
There are so many restaurants to choose from and new favorites pop up. Flagler Beach restaurants don’t last very long if they don’t keep up with what the people expect. Never be afraid to try and find YOUR new favorite.
If you have more questions or want to get more details, you can always call me at 386-262-4064.