By Jeff Stolowitz
Just another night out and we tried the new Coastal Grill and Raw Bar and we got lucky, Port Orange got Lucky the place is a smash.
We tried the Oyster Po Boy perfectly Crispy. Along side that we had a unique starter "Chowder Fries" and we left that picture out because we ate them before we could Snap a picture and yes they are that good.
We also sampled the Mac and Cheese
and we wiped up the cheese with our fingers, just scrumptious.
Then a Porterhouse Pork Chop, I had a foodgasm.
To wash it down one kick Ass Mule
with Local Copper Bottom Craft Distillery Vodka
The Homemade Pickles were to die for
The Creme Brulee is executed perfectly.
Our Waitress/Mixologist Kristy, we hope that we spelled that right was great.
Music by Anthony was Calypsific, yes "Calypsific" is a made up word.
Coastal Grill & Raw Bar is different and it is a great addition to the Daytona Beach Area Foodie's scene. We did expect more Seafood but everything was so awesome it really didn't matter.
We will be back and highly recommend visiting the establishment.
Coastal Grill and Raw Bar
1078 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange, FL 32127
By Monty Montgomery
In mid-December, Behind Daytona was invited to a special showing of a new service offered by Mellow Mushroom. This great establishment, owned by local resident Robert Hargrave and located in Port Orange, has been a tremendous addition to our area with their beer taps and pizza. Now they are offering catering!
Mellow Mushroom has evolved there excellent regular foods into a worthy selection of specialty catered sandwiches and salads.
As for what I tested the evening of the introductory showing:
Sandwiches we tried
Made with all-natural grilled chicken with sun-dried roasted tomato's, applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado and garlic aioli on multigrain ciabatta.
This was a nice mix of turkey, avocado, crisp romaine lettuce, mayo, tomato, the wow factor, bacon jam and provolone on sliced multigrain.
Salads we tried
OH, KALE YEAH!
They use baby kale and spring mix with fresh avocado, dried cherries, house-made candied pecans and bleu cheese crumbles, served with vinaigrette.
CHILL OUT PASTA SALAD
Their house-made recipe with spiral pasta, sun-dried roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, portobello mushrooms, pesto, shaved parmesan tossed with our herb vinaigrette.
There were several other options including pizzas to order for this service. The options for Lacto-ovo vegetarian were a pleasant find for catering. Cathryn Keifer is heading the catering side of this venture and it is our opinion that she has hit a home run!
If you are planning any event that might want to use catering I cannot recommend Mellow Mushroom enough as this spread was fantastic and professional.
Find them online by visiting.
Or visit them at
5790 Journeys End Way, Port Orange, FL 32127
Mellow Mushroom another great find for some good food and drink Behind Daytona
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By Monty Montgomery
In early October 2017, Port Orange was exposed to a wonderful culinary vision, a blend of Venezuelan and Cuban Latino style cuisine.
Sazon Latino was opened by Luis Escalona replacing the Cajun style Blue Bayou and is Located on Nova Rd just South of Madeline Ave. in Port Orange.
The combination of the two styles is a great example of authenticity you should be prepared for on a culinary journey created by Chef Leivy Manrique.
Behind the bar Andres slings regional cocktails like the Mojito, with mastery and flair. Refreshing and crisp you will not be disappointed! The service is attentive and on their game.
Sampling Lomo Satado was incredible and let me tell you the sautéd sirloin was fantastic.
Another appetizer for was a tasty Cachapa with cheese.
Cachapas is traditional Venezuelan dish made from corn. They are popular at roadside stands and can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled.
Coupled with a traditional mojito, I was in heaven.
Another dish is the Pabellon Criollo, the shredded beef was savory and with the beans, rice, avocado and sweet plantain came a great balance of flavor. I paired this with a Jalepeno Margarita another masterfully mixed libation.
Ultimately this restaurant is something Port Orange needs.
Authentic food, like Arepas are enjoyed with great drinks like the Caipirinha a rum lime drink muddled with crushed ice as it's supposed to have.
A relaxing atmosphere and a tremendous staff makes this a great new destination eatery.
Two thumbs up! Sazon Latino is a must visit.
Head over the bridge from the beach, you will be glad you did!
By Jeff Stolowitz
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