Places to Eat in Daytona Beach - Asian Edition
I love Asian food. Plain and simple. And if there's one thing that Daytona Beach (surprisingly) has a wide variety of, it's delicious Asian cuisine. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese; Daytona Beach has a little bit of everything for everyone and you don't have to travel far to get it, or even pay that much. Come with me on a culinary journey.
Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse
I have been going to Sapporo's for many years now. With a restaurant for diners, hibachi for large parties, and a sushi bar for a small group of friends or a casual date, Sapporo is great for every occasion. The hibachi side will keep your whole family entertained with tricks and jokes from the skilled chef. It will also keep your plate filled without breaking the bank. For as low as $13, you get soup, salad, fired rice, vegetables, shrimp, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and your main meat. They're always serving food faster than I can eat it!
My favorite part of Sapporo is the sushi bar. You sit at the bar and choose what sushi you would like to eat from the plates floating before you. It's tasty, it's fun, and (if you time it right) it's very inexpensive. Let me share with you a local secret. An hour before the restaurants closes, all the plated sushi at the bar drops to $1 per plate. With 2-4 pieces of sushi per plate, there's no better deal than that.
In the past year, I've really developed a taste for Thai food, and Zen Bistro is easily my favorite Thai restaurant. This modest-sized building holds probably less than ten small tables, and they fill up fast. Service is always friendly and genuine, like you're an old friend who has been eating there for years. Every time I go there, I always try something new, and every time I rave about it being "the best thing I have ever eaten!"
At around $10 per entree, the portions they give could easily satisfy two people. The food is always hot, fresh, and comforts the customer. Any time I don't feel well, the Zen Bistro is my go to spot for a (very) big bowl of Thai noodle soup. I do not exaggerate when I say this place is one of my favorite restaurants in Daytona Beach.
Oh, and don't forget to order some Thai iced tea. Especially satisfying on a hot day in Daytona!
Located at the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market (booth G2-36), Thai Cuisine is one of those hidden gems I am so glad I stumbled upon. As much as I love Zen Bistro, Thai Cuisine has some of the best curry I've ever had. At first, I got the same thing every time I visited; a bowl of tom yum soup and some Thai iced tea (seriously, try the stuff if you ever get the chance). Then, when I finally gave the rest of the menu a try, I was blown away by their green seafood curry. I may not be a curry expert, but I know amazing food when I taste. Especially for the price! Exquisite food for flea market prices. Does it get any better than that?
I'll admit that this is probably the only time I have had Vietnamese food before, but I certainly enjoyed it! Not knowing much about Vietnamese food, I asked the server for her opinion, but she said she liked everything, leaving me on my own to decide. I went with the Com Tay Com Ga, or chicken, vegetables, and crispy rice in a clay pot and I was not disappointed. It was the perfect treat to warm my bones after just being caught in the rain. Obviously a family owned establishment, it transfers into their cooking, as though the food was prepared for a family member rather than just a random customer.
Located just down the road from the beach, give it a try if you're hungry after a long day of swimming.
Looking for something a little less casual? Want to celebrate an extra special occasion or impress a date? Ronin is the perfect place for that. Located just down the street from Zen Bistro, Ronin has some of the most impressive sushi I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I can think of no other place that prepares sushi such as friend salmon skin, as an example. And if you're not in the mood for sushi, they also have a unique and delicious kitchen menu along with a wine list to match. It may be a little pricier than my previously mentioned sushi joint, but the quality of the food is well worth it.
I've only been able to experience this place once, but I long to return every time I pass by it.
Of course, Daytona Beach offers even more restaurants than the ones I have listed above. Edamame, a Japanese restaurant I have yet to experience for myself, boasts an 87% on urbanspoon. There are also many of your usual Chinese restaurants, China Max located in the Volusia Mall making some of the best general tso chicken I've ever had. And if you want to try something more daring, Port Orange has Yu Mi Sushi, a beloved sushi restaurant that prepares the deadly hurricane roll. Why so deadly? One word: wasabi. Don't believe me? You'll just have to try it for yourself. Or, you have plenty of other places to choose from as well.