Although Daytona Beach, Florida is pretty great, another favorite local city is New Smyrna Beach. During our Spring Break, my sister and I decided to take a day trip there to meet up with some friends for lunch and and shopping along Flagler Avenue, the main drag of beachside “NSB”, as it’s referred to by locals.
Being the avid eaters that we are, our first stop was for lunch at a place we’d heard TONS of great things about – Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen and Bar. Originally from the Gotha, FL (near Orlando) the eatery recently opened up a second location in New Smyrna Beach that has gotten rave reviews from our friends and family. They weren’t wrong! The eatery was packed when we arrived, so we had to wait a few minutes for a table outside, as we wanted to enjoy the Florida sunshine. Although The Aku Tiki doesn’t allow pets, we were lucky enough to be able to borrow our friends’ dog Luna for the day as we walked around New Smyrna Beach. Our borrowed yellow dog got to lay under the table and enjoy some ice cold water while we ate some delicious sandwiches.
The menu was incredible – it took me forever to choose, but I finally settled on a smoked salmon sandwich with brie, fresh vegetables, and a delicious garlicky dressing. Nothing went with it better than an ice cold beer from their large selection! I would definitely give this place 10/10 stars – while staying at The Aku Tiki, it’s not to be missed.
After lunch, we took a quick drive over the bridge to Flagler Avenue for some shopping. The area is filled with tons of cool local stores and there are often local artists selling their wares along the sidewalk. The best part? The street comes to an end on the beach! Exploring Flagler Avenue gave us a much needed break from our Yellow Dog Eats-related food comas.
New Smyrna Beach is a great place to visit and only a short 20 minute drive from The Aku Tiki. If you’re looking for great food, cool local shopping, or just a new beach to hang out on, I would definitely put NSB at the top of your “places to visit while staying at The Aku Tiki” list. Since we were visiting on Easter Weekend, we were lucky enough to see the hilarious sight below – even though Bike Week is over, there was an Easter Bunny riding a motorcycle!