Upon recommendation from Dan’s Aunt Di, we ate lunch at Racing’s North Turn on Sunday – and to continue our “racing theme.”
According to their website, the restaurant sits on the exact location where racing history began in Daytona Beach. Car races apparently took place right on the beach outside the door of Racing’s North Turn from 1936 until 1958, when NASCAR relocated to the international raceway. There is no racing today, but the view is lovely!
The restaurant is located in Ponce Inlet, a few minutes drive from “downtown” Daytona Beach. It kind of has a “dive bar” vibe, with a few seats side around some pool tables and a large open air deck outside with lots of tables. The open-air deck is right on the beach and has ocean views.
When we were there, the restaurant had recently sustained a fire and all the food was prepared in a food truck outside, but they were working on getting the kitchen up and running. Despite the lack of a proper kitchen, our food was really good!
I ordered the fish tacos. The order included three tacos with mahi mahi, pico salsa, lettuce and a slightly spicy tatar sauce. Each taco included plenty of fish. They were really yummy! I also ordered a side of their spicy sauce – I forget the name, but something to do with cars. In any case, it was very good on the tacos!
We also ordered their pecan tart, which apparently comes from a local bakery. It was ok, tasting kind of like frozen cheesecake.
Finally, we tried their Caribbean Moonshine cocktail. According to the menu, it included vodka, rum, SoCo, Malibu, pineapple, Sprite and sour. It was strong and really sweet. Not really recommended, but festive!
I enjoyed my lunch here and would certainly return for the food and views. Again, it was nice to find a local, non-chain restaurant in Daytona Beach!
4511 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127