A salty breeze blows through your hair, your toes are in the sand, the sunshine’s on your face and… your stomach starts to growl. Before you heave a sigh and trudge away to get cleaned up, there are plenty of amazing restaurants and cafes in NSB that won’t frown on your sundress attire, beach hair and flip flops. While New Smyrna Beach is considered a foodie gem full of fine restaurants, it also has a fun, casual dining scene that offers one-of-a-kind dishes, trendy ambiances, and delish options! These local hubs are perfect for quick sit-downs and on-the-go bites so you can spend more time enjoying the sand, surf and sun. Below we’ve rounded up our favorite casual dining spots in New Smyrna Beach that make for the best quick eats. Trust us, you won’t find any other places on the Florida East Coast that’ll satisfy your hangry cravings like these do!
On/Near Flagler Ave
Just like every place that resides on or near Flagler Ave, these local restaurants are only steps away from the main beach entrance (or across from the public access point on 27th Ave) and are perfect for grabbing light meals in between surfing sessions and sunbathing naps. From acai bowls to calzones, there’s a NSB restaurant for whatever you’re craving!
GoJuice – 221 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open 7 Days a Week, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Surrounded by palm trees, hammocks, and outdoor seating, you’ll instantly vibe with the island feel of the outdoor café, GoJuice. Serving a tropical menu of fresh juices, smoothies, and acai bowls, this colorful food truck sources all of its ingredients locally and blends its healthy treats right there in front of you. This little food truck company has its origins in Pura Vida, Costa Rica and now is permanently parked along Flagler Ave offering its fruit and coffee to our Florida beach town. We especially love this company as it does its part in protecting Mother Nature with its locally sourced food, compostable bowls, and handmade papaya straws. From superfood juices to picture-worthy acai bowls, GoJuice is the perfect place for a healthy, on-the-go breakfast to fuel you for a day at the beach. View their menu here.
Da Kine Poke – 216 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open 7 Days a Week, 11am – 9pm Sun – Thurs, 11am – 10pm Fri & Sat
The famous west-coast style Poke Bowls have finally made their way to New Smyrna Beach! Da Kine Poke serves its fresh veggies and sushi-style seafood in its aesthetic location off of Flagler Ave. While Poke fans love signature dishes like the Hawaiian Poke Bowl or El Diablo, most hungry guests go the “Build-A-Bowl” route where you can select the base, protein, toppings, and sauces that make your mouth water most. With healthy ingredients that satisfy both your taste buds and stomach, you’ll find this quickly becoming your go-to lunch spot. Explore their menu here.
Izzy’s Island Tacos and Ice Cream– 3600 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30am – 8pm Tues – Thurs, 11am – 9pm Fri & Sat, 1pm-7pm Sun
Tacos + ice cream… Enough said. Izzy’s Island brings delicious, cultural flavor to NSB’s casual restaurant scene with its infamous street tacos and steak fajitas. While we don’t understand why anyone would skip out on tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, they do also serve a variety of American-style favorites such as hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. This family-run business is located across the street from the public beach entrance, near the corner of Atlantic and 27th Ave. Along with delish Hispanic eats, Izzy’s is famous for its wide variety of ice cream flavors and toppings – all of which you can easily order from their outdoor serving window. Indulge in cheesecake blended ice cream, brownie hot fudge sundaes, or even a s’mores kit which you can roast at one of their fire pits! Take a look at their huge menu and grab your next bite here.
Manny’s Pizza – 3318 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7am – 8:30pm Tues – Thurs, 7am – 9pm Fri – Sun
Though unassuming in appearance, locals know that there’s no place like Manny’s Pizza for hearty post-beach eats! This NSB pizzeria exudes nostalgia of simpler times with its classic booth seating, old-school arcade area, and coin-pusher machine that hooks everyone into gambling quarters away. Unlike most pizza places, Manny’s menu offers far more than just the bread, sauce, and cheese staple. Bring a carb-loving appetite and a craving for Italian cuisine as this casual restaurant serves everything from eggplant parmesan to calzones to baked ziti. Don’t skip out on appetizers either, our go-to order always includes the famous Greek salad and bruschetta bread basket. And of course, there’s plenty of delish pizza options for everyone to share! Though this restaurant is a sit-down, it requires no reservations and the atmosphere is very laid-back. It’s also walking distance from 27th Avenue’s public beach access, making it the perfect place for a post-beach meal. Look ahead at their menu here.
On/Near Canal St.
Strolling around historic Canal Street for the day? Curb your growing appetite by visiting one of the local foodie joints in the area that offer unique atmospheres and amazing food… and also won’t keep you long from your shopping spree!
Little Drug Co. – 412 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Open Monday-Saturday, 8am – 5pm Mon – Fri, 8am – 3pm Sat
Step in the Little Drug Co. to time travel back to when Elvis rocked and milkshake malts were a drug store staple. Maintaining its original 1950’s soda fountain, the Little Drug Co. has held on to a charming era and continues to serve NSB with some of the best quick breakfast and lunch bites in town. Grab a booth and enjoy an afternoon burger and malt while you wait on a prescription or rest between window shopping.
Panhead’s Pizzeria – 113 S Orange St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Open Monday-Saturday, 4pm – 9pm Mon, 11:30am-9pm Tues-Thurs, 11:30am-10pm Fri & Sat
Pizza Hut, who? Once you’ve tried the delicious, Italian flavors of Panheads Pizzeria, there’s no going back! Located on a side street off of Canal, this trendy pizza place has become a staple restaurant in the historic NSB district. Though modern and hip, Panheads keeps its atmosphere casual making it an ideal spot for laid back eats. While they do serve other Italian staples, there’s no way you’ll want to miss out on tasting the one-of-a-kind, gourmet pizzas like their Ring of Fire, Dr. Feelgood, and Sweet Home Alabama. Those with food allergies will also find tasty accommodations as they offer gluten-free and red sauce alternatives. Check out their menu to get your mouth watering.
Ricky’s Canteen, Poke Bar & Street Food – 105 Magnolia St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm Mon, 11am-9pm Tues-Thurs, 11am-10pm Fri & Sat
Poke bowls, street food, and happy hour? Yes please! Ricky’s Canteen is a fun dining spot located near the intersection of Canal and Magnolia St. in the historic New Smyrna Beach area. Not only does it draw a crowd with its trendy ambiance, but its fantastic food gives it a permanent place in NSB foodies’ hearts. From empanadas to pork rinds to gumbo bowls to gourmet hot dogs, Ricky’s Canteen covers all its ethnic bases with a delicious assortment. Explore their menu and drop by for a bite!
Yellow Dog Eats – 147 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Open 7 Days a Week, 11am-9pm Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm Thurs-Sat
If you prefer tender, pulled pork sandwiches and smoked chicken wraps to seafood, you’ll absolutely need to make a stop at Canal Street’s Yellow Dog Eats. This lip-smacking restaurant is newer to the NSB dining scene and is one of two local locations (the other being in the Orlando area). You’ll find yourself at a bit of a loss when perusing a menu so full of delicious options, which just means you’ll have to keep returning until you’ve tried them all! While they primarily serve BBQ, Yellow Dog Eats also provides vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. Check out their menu and get ready for some good eats!
As hungry as you may be, there’s no way you can try all these amazing NSB restaurants in just one day! Give yourself plenty of time to explore New Smyrna’s growing dining scene when you plan a beach vacation stay in one of our condos or homes. From direct oceanfront rentals to pet-friendly properties, plan your next stay in one of our vacation condos or homes to truly experience the yummy eats and local charm of New Smyrna Beach.